'Twilight Zone' Gets the Graphic Treatment



NPR Reports · Generations of television watchers have thrilled to the creepy wonders of the Twilight Zone. In Rod Serling's vision of a parallel world, coincidence reigns and demise comes with plenty of hints.

Now a group of students at the Savannah College of Art and Design has re-imagined original Twilight Zone scripts as a series of eight graphic novels.

Anna Burgard, director of the college's Industry Partnerships program, got the idea after talking with Earl Hamner, one of the Twilight Zone's original scriptwriters. Burgard had been intrigued by the school's Sequential Art Department, whose 400 students deal in comics, graphic novels, anything with images in sequence.

Hamner introduced Burgard to Carol Serling, Rod Serling's widow, who gave the green light to the graphic novels.

For the students, the work provided a chance to bring their own take to a pop classic. The Serling stories show surprising staying power. "They're still really relevant," Burgard says, "and they're still really entertaining."

Read the rest of the story and listen to the broadcast from NPR.org.

Coming up in June at AWD!

Oh, it's gonna be a hot one!

Throughout the month of June I'll be spotlight fellow author and WoCBTer Nicole Givens Kurtz and her new novel Silenced debuting June 1st. I'll also be blurbing Raven Happy Hour's Mandy and Michelle's new releases for this summer on June 3rd. Keep an eye out for current books I'll be reading, review recommendations and other goodies I'll be posting. :-)

Charlie Jade comes to Sci-Fi Channel & New blog reads

Saw this link on the AW boards in someone's siggy. I was curious, clicked it and was taken to The Galaxy Express: Adventures in Science Fiction Romance blog. It gives a list of the authors throughout the decades that wrote spec romance and gives an extensive list of sci-fi and romance resources sites. This one is going on my blog reads.

I've also added the new blog Bitten By Books to my reads, a nice up and coming paranormal review blog.



Great news for my fellow Charlie Jade fans out there. The sci-fi noir series is coming to the Sci-Fi Channel on June 9th. If there's enough interest we'll most likely see a DVD set or even a season 2!!

Here's the official scoop from SliceofSciFi.com:

The series follows Charlie Jade, a rogue private detective in a world dominated by greedy multi-national corporations. When Charlie sees the corpse of a beautiful young woman, he realizes that she has no identity, something inconceivable in Charlie’s world. While investigating the case he is led to a parallel universe and is drawn into a conflict with far-ranging, multi-dimensional effects.

Created by Chris Roland and Robert Wertheimer, the series is written by Guy Mullally, David Cole and Stephen Zoller. It is executive produced by Robert Wertheimer, Chris Roland, Izidore Codron, Robin Spry and Jacques Pettigrew.

“Charlie Jade” has already aired in France, Italy, the U.K., Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Canada and South Africa. Post-production and CGI for the series was handled by CinéGroupe in Montréal, who over the last year have produced two series, “Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension” and “Tripping The Rift,” for the U.S. networks.

“I am delighted that SCI FI has agreed to acquire ‘Charlie Jade’,” said Jim Howell, the CEO of Park Entertainment.

“Since the show was made, the Internet has been abuzz with enquires about when the series will be shown on television in the U.S. and available on DVD and to download. I am pleased to say that sci-fi fans will not have to wait much longer!,” echoed Robert Wertheimer.

Mandy and Michelle's Raven Happy Hour moves to nights!

Those Raven Nights!

Raven Radio, as mentioned in Romantic Times Magazine, is moving to nights! Tune in every Wed at 11-12 PM EST and join Authors Michelle Pillow and Mandy Roth as they talk about everything, nothing and the paranormal. Guests include NY Times and USA Today Bestselling authors as well as those wonderfully talented authors soon to be there, editors, paranormal tour guides, psychics, ghost hunters, specialists and more!

www.ravenhappyhour.com or http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ravenradio

Listeners are welcome to join the live chat or call in to the show to talk to us and our guests. The show will move to its new evening schedule, May 28th where listeners can catch us every Wednesday at 11PM to 12AM EST. We have a lot of authors on the upcoming line up and you can see a full schedule of guests here: http://ravenhappyhour.com/raven_podcast_schedule_of_guests.htm


