Thursday, October 16, 2014

Where Are You?!

I know I have been random about my posting, and I know I promised more updates this month but my life has gotten insane. When I say insane, I mean nights were I get maybe three hours sleep.
This last month I have been helping my mommy look for a new house in a new town for her new job. The move is this weekend and it has been nuts getting everything packed a ready to go. On top of that I am relaunching my Etsy Shop next week, plus I am working on a few treats for everyone along with writing, writing, and more writing.
Yeah busy right? 
My brain is just overwhelmed with it, but I do have an awesome teaser for you from Fate Betrayal, book two of the Opsona Journey. Hopefully it will be out mid November along with book 3 (still untitled).

Monday, October 13, 2014

Then & Now

I know I have talked and shown some of my old artwork off before. I find it is important to sometimes look at the older stuff, as an artist I tend to forget how far I have come. My work is always being critiqued and reviewed against top artist today, it is hard taking those hits and after awhile it really starts to damage a person. 
You can roll with the punches all you want but sooner or later it takes it toll, and then you end up comparing yourself to other artist. 
At that point you become your own worst enemy. The negative voice in the back of your head just keeps telling you how much you are flawed, but that is crap. Art, like everything, is a  journey and you have to see just how far you have come to appreciate where you are now.
With that being said I want to share some more artwork and progressions I have made.
I was panning through my Rebryn file and stumbled across a few old drawings, take a look at how my work and characters have progressed.
Mysterious aka Serenity
Anyone that reads this blog knows and has seen Mysterious before. I have drawn her the most and just look at how far she has come. Fairly awesome if you ask me.
 Mysterious Rebryn has lived through so much and beyond a countable number of years. Why? 
Because it is just fun that way and I said so. She is married to her life mate Ragnar, they have been together for well over a millennia. Up until recently (like a year ago) she only had two daughters, Shea & Eeva.
Me and my role playing buddy have just increased the family to include twins Saiye and Sebastian. (I don't have any drawings of them yet, but hopefully soon. )

Shea Rebryn
Alright on to Shea, she is also one of my characters and a real party to write and draw.

Shea Rebryn is the oldest daughter and is a complete handful, she is very much into living it up. Adrenaline junky, sexual, and loves to have a good time Shea is always getting into trouble. Mated (note I say mated but not married) to a rather jerk of a demon named Kai. They have a son named Kei (also don't have any drawings of him yet but I am dieing to sketch him) who is promising to be a very powerful demon as he grows up. He has his father's short temper and Shea's lust for life.

Eeva Rebryn
Finally the last one I have is Eeva, she is not one of my characters. She is actually the creation of my very dear friend and long time role playing buddy (Ragnar, Sebastian, & Kai are also hers).

Eeva Rebryn used to be the youngest daughter and a very troubled person as well. Eeva is very much the black sheep of the family and has followed the dark path of her mother. She has even killed family members and tried to kill Kei. Eeva was drawn into the seduction of Vondorian (Mysterious master in her past). He completely twisted her soul and she ended up losing her sight just to regain control of herself. Hence the bandage. Her eyes often bleed but she uses her skilled magical abilities to find her way around. She is currently in a relationship with Cealyn (one of my characters :P I have so many) who is a pure blooded angel that has helped the Rebryn family throughout their struggles, her father threw her out of the heavens for loving Eeva.

These characters are decades in the making and it is so wonderful to see where they started from in my head and where they are now.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Movie Review: Haunting Of Cellblock 11

It is Friday yet again and I am here with another movie review. Yeah I only did one movie this week, it has been a very busy week for me.
I feel like I have gone sane by how much work I have been doing.
This week I was going to watch The Woman in Black, but my stream was not liking that movie for some reason.
Hopefully next time my streaming won't be as impossible.

To this week's movie
Haunting Of Cellblock 11
When this movie first started I rolled my eyes. The overall feel of the movie and the camera work was leaving a lot to be desired.

