21 Day Countdown to Halloween – Best Kids Halloween Movies!

 

So my next entry for favorite Halloween movies, I am going to do my favorite kids movies. I have already mentioned a few of my favorites. Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus are two of the best.  But there are a few others I would like to mention.

Disney’s Adventure of Icabod Crane. Love it and it still totally scares me. The headless horseman is and jack-o-lantern have freaked me out since I was little. Yes, I know it’s a cartoon, but it still scares me. I have never seen cattails and other natural sounds be made so eerie as well. And Disney does a seriously good job of making scary things scary. But this one has enough fun for kids to enjoy.

I also really like Scary Godmother. Though I don’t care for the illustrations, the story is fun and the godmother is great. I love Godmother as well as the vampires. And I find the werewolf super weird but Oogie is cute and funny and I love the fact that he hates that kids are scared of him. It’s not a popular movie or book but it’s worth a watch. It was a hidden treasure we found when i got the graphic novels for my daughter to read.

Monster House was a great original story that also sufficiently freaked me out. SPOILER – A woman’s soul trapped in her house, she hates kids and tries to kill them if they get too close. There isn’t much scarier than that. It’s the first time I’ve seen an actual house embody the spirit of someone who has died and they can control the whole thing. The kids that inevitably end up inside the house were great and Steve Buscemi always does a great voice.

And no Halloween is complete till my kids watch Beetlejuice. One of the greatest ghosty movies of its time and a whole lot of Tim Burton fun! Beetlejuice has one of my favorites, Geena Davis. As well as Michael Keaton who was wonderful as Beetlejuice. I even enjoyed Winona Ryder. They have talked about doing another one. I am not sure how I feel about that. I don’t know if they’ll be able to recapture that lightning in a bottle they got last time with this one.

Sadly, Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin is not on this list because I never cared for Charlie Brown, but if your kids are young and require something more mellow, that is a good way to go. So is the awesome Disney DVD, House of Villains, which sports a collection of old Halloween Disney stories.

My newest favorite kids movie is Goosebumps with Jack Black. I think I’ve watched that movie a dozen times in the last year. It was great. Funny, creepy and based on all of R. L. Stine’s books, it inspired my kids to want to read his books. It was really well done and I thought the acting was spot on. I was super impressed. It is a new family classic for us. If you haven’t seen it, you need to. But watch out for Slappy the Dummy, he is sufficiently creepy! I am not a dummy person.

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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 Days of Halloween Countdown- Best Witch Movies

Welcome back to 21 Days of Halloween! As with all things Halloweenish and Paranormal no countdown would be complete without Witches!

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Dressed in black, skin of green, warts, cauldrons…or not. Witch movies have come a long way since the Wizard of Oz.

I can honestly say aside from Harry Potter, I haven’t seen a ton of witch movies. I’ve seen a lot of 80’s goofy teen witch movies, but not a lot of witch movies.  A have seen a few that I either really liked, or totally creeped me out, though.

Witches of Eastwick was a great fun movie filled with Jack Nicholson and Jack Nicholson, and well, Jack Nicholson, who needs anything else really? This classic movie was tons of fun with him seducing women and sleeping with women and having babies with women. And Susan Sarandon, Cher and Michelle Pfieffer are wonderful. I will never get over seeing the women in those huge glasses and puffy sweaters.

In 1993, Disney came out with the movie Hocus Pocus. I have always been a huge Bette Midler fan, so I wanted to see the movie and was pleasantly surprised by it. It was funny, goofy, creepy and a great Halloween movie. And I have to say, today, it is still my kids favorite. The chemistry between the ensemble cast was only outdone by the well written script. There were rumors they might remake it, but I hope they don’t. The original is classic.

In 1996 I was quite terrified by Fairuza Balk in The Craft. She is seriously freaky! And the thought that a bunch of whiny, teenage girls could gain powers and harm other girls (i.e. make their hair fall out) was terrifying. You’ve seen my picture, you know what kind of hair I have! Anyway, also the part with the bugs and snake, sooooooo not my thing.  All in all, I was impressed and horrified by the movie and still think it remains one great witch movie.

In 1998 Sandra Bullock broke my heart when – Spoiler Alert – the love of her life was hit and killed by a car in Practical Magic. And when her screwed up sister showed up with the ever so hot Goran Visnjic, and they kill him, it took a darker twist. Enter Aidan Quinn, sigh, and you have one great movie. Crazy aunts, screwed up sisters, a family curse and a haunting ex-boyfriend and a detective who won’t let things go. And the female wicca circle toward the end, hilarious! I’ve not seen another paranormal drama with witches that has come close to it since.