WANT TO JOIN THE VIRAL CONTEST AND HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT RAVEN NIGHTS? Go to Raven’s blog to learn how you could win free advertising packages! Contest open to authors, readers and other groups!
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A Kiss of Ashen Twilight - Project Spotlight



One of my current books under publishing consideration is my urban fantasy romance A Kiss of Ashen Twilight which features vampires, werewolves and shifter elves living in contemporary society. This story was really fun to write because of the research I did for the Scottish vampire hero and the Dahomey (African) fairy heroine. Different cultures as well as different species! Plus, considering everyone’s pasts extend hundreds of years, there’s a lot of information to put in the story for their character backgrounds (not to mention locations!).

I’ve went ahead and made a character list to help me visualize and figure out each character. This was originally posted on my Myspace blog sometime ago but never made an appearance here. ;-)




Jace Archane (Ar-cain)- Regent in the House of Blood; Once an artistic student of Leonardo Da Vinci and the heir of the Archane inheritance, Jace is the man who captures and fires up Ariya's heart once he saves her from an alley attack. Party boy on the surface, a romantic at heart, Jace loves his artwork and hates to be confined to expectations and rules. He is reluctant to embrace his title under his Uncle Julian, but eventually gives in once Ariya's life is put in danger.




Ariya (Ah-ree-ah) - Aziza Fairy from the Dahomey fairy realm; On the escape from an elemental, Ariya crosses into the mortal realm after viewing the death of her family and people. Unbeknownst to her, there is an underground family of nightwalker, shifter elves and lycans living under mortal eyes. Her life changes forever when one particular nightwalker saves her from an alley attack.




Julian Archane - Patriarch to the House of Blood; Uncle to Jace. Once a fierce warrior on the bloody battle lands of Scotland in the 1400s, Julian now lives as a business man primarily keeping the houses in order. Reluctant to change and anyone invading his territory, he is leery of Ariya the minute she takes Jace's attention away from his duties. Julian is a man of secrets partly due to the sacrifice of his wife and unborn child after he was turned.




Gael (Guy-eel) Almadovar - Regent to the House of Shifter Elves; Devastatingly handsome, smooth and a sweet talker, Gael exudes a special 'It' factor partial to his preternatual abilities. He remains close to his Patriarch Daoine (Day-oh-in) Oberon and has an easy going disposition, unless provoked. Although he has lived an exciting past (as he comes from a line of Moorish soldiers and of royalty), he lives a lowkey life now within the houses; but will be there whenever his friends need him.



<-- (not my artwork, but when I came across it, it was perfect for how I envisioned my character. Copyright this chick)

Rich Hammond - Regent to the House of Lycan; Strong both emotionally and physically, Rich shares a strong connection with Jace due to their shared history. Volatile with his emotions when under stress, Rich holds duty and honor at the highest of priorities within the house and his pack alongside his Uncle Michael, the Patriarch. Rich is wary of Ariya upon her arrival, especially upon a mutual nightwalker friend's demise, which affects his good friend within the pack.

Other characters:
Daoine Oberon - Patriarch in the House of Shifter Elves; also a big part in the history of the Ashen Twilight House

Rides (woo hoo!)

Jace's ride:
BMW Volga Roadster


Rich's ride:
Kawasaki Ninja

Gael's ride:
(copyright this dude)
Roush Mustang Convertible

Ariya's ride:


The Archane Family Crest


In the Dahomey mythology, the Aziza is a benign fairy race providing good magic and practical advice for hunters. In various mythologies across the world, vampires are depicted as vicious dark hunters. When Ariya, an Aziza fairy, comes in contact with a vampire named Jace Archane, she will either be a great benefit to the hunt…or the worst distraction for his heart.

When a vicious elemental creature targets Ariya, she immediately crosses into the mortal realm to hide. A more dangerous threat awaits her as she is nearly attacked by renegade shapeshifters in the form of wolves. Help arrives in the form of Jace Archane, a handsome vampire of Scottish origins with a history dating back to the late medieval period in the Highlands of Scotland. He is next in line to become Patriarch in the vampire House of Blood under the Ashen Twilight House; a society of nightwalkers, lycans and shifter elves that have lived undetected among humans for centuries. Jace and Ariya’s attraction to each other is evident, but Jace is reluctant to lower his guard and help her after coming to terms with death’s curse: everyone he feeds from dies. Ariya is undeterred by his fear of contact and insists on remaining under his protection once a member of the House of Blood is murdered after leaving Jace’s home one evening.

