Rent This Today

Hello all. Last night I watched a movie called Black or White. You may have heard of it especially if you are a Kevin Costner fan. This is a wonderful movie that proves that to some, a person’s race doesn’t matter. Black or white, it’s what’s on the inside that matters. Here’s a summary:

Elliot Anderson (played by Kevin Costner) has already lost his daughter when she was giving birth to her daughter, Eloise. The fact that the baby’s father is black does not matter to him or his wife. That little girl is their grand baby. Plain and simple. The father however is a crack addict that could care less about his gurkfriend’s death, let alone the birth of his daughter. Together Elliot and his wife raise Eloise until she is 7 years old when tragedy strikes Elliot’s life once more when his wife is killed in a car accident. Suddenly Elliot is left to care for a 7 year old girl while trying to hold his grief in check. He has been drinking nonstop since his daughter died and now with his wife gone, it has only gotten worse. 

Now in steps Rowena (played by Octavia Spencer-u may know her from the movie The Help as the s**t pie maker-another great movie to check out by the way). Rowena is the other grandmother of Elolise. Since Elliot’s wife is gone, she wants custody of Eloise. Wants her to be around the “dark” side of the family. Elliot is not about to lose a third female in his life so starts a custody trial. 

During the course of this, Eloise’s father, Reggie, comes back around and  Elliot, despite his knowledge of the lowlife Reggie, tries to connect his granddaughter with her father. But Reggie is still on a crash course with drugs. A path that his sister, Rowena, refuses to see. 

Rowena’s case is loosely built on the opinion that Elliot has a problem with black people when in fact, it is just Reggie because of his actions. Right before the day the decision about custody, Reggie comes to get money from Elliot. $50,000 and he will go away forever. A fight ensues and Elliot nearly drowns while Reggie goes up to his sleeping daughter’s room. He finds photos of Elliot’s daughter on the wall and a drawing Eloise has made that brings him to tears. Running outside, Reggie sees Elliot in the pool and saves his life. 

At the trial, things drastically change. Reggie decides to get help, Rowena decides to leave Eloise with Elliot, and Elliot decides to get help with his drinking.  Eloise is to stay with Rowena for a few weeks while Elliot learns how to “breathe” again but not before Rowena gives him a big hug. 

With all of the horrible things going on about racism and hate and killing, it was nice to see a movie that reminds you that no matter what, black or white, people are just people. There are good and bad in every race. And I just think, what if we could just look beyond the color of other’s skin and saw each other for what they are-people with hopes and dreams just like us? What if we could just see people as people and not as black or white? It’s nice to know that some of us do. That means there is still hope for everyone else. 

A Hard Hitting Movie

Hi everyone. I know that most have you have probably seen this movie but if not, it is definitely one worth checking out. American Sniper

 

At first, I thought it might just be a war story and wasn’t sure I wanted to watch it but I gave it a try and I’m glad I did. It is waaaay more than a “war” story.

It is a story of how one man, Chris Kyle, was determined to stand up for what he believed in but at the same time, it showed me a glimpse into his private life. A life with a wonderful wife and two lovely children. And it doesn’t stop there.


Not only does it show Chris’ story but also portrays the struggles of other military soldiers. The struggles they face everyday while putting their lives on the line to defend our country and keep us safe. The struggles they face when they return home and try to fit back into the life they left to defend us.


    
In my mind, Chris is and was a hero. For the things he did overseas and here at home. But he is one among many. It just so happens that this movie is HIS personal story.

Our military undoubtly deserve our love and respect and while this post is about the movie, American Sniper, we need not to forget all that they do for us every single day. God bless them.


Old Fashioned, Nostalgic, Or Just Plain Silly? You Decide…

Times, they are a changin’. Someone famous said that (I believe it was Bob Dylan) and it is so true.

A good explanation of this is in the song Automatic by Miranda Lambert.  Country music fans everywhere have heard this song and so they know what I’m talking about. For those that are less knowledgeable of mainstream country, the song is about how things used to be. You know, like vehicle windows you had to crank to open, Polaroid pictures you had to shake, and the such.


I love that song. It reminds me of how things have changed over the years. Everything from, well, vehicle windows to photographs. Technology gas advanced rather rapidly, in an effort to make things easier, quicker, more up to date. I am all for change, especially in this crazy, wonderful world we live in. But nevertheless, there are still some things I love to do the “old-fashioned” way. The biggest thing is reading.

Now I own a Kindle, an IPhone, and a laptop. Don’t get me wrong, they are great and I use them all of the time. But for me, there is nothing beats a real book.

Hardcover or paperback, it doesn’t matter. I love everything about books. Their smell, the weight if them in your hands, the feel of the pages as you turn them.  It’s like you are holding a tiny piece of the author’s dream, a slice of the effort and joy that each writer puts into their writing. All true book lovers know what I mean. It’s almost magical.

As a child, I loved walking into a library, selecting an adventure in paper form, and then racing home to curl up and read.

