Thursday, November 27, 2008

Gobble Gobble

1. Being aware of what we are thankful for.

2. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

3. Smells of a holiday dinner filling a home.

4. Family and friends getting into cars, planes and trains to be with loved ones.

5. Eating too much but knowing the desserts are still coming.

6. Football cheers and jeers.

7. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

8. Going through the sale adds and planning the Day After Shopping Spree.

It is once again that time of year.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Stephanie Plum Alert!

After reading Hard Eight and blogging a review, I checked out Janet Evanovich's website. I was pleased to discover and I am happy to report that another Stephanie Plum Between the Numbers Novel is on the way.

Plum Spooky is scheduled to be released on January 6, 2009. Evanovich's site gives a hint about Stephanie Plum's latest adventure:

Turn on all the lights and check under your bed. Things are about to get spooky in Trenton, New Jersey.
Three dates have been posted for a book tour. Let's hope she adds more!

January 6th: Tampa.
January 7th: Nashville.
January 8th: Charleston.

Check out Janet Evanovich's site for complete details on the upcoming book release and the tour.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Hard Eight: Book Review

Hard Eight is the eighth book in the Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich. This latest adventure of Stephanie Plum does not disappoint. Mystery, murder, hormones and humor fill each page.

Evanovich is great at creating very original plots and twists to tangle up her characters. And she makes it all fun! Hard Eight is full of the bad guys, car chases, gunfire and mishaps that fans have come to expect. When reading this series, I often find myself wondering, "How did she think of this?" or "I wonder if I could create something like this?"

Evanovich is one of the few writers who can make me laugh out loud. The dialogue is fast, witty, sexy and real. Grandma especially has some great lines in this installment.

The Plum, Morelli and Ranger love triangle is a big focus of this book. I'm rooting for Stephanie and Morelli to end up together. Everyone needs a Morelli in their lives. And everyone needs a Stephanie.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Twilight: Movie Review

I never thought I'd read the books in the Twilight series. The books were written for teens so why would I enjoy reading them? As the Twilight phenomena kept spreading through the country, all ages started to read the forbidden love story of the vampire Edward and the mortal Bella.

Eventually, my circle of friends started to comment on how great the books were. "Once you start reading the first one, you will be hooked. Unable to put it down." After hearing this several times, I decided to take the plunge into the world of teenage vampire love.

I was hooked. Simple as that.

The movie opened this past weekend and took $70.6 million in box office receipts. Many articles are stating surprise at this amount. The movie was expected to bring in $50 million. I'm not sure why studios and the industry low-balled the expected take for the weekend. This $70.6 million did not surprise me at all. Wasn't anyone paying attention to the almost hysteria these four books were causing?

I enjoyed the movie. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson captured Bella and Edward. The first time Edward appeared on screen, teenage girls in the audience let out screams of excitement. Bingo. The filmmakers passed the most critical test of all! The image of Edward on the screen matched the image of Edward in the minds of the teenager girls in the audience.

Melissa Rosenberg did a great job at adapting Stephenie Meyer's novel. The main points are there. The scenes I wanted to see are there. The humor, pain, fear, longing and love. The teen characters are played by real teens acting and talking like teens.

The book has more story layers and more character development of the Cullen Family. But that is to be expected. Meyer's novel gave Rosenberg a lot to choose from. Most books do when they are being converted to a screenplay. Rosenberg captured the essence of the story and it was carried out well.

If you read the book I do not think you'll be disappointed in seeing the movie.

I'm looking forward to reading the other three books in the series. And I'm looking forward to the other three movies. With the success of Twilight at the box office, I'm sure the other books will find their way to the big screen.

Stephenie Meyer's Home Page.

Twlight The Movie Home Page.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Dirt: Book Review

One of my latest reads was Dirt by Stuart Woods. Dirt is the second book in the Stone Barrington series. I had never read anything by Stuart Woods. One day, I was looking for new books and discovered one of the Stone Barrington novels. I'm immediately curious when I find a book that has a main character who travels across many novels. That is always a good sign when a writer can keep a character alive and interesting.

Dirt deals with the business of gossip and what happens when the tables are turned on the king and queen of two gossip columns. If you like Hollywood, gossip, scandal, murder and a great cast of characters all intertwined, this will be a great read for you!

Stone Barrington is a detective and a lawyer that you would want on your side. His dedication to his clients is commendable. His skill in solving the case is impressive. And his sex appeal and charm is irresistible. After reading two of his adventures, it's clear that Stone Barrington knows what he is doing both in and out of the bedroom.

I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

Monday, November 10, 2008

The First Time. The First Blog.

Here I am at a familiar scene in my writing career. Another first time. I am taking the plunge and starting a blog. Like my other firsts in this journey, I have mixed emotions of fear and excitement.

List of Fears:

  1. What will I write about?

  2. When will I have the time to write?

  3. Will anyone read it?

  4. If anyone reads it, will they like it?

  5. Do I really have enough exciting things happen in life that I should have a blog?

  6. What will the blog be called?

  7. How many different topics will I write about?

Looking at these Fears-of-Firsts tied to the world of blogging, I'm reminded of other firsts I've had in the world of writing:

  1. The first time I completed a book manuscript.

  2. The first time I received an acceptance letter from a publishing house.

  3. The first time I saw the cover of my upcoming book.

  4. The first time I held my book in my hands.

  5. The first time I did a booksigning.

  6. The first time I was the subject of a photo shoot.

  7. The first time I did a magazine interview.

  8. The first time I did a radio interview.

  9. The first time I had a short story accepted for publication.

  10. The first time I started a screenplay.

All of these firsts were combined with the same fear and excitment I'm feeling about starting a blog. I survived them all. Maybe fear is part of what makes it all so exciting? Conquring the fear and going after my ambitions allows the excitement to grow stronger than the worry.

There is comfort in knowing that my List of Fears might actually create my List of Excitement.

List of Excitement:

  1. What will I write about? [Anything I want!]

  2. When will I have time to write! [Whenever I find the time!]

  3. Will anyone read it! [With promotion and hard work, yes someone will!]

  4. If anyone reads it, will they like it! [Of course they will!]

  5. Do I really have enough exciting things happen in life that I should have a blog? [Yes!]

  6. What will the blog be called? [Michael Rivers: The Blog!]

  7. How many different topics will I write about? [As many as I want!]

My first time is over. The first blog is complete.

It wasn't so scary after all.

Actually, it was rather exciting!