Moonlight Vs Forever Knight

I checked out Moonlight last night and was a bit disappointed. I gave my complete thoughts here over at the Absolute Write Moonlight thread if you want to check it out. Sparks are flying with comparisons to Angel, Buffy, FK & Blood Ties. Ironically sparks are one of the things lacking within the show. I'll probably give it another shot just to see how the story is told next week but in the meantime, I'm going to slip FK in my Amazon shopping cart and rub my hands in anticipation to see one of my fave shows I grew up loving.

Check out this article from Associate's Content showing the two shows in comparison.

CBS New Fall TV Show: Moonlight Vs Forever Knight

Moonlight is a new television drama about a vampire detective that will be airing on CBS this Fall. Does the premise sound familiar? Let's see, a vampire detective show that's set in Canada and airing on CBS. And the main character's name is Mick (as opposed to Nick)? Ring any bells yet?

If this is giving you the feeling of déjà vu, you aren't alone. Many Forever Knight fans feel that Moonlight has too many similarities, including the main character's name being only one letter different. Mick is a young private detective, as opposed to Nick who was an 800 year old homicide detective. But the similarities are striking a nerve with Forever Knight fans.

Many Forever Knight fans are asking how dare CBS put money into another vampire television show after they dropped Forever Knight in the 90s?

After CBS cancelled Forever Knight, many fans pulled together to save the show. We succeeded and it went into syndication for its second season. But then the USA channel got it for the third season. However, USA insisted on too many major changes. But ultimately, the fans had to spend money to try to save their beloved show and it was all CBS's fault because they cancelled it first. (Note: For more information on why Forever Knight was cancelled, see my article called Cancelled Too Early - 90s TV shows.)

Now, CBS wants another vampire show? Is CBS feeling they missed the boat the first time?

It's common knowledge that Forever Knight fans raised money through auctions and campaigned for the release of Forever Knight on dvd. We ran ads in magazines to ask for the show on dvds. Considering that's a bit different from other shows, I imagine we attracted a lot of attention.

All three seasons of Forever Knight are now available on dvd, no doubt because of the fans' efforts. But if CBS thinks Forever Knight fans will be fans of Moonlight, I have another thought coming for them. Considering CBS was the first to cancel Forever Knight, do they really think we'll be loyal fans of anything of theirs again?

Seriously, there is no way that any show could ever be comparable to Forever Knight. Forever Knight had the best cast and crew... That cannot be duplicated nor improved on.

Being a Forever Knight fan, I'm unsure if I can enjoy Moonlight with all the similarities. And I'm not alone. Someone told me that they feel Moonlight is like a slap in the face to Forever Knight fans - I agree. Out of curiosity, I'll watch Moonlight to see what it's really about. But just like with Lifetime's Blood Ties, I won't be a true fan. I could never love another show as much as I did Forever Knight.

Moonlight premieres on CBS at 9pm on September 28th, 2007.

2 days to Moonlight

Okay technically 1 since it's tomorrow. But I like the sound of that. I may use it as a title one day...

So anyway, I decided to try out Moonlight after much back and forth and disappointment with new rehashed shows. I'm a HUGE Forever Knight fan and a passable viewing Angel and Buffy fan (don't kill me but I loved the movie better in all its campy glory). I figure why not give a try out to see the new version this Friday on CBS. The trailer looked kinda cool after all:

Here's Moonlight.





For all the Forever Knight fans and for all the folks who think I'm crazy and don't know what show I'm talking about, here's a fan made trailer that I think is pretty cool.

I want my sci-fi

Oh Sci-Fi (Channel)...How do I miss thee? Let me count the ways...



Which alternate universe is the real sci-fi channel hiding in because I'd like to go there!

It's Sunday....wait, Sunday is gone...sigh

So, the calm tensity of evening is upon us once again on a weekend. My brain is starting to kick into high gear despite my resistance. I'm resisting because evening and night is supposed to be the 3 R's: a time of rest, reflection and renewal.

But try telling my brain that. :-P

I'm starting to move away from Before Dawn Breaks because (despite another resistance) I'm getting tooooo close to it and I need a breather!

But hey, I finally came up with a short blurb for the book! Woo hoo!

Once again Marauder Star (formerly titled Space Pirates) is inhabiting my mind. I've yo-yoed a bit on how to tell this story in its best form for a while and every time I come to a conclusion, I'm not quite sure. One thing I know is once this story has been told and presented to the world, it'll be a big sigh of relief because of all the figuring out and all the time it took!

