Pandragon Dan http://www.pandragondan.co.uk/apps/blog Pandragon Dan en Sat, 14 Jan 2012 14:32:19 GMT Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:49:32 GMT 60 First Look: Amanda Moonstone: The Missing Prince http://www.pandragondan.co.uk/apps/blog/first-look-amanda-moonstone-the-missing-prince <div class="_5pbx userContent" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}"> <p> Check out this trailer for my forthcoming novel through Paper Crane Books - <em>Amanda Moonstone: The Missing Prince.</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I've mentioned it on my blog a couple of times, but this is the first official look at the story. 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I did a review about on the website Read 2 Review (which unfortunately I don't think exists anymore) and was amazed by the originality of the story. I will be reviewing the latest novel by Andrez Bergen <em>Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth</em> in a couple of months time - but for today I have some exciting news.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I recently heard that <em>Tobacco Stained Mountain Goat</em> was being released as graphic novel. And boy was I excited! So much so that I HAD to have Andrez come back to my blog to tell us a little about it. In actual fact, he's working on a couple of other comic books as well. So this post is for all you comic readers out there - you may want to check this out!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I'll say no more and hand it over to Andrez! Take it away my friend!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px;text-align:center;"> <img original-height="921" original-width="652" src="http://static.wix.com/media/c0cd1c_54d09e4578534783b4b923dcb2792d3c.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none; width: 400px; height: 565px;" /></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <u><strong>SEQUENTIALIZING THE TEXT</strong></u></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> While I usually barge in here to hawk new novels — which Dan is always ready to support and encourage, bless him — today I'm going to deviate course a wee bit and talk up comic books.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I say &quot;a wee bit&quot; because I'm still doing the writing, and there're key moments in these comics that refer to the novels I've already written — all part of the subliminal (if not self-indulgent) world building I tend to potter away with beneath the fabric of what are, in essence, standalone yarns.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> So, anyway, comics.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img height="354" original-height="922" original-width="652" src="http://static.wix.com/media/c0cd1c_2bf510dab4d54da092d190afbae54435.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="250" />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img original-height="922" original-width="652" src="http://static.wix.com/media/c0cd1c_55dc0b9faba547cda8a2084e99dd99cc.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none; width: 250px; height: 353px;" />&nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> &nbsp;</div> <p> I'm currently working on two different ongoing sequential projects named <em>Bullet Gal</em> and <em>Tales to Admonish</em> (this second one with an amazing fellow Aussie artist, Matt Kyme) while I just published a one-off graphic novel titled <em>Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat</em>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The latter may be familiar to long-time readers of this blog as it's the same name as my first published novel, which came out through Another Sky Press in 2011.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> In fact the graphic novel is a fairly faithful look at the first 90 pages of the original book, this time with images to bring the characters to life and visuals to set the scene of this hardboiled, acid rain inclined near future dystopia. But I also expand the story, giving better attention in particular to the supporting cast.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> And I produced the artwork, with help from my daughter Cocoa.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="424" original-width="600" src="http://static.wix.com/media/c0cd1c_f7e2a593f5bc4261b731d9839a1b8c3b.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none; width: 400px; height: 282px;" /></div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <p> For this exercise, covering 144 pages, I decided to lay aside paintbrushes, pencils and inks (though they remained within arm's reach) in order to better pursue a method of photomontage and digital iconoclasm. There are sights and faces you might recognize, and that's a deliberate step, a flashback to what the Dadaists were doing a century ago and Terry Gilliam chopped together for Monty Python, while paying homage to the classic noir detective stories of yesteryear.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The trick is making these essentially single images function as a sequential yarn, and doing the <em>Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat</em> graphic novel was a great exercise in how to achieve just that. The fact that the whole exercise was sponsored by a group of wonderful people via Kickstarter is the icing on this cake.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Straight after that I headed into production of a monthly comic book series: Bullet Gal. It debuted last month and I'm currently putting together #9 for February next year.