NBC’sDraculafeaturingJonathanRhysMeyerspremieredon last Fridaynight.Didyougetachancetoseeit?SinceI’msuchahugefanofBramStoker’sclassic,Dracula,Ihadtowatchit. My thoughts? Truthfully…I’monthefence. Check out a sneak peak below:
Warning: Spoilersarementioned.Readatyourownrisk. NBC's Dracula wasentertainingbutcompletelydifferentfromtheoriginalstory.Ifyouwantabriefoverviewoftheclassiclitnovel,seemyreviewhere.TheNBCversionofDracula is definitely unique because he's moreofavigilante and not necessarily a soulless bloodsucking monster (not yet anyway). Interestinghuh?Inthelate1800’sDraculaisawakenedandreinventshimselfasawealthyAmericanindustrialistnamedAlexanderGrayson.He’sswornvengeanceagainstasecretgroupofruthlessbusinessandpoliticalleaderscalledTheOrderoftheDragon.Thisgroupdidunspeakablethingsto Dracula hundredsofyearsago,andhedemandsrevenge. Someoftheoriginalcharactersarepresentinthistale,includingMina, Jonathan, LucyandevenVanHelsing butthe story has of course deviated.Sincethisisaseries,NBCmustcreateplotsthatwillenticeviewershipbeyondtheoriginaltale.AndsohowwillDraculaextractrevengefromhisadversaries?Inshort,Draculawantsto launch "wireless electricity technology" to the world andputtheOrderoftheDragonoutofbusiness.Isaiditwasadifferentstory line,didn'tI? Wasitentertaining?Isuppose.Willitbeenoughformetowatchanentireseasonortwo?Ihopeso,butI’mnotsure.Didyouseethepremier?Whatwereyourthoughts? If not click here to watch episode 1! MinaB.
The Spooktacular Giveaway Hop is here hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. With Halloween just around the corner this has become one of the biggest book blog hops of the year. Are you ready for Halloween yet? Have you read any good books that awaken your spirit this season? No? Well don't fret. There are over 375 blogs participating this year giving away lots of wicked books. How cool is that?
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Hey, friends, I have two very special guests I'd like to welcome to my blog today. The female version of the dynamic duo, Partners in ParanormYA featuring Gwen Gardner and Angela Brown. Hi girls! *waves emphatically* I'm so excited to have these mystic babes here and so should you. Sit back and take a tour as both Gwen and Angela give us a sneak peak at their new releases and give us a special treat.
Popcorn to Go
should be used as a last resort, at least that’s what I was taught at V’Salicus
Indigo: I’m not
much of a fighter, or a lover or any of that. Why are we doing this in the
*Abby moves her head in a
slow circle, stretching her neck muscles.*: Get you ready , you know, for
*Indigo tugs at her
sweatshirt.*: I can’t really touch ghosts…not even trying to get close to
the Soul Collector.
*Abby reaches her arms above
her head, then resituates her sweatpants on her hips after checking that her
sports bra was firmly in place*: I’m talking about the flesh and bone perps
that don’t take too kindly to you and the gang asking questions.
Yeah. *her face reddens*
*The door to the
Partners in ParanormYA training room opens and closes. Badger and Basil settle
on the floor leaning back on yoga mats propped up against the wall. Soda pops,
popcorn and candy fill their arms.*
Abby: Uh, we’re
mind us. Just here for the show.
Abby: I’m trying
to teach Indigo how to fight.
This should be fun.
*Badger and Basil fist
bump then grab their bags of popcorn.*
*Abby and Indigo share
a glance. They saunter across the room and snatch the popcorn from their
Abby: Not this
*And the girls take
their popcorn to go.*
Will the girls get to make up the botched session? Will
Indigo need a few kick-butt pointers for A
Guilty Ghost Surprised? Will Abby get to put her skills to use in They All Fall Down? Answers to two of
three of these questions await discovery.
About A Guilty Ghost
Surprised: Indigo Eady and gang are back with a feather and a Chance
setting off another twisting-turning investigation to bring a cold case, and
loved ones, closure at last.
About They All Fall
Down: Free of their duties as Cleanser and Harvestor, Abby and Basil try to
move on with their lives. But some secrets remain. And what is done in the dark
won’t be good when it comes to light.
and Angela Brown - YA paranormal
authors embarking on the adventure of a lifetime. Share with us as we take the
Indie journey to bring our works to the world. Buckle up! There'll be mystery,
mayhem, action and emotional roller coasters...oh, and a few things that go
bump in the night.
Like most aspiring writers, I tend to get an exorbitant amount of unsolicited advice from publishing firms, agents, writer acquaintances, blogs and so forth. For the first few
stories I wrote, many harangued me with sometimes subtle but mostly damaging statements
like “You can’t do this,” or “You can’t do that.”
As I embarked on my writing adventure, I took copious notes
on what was expected. And so what happened
after that? Well, this list grew and
grew to the point of nausea. Don’t get
me wrong there was a ton of excellent advice I found along the way. Honestly though, there was also a ton that I
found crippling. Soon after, I grew more
and more insecure. To give you an example, here are a few lists of "You can'ts" that I heard when writing my YA novel.
You can’t self-publish.
You can’t be that graphic in a YA novel.
You can’t have prologues in novels.
You can’t write about religion like that.
You can’t write about personal stuff.
You can’t have character be evil and then good.
You can’t make a plot rule and then break it.
Oh, and my favorite...You can’t write about vampires.
Well, as you can see the list goes on and on.I felt like not matter where I turned, I was
incapable of making these rule-makers happy.After a couple of years, I realized that the growing expectation from
others wasn't worth all the hype I’d given it.In fact, it wasn't worth much at all.The truth is when you constantly have people tell you, “You can’t do
this or that,” it stifles the creativity.
Soon I realized my best course was to ask the inevitable…Why
not? Now that I understand much more about myself, using this tactic has helped me stave off the naysayers and
focus on what’s most important….the story.
If you want to write about a purple elephant who possess magical farts,
then by all means write about it. As the owner of any story, what’s most important is you have total control
from the beginning to end so make it a great one. Write a story that way you want to and don't listen to every little bit of crap out there.
Have you ever been plagued by this type of insecurity? Did you fall in line or did you eventually break
from the crowd?