Novella Review: Axiom by Rainy Kaye #amreading #booklook

Axiom (Summoned Prequel Novella)Axiom by Rainy Kaye

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is perfect for all fans of the Summoned series. It tells the story of Dimitri Hayes before he became the genie we all know and love. This novella grabs you from the very first line. “I really hate when people interrupt me when I’m trying to kill someone.” If that doesn’t pull you in, I don’t know what will. I also love the fact that while short and sweet, Axiom reads like a full length novel. It sucks you into a world that is complete and feels real. I love when he makes the donation to the girl scouts out of spite. Thin mints for live.
Kaye is on her way to becoming a big name.

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Book Review: The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi #amreading #amwriting

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This review is going to be short and sweet. If you are a writer, and you haven’t heard of this book, I suggest you go to Amazon and one click now. A very handy tool to have. If you have trouble showing rather than telling, this book can help correct that writing pitfall. It’s almost like a workbook full of suggestions on how to show what a character is feeling. Instead of saying, he was angry, this wonderful book suggests having your character ball up his fists. Instead of saying she was happy, she can jump up and down. The book is set up so that you can look up an emotion and get a list of suggestions that will add color to your writing. Well done and a totally cool idea! 

Silenced Cover Reveal #coverlove #fantasy

I’m excited to reveal my latest cover. I don’t know the release date yet, but I do know it will be in 2015. I’ll keep everyone posted. You might notice my name is different on this cover. That’s because I needed a way to separate the content in the novel from my usual YA. Anyway, it turned out beautiful. 

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Cover art by the talented Kris Wagner 

 

 

 

Guest Blogger William Green: #SaveConstantine #DawnOfDarkJustice

My blog has been down for months. Well its back now! And to celebrate I’m featuring a guest blog from one of my favorite people. Welcome William Green and his take on the NBC show, Constantine. 

 

 

Here’s the situation: There are not enough fans of Constantine and those associated with him.

Full disclosure: I wasn’t a fan of Constantine until Keanu Reeves played him. I didn’t even know he was a DC, well a Vertigo character, in the Hellblazer series until sometime after that. I enjoyed that movie and I still enjoy it on occasion, but I can now understand why there was some hate thrown at it. It was much, much too Americanized for most people.

Flash forward a few years and I begin reading DC’s The New 52 from the beginning and Constantine is an ongoing title. I’ve tried to keep up as much as I can with all of them. It may not be everyone’s favorite version of Constantine, but he’s the one I’ve known and loved for the past couple of years.

Jump ahead a little more and they begin work on a TV series with a non-American John Constantine. Still not actually English, but Matt Ryan being Welsh is pretty close. We got a 13-episode first season and loads of potential for the show to be completely cancelled. BOOO! I was hooked from the first episode and enjoyed the whole season. I’ll admit not every episode hit the high mark for me, but overall the season was wonderful and I’m sure there are mega Constantine fans out there that hated the whole thing, but I don’t think the haters are the problem. I think a lack of fans is the problem.

Now here we are on the cusp of NBC ridding themselves of the show, BUT writers, showrunners, and even the actors are trying to keep it alive. They’re all working on pitching a season 2 to NBC. My opinion; just take it to SyFy and live there for a while. Anyway, they convinced NBC to stream the whole first season online for free to the public to drum up excitement and more fans for it.

Here’s what I want to see: Doctor Fate’s helmet was shown at the beginning of the show, so of course he needs to make an appearance, if not become a regular. We meet Jim Corrigan a couple times and we know he becomes Spectre eventually, so he needs to be around more. Ok, that’s too many guys so we have to have Zatanna Zatara at some point and eventually Madame Xanadu. And with her we’ll eventually introduce Jason Blood with the Demon Etrigan of course.

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I think we’ve just about rounded out a great group to become Justice League Dark for television. I would like to see at least one more character for that to happen though. Not Swamp Thing, he needs his own full show after being introduced in Constantine and later on he can have crossover episodes with JLD. No, I’m talking about Deadman, Boston Brand. Turns out, he’s been around since the late 60’s, but I discovered him in the early days of The New 52. He had an arc for a while, then he disappeared for some time and popped up later when they were forming the Justice League Dark. I’m not saying they should come out guns blazing and hexes flying and introduce a hero per week in season 2. That wouldn’t make for good television at all. No, no this would take one or two full 22-23 episode seasons to get all those characters going. Nearly every one of those characters could be a villain at first before joining the cause. Zatanna would be the one to be least likely a villain to start.

