The Reaper’s Cat, Updates, and Where’s Freaking Spring?

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My latest novel! The Reaper’s Cat was written during the month of November 2014. I entered the National Novel Writing Month Challenge (NaNoWriMo) and was a winner by completing this book 🙂 As of today, it’s available:
DURING THE NEXT WEEK, it WILL BE available in print at Amazon, as an ebook at Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, Apple… I will obviously keep you posted!
I will be updating this site with more details. The Reaper’s Cat will have it’s own page here like the other books do… 
Which, BTW, The Werewolf Series will be re-published in another month or so (end of March/beginning of April 2015), along WITH an entirely new (and final) book in the series, that I’m currently writing! *squeal* Making the Unknown Touch: Werewolf Series a trilogy!
At that point, I plan on diving into the last two books in the Chelsie Valdar Saga, also making that a trilogy. 
The Reaper’s Cat, as of today, is considered a stand-alone novel and not a series. But you never know, anything’s possible and it could be turned into a series in a blink of the eye.
Here is the SYNOPSIS:

Life meets death… literally. As in, Baylor meets the Grim Reaper, and his supernatural cat, during a horrific accident. Her life hinges on their help fighting a psycho killer seeking revenge… Baylor is his target. The more time The Reaper spends with Baylor, the more his own fate entangles with her future. As the clock ticks and lives unravel, his cat reveals a heartbreaking secret. Do you believe in miracles? They do. But sacrifices must be fulfilled in order to win the battle against evil and to stay with the one you love… And to survive. 


I’ll post an excerpt soon… although at Amazon, it gives a free sample of the first several chapters!!
So, who opened up the clouds and let out all this SNOW! Tomorrow is March 1. I want spring. Yeah, yeah, it can snow in April here… I hear ya’. But I don’t have to like it. 

Unknown/Werewolf Series Availability Update

Unknown Touch-Werewolf Series-Book 1 and Unknown Scent-Werewolf Series-Book 2 (both print and ebook formats) may NOT be available through online stores for a period of time. I have gained the rights back to both books with my contract releases from my publisher. My current plan is to re-publish them myself, in the same manner that I handled Rocked: A Chelsie Valdar Saga, 1. 

Unknown Touch & Scent-Werewolf Series
Revamping time…


Hang in there and stay tuned… 🙂

Zombies – How I Love Them – In fiction, That is

Zombies. How we love them, let us count the ways. That’s as long as they’re not actually running rampant through our world, country, state, city…or clawing at the door of our house.

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A few years ago, I wasn’t a huge fan of zombie movies, TV shows or books. I love horror, but I got it in my brain that the zombie stuff was cheesy and lacked any real depth.

And then along came “The Walking Dead”.

My opinion completely changed. Although, I’ll admit that I did not watch the first season as it premiered new shows. I kept hearing others comment about how awesome it was and that the show was a huge hit. After the first season wrapped up, I was aggravated for not giving it a try.

A co-worker of my husband mentioned he bought the first season on DVD and asked if we’d like to borrow it to watch. But of course, silly, hand it over!

We absorbed every episode – amazed at how much quality and depth and character building and emotion and action the story consistently threw at us. The whole zombie apocalypse wrapped us around its bloody, gnarly little finger. We were hooked. And finished watching the entire first season in about a week. All perfectly timed for when Season 2 was prepping to begin. Yay!

And the thing was … we cared.

We cared about the characters and worried how they would survive. Wondered what catastrophe they’d encounter next…maybe only minutes from someone dying. Which of course did happen. A lot. *sniff*

And to know that everyone is infected with whatever this virus thing is…you die in any way and you turn into a crazed zombie. Well, a good spike in the head seems to stop ’em in their tracks.

By the way, am I missing a critical point of the story? HOW did this initially start? WHAT caused this virus that turns people into zombies? Come on, someone, give me feedback.

