Friday, September 30, 2011

Getting Away...

Sorry no review today...

I'm getting away from things this weekend. Need to recharge. Need a change of pace. Need some inspiration...

Read on! M.D.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Lucy Zhang

Casting the Ember movie. 

She was originally one of the secondary characters who became vital to the story arc of the Ember Series. Lucy Zhang is the eccentric, protective, and jealous ex-friend (maybe more!) of Asia. She is the catalyst for a few very memorable scenes in the books. 

While writing the story I didn't have anyone in particular for the part BUT after watching the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, I had found my Lucy.

Ellen Wong plays Knives Chau in the film and she is, to say the least, perfect for the part of Lucy!



Just paint some blue streaks down the front of her bangs and Lucy comes alive. Let me know who you think would fit the "dream" cast for Ember...M.D.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mini Q & A...

Running short on time today...so lets do a mini Q & A.


Q: FAVORITE COLOR?

A: Red and black. Depends on my mood.

Q: FAVORITE MOVIE?

A: The Crow and The Shawshank Redemption. Depends on my mood.

Q: FAVORITE BOOK?

A: Stephen Kings "Fire-Starter." Love me some King!!! M.D.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Goodreads!

You wanted a link! I'll give ya a link!

How about the biggest social club for book lovers...Goodreads.

If you crammed Facebook and Barnes and Noble together you would end up with Goodreads.com. I still haven't gotten the complete hang of it yet but I'm getting there. For readers and book lovers, it truly is the best social plug-in there is. If you have an account, send me a friend request or feel free to "fan" me. I'll gladly return the favor.



Books just got a whole lot better! Thanks Goodreads!...read on...M.D.


Monday, September 26, 2011

Ashes Divide - Forever Can Be

Music Monday!!!

Lets start this last week of September with one of my all time favorite songs...

FOREVER CAN BE by Ashes Divide.

I usually pick a song from one of my books playlist but this time I was inspired by someone to post this song. Thanks Nate! This song will soon be represented in one of my future books (just not published yet!).

Why this song? First off the music is completely haunting yet hopeful. Second, the lyrics have so many hidden levels...deep, dark, and filled with hope. It truly speaks to me. Hopefully it will resonate with something inside of you too...

Look...listen...fade away...M.D.

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Ultimate Distraction...

Gears of War 3 Review!!!



I'm a writer. BUT lately I have been having the hardest time finding my words. Not because of writers block. Not because of family engagements. It's because of Epic's new release...Gears of War 3.

A gamer at heart, I thought I'd review the new monkey wrench in my creativity. First off, I'm a huge Gears fan and been waiting for this final installment for years. It is everything I have been waiting for. Blood, guts, guns, war and more blood all rolled into a beautiful package.

For any fan of the first 2 games, the 3rd installment is easily the best. Better story, better battle scenes, better graphics. For non fans, this 3rd chapter probably won't change your mind in becoming a fan. It's only drawback is that it is more of the same. Yes, it's on a grander scale but it's still just grunt, grind and move on. (not that thats a bad thing!) The story ends satisfyingly enough and left me wanting another few chapters in the series. I won't post any spoilers though (I hate that!)

If your a gamer (like me), than your in for a treat...grab a copy of GOW 3 (Xbox 360). In a year of big games ready to hit the shelves, it just may end up the last man standing...it is that good!

Now to finish another round of multiplayer deathmatch before I write that award winning novel...

...ugh...damn you Epic!...

M.D.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Frank Valentine

Casting Call Thursday!

This week we will focus our movie casting on Max's protective and easy going Uncle Frank. Frank Valentine was originally influenced by one of my own relatives who I had grown quite fond of BUT I always saw a certain actor while I wrote the character...Mark Harmon (NCIS).





He has the perfect stern yet easy going demeanor for the character. Not to mention he can ACT! Let me know what you think...M.D.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

More Q & A...

Ask me and I'll speak the truth...


Here's the newest batch of questions...


Q: WHERE DOES EMBER THE SERIES TAKE PLACE AND WHY?

A: Ember the series takes place on Maui, for the most part. In book 2 DOWNPOUR, the scenery changes a lot. The story calls for it. First third of the book is a globe trotting adventure. Book 3 AFTERSHOCK, gets things back to the islands (Maui). I chose the Hawaiian islands because of a dream. I dreamt one of the scenes from the first book Ember. It takes place in one of the later chapters at the moment before all heck breaks loose. I saw a boy lying in the pouring rain with two girls crying over him, with the song "SIGN YOUR NAME" by Terrence Trent D'Arby serenading the scene. I hope that wasn't a spoiler!

Q: IS THERE ANY MAJOR DIFFERENCES IN THE INDIVIDUAL BOOK SOUNDTRACKS?

A: Yes and no. Each book shares a very islandy soundscape with different emotional tracks scattered throughout. Ember has more easy, laid back youthful songs. Downpour is much more emotional and worldly. Aftershock (book 3) seems to be a even mix of both the first 2 books...fun music to make you feel as if you were standing along the beaches with the island storms blowing through your earbuds. Plus very direct and emotional tunes that reflect the characters adventures and troubles.

