Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Review of the 2002 BBC mini-series Daniel Deronda

Melancholy and Filled with Regret

My gosh, if you are looking for a happy, heart warming story to charm you, then do not put this on. Daniela Deronda goes where a lot of other BBC mini series do not go- to the point of no return where the girl marries the wrong guy and then hates herself afterwards. I was shocked. But, I couldn't stop watching it. It was marvelously done and expertly acted. It must be an exceptional novel by George Eliot- who is a woman for those of you who don't know!! I'm surprised I was never told to read this in English class. 
Even though the ending is a melancholy one, everyone gets what he/she deserves- at least in my opinion. When that boat mast hits you-know-who I couldn't help but breath with relief. And when you-know-who proposes the right girl (the girl who deserves it) I cheered. 
Hugh Bonneville was excellent in this role. I'm used to him being a kind hearted man of honor from Downton Abbey, so this cold, calculated villain role was quite surprising.  I loved how he waited like five minutes before answering everyone, and how he walked around with such arrogance, you wanted to smack him. How can anyone hit one puppy and then cuddle another one? 

I loved the character arc of Gwendolyn Harleth, the beautiful blond who has everything going for her until its all stripped away. I didn't like her at all in the beginning, but at the end, I really felt bad for her. She brought it all on herself by making all the wrong choices, and I'm glad she found her peace (in a way) in the end.

Totally recommended- but only if you're prepared for it.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Guest Blogging on the Entangled in Romance Blog

The Bliss imprint at Entangled Publishing is celebrating their 2nd birthday this month. To celebrate I'm blogging on the Entangled in Romance Blog today about "What Bliss Means to Me." 

Please check out my blog and leave a comment about your own bliss moments! And also checkout the "In Our slushbox" tab for wish lists and calls for submission. This is a great blog to refer back to if you are looking for inspiration for new stories or a place to submit the ones you've already written.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Nine Sentence Sunday with An American Girl in Italy

A moment of misunderstanding...

Alaina leaned against the wall, kissing a man. She wore see through
undies, which didn’t leave much to the imagination.
Carly blushed with embarrassment and looked away immediately.
‘Holy Mary, mother of Victoria’s Secret! Sorry to intrude.’
Alaina pulled back, and Carly’s stomach dropped to ground level.
‘Michelangelo?’ What a hopeless flirt. Had he seduced every
naïve woman on that tour bus?

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bargain Historical Romance Set!!

.99 Cent Alert for a Limited Time!!

TIMELESS: Historical Romance Through the Ages
Sweet romance through the ages! From turn of the century Chicago to 1860's Montana to the Civil War era to Regency times, there is something for every historical romance reader. This sweet romance boxed set charms with seven novels by bestselling authors, starring unforgettable characters falling in love in the most captivating settings.

This collection includes:
ALL THE BLUE OF HEAVEN by Virginia Carmichael
LASSO MY HEART by Linda Ford
A MILE APART by Sarah Jae Foster
THROUGH THE STORM by Brenda B. Taylor

*New* Review Amazon reader:
"These are clean sweet historical romances. I usually skip a few dull pages in my reading, not so with this book. I try to read as slowly as possible, savoring each paragraph. I do believe if you like historical romance like me including western historical that are well written, then do not hesitate to buy this set. Sometimes these boxed sets drive me crazy when there might be just one or two good ones. Not so this set, all of the books so far are excellent! My recommendation is to get the set, you will not regret your purchase, guaranteed. Such reading pleasure, sweet like chocolate mousse cake"

 This post was given to me by one of the authors, Kate Diablo. Please visit her websites below!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

BBC 2004 TV Mini Series North and South- Review!

Dark, Cold, Harsh and UTTERLY ROMANTIC

My goodness, how did this get past my radar in 2004? I loved, loved, loved it! It was like Pride and Prejudice all over again with the proud and mysterious Mr. Darcy character and the witty and smart Elizabeth. Except, this takes place in Northern England in the mills, and there aren't that many pretty dinner parties (which I did miss, though). Also, you get to see the poorer side of things, which really isn't discussed in Pride and Prejudice. There's more history and heart to it, making this mini series such a great tale to watch! I'd say it has a lot of the same atmosphere as Great Expectations but with a happier ending- thank goodness!

