April 24th Wild Wednesday Has Arrived!

Wild Wednesday

 

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Rise of magic

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Worlds Collide

Worlds Collide

 

Afterthoughts and Daydreams

 

Blue Apocalypse

Blue Apocalypse

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Introducing Caitlin Harrison from The Caitlin Chronicles!

Caitlin Chronicles Interview

 

Have you ever wondered what Characters from different books thought about themselves, or their authors? We are doing a series of character interviews each month where we sit down with one of the main people in the stories you love. This week, I sat down with Caitlin Harrison from Dawn of Chaos, book 1 of the Caitlin Chronicles and part of the Age of Madness! The Age of Madness is a time in the Kurtherian Gambit Universe after the Worlds Worst Day, but before the Age of Magic. This was the time where the Earth had to deal with Kurtherian technology, magic, vampires, weres, and even zombies! This was the turning point before humans discovered they had magic.

 

HI Caitlin, welcome to the LMBPN chat room! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule of killing zombies and fighting against tyrannical vampires to let the fans know a little bit about yourself. Can you tell us something about yourself and help new readers get an idea of who you are?

Hi, my name is Caitlin Harrison – though I’m sure Kain would add that most call me ‘Kitty-Cat’… sigh… I grew up in a little woodland fortress in the ass-end of somewhere, called Silver Creek. I’m not exactly sure where that is in the larger world. Silver Creek was all that I ever knew until I discovered a crude map in the Governor’s quarters and went on my travels. You can find out about my journey in ‘The Caitlin Chronicles’.

Kitty-Cat, LOL I like it!

Your series is four books long. How do you evolve during the course of the series? read more…

Fan’s Pricing for Saturday, April 20th

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The New Queen Rises

Charlie No-Face

Tales From the Oriceran Universe

One Crazy Life

Agents of Mayhem

Trading by Firelight

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Wild Wednesday Has Finally Arrived! April 16, 2019

Wild Wednesday

 

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The Caitlin Chronicles Boxed Set

The Dark Mage Book 1

The Peabrain’s Idea

The Red Circle

Mortality Bites Boxed Set

Women of the United Federation of Marines Trilogy – This is available wide, so no KU

 

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Meet Rudolfus Sweetwater from The Unstoppable Liv Beaufont series!

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Liv Beaufont may be the star of this series, but there is one character who ads an entirely new dimension to the story, Rudolfo Sweetwater. He was only too happy to sit down with me to answer a few questions fans of the series wanted answers to. Please join me in welcoming the enigmatic Fae, who believes he’s the star of the show!

1 – Tell me a little about yourself.

 

Hey there, sweet loves. My names is Rudolfus Sweetwater, but my friends call me Rudolf. I’m a fae with incredibly beautiful maroon wings and a head of gorgeous blond hair. One look at me and you’ll be in love, but that’s mostly because my expert seduction powers as a fae. The mortal ladies always fall for me. The men too. I’ve been on this Earth for approximately six-hundred years, but I don’t look a day over twenty-four.

If you want to read up on my adventures then start the Unstoppable Liv Beaufont series, although unfortunately, the stories are mostly about Liv. She’s definitely not as attractive or talented or likeable as me. I tell her this often and I think she’s really working on bettering herself. I hope so anyway. She has a bad attitude. But she also has big ass—

Ouch! Liv just slapped me. I was only going to say that she has big assets. See what I mean about the bad attitude. Make love, Liv. Not war. Well, unless you have to police magic for the rest of us, then I guess go and fight the war so that I can sunbathe. Thanks, love.

 

2 – How do you evolve during the course of the story/series?

 

That’s hard to say because I’m nearly perfect. However, I’m hiding a secret that no one knows. I wouldn’t say this suave disposition and ladies man thing is an act, but it definitely is covering up a part of me that I don’t want anyone to know about.

 

3 – Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?

 

Almost everyone loves me. Almost. I did have a little run in with Father Time. He totally knows how to hold a grudge too. Dude, can you get over it? So, I stole your stuff.

 

I guess I can’t count on him kicking the bucket anytime soon.

 

And then there’s the Queen of the Fae. We used to share a bed but then I decided I didn’t like that she was soulless, and she ruined my life, so we’re not really on good terms. Other than that, everyone loves me. Well, except for Liv. She says she can barely stand me, but for some reason she keeps ringing my phone and then using the excuse that it’s for business. Sure, sure, Liv, darling. I know what you really want.

