Friday, 31 July 2015

Book Blogger Hop: July 31st - August 6th

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 Bunnita @ Worth Reading It?!

Do you collect things that are book related? Like bookmarks, nameplates, 1st editions.

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 have a small collection of "collector's editions" of classic books, such as Gone With The Wind, House of the Seven Gables, The Robe and several others.


Linky List:

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Review - In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume


In the Unlikely Event
by Judy Blume
Publisher: Knopf
Pub. Date: June 2, 2015
ISBN: 978-1101875049
Pages: 426
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

One of my favorite children book authors is Judy Blume. I recall reading the "Fudge" books during my elementary years as well as a few of her young adult novels. As I grew up, I continued to read her adult novels as well and even her later kids books, Double Fudge and the Pain and the Great One sequels.

Awhile back, I was sent a copy of Judy Blume's newest work - In the Unlikely Event. Honestly, I had no clue what the novel was about until I started reading it. I meant to have this review posted by the release date, but a few things came up and fell behind on a few reviews. Nevertheless, I reread the novel over the weekend to refresh my mind before I began writing this review.

In the Unlikely Event starts out with Miri Ammerman heading back to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey to attend the commemoration of the three deadly plane crashes that took place during the winter of 1951-1952. Then books heads back in time thirty-five years when Miri was fifteen-years-old, living with her single-mother, uncle and grandmother during the holiday season of 1951.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

DVD Review: Storms Of The Century




Storms Of The Century
Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Retail: $14.98
ASIN: B00VX21V0C
Running Time: 10 hours 45 minutes
Rating: Not Rated/PG
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

Before Syfy (formerly the Scifi Channel) began making shark and python movies, the channel use to (still does from time to time) air disaster flicks. Recently, Mill Creek Entertainment released the 2-disc Storms Of The Century DVD, featuring five low-budget movies disaster films - Flood, Flood - A River's Nightmare, Killer Wave, Tidal Wave: No Escape and Tornado! There are no special features or extras.

Flood is a 2007 British film that saw a limited release (the 110-minute version) in theaters before the 196-minute version debuted on television in two parts. Based on the book of the same name by Richard Doyle and directed by Tony Mitchell, the film stars Robert Carlyle, Jessalyn Gilsig and Tom Hardy. The plot centers on a huge storm that floods London!


Flood - A River's Nightmare is a 1998 made-for-television. It's set in small farming town in Missouri during the 1993 flood. It stars Richard Thomas and Kate Vernon. It's not a great movie, so I won't go into any more details.


Killer Wave is a mini-series that aired in 2007. It starred Anagus Macfadyen, Jarine Vanasse and Tom Skeritt. The plot centers on a man-made cataclysms that triggered a massive tidal wave that is flooding cities coast to coast. 


Monday, 27 July 2015

Review - A Heart's Promise



A Heart's Promise
Journey of the Heart, book five
by Colleen Coble
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pub. Date: July 7, 2015
ISBN: 978-0718031688
Pages: 102 pages
Buy Link: http://bit.ly/1Gc4QeO
Blog Tour: http://litfusegroup.com/author/ccoble

Review:

Now available in bookstores is the fifth installment of the Journey of the Heart series from bestselling author Colleen Coble, titled A Heart's Promise!

Picking up shortly after the fourth installment, A Heart's Betrayal, Emmie Croftner is adjusting to the news that she is pregnant with her late husband's child. Well, I guess he technically wouldn't have been her husband as she found out after his death that he was already married to another woman. Luckily, her old friend Sarah Montgomery has kindly taken her in.

Being pregnant, unmarried and living at a Fort in the Wyoming Territory isn't an easy task for Emmie. One of the soldiers, Isaac Liddle, has taken a likening to her, but she is afraid to tell him about her pregnancy. And to make matters worse another woman, Jessica Dubois, at the fort has eyes for Isaac.

Far From the Madding Crowd Blu-ray Giveaway




"'Madding Crowd' soars to romantic heights" – Claudia Puig, USA TODAY, 5/1/2015 



Arrving on Blu-ray & DVD on August 4th is the  British romantic-drama Far From the Madding Crowd.

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg, Carey Mulligan stars as a headstrong Victorian beauty in this sweeping romantic drama, based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy. Mulligan plays Bathsheba Everdene, an independent woman who attracts three different suitors: a sheep farmer (Matthias Schoenaerts); a dashing soldier (Tom Sturridge); and a prosperous, older bachelor (Michael Sheen). This timeless story of Bathsheba’s passions explores the nature of relationships, love and resilience.



