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April 28, 2015
Hidey ho my sparkly little love monkeys!! Today I have the delightful M.V. Freeman here to talk about her top 11 favorite Romance Movies and the release of her latest, Illumination, the 2nd book in the Hidden Races Series!! So, without further ado, I give you M.V. Freeman!!!
11 Romance Movies I love
I have a confession, I’m not a romantic movie person. Not really. For example, I am not a fan of Gone with the Wind—but that’s me. I know many who adore this movie. You want to know why I don’t like it? There’s no happy ever after. Yes, I know, I know, the whole point of it was for Scarlett to stand on her own two feet.
But it didn’t resonate with me.
Now of course, I’m an Action/Adventure movie person; movies like 300, Lord of the Rings, The Avengers, Thor, Captain America, X-men are my type of thing. (Yeah, I used to collect Marvel Comics—so there is that). I can argue that there is some romance in there…but I digress.
But I do have a few; well more than a few and here they are no particular order;
Pride and Prejudice. BBC version—Colin Firth, need I say more?! (technically it was a “television series” but I insist it was a movie.)
Pretty Woman. Yes, I adore remakes of old tales, and this one was a wonderfully done. A Cinderalla story of a hooker and a high powered businessman—impossible odds, but Julie Roberts was a delightful hooker, and Richard Gere really does charming well.
27 Dresses. –Technically, this is a “romantic comedy” another thing I don’t usually watch. But, I loved, loved the heroine; always a bridesmaid and never a bride and her closet of horrid bridesmaid dresses. The hero was simply a nice guy …heck, I just loved it.
Ever After—Another take on the Cinderella story, with a bit more realism, but included a dastardly Step-mother played by Angelica Houston. Drew Barrymore as the “Cinderella” was wonderful, and I always watch it when I’m in need of a happy ending.
10 things I hate about you—with Heath Ledger, and Julia Stiles; probably one of the best Beauty and the Beast stories I’ve ever seen. Sure, it’s a teen movie, but sometimes they are even better than adult ones. The dialogue was exquisite.
GiGi—with Audrey Hepburn, if you haven’t seen it—you must. About a young woman who falls for her Guardian as she is being trained as a Courtesan. Just yes. One of my favorites.
Sound of Music—yes. I LOVE this movie; the songs, the people. Julie Andrews to me is just a class act—and even though Christopher Plummer may not have cared for his part I really, really thought he was a fantastically sexy Captain Von Trapp.
Sense and Sensibility—The story of a second family; displaced after the death of their father—the home taken over by their half-brother forcing them to live in a cottage. It stars Emma Thompson, (wonderful actress) and Hugh Grant. Although, I admit; who I *really* watched it for was Alan Rickman. He was delightful; charming strong and his voice….sigh. This is a gentle romance—with everyone getting a happy ending.
The Holiday—Whocan resist Jude Law? This is a story of two women with messed up love lives who swap their houses over Christmas; and find new loves. It’s wonderful, sweet, and happy. I watch it at least yearly.
The Proposal: Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock are two of my favorite actors. Sandra plays a high up Executive in a publishing house, and Ryan is her competent frustrated writer lackey-this changes when she is faced with deportation back to Canada she talks him in to being her fiancé; they just didn’t anticipate finding love. Great dialogue and interaction….you have to see it.
This Means War: Chris Pine and Tom Hardy are CIA operatives fighting for the hand of Reese Witherspoon. This is a fun movie. Period. Well yeah, and Chris and Tom; worth the viewing.
What is YOUR favorite romantic movie? Is it different?
Illumination; (Book 2 in the Hidden Races Series):
Capricious and free-spirited, Mina Tepes is forever trying to intervene. Some would say she interferes. Her attempt to save a friend worsens a war already waging between her people, the Darks, and their reviled overlords, the Mages. Desperate, she turns to the man who saved her life as child–an enemy Mage named Xander.
