Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Author Interview with Cozy Mystery Writer, Julie Eberhart Painter

Today, we have another interview for you, this time with the author of  Mortal Coil, Julie Eberhart Painter. Her cozy mystery is recommended for ages 14+. Check below for an excerpt and more information about Julie.


Q. Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

From the time I was nine, I wanted to be a writer.

Q. What is the name of your latest book? Can you summarize in fewer than 75 words?

This January, Morning After Midnight was published. It’s a southern trauma drama. How’s that for fewer than 75 words.

Q. What inspired your mystery book, Mortal Coil?

The many years of volunteering among the elderly inspired Mortal Coil. The residents entrusted me with their life stories. Some were featured in newspapers as nonfiction for Memorial Day or in one case as a commemorative for a WWII expose on the Seabees role on Iwo Jima. That vet and I made a brochure to lobby for metals for those men whom the government ignored in favor of the Marines.

The dark side of Mortal Coil is scandal in the nursing home.

Later I wrote features on my adoption search, much more personal. The story was later published, by Champagne as the novel, Tangled Web.

Q. Do you have another job besides writing?

I was trained to be an interior designer, but gave that up long ago. The details I learned to notice and record in art school contributed to my descriptions in writing. For instance, there is no pink.

One chapter in my only nonfiction book is called “Nightmare in a Mauve Room,” Mauve is puke pink.

Q. What can fans expect to see from you in the future?

More cozy mysteries, more blogs, and more humor. The world needs humor.

Q. Do you have people who read your work before you publish?

Yes, my two ideal readers and my husband, Shaw. Then it’s up to the editors.

Q. What is your favorite thing to do besides writing?

Playing bridge and eating out, but not the same day. NEVER DRINK AND DEAL.

Q. Who is your favorite author(s)?

Jodi Picoult.

Q. If authors went out together on tours like bands, who would you want to open for?

Frankly, I’d want Jodi Picoult to open for me. I’ve read 20 of her 22 books.

Q. How much of yourself and people you are close to are in your characters?

About 80%, are based on real people, sometimes shuffled and re-dealt; but I’m not telling which.

Q. What advice do you have for someone just starting out?

Value your gift. Don’t squander it on seeking publication in a hurry just to be out there. A wise old writer told me: “Think globally. Bloom locally.”
Q. What question did you wish I'd asked, and how would you answer it?

You’re the boss. I’m just following orders. But seriously, you covered the best ones.


 Mortal Coil Blurb


When two residents in Ellen Lange’s nursing home die, Special Investigator Bill Watts is called to the scene. With the murders linked to others, known as the Ponytail Crimes, it’s only a matter of time before the killer strikes again.
Bill is a Southerner; Ellen was raised in the Midwest. Despite her efforts to remain aloof, Ellen finds herself falling in love with more than the South…




Monday, April 21, 2014

Author Interview with Louise Wise!

We're interviewing author Louise Wise today. She's here to talk about her dark comedy romance novel, Oh no, I've Fallen in Love! I love dark humor. Make sure to check out the blurb after the interview.


Q. Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I have always wrote, but I never, ever, thought I’d become a writer. I used to write ‘books’ with hand-made covers when I was a child and sell them for a penny to my neighbours. As for what I wanted to be, I don’t think I ever knew. We all had those dreams of being an astronaut, model, pop star etc. and I was no different. I’ve recently discovered a love of medicine and work for a pharmaceutical company.

Q. Can you summarize your book in fewer than 75 words?
 
It’s called Oh no, I’ve Fallen in Love! and is a dark comedy romance. The words: 'I'm not angry or resentful. I just don't like people,' sums up the main character’s personality perfectly, as for the entire book I’d go for: In the 21st century Cinderella is afraid of love, Prince Charming is a rich playboy, the fairy godmother is an interfering busy-body, the glass slipper is a cat called Boots, and the ugly sisters are emotions holding ‘Cinderella’ back.

Q. What inspired your book?
Comedy aside, I felt all the characters in romcoms were self-assured, pretty, young and looking for love. There’s a lot of people out there who aren’t self-assure, pretty, young or looking for love. I think that’s what inspired me, I wanted to write about someone who was unsure, scared and definitely NOT looking for love, and Valerie (the protagonist) isn’t looking. She shies away from romantic involvement.

