Friday, January 16, 2009

Must Watch Friday with Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

This year The Pink Heart Society is opening up our Fridays for more than just movies - we're talking TV, plays, everything must-see. Paranormal author Linda Thomas-Sundstrom joins us today to talk about what's on her TV...

Hello Pink Heart Society . . . I'm a fan of everything paranormal or supernatural. I always seem to need that little otherworldly twist. I equate a really good paranormal story to eating chocolate, where darker is better. Plus... isn't dark chocolate supposed to be good for you, too? Ha.

Lately, however, there have been some good series that came and went more subtly, and ranged on my "delicious" scale somewhere between dark and light. A real favorite was a series Showtime did awhile back called "Dead Like Me." Subtle comedy with an unsuspecting girl turned Reaper, from the same truly talented writer-producer who now has "Pushing Daisies." I also liked a frivolous little series called "Wonderfalls," where a cashier in a tourist curio ship at Niagra Falls starts having inanimate objects speak to her, telling her what to do. Very good milk chocolate fare. My husband and I still use a phrase from that show to denote confusion: "Lick the light switch!" (I guess you'll have to rent the show to know what that means."

Yummy stuff: I still watch "Underworld" now and then when it comes on TV... the dishy vampire-werewolf romp through black leather suits and blue-tinted cinematography, starring Kate Beckinsale. Other than that, I'm pretty anxious for more watchable fare. However, I hear that there's a new "Wolf Man" movie in the works, as well as some other promising titles for those of us digging both the dark and lighter side of the supernatural. You can bet I'll check them all out.

And that's why I write paranormals for Nocturne, I suppose. To tell stories I'm craving to tell. I have two Nocturne Bites out now, one this month called "Blackout" and one next month titled "Wolf Bait," where I can go wild on werewolves.

Anybody else here have a hankering for the darker side of things? Have any insider knowledge on upcoming supernatural tales that don't involve Brad Pitt?

Cheers for now-
Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

To learn more about Linda and her latest releases, be sure to check out her website.

25 comments:

  1. Easy! Supernatural, Reaper, Dresden Files, Moonlight just to name a few.

    Loved Underworld. Also Van Helsing.

    Linda

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  2. Hi Linda! The new series sounds great.

    Who doesn't love Buffy? That show was a perfect balance of dark and light, humor and horror.

    I've always liked scary movies also. There's this Mexican filmmaker, Guillermo del Toro, who weaves some very dark fantasies. Pan's Labrynth is one, if you like subtitles.

    Congrats!

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  3. Ah yes, Jill... Buffy. I still miss that show. Have to watch episodes now and then to get my Buffy fix. Thank heavens I bought that entire series, start to finish!

    And Linda W - I'd forgotten about the Dresden Files. Shame on me. Only one season of that, right? But I've read all of Jim Butcher's books and wish there would be a second round of shows on TV.

    Again, these shows are glorious in their mixture of dark and light fantasy, mystery, wit, and tongue-in-cheek writing of the highest caliber.

    Thanks for talking to me already, you two. It's only Thurday night, and here we are craving supernatural fare before bed-time.
    Oooohhhh. Spooky !

    Linda

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  4. Supernatural will be on in 90 minutes, so that helps.

    Oooh!! Also Forever Knight. You can see what my DVD collection is like, can't you?

    Linda

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  5. Hey Linda! I enjoy a good fright mixed with laughs, too. I especially like Supernatural, although it gets a bit too gross sometimes!

    Did you hear Josh Whedon is coming out with a new series called "Dollhouse"? Love Firefly, don't you?

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  6. If we're mentioning Buffy then we can't forget Angel. LOVE Supernatural and one of my guilty pleasures is Ghost Whisperer. Can't wait for Watchmen.

    Congrats on the new books, Linda!!

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  7. And currently over in the UK is Demons. It is in the Buffy mould and it remains to be seen if it does go to the US, but I like it.
    It stars Philip Glenister who played Gene Hunt in the UK version of Life on Mars.

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  8. DOLLHOUSE! I'm so pumped about this show. I can't wait until next month when it premieres.

    Does anyone watch True Blood? I've heard it's really good, but I've been so busy my tv watching has been just my Must Watch shows and very little "exploration".

    Me, I'm just bouncing because BSG starts tonight.

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  9. Linda,

    Congrats on your new books. They sound wonderful.

    CC

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  10. It's True Blood for me just recently, but I'm not great if it's really scary. I spend a lot of time not watching until my daughter says, it's okay now, you can look. lol.

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  11. Here's a little secret: my first date with my husband was to a really b-a-d scary movie (good one on his part, right? All that hand-gripping!)We thought it was by Stephen King, and it was, only it was bu somebody like Stephen "R" King. Wrong guy. I still remember vividly all those groundcover vines trying to drag everyone off... EEK.

    Chris - Angel - well, any Josh Whedon show is right up my alley. Watched all of those, too.

    Speaking of Joss Whedon, have any of you seen Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog? That's the show Joss does online ? Check it out - it's a kick!

    Morning everyone...
    Linda

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  12. Hello Ann! I wish I could get True Blood, but don't get the channel it's on, so I'll have to wait for a rental. Drat. Though I have read all of Charlaine Harris' books, I hear the show is VERY loosely based on her stuff, and more about s-e-x and vampires. Wheeeeeeee.....
    Okay. Where do I rent, and real quick?

