Friday, October 25, 2013

Being Humorous with The Vanished Knight! Plus Monster Movie Trivia, Haunted Castles, Man with the Iron Fist Movie Review, Cover Challenge, and Ninja News

Today I welcome the awesome Misha Gericke! And I may have stressed her a little with my request for snark. Let’s see how she did!

Be Humorous!

“Be humorous”, Alex said. “Humor always goes over well with the ninja crowd.” Do you have any idea how nervous this is making me. For one thing, I’m going to bust my chops and the ninjas won’t laugh.

Ninjas don’t laugh. Didn’t you know?

And even if they have a super secret sort of giggle, it’ll be too soft for human ears to hear. So… I guess the question is… If a ninja laughs in the blogosphere and I don’t hear it, am I ever funny?

Really though, writing humor gives me the heevie jeevies. It’s… sort of like… going into a room half naked. Anyone else know what I mean? I guess it’s because I know my sense of humor. It’s like 90% pure chocolate: dark, dry, a little bitter and absolutely wicked. Problem is, no matter how hard one tries, chocolate never really translates into writing. Same thing with what I think is funny. Not to say that my books are humorless. I believe there has to be bits of humor in all stories. Even fantasies with a possessed girl, a jackass (or fourteen), a nutty old man, a quiet kid, a heroic sociopath (or so people think, although I’m never sure if they’re right on the heroic or the sociopath side) and a half elf.

It’s easier then. My characters have senses of humor, and they make silly mistakes. And more often than not, I don’t plan any of it. The magic just happens, seemingly out of the ether. That, I’m comfortable with. Making the magic, not so much.

So… In the interest of humor, I thought I’d share a Nordian joke from Gawain in The Vanished Knight. *Clears throat*
What do you get if you tie two Merithians together? An irritation.
What do you get if you tie two Larisian Elves together? A headache. Unless you drown them.
What do you get if you tie two Ladrians together? Wait? You mean they’d notice?
What do you get if you tie two Nordian Saints together? Your hand back. Severed from your arm, of course.

Doo dum tsss!

Yeah… You’d need to read the book to get it. And in case you’re curious…

Purchase The Vanished Knight: Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, All Romance Reads, Amazon France, and Amazon Germany

M. Gerrick (AKA Misha Gericke) has basically created stories since before she could write. Many of those stories grew up with her and can be seen in her current projects. She lives close to Cape Town, with a view over False Bay and Table Mountain. If you’d like to contact her, feel free to mail her at warofsixcrowns(AT)gmail(DOT)com, Circle her on Google Plus or follow her on Twitter. If you'd like to see her writer-side (beware, it's pretty insane), please feel free to check out her blog. You can also add The Vanished Knight on Goodreads.

Lexa’s Cover Reveal Challenge

Can you find the error on this cover?

To win a prize, find the cover error in each of these 10 blogs: Alex J. Cavanaugh, PK Hrezo, Father Dragon Writes, Bards and Prophets, The Write Game, Ellie Garratt, Klahanie, Julie Flanders, In High Spirits, and Mainewords.

For the correct cover, rules, and prize list, go to Lexa Cain’s BLOG.
Soul Cutter releases from MuseItUp Publishing on December 6, 2013.

Ninja News

Many of you are gearing up for NaNo and might be in need of a buddy at the NaNo site. Beverly Fox is looking to connect with other participants. Visit her or leave your NaNo name in the comments so others can find you. It helps to have friends in the hunt with you!

Lee at Tossing It Out has a special guest today – Liza Long from Anarchist Soccer Mom. She received national attention with her post Thinking the Unthinkable (I am Adam Lanza’s Mom) and talks about the impact of going viral had on her. This is a continuation of his respect series, touching upon blogging and pageviews.

Somerset Memories asked Ella to write an article about her grandparents – and here it is published! Congratulations, Ella.

Want to visit a haunted castle? Gadling lists the ten most haunted castles in the world, including Castle Bran – Dracula’s castle.

Movie Review

The Man with the Iron Fists
Directed by and starring RZA, with Eli Roth as one of the producers.
First off, this movie is not good. But, it is ridiculously entertaining! If you like way over the top wire-fu mixed with a bit of gore, then this might be the film for you. Won’t win any Oscars, but it was entertaining as hell.
Also starring Rick Yune, Lucy Liu, and a fat Russell Crowe.

