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Here's one for the fans!

There's got to be said for fandom of genre television. The saying "Although they may kill our shows, they may never kill our spirit" comes to mind. Someone probably said that somewhere, but honestly it just came off the top of my head. Yet it fits fandom so well. The joke goes that no other fans have been beating down as much as sci-fi fans. We've had a bunch of shows dangled in our faces like a piece of yarn in front of a hungry cat itching for some attention. Then, just as we're getting ready to dive in, they yank it back into the land of cancellation. Dvds are released named as the complete series...and we all know good and well that the complete series wasn't even close to what the show's potential presented.

Yet we still buy and think of what-if.

Well, that was then. Before the land of the internet. And this is now the world of podcasts, forums and much fan interaction still exchanging ideas and sharing a love for their favorite shows.

So here's to…

Silenced by Nicole Givens Kurtz - Another for the keeper shelf

For the past few months or so I've been waiting for this book and a new sci-fi series to sink my teeth into. Silenced certainly delivered. The story revolves around Cybil Lewis, a private investigator in the year 2146 during a time with the United States has broken up into smaller territories. In the running for the governor position is Mayor Annabelle Christensen, a picture perfect poised woman always decked out in designer wear. Mayor Christensen comes to Cybil for help with finding her daughter Amanda who went missing. Cybil eventually takes her up on the offer and soon dives into a conspiracy where everyone wears masks and the truth is hidden between a neatly threaded web of lies.

I really enjoyed Silenced for so many reasons. Cybil for one weaves this tale with such a unique voice as she speaks to the audience throughout the book. There were so many one liners and quips that kept me chuckling to myself at her smart alecky comebacks The real beauty of the book lies within the d…

Settling back in at home

Whew! Finally back home again yet still recovering. That's the weird thing about traveling, you don't feel the lethargy until the next day (after sleeping in your own bed again yay!!). While touring the old stomping grounds I got to go back to one of my fam's fave used bookstores: Acres of Books. After being shocked after how much downtown had changed, we received another shock: Acres of Books was possibly moving...IF they can get another location (after all, they really do need acres because of how many books is stored in that warehouse). We bought some tees and totes to help support one of our fave indie bookstores but I couldn't help being bummed at seeing it go. We lost Crown Books in the early 00's. B. Dalton and Waldenbooks left us as they merged with Barnes and Noble & Borders respectively. Now one of our locals was going down as well.

It made me realize how much I miss shopping at Indie bookstores.

Now, I'm an avid e-shopper, especially of books and e…

Some thoughts on self-publishing

I'm currently on the road for a day or two trip and had a lot to think about on my travels. Before I left and while I was packing I saw a late night Book TV special. Usually I have the show on in the background while I work (because they feature the most snooze worthy non fiction while ignoring some great reads out there) but this particular panel made me sit up and turn up the volume. It featured a panel of speculative authors at the Virginia Festival of the Book in March and, get this, the panel was on self-publishing. BookTV.org has the entire stream available for viewing here in case you missed it. (Just click the little 'watch' button in the corner)

Now throughout my reading of everything I can get my hands on within the publishing industry, including blogs and industry manuals, there has been some dire words spoken about self published books. Everything from complaints about editing to dark forboding consquences to be bestowed on the poor author, I've heard. Even …

RIP Stan Winston

A great loss to the visual effects community, great movies and moviegoers everywhere. Winston worked on some classic sci-fi films that still kick butt to this day.

Stan Winston, dead at 62; Oscar-winning visual effects artist suffered from multiple myeloma 11:57 AM PT, Jun 16 2008 Stan Winston, an Oscar-winning visual effects artist, has died at age 62.Winston died at his Malibu home Sunday evening after a seven-year struggle with multiple myeloma, according to a rep from Stan Winston Studio."Stan died peacefully at home surrounded by family," a spokeswoman said.Winston won four visual effects Oscars and earned multiple nominations. His first Oscar was for James Cameron's "Aliens" (1986). Winston later won two Oscars for "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1992) (visual effects and makeup) and 1993's "Jurassic Park." (See Stan Winston's Creature Features, by LAT's Patrick Kevin Day.)Phil Tippett, who shared a visual effects Oscar wi…

July is going to be one busy month!

