The Voices

The Voices

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So this was a super creepy movie, not foreign but I wanted to talk about it anyway.

Great actors, well done, super creepy. It’s dark humor, but a bit too dark for me. If you like really dark, dark comedy and don’t mind a lot of cussing, and gory moments then you might want to check it out.
I did learn never ever let the cat guide your actions cause they are amoral assholes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Release day!!

Release day!!

Alica McKenna Johnson, Legacy of the Feathered Serpant, Phoenix Child, Blurbs Legacy of the Feathered Serpent is LIVE!!!!!!!! I’m so excited!!!!

First an ancient Phoenix King and Queen and now a sleeping Mayan god, could Sapphire’s life get any weirder?

Sapphire. 15 years old, strong, intelligent, with newly acquired Phoenix powers. She travels through South America, with her recently-discovered family. Performing with Cirque de Feu Magique as a cover, the Children of Fire respond to the need of magical creatures to return home to Akasha.

Powerful beings take a dangerous interest in the creatures they are called to save. The challenges of growing leadership and conflict with a Mayan god force Sapphire to realize she’s stronger than she thought.

 

 

You can get it at

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In celebration of my new book, Legacy of the Feathered Serpent: Children of Fire Book Two I am doing a give away! So everyone who is signed up for my newsletter will be entered to win awesome prizes such as The Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away movie, signed paper back copies of Phoenix Child and Legacy of the Feathered Serpent, and a $20 Amazon gift card.
Just sign up for my newsletter and you’re automatically entered in this and any future giveaways! I only send out a newsletter when I have actual news I promise no spamming after all I’m a vegetarian LOL :)

 

The Kingman

The Kingman

 

I tried not to do spoilers, but just in case, this is your spoiler warning.

 

 

 

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Colin Firth as a bad ass in a suit. Samuel L Jackson as a bad guy with a lisp. And a sexy assassin with two prostatic legs which turn into swords. Of course I have to watch this movie. Did I mention Colin Firth?? *swoons*
Ass kicking, suits, British accents, Samuel being awesome I loved it. I laughed and cheered and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Until the last fifteen or so minutes of the movie. And then it crashed and burned. I was so disappointed. It felt like the director was going through his to-do list and was all “Oh crap we haven’t sexually degraded women yet, let’s throw this in.”
It had no place in the movie. First the other women in the movie were shown as people not tits and ass. Second they were training him to be a GENTELMAN, not a pathetic man-whore.
When the princess says “If you save the world I’ll give you more than a kiss.” It should have stopped there. And then the cute grin while holding the champagne glasses and bottle and going into her room, and end, because ‘gentleman’ and really you don’t HAVE to sexually degrade women to make a movie.
So IF I watch the movie again I will stop before the very end so I don’t have to be disappointed and pissed off by the ending.

Goodreads Giveaway

Goodreads Giveaway

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On top of doing a giveaway through my newsletter I’m also doing one on Goodreads for three paperback copies of Phoenix Child.

 

Also I would like the share this new meditation it is not safe to be played out-loud at work on around children :)

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Legacy of the Feathered Serpent: Book Two in the Children of Fire Series Available Now

Legacy of the Feathered Serpent: Book Two in the Children of Fire Series Available Now

Alica McKenna Johnson, Legacy of the Feathered Serpant, Phoenix Child, Blurbs
Legacy of the Feathered Serpent is now up for pre-order. I’ve never done pre-order before so I’m super excited. It will be released on July 19th, but if you order it now you will get it when it’s released. It’s like magic.
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Help me celebrate with a giveaway !!!!
In celebration of my new book, Legacy of the Feathered Serpent: Children of Fire Book Two, I am doing a giveaway! Everyone who is signed up for my newsletter will be entered to win awesome prizes such as The Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away movie, the Sounds track to Worlds Away, signed paperback copies of Phoenix Child and Legacy of the Feathered Serpent, and a $20 Amazon gift card.

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Just sign up for my newsletter and you’re automatically entered in this and any future giveaways. I only send out a newsletter when I have actual news—I promise no spamming. After all I’m a vegetarian, LOL :)

Help Opinions Needed and Cover Reveal!!!!

Help Opinions Needed and Cover Reveal!!!!

