Writerly Wednesday #4

Wow, I haven’t blogged since March 25th? Shame on me!  Let’s see, what has been going on in writingland lately.

Well, I have a new banner on the The World Among Us website. Head on over and check it out and let me know what you think, will you? www.theworldamongussaga.com The site is still a work in progress, but it will tell you everything you need to know about my books from where to buy them to all the mythology. 

I have also done a bit of tinkering with www.bethannmasarik.com.  I ordered a new banner for the website, which I should have in a few days.  I plan to do some more work on it this weekend now that I have some time coming to me. I am determined to get my website totally done, but, it is hard to do when you are only one person working on it, you know?  I run 4 websites, if you count this blog.  That’s A LOT for one person to manage.

Let’s see, what else can I report?  Oh, yeah!  I wrote another 1,000 words in Stormy Nights (book #2 in The World Among Us) this week. 

It’s been pretty quiet around here lately in writingland to be honest. I will have a few guest posts up on www.literarylunespublications.com over the next week or so, so please keep an eye out on that.  Ummm….that’s all for now that I can think of.  I’ll be working on my websites this weekend, so I’ll have more updates for you lovely people.

I am also working on setting up a newsletter sign up form, so please keep your eyes out for that as well!

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Movie Review: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Title: Breaking Dawn: Part 1

Rating: PG-13

Producer: Summit

Review Rating: 1 star

The review

Let me start off by saying that I HATE writing negative reviews.  Being a professional writer, I know they hurt, but, they are a necessary evil. Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let me continue on with my review.

I used to be a Twilighter.  Yes, yes I know you’re shocked aren’t you?  I admit that at one point I got caught up in the Twilight saga love triangle when it first came out. Heck, for years I used to role play as Edward Cullen on Myspace, and it was fun. However, as I began writing my own novels, I came back down to reality, and realized just how horrible the series really was.  Stephenie Meyer became the reason why I write about vampires and shifters to begin with…I wanted to prove to the world that VAMPIRES DO NOT SPARKLE.

Anyway, back to my review of Breaking Dawn Part 1. I knew that there was a reason why I didn’t wait online at midnight for this movie.  There was also a reason why I didn’t rush to buy it when it first came out on DVD.  It was entertainingly horrid! (Thank you, Makalia for those choice of words!).  Now, I’ll admit, I cried in the beginning during the wedding scene. HOWEVER, it was also due to the fact that I kept picturing myself in Bella’s shoes and Kevin (my fiance) in Edward’s.  I kept telling myself, “This is NOT how a wedding should be.”  In my personal opinion, the scenery was ugly, and Alice did a craptacular job at planning.  Now, it’s not the actresses fault at all. No, it was the screen writer’s fault for doing such an awful job with writing the script.  You would think that a wedding was supposed to be beautiful, but that wasn’t the case here.

The acting in Breaking Dawn Part 1 was mediocre, if not totally wretched.  There were a couple of believable scenes in the movie, but they were few and far between.  It was slow going, and there honestly wasn’t enough action.  I personally think that Summit Entertainment could have gotten away with making Breaking Dawn into one part.

The movie’s saving grace? The wolves.  They were the truest to their parts, and I actually found myself cheering when Sam had his claws up against Edward’s throat.  I remember saying out loud, “kill him! Kill the leech!” The thing that pissed me off about the wolves? The writers left out that Jacob goes off in search to find his imprint.  I was honestly really looking forward to seeing that. They also didn’t properly explain the whole imprinting thing, which was a HUGE mistake on their end. They snuck it in the movie at the tail end without really explaining what the big deal is. I don’t know about you guys, but I was left asking, “wtf?” If I hadn’t read the books, I would have been totally lost.

And, honestly, even the honeymoon scenes were VERY disappointing. Yes, there was sex, but honestly, I expected Bella to have a hell of a lot more bruises on her then she did.  I was truly disappointed overall.  So much so, I can’t even comment on it properly.

Over all? I thought this movie was absolutely painstakingly awful.  It was a waste of time and money. Don’t get me wrong; I know that it impossible to totally go by the books with any movie, BUT, they did an AWFUL job with transcribing it into screenplay format.  If you’re looking for a time killer, then by all means pick up a copy and see for yourself just how horrible this movie is. BUT, if you are looking for a great action/romance/thriller movie, don’t waist your time or money with this one.

There you have it folks…my review.

Dusty Books Thursdays #1

Dusty Books Thursdays, is a new Meme that I started where I will feature a book from my dusty bookshelves.  More information about Dusty Books Thursdays can be found here.