Whew!

Anyway, onto industry news I'd like to share.

NPR posted a great coverage of speculative fiction written by writers of color in August. It's available for your listening pleasure here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=12742905

Farai Chideya talks with fantasy writer Tananarive Due, science fiction writer Steven Barnes, and speculative fiction editor Sheree R. Thomas.

Also, for writers out there it's imperative that you learn the ins and outs of your industry. Even if you plan on focusing on writing and leaving the publishing and other goodies up to others, it'd be good to know what processes your book is going through so you can know how to not only market it but just to understand the intricacies of the industry.

Author E. Lucas Taylor's blog is an awesome resource of the process each book goes through between the time you type The End and it ends up in printed format and beyond! Her newest entry is about How Bookstores work. Make sure you ready your stomach because some of it is tragic. LOL.

Did you ever write something...

that came so close to actual events that it ended up happening?

Alls I'm saying is this is tres freaky.....

A passage from the first chapter of CC:

"Blood clots and blood disorders affect more than 5 million people in the US alone. For a cleaner system, try Delanin, the leading non-prescription pill that targets blood cells for a cleaner flow through the entire body. Please read side effects carefully and consult your doctor for any possible allergic reactions. Brought to you by Dridan. Making a better future, today."

"Cleaner blood flow." Raven chuckled. "They'll make a pill for anything these days."


Cimmerian City is really happening! Ahh! LOL

Now if the sky starts darkening out the sun and turning orange, a new drug is introduced to "perfect the human body" and people start appearing with a huge thirst for blood, I'm getting on the first Offworld mission ship outta here!

Upcoming WCP & FB chats

Upcoming Chats! Mark your calendars for some awesome author appearances! :-)

September 22, all day chat
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bethwylde/
This is a Freya's Bower author day. All genres of erotica and romance.

September 29 and 30, all weekend chat
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/freyasbower_authorchat/
Freya's Bower author day. Lots of hot excerpts. Lots of giveaways.

October 14th, FB chat
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FallenAngelReviewChatters/
Another FB chat!


FYI, these chats may include some adult content so check the warnings before clicking posts!

How cool is this?!! :-D

I just found out I had one of the highest listened to shows on Literary Pizzazz coming it at number 2! How awesome! Thanks so much to everyone out there who tuned in. I hope you enjoyed the show as it was a blast for me. :-D

In case you missed it, here's the link to the page at BlogTalkRadio.

It's been a crazy week so far and it's only Tuesday! Things have been put on turbo boost now that I am continuing full blast forward with the release of my book. As some of you may already know from my Cimmerian City blog and my mailing list, I've recently pulled my book from my previous publisher due to problems I couldn't foresee changing much in the future. I wish no ill will on them and only the best, but as an author I did have to consider my readers and I hated having to see the book pushed back so many times without a word on the release. Now that it's going with Lavender Isis, I can foresee the beginning of the series continuing with a blazing start!

I've been really busy getting things in order for the October 6th & 10th release. Why the different releases? Cause I want to be weird and different? Well, that too yes hehe, but I wanted to make the book available to those who enjoy reading ebooks and for those who enjoy holding the book in their hands. Preferably with a nice hot steaming cup of cocoa and a roaring fire as well. After all, it's heading toward the fall and what better way to enjoy it than with a book of suspense, love, thrills and futuristic corporate scheming. Not to mention a little touch of contemporary vampire mythos turned upside down! It's all in Cimmerian City!

So mark your calendars for the release dates: October 6th and 10th. I've scheduled a chat at Romance At Heart to celebrate the release, the contest opening and to have an all around good time!

Keep checking the Cimmerian City myspace picture page under the grab contest prizes as I'll be re-adding pics of the prizes with new designs coming soon!

Now available!


Short story collection

From sci-fi to paranormal to weird, from chilling to odd to scary, Weirdly will sate your lust for strangeness in bite-sized pieces. Each tale weaves its own spell. Vampires, beasts, ghosts, evil creatures and, of course, every day people inhabit Weirdly's pages.

Harland's wife makes her presence known from the other side... The Beekeeper must come to terms with passing over... Heather and her mother join forces to disguise a murder... Lillie searches for missing children... Samantha finds out a school semester can be more than just schoolwork... All these tales and more. Dare you read them?

Authors: C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp, Faith Bicknell-Brown, James Cheetham, Marva Darsef, M.E. Ellis, Bernita Harris, Stacia Helpman, Rae Lindley, Iron Lions, Rosa Orrore, and Amanda Tieman.

