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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Kalayna Price Interview - Grave War


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Kalayna Price is the USA Today bestselling author of the Alex Craft novels, including Grave Destiny, Grave Ransom, and Grave Visions. She draws her ideas from the world around her, her studies into ancient mythologies, and her obsession with classic folklore. Her stories contain not only the mystical elements of fantasy but also a dash of romance, a bit of gritty horror, some humor, and a large serving of mystery. Kalayna is an avid reader, a gardener, a mother, a board gamer, and is proud to let her geek flag fly.

      
  


What was the greatest thing you learned at school? 
Oh, that’s hard. Do you mean primary or college? In primary, definitely learning how to read was rather an important and essential skill that opened doorways into so many magical worlds. In college, I took so many different classes in so many interesting subjects it would be almost impossible to choose one thing. 

Tell us your latest news. 
The big news is of course the release of GRAVE WAR on November 24th. This is the seventh and final book in the Alex Craft series and I’m so excited to share it with everyone. 

Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way? 
I couldn’t pick just one author! I love to read and most likely everything I read touches me in some way or another. It may be the feeling of having had such an amazing experience with their characters and hoping I can inspire such a journey in readers, or it might be small grains of ideas that inspire me directly. 

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
Meeting readers for sure! It is always amazing and a little surreal when I talk to readers and they discuss these people (I write about) who have only ever lived in my head. 

What do you hope for readers to be thinking when they read your novel? 
That they have had an amazing journey with Alex and her friends. 

In your newest book, GRAVE WAR (Alex Craft #7); can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about the novel? 
This novel wraps up the storyline started seven books ago. In Grave War, Alex is trying to balance her ties to Faerie with her mortal life and responsibilities, but things go rather askew when an explosion occurs at the doorway between worlds. The unrest brewing in Faerie is spilling over into the mortal realm and Alex can’t wait on sidelines. 

Which of your characters do you feel has grown the most since book 1 and in what way have they changed? 
Alex has definitely seen the most growth, both in her emotional and magical journey throughout the series. 

What part of Alex did you enjoy writing the most? 
Her humor. She isn’t a guns blazing type of character, even though she gets herself into a lot of dangerous situations, so she has a certain amount of sarcastic (and sometimes self-depreciating) internal dialogue that is fun to write. 

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why? 
Oh it would be fun to pluck main heroines from lots of urban fantasy series and toss them in a room together. Sadly, I’m not so sure the outcome would be pleasant, but it would definitely be memorable. 

TEN FACTS ABOUT GRAVE WAR 
  • I’ve known the main twists and reveals that appear in this novel since I wrote Grave Witch (the first novel.) 
  • Despite knowing the above, I agonized over two potential ending outcomes throughout most of the first draft of this novel, finally settling on one only about halfway through. (Maybe one day I’ll write the alternative ending to share with those interested.) 
  • Alex is in way over her head in this book—though I guess that isn’t abnormal for her. 
  • Readers will finally learn Caine’s secrets in Grave War. 
  • Some of my favorite minor characters make an appearance in Grave War. 
  • I haven’t actually counted, but I think this book contains the most named characters out of any in the series. 
  • The magic in Alex’s series is heavily influenced by folklore from around the world. I love folklore and have a library of it that I dig through. 
  • Pets tend to show up in my writing, probably because I am both a cat and dog person and tend to have at least one or the other watching over me while I’m writing. PC (Alex’s dog) is a beloved character of mine, but in Grave War I particularly enjoyed writing the scenes with a shadow cat (though Alex would not agree). 
  • I don’t think I’ve been more nervous about the reception of a book since my first one. I’ve never ended a series before, and there are a lot of emotions tied up here. 
  • I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to these characters. They have been a huge part of my life and I will miss them. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to come back and visit their world one day.
Most horrifying dream you have ever had? 
I tend to be plagued by detailed and vivid dreams, but it’s likely the ones the you wake with your heart pounding as your back slams into the mattress with your skin slick with sweat . . . and yet you can’t remember a thing beyond the lingering prickle of terror that claws at the edges of your mind that are the most frightening. 

If you could go back in time to one point in your life, where would you go? 
To revisit or to change things? Those would be very different answers. 

