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From the acclaimed author of the Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist books comes the gripping first novel in a new series about a private eye who discovers, to her surprise, that she’s an immortal huntress.Nikki Glass can track down any man. But when her latest client turns out to be a true descendant of Hades, Nikki now discovers she can’t die. . . . Crazy as it sounds, Nikki’s manhunting skills are literally god-given. She’s a living, breathing descendant of Artemis who has stepped right into a trap set by the children of the gods. Nikki’s new “friends” include a descendant of Eros, who uses sex as a weapon; a descendant of Loki, whose tricks are no laughing matter; and a half-mad descendant of Kali who thinks she’s a spy. But most powerful of all are the Olympians, a rival clan of immortals seeking to destroy all Descendants who refuse to bow down to them. In the eternal battle of good god/bad god, Nikki would make a divine weapon. But if they think she’ll surrender without a fight, the gods must be crazy....
Watching horror movies is never my cup of tea. My reason is simple: I watch movies to get entertainment and not to get frightened. Besides, my kind of favorite movies is those based on true story; such as Freedom Writers, North Country, Beautiful Mind, Changeling, etc. Well, in fact, not only to get entertainment do I (sometimes) watch movies, but also to learn some historical background of some events (e.g. Iron Jawed Angels), and get some moral values. I believe that there is a mutual relationship between 'life' in movies and 'life' in our real lives.
The first horror movie that I was willing to watch was THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT because my students said that this movie was based on a true story. I watched it together with my students at school since we had topic 'Alive with Horror' in our English class. Well, the movie's plot was quite logical to me: a family moved to a house which was formerly a mortuary. The family soon becomes haunted by violent and traumatic events from supernatural forces occupying the house.
Well, since this was supposedly based on a true story, one can conclude that perhaps this 'event' was transferred into a movie to make people realize that it was always possible to happen where people were haunted by 'spirits' of people who did not die 'properly' or whose bodies did not get proper treatment. The spirits of these people wanted to 'take revenge' to the ones who made their souls 'rejected' to enter 'the sky' (or heaven?).
This morning, in my English class -- with the same topic, 'Alive with Horror', I watched another horror movie: Case 39. The name chosen as the main character who had 'evil character' in her really attracted me: LILITH. It must have been taken from Jewish mythology about the first woman God created after creating Adam. Since Lilith was also created from 'soil' like Adam, she felt equal' to him. She did not easily submit herself to Adam. Even when having sex for the first time, Adam asked Lilith to be under him, she complained.
Getting a 'helpmate' who was rebellious like Lilith, Adam complained to God. God then banished Lilith and created another female creature who was exactly like what Adam wanted: submissive, weak, feminine. There came Eve. On the contrary of Lilith that had demonic and evil character, Eve was angelic.
The story of Case 39 was somewhat a twist. At the beginning, Lilith's parents were narrated to be insane people because they wanted to kill Lilith. Emily Jenkins -- a social worker whose job dealt with 'troubled children' -- saved Lilith from the murder trial done by her parents. Emily even officially asked to have the custody to take care of Lilith because she saw that Lilith felt secure with her.
Some cases of murder that happened next in fact involved Lilith. Lilith that at the beginning seemed so sweet and weak little girl changed to be someone evil when she did not get what she wanted: love from someone she needed.
My very own question since the beginning watching this movie was simple: what made the producer make such a demonic character in a little girl? Had there been any real cases of a new born baby having evil spirit in him/her? A baby who then (indirectly) killed other members of the family after growing up? A baby who had the sixth sense -- just like indigo -- but was 'occupied' by evil spirit.
Realizing that Lilith herself had evil spirit in her, Emily visited Lilith's parents in the mental hospital to investigate. Lilith's father suggested Emily to kill Lilith.
Until the end, I didn't get any clue what made Lilith evil. So, honestly, I don't recommend this movie to be watched. .
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"London's most notorious seducer, Nicholas Challoner lives solely for revenge…My Review of 'Midnight's Wild Passion': coming soon
The dashing, licentious Marquess of Ranelaw can never forgive Godfrey Demarest for ruining his sister - now the time has come to repay the villain in the same coin. But one formidably intriguing impediment stands in the way of Nicholas's vengeance: Miss Antonia Smith, companion to his foe's unsuspecting daughter.
Having herself been deceived and disgraced by a rogue-banished by her privileged family as a result and forced to live a lie-Antonia vows to protect her charge from the same cruel fate. She recognizes Ranelaw for the shameless blackguard he is, and will devote every ounce of her intelligence and resolve to thwarting him.
Yet Antonia has always had a fatal weakness for rakes…"
AC: Thanks for having me as your guest, Rita! I loved books right from when my parents read me my first story – which I suspect might have been a romance in the form of a fairy story! It seemed a natural progression to tell my own stories. I started my first novel in grade three, an Enid Blyton rip-off (she was my heroine at the time). I then fiddled with various bits of stories until I finished high school when I finished a medieval that will NEVER see the light of day.RJ: Why don't you tell me and the readers a little bit about ‘Midnight’s Wild Passion‘?
AC: I’m so excited about this book. It was great fun to write and I love the two main characters. The hero, Nicholas Challoner, Marquess of Ranelaw, is such a delicious rake and I love it when he comes up against stubborn, smart Antonia Smith who knows exactly what tricks he’s plotting. And of course, these two wary, wounded people fall in love, much against their wishes.RJ: How long does it usually take you to write a book from beginning to end? And how long did it take you to write ‘Midnight’s Wild Passion’?
AC: I always take a year to write a book from first word to when I’m ready to send it to an editor. A lot of that is polishing!RJ: Where did the inspiration for your plot, characters and setting come from?
