May 31, 2012

Review of the Avengers

The Avengers
I recently went to see the movie – The Avengers. The conflict and camaraderie between the characters moved the story along – the quips of Robert Downey Jr.’s Ironman, Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Chris Evan’s Captain America. Together, they have to learn to fight or perish by the evil forces created by Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. Even if you had not seen each of the hero’s stories, you can still follow the storyline.
This is a fast action paced movie, but there is still a character arc, especially with Downey’s Ironman who has to learn work as a team player rather than a Lone Ranger. He develops a definite working relationship with Ruffalo’s Hulk and draws him out of his shell. Downey’s Ironman pokes and fuels the conflicts among the characters, but without his smart quips the movie would have dragged.
There are bits of romantic tips between Hemsworth’s Thor and Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster who does not make an appearance in The Avengers, but is only mentioned as being in protective custody to ensure Thor’s cooperation. However, the movie does show a hint of a romance between Downey’s Ironman and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts, which is enough to offer an intrigue.
Of course, this movie ends on a note to guarantee a sequel. Since I had not seen the other movies, I left, went to Target and bought both Thor and Captain America. What did I think of those? That will be in another review.
If you want to see a movie which is action pact and has quips between characters, then this is a thumps up movie.

May 17, 2012

Welcome Lori Corsentino

Romance Author Lori Corsentino

Hi Lori, I’m so glad you could visit my blog.

Hi everyone! I’m really excited to be here today. I want to thank J.L. for having me as aguest. I hope you enjoy my musings on the month of May and my upcoming paranormal release, Destiny’s Awakening. Be sure to leave a comment and be entered to win a prize package including a copy of my upcoming release, Destiny’s Awakening, in your choice of format (eBook or print). I look forward to reading your comments!

I love the month of May. It’s a magical time for me. Spring has truly come, with her riot of colorful early flowers and trees decked out in varying shades of green. The whole world has once again come to life after a long winter’s snooze. In the mornings, the air is crisp and heavy with the perfumes of trees and flowers. The scents of the buds on the trees and the flowers opening their petals to the sun give the air a flavorful taste that only comes this time of year. At sunset, more magic appears as the day’s light gives way to clear nights. Evening shade fades into a darkness that’s filled with stars…and possibilities.

I like to think that Destiny’s Awakening, my first novel in the Tales of the Fey trilogy, is set in the month of May. My heroine, Evie, starts her story in the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains. There’s nothing she loves more than starting her day outside, in a lush mountain meadow as the sun rises over the eastern peaks. The only other things she loves more is finding a treasure from the past to examine and dream over. On this morning, she does just that. In a majestic mountain meadow, she finds a sword. Enchanted, she picks it up, and finds herself thrown into a world she never knew existed. There she meets her knight in shining armor, Prince Alexander. With him discovers mystery, love, and danger.

Here’s an exerpt for your enjoyment!

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She looked at the artifact. The shine of the polished metal beckoned her, seeming to glow with a life all its own. Just the thought of touching it brought conflict. Should she keep it with her? It obviously had something to do with her being where she was, but it was a weapon, and she may need it.

It wasn’t that she knew the first thing about wielding the long blade, but she was in trouble. Besides, having something was better than having nothing more to hurl toward an attacker than harsh language and an extended middle finger. That left her no choice. She scurried back and reached out as she had a moment ago in the mountain meadow, palming the hilt with both hands to lift the long blade. She was all in now, and a sword, even one that was enchanted, could be the difference between life and death.

As before, the blade emitted a thrumming noise and a low vibration when she touched it. Pulsations ran from her hands up her arms and into her shoulders. Strange. Just making contact with the metal strengthened and reinforced her.

With newfound confidence and weapon in hand, she turned to the right and moved toward the dark recesses of her selected alcove and its promised shelter. As she neared the haven, she discovered it wasn’t exactly the best hiding place. There was an even darker small room immediately behind it, sheltering who knows what. She shrugged. At least it provided some form of protection not available in the middle of the chamber.

She took stock of her surroundings. A shadowy figure in light medieval armor and chain mail lay atop the platform. The polished metal of the decoratively etched cuirass and spaulders covering his chest and shoulders glistened in the light, giving off a rich sheen. Matching gauntlets and greaves protected his arms and legs, and soft leather boots covered in light metal plating along his instep and the front of his calf encased his feet.

