Here to tantalize us…Angela

Hello all. Today I have Angela Archer and her new book, As the Liquor Flows.

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Angela, the cover of your book looks incredible. What can you tell us about it?

Black Tuesday, October 29, 1929, the day the stock market crashed, and the day Evelyn Ford will never forget. 

With the untimely death of her parents and the loss of their only income, Evelyn, and her brother, Frank flee to a make-shift hovel built in Central Park. 

After Frank mysteriously goes missing, bare cupboards force Evelyn to seek employment anywhere she can find work, even if that means working at a burlesque theater. 

Catching the attention of Don Vincent Giovanni, a Kingpin in the New York mafia, Evelyn discovers that Frank is serving time in prison for running hooch and he owes Vincent a lot of money. In order to pay off her brother’s debt, Evelyn is thrown into the world of mobsters and bootlegging. 

Between running hooch all over the city of New York and trying to save her brother, Evelyn finds herself drawn to Max Catalano, Vincent’s Consigliere. Even with secrets of his own, he’s the only one she can trust when she entangles herself herself in the middle of the New York mafia crime wars.

Wow! That sounds amazing! A definite must read!

Thanks! I really enjoyed writing it.

What can you tell us about you?

I live on a ranch with my husband, two daughters, and many farm animals.

A ranch! How cool. Have you always been around that kind of lifestyle?

Well, I was born and raised in Nevada, and grew up riding and showing horses from hunter jumper, English equitation, western pleasure, trail, and halter.
While I don’t show anymore, I still love to trail ride my paint horse, Honky. In December of 2007, I and her husband moved to Oklahoma.

How did you decide to become a writer?

From a young age, I always wanted to write a novel. However, I never believed I could write anything well enough for a publisher to even consider me. Every time the desire flickered, I shoved the thought from my mind until one morning, in 2009, I awoke with the determination to follow my dream.

It’s a good thing you did. Now you can do what you’ve always dreamed of.

And now for a little question and answer session:

Pizza or Cheeseburgers?
Pizza

What is your favorite candy? The one you couldn’t live without? Skittles. Especially the Wild Berry flavors in the purple bag.

Coffee drinker? How do you take it?
I’m ridiculously addicted to coffee and I’m a “hot blonde with sand” girl (lots of cream and sugar).

Pick your poison. What is your favorite alcoholic drink?
Anything with Tequila.

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Grilled shrimp

Where can people find you?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Angela-Christina-Archer-121833387901997/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorACArcher

Website: http://angelachristinaarcher.com/

Publisher Website: http://longvalleypress.com/

Publisher Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Long-Valley-Press-907289795983148/

Publisher Twitter: https://twitter.com/LongValleyPress

Thank you so much for stopping by. I really enjoyed hosting you.

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Here to tantalize us…Angela

Hello all. Today I have Angela Archer and her new book, As the Liquor Flows.

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Angela, the cover of your book looks incredible. What can you tell us about it?

Black Tuesday, October 29, 1929, the day the stock market crashed, and the day Evelyn Ford will never forget. 

With the untimely death of her parents and the loss of their only income, Evelyn, and her brother, Frank flee to a make-shift hovel built in Central Park. 

After Frank mysteriously goes missing, bare cupboards force Evelyn to seek employment anywhere she can find work, even if that means working at a burlesque theater. 

Catching the attention of Don Vincent Giovanni, a Kingpin in the New York mafia, Evelyn discovers that Frank is serving time in prison for running hooch and he owes Vincent a lot of money. In order to pay off her brother’s debt, Evelyn is thrown into the world of mobsters and bootlegging. 

Between running hooch all over the city of New York and trying to save her brother, Evelyn finds herself drawn to Max Catalano, Vincent’s Consigliere. Even with secrets of his own, he’s the only one she can trust when she entangles herself herself in the middle of the New York mafia crime wars.

Wow! That sounds amazing! A definite must read!

Thanks! I really enjoyed writing it.

What can you tell us about you?