Stardust wasn’t scary but it was a movie with great witches in it. I found the movie much more entertaining than the book sadly, but the book is good too. The movie though has a bit of everything. Love, fantasy, steampunk, witches, funny dead brothers, chases, sword fights, snotty girls, a young hot Daredevil and Superman. It’s got it all. A great addition to the witch collection.

Another good witch movie was the only one of its kind I’ve ever seen. The Covenant. An all male witch movie with some of my favorite hotties. Sebastian Stan, Steven Strait and Taylor Kitsch. In contract to most of the films out there, the plot on this one was good and the effects were lack luster. But I really liked it. Seeing guys wield magic as witches normally reserved for women in movies, was refreshing.

Now for the not so great. I am a sucker for Nicholas Cage. And I am a sucker for fantasy movies, or books or whatever, so I was excited for Season of The Witch in 2011. MAJOR LET DOWN! And not because of the acting. Not because of the sets. Not because of the cinematography. Because of the story. I have never seen a more slow moving, hole ridden story in my life. This movie could have been so awesome, if there had been a couple more re-writes. As a matter of fact it has spurred me to think of an off-the-wall witch idea myself. But other than that, no, I would not recommend wasting your time with this one.

So what’s left? Most recently Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters with Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, and Famke Janssen. And though Jeremy Renner is totally sexy. And the guns and gadgets that Hansel and Gretel use are steampunk and make me drool like a man staring at a shiny red Ferrari. But the movie… didn’t make me drool. The sexual awkwardness between Hansel and Gretel is…well…weird! Like, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in Age of Ultron weird! And the story, lacking. And mostly, just… weird. I liked the ogre, Edward, a lot. He was sad and fun. Mostly though, besides Famke Jensen being a great villain witch, the graphics were pretty good.

Another newish witch movie I had really high hopes for was The Last Witch Hunter with Vin Diesel. I love Vin Diesel! My DOG is named Diesel, and yet… another lacking movie with some good graphics and predictable, flat plot. I must say, I am getting seriously tired of great graphics and no plot movies. Sigh…

So all in all. There are some great fun witch movies out there for Halloween. And there are some not great ones if you just really must see a witch movie or die!

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21 Days of Halloween Countdown Fiction Friday!

So what would good would a Halloween countdown be without some great books you can sink your teeth into for Halloween? Over the next 3 Fridays I’ll be putting together some great books from some great author friends of mine for your reading enjoyment! Take a look at these fun stories containing, Vampires, Werewolves & Zombies!

Reign of the Vampires

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Reign of the Vampires was one of the first books I wrote.  Set in a world ruled by Vampires the book is told from the Vampire’s point of view. In this dystopian future there are three classes of Vampires.

Vampires – Pure Blooded born vampires, these are the ruling class of the world.

Vampyr – These lower class vampires have either been bitten originally, or are half breeds. Half Vampire half human. Though still considered members of the Vampire Society, they are not looked on as Pure and Royal.

Vamps – These are the lowest class of vampires. They were humans until a decade before when a virus was unleashed turning 99% of the human population into vamps. Vamps do not drink blood, they can go into sunlight and they are used as the workforce for the Vampire Society.

Ten years after the outbreak of the V2000 virus turns normal humans into a mutated Vampire sub-species called vamps, or kills them, humans are the world’s hottest commodity.  Enclaves of scavenging humans are hunted for slaves, for breeding, and for blood. And now, The Society Rules.

Just months after Vampire Lord Danika Checkov, Coven Lord of Chicago, and owner of the largest synthetic blood company in the world, is attacked and almost killed by her vamp assistant, she finds herself reluctantly having to purchase a new slave for protection. What she doesn’t count on is discovering Mason at the Slave Auction. The largest, and most gorgeous human male she has ever seen. Instantly attracted to Mason, he is the first male to actually make her go weak in the knees. But Mason is only for protection, not for pleasure.

Mason is a human slave, or so the Vampires think. Captured, while raiding a nearby town for supplies, Mason’s biggest fear is someone find out what he really is. Planning his escape from the Slave Auction, the last thing he expected to see, was a ravishing redheaded Vampire Lord who makes his blood literally boil. And when he’s purchased for her protection, he finds that his commitment to her may go further than just as a body guard.

Danika suspects her former assistant wasn’t working alone, and now with the Three Kings breathing down her neck, to find a mate, her life is in more danger than even she could imagine. But all she can think about it sinking her teeth into Mason’s willing neck.

