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Monday, March 30, 2015

10 Reasons Why The Bourne Legacy is Awesome!

Beware there are going to plenty of spoilers in this post if you haven't seen The Bourne Legacy yet.

1. This guy right here! Jeremy Renner. I was one of those who was livid when I heard they were continuing the series without Matt Damon. But I quickly changed my opinion once I saw Jeremy Renner in action as Aaron Cross.


2. And this gal! Rachel Weisz. She is always awesome whenever she joins an action movie. I was immediately hooked as soon as Dr. Marta Shearing came on screen. Rachel plays smart so well (probably because she is super smart :-)). The first thing I loved about Marta was her intelligence, then we see her kindness to both the subjects of the tests and her coworkers, and then we get to see her in action.


3. The shooting at the lab! This scene was incredibly intense. And my first thought was, all those other workplace shootings, what if one of them had been a clean-up from a government? And that's what good movies do they take from the real world, show the horror of something that does happen, and give a reason for it which is even more horrifying than the real world instances.


4. This action sequence is beyond awesome and we all need to bow down to the stunt coordinators for this sequence. The clip shortens it down (boo), but you can get the basics from it.


5. Sadly, I couldn't find a picture of Marta shooting at Aaron and her attackers once Aaron jumps in and stops them from killing her. I just love that as soon as she is released she runs for the gun and shoots at everyone. You go girl!


6. In the clip under #4 at 1.22, we have my absolute favorite of Aaron climbing up the side of the house.



7. And this talking scene between Aaron and Marta. I love the intensity between the actors as he's judging whether she's telling the truth.

8. This is one of my favorite sequences (and that's saying a lot) in the movie. The Number 5 scene. Aaron has just rescued Marta from being assassinated and in one quick scene we see how efficient Aaron is in clean up and planning while Marta is catching up mentally. Then we find out just how little Marta knows about her test subjects.


9. This sequence (which is shortened in the above clip) shows through an action sequence how much Marta and Aaron have grown to care about each other. Aaron has already told Marta to go out on her own, as he is sick, and she will be safe using the techniques he's taught her. At this point, he has woken from his fever (though she doesn't know that) and sees that the cops are about to storm the place they were hiding out in. Marta could turn around and go, disappear, and be safe, but she chooses to warn him even though it puts her right into the sights of the cops. After he escapes, he could choose to run to safety, but instead he follows the sounds of the police pursuing her and rescues her. Big kudos for Jeremy and Rachel in those last few seconds of dialogue in showing their relationship. Something I really enjoyed was how they were able to make that connection and show it with just looks and a few words while running for their lives.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

JUMPING THOUGHTS by Angelia Almos #Free on #Amazon

A short-short story.

Ever wonder what goes through the mind of a junior equestrian in the middle of a show jumping competition?

Cassie will give you a peek while she rides her energetic mare, Classy Lady, through a tough course of jumps.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Book Blast and #Giveaway: Numbers Game by Rebecca Rode



Numbers Game 

Numbers Game by Rebecca Rode

Treena is nervous for Rating Day. A single number will brand her forever—a valuable citizen, or a pathetic waste of space. Her top-Rated boyfriend is confident their scores will coincide so they can attend the academy together. But when the big day arrives, her true number shocks everyone.

To get her life—and boyfriend—back, she must go undercover and expose a military spy. Doesn’t sound too hard, except that someone wants her dead. And then there’s Vance, the mysterious soldier with a haunted past and beautiful brown eyes. Together, they discover a dark numbers conspiracy, one that shatters the nation’s future. Treena must join up with Vance if she is to survive the dangerous game of numbers—and the terrible war that rages within her heart.


Excerpt

“Your Rating is wrong,” Vance said. “Their precious Rating system says absolutely nothing about you and what you’re capable of.”

I shook my head. “So far, everything I’ve done has proven my number absolutely correct.”

“Treena.” His tone softened. “I don’t know why you that happened to you. But I do know one thing.” He stopped on the step below me, and I whirled to face him. We were the same height now, and his expression was fierce. “You are the most loyal, the most determined, and the most fascinating girl I’ve ever met. No number could ever describe you.”

The deadness inside cracked, and the pain came flooding back. I felt like a five-year-old again. Falling, grasping for a handhold, for something to save me. “It doesn’t matter now. Tali's dead.”

He gave me a long look. Then he sat down, right on the steps, easing me down next to him. I lay my head on his shoulder and let him pull me close. The warmth of his embrace felt completely and utterly right. For a long moment, I allowed myself to forget about the past few days. There was no empress, no punishment mode, and no mission. There was just us. The world was cool and dark, and his touch sent my heart pumping as if it had just awakened from hibernation.

“Dying isn't the worst thing to happen to someone,” he continued thoughtfully. “Anyone coward can die. The hardest thing is being left behind, trying to make sense of a world without them.”

I tilted my head back and allowed myself to look up into Vance’s eyes. They were dark, pulling, as if absorbing all the light that entered, saving it for some future purpose. His eyebrows were choppy, untrimmed, and his lips chapped. But somehow, it worked. It was simply . . . him. No surgeries, no tallies of volunteer hours and checklists. Vance just took life one day at a time, keeping his family safe, trying to put the pieces of himself back together. I could see it, the pain in his heart. It was something we shared now.

A warm feeling spread through my chest until I thought it would burst. This was who he really was. The tumultuous battle within him seemed to have trickled away, leaving one gallant, vulnerable boy. A boy who was looking at me as if I were something precious—who looked at me, instead of at my Rating. His eyes flitted between mine, his confidence replaced with uncertainty.

