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Thursday, June 22, 2017

How to Care for Book Addicts

Join the EP Team as they discuss how to care for and feed book addicts. They also discuss the pros and cons of physical books vs ebooks.




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Monday, June 19, 2017

Suicide Squad and the Dangers of Authors Selling Movie Rights


This week on OPEN BOOK the EP TV team discusses the literary lessons for writers found in the screen adaptation of Suicide Squad and the implications for selling movie rights






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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Review - Upon this Rock by Travis Luedke




Upon This Rock by Travis Luedke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Luedke does it again. He takes the already well-established mythos of his Nightlife books and ups the stakes significantly. Luedke still delivers the sexiness while bringing the reader on a high fantasy adventure. Because shares elements scene in his Nightlife Series, Upon this Rock also helps increae the depth of his earlier works.

Also from a purely technical point of view, Luedke has shown ways to improve the experience of reading ebooks by adding in  hyperlinks from key words to a glossary at the back of the book, rather than providing long sections of dialogue to establish the  world the characters live in. This keeps teh pacing of the book lightning fast. Once you start, you won't want to put it down.

Upon this Rock is perfectly executed, a true joy to read offers characters you will immediately invested in. If you've read my blog, you know I'm a little obsessed with his work.

Note: I was given an ARC of 'Upon this Rock' from Travis Luedke, in exchange for an honest review.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

New Novel Coming - Are You Watching Me?





I'm happy to announce my new novel will be available for pre-order soon with a release date of March 29th. It takes place in the same universe as my Activation series but starts one year before Council of Peacocks. It's also a different genre for me: pure thriller.

Here's the blurb:

A sex addict attracts the attention of a serial killer.


The city is on edge. A bizarre serial killer with a fetish for dolls has sexually assaulted and murdered three men. The police are baffled, unable to find a link between the victims.

Clive Dufault is a sex addict with obsessive compulsive disorder. He commits daring public sex acts, records them on his phone, and uploads them to the internet. He's always careful to hide his face but now he's lost his anonymity.

Someone is watching him.

Clive discovers the killer is targeting sex addicts, specifically those who post their activities online. And he is next on the list.

Time is running out. Now, the killer isn't just following Clive online. He's behind him on the subway. Waiting for him at work. Inside his apartment.

Clive needs to discover who the killer is before he becomes the next victim. His investigation uncovers a startling fact: the victims share more in common than sex addiction.

Are You Watching Me? is a fast-paced thriller filled with shocking violence and intriguing plot twists that will keep you guessing.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Open Call for Submissions - SFP Indie Magazine Seeks Contributors #asmsg



 

 The recent issue of SFP Indie is a little light on content. Therefore we are putting in an open call for submissions. We need the following:

  1.  famous women in science fiction history
  2. trends in paranormal romance
  3. the science behind science fiction
  4. the influence of Game of Thrones success on TV to fantasy
  5. why women in science fiction kick major butt
  6.  other articles of interest focused on fans of science fiction, fantasy, or paranormal fiction
  7. A review on a science fiction, fantasy, or paranormal book (preferably written by a member of ASMSG
  8. An interview of a member of ASMSG who writes science fiction, fantasy, or urban fantasy

What we DON'T want:

  1. Shameless self promotion
  2. Cover reveals
  3. Non-genre related articles

For an article to be accepted you MUST be a current member of ASMSG.


Articles should be between 500-1000 words and may have been published before. Normally we pull articles already published on members websites. However, there were few releveant posts for this issue.



In exchange for allowing us to use your work, you will provide buy links for a book of your choice and links to your social media (Facebook, Twitter, and blog). Normally we charge for advertising; however, we are waiving all fees for this issue as a thank you for helping us out.



Submissions can be sent me using the contact form to the left or on the SFP Indie's Facebook page
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

5 Reasons Jupiter Ascending is Basically Brazil in Space

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By now you're heard that Jupiter Ascending did not do well at the box office. But does that automatically mean it's bad? Many movies now considered cult classics bombed at the box office. (Link: 11 Classic Movies That Were Box Office Bombs) My gut tells me, no matter what it's Rotten Tomato score, this is a movie we will be talking about for years.

1. Terry Frickin' Gilliam

When I left the movie I wanted to know if others had sensed a connection between Jupiter Ascending and Brazil. So I Googled "Jupiter Ascending Brazil" and learned that the one and only Terry Gilliam made a small but significant cameo in the film.


2. Weirdness About Mother

In Jupiter Ascending, one of the evil guys blackmails Jupiter into a marriage. What's weird about that is that Jupiter is the reincarnation of his mother. She looks exactly like his mother. Ick. Even though they're not biologically related, he believes she is his mother reborn. She looks exactly like her. Need I describe any furthur how icky this is?

However, in Brazil it's a bit creepier. Sam Lowry, the main character of Brazil, has daydreams about saving a beautiful redhead, Jill. At the end of the movie, his mother (played by the amazing Katherine Helmond has plastic surgery which makes her look exactly like Jill. Freud would have a field day. The viewer is left to wonder if Jill ever really existed or if she was simply a projection of Lowry's Oedipal feelings about his mother.




3. We're All Slaves

Jupiter's character has a similar story arch to Sam Lowry. Both are stuck in jobs they hate and dream of escape. Lowry is a low-level bureaucrat. Jupiter cleans toilets. While Brazil shows there is no escape from dehumanizing technology, Jupiter Ascending is a battle cry to the 99%. It demonizes the wealthy who live for millenia on the fuel of a humanity grown like a crop to feed their needs.

