September 19, 2018

Occupation Blu-ray Review

Lionsgate; Rated R; 120 minutes



Arriving on Blu-ray (+Digital), DVD, and Digital on September 25th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment is the Australian science fiction flick Occupation. Written & Directed by Luke Sparke, the film stars Dan Ewing, Temuera Morrison, Stephany Jacobsen, Zachary Garred, Izzy Stevens, Charles Mesure Boogeyman, Felix Williamson, Jacqueline McKenzie, Aaron Jeffery, and Bruce Spence.

Set in a small Australian town, the opening of the movie centers around the residents gathering around a hometown football game; well, until spaceships descend from the skies and start blowing everything up. A small group of survivors - Matt (played by Dan Ewing) and his girlfriend, Amelia (played by Stephany Jacobsen), Jackson (played by Charles Terrier) and his pregnant girlfriend Vanessa (played by Rhiannon Fish), Peter (played by Temuera Morrison) and his daughter, Isabella (played by Izzy Stevens), and a local farmer, Arnold (played by Charles Mesure), flee into the nearby forest, where they take shelter and plan a resistance against the invaders.

The invaders are extraterrestrial lifeforms from another world (or galaxy, as it was never really explained where they are from), who came to Earth to colonize Australia after they had already used up all the natural resources on their former planet. While they do kill many humans during the invasion, their main goal is capture and force the humans to grow and work field crops.

The remaining human survivors join forces with what's left of the Australian's military and they strike back against the alien invaders, in the hope of saving their country.

Dan Ewing ("Matt Simmons") stars in Lionsgate Home Entertainment's OCCUPATION.




Final Thoughts

Book Tour & Giveaway: He Was


He Was
by Thomas William Lowrie
Genre: Historical Suspense

Ever had one of those days, how about one of those weeks? If you haven't, you are missing out. I spent years priding myself in the fact that I was always with it, I always had my wits about me, until that day. My life changed and not just a little. I became someone else, someone who was far stronger than I am, someone who I could only hope to be. Ray Lafayette was a man who was neither rich nor famous yet I lived every day to see what he would do next. The fear I experienced in that time only made the happiness that much more exiting. I have heard the statement "Don't judge a man until you walk a mile in his shoes." I walked many miles in his and can say with pride that he and all others from his time were the greatest, all colors, all nationalities, young and old, men and women alike. It may sound great to know the future but there is a dark side to it, an almost unbearable side. Your eyes will be opened to things your mind may not handle.This event has changed me. I no longer wish for things, I live for them.





Book Tour & Giveaway: Crimson


Crimson
by Tamela Miles
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Delilah McDade has born the brunt of responsibility of her younger brother, Declan's wild lifestyle for years, until the night she learns it's come back to bite both of them in the form of vampire Ash Lockler. Delilah has a prim exterior but she dreams of hot vampires and other nocturnal creatures to give her a break from her life that, while satisfying, is lonely. Ash is tempting but she knows that she could never be a part of his life lived in the shadows. Ash Lockler lives his undead life as part of the seedy underworld with a stone cold heart. That doesn't stop him from helping damsel-in-distress, Delilah, but he's intent on keeping things all business and ending their association as soon as possible. The problem is that he can't seem to get his body - and heart - to agree with his reasoning when he and Delilah are thrown together in a deadly situation that may get her killed and cost him his freedom.



Book Tour & Giveaway: Rattus, New Yorkus


Rattus, New Yorkus
One Size Eats All #2
by Hunter Shea
Genre: Horror 

They’re Bigger
Deep in the sewers of New York City, the rat population is growing. Dr. Randolph Finch is determined to break the cycle. His new rodenticide, Degenesis, doesn’t kill rats. It sterilizes them from reproducing. But nothing adapts faster than a New York rat . . .

They’re Smarter
City exterminators and soon-to-be divorced Chris and Benita Jackson think they know how these rats think. They know how rats breed. And they fear that Degenesis has only made these rats stronger. More aggressive. More intelligent. And more ravenous than ever . . .

Tonight’s Dinner Special: Us
After a noticeable surge in rat den activity, the Jacksons witness something strange. Without warning, the rats disappear—only to reassemble in a massive lair beneath Grand Central Station. Millions upon millions of them. Working together. Operating as a hive mind. Feasting on the flesh of the homeless below—and planning their all-out attack on the unsuspecting humans above . . .



Raves for The Montauk Monster
Old school horror.” —Jonathan Maberry
A lot of splattery fun.”—Publishers Weekly
Frightening, gripping.”—Night Owl Reviews



Get Jurassic, Florida: One Size Eats All #1 HERE!


Guidelines for a Home Improvement Project

“I think we need this replaced”, “Let’s change these”, these words work as stimulants to the start of a home improvement project. After this, comes the wish to add a room for family accommodation, or to remodel the kitchen, or to get the roof upgraded or changed by contractor doing Roofing Canton MI. And then, come in the points of funds and space available for upgradation of improvement. It is a normal practice to see the ideas and the on-ground reality does not coincide, sometimes because of lack of funds, or lesser space for expansion, or costly material. How to cope with these problems? There is a solution, and it is very easy. Stay realistic while evaluating your needs.

WHY DO HOMEOWNERS CONSIDER HOME IMPROVEMENTS?

  • To update and out of date area of the home
  • Due to an immediate requirement to replace something broken or to get an inefficient fixture fixed.
  • Planning on selling your home? Get those fixes done to get good price quotes.
  • You don’t want to move to another house, rather upgrade this one.
  • You need more room due to the growing family.