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> This is basically a retro-noir crime romp with token superheroes, very influenced by the 1940s and the words of people like Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, tempered by exposure to contemporary comic writers Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction, I guess. For the pictures I've also been inspired by Steve Epting, Jack Kirby, Sean Phillips, David Aja, Jim Steranko and Steve Ditko — though the <em>Bullet Gal</em> series is quite different again, and I do wish I had a single percentage point of these people's talent.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Bullet Gal herself is a character from my novel <em>Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa?</em>, so this series is a prequel to that, but it also relates to my latest novel <em>Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth</em>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> What I love about this series is the fact I'm scripting and plotting on the fly... usually page by page as I organize the visuals. There's no long-term game plan I'm abiding by, but it's developing as it emerges, page by page — and then issue by issue. This process has been as liberating as it has been startling to me as an author of novels that can take years.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> So... 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Unfortunately, due to a number of factors (chiefly being work and the projects I have on the go at the moment) I have to be a bit more careful with my time. As such, I have decided to stop indie author reviews for the time being.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I understand this may come as a disappointment to all the authors that have submitted my book for a review - and I am really sorry that I cannot help out at present. However, I will gladly accept any author who wishes to do a guest post or something on my blog. If you wish to do this, please get in touch. I do have a couple of reviews outstanding that I will be posting over the next few weeks, but as of now I am not accepting any new review requests.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I apologise to any inconvenience this may cause. 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Will he survive, or will they tear him a new one? :X</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Featuring the voice talents of Mysti Parker, Morgan Straughan Comnick and Francine - thanks for all your hard work guys. :)</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Parts one and two are below. 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But, I preserved and, as promised to my author, I have the review here ready to go.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Today’s book I thought was gonna be a nice light hearted children’s book – but I was amazed at how dark it was in places. But not so dark that I don’t think others couldn’t enjoy it. In fact, it had a very interesting concept.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> So today, we take a trip back in time to WWII Kent and follow Ralf and the Turnarounders as they fight to protect the world from a great evil. So let’s delve into <em>The Turnarounders and the Arbuckle Rescue</em> by Lou Heneghan.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <u><strong>About the author</strong></u></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Lou Heneghan was born a long time ago in a very small house on the edge of a deep, shadow-filled forest.<br /> Now living in a ramshackle building on the edge of London, Lou's front windows look out over shimmering spires and distant city towers. To the back of the house is a footpath that winds deep into the woods. At dusk, Lou often follows it into the promise-filled darkness of the trees.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Lou nods at black cats, salutes magpies and never, ever, walks under ladders.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Links are below:</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="http://www.theturnarounders.com/"><u><strong>THETURNAROUNDERS.COM</strong></u></a></p> <p> <a href="https://twitter.com/LouHeneghan"><strong><u>https://twitter.com/LouHeneghan</u></strong></a></p> <p> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/lou.heneghan.3"><strong><u>https://www.facebook.com/lou.heneghan.3</u></strong></a></p> <p> <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/profile/LouHeneghan"><strong><u>https://www.goodreads.com/profile/LouHeneghan</u></strong></a></p> <p> <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lou-Heneghan/e/B00G8EELZ2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1"><strong><u>http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lou-Heneghan/e/B00G8EELZ2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1</u></strong></a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> You can also see a trailer for the book at <a href="http://www.theturnarounders.com/#!trailer/c1pz"><strong><u>http://www.theturnarounders.com/#!trailer/c1pz</u></strong></a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="402" original-width="297" src="http://static.wix.com/media/c0cd1c_f05fdcb31a484705835672a3fbcd5ea8.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none; width: 250px; height: 338px;" />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img original-height="410" original-width="304" src="http://static.wix.com/media/c0cd1c_19f458bb67364da8aca2af753aca65a1.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none; width: 250px; height: 337px;" /></div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <u><strong>Cover</strong></u></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> There are two covers for this book, one with a more darker, adult look (left) and a more child friendly look (right). Both work well and capture both the upbeat and dark nature of the story, but if I had to choose I’d choose the one on the left myself. However both work well.