What's the memorable summer job you've ever had? 
I never really had a quintessential “summer job.” Jobs I had during the year carried over and vice versa. 

What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? 
Read my books, of course! No, I’m kidding, but I don’t really have a good answer for this. Everyone is different and their paths will take them very different ways. There is nothing I could say that wouldn’t have my own bias attached beyond the cliche “live.” 

Which incident in your life that totally changed the way you think today? 
My own personal turning point? Oh, I’m not sure. It would be hard to pinpoint any single incident that completely changed me. 

What is one unique thing are you afraid of? 
The color yellow. Okay, that’s not really a fear, more of a preference. Nothing really unique, only odd thing I can think of is that I’m rather iffy on elevators (though I’m much better than I used to be.) 

What was the best memory you ever had as a writer? 
There are so many great memories. If I had to pick only one, it would probably be the first time someone I didn’t know approached me with a well read copy of my book and asked me to sign it. I write to entertain, but I often suffer imposter syndrome, sure everyone around me knows I’m not actually good enough to be in the room/published/have bestseller attached to my name/etc, so when someone has read my work and enjoys it, that tends to floor me. 

Where can readers find you? 
I don’t keep a very active online presence but the latest news can be found at my website at www.kalayna.com


Grave witch Alex Craft is getting pulled back into deadly fae politics in the thrilling new novel in the USA Today bestselling series.

Grave witch Alex Craft has forged an uneasy truce with the world of Faerie, but she’s still been trying to maintain at least some semblance of a normal life in the human world. So it’s safe to say that stepping up as the lead investigator for the Fae Investigation Bureau was not a career path she ever anticipated taking.

When an explosion at the Eternal Bloom threatens to upend the fae who make their home in our world, Alex finds herself in charge of the most far reaching investigation she’s ever tackled. And it’s only her first week on the job. With the threats mounting and cut off from half her allies, Alex can’t wait on the sidelines and hope the fae’s conflicts stay contained within their borders.
 

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Write Christmas by Thommy Hutson




Paperback : 326 pages
ISBN-10 : 1645480496
ISBN-13 : 978-1645480495
Publisher : Rosewood Books (December 1, 2020)
Language: : English

Praise for WRITE CHRISTMAS

"This heartwarming fantasy from Hutson updates a favorite Christmas trope as a Scrooge-like woman is given the magical gift of a new perspective on her life. Christmas enthusiasts will find this hits the spot." —Publishers Weekly

“... a blend of romance and fantasy in A Christmas Carol style of writing. An outstanding inspirational
read for the holidays.” —Midwest Book Review

"A story of second chances, Write Christmas will make you believe in the magic of the season again." —The Nerd Daily

Abby Nicholson used to love Christmas. Until she didn’t.

After leaving Winter Glen, the small town famous for its Christmas celebration and her family’s greeting card company, Abby is forced to return to the home she left behind when the unexpected passing of her father thrusts the business into her hands.

Turning her back on the magic of the holiday beloved by her father and the town, she decides to sell the business. Signing the paperwork with the very pen her father used to create it, she is shocked to discover her hometown has become a whole new world.

One where Christmas has vanished!

Now stuck in a place devoid of hope, joy, and the spirit of the season, Abby sees family and friends altered in the most terrible of ways.

Determined to set things right, though unsure how, Abby takes out her father’s pen and begins to draw. When she realizes her art is coming to life, she sets out to recreate the holiday and bring back the most wonderful time of the year.

But some are determined to keep an iron grip on the town and will do anything in their power to stop her.

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Thommy Hutson is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, director, and best-selling author.

A graduate of UCLA, he launched his career co-writing the story for the Warner Bros. animated hit SCOOBY-DOO IN WHERE’S MY MUMMY? He followed that with co-writing the concept and additional material for CHILL OUT, SCOOBY-DOO!

His career took a thrilling turn writing and producing several definitive genre film retrospectives for television and home entertainment: SCREAM: THE INSIDE STORY (Bio Channel), NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY (Bio Channel), CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13th (RLJ/Image), MORE BRAINS! A RETURN TO THE LIVING DEAD (Chiller) and HIS NAME WAS JASON: 30 YEARS OF FRIDAY THE 13th (Starz/Anchor Bay).

