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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Morganville: The Series; The Morganville Vampires Comes to Life, An Exclusive Behind The Scenes Look At The TV Series

I'm so thrilled to share with you an exclusive behind the scenes footage from an episode from Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampire series, Morganville: The Series. That's right, her book series has been brought to life by passionate fans who wanted to see their books come to life on TV! Not familiar with the series? Here's a little bit about it:

Morganville: The Series – The show stars fan favorites Robert Picardo as Oliver (Star Trek: Voyager) and Amber Benson (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) as Amelie, as well as Lindsay Seidel (Claire), Jordan Taylor Farris (Shane), Haileigh Todd (Eve), Ben Easter (Michael), Nikki Donley (Hannah), Afomia Hailemeskel (Monica), Jessi Mechler (Gina), Taylor Murphy (Jennifer), Gregory Connors (Brandon) and Chase Ryan Jeffery (Myrnin). It is directed by Blake Calhoun, known for his award-winning and groundbreaking digital series Pink andContinuum, and the show was filmed on location in Texas on a Blackmagic camera.

Check out the behind the scenes footage: 

Check out these behind the scenes pictures from the Glass House Ghost scene:

About Morganville: The Series

Morganville: The Series Revitalizes Vampire Genre Just in Time for Halloween
Rachel Caine’s Snarky Vampires Perfect for Geek & Sundry’s October Line-up

Geek & Sundry: Rachel Caine is adapting her Morganville Vampires books – fifteen (15) total – for a hilarious fright fest of a web series. Each episode of the first season is expected to be 8-12 minutes long, bringing the entire season to about an hour and is freely adapted by Rachel from the first novel – Glass Houses. The first season will begin airing on Geek & Sundry October 27th with a prime schedule planned out… the hope is that the first season finale lands on Halloween day.

Thanks to a passionate fanbase who fully supported the Kickstarter project (and whose funds were then matched by Felicia Day’s Geek & Sundry), Morganville Vampires: Book Series became Morganville: The Series and utilized one of the fastest, most innovative platforms for upcoming shows. Through the expansive reach of Youtube, Rachel’s fans can enjoy the show without the long wait that comes through traditional television and also, reach a worldwide audience faster. All around it made the most sense for a book series of this size and caliber.

Even though web series are seen as non-traditional formats, the casting process and scouting for film locations remains normal. Auditions were held in Dallas, LA, Austin, New Orleans and some digital (to give fans of the books a chance at the spotlight too). Rachel wrote all the character monologues for the auditions. The entire show ended up being filmed on location in Dallas, Texas in four separate venues, including a coffee shop, a turn-of-last-century Victorian home, a hospital, and a university. Nearly every episode ends with Rachel’s infamous cliffhanger endings!

Switching from book to film writing was easier than Rachel expected. The very first thing she did, ended up setting the stage for the adaptation process and made it easier for her to focus on the story she wished to tell. Rachel says, “The first thing I tried to do, since I wrote the book in 2006, was to write down everything I remembered from it without re-reading it. That was fascinating, because what I wrote down was really the core story, and that turned out to be what needed to be told in the show. So while I did go back to the book, I did it for the purposes of review, not inspiration.”

Fans might be wondering how a 10-day-shoot in April 2014 could possibly yield a story they recognize, Rachel is confident the series delivers and explains, “For practical purposes, you can only have so many characters in a show with this running time, so some characters from the novel, while really interesting, ended up not being central to the plot (like Miranda). However, I did think it was important to introduce Myrnin, who is a fan favorite character, into the mix early, so he makes a short appearance this season.”

Watch the Trailer:

Check out the first four episodes here:

To find out more, check out these sites for the scoop on Rachel Caine, The Morganville Vampires Books and Morganville: The Series.

About Rachel Caine
Is a fictional character herself … a pen name of writer Roxanne Conrad. Since 2003, Rachel has written in the adult Urban Fantasy genre (the Weather Warden,Outcast SeasonRevivalist and Red Letter Days series) as well as in Young Adult fiction (the Morganville Vampires series and award-winning novel Prince of Shadows). She is the author of more than forty novels and many short stories, and is regularly featured in anthology collections, most recently the Charlaine Harris edited Dead But Not Forgotten.

@EpicReads's The 13 Most Anticipated YA Novels Publishing in November 2014

Each month Epic Reads puts together a list of the following month's most anticipated releases. I thought October was crazy with awesome releases, but November proves to be equally crazy. Crazy is in if the holidays weren't upon us I would be tempted to get more than the few books I've already pre-ordered. 

Here are my top 6 MUST HAVE BOOKS from Epic Read's The 13 Most Anticipated YA Novels Publishing in November 2014.

  1. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson & Sarah Rees Brennan, published Margaret K. McElderry Books, out on 11.11.14 
  2. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers, published by HMH Books, out on 11.4.14
  3. Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz &  Michael Johnston, published Putnam, out on 11.18.14
  4. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray, published by Harper Teen, out on 11.25.14
  5. Empire of Shadows by Miriam Forster, published by Harper Teen,  out on 11.4.14
  6. On Edge by Allison van Diepen, published by Harper Teen, out on 11.25.14
 Check out Epic Reads's full list of most anticipated releases for next month here. Which November releases are you looking forward to reading?

Love Magnus Quote Vote by @WalkerBooksUK #LoveMagnus

We're only a couple weeks away from the release of The Bane Chronicles!
Walker Books UK invites your to partake in the Magnus Bane Quote Vote. 
Check out Walker Books's invitation to join in and help them choose which fan favorite Magnus Bane quote will rein supreme. 

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Each week @WalkerBooksUK via Twitter will tweet out an image containing the two quotes. Fans will then have 24 hrs to RT their post and choice their favorite. The final quote battle will be tweeted on November 10th! Be sure to follow Walker Books UK on Twitter and vote!