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“Zombies? Check. Non-stop apocalyptic action? Check! This book will get your heart pumping. Read it with one hand on a machete (just in case).” –Arthur Slade, bestselling author of Dust

 

“Smart and crisply written.  If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead you’ve found your next read!” —Eric Walters, bestselling author of the Rule of Three series

 

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In a society that has fallen to a nightmarish disease that brings the dead back to life, Ethan finds himself at war with his vengeful stepfather who taught him all he knows to survive in an apocalyptic world. Ethan gathers a troupe of other survivors – including Thomas, the thuggish football captain; Kady, the flighty cheerleader; and Gerald, the meek tinkerer – and builds a home base fortress to fight back against the army he knows his stepfather is creating. Ethan’s clan of survivors relies on him to guide them, but personal conflicts make it seemingly impossible to work as a team. Ethan knows, if they don’t pull themselves together, his stepfather will make them wish the disease had taken them first.

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Love, immortality, or vengeance? Which would you choose?

Rancor, a werewolf, has spent the last several hundred years training to kill vampires. Shay, a vampyre, has spent his time mocking the werewolf just for fun. Now, a thousand years after they first met, both werewolf and vampire will clash over the ultimate prize: true love. Filled with fast-paced action and a conclusion you won’t expect, Rancor will both win and break your heart.

 

TV Shows I Miss

The way we watch TV has certainly changed since Netflix began streaming and creating its own content. We now have many others just like it, also creating content, acting as TV show suppliers and TV studios.

There are a few shows that I wouldn’t mind seeing again*, but most will not only never make it to DVD but will fall far, far under the radar of Netflix-like broadcasters. Let me know what show you miss, too.

*Firefly is not on this list only because the entire season is on DVD and on Netflix. This isn’t a list of shows I’d like to see remade or continued –most of these shows were terrible– but it would be fun to see them again.

Hope Island (1999-2000)

Hope Island was my “comfort show.” Centers around Daniel, a troubled minister who is forced to live on Hope Island where he is the new minister of the local Protestant church. The characters were quirky, the town idyllic, and often the one who saved the day was the one you’d never expect.

 

Catwalk (1992-1994)

Catwalk starred Neve Campbell, who became more well-known for her Party of Five and Scream roles. This show took place in Toronto, and followed the careers of a struggling 20-something band. It was aired on YTV and was surprisingly gritty for that network.

 

Live Through This (2000)

A little like Catwalk, Live Through This was a show about a rock band. The Jackson Decker band, big in the 80s, decide on a revival tour that’s run by their twenty-something kids.

 

Opposite Sex (2000)

You might recognize more than a few faces in this show: Milo Ventimiglia (Gilmore Girls and Heroes), Chris Evans (Captain America), Allison Mack (Smallville). Three boys wind up being a test group of males who are integrated into an all-girl school. Ridiculous premise, yet the actors made the show hilarious and watchable.

Raven (1992-1993)

Jonathan Raven, a former ninja in the Black Dragons, has killed his clan and is now living in Hawaii helping those in need. Also starred Lee Majors of Six Million Dollar Man and Fall Guy fame.

 

Werewolf (1987-1988)

Eric was bitten by a werewolf, and now must find the origin of the bloodline to kill him and end the curse. He’s being hunted by a werewolf hunter (of course) and in each episode (much like the Incredible Hulk) Eric finds himself in trouble where he conveniently turns and the werewolf saves the day.

 

The Crow: Stairway to Heaven  (1998-1999)

Based on the Comic book series by J. O’Barr (which I love) and on the original movie starring Brandon Lee (also love), this series followed Eric Draven who has risen from the dead when a Crow brings him back to right an incredible wrong.

James in his Jeep Getting Java- Forks, WA (Classic Edition)

Forks Washington is a town between the Olympic Mountains and the Pacific Ocean of just over 3,600 people. It’s fame comes from the Twilight novels, as that was where Stephanie Meyer set her stories. Interestingly enough, she had never set foot in the town when writing her books nor did any of the movies get filmed there. It is, however, an interesting place to visit if you are into pop culture (and its effects on people) or just like a beautiful drive. Olympic National Park is amazing.

