Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

I couldn't pass up Halloween and not write about my love for vampires! It all started when I watched Interview with a Vampire and all the Blade movies a long, long, long time ago. I literally had to drag my friends with me to watch them. Next came Queen of the Dammed and Bram Stroker's Dracula and then...Twilight, a totally different kind of vampire (and my friends willingly went with me!) as was Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Daylight was an interesting take on the undead as well as Let the Right One In. The TV shows True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and Dracula are always fun to watch too. I haven't seen the most recent Dracula movie, but it's on my must-see list.

As much as I love movies and TV shows about vamps, I also love books about them. Some of my recent favorites are Holly Black's The Coldest Girl in ColdtownJulie Kagawa's Blood of Eden series, and Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse novels. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White is also wonderful and full of a very different kind of vampire.

The most intriguing thing for me about vampires is that they live so long and I wonder what it would be like to watch people you love die and still keep going year after year. And after hundreds of years of loss and relearning to love, knowing that loss would be inevitable, I ponder the frailty of the mind and heart. So I always like seeing how different people write vampires and how those immortals deal with their longevity.

How about you? Do vampires creep you out or interest you? Any great books or movies I must read or watch? I love recommendations! :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Magic isn't just for witches and wizards

I so wanted to post last week, but life happened! My oldest son broke his arm and as mommy, I was more than happy to press pause on everything else to make sure my dude received all the help he needed adjusting to life with a cast. Now he's back in school, and I have the time to give a shout out to...


Unlike zombies, I haven't read any genre mash-ups with witches or wizards, but if you have, please tell me so I can put those titles on my TBR list. :)

Why do I think witches and wizards are awesome?

They have power(s) to change the world around them and influence people whether for good or bad. Their choices make a difference in the world that they live in.

And my answer got me thinking. I want to make a difference and influence people. I want to change the world for good, and I can! You can! We have the power of happiness, kindness, goodness, the ability to build confidence in others, eliminate their loneliness, heal their wounds, and give them hope. Those things are tangible and lasting in our world. Heck, loving each other changes lives for a lifetime. So let's wield some real magic this Halloween. :)

Now, on to some of my all-time favorite witch and wizard stories:

Hocus Pocus, The Witches, Practical Magic, Narnia's White Witch, Witches of East End, The Witches of Eastwick, Bonnie from the TVD, The Craft, and all the Harry Potter and The Lord of the Ring books and movies.

And here are some books that I love that are simply magical, not necessarily about witches or wizards:




How about you? What are some of your favorite magical books or witches and wizards? Why do you like them?

*book covers from goodreads*

Monday, October 6, 2014

Classics and Zombies

To celebrate my love for Halloween, or really, all things speculative, during the month of October, I've decided to elaborate on some of the things I adore. I'll open with this:

Book cover from amazon.

I was on an airplane from the U.S. to Germany when I read this and received several weird glances, but I didn't care. If you put two of my favorite things together, I'm going to be proud to show off the creepy, fantastic cover. Now, for the next.

picture from AMCTV The Walking Dead.

I'm a HUGE fan of AMC's The Walking Dead. Season 5 starts this Sunday, October 12!!! I'm sooooo excited!! There's a marathon all week, so I can get a full dose of zombies and the intriguing people that kill them before the premiere. Thanks, AMC!!

Now, because I'm a writer and things must orbit either writing or reading, there's an unconventional book publisher out there that favors the same things I do. Quirk Books. Go check them out and see all the awesomeness happening over there and their new releases. So. Much. Fun.

And just in case you need ideas on great books and movies that are full of zombies, here are a few suggestions*:

What about you? Do you have a passion for strange books or zombies? Is there a fictional juxtaposition out there that you're dying to write about or read about? I'd love to know. :)

Happy haunting, reading, and creating. No one can be you! So let yourself shine! :)

*images from Amazon.