When the opportunity to escape arises, Mason must choose between the woman he craves, and the freedom he wants. Because if anyone figures out what Mason really is, those who’ve been hunting him, for the last five hundred years, will find him as well.

As Mason struggles to save Danika from the traitors in her ranks, his very presence in her life, may bring destruction down upon her head.

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Next up we have

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Deep in the underbelly of Montreal, an ancient evil stirs at the time of the Black Moon. Rumors dark as night seep into the public, spoken in hushed tones, as though those who speak are afraid to make the horrors they whisper of come alive.

Azura, a student of witchcraft, wakes up to find her room empty. On her way to class, she finds out that her roommate has been murdered and that the Supernatural Intelligence Agency has been called in. With them comes Rook, the lead investigator, whom Azura finds herself helplessly drawn to. But while Azura is human, Rook is a werewolf, and their romance is as forbidden as it is strong.

As the darkness draws nigh on the city, it falls on Rook and Azura to protect it—and themselves.

Free on KU until October 30 2016

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Check out these fun, Paranormal Romances and snuggle up with a warm mug of tea! 

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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

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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!

21 Day Countdown to Halloween! Best Vampire Movies!

Welcome to the 21 Day Countdown to Halloween!!! As most of you know Halloween is my favorite Holiday Ever!!! I love nothing more than being able to decorate my house the way I wish I could on a daily basis. Dress the way I want to without being stared at and watch fun creepy movies with my kids. So the last couple of years I have done 13 day countdown and 7 day countdown, I’m working my way up to 31 day countdown! This year I’m up to 21 days! Wahoo! The next 21 days will be filled with Recipes, Reviews, Top picks and Flash Fiction! So come back every day for some Halloween Fun!

So for the first day of the countdown, let’s do one of my favorite paranormal creatures. Vampires!

How many have there been now? A million? Possibly. But there are a few awesome ones worth mentioning.

First, there is the Blade trilogy. I really liked this one, and not necessarily because I like Wesley Snipes. But I like a lot of the other actors and characters. Kris Kristofferson did a kick a$$ job as Whistler! He was a ton of crotchety fun! Stephen Dorff, yeah okay, I’ll go with it, he was pretty good. But I am finding one of my most favoritest actors in Blade was Donal Logue. He plays such a great bad guy. In Blade II, though I pretty much hated the plot, I loved Ron Pearlman, Norman Reedus, and Luke Goss. In Blade III: Trinity, I found Ryan Reynolds and Parker Posey hilarious! And Jessica Biel as Whistler’s daughter, was awesome. I loved the opening scene with her in the subway and the fake baby. I also really liked their weapons! With each movie they went a bit farther and made them even cooler.

I thought Interview with a Vampire was a great movie, despite Tom Cruise being in it. Brad Pitt is sexy and who didn’t want to just take Kirsten Dunst home and give her a hug? Antonio Banderas was also totally sexy and let’s be honest, Ann Rice can just plain write a great story! I found the movie to be a great portrayal of vampires living through the ages and what it would be like to live in their shoes day in and day out.

The next one I liked, is Dracula 2000. Okay, don’t look at me like that, and don’t roll your eyes either! Was the script good? Not really. Was the acting great? No. Was Gerard Butler as Dracula, totally sexy? Minimally. I liked Johnny Lee Miller, waaaaaaay better! But, what I did like about this movie, was the mythos behind it. Where Dracula came from, how he came to be. That, in my humble opinion, was truly ingenious! And that was the reason I liked the movie. And no other reason. End of story, moving on now.

Dracula Untold was another vampire movie I found myself liking a lot more than I thought I would. Luke Evans made one hot Dracula! The story even stood up well surprisingly. I find most Dracula type movies to be trash, but this one was well done. I loved Charles Dance as the Master Vampire. He is so incredibly creepy. He made the perfect master. I found myself sad when the movie was over and wishing that they would make a sequel. I only had one problem with the movie, but we won’t go into that. As a new retelling of Dracula, I loved it.

So what is left? Well, I’ll tell ya! What is left, are IMO the three BEST vampire movies of all time! These I cannot put a favorite on because they all tie. I can’t decide which is the best. So here they are:

Lost Boys! Yup! The 1980 vampire movie with hot teens, blood and a scary Dad vampire! Seriously, that dude creeps me out! But who can not love Keifer Southerland and Jason Patric? Those guys were tough! And they did NOT sparkle. (Okay yes I did read those books and I did like them, but the movies sucked, no pun intended!) Keifer was a blood sucking, mind altering, psycho and he was hot. Corey Haim and Corey Feldman were a great fun addition and I will always dream to own a dog as awesome as Nanook. Lost Boys is and will always be the best pop culture vampire movie of all time. I was excited to hear they are now making a graphic novel series to go with it. I sure hope they do a good job!

