Thursday, April 30, 2009

From Dead to Worse audio review ..a fast way to refresh your memory before 'Dead and Gone'.

Amberkatz reviews the 'Dead to Worse' audio book.

Do you want to read Bk 8 again before Bk 9 comes out on Tuesday ? Download the audiobook from iTunes or your favorite audio book provider. If you haven't heard a Sookie book, you'll be pleasantly surprised, it is as Katz says, a whole new experience.

Sookie Stackhouse is in trouble again and this time it is from all sides. Accidently mixed up in the were war and a vampire takeover she is also confronted with the fact that she has more family than her brother Jason. With the help of Sam and her room mate she manages to survive the newest problems life throws at her but in the end there are even more.

This book only came out last year and I remember being extremely happy that I was home ill when it arrived in the post. However while listening to this audiobook I really have to admit that I hardly remembered any of the story. Sure some bits and bobs seemed familiar but on a whole the story was practically new to me.

I loved every minute of this audiobook and have to say that the narrator is amazing. She really brings Sookie to life and I am longing to get my hands on more of these audios because they are such a joy to listen to. Also the format of the audio is great. No tracks as long as chapters but nice 3 to 5 minute tracks so you aren't forced to finish a chapter or pause in the middle of a chapter.

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Sookie-True Blood Promotion by Borders and Charlaine book signing Oak Brook, IL Chicago July

Vampire enthusiasts can't seem to get enough of these mysterious creatures, found in abundance in the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris and TRUE BLOOD(SM), the HBO(R) series based on the books. That's why - just in time for the May 5 release of Harris' newest book in the series, "Dead and Gone," and the May 19 DVD and Blu-ray(TM) releases of "True Blood(SM): The Complete First Season" - is giving fans access to unique video content as well as exclusive pieces penned by Harris that will immerse them even deeper into this alluring world. In addition to enjoying special video and author content, fans can conveniently pre-order their copies of the DVD and book at

Video Content on

Beginning today only at, fans of the show and the books can visit to enjoy unique video from the first season provided by HBO including:

  • Behind-the-scenes footage - A sneak peek at the making of the TRUE BLOOD series, including interviews with director Alan Ball and actors Anna Paquin, who plays Sookie Stackhouse, and Stephen Moyer, who plays her 173-year-old vampire boyfriend Bill Compton.
  • Character pieces - Video vignettes on favorite TRUE BLOOD characters including Sookie, Bill, Sam, Tara, Jason and Lafayette.
  • Series trailer - Exciting highlights of scenes from the first season of the hit HBO series.

Exclusive Author Content

Understanding that fans often want to delve deeper into the books they love, Borders has teamed with Penguin, the publisher of Harris' novels, to provide fans with special author insider information when they visit including:

  • Chapter excerpt - Advanced access to a unique excerpt chosen by the author - and unavailable anywhere else - of Harris' highly anticipated new release "Dead and Gone."
  • Exclusive Q&A with Harris - In this Q&A, Harris reveals how she feels about her enigmatic leading lady Sookie.
  • Exclusive author essay - Titled "Sookie and Me and HBO," the essay explores Harris' thoughts on HBO's adaptation of her books.
  • Not-yet-published book covers - Fans can get an advance look at yet-to-be released book covers for Harris' other Sookie Stackhouse novels: "Living Dead in Dallas," "Club Dead," "Dead to the World," "Dead as a Doornail" and "All Together Dead."

Author Event - Charlaine Harris Only at Borders July 13-Chicago Area

Harris will be in the Chicagoland market at Borders in Oak Brook, Illinois, July 13 to greet her fans and sign copies of "Dead and Gone."

"We've collaborated with HBO and Penguin to put together an incredible Web page filled with unique video content, book cover images, a special piece written by Charlaine Harris just for Borders and more - all to get fans really excited about the release of Charlaine's newest book 'Dead and Gone' as well as the releases of 'True Blood(SM): The Complete First Season' on DVD and Blu-ray," said Rich Fahle, vice president,

"We're especially thrilled to host Charlaine for a signing and meet-and-greet with her fans at our Borders store in Oak Brook," Fahle added. "This brand is truly exploding and we could not be more pleased to be a destination for all things TRUE BLOOD and Charlaine Harris."