As part of the ruling class, Xander Fjordson should never have taken notice of Mina, but even as boy, one look into her large dark eyes and he was lost. As an adult, involvement with her has ripped his world to shreds. Though the war she unintentionally instigated has made them enemies, when she comes to him bleeding and injured, he is unable to say no. He puts at risk what is left of his status and his family as he follows her, knowing in the end he’d have to betray her.
Together Xander and Mina begin to unravel terrible secrets as the war escalates. Soon Xander must choose: save his family or the woman who’s come to mean more to him than his own life
Author Bio: M.V. Freeman lives in North Alabama. A nurse by day, at night she enjoys creating and exploring alternate worlds within our own. She gravitates toward stories of determined heroines and anti-heroes who push the boundaries as they both fight to find their light in the dark.
M.V. is represented by Victoria Lea from The Aponte Literary Agency. Her award-winning and best-selling debut novel INCANDESCENT is the first in the Hidden Races Series. Currently she is working on the third book in the series, while plotting others. When not writing, she can be found reading, cooking, throwing around kettle bells, or making coffee.
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April 21, 2015
Hidey ho my wee little love monkeys! I hope this big, bad world has been treating you well.
So, my girls recently turned 14 and for their birthday the hubs and I got them tickets to Vans Warped Tour. You see, one of their favorite bands are going to be there and I really want them to have a live music experience because there really isn’t anything like live music. Especially when that live music is from a band you love. I’m super excited to watch them have fangirl moments because I’ve had those moments and it’s a feeling that you never forget.
Now, in my efforts to be a good parent, I have researched said band and listened to all of their music. I follow them all on Facebook, Twitter and the Instagrams. I’ve watched their music videos and subscribe to their guitarist’s vlog. And somewhere along the way of my stellar parenting, I have become a fan of these young men MYSELF. I say young men because I am of an age that I very well could have birthed them. The lead singer for sure.
Here’s my dilemma…when the concert comes, and I’m in the live music moment, do I fangirl right along with my girls or do I keep my cool? Do I rock moderately, clap respectfully and maybe woot a time or two?
Here’s a BIGGER dilemma…will I have any control over it? I have fangirl tendedncies. I know this. I’ve owned this. Will I be so wrapped up in the live music that I turn in a complete fangirl? A screaming, wailing, headbanging, rock-horn-throwing fangirl and make a complete arse out of myself?
THIS IS A SERIOUS DILEMMA PEOPLE!!
Okay, in all honesty, I’m not all that worried about making an arse out of myself. I’m 99.9% sure that this will indeed happen. It’s virtually inevitable. I mean, this song of theirs was one of the driving forces behind the last book in the Divinity Series.
In fact their album, Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones, was pretty much all I listened to while I was writing. And I’ll tell you what, that is rare for me. I may find a song or two that speaks to me about what I’m working on, let alone an entire album. ESPECIALLY an album that has actual singing. For the most part I find lyrics distracting when I’m writing and try to just focus on the music but this was the whole shebang! The songs and the speaking parts in between the songs. Oh yeah, there’s speaking parts in between the songs and I’m not gonna lie, that little lead singer has quite the pleasant speaking voice in addition to a very nice singing voice.
And I have a confession to make, the lead singer kind of reminds me a skinnier version of Daniel. Holy crap! I’ve never actually said that out loud! Okay so this isn’t really “out loud” but it kind of is! Maybe it’s just me because Daniel lives in my head and I’ve tried like hell to find someone that looks like what I see when I write him and while I’ve used Chris Evans as an image before, Andy Biersack (that’s his name) is closer to what I see in my head than anyone else I’ve seen in real life. I mean…well shit, just look…
Balls. I can’t believe I just posted this.
But here it is. Out in the open. I feel slightly freed by this.
I also feel like a giant pervert for admitting this because homie is only 24.
I’m most likely going to hell.
Well, there you have it. Way more than I intended to share, but there it is, don’t judge. Okay, judge. I judge myself. I’ll wave to you all from hell.
Until Next Time,