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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Eternal Rider, more War!

Eternal Rider by author Larissa Ione is the first novel in her new series "Lords of Deliverance". Larissa is a fabulous writer and friend of the ladies of Sheep, and you can check out the fun interview we had with her earlier this year below. Larissa does not disappoint with her latest edition, another joy to add to the mind blowing collection of Paranormal Romances. :)

His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny forever. Not when his own brother plots against him.

Yet there is one last hope. Gifted in a way other humans can't-or won't-understand, Cara Thornhart is the key to both this Horseman's safety and his doom. But involving Cara will prove treacherous, even beyond the maddening, dangerous desire that seizes them the moment they meet. For staving off eternal darkness could have a staggering cost: Cara's life.

Ares is one hunk of a man, meoooow, me likes and me wants more! As an Aries myself, war is good, war is fun, war is life and life is war and so on and so forth. Ares could lead me to my death any day. As long as I am looking at this fine male I am good to go. Absolutely loved his lusty character. Cara, watch your back, I am coming for your man. lol

Okay back to the review, As Angels and Demons battle it out to save the world from Armageddon, thrown in the middle is Cara. A Vet who never knew about all the creatures that lurked in the world. Forced to face her past and find her legs in this new and scary reality, Cara uses her witty humor and caring heart to melt even the most battle hungry of demons.

Larissa paints the most vivid picture in her stories. You feel like you are right in the thick of things. This is why I lover her work, I want to be sucked deep into the story. (no pun intended lol) Demons falling from the skies, hellhounds bouncing all over the place killing anything that stands in their way, and magical Harrowgates that can take you to any place in this realm or another. It's the best darn book to date, pages fly thru your hands as you become engrossed in the stories.

Run out and grab Eternal Rider today, and if you are as happy as I was then make sure to check out her Demonica Series too!

Getting 4 and 1/2 War Hungry Sheep.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Vampire Mine, kilts own my heart :)

Vampire Mine by author Kerrelyn Sparks is the 10th book in her "Love at Stake" series. My Scottish hunk cakes are back! We are fans of Kerrelyn's at I Smell Sheep, and when the release date finally arrived I ran out to my local book store about 6pm and finished it by Midnight! I LOVED it; I've waited a long time to finally get Connor's story and the wait was worth it. :)


After 499 years of existence, Connor Buchanan has arrived at an inescapable conclusion: he is a cold-hearted SOB. He’s been watching his friends—those poor romantic fools—plummet off the cliff into love like a dazed herd of sheep. But not Connor, he knows that love leads to nothing by heartache.

Marielle is an angel cast down from heaven for disobedience. Trapped in mortal form, she finds a protector in Connor, a Scottish vampire haunted by a dark past. Marielle hopes to heal his broken heart and earn her way back home, but suddenly she has these…feelings. This strange yet pleasant physical yearning—for a vampire! Is this the work of a demon luring her into hell, or has this angel found heavenly bliss?

I found myself laughing out loud numerous times throughout this story, Marielle has no experience whatsoever in a mortal body. All her "woman" parts, functions and sensations are new and strange. The Angel has an honest and pure heart but shares everything that is happening to her with those around her. It makes for some truly funny situations, and to see grumpy butt Connor bust up laughing at her was so very refreshing. Marielle helps show a new side to Connor, and their dynamic was superb! :)

The good Vamps and Were's team up to fight the ongoing battle against Casimir and his army of demented followers (The Malcontents). Both sides take some major hits, one more then the other. As the battle wages on in Vampire Mine hard decisions must be made that had me biting my nails to see what would happen next.

Favorite characters from books past come back in; Kerrelyn does a very good job at making sure we get updates from those in her previous stories. Normally stoic and compassionate fellow Vamp Roman takes on a darker personality in this book. It was an interesting new side to see from his character. Could this be the new Roman? Although my hunky love cake Dougal was missing for most of the book, my fingers are crossed for his story to be told soon. I do love the shy ones ;)

Another great book from Kerrelyn that is sure to make you fall over laughing and fill your heart with the warm fuzzies. A MUST read that you will not regret.

Getting 4 and 1/2 kilt wearing Sheep.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Interview with KyAnn Waters and Tarah Scott

Today the ladies of I Smell Sheep bring to you our FIRST double author interview! KyAnn Waters and Tarah Scott team up to author Born Into Fire. You can check out my review on that book below. The four of us sat down to chat all things paranormal, life, love and which soda rocks more. (Duh, that would be Coke!) We hope you enjoy!