Genre: Paranormal/Science Fiction/Horror

Book Length: Novel

Price: $5.95

Read excerpt

Order your copy now!

What's going on in the world of publishing

Well, it's been a wonderful whirlwind week not only of awesome alliteration proportions, but in the land of books and book publishing!

Remember that really awesome espresso book machine released in New York a few months ago? Well move over latte books, cause there's a new toy in town. Meet Jetrix, which enables simultaneous high-speed printing of an entire page of text. How high speed, you ask? Try 1,000 pages per minute! Read all about the Jetrix at Israel 21c.

Also if you ever wanted to check out the inner workings of the publishing industry from the eyes of a publisher: meet Jane Daniel. After going through the shocking ordeal of facing 2 lawsuits against her indie publishing company (one of which is the largest in history!), she is currently writing about her story and the indie world of publishing in a real time blog with chapters added from time to time. I've read a few chapters and I'm already hooked. I'm going to add a link to my blog reads and if you want to check it out (which I highly recommend), feel free to do so at http://www.bestsellerthebook.blogspot.com.

NPR has yet another study to add to the state of reading affairs in our current society today. Hot on the heels of the 1 in 4 Americans Read No Books Last Year debacle comes the explanation of Why Women Read More Than Men, to which high empathy is sighted as a reason which makes the reader identify and feel more for the characters they read.

NPR also did a short special a few months ago on Readers Sucked in by Vampire Lit which comes to no surprise to writers who have been hearing the high wave of paranormal romance acquisitions from publishers. It's no wonder considering the amount of vampire fans out there. I guess one upcoming vampire book was definitely worth it to Ballantine Books considering the mucho denero advance of $3.7 million on a partial trilogy. Can you say whoa! Agent Lori Perkins blogged about it over at her blog and offered some nice advice for putting new twists on old ideas.

And speaking of agents and advice, Jessica Faust of BookEnds LLC recently blogged about what's hot on the market. No surprise, it's paranormals and historicals are making a comeback. What really jazzed me up is the part about romantic suspense being high on the wish list of publishers. To quote:

"Everyone is looking for it and it's not easy to find. We're a picky lot, agents and editors, and we want dark, we want scary and we want it to be original and different. Not an easy task I know, but we are all actively seeking romantic suspense."

Sweet! That gives me hope for finding a home after finishing Before Dawn Breaks. I'm currently halfway through the manuscript and will be trailblazing through to try and finish it by the end of the month in between promoting my current works on the market.

In the meantime, the weekend's here! Yay! Hope everyone has a wonderful, safe and happy weekend. And for all you writers out there, hope you get lots of writing done. :-)

Anthology, Anthology



Just a quick note to let you know that the Weirdly Anthology is coming soon from Wild Child Publishing is now available for pre-order.
My story is a futuristic sci-fi about a female cop who dares to go against convention in a future where natural pregnancy, love and free thought is outlawed. There's also an assortment of other paranormal and horror stories within the pages of 'Weirdly' byt some very wonderful authors. So definitely check it out to be released to the public September 18th! If you pre-order now, you receive it 3 days early so dive in!

In other news, I've just received an acceptance for another upcoming anthology to be released by Eternal Press. I'll let you know the details about the anthology, the story and everything else coming soon but I wanted to share this wonderful news about an exciting new publishing company that looks to do big things!

Stay tuned!

A Writer's Dream welcomes Laura Wright!




Laura Wright has been writing for nearly twenty years. Her first publications began when she was in high school and have continued throughout her adult life. Wright has worked in various positions, including Staff writer, freelance writer, contributing writer, and Guest Columnist with numerous publications, including two in England and Scotland, during her career.

Wright began writing two weeks after the death of her father, at 13. Writing has taken her through the full spectrum with poetry, short stories, fiction novels, and non-fiction credentials.

Wright self-published several small books prior to acceptance with a publisher. Her first novel, While I’m Dying, was published as an ebook and gained over 1,000,000 pages read within two years. She is a staunch advocate for new methods and mediums in professional publication and encourages all authors to explore all publishing options with caution and objectivity.

Her second book, Timeslips & Terrors, is an anthology of horror and suspense stories. This is the first compilation of some of her more popular works. The stories in Timeslips span nearly fifteen years of writing. This book sold copies both nationally and worldwide.



