Archive for May, 2010

Monday, May 31st, 2010
Books, Movies, and DVD’s…

Well, my order FINALLY arrived on Saturday. I thought for sure someone had snagged it out of the local warehouse. Glad they finally found it. Or perhaps they just took the scenic route. *ggg* Anyway, I now have TWO copies of MAGIC BLEEDS to give away. Yep, that’s two chances to win. All you have to do to enter is state the reason you like the Kate Daniels’ series so much. (Please be more creative than ‘She’s kick-ass or she’s cool’.) On Monday, June 7th, I will draw names and announce the winners here on the blog. So be sure and check back.

Just finished reading Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill. She’s a new to me author. I wasn’t familiar with her work or her. The premise wasn’t particularly new (ie reluctant vampire trying to learn the undead ropes, etc.), but she definitely knows how to tell a good story. I really enjoyed the book. It was easy to like the heroine. She had her petulant moments, but she called herself on the behavior so the reader didn’t have to, which was a nice change. The second book in the series is already out, but I’m going to wait until the third releases in July and buy them both so I can read them back to back. I can’t wait to see what happens with her and her boss. Talk about tension. 🙂

We finally made it to see Prince of Persia. I’ve really been looking forward to this movie. It was a little on the long-side, but was enjoyable enough. (You know you’ve seen the Mummy too many times when you can actually identify the same locations they utilized. *ggg*) I found myself trying to figure out where I’d seen the various story elements used in Prince of Persia. Some of the scenes came straight out of the Mummy with a little of the Jungle Book (when he runs along the roof) and Indiana Jones thrown in for good measure. There were also elements of Scorpion King and 300 (assassins and sepia tones). Like I said, the story seemed very familiar for a film I’d never seen before. 😉 If you want a forgettable popcorn movie, then Prince of Persia is it. It’s a decent way to kill a couple of hours.

I haven’t dug into the second season of True Blood yet. I plan to have a marathon within the next couple of weeks. Can’t wait. Do you watch True Blood? If so, what do you think? I still prefer the books, but I’m biased. 😉

Saturday, May 29th, 2010
Where’s My Order???

As many of you know I’ve been waiting for the new Ilona Andrews book, MAGIC BLEEDS to be released. I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peek and really, really, REALLY loved it! I loved it so much that I pre-ordered three/four copies of the book. One was to go on my keeper shelf, the others were meant for giveaways. I also ordered the second season of True Blood, but that’s neither here nor there. *ggg* Anyhow, according to Amazon my package shipped and logged into my city. It should’ve arrived on the 26th. It didn’t. It also didn’t arrive on the 27th or the 28th. The tracking number keeps insisting that it’s in transit. Perhaps there driving it here via Alaska..? I finally broke down and wrote Amazon, since it’s more than obvious it never made it out of the warehouse here in town. Hopefully they’ll send me a new order and I’ll be able to do my giveaway next week. 🙁

If you haven’t checked out Ilona’s latest release, you truly are missing a GREAT read. For readers who’ve been following the Kate Daniels series, the payoff is HUGE!!! I won’t give any spoilers, but trust me, this book is a MUST BUY!

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010
Relaxing Afternoon At The Movies…

So dh and I decided to catch Oceans at the theater this afternoon. We got there in plenty of time. The show wasn’t sold out, so there was no struggling to find a seat. We went down a few rows to leave some space between us and the people in the nearest row. We’d just turned off our cell phones and settled in when a group of elderly folks wandered in and sat right behind us. Hot in their geriatric heels came a father with his two daughters. The father was carrying a tray full of snacks and the one daughter, who looked to be around seven, was carrying her little sister, who was definitely in the one to two range. No problem. He walked them down toward the front of the theater and sat. The youngest child made it a half second before she started screaming. If we had brains in our heads, we would’ve called it an omen and left then.

The lights dim and the film starts. Picture a ranging sea. Beautiful blue waters teaming with life. You hear the first words out of Pierce Brosnan’s mouth as he begins to narrate. They are followed by the voices of the elderly women sitting behind us doing a running commentary of everything and I mean EVERYTHING on the screen.

Such pretty water. It looks rough though. Is that a fish? What is that? Oh my, I think it’s a lizard. What island were they talking about? The baby turtles are being eaten by the birds. How awful. Oh no, the sharks are eating the seals. Oh no, the killer whales are eating the baby seals? Is that a snake? It looks like a snake, but it’s in the water. What kind of fish is that? I’ve never seen one of those before. My goodness the shrimp pulled the crab’s claw off. Did you see that? What is that? Oh, it’s a sea horse. I could hardly tell it was there. You’d never see that rock fish if you were walking in the water. It looks just like a rock…etc.

Imagine, a rock fish looking like a rock. The baby took her cue during the few moments of silence. She would cry or squeal or scream. You know, typical toddler noises. When she wasn’t filling the silence, you could hear the whirling sound of the hearing aid the gentleman a few rows back was wearing. At first it sounded like an old projector. (If you’re too young to know what that sounds like, ask your parents.) Upon second listen, we thought something was wrong with the sound system. It was only after listening for a while longer that we finally figured out what it was. (Now I understand the hearing aid, since he obviously needed to hear the film.) Not sure it needed to be turned up that high. I half expected for him to burn out the motor and see smoke spewing from his ears. Did I mention that the dad had the seven year old actually watching her little sister throughout the entire movie? And that they were walking up and down the aisles to stare at people in the dark? Each time she was led back to the seats she’d begin to scream. Neither child got to see the movie, but dad seemed to enjoy it.

