Review of Must See Movies for 2016

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2016 is going to be an epic year for movies!!! Or so I thought!

So for the last couple of years I’ve put out a list of movies I thought would be awesome for the following year. Yet I rarely review them afterward. So I am now. You’re welcome. I know that some of my views will not be popular, but hey, they’re mine and that’s all I can say. So I thought 2016 would be a banner year for amazing movies. I was super excited! And mostly disappointed. So, here goes. My reviews of the movies I most anticipated in 2016. POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD! You’ve been warned!!!

20. Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur

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This movie didn’t actualy release so I can’t yet give it a review. At least I think it hasn’t released!

19. Rogue One – A Star Wars Story

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Sigh… Rogue One! What a let down. I am a Huge Star Wars fan! People who know me, know that! But this movie… ugh… There was no character depth. No backstory. No setup. Nothing. The only ones I cared about were the robot and two of the secondary characters. And they all died! All of them! No one made it out! That’s just not cool. And very boring. There was none of the magic the original Star Wars movies had. No Jedi. No Lightsabers. No witty banter. It just all fell flat 🙁 So sad.

18. Deadpool

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I have to say in all honesty, I didn’t watch it. Why? Because my husband and kids did and even my kids who are HUGE Deadpool fans said the movie sucked. So… I didn’t see it. Too bad.

17. Assassin’s Creed

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I was super excited for this movie! I went to see it and Bam! I spent the first half of the movie asking what the freak was going on! Seriously! I did not get it. Neither did my girls. Then, by the second half I was like, yeah I sort of get it. And by the end I was like, Okay the parkour and fight scenes were great, but I still don’t understand everything. I saw it a second time and it made a lot more sense but still there were things that were really vague. All in all, it was good. But they could have spent a bit more time helping those of us who haven’t played the game yet understand what the heck was going on!

16. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Tim Burton is one of my top 3 filmakers in Hollywood. However in the last 8 years or so his quality has been really iffy. So when I saw this was coming out I had high hopes, but didn’t hold my breath. And after having seen it I have to say, I liked it. I don’t think it’s Tim Burton’s Opus as others claimed. I still think Nightmare Before Christmas is the best movie he ever produced and Edward Scissorhands is a close second followed by Beetlejuice. But this was definetly a refreshing throw back to those older Tim Burton movies that I adored.

15. Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find them

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I went into this movie with extremely low expectations, but Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander stole my heart. He was so sweet and so genuine that his performance was oscar worthy in my opinion. The plot was okay. The graphics were great but it was Eddie that really made the movie shine. I loved his entire performance and would watch it again just because of him. The plot was predictable at best and honestly the one thing that really ruined the whole movie for me was Johny Depp at the end. I really had hoped for someone else. Just about anyone else. I’m kind of over his stale performances.

14. Jason Bourne

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I have to be honest, I have not yet seen this one. I need to get on that.

13. The Hateful Eight

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Again, I put off seeing this one. Not sure why. I just didn’t get around to it. I need to though.

12. Moana

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Loved it! This was a beautifully done movie. Dwayne Johnson was funny as ever. The plot was great. The visuals, the laughs, all of it. I really loved this movie. Well done Disney. This was how I had hoped the movie Brave would be, but wasn’t. This did the Polynesian people proud.

11. Independence Day

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I have to be honest, due to all the terrible reviews I could not bring myself to watch this. They were terrible, and apparently so was this movie. I just have no interest anymore.

10. Gambit

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This one didn’t release but I still reserve the same thoughts I had before. Channing Tatum is no Gambit. I hope this one doesn’t suck.

9. Star Trek Beyond

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This one was a let down. I loved the new character Jayla but other than that, it was the same old same old predictable plot for a Star Trek Movie. Which is sad because I have loved the last 2 they did. But this one fell short for me. From Spock and his girlfirend fighting to the villian being a Star Fleet Officer to everything. Just, predictable. I hate that.

8. BFG

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Again, I didn’t see this one because the reviews weren’t good. I plan on seeing it because I loved this story as a child, but it was in and out of the theaters so fast I just didn’t get a chance.

7. The Jungle Book

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Another movie that has great visuals but lacked everywhere else. There were things about it that they did that I really did not like, especially the ending when Mougli sets everything on fire. But it was great visually.

6. Batman vs. Superman

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This movie got a lot of flack but I personally didn’t think it was terrible. I loved Wonder Woman. Didn’t understand the weird dream sequences and thought the fight scenes were good. I even liked the acting. Except for Jessie Eisenberg as Luther. I didn’t like him at all. I am fully on Superman’s side in this one, BTW. And thought Batman was a jerk, not unlike Tony Stark in Civil War. But all in all, though it’s not a movie I’m dying to watch again, I didn’t hate it.

5. X-men: Apocalypse

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I soooooo wanted to love this movie! I LOVE X-Men. They are one, if not my most, favorite franchise. But this one fell short. The bad guys didn’t talk. They were killed off of defeated too quickly. Their storylines were vague at best. I just didn’t really care for this one. Sorry.

4. Dr. Strange

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This was a great movie. Not an amazing movie, but a great movie. My favorite character was the cape. I had hoped for more though. I had hoped to see more magic in it and more magic graphics and training and learning but we didn’t. We got some, but not as much as I’d hoped. It was a good movie though and I’d watch it again.

