Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

I must have a slightly twisted sense of Christmas Spirit…I love, love, love, this movie. It’s funny, charming, scary, and sweet all at the same time. If you have never heard of the Krampus before, you might want to google it before atching the movie. The Finns have a decidedly less jolly fellow to deal with in their cold dark winter.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Some people would argue that this isn’t actually a Christmas movie, but…isn’t a holiday movie something you personally associate with a holiday?  Since I first saw this before Christmas, it will always feel like a Christmas movie to me!

The Mistletoe Inn– a review

I was at a writing retreat recently, so we decided to watch this movie as a lark. After all, it was about a romance author going on a writing retreat. Most of the women in my writing group do not write romance, but the writing world is so badly portrayed in this movie that any writer will laugh their heads off at the horrible dialogue and the overall cheese of this movie.

On the other hand, the movie offered on its promise of sweet holiday romance. Hey, just because I write erotica doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy lighter fare when it comes to the sexual presentation on the page or screen. The truth is, I thought the  story was absolutely pat and enjoyable at the same time. Story fast-food. No worries about things being angsty. No real tension in the story. You can watch this puppy knowing who is going to end up happy together in the end within the first five minutes. But that’s the beautiful thing about romance. It’s cheery. It’s happy. It’s predictable. It’s exactly what we want when we are weary of the real world around us.

With six writers on the sofa, all the major plot points and reveals were easily pointed out ten minutes into the movie. The acting was laughable, bordering on groan-worthy. Christmas romances must have a snow scene in them, right? Of course, this one took place with the lead actress wearing pumps and a skirt while falling into totally fake looking snow. Add in the CGI snowbanks in the New York City scene for even more eye-rolling enjoyment. And, it being on Hallmark, there wasn’t anything more sexual than a little kiss at the end of the movie.

The only saving grace of this movie is that it’s hysterical to watch with a group of fellow writers who understand the mis-steps and completely off-base comments about our industry. At one point, a key-note speaker gives a two minute lecture on her favorite writing trick which involved putting lights and ornaments on the tree with the angel on top being the perfect point of view looking down on the story. I hear the book is WAY better. 

What’s Next?

Whenever I start thinking about what I’ll write next, I spend very little time worrying about what other people want. Is that selfish? I don’t know. But, I do know writing something that makes me excited makes for better writing in general, and therefore, something more enjoyable for you to read.

Just because I edit the Blood in the Rain series does not mean I’m only interested in vampires.  As I look to 2018 and the kinds of things I want to be writing, I’m seeing a few more novellas than short stories. When I first started doing the Blood in the Rain anthologies, I had one vampire story ready to roll. It is in the first collection. Since then, I’ve written two more stories in the same world–a post-apocalyptic America that is divided into new nations-states–Pacifica (West Coast), God’s New Eden (Texas and other southern states), Centralia (All those fly-over states) and Atlantica (East Coast).  Each story takes place in a slightly different part of the country.

My goal is to write the origin stories for each of my main characters in those three stories. Beyond that, I’m writing some pretty normal human-centric erotica. And, I’m looking at this whole shifter thing. Oh, and revers harem stuff.  That sounds like a LOT OF FUN.  How about Reverse Harem Domme Vampires?

 

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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

I must have a slightly twisted sense of Christmas Spirit...I love, love, love, this movie. It's funny, charming, scary, and sweet all at the same time. If you have never heard of the Krampus before, you might want to google it before atching the movie. The Finns have...

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Some people would argue that this isn't actually a Christmas movie, but...isn't a holiday movie something you personally associate with a holiday?  Since I first saw this before Christmas, it will always feel like a Christmas movie to me!

The Mistletoe Inn– a review

I was at a writing retreat recently, so we decided to watch this movie as a lark. After all, it was about a romance author going on a writing retreat. Most of the women in my writing group do not write romance, but the writing world is so badly portrayed in this movie...

What’s Next?

Whenever I start thinking about what I'll write next, I spend very little time worrying about what other people want. Is that selfish? I don't know. But, I do know writing something that makes me excited makes for better writing in general, and therefore, something...

Blood In The Rain 3 Giveaway–Enter Now!

Did I completely forget to mention I have a giveaway on Goodreads? Yes...Yes I did. You still have a couple days, though. Go sign up now for your chance to win a copy of the latest, all-new collection of super hot vampire stories! Goodreads Book Giveaway Blood in the...

Blood in the Rain Reading Season

I've settled into a pretty good rhythm when it comes to putting together the Blood in the Rain anthologies. Because this is our third time around, Mary Trepanier (my co-editor) and I have developed a system for reading submissions and deciding which stories will go in...

If Mom’s Happy: Stories of Erotic Mothers

My story in If Mom's Happy is mostly fantasy, but this little snippet is straight out of real-life experience. Not waking the kids is definitely 'a thing' for most parents at some point. It's not that we were trying to hide the fact we have sex, we wanted them to...

Giveaway!

I'm so excited about reading the new submissions for Blood in the Rain 3, I've decided to give away ten copies of Blood in the Rain 2. Here's the link! Goodreads Book Giveaway Blood in the Rain 2 by Cecilia Duvalle Giveaway ends April 30, 2017. See the giveaway...

Blood in the Rain 3!

Yes. You read that right. We're ready to accept submissions to Blood in the Rain 3, to be released in October 2017. If you've got an erotic vampire tale to share, it's time to get cranking. Or editing if you've already got one written. Check out the official call at...

OMG, I totally forgot to post about BITR2?

I'm horrible at blogging. Or updating. I hate this part of the writing business because of the technical stuff involved. I like to write. And I love to read. And I love connecting with people who enjoy the same. If you want to receive updates via email, please...

The Audible Version of BITR is Available!

I know, Blood in the Rain 2 is about to hit the shelves and the audible for BITR 1 is finally available? I've blogged about the audiobook process a few times. The fact that our studio was available one evening a week for a couple of hours, plus our talent work 'real...

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night–Vampire Movie Countdown to Halloween part 4

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is probably the most artsy vampire film I have ever seen. It’s in black and white, so that’s part of it. The film plays with light and dark, angles, focus..everything.  It’s a slow movie. There’s one scene that we both were squirming in our seats asking each other “HOW can they move SOOOOO slow?”  And, we were able to do that, and talk over many of the scenes because there is very little dialogue.

Silence is so much a part of the story it becomes its own character. It builds tension and discomforts the viewer. We’re so used to words, words, words! All the time WORDS! and explosions and action. This film is the exact opposite of most every contemporary movie.

The story takes place in “Bad City”–a nebulously awful neighborhood where people are seen throwing random bodies that lie abandoned and ignored in a ravine. Here’s what the “experts” had to say:

Guy Lodge of Variety said in his review that “Ana Lily Amirpour’s auspicious debut feature is a sly, slinky vampire romance set in an imaginary Iranian underworld”.[1] Andrew O’Hehir of Salon called the film “the year’s biggest discovery” and praised its feminist themes.[13] Boyd van Hoeij, in his review for The Hollywood Reporter, praised the movie, saying “this moody and gorgeous film is finally more about atmosphere and emotions than narrative – and none the worse for it”.[14] Drew Taylor of Indiewire graded the film A− and said that it gives “the impression that you’re witnessing something iconic and important unfold before you”                                           –From Wikipedia