Friday, December 27, 2013

Best Character Development-EVER!

     When we're doing our best to evolve a character from bad to good...or...better yet, regress him or her from good to bad, it can be daunting.
     This morning, I caught a glimpse of a movie I'd seen years ago, and I have to tell you it is the best example of the development of a character that I've EVER seen. And instead of from bad boy to good, it is from good guy to downright rotten egg!
     Not Without My Daughter, starring Sally Field, shows the breakdown of a relationship and not for one reason, but for many. An American woman who married an Iranian doctor is the US agrees to travel to Iran with her husband, in spite of many misgivings. Before they leave, we catch glimpses of how he's often mistreated in the job force, but the wife never fully understands what he's been going through. However, once in Iran, the "good 'ol boy" bonding plus the pressure from his family to stay in Iran overshadows any feelings he might have for his wife. He soon falls back into the attitude of "master of the house" where his wife is concerned. And he makes it clear eventually through domestic violence that she WILL do whatever he wants her to.
     WHEW! For someone we empathize with early on, he surely changes before our eyes.
     WHY AM I TELLING YOU ALL OF THIS? Because his evolution or regression might be more apt, takes place brilliantly before our eyes.
     And how do we know this change is done realistically? Because this story actually happened.
     If you want a wonderful look at character personality change...see Not Without My Daughter. Seeing the subtle changes that take place until a caring, loving man does a complete one-eighty into a tyrant, this is the movie to see. Soak it up. This is the real deal for seeing a character turnaround quite literally before your eyes!

Friday, December 20, 2013

 
CONGRATS, MAXIE.  You won Tamera's Book!
Will be sending to your email!
 
Now, folks, I have:
FOUR MORE BOOKS TO GIVEAWAY!
 
            Lisa Lickel: The Potawatami Boy 
Davalynn Spencer: As You Are at Christmas
Karla Akins: The Pastor’s Wife Wears Biker Boots
Rick Barry: Gunner’s Run
 
Give me one good reason why you'd like to win one of these books!
MERRY CHRISTMAS
Leave your email addy by Sunday at noon!!!
 
WISHING ALL OF YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS

Monday, December 16, 2013

Grabbing Some Shortbread and Tea...Putting in the DVD Giveaway!

TAMERA KRAFT'S
A CHRISTMAS PROMISE!
Leave your email addy, don't forget,
in order to have a chance to win Tamera Kraft's, A Christmas Promise.
Unfortunately, I love to eat while enjoying my fave Christmas movies.
And I love sooo many of them.
Nativity Story
Scrooge, all versions
It's a Wonderful Life
The Christmas Story
Christmas in Connecticut
and so many more.
What is your fave Christmas movie and what snacks do you devour while watching?
Move over Chex Mix and The Christmas Card, here I come!
 
DON'T FORGET TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDY and the name of your fave Christmas movie by Wednesday when I'll draw a name for another freebie!
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS...
 


Friday, December 13, 2013

FAVE CHRISTMAS RECIPES AND FREE BOOKS!


What do these two things have in common?
CHRISTMAS!!!
DON'T FORGET TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDIES!!!!!! IN ORDER TO ENTER...
Congrats, Melanie B. for winning Polar Bear Plunge on Wednesday! Hope you enjoy!
HOW ABOUT A CHANCE TO WIN ROSE'S BOOK? See below!
Anyone with a favorite Christmas recipe? I’m giving you one here:

Wonderful Chocolate Fudge

2 cups white sugar
½ c whole milk and 1/2c half n half
½ cup cocoa
¼ cup butter
2t (or more) vanilla
Nuts optional

Butter sides of Dutch over or equivalent size saucepan. Mix sugar and cocoa together in pan, add milk and half n half until all is mixed well. Cook over medium heart STIRRING CONSTANTLY!!! Or it will separate. Once it is boiling, turn heat down a tad and stop stirring (just occasionally so that it won’t stick). Once it reaches the firm ball stage (unless you make a lot of candy, you’ll need a candy thermometer) if you can gauge it yourself, you know that a spoonful dropped into cold water, then drain and add more cold, you’ll pick up the glob and it will form a ball between your fingers that is slightly firm. (most recipes call for softball stage, but I’ve found that firmball works much better). Remove from heat, add vanilla and butter WITHOUT STIRRING. Don’t stir or move it around at all, just let it cool so that you can touch the outside of the pan comfortably. Grab a spoon and beat it until it starts to have a creamy look. Pour onto a piece of parchment, spreading out into a rectangular shape. Cut into pieces and seal in a container in the frig until Christmas (if you can wait that long). This is so creamy and wonderful. If it comes out sugary for any reason, it means it was disturbed while cooling, just add new milk and recook.

THIS IS DELICIOUS!!!
HOPE YOU ALL ENJOY! AND HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVE CMAS RECIPE? 

Leave it below by SATURDAY AT MIDNIGHT and add your email addy for a chance to win:

Rose Ross Zediker’s: Wedding on the Rocks

Monday, December 9, 2013

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas…with lots of giveaways!


Over the next few weeks, I’ll be giving away copies of some of my books and some from friends and clients. So hang onto that proverbial hat and get ready for giveaways galore! Just put your email addy in the comments and tell me why you love Christimas! Be sure and put in your email addy as I won’t search to find you for one. (DID THAT BEFORE TO BE NICE, WHAT A NIGHTMARE!) So be sure you include the addy.

Tell me…why do you love Christmas?

First book giveaway will be Polar Bear Plunge, a Christmas novella from White Rose Publishing. Then:

Rose Ross Zediker: Wedding on the Rocks

Tamera Kraft: A Christmas Promise

Lisa Lickel: The Potawatami Boy 

Davalynn Spencer: As You Are at Christmas

Karla Akins: The Pastor’s Wife Wears Biker Boots

Rick Barry: Gunner’s Run
 
LEAVE YOUR COMMENT FOR POLAR BEAR PLUNGE BY THIS WEDNESAY! I'LL PICK AND WINNER AND WE'LL START ON ROSE'S BOOK!