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <u><strong>Synopsis (from Goodreads)</strong></u></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>Ever felt you knew what was about to happen?</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>Ever had a strange feeling that you've done something before?</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>Ralf Osborne just wants to be a normal boy but, as his twelfth birthday approaches, he starts to recognise people he’s never met and know things he can’t possibly know. He also suspects that the mysterious hooded man he keeps seeing is following him.</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>He is.</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>Why? Because Ralf Osborne is far from normal. He has lived before.</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>Ralf and his friends are Turnarounders. They have power. And a long, long time ago, they made a solemn vow to help if ever they were needed.</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>Soon the Turnarounders are plunged back in time to the start of the Second World War. At first, they are only concerned with getting back home, but then they uncover a plot that could alter the course of history.</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>It's time for the Turnarounders to keep their promise…</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <u><strong>What I liked</strong></u></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> With the group consisting mostly of kids, it’s clear that the writer is aiming this at the younger market – but don’t be fooled into thinking this is a standard children’s story. It has a dark subtext and some “nightmare fuel” places in it – especially with the main villain. I don’t really want to spoil anything about the plot, but let me just tell you – the scene in which you meet him is straight outta Lovercraftian horror!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The Turnarounders are an interesting bunch of characters, ranging from brainacs to tough, streetwise kids, so you get a good mix of characters and something for everyone. For me, nothing is more annoying that having a team where everyone has basically the same traits, so it was refreshing to have a group where they all had difference personalities. Ralf, of course, is the main protagonist, but he’s not the key problem solver – everyone plays their part in this story.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> So the plot basically revolves around children that are sent back to a Kent village during WWII to stop an evil force from taking place – and no, it’s not the Nazi’s this time around. Here’s the twist – they all have special powers (ala Harry Potter) and they have lived before. Apparently a long time ago they made a promise to stop some evil dude from coming back and now he’s here – or something like that.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Actually, the plot isn’t as complicated as I’m making it out to be above. The story is very easy to follow and has a great balance between humour and action. I quite liked the character of Alfie with his modern expressions in WWII England – that was funny. There are also a lot of puzzles for the Turnarounders to solve so that adds a real sense of mystery to the plot. The story also has some genuine twists that shocked me on occasion. Again, I don’t want to say too much, but the story did keep me hooked the whole way through. I felt it was the right balance of action, story and mystery.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I mentioned it having some dark moments in it as well. Bearing in mind this is set during the Great War, it doesn’t skimp over the horror and fear that was in the country at the time – think Blackadder Goes Forth. The horror is toned down a little as this is a young persons story, but it certainly brings awareness to the plight of the country. On the whole, the dark elements are justified and still makes this books suitable for younger readers.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <u><strong>What I didn’t like</strong></u></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p> To be honest, there wasn’t a lot about this book I DIDN’T like. In fact, for the first time since doing these reviews – I’m actually struggling to think of any negative points.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I suppose if I had to pick something, though this would only be a nitpick, it’s that one of the puzzles the Turnarounders had to solve did have me shouting “Oh come on! Even Adam West couldn’t put that together!” But then, stories don’t have to be realistic.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Pros: (Turnaround – every now and then I get a little bit closer)</strong></p> <ul> <li> <strong>Young protagonists make this suitable for younger readers.</strong></li> <li> <strong>Perfect mix of humour, action and mystery.</strong></li> <li> <strong>Dark when it needs to be, but not too dark.</strong></li> <li> <strong>Great plot and twists.</strong></li> </ul> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Cons: (If only I could turn back time)</strong></p> <ul> <li> <strong>To be honest – none!</strong></li> </ul> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <u><strong>Summary</strong></u></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> With a mix of action, humour, mystery and great storytelling, <em>The Turnarounders andd the Arbuckle Rescue</em> is one book that is guaranteed to capture the imaginations of child and adult alike. 