Sunday, June 18, 2017

Coming to FOX this Fall - The Resident

  An idealistic young doctor who begins his first day under the supervision of a tough, brilliant, senior resident who pulls the curtain back on all of the good and evil in modern day medicine. Lives may be saved or lost, but expectations will always be shattered. 

 



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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Coming to ABC the Fall - Splitting Up Together

The story of a couple whose marriage is reignited by their divorce, coming to ABC. Emily Kapnek writes and serves as executive producer of this new comedy, along with Ellen DeGeneres.




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Friday, June 16, 2017

Free Serial Read - The Cabin (Part 4)

Nick relaxed and told her the story of Jen and the purple prose. They finished their tea, and he excused himself to return to work, but not before asking her to meet him for breakfast.


Nick raced home, showered and changed in time to get to the café early. He’d never been to the café, a bakery with tables outside, he’d been to the diner but thought the café would be a little more private.  He ordered some coffee and waited. “Good Morning.”

He heard her voice and rose from his seat. She met him with a small hug before taking the seat across from him. “Good Morning.”

“How was your night?”

“Uneventful, just the way I like it.”

“What is an eventful night like?”

“I can deal with any number of things, from bears raiding the fridge to trucks stuck in the mud.”

The waiter approached and took their orders, leaving behind a fresh cup of coffee for Chele. “You must have a catalog of stories.”

“Probably not as many as you’d think and not interesting enough to be called stories.”

“So what would you find interesting Mr. Wall?”

“You want to know?” She nodded in earnest, a sparkle in her eyes.  “Okay, I will show you.”

They ate breakfast, chatted and Nick held open the door of his jeep. Chele climbed in, and he drove them into the backwoods of Breckenridge to a spot he found years before. “Where are you taking me?”

“You’ll see.” Nick stopped the truck and parked. He strode around, meeting her at the door. His finger over his lips, he reached out grasping Chele’s hand.  Leading her through the brush he checked back to make sure she was okay. Chele seemed to be handling the trek fairly well. A good sign of things to come.  Nick rounded the next tree and crouched to the ground behind a fallen log. Chele arrived behind him, crouching in the same manner, looking to him. Her eyes wide in wonder, her brow furrowed in slight confusion. Nick raised his finger to his lips, before pointing beyond the log to a small clearing a few hundred yards in front of them.

It only took a few moment and then they appeared. A large brown bear padded into the clearing and Chele’s eyes went wide. She looked at him, and he motioned for her to look back at the clearing. Three baby bears followed their mother into the clearing. One of the babies swatted at the bear in front of him, before leaping onto his back. They rolled on the ground playing and nipping at each other. Nick looked to Chele; her eyes focused on the family before them. The soft light of the forest seemed to make her eyes glow. He found himself enamored by her and when she met his eyes, he felt a smile spread across his face.  Chele leaned forward her breath against his neck. “This is amazing.”

She leaned back, her hand covering his while her gaze went back to the setting. His thumb traced the top of her hand, and she relaxed against his shoulder.

****

The amazing afternoon took Chele’s breath away, and when they arrived at her cabin, she was disappointed that the day would end. He followed her up the steps, and she unlocked the door. “Do you want to come in for some coffee?”

She leaned against the door, his eyes piercing her core. She wanted him to kiss her; she wanted to close her eyes and feel his soft lips pressing against hers. “I have to work tonight; I should probably take a rain-check.” 

“I forgot you had to work, maybe we could—“ His lips met her in a rush of heat, pressing her against the doorframe. Strong but tender, he played with her lips, her breath, teasing her mouth with the tip of his tongue.

Her arms encircled his neck, the heat of his body enticing her. Pulling him closer, she opened to him, and he explored her mouth with fervor. His fingers ran idly through her hair sending delicious chills up her spine. Wow, he is a really good kisser

His lips left hers, and she opened her eyes. He stared down at her, breathless. A fingertip had lined her bottom lip before he kissed her again, gently sucking her bottom lip into his mouth.  His hard body pressed against hers and her core ignited. “Nick, you have to work.”

He pushed through the door, guiding her to the living room. “Later.”  He sat back into the couch pulling her with him. She landed on top of him her legs intertwining within his. Their mouths met again, his hands roamed down her back, over her ass and up again. The gentle caress stroked the fire burning within her core. Her hands curled against his chest, and she shifted, putting a slight pressure on the growing bulge between them. His response was to push against her body, his tonguing of her mouth becoming more intense and demanding.

He shifted, and she rolled into his arms. He trapped her against the back of the couch. Angled against her, he had access to every part of her.


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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Television A- Z – The BadAss B’s - Part Two



So this is my version of the A to Z Challenge. I am listing the shows having the biggest impact on me, not necessarily the best shows in each category. I thought they were the best when I was watching them. 
See the whole list of B's Here!


Bewitched (1964-1972)

A witch married to an ordinary man cannot resist using her magic powers to solve the problems her family faces.