I live on a ranch with my husband, two daughters, and many farm animals.

A ranch! How cool. Have you always been around that kind of lifestyle?

Well, I was born and raised in Nevada, and grew up riding and showing horses from hunter jumper, English equitation, western pleasure, trail, and halter.
While I don’t show anymore, I still love to trail ride my paint horse, Honky. In December of 2007, I and her husband moved to Oklahoma.

How did you decide to become a writer?

From a young age, I always wanted to write a novel. However, I never believed I could write anything well enough for a publisher to even consider me. Every time the desire flickered, I shoved the thought from my mind until one morning, in 2009, I awoke with the determination to follow my dream.

It’s a good thing you did. Now you can do what you’ve always dreamed of.

And now for a little question and answer session:

Pizza or Cheeseburgers?
Pizza

What is your favorite candy? The one you couldn’t live without? Skittles. Especially the Wild Berry flavors in the purple bag.

Coffee drinker? How do you take it?
I’m ridiculously addicted to coffee and I’m a “hot blonde with sand” girl (lots of cream and sugar).

Pick your poison. What is your favorite alcoholic drink?
Anything with Tequila.

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Grilled shrimp

Where can people find you and your book?

Buy Link:
http://www.amazon.com/Liquor-Flows-Angela-Christina-Archer-ebook/dp/B01CLKULWS/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/Angela-Christina-Archer-121833387901997/

Twitter: 
https://twitter.com/AuthorACArcher

Website: 
http://angelachristinaarcher.com/

Publisher Website: 
http://longvalleypress.com/

Publisher Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/Long-Valley-Press-907289795983148/

Publisher Twitter: 
https://twitter.com/LongValleyPress

Thank you so much for stopping by. I really enjoyed hosting you.

SUPERSTITIOUS MUCH?

Hi everybody. Today is November, Friday the 13th. Yep, it’s THAT day.  If your like a large number of people, you might have some reservations about today simply because it’s Friday the 13th.

Friday the 13th is considered by some to be nothing but a crazy superstition. Like a black cat,

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A broken mirror,

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Walking under a ladder,

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Or even spilled salt.

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See or to any of these things and you may be cursed to have bad luck for a VERY long time. If you believe it that sort of thing…

But belive or not, do any of you know WHY Friday the 13th is considered the “unluckiest-day” there is? If not, keep reading to discover the history behind this “bad luck” day. You might be surprised to learn how this day got it’s in ominous meaning. Enjoy!

THE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13TH:

Being wary of Friday the 13th is much more than a quaint superstition observed by a few uneducated people in distant, unreachable towns and hamlets. In the United States alone, it is estimated that between 17 and 21 million people dread that date to the extent that it can be officially classified as a phobia. This phobia is known as: friggatriskaidekaphobia 

So why is Friday the 13th considered such an “evil” day?

The origins aren’t perfectly clear, but we do know that both Friday and, separately, the number 13 have long been considered unlucky and it was around the late 19th century that the first documented instances started popping up of people putting the two together to form the unluckiest day.

The superstition surrounding this day may have arisen in the Middle Ages originating from the story of Jesus’ last supper and crucifixion in which there were 13 individuals present in  the upper room on the 13th Nisan Maundy Thursday, the night before his death on Good Friday.

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Regardless of how it got started,  the “bad luck” of Friday the 13th is dreaded into present day.

But is there any real evidence of this being a bad day? Well, actually, yes….

1. Black Friday Fire:
On Jan. 13, 1939, a bushfire tore through Australia’s Victoria province, killing 36 people in one day. This “Black Friday” fire was the deadly icing on top of a terrible fire season for the province. According to Australian Emergency Management, a total of 71 people died that January, and 75 percent of the state was affected by the flames.

2.  Buckingham Palace Bombed:
One of the most destructive of these hits occurred on a Friday the 13th. On Sept. 13, 1940, Queen Elizabeth and King George VI were at tea, according to the Archives. Five bombs struck the palace, one of which destroyed the interior of the Royal Chapel. Another ruptured a water main. Three people were injured, one fatally.