He was also a staff writer on the Hulu daily web series “The Morning After,” a smart, witty, pop culture program aimed at getting viewers up-to-date on the latest entertainment news and celebrity interviews.

Thommy produced the critically acclaimed feature THE TROUBLE WITH THE TRUTH, an insightful relationship drama starring Lea Thompson and John Shea. He also produced DREAMWORLD, a quirky, romantic dramedy.

He co-wrote and produced ANIMAL for Chiller Films and Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films. The project debuted in iTunes’ top ten horror films (reaching #1) and became the network’s highest-rated original movie.

He produced and made his feature directorial debut with THE ID, an independent psychological drama/thriller. The film won Best Thriller at The Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival and Filmmaker Magazine stated it was “a deeply unsettling thriller that’s as moving as it is frightening … with skillful, provocative direction that has echoes of early Polanski.”

Thommy also wrote the screenplay for Syfy Channel’s supernatural horror film TRUTH OR DARE, which was a trending topic on social media the night of its premiere and continues to rank high on Netflix.

As a best-selling author Thommy crafted a limited-edition coffee table book detailing the making and legacy of horror icon Wes Craven’s 1984 classic A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. A trade version (Permuted Press/Simon & Schuster) was also released. His latest novel, the teen thriller “Jinxed,” (Vesuvian Media) is the first book of a trilogy and has been called “A must-read for classic horror fans…Inevitable and shocking. Homage and originality…Hutson could easily take on the mantle as the next Lois Duncan.” The book reached #1 in the USA, UK, Canada, and Australia and was the winner for Best Horror at the International Book Awards and Best YA Horror in the Readers’ Choice Awards.

He wrote the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original film A CHRISTMAS FOR THE BOOKS, which was the highest-rated scripted program the night it premiered, produced THE FINAL WISH (Cinedigm) written by Final Destination creator Jeffrey Reddick and starring Lin Shaye and Tony Todd, and co-scripted the teen thriller INSTAFAME (Lifetime).

Thommy recently wrote the screenplay for an audiobook holiday project, is in development on a family feature, and is hard at work on “Cursed,” the second installment of the “Jinxed” trilogy.

A member of the Producers Guild of America and Horror Writers Association, a Saturn and Home Media Magazine award-winner, and an aficionado of horror and teen movies from the 80s and 90s, Thommy continues to develop unique, compelling, and provocative projects across multiple genres for film, television, publishing, and home entertainment.
        

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Julie Valerie Interview - The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks


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Julie Valerie is the bestselling author of the Village of Primm series. She serves on the board of directors for James River Writers; co-founded the Bookish Road Trip, earned an editing certificate from the University of Chicago Graham School; and has a master’s degree in education, a bachelor of fine arts in fashion, and certification in wilderness first aid. A former trend forecaster, Julie enjoys books, the study of wine, hikes on the Appalachian Trail, and travel. She married her college sweetheart, and they live in Virginia with their four children and two English Labradors. Holly Banks Full of Angst released December 2019 with Lake Union Publishing. The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks, the standalone second installment in the Village of Primm series, releases November 24, 2020, also with Lake Union Publishing. Learn more about Julie and join her author newsletter at julievalerie.com.

        
  


What inspired you to pen your first novel? 
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was very young. I remember writing my first novel in a spiral notebook while sitting on my bedroom closet floor. Every school year, in addition to the typical school supplies in my backpack, I always carried a spiral notebook specifically for writing in. 

Tell us your latest news. 
My second novel releases with Lake Union Publishing on November 24, 2020, and I couldn’t be more excited! 

Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way? 
I’m constantly inspired by the work of authors I admire. 

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
Hands down, the most rewarding experience I’ve had since being published is watching my children’s reactions to their mom finally accomplishing what they’ve watched me work toward for years, and years, and years. 

What do you hope for readers to be thinking when they read your novel? 
I’d love for them to think of my main character, Holly Banks, as a friend. A close friend. I tried to write her to be as relatable as possible. And I’d love it if readers found the Village of Primm a place they’d like to return to again and again. That would be amazing. 

Can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about it THE PECULIAR FATE OF HOLLY BANKS? 
The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks, the second installment in the bestselling Village of Primm series, is about . . . 

