Saturday, April 13, 2019

My 2019 Top Summer Film List


Summer is coming up and so is the blockbuster season. I thought I would compile a few of the movies I am looking forward to seeing. 


1. Avengers: The End Game
Release Date: April 25th

The Avengers: Infinity War ended with a huge cliff hanger.  Release date: April 25th

Action Film. Description: After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions and restore order to the universe.  


2. Rocketman (2019)
Release Date: May 31st.
Biography, Drama
Description: A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years. 
Director: Dexter Fletcher. Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard, Taron Egerton, Richard Madden, Jamie Bell 



3. The Hustle (2019)
Release Date May 10
Comedy. 
Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star as female scam artists. one low rent and the other high class, who team up to take down the dirty rotten men who have wronged them. 
Director: Chris Addison. Stars: Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Tim Blake Nelson, Alex Sharp. 



4. Aladdin (2019) 

Release Date May 24
Adventure, Comedy, Family 
A kindhearted Arabian street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make the deepest wishes come true. Director: Guy Ritchie. Stars: Naomi Scott, Will Smith, Alan Tudyk, Mena Massoud. 



5. Late Night (2019)
Release Date June 7
Emma Thompson stars as a late-night talk show host- the only female host on air-- who's at risk of losing her plum TV gig. She teams up with the sole female writer on her staff, played by Mindy Kaling who wrote the screenplay, in an attempt to make the show a hit once again. 


6. Men in Black: International (2019) 
Release Date: June 14
Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

It will be weird not seeing Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. I have liked everyone of Men in Black films. 

Description: The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization. 
Director: F. Gary Gray. Stars: Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth, Rebecca Feguson, Liam Neeson.


7. Toy Story 4 (2019)  
Release Date June 21
Animation, Adventure, Comedy. 

I am concerned this film will be a lot like the other three Toy Story films. The trailer gives me the feeling it is but I will just have to go see it to find out.  No matter if it is the same storyline I will still enjoy it. Hopefully.

When a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy. 
Director: Josh Cooley. Stars: Jordan Peele, Patricia Arquette, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks. 


8. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) 
Release date: July 5
Action, Adventure, Comedy
Peter Parker and his friends go on summer vacation to Europe, where Peter finds himself trying to fight off a new foe, Mysterio, who as his name indicates may not be all that he appears. 
Director: Jon Watts. Stars: Zendaya, Laura Harrier, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Holland. 



9. The Lion King (2019)
Release Date: None at this moment
Animation, Adventure, Drama

Description: After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery. 
Direction: Jon Favreau. Stars: Amy Sedaris, Shadhadi Wright Joseph, Seth Rogen, Donald Glover. 



Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Isle of Gold by Seven Jane Book Review and Giveaway






SYNOPSIS

Mystery, Myth and Magic Meet in an Epic Adventure of Two Women Lost at Sea—
and the Secret that Binds Them Together
AN ORPHAN DISGUISED AS A PIRATE SETS SAIL FOR A MYSTICAL ISLAND IN HOPES OF UNRAVELING THE MYSTERIES OF HER PAST
The year is 1716—the Golden Age of Pirates. An orphan who sleeps in the dusty kitchens of a quayside brothel, Merrin Smith is desperate to unravel the secrets of her past and find the truth about the events that brought her to the Caribbean island of Isla Perla as a child. Disguised as a sailor, and with the help of her longtime friend Claudette, Merrin joins the crew of the pirate ship Riptide, helmed by the notorious Captain Erik Winters. Tenacious and rumored a madman, Winters is known as much for his ruthlessness as for his connection to the enigmatic and beautiful proprietress of the Goodnight Mermaid, Evangeline Dahl, who vanished from Isla Perla two summers before.

At sunset the Riptide sails for the mythical island of Bracile, a place hidden between air and sea and that exists only for a moment every two years, and which has never returned any man who has sailed for its shores. The journey will be perilous and long, and it will take Merrin far away from the only home she’s ever known. Because she can read, Merrin will serve as the Captain’s apprentice, deciphering old texts for clues to the island’s whereabouts as the ship sails through haunted, frozen waters and into the very heart of the ocean. As she struggles to navigate the rough, seafaring life aboard a pirate ship, Merrin must keep her identity hidden from the scrupulous gaze of not only Captain Winters, but also Mister Brandon Dunn, the ship’s surly, legend-spouting quartermaster, and Tom Birch, the charming boatswain Merrin can’t help but feel drawn to.

As the Riptide makes its way to Bracile, Merrin begins to suspect that the men she has worked so hard to deceive may in fact be more connected to her than she would have imagined, and that perhaps her own past might have more to do with the Dunn’s legends and myths than she ever could have guessed.

In The Isle of Gold [Black Spot Books, October 9, 2018] Merrin Smith must face perilous waters, cursed sea goddesses, and the embodiments of some of the ocean’s most terrifying legends as she not only struggles to survive her journey, but to find the answers to the mysteries of her past.

A story where history meets fantasy, The Isle of Gold is an epic, emotional adventure of two women—one desperate to save herself, and the other determined to be rescued—and the secret which binds them together.  