What I don’t want to see is them doing a time jump thing to introduce back stories for characters. That’s a bit played out these days. I want a couple of these characters to get their own miniseries before we see them in the modern day. Hell, I would be happy if they did a web series with a full show budget. Madame Xanadu and Jason Blood could easily have an 8-10 episode show introducing them in the dark ages and their misadventures in those times. Vandal Savage could be introduced with that. Deadman needs his own as well, probably not as extensive as Xanadu and Blood, but still something showing his early days before and during the beginning of becoming Deadman.

But before we can see #DawnOfDarkJustice we need to convince NBC to #SaveConstantine. Go watch the first season on NBC. Flood social media about it. Fall in love with Matt Ryan while you’re at it.

Top Five DC Characters #amreading #comics #DC

Yes, this is another list. An awesome list. From the title of the post, I’m guessing you know for what. So, let’s get to it.

 

 

5. 

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I put Zatanna on my list for two reasons. I love her costume, and magic is cool. What’s not to love about a totally bad ass chick that does magic. Answer….nothing.

4. 

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The character that Halle Berry tried to destroy and the same character that proved to bad ass to be destroyed. I love everything about Selina Kyle, especially how she does the line between hero and villain. Well, anti hero and villain. I just want to interject that I love goggles Catwoman, not purple dress and whip Catwoman.

3. 

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Even before the awesome CW show came into being, I was a Flash fan. I loved him in the old cartoons. He’s the only DC character that has any lightness too him. He tells jokes. He smiles. He doesn’t always have to take himself so seriously. For that, I love him and find him a necessary character.

2. 

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Nightwing. The former Robin, side kick to Batman, and the best Robin so far! My love for him stems from my love for Batman. Plus, who doesn’t love a good pun.

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Anyone who knows me already knew this guy was on my list. He’s not only my favorite DC character, he is my favorite comic book character period. Heck, he might even be my favorite character. Master of all the things. Cracker of all the mysteries. Always saving the Justice League’s asses… I love the Batman. I love how he’s crazy and makes sense at the exact same time. I love his hatred of crime. I love that he only has one rule. The only thing I don’t love about him is that stupid Batman voice Bale used in the trilogy, but that isn’t the Bat’s fault.

Who are your favorite DC characters? 

Top Five Marvel Characters #comics #marvel

Another list, yay! Hope you love lists as much as I do. Here is a list of my personal, top five marvel characters. Enjoy!

 

5. 

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Oh yes. He’s the best at what he does. SNIKT! Wolverine is and always will be a fan favorite. Except for when he was running around as “Patch,” thinking he was fooling people, I love him. Too bad The Wolverine sucked so hardcore.

4. 

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Hulk. He smashes. Nuff said. I love the big green guy. I have to say I prefer dumb hulk, because smart hulk is just unfair. Strongest AND smartest there is. No thanks. Plus, dumb hulk is just funnier. Read or watch Hulk versus Wolverine if you don’t know what I mean.

3. 

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The Merc with the Mouth. I love Deadpool more than words can say. I love his inner crazy. I love his outer crazy. I love how he has accessories that go with his crazy. He’s simply boss. I’m not sure how I feel about him being made practically immortal, but I know how I feel about him. LOVE. 

2.

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A spot on this list was a struggle between Captain American and Spiderman. I chose webhead for one reason really. He’s a much better trash talker than the soldier. It doesn’t hurt that he’s the reigning poster boy for Marvel. Or that Andrew Garfield does a beautiful job portraying him live action. It’s the mouth that has landed him a permanent place in my heart.

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Jean Grey. Not as her boring self, but as the Phoenix. The reason she is on this list is because she’s responsible for turning me into the comic nerd I am today. She’s tattooed on my left arm, and I’ll always be a fan. Plus, being able to do anything. Literally anything, is pretty frickin’ cool.

Who are your favorite Marvel characters? 

