Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New Year

Time to reflect, time to look back, time to take stock in everything about life.

I'm thankful for the things that might seem basic, but are actually everyday miracles in themselves: the happiness I get from my nephew and nieces. The support and comfort of my family. The fact that I still have a roof over my head and a job.

I'm thankful that I'm allowed to do what I love for a living--writing--and that there are wonderful people like you who read my stuff. Thankful that I've got freedom.

On a less important scale, I'm thankful that Bryan Fuller is coming back to HEROES and that we've been gifted with MAD MEN, DEXTER, and LOST. Thankful that I enjoy watching movies out of the theater (which has become a place I've avoided. Do you know that, before yesterday when I was dragged to see DESPEREAUX--which was actually pretty good--that the last movie I saw in a cinema was THE DARK KNIGHT?).

As for next year, there are plenty of items I'd like to work on, chief among them time management. And I'd like to be more optimistic, although I have to say that having a dark side has provided me with good material for writing.

Most importantly though, I hope that the coming year is kind to every one of you who is reading this.

Happy New Year, you all. :)

Sunday, December 28, 2008

FIRST BLOOD on Pub Weekly Blog

Cool--I found out yesterday that the FIRST BLOOD anthology was mentioned in Barbara Vey's Publisher's Weekly blog. To check it out, go here!

Hope your holidays are shaping up to be great....

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

I won't be on the computer tomorrow, so I wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays! I hope you're safe and warm with your loved ones...and that you have time to read a great book as you relax by the fire.

And just a reminder--you could still win two of my books over at the eHarlequin Special Edition blog at http://community.eharlequin.com/content/just-comment-chance-win-two-books#comment-131774.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Recipe at eharlequin.com

Hey--I posted at the eharlequin Special Edition blog site today, and if you click here, you'll have the chance to win a couple of books, plus you can add the yummy recipe I posted!

Have a great week.

Friday, December 19, 2008

It 'Twas a Fun Signing


I told you guys that I had a signing last Saturday at the wonderful Cheesecake and Crime mystery bookstore in Henderson, NV. If you're near the shop, I highly recommend you check it out, as it's the perfect place to spend a rainy, snowy, or sunny day, resting in the comfy chairs, reading a new mystery, and thoroughly enjoying the amazing cheesecake. (Seriously, this is the best cheesecake, and I'm not just saying that.)

We had a great time there the other night. Vicki Pettersson, who writes the urban fantasy Zodiac series (which is a must read), is hilarious. Although sitting next to her gorgeousness makes me feel like a troll, we nonetheless conducted an interview session with each other. Then we took questions from the audience. Then we signed.

I think a good time was definitely had by all, and afterward, a few of us went out to a nearby Greek place to chow down and smoke a hookah pipe. Wheeeeee!

Hope you all are ready for Christmas. I'm not, but that's nothing unusual, LOL. I'll eventually tear myself away from the computer and get my rear in gear....

Monday, December 15, 2008

HEROES/CHUCK, 12/15/08 and NINC Blog Giveaway

First off, I just want to point out that I’m blogging over at the NINC site today (Tuesday). I’m talking about how watching TV has actually become a part of my “writing process.” Sounds weird, I know (surprise, surprise), but I think you’ll understand where I’m coming from after you’ve read it. Also, I’m giving away a copy of my latest vampire Blaze, GOOD TO THE LAST BITE, to someone who comments….

So it ends up that I did ½ CHUCK recap tonight and ½ HEROES. Let’s start with the Chuckster, shall we?

I wasn’t sure about this episode at first, but it turned out to be one of the best episodes so far, IMHO. We’ll get to the reason shortly.

* Best part of Big Mike’s Santa suit is the splotchy blush on his cheeks. Excellent, sad detail.

* I did not need to see Morgan in tights.

* Hee! It’s the DIE HARD cop! I predict a Twinkie joke in this episode. (Am I remembering that movie correctly? It’s been a long time. Wasn’t there something about Twinkies?)

* Aw for Chuck, Sara, and the bracelet.

And this is where it starts to get magnificent….

* Hey, why can’t girls play football, too? Anna’s totally kick-ass, yet she was left on the sidelines. Boo.

* But yay for Team Awesome!!!

* WOW. Sara. I’m glad she did what she needed to do because letting the Fulcrum agent go would’ve been foolish (or should I say it would’ve been a really Sydney Bristow thing for her to do?). Letting him live would’ve come back to haunt Chuck in a big way.

* And THEN her action leads to a deeper complication rather than the more superficial one that’s been keeping Chuck and Sara apart.

Wow. Bravo, CHUCK people.



HEROES recap. Better than usual but CHUCK makes it suffer by comparison, and that’s wrong. I want to watch this program on its own merits but… Man, it’s hard with that kind of lead in.

Anyway….

* LOL for Daphne stealing Suresh’s formula and Suresh getting predictably whiny about it.

* I do like Peter much better without powers. (And at the end when he regains him? I say “sigh”. Round two.)

* Um. Okay. Super soldier sure didn’t last long.

* “And I’d like to give [Sylar] a good spanking,” says Claire. Can you all just see those fanfic boards going crazy right about now?

* HRG—the man with a cunning plan! (Gotta love him.)

* Gosh, they’re cleaning house tonight, huh? Tricy even gets to take out a “villain.”

* Listen to Gramma, Claire. But…no. Sylar corners his little mouse.

* Betting time: how many episodes into “Fugitives” until Sylar “miraculously” shows up? I say three.

What do you all think of the set up for the next volume? I’m not feeling Nathan’s whole “we must hunt them” vibe. Maybe it’s because the characters have gone back and forth with their motivations and personalities all season….

Hope everyone has a fun holiday time and you have a chance to stop by the NINC blog! ;)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Signing in Henderson, NV, Tonight!

Don't forget--if you're in the Las Vegas/Henderson area, I'll be signing at the Cheesecake and Crime mystery bookstore tonight from 4-6 with Vicki Pettersson. Here's the web site for extra info:

http://www.cheesecakeandcrime.com/New%20Website/Events.html


Have a great one, you all.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Movie Time: BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON

I finished my Special Edition proposal and am now prepping to write the rest of the first BLOODLANDS book. To get in the groove, I’ve been renting scary movies—mainly C-grade, cheap things because, frankly, I’ve seen many, many scary movies and I’m running out of them.

But last night, I came upon one that was a bit of a gem.

It’s called BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON. The title doesn’t really tell you just how fun this movie actually is: it’s a “mockumentary” about a wannabe serial killer (a la Jason or Freddy or Michael Meyers), and it’s being “filmed” by a naïve crew of university journalists. As usual, I’m not going to go into a lot of details, because discovering them is a great part of the movie. But the killer, Leslie, has studied all the rules and conventions of FRIDAY THE 13TH and HALLOWEEN, and he shows off his preparations to the crew as he leads up to the “big kill” night when a bunch of victims will be gathered in one of those places that movie killers often haunt.

Sounds kind of boring? Yeah, it does, but the execution and, surprisingly, the acting make this movie go places you wouldn’t expect. However, this film will probably be most enjoyed by those who’ve watched hundreds of scary movies—people like me, who have those rules and conventions down cold and can laugh at how they’re utilized in a script that’s pretty clever. In fact, just when you think there’s not going to be a third act, the creators bring one, and it becomes an application of all the lessons the script has just turned upside down. (Okay, you can see the twist coming, but it falls together with everything that comes before, and that makes it a bit awesome.)

Rent with popcorn and company!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

HEROES, 12/8/08

One more episode this year! (The exclamation point is to mark my overwhelming relief, not a wail of grief.) I keep hearing that if Bryan Fuller does come back, he'll have a hand in only about the last three episodes of the season. This fills me with sorrow.

Since I must be happy, I will briefly comment on CHUCK first.

Weeee! An installment chock full of double crosses and con games. Fun! Sara's dad is a real piece of work, and Gary Cole makes him extra interesting. He's one of those people who makes me laugh just when I look at him because you know there's some kind of devilry going on behind that grin. And a huge ROFLOL for the "Oh, Yeah"/Ferris Bueller treatment of the Delorean and the General Lee. This show is geek paradise.

Now...onward to the HEROES stuff:

* LOL for Hiro and Claire talking at the same time--that was well done.

* I see a beach, debris... Oh, my word, have I stumbled onto the first new BATTLESTAR GALACTICA of the season??? Alas, I have not, because Sylar's mug interrupts my joy. And lest we still wonder if Elle is really dead? Looks like it. (Although there's a pretty heavy healing element to this episode and it makes me wonder if it's foreshadowing anything with Elle. [Hey, maybe there are some Elle molecules leftover? Maybe?] Frankly, if they're going to have this "shocking death," I wish they'd stick to it, although I doubt the same will hold for the other "shocking death" that occurs at the end of this episode.)

* I think I figured out one more reason HEROES isn't exciting me. I've noticed that the colors they're using lately are constantly dark and murky. However, they aren't creating any kind of evocative tone--creepy, ominous, whatever. The big picture only feels dreary and without soul, and I believe this is wearing on me, along with the lack of much forward progress altogether.

* Been meaning to ask--what's going on with Hayden's hair? Is that a wig? Is she okay?

* With everything Sylar does (including this "semi-shocking death" of the office worker), I couldn't care less. I just want him to be over.

* LOL with the two versions of Hiro echoing each other's moves.

* Please, Hiro's Mommy--heal him! Strike out that ten-year-old! Do it, DO IT!
Yes...?
Yes?
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

* Convenient flag pole placement for Hiro.

* My bet is that Arthur Petrelli will be cruising around, all self-healed, by the end of next episode. It'll be the big "cliffhanger" when he pops back up and says something like, "Come to Pah-pa."

