Friday, March 6, 2015

Friday's Film Adaptions: Darby O'Gill and the Good People by Herminie Templeton Kavanagh

Initially released in 1903 and the inspiration for the 1959 Walt Disney movie, "Darby O'Gill and the Little People, " this novel is told through chapters that could be read individually as short stories. The story is set in Ireland and includes the story of Darby O'Gill's sojourn in the mountain home of the fairies, when he wins his freedom (and fairy gold) from King Brian Connors. Other chapters include "How the Fairies Came to Ireland, " "Darby O'Gill and the Leprechaun, " and "The Adventures of King Brian." The final chapter, "The Banshee's Comb, " is a fantastic tale in which Darby must match wits with the banshee and her ghosts, or meet his doom.

A wily old codger matches wits with the king of the leprechauns and helps play matchmaker for his daughter and the strapping lad who has replaced him as caretaker.
Release dates: June 26, 1959
Running time: 93 minutes
Albert Sharpe as Darby O'Gill
Janet Munro as Katie O'Gill
Sean Connery as Michael McBride
Jimmy O'Dea as King Brian
Kieron Moore as Pony Sugrue
Estelle Winwood as Widow Sheelah Sugrue
Walter Fitzgerald as Lord Fitzpatrick
Denis O'Dea as Father Murphy
Jack MacGowran as Phadrig Oge (King Brian's adjutant)


This is very close to being my absolute favorite Disney film of all time.  The humor, the singing(and yes James Bond sings), okay the dialogue can be a wee bit cheesy at times but it fits, and the overall look of the film is just a perfect blend.  I've never read the short stories that the film was based from but even if they're only half as good as the movie, I know I will love them and I'm sure they are more than that good.  As a decendant of Irish immigrants, March has always been a special time in our house and I haven't missed a single year of the tradition of watching this film.  I actually look more forward to watching this film and The Quiet Man more so even than I do with A Christmas Carol when December rolls around.




Stitches- Because Some Wounds Need More Than a Band-Aid Cure by Jeremy L Blunt

Title: Stitches- Because Some Wounds Need More Than a Band-Aid Cure
Author: Jeremy L Blunt
Genre: Non-Fiction
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Length: 184 pages
Publisher: Upland Avenue Publishing Group
Cover Artist: Daniela Frongia
Have you ever found yourself at a loss when trying to figure out why relating to the very people you feel you have to or should be able to communicate well with just doesn’t work?  Have you ever had that feeling after you come out of something which gave you the blues while in it, was actually not as bad as you made it if only you had paid attention to the signs and lessons from previous events? If either of these things sound like you then “STITCHES” are what you need.  We look for answers from everywhere in the world, our friends, church members, parents, celebrities and sometimes even our enemies but never inside ourselves.

STITCHES are the tools we need to address the issues we have.  If you’re tired of putting a Band-Aid on wounds that seem to just keep resurfacing and don’t seem to go away, then I encourage you to start using stitches instead.  AS you read “STITCHES”, allow it to broaden your perspective and increase your confidence that you are not as lost as you may have believed.

 The problem with most relationships is not the baggage that people knowingly bring into them, it is with the baggage that they have, know they have but act like it is not there.  Now let's be honest.  We all have baggage.  Baggage is what we pick up from life's experiences that affect how we react to things, how we deal with people, and how we carry ourselves.  All baggage is not bad baggage.  For instance, it is only after you deal with someone who is independent that you determine if moving forward, you want someone else who is also independent or if you would rather have someone who just has independency. Either way, the baggage we carry from situation to situation affects us differently.

Ideally when we met someone we would like for their baggage to be displayed and scanned as it would be going through check in at an airport.  First giving them an opportunity to dispose of anything that would be hazardous to anyone else around and then going through a thermo scan.  The problem with baggage does not come when we are dealing with someone who is upfront with baggage that is not necessarily healthy but rather when things pop up that they claim to know nothing about.  On my last trip to the airport, I remember hearing several announcements about baggage not being left unattended or taking packages from people that you do not know.  We should treat the people we deal with every day with the same level of security and caution.  Until we know what at least pops up during their initial scan, we should not pursue them past the outer lobby of our life.  In other words, they should remain associates.  They should not get VIP treatment or otherwise they may feel and act like they are entitled to more than they are.  Then you will feel guilty and try and fast track them to the exclusive area prematurely.  To catch a plane now, they tell you to be at the airport at least two hours before your flight so you can go through all of the proper checks and still make your flight on time.  We should treat everyone we meet with the same expectation.  If they are not willing to show up early, stand in a line or two for a few minutes, and undergo pre checks, then they may as well be labeled as a terrorist and should be treated hostile.  I mean let's face it, what is the point of blood, sweat, and tears if you are not going to use the lessons it has taught you to better yourself.  Would you knowingly let a terrorist come on a plane that you are boarding?  Of course not!  Then why do we let people in our lives without proper clearance.  You need to know something about the people you deal with. Where they are from?  Who have they been with?  Who they people are? Have they picked up any habits, I mean packages, from strangers along the way?

