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Sunday, August 7, 2022

Movie Review: Prey (2022) on Hulu

Prey
Aug 5, 2022
Director: Dan Trachtenberg
Writer: Patrick Aison
Cast: Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, Michelle Thrush, Julian Black Antelope, Stormee Kipp
Rating: R (Strong Bloody Violence)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Runtime: 1h 39m
Franchise: Predator
Set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, "Prey" is the story of a young woman, Naru, a fierce and highly skilled warrior. She has been raised in the shadow of some of the most legendary hunters who roam the Great Plains, so when danger threatens her camp, she sets out to protect her people. The prey she stalks, and ultimately confronts, turns out to be a highly evolved alien predator with a technically advanced arsenal, resulting in a vicious and terrifying showdown between the two adversaries.

I'm a Predator fan since the beginning. Did I think they needed another film? No. But am I glad they did? OH YEAH!

We don't get Hulu but our youngest daughter has an account and let us watch!
Prey is the same as all the other Predator movies but it is new too. Set 300 years before the original Predator movie, the alien lands on Comanche land. How can this young woman fight a Predator? This Predator isn't as advanced as the ones in the previous movies. He doesn't have the armor.

I LOVED the character Naru. The actress, Amber Midthunder, was fabulous and fierce. Prey is as much a coming-of-age movie as it is an action-packed, violent, Sci-fi film. The story moves at a slower pace...which is perfect for this story. But the underlying sense of suspense and doom from start to finish.

If you love the Predator franchise, then you'll most likely enjoy this one too :)

My husband gave it 3 1/2 sheep because of the slower pace

I give it 4 1/2 "This is as far as you go. No More. This is it." Sheep




SharonS

Friday, August 5, 2022

How to make a comic book costume. No sewing involved!

Do you want to make comic book clothes?
It's actually pretty easy, just time-consuming. I have no clothes-making skills. There is no sewing involved. It is all glue and tape!

This dress is called Wednesday. If you know why you get bonus points! Next time I'll have a name tag that says 

Hello! 
My Name is... Wednesday.

Here is the finished dress. It is two pieces, a top, and a skirt.

Basic Supplies:
1. comics books
2. bed sheet or cloth of any type
3. Spray adhesive
4. Packing tape
5. colored duct tape
6. scissors, possibly a drill

Here is my office right before I started putting things together. I spent a long time picking the comic pages and panels I wanted. Using a whole page (like covers) takes up a lot of room and makes it easier to fill the space. I also found cool things to cut out in detail or cool panels to fill in between the large pages.

I found a circle skirt pattern online. It is the simplest skirt to make. It would be really cute as a short skirt but I decided to be more modest.
Use the spray adhesive (I used Gorilla glue) to glue down the comic collage. Do a small section.
Then use the packing tape to cover what you've done. Move to the next section. 

Once you finish the skirt, you want to seal all the edges with duct tape. I used black, but white would look cool too. The skirt will wrap around you. I used duct tape and packing tape to hold it closed.
When you first put it on it won't hang right because it's stiff. I had to accordion fold it and squish it to make it hang correctly.

The top was just guesswork. It was easiest to make it sleeveless. I  cut the bed sheet to fit around under my arms. Then did the comic pages plus packing tape. I had a rectangular piece of "material" to work with.

You need a way to keep it on and not look like a barrel. I decided to do a corset style. It lets you make it fitted.
After a lot of measuring on myself, I got it the right size and lined all the edges with duct tape. I reinforced the edges for the corset string (shoe laces).
I used a drill to make the holes.
I wore a black cami top under it.


I needed a few accessories. I got a cheap cloth bag and gave it the same treatment as the dress. It made a cute bag to carry my things. You will need to bring your duct tape and packing tape with you in case something needs a touch-up or the skirt starts to fall off!

