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Your Comic Book Alter Ego!

Your Comic Book Alter Ego!
By Chris Marie Green

Okay, admit it. Who here has ever imagined themselves as a superheroine with their own awesome comic book story? Maybe your tale has a bit of angst and drama to it, but in the end, you know your girl is gonna win.

I have to say that I’ve gone there, and my favorites are…

  1.  1) Elektra. Because she’s freakin’ badass, and even guys don’t like to mess with her. Yeah, she’s sometimes more like a dude, with her emotional unavailability (except for Daredevil, really, right?) and her assassin take-no-prisoners ‘tude. Just dare your frenemies to mess with you when you’re in Elektra mode.

  2. 2) Sara Pezzini. As one of the wearers of the parasitic Witchblade, Sara had a sucky life sometimes, but she wears weapon and its responsibilities well. I have had days when I thought that, if I could just look as good as Sara Pezzini, I would rule the world. You know how it is when you have a good hair day. How about a good body day? Also? Kick-ass wo-man.

  3. 3) Raven. True, this spawn of an interdimensional demon has total issues, but if you’re going to have PMS, you might as well have the teleporting and empathic superpowers to go with it. Also, if you watch Teen Titans Go! (Eee!), you know that Raven would be hilarious to hang out with because she cracks really good sarcasm-laden jokes. Much appreciated.

get-attachmentIt probably comes as no surprise that in my newest book as Chris Marie Green (PLUG!), The She Code, my main character Mandy has a comic book alter ego. And why not? She’s a twenty-two-year-old wannabe comic penciler, and her “other personality” is named Luka, a vampire/wolf hybrid. Whenever things get too heavy for Mandy with the dad who has just reappeared in her life, the novel goes into “Luka territory.” What I mean is that the book has comic panels to show Luka’s story, and they reflect Mandy’s own story, too. There are sketches, as well (also by Billy Martinez of Neko Press Comics), and those introduce what Mandy refers to as “the she code”—rules that govern how women coexist with each other.

As geek-girls, you all will be able to spot the many, many pop cultural references in the novel (comic, movie, book…just about everything!). And I’m sure you can relate to the rules, as well as the main story, which is all about how a long-time friendship deteriorates just as new ones are made in your early twenties. Those days were a time of great change for me, and I’m sure you’re story is much the same…

So do you all have any comic book alter egos? Who and why? Someone who comments will win a signed copy of Chris’ Night Rising, Vampire Babylon, Book 1! Winner will be chosen in three days, so stay tuned! Also, I hope you join me over at WattPad.com for a free, four-part serial short story that’s connected with The She Code. Part one of “Yes Girl” will go live Friday, 8/23, so I hope to see you there for reading and fun!

Buy links:

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/lwtsvrw

Barnes and Noble: http://tinyurl.com/mfonclj

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/Search?Query=the+she+code

Chris Marie Green is the author of the urban fantasy Vampire Babylon series from Ace Books and the upcoming Ghost for Hire series from Roc (Feb. 2014, Only the Good Die Young), which features a fun-loving spirit from the 80s.

She tries her best to avoid international incidents whenever she takes a break from her first love, writing, and cheats on it with her other true love—traveling. She has an alter ego named Christine Cody, who wrote the dark fantasy Bloodlands trilogy.

You can find her at www.chrismariegreen.com, join her newsletter, or hang out with her online at https://twitter.com/ChrisMarieGreen and http://www.facebook.com/chrismarie.green.

Why I watch the TV Show Chuck

Don?t worry I?m not going to do massive spoilers. I can?t do that to my friends on the West Coast or in Australia who haven?t seen it yet. Normally I don?t really blog about TV shows. I just say this is what I?m watching and leave it at that. But this time I wanted to do something. I know people have been wondering why Chuck and not say Law and Order or Heroes? Honestly I don?t know. What I do know is that I?m grateful to NBC for keeping the show alive (Pleeeaaassse give us a whole 22 episodes season, pleeeeaaassseee).