AC: Because this story is probably as close as I’m going to come to writing a classic Regency romance, I suspect I was channeling my inner Georgette Heyer. As you know, in most of my books, people spend more time undressing than dressing up but in this story, they get to go to balls and house parties. There’s an elopement and a duel! Which doesn’t mean readers will miss out on plenty of naughty scenes and drama!RJ: What challenges or difficulties did you face with the writing of this particular novel?
AC: Actually this story came to me like a gift from heaven. The words just flowed onto the page. That’s a really unusual situation for me.RJ: The first 3 adjectives that come to mind when describing your Hero and Heroine, Nicholas & Antonia, are?
AC: OK, Antonia – wary, clever, repressed (she doesn’t stay that way, snicker!). Nicholas – seductive, self-aware, crafty.RJ: I am always intrigued by a good ‘revenge that leads to romance’ plot. How does revenge play a role in ‘Midnight’s Wild Passion‘ and how did you keep the plot fresh?
AC: What a great question, Rita. The people who know Ranelaw have no idea that he harbors a secret sorrow. In his boyhood, his beloved half-sister Eloise was seduced and abandoned by Godfrey Demarest and that one event ruined her life. At last he has the chance to repay Demarest in the same coin. Demarest’s daughter is making her debut and Ranelaw sets out to ruin her. Unfortunately for him, his quarry has a very canny and determined guard dog in intriguing chaperone Antonia Smith. Even more unfortunately for Ranelaw, Antonia proves a major distraction from his quest for revenge. I think all these classic themes like revenge gone astray stay fresh when they’re individual to the characters in a particular story.RJ: The writing process differs from author to author. Some are planners, and others just jump right in. Some consider themselves evening writers, while others need daylight and a park bench or a coffee shop (wink) to set the mood for creativity; what’s YOUR writing process and atmosphere like?
AC: I call myself an organic writer. I don’t really plan ahead although I have some idea of where the story is going and I have ideas for future scenes, some of which never appear because the winding road of telling the story takes me in another direction. These days, I feel very spoilt when it comes to a working environment. I have a big office littered with inspirational bits and pieces like postcards, pictures, books, gifts people have given me and my writing awards. It looks out on a garden alive with native birds. I can’t write with voices around me, either recorded or real, however music helps me enormously, usually classical or soundtracks. As I said, no words!RJ: Picture this: Some major motion picture studio buys the film rights to ‘Midnight’s Wild Passion’ and want to make it into a movie. They bring you in as a consultant (you know, since you wrote the book and everything-LOL). They ask you to come up with an ‘ideal’ cast list. Which actors would make that list and for what roles?
AC: Oh, I wish! Actually I almost always cast my stories before I write them and then use those people as physical models. Of course, the characters quickly take on a life of their own but I find having an image really helps at the outset. The people I cast for Midnight are probably a bit long in the tooth (and obscure) to make a current big Hollywood movie. But here are the photos I used. Nicholas is my first blond hero and I picked an English actor called Marcus Gilbert as his prototype. Marcus Gilbert was in a couple of the Barbara Cartland adaptations and I think he’s terrifically handsome in that English aristocrat style. Antonia is a Nordic blond and I picked Alison Doody who was a Bond girl as her model. She has a beautiful face but more than that, it’s an intelligent face. Antonia is as smart as a whip!
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AC: International woman of mystery, Anna Campbell, takes time off from championship cross-country skiing races and her life as a prima ballerina at the Bolshoi to write her passionate stories of England’s Regency period. From her library at Chatsworth in Derbyshire’s Peak District, she pens bestselling masterpieces of historical romance while her gardener Richard Armitage tends the camellias (and a few other things too!). Yeah, I wish!RJ: What do you value in a good romance novel and what sort of characteristics do you like to find in the protagonists?
AC: I like a romance novel to be emotionally satisfying and I love it when the hero and heroine are better, wiser people at the end than they were at the beginning. I like sizzling sexual tension and luscious love scenes. I love it when the characters are smart and there’s plenty of spark and snark between the hero and the heroine. I like the hero to either be a man of honor at the start or discover through the story that he is a man of honor. I like the heroine to stand up for herself or have learned how to stand up for herself by the end. I really want to believe that the happy ending promises a long and fulfilled life together. Don’t ask for much, do I?RJ: What’s next? What projects are you currently working on and what do the readers (and I!) have to look forward to?
AC: I’m currently hard at work on a gothic take on the Beauty and the Beast story and having a wonderful time. Really sexy hero and a gutsy heroine. Sorry, can say no more right now. I’ve got an extended short story coming out in September in the Mammoth Book of Ghost Romance. You can read an excerpt here: http://www.annacampbell.info/RJ: Final Question: What is something shocking or interesting about you that the readers may not know?
AC: Oh, dear, I always feel like the most boring woman on the planet when people ask me these questions. How about I can read really fluently upside down? Sorry it’s not something more scandalous. I save all the scandal for my books!--
The following description is from goodreads.com:
For as long as Esmerine can remember, she has longed to join her older sister, Dosinia, as a siren--the highest calling a mermaid can have. When Dosinia runs away to the mainland, Esmerine is sent to retrieve her. Using magic to transform her tail into legs, she makes her way unsteadily to the capital city. There she comes upon a friend she hasn't seen since childhood--a dashing young man named Alandare, who belongs to a winged race of people. As Esmerine and Alandare band together to search for Dosinia, they rekindle a friendship . . . and ignite the emotions for a love so great, it cannot be bound by sea, land, or air.
who won the Kat Martin Giveaway for an autographed copy of her latest release: 'A Song For My Mother'
who won the Kristan Higgins Giveaway for a copy of her latest release: 'My One and Only'
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" He had a way of blending in, being unseen. It was part of what made him successful. That and the ruthlessness. "
p 5 "Defiant" by Kris Kennedy