I bought some cheap deck shoes from Walmart. I thought about doing the packing tape method to decorate but didn't think it would hold up as well. So I bought some kids' party plates that had the POW design and cut out the design. Then stapled them to the shoes! 

Last minute I thought it would be fun to have a thought bubble I carried with something funny on it. I wanted to use a dry erase material for it so I could change it up, but that didn't work out well so I went with poster board on a stick.

Finished look for Animazement.

After wearing it one time, it needed some touch-ups before I could use it again for GalaxyCon. Make sure you overlap the duct tape because it will start to split down the seams. 
After wearing it twice I might have to retire this one. It was a prototype.

I have some cool ideas for other themes of dresses like this :) Stay tuned!

Book Review: Witchcraft Coloring Book Paperback – Coloring Book by Christina Haberkern

Witchcraft Coloring Book Paperback – Coloring Book
by Christina Haberkern
August 2, 2022
96 pages
Publisher: Plume
Do you love potions, crystals, spells and spell books? Witchcraft Coloring Book combines the fun of coloring with everyone’s favorite spooky-season subjects in this intricate, beautiful, and giftable package from the creator of the popular gift-item and stationery brand Hello Harlot.

This brand-new, all-original coloring book features beautiful, fun-to-color illustrations that celebrate all thing witchy, including images of potions, crystals, and spell books; evocative sayings; and tributes to historical witches through the ages as well as those from contemporary pop culture, such as Marie Laveau, Samantha from Bewitched, Willow from Buffy, and so many more.

This is an all-age coloring book with fun witch facts and witchy-style images. There are coloring pages from simple to more detailed. Below are some examples...

This would also be a perfect Halloween purchase to put the family in a festive mood!

If you are looking for delightful coloring fun and learning some real and fictional pop culture history at the same time, then check the Witchcraft Coloring Book out!

4 "Witchy" Sheep





SharonS

About the Author
Christina Haberkern is a designer and illustrator in Los Angeles. She is the owner and creative mind behind Hello Harlot, a stationery and gift-item brand specializing in pop culture and humorous products.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Excerpt: Hellfire & Pride (From Hell Book 1) by Nadine Nightingale

by Nadine Nightingale 
July 27, 2022
Genre:   Paranormal Romance
These days it's hard enough to be a witch, but being born a hellfire witch? That's something else entirely and no one knows that better than Melissani. Half witch, half demon she's one of the most powerful creatures in existence. The fire in her soul could kill Lucifer himself. Shame that thanks to her mother said soul now belongs to Leviathan, Crown Prince of Hell.

Once upon a time the two had a thing. Yes, she fell for the demon prince who bought her soul, and despite her better judgment she trusted the bastard. But, of course, he had to mess it up. A broken heart, shattered dreams and, to cap it all off, a missing sister dragged to hell.

Well, what is it they say? Hell has no fury like a hellfire witch betrayed. So buckle up little prince. Hellfire is coming for you.

EXCERPT
Once upon a time, I might have ignored the edge in his tone. I might have written it off as nothing I’d have to worry about, as unimportant. Yes, once upon a time, I was a naïve and awfully stupid witch. That witch, though, was laid to rest weeks ago after she was murdered with broken promises and age old lies of love and trust. Her flesh was ripped from her bones, and she was left to take her last breath under a blanket of stars that he—that vile, disgusting creature—had sworn to snatch for her. The witch that stands across from Lord Mammon is someone else, something else. She’s a girl, who had listened to the sound of falling stars, watched them crash in the dark and when her world was shattered and she lay in ruins, she scraped up every piece of her that had fallen to the floor, catharized her bleeding heart and rose from the ashes like a roaring wildfire, meant to burn anyone and anything in her vicinity to the ground. That witch is no longer naïve and stupid for she has become the reaper, knocking on hell’s door. And as such I smell death long before it arrives.


