Saturday, October 31, 2015

Classic Horror Movie Review- Dead Men Walk

“You creatures of the light how can you say with any certainty what dwells in the oceans of the night.”  Eerie declaration by disembodied head in the fire during opening credits.

Kindly Dr. Lloyd Clayton (George Zucco) has secretly murdered his evil twin brother, Elwyn Clayton (also played by George Zucco) to protect the town from Elwyn’s sorcery.  Unfortunately, Elwyn is more of a master of the dark arts than his brother anticipated. Elwyn returns from the dead intent on revenge by enslaving their niece, Gayle (Mary Carlisle) for eternity.

This movie has some interesting similarities to a latter vampire flick, Black Sunday which also opens with the murder of a sibling. Asa is executed by her own brother for witchcraft. Both movies have the lead playing dual roles of hero/vampire.  In "Black Sunday" Barbara Steele portrayed wicked Asa and her innocent descendent Katia.  While both movie villains faithfully follow the vampire genre (coffin dwelling and craving for human blood) you won’t see even the hint of a fang in either movie.

Fun facts:
This 64 minute black & white film was shot in 6 days.
George Zucco served in the British army during World War I
“Dead Men Walk” was Mary Carlisle’s last film. She retired from movies shortly after getting married.

Aren’t movies better with sweet treats? An almond Hersey chocolate bar always tastes better in a darkened theater. Here’s your chance for a Halloween treat. Leave a comment with your favorite fright flick, email address to be entered into a drawing to win either a copy of Hot Flash (spicy) or Package Deal (sweet). Be sure to note whether you prefer spicy or sweet in your comments along with your email address. Drawing will close October 31, 2015 at 8:00PM PST.

Have a wonderful Halloween!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

On the Road Again

One of the things I loved best about taking my kids trick or treating is going to the neighbors' houses and getting a peek inside--some had a full view of the living room with a warm fire in the hearth, others offered only a glimpse of an antique coat rack or winding staircase.

Today I'm chatting about Package Deal at Rebecca Grace's blog with a hint about the next title in the Rhythm & Romance series. I love visiting authors' on-line homes (without the dark, chilly walk).
I'm happy to report Rebecca will be a guest on my blog on November 7th.  Hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Author Interview-Casi McLean

Note from Mariposa, The original post had to be deleted and re-posted due to formatting problems. Personally I think gremlins are to blame.  Special thanks to Casi for her patience with the technical difficulties.

A ghost town submerged beneath Atlanta's famous man-made Lake Lanier reportedly lures victims to
a watery grave. But when Lacey Montgomery's car spins out of control and hurtles into the depths of the icy, black water, she awakens in the arms of a handsome stranger, in a place she’s never heard of––
34 years before she was born.
When the 2012 lawyer tangles with the 1949 hunk, fire and ice swirl into a stream of sweltering desire.
Bobby Reynolds is smitten the moment the storm-ravaged woman opens her eyes. Learning the truth about her origins does nothing to stop the passion from taking root in his heart, and leaves him torn between finding a way to help Lacey return to 2012 or convincing her stay with him.
The desperation to find her way home dissolves as Lacey falls in love with a town destined to be erased from the face of the Earth, and the man who vows to protect it. Will the couple discover the key to a mysterious portal before time rips them apart? Or will their star-crossed spirits wander forever through a ghost town buried beneath the lake?
#TimeTravel, #RomanticSuspense

