Monday, September 15, 2014

Writing Influences, Movie Reviews, Movie Trivia Answers, Battle of the Bands, and Ninja News

Film and TV Writing Influences with Chrys Fey

Hi, everyone! It’s Chrys Fey. My newest release, 30 Seconds, is now available! A big thank you to Alex for hosting me today so I can talk about my writing influences. My dreams spark the ideas for a lot of my stories, and music helps me through each scene, but movies and television shows aid me with many important details. Most of my characters tend to be cops and doctors, like with 30 Seconds. You wouldn’t be able to read my novella and notice similarities between it and my film/television influences though, because they helped me with small details. For example: The movie “Do You Know Me” impacted 30 Seconds because I imagined the actress, Rachelle Lefevre, as Dr. Dani Hart.

Top 10 Film and TV Influences for 30 Seconds:
2. Third Watch (TV)
3. ER (TV)
4. Assault on Precinct 13
5. General Hospital (TV)
6. Grey’s Anatomy (TV)
7. Do you Know Me
8. The Mentalist (TV)
9. Death Sentence
10. Public Enemy

QUESTIONS: What are your favorite cop/doctor films/shows? Have you pictured an actor/actress as one of your characters?

When Officer Blake Herro agreed to go undercover in the Mob, he thought he understood the risks. But he's made mistakes and now an innocent woman has become their target. He's determined to protect her at all costs….
BUY LINKS: Amazon US / Amazon UK / Wild Rose Press

Chrys Fey is a lover of rock music just like Dani Hart in 30 Seconds. Whenever she's writing at her desk, headphones are always emitting the sounds of her musical muses -especially that of her favorite band, 30 Seconds to Mars, the inspiration behind the title. 30 Seconds is her second eBook with The Wild Rose Press. Her debut, Hurricane Crimes, is also available on Amazon.
Find Chrys Fey Here: Facebook / Blog / Goodreads

Ninja News

This Wednesday at the IWSG Site is none other than Jessica Bell!

The Tree of Life anthology will be out by the end of the month - they are delaying its release while an amazing book trailer is created for it.

Last week my publisher reduced the price of CassaStorm to $2.99.
If you have already purchased and read it, CassaStorm could use a few more reviews on Amazon.
Appreciate everyone who buys and reviews!

Just released - Carol Kilgore’s newest Crime Fiction with a Kiss novel, SECRETS OF HONOR.
Buy it on Amazon - Kindle or paperback.

Available now – INTO THE DARKEST FIRE by Juliana Haygert
Genre: YA/NA Fantasy
Price – free!

Special thanks to these ladies for including my books in their Shelfie Bloghop photos!

Tyrean Martinson

Heather Gardner

Western Movie Trivia Answers

1 – What was John Wayne’s last film? The Shootist
2 – Who directed Once Upon a Time in the West? Sergio Leone
3 – How does Doc Holiday die in Tombstone? Tuberculosis
4 – How many Oscars did Unforgiven win? Four
5 – Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner, and Danny Glover starred in what Western? Silverado

Movie Reviews

After Earth
Not as bad as I’d heard, but still not good.
Plenty of plot contrivances. Special effects were all right.
Jaden Smith was the worst part of the film – kid can’t act his way out of a wet paper bag.
Not recommended.

The Raid 2
Sequel to The Raid: Redemption, it was hyped as better, but fell very short for me.
The pacing is glacial at times. Nice cinematography, but the emphasis was on style over substance. And the movie is way too long – two and a half hours.
Also not recommended.

Battle of the Bands

I finally get to rejoin the Battle of the Bands, hosted by Stephen T. McCarthy and Farawayeyes.
Other participants today include Arlee Bird, Robin at Your Daily Dose, Chris Fries, and DiscConnected.

This song has special meaning for me, as the second version of Street Spirit was an inspiration for my first book, CassaStar.

The song was originally recorded by Radiohead and this is their version -

It was redone by Stream of Passion – the video Is concert footage mixed with the studio version -

Which would you pick and why?

What movie and TV shows have influenced your writing? Have you picked up CassaStorm or reviewed it? Get the movie trivia right? Had the misfortune to see either movie? And what version of Street Spirit do you like best…? (Results next Monday.)

I will be off the grid later this week for a three day weekend getaway, so no Wednesday post. Be back Monday with the Underrated Treasures Blogfest - hope you can join us!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Audiomachine’s Tree of Life, Snarky Critique Partners, Western Movie Trivia, Shelfie Blog Hop, and Ninja News!

Tree of Life

On the heels of the wonderful turnout for Sunflowers for Tina on Monday, Samantha Redstreake Geary made this announcement:

“As a lasting tribute to Tina, I, along with 25 amazing authors, are publishing audiomachine‘s TREE OF LIFE: Branching Out collaborative story in ebook format on Amazon, launching Sept. 12th! Stunning book cover designed by gifted graphic artist and composer, Ryo Ishido. All proceeds of the TREE OF LIFE ebook will benefit the Downey Education Fund set up for Tina’s two boys.”

