Showing posts from September, 2019

Downton Abbey: The Movie

Like I was going to see the Downton Abbey movie and not say anything about it on this blog?

I saw the movie last night. I don't want to put spoilers out there, but it takes place in 1927, so about a year and a half after the series ended. The King and Queen (George V and Queen Mary) are on a royal tour of Yorkshire and say they'll stay at Downton Abbey for a night, which means they require a royal luncheon, there's going to be a military parade in the village, then a fancy dinner.

Of course, this sends the family and servants alike into a tizzy of preparation. Royal servants arrive and take over. The family are all pretty much settled, but they each have their storylines throughout the movie.

The movie felt like a nice Downton hug.

And now I'm going to need some movie continuation fanfiction.

Hey, whatcha reading? 2

This month, I've asked my friend Jessica about what she's reading.

1. What book(s) are you currently reading?

Currently, I'm reading Her Perfect Affair by Priscilla Oliveras (2018, Zebra Shout) which is the second book in the Matched to Perfection series.

2. How far along in the book are you?

I'm towards the end since I feel a resolution coming on. My Kindle says I'm at 82%.

3. What is the book about?

This book is about the second sister in a Puerto Rican family of three sisters. This is a contemporary romance about Rosa's complicated romantic predicament.

4. What drew you to reading this book?

I prefer reading contemporary romances versus historical romances, so when you recommended this series and author, I gave it a try (Sunflower: woot woot!). The first book was about a Puerto Rican dance teacher and since I am a Puerto Rican dance teacher I was immediately intrigued. I loved Book 1 (Her Perfect Partner) and through that got to know a little bit about the other…

A Gingerbread Romance by Lacey Baker Book Tour

A GINGERBREAD ROMANCE BY LACEY BAKERAs an architect, she designs beautiful buildings…But will her heart ever find a place to call home?
Taylor’s architectural firm enters her in a contest to build life-sized gingerbread houses. After the contest, she’s likely to get a promotion to a position in another city. But it’s a team competition, and Taylor’s temperamental partner soon backs out. Taylor needs a replacement―fast.
When she meets Adam, a baker and single dad, she convinces him to be her partner in the contest. After all, winning would give his bakery much-needed exposure.
For years, Taylor has avoided thinking of anywhere as “home.” When she was a kid, her family was always on the move. But the time she spends with Adam and his daughter Brooke, decorating for Christmas and enjoying Philadelphia’s holiday traditions, has her questioning everything. Could she have found a place to call her own?


Garden of Ravens by Krystal Jane Ruin: An Interview

Today, we have a guest on the blog---Krystal Jane Ruin, author of the poetry collection Garden of Ravens. Look at that cover! Krystal is, of course, a dear writing friend and frequent visitor of this blog. 
1. How long have you been writing poetry and what made you decide to take that poetry put it into a collection?The oldest poems I have are from when I was around eleven. It’s really fun (i.e. cringey) and angsty kind of poetry that I wrote about a couple of celebrities and one regular dude that I had a crush on. I still have some of them, and they’re hilarious. And buried in a drawer. After all these years, I had so much lying around, I thought it would be fun to gather some into a collection. I like to read them sometimes, and it’s motivating me to do a better job of keeping up what I write.

2. I imagine the selection or editing of poems is different from editing prose. How was it different?The biggest difference for me starts with how they’re written. With poetry, it usually starts…


Hadestown was this year's Best Original Musical Tony winner--and thirty minutes after it won all of its Tonys, my friends and I were coordinating schedules and ticket prices to Hadestown.

At any rate, it's a really original musical--in musical style, in the combining of two Greek myths, in staging. I can't say I've ever seen anything like it. And it's really thought-provoking.

I'm liking this thought-provoking musical trend.

Hadestown was the third in what turned out to be a trifecta of musicals about death: Oklahoma! (which, as you may recall, left me feeling unsettled), Beetlejuice (which is about death, but is really uplifting), and now Hadestown--based on two Greek myths: Persephone and her marriage to Hades, lord of the underworld, and Orpheus and Eurydice. The musical style is jazz and folk and the set and style is sort of post-apocalytic Depression-era New Orleans.

Hermes, played by Andre De Shields, is the narrator---and he begins the show. Orpheus is pl…

2019 reading challenge


So normally, I like to do these posts in increments of 10 or 5. But I had finished reading ten books (half of my reading goal) by the end of July and August ended yesterday. It turns out I read and/or finished 5 books in August.

Which is a lot of books, when my average is about 3 books per month, if I'm reading full-out. I'm close to finishing another book today as well, but we'll leave that for the next reading challenge post!

Hoping everyone has a great Labor Day weekend here in the United States!

Here are books 11-16:

11. Mrs. Martin's Incomparable Adventure (The Worth Saga, #2.75) by Courtney Milan.  Fiction/Romance/Historical Romance/LGBT/Novella. 4 stars.

12. Music Boxes by Tonja Drecker. Fiction/Children's/Middle Grade/Fantasy. 5 stars.

13. Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton. Fiction/Historical Fiction/Contemporary/Dual Timeline/Romance/Cuba. 4 stars.

14. Thirteen Years at the Russian Court: A Personal Record of the last years and death of the Tsar…