December 11, 2014

Jenn's 2014 Fall TV Recap #2

I have enough shows to do another recap!

I'll probably have one more after this...I know how you love them. :-)

Possible spoilers!

Arrow

I love this show so much. I mean, I LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH! I've watched season 1 three times, season 2 twice and most of the eps from season 3 twice as well. I'm watching the mid-season finale again tonight. I love the action, the fight scenes, the feels and the sads. Mostly I love the relationships, they all feel real. Ollie, Diggle, and Felicity have the perfect chemistry and every single scene two or all three of them are in are amazing. The bad guys have great back stories as well and their reasons for being evil or evil-ish are usually very convincing and not usually for stupid nonsensical reasons. (*Cough* OUAT) This will probably go down as my favorite Superhero-ComicBook series ever.

The Flash

This show is a close second to Arrow. Hey, don't get me wrong, I LOVED Smallville, but this show is much more fun (for now) and the special effects are great in comparison to what they had to work with back in the Smallville days. Again, the relationships on this show are amazing. Every serious scene between Barry and Joe usually makes me tear up, I really believe them. I think they probably get along very well in real life. It's hard to fake such great chemistry. I'm super excited to get into the whole Time Travelness of Flash's world, because it's a big part, and I'm sure we'll have a really good explanation for the mid-season finale.

Agents of SHIELD

I didn't hate the first season like some people did. I thought it was fun and different. This season, so far, has been astounding. So many reveals and action scenes and tender moments and feels! Don't you love Bad-Ass Skye? She and May need to have a huge fight with someone in the next half of the season. I still love Coulson's one liners. His delivery always cracks me up. I'm not too happy with what they did to Trip in the finale, so I hope they find a way to bring him back. I'm also looking forward to the Agent 33-Ward situation, that's gonna be fun to watch.

Castle

One of the few cop procedurals I still watch. I can't help myself, Castle is a great character. As a writer, that's what I tend to focus on the most. Him being a writer is just icing, ya know. I love when the show is silly or has a wacky premise or potential conspiracy theory type plot or mystery. They do them so well. The serious ones are fine, too, and I'm so happy that Beckett and Castle's relationship is still the same for the most part. Despite being a hopeless romantic, sometimes when TV couples get together the fizz just fizzles out. :-)

The Originals

I freely admit the only reason I started watching this show is because of Elijah and Hayley. Their chemistry on The Vampire Diaries was unbelievably hot. I don't know why they had to mess with it so much. I'm kinda not invested in them anymore. However, thanks to some clever plotting and mama drama, I'm enjoying Klaus again. He's a dick, and he's always had a great reason to be a dick, but now I want him to be a dick. I like evil Klaus way more than when anyone tries to redeem him. I like the original Kol more, too, but the kid playing him now is cute, and I like him with Davina, so we'll see what happens.

The Vampire Diaries

I'm not sure why I'm watching this show still, probably because Alaric is back, I love him. The show has SO many inconsistencies even I've noticed them, but Damon is fun to watch when he's bad and I think Caroline and Stefan would have been good together, but like The Originals, it's a little too late now, I won't buy it. I think it's time for Elena to make her final choice between the brothers and put this show to bed. I'd LOVE to see a few of the characters move over to The Originals because they're good characters for the most part, it's just the whole love triangle thing is over and done, cooked and burnt.

Criminal Minds

Another procedural I watch, but, I have to admit, I've been fast forwarding through parts here and there, because, for the most part, it's always the same story. I think it's time for someone in the group to be in jeopardy again, or the team as a whole needs another Reaper or something. I like that they are giving the characters more personal life stuff to draw off because it wasn't something they did often in the first few seasons. I'm not really sure what else they can do, not that they have to, it's still a highly rated TV show, I'm just not as excited as I used to be to watch. I'll never stop, though. Duh.

So I think I have another handful of shows left for this fall season. What did you think of the season so far? Are you watching any Winter shows like Agent Carter?!? I'm already watching The Taste. :-)

December 3, 2014

2014 Fall TV Recap Part 1

It's that time again friends! I know, you wait for theses all year long. Tehehe.

Most of the shows I watch sign off in the next two weeks, but we had a few early finales, so we'll talk about those.

FYI - Possible SPOILERS!

