Odds and ends January edition

I have lots of itty bitty news pieces this week so you are getting them all in one shot.

#1. Bear With Me   

If you haven’t already got a copy of Beneath a Spring Moon you might want to hurry. It may not be around for much longer. I have some plans for my contribution, Bear With Me, that I hope to announce later in 2015. Right now it is on sale for $2.99.

#2. In fact, all my books at Liquid Silver Books are 25% off until January 31st, so if you’d like to get things sizzling with Private Encore while it’s on sale, or pick up Screen Idol and Drama Queen at $2.99 each before Leading Man comes out in March, now is the time.

#3. If you are a reader in Australia, New Zealand, or the Philippines, don’t miss out a chance to enter my Goodreads giveaway for a free paperback copy of Screen Idol.

#4. I’m on Facebook!  Only a decade and a half late. Come friend me at Elle Rush, and check out my author page for book news.

#5. February’s newsletter is going to include a bonus Hollywood to Olympus short story. The Hollywood Gambit was originally published in the Love Is… charity anthology but subscribers are going to get a free copy. If you aren’t already signed up, you still have time.

Have a great week. Good luck to those on the east coast.

When it’s good to be bad

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Sometimes you just know. If there are four 1-star reviews and one 4-star reviews, and it tanked at the box office, and you can tell by the trailer and commercials that it’s not going to have any deeper philosophical themes than “damn, that blew up really well!”, you know.

It doesn’t mean it isn’t going to be a fun movie.

I saw Blackhat in the theater yesterday with a friend who I talked into going with me. I looked at it over the weekend but I figured I’d be less disappointed if I only paid half-price for it. To be fair, I warned Ross twice that it had been thoroughly panned, and he assured me we could make fun of it during and afterwards, so we did. Honestly, it was mostly me.

In case you missed it, Blackhat is a Michael Mann (of Miami Vice fame) film starring Chris Hemsworth (Thor) in a non-superhero action role. And if you went into the theatre understanding that, the movie was actually a lot of fun.

First of all, you have to know your Miami Vice. I knew it back in the 80s. Chris Hemsworth was TOTALLY Sonny Crockett/Don Johnson, down to the shaggy blondish hair and the light linen shirts. The music could have been out of Miami Vice 2: The Jakarta Connection. (Soundtrack controversy aside, it was good enough that I’d buy the soundtrack but I’d still like to hear the original version.)

Then there was the Bourne trilogy homage where the heroes were actually on the run from the good guys and the bad guys and blowing stuff up because reasons. (I’m not going to spoil it for you; I want you to see it.)

Okay, one spoiler: when the guy who plays Viola Davis’s partner – he’s not yet credited on IMDB and I can’t remember who his is, the US Marshall character – first appeared, I leaned over and whispered in Ross’s ear, “Spoiler alert. He dies. He always dies.” Honestly, that poor guy is just behind Sean Bean and Cole Hauser for on-screen deaths.  (Somebody please tell me his name, it’s driving me nuts!)

Blackhat was a good, long meaty piece of fun and it deserves better ratings than it’s been getting. It’s a great $5 Tuesday movie, although I admit I’d be upset if I’d paid $10+.  And it was much, much, MUCH better than Lucy

Three stars.

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Most of the time I am a very healthy person. The downside to that good fortune is that when I do fall ill, I feel miserable. I did very well over the holidays but this week I seem to have picked up a little bug. I’m not full-on sick. I’m just kinda sick. A little bit sick. The level of sick where you will drag yourself to work because your* functional but you’ll feel bad all day.

So I’m going to do what I usually do when I get sick. Mainline tea (and thank goodness for my shelf and a half of options), quadruple my vitamin C intake, pull out my fuzzy socks and the afghan my mom made for me when I went away to university and watch DVDs (in this case, the Stargate: Atlantis ones I got for Christmas) until I fall asleep and/or feel better.

There are a ton of nasty flu bugs this winter. Stay healthy out there.

* Edited to “you’re” two days later when I’m healthy because apparently even when I’m only half sick my ability to use proper grammar goes out the window.

SCREEN IDOL – giveaway and sales

LSB Cover Art Template for PhotoShopIf you want to try SCREEN IDOL but are a little broke because of all the holiday bills, here’s a way to get it at half-price… or potentially free.

SCREEN IDOL is on sale for half price ($1.99) at All Romance eBooks for another week. They sell all digital formats so no matter your e-reader – Kindle, Kobo, iPad, or other – you’re covered.

I also giving away a free copy of the paperback version on Goodreads (membership there is free and it’s a lot of fun) – feel free to enter the draw. The current draw is open to Canadian, US, and UK residents. Australia, NZ and Philippines readers get their own draw at the end of January.

Of course, you are always welcome to grab a copy from Amazon, or sign up for my newsletter for information on e-book giveaways.

Books in Print

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For everybody who asked “But when are they coming out in print?” I’m happy to say the time is now!

I’m thrilled to announce Screen Idol and Drama Queen are available in paperback on Amazon. No, I don’t think you can order them from your local bookstore. If you could, you’d probably be paying a premium so you’re probably best to order them online anyway.

I hope you enjoy Chris and Sydney, and Russ and Layla. Grab them now so you can be all caught up for Hollywood to Olympus Book 3 (Nick and Ashleigh), coming in March.