Blu-ray Special Features:

Friday, 24 July 2015

Book Blogger Hop: July 24th - 30th

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 Bunnita @ Worth Reading It?!

Do you use bookmarks? If so, do you match them to the book you're reading or do you use random scraps of paper?

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 use a Wizard Of Oz book marker that I bought at a thrift store a few years back.


Linky List:

Organic Plant Protein: Smooth Almond Butter Review



On average males should take in at least 56 grams of protein and females should taken in 43 grams of protein per day. If you are exercising on a regularly basis, then you're going to have to increase your protein intake to help build muscles and burn body fat.

The easiest and fastest way to get extra protein is through protein powders and shakes, which is bet taken before and/or after your workouts.

A few weeks ago, I was sent two packages (8.9 oz) of Organic Plant Protein from Garden of Life to test out and review. Available flavors are Smooth Chocolate, Smooth Almond Butter, Smooth Coffee, Smooth Energy and Smooth Vanilla!

Unlike many protein mixes, the Organic Plant Protein is grain free with a NON GMO Project Verified and a USDA Organic approved. It's has been gluten-free certified by NSF and is also has a Certified Vegan approval. It's free of diary, soy, harmful chemicals or artificial ingredients.

Each 8.9 oz bag has 10 servings (10 scoops) with 90 total calories and 15 grams of protein per serving. It's full of vitamins and minerals such as Calcium, Vitamin 3, Thiamin, Niacin, Folate, Biotin, Magnesium, Selenium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Iron, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Phosphorus, Zinc, Cooper and Chromium.

The ingredients include:

Certified Organic Plant Protein Blend: Organic Pea (seed), Organic Flax (seed), Organic Cranberry (seed), Organic Baobab (fruit), Organic Moringa (leaf), Organic Chia (seed), Organic Pumpkin (seed), Organic Almond Butter Flavor, Organic Vanilla Flavor and Orgnaic Stevia Extract (leaf).

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Blu-ray Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut



X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut!
Director: Bryan Singer
Release Date: July 14, 2015
Retail: $29.99
ASIN: B00X99CUV6
Running Time: 148 minutes
Rating: Unrated
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

Now available to own on a 2-disc Blu-ray is the X-Men: Days of Future Past- The Rogue Cut, which includes both the theatrical version and The Rogue Cut of the film. Special features includes a commentary by director Bryan Singer and composer/film editor John Ottman (Rogue Cut), second screen app, Mutant vs. Machine - 9-part making documentary featuring the cast & filmmakers, X-Men: Unguarded, Gallery: storyboards, costumes & concept art and a sneak peek at Fantastic Four.

While last year's X-Men: Days Of Future Past was a critical and box-office success, many fans were disappointed that the scenes with the character Rogue (played by Anna Paquin) was edited out, except for a brief cameo at the film's ending. Now director Brian Singer has went back and finished those missing Rogue scenes, extending the film by 17 minutes.

Inspired by the 1981 Uncanny X-Men storyline of the same name, Days of Future Past is sent in a not to distant future, a time when the government unleashed the Sentinels robots to exterminate mutants. Now the world has been nearly destroyed by them. A small band of mutants Kitty Pryde, Logan "Wolverine" (played by Hugh Jackman), Storm (played by Halle Berry) Professor Charles Xavier (played by Patrick Stewart),  Erik Lehnsherr "Magneto" (played by Ian McKellen),  Iceman (plaeyd by Shawn Ashmore) and a few others are still alive.

Review - A Bride At Last


 

A Bride At Last
by Melissa Jagears
Publisher: Bethany House
Pub. Date: July 7, 2015
ISBN: 978-0764211706
Pages: 368
Buy  Link: http://bit.ly/1M44A97
Blog Tour: http://litfusegroup.com/author/mjagears

Review:

Yes, there have been dozen of mail-order-bride romance novels written over the last few years and for some reason these types of books appeal to me, so here I am writing the review for A Bride At Last.

The book centers on Silas Jonesey, a former orphan who is trying his best to start a life that he can call his own. Now a farmer, he was looking forward to starting a family with his mail-order-bride, but she leaves him after only seven months. For the next ten years, he has shut his heart off and has no plans of ever falling in love again. Out-of-nowhere, he receives a message from his ex about him possibly being the father of her son.

