October Frights blog hop–#‎Octoberfrights‬ #giveaway

Wait, what?? Is it October already?? You know what that means! Halloween and with it, Samhain! *pause to happy dance* :) I’m a early on decorating, this year, but bear with me. I am participating in paranormal author Clarissa Johal‘s October Frights Blog hop.

2015 October Frights Blog Hop, #‎Octoberfrights‬

I will however give you a peek into my newest release: a zombie pre-apocalypse (if you will) novelette, Bicycle Requiem and have a tiny giveaway.  So do read on… A little set up. the main character, Teddy, hit a girl (Mara) who was out early one morning, riding her bike. Teddy, most unadvisedly, didn’t stop to help and the little girl died….or did she? Continue reading

Review: Last Man on Earth starring Vincent Price– October Frights blog hop–#‎Octoberfrights‬ #giveaway #zombies #movies

I am participating in paranormal author Clarissa Johal‘s October Frights Blog hop.

2015 October Frights Blog Hop, #‎Octoberfrights‬ Vincent Price, The Last Man On Earth, 1964 movie posterAs I mentioned in my last post, Richard Mattheson’s book I Am Legend has been made for the big screen more than once. The 1964 movie, The Last Man on Earth, starring Vincent Price, is just one. People around the world are dying from a mysterious illness Continue reading

I Am Legend review–#‎Octoberfrights‬ #giveaway #zombieapocalypse

I_am_legend_teaserSo every time I think of Halloween this subject comes up. What books and movies can I talk about? Well, I realize I haven’t done a review in a while. So, I pulled out my favorite of the last few years: I Am Legend. Yeah, yeah. I’ve heard a lot of people grumble about this movie, but I loved it. So! I thought why not. I’ll probably review Vincent Price’s 1964 movie version, The Last Man on Earth, later, so stay tuned.
The premise of Will Smith’s version of I Am Legend, the movie is  pretty much the same. Sort of. Continue reading

Introducing authors: #fantasy author Annie Douglass Lima–#indie #interview

Today, I have the pleasure of hosting my friend and fellow fantasy author Annie Douglass Lima. Her most recent release is an alternative history YA novel, The Collar and the Cavvarach, and I invited her here to tell you all a little more about it.

How did you first come to write fantasy? Continue reading

Vampires in Pop Culture–Movies #‎Octoberfrights‬ #giveaway

2015 October Frights Blog Hop, #‎Octoberfrights‬

vampire doll made by Cyndi.

vampire doll made by Cyndi’s Dollz

Vampires in pop culture

Silver-Screen Vampires
Hollywood has always been fascinated with vampires; from the early days of the industry with such classics as Nosferatu and Bela Lugosi’s portrayal of the Undead Romanian Count right up to the present day and works such as Dracula 2000, Interview with the Vampire and the (tragically underrated) Queen of the Damned, these beings are constantly recurring film stars. The most notable portrayal of him would have to be Christopher Lee:

Dracula and Bram Stoker Today–Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee: Hammer Horror interview 2001

Christopher Lee: Masters of Horror
Short Bio and list of his movies to 1999

The Dracula Myth
From HH : the UNofficial Hammer Films Site

Christopher Lee talks about his stint with Hammer Films and his role as Dracula

I’m not too impartial to Gary Oldman’s portrayal of the Count either. Now, that’s a rendition to swoon over, ladies but never forget…he’s a monster!

And the much maligned but actually quite good rendition of Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned starring Stuart Towsend, as Lestat de Lioncourt

And of course that giant of Pop Culture, Tom Cruise took his turn as Lestat de Lioncourt, and Brad Pitt took his as Louis… Or the creme de la creme Dracula portrayal by the inimitable Bela Lugosi.

They’ve all put some sort of stamp on the face of the vampire, and probably will continue to do so, for better or for worse! Some will no doubt fall flat on their faces (like USA/SF Channel’s Dracula, Prince of Darkness–for all that they tried, bless their dark hearts. ;))

And then there’s that paragon of teen angst, Twilight.

*cough* Well, I only saw the first one; honestly that was all I could stand. As bad as the novel is, the movie’s worse. *shakes head* High school was never like that for me, and me? been there, done that. Don’t remember it in quite that light, thanks.  But me, I prefer the “real” vampires. The ones that would rip a girl’s throat out without worry about it. This whole, emasculated, “mooning love slave” vampire thing…*shrugs* eh.

Whatever…. It’s done the author(s) well…For the moment. I always wonder what will be the thoughts on our “latest thing” a hundred years down the line. Will Twilight survive the test of time? We shall–or rather our descendants–see.

What’s your favorite portrayal of the vampire?

Thanks for stopping by. You can see the rest of the participants in the hop by clicking the blue button below. Happy Halloween!!

Greek Myth by author Stella McLeod


I’m pleased to welcome paranormal romance author Stella McLeod, who has a topic I’m sure most of you will find interesting. Greek Myth and how it tied into her latest release, ALWAYS HAVE AND ALWAYS WILL and she tells us a little about herself too. So, grab some coffee or your beverage of choice :) and enjoy!

Author: Stella McLeod
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Title: Always Have and Always Will
New Release Date: 1/10/15

Have you ever read about the ancient Greek Gods and wondered where they came from? Well the new paranormal romance released this week, Always Have and Always Will has the answer. This luscious romance set in the Greek Islands unveils the secret to Immortality discovered in Antiquity, reveals a young ancient warrior who has waited for over 2000 years for his lover to return to him and a modern reincarnated woman who cannot remember her past-life or him. Throw in his sinister twin brother, her best friend Menander, some living Gods and the murderer and you have a plot to die for. Continue reading