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Wake Up You Sleepyheads!

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I have to admit, I have been a snob.

I love to write and I love to read, and those are the two things I’m usually doing. Television takes about five hours of my time each week. I’ve always been proud to say that I’ve never watched a single reality show, including any involving entertainment. I couldn’t understand the fervor of fans for Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, or any other series. The only program I’ve never missed over the course of thirty-seven years is Doctor Who. But we have a special relationship.

Now, I can no longer feel superior to anyone gushing over a show instead of a book. I can’t claim that I only watch historical documentaries. Because a wacky, wonderful, witty and whimsical miracle has hit the airwaves. I refer, of course, to Sleepy Hollow.

When I first heard of it, I thought it was one of the stupidest ideas ever. I love Washington Irving and was horrified that they’d do that to his story. I laughed at my brother when he sat down for the pilot episode. “I can’t believe you’re going to watch this garbage,” I said on my way into the kitchen. Coming back through, I glanced at the T.V. screen to mock it. Instead, my mouth fell open. There was a gorgeous man in 18th century clothing explaining to modern police that he fought with George Washington in the American Revolution. I was totally and instantly addicted. I’ll never be able to tease my sister about her obsession with Supernatural again.

Sleepy Hollow is impossible to sum up. It has the best-looking main character anywhere. (Sorry, Chris Hemsworth, I still love you, but the torch has been passed.) Tom Mison (who plays Ichabod Crane) was the perfect choice for this role. He oozes charm and he’s a talented actor. His face, and especially his eyes, are very expressive and can convey  every nuance of emotion. He’s strong, intelligent and brave but the vulnerability of his strange new situation shows too. You can’t help but care for him.

He goes from suspect to consultant in a grisly murder investigation. His partner is Abbie Mills, played by Nicole Beharie, a young officer in the Sleepy Hollow police department. She’s beautiful and capable, sensitive and sarcastic by turns, and just as likeable as Mison. They play off of each other perfectly with a rare chemistry. Facebook fans (and I do NOT spend too much time reading and replying to the comments), are divided on whether or not there should be an Ichabbie romance. Besides that, the main bone of contention is whether or not Ichabod should change his clothes. The only things that everyone seems to agree on are:

1. Tom Mison is HOT.

2. Sleepy Hollow is the best show on T.V.

3. Tom Mison is REALLY HOT.

I must agree with the posters who believe that an Ichabod/Abbie romance would NOT be a good idea. After all, Ichabod has a wife (Katrina) who cast a spell to preserve him after he died on the battlefield. Now she’s stuck in Purgatory for her sins. How many wives are going through that for their husbands? And who did Ichabod in? One of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Headless, of course. There are a lot of ingredients mixed into this Sleepy Stew. You have your good Gryffindor-y witches like Katrina, and an evil Slytherin-y coven. You have demons, lost colonists, Native American shamans, ghosts galore, masons and sin eaters. And that’s just the beginning.

But it’s the end of this post. Part two will be next week and is all about research and reality in writing. How important is it? Can it make or break a book or a show? My thoughts might surprise you.

Watch Sleepy Hollow on Fox Mondays at 9EST and check out their FB page at https://www.facebook.com/SleepyHollow. But be prepared to find yourself watching each episode at least twice and counting the days (and hours) until the next one!

I’m just curious-who do you think Ichabod should be with, Abbie or Katrina?

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Cheryl K Tardif’s SUBMERGED Only Two Weeks Away!

Reposted from The Suspense Is Killing Me, Cheryl’s blog. I cannot wait to read this book!!

 

The publishing journey of SUBMERGED

Posted: 09 Feb 2013 03:06 PM PST

First, I’d like to thank you all for your supportive emails, letters and social network messages when I announced that SUBMERGED was finished and a publishing announcement was upcoming. I am very excited about this thriller! But I’m even more excited that you are too. 🙂
SUBMERGED is a story that was inspired by the battle a friend of mine had with addiction. At first, I just wanted to write a book with a main character who was an addict, but my friend shared so much of his own experiences that my character, Marcus, grew before my eyes. Conflicted by the past and submerged in grief and guilt, he believes he’s where he should be–a sort of punishment of sorts, for past transgressions. But a phone call from a woman trapped in a vehicle changes his life forever.
My agent, Erica Spellman-Silverman, from Trident Media Group, and I discussed the options for SUBMERGED. We could approach publishers with it, but after careful consideration, many phone calls and weeks of contemplation, we both felt that wasn’t the best plan for the book. And here’s why…
If we pitched SUBMERGED to the big publishers, we would have to wait anywhere from 1-2 years before the book was published. And I’m not interested in pursuing smaller publishers because they just wouldn’t have much to offer me. After my huge success last year with CHILDREN OF THE FOG, I know what I want career-wise. And after hearing what one publisher thought she could get me as an advance, I realized that I needed to aim high and continue doing what I’ve been doing until someone thinks I’m worth what I want out of a deal. After all, an author can’t take lightly the aspect of giving away her rights to one of her books. It has to be worth it.
Erica’s concern was also for my readers. She knows how hard I’ve worked to get my books out there, to connect with readers worldwide, and she understands that my fans want another book. Today, not in 2 years. So we came up with a plan.
I won’t go into all the details, but suffice it to say, I was excited once I got the ball rolling. SUBMERGED will be published very soon. My readers won’t have long to wait now. And providing I do well with sales, Erica is going to take both CHILDREN OF THE FOG and SUBMERGED to a major publisher, armed with sales data, and we’ll go after a 2-book deal, foreign rights and audio. And…we may pitch a third book that would also have a tie-in to these books.
SUBMERGED is a standalone thriller with a hint of paranormal. It is not part of a series. But it does have a cool tie-in to CHILDREN OF THE FOG, and vice versa.
SUBMERGED will be published by Imajin Books like my other titles. Imajin Books is my publishing company; I’m an indie author and proud of it. But yes, I have my sights set on a BIG book deal in the future.
And now…for the news you have all been waiting for…the release date for SUBMERGED.
I am very pleased to announce that SUBMERGED will hit Amazon’s virtual bookshelf on…

FEBRUARY 26th, 2013

A paperback will follow shortly after. To start, only Amazon will carry SUBMERGED, but that could change later.
Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Like my Facebook page so you can follow the big countdown and the cover reveal. My official launch party will be March 4-6, online. More on that later.
See you online! 🙂
~Cheryl

Cheryl Kaye Tardif is a bestselling Canadian suspense author. www.cherylktardif.com Check out Cheryl Kaye Tardif’s novels!
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Imajin Books Twitter Party!

The authors at Imajin will be tweeting their little hearts out to connect with you, our wonderful readers! Join the festive fun! I’ll be giving away copies of Soul And Shadow and Fire And Shadow.

Christmas Twitter Party on today to December 16th – free ebooks & other prizes!

Posted: 14 Dec 2012 10:49 AM PST

Imajin Books Twitter Party – December 14-16, 1-8 PM (MT) or 3-11 PM (EST)
Party events:
Kindle Fire HD giveaway when we reach 5000 followers by 7:55 PM (MT) on Dec. 16.
v  Trivia questions to win winner’s choice of ebook prize.
v  Author questions – readers can ask questions throughout this event and any of our attending authors will answer them.
Follow us at http://www.twitter.com/imajinbooks. Follow our Twitter Party Dec. 14-16 by following #ImajinBooks.
And, I am proud to announce that the new trailer for Fire And Shadow is out! You can watch it at
Hope to see you soon!
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