Colorado. Blown glass workshop. 2 Sheep and 2 Elementals

Katie: Thank you KyAnn and Tarah for taking the time to sit down and chat with us today. This will be our first time interviewing 2 authors at the same time so let’s have some fun! *slaps hands together* So tell those who don't know about Born into Fire what the story is about.

KyAnn: Double Interview – so we sort of have a group thing going on here. No wonder I feel so welcome.

Tarah: Born Into Fire is set in our modern world, with a twist; humans exist who aren’t wholly human, but are a type of shape shifter. They have the ability to shift into one of the four element forms. Our heroine Kenna Lang doesn’t know it, but she’s what’s known as an Element, human, but with the ability to shift into her element form, which is fire. She meets a man (two men, in fact,) one who wishes to love her, and one who wants to own her.

Here’s a teaser:

Aspiring artist Kenna Lang can’t believe her luck in meeting the gorgeous Eric Grey. What she doesn’t know is that their chance encounter was by his design.

Their affair turns hotter than even her glass furnaces. Together they are explosive. Drawn together in an erotic joining, they become more than human. He shows her they descend from elements of air, water, earth, and fire. She’s fire, and he’s air. And together, their power is unimaginable.

But the timeless struggle that wages between their elements—and the world—may tear them apart.

Amber: The main character Kenna is a glass artist; I found this really very cool. So I wonder who has the addiction with glass art? Or was it a random pick?

Tarah: KyAnn was already in love with the idea of writing about a glass blower, so that was a starting point for us. With that idea in mind, we knew that Kenna’s element had to be fire. In the world of Born Into Fire, all Elements have some sort of affinity with their natural element.

KyAnn: I live in Utah and when the 2002 Olympics were held in Salt Lake, Chihuly had an exhibit to celebrate. I fell in love with his work and knew one day I’d have a way to use that inspiration in a story. This project with Tarah was brilliantly perfect. To see his work from the SLC exhibit, Amber: I live in Idaho KyAnn so I know Utah pretty well, and very cool to know that your idea came from that area. KyAnn: Don’t get me started on Utah. The Utah Tourism Bureau could use me to advertise. Lol. I love it here. I was raised in South Dakota and have lived in LA, but Utah is home.

Katie: What was the craziest thing you ladies did in high school or college?

Tarah: ROFL. If I told you that, I would have to kill you. Oh, wait, you said craziest, not illegal. Let’s see…oh boy, I was pretty tame, but I’d say the craziest thing I did was something I did quite by accident. I grew up in southern Texas where, believe it or not, the Wild West still exists in pockets of the mammoth state. I was seventeen years old, and one day my sister and I went to Padre Island with some friends. One of the guys—a real nut in retrospect—insulted a biker, one of the Bandito clan. All our friends scattered, but my sister and I stayed to protect the fool from getting hurt by the Bandito—a guy who was quite large. We both had guardian angels that day! Katie: So what did the guy do? Just let you take your friend and leave? ROFL. When my sister jumped on the Bandito’s back, he yanked her off, called her a very nasty name and told her not to touch him again. He was very scary. We both got the hint at that point we were way out of our league. We couldn’t get a hold of our mother, so we called a school counselor who we knew well. He came and rescued us. We remained good friends with him and his later wife, even went to their wedding a few years later. See, all things happen for a reason.

KyAnn: Oh hell-o. I’ve done some pretty crazy stuff. Took the T-tops off the car and took a drive on a sunny day. Left home in Utah and ended up at Glacier National Park in Montana where it was a blizzard. We were in shorts and t-shirts. Needed parkas and gloves. (and the drive was like almost 600 miles one way lol) Back before I had my two boys, taking spur of the moment trips was a bit of a habit. Drove to San Francisco on a Friday after work, spent Saturday night tooling around the city and drove home on Sunday to work on Monday morning. That’s about 750 miles one way. Sheesh, with gas prices now, those days are over. And the fact that I need to sleep now. lol Katie: oh yes, to be young again and need no sleep, plus gas WAS more affordable then. But wasn’t San Fran worth the trip?! KyAnn: Remembering those times makes me smile. However, I wouldn’t go back for even a day. Life is so much better now.

