24 October 2014

{Movie Review} Ouija

By: Me My Shelf And I | 24 October 2014 at 11:12 AM | | | | 3 Comments so far

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One would think that a movie made by the people who brought you THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and INSIDIOUS, would be terrifying. That, sadly wasn't the case with OUIJA.

OUIJA is out in theaters today, but I saw it late last night and man was I geared up for a fright fest. Instead what I got was a predictable plot, with decent enough acting, and a few jump scares. Of course I have a very low startle threshold, so you can get me with a jump scare fairly easy – I was the only one in the theater even remotely moved by these few and far between moments.

A group of relative no-names bring together the cast of OUIJA. The biggest names being Shelley Henning, best known for her current role on TEEN WOLF, and Daren Kagasoff best known for his role on THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER. I was worried a bit about Daren, since I've not seen him in anything else but SECRET LIFE, but was pleasantly surprised.

In OUIJA, teen Debbie (Shelley Henning) seemingly commits suicide and in the wake of her death her family moves away, leaving the care of their house to her best friend, Laine (Olivia Cooke). Laine of course knows there's something more going on, and when searching her house, stumbles upon a Ouija Board and evidence that Debbie had been playing alone. The rules of the game state that you should never play alone. Something dark is released into the house when Laine insists on using the board to communicate with Debbie, to get answers. As you would imagine, kids start dropping like flies in the most predictable of ways.

{Spotlight + Giveaway} Martyr by A. R. Kahler

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It's my stop on the MARTYR by A. R. Kahler blog tour! Take a moment to read about this amazing novel, and while you're hear, enter to win some amazing prizes below!

About The Book
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MARTYR
The Hunted Book One
Author: A.R. Kahler
Release Date: October 14th, 2014
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Three years have passed since magic destroyed the world.
Those who remain struggle to survive the monsters roaming the streets, fighting back with steel and magic—the very weapons that birthed the Howls in the first place.
Tenn is one such Hunter, a boy with the ability to harness the elements through ancient runes. For years, the Hunters have used this magic to keep the monsters at bay, but it's never been enough to truly win the war. Humans are losing.
When Tenn falls prey to an incubus named Tomás and his terrifying Kin, Tenn learns there's more to this than a fight for survival. He's a pawn in a bigger game, one with devastating consequences. If he doesn't play his part, it could cost him his life, his lover and his world.

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About The Author

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Alex is many things, but first and foremost, he’s a Sagittarius.
Born in Iowa and educated across the States, he’s taught circus in Amsterdam and Madrid, gotten madly lost in the Scottish wilderness, received his Masters in Creative Writing from Glasgow University, and drummed with Norse shamans. Sometimes he also walks about on stilts. Or sews. Or hammers tiny pieces of metal into pretty shapes.
When he’s not writing or climbing in the rafters, he’s probably drinking coffee. And seeing as he currently resides in Seattle, there’s coffee aplenty.
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{Spotlight} Fish Tails by Sheri S. Tepper

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:46 AM | | | | Be the first to comment!

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Fish Tails
By Sheri S. Tepper
Publisher: HarperVoyager

On-Sale: 10/21 | ISBN: 9780062304582

This is science fiction master Sheri S. Tepper’s 35th novel, in which she boldly weaves together the storylines of eleven of her previous works-from King’s Blood Four (1983) to The Waters Rising (2010).

In Fish Tails, two of Tepper’s beloved characters—Abasio and Xulai (A Plague of Angels and The Waters Rising)-and their children travel from village to village scattered across the sparsely populated land of Tingawa. They are searching for others who might be interested in adopting their sea-dwelling lifestyle.
Along their journey they encounter strange visitors from the far-off world of Lom, characters from Tepper’s nine-book “True Game” series of novels—Mavin Manyshaped, Jinian Star-eye, and Silkhands the Healer—all of whom have been gathered up by an interfering, time-traveling, rule-breaking do-gooder to do one last good dead on earth before its metamorphosis is complete. For the waters are rising and will soon engulf the entire planet, transforming it utterly and irrevocably.

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About The Author

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Sheri S. Tepper is the author of more than thirty resoundingly acclaimed novels, including The Waters Rising, The Margarets, The Companions, The Visitor, The Fresco, Singer from the Sea, Six Moon Dance, The Family Tree, Gibbon’s Decline and Fall, Shadow’s End, A Plague of Angels, Sideshow, andBeauty, numerous novellas, stories, poems, and essays. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 


 

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23 October 2014

{Giveaway} The Devil's Hand - Prophecy Party & $15 iTunes Gift Card

By: Me My Shelf And I | 23 October 2014 at 12:55 PM | | | | 1 Comment so far

Halloween is just around the corner, and I know you're at home every night trying to figure out what horror movie to watch next! Well, look no further!

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Starring Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Rufus Sewell (Dark City), and Adelaide Kane (The CW’s Reign), it will give you thrills and chills this October!

