New Dragonfire Cover

February 25, 2010 at 6:09 am (Deborah Cooke) (, , , , , )

Hi all –

The cover for WHISPER KISS, my fifth Dragonfire title, is done. I love it! This is Niall’s book, and will be released August 3, 2010. Have a peek:

Pop over to my blog to read the copy and see a much larger version. For some reason, it’s coming up small here.

Do you love it as much as I do?

Deborah Cooke

Alive & Knitting blog

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The Wolfman – A review

February 24, 2010 at 6:00 am (General, Reviews) (, )

Hey folks!  So this weekend I did a movie marathon and one of those movies fits really well with the Shapeshifter theme, and that’s The Wolfman.  First, let me say I don’t typically “Do” horror movies, though  I’m not sure this one qualifies more as horror as opposed to paranormal though.  Yes, it’s gory, but it’s possible to ignore such blatant displays of blood and gore to search for the plot.  Notice I said search?

The Wolfman does justice in the arena of special affects.  It reminded me, at times, of the mini Movie Thriller, by Michael Jackson.  Watching the transformation was horrifically exciting.  I loved each and every transformation, though the movement of our dear Wolfman in his animalistic form was not so attractive, but then, this isn’t a romance.

But we were talking plot.  That’s right.  where was that thing anyway?  Nope, not here, under the bed.  Not hidden in the dark, almost colorless world of historic England.  Nope.  No plot.  Ok, there’s the Anthony Hopkins plot.  That was kewl. He stole the show, folks.  In every scene he was in.  Dark, family secrets, shown in small bits of perfect acting and good writing.  But what I didn’t understand was why the writing didn’t work for the hero of our story.  Nor for our heroine.  I never got a good Feel for what they were about.  Yes, the hero is dark and tortured, and has flashbacks of horrific events in his life, perpetrated against him by his father.  Yet still, I didn’t “Feel” anything.

Then came the oddest part.  There was a beautiful little bit of “Foreshadowing” in the opening scene.  Foreshadowing that never came to pass?  Scenes with the heroine, racing against the clock to save the man she loves.  Only she never does? None of that made ANY sense.  It’s hard not to give away the plot when I talk about this, (or lack thereof?) but it’s like reading  a story where the heroine knows how to save the hero and then lets him die anyway.  WHAT?

My husband laughed and said “he wasn’t her true love”.  Well, maybe?

All in all, I left the movie confused.  I didn’t understand what the beginning sequence had to do with the end of the movie.  Kind of reminds me of a prologue I once read in a romance novel.  I’d forgotten it was there till after I finished the book, then I realized it didn’t add anything at all to the story.  In fact, had I remembered it was there, it probably would have detracted as I tried to fit the puzzle pieces together, and then found one missing. 

That’s what The Wolfman felt like to me.

So, all in all i give it a C-.  Not because it was poorly done cinematically, but because of the missing “piece” of the puzzle.

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We have a Winner!

February 23, 2010 at 10:44 am (General) (, )

Colleen, you are the winner of the WereWolf Olympics!  Congrats!  Drop me a line at with your address, and your choice of a Teresa D’Amario calendar or a LoneWolf/Dark Succession notebook!

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Werewolf Olympics?

February 21, 2010 at 9:12 am (Teresa D'Amario) (, )

By Teresa D’Amario

Hey everyone.  Yes, as you can see, my brain is totally on the Olympics.  During this time every 2 years (In the summer of course for the summer olympics) my eyes are glued to the television. I so love to watch the competitions, and root for my favorite competitors.  I love to watch the medal counts and pray for the Americans to stomp the competition.  Hey, it’s just me, what can I say?  But tonight while I was watching the olympics, I wondered what the shapeshifters would compete in.  Would they have special sports, or would they compete in what’s already there?

In the summer, I can so see the cheetah shifters beating the pants off all the sprinters, and the dolphin shifters leaving everyone in their wake in the pool.  (Hmm, Maybe that’s why Michael Phelps is so good?)

But what about the winter olympics?  We know some of our wolves are awesome on the snow, able to skate right over the frozen lakes in the north, so would they be good at speed skating?  Short track? Long Track? Or would we have to create a new sport? 

Will the cougar take the broad jump?  Or do we need to create a new sport for our cogar, showing them leaping from mountain to mountain?

What do you think?  Take your favorite shapeshifter and tell me what sport he would be the absolute best at.   I have a special prize for one person who responds.  (yes, the prize is a secret). 

Yes, I really wanna know!

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February 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm (General)

Hoping this isn’t a duplicate, but my last attempt never showed up. Just a small article about wolf behavior and body language. 🙂

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Buried Alive

February 10, 2010 at 1:44 pm (General, Rebecca York) (, )

Rebecca in February "Snowmageddon"I’m still stuck in the house days after the big February snowstorm of 2010. And ten to twenty more inches are on the way. So far, I’ve edited 140 pages of my current Intrigue, FUNHOUSE, the one set in Cumberland, Maryland. Man, I’m glad we got up there a couple of weeks ago!

I’ve been doing a lot of shoveling. Nobody came to plow this court, so we had to do it ourselves. We’ve got narrow lanes where some cars can drive. Other cars are completely buried because we had to pile snow behind them. When I was a kid, I hated “snow pants.” Now I love having the ones I bought for our polar bear chasing trip to Churchill. Also the arctic boots.

Food’s my big problem at the moment. And not because we’re running out. Unfortunately, I’m a good cook, so I keep going into kitchen and making hearty stuff. Spaghetti sauce. Beef burgundy. Ham and bean soup. Real hot chocolate. (Not the mix. You can make real chocolate with Splenda instead of sugar. Just follow the directions on the Hershey Cocoa Powder carton and substitute Splenda for sugar.) Unfortunately, I’ve also got a big bag of cheese popcorn that I opened!

Lucky for us, we never lost power. (Unlike some families in the neighboring counties.) So there’s plenty of entertainment in here. We have tons of Criminal Minds DVDs to watch. We also just finished the 2nd season of The Tudors.”

I’ve been floundering out into the deep snow to feed the birds and squirrels. I’m putting birdseed in shallow pans. Squirrels leap on it. Birds are worried that it’s some kind of trap. Today I waded through knee-deep snow to fill the back bird feeder. Better now than after we get those additional inches.

Are you part of the great whiteout of 2010? How are you surviving? Or are you lucky enough to have missed it?


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Coming Soon to BOM: Myla by Moonlight, Inez Kelley

February 8, 2010 at 10:42 am (Authors & Titles, Book of the Month Club, General, Reviews) (, , , , , )

Okay let’s try something new. I want to start announcing my next review. That way, when I post, readers just like you will have a better chance of reading it and letting us know your thoughts. Ideas to improve the club are always welcome, as is spreading the word that we’re here! 🙂

My next review is:

    Inez Kelley’s Myla by Moonlight.

visit her on her website, I did!
This new addition certainly doesn’t need my review, I was bowled over by all the rave reviews she has received so far on Myla by Moonlight. I am honored that I have been given the privilege of adding my words to such wonderful reviews.

Magic bites…  Created at Prince Taric’s birth, Myla is a spell, an enchantment designed to appear and protect him when he needs it most. She has always been content to do her duty…until one night of forbidden passion leaves her longing to experience life—and love—as a mortal woman. Yet the risk is too great. Even if her blood runs as red as his, she can never give him the one thing he needs…

Thank You Inez for leading me on my next adventure.
-Penelope Fitzgerald

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February 1, 2010 at 2:44 pm (General)

Like Werewolf movies? Seen them all and have favorites? Go check out the Tournament of Werewolves!

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