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John Green books: Best-Still good

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(I would just like to say that ALL of his books are fantastic and he has been my biggest inspirations as a writer)

Looking for Alaska book review

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Fifty Shades Darker movie review

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You want to know what makes me mad? This is actually a good story. If you lay down the bullet points for this movie, take out all the weird BDSM stuff, and don’t make it too over the top dramatic, it could be damn good. But, NOPE, they kept the weird (fake) BDSM stuff, roided the fuck out of the drama, slapped on some shitty writing and glazed over actors, and BAM! Released a shit storm of a movie that makes me angry to this day. You know I watched this months ago, forgot it even existed, and then saw it in my feed and was like, “Shit, I watched that didn’t I? I should probably review it.” This is the most forgettable piece of garbage film that ever came about. It makes twilight look like a god damn masterpiece in film making and love. I want them to cast Kristen Stewart in the next one to add a little emotion to this movie. I want Michael Bay to direct it, add in some some explosions to grab my attention and then M Night to come in a and throw me for a loop so I don’t want to claw my eyes out watching a couple more of these… Yes, I realize I haven’t told you anything about the actual movie… The main chick who’s name is dumb is getting followed by one of the rich guys old flings and realizes he has a type. Also at some point in this they get back together and have a normal relationship which the girl thinks he doesn’t want. There is some turmoil with a different fling of his who is trying to break them up, and also a helicopter crashes. Didn’t follow any of that? Who gives a shit, this movie is trash.

Tough Sh*t book review

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Tough Shit, but with a star I guess, so Tough Sh*t is a memoir by Kevin Smith. And, if Mr. Smith is reading this I mean ABSOLUTELY no offense, but holy fuck was I surprised at how good this was! I didn’t know much of anything about Kevin Smith before reading this. My knowledge of him was that he was Silent Bob, a nerd, liked hockey, was annoying, and talked about his fatness. Which, isn’t necessarily untrue, I just have a lot of respect for him now and see the depth of his career and intelligence. Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good (hell of a title) tells Kevin Smiths story from Childhood on. He tells you, in his own voice, about his trials and tribulations as a director/writer and he goes as far back as Clerks, giving you the run down on his entire career along with the doubts he had in himself, and the relationships he had. This book was meant to be inspirational to it’s readers, and tell the story of Kevin Smith. It achieved both of those things very deeply with me, which I was not expecting at all when I picked it up as a casual read. It may not be that interesting to anyone who is not a fan of Kevin Smiths, which I am NOW, but I was not before. What I do love though, is the film industry. Obviously, I devoted an entire blog and a good part of my life to it! Hearing him talk about it passionately, stirred my passion as well, and if you love movies or film, it will do the same for you.

American Holdovers (my third novel)

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June 17th everyone! The Day is here! AMERICAN HOLDOVERS IS NOW RELEASED! You can find the book on the Createspace site right now (where I publish my books through). Amazon and the kindle store within a few days, and bookstores across the country in 4-8 weeks! I have included a link below.
American Holdovers is my third published novel and chronicles not only my time, but, also my many friends and fellow holdovers during our time as a holdover at Ft. Jackson during a hurricane and the consequences and events that transpired because of this a couple years back.
https://www.createspace.com/5959013

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them movie review

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I have a Harry Potter tattoo. I just thought that should be noted before I write this review. I have a Harry Potter tattoo and a large obsession with the series… Needless to say my hopes were quite high for this movie and I’m happy to say they were not let down! Fantastic Beasts takes place seventy years before the events of Harry Potter and follows Newt Scamander on his trip to the states… You see, Newt has a case (that’s bigger on the inside) of magical creatures that he cares for and releases back into the wild. At this point in the world magical creatures are killed off because of the assumption that they are dangerous… Along the way he stumbles into a no-maj (a lazy U.S. way of saying muggle, which is SO much cooler), played by Dan Fogler, who basically plays the embodiment of every HP fan out there… Much like Harry Potter, this movie starts out fun and light-hearted but turns dark and grim near the end. Collin Farrell plays Graves, a man who is clearly bad from the start but has an amazing twist at the end… This was a fantastic movie, and a standalone great, despite being a spin off of one of the best series ever. I look forward to the massive series this will undoubtedly be.