Q. Do you have another job besides writing?
Yes, I’m a pharmacist technician. I love medicine. It fascinates me how chemicals can change the way the mind or body works. It’s only a part time job and it’s good to get my mind out of fiction and into reality.
 
Q. What can fans expect to see from you in the future?
I’m unsure. My other genre is sci-fi romance and I don’t know if it’s wise to concentrate on one genre or not. I love the scope that sci-fi can give. If I want to write about a talking tree, I can! I just have to make it ‘seem’ possible in sci-fi terms. But I also love writing about ordinary people. It’s a dilemma I’m going to have to think sensibly about.

Q. Do you have people who read your work before you publish?
Oh god, yes. I get it the best I can without and then beg, borrow and hire beta readers for their input. Then I reread or rewrite and then it’s over to my editor Johnny Hudspith. When I get it back, I ‘send to Kindle’ and have that read it to me where I can hear any inconsistencies that John may have missed. It’s great for picking up common misspelt words!

Q. What is your favorite thing to do besides writing?
Cycling, running and badminton. I’m pretty active. I have to be to enjoy my habit of cream eggs!

Q. Who is your favorite author(s)?
Dean Koontz. I love the way he has you turning the pages without taking breath. I styled my last book, Hunted, on his style. He also has no swearing and romance features in his books. I like that. His stories can be bloody, gory, dangerous, thrilling and yet there is romance, and bad language is absent. And you don’t miss it.

Q. If authors went out together on tours like bands, who would you want to open for?
It’s a shame I don’t write in the same genre as Koontz else I’d say him. For my romcoms I’d say the queen of chick lit Sophie Kinsella because she’s sure to pack in an audience.

Q. How much of yourself and people you are close to are in your characters?
Loneliness prevails a lot in my books, I’m not lonely but often I feel I’m my one-woman-band, so I suppose a bit of me is in all of my books. I use friends and family names but that’s as far as I go.

Q. What advice do you have for someone just starting out?
Don’t publish the first book you have written. Join writing groups (better online as you’ll get more honesty), make a webpage and buy your name for it. Get expert advice on your second novel and TAKE YOUR TIME EDITING AND REVISING IT!

Oh no, I’ve Fallen in Love! Blurb


On the surface, Valerie Anthrope was happy with her life. She had her own brokerage with Sunny Oak Insurance and was financially solvent. But once asleep, she was plunged into a world of nightmares that reminded her she was cursed.
And that meant she couldn’t fall in love. Ever.
Lex Kendal was a multi-millionaire. Women flocked to him, preened and flaunted for his attention. But one woman, Valerie, knocked him back. Hard. It dented his pride and Lex set out to convince himself he still ‘had it’ by pursuing her.
Only he found himself being needed in a way he never, ever, expected and, for once in his life, money wasn’t the answer.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Interview with Author Stephanie Joyce Cole

I'd like to welcome SJ Cole to the Between Boyfriends Blog today. She's here to talk about her women's fiction/mystery romance novel, Compass North, and the tragic inspiration behind it. We have an excerpt below too.

 Interview

 

Q.  Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

R.   I have always loved books.  When I was a child, I hid under the bed covers at night with a flashlight and read, until my parents got wise to me.  Any kind of book would do.  My favorite place to hang out was the local library.  And so, as a natural progression, I started writing at a very early age--stories, poems, diaries and journals.  I didn’t have a specific ambition to be a writer.  My earliest ambition was to be an archaeologist.  I come from a working class family, and my parents always stressed the importance of my being able to take care of myself, so I studied law and was a lawyer for many years.  Now I’m happy to have left that life behind and moved to the wonderful (and challenging) world of writing fiction.

