A Few Updates: Mid July Edition

Kristal Hollis:

Coastal Magic News…

Originally posted on Coastal Magic:

executor-checklistWell, hello there, my lovelies!!

WE MADE IT THROUGH THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF REGISTRATION!!! *passes out party hats & tosses confetti*

I always get so crazy around time for registration to start, because I always feel like I should be doing MORE OF THE THINGS!!! But I think we had a good start this year, and at least I know I won’t be standing around the Daytona Hilton with a bunch of authors all by myself! Thank you all for that. :-)

BUT… we have just begun, and there is PLENTY of room for more readers. I’d love to give these amazing authors full rooms for panels, lots of fans at their meet & greets, and keep them busy with chats and mingles throughout the weekend. If you haven’t already registered… I would urge you NOT to wait until the last minute, because there IS a limit to attendance…

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Award Winning SciFi and Paranormal Romance!

Kristal Hollis:

Congratulations to Veronica, Alyssa, and Kathy on their awarding winning releases!

Originally posted on Smart Girls love SciFi:

A quick congratulations to the finalists and winners of the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards! I thought it would be fun to highlight the books of most relevance to our blog. 

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Paranormal and Futuristic Romance Category

Winner:

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Escape From Zulaire by Veronica Scott

Andi Markriss hasn’t exactly enjoyed being the houseguest of the planetary high-lord, but her company sent her to represent them at a political wedding. When hotshot Sectors Special Forces Captain Tom Deverane barges in on the night of the biggest social event of the summer, Andi isn’t about to offend her high-ranking host on Deverane’s say-so—no matter how sexy he is, or how much he believes they need to leave now.

Deverane was thinking about how to spend his retirement bonus when HQ assigned him one last mission: rescue a civilian woman stranded on a planet on the verge of civil war. Someone has pulled some serious…

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Hollywood’s Hottest Bachelor is a Werewolf

Sitting in the neuro imaging center bereft of my purse, containing a book, my iPad, and my iPhone—because the office staff was freakishly concerned that I would smuggle such items into the toothpaste sized cylinder I would be stuffed into for twenty minutes—I noticed the July 14th edition of PEOPLE magazine on the coffee table in the waiting room. Generally, I don’t pick up mags in medical facilities because of … you know … germs! But, I was bored and the flashy headline HOLLYWOOD’S HOTTEST BACHELORS! made me reckless.

Actually it was Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux from HBO’s True Blood) on the cover.

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I snatched it up and had to move a few seats over because I wanted to enjoy Joe’s hottness without the weird woman next to me steaming my shoulder with her heaving breathing. Can I just say, c-r-e-e-p-y!

Anyway, PEOPLE magazine supposedly showcases HOLLYWOOD’S HOTTEST BACHELORS agesr 20 to 60+. Notice I stated “supposedly.” I got up and asked the receptionist for my glasses, stowed in my confiscated purse because I didn’t quite trust my first impressions.

The glasses didn’t help.

I’m not sure who the editors at PEOPLE polled or how they define HOTTEST. Apparently their concept differs from mine. Not saying those gentlemen are hideous, but for me the title of HOTTEST is false advertisement. Except of course for Joe. They got that one right.

Leafing through the magazine I did find an advertisement featuring Liev Schreiber and thought, Holy Smokes, now he’s HOT! Why isn’t he on the list? Then I noticed the ring on his finger. Oh, yeah. He’s married. So are all the really HOT men in Hollywood are  taken? Except for Joe?

Who’s your HOTTEST celebrity? And what do you find attractive him or her?

Fizzle to Sizzle: TV’s Paranormal

Originally posted on Smart Girls love SciFi:

TrueBloodOriginally, I planned to dedicate this post to TRUE BLOOD, a series based on Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries featuring Sooki Stackhouse. I had high hopes for the series’ final season. Especially after a drawn-out sixth season that fell flat in the entertainment department, for me. However, the hubster and I found the premiere to be the worst episode in all the seasons. For us, it seemed that the writers and actors put very little effort into the episode, and we had to wonder if they just couldn’t muster the motivation since they’ll be unemployed after the finale. Honestly, if the entire season is that poorly put together then it would’ve been better to have not brought back the show.

The one caveat that did pique my interest was the switch up with the actor portraying James. In season six, Luke Grimes played the charming, goody vampire who developed…

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Coastal Magic Featured Author KC Burn

Kristal Hollis:

From now until Coastal Magic begins, I’ll be reblogging the Featured Authors hosted at SMART GIRLS. Be sure to check out their exciting releases as we showcase the best in UF/PNR FICTION.

Originally posted on Smart Girls love SciFi:

It’s here, it’s here!!ExteriorRegistration for the 2015 Coastal Magic Convention has begun! If you’re an urban fantasy or paranormal romance reader, you need to be hanging out with us, right on the beach, next February!  Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused convention in Daytona Beach, FL, February 5-8, 2015. There will be panels, meet & greets with fun themes, and some cool evening activities. There are 225 general registration tickets available, and the featured author list will be close to 60 once everyone is settled! It’s a relatively small shindig, but full of dedicated, enthusiastic people. Everyone will have opportunity to meet and chat with their favorites, and I bet you all find some “new favorites” on the list, as well. :-) If you haven’t checked out who’ll be attending yet… go… do that… I’ll wait… Awesome, right!!??

