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Children of the Knight
I mainly use music from film scores when I’m writing to help me create the mood for certain scenes, especially those involving action or deep emotion. Children of the Knight and its sequels were no exception. What people often find very odd is my choice of film scores. People ask, “What does that movie have to do with your story?” The answer is, “Nothing. It’s the mood created by that particular score, not the source movie, that inspires its use.” I’ll go through some music I used and even include page numbers, from the paperback version, if any reader out there who might like to “read along” to these scores for the indicated sequences.
1. King Arthur by Hans Zimmer. It would seem an obvious choice given that my book is about King Arthur in modern-day Los Angeles recruiting lost kids for a children’s crusade. However, it was mostly the very poignant song “Tell Me Now” and its underlying theme that I used, not so much the action portions of the score. This haunting melody was used principally to fuel the scenes from page 234-247, very emotional sequences involving Jack and Lance and key to the unfolding story arc.
2. Backdraft by Hans Zimmer. The main theme, highlighted in the track, “Fighting 17th” was used for some of the scenes in Chapters 8 and 9 when Arthur and the kids traveled throughout the city. The first half of the track “Brothers” was used for part of a scene involving Mark and Lance that begins on page 97. “Fahrenheit 451” was my first choice for the very emotional finale beginning on page 318, which I can’t describe because that would be a spoiler. These themes are extraordinarily moving and engender real sentiment in the listener.
3. Armageddon by Trevor Rabin. The main theme as highlighted in “Armageddon Suite” and “Happy & Grace Make Peace” created some of the backdrop for heartfelt conversations between Lance and Jack, most notably the one on pages 257-261. “Long Distance Goodbye” was my second, and stronger, choice for the dramatic finale starting on page 318 and running all the way to the final page.
4. The Amazing Spider-Man by James Horner. The touching track “Rooftop Kiss” fit perfectly for a significant scene involving Jack and Lance on pages 278-281. “Saving New York,” or a large portion of it, easily spurred my imagination while crafting the finale on page 300 to 317, which contained both action and personal drama. “I Can’t See You Anymore” was yet a third backdrop for the emotions engendered from page 318 on. I think you can guess the finale is filled with emotion, and these various scores helped me to describe those emotions in, I hope, poignant enough detail to move the reader.
5. The Greatest Game Ever Played by Brian Tyler. This is a period movie about golf that should in no way have helped me write my book, but this score was the one I used the most. I used the main theme, first heard in “Main Title Overture” and then repeated throughout, for all the triumphant moments in the story wherein Arthur and his kids achieve great success in their crusade. The very moving “Broken Dreams” and “Broken Dreams Reprise” were used to highlight several key scenes, most notably when Lance reveals his past to Arthur on pages 56-58. This theme was also an alternate for previously mentioned scenes between Lance and Mark and Lance and Jack.
6. In addition to these, the song, “Shoreline” as performed by Anna Ternheim, remained uppermost in my mind while writing, especially as I crafted the character of Lance. This poignant and plaintive song truly seemed to capture the essence of Lance’s lost childhood and still moves me deeply each time I hear it.
7. I also thought “Say Something” by A Great Big World was very appropriate for Arthur, Lance, Jack, and Mark because there is so much unspoken between them, and what is unspoken leads to terrible consequences.
8. Oh, and just to preview the first sequel, Running Through A Dark Place, releasing in May, check out the score to 10,000 B.C. (yes, an off-beat caveman movie!) Then when you read that book you can determine for yourself if the music fits.
According to legend, King Arthur is supposed to return when Britain needs him most. So why does a man claiming to be the once and future king suddenly appear in modern-day Los Angeles?
This charismatic young Arthur creates a new Camelot within the City of Angels to lead a crusade of unwanted kids against an adult society that discards and ignores them. Under his banner of equality, every needy child is welcome, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, or gang affiliation.