Monster Movie Trivia!

Name the monster(s) or creature(s) in the following movies:

1 – Ginger Snaps 2000

2 – Them! 1954

3 – Tremors 1990

4 – Dead Alive 1992

5 – Near Dark 1987

6 – Mimic 1997

Misha does know humorous, doesn’t she? Have you picked up The Vanished Knight? Participating in NaNo? Ready to visit a haunted castle? Seen The Man with the Iron Fists? And do you know any of the monsters…?


Kyra Lennon said...

Ha, Misha's post really made me laugh because I understand how she feels SO well! Writing humour is hard, and not everyone shares my own personal sense of humour!

Shah Wharton said...

Yeah, I'm first here. And I found the cover reveal error!

*Waves to humourist: Misha! And to Alex. And you've intrigued my about the Iron Fist. I will however wait to view it free :) X

Rhonda Albom said...

It never occurred to me before reading Misha's post that others many not think I am funny. (Just kidding, but I did laugh at her post.) I missed the cover error, but I love the idea of doing the reveal this way. As for monster, I don't know any, but I am thrilled to be in the first few responses :)

Summer Ross said...

<3 castles- not so sure about the haunted part though and look at those beautiful covers! happy Friday, Alex.

mooderino said...

I saw Iron Fists and had a similar reaction, although Fat Russell Crowe is my favourite indie band (their debut album "Are You Not Entertained?" out soon).

Moody Writing

Nick Wilford said...

The things I find funny are often not things other people do, so I'm worried about putting humour in my books!

Congrats to Ella on her publication. She's super talented.

I only know that Tremors has giant earthworms because it's the only one I've seen!

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Humor is tough--because what's funny varies from person to person. I understand what Misha means!

Nice covers!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I'm liking the Nordian Saints. Yes I'm morbid and writing heavy kissing scenes makes me feel the same way you do about humour Misha. Good feature and share. Iron Fist is definitely entertaining to watch and the husband and wife assassins were among the best of the fighters.

Anonymous said...

Very funny, didn't know that ninjas didn't laugh.....poor things.

Congrats to Ella on her Somerset book. I was brought up not far from Somerset know the area well.

Have a great week-end.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Kyra, it is difficult to write.

Shah, definitely watch it for free.

Rhonda, I think you are funny!

Moody, that is a funny name for a band.

Nick, that's one.

Sheena-kay, they were, and shame they went down early.

Yvonne, this Ninja laughs!

The Angry Lurker said...

1 – Ginger Snaps 2000 :Werewolves

2 – Them! 1954 : Giant Ants?

3 – Tremors 1990 : Large underground worm creatures

4 – Dead Alive 1992 : Zombie

5 – Near Dark 1987 : Vampires

6 – Mimic 1997 : Cockroach/Insect monsters?

Laura S. said...

It's great seeing Misha and her novel all over the blogosphere! Her characters' jokes are funny!!

Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

Melissa said...

Love Misha's post. Very clever segue.

I know what the cover mistake is on Lexi's book, but I'm not tellin'. :)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I remember seeing the previews for Man with Iron Fist and was not intrigued personally. I may see it someday. And yes i am totally going to a haunted house this year. Sunday in fact!

Miranda Hardy said...

I knew 3 of the 6 trivia monsters. I need to start watching more scary movies.

Congrats to Misha!

Michelle Wallace said...

Wow! Two great covers!
Congrats to Misha and Lexa!
Haunted houses? Eeeek! Not for me thanks...
I can't even watch scary movies - gives me the heebie-jeebies!

Anonymous said...

Misha, you did great!

I'm not participating in NaNoWriMo this year. I've signed up for some heath webinars that will be keeping me busy.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I'm pretty sure the answer to #3 is worms, earthworms, something like that.

I KNOW the answer to #2 THEM! is giant ants. I saw that movie as a kid on TV and, to this day, many years later, it still freaks me out. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Fran, you know your monsters!!

Melissa, clever of you to spot it.

Keith, enjoy!

Madeline, it was really effective at the time of its release. You got two.

Stephen Tremp said...

Good luck to Misha Gericke and Lexa Cain! I'm sending big thoughts of success their way right now!

I may do NaNo. I have a book I want to finish. It may be a novella book around 175 pages. That I can handle. These 400 page books can really drain a person.

Sarah Foster said...