This week I am going to feature a book by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes.  I’ve had this book on my shelf since high school. It was given to me by a dear friend one year for Christmas I believe, and I just haven’t had a chance to read it yet.  I’ll be honest, it’s so small, that I almost forgot that I had the book to begin with.  Without further ado, I give you this weeks book.

In The Forests Of The Night by Amelia Atwater Rhodes

  • Reading level: Ages 12 and up
  • Mass Market Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf (May 9, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440228166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440228165

By day, Risika sleeps in a shaded room in Concord, Massachusetts. By night, she hunts the streets of New York City. She is used to being alone. But someone is following Risika. He has left her a black rose, the same sort of rose that sealed her fate 300 years ago. Three hundred years ago she was human. Now she is a vampire, a powerful one, and her past has come back to torment her.

Leap into Books Blog Hop

I am participating in this awesome hop! There are over 230 blogs participating, and this is a chance to win some pretty epic prizes.  I am personally giving away an ebook of The World Among Us: Prince of Darkness, a bookmark, an autographed poster, a pin, AND a $10 gift card to either the Amazon Kindle store or the Barnes & Noble Nook store (winner’s choice). To enter the giveaway, click on the link that says A Rafflecopter Giveaway, and follow the instructions. Unfortunately, wordpress does not allow javascript, so the link to giveaway will be on a separate page. GOOD LUCK! If you have any trouble entering, just leave me a blog comment with your email and I will automatically add you to the rafflecopter. The link is after the description of The World Among Us: Prince of Darkness

To visit the other blogs in the tour, please click the Blog Hop button below for a complete list of stops.

About The World Among Us:

In The World Among Us, Hades, the god of the Underworld, plots to take over the world, and remove Gaia, the head Deity, from power.  In order to do so, he plots against his own son, Damien, and cons him into killing his soul mate, the beautiful goddess of the moon, Selene.  Hades does so, because Gaia is his natural enemy, and Selene is her favorite grandchild.  He thinks that by killing off Gaia’s favorite grandchild, he will weaken her.  With Selene out of the way, Hades then moves in on the Creatures of the Night.  He wants to kill off their leader, Jason Aysel.  Jason is the go-between person between worlds, and another person that Gaia highly regards.  Hades manipulates and cons Jason’s best friend, Leon Greene, into murdering him, by offering him Jason’s position as his reward.  Because of these actions, a war is to take place on earth between the gods and other Creatures of the Night.  During this time, Selene is reincarnated, and kept hidden as a secret weapon to win the war against Hades.  In order to win the war of wars, the gods and some of the demons will have to fight together, and learn to co-operate with each other.  Will the Titans and Olympians be able to set aside their differences, and take back the world from Hades?  Or is the world as we know it, doomed to fall under dark shadows, forever?

Genre: YA/Urban Fantasy

Ages: 13+

Publisher: Otherworld Publications

Please note: THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR POINTING OUT THE RAFFLECOPTER ISSUES. I HAVE SINCE THEN TAKEN OUT THE BROKEN LINK. TO ENTER, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW WITH YOUR NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS, AND I WILL MANUALLY ENTER YOU INTO THE RAFFLECOPTER.

Relocation for today’s tour stop

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond my control, today’s tour stop was moved to http://www.literarylunespublications.blogspot.com I hosting an EPIC GIVEAWAY AND SCAVENGER HUNT! Stop on by!

Exciting things coming my way!

So, not only am I going to Katsucon this week (squee!), but my best friend and I are officially going to revive the old The World Among Us RPG.  How awesome is that? I am super excited for it, and hope that we get some really good auditions when it’s up and running.  Yes, I will be involved, but more as a support person and not so much role playing (at least, in the beginning).  We have Otherworld’s support, which is great! It will help with advertising and all that jazz.

By the beginning of March, the group should be on it’s way. I’m super excited for this! How many authors can say that they have an online role playing group based off of their books? Not many.

Special Valentine’s Day Giveaway & Scavenger Hunt stop!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY EVERYONE!  I really do hope that you all are having a wonderful day with your special someone.  I’d like to invite you all over to my good friend and “twin”, Erin Danzer’s blog to meet the MC’s of my novel, The World Among Us: Prince of Darkness, Selene & Damien.  Yes, you’ve met them briefly through my Character Chats, but now you’ll get to meet them as a COUPLE.  All together now: AWE! LOL.

PLUS, if you hop on over to Erin’s blog, you can enter for a chance to win the mega grand prize at the end of the month PLUS an ebook! How awesome is THAT!?  Also, you should check out her post for the big reveal of the scavenger hunt grand prize.

So, what are you waiting for?

Wait, what? You need the link you say?

It’s: www.erindanzer.blogspot.com

Now, what are you still doing here? Come on…I’ll race you!