With the help of his amazing First Knight, homeless fourteen-year-old Lance, Arthur transforms this ragtag band of rejected children and teens into a well-trained army—the Children of the Knight. Through his intervention, they win the hearts and minds of the populace at large, and gain a truer understanding of themselves and their worth to society. But seeking more rights for kids pits Arthur and his children squarely against the rich, the influential, and the self-satisfied politicians who want nothing more than to maintain the status quo.
Can right truly overcome might? Arthur’s hopeful young knights are about to find out, and the City of Angels will never be the same.
The Knight Cycle Begins . . .
Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of three novels––A Boy and His Dragon, A Matter of Time, and Children of the Knight––who grew up in San
He majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University and earned a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and another master’s in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills.
He partnered with two friends as producer, writer, and/or director on several ultra- low-budget horror films, including “Fatal Images,” “Club Dead,” and “Things II,” the reviews of which are much more fun than the actual movies.
He taught high school in Hawthorne, California for twenty-five years, both in general education and to students with learning disabilities, in subjects ranging from English and Strength Training to Algebra, Biology, and Yearbook.
He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to seven different boys with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a thirty-year volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California, something that is sorely lacking in this state.
He has been honored as Probation Volunteer of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, California Big Brother of the Year, and 2000 National Big Brother of the Year.
The “National” honor allowed he and three of his Little Brothers to visit the White House and meet the president in the Oval Office.
He has already completed the two continuations of Children of the Knight that complete the trilogy – Running Through A Dark Place & And The Children Shall Lead.
Both will be released in 2014.
Thorny always finds the best stuff… Check out this great art video!
Originally posted on Thorny, Not Prickly:
This is just cool 8-)
What I really like about it is all the different techniques he uses to get the effects he wants. Scraping, splashing, blocking… I don’t know exactly what I think about while I’m painting, but I do have a plan before I start and a sketch to follow (most of the time). Looking at this, though, I have no idea what he’s thinking until look! there it is. Either he’s made a billion of these already — and who’s gonna know in a crowd like that — or he sees the final painting in his mind’s eye before he even starts. I like to imagine it’s the latter :)
And how crazy that he’s selling them for $20?! :?
James is part of the “Celebrating Artists” Spotlight over at Rainbow Gold Reviews today~ There’s even a giveaway, so stop by a great site and leave a note :c)
Originally posted on Rainbow Gold Reviews:
When I thought about which books we could feature to celebrate artists, I immediately had the beautiful cover of “Designs of Desire” in mind. As a artist myself, I love to read about creative MCs and hope that we can introduce some of you to this author :) Comment on this post to win an e-copy of the book. Contest ends April 12th :)
Artist James Bryant has forearm crutches in every color from rainbow for fun to sleek black for business. He even has a pair with more paint splatters than metal. After his family’s rejection and abuse from a man he thought loved him, James only just gets through the day by painting. He lives in constant fear that he’s not worthy of anything, let alone love.
As CEO of his company, Carrington Enterprises, Seth Burns is a take-charge kind of guy, and he is instantly smitten…
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I want to thank Tempeste O’Reily for welcoming me to her blog. My name is Z. Allora. I write hot rockers (Made in China & The Dark Angels) and sexy zombies. I know what you’re thinking Zombies Suck… mine SWALLOW.
by Z. Allora
Club Zombie, book 2
M/M, M/M/M+, Paranormal, Romance
Zombies aren’t scary, undead corpses searching for brains. They are just sweet guys seeking male essence to survive. At twenty-three the transition completes, keeping them forever young—as long as they receive male ejaculate. Club Zombie offers a haven for zombies, providing sexy ways to extract what they need from the patrons, and opportunity to find their destined mate.
Alex Waterman learned from an early age to believe he was vile, and to feel ashamed of his “unnatural desires”. His life is a desolate place of suffering until he discovers… it’s not his life. Suddenly he’s swept away to Club Zombie, where he belongs. In this world, his desires aren’t evil, they’re a mark of the dominant he’s born to be, and instead of fear and loathing, he receives appreciative stares and aggressive flirting. But casual sex isn’t on the menu: Alex seeks “the one” to complete the piece of his soul he never knew he was missing until he looked for it.
