My collection of published novels, Blackout, American Holdovers, and Death Do Us Part are available for FREE Ebook download for the next 5 days. Why? Because I felt like it. Enjoy!
Before I get in to the nitty gritty, I just want to say that I have been a huge fan of John Green for many many years. He is a large part of why I became a writer in the first place. I actually discovered him and his brother on YouTube before I even knew John was an author. If you haven’t checked out their channel, Vlogbrothers, you definitely should because it’s an amazing community… Now you know how much it pains me to say that I wasn’t exactly a fan of his fifth solo novel, Turtles All The Way Down.
To this day, Looking For Alaska, his first book, is my all time favorite book. It had great characters, a different way to tell a story, was very real, and took risks. That has always been something I respected about John, he walked the line of what was technically allowed in a Young Adult novel. Why is that so important? Because teenagers don’t live PG-13 lives or speak elegantly (usually). In LFA, there are heavy themes of tragedy, addiction, sex, and coming of age. There is a blowjob scene in it that has sparked controversy among readers and its integral to the story. An Abundance of Katherine’s is very similar in that sense, while also being quirky and different from most books in tone. John also always has a romance, usually as the focal point of his stories. If I really look at all of his novels, the realism of teen romance and relatability goes down with each passing release. Having pointed all of these things out, TATWD is the worst offender of them all, having little to none of the characteristics that I once sought John out for.
TATWD follows Aza, a teen girl that struggles with OCD and thought spirals, on her quest to solve a mystery of a fled billionaire so her and her close friend can collect a reward. Aza happens to have had a small fling with the son of said billionaire and ends up speaking with him to get info on his whereabouts. This is what the story is truly about. The relationships and troubles of these characters… Now, John is great at dialogue and making you feel very deeply about everything going on, and that’s no different here. I’m not arguing that he isn’t a brilliant writer. What i’m arguing is that this book is safe, and he might have lost touch with who teenagers actually are. I wouldn’t blame him, he’s in his fourties.
Although I didn’t really enjoy the book (again, that kills me) I will say that Aza’s struggle with mental illness, OCD specifically, is very real. John Green himself suffers from OCD, and has described the character as being quite self-based and it really shows. Reading about this in a way only someone who truly understands the problem can create is amazing. It spoke to me, and countless others.
In the end, this wasn’t a terrible book. Curiosity and author loyalty kept me going until the end. Parts, primarily the inner workings of the main character, were good, but everything else felt normal and unrealistic. If you disagree, I would honestly love to hear your side and what you got from this book. In the meantime, I eagerly await #6.
My new novel, Death Do Us Part, will be releasing on both paperback and ebook on February 1’st. HOWEVER, you can pre-order the ebook right now for only $3.99 on Amazon. It will be downloaded to your device immediately on the first. Death Do Us Part is my third published novel and easily my favorite of all of them (though they’re all great, trust me, I’m unbiased). Here is the link and back cover synopsis…
Not all love stories are happy. Not all tragedies are sad. Not everyone is exactly how they seem, and not every story goes exactly how you would think.
For Mark, life was easy, and he was content… He had no way of knowing he was truly empty inside until he stumbled upon something that made him feel more alive than ever before. Once he felt that way, he could never go back.
A modern tale of love, sex, murder, and everything in between.
Thank you to everyone for the support, whether you purchase the book or not!
(I would just like to say that ALL of his books are fantastic and he has been my biggest inspirations as a writer)
Probably the most surprised I have ever been by a TV show, ever. I was surprised by how much I liked it. I was surprised by how good it was. I was surprised by the direction they went. I was all around SURPRISED. Cobra Kai follows Johnny and Daniel thirty-four years after the events of Karate Kid. I had assumed, much like everyone else, that this was going to be a shitty cash-grab of a show and was completely unnecessary. The fact that it is a YouTube Red show didn’t bode well for it either. I watched it anyway purely out of curiosity in what they could even do. What is absolutely amazing is that this show isn’t just great compared to what I thought it was going to be, it was just great!.. The show opens on Johnny, who has gone on to live a horrible life and is at an all time low. Immediately it paints Daniel as a complete asshole who capitalized on his karate championship. However the very next episode it switches it around and makes you perceive the characters in the exact opposite light. It does this multiple times throughout the season, never allowing one of them to be distinguished as the hero or the villain. Each one of them has an apprentice of sorts as well, a young karate kid that they have taken under their wing. What I especially like about their respective apprentices is that they seem to go in the exact opposite direction you predict of them. The arc of the season is spectacular as well, it really feels like these characters are different, that their lives are different, and it leaves you hungry for the next season.
