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Countdown to “Outlander” on Starz! June 7, 2014

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Sorry I’ve been missing in action for quite some time. The day job gets in the way — or at least has for most of this year. But hope to be back up blogging on books and shows here shortly.

Looking forward to the “Outlander” series on Starz kicking off on Aug. 9. If you haven’t had a chance to visit their Facebook page, you should check it out. Let me know what you think.

Here’s the latest trailer!



Meet the cast of ‘Outlander’ October 26, 2013

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The crew is filming in Scotland. Photo courtesy of  Outlander_Starz

The crew is filming in Scotland. Photo courtesy of Outlander_Starz

It’s been a long time coming but production has finally started on Diana Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER, which is currently filming in Scotland. The 16-part series will run on STARZ next spring. Here’s a look at the cast so far:

Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser. Photo courtesy of Outlander_Starz

Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser. Photo courtesy of Outlander_Starz

Jamie Fraser: Scottish actor Sam Heughan. He’s not been in anything major here in the US but has had lots of roles across the pond in British TV/theater. Here’s what Gabaldon said when she saw his audition tape:

He looks totally different than he did in any of the stills and five seconds later, Sam Heughan’s GONE, and so am I. It’s Jamie Fraser, right there in front of me, moving, talking. One of the biggest thrills ever.
And that’s what actors do. Good ones. They can “be” someone else, totally.

Caitriona Balfe

Caitriona Balfe

Claire Randall: Caitriona Balfe, an Irish supermodel turned actress. Unless you keep up with the fashion world — she’s been on the runway and many fashion magazine covers — we haven’t really seen her in anything here in the US, although she does appear in THE ESCAPE PLAN with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger that’s in theaters now.

Tobias Menzies. (From his role in "Game of Thrones" on HBO.

Tobias Menzies. (From his role in “Game of Thrones” on HBO.

Frank Randall/Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall:  Tobias Menzies. Fans of GAME OF THRONES know him as Edmure Tully. Jane Austen fans might know him from the 2007 British TV remake of PERSUASION, where he played Mr. Elliot.

  • Dougal MacKenzie: Graham McTavish. Seasoned actor of film/theater. He appeared opposite Sylvester Stallone in 2008’s RAMBO. And he plays Dwalin in the HOBBIT movie series.
  • Colum MacKenzie: Gary Lewis, who played the coal miner dad in BILLY ELLIOT.
  • Geillis Duncan: Lotte Verbeek, who you’ve seen her as Giulia Farnese (mistress to Pope Alexander VI) on Showtime’s THE BORGIAS.
  • Laoghaire MacKenzie: Nell Hudson. OUTLANDER is her first major acting gig.
  • Jenny Fraser Murray: Laura Donnelly will play Jamie’s sister.  Donnelly appeared on the short-lived Ashley Judd TV series MISSING in 2012.

To keep track of the series, follow Outlander_Starz on Twitter. The show also has an Instagram account under Outlander_Starz. And check out the Facebook page, which is titled OUTLANDER.

Comic-Con panel: ‘Grimm’ to get more grim in Season 3 July 22, 2013

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Bitsie Tulloch (Juliette) and David Giuntoli (Nick) from NBC's "Grimm."

Bitsie Tulloch  and David Giuntoli  from NBC’s “Grimm.” Photos by Diana McCabe

NBC kicked off its “Grimm” panel Saturday  Comic-Con 2013 with a clip shot three days ago. In it, Monroe, Juliette and Rosalee have abandoned their car and are trying to climb out of the container yard and escape the zombies. The show’s producers didn’t give away much else. Even moderator Lester Holt from “Dateline” couldn’t pry out any secrets. (NBC did run a clip of “Dracula” starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers at the end of the panel. It looks bloody.) “Grimm” stars shared a few thoughts about season 3: (I took photos — ignore name plates because the actors didn’t sit behind the right ones! — and wrote this up for the news org I work for — U-T San Diego — so you can find original story gallery and more Comic-Con 2013 coverage HERE. )

A first name?
Reggie Lee (Sergeant Wu) is hoping his character gets a first name and a new costume. Producers wouldn’t say if that would happen but they did say his character will “suffer greatly” in season 3 and “possibly recover.”

Wedding Bells
: Bree Turner (Rosalee) and Silas Weir Mitchell (Monroe) confirmed there would be a wedding this season. (They first heard of the nuptials through a TV article.) Mitchell hinted that the Blutbad-Fuchsbau couple may face some challenges before they tie the knot. “I look forward to the obstacles en route to what is hopefully a felicitous nuptial,” he said.


Why so grim, Grimm? David Giuntoli (Nick Burkhardt) didn’t really want to say if his character is dead, but the show’s producers said he’s “definitely going to the darkside.” Giuntoli said he’s enjoying the changes in store for Nick. “It’s very nice to get to be angry,” he said. “There’s gonna be a lot of fighting in this first episode.”