A wife, mother, and aspiring filmmaker clings to the pursuit of perfection only to have fate play with every plan she’s made in this quirky, contemplative, and empowering novel. 

About the Book: Holly Banks is on a desperate mission to have it all, but nothing in life goes according to plan. She’s quickly learning that keeping up with the Joneses is a full-time job, especially when the women of Primm, her new neighborhood, seem to have it together all the time.

With her husband’s job in flux, her daughter’s difficulty with learning to read, and her mother’s new zest for dating, Holly’s life is already anything but picture perfect. Then her dog digs up an old artifact in the village center, and the mishap draws the attention of local media. Because of course it would. 

Holly finds herself at the center of a mystery between two rival towns that, if solved, could change the Village of Primm forever. Attention is the last thing she needs as she’s launching a new business, the village-wide “Parade of Homes” is approaching—though she’s hardly unpacked—and she needs to submit her entry for an upcoming film festival. Can Holly still create her perfect (looking) life? Or is fate about to go off script and give her a story she never could have imagined? 

What part of Holly did you enjoy writing the most? 
I enjoyed all of it. Writing Holly and hanging out with everyone in the Village of Primm is so much fun for me; it’s genuinely what I most enjoy doing. Writing, and spending time with characters I consider friends. 

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why? 
I think it would be a riot if Holly Banks could hang out with Bernadette in Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette. I also think she’d have a blast partying with Sophie Kinsella’s Becky Bloomwood and Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones. 

What’s the most ridiculous fact you know? 
I know a lot of really bizarre and useless things. It’s hard to pick just one. Hmm . . . Saturn’s rings will disappear relatively soon as far as space-time goes. And I believe the inventor of Pringles is buried in a Pringles container? 

If you had one day in your life to live over, which would you choose and why? 
Difficult to say. Contenders would definitely be my wedding day and the birth days of each of my four children. 

What event in your life would make a good movie? 
I’m section hiking the Appalachian Trail with my best friend. We began hiking the 2,000+ miles (from Georgia to Maine) in 2017 and hope to finish by 2035. Every trip we take is an adventure. That’s for darn sure! 

What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? 
Take an authentic Finnish sauna in Helsinki, Finland. 

What is one unique thing are you afraid of? 
It might not be unique, but I’m terrified of snakes. 

What was the best memory you ever had as a writer? 
Typing “the end” on my first novel in a beautiful cottage at my favorite vineyard. 

Where can readers find you? 
The best place to find me is on my website at julievalerie.com. While there, you can subscribe to my author newsletter and find outbound links to all my social media platforms. 

TEN REASONS TO READ THE PECULIAR FATE OF HOLLY BANKS
  • 1. Though you can read The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks as a standalone and not read the first installment in the Village of Primm series, if you have already read the first book, I think you’ll enjoy seeing what happens next to the characters and village. 
  • 2. Enjoy mysteries? Though this book isn’t a “mystery,” it has a mystery in it. 
  • 3. Enjoy romance? Though this book isn’t a “romance,” it has romance in it. 
  • 4. Enjoy folktales? This book has one of those. Like to laugh? There’s plenty of that. 
  • 5. Love dogs? Struggle, Holly’s chocolate Labrador is responsible for many of the twists and turns in the plot. 
  • 6. Questions about fate, destiny, and luck are raised. See what happens when life goes off-script. 
  • 7. A crossword puzzle plays out across the village, and you can solve it step by step while reading. 
  • 8. There’s a stop motion film embedded with the text. 
  • 9. Consider the moon. Watch an astrolabe in action. Visit a cartographer’s shop. 
  • 10. Like she sheds? Bullet journaling? Coffee roasting? Spend time with Holly and the villagers in the Village of Primm. A lot happens in this book that I can’t disclose here without spoiling the plot. 
Your Favorite Quotes/Scenes from THE PECULIAR FATE OF HOLLY BANKS
A twenty-five centuries-old folktale known in Europe as Henny Penny, known in the United States as Chicken Little, plays out in interesting ways throughout the novel, so I’d have to say the most important quote from the novel is undoubtedly: The sky is falling. Read The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks to see how elements from this folktale play out. 
 

