Her Universe Fangirl Fashion

I am a big Her Universe enthusiast and have quite a bit of pieces of Fangirl fashion. Below are some of the Fangirl fashion pieces that I enjoy wearing on a regular basis:

This selfie shows three of my favorite Her Universe pieces to wear to the office.  The My Hero R2-D2 necklace, My Hero R2-D2 earringsEmpire Strikes Back Poster Tee and the High Commander Imperial Cardigan.

I complete the look by pairing it with a simple black skirt as seen in this picture my hubby took.

The other Her Universe Fangirl fashion pieces that I love to wear to the office is the Red Dalek A-Line Dress, which many people in the office call my lady bug dress. I pair this with the Union Jack Doctor Who Cardigan, which many of my co-workers believe is just a symbol of my love for England. That is only partially true, right?

When I am having fun, like I did at the Skywalking Through Neverland live podcast at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, I usually pair my fun cosplay dresses with parry rival gear. As you can see from the picture above, I wore the Rebel Squadron X-Wing Dress with the Ahsoka Lives T-Shirt, in honor of #AhsokaLives day, and the Nerdist Ultimate Con Hoodie, which does indeed have some awesome pockets!

As you can see thanks to my husband, I have more Her Universe Fangirl fashion to wear!

I cannot wait to find out what other pieces are coming out in the future, especially those related to Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars The Force Awakens and Doctor Who!

So what are some of your favorite Her Universe pieces?

Interview with a Fangirl: Teresa Delgado

I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!

Today, it is my pleasure to interview Fangirl Teresa Delgado, who I met through the podcast she co-hosts, Fangirls Going Rogue.

Welcome Teresa to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer these questions!

When did you begin to realize you were a Fangirl?

I think probably around the time that Kyle Newman’s Fanboys came out. Kristen bell’s character helped me feel strong about being a Fangirl. That combined with the start of her universe really launched me embracing the term.

When did you first see Star Wars and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?

I saw it as a kid and I never lived a day without knowing Star Wars. My most famous story is that I remember seeing Return of the Jedi specifically when I was about 6 and sick with chicken pox.

What have you learned from the Star Wars community that has had a positive impact on your life?

That there are so many people just like me out there. I will always have a positive helpful and caring family of geeks and even when others don’t get me they will. There is support and understanding I have never known out there and I am thankful for it everyday.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

It’s been the biggest help. It has connected me to my friends and people I never would have known without it. I have friendships that mean the world to me and I first met these people on Twitter.

What else do you Fangirl about?

So many things…Harry Potter, Lord Of The Rings, My Little Pony, Disney, books, cute things I mean there are just so many things! Oh yea toys!!!

Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?

Fangirls are strong, smart and sometimes emotionally vulnerable people. We are the same as everyone else only we have very vibrant passions. We are all beautiful and I love our community! It’s my family.

Thank you again Teresa for this interview and letting us get to know you better.

Liza O’Connor Discusses the Potentials of Black Holes

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The Black Hole…what is its real purpose?

Is it a giant mulcher that breaks down large objects into base elements and spews them out the other side as dark matter?

Or is it a portal to other multiverses?

Or is it a combination of both?

In my novel, The Gods of Probabilities, the highly advanced, long lived sentient beings who travel from one universe to another in great frequency use these prolific holes to go from one universe to another.  And there are lots and lots of holes.

Black holes are ubiquitous everywhere in the universe.  Below are just the ones our telescopes can see so far in one small area of space.

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But even in my story that doesn’t mean just anything can wander into a black hole and magically appear in another universe.

A black hole

No, you need a key, or in this case, the built in capability of their ship to open the path to the other universe and shut down its destructive forces for the short time it takes to cross into the other universe.

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However, if you happen to be a dead star  being pulled by its normal mulching state, it will suck you in and break you down to your smallest elements, then spit you out the other side in the form of small visible gases and a great deal of dark matter that we can’t see.

Current theory says there is 24% dark matter to 4% visible matter. This means, if we could see dark matter, space would look very different. Dark matter is most prevalent where galaxies forms. And current belief is that ALL galaxies have a supermassive black hole.