Blacklist -

I'm not as into it as much as I was the first season and I think Liz & Ressler have a lot to do with it. I get that you need conflict, but it's really annoying when every single show that has some type of law enforcement officer in it has to deal with prescription drug or alcohol addiction. It's a little played out for me. Liz is annoying. Red is the the only reason I watch the show right now, he kills it every single week...and sometimes someone.

How To Get Away With Murder - 

Wow. Just wow! While I took a guess that it was Wes who killed Sam to save Rebecca from him, I didn't expect all the other stuff before and after it. Wow. There are so many avenues each of the characters can go in the next half of the season, so I'm very excited to see how they play out. One of my favorite freshman shows ever. I just hope they can keep it up.

Scandal - 

I feel really bad for whoever has Olivia. Fitz is gonna sic Jake who will probably recruit Huck and  man...I don't want to be whoever that dude/dudette is. The VP probably won't make it to the end of the season alive either for his part. Many of the side plots and "fixee of the week" plots are much more interesting to me than who Olivia should be with, but I'm very happy she finally came to terms with the fact that she loves them both, for different reasons, and really doesn't want to chose. However, whenever she and Fitz are together, man, they have some scorching chemistry. Also, as creepy as it has been, Quinn and Charlie make much more sense than Quinn and Huck.

The Walking Dead - 

I was never a big Beth fan. I kinda wanted her to die, a lot, over the last few seasons. So after some douche ruined it for me that she was going to die, I went into the episode with a different outlook. When Michonne told Maggie they'd found Beth and she was ok...I was really pissed and sad that I got spoiled. Grrr. I'll never know what my reaction would have been or whether I would have been sadder at the sudden loss. Going in and knowing only made me super sad for Maggie which made the end even harder for me having lost a sibling myself. I think the shock factor would have suited me better. Meh. However this season has been great. I love the focus on our group again with all the outside plots and characters staying minimal. I still do not like the episodes where they focus on one separate group, I like all the groups mixed into the episodes.

Sleepy Hollow - 

There is so much Katrina hate out there, I really don't get it. Sure, she has to be rescued a lot. But A. Not her fault-blame the writers. B. It's not like she's from present time and completely understands our world yet. C. It really is okay to be a damsel in distress when, you know, a fucking headless undead ax wielding demon is in love with you. and D. Your witch/dammed son is working for another demon who is hell bent on starting the apocalypse. I think people just want to get rid of her because they want Ichabod and Abbie to get together, which I really, really, really don't want to see happen. I like them just the way they are. That being said, I've enjoyed this season, I like the longer arch stories as opposed to the creature of the week, which they still do, and I like that they are expanding the cast a little. I would have liked to see more of the Reenactment Tailor girl, (forgot her name) I thought she was adorable and loved her interactions with Ichabod. It's cooky but I love it.

More to come next week!




November 28, 2014

.99c Ebook Sale! Many Authors...Hundreds of Books.

Hi Everyone!

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, or Thursday for my Non-US friends. :-)

It's Black Friday weekend, which means lots and lots of sales...including ebooks.

Here are the links to my sales...


My Romantic Suspense – Lucky's Charm 

http://smarturl.it/LuckysCharmWCP



And Tiva Boon: Royal Guardian, my Scifi-Fantasy Bestseller!

http://smarturl.it/TBCC



And you can find even more from my friends here-facebook.com/JennNixonAuthor/posts/753329618056256


November 18, 2014

I'm a real writer now...and it feels like it, too!

As many of you know, because you're following me on various places around the internet, I've been writing in one form or another for most of my 40 years. It started waaaay back in elementary school and eventually turned into a full-fledged part-time career.

My first "published" novel was crap. I had a fun time writing it, but I had no idea what I was doing. When I got slammed with horrible reviews, I knew I needed help, so I found help within writer's groups and with writer friends. I didn't consider myself a real writer. Not even close.

The Lucky Series sold to Wild Child Publishing and I can honestly say working with Marci and my awesome editor has helped me become a better writer. The group of writers there are supportive and wonderful to work and network with as well. The first two books have sold well, but Romantic Suspense is a hard genre to break into for unknown authors. But at the very least, selling these books helped me to feel more like a writer than before.