 

Q.  What is the name of your latest book? Can you summarize it in fewer than 75 words?

R.   COMPASS NORTH is the story of  an unhappy woman who is suddenly thrust into a new identity and a new life in a small town in Alaska, after she is presumed dead in a catastrophic accident.  At first Meredith is swept away by circumstances, but then she starts to make her own choices.  As Meredith works to reinvent her life, she discovers that leaving behind her old self isn’t so easy.  COMPASS NORTH is about secrets and the price to be paid for keeping them.  It’s about courage, too, and the joy that can be found in personal rediscovery.

 

Q.  What inspired your book? 

R.   The overall concept of the book emerged from the terrible tragedy of 9/11, when so many lost their lives as the World Trade Towers fell.  Because the destruction was so massive, many bodies were never recovered.  Yet there had to be instances of individuals who weren’t killed just as a result of luck--they were late for work in the towers, or they had darted out for coffee or to run an errand.  In most cases, they would be soon be joyously reunited with their loved ones.  But, I wondered, what if someone who escaped that kind of event happened to be desperately unhappy?  Would he or she be tempted to stay “dead” and take the opportunity to slip away?  So Meredith came into being, a woman betrayed by her husband and worn down by years of abuse, who is catapulted onto a new path after an accident in Alaska.

 

Q.  Do you have another job besides writing?

R.  I volunteer part-time in a women’s facility that assists unemployed and low-income women with their clothing and other personal needs.  It’s very fulfilling, and it’s a good reminder of “There but for fortune go you or I.”

 

Q.  What can fans expect to see from you in the future?

R.   I’m now writing the sequel to COMPASS NORTH, tentatively titled A LATE HARD FROST.  We’re back in Homer, Alaska, and many of the characters from the first book have returned along with some new ones. But relationships are cracking and changing, and a mysterious threatening stalker is lurking...what does he want, and what will he do to get it? 

 

Q.  Do you have people who read your work before you publish?

R.   Yes, thank you for giving me the opportunity to gush about my wonderful writing group!  There are six of us, and we are all writing in different genres.  We get together one evening a week, schedules permitting, and read our works-in-progress.  I find it’s so essential to have a group of people you trust, who will give you their honest opinions about your work. 


Q. What is your favorite thing to do besides writing?

R.    My problem is that I have too many favorite things!  I love to read, I love to hike, and I love to make pottery.  I have the good fortune to live near a world-class pottery studio where I can take classes and practice, both on the wheel and hand-building.  Ceramics work teaches me patience and gives me contemplative time to think about my writing (and, if you read COMPASS NORTH, you will find that one of my main characters is a potter).  It’s great fun to squish around in clay--it’s like being a kid again!


Q. Who is your favorite author(s)?

R.    Right now, I’m crazy for the Canadian ladies:  Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood for thought-provoking fiction, and Louise Penny for escaping into mysteries.  Elizabeth George is a great mystery writer too, from the Pacific Northwest.  I’m astounded at the complexity of her characters.  But really, it’s hard to choose.  There are so many wonderful authors and books! 


Q. If authors went out together on tours like bands, who would you want to open for?

R.  Hmmm...maybe the poet Billy Collins.  His work is so warm and accessible, and he seems to have a great sense of humor.  He’d be fun to hang out with backstage.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Reign Season 1 Episode 18 Recap: Do the Makers of Reign Hate Redheads?

In this week's episode of Reign we see King Henry madder than ever, Bash puts a ring on it (Kenna's finger), Lola's new husband is even more suspicious, Mary is as unreliable as ever, and Greer is...there too.

We also meet Mary's brother, which has me wondering, do the Reign makers hate redheads? The real Mary Queen of Scots was a redhead. I can understand why the lovely Adelaide Kane was cast in the role, but would dyeing her hair really have been a hardship? All of her Scottish ladies are brunette or blond (though 1 of 2 blondes was killed off). Then, we meet Mary's mother (the other Mary), also a brunette. When Mary's half-brother James shows up, another non-redhead I have to wonder, in Reign's alternate version of history are there no redheads in Scotland? Then again, no one in their France speaks French or has a French accent, so...

Back to the episode, Bash sweetly offers Kenna a family heirloom as a wedding ring. She graciously accepts, at least graciously for Kenna. Unfortunately, "Queen" Penelope takes a liking to it and off it comes. In a moment of sanity, Henry gets the real queen to give Kenna a new ring, yet if he had his wits about him why would he let Penelope control him? Hmm.

