Monday, August 12, 2019

The #BestMovieLineEver #amreading

Several things make a movie great; cinematography, characters and memorable lines said at just the right time. These lines tend to stick with us for years after the movie is first released.

  • "I'll be back." ~ Terminator
  • "As you wish." ~ Princess Bride
  • "Here's looking at you kid." ~ Casablanca
  • "I'll have what she's having." ~ When Harry Met Sally
  • "Show me the money." ~ Jerry Maguire

But what makes a movie line great? Researchers from Cornell University have done a study to see what makes a good line go from normal to having the qualification of Best Movie Line Ever. They created a quiz that they had used to see what other people remember or consider memorable lines. You can take it here and see what you get. I took the test and got 9 out of 12 which is the score the average person achieved. I’d love to hear how many you were able to recognize, leave a comment below.

NOTABLE POINT: The more general the quote, the easier it is to remember. It called for the phrases to have a generality that enabled it to be used in a situation outside the movie set. There were three qualities that the researchers noted as a common ground for all quotes.
  1. Use of personal pronouns in a quote.
  2. The quote used “a” and “an” instead of a definite article like “the”.
  3. The ability to avoid past tense.


via GIPHY


The above three qualities give the quote a generality that was needed to embed the quote in your mind.

Is it the same with book lines?

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling left us with: “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie gave us: “All children, except one, grow up.”

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien caught us with: “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”

Do you have a favorite book line or movie line you'd like to share? I'd love to hear it in the comments below. Maybe you'll even find one in my new book I Spy a Demon that's part of A Darker Shade of Evil anthology releasing on September 24th.


About I Spy A Demon:

When twins Cecily and Calder Sizemore’s parents are killed in a car accident they are taken in by Gus and Mae Frost. Raised like family by the Frosts, Cecily’s feelings for their son, Marcel, evolve into anything but sisterly as the years pass.  

Cecily always knew something was amiss in the Frost household. Little things belied the calm, peaceful ambiance Mae did her best to portray. Calder tried to warn her things were not as they appeared, but she didn’t want to believe him. But when Calder begs her to leave Des Moines, start a new life away from the secrets, away from the Frosts and away from Marcel, she follows his advice and shatters her heart in the process.

Now she’s been called home for her beloved brother's funeral. There's more to the story than meets the eye. Discrepancies in how Calder died lead her to believe it wasn’t a car accident. And she's not returning to Minnesota until she uncovers the truth. 

She’ll have to face Marcel again—the boy who stole her heart when she was eight, the man whose very presence turns her blood to liquid fire, and the man who walks the earth as if he owns every piece of it. He’s always played his cards close to his chest, but this time, he’s underestimated her dogged tenacity. She’ll find out what really happened to Calder, even if it’s her last act in life. 

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Gifts to Add To Your #Book Library

 
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Monday, August 5, 2019

Mindfulness Is All The Rage + #FREE book on Mindfulness #amwriting #amreading

This book is #FREE on Mindfulness this week. Get your copy MINDFULNESS FOR BEGINNERS. Begin your journey into Mindfulness Meditation and Enjoy!

Meditation can seem a daunting task, can I do it? Will I be good enough? I can’t settle my mind to do what needs to be done. A common misconception about mindfulness is that you have to be into meditation, or have to practice long hours to get any benefit from it. Neither could be further from the truth.

A simple form of mindful meditation has you taking the time to scan your body part by part and acknowledge each part in turn. You start at the top of your head and end with the tips of your toes. Let’s say you start your practice and the first thing you notice is that you have a headache. The purpose of mindfulness is not to dwell on the fact that you HAVE a headache and to dwell on how painful it is, but instead to acknowledge it and to continue on. It’s not about trying to come up with the “right” answer or trying to fix something, it’s just trying to realize what it is and say, “Yes, my head hurts but there’s more to me than that. I am more than just a headache.”

When scanning your body there are many distractions that can come up. Kids running around making noise, cars honking, thoughts of things going on at the office, that’s when you pull your thoughts back to your body scan, not with reproach but gently and kindly.


Even authors and readers use mindfulness. When you take each word as it is written and focus solely on each one as it’s written. You can hear the silence from when the birds stop chirping, the growl that paralyzes you in fear. Everything you write, everything you read can be a practice in mindfulness if you take the time to focus on each word. Take this passage for example:
First, the birds went silent and then the bushes rustled to her right. A guttural growl sent raw fear pedaling through her veins. Had she flushed out a bear, worse, a mama bear protecting her cub? Her hands went to the straps around her neck, a foolish instinct that overrode the alarm bells roaring in her head. She slipped the camera over her shoulder, her hands shaking like leaves caught up in an eddy. When the scrub brush parted, a mountain lion strolled onto the trail. The alarm bells morphed into paralyzing fear. Holy crap, what is a mountain lion doing in this neck of the woods?
When you read that you could almost put yourself in that situation, it's as if you were almost there. If you want to take some more time getting into this story check out Season, Unforgettable by Keta Diablo.