Tina also contributed to this anthology - look for it Friday! I will include a direct link in my Monday post as well.

Shelfie Blog Hop

This is my contribution to the Shelfie Blog Hop, hosted by Tara Tyler, Heather Gardner, Christine Rains, Elizabeth Sechman, CD Coffelt, MJ Fifield, Vikki Biram, and Rena Rocford:

Ninja News

Today at the IWSG Site we have none other than the awesome Elana Johnson! So head on over and make a wish.

Yesterday was Jeremy Hawkins’ birthday! We celebrated with the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Go wish him a belated happy birthday.

PK Hrezo has been asked to write the story of an amazing young lady by the name of Queena. Six years ago, she was strangled, beaten, raped, and left for dead. She suffered multiple brain injuries and lost a lot of her mobility. PK has started a Kickstarter fund for this project. Help her by either donating or spreading the word. See her site for details.

Out now - The Test of Time by Nicole Zoltak

Just released – The Trouble with Flirting by Rachel Morgan

Don’t forget – Underrated Treasures Blogfest
On Monday, September 22, post about your favorite unknown –
Post about one or all four – dealer’s choice!
Sign up HERE

Movie Trivia


1 – What was John Wayne’s last film?

2 – Who directed Once Upon a Time in the West?

3 – How does Doc Holiday die in Tombstone?

4 – How many Oscars did Unforgiven win?

5 – Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner, and Danny Glover starred in what Western?

Critique Partners

My post at the IWSG this week was about what to look for in a good critique partner.
One of the items I mentioned was a sense of humor. I’m blessed to have critique partners who excel at snarky humor.
So for those of you who dread critiques and worry they might upset or anger, let me show you why I chuckle my way through them:

Heather, who also had some funny visuals I wish I could include –

We might be gone for a while, he thought.
Aden is always thinking.

And I can’t win if I can’t play.
You have an ‘and’ at the beginning of your sentence addiction.

Damn, what have I done?
WHAT? I thought you were kidding!

Rusty and his ongoing issue with eyebrows –

…his scowl pulling his brows into one.
Hey!!!! I remember this discussion. I like how you married to the two into a sorta compromise (although I still contend we only have one brow anyway).

…his brows together.
Still bugs me.

The com officer’s brows…
Knife in my heart

Vardy’s drawn brows…
You’re rubbing my face in it, aren’t you?

Lynda felt sorry for the com buttons –

Aden mashed the com button…
These com buttons get a beating ;)

…mashing a final button.
Looks like the Balkan's buttons are going to get a beating too ;)

He mashed the com button.
You know all the com buttons are going to unite in protest for better treatment of buttons... they might even revolt. Better watch your back ;)

…her short stature a hindrance.
Hey! Short people can run fast too!! :P
Short people and buttons unite!! ;)

Downloading Tree of Life on Friday? Have you posted your Shelfie yet? Ready for my next blogfest? Know any of the trivia? And do your critique partners make snarky fun comments…?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sunflowers for Tina, Giant Spider Dog, Monsters: Dark Continent, IWSG, and Nina News

Today I have a special interview over at EE Giorgi’s blog!

I’m also posting at the Insecure Writer’s Support Group - what to look for in a good critique partner.

Sunflowers for Tina

Today is also the day we honor Tina Downey. She loved sunflowers and her motto was ‘Life is Good.’ It’s not so good without her, but we can still see her in the sunflowers. I will miss you, Tina. I'm just going to let Mini-Alex express my thoughts.
For a list of participants, visit the A to Z Challenge Blog - Sunflowers for Tina.

There is also a Downey Education Fund set up for her two boys that you can donate to.

Ninja News

Today’s Themes that Rocked the Challenge features Jo Wake from Jo on Food, My Travels, and a Scent of Chocolate who posted animals and recipes from around the world. Check it out at the A to Z Blog.

Thanks to all who celebrated three years of posting for the IWSG! All members are welcome to submit to our upcoming anthology – see the IWSG site for details!

The Guardians of the Galaxy was number one at the box office again, making its run four out of five weekends at number one. That is more than any other Marvel film! One more week and it’s more than any comic book film. So, if you haven’t seen it, why not???

Milo James Fowler’s book, Immaterial Evidence, is just .99 cents for a limited time.

New Books!

Released today:
MOSAICS, book 2 in the Track Presius mystery series, a hard-boiled detective series with a genetic twist.
By EE Giorgi
Find it on Amazon

The Rifters by M Pax 

The Rifters is available at an introductory price. The second book in the series, The Initiate, will be available October 20, 2014. It’s up for preorder for a special price at iTunes, Amazon, and B&N. Check HERE for links. Giveaways and events are ongoing through October 31, 2014. Check HERE for details.
Links: Amazon / AmazonUK / B&N / Smashwords /Googleplay / iTunes / Other Outlets
Visit M Pax at her SITE

Induction Day by PK Hrezo
Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, IBookstore, and Goodreads

Erron by Melanie Schulz
Get your copy at Amazon

Old Women Waxing Poetic
Compiled by Julie Kemp Pick and Susan Flett Swiderski, it features work from Liza Salerno and Robyn Alana Engel, with an awesome cover by Michael Di Gesu. All proceeds go to CARE International. They are all hosting an Old Broad Fest and you can win a copy of the book by commenting on their post by Friday, September 12.

