Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Disaster Movies

Top Ten Disaster Movie List

I love a good disaster movie. In fact, I think they are my favorite kind of movies with the running and the screaming. I enjoy getting to know the characters and then seeing who makes it and who doesn't. (These are in no particular order)



1. Independence Day: What's not to love about this movie? You've got aliens, Will Smith, fireworks, humor, and tons of action. This is one I can watch again and again. It had so many great lines I can't even begin to list them. 

2. Twister: The first time I watched this it was in the theater and the seats shook from the sound of the oncoming tornado. It was awesome. I loved the storyline about a bickering ex couple that never should have broken up.


3. Poseidon: This is the remake with Kurt Russel and Josh Lucas. It was better than the first in my opinion. Unlike the original, I thought these people had a good plan for escape: find a way outside to the water and get in a lifeboat. 

4. San Andreas: I am a huge Rock fan, so it was great to watch him saving lives during an earthquake. 

5. Deep Blue Sea: Not a disaster movie by some peoples' standards, but it was a disaster to the people trapped in an underwater building that was taking in water. Not to mention getting away from the sharks. My favorite part was watching the main character fall. If you count how many times he hits the floor, it's about ten or eleven. I forget, but it's amusing to watch.

6. Deep Impact: This one has some tear-jerker moments that make you grab for the tissue box. There were some characters I didn't care for, but overall it's a good movie.

7. Armageddon: This movie and Deep Impact are pretty much the same movie, and I used to get them confused a lot, but this one has Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck. It didn't make me cry like Deep Impact though. Sorry, Bruce. I didn't really care when your character sacrificed himself cause I was expecting it the whole time.

8. Day After Tomorrow: This disaster movie is a touch different than the rest. Memorable moments include US citizens running across the border into Mexico.

9. 2012: This is one of my faves for sure. The main character saves his ex wife and kids despite her new jealous boyfriend's reluctance. The dog survives. :)

10. Titanic: This is the only movie I didn't watch for the disaster. I enjoyed the romantic storyline between Leo and Kate too much. By the time they got to the iceberg, I was not happy. They should have just played out the love story. haha

Worst Disaster Movie: War of the Worlds (the remake with Tom Cruise): I hated this one on so many levels. It was kind of cool the way the aliens obliterated people. I was actually bored several times during this one. It lacked the suspense I've come to enjoy in disaster movies. The little girl (yes, I think she's a great little actress), but her screaming got on my nerves so bad. Part of me was hoping she'd get eaten so she'd shut up. 

Honorable Mention: Cloverfield: Most of my friends did not like this one because the camera was wobbly and unfocused. Hello? That was the point. It's like you were there with them during the alien attack. I enjoyed it.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Print Release Day

NEW PRINT RELEASE:

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Crimson Tree Publishing is proud to present the new print release of BLOODTHORN by Tamara Grantham! The third book in the Olive Kennedy, Fairy World MD Series is now available in print format. If you haven't started this Fantasy series, we recommend you check it out today. Book one, DREAMTHIEF, is currently free! Grab your copies of this series while the price is perfect for reading.

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Visiting Faythander is a nasty business. Forget the fairies and unicorns, most people come back with lost memories and mental problems. Olive Kennedy knows. She's the therapist who treats patients suffering from Faythander's side effects. Despite her empty bank account, she takes pride in her job as Houston's only Fairy World medical doctor. She's never failed to cure a client—until now.
Traveling back to Faythander wasn't on Olive's to-do list. But she has no choice. The fate of both Earth and Fairy depends on her ability to stop an ancient being called the Dreamthief. To complicate matters, she may be losing her heart to someone who can't love her in return. Saving the world, she can handle. Falling in love—not so much As if battling the forces of evil wasn't difficult enough…

 WATH THE TRAILER:

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 ABOUT TAMARA GRANTHAM:

11910891_1025501660801380_1947279876_nTamara Grantham was born and raised in Southeast Texas. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from Lamar University. After marrying her husband David, she followed him through his training to become a burn surgeon, which consisted of moving from Vidor, Texas to Galveston, Texas, then to Tulsa, Oklahoma, back to Galveston, and they finally settled in Wichita, Kansas. Tamara and David have five active, sweet, and almost always well-mannered children, ages zero to ten years. Their two pets, June—the Jack Russell Terrier, and Chester—a black cat, help to keep the house lively (in addition to the children.)
When Tamara isn’t writing or tending her children, she enjoys taking walks through the woods, eating chocolate, and very infrequently, she enjoys a good night’s sleep. Check out Tamara's website at: http://www.tamaragranthambooks.com

Friday, June 3, 2016

Life After the Finales...