“For as long as men have sailed the ocean, they have told stories about the sea,” says Jane. “It’s a place of mystery, myth, and magic—and this makes The Isle of Gold a perfect setting for an epic adventure that is not only a tale of historical fiction, but of the very evolution of a woman’s spirit as she seeks to find herself in a world of unpredictability and uncertainty.”

“There is an old saying that ‘the cure for anything is saltwater—tears, sweat, or the sea.’ In The Isle of Gold, Merrin’s journey requires all three.”  



Praise for THE ISLE OF GOLD


“Part fairytale, part fantasy, part romance, Jane’s debut is full of colorful characters [and] a plot that will thrill the heart of any lover of magic, legends, and epic adventure.” —Booklist

"Jane weaves a tale of myth and magic . . . This tempting novel will entrance." —Publishers Weekly

"A delightful, well researched and evocative historical fantasy that succeeds in bringing a fascinating era to life.” —Midwest Book Review  

MY BOOK REVIEW

Taken on the tale of myths of a love affair between Mistress Evangeline Dahl and Captain Winter. Evangeline disappeared causing Captain Winter to never stop searching for her. He does anything in his power to find her. An orphaned girl Merrin Smith disguises herself as the male sailor "Westley Rivers" in hopes of working on the Riptide, navigated by the notorious Captain Winter. 
Will Westley land the job? Will she work with Captain Winter? The articles of the Pirate code strictly forbids women from sailing aboard pirate ships with a penalty of death. Will she get caught?

This book reminds me a lot of Pirates of the Caribbean, Treasure Island. Seven Jane did a great job of making a great example of a strong female lead; mentally tough, strong, but also vulnerable with her physical limitations of a male crew. The details of each character make this book very captivating. The way it is written allows you to escape into this world and the life of the characters. Each character has their own dialogue. These characters are very relatable. There are so many exciting plot twists. It is an emotional tale of family and longing to find one's place in the world. This is a fun fantasy book with romance and life struggles. I would highly recommend reading this book. I am hoping there will be a book 2. 


I received a digital copy from Jean Book Nerd in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

PHOTO CONTENT FROM SEVEN JANE
Seven Jane is an author of dark fantasy and speculative fiction. Her debut novel, The Isle of Gold, was published by Black Spot Books in October 2018.

Seven is a member of The Author's Guild and Women's Fiction Writing Association. She writes a weekly column for WFWA's Industry News newsletter, and is a regular contributor to The Nerd Daily.

She is represented by Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management and supported by Smith Publicity.


WEBSITE: http://www.sevenjane.com/
TWITTER: @sevenjanewrites
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18030363.Seven_Jane
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/sevenjanewrites
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/sevenjanewrites/ 

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Convergence by Ginny L. Yttrup Book Review & Amazon Gift Card Giveaway




ABOUT THE BOOK:

A psychologist paralyzed by fear.
A mother propelled by love.
A stalker bent on destruction.
Psychology professor Dr. Denilyn Rossi contends that the past is either a shadow that haunts us or a force that propels us. The choice is ours, she tells her students. What she doesn’t tell them is that her own past is a shadow she can’t seem to shake. Fear has immobilized her and is taking a costly toll.
Adelia Sanchez, however, has embraced Dr. Rossi’s teaching. She is ready to confront fear and render it powerless—using the trauma of her past to propel her to entrap the man who stalked and brutally attacked her.
Book: Convergence
Author: Ginny L Yttrup
Genre: Christian thriller/suspense
Release Date: March, 2019
Click here to purchase your copy.
MY BOOK REVIEW

"Convergence" was my first time reading a book written by Ginny L. Yttrup and won't be the last. This book is defiantly an action, thriller, and suspense. We are taken into Dr. Deni who is a psychology professor life. We read about the stalker who changed Dr. Deni's life. She now suffers from PTSD. 
At times it can be confusing when it flips between the past and present. Its narrated by Deni and Adella. The flashbacks are narrated by Deni. Pay attention to the dates so you can follow the story better. I didn't pay attention to the dates on the chapters until the 10th chapter. The beginning was on the slow pace side but once I got towards the middle more it became a page-turner.  Ginny L.Yttrup did a great job of making lots of plot twists, as well as, making this story sound like it could have actually happened to someone. I would highly recommend this book. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ginny Yttrup is the award-winning author of WordsLost and FoundInvisible, and Flames. She writes contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys exploring the issues everyday women face. Publishers Weekly dubbed Ginny’s work “as inspiring as it is entertaining.” When not writing, Ginny coaches writers, critiques manuscripts, and makes vintage-style jewelry for her Esty shop, Storied Jewelry (etsy.com/shop/StoriedJewelry). She loves dining with friends, hanging out with her adult sons, or spending a day in her pajamas reading a great novel. Ginny lives in northern California with Bear, her entitled Pomeranian. To learn more about Ginny and her work, visit ginnyyttrup.com.

