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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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Contest Time: All you have to do is comment to enter for a chance to win Monstrous Tales Volume 1. Good Luck! 

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.


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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?

Joss Whedon at “Make Equality Reality”

I had to share this:

Love this speech so much.

Happy Friday!


Music Mondays- 4/1/13

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

Imagine Dragons- Radioactive

The Next Big Thing…!

So I’ve been tagged my the ebil Missy Welsh person and the ebil Andy Slade person to do this. So here goes.

1. What is the working title of your book?

SI: Bachelor Auction: Mate Not Wanted

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

SI: It came to me over a year ago, I think, I wanted to do a spin on the Bachelor Auction theme but this time with a paranormal element.

3. What is the genre of the book?

SI: Paranormal, Interracial.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

SI: I know one actor, he inspired the Pierce character, David Dayan Fisher. He played agent Agent Trent Kort on NCIS. Piccie:

I’m not sure about who would play Madison, though.


5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

SI: What happens when a tiger claims to be the mate of a lioness who wants nothing to do with him?


6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency/publisher?

SI: Publisher, Etopia Press.


7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

SI: I’m still writing it, lol. I’ve gotten sick and then had computer issues but I’m almost done, I swear!


8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

SI: I’d say two books that’s are close is Seven Year Witch and Getting Familiar with Your Demon by the wonderful Jodi Redford.


9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

SI: Bachelor Auctions and the crazy things that can happen.


10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

SI: Menage action, bondage and great verbal foreplay and interplay.


Now I get to tag other people. Hmmm, who should I tag? I know!

I tag: Qwillia Rain, Willa Okati, Renee George, Keith Melton and Savannah Chase.

Here’s how it works, copy the questions, answer them and post them three weeks from when you are tagged and then tag 5 more people. Mwhahahaha!


Halloween Treats Bash!

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GothicScapes is a new “primarily digital venture” from three urban fantasy authors, Chris Marie Green (AKA Christine Cody), Nancy Holder, and Linda Thomas-Sundstrom.  “Urban Fantasy (x) 3” is their official motto, and what it means is that they are three authors who’ve banded together under one brand to bring you fun, emotionally touching, action-filled, paranormal stories three times a year, three novellas per collection!



There are many wonderful things about being an author.


One is that we get to make things up all day and spin them into stories that other people hopefully love to read.  Two, we get to wear our pajamas and write in bed.


Three, we get to go to conventions!


Just this year, GothicScapes authors Chris, Nancy, and Linda have been to Con-Dor, Comic-Con San Diego, Dragon*Con, and most recently, Stan Lee’s Comikaze.  It was only at the last one that we were able to officially debut as GothicScapes Gals.


Yes, that’s us in our GothicScapes shirts and smiles.  We were on a panel called “Kiss Them or Kill Them?” and it was about the differences between paranormal romance, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, and horror.  Mostly, we talked about relationships in the first two, and what a girl would do with a vampire in, say, paranormal romance as opposed to urban fantasy.  (You can use your imagination there.  <g>)


It’s always such a delight to meet people who come to the panels and signings.  As you can see, much fun is had:


That’s our own Nancy Holder, trying out a new look.  And she’s got our first cover in hand.  Lovely on both counts!


As we start off this venture, we’re centering our anthologies around holidays, starting with Samhain, and every story in this first collection, UNDEAD FOR A DAY, features undead creatures who roam the holiday night.  We’ll be following this book up with another soon after—STRANGE SPIRITS, which will be released in December.  That one will revolve around Christmas and the naughty and nice creatures that come with it.



But first…UNDEAD FOR A DAY, GothicScapes #1, coming to your e-reader in October!


Samhain.  All Hallow’s Eve.  A night when zombie-like revenants can be raised by a magic-using, ancient family to exact revenge on the hunter who wrecked their underground kingdom… A time when a redheaded blackbelt pits herself against warmongering witch clans…  A holiday that allows the Underworld to open and the creatures to pour out, their freedom governed by a gentleman’s agreement between the forces of Light and Dark.


Welcome to UNDEAD FOR A DAY, a collection of three novellas from a trio of reader favorite urban fantasy writers: Chris Marie Green, AKA Christine Cody (Vampire Babylon and Bloodlands series), New York Times Bestseller Nancy Holder (Wicked and Teen Wolf series), and Linda Thomas-Sundstrom (Vampire Moons and Wolf Moons series). 


“Raising the Dead” by Chris Marie Green (A Dawn Madison Vampire Babylon novella) reunites you with former hunter Dawn Madison, who hasn’t been the same since she retired from the life.  She’s tired and drained from injuries sustained during the team’s last stand against the dragon, but when the clock strikes twelve on Samhain, everything changes.  It seems that someone has sent raised-from-the-dark creatures after her, and they’re out for blood—as well as Dawn’s life.


In “Into the Fire” by Nancy Holder (A Story of the Favored,) Bridget Flynn leaps into a bonfire and goes from Samhain year wife at the first stroke of midnight to widow on the last. Caught in the middle of a feud between rival magical Houses, Bridget raises a battle force of her own. But can she survive in the midst of hot-tempered witches intent on destroying each other?


“Trapped in Stone” by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom takes us to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, where the forces of Good and Evil are playing a game of Chicken with one man’s soul, and the woman he loves is a major player in a challenge that has continued for a century.


We hope that you’ll give us a try and that you come back for more.  As a giveaway, we’d love to send three books to a winner—one surprise, signed backlist book from each GothicScapes author!  To win, just leave a comment or let us know what you’d like to see in paranormal fiction in the future!


Thanks so much for reading, you all!





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Music Monday Pick 09/17/12

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

Happy Monday!


Music Monday Pick 09/10/12


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


Happy Monday!