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Why I will miss Stargate Universe

I am a character driven drama type girl.  Absolutely I love the outside flash bang but what really grabs me and drags me into anything is the relationship between the characters.  The more depth, the more push and pull, the more sacrifice and the deeper I get pulled in.  Ratchet it up with outside forces putting those relationships in a pressure cooker and, ahhhh, yeah.  It does my heart good and doesn’t matter if it’s a book, a movie, a television show or even a song.  If its got relationship I’m there.

Both Stargate: SG1 and Stargate: Atlantis had relationships that were pressured by outside influences.  While I loved the dynamics in the way the characters in both shows interacted, each episode was fairly self contained.  For 10 years SG1 held me captive.  Jack was handsome, intelligent, heroic and snarky.  Daniel was a sexy geek who was stronger than he thought.  Sam was a kick ass chick with an  intelligence that meshed wonderfully with Daniel and with the kind of heroism complimented Jack’s.  The push and pull, the will they or won’t they between Jack and Sam kept us at the edge of our seats.  The deep bond of friendship that Jack and Daniel shared showed us importance of that kind of friendship (seems like lots of action stuff doesn’t get that) in a man’s life.  Teal’c was the outsider, the enemy turned friend who constantly proved his strength of character and depth of commitment.

While there were overriding story arcs that transversed the 10 years of SG1 each episode started and finished a story.  An outside influence putting the character’s relationships in a pressure cooker.  And though I did see relationships change and grow it was nothing like you should have seen over that many years.  I watched every episode because I loved to see the kick ass.  I was in love with the series because, geeze, I’d invested 10 freeking years of my life.  Boy was I said to see it end but I totally understood that it had run it’s course.  Should have ended a few years prior actually.  And I now had Atlantis to keep me busy.

Spawned by SG1, Atlantis remained pretty true to the story in an episode mold.  While the relationships between the characters were good it was a larger cast and for me that really took away from the depths the character relationships were able to attain.  Each of the individual main characters had points I really liked, I mean, hello Sheppard *drool* and Carson *swoon* but I never connected as deeply with them as I did with the cast of SG1.  The Sheppard/McKay friendship tried to re-create the dynamic of the O’Neill/Jackson friendship but never really made it there.  The sexual push and pull (like the Jack/Sam relationship) was totally missing in Atlantis.  Sheppard/Teyla? Ronin/Teyla? McKay/Keller?  All fizzled for me.  The most interesting relationship was actually between Sheppard and the Wraith Todd.  Frienemies are awesome! When this show ended after 5 seasons I was okay with it because though I never missed an episode I was never as invested.

And I had Universe on the way to keep me occupied.

Creators Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper knocked this freeking show out of the ball park.  I mean a total and complete home run.  Touch down! Score! Goal!  Nearly every single episode has been made of amazing win! And I am brokenhearted that it’s going to end in a few episodes.  Shattered!

The characters and their relationships ARE this show.  Each main character has depth and each supporting character that has interacted with the stars has been developed well enough that I am eager to know more and ready to see them again.  Talk about being in a pressure cooker?  Trapped in an ancient spaceship that’s falling apart? No way to get home? No food or water?  WIN WIN WIN!

This band of mismatched peeps are forced to become a family to survive.  They’re bitter and angry.  They are scared and confused.  Some of them have the hots for each other and some of them can’t stand to be in the same space.  Rush is brilliant and wicked and can be a horrible man.  Eli is sweet and innocent and scary smart.  Young is tough, sharp and edgy.  Scott is sexy, fierce and yummy.  Greer (one of my favorites!) is intense, loyal, fierce, a little crazy and a total protector.  Wray is intense too, intelligent, troubled and honorable.  T.J. is amazingly strong and rises to every occasion she’s faced with. Chole? I’ve got the mehs for her but Scott loves her so… LOL

Everyone has ulterior motives and hidden agendas and I am so utterly disappointed that I’ll never find out what those agendas are.  The cancellation was a surprise to the writers so there are going to be so many loose ends that will never be tied up.  That is a tragedy.  Because Stargate Universe is gritty and raw.  New characters have been introduced, new aliens and races that I want to explore.  It’s visually amazing with awesome effects and top notch direction.  And sadly it’s the end of an era.

I will miss Stargate Universe because I have become more invested in these characters, in their stories and their relationships, than I was with the previous two shows combined.  The perfect balance between internal and external pressure was created and totally blown off by whoever decided to cancel it.  Syfy – you suck.