Seems like most shows think they have to kill off important characters these days to make a great finale. Not sure how I feel about this. Let's take a look at some great finales... and some not so great ones.

If you haven't watched these and still plan to, don't read any further. SPOILERS AHEAD

1. The Walking Dead: This is one for the books. People sat on the edge of their seats for two hours and watched the finale, waiting to see who the show was about to kill off. It was no secret that newcomer Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan) was going to beat someone to death with his bat (Lucille). Rumors abounded, stating the death of a popular character was going to end the show's latest season. 

I was on Twitter that night, reading the reactions as Negan finally made an appearance in the last few minutes. Hearts were pounding. Some people were crying, scared for their favorites. 

Negan swung his bat at the camera. Yeah, that's right. He killed the cameraman. Lol. Now we have to wait until October to find out who Negan actually killed. 

The ending was clever, I suppose, but I think it was a big letdown after such a huge buildup. What did you think of the finale?

2. Mike and Molly: I think the wrap-up of this show in its final season was nicely done. They got their long-awaited baby. Then Molly started to hum the theme song. Mike joined in. It was nice.

3. Castle: The finale here was also their last episode ever after one of the main stars quit. So instead of leaving us hanging as they were going to do, they threw a two minute segment together to wrap things up. Otherwise, Castle and Beckett would have been left on the floor, gunshot victims, and we wouldn't know if they made it or not.

Some fans were happy with the results while others complained about the confusing and rushed results. 

Personally, I liked it. We got to see a snapshot of Castle and Beckett seven years later with their kids. I just wish they'd given us a minute or two more so we could really enjoy it, but I understand they didn't have much time once they heard the show was being cancelled.

4. Supernatural: As everyone that knows me knows, this is my favorite show. Unfortunately, I wasn't thrilled with the finale. But they can't hit it out of the park every time. For a while there they were simply going back and forth between putting Dean and Sam in mortal danger. Oh, this year is Sam's turn. Gee, I wonder how they will kill him (or almost kill him).

It started with Season 2 when Sam was killed and then revived. Season 3 Dean dies. Season 4 they both almost die. Season 5 Sam dies. Season 6 they both almost die. Season 7 Dean supposedly dies. Season 8 Sam is dying. Etc, etc, etc.

For a while things looked bleak on this finale, then Dean 'talked' the villain out of destroying the world. Boring. I was never so bored watching this show.

Now they did try to make it look like Sam got shot, but I'm not buying it.

The up-side is that Dean got his mother back. That's going to be interesting. Wonder how it will change the dynamics of the show. Personally, I would have rather had Bobby back.

5. Grey's Anatomy: Last year we ended with the death of Derek Shepherd and the birth of his baby. Meredith was a mess. This year it simply ended with a wedding. Boring.

6. Grimm: This was one of my favorites of this year. Nick lost the woman he loves and his son to his powerful nemesis, but I think the real villain is going to be this woman's daughter, the daughter she had with another man. 

This year, the show ended with Nick face to face with his nemesis after the daughter used her father as a puppet to kill a bad man. She is WAY too powerful, and I wonder when Nick is going to figure out that he's going to have to do something about her?

Once Upon a Time: I was a big disappointed in this show too this year. Usually, I love it. But Rumpelstiltskin is my favorite character, and he didn't get to do anything super cool this time around.

The show ended with Rumple gone from town, a new idiot, the death of a character that I didn't care too much for, and the return of someone I would have truly missed. Yep, Captain Hook is back.

The Family: I try not to watch new shows like this unless they are received well and I hear they are going to be renewed for another season. That's because I hate it when a show gets me interested in a mystery and then goes off the air before wrapping it up.

The Family was about a boy that got kidnapped and supposedly returns home after ten years. I knew the whole time it wasn't him. I also suspected the real boy was still alive out there somewhere. So during the finale when the boy calls home, I'm not surprised. And that's how they left it. 

Well, that's it, all the finales I can think of that were worth talking about. I probably missed a few. What were your favorites?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Would You Work for Free???

A writer friend recently received a fan letter asking why all her books aren't free?

