My first Album I bought with my own money was an Osmond Brothers Album- I can’t remember the name of the Album but it was the one with “One Bad Apple” on it. I lived in Virginia and bought it at the grand opening of a Zayre’s store in Fredericksburg. It was under five dollars since my allowance at the time was $5.00 a week.
I would look much older than I am. I would’ve gone almost completely grey in my first year or so in office. The burdens of the office are much more intense than the benefits, in my opinion. Who wants to have the weight of the world on their shoulders and get old before you need to? Not me! I’ll pass.
For the first time in a while, there was actually a movie I wanted to see out in theatres. I went today to see Unknown. Liam Neeson is the star, and as usual, he’s his normal kick-butt self. There were two women in the film. One was January Jones and she played his wife. The other was Diane Kruger, the woman that helps him when he’s being pursued. I much preferred the performance of Diane Kruger. She did a great job with a hard to play role. I think it was hard to play as the character was full of implausibilites. Some of the stuff she was asked to do would have never been done by a woman in her position. A lot of this film stretched credulity. But it was a fun ride for two hours.
I loved that Aiden Quinn was in this film. I very much enjoy the film Michael Collins where Liam and Aiden play best friends and rivals for the love of Kitty. It was fun to see them together again. And it was also great to see Sebastian Koch in this film. One of my favorite foreign language films of all time has him in it. It’s called Black Book. He’s an excellent actor. He plays the scientist, Professor Bressler.
For an afternoon of mindless entertainment, I say check this one out- it’s a wild romp. AND if you’re so inclined, rent Black Book– an excellent, excellent choice.
I read this one this past weekend and it was an okay read. I liked some of the characters and the setting. It’s the second book in a series and I was disappointed that the author gave away the whole plot (and most importantly, who dun it) of the first book in this second book. I hate when that happens. I know I am not the only person that may have picked up book two first. I like a series and sometimes when I pick them up out of order, I’ll go back and buy the prior ones. That won’t happen this time. I already know who was accused falsely and who actually was the murderer. So, what’s the point? The author could have very well made her references to the prior book a little less overt.
I like to read mysteries to try to match wits against the writer and the protagonist. I had this one figured out by Chapter six. Even had figured out the red herring. But remember, I could solve an Agatha Christie book as a middle schooler in 28 pages. So, it’s hard to trick me. LOL!
If you read these, read them in order as you’ll be disappointed that you can’t go back and read the first one.
This weekend, I read Beverley Kendall’s book called Sinful Surrender. Can I just say, Oh. My. Gosh. What a great read. This book was a perfectly executed work of romantic historical fiction. It had all the elements of romance as well as spot on historical data. The heroine was feisty and funny. She was intelligent and strong. I liked that she was tall as well. Sometimes, I get tired of the tiny little heroines in these type books. A tall woman was a nice change.
The hero in this story was ooh la la hot. His name is James and man, oh, man, would I like to meet this guy. He was fine looking and a very strong man. There were a few times I’d like to have been able to shake some sense into him, but that’s a sign of a well written book to me. And the sex scenes were very nicely done.
Ms. Kendall does an awesome job on making the reader feel she’s in the scene. I love that her descriptions were adequate but not overly done. There’s nothing I hate more than a long, dreary scene description- these were enough to give a sense of place but not to the point of a snooze-fest.
This was a great read and I’m planning to read her next one very soon. I already have it in my hot little hands.
Last night, I finished reading Stolen Treasures by Laurie Ryan. It’s a story about modern day piracy on the high seas. The heroine is involved with a yacht club that has organized a festival of ships. After being conked in the head, she accidently ends up out to sea on a ship called the Treasure. The hero is a marine law enforcement officer investigating the theft of a number of boats/yachts in the Pacific Ocean south of San Diego. The boat the heroine is stuck on happens to belong to the hero.
The heroine initially seemed to have a major anger issue. She throws things whenever she gets mad. It made for a pretty volatile first part of the book. She eventually settled down and got hold of herself. This book deals with sailing, romance, heat, the doldrums, a big storm and betrayal as well as a very satisfying ending where both the hero and heroine find a purpose for their lives.
There is a sequel to this book called Pirate’s Promise. I already have it downloaded to my Kindle app on my I-Pod and plan to read it soon. The first one was a quick read and very nicely done.
I’m competitive about Everything. Every single thing. Wish I wasn’t but I am. That being said, I don’t begrudge anyone their own achievements. I relish it when my friends succeed. To me, their success takes nothing from me so I can be happy for them. So, I guess the real truth is- I’m competitive with myself and place too much pressure on myself, but that’s the way I roll. I’m too old to change!
I have a family member that never calls me unless she has a legal question. Even if it’s not something I handle or it’s a different state, she calls. She won’t give up calling until I pick up the phone- even if I can’t answer the question and even if my spouse tells her I’m not home, she’ll call back and leave messages like “I know you don’t want to get involved, but…”
She NEVER calls just to chat or to see how we are. I feel very used. I don’t like it at all.