Obviously I only remember the reruns of this series but I do remember enjoying my days home sick watching this show. I wanted to be a witch and wiggle my nose. Darren has always been quite the debate for some – specifically who was a better – Dick York (1964-1969l) or Dick Sargent (1969-1972) I think I liked the latter of the two. 

Hollywood, of course, tried to make the show into a Bewitched movie in 2005 starring Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell and Shirley MacLain. It didn’t work. It was cute but the casting was all wrong specifically with Ferrell in my opinion. Darren was not an idiot and in the movie while Ferrell played a different character, the character was clueless which wasn’t funny.  Probably would have been better to go with a straight man like Ryan gosling or Daniel Craig. 

Either way I adored the television show and it will always be loved as classic American velevision.


A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists’ shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory.

The premise is simple, it is a classic sitcom and makes me laugh aloud. There will be very few sitcoms on this list but this is in my top 5 of traditional 30 minute sitcoms. All of the characters are unique, flawed and hilarious! I can watch the reruns again and again without being bored. Just love the show and hope it goes on forever!


The Brady Bunch (1969-1974)

The misadventures of a large family united when one widowed and one divorced people married.

Thankfully after several successful movie spoofs of this classic TV show, the Brady Bunch will be known for generations to come. We all watched it, even if you don’t want to miss it. We all remember the adventurous trip to Hawaii, Peter’s changing voice, Marsha’s broken nose, Cindy’s missing doll, Greg’s Hippie phase, Bobby’s fascination with the wild west, Alice and the butcher Sam’s ongoing romance, Jan’s wig, Tiger the dog and of course the cousin Oliver. So many memories of family life if we are not careful we can confuse their adventures with our own memories. 

The Brady Bunch is a part of American culture, and history. Maybe it should be a class in high school sociology? I don’t know, I do know it was great and is cherished by all those who watched and enjoyed!


Thus the end of part two, stay tuned for part three next week. Any thoughts or memories you'd like to share? Please do! Leave a comment and you might get a prize!

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Food Love - Crock Pot Chicken & Dumplings



Ingredients

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 cans of cream of chicken soup
1 can of chicken broth
1 small onion, chopped
2 tablespoons of butter
1 can of biscuit dough

Preparation

In you crockpot, add all the ingredients except the biscuit dough. Make sure the chicken breasts are covered with the liquid. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Once finished, shred the chicken with a fork or potato masher. Turn the heat up to high and add pinches of biscuit dough to the crockpot. Stir, cover, and let cook on high for an additional 45 minutes. Serve!




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Monday, June 12, 2017

Did that Shadow Move? - Shadow People - Types and Motivations


In my upcoming release, Finders, the ghost hunting team are the experts on all kinds of entities including the ominous shadow people. Below is an excerpt from Finder’s founder and lead Ghost Hunter Grant Henley’s notes on Shadow People.

Types – Classified as how they appear to the human eye

Human Shaped
These make up the bulk of the Shadow People sightings and include the typical cloaked figure and shadow people wearing hats.  These can come in a variety of combinations.  Obviously what these shadow people are is pure speculation at this point.
The persistent shadow people of the lurking variety don’t seem to be purely evil in intent, and almost seem more interested in us or at least in feeding off our energy.  Others are simply negative manifestations of spirits. Almost universally though, they are a sign of something negative.

Black Mass
Less human in form, but still of that general size and the black mass type of shadow people give the impression of being a human figure but more fuzzy or blurred.  They can change in shape, forming more of a cloud, but the impression is always that an entity it there.
It is my assertion that many of these black mass Shadow People are former people who have become negative spirits. The more time they spend trapped in our plane the more they will grow in power and lose their human identity.  A black mass absorbs more and more negative emotion their sense of being human and who they were in life fades and becomes distorted. In the end, the become a form of the following type of shadow people, demonic.

Demonic
The most dangerous of the types of Shadow People, demonic shadows should be avoided at all costs.  Among Shadow People, these are one of the few types having the visible eyes.  Demonic forms vary widely, but usually retain a humanoid shape, but are often exaggerated in height, have wings or horns or elongated fingers. Demons are all about manipulation so they will take the form of whatever scares you the most and they will feed off your fear. They do not give the impression of being a normal ghost or sentient entity.


Suggested Motivations – Classified based on various reported interactions

Lurkers
Found in homes and very often around bedrooms, the classic shadow people tend to be lurking.  They will stand in doorways or corners watching their victims. These types of shadow entities don’t seem to have any intent; they are just there observing.  Sometimes they will wander a location, following people, or stalking them. Quite often they flee at being noticed, vanishing around corners or simply by going through a solid wall. Lurkers seem primarily to be attached to an individual and have been known to follow people from one location to the next.

Aggressive
Unlike Lurkers, these will not stay in one spot and watch; they will actively interact in an attempt to harm, frighten their victims.

Transient
Typically going from one place to another, and seem not particularly interested in the goings on of those that observe them. Of all the types of Shadow People, these are the least understood as they do not linger and interact with us.