Virginia Creeper is the third novel for Wright. Wright has several other books awaiting publication and continues to work on various first drafts. She has several new short stories and is working on a non-fiction book. Readers can enjoy the new fiction stories “Zimbiki” and “Kerosene,” both available for free at her web site.

Wright has operated the website, www.laurawrites.net, a free community for readers and writers, since 2002. She feels very strongly that information and education is vital to writers on every level. Laurawrites.net offers articles, research aides, and a host of free reading and activities for all visitors. Visitors can do everything from publish their first article to construct their own web site with the available information.

To celebrate the publication of Virginia Creeper, visitors can also take advantage of information at www.vacreeper.com. This web site is not only used in the novel, it features many resources for traditional horror fans and professionals.

Wright structures her writing time around her autistic child and family. She is an avid photographer and visitors are welcome to explore her new photography journal at www.Laurawrites.net/laura1.htm.

Wright has also opened up to readers about the private battles with autism and has started construction of the Laurawrites.net area devoted to autism. Visitors can look for the “Autistic Connections,” area to be complete by this fall.


Q & A with Laura Wright


Q: When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?

I usually felt like it “chose” me. I always dabbled in writing. When I was very little I used to exchange fairy tales I made up with another girl. We never wrote them down.

I’d always dabbled in it. But, it wasn’t until my father died that it really hit me. I was 13 and two weeks after his death, the Muse visited and never left. I started writing daily at that time. I’m now 31.

Q: How would you describe the genre in which you do most of your writing?

Anything weird or bizarre, to be honest. I can’t give a reason why. I think sometimes fiction is just a pastime I haven’t read anything categorized as “weird” or even “horrific” that can compare to many of the actions people take against one another in real life.

I have tried other genres, but failed in them all.

Q: Who is your target audience?

I don’t really have a target audience. I know grandmothers who read horror and people my age who can’t. I think it just depends on the person. I usually think what I write is somewhat “old-fashioned” because I love the psychological side of horror. I think gore and violence are both pretty boring without a good psychological thrill.

Q: What motivated you to start writing in this genre?


It was engrained in me at an early age. I live in an area where storytelling is still a pastime. My family usually told stories every Saturday night and most of them were supernatural in origin.

Q: Who would you say has influenced you the most?


This was far easier to answer when I started writing. I think after you’ve written a while, a sole influence just isn’t available. There are so many. I love Poe’s work for his imagery and suspense. He’s one of the authors I started with. Stephen King is a great author because of his realism. His characterization is tough to beat. He doesn’t write about fantasy people, he writes about people you could meet on the street.

I love Koontz’s work, but he’s very private and that shows in his work. King was poor before he became successful and he tells it like it is. No matter what, I always appreciate and respect that candid honesty. Many people are too afraid to discuss life before they became established.

Q: What are your main concerns as a writer?

Professional writers are too competitive for no real reason. I hate to see them turn on one another. We have, in America, a system of publishing that is supported solely by writers. The genres of writing tutorials, instructional guides, and manuals flood our book stores and shops. General readers aren’t interested in these non-fiction works. That means this whole industry is sustained and perpetuated by writers alone.

It makes me wonder just what writers could do if they would push the old ego aside and actually try to help one another. It’s horrible to see them turn on one another. You would think one book sale is going to pay for their retirement or something. Many authors act like there are simply hundreds of thousands of book sales on the line. That’s the farthest from the truth. Writers are always avid readers.

Q: How have your personal experiences influenced the direction of your writing?


Yes. It’s probably more than I should allow. But, writing is such a cathartic experience; it’s difficult not to get your own aggravations and problems out in the middle of a work.

Q: What would you say are the biggest challenges that you face?

Personally? Time management and promotion.

Q: How do you deal with these challenges?

The best ways possible, at the time. Since circumstances change so often, I don’t have a “set” method.

Q: How many books have you written so far?

Virginia Creeper (2007)

Penknife Press, Ltd.

Virginia Creeper is a fast-paced thriller than combines survival with determination. The heroine escapes after three weeks of brutal assaults that are broadcasted online. She returns home and heals. After weeks in the hospital, she discovers she didn’t end the game. It’s still raging on and she, alone, must bring down a multi-million dollar empire of human slavery and torture.

Timeslips & Terrors (2005)

Penknife Press, Ltd.

Timeslips & Terrors takes the readers on a wild ride through the Appalachian Mountains. These places aren’t mentioned in any tour guides. The itinerary in the book includes a stop in Last Chance, where there may be no return, and a visit to the Jungle, a strip club that isn’t what it seems. Spend an evening with the Spider and try to stay alive. There are over twenty short stories and two novellas awaiting the hapless reader.

