I just sent my agent my rewrite of my young adult gothic. I kept thinking of things to change even as I was composing my email to her. Thanks to all those who gave me feedback on the sample chapters! It really helped me rethink the characters and tone of the book.
I haven't had a day off in weeks, so I'll be taking a few days to kick back and then I'll be working on Casa Dracula Book 4, which will be published next year.
Anna of Anna's Book Blog has a kick-ass contest to celebrate her two-year anniversary with her review blog. Congratulations, Anna! "36 Authors donated signed books, bookmarks, cover flats an the like. So the original one box of goodies got turned into six." Just leave a comment on Anna's blog for a chance to win your summer reading.
She's got tons of book giveaways, including a signed copy of my first novel, Happy Hour at Casa Dracula.
Kimberly Swan reviews The Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland. "Kara Gillian is a police detective in Beaulac, Louisiana. She’s also a Summoner, able to conjure demons and bind them to her will." (Darque Reviews)
Doug Knipe, our favorite SciFi Guy, has covers and descriptions of new paranormal/urban fantasy June releases, including the Huntress anthology, with stories by Christine Warren, Marjorie M. Liu, Caitlin Kittredge, and Jenna MacLaine. "Supernatural bounty hunter Lilli Corbin made a pact with the Prince of Hell: She agreed to recover a book of prophecies."
MOVIE & TV STUFF
"Twilight" fans must be delighted that the movie won several awards at last night's MTV Movie Awards. "'Twilight,' the popular vampire drama starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, sucked up golden popcorn trophies for best movie, best fight, best kiss, breakthrough male performance and female performance during Sunday's freewheeling and often-bleeped ceremony at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif.
Here's the new "New Moon" trailer. I like it because it seems to be a movie about the HORROR of paper cuts. In my career as an author, I've suffered many a debilitating paper cut, so I'm going to promote any anti-paper cut movie.
The werewolf is very "Werewolf of London"-ish, but, of course, not as terrifying as a paper cut. If I were writing a scary movie, I'd be sure to have lots of paper around to crank up the danger and tension.
Critics haven't been keen on the CGI-heavy "New Moon" trailer and by critics I mean guys. Of course, Catherine Hardwicke who directed the amazingly successful "Twilight," was dumped for the sequel because she wasn't into the CGI action that the boys love. And by boys, I don't mean the huge audiences for this movie, but the studio boys who produce:
"Instead, Summit, fearing fans of the first film would lose interest in the interim, charged Chris Weitz (who made the 2007 adaptation of Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass) with bringing the second film to the screen within a year of Twilight's release." (Guardian)
BuddyTV has an article about the upcoming CW series "The Vampire Diaries" and clips. Here's one. It's yet another reason 1) not to use the word "journal" as a verb, and 2) to burn your banal, egomanical teenage diaires. Oh, right, the dude is 200 years old. He should be writing like frickin Shakespeare by now, instead of like a teenage hottie.
GRATUITOUS VIDEO OF THE DAY
I feel very guilty that Vampire Wire readers had to do without their daily fix of GVDs while I worked on my manuscript. I hope that these will make up for my negligence.
Here are some hawt guys, some of which have played vampires or should play vampires.
I've been going through Guy of Ghisborne withdrawal. Geez, you think I'd watch the "Robin Hood" series.
I've actually been watching "Lost" again. I've grown to appreciate the way the writers just throw that script together and pretend everything's planned and intentional. Josh Holloway is always a delight as Sawyer.