Monday, September 29, 2014

MAZE RUNNER Movie Review

There's nothing like a Great Adventure!





Synopsis from Fandango:

Based on the bestselling novel by James Dashner, this adventure thriller for young adults follows a young boy named Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) who finds himself trapped within a giant, deadly maze with a group of other kids. While he has no memories of his life prior to being in the maze, he is plagued by nightmares about a shadowy organization known only as W.C.K.D., and hopes that these fragments of dreams will help him discover the secrets of his past and a way to escape. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi




My Family Review:

I have to admit, I didn't read the book yet. Why? Well, writing, working, you know. But now it's on my to-be-read list. Personally, I like to see the movie first so I won't have high expectations and book comparison issues that take away from my overall enjoyment of the film for what it is - entertainment.

However, my husband and daughter read it (after they saw the movie previews about it, they wanted to read the book first.)

From those of us who didn't read the book. Loved! Loved! Loved the never ending action. The push and pull of the story. The mystery and slow revealing of the why they were there. What I didn't like was, well there there didn't seem to be a true conclusion. However, it was good enough. So from the pov of myself and three of my kids, We gave it a 4.5 greevers.

Now my husband and older daughter who have read all the books in the series (boy did I try keeping their opinionated mouths shut) they claimed there was a lot left out. Even though, that was the case they still said they enjoyed it.They gave it 3.75 greevers.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Rashelle Workman's Cover Reveal! Vampire Secrets



Join in the Fun!


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Title: Vampire Secrets (Blood and Snow Season Two) 
Author: RaShelle Workman 
Genre: Urban Fantasy (Reinvented Fairytale) 
Release Date: September 14, 2014 
Publisher: Polished Pen Press Corporation 
Cover by  Andrea Garcia 
Organized by Literati Author Services          

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW by Jordan Elizabeth’s



How far into the hollow would you go? 


After losing her parents in a terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria escapes New York City to Arnn—a farming town with more legends than residents, and a history of witchcraft and secrets best left buried.

Everyone in Arnn knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope when she should be afraid, and a past of missing children and broken promises.  To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness. How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?”

ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW is Jordan Elizabeth’s first novel.  This young adult fantasy will be published through Curiosity Quills Press on October 29, 2014. 
Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, can’t get enough of the woods, be it splashing through a stream, sitting beneath an ancient oak, or following a path up a hill.  Some of those adventures have led to abandoned foundations.  Exploring the rocks and crumbling bricks sparked Jordan to imagine who might have lived there before, and that train of thought carried her to a wicked legend and an enchanted hollow.  You can contact Jordan via her website, JordanElizabethMierek.com.

You don’t have to wait for October 29th to explore Witchwood Hollow.  Jordan Elizabeth is offering up a free eArc.  To enter for your chance to win a copy of ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW, you will need to share the cover.  This can be on your blog, Facebook, Twitter… Each time you share the cover image, log it into Rafflecoper to record it.  It will give you more chances to win.  The drawing for the winner will be held on October 20th. 
 


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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

My current project in Editing





Wastelands...book 2 in the BANDIT's series.

Has got me in editing quick sand. For some reason 'life' is getting pretty hectic - but in a good way. However, it's taking me forever to get through my first round of edits on this baby.

Now when I think back to the writing of it, I'd had a great time of it. It was a Nanowrimo novel. I kicked out the first draft in just 30 days - but truly my natural writing time is 3 to 4 months.

This push got the story out but cost me in editing time.

Don't fear. IT WILL BE MY NOVEMBER RELEASE! It will, it will, it will :-D

My plans for the BANDIT's series. Well of course for Daniel to finish this adventure, with all his faithful readers in tow.


Friday, August 22, 2014

You Will be able to find my books in the Caymans!





Books & Books Grand Cayman

It was a pleasant visit and surprise when I visited this lovely bookstore while on vacation in the Grand Caymans!

As an author and avid reader I enjoy dropping into local bookstores when I travel.

In doing so, I purchase books and look for other books from my fellow authors who I've known throughout my publishing journey.

While visiting Books & Books I chatted with one of the employees as I was purchasing books and mentioned that I was an author. She immediately looked up my books and offered me her manager's information regarding them carrying some of my books there.

The truth is, I never even considered the thought that they would want to purchase my books, but talking to people and getting to know them makes a big difference in their support of you. As a person and an author.

Needless to say, I am honored that this wonderfully welcoming store will be carrying my books alongside my great friend and awesome author, Hugh Howey's Wool series.

Share with how unexpected opportunities have found themselves to you?

My character's always have these, it's nice when I do too!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hercules with Dwayne Johnson aka 'The Rock'

Here ye! Here ye! The real Hercules has arrived!

Yeah I said it. And I meant every word of it. I've always loved Hercules. The idea of this hard as nails guy who has to find himself and fight against the obstacles placed in front of them.

My expectations for this movie was really really low. The last Hercules movie I watched I didn't even bother to review.

So...

The Blurb: (from IMdb)
Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.

