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Thursday, January 18, 2018

COMET TV Jan GIVEAWAY: The Craft Exclusive Swag Pack! Edgar Allan Poe Double Features! And More

We are the weirdos, mister.
Nancy, The Craft

January is here and with the start of any new year it’s the perfect time to come up with resolutions and things to accomplish in 2018. Or you can just cast a spell… That’s what the teen witches of The Craft did and look what happened to them! Oh… Wait a minute…
This month COMET TV has not just The Craft but amazing films like Labyrinth, Bubba Ho-Tep (Um… the awesomeness of Bruce Campbell?I say yes!) and more!

There are also Edgar Allan Poe double features all month with tantalizing and terrifying tales from one of the grand masters of horror. As The Raven says, “Nevermore!”



FILMS ON COMET IN JANUARY
The Craft (1996)
Teen movies might want you to believe that high school was all about keggers and beautiful cheerleaders, but we prefer The Craft’s version of events. Featuring a quartet of angsty teens who turn to witchcraft in the face of personal high school horrors, The Craft casts a spell that leaves you wishing you had an occult stor on your local main street.


Friday, January 12 at 8P/7C
Saturday, January 13 at 8P/7C
Sunday, January 21 at 6P/5C
Monday, January 22 at 8P/7C
Labyrinth (1986) 
January will mark the second anniversary of the day we lost pop culture legend David Bowie, so this month’s COMET is honoring his memory in the best way we coul think of .... by screening one of the most iconic roles of his career. Back in 1986, Bowie stole the show as the Goblin King in Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, from the music to the costumes, this was Bowie at his best.
Friday, January 19 at 8P/7C
Saturday, January 20 at 8P/7C
Saturday, January 27 at 5:30P/6:30C
Tuesday, January 30 at 6P/7C

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) 
Could there be a better way to shake off the post-holiday blues than with the adventures of Elvis in all his hip shaking and breaking glory? Of course not, which is exactly why you should be tuning in to watch Bubba Ho-Tep on COMET this January.
Friday, January 26 at 8P/7C
Saturday, January 27 at 8P/7C
Sunday, January 28 at 2P/1C

EDGAR ALLAN POE DOUBLE FEATURES 
Need to warm up on the cold Winter Wednesdays? Look no further than COMET’s brand new 2-hour block of Edgar Allan Poe programming.
Airing Wednesday Nights at 6P/5C throughout January, check schedule at CometTV.com
The Raven (1963)
Wednesday, January 17 at 6P/5C
The Haunted Place (1963)
Wednesday, January 17 at 8P/7C
Masque of the Red Death (1964)
Wednesday, January 24 at 6P/5C
The Tomb of Ligeia (1965)
Wednesday, January 24 at 8P/7C
The Oblong Box (1969)
Wednesday, January 31 at 6P/5C
Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971)
Wednesday, January 31 at 8P/7C

JANUARY THEME WEEKS
Airing weekdays at 4P/3C throughout January, check schedule at CometTV.com
Killer Creature Movies (1/1 – 1/5)
Outer Space Movies (1/8 – 1/12)
Rubber-Suit Monster Movies (1/15 – 1/19)
Dystopian Movies (1/22 – 1/26)

And we want to give you the opportunity to have an awesome January of your own! The COMET TV January Prize Pack is perfect for casting a spell on the new year or just kicking back and watching COMET TV!
The Comet TV January Pack:
1 - Limited Edition The Craft COMET TV T-shirt: One of my favorite films of all time! This The Craft exclusive T-Shirt features all four witchy guardians of the watchtower on the front and a quote from the film on the back! Welcome to the Witching Hour!
1 - The Craft Exclusive COMET TV Clamshell Box: Talk about retro goodness! This The Craft exclusive clamshell box features exclusive throwback artwork and will immediately take you back to the days of waiting in line for new release movies at the video store!
1- The Craft "Witching Hour Cleansing” Kit: Earth, Wind, Water, Fire! This kit will bring a little sage, crystal and spell scroll into your life. Perfect for getting in touch with your inner earth goddess!
2 - Exclusive The Craft COMET TV Tarot Cards: While you may not be able to tell your future with these two cards, they are exclusive to this set and feature The Craft artwork. The best thing to celebrate the cult classic film arriving on COMET TV this month!


