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Moonflower

by E.D.C. Johnson

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Three Great Romance Anime, Manga, Live Action Recommendations

My close friends know I have a passion for anime, manga and live action dramas.  When you find a good series in any of these categories you will most likely find it in another.  I usually find the anime first and when I blow through that I read the manga…and if I’m waiting for a new chapter to come out I will watch the TV drama.  Ok, I’m not going to hide it.  I LOVE cartoons!  The drawing style of these anime and graphic novels are what cartoons/comics should be.  These are must sees and perhaps you will soon understand my utter love for these titles.

 

Nana

Rated: Mature

This title comes in Anime, Manga and two Live Action Japanese Movies (which are a must see if you love the anime)

NANA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love this one! It follows the struggle of a young girl, Nana Komatsu, coming of age.  She has to work through the emotional struggle of getting over an old love, finding new love and deciding between pursuing the “good” man in her life or the bad boy of her dreams.  Through happenstance she meets Nana Osaki an alternative chic, a little rough around the edges, who is pursuing her dream of being a rock goddess.  She struggles with her love of stardom and her lover from the past who went on to make his way in the industry.  Through their adventures the two Nanas  become the best of friends but are they willing to sacrifice everything to have their dreams?

 

Paradise Kiss

Rated:  Mature

This title is in Anime, Manga and a Live Action Japanese Movie also know as “Paradaisu Kisu”

Paradise Kiss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yukari, a serious high school student, follows the straight and narrow path her parents have laid before.  That is until she is “discovered” on the street by a fashion student.  She thinks she has stumbled upon the land of the misfits but fall in love with the magic, beauty and passion of their world.  Speaking of passion, she become enamored with the leader, George, of their indie fashion label “Paradise Kiss”.  George is voice overed in the English Dub version by Patrick Seitz who is one of my favorite voice over actors!  To be honest I haven’t seen the movie yet but it is on my list of things to do.

 

Skip Beat

Rating: Anime may be PG-13 but the manga is definitely Mature

This title is in Anime, Manga and a fairly new Live Action Taiwanese TV Drama called “Extravagant Challenge”

Skip Beat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kyoko was utterly devoted to her childhood crush, Shou, and followed him to Tokyo in hopes of helping him reach his dream of being a teen idol.  She cooks, cleans and works three jobs to pay their rent but after over hearing Shou tell his manager that she is nothing more than a maid to him she goes ballistic.  She is determined to get her revenge!  Kyoko manages to enter the biggest competitors talent agency.  She is determined to become the best actress in the industry.  Can she manage to fall in love with acting and capture the heart of her companies lead actor?  Seriously, this is one of the funnest romance comedy series I’ve seen in a while.  The manga continue beyond where the anime and TV series leave off and man it is getting goooood!

Check them out and let me know what you think.  If you’ve seen them comment on your thoughts.  If you like these titles then I am sure you will also enjoy my book.

 

 

Eye Opening Video Every Woman Should Watch

If you haven’t seen this video you have to watch this!  In their self esteem promoting tradition Dove has produced a series of “Real Beauty Sketches” videos.  These videos follow a sketch artist as he creates portraits of women describing themselves behind a privacy screen.  After the woman leaves someone she has met earlier then describes her to the sketch artist from behind the screen.  You simply will be amazed by the result!

Watch this, facebook it, share it with a woman you care about!

Review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Exclusive Teaser Trailer

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Exclusive Teaser Trailer

The new The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Exclusive Teaser Trailer has been released.  If you know anything about The Hunger Games franchise you will be extremely excited to see it.

Several changes from the first film have occurred.  Director Gary Ross who directed the first film has been replaced with Director Francis Lawrence who directed such films as Water For Elephants and I Am Legend.  It is my impression from the trailer alone that this film, Catching Fire, will surpass the previous movie.

I was disappointed with the first movie over all.  Particularly the costuming and makeup did not live up to my expectations.  I read the books and they were okay.  The writing was fine but not stellar but the idea, the storyline, was refreshing and different.  (Not completely unique as many of you may remember reading “The Lottery” as a child)  I saw the rare potential for the movie to surpass the book.

Ultimately the director is to blame.  He, or she, is the captain of the crew and must lead them in the proper direction but Judianna Makovsky’s, Costume Designer of The Hunger Games, choices in costuming some rather lack luster and unflattering outfits left me wanting.  Glenn Hetrick and Ve Neill, Expert Judges from the TV show Face Off, were the prosthetic makeup effects designers and creators.  Ve Neill lead the team but was at the mercy of her director and costume designer.  In interview she has stated that she was left to create her ideas without seeing the costuming first.  Then in creative meetings she was told to tone it down and dial it back.  Tone it down?!  Are you kidding me?  If you have read the book then you well know that the oddities within The Capitol are crucial to the story line.  The heroine of the story, Katniss, is appalled at how the people there look.  I felt that the makeup was not taken far enough in the first film.

Katniss Wedding Dress Revealed

Trish Summerville (seen above with her release of a photo of the wedding dress) is the costume designer for Catching Fire and already from the trailer I see a marked improvement both in costuming and makeup.  Ve Neill has returned for this film but I think it is evident that she has been allowed to elevate her interpretation of the book.  It is my hope that Francis Lawrence also improves the viewers experience watching the “games”.  I do see that they are using hand-cam in the trailer but it is my hope that it isn’t over used with excessive quick cuts.

If you haven’t watched the trailer do so and judge for yourself.  I know where I will be on the 22nd.