Alica McKenna Johnson, Legacy of the Feathered Serpant, Phoenix Child, Blurbs

Hey, everyone, I am in need on your wisdom and help because writing book blurbs is harder than writing the book itself. If you could look these over and let me know which one you like more and make suggestions and/or corrections that would be awesome.
1. While traveling through South America, fifteen-year-old Sapphire does her best to juggle homework, her new family, and critical magical creatures.
Performing with the Cirque du Feu Magique is a cover for her real mission: opening portals to Akasha, the world all mythical tale creatures come from.
But opening these magical doorways isn’t enough. Sapphire must find the strength to become the leader her family needs in order to escape the dark forces that are hunting them.
2. First an ancient Phoenix King and Queen and now a sleeping Mayan god.

Traveling with her new family and performing with Cirque du Feu Magique as a cover, Sapphire finds herself in South America opening portals to Akasha. This gives the mythical creatures hidden among us an opportunity to return to their true home.
Cartazonon, sensing her power, is drawn to hunt in South America. He needs the beings she is trying to save to sustain his centuries old empire.
Desperately juggling performing, demanding dwarves, homework, and a new family, Sapphire must also find the strength to become a leader in order to face Cartazonon’s dark army.

When Geeks Gather

When Geeks Gather

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My daughter and I went to the Pitch Perfect Sing-a-Long at the Loft, and it was awesome. No it was aca-awesome.

 
Going to the movies is fun, not only because of the big screen, but also because of the energy in the room. Everyone experiencing similar feelings at the same time—it ties you together for a brief moment.

 
Now amplify that by bringing us together for a movie we love and have watched several times AND remove the need to be quiet. Cheering when each new character comes on the screen. Saying our favorite lines out loud. And singing as loud as we can to the songs while dancing in our seats. We were a hoard of aca-awesome.

 
We were given props. Some to use, like the toy microphone. Some to throw into the air, fake money and party poppers. I don’t go to a lot of movies, but I do try and make every sing-a-long. The next one is Frozen :)

 
Do you have a local indie theater that holds sing-a-longs and other fun events?

The Yin/Yang of Life

The Yin/Yang of Life

So someone posted a video of these kids break dancing on a subway train. They were amazing and you could see the joy of the other passengers increase.

 


It made me wonder about how life balances itself.

 
Because my experience with subways is via the media, I see them as scary places. Places where people get mugged, molested, and sometimes killed. Places where you are trapped and have no hope for escape.

 
But then I hit YouTube and found heroes, and heroines, and people making music, and dancing, and protecting each other. And I wonder is there really a balance in this world? For every person causing harm is there another bringing joy? For every terrorist is there a good Samaritan? For every person poisoned by fear are there an equal number going into the world and spreading joy?

 
And is it perfectly balanced? I know the yin/yang symbol isn’t good vs evil. I understand it’s about a balanced universe. Dark/light, chaos/order, death/birth etc.

 
But the symbol is balanced, and if that is the way these energies balance, does that mean it will always be this way? That as we become more compassionate, more open, more free, more accepting, that the other side is becoming more oppressive, more fearful, and more violent?

 
And if that’s true, how do we win? How do we create a better town, city, state, country, world if we are constantly battling love vs fear?

 
Sorry, I just got all philosophical on you guys. I’ll post a dorky video next week to balance it out 

Kung Fury

Kung Fury

Today’s foreign Film Friday is special. You get a whole movie! Thirty minutes of awesome to brighten your weekend. It is so bad, so very very bad. Also read the subtitles, they are important.

 

I Am The Ill Intent

I Am The Ill Intent

Alica Mckenna Johnson
SPOILER ALERT I shall do my best to keep things vague, but there might be small spoilers for Daredevil.
I spent this month’s weekend off watching the new Netflix series Marvel’s Daredevil. First, Netflix is awesome because they put up the whole series at once so you don’t have to wait. Ah, binge watching at its finest.

 
Second this is an awesome show.

 
I love the characters, but the villains were truly wonderful. They were well rounded. You found out so much about their background. Well, except for two of them and both of them were Asian, the head of the Yakuza and the Triads, coincidence or accident????? They were still great, especially Madame Gao, so a rich character.

 
Wilson Fisk had the best story arc. When he wasn’t directly fighting the hero, I wanted him to win. He made me cry. I held my breath hoping things would work out for him. If you have ever wondered about the phrase ‘the villain is the hero of his own story,’ then watch Daredevil. Even at the end, when we know all the bad he has done, when his self-awareness fulfills his character arc, I was still hoping he would get back to his love.

 
Daredevil is darker then I normally watch, BUT it was so well written. And there is some comic relief. The hero is good and tortured. The sidekick is adorable, funny, and fierce in his own way. The women are strong, they are fighters, with hearts, and not strong woman=bitch. I am looking forward to the second season very much.

 
Have you seen Daredevil yet? What did you think?