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May 31, 2015

Outlander: Review and rant on episode 16
To Ransom a Man's Soul



Now before I start and before any stones start getting hurled my way...let me say that I am and have always been a huge Outlander fan both of the books and the TV series. I have loved Outlander and Diana Gabaldon's writing for 16 years ever since I first read Outlander. Since then it has remained one of my favorite books and series of all time. I have watched the Starz series from the beginning and have loved it as well.  I love them both book and series and still do. What I am about to say is my own opinion on last night's finale episode of Outlander To Ransom A Man's Soul. I write this for two reasons really because one I just got to get something off my chest about it because it actually made me mad when I saw it last night and has bothered me off and on today since. And two I think it needs to be said by someone. I have read several reviews and frankly was surprised  no one else seemed to pick up on this or have a problem with it because for one certainly did. Maybe the reviewers have only watched the TV show and never read the books I don't know. But most of us have read the books and last night was the first real beef I have had with the TV Series in deviating what I saw as BIG time from the books. Spoilers are just ahead for the episode so if you have NOT watched it yet and don't want any surprises do not read any further...

I actually had a couple of beefs with last night's finale - one is that it was EXTREMELY graphic. Now I know that with the content of the story, i.e. Jamie's torture and rape, they had to show some of what they did to get the horror of pain of what Jamie endured at the hands of BJR across. But at the same time they went way over the top several times I thought. I found in speaking with some of my personal friends and others that I know that watch the show that I'm definitely not the only one who saw it that way.

Let me be clear I could have lived my entire life happily without having to see Tobias's wing ding all right. Don't wanna see it - it wasn't necessary to show it - but they did several times. Just EWW all right. This could just as easily have been eluded to and just as powerful with the great acting skills of the actors if they had shown him from the belt line up no nudity involved! And we are all intelligent enough to have understood that he was suppose to be naked. DUH! We got it we aren't in 2nd grade, really didn't care to see the worm ok lol. Sorry but it needed to be said!  Not necessary! Please stop that!

Outlander cast and crew if you want to say you aren't gratuitous in showing flesh and overt sex on the show like they do in other shows on TV..which they have done in many interviews... and which I agreed for the most part up until last night's episode... Well sorry but you did, and you are, at least last night. So please don't try to state and act like your better than the rest of the shows on HBO and other networks when you are doing the same things they are, because yep ya sure did last night! Way more was shown than needed to be to get the points across of all he went through.

Now I am not trying to take anything away from the truly AMAZING performances by Sam, Cait, and Tobias by anything I have said or am going to say, they were phenomenal as always! They really nailed it and pulled at the heart strings of anyone with any bit of heart no doubt about that. I was crying actually no I was bawling I'll be honest. They had me sobbing literally. They were great! I truly do not think any actors could beat them in these roles they are fabulous. However that being said the truly horrific and extremely detailed scenes of the rapes of Jamie, and the blatant nudity constantly was not necessary and you could have spared both your actors and your audience a lot of it, but chose not to.


Now for the thing that really got to me and actually made me angry. There have been many,many changes throughout the series from the book. And most of them I totally get it were necessary to make the show fit in the time available. Yep got it!  I understood that and it didn't bother me in the least the small changes... I just brushed off and enjoyed the rest of the outstanding show! However explain to me exactly why on EARTH they chose to have Jamie brand himself??????????????

Did you people read the same book I did and supposedly adapted the script from? That never happened in the book the way they portrayed it!!! Black Jack was the one who branded Jamie with his signet ring ,and Jamie did NOT agree to it in anyway much less do it himself. To do so the way they showed it in the TV series last night completely changed the whole essence of that scene and a large part of Jamie's character as well in my opinion. The Jamie in the book the one that everyone fell in love with would NEVER have branded himself and admitted to in the smallest way that Black Jack owned him by doing so!!! That part to me was absolutely inexcusable! And completely out of character for Jamie. It made him seem like he was just giving up and would do whatever Black Jack wanted like his little puppy which if you read the books was NOT the case at all. He hated that Black Jack had branded him in the books and was disgusted by it. Again he would never ever have done it to himself for Black Jack!

When I saw that part I literally got angry and stopped the show and said OH NO, NO, NO really??? That was just way,way out of the character and mindset of Jamie from the books. It made me both angry and disgusted that they did such a thing. That was not a necessary change at all, not for any time restraints, not for any reason! It was a huge blunder in my opinion by Ron Moore and the writers on that one. NOT COOL at all and I seriously doubt I'm the only one that felt that way about it.

