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Review for Uncharted by California Kat

Good Morning!!

Here is the second installment of the Un-iverse.  This one is also completed.

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Name of Story: Uncharted: Part II of the Un-iverse.

Fandom: TB

Author: California Kat

Site: https://californiakat1564.wordpress.com/

Rating (If Applicable): M

Pairing: Eric/Sookie

Description (Authors): 

Uncharted is the sequel to Uninvited(which should be read first). Eric and Sookie must marshal allies as they evade Russell and his minions. Eric begins to formulate how to bring Russell down, even as Sookie learns more about her Fae powers. However, the greatest obstacle faced by Eric and Sookie might be letting themselves love each other without questioning “why” they love.  Click the picture to go to the story.


Review: 

She goes from the last chapter of the story in Uninvited to this one, where Niall is wanting to take Sookie away.

The pain she can write these characters in, well I am not ashamed of how I cried at the end of the last one and then this one.  But I will tell you, this has alot more action in it.

The time she puts into this, and how she researches I give huge props to.  I spend a long time, but she has answers for questions on this you didn’t even think to ask.

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Review for Uninvited by California Kat

Good Morning!!

So I am swining by to pick up on California Kat’s current universe she is writing, the Un-iverse Series.

First up?  Uninvited

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Name of Story: Uninvited: Part I of the Un-iverse.

Fandom: TB

Author: California Kat

Site: https://californiakat1564.wordpress.com/

Rating (If Applicable): M

Pairing: Eric/Sookie

Description (Authors): 

Beginning in the middle of Season 3,Uninvited explores a different direction for the True Blood story following the van incident.  As Sookie lies in the hospital fighting for her life, Eric must pretend to be the ally of his greatest enemy, Russell, in order to save Pam’s life.  What if Russell looks into Eric’s blue eyes and recognizes the young man he saw so long ago?  What if Eric has to run for his life?  Will he leave Sookie behind–at the mercy of Russell and the vampire who almost killed her?  Or will he take her with him?  Click the picture to go to the story.


Review: 

This is another of her True Blood fix it fics.  I will admit I voted for this, since the premise of this one interested me so!

I always wondered why Eric never did anything about Bill almost draining Sookie and why he never went to her.  This fic addresses this curiosity.

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Review for Come Back to Me by California Kat

Good Morning!! Or Afternoon or whatever it is when you read this!

We have the sequel to Back and Forth!

So let us get this started.  Part 2 of The Back and Forth Universe

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Name of Story: Come Back to Me, Part II of Back and Forth Universe

Fandom: TB

Author: California Kat

Site: https://californiakat1564.wordpress.com/

Rating (If Applicable): M

Pairing: Eric/Sookie

Description (Authors): This story is a sequel to Back and Forth, so you should read that one first. (Go to Chapter one of Back and Forth).  Now that Sookie and Eric have found their way to each other at last, Bill might just be the least of their worries.  How will they deal with the threats that will try to separate them forever?  And will their bonds be strong enough to survive?

Rating:  THIS STORY IS FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY.  IF YOU ARE NOT 18, PLEASE DO NOT CONTINUE READING.  Mostly, this rating is for language and lemons.  It will also have its “dark” moments.  I will warn you about the darkest of those as we get to them so that you can choose whether to read or skim during those times.


Review: 

This one is quite dark, and made me cry in quite a few places.

I’m being truthful, and she knows it.  I ranted to her many times over this story.  I think she had a ball with the rants I had over chapters, but seriously.  the sheer feels!!!!!

This has daddy Eric.  And that alone will make your ovaries explode.  Then there is the whole Come Back to Me part.  The pain they suffer from.  Did I mention the feels?!?!?!

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Review for Back and Forth by California Kat

Good Morning!!

Yep here is another fic for the awesome writer, California Kat!

We are going to visit the fic series that introduced me to her.  The Back and Forth Universe

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Name of Story: Back and Forth, Part I of Back and Forth Universe

Fandom: TB

Author: California Kat

Site: https://californiakat1564.wordpress.com/

Rating (If Applicable): M

Pairing: Eric/Sookie

Description (Authors): 

When Sookie realizes that her feelings for both Bill and Eric might have  been caused just by their blood, she takes drastic steps that will change her life―and the lives of Eric and Bill―forever.

A/N:  This story picks up after the second to the last episode of Season 4.  In my story, Marnie is killed for good (and forever) when Bill shoots her, and there will be no Halloween resurrections.  Therefore, Marnie isn’t going to possess Lafayette―because she’s already toast.  Jesus grew on me, so he’s not going anywhere either, at least not for the moment.  [After all, Lafayette needs him some lovin’!]  I’m picking up after Bill has killed Marnie.  Sookie is looking at Eric and Bill, as the two vampires talk and plan what I assume to be the clean-up.  Her looking back and forth from one vampire to the other was the inspiration for the title of this story.  This is also my first FanFiction, so be gentle but honest in your comments, that is, if you care to grace me with them.  This story is long, and I’m more interested in psychology than action, but I hope to keep you entertained.