3. Suicide Squad

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Again, this was a movie that got a lot of bad reviews but I was pleasantly pleased with it. No, it is nothing like the graphic novels, but it was good. And as a romance author, I just loved the twisted Harley Quinn/Joker storyline. It was twisted and amazing. Jared Leto played the Joker like we’ve never seen him before and it was great and new and refreshing. I even liked Will Smith as Deadshot. I think a lot of the characters in the squad were under utilized, but hey, in a big squad not everyone can shine. Jsut ask Hawkeye and Black Widow.

2. Captain America: Civil War

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Best Movie Of The Year!!! This movie rocked! I saw it 5 times in the theater. Yes, it is that good. Everything about it was awesome. The fight scenes. The banter. The fight scenes. Captain America and Bucky. The cameos. All of it. Black Panther and Spiderman stole the show. I didn’t expect to like Black Panther but he was so awesome! And Spiderman was he perfect blend of goofy kid and great hero. I loved this one. Loved it!

1. Warcraft

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I waited 10 years for an amazing Warcraft movie… and I’m still waiting. On the surface this movie was pretty good. But not great and not amazing. All of the characters were flat. They had no backstory and nothing to really tie us to them. It was rushed and there was no build with the characters, again, so we couldn’t really root for them. I feel like there were so many storylines they could have gone with and so much content out there that it should have been amazing. They could have gone the LOTR or DragonLance route with it on a epic adventure showing you all of WoW. Or they could have done a war like they did but start out showing the lands and how the Orcs were dying off and then them being called and going through the portal and everything, but again, they cut that out and didn’t do it. There was just so much they could have done to make this a real story, and they relied on the visuals instead of the storyline to carry them through. I’m kind of tired of movies doing that. All visuals, no plot.

So what do you think? Did you see these movies? Let me know. And stay tuned for the new 2017 list this week of movies I’m excited for!

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21 Days of Halloween Countdown Best Halloween Decorations

One thing I love most about Halloween is all the cool decorations. I have more Halloween decorations than I do Christmas decorations! I just love them. If it was up to me I’d leave my decorations up all year. But since I can’t, I just have a section of my house that is always decorated with Halloween stuff. It’s the bar between my living room and my family room. And it’s lots of fun. My kids call it our Harry Potter area.

So what are my favorite things to decorate with for Halloween? Well here are 5 of my favorites.

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5. Specimen jars and Potions

I love Specimen jars and potions! I have them everywhere. They’re creepy and cool and easy to put together. You can get jars from thrift stores, reuse jars from groceries, or buy them online. Then you just need some labels and stuff to put inside.

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4. Spider Webs and Spiders

Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t do spiders. I hate spiders. There are very few things worse than spiders. Except, scorpions, and clowns. Those are worse. But I digress. There are two houses in my area that stand out with spiders. One covers the entire front yard and giant tree in one huge web. It must take forever and it looks amazing! The other puts up over 1000 spiders inside their whole house. When you trick or treat there and they open the door every surface is covered in spiders. It’s so creepy.

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3. Skeletons

I love skeletons. And I love all the new skeletons that companies are coming out with. Dogs, Birds, Snakes, Frogs, Bats, You name it. And they are tons of fun to put both inside and outside of the house. You are only limited by your imagination.

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2. Pumpkins

Sometimes I look at what we do to pumpkins and think it’s a waste. They are food after all. But I have started collecting reusable pumpkins. I love the new striped, dotted, glittery and fabric. I love them all. Fat, squat, tall, funny shaped, you name it. And when we do carve real ones and I’m done with them I cook them up for butter or pie or other yummy stuff!

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1. Signage

I love cool signs, funny signs, signs that point the way to my favorite fantasy places. Signs are a great way to add to any Halloween display. Whether big or small, they are lots of fun.

So what are some of your favorite things to decorate with? Tell me.

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21 Day Countdown to Halloween! Ten Scary Books for Halloween

I read a post the other day about the top best Horror books of the 21st century. And it got me thinking of the scariest books I’ve ever read. I don’t read horror anymore, but I used to read it when I was in high school and college, so I get that some of these might be oldies, but it doesn’t make them any less horrifying! So here are my top picks for scary books to read for Halloween.

It by Stephen King
It took me 3 tries to get through that book. It seriously scared the crap out of me. Now the ending wasn’t as I’d hoped it would be but the book is never the less a scary one. Of course Stephen King is the master of horror so what do you expect?

The Stand by Stephen King
Now, I know today this wouldn’t seem as scary. With all we know about biological weapons, they seem pretty much common place. From mutagens, to dirty bombs, they are everywhere. But back in 1992 when I read this book, the idea that a super virus could spread by just someone sneezing on you, let’s just say I was paranoid for MONTHS!!!! I loved this book. It is one of my two Stephen King favorites, but it scared the crap out of me back then.

Dracula by Bram Stoker
This book is not for kids! My daughter asked me if she could read it and so I read it and I was freaked out. It was dark, it was scary and it was awesome! I loved it! If you want a great scary classic, read this one. It’s worth it.

