Sunday, January 3, 2010

Sunday Snips & Clips: It's a New Year!

We have a lot to chat about today in our Sunday Snips and Clips as we look at some great books, great movies and more. 2009 was a great year of highs and lows. I released two novels, began publishing the Daily Dose, visited a couple of radio shows and hosted more giveaways than I thought possible. The holiday blog giveaway was a resounding success. Our Spotlight On features have introduced readers to new authors (one of my favorite things to do) and I've read some fantastic novels, too many to account for. So today, we're just going to tackle the last two weeks since Christmas.

So kick back, pour yourself some coffee and enjoy our extra-long, half-café, low fat Daily Dose of your Snips and Clips for the New Year.

Deadtown by Nancy Holzner

A virus strikes the heart of Boston and drops every human in the vicinity. They die revealing all the survivors to be supernatural from witches to shape shifters to weres. What is worse than the sudden death of so many humans? When they rise again as a new race, one called zombies. This is the world you enter when you head into Deadtown, the localized area of Boston where the virus struck. This is the world that Vicky lives in.

Holzner creates a dynamic world where supernaturals are fighting for their rights and to be recognized. The truly horrific moments occur when you realize that only in Massachusetts (or Monsterchusetts) is the only place where supernaturals are treated as at least partial people – in other states they are just property. Vicky is a very likeable character who battles demons that plague people in or out of their dreams. She's also coping with a darkness from her past while at the same time fighting with a boyfriend who wants to use her in his crusade. I give this book a solid two thumbs up as a fun and entertaining read into a world where the monsters look an awful lot like normal people and the rest are treated like monsters.

Summary: Vicky's demanding job keeping the city safe from all manner of monsters is one reason her relationship with workaholic lawyer (and werewolf) Alexander Kane is in constant limbo. Throw ina foolhardy zombie apprentice, a mysterious demon-plagued client and a suspicious research facility that's taken an unwelcome interest in her family and Vicky's love life has as much of a pulse as Deadtown's citizens.

Order Deadtown today!

Guns Will Keep Us Together by Leslie Langtry

A good friend recommended Leslie Langtry to me and I have to say, thank you Nikki for the book recommendation. Meet Dakota Bombay, a smart, sexy and vibrant specimen of a man who just happens to work in the family business. His family business is assassination. He is a good family man, calls Mom back when she calls him, helps his sister when he's asked and always comes when Grandma beckons. It helps that when Mom says she'll kill you, she isn't kidding.

This book is laugh out loud funny, even the moments that leave you gaping and wondering did they really just do that? Yes – yes they did! I give this two huge thumbs up and I cannot wait to read the rest of the books in the series.

Summary: Dakota Bombay prided himself on his blond Bond image – bad-guy killer by day, lady-killer by night. Then his life gets both shaken and stirred by an irate grandmother demanding a marketing plan for the family assassination business, a precocious six-year-old son Dak never knew he had and a mysterious redhead who's erased his decades-old preference for blondes. Suddenly, the perennial playboy is knee deep in pie charts and thinking he may have found the perfect mom for his boy. She's smart, funny and directs a funeral home no less – what could be better? Now if he can just take out a team of rival assassins without getting himself killed, they can all live trigger-happily ever after.

Order Guns Will Keep Us Together today!

Editors and Preeditors Poll
I was tickled to see that I was up in the early nominations for science fiction and fantasy novels at Critter World's Editors and Pre-editors Reader Poll. Please Vote for Prime Evil at Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels.


This lush film by James Cameron deserves every accolade it has been given. The story is a classic tale of human corporate mindset raping the landscape for what they want without regard for whom or what gets in their way. The aliens are alien, yet empathetic. They live in complete symbiosis with their world. The story is compelling, magical and horrific all at once. I would add a parental advisory that I don't think this is a movie for young or sensitive children. There are moments of visceral danger, fear and anguish that really rend the heart.

When I walked out of this film, I experienced the same emotions I experienced after Dances with Wolves. I walked out of Dances with Wolves saying "I hate white people" and I walked out of Avatar saying "I hate humans!".