Anyway, Lola's wedding plans are underway, eliciting jealousy from Kenna. I'm kind of with her on that one. Lola is hoping to get everything locked up quickly and start her honeymoon tour before anyone notices a baby bump. Kind of strange that her new hubby broke off his engagement with Greer because of some rumors about her kissing a servant, and yet he is not even a little concerned that his new wife will start showing signs of pregnancy way before he could have knocked her up. Hmm. But Julian gives her a gorgeous sapphire necklace to show his love, so it's all good. Until Lola discovers it's fake. Apparently, he's desperate for a fat dowry but not desperate enough to marry Greer. That's got to hurt.

A new cardinal shows up to negotiate with the king about something important, but the queen, Francis, and Mary can't let him see Henry lest he deduce what everyone else has still failed to, that the king is nuts. Apparently, cardinals are 100 times more intelligent than the French court. Mary diverts danger by flirting with the cardinal and convincing him to negotiate with her and Francis instead. But, then her brother shows up and says she needs to come back to Scotland because her mother has too many French people in powerful positions there. Okay. She wishes to abandon her duty to follow through with the cardinal and instead wants to run off to Scotland. Francis asks her to finish with the cardinal first and see argues. Why? I have no idea. It had already been established that the cardinal was only there for a week, and it takes forever to travel anywhere in a royal carriage and then by sea, so really what's the difference? After the usual unnecessary drama, Francis offers to go with her to Scotland at the week's end.

Brother James is not pleased. He doesn't want more Frenchmen in Scotland. Mary calls him on it and he backs down. He makes a derisive comment about Francis' fair hair. Seriously, a Scot putting down a Frenchmen for being blond? The real James was a redhead, the actor is dark haired...just saying.

The king continues to lust after Kenna. Gross. The queen uses this to her advantage. Shocking. She offers to get Kenna and Bash a nice estate somewhere far, far away in exchange for her help in manipulating Penelope. Kenna goes to Penelope and plays on her fears of being cast aside. She makes some odd sexual suggestions, blindfolds, hot wax...None of which explains how Henry ended up on all fours on the floor earlier, tied to the bed too, in a position that made me scratch my head wondering what Penelope was planning to do with him before Katherine interrupted. Maybe Penelope could use some pointers? The plan works, pushing Penelope to get Henry into a sexual position with the word "cross" in the title that somehow triggers discomfort in Henry upon seeing a Christian cross on the wall. Perhaps he didn't notice it there last week when he strangled that prostitute for fun or when he was sleeping with his son's wife? A bishop barges in with Katherine at just the right time. Oh, the blasphemy. The bishop warns Henry that God may turn away from him. Really? Henry pushes a girl out the window (maybe accidentally), strangles another, and it's getting caught standing on a box with his arms tied at his sides that makes him repentant? Sigh. Henry sends Penelope away as the cause of his wickedness, though she wasn't the one who helped him dispose of the duchess' body or found the dead girl in his bed and kept it a secret. Anyway, the reign of "Queen Penelope" the bean queen is over.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Book Spotlight: "A Burning Truth" (Historical Romantic Suspense)

Today, we're spotlighting a Historical Romantic Suspense author, Joyce Proell, and her recently published a novel called, A Burning Truth. It is the second book in A Cady Delafield Mystery series.

Excerpt


Doyle sat in the carriage, his brain frozen and his limbs unable to move. He watched Cady run up the steps and disappear into Ophelia’s impenetrable stone manor. When the front door boomed shut with the noise of a cannon blast, he jumped. He lurched forward and exploded out of the vehicle. She wasn’t getting rid of him so easily. In fact, she wasn’t getting rid of him at all. He had a voice in the matter. He intended to be heard.Just as soon as he thought it, his steps faltered and he ground to a stop.“Damn!”Now was not the time to try to reason with her, not when she was in a cold fury. He pumped a fist against a thigh and stared at the mansion’s rock façade, aware her current state of mind was as solid and unshakable. Even if he managed to get beyond the front door, she wouldn’t listen. Not now.His head fell back. A piercing ache tore through him, as if his heart and soul had been shredded and tossed aside. Gunmetal storm clouds reeled over the sky, bleak and threatening. The bite in the air made his cheeks sting. Inside he was hollowed and gutted. His fingers curled and uncurled. Muscles coiled, he pivoted with a fierce twist, snapped an order to Phelps then threw himself back into the carriage. His next move must be deployed with utmost care. The carriage jolted forward and thrust him back against the seat cushion. She needed time to cool. Then he’d be back, and she’d listen to what he had to say.