Having a family and a new job with responsibilities doesn’t grant me a lot of free time to go to the theaters anymore. However, this was one of the few movies this year that I was so excited about that I went on opening day. Unfortunately though, for the most part it was a letdown and didn’t meet up to my expectations following the first (or fourth, whatever). The first Jurassic World movie is, in my personal opinion, phenomenal. It delivers on everything I wanted from a new Jurassic sequel, showing me a large and active park for the first time ever while remaining a visual spectacle. I expected the second one to be even larger and more grand, but was unfortunately let down shortly in to the movie… The movie starts out with Owen and Claire having to return to the island to save the dinosaurs from the volcano erupting. Much like in The Lost World, another company is also there to do the same thing (with a small twist), but with evil intentions. For the most part this portion of the movie is rather interesting, despite relying heavily on two completely disposable and annoying side characters. It doesn’t last long though as very early on in the movie they leave the island. Now, when I go into a sequel I expect it to be taken up a notch and be even larger in scale, this one went in the opposite direction in a very dramatic way. Not only did in downgrade from the whole island to a HOUSE, but the new “evil” dinosaur is smaller and less frightening. The rest of the movie after that point just seems to drag on. Sure, I will admit it was still beautiful to look at but almost every shot was picked up from a previous Jurassic movie into this one so much so that it was less a homage and more just laziness. To top it all off the ending plays at a cheap moral decision that we don’t really care about because this movie never takes the time to make us care about ANY of the people. Despite all of that I still remain hopeful for the third and final installment. This movie was clearly a filler movie and we were even told it is purely a filler movie to set up for the third. So, hopefully in the last we will actually get the larger scale we hoped for.
As many of you have probably noticed I have been quite absent the last month, though I have tried to stay a little active. Well, that reason is because I have been doing work preparing for the release of my second book which came out this morning! Some of you may or may not know that I am a (self) published author as well as running this site. I couple years back I released my first book entitled Blackout that did pretty well as far as sales and reviews went! Since then I have been struggling to find a new novel to write and came up with a solution… Entertainment 100 is a collection of one hundred of my early favorite posts from my website, now in novel form. It is volume 1 and I will be releasing a new volume between every novel I write. It is listed at $9.99 cents and is being released just in time for the holidays! Of course, you can also get Blackout, my first novel, for the same price if you like my writing style you have seen so for!
In March of 2015 Bailey had a realization… If he started an entertainment review site than not only would he be able to write on a daily basis, BUT, it would give him a fantastic excuse to be a lazy bum… Bailey’s critiques have been describes as personable, conversational, and honest. So, open it up and share his taste in Everyday Entertainment.
Actor, Book, Documentary, Game, Movie, Music, Stand-up, Trailer, TV and YouTube reviews. Along with Lists, and Articles.
In the future, after the world has succumbed to war. The government we know has collapsed, and the power has been turned off. A new government reigns supreme that wants nothing but control, and to hide the truth. Who will be able to stop us from being held down in a life before freedom or technology? Who will reveal the secrets and get the lights turned back on?
Thank you everyone for your continued support, I am already in the progress of writing my next novel and will keep you posted!
Holy shit, this is an all-star cast! When I saw This is the End ALL I wanted was for these comedians to come together again and make a monster of a movie… They did just that but not in the way any of us were expecting! I’m a huge Seth Rogen fan, so, I follow all of his work closely. About a year ago I saw on IMDb that he was working on a big movie and I got STOKED. When the first trailer for this dropped and I saw what it was, I was blown away and laughed my ass off. I was SURE there was no way it could live up to that trailer. Well, it exceeded my expectations… Sausage Party is a animated movie (that I beg you do not take your kids too) that is the brainchild of Seth Rogen and features more amazing actors than I care to list. It follows Frank, a hot dog in a grocery store, and his endevour to get taken home with someone and “go inside” a bun. A bunch of shit goes awry when he gets picked to go home and he sets out on a mission to find out what REALLY happens when the humans take you away (spoiler: they get eaten). It sounds weird to say about a movie like this, but, this movie is truly genius. The amount of subtle references and jokes, along with the huge amount of food puns is awesome. The voice acting is spectacular, with not a single person phoning it in! And, best of all, because the people that made this are who they are there was no holding back in this movie. At one point a douche actually jumped up into and mans ass and controlled him that way making him murder everyone! If you are a fan of movies such as This is the End, Pineapple Express, and Knocked Up, this is the comedy for you!
SPOILER: I never knew I needed a food orgy scene until I had one.
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…