 

4 – What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

 

Fae don’t really have any problems. We live so long that everything is relative for us. Once, a queen locked me up for fifty years, along with the rest of the fae, because she wanted “alone time.” See, it’s all relative. The things that effect short-lived mortals or those worry-wart magicians aren’t a big deal for me. I just drink my cherry wine and hum a tune. But I do have a small challenge that I face in the story. It’s located at the bottom of a fountain and guarded by an evil mermaid. If I only I knew a hot-headed Warrior who could help me out…

 

 

5 – What is the one event that you feel has helped to shape your personality?

 

Well, there was the Renaissance era. Oh, and the ‘60ties. And I can’t even tell you what happened last week at Coachella. Incidentally, I spent a weekend at Burning Man that I can hardly remember, but apparently, a lot of mortals worship me because of something I did.

 

6 – Are you involved in a romance? If so with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

 

I love everyone. I think we’ve already established that. And although I’m always on the hunt for a pretty face, there is one that I can’t get out of my memory. When you live as long as me, that’s more of a curse than a romance.

 

7 – What is the one thing you want the most in the whole world?

 

For Liv to not be so threatening to me.

She totally just rolled her eyes at me and said, “That’s never going to happen.”

But honestly, I think I’d like some little Rudolfs running around. I’m middle age now and it’s time I start thinking about settling down. And Liv and I would make beautiful chil—

Okay! I just had to duck from a roundhouse kick aimed at my pretty face. Never mind Liv, we won’t breed. But just so you know, you’re not getting any younger, my dear.

 

8- If you could say one thing to your author, what would it be?

 

Yes, Sarah Noffke, I think you do deserve a massage. I can’t even imagine how stressed you are having Liv in your head all the time. I think she has anger management issues.

In all honesty, I think the books are okay, but you focus too much on the adventures and things going wrong in the world. And obviously, there’s way too much Liv in the books. Change your camera angle. Point that baby at me and let’s write stories about lounging in the garden, drinking sweet cider and making lo—

What, Liv?! I was going to say making lonely people happy! What’s wrong with you?

 

9 – What 2 or 3 questions do you wish I’d asked, and what are your answers to them?

 

My favorite color is clear.

I’m a Taurus.

I like long walks on the beach, back massages and reading children’s books before bed.

My shoe size is thirteen and a half. 😉

 

 

Well, that was definitely one of the more interesting interviews I’ve ever done. Rufolf has truly earned his reputation as a ladies man. I hope you’ll pick up a copy of the Liv Beaufont series and join me in reading all of the exciting and funny adventures these characters get up to. And sorry, Rudolfo, but I’m very happy that Liv is the center of the story.

You can pick up your copy of The Rebellious Sister, book 1 of the Unstoppable Liv Beaufont series on Amazon. It’s also included in your Kindle Unlimited subscription! Books 1 – 4 are available now!

The Rebellious Sister

There is even a 4-book boxed set now available!

Unstoppable Liv Beaufont boxed set

 

Jen Hendricks is a USA Today Bestselling author under the pen name, J.L. Hendricks. She writes YA Speculative Fiction and you can find her books on Amazon. Her current project is a YA Sci-Fi action adventure series, Worlds Away.

Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina Part 2 Review

Released on April 5th, the second part of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina continues the story of Netflix’s favorite teenage witch started in Part One. While I had thought this offering would feel like a second season, where while it would be connected to the last series of episodes it could be watched alone, instead this nearly directly follows part one and the Christmas special, completing the story there.

The diversity I mentioned in my review of Part One continues in Part Two. The formerly genderqueer character Susie discovers the truth, that he is in fact trans, and takes the name Theo, after the heroine ancestor whose spirit appears to him sometimes. The arc he has, though sometimes wanders a bit, is on the whole amazing, ending with him becoming a hero in his own right.

Sabrina also comes into her own, filled with rage and clear purpose, she runs headfirst into conflict with the High Priest of the Church of Night, who, in turn, spends the whole of the second part trying to turn his church of darkness backward, enacting regressive and misogynistic rules that glorify himself and the warlocks of the coven, while castigating the witches. This arc, while it is the fruit born from the Part One seeds of Sabrina calling out all of the sexism in the Church of Night, doesn’t go as far I hoped it would have. That being said, it’s still more progressive on that front than most other shows.