My review:

It starts with the amazing story of why we should believe Hercules is the son of a god, delivered by his poor nephew while being tortured. Then it hits - action! Action! and more Action! Yes, if you are a testosterone starving action junkie that like a little sword play, arrow deaths wrapped up in a pretty good tale of deception - this is the movie for you. You will not be disappointed. I wasn't. However, the one reason I took off a star is because - hey, Hercules to me was kind of a handsome woman loving guy. Hey he is gorgeous and all. But poor Dwayne Johnson has yet again portrayed a mild and tasteful glance at romance in his movie. I give it 4 out of 5 cheers.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How To Keep Your Writer's Head in The Game




Yep, I remember this song from Disney's High School Musical. Loved it!

That's what we authors need to do - Get and Keep our Heads In The Game.

The one thing I do enjoy about writing is that I can do it anytime. Being a publisher means setting the schedule, deadlines, marketing approach and releases of books.

SET YOUR MIND TO A WRITE TIME

Getting up to write is a must. Many of us let life slip in and pull us away - but the call to creat our stories doesn't go away.

So set aside time to write. I know it sounds selfish but it's a must.

KEEP WRITING EVEN THOUGH EDITING AND RELEASING IS HARD

If you have other life constraints that make it difficult to release your books in the present year - just keep writing.

I'm finished 2 books and working on another at this time.

I still have the editing to do on the finished books but I needed this year to develop my projects since publishing books and promoting them take a lot of time and energy.

NOTICE YOUR rhythm

I realized that every other year I seem to go into 'Writers Binge' mode. It's where I really don't want to do anything but just write. I don't want to edit, beta read, promote or publish. I just really want to write.

This year is that time for me. The fever to write has over powered my desire to publish my books right away.

SO...DO YOU HAVE ON YOUR WRITER's Head?

Monday, July 7, 2014

Yep, I'm still WRITING!






Sometimes I can't believe it. The addiction, the calling, the hunger to write. To become someone else. To create. Well it never leaves me.

How about you? What's your passion?

Even though I have released a book this year, I have two finished and in the hopper just waiting for me to edit them.

No. Editing isn't my favorite thing to do - especially when life steps in and causes my ability to write, promote and publish multiple books a year.

Sooooooooo

I decided to just write a bit and edit at my leisure, which I must admit my editor is a bit worried about.

MY FACES OF WRITING

Now I'm in the YA Romance phase writing my new summer short (that was supposed to come out this summer - but hey, I'm a bit behind).

It will make it to next summer's release.


MORE GREAT STORIES TO COME!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Blended - Movie Review

Everyone nowadays knows what a 'Blended' family is right?

Well Adam Sadler has a way of making it so FUNNY you want to experience it.


Movie Blurb by Fandango: Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore reunite with Wedding Singer director Frank Coraci for this Warner Bros. romantic comedy about a terrible blind date that segues into a nightmare family vacation. Lauren (Barrymore) and Jim (Sandler) are two single parents just looking for love. In the wake of a blind date that turns disastrous, both agree that they're better off single. Just when Lauren and Jim thought they would never see each other again, however, their two families end up at the same African safari resort for spring break. Could it possibly be that their relationship is so crazy it just might work? Kevin Nealon, Shaquille O'Neal, Terry Crews, and Joel McHale co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

My Review:  I don't care what the critics say, this was a funny movie! No, not fall out your seat funny, but giggling all the way through enjoyable. Jim and Lauren are trying to get back in the dating game and not having good luck at it. Their first attempt was a botched up date together. However, with these two having a lack of attraction in the beginning, through funny circumstances they find their way to each other. It was cute and in typical fashion to Adam Sandler's previous movies, but hey, I enjoyed it anyway. This is a great date flick and I give it a 3 out of 5 giraffes.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Fairy Tales Have Been Retold a Million Ways-Sleeping Beauty's Dark Past

I have been SALIVATING while waiting for the RETELLING of Sleeping Beauty! So much so that I wanted to find out the skinny on the ORIGINAL story...boy was I HORRIFIED!!!!!

Who is the TRUE villain in this story? The PRINCE or MALEFICENT?


Disney's version:
A snubbed malevolent fairy casts a curse on a princess that only a prince can break, with the help of three good fairies.

The ORIGINAL story...of

Sleeping Beauty
Wise men warned the King from poison in the palace’s flax.  Princess Talia still succumb to the curse from the flax-spinning wheel.  The king placed her sleeping (or dead) body on a clothe and left her in the forest.

A rich nobleman was hunting and saw the abandoned body of Sleeping Beauty.  Instead of just 'kissing her' the CREEP raped her sleeping body, causing her to get pregnant.  Nine months later, Sleeping Beauty had twins (and named them Sun and Moon) and the forest fairies took care of them while Sleeping Beauty continued to sleep.  One of the children sucked out the poison splinter, waking their mom, Talia.

Months later, the nobleman CREEP returned to the woods where he found Sleeping Beauty  awake. The CREEP confesses his wrong doing and returns home to his WIFE! Eventually, after the CREEPs wife finds out, tells him she killed the kids and were feeding them to him, the wife is out of the picture and Sleeping Beauty and her abusive CREEP nobleman get married.

So What's the deal with ... MALEFICENT?

A vindictive fairy is driven to curse an infant princess only to realize the child may be the only one who can restore peace.

My opinion is, MALEFICENT scares me! They made her look like a female demon, much like the Disney cartoon version of her, but sooooo real. I can't wait to see it.