Roommate Ulrich calls to Alex, a self-destructive Cutter who needs grounding, and an element of irresistible danger that clings to bad boy Storm. Alex must decide between three tempting possibilities, but which one will fill his void? Maybe he should keep them all… Only, how is a dominant, orgasm-fearing virgin going to manage three virile men?
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How are my zombies different from other zombies?
1) Mine SWALLOW…
2)They’re hot and sexy.
3)They don’t need brains to survive they need ejaculate.
4) They’re seeking a mate which they can tell by their reaction to their male essence.
5) They begin their transition at nineteen and it continues until they are twenty-three.
6) They stop aging at twenty-three.
7) If they don’t find their mate by twenty-three they lose the ability to orgasm. (Although they continue to need male essence).
What is Club Zombie?
Club Zombie was set up so the zombies could get what they need in a safe environment… the patrons of Club Zombie don’t question how “lucky” they get when finding such orally fixated men. There are various ways in which to indulge in the pleasing young men of Club Zombie:
The Shoe Shine Room (depicted on the cover of Zombies Ahead)
Extraction Room (depicted on the cover of Zombies Suck)
BJ alley (do you need a description?)
BDSM Behind the Red Door (ditto)
These rooms and cozy spaces allow the zombies to survive.
by Z. Allora
Club Zombie, book 1
Zombies Ahead? Well, these zombies give head to survive. Club Zombie is a safe place for new zombies to transition and it provides a sexy environment for them to seek a mate while extracting from patrons the "male essence" that keeps the boys eternally hot.
New zombie Kai Bauer won’t turn into a rotting, brain-devouring monster, but that’s not much comfort when he discovers unmated zombies lose their ability to orgasm. He doesn’t know how he’ll bring himself to ingest medicine, let alone take a male mate…until he moves in with Jasper, a hot ex-priest who makes Kai crave just that.
Z. Allora recently repatriated to the South of the USA after a six year stint in China. (Talk about culture shock!) She feels it is her duty to help educate against intolerance, that is, when she’s not too busy hiding under her blankets typing out stories about wicked, beautiful boys doing wicked, beautiful things to each other. She will never grow old because she refuses to grow up, perhaps the most valuable lesson she learned in her years of globetrotting with her one true love.
by Andrea Speed
Sequel to Infected: Lesser Evils
Infected: Book Seven
Cover by Anne Cain
M/M, Shifter, Mystery/Suspense, Paranormal
June 14, 2013
In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds.
Now Roan is locked in a coma as the struggle between his human and werecat sides reaches a new extreme. All Dylan can do is sit, wait, and think.
Meanwhile, Roan’s assistant, Holden, wants to shed his old street life and his relationship with Scott, but he can’t seem to do either. Holden doesn’t want a relationship with Scott but finds himself drawn to him all the same, even if he can never fully reveal his past.
With Roan out of commission, Holden looks into the murder of an old friend. At the same time, Fiona takes on a case about underground death matches between infecteds —one with connections to the Church of the Divine Transformation.
Finally Roan wakes only to discover that his shifts have new consequences. His lion’s strength is growing, and he can’t hide from it any longer….
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THINGS could be weirder, but Holden was kind of glad they weren’t because he thought his head might explode.
When he arrived at the hospital with Scott, they found Dylan looking like he hadn’t slept for days (possible) and so weary he didn’t even comment on the fact that they had arrived together. When he told them the lion had woken up but Roan hadn’t yet, Holden understood why he looked so tired and frazzled. What did that mean, exactly? Dylan was afraid it meant something went wrong during the surgery, but Holden had another idea, one that made him angry enough to want to go into the room and punch Roan.
Roan was hiding. The fucker had just given up. He decided he didn’t like what he was anymore and shut down, letting the lion run amok. Holden pulled Scott aside and whispered to him to keep Dylan company while he went and visited Roan. Scott obviously had questions, but Holden asked him to trust him, and he agreed.