And there it is.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

For Jo Leigh

Some of you have been reading Jo Leigh's great Blaze books for a while, but what you might not know is that, earlier this year, her husband passed away. To add to that, his sickness resulted in some hefty medical bills.

Several of Jo Leigh's friends have gotten together to create an auction, where you can bid on everything from author critiques to signed books and beyond. If you check out
http://www.forjoleigh.com
you'll find all this great stuff, which will result in aiding a truly nice person....

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

HEROES, 12/1/08--and a chance to win FIRST BLOOD

First, let's talk about the chance to win a signed copy of FIRST BLOOD.... Lori Devoti, who is a kick-ass writer for Nocturne, interviewed me, and she's posted the results at her site. If you comment there, you can win the book, but you can also chat with me about Dracula's brides and Vampire Babylon because I'm in and out of the comment area. So drop by, okay?

http://loridevoti.com/blog/2008/12/02/30-days-of-vampires-interview-urban-fantasy-author-chris-marie-green/


Second, I still love CHUCK. Please watch it so it doesn't get cancelled. You will be rewarded via its endearing characters, hilarious continuity, geek in-jokes, and fun plot lines. And Adam Baldwin.

Now, for the main event....

Oh, HEROES.

Really?

Tell me you didn't kill off Kristen Bell--yet another amazing guest star who had tons of possibiity that was squandered. I realize that there is a call for some "real death" in the storylines, but why do away with the most interesting, charasmatic characters instead of things like Maya?

Just...grrr. I used to be so excited to watch this show, and I think my last thread of hope is about to snap. The only thing keeping it together is the glimmer of Bryan Fuller returning.

Pay-by-play recap:

* We do get more HRG time, and he is back to being awesome. For that I am happy!

* Mohinder has Maya's address? Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo...!

* LOL about Hiro at the comic store, sitting down with that giddy smile while combing through the issues. I can relate, as I'm sure you can, too.

* (Side note: Have you been watching the BENJAMIN BUTTON previews? I can't believe I'm emotionally touched as well as totally creeped out at the same time.)

* I am pining for the return of adult Hiro. Please come back to us!

* Why does it feel like a lot is happening, but nothing is really happening? Lots of running around, but there's nothing in motion.

* Whoa--I thought for sure that the eclipse would end before HRG slit Sylar's neck. But something tells me that Sylar will still be faintly alive when the eclipse returns and he'll heal right back up.
And HRG? You are a man to reckon with, and that's why you're my fave.

* Claire's "dead."

* Claire's not dead. Shocker.

* Eclipse premise = useless

* (Another commercial comment: When is Christian Syriano--or however you spell his name--going to leave me alone? PROJECT RUNWAY is over, my friend.)

* (And isn't it sad that I'm paying way more attention to the commercials than the show? I'm actually kind of relieved when they come on.)

* Sylar's not dead, too. Wow--I'm stunned. I mean, I'm just... Not stunned.

* Yay--Hiro takes Sylar!!! That was awesome. More. More!

* Heh. LOL for the urban legend the comic geek heard at the convention. If you've never hung out with geeks, you'd think this is a weird conversation. But in reality? Nope.

* And the curse of the talented casting coup lives on with Kristen Bell. Can someone tell me why Elle just sat there and let Sylar slice her? What happened to those lightning powers that messed up Sylar before?



Hope to see you guys over at Lori's site!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A DROP OF RED cover!

Here it is....



On shelves, March, 2009.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

HEROES, 11/24

So instead of having a "What would happen if we looked into the future?" episode, we had a "What would happen if the heroes lost their powers?" episode. I only say that because I'm 99.9% sure that after the eclipse is done, everything will reset and we'll be right back where we started: Claire will be okay and Sylar will escape yet again.

Business as usual.

Here's the recap:

* I see HRG and I think, "Please tell me he'll have something to do this episode!"

* "Everything's going to change today." - Papa Petrelli
My hopes... They are raised.
(But soon they are laid to rest, yet again.)

* Maybe I've just been acquainted with the wrong ten-year-olds, but how many kids of that age do you know who hop up and down like a five-year-old when they have to pee? This Hiro is not funny at all.

* So Elle turns Sylar into a baddie again that quickly? Her teasing him into badness smacks of Marty McFly syndrome. Remember in the BACK TO THE FUTURE movies when someone would call him a chicken and he would lose all characterization and do something he'd normally not do?
Yeah.

* Love HRG calling out Claire! There he goes! Man, if this show featured him more, I'd be really on board.

* Mama Petrelli, take Tricy DOWN!

* Lucky Nathan and Peter were flying over a lake (swamp? something?) during that eclipse....

* Dude, even the newly intelligent Peter made the eclipse connection without the benefit of Mohinder's "scientific" studies. I guess even the show is admitting that Suresh is a dimbulb.

* LOL for Parkman trying his powers during the eclipse and failing. That particular bit worked nicely.

* I should be feeling anxious about Claire's injury but...nah. As I mentioned before, things will just reset after the eclipse. (Unless the show is going to surprise the heck out of me. That'd be awesome.)

* Good twist with Daphne!

* And next episode? Just as HRG shoots, the eclipse will end and Sylar won't be hurt.

Sigh.

Let's cross our fingers for Bryan Fuller's return, you all. I'm going to miss the heck out of PUSHING DAISIES, but in this case, lemons can become lemonade....

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Big Announcement!

Penguin has contracted me for another series in addition to the Vampire Babylon books!

I haven’t written the novels yet, but the series is tentatively entitled BLOODLANDS, and my pitch (which was announced in Publisher’s Marketplace) said that it’s a paranormal “Shane meets Mad Max.” I’m really excited about this, and even though I don’t have a release date just yet, I’m eager to get started....

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

HEROES, 11/17/08

I’m finally back on track for viewing this show. But is HEROES back on track? Sometimes I think so, but then this whole New!Improved!Sylar thing happens and I lose all hope. Still, with all the staff shakeups, I wonder what the future holds.

But on to tonight’s play by play….

* So does Ando get those future lightning powers via a Papa Petrelli transfer? It might be kind of fun if Papa shuffled all the powers amongst the characters. But it might make this program fifty times even more confusing and I don’t think we need that.

* Oh, great. Now Hiro gets the opportunity to act even more intellectually stunted.

* As I mentioned before, I’m not on board with the New!Improved!Sylar. He was fairly interesting in season one, but the whole HANNIBAL RISING “He was made into a baddie, not born one” switcharoo erases anything that made him even slightly intriguing in the first place.

* Claire Face Plant = Awesome

* Another reason to nominate Mohinder for Scientist of the Century: he thinks that it’s merely a coincidence that most of the powers came about during the last solar flare. Way to discard a promising lead, Braintrust.

* Those waffles at the bowling alley look amazing. Weird that I'm fixating on those instead of paying attention to anything else.

* Is this Elle/Sylar scene supposed to be…sexy? I’m getting the vibe that they’re being made into an even more warped version of Bonnie and Clyde, but all I can think the entire time is, “Nooooooo.”

* Good to see that Peter is smarter without his powers.

* Cool glimpse inside Parkman’s head with the Mama Petrelli captive thing. That was a good sequence…

*…but Daphne loves Matt? Wha…? Huh…? When…? How…?

Anyway, let’s cross our fingers and wish for the stars. Maybe we’ll get super lucky and Bryan Fuller will return or Grant Morrison will agree to write some episodes….

Monday, November 17, 2008

Win a Copy of BREAK OF DAWN at NINC Site

I'll be doing a HEROES blog again, but I wanted to direct you guys to the NINC site, where I blogged about using travel as research. I'm giving away a signed copy of BREAK OF DAWN, Vampire Babylon, Book Three, so there's a chance you can win if you comment!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Interesting Take on Publishing

I'm finishing up a deadline today (Putting a manuscript in the mail! Yes!), so I'm providing a link to a great entry on a blog that's "written by an industry pro." Among other things, it offers a very appealing idea about how to keep the book industry going....

http://editorialass.blogspot.com/2008/11/crash-flow-or-what-went-wrong-in.html

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Booksigning in San Diego

If any of you are around San Diego this Friday, I'm going to be at the Mira Mesa Barnes and Noble with Lori Foster, Christie Ridgway, and Helen Kay Dimon for an "event." It starts at 7pm, and you can click on the link below for more info:

http://storelocator.barnesandnoble.com/eventdetail.do?store=2984&event=22752350

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sorry...

Sorry about this, guys, but you know I missed HEROES last night. I am now experiencing technical difficulties because the program 1) didn't record 2) and I'm someplace where the computer isn't hooked up for sound, so I can't even watch www.hulu.com.

Gah!

I don't know how long it'll be before I see HEROES, but I'm pretty sure it won't be before next Monday.

Anyway, I'm coming to the end of my latest book, a Special Edition continuity. I wrote the last chapter today and I'll be polishing tomorrow. Then I'm going over the MS one more time before tucking it in the mail so it arrives on time in the New York office. After that, I'm taking a few days off to read, baby! Then I'll be doing a Special Edition proposal for a new miniseries idea.

I'll see you in a couple of days, and tune in next week for a HEROES recap, yes?

Monday, November 10, 2008

Update: HEROES

Just dropping by to tell you that I won't be able to watch HEROES tonight, but I should have the recap up at some point tomorrow! Happy watching....

Thursday, November 06, 2008

OOTB Tour: DARK MAGIC


DARK MAGIC
by Cheyenne McCray

THE WAR BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL
Jake Macgregor has his hands full. As San Francisco’s Captain of the Paranormal Special Forces unit, he and his team are facing a powerful enemy that threatens to bring down the city. With the weight of the world already resting on his broad shoulders, the last thing Jake has time for is romance. So why—after a long, hard day’s fight against evil—are his nights filled with dreams of Cassia?

