Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A Few of My Favorite Things

No raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, just a few things that have given me Teh Happy lately:

Blue Diablo by Ann AguirreAnn Aguirre - Blue Diablo, Corine Solomon book 1

Category: Lava Cake - reads like warm Chocolate Lava Cake... à la Mode... sprinkled with nuts (A,A-)
Flame Height: 3.5" out of 9"

Today is the offical release date for Ann Aguirre's Blue Diablo. Yes, I read the eArc, but this one's a keeper and I'll be buying the print too.

In case you haven't seen it yet, head over to Ann Aguirre's site to download her April newsletter (or you can join her Google group to read it). Why? Because AztecLady, who creates the newsletter, was apparently crafting with some of Tracy's glue and asked me to contribute a short piece on Urban Fantasy heroines.

Here's the section of that article that pertains specifically to Blue Diablo (quoting myself. heh.):

You know how you’ll often hear a guy referred to as “a man’s man”? Well Corine is “a woman’s woman” that I couldn’t help but identify and empathize with.

Ann has given us a heroine who’s more BFF than avatar. She’ll have your back in a bar fight; but she won’t be bailing you out of jail because she’ll drag your butt out from under the bar and through the window before the cops ever get there. She loves food, drinks, and damns her hips. Corine sometimes has to bite her tongue to hold back inappropriate comments, and sometimes she doesn’t bother to hold back. She gets horny and gets satisfied, whether alone or with someone else—unless she’s denying herself to prove a point. She unabashedly appreciates a nice helping of eye candy. And, oh yeah, she also happens to possess a few paranormal gifts that have kept her on the run most of her life and get her involved with other not-quite-normal characters. Those other characters include her ex-boyfriend, Chance, who’s complicating her life again, but still needs to prove to Corine that he’s not just offering lip service (in more ways than one).

Within just a few moments of meeting Corine I eagerly followed her away from my world and into hers. Is there anything better than feeling reality slip away as you settle into a great book? Blue Diablo reminded me why I love to read, and Corine reminded me why I love to read Ann Aguirre’s characters.

Really, I could go on and on about Ann's new type of Urban Fantasy heroine but that quote pretty much sums up why Blue Diablo really is as nummy as "warm Chocolate Lava Cake... à la Mode... sprinkled with nuts".

Read more about it here. And while you're on Ann's Site, check out her blog's sidebar to see all the stops in her Blue Diablo blog tour- she'll be here on April 20th. She's giving a copy of Blue Diablo away at each stop of the tour!

Piquant Opines: Book Smugglers, Darque Reviews, Rosie, Katiebabs, RT

Have you read this book? Feel free to review or link to a review in the comments. Even if you don't agree!

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AI Top ThreeAmerican Idol- or more specifically, Adam Lambert (at right in pic) and his opening acts Kris Allen (left), and Allison Iraheta (center). Okay, I'll add Matt Giraud in 4th place, but I think Danny Gokey and Lil Rounds are overrated and not unique enough. Same goes for Anoop Desaii, but I never did get Scott MacIntyre's appeal. Alexis Grace should have been part of my top 4 or 5.

However Adam is the one I wait for each week, the rest just entertain me while I'm waiting to see what he'll do next. The term "gifted" gets thrown around way too often, but this kid truly does possess a gift. What I find hilarious is the non-scandal that occurred when he was "outted" (can you out someone who's already out?). Straight men do NOT sing Cher songs! DUH! Nothing shocking going on here people, move along.

The best way to describe his voice is that he's the luv child that resulted when Steven Tyler, Sam Harris, and Freddy Mercury got together and gang-inseminated a drag queen Liza Minelli impersonator. Yeah, sometimes he's over the top (an Indian influenced Ring of Fire, Adam? Seriously?! Holy Shit, Dude!). But what a gift he has! This kind of singer rarely comes along. And when he reigns it in and keeps complete control of his gift, the results can be unforgettably brilliant (although I'm not too crazy about the Elvis/Dean Cain look instead of his edgier look):

What's odd though is that the iTunes downloadable studio version is overproduced instead of haunting and stripped down like he did it live. My guess is that he was allowed more control over the live version.

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The Tudors season 3 posterSeason 3 of The Tudors on Showtime- although it's scheduled rather oddly since the promoted episodes are available On-Demand about a week EARLIER than the promotion date. So, even though the the first episode of season 3 just aired this past Sunday, I've already watched the second episode On-Demand. Go figure.

Anyway, I mentioned before that each episode is like an Oscar-worthy movie, but have I mentioned that I have a complete Cougar Lust Crush on Henry Cavill who plays Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk? Fortunately, his character has only had a loose connection to the real life Duke of Suffolk, so I don't have much advance knowledge of what happens to him in the series. But DAYUM, I could nom him!