I did not know who Richard Armitage was before watching The Hobbit. He captivated me as Thorin Oakenshield, and it was so nice to see him act as the love interest- and a human- in a period piece. Who knew a dwarf could be so tall? He's also in a Robin Hood series, but he plays the bad guy- so that's not as much fun to watch as this. His character (Mr. Thornton) is not perfect, but it's his flaws that make him human. You can't prejudge him. It takes a while to realize why he is so severe, but when you do, your heart opens up.

And Brendan Coyle (Mr. Bates from Downton Abbey) is in it!! He's playing the same down on his luck, good-hearted, rough edged character in this. It was neat to see him as a younger man- although it's only been 8 years difference between now and then. He does look different, though. From his perspective, I understood every angle of this argument between the mill workers and the employers. It's a tough situation for everyone involved, and like he says in this movie, being on strike is like going to war. 

There's a lot of sadness, and few terrible deaths. But, the last scene is soooo worth every minute of all that harsh reality. That is all I'll say on the matter! 

If you haven't seen it, and you enjoy all those period pieces like Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre, then I suggest you give it a try! I'll be owning the DVD set of this so I can watch it over and over in the future.I watched it for free on Netflix.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Eclipse Lake by Mae Clair

TITLE:              ECLIPSE LAKE
AUTHOR:         Mae Clair
GENRE:            Romantic Mystery
PUB DATE:      June 2014
LENGTH:          85K/254 Pages

Small towns hold the darkest secrets.

Fifteen years after leaving his criminal past and estranged brother behind, widower Dane Carlisle returns to his hometown on the banks of sleepy Eclipse Lake. Now, a successful businessman, he has kept his troubled past a secret from most everyone, including his seventeen-year-old son.
But memories in small towns are bitter and long.
Ellie Sullivan, a nature photographer for a national magazine, has a habit of ping-ponging across the map. Her latest assignment leads her to Eclipse Lake where she becomes caught up in the enmity between Dane, his brother Jonah, and a vengeful town sheriff. When freshly-discovered skeletal remains are linked to an unsolved murder and Dane’s past, Ellie is left questioning her growing attraction for a man who harbors long-buried secrets.

Ellie stopped walking and turned to face him. “Why are you here?”
Dane picked up a flat stone. With a flick of his wrist he sent it skimming across the lake. It danced effortlessly across the surface as if he’d done the same thing a thousand times before. “You know that skeleton they found?”

She nodded.

“I’ve got more skeletons than a graveyard. I can’t pick up and go to another place…to the next photo shoot.” He turned to face her. “Half of my life is here and half’s on the west coast. I have to make them fit together.”

The revelation reminded her of the family she’d left behind in Idaho, reawakening a familiar tug of homesickness. In an effort to find more comfortable ground, she changed topics. “You told me you’re from San Diego. I did a photo op there four years ago. What do you do for a living?”

“I get by.” He took her hand and started walking again.

She sent a speculative glance in his direction, recognizing evasiveness when she heard it. He was wearing a Rolex, and though dressed casually, clearly had expensive taste. Yet he’d booked an ordinary cabin rather than one of the exclusive chalets higher up the mountain.

She liked the feel of his fingers around hers, warm and firm. The contact sent a pleasant tingle up her arm. What the hell was wrong with her, getting caught up in his touch as if it were magic? As if she’d waited her whole life for that sensation. He had skeletons in his past, a brother who couldn’t stand the sight of him and a sheriff who wanted to run him out of town. Eccentric, or just plain trouble?

Mae Clair opened a Pandora’s Box of characters when she was a child and never looked back.  Her father, an artist who tinkered with writing, encouraged her to create make-believe worlds by spinning tales of far-off places on summer nights beneath the stars.
Mae loves creating character-driven fiction in settings that vary from contemporary to mythical. Wherever her pen takes her, she flavors her stories with mystery and romance. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about cryptozoology, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail and cats.
Discover more about Mae on her website and blog at MaeClair.net

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cute Quiz Says Which Movie Star Would Play You!!

It only takes a few minutes to take the quiz, and I must say, they hit it spot on with me! Take the quiz yourself on Zimbio to see which movie star would represent you!