Grimm’s Fairytales
Have you ever read those things? They are seriously messed up! Originally the princesses weren’t all happy and light and their stories didn’t come with happy endings. Some are really dark and gory. Some are sad and tragic. But most of them are pretty scary actually when you think about them. And if you want to get even darker read the origin stories that the Grimm stories came from!

Anything Edgar Allen Poe

Literally anything. You could pick up any of his stories and be scared. Fall of the House of Ushers, The Pit and the Pendulum, Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Tell Tale Heart. All of them are enough to give you chills. Poe is one of my all time favorites and he’s scary as hell.

Anyone of these books is enough to get your blood chilling and have you looking over your shoulder when you climb the stairs at night! So tell me, what are your favorite scary books? Which do you love the most? And if you want to see an article about the best scary books in the last 200 years, go here:

http://www.the-line-up.com/40-scariest-books-of-the-last-200-years/

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21 Days of Halloween Countdown Best Halloween Werewolf Movies

So a few years ago I started trying to figure out what my favorite Werewolf movie was and was sad and shocked to find, that there are very few werewolf movies I have actually liked!

Underworld, is my most favorite movie with werewolves, but other than that, as I went through the werewolf movies I have seen, there were very, very few that I would say I actually really liked.

A werewolf movie came out in 2014 called Wolves. I watched it for one reason and one reason alone. Jason Momoa. Lucas Till is in it and he is one of my least favorite actors but I said, for Jason, I will give this a shot. Don’t. It’s not worth it. Unless, you are going in just to see Jason Momoa as eye candy. Then it’s worth it. He is so evil it’s awesome. But the story sucked and the graphics made them look like giant fuzzy kittens.

In 2007 I was so anxious for the movie Blood & Chocolate to come out in theaters. I had seen the previews and was squealing with delight at finally having a great werewolf movie. It had Hugh Dancy and Olivier Martinez, both of whom I liked. Yet sadly, I was depressed with the outcome. The movie was a let down. Not a total letdown, but a moderately big one. So again, I will rank this on the list of werewolf movies out there, but don’t expect to come away feeling like you got an awesome werewolf movie.

In 2011 I waited with baited breath for Red Riding Hood to be released! Again! I was ecstatic for the movie to come out and couldn’t wait to see it. The visuals looked stunning, the story interesting. It had Gary Oldman for Pete’s sake!! And I like Amanda Seyfried. But again, I was let down. The holes in the story were enough to turn me off. Even though I wished so hard for the movie to be awesome. Some of the twists were good. Gary Oldman was totally evil. The love story was sweet and there was action, but it didn’t live up to the hype for me.

Sigh…

So when I went to find an awesome werewolf movie, there was only one that I could think of, that met my expectations. No, it is not the New Wolfman from 2010. As much as Anthony Hopkins has been one of my favorite actors since Silence of the Lambs, I refuse to even review that movie because it would hurt my soul to say something bad about him.

The one movie that I loved. The one movie that I thought was a great performance of werewolves in today’s society was, Wolf. Yes, the 1994 Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfieffer, James Spader movie. How could one ever forget Jack Nicholson marking his territory in the bathroom? Plus the special effects were very well done and quite believable. Though I do not write my werewolves to still be in human form when they wolf out. I think the movie did an awesome job of it. I don’t think they could have put together a better cast with a better script.

Another shout out I’m going to give is not a werewolf movie but a shifter movie. LadyHawke. Michelle Pfieffer and Rutger Hauer. It a beautiful love story set in a fantasy world about two cursed lovers. It is not horror nor is it really even a werewolf movie, but it is a shifter movie and a great one at that. Plus is has a young Matthew Brodrick in it.

So if you’re going to watch a Werewolf movie, I recommend Wolf or Underworld. There is nothing sexier than an Alph Male protecting his mate. And there’s nothing better than a werewolf movie with a real plot!

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21 Days of Halloween Countdown Best Halloween Treats

Welcome Back!!!

I love fall and the fall season. I love the smells and the colors and the foods. I love it all. Unfortunately, I live in Southern California now so I only get two seasons. Hot and not as hot. But I grew up in Virginia and Idaho so I know what seasons are supposed to look like! 

One of my favorite things in the world is food. Food and treats! For six months, fall through early spring you can bet I’ll be at Panera Bread company once a week having a bowl of Autumn Squash Soup. It is my favorite! Now I will be the first to admit I like pumpkin, but I don’t love everything pumpkin. So I thought I’d put together a list of five awesome Halloween treats to try out!

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5. Halloween Bark – Fun Halloween Food

Halloween bark is fun and colorful. I made some Christmas bark last year and my kids almost died of happiness! This one is super easy to make and a little bit goes a long way. 

  • 1 lb white chocolate melts
  • Variety of Halloween food sprinkles
  • 1 cup Pretzels
  • 12 Oreos, orange and black
  • 1 1/2 cups Candy corn
  • Candy eyeballs

First, you put a wax sheet in your pan. Then lay down a thin layer of white bark. Next put in your broken up Oreos and pretzels. Cover them with more white chocolate. You don’t want to spread it around because you’ll get the Oreo dust everywhere and it looks terrible. So be sure to pour it. Then sprinkle on the candy corn, and sprinkles. Lastly place the eyeballs all around so when you break it up there are one or two in every piece. 