There were many changes through out the series on various things I know. Some were kinda major i.e. Claire's ring (really thought they would bring the highland thistle pattern one in at some point but never did) and many were just minor and nit picky and honestly I didn't pay any attention to them hardly at all, because the heart of the story remained TRUE to the book... up until this last episode. I think it could have been handled a lot better than it was in several ways. And while I loved the ending it just didn't ring true with the perfect ending in the book. The way it ended was good but it felt extremely rushed. And could have been much much better but instead they spent so much time on the nasty graphic parts that they had NO time left to show Jamie and Claire's getting close again and reconciling to bring it to a truly fulfilling ending the way it should have, and did in the book. I think if they had carved out some of the added in scenes they put in throughout all the rest of the series and actually made the finale a 2 hour special finale event and had gone that extra mile to have Jamie and Claire's perfect moment together in the hot springs it would have been much more spectacular and literally cemented their place as the best series ever in even some of the nay sayers minds.

Enough of my ranting but I did have to get that off my chest. And I would love to hear what everyone else thinks on the episode! Please leave a comment below and we can discuss the finale and the rest of the series too if you like! (P.S. No cussing me out though because I don't think it was all rainbows and unicorns though please).


In closing I love Ron Moore and the wonderful series he and the cast and crew created... but sorry this time Ron I reject your reality and substitute it with Diana's all the way!


**P.S. Since I have received some offline comments asking why the beef with the nudity now and not before I guess I didn't make myself perfectly clear before, so please let me do so now... I never agreed with any of the nudity on the show ever at any time. I think it could have been done just as well and been more respectful to, and dignified to, all the actors and actresses involved by not showing everything they have every other episode. Tactful camera angles showing just bare shoulders for the women and their backs (and just their backs no butts needed), and then the chests for the guys would have gotten the point across that - hey they are naked here in the story.

By them repeatedly showing them nude that to me isn't very respectful to the actors and actresses themselves. I truly felt bad for Cait at times her breasts were shown so many times that bless her heart they were almost their own character in the show. These wonderful actors and actresses are not pieces of meat to be oogled for ratings. Or at least they should not be, but that is what happened to an extent and I don't think anyone can say that’s not what the nudity was for.  It's been a staple in showbiz for years unfortunately, and as long as actors and actresses go along with it they will continue to do so.



Outlander Last night had me fuming
and not over what you think I'm sure...



Well have to say I had my first major falling out with Outlander the TV series last night. I will be writing a blog post about why and my thoughts on the finale later today. But Ron Moore and the writers SEVERELY dropped the ball in a major way on a very important scene last night and it's the first time I actually got angry with one of the changes they made for the show in departing from the books.

There have been plenty of changes here and there from the books throughout the series some of them a little major some were nit picky but none of them really got to me and I was able to just brush past them... before last night. This one got to me and actually had my temper flaring over it. And I'll bet it's not what you think it would be over either. It had nothing to do with the severely condensed rush through a major part of the last of the book, but a very small scene that literally changed the entire character and mindset of Jamie in my humble opinion to far far from what truly happened with him in the books. Stay tuned for more later!


May 29, 2015

Spotlight: Dearest Rogue Blog Tour with Elizabeth Hoyt + Giveaway


HE CAN GUARD HER
Lady Phoebe Batten is pretty, vivacious, and yearning for a social life befitting the sister of a powerful duke. But because she is almost completely blind, her overprotective brother insists that she have an armed bodyguard by her side at all times-the very irritating Captain Trevillion.

FROM EVERY DANGER
Captain James Trevillion is proud, brooding, and cursed with a leg injury from his service in the King's dragoons. Yet he can still shoot and ride like the devil, so watching over the distracting Lady Phoebe should be no problem at all-until she's targeted by kidnappers.

BUT PASSION ITSELF
Caught in a deadly web of deceit, James must risk life and limb to save his charge from the lowest of cads-one who would force Lady Phoebe into a loveless marriage. But while they're confined to close quarters for her safekeeping, Phoebe begins to see the tender man beneath the soldier's hard exterior . . . and the possibility of a life-and love-she never imagined possible.