Shadow Warrior by Jay Noel
Find it at Amazon and Barnes and Noble

My Only Escape: Book One in the Hiding Out Series
By Jaycee DeLorenzo

Monsters: Dark Continent Trailer

Jocelyn Rish alerted me to the new trailer for the sequel to Gareth Edwards’ brilliant film, Monsters. He’s producing rather than directing this time, and while the film looks very different from the first one, the trailer is still really cool. The monsters are a little different as well. Check it out:

Giant Mutant Spider Dog

How funny would it be if you dressed up your dog as a tarantula? While the setups might be staged a little bit, they are still funny.

Did you post sunflowers today for Tina? See some good new books? Contributing to the IWSG anthology? What did you think of the Monsters trailer? And do you want your own spider dog now?

Back to posting on Wednesdays again, so I’ll be back then with my Shelfie, some trivia, movie reviews, and other fun stuff. Maybe even a peak at my hilarious critique partners’ suggestions…

Be sure to visit EE Giorgi and the Insecure Writer’s Support Group!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anniversary Special Announcement! Plus September Movie Preview, New Books, and Ninja News

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

My awesome co-hosts today are Laura at My Baffling Brain, Mark Koopmans, Shah Wharton, and Sheena-Kay Graham!

Today marks three years since the very first IWSG post. Next month marks one year since the IWSG site and Facebook group opened. And we’d like you to help us celebrate!

The IWSG Team is putting together an eBook that will benefit all writers - The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond. And we invite all IWSG members, Facebook members, and followers to contribute.

Here are the details:

The three topics will be writing, publishing, and marketing.

Each contribution needs to be between 200 and 1000 words. Focus on one of those three aspects and give us your best tip or procedure. The essay can include bullet points, top ten lists, and recommendations. (Websites, software, books, etc.)

You can either post it for your October 1 IWSG post or email it directly. or (Since the length can go over the standard IWSG post length.) Include a one sentence byline and a link to your site. Also state that you give us permission to use it in the book and which topic it falls under. (We will only edit for misspellings and grammar mistakes.)

All submissions need to be sent or posted by October 2, 2014. We will compile them into an eBook and aim for an early December release. The book will be free and available for all eReaders.

Thank you for making the IWSG such a huge success!!

And as far as my own writing, I have my manuscript back from critique partner number two now. I chuckled through the first one from Lynda and I already know Rusty is hilarious with his snarky comments. That leaves one more critique coming at the end of the week from the awesome Heather Gardner. And since I know she excels at snarky humor, I'm looking forward to laughing my way through all of the critiques.

Ninja News

I invite you to visit the A to Z Challenge Blog today – past and present Co-Hosts are sharing their thoughts about Tina Downey in a very special tribute.
Don’t forget next Monday is Sunflowers for Tina – post a picture of your sunflower in memory of her.

Thanks to everyone who voted! CassaStorm was named 2014 Best Science Fiction by the eFestival of Words!

Don’t forget Monday, September 22 is the Underrated Treasures Blogfest.

New Books!

Lovely Death by Brandon Meyers

The Warrior and the Biologist by Susan Kelley
Buy it now at New Concept Publishing.

Perfectly Ernest by EJ Wesley.
I had the honor of reading this book last month and while it’s not my usual genre, I thought it was outstanding. You can check out my review on Goodreads.

Hibbs, the Cub with no Clue by Roland Yeomans

Find it on Amazon

September Movie Preview!

Here are the upcoming theatrical releases for September! As always, descriptions courtesy of the IMDB. Snarky comments by me.

19 –

The Maze Runner
Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape.
Director: Wes Ball
Stars: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter
Kids fight to survive in a dystopian future… stop me if you’ve heard this before…

26 –

The Equalizer
A former black ops commando who faked his death for a quiet life in Boston comes out of his retirement to rescue a young girl and finds himself face to face with Russian gangsters.
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Stars: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour
Denzel doing what Denzel does best–playing Denzel.

The Boxtrolls
A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. Based on the children's novel 'Here Be Monsters' by Alan Snow.
Directors: Graham Annable | Anthony Stacchi
Stars: Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade
At first I thought it was about Lindsay Lohan’s Franzia wine addiction…

Can you believe it’s been three years for the IWSG? Will you be contributing to the anthology? Posting for Tina next Monday? Picking up some new books? What movies will you see this month? (From the selection, I’d say just go see Guardians of the Galaxy again…)

Be sure to visit the A to Z Challenge Blog for our special tribute to Tina Downey.