You can also do this with chex mix or popcorn balls!

 

4. Gooey Monster Cookies!

  •  1 White Cake Mix Box
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1 8 oz. Cream Cheese Bar softened
  • 1 egg
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Food Coloring ( NEON food coloring makes them more vibrant)
  • Candy Eyeballs
Beat butter, vanilla, egg and cream cheese until fluffy. Then mix in cake mix. Divide into bowls for different colors and add food coloring. Chill for about 30 minutes then roll into balls (I like to to use my melon baller) and dip into powdered sugar before baking. Smoosh them down a little on the baking sheet. Do NOT add the eyeballs yet or they will burn. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes, then add the eyeballs while the cookies are still warm and gooey 🙂

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3. Caramel Apple Dippers

Now, if you are like me, you like to do as little prep work as possible. So this is totally for us! Get caramel and sprinkles and candy corn and marshmallows and crushed cookies and anything else your kids and you like, and put them in paper bowls. Slice up Granny Smith Apples and grab some skewers and you are good to go for apple dippin’ fun!

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2. Mummy Dogs!

My kids love these! You can do them with hot dogs of any kind, small Vienna sausages, giant bratwurst, you name it! 

1 (11 oz) can refrigerated breadstick dough
2 slices cheddar cheese, quartered 
8 hot dogs
black mustard seeds (or poppy seeds)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place one cheddar cheese slice on your hot dog. Then wrap each dog to look like a mummy, leaving an area for the eyes. Cut two tiny slits and push in two black mustard seeds for eyes. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes.

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1. Spider Infested Chocolate Chip Cookies

Now I will tell you! I am NOT a spider person! When I first saw these I thought – No way! I think they are so cool, but seriously I do not know if I could do them. I think they would be fun to do as a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie though.

  • 1 cup of butter or margarine softened
  • ¾ cup of white sugar
  • ¾ cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • ½ tsp of water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2¼ cup of flour
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • ½ cup of chocolate chips for decorating

Preheat oven to 375F. Mix everything together. Drop a rounded teaspoon onto a greased or lined baking sheet. ( I like to use a melon baller)  Make sure there are a few chocolate chips on the top of each cookie to make your spiders. Then bake for 10-12 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool and while they are cooling melt some chocolate chips on the stove or in the microwave until they are smooth. Place the melted chocolate in a piping bag or a squeeze bottle or a small plastic bag with a tiny tip cut out of it. Then pipe the legs onto the chips along with a head. If you want to get completely creative you can pipe webbing too, but I’m not that good 🙂

So what are your favorite halloween treats? Tell me, show me, let me know so I can try them for myself! You can follow me on Pinterest for more of my Halloween ideas!

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Remember to come back tomorrow for more 21 days of Halloween!

Welcome To Monster Mondays! Best Werewolf Movies

So I started trying to figure out what my favorite Werewolf movie is and was sad and shocked to report, that there are very few werewolf movies I have actually liked!

Underworld, is my first favorite movie with werewolves, but other than that, as I went through the werewolf movies I have seen, there were very, very few that I would say I actually really liked.

In 2007 I was so anxious for the movie Blood & Chocolate to come out in theaters. I had seen the previews and was squealing with delight at finally having a great werewolf movie. And sadly, I was depressed with the outcome. The movie was a let down. Not a total letdown, but a moderately big one.

In 2011 I waited with baited breath for Red Riding Hood to be released! Again! I was ecstatic for the movie to come out and couldn’t wait to see it. The visuals looked stunning, the story interesting. But again, I was let down. The holes in the story were enough to turn me off. Even though I wished so hard for the movie to be awesome.

Sigh…

So when I went to find an awesome werewolf movie, there was only one that I could think of, that met my expectations. No, it is not the New Wolfman from 2010. As much as Anthony Hopkins has been one of my favorite actors since Silence of the Lambs, I refuse to even review that movie because it would hurt my soul to say something bad about him.

The one movie that I loved. The one movie that I thought was a great performance of werewolves in today’s society was, Wolf. Yes, the 1994 Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfieffer, James Spader movie. How could one ever forget Jack Nicholson marking his territory in the bathroom? Plus the special effects were very well done and quite believable. Though I do not write my werewolves to still be in human form when they wolf out. I think the movie did an awesome job of it.

So if you’re going to watch a Werewolf movie, I recommend Wolf or Underworld. There is nothing sexier than an Alph Male protecting his mate.

Monster Monday – When is Unusual just Ridiculous?

This season I’ve started to branch out. There are so many amazing stories being released about Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies, but I really started thinking, what else is out there?   To my surprise there was a LOT more out there than I had anticipated. There are dragons, ghosts, shifters of all kinds. There are demons and angels, dinosaurs (don’t ask) and even Naga. I also found a number of stories about Mermaids/Mermen and Centaurs/Satyrs.   I found the last two sets weird and it got me thinking. Where is the line drawn? Where is weird too weird in Paranormal or Fantasy Romance? I had a friend mention to me that she thought I should put an island in my Farielle Series with Satyrs and Centaurs. I told her there was no way! Then she showed me this photo.