To be honest I didn’t watch in the beginning. Too many freakin shows on at the same for me to watch. But I became curious after reading my friend Chris/Crystal Green’s Chuck recaps (her show recaps rock!) on her blog. Then I saw one episode and was hooked. I had to see them all.?Chuck isn?t a show that many will get. It?s not as complicated as Lost or as flashy as 24. It didn?t get lost in its mythos like Heroes did. At the core of the show, at it?s heart, the show is about Chuck and those that Chuck loves. His family. He may not be an uber spy like Bryce Larkin (Dear God, Matt Boomer is gorgeous) nor is he as suave as James Bond. He does bumble and fumble but he means well. In his heart of hearts he is a good guy, a sweet guy. He may not be your first choice but he is the guy who will go over to your house with your fav ice cream and a playlist of all your favorite songs if you?ve had a hell of a day. He?s the guy who will be there for you no matter what.
Chuck is the type of guy who will do the right thing no matter how much it hurts him. He?s the guy who will sacrifice it all for those that he loves even if it means risking his life. He is all about family: Ellie, Awesome, Morgan, Sarah and Casey. Yes, even Big Mike and, um, well, Jeff and Lester. Yeah them too. And that?s what we love about him. He?s loyal to a fault, good hearted, well meaning and a sweetheart. And yeah he?ll dress up for Comic Con and drag you along but you?ll have a hell of time there. He?s a dork but he can laugh at himself and he can fix your computer, pretty snazzy, I know! LOL.

Chuck is neither hip nor the hot, happening, it show of the moment. It just is. Season 3 had its ups and downs and there were gripes but this finale shows us yet again why we love the show, the writers and actors. There was action, humor, moments that made our hearts melt and there was a pay off (those wicked, infuriating, clever, wonderful writers). Looking back I feel as if over the seasons it?s been a natural progression, very organic, never hurried. The writers took their time. Nothing felt crammed in or over the top to me. There didn?t seem to be a need to outdo last week. Although for a moment there, some episodes made me wonder if I was watching a season finale and they didn?t tell us. LOL.

I for one think 3 months or however long we?ll have to wait for the new season is too long. But it?s worth the wait. This TV show Chuck is a keeper. And I can?t wait to see where they take us. To me the finale didn?t feel like an ending, it felt like just the beginning of a new chapter. Sorta like Supernatural, a reboot of sorts. Okay enough of my blathering. I return you now to your regularly scheduled program whatever that may be.
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Oh and watch White Collar on USA Network (or whatever channel it airs on where you are). How can you resist those gorgeous blue eyes of Matt Boomer’s? Seriously, he?s just gorgeous. I said that already didn?t I? Am I drooling? Sorry. *blush*

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Why I Wrote Vampire Babylon by Chris Marie Green

I wrote my Vampire Babylon series for a few reasons. I wanted to:

  1. flesh out a hunter who was kick-ass yet vulnerable.
  2. have fun with a group of characters (and I do mean the quirky kind) who would serve as a hunting team.
  3. do a bloody, gritty, neon-on-the-dark-rainy-streets infused mystery.
  4. create some vamps of a different stripe.

So I started playing around with an idea that fused many of these elements. Since I?m pretty much a storage unit for pop cultural tidbits, I took all of the above, mixed it with a ?Charlie?s Angels? type boss (who?s also a bit of the Phantom of the Opera), resurrected one of the most well-known urban legends of the silver screen (the ghost boy from THREE MEN AND A BABY), and gave it a spin.

Poof?my first Vampire Babylon trilogy was born, stretching awake through (and under) the gothic, noir streets of Los Angeles.

But here was the thing?this story about an erotically charged Hollywood Underground was so big that I knew I wouldn?t be able to tell it all in just one book. So I looked at HARRY POTTER and how J.K. Rowling used a mythology that spanned seven books?stories in which the big bad villain wasn?t put to rest until the very last installment. I looked at the fascination with LOST. And I decided that my story would be best served by using a longer trilogy arc.

It was chancy. Although there?s a central mystery that?s solved by the end of each book, there were mystery, mythology, and character threads that wouldn?t be tied up until the third book. But in NIGHT RISING, MIDNIGHT REIGN, and BREAK OF DAWN, I feel like things did come to a satisfying close?

Until Ace asked me to write another three books.

