Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Saw this is trending on Twitter, so I decided to make a list myself. Here are ten things you should never say to a writer.

1. I need some extra cash. Maybe I'll write a book.

2. Have you gotten a real job yet?

3. I need someone to babysit (run errands, do me a favor, etc), and you obviously aren't doing anything, so...

4. You must not be that great of a writer if your books aren't even movies.

5. Can you tell me where to get the book for free? 

6. I have a great idea for a book, and I want you to write it.

7. So, you wrote a series instead of just one book. Guess all you care about is money, huh?

8. Oh, yeah, I just read a book with that exact same plot.

9. How much money can I make if I write books?

10. I don't like to read. Books are boring.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Thunderclap Campaign

If you are unfamiliar with Thunderclap, it is pretty simple. An author can work up a tweet with some hashtags (which can also be used as a post on FB), and they will ask for 100 people to support them by donating a tweet or post.

All you have to do is click the link below and then choose to donate a tweet or a post. The buttons actually say Support by Twitter or Support by Facebook. Choose one. That's all you have to do. Then, on the day my book is released Thunderclap will send out tweets and posts from my supporters pages to let people know that the book is out. This is my first time doing this, and I admit I am a bit intimidated by it all. If I don't get enough supporters, it will be a downer.

Please support my thunderclap.  Thank you!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Top Ten Surprise Ending Movies

 I love a good movie, especially if it has a surprise-twist ending. So, here is a list of my favorite ten movies with twists. At least these are the ten I can remember.

They are in no certain order, just whatever comes to mind first.

Spoilers Ahead (you've been warned)

1. The Mist: This movie was based on a Stephen King story. Although most of it was, I thought, typical and boring, the ending was the coolest thing ever, mainly cause I never saw it coming. What is the twist? Well, some people escape giants insects and killer monster things, or at least they think they are getting away. The car runs out of gas. Then, they hear a horrible growling sound getting closer and closer. Of course, they assume something is about to squish or eat them, so the star of the movie uses the last of his bullets to shoot his small son and all the other people in the car. Then, he gets out and waits for the monster to kill him. Only it isn't a monster. The growl is coming from a tank. The army has arrived to save him. Ooops.

2. Planet of the Apes: I remember watching this when I was a kid, the original and not the remake. An astronaut crashes on a strange planet with talking apes, and he spends the rest of the movie trying to get home only to finally figure out that he is home. He's landed on Earth in the future. Ooops.

3. Fight Club: The star of the movie tells us in the beginning that he's suffering from a terrible lack of sleep, so when we later finds out that he's imagined his new friend, Brad Pitt, it shouldn't surprise us. Yet it did.

4. The Sixth Sense: Bruce Willis plays a shrink, and he struggles to help a small boy who thinks he sees dead people. LOL. It never occurred to me that Bruce was dead the whole time. Guess I wasn't paying attention. 

5. Scream: This movie really got me, and it taught me a lot about good mis-direction. First, they make the killer look guilty. Then, they clear him of being the killer. Clever. Turns out there are two killers. I never saw it coming.

6. The Game: This movie is kind of old, but I still remember it. Michael Douglas gets a weird present for his birthday. Someone is trying to kill him. You know what they say about never feeling quite as alive as when you are close to dying. Turns out the whole thing is just a game, a set-up to bring that rosy glow back to his cheeks. I would have shot the person responsible for giving me this stupid present. There were so many ways this could have gone wrong. What if he'd had a heart attack?  Oops.

7. Frailty: This one shocked me. It was so awesome. This poor kid grows up with a nutty father who thinks he heard from an angel and that he's killing bad people for God. Only, it turns out he's telling the truth, and the rebellious son is eventually killed by the brother following in his dad's footsteps.

8. The Uninvited: This is a favorite of mine, although I kind of figured out what was going on. A girl is released from the hospital after spending a lot of time there following her mother's death. She just couldn't cope, and now she's thrust back into family life with a new stepmother she suspects is a killer and her sister is the only one who will take it seriously. Too bad her sister is dead, and she's actually talking to herself. Crazy? Yeah. Send her back to the hospital.

9. Hide and Seek: In the scenes, this looked so creepy with the little girl telling a woman that they're 'already playing the game' and how she tells her dad that she has a friend she isn't supposed to talk about. Her dad, a shrink, is worried about his poor little darling. Then we discover he's crazy and has a split personality. He's his daughter's weird friend, and he'll kill anyone she talks to about him.

10. The Perfect Getaway: A friend watched this movie before me and was shocked by the twist, so she challenged me to figure out what was going on before the end. I told her what was happening before the beginning credits even ended. LOL. The star couple are actually the killers pretending to be a couple on their honeymoon, but they killed those people. I realized it when they showed a video from the wedding at the start, but the bride and groom are never shown (at least not their faces). Ah-ha!

Did I fail to mention your favorite twist ending movie?

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Plea to the General Hospital Brass

I have been watching this show for years, started when I was in high school. In fact, you could say I was watching as a baby since my mom had it on while she was doing housework. I've stuck with you even during the dumbest, most boring storylines. Now I hear your ratings are dropping and people are turning it off. We already lost OLTL and AMC. 

Stop ruining the show!

I don't blame people for turning it off. My hand is close to doing the same thing. It's gotten ridiculous and makes me wonder why you are trying to kill it.

What is wrong with the show?