Underworld. This movie is gritty, sexy, and ushered in a new era of paranormal movies that crossed both the werewolf and the vampire borders. Now, I will not say that the third more or the prequel were awesome. The third movie was awful and the prequel was just okay. But movie one and then movie two were both great, though the first will always be my favorite. There is no better, scarier or tougher female vampire than Selene. Kate Beckinsale owns that movie. And Michael Sheen is the best werewolf out there, hands down. Lucian rocks. I loved the gritty cinematography. I loved the CGI. I loved everything about this movie, except for Craven, he sucked. My favorite part of the movie though was Bill Nighy. He is one of my favorite actors and he will always be the quintessential Vampire Lord for me. This was an awesome, graphic, gritty, well done vampire/werewolf hybrid movie. Watch it.

Lastly, is the one story that started it all. Bram Stokers Dracula. Let me just say, when I saw that movie, I wanted Gary Oldman to bite me right there! I was ready to stomp Keanu Reeves to the ground to get at Gary Oldman! There was no comparison. Wolf form, mist form, old form, sexy steampunk form, it didn’t matter to me! Okay, the old Dracula form is a stretch, but sexy steampunk form for sure! That was a great movie done in an amazing way, and Anthony Hopkins as Van Helsing-Genius! I’ve mentioned I’m a fan of his. I’m also very fond of Francis Ford Coppola. I’ve read Dracula, and the movie is pretty darn close. If I had one wish for the movie, it would have been that Dracula didn’t die. I mean, come on, who really wants him to die at the end? No one!!

So in wrap up, there are scores of vampire movies, but in all of the onslaught, the best ones are the older ones. I would love for a new amazing one to come out, alas, I haven’t seen a great one in the past ten years, besides Dracula Untold. So I think the oldies but goodies prevail here. But man! We need some new ones too!

 

 

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Griffin has tried to move on since his separation from his mate Dakota– but that’s easier said than done when your inner wolf refuses to let go of his soul bonded mate. Now in pre-med school and dating a human doctor he’s ready to put his past behind him and look toward the future. Or so he keeps telling himself.

Dakota has been living in hell since she made a horrible mistaken when Griffin was overseas. Thrown to the curb the moment he got home she’s spent the last year getting clean and sober and trying to pick up the pieces of her disastrous life. But what she really wants is the man she’s never gotten over.

When a fateful accident puts Dakota in trouble the only person she can turn to is Griffin. Forced to allow her back into the home they shared as man and wife, Griffin finds himself torn between the memories of her betrayal and his desire to get her back in his bed. But Dakota’s secrets do deeper than Griffin can imagine; and when the fog clears on their steamy reunion one of them will find that the betrayal that tore them apart, was really their own.


Thank you for this opportunity to talk about my new release ‘Reclaiming His Mate’ and help my readers get to know me better.)
Tell us about your title featured in this set:
The book is the first of five books in the series and I love for my titles to match. I thought about what the book was about, a werewolf trying to deal with past hurt and betrayal in his marriage and realizing he still loved his mate and wanted her back. So the title seemed to flow naturally from that theme.

Tell us something about yourself:
I live in Los Angeles, CA. My husband is a Television and Movie Producer and two of my four children are actors in Hollywood. If you’ve ever seen the Subaru commercial with the little blond boy driving the car and getting a parking ticket and dropping his groceries, that’s my baby boy. I am a huge geek at heart. I love everything Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Star Trek and Fantasy. I cosplay with my family at over 5 Comic Cons a year where I speak. I’ve gotten pretty good at foam armour this year and next year I’m going to tackle even more elaborate cosplays. We’e gone as Star Wars, Steampunk Alice in Wonderland, X-Men, and this year we are DC Villians and Heroes.

Tell us about your writing process:
My process is different. Something will strike me out of nowhere and I’ll think, that was be fun to write. A cowboy in space. (My current WIP) Then I jot down a small summary, maybe one page. From there I think about the characters I need and then I write a 20 chapter outline. Some chapters are no more than one sentence. Finally, I start writing. I don’t plot out too much, I let the writing flow where it wants to go. It takes me about a month to write a book, but then 3-6 months up to a year to edit.

What is your favourite genre to read?
Paranormal Romance and Fantasy Romance. Though I do love YA and sci-fi as well.

What would you say is the one thing are you most passionate about?
My family. I love my 4 amazing kids and my husband and my 2 dogs, 2 tortoises and bearded dragon. They are everything to me.