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Book Review: A Curse of Fire (A Curse of Fire #1) by Sophia Shade

A Curse of Fire (A Curse of Fire #1) 
by Sophia Shade
January 11, 2018
220 pages
Publisher: Evershade Publishing
A magical calling card, a murderous secret, and an ancient, dangerous realm. 

The Fae have been hunting Imogen’s mother for nearly eighteen years. She has something they want: her daughter. Now they’ve caught up with her, and Imogen’s faced with a choice: attend their fae college by choice…or by force. 

That should’ve been enough warning that Callador, school for the fae, is a manipulative and dangerous place. But it’s not until the school is under attack and the students are facing death by curse that Imogen realizes Callador’s darkest secret isn’t how they get their students to attend. 

You won’t want to fall behind on the series readers are calling a “brilliant, magical new world.” 

For 18 years Imogen has been hastily shuffled from place to place. While Imogen is aware she and her mother are on the run, she doesn’t understand why. After an explosive confrontation with their pursuers, it’s revealed that Imogen is half fae. With a fae father and human mother, Imogen is claimed as a new student by the Callador school and whisked away for mandatory training. The new high school graduate is plunged into a world she barely understands to begin a fae college education.

A Curse of Fire, the first in this series, is a Harry Potter-type tale of a young person desperately trying to realize their hidden talents and ultimately fit in. Imogen has a bit of a chip on her shoulder and boldly barrels into situations based on emotion and instinct. She forges some friendships – and some rivalries – along the way. There’s an emerging love triangle that will likely be woven into future series installments. The fae world Shade creates is complex and creative; full of interpersonal and political complications.

Ultimately, however, the book missed the mark for me. I found myself distracted by the awkward timeline and pacing of the book. A lot of the book details are revealed almost haphazardly, as though there wasn’t a solid framework for the story. I found character relationships and dynamics to be shallow and underdeveloped. The book is classified as young adult, so to be fair, it is written for a younger audience. As a first book, I anticipate some of these wrinkles will be ironed out in books to come.

For its concept and creativity, I give A Curse of Fire Three Sheep.



Bianca Greenwood

Excerpt:
I feel the same calming feeling wash over me I felt earlier. Is Erick using magic on me? I don’t think so. I don’t see any of the sparks around him I usually see when he uses magic. He just has a calming presence, I suppose. Some people are like that. I often felt something similar from Mom. She could comfort me or calm me with just a touch. That’s all he’s doing, comforting a friend in her time of need. 

Ella bursts into the room, Caleb right behind her, and I pull my hand away from Erick. Caleb doesn’t even seem to notice. 

“I have it!” Ella says excitedly.

About the Author:
Sophia Shade is the enchanting author of the Fae Academy world. She lives beyond the Shadow Veil with the students, teachers, and creatures who attend Callador: Academy of the Aos Sí. When not writing, she spends her time battling darkness to save her newfound friends and family from the mysterious force that wants to drain all magic from Faerie once and for all.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Book Review: Blood Fury (Black Dagger Legacy) by J.R. Ward (no spoilers)

Blood Fury (Black Dagger Legacy)
by J.R. Ward
January 9, 2018
Ballantine Books
Pages: 432
A vampire aristocrat, Peyton is well aware of his duty to his bloodline: mate with an appropriate female of his class and carry on his family’s traditions. And he thought he’d found his perfect match—until she fell in love with someone else. Yet when his split-second decision in a battle with the enemy endangers the life of another trainee, Peyton has to face the idea that his future, and his heart, actually lie with another.

Novo, as a female in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training program, feels like she has to prove herself to everybody—and she has no interest in being distracted by falling in love. But when Peyton proves to be so much more than a rich playboy, she is forced to confront the tragedy that has broken her soul and closed her off from love.

As the two grapple with Novo’s past and Peyton’s present, another couple must contend with a connection that is unparalleled—and potentially scandalous. Saxton, who has had his heart broken, discovers in himself a deep-seated attraction to Ruhn, a new member of the household. But will the other male explore the connection? Or will he close his mind and his heart to what could be true love . . . and cost Saxton everything?