More About Convergence

A psychologist paralyzed by fear.
A mother propelled by love.
A stalker bent on destruction.
 Dr. Denilyn Rossi’s past is a shadow that haunts her. Adelia Sanchez’s past is a force that propels her. When Denilyn’s past and Adelia’s present converge at the Kaweah River, a dangerous man bent on destruction threatens them both. Will he uncover the secret Deni and Adelia have fought so hard to protect? Find out in Convergence by Ginny L. Yttrup.
 Read an Exclusive Excerpt from Convergence:
She straightens, squares her shoulders, and takes a deep breath as she climbs aboard the plane. There are no seats, the other divers are piled close to one another on the floor. Mike points to an open space near him. She lowers herself, sits, pulls her knees to her chest, and then looks out the oval window next to her.
That’s when she sees him.
Her breath catches. She leans in, cups her hands on the glass to cut the glare, and peers out.
It can’t be. . . . Mouth dry, she tries to swallow. She looks away.
Her heart batters her chest and her pulse roars in her ears, nearly drowning out the clamor of the plane’s propeller. It isn’t him. You’re imagining things, she tells herself. She inhales then exhales. She takes another look then stares at the man near the hangar. He pulls some­thing from his shirt pocket, sticks it in his mouth. A cigarette? She watches as he lights it. It isn’t him. He doesn’t smoke. Anyway, it’s impossible. She knows where he is, and it isn’t here.
He’s seen her staring at him through the window of the plane. He takes a drag, flicks ash to the ground, and smiles. But his eyes behind the sunglasses are cold. Hard.
She steadies herself as the plane shoots down the runway then lifts. As memories flash, perspiration trickles down her back. She inhales again, deeper this time. It wasn’t him. Let it go, she admon­ishes, then shakes her head.
Fear will not win. Not this time. Not ever again.
Within what feels to her like mere moments, the group of profes­sional skydivers have all jumped, and she stands, back pressed against Mike, hooked to his harness. They brace themselves against the pum­meling force of wind as they wait near the gaping opening in the side of the plane. She pulls goggles from the top of her head down over her eyes.
There’s no room in her mind now for thoughts of the man on the ground, or of the man who haunts her memories. There’s no room for thoughts of any kind. Terror, as she well knows, is all-consuming. Her breaths are shallow, her pulse races.
“Step to the edge,” Mike yells. When she doesn’t move, he yells again, this time his breath hot against her ear. She hesitates then steps forward, him stepping in sync with her. There’s nothing to see but the vast expanse.
“Go!” Mike shouts.
Heart hammering her rib cage, she leans forward, eyes squeezed shut, and falls more than jumps into nothingness, arms stretched wide. She anticipates the sensation of falling—stomach lifting to throat—but it isn’t evident as she’d expected. Nor is the velocity at which she knows they’re falling. She dares to open her eyes, only aware of the force of air pushing her cheeks back to her ears, which makes her laugh.
The free fall is like nothing she’s experienced. She laughs again, the sound carried heavenward on the drafts, she imagines. Too soon she’s jerked, hard, the harness cutting into her thighs, and pulled upward with what seems like exceeding force. She hadn’t expected the force.
But then they’re floating. Soaring. “Oh,” she whispers. She wants to take it all in, remember every exhilarating moment. These currents she could ride forever. Tension is replaced by peace, pervasive peace.
Quietude. Silence. Wonder.
“That was a hard pull.” Mike’s shouted words behind her threaten to break the spell, but she’s enchanted and pays little attention. She assumes the pull—the parachute opening and catching air—was harder than usual but fine. They’re fine. She doesn’t understand. Doesn’t know what’s to come. How could she?
As they float, her eyes are trained on the ground below. The earth is a patchwork of tones. She sees the river, a thread, stitched across the quilt of colors. She searches for familiar landmarks as her sense of confidence soars. She’s done it. Faced fear, terror even, and—
Suddenly they’re plummeting.
Tumbling.
Head first. Arms and legs akimbo.
Land and sky spin as they interchange. Her lungs deflate. Pres­sure. The currents, tumultuous, pull her under and then spit her out. She can’t breathe. Why can’t she breathe? She gasps. She’s drowning. Help! Someone, help! But no. . . There’s no water. Instead, she’s above, where there’s nothing. Just. . .
Nothing.
Nothing to reach for. Nothing to grab. Nothing to save her.
A scream sounds in her mind. Rings in her ears. Scathes her throat.
Her scream?
Awareness hits. She’s going to die. It’s her only thought. There are no thoughts of those she loves. Those who love her. Memories don’t flash. No, just the one thought. The only thought she has time for.
She is going to die.
Then. . .
Everything goes black.
Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Ginny is away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of Convergence!!

TO ENTER CLICK HERE

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the below to enter. 

Blog Stops

By The Book, March 28
Simple Harvest Reads, March 28 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Multifarious, March 29
Remembrancy, March 30
Book by Book, April 2
Genesis 5020, April 6
Pause for Tales, April 6
Splashes of Joy, April 7
Bigreadersite, April 8
The Lit Addict, April 8
The Becca Files, April 10



Monday, April 8, 2019

Money Making Sites and Apps


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Reentry by Peter Cawdron Book Review and Giveaway

SYNOPSIS After almost dying on Mars, astronaut Liz Anderson returns to Earth, but not to a hero’s welcome. America is in turmoil...