4. It's a Weird Hot Mess

Like Brazil and Time Bandits (another of Gilliam's classics) there is a lot going on in Jupiter Ascending. Some people will say there's too much. Even though Brazil is now seen as a cult classic, many reviewers hated it when it was released, including Roger Ebert.

"The movie is awash in elaborate special effects, sensational sets, apocalyptic scenes of destruction and a general lack of discipline. It's as if Gilliam sat down and wrote out all of his fantasies, heedless of production difficulties, and then they were filmed" - Roger Ebert Brazil

Link: Review of Brazil by Roger Ebert

Jupiter Ascending has the same hectic pacing, creating a dream-like quality to large sections of the film. Like any Gilliam film, it will require several viewings before you catch everything here.

5. Release Problems

Jupiter Ascending was all set for a 2014 release when it was suddenly and surprisingly pulled. In some ways this worked in the films benefit. A year ago most people did not know who Eddie Redmayne was. Now he's up for an Oscar (although truth be told his performance is the single worst thing about this movie).
Link: Jupiter Ascending is Not Eddie Redmayne's Norbit

Gilliam struggled to get Brazil released in the U.S. because the studio didn't like the ending or the message of the movie...so they edited them out.

"...their immediate reaction was a nervous one: 'We're not sure what we've got, so let's try to change it into something that we do understand.' And I refused to play ball with them. I said, 'Sorry, this is the film that we agreed to make.'  Terry Gilliam Interviewed About Brazil

Link: FAQ - Brazil the Movie

Conclusion

So is Jupiter Ascending as good as Brazil. That's really impossible to say right now. Many of Gilliam's movies have been disastrous at the box office. However, time has been especially kind to them. They are movies that are impossible to forget. They linger at the back of your mind urging you to watch them over and over.

Lana Wachowski
Perhaps the same will be true for the Wachowski's. Like Gilliam, they have had a rocky relationship with Hollywood. However, it's important to remember that Hollywood has a history of not supporting movies that turned out to be legends.

I'll leave you with a quote directly from Lana Wachowski herself:

“There were tons of movies that made a lot of money and were utterly and completely forgotten. Likewise, there were movies that didn’t make money that are still around and are still important and relevant.”
Link: Jupiter Ascending - What the Hell Happened?


Links:

6 Things in Jupiter Ascending That Aren't Terrible.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Perfect Fix for Vampire Junkies: The Nightlife Moscow #asmsg #vampires


The Nightlife: Moscow has everything vampire-junkies need: sex, blood and violence. Say goodbye to your family and friends. When you start reading The Nightlife: Moscow the rest of your world will seem like a petty distraction. Luedke's whirlwind pacing makes this book impossible to put down. 

The novel starts with Aaron and his crew infiltrating the military compound of an ancient vampire with ties to the Russian mafia. Layered through the intense action in modern-day Moscow is a finely woven alternative magical history giving added richness to the already-intriguing world. 

Just when you think everything is going well for our vampires, Luedke throws in an twist that takes the series in a completely unexpected and glorious direction. The world they live in has never been more interesting. 

I enjoyed Luedke’s first few books. However, everything he’s written from Nightlife: Paris on has been one masterpiece after another.If you haven't read his work yet, do yourself a favor and pick up The Nightlife: Moscow today.

THE GOOD

Every time I think Luedke has written the best scene ever he ups the ante. Each book in the Nightlife Series is better than the last. The first half of this book is on par with early Jim Butcher. 

What Luedke has that Butcher doesn’t is sex. Lots and lots of sex. One of the benefits of ebooks is no one can has to know what your reading. However, you may want to read this in private to avoid any embarrassing blushing and hot flashes. There tintilating erotic dances with horrific and fantastical elements creating a breath-taking story. The whirlwind pacing of this book makes this book impossible to put down.

If you took the sex out you would have a book that falls easily in the top 10% of urban fantasy works. Adding the sex brings the Nightlife: Moscow to a completely different level. There is no voice quite like Luedke on the market today.

Link: Exclusive Spotlight on The Nightlife Moscow by Smutsonian.com

THE BAD

The book ends with our characters in a very interesting space. Now I have to wait god knows how long to see what happens next. So the bad news is I don't have a time machine and I have to wait for the next book. 

SYNOPSIS

Vampires Aaron and Michelle have landed in Moscow, on the prowl. In the company of a misfit pack of mercenary werewolves and Urvashi, a fallen angel, the vampires are forced into the violent, decadent underworld of Russian mafia, drugs and blood slaves.

This time the hunters have become the hunted.

Dmitri, a Russian vampire billionaire, sends his mafia goons to the streets, gunning for the wolf pack. Now they must bring the fight to Dmitri and face the ultimate battle for survival.

Experience the violent, sensual underbelly of Nightlife Moscow, as Aaron and Michelle mix up a wicked blend of sex, chaos, mayhem, and vengeance.

Get your copy of the latest urban fantasy – paranormal suspense novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Travis Luedke.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Travis Luedke is a NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy, scifi, and paranormal romance, best known for his violently sexy NIGHTLIFE SERIES. Travis can be found catching a third degree sunburn in San Antonio, Texas, while plotting world domination through erotic paranormal badassary.

As the author of the Nightlife Series novels, Travis lives very vicariously through his writings. He invites you to enjoy his macabre flights of fancy, but be warned: The Nightlife Series is violent, sexy, and occasionally violently

THE NIGHTLIFE MOSCOW (Book 5 in The Nightlife Series)

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