Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Disaster Movies

Top Ten Disaster Movie List

I love a good disaster movie. In fact, I think they are my favorite kind of movies with the running and the screaming. I enjoy getting to know the characters and then seeing who makes it and who doesn't. (These are in no particular order)

1. Independence Day: What's not to love about this movie? You've got aliens, Will Smith, fireworks, humor, and tons of action. This is one I can watch again and again. It had so many great lines I can't even begin to list them. 

2. Twister: The first time I watched this it was in the theater and the seats shook from the sound of the oncoming tornado. It was awesome. I loved the storyline about a bickering ex couple that never should have broken up.

3. Poseidon: This is the remake with Kurt Russel and Josh Lucas. It was better than the first in my opinion. Unlike the original, I thought these people had a good plan for escape: find a way outside to the water and get in a lifeboat. 

4. San Andreas: I am a huge Rock fan, so it was great to watch him saving lives during an earthquake. 

5. Deep Blue Sea: Not a disaster movie by some peoples' standards, but it was a disaster to the people trapped in an underwater building that was taking in water. Not to mention getting away from the sharks. My favorite part was watching the main character fall. If you count how many times he hits the floor, it's about ten or eleven. I forget, but it's amusing to watch.

6. Deep Impact: This one has some tear-jerker moments that make you grab for the tissue box. There were some characters I didn't care for, but overall it's a good movie.

7. Armageddon: This movie and Deep Impact are pretty much the same movie, and I used to get them confused a lot, but this one has Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck. It didn't make me cry like Deep Impact though. Sorry, Bruce. I didn't really care when your character sacrificed himself cause I was expecting it the whole time.

8. Day After Tomorrow: This disaster movie is a touch different than the rest. Memorable moments include US citizens running across the border into Mexico.

9. 2012: This is one of my faves for sure. The main character saves his ex wife and kids despite her new jealous boyfriend's reluctance. The dog survives. :)

10. Titanic: This is the only movie I didn't watch for the disaster. I enjoyed the romantic storyline between Leo and Kate too much. By the time they got to the iceberg, I was not happy. They should have just played out the love story. haha

Worst Disaster Movie: War of the Worlds (the remake with Tom Cruise): I hated this one on so many levels. It was kind of cool the way the aliens obliterated people. I was actually bored several times during this one. It lacked the suspense I've come to enjoy in disaster movies. The little girl (yes, I think she's a great little actress), but her screaming got on my nerves so bad. Part of me was hoping she'd get eaten so she'd shut up. 

Honorable Mention: Cloverfield: Most of my friends did not like this one because the camera was wobbly and unfocused. Hello? That was the point. It's like you were there with them during the alien attack. I enjoyed it.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Print Release Day


Crimson Tree Publishing is proud to present the new print release of BLOODTHORN by Tamara Grantham! The third book in the Olive Kennedy, Fairy World MD Series is now available in print format. If you haven't started this Fantasy series, we recommend you check it out today. Book one, DREAMTHIEF, is currently free! Grab your copies of this series while the price is perfect for reading.

BLOODTHORN by Tamara Grantham




DREAMTHIEF is free in digital format. 
Visiting Faythander is a nasty business. Forget the fairies and unicorns, most people come back with lost memories and mental problems. Olive Kennedy knows. She's the therapist who treats patients suffering from Faythander's side effects. Despite her empty bank account, she takes pride in her job as Houston's only Fairy World medical doctor. She's never failed to cure a client—until now.
Traveling back to Faythander wasn't on Olive's to-do list. But she has no choice. The fate of both Earth and Fairy depends on her ability to stop an ancient being called the Dreamthief. To complicate matters, she may be losing her heart to someone who can't love her in return. Saving the world, she can handle. Falling in love—not so much As if battling the forces of evil wasn't difficult enough…




11910891_1025501660801380_1947279876_nTamara Grantham was born and raised in Southeast Texas. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from Lamar University. After marrying her husband David, she followed him through his training to become a burn surgeon, which consisted of moving from Vidor, Texas to Galveston, Texas, then to Tulsa, Oklahoma, back to Galveston, and they finally settled in Wichita, Kansas. Tamara and David have five active, sweet, and almost always well-mannered children, ages zero to ten years. Their two pets, June—the Jack Russell Terrier, and Chester—a black cat, help to keep the house lively (in addition to the children.)
When Tamara isn’t writing or tending her children, she enjoys taking walks through the woods, eating chocolate, and very infrequently, she enjoys a good night’s sleep. Check out Tamara's website at: http://www.tamaragranthambooks.com

Friday, June 3, 2016

Life After the Finales...

