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Friday, August 1, 2014

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy
Directed by: James Gunn
Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker and Vin Diesel,
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team-the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy's fate in the balance.

Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the most anticipated movies of the summer, so of course my hopes were set on atop a very high bar. This ratpack of misfits is anything but the seamless superhero we may be used to. They're reckless and wildly messy at times, but when it boils down to it they kicked some major galaxy butts and won me over in the process.

The film starts out with a very emotional scene, which was a little hard for my 8 year old son, but after reminding him "it's just movie" we plunge ahead into space and the epic adventures that ensued. I paid for the 3D experience and, every penny was well spent for this added element. The movies cinematic setting just came to life and flew off the screen! It felt at times like the characters were within reach.

Amazingly funny moments of dancing and singing when you least expect it. This just added to the overall goofballs that hold the power to save worlds. It's not your typical hero story and thank the stars for that! This one is filled with some major heart and the laughs keep it all running to a head crushing end.

Battles that were breathtaking and mind blowing, I don't know how many man hours were spent on these graphic but every single hand involved with with film needs a big cookie! Some really bad villains keep you rooting for the good guys and cheering in time with the whole audience.

I absolutely loved this gem from beginning to end. Recommending this film to everyone, of all ages, no matter if you're hip to the comic or not. It's truly a fun ride that will leave you walking out with a pep in your step and an 80's musical beat in your heart.

Make sure to stay until the very end for an extra scene after all the credits!

Getting 4 and 1/2 sheep


Book Review + Alpha Male Diner: Darkness Possessed by Stephanie Rowe + giveaway

Zach Roderick (Calydon Warrior)
recipe by Stephanie Rowe
Darkness Possessed (Order of the Blade #9)

Ingredients for a Zach Roderick Flambé

1) One well-muscled ancient Calydon warrior

2) 800 years of soul-wrenching torment

3) Add red-hot sizzling fire that burns from within.

4) Sprinkle with a mouth-watering dose of raw masculinity, danger, and dangerous passion.

5) Top with sensual kisses that awaken dormant desires that no woman can resist.

Warning: Love is forever with this one. Consider yourself forewarned.

Notes for optimum results: Must handle this delicacy with care. He will protect and possess you, and engulf you mercilessly in the enormity of his presence and desire. His loyalty is unwavering, and once he accepts you into his circle of protection, you will never have to face anything alone again. He will do whatever it takes to safeguard you, no matter the cost to himself, no matter how great the sacrifice. He has no heart left to give you, but with the right nurturing and care, you just might be able to heal him and bring him back from the darkness that holds him so relentlessly in his grip.

Taste Test
Kiss her? Kiss her?

Zach went utterly still, his entire body shaking with need at Rhiannon's breathless request. He wasn't a saint. He wasn't even close. The need to possess her was so strong that his muscles were actually cramping from the effort of controlling himself.

Still pinned beneath him, Rhiannon was staring up at him, her blue eyes dark with desire so raw that it seemed to thrust right into his gut. She wanted him as badly as he wanted her. But he'd seen her terror. Hell, he was still carrying the marks from her attack when she'd thought he was going to hurt her.

"Zach?" Her hands slid from his shoulders to the back of his neck, her touch a tantalizing caress as she wove her fingers through his hair. "Kiss me," she whispered. "I need you to kiss me."

He swore under his breath, knowing damn well that all she was asking for was a kiss. She wasn't asking for him to rip her clothes off or to make love to her until neither of them could move. He knew that, but could he really kiss her and stop there? He could feel her breasts against his chest. Her legs were wrapped around his hips, pulling him against her. The heat from her body seemed to flood him, a pulsing, relentless need that pushed ruthlessly against his self-control.

No. He couldn't do it. He wouldn't take that chance.

But even as he had the thought and made the resolution not to kiss her, he looked down into the turbulent depths of her eyes and saw the desperation in them. He realized suddenly that the kiss wasn't simply about the raw lust that had been stirred up between them. She needed him to kiss her, a need that burned from the very depths of all the pain and trauma she carried with her. She needed him to show her what a kiss was supposed to be like.

Jesus. That was serious pressure. But what was he going to do? Abandon her, when all he wanted to do was sweep her into his arms and gift her with whatever kindness he had left, with whatever beauty hadn't already been stripped from his soul?

No. He knew he wasn't going to say no. He was going to kiss her, and prove to her that some men were worth trusting, and that he was one of those men. 

Gritting his teeth against the need to consume her, he slowly bent his head, forcing himself to move with agonizing precision, giving her time to stop him or pull back. But with each inch that he closed between them, her fingers dug more tightly into him and her legs clamped that much harder around his hips.

She wanted him. There was no going back. At all.

Desire flashed in her eyes as she suddenly comprehended that he was about to kiss her, then wariness, and then, before the turbulence of her emotions could stop him, he closed the distance between them and kissed her, delivering the most chaste kiss he could summon.

