Today, My husband and I were privileged to get free passes to the one-time-only screening of STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION.
Members of the 501st, the R2 Builders and Rebel Legion were there providing photo ops, balloon Lightsabers, body painting and other activities. There were also a few giveaways including posters and Xbox avatars.
Overall, a good time was had by all even before the screening began!
It is my honor to welcome author and fellow Fangirl, Pippa Jay to share what inspired her new YA supernatural novella, Restless In Peaceville, from Lycaon Press.
Two Teen Paranormal Inspirations – Why Kids’ TV Rocks
I often quote Warm Bodies as being responsible for my story inspiration for Restless In Peaceville, closely followed by the zombies in books by Terry Pratchett and Piers Anthony. But there’s another inspiration, and it’s down to my kids.
I’m mum to three adorable little monsters, so over the last decade I’ve watched a lot of kids’ TV, and more lately young adult programs and films. Two shows on the popular CBBC channel (the BBC’s channel dedicated to older children) have drawn me into supernatural and paranormal stories in a way Twilight hasn’t (I’ve never read the books, never seen the films, though I did watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer back in the 90s) Sorry, I never really got into the whole Twilight thing. But in 2006, the BBC started showing a series for teenagers called Young Dracula. It started off as a bit of a modern day spoof about Count Dracula and his family, mostly centred around his son Vlad who determined to fit in with normal people rather than become a blood-sucking fiend. But in series three, it got more serious – perhaps this was the influence of Twilight, True Blood and the Vampire Diaries, and the sudden media passion for all things vamp. And this is the point where I actually got addicted to the show, probably more than my daughter event though we watched it together. It could be dark, scary, tragic, but they still kept a bit of tongue in cheek humour. Imagine dealing with all the normal teenage angst AND being the son of the most infamous vampire ever and trying to avoid becoming just like him. It even had a wonderful romance woven through it, with Vlad falling for a Breather (human) while trying to evade his destiny as the Chosen One of vampire legend. I’m not embarrassed to admit I thought it was awesome. (I’ll admit I didn’t like the final series so much, which ended in March 2014, but for two series I hung on every episode). I loved Vlad’s struggles to avoid not only becoming a typical vampire, but stuck with the expectation of being the Chosen One–the ultimate leader of the vampire clans.
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The second paranormal series run by the BBC was Wolfblood. As can probably be guessed from the title, this featured werewolves instead of vampires (I’m still waiting to see if they’ll do a cross-over at some point, but I doubt it). Again, it centred around a couple of teenage Wolfbloods having to deal with not only their physical changes in terms of changing into a wolf but being teens as well. It followed the lives of two teenangers – Maddie, who lived with her parents and was approaching her first transformation, and Rhydian, a care kid brought up by a couple of foster parents who have no idea about his true identity.
While I wasn’t so keen on the werewolf mythology, I have to admit that Rhydian (played by Bobby Lockwood) was a huge influence on the character of Luke in Restless In Peaceville. While they may be very different types of supernatural beings, and Rhydian revels in his transformation and abilities compared to Luke, the same kind of resentment at the unfariness of life troubles them both. In fact, before Restless had a contract, I picked up a book cover that I thought might work for the story, and that bore a striking resemblance to Rhydian.
Of course, the wording on it is more appropriate to a werewolf than a zombie, but the cover just grabbed me. But then Restless got a contract and I got an official cover…and I love it!
So there you go. Two more things that influenced Restless In Peaceville and my love for teenage zombies. I just hope you’ll love them too!
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Thank you Pippa for sharing with us!
For a taste of Restless in Peaceville check out this cool trailer and read the excerpt below!
Welcome to Peaceville, population 2067 and rising…from the grave…
Luke Chester has had enough. He’s the school geek, the girls laugh at him, he’s lost his dead-end job at the pizza place, and in the midst of the world’s messiest divorce his parents don’t even know he exists. An overdose of his mom’s tranquilizers and a stomach full of whiskey should solve all his problems…
But they don’t. Instead, Luke finds himself booted out of the afterlife for not dying a natural death, with nowhere to go but back to his recently vacated corpse and reality. How the hell is he going to pass for one of the living without someone trying to blow his brains out for being one of the undead?