Peyton has always been a rich playboy that has never taken anything serious even when he joined the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training program. Peyton was sure he had found a perfect love until she mated with someone else. Even though he knows that he can’t have her, he still pines away and puts another trainee in danger due to his actions.

Novo is a strong female who feels like she needs to prove herself to everyone and does not want to be distracted by things like love. When she catches Payton’s attention she is sure they can just use each other to scratch and itch and both find themselves in unchartered territory.

Saxton, the solicitor for the King had his heart broken and is absolutely sure he will never love another until he notices a connection between himself and Ruhn. Saxton is sure Ruhn is not gay and tries to keep his thoughts and feelings to himself.

This was more of a romance novel than Ward’s other books. Usually there is a good dose of romance, sex and passion that goes along with the main story and fighting but this was pretty much just two romance stories. The writing was still excellent and the book was good but not the what I normally expect from a book from this series.


Getting 4 sheep





Denise B

About the Author:
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J.R. Ward is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series of vampire books. She is a winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best Paranormal Romance and is a multiple RITA nominee. A graduate of Smith College, she was a double major in History and Art History with a medieval concentration in both and she still longs at times for a return to those days sitting in dark lecture halls, looking at slides of old triptychs and reliquaries. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was a corporate attorney, serving for many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard Medical Schools premier teaching sites. Her idea of absolute heaven is a day filled with nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot and the Brothers, of course.
   

Book Review: The Sea Devil (Pirates of Britannia: Lords of the Sea Book 3) by Eliza Knight + giveaway

The Sea Devil (Pirates of Britannia: Lords of the Sea Book 3)
by Eliza Knight
January 16, 2018 
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Knight Media, LLC
A daring brotherhood, where honor among thieves reigns supreme, and crushing their enemies is a thrilling pastime. These are the Pirates of Britannia.

Thornley “Thor” MacLeod, captain of The Sea Devil and prominent member of the Devils of the Deep is out for one thing and one thing only—revenge against Santiago Fernandez, leader of Los Demonios de Mar. Tormented by the demons of his past, he knows the only relief to his pain will be spilling the blood of his enemy. When he learns that Santiago seeks to find a child he abandoned nearly two decades before, Thor is determined to find the precious treasure first. Which means, Thor may have to sacrifice his honor in order to exact the perfect vengeance.

Orphaned at a young age, Alesia Baird has grown up along the harsh coasts of Scotland, bearing witness to many a nightmare. With the hangman’s noose dangling ever closer to her neck, she has to find a way to escape the only life she’s ever known. When she overhears a pirate mention he seeks the child of Santiago Fernandez, Alesia takes the leap, knowing this could be her only way out.

Alesia must keep up the ruse long enough to escape with her life, and perhaps a sack full of jewels. But when it comes time to jump ship, she finds her destiny may have led her in a different path. Will the hardened Highlander allow a lass into his heart—or is she destined to be alone forever?


Folks, I frelin LOVE highlander men. LOVE THEM. Hello, this dudes name is Thor! I also love big swords (hahaha yeah both kinds), I love long and short hair, I love alphaness, I love adventure and sex. Lots of sex! I just love hot dudesc, judge me if you must. So why didn't I love this book? I mean, I really really wanted to. I was trying to, it just never happened! 

I am going to say that you should absolutely not base buying this book over my lame review. It sucks that I don't have awesome good things to say about this romance. I just didn't get into it. Sadly. Maybe the characters never drew me in, maybe the tone was not what I look for, maybe the moon was in some weird place in the universe. I don't know, but I know that this author deserves a chance and I hope everyone makes up their own minds and gives it a shot. 

KD 





An excerpt from THE SEA DEVIL
Copyright © Eliza Knight 2018
“I’m a pirate, lass. What am I supposed to think when I come into my room and a lass has made herself at home, going so far as to take off her boots?”

She pushed against him more, and he did let go slightly, enough that she thought she might be able to draw a better breath, but it didn’t appear that his hold was what kept her from breathing. Struggling to speak without choking, she said, “I came here because I heard ye were looking for the bastard of Santiago Fernandez.”

“And ye claim to be that unfortunate offspring?”

She nodded solemnly. “I do.”