Sherlock Holmes

Robert Downey, Jr makes a fabulous Sherlock Holmes – a man whose mind thinks fifteen steps ahead of everyone else – even in physical activity. But for me, it was Jude Law that stole this film. His Dr. Watson was Watson – I didn't see Jude Law playing Watson, I just saw Watson. While I didn't care for some of the script choices, the characters were wildly compelling and engaging. I am looking forward to future opportunities if a sequel is made.

The Princess and the Frog

Disney returns to the cel animation that put them on the map in the first place. The tale of Tiana and Naveen is exceptionally well done and the music is foot stomping. Disney added many nice to the film and story that I enjoyed. In no particular order: color isn't the issue, money is and not wealth so much as the funds to commit to a dream. The empty-headed, wealthy friend is neither as empty headed nor as shallow as she appears. Her love and respect for Tiana was a refreshing change from the predictable. Naveen, the shallow prince, learns he's a lot stronger and more capable than he imagined. Ray – the Cajun Jiminy Cricket – offered an unexpected twist that made this story swoon worthy. Hats off Disney – you did good.

Top January Films
2009 gave us a lot of fantastic movies and 2010 promises even more. Here are my top picks for January films to check out this month.

*Daybreakers - Ethan Hawke will play a researcher who is working in the year 2017. At this point in the future, a plague has caused most of the world's population to transform into vampires. Humans are nearing extinction, and vampires are forced to farm humans or find a blood substitute before it's too late.

*Leap Year - Amy Adams and Matthew Goode star in "Leap Year", a romantic comedy that follows one woman’s determined quest to get married to the perfect guy…despite what fate has in store for her. When their four-year anniversary passes without a marriage proposal, Anna (Amy Adams) decides to take matters into her own hands. Investing in an Irish tradition that allows women to propose to men on February 29th, Anna decides to follow her boyfriend Jeremy (Adam Scott) to Dublin and get down on one knee herself. But airplanes, weather and fate leave Anna stranded on the other side of Ireland, and she must enlist the help of handsome and surly Declan (Matthew Goode) to get her across the country. As Anna and Declan bicker across the Emerald Isle, they discover that the road to love can take you to very unexpected places.

*The Book of Eli - The story centers on a lone hero named Eli (Denzel Washington) who must fight his way across the wasteland of post apocalyptic America to protect a sacred book that might hold the key to saving the future of humanity. Gary Oldman will play Carnegie, the despot of a small makeshift town deficient of standard necessities, services, and most noticeably, laws. Carnegie is determined to take possession of the book Eli is guarding.

*The Spy Next Door - Jackie Chan is set to star in "The Spy Next Door," an action-comedy which centers on a man (Chan) who is called to baby-sit his neighbor's children and winds up having to fight off secret agents after one of the kids inadvertently downloads a secret code.

*Legion - In the supernatural action thriller "Legion", an out-of-the-way diner becomes the unlikely battleground for the survival of the human race. When God loses faith in Mankind, he sends his legion of angels to bring on the Apocalypse. Humanity's only hope lies in a group of strangers trapped in a desert diner and the Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany).

*When in Rome An ambitious young New Yorker (Kristen Bell), disillusioned with romance, takes a whirlwind trip to Rome where she defiantly plucks magic coins from a "foolish" fountain of love, inexplicably igniting the passion of an odd group of suitors: a sausage magnate (Danny DeVito), a street magician (Jon Heder), an adoring painter (Will Arnett) and a self-admiring model (Dax Shepard). But when a charming reporter (Josh Duhamel) pursues her with equal zest, how will she know if his love is the real thing?

Check back tomorrow for the rest of my top movie picks for 2010.

Miscellaneous Wrap Up
Don't miss author Nikki Duncan's series in RT Magazine. She offers you intriguing insights and fantastic advice on finding the right agent for you. Don't forget to check out yesterday's smack down focusing on your favorite companion for David Tennant's Doctor Who. One lucky commentator will win a $10 Amazon gift certificate. Be sure to check back later this month for Spotlight Ons with authors Candace Havens, Nancy Holzner, Carrie Vaughn and more.

Have a fantastic Sunday!

1 comment:

  1. It will be great to watch The Addams Family, i have bought tickets from looking forward to it.