Sunday, August 10, 2008

Contest for Carolyn Jewel's MY WICKED ENEMY; More BREAKING DAWN Controversy; Farewell, Sweet Isaac & Bernie

"My Wicked Enemy unfolds at a steady pace and offers up a host of characters that keep the deadly action flowing. The storyline is fresh, the characters are entertaining, and the romance is delightfully steamy." Darque Reviews

AUTHORS & BOOKS


This week, the good publicity people at Grand Central Publishing have given me four copies of Carolyn Jewel's My Wicked Enemy to give away. Here's the book summary:

"A desire that can't be controlled...Carson Philips is a witch on the run. For years, the notorious mage, Alvaro Magellan, has held her as his psychological prisoner. But once Carson gets a glimpse of the true extent of his evil, she flees Magellan's mansion--stealing a stone talisman of unimaginable power on the way. Her only hope for survival is a demon who ignites a voracious hunger in her she can't deny, a longing she can't resist...:

Want to win a copy? All you have to do is leave a comment with your favorite fantasy book or movie. (Mine is "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" because that cat was hysterical.) The winners will be drawn at random on Friday evening.

Interview with Stephanie Meyer about the musical influences for her Twilight series. Meyer’s got the same hysterical fans, midnight release parties and movies in the works as the Harry Potter scribe, but there’s a rock & roll side to her work that makes her unique..." (Rolling Stone)

Speaking of Stephanie Meyer, there is much the hullabaloo about cracktastic, and craptastic elements in her stories. Read and make your own decisions.
Review of Kevin Emerson's Oliver Nocturne: The Vampire's Photograph. "Kevin Emerson's teenaged vampire, Oliver Nocturne, is ... at that stage where most vampires are bonded to their demons, allowing them to access the forces of the other worlds..." (The Trades)

Interview and book contest with Jocelynn Drake, author of Nightwalker. "With the Dark Days series, I've tried to create a very open-ended world with a rich tapestry of characters." (AmberKatze's Book Blog)

Review of Jeanne C. Stein's Legacy. "This is the fourth installment in the Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles and is as riveting as the rest." (Darque Reviews)

If you live in Terra Haute, IN or Brentwood, MO, you can go to one of the booksignings this week with Colleeen Gleason and Jennifer Rardin. (Scroll down to the Appearances section on the right sidebar of Colleen's site for info.)


MOVIES & DVDS


Review of "Underworld" dvd, starring Kate Beckinsale. " Vampire Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is a PVC-clad killing machine." (The Sun)

Oh, my, I had no idea that brilliant Sarah Waters' spooky novel, Affinity. had been adapted onscreen! "'Affinity' is at once a gothic mystery, a romance, and a quasi-supernatural tale, with plenty of moody atmospherics to go with it." (DVD Town)


TELEVISION & THE INTERNETS

Alan Ball's graphically sexed-up and gored-up version of Southern Vampire series, "True Blood" has some people keeping HBO. " For all the rutting and violent exsanguination, at the heart of True Blood is an oddly sweet love story. For a 175-year-old ambulatory corpse, Vampire Bill is an awfully courtly gent." (MediaWeek)


NOT-SO-GRATUITOUS VIDEOS OF THE DAY


I was saddened by the news that two wonderful performers died. Composer, singer, actor Isaac Hayes and his deep, sexy voice, his humor, his gorgeousness died over the weekend. His was a voice that we all recognized and loved, and his musical contributions went far beyond the Oscar-winning soundtrack to "Shaft." He was bigger than life and his legacy will go on.



Comedian and actor Bernie Mac also died over the weekend of pneumonia. He cranked down his raunchy nightclub act to create a really endearing and funny TV series based on his own experiences when he and his wife adopted his sister's children.

33 comments:

Jackie Ballway said...

My favorite fantasy movie would have to be Legend. I used to be obsessed with unicorns and Tim Curry, and that movie had them both! He still gives me goosebumps when I watch him!

Marta said...

Hi, Jackie, forget the unicorns, I adore Tim Curry! He's got such a delicious voice and a great devilish grin.

Carmen R said...

Ok I know this is cheesy but I just love the Never ending story. Ok now let me go and put my dork hat on and sit by myself now.

Jackie said...

Sebastien was hilarious. And I have to agree about Tim Curry. You know a movie is going to be good if he is in it. It's not paranormal, but I loved him in McHale's Navy.

I really don't have a favorite paranormal movie although if I did have to pick one, it would probably be Sam Neill's Merlin. Martin Short was great as Frik and all of the special effects were awesome. Plus it's hard to hate anything Helena Bonham Carter has done.

Jane said...

My favorite would be the Lord of the Rings trilogy and it's not just because Viggo and Orlando are in the movies.

BlakeyGirl said...

idk if it's fantasy though...but does practical magic count cause i ADORED that movie!

Night critter said...

My favourite fantasy movie is The Princess Bride; so many great lines.

RachaelfromNJ said...

