Monday, July 29, 2013

NEW SHORT STORY: BURDENED



Make sure to check out my new hot short story BURDENED  FREE on Smashwords.com
When I saw short it really is.




Short description
Emily is tired of it all. Feeling dejected she decides to commit the ultimate sin. Can the Doc save her from herself or will it be too late?


Reviews

Review by: Rori O'Keeffe on July 26, 2013 :
It is a story that hurtles to a crushing finale - as memorable a short piece as I am likely to read.

Review by: Steph Anne on July 26, 2013 :
From the first sentence you are thrust directly in the middle of a tense, pain filled scene. You think, wait? Did I miss a page? What's going on? I kept reading because the raw emotion of the dialogue grabs you and won't let go. By the end, that comes quickly, you understand. Worth the read.

MOVIE REVIEW: THE WOLVERINE & OBLIVION & THE CONJURING

So I haven't posted about any movies lately and I just wanted to catch you up on what I've seen so far. So I've been busy trying to watch as many movies as I can since I have the time. So without any more ranting lets get to it first up"


THE WOLVERINE: The word awesome doesn't even begin to let you know how much I actually loved this movie. Being someone who was into comics when she was younger and then watched the X-Men cartoon in whatever style if was animated in was a huge part of my early life. 


The Wolverine fines our beloved hot tempered mutant Wolverine held up in the woods avoiding the world. This kinda picks up where Jean dies, because seemingly he is trying to escape this memories from the last X-Men movie. Logan is having a hard time dealing with the death of Jean and is seemingly punishing himself. Out in the woods he shares his territory with a huge bear who eventually gets killed, which drives him to go to town, where he meets Yukio and this is were the movie really begins. Yukio convinces Logan to go back to Japan with her as part of an old man's dying wish. This old man turns out to be a Japanese soldier Logan had save back in WWII. The old man dies and Logan is then pulled into a battle to save the old man's granddaughter's Mariko life but also his own.

The fight scenes were great. Fighting on top of a moving train while all the time avoiding being knocked off by the signs that littered the air over head was something to behold. The major fight scenes between Wolverine and the Silver Samurai, was great but was totally beat out by the fight between Yukio and Viper.

All in all The Wolverine was a great was for me. Make sure to stay till the end of the credits for a little surprise. The Wolverine gets an 8 out of 10.

Friday, July 26, 2013

SHORT STORY PROMO: ETERNALLY DEPARTED BY STEPH ANNE

So here is a new one for you guys that I literally just finished reading. Eternally Departed by Steph Anne is a different kind of vampire romance that leaves you going, now this is a story I can sink my teeth into. I know I'm cheesy, this story is worth the read. It's FREE on Smashwords.com and when say it's good, it's good.

The main character Dustin is dealing with a lost, that has him totally alienating everyone around him. Grieving over the woman he loves leads him to a support group meeting for people like himself where he meets Jo who is mysterious and dealing with a lost of her own. After meeting Jo things get really interesting and that is where the story picks up.

The language that the author uses to express Dustin's grief gives the the character a life of its own. You feel for him and the relate to him over the situation that took him to this place. The story is very descriptive and I loved the fact that he isn't at all like the stereotypical vampires.

Eternally Departed is a great read and if your looking for something different to read this is a great pick. Check it out by clicking on the link: Eternally Departed

Thursday, July 18, 2013

THE CAVE: NEW FREE SHORT STORY

Yaella and Zandra know more than their fair share of their villages history, but Zandra doesn't believe in superstitious nonsense. There is a cave that is forbidden that is said to be haunted by spirits and no one is allowed to enter it. Zandra's curiosity gets the better of him and to prove to his friend Yaella, who follows the villages laws, that there is nothing in the cave he breaks the rules.


Now trapped his life and Yaella's is on the line. Can Yaella save Zandra from a doom faith or will they fall to the villages legend?

The Cave Link

DISTURBED FATE ( THE OTHERKIN SPIRITS #1) BY KIA ZI SHIRU

SUMMARY (from the Author): Marc, a small pet shop owner and seer, needs help with his store, but his new employee, Galen, brings with him more trouble than expected. Marc tries to keep their relationship professional even if Galen seems insistent on taking it to the next level. And then there is the problem of Galen’s past.

Keiran, a hard working medical student and Marc’s best friend, has a small problem, a stalker. One night he confronts the guy and finds in his stalker vampire, Devlan, is too alluring to turn down. But Devlan isn’t who he seems to be.

