MaureenMcGowan

ONE MORE SLEEP!

Okay, technically two more sleeps, since I’m drafting this post at nearly 4:00 am on October 29th, and I haven’t gone to bed yet.

But DEVIANTS comes out on October 30th!!! So soon.

I had a fantastic launch party on Saturday and will post some photos soon.

But for now, I wanted to let you know that I was interviewed at The Reading Cafe yesterday, where they also gave me a great review! Yippee!

Also, I’m having a big giveaway!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And there will be more chances to win this week, so come back to visit every day!

 

Deviants inspired Halloween Costumes

Today, I’m guest blogging at addicted2heroines.com as part of the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop.

Want to dress up as a Shredder for Halloween?

How about a Comp?

Even if you haven’t read Deviants yet, you can get a preview on how some of the characters might look.

http://www.addicted2heroines.com/2012/10/spooktacular-giveaway-hop-guest-post.html

And, they’re giving away lots of great prizes as part of the hop, including a signed copy of Deviants.

Stop on by!

Giveaway!

The release date for DEVIANTS is fast approaching! I can’t believe it. It will be out three weeks yesterday!

To celebrate the release, I’m doing a Goodreads giveaway.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Deviants by Maureen McGowan

Deviants

by Maureen McGowan

Giveaway ends November 09, 2012.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

For those of you who might live in Southern Ontario… I’m participating in a pre-Halloween Bash at the Chapters on Stone Road in Guelph this Saturday.  435 Stone W, Guelph, ON N1G 2X6

Here is a hilarious promo video that the store did for the event.

I’ve also planned a launch party to be held on Saturday, October 27th. And have fabulous plans to do a group YA Apocalypse Tour with other authors, including Megan Crewe, Lesley Livingston, Leah Bobet and Cheryl Rainfield starting October 30th.

More on those events in a later post!

End of Watch

The first film I saw at the Toronto International Film Fesitval this year was End of Watch, which actually opens today.

For me, this was a really good film if a difficult one. It becomes clear, not that far in, that there’s no chance this movie is going to end well… and I kept thinking, D’uh, you dummy, of course it’s not going to end well, it’s called END of Watch.

The performances were really strong and ultimately it’s a story about two men in a working relationship who really care about each other and about their jobs. A bromance.

Sadly, it’s also about how sometimes it doesn’t pay to do the right thing. It was kind of depressing to see this demonstrated so clearly–why some police officers would choose to look the other way at times. Almost like the worse the criminals the more the police have to lose by pursuing them.

But it’s also about the real (friendship) love between two men and a glance into the lives of police officers in one of the most dangerous parts of LA.

I was at the second screening for this film, so the actors weren’t there :( but the director was :) and he did a brief Q&A.

Interesting things learned:

– that the part of LA these police work in is as dangerous as was depicted in the film. Police officers there see more action in a typical day than most others do in their entire careers
– an AK 47 is a highly inaccurate gun. I can’t remember the exact stats the director gave on their accuracy, but basically it made sense of all the scenes I’ve seen in movies where the hero is being fired upon by multiple  automatic weapons, yet manages not to get hit…
– Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña did not get along well (according to the director). This made me more impressed with their acting performances.

If you’re in the mood for a tension filled not so happy film, check this one out.

TIFF People’s Choice Winner

And the winner is:

Silver Linings Playbook

SAt easth

Alas, I did not see this one–it was already sold out when my number came up to book tickets :-( –but I definitely will see it when it comes out.

 At each screening during the festival this year, they reminded us of past People’s Choice winning films that premiered at TIFF and went on to greatness. There have been many such films, but the 3 they reminded us of were: American Beauty, Slumdog Millionaire and The King’s Speech.

The rags-to-riches story that was most dramatic was that for Slumdog Millionaire — for a few reasons. First, it was destined to be a straight to DVD release before it screened at TIFF and it went on to gross a huge amount globally and second… I was in its premiere screening at TIFF in 2008.  Because it was a premiere and no one knew anything about it, (other than the director was Danny Boyle), the reaction and atmosphere at the premiere were electric.

I remember only hesitantly putting Slumdog on my list of picks that year. I wanted to see it because I’ve been a huge fan of Danny Boyle ever since I saw Shallow Grave… but on the down side the photo they put in the program made the film look bleak and I thought it would be a kids suffering in the slums of Mumbai kind of movie — and I try not to do too many of those kinds of films at TIFF. (Many films at the festival are on the dark side… and it can get overwhelming if you don’t balance it with a few lighter ones.)

But I’m so glad I picked Slumdog that year. I was blown away. Here’s my rambling blog post about Slumdog Millionaire during the 2008 TIFF.

Can’t wait to start posting more about the films I saw this year. :-)

Cover Reveal for Conjure

Check out the gorgeous cover for Lea Nolan’s book, CONJURE.

CONJURE: Be careful what you search for…

Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry–hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.

When a strange girl appears, bent on revenge; demon dogs become a threat; and Jack turns into a walking skeleton; Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before summer—and her friends–are lost forever.

There’s a giveaway! Check out the details here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

For more about Lea and CONJURE:

CONJURE on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13425130-conjure
Lea’s website: http://www.leanolan.com/
Lea on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lea_Nolan 

New Author Photos!

So, one of the things I did while I was in LA was get photos taken by the fabulous Marti Corn.

Which do you think I should use on my website? Serious Maureen. Smiling Maureen or Laughing Maureen?

Hmmmm…

RWA 2012 Photos!

Last week I was at the RWA National conference. RWA is the Romance Writers of America. I’ve been a member of this group since 2003 and love it, even though the last romance manuscript I wrote was in, um 2004.

They’re changing their rules and it’s possible that I won’t be able to be a member much longer–pout–but I learned so much from the organization and it’s members, and the conference is always a fabulous time.

This year I even got to meet some folks from my publisher, which was awesome.

But the best part of the conference is that I got to spend some time with great friends.

Here are a few photographic highlights.

The fabulous Stephanie Doyle with her RITA finalist flag flying. :)

And another of Steph after I caught her attention. This was during the set up for the HUGE literacy signing.

Steph and fellow GLIAS blogger Heather Snow

Steph and I at the vodka workshop. Yes, there was a vodka workshop. I learned that I shouldn’t drink so many sweet vodka drinks in a row. 😉

Later that same night… with YA author Linda Gerber and Harlequin author Liz Talley. At The House of Blues, Downtown Disney.

With the fabulous Molly O’Keefe. We were “getting ready” for the RITA ceremony. We found every tiny (and awesome) Mexican restaurant within a mile of our hotel. Fish tacos! Margaritas!

YA Author Wendy Delsol, and romance authors Megan Frampton and Carolyn Jewel at our table for the RITA ceremony. (We were the girls in the back row.)