Review: 

As she mentions this is her first fic.  And let me tell you, it blew me away when I was writing it.  She had alot of comments from me on her Fanfiction account, and I moved with her over to WordPress.

This takes place at the end of Season 4 and Marnie is finally dead.

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Review for Funeral by California Kat

Good Morning!!

As some of you can guess, we are on a new author, California Kat.  This lady blows my mind all the time.  She is kind, and she helps out as she can.  So, you guys are going to have awhile with her.  I will try to scatter a few other reviews in here to break them up…

First up?  Funeral

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Name of Story: Funeral

Fandom: TB

Author: California Kat

Site: https://californiakat1564.wordpress.com/

Rating (If Applicable): M

Pairing: Eric/Sookie

Description (Authors): 

Funeral is a True Bloodstory that picks up following Season 6, Episode 7. Nora has just died, and—at Bill’s request—Sookie has brought Warlow back to the human realm. Will the death that surrounds them cause Eric and Sookie to choose life—that “other” life they could have together?


Review: 

This story is a True Blood fix it fic.  And sadly, we needed alot of them.

This one is centered around the events of Season 6 and Nora dying.

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TB/SVM Interview: California Kat

 

 

 

 

I am about to start on this wonderful lady.  For me she just finished Tenterhooks.  And it reminded me how much I love her stories.  So I will be starting on her.  Luckily, she gave me an interview when I first started this journey.

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Basic information.

Can you please tell the people reading this your name?

California Kat

Where do you like to post, and can you give us the site of your preferred medium?

I post on my WordPress site, on fictionpad, on fanfiction.net, and on TWCS—since I’ve found that readers like to use one site over others. My favorite is my WordPress site—because I have more freedom in how things appear. (It’s californiakat1564.wordpress.com.)

What do you prefer, Tea or Coffee?

Coffee—and a pot of it.

What is your favorite beverage of choice? And if alcoholic and mixed, what are the ingredients?

Some days it’s wine (red); other days it’s beer (Guinness Black Lager is my current favorite); other days it’s Dr. Pepper.

What is your funny story about trying something to drink and it rocked your boat and/or sucked?

I once went to a Halloween party and was given a vodka-Red Bull. I learned the true meaning of “projectile vomiting” soon after. I also broke out in hives. Come to find out, I’m allergic to something in Red Bull.

What foods do you love?

My mom’s tacos. Sushi. Teppanyaki.

What is your go to food for comfort?

A baked potato—with sour cream and butter.

What do you like to snack [on] when writing?

Mixed nuts, popcorn

Is there a scent that says home to you?

Cedar

Is there a scent you wish you never smelled ever?

Black licorice, fennel

If you could visit a place, anywhere, where would it be?

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia

If you could go at any point in time, which would it be?

Honestly, I like “when” I am. What would I do without my laptop? My coffee maker? But—for a day only—I wouldn’t mind visiting the Roaring 20’s.

What music do you like?

Most, but my favorites are Classical & Rock-n-Roll (1990s and before)

Is there a genre or song you hate?

Metal—it gives me a headache (though it’s my husband’s favorite)

Tell us something about yourself that you think your fans would love to know about:

I’m a Shakespeare scholar. I have my doctorate degree in English literature, and I’m published in academic journals—though under a different name. 😉

Thanks. That gives us some basic information. Now, about the writing –   I know you’re excited…

Why did you start writing?

I’ve always written in my head. Sporadically, I have written things down one paper—mostly very poor poetry. As for fanfiction, I started writing after I read some wonderful fanfiction pieces. I kept thinking, “I wonder if I could do that.” So then I did. And I haven’t been able to stop since then.

What do you enjoy the most about it?

It is a huge stress reliever. Writing is my favorite pastime now. It helps me to relax after work. And—I gotta say that I love to share it. It makes me feel good to know that others enjoy it. And I’ve made wonderful friends through writing and posting fanfiction.

What do you like least about it?

Getting horrifying anonymous reviews on fanfiction.net. It’s off-putting to know that there are people out there who would say horrible things about me and the work I provide for free. When it turns personal, it is especially disconcerting.

That first time hitting publish, how did you feel?

Nervous as hell!

Where do you get your inspiration?

A mixture of things: the source material, of course; my life; my dreams.

What is your writing area like do you use computer or paper, or both? Or another medium?

I use a laptop. My writing area is my living room coffee table.

Do you use an outline, rough draft or just write?

I always write multiple drafts. Sometimes I use an outline; other times, I just write.

What do you do while you’re writing (listen to music, TV in the background, etc.)?

TV on mute—usually on sports of some kind (I’m a sports fanatic—with my personal favorites being tennis and NFL football) AND instrumental music on at a low volume.

What annoys you the most when you are trying to write?

The hubby when he walks in and asks, “Whatcha doing?”

If you have finished a fic, what was your feeling on it?