Before long, Jace and Ariya are on a quest to clear their names, find the real murderer and search for the true power controlling the elemental. Eventually their search leads to a forgotten ally with plans to overthrow the Archane legacy and use Ariya’s fairy blood to fuel an immortal thirst for power.

Let's start the week off right!

Woo hoo. Some things to shave off on my to-do list. The second book to Cimmerian City is finished and now I have a beta going over it for inconsistencies and mistakes. So for now I'm putting that aside to work on my short for submission to Nocturne Bites. I started it back in Feb but I got so burned out on the paranormal I needed an extended break to refresh my mind. Now I'm jazzed and ready to dive back in again so I'll probably writing that and editing what's already written (for clarity and all).

A Kiss of Ashen Twilight my urban fantasy romance is at a few publishers for consideration. May have to wait a bit on that and I'm still eager to get Ariya and Jace's story out. I may start on Ariya 2 while they are still fresh in minds. To get in the mood I may re-post the dream cast list from my earlier myspace blog and newsletter posts. Also a blurb and maybe an excerpt to give you readers an idea of what the story is about.

Those are pretty much my goals for the second half of the year and considering we're already in May, I just may be able to swing it! :-D

My upcoming release Before Dawn Breaks should be nearing the end of post production (proofers are reviewing it now) and once I get the release date for that, I'll post it here. I'll have to get some promos set in the next day or so, some review copies prepped and a contest started for all the lovely readers out there. :-D

Stay tuned!

Not-so-perfect heroes



It's been a while since I've seen the Indiana Jones trilogy (and you best believe I'm going to be there next weekend to see Indy 4). My brother and I watched the tapes when we were younger. So much in fact we started quoting them as we watched and my brother (who has a talent for doing different voices) would act out certain parts with much emoting.

Watching them again as a writer I've come to really appreciate the films as fun adventure movies, and great lessons in storytelling featuring a not so perfect hero. Indy gets in situation after situation and we're glued to our chairs trying to figure out how he'll get out of each predicament. I love that Indy isn't perfect. He screws up. Sometimes his horse moves when he tries to jump onto it from a cliff, sometimes the big bruiser he fights won't get a scratch on him with the first blow and sometimes it takes him a few tries to finally get out of a bad situation.

But he keeps on going and we're right there watching and cheering him on.

In our current times we're exposed to characters are grey: not so good then not so bad. I like antiheros as much as the next gal but I miss having a good old fashioned hero to cheer for as he fights the baddies. Indy fit that role and made the films great popcorn flicks but also great storytelling.

I'd love to see more stories like this not only in the movies but also in books as well. My video games are already covered with the ever awesome Tomb Raider series (my TR Legend disc is screaming for rest and I'm grabbing Anniverary as we speak) and I'd love to see more adventure stories like the fun pulp of yore. I'm not sure if there are many readers yearning for the same thing (as paranormal still seems to be the big draw) but if any readers are out there checking out this post, I'd love to know your thoughts on this type of books. Should adventure books make a comeback? Especially ones geared toward woman (a la the Harlequin Bombshell line)?

Goals for 2008 (The second half)

I just saw a post over at JA Konrath's A Newbie's Guide to Publishing (if you haven't checked out his blog yet, do so NOW--great inspirational, no holds barred reading for authors) and I came to a post about goals. Seeing as how we're in the middle of the month (and pretty much the year) I thought I would reflect on the publishing goals I made last December for the start of this year.

Submission Goal for the start of 2008

Uthiel's Embrace (High Fantasy Romance)
To Send to FB (one of my other fave houses)
(Check! And released )

Works in Progress I'd like to finish for the first half of 2008
Within the Shadows of Mortals aka Ariya 2 (Paranormal Romance/Contemp. Dark Fantasy)
Cimmerian Girl (Futuristic)

Ariya 2 is still in progress but I'd love to finish that this year. I'm currently shopping Ariya 1 (aka A Kiss of Ashen Twilight) and will hopefully have that one released and in reader's hands soon.

