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Supernatural Magazine Issue 8: Aycox Interview Excerpt

Supernatural Magazine Issue 8

Titan Publishing has passed along an interview excerpt of Nicky Aycox (Meg Masters) from the latest issue of Supernatural Magazine. Actress Nicky Aycox tells all about returning to Supernatural in season four as a now-ghostly Meg Masters.

“I swear, after everything I heard about you Winchesters, I’ve got to tell you, I’m a little underwhelmed. First, Johnny tries to pawn off a fake gun, and then he leaves the real gun with you two chuckleheads. Lackluster, man. I mean, did you really think I wouldn’t find you?”

That’s Nicki Aycox’s favorite Meg Masters quote from Supernatural, especially the “lackluster” part. So it’s a good thing her performance as Mrs. B. on the TV series Over There was far from lackluster. When Kim Manners directed an episode that focused on her character, it was the relationship they built on that set that led the future Supernatural executive producer and director to personally select Aycox for the role of the demon-possessed Meg Masters.

“I really enjoyed working with Kim, because he’s a very straightforward, honest man and an easy person to understand,” Aycox reveals. “He could make himself very clear, tell you exactly what he wanted, how he wanted it to look, and I really admired that, so we became friends who really like to work together in an artistic way. He’s been a mentor [in that regard] ever since.”

Aycox’s character, Meg, has been a fan favorite ever since she appeared in the season one episode Scarecrow. But even she didn’t know what she was in for back then. “I knew that I was going to be [on] for more than one episode, but we really just felt our way through it… We just knew it was gonna go until we felt the storyline had come to an end.” Meg Masters’ appearance in the season four episode Are You There God? It’s Me… Dean Winchester proves there’s never a true end to a character on Supernatural. So far, Aycox has played a human, a demon, and a ghost– could zombie Meg be next?

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Smallville Magazine Issue 31: Hartley, Durance, and Sullivan Interviews

Smallville Magazine Issue 31

Titan Publishing has passed along interview excerpts from Justin Hartley (Oliver Queen), Erica Durance (Lois lane), and Charlotte Sullivan (Maxima) from the latest issue of Smallville Magazine!

Justin Hartley (Oliver Queen) Interview Excerpt:

According to comic book lore, playboy millionaire OLIVER QUEEN and his alter ego, GREEN ARROW, usually call the streets of STAR CITY home, yet on television, he seems to have taken quite a shine to another big city. In Smallville’s sixth season, the modern-day Robin Hood took up residence in Metropolis before leaving to launch a worldwide assault on Lex Luthor’s 33.1 facilities. These days, Oliver has become a permanent fixture in Clark Kent’s life, so what has his increased presence meant for actor Justin Hartley and his colorful character?

“That’s a good question,” says Hartley. “For me, you get to interact a little more with all the other characters and be there a little bit more. As an actor, you’re able to dig deeper and can pace yourself more. You don’t have to make such a big deal out of two seconds because you might be there for four [instead]. You don’t have to come in and steal every scene, not that I ever did. That pressure’s gone. There’s a little more pressure because you have to show up every day, so it’s not like you come in, knock out five scenes in a week, and you’re done. You get to keep coming back week after week and, lucky for me, I love it. For the character, that’s where the real reward is. The reason we do the show is for the people who love it, and when you have a character as cool and as complicated as Oliver is, it’s great for the audience to see a little more of him and to enjoy the time the writers can spend on the character. I love the fact I’m here more.”

Returning in the season eight premiere, Odyssey, it didn’t take long for Oliver to suit up to seek out his missing friend, CLARK KENT.

“It’s funny,” grins Hartley. “If there are two or three weeks between when I put the leather on, they bring me in for a fitting. I have this huge big black eye and I’ve been gone for about two weeks. I have a fitting today at noon to make sure I can still get into the costume. I’m just waiting for the day it doesn’t fit! As far as getting back into Oliver’s head space, it’s kind of a cop-out if you tell somebody, ‘Oh yeah, it took me the first few scenes to get back into the character.’ I feel like you owe it to yourself, to the craft, and to everybody else to work the kinks out before you step on set. My opinion is you should always be prepared.”

It appears Oliver has more layers than his peers give him credit for, although it wasn’t until Toxic that viewers got a peek at his past and what really makes him tick.

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Received in January

Books received in January for review:

TOR:
Bones of the Dragon (Dragonships of Vindras) by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Tyndale:
Blood Lines (NCIS Series #3) by Mel Odom
Blown Coverage (Riley Covington Thriller Series #2) by Jason Elam

Abaddon Books:
Human Nature: Pax Britannia Series by Jonathan Green

ACE:
Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
Unfallen Dead by Mark Del Franco
Seraph of Sorrow by MaryJanice Davidson
Myth-Chief by Robert Asprin

Eos Books:
The Domino Men by Jonathan Barnes
Jailbait Zombie by Mario Acevedo

William Morrow:
Four Freedoms: A Novel by John Crowley
Enemies & Allies by Kevin J. Anderson
Supernatural: John Winchester’s Journal by Alex Irvine

Harper:
The Repossession Mambo by Eric Garcia

Avon:
Close Encounters by Katherine Allred

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Vanguard: Open Secrets by Dayton Ward
Star Trek: Titan: Over a Torrent Sea by Christopher L. Bennett

Gold Eagle:
Room 59: The Finish Line by Cliff Ryder
Room 59: The Ties That Bind by Cliff Ryder
Rogue Angel: Polar Quest by Alex Archer

Luna:
Coyote Dreams by C.E. Murphy
Urban Shaman by C.E. Murphy

Penguin:
The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry

DAW:
Foxfire: Trickster’s Game #3 by Barbara Campbell
A Magic of Twilight: Book One of the Nessantico Cycle by S. L. Farrell
Crime Spells by Martin H. Greenberg
Starfinder: Book One of the Skylords by John Marco
Lear’s Daughters by Marjorie B. Kellogg
Wings of Wrath by C. S. Friedman

ROC:
Unfallen Dead by Mark Del Franco
Duplicate Effort by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Maelstrom: Destroyermen by Taylor Anderson

Other:
Claws by Stacey Cochran

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Ebooks for $1!

Press Release from Orbit Books:
Introducing the One Dollar Ebook from Orbit!

Orbit – in partnership with a number of major ebook vendors – has launched an innovative promotion offering one ebook for sale each month at the introductory price of $1.00. At the end of the promotional month the cost of the ebook returns to its standard price and a new book will be offered at the discount. Details of the promotion are at www.onedollarorbit.com

The promotion will include The Way of Shadows by debut author Brent Weeks, Empress by Karen Miller, as well as classics of science fiction such as Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks.

VP and Publisher of Orbit Tim Holman said: “We believe that this promotion will give readers a great opportunity to discover new writers. Most of our consumer marketing has an online focus, and the digital marketplace offers the perfect platform for price-promotion initiatives such as this. It will be very exciting to see how effective it is. The range of titles chosen for the promotion includes a mix of frontlist and backlist, from both new and established authors, and we will be monitoring the performance of every title very closely.”

A list of titles that will be available at the discount price can be found at http://www.onedollarorbit.com