So which came first? The galaxies, the black hole, or the dark matter?

We aren’t sure. It’s a chicken and egg and chicken poop scenario.  And we are hampered by the fact we still don’t know what dark matter is comprised of.

Also we see three dimensionally, while quantum physics supports ten to twenty-six dimensions, depending on the various theories out there.  So our inability to ‘see’ dark matter may not be such a mystery at all. We are only seeing a small portion of reality.

You might also wonder why I have my ships crossing the multiverse via black holes instead of wormholes. Simple, black holes exist. While Wormholes are mathematically possible if the General Relatively theory is correct, no one has ever found any proof of a wormhole existing.  It has also been suggested by scientists that a wormhole might be two entangled black holes.

Thus my Gods wished to travel through something that most scientist agree exists, but that we have yet to settle on how it works. (That provides me space for creative tinkering) We’ve got lots of theories, and more keep showing up. Does the black hole have an event barrier or is it a firewall or is it a portal to a new universe?  Does it destroy, crush, or change matter? Does it have another function that we don’t know about? A function that has existed since the big bang. Did a black hole begin the big bang and provide the needed gravity to create the galaxies?

We simply don’t know.  Space is full of theories, but little certainty. The perfect location for an author to weave her tales.

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The Gods of Probabilities


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The Gods require a time shifter to ensure the Path of Light reigns during the final collapse of possibilities. To speed the process of finding an Oceanic with the specific talents needed, God DNA is induced in several batches of Oceanic eggs, resulting in a generation of brilliant tiny blue Oceanic children.

One charming boy named Drogan has the ability to manipulate quantum reality in ways that will strengthen the Path of Light. Only trouble is that his gift runs a high probability of killing him and wiping out the Path of Light for good.

While the bureaucratic Gods will try to assist, in Quantum all possibilities not only can, but do happen, so the future is never certain.

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Liza is a multiple genre author of 15 novels. A Late Victorian Series, The Adventures of Xavier & Vic, plus a spinoff, A Right to Love, is an ongoing series.    A Long Road to Love is a humorous Contemporary Disaster Romance series (5 books). She has two single books. One is a humorous, bad boys contemporary novel with ghosts, called Ghost Lover, the other is Untamed & Unabashed, a spinoff from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Now, she’s rolling out her Science fiction series (with romance & humor) called The Multiverses. The first four books are slotted for last half of 2015.  In addition she hopes, if she hasn’t dropped from exhaustion by then, to re-release a sometimes humorous/suspense thriller called Saving Casey

Liza would love to know: What’s your favorite genre?

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Guest Post: The villains of ES Siren

The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl welcomes guest blogger Shona Husk, who is the author of the Shadowlands, Court of Annwyn, the Face the Music and the new ES Siren Series. Today, she share with us the challenges of keeping villians consistent throughout the course of the ES Siren series.

Take it away Shona!

The villains of ES Siren

Writing a 9 book series with three author is no easy task, especially when each set of three forms its own mini trilogy (as well as each book standing alone and with its own hero and heroine). Keeping the world building straight was one thing, but keeping a villain consistent over three books was something else…

Villains are interesting characters because they have to believe that they are the hero of their own story otherwise they can come off rather flat. Like any character they need motive. We had two human villains in ES Siren the delightful Lieutenant Andrew Zane and the driven Nadia Kajewski.

But as in life the villains, or obstacles aren’t always human, so we also had the classic conflict of character against nature, which on Siren was a micrometeoroid shower. You can’t write a story set in space without looking at the dangers. Again though, we had to keep the impact consistent and ramping up through each book of the trilogy.

The first three books (Yours to Uncover, Yours to Command and Yours to Desire) feature our nasty villain, Lieutenant Andrew Zane. He worked well as our evil antagonist because he looked so baby faced and normal, yet beneath it all he was hungry for power and control. Being a lieutenant meant he wielded a fair amount of authority, but he hadn’t earned it in any way. He hadn’t worked hard for his army stripes, his family’s wealth and power had guaranteed it.