Was he dead? He was sure decked out for it. If he was, then was she in his tomb? Just then a booming voice broke the silence she was trying so hard to maintain.

“Please step away from the platform.”

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Bio: Lori’s love of reading has transcended to include penning her own tales of romance. She is experimenting with writing in several different genres, including paranormal – a definite favorite. “There is just so much you can do when you step outside the known world,” she explains “and creating a paranormal story allows you to take yourself and your readers anywhere your imagination wants to go!”

Destiny’s Awakening, the first novel in her “Tales of the Fey” paranormal romance trilogy is available June 7 in eBook and June 14, 2012 in print from 5 Prince Publishing. Visit her website at www.loricorsentino.com and follow her on Twitter @LoriCorsentino and on Facebook.com/LoriCorsentino.

April 29, 2012

The Healing Touch

With so many books out on healing, including mine, I wonder why people are interested in this topic. Is it because of the state of our economy? Or it more intimate that that? People struggle with work, relationships and day-to-day events. I would love someone to touch me and heal all my woes and make everything alright.

My character, Armond, can only heal physical illnesses. This doesn’t make his life a bed of roses, either. He experiences pain when he heals. His everyday life does not get better being a Healer for the Golden Demons.

The other books on healing whether paranormal, fantasy, or religious, all reach out to people about making their lives better. But like Armond finds out, the only person who can do this is you. I wish there was a magic pill, taking all of our troubles away, but there isn’t.

However, I find when you have a problem, even a major one, and you overcome it, the feeling is indescribable. I was in a job where my stomach hurt every time I drove to work. The problem was the job paid very well, and I felt trapped. I was trapped, because I did not look outside the box. I had a friend of mine who told me, “You’re at work the majority of the time. A third of your life is in something you hate. Is this how you want to spend your life?” Definitely not.

I was doing something I hated and could not move out of this position. I used to daydream about handing in my resignation.
I poured into my writing and perfecting my craft. I started getting contracts. A job opened up I wanted, but it paid significantly less. I relooked at my finances and took the plunged. Walking up to hand in my resignation was euphoric. I had control. Now, I do not dread going into work. By the end of Sunday night, my stomach used to ache, and I dreaded waking up on Monday morning, but not anymore. I look forward to my long drive to work and rock out to my 80’s music.

How can you heal yourself? In what ways can you dissect your problem and come up with a different alternative? Is it scary? Yes. Even if change is good, it is still unnerving. I wish you luck.

Oh, BTW, if you do know somebody like Armond who can either heal your physical ailments or take away all your problems, send him or her my way!

April 22, 2012

Dreams Do Come True

Healer, is my first book, in the Dare to Heal Series. Readers are always asking where authors get their ideas for me I had a dream and came up with the idea. My hero, Armond Costa, is going through the angst of adolescence, but learns quickly there is to more to growing up then ever dreamed. He does not know who to trust except for his friends who he considers family. Armond must learn to believe in himself and his abilities in order to save those who he loves. I hope you like the book. Healer is now available on the Featherweight Press website and Amazon in Kindle.
Below is an excerpt from my book:

I grabbed the wobbly banister and climbed the stairs two at a time to the attic.

A small stampede barged after me. “Going somewhere, boy?” Uncle Peter’s heavy footsteps trailed me. “You’ll never get the chance to heal.” His heavy panting echoed in the cramped stairwell. “Not…after…I…get…through…with…you.”

“Not in three days, you won’t.” Aunt Janet gritted her teeth. “I promise you that.”

Great, more pain. They could at least tell me what I did.

My hand shook as I whipped open my door. I charged towards the window. Freedom was only six feet away. Out the corner of my eye, an elephant size blur barreled right for me. I shrank, but Uncle Peter grabbed my arm and threw me.

As the room swirled, I crashed into the wall, knocking the wind out of me. Sweet Aunt Janet stormed over to me and backed me against the wall. “This. Is. Your. Fault.” With each word, she slapped me across the face and slammed my head like a Ping-Pong ball into the hard wood paneling. She wheezed and stopped. “Since it’s your damn fourteenth birthday tomorrow, they’re hunting you, putting us all in danger.”

