blooddiva_pass2 (1)The never to be repeated five days of Blood Diva totally FREE on Kindle are over. Will this help boost sales of my well-reviewed but not exactly bestselling sexy, campy, vampire masterpiece for high-brow types who like a little smut with their serving of culture and deep philosophical musings? Aside from me, who cares?

This post is about you, gentle reader, and how you can still read Blood Diva for FREE, and why you might want to.

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Last week Wayward Pines dumped a truckload of information on us, but somehow it worked. Can they pull off the same hat trick twice?

Not really.

We open with the town in flames. We know it’s Wayward Pines because the hotel sign tells us so, and we saw the carousel. Pilcher is looking around at the aftermath. Flashback or flash-forward? We’ll find out or guess soon enough, but it would have been nice to get more than a teaser, especially as much of the episode consists of Pilcher telling Ethan what we already knew or could have figured out for ourselves. (Read the rest of this detailed recap over at Happy Nice Time People because they know you like to watch and read about it later. Then come back here and look around at some of the other neat stuff. You can thank me by clicking here. I promise nothing bad will happen!)


In what may be a covert ad for Sling TV, Consumerist is reporting that most viewers don’t want 500 channels of drek for a mysterious amount of money that seems to get larger every month like they didn’t [strike out: care] think you’d notice. What do the people want? Survey says they’d prefer to pay about $38 for a bundle of 17 channels they’d actually like to watch, which turns out to be mostly the stuff you’d find on basic-basic cable. (Click to read the rest of this very important post at HNTP.)

When last we left Martin Rauch alias Moritz Stamm, our reluctant cold warrior had completed his “one-time only” mission, and gotten pictures of the plans for deploying mo’ betta nuclear weapons in West Germany aimed at East Germany. Those photos sealed his fate – not that there was ever much doubt. Martin, your country needs you in your spectacularly well-placed assignment. In the second episode, we’re heading to a major conference with NATO and the Americans (not to be confused with The Americans although a crossover would be pretty awesome.) Martin and boss’s son, Alexander, are assigned by Papa Edel to be the advance team. (Read the rest of this fascinating detailed recap over at HNTP because they like to watch.)

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Marion on June 24th, 2015

Deutschland 83, the new spy thriller on Sundance, takes up where The Americans left off. Literally. The season three finale of The Americans was named for the date of Ronald Raygun’s infamous “evil empire” speech, and that’s exactly the point at which Deutschland 83 starts—with America’s first Movie-Star-In-Chief trash talking the Soviet Union on television. The second episode airs tonight, and I’ll be doing regular recaps over at HNTP. Click here to read my insightful take on Episode 1 at Happy Nice Time People.