Thursday, July 28, 2016

Star Trek Beyond

Don't you love this series? We saw it Sunday.  I enjoyed it, but not quite as much as the first two. Have you seen it yet? 
Oh, and for a little bit of trivia...Do remember Chris Pine's dad Robert Pine? He starred in CHIPs as Sgt. Joseph Getraer.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Cover Release of BOUND

 (The Cities Below, #2)
 Jen Colly

Published by: Lyrical Press
Publication date: January 31st 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Romance

The streets are a battleground for humans, vampires, and demons alike—where survival is a skill, love is a weapon, and the most dangerous act is to care for another . . .
Keir is an assassin devoted to Lady Arianne, the last of her royal bloodline. He is sworn to protect her, and that means eliminating any threat to her life. But while on a mission, he is set upon by a pack of demons, barely escaping with his life.
Cleopatra lives by a set of rules so rigid she no longer knows her true self. But her kind and loving nature resurfaces when she finds a man, bloodied and dying. Moved to help him, she risks her future and her life to save a stranger far below her aristocratic station.
Their attraction to each other is as powerful as it is forbidden. But even as their love grows, Keir keeps his true identity a secret—and this lie is not the only threat to their love . . . or their lives.

The Author:

Jen Colly is the rare case of an author who rebelled against reading assignments throughout her school years. Now she prefers reading books in a series, which has led her to writing her first paranormal romance series: The Cities Below. She will write about anything that catches her fancy, though truth be told, her weaknesses are pirates and vampires.

She lives in Ohio with her supportive husband, two kids, one big fluffy dog, and four rescued cats.


Monday, July 25, 2016

Project Complete

When we moved into our current home, there was an old rusty swing frame in the back which I was all for pitching, but the HH wanted to restore it and add a swing. Let me just say we should have looked into the cost of a new one versus  restoration.  Grin.
As of last week: project complete.
Okay, guys, how long do home projects take you?

Our Crape Myrtle


I'm visiting with Lisa Mondello today.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Movies We've Seen

The Equalizer

I love Denzel Washington and I liked the premise of this movie, man comes out of retirement to right wrongs.  I felt it had a lot of potential, but for me the storyline got lost in the violence. 

London Has Fallen
My main complaint: I got tired of the F Bomb being dropped over and over again. 

This YA movie is from the Divergent Series.  I enjoyed it.  The HH had trouble following the plot.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Two Left. Three Came Back.

Greetings, blogster buds.  We're back!  We drove to central Illinois for my nephew's wedding, with a stopover in southern Illinois to see my aunt and uncle.
Our travel encounters usually involve weather, construction and traffic.  This trip our travel challenge was a little different.
The day we were to leave my aunt and uncle's, I heard a meowing in the woods.  A man cutting the grass said he thought it was a catbird.  I'm thinking, please be a catbird. But just in case I called.  Across the road and out of the woods streaked a kitten, just as a car came down the road. My heart stopped.  The kitten raced across the lanes, luckily before the car reached him and landed at my feet.
We tried rescue--filled up.  And the neighbors--it wasn't theirs.
Like so many other kittens, apparently he'd been  dumped.
If there had been another option, we would have taken it, but there was no way he could have survived in the woods.  So we packed him up and he went to central Illinois with us then back to NC.  Let me just say here, that the HH has always been great about rescues and this was no exception.  He said the minute he saw that kitten streaking across the road he knew he'd be coming with us to NC.
My main concern traveling with him was would we be able to get a hotel room that would take a kitten.  My sister had made us reservations at Days Inn. When we inquired about their pet policy, we found out that all they required was a ten dollar pet deposit. Whew. I was extremely relieved as I had visions of sleeping in the car with the kitten.
I'm going to put him on but we both think we've got another cat.
Okay, it's your turn.  What's been going on while I've been gone?
Frankie and Friend
The bride and groom
On sale for .99 at Amazon.

My name is Zoe Tempest. Don’t let this blonde-haired, blue-eyed Barbie Doll exterior fool you. I’m a vampire hunter.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

A Parody

(A Parody)
A Tale of Good Versus Evil
by M.Cox

The day was young and bright
As I rode forth on my faithful white steed,
Along the Broad east-west road
Seeking to learn the news of the realm.
It was then I received an urgent message
Which turned the day to perilous night
And my strong heart to frozen stone.
Verily, I turned my gallant stead about
And, with great haste returned to my keep.