Anyway…I think about how a person can keep going on. Day after day. All the struggles, the death, fear of being attacked, finding food and water, fighting against other humans for whatever reason to survive, the complete collapse of society and technology, and if a cure will be found or what the heck?!?! Eeek!

OK. *breathe in, breathe out* Back to reality.

I looked back at the past year and realized how much zombie entertainment I’ve watched or read. Even shows that aren’t zombie-focused, have introduced these dead (or is the proper term UNdead?) into some episodes.

Here’s my list of zombie entertainment I’ve enjoyed during the past year…whether it’s full-on zombie mayhem or just a tamed version of zombie wonderment:

“The Walking Dead” – show
“Grimm” – show
“World War Z” – movie (LOVED!)
“Warm Bodies” – movie
“Bloodborne: The Forsaken” – book by C. David Conner
“The Riser” – book by Becca C. Smith
“ParaNorman” – movie
The Paranormal Series – books by J.L. Bryan

Hmmm…could’ve sworn there were more. Probably are. I think my brain has zombified for the night. Scary.

Comments, questions…concerns?! Let me hear from you!

“The Mortal Instruments” Fun Stuff I Found

I devoured Cassandra Clare’s novel “The Mortal Instruments – City of Bones” recently. Superb. The characters sprung to life with distinct personalities and realistic language. I can’t wait to watch the new movie. In the meantime, I discovered oodles of fun stuff related to the book and movie for devoted fans!

The Mortal Instruments movie poster promo

First, the short synopsis for those not familiar with the story: “When her mother disappears, Clary Fray learns that she descends from a line of warriors who protect our world from demons. She joins forces with others like her and heads into a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld.”

At The Mortal Instruments movie site I tested my knowledge of the book by taking a trivia challenge. There are 10 questions to start with. After answering those, you can try another round of questions. Answers are immediate. I did pretty good…

At this site you can watch trailers, play interactive games, take other quizzes, read the first 100 pages of the book, learn about the characters, and more.

Another site called Shadowhunters has a FAQ about the Shadowhunter novels. I love FAQ! There is a Videos link with trailers, interviews and events. The Extras link has wallpapers, screen savers, avatars, fan art.

If you’re into reading tons of articles go to the Examiner page for The Mortal Instruments. (be prepared for pop-up ads there, grrr…)

Another fun thing is Madame Dorothea’s Tarot Reading. You select 3 cards and are presented with your past, present and future…Pretty cool.

Funny memes and quotes with photos are here. And it allows you to create your own.

I’ve learned there are now 6 books in the series, with the last due to be released in May 2014. Well, I’ll eventually get through them all…just toss ’em on my Kindle Wish List 🙂

Have you watched the movie or read the book(s)? Please comment! I’m always curious as to how much the movie makers change the movie from the book. I’ve read reviews and there are some differences. I understand that movies cannot possibly include everything written in the books or the movies would be hours and hours and HOURS long. But I really hate when radical changes are made and so I’m hoping the main plot and characters are kept as accurate as possible. And since I rarely ever go to theaters, I’ll be clawing at the walls waiting for it to come out on DVD. *sigh*

Happy reading everyone! Or, happy movie watching!! That is all,

Gina

Favorite “Supernatural” Quotes

“Supernatural” is one of my all-time favorite shows and I’ve been a faithful drooler fan forever. Sam and Dean Winchester…Castiel…*sigh*

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FYI: “Supernatural” season premiere is TUESDAY, OCT. 8, 9/8c on The CW.

And now for MY Favorite “Supernatural” Quotes! There are so many hilarious and snarky things they say, like, constantly, it was tough whittling it down to a Top 10 (and not in any particular order). Here we go – let the laughing and smirking begin:
1) Sam to Dean: “What do you wanna do, poke her with a stick? Dude! You’re not gonna poke her with a stick!”
2) Sam: “Dean, there’s ten times as much lore about angels as there is about anything else we’ve ever hunted.” 

