New Blogging Day at Beyond the Veil & A Knight In Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux

September 26, 2007 at 5:39 pm (About Margo, Books of Interest) (, , , , )

..or Beyond the Evil as my hubby calls it…

While I was subbing for SJ on Fridays, I am now a “real” member and will be posting every other Wednesday.  I started the 19th and my next day will be October 3.

Last week I blogged about “What Was the 1st Paranormal Romance Published?”.  There was lots of good feedback and it looked like the winner was June Lund Shiplett’s Journey to Yesterday in 1979.

A few comments mentioned Jude Deveraux’s A Knight In Shining Armor and–lo and behold–guess what book I found in my shelves????

Wow! I read it in 4 hours and couldn’t get my nose out of that book.  (and this is WHILE I was watching the “HEROS” premier.

***SPOILER ALERT****  Don’t read the rest of the post if you haven’t read the book yet.

Okay, the heroine, Douglass, was a little on the whiny, get-a-spine side…but she got stronger as the story went along.

 The hero, Nicholas, was Alpha to the core…but he redeemed himself in the last twenty pages or so.

What really interested me was the structure of the story and the ending.  I don’t want to post a spoiler, but I’m not sure an editor would let an author end a story like that now-a-days.

There real hero–the man who made love to Douglass and who was the real knight in shining armor–spends the last thirty years of his life alone in the 15th century and dies without love!!  Yes, there was the whole “my soul” will find “your soul” but I didn’t get the euphoric happy ending that I like.

But the story was good and it’s staying on my “keeper shelf”.

~Margo

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Unusual Vampire Movie: Perfect Creature

September 13, 2007 at 10:15 am (Movies)

Silus (Dougray Scott)Over at Vampire Wire (a great blog to check out if you are into Vampire/Paranormal based entertainment in any media form), I found a link to a review of the New Zealand film, Perfect Creature at the site Digitally Obsessed.

 I bopped over to Netflix and put it at the top of our list (gotta share with the hubby).  I wasn’t sure what to expect from the reviews I found there, but the DO review made it seem like something new and interesting.

Perfect Creature is NOT a glossy, rock-n-roll vampire flick.  It had a dark, gritty realism meshed with sci-fi that was very nicely designed and produced.  One of its producers compared it to Blade Runner at one level and I agree that it had that same feel.

It is more of a sci-fi film than horror, and it reminded me of the new “historical” urban fantasy novels that we are seeing in the paranormal romance genre.  Emma Holly’s new “Demon World” books popped into my head as I watched the world of Perfect Creature.

It is not a romance film, but there is an element of romance there (There’s a scene where the heroine, Lily (Saffron Burrows), runs her fingers through Silus’ hair–yum).  In a longer film, I think they could have explored this more, but the arc of the hero’s growth was still satisfying.

Dougray Scott as the hero, Silus, did an excellent job making the sexy vamp appear “other”.  He also protrayed the fact that his vampire, Silus, was different than the others.  If you like Dougray Scott–check him out in this film.  Great eyes, ladies.

The villan, Edgar, played by Leo Gregory, had believable motiviations and was both sexy and creepy.  Even though there was gore, I could watch it because Edgar was a compelling character.

The ending was a bit abrupt and it introduced a character we had never met–and as fiction writers we know that is a big “no no”.  Still Silus did grow and you ended with a good feeling (though a bit confused on the details).  Perfect Creature was worth watching.  I do think paranormal romance readers may enjoy it more than hard-core horror fans.

I’d vote for a sequel, but one in which Silus gets to discover what a little hot human loving can do for a vampire! 

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Paranormal Lifespan and the Romance: Immortal vs. Mortal

September 6, 2007 at 11:50 pm (About Margo, Romance Books)

Hey, it’s an important question!  There IS a difference.

I’m blogging more about it at Beyond the Veil today.  Come over and check it out.

~Margo

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2007 Chase the Dream Writers Contest! Enter this Contest!

September 5, 2007 at 10:19 am (Cool Web Stuff, Romance Books, Things that are Fun)

Stand up and take notice on this one! The 2007 Chase the Dream contest is up and running. Sponsored by romance authors Leigh Michaels and Rachelle Chase this is a great chance to get your work in front of published authors, agents, and editors.

Both these ladies are smart and professional and will treat you and your entries with respect. Here are the official contest rules. One of the great things about this contest is that even if you aren’t chosen as a weekly finalist, you may have a chance for a free critique from Leigh Michaels. Do not pass up this chance!

Here are the agents and editors they have lined up so far: Paula Eykelhof, Elaine English, and Cheryl Ferguson.

Wonder why I’m so gung-ho on this contest? I won this contest last year with my first 1000 words of HALF MOON RISING and that win led directly to my contract with Samhain.

Please check out the contest site when you have a chance. It has all the important info. You won’t regret it.

~Margo

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