September 22, 2014

DVD Review - TV Guide Spotlight: TV's Spookiest Halloween Episodes




TV Guide Spotlight: TV's Spookiest Halloween Episodes
Starring: Elizabeth Montgomery, Barbara Eden, Sherman Hemsley, Sarah Jessica Parker, Roseanne
Studio: Shout! Factory
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Retail: $9.98
ASIN: B00LU4URPI
Running Time: 5 hours 23 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

With just over 38 days until Halloween, it is no surprise that studios will be releasing gobs of horror films and Halloween themed DVDs this time of year. Last week, Shout! Factory released the DVD, titled TV Guide Spotlight: TV's Spookiest Halloween Episodes. The single-disc DVD features 14 episodes from  13 classic television shows.

The episodes are:

Bewitched (Season 4 - Episode 8) - Safe and Sane Halloween
I Dream of Jeannie (Season 3 - Episode 21) - My Master, the Ghost Breaker
The Jeffersons (Season 6 - Episode 4) - Now You See It, Now You Don't Part 1 & 2
Square Pegs (Season 1- Episode 5) - Halloween XII
The Facts of Life (Season 5 - Episode 6) - Halloween
The Cosby Show (Season 2 - Episode 6) - Halloween
Roseanne (Season 2 - Episode 7) - Boo!
Mad About You (Season 2 - Episode 6) - An Unplanned Child
Married With Children (Season 8 - Episode 7) - Take My Wife, Please
NewsRadio (Season 3 - Episode 7) - Halloween
Ned And Stacey (Season 1 - Episode 8) - Halloween Story
3rd Rock From The Sun (Season 3 - Episode 5) - Scaredy Dick
That '70s Show (Season 2 - Episode 5) - Halloween

Review - Raging Heat by Richard Castle


 
Raging Heat
Nikki Heat, book 6
by Richard Castle
Publisher: Kingswell
Pub. Date: September 16, 2014
ISBN: 978-1401324810
Pages: 304
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

You know that a new season of ABC's Castle is just around the corner when a new Nikki Heat title is released to bookstores. If you have never watched an episode of the series, then you'll probably be slightly confused about the back-story of Nikki Heat. On the series, Nathan Fillion plays Richard Castle, a best-selling mystery author who tags along with NYPD Detective Kate Beckett to solve mysteries and help him get inspiration for his next novel. That novel happens to be titled Heat Wave and the novel was published in reality in 2009 under the name Richard Castle, which is actually a ghostwriter. Four sequels quickly followd with the sixth novel, Raging Heat, being released last week. The characters in the Nikki Heat series mimics the characters on Castle, which Nikki Heat is a version of Kate Beckett and Jameson Rook is a version of Richard Castle.

Raging Heat opens up with NYPD Nikki Heat investigating a serious of bizarre deaths, which one of the victims is found in a planetarium. All the deaths occur within a 36-hour time-span leading up to Hurricane Sandy. The crime scenes' evidence points towards Homeland Security Commissioner Keith Gilbert, whom is going to run for Senator.

Meanwhile, Nikki's boyfriend, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jameson Rook, returns to NY after being on a writing assignment. Once again, Rook tags along with Nikki, as she investigates the murders and of course Rook has his own theory on who the killer is and he thinks Nikki has arrested the wrong suspect.

Review - Hidden in the Stars


Hidden in the Stars
Quilts of Love series
by Robin Caroll
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Pub. Date: Sept. 16, 2014
ISBN: 978-1426773600
Pages: 224
Buy Link: Amazon
Blog Tour:  http://litfusegroup.com/author/rcaroll

Review:
 
If you have never read a book from the Quilts of Love series, then you're missing out on some great storytelling. The series is published by Abingdon Press, featuring a different author with every new title. Each book has a new plot and a new group of characters, but each and every plot somehow involves a quilt. Typically these books are a straightforward romantic novel, but the newest entry, Hidden in the Stars, is completely different from the others.

Hidden in the Stars centers on Sophia Montgomery, a talented gymnast who has just been accepted as a member of an Olympic team, but all her dreams are quickly shattered when her mother and her are assaulted. Her mother is killed during the incident, but Sophia barely survives, losing her eyesight and injuring her hands. Out of nowhere the grandmother she thought was dead shows up to help Sophia slowly pick up the pieces.

Meanwhile, Detective Julian Frazier is investigating the attack and is determined to catch whomever killed Mrs. Montgomery and injured Sophia. The longer he works on the case, the stronger his feelings for Sophia become. Though he might be able to catch the murderer, he doesn't know if he can help mend Sophia's broken spirit.

September 21, 2014

Uncorked Ventures Wine Club Review


Since I started blogging in 2009, I have had many great opportunities to review a wide variety of products. I never thought I would be reviewing a bottle of wine, but when I learned that Uncorked Ventures were looking for bloggers to review their Wine Club, I eagerly signed up.

Luckily, I was one of the few bloggers that got accepted to review either 2 bottles from the Explorations Wine Club ($55 value) or one bottle from the Special Selections Wine Club ($50 value). The Explorations Wine Club includes two bottles of wine (1 white and 1 red), which costs $40 per shipment. The Special Selections Wine Club consists of two bottles of a limited production red wine, which costs $95 per shipment. All the wines have a +90 rating. Both Clubs can either be bought in a one shipment, 3-month shipment, 6-month shipment, 12-month shipment, quarterly, every other month or as a monthly shipment. 