 

 

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Moira Rogers – Southern Arcana 1-3

I am a seriously tough audience.  I am also an unwaveringly loyal fan.

As a reader I am voracious, my sole purpose being complete and utter escape.  Take me out of my world.  Put me in the one you’ve created.  Help me forget my responsibilities for a little while.  If I am jarred out of something I’m reading because of poor writing or poor editing that author only gets two more chances.  I don’t know, maybe that is not fair, but in my mind I figure that by the third book if things haven’t changed they’re most likely not going to.  Over the years I’ve found that even new authors can make amazing strides over the course of three books.  And as the mother of three teens, a wife, a full time college student and a full time employee I don’t like to waste my escapism time on bad books that don’t get it done.

Thanks to a mild case of OCD I am crazy about reading books in the correct order too.  If I’ve been browsing a web site and find a book that sparks my interest, before I buy I ALWAYS go to the author’s web site to research where something falls in a series.  Digital (and book & mortar) stores are not always consistent with their labels and are not always clear regarding series and book order.  I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time online over the past 10 years and sadly I don’t have the patience to click a million times on poorly designed web sites.  So an author with a clean, easy to navigate web site makes me squeee.

Finding an author who’s books rock my world and who has a kick ass web site?  That is a serious bookgasam people.  Serious bookgasam!

Enter Moira Rogers. With authority. Kicking asses and taking names.

I <3 Moira Rogers with an unholy love.  A desperate, I wanna be like you when I grow up, please write books faster, OMG you are fantastic, amazing, awesome sort of  love.  Complete and utter fan-girl. Devour the back-list like there are no other books on earth. Obsessed but not in a creepy stalker sort of way.  Promise!

Last year, in my e-book infancy, I discovered Moira Rogers on the Samhain Publishing site.  The awesome cover of Crux, the first book in the Southern Arcana series, caught my eye. After making sure where it fell in the series I clicked and committed.  And loved it!  Went back and got book two –  Crossroads and at this point most of the back list.  When book three – Deadlock – was released I, of course, purchased it.  But it’s been about a year so I had to re-read Crux and Crossroads to make sure I followed everything.  God, I love these books!

Published By: Samhain Publishing
Purchased At: Samhain Publishing Store

Other Titles in Southern Arcana:
Book One – Crux
Book Two – Crossroads
Book Three – Deadlock

Crux (Southern Arcana 1) by Moira Rogers
5 out of 5 stars

Jackson Holt makes a decent living as a private investigator in New Orleans, home of one of the largest underground supernatural populations in the United States. He and his partners have never met a case they couldn’t crack…until a local bar owner asks him to do a little digging on her newest hire.

New Orleans is the fourth destination in as many months for Mackenzie Brooks, a woman on the run from a deranged stalker. After all, any man who shows up on her doorstep claiming to be her destined lover has more than a few screws loose. But crazy doesn’t explain why he always finds her no matter how far she runs.

When her well-meaning boss puts a PI on her case, Mackenzie comes face to face with the incredible truth: magic is real, and whatever spell has kept her hidden and separate from the paranormal world is rapidly deteriorating.

With time running out, she has no choice but to trust Jackson as he struggles to uncover the truth of her past-and her destiny.

I loved this book so much I almost don’t know where to start! Crux introduces us to Rogers’ world of shapeshifters, wizards, and psychics and their complex society.  The immediate depth of this world captured and has kept me engaged through three books.  The world-building and history are skillfully shared and there is nary an info dump to be found.  The non human characters and their nature makes sense.

All of the characters are full bodied, three dimensional, even the secondary characters.  Everyone has a purpose, a place.  Their interaction is rich and believable.

The relationship between Jackson and Mackenzie develops in the pressure cooker of life and death circumstances.  It develops quickly yet feels real.  Rather than a crisis induced romance it’s visceral, instinctual and feral.  Jackson is a southern gentleman with a warrior’s heart and Mackenzie is an alpha female coming into her own power.  The smex is smokin’ hot!

While the romance focuses on Jack and Kenzie we are also introduced to quite a few other characters that I fell in love with.  Derek, Alec, Kat, Nick, Michelle, Luciano, Mahalia, and I could go on and on and on…

Crux sent me to Moria Roger’s backlist with my credit card and mouse ready.

