Comic Con – pt 2

Hey! We’re back talking about Comic Con and all the new stuff I’m excited about. If you missed the first instalment, check it out here.

Today we’re talking about DC Comics and Warner Brothers

First up, I can’t talk about DC Comics without raving about Wonder Woman. She was the best part of the lack lustre Batman Vs Superman movie and I’m thrilled that she is getting her own feature film. DC screened the first trailer we’ve seen for Wonder Woman and wow! It looks great.


As you can see from the trailer, they are taking us back to Wonder Woman’s origin story and World War I. Here’s the movie synopsis:

“Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.”

Hoping to win with a ensemble movie from the fringe (similar to how Marvel did with Guardians of the Galaxy), DC won’t have to wait long to see if their gamble on the Suicide Squad will pay off and neither will we (release date August 4th). If nothing else, the movie has had great trailers and will probably have an awesome soundtrack (if the trailers are any indication). I have to admit to being curious to see this one. I’m all for rooting for the underdog, but not sure if I’ll be able to get on board with these particular psychopaths (except for maybe Harley, she is awesome).

Of course the blockbuster event for DC in 2017 will be the Justice League, DC’s answer to Marvel’s Avengers. Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg (to name a few!)….it’s going to be massive. Based on the teaser trailer DC dropped at Comic Con, it also looks like they have listened to fans (after the dark and broody Batman Vs Superman movie) and lightened things up a bit.

If you can’t make it to the UK to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, fans of the Potterverse don’t have to wait much longer for Warner Brothers latest foray with JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which comes out in November. The latest trailer was screened for the first time at Comic Con and while it had a few parts we’ve already scene, we do get a few more glimpses of some of the creatures that escape Newt’s awesome suitcase.

The origins of the relationship between Batman and Robin are sure to be hilariously explored in the new Lego Batman movie, if we are to take what we see in the newly screened trailer as an indicator. If the movie lives up to the trailer, it should be a real hoot.

Last, but not least, Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword looks like it’s going to be absolutely crazy good. Ritchie, known for movies like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and Sherlock Holmes, has carried his distinctive dialogue and visual style over to the Arthurian legend. And the movie has Charlie Hunnam as Arthur! Need I say more?


Hunnam plays a rough-around-the-edges Arthur who grew up in the streets, only to discover that his birthright was stolen from him. He’s backed by an incredible cast. In addition to Hunnam, the film also stars Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, Eric Bana and Katie McGrath.




So, if you are a bit of a nerd like me, you know that this past weekend was the comic-con of all comic-cons, the San Diego Comic Con (it’s so big that it’s usually just referred to as Comic Con). This four day event has been running every summer since the early 70s and has become a Mecca of sorts for all things nerdy. Over the years, Comic Con has become the focal point for the world of comic conventions with offerings such as its giant Exhibit Hall (topping over 460,000 square feet in its current incarnation); a massive programming schedule (over 700 separate events); hands-on workshops and educational and academic programming; anime and film screenings; an Autograph Area; an Art Show; and Portfolio Reviews, bringing together aspiring artists with major companies.

If you are a Big Bang Theory fan, you may also know how difficult it is to get tickets to the Con.

Luckily, thanks to the Internet, pretty much everything that gets screened for Comic-Con eventually gets posted for the general public. As a result, I have compiled my list of things that I am excited to see coming out of Comic Con.

Today, we’ll talk about what’s new from Marvel.

There were some big announcements from Marvel Studios. First off, they have a new logo and opening sequence.

Next up, Marvel introduced the cast of the upcoming Black Panther movie. We were first introduced to Black Panther earlier this year in Captain America: Civil War and personally, I thought he was one of the best parts. The movie stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Erik Kilmonger and Danai Gurira.

black panther cast

Chris Hemsworth returns next year in Thor: Ragnarok. This time out, Thor is joined by the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and a really amazing cast that includes: Cate Blanchette, Tom Hiddleston, Jeff Goldblum and Karl Urban.


