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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Movie Review: Hot Pursuit (2015)

Hot Pursuit (2015)
PG-13 | 87 min 

Action, Comedy 
An uptight and by-the-book cop tries to protect the outgoing widow of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.

Finally got a chance to see this with my husband and 14 year old daughter. We laughed our a** off. Pretty much what you see in the trailer is what you get. Resse and Sofia (OMG I want to hate her because she is marrying 
Joe Manganiello) had great comedic chemistry. Yes, the plot is predictable except for one twist you won't see coming. But the audience was laughing out loud many times.

The movie is highly entertaining and worth a matinee price. If you wait to rent it, make sure you watch it with friends.

They played the Magic Mike XXL trailer during the previews...how they keep a straight face making this movie I have no idea, but...damn!

4 "commandeering" Sheep

Sheep TV Review: The Flash - Season 1


The Flash (2014)
Season 1
The CW Network
Premise
After witnessing his mother's supernatural murder and his father's wrongful conviction for the crime, Barry Allen is taken in by Detective Joe West and his family. Allen becomes a brilliant but socially awkward crime scene investigator for the Central City Police Department. His obsession with his tragic past causes him to become an outcast among his peers; he investigates cold cases, paranormal occurrences, and cutting-edge scientific advancements that may shed light on his mother's murder.

***SPOILERS READ WITH CAUTION***

The Flash is based on a DC Comic character, while I'm not a fan of DC Comics overall, that sure didn't stop me from falling in love with this fresh and fun new show!

Our story revolves around the mid-twenty something crime scene tech Barry Allen and a freak accident that turns him into something really amazing. But really, most freak accidents happen to create amazing heroes, both for the side of good and evil. The nerdy guy has no idea how much his life is about to change, but you get the watch the whole thing from day one!

The CW did a great job of setting this whole world up, plus promos and reaching out to a ripe comic fan base at present. Barry Allen is cleverly introduced on their other show Arrow and the two shows crossover continue throughout season one. So fans of both shows can of course get into all the action.
We now interrupt this post for a shirtless Arrow break. You're welcome.
We soon find out that Barry is not the only person who was affected by a crazy lighting storm/particle mumbo jumbo thingy of sorts. What they end up calling "Metahumans" are others who were also changed in some fashion. At some point I'm sure we will see the full array of folks with powers. Though you do tend to just see a lot more of the bad guys and gals. Hey, with great power and all that….
What keeps me coming back? The amazing writing, awesome special effects and character development on many different levels. You have Barry and his "stuck in the big house" dad, Barry and his adopted Dad, Barry and his kinda adopted sister and their whole dynamic, Barry and the loss of his Mom, Barry and his wise cracking science team buddies and Barry trying to learn how to control all this power he has.
Plus, evil master minds out to plot their badness and time travel/alternate reality maneuvering. It's all done with flare and written in a way that any one can understand what's going on. It's not simple minded but direct. You don't need to know the comics at all, I don't know the comics! But I know that I love this new show.
The only character that ends up bugging me is a big ape called Grodd. He also walks around saying "I am Grodd!". WHICH is really close to my boy Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy and his whole "I am Groot." routine. So…yeah was not a big fan of the monkey business banana hater. Thankfully, it's not much you see of him.

If you're looking for a new show to watch, I recommend this one for pretty much all ages. With the exception of one steamy/sexy episode my 8 year old was able to watch this whole season with me.


KD

Sharon's take: Katie pretty much summed it all up and I agree. Our family watches the show together too. I think my 14 year old daughter has a little Barry crush <G>. The cool thing, there's going to be a spin-off of The Flash and Arrow called Legends of Tomorrow that will feature the Atom (hey, Ray! ) Martin Stein, Captain Cold and Heatwave, Firestorm, and the new super heroes Hawkgirl and White Canary, taking on Vandal Savage.

Sunday Swag: Amanda Carlson


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Featured Author: Amanda Carlson


About the Author:
I’m a Minnesota girl, born and bred. I started writing stories about teenage girls and their social missteps when I was in high school. I still have the handwritten spiral notebooks to prove it.

I started writing FULL BLOODED. because kickass heroines rock and I love shifters of all kinds. There aren’t enough warm-blooded girls to go around, in my opinion. I fell into Jessica’s story and had such a great time writing it and now I couldn’t imagine writing anything other than urban fantasy and paranormal romance. When you’re creating a story in this fantastic genre, it can contain almost any elements you can dream up. Creatively, for me, there’s nothing better.

