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Books to Movies – Who Fits Your Role?

7 Feb

Hello, Crystal here, taking a break from my regular Ode to Hotties by talking instead about …women.

A couple of weeks ago we had the very talented Janet Evanovich as a guest at Passionate Reads, and just recently the movie version of her book One For the Money was released in theaters. With that much anticipated premiere came a lot of chatter about the choices for the roles. After all, many of us have read the entire series—16 books plus a few ‘between the numbers’!—and have long envisioned those characters in our heads.

I haven’t seen the movie (…yet…my husband promised to take me) but in my opinion, Katherine Heigl more than fits my expectations of Stephanie Plum’s character. In fact, when I first heard about the movie option I couldn’t think of an actress to fit the role, so I was anxious to find out who ultimately got it. I love Katherine Heigl, I think she’s beautiful and a great actress.

I’m reserving my judgment of Jason O’Mara and Daniel Sunjata until I’ve seen the movie. However, Debbie Reynolds…I’m sorry, she just doesn’t fit my impression of Grandma Mazur. I was thinking more along the lines of Estelle Getty.

Now it’s your turn to chime in about actresses in roles. Any role! Have you ever read a book where you say “so-in-so actress would be perfect to play this character”? I want to hear from readers as well as writers, because I know when most authors write we envision our characters as real people and a lot of us are seeing actors. What about a movie where the characters didn’t fit your impression of the book? Let’s hear it!

Crystal’s Ode to Hotties: Anson Mount

10 Jan

Here he is, the latest hottie to catch Crystal’s eye (Sooo glad I set my DVR to record Hell on Wheels!) Anson Mount, currently playing the role of Cullen Bohannan. You may remember him from Staw Dogs, or making an appearance on one of my favorites that has since been cancelled, Doll House.

Is there anything as sexy as a rugged cowboy in a trail-worn duster?

There is so much to like about Anson; that deep voice, that confident swagger, the gritty stubble on his stubbornly set jaw, the touch of silver in his hair… But mostly it’s the piercing intensity of those ice blue eyes that causes me to melt and shiver all at once.

A man who can dig a broken arrow head out of my shoulder on the open trail is all right with me!


How does he rank on your Yum meter?

Super Cool Writer’s Spy Gadget…and NaNo

15 Nov

It’s strange the kinds of things that influence us as writers. This being November, I let myself get a little crazy and write whatever fantastic thing comes to mind. No rules, no holds. No inner critic. So this NaNoWriMo’s project is a bounty hunter-teams-up-with-vampire-meets-zombie-apocalypse written in the first person.

I was watching television over the weekend and I caught this commercial for the Air Hogs Hawk Eye video camera helicopter. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this ad before, but this time it evoked something in me, given my current project. I saw this neat little thing flying around, with a camera no less, and my imagination went to work. (Actually my first thought was Jennifer Aniston better not do any more nude sunbathing in her back yard…)

We’ve had radio controlled flying devices in our house before, and believe me, they aren’t always easy to fly. But if you check out this youtube video, you can see this guy has pretty good control.

I think my heroine is going to use one of these to check for a clear path out of a zombie infested building. Now I’m back to work, November is half over!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

What my writing family means to me

18 Oct

Like any person who immerses themselves in an affiliation, sport, hobby or cause, the friends and associates I’ve made in my pursuit of a writing career are both dear and essential to me.

In the twelve years I spent as an unpublished writer, I made many friends and contacts through my affiliation with the Romance Writers of America, I have always understood just how special these friendships are, and considered myself lucky that I discovered a calling that is both satisfying and socially engaging. That’s me looking like a sexy librarian on a typical writing day. (Just kidding.)

Last week I was reminded just how crucial these associations are. Having been a published author since 2008, I now have relationships with publishing professionals, including, most importantly, the editors who work with me on my books. But like many authors, I also have a full-time job. As an executive admin I am a rare survivor in a downturned economy that has sacrificed many support positions like mine. About a week ago on Tuesday morning, one person after another was called to the HR office and then escorted from the building. Apparently we are having a RIF or a reorg or something with a new name some PC analyst will come up with to make being sacked sound less tragic than it really is.

