November 17, 2017

Book Blogger Hop: November 17th - 23rd




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Welcome to the new Book Blogger Hop!

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  This week's question is submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte!

If you had an author-only Thanksgiving party, who would you invite?

2. Enter the link to your post in the linky list below (enter your Blog Name and the direct link to your post answering this week’s question. Failure to do so will result in removal of your link).


3. Visit other blogs in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading other posts and possible become a new follower.  The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
  

My Answer:

I would invite Stephen King, Diana Gabaldon, James Patterson, R.L. Stine, and John Saul.


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CARS 3 Blu-ray Review

Disney/Pixar; G; 103 mins; Amazon

Now available on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital combo pack is Disney & Pixar's CARS 3, which includes the Pixar short film "Lou," and the mini-movie "Miss Fritter's Racing Skoool."

Directed by Brian Fee, the computer-animated film features the voice-talents of Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Chris Cooper, Armie Hammer, Larry the Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt, Nathan Fillion, Lea DeLaria, and Kerry Washington.

CARS 3 opens up with the seven-time Piston Cup winner, Lightning McQueen, crashing on the race track, which leads to the rookie Jackson Storm to win the race. After mending his wounds in Radiator Springs, McQueen decides to enter the final race of the season in Florida.

Being sponsored by Sterling, the new owner of the Rust-eze racing team, McQueen is ready to train for the big race. Things don't exactly go as planned, as he has a new trainer, Cruz Ramirez, who prefers to use new technology to train him instead of the old-fashioned ways.

With determination, and encouragement from his friends, Lightning McQueen heads to Florida to prove to himself that he can still race.

Bonus Features on Blu-ray & Digital:
  • Miss Fritter’s Racing Skoool (Exclusive new mini-movie)Enjoy blindsided testimonials from the Crazy 8’s, touting the transformative impact Miss Fritter’s Racing School has had in reshaping the direction of their lives.
  • Theatrical Short: “Lou” When a toy-stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box. (also on the DVD)
  • Let’s. Get. Crazy.Get schooled in the world of demolition derby, the “rules” of figure 8 racing, and how Pixar puts the crazy in the Thunder Hollow Crazy 8 race. This piece is hosted by Lea DeLaria.
  • Legendary a close, historical look at the racing legends Wendell Scott and Louise Smith, whose tenacity and perseverance got them into the race even when they weren’t invited.
  • Ready for the Race Disney Channel’s Olivia Rodrigo and NASCAR Racer William Byron check out the Hendrick Motorsports campus to showcase how real-world race training influenced the filmmakers.
  • World’s Fastest Billboard Blink and you will miss all of the graphics and “car-ified” advertisements created by Pixar’s Art team to make the ”Cars 3” world as believable as possible.
  • Cruz Ramirez: The Yellow Car That CouldJoin Cristela Alonzo and the filmmakers on their journey to create a race-car trainer turned champion racer.
  • Generations: The Story of “Cars 3” For the story team, creating Lightning McQueen’s next chapter didn’t involve just a tune-up, but a complete overhaul.
  • My First Car A collection of illustrated first-car stories as narrated by members of the “Cars 3” cast and crew. “A Green Car on the Red Carpet with Kerry Washington,” “Old Blue,” and “Still in the Family.”
  • 5 Deleted Scenes Each deleted scene is set up with an introduction as to why it was removed from the film. Deleted scenes include “The Boogie Woogie,” “The Jars of Dirt,” “Lugnut,” “The Bolt,” and “More Than New Paint.”
  • Cars To Die(cast) ForTake a look at the phenomenon of die-cast toy collecting and the more than 1,000 unique designs that exist in the Cars universe.
  • CommentaryBrian Fee (Director), Kevin Reher (Producer), Andrea Warren (Co-Producer) and Jay Ward (Creative Director). (Also On the DVD)
  • And more…


Final Thoughts

Book Tour & Giveaway: Running in Snow


Running in Snow:
A Holiday Novella
by Renee Regent
Genre: Women's Fiction, Romance

Two heartwarming tales of love and redemption. And snow.


Noelle’s Promise


Does your past define the future?


Noelle has one cardinal rule─never, ever celebrate the holidays. But now she’s promised to spend them with her boyfriend, Logan, and his extended family. As the festivities begin, bad memories surface. She manages to suppress her anxiety and join in the celebrations, until an unexpected incident sends her fleeing into the night. Can she overcome her past before it ruins her future?



Eve’s Hope

Can a holiday be unlucky every year?