 

An Interview with A.C. Efverman (Author of Game)

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Swedish crime fiction author A.C. Efverman was born in Stockholm, year 1972. She lived and worked in many countries before she finally settled in Australia in 1996. During her time of travel she saw and experienced a lot – in one horrific moment she had a gun pointed at her head. She writes from her experience of being a victim of crime, as well as drawing from her extensive imagination, plus many hours’ research of real life murderers, police procedures and forensic data. Her novels contain the same main characters and the stories are set in her adopted home town Sydney. A.C. Efverman is also an artist – she is a graduate of Stockholm School of Arts – and she utilizes her artistic view of the world in her writing. Her books are available world wide in both English and Swedish.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I have always written stories since I was a child; I started out by writing novellas and poetry. I then started reading books by Agatha Christie when I was about eight years old and I also read real life crime stories in my grandmother’s lifestyle magazines at about the same age – and looking back at it, I think that this sparked my interest in crime fiction. I started writing many novels when I was in my late teens, but at that time I had started travelling the world, so I left many unfinished manuscripts in my wake… and it wasn’t until I had settled in Australia that I finished writing a crime fiction novel – a book that was published in Sweden year 2002.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

When I have a deadline I keep a strict schedule of when I write and do my research – when I don’t have a deadline; the time spent writing is more scattered…

What genre are your books?

Crime fiction / Mystery / Thriller.

I understand you are a Swedish author. Is the Swedish market any different than the English?

Yes the Swedish market differs from the English speaking market in my opinion. Swedish readers grow up with Scandinavian Noir (like I did) and they are more open to the cold and realistic way us Swedes tell a story.

Is it difficult to translate your own books?

No it’s not difficult, as I know my stories inside out – but it’s very time consuming.

What inspired you to settle down in Australia?

I travelled the world by myself for six years and worked and lived in many countries – Australia was my favourite country of them all and I when came back to Sydney in 1996 I met my husband. You can work out the rest…

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I start with an idea of a plot – and from there the story grows constantly in the back of my mind.

What are your thoughts on writing a book series?

For me it was natural to write a book series – I have created characters that need to live on. I do have an idea for another story that wouldn’t involve my main characters, but that book will have to written further down the line as I’m completely immersed in this series for now.

Can you tell me about the time you were held up at gunpoint?

I came to Australia for the first time in 1994 – and I landed in Perth. A few days after I had arrived, I went to the beach – it was a windy mid-week day and there was no one else on the beach. In fact, it was so windy I had to take shelter among the sand dunes; and I had been sitting there for a while reading, when I looked up and saw that a young man was running down a sand dune towards me. I remember thinking that he was good looking and that it was odd that he was running straight towards me but he wasn’t looking at me. When he reached me he still didn’t look at me, but he took a gun from his shorts pocket and held it to my head. I just froze in sheer terror and fright. But then the guy turned his head slightly and stared at something behind me and I turned my head and saw that a middle aged man was jogging towards us on the beach. The guy then put the gun back in his shorts pocket, turned his back on me and ran up the sand dune. I sat there and watched his back until he was gone and then I ran down on the beach, but the middle aged man was gone; there was no one there – so I kept running on the beach until I reached a kiosk; where I asked the man who was working there if I could use his phone to call the police. The police came and they took me in their car, cruising the area to look for the man – but he was nowhere to be seen, so they took me to the police station where I gave descriptions of both the young man and the middle aged man. The police then told me that both of these men were suspects in a string of rapes that had been committed under gun threat in the local area! I suppose that the middle aged man had jogged on the beach towards us to warn his partner that someone else was coming – but I can’t be sure of this, or why the men didn’t carry out their attack on me; and I never will know.
I left Perth a few days later, feeling lucky to have escaped unharmed. A few years later I heard on the news that young women had started going missing in that same area in Perth and it was later revealed that they were victims of a serial killer – a killer that still hasn’t been caught… With all the research I do on serial killers, I know that most of them start out as serial rapists and I have a disturbing thought that I could have ended up in a shallow grave in Perth if the timing had been different…
I will say this though: this experience – and other experiences I have had the misfortune of experiencing whilst travelling – have taught me what it feels like to be a victim – and I recall these feelings when I write about the victims in my books.

Ever thought about branching out into other genres?

No, I write crime fiction only. It’s a genre that I love: both reading and writing.

What are your ambitions for the future of your writing career?

I plan to write more books in my series ‘DS Morgan Callaghan’ – and I can’t wait to see what else happens to my characters! And, as I mentioned earlier; I have an idea for a different kind of book – but it’s still crime fiction.

Favorite movie adaptation of a book?

Perfume: the Story of a Murderer – both the book and the movie were outstanding!

