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I haven’t done much with Facebook so far, but this Sunday, I’m going to be part of a Sweet Romance Reader Event.

I’m going to be hosting one hour on Facebook.

Sunday, March 23rd at 6 p.m. EDT, 5 p.m. CDT.  I’ll also be hosting on Saturday March 29th at 10 a.m. EDT, 9 a.m. CDT.

Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/570479586381717/

I plan to give away some free books and chat about my favorite romantic heroes.  Come on and join me, if it sounds fun to you.

 

Corporate Husband

Praising Don Williams

Don Williams sings some of the most romantic country songs.  Here’s a youtube of him singing “I Believe in You” from 2013.  He still sounds great.  Some people might say this is a cheesy song, but I love it.  I believe in babies, too.

Flaws and all

The movie Dan in Real Life has a flawed hero.  I have watched this movie several times and there are a few scenes that make me cringe every time.  SPOILER.  When he tells his daughter that she can’t drive, I hear myself, worrying about my teenaged drivers.  When he says something rude at the table to embarrass his brother, I think of rude things I’ve said.  When he gets in a fender bender with a police officer and tries to make a joke, I remember my one and only traffic ticket.

This movie works because it shows a basically decent man, who is still grieving the death of his wife, trying to raise three daughters, and suddenly finds himself falling in love with his brother’s new girlfriend.  What a mess.

But there are moments that are very sweet, very romantic, and true to life.  As with most PG 13 films, there is something rude/crude/vulgar that I wish wasn’t there, but overall, I like this film.  One of my favorite parts is a conversation the mother, admirably played by Dianne Wiest has with her son Dan (Steve Carell).  Dan has just said something rude at the dinner table that embarrassed/shamed/humiliated his brother, and his mother makes him wash all the dinner dishes.  She knows and Dan knows that he was a jerk and doing all the dishes by himself is his punishment.  It’s one of those film moments that rings true.  Lovely.   I also like the bit with the teenager telling her dad he’s a love murderer.

It’s one of the movies that I wish I had written.

Howdy.  I hope your Valentine’s Day is a happy one.  In honor of the season,  I have a new short story:  RAINY DAY LOVE.  It’s free on Barnes and Noble, Itunes and Smashwords (click on words).  And now it’s free on Amazon, too.  Enjoy.

Rainy Day Love

Praising Hugh Howey

I’ve been reading articles by Hugh Howey, author of the best selling science fiction series Wool, for several months.  He’s an indie writer who recently sold print rights to some of his books and is doing quite well.  I liked his pleasant personality and his advice on the craft and the business of writing, so eventually I became curious and downloaded the first book in his series.

I liked it.  Not as much as I like a basic romance, which is my favorite genre, but I liked it.  There was one sentence I particularly liked.  The main character is thinking about his wife, who has some sort of IT job in a futuristic world.

Holston still didn’t understand how the retrieval process worked, or why someone smart enough to come up with it was dumb enough to love him, but he accepted both as truth.”

There it was — the hint of romance that rang emotionally true.  At that point, the story became more than just an interesting futuristic world — I started to care about the hero and his wife,  and wanted to know more about them.

Sometimes that’s all it takes — a line of dialogue or an insightful observation.  Suddenly something made-up seems real.  That’s why I read fiction. 

Nice work, Hugh.

Now I’m going to buy the rest of the series.  

 

For those who are  interested, here’s the link to get part one of Wool free on Amazon: http://amzn.com/B005FC52L0 

From richardarmitagenet.com

From richardarmitagenet.com

I’m a woman who likes brooding men in cravats, so it’s not surprising that I enjoyed North and South, but I really really liked it  – to the point that it rivaled my passion for the 1995 Pride and Prejudice.

I watched all four hours of North and South four times in the first week.   I remember sneaking it in while I was folding laundry, etc., hoping that no one else in the family would realize how often I was watching it.   I couldn’t get enough – and the main reason was Richard Armitage and his portrayal of John Thornton.

Richard Armitage is an attractive man, but I didn’t think he was all that handsome until episode 3, when he told his mother that Margaret refused his marriage proposal.  At that moment, he became fascinatingly beautiful to me, and he has remained fascinating for eight years.  But why do I still like him so much?

I’ve thought about that this past week as others have posted their “I Saw Something Fine” posts on the Richard Armitage Flash Fan Event.

He is fascinating because his portrayal of male thought and emotion is so complex.  With his micro expressions, he makes his characters seem real.  He makes me feel their pain, their fear, their joy.  The good characters have hints of bad, and the bad characters have hints of good.  I find myself caring about them, even when I don’t always like them or the choices they make. (I still don’t understand the end of Robin Hood Season 2.  Personally I think Gisborne should have drugged Marion and forced her to marry him.  That would have made an interesting Season 3, but since I write quirky sweet romances rather than fanfic, I don’t think it’s going to show up as a subplot.)

But it isn’t just his technical skills that make Richard so compelling.  I have admired the acting style of other actors and not followed their careers so closely.  With Richard, I read and watched his interviews and found I liked the man behind the roles.  He cares about his craft and takes his work seriously.  Over time, I’ve enjoyed his cheerful good humor, his politeness and respect for others.  He seems like the kind of guy who would be fun to work with, a good friend, and ultimately, good to fall in love with.  (As a very happily married woman, I wish him all the best in that department).

In some ways, he reminds me of Jimmy Stewart.  Whenever I see a photograph of Jimmy Stewart, I smile because I like the man and the actor.  It’s the same with Richard Armitage.  I hope he has a long and happy career, making many more movies and television shows.

And if he could narrate a few more books, I’d appreciate that, too.  I could write another essay on “I Heard Something Fine.”

My favorite living actor wrote a Christmas letter again to his followers.DOS1-02.jpg

Screencap source:  richardarmitagenet.com

Thank you for the warm sentiments and good wishes.  I also believe that happiness comes from helping others.

Thank you for the hours of enjoyment your work has given me.

Merry Christmas.

Beverly

Link to Richard Armitage’s Christmas message:  richardarmitageonline.com

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