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I was like, uhm… okay, I could be persuaded. Because seriously, that guy may be hand drawn but he’s hot. But then I started thinking, well how does that work? He would have to be under a curse of some kind.   Then I saw that there is an entire series of books written about Satyrs! Just last week on Face Off on ScyFy, a guy won the weekly challenge for his rendition of a Satyr. I have to say, I don’t mind a man with a bit of hair, and horns can be sexy. But goat feet? Nope, sorry, couldn’t do it!  Not my thing!

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I kind of feel the same way about merpeople. Fishtails aren’t sexy! I know there are a bunch of books out there right now about mermaids and stuff but that just isn’t sexy to me.

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In my Fairelle Series I am doing a twist on The Little Mermaid. And my Mer- is a guy. A Nereid. But he doesn’t sprout flippers or a tail! I just don’t think I could write that.   So what about you? Could you write and/or read a story about guys who looked like a horseman or a fishman?

Welcome To Halloween! Werewolf Movies

So I started trying to figure out what my favorite Werewolf movie is and was sad and shocked to report, that there are very few werewolf movies I have actually liked!

Underworld, is my first favorite movie with werewolves, but other than that, as I went through the werewolf movies I have seen, there were very, very few that I would say I actually really liked.

In 2007 I was so anxious for the movie Blood & Chocolate to come out in theaters. I had seen the previews and was squealing with delight at finally having a great werewolf movie. And sadly, I was depressed with the outcome. The movie was a let down. Not a total letdown, but a moderately big one.

In 2011 I waited with baited breath for Red Riding Hood to be released! Again! I was ecstatic for the movie to come out and couldn’t wait to see it. The visuals looked stunning, the story interesting. But again, I was let down. The holes in the story were enough to turn me off. Even though I wished so hard for the movie to be awesome.

Sigh…

So when I went to find an awesome werewolf movie, there was only one that I could think of, that met my expectations. No, it is not the New Wolfman from 2010. As much as Anthony Hopkins has been one of my favorite actors since Silence of the Lambs, I refuse to even review that movie because it would hurt my soul to say something bad about him.

The one movie that I loved. The one movie that I thought was a great performance of werewolves in today’s society was, Wolf. Yes, the 1994 Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfieffer, James Spader movie. How could one ever forget Jack Nicholson marking his territory in the bathroom? Plus the special effects were very well done and quite believable. Though I do not write my werewolves to still be in human form when they wolf out. I think the movie did an awesome job of it.

So if you’re going to watch a Werewolf movie, I recommend Wolf or Underworld. There is nothing sexier than an Alph Male protecting his mate.

Wands, Fangs and Wings Paranormal Blog Tour Final Day

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Welcome to the final day of

A Week of Wands, Fangs and Wings - A Paranormal Book Blog Tour!

What did you think? Has your #TBR list grown? Are you eager to get started on a few fabulous new books? We are too! And of course, everyone is dying to know: who won? Eleven books! Well… Keep checking the #wandsfangsandwings event on Facebook! The winner will be announced TONIGHT!

In closing, we just want to say thank you for stopping by. Thanks for taking the time to learn a little more about the minds behind all these exciting, intriguing books. We hope you enjoyed yourselves, and we hope you found your next read. If you did, please consider leaving a review on Goodreads or one of the big e-book websites. You all know how important those reviews are to authors – and other readers!

If you’re just joining us, well, you missed a hell of a party, but don’t worry. Feel free to peruse our blogs for the last seven days. And if you’re looking for something a little more quick, we’ve recapped each author and each book below. Do a little catch up and then choose a book, curl up and fall into a fantasy world. There are plenty to choose from here:

 

Our featured authors and their books:

 

 

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Author Bio: Rachel Medhurst grew up in Surrey, England. She writes to prove that no matter where you come from, you can be anything you want to be. Your past may shape you, but it doesn’t define you. When Rachel isn’t writing, she can be found reading and walking in nature.

 

Find Rachel at , on facebook  and on twitter @HYPERLINK “https://twitter.com/rachelmedhurst”rachelmedhurst.

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Book blurb: You don’t stop living when you die.

Have you ever wondered what happens when you die?

They’re called Deadliners, they’re spirits and they play fate with human lives. These ‘deadline assignments’ have karma, which must be cleared by the time they die. What the Deadliners don’t know is that by helping others they are also clearing karma of their own.

They’re a strong family unit who would do anything for one another – until one of them has to take Danny’s wife over to the other side. Will they be able to go through with it? The group finds themselves in unfamiliar territory as each one of them faces their toughest lesson since they’ve died: letting go.

Danny loses control as his friends start doing what they want instead of their jobs. What was making them forget their training? Is there something darker going on? Never before had a Deadliner group been so torn apart by the challenges that each one had to face.

Available in the US: http://www.amazon.com/The-Deadliners-Rachel-Medhurst-ebook/dp/B00K5OKIYE/ref=cm_rdp_product

Available in the UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Deadliners-Rachel-Medhurst-ebook/dp/B00K5OKIYE/ref=cm_rdp_product

 

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Author Bio: Misti Murphy has lived in a fantasy world most of her life. She is often away with the faeries, the angels, vampires, shifters and dragons.