Keeping Zane in character wasn’t too arduous because one of his biggest flaws was his ego. Every heroine in the first three books was aware of it, and they’d all been hurt by him in some way. Using sex meth was one of his most despicable ploys to get what he wanted from women. He is one of those men who makes a person’s skin crawl and makes them hope like hell he gets what is coming to him. I’m happy to say that karma catches up with him big time in book 3 – trust me, you’ll have to read about it!

For the second trilogy (Mine to Hold, Mine to Keep and Mine to Serve) the characters were scrambling to stay alive after a micrometeoroid shower hit the three ships in the fleet. One ship was crippled. With no help coming and in the middle of nowhere we had to rescue people and patch up ES Siren.

It can be tricky to put in the sexy times when there is the threat of death….however the threat of death can often make people do thing that they wouldn’t usually because there is nothing left to risk.

The villain of the last three books (Ours to Embrace, Ours to Share and Ours to Save) really does believe she’s the heroine of her own story. That’s because she’s a genuine fanatic, though she wouldn’t see it that way, of course. Nadia Kajewski is completely convinced that everything she does is for the greater good of humanity. Anyone who disagrees is swept aside – often permanently!

Nadia is interesting because she doesn’t conform to common ideas of what a fanatic should be. There are no wild eyes or flowing beards. She’s middle-aged and even a bit frumpy. She abhors vulgarity and bad language and takes no joy in violence. On the other hand, she commits numerous murders without turning a hair. For her, the deaths of innocent bystanders are unfortunate, but they’re necessary sacrifices for the cause.

Nadia, isn’t cruel. She’s not mad or psychopathic or wicked. But she is absolutely chilling.

Conflict in a book can come from many places, both within the character and from the world around them. If the universe is throwing micro meteoroids then the characters had better be in danger—that means putting the characters in a room that is losing atmosphere and showing what happens when a ship is torn apart. A human villain must also act not only for their own purpose but against the hero. The stronger the hero the better the villain needs to be. After all it is through the villain we learn about the hero, their strengths and weaknesses and what they will do to overcome.

A villain can make or break the hero’s story.

Thanks again for sharing this with us and giving us this look into the villians of the ES Siren series.

Ours to Embrace

Ours to Share

Ours to Save

SHONA HUSK is the author of the Shadowlands, Court of Annwyn and the Face the Music Series. You can find out more information about Shona and her edgy romances at www.shonahusk.com, sign up to her newsletter or follow her on Twitter @ShonaHusk and Facebook www.facebook.com/shonahusk.

Interview with an Author: Veronica Scott

It is pleasure to welcome Veronia Scott, author the recently released science fiction romance, Star Cruise: Marooned.


Welcome Veronica to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you.

Thanks for having me as your guest today!

What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?

My most recent novel is Star Cruise: Marooned (A Sectors SF Romance). The Sectors is the futuristic galactic civilization where I set all my science fiction novels and has human and alien citizens. The “Star Cruise” in the title signifies this is going to be the first novel in a series I have planned, which will occur on an interstellar luxury liner. Of course I already wrote one novel set on such a spaceship, Wreck of the Nebula Dream, but since that was based on the Titanic sinking, the starship didn’t survive! So the new series will have a new ship.

Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you?

I tend to pick names I like for my characters, so Meg and Red (whose real name is Simon) are ‘just’ names. I do have a secondary character in the book that’s named for an author friend of mine, which is fun. I don’t do that too often.

What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?

My father was a huge science fiction fan and so I started reading the books in his library at an early age. I especially loved Andre Norton and Anne McCaffrey, but I always thought there needed to be more romance in the books. In all the books!

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?

I try to write every day and I focus on the fact that I’m telling the sort of stories I love to read. So I enjoy strong heroines and heroes who are very alpha – warriors and Special Forces soldiers of the future. Hopefully no one in my books is Too Stupid To Live (TSTL) because that will get you killed, in real life or in a lot of fiction. I don’t have patience for TSTL. Beyond telling the best story I can, I have to remember each reader has their own experience with my book and my characters, which is how it should be. I certainly hope everyone will enjoy the book, but once I’ve published, that’s the end of what I can do. And my stories may not be to everyone’s taste.

