Friday, November 27, 2009

And Now For Something Completely Different...

"Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!"

* Book News & Stuff *

Harlequin and RWA at War – Babbling About Books And More

Smashwords! Straight From Hel

Conrad Feagin discusses why visitors leave your site – Marketing Tips For Authors

Publisher’s Weekly begins accepting e-book galleys through net-Galley - Feathered Quill

HUGE Thanksgiving Giveaway!!! Peace Love & Pat Book Reviews

Will it blend? GREAT Thanksgiving video spoof! The Book Kitten

Sharing with Writers had two great articles – Marvin Wilson Talks Public Speaking & Joint Venture Marketer Shares

Thanks so much to Terry for her great review of Book IV - Terry Lynn Johnson

And authors seeking a feature! I do guest posts on Mondays, excerpts on Thursdays, and a feature in my monthly newsletter - let me know if you want to promote yourself or a book in 2010!

* Movie Review *

New Moon
LOL - just kidding!!!

The Blind Side
Ever watch those sweet, syrupy, sappy, true-life movies and feel nauseous?
Well, you won't get that sensation watching this movie!
Yes, it has its tender moments, but this one is NOT sappy. And after about five minutes, you forget that it's Sandra Bullock playing Leigh Anne, too. Yes, she is that good in the role.
I kept waiting for a REALLY bad moment in the movie, like most real-life movies. But the REALLY bad moment never came. There were many ups and downs and critical points, but it was so true to life - such a slice of real life.
And at the end of the movie, there's photos of the real life Michael Oher and his family. He now plays for the Ravens.
Biggest surprise was the humor in this movie. I laughed SO hard at several scenes, and the one where Leigh Anne tells Michael what she will do to him if he gets a girl pregnant is hysterical.
Skip the vampires. Go see a quality movie. You will be a better person for your efforts!
Rating - solid A

* Music Review *

Trans Siberian Orchestra - Night Castle

This is their much-awaited double album, of which the band has been working for years. These guys tour SO MUCH though, I can certainly forgive them the delay.
I am still listening & absorbing - prog rock music takes many listens - but I will tell you right now, this is another great album by TSO. To finally hear "Carmina Burana" after being teased for two years at their concerts is wonderful. Although one of my biggest delights was "The Mountain," their rendition of "In the Hall of the Mountain King."
I do believe if classical musicians such as Beethoven and Mozart were alive today, they would be composing prog rock music!
And I will see TSO live NEXT WEDNESDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rating - A

* Photo of the Day *

And in celebration of the fact that I have second row, middle section, floor seats for TSO next Wednesday...


The Old Silly said...

You like the Trans Siberian Orchestra too? Really great. Thanks for the leads and also the shout out on my article. :)

Marvin D Wilson

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

Due to the holiday, I'm a little behind in my blog visits and have some catching up to do so I appreciate the links on for the 'not-to-be-missed' blogs. Sounds like a good movie, too.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Thanks for the links, Diane!


Tamika: said...

Looks like some great links to check out.

I've been interested in seeing The Blind Side, glad to hear it was a good movie.

Helen Ginger said...

We went to see The Blind Side, too. All of us, including son, really liked it. I was surprised that the theater was full, when there were plenty of other movies playing, including New Moon.

Straight From Hel

~Sia McKye~ said...

I've been wanting to see this movie. I love Sandra Bullock. She rarely acts in junk. I could use some laughs.

Thanks for the links too.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

The Blind Side is just so wonderful!

Marvin, in this house, we are die-hard TSO fans! We see them in concert every year.

Tara McClendon said...

My husband sang "Carmina Burana" in high school. I bet TSO does an amazing job of it. :]

Creative Chronicler said...

Saw Sandra Bullock on Ellen and she was so cute about the opening weekend of her movie. She just knew no one was goig to see it because of New Moon's opening and it made $35 million at opening, which is awesome.