When her heater goes out in the middle of a rare Atlanta snowstorm, reclusive Eve accepts the invitation to her handsome neighbor’s party. Expecting to be bored to tears, she encounters a few surprises before the countdown to midnight begins. Can she survive just one New Year’s Eve without her bad luck kicking in?



Book Tour & Giveaway: Kindred by Tiffany Apan


Kindred
The Birthrite Series #2
by Tiffany Apan
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

It is the summer of 1933 and nearly two years since that fateful Halloween night in Plains, New York.

Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, eighteen-year-old Cletus Blake spends his days working to help his family through the massive economic recession spreading throughout the United States and many other areas of the world. As society struggles to accept that the economic surge of the 1920s are long gone, Cletus also clings to the memory of his last phone conversation with his cousin Dorothy. Having formed and maintained a relationship with two of her close friends - the recently married Reginald and Gail Carr Johnson - the three find solace in regular communication with one another.

Like Dorothy, Cletus possesses supernatural abilities inherited through his bloodline. His vivid dreams and visions - including ones of a beautiful young Romani woman and twin baby boys - continue to increase in strength. Meanwhile, Reginald and Gail begin falling prey to dark adversaries that have been lying in wait.

Evil surrounds at every turn, old friends race to help, and ancient evil re-emerges. A war between worlds brews beneath the surface, threatening to rip the protective seams that keep the portals sealed.

Then in the midst of it all, Cletus happens upon a caravan traveling through his Ohio town. The very familiar Romanichal family's history ties not only to his own past, but to all the kin of the four men that experienced worlds outside of their own on that summer solstice in 1844. All are linked to a future that will reunite the Blakes and the Livingstons, two families that at one time, shared a very unlikely friendship.

Kindred is the second full-length novel in The Birthrite Series. Picking up from where Descent and Sacred Atonement: A Novelette left off, the story continues to challenge all that is known about light and dark, good and evil. Passion, intrigue, and secrets abound as history unravels. Revelations uncovered in previous installments are given new perspectives, taking the reader on a thrilling ride into a world where nothing is ever what it appears to be.






Don't Miss the Other Books in the Series:
DESCENT
The Birthrite Series #1


SACRED ATONEMENT: A NOVELLA
The Birthrite Series #1.5


MADE IN HEAVEN
A Birthrite Series Short
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Music Review: KUTLESS: ALPHA / OMEGA


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Now available from BEC Recordings is the newest album from the Christian rock band KUTLESS, titled ALPHA / OMEGA.

KUTLESS was first formed as a modern rock/worship band at Warner Pacific College in Portland in 2000 by original members Jon Micah Sumrall (lead vocals) and guitarist James Mead. The band first signed with BEC Recordings in 2001, and since then they have had top-charting hits, sold millions of records and more than eight million streams!

KUTLESS has two RIAA Gold-selling albums for Strong Tower and Live from Portland. They have had 12 No. 1 radio singles across all formats including the songs "Strong Tower," "What Faith Can Do" and "Carry Me To The Cross."

ALPHA / OMEGA is a collection of rock worship songs of both original and cover tracks. The album features a new version of "Strong Tower" as well as the debut radio single "King of My Heart."



Tracks/Songs on the album include:

Your Great Name
Strong Tower (Reprise)
King of My Heart
Cornerstone
You Are Love
Great Are You Lord
Your Love Awakens Me
Shepherd Of My Soul
Gave It All (I Surrendered All)
No Wonder (Roar of the Rugged Cross)



Final Thoughts
November 16, 2017

5 Fun Apps To Help You Survive Thanksgiving!


Thanksgiving is only one week away. While it's a wonderful holiday to spend with your family and friends, it can also be a stressful one, especially if you have to travel a long way just for a turkey dinner.

In this post, I'm featuring 5 fun apps (and games) that will help kill the time till Thanksgiving Day.

The Simpsons: Tapped Out

Available on Google Play is the Android App "The Simpsons: Tapped Out." While the game is several years old, don't let the age fool you, as it's just as fun as ever. In the game, you can create your own version of Springfield using characters and buildings. The game is updated regularly with holiday-themed content.

Star Wars: Commander

Another game app that's been around for awhile is Star Wars: Commander. The war-strategy game let you play for either the Rebels or the Empire. You get to build a base, weapons, ships, and train soldiers. Then you can attack other players' bases. It's the perfect game app for any Star Wars fan!



Available on Google Play and the App Store, is one of the newer apps on my list, titled "Ask Bongo." What is Bongo? Well, Bongo is a super intelligent monkey from the shores of Borneo. Bongo knows everything about everyone and anything! So, just Ask Bongo anything you want to and get an answer.

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