God, her breathe stank of peppermint gum. Her hands reeked of her gawd awful rose perfume. A metallic taste swirled in my mouth. Blood again. My cheeks throbbed. “I don’t understand.” I rubbed my face. “Who can’t find me?”

“Shut up.” Aunt Janet folded her skinny arms across her flat chest. “I never should have agreed to raise you.”

Wiping my bloody mouth on my arm, I kept silent. That’s a laugh. Yeah, I was real grateful. Nothing like getting the crap beat out of you because you’re not a Martin. My last name’s Costa, my mother’s maiden name.

A motorcycle roared outside my window. Aunt Janet’s thin face paled. Her thin lips, smeared with red lipstick, pinched together. She dropped her arms. “It’s them. I know it’s them.”

I half-hoped it was Rusty Owens, my self-appointed protector. Rusty had long dark red hair and rode a fiery crimson motorcycle, but when I peered out the window, disappointment hit me. It was just some old gray haired guy on a blue bike.
I frowned. “So, whoever is looking for me rides a motorcycle?”
Holding up her arm, she clenched her fist. “Didn’t you hear me?” She took a step towards me.

I cringed and clamped my jaw tight. With her wild green eyes and spiky blond hair, she loomed over me like an Amazon ready to rip my guts out. I turned away. Never look a rapid dog in the face.

“Get a hold of yourself.”

I peeked back around. Sweat poured down Uncle Peter’s face, and a lock of fuzzy orange hair stuck to his forehead. He glowered at Aunt Janet and then slammed his fist into his oversized palm. “They can’t find him.”

I swallowed. Who? A lump of fear formed in my stomach. Somebody chased me, but no one would tell me who. But the thing that terrified me more was that Aunt and Uncle were scared.

Aunt Janet ran her hand through her sonic hedge-hog cut blond hair and paced across the floor. Her high heels clicked on the hardwood floor. “What will we do?”
“Keep him locked in the cellar. If he’s beat down…”

Yes, poor Armond. How will he get out of this one? Healer is one of my favorite books I have written and I really enjoyed the characters. Of course, I hope you feel the same way.
With spring in the air, I wish you all loads of sunshine. I know I’m tired of winter. Cheers to sunshine, fresh cut grass, and lazy days of summer!

March 24, 2012

Hunger Games

Today is the start of my spring break so I wanted to pick a good book to read for all of my hard work. I decided upon Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. As a writer I am always analyzing books, but what I noticed in this one was Collins’ world building. She drew me into the story right away and I was hooked. Her world building was subtle so as a reader, I believed what she was telling me. I felt I was living in apocalyptic North America.
However, I noticed she had problem with her character development. When she first described her character, her heroine sounded more like a boy, but this is minor and Collins corrects it. Collins has a knack for drawing the reader to care about her character and leaving hooks. Although it’s a grim plot, Collins is a master in her story. I’m looking forward to reading her story and hope to learn from her writing to help improve on my own writing.
I believe authors learn from the writing of others. It forces us to take the next step and pushes us to take risks. Plus, reading is fun. For me, it takes you to another world. When you look at your last fiction novel, what did you like about the author’s world building? I’d love to know.

February 22, 2012

Book Trailer

This is a book trailer on my new book, Healer. Fourteen-year-old Armond Costa discovers growing up is never easy.  He longs to be normal, but this is impossible.  He is the healer for the Golden Demons and if he stays with his chosen human family, Golden Demons die.  Can he live with this choice?

January 1, 2012

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

 Today is the first day of the New Year, and I am looking forward to 2012. Yes, one of the reasons is my book, Healer, will be released sometimes this year. I’ve already started writing the sequel, The Rescue. Will Armond rescue Gunnar or will Ryker find a new evil device to stop his plans? We will see.

I’ve even been thinking about the third one where the Fae will discover the location of the Golden Demons and align with the Dark Demons which spells trouble for Armond and his friends. Unfortunately, this will put Denver’s major water supply in danger. Armond needs to find someone to heal the lake before all is lost.

This will be the first time I will be attending the Romance Writers of America’s conference in Anaheim, CA. A slew of members from CRW are planning on attending and I think it will be a blast. Of course, one of the benefits is Disneyland. Did I mention I’m a Disney nut? Mickey, Minnie and of course, Captain Jack Sparrow!