Happy to be cured: Bitsie Tulloch (Juliette) says she’s happy to have her memory back and in love with the right character (Nick). She admits she tripped while filming last season’s shots of her looking into the abyss at her house. What about baby Grimms? Fans asked the show’s creators, who said definitely not.


The big tease: Sasha Roiz (Captain Sean Renard) says he might take his shirt off again this season. (Fans applaud wildly.) What about his mysterious royal character? “I like keeping the audience guessing, I like keeping myself guessing. I look forward to all the various machinations he has in store.” A fan asked why Renard wears a wedding ring. The creators say it’s a royal ring. (The woman asking the question disagrees, calling it a wedding ring, but the creators stick to their answer.)

Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ coming to TV! June 3, 2013

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outNow we can speculate for real: Who will play Jamie and Claire?!

Why? Because OUTLANDER, Diana Gabaldon’s time-traveling romantic romp with our favorite Scotsman,  is coming to TV.

Starz has commissioned 16 episodes of the show from writer and producer Ronald D. Moore  (Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: First Contact).

Gabaldon posted this on her Facebook page:

All I’ve been told is that they do plan 16 episodes (spread over two seasons), they _hope_ to start filming around September, and (_if_ everything goes well with the production), it _might_ air in the spring. Good luck to ’em!

How they’ll ever figure out a cast is beyond me. And how they will tell Gabaldon’s cool story on TV — good question. But look how great Game of Thrones has turned out!

Read more:
Starz orders ‘Battlestar Galactica’ producer’s Sony series ‘Outlander’
Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ series is coming to television
STARZ Orders ‘Outlander’ To Series

Forget about the ‘Dead Ever After’ spoiler May 5, 2013

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That’s right. Forget it. Who cares if someone in Germany got a hold of DEAD EVER AFTER and spoiled the ending on Amazon.com. (I won’t post it because you can easily google it. And yes — I read the spoiler.)

One scientist even says that spoilers don’t spoil a story. (In full disclosure this report on the scientist was written by my husband — a science writer!)

But I’m mostly ticked off at the number of fans who have been trashing Charlaine Harris — the creator of the  Southern Vampire series and who has given us these wonderful characters. (Just go check out her FB page and see some of the nasty comments. Be warned — you’ll see the spoiler.) They don’t like the ending. Cry me a river. You try writing a series and ending it so that everyone is happy. It’s her story. Let her tell it.

Here’s what Charlaine posted on her Facebook page:

“By now some of you know that a reader in Germany obtained a copy of DEAD EVER AFTER and decided to post the ending online. While this is unfortunate, I wanted to say this to all of you: Even if you *personally* are unhappy with the ending, please don’t spoil it for other readers. DEAD EVER AFTER goes on sale on May 7th; after that date, you are more that welcome to come here and tell me how much you like – or don’t like – the choices I’ve made for Sookie. But from one Sookie fan to another, I’m asking you all to please not spoil the book for other readers. Thank you so much for your continued support.”

We can all cite books and series of books in which we didn’t like how the story unfolded or we were disappointed at the ending.  We talk about it a lot. I blog about books I like and don’t like. But this is different. Folks have been downright rude and threatening.  Maybe you should read the book first to see how the story unfolds before declaring you aren’t going to buy it. Of course, that’s your choice as a reader. But have some respect for this wonderful author.

I find it sad that Charlaine Harris isn’t going to tour with this last book because she’s concerned about her fans’ reaction to the ending. Personally, I don’t blame her. I wouldn’t want to talk to a bunch of ungrateful, whiny readers, either. I certainly wouldn’t mind hearing why she ended the book the way she did, but I don’t think we’ll be getting that interview right away. I think Charlaine Harris will just want to keep out of the spotlight and work on her next creation. In the meantime, I am very excited about the May 7 release and will be reading it as soon as it hits my iPad!

Sneak peek of ‘Dead Ever After’! April 23, 2013

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dead-ever-after-by-charlaine-harris-cover-3_4_r560 Interested in how the last Sookie book — DEAD EVER AFTER — begins? Penguin has released the    prologue. CLICK HERE to read. Hummmmmm — what do you think?

In other Sookie news: Charlaine Harris told SciFiNow that there would be devils in this book: ”

The plot will also feature the Devil. “Well, there’s a Devil, not the Devil,” Harris clarifies, “If I have the fae, some of whom are trying to become Angels, I think by implication it can be assumed that there are Devils, too.” To read the entire article — check out her comments on a HEA — CLICK HERE.