Her lips were the softest things he'd ever felt in his life. They were like the spun silk, warm with life and passion. Lust exploded through him, a fire so hot it felt as if it were searing his veins as his blood raced through his body. 

Swearing under his breath, he started to break the kiss, knowing that he was in over his head, but before he could pull back, she wrapped her arms around his neck and trapped him. Then, she parted her lips beneath his and kissed him. Hard. Passionately. Intensely, but with the tentative skill of a woman who had no idea how the hell to kiss a man, who was simply following her instincts.

And it worked.

He cradled the back of her head in his palm, braced himself on his other forearm, and kissed her back. No longer chaste and protective, he kissed her with all the passion of a warrior who had gone too long without the oxygen needed to sustain him, only to find that the woman in his arms was that missing piece of his survival.

Order of the Blade, #9
by Stephanie Rowe
A fatal mistake stripped Zach Roderick of the powers that define him, leaving him a tormented shadow of the warrior he once was. Now, his teammate's life depends on Zach resurrecting the fire that once burned within him. As he undertakes a battle he has no way to win, he is derailed by a tempestuous beauty that awakens in him the dark desires that destroyed him once before.

The scars etched on Rhiannon Diaz's soul are so deep that she will never again be free. The once-powerful guardian is facing her last and greatest battle, and failure means a return to a sexual enslavement that is far worse than death. Her intense and passionate need for the powerful warrior who has vowed to protect her threatens the very foundation of her survival, but his refusal to abandon her drags them both into a world where wild, untamed passion rages, and surrender is their only chance.

All books in the Order of the Blade series are intended to be standalones that can be read in any order. The chronological reading order, however, is as follows: DARKNESS AWAKENED, DARKNESS SEDUCED, DARKNESS SURRENDERED, FOREVER IN DARKNESS, DARKNESS REBORN, DARKNESS ARISEN, DARKNESS UNLEASHED, INFERNO OF DARKNESS, DARKNESS POSSESSED.

I didn't know what to expect when this book was given to us as an ARC. But having been told that you can read this series at any point, I said what the flock and went for it.

That being said, it was just by the wool of my hide that I was able to stay inside the story world. At book 9, you can be sure that a lot has gone down. I did get enough of the essence that helped make
​ most of​ the story understandable. This is a well written world, with a mix of characters that were interesting and complex.

I did not understand why you have to kill your mate. In this saga, if you find the one you're meant to be with, once you fall in love, they will kill everyone you love and then kill you. Unless the gal kills them first. Ok, well that sucks! Didn't like that.

The story felt like it was split in two, with half focus on Rhiannon and ​Zach but then shared with another couple. I presume this is because they are having their own story next? I don't know, but that was a little annoying. Aside from that flip flop of character focus, prepare for situations of rape and abuse towards women. Not winning.

Overall, this was certainly a different world that may not always have a happy ending. The characters come from some dark pasts and love seems hard to reach. Action and adventure mixed with a little humor, yet all delivered with ease. I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series to get the full affect.

Getting 3 and 1/3 Sheep

About the Author:
Four-time RITA® Award nominee and Golden Heart® Award winner Stephanie Rowe is the nationally bestselling author of more than forty published novels. Stephanie has received starred reviews from Booklist and high praise from Publisher's Weekly. Stephanie is the author of the bestselling Order of the Blade paranormal romance series, and she will be launching a new vampire series in Sept/Oct 2014. She also writes the intensely passionate Ever After series, and the gripping Alaska Heat romantic suspense series. She also published in teen fiction, middle grade fiction, and motivational nonfiction. 

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Gallery of Horrors Bundle from + giveaway

Have you heard about the website Story Bundle?

A bundle is available for a very limited time only, via It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub, and .mobi) for all books, but after the three weeks are over, the bundle is gone forever!
Authors: be sure to check out the website and see how your book can be part of a bundle

There are only 13 days left to purchase the Gallery of  Horrors bundle!
Horror comes in many forms.

There's a misconception about horror, that it has to be bloody, it has to be filled with entrails and viscera, it has to have demons or knives. It has to involve vampires. It has to have a monster.

But horror has many faces. It can be a mother, in the heat of summer, alone in an empty parking lot, realizing she's locked her keys and purse in the car… with her twelve-month old infant strapped in the back seat. It can be a stalker in an alley or a withering disease. Horror comes in many shapes and sizes, some of them more mundane than others, some perhaps messier. But in the end, all horror stories have one thing in common. The monster is the truth.

That truth may be that we all die one day. Those we love, those we care about, will all at some point, cease to breathe, cease to walk and laugh, cease to tell their stories, and simply become inert.

