Posts Tagged Young Adult

Movie Mayhem – The Spy Who Dumped Me

Spy Who Dumped Me

The Spy Who Dumped Me — 2018; Directed by Susanna Fogel; Starring Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Justin Theroux, Sam Heughan and Gillian Anderson

In small doses, Kate McKinnon can be very funny. On Saturday Night Live, for example, she has a knack for infusing characters with just enough manic energy and quirky characteristics that juxtapose perfectly with her straight-laced counterparts within the same sketch, and with her ability for perfectly-timed, over-the-top expressions, she can both make a sketch work from the beginning or bring life to an otherwise dying sketch. But this works best in four-minute bursts. It doesn’t work as well when she tries to extend this personality over the course of a two hour film. I have yet to see a movie featuring McKinnon where I didn’t find her overly aggressive, annoying and off-putting, mainly because it’s clear this type of extreme shtick is all she knows. This perception doesn’t change with her new film, The Spy Who Dumped Me, where she plays the hyperactive yin to Mila Kunis’s frazzled yang. Read Full Review

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Film Festival To Screen “Secrets of the Desert Nymph”

It is my sincere pleasure to announce that my feature film, Secrets of the Desert Nymph, has been accepted as an official selection in the 1st annual Temecula Independent Film Festival of the Hollywood and Los Angeles California Wine Country, which takes place June 10-14, 2015 in the heart of the Temecula wine country. Click For Complete Information

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Recognizing My Inspiration

This is a bit late, I know, but I only recently received the picture!

As I’ve mentioned on several accounts, my young adult novel, In the Light of the Eclipse, was inspired by five individuals who challenged me to write a novel. I usually see them every Christmas, so I was going to give them all a signed copy of my book in 2013, however, due to some family issues, our normal Christmas Eve party was canceled and I was unable to see them all. (My niece and nephew did get theirs, though). So this past Christmas, I was delighted to be able to finally give the other three young ladies their copies, and they were just as excited to start reading.

3/5 of the inspiration for my young adult novel, In the Light of the Eclipse.

3/5 of the inspiration for my young adult novel, In the Light of the Eclipse.

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A New Author Interview

Back when I was in the middle of the virtual book tour for my novel, In the Light of the Eclipse, I was contacted by a blogger who wanted to know if I would be up to doing an interview for her blog. Of course I said yes (duh). I finished the interview back in December, hoping to have it released around the end of the tour, but for whatever the reason, that particular interview was continuously postponed. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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Virtual Book Tour – Stops #14, #15 and #16

It’s the last day of my virtual book tour and it’s a big one. First up is a spotlight over at Horror and Mystery Books, a site run by Steve, a reader of mostly science-fiction, paranormal and horror novels—none of which, for the most part, In the Light of the Eclipse can be categorized as, though they do contain small elements of the first two (and a little bit of mystery on the side). But the man is a big fan of Star Wars and Star Trek, so he gets a pass from me!

The next stop is at Raven Reviews, a Christian Chicagoan named Michele who loves all types of books. Here you will find a very informative interview that goes deeper into some of the oddest things I’ve had to research, who I would like to have as a mentor, and what helps me write the most.

Finally, head on over to Book Loving Hippo for my final guest post, which discusses my full writing process and how I go about creating the worlds for everyone to enjoy. Tanya (the book loving hippo herself) is an avid reader and has endorsed the guest post as a must read! Don’t miss out.

I would like to thank all three of these great sites for their participation in my virtual book tour, and would like to thank everyone who has followed the tour and gotten a little more insight into who I am as a person and as a writer, my writing process and mindset, as well as details about the book and some thoughts on why it’s a great read. Hopefully, it has encouraged some of you to run out and purchase a copy of In the Light of the Eclipse for your very own reading pleasure. And don’t forget, if you have missed any part of my book tour, or would like to go back and read the guest posts, interviews or reviews, head on over to the virtual book tour page at the book’s official website.

