Summer Music, Film, and Novel Fun

*Silence Reigns*

* “History’s Door” by Husky plays*

*And the Silence Is Broken*

Howdy Everyone!
How’s your summer going thus far? I’m having a great summer, and have been taking time away from writing to catch up on reading from my TBR pile and watching films that have been on my “to watch” list for some time. I’m even spending quality time at the theater with my wife and friends for what has been an excellent summer of movie hits.

* “Sunrise at Sunset” by Angelical Tears plays*

Summer Music Fun with Angelical Tears
Are you an alternative rock lover like me? Well, let me tell you about an awesome, rockin’ new album that was just released by a group named Angelical Tears, who specializes in alternative/goth/metal. It’s their second album, titled The Eleventh Hour, and it’s as excellent as their first. I’m very proud of what they’ve created with this new album, particularly the album’s eighth track titled “Sunrise at Sunset.” And just in case you’re wondering, YES, it was written about the characters in my debut Sunset Vampire novel of the same name! I am SO VERY humbled by that! The bass player, Glenn Flansburg, is a friend of mine and he loved reading my Sunset Vampire novels. Glenn’s wife, Julia, is the lead singer and she has a simply angelic voice (reminds me of Amy Lee from Evanescence, only better). Please check them out because they’re an excellent group. Their music is available on Apple iTunes or Amazon (via either digital download or CD). I highly recommend them!

* “The Rampant Hunter” by Henry Jackman plays*

One Hoot of a Film: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Okay, most of you know that I’m a huge history buff and that I teach U.S. history classes at a community college. So, you can well imagine that, being both a historian and a vampire novelist that I would be in hog heaven when Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter hit the big screen. Well, you would be correct! I absolutely loved this film! Okay, yes, you pretty much have to turn your brain off and just sit back and enjoy the light-hearted fun. But I’m a huge Abe fan, and he does quite an “honest night’s work” hunting vampires. The acting is great, too. Benjamin Walker does an excellent job portraying Abe Lincoln (both young and mature), and Rufus Sewell once again does great work playing the central antagonist heavy; this time in the form of a vampire leader. It’s also worth mentioning that Dominic Cooper does a great job as Henry Sturges, a mysterious mentor and trainer to young Abe. Oh, and the soundtrack is outstanding, too. I give this film two thumbs up and a big, silly-ass grin!
Moving on…

* “1904″ by The Tallest Man on Earth plays*

A Classic Novel Worthy of Reading: The Great Gatsby
Recently, I finished reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, originally published in 1925. It’s one of those classics that you hear so much about but never get around to reading. Only this time, I actually made time for it! When I saw some movie previews for the film version of this book scheduled to come out this fall and starring Leonardo DeCaprio, I knew that it was time to read this classic. I can honestly say that I wasn’t at all disappointed, and I highly recommend it. It’s a period piece set in the 1920s (or as they might have said during the time of its original release, a contemporary piece!), but don’t let that dissuade you. The story reads as if it could be stolen from today’s culture and society, and it’s ever relevant to topics revolving around the stigma and trappings of wealth, jealously, forlorn love, and the complications surrounding relationships. I give it five stars, and if you’re interested in my further thoughts on the novel, you can always read my review on at
Moving on…

* “Heart-Shaped Box” by Lindsey Pavao plays*

Upcoming Novel Release: Gwen Reaper
For those of you who are signed up for my newsletter, this evening the latest newsletter went out revealing the back cover teaser to my upcoming young adult paranormal romance, Gwen Reaper. With hope, the novel should be released in eBook and trade paperback formats by September. I can’t wait for you to read it! Stay tuned for additional details, and please be sure to sign up for my newsletter (see sidebar option under NEWSLETTER on this very website!).

Okay, I need to sign off for now, so I hope that you continue enjoying your summer. Take time to read a good novel, see a good film, listen to excellent music, or simply catch up on all of those queued tv shows on your dvr!

*Silence Reigns Again*

Author: Jaz

Lover of books, chocolate, history and salty popcorn.


  1. Wow, love, love the new cover for 'Gwen Reaper'!

    Lea Ellen {night owl in IL}

  2. Very excited to read Gwen Reaper!

  3. Jaz thank you so much for sharing your insights on music, movies, books and more! I can't wait to see Abraham Lincoln Vampire Slayer and The Great Gatsby is a classic I've been wanting to read for ages. The cover of Gwen Reaper is awesome to say the least!!! Can't wait for it to come out, I read the back teaser and it looks fantastic! Keep up the great work and thank you for being so awesome!
    Regina Martinez

  4. when will another sunset series will be out.

    • Hi Scott! The 4th Sunset Vampire novel should be out sometime in mid to late 2013. Stay tuned, and thanks for being a fan! :-)