Misti writes to give voice to her imaginary friends, who want a real life on paper, where they can be free to be themselves.

When she’s not writing, she is almost always reading anything she can get her hands on. She reads word like they are chocolate, and must be devoured in one sitting.

She can often be found multi-tasking effortlessly while reading a book and spending time with her husband, four children and two dogs.

She loves chocolate as much as she loves reading, and enjoys baking desserts that result in diabetic comas. In her downtime she procaffinates with friends and stalks Facebook.

 

Speaking of, you can find Misti at  on Facebook:  and on Twitter @HYPERLINK “@mistileemurphy”mistileemurphy

 

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Book Blurb: Raven Mackenzie has a normal life, a great job in finances and a never-ending closet. At the end of a hard day the only thing she wants is to spend time with her best friend, Luke, her constant companion since they were teenagers.

Ash is an Angel of Death and for thousands of years he’s been taking souls to the other side. Now he faces his toughest mission. He made a promise to Raven’s father, a promise he intends to keep. He must help Raven survive no matter what the cost. Even if it means taking her into a world he hates.

When Raven meets Ash, her normal life is rocked to its core. No longer a human but an Angel of death, she is given a choice. She must decide between eternal torment and murder.

As Raven’s world crumbles around her, she finds herself torn between the decision she must make, her past, and the future she wants.

Will Raven be able to make the right choice before time runs out?

Available here: http://www.amazon.com/Raven-Falling-Shadows-Light-Novel-ebook/dp/B00LRHKUGE/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-textHYPERLINK

 

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Author bio:

A.J. Navarre lives in the smog-filled oasis of California’s Central Valley, where she spends the days at a desk covered in paper and half-empty rum bottles. When she takes herself seriously, she writes stories that fall under paranormal, science fiction, and the spaces between. Witches casting spells through tattoos, werewolves falling in love with ghosts, shapeshifting rebels fighting against flesh-harvesting factories… The focus is wide, but the emphasis remains the same: fresh, passionate, character-driven stories.

 

Find A.J. at , at her Facebook page , and at Twitter @HYPERLINK “https://twitter.com/OutlineofAsh”OutlineofAsh

 

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Book blurb: Seventeen-year-old Nina Belmonte knows her way around death; as the daughter of wolf witches lost in a magical catastrophe when she was just a baby, she grew up used to fighting on her own, tooth and claw.

But her new next-door neighbor is something she’s never met, something that shouldn’t exist. He’s a vampire; vicious, cunning, and determined to hunt her down and suck her dry. Nina knows she can’t beat him alone, but the only person willing to believe her is Gideon, a young renegade agent as mysterious as the magictech organization he once worked for. Despite the danger, his presence lights up her heart with hope—and maybe something more.

Death comes for everyone, but Nina never gives up without a fight. And if she and Gideon can’t hold off the vampire’s teeth, she’ll lose everything—her family, her chance at love, and her life.

Buy link: http://amzn.com/B00IHRWZU6

 

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Author Bio: Rosanna Leo is a multi-published, erotic romance author with Liquid Silver Books. Her books include For the Love of a God, Up In Flames, Sweet Hell, The Selkie, Sunburn and her newest, Predator’s Kiss. When not writing, she can be found haunting dusty library stacks or planning her next star-crossed love affair.

 

Find Rosanna Leo at , on Facebook at , and on Twitter @HYPERLINK “https://twitter.com/LeoRosanna”LeoRosanna

Rosanna has two books featured on our blog tour!

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Book Blurb #1: Bear shifter Ryland Snow just wants peace. The peace and quiet afforded him at his woodsy retreat, the Ursa Fishing Lodge. As owner of the lodge, Ryland enjoys the tranquil life he’s created among his fellow shifters. He lives to maintain a safe haven for them, away from meddlesome human eyes.

When his rock star brother arrives, bringing trouble in the form of a possible hitman, Ryland is incensed. He’s been cleaning up Soren’s messes as long as he can remember, and is tired of his brother’s lecherous exploits.

Things go from bad to worse when Lia Goodblood stumbles upon Ryland and his lodge. Yes, the reclusive erotica author is easy on the eyes, but the human woman is more trouble than she’s worth. To say nothing of her bizarre fear of furry creatures.

Ryland determines to rid himself of her presence. But when he learns she’s on the run from a crazed fan, Ryland’s protective bear instincts flare. And the bear won’t be denied.

Predator’s Kiss is available at http://www.lsbooks.com/predators-kiss-p794.php and all ebooksellers.

 

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Book Blurb #2:  For years, wolf shifter Bart Cairo has harbored secret feelings for his co-worker, Charlotte Moffatt. Even though he thinks he’s been discreet with his affections, everyone at Gemini Island’s Ursa Fishing Lodge knows he and Charlotte, a fellow wolf shifter, are meant to be mates. Everyone but Charlotte. Charlotte couldn’t be less interested in mating. A free spirit, she wants nothing more than to succeed at her new career in the big city and leave small-town Gemini Island behind. However, she can’t deny Bart stirs up unwanted emotions inside her. Emotions she swore she’d never feel again. The occasion of Bart’s family reunion compels him to assume new responsibilities, and to consider a role he never envisioned for himself. Family tensions rise to the surface as a new Alpha is proclaimed in his pack. And when old grudges escalate, Bart must stake his claim. Charlotte resists as he stakes a claim on her as well. But when he begins to employ sexual tactics of temptation, she wonders if the only solution is submission to the enticing wolf man. Can she trust her heart again? And can they find their happy ending before an enemy cuts their story short?

