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In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

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April 30, 2015

In the Spotlight: Anna Campbell’s A Scoundrel by Moonlight
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Anything can happen in the moonlight . . . 

Justice. That's all Nell Trim wants-for her sister and for the countless other young women the Marquess of Leath has ruined with his wildly seductive ways. Now she has a bold plan to take him down . . . as long as she can resist the scoundrel's temptations herself.

From the moment Nell meets James Fairbrother, the air positively sizzles. Yet for all his size and power, there's something amazingly tender in his touch. Could he really be such a depraved rogue? The only way to find out is to beat the devil at his own game . . . one tempting kiss at a time.

EXCERPT: Leaning one hand against the wall, she gulped and faltered to a stop. She struggled to get her breath back against the dizzying recollection of those big strong arms wrapping around her.

Until that last squeak of self-preservation, when he’d been so appallingly close to taking her, she’d been mad for him. She’d loved everything he’d done. The kisses. The caresses. The murmured praise and encouragement. The heat. The intimacy.

What she knew about this man should disgust and terrify her. He’d bedded women all over England. He’d come close to bedding her. She shivered to remember that hard, insistent weight pressing between her thighs. Yet he’d stopped when she asked, and she couldn’t mistake how he’d repented his loss of control.

When a woman lay at his mercy, what sort of rake let her escape unscathed? Nothing from last night fitted what she knew, except perhaps how the marquess attracted her like a magnet drew iron.

Was Dorothy mistaken about her seducer’s identity? Why would she blame her fall on Lord Leath if he wasn’t responsible?

And there was the inarguable fact that someone had seduced Dorothy.

Now what became of Nell’s quest once the marquess proclaimed her a lightskirt? Could she convince the Duke of Sedgemoor of Leath’s misdeeds with only Dorothy’s last words as proof? Especially when Nell’s own belief in his crimes wavered with every new day. She had a horrible feeling that Sedgemoor would dismiss her accusations as mere fancy.

Fate must decide.

She raised her chin and marched toward her ladyship’s apartments, only to halt in the doorway on a betraying gasp when she saw Leath with his mother. For one searing moment, his gaze met hers. That sizzling contact transported her back to those torrid moments in his bed. Then he glanced away and continued discussing Lady Sophie’s latest letter.



Always a voracious reader, Anna Campbell decided when she was a child that she wanted to be a writer. Once she discovered the wonderful world of romance novels, she knew exactly what she wanted to write. Anna has won numerous awards for her historical romances, including the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice, the Booksellers' Best, the Golden Quill (three times), the Heart of Excellence, the Aspen Gold (twice), and the Australian Romance Readers Association's most popular historical romance (five times). Her books have twice been nominated for Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA Award and three times for Romance Writers of Australia's Romantic Book of the Year.

When she's not writing passionate, intense stories featuring gorgeous Regency heroes and the women who are their destiny, Anna loves to travel, especially in the United Kingdom, and listen to all kinds of music. She lives near the sea on the east coast of Australia, where she's losing her battle with an overgrown subtropical garden.

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April 28, 2015

I'm ready for Friday and it's only Tuesday!!!

UGH this week has been a bear already. I'm ready for it to be Friday and it's only Tuesday! I will save you all my whining and the gory details but Real life reared it's ugly head again so I didn't get to post for the last few days. I do have plenty of new reviews coming up including...

POLDARK : The Series  OMS ya'll it's so good!!!


Wolf Hall

Books 4-7 in the Highland Guard series
(already done the reviews for 1-3 check them out if you haven't already)

The Hunger Games Series

AND much much more....


April 23, 2015

Thomas Hardy no thank you!!! Never again

I have to say if I EVER see the name Thomas Hardy (the novelist) attached to anything - book, miniseries or movie- I will turn around and run... not walk... the other way. 

That man has to have been one of the most morbid and depressed people ever alive to have written the stories he did. I have seen and/or read Tess of the D'urbervilles, The Mayor of Casterbridge (which I finished yesterday) and Jude the Obscure (which was the utter WORST - Do NOT I repeat DO NOT read or watch the movie on this one you will regret it! I'm still scarred by that one!).

Each and every one of them is totally depressing in the extreme and makes me wonder how on earth he got to be such a popular and celebrated author in English literature. At the end of the books (and movies or miniseries that were based on those books) leaves you feeling like what was the author's objective here to make people so depressed by the work that they want to commit suicide or something??? Good grief dude! Little ray of sunshine he sure wasn't!

