Quick Post!

For those of you who have been following for years or followed over from the other blog or even new, the old posts are finally here!

You can either check them out in the categories list or look them up by month/year!

I will be editing more categories in so that they will be easy to find but they’re all finally here!

We’re finally all moved in and most of the boxes have been cleared out! Huzzah!

New Music Friday!

Well, it’s not actually new. So maybe this would be more of a Today is Fireflight Day!

But I only have one really good rec. (They’re all good.) But this one is really, really good.

So here are the two versions of Unbreakable by Fireflight. Personally, I love the rock one. The other one sounds too sad.

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Have a wonderful weekend! And don’t forget to pick up some #fridayreads from the Special Deals page!

Movie Hangover: San Andreas

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Yay! I watched a movie I didn’t want to watch and it was unexpected!

Not the earthquake or The Rock or the double ds he was hitting.

No.
I didn’t want to watch San Andreas and spur of the moment did anyway. Which I thought was going to be horrible on top of the way Poltergeist made me feel, but it actually saved my night.
So that was unexpected.
I’ll tell you what happens in movies like San Andreas. And Taken. And Cop Out. And any other action hero movie.
A dad, who is unfairly divorced—his wife already sporting a hunky, very wealthy boy toy—has a daughter. Just a lone child.
He’s a hero. An underpaid one. A police man, a rescue personnel dude, some undercover guy who seems to have an okay retirement fund keeping him afloat.
But then his daughter is in trouble. Now this is almost always a danger that’s physical and immediate.
The dad goes on this huge rescue mission, ends up saving her, and, is friends again with his ex wife. You know, for the sequels.
Most of the time, the daughter and the wife are two of the most stupidest women on the planet.
The simple fact that they haven’t seen their reflection at a pool or bathtub and just drowned is beyond any viewer’s comprehension.
And while intelligence isn’t everything, in an action film? Oh yeah. Life and death.
I’m glad to say that while the boobs were big, the IQ was bigger. Not a SINGLE person central to the story was stupid or helpless.
The people who were being rescued with the girl? Sharp. Their moves so far ahead it took us a while to understand just how clever they were.
Though they were a little less competent they were still resourceful and helpful.
And the fact that they weren’t just boosts for the hero really made the pivot scene so emotional.
As for graphics, storyline, etc. There were some points and things were I just went:
Like, like what?
The mom at the beginning at the Hoover Dam. Trust me, I laughed so hard I nearly peed.
Please see “The Inhuman Torch” from Futurama for the reference.
Still, San Andreas is a WIN. Please go see it!
There were moments, like every movie. But if you’re into the daddy action films, this is your movie. It did so much better than so many disaster daddy movies.

Movie Hangover: Poltergeist

Hello, everyone!

Sorry about the blog mess. It’s under construction and this weekend IRL has been so busy that I really can’t sit down and fiddle with the controls right now. -.-

I’m just glad this weekend is over (I just did a no one said ever inverse, I know.) Until then, here’s my very spoilery (as usual) review of the 1980s remake of Poltergeist.

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One of the things that is so typical now of the movie world is that we’re in a rush for instant gratification.

And maybe not just movie world.
To say Poltergeist is the minute man of horrors is putting it politely. But very correctly.
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The original took it’s sweet time being weird, again luxuriating in its own weirdness before throwing us into the nope train.
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i’m not saying that this new version didn’t have it’s great points but it really was a race to the finish line.
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Like its partner was already there.
It wasn’t scary. It didn’t take us to the scary place and leave us there. It ran right by.
It’s no surprise that this speeding costs in other departments. If you’ve already watched, you know Griffin suffered the most.
(Kendra, like so many poor teens and children and people in terrible movies, was just a backdrop cliche who didn’t benefit or miss out from the pacing. And honestly, I forgot there was a her in the original version.)
So what DID go right in the movie?
The parents. Their chemistry. Their quirks. Their new parent antics.
The clown scene. You know the one. The one you’ve been dreading since the trailer.
The fact that they made a remake. No one ever wants to see their favorites die off. And now that there’s a remake more people will go back to see the original!
I was in a coma from how terrible it was. BUT I did get to watch San Andreas right after so, stay tuned!
Update: Here’s San Andreas!

