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#Throwback Thursday

Hey all, I will be bringing you a new Fifty Shades- ish post tonight. But for #throwbackthursday, I'm bringing you a post I made a couple months ago on the Scary Stories Trilogy that was popular in the 1980s and 1990s . Since I seem to be getting several new visitors here as of late, I think this will also be a good time to refer back to an earlier post in order to offer a little more perspective into what I'm about.   Enjoy. :) My Blogpost: "The Scary Stories Trilogy Corrupted Me as a Youth, and I'm Glad It Did Tiffany If you would like to join our community and receive content exclusive to email, join our little tribe and Subscribe to my Messages from the Labyrinth Mailing List. . We promise to never share your info or spam you. Ever. You can also  subscribe to my YouTube Channel for new vlogging updates. ****** My stories, "The Cemetery by the Lake" and "Dusk to Dawn" are available at Smashwords and Barnes & No

Abigail Barnette/Jenny Trout's THE BOSS

Love it or hate it, the release of the Fifty Shades series brought the erotica genre to the forefront in literature as well as popularized the BDSM subculture. Eventually, I broke down and read the books. Here's what I thought: the story had promise. But there were several things that held it back from being what I would call a really good read. The first being the elephant in the room that everyone (including some fans of the series) mentioned, and that is the less than stellar writing and/or lack of editing. Then there are the characters themselves who I feel had potential to be three dimensional but just weren't fleshed out in a way where they could have really been - for me - relatable. Add to that, there were aspects of the relationship between Christian and Ana that not only had those in the BDSM community less than thrilled, but also those with experience in abusive relationships. While I don't claim to be a BDSM expert, I do know individuals within the scene, a

Fifty Shades of Grey

Well, as I'm sure many know by now, the trailer for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie has been released, complete with a new version of a Beyonce track and everything. After giving it some thought, I've decided that  I'm doing something a little different for the blog this week, making it Fifty Shades Week here. Though not in a way people might think. After thinking about it, I realized that of all the fads I've seen come and go over the years, I find myself being the most intrigued by the fanaticism over the Fifty Shades franchise. I was planning on discussing this in a blogpost in the near future, and decided why the hell not now with the hype around the movie being started, and all? One thing I stress here on this blog (and most everything I do) is maintaining a critical eye on pop culture and what is deemed as the new cultural phenomenon by the mainstream media and the powers that be. It is not necessarily my intention to knock the series (though I may in a few ar

BYGONE ERAS: Hidden History and a Look at Bunny Yeager

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As it is with most bloggers and video bloggers, my posts come from my own views and observations of the world, along with things I've come to learn along the way. My Night Terrors and Bygone Eras blogposts started as a way of me sharing my research, theories, and some interesting findings I made while writing The Birthrite Series. The fire for the Bygone Eras series was lit when I got really tired of seeing otherwise very intelligent people accepting what was being said to them by the mainstream media. A couple also tried saying my characters weren't believable because they supposedly weren't 'true to their eras' (the 1800s and 1930s). In my story, a of my female characters were intelligent, had a love for reading, and boyfriends who were actually supportive even if they (the boyfriends) did struggle a little with subscribing to the traditional male/female roles. I'm not going to reiterate my entire rebuttal in this post. If you want to see that, visit these

REVIEW SUNDAY: Sara Brooke's THE MAD MONKEY KING

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The fair is typically full of fun, exciting rides. But you've never ridden anything like this. It sits in silence and waits - its red eyes glowing in the darkness. It waits to offer riders the chance for redemption or a fate worse than death. The Mad Monkey King is ready to take Gary Moore on a journey. He doesn't realize that he's about to enter a realm that defies everything that's real and logical. Because once he enters the darkness, he may never find his way out. The Mad Monkey King is a short story filled with horror, suspense and adventure. I love carnivals and amusement parks, especially old ones that have a history (I pretty much love anything old with a history). I love stories and films based around them, from Tod Browning's 1932 film, Freaks to the 1962 film Carnival of Souls to 1981's Fun House to 2006's Dark Ride , there is something about setting a dark fiction story at a carnival. Even one of my favorite music acts, Midnight Syndic

A Little of What I've Been Up To...