I agree with Misha, most of the humor I write seems to come from my characters and not from me. Sometimes I'll write something and it'll crack me up, and I'll have no idea where it came from.

I so need NaNo buddies! I also need to finish writing my author info and whatnot. But anyway, my NaNo name is sarahafoster if anyone wants to buddy up.

Luanne G. Smith said...

Humor is tough to do, but I so agree it should be in there, even in the most serious novels. Sometimes you just gotta break the tension with something funny.

And congrats to Misha and Lexa!!

Brian Miller said...

pretty cool on ella's article....saw pics at her place yesterday....i am learning humor over this last year and injecting more....

kjmckendry said...

Love Misha's post, I know how she feels! Whenever I try to be funny, people just look at me weird...but don't laugh! Congrats on the book!

The girl in Lexa's cover should have brown eyes.

Yolanda Renée said...

Great post Misha, and ingenious cover reveal!

So many wonderful things going on this time of year!

Happy Halloween!

Laura Clipson said...

I'd love to visit a haunted castle, there aren't too many near me though! I can't wait for NaNo next week, I just want to start writing now!

mshatch said...

Dang blogger ate my first comments! Let's try again to congratulate Lexa on her ever so clever cover reveal...Congrats Lexa!

Now to those monsters, some of which I'm not sure what to call...
1. ?
2. Giant ants.
3. Big wormy things that explode out of the ground (and one of my all-time favorite Kevin Bacon movies)
4. Well, it started with that monkey which ended up turning everyone into zombies
6. A flying beetle like creature who can fold his wings to mimic a human. Creepy but fun :)

Suzanne Furness said...

Good job, Misha. Fun cover reveal for Lexa, spotted the mistake here.

Unknown said...

I got most of the trivia... good call by the way. Great post, I am not even attempting cover errors until I have one large cup of coffee... Have a great day!

Meradeth Houston said...

Great post Misha! I swear, writing humor is one of the hardest things ever! And best wishes to all the other authors!

Al Diaz said...

Ah ha! I think I found the error in this cover. The eyes are purple instead of brown. My observation skills are awesome, ha! :)

Charles Gramlich said...

humor is so tough and so depends on all kinds of mood issues. this worked, though.

Unknown said...

Great job Misha!
I would make a terrible ninja. All that my opponents would need to do is tell jokes to find me.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Stephen, go for it!

Sarah, I'm sure you will find some NaNo buddies.

Marcy, sorry about that! You got four.

Al, you're on a roll!

Karen, I am envious!

David, that made me laugh!

Julie Dao said...

This ninja definitely laughed! (Silently, though, of course.) Humor is always a winner in my book!

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Lol. Nothing is harder than being funny when someone says, "Be funny!"

Tonja Drecker said...

Wonderful post from Misha!
And a haunted castle sounds neat :)

Ella said...

Misha brought it! ;D Ninjas laugh especially at blogfests~ Humor is hard and people expect it, if you bring it. Now that is truly scary~

Congrats Misha The Varnished Knight cover is so cool~

I love a good haunted castle. Yes, count me in! Do Ninjas do haunted?

Congrats Lexa! I love the cover!

Thank you Alex! I hope you have a happy music weekend~ Tell Mrs. AC hello

StratPlayerCJF said...

I'm sorry, Misha -- I'm afraid don't find ethnic humor that funny. It just feeds on cheap and hurtful stereotypes. I know many Merthians who aren't irritating, and some Nordian Saints can be very mellow.

Instead of making fun of others, can't we all just get along? ;^)

And yes -- I absolutely love dark chocolate!

Great cover, Lexa (and I see the mistake!).

And The Man with the Iron Fists sounds good to me, lol!

And let's see..

1. No idea -- haven't seen it.
2. Giant ants
3. Giant underground wormy things
4. Zombie Mama
5. Vampires, I think?
6. Dunno...

Elsie Amata said...

I just came back from visiting Liza Long's blog and Arlee's blog. Very interesting to read how going viral changed her life. It seems it was both a blessing and a curse.

Unknown said...

Haunted castles! Congrats to Misha and Ella....Misha knows Humor, wouldn't know about the cover error but curious to look up the book now and yes I have seen the man with the iron fists....entertaining but not worth spending money on!

Arlee Bird said...