Dean: “Yeah, you know what? There’s a ton of lore on unicorns too. In fact, I hear that they ride on silver moonbeams and they shoot rainbows out of their ass!” 
Sam: “Wait, there’s no such thing as unicorns?” 
3) Dean: “I’m gonna go stop the Big Bad Wolf. Which is the weirdest thing I’ve ever said.”
4) Henriksen: “I shot the sheriff.” 
Dean: “But you didn’t shoot the deputy.” 
5) Dean to Castiel: “Last time you zapped me someplace, I didn’t poop for a week. 
6) Castiel: “I found a liquor store. And I drank it.”
7) Dean: “Driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cake hole.”
8) Sam: “What kind of a house doesn’t have salt? Low sodium freaks!” 
9) Dean: “Of course, the most troubling question is why do these people assume we’re gay?” 
Sam: “Well, you are kind of butch. They probably think you’re overcompensating.” 
10) Dean, explaining why he thinks he got out of Hell: “I’d like to think it’s because of my perky nipples.”
OMG – I could not pull away from reading all the bazillion quotes…still catching my breath 🙂 What are YOUR favorite “Supernatural” Quotes? I simply did a Google search and went to a few websites and dove into reading them…Feel free to comment so everyone can have a few more laughs!
That is all,
Gina

Creepy Fun – Name these Supernatural Feet

This is so weird, I can’t believe I’m doing it. Ten minutes ago I thought of the idea, chuckled, shook my head, and thought, “Why not?” It’s my blog. It IS related to my genre of writing. And it sounds fun! It was not easy finding all these images, so be sure to use your imagination a bit!

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Okay. Could you figure out what supernatural/fantasy being/creature these feet belong to? Here are the answers:

1) vampire
2) werewolf
3) bigfoot
4) werecat
5) zombie
6) hobbit
7) fairy
Hope you got a chuckle out of this. That is all!
Gina

Why Do We Love Our Pets So Much?

If you have a cat or dog or any other kind of pet, I’m sure you can relate to this fun, heartwarming post. Admit it. You really do love your pet, don’t you? He/she is a part of your family. You might even love your furry friend (or feathered or whatever…for the sake of this post, I’ll stick with pets with fur like dogs and cats) more than you do many humans. Yep, some of you are nodding in agreement.

Jessie

That adorable cat photo you’re gazing at happens to be my baby Jessie. I tell her daily how much I love her. I don’t know why, but I suddenly have tears in my eyes right now. She wandered into my yard almost two years ago. She was starving, thin, unique looking with her tortoiseshell features and craving attention. 

I fed her.
And we all know what happens after that. Stray animals tend to stick around when they know where the food is. She didn’t disappear and so I fed her some more. I felt so sad and sorry for her. She was obviously tame, showing little fear towards my husband and me, and rubbed against our legs just meowing her sweet heart out. Someone must’ve dumped her. 
I tried for 5 WEEKS to find her a new home. NO one wanted a stray female cat. And I knew she had a problem with her ears and probably had worms. 
After one night when we heard a coyote howling and worried about the cat’s safety, my husband finally said to bring her into the house. If we were really going to end up with her, she wasn’t staying outside. On October 9, 2011 Jessie joined our family.
She has been wonderful (knock on wood). If anyone knows who Jackson Galaxy is (Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell”), he would be so proud of her behavior and love her personality…and probably try tucking her under his arm and zip out the door with her to keep her for himself!
And in case you’re wondering…the VERY next day after making her our official housecat, I took her to the vet. She was checked for feline diseases (all ok), got her shots, was spayed the next day, received meds for earmites and both tape & round worms. Whew!
Here are the things I love about Jessie: when she curls around my head on the pillow (cat hat!), when she falls asleep on my chest, precious head bumps, kneading my leg or tummy with intense focus (make sure blanket protects skin!), chasing the string and somersaulting when she stops too fast, zipping up her cat tower and gazing down at me, galloping down the hall like a dog or stomping across the floor (not very stealthy cat!), allowing me to kiss her head (many times in a row), when she curls on her back with her legs partially up and wants/allows me to rub her belly, listening to her trill and “talk” to me (which is often – love it when I enter a room and she looks up and trills as if to say, “Hi! I’m here. See me?”) and I love the rare instances when she’s super relaxed, purring, eyes half closed, on her side, I’m rubbing her with my face inches from her face and she reaches out with her front paws and cradles/holds my face. How freaking sweet can you get?!
Pets are a responsibility. No doubt. They do take time, effort, care and money. They do have “their days” or moments when everything isn’t so peachy. And we humans will get aggravated with them on those occasions.
But looking at the big picture – it’s so worth it. I’ve had pets most of my life and loved each one dearly. They are precious little (or big) beings that love us unconditionally. Now…go hug your cat or dog 🙂
Jessie-before she officially became our housecat-begging for love.
Can you relate? Please post your own comments!
That is all,
Gina

