We love to see pictures of the scaly green Vergai invaders and here's one of Kiprop attacking with his morning star weapon. Thanks Sarah for being the first in the open category and also for being our first entrant from the U.S. - that's so exciting!
Catching fire is a great sequel to the original Hunger Games movie. It continues on the story of Catniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), the survivors of last season's Hunger Games and heroes of the 12 districts. They are experiencing post-traumatic stress, and kudos to the director for humanising the characters, where it would have been tempting to leap straight into the action scenes.
I found that I engaged more with the characters this time around, from the shell-shocked Katniss, to brooding Gale (though I still wish Suzanne Collins would have built a bit more into their relationship), and even felt a little warmth towards the bubbly Effie. The grief of District 11 and Katniss's speech made me cy for poor Rue.
The President (Donald Sutherland) and Gamemaker (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) cruelly manipulate Katniss and Peeta to have to return to the arena to re-contest the Hunger Games with 20 previous champions. This creates a games of experienced players and more alliances and strategy are used this time around. Without releasing spoilers for new fans, I think the arena and the Gamemaker's strategies were portrayed very well.
The special effects were very good, from Katniss's 2 costumes, to the smoke, the monkeys, the dome, I bought into it all and enjoyed the ride.
It did end abruptly, but overall, in my opinion, was a good adaption of the Catching Fire novel and I look forward to the next one (fingers crossed they'll change the ending).
These strange lighting creatures are one of many weapons the Cyclops have included into their fold. These unpredictable flyers set off random bolts of lightning. The Cyclops use these to torture enemies and to keep them weak and out of the fight.
The Halflings think they look like giant bloated yellow toads with a glowing antenna suspended in front of their mouth which causes the burp to ignite.
The art competition runs from November to January 2014.
Artwork by Ryan, aged 10.
My fabulous friends know me too well and made my day with the Galadriel Award for being the token author in our group of friends. I thought it very sweet and will treasure it forever. Thank-you.
It's so exciting to have Hunters' Quest release on ebook. Today it has been released on Writers' Web. Next week it will be release on other channels including: Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.
Please check out the preview. Ebook copies are available for only $3.99
Cover art by Scott Patterson
I'm pleased to say that I met with 3 reviewers last night and they were all impressed with my new book. I'm so excited and hope to have it ready on Amazon.com sometime in the next week. Yay!
Awesome cover art by Scott Patterson.
I've been working on some new pages for the Hunters webpage and would love to hear your feedback on how it looks. Please check it out when you have a chance and let me know what works and what doesn't. The newest pages are 'How to get a book' and 'Book reviews' by Kasper.
Many thanks and have a dragon of a day (that's a good thing BTW, because dragons are awesome!) from Kasper.
Kasper's thought of the day. "You can do anything you want to in life. You just have to make it your priority."
"I have never picked up a fantasy book, and at the ripe old age of 49, did for the first time, and what a blast it twas! Although I think it's got a lot to do with the skill of Kasper Beaumont the author! Really really enjoyed yr book, and as I post this my 12 year old is thoroughly enjoying it too. Can't wait for the next installment!" by Clare Baker
Kasper's feeling the love today from an awesome group of beta readers, who've been helping out with Hunters' Quest. Any fan can post a glowing comment, but it takes a special kind of person to point out all your mistakes and honestly tell you if your writing is a little bit crap...or a lot LOL.
The feedback has caused me to tweak the start of the book, including writing a prologue for new readers and has given me a good excuse to put more artwork into the book. Yay! With so many wonderful artists surrounding me, I'm delighted to be able to showcase their work.
If the stars align for me, I'll get it all ready for publishing by next weekend. Many thanks to my wonderful team of Bill, Joanne, Heav, Kyra, Vanessa and Annagh.