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Welcome to my 300th post special!!!</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> Well, <em>technically</em> it's 301st, but who's really counting? XD I'm only one out after all</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> Anyhoo... 300 posts on this blog. Wow. I never thought I'd make it pass three if I'm being honest! XD It's amazing to think of all the posts that I have done since I started started this blog back in early 2012. Reviews, opinions, author advice, all sorts. Some great, others not so great - others even a little dumb and probably even <span data-dobid="hdw">controversial (by my standards anyway). But it's all been fun and I want to say a huge thank you to those that do follow my blog and have done from its inception.</span></div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> So I wanted to do something special for this post and thank you guys for all the support you've give me over the last couple of years. As you may know, I recently released my latest novel in the <em>Draconica</em> series, <em>Final Ragnarok: She Returns</em>. Well, as my thanks to you, from 31st August until 4th September, <em>Final Ragnarok: She Returns</em> will be free to download. 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border: 0px none; width: 652px; height: 293px;" /></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Ok, this is up much later than I had hoped, so I sincerely apologise to anyone that had been waiting for this. But anyway...</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Today on my blog I have the wonderful Veronica Scott, who is part of the <em>Nebula Nights</em> anthology - a series of Sci-Fi Romances that are guaranteed to sweep you away. She gave me a fantastic guest post as to how she got involved with the series. So without further ado, I would like to hand over to Veronica to tell you all how she got involved with this project.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong><u>Why did I choose to be part of a boxed set?</u></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p> I’ve always loved anthologies and boxed sets – Regency Christmas tales, paranormal shifters, science fiction – you name it! As a reader, I enjoy being able to sample a number of new-to-me authors in one spot, for an attractive low price. I’ve found many autobuy Favorites as a result. So when the boxed set phenomenon started happening in the indie-pub world, I really wanted to get one of my books out there. When Lyn Brittan mentioned online that she was thinking of putting together a boxed set of science fiction romance stories and was anyone interested, I was thrilled to sign up.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> For me, this <em>Nebula Nights</em> collection is a wonderful opportunity to introduce new readers to science fiction romance in general, because we have such a broad range of story types included. It’s also that anthology I was dreaming of, to allow people to try one of my adventures. I think science fiction romance is on the cusp of “being discovered” by the wider reading audience and I hope our boxed set may help lead the way. Additionally, it was a chance to work closely with ten ladies I enjoy, admire and respect. I always look for the fun in anything I undertake and we’ve had a blast figuring out the best title for the set, picking cover art, debating promo, learning things from each other…I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful collaboration on putting together a collection of stories.<br /> Now I hope the readers will be able to say the same of their experience with our individual and exciting science fiction romances!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Personally I enjoy science fiction romance because the entire galaxy is available for the adventure. You have strong heroines and the men (or aliens or cyborgs) who love them, working together to survive in high stakes situations where literally anything might happen. But – at least with my novels – there’s always the hard-earned Happily Ever After to be savored. &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> My next SFR, also set in the future universe of The Sectors where <em>Escape From Zulaire </em>is located, will be <em>Mission to Mahjundar</em>, releasing later in August.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>Amazon best-seller Veronica Scott is a two-time recipient of the SFR Galaxy Award and has written a number of science-fiction and paranormal romances. Her latest science fiction romance release is Escape From Zulaire (included in this box set), which recently received the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award for Paranormal and Futuristic Romance. She is a regular contributor to the USA Today HEA blog and writes the SciFi Encounters column. You can find out more about her and her books at <a href="http://veronicascott.wordpress.com/"><strong><u>http://veronicascott.wordpress.com/</u></strong></a></em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Thanks for the great post Veronica. Details about <em>Nebula Nights</em> and their stories are below.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px;text-align:center;"> <img original-height="519" original-width="346" src="http://static.wix.com/media/c0cd1c_d09a286935da4b0a8b9c1ae3e6d31893.