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Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weeklyhas called her writing "mesmerizing." She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

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He lay for a moment, simply listening to her breathe. He could feel her soft breast pressed into his side. He’d somehow draped his arm around her so that she lay within his embrace. To anyone entering the room, they’d have looked like lovers, he and Lady Phoebe. He closed his eyes. If he were truly married to her, this was what every morning might be like: sweet and unhurried, full of potential.

But he wasn’t married to Phoebe and they most certainly were not lovers—now or in the future.

The thought was a bitter draught, hard to swallow, harder to keep down: this woman wasn’t for him.

Cautiously he began inching his arm out from beneath her neck.

But Lady Phoebe was never as easy as that.

She murmured something intelligible and curled into him, like a hedgehog resisting being disturbed. He craned his neck, looking down, and watched as her nose scrunched adorably. Her light-brown hair was spread upon her pillow and draped over the side of her face, one strand caught between her lush, rose lips.
Blowing out a silent breath, he let his head fall back to the pillow, trapped by a slip of a girl.

God, but his cock was hard—he could feel the pulse of his blood, hot and insistent. Were he in the bed alone he’d slip his hand downward, over the flat, hard planes of his belly, into the coarse hair below. Fondle his balls, drawn up tight below that jutting flesh, and finally take his cock into his hand. Touch the tip, sensitive and wet, take some of that moisture and spread it down the shaft, squeezing just a bit as he—
“Um?” Phoebe sighed the sound into his neck, reaching up one hand to scratch her nose. “Wha—?”

He swallowed before he could speak. Still, his voice came out a deep rasp. “Good morning, my lady.”

Somewhere, somehow, a god was laughing at him.

He knew the moment she came completely awake, for she immediately froze.
She inhaled, breathed out, inhaled again, and said, “James?”

“Yes?”
“What are you wearing?” Her nimble fingers were already exploring the broadcloth over his rib cage, sliding, feeling their way.

She was going to drive him insane.

“My shirt, my lady.”

Her fingers stilled a moment. “Is that all?” Her voice was rather husky, but that might be from disuse.

He cleared his throat. “No, I have on my breeches as well.” Thank God.

“James?”

“I think you ought to cease calling me by my given name, my lady,” he said, sounding to his own ears like a virginal eighty-year-old—rather ironic since the actual virgin in the room was presently slipping her fingers inside the open V of his shirt.
He held his breath as she traced his collarbone.

“Why?” she asked. “I like your name. James is so very practical. I always think one can rely on a James—and I can rely on you, can’t I?”

He cleared his throat again, trying to remember his argument. “Yes, but—”

“You’ve got chest hair!” she exclaimed, as if discovering he had wings. “How very strange that must be. Does it get tangled in your shirts?”

“Ow,” he remarked, because her exploring fingers had caught a few. “No. Not unless I were to decide to wear chain mail shirts.”

“It’s very thick,” she said next. “How far does it go down—”

He rolled off the bed. Rather fast in fact, losing a few of those chest hairs to her fingers as he did. And for the first time he was actually glad she was blind, because if she could see she’d have gotten quite the eyeful. His cock had been more than happy with her curiosity.

She sat up, which did not help matters at all, because as he’d observed last night her chemise was damnably fine. He could see her nipples if he looked.

Only a base cad would look.

They were bright pink and pointed and sat atop the most gorgeous round breasts he’d ever seen. He just wanted to—

He looked away and began dressing.

“What’s the matter?” she asked.

“You know damned well what the matter is,” he surprised himself by replying heatedly. This wasn’t the way to speak to a lady, to an employer’s sister, to—

“No, I don’t,” she said. “Why don’t you come back and we can practice the kissing that—”

“You’re too young!” he shouted. “Too highborn, too reckless with your own safety, too sweet, and too damned young. Stop. Stop baiting me, stop using me as your own personal plaything. I might be your brother’s servant, but I’m a man as well.”

“I never thought you weren’t,” she said quietly. “I know you’re a man, James. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I don’t want a personal plaything. I want you.”


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May 28, 2015

Spotlight: Passionately Yours Release Week Blitz with Cara Elliott + WIN THE ENTIRE SERIES



PASSIONATELY YOURS by Cara Elliott (May 26, 2015; Forever Mass Market; The Hellions of High Street #3)

Proper young ladies of the ton-especially ones who have very small dowries-are not encouraged to have an interest in intellectual pursuits. Indeed, the only things they are encouraged to pursue are eligible bachelors. So, the headstrong Sloane sisters must keep their passions a secret. Ah, but secret passions are wont to lead a lady into trouble . . .