When you are not writing, what do you like to do?
Hang with my kids. I home school them. Watch movies, read, sew, go out to lunch with friends. Go to Comic Cons. Boring stuff.

If someone who hasn’t read any your books asked you to describe your story in this set (the elevator pitch!) what would you say?
After a fateful accident throws estranged mates Dakota and Griffin back together, they must decide whether to forgive each other and give in to the passion that still burns between them, or walk away and lose the love of their lives forever.

Where can readers connect with you?
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Dakota washed her body, wrung out her hair and stepped out of the shower. Wrapping the towel around herself, she realized she’d gone in without any clothing. She opened the door to find Griffin standing at the dresser. He turned and his eyes widened slightly.

 “I’m sorry. I didn’t realize you were in here.” She started to close the door.

“No, it’s fine. I just wanted to grab a sweatshirt.”

She opened the door again and stepped out. His gaze raked up and down her barely covered form. She swallowed hard and wrapped her arms around herself.

“My… uh… underwear is in the top drawer.”

“Huh? Oh, yeah.” He opened the drawer and pulled out a white lacy thong with the tags still attached. “I uh… I mean… these are uhm… nice.”

Her cheeks heated as he crossed the room and held them out. Her fingers slid over his while taking them from him. He ran his thumb over her knuckles and tingles shot up her arm. Warmth spread inside her and he took a step forward. She backed up and hit the wall.

His fingers still cradled hers and she swallowed hard. He stopped inches from her; his body radiating so much heat, she wondered why he needed a sweatshirt.

His hand ran up her bare arm raising goosebumps on her skin. She stared at his hard chest, unable to move. Fear trickled down her spine. It’d been a long time since she’d let anyone touch her. Sure she let friends hug her, but that was all. Alarm bells rung out in her head and she fought a sudden wave of nausea. This was Griffin. Her Griffin. Images flashed into her mind but she locked them away.

He leaned in and smelled her hair. A rumble escaped his chest that made her knees go weak.

“Dakota.” His soft, gentle voice caressed her entire body like warm lotion.

He pushed her chin up, making her look at him. Her heart pounded like a drum circle beat at the yearly Pow Wow. She was okay. She was in charge. She could stop any time she wanted to.

A tear leaked from the corner of her eye and he brushed it away with his knuckles. He loomed closer, his lips mere inches away. The fragrance of his skin, so familiar it was like it was a piece of her. She wanted to feel his lips on hers. To feel his weight on top of her.

No. They couldn’t. If they went there again, she would lose all control and everything she’d fought to become over the past year.

“Griffin. We shouldn’t.”

His lips danced softly over hers. Tingles lit up her spine and her wolf howled and then roared to life. A dominant scent rolled off Griffin and she pressed her lips to his, sucking in his warm breath. His taste sent a ripple of need coursing through her. Sensual memories flooded her. The feel of their bodies joined. Making love under the stars the first time before he’d gone to boot camp.

Griffin ran his hand up her leg to her hip and grabbed onto her. His lips parted and he coaxed her tongue with his.

She shouldn’t do this. She shouldn’t.

But her resolve broke and she leaned into him. Every line of his body so familiar it was like going home.

He cupped her face with both hands and she dropped her panties then wrapped her arms around his waist. He kissed her with long languid kisses, just the way she liked them. He placed kisses over her cheek and down her neck, stopping just below her earlobe. She sucked in a sharp breath and grabbed his firm rear. He leaned against her harder, and even through his clothes, she could feel he wanted her.

“Dakota. I’ve missed you so much.”

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Rebekah is an Award Winning Bestselling Author and Screenwriter. Her debut novel Dead Awakenings, hit the bestseller list on release day. Her Fairelle Series, released in 2014 and has won several awards including the Golden Palm and a finalist for Rone Award as well as Best Fantasy Series of 2014 from the Paranormal Romance Guild. Her trilogyThe Society was released by Kensington and her new series Shifter Rising is released in 2016. Rebekah is a prolific author releasing upwards of five books a year and is currently working on six different series.

Rebekah is the President Elect of the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter of RWA as well as a member of several local and online chapters. In her spare time when she isn’t writing you can find her teaching on SavvyAuthors.com or at RWA. Rebekah is also known for her elaborate cosplays with her family and has been a guest speaker and panelist at San Diego Comic Con, Wondercon, Salt Lake Comic Con, Long Beach Comic Con, Comikaze and several other Comic Cons on the west coast as well as LTUE, Romantic Times Convention, RWA, InD’Scribe, Genre LA and Authors After Dark.