Amber: With the fire and wind elements being the main ones in this novel what more can we look forward to in upcoming books?

KyAnn&Tarah: We would love to write about all the four elements in different combinations. There are also dragons, and another type of Element, Shadow Elements, who are the progenitors to Kenna and Erion’s form as Elements. Amber: Looking forward to it! Do you have a release date for the next installment? Not yet, Amber. We have several other books ahead of the queue in our writing schedule. But we promise to let you know!

Katie: If the world were going to end in 24 hours what would you do with that time left?

Tarah: I guess I’m boring. I’d spend that time with my daughter.

KyAnn: Oh isn’t that a depressing thought. I’ve been married for eighteen years and we have two boys. I’m spending my final hours with them. But let’s talk about the next 24 hours. I want a vanilla latte and a big juicy cheeseburger from 5 Guys (love that place), a nice feisty evening with my husband and my boys not to argue over the video games, toys or television. Katie: What is Five Guys KyAnn? I get that it’s a burger spot but how good can they be? In the spirit of Vincent from Pulp Fiction, “That's a pretty freaking good burger. I don't know if it's worth five dollars but it's pretty freaking good.”

Amber: Who inspired or supported each of you becoming a writer?

Tarah: My first main support was Kim Comeau, my mentor and critique partner. Kim really took the time to mentor me. She’s quite wonderful. Another main support is my good friend and co-author Evan Trevane. I can always count on Evan to lend an ear—and eye—when I need input. His insight is invaluable.

KyAnn: I have a great group of friends, but I owe Ravyn Wilde for bringing me to the naughty side of writing. She encouraged me to try erotic romance.

Katie: You are stranded on a deserted island; you can pick one person to be there with you. Who do you pick and why?

Tarah: I would choose my daughter, but she would never forgive me for stranding her on a desert island without internet. I can only hope I get stranded with a hunky Robinson Crusoe! (He needs to know how to fend in the wild and I’m not just talking about the jungle!) Katie: lol I like that

KyAnn: Oye, I don’t think anyone could take me on a deserted island. They’d throw me to the sharks for sure. So I’d say it would have to be someone with multiple personality disorder so that when I drive one personality crazy they can switch to someone new. And since it’s my choice, they need to look like Robert Downey Jr. I think he’s hot. Katie: So no…..duh, winning! Charlie Sheen? hahaha

Amber: What were your favorite stories to read as a kid? Mine was Amelia Bedelia, and I am always curious to know what authors read as children.

Tarah: Oh! That’s a tough question. I was a total geek and read everything! One book I read over and over again was Jane Eyre. I did read all the Nancy Drew books as well as the Hardy Boys. Of course, I read all the Bobbsey Twins and Box Car Children books first!

KyAnn: My mom’s steamy romances. Must be why I love to write stories with hot sex. lol

Katie: How does co-authoring a book work out? Does one write a portion and the other adds to it?

Tarah: Most collaborators write separate chapters or characters. For example, one will write even chapters, the other odd chapters. In our case, we rewrote each other’s draft. So, if I wrote the first couple chapters, I would then send that to KyAnn and she would rewrite/revise, then add to the draft. Then the book comes back to me, and I do the same again. The book grows organically. We feel this creates a finished product that is fully integrated with our combined styles that doesn’t leave any seams. The trick to this sort of collaboration is trust. Each partner must know the other isn’t making changes to imprint themselves, but only to serve story. It’s a great lesson in story. One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned in my collaboration experiences is when to put aside myself as the writer and serve story. It’s tough!

KyAnn: Tarah and I have other projects together and I have to say it’s getting easier. But as Tarah said, easy is relative when I think back at what we’ve accomplished. It wasn’t until the book was finished that I really appreciated the journey. I admit, it was hard for me to check my controlling side at the door. I’m sure there were times Tarah would have liked to reach through email, phone, or IM and strangle me. I think because we have such a strong friendship and more than that, an appreciation for what the other brings to the story that makes our collaboration work—knowing the story is going to be better because we write it together.

Katie: In the nursery rhyme "A Diller A Dollar" why do you think the ten o'clock scholar started coming at noon?

