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Wanna rent Bella and Edward’s honeymoon home? November 28, 2011

Posted by Diana McCabe in Fun stuff, News.
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It’s available, according to Teresa Mears, a business journalist who wrote about the Bella/Edward rental on her Listed blog for MSN Real Estate.

Here’s what she said:

The beautiful house where Bella and Edward spend their honeymoon (what happened to Jacob?) is on the rugged coast of Brazil, between Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro. You can rent it for about $3,900 to $8,400 a night. You will have to bring your own vampire — or mortal love interest.

To read her entire post CLICK HERE!

Other links to the house:

It’s a tad bit on the expensive side for moi. Plus — that’s just for rent. I’d still have to jet over there with my TwiHard friends. But just think how fun it would be to rent it for a TwiHard party!!! What do you think?!

Fairy tales: NBC giving Grimm fans back-to-back shows November 27, 2011

Posted by Diana McCabe in News.
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My buddy Maria over at SookieStackhouse.com tipped me off that we’d be getting two GRIMM shows in another week from NBC. And that’s great because the show wasn’t on last week — as were a lot of programs because of the Thanksgiving holiday I guess — and I don’t see anything scheduled for Dec. 2. ABC’s ONCE UPON A TIME also was on hiatus last week. Yup — I like both shows. And they’re both different. Believe they have both been renewed for second seasons. Anyone else out there watch these?

I went to the GRIMM website and here’s a description of the next two shows:

Special Night on Thursday (Dec. 8)
“Danse Macabre” — A beloved high school music teacher’s body is destroyed by rats.

Friday (Dec. 9)
“The Three Bad Wolves” — Nick and Hank investigate the explosion of a Blutbad’s home.

‘The Hunger Games’ official movie trailer November 24, 2011

Posted by Diana McCabe in News.
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If you haven’t read THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy by Suzanne Collins, at least crack open the first book before the movie comes out next March. “The Hunger Games” are a televised fight to the death on live TV. It’s a ritual to select the participants — The Reaping, which is like a lottery — that comes annually for the 12 districts that remain after a horrible war that almost wipes out mankind. The rulers after the war  — the folks in the Capitol whose children don’t have to participate and who make the districts work to keep them in luxury — decree that in remembrance of this war, each year a boy and girl — between the ages of 12 to 18  — from each of the 12 districts must compete.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives with her mother and younger sister in the coal mining District 12, Prim, knows it’s tantamount to a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the games. The arena isn’t like anything you’ve seen before. The landscape changes. Gamemakers can intervene. There are weird mutated animals and bugs to fight in addition to the other contestants. You need to have some knack for surviving. But in the end — it’s kill or be killed. There’s so much more to this YA science fiction story than this but check out the movie trailer and hit the books if you haven’t read them. They’re  sort of a cross between BRAVE NEW WORLD, THE RUNNING MAN and BRAZIL. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.

Here’s the movie trailer I saw the other day in the theater:

Kresley Cole to post excerpt from ‘Lothaire’ on Facebook! November 19, 2011

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Get ready! Kresley Cole — author of the Immortals After Dark series — said in an email that she will post “the long-awaited LOTHAIRE excerpt” on her Facebook page and website on Nov. 22. That’s only a few days away!

And if you haven’t read the back cover of her book — this also posted on her Facebook page — you can read who the heroine is and the storyline. She’s also posted a min-excerpt of the time the first two meet. If you don’t want to know — spoiler alert — just don’t scroll below the embed book video, which I admit is a bit cheesy but hey — I love Kresley Cole’s books! I’ve posted the book info below that and the min-excerpt follows that info.  (The novel will be released Jan. 10.)

Also — Cole talks about The Realm of Blood and Mist, her paperback spin-off series of the IAD that follows the Dacians (those thought-to-be-mythic vampires). Book 1 is called SHADOW’S CLAIM.  This is her first new series in more than five years. “I can’t wait to share those sexy, powerful characters with you. Perhaps you’ll get to know them in LOTHAIRE . . . ?   ;)”

****Spoiler Alert — story info below ****

****Spoiler Alert — story info below ****

****Spoiler Alert — story info below ****

Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness—until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her very soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience.

