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My First Movie Monster- Monster Madness by Kelly Apple

Monster Madness 

By Kelly Apple

I just about squealed in excitement when I saw we were talking about monster-y firsts today. Nothing makes me happier than talking about first times. And monsters. The two together? MAGIC.

I’m not going to lie, it took me a while to pin down my first monster movie experience. I have a particular love for this genre thanks to the SyFy channel and their original movies. I’m looking at you, Frankenfish. And you, Mansquito. Oh, and you, Snakehead Terror. Basically, if you turn on the SyFy channel during any of their monster movie marathons, I’ve probably seen a good portion of them.

Because monsters ROCK, amirite?!?!

But back to my first. I remember having the pants scared off me when I watched Evil Dead II (which is not to be confused with Evil Dead 2 which is a remake or a sequel of the remake or… something) way back when. Oh, giant monster head breaking through the walls of that cabin to SWALLOW SOME SOULS, you scarred me for life. Thank you.

And, let’s face it, nothing beats having your own hand attempt to kill you in a wacky sequence that culminates in you chainsawing off the homicidal appendage only to have it return later to wreak more havoc. Oh, good times.

My unabashed adoration of monsters and all the shenanigans they can get into prompted me to create a character in my monster erotica series who happens to LOVE monster movies and the monsters in them. From werewolves to the Swamp Thing to any other monster you can imagine, she gets her kicks from fantasizing about them. What can I say? She’s quirky.

 

Monstrous Tales Volume 1 by Kelly Apple

MTV1-300Ari Colton’s always been a little different. She has a thing for monsters of all shapes and sizes, but she’s resigned herself to loving them only in her dreams. That is, until the day she’s abducted by one and finds an entire supernatural world right under her nose.

Now she has all the monsters she can handle and she’s loving every minute of it.

This bundle contains the first three books in the Monstrous Tales series and a never before published short story.

The Wicked Woods
Abducted from campus by a muscle-bound monster, Ari has a choice to make: Walk away or live out one of her wildest fantasies.

Wicked Games: A Monstrous Tales Interlude (never before published)
Ari’s decided to institute game night with her Guardian to learn more about him. So far, it hasn’t gone as planned. But Ari’s determined and her Guardian doesn’t stand a chance. Especially once their clothes start coming off.

The Wicked Wolf
Forced out of her green love’s arms by his duty to his people, Ari finds a werewolf willing to help ease her loneliness.

The Wicked Dragon
Waiting for her beloved to finish his breeding duties hasn’t been easy, but the dragon in Ari’s backyard is eager to please and Ari has always been a sucker for the strange and unusual.

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My First Movie Monster- Jodi Redford

Thanks to the awesomesauce Selena Illyria for inviting me to share my first movie monster experience. I’ll admit that when she mentioned the topic I had to really think on this one for a bit. You see, I’ve watched a crapton of horror and monster movies and it was TOUGH to remember where my love for this particular genre of film initially took root. But then the answer slapped me upside the head. SWAMP THING. Holy crapola, I’m kinda ashamed to admit that it took me a whole five minutes to recall the epic experience of this movie. For those not familiar with this cinematastic masterpiece, it stars the reigning queen of all things awesome and campy, Adrienne Barbeau, as well as another of my favorite actors, Ray Wise, who portrays Doc Holland—AKA Swamp Thing. One of the things I love about this movie is that the monster is actually the hero. Which of course means he gets the girl, right? I know what you’re thinking. A walking mutated plant-man. It’d be like dating a philodendron. Or worse, a podocarpus. But I guess when you’re trapped in the jungle and your options are limited, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. Let’s just hope that she’s got a green thumb, or that relationship is doomed.

 

Sweet Sizzle

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sweet-sizzle-fb-coverValentine’s Day—the bane of Rory Sinclair’s existence. Hard to forgive the one holiday responsible for the single most moronic decision of her life. If it was up to her, she’d skip anything to do with cupid, but with her business partner home sick with the flu, she’s stuck delivering a bunch of cookie bouquets to a local firehouse. Who knows, maybe she’ll cure her Valentine’s Day neurosis and heat up the mattress with a hunky firefighter. Her plan of donning some edible undies and getting her freak on goes up in flames though the instant she steps through the doors of Station 5 and spots Bennet Jackson—the man responsible for her decade long Valentine’s Day boycott.

No matter how hard he’s tried, Ben has never gotten over the innocent girl he foolishly let slip between his fingers. When Rory unexpectedly crashes back into his world, he figures it’s his only shot at righting the wrongs of his past and getting her back in his bed and his life. For good. Unfortunately, she has other plans. Ones that don’t include him. He’s well aware that she has every reason to despise him, but if there’s one thing he’s up for, it’s a challenge. Because there’s no way in hell he’s losing the woman of his dreams again. And this time he’s prepared to pull out every dirty, sexy, and hotter-than-sin trick to convince her to stay.

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My First Movie Monster

My First Movie Monster

By Selena Illyria

 

Recently I saw the new Godzilla trailer and I have a bit of a sad. Not so  much for the trailer, which is amazing, but that my dad isn’t here to see it. Godzilla was my dad’s first and favorite movie monster. When he was old enough, he started to collect the movies first on VHS and then on DVD. He even liked, got and would watch the Matthew Broderick Godzilla movie over and over again. That’s how much of a fan he was.