April 21, 2015

Movie Review: The Giver

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift

Directed by: Phillip Noyce

BLURB: The Giver centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community's memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community's secret past. With this new-found power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before. The Giver is based on Lois Lowry's beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal.

REVIEW: Wow where to begin on this one. First off I loved it!!! Really can't stress that enough. I’ve watched it twice now already in fact since I first gave it a try this week. The Giver is based on the multi-award winning novel of the same name by Lois Lowry that was first published in 1993. (I have never read it before but I definitely will be doing so after seeing the movie.)  

It’s the story of a society that at first appears to be a sort of Utopia where all people get along and live in harmony and peace after what is referred to as the Ruin. Everyone embraces the doctrine of sameness from the way that they speak, to what they wear, and eat, and no one sees color (literally and figuratively). There is no war, starvation, hate, no divisiveness, no death and it all seems hunky dory at first glance. However when the surface is scratched this perfect little world is shown for the nightmare it really is.

The surface gets rippled first when Jonas a teenage boy embarks on his journey to manhood at his “graduation” where he and all teens of around 17-18 are assigned their careers that are chosen for them by the elders (who have watched them all their lives). Several other ceremonies marking other milestones within the community take place at the same time of graduation … (these are the ones shown in the movie I understand there were more in the book) - The babies who have reached age one are assigned to their family units. Children who have reached the age of nine are given a bicycle to mark their growing independence and elevated status within the community, and the elderly are released to move to “Elsewhere” (what is assumed to be a beautiful and restful place for them to live the rest of their lives). When Jonas receives his chosen profession it is vastly different than all the other graduates as he has been selected to become a Keeper of Memory. It is a very important job and title given only to a very select few who encompass 4 vital attributes – courage, integrity, intelligence, and “a capacity to see beyond”.

Jonas’s mentor who is to teach him everything he needs to know as "The Receiver of Memory" is called “The Giver” who is played brilliantly by Jeff Bridges. Jonas learns that he is to be very different than everyone else in the community. He will live by a different set of rules than everyone else must strictly adhere to. He is allowed to ask any questions, he is allowed to lie where no one else is, but he must also never discuss what he sees in his training to others. He will literally be “receiving” all the memories from the past so as to be able to guide and advise others in the present he is told by The Giver. 

However Jonas learns very quickly in his training that there is so much that the community no longer has that they did in the past including…different climates (there is no snow or bad weather anymore due to climate control), there are no animals, people do not have feelings and emotions, (these are all being suppressed by daily injections that they are all told is to keep them healthy and that they must take), there is no music, and he learns for the first time about color and the lack of it in their world. 

Through the images and knowledge that Jonas receives from the Giver he begins to realize that so much is missing from the world they have created within the community… things like fun, individuality, religion, different races and cultures, freedom, and most importantly real truth, affection, and love.

I won’t ruin the movie or the book for you by saying much more on what happens from there but I will say that what Jonas learns is that he is far from living in a perfect world. He is living in a world devoid of the most precious things of a person’s existence – freedom, truth, and love. Jonas then is set on a path to reveal the truth of what all is being stolen from every person as well as to save the lives of thousands! 

I personally think that everyone should see this wonderful film and read the book as well... as they teach some extremely timely lessons that are much needed in our own country today! Two of it’s greatest lessons that it shows unequivocally is that of the importance of Freedom and Love and that Life is precious and should be valued at every stage of life. It tackles the very weighty evils of abortion and euthanasia with strong visuals and dialogue and doesn't flinch from the repercussions. It also shows just how dangerous it can be when people allow themselves to become complacent and subservient and allow their freedoms to be taken away both willingly and unwillingly as well, even when done in the name of “peace” and supposed “good of all”. 

This film is a GIVER of it’s own by making you think about it’s very timely message and the situations that it depicts...and it is one that will leave you feeling triumphant at the end.   

I was truly shocked that such a pro-freedom and pro-life movie would come out of Hollywood. Many progressive and liberal people were attached to this one and they readily drink from the fountain of big government, less freedom, and most especially they usually loath anything even close to a prolife message. So I was doubly shocked that Meryl Streep (whom I personally can’t stand and was the main reason that I waited so long to see the film) would be in such a movie! Especially since she has always been so outspokenly pro-choice. It made perfect sense to me that she was cast as the villain in this one – and she fit it perfectly might I add - I think because what she was playing seems to be very close to her own personal belief system. 

The only real problem I had majorly with the movie was the end did seem a bit rushed. I wish that they would have elaborated more at the end on several relationships and other things but that does not detract overall from the films very powerful messages. I was more than happy to have my teenage son watch this one with me and we discussed it in length afterwards and yes he liked it as well!

