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What’s on my DVD shelves: Pacific Rim

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I absolutely love this movie. I am not a big sci-fi fan, but this movie was awesome. Big robots, big monsters, lots of screaming. Some great acting. It had a bit of everything. Thrills, screams, and a bit of humor.

I was not a fan of Charlie Hunnam before this movie. And, as he did such a good job, I started watching Sons of Anarchy…it just didn’t hold my attention.

I love Ron Pearlman, in most anything he does. He was my little teen hero in the TV series Beauty and the Beast. He was my comic hero in Hellboy. He just seems to put a lot of himself into whatever character he is playing.

And let’s not forget about Idris Elba. Oh, older lady swoon for that man.

Now, I have always been a big robot fan, having grown up with both the comic and TV series of Transformers. I even have the Decepticon and Autobot logos on my left hand. And I will be spot lighting those movies as well at a later date.

Pacific Rim is about to have a sequel. I am not a big fan of sequels…too many thing seem to be forgotten, or…well…I don’t know. They just don’t live up to the original movies ‘wow’ factor. Especially with an all new cast and whatnot.

Some movies don’t need a sequel. It should be left well enough alone. Others need a sequel to tidy up loose ends.

The special effects to Pacific Rim were above par. So many details were included in movement of both the monsters and robots. Thumbs up for realistic things like the quiver of blubber on a monster, or the pinions of a foot and leg rocking in a robot.

Director Guillermo del Toro usually never lets me down.

This was a great movie to sit down and watch. I was pleasantly surprised at the acting, directing and special effects. If you haven’t seen it, I do highly recommend it!

 

 

 


Open Call!! ~Authors/Bloggers~

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Good Morning All!!

 

With the site going into Maintenance Mode soon while I revamp, I am sending out an open call to all my fellow authors and bloggers who would like to be interviewed and spotlighted here on my site.

If you prefer not to be interviewed, you could share your thoughts on nearly anything you like, spotlight your book/books, blog or even tell us all about your cats and how prepared you are for the zombie apocalypse!

 

If you are interested please feel free to email me at zoe.ambler5@gmail.com, or use the contact form here on the site. Just put in the subject line : Spotlight.

I’ll get in touch with you and see what we can come up with to give you a little promoting!!


Joys and Woes of NaNoWriMo

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This years NaNoWriMo is really getting into the prep time. A lot of hype and well wishing, a lot of encouragement.

This year marks my second year as a Municipal Liaison. I LOVE IT! We all know I suffer from social anxiety. Well, working with the public on NaNo steps things in another direction. Since we hold most events between two libraries, they are controlled enviorments. No loudness, no craziness (besides my own) and its just plain fun to sit around with other authors, both young and old, answering questions, giving advice, listening to plots being thought out and bounced around for the input of others…it is just great.

 

Now, the down side. I have so wanted to get to the NOWD for two years now.

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I’m NOT going to make it again this year. I have resigned myself to that. No one is donating, and, as time grows closer, the airfare and hotel accomodations just get higher and higher.

So, I’ll keep my fundraising page up, just to see if I can help the NaNo cause more, but dreams of actually making it are kapoot.

Next year, hopefully things will be different.

 

As for this year, working with the librariy directors, I think we’ll have a better turn out of writers. We are advertising early, getting the word out, making so everyone with questions gets them answered well before signing up and commiting to the event

I have put together two prize bags for the two highest word counts. General book on writing, plotting, planning, editing and so one. And hot chocolate. Yums.

So, local NaNo is a go!!

 


Nothing to see here….

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Hello my peeps!

Just checking in, making sure you all don’t abandon me. ~duct tapes self to all of you~

So my friend had their surgery on Monday morning and I’ve been taking care of them non-stop. They were in A LOT of pain for the first three days, but the pain seems to have let up a little since last night. They finally get to take a shower today!!! With my help, of course.

I have been struck with a tad bit of insomnia again, but I think its because I want to be available for my friend whenever they need me. At first, it was a pain pill ever four hours. And they cant sleep in any comfortable position, so we are going lots of watching TV and movies, and talking.

I had a Spotlight lined up for this week, but something came up with the participant, so no Spotlight until next week.

Things are good overall.

Well, a little sadness. My character in the RP world has lost her husband, and I lost a friend. But then, I don’t think I was ever really their ‘friend’, as they only seemed to talk to me when it was convenient for them. Eh, their loss.

Camp Nanowrimo is approaching and I am gearing up to get my butt to work on Book Two, and start sending material to my shiny new editor.

I want to say thank you to most all of you. For your kindness and patience in this trying time for me.

