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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Blessings


Good morning!  

This past week, it suddenly dawned on me that Sunday was Easter. Unexpectedly, it seemed to creep up on me. Whether that is because life has been busier of late and I prefer routine – the comfortable, or because I have been thinking about some new writing opportunities, its sudden arrival took me by surprise. 
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Friday, March 29, 2013

Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell


                
About the Book:
Author: Siri Mitchell
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2013
Genre: Fiction; Christian, Historical
Rating: 3 ½ out of 5
             

Back from a whirlwind tour in Europe where she dined with some of England’s most prominent and has trunks full of the latest fashions, Lucy Kendall can think of nothing better than returning home to her home and father. As a candy maker, Lucy grew up under his teaching and is a dreamer as a result. Upon her arrival, she is told by her mother that her father suffered a heart attack and plans are underway to sell their failing confectionary. Horrified, Lucy refuses to see her father’s business sold to his competition in Warren Clarke – the man who stole her father’s prize taffy recipe, no less! More than mere upset is setting Lucy’s heart aflutter with the arrival of the handsome Charlie. His past is shadowed in mystery and regret yet there is something kind-hearted about him. By the time Lucy finds out that he is actually her competition, it's too late - Charlie has fallen for Lucy, and for the first time, he wants to be better. For Lucy.
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Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries



I have a confession to make.

Not the kind that will make you all gasp with horror (well… I don’t think you will anyway), rather one that reveals I have managed to not be a part of a certain fandom.

For the most part, I am not a person influenced if I have a firm conviction that I don’t want to be among fads and fandoms. Case in point: The boy bands of the nineties? Yeah, I was not a fan. The boy bands of today aren’t exactly geared towards my age-range, nevertheless do not get me started on them. Twilight? Nope! What is it about vampires that are… cool? Please, don’t say it’s romantic because I won’t buy it dear readers.

Anyway, I am getting off-topic. The point of this post was to confess something. Let’s get to that.

My name is Rissi…

…and on Friday, March the 15th at approximately 2 in the afternoon, I watched my very first webisode of…

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Playing for Keeps (2012)



Romantic comedies are one of my weaknesses. It’s a guilty pleasure that has resulted in memorable favorites then some were so bad they should have never been distributed. This one falls somewhere in-between – the concept is cute and seems more realistic than not, however the morals left much to be desired.
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Monday, March 25, 2013

The Seven Year Hitch (2012)


When you’re in the “market” of finding a new, delightful, family-friendly romantic comedy, there is no name more appropriately recommended than Hallmark Channel. This film
proves that philosophy.
 
For young Jennifer and Kevin, it was love at first… slinky. Way back when they were rambunctious six-year-olds, Jennifer and Kevin have been best friends – at first it may have had something to do with Kevin rescuing Jen’s slinky until it became one of mutual respect. They were inseparable and even now, remain close – much to the chagrin of Jen’s lawyer friend. Jennifer (Natalie Hall) is a professional making a good living and a success of her college education whereas Kevin (Darian Brooks) is drifting through life with little ambition “playing” at a career with board games and a three hour workday. It was this that led Jennifer to offer the extra bedroom in her home to Kevin – just until he got on his feet. That was seven years ago. And now, Jennifer’s snobbish boyfriend is becoming increasingly demanding that she kick Kevin out. Only trouble is, Kevin knows that Jen deserves better than her cheat of a boyfriend, he only needs to find a way to prove it to her.
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Saturday, March 23, 2013

11 Things


Hello, dear readers! Last week, the lovely Kellie nominated this blog for the Liebster Award, which was perfectly wonderful of her.

Kellie, thank you bunches for thinking of my blog for this award!
I am honored to be included.
Thank you


Below are the questions that came with it, and because I want too, every one of you who have under 300 followers (which is what the Liebster award is), you are all nominated for this one! Grab the award and answer Kellie's perfectly good questions.
And, yes, that may be a sign that I am too lazy to think up eleven new ones.
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Friday, March 22, 2013

Book Giveaway!


Good morning, friends! Today, I am pleased to be offering a copy of Susan May Warren's new novel, Take a Chance on Me as well as a "mass market edition" of Stephanie Meyer's The Host.

