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This Colorado Life #3: Colorado bookish memories

This Colorado Life

Did you know?

It’s illegal to mutilate a rock in a state park in Colorado?

I got nothing to connect that little tid bit with today’s question. I just thought it quite hilarious. Almost as funny as the law that states it’s illegal to fire catapults at buildings in Aspen. It’s good to know these things.

Share a favorite memory that includes a book (or writing a book) and a place/person/thing/event in Colorado.

It’s been awesome being a part of the book community as both a blogger and a writer. Author signings are always a blast and meeting greats like Jenny Lawson, Maggie Stiefvater, Georges Jeanty, Becca Fitzpatrick, Lisa Bergren, Sarah Ockler, Chris Howard, and so many others, makes this community awesome.

As a budding writer participated in NaNoWriMo this past November. Along with @bookandlatte and @SadieSummers, we spent the night at the Hand Hotel with a bunch of other NaNo’s and wrote into the wee hours of the morning. It was a fantastic mini getaway and a wonderful opportunity to meet others.

Also! Remember tomorrow at 12pm is our next Twitter party! Join us during lunch!



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BY - March 18th, 2013 - Memes - Leave a comment

Feature & Follow #55

Feature & Follow

Follow & Feature Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. It is a great opportunity to find and meet new bloggers. Grab the code over at their website to join in on the blog hop!

Welcome!!! For those of you who have not been here, welcome to the hell mouth...er I mean Otherwhere.co. While books are certainly a main focus here, you will also find movie reviews and entertainment news! Poke around, leave a comment, join this site, follow my Twitter/FB/Goodreads/Linky and tell me what you think! Happy blogging!

Activity! Hopefully warm weather for most of us is here soon…so tell us about your favorite outdoor reading spot. Or take a picture.

My favorite outdoor reading spot (currently) is still covered by snow (thanks CO!). But it’s usually my backyard patio where I layout in the spring and summer reading comics and catching some rays. It’s private and my dogs love running around chasing the squirrels through the terraced garden.

Sadly though, we are moving and so I’ll have to establish a new reading spot. Here is hoping for a rooftop garden!

On the Blog

[Book Review]: Wicked Nights (Angels of the Dark #1)

[CO Book Month]: This Colorado Life #2: Your fave Colorado activities

BY - March 14th, 2013 - Follow Friday - 7 comments

Wicked Nights (Angels of the Dark #1)

Leader of the most powerful army in the heavens, Zacharel has been deemed nearly too dangerous, too ruthless -- and if he isn't careful, he'll lose his wings. But this warrior with a heart of ice will not be deterred from his missions at any cost…until a vulnerable human tempts him with a carnal pleasure he's never known before.

Accused of a crime she did not commit, Annabelle Miller has spent four years in an institution for the criminally insane. Demons track her every move, and their king will stop at nothing to have her. Zacharel is her only hope for survival, but is the brutal angel with a touch as hot as hell her salvation -- or her ultimate damnation?

Showalter was one of the first PNR authors I read, starting with her Atlantis series. She has such a great sense of humor and an edginess that makes for great reads. Following in the footsteps of the Lords of the Underworld, we get the other side of the story starting with the perennially cold Zacharel.

Leader of a an army of a bunch of nearly fallen angels, he not only has to keep in his crew in line or suffer the consequences himself, his forever untouched heart is starting to beat. Annabelle, stuck in a mental institution for years because she could see the demons, fights every day against a staff of perverts and invisible foes. Of course these two are destined to be together!

Watching Annabelle break down the never touched heart or soul of Zacharel while he continuously freaks out about having emotions is equally hilarious and totally hot. Both have an intriguing backstory with plenty to get over and great new ways to bond with each other. The end wraps up their story well, while leaving several arching story lines open for future installments.

At times gritty and violent with great character chemistry and cast of colorful characters, it’s easy to fall into these books. An awesome expansion of the LOTU universe with several tie ins (but without leaving new readers behind), and lots of fun cameo appearances. A perfect companion series for fans of Showalter’s, I am definitely looking forward to the rest of this series!

 

BY - March 12th, 2013 - Books - 2 comments

This Colorado Life #2: Your fave Colorado activities

This Colorado Life

Did you know?

Denver rocks some of the best sports team. Did you know CO is the only state to turn down the Olympics?

Colorado is the only state in history, to turn down the Olympics. The 1976 Winter Olympics were going to be held in Denver. But Voters chose not too, because of the cost, pollution and potential population boom. Ironically we have been trying ever since then to host the Olympics but with no luck.

What’s your favorite athletic activity to do? Hiking, biking, boarding? Or are you more a sports follower, chilling out on Sundays with the Broncos?