Thanks for referring your readers to my interview with Liza Long. I think she says some important things in the interview and the post she did on her own page. Between the interview and my recent series I've been doing a deeper evaluation of why I blog, what my content should be, and who my blogging audience should be. Been doing a lot of thinking about blogging over the past couple of weeks.

Tossing It Out

~Sia McKye~ said...

You did okay, Misha. It's not always easy to be funny on demand. I prefer humor dry and wicked, too. My husband, on the other hand, is in favor of all things corny.

Lexa, that cursor just keeps moving around. Kinda cool though, y'know a cursor and a pharaoh--curses? Ah, never mind. Cool cover.

I'm working a long day so I'll have to pop in on Lee on break.

Congrats Ella!

Have a great weekend Alex.

Sia McKye Over Coffee

Leovi said...

Iron Fists sounds like much punch!

River Fairchild said...

Love the snark, Misha! I know exactly what you mean. I have dark chocolate powder for humor too. ;)

Congrats to Lexa! I spotted a difference!

Alex, the giants ants in Them scared the beejeebees outta me when I saw it! I was about 7 so I identified waaay to much with the trapped kids. Scarred me for life. I still run screaming if a bitty little ant gets on me.

SK Anthony said...

I can totally relate to Misha and yes, I was laughing ;)

An entertaining movie that is not good... hmm, I'll have to think about this one lol.

Congratulations to Lexa!

ilima said...

So I had this brilliant idea to write an entire book from the POV of a character who's supposed to be humorous all the time. It took me three days to come up with a joke for him to tell in book #1, and now I'm writing the whole freakin' book #2 through the guy. I may regret this later. :)

Karen Jones Gowen said...

I just read Arlee's guest post interview about going viral. Fascinating! Definitely worth reading and considering.

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

Thanks for the giggle, Misha! As for Lexa's cover, gee, that's tough. Is it mascara on the girl's eyebrow? The font kinda makes the title read like Soul Gutter? Was the Egyptian dude supposed to be a ninja? I dunno... that's a toughie.
I started watching the Iron fist movie but stopped because, you're right, it was TERRIBLE. (I hate bad movies.) Saw Gravity a few days ago, though. It was a giant jar of awesome-sauce.

Christine Rains said...

Yay for Misha! That was hilarious. My humor is like that too. I'm always afraid no one will get it. Lexa's idea for a cover reveal is so awesome. No haunted castles for me today. I'll be babysitting two overly energetic 3-year-olds. That's scary enough! :) Have a good weekend, Alex.

Misha Gerrick said...

LMAO Chris, your comment made my day. Even my characters laughed.

Thanks all for your compliments, sympathy and good wishes!

Rusty Carl said...

I was planning on doing NaNo this year, but at the last minute am starting to balk. I've got two weeklong visits from family planned in November that I just found out about. That and some long hours planned at the day job.

It seems so unfair that I don't have a time machine.

And writing humor is hard. Folks that do it well have a special kind of genius.

M.J. Fifield said...

Misha, your post made me laugh. I know exactly what you mean. And I personally think I'm hysterical, but I've been assured that is not the case. Great post, Misha!

And Them! is the movie with the giant ants, isn't it?

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Misha, you did just fine. As Rusty said, writing humor is a challenge -- even for the ones famous for it. Russell Crowe certainly wasn't in his Gladiator shape for that movie! :-)

Suze said...

3. Uuuuuum, enormous, flesh-eating worms?

Empty Nest Insider said...

Great job Misha, and congrats on your book! I'm heading over to Lee's!


Chris Desson said...

I don't write humor on purpose. If my readers laugh, Great!. And if they don't, then they are a bunch of...Shit! I forgot what I was going to say here. Oh well. Have a great weekend

*Oh yes. I remember, lovely human beings. ;)

Cathrina Constantine said...

Need to check out Lexa's cover more closely. I only know one monster and that's in Tremor's. Love cutey Kevin Bacon and how he blows up the gigunda worm-like creatures that tunnel beneath their village.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ella, I will! And Ninjas laugh at haunted houses.

Chris, funny! And you got four.

Elsie, that's how I'd see it.

Lee, you're welcome. Thinking of a new direction for your blog?

Sia, good pun!

River, it got to me as a kid as well.

Cathy, now that's a good movie.

Christine, that scares me!

Rusty, nothing like surprise family visits.

MJ, correct!

Roland, far from it!

Suze, yes, more or less.

Birgit said...