With her older sisters both happily married, Caro Sloane yearns for a romantic adventure of her own. Unfortunately the muddy, sulfur-scented waters of Bath seem the least likely setting for love or excitement. But the aspiring young poet soon finds inspiration when she runs into a familiar-and achingly handsome-Scottish laird.

Visiting Bath with his sickly sister, Alec McClellan is shocked to be reunited with Caro Sloane. He hasn't been able to forget the English beauty since their brief but exhilarating first meeting. But Bath is not nearly as serene as it appears, and soon Alec must protect Caro from a danger that threatens to extinguish the sparks flying between them. Little does he know that a bit of danger is exactly what Caro is looking for...

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Cara Elliott started writing Western novels at the age of five. However, she traded in her cowboy boots for Regency high-top Hessians after reading Pride and Prejudice in junior high school and hasn't looked back. She graduated from Yale University, and she now lives and works in New York City.

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“One would almost think you were going out of your way to avoid speaking to me.”

“We’re speaking now,” he pointed out.

"I would call it verbal sparring.” Caro edged around impatiently, forcing him to look her in the face. “But now that I have you alone, I’d rather not keep trading thrusts and parries. I would rather discuss far more important matters—such as whether you have learned anything new about the attack on your sister?”

Pursing his lips, Alec shifted his stance just enough to allow him to return to his perusal of the lettering on the column. “Not really.”

“Ye gods.” She restrained the urge to take hold of his arm and give him a hard shake. “What sort of answer is that?”

“The only one I intend to give,” he replied calmly.

“Fine.” Caro watched the breeze ruffle his long hair, causing a tangle of red-gold strands to curl around his ear and dance down the freshly shaven line of his jaw. The faint scent of bay rum tickled at her nostrils.

“Fine,” she repeated, after forcing herself to exhale. “Then I’ll just have to do a little poking around on my own.”

That got his attention. He looked around abruptly, his gaze narrowing to a slitted stare. The movement was quick, but not quick enough to hide the sudden darkening of his eyes.

“That wouldn’t be wise,” he growled. “The only thing I will add for now is that you should stay well away from Edward Thayer.”

“Why?”

“Because…” He let out an exasperated grunt. “Must you always plague me with questions?”

“I wouldn’t have to if you would stop treating me like a feather-headed wigeon.”

Alec’s scowl became more pronounced.

“Haven’t I proved myself trustworthy and capable?”

A small muscle on his jaw twitched. “I am not at liberty to give you any more details right now. All I can say is that…” As he drew in a breath, he seemed to change his mind about what to say. “Thayer is a charming fellow. No doubt his smooth words are more to your liking.”

Deciding Alec deserved a bit of teasing, Caro pretended not to notice the roughness edging his voice. “Yes, he’s exceedingly charming.”

If his storm-blue stare squeezed any tighter, it would be sharper than a razor’s edge.

“And scrupulously polite,” she added.

Alec was becoming more flustered. Small sounds were beginning to rumble in his throat, like the growling of a bear. “I do not have Thayer’s gift of making myself agreeable. He has a honeyed tongue, which seems to appeal to all the ladies.”

“Honey is, after all, a great deal more palatable than vinegar,” Caro pointed out. 

He now looked utterly nonplussed.

Caro let him stew for a moment longer before huffing an exasperated sigh. “Oh, for heaven’s sake, give me some credit for having a brain, Lord Strathcona! Of course I don’t find Thayer appealing. When honey drips that freely, it ought to catch naught but flies.”

The growls ceased.

Caro waited for him to speak.

Ever so slowly, Alec shifted his feet, stirring tiny puffs of pale dust beneath his boots.

The flicker of dark leather caused a momentary spasm of doubt as she recalled her chilling encounter in the churchyard.

Alec as evil? She couldn’t explain how, but she knew with a certainty that resonated right down to her very heartbeat that it couldn’t be true.

“Are you saying you would trust my word over his?”

“Yes, you big lummox! I don’t know why I should, but I prefer your snaps and growls.”

A dappling of sunlight seemed to catch on the curl of his lashes, gilding them to a gleaming gold.

“You are forthright, you are honorable in your own maddening way,” she went on. Oh, no man ought to have such beautiful eyes.

She found herself staring, and at that moment, all rational thought seemed to dance away in the breeze. His face was utterly intriguing—a mix of chiseled planes and well-defined features that hinted at hidden secrets.