“Prove it,” he growled.

“How?” She wriggled against him. “Put me down first.”

“Say something to me in Spanish.”

He settled her in front of him, but not far enough away that she couldn’t still feel the heat of his body sinking into hers. Thinking quickly on her feet, Alesia frowned up at him. “My mother was Scots, and my father, the legendary Spanish pirate, abandoned me the moment he planted his seed, ye buffoon. Where would I have learned his language?”

“Point taken.” He studied her face, eyes narrowed. “Ye do have the look of him. In a feminine sort of way. Save for that hair. Tempestuous hair.”

Her mouth fell open at the insult. She moved to stomp on his foot but quickly found herself lifted off her feet, arms pinned to her sides by the steely strength of his own.

Fine, he wanted to play dirty. She’d already showed him once she knew how to take down a man. Alesia moved to kick him where she’d had the pleasure of socking him before, but Captain Thor clamped her legs between his thighs of steel.

“Uh-uh, princess,” he mocked.

Though she hated to head-butt anyone for the headache it always gave her, that was her next move. Alesia was fairly certain at this point she wasn’t going to be walking away with the silver, which meant she could at least walk away with her life—and figure out another way to escape the wharf.

Before she had the chance to make good on her decision to crack her head against his, she found herself flattened to the wood-planked floor, and his massive body on top of hers. Every hard plane pressed to the soft curves of her own. She sucked in a ragged breath, prepared to shout at him to leave off, but she found her throat too tight to speak.

“I’d have expected more from Santiago’s daughter, wee sprite.” His finger trailed over her cheek and along her jawline.

Alesia bared her teeth, trying to wriggle free but only managing to feel his body pressed harder to hers. “And I would have expected more from a pirate Captain.”

“Touché.” His grin was inviting. Unnerving. Disarming.

“Get off me,” she growled, trying keep her mind in the right place—the angry place. That was survival. To succumb to his disarmament was to lose.

His gaze shifted to her lips. “Not without a kiss.”

Alesia snorted and shoved at his unmoving shoulders. “I’d not kiss ye if ye were the last man on earth.”

“What if I were the second to last?” he teased.

She let out an exasperated groan. “Not then, either, ye ogre.”

He clucked his tongue. “Shame.”

“Why’s that?”

“Because, lass, if sparring with ye is this fun, kissing would be even better.”


About the Author: 
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Eliza Knight is an award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of over fifty sizzling historical, time-travel and contemporary romance novels. Under the name E. Knight, she pens rip-your- heart-out historical fiction. While not reading, writing or researching for her latest book, she chases after her three children. In her spare time (if there is such a thing…) she likes daydreaming, wine-tasting, traveling, hiking, staring at the stars, watching movies, shopping and visiting with family and friends. She lives atop a small mountain with her own knight in shining armor, three princesses and two very naughty puppies.
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Character Confessions: Clair McCormick shares her writer's secret ritual...

Hi everyone!

I’m Claire McCormick, the main character in “The Dark Proposal” by Megan Cashman. I am so excited to be here on I Smell Sheep! I have lots to say about my story being told, and the author herself!

Firstly, I know my story is not your typical love story but I do hope you all learn from it. I went through a lot, and I hope none of you go through what I went through. Dealing with vampires is pure hell. And these are not the sparkly, cuddly kind! These are evil vampires! And they are real too! I couldn’t believe they were real at all, and I was in such denial and afraid to admit to myself that vampires were real. Heck, it also wasn’t easy being told I had a choice to become a vampire myself or my friends and family would suffer! Talk about going insane over that.

Let me take a deep breath here…

Anyway, I hope you enjoy my story. A lot of women go through toxic and even abusive relationships, so my story is not that unique. Too many women suffer like me, so maybe if my story prevents one young woman from being in such a relationship with a horrible, evil guy – let alone a vampire! – then all the better.

That being said, I got a few things to say about the author of my story, Megan Cashman. Yes, she’s hardworking and really dedicated to writing. But what is with her need to drink coffee while she writes? Is that some kind of magical fuel for her? And why does she have to go to coffee shops in order to write? Can’t she write at home, where it’s more quiet? Seriously, I don’t get it. When I do my writing (yes, I’m a freelance writer myself), I can do it at home. Even with my crazy yet dear roommates, Samantha and Monica, at home making noise, I can write my work at home. And I don’t need coffee! I can write with just water, or nothing at all. I dunno, rituals don’t make sense to me, I guess. Writing is amazing, but it is not some kind of sacred ritual. Eh, whatever.

