Crossroads Tour 2011

Hey y’all! Well, I just wanted to let you know about a cool blog tour, Crossroads. Now, you may already know that my books are not really YA (young adult) so I thought for any of you out there with wee ghouls and monsters who like to share your love of all things spooky and supernatural, this would be a fun Halloween blog tour for them,!  It runs from October 22 – October 29th. Good luck!!

*Added note (since I’ve already had a very good commet put forth): This tour is not just for tweens, anyone can participate! We all know how YA is not just for the young-ins anymore! Anyone can follow the tour and enter for the SWAG. How can you say no to that?

HOW THE TOUR WORKS: (as taken from Judith Graves blog)

Each day of The Crossroads Blog Tour, a new research question will be revealed on The Crossroad Blog Tour main page: http://judithgraves.com/events/the-crossroads-tour/crossroads-2011/ and each day the answer to that question will be found within one of the different blog posts by Crossroads Tour authors. Your job is to get the question, read the blog posts, and collect all answers by the end of the tour, on Halloween.

Answers are to be emailed to bridgesocialmedia@gmail.com by October 31st at MIDNIGHT. Winner of the grand prize will be announced on November 1st, the DAY OF THE DEAD.

Follow the tour on Twitter: @TheCrossroadsBT

And Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Crossroads-Blog-Tour/218310244897337

Getting Ready For Halloween

Hey ya’ll! Well it is only October 5th and of course I have Halloween on my mind! Last year I had participated in a blog hop and had a blast doing so, so I figured why not again?! This year I must say, for any of you who may follow my blog, the prizes this year are awesome! Not only could you win all three of my books: Beyond the Threhold of Death, Resurrected and Awakened (as ebooks), you could also win a kindle too!! Now how cool is that? The banner below says it all! I will have more details soon.

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Finding filming locations — 101

*Disclaimer: This post has nothing to do with writing or publishing. It does however involve me getting my geek on!

As some of you may know, I had gone to Vancouver, B.C. for a Supernatural (TV series) Convention at the end of August. I have been home now for 7 days and I am starting to feel normal again.  Having arrived a few days before the event began and staying a couple days after, not only was the convention a blast, I was able to find an active filming location which was just an added bonus!

On my first day in Vancouver, I arrived shortly after 9am and as I turned my phone on after landing I recieved a tweet about a confirmed filming location for Supernatural. Well, what can I say, the idea of checking it out was very exciting.  Once I hooked up with my friends at our hotel room, we figured out a game plan and before I knew it, we were on a bus heading for this supposed filming location.  At first, as we approched Point Grey School, it was looking pretty good with spotting signs that read: Crew Park and with an arrow. I think we all silently squeed. (I told you, there was going to be mentions of getting ones geek on!)

So after walking around a bit, I followed a hunch and seperated from my group. I had spotted more orange cones and HAD to check it out. So as I walked, I noticed big ol’ semi’s and trailers with their doors open to reveal what looked liked filming equipment, but what the hell did I know about filming? So I kept on going. Then I saw a few guys with walkie talkies and then even more trailers and two matching RV’S. “OH MY GOD! This has to be something!” I thought to myself. And then I saw it — the Impala! As we contained our fan-girl moment (we didn’t want to be shooed away, nor seen as super crazy. We were OK with just a wee bit crazy though.) at actually finding a location.

The Impala (the black car for those who don't know)

Once we calmed down, we took pictures of the Impala from a distance, which was maybe twenty feet away and eventually spotted the “duck pond.” This too was a cool find. As the time passed, we chatted amongst ourselves, with a few other fans who had found the site and with a couple of the transportation crew.  It was because of his info that we stayed for as long as we did. He had let us know that they would be breaking for lunch and would be all coming here. Well to our delight, we were totally flabbergasted as to who eventually parked right in front of us. Like RIGHT IN FRONT OF US! It took me a good moment to realize that the guy who stepped out of the passenger side was James Marsters (AKA Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Angel) He was only like four feet away from me when he got out of the car and made his way for the food tent. Then to add to the excitement, Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia from Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Angel) got out of the back seat drivers side and she too made her way to the food tent. They both waved and said hello. I remember saying after the fact, “Holy cow! Spoiler alert!” Because I had only heard that Charisma was going to be on the show.

