Hunger Games and Twilight are getting theme park lands in South Korea

Twilight star Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen

This news is actually from a few weeks ago, but in case you didn’t see it before:

Hunger Games and Twilight are getting theme park lands in South Korea

Of all the book-movie franchises to choose! One is about kids fighting to the death, and the other is about an obsessive vampire stalker!

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth.

The Twilight and Hunger Games film franchises may have come to a close, but movie studio Lionsgate will soon offer fans a new way to engage with both thanks to new theme park expansion lands. Today the studio announced that it will be opening Lionsgate Movie World, a 1.3 million-square-foot theme park in South Korea dedicated to its various movie properties.

The park will be part of Jeju Shinhwa World, a luxury resort on South Korea’s Jeju Island. Movie World will be made up of seven different “zones,” each devoted to a different Lionsgate film. Along with Twilight and The Hunger Games, the magic-themed Now You See Me franchise will receive an area, as will the studio’s upcoming Robin Hood remake. According to the press release, guests will be able to “experience actual movie scenes” with a combination of rides, recreated environments, themed restaurants, and live performances. The park is scheduled to open sometime in 2019.

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The Week: 11th – 17th September

Spring Blossoms Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 11th September 2017

Monday Afternoon

Home after a month! We arrived in Sydney on Sunday night (with the Brazilian football team!), and had to stay overnight because we got in so late. The five-star hotel was lost on me because I lay there wide awake for a few hours and then gave up. Stupid jetlag.

As soon as I stepped off the plane in Canberra on Monday all I could smell was blossoms. It was such a change after Barcelona.

I think I’m catching up pretty fast with books and reviews and all of that, but I’m having a bit of trouble finding space for my shopping…

It’s not all rainbows and roses, however. I have come home to a country that has gone all Donald Trump. They have just RUINED our beautiful Parliament House (as in *the nation’s* parliament – this is the capital city) with a metres-high fence around it that is so ugly it makes me want to cry (thank you, terrorists).

And we’re in the midst of a national marriage equality debate that has resulted in some appalling acts by some people. The “gay marriage survey” everyone over eighteen is being mailed arrived here first – maybe because we’re in the capital city. I have done mine and posted it, but that doesn’t stop me being subjected to disgusting, homophobic TV ads for a couple more months.

Ugh. Australia used to pride itself on being progressive! Second country in the world to give women the vote. I am SO happy to live in Canberra, a progressive bubble in a backwards nation!

Rereading Now

To the Brink by Cindy Gerard

My review of Shadow Reaper (Shadow #2) by Christine Feehan

Shadow Reaper (Shadow #2) by Christine Feehan

My review of Courting Danger with Mr Dyer by Georgie Lee

Courting Danger with Mr Dyer by Georgie Lee

 My review of A Rake’s Guide to Seduction (Reece Family Trilogy #3) by Caroline Linden

A Rake's Guide to Seduction (Reece Family Trilogy #3) by Caroline Linden

Happy Birthday, Agatha Christie.

Agatha Christie was born in 1890 and died in 1976.

Shadow Reaper (Shadow #2) by Christine Feehan

Shadow Reaper (Shadow #2) by Christine Feehan

#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan continues her new series, as the Ferraros—a Chicago crime family—use their power as shadow riders to protect their empire and the ones they love…

Billionaire playboy Ricco Ferraro knows no other life. Being a shadow rider is in his blood – but so is a haunting desperation stemming from the secrets of his dark past. His recklessness puts not only his life at risk, but also the future of his entire family. To save them all, he must find a woman who can meet his every desire with a heat all her own…

Just when Ricco has given up hope, he meets her – a mysterious woman whose shadow connects with his. She’s someone looking for a safe haven from the danger that has stalked her over the last several months. In Ricco’s embrace, she finds one. But the darkness in which they so often find sanctuary can also consume them…

Shadow Reaper (Shadow #2) by Christine Feehan

I hardly read any paranormal books anymore, but Christine Feehan is pretty much the queen of the genre. This is a second book in a series with a totally new “world” (no vampires, werewolves etc.) but I think it isn’t a series you can dive into at any place.

This is trademark Feehan – a little more updated than the earlier series that made her famous – with all the powerful male characters and engaging plotlines.

However, I had no idea what was going on!!

It’s a pity I read this out of order, as I could really get into this world. I assume it was explained well in book one, but book two is the review book I received. I wish we’d been given a little more information about who and what these people are. I didn’t need it all, but I did need *some*!

With MANY male characters (and a woman) who all look to be having books of their own in the future, it seems this is a series that will go for some time.

I did struggle with all the violence (and some of the super-long scenes). As I read so little in the paranormal genre now, I’m not sure if the violence is getting worse, or if I’m just not used to it anymore. Maybe my tolerance for unnecessary scenes that exploit horrible things is waning.

Did I really need to read about entire families being cut and killed with swords? Women being raped? Children being stomped on to have their bones broken?

I think the fact it was gratuitous is what got to me. In the real world terrible things *do* happen, but in a made-up world it is the author’s choice to include these things.

I also didn’t need the scene with the token “slutty waitress” trying to come onto the hero. WHY is this scene in so many books?

I know I’ve mainly stuck to the negatives, but I had *issues* even though I was enjoying it!

On the plus side… There are plenty of pluses.

Feehan’s writing is the same – and also not. The basics are familiar, such as her larger-than-life men, but there is a new humanity in her work. These felt more like real people than her previous characters. Just little touches: a hand gesture, a dish cooked.

I also like the way she writes power. You got a real sense these people were important.

Basically: read the first book first!

 

Review copy provided by NetGalley.

RITA Winners

Romance Writers of America (RWA) announced the winners of the 2016 RITA® and Golden Heart® Awards on July 16 in San Diego, California.