A wife, mother, and aspiring filmmaker clings to the pursuit of perfection only to have fate play with every plan she’s made in this quirky, contemplative, and empowering novel.

Holly Banks is on a desperate mission to have it all, but nothing in life goes according to plan. She’s quickly learning that keeping up with the Joneses is a full-time job, especially when the women of Primm, her new neighborhood, seem to have it together all the time.

With her husband’s job in flux, her daughter’s difficulty with learning to read, and her mother’s new zest for dating, Holly’s life is already anything but picture perfect. Then her dog digs up an old artifact in the village center, and the mishap draws the attention of local media. Because of course it would.

Holly finds herself at the center of a mystery between two rival towns that, if solved, could change the Village of Primm forever. Attention is the last thing she needs as she’s launching a new business, the village-wide “Parade of Homes” is approaching—though she’s hardly unpacked—and she needs to submit her entry for an upcoming film festival. Can Holly still create her perfect (looking) life? Or is fate about to go off script and give her a story she never could have imagined?

Praise for THE PECULIAR FATE OF HOLLY BANKS

“Picking up where Valerie’s first novel, Holly Banks Full of Angst, left off, this will fit right in with loyal Kinsella readers, fans of Tom Perotta’s Mrs. Fletcher, and those who enjoyed the suburban intrigue of the Netflix show Dead to Me.” —Booklist

“Valerie combines laugh-out-loud situations with heart as Holly navigates her newest challenges…Recommended for those who enjoy reading about relatable heroines and parents who are trying to have it all.” —Library Journal

“Both down to earth and beautifully surreal, Holly Banks’s latest adventure is a story about courage, family, and friendship that had me hooked from the very first page.” —Lea Geller, author of Trophy Life 

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Netflix: Giving Voice Trailer - Viola Davis, Denzel Washington & Stephen Henderson



A new generation of performers is discovered in “Giving Voice,” which follows the emotional journey of six students as they advance through the high-stakes August Wilson Monologue Competition, an event which celebrates one of America’s preeminent playwrights. Every year, thousands of students from twelve cities across the United States perform the Pulitzer Prize winner’s work ("Fences," "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) for a shot to perform on Broadway. Directors Jim Stern and Fernando Villena capture students discovering themselves and the world around them through Wilson’s “Century Cycle,” a canon of ten plays portraying the 20th century African American experience. Executive producer Viola Davis, along with “Fences” co-star Denzel Washington, share the impact that Wilson’s timeless artistry and legacy has had on their careers and their hopes for the young people carrying it forward. Giving Voice is an Endgame Entertainment and Pilgrim Media Group Production in association with Endeavor Content, Impact Partners, Get Lifted Film Co and JuVee Productions.


GIVING VOICE
A Netflix Original Documentary
featuring the original song, "Never Break" from John Legend, and winner of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival Favorite Award
Film Release Date: December 11
Run Time: 90 minutes
Directed by: James D. Stern and Fernando Villena
Producers: James D. Stern, Karen Bove, Fernando Villena, Schoen Smith, Craig Piligian


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EPs: Viola Davis, Julius Tennon, John Legend, Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius Dan Cogan, Jenny Raskin, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Gretchen Stockdale, Nicholas Caprio, Constanza Romero

Six ambitious student actors audition for the prestigious August Wilson Monologue Competition, culminating in a riveting final round on Broadway.

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Netflix is the world's leading internet entertainment service with 158 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without adverts or commitments.
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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Netflix: Pieces of a Woman Trailer - Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf & Ellen Burstyn



Martha (Vanessa Kirby) and Sean (Shia LaBeouf) are a Boston couple on the verge of parenthood whose lives change irrevocably when a home birth ends in unimaginable tragedy. Thus begins a yearlong odyssey for Martha, who must navigate her grief while working through fractious relationships with Sean and her domineering mother (Ellen Burstyn), along with the publicly vilified midwife (Molly Parker), whom she must face in court. Directed by Kornél Mundruczó (WHITE GOD, winner of the 2014 Prix Un Certain Regard Award), written by Kata Wéber, and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, PIECES OF A WOMAN is a deeply personal, searing, and ultimately transcendent story of a woman learning to live alongside her loss.