IS ABOUT TO GET A WHOLE LOT HOTTER…
Cassia is a D’Anu witch whose birthright ensures power and honor beyond imagination. It also forbids the one thing Cassia wants the most: the love of mortal Jake Macgregor. When she intervenes in a skirmish to save his life, the consequences are inescapable—even though the magic they make together is too luscious, and potent, to resist…



Excerpt: http://cheyennemccray.com/books/magicseries/darkmagic-exc.html
ABOUT CHEYENNE McCRAY

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Cheyenne McCray has a passion for writing urban fantasy, paranormal, and suspense novels. Among other accolades, Chey has won the prestigious Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for “Best Steamy Romance of the Year.”

Chey penned her first poem in kindergarten, and has been writing ever since she can remember. She always knew one day she would write novels, hoping her readers would get lost in the worlds she created, as she did in her favorites.

Now, she gets to write full time and loves what she does. For St. Martin's Press, she writes the bestselling "Magic" series. She also writes suspense novels, including the upcoming “Lexi Steele” series, starting in February 2009 with The First Sin. In June 2009 Demons Not Included blasts off a new urban fantasy series.

Chey has three sons, three dogs, a messy house, and she will do anything to get out of cleaning, which may be why she writes so much.


REVIEWS for Dark Magic

4 ½ Star TOP PICK!
“McCray does a stellar job layering the danger, passion and betrayal. Awesome!”
~Romantic Times BOOKreviews.


5 Stars “What an absolutely stunning conclusion Cheyenne McCray has penned for her ‘Magic’ series. “Dark Magic” is everything I would have wished for and couldn’t have imagined!”
Goodreads

“[McCray]…delivers in a spectacular way.”
Night Owl Romance


Website: http://www.cheyennemccray.com

Monday, November 03, 2008

No HEROES Tonight, But...

NBC is having some endless election thing on, so there's no HEROES tonight. (Worst of all--there's no CHUCK! Ngggh.)

In case you all haven't seen this Entertainment Weekly article, here it is. Interesting take on how to fix HEROES, and I think most of them are solid (except for when it comes to Sylar).

Read it here: http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20235213,00.html?iid=top25-20081024-%27Heroes%27%3A+Five+ways+to+fix+it

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

I love this holiday! Unfortunately, I'm in my cave, working on a revision as well as writing a story that's due in mid-November. So I'm busy.

But just for some cuteness, I give you Cherie Feather/Sheri Whitefeather's blogspot, where she's posted divine pics of her doggie in costume.

www.cheriefeather.blogspot.com

Have fun tonight....

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

OOTB Tour: THE DARKEST TOUCH


THE DARKEST TOUCH by Jaci Burton

He’s a hunter, a savior, a seducer.

And she just can’t get enough…

THE DARKEST TOUCH

Ryder. The man was just as sexy as she remembered him:

Tall, lean and dangerous, a demon hunter with the body of a god…

But archaeologist Angelique Deveraux has little time for lust. She’s been hiding a gleaming black diamond, a prize everyone wants—including Ryder—and now she’s running for her life. Hot on her trail is Ryder, a legendary demon hunter she desires but can’t quite trust, a man with an insatiable need for danger and a few dark secrets of his own…

As sparks ignite between the rogue hunter and his latest prey, Angie’s world is rocked again when her twin sister vanishes, stolen away by the same dark forces stalking Angie and the black diamond. With Ryder offering protection— and more —suddenly a woman who’s never trusted anyone is falling for a man who isn’t afraid of anything…except losing his heart. Now, as an all-out demon war erupts and Angie’s family secrets unravel, Ryder’s demon-hunt and Angie’s quest to save her sister are about to collide. And when they do, it’ll send these two wary hearts on the wildest adventure of their lives—and maybe even save humankind in the process…

Excerpt: http://jaciburton.com/thedarkesttouch.html

ABOUT JACI BURTON
Jaci Burton was born and raised in Missouri but now lives on an acre-and-a-half in Oklahoma with her husband Charlie and five unruly dogs. Jaci loves to write about passionate relationships with sometimes stormy outcomes but always a happily ever after.


REVIEWS

~Romantic Times Bookreviews~ Gifted Burton adds more dark thrills and sexy danger to her well-paced story as these protagonists must fight to choose their destiny.

~Wild on Books~ THE DARKEST TOUCH is a brilliant addition to this saga that cannot be missed by fans of erotic paranormal romance!


Website http://www.jaciburton.com

Monday, October 27, 2008

HEROES, 10/27

CHUCK!

Selena, I finally saw last week’s episode, and it was the best! I love how we learned something about Sarah (sweet braces), but her flashback led to more questions than ever. What a great character. And tonight’s show was as hilarious as usual. I just have to also note that Captain Awesome was on MAD MEN, and he looks droolingly wonderful in a suit.

That brings us to HEROES, which is kind of like going from thick, rich, delicious ice cream to a Popsicle that’s melting. But Elle returned tonight, so yay!

Bullet points:

* I love how Papa Petrelli talks: “You’re still in shaack.”

* Please, Show, Elle’s return is your chance to redeem the FUBAR that resulted when you tried to integrate David Anders into some coherent action. Elle is definitely the most interesting character going—a little girl lost. A baby rattlesnake who has little idea when to use its venom or how much to use at any given time.

* Weekly Mohinder complaint section: Dude, there’s no need for you of all “people” to get all self-righteous on Papa Petrelli. Barf.

* Great scene with Claire and Elle. HEROES can get its mojo back if they concentrated on more of this—characters interacting and having real conversations.

* Later, Maury.

* I’m having such a hard time buying any Sylar-to-the-rescue scenarios.

* More HRG! Whenever he appears in a typically awesome manner, I’m like, (!!!!!!!!!!!). I forget he’s part of the cast sometimes.

* And just how uninteresting can Nathan get? We’re finding out week by week.

* Oooo, Daphne—clotheslined by the fear guy! Ouch.

* Er…I have to say that Claire tending to shirtless Uncle Peter read pretty high on the squick-o-meter. Or do you all get the feeling that we’re being set up for a “Peter isn’t related to Claire after all” “twist”?

* In the spirit of Elle’s continual “Oh, isn’t your life hard, Claire Bear” bitching tonight, I dedicate this vintage song.



Lurve!

A two week break, you all. Be back with another recap then….

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Win a Free Book at my NINC Blog today!

I did a fun Halloween-scary type blog over at the NINC site today. It's a Scare List containing about seven images that flip me out to the point where they actually inspire me to write scarier, too.

Here's the link: http://www.ninc.com/blog/index.php

I'm giving away a copy of THE ULTIMATE BITE, so come on over! Also, tomorrow Melissa Jeglinski, new agent at the Knight Agency, will be posting. Good stuff, you guys!

Monday, October 20, 2008

HEROES, 10/20

Pop quiz as to how I feel about tonight's episode.

a) Really stoked that Mohinder and Parkman each got more airtime than HRG.
b) Truly fulfilled to see Peter screw up yet again.
c) Extremely pissed that, of all the characters who clearly won't be resurrected, it had to be Adam who literally bit the dust.

Yes, it's c), although in Sarcastic World, it's also a) and b).

Seriously, you all, I've never seen such awesome actors treated so head-scratchingly crappy by a show. David Anders, Weevil, Kristen Bell.... How can you lure such talent only to squander it? This show is like the most disappointing date ever: they cast someone incredible in the role of Hot Prospect, pump up your excitement and make you dress up and gibber with your gal pals on the phone about how great the night's gonna be. Then your date shows up, smiling with those sparkly whites, exuding promises that you'll have a time you'll never forget and ushering you to his shiny car. Everything's going pretty well when he takes you to a fine restaurant where the food's good--not as excellent as you'd hoped, but you're having a cool time so the food is incidental anyway and you keep telling yourself it's only going to get better. However, at that moment, he leaves the table, saying he'll be right back.
Five minutes pass.
Ten.
Sixty.
Just as the words "To Be Continued" cross your mind, the waiter comes by to inform you that your date jumped out the john's window. And then, just as you're absorbing that news, the waiter, who's wearing a nametag that says "Tim," gleefully shoves the check way up your nostril and you wonder just how you came to be sitting at that empty table with sudden brain damage and a sad urge to never believe in a Hot Prospect again.

Anyway, on with the non-diatribe portion of the post:

* Did you really expect Ando to be dead? (But, hey, Adam is. I should've known when he didn't appear on the panel at Comic-Con. However, this is non-diatribe tribe, so I continue.)

* Mrs. Bennet rocks. It takes guts to go "out there" when you know you have no prayer of matching up to superhumans.

* Adam, sucked away, taking my hopes for getting invested in at least one character this season right along with him. (But...moving on.)

* Ah, Hiro. Someday you will live up to your powers and not get bonked on the head time and again by the materialization of your ineptitude.

* Some great tension with the sideshow puppet dude. He was interesting. Favorite storyline of the night for me. (Surely you didn't think it'd be Mr. Petrelli....)

* HRG. My hopes transfer to you with the loss of a certain blonde smirking hottie baddie.

* The bro skirmish/wanker-measuring contest was fun. More, I say!

* Is it a terrible thing that I love that Peter lost his powers when he had no real idea how to use them anyway?

So I didn't watch CHUCK yet, but I'm totally excited to see some hints about Sarah's past!

What think you all about tonight's offerings?

Friday, October 17, 2008

Ebooks Available

In the past, I've gotten emails about the availability of my books in e-form. Finally, I've got a better answer than "Um, I'm not sure"! (At least for my Silhouette and Harlequin books.)