Movie Hangover: Unfriended

Hello, everyone!

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So I went to see the movie Unfriended, much to the TC’s annoyance. But it wasn’t actually all that bad.

My love of terrible horror movies was satisfied. You know, naturally, but I also got to a good little thrill, and a few volume scares.

You have to understand. Going into this, I knew it wouldn’t scare me. Or possibly entertain me. But I do like the idea of getting back in to seeing horrors. (And right now, I think it’s the only one. ???)

So my expectations were pretty low. Considering that, understand that when I say I was impressed, that is completely dependent on my mind set going in.

That’s why I usually try to wait awhile before I post my thoughts and opinions on anything I read/watch.

Okay! Back to the story.

So one of the things that impressed me about the movie was the unexpected violence. I mean, being a horror, with a bunch of teenagers who aren’t saints, you really expect violence. But the amount of malice in this story (which is shot completely off a screen during a video chat) is unreal.

[Insert NOPE scene here.]

I don’t know how many of you are like me in the sense that any slightly confined space (catacombs, upside down pyramids, crawl spaces) no matter how wide, makes me want to run screaming from the theater.

So the fact that my line of vision was confined to a computer screen and the footage of the people on the video chat, I was already tense.

Add the unexpected speed of violence, the terrible internet connection, the effect where everything goes wrong, yeah, the atmosphere was not good. for me. The play of music, was, as usual, great. That  terror build up and complete silence and then a loud noise rips your ears a new one? That trick? Still worked fine.

Now the things wrong with it. Hold on to your chairs because it’s the usual crap:

  • group of less than angelic teenagers have provoked something evil
  • saint of the group protagonist that never listens to her own advice and branches away from her personality for plot purposes turns out not to be that much of a saint
  • revenge plot reminiscent of I Know What You Did Last Summer

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  • A set of confessionals where the friends turn on each other
  • A terrible reason to kill someone(s)
  • Terrible people have violent ends that really does nothing or effects no one but them

I think overall, it introduced a new way, a sort of found footage sort of deal. Tech specs will probably appeal to younger people though I think it’s dated. Even for being a recent make. And not just because technology moves so fast.

Some of the way to go about things was dated.

But I may just have worked with computers excessively and been a weird teen at the time. So the overall for the movie is, watch it for the atmosphere. 🙂

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Bonus Spoiler! It was done on a Mac.

Today is Cassadee Pope Day!

Hey, everyone! Sorry this is so late!

I’ve just been busy IRL. Birthday parties, free days, planning the latest.

If you haven’t noticed, I was also on the street team for my dear friend K.T. Hanna and the cover reveal for her debut Chameleon. (Previously on The Girl.)

There’s also a giveaway on that post so enter and get some $$$! (Pronounced Moo-la.)

Now, if you ignored the title, today is Cassadee Pope day.

I first heard her as the ringtone on my trainer’s phone. And I always wanted to know who she was. Apparently not enough to actively search her until I ran into her years later for a different song.

Only two songs today, since I’m on a BMTH binge.

Enjoy! Happ(ier) Monday/Tuesday!

Cover Reveal! The much anticipated Chameleon (The Domino Project #1) by K.T. Hanna

One of my dearest friends, and oldest in the terms of writing community, is K.T. Hanna whose Chameleon is coming out this August!(!!)

If that wasn’t enough of a cool thing, today we’re celebrating with a cover reveal and giveaway!

But before that, I just want to tell you guys how freakishly proud I am of this warrior. She is so freaking amazing and wonderful. I can’t even word just how happy and well-deserved this success is.

But enough of that mush! WAIT UNTIL YOU GET ALOADA DES COVER. Without further ado, here’s K.T.!