3. Kansas Floods:
July 13, 1951, was an extremely inauspicious day for northeastern Kansas. Topeka was swamped, as was Lawrence. In the Manhattan, Kansas, business district, the water stood at 8 feet (2.4 m) deep. It was the single worst day offlood destruction in the Midwest to that date, according to the NWS. Twenty-eight people died, and another 500,000 were displaced until the waters receded. The NWS and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimate the damage amounted to $935 million at the time, which is equivalent to $6.4 billion in today’s dollars.

4.  A Cold War Crisis:
On Friday, June 13, 1952, the Cold War turned hot when the Soviet Union shot down a Swedish military transport plane. Eight people were on board the plane, which the Swedish government
insisted was merely on a training flight. For its part, the Soviet Union declared it had no involvement in shooting down the lost DC-3.

5.  A Murder Goes Ignored:
One of New York’s most brutal and notorious murders occurred on Friday the 13th. On March 13, 1964, bar manager Kitty Genovese was stabbed and raped by a stranger, Winston Moseley. The attack took more than a half-hour, and an early New York Times articlereported that 38 people witnessed the attack and failed to call the police. The tragic case became a staple in psychology classes as a way to illustrate the “bystander effect,” or “Kitty Genovese syndrome,” which occurs when people fail to act in a situation because they assume someone else would step in.

6. A Deadly Cyclone Strikes:
The deadliest tropical cyclone in history struck on Friday, Nov. 13, 1970, in Bangladesh. Making landfall that Thursday night, the Bhola cyclone killed at least 300,000 people, according to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.

7. An Infamous Story of Survival Begins:
team boarded a turboprop plane to travel to a match in Chile. They never made it. Because of a navigational error, the plane careened into an Andean mountain peak, crashing on a high-altitude snowfield.

But the ordeal was only the beginning for 27 of the original 45 passengers who survived the crash and its immediate aftermath. Without cold-weather gear or much food, they were forced to improvise water-melting devices and eventually eat from the bodies of their lost companions — an ordeal memorialized in the 1974 book and 1993 movie “ALIVE.” An avalanche killed eight more survivors at the end of October, and illness took the lives of others.

8. A Lesser-known Plane Crash Kills 174:
Oct. 13, 1972, was not a great day to fly. The same day the turboprop plane carrying the rugby team went down in the Andes, a much larger flight crashed near Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport in Russia, according to the ASN. The Ilyushin-62 airplane was carrying 164 passengers and 10 crewmembers from Paris to Moscow, with a stop in Leningrad. As the plane approached the airport, it flew into the ground at an air speed of 385 mph (620 km/h). Everyone on board was killed.

9. Tupac Shakur Dies:

Friday, Sept. 13, 1996, was a tragic day for hip-hop, when rapper Tupac Shakur died of gunshot injuries in a Las Vegas hospital. Shakur had been injured on Sept. 7 in a still-unsolved drive-by shooting and died from those injuries on Friday the 13th.

10. A Cruise Ship Capsizes:
On Jan. 13, 2012, a peaceful Friday of cruising off the Tuscan coast turned chaotic as the Costa Concordia cruise ship struck a reef off the Isola del Giglio and began to tilt. At first, passengers were evacuated by lifeboat but as the ship came to rest on its side in the shallow water, survivors had to be airlifted to shore by helicopter. Thirty-two people died in the wreck.

See, crazy stuff!!

But not only bad things happen on the “evil day”:

1. The HOLLYWOOD Sign Was Born:

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2. Actor Steve Buscemi, director Alfred Hitchcock, and actresses Mary Kate and Ashley Olson were all born on Friday the 13ths:

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3. 2004 Summer Olympics returned to the birthplace of the ancient and modern Olympics:

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4. A New Rock Band Add Their Sound To Rock and Roll:

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See, not all bad right? Not convinced? Either way, here’s hoping your Friday the 13th goes by without any bad luck…Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

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.