Friday, July 22, 2016

And We Just Received the First Sign of the Apocalypse....

The End Times have begun! (Special thanks to Collin for the memes....

 You have to have seen Guardians of the Galaxy
to get this one....

 The zombies are taking over!

 Can you tell which one is which?

Enough said!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Ask Yourself...What Do You Really Believe?

It’s promo time again!
This time, it’s Chasing the Wind. The ebook is just $.99 at Amazon now through July 19th.


From the publisher:

Deep in the Sinai, archaeologist Lynne Raven seeks proof of the Exodus. She unearths an ancient text foretelling of a prophet, sent to defeat an approaching darkness. Her path soon crosses with that of Connor MacKenzie, an attractive yet distant geneticist. 

Meanwhile, around the globe, children are being abducted at an alarming rate. All are between the ages of five and six. All are extraordinarily gifted. And all were conceived in vitro. 

One thing connects them all—the truth about Connor MacKenzie. 

Exploring the fine line between good and evil, Chasing the Wind is an outstanding novel about love, faith, and destiny in the modern age.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Late Again...And This Time With No Excuse!

Friday came and went and this morning I realized I didn't post anything on Friday. I do have something to post now, though.

Sort of.

It's ebook promotion time again! Only $.99 at Amazon....

Final Hours cover - new

Jamie Randall is the envy of his peers. He has a powerful job, a beautiful wife, and two doting sons. Yet Jamie can’t stop thinking about Kate, a free-spirited photographer who saved his life fifteen years earlier. Although drawn to each other, Jamie’s ambition and desire for the finer things in life kept them apart. 

Now, trapped in an advantageous but loveless marriage, Jamie’s second brush with death brings him face-to-face with reality. Heading toward sure safety with his family, Jamie suddenly decides he must own up to his mistakes. But this choice comes with a hefty price: Will he chose survival with his family, or spend his final hours with his one true love? 

From bestselling author Norma Beishir, Final Hours is a powerful story about love, regret, and the fragility of life.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Those Butt-Ugly Aliens Are Back, and There's Gonna Be Trouble!

I loved the first Independence Day movie. I loved the characters, the story, the special effects. It all worked. So when I heard there was going to be a sequel, I couldn't wait to see it--in spite of bad reviews from movie critics and warnings from everyone I know who already saw it. Tuesday afternoon, after our regular physical therapy session, Collin and I headed across the plaza to the movie theater. Didn't even stop for lunch, as we usually do. He got popcorn shrimp at one of the concession stands; I got French fries. At least we didn't fall asleep in the theater, as we did during the movie we saw the day before!

We did enjoy it, but it doesn't measure up to the original in a number of ways. This story takes place in the present, in 2016, twenty years after the first alien invasion, now knows as the War of 1996--but the setting looks a bit too futuristic to be present-day Earth. We have a military base on the moon, for crying out loud! 

The notorious Area 51 that figured so prominently in the first movie is now the main facility for ESD (Earth Space Defense). David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) is the director of ESD, which has used the technology taken from the alien ships to build our planet's defenses against any future alien attacks. The first glaring plothole in the story involves Levinson's ex-wife in the first film. Connie (Margaret Colin) supposedly reconciled with David at the end of the first film--yet she is nowhere to be seen here, nor is she even mentioned. Judd Hirsch returns as David's father, Julius--but for reasons never explained in the story, the two men now see little of each other.

The absence of Steven Hiller (Will Smith) is explained by a brief mention of his death in an accident in which he was test-piloting a new space-worth craft. His wife, Jasmine (Vivica A. Fox) does appear, but it's little more than a cameo. Their son, Dylan (Jessie Usher), has followed in his stepfather's footsteps, a pilot and captain in the ESD). Bill Pullman returns as former President Thomas Whitmore, whose daughter, Patricia (Maika Monroe), is an ESD pilot engaged to fellow pilot Jake Morrison (Liam Hemsworth, the lead in ID4:R), whose parents died in the 1996 attack. 

A training facility is named for Steven Hiller and a medical facility is named for Whitmore's deceased wife, Marilyn--but it would seem someone at Centropolis doesn't know how to spell "Marilyn." Oops!

