Friday, November 7, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Some Fine Day by Kat Ross - Best Disaster Movies!

Hello! Today, we're really happy to be hosting Kat Ross (again!), author of Some Fine Day! Her book is out November 11, 2014 in Kindle format from SkyScape, with the paperback following in February 2015. This time, Kat's here to tell us her Top Disaster Movies. We had a lot of fun the last time with Kat's Top Ten Hybrid Creatures (in smackdown form!), and we hope that you enjoy this list as much as we did as well.

Before we get to Kat's list, here's some information about the book and Kat!

About the Book

Title: Some Fine Day
Author: Kat Ross
Publication Date: November 11, 2014 (Kindle)
February 17, 2015 (Paperback)

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Jansin Nordqvist is on the verge of graduating from the black ops factory known as the Academy. She's smart and deadly and knows three things with absolute certainty.

She knows that when the world flooded and civilization retreated deep underground, there was no one left on the surface.

She knows that the only species to thrive there is the toads, a primate/amphibian hybrid with a serious mean streak.

Most of all, she knows there's no place on Earth where you can hide from the hypercanes, continent-sized storms that have raged for decades.

Jansin has been lied to. On all counts.

Faced with the truth in the form of a charismatic young survivor named Will, Jansin vows that her former masters will regret making her what she is…

About the Author

I've always loved to read more than anything in the world, especially so-called genre stories—mysteries, fantasy, sci-fi, thrillers, horror. I like books that take you by the hand and lead you out of the mundane. That ease back the curtain and show you the wondrous and dark and unexpected lurking just around the next corner. I worked in journalism for a long time before I returned to writing fiction. The two things are very different (in most cases), but I think any kind of writing at all, if you do it consistently, builds up those mental muscles.

I took a circuitous route to getting published—travelling, working a lot of different jobs, having a kid; in other words, just living—but I did get there eventually. I don't have any fine arts degrees, I've never been a member of a writing group, and I've been to one conference in my life (SCBWI New York, a few years ago). Which is not to say that those things aren't useful; they can be, but I don't think they're a prerequisite. The only cast-iron requirement is dreaming and then writing it down. On whatever schedule you set, but a schedule—not just when you're in the mood.

I grew up in NYC but now I live far enough outside the city that skunks and deer wander through my backyard and I can take my bike out for a 14-mile ride without passing more than a dozen cars. I meditate for a few minutes every morning to keep my head on straight, or at least pretend to. I don't eat meat because I like animals. Mostly, I eat a lot of this.

I'm represented by the kind and brilliant Jeff Ourvan of Jennifer Lyons agency, and I'm a member of SCBWI and FallFourteeners. I also have an Amazon author page.

You can find Kat on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Goodreads, and her website.

Kat's Top Disaster Movies

As we solemnly give thanks for the blockbuster holiday movie season, it seems fitting to take a moment to celebrate the comfort food of our favorite disaster flicks. From mysterious plagues to hostile extraterrestrials, Hollywood loves to clean the slate and watch the handful of survivors do terrible things they never imagined they'd be forced to do, while uttering lines like, "We can't just wait here for sharks to rain down on us."

So pass the popcorn!

In no particular order….

Night of the Comet (1984)
Highlights: Bitchin' eighties outfits, gun-toting valley girls, zombies that talk.
Best line: [When her MAC-10 jams while target shooting] Samantha: Daddy would have gotten us Uzis.

They Live (1988). 
Highlights: Alien President Reagan, Roddy Piper's mullet.
Best line: Nada: I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum.

Dawn of the Dead (2004). 
Highlights: Birth of undead baby, nightmare-inducing credits, zombie Burt Reynolds.
Best line: [when the survivors have barricaded themselves inside the mall and zombie hordes are gathering outside]
Ana: Why are they coming here?
Kenneth: Memory, maybe. Instinct.

War of the Worlds (2005).
Highlights: The sound that alien ray gun made when it zapped people into a mist of pink goo was one of the most horrifying things I've ever heard.
Best line: Robbie Ferrier: What is it? Is it terrorists?
Ray Ferrier: These came from some place else.
Robbie Ferrier: What do you mean, like, Europe?
Ray Ferrier: No, Robbie, not like Europe!

Poseidon Adventure (1972).
Highlights: With an all-star cast and high-concept plot (escape from a capsized luxury liner), this is just 1970s big-budget disaster movie royalty.
Best line: Mrs. Belle Rosen: You see, swimming through corridors and up and down stairwells, I'm the only one trained to do things like that.
Linda Rogo: Will you shut up?

Sharknado (2013).
Highlights: Do I even need to answer that question?
Best line: Baz Hogan: Storm's dying down.
Nova Clarke: How can you tell?
Baz Hogan: Not as many sharks flying around.

Do you have a favorite disaster movie? Let us know in the comments! And don't forget to go grab your copy of Some Fine Day, as it's one you definitely don't want to miss! 

--Ashley & Paul

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