KyAnn: Hopefully the scholar was dillying and dallying with someone worth being late for. And if I was going to let my erotic mind start to wander, and apply the words for an adult nursery rhyme, I’d wonder if the poem could actually be referring to premature ejaculation. But if he used to come at ten but now he comes at noon, maybe it’s just taking him longer to get started. Katie: Who ever said romance writers are dull should be shot in the street at high noon! lol

Tarah: KyAnn puts the erotic in our erotic romance. She gives me plenty of compliments on my sexy scenes, but she knows how to stroke a person. Heh heh. (That’s what makes her so good.)

Amber: Where can fans find you in the coming months? Any book signings or conventions?

Tarah: For the present, fans can find me at different online events. I’m currently at Publishers Weekly as well as The Romance Reviews Grand Opening. Keep an eye on my website. I update events often.

KyAnn: I wish I were going to RT this year, but I couldn’t make it work. Hopefully next year. Otherwise, my butt will be firmly planted in my writing chair. I have several projects I’d like to see wrapped up this summer. Oh, and you can find me at the neighborhood Starbucks and 5 Guys burger. (You’ll see me with a deranged Robert Downey Jr lookalike. We were rescued from the deserted island after the 24hours passed and we realized the world wasn’t really going to end, just my favorite tv sitcom) Katie: LOL Send me pics!

Katie: It’s time for the Rapid Fire round. We will ask you both the same question and each of you let us know the first answer that pops in the brain. Ready ladies? GO!

Katie: Firefly or Farscape

Tarah: Farscape (That’s from Star Trek the Second Generation. Heh heh.)

KyAnn: Ditto (no wonder we get along so well Tarah) Katie: BOTH are great but I totally agree. Was kinda a trick question. hehehe

Amber: Mike and Ike or Gummy Bears

Tarah: Mike and Ike

KyAnn: Skittles – Love the flavors of the rainbow.

Katie: Ghouls or Zombies

Tarah: Ghouls

KyAnn: Zombies – Can I have my own army of undead? Katie: I think something can be arranged….

Tarah: Can anyone guess what KyAnn’s army will look like (Katie and Amber shake heads while dreaming of potential undead army’s)

Amber: Red or Black

Tarah: Red

KyAnn: Black – (I did say my butt would be in the chair and black is slimming)

Katie: Fancy Hat or Fancy Shoes

Tarah: Oh no! Both are fighting for first place in my brain. I think I’m going to be dizzy.

KyAnn: Shoes baby! And don’t tell my husband he said no more after the last slew went to the donation truck

Amber: Victorian or Renaissance

Tarah: Renaissance

KyAnn: Yikes – I defer to Tarah on this one. I follow her lead on all things historical

Katie: Coke or Pepsi

Tarah: Coke! Katie: YES! I am with you on this one Tarah. COKE all the way!

KyAnn: Diet Pepsi. (Tarah, you need to take the Pepsi challenge.) Katie: KyAnn come to the right side. Soon. Tarah: Took the challenge, baby. I’m a Coke girl. (At least we know KyAnn and I won’t be fighting over the last Coke. Heh heh.) Amber: I am with KyAnn on the Pepsi part…just not diet! Blah. Adding more points to the Pepsi tally Katie. Hahahaha Tarah: Ugh, diet anything sucks. HA! KyAnn: I refuse to drink my “sugar” calories. No juice, shakes, sodas. If I’m getting sugar it’ll be in cookies, cake, Danish (no donuts). I love baked sweets. (Please note we had to move on before shots were fired. lol kidding. kind of.)

Amber: BBQ Ribs or BBQ Chicken

Tarah: God, brain freeze. I’m stuck in the middle again.

KyAnn” BBQ Chicken – Especially love pulled chicken sandwich.

Katie: Dancing Shows or Singing Shows

Tarah: Singing shows.

KyAnn: Singing Shows

Amber: Glasses or Contacts

Tarah: Glasses

KyAnn: Glasses, but I think I’m about to become Lasik

Katie: True Blood or Vampire Diaries

Tarah: True Blood!

KyAnn: Ducks head – I don’t want either. I watch very little television.

Tarah: Neither do I, KyAnn, but True Blood is one of the shows worth watching. Katie: Oh yeah it’s good. And Eric Northman is yummy! But aside from all the eye candy it’s a great show. Tarah: It really is. And the show pumped a lot of blood back into vampire romance. (I heard the groans with that one.)

