Movies, movies & mo’ movies

I know writers are generally encouraged to read but I’m the sort of writer who needs to watch tv and movies for writing inspiration.

As such, since publishing The Pursual, I’ve created time to see a couple flicks.

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LIFE:

I recently saw Life featuring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson & Ryan Reynolds. It also includes actor Hiroyuki Sanada who was on the tv show Helix (Syfy). I had to control myself to keep from screaming at the screen. It was so scary but good! It’s about the discovery of extraterrestrial life on Mars …. then it all goes bat-$#!& crazy! No spoilers here, but if you like a spooky science fiction movie and are curious about how first contact could go down, try this movie. Oh, and the ending … what a brilliant ending (that I knew was coming but only because I’m always thinking of ways to surprise my readers).

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A CURE FOR WELLNESS:

Gothic and creeptastic. It was a real what in blazes did I just watch kind of movie. So much of the film was subtle and it was within that subtlety that the sense of fear was created for me as a viewer. A hot shot Wall Street guy is sent to find a member of the firm at a fancy spa retreat in Switzerland. You’ve got to pay attention to everything in this movie. From facial expressions, or the lack thereof, to the way light, darkness and music are used to amp up scenes. Yeah, I recommend it but if you walk away thinking WTH?, just remember, I told you so.

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GET OUT:

Oh boy. I’d heard about this movie. In fact, I was overwhelmed by this movie before I saw it. Twitter. Facebook. Forums. Everyone was talking about this movie and arguing about what it really meant. All I know is that having finally seen it, I wouldn’t wish the sunken place on anyone. It’s a great discussion on race and the discomfort created around it in certain public spaces. But that’s only a slice of what the movie is about. There’s an additional element that becomes obvious toward the end and I won’t mention it so as not to spoil it for you. Do yourself a favor and watch it. If it makes you uncomfortable at times, that’s good. Think about why. If it makes you belly laugh at other points, grab onto the hilarity. Whatever you do, just watch it!

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Fast & Furious 8:

Yeah, I watched this one too and uh, it delivers what it promises – fast cars, explosions, adventure, deceit and more. Hmm, I don’t have much to say about this one but if you have a nephew, hubby, boyfriend, son or someone in your life who enjoys those sorts of movies, it’s one to take them to. Or you can just wait till it comes out on HBO/DVD/Netflix etc. (Confession: I have watched every single movie in the franchise. =D)

I’ve watched a few more movies that I’ll be writing about next week. Wonder Woman, anyone? And that movie actually gave me a few #writinglessons that I hope to apply in the future.

When’s the best time of year to publish my book? Pt 3

Yup, I’m still on a hunt to determine the best date to publish a book.

In Part 1, I researched when the top 100 books on Amazon’s Teen & Young Adult, Science Fiction and Romance book lists were released. In Part 2, I looked at calendars to discover what major events were upcoming and whether those would impede my launch for THE PURSUAL.

And now, it’s almost time to launch book 2 in The Nome Chronicles Series and I need to find a date. I’d originally wanted to publish in June but April and May were super busy with me marketing THE PURSUAL and THE PROEM, which came out in May. Plus, my research in Part 1 showed that July might not be a great time of year to publish boks like mine. Continue reading “When’s the best time of year to publish my book? Pt 3”

#Writinglessons: Embarrassment – A Storytelling Device

Empire is one of the scripted television shows that I enjoy watching. Check out my post on the shows I indulged in last year. The show is a combination of several things I enjoy watching – it’s got a lot of drama, high levels of family conflict (I grew up watching Dallas with my mom in the ’80s), ratchet galore (uh, I watch LHH and the Real Housewives franchise) and fabulous clothes!

Continue reading “#Writinglessons: Embarrassment – A Storytelling Device”

Enter The Dark YA Fantasy Book Giveaway!

There are 10 books up for grabs to a luck winner of The Dark YA Fantasy Book Giveaway. Some of the included books are hardbacks while others are paperback copies of novels from great authors!

I’m honored to have my book, The Pursual, included in this wonderful giveaway. Other participating authors are –

  1. Melanie McFarlane, author of Summoner Rising
  2. Rebecca Jaycox, author of The Other Inheritance
  3. C.K. Dawn, author of Cloak of Shadows
  4. Audrey Grey, author of Shadow Fall
  5. Gwynn White, author of Queen of Extinction

Three additional authors are donating books from other well-known writers –

  1. Eliza Nolan is donating The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
  2. Jennifer Bardsley is donating Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  3. Marta Kaitids is donating A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest
  4. Megan Crewe is donating Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

 

There’s no reason to delay, click HERE to enter today! Good luck!

The Multi Indie Author Sale Event

My first book, THE PURSUAL, is one of over 150 ebooks in the Multi Indie Author Sale Event.

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100+ authors have one or more of their books on sale for $.99 or FREE for this two-day event. (There are a few listings under the British pound £). Some may be on Amazon only or on other sites. Watch this short video for the names of the participating authors.

While the authors, in good faith, tried to ensure the sale prices were up in time for the event, sometimes the book sites have a delay in changing the prices. So please double-check that the book is either $.99 or FREE before you click to purchase. The organizers of this event are not responsible for any books failing to be listed at the sale prices during the event.

For more fun, join us on Facebook on April 19th and 20th for author takeovers and contests! https://www.facebook.com/events/1347821225278586

Want a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card? Check out our Rafflecopter from 4/15/17 to 4/20/17. Click here for Rafflecopter

#ThePursual launch week in Gifs

The week started off hectic

but, I expected it cos it was launch week for my first book, THE PURSUAL

I started seeing reviews immediately on Amazon and Goodreads!

And luckily, they were positive

And then, the issues began

Apple iBooks and Google Play didn’t list my book on time

Then my Instagram page DISAPPEARED!

Yup. I just took a deep breath on that one.

And focused on writing book 2, The Paladin, networking and advertising.

Week 1 is almost over and so far, so good. I’m going to end the week with another slice of chocolate cake.

Have a great weekend and stay happy!

#ThePursual got a blog review!

My first book, The Pursual, is now out and getting some nice reviews. I didn’t think to seek out blogger reviews but now that it received one from the Butterfly Mentions blog, I think it might be time to work on that.

Thank you, Butterfly Mentions for the kind review and assessment of the book.

Mosey on over to the blog to get a look at the review.

The Pursual can be found on Amazon here and to purchase at other retailers, please click here.