I’m always sad when I finish. In fact, when I’m almost done with a long piece, my inclination is to slow down. I think it’s preemptive separation anxiety. LOL!

What are your favorite fandoms to write?

So far, I’ve written only for True Blood and the South Vampire Mysteries.

Who are your favorite characters to write

Eric and Sookie

Why?

They have so much potential as a couple! I love exploring that potential. And—since they were screwed over by “their makers”—there’s a lot to work with!

Who are your least favorite characters to write?

The only character I really dislike writing is Quinn.

Why?

I generally “like” writing from the villain’s point of view, but Quinn is neither villain nor hero to me. He’s either boring to write or feels downright sleazy to pen. I try to get into my characters’ heads when I write them, but Quinn seems so flat that he’s difficult to write.

What is your favorite scene or story you have written and why?

My favorite scenes have been the graveside scenes in Funeral—when Sookie tells Eric that he can use Gran’s grave to bury Nora’s remains. I cannot pinpoint why those jump out at me. They just resonate, especially when Sookie gives Eric Godric’s shirt to bury there too.

What is the most difficult story or scene you have written, and why?

In Come Back to Me, there is a part where a fairy uses Sookie’s memories of Uncle Bartlett against her. The horror of the moment was hard for me to write. I can’t tell you how many times I had to stop because of tears—mostly because I kept on thinking about my mom, who is the survivor of rape.

Do you see any [of your own] characteristics in the characters you write?

Yes.

Which ones and whom?

Eric is the character I empathize with the most. I spent a good deal of my life trying to stifle my own emotions, and I can sympathize with the difficulties of making yourself vulnerable.

What do you like most about your preferred fandom?

The readers! I’ve gotten to “know” so many wonderful people in the fandom. And many are so gracious with their time, always leaving thoughtful and thought-provoking comments behind.

How would you describe your fics?

Most are angsty. Also, I like to delve into my character’s heads, so they are “studies” about what motivates them as much as anything else. I also love an HEA.

What story would you recommend of your own for a new fan to start first? 

I think Funeral is my best to date. It’s not as long as some of my others (especially the trilogies). So that would give people an idea about how I write. Alternatively, my Gift Horse series has been well-received by fans.

Now the HARD questions:

 

If you could offer a suggestion to someone who is thinking of publishing their first story, what would it be?

Just do it. Try it. And try to ignore the “mean” reviews.

If you could go back in time, and give yourself one word of advice, what would you say? (No Lottery numbers or anything like that!!!)

I would tell myself not to date that “one guy” in college. J I thought I couldn’t do “better,” so I stayed with a guy that made me feel bad about myself for too long. But then I learned a huge truth: “I deserved to be valued and happy.”

What 5 stories would you recommend someone read? Please list fandom, sites and name with pairing.

In alphabetical order by title:

Is there something you wished I asked, and if so, what as well as the answer. 

Who would you most like to acknowledge for helping you with your work?

  • Sephrenia—for doing so much inspiring artwork for my work.
  • Kleannhouse—for always beta-ing the things I need feedback on.
  • cdb33—for being my sounding board when I was a fledgling.

Character Interview

Ancient Pythoness

Name of Character: The Ancient Pythoness / Britomart

Story she is in: Come Back to Me

Is (s)he an original Character or a series known? Though the Ancient Pythoness appeared in the Southern Vampire Mysteries, she was never fleshed out.

Are they in character or Out of Character? I think in character, though I played with her background a lot.

Nickname(s): The AP.

Date of Birth: circa 1400 B.C. in Faerie (though the time differences make it difficult to pin down). After having to flee from Faerie because she loved the fire fairy, Artegal, she came to the human realm, where she was an Oracle of Delphi before she was turned into a vampire. The date of her birth as a vampire is circa 650 B.C.

Occupation: Some call her a future teller. Some call her a prophetess.

Stats (Aka Height, hair color, eye color, and so on): About 5’3” feet tall, the AP has long, grey hair. Her eyes seem glassy.

Significant other(s): Artegal—though he’s, sadly, long dead.

Best Friend(s): Though their relationship has been kept a secret, she is close to her brother, Niall.

Enemies(s): Her greatest enemy was her maker—“was” being the significant word.

Any noticeable Scars, Tattoos, or other markings: none

If they could have a Theme Song, which would it be? “These Boots Are Made for Walking” by Nancy Sinatra

What is their favorite Movie? The Godfather, Part II

What is something that the fans don’t know about your character? The Ancient Pythoness is a great lover of mythology from a variety of cultures. When she was staying in the English countryside in the late 1500s, she heard of the writer, Edmund Spenser, who was working on an epic poem called The Faerie Queene. Intrigued, the AP arranged to speak with the author. Eventually, her stories about her romance with Artegal made their way into Spenser’s work. She even told him her real name—Britomart.


This is a huge fan favorite author I know, but Hopefully, there are some people who enjoy my glimpse into her worlds!

Thanks for reading!

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