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Chameleon (The Domino Project #1) is a YA futuristic science fiction story. It’s set in the wasteland of earth after a meteor shower devastates landmasses, makes seas rise, introduces the psionic gene into the human race, damages the atmosphere, and gives the gift of an alien parasite to the world.

The goodreads blurb is as follows:

After Sai’s newly awoken psionic power accidentally destroys her apartment complex, she’s thrown into an intensive training program. The only grades are pass or die.

Surviving means proving her continued existence isn’t a mistake–a task her new mentor, Bastian, takes personally. Her abilities place her in the GNW Enforcer division, which partners her with Domino 12, who is eerily human for an alien-parasite and psionic hybrid. When her assassination duties are revealed, Sai understands the real reason for her training.

On a mission to dispatch a dangerous Exiled scientist, she uncovers truths she never thought possible. Sai is unsure who to trust as her next mission might be her last, and a double agent seems to be manipulating both sides.

Without further ado – here is the cover, by the amazingly talented S.P. McConnell.

It’s finally here

CHAMELEON Domino Project Front with Text 2

Isn’t it GORGEOUS!?!?!

Sit back and bask in this for a moment.

It’s available for preorder for a special price of $2.99 from

Amazon Link

About the Author

Me

KT Hanna has a love for words so extreme, a single word can spark entire worlds.

Born in Australia, she met her husband in a computer game, moved to the U.S.A. and went into culture shock. Bonus? Not as many creatures specifically out to kill you.

When she’s not writing, she freelance edits for Chimera Editing, interns for a NYC Agency, and chases her daughter, husband, corgi, and cat. No, she doesn’t sleep. She is entirely powered by the number 2, caffeine, and beef jerky.

Note: Still searching for her Tardis

Celebration!

To celebrate, we’re giving away 2 x $10 Amazon e-gift cards (open to anyone who can receive and use an Amazon e-card) Just click on as many options as you like and enter!

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Special Post! Chameleon by K.T. Hanna Cover Reveal!

My dearest friend, K.T. Hanna’s Chameleon will be coming out soon and to celebrate, I’m hosting the cover reveal here. I am so excited and so happy for my buddy. We go way back so her success is definitely something I am proud of. Please give a warm welcome to K.T.!

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Chameleon (The Domino Project #1) is a YA futuristic science fiction story. It’s set in the wasteland of earth after a meteor shower devastates landmasses, makes seas rise, introduces the psionic gene into the human race, damages the atmosphere, and gives the gift of an alien parasite to the world.
The goodreads blurb is as follows:
After Sai’s newly awoken psionic power accidentally destroys her apartment complex, she’s thrown into an intensive training program. The only grades are pass or die.

Surviving means proving her continued existence isn’t a mistake–a task her new mentor, Bastian, takes personally. Her abilities place her in the GNW Enforcer division, which partners her with Domino 12, who is eerily human for an alien-parasite and psionic hybrid. When her assassination duties are revealed, Sai understands the real reason for her training.

  On a mission to dispatch a dangerous Exiled scientist, she uncovers truths she never thought possible. Sai is unsure who to trust as her next mission might be her last, and a double agent seems to be manipulating both sides.

Without further ado – here is the cover, by the amazingly talented S.P. McConnell.
It’s finally here
CHAMELEON Domino Project Front with Text 2
Isn’t it GORGEOUS!?!?!
Sit back and bask in this for a moment.
It’s available for preorder for a special price of $2.99
Amazon Link

About the Author

Me
KT Hanna has a love for words so extreme, a single word can spark entire worlds.
Born in Australia, she met her husband in a computer game, moved to the U.S.A. and went into culture shock. Bonus? Not as many creatures specifically out to kill you.
When she’s not writing, she freelance edits for Chimera Editing, interns for a NYC Agency, and chases her daughter, husband, corgi, and cat. No, she doesn’t sleep. She is entirely powered by the number 2, caffeine, and beef jerky.
Note: Still searching for her Tardis

Celebration!

To celebrate, we’re giving away 2 x $10 Amazon e-gift cards (open to anyone who can receive and use an Amazon e-card) Just click on as many options as you like and enter!