I grew up playing ice hockey with my dad, but that was when I was still living in Minnesota. Though I still hit up Evergreen lake whenever I get the chance. I picked up snow boarding five years ago and fell in love with it. In fact I just had an amazing day up at Loveland yesterday! You can’t beat the views, snow, and there’s nothing like carving down a hill.

Catch me in the summer and I’ll definitely be hiking (anywhere and everywhere), boating, fishing, reading poolside and camping.

If it’s Sunday’s in the fall, you can bet I’ll be watching the Broncos… between hikes.

What are some of your favorite Colorado activities? Link up your answers below and enjoy a little blog hopping :)

ALSO!!! Remember tomorrow evening from 6pm – 8pm MDT is our next Twitter party! Use hashtag #COBookMonth and join in on the fun!



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BY - March 11th, 2013 - Memes - 2 comments

Feature and Follow Friday #54

Feature & Follow

Follow & Feature Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. It is a great opportunity to find and meet new bloggers. Grab the code over at their website to join in on the blog hop!

Welcome!!! For those of you who have not been here, welcome to the hell mouth...er I mean Otherwhere.co. While books are certainly a main focus here, you will also find movie reviews and entertainment news! Poke around, leave a comment, join this site, follow my Twitter/FB/Goodreads/Linky and tell me what you think! Happy blogging!


What is a book you didn’t like that all your friends raved about or what book did you love that wasn’t popular?

I’m gonna lose followers for this, but… I am not the biggest Harry Potter fan. While I loved the later books the first half of the series was boooooooooooooring. I couldn’t see the appeal outside of kids.

On the flip side I couldn’t get most of my friends to read the Psy-Changling series to save their lives, much less keep going to the awesome book three, and the mind blowing book 10. Sigh.
On the Blog… the past few weeks:

[Movie Review]: Skyfall
[Book Review]: The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms #4)
[CO Book Month]: This Colorado Life #1: Our favorite elevated spots
[Feature]: Celebrate Colorado Book Month!
[News]: Oscar Rant – Why this movie lover/maker stopped caring 60 seconds in
[Book Review]: Elixir (Covenant #3.5)
[Movie Review]: Django Unchained
[Book Review]: Deity (Covenant #3)
[Meme]: I Want it Wednesday #56
[Book Review]: Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2)
[Book Review]: Pure (Covenant #2)

BY - March 7th, 2013 - Follow Friday - 24 comments

Skyfall

Skyfall (2012)

Sam Mendes

½

Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Thanks to the Oscars, several movies made it back to the theaters. Skyfall being among them . I have been a big fan of the Daniel Craig movies. He has made Bond human, approachable and vulnerable in a way that has yet to be accomplished. With Skyfall even his age was up to question and it was executed perfectly with clever humor and aplomb.

The storyline is rock solid with a great focus on Bond and M’s relationship. What really blew me away though, was the cinematography. Holy moses, you could take any frame in the movie and put it on your wall, it was a work of out. Colorful, gorgeously shot and sets to die for.

Javier Bardem was pitch perfect as the villain. Great lines, borderline creepy and an enemy love to hate. Fans of the franchise will find much to love, and those who have written it of since the Connery days will be pleasantly surprised at the depth of story, great characters and solid entertainment.

There is a reason is one best pic at the BAFTA’s Skyfall is a great movie all around!

BY - March 6th, 2013 - Movie Reviews - 1 comment

The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms #4)

A thousand years ago, two young lovers were betrayed--Alger Waterlow to his death, and Hanalea, Queen of the Fells, to a life without love.
Now, once again, the Queendom of the Fells seems likely to shatter apart. For young queen Raisa "ana'"Marianna, maintaining peace even within her own castle walls is nearly impossible; tension between wizards and Clan has reached a fevered pitch. With surrounding kingdoms seeking to prey on the Fells' inner turmoil, Raisa's best hope is to unite her people against a common enemy. But that enemy might be the person with whom she's falling in love.

Through a complicated web of lies and unholy alliances, former streetlord Han Alister has become a member of the Wizard Council of the Fells. Navigating the cut-throat world of blue blood politics has never been more dangerous, and Han seems to inspire hostility among Clan and wizards alike. His only ally is the queen, and despite the perils involved, Han finds it impossible to ignore his feelings for Raisa. Before long, Han finds himself in possession of a secret believed to be lost to history, a discovery powerful enough to unite the people of the Fells. But will the secret die with him before he can use it?

A simple, devastating truth concealed by a thousand-year-old lie at last comes to light in this stunning conclusion to the Seven Realms series.

