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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Spotlight: The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories by Charlaine Harris + print book giveaway

The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories
by Charlaine Harris
November 21, 2017
ACE Hardcover
$24.99 / 384 pages

For the first time together in one volume, here is the complete short story collection starring Louisiana’s favorite telepathic waitress, Sookie Stackhouse—from #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris. New fans can fill in the gaps in their Sookie lore while old friends can revisit some of their favorite moments and characters. From investigating the murder of a local fairy to learning that her cousin was a vampire, from remodeling her best friend’s house to attending a wedding with her shapeshifting boss, Sam, Sookie navigates the perils and pitfalls of the paranormal world.

Belly up to the bar at Bon Temps’s favorite watering hole and hear stories that will make you wish Sookie never left, including...

“Fairy Dust”
“One Word Answer”
“Dracula Night”
“Lucky”
“Gift Wrap”
“Two Blondes”
“If I Had a Hammer”
“Small-Town Wedding”
“Playing Possum”
“In the Blue Hereafter”

This definitive collection is the perfect binge read for people who like their stories with bite!


About the Author:
Charlaine Harris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight, Texas, fantasy/mystery series and the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series. Her books have inspired HBO’s True Blood, NBC’s Midnight, Texas, and the Aurora Teagarden movies for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. She has lived in the South her entire life.



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Sheep Movie Review: The Justice League (2017) Spoiler-free

Justice League (2017)
Directed By: Zack Snyder
Written By: Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon
Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa
In Theaters: Nov 17, 2017 Wide
Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of sci-fi violence and action)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Runtime: 110 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes--Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash--it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.



Justice League was entertaining. Went to see it with my husband and 16-year-old daughter. My husband liked it more than Thor: Ragnarok, but I think that has more to do with Wonder Woman. 

Gotham City is just such a sad and dark place and the movies reflect that. Ezra Miller's Flash was the one bright spot. He was so freaking cute and had all the best lines. I was surprised at how much I liked Cyborg and the way they handled his backstory. Really hits you in the feels. I was a little disappointed with the depiction of Wonder Woman compared to the Wonder Woman movie. There were a lot of shots that focused on her butt...I mean, it is a nice one, but there was more emphasis on her looks in this movie. The Amazons wore two-piece armor so their bellies were exposed. But to be fair, Aquaman was shirtless so it kind of balances out. I like Ben Aflack as Bruce Wayne, but I'm not a fan of the Batman costume. It has no flexibility. I'm not sure he can even sit in that thing. He moves around like an action figure without any movable parts.

There were lots of great action scenes between the villain Steppenwolf (He has mommy issues.) and our Superheros. Thor: Ragnarok set the superhero movie bar kind of high for me and Justice League didn't quite reach it. But it looks great on the big screen so it is worth seeing.

*There are two extra scenes! Stay till all the credits are over :)

Don gives it 5 Sheep
Holly give is 4 Sheep
I give it 4 "REALLY competitive ice-dancing" Sheep





SharonS

Happy Thanksgiving with some spooky art!

Meet artist Angela Deane

If you have time, check out her shop. The ghost paintings are my favorite, but there are some other cool ones like Haunted Houses, Witches, and Flora.

Have a ghostly Thanksgiving!

“My work explores the beautiful, painful, and ultimately puzzling, human condition of having memories. In these photographs, I cover the people with paint, subtracting the specific identity of each person and transforming them into anonymous ghosts for the viewer to project upon. In this way, a private and specific experience becomes an open and shared one through the material addition of paint on photograph.” -Angela Deane

About the Artist:
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I was born and raised in the Sunshine State where I went to school for Fine Art. Though my official degree is in photography I must admit I did a lot more painting in the studio. I like photography on the walls of galleries just fine but I love it in a more casual way in my hand (bless instagram; the best app forevermore) and to my side table as a book.

After school I moved to London for a spell working in a photo lab and dancing roughly three nights a week. It was there my first real love of walking began. Picture a modern day city version of Lizzie Bennet and you have a good sense of me. I love the simplicity and freedom as well as being actually free - sans a pitstop for a coffee or wine - of the action. It's my favorite way to get to know a place and to get my brain working. Ideas flow with abandon.

It was only natural to then move to New York. My mother immigrated there from Italy and my father was Bronx born so I always knew it was in my future. High rents and the problematic nature of gentrification aside, I have to say there is no better city. Shared moments with strangers resonate with me near equal to "actual" relationships and always lift by way of their beauty, surprise, even sadness. Weaving amongst humanity each day is a gift. Each pair of my boots well worn after ten years spent there.

I stumbled into a fashion career, even had a boutique in the East Village down from Tompkins Square Park. After our brand folded in 2010 I began making the moves back down south to rebuild in a big house that cost less monthly than my Brooklyn apartment and recommitted myself to art making.

