Sunday, January 7, 2018

Newfangled Theaters

No spoilers.

Well, I saw Star Wars! We took Mr. Scott for his birthday!

It was great...but what is going on with theaters these days! Yes, it's been about 2 years since I went to a movie theater. But...

First, we had to decide what type of theater we wanted. 3-D, IMAX, IMAX 3-D, REAL D 3D, or Standard. We went with IMAX. Wasn't sure what that was or what the others were. I discovered I'm a Standard kinda girl.

Then we were shown a screen to select our seating! Really, stadium seating for theaters? Yep. We selected the back row, in the middle. Bad choice. I'll tell you why in a bit.

Almost $40 bucks for a noon showing for 3! Whatever happened to the $2.99 early bird special? The snacks were about the same for a large popcorn and diet coke, a small blue raspberry icee, and a medium cola icee. Let me pause a moment. I ordered the medium cola icee expecting a 12 oz serving. Nope. It was huge! It took two hands to hold it! Is it actually possible to drink and NOT have to visit the little girls room during the movie. I think not. As a matter of fact...I KNOW not. The large... 34 to 42 oz. Yep. I looked. Mr. Scott is still drinking on that diet cola.

I knew the seats were recliners. I have sat in those before. I can't imagine going to a theater without them. Love them! However, if you carry your keys in your pocket take them out before you sit or they may accidentally activate the reclining button. He he he. Still laughing. Wish we'd gotten it on video.

The movie starts and we jump! Ahhh, IMAX means really loud. The music parts were so loud Princess Scott stuffed pieces of a napkin in her ears. The intense parts were so loud the room even shook! I actually felt my seat move! That's how loud it was. In the truck on the way home as we debriefed Princess Scott informed me there was a vibration mechanism under the seats to create a more realistic experience. What? Really? Like a Disney ride? Yes. Warn a person next time.

*Lesson learned - sit in the middle of the theater, not near a speaker, and hang on.

The movie was incredible. I loved seeing the old mixed with the new. It was sad seeing Carrie Fisher knowing this was her last film. Bittersweet, reflective moments. She will forever live in our hearts as Princess Leia.

I wish Prince Scott and his crew had been here but they celebrated in Ohio with a lengthy Facetime call. It was a fun family day. The best kind.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Tim Hemlin



Tim Hemlin is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, having studied with poets Charles Simic and Mekeel McBride. He has published in poetry journals, anthologies, and magazines--most notably in Ellery Queen. Currently he has six novels out. Finds the links to his books and social media sites at the end of this book.

By day he is an educator; however after teaching ELA for 22 years he decided to put his master's degree to work and is now a high school counselor. In addition, he is an avid marathoner, fly-fisherman, and outdoorsman. He lives just outside Houston, Texas with his wife Valerie, two dogs and a cantankerous cat.


Neil Marhsall is a graduate student in the University of Houston's creative writing program and a promising young poet.

However, facing a financially and emotionally draining divorce has him worried about more than paying tuition. So, to make ends mee, Neil moonlights as a chef for a high-society caterer.

Just when Neil's life seems bleakest, his oldest friend, racehorse breeder Jason Keys, is murdered. And Neil becomes the prime suspect.

To avenge his friend, clear his name, and rescue a missing championship thoroughbred, Neil infiltrates the dark underworld of horse theft and illegal breeding.

Neil's friends -- his attractive writing teacher, his cooking colleagues, and a freckle-faced teenage horsewoman -- offer their support. But their cheers quickly turn to gasps when Neil becomes the hunted.



Graduate student and part-time chef Neil Marshall only wants to go for an early morning run. Instead he witnesses the near-fatal shooting of legendary Houston private eye C.J. McDaniels, and he fears the gunmen can identify them. 

Before long, Neil finds himself in the eye of a hurricane, his quiet academic life ripped apart as he rides a swath of violence that cuts across a mansion in River Oaks to an eerily silent suburban home, from a secret hospital room to the bed of a fascinating woman. In Houston's sultry summer heat a deep-rooted rage is building from a whisper to a roar. 

Praise for Book One of the series: 
"Tim Hemlin's 'If Wishes Were Horses...' is one of the most entertaining first mysteries I've read in several years, and aspiring writer Neil Marshall is the most engaging amateur sleuth to come along since Jeff Abbott's Jordan Poteet. This novel is so good, I'd like it even if it weren't set in Texas." - Bill Crider, Author of many series including the Sheriff Dan Rhoades Mysteries, and resident of the Texas Literary Hall of Fame. 

"A Welcome new voice in the mystery field." - Earl Emerson.