“Dracula” Coming This Fall – Will You Watch?

I originally poo-pooed the notion of watching this new television show due out in the fall. I love my vampires, werewolves, witches and other demon-y things that belong to the world of the supernatural. But…another show about vampires? Would the viewing audience, me included, welcome yet one more series focused on these blood-thirsty, mesmerizing, physically and mentally powerful creatures?

Well, I made my final decision today. I’m watching it, right after I watch another favorite, “Grimm”.

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I did my research. Which tends to be lengthy. Don’t worry, I’ll keep this as short as possible. It seems people are experiencing information overload nowadays. Hmm…don’t understand why. HA!

Okay, here’s the synopsis from NBC:

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Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“The Tudors”) stars in this provocative new drama as one of the world’s most iconic characters.

It’s the late 19th century, and the mysterious Dracula has arrived in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. He’s especially interested in the new technology of electricity, which promises to brighten the night – useful for someone who avoids the sun. But he has another reason for his travels: he hopes to take revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier. Everything seems to be going according to plan… until he becomes infatuated with a woman who appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.

From the producers of the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning hit “Downton Abbey” comes “Dracula,” a twisted, sophisticated and sexy take on Bram Stoker’s classic novel, proving that some stories never die.
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 I concentrated on what I watched in a TV trailer and discovered this is definitely NOT like other supernatural, sci-fi, fantasy shows that I consider my favorites (such as: True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf, Being Human, Lost Girl, Supernatural…shall I go on?! I can 🙂 ).

I am concerned with it being set in the late 19th century and how the younger viewing audience will accept that…if they’re okay with the story played out in the past or indifferent or will become bored without seeing modern things on the screen. But, this makes it unique, which equals something different. And we like that.

And if you watch the trailer as I did, you’ll realize there seems to be a heavy-duty plot in place. Real content. A story probably adults will be more drawn to, and less zeroing in on vampire horror and gore and teenage antics. Although, I did notice the trailer suggests the whole vampire “fun stuff” isn’t ignored, either. Yay!

SERIES PREMIERE — Dracula — OCTOBER 25, 2013, FRIDAYS 10/9c.

I’m there. Will you be? Feel free to comment. In fact, would someone PLEASE comment!?

That is all,
Gina

I Need A Teen Wolf Refresher Course, Please

My memory sucks. And my comprehension is sometimes sluggish. I love MTV’s “Teen Wolf”, but I feel I need a refresher course on the show’s story lines. I find myself sitting on the couch, scrunching my face and tilting my head, staring blankly from the TV to my husband trying to understand something. Or trying to recall some plot point from previous episodes or even the previous seasons.

And in my frustration, I’ve typed down my burning, driving-me-nuts questions about “Teen Wolf”.
I’m not completely lost, although the following would make you believe I am. Several of the questions are more or less to confirm, refresh or clarify my frazzled, information-overloaded, distracted by shiny things brain.

