Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Academy Awards, Amy Adams and Romance

Reggi Allder author of Romantic Suspense and Contemporary novels- Thoughts, tips and author interviews

Of course most people know the 86th Academy Awards (Oscar) show is on Sunday, March 2, 2014. Amy Adams has been nominated for an Academy Award for her part in American Hustle. I first saw her in Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day a film from 2008 and was Enchanted. Oh by the way, that’s another of her films. : ) Below is a review of Miss Pettigrew
Reggi's Rating System:
1 to 4 Hearts for romance
1 to 4 Chocolates for sweetness

Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day 

Four hearts, Four chocolates 
Throw in a smiley face for fun : )

Rated PG

1930’s London: After unjustly losing her job without notice or severance pay Miss Guinevere Pettigrew (Frances McDormand) needs a job and a place to live ASAP. She takes a position for which she has no experience and learns about life, love and chance. She is hired to work for a well known nightclub entertainer as a social secretary and general organizer of the young eccentric singer Delysia Lafosse (Amy Adams.) and gets a look at a lifestyle she never knew existed, fun and romance ensues.

I was already fan of wonderful actor Frances McDormand (Fargo) when I saw this film in 2008. But Amy Adams was new to me. What a delight to see her in this film. As a romance author I loved the fresh way the romantic storyline was delivered. And though Lee Pace is young and handsome as Michael, I couldn’t take my eyes off of Ciaran Hinds who radiates depth of character and magnetism just by being in a scene.

The screenplay was adapted from the novel by Winifred Watson. According to Wikipedia…With the exception of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, all of Watson's novels are set in the countryside. Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, was Watson's third novel and was initially rejected. Watson had wanted to write a fun story after her work on two dramas. She and her publisher compromised and she agreed to write another drama set in the country similar to her previous work (Upyonder, published in 1938) if they would publish Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. As Ms. Watson predicted, Miss Pettigrew was an immediate success—in England, Australia and the United States. Persephone Books published Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day first in 2001, then in 2003, 2004, and 2005, and finally as a Persephone Classic in 2008
Screenwriters David Magee Life of Pi and Simon Beaufoy The Hunger Games Catching Fire

Director Bharat Nalluri The Crow Salvation, a very different kind of film BTW

If you’d like to see other early films of nominated actors take a look at my blog Valentine’s Day Romantic Movies Valentin's Day Movies You’ll Love.
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Shattered Rules- Does love deserve a second chance?
Money Power and Poison - Can love win against the odds?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

What is your favorite Elvis Presley song?

Hello, I'm blogging with author Mimi Barbour     

For those of you who are new to Mimi Barbour’s books here is a short bio. Mimi took early retirement to spend her days and many nights hovering over her computer to spin stories that have been vying for her attention over the years. She tells me her husband is supportive and feeds her and even plans occasional forays into the outside world. She has a son who makes her happy she was born a woman so she could be his mom. Gardening lights her inner fires, and she needs no urging to get out into the yard when the weather dictates. Other hobbies beckon, such as quilting, crocheting, but alas when the computer entices she has no time. Her books include the Vegas Series and Angels with an Attitude Series.

Hi Mimi, I’m so glad you could stop by to talk about your Elvis contest. 

Mimi Barbour

Please tell us about it. 

After I listened to an old Elvis Presley hit called She’s Not You, I couldn’t get the words out of my head. Finally, it came to me. The sentiments were so beautiful that the story they told should be written. So, I wrote the first chapter and the song stopped haunting me. I released book #1 of the Elvis Series late in November 2013.
When it came time to decide which of Elvis’s song should be chosen for Book #2, I decided who better than the readers themselves to make the choice.    

“Make an Elvis song into a book contest!”

Here it is live for the whole month of February.

Please let all your friends know about it!

Tell your mom and her pals who grew up with the King!

Share this link with your Facebook buddies and twitter followers.

It'll be fun to see which of his songs will grace the cover of 

Book #2 in Mimi Barbour’s

Elvis series.

Here’s what the winner will receive:

1.    The winner will have his/her favorite song chosen as the title and theme for the next book in the Elvis series.
2.    It will be dedicated to the winner.
3.    And their name will be used for one of the characters.

Video of Elvis singing – Book #1 She’s Not You

Thanks Mimi. Good luck with the contest. 
By the way according to several places on the net, Elvis Presley recorded between 699 and 711 songs. 

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