The walking isn't quite the same but I am finding this stint back in my homeland to be quite beneficial. Here in the heat and sun I have rebuilt my practice to where I work in the studio daily and also run my own business again with a line of artist-drawn scratch off greeting cards! (Yes, I am a lotto ticket junkie.)

Welcome to my world of ghosts and witches and dancing creatures. Thank you for coming. Don't be a stranger.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Guest Post: Music and Writing (Damned Series by LM Pruitt)+ excerpt



HODGE-PODGE
Playlists are a huge thing in the book world. Readers always want to know what writers were listening to when they wrote that scene, you know the one, the one which ripped the reader’s heart out or sent shivers down their spine or made the reader’s heart beat a little faster. Writers, for the most part, are more than happy to share the details of what inspired them or helped move the story along. Karen Marie Moning, for example, is famous for not only sharing her playlist but also incorporating lyrics into her work.
Unfortunately, I am not nearly as organized.
Now, that isn’t to say I don’t listen to music when I’m working. However, since I tend to write in coffee shops and restaurants, whatever I’m listening is Pandora or Muzak with the occasional political discussion thrown in for good measure. The music in the coffee shop tends to change with whoever is behind the counter—Mondays and Wednesdays, it’s eighties music with a foray once in a while in to classic country. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, it’s music from the fifties and sixties, heavy on the Rat Pack and blues.
This is music which, for the most part, I wouldn’t listen to while relaxing at home. It is, however, music which has provided some of my biggest plot breakthroughs. The huge cliffhanger scene at the end of BARRY which set up the premise for DAMNED happened because I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You played on Pandora and got stuck in my head for a week. The first intimate scene in DAMNED was written while Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On was playing in the background—which gave me more than a few giggles, to be honest. As I’m writing this, getting ready to dive back in to the world of DAMNED, Tainted Love is playing on Pandora—again, shockingly apropos.
Influence can come in the strangest of places and at the strangest of times. Mine tends to come at eight in the morning, surrounded by ducks and people on their way to work and a hodge-podge of music—and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Damned (Damned Book One)
by LM Pruitt
Release Date: February 15

Genre: PNR
256 pages
From the writer of the international bestselling WINGED series comes a look at the other side... where it's good to be bad....

I was thirty years old when I chose to die--or rather to give up my soul.

Eternal youth, endless money... and sex.

Mind blowing, life changing, otherworldly sex.

For all those things, being damned is a small price to pay.

WARNING: THIS BOOK CONTAINS GRAPHIC LANGUAGE AND EXTREMELY GRAPHIC SEX SCENES. READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.


Excerpt Damned:
“I’m Lacey Jackson.” She stuck out one hand, something in her eyes daring me to not take it. “And you are…?”

“Julie Watson.” I took her hand, making my reluctance more than obvious. The second my skin made contact with hers, a spark of energy shot through me so violently I couldn’t help but gasp. Swallowing, I said, “What brings you to Savannah?”

“Oh, I’m here for work.” Without releasing my hand, she slipped out of her seat and slid in to the one across from me. Leaning in, she lowered her voice and said, “I was fully prepared for it to be another dull, routine trip but now… well, now I think I’m glad I got assigned this route.”

“Oh.” The low fluttering in my stomach wasn’t unfamiliar—I was far from a virgin and I’d not only done Mardi Gras and Spring Break in Miami but I’d also spent a month in Europe after my college graduation. But this… this was something different. And not because it was caused by a woman.

This was… raw. Visceral. Almost feral. Like she’d tapped in to some hunger I wasn’t even aware I’d had and now that I did the idea it would go unfulfilled was almost too much to bear.

“You should come work with me.” She lifted our joined hands, brushing her lips over my knuckles. “I have a feeling you would be… amazing.”

“What?” It was as if all my attention was focused on the small bit of skin where she’d kissed me, tendrils of lust spooling out through the rest of my body in lazy ribbons. “What do you… what do you do?”

“I collect souls.” Her eyes darkened, her breath catching in her throat and I realized for the first time I wasn’t the only one affected by our contact. “Or rather the energy from them. The actual soul is taken up by someone else—it doesn’t matter, the details can be explained later.”

“You collect….” I trailed off, part of me sure she was joking and an even larger part of me sure she wasn’t. “Really. Why?”

“Because I can.” She flicked her tongue over her lips and I sucked in a shallow breath. “Because it’s fun.”

“But that would make you….”

“A demon, yes.” This time when she smiled, a dimple appeared in her left cheek and I was caught with the sudden urge to kiss it. “More specifically a succubus.” My confusion must have shown because she laughed. “I fuck people for their energy—sometimes to death, sometimes not. It all depends.”