Amber: Nunchucks or Throwing Stars

Tarah: Throwing stars.

KyAnn: Nunchucks (from the purple belt in Gung Fu)

Katie: Thank you both so much for having fun with us, we look forward to reading upcoming books of yours. Anything either of you would like to add in closing?

Thank you so much for having us. You can find me at

Great to have been here. Thanks for taking the time to interview us. Be sure to visit me at And don’t forget to connect with my via twitter. I love all things twitter!

And now on to the prize giveaway! One lucky winner is going to get a 10$ Barnes and Noble gift card AND a copy of Born Into Fire. To be automatically entered to win make sure to list these two things:

1.Your Email Address

2. If you could pick any element to use as a power what would it be?

Contest ends April 10th at midnight. Good Luck!

Kerrelyn Sparks contest winner!

Hello all, this time around I will be picking at random a winner for the Kerrelyn Sparks contest! :) Richard normally would pick the winner through his jury system (that still no one can figure out) today he is buried deep in the sea that is his taxes. So the ball falls in my court and here is how I came up with the winner:

I wrote down all the valid entries and put each name on a piece of paper. I then put those pieces of paper in a baseball hat (Oakland A's baby!) and picked one name out. Very technical I know. lol

And the winner is........ Faith! Her answer to our question was "I would mix blood with cheesecake". Sounds good to me!

Congratulations to you Faith and a BIG thank you to everyone else who came and showed some love to Kerrelyn Sparks! You all rock on with your bad selfs. :)

Don't forget Vampire Mine hits stores on March 29th so make sure to run out and grab a copy. And please feel free to come back and leave a comment on my review of that book, I look forward to hearing what each of you thought. We may have another chance for one more person to win that coveted MacKay S & I shirt. ;)


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Boogity Boo Awards--Info

I Smell Sheep is proud to announce our 1 Year Anniversary starting April 1st! It's time to roll out the red carpet! To mark this special time for us we will be holding the first annual Boogity Boo Awards.

The Boogity Boo Awards will honor all of the authors we have interviewed over the past year. YOU will get a chance to vote for authors nominated in three different catagories. AND one lucky commenter will also win a 20$ Barnes and Noble gift card because you all are part of the awards too. ;)

Fun prizes will be handed out to the winning authors including a Sheep we will be donating to a family in a third world country. The sheep will be donated in the winning authors' names. To find out more info about the sheep and the wonderful organization that provides this and many other service click on the link below:

Amber, Richard and myself can't thank all of you enough for the continued love and support. If what we do brings a smile to your face then it's a job well done in our eyes. Let's all celebrate this occasion by giving to those in need and having some fun along the way. Voting starts April first and will run through the month. One vote per person please. :)

From our Hearts to Yours;
Amber, Katie and Richard

Friday, March 25, 2011

Sucker Punch, dark and wonderful

Sucker Punch directed by Zack Snyder stars Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, and Scott Glenn. Zack Snyder, director of 300 and Watchmen, has once again hit another movie out of the park. It was so well executed I was blown away; from beginning to end this movie will grab a hold of you and drag you through the darkness that is Sucker Punch!

A young girl (Baby Doll) is locked away in a mental asylum by her wicked stepfather where she will undergo a lobotomy in 5 days. Faced with unimaginable odds, Baby Doll retreats to the fantastical world of her imagination where she and four other female inmates at the asylum plot to escape the facility. The lines between reality and fantasy blur as Baby Doll and her companions battle various creatures and enemies to retrieve the 5 items they need that will allow them to break free from their captors before it's too late...

Action-packed hard-hitting film with a major video game feel, if you love action and drama all mixed into one then you will devour this film. CGI so delicious I could have scooped it up and shoveled it down my throat with a big spoon! Ninjas, steam-clock undead killers, dragons, and robots oh my! A few new twists on the enemies of old. If the men folk need more than all that they wont be disappointed with the sexy costumes in this one. lol

Storyline weaves the whole piece together to create an experience that will leave you raw with emotion. I did NOT expect the very dark nature of the film but I will say it was refreshingly good., adding to the overall experience. But please let's all try and stay lobotomy free, mkay? :)

Most of these actors have been hit or miss for me in previous films, Vanessa H is at the top of my "meh" list. BUT she killed it in her role as Blondie, I was so pleasantly surprised with her I might just watch more movies in the future that she stars in. Girl power to the 10th degree! But hats off to the whole cast for pulling this over the top action movie off *stands up and claps* it's a must see for anyone who loves fantasy action movies.

