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Monday, August 15, 2022

Cyberpunk Science Fiction: Lo by author Bradford Tatum

Welcome to the tour for genre-blurring novel, LO by Bradford Tatum. Read on for more details!


by Bradford Tatum
June 7, 2022
Genre: Sci-Fi/ Noir Thriller
Publisher: Soft Moon Press
Willoughby, known back on Earth as “the East Hamptons of the Kuiper Belt,” is the first sustainable colony on Mars.

Built by the mysterious geneticist Carlo Yakamura this settlement encourages the rich to live as they please. They can enjoy decadent homes, physically modifiable partners, meals based on their best memories and even boutique children known on Willoughby as Builds.

Designed to impress even at the dullest cocktail parties, the Builds’ proprietary motive genes have been sourced from the DNA of some of the greatest artistic disruptors of the last several centuries. But even among a host of uniquely gifted Builds, Lo is unique. And uniquely unbalanced. So what would be the grisliest of murders back on Earth, is just an inconvenience on Willoughby. That is why Lo is sent to be “seasoned” by a man we come to know only as Cook.

Can Cook’s fatherly hand guide Lo to a deeper understanding of his potential and purpose or is Lo’s innate power destined to destroy all of Willoughby? Is Lo the key to Cook’s creative redemption or is he the cause of Cook’s worst nightmares? And once Cook learns the true purpose of Yakamura’s Willoughby will Lo or Cook find the colony worth saving at all?

LO is a sci-fi noir thriller, painted in more deeper shades of blue than black. It is also a story of fathers and sons, lost to one another through terrible compromises and found again through the limits of love. It is a parable of our possible future, a future that is doomed if we rely only on the digital representation of our present while forgetting the lessons and lore of our analogue past.

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About the Author
Bradford Tatum’s award-winning debut novel I Can Only Give You Everything was published in 2010. His second novel, Only the Dead Know Burbank was published by HarperCollins in 2016 and received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. His book Gray Matters has been used as a textbook in various college business communication courses.

Bradford began his career as an actor appearing in numerous television shows and movies such as 20th Century Fox’s submarine comedy DOWN PERISCOPE, Disney’s POWDER and HBO’s WESTWORLD.

He was a staff writer for Dick Wolf on the NBC series DEADLINE and has written and directed two award winning independent features. He has won an Alfred P. Sloan grant for his written work as well as sold pitches to various production companies.

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Book Tour Schedule
August 15th
R&R Book Tours (Kick-Off)
FUONLYKNEW Blog (Spotlight)
August 16th
Jessica Belmont (Review)
@gryffindorbookishnerd (Review)
B is for Book Review (Spotlight)
I Smell Sheep (Spotlight)
August 17th
Nesie’s Place (Spotlight)
@mels_booksandhooks (Spotlight)
Bunny’s Reviews (Spotlight)
The Faerie Review (Spotlight)
Cocktails and Fairytales (Spotlight)
August 18th
Books + Coffee = Happiness (Spotlight)
Reads & Reels (Spotlight)
August 19th
Rambling Mads (Review)
Liliyana Shadowlyn (Spotlight)

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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Cardinals by Ian Conner + excerpt

Welcome to the book tour for Cardinals by Ian Conner! The author promises “a completely new twist on Stoker’s tale.” Read on for more info and enter to win a signed copy of the book!

by Ian Conner
May 2nd, 2022
Genre: Horror/ Vampires/ Sci-Fi Horror/ Fantasy
Publisher: Black Raptor Books
Nine Hundred years before Christ, God has cast his wife, Asherah, out of heaven and condemned her to roam the earth as the first vampire. Over the centuries, she created other vampires. There are also those that she left for dead but survived her attack without being completely turned into vampires. These survivors are called Cardinals. Scottish Countess Kellena Donnachaidh and Lady Suzette Allard, our protagonists, are among these cardinals. They are searching out Asherah for a final conflict.