This was a trip I had taken back in the summer of 2012, but since there’s nothing but grey skies outside and I haven’t been feeling up to a road trip the last week and a bit I’m going to reminisce. (Also, since I’ll most likely never have the chance to return to Forks, it would be nice to have a blogged record of it.) My soundtrack for this trip is Vacation, by the Go-Go’s.

I didn’t have my Jeep in 2012, so this was more of a “James in his Prelude Getting Pizza” event–which really doesn’t have the same ring. This vehicle, a 90s relic that looked better than it performed, used to suddenly overheat with no cause. I had a few mechanics look at it, one changed the thermostat which helped for a short term, but eventually the vehicle completely died.

However, for this particular trip it performed well and only overheated and smoked at the border while coming home. (Thankfully, it would stop overheating when I was at customs and then continue when I was over the border. It was really strange.)

Below is my dog, Conan, who really wanted to come with me. He stayed at the Baggie Socks Spa (a friend’s place that he stayed at whenever I went on vacation) where he was pampered and loved.

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Conan the Shih Tzu

This was my first experience driving through Deception Pass (see my blog post about Langley, WA). I took the ferry from Fort Casey to Port Townsend, my first stop along the way. Port Townsend I do hope to return to someday to better explore, as it was a beautiful little port side town of just over nine thousand people.

I did find a 50s style soda shop where I had a burger and root beer. The food was good and the atmosphere was like that of Al’s Diner from Happy Days.

But this wasn’t where I was headed, so off to Forks. What I will say is that, as an author of a vampire series that came out a few months before Twilight (and that has been accused of copying Twilight’s tropes ever since,) it was fascinating to me to see what this level of fandom can do for a relatively unknown town.

Forks was a logging community and I got the impression that the residents were happy that the popularity of Twilight was waning so they could return to their quiet life. There was a bus emblazoned with the words “TWILIGHT TOURS” that drove through the area every hour filled with tourists. (I did not take the tour.) There was also a store dedicated to the sale of Twilight memorabilia. (I bought a shirt.)

I visited all the tourist places that marked events in the books. La Push was freezing cold, even though it was a hot summer day of plus 30C. Along the drive to La Push, there are dozens of signs warning of possible, sudden tsunamis. Made me feel a little nervous about being there — very open and exposed to the ocean.

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All in all, I should have stopped to take more photos of the drive there as Olympic National Park was spectacular. (Warrants another trip there, for sure.) It would also be interesting to see the town after the Twilight phenomenon, now that it has died down so much. The people there were quite friendly, and there was a restaurant that had the *best* french toast I have ever had. (They said they used “egg bread” which I’ve never been able to find anywhere.)

Below is one more photo from the trip, this one taken in Port Angeles. I didn’t get to eat in the restaurant, as it was closed when I was there. (It was open only for dinner.)

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Where Bella and Edward had their first date.

As an author of paranormal fiction, I do have to tip my hat to Meyer for creating such a blockbuster success (regardless of my own opinions on the books). She did help the sales of my own novels, even if it is annoying to be constantly compared to her books as though hers invented the genre. (Mine didn’t either, in case you think I’m hinting at that.)

If you’re curious about my books, you can still get a copy of Rancor which is available in a 2014 edition on Amazon. And if you ever decide to go looking for Minitaw, where Rancor takes place, I should warn you that the town doesn’t actually exist. I did, however, base it on my experiences with Birtle, Manitoba, which was founded by my great-great-grandfather. And, it’s nothing like Twilight.

 

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Nearly Forgot About Book Expo & SBH

For those of you attending Book Expo in Toronto this weekend, or the Spring Book Hatching here in Vancouver, this is a poster that you can pick up.
The poster was designed by Andrea Armstrong, a very talented graphic designer. The character was drawn by Jen Moore, who has done artwork for TV (such as the Masters of Horror TV show where the book RANCOUR appeared as a prop!).

Pyre Due Date

Alas, but Pyre won’t be shipped until June 20th. This means he won’t make it in time for the Spring Book Hatching (drat those vampire defenders!), but I will have some fancy posters to give away and (if you haven’t already) you can always pick up your copy of Rancour!

Here is a reminder of the event: