Let’s go to the movies!

So I saw this on LiveJournal and decided to steal it because I was bored.

1. What was the last movie you watched in a theater?
I wanna say it was the last Harry Potter movie, but I’m sure I’ve seen something in a theater since then.  I just can’t remember what it was.

2. What was the first movie you ever remember watching in a theater?
The Little Mermaid, though it could also have been Pippi Longstocking.  If memory serves, I saw both of them when I was five, so it could have been either one. More exciting movie Q&A this-a-way!

Another good read

Here I am, back with another book plug.  This time, the book is The Legend of Dragamere, by Gretchen Steen.  It’s available from several outlets, including Amazon, Lulu, and Smashwords, and comes in both print and digital versions.  What’s it about?  Well, I’ll tell you!

 The Legend of Dragamere, by Gretchen Steen
Chelsey always knew she was different.  After reading an obscure fantasy novel, she sensed a connection.  Desperately seeking answers, she flies to England and befriends a handsome stranger, Damien.  They meet with the enigmatic Malcolm, who mysteriously reveals their joint heritage.  The facts are unbelievable; his claim…their bloodline.

In order for them to survive, they must go to the infamous castle Dragamere and break a thousand-year-old curse.  They are spurred on by a malevolent entity that has transcended time.  The cursed lovers’ archenemy proves to be a defiant foe and their journey becomes treacherous.

The curse is broken and so is the veil of time.  Chelsey and Damien find themselves in the past, united with the condemned lovers.  Together, they must face their evil nemesis and destroy him.  Will they ever return to their own time, and at what cost?

The Legend of Dragamere by Gretchen Steen

Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?  Go on, you know you want to read it! 🙂

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Upon further reflection…

…I’ve decided that some details on the books I posted about the other day would probably be a good thing.  So, I’ve got the scoop on all five books right here!

Cheyenne, a Timeless Series novel, by Lisa Wiedmeier
Murder, romance, secrets, and hidden pasts.  Deception from every angle – who’s telling the truth?  Cheyenne Wilson’s life is thrown into turmoil after her adoptive parents are killed in an accident.  With only her best friend Colt to comfort her, she scours through the family archives, hoping to quell her grief.  Instead she begins to unravel the mystery behind her birth parents, and her secret heritage.  She is a Timeless – a being that ages one year for every hundred human years when they reach their twenties – and of the royal line, destined to gain great power.  But Cheyenne has other problems.  The ones who killed her parents want her, too, and Colt is hiding something of his own.  Surrounded by danger and with few she can trust, Cheyenne must face the dark truth of her past and choose between a forbidden love that will forever hold her heart, or her destiny…

Toonopolis Short: Anchihiiroo, by Jeremy Rodden
In Toonopolis: Gemini, Anchihiiroo (aka Han’Eiyuu) is the former hero of Animetown who turns rogue after meeting the devious Shadowy Figure, forcing his creator to change him into a villain instead of the anti-hero he once was.  Yuki, the albino inventor of Wan-Wan, described Anchihiiroo’s background:

“He had a terrible childhood.  He was orphaned at an early age when his parents were killed in a war.  Then his orphanage burned down, and then a flood wiped out the town his orphanage was in.  He was the only survivor.”

Learn the full origin of Anchihiiroo, from his tragic childhood as Yoshi of Higeki to the warrior training that allowed him to put a stop to the Ninja-Pirate War that plagued Animetown.  Witness his relationship with the phoenix Suzaku and his inevitable rogue turn after meeting the mysterious Shadowy Figure.  It is a story about destiny and a young man’s desire to make his own path in the world.

The Myth of Mr. Mom, edited by Jeremy Rodden
The Myth of Mr. Mom is a collaborative non-fiction essay anthology written by stay-at-home dads that shares the personal stories of eight men from around the world.  Filled with humorous anecdotes and eye-opening personal experiences, The Myth of Mr. Mom is simultaneously inspiring and entertaining.

Toonopolis: Gemini, by Jeremy Rodden
Toonopolis is a cartoon city that is home to the thoughts and ideas of all sentient beings in the universe.  As the center of the Tooniverse, it acts as an other-worldly rest stop for these creations.  Gemini is a teenage human boy who is thrust into Toonopolis through his father’s scientific research program.  He loses part of himself in the process and immediately begins a quest to regain his lost memories with the help of his Tooniverse guide, Jimbob the Talking Eggplant.

After an altercation with a mysterious Shadowy Figure, Gemini’s mission is changed and he begins a new quest to defeat Shadowy Figure and protect Toonopolis from his nefarious destruction.  Along the way, he meets new friends, discovers just how diverse and strange Toonopolis is, and learns lessons about compassion, forgiveness, redemption, and being true to oneself.

The Banned Underground, by Will Macmillan Jones
What could be worse?  Having to take a holiday in the (rainy) Lake District in the North West of England with an aunt who turns people into frogs for a hobby?  Or battling the local dark lord, whose attempt at world domination starts with the nearby underground dwarf mansion and its enormous collection of used pizza boxes?  Or getting involved with a jazz-loving bog troll and his dwarfish R&B band?  Or is it being miles from a McDonald’s?  Join the teenagers and find out in this comical adventure where jazz and magic make a tongue-in-cheek laugh riot!

Whew!  I suppose that’s enough book pimpage for one day.  Stay tuned for news on other books!  After all, 2012 is the Year of the Alliance.  The Dark Lord said so.

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Plugging along

And now, as promised, to plug some books by some great people.  Most of these books are available in e-book format as well as hard copy and would make a great addition to any library.  I’ve got five to start with and will add more as I come across them.

For now, allow me to introduce my good friends Jeremy, Will, and Lisa!

Cheyenne, a Timeless Series novel by Lisa Wiedmeier

Toonopolis Short: Anchihiiroo by Jeremy Rodden

The Myth of Mr. Mom, edited by Jeremy Rodden

Toonopolis: Gemini by Jeremy Rodden

The Banned Underground by Will Macmillan Jones

Happy reading!

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New year, new posts!

Hopefully I’ll be better about posting this year.  I had hoped to post more in 2011 than I did in 2010, but I’m not sure if I reached that goal or not and I’m too lazy to look it up at the moment, so let’s all just pretend I did and move on.  You heard me, move along!  Nothing to see here, folks!

Okay, I lied.  There’s plenty to see here!

I plan to make a few changes to the site in the coming weeks as my free time allows.  Now that I’m working again, free time is once more in limited supply.  Still, I’m happy to have my old job back after a rough couple of months at the end of 2011.  Things are looking up for me: I’ve submitted three pieces for inclusion in a fantasy anthology with my friends in the Alliance of Worldbuilders, I’m doing a final edit on The Lokana Chronicles with a goal of submitting it to as many places as possible this year, and I’m working on an anthology of poetry plucked from the pages of this here corner of the blogosphere.  I’d like to put together an anthology of short stories as well, but I’m not sure about that yet.

In the meantime, I’m going to begin posting links to works by other lovely authors.  Karma, you know.  Also, they’re some genuinely lovely people who I’d love to help out.  Maybe if I ever finish my edits, they’ll be able to do the same for me someday.

And that’s about all the news that’s fit to print.  Today, anyway.  Happy 2012!

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