IN A NUTSHELL: True Blood Season 7 Episode 9 Recap

Love is to Die.

What do you mean there's only one episode left of True Blood

Here we are at the penultimate episode of True Blood. The picture says it all. I can’t believe it is almost over! Without any more tears, here’s what went down in Episode 9 (entitled Love is to Die) of HBO’s True Blood Season 7:

  • Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) takes the emo crown from Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) and decides he’d rather die than drink Sarah Newlin’s (Anna Camp) Hep-V antidote blood. Last laugh is on you anyway Bill as people are tired of your mopey ways and continual torment you bring to Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin). Just die already now.
  • Speaking of Sookie. She slaps Bill repeatedly until Eric steps in and stops her. Bad Eric :-(
  • Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) makes his decision. You know the one we really don’t care about? Anyway, he leaves with Nicole (Jurnee Smollett-Bell).
  • Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack) and Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll) get back together in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 9 (entitled 'Love is to Die')Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack) and Bridgette (Ashely Hinshaw) finally work out she was just a plot device to cause drama between Hoyt and Jessica. As a result of this, Hoyt hooks up with Jessica and Bridgette is left to help Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) work out that you can lie down in bed with a woman without resorting to shagging her. Yeah, looks like a perfectly placed happy ending for Jason and Bridgette…
  • Eric becomes a relationship counsellor and has to sort out the mess between Bill and Sookie. (Just let Bill die already Eric and then you can swoop in score the girl!) Long story short: Bill mopes, Eric falls for it, Eric talks to Sookie and then vampire flies her home so she can take a call from Bill.
  • For some reason yet unknown to us the Yazuka decides Sarah Newlin should be a blonde again. And for more seemingly stupid reasons, they decide Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) should be the hairdresser. Is it just me or have all the vampires on True Blood forgotten they have super speed. Just kill those Yakuza already Pam!
  • Then this happens:

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  • Yeah, Eric goes crazy after having to be deal with relationships and feelings and shit and has sex with Ginger (Tara Buck). For three seconds.
  • Next we discover that Pam has been tied up by Mr. Gus (Will Yun Lee) who really doesn’t trust Eric and Pam at all. He demands to know the truth about Sookie while continually cutting the ropes leading to a possible stake through the heart for Pam. Seriously, what was I saying earlier about vampires forgetting their own strength? Eric you need to zip around at vamp speed and decapitate the dungeon full of Yakuza LIKE YOU DID WHEN YOU HAD HEP-V AND WERE “APPARENTLY” WEAKER. Instead he admits Sookie knows about Sarah and now Mr. Gus wants to know where Sookie lives. Way to get the girl Eric!
  • So we are back at Sookie’s and she has agreed to let Bill call on her like a good ole fashioned southern woman. Except Bill reaches up to knock on the door and…. Roll the FUCKING credits why don’t you HBO?!?!

So, what did you think of Episode 9 of True Blood? Are you excited or sad leading up to the final episode ever? Let me know by commenting below!

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Kickstarter Quest for Awesome New Dungeon Adventure Board Game

Hi – it’s Kai from Mantic Games here. Your blog host has kindly allowed me to come on over and say hello and tell you about our fantasy boardgame Kickstarter. If you have any questions, please head on over to Launched Kickstarter… and ask away! I’ll do what I can to answer them.

Beneath the plains of Diffeth lies the ruined Dwarfen Hold of Dolgarth. Buried deep is the Tome of Valandor – the purest source of magical knowledge that has ever existed. It has been protected for centuries, but it has now fallen into the hands of evil…

Dungeon Saga: The Dwarf King’s Quest is the Dungeon Adventure Board Game for 2-5 players. It is now live on Kickstarter.

It centres around the classic struggle between a party of heroes and the forces of darkness, represented by the Undead. One player takes on the mantle of the Necromancer and controls his evil host, whilst up to four other players can lead the mighty heroes on their adventure.

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The game contains coloured plastic miniatures and full colour, modular dungeon tiles ready to use right out of the box. No assembly is required.