Now i know that what you wrote is funny as it made me giggle and i have not read the book but I know about elves and Sir Gawain:) Movie trivia-many guessed right but i don;t know all. I know "THEM" are creepy crawly giant ants that bug spray won't kill. Tremors are big ugley worms that really stink when blown up. Near Dark is all about the vampires but unsure of the other 2. I am certain one of them must be zombies as they are all over the place these days and i have had some in my office:)

Anonymous said...

I chuckled, Misha! I didn't get the jokes from the book, though. lol

I don't think I'll be attempting NaNo this year. lol

(Ah, I found it!)

Rebecca Green Gasper said...

Congrats to Misha! Great book tour this week. Love her humor. Writing humor scares me, too- it can easily miss the mark. Great job to Misha, though. Have a great weekend.

farawayeyes said...

'Be humorous' - that's like standing someone up in front of a firing squad. Mischa pulled it off well.

No NANO for me this year, still working on edits and revisions. Gotta finishing one up before I'm onto another.

Horror Trivia other that then giant earth worms in Tremors, I have no idea - not my genre unless it's humorous. What? Tremors wasn't supposed to be funny?

Author A.O. Peart said...

Great and, yes, humorous post, Mischa!
What a fun idea with Lexa's cover. Very clever and entertaining :)
Have a great weekend, everyone.

Maurice Mitchell said...

That's great Mischa. I don't get those jokes at all, so I'd better read the book. Thanks for hosting Alex! I'm a sucker for wire-fu.

cleemckenzie said...

Nicely humorous, Misha! And I'll be darned if I can find the error on Lexa's cover. Arrg!

Pat Hatt said...

all but one, know Them is bugs but don't remember which, unless i cheat and look at other comments then it is ants lol

ginger snaps - werewolf
Them - umm bugs?
tremors - graboids(ass blasters are the best name ever)
dead alive - zombies
near dark - dumb vampires, hate vampires
Mimic - giant bugs, cockroaches

Rachna Chhabria said...

Love the cover of your book Misha. The jokes went over my head :( I better read the book fast.

Lexa's book cover is super and the title is amazing. I am hooked.

Robin said...

Misha, Being funny "on the spot" is hard. My dad had one of those sense of humors that wouldn't have translated well to writing, either.

As for Lexa... I found it!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Birgit, you got several right!

Faraway, I thought it was funny...

Maurice, then you will dig the film.

Pat, very good! And you got the proper name as well.

Carrie-Anne said...

I'd love to visit a haunted castle, hotel, or cemetery, though I'd probably prefer to be in a tour and not alone.

jaybird said...

I can relate to Misha because I am never quite certain if my humor will translate into what other people are going to think is funny. Big congrats on her book release and props for her attempt at humor!

And, I'll take a HARD PASS on visiting anything haunted, whether it's a castle or an outhouse, LOL

Have a great weekend Alex!!

Cherie Reich said...

Hehe! Great post, Misha! And humor is hard. A person either finds a particular thing funny or not.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I liked Misha's post! It was quite clever.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I love Tremors. The first one was good the rest of them silly.
I would love to visit any castle, especially Dracula's.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Misha - I totally get your fear - it's one of mine too. I giggle over things that leave other people looking at me oddly, but wait, I think they might do that anyway. Oh well. :) I like your sense of humor and style. Way to go with The Vanished Knight!

Alex - for the trivia, um, in Tremors, they have giant earthworms, right?

And I miss NaNo, but I'm Revmoing.

Unknown said...
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Unknown said...

Love the cover of your book Misha =-)

And sadly, the only movie trivia I know is Tremors, and even more sadly I believe the name of the creatures doubles as the title of the movie... tremors. lol Wait, is that right?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jaybird, I can actually direct you to a haunted outhouse!

Susan, silly and lame.

Tyrean, basically.

Emilynn, they were given a name. Goofy, but a real name.

Kate Larkindale said...

Found the error! I think that means I got them all... Now, I just have to remember them all.

klahanie said...

Hi Alex,

Misha, no need to feel pressure about being snarky. I'm sure Alex would agree with me that he's nothing to get nervous about being on his site.

You snarked away and you did okay. The thing is and this is the deal, you had a dream, you had a schedule, you published your book. That's a result! :)

Ah, Lexa's cover reveal and the error on the cover. Shall be working my way through them all. It was easy on my site.

No No to NaNo,thank you very much.