I don't know if you all have read any of Susan's novels but if you've not, you are missing out, friends. She has written every genre (suspense, historical and her primary, contemporary) and each she does well. As for the latter, I don't mind saying, this is the first I've read by Stephanie and golly, it's interesting. Click below the cut to find out more about these books and to enter for your chance to win one.

Good luck, everyone!
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Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Survivor by DiAnn Mills


About the Book:
Author: DiAnn Mills
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2013
Series: Houston Crime Scene - Book 2
Genre: Christian Fiction; Suspense
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: Ever since she nearly lost her life following up on research for her first suspense novel, Kariss Walker has become more cautious. Or that is what she tells everyone. Months after being kidnapped and nearly losing her life – plus that of the man she has given her heart to, Kariss is trying to move on. Part of that process was ending her relationship with FBI agent Tigo Harris. His lying to her about his past didn’t set well with Kariss and now she finds herself mistrusting him coupled with his lack of faith in God. Now, she is about to be pulled into writing a second suspense novel at the urging of Dr. Amy Garrett – a woman whose past is shadowed by a near-death experience. In pursuit of giving Amy’s story closure, Kariss again finds herself in need of help – even if it means turning to Tigo.
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Casting Rumors: Cinderella


Fairy-tales have been re-invented a lot lately. Spurred on by ABC's delightful Once Upon a Time, Disney has begun remaking many of its classic fables that are as old as time. Yesterday, while pursuing the Internet, I discovered some fun casting news tidbits and rumors for the upcoming live-action version of Cinderella. The bad news is that it's not supposed to be around until 2014, the good news is that supposedly Cate Blanchett has been cast as the "evil stepmother," and let's face it, she is going to be awesome in this role!
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Smoke Jumper (2008)


Unique frameworks for scripts are hard to come by. Unknown to the movie-goer who doesn’t take the time to uncover little-known titles, this is one that fits into that purview. And has the added benefit of being backed up by statistics.
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Friday, March 15, 2013

Link Love


Morning, all! Hope you all enjoy a bright, beautiful Friday.
Today, I've put together another edition of 'link love.'
These are some of the links that are making me deliriously happy.
Or annoyed.

Why, yes, I am a simple girl.
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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Star Trek (2009)


Star Trek
 
Though it boasts an amazing cast, a decent script and a theme song that nearly anyone will recognize, this re-boot of the classic science fiction franchise wasn’t as captivating as I expected – and wanted it to be.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Avenged by Janice Cantore


About the Book:
Author: Janice Cantore
Publisher: Tyndale
Publication Date: 2013
Genre: Christian Fiction, Suspense
Rating: 3 out of 5

Review: Carly Edwards feels like by God’s grace she has come through her most challenging ordeals and is better off for them. After a year of separation, she and husband Nick are finally reconciled having renewed their commitment to one another – this time as Christians – and Nick has landed a great promotion within the Las Playas PD, heading up the gang taskforce. Carly herself is struggling over what comes next in her ten-year career; she always thought she’d be happy to stay on patrol forever. Her partner is considering going for a detective’s position and Carly has been offered a place on an FBI taskforce. Before she can decide what to do, a gang war is seemingly waged between two of Las Playas rival gangs and a reporter is determined to discredit Carly as a LPPD officer.
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Cover Candy: Seventh Edition


Hello, there, book lovers! So... here is yet another edition of some gorgeous cover candy! Some of them are out-dated, meaning you all have seen them already, although I hope you find something new to add to that ever-growing TBR stack or just something to gush over! *wink*
 
Any one up for some more book talk? If so, leave some comments on which are favorites!
Don't be shy!
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Friday, March 8, 2013

