Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Cover Reveal & Book Trailer: Keeper of Crows by Casey L. Bond

Title: Keeper of Crows
Author: Casey Bond
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Horror
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design & Photography
Editor: Stacy Sanford, The Girl with the Red Pen
Book Trailer by: Rebecca Ethington
Expected Release Date: March 2017
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Carmen Kennedy is a spoiled brat from Beverly Hills with a chip on her shoulder and a cocaine addiction to match. Using drugs to suppress reality, her life is more than she can stomach most days. All she wants is to disappear, and on one fateful night, her wish is granted.

There is a world that exists just beyond the fabric of our own. When Carmen is dragged there against her will, her hopelessness seems to disappear, replaced by a determination to survive. The Keeper of Crows is charged with guarding Carmen, but is safety a possibility in a world so desolate? Can love blossom when danger lies in wait? Together, they fight like hell, seeming to lose more ground than they gain with each battle against the dark enemy threatening to tear them apart. Can love keep her safe? Can it give her the strength she needs?

When the lines between life and death, reality and dream become blurred, who will save the souls trapped in the spaces between Heaven and Hell? Who will save Carmen's only love, The Keeper of Crows?

Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Zurvival Saturday (131) Movie Review: Zedd (2014) #크로스진

Hey ya'll, I'm back this week with a Movie Review for the Japanese film, Zedd.  I came across this film because it stars the group Cross Gene #크로스진 and frankly my curiosity was piqued even further when I saw they had created and starred in a Zombie film.

Genre: Thriller, Horror, Zombies
Director: Teppei Nakamura
Country: Japan
Run Time: 54 Minutes
6 youngsters have to survive in the world populated with zombies.
They attempt to fill their time with music, play and dancing...
But, one day, one of them is contaminated so they have no choice 
but to find an antidote.

*Small Spoilers Below
As some of you may know I am a huge Kpop fan. Recently I've been branching out from the big 3 groups (those coming from SM,YG and JYP) and trying to find smaller but still amazingly talented groups to follow as well. Enter: Cross Gene #크로스진. I found them by chance through my subscriptions on Youtube as they had just premiered a video called Black or White (highly recommed checking it out) and its bloody thumbnail piqued my curiosity (naturally).  Oh how I didn't realize how far down the rabbit hole that one video would take me. In a little over a month I've become huge fans of this group and really hope they stay together a little while longer so I can continue to enjoy their music.

On one of my trips down the rabbit hole I came across a trailer for the film Zedd. Only after viewing it a second time did I realize that the guys in the film were none other than Cross Gene. Anyway, that's how I came across this film and I'm excited to now share it with you all as well.

Zedd might not win any awards for cinematography or acting but this little indie film is a must watch for any Zombie fan. What this film brings to the table is a multinational cast (they frequently switch between speaking Korean, Japanese and English) and decent special effects. This is no B movie though. Zedd is a thought provoking take on the Zombie apocalypse. It poses the question of what truly keeps men and monsters separated. What makes humanity so special? The answer you will find might surprise you but it does make sense.

One of the things I really enjoyed while watching this film was the delivery of the plot. The run time of this film is pretty short by Horror movie standards and yet it still delivers a compelling story with a noticeable beginning, middle and end.

Another thing I really liked about Zedd is that the characters actually ran out of bullets. That might sound like a silly thing to focus on but in too many movies of late it's like the survivors have a never ending cache of ammo and that's just not realistic when the world is overrun with dead things.

Lastly, I really liked the cast. Sure I'm a fan of the guys but if they couldn't act themselves out of a paper bag I'd say so. When one of the guys is bitten I really felt the bond these guys had as friends radiating through the screen and the imagined sadness they'd really feel if one of them were to suffer a less than stellar fate (such as being bitten by a Zombie).

Now the only downside to the story was the little girl Anna. Her acting felt very stiff compared to the guys or even that of the soldiers in the second half of the film. Maybe it's because she was acting in English or maybe she's just not used to playing a character in need of saving but I sometimes felt pulled out of the scenes whenever she opened her mouth to speak.

Overall, Zedd was an indie Zombie film worthy of any collection. I'd definitely be happy to see a sequel in the future showing the aftermath of the cure and how it's implemented across the globe.

With that being said, I will be rating Zedd ★★★★.