If you click here, you'll find some of my Special Editions and Blazes. :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

HEROES Catchup

Sorry about not being able to do the usual HEROES thing on Monday night, you all. I'll be back next week to do a regular recap, but I figured that I'm so late with this one that posting it now would be the height of irrelevency.

Even so, I'll just chime in that I liked this last episode more than most recent ones, and I think it's because they focused on only a few characters and got back to what I liked about this series in the first place: the personal struggle of "regular" people who discover that they're not so regular after all. Once again, HRG and Claire provided a lot of heart, especially when Claire told her dad that the Vortex guy was a lot like her...except he didn't have HRG there to help out. Aw!

Also, within five seconds of David Anders reappearing, I was already loving him above all others. His line readings are awesome--funny, clever, and so very appealing. He gives Adam that cocky swagger of a less swishy Captain Jack Sparrow, and he is so naughty that I find myself chuckling every time he gets that I'm-off-to-work-over-Hiro gleam in his eyes.

Next we'll see if Ando's dead (Yeah, right.) and what kind of trouble Papa Petrelli is bound to get the planet into....

Monday, October 13, 2008

HEROES Note

I'm not sure if I'll be able to post a HEROES entry tonight, so I thought I'd provide a link to TelevisionWithoutPity.com. Here are seven suggestions for HEROES. I like all of them except number 7. :)

Friday, October 10, 2008

Blood of the Muse Giveaway

If you're in the mood for some free books (and who isn't?), you might want to pop on over to www.bloodofthemuse.com. Right now, they're giving away a copy of FIRST BLOOD, signed by me. There'll be other Vampire Babylon giveaways in the future, too, so you might want to bookmark the page. In fact, they're always giving something away, so it's a great site!

Have a great weekend....

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

OOTB Tour: RED FIRE

RED FIRE
by Deidre Knight

“Powerfully sensual and mind-blowing,”* Deidre Knight’s novels have set the standard for boldly erotic paranormal romance. Now she unleashes an electrifying new series in which seven Spartan warriors, immortal protectors of humankind, battle their passions—a collective weakness that could lead to their downfall.

Eternity has become a prison for Ajax Petrakos. Centuries after he and his Spartan brothers made their bargain for immortality, Ajax struggles to maintain his warrior’s discipline. His only source of strength is his hope that he will soon meet the woman once foretold to him—the other half of his soul, Shay Angel.

Ajax searches for his destined mate on the haunted streets of modern-day Savannah, but he isn’t the first to find her. Shay, the youngest of a powerful demon-hunting clan, can see the monsters that stalk the steamy Southern night—an ability that draws the deadly attention of Ajax’s worst enemy.

As she and Ajax race to solve a chilling prophecy—one that could spell Ajax’s death if they don’t succeed—a fated passion arises, threatening to sweep away everything in its path.

*Romance B(u)y the Book

Excerpt: http://deidreknight.com/red_fire_excerpt.html


ABOUT DEIDRE KNIGHT
Deidre Knight is president of The Knight Agency, which she founded in 1996. Since that time, she has grown the agency to national prominence, landing authors on every major bestseller list. Deidre began her writing career at age nine, when her award-winning essay on Barbie was published in her hometown newspaper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has been writing in one form or another ever since. After nearly a decade of working with Knight Agency clients, helping them discover their creative potential, her fiction debut with NAL in 2006 marked the fulfillment of her own lifelong writing dream. She is excited to embark on yet another new and fulfilling creative journey.



REVIEWS
“White-hot immortal warriors, heart-pounding romance, and thrilling action. It doesn't get any better than this!” --Gena Showalter, New York Times Bestselling author of The Darkest Pleasure

"Deidre Knight has created a fascinating world of gods, demons, and immortal warriors. Her heroine, Shay Angel, is both strong and sympathetic, a woman discovering powers she never knew she had. Legendary Spartan Ajax is handsome, seductive and haunted -- a hero to inspire delicious dreams. I can't wait for more!" –Angela Knight, New York Times Bestselling author of Master of Dragons

“Hot Gates, hot men, myth and magic in modern day... Red Fire flies above the rest. Sign me up for more Gods of Midnight!” – Jessica Andersen, bestselling author of Nightkeepers

"Scorching hot with a pace that never lets up." --Christina Dodd, New York Times Bestselling author of Touch of Darkness

“Knight provides an intriguing new twist to both Greek mythology and legendary Spartan warriors with this searing new series, as she sets up an alternate world that begs to be explored.” – Jill M. Smith, Romantic Times, 4-Star Review

“Here is a story as rich and as vibrant as any myth, and for those who are interested in the paranormal, Red Fire is a real feast for the hungry and a no holds barred winner.”—RomanceAtHeart.com


Website http://www.deidreknight.com
http://www.godsofmidnight.com

Monday, October 06, 2008

HEROES, 10/6

CHUCK, OMG! What a hot little not-so-good-for-Charles-Bartowski-but-great-for-me surprise at the end….

And then there’s HEROES.

* Mohinder…a rash? That’s what you think you’ve got on your back? Is he being delusional or just… Why even ask anymore? He’s being a dork. As usual.

* Just a funny aside—whenever I see the White Eyeballs of Magic Picture Making on this show, I think of THE DARK KNIGHT when Batman had that sonar thing going on. Was that strangely hot to anybody else out there? (Of course, Batman could've just stood there and I would've been hyperventilating.)

* Wouldn’t it be awesome if Mohinder turned into a snake? The rattles on the soundtrack are kind of a tipper, huh? He’s totally going to be radly reptilian in the future, and this will perhaps add such interest to his storyline.

* Mini Noah?

* Oy—it looks like this Gabriel Petrelli thing is going to be carried through to the future. Matters could change though, right? Please?

* I think, instead of using the requisite amount of Evil Eyeliner from ALIAS, Claire has opted for Evil Dark Hair. You can always see them bad girls a’comin’.

* Dude—that little boy totally got slammed! That took juevos.

* On many other shows, I’d be worried about an atomic explosion, but on HEROES, it’s all reset…reset…reset because of the time travel. It makes it tough to care.

* Is there anything more boring than Tr-icy? At least Mohinder is starting to hiss and peel.

* You all, we really should devise a drinking game based on how many times the guys take their shirts off. What do you say? One shot for every time Peter doffs the cotton, two shots for every time Mohinder does (because, frankly, I need more alcohol to get through his scenes), and for Sylar, you just run to the bathroom and barf.

* Whooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!! Me finally getting some Sarkie!


Thoughts? Or maybe you can just tell us how many drinks it took you to get through the episode….

Friday, October 03, 2008

Blogs over at eHarlequin

I'm blogging over at eHarlequin today!

My Special Edition blog is already up, so click here at http://community.eharlequin.com/content/you-could-win-books-crystal-green to read about FALLING FOR THE LONE WOLF and to have the chance to win a couple of books. The paranormal blog about GOOD TO THE LAST BITE, my most recent vampire Blaze, is up, too, at http://paranormalromanceblog.wordpress.com/2008/10/03/win-vampire-books-from-crystal-green/.

Go there for the chance to win more books, and I hope your weekend is great!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

OOTB Book Tour: VEILED TRUTH

VEILED TRUTH by Vivi Anna
(Silhouette Nocturne, October 1, 2008)

Five years ago, virginal Lyra Magice had fled powerful dhampir Theron LeNoir's advances. But now an ancient text the dhampir possesses holds the key to solving murders that have plagued Necropolis. When another body is found and evidence points to the Mistress of the city, duty dictates that Lyra work with Theron—a man she regards as haughty, arrogant and immoral—to translate the symbols left at the crime scenes. But with their forced alliance comes darkly sensual dreams that leave her feeling wanton and achy….

Unwilling to reveal his dark past, the dhampir soon discovers that Lyra—a witch of great power—is to be the sacrificial virgin in a demonic scheme to open a portal to hell itself. Salvation will come only if Theron can win Lyra's trust—and her heart.



Excerpt: http://vivianna.net/veiledtruth.php#excerpt



ABOUT VIVI ANNA

Canadian author, Vivi Anna likes to burn up the pages with her unique brand of fantasy fiction. Whether it's in the Amazon jungle, an apocalyptic future, or the otherworld city of Necropolis, Vivi always writes fast paced action-adventure with strong independent women that can kick some butt, and dark delicious heroes to kill for.

She writes for Silhouette Nocturne, Kensington Aphrodisia, Avon Red, and epublishers - Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, Loose Id and Whispers Publishing.

She’s an active member of RWA, serving as President of her chapter in Calgary.



REVIEWS

RT TOP PICK
“A police detective in Necropolis, witch Lyra Magice works with Theron LeNoir, half-witch/half-vampire, to foil a demon’s plot to take power within the city. Not to be overshadowed by the supernatural storyline of Veiled Truth (41/2), the relationship between Lyra and Theron is full of chemistry. Vivi Anna’s writing is wonderfully descriptive, and the plot is riveting. This book will definitely hold readers’ attention.”

“Veiled Truth is a captivating, impossible to put down, story filled with mystery, intrigue, and passion that I totally adored.” – Lyonene, Joyfully Reviewed, RECOMMENDED READ

TOP PICK
“Another highly enjoyable urban fantasy romance from Vivi Anna! This series is consistently fun and fabulous—in a dark, crime-solving kind of way, of course”. – Kay, Romance Reader at Heart


Website: http://www.vivianna.net

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Now On Shelves!

October's a huge month with two new releases!!!

First, there's GOOD TO THE LAST BITE, which is a companion Blaze to THE ULTIMATE BITE (released last July)....



Vampire Edward Marburn has only one goal left—to take vengeance on Gisele, the female vamp who’d stolen his humanity. Before long, Edward has Gisele right where he wants her. And he learns that the joys of sexual revenge can last an eternity….