Crossroads (Southern Arcana 2) by Moira Rogers
5 out of 5 stars

Derek Gabriel was born human in family of psychics, aware of the supernatural world but never a part of it…until a rogue shapeshifter took humanity from him in a vicious attack. He’s spent two years struggling to adjust, not just to a change that’s driven many insane, but also to the prejudices of a culture where transformed wolves are considered inferior. A serious struggle, indeed, when the woman who attracts the man and the wolf inside him is the daughter of the most powerful wolf in the country.

For Nicole Peyton, nothing is more important than escaping the stifling confines of elite shapeshifter society, an old-fashioned world where women are valued only for their bloodlines and bank accounts. In New Orleans, she has a bar she loves, friends she cares for, and a smoldering, unspoken tension with an unsuitable but incredibly attractive man.

Neither could predict how quickly forbidden longing would erupt into burning need, but Nick and Derek have more than themselves to think about when Nick’s sister arrives in the city with a shapeshifter strike team hard on her heels. The only way Nick can save her sister may be to play by the Conclave’s rules–but it will mean giving up the man she’s falling in love with, unless he’s willing to risk everything in a challenge that will shake the foundations of their world.

Alpha men are sexy! I wanted 600 pages of Derek he was so hot!  His struggle to do what is right by Nicole while facing the wildly vicious world of shapeshifter politics is amazingly attractive.  That was one of the best things about this book, how the relationship between Derek and Nicole developed while we learned more about shifter council. It takes a strong man to step away from the woman he loves because he believes that it’s the right thing to do.  And to walk into a situation that is practically no-win for the same woman.  RAWRRRRRRRRR

While building Derek and Nick’s smokin’ hot relationship Rogers also builds up some of the secondary characters and gives us a glimpse into how Jackson and Mackenzie are living in their HEA.  As I’ve mentioned before one of the strongest draws in series for me is the continuing threads of past characters.

Crossroads put Moira Rogers on my auto buy authors lists.

Deadlock (Southern Arcana 3) by Moira Rogers
5 out of 5 stars

Abandoned by her wolf shifter father and raised by her human psychic mother, Carmen Mendoza can’t deny she’s different. She craves things most women shy away from–and she has a trail of shapeshifting ex-boyfriends to prove it.

Working at a clinic for supernatural creatures, she’s escaped the notice of her father’s legacy-obsessed family. Until they need a pawn in their bid for power. Snared by a vicious spell designed to wake her inner wolf, Carmen’s only hope is to trust the one man strong enough to soothe her darkest instincts.

Alec Jacobson was once the heir apparent to the wolves’ ruling elite, until he walked away to marry the woman he loved. She paid with her life. He lives as a rebel, a black-sheep alpha who protects the supernatural residents of New Orleans from the wolves’ barbaric class system. Too bad he can’t protect himself from his need for Carmen.

Yet staking his claim on his enemy’s niece will turn his city into a battleground. Unless he can find a way to stop breaking the rules–and start making them.

Oh Alec, my wounded hero, you strong silent types are so sexy. A caretaker Alpha who cares deeply Alec really is the walking wounded.  Kicked in the teeth by life over and over – Carmen is his perfect foil.  She’s strong, fearless, hopeful and as an empath she knows exactly what makes you tick.

The stakes are higher in Deadlock as we continue to see just how low supposedly civilized shapeshifters will go to get power.  Escalating violence in New Orleans and attacks against his nearest and dearest continue to push Alec towards a role he has no desire in occupying.  As he moves deeper into a world he had rejected Carmen is having her eyes opened to a reality she ran away from.

Again secondary characters are expanded and more groundwork is laid for future installments to the Southern Arcana series.  Thank goodness! Because at the end of the book I died a little inside at the relationship (or lack thereof) between Andrew and Kat.   The position that every one was left in screams for resolution.  I’m glad that Andrew and Kat are next – September can’t come quick enough for me!

Thankfully there are a slew of Moira Rogers titles coming out between now and then.  Deadlock though has cemented me as a squeeing fan girl!

Publisher Twitter: @samhainpub
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Publisher Facebook: Samhain Publishing Ltd.

Author Twitter: Donna @donnajherren Bree @moirarogersbree
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Seriously – Freaking Awesome!

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I want to be doing this when I’m in my 70’s!

OH. MY. GOD.  I am laughing my ass off.  This is absofreekinlutely fantastic!

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More freeking AWESOME!

Thanks to Holly Lisle, via Jeff Reese for this awesome!

Really, it’s cool!

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Freeking AWESOME!

I have no idea who these people are.  My mom sent me the video.

I wish I had been that cool!