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none; width: 346px; height: 519px;" /></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <u><strong>NEBULA NIGHTS TOUR</strong></u></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Title:</strong><em> Nebula Nights: Love Among The Stars</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Author(s):</strong> Melisse Aires, SJ Pajonas, PK Hrezo, C.E. Kilgore, Cathryn Cade, Catrina Taylor, Veronica Scott, Lyn Brittan, Pauline Baird Jones, K.G. Stutts, and Greta van der Rol</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Synopsis:</strong></p> <p> <br /> 11 Sci-Fi Romances that’ll sweep you away!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> If you like your science fiction blazing with adventure and your space opera spiced with romance, this boxed set is for you. From first contact to battles for survival and love on war-torn planets, this collection from bestselling &amp; award winning authors, including Cathryn Cade, Veronica Scott, PK Hrezo and more, will leave you sighing with satisfaction.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>Her Cyborg Awakes</em> by Melisse Aires</p> <p> Her gentle cyborg servant helped her escape violence--but now he's changed into a warrior! Is he safe?</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>Removed (The Nogiku Series, #1)</em> by SJ Pajonas</p> <p> In this Japan-inspired tale, one woman’s family destiny is key to the survival of the last city on Earth.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc.</em> by PK Hrezo</p> <p> Welcome to Butterman Travel, Inc., where time is always in your hands.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Noelle In His Heart by C.E. Kilgore</p> <p> Noelle wishes for someone who understands she has love to give but commitments to honor. Stranded on Earth, Steve longs for someone who will understand that his alien heart can love just as deeply.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>Stark Pleasure; the Space Magnate's Mistress</em> by Cathryn Cade</p> <p> Kiri te Nawa survives the perils of the galaxy on her wits ... although when it comes to space magnate Logan Stark, she’d rather use her body. But can she trust him with her secrets?</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>Birth of an Empire: The Beginning</em> by Catrina Taylor</p> <p> Three former genetic experiments chose peace over war in a sector that's known only war for a century. As each one squares against their governments they will question the experiences that guide them.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>Escape From Zulaire</em> by Veronica Scott</p> <p> When the planet erupts into war, Sectors Special Forces Captain Tom Deverane must decide whether to save Andi Markriss, the intergalactic businesswoman he loves, or sacrifice her to save Zulaire.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>Solia's Moon</em> by Lyn Brittan</p> <p> SFR Galaxy Award Winner! When Dr. Solia uncovers her company's foray into creating humanoid life, she enlists the help of her handsome ex, Sheriff Sable, in bringing a little justice to the universe.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>The Key</em> by Pauline Baird Jones</p> <p> Her orders are simple: do the impossible and do it yesterday. But this time the impossible might actually be impossible. The only way it could get worse? If her heart starts beating for the wrong guy.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>The Iron Admiral:</em> Conspiracy by Greta van der Rol</p> <p> The Galaxy teeters on the brink of war. Can ex-admiral Saahren persuade the woman who hates him to help him prevent the coming conflagration? And perhaps even love him?</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>Mirror Image</em> by KG Stutts</p> <p> Maddie's entire world is turned upside down when she finds out that she is a clone. 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And by one of my own, I mean one of my own Paper Crane Books authors!</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <em>The House Guest</em> is the most recent novel of the <em>Freywn Fables</em> series by Michelle Franklin - who was one of the first authors I got speaking to when I first joined Paper Crane Books, and she (like all the others) were quick to welcome me to the team. She's a fantastic person and I had the joy of reading <em>The House Guest</em> and gave it a five star review (although I would have easily giving it ten if I could!) and when I heard that she was doing a blog tour I was quick to sign up for it! If you haven't read it then I highly recommend it - it's a really entertaining Childrens book and one that I think adults will enjoy reading as well.</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> But anyway, today I'm honoured to have her on my blog as she gives us a really cool guest post. Be sure to check out the rest of the tour by clicking on the picture above.</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <strong>Blurb:</strong></div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> When winter comes early to Frewyn and the first snowfall of the year traps a young mouse in her home, fate brings an old mole to her door, but is the young mouse prepared for all the challenges that catering to a fussy house guest can bring?</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> Add the book to Goodreads: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22304102-frewyn-fables"><u><strong>https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22304102-frewyn-fables</strong></u></a></div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> Buy links:</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <u><strong><a href="http:// http://smarturl.it/fztvy1">Amazon</a></strong></u></div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <a href="http://smarturl.it/jda2om"><u><strong>Smashwords</strong></u></a></div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <u><strong>About the Author</strong></u></div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> Michelle Franklin is a small woman of moderate consequence who writes many, many books about giants, romance, and chocolate.