Omens
Some sightings of shadow people appear to be omens or portents of something bad happening, much like the legends of seeing a Barghest (Hell Hound) is a portent of death.
Similar to the Lurkers, these entities are associated with just one person and are a more transitory occurrence, stopping after the event or tragedy has taken place.

Haunting
Haunting is tied to a location and seems to haunt only that area. Those that haunt a location tend to be more malevolent and dangerous to encounter. They seem many times to be trapped in time and do not comprehend the reasons for the person’s presence in their ‘world.' Because of this, they are less likely to flee when spotted and may choose to attack instead.

Learn More about Shadow People here.

Finders is coming in Fall 2017!


 

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Coming th Fall to CBS - young Sheldon

  From Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro and Jim Parsons, this new comedy follows the life of a young Sheldon Cooper as he navigates childhood in a football-loving, churchgoing, small town Texas family. This Fall on CBS.



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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Television A to Z - The Badass B's!


So this is my version of the A to Z Challenge. I am listing the shows having the biggest impact on me, not necessarily the best shows in each category. I thought they were the best when I was watching them. 

See the whole list of B's Here!

Burn Notice (2007-2013)

Michael Westen, a seasoned U.S. spy, is suddenly "burned", i.e. discredited, without any form of procedure. He survives by doing impossible jobs for desperate people in Miami, where his mother lives. Michael is usually aided by his ex-girlfriend Fiona and trusted former FBI informer Sam. Written by KGF Vissers

Burn Notice is in the top five of my all-time favorite shows. It was among a cluster of hit shows on the USA network in the mid-2000’s. All a part of what was happily known as Blue Sky Entertainment – USA network’s house style, favoring “aspirational, upbeat characters” and “a blue-skies feel.” In other words: Rather than making brooding action series set in grimy warehouses or nerve-wracking medical dramas set in crumbling city hospitals, USA put wisecracking, hopeful professionals in resort communities, where they could do their work and maybe sip the occasional tropical drink by the beach. Several series were associated with this premise, almost all will be on my list. Burn Notice is my favorite and the first. 

Despite the life and death scenarios, Burn Notice is always upbeat, playful, sarcastic, and off-beat which is why I loved it. I can still watch any episode in reruns with fondness and my total attention. I have even binged watched several seasons when in the mood for some ass-kicking, intelligent fun! Chek out Burn Notice ASAP or you will regret missing it!


The Bionic Woman (1976-1978)

Jaime Sommers, a tennis pro, suffers a parachuting accident. She is saved by a special surgery replacing her ear, an arm and both legs with bionic ones. Now she works as a secret agent hidden as a school teacher. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

One of the first shows I remember clearly growing up. I was only 2 at the time and I probably am remembering the reruns. However, the show and its concept of a woman hero were amazing and inspiring. I especially loved when The Bionic Man would make an appearance and the romance was blossoming! I have such fond memories of the original show I remember watching the many remakes and television made movies, including the one with a very young Sandra Bullock (how many of you knew that??) A treasure for all time, the Bionic woman looked to a bright future and gave us some action along the way!



A young woman is forced to fulfill her destiny of fighting vampires and demons with the help of her friends all the while struggling to live a normal teenage life of heartbreak and drama.

Another show in my top ten of all time. Joss Whedon, known for Marvel fame, started with this amazing show. It didn’t start off amazing but it grew and expanded. I have watched the entire series several times. My two favorite episodes will always be Hush and Once More with Feeling.  So many many amazing moments for all of the characters. Lots of unexpected arches – like Willow going dark, Buffy and Spike, Dawn and Mrs. Sommer’s expected but unexpected demise. I could write novels about the show and never cover everything. So if you have not experienced Buffy, give it a go. You will not be disappointed!




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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Food Love - Capellini with Tomatoes and Basil

Have I expressed how much I do not cook? My ex-husband was the chef of the house so when we split households I needed to become the chef uber-fast. Here is a quick, easy and yummy way to make it happen!


Ingredients
Kosher salt
1/2 cup good olive oil, plus extra for the pot
2 tablespoons minced garlic (6 cloves)
4 pints small cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes
18 large basil leaves, julienned
2 tablespoons chopped fresh curly parsley
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
3/4 pound dried capellini or angel hair pasta
1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Extra chopped basil and grated Parmesan, for serving

Preparation
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons of salt and a splash of oil to the pot.

Meanwhile, heat the 1/2 cup of olive oil in a large (12-inch) saute pan. Add the garlic to the oil and cook over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, basil, parsley, thyme, 2 teaspoons salt, the pepper, and red pepper flakes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, tossing occasionally, until the tomatoes begin to soften but don't break up.

While the tomatoes are cooking, add the capellini to the pot of boiling water and cook for 2 minutes, or according to the directions on the package. Drain the pasta, reserving some of the pasta water.

Place the pasta in a large serving bowl, add the tomatoes and Parmesan and toss well. Add some of the pasta water if the pasta seems too dry. Serve large bowls of pasta with extra basil sprinkled on top and a big bowl of extra Parmesan on the side.


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