On the Set of Psych!

Psych Set Me, Maggie Lawson and Tim Omundson

A few weeks ago, I was able to travel to Vancouver for a set tour and interviews with the cast and crew of Psych! As Psych is one of my favorite shows on television, I was incredibly excited to meet everyone and get to see the sets up close. Over the next several days, I will be posting the interviews that I (and other media outlets) had with the following people: James Roday, Dulé Hill, Maggie Lawson, Tim Omundson, C. Thomas Howell (special guest star), Saladin Patterson (writer) and Gordon Mark (producer).

It was a fantastic day. All of the actors were very witty and engaging. And meeting C. Thomas Howell was an extra treat that we weren’t expecting, as he just happened to be on set that day and generously agreed to a quick Q&A session with all of us.

The episode they were shooting that day was the summer mid-season finale, which airs Wednesday, September 8th. From what we saw, it will be very funny and… explosive!

Following all of the off-site interviews, we were able to visit the sets of the Psych office, Santa Barbara Police Department, and Henry’s home. Since they weren’t filming at the studio that day, we were able to take photos with our own cameras. The sets were not lit, and all I had on me was my iPhone 4 – so excuse the weak flash.

Psych Office Photos:
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Book Review: TimeRiders


TimeRiders, by Alex Scarrow

Maddy, Liam, and Sal should have died. But a strange man came to rescue them and give them a new life. Each teen is from a separate time. Maddy was rescued from a plane crash in 2010. Liam was rescued from the sinking Titanic. And Sal was rescued from an event in 2026. Each has special gifts that make them ideal candidates for their new job – working to correct time displacements. These TimeRiders watch from a bunker in 2001, to catch any discrepancies and right the errors in time that anyone from the future might make to the past. Their first task is to discover what happened back in World War II that led to Germany winning, as their present has altered to a Nazi-occupied America.

Scarrow’s characters are vivid and interesting. The teenage team works well together, as well as apart. The historic elements are presented in a fascinating way. And the technology aspect of time travel is touched on, but not bogged down in details.

Time travel is one of my favorite subgenres of science fiction, so I had high expectations for this one. And I was more than impressed. This has been one of my favorite reads of the summer, if not the year. The writing is fast-paced and extremely engaging. Full of danger and suspense (in more than one period of time) this high-octane adventure will appeal to readers of all ages. Culminating to a thrilling conclusion, I found it impossible to put down. Don’t miss this exciting series debut.

TimeRiders releases today from Walker Books for Young Readers.

Book Review: The Spirit Thief

The Spirit Thief

The Spirit Thief, by Rachel Aaron

Eli Monpress has a talent for charming everything that stands in his path. He always gets his way, which makes him a successful thief. With the help of his partners, a warrior with a magical sword and a demonseed with incredible powers of her own, the trio has kidnapped a king. But Eli doesn’t just want a ransom; he wants to increase the bounty on his head in hopes of being the most notorious thief in the world.

Eli is a fun character with the magical ability to talk to inanimate objects and convince them to do his will. This debut novel has a solid foundation for this complex fantasy world where every object has a soul and can be coerced to the whims of magicians.

Full of humor and suspense, this action-packed fantasy adventure is highly enjoyable. If anything, this fast-paced novel was too short, having read it in just a few short hours. Fantasy fans will love this extraordinary new series. The sequel, The Spirit Rebellion, is slated to release later this year.

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