PIECES OF A WOMAN
On Netflix: January 7, 2021
In Theaters: December 30, 2020
Directed by: Kornél Mundruczó
Adapted Screenplay by: Kata Wéber

Cast: Vanessa Kirby, Ellen Burstyn, Shia LaBeouf, Molly Parker, Sarah Snook, Iliza
Shlesinger, Benny Safdie, Jimmie Fails
Produced By: Kevin Turen, p.g.a., Ashley Levinson, p.g.a. and Aaron Ryder
Executive Producers: Martin Scorsese, Sam Levinson, Stuart Manashil, Viktoria
Petranyi, Jason Cloth, Richard McConnell, Suraj Maraboyina for Creative Wealth Media, Aaron Gilbert for BRON Studios, and Steven Thibault

Cinematography by: Benjamin Loeb, FNF
Production Design by: Sylvain Lemaitre and Frédérique B. Ste-Marie
Costume Design by: Rachel Dainer-Best
Film Editing by: Dávid Janscó, HSE
Music Composed by: Howard Shore
Make-Up & Hairstyling by: Gemma Lousie Hoff


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Friday, November 20, 2020

|Podcast| Adult Night - Kevin Alejandro & Leslie Alejandro



In an attempt to “live colorfully,” the strength of a couple’s relationship is tested by a situation where it might be more important to get out rather than off.

THE STORY
A married couple with a newborn experiment at an adult play date. As the evening takes an unexpected turn the couple finally opens up about their needs in the relationship and needs they have been missing while comically trying to escape the situation they have put themselves in. 


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GUEST: KEVIN ALEJANDRO AND LESLIE ALEJANDRO
JOURNALIST: ERIK WERLIN
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BACKGROUND
After spending time in Vancouver BC, shooting season two of Lucifer and completing the Warner Bros. Directors’ Program, Kevin Alejandro had an itch to shoot and direct something on his own. He asked his good friend and writer, Derek Ray to write a 10 minute short film with the preliminary request that consisted of two people in one location. The idea, 'Adult Night' was inspired and born out of a real-life couple’s experience with finding new ways to spice up their lives. It was not until a couple of years later when production moved Lucifer to Los Angeles that Kevin resurrected the script and asked his wife, Leslie Alejandro to co-direct the short film with him. With undoubtable chemistry between Kevin Alejandro and his Lucifer co-star, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Kevin asked Lesley-Ann to play opposite of him, in which she agreed to do so, as well as join the producing team. Close friend, Director, Producer, and Editor, Todd Sandler came on board to help shape the story and concept. And to complete the team, Dani de Jesus signed on as producer.

   

Kevin Alejandro Actor, Co-director and Producer Award-winning actor and director currently stars on Netflix’s global hit series Lucifer. Won Best Supporting Actor for drama series Southland and nominated for same for HBO’s True Blood. Won Best Director for his dramedy short Bedtime Story. The Texas native graduated from Warner Bros. Television Directors’ Workshop and the Directors Guild of America Directors’ Orientation Program in 2017 and he has directed a couple of episodes on Netflix’s Lucifer. He recently launched his production company Alejandro Films alongside Leslie Alejandro. The company aims to tell culturally diverse stories in an entertaining way

Lesley-Ann Brandt Actor & Producer The South African born and raised actress and activities currently stars on Netflix’s global hit series Lucifer portraying the fan favorite pansexual demon Mazikeen. Previously starred on Starz’s Spartacus and FOX’s Gotham. As an activist Brandt fights for the voices without a platform and for injustice around the world. She recently raised enough money to build two yoga facilities for the non-profit organization Earth Child Project in her hometown Cape Town, South Africa aiming to help youth from impoverished areas.

Leslie Alejandro Co-director & Producer The director, filmmaker, celebrity/fashion photographer and activist premiered her first horror short SMILE at Dances with the Wolves Film Festival in 2019. She was previously partner and executive editor of a fashion magazine. Her work has been featured in Vanity Fair, GQ, Vogue, Glamour, Men’s Health, The Wrap and more. As activist she has been a member of the Human Rights Campaign for more than a decade and actively campaigns for the inclusion and visibility of people of color “above and below the line” in the entertainment industry.