After her mail-order-bride experience went wrong, Kate Dawson has become a schoolteacher. After the mother of one of her student's (Anthony) dies, Kate decides to take the boy in that is until two men (Silas Jonesey and Richard Fitzgerald) arrive in town, both claiming to be the boy's birth father.

While Silas awaits to prove his paternity in court, Silas sees how much Kate loves Anthony, so he asks her to help him with the boy. Of course this is a romance novel, so sparks quickly erupts between Silas and Kate.

Review - The Curiosity Keeper



The Curiosity Keeper
by Sarah E. Ladd
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pub. Date: July 7, 2005
ISBN: 978-0718011789
Pages: 352
Buy Link: http://bit.ly/1CGUeKn
Blog Tour: http://litfusegroup.com/author/sladd

Review:

You might recall me reviewing The Whispers On The Moors Trilogy on here awhile back by Sarah E. Ladd. Well, the author has released her newest work - The Curiosity Keeper, the first book in A Treasures of Surrey series.


Set in London England in 1812, The Curiosity Keeper centers on Camille Iverness, a young woman who has helped her father run the Iverness Curiosity Shop ever since her mother abandoned them. This isn't your typical shop as it carries unusual items. Her father has gotten himself into some trouble by cheating a few of his loyal customers.

Jonathan Gilchrist only wanted to have a simple life working as a village apothecary, but that all changed when his brother died and left him to the Kettering Hall. Most people would be thrilled to inherit an estate, but his late father's actions have left him a tough situation, which leads him to seek out the sale of a priceless ruby called the Bevoy. 

After Sarah is injured when an intruder breaks into the store, she soon crosses path with Jonathan, forever changing her life and his as well.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Blu-ray Review: The Longest Ride



The Longest Ride
Director: George Tillman, Jr.
Starring: Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release Date: July 14, 2015
ASIN: B00VSE0IMM
Running Time: 128 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

Now available to own on Bluray + Digital HD is the romantic-drama The Longest Ride. Directed by George Tillman, Jr., the film stars Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland), Scott Eastwood, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin and Alan Alda. Special Features include deleted & extended scenes, audio commentary by director George Tilman, Jr. and actress Oona Chaplin, A Writer's Journey: A Day in the Life of Nicholas Sparks, Beyond the Ride, Bringing It to Life, Meet the Reel Bull Riders, Luke's Bull Riding School and a gallery.

Based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks, The Longest Ride centers soon-to-be college graduate Sophia Danko (played by Britt Robertson), who attends a rodeo with her best friend Marcia (played by Melissa Benois). Afterward, she bumps into the former bull rider champion Luke  Collins (played by Scott Eastwood) and sparks instantly fly between the two. Though Sophia is going to head off to New York for an internship at an art galley in two months, she starts a romantic relationship with Scott.

Late one night after a date, they come across a car accident and Scott helps rescue an elderly man named Ira Levinson (played by Alan Alda). Just as Scott pulls Ira out, he mumbles about a box in his car, so Sophia searches the car and finds the box.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Book Blogger Hop: July 17th - July 23rd

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 Elizabeth!

Do you listen to audio books?

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: 


   When I have the time. I currently have 7 audio books on my desk that need to be reviewed!
Linky List:

Review - Dead Ice by Laurell K. Hamilton



Dead Ice
An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel
by Laurell K. Hamilton
Publisher: Berkley
Pub. Date: June 9, 2015
ISBN: 978-0425255711
Pages: 576
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:
 
Do you remember a time when you could buy several books for $1.00 when joining a book club? Well, I do! It was a great way to be introduced to many exciting new authors. I recall buying a huge book by Laurell K. Hamilton that had two or three titles in one. They were the first few entries in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. At the time, I was a huge of fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so anything with vampires in it caught my attention. To find out, the author lives in my home state of Missouri, so I quickly became a fan of her works.

Dead Ice is the 24th installment (Yes, I said wrote that correctly! The 24th!) and once again centers on U.S. Marshall Anita Blake, a vampire executioner that has the ability to raise the dead. Despite her job, she is now engaged to the master vampire Jean-Claude.

The FBI recruits Anita to help them with a major zombie problem as it seem someone is making zombie porn! While this isn't the creepiest thing that Anita has seen before, something really bothers her about this case - the female zombies still have their souls attached.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Creatine Monohydrate by Natura Formulas Review




I'm sure many people probably think the only way to gain muscle mass is to take illegal steroids that will due to damage to your body, but in reality there are healthier ways to get into shape.
 