About the Author:  

Nadine aka Dini is a traveler at heart. She considers the world her home and practically lives out of her suitcases. When she’s not glaring at a blank page or abusing her poor keyboard, she spends her time reading, watching movies (preferably horror), pretends to work out, and hangs out with friends and family. Poor girl also suffers from a serious Marvel superhero addiction. So, if you run into her at night, wearing black, know she’s secretly dreaming of being the infamous Black Widow.

OUT NOW!
HELLFIRE & PRIDE by Nadine Nightingale is out now! Check out the gorgeous paranormal romance and be sure to grab your copy today!
Amazon: https://amzn.to/3zv8ohP

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

99 cents Pre-order: Not Well Behaved Women: A Steamy Romance Charity Anthology

Not Well Behaved Women: A Steamy Romance Anthology
‎August 16, 2022
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Genre: Romance, Romance Anthology, Charity Anthology
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A.C. James
NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR
A.C. James writes paranormal romance books for adults and erotica, including Eternal Ever After (rebranded as Eternal Lover), which was featured in the bestselling Spice Box anthology. Her Ever Dark Immortals series, which begins with Eternal Lover, has been described as “brimming with sensuality” and “romantic and sizzling hot.” The Isle of Horse Shifters series starts with Ride: Awakening, and is “lighthearted” that is a “joy ride from beginning to end.”

Ann Gimpel
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR
Ann Gimpel is a USA Today bestselling author. A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction many years ago. Her short fiction has appeared in many webzines and anthologies. Her books run the gamut from urban fantasy to paranormal romance. Once upon a time, she nurtured clients. Now she nurtures dark, gritty fantasy stories that push hard against reality.

Bianca Sommerland
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR
Bianca Sommerland, author of the award winning Dartmouth Cobras series, was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. After hitting the USA TODAY Bestsellers list, and being invited to teach several classes on writing in the sports and BDSM genre, they retreated to their writing cave and can still be found there, doing what they've always done. Which is writing whatever the characters tell them to.


When not reading neurotically or writing as though the fate of the world rests on their keyboard, they are either watching hockey or teaching their children the beauty of a classic, steel pony while reminiscing about their days in Auto Body Mechanics. Their dream is to one day own enough land to park a few junkers on so they can work on restorations in their spare time. They also wants a pony. And while we’re sharing their wishlist, owning a tank is somewhere around number 5. Not that they would use it unless there’s a zombie apocalypse, but they do like to be prepared.


Their time is balanced with utmost care between ‘normal’ family life, and being lured into the fictional realm where their characters reside. For the most part, they succeed.

lair Babylon
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR
"I'm passionate about books and literature. The best books are intense, enthralling stories that readers can get lost in for days. Books delve into what it means to be human and connect us to each other. Books allow us to live all our possible lives. Books open us to loving each other and the world more. I write intense, deeply imagined romance novels for serious readers because the world needs more love." ~~Blair Babylon

Blair Babylon is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author who used to publish literary fiction. Because professional reviews of her other fiction usually included the caveat that there was too much deviant sex and too much interesting plot, she decided to abandon all literary pretensions, let her freak flag fly, and write hot, sexy, suspenseful romance.

Raine Miller
writing as Brit DeMille
NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR
Brit DeMille is the alter ego of New York Times Bestselling Author, Raine Miller, having an absolute blast writing books quite different from what she writes as Raine.

Stories about sexy billionaires (millionaires make the cut too) who fall in instalove with young women who may or may not be virgins, and then go on to make adorable babies together are her favorite themes. In addition to the billionaires, hot hockey players are at the top of her list of favorite heroes, along with royals and ex-military bodyguards.

You can find more of her stories online at www.rainemiller.com/brit-demille.

Candice Gilmer
NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR
It took getting grounded for Candice Gilmer to realize her imagination was much more interesting than the real world. She started writing out imaginative stories in high school, and published her first book in 2008. Since then, she's published 30+ books, hit the New York Times and USA Today lists, and written about everything from small-town salons to sexy aliens on other worlds. And her imagination isn't done yet.

