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July 30th, 2012

Mind Sieve 7/30/12

ArmadilloCon was this past weekend! Woot! (So this is being prepped early. Heh heh.)

 

 

 

 

 

Superman Official Trailer - love the repeated sonic booms!

 

 

From Nerdist News - Man of Steel poster

 

Batman vs Captain America In Real Life - Ultimate Fan Fights #1 from GakAttack. What's really fun is that at the end of the video, you pick who wins, which takes you to another short video with the victory for the side you like. Sweet!

 

One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful (5 Piano Guys, 1 Piano) from the Piano Guys. This is quite imaginative! 

 

The Runway Trailer - though already released last year in Ireland, looks like it might be coming our way? Looks rather fun!

 

From What If? Yoda - How Much Power Can Yoda Output? Science geekery at its finest! How fun!

 

 

Follow Your Curiosity: Some New Ways To Explore Mars from NASA. How cool!

 

 

Engineering Technology Revealing Secrets Of Roman Coins from Science Daily. Sounds like this technique could be super useful.

 

Halo 4: Forward Onto Dawn Trailer. Not bad! Not bad at all. :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pixar Insider Reveals The 22 Rules of Story Telling from Best Seller Labs. Good ones!

 

From Chuck (NSFW) Wendig - Ask A Wendigo: "Just What The F*** Do You Do, Anyway?" where Chuck speaks about his writing process. 

 

 

Huh. This almost seemed like the Science Mind Sieve~! Heh.

 

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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