Cimmerian Girl is a definite check! I've decided to write both Cimmerian World and Cimmerian Girl as one whole continuation from the events of Cimmerian City. I'm happy to say that as of yesterday the book is complete and now I'm going through final edits before it leaves my eyes into some beta reader friends of mine. This one was a toughie because I had to write it in a way that satisfied readers of CC and didn't bore them but also catch up those who hadn't read the previous book so they wouldn't feel lost.

In the meantime I'm gearing up for the Before Dawn Breaks release. I'm trying to gather some goodies for readers to whet their romantic suspense appetites. I'll definitely keep you guys posted on the release and any news I may have.


Goals for 2008 (The second half)
Finish Ariya 2
Find a home for A Kiss of Ashen Twilight
Finish editing Book 2 of the Cimmerian Series & find a nice home for it
Write and edit my submission for HQN Nocturne Bites
Get accepted by Bites

Geeking out on extras

I dunno what it is but the moment I hear about an upcoming dvd release my first instinct is to ask what kind of extras are included in the dvd set. I LOVE extras. I guess I can credit it to my love of filmmaking for behind the scenes movie magic. I also love to see the insights of the cast and crew on their thoughts for the making of the film. Recently I finally got my hands on Blade Runner: The Final Cut and seriously geeked out during a whole weekend just watching extras from all aspects of the film including costumes, the novel vs script comparisons and even an awesome featurette with the man himself Philip K. Dick. It was kind of wild seeing the 80s featurettes because they had this awesomely weird 70s soundtrack with shots of people on set working. Now I don't know about you other Blade Runner fans out there but I never associate the film with "our world" which is weird if you think about it but the movie always felt otherworldly if not futuristic at most. Seeing it disco style music just made it feel weird!

Anyway, my recent foray into "What Kind of Extras Does It Have?" land is for some upcoming dvd releases: Witchblade & Birds of Prey. It's about bloody time! With all the "meh" shows coming out alongside the good shows that networks killed in their infancy, it's nice to go back to the shows that take us to our comfort zone, reminding us during those times when Movies and TV really hit it out of the park. Some may not think these shows were very well written but I was pretty jazzed to tune into them.

So adding to my numerous list of DVDs to Buy (including The Indy Trilogy which was released yesterday), here's two more with some info on their extras.



Witchblade: The Complete Series

  • Number of discs: 7
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 1122 minutes

Features:

  • Bringing the Blade to Life
  • Wielding the Blade
  • Original Casting Sessions for Yancy Butler, Anthony Cistaro, David Chokachi, Eric Estebari, and Will Yun Lee







Poor Yancy, surrounded by all that hotness. ;-)




Birds of Prey: The Complete Series

  • Number of discs: 4
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 737 minutes
Features:
Gotham Girls S1-3 - An animated series of shorts starring the Birds of Prey characters

(Needs more extras!)

Before Dawn Breaks - Coming soon from Freya's Bower

I couldn't wait to post about my new book Before Dawn Breaks not only because it's my first full length book in a while but also because I'm pretty proud of the cover I created. I had a previous one by that didn't have the impact I wanted to convey. So I started all over and was so fortunate to come upon two picks that PERFECTLY depicted the main characters of Alexandra (Alex) and Josh. This book, which was once a screenplay, first started out as a romantic comedy but as I adapted it for the narrative form, I found out it really wanted to become a romantic suspense novel. Thus was born Before Dawn Breaks which fuses two of my fave genres together. Surprisingly this one was contemporary rather than what most of my work turned out to be: futuristic. But don't worry speculative fans, I have a few upcoming works currently looking for homes which will hopefully quench your thirsts. :-)

Since I'm not currently working on my computer I won't be able to update my website with the new goodies until hopefully later this week, but in the mean time I'd like to introduce you to my latest upcoming release here and on my myspace page.


Before Dawn Breaks - Romantic Suspense

Alexandra Lyons is a cold seductive assassin, skilled at the art of the kill. Camilla Angelson is a bubbly writer enjoying the quiet life as a recent graduate from college. Both women are the same person. Unfortunately, her former employer, the secret government bureau that hired her, knows this all too well.