Even after going through baggage check, people still can have extra stuff that can threaten your life.  An example of this is insecurities.  Let us say you have met this guy and he seems to have it pretty much together.  He is a dream come true.  You open up and allow him to board your life.  Once in the air you realize he has tendencies.  He always wants to know about the names of people from a previous manifest.  He also asked repeatedly about current passengers who are just temporary passengers until the next stop or two.  You understand his concerns but point out that none of these issues surfaced or questions were asked during initial boarding.  You pacify him by giving him everything it seems that he would need but nothing is helping. He wants to dig deeper and ask more questions.  This is a classic example of what I call “unauthorized baggage”. Unauthorized baggage can have you off balance with very little to no clue as to why.  When a partner is overly aggressive or possessive, it can weigh you down to the point where you are ready to start throwing things off.  When nothing you do seems to be working, you will start eliminating things that are actually in your life to help you; like fuel, food or even extra oxygen (friends who give you life).  Again, those closest to you will give you warning signs when this happens.  Your body will also be a good sign of indicators.  Do not ignore the signs.  Pay attention, life has a way of getting your attention. If you are not careful you will find yourself starting to become distant with friends and even point the figure at others as the reason to why things are the way they are.

Medelssohn: Octet in E flat, Op. 20-1
Van Cliburn Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1 & Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 2
Michael Meets Mozart
More Than Anything – Lamar Campbell & Spirit of Praise
Grateful – Hezekiah Walker, Love Fellowship Choir

Life and Favor – John P. Kee and New Life feat. James Fortune
Her Heart – Anthony Hamilton
My Favorite Thing – Ronald Isley featuring Kem
Rise and Fall – Craig David feat Sting
All of Me – John Legend
Sweat – Toni Braxton & Babyface

Author Bio:
Jeremy L. Blunt is a capitol city native of Louisiana and a graduate of the East Baton Rouge Public School System.  He is a proud Husband, Father, and Mentor.  He is married to the former LaTrisha Earline Milton, also of Baton Rouge. He has two daughters, Kaylie and Amerie Blunt. His hobbies include traveling, reading, exercising, and interacting with people.  He is honorably retired from the Louisiana National Guard.  While also defending his country, Jeremy has and continues to be very active in his community.  He serves as a Minister to young people and serves and advises several boards in his community.  Jeremy attended Louisiana State University and attends HOPE Bible Institute for Theology and Religious Studies.

Jeremy is a motivated speaker and teacher who delivers a message of self empowerment and change to audiences of all demographics.  He continues to work with “at-risk” youth and considers it as one of the most rewarding experiences of his life.  He is an advocate for service and continued education.  
Jeremy lives by the motto: “Change comes from those willing to do things differently”.


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Awakening Fire by Larissa Emerald

Title: Awakening Fire
Author: Larissa Emerald
Series: The Divine Tree Guardians #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Robin Ludwig
Publisher: Castle Oak Publishing LLC
Release Date: March 5, 2015
The return of sculptor Emma Grant to her Georgia home town sparks the return of the visions she tries to deny and rekindles a centuries-old feud between shape shifters Venn Hearst, guardian of the Divine Tree (The Tree Of Knowledge) and his nemesis. Emma is determined to place and dedicate the statue honoring her beloved grandmother despite Venn’s opposition; despite the fact she is in love with Venn, despite his sacred duty not to permit it. Will she overcome a test of evil or shatter Venn's world?

Author Bio:
Larissa Emerald writes paranormal, futuristic and contemporary romances. She is a Romance Writers of America 2013 Golden Heart Finalist for her romantic suspense, RAMPANT PERFECTION which will be available in the fall of 2015.

A combination of her love of reading and her vivid imagination―plus a strong desire to rewrite the endings of movies that just didn’t end right―lead Larissa into the world of writing.

Larissa has lived in Florida for her entire life. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching baton twirling and dance, traveling with her husband of 41 years, baking and cooking―usually altering the recipe―and playing dress up with the brightest lights in her life, her four grandchildren.



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Cover Reveal: Loving Kate by D Kelly

Title: Loving Kate
Author: D Kelly
Series: Acceptance #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Expected Release Date: March 23, 2015
Photography & Cover Design: Regina Wamba of Mae I Design
Models: Daniel Ford & Julia Plan

Katherine Moore has loved Michael Matthews since they were children. She’s also in love with his best friend. After her world was turned upside down, she made an impulsive choice which may have cost her the loves of her life. Now, as she tries to make amends, she has to choose one of them. But how do you choose between two men who love you unconditionally?