While I’m Dying (2001)

Free-Fiction.com (Now Closed)

Karen leaves the monster wounded and escapes alive. She believes the worst is over and life will not be safe and secure. But, now, she must deal with the wrath of his vengeful family. Enemies are everywhere, false accusations are gaining ground, and she becomes the target of a multi-million dollar lawsuit from his vicious family.

Q: Do you write everyday? How much time do you spend on your writing?

Yes, daily. I don’t have a set schedule. I think schedules are important starting out, but you’ll eventually develop your own schedule and it won’t be ruled by a clock.

Q: Which aspects of the work that you put into the book did you find most difficult?

Any readers who enjoyed While I’m Dying will see some similarities in Virginia Creeper. I wrote Dying years ago and always knew there was more to it. There was a larger story involved. It took several years, but the story finally found its way out.

The most difficult part was letting go and allowing it to come. I kept inadvertently going back to the old story when I knew it was dated and lost its edge.

Q: Which did you enjoy most?

I loved letting go. I loved it when I could finally just let the story and become what it needed to be.

Q: What sets the book apart from the other things you have written?

The pacing. I think it moves much faster in Virginia Creeper and I love it. I love to read fast novels myself that keep the pages turning. Creeper is far more complex than most books I’ve written.

Q: In what way is it similar?

It is only similar in the supernatural elements of the story.

Q: What will your next book be about?

I have several I’m working on and I’m not sure which will be completed first. I have a thriller and several horror novels. I may even put together another short story anthology as I’ve recently had a burst of creative energy in short pieces.

Q: What would you say has been your most significant achievement as a writer?


My favorite “achievement” wouldn’t be regarded as an achievement to most, I don’t believe. I wrote a short story years ago titled “A Dead Rose.” This is one of the works in Timeslips.

I submitted it to a critique group shortly after writing it and received some feedback that overwhelmed me.

In the story, a woman can’t accept her husband’s death. He dies suddenly in a car accident and she absolutely refuses to believe it. She goes through much of the story waiting for him to come home from work. She won’t believe the doctors, doesn’t believe the funeral director, she didn’t view the body, she doesn’t believe it.

The person returning feedback lost their daughter, unexpectedly, and went through the same emotions and denial. I couldn’t believe that someone would relate so much to a character in something I’d written. I’m a mother and it cuts so deeply to see someone going through what is your biggest fear.

I was overwhelmed then and it still leaves me speechless.

I guess as for professional “achievement” my best is gaining over 1,000,000 pages read with While I’m Dying. It was out for two years and it shocked me that so many people read it. I loved it, though.

Q: How did you get there?

Please list any links you would like to include below your interview page!

All of my books have companion guides online. While I’m Dying and Timeslips are at my Laurawrites.net web site while Virginia Creeper has its own domain.

My Web Site: www.laurawrites.net

Virginia Creeper’s Web Site: www.vacreeper.com

MySpace: www.myspace.com/wickedambition (that address always gets a laugh)

Check out Virginia Creeper. Now Available!

Do you like paranormal stories? ;-)

Coming September 18th to Wild Child Publishing!

Here's the new cover & blurb for the upcoming strange story anthology. Featuring some awesome stories from some great writers. My short story A Day in the Life of Simplicity a futuristic romance with a twist will be included!


Blurb:
From sci-fi to paranormal to weird, from chilling to odd to scary, Weirdly will sate your lust for strangeness in bite-sized pieces. Each tale weaves its own spell. Vampires, beasts, ghosts, evil creatures and, of course, every day people inhabit Weirdly's pages.

Harland's wife makes her presence known from the other side…. The Beekeeper must come to terms with passing over... Heather and her mother join forces to disguise a murder… Lillie searches for missing children… Samantha finds out a school semester can be more than just schoolwork… All these tales and more. Dare you read them?

Featuring my short sci-fi story "A Day in the Life of Simplicity"

Coming to Wild Child Publishing.com September 18, 2007

This looks really good

2 Oscar Winning Actors. 1 Awesome looking movie. Not to mention two of the cutest kids!
I really like that more bwwm IR movies are coming out where the couples are depicted with multidimensional characteristics. Normally the couple doesn't make it to the end or the movie ends before we can see the relationship continue to develop. I love Something New but I wish it was longer lol (or at least had a sequel).

Check out Halle Berry, David Duchovny and Benecio Del Toro in Things We Lost in the Fire.