 Another writer I've heard of got a letter from a woman saying she steals the writer's books. You heard me right. She downloads them from Amazon, reads them, and then she returns them so she can get her money back. I think it's okay to return a book if you haven't read the whole thing already, and if you bought it with the intention of keeping it. This woman was shameless in her confession and let the writer know that she doesn't think she should have to pay for books.
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 I've also read a fan letter sent to another author that clearly states .99 cents to 2.99 is too much to pay for a book. So she also thinks they should be free. For the most part I don't think readers like this are pure evil, just ignorant of some facts. They would probably feel differently if they knew those facts. Well, maybe not the woman who enjoys stealing books from authors. To her, I would just point out that libraries offer free books. Plus, there are so many free ones offered by the author that no one needs to steal anything. So the woman enjoys certain series enough to keep reading, but she's too cheap to pay for it. She doesn't value the author's work.

 I would love to go to where these people work and ask them why I can't have their service/product/whatever for free. Seriously. If it's a teen babysitting, would she watch the kids for free? Don't think so.

If they work for a big company, would they tell their boss they'll gladly do the job for nothing? Yeah, right.

If they sell Avon, would they give the stuff away? Nope.

So why do people expect authors to give their books away?

 Anyway, here are the facts I was talking about earlier that readers need to keep in mind when they start to moan about the 99 cents or 2.99 or whatever the price is on the book.
  1. Books take a LONG time to write. We don't just crank them out. I spend countless hours planning out the plot, outlining, doing character sketches, rearranging scenes, etc. Then I spend months, sometimes even a whole year writing the book. After that it's time for rewrites, revisions, and edits. So even if I charged 5.99 a book (which I don't), I still wouldn't be making minimum wage.
  2. Writers have to pay editors (that usually runs hundreds of dollars), a cover artist (some charge $600 for this), and let's not forget promotions. Everyone out there seems to be offering promotional help to authors... for a fee, of course. Some things cost a lot and don't even work.
  3. We are taking time away from our families to write, spending long hours sitting in front of a computer. I, for one, get bad eyestrain and nasty headaches after working on just one chapter.
  4. Writers have bills just like you do. We have to pay electric, water, gas, car and house payments, and buy food. Some of us work at writing full-time even though we are not making enough money to support ourselves yet. We live day by day and do what we can to keep the dream alive.
I know it makes authors crazy to get fan mail like the ones I described above, but I don't see it stopping. There will always be people that want stuff for free, rude people, and people who say crazy stuff without thinking.

 Remember, next time you buy a book, think about the hours, days, weeks, months, and even years that went into creating it. Before you begrudge the writer a few dollars, ask yourself this question: Would you work for free?

Monday, April 18, 2016

New Release

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Clean Teen Publishing is proud to announce that BROKEN FATE by Jennifer Derrick is finally available! This young adult romance with a Greek mythology twist is not to be missed! Get ready for a new adventure that will have you swooning for the boy next door and screaming at all of the plot twists! To celebrate this release, BROKEN FATE will remain discounted at $3.99 for 48 hours only!
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Zeus gave her one simple job: Kill every human. Atropos—daughter of Zeus and the third goddess of Fate from Greek mythology —spends her eternal life snipping human lifelines when their mortal lives are over. As if being a killer doesn't make life miserable enough, she and her Fate-wielding sisters must live amongst the humans on Earth thanks to a long-running feud between their mother and Zeus. Living on Earth means they must mingle with the mortals, attend the local high school, and attempt to fit in—or at least not stand out too much.
Killing and mingling don't mix, which is why Atropos' number-one rule is to avoid all relationships with the humans. Caring for the people she has to kill is a fast track to insanity. However, when Alex Morgan walks into her first-period English class, she knows she's in for trouble. He's the worst kind of human for her to like—one with a rapidly approaching expiration date. And he makes Atropos want to break all the rules.

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But that’s not all! Everyone who sends in a receipt for Broken Fate will also be entered into a drawing to win a mystery prize pack including three paperback Clean Teen Publishing Books, plus some author swag. Please note that this giveaway is only open to US residents. An alternative prize of three digital Clean Teen Publishing books will be provided if an International winner is chosen.
How to enter: Email a copy of your receipt dated between April 18th and May 8th, 2016 to info@cleanteenpublishing.com. Receipts must be received no later than May 15th. The drawing for the prize pack will be held on or around May 16th, 2016 and the winner will be notified shortly thereafter and asked to provide a shipping address.”