</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <strong>Social media links</strong></div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <u><strong><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Michelle-Franklin-and-the-Haanta-series/129616710425835">Official website</a></strong></u></div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <u><strong><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Michelle-Franklin-and-the-Haanta-series/129616710425835">Facebook</a></strong></u></div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> <a href="https://twitter.com/MrsDenAsaan"><u><strong>Twitter</strong></u></a></div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <u><strong>Children's books that inspire me: The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White</strong></u></div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> While I read countless classics as a child, there are some books that I missed while my early tastes were being led by adults who had never dabbled in any British classics. Though I was fed an eclectic diet of everything from <em>Dr Seuss</em> to <em> Huckleberry Finn</em>, which I barely understood at the time, there were many great children's novels which I have only just recently discovered. <em>The Sword in the Stone</em> by T.H. White is one of them. Everyone has heard the title of the book at one time or other, and even though Jo Rowling attributes this book as part of her inspiration for <em>Harry Potter</em>, <em>The Sword in the Stone</em> is being read less and less nowadays, and for the life of me I cannot understand why. I had seen the Disney adaptation as a child and was content to stop there until I saw a new edition of the book nestled in the corner of the classics shelf during one of my book signing events. For those who don't know, <em>The Sword in the Stone</em> is the first book in the Arthurian pentology (sometimes published as a tetrology) titled <em>The Once and Future King</em>, detailing the life of King Arthur from the time of his childhood until his death and even beyond. <em>The Sword in the Stone </em>was written at first as a stand-alone novel, telling the reader about Arthur, or the Wart as his brother Kay calls him, and his time spent under the sage Merlin's tutelage. I read what has become known as the adult version, or the version that exists as part of <em>The Once and Future King</em> which removes much of Arthur's exploits with Robin Hood and incorporates chapters from the Book of Merlin, the fifth book in the series, which was only published after White's death. I decided to go on a quest for the original version, which is still published as a separate text, and after finding it and reading it once, I immediately began the book again. The language, the imagery, the sense of wonder which every sentence conveys is incomparable to any children's book we have today, and part of the magic of <em>The Sword in the Stone</em> is that the book is not just a biography of Arthur's boyhood, but it is a glimpse of Merrie Olde England, that paracosm of an idyllic pastoral society which seems to be forgotten in much of modern literature. It had ents before <em> Lord of the Rings</em> did, old wise and exasperated wizards in towers before the Belgariad, along with a myriad of other firsts in the fantasy genre, making it one of the most revolutionary texts of its time. After reading the original, American, and revised versions of the book, I became an avid admirer of T.H. White and all his works, leading me on a quest to obtain all his original works, and so I have, all because I saw a book on a shelf I thought would be interesting to read. A book read on a whim led me to find one of my favourite authors, and if you have not read <em>The Sword in the Stone </em>or any of T.H. White's works, I sincerely urge you to do so.</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> I actually have to agree with Michelle here - <em>The Sword in the Stone</em> was always one of my favourite stories and remains for me a great tale of how someone can aspire to something even if they come from nothing. 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He was an incredibly beloved actor and comedian with absolutely perfect comic timing – and his range of voices was just mesmerising. He could switch from one accent to the next just like that as it if it was second nature – but he could also move you to tears with his brilliant performances. Even if the film he was in was crap, he was mesmerising to watch. I must say, not since James Gandoflini’s death have been so affected by a celebrity passing away.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Now many tributes have already been paid to Robin Williams already and some might say that I’m “late to the party”. However, work commitments have prevented me from doing this blog until now – and I wanted to do honour this man in some way. Like many, Robin Williams was my childhood hero and I loved watching his films. So today, I am writing this list, not to mourn him – but remember what a fantastic person he was.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Today, I pick my Top Five favourite Robin Williams movies. These are the films of his that I enjoyed the most and can watch a million times and still love them. As always, this is based only on films I’ve seen, so films such as <em>Good Will Hunting</em> and <em>Dead Poets Society</em> won’t be on the list – however I am going to make sure that I see those films soon. <em>Hook </em>is also a film I should give an honourable mention to and, whilst I do love that film, I could only choose five for this list.