 

 

 

Palm Harbor, FL Library Event

I want to support my local library by announcing this fun event which benefits the children and teen programs there.  A fun way to spend a Saturday night with the family!

Date: 4/20/2013
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM

Description:
 Join us for the only time all year you can really make some noise at the library! Pizza, soda, ice cream sundae bar, library bowling and golf, life-sized Candy Land game, music, and fun! $10 for adults, $5 for kids (ages 3-12), kids under 3 are free! All proceeds to benefit children’s and teen programs. A great family night out in support of your community library! Tickets go on sale April 2nd – prepurchased ticketholders receive FIVE free chances for gift baskets. Tickets will also be available at the door on April 20th – cash, checks, and Visa or MasterCard accepted).

Location: Palm Harbor Room
Contact: Lois Eannel
Contact Number: 784-3332 x3003

Press Release Announcing Special Discount

 

Today I made my first press release.  It is announcing a special book coupon for this week only.  Please take advantage of it before the Amazon release.

Author Announces the Next Big Thing in Young Adult Novels, “Moonflower”
Author E.D.C. Johnson Releases Her Premier Novel to Positive Reviews

Palm Harbor, Fl. July 16, 2012 — Palm Harbor author and resident, E.D.C. Johnson, has published “Moonflower,” an approximately 75,000 word book that joins elements of “Pride and Prejudice” with the “Twilight” saga.
For a limited time (through Sunday, September 22) an electronic book version of “Moonflower,” normally priced at $5.99, will be available to the public at a special 50% off download price at Smashwords at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/177875. Use this special coupon code when purchasing the novel (XB94G).

“Moonflower has something for everyone,” said Johnson.  “Though I wrote the novel for young adult readers I think it will appeal to women of all ages.  There are elements of fantasy, action and a love triangle.  What’s not to love?”  E.D.C. Johnson has spent the last decade as a public school art teacher and was inspired to make a novel that would entice young readers to open a novel.  She used themes that are hot in current young adult  fiction such as shapeshifters and romance, combined with original illustrations.

About Moonflower
After Josephine Woods’ father dies of cancer, her mother up-roots the two of them and moves to the city. Josie hates her city life, but her teenage issues are of little consequence when they have a car accident and she wakes up in a strange land (reminiscent of Victorian Europe) alone. Lost, with her school backpack as the only connection to her world, Josie struggles to find her way home. She is found by Lucius Conrí, the son of a Marquess, who possesses royal blood and the gift to shift into a wolf’s form at will. Can the kind-hearted Lucius help her find her way while winning her love, or will she fall for Donovan Conrí his older, more serious brother and heir to the Conrí wealth?

About Smashwords
Founded in 2008, Smashwords operates the world’s leading ebook publishing and distribution platform serving authors, publishers, readers and retailers. Smashwords makes it free and easy for the world’s authors and publishers to instantly publish and distribute their books as multi-format ebooks. Smashwords puts authors and publishers in full control over the pricing, sampling and distribution of their works. Authors and publishers receive up to 85 percent of the net proceeds from sales of their works. Smashwords has distribution relationships with leading online retailers such as Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony and Diesel eBooks, and leading mobile e-reading apps including Aldiko, Stanza, Kobo, FBReader and Word-Player, spanning all major mobile platforms including Android, Blackberry and iPhone. Privately held Smashwords is based in Los Gatos, California, and can be reached on the web at http://www.smashwords.com/. Visit the official Smashwords blog at http://blog.smashwords.com/

About E.D.C. Johnson
E.D.C. Johnson grew up in the Midwest, graduating from Michigan State University with her BFA in Art Education and her MA in Art Education from Western Michigan University. She currently lives with her husband in Palm Harbor, Florida. Her decade of experience as a public school art teacher has inspired her to write fiction novels that will entice young readers. You may see some of her illustrations in Renee Mallet’s: Fairies, Mermaids, and Other Mystical Creatures.

Contact:


E.D.C. Johnson


at http://www.edcjohnson.com/

 

 

 

 

Couch Day

I wasn’t feeling top notch today and spent a lot of time laying on the couch.  My husband had a new cable provider installed the other day and I must say I hadn’t realized how much I missed the SYFY channel.  During the school year I don’t watch very much TV, except for my DVRed shows, so summertime is kind of fun to catch up on what I’ve been missing.  A lot of movies today but I can’t wait to watch the Haunted Collector and some other newer shows I haven’t seen.  I can’t believe I totally missed the second season of FACE OFF.  As an artist, with a minor in theatre, I have to express my absolute love for that show.  It is simply amazing.  I could see a second career in that :).  Well, I, and my husband, have been trying to resolve some issues with the print version of my novel.  It should be back in the publisher’s hot little hands by tomorrow…Tuesday at the latest.

Artfully Yours,

E.D.C. Johnson

 

 

Welcome to EDC Johnson on the Web!

 

Well, we finally made it happen.  Little by little things are coming together.  As you see the website is functioning which makes me excited that I have a way to communicate with you, give you updates and just, well, just have a bit of internet fun.  I’m trying to promise myself that I will blog often so you have a reason to come back.  This way you can stay posted on the upcoming events and projects I will be working on.  For now, please check out the new info on the site for Moonflower.  I really look forward to hearing from you as well so do please leave comments or contact me through the “Contact” page.  Let’s see how it all goes.  Wish me luck!

Artfully Yours,

EDC Johnson