Carrie Lomax
Carrie Lomax is the bestselling author of historical and contemporary romance. She also writes angsty new adult fantasy romance under the pen name Joline Pearce. Growing up rural Wisconsin, she spent a lot of time roaming the woods and fantasizing about new places. Adventures took her to Oregon, Michigan, and after a stint teaching in France, she moved to New York City, where she stayed for the next 15 years. There she acquired a pair of graduate degrees, a husband and a career as a librarian. An avid runner, reader, and cyclist, she lives in Maryland with two budding readers and her real-life romantic hero.

Cathryn Fox
NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR
Cathryn Fox is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with having books on the best sellers list at both Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

Beginning her writing career with Ellora’s Cave, she also has titles with Avon Red—Harper Collins, NAL—Penguin Group, Spice Brief—Harlequin, and recently signing with Samhain Publishing. Her romance storylines have reached compelling imagination with genres in contemporary, futuristic, paranormal, and more.

Demelza Carlton
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR
Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish.She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below.
Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world.

The Ocean's Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed her suspense thriller Nightmares trilogy. She swears the Mel Goes to Hell series ambushed her on a crowded train and wouldn't leave her alone.

Elizabeth SaFleur
Elizabeth SaFleur writes award-winning, luscious romance from sexy romcom to steamy contemporary on a wildlife-filled "farmette" she shares with her husband and one very spoiled Westie. When not immersed in books she can be found hiking or drinking good Virginia wine—not necessarily in that order. Find out more: www.ElizabethSaFleur.com

Lauren Hawkeye
writings as Jessa Kates
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR
New York Times bestselling author Lauren Hawkeye never imagined that she’d wind up telling stories for a living... though she’s the only one who is surprised. She lives in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada with her husband, two young sons, pit bull and two idiot cats.

Monique DuBois

NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR
Monique DuBois loves creating hot stories about strong women and sexy men that will keep you up late at night...in more ways than one.




Kate Richards
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR
USA Today Bestselling Author Kate Richards divides her time between Los Angeles and the High Sierras. She would gladly spend all her days in the mountains, but she’d miss the beach…and her very supportive husband’s commute would be three hundred miles. Wherever she is, she loves to explore all different kinds of relationships in her stories. She doesn’t believe one-size-fits-all, and whether her characters live BDSM, ménage, GLBT, spanking, or any other kind of lifestyle, it’s the love, the joy in one another, that counts.

Kate Rudolph

Kate Rudolph is an USA Today Bestselling author of paranormal and sci-fi romance who lives in Indiana. She loves writing about kick butt heroines and the steamy heroes who love them. She's been devouring romance novels since she was too young to be reading them and had to hide her books so no one would take them away. She couldn't imagine a better job in this world than writing romances and sharing them with her fellow readers.

Kris Jayne
Kris Jayne is a devoted writer, reader, and traveler. She spends her days blissfully sweating out the writing process in the Dallas area with her dogs, Otis the Shih Tzu, Rocco the Terrier, and Red the Foxy Mutt.

Her passion for writing is only matched by her passion for the adventures of travel. In 2008, she let a friend talk her into sleeping outside for the first time in her life when she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

P.S. If you’re buying her a gift, she has a penchant for single-malt Scotch and scarves.

Reina Torres

Reina loves to write the Romance that she reads. Heat to Sweet. Contemporary to Historical. Paranormal to ... um Normal. Military, First Responders, & More. Always with an HEA because we all deserve it.



Tami Lund
Romcom. Mafia. Suspense. Shifters. Vampires. Demigods. Demons. Dragons. Witches. And more. Tami Lund writes it all. With wine.







Zoey Indiana
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR
Zoey started creating her first fictional planet where amazing creatures roamed at age ten; determined to prove love could be found in the stars. She listens to eclectic music, practices Krav Maga, and takes on home improvement projects for fun.





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