Back from the holidays! January 2, 2012Posted by Diana McCabe in Fun stuff, News.
Tags: favorite books, paramoral romance, Sookie
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Hope everyone had a good holiday break. I didn’t blog during Christmas or New Year’s but am coming back this week with some books I’m looking forward to reading in 2012. I’ll also look at a few movies and shows — based on our fave books — coming out in 2012.
See you online in a few days!
Wanna rent Bella and Edward’s honeymoon home? November 28, 2011Posted by Diana McCabe in Fun stuff, News.
Tags: Bella, Breaking Dawn, Edward, honeymoon, twilight
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:
- Slideshow on the house in Architectural Digest
- The rental listing website for the house with photos
- How movie crew filmed 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?!
Why does Anne Rice keep trashing Twilight vamps? November 6, 2011Posted by Diana McCabe in Fun stuff.
Tags: Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire, Lestat, Stephenie Meyer, twilight
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.
Q. 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?
Book blogs: Check out La Deetda Reads June 27, 2011Posted by Diana McCabe in Fun stuff.
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Looking for more book blogs? Check out my web buddy’s new blog LA DEETDA READS. This is by Dot in New York who used to send us vampire book reviews from time to time. But now she’s started her own blog so check it out! Dot reviews all kinds of romance books, including paranormal romance. And if you are looking for historical romance — she’s got that, too! Happy reading and drop her a line! (And she still visits this blog. You can find her commenting all of the time here!)
Now what? An Amish/vampire novel? Yes — ‘Forsaken’ March 9, 2011Posted by Diana McCabe in Book lists, Fun stuff, News.
Tags: amish, Forsaken, Leanna Ellis, vampires
When I first saw a reference on Twitter to an Amish/vampire novel, I thought it was a joke. How little do I know. There is a book coming out in August — FORSAKEN by Leanna Ellis. (I’m not even gonna mess with the “Plain Fear” line.) Here’s the book description that’s posted on amazon.com
Hannah Schmidt pines for Jacob, the boy who saved her life. But Jacob is gone, buried. Levi Fisher loves Hannah. But he knows how much Hannah loved his brother Jacob. He also knows the troubling event that took Jacob out of their lives. So when a stranger named Akiva comes into their community, he carries with him two secrets: he is, in fact, Jacob. And he is now a vampire. When secrets are revealed, Hannah must choose between light and dark, between the one she has always loved and the new possibility of love-a decision that will decide the fate of her soul.
Ellis has written other books, including FACELIFT, ONCE IN A BLUE MOON and ELVIS TAKES A BACK SEAT. I’ve never read any of her novels, so can’t tell you anything about her writing but you can check out her site, bio, books etc. at her site HERE. The Amish and vamps — seems an odd — almost irreverent — combination. A bit over the top. But what the heck — you never know.
And you can check out the book trailer to FORSAKEN below.
Last Bite Podcast discusses ‘Shadowfever’ February 6, 2011Posted by Diana McCabe in Fun stuff.
Tags: Barrons, karen marie moning, Mac, Shadowfever
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Just a few more SHADOWFEVER posts (and after I said I was moving on!). But if you want to hear a discussion about the book on Last Bite Podcast with me and Maria, who founded and hosts the podcast about all things paranormal on TV, film and in print, CLICK HERE or visit the website at www.sookiestackhouse.com. You can also download the podcast on iTunes.
The discussion is at the end of the podcast. At the top of the podcast, Kelly and Maria discuss the latest on casting for TRUE BLOOD and what’s up with some of the current shows on TV including BEING HUMAN and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES.
Character notes on Barrons, Mac, V’Lane from KMM January 30, 2011Posted by Diana McCabe in Fun stuff, News.
Tags: Barrons, karen marie moning, Mac, Shadowfever, v'lane
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This might be my last post on Karen Marie Moning and the Fever series for a while! I’ll return to regular paranormal romance postings now that the SHADOWFEVER hoopla has sort of passed! But I wanted to pass along these character notes from KMM’s blog. (Some of these notes she discussed in previous Q&As and chats but she finally put these thoughts on her blog!) If you want to read more on how she wrote the series and more, go to her blog HERE.
Here’s what she wrote about Barrons, Mac and V’Lane:
• Jericho Z. Barrons: Barrons is hard, cold, brutally efficient killing machine, brilliant, cunning and utterly focused on what he wants at all times. He rarely smiles and if he does, it’s a brief softening, a faint uplifting of the corners of his mouth—never a full smile. Since he met Mac, he has smiled on several occasions. Once, he laughed out loud. JZB is not a man for expressions of happiness. At best he radiates self-satisfied calm, a big cat at rest. Harsh, forbidding, controlled, a man of intense discipline, he emotes anger, mockery, challenge, irony, raw sexuality, animalistic fury, but no tenderness. He’s a hard man. There are no cracks in his walls but the one Mac can slip through—and he hates that but he accepts it because it is the truth and to pretend otherwise would be an exercise in futility. Whether he likes it or not, she gets under his skin and makes his dick harder than any other woman ever has. He wastes no time examining the whys of it or resisting her effect on him. He focuses his energy like a laser, slicing and dicing, rearranging reality to suit what he wants the best way he can get it. Since the moment he met Mac and accepted that he wanted her, he has been ruthlessly altering her, making her ultimately suitable for him. The only question in his mind is: will she survive what he’s doing to her?
• MacKayla Lane: Mac is a woman on the verge of…everything: A complete psychotic episode, a life-changing epiphany, becoming something truly good or truly evil. She often feels bi-polar—because she is. A sweet, southern girl with refined taste and pretty manners, she’s a shining star with a great, sucking black-hole at the center. The evil she’s been hunting so assiduously, the mind-numbing, soul-crushing monster of twisted destructiveness she’s been tracking through the rain-slicked streets of Dublin—is her. Every dark spell, all the dangerous power, the vicious rage and hunger crouches inside her. It never intended to let her find it in the streets until she’d found it in herself.
• V’Lane: V ’lane had a lousy publicist. He’s the center-stage male character I gave a label: Seelie, shining death-by-sex Fae, erotic, brilliant, ballsy and no more sociopathic than Barrons. With V’lane, I can’t help but play the “what if” game: What if the night Mac rushed through the dark zone seeking sanctuary, Mac had found V’lane instead of Barrons Books & Baubles? What if he’d taken her to Faery and told her the truth, the full truth that very night? Would she have been swayed by his desire to save his trapped brothers? How different is he really from Barrons and his eight? V’lane may have rebelled against the Unseelie king’s wishes but he was only trying to set the rest of the Unseelie free. He was beautiful, powerful, he could have left the icy prison and abandoned them, and pursued his own pleasure. But he wanted all the Unseelie to have a chance in the sunshine and beauty of the world. He was a freedom fighter, a renegade, a determined, cunning, patient, valiant crusader. Doesn’t the world need War? Isn’t he the only reason tyrannies topple, empires fall and humans change? War is the catalyst, the means by which wrongs are righted, scales are balanced, and the world transformed. Isn’t V’lane the real hero?
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