“And… well, you are quite the most interesting man I have ever met.” Her legs suddenly seemed a little unsteady, so Caro reached out and caught hold of his lapels.

Looking up, she found his mouth was only inches from hers.

“Oh, bosh—I shall probably regret this…” Standing on tiptoes, Caro kissed him. Not a mere feathering of flesh against flesh, but a hard, hungry embrace that she let go on for far, far longer than any proper young lady should dare.

“There, I have no doubt shocked you.”

The tip of his tongue traced along the swell of his lower lip.

“I imagine you think me a wanton hellion, and I suppose I am. It must be my eccentric upbringing. I don’t care very much for rules.”

Caro knew she was babbling but she couldn’t seem to stop. “You may consign me to the Devil. But at least I shall dance a merry jig on my way to perdition.”

Was that finally a hint of smile?

She finally dared pause to take a breath. A long, shuddering breath. Now was the time to flee, before she made an even bigger fool of herself.

But Alec suddenly shifted again, blocking her way.

“I, too, shall probably regret this,” he said as he slowly circled his arms around her and pulled her close.

She opened her mouth. To protest?

Before she could make any sense of what she had set in motion, their lips met again, setting off a fierce jolt of fire.



May 26, 2015

Thank you...


All right I realize this one is not about movies or books but it's something that has been truly bothering me and I think it's important so here goes... Now this is an observation and a bit of a rant as well, I will readily admit it, so please just bear with me on this one. But why is it so hard for people now a days to say THANK YOU when you do something for them? It's really such a simple thing to do. It's quick and easy takes under 2 seconds, a tiny two word acknowledgment that you respect and appreciate that someone has helped you in some way - however small it is.

It seems like many times anymore that people more and more just expect things in life, and they don't even think about, let alone appreciate what others do for them enough to say two small words when they do help them. - Thank you - (boy that is just uber hard to say huh? But evidently it is for so many it seems sadly).

I like genuinely like to and want to helping others. I really do. I will do anything I can to help people when I can. But let me tell you a little something about myself...I find it increasingly difficult to continue to help those same people, at least with it not becoming a bit grudgingly, when they can't - or really just won't say -Thank you - after I've helped them. It's not like I didn't have other things to do with my time. I just thought more of them than I did what I wanted or needed to do. And I wanted to help them so I chose to do whatever for them, instead of going and doing things I really needed to do or wanted to do myself. So the very least I think people could do is use that tiny two word phrase to say - I appreciate and acknowledge the thing you did for me. That's not asking to much I don't think...it's a little thing called respect people. That is what this world is lacking in huge volumes these days - actual respect for others and the things they do.

The hubby and I were just sitting here talking about this very thing a few mins ago. I said you know I personally, even with people and corporations that I have to pay to do things for me, when they do whatever it is I paid them to do, I always make sure I thank them for it. Because I am acknowledging and respecting them for helping me. It is a matter of principle and honor to me to do so. So yes I do expect that same respect back from others. Mind you I am not trying to sound snotty or on my high horse about anything... far, far from it. I guess I'm just very old fashioned and still believe that we should respect and treat others well in this life. Because we are NOT owed ANYTHING by anyone here people.

So if someone thought enough of you to take the time and energy, (that truly they may not really have had to give in the first place, but never told you) to help you in some way even if it's something small - then at least respect them and honor them for that help by saying...Thank you. It's a very easy and simple thing to do, and it really does mean something to do so.

May 22, 2015

It's a brand new book! Special Guest post from Sue-Ellen Welfonder aka Allie Mackay on Haunted Warrior


Some of you know that I own and operate my own graphic and web design company Sapphire Designs

I have recently had the extreme pleasure of working with Author Sue-Ellen Welfonder (who also writes as Allie Mackay) on several projects including getting to design the new cover for her book Haunted Warrior! I have loved Sue Ellen's writing for years and so it was an absolute honor to get to work with her on this cover, her website and a few other covers over the past few months. So I wanted to share the new cover with you and also to share a special message from Sue-Ellen telling about her latest release. P.S. -You have to get this one it's awesome! 

Take it away Sue-Ellen...



