Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Whovian Wednesday: The Magician's Apprentice and The Witch's Familiar

The Magician's apprentice was a fun filled episode, which was made more interesting by Missy's sass.  The plot was driven to an all out confrontation between the Doctor and Davros, whilst giving Clara and Missy sometime to explore their relationship as the Doctor's other friends/companions. 

I love Missy. I must say that though the other actors who played the Master have a very special place in my heart, John Simm and MIchelle Gomez have really stolen the show with their characterizations of the Master/Mistress. I also believe that Missy has had some of the best and funniest lines of a villain in any tv show, hands down. 

The Witch's familiar was a slower paced episode, at least for me. We had some longer dialogue scenes between the Doctor and Davros, and dare I say it, even moments when we almost cried because of Davros. This episode felt a lot like a conclusion, though several things that happened in The Magician's apprentice weren't addressed and they've been left to our imagination. 

Clara didn't have that much to do in this episode, Missy on the other hand, shone brightly with her one liners. 

All in all, very good episodes written by showrunner Steven Moffat and directed by Hettie McDonald. I can't wait for this week's episode. :)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: Airbrushed

Croissanville, France  © MarilynJeulin
For those of you who followed my old blog, this story might be familiar. I've been working on it since 2009 and wasn't sure how it was going to go. Usually, I would write about 5 k words, then move on to something different because I wouldn't be able to figure out where it was going.

I picked it up again on Saturday, and rewrote the first 5k words again. After posting this to my Facebook and asking a few of my Author friends for feedback, one of them surprised me with her comments. So after talking to Michelle Conrwell-Jordan about the scene, and listening to her awesome advice, I realized why this wasn't working. Airbrushed was just not a regular dystopian, but it a Steampunk Dystopian world. After that, things got increasingly better. :) For now, I'll leave you with this excerpt and hope you like it.

Rough Draft

I leap off the bed, as the door of my bedroom opens and I find Ally Mae staring at me from the opened door.

“What is that? It sounds like a cat.” Ally Mae says in a muttered voice as we lean closer to my window.

The street gas lamps have been extinguished as per the law, so it’s hard to see beyond the window. However, the house opposite ours, Ivan’s, has all the gas lamps lit up. We can see the movement of the inhabitants reflected on the drawn white curtains. Ivan’s younger brothers are rushing from window to window, closing them in an effort to stop the sound from escaping them.
“It’s the baby.” Ally Mae tells me as I nod.
“Girls.” Mother calls us as we turn around. “Get back in the bed.”
“No, they’re going to do it, aren’t they?” Ally Mae states as I frown.
“Do what?” I ask as Ally Mae’s eyes return to the house and I peer through the curtain as well.
“Please, get back to bed. If they see you…” My mother’s voice is cut by the imminent arrival of the Doctors.
“They’re here.” Ally Mae announces as my mother pulls me away from the window and then looks out herself, as if to make sure that they ‘re there and that my sister’s not just pulling her leg.
We hear Ivan’s mother scream, the sound is unlike anything I’ve ever heard, not even during Ally Mae’s bad days has she made a sound like that. It cuts through the night, leaving nothing but an eerie silence which threatens the very own fabric of our lives.
The Doctors rush in, and suddenly Ivan’s mother is brought out of the house with a bundle in her hands. She’s still crying and screaming, no, no, no as they try to put her inside the carriage.
“What’s happening?”  I ask as my mother pulls away from the window and takes Ally Mae’s hand in hers.
“They’re airbrushing them.” My sister says devoid of emotions as our eyes meet. I gasp taking a step back, as her eyes look dead to me.
“Airbrushing… they don’t do that… they’ve not done that in a century.” I protest as quiet as I can.
“Ally Mae, go have your syrup.” Mother commands her in a soft tone, but it means business. Once my sister walks away, Mother’s eyes turn to me. “Brooklyn, it’s all real.” Her voice is like cold steel as she sits on my bed and pats the empty side beside her. I sit down, my heart hammering in my chest as more hooves can be heard in the dead of the night, Ivan’s mother’s screams die away.
“Is father…”
“Father is fine, he complies with everything the government asks of us, and they don’t know we’ve been putting together all the old information that we found in the archives. That technology… the technology you’ve read about in your books, we’ve been working on bringing it back. It just … it’ll take some time.”
“But they’ll hurt you…”
“Not us. I promise you.” She states in a convincing way, such a way that I’m almost nodding, but my fears increase.
“How do you know?”
“Because we’re careful. I assure you, nothing will happen to our family. However, you can’t let anyone know. Not that we know, that you know. Tomorrow, when you go to school and they ask you, don’t hesitate. You slept all night after dinner and your prayers, you heard nothing.”
“I’m not a good liar.” I tell her as she looks me in the eye.
“You’ll learn to be one.” My mother answers with a sad expression. “You’ll need to in order to survive.”

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sudden Hope by Daniele Lanzarotta :: New Release!! #YA

Alec is a seventeen-year-old who has endured more in life than anyone should have to. Seeing his neighbor and ex-bestfriend, Skylar, struggle after a tragic loss, Alec makes it his mission to show her that life is worth living.

Little does he know that he will learn that same lesson.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Virtual Fantasy Con

This year I'm taking part in Virtual Fantasy Con, the event runs from November 1st to November 8th.

Young Adult Sunday will be on November 8th, and there are so many authors taking part, it's going to be awesome.