My only true complaint about the second Part is how it spends a lot of time meandering through world building and showing us cool things inside the world of horror Greendale, rather than focusing in on what’s going on. Talk of Anti-Popes that lasts longer than he actually does, a whole episode that would, on a show on broadcast television released week by week, be a Halloween episode that was more clip show than anything with a plot, and a flash of an episode with witch-hunters that I would have liked to have had a whole season or at least two or three episode arc for. There are so many moving parts in this story, and so few episodes, that it didn’t have time to do justice to all of the threads they wove. If Netflix had spent the time that a usual television show has, something like 13-22, they could have spent the time developing the witch-hunter plot or making the Anti-Pope matter, or perhaps even showing Zelda’s horrific honeymoon with Father Blackwood in Rome, rather than just writing her out for a while.

In the end, the series concludes in a satisfying place that largely wraps up the story so that while I do want more, I don’t need to have more. I’m fine is this is where we leave the story, regardless of the last few minutes that leave a hook for a second season or a Part Three. That, alone, makes me happy as a streaming viewer when I see that there was a plan in mind to complete a story, rather than prolong the mystery or keep it going for however long the train has wheels, which is something American television can learn from both streaming and from international television.

All in all, I would suggest watching Part Two of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina if you enjoyed Part One, or if you missed the train the last time and would like to jump on how. It’s the magic that streaming service television has over broadcast, the ability to just jump in whenever, and if you were looking for something delightfully spooky, I would suggest the chronicles of this plucky teenage witch.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, both Parts One and Two, as well as it’s Christmas special, are all available for streaming now on Netflix.

David Castro is a Puerto Rican writer from New York City. He has worked on the upcoming Undead supplement for Chill Third Edition and is working on launching a Patreon. You can find him on Twitter (@theinkedknight), on Tumblr (thedevilsyouknew), on Facebook (facebook.com/inkstainedstudios), and at davidrcastro.com.

Welcome to Fan’s Pricing Saturday April 13th!

Fan Pricing Saturday

 

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Movie Review: Hellboy

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Not all reboots are made equal, and just because something gets a reboot doesn’t mean that either version is lesser. This is the case for the 2019 reboot of Hellboy, based on the Dark Horse Comics character of the same name. Everyone I’ve spoken to loves the original film adaption of it from 2004, by famed genre director Guillermo del Toro and starring Ron Perlman, and is in my opinion one of the only comic book movies of that decade to be faithful to its source material, both in spirit and in text, and still be good. Thusly, when this reboot was announced, after del Toro left the project and Perlman refused to reprise the role without him as director, the fandom had its doubts about the quality of the film. I am not here to litigate if the film stands up to the original adaption, as I am not at all interested in holding precious works now fifteen years old, but rather to talk about the new film on its own, though some references to the original will have to be made. In that light I will say this, I really enjoyed Hellboy for the action/horror pulp comic book movie that it is, and it does faithfully link back to the comics, though which stories of the canon it uses are more scattershot than the original, but I don’t think that is a bad thing.

This adaption of Hellboy resets the character under the tutelage of Stranger Things alum David Harbour, whose Hellboy is less bombastic than Perlman’s, more jaded and introspective. Harbour’s doesn’t want to be a widely known hero, though he is, he just wants to be, to exist on his own terms. In this, the snide jokes from this version feel darker, cut with more self-loathing, and in some ways, I think I like that about him. He struggles with who he is and who others believe him to be. He is a demon, and for all the good he does, that does not change what he is, but nor does what he is determine who he is, which is, of course, the crux of the Hellboy story. He was born and sent here to destroy the world and bring about the end of days, that is what he is, but he is also a fighter against all that goes bump in the night and a protector of mankind, that is who he is.

Instead of Rasputin as the great villain of this tale, though he does make an appearance in a cutaway scene reminding us of Hellboy’s origins as the result of a  Nazi occult ritual, we have Nimue the Blood Queen, an immortal witch who originally warred with King Arthur himself, but was defeated only to return in modernity, who is played by the amazing Milla Jovovich. While the performance is amazing, she fills the same sort of role as him, the being from the shadows that tempt Hellboy’s darker nature into fulfilling his destiny, such as it is.

As an R-rated movie, this version has a foul tongue and a penchant for gore that the previous iterations couldn’t contend with at PG-13, but while other critics take that to be a mark against the film, I believe that it works for the genre. Hellboy, both in comics and on the big screen, it has a layer of grit that this version has for me, and while the story itself is weak, I don’t exactly mind it.