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Some behind the scenes footage of the filming of the new film by Eerie Frequency Entertainment (my character is Porcia) and today, Byron Cherry of "The Dukes of Hazzard" fame was onset to do his role. :) This film stars Byron Cherry (Dukes of Hazzard), Linda Harrison (Planet of the Apes), Suzie Feldman (The Surreal Life, The Two Corys), and other awesome folks. :D This second video was of my third day onset. Includes some commentary by my costar, Matt Jefferson. :P And here is a photo I did from a recent photo shoot with Malcolm Gittins. If you like the brain shirt, visit  the Goods & Evil website. And as always, feel free to subscribe to my YouTube Channel.   I do post things regularly as I do here and try to keep to a schedule, though sometimes other people's projects as well as trying to finish my own may interfere a little (as they kind of are now). But I do try to post something fairly regularly. Also, stay tuned for my review of Sara

Updates Coming Soon

Hey all, I'll be posting my new blogpost as well as vids and pics from one of the films I'm on this weekend. My newest vlog will also be posted soon as well. Thanks for your patience as I balance a pretty full plate right now. :) Tiffany

The History of Women in Comics

An interesting look at women in comic strips and books (the artists as well as the characters) throughout history. The first known female cartoonist in America was producing and selling in her work during the turn of the 20th century. I thought this might be interesting since a good portion of Descent takes place during the 1930s, right on the cusp of the Roaring 20s and the Depression, and this article covers a nice portion of that era. Women in Comics: The Platinum and the Golden Ages If you would like to join our community and receive content exclusive to email, join our little tribe and  Subscribe to my Messages from the Labyrinth Mailing List. . We promise to never share your info or spam you. Ever. You can also  subscribe to my YouTube Channel for new vlogging updates. ****** My stories, "The Cemetery by the Lake" and "Dusk to Dawn" are available at Smashwords and Barnes & Noble NOOK. More retailers will follow, but Smashwords is p

REVIEW SUNDAY: Kimberly Bennett's TWISTED DELIGHTS: A THRILLING SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY

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Twisted Delights: A Thrilling Short Story Anthology is a strange collection of ten short stories which include a homicidal hairdresser, a doomed werewolf love tale & an unforgettable meeting with the devil. I met Kimberly Bennett at a couple events held at local bookstores and finally got a chance to pick up two of her books (both anthologies), putting both on my Summer Reading List. Recently, I finished Twisted Delights. It's a pretty short read at only 102 pages long and - as the description says - includes ten short stories. The premises for all the stories are very interesting and solid, and my two favorites, Aisling and Medusa Virus involve two well-known beings from mythology and are complete enough, yet leave things open for the reader. Not all the stories end happily, and you know what? I like it that way. Because sometimes in life, you don't always get what you want and events are seldom tied up neatly in packages. Though in a couple of the stories, I w

As I fight with my editing software...

...here is another Birthrite Series Playlist. Which I was going to give you this weekend as a bonus. Hopefully I'll get the Castle Blood Interview up and running, but in the meantime, enjoy some music courtesy of Gary Wright, Led Zeppelin, The Mission UK, and more. Link to The Birthrite Series, Playlist 2 Tracklist: 1. "Dream Weaver" Gary Wright 2. "This Love" Sarah Brightman 3. "Severina" The Mission UK 4. "Skellig" Loreena McKennitt 5. "Alien Embassy" Persephone's Dream 6. "Scarborough Fair" Sarah Brightman 7. "No Quarter" Led Zeppelin 8. "The Mummers' Dance" Loreena McKennitt If you would like to join our community and receive content exclusive to email, join our little tribe and  Subscribe to my Messages from the Labyrinth Mailing List. . We promise to never share your info or spam you. Ever. You can also  subscribe to my YouTube Channel for new vlogging updates. ***

Accuracy in Historical Fiction: Is 100% Possible?