So, that is my take on “The Dark Proposal” and the author, Megan Cashman.

Byeeee!
Claire


The Dark Proposal (The End of Eternity Book One)
by Megan Cashman
September 14, 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy
ASIN: B00D6WJFUU
Number of pages: 211
Word Count: 79,050
Cover Artist: Karri Kwaliter
A young woman copes with being forced to become a vampire as the man she loves reveals he is more evil than she can comprehend.

Claire McCormick has graduated from college and is eager for her childhood dreams to come true. She thought it would happen when she began dating Daniel Bertrand, who was everything she wanted in a boyfriend. But just as her dreams are about to happen, Claire’s life is turned upside down when Daniel reveals to be a bloodthirsty vampire, with the intent on making her his eternal companion. Frightened, Claire desperately tries to rid herself of him, but Daniel is too evil to defeat. She has to come to terms with reality, as she faces a vampire world fighting to survive in modern times, with many of them unaware of how devious Daniel can be.

The Dark Proposal is the first book in a trilogy that follows what becomes of Claire and the vampires.

WARNING: contains thematic elements, graphic content and some strong language





Excerpt: 
There was a pregnant pause with both waiting for the other to speak or make the first move. For a second, she wondered if this was going to be the moment he would make her like him or kill her instead.

“No, Claire,” he spoke suddenly. She jumped, startled. “It’s up to you to say yes. And remember I did tell you I can read your thoughts.”

“Then please stop, because you’re freaking me out,” she said.

He arched one eyebrow, and for a moment, she feared he would attack her. But instead, he crossed one arm across his chest and put the opposite hand under his chin, as though contemplating something.

“I see you’ve accepted somewhat of what I revealed to you,” he finally said.

“A little.” She felt like she was preparing for war.

“What?” He sounded curious. “Is there something else you can’t comprehend?”

“Yeah,” she said in a shaky voice. Her eyes were downcast, and when she was ready, she lifted them to look right at him. “I did some research while in New Jersey. There’s a lot of websites about real vampires.”

“Yes?” Daniel raised his eyebrows.

Taking a deep breath, she said, “I think you killed Colin Willis.”

His face expressionless, he lowered his arms and closed his eyes, shaking his head. He ran one hand over his face as Claire continued.

“I read a blog about his murder. There are rumors going around that he had two holes on the side of his neck. There was no blood in his body.” She swallowed and asked, almost pleading, “Did you really do it? Honestly, Dan?”

Removing his hand, he looked right at her and said, “I think you know the answer to that question.”

She did, and whatever hope she had that he did not murder Willis quickly dissolved. She began to pant in horror at first, but then in anger. “I mean, you knew as everyone else that there was no evidence of foul play,” he was saying, nonchalantly watching her. “Plus, there were no suspects -”

Claire suddenly pounced on Daniel, arms flailing as she hit him in the face and chest. She was screaming about him being a murderer and how evil he was.

It didn’t last long because he soon caught her flying fists and held a tight grip on her wrists, holding them away from him. His grip was beyond solid, like a steel machine, and his eyes were hollow with rage. For a moment, she thought he was going to attack her again. No, he was going to kill her. She dared to hit him, dared to defy him and now she would pay the price.

He held her in his harsh eyes for a moment, and then shoved her hands away, practically pushing her away from him. “Honestly, who else would’ve done it?”

About the Author:
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Born and raised on Staten Island, NY, Megan Cashman currently lives in Brooklyn, where she can be seen checking out the borough’s numerous coffee shops to work on her writing projects. She has a Masters’ degree in journalism, and has worked for cable news, both local and national, as well as a major New York newspaper. She is currently a freelance journalist and an adjunct professor at the City University of New York (CUNY). When she’s not writing or teaching, Megan can be seen taking nature photos with her iPhone, crocheting, doing yoga and Pilates, and trying out new dinner recipes.