Saturday, April 19, 2014

Review: Captain America The First Avenger

Okay, so I boycotted this movie because I learned somewhere that- spoiler alert- Captain America and the girl he loves don't end up with a HEA (Happily Ever After) at the end. I had heard something about him being frozen, and then I watched The Avengers and it was clear he wasn't in the right era. SO, I didn't want to be disappointed.

BUT, it turns out I missed out on a really cool movie all because of my prejudices. The best part about this movie is how it deals with bullying. Captain America doesn't like bullies, and that's why he stands up to them even if he knows he can't win. What a great message for kids. He's not a strong body builder from the beginning- he's actually a kid that got bullied a lot growing up- which made him extremely likeable and believable in the Captain America role.

I loved the flavor of history throughout. The 1940's period clothing, automobiles, and atmosphere grounded this movie in reality. Captain America is a cheesy role model meant to get people to buy war bonds, which is probably exactly what they needed at this time in history and exactly what Captain America would be doing. Very realistic. The only part that became a little too much over the top was all the random action scenes in the middle of the movie. I would have liked a little more story. But, we all know what sells movies nowadays. Got to have those big explosions!

Captain America's love interest, Peggy Carter, is a formidable soldier and a very cool character. I would have liked to know more about her- why she became a war general, and why she's over in America helping the program Captain America is in. And what happens to her!! What does she do when she never gets that dance? Does she find someone else or spend her whole life pining after him? Maybe they'll address this in the new movie out right now.

The other famous actors did not disappoint. Tommy Lee Jones is a fantastic hard-faced, no nonsense war general. Love every movie he makes. Stanley Tucci plays a role with much more heart than his comic, blue-haired television show host in The Hunger Games. It was nice to see him act in a role with more dimensions. When I saw Neal McDonough I couldn't quite place where I'd seen him before- until I found an old picture of him in Star Trek First Contact!!

Everything ties back to Star Trek, now doesn't it?

Anyway, I plan to see the second movie soon, so I'll have my review of that up when I do!

Highly Recommended

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Rainy Day Reads Blog Hop


I'm so excited to be a part of this blog hop hosted by  Lily Bloom Books! In New Hampshire, we get a lot of rainy days in April, and the best way to pass the time is to read a good book. Today I'm giving away the ebook form of Colonization:

Please add it to Goodreads!

Finding a new home has never been so dangerous.

Andromeda has spent all seventeen years of her life aboard a deep space transport vessel destined for a paradise planet. Her safe cocoon is about to break open as Paradise 21 looms only one month away, and she must take the aptitude tests to determine her role on the new world and her computer
assigned lifemate. As a great-granddaughter of the Commander of the ship, she wants to live up to her family name. But, her forbidden love for her childhood friend, Sirius, distracts her and she fails the tests. The results place her in a menial role in the new colony and pair her with Corvus, “the oaf”.

But when Andromeda steps foot on Paradise 21, her predestined future is the least of her worries. Alien ghosts from a failed colonization warn her of a deadly threat to her colony. And when Sirius's ship crashes on the far ridge in an attempt to investigate, she journeys to rescue him with Corvus.

Andromeda now must convince the authorities of the imminent danger to protect her new home. What she didn't expect was a battle of her own feelings for Sirius and Corvus.

Can she save the colony and discover her true love?

This is a YA book, and the first of the series. Don't worry, if you already have it, just let me know and I'll give you one of the other two books in the series depending on where you are.

To enter to win, you must leave a comment with what you like to do on a rainy day and your email.

Please Visit the Other Blogs in This Hop to Win More Prizes!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cover Reveal and $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway: Anonymous by Dani-Lyn Alexander

What happens when an online date is not what it seems?

After Ali's heart is broken, she decides to try Anonymous, a new dating website where you can retain complete anonymity while you search for your soul mate. When she discovers Joe, she thinks she may have at least found a new friend and decides to put her past behind her and move on.

Several death threats and an attempt on her life force her back into contact with her soon-to-be ex, Mark, who is the lead detective on the case. The tension builds between them while Ali struggles to get over Mark, and Mark races to find the maniac who's trying to kill her.