Scott poured on the charm and got Dylan to agree to go have a decent cup of tea with him (there was a Starbucks down the street—of course there was as it was a law in Washington State you could be no more than five minutes away from one at any time). As soon as they were gone, Holden snuck into Roan’s room. (He wasn’t 100 percent sure anyone was supposed to be in there, so he wanted to avoid being intercepted by an overzealous nurse.)
There were signs Dylan had been sleeping here, from the cot in the corner covered with blankets to the sketchbook sitting on the floor beside it, the front smeared with charcoal. Roan was laying in his hospital bed, out cold, surrounded by all his bleeping machines, not perfectly bald but almost, his head covered with a rusty-red fuzz like dried blood. He looked more human with his hair trimmed back so violently, but that was a funny thing to think because he hardly looked inhuman with it.
Whatever. It didn’t really matter now anyway. He took a deep breath, gave himself a moment to feel awkward about talking to an unconscious man, and got down to business. “You think I don’t know what you’re doing, Roan? Really? What kind of an asshole do you take me for? I don’t really care if you give up and hide behind the lion all day long—that’s your choice—but I hope you rot on the guilt of what you’re doing to Dylan and every other one of us stupid motherfuckers who care about you. And don’t think I’m picking up your slack, ’cause fuck you, I have my own life to lead, and I’m not a detective. You are, so wake the fuck up and get on with it. You wanna feel sorry for yourself? Fine, but do it at home like the rest of us.”
He started walking away, but he was angry now and realized he had more to say, so he turned back. “You think I haven’t just wanted to give up and die? I have, millions of times, but then I remember my parents, the violent johns, the evangelicals who would like to kill all the gays, and I realize I have to live if only to piss them off. That’s what you have to do too. You have to live to piss off all the infected haters out there, fight back for those who can’t. And do it fast ’cause I’m on the verge of beating the shit out of you. Especially since you’re in no position to fight back. It’s the safest time to beat you senseless.” Of course he couldn’t actually hit him because it would be just his luck to hit him and bring the lion lunging out at him. He’d be the first man mauled to death by a lion in human form. He’d get a posthumous place in theGuinness Book of World Records.
This time he did walk away, but he decided to put a final boot in Roan’s ribs before he went. “Oh, and I think Scott and I are dating now, or something like that. I dunno; I don’t really do relationships. You want any more details, you’re gonna hafta wake up and ask. Chew on that for a while.” On the back of everything else, it was weak, but it was the only ammo he had left.
Dylan and Scott weren’t yet back from the Starbucks, so he went to join them. Scott had convinced Dylan to share a brownie with him, and when Holden joined them at the table, Scott broke off a piece of his brownie and gave it to him. “Watchin’ my carbs,” he said, in such a manner that Holden knew this was his way of getting Dylan to eat something. Holden played along because Dylan looked so exhausted, not just physically but emotionally and probably mentally. As much fun as Roan probably was in bed, the agony of being his husband surely wasn’t worth it. He was lightning, and in his shadow, all you got was burned.
Scott tried to get Dylan to go with them to the Del Toro film festival, but while Dylan was a fan, he felt he had to return to the hospital. It was like watching the poor son of a bitch slink off to his own execution, and Holden felt bad for him. He knew Dylan didn’t trust him, but he couldn’t really blame him. He couldn’t define his relationship with Roan in any way; it wasn’t an affair, but he knew a side of Roan that Dylan really didn’t, so in a way it was. Dylan married Bruce Wayne, but he didn’t know a single thing about Batman.
Oh fuck—bad metaphor. That made him Robin. So, Hulk and… no. Iron Man? No. Wolverine? No. Goddamn it, didn’t any other superhero have a sidekick?
Andrea Speed was born looking for trouble in some hot month without an R in it. While succeeding in finding Trouble, she has also been found by its twin brother, Clean Up, and is now on the run, wanted for the murder of a mop and a really cute, innocent bucket that was only one day away from retirement. (I was framed, I tell you – framed!)
In her spare time, she arms lemurs in preparation for the upcoming war against the Mole Men. Viva la revolution!