Dear Friends,

It's with the greatest joy that I can announce the re-release of a book very near and dear to my heart... HAUNTED WARRIOR is now live!
When spirits rise, love soon follows…
Kendra Chase earns her living as a ghost whisperer. Cajoling disgruntled discarnates isn’t easy, so she’s been looking forward to a break in Edinburgh. But before she can even tour the castle or try haggis, an unexpected assignment sends her to Scotland’s rugged north coast. The tiny fishing village of Pennard is being excavated for a historical restoration project, and the living locals aren’t the only ones upset by the plans: Supernatural protests have been reported.
No one knows better than Graeme MacGrath that his seaside village is more than North Sea nostalgia, peat smoke, and plaid. Bound by a centuries-old legacy to keep the region’s peace, MacGrath is the fiercest opponent to the development project. The renovation work has disrupted the protective veil that shields this world from the ancient, half-mythic past. And though he doesn’t have time for dallying with fetching American tourists, when Kendra arrives, desire flares between them. They soon join forces to save Pennard, but can they stop themselves from the one thing they can’t risk – falling in love?
If you read Haunted Warrior when the book originally released (Penguin/NAL 2012), you may notice that the new blurb has a lighter tone.
So does the entire story.
I've rewritten the book, keeping the basic plot, but telling it in the style and voice I always intended: light, with a touch of humor, and the Highland magic that readers love and expect in my Allie Mackay titles.
When Haunted Warrior first released, the publisher wanted a dark book. Dark was 'in' at the time - very dark. It didn't matter that 'dark' wasn't my style.
As is the way of New York publishing, the editor had final say - I had to revise/rewrite the book five times to make it dark enough to meet the publisher's wishes. Even then, the editor added her own wording, making it darker still. All humor was edited out, along with the Highland magic that I so enjoy weaving into my stories.
Blessedly, the atmosphere of the lovely setting was left alone. Likewise the hero's dog, Jock, was allowed to remain as I wrote and wanted him: a wonderful character throughout the book. Otherwise, Haunted Warrior was written against my natural writing voice, and released in a style that simply wasn't me.
Now, I have reclaimed my book.
The version that went live on amazon only hours ago, is written in my voice alone. The story is all mine, the tone is light, there is humor and Highland magic, and even a certain much-loved crone Devorgilla has now found her way to Pennard, the quaint fishing village where the story unfolds.
If you read the original version of Haunted Warrior, I hope you will give this new edition a read, too.
If you haven't yet read the book, I am so happy you can now enjoy the story as I always meant it to be told.
Special and heartfelt thanks to my dear friends Leah Weller and Kathy Garuti who stood by me as I worked through the book, lifting out the darkness and inserting the light, page by page, chapter by chapter.
Ladies, I love you and appreciate your input so very much!
Haunted Warrior's gorgeous new cover was designed by the super-talented Jennifer Johnson of Sapphire Designs.
Fun Fact: The fishing village on the cover is the book's actual setting. Most fun of all, I took the picture myself, which makes the cover all the more special.
Thank you so much, Jenn!! You took my image and infused magic.
Everyone else, I hope you'll grab a copy and let yourself be swept away to Pennard, one of my all-time favorite corners of Scotland.
Here is the buy link to HAUNTED WARRIOR
$2.99, or FREE with Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited.
As always, if you read the book, I'd sure appreciate a review. They matter and help a book's visibility and sales.
Wishing you Highland Magic!
HAUNTED WARRIOR ~ Available Now!


May 21, 2015

Movie Review: Insurgent



Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts


Directed by: Robert Schwentke

BLURB: Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side.

REVIEW: This is the second movie in the Divergent Series. It is like its previous installment based on the book by the same name by author Veronica Roth. Now I have not read the books on these so I can not say if they follow them closely or not. However I did see and enjoyed the first movie in the series Divergent last year - so yes I was waiting to see this one! 

I actually enjoyed this one more than the first movie the action and stakes are definitely ramped way up in the second movie for all involved. Tris and Four along with their other allies flee the city trying to avoid the clutches of the very evil Jeanine played by Kate Winslet (she is just heartless and cold as ice in this series whew) and Erudite who have pretty much taken over all the factions at this point under the misrepresentation that the Divergents have caused a sever breech in their community and now are posing an imminent threat to all others. Which is actually the opposite of what is going on... but you know how those blood thirsty control freak dictators are...they like to put their own spin in the media and lead all the little sheeple wherever they want them to go, and to believe whatever they say regardless of the facts.