Josh Mayer is a former secret service agent looking to pick up the pieces of his life after a messy divorce from a cheating wife and a job of putting his life on the line. Doubling as a restaurateur and an “unofficial” undercover agent, the beautiful female target he is protecting may be the same one he is willing to risk his life and, most of all, his heart to save.

Coming Soon

Spreading the love of reading, one continent at a time

Last week I received an email from a man out of the blue. I was shocked! This was a man who loved reading so much he decided to become a librarian as he collected more than 6,000 books from across the genre spectrum and more than 35 languages throughout his library. The man's name is Tadeusz Glowinski and his library located in the small Polish town of Olesnica entitled Glowinski's Library. The Student Operated Press recently did a wonderful piece on Mr. Glowinski and his love of books and I couldn't help feeling how passionate and warm-hearted he felt toward the written word. The media is inundated with reports of the lack of reading and how much publishers are losing money so it was refreshing to hear one man's journey to enter a career based on his love of books.

I'm honored to announce that Mr. Glowinski has asked to have my books added to his library. So this week I'll be gathering all of my print books to sign and send off (along with the prizes for the winners of my recent contests) to their new home in Poland. It's really exciting! As a writer and artist who spends most of her time creating and spreading the word about her creations, it's amazing to me to digest that such a great collector of so many books has asked to house a collection of my signed works. This was also coming off the news in seeing my name on a few blog lists accompanied by some of the big name authors of today. Talk about mind boggling!

To any authors out there, and even readers who love a variety of books, please check out the link to the article above and then drop an email to Mr. Glowinski as he loves to hear from people all over the world. If you have a blog, please spread the word about this little gem of a library and it's wonderful owner with a big heart.

Glowinski's Library - http://glowinski.olesnica.pl

Burnt out Book Industry

Ah...A moment to let things sink in.

It's been a while since I actually posted a real blog here that wasn't an announcement of some sort and I'm trying to get back into the groove of things rather than just pop in and pop out. Hopefully I'll have more time to do that. But I needed this time to take a breath and reflect on why I write.

Blog Reader: Obviously Rae, you write because you love it.

True reader, I do. But sometimes life throws a few curves at you that calls for a step back to recognize where you came from so you can get where you're going.

This is not a logical industry. Writing itself is not a logical endeavor. Well, aside from technical books and non-fiction instruction books :-P writing is not necessarily logical. No other industry is based on the intuition and the opinion of a buyer. Both behind the scenes and after the product is sold. Each step of the way for book production is based on a) how a publisher feels, b) how an agent feels, c) how marketing management feels, d) how booksellers feel, e) how critics feel, and ultimately, f) how the readers feels. All of it is based on the reaction they get from what is placed in front of them (namely the book product which first has to grasp the reader by the cover alone before heading to the blurb and ultimately the book itself). If any of a-d doesn't have a positive reaction to your work, you have to start right from the beginning until you score each and every goal. Months and months pass by sometimes just on a) or b) individually. Not counting the time it takes to write the book beforehand and ultimately polish it enough to be seen by other individuals.

Whew.

It's a long process and you have to be simply crazy to indulge within such a tedious process.

So why do it? Why not hang up the hat?

I do it because, like every other writer out there who picks up the pencil, the pen or the mouse and keyboard, there is a story inside of me waiting to be released. And you have to be crazy, confident (or egotistical?) enough to think that people would want to read your work afterward. Why? Because I want to entertain.

I want to take the reader by the hand, sit them down and ask them to let me tell Raven's story and show her struggles as she learns about what it means to be human, or Uthiel's story as she discovers how her world differs from the mortal world, or the love story of how Alexandra met Josh, fell and love and nearly died from escaping government assassins. I AM nutty enough to think they will resonate with my characters enough to see how they overcome the obstacles across numerous pages. And even more I hope that they will love it enough to go back and get to know these characters again like old friends.

It's a business based on feeling, intuition and subjection. Although it's weird in the business sense, it works end the end because the reader loses themselves in other worlds with people they may never get to meet or know in their lives.

And that's why I write. To keep the magic going for readers.

I got a little burnt out with the behind the scenes creation of books (everything that comes after the book is polished!) but I took some time to work on other projects and hopefully can say I'm back.