Sunday, December 29, 2013

Character Development

A good story is a good story and an interesting character is an interesting character whether you are reading a book or watching a movie. My husband, The Irish Charmer, and I enjoy watching movies together. This weekend we saw American Hustle. It wasn't my favorite movie, but it did have some fun moments. Many of those involved Jennifer Lawrence's character Rosalyn.

*****Spoiler Alert*****

Rosalyn plays your typical ditsy blonde with a twist; she can always justify her actions with an article or book she read. I'll have to paraphrase since I don't remember her exact words. In one scene, after being told not to put metal in the microwave, she places a tray covered with aluminum foil in the brand new microwave and sets it on fire. She claims she read microwaves take the nutrition out of food. Since they take the nutrition out of food and catch on fire, they aren't worth owning.

My favorite scene is when her husband, Irving, returns home after being threatened by the mafia. She, of course, told the mafia her version of what he was up to and that is why they threatened him. Irving explains that he came up with a plan to deal with the situation. She takes credit for his plan by explaining that she read about intention in a book and by sending the mafia after him she was intending for him to come up with his plan. So, in her world, she did him a favor.

In my opinion, what makes a story more interesting are the twists: twists in plot and twists in character development.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Introducing Barbara White Daille

It is my pleasure to introduce Barbara White Daille and her new book.

Rancher at Risk - January 2014
A Fresh Start
After the loss of his family in a tragic accident, Ryan Malloy has been given one last chance to change his life. His boss sends him to Flagman's Folly, New Mexico, to run his ranch, but unfortunately, Ryan's troubled attitude lands him in hot water with the locals, especially the ranch's manager, Lianne Ward.
Deaf since birth, Lianne has never let her disability define who she is. But, she's yet to meet a man who treats her as an equal. Ryan seems different…that is, when they're not butting heads over the ranch's new school for disadvantaged boys.

Forced to work together, Lianne and Ryan discover an unexpected attraction beneath their quarreling. But will Ryan's painful past drive them apart…permanently?

You can learn more about Barbara at her website:
Court Me, Cowboy - reissued in e-book format - Oct 15th!
The Rodeo Man's Daughter - Book Buyers Best finalist
The next Flagman's Folly book - Rancher at Risk - January 2014

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Holiday Craft

If you are looking for a fun, quick craft idea, try these candy cane reindeer. I give them to kids and place on top of gifts. You can find colorful pom poms, wiggly eyes, and pipe cleaners at most craft stores. Hot glue the pom pom and eyes into place. Next, fold a pipe cleaner in half, twist it onto the candy cane, and then roll the ends around a pencil. Finally, hot glue the pipe cleaner into place.

Making a craft helps add to the holiday cheer. Afterwards, you can relax with a cup of hot cocoa and a great book.