Thursday, May 10, 2018

Cheerleaders of the Blind Dead is Available for Pre-Order

Greetings boys and ghouls. I've been a busy beaver and due to that, have a second book release in a calendar year coming up. The fourth book in the Friday Night Frights series, Cheerleaders of the Blind Dead, is now available for pre-order up at Amazon.com. The paperback will be available around the same time, as usual. So if you're interested in the continuing adventures of David Gale and friends, head on over and check it out.

Click here to Pre-Order

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Pacific Rim Uprising

It's no surprise that Pacific Rim was one of my favorite movies from the past few years. It was the perfect mix of giant robots fighting even bigger monsters and hit a sweet spot that had been missing in my life. Sadly, it didn't really light the box office on fire so it seemed like a sequel would never materialize. Fortunately that was not the case and just this month we were graced with a brand new installment in the franchise--Pacific Rim Uprising.

This film takes place ten years after the original. The war has been one and the world is starting to move on. New jaegers are being built as peacekeepers and still training just in case there is another incursion, but so far things have been peaceful. Jake Pentecost, son of the hero Stacker Pentecost, is drawn back into the Pan-Pacific Defense Corps after running afoul of the law to help train some of the new recruits. It should be an easy job and it would have been, until a new threat emerges.

This one might not be from another dimension. It might be home grown.

While the movie lacks some of the polish and grit of the original, Pacific Rim Uprising shines when it comes to continuing to build up the world the Guillermo Del Toro created and it feels like an organic extension. I really liked seeing how the world recovered after the attacks. Usually in monster movies you don't get to see much of that and instead the creatures just destroy the city again and again as if nothing happened the first time. Here you have ravaged parts of the world that are trying to spring back but some are too far gone after the kaiju invasion and are still littered with the bones of the defeated.

The story is solid and and cast is great, particularly John Boyega, who just oozes charisma and is a treat to watch on the screen. The jaeger action is where the movie really shines, with multiple daylight battles featuring a variety of foes. In the first movie, we really didn't get to see anyone other than Gipsy Danger perform. Here, Gipsy Avenger is joined by a host of others and each one gets to shine a little in the battle to save the world.

Fun movie that's a good way to pass some time on a weekend. If you like monster movies, you'll enjoy it and be grinning ear to ear through the whole thing like I was. Check it out.

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Secret Life of Astrogirl is Now Available!

Good news, everyone!

The Secret Life of Astrogirl is officially released and available for purchase for the Kindle and in paperback.

The versions haven't been linked in the store yet but you can find them easily by searching my name or using the following links.

Kindle Version

Paperback Version

Whatever version you choose, I hope you enjoy it and don't forget to leave a review!

Thank you for your support and happy reading!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Secret Life of Astrogirl is Available for Pre-Order

That's right. My latest novel, The Secret Life of Astrogirl, is now available for pre-order for the Kindle on Amazon.com. Or, you know, through your Kindle. The paperback will be available for sale on the same date, they just don't allow pre-orders for them yet on there.

What's this book all about? In case you missed it, TSLOA is face-punching, adrenaline-filled adventure about a superhero who gets suspended from her super team, the Global Defenders, and now has to try and keep her head down and live a normal life in a secret identity so she can get reinstated and back to saving the world.

So she gets herself a job.

The only problem? There are monsters appearing all New York and looking to eat some of her fellow citizens and juggling both careers is going to take some fancy footwork that has her wondering if a 9-5 job might just be the thing that does her in.

Pre-Order it here!

Friday, February 02, 2018

Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (Review)

If you've been following this blog for any time, you know that I am a big Godzilla fan. I have been since I was a kid and it hasn't changed in the many years since then. I don't think there's a Godzilla movie that I outright hate, but the cartoons featuring the big G are a different matter. Sure I loved watching the Hanna Barbera Godzilla on Saturdays, but the design was too different and it never really stuck with me the way the movies did, even if there were some cool monster fights.The cartoon based on the 1998 film is good, correcting some of the missteps that the movie made and turning the lead monster into a creature that resembled the one we knew and love. Hell, he even got to breathe atomic fire!

As such, I wasn't too sure how the anime movie was going to end up being. I was happy to find out that it was good, and wildly different from what I expected.

Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters deals with a world where, when Godzilla appeared, instead of fighting him to the last man, humanity (with the help of some aliens) built ships and left for the stars. However, after twenty years in space and no new planet in sight, the crew decides to turn around and head back to Earth and see if they can take it back from Godzilla. However, when they get there, they find that the world has changed, as 20 years for them was actually 20,000 years back home. Oops.

Undaunted, the crew sets out with their plan to find Godzilla, destroy him, and reclaim the planet they used to call home.

The story was a fine sci-fi tale and it was a nice change from the contemporary settings of the regular Godzilla movies. The animation was crisp and clean, though there were some hiccups at points with the CGI due to it being 24fps instead and creating a stuttering effect. My only real complaint is that besides Godzilla, the only other monster we see is rather unremarkable, a Rodan-like creature that flies in flocks. The other, named monsters from the movies show up in blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shots in the opening credits but that’s it. Hopefully they give us some more in the future installments.

It’s an entertaining way to kill an hour and a half and a fine watch even if you aren’t a Godzilla fan, as quite a bit of the story revolves around human drama and machinations. The ending is one hell of a ride and I can’t wait to see the next one.

Check it out on Netflix streaming now.


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Monday, December 11, 2017

The Secret Life of Astrogirl Live on Kindle Scout

Hey Everybody!

The Kindle Scout campaign for The Secret Life of Astrogirl is live! All you have to do to help is log in with your Amazon account and nominate my book. You can nominate three books at a time so feel free to browse the site and find some other authors that interest you to help out as well after throwing me a nomination. If we get enough votes and get selected into the program, you get free books, too. How cool is that? Thanks for voting for me in advance! Feel free to share away.

Click here for the campaign page!

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

NaNoWriMo Aftermath

Hi all.

I won NaNoWriMo again this year. It was tough in the end and I wasn't sure I would make it, but I ended up going over the limit by a decent amount so I guess I had it in me after all. That book is called John and Deety Save Christmas and will hopefully be available this summer if everything goes ok.

In the meantime, I'm working on the final edit of Cheerleaders of the Blind Dead as well as the cover. I'm looking at a February 2018 publication date for that one. After that, if my friend finishes it in time, you can look forward to a cover from me gracing a novel from a new author that I'm excited about. From what I've read so far, it's a great story and I look forward to sharing that with you when it is out.

That's all for now. I'll try to keep you updated with my nonsense more frequently now that my schedule has freed up a bit.

Kindle Scout

Just submitted The Secret Life of Astrogirl to the Kindle Scout program. I'll let you all know when it is live so you can vote for it and share it. Plus, if it gets enough votes, you all get free copies just for voting. How cool is that? I'll keep you updated. Should know in a few days if my entry passes review.