Asherah has discovered a way back to heaven so she can exact her vengeance. Using the Amulet of Cassiel she can call the Flaming chariot of Israel to return to heaven and exact her revenge on God.

Now, 3000 years later, the Vatican and other groups are working to destroy Asherah and the vampires., fearing their own destruction if she ascends, simply want to stop Asherah using the Amulet of Cassiel to re-enter heaven. The race and intrigue to recover the Amulet is full of intrigue, betrayal.

A completely new twist on Stoker’s tale.

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“How can I be of service, your Holiness?” she asked, kissing his ring.

“Take a seat, Clarissia. This is an informal interview. You will find me more action than pomp and circumstance.”

“I have taken notice of that, your Eminence.”

The two sat together at the same table. He poured her a glass of water and sat it just out of her reach.

“What do you see?” he asked, taking his seat.

“Possibilities, a glass half full,” She replied.

“Excellent,” He countered.

“You have followed small details of papal history.”

“Yes, your Holiness.”

“In the sixth century, my namesake also shook the church to its foundations with truth, right, and a willingness to change. Including embracing, in secret, several less than popular themes.”

“Uxor Deai, Etectus est, satietas sanguinis.”

“Exactly! Today’s church must deal with the reality of science and the things science refuses to accept.”

“The idea of God having a wife that he cast out as the first vampire is likely to get us both taken off in white jackets with funny sleeves.”

The Pontiff laughed.

“So, we do understand each other.”

About the Author

Black Raptor Books
Ian Conner is retired and spent most of his adult life as a Marine and Army Infantry Sergeant. Now living near San Diego California with his wife Bonnie, a cellist, and their two dogs, Cookie and Isabella. Conner spends his days fostering kittens, gardening, crafting beautiful stained glass and creating worlds on the page.

Conner has authored several other novels:
Cooper’s Ridge – Science Fiction
The Long Game – Political Thriller
The Price of Partisanship – Political Thriller
Solaris – Political Thriller
Griffins Perch – Epic Fantasy
Ghost Witch – Horror

After a lifetime of destruction, the thought of creating something tangible and lasting holds great appeal. He finds writing a cathartic way to redefine himself both in his eyes and the eyes of others.

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Book Tour Schedule
August 15th
R&R Book Tours (Kick-Off)
Latisha’s Low-Key Life (Review)
I Smell Sheep (Spotlight)
@mels_booksandhooks (Spotlight)
August 16th
The Faerie Review (Review)
August 17th
Jessica Belmont (Review)
@takealookatmybookshelf (Review)
The Magic of Wor(l)ds (Spotlight)
August 18th
@gryffindorbookishnerd (Review)
August 19th
Cheryl’s Book Nook (Review)
Nesie’s Place (Spotlight)
@calmstitchread (Spotlight)

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Friday, August 12, 2022

Urban Fantasy Author Gail Z. Martin talks Vampires, Werewolves, and Casinos

Vampires, Werewolves, and Casinos
By Gail Z. Martin

Our newest Spells, Salt and Steel book House of Cards takes mechanic/monster hunter Mark Wojcik into new territory, busting an illicit casino and cryptid fight club run by supernatural bosses. Of course there’s more to the problem than underground betting, and that puts Mark and his friends up to their asses in alligators as they sort out the web of dangerous dealings.

This is the eighth Mark Wojcik book (co-written with Larry N. Martin), and along the way we’ve gotten to see Mark and his companions grow and change as individuals even as they also gain new fighting skills, paranormal abilities, and supernatural allies. We’ve also explored plenty of Pennsylvania urban legends, ghost stories and lore from the part of the state where Larry and I grew up. We never run out of weird, spooky stuff to stoke the next story!

We’ve signed a contract with Falstaff Books for Season 3–four more novellas of action-packed paranormal adventure with plenty of snarky humor, so stay tuned!

by Gail Z. Martin, Larry N. Martin 
July 17, 2022
115 pages
Genre: paranormal, urban fantasy, comedy/horror
Gotta know when to fake ‘em, know when to stake them, know when to burn it down—and know when to let all hell break loose.

Some days, mechanic and monster hunter Mark Wojcik thinks that if it weren’t for bad luck, he’d have no luck at all.

His corner of rural Pennsylvania used to be relatively quiet—except for the ghosts, trolls, gnomes, and snallygasters. But when people start disappearing and bodies pile up, Mark and his friends realize that big city problems have come to town, with deadly consequences.

Necromancer narcos, a monster trafficking ring, and mafia witches would give anyone heartburn. It’s just Mark’s luck they all converge in his territory, along with an underground cryptid fight club and a secret casino catering to witches, werewolves, and the unwary.

The fight gets personal when Mark’s friends go missing, and all bets are off when he and Father Leo bring in a ringer to even the odds.

They say the house always wins. Mark’s betting the farm that he and his friends can save the day. He’s got a couple of cards up his sleeve—but unless luck and magic go his way, they might turn out to be aces and eights.

The eighth book in the Spells, Salt, & Steel series brings Season Two to a close in explosive fashion!

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About the Authors:
Gail Z. Martin writes urban fantasy, epic fantasy, steampunk and more for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Falstaff Books, SOL Publishing and Darkwind Press. Urban fantasy series include Deadly Curiosities and the Night Vigil (Sons of Darkness). Epic fantasy series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles Of The Necromancer, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, and the Assassins of Landria.

Together with Larry N. Martin, she is the co-author of Iron & Blood, Storm & Fury (both Steampunk/alternate history), the Spells Salt and Steel comedic horror series, the Joe Mack Shadow Council series, and the Wasteland Marshals near-future post-apocalyptic series. As Morgan Brice, she writes urban fantasy MM paranormal romance, with the Witchbane, Badlands, Treasure Trail, Kings of the Mountain and Fox Hollow series. Gail is also a con-runner for ConTinual, the online, ongoing multi-genre convention that never ends.

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New Release: The Legacy: a new adult Wolf Moons novel by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom


The Legacy: a new adult Wolf Moons novel
by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom
August 12, 2022
Half wolf. Half Fae…and all trouble.

Humans were a fickle, dangerous species. Some were even werewolf Michael Hunter’s enemies. Yet here he was, protecting one of them from things that went bump in the night.

Honor dictated that he save Kaitlin Davies’s life. The only way to do that was to make her one of his own kind. And yet…was Kaitlin completely human to begin with?

Kaitlin Davies had never given a thought to being human. Who would? Until an alpha werewolf saved her life with an infusion of wolf blood, and things changed in directions no one could have foreseen.

Seems her parents had left a few things out about her background. She's Fae? And now that she has a foot in both Fae and Were worlds, the race is on to hunt the predators that are killing students on her college campus, and that nearly killed her. She has to help Michael, the alpha she has fallen hard for, and ultimately decide which world she will choose…if she survives.

If anyone survives

Linda Thomas-Sundstrom is an award-winning author of over 40 books in the realms of Paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and fantasy. She has been published by Kensington Publishing, HarperCollins/Harlequin Nocturne and Desire, and GothicScapes.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

New Release: Short Stories for the Long Haul by John T. Buckley

Welcome to the tour for this new collection of short stories called, Short Stories for the Long Haul by John T. Buckley.

Short Stories for the Long Haul
by John T. Buckley
August 12th, 2022
Genre: Anthology/ Fantasy/ Sci-Fi/ Crime Fiction & More
Hi this is a book of 10 short stories. It runs the gamut from humor to SciFi to Fantasy as well as Crime Fiction and LGBTQ. It’s a back pocket book. It’s perfect for trips to the beach or on a fishing trip. There are unique stories from a wannabe quarterback who gets Tom Brady’s starting spot, to a pair of detectives hunting a serial killer. These are timeless stories you'll love sharing with friends and family. The first thing you'll notice is the originality of each story. No one has written stories like these before.
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About the Author

John T. Buckley is a 47-year-old writer from Maine who’s been writing most of his life. He also loves to paint and seeing the world. He studied at University of Southern Maine as well as at SMTC in Cape Elizabeth. Fun fact, John T. Buckley was once the lead singer in a band called Mammyth.

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Comic Review: Judas Complex (2022) from Dauntless Stories

Campy 90s horror comic about vampires and werewolves and mad scientists and football

Judas Complex
Creator: Son M. (Animalheads on Tapas, Harper Collins “Thief of the Heights”)
Artwork: Dri Gomez
Letters: Toben Racicot
Release: late August 2022
Genre: queer horror fantasy mystery
Pages: 77 vel. 
It was a massacre.
In the 19902, a college football team, the Red Wolves, suddenly went mad during a packed game, slaughtering the competition and innocent bystanders alike. No one knows what truly happened that night.

No one except the long survivor: Desmond.

A handful of years later, Desmond finds himself working as a temp for a private investigator. The man, Constantine, seems a little strange--covering up in the summer heat, always drinking out of a canister, never makes eye contact--but nice overall. 

He's settled in, moving on from his traumatic past and never looking back. Only, people have started going missing. And bodies, torn apart, are floating to the surface. The same pattern to what happened all those years ago. Except now, with Constantine at his side, he has a chance to stop it.

This is a mature audience's title.

Me, when I first heard about and saw the artwork for Judas Complex on Son M.'s Twitter in Oct 2021. I pre-ordered it then and just got my digital copy. The print copy is coming soon.

[Sexy] Vampires
[Sexy] Werewolves
Mad scientist
Graphic novel
Look at all my boxes it checks! I'm not a fan of football...but I am a fan of men in football pants...just saying. And even if the two main protags weren't sexy (which they are), I still would have been all over this story. I don't know if they will be a romance between Constantine and Desmond, there is a fondness between them, but it isn't touched on in this issue, but a girl can hope...
Was it worth the wait? Oh, yeah. I've read Son M.'s webcomic on Tapas, Animalheads. And she is an excellent storyteller. So I had no doubt this would be too.

The artwork is amazing. The colors, panel composition, and layouts set the mood. And all those werewolves' action scenes...RAWR! The backstory is woven into the current plotline flawlessly. There were no info dumps or long narration. Just a few panels strategically dropped here and there. They never use the word vampire, but we know Constantine is one. It might seem like a small thing, but I'm a big fan of show not tell. I love that they gave a 77-page first issue. It kick-starts the story and gets the reader invested. Well worth the money. I'm all in with the Judas Complex.

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5 "Pick the green pill" Sheep


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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Book Review: Saint’s Passage: (Elemental Covenant Book 1) by Elizabeth Hunter

Saint’s Passage: (Elemental Covenant Book 1)
by Elizabeth Hunter
March 23, 2021
Pages: 278
Carwyn ap Bryn and Brigid Connor are two elemental vampires finding the lost, righting wrongs, and searching for meaning in the endless stretch of immortality they’ve been granted.

And trying not to blow things up, but that might be more aspirational.

Everyone said that Lupe Martínez was a good kid. She listened to her mom, she helped at the homeless shelter, she got good grades, and she had a bright future ahead of her.

Until she disappeared.

Now no one knows what to think. The police are sure she ran away; her mother is sure she didn’t. Days have passed and no one knows what to do until her family priest suggests they call in an old friend.

A very old friend.

Saint’s Passage is the first book in the paranormal mystery series Elemental Covenant by Elizabeth Hunter, USA Today best-selling author of the Elemental Legacy series, the Glimmer Lake Series, and the Irin Chronicles.

Carwyn, an earth vampire, and Brigid, a fire vampire, are a mated couple who work at righting wrongs amongst other things in their life of immortality. Carwyn is a huge loveable guy who was a priest in a former life, and Brigid is a temperamental woman who can stand on her own two feet and accomplish whatever she sets her mind to.