1. The Jason Head Game: I understand why you brought him back the way you did, so that people would get to know Billy Miller before he becomes Jason, but enough is enough! We are tired of the games. Did you pull wings off flies when you were little? Seriously, stop teasing us and lying to us and let the truth come out already. Then, we will have some drama worth watching.

2. Too Many Little Kids Saying Grown Up Things: Kids can be very cute and fun to watch, but these scenes with the children confessing their undying love and fighting over the same girl are silly and uncomfortable to watch. They make me laugh and not in a good way.

3. Characters Acting Dumb: It didn't surprise me when Liz went the selfish route and lied to Jason's face night after night to keep him with her. But too many characters are flipping from good to bad and others are just acting stupid. I'm with Nik on why doesn't anyone recognize Jason. Is it the water? Are they taking stupid pills? Is this a new Cassadine plot? Whatever it is, knock it off.

4. Dante is a Jealous Idiot: I understand you need to break up couples, give them problems, keep it interesting, but Dante is a detective. I would think he'd confront his wife about cheating, not jump the first available girl. Is he also taking the stupid pills?

5. Too Many Characters: There are way too many characters on this show. Seems like you are jumping through hoops trying to keep up with them. A lot of them, we don't even care for. Cut some of them loose before you bankrupt yourself and lose the show.

Anyway, that is my rant. I have LOVED this show for so many years and I hate to see it go down in flames. Fix it please. Or give the jobs to someone else and let them fix it.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

My Top Ten List

This Top Ten list is all about my favorite shows to watch on DVD.

These are my all-time favorite shows to watch over and over and over on DVD starting from least to number one favorite.

10. Big Bang Theory: I am starting with the Big Bang in the lowest position because it is on TV so much that I don't even need the DVDs at this time. Sheldon is my fave character. He is quirky and funny and tells it like it is.

9. Haven: This sci-fi show is my ninth fave because the characters are interesting, and it has exciting twists. If you've never watched it, it is based on a story by Stephen King. Parker, an FBI agent, comes to the little town of Haven in search of a mystery. Then, she finds out about the Troubles. You see, the citizens of Haven (some of them) suffer from supernatural powers that, in most cases, they cannot control. Parker is the only one who can help them. 

8. Boy Meets World: I put this at the 8th spot cause it is funny, and I enjoy watching the characters grown and change. As you know, two of the stars have returned in Girl Meets World. 

7. Frasier: Another funny show that I enjoy watching from time to time. My fave part is the relationship that finally happens between Niles and Daphne. Love the dog too. 

6. Fringe: This show only lasted five seasons, but it was an incredible story of the FBI chasing down supernatural events. I could have put X Files right here, but I haven't bought those DVDs yet. I actually think I prefer this show.

5. The Office: Funny show that starts off with Steve Carrel (don't think I spelled that right) as the self-absorbed boss who is more like a huge baby but does have his lovable moments. Unlike some shows, I love how this one wrapped up and showed us where all the characters go after it ends and what they do. Of course, Jim and Pam are my favorite characters. Amazing chemistry. Also enjoyed the character of Dwight. 

4. Smallville: The adventures of a young Superman played by Tom Welling. It starts off in high school with him leaning on his family and learning to deal with his super powers as they crop up. John Schneider made an awesome dad, and I hated it when they got rid of him. But the show had to move on, and Clark Kent had to grow up. Lex Luthor was like the best fr-enemy ever. Loved how he goes back and forth from good friend to hostile bad guy, always searching for the goodness deep in his heart.

3. Vampire Diaries: Every year I buy the new season. Now that Elena has left the show I'm not sure if that will continue. Depends on how they handle things without her. Damon is an awesome character because like Lex Luthor above he constantly fights that inner need to be evil and tries hard to be good. Those amazing eyes can make me forgive him almost anything.

2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: I watch the series once every year or so. The writing is exceptional, and the characters are so good that I even look forward to seeing the ones I'm not crazy about. 

1. Supernatural: This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who frequents this blog, my FB pages, etc. Yes, this is my all-time favorite show. Sam and Dean are such incredible characters, and I love to watch their relationship get stretched to its limits. My one problem with the show is how often they kill off my fave characters. We hardly have anyone left at this point, but I am hoping because they killed Death that some dead characters can return.

Well, that is the list of the top ten shows that I repeatedly watch and have DVDs of. Did I forget any great shows?  I am always looking for something interesting to watch. Let me know. :)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Retouched Photo

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Available for Pre-Order

CRUSHED is now available for pre-order at many online outlets. 

Available August 4, 2015

Get your copy early. The price will probably go up after August 4.

The Noah girls have beauty, powers, and brains. They use all three to play their games. They blow the dust, the boys are crushed, and no one is ever the same.

Each year the Noah girls play a secret game— Crushed. The rules are simple:

1. Use wisdom to pick your target. The boy can't be too weak or too strong-willed.
2. Blow the enchanted dust into your target's face to enchant (Crush) him.
3. Give verbal commands and assign them tasks to perform throughout the year. The more tasks completed, the stronger the witch's power grows.
4. At the end of the year, the witch with the most power wins cold, hard cash.

As if being a witch in high school isn't complicated enough, Kristen picks the wrong boy to Crush. Zach is tall, handsome, and a little scary. Her Crush spell isn't working on him like it has with the others. In fact, he is behaving the opposite of every other boy she's Crushed, hating her instead of adoring her. Something is definitely wrong. After someone attempts to kill her, Kristen realizes there is more at risk than a few hundred dollars. She may be betting with her life.