Friday, May 17, 2013

Best/Worst Movie Remake Blogfest

I've taken a lovely two weeks off of blogging and writing/editing after completing the A-Z Blogfest and the April session of Camp NaNoWriMo.  But I'm back!  It's time for another awesome blogfest, hosted by Alex Cavanaugh, Stephen Tremp, Livia Peterson, and Al Diaz.

The Rules:

When Hollywood runs out of ideas, they remake older films. Sometimes this works, and sometimes it fails miserably. On May 17, list the best remake you’ve ever seen and the worst. 

Let's start with the WORST remake *in my opinion*

WORST Movie Remake

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) - remake of Spider-Man (2002)

So many things wrong with this movie - the original was MUCH better!  Spider-Man suddenly became a hipster geek who is incredibly attractive and everything works in his favor.  Here's an honest trailer which sums up most of it...

Honestly, the movie was alright.  The original Spider-Man is wonderful, this one... not so much.  And during one of the biggest scenes (swinging between buildings and cranes), instead of focusing on the action, all I could think about was that the music sounded exactly the same as Titanic.  I looked it up when I got home.  James Horner.  Same guy did the soundtrack for both movies.  He might need to think of changing his compositions not to be so similar...  To sum up, Spider-Man is better.  Though while looking up the info for The Not-So Amazing one, I saw they are making a sequel in 2014.  Darn.

BEST Movie Remake

Star Trek (2009) - Star Trek (1979)

Though I love the original films and watched them with my dad when I was little, I love what they did with this new film!  Granted they have rewritten cannon to read a new timeline and new events for the characters, but I'm excited for the new adventures!  And a hopeful lack of Khan.  Never really liked Khan.  Anyway, I think this new remake has a lot of great things to come!  Here's a few thoughts on it - same guy, but a better honest review of the trailer. :)

One - Chris Pine is incredibly attractive.  Two - Still very attractive.  Three - I LOVE Star Trek!  Super excited for the new movie, which I will hopefully get to see tomorrow!  :)

Do you agree with my choices?  I'm off to read all the rest of the entries!  Hope I at least amused you! 

My name is Krista and did you hear they are making another Jane Eyre?  I'm kidding, but seriously how many remakes of it do we need?  Have a great Friday!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Friday Night Alibi Cover REVEAL!

Today is the cover reveal for Cassie Mae's book, FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI - so I will turn it over to her!

Let's all dance together!

I'm super thrilled to show you all my cover for my New Adult debut, FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI, published by Random House Flirt. This baby comes out on July 29th, but you can buy it now! And it'll just zap onto your ereader the day it's released.

Wanna know what it's about? Well, it's about this pig who learns how to fly, but only on friday nights and he grants wishes to people who are not where they're supposed to be, to get them out of a bind. You know I'm totally joking. I just wanted to see how many people just skipped over all these words to get to the pretty cover, lol. You mention the pig in the comments and you get cyber gold stars.

Here's the blurb :D

Rising star Cassie Mae introduces New Adult readers to a practical soon-to-be college freshman who seems to have everything—until a special guy shows her what she’s been missing.

In the wealthy town of Sundale, Kelli Pinkins has hatched the perfect plan to capitalize on her sweet reputation. For a generous fee, she will be every trust-fund baby’s dream: a Friday-night alibi, the “girlfriend” or “BFF” that parents dream about. With college approaching in the fall, Kelli’s services are in demand more than ever, which means that her social life is nonexistent. But Kelli is A-okay with that. She’s raking in cash for school. Besides, relationships are tricky, and sometimes very messy. She’d rather be at home on Xbox LIVE, anyway. Then the unexpected happens: She meets college stud Chase Maroney.

Chase isn’t like the preppy, privileged guys Kelli usually meets in Sundale. For starters, he’s twentysomething, always wears black, and he shoots back one-liners as fast as she can dish them out. But Kelli’s attempts to drive Chase away falter when she realizes that he treats her like he really knows her, like he cares about knowing her. When Kelli finally gives in to the delicious kiss she’s been fighting for so long, she faces a tough decision: make Chase a real-life boyfriend and risk her heart . . . or keep her clients and lose her first true love.

Advance praise for Friday Night Alibi

“Totally entertaining with as many swoon-worthy moments as hilarious ones, Friday Night Alibi is a must-read.”—Jolene Perry, co-author of Out of Play

“A fun, funny, and fantastic story, this is one you will read in a day, and pick up to re-read again the next.”—Kelley Lynn, author of Fraction of Stone

Oh, and stuff about me too.

Cassie Mae is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. Her angel children and perfect husband fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.

And now the pretty!

You can buy this book HERE, and it takes you to all the places it's available. Yay! My first published book with MY NAME ON IT! Squee!!!

Congratulations Cassie! I can't wait to read it! :)  Though I oddly feel like getting a pet pig first...

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May Goals & IWSG - I can't write kissing scenes

Whew - it is May and the A-Z Blogging Challenge is over!  Though I admit it doesn't feel like May in Iowa.  The temperature high for Friday is 46 with a low of 36.  BRR!  Hopefully the weather will stop being stupid soon and we can enjoy the coming summer.  I'm doing this as a double post, so scroll down if you are here for the IWSG!

Here are my goals from April:
* Complete the April A-Z Blogging Challenge

* Write to 30,000 words on my Camp NaNo novel, "Breathless"
I made it to 30,050 words!  DONE! 

* Run/walk my first 5K on April 20th
FAIL.  I didn't walk or run it.  I gave up due to knee strain and it only got worse. Turns out I have runner's knee.  Once it heals, I will start some running again.  Even if I don't run a 5K, exercise is really important. :)

I finished 2 out of 3 goals, definitely an accomplishment!  Okay, doing the A-Z Challenge and Camp Nano at the same time was crazy and I'm super excited it is over!  :)  I wouldn't do it again, but I love my manuscript and it's nice to have the idea done. Now to revise it!  I did so much last month!  I critiqued two of my critique partner's novels in addition to everything.  I didn't think I'd even have time for them until May.

Goals for May:
* Complete first round of revisions for "Breathless"
Revise, adding scenes and fixing timeline errors.  Send to critique partners. :)

* Finish critiquing CP's book - "Black and White"

* Read "The Oracle and the Vampire - The 13th Floor #5 and #6" by Christine Rains

* Relax

I'm really looking forward to the last of my goals. :)  I'm definitely ready to relax and maybe take a day off of work to just relax and have a nice long weekend where I'm not stressed and busy.

How did you goals for April go?  Did you complete the A-Z Challenge?  Did you write a novel or begin one for Camp Nano?  Congrats to everyone who participated in either or both!


Anyway, it's time for another installation of The Insecure Writer's Support Group, which posts on the first Wednesday of every month and is run by our Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh.  Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!  Seriously, I love this support group!

I'd like to talk about the dreaded fear I have.  I'm insecure about my.... KISSING SCENES.  Yep, I'm not good at kissing scenes.  I don't have a lot of experience with kissing and I'm not really one to make-out with strangers, so there goes my practicing.   I like writing them, but at the same time I write them and laugh first, then roll my eyes, delete it once, rewrite the scene and face-palm. 

If anyone has an advice, I'd love it. :)  As a side note, I don't write smutty scenes, just some romantic passionate kissing scenes that talk way too much about tasting like oranges and chocolate frosting.  Oops?  Help?

How do you write a kiss scene?  Do you base it on personal experience or are you just that awesome when it comes with writing make-out scenes?