What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?

I’ve done a lot of research into cruise ships, the details and events surrounding the Titanic’s sinking (to get a feel for disaster aboard a cruise ship), how an aircraft carrier is run (because they’re huge and a good approximation of a military vessel in the far future I think). I looked into the cruise staff unions, job postings, public blogs by cruise employees….the kinds of things that can go wrong – and right! – on a cruise…research into the flora and fauna of a rainforest, because the planet in the novel features one, and then I let my imagination take over and I tell my own story.

What makes you laugh?

“Big Bang Theory” episodes, cats playing, little children

What makes you cry?

Sad endings. I HATE sad endings, which is why I write romances where there’s always a Happily Ever After.

What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?

I’m a huge fan of science fiction and scifi romance, so I’d say yes, this is reflected in my writing! I also love epic fantasy – Jeffe Kennedy, Grace Draven for example – and paranormal romance – Nalini Singh is my top “must buy” author.

Again, thank you Veronica for answering these questions and helping us to become better acquainted with you!

Meg Antille works long hours on the charter cruise ship Far Horizon so she can send credits home to her family. Working hard to earn a promotion to a better post (and better pay), Meg has no time for romance.
Former Special Forces soldier Red Thomsill only took the berth on the Far Horizon in hopes of getting to know Meg better, but so far she’s kept him at a polite distance. A scheduled stopover on the idyllic beach of a nature preserve planet may be his last chance to impress the girl.
But when one of the passengers is attacked by a wild animal it becomes clear that conditions on the lushly forested Dantaralon aren’t as advertised – the ranger station is deserted, the defensive perimeter is down…and then the Far Horizon’s shuttle abruptly leaves without any of them.
Marooned on the dangerous outback world, romance is the least of their concerns, and yet Meg and Red cannot help being drawn to each other once they see how well they work together. But can they survive long enough to see their romance through? Or will the wild alien planet defeat them, ending their romance and their lives before anything can really begin?

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Best Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happily Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.

Three time winner of the Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances!

You can connect with Veronica via Blog, Twitter or Facebook.

Guest Post: Greta’s new Dryden Universe release

The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl is happy to welcome guest blogger and author Greta van der Rol. She has graciously offered to share with us her new venture into Joel Stottlemire’s Dryden Experiment.

Thank you for visiting with us today Greta and now take it away!

Greta’s new Dryden Universe release

Thanks for having me, Patty.

Today I’d like to talk about my new venture into Joel Stottlemire’s Dryden Experiment.

One of the biggest problems independent authors face is marketing. How do we reach out to readers when there are so many more new titles being added to the ebook retailers every day? We’ve all heard about branding, but even so, one small author’s brand doesn’t really add a lot to visibility.

But what if you’re part of something much bigger?

What if you write for a franchise such as Star Trek or Star Wars? You immediately have a dedicated, enthusiastic audience which will at least look at your work. You also have back story, a pantheon of aliens, books full of space ships, and even established characters you can use in your own work. Sure, there are limits to what you can do, but many, many new characters, worlds and crises have been introduced through (say) the Star Wars Expanded Universe [Now Legends]. Such as the great Grand Admiral Thrawn.

It’s pretty hard to get into the Star Wars franchise, though. And while having an established environment gives opportunities, it also imposes restrictions.

Enter the Dryden Experiment. It’s a shared SF universe which uses Creative Commons 4.0 BY-SA copyright. In short, it means that while your story is yours, the characters, tech and so on can be used by others with proper attribution. It’s explained a little more at Dryden’s website. The BIG difference is that this franchise is starting from the bottom up. There’s no established fan base – but that gives lots of room for new societies, new tech, new aliens to be fitted into the billions of worlds and thousands of years of our Milky Way galaxy.

For my small part of the billions of worlds out there I have laid claim to the star cluster in Sagittarius which we call M24. My stories are set twenty thousand years in the future, at a time when humans have encountered aliens, and have established an Empire. Of course, there are splinter groups, and pirates – a rich tapestry for a thousand stories.