Gary said...

Misha is funny, and very talented. I'm awestruck by Lexa's ingenius cover reveal. No clue what the error is here.

Happy Friday and weekend, Alex.

PK HREZO said...

I totally get what Mischa means with humor. I grew up in a home where sarcasm was the same as humor. So it's hard to shed that side, and can come off as downright mean sometimes, even tho it's never intended that way.
Interested to read that post on Arlee's blog ...

J.L. Campbell said...

Wishing Misha success with the Vanished Knight. For me, humor is a necessary ingredient in a book, even if the subject is serious. As in life, the lighter moments sparkle.

John Wiswell said...

Anyone would be wise to buddy up with Bev Fox for NaNo. She's a very sweet and thoughtful person and dedicated to these November rituals.

Julie Flanders said...

I can totally relate to how Misha feels about writing humor. But she did a great job with it!
Ooh, I have to go look at the haunted castles. Awesome.

Happy weekend, Alex!

Sherry Ellis said...

Cool cover reveal! My guess is the error is in the color of the eyes.

Humor is really important in writing - especially for writers of children's books. I try to add as much humor as possible through my characters.

Sherry Ellis said...

Cool cover reveal! My guess is the error is in the color of the eyes.

Humor is really important in writing - especially for writers of children's books. I try to add as much humor as possible through my characters.

M Pax said...

lol Good joke, Misha. Very clever.

Woot for Lexa!

Them - giant ants. Tremors - worms [they reminded me of sand worms in Dune]. :)

Happy weekend!

Nicki Elson said...

Nothin' to worry about, Misha, I laughed many times...even at the Gaiwan jokes that I didn't totally understand.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Yes, I'm doing NaNo this year. I'm Patty Petunia. How's that for laugh?

Bevimus said...

Thanks so much for mentioning me, Alex! (And sorry for the late comment- I've been in bed with REALLY bad cold all day)
Now i'm off to troll your comments for new NaNo buddies~

And Misha- even without knowing the races you list I still found it funny that there are jokes about tying them together! Now that's a well thought-out world!

T.F. Walsh said...

Really enjoyed reading your post, MIsha and wishing you lots of sales for The Vanished Knight:)

Congrats, Lexa on your upcoming book and love your cover. Oh, and I spotted this one's error:)

SpacerGuy said...

Great post Misha, I used humor during my RPG days. Its gas how many Ernie Shields there are on google now.

J E Oneil said...

1. No idea. I never heard of this one!

2. Giant ants (I remember that from a Far Side cartoon).

3. Graboids.

4. Zombies, I assume.

5. Haven't heard of this one, either.

6. Giant insects. Again. They could disguise themselves as people or something.

I love trivia quizzes :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

It's hard to be funny on demand. Too much pressure. Excellent cover Misha!

That cover now has blue eyes! Or I am going screen blind ;)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Gary, you're right - no need to be nervous here.

PK, you never come off as mean.

John, yes she is!

Marry, correct!

Patricia, I like the name.

Beverly, you're welcome, and sorry you've been sick.

JE, you got four! And the exact name for the critters in Tremors.

Andrew Leon said...

Do I get to pick which hand?

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I'm the 100th commenter!

Misha is great!=. I switch back and forth between her two blogs.

The only one I know is the giant worms in Tremors...

Jo said...

Hey I actually know #2 - giant ants. I saw that movie in the 50s I guess, scared the crap out of me and I have remembered it clearly ever since, especially the noise the ants made.

Looks Like I will have to read Mishe's book.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Misha, you are very funny! And, I can hear the Ninja laughing all the way from here!

Can I live in the haunted castle? That would be great.

Trivia! YEAH!
1. werewolf
2. giant ants
3. dirt eels?
4. zombies
5. vampires!!!
6. roaches?

I think I got this one!!!

Have a great weekend!

Helena said...

The Vanished Knight sounds funny, and I've got a weak spot for humor, so I'll check out M.'s book. (Love the cool abbreviated name.)

And Alex... (sigh) I haven't even seen the six monster movies you listed for trivia, which proves yet again that I'm always out of it.

dolorah said...

Misha: I always fall flat with humor too. My CPs always have to tell me what they think is funny, and what needs to be worked on. I'm much better at drama :) Congrats on the release.

Ah, I found this cover mistake. Its a fun game.

I do recognize a couple of the monsters in your movies Alex.