“And you want to do that to me?”

“Oh, no.” She shook her head, her hair sliding across her shoulders, the tips curling over the swell of her breasts. “I told you. I want you to work with me and my sisters and Lilith.” She leaned closer and I breathed deep, the scent of her perfume almost painfully exotic. “I want you to join the ranks of the Morning Star and spend eternity tempting the weak and the wicked.”

What she was suggesting was lunacy. Madness. Even if I believed her, the idea of giving up my life to be some sort of demonic minion was ridiculous. Although….

What would I be giving up? A lifetime spent catering to David’s whims, denying myself the things I truly enjoyed because it would be bad for his reputation or his political chances or his weight? A lifetime attempting to please my parents and knowing it would never happen because nothing would ever overshadow Joanne’s sacrifice? A lifetime being nothing but the substitute?

What, exactly, would I be giving up?

“Jules.” The nickname I hated hearing from David sounded and felt like a caress coming from Lacey. Lifting our hands again, she ran her tongue over one of my fingertips before nipping lightly. Her voice was heavy with promise when she spoke again. “Come play with me.”

“Yes.” I breathed out the single word before leaning over the table and crushing my mouth to hers.

Who needed a soul anyway?

Wicked (Damned Book Two)

by LM Pruitt
Release Date: April 2017

Genre: PNR
181 pages
All things truly wicked start from innocence.
—Ernest Hemingway

Being a demon isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Especially when you make a massive mistake your first month on the job.

Even more so when your sister is one of the all-star players on the other team.

Add in the rumors of not one but two coups and it’s not hard to see—something wicked this way comes….



Ruin (Damned Book 3)

by LM Pruitt
Release Date: May 31, 2017

Genre: PNR
83 pages
I can resist everything except temptation—Oscar Wilde

But what happens when temptation is everywhere?

Cam is tempting to me toward the darkness.

Barry is tempting me toward the light.

And I want them both. I want it all.

Temptation will be my salvation. Or my ruin.



Torment (Damned Book Four)
by LM Pruitt
Release Date August 8, 2017
Genre: PNR

164 pages
Enemies are so stimulating.--Katherine Hepburn

If you can look past the part where they're trying to kill you.

The Damned want my head on a platter. The Winged have similar plans.

As for Morning Star and the Power... well, only They know.

One false step... and everything is lost.

CONTAINS SCENES OF GRAPHIC LANGUAGE AND SEXUAL ACTIVITY. READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.


About the Author:
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L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She knows this because she's killed bamboo. Twice. She is the author of the Winged series, the Plaisir Coupable series, Jude Magdalyn series, the Moon Rising series, and Taken: A Frankie Post Novel.


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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Book Review: The Chosen Knights (Secret Knights Book 1) by Mary Ting + giveaway

The Chosen Knights: (Secret Knights Book 1)
by Mary Ting
March 19, 2016
Pages: 329
When teens go missing in Hawaii, a group of demon-hunters—half human and half angel—disguised as high school students, must leave Crossroads, the place where they reside. In a race against time, they uncover the mystery connecting the missing teens, which dates back to the era of the Knights Templar. However, when they discover one of the Templars passed down a book containing all the secrets and codes to finding a particular treasure, they soon realize this forbidden treasure needs to be found before Cyrus, the lord of the possessor demons, acquires it—a treasure which been safeguarded and hidden from him.

There is only one problem: the pages containing the clues leading to the treasure is missing. When the first page is found, Cyrus threatens to kill more descendants of the Knights Templar if it is not given to him by Friday the thirteenth. In the midst of threats and discovery, the demon-hunting angels find they are not alone when supernatural beings begin to reveal themselves. Can they put their differences aside and work together to solve the Knights Templars’ cipher? As they astral travel to the past, they witness a lot more than they have bargained for. And some things are better left unseen.


Teens keep disappearing in Hawaii and three Venators, half human/half angel, are sent to Hawaii to find the connection between the demons they’ve been fighting and the missing teens. This will be the first time Lucia and Zach have lived on Earth, having been raised and trained at the Crossroads. Uncle Davin will be accompanying them so the recon should go smoothly.

A fresh, young adult series that gives a new perspective to angels, demons and the supernatural. The story connects the Knights Templars with the modern-day fight of good versus evil bringing a new twist to an old story. Lots of humor with a little young romance keeps the story moving. If you want a little history on the Venators before starting this story, check out the prequel, The Angel Knights before reading this one. It will give you a little history on the Venators, their lives and purpose prior to heading to Hawaii.

Getting 4 sheep






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About the Author:
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International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.


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$20 Amazon gift card (INTL)
Signed copy of The Chosen Knights (US only)
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