What inspired you to become a writer?
Who are your favorite romance characters (besides your own?)
Writing has always been a part of me as significant as my heart and soul. My mother said I was born to write. I dictated stories to her before I knew the alphabet. Forth grade had me mesmerized with Madeleine L'Engle's Wrinkle In Time and I fell in love with time travel.
My first publication, The Apron String Captain, was written at age nine, and during high school, I was an editor of my high school literary magazine. As a young adult my interests shifted to include romance when Jude Deveraux's Knight In Shining Armor introduced me to her hero, Nick, and the Montgomery family captured my heart. I taught creative writing, English, and drama from many years before my children took center stage.
Tell me what inspired this story.
A town that time forgot––the eerie lore attached to a rural area that sleeps beneath Atlanta’s famous man-made lake, Sidney Lanier, fascinated me. Homes, churches and businesses still linger beneath the surface.
And Looper Speedway, a half-mile dirt track where bootleggers competed with their souped-up cars, bared its cement stands in a recent draught. The moonshiners of the 1940’s added built-in suspense, not to mention the birth of NASCAR.
There’s a Lady of the Lake who haunts the ghost town too––the lore is creepy. Swimmers get trapped among the deadfall of sheered-off trees and town remains until they join her in her watery grave. Even expert divers get tangled beneath the murky surface, hence the lake’s unnerving label: Lanier never gives up its dead. The inspiration haunted me, begging for a story to be told.
What a perfect setting for my romantic time-slip suspense series.
What is one of your favorite romantic locales?
Without a doubt, water inspires my romantic creativity. Beaches, waterfalls, remote islands all inspire a trip to paradise. As far as cities or countries, wherever my mind wanders conjures endless fodder.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Beneath The Lake's heroine, Lacey Madison Montgomery, evolved as an unacknowledged descendant of Jude Deveraux's endearing Montgomery family. I hope the character lives up to her inspiration.
Please take a moment to watch my trailer.
My other books include the award winning Destiny Series, five novelette with a twist endings, and Wingless Butterfly, a memoir sparked by discovering a maze of secrets in my past. For more information, please visit my Amazon Author Page.

Amazon Author Page: Casi McLean
Wild Rose Press Buy Link: TWRP Casi McLean
Twitter: @casimclean
FB Author Page: Casi McLean-Author

Goodreads: Casi McLean

Author Interview-Casi McLean-Please see next post

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Cooking Up Some Magic

As much as I love to cook, I hate trying to figure out what's for dinner. That's why I'm thrilled to be one of the 88 authors featured in We'd Rather Be Writing, a compilation of recipes and writing tips.

Both the recipes and tips are designed to give you more time to pursue your passion (like finishing your current WIP!) If you pre-order, your copy will be waiting for you on your Kindle by October 30th just in time to stock up on some quick dinner recipes before the holiday rush.

I haven't yet heard when the paperback version will be available, but will keep you posted.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Author Interview-Isla Grey

What inspired you to become a writer?
You know, I don’t remember a particular event.  I remember writing as a young girl so I guess it’s always been in my blood.  Of course, when I was smaller, it was mainly writing some pretty bad poems for my grandmother.

Who are your favorite romance characters (besides your own?)
I love old school romance.  Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester from “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte come to mind as well as the main character from “Rebecca” by Daphne Du Maurier.  Oh, there’s also Allie and Duke from “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks.

Tell me what inspired this story.
The idea for Asylum Harbor came from a family vacation to the beach where we visited Shell Island.  Yes, this place actually exists but no one lives there.  Vacationers like to visit during low tide to grab seashells and sand dollars.

What is one of your favorite romantic locales?
The beach is one of my favorites.  Definitely Williamsburg, VA—the colonial section.  I love walking Duke of Gloucester during sunset.  (Any later and you pass the ghost tours!)
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
I hope everyone enjoys reading about Devon, Kerr and Shell Island!

Trouble is the last thing Devon Brown needs when she leaves the painful memories of her past behind and heads to Shell Island.  As the Salty Dog’s new bartender, she finds herself drawn to Kerr, the Shell Island harbormaster.  But finding her happily-ever-after is difficult when dealing with an obnoxious bootlegger who supplies the bar with illegal liquor and a jealous coworker.
A standoffish loner with damaged emotions, Kerr avoids relationships like the plague.  Things change when Devon catches his eye.  When a simple flirtation grows serious, the coworker and bootlegger quickly become obstacles to any future Kerr and Devon may have together.  As the situation worsens, Devon realizes that even the still waters of Asylum Harbor are no refuge during a storm.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hanging Out At the Haunted Diner

Legend has it that if you stare into a mirror at midnight on Halloween, you will see your future spouse. I love all the legends and lore surrounding Halloween.

While I can't say whether you'll see your future husband in a midnight mirror, I can tell you'll see some great authors at Kate Hill's blog (including yours truly!)  Her haunted diner is to die for!!
And be sure to stop by on November 21st when she'll be a guest here.

Happy Haunting!