It’s the same way now of course.
Ebooks are indeed a thing of the present and the future. They allow readers and authors to connect quicker. And you can carry a whole library around in one, thin little electronic device.


And that is wonderful, great. I enjoy books no matter what format they are in. But call me old-fashioned, nostalgic, or just plain silly but when it comes down to choosing an ebook or a physical book to read, for me, the choice is simple….

This Week’s Read-C.D. Hersh!!

Hi Everyone,

This week I have C.D. Hersh on my blog and their book, Son of the Moonless Night. This is the third book in the Turning Stone Chronicles. This newly released book has everything. Fantasy, romance, suspense, and most of all, believable characters. And the cover is absolutely breathtaking. This book is definitely worth picking up today!  Please take a moment and read more about this book and the wonderful C.D. Hersh below. Enjoy!

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Son of the Moonless Night

Title – Son of the Moonless Night, The Turning Stone Chronicles, book three

Author – C.D. Hersh

Genre – Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Suspense Romance

Heat Level – Sensual

Release Date: May 27th, 2015

HOOK:

Thrust back into the world of paranormal huntress, Deputy Coroner Katrina Romanovski must unravel a string of murders she believes are vampire attacks. When she discovers the shape shifter she’s in love with is the murderer, she must reconcile her feelings for him, examine her life of violence against paranormals, and justify deceiving him in order to bring him to justice.

BLURB:

Owen Todd Jordan Riley has a secret. He’s a shape shifter who has been hunting and killing his own kind. To him the only good shifter is a dead shifter. Revenge for the death of a friend motivates him, and nothing stands in his way . . . except Katrina Romanovski, the woman he is falling in love with.

Deputy coroner Katrina Romanovski has a secret, too. She hunts and kills paranormal beings like Owen. At least she did. When she rescues Owen from an attack by a werebear she is thrust back into the world she thought she’d left. Determined to find out what Owen knows about the bear, she begins a relationship meant to collect information. What she gets is something quite different-love with a man she suspects of murder. Can she reconcile his deception and murderous revenge spree and find a way to redeem him? Or will she condemn him for the same things she has done and walk away from love?

EXCERPT:

A crash in the alley stopped Katrina Romanovski mid-stride. Like the October mist swirling in off the lake, her gypsy blood stirred sending her intuition into high gear. Something unnatural was happening.

Go see what’s wrong. She heard her father’s voice as clearly as if he stood next to her.

On the heels of his words came her mother’s pragmatic warning in clipped British tones. You know what curiosity killed. Katrina pushed the ever-present warning aside. Mom never approved of Dad’s supernatural hunts and even less of his drawing her into them.

Pulling the oversized cross she always wore out from under her shirt, Kat looked around for a weapon. Please, not a vampire. I hate vampires! A piece of wood sticking out of the trashcan at the front of the alley caught her eye.

Grabbing it, she broke the end off into a sharp point. The mist-filled air filtered the light from the single bulb over one of the alley doorways. The wind swirled the loose trash around making a quiet approach difficult. Sidestepping the paper, with the stake in one hand and holding the gun she took from her purse in the other hand, she crept into the alley.

A roar echoed against the buildings, the sound nearly sending her running. That roar wasn’t a vampire. It sounded more like an animal. Kat inched closer. In the yellow pool of light from the back door of the building, a black bear, over seven feet tall, reared on its back legs and swung its paw at the man standing at the edge of the light. He crashed to the ground, shirt torn open from the slashing claws. Blood covered the fabric, and he clasped his left hand over his shoulder to stem the flow. The bear bent toward him, teeth bared in a smile. A wicked smile.

Kat aimed her gun, but before she could pull the trigger, a shot rang out. The flash of gunpowder lit the face of the injured man. The blast reverberated against the buildings. With an enraged bellow, the bear staggered backward against the wall. Shaking his head, the animal dropped to all four paws. Weaving like a drunk, he lumbered toward his attacker. The man took aim again, shooting the animal between the eyes. Animal and human collapsed on the dirty, littered pavement.

As she started to move forward, Kat’s gypsy senses crawled over her skin like angry red ants. As she slipped back into the shadows, the bear shed fur. Changing size. Then, finally, turning into a man.

Shape shifters. Her stake wasn’t any good against them, and her bullets weren’t silver. This one appeared dead anyway. Had the wounded man seen the shift? Tossing the stake aside, she paused by the shifter and quickly moved to the wounded man. Out cold. Still human.

When she touched him, his eyelids fluttered open. “Did I get it?”

“What?”

“The bear.”