Some of you are becoming very special to me, emailing me and chatting with me, helping me see beyond my own little world a bit by giving me a glimpse into yours on a personal level. You all know who you are. ~virtual hugs and gropings~

So, I’ll be trudging on, working to keep my friend comfortable and tend to their needs, keeping fat-cat happy and trying to get some rest when my brain decides its just too tuckered out. That’s almost impossible when you don’t have a quiet mind.

All my love to you sweeties! Keep blogging and giving me knowledge, humor and things to ponder!!!

Oh, one last thing. RIP Terry Pratchett. A loss of a truly great author in our world. He will be greatly miss by me, I was a huge fan. ~sighs~


Troubles, troubles, troubles…

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Well. The Spotlight seats will be empty this week, as no one has taken me up on my offer to help promote them a little. I have used up everyone I had on the back list and advertised to encourage a little more to come on over and share their works with us.

Nada.

Zip.

Zilch.

~crickets chirping~

I almost had one! But when they saw I was a horror genre, and planned to publish erotica as well, they pleasantly declined.

I tried to be clear…these Spotlights are for ANY genre…it doesn’t have to mesh with my own. I am just wanting to help people out. I invite bloggers, too.

You know what I have to say for it all? POOP!! Okay, not my word of choice, but I’m trying to behave myself at the moment.

Fat-cat has learned some new curse words over the last few days, that’s for sure.

Personal life isn’t going to well at all. Its in the crapper, really.

Professional life is okay. Not great, but not totally dead. I should run another book giveaway!

I’m going to be talking to the own of my beloved coffee shop this weekend. I saw him yesterday, but he was just too busy to have a conversation. The poor man had to take one of their machines apart and fix it.

ANYWAY…we’re pitching the idea of a joint venture. I supply the books. The deal is, we’ll advertise the hell out of, newspapers, local magazines, maybe radio…anyway, after we set a date and advertise it, when people come into the shop and purchase a LARGE SPECIALTY drink, they will get a voucher for $1.99 off a copy of my book, and the book will also be signed to them. Not a bad deal at all, huh? I don’t have to pay shipping costs on the soft cover book editions, so I’m not really out anything. And the coffee shop makes a profit. I get my name out there a little more.

well, like I said, my personal life is in the pooper. I’d share, but, yeahno.

Be sweet my lovelies. Hopefully some people will take advantage of the Spotlight once again. If is stays dead, I think I will replace it with something else. Who knows?


Spotlight: Author Team HL Carpenter

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Mother/Daughter Team HL Carpenter

This is a first for me. A writing team, mom and daughter to boot! Lets give them a warm welcome!

Florida-based mother/daughter duo HL Carpenter writes sweet, clean fiction that is suitable for everyone in your family. The Carpenters write from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit HLCarpenter.com to enjoy gift reads and excerpts and to find out what’s happening in Carpenter Country.

10 Questions, Zoe style…
1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hi, Zoe! Thanks so much for inviting us to share your blog space today.
We’re Helen and Lorri Carpenter, a Florida-based mother/daughter duo. We write together as HL Carpenter. We work in our studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like our stories, is unreal but not untrue. In addition to being multi-generational writers, we’re also multi-genre writers. We like variety!
2. What is your writing process?
Our writing process—hmm. Have you ever read the poem The Railway Train by Emily Dickinson? That describes our writing process beautifully.
In less lyrical terms, typically a phrase from a newspaper article or a line from a poem or an interesting image starts our imagination train. From there, we chug along through what we call the “steam-building” stage, where we think about what would happen if…
Then we fuel up by preparing a character sheet, followed by a summary of each chapter that provides a general guide for the journey.
When the summary is finished, we take off with the writing. We pass the story back and forth, gathering momentum, until we reach the light at the end of the tunnel.
Once a book is done, we set it aside for a cooling-off period, then we revise, revise, revise.
Oh, and if you haven’t read the poem, here it is (it’s in the public domain):
The Railway Train by Emily Dickinson

I like to see it lap the miles,
And lick the valleys up,
And stop to feed itself at tanks;
And then, prodigious, step

Around a pile of mountains,
And, supercilious, peer
In shanties, by the sides of roads;
And then a quarry pare

To fit its sides, and crawl between,
Complaining all the while
In horrid, hooting stanza;
Then chase itself down hill

And neigh like Boanerges;
Then, punctual as a star,
Stop–docile and omnipotent–
At its own stable door.