I also will be attending ROMCON 2012 in June again and will have my book, The Healer, available. ROMCON plans to be a fantastic event again. I’m excited to be attending as an author and will be playing a character at their Monte Carlo Night. I hope to see you there!

These are some of the reasons I am looking forward to 2012. What are you looking forward to? Any big travel plans?

December 5, 2011

Christmas Meme

Oh! Oh! I’ve been tagged.

Christmas Meme is “an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.”

1) Eggnog or Chocolate?

I love Starbuck’s Nonfat Eggnog Cafe Latte.  Can’t get enough of it.

2) Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?

He definitely puts them under the tree.

3)  Colored lights or white lights?

I decorate the outside with white lights, but haven’t done it for the last several years.  I had some deer but their lights have faded.  Inside, the tree has both.  The colored and white lights make the tree soft.

4)  Do you hang mistletoe?

Only if Johnny Depp walks into my house!

5) When do you put your decorations up?

The day after Thanksgiving.  I love Christmas and like to enjoy my decorations!

6)  What is your favorite holiday dish?

Being Italian, we either have gnocchi or ravioli and I always choose gnocchi.  We call them sinkers, because they sink to the bottom of your gut.  We add mash potatoes to the pasta dough and make a production out of it.

7)  When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?

I watched Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Fred Astaire told me.  He didn’t lie, did he?  I’ll have to gaze into my magic snowball and see.

8)  What is your favorite holiday tradition?

We celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, which is an Italian tradition.  We used to have seven kinds of fish, but have dwindled the list over the years.  It was just too much food.  My father loves the fried smelts, and I have to admit I love them, too!  We’ve added mussels instead of having so many fried foods.

9)  What’s on top of your tree?

A gold angel who is holding a white rose in her hands.

10)  How do you decorate your tree?

I have many ornaments from all over the world and I like to gaze at them.  One of my favorites is a blue ornament from Syndey with the famous Sydney opera painted on it.  Another one is my Scottish bear from Edinburgh.

11)  Candy Canes:  Yuck or Yummy?  I like them in small portions.

12)  Which do you prefer?  Receiving or Giving?

I like to play Santa and spoil my nieces and nephews.  I’m already planning their gifts, but no I won’t tell.

13)  Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?

No peeking until Christmas Day.

14)  Do you remember your favorite Christmas gift?

As an adult, I wanted a white Winnie-the-Pooh bathrobe.  My parents made me hunt for it.  I still wear it.  I love it!

15)  Snow love it or Dread it?

I love a White Christmas, but unfortunately, most seasons are a brown Christmas.  However, the magic is still here.  You can feel it in the air.

16)  What is the most important thing about the holidays for you?

Being with family and friends.  I love the parties, the love and the happiness.  I have five dear friends who I’ve known for over twenty-five years and every year we exchange gifts.  I try to get them something special from my travels, and this year is no exception.  But I won’t say what I got, because they look at this blog!

17) What is your favorite Christmas song?

Hark the Herald Angel’s Sing.  Amy Grant’s version.

18)  What is the saddest Christmas song?

Christmas Shoes.  I watch the movie every year with Rob Lowe.

19) What is your favorite Christmas show?

There are so many, but I do love a Christmas Carol.  My favorite is with Alistair Sim.  In fact, I’m watching it right now!  Bah hum bug!

20) Do you ice skate?  No, I’m a skier!  Let it snow! Let it snow!

 

November 7, 2011

Edits for the Healer

I’m happy to say that I finished my first round edits. My editor will be reviewing my manuscript either this week or next. Currently, I’m working on the sequel, The Rescue, and will bringing back all the characters. Armond is deep in trouble again.  He just never seems to get it right, but he’s not the only one.  His counterpart, Gunnar, is struggling to figure out what to do and to complicate matters, he has a new “friend,” a Catalan dragon.  The Healer has a proposed release date of January 2012. Hope you all enjoy it.

November 1, 2011

Happy Scary Halloween

I hope you are all having a fantastic, scary Halloween. I am watching Paranormal State and plan to watch other supernatural shows like A Haunting. I recently saw Paranormal Activity 3 and thought it was pretty good, but have to admit, I like the second one the best. Which one did you like?
So…enjoy All Hallow’s Eve.