Finally, Blood Wars

As most of you know, I’m a huge Underworld fan. The series is one of my favorites in the genre ❤ This past weekend I finally got the chance to see Blood Wars, and I was not disappointed.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

BE WARNED!

Okay, you’ve been warned 😉

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The movie starts with a quick summary of what’s led up to Blood Wars. I thought it was done well. Then, we start right in on the action 🙂

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What I loved about this movie:

*The action was fantastic, of course. The fight scenes were excellent and showed more than just guns. We get see the abilities of the vampires rather than them just shooting it up (though, they do that, too 🙂 ).

*The story growth. Selene, and David’s, story comes full circle in this movie and I loved that. At the end, both become Elders, which I think was perfect for Selene. We also get to see just how tired she is of the fighting and the killing, of losing those she loves. She’s lived a thousand years, and that it shown quite well. The toll those years have taken on her.

*The new coven. I found the Nordic coven to be very interesting, and wanted to know more about them. They live quite differently from the other covens, in a barren landscape, but they thrive all the same. One of the characters we meet is Lena, who also becomes an Elder at the end.

*The lack of Eve. The daughter of Selene and Michael. She certainly was driving point for Selene and Marius, and that made it feel as if she were part of the story even though she wasn’t physically there. I thought that was a smart move because her being there in person would have changed everything. We do get a glimpse of her at the very end, for a split second, and it was enough for me for this movie.

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*Amelia. We get to learn a bit more about her past, and I loved that. She was an Elder yet her story was never really told to any degree as Viktor’s and Marcus’ stories were told. She is David’s mother, which I thought a great twist and made perfect sense.

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*Resolution of Michael. This is a…touchy point with me, as Michael and Selene’s love story is one of the foundations of the Underworld series. While they were not in love in the first movie, the seed was there and they were drawn to each other. In Evolution, the love was definitely there, and drove Selene’s actions. He wasn’t really in Awakening, which wasn’t a complete shock and I still loved the movie, but I wanted resolution to their story- be that they were back together or torn apart. Their story was too much part of the foundation of the series to be left in limbo. Well, we got that resolution in Blood Wars. He was killed by Marius.

I am…disappointed, but I feel that it does further Selene’s story arc in a good way. I do wish they’d had time to reunite, that we could see them one more time together, but that would have changed Selena’s arc completely. I do hope he stays dead, because bringing him back after Blood Wars would not be a good twist in the story.

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*New female characters. Semira (above) was an interesting character and I found her a great addition to the story…even though she was a bad guy 🙂 She reminded of Viktor in a lot of ways, which isn’t surprising considering her history with him.

Alexia was also an interesting addition, though her turning out to be Marius’ lover seemed a touch contrived to me. Still, it was nice to see another female character who wasn’t just another pretty face.

Both of them die by the end, but their deaths were well done, instead of being cheap kills.

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Lena, of the Nordic coven, becomes an Elder at the end, and I really like her character. She’s different than Selene, but still a strong woman who will fight even though she wants peace.

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What I didn’t like:

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*Marius. While the new lycan leader is much better suited than what we got in Awakening, he just didn’t have that…well, he was no Lucian. He had no real depth, but there was opportunity to give him some.

*We’re told of a place that’s in between our world and the next, by the Nordic coven. Selene does go there but we only get the slightest glimpse of it at the end. I wish we’d gotten more information on it, and seen a bit more of it, because the existence of it deepens the lore of the vampires.

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Those really are my only complaints 🙂 I loved this movie, and thought it was a great addition to the series. I do hope there’s another installment, and that Eve is in the movie physically. I think the writers set up her rise in the world very well at the end of the movie. Between Selene’s words, and Eve’s split second appearance, I’m excited to see where her story goes.

While I would love to see Kate in another installment, her story arc comes full circle in this movie, and Selene deserves a good rest after a thousand years of fighting and loss.

I’m going to end this by saying, if you haven’t seen it, it’s well worth it.  This installment is fantastic and deepens the story and the world of Underworld in good ways. Of course, this is just my opinion 🙂 ❤

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Women of Horror Anthology

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be part of the Women in Horror anthology~ Beautiful Nightmares~ from Vamptasy Publishing. My story, The Legend of Old Jack, will be in it 🙂 You can now pre-order it on Amazon!

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BEAUTIFUL NIGHTMARES

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Meet the Women of Horror on the Ides of March… Beware.

Demons, Vampires, Dark Readers of the Mind, Unspeakable Horrors and Ghosts that lurk in the night. When the sun fades behind the horizon and darkness falls, these are the things that chill your bones. Every bump, every whistle of the wind, every distant cry a nightmare waiting to unfold. Frightening. Terrible. Beautiful.
Beneath this cover you will find twisted tales of the macabre from some of the best in modern Horror, including:

Skye Knizley
Sarah Davis Brandon
A. Giacomi
Lily Luchesi
Laurencia Hoffman
October Weeks
Kindra Sowder
Faith Marlow
Petronela Ungureanu
P. Mattern
T.M. Scott
Nicolajayne Taylor

Cover design from Rebecca Poole of Dreams2Media

Read them, if you so dare, but leave the lights on. You never know who, or what, is lurking at the edge of darkness.
Beautiful Nightmares, a Horror Anthology from Vamptasy Publishing, the leader in Indie Horror.