I’m a little late with this, but the winners of the Golden Heart and RITA Awards were announced over the weekend.

As always, I seem not to have read any of these books…

You can read more HERE.

Best First Book Winner

Once and For All: An American Valor Novel by Cheryl Etchison Cheryl Etchison Once and For All: An American Valor Novel by Cheryl Etchison
Avon, ImpulsePriyanka Krishnan and Rebecca Lucash, editors

Contemporary Romance: Long Winner

Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan Sarah Morgan Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan

Harlequin, HQN

Flo Nicoll, editor

Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length Winner

Carolina Dreaming by Virginia Kantra Virginia Kantra Carolina Dreaming by Virginia Kantra

Berkley Publishing Group

Cindy Hwang, editor

Contemporary Romance: Short Winner

Christmas on Crimson Mountain by Michelle Major Michelle Major Christmas on Crimson Mountain by Michelle Major

Harlequin, Special Edition

Gail Chasan, editor

Erotic Romance Winner

Off the Clock by Roni Loren Roni Loren Off the Clock by Roni Loren

Penguin Random House, Berkley

Kate Seaver, editor

 

Historical Romance: Long Winner

No Mistress of Mine by Laura Lee Guhrke Laura Lee Guhrke No Mistress of Mine by Laura Lee Guhrke

Avon Books

Erika Tsang, editor

 

Historical Romance: Short Winner

A Duke to Remember by Kelly Bowen Kelly Bowen A Duke to Remember by Kelly Bowen

Grand Central Publishing, Forever

Alex Logan, editor

 

Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance

The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel Weina Dai Randel The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel

Sourcebooks, Landmark

Shana Drehs and Anna Michels, editors

 

Paranormal Romance Winner

The Pages of the Mind by Jeffe Kennedy Jeffe Kennedy The Pages of the Mind by Jeffe Kennedy

Kensington Publishing Corp.

Peter Senftleben, editor

Romance Novella Winner

Her Every Wish by Courtney Milan Courtney Milan Her Every Wish by Courtney Milan

Self-published

Lindsey Faber, editor

Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements

My Hope Next Door by Tammy L. Gray Tammy L Gray My Hope Next Door by Tammy L. Gray

Amazon, Waterfall Press

Amy Hosford, editor

Romantic Suspense Winner

Repressed by Elisabeth Naughton Elisabeth Naughton Repressed by Elisabeth Naughton

Montlake Publishing

Charlotte Herscher and Christopher Werner, editors

Young Adult Romance Winner

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout Jennifer L Armentrout The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Harlequin, HQN Teen

Margo Lipschultz, editor

 

 

2017 Golden Heart Winners

Contemporary Romance Winner

Penelope Leas “No Man Left Behind” by Penelope Leas

Contemporary Romance: Short Winner

Susannah Erwin “Job Opening: Billionaire’s Wife” by Susannah Erwin

Historical Romance Winner

Christina Britton “With Love in Sight” by Christina Britton

Paranormal Romance Winner

Kari W Cole “Constant Craving” by Kari W. Cole

Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements Winner

Pamela Ferguson “Wings of Love” by Pamela Ferguson

Romantic Suspense Winner

Meta Carroll “Semper Fi” by Meta Carroll

Young Adult Romance Winner

Jennifer Camiccia “Listen” by Jennifer Camiccia

Twenty Years of Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling

Yes, I’m a day late (it was first published on the 26th of June), but it is the twentieth anniversary of Harry Potter.

I was at the end of my schooling when Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone came out. So, I wasn’t exactly thrilled by a book craze about a little wizard boy and his magic wand, complete with cutesy illustrated covers.

I moved to London shortly afterwards, and was watching live on television when the casting for the first movie was announced. However, it was also the time the first Lord of the Rings movie was released, and I was accidentally in Leicester Square the evening of the world premiere (which meant I got to watch all the red carpet arrivals, even though half of them weren’t famous yet – Orlando Bloom? Viggo Mortensen? Who’re they?!).

The media in England set up a fan war between the two franchises, with plenty of British newspapers printing long lists of “evidence” J. K. Rowling plagiarised J. R. R. Tolkien. I believed it at the time; not anymore.

Eventually, my boss made a deal with me: she’d read my Lord of the Rings books if I gave Harry Potter a chance. I was about twenty, and not that interested, but in the end I did actually enjoy them (though I never finished the series).

Viktor Krum Harry Potter Movies

My favourite character was that Bulgarian (? – Hungarian?) wizard guy who was Hermione’s boyfriend for about three seconds. I wanted them to end up together!

My boss HATED The Lord of the Rings (I don’t really blame her); she couldn’t get past the first twenty-thousand pages describing all the Hobbits. I didn’t hold it against her that she didn’t finish.

So, I’m no Harry Potter fangirl, but this was definitely an important Book-World anniversary to mark. We need another quality book franchise for the next generation. Maybe next time everyone won’t be raging misogynists and will let the female author publish under her real – feminine – name.

The Week: 15th – 21st May

Such a spectacular week in Canberra! Well, we won’t mention Friday (but there is something nice about a rainy autumn day, as long as you can spend it somewhere like a pub – as I did!), but the rest of the week was gorgeous.

I always say summer is my favourite season, but this autumn has been incredible. I might have to change my mind.

This week was the anniversary of Stalin’s ethnic cleansing (some call it genocide) of the Crimean Tatars. It’s yet another Kremlin atrocity nobody ever mentions.

Massive Harlequin News

Born Sexy Yesterday

Catching Up

My review of The Disappearance of Lady Edith (The Undaunted Debutantes #1) by Christina McKnight

My review of No Other Highlander (The McKennas #2) by Adrienne Basso

My review of Claiming His Highland Bride (A Highland Feuding #4) by Terri Brisbin