 

It wasn’t until recently that I realized that Godzilla was my first movie monster, too. Growing up I would watch the movies with my dad. I never really got the, I should be scared vibe. In fact, I adored Godzilla, even more so when they introduced Baby Godzilla. Ah, Baby Godzilla, where all he could do was rub his tummy and blow smoke rings, but you had to step on his tail to get, as my dad would call it, the halitosis breath.

 

I used to know all the names of the monsters on Monster Island: Mothra, Rodan (and his creepy twins whose purpose I never understood), Anguirus, Gorosaurus, Kumonga, Minilla, Baragon, Manda and Varan. Okay, I cheated on the last several and looked them up on Wikipedia. But I used to try and spot them and name them while watching the movie. My favorite movie was Son of Godzilla, I thought Minilla aka Baby Godzilla to me, was the cutest thing.

 

Fast forward a few years and there was the Americanized version of Godzilla in a new movie. He looked nothing like what I was used to. Scarier, more dinosaur-like and interestingly enough female. I don’t remember if Godzilla was ever said to be male or female and frankly I didn’t care. But this new version, wasn’t my cup of tea. It wasn’t the Godzilla a grew up with or loved.

 

Now we have a new Godzilla movie, with yet another, scary looking Godzilla. Check the Trailer below:

 

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Now at first I had my reservations when I heard that there would be a new Godzilla movie. The first version of the trailer intrigued me but I didn’t really think anything of it. With this second version, however, now they’ve got my attention. For the first time, that lovable monster, the one I grew up with, my first monster, he’s bigger, badder, scarier and I actually kind of like it. This doesn’t mean I’ll love the movie but I’m interested. Hopefully the filmmakers have done Godzilla justice and fans won’t be disappointed.

So, sound off. Do you want to see the movie? Are you excited that Godzilla is getting new life? Disappointed in it? Hate it? And what was your first Monster?

Music Mondays- 4/1/13

I’ve been hearing this song everywhere and it got stuck in my head.

Imagine Dragons- Radioactive

Music Monday Pick 09/17/12

This is a song that’s currently a theme for the third Draven’s Crossing book.

Happy Monday!

Se

Music Monday Pick 09/10/12

 

I rediscovered this little gem last week and had to post it.

 

Happy Monday!

 

Se

Music Monday 09/03/12

So, I’ve been doing a lot of Tarot as of late and every time I do a reading this song pops up in my head.

 

For those interested I use the Fever Deck that was made by fabulous Karen Marie Moning in honor of her awesome Fever Series.

Happy Monday!

 

Se

Updates

First, please help Mandy Roth. This is a great series.
http://mandyroth.com/blog/2012/05/04/not-gonna-let-the-series-die-help-me-save-it/

Also, I’ll be at a fabulous Cinco de Mayo part at the TRS Party site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to know more about the party goers? Check out this Cinco de Mayo Chat Reader’s Guide to find out more about the fabulous authors that are taking part in this wonderful party.

 

Hope to see you there!

Se

Hump Day Inspirations 04/25/12

Whatever you think you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace, and power in it. – Goethe

The Death of a Character

The reason for this post is because of a death on the series Being Human (UK). The death wasn’t a surprise to me, I knew it was coming and yet it still hurt because the character was so beloved, one of my favorite characters on the show. That death was necessary to advance the storyline but also as a way to prevent bad things from happening. I respect the writers of the show for going there and taking that risk.

Anyway, My first visceral experience of an author killing off a character, something that really shook me was J.K. Rowling *Spoiler Alert* Killing off Sirius. It was shocking, emotionally jarring and something that shook me to the core. I was right there with Harry when Sirius died. I still get a bit teary when I think about it.

Death in a story should progress the plot, it shouldn’t be just something for shock and awe. Another series that comes to mind that involves a lot of death is Game of Thrones. Each death progresses the story, pushes the characters and creates some new and sometimes odd dynamics. Death in a sense is a character itself, haunting each character whether it will come about due to political machinations or a battle or a situation of something they shouldn’t have seen you’re reminded that someone could die. No one is safe in that world even if we’d like to think that our personal favorites are.

I’ve read stories where the deaths of characters fits into the story perfectly. It doesn’t necessarily drive it but reminds of the setting the characters are in and just how wrong things can go if someone isn’t careful or things really hit the fan. One story that comes to mind was a Book Club pick for the Offerings group, The UnTied Kingdom by Kate Johnson, what happened fit in perfectly and was very well written. Another case for the death of a character is to really set the story off. The series that comes to mind is JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. In the first book, within the first few pages boom there it was. Both shocking and yet it sets the tone for the war between the Brotherhood and the Lessers. And another death that I thought of that was both necessary and emotionally sad was from the Vampire Babylon series by Chris Marie Green.

I’ve been thinking about death and characters and my own work both old and new. Don’t worry your favorite characters are safe…for now. But it’s still on my mind. I really admire authors willing to really go there. Killing off a character can really explode in your face if done wrong. So the question to authors is: How do you decide to kill off a character? What makes you decide to go that route?

And Readers here’s a few questions for you: How do you feel when a character is killed off? Does it make you not want to read the rest of the book? Not support the author? Do respect the author for making the decision they did?

To both Authors and Readers: What makes a death stand out? When it comes to villains do you feel that their death should be slow and painful or quick and creative? Are there any stories that stand out in your mind that involve the death of a character?

A bit of a warning: As Game of Thrones is really popular right now and in Season 2, which would set it in the second book, please avoid spoiling the other deaths for readers who are watching the show and don’t know. If you must discuss the death put Spoiler Alert in the comment before you discuss the death.