I could go on and on but the main thing is please DO see this wonderful film. I loved it and I believe you will too! It’s one about extremely important issues that every American (and the world over for that matter) from pre-teens to adults should be questioning and thinking about especially in view of the way our country is - and is - heading these days! 

No strong language, nudity, or sex. Some violence is depicted in hunting and war imagery but it is not explicit. Much worse is seen daily and nightly on regular TV. The only real reason this one is rated PG-13 is because many of the issues it deals with would go over many under the age of 11 or 12's heads. It is a remarkably clean yet hard hitting movie.

A couple of sweet and very chaste kisses between two of the main characters.


April 17, 2015

Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

BLURB: The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever.

REVIEW: This is the first part of the two part finale of The Hunger Games series. But thanks to the "brilliant" studio heads (and I say that extremely facetiously) who wanted to milk the last movie for all they possibly could... they split it into two parts to make "two movies" instead of one for the last film. Which was a huge mistake if you asked me.

I know that putting out Mockingjay as one whole movie instead of two would have made for a much longer movie, however they would have avoided many problems, criticisms, and disappointed fans had they left it as one whole movie instead of breaking it up into two parts. Though some people don't like longer movies it has been shown time and time again throughout the years that they can and often are still extremely successful i.e. The Ten Commandments, The Lord of the Rings series, Harry Potter series etc. Though Mockingjay part one is a good film for the most part - in contrast to it’s two previous installments it seems very lacking in action and the best parts of the film happen way to close to the end of the film. Then they leave you once again hanging for months on end before the rest of the story will be shown. 

Now I understand why this first part was slower there was a lot of the story to be “setup” before the last part would make sense... but when you do that and you have little to no action hardly and leave all of it until the second part you start to loose part of your audience who wanted the type of story they saw in the first two films of the series (that were very action packed). Some won’t mind it because they understand you need these parts to build up to the explosive and action packed ending, but many (including my husband like most men) like action and when there isn't any their eyes start to glass over and they start to loose interest fast!

So why I understand why it wasn’t as action packed because it is just PART of the last movie - they shot themselves in the foot by doing it this way. Most movie goers especially those who like films such as The Hunger Games want action and adventure not political plots and maneuverings and slow moving set ups - (which no matter how well the actors did) is exactly what Mockingjay Part 1 was. Jennifer Lawrence was stellar as always, as was most of the rest of the cast, and I personally liked the film because I went into it considering that is part 1 of a two part story. But I still did feel a bit let down when it ended even with that knowledge. I felt like it was just starting to really get to the good parts when BAM the end credits started to role. So I am looking much more forward to Mockingjay part 2 and this one left me with a MEHH taste in my mouth overall.

Hollywood big wigs note to you… your fans don’t like having to wait MONTHS for what they have been waiting for and what they are paying to see like was done here! We get it - you want the price of two movies for one. Which is exactly why they did it DUH! But it’s milking your fan-base and also not delivering what they should have gotten which was a great finally to The Hunger Games Series! By doing so you crippled what could have been an outstanding film into just being a mediocre hit because fans want to see it to get the whole story because by now they are already invested in the characters and story. Really not cool and not appreciated as you can tell by the ratings and reviews it has received all over. 

I will buy this one eventually (IF the second part is better than this one was to have the whole story) but I’m waiting now (where I wouldn't have if it had been all together) to get it after the other part can be purchased with it. So my verdict on this one rent it if you just can’t wait to see more of the series... but don’t expect as much of this one because if you do you will be disappointed. I suggest waiting to purchase it when it is released as it should have been with part 2 as well.
Brief Violence and surprisingly the language was not bad at ALL on this one. I think this one actually should have been rated PG instead it wasn't that bad to even get the PG-13 Rating in my opinion you see much worse on regular prime time TV these days.
Would have been much better if not split in two parts. You can tell it's building up to something really good but it ends just as it's getting there and leaves you hanging. 

One pity kiss not even enough to raise the rating to Sweet lol.

April 15, 2015

Book Review: The Ranger by Monica McCarty

Book 3 in the Highland Guard Series

BLURB: Embedded deep behind enemy lines, Arthur “Ranger” Campbell is Bruce’s secret weapon as he wages his final assault on the enemies who stand against him. Recruited to join the Bruce’s secret elite fighting force for his prized scouting skills, Arthur’s razor sharp senses and ability to blend into the shadows make him the perfect spy. But when this shadow warrior must infiltrate the clan of the chieftain who murdered his father, his heart is locked on revenge. Inside he faces unexpected resistance from the sweetest of obstacles—a honey-haired siren who is his enemy’s daughter. But the vivacious, enchanting Anna MacDougall is a woman whose skill at uncovering deception rivals his own.

