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The deets on the latest ‘Game of Thrones’ season No. 2 video! February 28, 2012

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Wow! This is the second preview for “Game of Thrones” season No. 2 and it’s a long clip!  Spoilers abound! Great ones! For a full recap — and don’t read it if you don’t want to know the deets — CLICK HERE to read the excellent scene-by-scene breakdown of the clip from the fab westeros.org website. (If you’re a GOT fan and don’t have that site bookmarked — do it. It’s usually the first with scoops and news on the series.)

And don’t forget — season No. 2 starts on April 1!!!

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‘Love Struck’ an intriguing tale of selchie love and lore February 19, 2012

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Who would have thought seal love would be magical? Leave it to Melissa Marr to turn this bit of folklore into a short story of romance with a bit of a feminist twist.

I didn’t know much about selchies — or selkies — until I read LOVE STRUCK. I only knew that they were mythological creatures who live as seals but can take human form. For some reason, I always thought they were evil. And that they were women.

But in Marr’s short story, teenager Alana knows about the selchie legends and how the seal creatures can shed their “pelts” on shore to walk as human. In most legends, the female selchies are often trapped by human males as wives. But here, Alana meets not just one, but two selchie males who want her for a bride. (What’s cool for me? Marr writes in her introduction to FAERY TALES & NIGHTMARES  that the Alana/selchie story was influenced by Solana Beach here in San Diego County!)

And of course, these selchie males — Vic and Murrin — are gorgeous. But there’s always a catch to paranormal love and it has to do with that blasted selchie pelt and the history behind Vic and Murrin. I won’t spoil the Vic and Murrin angle. But here’s what you need to know about the pelts: As a human, if you touch it, you’re pretty much infatuated with that selchie and he or she is attracted to you. And if you hide the pelt, the selchie won’t be able to return to the sea unless he or she finds it. In previous folklore, the selchies always stuck on shore were women because human fishermen would trap them by hiding their pelts. But in this story, Marr turns the tables and Alana has her choice between Vic and Murrin. And both have different reasons for wanting her as a bride and different tactics for getting her attention.

As short stories go, this was an interesting tale. Marr gives her female characters backbone. They don’t just fall for the good-looking guy. They are independent. They want to know he is the real deal. And even if it is true love — they want to be their own person and follow their own dreams.

You can find this short story in a couple of places. It’s at the beginning of a book titled LOVE STRUCK, which also contains chapter 1 of WICKED LOVELY and also the first chapter of INK EXCHANGE. (If you haven’t read the WICKED LOVELY series CLICK HERE to read my review on it.) LOVE STRUCK is also coming out this week (Feb. 21) in FAERY TALES & NIGHTMARES, a collection of short stories tales of favorite characters from Marr’s  WICKED LOVELY novels and some new characters we haven’t met yet. (I plan to review the collection.) And, you can find it in LOVE IS HELL, an anthology.

If you read this short story, let me know what you think. I have one of those logic questions about the pelts and the ending. So leave me a note and I’ll ask you my question! Or — maybe Marr ended the story this way because she plans to explore the world of the selchies later? Would be an intriguing world to visit.

More on Marr:
‘Graveminder’ opens up gritty, new world of the dead
Q&A: Graveminder’s Melissa Marr on zombies, love and minding the dead

For your special Valentine: ‘Dating the Undead’ February 13, 2012

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Trying to snag that special vampire, werewolf, zombie or demon boyfriend? Authors Gena Showalter and Jill Monroe – experts on hot vampires, shifters, and more – have a new book full of romance tips for your undead relationship: DATING THE UNDEAD.

Here’s a snippet from the book:

Will a Vampire burst into flames in the sunlight, or will he glitter?
(Neither!)

How many dateless nights are ahead of me since my Werewolf boyfriend is part of a pack — and I’m not?
(Not many, if he’s a keeper!)

Are all Dragon-Shifters ticklish under their scales, or just mine?
(Depends. Is your Dragon a land- or water-dweller?)

How do I break my Zombie out of his shy shell so I can introduce him to my friends?
(Two words: time and patience.)

Just how naughty can I be before I shock my Angel?
(Not very, unfortunately. But the good news is, a shock might be just what he needs!)

Does horn size indicate the size of anything else on my Demon?
(Hell to the yes!)

Alexander Skarsgard rings the bell at Nasdaq in New York February 13, 2012

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OK — this is for all of you Alexander Skarsgard fans — even though it’s not really paranormal romance! (Hey — I’m a business editor in my day job so have to post something about this!) But he showed up along with a bunch of Hasbro executives to ring the opening bell today (Feb. 13) at the NASDAQ exchange. (You can just blip forward to the 6-minute mark and they actually “ring” the bell.” But all of this hoopla is for his upcoming movie BATTLESHIP, which opens in May.

Super Bowl finally gets vampire ads! February 6, 2012

Posted by Diana McCabe in Entertainment, News.
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Took marketing types long enough to think of adding vampires to commercials but Audi had fun with the blood sucker craze during the Super Bowl. Goofy ad but made me laugh. (What was your favorite ad? And yes — there were a few that had paranormal/ghoul themes!)

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