Have a good weekend.


L.G. Keltner said...

My husband and I just watched Ginger Snaps the other day! Tremors is a classic, of course, and Near Dark was a big part of my childhood since it was one of my mom's all time favorite movies. As for Dead Alive, I still have vivid memories of the ear falling into the food. Yum!

Unknown said...

Congrats Misha!

The trivia is a hard one!
Ants, werewolves, ???

Unknown said...

I can't thank you enough for your help with my cover reveal. It's been an awesome day! :-)

1. werewolves
2. giant ants
3. giant underground worms
4. zombies
5. vampires
6. giant cockroaches disguised as humans

Unknown said...

First off, Misha's book looks awesome! Nice cover! And the synopsis lends to intrigue. Reads very good. So happy for her.

Second, ingenious idea for Lexa's cover reveal (and yes, I spotted the error).

Third...Alex, you pick some hard movie trivia. I only knew two.

And finally, NaNo, here I come. Have a great weekend, Alex.

M.L. Swift, Writer

Unknown said...

Not yet seen any of the above, great collection.......

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Andrew, you lost me...

Sharon, you are! And yes.

Jo, you're correct, and I think it scared everyone.

Heather, you got all! Technically not dirt eels, but that is just such an awesome and unique name you came up with.

Helena, you aren't the only one.

LG, part of your childhood - that is just awesome. And yes, the ear scene was funny.

Carolyn, yes to both!

Lexa, you're welcome, and all six correct.

Mike, I was trying for easy, but I guess only if you are a horror movie fan.

Tony Laplume said...

I love the description of "not good but, entertaining."

Sharon said...

I think I'd be an awesome ninja

Morgan said...

Hahaha!!! Love the error you get to sport, Alex. Totally laughing. I think this cover reveal might be the best cover idea yet. I'm getting a kick out of all of these.

And I didn't know that ninjas didn't laugh... of course I've never heard one... so... yeah.

Leovi said...

Beautiful ...! Interesting and fun providing Misha Gericke!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Misha, you are crazy funny! Thanks for the laughs.

Carrie Butler said...

The humor aspect doesn't intimidate me when I'm writing, but the fluffy love scenes do. (Says the romance author. LOL)

Leandra Wallace said...

I am not a funny writer. If I do manage a funny, it's by accident! =) And I got the mistake, woot!

shelly said...

Yay for Misha! No NaNo this time around.

Hugs and chocolate,

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tony, that description fits best.

Morgan, we do laugh.

Carrie, any romance scenes intimidate me.

Anonymous said...

Great guest post by Misha -- liked the Nordian jokes. Lexa's cover... Dang it. I don't notice anything different! Wire-fu, eh? I'll skip that one.

S. L. Hennessy said...

Lexa's cover looks awesome! If there's an error, I sure don't see it.

1. werewolves
2. giant ants
3. big underground worms
4. zombies
5. vampires
6. big cockroaches things

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex .. I sure hope Misha does really well, as too Lexa .. I just admire these authors ..

Oooh .. I'm looking forward to reading Somerset Memories ..

Cheers for now - Hilary

Tina said...

Don't do haunted houses~!
Love "spot the difference" picture games, so will give that a try.
Tina @ Life is Good

Nigel G Mitchell said...

Being funny about not being funny...tricky to pull off, but you did it, Misha.

JJ said...

Sad as it is, the only one I have seen is Them, with James Arness. They were giant ants.

G. B. Miller said...

I believe Ginger Snaps features werewolves, and I know that because I got bored one night and watched the movie.

I normally don't watch horror, but this one really intrigued me.

Mina Burrows said...

Go Misha. Wonderful post. And I love Lexa's cover too.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

SL, you know your horror!

JJ, correct!

GB, yes it did. It wasn't bad.

Mason T. Matchak said...

I admit, I laughed at the last two jokes, even if I didn't quite get the references. ^_^ I'll definitely have to take a look at this book.

Denise Covey said...

Humour done well is a delight, but not everyone can write it well. It's starting to feel scary here, must be the last week of October!

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

congrats to Misha and Lexa!!
And yes, I can't force humour either.

Lydia Kang said...

I love that Mary shares her stars with us on her blog. They're amazing photos!

DMS said...

I have been loving Lexa's cover challenge. :) Got it!

Elizabeth Sara said...

NaNoWriMo...maybe someday.