We’re hoping Dryden’s logo will become as well-known as Star Wars or Star Trek. If you’re interested in jumping on the band wagon early, please visit the Dryden website for more information.

Meanwhile, here’s my first contribution to the cause – The Demon’s Eye.

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Krystina Merkos is reluctant to leave her home planet, but agrees it’s best that her father doesn’t have to concern himself with her safety while he fights a civil war. The journey on an Imperial warship becomes much more palatable when she discovers that Ben Paulsen, an old flame from her high school days, is a senior officer on the ship.
But it’s not all plain sailing. The captain wants to seduce her, Ben’s trying to keep his distance – and pirates want to sell her to the murderous sect waging war on her father.
When the frigate is attacked by a pirate fleet intent on capturing Krys, she faces impossible choices. If she hands herself over to the pirates, she will die a painful death. If she doesn’t, everyone will die.
Unless she and Ben can contrive a way out for them all.

Thanks again Greta for introducing us to the Dryden Universe and what your first contribution to this is.

You can learn more about Greta and her releases by visiting her website, http://gretavanderrol.net/.

Review: The Beast Within 

I really love Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, both the movie and the Broadway play. I am also looking forward to the live action starring Emma Watson as Belle. When I saw The Beast Within A Tale of Beauty’s Beast at Barnes and Noble, I just had to purchase it right away based on the description on the dust jacket alone.

The tale is as old as time; a cruel prince is transformed into a beast. A lovely maiden comes into this monster’s life. He is transformed by her compassion, and the love he feels for her in return. The two live happily ever after.

But any tale, especially one as storied as Beauty and the Beast’s has been told many different times, and in many different ways. No matter which version one hears, the nagging question remains; what was it that transformed the prince into the beast we are introduced to?

This is one version, pulled from many passed down through the ages. It’s a story of vanity and arrogance, of love and hatred, of beastliness, and, of course, of beauty.

Description From the dust jacket of The Beast Within A Tale of Beauty’s Prince by Serena Valentino

This story grabbed me at first because it started right after Belle met the Beast. However, when the story switched to The Beast’s past, I started to get a feeling of wrongness about the story that did not leave me as I continued to read. The story made me wonder many times the following: “Why am I still reading this?”

To me, the story read like a bad piece of fanfiction. Especially, with the introduction of characters like the “Odd Witches”, and the fact that Gaston and the prince knew each other and hung out together before the transformation. I kept thinking that if only these aspects were removed, then the story would have been much better.

In addition, there are many head scratching moments within the story that do not feel like they belong or contradict what is depicted in the main story. For instance, Maurice did not actually go to The Sanitarium in either the film or play versions, but this story states that he did.  To me this is sloppy research, sloppy editing or both.

Fortunately, there are a few aspects of this story that made this a more tolerable read. The introduction of two new characters, Princess Tulip and the Entrantress who put the spell on the prince were a delight to read. Both of these characters are multi-dimensional and have fully realized personalities. I actually wanted to learn more about both of them.  Also, the brief scenes with Cogsworth, Lumiere and Mrs Potts contained an interesting look into their lives and their interactions with The Prince before the transformation.  If author would have stuck to these aspects of the story, I believe it would have been a much better read.

Overall, I cannot recommend this story, especially to any fellow Beauty and The Beast fan.

Excerpt: Liberation’s Kiss

The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl welcomes science fiction romance author Wendy Lynn Clark, who has graciously offered to share an excerpt of her latest story, Liberation’s Kiss, book 1 in the Robotics Faction series. Take it away Wendy!

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Liberation’s Kiss: A Science Fiction Romance (Robotics Faction #1)

by Wendy Lynn Clark

The only one who can keep her alive is the man who was sent to kill her.

The Old Empire has crumbled. Strong factions prey on the weak, and strongest of all are those who ally themselves with the mysterious Robotics Faction…

Cressida Sarit Antiata is twelve years old when her diplomat parents learn that her name has appeared on the Robotics Faction Kill List, a classified document of dangerous individuals marked for execution. Calling in all of their connections, her parents smuggle her to a small but wealthy ore-producing moon where she grows up in anonymous luxury, secure that her data is safe.