Throw in a slammin soundtrack which includes some covers of classic rock hits AND new songs from Bjork and you have yourself one heck of a film! Go see this one and thank me later. :)
Getting 4 neck stabbing Sheep!

WonderCon 2011

Amber, Richard and myself are so excited to let everyone know that we will be attending WonderCon 2011 April 2nd in San Fran! Comic artists, cartoonists, anime, authors, actors, directors and much more will all be there. We hope to come back with lots of fun pictures and many interviews from all the attendants.

You can check out all the excitement at the following link:

If you are going to be there please let us know, would love to meet up and share the experience with all of you. :) All three of us will also be out collecting as much free swag as we can find and sharing that with everyone after the event. That means more contests and more fun stuff to win! Woot! Woot!

If you have any questions you would like us to ask please leave them in the comments below. I know that I will be asking Paul Bettany of the upcoming movie The Priest all about his role and info on upcoming movies he will be in. Love that guy! :)

Looking forward to sharing with all of you soon! Sheep out.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ascension, Vampires with wings?!

Ascension by author Caris Roane is the debut novel in her new paranormal romance series, The World of Ascension. Initially what drew me to this book was the cover; I glanced at it and thought "oh great, Angels...snooze fest". But how shocked was I to find that these men are NOT Angels but actually Vampires? That got me, sparked my intrigue. So I bought it and what a very wise decision!

Ascension follows the story of Allison, the mortal tall blonde therapist, who's al
ways felt out of place and really never fit in. Born with some special talents not of this world which prevented her from connecting intimately with another, Allison has lived the life of a loner. Lost in a sea of pain and longing, she struggles to get by until one day her world comes crashing down around her.

Kerrick is a vampire warrior, one of an elite group formed to protect Earth from an alternate universe inhabited by Vampires, some good, some evil. Designed for battle Kerrick is over 6 feet tall, ripped with muscle and sporting a gorgeous set of wings. *sigh* As Kerrick and Allison's paths collide they are taken on a journey of life or death survival, pain, love and adventure.

Thrown into a world she does not understand Allison fights to find her place. Allison struggles against an uncontrollable pull to Kerrick while carving a new path for herself. On the other side of this coin Kerrick too is drawn to Allison by a force from the gods. Struggling with a painful past he undergoes an internal battle of wills. Wants and needs. Man oh man is Kerrick in waaaay over his head. :)

Ascension is so very well written, the characters are ones you would like to meet. Maybe hang out at the local pub (or the Blood and Bite lol) and throw back a couple Maker's shots. Funny and witty dialog between characters, plot building for future books. The action is described in exquisite detail, I swear to the undead gods I was sweating reading certain chapters! Caris brings the romance in spades, drool run down your mouth good. What a vampiretastic ride. And me loves some vamps. :) These boys are too hot for words, I loved loved loved this book and can't wait to read the next edition coming out in May.

Run out and grab this book as fast as you can, you will NOT be disappointed.

Getting 4 and 1/2 Warrior Vampire Sheep

Monday, March 21, 2011

*Interview with authors KyAnn Waters and Tarah Scott coming March 28th**

I Smell Sheep is proud to announce our latest interview victims to all of you today! KyAnn Waters and Tarah Scott are authors of the spicy novel Born into Fire. You can check out my review below, but trust me it was hot hot hot and I enjoyed it very much.

This is going to be our first double author review, and let me just say now it was a ton of fun. :) Much insight to share about both ladies and whats to be expected next from this duo. VERY exciting stuff people!

Anyone want to win a copy of Born into Fire AND a 10$ Barnes and Noble gift card? I think so! Make sure to bring those furry tails back here and enter to win. We love what we do and we love sharing it with all of you even more.

So as always we look forward to seeing you here next week folks same baaat-time, same baaat-place.

Much Love;
Amber, Richard and Katie
"Because Woodchucks can't be trusted"

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Battle: Los Angeles--a double review

***Richard and I teamed up on this one, we did not see the movie together nor did we tell one another what we thought before we wrote our reviews. Some very similar feelings on this one, kind of cool :).***

I won't lie, the only reason why I went to see Battle:LA was because I couldn't understand why Aaron Eckhart would sign onto a War of the Worlds/Independence Day wanna be movie! Obviously, with an attitude like that, my expectations were set pretty low.