Charisma, me & my friends. Aug. 23/11

Shortly after they arrived, they ushered us across the street, which I could understand, but we never approached them nor did anything stupid, other then gush at the sight of them. However with that said, Charisma was such a sweetheart and actually came across the street after her lunch to say hi, take pics with us and sign stuff. And for James’ photo, we actually totally didn’t expect that at all! We were all getting ready to leave, we had been there for over four hours and we had seem some stars and they were hiding Jared and Jensen, so I figured better not push our luck, we totally had an awesome day. So as we crossed the street back to where we were originally, where all the RV’s and crew  and such were, I totally missed that James was hopping back into the car. It wasn’t until my friend said goodbye to him that I turned to see him there. So, seeing that there were just the four of us there, he hopped back out and said, “Ok, a quick one.” That was very awesome of him, because he didn’t have to. I did feel bad for him though because as we had our picture taken, the small gaggle of girls who I had thought had left, came charging across the road to get pictures too. I said sorry to

James Marsters, me & my friends. Aug. 23/11

him, doubt he heard it, but I still said it none the less. All giddy we began walking back for our bus stop. I thought that was to be the last of the excitement until I saw Jared! I turned around and gave my friends a look and pointed. I wasn’t going to yell it out and make it all awkward. I was excited to just see him outside of a Convention. I only saw him briefly. It was only when Clif, Jared and Jensen’s body guard, drove past me did I see Jensen, who sat in the front seat and Jared in the back. Smiling, I waved and all three guys waved back and my heart melted a bit.

This was my first experience at a Supernatural filming location. I had met others who had been to many a set and had always had a wonderful time with the crew, and sometimes even the cast. I am delighted to say that the rumor still stands — everyone is nice and has a great sense of humour. As long as the fans who do manage to come across a filming set continue to be respectful, this relationship will continue to blossom.

Oh, I have more stories about filming locations, but I fear I mustn’t push my luck and keep on rambling about it. But I will say that without even trying, we walked through a filming location for Fringe the next day! For all I know, I could be an extra! Oh, I love Vancouver! It’s a good thing I don’t live there. I’d get no writing done, I’d be off trying to find more excitement!

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Supernatural Book Deal!

Since I will be attending the Supernatural (the TV series) Convention August 26, 27 & 28th in Vancouver, Canada, I thought I would offer an awesome book deal for anyone who may be interested in my novels! Here’s the details:
1 book for $20, 2 books for $35 & all 3 books for $50!! You can save up to $10 as well as those pesky taxes! Who doesn’t love a deal? Just contact me if you are interested so I know how many to bring along! erikaauthor@erispublishing.com
Don’t be shy, take advantage of this spectaculacular deal! *boop*

TV Vampires

I thought I would do a light, fun post about vampires in TV.  For as long as I can remember it seems, I have always loved the idea of vampires; either it be they are evil, ugly beasts or romantically dangerous creatures of the night. I will say that I am a bit of a snob when it comes to how I want to experience the vampires in a movie or TV show. I like the vampires that actually act like vampires. I prefer the ones that cannot go into the sun, have fangs and have to drink blood to survive, but I can be swayed if done well. I know there are people trying to ‘re-invent’ the genre to make it new. But really, does it need to be? Not really in my opinion. You just need a really good story with great characters and twisting plotlines!! That’s what makes it a gem! Not changing the vamp lore with vampires that can go into the sunlight and when they do they sparkle. Sparkle? Really… Okay, I will stop with that now.  Hey, kudos to Meyer, I’d love to sell the amount of books she has.

With all that said, over the years there have been a quite few vampire shows and I will always check a new one out. And I will admit that there are some of them, like when Buffy The Vampire Slayer first came out, I actually didn’t like it at first.  I think the hokeyness of it was hard to swallow, but with not much else on at the time, I came back to it and as it matured and the story lines became darker, I was hooked! Another show that took me quite a long time to get into was True Blood.  I found it so cheesy and the show that actually made me not watch for a while after was episode 4 “Escape from Dragon House” when  Jason suffers the effects of taking vampire blood. If you’ve seen the show, you know what I’m talking about. When I was talking with a fellow author friend, of which we share the same genre, she had told me to not take the show too seriously and just go with it. Well, I gave it another go, and yes, I have managed to get up to season 3. I am currently waiting to watch the newest season. Now, it’s not my most favourite show ever, but I do enjoy it now.

So as you can see, you can never judge a TV show by it’s first few episodes. Sometimes a show needs to, or it will, grow on you.

Here are some TV shows that I have loved over the years. How about you? Have you seen any of these? What what ones do you think I am missing on this list? Feel free to comment! (This is in no particular order)

  • Kindred: The Embraced
  • Forever Knight
  • Moonlight
  • Vampire Diaries
  • Angel
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer
  • Being Human (US version — it’s the only one I’ve seen)
  • True Blood
  • Blade (tv series that aired on Spike)
  • Vampire High …. My guilty pleasure. Ever hear of it? Yup, even though it was truly a ‘teen’ show, I uh, found myself watching it.