Until now.

Xan | Arch is an x-class android with one mission: execute the target n81, also known as Cressida Sarit Antiata. Although he possesses biological skin, hair, fingernails, and eyes – and extensive conditioning to pass as a sweating, swearing, rough-and-tumble everyman – beneath the surface, he is all machine.

When he arrives at the moon, something unexpected is waiting for him. Something that circumvents his execution order and forces him to protect Cressida instead. Something that gives him the free will to question his makers, control his destiny, and awaken his heart. Together, they might escape their destinies and forge an entirely new future.

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Enjoy this Excerpt from Liberation’s Kiss:

“You’re like a grenade that could go off at any time! How can you sit here like nothing is wrong?”
“Are you going to run?” he asked quietly.
She realized that she’d already taken several steps away. She wavered, the historical instinct to run fighting the impulse to trust, just a little longer, that it was all a mistake. That there was something more. She retraced her steps until she was standing before him. “No.”
His jaw clenched. “I’m sorry.”
“Just explain so I can feel safe again,” she said. “Are you not a grenade?”
He scratched his head, a rueful smile curving his lips. “Honestly? I don’t know.”
She hugged herself. “That doesn’t make me feel better.”
He flashed to her and sobered. “I don’t know who installed the other program, so I don’t know her intentions. I don’t even know if she’s human. The Faction will deconstruct the code when they disassemble me completely.”
She swallowed. “Disassemble?”
“That is the usual consequence for an android that goes off assignment.”
She knelt at his feet. “But it wasn’t your fault.”
His brows drew together. “What does fault have to do with anything?”
She sat back on her heels.
“I don’t really care either way.” He cupped the back of his neck. “It’s not like I have a biological imperative forcing me to stay alive and transmit my genes. Up until a day ago, I, like all of my brethren, had only one imperative: to enact the will of the Faction. And now…”
He released his hold and filled his eyes with her. His expression changed to awe, almost pleading, and his voice turned raw, as if she could answer his questions.
“What is it about you that makes me so fucking compelled to hold you?”
His question stole her breath.
He shook his head. “Even now, when you distrust and fear me, I just want to yank you into my arms and squeeze you until your eyes glaze with pleasure and your breath comes in gasps. It’s not an assignment. It’s not the will of the Faction. I just want you. I want to memorize every single molecule, from the inside to the outside, from the chemical bond to the neuro-physical configuration, so that I could be your resurrect if you needed it.” He smacked his arms. “It feels like burning under my skin, but when I query my dermal receptors, they report nothing but ambient temperature. I don’t understand these sensations. I need you.”
The words set her on fire. He was as lost and confused by these feelings as she was, and he would suffer just as greatly if the Robotics Faction caught them. Android and human, they were the same.
And he wanted her. Just like she wanted him.

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About the Author

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Wendy Lynn Clark is an award-winning author of contemporary and science fiction romance. Find out more by visiting her online home at http://wendylynnclark.com.

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Thank you again for visiting The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and sharing this excerpt with us!

Everyday Fangirl Remembers James Horner

I am very saddened by the news that James Horner passed away the other day in a plane crash. I believe he is one of the greatest film composers, next to John Williams, of our time. In addition, like John Williams, he had long standing collaborations with directors including Ron Howard and James Cameron. Some of the wonderful soundtracks he composed included An American Tail, Cocoon, Willow, Krull, Titanic, Avatar, The Rocketeer and my favorite of his Star Trek II The Wrath of Kahn. I was just thinking on the morning he passed away, when driving to work, that James Horner would be the perfect composer to take over the Star Wars sequel or anthology films because his style compliments the styling of John Williams.

To celebrate James Horner’s legacy, I am going to share with you my Top 5 favorite themes and tracks from his soundtrack scores.

1) Surprise Attack from Star Trek II The Wrath of Kahn

2) Willow’s Theme from Willow

3) Ride of the Firemares from Krull

4) Theme from Cocoon from Cocoon

5) Somewhere Out There from An American Tail

So which themes or tracks from James Horner soundtracks make your Top 5 list?

