March 6th, 2012

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‘Terra Nova’ canceled by Fox; studio shopping it to cable to keep Spielberg-produced show alive

'Fringe' and 'Alcatraz' also have gloomy forecasts at network

The ambitious dinosaur drama "Terra Nova" has gone extinct, at least on the Fox network.

Steven Spielberg's expensive sci-fi series only lasted one rocky season, drawing modest ratings that apparently weren't sufficient to offset its high costs.

20th Century Fox, which produced the series, says it will shop it to other networks to keep it alive. That's considered a longshot, though, because cable networks have lower budgets than the broadcast networks.

The premise of "Terra Nova" is that man by the 22nd century has screwed up the Earth so badly that the planet is dying and humanity's only hope is to time-travel back 85 million years and start over again.

The new civilization, called Terra Nova, was a huge compound surrounded by the other inhabitants of that earth, including dinosaurs.

The human settlers had brought modern conveniences with them, but unfortunately they also brought many of their problems, including the antagonistic relationships and instincts that helped doom their more recent civilization.

"Terra Nova" got off to a rocky start when production problems forced Fox to postpone its original premiere date, and when it did debut, many sci-fi fans said they were disappointed by early storylines.

The departure of "Terra Nova" and the likely demise of several other Fox dramas, including "The Finder" and quite possibly "Fringe" and "Alcatraz," means Fox could have openings for a number of new shows in the fall.

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Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward (BDB #9)

Title: Lover Unleashed
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, 9
Author: J.R. Ward
Links: Hardback, Paperback, Kindle

Book Description:
Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother: A fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side… and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either.

When she suffers a paralyzing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her as only he can- and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous, secret world. Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night- like vampires- he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul.

As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide … just as a centuries old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy.

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A Taste of Midnight by Lara Adrian (novella #9.5)

Title: A Taste of Midnight
Series: Midnight Breed, 9.5
Author: Lara Adrian
Pages: 203kb (9 short chapters)
Links: Kindle

Book Description:
A shimmering holiday gala lights up an ancient castle in the Scottish Highlands, but beautiful widowed Breedmate Danika MacConn feels alone in the crowd. Even among the friends and festivity of the Darkhaven celebration, she can’t forget her lost love, a fallen warrior of the Order. Her brief return to her mate’s homeland has become treacherous after rejecting the advances of a dangerous Edinburgh crime boss with a taste for blood sport. As Danika seeks to expose the vampire and his dark trade, she discovers an unexpected ally in his forbidding, enigmatic henchman, Brannoc, a man who exudes heat, danger, and dark menace—and seems somehow achingly familiar. Bran has his own reasons for wanting to keep Dani out of his employer’s business . . . and his own secrets he means to keep buried. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a woman who tempts the wildest part of his Breed nature—especially when that woman is Danika MacConn, the one woman capable of bringing him to his knees.

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Darker Than Midnight by Lara Adrian (#10)

Title: Darker Than Midnight
Series: Midnight Breed, 10
Author: Lara Adrian
Pages/Size: 384 pgs / 2170kb
Links: Hardback, Kindle

Book Description:
In the dark of night, a blood war escalates within the hidden world of the Breed. After existing in secret for many long centuries, maintaining a fragile peace with the humans who walk beside them unaware, a single act of retaliation has put the entire vampire nation at risk of discovery. It falls to the Order—a cadre of Breed warriors pledged to protect their own and humankind alike—to stop Dragos, the power-mad vampire at the center of the conflict, before his push for domination can explode into catastrophe.

At the center of the Order’s quest is Sterling Chase, once a morally rigid enforcer of Breed law, now a warrior fallen from grace, whose biggest battle is the one he wages against his own savage nature. With addiction beckoning him toward eternal darkness, Chase’s path to redemption has never seemed more out of reach. But when his eyes meet those of Tavia Fairchild, a beautiful witness who identifies him at the scene of a mission gone terribly wrong, Chase finds himself drawn to the woman—and convinced she is something much more than she seems.

Pulled into a vortex of intrigue and danger she can neither resist nor understand, Tavia is uncertain whom to trust. And while everything sane and logical warns her against getting close to Chase, she cannot deny that the handsome, deeply haunted male stirs something primal and ravenous within her. But even as she surrenders to her cravings, nothing can prepare her for the shattering truth of who—and what—she truly is.

As the Order’s enemy mobilizes for the battle of the ages, Dragos and his Minions unleashing a hell on Earth like nothing ever seen before, Chase and Tavia are thrust into the heart of the violence. With time running out and the streets running red with the blood of innocent lives, both Breed and human, together Chase and Tavia must find a way to defeat Dragos once and for all—or die trying.

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