Enjoy some Mayhem & Magic!
Our blog is meant to evoke fun with the magic of myths, folklore, movies and the mayhem of murder and madness. We have to keep it interesting so if you like different genres of movies and books then you're at the right blog. Our authors are a wide range of experts and our readers know what is top of the line in their favorite genres. Sometimes we post recipes that might be fun to try if a culinary author has one in her book that we think is especially yummy or one that Terri and I have created and want to share with you. Enjoy Guest Blogger Alice Duncan's monthly muse on her books and writing mysteries.
Plus you won't want to miss our book reviews, author interviews or our guest bloggers. So grab your favorite beverage then join us for some magic and mayhem! The good news is that you don't have to leave the house or your comfy chair. We have something for everyone's taste and every month we have a different topic for our bloggers: ones we feel that might be useful in your own writing and reader points of view. Not to mention, life in general. So join us and be sure to have a notebook handy as your to-be-read pile will grow as you add books, recipes, movies and t.v. series you won't want to miss. Not to mention folktales, myths or ideas you may wish to explore. Be careful what you wish for because on mayhemandmagic2 you just might find it.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Billy is a great host and lots of fun , though he did seem more restrained this year. I enjoyed his 'I know what you are thinking' segment as well as the many clips they had with Actors sharing their love of movies. What makes us love a movie often is vary hard to articulate and I thought some of them did a great job. Didn't really get the Cirque du Soliel's act in the whole scheme of things (though they were excellent of course). Was glad they didnt perform all the songs, that is often one of my least favorite parts of the show for some reason.
As for acceptance speeches - Octavia Spencer made me tear up and Jean Dujardin made me grin. Christopher Plummer had a great speech as well.
Of course I loved many of the fashions (though I thought Sasha Baron Cohen's ash thing on the red carpet was a bit inexplicable.. Some of favorite looks were Gwenyth Paltrow, Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis and Penelope Cruz. Loved Brad, George and Stacy but though Angelina's dress structure was a bit weird and off for me.
Gotta admit, it may be a bit cheesy but it is fun!
Friday, February 24, 2012
1 oz dark rum
½ oz. grenadine
3 oz orange juice
3 oz pineapple juice
Why so many people interested in true crime stories? This morning on the train, I read a true crime short by Kathryn Casey called Blues and Bad Blood. In my case, I can say part is the fascination with the pyschology of it. Trying to understand. It is its own puzzle or mystery. I also watch a lot of shows on the ID channel. One very interesting new show is Dark Minds featuring crime writer M William Phelps who tries to udnerstand and solve cases with the help of profiler John Kelly and an incarcerated serial killer they call "13". Another show I really find interesting is Stolen Voices, Buried Secrets, that tells the facts from the victims' voice. And the victims need to have a voice. Maybe that is part of the fascination people have -- this could happen to someone we know.
And TV does reflect our fascination with True crime in the amount of shows like CSI and Criminal Minds about those who catch these criminals. The thing about fiction is it can be neatly wrapped up which is something you often can't say about true crime. And the same is true of mystery fiction. Which was another comment that was made several times during our group thread on the topic. And its true. Real life is not neat. We are horrified by crime (as well we should be) and we experience relief when criminals are convicted and anger when they "get away with it". Of course we do. We need to feel safe. For our friends and families to feel safe. But then there are those of us who want to read it, watch it, and try and understand it.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
So she has a decision to make. And if she makes the wrong one, it could affect her future books as some have bitterly learned with DEFINITE vanity presses. They are marked and might NOT be considered by serious agents and publishers in the future after a first book with a vanity press.
YET some great books can come out of such presses and self-publishers (look at Amanda Hocking's success). But those MUST be edited perfectly because bad editing can leave a lasting negative feeling - I know there have been books that have done that for me. One in particular was set in Victorian times yet the ladies wore big bouffant powdered wigs... Cringe. And spelling and grammer are crucial. And we have spell checks and so on so use them. And I have even had discussions about how more mistakes like that are slipping through traditional publishers as well as economic cutbacks decrease the editorial staff.
I think though, a wannabe published author has to research publishers beforehand and assess what they hope to achieve. And if self-publishing is the route is one they want, they need to REALLY get an editor or have it edited by people who will be honest and harsh if necessary - friends hold back.
For some people, just getting the book out there is the real goal. But for others it might be more about being taken seriously and right or wrong self-published authors are not taken as seriously by many people and organizations. And a big part of that is because there are LOTS of crappy self-published books out there. Especially now where Amazon makes it so easy to self-publish. So readers are wary of spending their money trying to find the flower in the weeds.
And without the traditional publisher an author has to make an ever larger investment in promotion and exposure. Marketing is expensive and these Self-Publishing and Vanity houses might promise a lot of it, but mostly fail to deliver. People can't find what they don't know exists. Bookmarks, postcards, all of that cost money. A lot of these firms just count on the sales from family and friends of the author to make their profit and that is it.
So my message to them was do your research, figure out what you want and expect from publishing and be patient and work the process the right way if you choose to go the traditional route.
So a very interesting start to my morning before the tedious task of editing attorneys time submissions at work.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
The Scent of Rain & Lightning - Nancy Pickard ^
Witches on Parole - Debra Geary *
World War Z - Max Brooks @
Kill 4 Me - Joel M Andre *
twisted Triangle - Caitlin Rother ^
Ballad of the Rag Man - Cynthia Gustavson *
I Would Find a Girl Walking - Kathy Kelly *
Superman: Earth One - Michael Stracynski *
Blood Bath - Susan D Mustafa *
The Drag Queen Murder - kathryn Casey *
The Fashion Police - Sibel Hodge *
mrs. Jeepers' Monster Class Trip - Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thorton Jones *
Salem 1692: What Devil's Made them do it? - bruce Watson *
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Killer Crullers by Jessica Beck is the sixth book in the “Donut Shop” mystery series. Publisher: Minotaur Books, January 2012
When a customer starts throwing crullers at Gabby and is later found murdered, the police immediately suspects her friend Gabby. When it looks like bad for her, Gabby asks Suzanne to find the murderer before she’s rolled in dough. I love the easy and steady flow of this well-written story. The mystery kept me turning the pages but what I enjoyed the most is the relationships between Suzanne, her mother and her friends. That is what keeps me coming back to this series again and again. I look forward to more adventures and possibilities in the next book in this wonderfully charming series.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
Death by Killer Mop Doll by Lois Winston is the second book in “Anastasia Pollack Crafting” mystery series. Publisher: Midnight Ink, January 2012
What a fun read! This is a well-crafted and fast-paced story that kept me laughing as the book progresses to its dramatic conclusion. Once again, Anastasia find a dead body with one of her craft tools nearby and now must outwit a killer before she becomes a victim of her own tools. I like this story as Anastasia deals with the drama that is her dysfunction family and trying to find a killer in her roundabout way to the amusement of this reader. With quirky and eccentric but lovable characters and witty and amusing dialogue, this was very enjoyable and I look forward to more adventures in this entertaining series.