ABOUT JENNIFER DERRICK:

Jennifer Derrick became a writJennifer Derrick Photoer at the age of six when her parents bought her a child’s typewriter for Christmas and agreed to pay her a penny per page for any stories she churned out. When she got older, Jennifer realized that she needed to make (much) more money from her writing so she first turned to the corporate world (where she learned that she is spectacularly unsuited to cubicle life) and ultimately to freelancing where she now writes everything from technical manuals to articles on personal finance and European-style board games. Her writing career came full circle when Clean Teen Publishing published Broken Fate, her first novel. By her calculations, her parents owe her about $3.00 for the book.
She lives in North Carolina and, when not writing, can often be found reading anything she can get her hands on, playing board games, watching sports, camping, running marathons, and playing with her dog

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Featured Author June Stevens

Crimson Tree Publishing is proud to present the official cover reveal of CHANGING MOON by June Stevens Westerfield. CHANGING MOON is the third book in The Paranorm World Series— a new adult paranormal romance set in a post apocalyptic world. Lovers of paranormal romance and dystopians will fall for this series. Each book can be read in order or as stand alone novels. (But we give you fair warning that you will not want to stop reading this series after just one book.) VOODOO MOON is currently free! In addition, we have set a special cover reveal rate on IMMORTAL MOON for $2.99 and CHANGING MOON (pre-order) for $3.99. Take advantage of this amazing deal today while it lasts!
But first, a little about the Paranorm World....
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The Paranorm World

Two hundred years ago the world was very different. It was an age of technology and prosperity. There were more than 7 billion people on earth. Magic and paranormal beings were relegated to fiction and myth. In the Technological Age Year 2012 the Earth experienced a natural phenomena which we now call the Cataclysm. There was a polar shift in which the earths natural magnetic poles shifted. The polar shift caused a series of natural disasters that changed the landscape of the world.  Earthquakes, hurricanes, blizzards, tornadoes, and tsunamis pounded the world leaving devastation and death. Whole cities and even states were leveled by earthquakes and swallowed by the sea. The melting of the polar ice caps caused flooding.
Society collapsed. Major cities were leveled by disasters, power plants and refineries were destroyed. The basic infrastructure of the country disintegrated. There was no longer any electricity, public water systems no longer worked. Food supplies dwindled as there was no longer enough gasoline for shipping. At first the government tried to keep order with police and military. But as more and more disasters destroyed major cities and even the capital of the United States, the government crumbled. With no government to pay or command them there was no longer an army or even police forces. Riots abounded, destroying as much property as the disasters.
Disasters killed more than half the population in just a few years. Over the next five decades famine, disease, and war killed millions more. Humanities only chance for survival was reliant on those who had long ago become outcasts and myths. Humans who through natural evolution, genetics, or viruses had preternatural abilities.
In the ruins of the old civilization, a new one rose up. One that blends technology and magic. One where paranormal beings like mages, vampires and shifters live side by side with normal humans.

Changing Moon: A Moon Sisters Novel

Paranorm World Book Three
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A brutal attack has left Anya’s body and life forever changed. The man she loved is gone, her relationship with her family is in tatters, and her future is dead. With the woman who attacked her still at large, her growing friendship with Luca is the one comfort keeping her sane. Determined to take control of her life and her body, she finds her purpose to move forward, getting revenge add-to-goodreads-button AMAZON_COM_png

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Voodoo Moon: A Moon Sisters Novel
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A sinister magic is sweeping across Nash City...
To Fiona Moon, it’s just another day at work. And some days, well, they’re a helluva lot worse than others. As a member of the elite Black Blade Guard, Fiona is tasked with hunting down the most-dangerous Paranorm criminals. To find out who is kidnapping mages and sucking the life energy from their bodies, she has to work with the one man that embodies everything she despises. Master Necromancer Ian Barroes, a rich professor of Necromantic Studies, wants only one thing in this world… Fiona. They each hold secrets that could destroy them, but that could also be the key to destroying the evil Voodoo priest, Bokor. They must learn to trust each other and track down Bokor before more innocent lives are lost. When Fiona becomes a target of the evil madman, she is lured into his trap. Now, she and Ian have to fight for survival… and their very souls.

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Anya Moon only has one personal rule: Don’t date vampires. She never dreamed the price for breaking it could be her life. In his five hundred years as an assassin, Jarrett Campbell has never gone beyond a one-night stand with a woman. As a vampire, he knows a lasting relationship with a Norm is out of the question. But Anya Moon is just too intriguing to pass up. A two-week fling can’t hurt as long as they both know how it will end… right? Caught up in a romance he never expected, Jarrett forgets that his life as an assassin is never safe... especially when one of his past targets returns from the dead. Now he is in a race against time to save Anya, but is her life worth his death?