New HBO series 'Hung" will follow True Blood Sunday nights

HBO to Get "Hung" on June 28

LOS ANGELES HBO will get "Hung" on Sunday nights beginning June 28.

The newcomer will air at 10:00/9:00c following the second season of "True Blood" at 9:00/8:00c.

Years ago in high school, Ray Drecker (Thomas Jane) was athletic, popular and destined for success. Now, as a high-school teacher and basketball coach, he's underpaid, uninsured, and embittered that his wife of 20 years (Anne Heche) has left him for her dermatologist. After a fire damages the rundown Detroit home he inherited from his parents, Ray's fortunes reach an all-time low when his twin children, who had been living with him, move in with their mom and her clean-freak hubby. Lonely, run-down and at wit's end, Ray attends a local self-help class whose mantra is to identify a personal "winning tool" to market for financial success. After a not-so-fulfilling encounter with a fellow attendee - an ex-flame and would-be poet named Tanya (Jane Adams) - Ray has a "eureka" moment. With the help of Tanya, Ray resolves to take advantage of his greatest asset, in hopes of changing his fortunes in a big way.

Charlie Saxton and Eddie Jemison also star in the hour, which comes from co-creators Dmitry Lipkin and Colette Burson. Alexander Payne helmed in the pilot.

HBO web page

From Variety HERE

Lynn (Dawn Green) Collins is a hit in new Wolverine movie

Dallas notes that Lynn is a Texan and grew up in Houston!

No joke: Lynn Collins' role was vital to Wolverine' story
By RICK BENTLEY Kansas City Star

LOS ANGELES - Lynn Collins had little time to think once she was cast as Kayla Silverfox, the love interest in the new summer action film "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."

"When I got the job, within 72 hours, I was on a cliff in my underwear kissing Hugh Jackman in New Zealand. I had no time to prepare," Collins says during an interview at the 20th Century Fox lot.

The Texas native was already nervous about being cast in the biggest movie of her career - she is the only major female character in the film. She's appeared in an assortment of television and film roles - from "True Blood" and "The Lake House" - but nothing compared to the kind of notice she's going to get from "Wolverine." She felt like she was representing the entire female audience.

All that pressure looked like it was about to overflow when early in the filming Jackman told her there was a problem with the early footage: Her outfits weren't skimpy enough.

That made sense. Collins' character is supposed to be alluring enough to win the heart of Wolverine.

"So, I was like, '(expletive deleted). OK. Whatever.' He was like, 'So, we found something for you. We put it in your trailer. Can you please try it on?'" Collins says.

She went to her trailer and found a tiny silver Spandex dress - which she describes by forming a box with her hands. The dress was so tiny it didn't cover everything that needed to be covered. Collins had a panic attack.

Finally, after some clever adjustments of the material, she emerged from her trailer.

"I opened the door and everybody was cracking up. Hugh said, 'April Fool's,'" Collins says. "I finally decided it was OK because I didn't have to wear the green-and-black outfits Kayla Silverfox has had to wear in some of the comics."

Collins' familiarity with the character doesn't come from growing up as a comic reader. Friends have filled her in on the character's legend.

Collins spent her youth living in both Houston and Singapore because of her father's work in the oil business.

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Strange Brew : Short story anthology with story 'Bacon' release July 7th

I sure hope you've read the Sookieverse short story 'Tacky' from the anthology My Big fat Supernatural Wedding.

If not your going to need to get it and read it before Strange Brew comes out in July. Strange Brew will feature a story called 'Bacon' with the character Dahlia that you met in 'Tacky' and we also see her serving as judge with Bill on the panel of judges in the vamp court case in All Together Dead...
Ok, we can almost start fretting over the next Sookie book/story! July '09

Strange Brew
: Short story anthology (pre-order below)

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (July 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312383363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312383367
Charlaine on her blog, described it as Pat Elrod's witch anthology. Short story collection about witches and witchcraft.STRANGE BREW, a witchly urban fantasy anthology with nine new stories by Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Karen Chance and others.