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> As always, these films are in no particular order. Also, just in case you haven’t seen any of these films, I should warn you that spoilers are ahead. I just hope my emotions can stay in check whilst writing this.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="978" original-width="652" src="http://static.wix.com/media/c0cd1c_0a074aa385da48a8af6877e013c9cf3a.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none; width: 300px; height: 450px;" /></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <u><strong>1. Jumanji</strong></u></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I saw this film at the cinema and it scared the living crap outta me! Based around a cursed boardgame, Robin Williams plays Alan Parrish, who was trapped in the game as a child and only released when the kids of a new family move into the vacant Parrish house. It’s up to them, and Alan’s childhood friend Sarah, to finish the game – and all sorts of chaos ensures as everything from stampedes to monsoons start taking over the house.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>Jumanji </em>may be more “serious” than other Robin Williams movies, but Williams is, as always, entertaining to watch. His performance of Alan is a great balance between a man who has faced horror for all his life, mixed in with a scared little boy, coming to terms that everything he knew is gone. Especially harrowing is his battle with Van Pelt, a big game hunter that’s capable of reducing him to terror (interesting enough, Jonathan Hyde, who also plays his father – making Van Pelt a metaphor of Alan’s fear of his father).</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I love Jumanji as it’s a roller coaster ride from beginning to end. The special effects are awesome, Robin Williams performance is brilliant and it also has a good moral about facing up to your fears. Even today I still find that scene where Alan is sucked into the board game pretty scary. It may not be one of his best films critically, but it’s an entertaining family film nonetheless.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px;text-align:center;"> <img original-height="500" original-width="375" src="http://static.wix.com/media/c0cd1c_fdc4d86956ff45658070c0435e66bd9f.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none; width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <u><strong>2. Aladdin</strong></u></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> This film is especially poignant in that a picture has been circling social media of the genie and Aladdin, with the words “Genie, you’re free”, which has been lauded (and in some cases, criticised) by the public. But let’s not dwell on the sad parts, we’re here to remember Robin Williams for the talented man that he was. And few films showcase his extraordinary skills than Disney’s <em>Aladdin</em>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> As the Genie, Williams is quick witted, hilarious – dazzling us with amazing visuals and comedic dialogue that only Robin Williams could pull off. Even more amazing is when you realise that Williams actually ad-libed most of the dialogue in the film and let himself go crazy. Very few people could pull that off and make it convincing.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> And let’s not forget <em>Friend Like Me</em>, one of the most amazing Disney songs ever. Don’t believe me? See for yourself and tell me this isn’t fun to watch.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <iframe allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" frameborder="0" height="345px" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/99Op1TaXmCw?wmode=opaque" width="420"></iframe></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> It is a shame that Robin Williams had a fall out with Disney and didn’t come back to do any of the <em>Aladdin </em>films for a long time (he was replaced by Dan Castellaneta of <em>The Simpsons</em> fame), but his voice on the Genie remains one of the most loved of all Disney films. We certainly will never have a friend like him, that’s for sure.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="445" original-width="300" src="http://static.wix.com/media/c0cd1c_f7f1d183487240fdae5958c5d6888a7c.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none; width: 300px; height: 445px;" /></div> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> &nbsp;</div> <p> <u><strong>3. Mrs Doubtfire</strong></u></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I just had to mention this film, because this film deserves it for being both funny and poignant in a way no other film can match. Everyone remembers laughing themselves stupid at Robin’s Williams performance and his antics – and not to mention the excellent voices that he puts on during the film. However one of my favourite things about this film is that the main character Williams plays is called Daniel. Two thumbs up from me!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> In the film, Daniel is an out of work voice actor who marriage is on the rocks. When his wife files for divorce, and gets full custody of the kids, Daniel uses his acting talents to disguise himself as a Scottish Nanny so that he can be close to his kids. Through his actions as Mrs Doubtfire, he becomes closer to his children. However his family are somewhat threatened when his wife’s new love interest Stu comes to visit (played by Pierce Brosnan). I will admit I do like the dynamics between the two characters, it makes for some funny moments.