By now you are probably wondering which club I picked to review, well I picked the Special Selections Wine Club. I'm not much of a drinker, but I do drink wine around special occasions and holidays. The wine I buy never costs more than $10, so I was excited to try a $50 bottle. The bottle of wine was delivered by UPS on Friday, which I had to sign for it.


The Special Selections Wine bottle that was sent to me was called VinRoc RTW (Red Table Wine), a 2010 wine from Napa Valley AVA. Due to the Atlas Peak, the soil is almost entirely volcanic and the temperatures are ten degrees warmer than the valley floor, though during the afternoon and evenings the area receives harsh winds and cool breezes from the bay. The volcanic aspects of the soil blends nicely with the grapes, giving the juices an unique taste.

DVD Review - My Little Pony: The Complete Series



My Little Pony: The Complete Series
Starring: Bettina Bush, Scott Menville, Keri Houlihan, Susan Blu, Katie Leigh, Sherry Lynn, Nancy Cartwright
Ellen Gerstell
Studio: Shout! Factory
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Retail: $29.93
ASIN: B00KTFJ6DS
Running Time: 720 minutes
Rating: PG
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

Anyone growing up in the '80s will probably remember the overload of Saturday Morning Cartoons and weekday afternoon cartoons. Toy companies took advantage of the animation popularity and began making cartoon shows based on their toy-lines. Hasbro produced animated series based on their line of toys for Transformers and G.I. Joe, which were marketed for boys. The My Little Pony toy-line for girls was released in 1983 and it became so popular that Hasbro produced two TV-Specials that aired in 1984 and 1985, along with a feature film in the summer of 1986. A weekday animated series followed that September, featuring a 10-minute My Little Pony segment followed by another Hasbro cartoons (The Glo Friends, MoonDreamers and the Potato Head Kids). The series only lasted 65 episodes over the course of two-seasons.

Over the years there has been several DVD releases, but My Little Pony: The Complete Series will be released on a 4-disc set for the first time by Shout! Factory this Tuesday. The series is set in the magical Ponyland where the Little Ponies live a peaceful life at the Paradise Estate, but the Little Ponies have enemies that want to destroy them. Throughout each episode The Little Ponies must try to outwit witches, trolls, goblins and other creatures that try to do them harm.

The original untitled My Little Pony special was re-edited into the two-part episode, titled Rescue from Midnight Castle, and the TV-special Escape from Catrina was also re-edited into a two-part episode, which served as the series-finale.

Episodes on the the four-part disc are:
September 19, 2014

Book Blogger Hop: Sept. 19th - 25th

Book Blogger Hop

Welcome to the new Book Blogger Hop!

If you want schedule next week's post, click here to find the next prompt question. To submit a question, fill out this form.

What to do:

1. Post on your blog answering this question:

  This week's question is submitted by Stephanie!

How important is a book's cover to your overall impression of it?

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 try not to judge my final thoughts on the cover alone, but whether or not I liked plot, the characters and if the book was well written.


Linky List:

Review - Tried and True by Mary Connealy


Tried & True
Wild At Heart, Book One
by Mary Connealy
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Pub. Date: September 2, 2014
ISBN: 978-0764211782
Pages: 320
Buy Link: http://ow.ly/AS8Js
Blog Tour: http://litfusegroup.com/author/mconnealy

Review:

Now available to own on paperback and as an eBook is book one in the Wild At Heart series, titled Tried & True. The book is written by one my favorite authors, Mary Connealy. At first glance at the cover, I actually thought the book would have a contemporary setting, but instead it has a post-Civil War setting.

Tried and True centers on Kylie Wilde, a civilized young woman, who just happened to have served in the Civil War as a solider. Kylie and her two older sisters exchanged their skirts for trousers and pretended to be "boys" during the war. While her sisters continue the charade, so they can keep the special exemptions for serving in the war, Kylie has grown out her hair and has started wearing dresses again.

It doesn’t take Kylie long to get the attention of the local land agent, Aaron Masterson, who becomes instantly fascinated with her. As she gets closer to him, she reveals her deepest secret of serving in the Civil War. Being a civilized citizen, Aaron has the responsibility to inform the government of Kylie and her sister's fraud, but he doesn't want to risk the chance of losing her.

September 18, 2014

Best Ingrown Hair Tweezers Review


I never thought I would be reviewing tweezers on this blog, but that is exactly what I am doing tonight. A few weeks ago I received the Best Ingrown Hair Tweezers from Simply Essentials, which retails at $39.99. And, yes, I typed this correctly. This tweezers retails for $39.99. I know the price may seem a little extreme for tweezers, but it can be bought on Amazon for $24.99.

What makes this tweezers so much better than the ones priced at under $5?

Well, the Simply Essentials tweezers are made from stainless steel and features a sharp, fine tip that will grab any ingrown hairs or thorns, glass, stones, metals or splinters that have been embedded in your fingers, hands, feet and legs. The tweezers are calibrated, giving it an accurate grip for every use.

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