 

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A walk in the park — saving animals

Saturday, July  23rd was the day that I signed up to do a 5 km walk for SAFE team (safe = Saving Animals From Euthanasia). The weather has been a bit iffy as of late, but we lucked out and it was just purrrrfect! We all met up at Earth’s General Store and we eventually got started on our walk through the beautiful trails just off of Whyte Avenue.  It was a beautiful afternoon and  had a great time.  It was great way to raise money for a great cause. I hope that my wee effort has helped a bunch of furbabies!!

If you are from the Edmonton area and wish to donate, check out SAFE team’s website!

Murphy’s Law

As I mentioned on twitter, I have decided to blog about that crazy weekend where Hubby and I hosted our now yearly BBQ bash.  This is not your typicl BBQ, we go all out. It’s a three day event and we have, for the most part, been pretty lucky with the weather. Well, not this year!!

So it all began on Friday, July 8th. The week leading up to it was absolutely gorgous! We were watching the weather like hawks and as the weekened came closer, the weather man kept saying it was going to rain, off an on, with some winds.  Well, let me tell you! Oh-ma-gawd!  Hubby and I woke up to, yes, some rain. That is do-able. We had already set up the smoker/cooker and had a canopy tent set over it to protect from the rain. All was supposed to be good.  Well, the weather man was wrong! Huh, go figure, right? *enter sarcasm here* As we get Friday night’s dinner ready, which was to be a smoked turkey, the wind picked up and we were hit with a monsoon! This was not: “light rain and breezy” — at all! Because of the wind, the power went out, then came back on, then went out — for hours! Because the smoker uses a rotisserie which is powered by electricity, it no longer worked. So we ened up pulling out the generator. But sadly, the wind eventually ended up ruining our tent and we had to shut ‘er down. We tried, for hours, to try and protect the smoker from the wind and rain, but eventually we had to accept that weather was going to get the better of plan A, B, and C. So we moved on to plan D. We threw that freakin’ turkey into BBQ — we were now set.  Sort of.  We still had to set up the garage because we knew this shin-dig of ours was now officially a garage party.  I can laugh now, but at the time, it was so… arg!

So the rain and wind continued into Saturday, which was the “big day”, it was the day we roasted the clod of beef.  The day before, we had already accepted that it wouldn’t be on the smoker/cooker, and we got it ready for the BBQ.  As I prepared the rub and the mop sauce, I looked out the kitchen window to see that our front yard had flooded! FLOODED! It had never done that — ever — and we’ve been there for fourteen years!  We discovered that a beaver had moved in and plugged the culvert which in turn flooded half our property!

There is a bunch of smaller odd occurrences that I could add, but this post would end up being way too long. Like I titled this, Murphy’s Law, I swear anything that could happen, did!!  However, with all that said, it was still a blast. We went with the flow and still had a good time. The beef turned out ah-mazing!!! And actually, we will probably keep with cooking it on the BBQ rather then the smoker/cooker! The waffle breakfast on Sunday was delish and the lingering peeps got to play some Rockband and Karaoke-ed into the evening. We were able to find the fun that was hiding in the chaos and fun was had by all!

And to p.s. my blog: I’m glad to say that the culvurt has been unplugged and my yard is back to normal!

This new experience could save lives!

Hey y’all! Well it has been a bit since I’ve blogged, hasn’t it. Life has gotten the better of me and unfortunately my writing overall has been shoved to the side. However, with that said, I am excited to do this quick blog post. Back in February I attempted to raise money for A dog’s Life Rescue (past blog posts about that here, here and here) and now I’m at it again. This time I have signed up to do a 5KM Sponsor walk to raise money for SAFE (Saving Animals From Euthanasia) Team. They are an Edmonton, Alberta based group where their mission is to save animals from euthanasia in shelters that are at their maximum capacity and their objective is to provide medical care, spaying/neutering and place rescued animals into adoption homes until they can find their forever homes.  I have never done anything like this before and I am looking forward to the experience. If you would like to donate to the SAFE Team click here.

Every little soul counts!”

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Urban Legends: Friday the 13th

I thought since today was a well known day — and for some a well feared day –I figured I would do a fun post about Friday the 13th. What comes to mind for you on this day? Are you superstitious about this day? Or do you just think of the horror flick? For me I have no fear of it, despite the fact that I am a wee bit superstitious about other things. I always thought it was cool that my mom was born on Friday the 13th… it’s been a good luck day for our family.  So, with all that said here are five fun facts about this mysterious day:

Fun fact #1: The fear of Friday the 13th is called Friggatriskaidekaphobia. (say that 10 times really fast! lol)

Fun fact #2: Any month’s 13th day will fall on a Friday if the month starts on a Sunday.

Fun fact #3: Four of the twelve films in the Friday the 13th series, including the most recent, were released on a Friday the 13th.

Fun fact #4: One theory states that it is a modern amalgamation of two older superstitions: That thirteen is an unlucky number and that Friday is an unlucky day.