3. What do you read for pleasure?
We read a lot of fiction of all types. We read poetry too, as you may have noticed. We also read instruction manuals, which seem like fiction to us because they seldom match the actual process required to assemble the item purchased. And sometimes we read the dictionary for fun, though mostly we do that when we’re trying to cheat at Scrabble. 🙂 We’re big fans of words.

4. What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The possibilities at the beginning of each story and the challenge of bringing those possibilities to light.
As an example, our satirical short story, The Demise of Fyne Literature, started out as a writing challenge from graphic artist Kelly Shorten. Kelly found a photo she loved so much that she sponsored a contest. We were intrigued with both the possibilities and the challenge, and we were delighted to win the contest and have our story published.
This is the photo that inspired Kelly and us.
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Your imagination is jumping up and down now too, right?

5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to sitting down and writing?
The strength is easy to answer—having a partner. Knowing someone is waiting for the next story installment is great incentive, as is the fact that there’s no worry about getting stuck. When either of us reaches a stopping point, we pass the work to the other. When it comes back, the next scene provides a springboard to move on.
The weakness is that we’re fairly slow writers. We’re turtles in a hare-hurry world.
6. Do you have any strange writing habits?
The only one we can think of is that we don’t actually sit down to write. We both work standing up. But that’s not strange. Is it? Say no.
7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing/writing/blogging process?
Having to let go of a story. There’s always one more sentence that could be worded better or a scene that could be described differently or an epiphany that could be expressed more clearly or…well, you get the idea.
We’re fighting that tendency right now, with a cozy mystery we finished at the end of last year, A Cause for Murder. We’ve been through edits, we have the cover, we’re ready to publish…, and we just discovered one more change we want to make. We’re determined to get the book out this month. Our hero, Emma Twiggs, deserves her day in the Amazon sunshine!
8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
Bed makers, definitely. Life’s pleasures start with attending the details.
9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
Mars. We’re ready to help colonize a new planet.
10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?
We always want to be the cavalry-to-the-rescue. Can we be demons-gone-good?
Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?
Locked and loaded, with a cupboard full of canned spaghetti.

This mighty duo can be found on:

Website
Google+
LinkedIn
Pinterest
Amazon

The duo has offered up one particular book for Spotlighting, but, me being me, did my homework and will also provide covers and links (click the covers) for their other works as well. Now, on to the Spotlight book!

Dream Stealer

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Ever wonder what became of the dreams you once had? Fancy Moonstruck can tell you.

Fancy is supposed to steal dreams. It’s what her family does for a living, and now that she’s fifteen, the job is hers.

It’s a job she’d rather not have. She knows first-hand what dreams mean to the dreamer because she dreams of her mom, who died five years ago. Losing her dream would be like losing her mom all over again. That’s a pain Fancy doesn’t want to inflict on anyone.

But the rules are clear: Steal a dream—or lose her own.

G-Rated excerpt from Dream Stealer:
Another moment and the dream will be gone.
The winter sea breeze brushes my hair from my face, its cold caress as light as the layer of fear I wear like my dark hoodie, and as soft as my shallow breathing. In the way of every good thief, I take care that the whispery puff of my breath is the only sound I make.
Though I’m not touching the fleeing dream, it kisses my mind, sticky as a spider’s web. I stand still, wide-awake in the hush of the two a.m. darkness, staring at the pulsing silver sliver. The external details are breathtaking: the shivering tendrils of longing; the filaments of hope, quivering like the strings of a harp. They float through the window of the ramshackle beach cottage where Mrs. Hooper sleeps, reaching upward with fog-thin fingers, anchored within her heart, searching for the sky.
Mrs. Hooper’s dream is one of love-longing, and I peek inside as it sways above me, though I’m not supposed to. The Dream Buyers pay well for dreams of love-longing, and they pay especially well for dreams untouched by us Stealers.
Even so, I can’t stop myself from lingering inside the dream. I spend precious seconds there, warming myself in the heat of Mrs. Hooper’s longing for the love of her son, before drawing back into the chill of the night’s reality, and my work in it. I fumble to release the dream catcher, which dangles from my belt on a leather cord, then grasp the handle of the delicate, tightly-woven net. I focus on the hours of practice runs I went over with Dad. I need only reach out now, and my very first dream-stealing excursion will end in success.
And I will keep my family safe.
I must do this. Yet I hesitate. Dad says Mrs. Hooper will never miss her dream. Is it possible he’s wrong? I dream a similar love-longing dream myself, every night, and I know what it means to me—the same as this dream must mean to Mrs. Hooper.
If I’m right, I cannot take it from her.
I must take it.
I must…

The lovely teams other works! Just click the pics to be taken to the buy pages for summaries!

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