Thanks again to all of my virtual blog tour participants. It’s been fun!

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Virtual Book Tour – Stop #13

As the virtual book tour for In the Light of the Eclipse nears its end (there are still several stops on Monday, December 16), the second to last spotlight can be found at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews. Laurie is a retired accountant who devotes her days to reading and reviewing mostly science-fiction, fantasy and paranormal literature, though her tastes do vary and she makes note of that by showing off her paranormal thoughts and non-paranormal thoughts on her blog.

I wish to thank Laurie for spotlighting my book and being part of my virtual book tour.

(An update from yesterday: the original stop I was supposed to make yesterday has officially been canceled. And though I will get one additional stop on Monday to make up for it, I am out one review, which, let’s be honest, really does suck just a little.)

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Virtual Book Tour – Stops #11 and #12

I have a couple of spotlights on my virtual book tour today. The first comes courtesy of Bella Harte Books, a blog run by exuberant reader and young adult author Bella Harte. The second can be seen at Bestseller Books, a site dedicated to bestselling books and books on the rise to bestseller status (not sure if mine fits that description, but hey, I’ll let the masses believe it if they want to).

I want to thank both sites for spotlighting In the Light of the Eclipse to their fans and followers, especially Bestseller Books, a late replacement for a stop that had to be postponed or canceled at the last minute (which one is still unclear, but I am hoping it’s the former and that the review that was going to happen on that stop will still make it in before the tour ends). I will let you all know when and if the stop returns or is officially canceled.

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Virtual Book Tour – Stop #10

Stop by Only God Writes Trees today to see an awesome guest post. In it, I dive into more detail about the acknowledgments that are in the book—who the listed individuals are and what makes them special enough to be included in the book.

I want to thank Nora Romness for the chance to speak about this subject on her blog, and for the spotlight of In the Light of the Eclipse as part of my virtual book tour. Nora is an avid reader who does a lot for children, and judging by her bio, is an admirable young woman with a lot of love to give.

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Virtual Book Tour – Stop #9

My tour today brings us to Cryptic Reads, a book review blog that is more horror/zombie related than anything else. When I first found out this site would be hosting, I wasn’t quite sure why; In the Light of the Eclipse is none of those things. But, if the administrator, Carrie, wanted to review it, then she must have seen something in it that she was interested in, right? It turns out, she did, as her review of the book is great, even going so far as to mention that she’d read it again. I couldn’t ask for much more than that.

I’d like to thank Carrie, and Cryptic Reads, for spotlighting and reviewing In the Light of the Eclipse as part of my virtual book tour. (To read the full review, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.)

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Virtual Book Tour – Stops #7 and #8

I’ve got two awesome stops on my book tour today, both with a guest post that feature a little something about my process in writing In the Light of the Eclipse.

The first stop is at Curse of the Bibliophile, a book review site run by passionate book readers Katie and Satarupa. The guest post they are hosting is called “The Evolution of a Story.” I go into great detail about what goes into the mind of a writer (more importantly, my twisted and insane mind) and how much a book changes from the spark of inspiration to the final product. If you’ve ever wondered how a book evolves (including a discussion on how one of my characters in In the light of the Eclipse went from mere after-thought to a full-fledged character), head on over and check it out. (To find the guest post, scroll down to just after the excerpt.)

The second is courtesy of The Saucy Reviewer, a book blog run by Xunaira J., a writer of children and young adult books. This stop is the one that was postponed from last week and I’m happy to have them back on the tour. The guest post they are hosting is called, “How I Found My Voice,” and is basically just that. It goes into detail about my journey in finding my true voice and not just a copy of another author (or writer), and how that journey ultimately affected the writing style for In the Light of the Eclipse. (To find the guest post, scroll down to just after the blurb.)

Thanks to both of these sites for spotlighting my book and for giving me the chance to let you in on a couple of the secrets behind the scenes of In the Light of the Eclipse, and my writing process in general.

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