What’s Up Doc?

Howdy all! I’ve been absent for quite some time from my blog and social media, and plan to continue my aloofness through the end of the year at least. At the same time, I’ve noticed there have still been quite a few visitors to my blog every month. So I’m going to write a blog post a month to let you know what I have been doing.

I’m Writing!

Yes, I am writing…A LOT. Half way through the year, I decided to cut out the distractions and improve my comedy writing. So, I’ll be releasing quite a bit next year, but for the rest of this year I plan to continue to be a reclusive writer and pamper my body and soul.

Call for Obstruction on Audio

At the end of last month, I did release Call for Obstruction on audio. It’s narrated by Jack Wallen, who did an awsome job with the characters, especially Margery. Go get it>>

Boy, was it FUN to produce audio with Jack. I really look forward to doing more books with him in the future. Fall for Freedom is scheduled next, and I’m thinking it will be a free download on NoiseTrade.

Fall for Freedom

And speaking of Fall for Freedom, it’s in Beta on WattPad. Read it now or wait for some major changes in the next version. It’s a prequel to Call for Obstruction and explains Barry’s conception. You’ll be introduced to his crazy fallen angel father, Azael, and his mentor in book 2 and 3, Pete, who you meet at the end of book 1. You’ll also meet the demon, Boss, who possesses Pete. Beta readers are loving his craziness, and I’m hoping you will too. Go read it>>

That’s all I’ve got for ya this time. Have a GREAT month and enjoy Halloween as much as I will!

Movie Review: Hell and Back

This week I’m reviewing Hell and Back, an animated horror comedy. Here’s what it’s about:

“Two best friends set out to rescue their pal after he’s accidentally dragged to hell.”

This is a fun movie. I did enjoy it, although I can’t give it a spectacular review. Hell and Back was completely and totally predictable. The comedy was the same old same old, as if the writers stole a bunch of jokes an threw them in. At times I was bored and ready for the story to just move on because there wasn’t anything original going on.

I did liked most of the characters. Didn’t like the stupid demon theme though. Demons must be evil and funny to keep my interest. I have mixed feelings about Satan personified in two forms, although I think it was more the way he was portrayed in each form that was the issue.

I’m a huge fan of stop action animation and it was well done in this movie. In fact, it carried most of the movie and is what makes some of the more annoying things about the story line tolerable.

Anyway, I do suggest you watch it with lowered expectations and you’ll find it as fun as I did.

My Rating: 3 out of 5

Welcome 2017 B2BCyCon Visitors

Hello and Welcome Brain to Books Cyber Convention Visitors!

I’m author W. J. Howard, but you can call me Wendy.

Tomorrow starts the Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book Expo, so I thought I’d let you know what I’m up to the next three days.

I write dark stories mixed with comedy for all ages. My main focus is creating action-packed stories for young people who are looking for books as fast paced as video games. My stories feature unique and memorable characters everyone can relate to. I have watched countless horror movies since the age of six, and have become a bit addicted to any form of media that aims to scare. In my spare time, I hangs out with her husband and two cunning beagles while drinking lots of wine. MORE ABOUT ME

This is my first Brain to Books Cyber Convention. I hope you enjoy the events here on my website. Below is a summary of my activities from April 7th through April 9th. Go to the B2BCyCon Horror Page for more awesome activities.


HORROR GENRE TOUR STOPS

Christine (C.A.) Verstraete is my guest author for the the B2BCyCon Genre Tour. She’s written Zombies and Real Life Monsters, and you can return here tomorrow to read her article.

I’ve also contributed Horror: Best Believable with a Daub of Blood to the Genre Tour. I ask “What is it about the horror genre that makes us want to transform the questionable into the believable?” Christine is hosting me and you can CLICK HERE to go to her blog.


HORROR BLOG HOP

I’m the final stop on the Walk with the Monsters Blog Hop, and it’s dark at the end of the road where dragons lurk. I’m talking about how monsters have evolved from human fear and anger in Why We Create Monster.


JOE LIVE

I’ll be on Joe Live April 9th at 12:00 PM MT with Joe Compton, Karina Kantas and the other horror authors.