Then there's a Special Edition, the third book in the Suds Club miniseries....





Her friends at the Suds Club Laundromat noticed that something was up with Jenny Hunter—especially Web consultant Liam McCree, who had designs on the businesswoman. Would serial-dating Jenny end up with this secret admirer? Or would a looming health crisis stand in their way? It would all come out in the wash….

I'll be blogging about both of them Friday on eHarlequin, and you know what that means--free book giveaways!

So come back here on Friday for the links, okay?

Monday, September 29, 2008

HEROES, 9/29

Okay, the first thing I have to say is
CHUCK!
CHUCK is back and I’m more in love with it than ever.

I suppose you could say that I do get some CHUCK-levels of entertainment when Hiro and Ando are on HEROES. And there are flashes of wonderfulness about this show that keep me tuning in. However, I’m at the point where I’ve pretty much given up on following the mythology and my enjoyment is purely superficial. (For example, the number of shirts taken off tonight? Zero! Dang. Even CHUCK had at least two shirt-off moments. One of them was Captain Awesome, and the name does justice to him. I was way too interested in Chuck’s chest, too, because, let’s face it, I wouldn’t throw him outta bed for eatin’ crackers. Heh.)

So here we go with HEROES:

* Right off the bat I decide that I will go with the theory that Mama Petrelli is mindscrewing Sylar in order to get him to do what she wants him to do. I can’t deal with her really being his mom. Just…no.

* Someone needs to tell Future Peter that an upturned collar is not badass.

* “What kind of overconfident nemesis are you?” I adore Hiro’s meta-talk.

* I wish the Hatian would do his thing with Sylar. Do you know how much trouble that would save us?

* Love how the silent movie’s music is used in the Hiro/Ando scenes. Totally fun.

* You had to know that the African painter’s eyes would go white. Doesn’t he even have the same Tim Sale painting style that Isaac did?

* Micah’s got lots o’hair!

* “I’m being awesome!” Ando gets the line of the night.

* Good job, Two Peters—time is frozen and you guys couldn’t take just a sec to move poor HRG out of the room as the New Villains sit there ready to attack him? Mean.

* Sooo…we’ve got a magic walkman that turns eyes white?

* Lastly, I want me some Sark!!! I can’t believe HEROES isn’t using him. Talk about a waste of talent.

What’s your take? Good, bad, ugly? Directionless? Or do you have hope for the coming adventures of our heroes?

Friday, September 26, 2008

Last Week's Booksigning at Mysterious Galaxy

Thought you guys might want to see a pic of Jeanne Stein, wonderful reader Dusty, and me at the Mysterious Galaxy San Diego signing. Dusty was kind enough to send this along to me, so I'm greatly appreciative.
If you were there--it was great fun meeting you, and thank you for buying my books!

One of the highlights of this signing was the format: Mysterious Galaxy told us that we could read from our books, take questions, and/or interview each other. Jeanne and I weren't sure what to do at first, but we ended up doing the interview along with audience Q&A. Very cool!

My next signing will be on October 26 in Henderson, Nevada. Details will follow as we get closer to the date, but I can tell you that this will be a full-on Halloween event, complete with a horror film showing and other attending authors....

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Return of HEROES, 9/22/08

It’s been a while, but we’re ba-ack.

But is being back a good or bad thing for HEROES? What did you all think of the premiere?

Some of you already read my hint-riddled tease that I wrote after I saw the first hour of this premiere at Comic-Con (If you didn’t read it, click on this: http://crystal-green.blogspot.com/2008_07_01_archive.html and go to the third post down.). I was really optimistic when I saw it.

Then I witnessed the second hour. It was still good, but my attention kept wandering, and I think there’s a specific reason for that, because it tends to happen with characters I’ve completely let go of. One of those characters is Niki/Jessica…Tracy(?), but I’ll get to that in a second.

First, onto the bullet points that I use as a minute-by-minute comment board. Just keep in mind that I only watched the second hour tonight, already having seen the first….

(And…we’re back!)

* Suresh/Testosterone-Wallclimbing-SkinShedding SexFiend extends the fine tradition of Heroes who quite graciously take off their shirts for us. What took him so damned long, because…bab-uh. Methinks someone has been hitting the Pilates.

* After earning my good will, Mohinder immediately blows it by going all suckface on Maya. Gah. I now become bored with his continued moronic state of being and I tune out whenever he is on.

* I’m so happy to catch a glimpse of Adam in Mama Petrelli’s dream. Gimme hope for my Sark’s return!!!

* I never thought I’d be glad to see Elle, but, hey, I am. Whoa. Maybe it’s just because I miss Kristin Bell in general.

* So Niki is Jessica and Tracy? Huh? I decide to brush my confusion aside in favor of concentrating on the Greatest American Hero instead. Check out that soul patch!

* Nooooooooo—not Bob!!!!!!!!!

* How great is it that Weevil and Veronica Mars are together again (or at least within close range of each other)? Let’s pray for some longer scenes to take advantage of their chemistry. Seriously, if you watched VERONICA MARS, you know that these two are magic together.

* All right, I’ll admit it—I’m utterly puzzled about anything that involves Ali Larter when it comes to this show. I never figured out her first character/s, and now we’ve got Tr-icy to contend with. The sight of her stultifies me.

* I’m cracking up at all the Batman-Catwoman-Robin stuff.

* Tonight’s fave? Mah-nah-mah-nah-mah-nah-mah-nah! Here, Kitty, Kitty!

* LOL at Matt and the turtle moment.

* “Can’t you see I’m in the middle of a heated game?” I immediately add, “With Mr. Eko?” (If you don’t watch LOST, you totally won’t get that, and it’s okay.)

* So do you all think that Mama Petrelli is actually Sylar’s ma or is she speaking metaphorically? Or is she just being the evil wench we all love and she’s messing with Sylar’s mind?
(I’m fervently hope it’s the last option….)

Opinions? Loves? Not-so loves? What did you think?

FIRST BLOOD Giveaway on NINC Blog

I'm the guest blogger at the Novelists, Inc. blog today. I'm talking about how my reading habits have changed along with my writing habits, and if you leave a comment, you'll have the chance to win a copy of the FIRST BLOOD anthology (signed by me).

Click here to visit (and come back for my recap for the second hour of HEROES. I already did a hint-heavy blog about the first hour in July....)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mysterious Galaxy Book Signing Tonight

Just a reminder that I'll be signing with Jeanne Stein at 7pm tonight at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego. If you want more info, here's the site....

http://mysteriousgalaxy.booksense.com/NASApp/store/IndexJsp

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Simply Romance Reviews Blog--And Another Two Chances To Win MIDNIGHT REIGN!

I'm guest blogging over at Simply Romance Reviews today about what got me started my fascination with vampires--and I'm asking about what got you all started, too. Also, I'm giving away two copies of MIDNIGHT REIGN, Vampire Babylon, Book Two, so click on the link to go to the fun!

http://simplyromancereviews.blogspot.com/

Hope to see you there, as well as my booksigning with Jeanne Stein tomorrow at 7pm at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego!

Friday, September 12, 2008

New Blog

For those of you who are Special Edition readers, the authors of this line have created a new blog space on the eHarlequin boards. Karen Sandler has already written a good entry about foster parenting. I'll be blogging there October 7, but there are going to be other authors stopping by way before then.

If you want a look, click on this: http://community.eharlequin.com/content/silhouette-special-edition-author-blog

Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 08, 2008

Who Knew?

You guys know I love my scary movies, and if I were able to right now, I'd rush right out to see this musical version of THE EVIL DEAD. (I know!)

(Just a warning: there's some use of the "F Word" in this clip.)



In your life, did you ever think this would happen? (I mean a musical about THE EVIL DEAD, not zombies in a remote cabin.)

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Nalini Singh's HOSTAGE TO PLEASURE

Hey, while you're all at the book store (subliminal message: BREAK OF DAWN, BREAK OF DAWN), you might want to check this one out! Nalini's Psy series is great, great reading!

HOSTAGE TO PLEASURE
by Nalini Singh
(Berkley, September 2, 2008)

With her darkly seductive Psy/Changeling world, Nalini Singh has created "a sensual, dangerous adventure not to be missed" (New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh). Now, as the deadly Psy Council tightens its grip, a rebel Psy scientist finds herself at the mercy of a changeling who has sworn vengeance against her kind...

Separated from her son and forced to create a neural implant that will mean the effective enslavement of her psychically gifted race, Ashaya Aleine is the perfect Psy--cool, calm, emotionless...at least on the surface. Inside, she's fighting a desperate battle to save her son and escape the vicious cold of the PsyNet. Yet when escape comes, it leads not to safety, but to the lethal danger of a sniper's embrace.

DarkRiver sniper Dorian Christensen lost his sister to a Psy killer. Though he lacks the changeling ability to shift into animal form, his leopard lives within. And that leopard's rage at the brutal loss is a clawing darkness that hungers for vengeance. Falling for a Psy has never been on Dorian's agenda. But charged with protecting Ashaya and her son, he discovers that passion has a way of changing the rules...


Excerpt: http://www.nalinisingh.com/hostage.html
Bonus Excerpt: http://nalinisingh.blogspot.com/2008/08/excerpt-hostage-to-pleasure-updates.html


ABOUT NALINI SINGH

Nalini Singh has traveled as far afield as the deserts of China and the temples of Japan, but it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her the most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer.

Check out her website for excerpts, travel photos, and behind-the-scenes info on the Psy/Changeling series, as well as details of her new series, which kicks off with ANGELS’ BLOOD next March.