When the four men meet up for a night out their lives fall apart. Marc’s premonitions are wrong and everything points towards one autumn night a couple of years ago. Now they need to figure out what happened that night, before someone dies, again.

Time is running out. The visions might be false, but they don’t paint a pretty picture, not about their futures and, especially, not about their pasts. They need to reverse the change before it is too late.


Sales links:

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EXCERPT


Marc turned and was faced with Galen taking off his sweater. Now that the guy only wore a shirt he realised how thin he really was. He felt a tug in the pit of his stomach. This guy could be beautiful with a bit more meat on his bones and some sun on his face.
“Do you want something to snack on with your beer? I think I’ve got some crisps in a cupboard.” Marc put the beers on the table and turned around, back to the kitchen.
“I’m not hungry. Really. I’m just this thin naturally, no amount of food will change that. Trust me, I’ve tried,” Galen called after him.
Marc turned around, opening his mouth to speak.
“No. No excuses. I know you were looking at me. I really don’t need anything to eat. Though something to open my beer with would be nice though.” Galen held out his beer to Marc.
Marc pulled an opener from his jeans, opened the beer and gave Galen back the bottle. Their eyes connected for a moment before Galen looked away.
Marc got that distinct feeling again that he had met this guy before somewhere. He shook his head and turned on the TV. Not that there would be anything interesting on this time of the night, but it was a nice way not to make all this too awkward. At least it would distract him from staring too much at the guy next to him.
He should meet up with Keiran soon and go clubbing together again. It had been so busy lately that they hadn’t been out much and he could feel the effects. Being single and not getting laid was harmful with such a gorgeous guy working for him. But it was also bad to do anything with this guy. Marc was his boss!
“You mind if we don’t watch this?” Galen pulled his attention back to the screen.
Marc looked at the TV and quickly turned it to a music channel. It had been pink, too much pink, probably some chick flick. Not the best thing to watch when you were drinking.
“You have a problem with rock music? I’m not one for these crappy pop songs.” Marc nodded to the channel they were now watching.
Galen shook his head as he took another sip. Some beer leaked down the side of this mouth and as he lowered the bottle he kept it to his mouth. When it was back upright he let go of the top and licked the rim.
Marc was staring blatantly, forgetting about changing the channel.
Galen looked at him. “Something wrong? You seem to be distracted by something.”
Marc shook his head, reached out and wiped at the spilled beer on Galen’s cheek before he moved his hand back and licked the beer from his finger.
Galen stared at him, mouth slightly open before he swallowed, quickly looking at the TV.
Marc blinked quickly, trying to get rid of the fuzziness. He took another sip of his beer before he changed the channel. They both kept their eyes on the TV, sipping their beer, the only words spoken questions about more beer or comments on crappy bands.


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Kia Zi Shiru is a Dutch girl who did her bachelor studying English and Creative Writing in the UK but has now returned to the Netherlands to do her masters. Amongst her interests she finds writing, reading, doing research and learning different languages (including but not limited to: English, Dutch,French, German, HTML, Java, PHP and Assembly). Her writing and reading habits include books with Young Adults, gay themes, strong female or minority characters and fantasy elements (more often than not all at the same time).

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Friday, July 12, 2013

SHORT STORY REVIEW: RUSTY FISCHER'S THE WEREWOLF ON CHRISTMAS


 Another great read FREE by author Rusty Fischer. The Werewolf on Christmas was very entertaining and descriptive. In a world where it seems that Werewolves, Lycans, and Shifters are a problem there is a place where the government keeps them from hurting the public and that is where main character Jace Thompkins is spending his Christmas.


Attacked by a werewolf and now a danger to those around him including his family. Jace is placed in this government facility that can be literally described as a person to save him from himself. Separated from his family Jace has to deal with the being a lone, being harassed by the muscle head security. With a little Christmas gift from his sister,  Jace has the chance to escape all this, but will he take that chance and possible unlace the mindless animal that lives inside.

Love every moment of this book. Even though it is short it is pack with a lot of details that you can see as you read a long. But like his zombie story Zombie Thanksgiving, this one left me wanting more. I am all for the cliffhanger, but when the story is so good you want an end. Hopefully there is more to come about Jace Thompkins from Fischer, because I know I want to read what choice Jace made in the end.

