October 7 Guest blog- tour intro
October 8 Spotlight
Jody’s Book Reviews, Giveaways & Tours
October 9 Spotlight
Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
October 10 Interview
The Seraphine Muse
October 11 Spotlight
Ramblings of a Book Lunatic
October 14 Spotlight
Rose & Beps Blog –
October 15 Spotlight and review
Wicca Witch 4 Book Blog
October 16 Interview
October 16 review
Booker Like a Hooker
October 17 Spotlight
Books and Tales:
October 18 Spotlight and review
October 21 review
The Writerly Exploits of Mara Valderran
October 22 Interview
Reading in Twilight
October 23 Interview
Books, Books The Magical Fruit
October 24 Interview
October 25 Interview
Crazy Four Books
October 28 Interview and review
Once Upon a YA Book
October 29 Guest blog
October 29 Spotlight
Jodie Pierce’s Ink Slinger’s Blog
October 30 Spotlight
Share My Destiny
October 31 Halloween Guest blog
The Write at Home Mom
October 31 review
trips down imagination road
November 1 Guest blog and review
Dalene’s Book Reviews
November 4 Interview
Also, before the tour starts, I’ll be making a special appearance on Mari Well’s blog on October 2nd for Vampire Wednesdays.
All I can say is… WOW!
Ok, I’ll say a little bit more than that.
So much happened in that first episode. I’ve seen half of a dozen other new shows this fall, and they had about HALF as much content in their first TWO episodes.
Like we’d expect from a writer with Joss Whedon’s caliber, this first episode had action, humor, and great eye candy (I see you Chloe Bennet! Oh, and you too Brett Dalton).
So, as I said, A LOT happened in this episode. I try to keep my posts short and sweet (and humorous) but I can’t do that without skipping over information that could be relevant for a later episode. For another review in chronological order of events, see Eightbitbrit’s review.
I will introduce the relevant characters and a brief blurb about what they did this first episode:
The man himself is back! Apparently, he was revived and then went on vacation in Tahiti. But, remember, this is SHIELD and not everything is as it seems. Also, whenever Tahiti is brought up, Coulson immediately says, “it’s a magical place.” If that’s not sneaky enough, our brief time with Agent Maria Hill ends with her saying, “Coulson can never know the truth.”
QUOTE: “Welcome to level 7”
Agent Grant Ward:
The first reluctant recruit to Agent Coulson’s new team. He’s the muscle of the group and an experienced sharpshooter. We see him take on a few random goons in the beginning in the episode and a takes out the “villain” with a clean headshot. There are hints that he has some *family issues*
QUOTE about Agent Grant from Agent Coulson: “You’ve got outstanding marks in all areas. But under your people skills, she drew a poop. With knives sticking out.”
Agent Melinda May:
Our other reluctant agent. Coulson recruited her with the promise she’d only drive the bus and NOT enter the field. That didn’t last long…
Fitz and Simmons:
The young British(?) Engineer and Biochemist. These two will be coming up with a lot of fancy gadgets to get the teams out of tight spots.
Hacker and part of The Rising Tide (which she may or may not be the only member of). She tracks down Michael Peterson to warn him about SHIELD but is eventually caught herself. After meeting Agent Coulson (and of course Agent Ward) she learns that maybe SHIELD isn’t as bad as she though. Coulson offers her a spot on his team at the end of the episode.
QUOTE: Agent Ward: “I bet she was one of those sweaty cosplay girls who hover around Stark tower.” Skye: “No I— ok, maybe once.”
Working class man, single dad, and all-around great guy. And also our “villain” for the episode. Michael injured his back on his job and sought out some assistance from a doctor. This doctor gave him a special concoction that was part Extremis, mixed with the super serum that made Captain America and gamma radiation (and we all know what that did to Banner). Michael still tries to be a good guy, but the concoction messes with his head. He attacks his old boss and others but is stopped by the agents after giving an amazing speech.
EPIC QUOTE: Doctor: “This is a disaster.” Michael: “No, this is an origin story.”
No name given for this hottie- er, baddie. She recruited Michael and another for her treatments. SHIELD doesn’t know who she is yet, so I bet we’ll be seeing more of her later.
QUOTE: “The people who supplied me do not want this getting out.”
Great first episode. Can’t wait to see it again next Tuesday!
I need to a break from the marketing madness and spamming my Twitter account (it’s only for the next few weeks, I promise).
Did anyone see last night’s episode of Sleepy Hollow?
I’m still not sure how I feel about the show. I LIKE Ichabod and Abbie’s chemistry. And I LIKE Ichabod’s dialogue and overall wit. But there show has a very unrealistic feel to it. So many broken rules in regard to police policy. And there are other factors that seem kind of absurd, like the fact Ichabod is still wearing his 18th century gear.
As long as my Monday evening Criminal Justice class continues to let out early, I’ll keep watching it.
Excited for Agents of Shield to start tonight.
Pft, what else is there to say?
Communion is now on Goodreads.
So, anyone else see Sleepy Hollow?
And I know you’re all excited for Agents of Shield, right?
Ok you guys,
So in addition to a blog tour, I also ordered a release day party.