Whether you’re a veteran of the dungeon genre or you’re simply looking for a great game to play with the kids, Dungeon Saga has something for everyone!

This Kickstarter is very simple – we’re starting with one great value Pledge Level to make it really easy to get involved. It’s called Dungeon Master and is available for $100. It includes everything in the graphic below.
The main pledge box is growing every few stretch goals, but for now it makes a solid game – we’ve also offered a set of choice add-ons too.   Currently, the box contains this, and we’re going towards $365k, and adding a female cleric.
And as of writing this post, there are 19 days to pledge.

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If you’re interested but not sure you want to join in, but would like to comment, or just grab our resins or other add-ons, you can also pledge in for $1.

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Kickstarter pledges are made by credit card. No money is charged until the campaign ends, after the end-of-month payday. Pledge now with total piece of mind!
Each stretch goal we make adds more content or unlocks amazing items, some of which will be exclusive to the Kickstarter campaign and virtually impossible to get elsewhere. If you don’t want to miss anything, then please get involved!

We hope that together we can make the best dungeon adventure board game possible. If you’re new to Kickstarter you can check out our Guide to Pledging, Stretch Goals and Add-ons here. We will of course be on hand to answer any questions you might have!

Please pledge your support and spread the word – we appreciate your support!

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COVER REVEAL: The Reaping by K. Makansi

The Reaping by K. Makansi

The Reaping by K. Makansi

The Reaping by K. Makansi
(The Seeds Trilogy #2) 
Publication date: October 15th 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

Blurb

Remy Alexander wants justice. After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Sector only to watch her world burn around her, she will defy everyone to find her revenge.

Valerian Orlean wants truth. After learning what evils the Sector is truly capable of, he must confront his past in order to create a better future.

In a world where deadly secrets lurk around every corner, and the food you eat can enlighten or enslave you, Remy and Vale must walk the line between hope and hate, love and loss, violence and vengeance, in order to unite – or destroy – their world.

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K. Makansi AuthorsK. Makansi is the pen name for the writing triumvirate consisting of AmiraElena, and Kristina Makansi. Two sisters and their mother, the three women developed a passionate interest in science fiction as a way to write about issues of food sovereignty and food justice. Elena is pursuing a degree in environmental studies atOberlin College in Ohio, and will graduate in May of 2014. Amira was a history student at the University of Chicago whose day job working in the cellar of awinery (and constantly being splatteredwith wine) keeps her busy when she’s not writing. And Kristy owns and operates Blank Slate Press, an independent publishing company based out of StLouis, and is a partner at Treehouse Publishing Group, a company providing editorial and design services to aspiring authors. When not writing or reading, the three can be found having animated discussions around the dinner table, sharing a good bottle of wine, or taking long walks in the park eagerly plotting out their next book.

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IN A NUTSHELL: True Blood Season 7 Episode 8 Recap

Almost Home.

Here’s what went down in Episode 8 (entitled Almost Home) of HBO’s True Blood Season 7:

