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Meeting Jeremy Renner… and the rest of Comicpalooza

I only had one day at Comicpalooza and my goal was to make the most of the day.

First before I get into my story let me give you a fun fact. I drove to Houston late Friday night, upon my arrival I learned that JMM won a very very nifty autograph from partaking in the Marvel marathon. Talk about a pretty stellar surprise.

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Yep everyone that is Scarlett Johansson autograph and it is authentic and it is MINE.

One Avenger down.

After this weekend I would be the proud owner of two Avenger’s signed posters. Not bad huh?

First things I learned from Comicpalooza.

Quidditch is a college sport…. not even kidding. Please google. I felt like my nerd card should have been ripped away from me, Harry Potter was one of my first fandoms how I did not know this…

Exhibitor badges are AWESOME!

Jeremy Renner has legitimately beautiful eyes.

John Schneider is pretty damn tall.

There is a distinct generational gap at con… one I never really noticed until I took a 13 year old to con and sent my mother a text about John Schneider.

My priority at this con was to meet Renner, I have a slight nerdy crush over the man so I was pretty excited… and nervous about meeting him.

So I figured bringing a fearless 13 year old would keep me in check for when I met him and I would totally keep it together to save face in front of her…

Yeah that was poorly planned. . .

We grabbed our tickets so we could get in line for Jeremy Renner. (side note I love when they hand out tickets for autographs, it is a way to prove I was there, especially since I was not paying $160 for the photo op)

 

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I was pretty damn excited, I know it is silly to get excited about celebs but I am a nerd, I can’t help it.

We lined up, but the signing was postponed until 1:15 so I took Sara around to the different artists to look at their artwork and we walked around to see what other celebs were there. I didn’t really know because my focus was all about Renner.

So after some time it was time to get back in line and wait. I was pretty nervous. Sure I have met a lot of celebs, but not one that I think is well ummm hot… so I was nervous but I was trying to play it cool in front of Sara.

Then Renner walks by… and oh my goodness Sara is suddenly star struck. Very very star struck.

Yep the fearless girl I brought to keep me together is star struck.

She starts saying OMG OMG OMG over and over… to the point the lady in front of me gets nervous and the group behind me gets nervous… then the next thing I know we are all one big nervous ball of energy.

Yeah, cause that is what I needed, nervous energy before I meet Renner.

flipping fantastic.

Well finally it is time to go up and meet the guy, I figured I would let Sara go first.

She was shaking and so nervous so before she gets up there… so quickly I remind her…

“He poops like you” except I said the S word instead of poop… at this point I would say and do anything to calm her down. Granted I wasn’t nervous anymore so there is that but she had enough nervous energy for both of us and my focus was calming her down.

She laughs and walks over to him. She says hi, he signs the poster and she does a total about face and runs off… and leaves me there to meet the man alone.

I couldn’t help it I just busted out laughing, I am laughing so hard Jeremy starts laughing (pretty sure he thought I was a lunatic) I shake my head and apologize then explain she was so nervous that she had me all worked off and then left me to fend for myself.

He started laughing (this is when I noticed his eyes were like whoa), signed my poster and called me darling.

I thanked him and I am pretty sure I sighed. Actually I know I¬†sighed, I was totally swooning…

I am also 99.99% positive he called all the ladies darling, but I am going to pretend it was just me.

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So two Avengers down, like Ultron I am coming for the rest ūüėČ or maybe it’s Thanos now… hmmm

Either way I still have avengers to meet… like Evans. ¬†I think I can meet him now, I held myself together for Renner. ūüôā

So after the excitement of meeting Renner was over it was time to meet a few more celebs, before it was time to head out.

Sadly I didn’t make any panels ūüôĀ

I didn’t realize that Rick Howland & Emmanuelle Vaugier were both there and I was pretty disappointed I couldn’t find a Lost Girl poster to get them to sign, so I just used their head shots. It was so fun talking the show with them, and just boosted my excitement for Dallas Con the following weekend.

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Then I got to meet Richard Harmon who I had no clue who he was but Sara did… he was interesting¬†&¬†a TON of fun to meet, plus he gives one heck of a hug. I have watched The 100, I just didn’t realize that was him. That is why I love con, well one of the reasons.

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Then I met John Schneider.

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Funny story, I did not realize he was Bo in Dukes of Hazzard… when I sent my mom a text all excited I met Jonathan Kent from Smallville, she was like he was famous for playing Bo first….

So there you have it people con brings people of multiple generations together… another reason to love con.

I had such a great Saturday at con, I really wish I could have spent more time there, but this weekend was just too busy!

How was your comicpalooza experience?

This one time I met Nathan Fillion…

I wish I could tell you I said something witty.

I wish I could tell you I got a picture of the time I met him.

I wish I could tell you what exactly happened when I met him.

But I can’t.

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This is becoming the new trend of meeting stars at Comic Con, you are pushed through so quickly that it becomes pretty anticlimactic.  I was completely nerding out over meeting him.  COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY nerding out.

Yes sometimes I forget these people are human. 

 

Then I met him, for like 2.3 seconds. ¬†He signed my poster smiled at me, and I went on with my life. ¬† ¬†I didn’t have time to try and sneak a picture in or anything. ¬†I completely failed as a nerd.

He was a bucket list too….

But hey, I am slowly getting this totally awesome Firefly poster finished…

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Binge Watching Bitten

Credit: TV by the Numbers
Credit: TV by the Numbers

So with my upcoming travel plans in 2015, it is not really a secret that I have myself on lockdown spending wise.

However, as I am a girl that needs entertainment or I will get bored¬†I have been utilizing my mother’s netflix subscription and binging on TV. ¬†I also have been using the heck out of my Kindle Unlimited subscription.