Things continue to get even more complicated with the arrival of baby Lucas. In the midst of it all, her college graduation looms on the horizon and her future has never seemed more unclear. When she finally declares which man she can’t live without, he refuses to let Kate back into his heart. Everything seems hopeless until a sudden change of events puts her in day to day contact with the man she loves.

As they both struggle to accept their new circumstances, Kate can’t help but hope this will be their second chance at happily ever after. Will the man of her dreams be able to forgive her or will she finally have to accept that she’s truly lost the love of her life?
Loving Kate is the third and final full-length novel in The Acceptance Series.

Author Bio:
I'm a wife, a mom and a dog lover. I'm also a taxi, problem fixer, extreme multi-tasker and my kids biggest fan in anything that they do. I love to write, so when my career suddenly derailed I turned back to my love of writing. I married my high school sweetheart... how cool is that? Margaritas and sarcasm make me happy. Chocolate makes that happiness grow exponentially. People who make me laugh are my favorite kind of people. I believe Karma is a bitch who slaps back hard and that mean people suck. I'm California born and raised, I love the beach but hate the sand. The Acceptance Series is my first series with more books to come soon.


Breaking Kate #1

Catching Kate #1.5

Releasing Kate #2

Cover Reveal: Renewed Faith by Heather Mullins

Title: Renewed Faith
Author: Heather Mullins
Series: The Baldoni Files #1.5
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: Coming Soon
Cover Design: Freya Barker

Angelo Baldoni doesn’t do relationships—he does flings and one-night stands. But it wasn’t always that way. See, Angelo was supposed to have the happily ever after with his childhood sweetheart, Isabella. But that future was lost in an instant and his world crumbled when the love of his life was viciously murdered. Now beaten and broken, his faith lost, he goes through the motions of everyday life.

Mia Bailey is an outspoken, headstrong woman with a heart of gold. But having been hurt herself more than once in her life, she has walls up, refusing to let anyone in. Being the newbie of the crime lab, she’s heard all kinds of things about the detectives of the Detroit Police department, but it’s Angelo that calls to her.

When these two are put on a case together, both feel something they want to deny but can’t. With his faith shattered and her protective walls up, will they be able to let their feelings intervene and have renewed faith or will their haunting pasts get the better of them?