Seems like most shows think they have to kill off important characters these days to make a great finale. Not sure how I feel about this. Let's take a look at some great finales... and some not so great ones.

If you haven't watched these and still plan to, don't read any further. SPOILERS AHEAD

1. The Walking Dead: This is one for the books. People sat on the edge of their seats for two hours and watched the finale, waiting to see who the show was about to kill off. It was no secret that newcomer Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan) was going to beat someone to death with his bat (Lucille). Rumors abounded, stating the death of a popular character was going to end the show's latest season. 

I was on Twitter that night, reading the reactions as Negan finally made an appearance in the last few minutes. Hearts were pounding. Some people were crying, scared for their favorites. 

Negan swung his bat at the camera. Yeah, that's right. He killed the cameraman. Lol. Now we have to wait until October to find out who Negan actually killed. 

The ending was clever, I suppose, but I think it was a big letdown after such a huge buildup. What did you think of the finale?

2. Mike and Molly: I think the wrap-up of this show in its final season was nicely done. They got their long-awaited baby. Then Molly started to hum the theme song. Mike joined in. It was nice.

3. Castle: The finale here was also their last episode ever after one of the main stars quit. So instead of leaving us hanging as they were going to do, they threw a two minute segment together to wrap things up. Otherwise, Castle and Beckett would have been left on the floor, gunshot victims, and we wouldn't know if they made it or not.

Some fans were happy with the results while others complained about the confusing and rushed results. 

Personally, I liked it. We got to see a snapshot of Castle and Beckett seven years later with their kids. I just wish they'd given us a minute or two more so we could really enjoy it, but I understand they didn't have much time once they heard the show was being cancelled.

4. Supernatural: As everyone that knows me knows, this is my favorite show. Unfortunately, I wasn't thrilled with the finale. But they can't hit it out of the park every time. For a while there they were simply going back and forth between putting Dean and Sam in mortal danger. Oh, this year is Sam's turn. Gee, I wonder how they will kill him (or almost kill him).

It started with Season 2 when Sam was killed and then revived. Season 3 Dean dies. Season 4 they both almost die. Season 5 Sam dies. Season 6 they both almost die. Season 7 Dean supposedly dies. Season 8 Sam is dying. Etc, etc, etc.

For a while things looked bleak on this finale, then Dean 'talked' the villain out of destroying the world. Boring. I was never so bored watching this show.

Now they did try to make it look like Sam got shot, but I'm not buying it.

The up-side is that Dean got his mother back. That's going to be interesting. Wonder how it will change the dynamics of the show. Personally, I would have rather had Bobby back.

5. Grey's Anatomy: Last year we ended with the death of Derek Shepherd and the birth of his baby. Meredith was a mess. This year it simply ended with a wedding. Boring.

6. Grimm: This was one of my favorites of this year. Nick lost the woman he loves and his son to his powerful nemesis, but I think the real villain is going to be this woman's daughter, the daughter she had with another man. 

This year, the show ended with Nick face to face with his nemesis after the daughter used her father as a puppet to kill a bad man. She is WAY too powerful, and I wonder when Nick is going to figure out that he's going to have to do something about her?

Once Upon a Time: I was a big disappointed in this show too this year. Usually, I love it. But Rumpelstiltskin is my favorite character, and he didn't get to do anything super cool this time around.

The show ended with Rumple gone from town, a new idiot, the death of a character that I didn't care too much for, and the return of someone I would have truly missed. Yep, Captain Hook is back.

The Family: I try not to watch new shows like this unless they are received well and I hear they are going to be renewed for another season. That's because I hate it when a show gets me interested in a mystery and then goes off the air before wrapping it up.

The Family was about a boy that got kidnapped and supposedly returns home after ten years. I knew the whole time it wasn't him. I also suspected the real boy was still alive out there somewhere. So during the finale when the boy calls home, I'm not surprised. And that's how they left it. 

Well, that's it, all the finales I can think of that were worth talking about. I probably missed a few. What were your favorites?