I like how this film takes place after Hellboy has been doing things in the world before the events of this movie that has repercussions on it. I love the new takes on the Professor and Hellboy, as well as the new to the film’s characters, especially Alice Monaghan played by Sasha Lane. She was my favorite, and I’m looking into other things she’s been in.

Honestly, the two films are different enough for me to not want or need to compare the two, and regardless of that, both now exist. I sincerely suggest that fans of the comics and films take the time to check out this reboot with an open mind because I do believe it is a fun movie and a great time at the movies.

Hellboy is now open wide in cinemas everywhere.

David Castro is a Puerto Rican writer from New York City. He has worked on the upcoming Undead supplement for Chill Third Edition and is working on launching a Patreon. You can find him on Twitter (@theinkedknight), on Tumblr (thedevilsyouknew), on Facebook (facebook.com/inkstainedstudios), and at davidrcastro.com.

Shazam! Movie Review

Based on the DC Comics about the character created in 1939 that was originally called Captain Marvel, it makes the perfect reason why they didn’t go with that title, as Marvel’s movie is still on the top five list after five weeks, a list that Shazam! currently is at the top of charts with nearly fifty-seven million dollars. Staring both Zachary Levi and Asher Angel as the title character, the former as the hero, and the later when he’s the host of the powers Billy Batson. Gifted great magical abilities on par with any of the titans of DC Comics and yet still a young boy, Shazam is both vastly powerful and innocent in a way that no DC film heroes I’ve seen before are, and in that way, this movie surpasses all of the entries into the DC cinematic universe.

Where most of the DC Comics films thus far can be lumped together as “dark and gritty”, Shazam! has a levity and light to it, even though it does talk about some serious things, like finding one’s family to be more than just the people who gave birth to you. Billy Batson is an orphan, moving from foster family to group homes, always running away in a search for his birth mother, not exactly uncommon actions, but through the course of the film, once he settles in the Philadelphia group home with five other kids, he finds a home.

That said, when not dealing with the kids of the movie, this film feels strange. It wants to do adult things, but all of it is through the filter of this being a movie for kids, and thus, only makes sense using kid logic. Of course, the villain is looking for power because his father always told him how terrible he was as a child and the Wizard told him that he wasn’t worthy. Why wouldn’t he spend the intervening thirty some odd years obsessing over it? It makes complete sense, for a child telling the story, that a young mother would decide, after losing track of her son, that he’d be better off in the system. None that that works, if this was a movie for and about adults, but as it is, in my opinion anyway, for kids or teens, sure, why not?

I think the best part of the film is how it exists in a setting in which both the characters of the other DC Comics films exist and their exploits happened, but also where there are comic books and perhaps even movies. Billy’s eventual best friend and foster brother Freddy Freeman is a super fan of comic books and heroes, and a third of the film is spent with them trying to figure out the powers of Shazam, as the Wizard didn’t include an instruction manual with his magic. The comedy montage of the pair of them filming their power tests for their YouTube channel is just pure fun and provides lasting levity that makes some of the darker bits easier to swallow.

I didn’t go into seeing the movie with the most favorable of views. I wasn’t certain that the trailers were selling me something I would have gone to see of my own volition if I wasn’t going to review it, but in all honesty, it changed my mind. I had fun, I laughed, even with the weakness of the narrative. I realized that I was not the target demographic for this film, and the earnestness of it made me okay with that.

If you aren’t too nonplussed by young teen boys swearing and are looking for a comic book movie that was made with children of that age in mind, Shazam! might be the movie to take them to this weekend.

Shazam! is open wide in theatres now.

David Castro is a Puerto Rican writer from New York City. He has worked on the upcoming Undead supplement for Chill Third Edition and is working on launching a Patreon. You can find him on Twitter (@theinkedknight), on Tumblr (thedevilsyouknew), on Facebook (facebook.com/inkstainedstudios), and at davidrcastro.com.

Wild Wednesday Has Arrived! April 8, 2019

Wild Wednesday

 

Each week we bring you a list of books from not only LMBPN authors, but also friends of ours, that are on sale! Here’s a fantastic opportunity to discover some new authors or some exciting books you may not have seen yet.

 

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Protected by the Damned Boxed Set 1

Bad Moon Rising

Worlds Away

The Complete Grimoire Saga Boxed Set

 

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