REVIEWS

"One of the greatest pleasures of these books is their ability to deliver both an intensely personal love story as well as a riveting societal drama. Singh is on the fast track to becoming a genre giant!” ~ Romantic Times (4.5 Stars, Top Pick!)

"Hostage to Pleasure is a powerful story of two very different people finding love where they least expect it...Fans of this series will be happy with the world that Singh continues to build. I know I can’t wait to see what happens next."
~ Casee for Book Binge

"Perhaps this is the most exciting and complex yet of the books in this series. Ashaya's dilemma is certainly among the most poignant and Dorian as her damaged hero is irresistible.”
~ Huntress Reviews

“HOSTAGE TO PLEASURE pulls you in, grabs your attention, and ensures you are going to be reading every last word of this story. Brava, Ms. Singh! Compelling paranormal romance at its finest!”
~ Sarah for Romance Junkies

Website: http://www.nalinisingh.com

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Interview!

If you want to read random interview thoughts about Batman, Blue Fin martinis, and the release of BREAK OF DAWN, go here!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

It's Out There!

You can now buy BREAK OF DAWN at your local bookstore!

Also, this is kind of fun: the book trailer is being featured over at BarnesandNoble.com....

Monday, September 01, 2008

Tomorrow!


Just a reminder: BREAK OF DAWN is out tomorrow!

It feels like it's been years since I wrote that book (and it sort of has been years from the time I started chapter one until this release date). I'm actually writing book five now, and Ace has started moving the releases closer together--book four will be out in March and book five is slated for August (only a five month wait between books for and five. Wow.)....

Friday, August 29, 2008

Another New Cover

I've already shown you my October Blaze cover--now here's my Special Edition that's coming out in the same month....

FALLING FOR THE LONE WOLF is the third and final book in my Suds Club series. This time around, Jenny Hunter and Liam McCree, who seemed to thrive on verbally tangling with each other with every visit to the Suds Club Laundry, fall for each other. But there's a complication: Jenny has just gotten some bad news about her health, and she finds that Liam is the one she wants to turn to in this crisis.

I'm really happy that Special Edition was able to release this book during Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I hope her story reflects the bravery of everyone who's been affected by this disease....

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

OOTB Tour: RAZORGIRL

RAZOR GIRL by Marianne Mancusi

Molly Anderson is not your average twenty-one-year-old. It’s been six years since she and her family escaped into a bunker, led by her conspiracy theorist father and his foreknowledge of a plot to bring about the apocalypse. But her father’s precautions didn’t stop there. Molly is now built to survive.

Yes, Ian Anderson’s favorite book gave him ideas on how to “improve” his daughter. Molly is faster, stronger, and her ocular implants and razor-tipped nails set her apart. Apart, when—venturing alone out of the bunker and into a plague ravaged, monster-ridden wilderness—what Molly needs most is togetherness. Chase Griffin, a friend from her past, is her best bet. But while he and others have miraculously survived, the kind boy has become a tormented man. Together, these remnants of humanity must struggle toward trusting each other and journey to the one place Molly’s father believed all civilization would be reborn: the Magic Kingdom, where everyone knows it’s a small world after all.

ABOUT MARIANNE MANCUSI
When it comes to writing, award winning author Marianne Mancusi likes to play the field. From time travel comedies to kick butt speculative fiction romances to a Buffy’esque vampire series for teens, she’s published eleven books in three years, in a myriad of genres and styles.

In addition to writing, Marianne is a multiple Emmy award winning television producer, currently working for the nationally syndicated women’s lifestyle show Better TV. A Boston native and graduate of Boston University ’s College of Communications , she currently lives on Manhattan ’s Upper West Side . (But has NOT become a Yankees fan!) In her spare time, Marianne enjoys clubbing, cosplay, cheesy horror movies (especially those featuring zombies!), her dog Molly, and videogames.


REVIEWS

“Opens with danger and will grab your interest immediately. Stellar!”
--Huntress Reviews

“An increasingly intense, suspenseful edge-of-the-seat thrilling ride…stunning, cutting edge romance.”
--Merrimon Book Reviews

"Non-stop thrill ride from page one! Marianne Mancusi spins an eerily marvelous tale in her book RAZOR GIRL."
--Simply Romance Reviews

"Mancusi doesn¹t hesitate to take chances and innovate!"
--Romantic Times

"Marianne Mancusi has returned with an edgy all-new tale, Razor Girl, filled with fast-paced action and a heroine strong enough to mold her own destiny."
--SF Scope

Website: http://www.mariannemancusi.com

Monday, August 25, 2008

New Cover: GOOD TO THE LAST BITE

Cover preview alert! Here's what my next Blaze, GOOD TO THE LAST BITE, looks like:



This is the companion story to THE ULTIMATE BITE. In this book, Edward, the rogue vampire from ULTIMATE, hunts down the vampire Gisele, who turned him back into a vampire at the end of ULTIMATE. He's ticked off at her, and lots of bite-y stuff ensues....

BTW, my main site is back up, so enter yourselves in that contest!!!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Still a Chance to Win Books at Love Is An Exploding Cigar

Hey--the contest over at Love Is An Exploding Cigar has been extended until Saturday, so you still have a chance to win a copy of MIDNIGHT REIGN there!

Also, just a reminder that my Web site is down until early next week, so please hang in there. :)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Website Down

Just wanted to check in to tell you guys that my Web site is down right now and won't be back up probably until Monday. You'll still be able to enter the contest, etc., and I'm sorry about the inconvenience. :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Love Is An Exploding Cigar

Hey, guys--tomorrow I'm going to be blogging over at Love Is An Exploding Cigar, and I'm giving away two copies of MIDNIGHT REIGN. But in order to win anything, you have to be signed up with the site, so you might want to go over there and prepare. Also, they have some fun blog entries posted, and it's fun to check them out if you have any time!

Hope to see you tomorrow....

Monday, August 18, 2008

Much Appreciation to Teagan!

I wanted to send a thanks out to Teagan Oliver, fellow author! She won a copy of MIDNIGHT REIGN at the NINC blog, and she's consequently been so very kind about my "Crossing Over" entry and more. (You can check that out here.)

I also want to point out that on her Web site, she has a really cool section called "Pub Crawl," where she rates pubs. How sweet is that? The only neat pub that I normally visit is The Field in downtown San Diego.

Stay tuned this week because I'm going to be giving away two more copies of MIDNIGHT REIGN over at Samantha Hunter's blog, Love Is An Exploding Cigar. That'll happen on Thursday, and on Friday, I've got a sneak peek of my October Blaze cover, the sequel to THE ULTIMATE BITE....

Friday, August 15, 2008

Day Four at RWA

Saturday at RWA was the first time I was actually able to make it to a PAN (or other) workshop that wasn’t sponsored by one of my publishers. It’s funny, because I used to hit so many workshops at conference, but now it’s tough to fit them in. Not that I would trade my schedule now for anything, but I’m just sayin’.

Anyway, I went to a workshop about independent pub houses, then one about how to work with your in-house publicist. Both enlightening, although I left the latter one early to go to lunch with my Silhouette editor, Susan Litman. She took me and Judy Duarte to a really delicious meal at the nearby W Hotel, and I predicted it’d be awesome, merely based on my experiences at the W in Times Square, which houses The Blue Fin, one of my fave restaurants. But at this San Fran eatery, I had an incredible pizza with caramelized onions and a fried egg in the middle. Heck, I’d never imagined a pizza like that, but it was great—and the egg was the tastiest part when paired with the dough and toppings! And it was great to catch up with Susan; we’re both pop culture fiends, so you can imagine how we talked about everything from TOP CHEF to LOST.

Afterward, we dropped in on the extremely crowded Harlequin/Silhouette forum, where the top brass answered questions from the authors. It was a positive meeting, but I do wish I hadn’t needed to sit on the floor the whole time. :) :(

Then it was off to say hi to some old friends before I met up with Susan Allison, the editorial director from Penguin. We went to the lounge on the 39th floor, and what a view! I really enjoyed meeting Susan and talking to her about everything from opera to THE WATCHMEN to my Vampire Babylon releases next year.

I stopped by the Orange County RWA Chapter’s suite to hang out there for a while, and it reminded me of how much I miss being able to attend the meetings. I’m still a member, but a long-distance one. It’s such a great chapter, with so many incredible authors, and back in the pre-pubbed days, I really benefited from their library, as well as all the workshops they put on. (Same with San Diego, but luckily, I’m able to attend meetings there more often.)

At any rate, I then got to go out to dinner with my wonderful critique group, Judy Duarte and Sheri Whitefeather. We went to Roy’s, and if you haven’t had their chocolate cake, you should go for it (melty in the middle—the very best kind!).

Both Judy and I had early flights, so we were off to our homes just after the crack of dawn. As you might guess, my vampires were waiting to be transferred from the ether of my mind to the computer, and that’s what I’ve been doing ever since. I’m writing a really fun chapter for PATH OF RAZORS, Vampire Babylon, Book Five, today--I get to include stuff about Elisabeth, Countess of Bathory.

Love me some of that gory research….

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Day Three of RWA

Back, with a skim of Day Three of the RWA conference!

I’d planned to go to the PAN (Published Author Network) presentation for how to get your book made into a movie but, man, it was a fight to get out of bed. I always regret sleeping at conference, because I can do that when I get home, right? However, my body wages a major argument against that idea, and it always wins.


But I was up and ready for a field trip to the offices of Locus Magazine.



Our new agent at the Knight Agency, Lucienne Diver (who is actually my twin sister—shhhh, it’s something we totally keep under wraps) was kind enough to take us to Oakland for this adventure. Thanks to the efforts of the wonderful Elaine Spencer, we cruised over in a limo.