Chapter 1
     Do you believe in love at first sight?  Neither do I.  Well, at least I didn’t.  I can pinpoint the exact day that all my thoughts on the matter changed.  When the ideology of ‘true love’ became more of a reality than a myth.  When love at first sight became a name.
     Angelo Baldoni.  Detective Angelo Baldoni to be exact.  Hot shot detective for the Detroit Homicide division.  He embodies everything I don’t want to find in a man, but it calls to me like a lighthouse in a storm.  I’ve heard the name—the myth, the man, the legend—from my colleague, Nate Brennan.  Nate often comes into the office, spouting the tales of him and his best friends, Angelo and Bobby.  It only fuels the infatuation I’ve started to develop for Angelo.
     I secretly yearn for a chance to work with Angelo, but as luck would have it, those chances are nearly non-existent.  With me being a rookie and him being a seasoned detective, it doesn’t happen often. Until, that is, I was finally assigned a case.  I knew it would most likely be menial tasks; tagging bodies, cataloging evidence, getting coffee for everyone else, but it’s my shot to see the man in action.  I jumped on the case and went into it with gusto.
     Working in the crime lab, the job itself isn’t very rewarding.  Having to mostly rely on the strengths of the entire team, while constantly worrying about screwing up one minor detail, it’s more stressful than anything.
     When I was younger, I discovered that I had an ability that not many possess.  It might sound silly, and a lot of people think I’m just flat out nuts when I tell them, but I’m able to see the dead.  Well, maybe not see the dead, per se, but sense them.  Their energy presents itself to me, casting a shadow sometimes, but more often than not it’s just the feeling that they’re with me.  For the longest time, I tried my hardest to ignore my ability, but the older I get, the more I embrace this sixth sense.
     So, when I walk into the crime scene, an abandoned house, the heaviness of a lost soul’s energy nearly brought me to my knees.  It was almost too much.   It wasn’t the first time I’d been given a case to work on, but it would be my first time with Detective Baldoni, and I found myself wishing, like I had when I was younger, for the energy to go away so I could focus on my job and nothing else.
     Taking a few deep breathes, I climb the staircase and the moment my feet hit the landing, the feelings I’d desperately been trying to shake washed over me like a tidal wave.  Glancing around, I have to choke back tears, my heart breaking for the loss of life, and in such a horrific manner.   Nobody deserved to die like this; brutally murdered and left behind in such deplorable conditions.
     I’m on my knees, deep in trash when someone almost trips over me. Standing up pissed off, I’m face to face with the most handsome man I’ve ever seen. Dark chocolate brown eyes stare into mine and I’m stunned by the pain I see in them. It’s not just the dead’s energy I can feel, this man is hurting. I literally have to take a step back so that I can catch my breath and focus.
     “Shit, sorry, you okay?” Grabbing my arms to steady me, an electrical charge runs through us both, my skin searing from his touch…Angelo Baldoni’s touch.
     “I’m fine, sorry, Sir.” I’m still staring into his eyes and quickly look down to avoid his gaze. He releases my arms and I can’t help but feel a little empty.  As Angelo walks away I take in the rest of him. The pictures in Nate’s office doesn’t do him justice, his black almost blue hair and tan Italian features set my girlie parts on fire. Thinking about why I’m here, I pull myself together and focus on the task at hand.
     I work until I see Nate, Angelo and Bobby walk out with the victim on a gurney. The heaviness in the hallway increases with all sadness and dread coming off of everyone and it becomes unbearable for me so I hurry downstairs ahead of them.  It eases up once I get to the van and I’m able to breathe again.
     As I’m putting the evidence I collected in the van, Cody the head CSI from Lansing, walks up behind me. He’s a little too close for comfort and he has been giving off little hints of interest any time we work together. Cody Anderson reminds me of a surfer, the blonde shaggy hair, ocean blue eyes and cute little dimples when he smiles.
     “Hey Cody, all set?” I shift over so that he has more room to put his stuff in the back.
     “Sure am, how about you?” His smile gets to me a little, it’s sexy.
     “Yeah, just finished. I’m going to head back and log in what I’m keeping. It’s pretty late, are you and your team heading back tonight?” It’s snowing so I’m hoping they decide to stay over, the roads are getting bad.
     “Is that an invitation sweetheart?” He winks letting me know his is joking…I hope.
     “Ha! You wish, it may be safer to crash at a hotel. I’d be happy to lock everything up at the lab for you.”
     “That’s very nice Mia, thank you. Can I get you coffee in the morning to show my appreciation?”
     “I don’t drink coffee but you can bring me a medium hot chocolate.”
     “You don’t drink coffee?” He says with a surprised chuckle. Cody’s a good guy that I hope never gets hurt. His eyes tell me he’s a happy go lucky guy, total opposite of what I saw in Angelo’s.
     “I hate coffee, I drink tea or cocoa…don’t judge.” I joke.
     Raising his hands in surrender, “alright, one hot chocolate for the lady. Thanks for locking everything up. I’ll go let the guys know we are crashing in the city tonight. This isn’t going to be fun, see you in morning.” He walks away with a little bounce in his step…a little too much for the circumstances, but that’s Cody.
     After dropping everything off at the lab and getting things in their proper places, I make it home around two in the morning. I honestly thought about just staying there and if I had extra clothes in my locker I probably would have, but that house was too funky for a lab shower.
     The hot water feels amazing as I let it run down body. When the water turns cold I sigh in defeat and get out. The feeling of death will linger, it always does. This woman was taken violently, her energy’s very heavy. Feeling as clean as I’ll get, I set my alarm to four hours from now and fall asleep with Angelo in my head.

In Dreams #1
Working in the homicide division of the Detroit Police Department, has made Angelo Baldoni, a third generation officer, pretty much immune to the depths of depravity seen in his years on the force. When a young woman is brutally murdered, the case of Hope Cooper can change the course of his life.

Hope, an outgoing young woman with everything going for her, lost it all the night that she was faced with the vicious eyes of a murderer. Stuck in limbo, Hope is confused and scared, trying to right the wrong done to her. Able to visit people in their dreams, Hope latches onto Angelo in hopes he can catch her killer.

Angelo was raised with a strong belief in the afterlife and the dreams of Hope don’t go unnoticed. With the help of his partner, Bobby, he aims to catch the killer before he strikes again. However, a cold case causes Angelo's past to merge with Hope’s case.

Will he keep his feelings at bay to find the murderer? Or will it be too late?

Author Bio:
Heather Mullins has always loved to read and has been writing poems and stories since childhood. She truly enjoys doing so much with other indie authors and fully supports this outstanding community. She uses her outgoing opinionated personality to help write and run multiple blogs.
Heather is a full time student working to get her Bachelors in Human services specializing in substance abuse counseling. She’s an Air Force Veteran and enjoyed fighting for her country. Heather supports many different groups that help out other veterans.
She is a mother of 3 wonderfully crazy kids and has been married for 13 years. When she isn’t playing taxi she is living vicariously through the lives of characters in any number of books.


In Dreams #1

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