If you like what you have heard, and why wouldn’t you, you can check out  A.C. Efverman and pick up her new book here…

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14391148.A_C_Efverman

 

Paper Towns movie review

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I can’t tell you just how disappointed and pissed off I am after watching this. I am a huge fan of John Green and The Fault in our Stars was a spectacular adaptation. This however was borderline garbage. The characters were accurate, the tone was accurate, and the story line was accurate. I’m not saying that it wasn’t an ACCURATE adaptation but there are some things that need a bit of a rewrite when they are put to the screen. Almost every line in this was cringe-worthy or unnatural. “I’m a paper girl in a paper town.” NO ONE TALKS LIKE THAT. In the book it was okay because John Green is a phenomenal writer and can do that… On top of the writing one of the main characters, Margo, is literally one of the worst characters out there. The whole premise is that Margo is a “free spirit” (in reality she just pines for attention) who runs away after a spectacular night with Quentin (not like that, perverts) and he follows a string of clues to find her. As the movie progresses you find out more and more that she is not a good person nor friend. Also, Quentin is really fucking desperate! No one saw her surfing on the west coast. The only believable thing someone saw her do is panhandle outside a Starbucks!.. It pains me to write this. I wanted to like this so much, and they had everything working in their favor. They messed up BAD.

 

An interview with Jennifer McKeithen (Author of Atlantis On the Shores of Forever)

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Jennifer McKeithen has always been fascinated by lost civilizations, dusty old libraries, and tales of adventure. It was only natural that she should begin to write as a distraction from the doldrums of her mundane existence. In her spare time/research for her stories, she enjoys Classical and Medieval history, reading lots of fiction, cooking, herbalism, and English Country dancing. Recently, she has learned to appreciate the fun and excitement of riding horses, hiking, canoeing, and climbing Mayan pyramids.

Jennifer would be quite content to live the life of a travelling literary beach bum—like Hemingway, only with a brighter outlook. Her husband, Japheth, hopes her books will become famous one day, so he can at last “live the life he’s accustomed to.” Until then, they’ve settled for making their home in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

How do you deal with writer’s block?

Writer’s block affects everyone differently. For me, I’ve found it means my imagination simply needs more fuel. I feed my mind lots of fiction, music that inspires me, do non-fiction research related to whatever I’m currently trying to write, look for eye-catching pictures of people and places, and let’s not forget people-watching!

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Just do it! Don’t put it off for later. Do what you love now, even if it’s only 15 minutes a day. Just do it!

What are you currently working on?

Right now I’m working on revising Book 2 of the Atlantis trilogy for publication in July.

 

What motivated you to become an indie author?

This is probably the best age to be an author! I love the freedom and complete control over my story the indie publishing route gives me. Don’t get me wrong, I think traditional publishing is here to stay, and I hope to someday ink a deal myself. It’s just that after reading about some of the greatest and best selling authors today getting rejected many times because they didn’t fit a certain mold, I decided it best to forge my own path starting out. The indie path isn’t necessarily the easier way, but I have no regrets.

What’s the story behind your latest book?

Atlantis on the Shores of Forever has been in my head for years! At my husband’s encouragement, I finally wrote it. It’s my geek fantasy, and I’m jazzed that other people enjoy it as much as I do!

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?

I love discovering my stories as I write them. Just as much, I love sharing those stories with others. I intend to make a positive impact on the world through my stories.

Who are your favorite authors?

I greatly admire and love to read Jane Austen! She is my heroine! I also love Tolkein, Peter Mayle, Lyle Saxon–and a ton of others I can’t remember at the moment!

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?

I grew up in beautiful south Louisiana, and my earliest memories were in New Orleans. Living in “America’s first melting pot” taught me to appreciate history, music, cuisine, and culture, as well as both the good and bad aspects of the human existence. Oh yes, it has a tremendous influence on my writing.

What is your favorite movie adaptation from a book?

The Lord of the Rings trilogy (I should specify, this does not include The Hobbit movies)! While some liberties were certainly taken in making these films, I feel like the filmmakers and actors stayed true to the spirit of the story. I like the themes of what makes a true hero, and sacrificing oneself to save the world. And of course, I love the way the world of Middle Earth was brought to life.

 

Jennifer’s latest book, Atlantis On the Tides of Destiny will go on pre-order on Amazon on July 4. Until then check her out at…

http://jennifermckeithen.wix.com/atlantisforever

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14426339.Jennifer_McKeithen

 

 

 

 

 

 

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