Yes, a load of female urban fantasy, fantasy, and sci-fi authors all stylin’! (Wish I had pictures, but I’m so not a picture person. If I were, though, you’d see people like Marjorie Liu and Rosemary Clement-Moore waving to the camera.)

I had no idea that Locus was located in a private residence that perches among lots of trees on a hilltop. I feel incredibly lucky to have been a part of this, since we got to meet the great Charles Brown and have a tour of all the art and objects he’s culled from years of travel. And you should see all the books in his vaults! You don’t even know what it was like for seven authors to wander the maze of his collections. We were salivating dogs.

Then it was off to lunch with my agent, Pamela Harty. Ah, the life of a glamorous author, huh? We ate at this delish little café that had some amazing chocolate mousse. (I’m sorry to say that I was even inspired to hunt down a recipe and attempt to make some myself when I got home. Ack—the calories! But it tasted so very yummy.)

Afterward, I did a Mary-Tyler-Moore dash back to the conference to get there in time for my first Berkley Author Signing. I loved it. So much energy in that room, and I guess that makes sense when you have readers who love free books (Don’t we all?).

It was time for a change of clothes at that point, because I had come to the cocktail part of the day. Donning a halter dress that had some breeze and flow to it (Oh, I do love my party dresses.), I attended the Berkley Cocktail Party, where I was able to mingle with my fellow Berkites. After a couple of hours, most of us also write for Harlequin/Silhouette trooped down to the Four Seasons, where H/S was throwing their own shindig.

Food, San Fran-inspired decorations, drinks, dancing, and awesome author friends—all there and accounted for. And to top off the night, I received a milestone pin for writing 25 books for H/S. :)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Day Two at RWA Conference

Day two at RWA was a crowded one (but just you wait until we get to Friday, LOL). I went to the Annual General Meeting, where nothing earth-shattering went down. How could it we there wasn’t enough of a quorum to conduct “real business”? It was interesting, though, to hear debate and board views about the hottest topics in RWA at the moment: a RITA category for erotic romance, a redefinition of the standards for acknowledged publishers, what to do about piracy. What strikes me most when I attend these meetings is how thoughtful and articulate everyone is. It’s truly impressive.

And, what do you know, I actually got to attend a conference lunch! This hasn’t happened much lately, and I was happy to sit at that round table and meet people from far and wide. Best way to make new friends at conference. Oh, and I ordered the vegetarian plate, and my veggie lasagna looked waaaaay better than the chicken that was generally served. (Then again, I inhaled a great deal of carbs at that meal, so who had the last laugh?)

Unfortunately, I had to leave before Victoria Alexander’s speech. Fortunately, it was because I was set to attend Harlequin’s digital workshop. I used to be a big participant at eHarlequin, but the more contracts I signed, the less time I had to spend there. I’ve been hoping to get in the swing of the site again, and based on what the eHarlequin team is doing on the digital front, I need to get started. Truly, these ladies are kicking some major butt with their promotions and ideas for marketing. I’m ashamed to say I didn’t even know what a “widget” is, but now I do. The workshop added many more “to do” things to my list.

After that, Judy Duarte and I stopped by the Harlequin Meet and Greet down the hall, where we chatted with more friends. I couldn’t stay long because Brenda Chin and Kathryn Lye were hosting a Blaze dinner down a couple blocks at Bucca di Beppo. If you’ve visited one of these restaurants, you know the food is yummy and plentiful, and the vittles just kept coming. Seriously, we had so many courses that our tummies weighed us down by the end of it. And I got to see Birgit Todd-Davies, who purchased and edited my first Blaze, too, so it was all good (very, very good!).

I got a little downtime in the room while I got ready for the Knight Agency party at a nearby wine bar. (And can I note that, for those of you I didn’t get to bitch to, I was on antibiotics and I couldn’t drink until Saturday? Boo! Still, fun was had.) The splendid agents put on a grand soiree every conference, and the agency is growing yearly; recently, they added Lucienne Diver and Melissa Jeglinski from Silhouette to their numbers. Yay, girls!

Stay tuned for Friday at conference….

Friday, August 08, 2008

Adventures at RWA

Day One

After Ann Aguirre and I traveled up the coast, we arrived at the RWA Conference just in time for me to attend the Librarian's Luncheon. I met some really cool people, including Donna who runs a project that gets books to Afghanistan for our military to read, and I listened to Stephanie Laurens give a really interesting speech about how we shouldn't be worried about the success of genre fiction in hard times. Positive vibes to start off the conference.

Then it was time to schmooze at the Bookseller Event, where you go to a room and chat with industry professionals. By the time I got there, it was mostly authors hanging around, but I'm always up for meeting other writers. I got excited about a book that's coming out at the end of the year by Carrie Lofty (WHAT A SCOUNDREL WANTS). It's about Will Scarlet from ROBIN HOOD. Awesome. Totally, totally looking forward to it.

The literacy signing was as fun as always: I sat between authors I've never met before (Hey, Kim and Abby Green!) and I got lots of visits from friends and readers.

Here's a pic of Michele Cwiertny, who comments on this blog, and me....

Stay tuned for more as the days go by!

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Break of Dawn Book Teaser!!!

This just in: I received the book teaser for BREAK OF DAWN, Vampire Babylon, Book Three this morning, and here it is!



You guys are seeing it early, before it premieres on my site in September and before I post it other places.

And, BTW, at www.ninc.com 's blog, I'm giving away a copy of MIDNIGHT REIGN. I'll choose the winner Friday, so you might want to go on over there ASAP!

Back!

I'm back from RWA now, and I'll be posting more about it this week. But first, during my Comic-Con posts, you might've noticed that I skimped on talking about my "Things That Go Bump" panel. Since I was scheduled to write a blog entry for the www.ninc.com site, I saved the subject, and now you can read a little bit more about my experience here!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A message from our friend Celise

Just spreading the word from loyal commenter Celise:

"Author Celise Downs is looking for authors who maintain character blogs (MC's from novels that have their own corner of the universe, like this one--http://1800snitch.wordpress.com). Please contact her through her website at www.celisedowns.com. Thanks."

So check it out!

On the Road

Hey...

Here we are, Ann Aguirre and I, in Solvang after yesterday's signing in Santa Barbara. We're creeping up the coast, up to San Fran for the RWA conference, and I don't know how often I'll be able to check in, but I just wanted to tell you how cute Solvang is. I haven't been here in ages, and I've forgotten how endearing this little Danish village with its wine tasting rooms, boutiques, bakeries, and specialty stores is.

We'll be spending the day with friends near San Luis Obispo, and then its on to San Fran. My schedule is so booked solid that I barely have room to move, LOL. Still, I'm really looking forward to this, especially since I didn't attend RWA last year.

Have a great week, all....

Sunday, July 27, 2008

HEROES: I Saw the 3rd Season Premiere Episode!

So, yeah. The first episode of season three.

Did I mention that I saw it?

Eh-ehrm. Well, I did, and if you kept up with my HEROES blogs from last season (and the comments from other loyal viewers), you know that, in general, there was a sense of disappointment. HEROES had lost its way, with too many new characters interfering with stories and characters arcs that cried out to be resolved. HEROES was sending its heroes on irrelevant journeys that didn’t seem to add much to the series mythology at large, and it was frustrating to see such potential falling apart at the seams.

Well, you all—I’m here to tell you that the show has gotten back that spark we once loved: the fun, the humor, the characters we first adored...and there are quite a few big questions answered in this first 43 minutes. Everyone who lost faith during season 2 (like me) will find it again in spades on September 22, when season 3 premieres in the states.

Meanwhile, I was trying to think of a way to get you guys excited about it without giving away the farm. So what I’m going to do is pose leading questions (in bold) that don’t give anything away while providing spoiler-hint answers that hopefully just whet your appetites without ruining much. Hopefully. Maybe you don’t want to read the answers (which are in italics—sorry, I have no idea how to use invisotext), and I wouldn’t blame you, because going into the season as a “pure” viewer is great fun.

But if you want to be teased, by all means, continue….

Ready?

Then let’s go.

This season is called “Villains.” Does it indeed start with the “dark side” of our heroes?

Let me just say that things start four years in the future and, as you might’ve seen online in some pictures, two of our heroes are wearing dark clothing and looking mighty mean. Peter has his scar. Claire has a gun, and she’s aiming it at Peter. The dialogue indicates that there’s going to be some time travel involved because Peter wants to go back to a time before “they all found out.” Claire looks ready to pull the trigger, then…

Heh, you’ll have to watch or go to another online place that spills the rest. Just know that the title of this episode is “Chapter 1, The Second Coming,” and the title is extremely meaningful.

Will this “Villains” premise mean that past mythology and character questions about our original heroes will be going unanswered for a long time?

No, thank god. The concept is going to work really well since time travel is involved. It even leaves us with more questions to answer, but these will tie in with the questions we already have.

Do we find out who shot Nathan, which happened in the final part of the season 2 finale?

Right away. And it’s not an exasperating throwaway moment designed just for ratings, either. It leads to “the shape of things to come.”

What about Nathan? Does he survive?

All I’m going to say is that it all depends on how you interpret the above question….

Does Sylar spend the episode shooting brain farts at cans in an alley?

Nope. He’s back in action within ten minutes of the opening, knocking on a particular hero’s door and stalking him/her in a well-paced cat and mouse chase that’s creepy enough to have you holding your breath.

Is Maya still…Maya?

Not really—and a core character seems to be able to balance her oil-eye seepage for some reason. Also, there might be a romance brewing between these two.

Is Hiro on another crazy-ass journey this year?

If a gnarly mind-screw from his father via a posthumous DVD counts as a journey, then the answer is yes. This set up promises some very interesting developments.