GOT’s Jason Mamoa as Drax the Destroyer? February 17, 2013

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Been reading on several websites that actor Jason Mamoa, who played Khal Drogo on the first season on GAME OF THRONES, has been cast as   Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.  According to several reports (this one from Examiner.com): “Mamoa was called in to screen test for James Gunn’s upcoming superhero film and delivered such a positive performance that the studio went ahead and offered him the part.”

The film is due out in August 2014. (Photos courtesy of HBO and Wikipedia)



KMM’s ‘Iced’ not as hot as ‘Fever’ series but a page turner February 10, 2013

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The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.

ICED is intriguing but I will say there is a kind of “ick” factor to it that I hope will smooth out as Dani grows up.

Dani’s story takes place right after SHADOWFEVER and so we know:

  •  Cruce  is imprisoned under the Abbey.
  • Mac has found out Dani’s part in her sister Alina’s murder.
  •  Christian is turning into an Unseelie Prince.
  • The walls between the human world and the Fae have come down.

Dani is still as fearless as ever. She carries the Sword of Light, one of the only two weapons that can kill the Fae. And she’s still a super fast sidhe-seer. None of this goes unnoticed by Ryodan, the owner of Chester’s. Yes, he is one of  Barron’s men — or whatever they are. Ryodan forces Dani to work for him after a hoarfrost monster “ices” part of his club. The same monster is icing parts of the city, killing both humans and Fae. And that forms the basis for the plot — who or what is freezing the hell out of everything — that brings Dani. Ryo and Christian together.

In the Fever books, Dani annoyed me because she — well — just seemed to always be bugging Mac. Here she sort of still bugs me with her constant jabbering and eating — to keep up her super fast speed — but I like her a lot better because she just tries so hard to do the right thing and protect not just humans but those she loves.

One thing that is throwing me for a loop? Dani’s age. She’s 14. But she’s got two older beings after her. Both Ryodan and Christian see her potential and know she’ll grow up to be an amazing woman. And it’s kind of creepy to see them either directly going after her (Christian) or making weird comments that obviously have a double meaning (Ryodan). And Ryodan’s extracurricular behavior — even if he really does care about Dani — is gross. Blech. Won’t even go there. (Suffice to say I feel really sorry for Jo.) Dani seems kind of clueless right now about these affections. She knows somethings going on but because she’s a confused teen can’t figure it out. It would work better if she weren’t confused about guys — whatever they are — who are tons older than she is. (Thank goodness for Dancer. He balances things out but does he stand a chance?)

Mac and Barrons are definitely in the book. And if you’re like me and usually turn to the last page of the book first — don’t do it. (I actually didn’t do it this time so avoided what I kind of figured was coming!)

Fever fans will want to pick this up to keep up with the weird world KMM continues to create.

I also want to see where KMM takes Dancer. He’s always there for Dani and is the sexy smart nerd boy who might grow up to be something else?

The next book in the Dani trilogy is titled BURNED. No clue on when that’s due out. Hoping this fall.

(Sorry this has taken me so long to post. Been swamped with the day job but am back vamp blogging now! — Diana)

Top reads for 2013 January 6, 2013

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Sorry for the lag between posts. Wish I could say I was out time traveling but it was something more mundane: work! However, I’m back. So here’s a look at my fave reads from last year and what I’m looking forward to reading in 2013. (This is part of a post I did for my friends at www.sookiestackhouse.com. You can read their faves here!) Did I miss any of your faves? Let me know in the comments section. Happy New Year!


1. Poison Princess (Book No. 1 in Arcana Chronicles) by Kresley Cole (This is a YA book but it’s a combo of a dystopian world/Tarot card characters and a smoking hot attraction between the heroine and lead male character. Great read.)

2. Iced (Dani O’Malley series No. 1) by Karen Marie Moning (Ending is predictable but I just wanna know more about the Fever world!)

3. Deadlocked (Sookie book No. 12) By Charlaine Harris. (Coming off the disappointing Dead Reckoning, I liked this second-to-last book in the series.)

4. Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr (Promising start to a nifty series set in world of daimons vs. witches)

5. Days of Blood & Starlight (Book No. 2 of Daughter of Smoke and Bone) by Laini Taylor (Fantastic sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone, whose opening line is “Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”)


1. Dead Ever After (Last of the Sookie books) by Charlaine Harris

2. Frost Burned (Book No. 7 of the Mercy Thompson series) by Patricia Briggs

3. Dead Silence (Book No. 4 in the Body Finder series) by Kimberly Derting

4. Endless Knight (Book No. 2 in the Arcana Chronicles) by Kresley Cole (tentative title)

5. Burned (Dani O’Malley Book No. 2) By Karen Marie Moning

‘Dead Ever After’ description revealed November 20, 2012

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The description of the final Sookie Stackhouse novel, DEAD EVER AFTER, has been posted at Amazon:


There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie — and could destroy her heart….

Sookie Stackhouse  finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated. Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime. But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough…

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