 

Casting Call for Darwin’s Children #amreading #bookclub

I haven’t done one of these in a long time. Like, a really long time. But, I figured because I missed doing it that it was time for another one. I’m focusing on characters that really bloom in the third book of Darwin’s Children, Common Descent, because, for personal reasons, I really haven’t given the novel the attention it deserves. So, here we go again. Enjoy!

 

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Lara Stone, also known as Jaycie’s mother. Master empath and total villain. I think Viola Davis would be great playing her. Of course she would be, she’s great at everything she does.

 

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Steven Fowler! Technopath and good guy turned bad. I like the look of this guy, only he’d have to throw on some glasses. Sorry, I have no idea what his real name is.

 

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Xia Chen! The invisible girl and con artist in training. This girl reminds me of her, I’d think she’d be great.

 

That was fun, what do you think of my choices? Do you have better choices? Feel free to tell me. 

The New Wonder Woman Costume #comics #dc

When I heard that Wonder Woman was going to be in the new Superman versus Batman movie, I was afraid they were going to reinvent her costume. Well, they have a new design. What do you think?

 

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Personally, not a fan. At all. I know a lot of critics think Wonder Woman shows too much skin. That she’s oversexualized. I don’t agree. I think she’s a strong and powerful character. Plus, I just don’t like the idea of messing with the classics. Unless you can improve upon them. I don’t think this does the job. What’s up with the weird sword bracelets? And it just seems overly conservative to me. Not very comic booky where all things are larger than life. It’s boring.  Here’s a look at the classic Wonder Woman…

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Yeah, for me it’s just better. That’s the princess of the Amazons.

Which Wonder Woman costume to you prefer? 

Top Five Worst X-Men #comics #marvel #xmen

The X-Men have always been one of my favorite groups of superheroes. But, with a group so big and diverse there are bound to be some duds. The following is a list of x-men who didn’t do it for me.

 

 

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To be fair, Cyclops probably doesn’t deserve to be on this list. As the leader of the X-Men, and a level four mutant, he’s good at what he does. But he’s probably one of the most boring superheroes of all time. Sorry Cyclops.

4.

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Fabio Medina! Who? Exactly. This mutant has the ability to spit golden balls from his body. Why?

3.

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Blindfold! Born without eyes. Powers? Precognition. A power that would come in useful if anyone could understand what she was saying. She’s like Yoda speaking in Turkish riddles.

2.

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Lifeguard. She actually has a cool power. The ability to manifest power according to the danger around her. Basically, she comes up with whatever power is needed to save your life. Unfortunately, the most memorable thing about her is that she’s gold.

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Joseph. This one had potential. A young Magneto. Oh, wait. No. He was a clone. He’s a clone of Magneto with memory loss. I’ve never been a fan of clones.

Who are your least favorite X-Men? Why? 

My Top Five Comic Book Villains #comics #dc #marvel

I’ve been having a hard time maintaining this blog due to time constraints. I don’t want to disappear altogether, so I figured I do a few lists. Everyone love lists. And I love comic book lists, so here we go. My favorite comic book villains in no particular order.

 

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A Marvel bad guy . I was never a fan of him in the comics, but I like what they did with him in the movie. Thus, he has made the list.

A Marvel bad guy . I was never a fan of him in the comics, but I like what they did with him in the movie. Thus, he has made the list. 

 

4.

Not always the bad guy, but will switch sides according to his beliefs. I love a relatable villain.

Not always the bad guy, but will switch sides according to his beliefs. I love a relatable villain.

 

3.

The Joker! Just crazy for no reason. And shockingly smart. From the cover of my favorite story with him, The Killing Joke.

The Joker! Just crazy for no reason. And shockingly smart. From the cover of my favorite story with him, The Killing Joke.

 

2.

Neegan from The Walking Dead. Crazy scary. He talks to his bat, which he named Lucille. Nuff said.

Neegan from The Walking Dead. Crazy scary. He talks to his bat, which he named Lucille. Nuff said.

 

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My girl, one of my favorite DC characters...period. She's just nutty... I mean she dates the Joker. Technically a side kick, but worthy of being listed.

My girl, one of my favorite DC characters…period. She’s just nutty… I mean she dates the Joker. Technically a side kick, but worthy of being listed.

 

Who are your favorite comic book villains? Did I leave anyone important off the list?