And it just gets worse. He’s got to fight his own desperate craving to consume the living, evade the weird supernatural hunter who’s having a field day with the new undeads rising, and there’s this creepy black shadow following him around. Add to that the distraction of female fellow undead Annabelle burning to avenge her own murder, and clearly there’s no rest for the wicked. Jeez, all he wanted to do was R.I.P.
Then something bangs a door downstairs and Annabelle grabs me hard. “Luke?”
“Shh.” I push away from her and roll myself out of bed. My feet thump onto the floorboards, but any sound I’m making is drowned out by another crash down below. “Stay here. I’m gonna check.”
I wave her back. There’s no sense of it being the Peacemaker, not like before, and I can’t smell vampire. If this is another undead looking for refuge, I can warn them off. If it’s something else—
A creak is all the warning I’m given before the floor gives way and I plummet through the rotten woodwork like a kingfisher diving through the water. I can’t see a thing for dust and chunks of wood, but I know I’ve gone through the ground floor of the house when I break through a second layer of wood and hit earth. Damn, how long will this body hold up if I keep crashing like this?
I lever myself up, and find my head just above ground floor level while more dust and splinters shower down around me. I turn, looking for some way to pull myself back up…and find myself being stared at by three kids.
Oh, shit. For a moment we all just gaze at each other, no one sure what to do or who’s going to do it first. Then one of the boys, maybe eight or nine and his mouth hanging open points at me and screams, “Zombie!”
What else can I do? I yank myself out of the hole and lurch at him, moaning fit to scare them to death. They don’t hesitate. Each of them competing for the most piercing holler, they scarper out of the house so fast I expect to see scorch marks from the acceleration.
I laugh. Seriously, it’s the funniest thing I’ve seen since I died. Maybe I could get to enjoy this.
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Pippa Jay’s bio:
After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.
Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, like I am, she blogs at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include a YA science fiction novel—Gethyon—published through BURST (Champagne Books), two self-published short stories (Terms & Conditions Apply and The Bones of the Sea), and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).
I have been challenged by few of my friends on Facebook to name 10 books that changed or influenced my life. However, I have so many books, stories and series that changed or influenced my life that I cannot possibly only name 10. Therefore, below is my attempt to limit this list to only the top books, stories or series that changed or influenced me throughout my life so far!
Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
This was actually one of my Mom’s favorites. It influenced her so much that she made a gift of this book to me as an adult. My Mom told me, when she gave me that gift, it was to remind me that there is always a silver lining no matter how dire things are. Now that she has passed away, this story is even more precious to me and will continue to remind me of her for years to come.
Poky Little Puppy A Little Golden Book
This was a favorite story when I was in elementary school. I am not sure how it changed or influenced me, but I read and re-read this book so much that I wore the binding out and pages fell out of the book.
Nancy Drew Mysteries by Carolyn Keene
I was first introduced to these stories in elementary school, by the school librarian. The first story of the series I read was The Hidden Staircase. These were first set of stories that I became obsessed with and just had to read!
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
I first read an excerpt of this story in Middle School as part of an overall reading assignment in the textbook. However, it was the scene where Mr. Collins proposed to Elizabeth and her response to that proposal. The character of Elizabeth was just so powerful in that short scene that I just had to find out more about her and her life. It influenced me to seek out the novel and of course all of the other iterations and adaptations.
Once and Always by Judith McNaught
This is my very first adult historical romance novel. The story, characters and the steamy romance scenes really caught my attention. For a long time, this is the historical romance story I used to measure all the other stories I read in the same genre!
LONG, TALL TEXANS SERIES by Diana Palmer
This series has been a part of my life since 1988 and I mentioned that this was one of my favorite series before. I bought the first story in the series, Calhoun, with money that I earned working part time at a local Kmart store. I was so proud that I was able to not only read such an amazing story with great characters, but that I was able to buy it new with my own money!
Mallory-Anderson Series by Johnanna Lindsey
This is another series that I have mentioned before and has been a part of my life for over 25 years. The first story in the series, Love Only Once, introduced my favorite male character, James Mallory, and I was NEVER the same since.