America is controlled by a corporate oligarchy known as the Water Cartel and warrior-priest Joey Hawke finds himself trapped between a mysterious geneticist amassing a clone army and a group of political fanatics convinced that a dead president will rise from his tomb to lead them to salvation. Caught outside his spiritual haven when the Cartel moves against the Wastelanders, Joey is aided by Bear, an enigmatic weapons runner, Moon, a lovesick Scrapwoman, and Bernie Hawke, his estranged father. But against the Cartel's military strength, led by the power hungry Rex Fielder, Joey's only hope may be Si-Ting, a young woman with prescient abilities--a woman who not only holds the key to his heart but also to an American conspiracy to crown its future with the withered laurels of the past.

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A ghost from the past . . . A girl lost in the Wastelands . . . Bernie Hawke missing . . . 

Can the enigmatic Bear join forces with warrior-priest Joey Hawke, and Caballito, the legendary descendant of the ancient Running People, in time to rescue them? Or will they fall prey like so many others to the black silence of the Wastelands?

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Thirteen never before seen YA short stories just in time for the holidays! 

Book 1: Twelve Days to Christmas by L.A. Starkey 
Book 2: Christmas Seasoning by DB Nielsen 
Book 3: Merry Chris Witch by CK Dawn 
Book 4: Wrapped in the Past by Chess Desalls 
Book 5: Butterflies in the Snow by D.E.L. Connor 
Book 6: The Darkest Night of the Year by Tim Hemlin 
Book 7: Cold Hearth by Kelly Hall 
Book 8: Code X by W.J. May 
Book 9: Good Saint Nick by Lu J Whitley 
Book 10: Soaring by K.K. Allen 
Book 11: A Spirit’s Last Gift by Kathy-Lynn Cross 
Book 12: Winter Trials by K.S. Marsden 
Book 13: The Edge by Fleur Camacho 

((Take a peek inside the cover to read the synopsis for these great YA short stories!)) 

These stories have never been published before and were written specifically for this anthology. Hope you enjoy this wintery adventure!!

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Monday, May 30, 2016

PRIME Minister

New Release
Title: Prime Minister
Series: Frisky Beaver #1
Authors: AInsley Booth & Sadie Haller
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publisher: BoothHaller Books (self-published)
Release Date: May 31, 2016
Tag Lines: #‎FriskyBeavers ‪#‎CanadianPM

Ellie Montague is smart, sensitive, and so gorgeous it hurts to look at her. She’s also an intern in my office. The office of the Prime Minister of Canada.*
That’s me. The PM.
She calls me that because when she calls me Sir, I get hard and she gets flustered, and as long as she’s my intern, I can’t twist my hands in her strawberry-blonde hair and show her what else I’d like her to do with that pretty pink mouth.**
How much I like the PM varies on a daily basis. He’s intense, controlling, and a perfectionist in every way—and he demands the same of his staff.
How much I want him never wavers.
There’s something about him that tugs at me deep inside, and makes me wish that just once he’d cross the line in a late night work session. I’d take that secret to the grave if it meant I got a taste of the barely restrained beast inside him.***
* This is a fictional erotic romance. No prime ministers or interns were harmed in the making of this book.
** Except it’s a BDSM romance, so they were hurt a little.
*** Spoiler alert: she gets more than a taste. And she likes it.

Author Bio

Ainsley Booth
Mom by day and filthy romance writer by night, Ainsley is super grateful for caffeine, banana and blueberry muffins, and yoga pants

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Sadie Haller
Surrounded by mist-covered mountains, Sadie Haller lives a quiet life with her husband and fur-babies.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

THE SECRET by Karen J. Mossman

The Secret


25th-26th-27th May

Kerry O’Brien has a secret so terrible it burns inside her. All she wants is to be part of a normal family, but with a stepfather like Bill, that is impossible.

Set in the 1970s when secrets like this were only ever whispered about, Kerry somehow keeps her humour by pretending everything is fine. Then she meets biker Tommy, and he has his own secret; one that impacts on her.

 Kerry’s secret becomes harder to keep and the tell-tell signs harder to hide. Can she keep it together? Can Tommy and Kerry get it together?

 Then the worst happens and Kerry’s secret is a secret no more.


