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April 23rd, 2012

Mind Sieve 4/23/12

Howdy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mammoth Attacked By Lions, Butchered by Humans from the History Blog. What's quite cool about the post is the info on the mammoth itself and its strawberry blond light hair! 

 

 

Came across this article from Giant Robot on Otomo Katsuhiro (an awesome manga artist and story teller.) But better yet was the giant composite picture about the exposition here. Just keep scrolling down. 

 

 

 

Stranger Danger - A Cautionary Tale  - since this was written and directed by Misha Collins (aka Castiel from SPN) and he's a total HAM. This is not your typical story. lol.

 

 

 

The Future: Snap and Share Photos Using Augmented Reality Glasses from PetaPixel. Cool concept! But since the video made me a little dizzy, I'm hoping it won't be quite that jerky when worn. Several of the features seemed quite cool. The Future is NOW?

 

The Secret Service And It's Not-So-Secret Booty Call by Holmes. Nice insight into the Secret Service.

 

 

First 'Django Unchained' Poster Unveiled from The Hollywood Reporter. A new Quentin Tarantino film set in the 1800s! Could be fun!

 


 

American Animal Trailer - this sucker looks bizarre! Has several actors in it that I know though. 

 

 

The Host Gets A First Poster from Total Film. 

 

 

 

Designing From Bones - Fairy Chimneys by Gene Lempp. (Love that pic!) 

 

 

Found more info on Goreme, Turkey and the underground cities here. Hee!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pinterest and Blogging: 7 Keys To Success from August McLaughlin.

 

7 Traffic Stars You Should Know About Your Website Or Blog from Tony Eldridge. 

 

From Tony Eldridge - Authors Den - Free Marketing With A Punch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Chuck (NSFW) Wendig - 25 Reasons I Hate Your Main Character. Ouch! 

 

How To Dish Out Backstory In Digestible Bites from Roni Loren.

 

A Long Look At Show Don't Tell from Chuck (NSFW) Wendig.

 

 

 

Until next time!

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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