Henry Cavill Henry Cavill


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Richard, Anita, Jean-ClaudeI haven't quite decided if this next bit of news gives me Teh Happy or not. Back in November 2008, I posted that IFC (Independent Film Channel) had commissioned Lionsgate to develop a TV pilot based on the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton.

Well, on March 31, 2009, the official announcement was released that the project is on IFC's schedule for Summer 2010. This LKH blog post contains several links to the announcement details. However I'm still trying to wrap my head around this being an IFC project. Yet Lionsgate is no lightweight in the industry, so this could be interesting or a disaster, particularly in light of the following section of the press release (bold WTF-ery emphasis added by me):

“‘Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter’ marks the first time in IFC tv’s history that we have created a fictional feature film for the network. IFC is appealing to its core base of men ages 18-34 who are looking for vampire content. The popularity of the network in this demographic indicates that there is a clear demand for films that delve into provocative topics and nothing is more classically provocative than vampire lore” said Jennifer Caserta, EVP and general manager of IFC tv. “Anita Blake fits perfectly with our successful original programming.”

“Laurell has created a fascinating heroine in Anita Blake and we quickly recognized the onscreen potential for this vivid character,” said Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate’s president of television programming and production. “We have an outstanding creative team and are excited to be moving forward with IFC, which will allow us to fully explore the complex world of Laurell’s highly intriguing and erotically charged novels.”

See what I mean? Are they mixing up the later books with the earlier books and producing one-handed viewing for the ComicCon crowd? BTW, I always thought that vampires were more popular with women.

So will this be entertaining or a clusterfuck... or possibly an entertaining clusterfuck?


JenB said...

Argh...I really want Blue Diablo!!!

And my vote on the LKH thing: entertaining clusterfuck.

azteclady said...

Blue Diablo: heheheheheheh TOLD YOU!

LKH: clusterfuck *wince*

Anonymous said...

ooh many of your "teh happy" things resonate with me. but i didn't know about Henry Cavill who plays Charles Brandon on the Tudors as we don't get showtime :( must investigate further based on your nom-my pix.

MB (Leah) said...

Just finished Grimspace and loved, loved it. I'll definitely be picking up Blue Diablo.

Bev(QB) said...

Jen and AZL, yeah, I think the clusterfuck is almost a given (in more ways than one), but it's the "entertaining" description that's up in the air.

LustyReader, I know that Showtime has some episodes on their website, plus the DVDs are often on sale at Amazon. Damn, I've become addicted to this series!

MB, Grimspace and Blue Diablo are apples and oranges. The only thing they have in common is that Ann Aguirre wrote them both, which is an automatic heads-up.

I honestly can't imagine ANY UF fan NOT liking Blue Diablo, or more specifically, Corine Solomon. *hears Jen's "ARGH" again*

Ann Aguirre said...

¨I honestly can't imagine ANY UF fan NOT liking Blue Diablo, or more specifically, Corine Solomon.¨

Woohoo! What an awesome thing to read. Thank you so much! You made my day.

Bev(QB) said...

No, thank YOU, Ann. I really meant it when I said that BD reminded me why I love to read.

BTW, thanks to AZL's nudge, I DID remember to post most of my BD review on Amazon. However, the Amazon gods have yet to publish it. Sometimes they do it immediately, but I've also had to email them to get reviews published. If it doesn't appear by tomorrow, I'll email them for this one too.

Ann Aguirre said...

It´s up. Thank you very much!

Anonymous said...

I don't know how I feel about the LKH thing... I wish her well,but I also wish her gone..(if that makes sense)..

I loved the first round of books, up to OB and while I don't read the ABs any more, I hate the idea of them sexing up the early ones. But then I also realize that shows and books arent usually an easy matchup. I personally didn't love the True Blood series and noticed that people who loved the series arent necessarily loving the books..

I will probably check out the first couple of episodes of AB, but it probably won't be something I tune into every week (although if they truly marketed this towards men, maybe so, because then the suspense mystery elements would be stronger than the magical hoo ha elements)

Seneca said...

I like Danny and Adam the best. I hope they are the last two standing. I'd buy both of their CDs.
The rest are just meh to me. Once they are off the show I wont remember them.

I liked the early LKH books very much, but I worry about them putting it on TV. I fear they will ruin it the way they did Sookie with True Blood.

Bev(QB) said...

"if they truly marketed this towards men, maybe so, because then the suspense mystery elements would be stronger than the magical hoo ha elements"Hmmm... you know, I think you may have a good point there, Wytherin.

Seneca, I'm so glad I'm not the only one around here that is oddly addicted to AI.

Sarah said...

Not sure about the LKH tv series either. Sometimes its just better imagining it in your head!

I almost bought the Ann Aguirre book in the borders in town the other week, but was saving my pennies for our trip and now it's gone. Went in to get it yesterday. grrrr.