All proceeds to be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

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Releasing March 15th from CHBB Publishing and Vamptasy Publishing, Beautiful Nightmares is a celebration of the talented female horror authors from Vamptasy! Contributing authors: Sarah Davis Brandon, Skye Knizley, Patricia Annette, T. M. Scott, Faith Marlow, A.Giacomi, Kindra Sowder, October Weeks, Jolene Poole, Lily Luchesi, Author, and Enjay Taylor.

Join the release event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1808906509350510/

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I thought I’d do a little round up of 2016.

* Ghoultown was re-released on January 21, 2016.

*A Taste So Bittersweet was released on May 2, 2016.

*Over the River was re-released on May 18, 2016.

*The Duchess was released on August 19, 2016.

*The Red Barn was re-released on October 23, 2016.

*Aequitas was released on December 14, 2016.

Whew! Here’s hoping 2017 is as fruitful a year for writing as 2016 🙂 Thank you all for coming along for the ride, for buying the books, and reviewing them ❤

I wish you all a safe and happy New Year’s. I hope for nothing but love, joy, and happiness for all of you ❤ 🙂

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Wallpaper and Updates

Happy Friday! No Fantasy Friday today (I will post one next week). I do hope you’re all enjoying Aequitas!

Revisions for the dark cozy mystery are going well. I’m hoping to be able to submit by the end of the year. This book is in the Isles and West world, but with different characters/town (still in Vermont, though 🙂 ), and it’s not as dark with a dash more romance. I think you will all really like this one!

In other news, I’ve made up the new wallpaper for Aequitas for your desktops 🙂 Enjoy!

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Release Day: Aequitas

Amazon has set Aequitas out into the world!  Go forth, and read Delilah and Milly’s latest adventure 🙂 ❤

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Two families. Over two centuries. Countless victims.

 It all comes down to this…

Delilah Isles has been waiting for the Tay family to make their move, and when they do the cost is a heavy one. They attack the young daughter of a close family friend, which forces Delilah to go up the mountain and start the investigation that has been two centuries in the making.

The Tays have been planning the moment of battle since their deaths, and Delilah knows that she and Milly won’t be able to fight the Tays on their own. But calling in backup brings unexpected consequences. Consequences that Delilah could never have imagined.

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Cover Reveal: Aequitas

Here it is, the beautiful cover for Aequitas (Isles and West #3) ❤ ❤ ❤

This one is coming at you THIS FRIDAY, 12/16/2016!

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Two families. Over two centuries. Countless victims.

 It all comes down to this…

Delilah Isles has been waiting for the Tay family to make their move, and when they do the cost is a heavy one. They attack the young daughter of a close family friend, which forces Delilah to go up the mountain and start the investigation that has been two centuries in the making.

The Tays have been planning the moment of battle since their deaths, and Delilah knows that she and Milly won’t be able to fight the Tays on their own. But calling in backup brings unexpected consequences. Consequences that Delilah could never have imagined.

Series Saturday: Kristen Britain

Hello all 🙂 This isn’t going to be a normal Series Saturday, as I’ve already done a Fantasy Friday on Kristen Britain. However, her publisher just did a cover reveal for book six, Firebrand, and I’m so excited- can’t wait to read this one!

click on cover to go to Amazon to pre-order

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Zachary Davriel Hillander, High King of Sacoridia, rues how much he has had to give up to lead his realm, including the freedom to live and love as he chooses. When an embassy from Eletia arrives to propose a joint venture between their realms to seek out an old ally in the north, he is dismayed to learn that the one Sacoridian they have in mind to accompany their guide is the woman he truly loves but cannot have: Green Rider Karigan G’ladheon.
Karigan has only just returned from a dark future where Sacoridia has been conquered and is ruled by a despotic emperor, and she has not recovered in heart or mind. As if that is not enough, the castle ghosts won’t leave her alone. Though Zachary is loath to part from her so soon after her return, he knows she is the best choice to undertake the mission to the north.

Each step on their journey places Karigan and her companions closer to enemy territory and danger, for northward lie the forces of Second Empire, Sacoridia’s longtime foe, and Grandmother, the necromantic leader of Second Empire, has not been idle. She uses her magic to summon a wild elemental spirit to wreak havoc upon Zachary and his wife, Queen Estora. At first the Sacoridians succeed in fending off the creature, but it so covets Estora that it can’t stay away. It abducts Zachary, assuming his form and his place at Estora’s side—but when it is finally ousted, Zachary is still missing. Estora, alone and heavy with twins, must prepare her realm for the coming conflict from the confines of her bedchamber.

Meanwhile, the danger only deepens for Karigan and her companions as they journey north. When she finds herself caught in the midst of a clash between forces, Karigan must rescue and protect her king before she falls into a trap set by Grandmother—a trap that could give Second Empire the power to control the dead and all the demons of the hells.

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I’ve never been shy about my opinion of Zachary and Karigan. I do not like them as couple, and I don’t think Zachary deserves her, or honestly truly loves her. That’s part of the reason I loved Mirror Sight so much- because Karigan got the chance to love someone, and realize that she could open her heart to someone else.

I’m excited to see how she is after the events in Mirror Sight, and to see how Estora is doing being pregnant with twins but still having to rule the realm.

Waiting for this is book is killing me!