Pre-Order: First Love ~ Anthology ~ Releases Feb. 12th

Author Book Review (5).pngI’m happy to announce the world I started in ALICIA is growing.  Leon and Dorndorf are back, along with some new characters, in BLANCA.  Here’s the official announcement!

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The Solstice Publishing Valentine’s Day Extravaganza

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Solstice Publishing began 2016 by winning the 2015 Preditors & Editors Poll for Best Print/Electronic Book Publisher. Our authors are now going to show you why we’re the top in this field.

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Summer Solstice Publishing is proud to present not one but three anthologies and a short story for Valentine’s Day this year.

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That magic moment for a teen. The realization that the person you’ve liked is a little more than a friend. Chance meetings. Old friendships. Even a social media post. These can all lead to that first love.

Authors M.A. Cortez, Gloria Weber, Vanayssa Somers, Margaret Egrot, Josie Montano, K.C. Sprayberry, Pauline Prentiss, and Mya O’Malley bring you tales of teens in the throes of their first romance.

Sold At: Amazon

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Comic Review: Radioactive Spider-Gwen #1-3

Comic Theme (5)I sort of thought yesterday (Wednesday) was Thursday for most the day, so I didn’t post.  My bad!

I’m still talking web-slingers and it still isn’t Peter Parker! This time we go to an alternate universe, which has seemed to survive Secret Wars. Peter and Gwen Stacy switch places in this verse. And that’s not the only change…

Blurb (of #1 from goodreads):
SPIDER-GWEN SPINS INTO HER OWN SERIES! BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT! The breakout hit of the biggest Spider-Event of the century is taking comic shops by storm this winter with her own new ongoing series – SPIDER-GWEN! Gwen Stacy is Spider-Woman, but you knew that already. What you DON’T know is what friends and foes are waiting for her in the aftermath of Spider-Verse! From the fan-favorite creative team that brought you Spider-Gwen’s origin story in EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE, Jason Latour and Robbie Rodriguez!

Why I picked it up:
SPIDER-GWEN had a short run series, which was compiled into SPIDER-GWEN VOL 0: MOST WANTED? When my daughter went to pick up SILK #1, I looked for the #1 of that. Sadly, they were out. So, when a new #1 came out I jumped on board, because everyone was raving about it.

The Art: 6

Robbi Rodriguez does really solid art. And I would have given this a 4 because there was nothing special otherwise about it.   However, there is something special about SPIDER-GWEN’s art, but that’s in the covers. The covers have a real different look and feel to them. They are almost like a borealis of color. I just really dig them.

The Story: 5_1

If I hadn’t picked up issue #0, I’d be a little lost. Though, when they chose to do #0’s back story in the style of “in previous issues” I was lost for a moment or two (until I figured out that’s what they were doing).

Suffice it to say, the story they are telling is a good one. Spider-Gwen is wanted for the death of Peter Parker, but instead of hiding she is trying to make the city safe. Now fold into this that this isn’t the Marvel world we know. A certain blind lawyer works for a certain crime lord. Captain America is not Steve Rogers. Little twists.

Thing is, sometimes the twists leave me a little lost. Not, can’t continue on in the series lost, but I feel I missed a nuance. I feel like I would understand them better if I knew Marvel better. And that’s why it lost a rating’s mark.

The Intangible Stuff: 6

I’m always excited when this is in my pull. It is the first (if not second) comic I read. The fact I get that excited about new issues says a lot.

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I got Vol 0 for my birthday!  Will I finish it in time to review for my next newsletter?  I HAVE NO CLUE!!!! LOL

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Nope – #ROW80 Check-In

I4‘ve had a great week, sort of.  Personal life stuff was great.  My husband took off work (stay-cation, as we tend to do).    We went to the pet store, the bookshop, and all the fun places.  And we celebrated my 35th birthday.

Let’s get one thing straight.  I don’t age gracefully.  To be honest, I tend to freak out in some way.  Usually it is productive.  New schedule.  New method to organize my writing.  Spring cleaning half the house.

This year?  Not so much productive, but soul nourishing.  This year it was about my hair.  See, I’ve been feeling less than fierce.  I’ve been feeling lost, unseen, and insignificant.  And I’ve had ideas for my hair, but it was just “too out there” and “I could never pull it off.” After all, “aren’t I getting to old to do this?”

Nope.

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I found some moments of courage.  Monday, before my shower, I grabbed the clippers I use on my son and… bzzzzzzz!  The right side of my head is a buzz cut. Tuesday, I went to the beauty supply store and bought bleach powder (already have developer) and radiant orchid (Ion) hair dye.  On my birthday I woke up looking like this (well, okay I put on real clothes and make up before taking the pic).

Anyways, regarding my ROW80 goals that’s another…

NOPE!

That needed to be that big.  Trust me.  I was out a lot.  The things I ate and the running I didn’t do.  I neglected my computer more than usual.  And there are things happening…  *sigh*  A big change in my plan.  But the dust hasn’t settled on that yet, so I’m not ready to say more on that yet.

Plan for this week:  More, like my hair, good nope.  Excuses?  Nope.  Distractions?  Nope.  Being meek? Nope.  Less, like my goals progress, bad nope.

What do birthdays bring out in you?
What kind of nope do you usually use?

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Comic Review: SILK #1-7 (Secret Wars)

Comic Theme (4).pngSorry this is a day late.  Yesterday I was celebrating my 35th birthday with my awesome new hair!  