C’mon. It’s my debut. For my first novel to the world EVER.
I just wanna have some fun 🙂
If you’re interested in hosting, you can sign up HERE.
Please and thank you’s,
The man sitting across the table from me looked just like me, except he was older and his hair was cut short and professional. We usually had dinner together every evening. It was his way of trying to keep us close after my mom left.
“I got a call from Mr. Johnston at work today.”
But he wasn’t like me. Otherwise he would have known to leave this subject alone.
I let my fork scoop my rice into a pile I now felt too nauseated to eat. A grain had fallen off onto the pseudo-wood of the table. It reminded me that we once covered it with a table cloth before eating.
“He told me there was another incident with Jay. You wanna tell me about it?”
“There’s nothing to say.”
I looked from my plate to the dust bunnies on top of the book-case in the living room. Then back down. My dad chewed his food in quick, powerful meetings of his mandible and maxilla.
“Well, I’ve told you before the best way to handle a bully,” he said, food not fully chewed.
“Yeah, walk up to him in front of all his friends and bust him right in the face. Right, Dad?”
“That’s the best way there is.”
“That’s the suicidal way. Jay’s like twice my size. He’d demolish me.”
His fork dinged against the plate. “Son, bullying is about dominance. You stop being his easy prey and show him you’re going to fight back, and he’ll think twice.”
“Is that before he smashes me for challenging him in front of everyone, or after? God forbid he gets his friends to join in.”
“He’d be shocked. And it might lead to a fight. Just try your best to hold your own before the teachers break it up. You don’t have to win the fight; you just have to send a message.”
“I’ll pass. Besides, I stood up to him last year and that didn’t go well.”
“That was before your growth spurt. And those mixed martial arts lessons I paid for. You need to do something to defend yourself. This running away won’t cut it,” he said.
I looked up at him. I didn’t know where this new resolve came from, but it only irritated me further. Maybe he didn’t like being silent when his work buddies shared family stories around the water cooler.
“Are you finally tired of having a weak son?”
“If I said I was, would you finally stop being a little bitch?”
I pushed my food away and got up. I wanted to hit something again.
As my feet stomped the floor, I thought about Jay’s punches. One had knocked my head straight back into a combination lock. It happened almost six months ago but the pain was still palpable. I wasn’t sure if those hits or my dad’s words hurt more.
I needed to be alone. It was the only time the world made sense.
I lost myself in a tale about monsters and magic on the synthetic pages of my e-reader.
If only I could go on a quest to obtain a magic spell that would incinerate Jadarius. Or, even better, one that would make my mom come back. But that kind of stuff didn’t exist in the real world. Only the magic the other guy must have used when he got my mom to cheat on my dad.
My stomach growled and I realized two hours had passed since my first attempt at dinner. I could warm up the remains, but the food would bring back memories of the conversation.
I put on my hoodie— the leather jacket from last year had been ruined— and left. My dad didn’t say anything when I passed by the couch on the way out.
There weren’t any noticeable hills in Concord Hills. Nature was sparse, only coming along in residential neighborhoods and in isolated plots of land along the roads. Long, tiresome stretches of road. Route 8 ran northeast to southwest through half of the town. Running northwest to southeast was Route 343, which eventually led to Crain Highway, which could lead to Washington, D.C.
Concord Hills usually wasn’t in the conversation with other metropolitan towns, but it had a fair number of commuters, my dad being one of them.
I parked away from the building, my car facing a small wooded area that separated this parking lot from another. I hadn’t decided yet whether I would eat inside McDonald’s or come back to my car. I was still starved for isolation.
Before exiting, I noticed a dumpster in the corner of the lot. I collected my trash on the floorboards: loose leaf sheets of paper, napkins, and a few empty coffee cups. I stuffed everything into a bag and tossed it into the large, asymmetrical jade cube. I turned toward the building but stopped. I did a double-take and then walked behind the dumpster to confirm what I couldn’t believe.
A body. The battered body of a white female. Splotches of her white skin were interrupted by blood and bruises. I couldn’t tell if the putrid smell came from her or the dumpster.
An already lousy day had become the opening sequence in a Law and Order episode. But there would be no transition to the police scene unless I made the call. I took out my phone to dial 9-1-1, stealing another glimpse at her face. My finger never made it to the “1” digit. Instead, breathless, I shifted to get a better look.
“Oh my God… Guinevere.”
The recognition forced a mixture of emotions. Guilt. Even though I was merely the one to find the body, I indirectly felt as if I had done the crime myself. Sadness. The world would be less bright without her. And regret. I would never get another chance to make a move.
Taking a closer look, I noticed the blood was caked on her and there wasn’t any running off on the pavement beneath her. While I wasn’t a detective, I had a suspicion her body had been moved.
“I’m sorry, Gwynn,” I said.
I leaned closer to the body, one last time. She was now just a mass of pale white flesh, purple bruises, and a layer of red grime. Before I could take another breath, her eyes shot open and she closed the distance between us in a flash.
I caught a glimpse of the sparkle created by the street light reflecting off her elongated teeth, right before I felt her arms lock me in a vice grip and a sharp pain in my neck.
