Monthly Archives: July 2010

Reviews, interview, and contest!

Rayna of Naughty Editions interviews me about breaking free of writer’s block, love at first sight, and the perfect hero at: 5 minutes with Madeleine Drake.

LynnMarie of Happily Ever After Reviews was kind enough to review Blood Hero.  She says:  “The sex was hot…Though this was an erotic paranormal read, it was so much more. The plot was fully realized, creating a new world, new rules and an intriguing story.”

Read the rest of the review at:  HEA Reviews-Blood Hero.

HEA is also giving away a free copy to one commenter–enter by 3 p.m. on Friday, July 23rd:  HEA Reviews-Giveaway.


Win a free copy of Blood Hero!

Please join me today at Fang-Tastic Books, where I’ll be discussing the evolution of vampires from Bad Guys to Bad Boys.

One lucky commenter will win a free copy of Blood Hero.

Congratulations to Loretta of Harrisburg, PA!

Loretta, who connected with me on MySpace, is the winner of the $25 Amazon gift certificate. (Loretta, please check your inbox for details on how to collect your gift certificate.)

Thanks to everyone else who entered!

I’ve got your sugar right here, Campbell

Scifi Wire recently published their tribute to Bruce Campbell, in honor of his birthday, a hilarious parody in the form of four labels for an imaginary line of Bruce Campbell soups:

For those of you who aren’t fans, it won’t be that funny. But for me… well, I must confess, I have a secret geek-girl crush on Bruce Campbell. Okay, I guess it’s not so secret now that I’ve just announced it to the world. But since I’m wearing my heart on my sleeve, I might as well count the ways…

What do I love about him? He’s Erroll Flynn with a sense of humor, a swash-buckling action hero whose tongue is always in his cheek. A guy who’s so comfortable with himself that he can utter a cornball line like “Gimme some sugar, baby,” and make it sound sexy.

How does he pull it off? I think it’s the gleam in his eye that says “I’m not taking myself entirely seriously, and you shouldn’t either.” That hint of self-mockery turns characters with the potential to be two-dimensional goofballs into self-aware people who are conscious of their flaws but can’t quite break free of them.

In other words, he takes comic roles and gives them enough internal conflict to make you empathize with them. And as the character laughs at himself, you can laugh along with him, without feeling guilty.

Bruce’s ability to add touches of self-deprecating humor to roles not only brings complexity to his characters, but it allows him to take a scene that would otherwise be completely over the top and give us permission, as viewers, to enjoy it without feeling self-conscious that we’re total goobers for cheering him through it. It’s weird, but that ironic awareness that it’s all in good fun makes it easier to suspend disbelief. Bruce knows it’s silly, we know it’s silly, but gosh, wouldn’t it be cool to pretend you’re taking on army of killer zombies with a chainsaw for a hand? Just for a minute?

You may, of course, bring along the boomstick of your choice…

Hope you had a wonderful birthday, Bruce!