Monday, March 31, 2014

Blog Tour Stop Summoned by Rainy Kaye Guest Post + Giveaway

Why I Chose to Write About Genies by Rainy Kaye

I didn't really choose to write about genies

(I didn't choose the genie life. The genie life chose me.) Actually, Summoned developed in three parts.
Some years ago, I became intrigued with the concept of the jinn as they were portrayed in the pagan Arabian tribes, and then how it was adapted into Islam. I had no intention of writing anything about this. It was just one of those mini-obsessions fueled by coffee and donuts and procrastinating the to-do list. A few years later, I was lying in bed contemplating the semantical difference between “needing to get up” vs “having to get up.” I'm pretty sure that was another procrastination tactic.

While I did briefly consider how such a concept would work into a story—someone who truly had to do things when they were summoned—nothing came of it either. A while later, my friend, author Natasha Larry, and I decided to challenge ourselves by writing something different than we had been so far. Things like using first person and present tense. We also agreed each of our books should have a strong erotic element. I didn't want the conflict between the characters to revolve around just misunderstandings and personal hang ups, so I returned to the idea of someone being forced to do things.

 Forced to leave the other character, forced to keep secrets. I was intrigued with what sort of person a life like that would create. Even though the story was originally supposed to be contemporary, I went right back to the paranormal which made the summonings quite literal. Within the first page, I had a modern-day genie. Summoned takes from several variations of the genie myth, but also adds its own twist.
 
 
 
Blurb
Twenty-three year old Dimitri has to do what he is told—literally. Controlled by a paranormal bond, he is forced to use his wits to fulfill unlimited deadly wishes made by multimillionaire Karl Walker. Dimitri has no idea how his family line became trapped in the genie bond. He just knows resisting has never ended well. When he meets Syd—assertive, sexy, intelligent Syd—he becomes determined to make her his own. Except Karl has ensured Dimitri can't tell anyone about the bond, and Syd isn't the type to tolerate secrets. Then Karl starts sending him away on back-to-back wishes. Unable to balance love and lies, Dimitri sets out to uncover Karl's ultimate plan and put it to an end. But doing so forces him to confront the one wish he never saw coming—the wish that will destroy him.

Summoned is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA. Find out more at http://www.summonedtheseries.com Author Bio Rainy Kaye is an aspiring overlord.

In the mean time, she blogs at RainyoftheDark.com and writes paranormal novels from her lair somewhere in Phoenix, Arizona. When not plotting world domination, she enjoys getting lost around the globe, studying music so she can sing along with symphonic metal bands, and becoming distracted by Twitter (@rainyofthedark). She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA.

 
 
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Movie Review: Stephen King's The Shining 5/5 Stars

Synopsis:
Jack Torrance and his family move into the sprawling, vacant Overlook Hotel to get away from it all. Away from the alcoholism that derails Jack's writing career. Away from the violent outbursts that mar Jack's past. But Jack's young son Danny knows better. He possesses a psychic gift called the shining. - a gift the hotel's vile spirits desperately want.



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What I liked about this movie:  It was so extremely nice to see the story in the way the author intended. This story felt more like King's original book. It had a warmer feel so, Jack's descent into madness is much more emotionally gripping. It's shot in the hotel King originally wanted the movie to be shot in so, that makes the entire feel of the movie more believable as well.

All of the performances in this film are really strong! Steven Weber did an amazing job as Jack Torrance. His performance made Jack more believable as a regular father so his descent into madness was a lot more emotional for me.It was terrifying and also really sad. Rebecca De Mornay saved the character of Wendy! I hated the machinist portrayal of  Wendy in the original film. In this version, Wendy was much stronger and believable as a mother caught in the middle of hell.

I was happy to see that little Danny got even more scream time in this version and the little actor who played him did it so, so well! My heart really broke for all that baby went through. The ending was a lot better too.

What I didn't like about the move:  While the makeup was done really well. The special effects were kind of cheap, but it was television in 1997 so, I didn't expect much. It was obvious they didn't have a big budget, but it didn't make the movie worse.

Overall: So as you can see there wasn't much I didn't like about this version. In fact, I'd watch this over the original version any day. I'm so happy that someone from the amazing Stephen King Lovers FB Group ( you have to join this group if you're a SK fan. They're simply the friendliest and fumiest group of people on FB) told me about this film.

If you want to see how King really saw  his story don't miss out on this!

5/5 Stars

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Book Review: The Long Walk by Stephen King -3/5 Stars

On the first day of May, 100 teenage boys meet for a race known as The Long Walk. If you break the rules, you get three warnings. If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying...

















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What I liked about this book: This was a fast paced Stephen King read I'd only learned about not too long ago. It was a fast paced read and for King, a short one. It had some really strong characters and even though we didn't know a ton about each, you still felt like you knew them well. As they got killed off I found myself grieving for each one. The vibe stays macabre throughout and though there are things you laugh at, there is truly no happy moment. It's not horror, but it is a really dark drama that King fans will be proud of and find themselves quickly pulled into.
What I didn't like about the book: From the very beginning you easily know who wins the race because so much attention is focused on that character. There are also a lot of unanswered questions such as how exactly The Long Walk got started and if people knew how bad  the event was  every year why do they keep taking the test that qualifies them for it? I was shocked to learn the entire event was nearly voluntary. The ending was highly predictable, rushed and pretty much just faded out. A real shame for such an intense read .

Overall: It was entertaining from beginning to end, but it was not one of his best. Very unusual topic (especially when you consider when it was written). However, it just wasn't as strong a story as I was expecting. Give it a shot, but keep your expectations light.

3/5 Stars

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