  • Kristin Bauer van Straten stars as vampire Pam in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 8 (entitled 'Almost Home')Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp) decides to be a martyr which means Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) gets healed. YAY! Now we’re back to viking Eric and not sappy emo Eric – about bloody time! But first Eric needs to nearly kill Sarah so Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) can be a martyr right back at us to show yet again how much her maker means to her.
  • Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) decides that a good way to enjoy the after-coital glow with Bill (Stephen Moyer) would be to dredge up the past. So we get to hear all about Queen Sophie and Bill’s betrayal all over again. Except this time we discover Sookie was meant to be a fairy breeder so Sophie could enjoy fae blood.
  • Tara’s (Rutina Wesley) story line gets done, dusted and shelved forever (hopefully). Seems it was her daddy’s fault her mother was an addict, but at least we get closure.
  • Karolina Wydra stars as Violet in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 8 (entitled 'Almost Home')The Hoyt (Jim Parrack), Bridgette (Ashley Hinshaw), Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) and Jason (Ryan Kwanten) sandwich gets an extra shot of hot sauce this week. Long story short: Hoyt doesn’t want kids, Bridgette cracks it and jumps in the car with Jason and they all end up with Jessica in Violet’s (Karolina Wydra) 50 shades of kinky fuckery dungeon. Luckily Hoyt is the last one to arrive and thanks to Violet falling prey to every villain’s arch nemesis; the monologue, that 800 year old crazy bitch gets done by a Fortenberry. <insert eye fucking from across the room between Hoyt and Jessica here>
  • So Nu Blood is officially invented but hasn’t gone public yet. Seems Mr. Gus (Will Yun Lee) wants a product that acts like a bandaid and not a cure…
  • Eric arrives at Bill’s to tell Sookie (because you would totally turn up at the house of your ex’s ex when tracking down your ex) about being healed. When Sookie spills the beans on Bill’s Hep-V. Eric tells her to stay in the house and he’ll be back. To which Sookie pulls a Carl (from AMC’s The Walking Dead) and doesn’t stay in the mother fucking house. Instead she heads on over to Fangtasia to fuck things up a bit more. Luckily she realises when she gets there that the Yakuza are too much for even Sookie Stackhouse to chew up and spit out so lets Eric fake glamour her out of the mess. But is this a lesson for her? Hell no mister! She sneaks into Fangtasia again, this time finding Sarah Newlin and working out she is the antidote and the messiah to all this Hep-V shit.
  • Mr. Gus doesn’t trust Eric, Pam or Sookie one little bit yet leaves those crazy guys home alone while he returns to Dallas. What could possibly go wrong?
  • All the vampires can miraculously wander around in the day time in Season 7, so long as they stay out of the sun. Remember when the vampires on True Blood couldn’t do that? Remember how hard it was to wake a vampire during the day time in previous seasons? Yeah me too…
  • Bill dreams about Sookie and him having a baby Ifrit… Hang on a minute… Haven’t we done this shit already HBO? *cough* *Season 5* *cough* Yeah, thought so…
  • So Sookie manages wake Bill from his Ifrit dreaming and drag him all the way to Fangtasia before Bill pulls the ‘I’d rather die than drink that shit’ card when offered Sarah Newlin’s miracle blood.

Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) says no in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 8 (entitled 'Almost Home')

What did you think of Episode 8 of HBO’s True Blood Season 7? Do you think Bill will suffer the true death? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

You can read my Episode 9 recap by clicking here.

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BOOK BLITZ: Shades of Chaos (Genres: Dystopia, YA)

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Shades of Chaos
Authors: Alexia Purdy, Cameron Jace, Chrystalla Thoma, Katie Salidas, Megan Duncan, Nadège Richards
Publication date: June 11th 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

Okay, now I have read and LOVED I Am Alive, so I can’t WAIT to get my hands on the rest of these dystopian stories!

Blurb

Dare yourself to enter into post-apocalyptic future with this gritty collection of first-in-a-series books by six bestselling authors! Discover unique worlds packed with non-stop action, adventure, and suspense set against a gritty, futuristic backdrop.

NOTE: Together, these books have over 320 5-star reviews on Amazon!
Over 1400 pages of stories, with *exclusive* content from Alexia Purdy, Katie Salidas, and Chrystalla Thoma!
Best for ages 16 and up~

I AM Alive: I am not my heart rate. I am not my skills. I am not how I look like. My name is Decca Tenderstone. I live in a future America where teenagers are ranked on a scale from 1 to 10 on graduation day. There has never been a 10. Those below the rank of 5 are considered Monsters, a liability to society. The system says I am a Monster. I will not let them kill me. I will survive.

Initiation: Being a Vampire is a crime punishable by eternal servitude in the arena as a Gladiator of the Iron Gate. Mira, a newly turned vampire, must prove she has what it takes to survive in the human’s world. It’s kill or be killed. Immortality is not guaranteed.