One of most popular dietary supplement to use is creatine, a nitrogenous organic acid that is found in your vertebrates that supplies energy throughout your body. Creatine supplements became poplar in the 1990s and is used by athletes, bodybuilders, wrestlers, etc..

A few weeks ago, I was sent a 500g (100 servings) container of Creatine Monohydrate by Natura Formulas. It's used to boost muscle growth, decrease muscle soreness and increase strength & power during your workouts. Each serving has 500mg per serving.


Xtreme Compact Wall Surge Protector Review



If you're like me, then you've probably got one too many extension cords and/or surge protectors in about every single room in the house. While it might get the job done, it does look a little messy.

Recently, I was sent the Xtreme Compact Wall Surge Protector (300-joules) to test out and review.

What makes this all Wall Surge Protector so different than all the rest?

Well, for starters it features two USB ports (2.1A), so you can charge your cell phone, iPad, or whatever electronics you own that needs to be charged. There are child safety sliding covers on the all 6 outlets, which will prevent accidents and possible fire hazards.

The Xtreme Compact Wall Surge Protector is very simple to use. Just remove the faceplate from the outlet, plug the wall surge protector into it and use the provided screw to mount it securely to the outlet. Then you're already to go!


Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Summer Reads: Desperate Measures

Desperate Measures
by Sandra Orchard
Publisher: Revell
Release Date: June 2, 2015
ISBN: 978-0800722241
Pages: 368
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

I'm going to try and catch up on book reviews over the next few weeks starting with this review of Desperate Measures by Sandra Orchard, which I should have written and posted last month. I have a bad habit of judging a book by its cover, which is what occurred when I signed up to review this book. I liked the cover and decided to give it a try without knowing it was book three in the Port Aster Secrets series.

Desperate Measures centers on a herbal research scientist Kate Adams, whom has finally found the so-called "miracle plant" amendoso from Columbia that has haunted her family for years. Her hope is that the unraveling of the mystery will help her learn the truth behind her father's disappearance.

Unable to trust anyone, including her co-workers, she turns once again to Detective Tom Parker for help, whom is already on the case of a missing teen that coincidentally is connected to the "miracle plant." Kate must risk her life and her relationship with Tom to find out the truth once and for all.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

DVD Review: The Summit



The Summit
Director: Nick Copus
Starring: Bruce Greenwood, James Purefoy, Rachelle Lefevre, Mia Maestro, Christopher Plummer.
Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
Release Date: July 21, 2015
Retail: $9.98
ASIN: B00XK713T2
Running Time: 179 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

Arriving on DVD on Tuesday July 21st is the 2008 Canadian miniseries The Summit. Directed by Nick Copus, the miniseries stars Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek), James Purefoy (TV's The Following), Rachelle Lefevre (TV's Under the Dome), Mia Maestro (TV's The Strain) and Christopher Plummer (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). There are no special features or extras.

The Summit centers on an upcoming annual G8 Summit meeting that is taking place in Canada. After a biological weapon experiment goes terribly wrong, politicians try to cover up the incident. A documentary filmmaker (played by Rachelle Lefevre) and a mother (played by Mia Maestro) losing her son who was exposed to bio-terror, combine forces to try to unravel the mystery of whom is behind the possible outbreak. They must race against time before the G8 Summit meeting starts as the U.S. President and the Canadian Prime Minster are set to appear at the event.


Monday, 13 July 2015

Monday Morning Madness # 57: Remodeling & More Rain

Once again I'm writing a Monday Morning Madness post on a Monday night, even though I had planned on posting this morning. I was busy this morning writing two review posts and I became slightly ill this afternoon when my allergies/sinuses kicked in, which probably occurred due to the extremely hot weather outside.

Speaking of weather, there has been way too much rain this year. Unlike last year, my vegetable garden hasn't done very good . The tomatoes and the jalapenos haven't done very well, but the green pepper plants are growing. The zucchini plants have blown up, becoming a little too wild for my likening. Little one inch zucchinis would grown, but then they would just go to mush, so today I decided to pull up the zucchini plants and guess what I found the middle of them. One huge zucchini!

Despite feeling ill tonight, I did get my P90X3 workout finished. Actually, my body is extremely sore. On top of my daily workouts, I've mowed the yard five times in the last two weeks because of the rain. Plus, a few week ago, I had put in a new flooring in my bedroom, which is located in the basement. Rain water had gotten into the basement and I had to pull up the carpet. I had two extra boxes of tile, so I decided to put them down in the living room/desk area/family room and see what they would look like. Well, it looked a lot better than the old aluminum flooring, so I had to wait over a week for 12 more boxes of tile to arrive on my doorsteps, which I received last Friday afternoon. I didn't waste any time as I continued with the flooring that night. I finished the entire room on Sunday afternoon. Putting the tile down was the easy part, but moving the desk, entertainment center, chairs and bookshelves was the hardest. Anyway, that's the reason why I'm so sore.