The next sale I made was Wild and Wicked to Tease Publishing featuring Mason Storm and Veronica Chance. It was my first try at writing a novella, which eventually turned into three of them, but the company closed. Now I'm working on an anthology of all three coming out soon from Freya's Bower, sister company of Wild Child. :-) Okay, maybe I am a writer after all.

My next sale will be glossed over for various reasons.

The sale after that one is under a pen name. :-) If you want to know more, you'll have to send me an email or message. lol

Now, we move on to the Tiva Boon dyad. If you don't know the story behind Tiva getting publishing here's a good starting point - CLICK ME! It was the second story I finished writing back in the early 2000s (seriously), but only recently found its proper home at Crushing Hearts. Yet another awesome small pub with rock star authors and a kick ass marketing and creative team.

Well, I had this book finished before Hunger Games, Twilight, and all the other YA Books of late. I made the mistake of thinking the violence in Tiva's world was too much for the young adult crowd. Spoiler alert (highlight to read- she slashes a guy from stomach to throat at the age of 16.- (end spoiler) Apparently, it's not so violent anymore. So, when I got the rights back for the second time, I decided to try Upper YA/New Adult as a sub category within the SciFi-Fantasy. It worked, I found the right placement for Tiva and with the response and sale I'm seeing now, I really do feel like a writer now.

No, it's not about the money, though it has helped, it's the fact that complete strangers, in different countries, are reading my books. With the recent explosion of the YA/NA genre, and the added bonus of older adult women devouring the genre, I've found myself in a very interesting spot. The "SaleWhichWillNotBeNamedButYouCanProbablyFigureOut" has been selling, on it's own, simply because it's also a Science Fiction novel. Lucky's Charm and Lucky's Break are also selling with little advertising from me right now (I'm gearing up for another sale, stay tuned). I'm getting real reviews from people who love it and hate all my books! Okay, no one has said they hated anything yet, but I have a couple 1 Stars on Goodeads and 2 Stars on Amazon. To me, that's just another indication that I'm a "real writer" now.

I'm not on the USA or NY Times Bestseller's list. I haven't hit #1 in any Amazon category lists, yet, and I'm a long way away from making the kind of money I'd need to make to quit working my day job, but I'm a writer. I'll always write. I guess I've always been a writer, but now it feels like it, too.


October 14, 2014

Jenn's MiniTV Recap #4

We're almost done with this years season premiers. A few left throughout October and a handful more when Mid-Season comes around. Let's see how it went! Possible spoilers this time!

In no particular order....

Revenge - I'm only still watching this show because I want to know what happens to Victoria. With Conrad out of the picture the show seems to have lost something. But now that David is back, I'm reinvested in Emily.

Selfie - Yes, I watched it. Yes, I knew it was loosely based on My Fair Lady. Yes, I'm a Whovian. Yes, I love John Cho. So how could I not watch this? First two episodes were cute. I chuckled a few times. I'm not digging Eliza's accent and think it would have been better is she talked like her normal self. If I get bored I may keep watching, but I rarely watch comedies these days.

Vampire Diaries - If we could get away without having Elena on this show, I would be a happy girl. I like every single one of her Doppelganger personalities more than Elena. I think I hate her even more now after the memory wipe. Damon is still hot, so that's worth it.

Originals - Klaus needs to just be evil. I don't like him when he's trying to be redeemable. Elijah is hot. He's really the main reason I watch this one.

Flash - LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! It's fun, it's fast, it's got heart and a fantastic cast with great chemistry. I have nothing bad to say about this show...yet.

Arrow - Great season premier, probably my second fave over all this year. (I'll get to #1) I was shocked but not surprised by the last few mins of the episode, and I really, really, really, love Oliver and Felicity's chemistry. Shame it'll never happen.

Criminal Minds - I'm sure the new chick, yeah yeah, JLH will grow on me. I just don't like when the writers force us to like them by making them buddy buddy with someone on the show so quickly. It never happens like that. lol

The Walking Dead - Best season opener ever! I don't think I've liked any other season premier more than I did this one, seriously, ever. I hope the rest of the episodes keep this awesome momentum going. Wow! And Carol! I love that woman.

What about you? What did you watch and love or watch and hate? Any new shows on your Must See  list now?