Hey all, Sorry for the delays in posts over the passed couple weeks. Things got crazy with filming and trying to finally release Descent. Since it's getting close to when Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) will be ready for release, I wanted to do a post on the historical fiction genre. While The Birthrite Series isn't exactly Historical Fiction as the genre is defined, there is much of it that does take place throughout some major events in history, like Roma Slavery the Great Depression. Before I begin, here are some cool and informative links on the subject from the points of view of other writers/authors. Both of which stress authenticity over accuracy. Stretching the Facts to Historical Fiction How to Write Historical Fiction: 7 Tips on Accuracy and Authenticity  So, as I stated in posts before, The Birthrite Series took me nearly four years to compile. After a lot of research and experimenting with different characters and scenarios, the story went from only be

New Blog Schedule

Hey all, So I'll be getting back to a schedule of sorts this week. Here is the NEW BLOG SCHEDULE . Thanks all. :) If you would like to join our community and receive content exclusive to email, join our little tribe and  Subscribe to my Messages from the Labyrinth Mailing List. . We promise to never share your info or spam you. Ever. You can also  subscribe to my YouTube Channel for new vlogging updates. ****** My stories, "The Cemetery by the Lake" and "Dusk to Dawn" are available at Smashwords and Barnes & Noble NOOK. More retailers will follow, but Smashwords is pretty compatible with most e-reader and PC formats. Tiffany Apan at Smashwords  and  Amazon "The Cemetery by the Lake" at  Smashwords  and  Barnes & Noble NOOK "Dusk to Dawn" at  Smashwords Tiffany on  Goodreads My music is also available at  CDBaby Tiffany on IMDb Official Website The Birthrite Series Website Tiffany's Of

"Inside the Castle Blood Hearse" or "Yes, I'm Still Alive"

Hey all, So life happened this week and I did not get to properly edit my new Castle Blood interview. This is some footage from inside the Castle Blood hearse that took place afterward. :) I do plan to get back on a schedule of sorts within the next week or two and have it ready for next Friday. I'm also writing an article for Ravenous Monster Webzine . I'm also going to be filming for the movie, "Midnight Massacre" this Tuesday and will have footage from that as well. :) "Descent" should also finally be released in the next week or two. Hopefully sooner, but I'd rather over estimate a little. Stay tuned for those and feel free to subscribe to the YouTube Channel , like, and share! Also, check out the cool little Jack Skellington on the dashboard!

New Sara Brooke Release!

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Happy 4th of July! Here is the new release by Sara Brooke. :) The fair is typically full of fun, exciting rides. But you've never ridden anything like this. It sits in silence and waits - its red eyes glowing in the darkness. It waits to offer riders the chance for redemption or a fate worse than death. The Mad Monkey King is ready to take Gary Moore on a journey. He doesn't realize that he's about to enter a realm that defies everything that's real and logical. Because once he enters the darkness, he may never find his way out. The Mad Monkey King is a short story filled with horror, suspense and adventure.  Get it on Amazon:   And on Smashwords: The Mad Monkey King, by Sara Brooke    If you would like to join our community and receive content exclusive to email, join our little tribe and  Subscribe to my Messages from the Labyrinth Mailing List. . We promise to never share your info or spam you. Ever. You can also  subscribe to my YouT

Interview with Author, Selah Janel

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I had the awesome privilege of getting to interview Selah Janel as she promotes her newest work, Olde School. It's also cool when you read someone's interview answers and realize how alike you are! Read on and check out her really unique stories (yeah, I realize that "unique" tends to get overused, but it is very fitting to Ms. Janel and her works) :D BIO & INTERVIEW Selah Janel has been blessed with a giant imagination since she was little and convinced that fairies lived in the nearby state park or vampires hid in the abandoned barns outside of town. The many people around her that supported her love of reading and curiosity probably made it worse. Her e-books The Other Man, Holly and Ivy, and Mooner are published through Mocha Memoirs Press. Lost in the Shadows, a collection of short stories celebrating the edges of ideas and the spaces between genres was co-written with S.H. Roddey. Her work has also been included in The MacGuffin, The Realm Beyond,

Thrift Store Haul and New Sara Brooke Title

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A little bonus video as I finish the final edit and ebook formatting of Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1). I absolutely LOVE thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets, etc. This was the result of my last adventure which cost me under $23. I did forget one item in this particular haul because I had already put it in with my DVDs. I also got the movie, Darkness Falls on DVD for $3.00. It's a horror film about the tooth fairy. Apparently, she isn't so nice after all. I guess even her job can become redundant to the point of becoming homicidal. If you enjoy this video, Subscribe to the Channel , Like, and Share. :) And, here is also a cover reveal for a new Sara Brooke title. I'll post more info when it is released. :) If you would like to join our community and receive content exclusive to email, join our little tribe and  Subscribe to my Messages from the Labyrinth Mailing List. . We promise to never share your info or spam you. Ever. You can also  su