Brent Spiner, whose quirky character Dr. Okum was presumed dead in the first movie, is back, awakening from a twenty-year coma as the aliens approach Earth. Though it was never mentioned in the first film, Okum has a gay life partner, Dr. Milton Issacs (John Storey), who turns out to be the sane one in the relationship.

The late Robert Loggia appears in one scene (his last film before his passing in 2015) as General Grey, who served one term as President following Whitmore's Presidency. Even Siri gets a cameo (no, it's not really Siri!) as an alien AI sent to help the plucky Earthlings defend their home from those nasty aliens holding a grudge.

We enjoyed the film's action and humor--my favorite scene involved Jake Morrison giving the aliens a single-finger salute before relieving himself on their ship. Guess the aliens weren't familiar with all of Earth's moons! We also liked the special effects--the hive-minded harvester aliens' queen makes Star Trek's Borg Queen look positively gorgeous (yep, she's really that ugly).

The downside: too predictable. We knew early in that one prominent character would make the supreme sacrifice in much the same way Randy Quaid's Russell Case did in the first film. ("I'm not saving the world. I'm saving you.") Also glaringly absent was character development in the new characters, including Patricia, Dylan, Jake, Milton, Rain Lao--and Dikembe Umbutu (Deobia Oparei), a Congolese warlord and leader of a band of African resistance fighters).

This was planned as the second of a trilogy. I'm guessing if the third movie is made, it will involve intergalactic war.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Never Ask, "What Else Can Possibly Go Wrong?"

I'm a couple of days late posting. I wasn't sure I'd have anything to post at all, but Collin provided me with a new meme....

It just seemed appropriate, with Independence Day: Resurgence having just been released and Trump's position on illegal immigrants.

Collin is finding it harder and harder to go to work every day. He has physical therapy for the arthritis in his knees, ankles and feet, but one day at work sends him back to square one.  He comes home from work barely able to walk. With two years to go for his degree, it's hard for him to find a job that won't have him on his feet all day.

I'm also having PT for my bum knees--but hey, this sort of thing goes with getting old, doesn't it? What came as a surprise was my doctor's discovery that I have an enlarged spleen. I didn't see that coming, in spite of the vague discomfort in my back and ribcage. She ordered blood work, which is normal, so now I get to have a CT scan. Fun. Actually, no fun. She tells me it may be nothing at all--sometimes, the spleen gets huge for no apparent reason.

I wonder if that goes with getting old, too?

Friday, June 17, 2016

Blog Shortcut on One of the Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer

I had several ideas for posts but didn't get any of them written yet. But I have a good excuse. Drumroll, please...a few days ago, I completed my first manuscript in seven years (well, technically, it was a reformatted and edited manuscript lifted, literally, from one of my old books, but it was a tough job) and emailed it to my publisher!

 (The above images aren't mine, 
but having found them on Google Images
I'm not sure who gets the credit.
Those below are Collin's work.)

The book I just delivered is Ms. Maxwell and Son, the first of my nine Silhouette Romance novels. This is the cover Silhouette used. I don't know yet what the Creativia cover will look like! 

So for this week's post, we have the creative talents of my son Collin, who's been following the Stanley Cup finals (since the San Jose Sharks eliminated our St. Louis Blues, we were rooting for the Pittsburgh Penguins--this year's champions). 

He also took a couple of shots at our less than spectacular Presidential candidates (again)....

Have a good weekend, everybody!


Friday, June 10, 2016

If You Want to Learn from a Snarky Billionaire....

...forget about Donald Trump. If you've been living under a rock or on another planet or in some alternate universe where Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are forbidden to run for office ever, there is an alternative to the questionable Trump University....

 Looks can be deceiving....

 So this is where Marketing Chimps come from!

 Now this is downright scary!

A Trump U. diploma....

Isn't worth the paper it's printed on!
If you want to learn how to succeed from a billionaire, learn from the best: Tony Stark, self-professed genius/billionaire/playboy/philanthropist--who also saves the world in his spare time with his fellow Avengers. 

 Better looking than Trump, smarter than Trump
...and probably richer!

 And no, he's NOT talking about Hillary!

                                                      Don't ask!

(You probably have to be a fan of Marvel superheroes to get it....)