Thus Tris and Four are running for their lives and the movie starts just three days after the last movie ended. Jeanine wants Tris to further one of her devious plots she has going and will stop at nothing to get her. Much action and mayhem ensues…meanwhile Four has his own issues from the past to deal with when he and Tris seek sanctuary among the Factionless and he comes face to face with their leader who is none other than his long thought dead mother Evelyn (played by Naomi Watts).


Things proceed to go from bad to worse and when Jeanine finally does get her claws into Tris what happens is both shocking and game changing for all involved. I can’t really say much more without giving away a lot of spoilers that would ruin it for many so I will just give my opinion here… I really liked this one its better than the first one though you do have to see the first one for this one to make any kind of sense at all. This series is definitely not one where the parts can stand alone. But if you like apocalyptic movies or movies in the vein of 1984 or the Hunger Games you will love this one I think. I do intend to buy these eventually. I probably will when they are offered as a complete set (since they aren't my absolute favorites but I do like them) or my budget allows whichever comes first. They are very entertaining movies that teach a very important lesson about control and freedom and what it means to loose one or both if you allow yourselves to be dictated to and your freedoms jeopardized in return for an illusion of community or safety.

 
Liked it just a bit more than the first one! More action and drama in this one it's finally getting to the meat of the story where the first had to set everything up.


PG-13 for violence, adult themes, and some mild language

There is some heavy kissing and it is implied that the main characters sleep together though nothing explicit is shown.

This one is still actually playing in some theaters but you can pre-order your copy for when it is released and will get it the day it is released...or buy the book it's based on below. All sales do benefit my blog and I do appreciate any help of off-setting some of the costs of running Romance P.S. thank you. :)



Movie Review: The Magic of Ordinary Days



Starring: Kerri Russell, Skeet Ulrich, Mare Winningham

Directed by: Brent Shields

BLURB: Pregnant out of wedlock, an educated young woman is pressured by her father into an arranged marriage with a lonely farmer in this drama set during WWII.

REVIEW:  The Magic of Ordinary Days is a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie that was first released back in 2005. It is based on the book by Ann Howard Creel of the same name. It stars Keri Russell as Olivia Dunne a young woman from Colorado who has found herself in a very sticky situation…she has gotten pregnant out of wedlock by a naval flight instructor during World War II.

Her father who is a minister of some kind (it’s never really flushed out in the movie just shows him wearing a collar of some sort that identifies him as some sort of minister) is horrified by the fact and he arranges for her to be quietly married to a young Christian farmer in southern Colorado through a friend who is also a preacher. He arranged the marriage to give the baby a name and keep it from being born out of wedlock and ruining Olivia’s reputation completely. Olivia agrees (though it seems reluctantly) and takes the long train ride to the small rural community and is married to Ray Singleton (Skeet Ulrich) the same day. It is an awkward situation for all involved admittedly an arranged marriage between two people who have never met until they literally are about to walk down the aisle together. You can practically cut the tension at the wedding with a knife.

But Livy and Ray both bravely say their vows and head off to their new home together to the very rural farm where Ray lives. The nearest neighbors are literally miles away this is very different for Livy in fact everything just about, about her new life seems different from what she has been use to. Livy is (for her time especially) a very educated young woman she attended college and was studying archaeology. Here there are no phones accept all the way in the nearest town an hours drive away. No library accept one again an hours drive away, and everything runs on farm time early to bed and very early to rise with very hard work all throughout the day. Livy while she has education from books doesn't know much about being a wife most especially a farmer’s wife. She doesn't know how to cook she is awkward with many things around the farm and has no knowledge of how to help with the crops, which makes her transition even harder.

However Livy is extremely lucky in that Ray is an absolute sweetheart! He’s a true salt of the earth man who when he heard of her story from the preacher who approached him about marrying her…he immediately wanted to help, and to give her and her baby a home. He is what all women dream of finding a honest to goodness GOOD man who has a huge heart and loves with all of it once his heart is given. And slowly Livy starts to see that about Ray and his family and community who have all welcomed her with open arms from the very start. Can this arranged marriage turn into one based on mutal respect and true love after all? Or will Livy choose to go back to her more worldly life again once the baby is born?