When Lupe goes missing, Carwyn and Brigid are hired to locate her. Everyone they talk to says that Lupe is a good kid with a heart of gold who wouldn’t run away, but each time they find a lead on her whereabouts, it seems they just missed her. Hoping that she didn’t meet with a terrible fate, the couple continues to exhaust every lead, including hunting down the man she supposedly disappeared with.

Hunter’s books are so easy to read, with good storylines, romance, and the supernatural to keep you returning time and time again. If you are looking for another series to read of hers, this is the one.

Getting 5 sheep 

Denise B

About the Author:
Elizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance writer. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher. She once substitute taught a kindergarten class, but decided that middle school was far less frightening. Thankfully, people now pay her to write books and eighth-graders everywhere rejoice.

She currently lives in Central California with her son, two dogs, many plants, and a sadly dwindling fish tank. She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Cambio Springs series, the Irin Chronicles, and other works of fiction.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Excerpt: Jester by Brielle D. Porter + giveaway


by Brielle D. Porter
Publication date: August 9th 2022
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
What happens in Oasis, stays in Oasis.

Lisette’s father killed the King. His execution leaves Lisette alone, disgraced, and without the magic he intended to pass on to her. In Oasis, that’s a problem. Glutted with enchanted performers, Oasis is a sin city where courtiers pay in gold to drink, gamble, and above all, be entertained. To survive on its competitive streets, Lisette peddles paltry illusions in place of magic.

Desperate to prove herself, Lisette enters into a deadly competition to be chosen as the highest-ranked magician in the world, the Queen’s Jester. But her rival, the irritatingly handsome Luc, possesses the one thing Lisette does not—real magic. Lisette will do anything to win, but when evidence implicating the Queen in her husband’s murder surfaces, Lisette must choose between redeeming her family name, or seizing the fame she’s hungered for her entire life.

A group of tourists has gathered to watch me throw knives at a shopboy. They’ve come here for magic; I’ve kept them here with misdirection and lies. Maybe it’s not magic exactly, but it is undeniably entertaining watching my unwilling assistant flinch every time the knife point gets too close to his groin.

I hold the knife steady, aiming, watching his limp hair flop as the wooden wheel he’s strapped to slowly rotates.

Stefan lets out a whimper, and I toss him a smile. He was a lot braver in the shop where I’d found him, flirting as he bagged my books. It hadn’t been hard to trick him into volunteering.

The crowd jeers.

“Aim lower!”

“Aim higher! Maim his ugly face!”

“Throw three at once!”

“Mirage, don’t you dare!” Stefan shouts.

The nighttime crowd is always hungrier for violence. I hold up my hands placatingly.

“Obviously, I can’t throw three knives at once. That would be dangerous and highly irresponsible…”

There are a couple of groans, but my reputation must precede me, because there are a few whoops and chuckles thrown in as well. With a sweep, I pull my deadliest knife from my belt, the one with the wicked serrated edge, brandishing it for the crowd.

“But I think we can spice things up a bit!”

I stab the knife into a vat of oil, the shimmering liquid sliding down the tang of the blade. Then, with a flourish, I sweep it through a nearby torch. Flame devours the knife. The crowd roars its approval. Stefan pales.

The hilt burns in my hand, throwing off sparks, as I wonder if perhaps I’ve gone too far. I’ve only tried this a few times. And the jackrabbit I had caught to practice with wasn’t even good to eat after, blackened to an inedible crisp.

Either way, I’ll give them a show.

About the Author:
Brielle D. Porter decided to become a writer after a well-meaning elementary school teacher told her she had a gift for it. Stolen moments under the covers reading anything from Harry Potter to William Goldman solidified the desire to tell stories herself one day. Jester is her debut novel.

Brielle lives with her husband and three sons on a lavender farm in Northern Idaho. When she’s not writing, she can be found running and beekeeping. Only ask her about her hobbies if you have plenty of time to spare.

