Thursday night will truly be “Vampire Night.” Beginning June 3rd, reruns of my favorite (though short-lived) vampire series, Moonlight, will be following encore episodes of The Vampire Diaries’ first season on The CW.
Alex O’Loughlin starred in Moonlight as Mick St. John, a private detective of the undead persuasion. Years ago, he saved the life of a little girl, which ultimately turned his life around. Now, Beth Turner (Sophia Myles) is all grown up, and Mick feels more than just protective of the brash internet reporter.
The complete series of Moonlight is available on DVD. But I’m excited that The CW has invested in another urban fantasy show, even if it is already cancelled. Hopefully, this will pave the way for new genre television of this quality, gathering more fans of the already popular Vampire Diaries. Until then, I have my DVD sets of Moonlight and Blood Ties to get me by.
Danta is stuck behind the hourglass door of time, and Abby must build a new one to get him back. Time is running out for Dante. But Abby’s present reality keeps changing around her. College acceptances, boyfriends, and even her family have been shifting realities. And only Abby seems to remember. And to make matters worse, the barriers of time are breaking down, threatening chaos. Help is offered to Abby from unlikely allies, but she’s not sure who she can trust.
It’s been over a year since I read the first installment, so it took me a while to remember what was going on and who all the characters were. A summary of what happened before would have been nice. Otherwise, I recommend waiting to read these back-to-back. After a while, the characters and story began to make sense. And I was able to jump back in and got pulled into the story.
Mangum has created a truly unique world where time and reality can be controlled. And the vindictive Zo has a destructive agenda. Suspense and drama build throughout the course of the book to a climactic ending. And a wonderful mystery revolving around Abby’s friend and a former conspirator of Zo’s, kept me drawn in and wondering. Young adult readers will find this a satisfying continuation of a science fiction drama, slowly unfolding. This sequel leaves off in a cliffhanger that will leave readers eager for the third and final installment.
Nicholas Braden, a psychic spy in a covert government program, suspects he’s a pawn in a mad man’s quest for justice. His boss’s stunning assistant is too loyal to give him answers, but Olivia’s secret, wild side bends his mind and fires his body. As they edge closer to the darkest truth, good and evil blur, threatening their very survival.
How many books do you have planned for your Offspring series?
I’m contracted for six right now. Book 4, Burning Darkness (Jan 2011) concludes the government arc, and from there the books will be more stand-alone. In theory, they could go on for a while, which would be great!
Urban fantasy and paranormal is incredibly popular right now. What is different about the Offspring series that sets it apart from the others?
Very few books out there focus on psychic abilities like telekinesis and pyrokinesis. My series plays with concepts that are or could be real, depending on your beliefs. It’s also inspired by two real secret government programs.
How did you set about creating this unique paranormal world?
My world is pretty much our world, though a lot of the “world” my characters inhabit is a bomb shelter that they call the Tomb. That’s the one place where they’re safe. The series is primarily set in Annapolis, Maryland and D.C.
What’s next for you, besides your Offspring novels? Any other stories on the horizon?
I’m playing around with other ideas. I love writing the Offspring, but my muse wants to explore other stories as well.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your experience in writing.
I’ve always been a writer, from way back when I was a kid. My first two books came out in 1995 (St. Martin’s Press). I published 18 books under my real name, Tina Wainscott. They ranged from romance to paranormal romantic suspense to psychological suspense. When I went to my new publisher with a series that went back to my paranormal roots, we decided it was best to come out under a fresh new name.
What inspires you?
Nature, the dynamics of the different kinds of people on the planet, and my interest in things paranormal.
Who are some of your favorite authors? What books do you love?
I don’t get to read as much as I’d like to, but I love Heather Graham, Linnea Sinclair, Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, and Janet Evanovich. I love Ilona Andrews’ two series.
What do you do when you’re not writing? In your spare time?
I spend time with my family and friends. We live in a coastal town, so spending time on the boat or Sea Doos is a lot of fun.
Thanks for your time! Is there anything else you’d like to add?
For every book release, I host my Kick Butt First Line contest with cash prizes. Shocking, suspenseful…make us want more! For aspiring authors, it’s a chance to get your name out there and add a “win” to your bio. For readers, it’s a chance to play at being a writer, and everyone has at least one good line in them, right? The entries are a lot of fun to read! For details, go to www.JaimeRush.com and click on the Contest link. This contest runs from through June 1, 2009.
Here’s good news for all of us Farscape and SG-1 fans! We can look forward to a new web series later this year called Naught for Hire starring Ben Browder.
Fan favorite Ben Browder (Farscape and Stargate SG-1) has been cast as lead in the upcoming scifi noir web series Naught for Hire. Browder will play Nick Naught, an old-fashion private detective in a futuristic world.
Naught for Hire is co-written by John E. Stith and Jeffrey Berman. Production begins this summer and will premier this December. The story will be in 13 parts and set 20 years in a hi-tech future where A.I. is present in everything electronic.
From Press Release: …Unfortunately for Nick, the A.I. chips are temperamental, leaving him to wade through a horde of low-lifes and criminals, while contending with a car that’s in love with him, an answering device that plays pranks on him, and a neurotic elevator that wants to go anywhere but up or down.
In the spirit of pulp-style serialized detective stories, each of Naught for Hire’s six-minute episodes will end on a cliffhanger and feature a who’s who of celebrity guest voices as the inanimate objects that populate Naught’s world.
… “I’ve been lucky enough to have a rewarding history in the scifi genre.” said executive producer and star Ben Browder. “What Naught for Hire has that sets it apart is a very cool blend of both sci-fi and noir with a sensible dose of humor. As an actor, Naught has the potential to be the ‘beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
“The Sci-Fi genre attracts a loyal following of fans, me among them, and noir is experiencing a renaissance of sorts lately,” said series creator Jeffrey Berman, “so I think our series has the potential to appeal to a wide variety of audiences.”
He continues, “I’m also delighted with the top-notch talent this project has attracted. It really shows that the Hollywood community is embracing the opportunities available with New Media.”