The plot follows the same recipe that both War of the Worlds and Independence Day follow; so don't expect a huge surprise there: Technologically advanced aliens land and wreak havoc until we earthlings figure out their achilles heel. The major events of the movie play out in a very predictable way, punctuated by extremely blatant placement… someone paid a LOT of money to have their gadgets featured…

whoa… ok. Let me take a step back. I seem to be getting a little too negative here… because I actually liked the film.

The special effects and CG were very impressive. You could tell that
a lot of thought went into the design of the aliens and their technology. I like that the aliens actually fired ballistic weapons instead of ultra high-tech energy weapons. The action in the movie was intense and punctuated by suspenseful, awkward moments of calm. If a firefight were to take place between marines and an alien force through Pasadena, I believe it'd go down just like it's portrayed in the movie.

Bottom line? Go see it for its special effects and action. It totally delivers. (and um, Michelle Rodriguez? I love you!!)

I'm giving this movie 3.5 sheep.

Battle: Los Angeles directed by Jonathan Liebesman stars Aaron Eckhart, Ramon Rodriguez, Ne-Yo, Bridget Moynahan, Noel Fisher and Michelle Rodriguez. This movie kind of felt like a mix of War of the Worlds, Independence Day, Black Hawk Down and District 9. But if you liked any or all of those then you will enjoy this film. :)

The plot is a pretty simple and direct one; Aliens come to take over the earth. The trailers do a pretty decent job showing what is to be expected. Loads of battle action and CGI litter the screen as to be expected in this type of film. The Marines are the men at the front lines fighting back the enemy and trying to keep the civilians alive. You definitely leave this move feeling USA pride and even more respect for our military. Hoo-Rah!

On the acting note, Aaron Eckhart does quiet a bit of over acting throughout the film, I do like him just wish he knew when to pull back on the over the top emotionally lame scenes. Aside from that no one really stands out but kind of blends in as all the same. Overall I enjoyed the film for what it was but as for bringing something new and different it did not deliver that.

Getting 3 and 1/2 water guzzling sheep.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

This Side of the Grave, Ghost?

This Side of the Grave by author Jeanine Frost is the 5th book in her Night Huntress series. I waited on pins and needles for my next fix of Cat and Bones. PINS AND NEEDLES PEOPLE! lol. Okay, I will calm down now. *deep breaths in and out* So after months and months of waiting did This Side of the Grave meet my high expectations? Yes, but for me, a few things either seemed lacking or kind of soft compared to previous books. Read on and see....

So in book 5 we have our main squeezes, Cat and Bones. These two are such an awesome pair. I love the dynamic they have and how they get each other on all levels. Cat and Bones are off to investigate the disappearance of masterless vampires. There are ghouls creating tension and conflict between the various factions, so to avoid a supernatural war, Cat and Bones head out to find allies and kick some butt. Niiice. Me likes so far.... until the plot continues. :( Now here is the hard part, if I say too much I'll spoil it for you IF you have yet to grab this book. If I say too little, you're left scratching your head trying to figure me out! *sigh* Ok, Ok that's me most of the time already. Guilty as charged. :)

I will say that "certain" characters in the book were not as edgy or enticing as in previous books. The enemy this time around seemed kind of weak and not very worthy. Cat didn't really get to let loose as she had in the past. It seemed very tame to me. I really do NOT like saying that! I enjoy reading these books so much that I can overlook the small stuff, but this book just lacked some of that sparkle. When you know what a writer is capable of, it's hard to look past things when they drop the ball (even if that ball only drops a little).

I will say that you do get to see Vlad (I love you Vlad, marry me!!!) and the whole cast of pals that we have grown to love/hate. The romance department was not lacking in this story. Cat and Bones are never dull in that area. ;) I hope book 6 takes us back on the action/adventure/twisting plot/witty dialog track and I look forward to reading it. *raises glass in the air* And here's to hoping the next spin-off book is for Vlad! *cheers with Amber and Richard* :) To wrap, the book is good, not mind-blowing great like previous books, but still worth the money and time.

Getting 4 Vlady Sheep