There I found my Lady quivering with fear:
“A great evil is upon us,” she cried.
“It shatter the peace and threatens
To rain destruction upon us!”
She beckoned me to the rear of our fortress
Where I spied at last the evil that had brought
Her to such despair.

Once more the master of the darkness had
Turned his countenance upon us in the
Form of a great black serpent.  Thus he intended to invade
Our hearth and turn our lives to mayhem.  He, as yet, had not
Made his full presence known to us as he lay
Half hidden in a secure place unapproachable
By any form of defensive maneuver on my part.

I returned to my chambers to plot what strategies
I may employ to bring the great beast to confrontation
When my thoughts were shattered by my Lady’s cries,
“He arises, he arises,” cried she.  Thus, I hurried back
To find the cruel serpent fully out and intent upon the attack.
In haste I armed myself with a great and noble sword procured
For me by my Lady.  I then donned sturdy gauntlets and, thus armed,
I strode forth intent on defeating this horror and surrender my life
If such was the cost of defending my lady and my keep.

I spied the great black beast before me attempting to gain entrance
While keeping himself free from my assault.  Yet he was not fully positioned
And a full third of him was still exposed.  Thus I grasped him in my willing hands,
And so the great struggle began.  Pull as I might, at first he held fast,
But soon my strength of will overcame his power to resist me.
I pulled him forth, and mighty was the struggle as he twisted
And strained against my force.  His hideous jaws sprang open,
And had I not anticipated his maneuver, might have found a home
In my flesh, yet did I forthwith position one fist behind his mighty jaws
And thus I subdued him to my will.  “Slay him not kind Sir”
Cried my tender-hearted lady, “for he is but a servant of the dark lord
And cannot, himself, be held fully accountable.  Rather take him from
Our presence and cast him out in the wilds where he may trouble us no more.”

I bowed to my Lady’s wishes and secured a tight hold on my squirming
Foe and carried him forth from our lands.  His great anger turned to
Submission as he release a foul stench upon me.  Yet, steadfastly did
I remove him far from our lands to a great wilderness where I drew upon
All my strength to hurl him far from my sight and into the unknown.
I returned to my keep to a great celebration and kindly did
My Lady praise my deeds and courage.  Later, I resolved that
On the morrow I would travel forth to the Kingdom of Lowes.
There I may procure a warding talisman and make safe my
Lands and keep.  Thus ended yet one more battle
On the field of good and evil.

 Yes, I found a snake on the awning of the house and totally freaked.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

IWSG Wednesday

The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Members post about their  doubts and fears, discuss struggles and triumphs, and offer words of encouragement to others who are struggling.
This month starts the IWSG question. Here's July's:
What's the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?
'I love this book. I never read books this long but I couldn't put it down. I hope someone makes a great movie out of this.' Anonymous, Barnes and Noble
Best compliment ever:) 
This is another short post, but I got nothin'. 

I loved this book. I never read books this long but I couldn't put it down. I hope someone makes a great movie out of this.

I loved this book. I never read books this long but I couldn't put it down. I hope someone makes a great movie out of this.
I loved this book. I never read books this long but I couldn't put it down. I hope someone makes a great movie out of this.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Cardinal Babies. Chickens?

Cardinal Babies
Daddy keeping an eye out
One of the neighbor's chickens
And....I think there's mockingbird babies on the other side of the fence the way I was getting yelled at yesterday.

Monday, July 4, 2016

July Fourth

So we went to see the fireworks Saturday night as we do every fourth of July weekend.   We park about three minutes from our house and afterwards zip home.  This year the city, in its infinite wisdom, decided to block off the roads and herd the cars in a specific direction.  Who'd have thought a town with a population of less than twenty-six thousand could be so congested.  It took us nearly half an hour to get home. You could see headlights for miles.  Bah Humbug.

We saw Tarzan yesterday.  The HH loved it.  I was a bit more ambivalent.  It was good but didn't quite meet my expectations.   I did thoroughly enjoy Samuel Jackson's character. He  did a great job:)