Get The Werewolf on Christmas at Smashwords.com for FREE 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

WORLD WAR Z: MOVIE REVIEW

Crazy, fast, hungry, infectious are just some of the words you can use to describe the zombies in Brad Pitt's new movie, World War Z. Yes we are all use to the zombies we've seen on Night of the Living Dead or The Walking Dead, but these zombies are a whole new thing. First of all all of the world has gone to hell in a handbag to say the less. Philadelphia, New York, Newark;  well Newark was always hell so no lose there sorry Jersey. But these zombies unlike ones in other movies over ran most of the earth in a matter of days. No one knows where it started or who patient zero is, but what they do know is if they don't find a cure humanity is lost.
Now where every Brad Pitt's character Gerry is, is where I want to be and don't want to be. Sure the guy is the only one that can get you out of everything alive, but for some reason even being around him is a risk in this movie. You literally have to think whether you want to run for the rest of your life and try to find a safe place to hide out or go with Brad's character Gerry and take a chance dying to find a cure for the rest of the world. I said what the hell go down swinging in all direction.

The movie I must say is great the zombies are to be commended for their determination, because not even that 90 foot high wall that Israel built kept them out. But humanity is never done for. We never just lie down to be eaten. Finding himself now alone after all the soldiers that were suppose to protect him have died. he journeys to a research lab and discovers that to stop the outbreak from spreading you need to fight it with (SPOILER -NOT TELLING) . So now Gerry is in a race against time to save humanity and his family.

But this movie seriously makes you think about how far we really are from something this freaky really happening. With all mutated viruses and bacteria out there which one of the luck strands will cause humanity to come crashing down to its knees and unite us in an effort to save ourselves from extinction. Or will it be Mother Nature that comes after us attempting to protect herself and unless hell on earth with something we've never seen before? All I know is I hope to goodness grace that we have enough sense to not let it get that far and we are able to save ourselves from something this gruesome. I know for a fact that I am prepared to think the worse and hope that we can kick zombie ass if we need too.

This is a damn good movie and I high recommend that you see it, before it's too late.  World War Z gets a 9 out of 10

DRINKING & DRAWING AT MARY O'S

Artist Sara Woolley and Khary Randolph
 So fun time yesterday when I finally got the chance to attend Drink & Draw at Mary O's, hosted by none other than amazing comic book artist himself Khary Randolph. After accepting every event invitation the group on Facebook sent me and never showing up; I was finally able to attend one of the monthly gathering of this group of awesome illustrators and artist. The event which welcomes all artist is hosted every second Wednesday of each month (unless it changes). Most of the artist there gather to socialize with others within their field and to also draw some amazing art. Like artist, Khary Randolph, Sara Woolley, N Steven Harris, and Javier Cruz Winnik, who I meet last year at Comic Con. He and I were the first ones at Mary O's and I got a chance to see what he was working on and it was an amazing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles piece. Mind you being a huge Turtles fan it got 1 1/2 thumbs up from me. Why 1 1/2 thumbs you ask, well to put in plainly Rafael wasn't in the front. Sorry I am a Raf fan. 

TMNT as drawn by Javier Cruz Winnik
 Once the event got on the way I found myself a little lost in this vase sea of talent. They had a model there who did some great poses for the artist to draw, but I being a total novice fell into disarray when I looked around me and saw all those pencils sketching away. Each artist was in the zone watching the model, who by the way is name Hazel Honeysuckle, as she changed poses and giving them new angels to draw. 


 The air was charged with talent. Each artist drawing in their own unique style. I tried my best to remember everything I learned in life draw class back in college, but fell short. But I didn't get down on myself for too long, since I bucked up and remembered hey you're an artist also with words. So with that in mind I looked around at all the intense faces around me that were producing genius on the spot and though about what I could write to relay how the night went. Well that is it.
Sketch of model Hazel Honeysuckle by N Steven Harris

 Unfortunately, I couldn't stay until the end of the event. But before I left I spoke to Khary who asked me if I drawn anything? I said yes, but then went on to tell him that I wouldn't show it to anyone, due to the fact I thought I was bad (and it was) compared to the amazing things I saw around me. But he reminded me that the event is called Drink and Draw. He asked me did I drink, and that was a yes (cranberry juice-mommy can't go home with beer breath) and if I had drawn anything, which was another yes. And I saw where he was going I had accomplished what the event is all about having a drink and drawing the best that you can, and enjoying the talented people around you. Hopefully I will get to attend next month Drink & Draw event and have more great things to say about it.