 

Predator’s Claim is available at http://www.lsbooks.com/predators-claim-p889.php, ARE, Amazon, Kobo and other e-outlets.

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Author Bio: Eva Lefoy writes and reads all kinds of romance, and is a certified Trekkie. She’s also terribly addicted to chocolate, tea, and hiking. One of these days, she’ll figure out the meaning of life, quit her job, and go travel the galaxy. Until then, she’s writing down all her dirty thoughts for the sake of future explorers.

Find Eva at  on Facebook:  and Twitter @HYPERLINK “https://twitter.com/Eva_Lefoy”eva_lefoy

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Book Blurb: Nik Epperstein’s alpha lost his mate two years ago and took an evil witch as his new bride. Ever since then, Eli’s leadership has become violent, bordering on insane. When Eli attacks him, Nik’s healing powers mysteriously vanish. He can’t defend himself, nor protect the wolf he secretly loves. Only through the help of a foul-mouthed witch and an overly-dramatic dwarf will he save her – but their assistance comes at a price.

Caroline has tried for two years to lure Nik into her bed and can’t understand his hesitation.  After all, she senses their mating bond loud and clear. Then Nik disappears. She confronts her father who tells her Nik is dead, and she’s next on the chopping block.  Without Nik to protect her, she flees the pack and is kidnapped by a man half her size.

Reunited at last, the young wolves have one last chance to ignite their bond. But love must wait when battle looms. Eli and his wife attack, and aren’t above using dirty tricks to win. If Nik and Caroline survive the battle, the dwarf and his wife will require them to make a promise that will change their lives forever.

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Darkest-Magic-Beyond-Fairytales-Lefoy-ebook/dp/B00LZ83U3U/

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Darkest-Magic-Beyond-Fairytales-Lefoy-ebook/dp/B00LZ83U3U/

 

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Author Bio: Tami Lund likes to live, love and laugh, and does her best to ensure the characters in her books do the same. After they’ve overcome a few seemingly insurmountable obstacles, of course. She’s written a few books, all of which are available through most e-book retailers. When she isn’t writing, she’s usually thinking up new plots and attempting to be interested in whatever her family is doing at the moment. You can stalk her at www.tamilund.com, on Facebook: AuthorTamiLund, and on Twitter @HYPERLINK “https://twitter.com/TamiLundAuthor”TamiLundAuthor.

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Book Blurb: They were supposed to be enemies, not lovers. Tanner Lyons is a shifter without a pack, which is just the way he likes it—until he rescues Olivia Bennett, princess of the Lightbearers. Suddenly, he finds himself fighting an attraction that makes no sense, because Lightbearers and shifters have been mortal enemies since the beginning of time. Intrigue, adventure, magic, and passion – you’ll find it all in Into the Light, Book 1 of Tami Lund’s exciting new fantasy series, Lightbearers.

Shifters dominate the human world, while Lightbearers stay hidden away in their magically protected coterie. That is, until Olivia Bennett, princess of the Lightbearers, is captured by the most powerful shifter of them all—Quentin Lyons, who believes that to kill a Lightbearer is to inherit her magic.

His son, Tanner, doesn’t believe his father’s theory. In the ultimate betrayal, Tanner rescues Olivia and vows to return her to her home. Along the way, he discovers two other Lightbearers who have left the safety of the coterie, not to mention an attraction to the Lightbearer princess that becomes increasingly more difficult to ignore with each hour he spends in her company.

The attraction makes no sense. Lightbearers and shifters have been mortal enemies since the dawn of time. He’s supposed to feel the urge to kill her, not … well, you know.

Despite shifters who are out to kill them and Lightbearers who don’t trust them, Tanner and Olivia decide to take the chance and give in to their mutual attraction, only to discover that Olivia’s destiny has been predetermined, and it doesn’t include her shifter lover. They must decide if they are willing to risk it all, or if they can walk away from true love for the sake of the Lightbearer species.

Buy Link:http://www.amazon.com/Into-Light-Lightbearer-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00LS899XC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8HYPERLINK

 

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Author Bio: Patricia D. Eddy has been a writer all of her life. She used to sit at her parents’ kitchen counter at an Apple IIe typing out short stories. She even wrote a few on their old typewriter. But it wasn’t until NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in 2011 that she ever came close to finishing a story she started.

Once that dam broke, the floodwaters never receded. Patricia sits down to write every evening after dinner and quite often sees midnight come and go before she heads to bed. She doesn’t sleep much. But she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Patricia is also a founding partner in PageCurl Publishing and Promotion, dedicated to helping all authors succeed without breaking the bank. In her spare (HA!) time she runs, bikes, swims, yogas, reads, and is terribly addicted to Doctor Who and Sherlock. Apparently she has a thing for quirky British men.