Intrigued by this ruggedly handsome newcomer to her father’s forces, Anna accepts the challenge his determined indifference to her arouses. Though anxious for the war to end and yearning for a quiet life with a good man to love, Anna is drawn to this mysterious knight whose eyes devour her but whose words push her away. But as danger, treachery, and the threat of looming war draw them closer into each other’s passions and secrets, a warrior made of steel must make a choice from the heart: love or revenge. 

REVIEW: Book 3 of the Highland Guard series is the story of  Arthur “Ranger” Campbell. (Who you will have met briefly before if you read the first two books in the series The Chief and The Hawk). Arthur’s specialty comes from the fact that he has heightened senses...almost a sixth sense (that he refers to as feelings) about danger or when something is up or about to happen. A fact that has saved not only Arthurs life but many other's lives as well over the years. Arthur will need to rely on every one of those “feelings” he gets when Robert the Bruce sends him into his enemy John of Lorn’s domain as a spy. While Arthur is on his mission he becomes captivated by the beautiful and sassy Anna MacDougall…however all is not dreamy kisses and roses... in fact things couldn't be much more complicated or stacked against Arthur and Anna. For even though they are both desperately attracted to each other - they are on opposite sides of the war and even more damning to the relationship unbeknownst to Anna her Father murdered Arthur’s Father years ago in cold blood (which Arthur witnessed as a young boy). A fact that Arthur has been longing to avenge since it happened. 

Knowing that Anna’s Father killed his Father understandably weighs extremely heavily on Arthur, so he fights both his growing feelings for her as well as her constant attempts to get closer to him. But it seems to be a loosing battle as no matter how hard he tries he can’t seem to keep the feisty Anna from getting in his blood. Will it be possible for Arthur and Anna to overcome all the odds stacked against them so that they can be together? Or will the war that rages around them claim them both before they even get a chance to find out?

The Ranger is packed full of tense action and adventure as well as a very hot and complex romance just like the previous books in the series. I loved it and found it very difficult to put down! This one had me on the edge of my seat waiting to see how everything would go down with so much at stake for all the characters in this one. Monica McCarty has a knack for writing very intricate characters and story lines that pull you right into the story and don’t let go. That to me is the mark of a truly great author. You feel by the end of the book as if you have not only had an enjoyable read but that you have met new friends that you can’t wait to see more of in later books as well. 

Just like The Chief and The Hawk before it as soon as I finished The Ranger I put it on my keeper shelf and was chomping at the bit to start on the next book in the series. I think that pretty much says it all right there. Bravo again Mrs. McCarty and on to book 4!!!

Movie Review: Unbroken

Starring: Jack O'Connell, Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson, Takamasa Ishihara

Directed by: Angelina Jolie

BLURB: Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis "Louie" Zamperini (Jack O'Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII - only to be caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand's ("Seabiscuit: An American Legend") enormously popular book Unbroken brings to the big screen Zamperini's unbelievable and inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit. Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis "Louie" Zamperini (Jack O'Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII - only to be caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

REVIEW: This is the exceptional true story of one of the unsung American heroes who was captured and held as a prisoner of war in a Japanese POW camp during WWII. Louis “Louie” Zamperini started out a bit rough in life, although he was raise in a good Italian family he was constantly getting into trouble. But when his older brother encourages him to try out for the track team (after noticing that Louie was really fast when running from authories) his life is forever changed. Before long Louie is breaking track records in High School and College and eventually makes it all the way to the Olympics!

When WWII erupts Louie enlists and receives a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Air Corps. Louie eventually is assigned as part of the crew that is deployed in the Pacific Islands on a B-24 Bomber to bomb the island of Funafuti. During the bombing mission the plane is severely damaged by Japanese fighter pilots and has to eventually crash land.

With their normal aircraft down because of the damage sustained in the previous run Louie and several of the other crewmen are assigned to a rescue and recovery mission of a lost aircraft and it's crew while they await the repair of their own aircraft. While on the recovery mission the plane suddenly blows several engines and crashes into the ocean killing 8 of the 11 men on board leaving only Louie and two of his other crewmates (Russell Phillips and Frances McNamara) stranded in the middle of the ocean adrift on an inflatable raft that they were able to recover from the wreckage. When their VERY meager supply of fresh water and food run out they are forced to stay alive by catching rain water and what few fish they can catch and eat raw from the sea around them with their hands mostly.