Needless to say, the atmosphere here was tense. With nervous stomach I sat at my desk, (after dumping what few personal possessions I keep here into a plastic bag) and tried to busy myself with something to keep my mind off my impending doom. I opened my email and found a message from one of my editors.

The note was a response to a question I’d posed about career direction, and the wants of this particular publisher. The message wasn’t unusual, but it came at a time I desperately needed a lift. In addition to the text in the message, this email said to me “you are part of a team where your work is valued and we want to see more from you.” Suddenly the threat of a layoff was slightly less painful. I didn’t get laid off (so far) but I am still feeling reinforced by that email.

Why am I writing about this today? Two reasons. One, because I like to talk about my affiliation with RWA whenever I can. It was by a fluke fourteen years ago I read an author’s thank you to RWA in the foreword of her romance novel, felt intrigued, and decided to investigate the organization. In return, for every aspiring writer I can steer toward RWA, I earn a cosmic point. Two, because I want to thank all my readers, friends and associates for how fulfilled they have made me feel. I appreciate you!

Favorite werewolves throughout (Hollywood) history

23 Sep

Having a bit of fun here today celebrating my Loose Id release of  Comes the Wolf  by remembering famous werewolves throughout history. What’s your favorite, dark and dangerous? Hot and steamy? Cute and cuddly? Ripping and tearing? Holding onto human or lost in the wilds?

And don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a personal copy of  Comes the Wolf,  out now from Loose Id.

Comes the Wolf
Heiress Madeline Randall Forsythe is on the run for her very life, hiding in a small Washington town as “Randie.” Fleeing a deadly family secret, she plans to move on every couple of months to stay alive. But the night she’s due to leave Silver Creek, a blizzard, a crunched fender and a rescue by a handsome stranger complicate her escape. While she knows relationships are impossible for a fugitive, she seizes her own destiny and lets Aidan rock her world, even as she knows the closer she gets to strangers, the more chances she has of getting caught.

Aidan chase is a tracker who has never failed to find a target. He does his job and collects his paycheck, never getting personally involved. That is, until Randie Forsythe. There’s something off about her creepy father, and something definitely on about sexy Randie. Looking at her, one would never believe she stole two hundred and fifty thousand dollars, especially when she’s in line to inherit millions from a sick father only two paces ahead of the grim reaper. Against his better judgment, he puts the case aside to learn more about Randie, including discovering, quite by accident, she’s a virgin.

Crystal’s Ode to Hotties: Joe Manganiello

23 Aug

I first saw this smoking hot babe in True Blood. The awesome HBO series is known for its scrumptious delights, but honestly one look at Joe Manganiello and the rest were forgotten.

Joe Manganiello 1

In researching Joe for today’s Ode to Hotties, I realized he’s been around for quite some time. Joe, sweetie pie, however did you escape my radar? Crystal thinks it’s time to get her glasses checked.

Hmmm, on second thought, give me more beard.

Ahhhh, what a wonderful start to my day. Thank you, Joe!



Music To Have Sex By

28 Jul

In following the topic started yesterday by KJ, I’m going to talk about theme music of another kind. Namely… Music To Have Sex By.

I was doing research and I happened upon a link for “Music to have sex by.” It stopped me in my tracks. My husband and I are mid-range vanilla about our private time, but for me music during sex is definitely a big NO. I usually mute the adult themed entertainment we sometimes watch, if it’s really bad porno music. That’s become our measuring stick for criticizing bad music. “Sounds like bad porno movie music.”

Like most people, music serves as a memory trigger for me, especially with “dated” pop and hit songs. So the last thing I want is some song that has anything less than absolute positive vibes coming on during the down and dirty :).

So I thought I’d throw the question out there. Do you play music when you get down to business? If so, what’s your favorite?

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