Legacy by Jayne Ann Krentz
This is the first story that I found by one of my favorite authors, Jayne Anne Krentz. I found this at a used book store one Saturday afternoon. The book was so good that I went to find all her previous books. In addition, because all the other books were just as good as the first, Jayne Ann Krentz became a must read and buy author from that time on.
Flirting With Trouble by Cathie Linz
This is my first signed book by the author! I met the author through an online Bulletin Board while I was in College. The members of the Bulletin Board decided to have a meet up in Cathie’s home town. Not only did I get to meet this amazing author and have this book signed, but it found a life long friend as well.
A Night In the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny
This story is one that my husband and I re-listen to every year during the month of October for Halloween. Each time we listen to it, it feels like brand new all over again. In addition, we have the rare audio version of this story narrated by the author himself!
And, but definitely not least…
Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
I have mentioned this series before. Every single story in the Vorkosigan Saga constantly changes and influences me, even in small ways. However, if I had to choose one book from this amazing series to list it would be Shards of Honor!
Year of The Fangirl Needs Your Help!
See this post by The Wookiee Gunner for more details!
Originally posted on The Wookiee Gunner:
Her Universe’s “Year of the Fangirl” initiative began in early 2013 with the goal to highlight and appreciate a different fangirl every day and support the growth of the fangirl community. Since then, hundreds and hundreds of fangirls ranging from various ages and backgrounds have applied to be “Fangirl of the Day.” As a result of bringing the community together and demonstrating that women are proud geeks, the Daily Dot declared Ashley Eckstein as one of ten people who changed fandom in 2013.
Most geek girls have had their geek cred questioned and been called “fake” at some point in their lives, and Eckstein strived with this campaign to bring together women from all over the world to form a supportive community on her company blog and on social media. Eckstein spotlighted a “Fangirl of the Day” to show how everyday women can be geeks and gathered a…
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It is my pleasure to be part of the Tethered Blog Tour and in welcoming author, Pippa Jay who is giving us some insights on how writer’s create their Universes.
Creating a Universe by Pippa Jay
Hi, I’m Pippa Jay, author of scifi and the supernatural with a romantic soul.
Authors talk a lot about world building, and aside from being important, personally it’s one of my favourite aspects of writing. But because I mostly write science fiction, I usually have to create more than one world. In fact, I’ve created a whole universe. And while my latest SFR—Tethered—may not to be tied directly to my previous scifi works, they are all linked.
I’ve called it the Travellers Universe, because it’s where the stories about my time-travellers are set. For example, the G-Comm Wardens, of which my hero Zander was once a member, feature in my YA scifi Gethyon. The Nercaandi mentioned in Tethered are a big part of my sequel to Keir. And there’s a fleeting nod to my family of time-travellers, a reference to the mythical Travellers who have become a fairytale in the time of Tethered. It also means I don’t have to keep creating different technologies for every story. In this universe, warp gates are used to jump the vast distances between systems. Some spaceships have warp drives that allow them to bypass the gates, though that then carries the risk of becoming lost in that alternate dimension, something that my heroine Tyree dislikes intensely.
So how do I keep it all straight? At first relied on memory—although I’ve only been published just over two years, most of this has been in my head for over twenty. Then I created a glossary for the more common terms. Now I have a wikispace that I’m using to construct my own encyclopaedia for the Travellers Universe. A wikispace is pretty simple to set up and so far it’s fulfilling the function. I know some people prefer to use a blog, but the wiki is working for me. It’s not very comprehensive so far, but I hope to keep adding to it to help me keep everything straight as my books progress. Who knows, I may even bring out my own Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Travellers Universe! :P
So how do you keep your world or universe straight? Or do you prefer to write one off stories that don’t require keeping things straight?
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Thank you so much for stopping by Pippa and helping us to better understand how to create a Universe!
You can learn more about Pippa Jay and her stories be visiting, http://pippajay.blogspot.co.uk/ or http://pippjay.co.uk
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In honor of #WorldCatDay today, I am sharing my list of favorite cats from anime stories.
Jiji from Kiki’s Delivery Service
The Cat Bus from My Neighbor Totoro
Kyo Sohma in his cat form, from Fruits Basket
So how are you celebrating World Cat Day?
What cats are on your list?