Amazon buy links:

The Promised One (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 1):

eBook: http://amzn.com/B00DUMODKI

paperback: http://amzn.com/1619353504

Blood Brothers (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 2):

eBook: http://amzn.com/B00OVNFC8W

paperback: http://amzn.com/1619358271

Son of the Moonless Night (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 3):

eBook: http://amzn.com/B00XK3E172

A. What made you decide to become a writer?

Catherine became a paid writer because she thought she could write as well as the reporter in the local paper. So she wrote an article, which they accepted, gratis. Then she managed to get a job as a freelance reporter for that paper. While writing non-fiction, she decided to pursue fiction, which she had written, but never published, since she had been a teenager. Donald on the other hand, had written what is now called “Fan Fiction” off and on over the years. But with a day job, and writing technical manuals, he wanted to relax at home. After we began writing plays and skits together for church, Catherine gave him a romance novel she thought was good. Donald couldn’t finish the book because he said the male was unbelievable to a man. We decided to take a whack at writing romance as co-authors. The rest is history.

 

B. What gives you the most inspiration to write?

Deadlines, because there are so many other things we like to do that we need the deadlines to put our butts in the seats.

 

C. Who are some of your favorite authors?

We like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Tolkien, Stan Lee, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Diana Gabaldon.

 

D. If you had a soundtrack to go along with your book, what songs would best tell the story? 

We have no idea about soundtrack songs, but the music would be in a minor key with a dark overtone from stringed instruments. Some places would be very fast paced, and there would be sections with melodic, sensual, and sad movements. Something like the sound track from Doctor Zhivago, which we just realized in describing the music. Thank you.

 

E. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

No matter what genre you want to write in you have to learn the craft. Find out what organizations are out there that represent the genre you want to write in and go to the conferences or meetings. Get together with other writers of the same cloth and help each other. Ultimately, you have to make your own decisions on your work. Looking at the writing of others will help you grow as a writer. Last you should just keep writing. Get the ideas out on paper or in the computer so you can share them.

 

And just for fun:

F. If you could have any super power of your choosing, what would it be?

Donald would want to fly like superman, not like some of our characters who have to change into hawks. Catherine would like super speed so she could clean the house really quick and eat anything she wanted since she would be burning so many calories.

 

Can’t Find A Good Book?

Hello every one. Are you looking for that one great book? That one that grabs you and pulls in you so close that there is no way you can seperate yourself from it until the very end, until you turn that last page? Can’t find it? Well I know a place that has just what you are searching for. It’s Soul Mate Publishing. Whether you are in the mood for a suspenseful thriller that give you the chills, a historical romance that will sweep you away or even an otherworldly sci-fi adventure, or something entirely different and unique, Soul Mate Publishing has over  25 different genres to choose from. And with tons of talented writers, you are bound to find that one, elusive book. The one that you just can’t put down. So stop on by and start searching for your newest adventure. Enjoy!

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Check this movie out!

Hi everybody. I love watching movies. Romance, action, comedy, thriller, drama, sci-fi. It doesn’t matter what genre it is as long as it’s good. And Insurgent (the 2nd in the Divergent series) fits the bill.  It’s got everything a person could want in a movie. Action, suspense, romance, great actors (including a very delectable Four/Tobias) and many “Oh-my-gosh,-I-can’t-believe-that” moments. If you are a fan of Twilight, Hunger Games, and Divergent, do yourself a favor and check this movie out. You won’t be disappointed. Enjoy!

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

Hi everyone. Do you love cherries, brownies, and cheesecake? Then your gonna love this. Enjoy!

  
 

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

 

Prep time: 20 mins

Cook time: 30 mins

Total time: 50 mins

 

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies:

Moist fudgy brownie, creamy cheesecake and cherry pie filling come together to create pretty much the best brownies ever. Perfect for your sweetheart! Serves: 16

Ingredients:
Brownies

1 cup butter, melted, cooled slightly

2½ cups granulated sugar

1 tbsp vanilla

4 eggs

1½ cups whole wheat flour (or sub all-purpose)

1 cup cocoa

½ tsp salt

Cherry Cheesecake filling:
1 8oz package cream cheese

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

⅓ cup sugar

½ can cherry pie filling

Instructions:
Line a 9×13″ pan with tin foil and spray with cooking spray — this makes for easy clean up. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Brownies:
In a large bowl, whisk together melted butter and sugar until smooth. Add vanilla and eggs and whisk until combined.

Add flour, cocoa and salt and stir until combined. Batter will be thick.

Spread half (or just over half) of the batter into the bottom of the pan.

Cherry Cheesecake filling:
With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, egg, vanilla and sugar until smooth (it might be thin — that’s okay).

Spread the cream cheese mixture over the brownie batter. Top with spoonfuls of cherry pie filling.

Drop spoonfuls of remaining brownie batter on top of the pie filling. You won’t be able to spread the brownie batter, you will just try to cover a good amount (but certainly all) of the filling with the batter. Smooth out the batter somewhat or try to swirl as desired, or just leave it alone!
Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes, until center appears set. Note that your brownies might still have a little jiggle to them — this is because of all of that gooey deliciousness below. 
Let cool to room temperature before cutting. They will cut more easily if refrigerated for a few hours.