Directors: Los Alejandros (Leslie Alejandro & Kevin Alejandro) 
Writer: Derek Ray Siefert 
Producers: Kevin Alejandro Leslie Alejandro Lesley-Ann Brandt Todd Sandler Dani De Jesus.
Director of Photography: Nick Mahar 
Editor: Todd Sandler 
Production Sound: Kelsey Jonkas 
Sound Mix: Lukas Arbogast 
Colorist: Elliot M. Smith

Country of Production USA 
Running Time 10:51 Minutes 
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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Charlie N. Holmberg Interview - Spellbreaker


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Charlie N. Holmberg is the award-winning author of the Numina series, The Fifth Doll, and many others. Her Wall Street Journal bestselling Paper Magician series, which includes The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, and The Master Magician, has been optioned by the Walt Disney Company. Charlie’s stand-alone novel, Followed by Frost, was nominated for a 2016 RITA Award for Best Young Adult Romance. Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters, who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog. She currently lives with her family in Utah. Visit her at www.charlienholmberg.com.
        


ISBN-10 : 1542020093
ISBN-13 : 978-1542020091
Publisher : 47North (November 1, 2020)
Paperback : 303 pages

Praise for SPELLBREAKER 

“…romantic and electrifying…the fast-paced plot and fully realized world will have readers eager for the next installment. Fans of Victorian-influenced fantasy won’t want to put this down.” —Publishers Weekly

“Those who enjoy gentle romance, cozy mysteries, or Victorian fantasy will love this first half of a duology. The cliffhanger ending will keep readers breathless waiting for the second half.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Powerful magic, indulgent Victoriana, and a slow-burn romance make this genre-bending romp utterly delightful.” —Kirkus Reviews



What is the greatest thing you learned at school?
Honestly, grammar. I got a really solid foundation in grammar at a young age and it really helped me throughout my life, writing-wise and otherwise.

Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way?
My two greatest influences are Hayao Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) and Brandon Sanderson. Both of them create the kinds of stories I love. They think outside the box. I was able to take two semesters of creative writing from Brandon at BYU, and they were incredibly beneficial to my writing and my career.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
I mean, in truth, it’s the fact that people I don’t even know read and love my stories. I still have a hard time wrapping my head around that. I’m so grateful to every reader (even those who don’t like my books!)

Second, my biggest brag point: that Disney has the film rights to my debut trilogy. :)

What do you hope for readers to be thinking when they read your novel?
I hope they find something new and different in a setting they can feel comfortable in. I try to think outside the box with every story I write, but I never want to be confusing or obtuse. I simply hope they like the story!

If you could be born into history as any famous person who would it be and why?
Oh man, there’s a question. My very first thought was Jane Austen, though I don’t think I’d actually want to mimic her life. (And let’s be honest, I would dearly miss technology being born any time before the 1950s.) It might be interesting to be born as Mary Magdalene or another woman from the New Testament, just to be able to see Christ and ancient Jerusalem for myself. That would actually be pretty incredible.


A world of enchanted injustice needs a disenchanting woman in the newest fantasy series by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician.

The orphaned Elsie Camden learned as a girl that there were two kinds of wizards in the world: those who pay for the power to cast spells and those, like her, born with the ability to break them. But as an unlicensed magic user, her gift is a crime. Commissioned by an underground group known as the Cowls, Elsie uses her spellbreaking to push back against the aristocrats and help the common man. She always did love the tale of Robin Hood.

Elite magic user Bacchus Kelsey is one elusive spell away from his mastership when he catches Elsie breaking an enchantment. To protect her secret, Elsie strikes a bargain. She’ll help Bacchus fix unruly spells around his estate if he doesn’t turn her in. Working together, Elsie’s trust in—and fondness for—the handsome stranger grows. So does her trepidation about the rise in the murders of wizards and the theft of the spellbooks their bodies leave behind.

For a rogue spellbreaker like Elsie, there’s so much to learn about her powers, her family, the intriguing Bacchus, and the untold dangers shadowing every step of a journey she’s destined to complete. But will she uncover the mystery before it’s too late to save everything she loves? 

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And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you CHARLIE N. HOLMBERG for making this giveaway possible.
2 Winners will receive a Copy of SPELLBREAKER by Charlie N. Holmberg.
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