ABOUT MY GIVEAWAYS

FOR THE HORROR SCAVENGER HUNT, visit my Why We Create Monsters post for the blog hop tomorrow for the details on how to enter this contest. I’ve contributed a $10 Amazon gift card for the winner of the scavenger hunt.

WIN A ZOMBIE MUG: For those of you in the U.S. and Canada, leave a comment on any of the blog posts for the event or LIKE my Facebook page and you’re entered to win one of three of these zombie mugs. I’ll draw a new name all three days of the convention. Winners will be announced in the right column.

WIN A $20 AMAZON GIFT CARD: Anyone who signs up for my newsletter or downloads Call for Obstruction on NoiseTrade during B2BCyCon is entered to win a $20 Amazon gift card.


HOW TO READ MY STORIES

I believe in taking full advantage of any and all available methods to distribute my stories. There are a number of ways to read The Courier series. Follow the links below to access my profile pages and then further purchase, download, or read online.

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Want to save a book for later, follow me on GoodReads or add Call for Obstruction to your to-read list.

BOOK DREAMS ANTHOLOGY: My short story, Road to Nowhere, is in this year’s B2BCyCon Anthology with a bunch of other great authors works. CLICK HERE to purchase Book Dreams.

Road to Nowhere Blurb: What’s a girl to do when she find herself lost on a rural highway? Text her sister? Consult the GPS? Whatever her choice, there’s only one way to exit a road to nowhere.

Movie Review: Oculus

This week I’m reviewing Oculus, an excellent mix of suspense and horror. Here’s what it’s about:

“The twenty-one year-old Timothy “Tim” Allen Russell is discharged from a mental institution by his psychiatric Dr. Shawn Graham completely healed from a childhood trauma where his father purportedly tortured and killed his mother before being killed himself by Tim. His sister Kaylie welcomes him in the parking area and brings him home. Then she tells that they need to destroy an ancient mirror that she has found through working at an auction house. She then steals the mirror and the reluctant Tim follows his sister and has fragmented recollections from their childhood, going back to when his father Alan buys a mirror for the home office of their new family home. Kaylie and Tim see a woman with their father in his office and the behaviors of Alan and Marie change, ending in a family tragedy. Kaylie blames the mirror and now she wants to destroy it with Tim. Will they succeed?”

If you’re looking for a twisted movie that keeps you guessing, Oculus delivers. The movie shifts in time throughout, showing the past events that got the main characters to the place they are in modern day. Everything about the movie is excellent including the storyline, acting, setting, and all around eerie feeling.

Mirrors are overdone in horror, but Oculus builds an awesome story around the reflections seen by the characters. What’s even better is the twisted way the characters hope to get the best of the mirror.

This isn’t a blood and guts movie, so don’t expect a lot of gore. It’s more of a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat start to finish. The movie is disturbing and the haunting affects will stick with you. I loved it! Watch it!

My Rating: 5 out of 5

Movie Review: Night of the Living Deb

This week I’ve got a goody, at least in my opinion. I’m reviewing Night of the Living Deb. Here’s what it’s about:

“After a girls’ night out, endearingly awkward Deb wakes up in the apartment of the most attractive guy in Portland, Maine. She’s thrilled, but she can’t remember much of what got her there. Pretty boy Ryan only knows it was a mistake and ushers her out the door… into a full-scale zombie apocalypse. Now, a walk of shame becomes a fight for survival as the mismatched pair discovers that the only thing scarier than trusting someone with your life… is trusting them with your heart.”

Okay, people, this is one that doesn’t deserve the whiny reviews. Lighten up. It’s a pretty damn fun romzomcom. If you’re late to this romantic zombie comedy label like me, it’s an actual thing in the Urban Dictionary. Maria Thayer who plays Deb was great in her part. She in particular made me laugh quite a few times. I also loved her friend.

I get really irritated when reviewers compare zombie comedy movies like this one to Zombie Land or Shaun of the Dead, and I saw a lot of that with Night of the Living Deb. STOP IT ALREADY! This movie is not trying to be either. It’s a corny romzomcom, and it’s cliche, but that’s part of it’s charm.

I’m really starting to enjoy the romzomcom, but I am a woman. Guys, if you don’t like romcom, why would you watch a romzomcom?

Anyway, I loved Night of the Living Deb. I laughed throughout. Give it a try.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

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