You really should get this one for your collection it is a fabulous and extremely well written and acted film even though it was produced for the small screen. It’s not to often that you come across a tv movie or any movie for that matter that has as much heart as the Magic of Ordinary Days. It is truly a pleasure to watch and I was sad that it didn’t keep going I wanted to see more of the story about Livy and Ray past the hour and 30 mins that the movie lasted. I LOVED this one and know you will too! Just skip the rent and buy this one it’s worth it!!! If you loved movies such as the Love Comes Softly series, Sarah Plain and Tall, and the Christy series you will guaranteed love this one as well. 

P.S. As I mentioned this is based on the book of the same name I haven't read it yet but I'm going too!!! Already adding it to my TBR pile. 

 
I'm actually going to give this one a 4.75 stars it was better than the average for sure and just shy of a perfect score imho - so 4.75 for this hidden gem!



This was a TV movie and it's Not Rated but it's completely clean this one can be watched with the entire family with no worries. 
Nothing bad at all just a couple of sweet kisses! 
Totally fine for even the kiddies to watch.

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May 15, 2015

Book Review: The Viper by Monica McCarty


Book 4 in the Highland Guard Series

BLURB: Prized for his snake-like stealth and deadly strikes, Lachlan “Viper” MacRuairi is a warrior to enlist but not to trust. His only loyalty is to his purse, his indifference sealed by bitter betrayal. All that changes when Lachlan is tasked to protect and deliver Bella MacDuff to the king’s coronation—and the proud, lushly sensual countess unwittingly challenges him to his greatest battle yet: to love again.

Passionate and devoted, Bella has defied Britain’s king and her own husband to place the crown on Bruce’s head—and pays a terrible price. She loses her daughter and her freedom to her husband’s vengeance. Imprisoned with barbaric cruelty, she vows to reclaim her child, even if it means selling her soul—and her body—to a dark, lethal warrior whose eyes glint like steel, but who makes her skin tingle and her breath race. Together they embark on a rogue mission with sinister twists and turns that threatens not only Bella’s gamble to save her daughter—but also her heart.


REVIEW:  Up to book four in the Highland Guard series now and we have come to Viper’s story. Now throughout the series Viper has been probably the least likable of all the guard so far going in from what we know of him. He’s surly and from what his reputation is - he’s not exactly what you would think of as Hero material at all… right? However when we actually see what is behind the myth and the man that all changes in a hurry and I was surprised by just how much so!

Lachlan MacRuairi isn't the despicable ne'er-do-well that can’t be trusted, or the devious cutthroat that we have been lead to believe he is at all. He’s actually been the victim of a betrayal that would break most anyone. And his very much undeserved reputation came on the heels of the fallout from that betrayal and its horrific aftermath.

This story is also the story of Bella MacDuff the titled lady who risked everything (and it did indeed cost her everything) when she traveled to Scotland and crowned Robert the Bruce. Bella was subsequently captured and Edward made her pay in spades for her defiant act in crowning his enemy by not only imprisoning her, but putting her literally in a cage high on the side of a castle keep! No room, no privacy, no shelter from the elements NOTHING was left to Bella. And she was forced to endure this hell for years. (What is even more messed up is that this part of the story is based on actual fact - this really did happen to Bella MacDuff and for those reasons. God bless her heart!) Bella is as strong a woman as ever drew a breath, but the things she has been forced to endure have taken a heavy toll upon her - most of all the separation from her beloved daughter. Will she ever taste freedom and hold her daughter in her arms again?

Robert the Bruce of course feels a very heavy responsibility for all that has befallen Bella and he sends his guard to free her. I won't say much more because to do so will give away to much of the story but you have to see what happens when Lachlan and Bella meet and the fireworks start! Believe me what happens between these two strong and tortured souls is absolutely beautiful and heart-wrenching too at times. Will Lachlan and Bella finally get the happy ending they both so very richly deserve or will circumstances and the war raging all around them destroy what is left of their hopes and love forever. 

This one I have to say has been my favorite of the series so far! Which really shocked me because like I said at the start Lachlan seems like the worst of the bunch but not so at all. And Bella well she is just the stuff of legends and rightly so admire her so much for so many reasons. I absolutely could not put this one down and flew through it with lightening speed. It is a keeper for sure and went right on top of my keeper shelf! All the series if you have read my other reviews so far have been great reads but this one is something special. DO NOT miss this one!

Terrific, terrific book and yes I went right from it on to the next one. I couldn't help myself I am in love with this series. Give it a try and I am sure you will be too! ;) BUY this one outright it's well worth it!!!


I would actually say this one is 4.75 it's closer to a perfect one than just a half for sure.