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MALEFICENT ~ You stole what was left of my heart.

Originally posted on Smart Girls love SciFi:

images (2)MALEFICENT~ touted as Disney’s most iconic villain ,finally gets her vindication. But, not in the way you may think. This summer’s visually stunning blockbuster opened to mediocre, at best, reviews where film critics bemoan the lack of plot.

I have a different take, as most often I do. The element that the film critics are missing isn’t plot, but adrenaline-charged action sequences. After all, Maleficent is supposed to be  the embodiment of pure evil. Magic and mayhem and epic battles have become essential selling tools in Hollywood, especially after the Harry Potter phenomenon and, I believe, many people expected this grandiose indulgence. I remember the exact moment in the film when I realized this movie was deviating from that expectation. And that’s when I really got excited.

You see, this movie isn’t about a woman scorned or revenge. It isn’t about jealousy, vanity, or greed. MALEFICENT is a love story.

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Coastal Magic Registration Opens!

Kristal Hollis:

The Countdown has begun!

Originally posted on Smart Girls love SciFi:

CMC3x1Hi friends!

I’m excited to say that Coastal Magic registration opens July 1st.

For anyone who hasn’t heard of this awesome little conference, Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused convention in Daytona Beach, FL. With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, they have something for every fan.

You know I’ll be there! So, join me for reader, blogger, and author shenanigans, and lots of “supernatural” inspired activities.

Registration info here: http://coastalmagicconvention.com/registration/

Saturday’s charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and FREE to the public. Come take a bite out of the beach with us!! Feb 5-8, 2015

Website: http://CoastalMagicConvention.com
Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/CoastalMagicConvention
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/878971558786474/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CoastalMagicCon
Pinterest:http://www.pinterest.com/coastalmagiccon/

Coming up:

One of the fun tasks I do as a featured blogger for this conference is to spotlight one of the conventions featured…

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How to Look Beautiful, Dead or Alive

Kristal Hollis:

{Reblogged} Life in the Boomer Lane tickled me funny with this …

Originally posted on Life in the Boomer Lane:

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Throw out every single beauty product you haveJill Kargman, the daughter of the former chairman of Chanel (BIG money, access to all of the best beauty secrets on the planet) has revealed in the New York Times every single beauty procedure and beauty product she uses.  Let’s skip over the fact that Jill doesn’t allow the sun to touch any part of her face or body. As she attests, her goal is to look like a corpse.

Let’s also skip over the fact that Jill starts her day at 5:30 at the gym. She takes a 6AM SoulCycle class.  SoulCycle is named that because it goes so fast that it rips the soul out of your body and sends it spinning into oblivion. Plus you lose about 30 lbs every time you do it.

(Note to readers: At approximately the same time that Jill is…

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Well, Isn’t That Smurfy

We need to time warp into the past. So, press your nose and click your heels and repeat, “There’s no place like the eighties. There’s no place like the eighties. There’s no place like the eighties.”

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One Saturday morning in 1981?

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Then you’re right where I want you need to be. In Smurfdom. A place where magickal forest creatures only three apples high live in mushroom houses and think everything is smurfy. And, it usually is–smurfy, except when Gargamel and Azrael  try to capture the syrupy-sweet blue butts for a scrumptious Smurf stew.

Every Saturday morning, we children of the eighties, tuned in to watch the bold adventures of tiny Smurfs battling the giant warlock and his feline side-kick.

Week after week, we cheered as the Smurfs outsmarted the dimwitted Gargamel and averted his plans to capture and eat them.  Before long, we were smurfalized by their smurfy antics and phrases  like “Isn’t it smurfy?” and “Absosmurfly” corrupted seeped into our vernacular.

The Smurfs could do no wrong. We loved them. Adored them. We soaked up their sugary goodness like eager diabetic sponges and we modeled their smurfy behavior to ad nauseum.

Imagine a world of people skipping to work, picking flowers along the way, and singing “la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.”  With a,  “smurfy to see you, (insert name) Smurf” ever present on their lips. Where smurfy goodness reigns supreme. Each day, full of sunshine and smurfy delights. Aaaaahhh (close your eyes with a smurfy sigh)

**wop**

Yeah, that’s me slapping some sense back into you, my friends, before you actually succumb to those  creepy alien  smurfy forces.

You see, the evil altruistic master-plan of world domination via smurfization doesn’t work on me.  I believe in fairness, justice and equality.

In Smurfdom, the Smurfs always win. What’s fair about that? Seems mighty suspicious if you ask me. Like a gambler winning every hand at a Vegas casino. The odds are stacked and screams of cheating.

After one too many times of those bullies smurflings beating down Gargamel, I began to see the dark horse trapped inside the inept warlock.  Like the pitiful Wylie Coyote, Gargamel evolved into an unlikely underdog in need of a champion.

Of course, I switched my allegiance.   It wasn’t right that he was always the loser. Poor, starving Gargamel. Everyone deserves at least one glorious victory in their lifetime, right?  Even if victory means eating a smurf.

Warp ahead thirty years and Gargamel might finally enjoy his stew.  The blue butts are back and packing lots of smurfy attitude.

Don’t be disarmed by their smurfy cuteness. They were almost the down-fall of an entire generation. We must not to let it happen again. Our children’s future depends on it.

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What 80s cartoon would you most like to revisit on the Big Screen?