The Librarian, A First Contact Story – Book Review

A fresh new voice in First Contact science fiction.

Jane and Nick have been married over a decade. They are comfortable in their routines and they trust each other implicitly.

Jane is at home watching a movie while her husband (a sociologist professor) does a day hike in the mountains near Seattle. He’s late returning home and Jane is starting to worry.

She is unprepared for the knock at her door. A man in uniform tells her that she has to come with him immediately. It concerns her husband.

Nick has been called. Suddenly, he’s a lot more than he ever imagined. It is imperative that he speak to Jane before he answers that call, even if it is through a hazmat suit and a thick wall of glass… His time is running out.

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Arzú gives her story a conclusion that is as surprising as it is pleasing.  It’s a short but satisfying read. And it’s a great introduction to this author’s writing style. If you’re like me, you’ll follow her and look forward to what ever she writes next.

Click on the image below to get the scifi short story by M.N. Arzú (on Amazon).

 

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More work by this author – Underneath excerpt, a merman tale

 

 

The Age of Adaline Movie – an endearing romance.

The Age of Adaline is a story about a young woman who stops aging in 1937. The theme – immortality or the fountain of youth – is twisted in ways that make this tale unique and different.

The film has a beautiful cast, lovely costumes, dramatic music, and moody cinematography. Its ‘Twilight Zone’ style narration gives it an additional level of tension and mystique.

On the night of the accident, Adaline goes into a state of hypothermia. This stops her aging process. The narrator describes this in a long-winded technical fashion, but it gives the viewer a sense that something scientific and otherworldly has happened.

“She can be killed, but she will never die of natural causes or succumb to the usual ravages of time… (It’s sort of a vampire film minus the bloodsucking.)” – Matt Zoller Seitz of RogerEbert.com

The story is set in San Francisco. We see how times have changed from the 1930s through present day; for the city, in women’s clothing styles, culturally, and for Adaline.

Adaline is deeply lonely. She moves to different apartments, changes identities, and experiences the loss of many pet dogs – the only true friends that she keeps.

Adaline has a single long-term relationship – with her daughter who now looks like her grandmother. Then, she meets Ellis.

If you are familiar with my stories, you will understand why this one sucked me in and captured my heart. I enjoyed The Age of Adaline so much that I wanted to dive in deeper, crawl around inside the character’s heads. So it was disappointing to learn that the movie is not based on a book!

I satisfied my desire by writing a continuation of Adaline, Ellis, Flemming, William, and Kathy’s story.

The Age of Adaline joins my list of favorite, memorable love stories; The Sound of Music, Hello Dolly, Overboard, Titanic, Somewhere in Time, Fifty First Dates, and Never Been Kissed.

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Extras:

Deleted Scene – Flemming Gets Lost

Deleted Scene – Gas Leak

Making of and Bloopers

Omniscient Narration – Interview with Director Lee Toland Krieger

Interview with Michiel Huisman (Ellis)

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Adaline Stuff & Other Romantic Movies

  

Billy Jean, Armadillo Queen – Book Review

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00011]If you were a fan of Three’s Company and Alice in the 1980s, you’ll enjoy Billy Jean, Armadillo Queen.

billy_jean_armadillo_queen_megan_scottMarla arrives on the scene after a few personal setbacks. Accepting a job as a waitress in a character theme restaurant, she is transformed into Billy Jean, Armadillo Queen.

The staff ridicule, interactions and backbiting are reminiscent of so many situations where personality conflicts make spending time at work uncomfortable.

Donning her Billy Jean alter ego gives Marla a chance to ‘act out’ in ways that she’d never dare as her real self – with quick redneck banter laced with southern charm. Marla begins to realize levels of freedom that are startling and uplifting.

Marla’s journey is toward self-acceptance. She learns not give negative thoughts power and influence over her actions and decisions. Based on experiences in her own life, Megan Scott wrote Billy Jean, Armadillo Queen in two formats; as a stage play and as a narrative.

In both formats, the warring forces between Marla’s Light and Dark self-talk are entertaining and raunchily humorous.  The dialogue clearly demonstrates the energy and force that thoughts have over daily life and overall level of happiness.

Using laughter to teach such an important lesson is a lovely way to shine a light on a healthier way of thinking.

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Get your free Haylee eBook before it’s gone!

Manuscript tweaking came to and end this week as the professional editing phase of the project began.

One week to stop thinking about the smart girl with big problems on her hands. One week to focus on finishing the interior art pieces and create five novella cover designs.

Sample art pieces that will be included in the Haylee e-novellas.
Sample art pieces that will be included in the Haylee e-novellas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It was hard not to wonder what my editor was doing out in Minnesota, once she received the e-mail with the manuscript attached.

As the final completion of this monumental self-publishing undertaking gets closer, the free version of Haylee and the Traveler’s Stone [that contains all five novellas] is approaching its removal from public view. The last day to get it is June 30!

free advance copies through June 2014
free advance copies through June 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to get your free advance reading copy of Haylee and the Traveler’s Stone.

 

Here is what some of the advance readers had to say.

“Haylee [is] a complicated character. She pulled [at] me to keep turning pages to see if there would be redemption.” – Kamara Garcia, dōTERRA, Independent Product Consultant

“Haylee is about a girl who is undergoing … odd transformations in young adulthood. Some of these changes are frightening and cause [her] to question who / what she is. As ‘fate’ would have it [she is transported to California during the Gold Rush and ]meets two important figures [who help] her on her journey.” – Ashley Votaw, Nevada City Organic Farmer & Herbalist

 ‘Haylee is a fantasy adventure coming of age story with a touch of romance about a girl with unexpected power trying to find her place in the world.”
After reading the third book [Haylee: Burden of the Powerful] “Ohmygoshwhatisshegoingtodo?!?!?! What happens next!?
– Megan Greene, Megan Greene Design

 

Haylee and the Travelers Stone

Haylee 200A young woman, with an unusual psychic ability suddenly becomes a Traveler.

Can you stop being lonely when your touch destroys everyone you love?

Haylee and the Travelers Stone is a new adult, paranormal, romantic, time travel, thriller. Click here to read back cover copy.

In order to accumulate Amazon reviewers prior to the publishing date (Summer 2014), FREE reading / review copies will be available through June 2014.

 

How to get Haylee onto your Kindle.

The first step is to download the file and save it on your computer in a place you’ll remember.

Click here for instructions on what to do on Amazon.com to Manage your Kindle.