Dissension: In the aftermath of the great cataclysm, vampires are enslaved by humans and used for blood sport as gladiators in the arena. Mira is undefeated, uncompromising, and unbreakable, but when an escape attempt leads her into the path of the city’s Regent, her destiny is changed forever.

Finding Hope: After the death of the one person he called mother, Elei leaves the Trashlands of Ost for the city – looking for other people and for answers. But he soon finds out that people are complicated and answers hard to come by…

Rex Rising: In a world where parasites create new human races, Elei leads a peaceful life as aircar driver — until a mysterious attack on his boss sends him fleeing with a bullet in his side and the fleet at his heels.

Resonant: As the first days of the end of humanity tumble across the City of Las Vegas, turning everyone into vampire-like creatures, April Tate will find out what it really means to survive.

Reign of Blood: April Tate is a seventeen-year-old ferocious vampire killer who lives in the remains of Las Vegas one year after a viral epidemic has left the world decimated. After her family is abducted, her world tilts when she discovers they’re not truly alone.

Released: After a demon apocalypse kills everyone they know, 17-year old Abby Phillips, her brother and her friend Max flee their home to travel through the wastelands of America, chasing a radio transmissions of a resistance offering shelter. But soon enough Abby and her companions discover what awaits them is much worse they could have ever imagined.

Burning Bridges: In a world divided between Hunters and Warriors, where prisoners are forced to fight in the arena until death, young Princess Echo must fight to find out who she really is and to put a world that has been swallowed by lies back together again.

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BOOK REVIEW: Fractured by Erin Hayes

Fractured by Erin Hayes (Genre: Adult, Horror)

Fractured by Erin Hayes
Publication date: July 8th 2014
Genres: Adult, Horror

Blurb

Blinded by a mysterious seizure when she was three years old, Bash Martin has managed to carve out a normal life for herself as an adult. Yet she still yearns for a deeper connection with her twin sister Lily, who has always been jealous of the attention their parents bestowed upon Bash due to her disability.

A dream vacation seems like the perfect chance to heal their relationship, but Bash soon realizes there is something terribly wrong with Lily and that her sister is hiding a dark secret. And when a supernatural fire engulfs their hotel and corpses come back to life, the sisters are plunged into a nightmarish world that threatens not only their lives, but their very souls.

*My Book Review*

DISCLAIMER: This book/eBook being reviewed was provided free of charge in return for an honest review.

Okay, first off I’d like to say thanks to Erin Hayes for delivering a novel that took me back to all those super scary horror novels I grew up on! There is no overload of YA paranormal themes wrapped up in the horror genre here, although the plot does involve both the paranormal AND young adults.

Aside from that awesomeness, though, this book is a great read. The scary parts chill you and the gory parts are just gross – but in a totally awesome way.

However, besides all the horror genre love, there were moments where I just wanted the author to stop overusing the characters names and telling the reader what to think. Sometimes I found I was pulled out of the action going on as I read because the author was busy telling me how things were going down rather than showing the action and letting me decide for myself. There were also moments where the character’s point of view changed without it being completely clear.

BUT, in saying this, the ending of this book was… just… WOW! Loved it, loved it, LOVED IT! Definitely worth having to overlook the faults in order to get to the end.

Overall I am giving Fractured by Eric Hayes 3.5 out of 5 stars

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About the Author

Author Erin HayesSci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist, Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery Death is but a Dream and the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average.

You can reach her at tiptoegirl87@gmail.com and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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IN A NUTSHELL: True Blood Season 7 Episode 7 Recap

May Be the Last Time.