Two days ago I sent in my order for invitations for my virtual book signing and yesterday I got them in. Wow! The creator made a big sign of my Before Dawn Breaks cover with a table, chair and a stack of books with one open book on top of them that says "best wishes" in script. So it looks like an actual book signing! I'm going to use it for the July 1st discussion but I was just so taken aback by the wonderful attention to detail she added to the work. That's one of the reasons I love SL, there's so much creativity running around in the virtual world and many of the people I've come to know are amazing builders.

With the big book community and it's creativity running wild there, I've decided to hold a discussion about ebooks in-world followed by a virtual book signing for Before Dawn Breaks. It's all apart of my online book tour for July! I'll add a full list of my goings-on for next month, but in the mean time here's a posted list.

July 1s…

Paranormal Romance or Urban Fantasy?

I think I blogged about this some time ago but much is still discussed about the difference between these two genres. I was at a book discussion in SL last Thursday and the genre of the day was Paranormal Romance. Many urban fantasy books were brought up and the goal was still met to share some good book titles to add to everyone's already ginormous TBR piles. But as we all left, I can tell the definition was still muddled in everyone's mind.

To bad I didn't come across Ciara Stewart's blog earlier. (Thanks to a link at Marta's Vamp Wire blog) I came across Ciara's post link to author Keri Arthur's definition of both subgenres in a pretty straight forward fashion. (The full article is pretty informative also).

Paranormal Romance:Usually written in the 3rd person. Main characters are Hero and Heroine and they MUST have a happily ever after together. This couple is exclusive. Love shall overcome is the theme. Each book in the series has a new hero/heroine pair,…

Study of Popular Romance - New Journal and organization

I'm a little late in posting this but, if you haven't already heard, there's a new journal & organization geared to academic study of popular romance literature. The romance community is really jazzed about this focus on the genre. Romance usually gets dismissed as fluff (science fiction fans also know this treatment as well) and with this organization the genre could be taken more seriously. The cool thing is the focus on romantic literature as it pertains to our society. Not surprising romantic relationships show up in other "serious" genres for exploring the human condition so it's high time that we get down to the nitty gritty itself with studying stories that are driven by love and romance in itself.

Science fiction is usually an outlet for authors to explore what it means to be human. Romance is usually seen as escapist fare when a single boy meets girl story leads to a satisfying happy ending. But what does the journey say about what it means to be…

Raven Happy Hour's Mandy and Michelle's New Releases!

How can you not love a group named the Raven Vampire Nightclub? And the ladies who host the happy hour are just as awesome. Michelle Pillow and Mandy M. Roth have some new releases coming out this month. If you're looking for some more hot summer reads, you've come to the right place! ;-)

Recipe for Disaster by Michelle M. PillowComing in Trade Paperback, June 10, 2008!

Aspiring chef, Zoe Matthews has lost her job and all hopes of a satisfying future. If that wasn’t bad enough, she’s just publicly shot down her one and only chance at culinary redemption. Restaurant mogul, Jackson Levy is determined to teach the rude city-slicker a lesson in manners. What she thinks will be a head chef position at one of his fancy restaurants turns out to be a small town diner. Can this city girl and a country boy find common ground? Or is this just a recipe for disaster?

Available at -http://www.amazon.com
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June Spotlight on Author Nicole Givens Kurtz

This month we have a special guest here at A Writer's Dream. One of my fellow authors and Writers of Color Blog Tour members Nicole Givens Kurtz is celebrating the release of her futuristic PI novel Silenced, the first in the Cybil Lewis series. I started reading Silenced and I couldn't think of a better way to kick off the summer with such a fantastic, strong heroine who doesn't back down until she gets what she wants. More on that later on in the month. But for now, here's a chance to get to know more about the author herself.

Q: How would you describe the genre in which you do most of your writing?A:The genre I decided to write in (science fiction/mystery) is one I enjoy reading. It is a genre that works for me and one I absolutely choose to read when reading for pleasure. That’s the reason I write science fiction/mystery hybrid.

Q: Who would you say has influenced you the most?A:The author who influenced me the most has to be Octavia Butler and Philip Dick. I am a cy…