Have you ever tried Mindfulness? In what ways have you tried to incorporate it into your life? I'd love to hear your thoughts and comments on Mindfulness, leave me a comment below.

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About Season, Unforgettable
Her land is not for sale, not even to the gorgeous man who saved her from a mountain lion attack. Both will discover that sometimes love blooms between enemies and sometimes it's even lethal.

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Who Says You Can't Judge A #book By Its cover? Yes...You Can!


Thanks so much for dropping by today. A Darker Shade of Evil: A Demon and Devil Anthology is competing in a COVER WAR CONTEST at Author Shout.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

A Few Fantastic Places to Live in the US!


If you’re like me, and live in a cold-weather climate, you’ll occasionally daydream about balmy winds, lofty mountains and ocean views. Below are three of the best places in the United States to retire to. I’m looking for the warm climate of Florida or Texas, but you might be interested in the culture and beauty of New Mexico. All cities listed have special attractions and reasons you might want to relocate, whether now or when you leave the corporate whirlwind behind and retire.

Durango, CO
Outdoor sports and adventure along with historical and cultural attractions make Durango one of the best places to live in Colorado. A ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gage Railroad through a canyon and the gorgeous mountain scenery up to the former mining town of Silverton is one of the most popular things to do. You can also find plenty to keep you busy wandering through the historic downtown, with many buildings remaining from the late 1800s. In winter, nearby Purgatory Ski Resort offers some of the best skiing in Colorado. In summer, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, rafting, and other outdoor activities dominate the scene. Add on a day trip and consider heading out to the Mesa Verde National Park for a close-up look at the Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings.


Naples, FL
Located on southwest Florida's Gulf Coast at the edge of the Everglades, Naples has palm tree-lined avenues and a glitzy reputation. But the city also has a small-town feel and wears its affluent and easy island style in equal measure, making it a perfect destination for those seeking a romantic or luxury getaway, family vacay, Everglades adventure, or chill beach vibe. Sure, the 280 average days of sunshine is great for year round golf, but there are so many other things to do in Naples as well, making it a favorite destination for couples and families. Shopping in Naples Florida is truly an Olympic sport, and yes the beaches are really all that. It's a restaurant powerhouse, and home to the arts and endless outdoor activities, including some of the best fishing in Florida.  Honestly, there’s so much to see and do, your biggest decision may be where to begin.

Taos, New Mexico
Located at the base of the tallest peaks in New Mexico, 400-year-old Taos is a friendly little town long known as an artist's colony and center for outdoor activities. In Taos, you can go from hot-air ballooning and river rafting to touring art galleries and impressive museums. There are many other things to do, such as hiking, skiing, fishing, and sampling the excellent restaurants. Nearby, visitors can learn about a thousand years of history at a still-inhabited Native American pueblo. Conveniently situated just 70 miles northeast of Santa Fe, Taos caters to travelers while avoiding the feeling of a tourist town.
 
I'll have to dream about my future in Florida, New Mexico or Colorado. But one day, look for me in one of these beautiful, culturally rich and most of all, warm cities.

For now, I'll be pounding the keyboard, living through the characters I create, wildly jealous because, unlike me, they get to live and love in some of the most coveted cities in the US.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Available on #Kindle - A Darker Shade of Evil #Blogtour #fantasy #paranormal



A Darker Shade of Evil:
A Demon and Devil Anthology 

Publication date: September 24th 2019
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Including stories from USA Today and Bestselling Authors
Khardine Gray, USA Today Bestselling Author– Alone In The Dark
Dariel Raye – USA Today Bestselling Author – The Devil Upstairs
Lori Titus USA Today Bestselling Author – Talons
Muffy Wilson – USA Today Bestselling Author – Succubus Unleashed
Keta Diablo – Bestselling Author – I Spy A Demon
Marilyn Harlow– Bestselling Author – Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend
Gracen Miller – Bestselling Author – Hex
Michelle Scott – Bestselling Author – The Demon’s Prisoner
Katherine Smits – Bestselling Author – Siren Descending

About A Darker Shade of Evil
Deadly demons, diabolical devils and other creatures of the night will hold you spellbound in this one-of-a-kind anthology. In a world of dark delights, they trifle in forbidden passion, suspense, and kick-ass battles. It’s all right here for you in this captivating urban fantasy and paranormal romance anthology!

Brought to you by USA Today and International Bestselling Authors, these stories of sexy alpha heroes and heroines will keep you turning the pages. Devils, demons and their lethal hunters will draw you into their conquests, twisted deceptions, scorching heat, and yes, even love.

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