These are a few reasons because of which a homeowner thinks about having his home improvement done. A lot of homeowners get confused between moving to a new house or improving the current one.

HOME IMPROVEMENT TO CHANGE

If you are planning on moving and you are doing home improvement for selling, evaluate the plans carefully. One must not spend too much, or too less, as both may not be beneficial when the potential buyer evaluates the property. He may not be interested in how much you’ve spent for getting a pool or a hot tub. It’s not necessary for the buyer to appreciate your color selection, or how much effort you put in to keep the place clean and in up to date. The key is to keep the changes simple. This way, it’ll be easier to improve your home for selling purpose. Just think about the things which are “More important to a buyer”, and get those things improved, e.g. remodeling a bath, improving the kitchen, landscaping or adding a garage.

HOME IMPROVEMENT TO STAY
September 18, 2018

Book Tour & Giveaway: Abducted


Abducted
The Dangerous Distractions #1
by Samantha Keith
Genre: Romantic Suspense

In a high-stakes world of privilege, betrayal, and the sexy thrill of the unknown, you never know where a dangerous distraction will lead . . .
Cal Hart walks a blurred line of honor. The rock-hard former Marine has his lethal skills at the service of the highest bidder. Until a contract comes in to kill Lana Vanderpoel, the sultry, charismatic heiress and billionaire’s daughter. She’s way too sexy to end up at the wrong end of a silencer. So Cal takes the job—and starts planning how to get Lana to safety while he unearths who’s behind the threat . . .
Lana only knows she’s been kidnapped—and she’ll fight tooth and nail against whoever has snatched her from her life. Her stern-faced captor sends a tremor of ice through her veins, yet a thrill lies beneath her unease. He’s dark and dangerous, his body ripped, honed, and capable. But lust isn’t the same as trust—and whether or not she can believe what Cal’s telling her, there’s at least one person close to Lana who wants her dead . . .



Product Review: Wi-Fi Digital Microscope



I guess everything now has to have Wi-Fi capability; even microscopes!

Yep! I didn't even know there was such as thing as a digital microscope until I received my very own Wi-Fi Digital Microscope last week. There are many different brands of microscopes out there, but I got the one from www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07F3ZLLR2, which retails for $45.99.

The digital microscope has a HD color CMOS sensor, High Speed DSP (Drive Free Available), and 24 bit DPS. It comes with a Wi-Fi microscope, USB cord (connecting and charging), plastic base, metal tripod, and an instruction manual.

The microscope had the ability to take photos and videos. There are a few buttons on the microscope - Zoom In, Zoom Out, On/Off/Camera, and LED brightness/Focus (roller).

You need to scan a barcode that is located in the instructions to download the microphone software to an Android, GooglePlay, or iOS devices. Or you can download the software from www.inkam.com/download.camera.zip to your computer. It supports a variety of operating systems: Android 4.3 & iOS 8.0 & Windows Vista/7/8/10 & MacOS X 10.8 or later.

Once you get the software downloaded, you can either connect the microscope to a Wi-Fi device or use the USB cords to connect it to a computer.


plastic stand & USB cord


Final Thoughts
September 17, 2018

Music Review: Tori Kelly: Hiding Place


Schoolboy Records & Capitol Records; 36 mins 50 secs; Buy Link

Now available from Schoolboy Records & Capital Records is the second album from singer Tori Kelly, titled "Hiding Place," which features eight Gospel inspired songs with R&B infused melodies.

Tori Kelly received a 2016 Grammy Award nominee for Best New Artist for her first album Unbreakable Smile, which included one track inspired for her love of Gospel music. Later, her manager,Scooter Braun, helped her connect with the 12-time Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin. The two artist worked together to create the“hope-pop” album.

One of the things I want for this album is for people to feel uplifted and encouraged when they listen,” Kelly says. “I want them to know that, no matter what they’re going through, there’s a God who loves them so much and so unconditionally, and there’s always a reason to feel hope. That’s what I really believe in, and I want everyone out there to hear my heart.” 

The title of the album, Hiding Place, was inspired by from a line in one of Kelly's favorite psalms -
from a line in one of her favorite psalms - "You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with songs of deliverance."
Tori Kelly
That always stuck with me: this idea of God being a place of safety, a place where you can hide from all the crazy things that this world can throw at us,” she notes.


Though half the songs on the album were written by Franklin, there are a few that were co-written with Kelly, which marks the first Franklin has ever co-written a song with another artist.“It blew me away that she wanted us to co-write, because she’s a phenomenal songwriter and could’ve easily done it herself,” Franklin says. “I’ve worked with Mary J. Blige, Bono, Yolanda Adams, and I’ve never seen anyone that’s a monster behind the microphone like Tori Kelly. She’d nail one song in three takes, and all those takes were amazing. It set the bar higher for my whole career.

The opening-song "Masterpiece" features  the Houston-bred hip-hop artist Lecrae. The slow-burning single "Help Us To Love" features harmonies from The HamilTones ( the official background vocalists for Grammy Award-winner Anthony Hamilton.) "Just As Sure" features a
chart-topping gospel star Jonathan McReynolds. And Kirk Franklin's vocals are featured in the song "Never Alone."


The songs/tracks on the album include:
  • Masterpiece featuring Lecrae
  • Help Us To Love featuring The HamilTones
  • Sunday
  • Just As Sure featuring Jonathan McReynolds
  • Psalm 42
  • Questions
  • Never Alone featuring Kirk Franklin
  • Soul's Anthem (It Is Well)




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