If you would like to check it out, join the event here.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Alternate Cover Reveal Sign UP form

Alternate's Cover Reveal will be on November 20th. If you're interested in participating, please fill out the form.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Out of Character blog spotlight by Molly Zenk

OUT OF CHARACTER blog spotlight


After the loss of her brother, actress Harmony Jones struggles with daily life. Landing the lead role on the hit faith based living history show, 1700s Life, might be the perfect way to reconnect with her faith and be her big acting break.

Tired of hiding his strong faith and convictions to get secular roles, David Hawkins jumps at the chance to play the curate on 1700s Life. It's the perfect vehicle to spread God’s word.

Elliot Banes’ career needs an image makeover, so he accepts the naval hero role on 1700s Life. Getting away from his overbearing mother is an added bonus. His true hope is to learn to speak his mind instead of always fading into the background.

When a scripted love triangle between Harmony, David, and Elliot becomes a real life love triangle, Harmony must make a difficult decision. She hoped to find her wavering faith, she didn't count on finding love as well. If that was her only obstacle, the role would be a breeze. Unfortunately, there’s an on-set spy intent on causing drama. Can Harmony see through all the lies and secrets to the truth in her heart, or will she end up falling for the wrong man?


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MOLLY ZENK was born in Minnesota, grew up in Florida, lived briefly in Tennessee and now lives in Colorado. She writes across many fiction genres including young adult, new adult, historical, mystery, romance, and Christian. She is married to a Mathematician who complains about there not being enough “math” in her author bio. They live in Arvada, CO with their three young daughters.




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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Inspiration, a guest post by Jamie White

Inspiration comes from all kinds of places, and my stories are proof of that. Almost everything I’ve published has been inspired by something different. Take my first book, The Life and Times of No One in Particular.
That one was written in 2011, but the inspiration for it came from a Buffy the Vampire Slayer Role Play Game I was in. We were all struggling to come up with new stuff to do, and we started blaming our problems on evil muses that are indifferent to our struggles. Well, when I sat down to write my first short story, I thought about that muse character I’d created in response to our muse problems. I wondered what she might think about our cursing them out, and it went from there. It finally turned into a whole book.

My story in the Lyrical Muse Anthology was inspired by a Carrie Underwood song, “Two Black Cadillacs,” while my holiday-themed Clutter was inspired by a submission call looking for holiday-themed stories and the series 24. Yes, it’s a weird combination. Basically, I decided to follow a person trying to fulfill their goals before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve.
The strangest source of inspiration involves my Stains trilogy. I’ve had a lot of prescient dreams and some past life readings that ended up helping to shape that story. The main inspiration was a dream about a magical world that inspired the image of a woman burning at the stake. That image struck me, so I sat down to write the scene and the rest just flowed from there.
The bottom line is, you never know when (or if) the inspiration will hit. That’s why it’s important to be open and willing to take inspiration from some odd places. It could lead you somewhere great.


Monday, September 7, 2015

Promo Post: Eliza Tilton The Daath Chronicles Book two

Book Blurb
Dealing with the loss of her mother, seventeen-year-old Jessica Stone tries to find an escape from the pain by secretly medicating herself with Xanax, but the anxiety increases, crushing her and her grades.
Then she meets Caleb Jonas, the pastor’s son at her mother’s church. Between his cute dimples and love of fast cars, Jessica is completely smitten, and the feeling is mutual. But dating a Christian boy isn’t easy. He doesn’t party, and he never goes past first base. Jessica struggles with his faith, since it makes her question her own, but for the first time since her mother’s death, she can breathe. Life is finally shifting into a state of happiness.
But that happiness shatters when Jessica catches Caleb kissing her ex-best friend—and step-brother’s girlfriend—Rachel, the girl who used to be like her sister, and the same girl who betrayed her once before.
While her stepbrother hints at a deeper connection between the two, Caleb insists it was a one-time mistake and begs forgiveness. With contradicting stories coming at her, Jessica isn’t sure who to believe, but sometimes the truth is better left undiscovered and she’s about to find out why.

Teaser 1
There's a certain stale quality about a hospital that unnerves me. Death hovers all around, clawing its way under my skin. The last time I had entered the hospital was the day Mom died. I knew that day she would leave. It was as if a part of me was slipping away with her, and I just knew.
She had smiled at me, her thin face still beautiful. She gripped my hand in reassurance. “Don't be scared, my love.”
Scared wasn’t even close to what coursed through me. I couldn't survive without her. A part of me wanted to convince her to stay, but I knew the sickness was beyond her, and an hour later, it consumed her.
Teaser 2
When he spoke, his gaze traveled all the way to my toes. He reached over and pushed one of my flyaway curls behind my ear. “Counting keeps my mind busy.”
Butterflies more potent than first day jitters fluttered in my stomach. “Busy from what?”
His lips curled into a grin. “Thinking of you.”
He said it like thinking of me was the most dangerous thing in the world.
Kiss me, kiss me, kiss me.
I shut my eyes and savored each precious touch of his lips. He snaked his hand around my neck, gently brushing it. Every piece of my soul connected to his. When Caleb's lips were on mine, his hands circling my body, the world could explode and I would still be safe.
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Author Bio
Eliza graduated from Dowling College with a BS in Visual Communications. When she’s not arguing with excel at her day job, or playing Dragon Age 2, again, she’s writing. Her YA stories hold a bit of the fantastical and there’s always a hot romance. She resides on Long Island with her husband, two kids and one very snuggly pit bull.

Her novels, Broken Forest and Wicked Path, are published by Curiosity Quills Press.

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