This movie has some very redeeming points and I enjoyed it, so I am giving it a solid three screams of blood chilling enjoyment!
Spoiler Warning
Go no farther if you plan on watching this movie
You have been warned!
Lets get the crappy stuff out of the way.
Here is what made this movie fall short of four screams
 Ghost Bomb!
Okay so I forgot what they called it in the movie, but it is this little disk thing the negates all the energy in the area to cancel out a ghost's energy. While that would be awesome if they were Ghostbusters, having that when your a paranormal investigator and trying to attract ghosts kind of seems pointless. It does coming in handy, but honestly don't you want to attract the ghosts not scare then away?

Over Acting
The towns people and all the hush hush about the prison is a little over the top. The main group of actors is fine, but those towns people trying to be creepy just isn't working. They end up being strange and make me think of the Hills Have Eyes with cartoonish acting.

Bad Accents
So it was like three lines in the whole movie, and yes I am complaining about about the towns people. Honestly they only show up for about 5 minutes in the movie, but it has given me a lot to dislike. The southern account on the waitress at the dinner is insanely awful. Just mute the movie for that small part and you will be fine.

Shadowman Clip
There is a small flash of a man walking down a hall captured on one of their cameras. It looks very similar to one I have seen on a paranormal ghost hunting show. It also looks very much like a clip I have seen floating around the internet. Extremely FAKE!

Watching Friends Mauling
Yes that is right. These two guys watch as their other friend is dragged into a cell. It sounds like he is getting ripped about and cut, there is even a little garbled noise that comes from the cell. They just stand there and watch and when all is silent they ask if he is alright. That is just messed up.

Enough with the bad mouthing, lets move on to the good stuff.

No Editing
So the network that is funding their show wants them to "edit" their footage to show more ghost stuff like other shows to get more views. The team refuses to use the "edit" aka CGI buttom to make it look like they have spotted a ghost. That is very noble.

I really love the little recreations of the stories that are told in the prison before the investigation begins. I am a sucker for creepy retelling of tragic history. So I loved these.

Show Host
The guy that does the hosting in this movie is awesome. When that camera is not on for their ghost show he talks normal and is a likable character. Then when they start shooting the show he gets this really cool host/nature show host voice going. It is slightly dramatized but not enough to make you roll your eyes. Just enough to make a little chuckle and a smile every time he does it. I loved it.

3... 2... 
 The ending was awesome, the little twist of the sweet old man turning dark at the end was AWESOME. What was even better was the couples reaction. 
After giving a dramatic countdown from three they give him the # one finger and walk out locking the door behind them. Leaving the jerk of an old man to his fate.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Signed Copy of Immortal Tempest

I'm feeling really giving today so lets do a giveaway.
I just happen to have an extra print copy for Immortal Tempest here so why not give it away.
I'll even sign in!
Buy Digital Copy for .99 HERE

  Alright, so I didn't get much sleep last night and I am feeling a little insane, but doesn't that just go with the blog theme?

The giveaway will run until Friday Night
This is open internationally
Here is a teaser for a refresher
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Book Blurb:  
"I would no longer be a mortal servant, a pet kept for sick entertainment. I had been chosen for initiation, to become one of the immortals…A vampire.

My transition continued on far longer than any other, filling my body with a pain that was beyond the natural senses. After four days of writhing in the burning change I blacked out, and what woke in my place was not a vampire. It was in a word…Chaos."

No longer an average mortal and far from a vampire, Serenity is an unnatural force that rivals anything found in the planes of the Underworld. An advantage that her master uses in his quest to conquer the mortal world, while luring her into his bed with seductive promises. A flawless venture until they reach the city of Tentusa.

Now three centuries of loyalty between master and servant are shaken by a deep connection to land they wish to conquer. Serenity's disobedience grows stronger with each passing hour, fueling her master's impatient need to tame the wild creature that lives within her.

Lightening steals the coming darkness, thunder echoes against the rolling hills as the war inside Serenity starts to stir. Which is stronger… the person, the desire, or the creature?
Because I have really lost my mind I will give away a free digital copy to anyone willing to leave an honest review on either Goodreads or Amazon after reading Immortal Tempest.
Just email me at
Subject Line
Immortal Tempest

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday Movie Reviews: Grave Encounters2, 100 Ghost Street, & The Amityville Haunting

It's the first Friday in October and my first review of the month.
I decided to focus on a theme this week, Ghost Hunter Movies!
 Or more to the point the ones filmed through the use of the eyes of a amateur.
That whole craze has just gotten out of hand if you ask me.
Okay so I watched these movies just to annoy my husband more than just
for this little project of mine, but it still left me with a lot to 
talk about. 