 

Synopsis



In 1881, the air in Chicago is rife with worker discontent, yet business titan Doyle Flanagan is hopeful for the future. He looks forward to a lifetime of peaceful bliss with Cady Delafield and leaving the wretched past behind. But his life is once again thrown into disarray when his office is vandalized and the night watchman viciously murdered. Clues lead to a powerful organized labor movement. Targeted in the press as anti-labor and with a big rally staged next door to his offices, Doyle must uncover the culprits before his wedding plans and his livelihood go up in smoke.
Plagued by memories of four brutal deaths, school director Cady Delafield is determined to drive the recent tragedies from her mind and enjoy being courted. Although his commanding personality threatens to overshadow her, Doyle Flanagan is the most dynamic man she’s ever met. When another tragedy unfolds placing him at the center, she takes action—action that could shatter her future dreams.
 
 

About Joyce

 
Joyce grew up in Minnesota and attended college and grad school in Chicago. After working in mental health as a clinical social worker, she retired to write full-time. Her first book, Eliza, was published in 2012. A Burning Truth is the second in the Cady Delafield series. When she isn’t writing historical suspense or romance, she loves to travel, winter in Florida, swim, read and walks almost every day. She loves chocolate almost as much as crossword puzzles. She and her husband make their home in rural Minnesota in her very own little house on the prairie.

 


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

White Collar Ends: No More Matty Blue Eyes

I'm saddened to hear White Collar is ending, but upon reflection I think it's time. Burke has the DC gig, his agency dream come true, and Elizabeth is already on her way out. But most importantly, there isn't much left for Neil. He started out as a CI just to get out of jail. Then, it seemed like he was going to try to be an honest man after Burke talked him into staying instead of going off with Elizabeth (I'm still unclear as to why if he went he'd always be "running" because I thought the point was he had been given agency clearance to go start over). He ended up stealing the treasure later and disappearing not too long after.

So, he already went from bad to good to bad. Then, he returned and made a serious effort to be a good guy. That damn therapist got into his head and convinced him he was actually a bad guy, and then...well, he seemed to be leaning towards being a law abiding citizen. We don't think he would have gone off with Rebecca. But that could have been because she killed his handler. Had she not been a killer maybe he'd have been tempted. There just isn't much left to explore there. He has to make a final decision: law-abiding, reformed citizen or con man criminal mastermind. Looks like he's got 6 episodes to figure it out. We'll get a 6-episode final season. At least we get that.

There is one thing for certain though, I will miss watching Neil operate. Not to mention the string of hot lady love interests.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Game of Thrones: Two Swords Recap (The New Daario Sucks!)