Fun fact #5: In Spanish-speaking countries, instead of Friday, Tuesday the 13th is considered a day of bad luck, commonly referred to as ‘Martes y trece’.

So don’t spill salt, walk under a latter, allow a black cat to cross your path, etcetera, on this day or it may just may add to the bad luck!!

 

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An interview with an Immortal

First off I’d like to wish you y’all a happy Good Friday! This blog post is going to be a bit different from my others.    Through twitter I “met” a fellow author, Gene Doucette, and he has a new book out called Immortal.  He decided to do a blog tour and I jumped on board.  I was able to procure an interview with the immortal man, Adam, himself. *wink* Enjoy, I did!

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So Adam, after being alive for sixty thousand years what made you decide to tell your story now?

Well for starters it’s not the first time I’ve told my story, but… Let’s just say oral tradition is not the best way to relate facts.  It is an exceptional way to mythologize someone, however.  So there are parts of my life that have appeared in the historical record before, but I had almost no control over how much of it was accurate.  I like the idea of being the only person responsible for embellishing my own life story for a change.

Are you suggesting the events in Immortal aren’t accurate?

I was being tongue-in-cheek.  According to some of the reviews I’m an unreliable narrator.  I’m just having some fun.  The book is very accurate insofar as Gene wrote down what I told him, and I told him what I remembered to the best of my own recollection.  It’s fair to say I elided over some details when the story warranted it.  But to answer your first question more completely, it just seemed like the right time. Nobody born in this era fully understands how significantly the rapid exchange of information—news—has changed everything.  It used to be that letters carried by trusted parties were the only way to find out one had become a father, or someone important had died, or whatever.  And it used to be if you met an immortal man there were upper limits to the number of people you could possibly talk about him to.  So, like I said, I’d rather be the one doing the embellishing.  The information was already getting out; I’m being proactive.

You talk a lot about how different things are now.  Do we over-romanticize the past?

Oh, it’s terrible.  Just… okay, look at medieval times.  If you’re a twenty-five year old in, say, medieval France you should expect to be missing half of your teeth and at least one finger.  You have fleas and you shit in a field, and if you try to relieve yourself at night there is a decent chance you’re going to be eaten by something.  You can’t read and you probably don’t own anything other than your clothes.  If you’re a woman, you’ve likely been raped at least three or four times by now.  And if you’re fifty years old, you’ve probably been dead for a decade.  It doesn’t sound like fun.  And I’m being gentle.  The truth is for a vast portion of history the only thing anybody did was look for food and a safe place to sleep.  We would have done more, but food and shelter took up all of our time.

That brings up another question: how did you survive this long?

Not getting sick is kind of huge, and I didn’t have anything to do with that; it’s just the way my body works. Some of it was just luck.  Probably a lot more of it than I’m willing to admit while sober, actually.  For the rest… well, societies have a certain rhythm to them.  You spend enough time in enough cultures you start to recognize the signs that it’s time to go.  I left Rome two weeks before the Visigoths turned up at the gates, for example.  You also want to get to know power without becoming too powerful yourself.  A king’s manservant has a much better life expectancy than a king, believe it or not.  And there are other tips, like: avoid volcanoes and demons; never come between an armed man and a succubus; never become a soldier; avoid religion-based political systems… common-sense stuff.

Now that Immortal is out, what’s next?

Gene and I are working on Hellenic Immortal right now.  Actually, Gene is.  I already dictated everything to him, but he’s complaining that he needs more background on a couple of things so I’m probably going to have to sit down with him again.  We’re expecting there to be a third book once he’s done with the second.
Excerpt:

I chose this excerpt because it literally made me laugh out loud. There are many scenes that made me LOL, but because it also contained vamp humour, I couldn’t resist and wanted to share.  Just to set it up, this is the scene after a vampire named Brenda fed on Adam:

Brenda nudged me awake with a glass of orange juice in her hand. “You okay?” she
asked.
I sat up slowly and took the glass. “What time is it?”
“Daytime,” she said. It was impossible to tell with the windows masked.
“Yeah, but what time is it?”
“Dunno. I don’t own a watch. What do I need one for?”
True enough.
The juice was cool and tasted supermarket fresh. “Where’d this come from?” I
asked.
“I have a cooler under the bed,” she explained. “I like to keep juice on ice just in
case. I figure the Red Cross gives OJ to its donors, I should do the same thing, you
know?”
“Do you charge extra for it?”
“No, silly, it’s free,” she smiled. “You know…you taste, um, you taste really good.
Has anyone ever told you that?”
“I bet you say that to all the boys.”
“I’m serious! It’s really weird, your blood it’s, like…”
“Old,” I offered. “I have heard it before. I’m a very old vintage.”
Brenda smiled again. She had quite a nice smile.

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