There are spoilers in the reviews. If you don't want to know
stop at the screaming heads just below each movie poster.
Every movie is rated on a scale of five screaming heads, because we all like screaming.

First on the List 
Grave Encounters 2
You might remember I did the first one last year, if not here is the link to the review
from last year. 

Alright back on track,
This movie was not nearly as interesting as the first one, such is the curse of the sequel.
For those of you who don't want spoilers stop now and just take my review of
two halfhearted screams aka not worth your time unless you want to kill some time.

Here are the things I didn't like:
 -The Whole Beginning
Why did we need to see all that partying and insanely over stereotyped college students?
It was pointless up to the part the main character starts doing research on the first film
Grave Encounters. We don't care what kind of kids these are, we know already.
We get it, we see it in the five minute portion before they enter the hopsital.
We don't need the whole front half of the movie dedicated to it.

 -The Big Secret
What is the point of keeping the hospital name secret? Why keep the fact the original
cast is missing? Wouldn't that just give you more marking tools, plus draw in 
more people that believe this stuff all to be real? I am not seeing the
big deal at keeping the hospital name secret, or the cloak and dagger stuff.
Okay so it gives this movies its over all plot, but lets just call it what it is

-Main Character Obsession
I am not seeing the point here. Why is this kid so into finding out the truth of this movie?
Because it would make a great movie of his own.
Again we call it 
 -We Are FREE, Not Really
Talk about lame. We are out of the hospital!  Happy dance.
Oh wait we aren't really. This is so over done, but when looking at this movie as awhole
they had to find away to step it up from the last one, so why not. 
So far the only place I loved this little twist was in 1408.
The effect of breaking through those locked front doors and finding another hallway
was so much more effective in awesome from the first movie compared to this weak attempt
at a twist.

Alright I ragged on the bad points enough on to the things I liked.
- When the Killing Starts
Hey when the blood starts it really doesn't stop until you the "we are free but not really" part.
We are talking death after death, after death. None of this, one person dies and 
then we have to wait 20 minutes for the next. No they thin out the heard fast.
- Meeting Lance
Yep the guy from the first one is back!
Only now nine years have passed and he has completely lost his mind. Which I love.
I really enjoyed the idea that the killer doctor ghost was keeping Lance alive and
using him as a puppet. That was just awesome. Especially since
we all assume he died as well.

-The Red Door
Yes the random red door the is wrapped in chains and is free standing. You can walk
all the way around the door and know it goes no where, and yet they 
still want to go through it. But wait that is not the best part.
When Lance finally gets the door open...SURPRISE!
It goes nowhere.
Well it does go somewhere but not until the doctor says so.

Next on the list is 
100 Ghost Street
the story of Richard Speck

Now this movie I am really neutral about, I have watched it a few times, but
I wouldn't put it up there on awesome have to see level. 
Because it is just something neat to watch when you want to watch assholes and clueless people
die in bloody ways. Or if you are a fan of mass murderers.
With that I give this movie a solid 3 wails

Here is what I liked, lets start on a positive note.
 - Killing Starts Right Away
Yep no waiting, not even the set-up crew is safe. The first guy dies
within I would say five to ten minutes of the movie beginning. I love, it no waiting.
The second guy isn't killed too long after either. See no waiting.

-No One Is Safe
Yeah you can stand outside all you want, you're not safe. Okay so the guy
waiting outside in the car was stupid enough to stick his head close enough to this random
pipe that lead inside, but even the girl isn't safe. She is like ten feet away from the building and she
ends up dead.
 -Jerk Dies
Yep, I love when the jerk dies. You know the guy that is pushing for more, more, and more.
The only thing that made his death greater in this movie was he was a complete ass.
No, really he is an ass, and his death is especially awesome and bloody

-The Ending
Yes, the best part of the whole movie is the ending. Not because it is over
but just because it took me by surprise. I won't give it away completely
but lets just say no one lives.

