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Chaos My YA Fantasy Book is Now Available


Chaos Cover EBOOK

I’m happy to say that my young adult fantasy fiction novel, Chaos, the first in my Supernatural Realms Series is finally available.

I have worked on it for quite a long time that I am overly ecstatic to finally hold a copy in my hands!

You can get it on Amazon as an ebook or a paperback, or on my website: www.twistedcrowpress.com

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To Appomattox – A Mini-Series in the Making


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Most Americans should know of the American Civil War when asked. We learned about it in grade school from our History books. Some of us may have acted in school plays as Lincoln, reciting the Gettysburg Address. Some of us even have ancestors that fought in the civil war. There are also a few movies that could help fill in some of the blanks, Gettysburg, North and South, Lincoln, just to name a few.

On April 12, 1861, the American Civil War began when Confederate forces fired upon Fort Sumter. For four years, both the Union (The North) and the Confederates (The South) battled against one another in twenty three different states. The majority of those battles were fought in Tennessee and Virginia.

On April 9, 1865, Lee surrenders to Grant at the Appomattox court house, the Confederates lost, the war was over. The American Civil War still remains one of the bloodiest battles in history, with over 620,000 killed from combat, disease, or starvation, and over 476,000 wounded.

A mini-series is currently being filmed called, To Appomattox. It will be the most historically accurate presentation ever to be filmed. They currently have a Kickstarter page going, where you can become involved with their project by donating. With your donations, you can receive really awesome gifts such as cast autographed items, a behind the scenes DVD, a copy of the script, an opportunity to walk on the set, or be an extra, or have an actual speaking part in the mini-series. You can even be a part of the premiere in New York City or Hollywood, as well as the post-premiere party. You could take a tour of the set, or be a part of the meet and greet at one of the screenings. There are more things to list that you will receive from your donations. To see the full list, click here.

By donating, you get to be involved in the production of the mini-series. This is an opportunity of a lifetime, not just for Civil War historians or re-enactors, but for everyone. Everyone should be involved. Click here to find out more details about the mini-series or to donate now.

To Appomattox has a cast of amazing talent: Jason O’Mara, Stephen Lang, Noah Wyle, Richard Speight, Rascal Flatts, Kim Delaney, Trace Adkins, Kix Brooks, Powers Booth, plus many more other famous talents.

Here are some important links for you to visit:

http://www.toappomattox.com

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1258300090/to-appomattox-a-civil-war-event-miniseries

www.facebook.com/ToAppomattox

I’m asking for everyone to please, re-blog this, and/or share this blog post on every media outlet. Spread the word.

Divergent – book and movie comparison


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I have finally been able to see the new movie, Divergent (still playing in theaters). I have read the first book and am currently reading the second book, Insurgent. I am happy to say that the movie stayed true to the book. Though movies that are adapted from books can’t put everything from the book into the movie, this wasn’t the case with this film. If you haven’t read the book, then you wouldn’t understand how you shouldn’t miss anything from the book when making the movie. Instead of filming certain things to show the audience, they had some of the characters explain it instead.

For example: there is a scene in the movie where Tris leaves Dauntless to visit her brother who is in Erudite. When she is caught and taken back to Dauntless, she is attacked by a few of her training mates, then saved by Four. She tells him later about her leaving Dauntless and visiting her brother. The book tells that entire part differently. When she returns to Dauntless she is confronted by Eric and Four, Four vouches for her so that she doesn’t get into trouble for leaving when she wasn’t allowed to. Later on that night she is confronted by her attackers and is then rescued by Four.

They did leave out small details of the book here and there, but they made sure not to skip the important parts. I’m happy to see that they are going to continue filming the rest of the trilogy, with Allegiant, book three, being a two part movie. I’m currently on chapter five in the second book, Insurgent, so I will be all caught up by the time the next movie hits the theaters. They did such an awesome job with the first movie, I’ll be happy to go see the second movie in theaters.

North and South – The Novel


A few weeks ago, I had started reading a book by Elizabeth Gaskell, called North and South. I had seen the movie first, then later I learned it was adapted from a book. I loved the movie so much, that I had to find the book; I purchased it off of Amazon.

This Monday began my Spring Break, to which I desperately looked forward to. Those of you who are currently in college, or have been to college, know that your mind requires rest from your studies. This gave me the opportunity to spend more time with my daughter and more time reading for leisure, instead of reading for this class and that class.

Just last night I had finally finished reading Gaskell’s book, North and South. Usually movies adapted from books aren’t all that great. They don’t follow along with the book, or they miss so much important information, that either you don’t feel like reading the book ever again or the movie, sometimes both. However, the movie followed right along with the book. Plus, I could not help but see Richard Armitage each time I was reading about John Thornton; Armitage played Thornton in the movie and very well I might add! (Yes, I’m a huge fan of Armitage’s work!)

I fell even more in love with the characters, the time period, and the book, that I have added it to the pile of books that I’ll definitely read again; along that pile is the Hobbit, Jane Eyre, some Austen, and several Karen Marie Moning’s books.

North and South was published in 1855, so I would put this right along with other classical writers, such as Bronte, Austen, and M. Shelly (I’m a fan of that era of female authors); also, Gaskell was a close friend of Charlotte Bronte. If you haven’t read it, you should pick it up today. It’s one of those ‘hard to put down’ novels. And if you haven’t seen the movie, you can find that on amazon as well – it’s the BBC version.

First Time Going To The Movies


Yesterday my best friend and I took my three and a half year old daughter to see the new release of Disney Planes. This was her first time going to the movies. At first she was doing great and was enjoying the film. She shouted out loud, “Planes!!” “Zoom!” Wow! Check it out!” “Look, airplanes!” After the first twenty minutes of sitting still she started to get antsy and tossed her bag of crackers over the row of seats in front of us. The guy sitting in one of the seats in front of us picked up the bag, handing it to me. I apologized, then put the bag out of her reach.

Fifteen minutes later she gets up out of her seat and wants to squat down on the floor. I picked her up and put her back in her seat, whispering to her to be still and watch the airplanes. I pointed to certain things on the screen, asking her to tell me what they were. This went on for five minutes. She was still again for about another five minutes, then asked me for a drink. Then asked me for her crackers. Ten minutes later she threw the bag of crackers again, except this time she hit the lady who is now sitting in her chair in front of my daughter. I quickly grabbed the bag of crackers and again apologized. I again told my daughter that it was not polite to throw things and put the crackers away, never to be seen for the rest of the movie. The couple finally moved many rows down…far out of my daughter’s throwing distance.

She sat still for about another five minutes, then decided to stand up on her knees to look at the people behind us. I had to help her sit back down and again started asking her what each thing was on the big screen.

To me it seemed that she was enjoying the movie when she was sitting still and watching it, but she also didn’t like the fact that I wanted her to sit still. At what age did you first take your kiddos to the movies?