Coming out later this year, Doctor Strange (starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams) looks kind of trippy with some scenes reminding me of the early Batman Begins (with Christian Bale) and others the reality altering Inception.

dr strange movie poster

Guardians of the Galaxy, vol 2 and Spiderman: Homecoming are also on their way, but the biggest reveal for Marvel came when the casts of all of their movies at the panel got together on stage for a massive group picture and studio President, Kevin Feige, brought on Oscar winning actress Brie Larson! It’s official, she’ll be playing Captain Marvel which will be the studio’s first female solo superhero movie!

Brie Larson Cpt Marvel

Next post, I’ll cover what Warner Brothers/DC Comics has in store for us.


Big News for Audiophiles

HRD Audio coming soonAre you a fan of audiobooks? If you are, then I have big news for you. The Harry Russo Diaries are coming to audio!

That’s right, I have just signed a deal with Tantor Media for Harry’s first three adventures. Tantor will be producing and distributing the audiobooks with Dead and Kicking set for release on September 13, 2016!

I can’t wait to hear the finished product which is being narrated by the very talented Dara Rosenberg. Check out her audio samples. I think she is a great fit for Harry. How about you?


How I Spent My Summer Vacation – pt 1

The Gimli Film Festival

As I have mentioned before, summer is cottage season for my family. Our cottage is located on the shores of Lake Winnipeg, the world’s tenth largest freshwater lake, just south of the small community of Gimli, Manitoba.


Gimli, besides being the name of one of the members of the Fellowship of the Ring, is a bustling summer destination for cottagers and day-trippers alike. Known to have the largest population of people of Icelandic descent outside of Iceland, for the last sixteen years, Gimli has also been home to the Gimli Film Festival. The festival showcases fiction feature films, documentaries and short films from Manitoba, Canada and the world with an emphasis on work from the circumpolar countries. They even screen free movies on the beach every night of the festival. It’s quite an experience to see Jaws on a big screen that literally comes up out of the lake.


Each summer I study the myriad of movies in the festival’s schedule like a punter betting on the ponies, hoping to pick a winner or two. It can be hit or miss, but generally, even if the movie ends up being a bit of a dud, I enjoy getting the chance to see a film I normally wouldn’t have considered or even have had access.

3 Out of 4 Ain’t Bad

This year I think I did a pretty great job of picking movies. I managed to get to four of the over 85 films screened (I only attended two days of the four day event). I barely put a scratch on the list and it was certainly not as many as I would have liked, but I have to juggle schedules with the other movie goers in my family. In the spirit of film festivals around the world, I have awarded my own prizes to each (with apologies to Cannes).

Fiskur af Gulli (The Golden Fish award)
Microbe et Gasoil

Microbe & Gasoline was a quirky, fun, coming-of-age, road trip with one laugh-out-loud moment after another. It sort of had a 80’s movie vibe, going more for low-key than big box office bang. I highly recommend it.

Silfur Stjörnu (Silver Star award)

It seems that road trip movies were definitely a theme for me (total fluke) this year. This time it’s a father-daughter adventure, although the daughter is only there grudgingly, and only for the pot. A Canadian project filmed here in Manitoba by former Winnipegger, Jonas Chernick, Borealis is a charming and sweetly painful movie. The real star of the show is Joey King who takes a potentially clichéd character — a teenage girl who’s tough on the outside and scared on the inside — and brings her to life in a believable and heartbreaking way. Definitely worth checking out.

Stórt Hjarta (The Big Heart award)
A Man Called Ove

Ove (rhymes with ‘stove) is the epitome of a grumpy, old man. He’s stubborn, short-tempered, strictly regimented and very lonely. A young family pushes their way into his rigid life bringing chaos and more importantly friendship. A touching and humorous film. (Sorry, I couldn’t find a trailer with the English subtitles.)

Also Saw Honourable Mention

At first this film feels like a low-budget, stop-motion animation, but as the story unfolds you find there is a clever reason why. I could have done without the claymation style “Full Monty”.

So that’s how I spent my weekend at the cottage. Next up I get my Viking on at Islendingadagurinn.

S.I.A. with Rebecca Chastain

Hey folks! Today I have a treat for you. I’ve added an interview with international best-selling author, Rebecca Chastain to the S.I.A. section. I was quite excited when Rebecca contacted me to do an interview swap (so you can catch my interview with her on her website today as well). I’ve read Rebecca’s quirky romp, Tiny Glitches, where Eva, her main character, has a bit of a problem with electricity, not to mention a stolen ‘baby’ elephant. There are also ninjas and would-be kidnappers that like to bake. What’s not to love?