When Ali meets up with her online flame, she finds he's anything but the friend she imagined…


Dani-Lyn Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping—especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include; Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She’s an incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Writing Update: Lots of Good Stuff Happening

So my word count for last month (March) was 22,683. I didn't meet my goal of 30k, but I did complete edits for Sleeping Jenny- coming out in the fall from Spencer Hill Press, I rewrote a submission to Embrace- Entangled Publishing's NA line- Earth: Population 2, and I finished Diva's Handyman and submitted to Harper Impulse on time. So it was a productive month.

This past weekend I finished edits for Duets with Michelangelo- Now titled An American Girl in Italy. So, what do you think of the new title? It should be coming out from Harper Impulse May 15th if all goes well. My editor told me they were working on the cover TODAY!

I've also started the sequel to Sleeping Jenny, tentatively titled Waking Jenny. I'll be focusing on that book this month because I promised Spencer Hill Press I'd have it to them in June.

If you've been following my blog, I've contacted all of the winners of all the blog hops except for the Celebrate Romance Hop- which is still going on now. If you won one of my books, I'd love for you to write a review for me! And to those who didn't win- keep following this blog for more chances in the future.

Thank you for following this writing journey with me! (I can't do it alone!)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Celebrate Romance Blog Hop

Welcome to the Celebrate Romance Giveaway Blog Hop!

Mother Nature washes away the remnants of winter and brings us new beginnings. Buds open to reveal their beauty and romance blooms. Join me in celebrating April and her romance. I also want to thank Fanged Fantasy for hosting this blog hop!

My Favorite Romance Character 

Oh I have so many! Who to choose? Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre comes to mind. He's so brooding and mysterious. I love how he has such a dark past. Or Mr. Darcy and his wit and intellect. The way he saves Elizabeth's sister from ruin just because he loves Elizabeth is so romantic. Or Wesley from the Princess Bride and his "As you wish" response. Oh, so many. Han Solo in Star Wars is also on the list- I love his bold flirtatiousness with Princess Leia. He's shameless. So, I guess, I can't choose only one. 

Now for the Giveaway:

Leave a comment on my blog telling me your favorite romance character (or at least one of them) and you could win a copy of one of my romance books. Today I'm giving away one ebook copy of Love on Loch Ness. I'll gift it to you on Kindle or Nook. 

Please visit the other stops on the list to win more great prizes! 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Love on Loch Ness is a"Top Pick" by Night Owl Reviews!

I'm so excited to report Love on Loch Ness received a "Top Pick" rating on Night Owl Reviews

Here is some of what the reviewer said..."I really enjoyed this story because of not only the Loch Ness Monster premise, but also the setting took place in Scotland – a place I dream about visiting one day. I found the story fun to read and the pacing kept me eagerly turning the pages for more. I loved the tension between Gail and Flynn because both were on missions to prove each other wrong, but while they were doing so, an attraction sparked between them. As I turned the pages, I was anxiously waiting to find out if Nessie was a real creature or not. If you love reading stories set in Scotland and/or you love reading about popular legends, than look no further. I highly recommend this story and I look forward to reading more from this talented author in the near future."

And so I get to put this really neat badge on my blog and on my website:

 It's these little things that inspire me to keep writing through all of the rejections, waiting and bad reviews. Thank you to the reviewer and to Night Owl Reviews!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sleeping Jenny Cover Reveal!

I'm so excited to share my new cover from Spencer Hill Press:


As the daughter of multimillionaires, Jennifer has everything she's ever needed, except time. Diagnosed with a form of incurable cancer, she has only months to live, and her dreams of working for National Geographic to save African elephants and polar bears are shattered. Her only hope is an experimental cryogenic freezing program, which will keep her in stasis until doctors can find a cure. The cure comes three hundred years too late, and she wakes to a futuristic world where animals are all but forgotten.

Descendants of her brother adopt her, and she's thrown back into high school. Exara, the class beauty, calls Jenny the Neanderthal girl, and she becomes more of a sideshow than a member of the senior class. Only Exara's gorgeous boyfriend, Maxim sympathizes with her. Her developing feelings for Maxim are only the beginning of her problems. There aren't any more animals to save, so Jenny involves herself with a rebel group called the Timesurfers, explorers searching the galaxy for another planet to inhabit to clone long-dead animal species. Soon, she must choose between her blossoming feelings for Maxim and her lifelong dream.

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