I have a few links of entertaining things to share. Because, hey, why not, right?
First: get your travel plans ready, paranormal romance writers, because Melissa has the perfect tax-deductible vacation for you: SERBIA.
There are news reports in the Daily Mail (I heard that snort all the way over here! Wow!) of a vampire on the loose in Serbia:
Sales of garlic are booming in western Serbia today after the local council issued a public health warning that a vampire was on the loose.
The official announcement came after an old ruined mill said to once have been the home of the country's most famous vampire collapsed.
Sava Savanovic was believed to have lived in the shack on the Rogacica river in Zarozje village in the municipality of Bajina Basta.
It is said he drank the blood of anybody that came to mill their grain.
Local mayor Miodrag Vujetic admitted: 'People are worried, everybody knows the legend of this vampire and the thought that he is now homeless and looking for somewhere else and possibly other victims is terrifying people. We are all frightened.'
He added that it was all very well for people who didn't live in the area to laugh at their fears but he said nobody in the region was in any doubt that vampires do exist.
He confirmed that the local council had advised all villagers to put garlic on their doors and windows to protect them from the vampire as it was well known they can't stand the smell.
Villagers who cashed in catering to tourists fascinated by the legend of Savanovic say they now wish they had left the place well alone.
On one hand, the article is kinda gruesome and condescending. On the other hand, if you're a paranormal romance author who has wanted to go to Serbia, this might be a good oppportunity to do research. I'd love to go to Serbia - maybe not in winter, but I hear it's a beautiful country to explore.
And doesn't that sound like a hell of a plot idea? Contemporary vampire hunters in rural Serbia? Thank you to Melissa for the link!
I wrote about the Hot Guy Alarm Clock, a free iPhone app that features romance heroes. I don't have an i-Thing, so I couldn't download it, but Fran is here for us!
My roommate Cat has an iPhone and we tried out all the different Wake-Up Experiences. She bought all of them! They’re pretty hilarious and tropey. Her favorites are Enchanted Castle and Fancy Metropolitan Penthouse.
I loved Cabin in the Woods—“I brought you this fox stole. No, it’s not dead. It’s holding still out of fear and respect.” I died laughing.
Vampire Castle was pretty ridiculous—especially because he had a Transylvanian accent. Secret Superhero Boyfriend was great, and I think he had the best voice. Sort of like a less raspy Christian Bale as Batman. The worst, which we agreed on, was Clumsy Boyfriend. It was just a bunch of stuff breaking, and him saying “OH NO” various ways.
We figured out later that it works on Ipod Touch as well. I was going to get a few when I realized Cabin in the Woods, Tropical Paradise, and Enchanted Castle were free! In our initial purchasing frenzy we thought we'd bought them all.
Anyway, it was a lot of fun! Cat and I will be waking up with some interesting men from now on ;)
I hope this comes to Android because oh, man, a fox stole holding still out of fear and respect is EXACTLY how I want to wake up in the morning. To say nothing of Fancy Metropolitan Penthouse.
Oh man, can't you just hear a hero saying that in a future novel? "How do you like my fancy metropolitan penthouse," he asked. Huskily.
ETA: I am crushed by the irony, here. CRUSHED. Like, seriously, I can't get up. Can you help me?
Fifty Shades Limited, which owns the copyright to E L James' "Fifty Shades" book trilogy, and Universal City Studios, which is producing a film adaptation of the trilogy, filed suit in U.S. District Court in Central California on Tuesday over the porn knockoff, claiming that it follows James' books way too closely.
The suit, filed against Smash Pictures, Luv Moves, and the film's director, James Lane (who goes by the nom de porn Jim Powers), claims copyright infringement, false designation of origin, false advertising, trademark dilution and common law unfair competition, among other alleged offenses....
"Beginning with the First XXX Adaptation's opening scene and continuing throughout the next two and a half hours of the film, Smash Pictures copies without reservation from the unique expressive elements of the Fifty Shades Trilogy, progressing through the events of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' and into the second book, 'Fifty Shades Darker,'" the suit reads. "The First XXX Adaptation is not a parody, and it does not comment on, criticize, or ridicule the originals. It is a rip-off, plain and simple."
I'm one of the few romance bloggers who isn't a lawyer, and I don't know very much at all about the claims in this suit, but the entire idea has me laughing so hard. Well, as hard as I can under all this irony that is crushing me.