 

Oh my gods! I’m early with my recap ;-) Here’s what went down in Episode 7 (entitled May Be the Last Time) of HBO’s True Blood Season 7:

  • Alexander Skarsgard stars as Eric Northman in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 7 (entitled 'May Be the Last Time')Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) got sick of Amber (Natalie Hall) claiming her sister, Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp), was really just a good person and staked that bitch. But that’s okay because thanks to the fact that Mr. Gus (Will Yun Lee) has mad stalking skills, we now know that Sarah is loosing her shit at the the abandoned Fellowship of the Sun institute.
  • Andy (Chris  Bauer) and Holly (Lauren Bowles) are still looking for their kids – and that is despite the fact that Holly is a witch AND intuitive (her words, not mine). That’s because Violet (Karolina Wydra) has squirreled them away to her 50 shades of sex dungeon anyway. What could possibly go wrong? At least Violet let’s the dear things hand in their V cards before traumatising them… And now we have a legitimate reason for Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) to randomly give Adilyn (Bailey Noble) her blood back when she wasn’t even in danger.
  • Speaking of Jess, her and Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) are being miserable at Bill’s (Stephen Moyer) house. While Jessica is all jaded, at least Sookie is optimistic about finding a cure for Bill’s rampant dose of Hep-V.
  • Dr Ludwig (Marcia DeRousse) and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) star in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 7 (entitled 'May Be the Last Time')Dr. Ludwig (Marcia DeRousse) arrives on the scene in a Hummer.
  • Let’s just back that shit up again. Dr. L arrives in a motherfucking HUMMER. Then she proceeds to call Sookie on being a shitty girlfriend as well as telling her and Bill that fae blood may be part of the reason Bill’s Hep-V is accelerated, but probably not. Then, when Sookie spills her fae linage, Dr. L splits. Turns out the Brigant’s are dwarf killers… Way to go Niall!
  • Oh yeah, Niall (Rutger Hauer). Sookie calls him looking for help. Like a fairy has enough attention span for that shit! Niall delivers by not delivering anything usable beyond ‘I’m not Team Bill.
  • Just on those annoying Bill flashbacks: is HBO trying to tell us that Bill’s one true love is Caroline? Maybe. Still doesn’t warrant the fact that it has taken THE WHOLE SEASON to get to this point yet we only needed ONE EPISODE (well, maybe two if you count the crappy Sylvie flashbacks) to find out the entire back story for Eric, Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten), Ginger (Tara Buck) AND Fangtasia.
  • Arlene (Carrie Preston) finally gets some full frontal nudity in the way of a sex dream with her vampire saviour Keith (Riley Smith).
  • Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) blah, blah, something…
  • Nu Blood – it’s like Tru Blood, just with Sarah Newlin’s blood and not the added Hep-V.
  • Ryan Kwanten stars as Jason Stackhouse in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 7 (entitled 'May Be the Last Time')Hoyt (Jim Parrack) returns with a hot blonde. And Jason (Ryan Kwanten) just can’t help himself. Seriously dude, you had one story arc. One!
  • Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) and Lettie Mae (Adina Porter) are digging up Lettie Mae’s front yard. Except it is her old front yard, and they haven’t asked the new owners yet.
  • Delusional Sarah Newlin. So much more interesting than On the Run Sarah. It seems all her previous power fuck buddies are back to mess with her head. Enter evil Jason, non-vampire Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian), nameless guru and headless Governor (Arliss Howard). Mostly they’re fighting over her soul, except for Jason who is creepy and tells her that she will be dead by dawn. Then Sarah claims that she is the one true Messiah and it is melodramatic TV GOLD!
  • Sookie’s running through the cemetery wearing a white dress… hang on a minute… now she’s at Bill’s and they’re kissing… Haven’t we seen this before?… Now they’re naked… And we are introduced to a big ole pile of ‘I’m sorry I gave you Hep-V’ sex… Seems the writer’s decided to rehash Season 1 for us. You know, back when Bill hadn’t been a horrendous pig to Sookie. Of course, the upside to this is that Team Eric fans will be jumping up and down with excitement because it is still three episodes short of a happily ever after…

Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) pretend like they're married in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 7 (entitled 'May Be the Last Time')

What did you think of Episode 7 of HBO’s True Blood Season 7? Let me know in the comments below!

You can read my Episode 8 recap by clicking here.

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