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> As much as I love the comedy that Williams does, in <em>Mrs Doubtfire, </em>it’s the heartfelt moments that really catch you out. The last scene where Mrs Doubtfire (on her own TV show) reads a letter from a worried girl that their parents are divorcing, and Mrs Doubtfire tells her that as long as there is love there will always be a family is really moving and perfectly coincides with Daniel’s own fight to keep his family. It’s a film that can move you to tears as much as move you to laughter and that’s testament to Williams acting ability. A standout film for many fans of Williams and it’s not hard to see why.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px;text-align:center;"> <img original-height="475" original-width="335" src="http://static.wix.com/media/c0cd1c_fd2b2f042b364a748a19bbe61473a348.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none; width: 300px; height: 425px;" /></div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <p> <u><strong>4. One Hour Photo</strong></u></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Now this one I find is one of the most underrated Robin Williams films. Because unlike others on the list, this one isn’t a comedy – it’s a psychological thriller. You wouldn’t think that someone like Williams, who does mostly comedy, could do serious acting. You’d be wrong.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> In this film, Williams plays a photo technician called Sy, that takes his work very seriously. He leads a lonely life, dedicated to the old school art of printing pictures, leading no real life of his own. He becomes somewhat attached to the Yorkin family. And by attached I mean obsessed, wishing to be part of their happy family. When the husband, Will Yorkin, starts cheating on his wife, Sy becomes hateful of him and seeks to make him pay. What follows is a scene where Sy catches Will and his paramour unaware and torments them until he is captured by the police.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Yes, you heard me right, in this film Williams plays a psycho. It’s not the first time he played a character like this (he was the killer in the Chris Nolan Insomnia remake), but here he is just as chilling. But strangely enough, you actually kinda feel a little sorry for the guy. He’s not really a bad person. Sure he does bad things, but when it boils down to it, he’s just lonely. He’s never had a loving family or anything like that (in fact the film hints that he was sexually abused by his father) so he just wants to be part of the Yorkin’s family life. And in his own way, he believes he has good intentions, drawing attention to what a poor husband Will is.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> You won’t get many laughs in this film. But what you will get is a creepy, frightening, but somewhat sad character that you will either come to despise or feel really sorry for. If you didn’t think that Robin Williams could do serious, this film will make you think twice. As I said, it’s an overlooked film when people talk about their favourite Robin Williams movies, but I think it deserves a mention, if anything to demonstrate the range than Williams is capable of.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px;text-align:center;"> <img original-height="467" original-width="300" src="http://static.wix.com/media/c0cd1c_90266264a6a94ce5bafd9c1a8455fc5a.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none; width: 300px; height: 467px;" /></div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"> &nbsp;</div> <p> <u><strong>5. Good Morning, Vietnam</strong></u></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I’m just gonna say that, hands down, this is my FAVOURITE Robin Williams movie. Very few films have made me laugh my ass off more than this one.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> In <em>Good Morning, Vietnam</em>, Williams plays Adrian Cronauer (of whom the film is loosely based on), a DJ that is brought in to do a radio show for the troops whilst stationed at Vietnam. Although his superiors hate him, his brand of comedy mixed with news, and a little bit of rock and roll, is highly popular with the troops and even lifts their spirits. But all too soon, the horrors of Vietnam start to take form and Adrian finds himself at odds with what his superiors want him to say and his own desire to make the truth heard.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Like all Williams films, this has some extremely funny comedy mixed in with real world issues. Must like with <em>Aladdin</em>, Williams improvised a lot of the radio talk he did – which again shows what a talent he was when it comes to it. The fact that he can change from one voice to the next in the drop of a hat, and do it so convincingly, just adds a lot to the performance and makes it amusing to watch.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I think may favourite scene is when he starts a fight with a soldier in a bar, declaring him to have big muscles but no “p***s”. It’s just the way that Williams can turn a serious and dangerous moment into a comedic moment at the drop of a hat. It’s one of my favourite comedy moments of cinema.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Like all films in this list, I could watch this over and over again, if nothing just for the brilliant impressions that he does. <em>Good Morning, Vietnam</em> is a little more light-hearted than other war films (although it certainly gets the point across as well) but it is highly entertaining and worth the watch.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Those are my favourite Robin Williams films, what are yours? 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