Admit it, ladies, you want her hair more than the throne.
The highly anticipated new season of Game of Thrones started with a solemn opening scene of a man hammering a sword under the watchful eye of the most evil man of all time, Tywin Lannister, who has committed every vile act known to man, except perhaps the sexual perversions his grandson is so fond of. But then we don't see everything Tywin is up to. For those who aren't interested in blacksmiths, this scene is rather dull. Where's Dany already? And Sansa? And Ayra? I didn't wait all these months to see what Tywin was up to, and I never enjoy seeing him handle dead animals. Does he ever not kill things?
At least they didn't change the amazing opening. Same cool map, same cool theme song.
We switch to a scene at King's Landing where Jaimie Lannister sports a new haircut and a welcome lack of filth for the first time in a long while. I do miss the pretty blond hair though. He and Twyin say something about why his new sword is special that doesn't really matter. Valerian steel, blah blah blah. Tywin admits that he made two of these special swords, which explains why Jaimie has one. No way would Tywin the Tyrant give even his favorite child something that he himself did not possess. Though Jaimie will still have to learn to use the sword with his left hand after his right hand had been chopped off last season. I admit, that was probably the most surprising thing that happened since no one saved Ned Stark. I thought for sure he wouldn't die. I admit, I haven't read the books.
Tywin tells Jaimie he's to return to Casterly Rock. They argue. Jaimie refuses, saying stuff all about his honor and needing to remain in the King's Guard because of his vow. I imagine it has more to do with not wanting to leave Cersei, but then I'm a romantic.  
Tyrion Lannister awaits some important people on a road. Prince Doran, whoever that is, isn't there. Mention is made of a royal wedding. Apparently, the prince's brother, Oberyn, arrived ahead of the party and Tyrion is now tasked with finding him before he kills anyone.
Switch to a whore house to provide an opportunity to show off two sets of breasts. Prince Oberyn and some self-proclaimed female bastard are choosing which girl to procure, and they decide to take the male procurer too. Of course, despite twice ordering the man to remove his clothes, he doesn't. We just saw two naked girls, but the male actors get to keep their clothes on in true GOT's fashion.
Prince Oberyn hears singing and runs off to start a fight with some Lannisters in another room. Oberyn stabs one of the men in the wrist, but thankfully Tyrion walks in before the violence escalates.
Tyrion and Oberyn take a walk and commiserate on the difficulties of being ludicrously wealthy and powerful second sons. Oberyn reminsces about his sister's marriage to the last dragon, Rhaegar Targaryen. Apparently, Rhaegar left Elia Martel for another woman and she was then raped and cut in half by "the Mountain" on orders of Tywin. That does sound plausible. 
Moving on to Rhaegar's little sister, Daenerys. Finally! And the dragons. Dany gets spooked when one of the dragons turns on her momentarily while fighting for food. She's warned they'll never be tamed. Dany meets with her army and is told that Grey Worm and Daario are not there because they are gambling. And here we see the new Daario, who is NOTHING like the old one. How did a huge, blond, muscular, clean shaven man with passion and wit get replaced by a man of average height, slim frame, brown hair, and a beard? Who looks much older? Dany puts a stop to the gambling, we see no sexual chemistry with her and Daario, and we move on to catch up with Sansa.
Shae is still with the new Mrs. Lannister. 
Sansa isn't eating. She confesses to having nightmares. Not surprising since she heard about the slaughter of her mother, brother, and her sister-in-law. Well, she doesn't mention her sister-in-law, but I imagine somewhere inside her head Sansa is thinking about her unborn niece or nephew. Sansa runs off to hide in church.
Tyrion returns to his bedchamber to find Shae on his bed. He chastises her, saying it is too dangerous for her to visit him there. She says it's been too long and tries to seduce him. She fails, but Tyrion assures her that he doesn't love Sansa. She confronts him about the misunderstanding last season where she thoguht Tyrion was trying to make her leave, which he knows nothing about. A servant sees Shae storming out of the room.
Jaimie gets a gold hand, a gift from Cersei. She's such a giver. Mention of mysterious "symptoms" Cersei made. She refuses to tell Jaimie what symptoms they are. The two recap all the horrible things Cersei has suffered, which really isn't that bad. Jaimie tells her that their father disowned him. He basically admits he's staying for her and tries to seduce her. She pushes him away and blames him for leaving her. The servant who spotted Shae interrupts their argument.