Here it what I didn't like
-They Keep Going
It's not so much that I don't like this as I am not really feeling this
part of the movie. Their new hire is attacked and the leader drugs the woman and forces
the rest of them to go on with the investigation. We are not talking about
"Lets get a little more footage and go"
No this guy wants to go through the whole job. It is one person against like
seven, WTF people! Stand up for yourselves.

-The New PA Is Clueless
I have watched so many paranormal investigation shows and no one takes a new person
on an investigation that has no idea how to investigate properly. This woman knows
she is going to into a rundown prison and she wears a bright pink dress with
impossible shoes. Then they hand her a tape recorder, show her how to turn it on,
and send her on the way.
This is just an insult.

-The Whole Operation
Seriously, this is the most poorly constructed investigation ever put together.
The guys in charge are clueless and jerks, there is only one key to get out
and the whole reasoning for keeping the door locked is because homeless people wander in.
Ummm... yeah I think you would see someone wandering in since your set up
is right there. Plus you have a guy in a car outside, well until he dies.
There is no point to lock the gate.

On to 
The Amityville Haunting

Which I will also give a solid 3 wails
 This movie is another one I have watched many times. I watch it because
it is an Amityville movie and it is easy to ignore while I am working.

The Good
Despite the fact I have seen this movie so many times there is not a lot of good
going for it, but I will try to find some redeeming points.

-Amityville Legend
Yep, I am a sucker for the Amityville Legend and stories. It was one of the first movies
I watched at age 8, and it scared me to death. I managed to conquer that fear
and turn it into a love. Hence my enjoyment of anything Amityville Horror releated.

-The Son
The son in the family saves this movie. He is the only one that sees what is happening
right from the start. He is on the whole ghost thing and spends his time
taping as much evidence as he can to show his clueless family.
-Dad's Breakdown
Best part in the movie. The dad is a military man and it is clear he has seen some action.
After his buddy is killed he completely goes of the deep end. On the upside he finally
believes there are ghosts in the house, however, he is has lost his mind
so it really isn't of any help by then. Still great point in the movie, and something that
builds from the beginning.

Here is the Bad
-Female Acting/Writing
Yeah, the roles of the two daughters are terribly acted out. The youngest is
really over acted with extreme arm movements and over dramatized speech. I just don't
buy any of it. The teenage daughters rebellious nature is overly done. 
We get it, she is a troubled teen. The writing was just poorly done for this character.
Same with the mother. It was like "We want them to have bigger parts in the movie,
but what could we give them. Oh I know pointless emotions and dialogue."

-History & Deaths
I will admit the deaths that take place in the house are fairly cool. We see
everything from someone just dropping dead for no reason, to a guy getting electrocuted. Awesome!
However; the mother and father when they first go to look at the house know
of the history. Not that big of a deal, people were murdered in the house. Some people can get
pass that, but when they walk out of the house and the woman showing the house is
just randomly dead. Medical reason or not I am not staying in that house.
 Plus while moving in one of their movies dies. 
If I made it far enough to start moving boxes in after the first death I witnessed
I would be GONE after the second. No way I am staying, money be damned!

-Ignoring The Boy
The son is the only one with any idea what is going on, and he is ignored through the whole movie.
The girls clearly get all the attention in this house, still they just order this poor
kid around and never fully listen to him. These people deserved to die.

So that is it for this week, next Friday a whole new list of movies and reviews. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Dark Fan Art Eye Candy

Last year I made a post on a very talented artist who I follow on Deviant Art.
The greatest thing about him is the dark fanart he gives us every year
in October.
And this year is no different!
For every day in October he posts one Dark Fan Art, its like an advent calender
only for people who love Halloween.

 Here is number one for the year. Check out kacfrog711 Deviant page and follow him
for more dark artwork!

Here is a look at some of the pieces from last year.

If you want to check out last years post on the topic and even more Dark Fan Art click HERE.