Q: WHY EVEN WORRY ABOUT THE MUSIC?

A: Because I really do feel that "music is life." We learn with it, grow with it, heal with it, love with it...why not read with it. Many people already make their own playlists while they read their favorite book, I figured I'd give my readers a musical "crumb trail." They don't have to follow it. They can create their own but the soundtrack would really enhance the stories plot points. Many of the songs really influenced the story and its characters. My ultimate goal is to have my newest book and accompanying playlist on the top of the charts. You download my book and the songs download along side it. Easy peasy! M.D.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Smashing!!!

Linky Dink Tuesday!

Smashwords.com

Support your favorite indie author!

 http://www.smashwords.com/

Oh yeah...you can find Ember in every possible ebook form there. So, pick your poison and read on...M.D.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Nuno Bettencourt: Crave

Music Monday!

One of my favorite songs of all time!

"CRAVE" by Nuno Bettencourt.

I'm willing to bet 90% of the world has never heard this song or its talented writer. Nuno is best known as the lead guitarist for the band Extreme (more recently he has filled the same role for Rihanna, on her world tours...) When I sat down to write the Ember Series, this song instantly found a place on the musical playlists.

Chapter 24_CRAVE is one of my favorites in Ember. The words and song are intertwined into the chapter as Asia kidnaps Max and surprises him with a...well...I guess I shouldn't spoil the surprise...(the word CRAVE is involved...)

I hope you enjoy the song and the chapter it represents. It was one of the easiest ones to write in the Ember Series...M.D.



LOOK...LISTEN...FADE AWAY...

Friday, September 16, 2011

Review Friday!!!

It's Friday and time for another review.

Being a new author I've found that there are days when I have way too much on my plate...this is one of those days. So instead of my usual review of something I love or hate, I'm going to share a quick review of my book Ember. It's short, sweet and to the point...

I'll have plenty to say next week...until then...M.D.



5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book !!!August 12, 2011
This review is from: Ember (Ember Series) (Kindle Edition)
great read lots of twists and turns kept me flipping pages even when i was to tired i had to find out what happened. i cant wait for book 2 to come out !!!






"Thank you Karen for the review!"

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Devon Wahlberg

Casting Call!!!

Another Thursday, another pick for the cast of the future Ember movie. This week we'll concentrate on the cocky and bullheaded Devon Wahlberg. Samantha's overprotective ex boyfriend and colossal bully. He becomes Max's arch rival. His personal Lex Luthor...

I had originally saw Kellan Lutz (90210 & twilight) while I wrote the first book. He had just started the series 90210 and it was before the whole "twilight madness." He had the perfect smug and cocky overtones I used for Devon's character. Now...I don't think anyone could see him as anyone but Emmett Cullen...




When you read Ember you will find it easy to see I was very influenced by Kellan's look when describing his character. Let me know what you guys and gals think...until next time...M.D.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

More Questions...

Q & A!!!


Hopefully I'll have an interview from someone other than myself soon...

Kinda feel like I'm talking to myself every Wednesday.


Q: DO YOU ENJOY WRITING YA?

A: I just write whatever I feel. It just so happened that my first book (EMBER) came out that way. I was in the zone and wrote the second book (DOWNPOUR) as well. When I finally began to show it off, it appealed to the older teenage minds...so I just went with it. I have started other stories and novels that are definitely more adult. Just wait...

Q: HOW SOON WILL WE SEE SOME OF THIS "MORE ADULT" STORYTELLING?

A: Hopefully sooner than later. I'm concentrating on finishing the halfway point of the Ember Series (book 3) right now. After that I will be launching another YA series called 13 BREATHS. But after that I really want to push for an adult book. I have a horror story plotted out and a thriller that I'm very excited about. Both are very much geared to the adult audience.

Q: WILL WE SEE 13 BREATHS THIS YEAR?

A: Hard to say. It is written and done. I just need to polish it up a little. My time is being eaten up by the Ember Series right now. Promoting book 1 - EMBER, readying book 2 - DOWNPOUR for release at the end of September and finishing the third book - AFTERSHOCK for release before the end of the year. I haven't decided if I'll squeeze 13 BREATHS in somewhere before I finish up AFTERSHOCK. Not enough time in the day...ugh...write on!

M.D.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Music Monday!!!

The voice of Max Valentine...

BUSH: "The Sound of Winter"

Instead of a song from my current playlist for Ember, I've decided to change it up just a little. The new BUSH single is constantly rattling around my head as I write lately. I've always used Gavin and the boys as the musical voice of Max. In book 1 Ember, he sings the BUSH song "Mouth" for his first concert. (I'll add that to a future Music Monday!) They just seem to share a certain gravel in their tone...if Max Valentine were to be brought into the flesh, I'm sure he would sing like this...

Anyways, I hope you enjoy...

Look...listen...fade away...M.D.