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Through Titan’s Trail (The Fabled Quest Chronicles #1) by Austin Dragon + giveaway

Through Titan’s Trail (The Fabled Quest Chronicles #1)
by Austin Dragon 
April 2018
Genre: Epic Fantasy/ Adventure
Many die along the Trail, but to embark on such a magical adventure and behold its ultimate treasures, all shall be gladly risked!

Every three years it arrives—The Kings’ Caravan to the legendary city of Atlantea. From the far reaches of the Seven Empires of Pan-Earth, men travel from Avalonia—the sole gateway into the realm of the Magical Lands for the year-long journey along a path created by the ancient Titans themselves.

It is a journey like no other through unimaginable dangers, both mortal and magical, of men and monsters, by day and night—all to reach the limitless riches of the magic kingdom of Atlantea. Only under the protection of the Four Kings—the Kings’ Caravan—is such a journey possible. Or is it?

A new alliance forms under the stranger known as Traveler as the most fantastic and deadliest adventure of all time, this fable quest, begins!

Through Titan’s Trail is Book One of the Fabled Quest Chronicles.
The final book in The Fabled Quest Chronicles came out in May which means, you don't have to stop at Through Titan's Trail, you can binge the whole series- six book in all!
Through Titan's Trail (Book 1)
In the Shadow of the Kings (Book 2)
Come the War Wizards' Wrath (Book 3)
The Forest of the Ancients (Book 4)
Siren Storms of Madness (Book 5)
Kingdom at Titan's End (Book 6)

About the Author
Austin Dragon is the author of over 20 books in science fiction, fantasy, and classic horror. His works include the cyberpunk detective LIQUID COOL series, the epic fantasy FABLED QUEST CHRONICLES, the international epic AFTER EDEN Series, and the classic SLEEPY HOLLOW HORRORS. He is a native New Yorker but has called Los Angeles, California home for more than twenty years. Words to describe him, in no particular order: U.S. Army, English teacher, one-time resident of Paris, ex-political junkie, movie buff, Fortune 500 corporate recruiter, renaissance man, futurist, and dreamer.

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Monday, August 8, 2022

Cover Reveal: The Heart of Neverland (The Neverwitch Chronicles #1) by Natalie J. Reddy

The Heart of Neverland (The Neverwitch Chronicles #1)
by Natalie J. Reddy
November 30th, 2022
Genre: Fantasy/ Romance/ Adventure/ Pirates/ Pan Retelling
One night.

That’s all it takes to turn my life upside down. It’s not like I had the most stable childhood to begin. Most of it was spent on the run from the villains in my mom’s head. It isn’t until after she’s murdered right in front of me that I realize maybe they weren’t in her head after all.

After her death I go to stay with an uncle I didn’t know existed to try to make sense of my life and find some answers about who I really am. As I search for the truth a guy named Peter shows up and makes it his mission to constantly get in my personal space. He’s gorgeous, flirty and completely infuriating. And possibly not actually human or from this world.

The things he tells me sound insane and I don’t think I can trust him. It doesn’t matter that each heated touch draws me deeper into his web. Things like magic, pirates and Peter Pan just aren’t real.

About the Author
Natalie J. Reddy is a Canadian Author who spends her days trying to escape reality by making up stories about the characters in her head.

Natalie realized at an early age that she had a passion for storytelling and that passion followed her into adulthood. There is nothing she loves more than to be pulled into a fictional world whether it’s in her own writing or the writing of others. Natalie is the author of the Scar of Days Forgotten series, a New Adult Urban Fantasy series with characters who have supernatural abilities and dark and sometimes unknown pasts to overcome.

When she’s not writing, Natalie can be found having all sorts of real-life adventures with her husband and daughter or curled up with a good book and a cup of tea.

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Sunday, August 7, 2022

Movie Review: Prey (2022) on Hulu

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


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 

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!