    Michelle = Demons? In the UK? Good time to go for an extended vacation, my friend. ha. Really though, seesm like the UK likes supernatural fare as much, if not more, that we do.

    BBCA here had a UK show called "HEX" for a while, about ghosts and vampires haunting a boarding school. Also a really creepy revent version of Dr Jeckyl and mister Hyde called "Jeckyl" I think.

    So - what's the new show about?

    OH have to mention that one of my all-time fav series in the UK show "DR. WHO". Terrific show.

    So- am I a TV/movie junkie? Guess so, if it has that paranormal tweak I seem to crave.

    Linda

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  13. Hey, all!

    Linda, how fun! I love these kinds of blogs.

    I watched WONDERFALLS on DVD and absolutely loved it. (And "lick the light switch"! Too, too funny.) You don't realize you're addicted until you are. :)

    And I'm also eagerly awaiting the premiere of BSG. Also DOLLHOUSE. And I'll be very happy when THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES comes back on. TRUE BLOOD ended up being great fun, too.

    I guess I can count this next series as paranormal, seeing as there were a bunch of wacky, unexplainable things going on, but one of my all time faves is ALIAS. I do miss my Sarkie.

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  14. Okay you gals - what the heck is "BSG" ? And why don't I know about it?

    And thanks Crystal for taking time from your own mega-writing schedule to stop in and confess your own TV secrets. So interesting!

    Linda

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  15. All right. And YAY !! My neighbor, also new to technology, asked if I'd come over and help her buy a copy of my January Nocturne Bites release - BLACKOUT - the one with the oh-so-cool cover posted here - online. Love that! So I'm going to go right over there and help her. Keep on writing - I'll be back shortly!

    Linda

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  16. I enjoyed the Underworld movies. I'm looking forward to the new one. On TV, Supernatural, Buffy, Ghost Whisperer, Blood Ties (I wish they'd make another series!).

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  17. Congrats on your new books, Linda, from a fellow Dorchester author! Best Wishes!

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  18. Dr Who is wonderful! I'll miss David Tennant when the show comes back.

    True Blood is good but I like the books better.

    Same here I can't wait for Dollhouse.


    Linda

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  19. Linda W - I like David Tenant also as Dr Who. I can't imagine anyone else in that roll, even though I watched the entire series with the tall fellow in the roll before Tenant - Chrisopher Eccelston.

    Helen from the UK - or other UK readers/writers, what are some of the hot selling books in the paranormal genre in your area right now that might make it onto the big screen?

    My "BLACKOUT" cover posted here reminds me of the Underworld movies. Same blue tones and sexy atmosphere. I was very happy to see this cover when it arrived, since one just never knows what a publisher's artists will come up with.

    Im my mind's eye, I still see the opening scene in Underworld with a city below, night scene, and Kate B in black skin-tight leather perched on her stiletto boots atop a beautiful balustrade. Wow. Talk about atmospheric cinemetography! Wish I could put that shot on one of my upcoming covers.

    Cheers-
    Linda

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  20. I confess to being a little upset with the odd twist Ghost Whisperer has taken. The hunky paramedic was too cute to die and it's weird to sometimes see him with a different face.

    I'm weirdly fascinated with FRINGE. It's set up with just a big enough dollop of reality to make the whoo-whoo elements seem more plausible.

    www.emilybryan.blogspot.com

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  21. Hi, Linda,
    I'm a big fan of Pushing Daisies too.

    Congratulations on your upcoming books! I love the title Wolf Bites.

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  22. Thanks, Kathryne, fellow Dorchester author, for the well-wishes for my upcoming Dorchester light, frivolous, girly paranormal -"Barbie and the Beast." It will arrive in bookstores April 1.

    The secret is out: The other side of me... is pastel pink.

    Cheers-
    Linda

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  23. Oooooh, Emily, yes, Fringe.

    That show certainly has an X-Files feel to it, with conspiracy theories abounding, and an evil company able to pick dead peoples' brains to get information they need. And what's with that truly ominous guy she works for at the FBI? Don't you want to slap him for being so secretive and withholding imnformation pertinent to her cases, and maybe even her life?

    Things like that begin to bug me after a while, I'm afraid. Will the mad scientist schtick get old? Or will the writers pull it off?

    Hated to see Moonlight go - but in honesty, between us, the writers made the biggest faux-pas of all. They had the hero and heroine go to BED, thus killing the chemistry before the show had even kicked in with viewers. And such a sexy sexy vampire hero, too. Man, that was too bad.

    But haven't we all learned this, early on? The steamy chemistry is what keeps us watching, hoping for more. You know... fantasies?

    Cheers-
    Linda

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  24. Linda --

    Do I sense a Lee Pace fan? He's awesome in Daisies and Wonderfalls. He'll be out in a movie soon called POSSESSION. Oooo, aaahhh. Paranormal thriller. Can't wait!

    Pat White
    UNDERCOVER STRANGER, Feb. '09, Harlequin Intrigue
    patwhitebooks.com

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  25. Pat - I had no idea that Lee Pace was in an upcoming flick. Anybody know what it's about? I want Lee Pace in MY movie, that's for sure.

    Good eye, Pat. Sisters in PACE.

    Cheers-
    Linda

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