As I am not going anywhere until February, it is safe to say that my blog will most likely be filled with TV, movie and book reviews as adventures will be in short supply.  So this is me giving your fair warning.

I will also share craft projects, because well I have a lot of unfinished projects that I will get to work on.

I have to keep myself busy, because traveling is expensive. (well when you go on vacations anyway)

So as usual I digress, I started Bitten last week and I finished it within 48 hours.  Shameful, but I do not apologize because I loved the show.

It is my understanding the book is based on a book series and I have not read the series.  So I am unable to confirm or deny if it follows the books or not, all I can say about the TV series is a LOVE IT.

I am so ready for Season 2.

The show centers around Elena who was changed by her lover Clay into a werewolf, and she is disgusted by what she is.  Since she hates what she is she has left her home behind and ran off to Toronto where she has a new human boyfriend.

As luck would have it, strays are killing humans (strays are what they call weres that do not belong to a pack) and pretty much framing the wolves of Stone Haven. The plot is pretty solid, and keeps you guessing.

But who cares about the plot?  

Let’s talk about Clay.

Credit: Syfy
Credit: Syfy

 

At first, I was not pro- Clay… but boy oh boy this man has stole my heart. I am not one that typically gets into the whole “my life sucks, but I am so smart I can be grungy look” ¬†but damn. ¬†This man gets hotter and hotter with every episode.

Not to mention, there is more to his story, but you will have to watch almost the entire season before you find out what.  No spoilers here.

I really hope Greyston Holt¬†gets on the comic con circuit and starts meeting fans, because this Texan can’t wait to meet this guy. ¬†He has a fan in me.

Although, I will add it is disappointing how you don’t really see a lot of shirtless men in this show, especially since they are werewolves ¬†(and all very attractive!), you would think they would get naked more often. ¬†They don’t. ¬†Disappointed, but at the same time it is nice to know people can make a good show without so much sex taking over the plot, to where a plot is practically nonexistent. (I am looking at you True Blood, that was all you had going for you!)

but dudes, this show is for you too…

Credit: Syfy
Credit: Syfy

Elena is played by the beautiful Laura Vandervoort.  Known for her characters in Smallville & V.

I am so excited to see Laura in a new show, because in my humble honest opinion she is a pretty awesome actress.  I loved her in Smallville and I am excited to see her in a new show that I can and will fangirl over.

Plus she is nice, or at least she was nice to me when I met her in Tulsa a few years ago.

So not only do you have very sexy men, the show has a stunning female lead.

I give this show an A because it is action packed, actually more like, nonstop action with yes a little romance, but unlike other shows (yes True Blood I am calling you out again!) it doesn’t take over the plot. ¬†The show is more focused on who is killing people and why the strays are being assholes. ¬†There is a love triangle, but don’t roll your eyes just yet, it really does seem to add to the show instead of ruin it.

The show is available on Netflix and season two starts back up in 2015, so go get caught up now.  Believe me you will not regret it!

Book Review: Broken Forest by Eliza Tilton + Giveaway!

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Before I get into my review, the good stuff ūüôā

Broken Forest Ebook Cover

Book Blurb:
Hopeless he’ll never be more than the boy who didn’t save his brother, 17-year-old Avikar accepts his life as the family stable boy, trying to forget the past. But when his sister, Jeslyn, is kidnapped, the thought of losing another sibling catapults him on a desperate quest. With his best friend by his side, and using the tracking skills he learned from his father, he discovers Jeslyn has been taken, kidnapped by one Lucino, the young lord of Daath, a mystical place thought only to exist in fables.

And Lucino has plans for Jeslyn.
His shapeshifter brethren feed off the auras of humans, and Jeslyn’s golden hue is exactly what Lucino needs to increase his power. The longer it takes Avikar to reach her, the more entranced she becomes with Lucino’s world, and the harder it will be for Avikar to set her free.

He failed his family once. He won’t fail again.

The Cubicle Escapee’s Review of Broken Forest

First things first, go look at this cover again. Beautiful! I try to never judge a book by it’s cover, but this cover is stunning!

That being said, I have been semi burned out on fantasy. I think it is a result jumping into a book with pretty cover art and expecting to like it. ¬†(can’t help it everyone I always see pretty covers, and want to dive right in) then I am easily disappointed. ¬†The past 7-10 books have been utter disappointments.

Thankfully this was not the case with Broken Forest. The world that Tilton created completely drew me. ¬†In fact I was stunned to learn this was a debut for this author. ¬†Typically debut fantasy novels are lacking. ¬†Lacking world building, character development… something.

This book was not lacking the world she created kept me turning page after page and I found myself rooting for the characters in their journey.

Plus come on, any fantasy book that adds “mythical” lands is a winner! (No spoiling here, you will have to read this beautiful book to get me!)

Tilton did a great job world building but didn’t overpower the characters, which I also find is a very thin line in fantasy books.

The characters were believable, they were flawed they made you want to root for them. YOu get to see the situation from multiple point of views, and I found it to add to the story.

Overall for a debut this was a fantastic, fast and delightful read! I can’t wait for book two.

Also I have a secret, I read it while I was at work. (shhh!) don’t tell anyone. I just couldn’t put it down!

Rating: 4 Stars

 

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Author Bio:
Eliza graduated from Dowling College with a BS in Visual Communications. When she’s not arguing with excel at her day job, or playing Dragon Age 2, again, she’s writing. Her stories hold a bit of the fantastical and there’s always a romance. She resides on Long Island with her husband, two kids and one very snuggly pit bull.

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Wicked Path: Book Two of The Daath Chronicles releases Oct 6th, 2014, add to your Goodreads TBR HERE

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