Growing up in desperate poverty, Ellie Peirce yearned for a better life, never imagining she’d be convicted of murder—or that an evil immortal would abduct her from death row. But Lothaire is no savior, as he himself plans to sacrifice Ellie in one month’s time. And yet the vampire seems to ache for her touch, showering her with wealth and sexual pleasure. In a bid to save her soul, Ellie surrenders her body to the wicked vampire, while vowing to protect her heart.

Elizabeth tempts Lothaire beyond reason, as only his fated mate could. As the month draws to a close, he must choose between a millennia-old blood vendetta and his irresistible prisoner. Will Lothaire succumb to the miseries of his past . . . or risk everything for a future with her?

And here’s the snippet she posted on their first meeting:


Book pick: ‘Red’ serves up creative twist on ‘Red Riding Hood’ tale November 13, 2011

Posted by Diana McCabe in Book picks.
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Looking for a fun, fast, creative werewolf read? Check out Kait Nolan’s RED, a tale that weaves werewolf lore with a coming of age story that is a page turner.

RED’s heroine is Elodie Rose, a teen with a big, bad secret. The 17-year-old is about to turn into a werewolf any day. But she and her father — who live deep in the woods hidden from view — have tried to stave off her transformation by all means possible, including keeping her away from any romantic relationships that might trigger the change from human to wolf.

Elodie’s fears are rooted in family history. Her mother — a wolf — left a note for Elodie that her father gave to her when she turned 13. The letter detailed how Elodie would one day change into a wolf and that any contact with guys would speed up the change. And where is Elodie’s mother? Elodie was told her mother committed suicide so that her mother could avoid the curse of her ancestors. Her mother was afraid she would turn into a monster and kill everyone.

Talk about a heavy load for a teen girl to shoulder.

But Elodie’s luck is about to change. She meets a boy named Sawyer — who happens to be a full-blooded werewolf and comes from a family of weres. Like Elodie — he lost his mother, but in a tragic accident. His father, also a wolf, conducts research on wolf populations.

Neither Elodie nor Sawyer have any clue what the other really is and that’s the part of the story that is fun as each dance around each other. Nolan tells her story by alternating chapters between Elodie and Sawyer and these are in the first person. I like this format but for some reason I got a little confused sometimes switching back and forth. I think — even thought the chapters are clearly labeled — it sometimes wasn’t exactly clear at the onset who was talking but as the story progressed it was easier for me to follow.

In the meantime, there is a killer on the loose in the community (this is actually told quite well in the story so ignore my clumsy quick introduction of the plot here!) and it turns out this person knows about Elodie’s history and is hunting her down. That plot point is where the rest of the story unfolds.

The twist/allegory on RED RIDING HOOD at times is a bit heavy handed. Let’s face it, Red Riding Hood wasn’t supposed to go traipsing about in the woods. That tale was a warning to young women. And in RED, the message of chastity is pretty clear — remain a virgin or else you turn into a wolf and people hunt you down and you die.

There’s also the typical teen bullying angst between girls in here, which is kind of ho-hum. But Elodie is a strong character. She’s trying to figure out what’s happening to her. How to deal with life.

What I really liked about Nolan’s story are the relationships. Elodie is close to her father. He’s raised her all alone. He tries to protect her and she tries to protect him. In so many YA novels, the parents are MIA, but not here. And when Elodie realizes she’s changing, it’s not just into a wolf — but she’s growing up from girl to young woman. And there is a time when daughters leave their fathers and strike out in the world on their own.

I’ve never read a book by Nolan, but I follow her on Twitter (@kaitnolan) and would never have known about this book if she hadn’t written a Tweet promoting it. (Hint to all authors — we are out there and reading your Twitter feeds!) I don’t know if there will be a sequel. (I asked Nolan via Twitter but never heard back and can’t find any reference on her website.) But she also has another paranormal fantasy series — which I will now read — called MIRUS.

The other really cool thing about Nolan — she’s an e-book author. I love traditional hardcover books, but I must admit that I mostly read on my iPad now and rarely buy a paperback or hardcover book. I bought RED via Kindle on Amazon for $4.99. And while some folks don’t seem to care for ebooks, I love them.