The men drift for over a month on the open sea before they eventually are found by a ship… unfortunately it turned out to be that of a Japanese Navy vessel. And they are taken to a Japanese Prisoner of War camp where a new nightmare begins.

What happens next is a story of endurance, torture, deprivation and ultimately that of overcoming unthinkable odds and turning it into an inspiration. What Louie and the other Prisoners of War lived through is both heart wrenching and amazing. I do not know how they lived through all that they did, I truly don't... accept to say that their spirit and endurance was nothing short of astounding. It teaches us all that no matter what life throws at us to never ever give up! And that good eventually does conquer evil!

This is a timeless story that every American should see. Especially with the shape the world and our own blessed USA is in now a days we need this kind of reminder to help us remember what a generation of people went through to keep us free, and what is truly important! Though the film is a bit long, it is well worth the time and leaves you feeling both amazed and yes inspired. The film proves that a good spirit can truly remain Unbroken even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

Either buy this one straight out or at the very least rent this one! It’s a great true story from a true American Hero!


Louis also has three books about his amazing life that are now available. Just click on the books below to read more about them and order your copy today...


Rated PG-13 for violence, war imagery, and some nudity

April 14, 2015

Book Review: The Hawk by Monica McCarty

Book 2 in the Highland Guard Series

BLURB: Erik MacSorley is unrivaled on the seas, a brilliant seafarer who has never encountered a wind he could not harness nor a woman he could not win—until he drags a wet, half-naked “nursemaid” out of the waters off the Irish coast. Ellie’s ordinary appearance belies the truth: she is in fact Lady Elyne de Burgh, the spirited daughter of the most powerful noble in Ireland, and a close ally of the English king. Worse, this confounding, fascinating, irresistible woman is determined to prove herself immune to his charms—a challenge he cannot resist.

Her captor may look every inch a powerful, rugged warrior, but Ellie vows it will take more than a twinkle in his blue eyes and a wickedly suggestive caress to impress her. Erik is as wild and untamed as the wind, sweeping away her resistance with a desire that resonates deep within her heart. Still, he is a man driven by loyalty, and she is a woman with secrets that could threaten his mission and jeopardize Bruce’s chance to reclaim his throne. As the battle for king and country sounds across the shores, will Ellie’s love be enough to finally tame the legend known as the Hawk?

REVIEW: This is as you can see above the second in Monica McCarty’s Highland Guard series. It’s Erik MacSorley “Hawk’s” story. Erik who we met in the first book is the very charismatic, sarcastic, master of the seas, drop dead - to sexy for his own good Scottish Warrior. Who very much resembles the Norse Viking’s of his ancestors in both appearance and prowess. He has never been without a lass fawning over him for very long no matter where he goes, and he can out man and out sail anyone on the seas. When one of the missions that the guard is on leads to the capture and unavoidable detention of a wee Irish lass Erik never dreamed that this very “ordinary” slip of a woman might just be the one to steal the Viking’s heart for good!

But little does Erik know just who his Ellie really is… she is none other than Lady Elyne De Burgh the daughter of the one of the most powerful men in Ireland, who is also a friend of King Edward. As well as kin to none other than Robert the Bruce himself by marriage! Neither can fight the heat that sizzles between them but Erik thought that she was just like any other lass that he would take his pleasure with her and then she would be out of his blood…but oh how wrong he was. It seems that true love might just have come for the king of the seas in the body of a feisty Irish woman whom he never expected to turn his head for a moment…let alone his heart. But can their new found love weather all the storms ahead of them in the form of divided loyalties, families, and the war that could cost them all their lives?

I thoroughly enjoyed this second book in the series, and I have to admit I even ended up liking it better than The Chief. Erik is a hoot and Ellie with her feisty nature is more than a match for him. The banter and passion between these two really do make for an exciting and thoroughly enjoyable read. I was sad to see this one end that’s how I know when I’ve found a truly great story and that’s exactly what happened here. Do get this one you won’t be sorry! And I guarantee like me you will be out to get the next book in the series as soon as you finish it!!!

*You can also get this one as an Audiobook, which is the version I chose for this one. It was fabulous and although I do prefer a female narrator... I think Robert McNab did a good job and I really enjoyed it.* 

Click Here to buy the Audio version of The Hawk

Actually I would say this one gets a 4.75 hearts it deserves more than just
a 4 and a half heart rating not quite a 5 but extremely close!!!