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November 7th, 2011

Mind Sieve 11/7/11

Welcome! Loads of things to share!

 

 

  

 

 

 

Flight of the Konkordski - Russia's TU-144 and the deep mystery/conspiracy surrounding the disaster. Post by Holmes.

image from concordesst.com

 

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol featurette from Total Film.  Tom really did do all the stuff off the building in Dubai. Dang!

 

Two clips from the forthcoming Twilight Breaking Dawn part 1 over at The Hollywood Reporter.

 

 

 

From Total Film, first official images of Tim Burton's remake of Tim Burton's Frankenwennie.

 

 

 

The Myth of the Pumpkin by Donna Newton. Some cool pumpkin photos. The birthing one is just amazing. lol.

 

Over at the YA Authors You've Never Heard of Blog, Kim Baccellia shares some Urban Legends. Including The Weeping Lady, The Blue Lady, and the Chupacabra.

 

From TL Jeffcoat - Weapons Weekly: The Kusarigama of the Ninja.  Has a cool little video showing it's us in action if you've never seen one.  :)

 

Dr Who - "The Ballad of Russell and Julie" Wrap Party Special.  This is a hoot! With Davids Tenant, Katherine Tate, and John Barrowman doing a tribute to Russel T Davies and Julie Gardner. ROFL!

 

Designing from Bones by Gene Lempp - Zoo Arcane - Evil Little People.EVIL! Eeeeevvvvviiiillll little people! (So don't be messing with me, bub!) :P

 

Examiner.com has a cast picture of the "Hunger Games" as well as cast reactions.

 

 

Festival of Late Bloomers (as in writers) Day 2: Fairy Tale Tuesday by Debra Eve. Cool article on Charles Perrault author of Tales From Mother Goose!

 

Book Trailer for Rachel Caine's latest in her Morganville Vampire series - Last Breath. (If only mine could be this cool! Waaaaahhhhh!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Media 101: Klout by Grmln (Twaitter) - Nice quick article telling what it's about. Weirdly enough I signed up on it last week after it was mentioned on a blog last week. I must have been a good girl because it started out at 36 and is now at 46. It's weird stuff.

 

Billie Joe Woods explores the question What if I don't Have a Book Trailer? (I can't say whether they do anything or not, but I have one for each of my books now! Bwahahahaha!)

 

How To Win the Hearts of Bloggers - Scoring the Book Review, Guest Post, or Interview by Kristen Lamb.

 

The Life Cycle of a Blogger - 10 Stages by Roni Loren. Lol. Worth it just for the insane pics alone! Hee!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Inkslinger's Invocation: The Writer's Prayer II by Chuck (NSFW) Wendig. Booyah!

 

Scarier than Halloween - Bad Clauses in Publishing Contracts blog post by Agent Kristin. 

 

Guest post by Barbara Baig on How Deliberate Practice Can Make You An Excellent Writer.

 

From John M Cussick - Ten Surefire Ways to Turn Off a Prospective Agent. Yeah, DOH!

 

25 Things You Should Know About Writing Advice from Chuck (NSFW) Wendig.

 

Kristen Lamb - Keeping Focused and Nailing the Pitch - Understand Your Seed Idea. Kristen uses the word log line to also equal pitch. But to me they're something else altogether? I'm probably wrong though! Heh.

 

A MUST READ!  Writing Ain't Easy by Rachelle Gardner. (Why I was just having this mental conversation with myself the other day! lol.) Just good stuff to know. :)

 

 

Okay, ya'll if this doesn't keep you busy for a bit, nothing will! Heh heh. Enjoy!

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

Novels


JEWEL OF THE GODS

(2015) Fantasy

The King is Dead! Long Live the Undead King!


Excerpt:
"What are you implying?"

The magister glided forward and scrunched down beside him.

"That in order to bathe, you must first actually get into the bath."





INNER DEMONS

(2014) Urban Fantasy

It took everything from her, except revenge!


Excerpt:
The muscles in my right arm jerked from tension as I tried to make it move and it resisted. A shrill scream inside my head insisted I didn't want to do this. That if I did, there'd be no way to take it back. "I...I'm afraid."



THE PRICE OF MERCY

(2011) Young Adult – Fantasy

Which is worse…the monster without or within?


Excerpt:

Home—family—the two things he would never have, the two things forever denied him…because of her.

Anger welled inside him, the heat of it suffusing him to the core, gurgling with seething emotions the total opposite of the coolness splashing down from the fountain nearby. Before he realized what he was doing, Jarrin stepped inside the gazebo.




CROSS-EYED DRAGON TROUBLES
(2007) Young Adult – Fantasy
“Harry Potter meets Dragon Riders of Pern”

Excerpt:

“Do you need any help?” she asked. “Just tell me what you want me to do. If you prefer, I’m sure I can round up at least a few people to come over and give you a hand.”

Kel slowly shook his head. “It’s all right. Thanks anyway.” His voice lowered to where she almost couldn’t hear it. “This is all part of my punishment.’

She frowned, not understanding what he meant. “Punishment?”

Kel cocked his head in Clarence’s direction. In a flash, she understood. None of this was an accident. Clarence had landed there deliberately, hoping to make Kel pay for all he went through in the past month. She shook her head, not wanting to believe this, but what the dragon said next took any doubts right out of her head.



WILLING SACRIFICE
(2008) Young Adult – Fantasy
“To save the world she must DIE! Or must she?”

Excerpt:

Panic and fear filled with utter helplessness made her dizzy. She knew what would be done with her, she knew what they planned. But there was nothing she could do to stop any of it.

Sharp gasps echoed in her ears as she felt the room’s cold air caress the Eye.

“You were right. She is the one.”



IN THE SERVICE OF SAMURAI
(2002) Adult/YA – Japanese Fantasy Adventure
“The Last Samurai meets Pirates of the Caribbean”

Excerpt:

Laying the blade on the floor before him, Toshi parted his kimono until his stomach lay exposed. He tucked his sleeves beneath his legs to hold him upright if he should falter. Ignoring Asano, he took up the blade. His shoulder flared with pain and he tried not to flinch, as he grabbed the blade with both hands. He turned the wakizashi until its sharp point was aimed at his belly, the residence of his soul.



VASSAL OF EL
(2004) Adult/YA – Fantasy Mystery
“He tried to forget his past, but his past wouldn’t forget him”

Excerpt:

Torren took a step back a sudden shudder racking through him. It was as if he’d never left, as if the boy he’d been would be coming back-though the one who’d loved this room and all these things was long, long dead. That boy died when he’d watched his father’s blood pour forth from his mouth, the end of a sword protruding from his abdomen. That boy died when he survived while everyone else lay dead.

Info, sample chapters, and free reads at www.gloriaoliver.com

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