A sound somewhere between a cough and a shout caught in my throat. My head tilted back and I not only saw the black of night beyond the Golden Arches, but crimson and purple shimmering and swirling lazily in a stream.
Black consumed the other colors until it became the only thing I saw.
Find out what happens when Lester awakens in Communion, available Oct. 1st.
“Took you long enough to post this, Patterson…” you say.
This is the review I’ve been putting off. Reading this issue reminds me of why I stopped reading comics weekly. Because, some weeks/issues, NOTHING HAPPENS!
Let me explain myself:
The crew has to retrieve original Scott Summers and Jean Grey, who took off shortly after the arrival of the Future X-Men team. Our original pair took the X-Men’s token Blackbird Jet, leaving this present day team stranded (Scott and co. have Illyana Rasputin to transport them everywhere).
Oh, but wait! Turns out Future Beast knows that Present Beast has been up to something. Cue the next-present-generation of X-Men vehicle- the Dove. Which looks a bluish-white Blackbird. Forgive me for not being astounded…
Anyway, the future X-Men and Storm and others (she tells Rachel and Kitty to stay behind) go after the pair. Rachel and Kitty oblige at first, but after talking Ororo’s decision over, they decide to help retrieve Scott and Jean anyway.
COOL PART: Xavier pops a pill called a Cerebro Spike, which brings up a hologram projection of the globe. He and Future Jean work together to locate our teenage runaways.
And of course they find them…
It’s Future Beast who grabs original Scott and Jean. Then Scott hits him with an optic blast.
NOW HERE’S WHERE THIS ISSUE GOES DOWN HILL…
Rachel and Kitty crash past Future Ice Man in their own futuristic cruiser vehicle (called the Hummingbird, although it looks straight from a Star Wars film). Witnessing the X-men’s “harsh” methods of retrieving Scott and Jean (methods which came short of physical violence), Kitty has some words with Ororo and shares her feelings about being “ordered around.”
Great timing Kitty because SCOTT AND JEAN ESCAPE AGAIN! Oh, and during Kitty and Ororo’s talk, Rachel taught Jean how to conceal herself better. Because finding them doesn’t put the world in jeopardy or anything.
I find this especially frustrating because Kitty and Rachel are supposed to be responsible adults. I can understand their reluctance to follow Ororo’s demands—after all, they’ve been in countless battles, too (And it’s not like Ororo’s the former queen of Wakanda or anything). But, jokes aside, you work with children. I’m sure you’ve had to instruct those children not to rush in but to analyze the situation first. But you did just that and you let them escape. Way to be a role model.
Next, Our runaways meet up with the only people they can turn to: Present Scott and his team of X-men.
Scott and co. use the Cuckoos to get info on the Future X-men team.
COOL PART: In a blaze of hellfire and demonic glory, Illyana leaves after learning that Xavier’s grandson from the future is here (I’m still asking: who’s dat baby’s daddy?). When asked if they picked up anything, the cuckoos respond: “You do not go into her head ever. It’s like Wolverine scary. But more demonic.”
After several panels of thinking it over, Scott decides to help his younger self and younger love, following his long-standing ideal “we help mutants that need help.”
Emma and Magneto act appropriately and tell Scott to stop letting his emotions get in the way of his decision. Even original Warren shouts its time for the originals to leave.
Being the adult, Emma Frost telepathically contacts Future Jean and Xavier and they arrive at Utopia. Future Jean Grey freezes everyone where they are and knocks her younger self out. With her mind (I think I’ve used up my allotments of COOL PART). But after discovering her identity, Emma challenges JEAN GREY. FROM. THE. FUTURE.
I’m currently accepting bets. Although I see these two power houses getting so distracted from their scuffle that they forget about original Jean and she escapes with Scott. AGAIN.
Now where have I seen that mask before…
Anywho, in Chapter 2 of the new X-men crossover event Battle of the Atom, we get introduced to the X-men from the future. We’ve got old man Deadpool and Beast. We’ve got the Indomitable Ice Cube- er, Ice Man. Who apparently had his brains frozen over and is incapable of speech. And we have the aptly named… Xavier. Who’s not the Xavier who just died, but his grandson.
TIME-OUT: This better not be Legion’s son. No one wants to sleep with Legion.
Hilarity ensures as past and present Ice Man are not impressed with their future self (neither am I for that matter). But, out of nowhere, Wolverine goes into beserker mode!
Eh, if only. Turns out original Jean Grey took over his body, so she and Scott could escape. Original Beast was invited, but he probably realized this was a chance for Scotty have some alone time with Jeany. Way to be a Bro, Hank, way to be a Bro.
What’s Jean’s problem? Xavier was shielding the mind of the future X-men. And, we all know, if you don’t want someone reading your mind, you have something to hide.
Before everyone sets out to find the two elopers, Rachel confronts the final, masked member of the future X-men, only to find out it’s–
Nope, think again. Take a wild guess. The one person that it can’t be. Yep, you’re right.
We just saw the Phoenix last summer in AvX!
I swear if the Phoenix shows up at some point in this crossover event… I’m still gonna buy the comics, but I’ll be sorely disappointed.