 If you're an artist here in New York or close by and have time to come out to the event look up the Facebook page by clicking on the link Drink and Draw NYC and see what's is all about. You will also see some of the great work that these artist have produced at past Drink & Draw events.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

SHORT STORY REVIEW: RUSTY FISCHER'S ZOMBIE THANKSGIVING



Extended Description: It’s Thanksgiving and all Cassie wants to do is sit in her dorm room eating cheesy poofs and binge watching a Horror High marathon on HitFlix. That’s when Rex, one of the members of the Zombie Job Corps, shows up, wanting to clean her floor. With nothing better to do, Cassie helps him… and finds a friend for Thanksgiving break. And just in time, too, seeing as a zombie outbreak is starting and Cassie has to decide which side to fight for: the good zombies… or the bad!

Once while venturing through SmashworDs YA books, I found this amazing FREE short story, Zombie Thanksgiving by Rusty Fischer. First of all I have to say the story is well written and well paced. I thought it was going one way and then it took a left turn and that's when it gets good. Cassie seems to be the girl that I was in college which was somewhat of an out case. She doesn't think guys think of her as normal and through the story I thought well you aren't. 

Cassie meets Reggie who is a zombie that is still semi-human due to  a cure that the government finds after numerous zombie out breaks. What makes me think that she isn't normal is that fact that she is looking at him as someone she could date, which was also then funny and fun part of the book. While getting to know Reggie everything goes wrong, and now they are trying to survive. But there Reggie might not make it out "a live". At the end I felt I was cheated, since I wanted more. It's worth reading and exploring to see if Cassie and Reggie make it through this without behing harmed. Rusty Fischer wrote a really great zombie short and I thought it worth mentioning to the masses. But if you are a zombie fan and like Rusty's work after reading Zombie Thanksgiving, fear not he has a large amount of zombie stories available at Smashwords.com

Learn more about the author and his work by visiting the link: Rusty Fischer Author Page and Book Info

LIEBSTER BLOG AWARDS NOMINEE

I am so excited my blog has been nominated for the Liebster Blog award. I've never been nominated for anything before and didn't think that anyone would nominate my little old blog. I would like to thank Oliver Saak for nominated me for the award, it really means a lot. Hopefully I can keep writing my interesting post, and promoting more indie writers and spread the love.


One of my readers Oliver Saak, nomiated me for the award and I am very thankful.



So what's it all about?

These are the rules for the


Liebster Blog Award:
1. List eleven random facts about yourself.
2. Nominate eleven other bloggers for the Liebster Blog Award. 
3. Notify these bloggers.
4. Ask eleven questions that the bloggers must answer upon accepting the Liebster Blog Award.5. Answer the eleven questions that you were asked when you were nominated.6. Link back to the person who nominated you.


Eleven random facts about me:

1. I like Anime...A LOT
2. I have strong dislike for spiders
3. I like to write books where the characters have some of my traits in them.
4. I was supposed to live in „England!
5. I studied English, but wanted to be a Marine Biologist
6. I currently studying to be an English Teacher!
7. I start all my books by handwriting them first!
8. I listen to a lot of 30 Second to Mars!
9. I love to fish!
10. I like to think that I understand the universe, when I sometimes don't!
11. Some of the thoughts I have a very random and possible illegal!

Eleven questions for my nominees:

1. What was the funniest movie you have seen?

2. What’s your earliest memory?

3. What was your favorite school subject?

4. I wrote something like this...? (No, seriously!) 


5. Do you understand modern art (or even know if it’s hanging the right way up?)

6. Most enjoyable book?

7. Ever spent money to buy something you really wanted, although you could hardly afford it at the time? 


8. Apart from when you were a child, have you ever danced in the rain?

9. What country would you like to visit that you have not yet been to?

10. What makes you want to say WTH?


11. Do you see things as black and white or is there purple in there somewhere?


My answers to the Eleven questions.


1. Funniest movie I've seen....I seriously can't remember but Kevin Hart stand up kills me all thetime...Alright Alright Alright.
2. My earliest memory is of my grandfather taking me for ice cream
3. I love biology in high school...but then it changed to English
4. I think we've all read a book that's kind of similar to something we've written. But I have yet to have my OMG moment.
5. I just like the pretty colors..lol
6. Okay don't hate me..But I really did love Twilight..What I write children and YA sue me
7. Do it everyday...I can't stop buying journals even though I have tons
8. Never danced in the rain...Always ran from it..Black hair and rain NOPE
9. I really want to go to England and Sweden 
10. Every time I see crazy stuff on TV...that's why I stick to watching Anime
11. There is most def purple in my vision..I like to see the purple side of life. (It's nicer and less complicated.)
Congratulations to my nominees! The Blogs listed here are unique and include emerging Bloggers andAuthors.