Fans of paranormal mystery will love this anthology, which provides plenty of magic and mayhem in conveniently small packages. Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher and other notables in the field offer nine short stories perfect for brain-melting hot days when even the fluffiest novel is overwhelming. —Rose Fox

Dead and Gone ebook available 12:00am cst May 5th

Can't wait for the book store to open at 9 am,
download the book in e -format at 12 midnight

This book has not yet been released for download.
If you pre-order it, your download link will be activated at 12:00am CST Tuesday, May 5, 2009. $20.58

True Blood goes to the movies: Towelhead directed and written by Alan Ball

Towelhead is a 2008 film written and directed by Alan Ball and based on Alicia Erian's novel of the same name. The film made its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on September 8, 2007 under the name Nothing is Private.

Towelhead tells the coming-of-age story of a young Lebanese American girl named Jasira (Summer Bishil). When her mother's live-in boyfriend becomes sexually interested in her, Jasira is sent from her mother's home in Syracuse, New York to live with her old-fashioned and domineering Lebanese-Christian father (Peter Macdissi) in Houston, Texas. Thirteen-year-old Jasira begins to have sexual feelings and at the same time must cope with the new men in her life who are sexually interested in her - her adult next-door neighbor (Aaron Eckhart) and a class-mate of her own age. Jasira is alienated from her father as he would rather spend time with his new girlfriend and whenever father and daughter are together, he demands blind obedience. When her father beats Jasira, another female neighbor (Toni Collette) offers Jasira her house as a refuge. Jasira eventually tells her father and the neighbors about having sex with her adult next-door neighbor, whose son she had been baby-sitting, and he is arrested for statutory rape. The film also deals with the racial attitudes of the people in Jasiras' life.

Towelhead the book by Alicia Erian

Yes, that,s Carrie ( Arlene) Preston y0u see in the trailer.

Alexander Skarsgard fan vid from Paley !

Thanks to my friend Beadrbop for the great video!

Loving True Blood in Dallas book suggestion: The Good Fairies of New York

With Dead and Gone, Sookie book 9 only a few days away you would be wise to get very familiar with fairies !! How about trying this book ?

The Good Fairies of New York
by Martin Millar

British author Millar offers fiercely funny (and often inebriated) Scottish fairies, a poignant love story as well as insights into the gravity of Crohn's disease, cultural conflicts and the plight of the homeless in this fey urban fantasy. Due to the machinations of the obnoxious Tala, Cornwall's fairy king, only a few humans can see the 18-inch-tall fairies who alight in Manhattan: Magenta, a homeless woman who thinks she's the ancient Greek general Xenophon; Dinnie, an overweight slacker; and Kerry, a poor artist/musician who hopes her Ancient Celtic Flower Alphabet will win a local arts prize. Fairies Heather MacKintosh and Morag MacPherson scheme to put Dinnie and Kerry together, rescue fairy artifacts and prove that in love or war, music is essential. Neil Gaiman provides an appreciative introduction.

“Read it now, and then make your friends buy their own copies. You’ll thank me someday.”—Neil Gaiman

'Staying Home' by Charlaine Harris from Femmes Fatales blog

from Femmes Fatales blogs by Charlaine Harris

This has been a strange year for me. I’ve been home since January.

I realize that’s the norm for most people, but in today’s book-touting business, it’s almost unheard of for a writer to remain at home for five months. Solid. I don’t know when writing switched over from being an ivory tower occupation to being a traveling salesman’s occupation, but now the writer that doesn’t hit the road is a writer whose sales don’t mount, at least in the normal run of things.

The reason for my unusual stint on the homefront is simple. Our only remaining high schooler will graduate next month. I missed some things in previous years with our older children – not too many events, because I wasn’t much in demand. But with my increasingly hectic schedule of the past three years, I’d already lost out on things I wished I’d shared with our daughter, and I decided to dig in for her last semester at home.

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True Blood Music Video of the Day: Candyman by Christina Aguilera

This is an Alexander Skarsgard fanvid with TB pics.

Candyman by Christina Aguilera LYRICS

Thanks wickedspice83