You should check out Nolan’s website HERE. She — like many writers — holds down a day job(s) while working on her writing. (She also writes about cooking and her GIT (Goddess in Training) program so I sense she’s like so many of us — trying to balance work, life and health/fitness!)


Why does Anne Rice keep trashing Twilight vamps? November 6, 2011

Posted by Diana McCabe in Fun stuff.
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I’ve been so busy that I missed this Facebook post by the diva of vampires Anne Rice who has sparked (no pun intended) an avalanche of discussion about her books vs. the Twilight series … and a lot of catty comments!  The author of INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE posted this last month about the vamps of Stephenie Meyer’s TWILIGHT series.  This is nothing new. She’s trashed the series before. And Meyer is no fan of the Interview series. (See more on this below) Here’s a LINK to the Facebook post, which has more than 2,000 comments on it.

Lestat and Louie feel sorry for vampires that sparkle in the sun. They would never hurt immortals who choose to spend eternity going to high school over and over again in a small town —- anymore than they would hurt the physically disabled or the mentally challenged. My vampires possess gravitas. They can afford to be merciful.

OK — fair enough. But wait! There’s more! In 2010 Rice, in a Q&A with The Star-Ledger, says the Twilight series is based on a “silly premise”:

Q. It is complicated, which is why I have such mixed feelings about “Twilight.” It’s so sanitized.

A. It’s based on a really silly premise: that immortals would go to high school. It’s a failure of imagination, but at the same time, that silly premise has provided Stephenie Meyer with huge success. It’s almost like a stroke of genius to put vampires in high school. They just graduate over and over again.

I hated high school.

A. Doesn’t everyone? The idea that if you are immortal you would go to high school instead of Katmandu or Paris or Venice, it’s the vampire dumbed down for kids. But it’s worked. It’s successful. It makes kids really happy.

Today (Nov. 6) Anne Rice posts again on the debate on the books with this and adds a link to another news article. (CLICK HERE to read  ”Anne Rice vs Stephenie Meyer: Vampire authors bare fangs” from the Tribune Express. )

Had no idea my vain(?) attempt at a little humor would prompt this extended discussion. What DO vampires mean to people!

Oh give me a break. Anne Rice is super active on Twitter and Facebook. She has tons of fans. She knows she’s gonna get a rise out of Twihards. Maybe she and Stephenie Meyer, who is not on Twitter or Facebook but who does have a website,  have a secret deal to drum up even more publicity for the upcoming BREAKING DAWN (Part 1) movie, due out Nov. 18.

I like this take on the whole bloodsucker brawl by Alexander Abad-Santos with The Atlantic Wire.  He says the writers are  fighting about ego and paychecks. Let’s face it, Rice has her fan base and Meyer has her own. One of them just happens to be a lot more popular among the YA audience right now and has a movie coming out.  CLICK HERE for a breakdown of the players, back-and-forth and who is winning in the battle in the Atlantic Wire article titled ” Anne Rice and Stephenie Meyer’s Beef Isn’t Really About Vampires.”

I can’t decide whether it’s really funny to have this discussion or really sad. Authors snipe at each other all of the time, but to me the two vamp authors are so different that you can’t compare them. Besides,  who cares if one has sparkly vamps and the other doesn’t? And I guess I’m kind of disappointed in Rice, but not surprised. She is — after all — totally outspoken on everything from the Catholic Church to women’s rights to literature. Or maybe it’s the reaction of fans on both sides that bugs me. Most fans are not book authors, so I find it hard to take really scathing criticism from them about these books when they haven’t been published — and have no clue about creating stories. Dunno.

What do you think?

What do we hear from Jamie Fraser in Diana Gabaldon’s next book? November 6, 2011

Posted by Diana McCabe in Authors, News.
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Probably not a HUGE surprise why I’m posting this but here’s the latest from Diana Gabaldon and her next release — THE SCOTTISH PRISONER, due out Nov. 29. I might get it because she’s been working on it for so long and it sounds interesting. Plus, it includes a preview from the next OUTLANDER novel. (Not this excerpt — the book!) This is from her blog.

Well, alrighty, then! Do you want to know whether THE SCOTTISH PRISONER starts with Jamie or John? Random House has posted the beginning of the book as an excerpt on Scribd. Click the link below to see which way the editors (and I) decided to begin the book–and I hope you enjoy it!


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