Ygriette and some scruffy guy argue about whether to attack Castle Black or wait. Allies from north of the Wall arrive, not ones anyone seems to like. Everyone measures the size of their balls before we go inside Castle Black and see how Jon and Samwell are doing. Jon bitches about being jealous of RObb. Samwell admits that he feels the same about Jon. Jon faces a counsel to explain why he killed his fellow Crow to get in with the Wildlings. He informs them that 100,000 Wildlings are on their way with giants. They plan to attack both from the north and the south. Jon escapes beheading, though at least one guy wants him dead for breaking his vow of chastity and killing the Crow.
Margaery Tyrell and her scary grandmother work to choose a necklace for the wedding. Brienne of Tarth shows up to speak with Margaery. She tells her about the death of her beloved Renly at the hand of Stannis.That seemed like so long ago.
We see Joffrey, Jaimie and his counsel discussing whatever. Joffrey looks through the Book of Brothers and brags about how he saved the city while Jaimie was busy getting captured. He finds Jaimie's page and taunts him about how there are no greet deeds written about him. I wish Jaimie had backhanded him with his new gold hand.
Dany and her translator stand talking until Daario interrupts, and again, there is no heat between then. He presents her with flowers. She shoots him down. He lectures her on how to win people over, an excellent strategy when you've already annoyed a woman, tell her what she's doing wrong. She ultimately accepts the ugly flowers and seems pleased. I'm not buying it. The army marches and comes upon a dead girl tied up next to the road. Dany is told that there's one at every mile point from there to their destination. Lovely. In total, there are 163.
Sansa sits in meditation, while Jaimie and Brienne watch her and argue. Renly reminds him of his promise to return the Stark girls to their mother. He points out that Cat is dead, Sansa is married to Tyrion, and Arya is missing. Brienne persists. Someone may have been listening in. Sansa didn't appear to hear, but as she walks alone back to wherever she is followed by a drunk man. She doesn't recognize him at first. It's the man who Joffrey almost killed on his Name Day but Sansa saved him. He gives Sansa a necklace as a thank you. Sansa agrees to "wear it with pride."
Arya and the Hound are riding through the woods, past some dead bodies with flies. Arya asks when she's getting her own horse. The Hound points out that if she got her own horse she'd ride away and she's the only thing of value in the world. He tells her that he plans to sell her to her rich aunt. They come upon 5 men with horses. Arya recognizes one of the men, who apparently killed her friend with her sword Needle. Which he still has. Arya charges ahead to get her sword and they end up inside where one of the men appears ready to rape a woman. Could we have one seen where a woman is not dead, raped, or disrobed. The Hound gets recognized by one of his brother, The Mountain's, men. The solider mistakes Arya for the Hound's bitch. The Hound gets invited to join the murderous, torturous, raping band of "king's men." The Hound replies with, "F*** the king." The Hound is offered a chicken for some time with Arya. Even though they'd just talked about being ravenous, the Hound doesn't agree. A fight ensues. Shocker. The Hound kills everyone while Arya does her normal thing where she watches and smirks as if the victory was hers. At the very last second when the Hound almost gets his throat slit she...still does nothing. He kills the guy and Arya finally joins in, bashing a man over the head and stabbing him a sword before killing the man who killed her friend and took her sword. She watches with a disgustingly happy look on her face. They ride off together, Arya on her new horse and the Hound eating chicken. All I can think is at least the innocent woman didn't get raped.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Revolution: Priscilla Gets Pregnant, Aaron the Nano Baby Daddy

Priscilla Queen of the Nano has been acting strangely lately, and she finally admits to why in Season 2 Episode 18 (Austin City Limits). Well, partially. She isn't really Priscilla. She is the nano. Apparently, the real Priscilla is stuck inside her brain making pancakes for her kids. Okay... The nano has control over her body for the purposes of learning how to be human. She gives some speech about how hearing about eating an apple isn't the same as experiencing eating an apple, and how hearing about having sex isn't the same as actually having sex. Okay, Eve, you need to take your apple and back away from Adam, I mean Aaron.

Except isn't that exactly what "Priscilla" is up to, creating new life? Part nano, part human. Why else would she jump Aaron's bones the first chance she got? If the nano wanted to experience good sex, there are plenty of hotties around. No reason to go to Aaron or only go to Aaron. I think Miss Pris wants to create life and experience being human from the point of conception. And who better to donate the sperm than Aaron, the nano's unwitting "father" the first time around (when he accidentally gave it life)? And the guy who was the only who could fix the nano's code problem. He's the smartest guy in the world as far as the nano are concerned, and Priscilla was already their "mom," so why not make it real with a baby?

I guess the only real question is would the baby have a normal human life cycle or would the nano hurry along the process?