Here are the 10 Questions. Would someone set me straight (and anyone else who’s a tad bit lost on the series)?

1) Who turned Scott into a werewolf?

2) Does Lydia has supernatural powers of some sort?

3) Did Allison and her dad completely stop werewolf hunting? And if so, why?

4) Does Stiles’s Dad know about werewolves and other beings?

5) Do we know WHAT or WHO the veterinarian dude (Scott’s boss) really is?

6) Didn’t Allison’s grandpa die? What was the black stuff drooling out of his mouth and nose?

7) So, is a Druid doing all of the sacrifices this season? Or is someone following certain Druid practices/methods? And why?

8) The blind Alpha werewolf, Deucalion is his name? Refresh us on what his plan is…

9) Who is it that Derek seems to be falling for? A teacher? How did he meet her?

10) Are there any other important plot points we need to keep in our brains?

I love these guys!
Please post your comments or answers. I’m getting weary spinning in circles of confusion but totally psyched for another awesome episode on Monday. 
That is all.
Gina

What Summer TV Shows Are YOU Watching?

During the summer months I do not watch nearly as many TV shows as I do in the fall/winter season. This is likely true for you, too.

I always have mixed feelings when all my favorite fall/winter programs air their finales in spring. There is this sadness, like a weird type of withdrawal, knowing I won’t be able to watch these shows for MONTHS. Premieres usually fire up September through November and that is just so far away. I actually FORGET (how dare I?!) some of the highlights of what happened in the previous season. I appreciate when show makers give us a quick review to jog our overloaded brains right before the new premiere starts.

In the meantime…I do manage to find several summer shows to entertain me. Of course, the majority fall under my genre of writing. But not all.

Here are my summertime TV shows:

“Defiance” – not really considered a summer show, but it’s still airing new stuff for another week. And hey-we ARE in July now! Love the characters, interesting aliens, location in St. Louis (right next to me), many mysteries, great alien makeup, very cool how there’s the matching video game. What IS Irisa and how is she connected with that gold thingy?

“Under the Dome” – definitely caught my attention. It IS Stephen King! Wow-talk about mysteries and questions and a “Lost” feel to it. What is with the propane tanks?! And who or what created the dome over the city? What was that dude Barbie wanting from the doctor (the reporter’s husband) and ends up killing him over it (although it seemed sorta accidental)? Why did a couple of those teenagers collapse and mutter “the stars are falling in line”?

“Teen Wolf” – I’ve been watching this since it started in 2011, and have sometimes had a hard time staying awake. But the actors and the storyline kept me hanging in there. Scott, the main character, looks better with his latest haircut this year. Everyone has really fallen into a wonderful rhythm with their acting and the character Stiles is hilarious!

“My Cat From Hell” – with Jackson Galaxy. A one hour episode with two different cat behavior problems explored and basically resolved. Love it. I think I cry every week – but it’s usually happy, relieved, good feeling tears. I want all those cat toys he has!

“True Blood” – Holy cow! Or vampire, werewolf, shifter, demon, fairy, ghost, who knows! Constant shocks, lots of story lines (sometimes too many to keep track of), superb acting, the regular actors are so at ease with their characters making them believable and uber fun to watch, humor thrown in (Andy, Jason, Lafayette), hunky guys (Jason, Eric, Alcide, Bill, Sam), strong female characters (Sookie, Jessica, Pam, Tara)…And now we have the beginnings of a war between the humans and the vampires (and perhaps other supernaturals if they are found out). I’m already hyper-ventilating!

OK…those are the main shows I’m watching now. Sometimes I’ll catch these:
“America’s Got Talent”
“American Pickers”
“Pawn Stars”
“Ghost Hunters”
“Paranormal Witness”

What are YOU watching this summer? Feel free to comment!

That is all…
Gina

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