Social Media Links:

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/patricia_eddy

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pdeddy.author

Website: http://www.pdeddy.com

Patricia has TWO books featured on this tour!

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Book Blurb #1:  Secrets in Blood: http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Blood-Patricia-D-Eddy-ebook/dp/B00F8KAR9Q/ref=la_B00ERC6DRQ

On a trip to the United States, Italian vampire Nicola Angliatti discovers a lost little girl in the forests of Washington state. Before he can return Evangeline to her camp, a shot rings out. Silver burns through him and he learns that the girl was bait, used unknowingly by her father to trap a vampire.

An extremist religious group, the Hand of God, is developing a serum to stay the vampires’ quick healing, effectively turning them mortal. Believing all vampires to be soulless bloodsuckers, they’ve gone as far as they can without a live test subject and now that they’ve captured Nicola, they’re certain of their success.

Years later, near death, Nicola is discovered by that same little girl, now grown. The attraction between the two of them is instant and inexplicable. Can Evangeline free Nicola from his silver bonds? And if she does, what will happen between them?

Warning: The author cannot be held responsible for a sudden desire to learn Italian or fantasize about hot, sexy vampires while reading this book. Intended for readers over 18.
Book Blurb #2: By the Fates, Freed

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Blurb:

An ancient prophecy. A secret clan determined to see the world returned to war. A witch marked for death.

Ealasaid has just come of age when the devil clan binds her. They steal her name, her voice, and her virtue. Her magic suppressed, she is held in the dark for ten long years, tortured and alone. She prays for a death she knows will never come.

Raven is a powerful warlock, but though he has made a name for himself as a finder and a protector, he is unfulfilled. When the Fates send him to the witch, he has only to touch her to discover that she is his mate, the one he is fated to love for all eternity. He must free her and protect her or his life will be over.

 

Once freed, Ealasaid fights against the darkness that still threatens. The fate of the world rests on her scarred shoulders, but with Raven by her side to share the burden, can she triumph?

 

Warning: This book contains several graphic scenes of physical and sexual torture and is intended for readers over 18. The first two chapters are intended to be difficult to read and should not be read by sensitive readers.

http://www.amazon.com/Fates-Freed-Patricia-D-Eddy-ebook/dp/B00D9FX86G

 

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Author Bio: Rebekah is an award-winning author. Her novel Dead Awakenings, debuted in January 2014. Red the Were Hunter, the first in her Farielle Series, released in May and the second book Snow the Vampire Slayer will be releasing on September 22, 2014. And her trilogy The Society will be released in 2015 by Kensington’s Lyrical Press.

Rebekah is the VP of Communications of the RWA FFP Chapter as well as a member of her local Los Angeles and Orange County chapters. In her spare time when she isn’t writing you can find her moderating on SavvyAuthors.com or hanging out with her husband, four children and her English Bulldog, rabbit, two bearded dragons, and two tortoises. The escaped snake has yet to be found.

Rebekah has TWO books featured on our blog tour!

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#1 Book Blurb: Evaine, a struggling New York theater student, enters an unsanctioned drug trial to pay bills.  She wakes up in a derelict hospital, chained to a bed with no memory of who she is, or how she got there.  A band of pale skinned men, led by the gorgeous Luca, burst in, whisking her away to the safety of Haven House.

At Haven House, Evaine is introduced to The Family and told that due to the drug trials she has become a Deader, a reanimated Undead.

Luca is hell-bent on stopping the experimentations, and killing those responsible. He has no time for a Newborn who is struggling to control her rages, hunger, and powers. Nor does he have time to deal with the feelings she’s awakening within him.

Evaine and Luca find their connection intensifying when suddenly, she remembers not only who she is, but also her fiancé, Tristan; who is still looking for her.  Now Evaine is torn between her first love and her new heart’s desire.

By running back to Tristan she puts everyone in danger, and Luca suspects Evaine is the key to the experiments when a rogue faction of Deaders, called Feeders, attempt to kidnap her. Can everyone must band together to keep Evaine off the cutting table of those she escaped from? Or will second death tear her away from everyone, for good?

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#2 Book Blurb:What if you were the key to an ancient prophecy that would begin to heal your lands, but fulfilling your destiny meant you had to turn your back on everything you’d been taught to believe in?
Redlynn of Volkzene, member of the Sisterhood of Red, is heartbroken to discover another girl kidnapped and her best friend slain by werewolves. Defying the head of her order, she sets out to kill the beast she believes responsible.  The King of the Weres– But there are worse things in Wolvenglen Forest than the wolves.

Adrian, reluctant heir to the throne of Wolvenglen, and his band of wolf brothers are bound to protect the humans; especially the Sisterhood. Finding Redlynn unconscious in his woods, awakens in him a passion he’s never before experienced and a protective instinct that has him ready to turn on his own men. Problem is, a female is the last thing Adrian needs complicating his life.

But all is not as it seems in Wolvenglen Forest and to save the missing girls before time runs out, Redlynn and Adrian must move past their inner demons and learn to trust each other. In the search for vengeance however, sometimes you must give up what you desire most.
Red the Were Hunter won 2nd Place in the Hook, Line and Sinker Contest and 2nd Place in the Great Beginnings Contest.

 

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