Slinging webs and swinging through New York it isn’t Peter Parker, but Cindy Moon! This Korean-American superherione got her own Secret Wars run, which has been collected into a single volume, SILK VOL. 0: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CINDY MOON.

Blurb (from goodreads):
Cindy Moon exploded out of her bunker and into the Marvel Universe when we first learned that she had been bitten by the same radioactive spider from the first arc of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. She then went on to save Peter Parker’s life (more than once!) and traverse the Spider-Verse alongside Spider-Woman. Now, as SILK, Cindy is on her own in New York City, searching for her past, defining her own future, and webbing up wrong-doers along the way! Robbie Thompson (writer from TV’s SUPERNATURAL) fills this new story with his unique blend of antics and feels. Featuring interiors by future superstar Stacey Lee.

Why I picked it up:
I didn’t. This is actually my daughter’s comic. I just read them, too.

The Art: 5_1

Stacey Lee does beautiful art. I feel the slight anime influence fits it since the main character is Korean-American. And it wasn’t until I got to issue 7 that I realized how much that look meant to the story.

In #7, Tana Ford took over the art and almost killed my enjoyment for the series. Her art almost made the last issue unreadable.   The art was more than disappointing, it was somewhat dizzying as perspective was off and no lines felt solid.   It made me fear for SILK post-Secret Wars. It just wasn’t up to the task.   (I think Emma Vieceli spoiled me when she took over for Sophie Campbell’s JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS art and matched it so perfectly.)

The Story: 6

Robbie Thompson writes an amazing story. Cindy was locked in a bunker for years and when she comes out has no clue what happened to her family. Not only is she searching for them, but she’s coping with all the changes in the world and suddenly being part of society again. He shows this beautifully.

It was the great story telling that got me through #7. As much as I wanted to stop looking at it, I had to keep reading. I needed that conclusion. And it was soooooo worth it. Thompson had me so annoyed that there was a break between Secret Wars and the new #1!

The Intangible Stuff: 6

As I said, this is my daughter’s comic. However, it isn’t just me that reads it. My husband really enjoys it too. To have all of us excited over the same comic, it just shows its vast appeal.

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Interview: Torrance Sené

Author Book Review (4).pngMUAHAHAHA!  I mean, welcome once again to my secret lair blog.  Today, I’m happy to say I captured got another author here with me.  Everyone, say hi to Torrance Sené.  Torrance, your turn or you gets the hose again.

Hi! I’m Torrance and I’m a tea addict. Alongside my leaf water affliction, I’m also an erotic romance author. I sex people up and cause them mucho angst, huzzah! Sometimes I throw in werewolves. Being a god is fun.

Oh, nice way to put it. We are, indeed, gods.  Though, I’m a little bit more Loki than Thor.  I better be careful…  Speaking of Loki and Thor: Comics!!!  Tell me what comics I should be reading.

You are actually already reading my favourite comic of the moment: The Wicked + The Divine. I’m terribly behind in it, mainly due to a twist that broke my heart and I haven’t been able to pick it back up. Character deaths, man. They are brutal. But I am just so in love with the blending of world mythology and the art! McKelvie is wonderful! Wilson’s colouring is stellar! (And I have a massive crush on Luci.) Since you are already reading that one, though, I’ll recommend Loki: Agent of Asgard to you! And Young Avengers! Phonogram is also fab!

The covers of PHONOGRAM are super eye catching and always tempting. I have been leaning towards picking that one up. And that Loki title is on my radar too!  You raise the temptingness!  You are a villain!  And that’s supposed to be my job!  Villain, I say!  So tell me your favorite villains, oh evil one.

My favourite villain is a tie between Dark Phoenix and Loki. Phoenix for sheer incomparable badassery and Loki for the fact he’s a fun little shit (and Thor verse is my favourite in Marvel). As I came into the comic world via movies (and telly when I was little, but DC didn’t stick to me like Marvel does. Sorry, Bruce!), it was Famke Jensen (yes, I know, shit adaptation) and Tom Hiddleston from the Marvel films who pulled me in. That being said, I am going back and getting into the comics when I can.

As a noob myself,  I think that it is great that so many people are learning of the awesome because of all the different ways these comics are now out there (television, movies, Netflix, and so on).  And Loki… Can’t blame you there.  Nope.  Not at all.  I mean, Loki.  Loki.  Loki…

Huh?  Wha- Eek! Drool.  Sorry.

All right!  I have all the pieces hooked up.  So, what superpower would you like?

Hmm, I’d want the ability to teleport. Think of the savings! I could even visit you!

Oh, that would be so fun.  We could drink tea together and read comics, while looking at the snow.  But there’s always a downside.

Downside? I imagine I’d have to pack lighter than I do now. Oh, dear.

I suck at packing light too.  Then again, you could just go back and forth a lot.  Any other choices?

Other than that, being able to bend reality like Scarlet Witch would be badass.

You know with the right medication…  Reality usually does need some bending, that naughty stuff.  Speaking of naughty, your work!  What are you here to promote?

Today I’m promoting the fact I finally got off my lazy ass and made a newsletter! Sign up for news, updates, sales, giveaways, and exclusive freebies, y’all, if erotic romance is your thing! (I’ll have some legit new releases soon. I promise.) Visit my site to signup!

Okay, it’s time to unbolt the shackles and let Torrance go.
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