You would think with everything I've been doing that I would be able to sleep, but no as I've been wide awake. With nothing else to do, I've been watching early morning television and besides from watching a few shows on the Disney Channel and those realty shows on  HGTV, there's nothing on but infomercials.

Zim's Max-Freeze Continuous Spray Review



You might recall me reviewing Zim's Max Freeze earlier this year. Well, now the same company has a Continuous Spray out to buy.

The spray formula can help give pain relief to your muscle and joints. It is greaseless and has a vanishing scent.

The ingredients include:

Organic Ilex
Aloe & Arnica
Vitamin E
Tea Tree Oil

Probably one of the biggest complaints of muscle & joint pain gels and creams is that even if you wash your hands after applying the gel/cream to your skin, it doesn't exactly get it off your hands. Now you don't ever have to worry about it again as you can just spray the Max-Freeze on your muscles and joint.


Sunday, 12 July 2015

DVD Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Return To NYC!




Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Return To NYC!
Studio: Nickelodeon
Release Date: July 14, 2015
Retail: $14.99
ASIN: B00WGEALKW
Running Time: 157 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

While TMNT fans are patiently waiting for the final episodes of the third season to air on Nickelodeon, they grab their hands on the newest DVD release, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Return To NYC!, which features seven action-packed episodes (Vision Quest, Return to New York, Serpent Hunt, The Pig and the Rhino, Battle for New York - Part 1, Battle for New York - Part 2, Casey Jones vs. the Underworld) from the current season. Special Features includes Mutation of a Scene for each episode.

Season Three started with the Turtles along with their human pals Casey Jones and April O'Neil, taking shelter at April's family farm as the Kraang and Shredder take over New York City. "Vision Quest" finds Leonardo leading the turtles into the forest, so they can be one with nature. They quickly receive a message from a spiritual manifestation of Splinter, which leads them on a journey to overcome their weaknesses.


The Turtles, April and Casey head back to New York City, which is overrun by Kraangdroids and Foot Clan, to search for Splinter. Thanks to amnesia, Splinter has lost his humanity and the turtles must somehow convince him to snap back to his normal self in "Return to New York."


Now reunited with Splinter, the turtles go in search of his daughter, Karai in "Serpent Hunt," whom is now a serpent mutant, but they must deal with a handful of Kraangdroids as well as two humans, Zeck and Sternko, who work for Shredder.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Book Blogger Hop: July 10th - 16th

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 Elizabeth!

If you are in a book club, where do you meet? A restaurant, someone's home, the library? If you aren't in a book club, why not?

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've never been involved in a book club. If I every am, it would probably be best to meet at someone's home for the club as a restaurant would be too noisy and a library is a little too quite.
Linky List:

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

The Longest Ride Blu-ray Giveaway

TAKE THE RIDE OF YOUR LIFE FOR LOVE


“The best Nicholas Sparks movie since The Notebook”* out on Digital HD Now and Coming to Blu-ray and DVD on July 14

Famous Bloodlines

The Longest Ride has won hearts everywhere with its lovely and talented cast including young actors Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Oona Chaplin, and Jack Huston and the accomplished Alan Alda. In celebration of the Blu-ray/DVD release, we present to you this lineup’s family lineage extending through years and years of hit movies and colossal careers.


Scott Eastwood


Known for having inherited his father’s iconic good looks, Scott Eastwood broke hearts everywhere as the sexy cowboy in The Longest Ride. If you haven’t guessed yet, his dad is the legendary Clint Eastwood. He became a movie star through classic films such as The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Dirty Harry, and Escape from Alcatraz among many others.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

DVD Review: Echoes Of War



Echoes Of War
Director: Kane Senes
Starring: James Badge Dale, Ethan Embry, William Forsythe, Maika Monroe
Studio: ARC Entertainment
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Retail: $20.99
ASIN: B00W3W2QB4
Running Time: 99 minutes
Rating: R
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

Arriving on DVD on Tuesday July 7, 2015 is the western-drama Echoes Of War. Co-written and directed by Kane Senes, the film stars James Badge Dale (The Lone Ranger, Iron Man 3), Ethan Embry, William Forsythe (The Rock, Once Upon a Time in America) and Maika Monroe. There are no extras or special features on the single-disc.