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11952987_1640673966217118_6535896007737217865_nJUNE STEVENS WESTERFIELD writes romantic fiction with strong, confident heroines. Her non-fiction work includes collections of real life stories that help give other women a voice. In addition to writing, she runs two small businesses designing greeting cards and websites. When not working she can be found reading, making jewelry, or snuggling on the sofa with her husband and six furbabies binge watching Netflix.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Featured Author Holly Kelly

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In a war between the humans and the inhabitants of the sea--humans will lose. Xanthus Dimitriou--the most lethal Dagonian to rise from the ocean--is on a mission to save mankind from annihilation. But first there's one small thing he needs to do... kill a beautiful young woman in a wheelchair.


Killing her doesn't start out as part of his plan. He entrenches himself deep in the human world. Aligning with his enemies, he prepares to send them to Triton to face their punishment. Then Sara Taylor rolls onto the scene. Xanthus knows at once she's a criminal. And her crime? Being born. She's a human/Dagonian half-breed, an abomination. Killing her should be an easy job. All he has to do is break into her apartment, slit her throat, and feed her body to the sharks. Simple, right? Wrong. If only she weren't so beautiful, so innocent, so sweet...



Saving the world may have to wait. It appears Xanthus has a woman to save. But protecting her may cost him his own life.







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About The Author:

Holly Kelly is a mom who writes books in her spare time: translation--she hides in the bathroom with her laptop and locks the door while the kids destroy the house and smear peanut butter on the walls. She was born in Utah but moved around a bit, living in Kansas, Texas, and Hawaii where she studied marine biology. She's now back in Utah--"happy valley". She's married to a wonderful husband, James, and they are currently raising 6 rambunctious children. Her interests are reading, writing (or course), martial arts, visual arts, creating Halloween props, and spending time with family.







Author Interview:


Where are you from?
I was born in Utah but moved around a bit—living in Utah, Kansas, Texas, and Hawaii. Hawaii was my favorite place to live. I absolutely adore the ocean and would love nothing better than to live close to the shore again, but alas I’m back in landlocked Utah—but my husband and I have aspirations of someday buying a winter home in Fiji.

When and why did you begin writing?
It’s funny, but I’d never considered writing fiction until nine years ago—when I started writing my first “practice novel”—I actually wrote three of those. And no, they will never see the light of day. That ship has sailed.
Why did I begin writing? Well, I’d always been an avid reader, but it never crossed my mind that I could write a book myself. Then eight years ago, I read something Stephenie Meyer wrote. It was rough, it was unedited—it was a scene her publisher cut from Twilight. When I read it, I thought it was horrible. And then the thought struck me. I bet I can write better than that.  That moment, I opened up Microsoft word and started writing. I didn’t think it over. I didn’t plan it out. It was an impulsive thing. But then, once I started writing, I couldn’t stop. And when I wasn’t writing, I was imagining scenes in my head, thinking out characters, and basically spending my time in the world I was creating.  And this is how I live even now—always with one foot in the real world, and one foot in the world of my imagination.

What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book was a mishmash of everything I’d been reading. But my first published book, Rising, was something special. I actually got the inspiration for Rising from a picture. It was a picture of a mermaid, but this mermaid’s tail was unlike any I’d seen before—it was flesh colored. And it got me thinking, what if a mermaid was born on land, but she didn’t know she was a mermaid? She simply thought she was horribly deformed. That day, I started writing.

What books have most influenced your life most?

This is a really hard question! I simply love books—paranormal, fantasy, contemporary, romance… there are just so many. It’s easier to say what authors have influenced me. My favorite author is Amy Harmon. She writes mostly contemporary and a few paranormal. Her books are powerful! I’ve never read an author who has more heart than Amy Harmon! With her books, you laugh, you ball your eyes out, and you become so involved with the characters, that you literally feel you are inside the story. Some of my other favorites are J.K.Rowling, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Julie Garwood, Janet Evanovich, Stephenie Meyer, Brandon Mull, and Rick Riordan.

What are your current projects?
I’ve got two projects right now. I’m currently working on a new book called Cursed by the Fountain of Youth. It’s a paranormal romance with a crazed, murdering lunatic; ghosts; forbidden love; and the curse of eternal youth. And then next book introduces a twisted version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This one comes from my love of all things Halloween. It’s a spooky story with witches, headless horsemen, severed heads, and a Beauty and the Beast-style romance.

What would you like your readers to know?
For those who are aspiring authors, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. I heard it all myself—even from close family members.  I heard I would never get published, and that I would never write anything people would want to read. I didn’t believe it, and you shouldn’t either. Use criticisms as a springboard. Prove those naysayers wrong!  It’s not an easy journey, it will take time and a heck of a lot of writing under your belt to get there, but you can. If you just move forward and never give up, you too can become a published author!