Does David Anders show up in the premiere?

No (sob). Neither does Kristin Bell.

How long until HRG makes an appearance?

He graces us with his presence almost at the end of the episode, but then only briefly, and in a cell, to boot.

Does Jessica/Nikki make an appearance?

No…but a chick named “Tracy” does.



Just a few other little notes, and these do contain some fairly big hints:

* We find out how Sylar absorbs his powers after slicing open skulls.
* In the future, a character exhibits his/her powers, and it’s a very cool moment. In the present, a different character gets powers, too.
* We discover something that puts Claire on a higher level than the other heroes.
* An old character returns and introduces even more questions.
* Mohinder’s days as a weenie are finally over.

I guess the icing on this episode for me was the use of my favorite poem, Yeats’ “The Second Coming.” It’s the first voiceover from Mohinder that I’ve absolutely loved, and it raised goosebumps on my skin.

Look up the poem, and let that be your guide for what to expect from this season.

Be excited. Be very excited.

Comic-Con, Days 3 and 4

Finally—the rest of the Con report! I’m going to be briefer than usual, mainly because I’m tired and Ann Aguirre and I are hitting the road early tomorrow to sign books all the way up the coast on our way to San Francisco for the RWA Conference.

I gave you the basics on Friday, but I didn’t get to give you my impressions of the panels I attended.

WATCHMEN

I mentioned that the entire cast was present (as well as Zach Snyder and the illustrating genius Dave Gibbons), but I was especially excited about being in the same big room as Billy Crudup. You see, I’ve had a thing for him since the days of SLEEPERS, back when he was in round one of the whole “He’s the next big star” bout. (He’s been on so many verges of stardom I’ve lost count.) I even try to overlook all the scandal between him and Mary-Louise Parker, and his charm and wit on this panel only justifies my blind devotion to him.

Anyway, Zach Snyder—who’s quite a looker himself—allowed us to see a very operatic, frakkin’ gorgeous extended Con-exclusive trailer for WATCHMEN. Later in the day, Kevin Smith called it a “religious experience,” and I’m sure tons of Con attendees agreed. I, myself, wasn’t wriggling on the floor and frothing at the mouth, but, even so, I can’t wait to see WATCHMEN. And, once again, if you haven’t read the comic, now’s the time. It’s a beautifully dark and complex work that’ll have you looking at the world—and pop culture itself—in a different way.

Oh, one more thing. The funniest part of the panel was when they started taking questions from the audience. When the camera lit on the first person to ask a question, the image of a full-on Batman filled the huge high-definition screens, and the actors onstage lost their shit. I mean, the Batsuit was really a great one, and to all of a sudden see Batman standing there, all serious and ready to question the panel, was just soooooo Comic-Con.

TRAILER PARK

This is a Con tradition, and I have to say that even though they didn’t show anything brand spanking new, I still had fun. I hadn’t seen the new James Bond trailer yet, and I love how his character arc is extending even into the sequels. I finally saw the TERMINATOR: SALVATION trailer, and I’m squeeing inside even now—especially with that punchy ending. Other trailers of interest? THE CLONE WARS and HAMLET 2 (God help me.).

THE WOLFMAN

Benicio del Toro and Emily Blunt and the great Rick Baker were there to show us the trailer for this old-school horror flick that I’m totally going to see. I had no idea that they were setting it in the 1800s, so color me excited. Basically, I got the vibe of a less Wagnerian BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA. In fact, I’d say that this fills out a perfect trilogy of gothic yumminess along with DRACULA and the DeNiro FRANKENSTEIN.

THE SPIRIT

Frank Miller’s first true solo directorial outing (SIN CITY, co-directed with Robert Rodriguez, preceded this.) looks to be a nourish, tough-talking, entertaining time at the theater. It’s true that the visuals are very, very reminiscent of SIN CITY, and maybe that already makes THE SPIRIT old hat, but it’s still a striking thing to see. Samuel L. Jackson was part of the panel and, as always, he didn’t disappoint with his hilarity.

STAR WARS update

Steve Sansweet, the voice of Lucasfilm, was on hand again to give fans an update of what’s going on in the STAR WARS universe. In a few words: the FORCE UNLEASHED video game looks mindblowing, THE CLONE WARS movie is supposed to be a return to the initial trilogy’s “swashingbuckling fun,” and the approaching animated series—starting this fall on TNT and Cartoon Network—is going to rule my DVR. We saw extended clips from both the animated CLONE WARS movie and the series, and I was quite happy with what was presented. In particular, I loved THE CLONE WARS clip, which featured a battle on a crystal planet. The pacing was hell-for-leather yet clear—an excellent re-start.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY VISIONARIES: FILMAKERS

What do you get when you put Kevin Smith, Judd Apatow, Zach Snyder, and Frank Miller on a panel together? Well, you get a lot of dirty jokes from Smith and geek-fan admiration amongst the lot of them. This was basically just a shoot-the-poo fun time with the audience asking questions and the participants riffing on each others’ answers.

KEVIN SMITH MAKES A PORNO

Instead of the traditional Q&A format this year, Kevin Smith shared his ZACK AND MIRI MAKES A PORNO with the crowd. I wrote a bit about this in the last post, but I just want to reiterate that I think this movie is going to show some real heart and bring the funny….

On Saturday, I went to two more awesome panels: LOST and HEROES. I couldn’t stay for all of LOST, seeing as I had my own panel (which ended up being lots of fun, BTW), but I did stay long enough to see Matthew Fox make an appearance (pant). Also, the “Dharma Initiative” was recruiting out on the Exhibit Floor. I didn’t make it to their booth, but evidently, the Initiative was asking a lot of messed up psychological questions. (Team Viral Marketing for Lost is genius.)

I’m going to blog about HEROES in a separate post in a little bit because it needs its own section. You know why? Because it wasn’t enough that the cast showed up (!), but Tim Kring BROUGHT THE THIRD SEASON PREMIERE AND LET US WATCH IT!!!!!!!!!!

Now, please refer to the HEROES post(when it's up) while envying me. Thank you and enjoy.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Just a note

Hey guys,

Just got home from the Con, and for sitting in a room all day (Hall H), I'm really tired. There's lots of stuff to tell you, but I'm going to blog in detail about today and tomorrow early Sunday since I'll be out later tomorrow, too.

However, here's Day 3 in a nutshell:

* we saw beyond-the-trailer clips from WATCHMEN. Fan-freaking-tabulous. The whole cast was there, too, and my ill-advised crush on Billy Crudup survives.

* I'm totally seeing THE WOLFMAN. Benicio del Toro and Emily Blunt were in attendance.

* had some majorly good laughs due to--who else?--Kevin Smith. Saw a scene from ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO and it looks like he might've made another CHASING AMY. Fingers crossed, but the scene they showed was waaaaaaaay funny, and there seems to be a balance of heart and hilarity. Lots of the cast there, including Justin Long, Elizabeth Banks, and Seth Rogan, who is not only whip-quick with one-liners, but who also has a really dorky, endearing huh-huh-huh of a laugh after just about everything he says. I'm not even sure he realizes he's doing it.

So tomorrow is my frightening panel, then a signing session. Lots o' good times!!!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Comic Con, Day 2

In years past, Thursdays would yield some pretty cool stuff: panels about new D-horror movies, fan groups (like theonering.net), and dishy small fan-driven magazine schmooze-fests. But the big production companies have taken over, and this means that to see a panel now, a fangirl must invest time in lines, resulting in fewer activities and more down time.

I'd intended to go to the TWILIGHT presentation, but no dice. (Still, I'll get back to TWILIGHT in a bit, as my friend *did* make it inside.) Nope--I cruised the exhibit floor in the morning, buying way too much merchandise, although I'll be giving some of it away in my contests in the coming months. And I lucked out by running into the fabulous Nancy Holder (!) We chatted until it was time for us both to do signings--her at the Firefly Browncoat booth and I at the Mysterious Galaxy/Penguin booth.

It took maybe 15 minutes to give away and sign all the NIGHT RISING books that Ace had supplied, so yay! Then I hung out and sold a few more books while meeting new readers as well as Penguin editors, MG employees, and other authors: Ann Aguirre and Vicki Pettersson, among the cool collection. It was like being in a lounge where everyone is chatting and generally just having a great time. A definite highlight so far.

Then I missed the TWILIGHT presentation. However, my friend, who hasn't read any of the Stephanie Meyers books, reported that they showed a movie clip in which "some vampires" are fighting over Bella and the vamps don't get burned in the sun. (My friend is starting the book tomorrow, so she'll no doubt have more to say later.) She also said that it was like Teen-palooza in there. See, the lead is the guy who played Cedric in the Harry Potter movies, and after TWILIGHT, this boy is going to be a huge star. The girls were going ape, and some wee fan even asked him the "boxers versus briefs" question. He's arrived, all right.

In the meantime, I ended up in the RED SONJA panel. I don't know where I've been, but I had no clue that Robert Rodriguez was remaking the flick with Rose McGowan. They haven't started filming, but they had some vivid artwork with Sonja's hair flaming and her tongue licking blood from a sword. (Seriously--tongue...on...sword.) I have to say that I totally trust Rodriguez though--the man has some mad vision, and I do think he can make a real kick-ass version of a movie that wasn't very successful in its first incarnation.

I'd wanted to go to the TRU BLOOD and DEXTER panels, but my packages were many and I was too lazy to get them in the bag check. Besides, there was some expensive stuff in there, and I was paranoid. So off I went on the trolley to go to homebase and gear up for an entire day of big studio offerings tomorrow. Hopefully I'll get to see the panels for WATCHMEN and THE WOLFMAN, then hear Kevin Smith run his awesome mouth for a couple of hours....