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When six girls are born on the sixth day of the sixth month to different mothers in the small, devout village of New Bethlehem an ancient prophecy is set in motion - on their 18th birthday one of the girls will become the Devil's Hand. As the day approaches and one by one the young women begin to disappear, terror overtakes the quiet community and those remaining girls band together to uncover who or what is behind these treacherous acts.

The new horror film, The Devil’s Hand is out now on Video On Demand! iTunes and Amazon Prime have it for only $6.99!!

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Want to win a $15.00 iTunes Gift Card? Well it just so happens I'm giving one away!

Open to US and Canada | Must be 13+ To Enter | See Terms & Conditions for full contest rules.

All that's required of you to enter….Click the PROPHECY PARTY link in the widget above, and download the document which contains rules for a game you can play along with, while watching the movie – and (BONUS!) recipes for Devilishly good party snacks and drinks!

Once you do that, other options will open up for you to ear extra entries!

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{Guest Post + Giveaway} Famous In Love by Rebecca Serle

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MMSAI is so excited to be participating in the FAMOUS IN LOVE blog tour for Rebecca Serle! We've got a fantastic guest post from the author and also a great giveaway, so don't miss either of them!

About The Book

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FAMOUS IN LOVE

Author: Rebecca Serle
Pub. Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Poppy
Pages: 336
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

The romantic story of a girl who gets plucked from obscurity to star in the next major feature film franchise based on a book and the ensuing love triangles she gets entangled in on—-and off screen. 

Meet Paige Townsen, Rainer Devon, and Jordan Wilder…

When Paige Townsen, a young unknown, gets cast in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a crowded movie set on the shores of Maui, and is spending quality time with her co-star Rainer Devon, one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life gets even crazier.

In this coming-of-age romance inspired by the kind of celeb hookups that get clever nicknames and a million page views, Paige must figure out who she is – and who she wants – while the whole world watches.

Awesome fact! LOCKED which is the story/movie script the characters are cast for inside FAMOUS IN LOVE is a real book! Written by Rebecca Serle writing as Parker Witter, who is also the reclusive author character in her Famous in Love series! Read the article in Publishers Weekly HERE!

Guest Post

Best (and Worst) Writing Advice I Ever Got

Hey guys! Rebecca Serle here, author of the upcoming series FAMOUS IN LOVE. It’s a novel where fiction meets reality When Paige Townsen, a totally normal girl-next-door, is plucked from obscurity to star in the next major film franchise based on a book. When she relocates from her hometown of Portland to Maui (as in, Hawaii!) to film the movie, she falls for the two lead actors she meets on set: Rainer Devon, and Jordan Wilder.

I’m so excited to finally bring Paige’s story to life– but before we can celebrate the finished product, it has to be written. In my years of being a writer (starting off as a kid, through school, an MFA program, and now with 3 books under my belt), I’ve gotten a lot of advice on the craft of writing. I’d like to share a bit of the best (and the worst) with all of you.

THE BEST

Writing is 10% talent and 90% work ethic. I heard this advice a long time ago and it has stuck with me ever since. Talent is important, and some people are born with a natural gift for making words sound beautiful…but someone with talent who doesn’t actually sit down every day and write isn’t actually writing! To be a writer, you have to be able to work independently as a self-starter, but also collaborate with multiple teams: your agent, editor, and the marketing team at your publishing house. You also have to be able to get up every day and form a schedule that works best for you– which is harder than it sounds! So if you’re ever in doubt as to whether you’re a “good” writer....wash that notion right outta your hair, because it doesn’t matter whether people think you’re good. It matters whether you think you’re good, and you’ll only figure that out by writing consistently and honing your craft. Think of it like a muscle you work out at the gym: it only gets stronger with practice.

THE WORST

Ooh, this one is tricky. I would say I’ve heard a few times that to be a successful writer, you have to “disengage.” Some people completely retreat to remote cabins in the woods for months at a time, while others simply lock themselves in their apartment with the Wi-Fi on airplane mode. If needing to be away from people (or, let’s face it, the addiction that is Twitter) is what helps some writers be their best, then good for them. Everyone’s process is different. But I think part of being a good writer is having the ability to engage with the world while also being serious about your work. Being a writer requires some interaction with people and being inspired by the environment around you! I try not to think about my writing process in such strict terms: if I have to buckle down, I do…and just make sure I carve out time for Twitter breaks J

MY ADVICE FOR YOU!

Writing is most fun when it feels like reading. (And, odds are, if it feels good reading it, the writing is probably good as well!) Working on FAMOUS IN LOVE has made this abundantly clear to me. I am a self-proclaimed fangirl for my own universe! While writing it, I found myself truly invested in the characters in a way I hadn’t felt before: they didn’t just feel like mine, they felt truly alive. That’s probably because I’ve dreamt about writing this book for years to the point where now that I’m ready to share it with the world, it feels like I’ve been a fan of something secret for so long. I’m ready for others to join the fandom!

So that’s my advice: when you’re writing, pretend you’re reading. Would the story still be interesting to you if you’d just randomly picked it up off the shelf? If not, then take a step back and try to remember why you’re writing it in the first place. Once you become invested in your own work as a reader, the writing just gets better and better!