I saw someone mentioned The Never Ending Story. I used to love that movie as a child!

The first movies that came to mind for me is the Harry Potter movies. I can't get enough of watching those. Love them.

Marta said...

Carmen, if everyone who loved Neverending Story is sitting in the corner with a dork hat on, it's gonna be real crowded!

Jackie, oooh, Sam Neill! And it has Martin Short and Helena B-C? I must see this.

Jane, let me guess, it's because of Sean Bean.

Blakey Girl, sure it counts!

Night Critter, The Princess Bride is so funny.

Rachel, you know, I've only seen the first two HP movies. I have to watch the others.

Margay said...

I love Sabrina, too - I still watch it! But my absolute favorite is Hocus Pocus. Bette Midler was in rare form in that movie and it had some great lines.

macbeaner said...

movies: LOTR, Princess bride, Neverending Story

Books: Succubus Blues, Guilty Pleasures, Full Moon Rising (these got me into the genre :)

Kristin said...

LOTR for sure...'cause of the guy who plays Gimli(John Rhys Davies)!!! Just kidding(though I do have a soft spot for his character)...I wouldn't say it's because of Viggo or Orlando either(though they certainly are part of the appeal!), but I do absolutely love those movies. I have watched the extended versions over and over. Love to get completely caught up in that world(can't manage to get through the books though)! :)

Kristin

Hi blakeygirl - club hell, yes? :)

Lori T said...

My favorite movies would be The Never Ending Story and the Lost Boys.

There are some great movies listed here and I loved Sabrina the Teenage Witch too.

Eva S said...

My favorite movies are LOTR,Willow and Merlin. And Harry Potter...

Ruth Schaller said...

I have tons of favorite fantasy movies and I see most of them have been named here:

Never Ending story - I saw this when I was little at the theater and I cried.

Willow - who can love the big heart of the little guy?

Legend - My ALL time favorite. I own the special edition DVD.

There are so many more to name, but I have to agree with the rest, these are my top faves.

Amberkatze said...

Thanks for posting about my new contest!

I know I owe you an email but I have been so snowed under lately...

CrystalGB said...

My favorite movies are the LOTR series and the Harry Potter series.

CrystalGB said...

My favorite movies are the LOTR series and the Harry Potter series.

Marta said...

Lots of popular faves! I'll try to post some GVDs featuring these movies.

Now I need to see Legend.

Cathy said...

My favorite fantasy movie is also Lord of the Rings. Have Princess Bride on my keeper shelf too.

DawnM said...

Everyone's already mentioned my favorite fantasy films. Seems we share similar tastes. I think Willow or Legend would be my absolute favourite. Too hard to choose between them though.

ilona said...

Unlike most of your commentators I don't have a favourite fantasy movie as I prefer books. My favourite fantasy book is by Mercedes Lackey and is Magic's Pawn (though the two others in the Vanyel series come a close second).

kimmyl said...

Ella Enchanted
I loved the movie and the book.

Kammie said...

I'm going to go way, way back and say Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. lol I remember watching that over and over again as a child. The latest version with Johnny Depp is good, too. Who could resist the Oompah-Loompah characters and the music.

Thursday said...

One of my favorite fantasy series is "Game of Thrones" by George R.R. Martin. And I'm so excited — HBO is making it into a mini-series!

Joanne (NeedSun) said...

I have alot of favorite books since my taste seems to change often. One of the series I love and keep coming back to is Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series.

Marta said...

Kammie, Willie Wonka is the best! Gene Wilder was wonderful in this role.

Thursday, I haven't read that series, but I bought a few books for a friend because a bookseller told me it was great.

Joanne, S Kenyon's Dark Hunter series is huge. I should try to get some of those books for a giveaway.

Judi said...

My favorite fantasy book is Lisa Shearin's Magic Lost, Trouble Found. I loved the way she tells the tale and her sense of humor.

Fave fantasy movie would have to be the Harry Potter movies. But there are sooo many others That I love too. :) Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Eragon and Timeline come to mind as well.

BreiaB said...

Its a tie between Willow and The Princess Bride. I watched them so many times.

tetewa said...

I enjoyed I was a teenage werewolf with Michael J. Fox and The Lost Boys. Was wondering if the New Lost Boys 2 is any good?

80slady said...

I have two faves
The Pirate Movie and Xanadu. I know they are dated but I still love getting a bowl of popcorn and a coke and watching them :)

Rebekah said...

My favorite fantasy movie is Labyrinth (w/David Bowie) from the 80's. I think that would technically be considered 'fantasy' anyhow. I loved it because it was just so different, yet it completely compelled you to keep watching. Bowie was sexy, but the entire premise of the story was both imaginative and weird. A perfect combo.

Rebekah

littleminx AT cox DOT net

Marta said...

The contest is now over!

Please see my new post with instructions for the winners:

Joanne Needs Sun
Carmen R.
McBeaner
Thursday

Congratulations!

I'll have a new contest on Monday, so everyone has more chances to win more books!