Echoes Of War centers on a Confederate veteran Wade (played by James Badge Dale) returning home to the post-Civil War Texas to visit his brother-in-law Seamus Riley (played by Ethan Embry), his niece Abigail (played by Maika Monroe) and nephew (played by Owen Teague), only to learn that the family is still grieving the death of his sister and that they are barely making it on selling animal pelts.

The neighboring Randolph McCluskey (played by William Forsythe) has had his own share of grief with the death of his son, which is drove his wife Doris (played by Beth Broderick) crazy. Plus, he lost most of his cattle during the war.

Top 5 Best Book Covers: July 2015

Top 5 Best Book Covers

The meme's rules are simple:

  • Grab the Top 5 Best Book Covers button!
  • Post your 5 favorite books covers that are being released in the current month!
  • You can use a blurb or book synopsis in your post.
  • Put your blog URL in the Linky. 
  • Visit other blogs and comment on their 5 picks
 



In the mysterious world of Harmony, there are places filled with unexplored marvels. But Rainshadow Island isn’t about to give up its secrets… 

In the alien catacombs of Rainshadow, there are creatures whose compelling songs lure the unwary to their death. That’s why Rafe Coppersmith, hired to clear out the catacombs for exploration, needs a music talent. He’s knows the perfect one, but she probably doesn’t want anything do with him...

Ella Morgan had once fallen hard and fast for Rafe, but then he disappeared for months…and he’s not about to tell her why. Ella, too, has secrets that only her dust bunny knows. She’s not just a music talent, she’s a Siren: a paranormal singer capable of singing men to sleep—or to their deaths.

But once on Rainshadow, Rafe and Ella will learn that surrendering to passion doesn’t come without risks—and fighting fire with fire only adds to the flame…


Billy Thoughts -
I've heard of the author, but I don't beleive that I've read any books by her. The cover of this book does get my attention.




In 1920s Switzerland, vampire lovers Charlotte and Karl are drawn into turmoil as Godric Reiniger, a local filmmaker and activist with sinister ambitions, begins his rise to power. 

Meanwhile, fiery dancer Emil achieves his dream to partner the legendary ballerina and vampire Violette Lenoir – until his forbidden desire for her becomes an obsession. Rejected, spiralling towards madness, he seeks solace with a mysterious beauty, Fadiya. But she too is a vampire, with a hidden agenda.

When Karl and Charlotte undertake the perilous journey to rescue Emil, they unearth secrets that threaten the very existence of vampire-kind.


Billy's Thoughts -
The last thing we need is another vampire novel, but the cover of this book does look interesting.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Book Blogger Hop: July 3rd - 9th

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 Elizabeth!

Do you lend your books out to friends and family?

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 use to let an elderly friend borrow books, but her eyes are failing her, so she's no longer interested in reading.
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Blu-ray Review: Maggie


 

Maggie
Director: Henry Hobson
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson
Studio: LionsGate Home Entertainment
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Retail: $12.99
ASIN: B00XI057UM
Running Time: 95 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Buy Link: Amazon

Arriving on Blu-ray this coming Tuesday, July 7, 2015 is the post-apocalyptic drama film Maggie. Directed by Henry Hobson, the film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator Genysis), Abigail Breslin (Zombieland) and Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck). Special Features include: Director's Commentary, "Making Maggie" Featurette, Deleted Scenes, Cast/Crew Interviews and a Trailer Gallery.

In a role that is a complete opposite of his action-flicks, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Wade, a father who retrieves his daughter Maggie (played by Abigail Breslin) from a hospital in the city. Maggie has been infected with the Necroambulist virus that slowly turns people into flesh-eating zombies. Against the doctor's orders, Wade takes Maggie back home to their farmhouse. Fearing they'll be infected too, he sends Maggie's step-siblings, Bobby and Molly (played by Aidan and Carsen Flowers) to live with their aunt while Maggie spends her last days at home with him and her stepmother Caroline (played by Joely Richardson).

Abigail Breslin ("Maggie") and Arnold Schwarzenegger ("Wade") star in Lionsgate Home Entertainment's MAGGIE.

While Maggie tries to live a normal life by reconnecting with her friends, the virus is slowly getting stronger and she knows eventually it'll take over her. Wade loves his daughter, but he doesn't want her to suffer. He has two choices - let her take the government cocktail, which is a painful death or take matters into his own hands and help end her suffering.