Amanda is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with a BA in both Speech and Hearing Science & Child Development. She went on to get an A.A.S in Sign Language Interpreting and worked as an interpreter until her first child was born. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three kids.



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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Comic Review: THE ORDER OF THE FORGE issues #1-2

THE ORDER OF THE FORGE #1
Writer: Victor Gischler
Artist: Tazio Bettin
Cover Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Publication Date: April 29, 2015
Dark Horse

Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries
Price: $3.99
Preview
“I cannot tell a lie. I f**king hate zombies.”—G. Washington
Before he fathered a nation, young George Washington forged his legend in blood! Imbued with the mystical powers of America’s original inhabitants, George—along with his friends Ben Franklin and Paul Revere—must stop an evil governor who wishes to rule an empire!
* New series from Victor Gischler (Angel & Faith)!
* A dark fantasy/historical fiction genre smash-up!
* Perfect for fans of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter!

THE ORDER OF THE FORGE #2
Writer: Victor Gischler
Artist: Tazio Bettin
Cover Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Publication Date: May 27, 2015
Dark Horse
Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries
Price: $3.99
UPC: 7 61568 27678 7 00211
preview
When the motley crew of Washington, Franklin, and Revere discover a sinister plot to enslave the free world, they must use their newfound powers to strike back—but not before they engage in battle with the spectral force of America’s first conquerors!
* New series from Victor Gischler (Angel & Faith)!
* A dark fantasy/historical fiction genre smash-up!
* Perfect for fans of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter!


Issue #1 introduces us to a young and rebellious George Washington. After cutting down his dad’s cherry tree his ax slips out of his hands and hits a Native American totem pole. There is a blinding flash and George knows he has a problem. He runs away to Philadelphia and starts working as a handyman at Lord Hammond’s estate along with a young Paul Revere. Lord Hammond’s beautiful and independent niece, Lady Kate, has come from England to stay with him for a while. Lady Kate uncovers her uncle’s plan to over throw British rule in the colonies using an ancient secret weapon they hope to find using an ancient secret map! George, Paul head out to collect a drunken Ben Franklin from a brothel. The three along with Kate are run into some thugs and George slices an dices with his ax and then lightning hits his ax and there is another flash of light.

Issue #2 The foursome all get his with the effects of the ax, but they have no idea what it has done to them at first. They gang makes a plan to steal the map and find this ancient secret weapon before Lord Hammond. They get the map, but Hammond finds out and the chase is on! We discover what powers each person gained from the lightning striking the ax and of course they are pretty cool, except George’s…poor guy.  The map takes them to Roanoke, Va. Where danger is waiting!

This is an entertaining comic. It is fun to see a younger version of important historical figures and actual events woven into the story in a different context . I really like the fact that the dialogue is modern and our heroes/heroine are snarky…the guys have foul mouths. The story is fast paced which means the reader has to fill in a lot of blanks but there is a ton of action, violence and even some brothel T&A. The artwork is on point for the story. Some pages were text heavy at times, but not enough to overwhelm the art.

Overall this is a guilty pleasure action adventure. Raiders of the Lost Ark, but with founding fathers.

3.5 “I cannot tell a lie…no, seriously” Sheep





SharonS

Spotlight:Reliant Service (The Colony #4) by Regina Morriss​ (exclusive excerpt) + giveaway

Reliant Service (The Colony #4)
by Regina Morris

ebook
Published May 12th 2015
by Smashwords 
Vampire COLONY agent, Daniel Brighton, undergoes an identity crisis after being publicly shot while saving the President of the United States. After his fake funeral and altering his appearance, Daniel reluctantly accepts a sabbatical from his team to chaperone a young pop-star on a tour across Europe. She’s a struggling artist who knows nothing about the supernatural. Daniel realizes she is an undeveloped half-breed vampire and latent witch, with a dark past leading directly back to the presidential vampire team that can shake it to it’s very core.

book one Eternal Service is free

About the Author:
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I am the author of the humorous paranormal romances that make up The Colony series. I love paranormal romances featuring vampires, but my personal taste is light-hearted and humorous – not horrific and gory.

I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and two children. I enjoy meeting with my monthly critique writing groups and meeting other writers in the Austin area through the WLT events.

I have lived in many different parts of the world. I graduated high school in Germany and I attended the University of Texas at Austin where I received a degree in Computer Science with a minor in math.

Besides writing, I am an amateur portrait and sports photographer. After enjoying a career in the software engineering business, I discovered that writing is in my blood, and had to put pen to paper!



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