'This is where I work,” he said, as we entered a joiner’s workshop. I could see half built furniture with lots of wood shavings on the floor and various types of cutting equipment. We walked over to one half built piece of furniture.
“This is mine,” he said. “I’m working on it at the moment.” It was wardrobe and it hadn’t got any doors.
“How on earth do you make these?” I asked running my finger through a pattern in the wood.
“With this, it’s called a router.” He held up some kind of tool. “Just look inside here,” he said, indicating inside of the wardrobe.
I peered just behind where the door would be, and saw he’d scraped TS 74 in the wood. “Oh yeah.”
“We all like to mark them somewhere. So should you ever buy a wardrobe, take a look inside, it might be one of mine.”
I grinned. “You’ll be famous.”
He laughed. “Come on, we’ll go into the tea room.”
We went up some stairs and into a big kitchen. There was a table in the centre and on it were mugs and some still contained tea that had gone cold and congealed. I pulled a face.
“I know,” he said as if reading my mind. “We’re a mucky lot.” He began clearing it piling it into a dirty looking sink.
Kitchen cupboards snaked around the sides of the room, both on the wall and beneath the counter. Some of the doors didn’t appear to fit properly and some didn’t even have doors. There was a fridge, but there was also a bottle of milk standing on the top, it’s contents half empty and I just had the feeling I wouldn’t want to drink it. In fact, everything looked grubby.
“I would offer you a brew...”
I laughed, “Not a chance, some of those cups look like they’ve never been washed.”
“Come over here,” he said, standing by the table.
“Why?” I asked a little dubiously.
“I want you to lie on it.”
I frowned, “Why?”
He looked at me with mischievous eyes and my pulse quickened. “I want to draw you.”
Draw me? I didn’t expect that. Was I disappointed? Did I think he was going to make mad passionate love to me right there on that table top?
I managed to giggle and stood on the chair, then onto the table and lay down, feeling a bit silly. I let him manoeuvre me into position and felt even sillier.
“Relax, Kerry.”
“Do you know how hard this table is?”
He pulled out a chair and sat down a little way from the me. Producing a sketchpad from somewhere, he began to draw.
“Well, this is nice,” I said, feeling the back of my head on the edge of the table as I peered at the ceiling and my hair hung down towards the floor.
“You’ve no idea,” he said, glancing up at me and then down to the sketchpad as his pencil moving quickly.
“Hmm, I wonder what’s for tea tonight. Wood chips? Or wardrobe sausage?” I pondered.
“Keep still.”
“I am still; in fact I’m so still you can hardly tell I’m breathing.”
“Your mouth is moving.”
“Can you draw an open mouth?” I puckered it.
“Not in the way you mean, shut up a minute.”
I mentally counted to 60 and then said, “My back is aching.”
“Okay,” he said, standing up and snapping the pad closed. “Finished.”
“Can I see it?”
“No, you can’t, I need to finish it first.”
“I thought you just said you’d finished.”
“Hmm,” I loved the rumble sound his voice made. “These are just the bare bones,” he said with a grin. “I’ve to fill it in yet.”
“God!” I huffed, feigning annoyance. “I’ve been called many things, but bare bones!”
He swatted my bum with his hand. “You’ll see it, eventually.”
We were laughing as we made our way back outside to his bike. Is this too soon to fall it love? Because I was falling right over!'

What the readers are saying:

The story is gripping and interesting, the romance warm and simmering. I absolutely loved the ending, which gives the story an almost fairy tale-like feeling. All in all, it was a very enjoyable two hour read, and I whole heartedly recommend it to fans of the genre.
S Anderson

I really enjoyed this book and I was automatically drawn into the characters world, from the very first page. Tommy treats Kerry like a queen and it's so refreshing to read a story where the man respects and truly loves the girl.
Jenna Hodge

The characters were so real and the story definitely so believable. These sort of secrets unfortunately still go on. Let's hope others can find the strength just like Kerry to come out on the other side.

Karen J Mossman lives in Anglesey in Wales with her husband. She had written 4 books, three themed short story collections, The Missing, Behind The Music, Heroes and Joanna's Journey, a novel set in the 1980s.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

#RRBC Spotlight is on Author, Kim Cox

Asheville, North Carolina USA Rave Reviews Book Club is pleased to introduce, Author, Kim Cox as their “SPOTLIGHT” Author for the week of May 22-28, 2016. Kim’s featured book, All This Time, is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Book Description

At thirty, Jenny Morgan’s biological clock is ticking. But as a fashion magazine CEO with a busy schedule and no significant other, her wish is unlikely to come true. When her father receives a terminal diagnosis, he wants a grandchild before he dies. With her religious beliefs, a sperm donor isn’t an alternative. Jenny’s only option is her single co-worker and best friend, Trevor Drake. Can she really trust him to be a good husband?
Trevor has loved Jenny since college, but she only sees him as a friend with no ambition. After he finds out her predicament, he proposes and sets out to prove he can provide everything she needs. Jenny is determined to have a prenuptial agreement with an “out” clause after one year. Can he convince Jenny of his love by then?
As if they don’t have enough on their plate, someone at the magazine is out to sabotage their marriage, their impending parenthood, and the magazine. Jenny is nearly killed in one such attempt. Can Jenny and Trevor work together to uncover their common enemy?

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