From beginning to end, this series has swept me down a river of gorgeous story-telling, court intrigue that only high fantasy can do and remarkable characters.

All the threads of the previous three books come together to weave an ending that is both satisfying and triumphant.

Following Raisa through her arcs, she not only grew tremendously as a character but became someone believable in an unbelievable world. Her total faith in Han was hard won, and I love that she never gave up on him. Han continued to wander through his journey by the seat of his pants, he did finally realize that he isn’t invincible and while he may have succeeded in certain things, the cost changed him irrevocably.

The narrative did a good job of wrapping things up, however I felt at times it was a tad predictable and a little too clean for the build up it was given. Ultimately Raisa doesn’t experience much sacrifice and while she certainly has her own fights, much of what she wins is done behind her back thanks to Han and other players. An interesting take, and one that I am not sure played well. Still pondering.

Audiobook: Fantasy plays so well in this format, and the Seven Realms series is no exception. Its length and amount of characters doesn’t get lost in translation and the narrator did a great job of keeping the story moving and entertaining.

An overall great read for the genre and demographic, while not Game of Thrones or Name of the Wind fans of the Graceling series and others will find plenty of great stuff here.

BY - March 5th, 2013 - Books - Leave a comment

This Colorado Life #1: Our favorite elevated spots

This Colorado Life

Did you know?

Colorado has has the highest auto tunnel, the largest flat-top mountain, and the highest suspension bridge in the world. (bonus points if you can name all three of those things).

Share some of your favorite elevated spots here in Colorado.

What’s your favorite mountain town? Do you visit for fun, inspiration, nature or something else?

I have a few favorite places depending on what I am doing. Evergreen Lake during the winter is my favorite place to skate and play some good old fashioned pond hockey. During the summer Grand Lake is a must to drag the boat out and enjoy hours of lazying around with friends in the mountains. And yeah, since I snowboard of course I have have to mention Loveland. I’ll never get sick of those views.

What are some of your favorite Colorado spots? Link up your answers below and enjoy a little blog hopping :)

ALSO!!! Remember tomorrow morning from 9am – 10am MST is our first Twitter party! Use hashtag #COBookMonth and join in on the fun!



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BY - March 4th, 2013 - Memes - 3 comments

Celebrate Colorado Book Month!

Colorado Book Month

It’s hard to believe March is here! Let’s start the pseudo-spring off right by celebrating the awesome authors, bloggers, readers and writers that call the mile high state their home!

All month long we will be hosting various events, memes and twitter parties to help bring our amazing book community together.

This Colorado Life Meme

Starting on Monday, March 4, you can join in the ‘This Colorado Life’ meme. Every week a new topic will be posted about our great state! To give you a head start, here are the questions for the month. Then come back here or visit LiteraryCo.com to link up your memes.

Be sure to stop by here as well, as OtherwhereCo will be sharing some fun Colorado facts!

This Colorado LifeMarch 4 – Share some of your favorite elevated spots here in Colorado.
What’s your favorite mountain town? Do you visit for fun, inspiration, nature or something else?

March 11 – What’s your favorite athletic activity to do? Hiking, biking, boarding? Or are you more a sports follower, chilling out on Sundays with the Broncos?

March 18 – Share a favorite memory that includes a book (or writing a book) and a place/person/thing/event in Colorado.

March 25 – All right time to gush (or rant)! What is your favorite (or least favorite, or do both) thing about living in this state? (ie, the weather, the people, the sports, nature, etc…)

 

How I Write

How I Write sidebarColorado authors will be participating in BookandLatte’s How I Write feature. A huge hit during NaNoWriMo!

Through out the month authors will be discussing their process and offering insight into their works.

 

Twitter Parties

We will be hosting four Twitter parties through out the month to get the chance to connect, network and just have fun! Be sure to follow @LiteraryCO@OtherwhereCo@bookandlatte, and @JenHalligan and use #COBookMonth.
March 5 – 9:00 – 10:00am
March 12 – 6:00 – 8:00pm
March 19 – 12:00 – 1:30pm
March 26 – 8:00 – 9:30pm

 

Reading Challenge!

Because our TBR’s aren’t intimidating enough already! Take a few weeks to delve into the works of the Colorado Book Community.
Check out the Goodreads list or the Pinterest board for books to read. You will be able to link up your reviews at LiteraryCO.com.

Features

Authors and bloggers will be featuring each other on their blogs all month! Guest posts, top tens, interviews and giveaways will be all over the blogosphere. LiteraryCO will be featuring interviews all through out the month of March as well. Get to know your fellow Coloradans.