Friday, September 9, 2011

It Can't Rain All The Time...

Friday Review!

It's the end of the week and time for another review. This week I thought I'd talk about one of my favorite movies. It has inspired almost all my writing.

The Crow.



Dark, gritty, violent and filled with dying hope. I find the visual ugliness in the movie...beautiful. The story of future rockstar, Eric Draven and his murdered girlfriend is tragic and filled with hope. When the young couple are murdered in their apartment by the scum of the city, Eric is brought back to life one year later to exact revenge on the ones who wronged them.

Eric is poetic justice in evil clown makeup. As he finds the people responsible for his (and her) death, they fall to his vengeance. With each kill he is brought closer to what he wants the most...peace with the girl he will always love...even in the hereafter...

The movie is filled with clever fight sequences and fantastic music. The soundtrack is just as popular as the movie. The character has become a mainstay at Halloween over the years. There has been 3 sequels made (None of them even half as good as the first!) and a short lived TV show. Recently the property has been dusted off for a new Hollywood remake. Big mistake! The Crow is one of those movies that does not ever need to be remade...is it the perfect movie? No, but it is a classic.

The spirit of this movie is what makes it appealing to me. True love never dies...

M.D.


P.S. "We miss you Brandon..."

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Samantha Summers!

Casting Call Thursday...

Sweet, artistic, confident girl next door Samantha Summers is in the spotlight today. I've always had a little trouble casting her character...too many options. For my first choice though we'll go with the actress that popped in my head every now and then while writing the Ember Series...Amanda Seyfried.




She has the perfect mix of confidence and strength that carries Samantha through the story. What do you think? M.D.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Q & A Wednesday!!!

Lets keep it light today...


Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE CARTOON?

A: Ahhh...my youth! When I was a kid it was Transformers and Voltron. I would start my mornings with the latest episode of transforming robots and finish my afternoon, running home to catch the 5 mighty lions do their best to save the universe. I'm thinking about starting up that routine again!

Now, as an adult, there is only one cartoon worthy of my praise...Invader Zim!


Q: BOXERS OR BRIEFS?

A: Boxers. It's a freedom thing...


Q: FAVORITE FOOD?

A: I'm a pretty simple boy...burgers, tacos, chips...BUT lately I can not seem to get enough of Chinese food.

KUNG POW!!!...M.D.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Amazon Apps...

Linky Dinks Tuesday!!!

Often the first thing out of someones mouth when I tell them I have a digital book for sale on Amazon is: "But I don't have a Kindle..."

As a lot of you know, there are plenty of ways to enjoy your favorite ebooks. Every ereader company has FREE software for any kind of computer and cell phone. Just follow the link and pick your poison...M.D.

 http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=kcp_ipad_mkt_lnd?docId=1000493771

Monday, September 5, 2011

Music Monday - Holiday Edition...

311 - Amber

Chapter 04_Morning Glory

The perfect song to introduce Samantha Summers. Max's other love interest in the Ember Series. The song fits the moment perfectly. Island morning, playful banter, young tropical infatuation...

Look. Listen. Fade away...M.D.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Yaaaaawwwnnn.....

Too...

Tired...

To...

Blog...

Ugh...

Have a great extended weekend! Pick a good book (HINT! HINT!) and drift away...M.D.

Friday, September 2, 2011

New Chili Peppers!

Friday Review!

The new Red Hot Chili Peppers album "I'M WITH YOU" just came out. I'm a long time fan. So here goes my review.


It's been awhile since their last album. I hadn't realized how much I missed their funky sounds. That being said...I'm a little disappointed in their new album. It has a vibe that says "BEEN THERE, DONE THAT." Now there's nothing wrong with sticking to familiar territory but this is the Peppers. One of the most influential bands in 20 years. So many younger bands have tried to be the "next Chili Peppers" and failed miserably. So when this many years (6) have passed without any new music, it should be better than "middle of the road." 

Now don't get me wrong...there are some bright spots on the new album. "Brendan's Death Song, Rain Dance Maggie..."are a couple stand outs. BUT I felt like at the end of each track I wanted more. Middle of the road just isn't good enough when it comes to a band I respect and cherish.

I think I'M WITH YOU the album will grow on me (AT LEAST I HOPE SO...). I hope to use it to write a future chapter in a story that hasn't been born yet...we shall see...M.D.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Asia Lyn Michaels

Casting Call Thursday!!!

Last week we cast Max Valentine, now lets turn our attention to the first of his temptations...Asia. She was originally inspired by a comic book character. But for a movie, there are a few options. She has to convey confidence, sadness, anger and spoiled rich girl all in one.

Many people have told me that Megan Fox would fit the roll but I always saw someone a little less "hard edged" than that... Odette Yustman (Cloverfield) I think would fit well. I know, weird name (I had to look it up!)


Slap some ice blue contacts in her eyes and Asia comes to life. Sadly, like my previous pick for Max (Ben Barnes), I think she may be getting too old now to play the troubled rainmaker. 

Let me know what you think...M.D.