And I was ready, because I had a yen to explore one of the most haunted cities in the world?London. Also, I had an idea for some vampires who had a lot in common with certain fairy tales. Basically, this second trilogy features what I consider to be the scariest vampires of all?young girls who are lured by an older man making promises to them. Promises he, of course, has no intention of keeping. And, let?s be honest?you never want to tick off a teenaged girl. (I would?ve been the biggest nightmare vampire of all, way back when!)

The first two books, A DROP OF RED (book 4) and THE PATH OF RAZORS (book 5), show you a different underground than the Hollywood one, and the trilogy will be closing out with the third installment, DEEP IN THE WOODS (book 6), on March 2, 2010. I had such fun doing this trilogy?I got to travel to London, where I blocked out scenes in Highgate Cemetery and Southwark. And when you get to research something as interesting as the effect fairy tales have had on society? Icing on the cake.
If you?ve read the previous five books, thank you from the bottom of my arguably dark heart. : ) If you?d like to start, the books are out there just waiting for you to snag them?much like the things that exist under the ground, watching, waiting?wanting.

I?ll be giving away a signed copy of THE PATH OF RAZORS, Vampire Babylon, Book Five, to someone who comments on this blog. Check back tomorrow for the winner!
Enjoy!

Happy Hunting,

Chris Marie Green

www.vampirebabylon.com

TV Spotlight: Supernatural by Chris Marie Green/Crystal Green

(I tried my best to be spoiler free for those of you who haven?t yet experienced the awesomeness!)

There are some shows you watch just to be entertained.? These are superficial, pass-the-time programs that leave no mark on you.? In fact, by the end of the season, you have trouble recalling some of the episodes.? You do not relate to the characters at all.

Supernatural isn?t that show.

Take two brothers who have daddy issues, mix-in their opposites-are-fun-to-watch chemistry, put them on a road trip filled with ghost stories, pathos, demons, and the apocalypse, add a dash of gorgeous hunk of men and you?ve got a Thursday night full of awesome.? And lest this all should sound very glossy, it?s not.? This show has made me laugh because I love the characters so much.? This show has thrown me into the pit of despair because of the decisions those characters make.? This show has scared me because, unlike some mainstream TV programs,?Supernatural refuses to pull its punches?there are always consequences for actions, and that?s the genius of the drama here.? We go through the hole to a dark, frightening, sometimes hilarious Wonderland with our avatars, the Winchester brothers, and we suffer right along with them.

I?m only a recent convert.? For some reason, I didn?t know how fantastic this show was at first.? But then I heard all the whisperings on the ?net about this storyline or that character on?Supernatural, and I was intrigued.? People would tell me that I?need to tune in, so I obeyed.? And happy I am.

Why?? Here are a few reasons:
1.The storytelling doesn?t get any better than this.

The seasons all have their own arcs and climaxes, but the creator, Eric Kripke, had a full vision for the entire series.? That means we have a lot of satisfying continuity, such as the payoff of several mysterious elements that showed up in earlier seasons (for example, Croatoan and the Meg demon).? Also, along with the longer arcs, we get great twists on ghost stories and urban legends we?ve heard before, but they?re all solved Winchester style, with smart-ass cracks from brother Dean and puppy-dog sympathy from brother Sam.? The series treats its audience with respect; I mentioned that it pulls no punches, but it also strives to be clever.
2. The series never lingers too long on a mystery.

Supernatural knows just how and when to solve something.? Just when you think a plot is played out, another twist will come along and keep you very, very interested.
3. The writers have juevos.

They have the guts to explore things that might scare a lot of other staffs.? For those who?ve seen the series, I point in particular to Sam in season 4.? And Ruby.? And Bela.

4. And just in case you?re not yet convinced?

Dean and Sam are hot.

I recommend first renting the DVDs.? You?ll want to know everything about the Winchester brothers and what they?re facing.? Believe me, it?ll be worth the investment.? : )

Chris Marie Green, who writes urban fantasy, also creates romances as Crystal Green and writes a blog entry about Supernatural every time a new one airs (www.crystal-green.com).? Her latest release is?The Path of Razors, Vampire Babylon, Book Five, which continues the adventures of Dawn Madison and her vampire hunting team.? Book Six,?Deep in the Woods, will be released March 2, 2010.? To learn more, you can go to her Web site at?www.vampirebabylon.com or follow her at Twitter at?http://twitter.com/ChrisMarieGreen.