I had to peel dh off the chair. His muscles had locked from all the tension thrumming through his body. He was hoping to relax from a stressful work week, instead the theater experience added to his stress. Got to love a relaxing day at the movies. 🙂

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

I know I haven’t been around much at all. I did try to warn you. Things haven’t been particularly exciting. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. Trying to figure out what skills I’m going to need in this changing market. (Other than being able to write a great book.) I’ve been fighting it, but I’m going to have to learn how to design my own site so I don’t have to rely on anyone else to update it. I’m also going to have to learn how to upload my work to Kindle. (I don’t think that’s going to be too difficult.) And the final thing I’m going to have to learn how to do is design book covers. If I manage to get the rights back on several of my older titles, I’m going to need to have new covers designed. If I don’t learn how to design covers in the long run it could end up costing me quite a bit. And I don’t want to spend a chunk if I’m not going to be able to earn it back.

I’ve been paying very close attention to J.A. Konrath and his progress with Kindle releases. I don’t have as big a name as he does, but I do have some readers. I also have a few things written that I never submitted anywhere that could work to entice new readers. I’m still editing Gothic Passions. Yes, it’s taking me way longer than it should. I keep doing it in pieces. What can I say? It’s hard for me to read my older work.

None of this changes the work I’m doing for New York. I’m still working on my never-ending story YA. And I’ve been playing with a couple of adult ideas, one urban fantasy and one dark paranormal romance. We’ll see what comes of these projects. At some point, I’m going to have to query agents. At present, I’m in no hurry to do so. My guess is that will happen in the fall after I put together a few different projects. Not many folks in New York are accepting partials anymore. Too many authors have missed their deadlines. Some with the help of editors, some not. So now everything has to be a full. As you all know, it takes time to write a single title book. Hell, it takes time to write a 70 to 80K YA book. It takes time to write a book period. Add to that needing to have a few things put together and you do the math.

So there you have my exciting plans for the summer. I’ve seen Iron Man 2 twice, the Losers, and I’m thinking that it may be an Oceans and Robin Hood weekend. How about you? Any movie plans? I’m just counting the days to Prince of Persia. Can’t wait.

Friday, May 7th, 2010
Iron Man 2

Today we went to see Iron Man 2 after dh got off work. Now I have to admit after seeing the first movie I was really looking forward to this film…then I read the reviews and my enthusiasm began to wane. The reviewers talked about the film being ‘too pleased with itself’ and some sites implied that the film didn’t care about ‘entertaining the movie goer’. This really worried me, since we’ve all seen follow up movies that don’t live up to their previous film.

Now that I’ve seen Iron Man 2, I’m not sure what movie they’re talking about. Tony Stark is still way over the top, but there are reasons for his outlandish behavior. He’s not just being a dick and when he is, he’s still pretty funny. I don’t want to give too much away, but I found the changes he goes through convincing for the character. Mickey’s character could’ve used a little bit more depth, but he pulled off the grunting, psycho, slim-ball well enough. I thought Scarlet had one of the best fight scenes since Jessica Biehl took on vampires in Blade Trinity. In fact, her fight scene was one of the best I’ve seen in a movie lately–period. I like Don (the replacement for Terrence Howard), but I actually think Terrance would’ve been more convincing in the role of friend given the last movie. Terrence being in the part would’ve added depth to a few of the scenes that called for a break in friendship. (They would’ve been more emotional and thus more convincing.) Gwen and Robert were fabulous. Sam Rockwell was entertaining, but it felt like he was playing the same role he played in the Charlie Angels movie. It’s disappointing, considering how good he was in Moon. I wish Olivia Munn’s part hadn’t been cut to nothing. I’m sure she would’ve done a great job bantering with Robert/Stark.

All and all, I thought the film was a lot of fun. We definitely plan to see it again. If you liked the first one, then you should enjoy this one. It’s one more layer to the bigger story. Rock on Iron Man. 🙂

Monday, May 3rd, 2010
Still Working

I went back and changed my YA from first person to third. This took a LOT of time, but really added a ton of details that will deepen the story. It’s still missing some action, so I’m trying to fix that now. Back to work.

From what I’ve heard, RT Convention was a good time. It normally is. I wish I could’ve gone this year, but there were choices to be made. RWA is currently flooded out in Nashville. Been through a flood, it wasn’t fun. It also wasn’t an easy clean-up after the waters receded. My advice, put on your boots and watch out for snakes. There were a lot of them when the water went down. Here in AZ, there are still a lot of folks protesting the decision to enforce a Federal law that’s been on the books for years. Just wish folks realized Arizona didn’t write the law. The key word in the above sentence is ‘enforce’. My family will be directly affected by the new law, but we’re okay with that. Fortunately, where I live, it’s still pretty quiet…thank goodness.

Now on a completely separate note: Has anyone seen the Losers? If so, what did you think? I’d really like to see it.