Grave Consequences by Lisa T. Bergren


About the Book:
Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Publisher: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2013
Series: “Grand Tour” (book 2)
Genre: Christian Fiction; Historical
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: Since first discovering she was a part of the prosperous, wealthy American copper family, the Kensington’s, Cora has begun to forge relationships with her half-siblings and their traveling party. Near-death experiences and grand parties have fashioned some of the most harrowing and wonderful experiences of Cora’s life. Feeling more accepted by her two sisters and brother, her heart has been thrown into turmoil. Dashing and handsome with a wealth beyond her imagination, Cora has caught the eye of Pierre, a member of Paris’ aristocracy whose wealth is welcomed in her father’s company but whose lifestyle seems more akin to that of royalty to the simple farming upbringing Cora had. Enchanted by his suit and kind-hearted manners, were her heart not already given to the young tour guide, Will – whom her stern father would never approve of – Cora could see herself welcoming Pierre’s suit. How can she go about pleasing her new family, protecting Will from the wrath her father could surely unleash all while staying true to her own self?
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Undercover Bridesmaid (2012)


Borrowing inspiration from one particularly well-known script, Hallmark Channel gets everything right in this cute comedy that wanders – even if only of the mildly amusing sort – into the “dangerous” world of private security. 
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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Lady Antebelllum: Downtown


About the Song:
Type: Single
Debut: #1 Single
Writing Credits: Luke Laird, Shane McAnally and Natalie Hemby
Release Date: 2013

Review: If I were to pinpoint the beginnings of my love of Lady A’s music it’d be with their charming lead single off Own the Night, “Just a Kiss.” In that song, they won my musical sensibilities (such as they are) over completely. Since then, MP3 files of past hits have found a place in iPod files and their most recent album was one that ended up among my CD collection. Now, with the build-up to a 2013 album about to drop, the lead single (not to be confused with 'Downton') has been released, and gosh, what a terrific tune it is. Led vocally by Hillary Scott, the song is an upbeat tempo with some kickin’ it good lyrics to match. 
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Monday, March 4, 2013

Casting News: Downton Abbey


Guess what!? There is finally news confirming casting rumors - according to multiple sources, including Masterpiece - about Downton's fourth season! (Plus some juicy character tidbits.) These picks- and their characters, have me giddy with anticipation, this I will confess. As always, any readers who wish to remain spoiler free of the final events of series three leading into the autumn premiere of series four... please do not read ahead! Those of you who don't mind some jolly good Downton gossip and fun, please overflow the comments section!
 
Big shout-out to my lovely friend, Ruth A. for these - and for reminding me how exciting series four is going to be.
*smile*  
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Skyfall (2012)


Skyfall James Bond

An impeccable suit and cool gadgets are synonymous with James Bond. Just celebrating its fiftieth anniversary has made Ian Flemming’s fictional super spy the longest running film franchise to date with twenty-three titles to its credit. Skyfall pays tribute to that.
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Sunday, March 3, 2013

To Honor and Trust by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller


About the Book:
Author: Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2013
Series: Bridal Veil Island (book 3 of 3)
Genre: Fiction; Christian, Historical  
Rating: 3 out of 5

Review: Working as the live-in tutor for the kind-hearted and welcoming Bridgeport family, Callie Deboyer has been accepted by their family as one of their own. Mrs. Bridgeport wants to see Callie make a prestigious match this summer, leaving Callie with mixed feelings about her work that which has stirred uncertain emotions in Callie about what God may want of her future. Every year, the family winters on Bridal Veil Island, only this year her duties have doubled with the recent marriage of the family’s nanny. Upon arrival to the cottage at the family’s winter getaway, a replacement is found giving Callie the opportunity to take her eldest pupil, Thomas to his tennis and golfing lessons. Where the tennis instructor is a rude, demanding man, Callie cannot help but be intrigued by the kind-hearted golf pro, Wes. Unbeknownst to her, Wes isn’t what he seems. Complicating matters is Wes’ own interest in Callie – especially the hard-to-impress attitude she affects. With uncertainties and questions of God himself, Wes’ own future leaves him wondering, what comes next? 
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Friday, March 1, 2013

Oscar Opulence


Every new calendar year brings out Hollywood’s best (disclaimer: this is a term I use loosely, mind you) for an award’s ceremony to rival all others known as The Oscars – or the Academy Awards. It's always within the first two months of the year bringing out the most “elite” who never cease to embarrass themselves with their shenanigans. And, although I honestly didn’t plan on blogging about it, apparently... I changed my mind. Please, do not ask why this is - near as I can figure, I was bored. Or something!

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