“It feels good to finally choose sides, doesn’t it?”

“Whose side are you on, then?”

His chin was just above mine, and he lowered it until our eyes were level. Then his hand tilted my chin upward toward his. His fingers brushed the side of my face, cradling it gently in his firm hand. I felt his breath on my face, felt the battle within him as well as I felt it in myself. But something pulled me toward him.

“Yours,” he said. He closed the distance between us, slowly, then paused.

And our lips met.

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Praise for the Book

"Gripping, from beginning to end . . . a tale as action-packed as Divergent yet as introspective as The Giver. . . . Sure to be an instant classic in the genre." –R.J. Craddock, author of The Children of Cain series

“Fluent and engaging . . . brimming with fabulous characters and intrigue that will keep you flipping pages. Can't wait to read the next book in this series!” –Adrienne Monson, author of the Blood Inheritance trilogy

“Had me hooked from the first page to the last . . . Thoroughly enjoyable. I highly recommend!” -Randy Roberts, BoredShorts TV (Kid History/Kid Snippets)



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REBECCA RODE is an award-winning author and journalist. She is the author of the inspirational book, How to Have Peace When You’re Falling to Pieces, and writes for Deseret News, KSL.com, FamilyShare, and Provo Daily Herald. However, her true love is writing for teenagers. She enjoys playing with her four children, traveling, reading, and martial arts, and she has a ridiculous addiction to her husband's chocolate-banana shakes.






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Friday, March 6, 2015

Reveal: The Darkness Within by Kelly Hashway Book Trailer




The Darkness Within by Kelly Hashway

After dying of cancer at seventeen and being brought back to life by an evil witch who turned
her into a monster, Samantha Thompson thinks she's finally gotten past all the tragedy in her life. Now she's part of a coven of good witches who are helping her and her boyfriend, Ethan Anderson, learn to use the powers they received from other witches. Aside from the fact that Sam and Ethan are still in hiding from their old lives--the ones they had before Sam was brought back to life--things couldn't be better. Sam and Ethan are inseparable. What could go wrong? Magic. Ethan's magic came from a witch who'd turned as evil as possible, and though his coven thought he'd be fine, the more he uses his magic, the stranger he starts acting. The magic inside him is changing who he is. One minute he's Sam's sweet, perfect Ethan and the next, he's a complete stranger. Even with all her witchy power, Sam is helpless against the magic corrupting Ethan. Can Sam find out what's wrong with him before she loses him to dark magic forever?"






Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets.

Hashway is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Week in Review



Have you been watching #AgentCarter? If not, start now. It's awesome. Only two more episodes left and major cliffhangar in last episode.

My new obsession. #StateOfAffairs. Just finished second episode; sobbing. "He died a hero." "No, he didn't. He died a spy."

Her bath didnt last long.

Prince says spring has arrived

My poor trailer. �� it was already needing a touch up after the November wind storm, but this last wind storm pretty much stripped the rest of the paint.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Spotlight & #Giveaway: Spell for Sophia by Ariella Moon


Spell For Sophia


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Spell for Sophia

Sophia Perez-Hidalgo’s survival depends upon her mastering magic and the supernatural before her lawless parents and their vengeful boss catch up to her. How far must she flee to escape them forever? Sophia runs until she’s out of stolen money, then…Fate delivers her into the arms of Louisiana teen Shiloh Breaux Martine, and his grand-mère, a voodoo priestess living deep in the bayou.

Breaux knows Sophia is trouble — but he’ll travel through time, battle zombies, and risk his bright future to protect her. While Ainslie, best friend extraordinaire, will jeopardize her sanity to find and aid Sophia. When friendship, magic, and love are not enough, Sophia will have to save herself. But first, she must believe she’s worth saving.
Sometimes the worst scars are the ones you cannot see.




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The Teen Wytche Saga by Ariella Moon

Think magic will solve your problems?

Bring you love? Cure you? Protect you? Help you find someone who is lost?

Think again.

Magic tests friendships. It hisses, chirps, stinks up the room, backfires, and explodes. Magic forces you to make tough decisions. Shatter limitations. Discover your true self. When you use magic, expect results in the ultimate triple-un—unpredictable, uncontrollable, and so undeniable.

And you thought navigating high school was tough.



ariellaAuthor Ariella Moon

Ariella Moon is the author of the Teen Wytche Saga, a sweet Young Adult paranormal series. Ariella writes about magic, friendship, high school, secrets, and love in Spell Check, Spell Struck, and Spell Fire from Astraea Press.

Ariella spent her childhood searching for a magical wardrobe that would transport her to Narnia. Extreme math anxiety, and taller students who mistook her for a leaning post, marred her youth. Despite these horrors, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Davis. Ariella is a Reiki Master, author, and shaman. She lives a nearly normal life with her extraordinary daughter, two shamelessly spoiled dogs, and an enormous dragon.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Encounter at Shalana by Angelia Almos on Sale for $.99

Space pirate Captain Kristy Ryan grew up the only daughter of a notorious privateer in the Border Planet Region. She learned her trade the hard way - there were no free rides on her father’s ship. Now, she has her own ship, the Unicorn, and successfully works in the shadows, the fringes of legitimate trade. Her life is just how she wants it even on those days when her pilot and lover, Andrew Bennet, drives her crazy. But an unexpected visit from the Military Space Alliance changes everything. Her father disappeared while working a dangerous mission for the MSA. Now, she’s being blackmailed into finishing his mission.

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