Rebecca also writes the popular Madison Fox series and is her promoting her Guardian Gargoyles Chronicles. Check it out!

Find out more in An Interview with Rebecca Chastain

Don’t Miss the News

Hi everyone! Hope you are enjoying your summer (for those in the northern hemisphere) or that your winter isn’t too harsh (yes, I’m talking to all my Aussie friends and everyone else in the southern hemisphere). My summer has gotten off to a busy start. First, there was my son’s grade 12 graduation and all that entailed, then I organized the Crazy Canuck Canada Day blog hop and finally there has been some book related activity that I want to tell you about, but can’t. Evil, aren’t I?

mwahaha raccoon

You’ll just have to wait a bit for the news, I’m afraid. If you don’t want to miss out on the big announcement that’s coming, or just want to be one of the first to hear the news, why not join my newsletter mailing list? My newsletter is rather sporadic – I only send it out when I have actual news – so I promise you won’t be bombarded by spam.  And, just to sweeten the deal, I have a new giveaway going in conjunction with newsletter sign ups. For every 100 new members, I’m giving away a $25 gift certificate. Winners will be randomly picked from ALL names on the list (so if you have already signed up, you’re automatically entered) and once you join, you will be eligible for every subsequent draw.

So, what are you waiting for? Join my mailing list by clicking HERE.


Hooray! Blog Hop Winners

Well, summer may be just starting, but our Crazy Canuck Canada Day blog hop has come to an end. Thank you to everyone that visited all the stops on the hop. I hope you enjoyed meeting some new Canadian authors and checking out their work.

Each stop on the hop will be awarding their individual prize winners in the next couple of days. Good luck to everyone.


The Grand Prize winner was randomly selected from all the entries by Rafflecopter. Congratulations to Christopher Mason! Christopher will be able to do some shopping for new summer reading with his $50 Amazon gift card. Thanks again to everyone that entered.

Another big congratulations to Sharon Watson-Azmier who has won a copy of my contemporary romance, Home Again. Thanks for taking the time to visit my stop on the hop, Sharon! Enjoy reading Home Again.

Home Again


Tick Tock – Don’t Forget the Hop!

Canada Day Blog HopThere’s just a couple days left for the Crazy Canuck Canada Day Blog Hop. Have you visited all the stops? Have you maximised your chances to win the Grand Prize? It’s an easy thing to do, just visit one of the stops and hop on board. Visit my original post and leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win a paperback copy of Home Again, my contemporary romance.

PD Workman – Summer is Short on the Prairies Canadiana Prize Pack, including paperback copy of Questing for a Dream
Jessica Subject – a paperback copy of Alien Next Door – the Complete Series
Romarin Demetri – a copy of her debut novel, A Mirror Among Shattered Glass
Lisa Emme – a signed copy of Home Again
Nathan Burgoine – a copy of  his novel, Light
Kayleigh Malcolm – $20 CAD Amazon Gift Card
Cori Vidae – a paperback copy of Rough Edges

Enter the Grand Prize draw

So, what does it mean to be Canadian? Here’s an oldie, but goodie to help explain:


Keep the Hop Going

Welcome to another of my Crazy Canuck Canada Day Blog Hop posts.  Don’t forget to visit my original post for the hop so you can enter to win a print copy of my contemporary romance, Home Again.  Just click HERE to visit the post and leave a comment. There are also lots of great prizes up for grabs on the other websites participating in the hop, so make sure to check them all out. To enter the Grand Prize draw, follow the link below.

Canada Day Blog Hop

Enter the Grand Prize draw

If you are a new visitor to my site, why not take a few minutes and look around? Are you a fan of romance? Or maybe you prefer fantasy? Either way, I’ve got you covered.

FB BannerBesides my best-selling urban fantasy series, the Harry Russo Diaries, I also write spicy romance.

Home Again



Home Again is a down-home country romance, but don’t let the sweet cover fool you, it delivers the heat too.

Looking for something a little on the kinky side? I’ve got that as well with my Yacht Club series.

Yacht Club - three short reads