  1. YA Author in Training
  2. Angela’s Anxious Life
  3. Ingrid Law
  4. Love N. Books
  5. Donna Cooner
  6. Kathy Brandt
  7. Emily Hainsworth
  8. Lisa T. Bergren
  9. Stuck in Books
  10. Anne Eliot
  11. Jesse Wilson
  12. Teresea’s Reading Corner
  13. Harris Gray
  14. Flight Patterns
  15. Cindi Madsen
  16. Neale Orinick
  17. Terri Clark Books
  18. Kathy Lynn Harris
  19. The Warrior Muse
  20. YA Author Rebekah Crane

 

Events

Join us for one of these great bookish events, happening this March! If you have an event you would like to list please let us know! Also look for a LiteraryCO event at the end of this month, please email us at info@literaryco.com if you are interested in volunteering for this get-together.

Vampire Vic Release Party
March 9th 3:00 PM
Crowfoot Coffee & Crowbar
734 Wilcox, Castle Rock, Colordao
Book Signing, Giveaways, Drinks, Apps, Music. Everyone welcome!

BY - March 1st, 2013 - Features - 1 comment

Oscar Rant – Why this movie lover/maker stopped caring 60 seconds in

Even they look bored.

Even they look bored.

Have you ever gone to a movie and before the opening credits are even over, you realize you aren’t going to give a rats ass about the next two hours? Unfortunately it happens to me all the time. I have been to movies where I have gotten so damn bored that I start critiquing camera angles, or counting the amount of times a specific word is said, or even how long shots last, just to get through it. Sure, I could leave but it’s rare that I don’t have someone with me.

To be fair, yes I do video production for a living, I have a discerning eye for many things, but I am not so far gone that my suspension of disbelief is broken. I find entertainment and satisfaction across all genres and types, from the Oscar worthy to this years lame action flicks. Most of the time I am able to leave my brain at the concessions stand and just enjoy. But every now and then something so stupid hits the screen, and I can’t do anything but wish for those hours of my life back.

Sadly, this is exactly what happened to me with these year’s Oscar telecast. I’ve watched this show every year for as long as I can remember. I’ve thrown parties, done quizzes, bet on categories, made serious effort to see every movie nominated. This is my Super Bowl every year, it starts with the pre-show three hours before and I love every shallow, jealous, lame minute of it.

Except this year.

This was a stellar year for movies, some of the best works I have seen came out; Les Miserables, Lincoln, The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit, Silver Linings Playbook, The Amazing Spiderman, Zero Dark Thirty, Argo, etc… Truly a phenomenal year. Many of the above movies were nominated which should have made for an interesting show, since I had so many favorites. Alas it was not to be.

With the opening of the curtain and the ten seconds of ‘oohing’ the amazing stage, Seth MacFarlane stepped out. He looked at the audience, made a few lame jokes, then Captain Kirk appeared. And right there is when I stopped caring. It was going to be a long night of Hollywood drudgery and boy was I right.

You can find some amazingly hilarious rants about how craptastic the Oscar’s were this year and I myself could expound in length over the shitfest. Let me paraphrase instead.

Shameless Self-promotion: Chicago was over ten years ago people, yet here we go going on and on and on about it. And to be honest it wasn’t that great, especially next to Les Mis. So why are we still talking about it. Oh!!! The producers for the Oscars made it. Lame.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Comics gets snubbed every year: Take a look at the box office. Take a look at the best film nominees. See any correlation? Yeah. No. The most popular movies of the year never get the recognition they deserve, and for pete’s sake they were damn. Good. Movies. Stop trying to be ‘significant’ and let’s recognize who is actually keeping Hollywood alive. You know why Spielberg didn’t win for Lincoln? Because Hollywood hates him. Yet who has made the most money? ‘Nuff said.

The actors were so bored they were drunk: 20 minutes of Seth doing crap bits on stage was ridiculous. This is not the venue for his kind of jokes. Don’t get me wrong, I love Family Guy and these people do a few peg knocks coming but watching a dead audience and awkward reactions for four hours is torture.

To be fair, it wasn’t all bad. The musical performances were amazing, and watching the cast of Les Mis singing together almost brought me to tears. I will always appreciate beautiful people wearing beautiful things, and will always kinda hate Halle Berry for being able to wear anything and look like a greek goddess. Seriously? What is up with that?

In the end, I believe, Hollywood has gotten completely caught up in using the awards season as their personal burn book. They have become apathetic to what the Oscar’s really is supposed to be about. Honoring the best in the biz. And since they don’t care, neither do I. And this year was the perfect example of just how much they don’t and sixty seconds in, I knew it too.

What did you think about the Oscars this year? Sound off in the comments.

 

BY - February 27th, 2013 - Features - Leave a comment