In this collection you'll find a variety of ways in which the truth is told. People trapped in their own bodies, infected and mindless, forced to obey their hunger; men seeking the cosmic truth to find they wish they'd never discovered it; the Antichrist with his own congregation of followers, with claws and wings and livers for eyes; a parasitic fungus which feeds on information, memories, and bodies; a corporation makes a devil's bargain with people too desperate for work to say no; a failing author finds himself possessed to write a horror bestseller at a steep price; a crime investigation turns into something far more terrifying; a man finds himself haunted by a child born in the catacombs of a sanitarium; this guy keeps appearing and I can't stop killing him.

All these stories speak of the unspoken truths, of the dark places in our minds we pretend we don't see. They speak of entropy in its purest form, of the all-devouring maw to which we all return one day.

So step right in, take a seat. Face the truth with us. – Martin Kee

The initial titles in the bundle (minimum $3 to purchase) are:
Bloom by Martin Kee
Hell's Muse by Jack Wallen
Limbus, Inc. by Jonathan Maberry, Joseph Nassise, Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Brett J. Talley and Anne C. Petty
That Which Should Not Be by Brett J. Talley
Tunnel Vision by Tanya Eby
Crime Seen by Michaelbrent Collings

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $12, you'll get another three books:
Irregular Creatures by Chuck Wendig
I, Zombie by Hugh Howey
The Red Church byScott Nicholson

Also check out the Paranormal Romance Bundle ending in 5 days!

one winner will get the Gallery of Horror Bundle

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A Quickie with Eve Langlais (interview that is) Kodiak's Claim Book Tour

The funny Eve Langlais has stopped by for a quickie ...interview that is! (Gutter wallowing sheep<G>). So check out what she has to say and what these videos have to do with it! Pick your poison and rock out while you read.

Sharon: Where do you do your best thinking and plotting?
Eve: There are two places that usually help when I'm stuck in a story or trying to figure out where to go next; in the shower, lol, or when I go for a drive with hubby. The drive especially, usually with a mocha coffee in hand, is really good for me as it relaxes me, and I use my hubby as a sounding board, reciting my current storyline out loud. For some reason orating it like this to an audience and trying to make hubby understand what's going on helps me to clarify the current story arc and where it's going.

Sharon: Best piece of writing advice someone gave you?
Eve: Write. Don't get hung up on revising and editing in an endless loop. An author never thinks they're story is good enough. Sometimes you just have to let go, send it to your editor and move on to the next story.

Sharon: What book are you embarrassed to say you’ve never read?
EveFifty Shades of Grey. It seems everyone has read it, and people who hear I'm a romance writer always ask me what I think.

Sharon: Which fictional or non-fictional character would like to have your back during the apocalypse?
EveMy husband. He'd totally kick some serious ass. :D

Sharon: If every time you entered a room theme music or a song played, what would it be?
EveOMG, I've never been asked that before. I think it would depend if I was in a certain book mode. When I'm immersed in my cyborg world, I love Styx, Mr Roboto. When in an alien mood, Katy Perry's ET. But honestly, if I'm just hanging with readers/authors and having a good time, probably Cyndi Lauper's Girls Just Want To Have Fun.

About the Author:
Hello, my name is Eve. I’m a stay at home mom who writes full time in between juggling my three kids, hubby, and housework, I write really raunchy stuff–usually with werewolves lol.

I am a bestselling Amazon author, ranking often in their top 100 romance authors. But I’m not just popular with Kindle readers. I was one of the top ten selling authors on AllRomance for 2013 and have had numerous of my books hit the top 100 books over all on Barnes & Nobles as well.

I’m writing romance, my way. I do have a twisted imagination and a sarcastic sense of humor something I like to let loose in my writing. I like strong alpha males, naked chests and werewolves. Lots of werewolves. In fact, you’ll notice most of my multi partner stories revolve around great, big, overprotective Lycans who just want to please their woman. I am also extremely partial to aliens, you know the kind who abduct their woman and then drive them insane…with pleasure of course.

I love to write, and while I don’t always know what my mind is going to come up with next, I can promise it will be fun, probably humorous and most of all romantic, because I love a happily ever after.

Kodiak's Claim
by Eve Langlais

July 29th 2014 

He might growl, but she’s not afraid to bite.

Hands full taking care of his clan, the last thing this Kodiak bear needs is a woman poking her cute little nose into his affairs. But when she refuses to back down—and shows the courage to stand up to him—he can’t resist the allure of a curvy city girl.

She’s mine. All mine.

And when a rival clan thinks to use her to force his paw, he’ll show them why you never piss off a Kodiak, or threaten what’s his.

Tammy is convinced men are all scum, even gorgeous ones like Reid Carver. She knows he’s hiding something. Something big. She just never expected a real freaking bear hid underneath all those muscles. But when the truth comes out and he tries to scare her off with a roar, she shows him not just bears have bite.

August 2014 Movie Releases

Here are some movies coming out August 2014. We plan on seeing Guardians of the Galaxy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Let's Be Cops, The Expendables and Shaorn will have to take her daughter to see The Giver. 

What are you going to see?

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