Star Wars Rebels – Siege of Lothal recap

I am so happy that I can finally talk about the amazing start for Star Wars Rebels season 2 that I saw at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim back in April! I am still thankful to Disney and Lucasfilm for offering me the opportunity to watch the premiere as a member of the media.

Below are some of the highlights from this amazing Star Wars Rebels episode:

Beware spoilers ahead…

The Siege of Lothal opens with a big dog fight by The Ghost crew and a Rebel Fleet to acquire some crates that the Imperials are transporting. It is very good to see the crew of The Ghost, especially Hera, work with this Rebel fleet. However, Kanan is not too sure about being part of a military organization again. Especially, based on what happened during The Clone Wars.

The conversations between Hera and Kanan about his concerns during this episode remind me of Han and Leia. [Many of us think that this proves that they are ‘space married’.]

Minister Tua is a tragic figure in this episode. With the arrival of Darth Vader, she realizes that in order to preserve her life, Tua must leave her post and get passage off Lothal. In order to do this, she asks the crew of The Ghost for help.

What I think is the most overlooked part of this story is what Tua uses to barter her way off of Lothal. She agrees to give the Rebels a list of sympathizes that are being watched by the Imperials. In addition, Tua offers the reason WHY Lothal is so important and not just for the mining of fuel. [My husband and I agree on the theory is that it has something to do with the Death Star, but nothing has been confirmed within the story line yet.] This is the reason that Kanan and Ahsoka agree with Ezra that it is important to help her.

Unfortunately, Darth Vader uses her desire to leave as a trap for the crew of The Ghost, which Sabine suspected. However, this trap did not play out the way my husband and I thought it would. Vader used Tua’s attempt to leave as a way to turn the entire planet of Lothal against this crew of Rebels by accusing them of killing her. Darth Vader shows that with this he is not only good at using brute force, but is also adapt at using strategy in dealing with these ‘traitors’ to the Empire.

The confrontation of Kanan, Ezra and Darth Vader is shown in the season 2 trailer. When my husband and I saw that trailer, we did not realize that this confrontation would happen so quickly. Therefore, this is a very happy surprise to all those who watched this episode.

We knew that when this happened that Kanan and Ezra, no matter how powerful either is, could not stand for long against Darth Vader. With the help of Sabine and Zeb, who threw bombs to topple over two walkers, they thought they defeated this new foe. However, as shown in one of the previews of this episode, Darth Vader is much more than either of them can handle.

Of course the climax of the episode is when Darth Vader pursues these Rebels, using a homing device, to the fleet. Darth Vader still proves that even though he is now a Dark Lord of the Sith, he has the flying skills of Anakin Skywalker. Hera is the only pilot that was able to stay out of Darth Vader’s range during this engagement.

The pivotal moment in this episode happened during this confrontation with Darth Vader.

Ahsoka and Kanan use their Jedi abilities to identify the pilot of the fighter that is destroying the squadron. In addition, Ezra was trying to let Ahsoka know that based on his feelings that it has to be the new foe that Kanan and him encountered on Lothal. Just as Ezra said this, Ahsoka finally made contact with the pilot of the fighter through the force. However, whatever she discovered during this contact overwhelmed her.

Unfortunately, Darth Vader is able to use this to identify just who is making contact through the force.

The remains of the Rebel fleet and the crew of The Ghost were able to make their escape. Kanan and Ezra decide to contiue the fight against The Sith and The Empire with the support of Hera, Sabine, Zeb and Chopper.

They are going to need each other in order to deal with another Inquistor that Vader is dispatching to continue the hunt for ‘Skywalker’s Apprentice’ and any other lost Jedi, like Obi-Wan Kenobi.

My husband and I believe that season 2 will continue to have consequences for everyone involved, on both sides of this conflict. Either way it will be a wild ride that we and many other Star Wars Rebels fans cannot wait to take.

So, have you seen this episode?

What do you think about these highlights?


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