About The Author

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Rebecca Serle is the author of When You Were Mine, The Edge of Falling, and Famous in Love and is an obsessive lover of all things pop culture. She blogs about The Vampire Diaries for New York magazine’s Vulture and can be found on Twitter: @RebeccaASerle. She, like Caggie, lives in Manhattan—just far from the Upper East Side.

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Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Instagram

 

Giveaway

Five winners will receive a finished copy of FAMOUS IN LOVE as well as an eBook of Parker Witter's LOCKED! US Only.


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Tour Schedule

Week One:
10/13/2014- yabooknerd- Interview
10/14/2014- WhoRuBlog- Review
10/15/2014- Bewitched Bookworms- Guest Post
10/16/2014- Fiction fare- Interview
10/17/2014- Wishful Endings- Review

Week Two:
10/20/2014- Fiktshun- Guest Post
10/21/2014- Crossroad ReviewsReview and Guest Post
10/22/2014- kimberlyfaye reads- Review
10/23/2014- Me, My Shelf and I- Guest Post
10/24/2014- Page Turners Blog- Interview

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{25 Things You Might Not Know About} Author Jim Cangany + Giveaway!

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Fewer things make me happier than being able to help promote authors like Jim Cangany. A truly genuine man who I'm so thrilled to have been able to get to know. Today is my stop on his tour in the the final book in The North Start Trilogy, WISH UPON A STAR.

Not only are his eBooks reasonably priced, (and worth every penny) Jim is donating a portion of all purchases made during the month of October to Breast Cancer Research!

About The Book

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Wish Upon A Star
North Star Trilogy #3
By: Jim Cangany

Annie and E.J. are on top of the world. Her concert world tour as Cassandra Lawrence was a smashing success and they've just announced their engagement to the world. Now that they're settled in at Annie's Northern California estate, it's time to relax and enjoy life. Until E.J. gets a call from her with news that's as devastating as it is unbelievable.

Annie has breast cancer.

Their love is tested in unimaginable ways as chemotherapy robs Annie of her health and her hair, but not hope. She holds on to the hope of beating the cancer and marrying the man she loves. While the key for Annie is to hold onto that hope, their future together may be lost forever unless E.J. can learn to let go. For its not until he can learn to forgive himself and let go of the guilt that haunts him that he can truly move forward and be the man Annie needs him to be.

Will the chemotherapy, mastectomy and radiation be enough to help Annie beat the cancer? Will E.J. face down the demons that haunt his past in time to save their love? Will they ever get that happily ever after Annie so desperately wants? While trust and faith in each other has gotten them this far, they'll need one more thing to make it to their finish line--hope.

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, during October .50 from each WISH UPON A STAR sale will be donated to the Avon Foundation and its Breast Cancer Crusade!

Buy Now for only $6.99!
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25 Things You Might Not Know:

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About The Author

BORN AND RAISED IN AMERICA’S HEARTLAND, JIM CANGANY IS PROUD TO CALL HIMSELF A HOOSIER. THE INDIANAPOLIS NATIVE CAME OF AGE WHEN THE COLTS WERE STILL IN BALTIMORE AND U2 WAS STILL CONSIDERED “ALTERNATIVE.” IT WAS DURING HIS YEARS AS AN INDIANA UNIVERSITY STUDENT THAT HE INITIALLY CAUGHT THE WRITING BUG. WHILE NOTHING CAME OF THOSE EFFORTS AT THE TIME, THE SEEDS THAT WERE PLANTED FOUND A FERTILE SPOT IN JIM’S IMAGINATION TO SETTLE INTO AND GERMINATE. IT TOOK TWENTY-FIVE YEARS, MARRIAGE, TWO KIDS AND A COUPLE OF CAREERS BEFORE THOSE SEEDS FINALLY BURST FORTH, FORMING THE BASIS FOR HIS FIRST NOVEL, FALLEN STAR.

THESE DAYS JIM PAYS THE BILLS WORKING IN THE LEGAL FIELD WHILE KEEPING ON THE LOOKOUT FOR NEW STORY IDEAS. HIS SONS RYAN AND AIDAN KEEP HIM BUSY DEBATING THE RELATIVE MERITS OF STAR TREK VERSUS STAR WARS VERSUS DOCTOR WHO. HIS WONDERFUL WIFE OF OVER TWENTY YEARS, NANCY, AMAZES HIM EVERY DAY WITH HER WIT, HER KINDHEARTEDNESS, AND HER ABILITY TO SURVIVE IN A HOUSEHOLD OF LESS THAN TIDY MEN. WHEN HE’S NOT WRITING, JIM SPENDS HIS TIME FOLLOWING PROFESSIONAL CYCLING AND ROOTING FOR THE HOOSIERS FROM HIS ALMA MATER AND THE BULLDOGS FROM BUTLER UNIVERSITY.

COME ALONG FOR THE RIDE. WHO KNOWS WHERE WE’LL END UP. IT’S THE ADVENTURE THAT MAKES THE TRIP WORTH WHILE!

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