My nominees are:

+Jessica G http://geminirising1.blogspot.com/
+Lis Ann http://theindigoquill.blogspot.com/
+Kia Zi Shiru http://kiaswriting.blogspot.com/
+Samantha aka Genesis Jones http://genesisjoneslounge.blogspot.com/
+James A http://fundamentalyoungintellect.blogspot.com/
+ Schnelle A http://brooklynactivemama.com/
+J.B. Mills http://www.writerwandererwonderer.blogspot.com/
+Veronika Tugaleva http://www.veronika.org/
+A. Long http://ajwrites57.blogspot.com/
+Wolf Scott http://www.godofnothingnow.wordpress.com/
+Jessica M.....http://juiceicawrites.blogspot.com/


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

SHORT STORY REVIEW: CAPTURED TO BE A VAMPIRE PRINCE'S BRIDE


 Captured to Become Vampire Prince's Bride is a title that would intrigue anyone and it did with me. Besides the fact that it's FREE! When I saw the title a lone I wanted to read it right away, but I was disappointed at how short it was even though it is a short story.


Arianne and her friend Selena find themselves in the park way after they should be. The park attendants are gone and there is no one around. Selena tells Arianne that they should head back since the park isn't safe at night, and she was right.

Sinister eyes watch the girls every move and when Arianne finally feels the danger, it is too late. Taken by two strange men what will happen to the girls? Will they survive or will they lose their lives?

This is a great short story by Jessica Martins, that can be expanded upon. I love the visuals that the writer uses to describe the sinister characters, and what happens to the two girls when everything goes wrong. The only problem I had with the story was some small mistake in grammar, but all in all a short story worth reading and hopefully that will be continued since it leaves you wondering, what happens next. Click on the link to get your free copy.

CAPTURED TO BE A VAMPIRE PRINCE'S BRIDE

Saturday, July 6, 2013

REVIEW: ABRAHAM LINCOLN VAMPIRE HUNTER

So I saw this movie last year and realize after going through my post that I did not review this movie or say anything about it. Well I watched it again on HBO and it was as good as the first time I saw it. Sure it's about one of Americas greatest president being a vampire slayer that's what attracted me to watching it. 

I love the take on how this movie portrays such a great and iconic American and a hard time in our nations history and place it a long the whole vampire phenomenon that we're currently going through not only in our writing, but also in movies. It is a great take on what really pushed Lincoln to become the man that went on to lead the nation into a civil war, not just for the freedom of a people, but to save our asses from being vampire food.

The fight scenes are awesome. The way Benjamin Walker handles an axe you would think that he'd been doing it all his life. The graphics are great and the vampires takes us back to the traditional vampires in a sense. They don't sparkle and they are brutal. The only think they can do like today's sexified vampires is walk around in the sun, but off course wearing shades.

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter is a must see in my book. Benjamin Walker was a great pick to play Lincoln. He really looked a lot like the late late really late president. Anyway I thought I would let you know to check it out if you've got two hours to spear and want something entertaining to watch. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter gets an 8 out of 10 in my book. Wish the ending was different, but you can rewrite history that much.

Friday, July 5, 2013

BOOK PROMO: GUARDIAN CATS AND THE LOST BOOKS OF ALEXANDRIA

Guardian Cats and the Lost Books of Alexandria by Rahma Krambo. $4.99 from Smashwords.com
In the wrong hands, some books can be dangerous—and some libraries can be positively deadly. A small town library cat and newly appointed Guardian of an ancient mystical book finds otherworldly creatures roaming through the stacks after hours. The young tabby is ill-prepared for the daunting task of safekeeping the magical book of power—as well as the very heart and soul of the library.

BOOK PROMO: AUREALIS #62

Aurealis #62 by Stephen Higgins (Editor). $2.99 from Smashwords.com
The best in Australian Fantasy and Science Fiction, featuring 'Remnants' by Dan Rabarts, and 'The Leaves of the Manuka Tree' by Phillip W Simpson. Plus the best news, reviews, and interviews in the world of Australian Speculative Fiction. Yet another serving of quality fiction.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

BOOK PROMO: SHAMARA S. DAVIS: THE ADVENTURES OF MARCO AND CARLA

NEW BOOK RELEASE


Now available at Smashwords.com. The newly released Adventures of Marco and Carla: The Ghost of Black Crow Bridge by Shamara S. Davis. In this new, exciting adventure, Marco, Carla, and Sammie are at it again. Marco finds a mysterious locket, that leads them on a new adventure that solves and age old mystery and frees a wondering soul.

Get caught up in the adventure.