Movie: Crimson Peak (2015)

Genre: Gothic Romance/Horror

Title: Crimson Peak

Release Date: 16 October 2015

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Summary: 

In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds – and remembers

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Movie: Rogue One (2016) — SPOILER FREE

Genre: Sci-fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure

Title: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Release Date: 16 December 2016

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Summary: 

The Rebellion makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow.

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Blog Tour: My Brown-Eyed Earl by Anna Bennett — Excerpt and Giveaway!

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I am so excited to be a part of the blog tour for My Brown-Eyed Earl by Anna Bennet.  This book grabbed me with its amazing and hilarious title, and I immediately knew that it was something that I had to read.  The book was just released on October 4, and I am currently about 50% through so far and loving it!  This is a great debut novel, and I can’t wait until the rest of this series is published!  This post with give you a summary as well as an excerpt from early on in the novel, but the best bit is that this post ends with a giveaway to win 1 of 2 copies of this beautiful new romance.

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My Brown-Eyed Earl

By Anna Bennett

Miss Margaret Lacey is brainy and beautiful, but she’s also penniless, and at the ripe old age of twenty-three society has declared her a spinster. For her part, Meg is less concerned with her empty dance card than with her empty bank account. She resolves to make her own way as a governess but discovers her new employer is the Earl of Castleton—the vexingly handsome man she rejected one fateful day, eight years ago.

William Ryder has never forgotten Meg, the elusive girl next door who claimed she’d rather shave her head than marry him. Now she’s the governess, but Will plans to teach her a few lessons of his own. As stolen kisses lead to passionate nights, Will and Meg just might find true love where they least expect it…

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Anna Bennett started swiping romances from her mom’s bookshelf as a teenager and decided that books with balls, dukes, and gowns were the best. So, when she had the chance to spend a semester in London she packed her bags—and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.

Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anna found her way back to writing the stories she loves and won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart®. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Other weaknesses include reality TV, cute shoes, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

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Excerpt

Will leaned forward on his elbows and pinched the bridge of his nose. Somehow, in the space of a week, his highly ordered, luxurious life had fallen apart.

First, Marina, the beautiful widow he’d been seeing, hinted that she wanted more than the mutually pleasurable arrangement they’d agreed to, forcing Will to break things off with her.

Next, his recently deceased cousin’s mistress showed up on Will’s doorstep with the twin girls, threatening to leave them at an orphanage unless he took them in.

And then last night, he attended a dinner party in honor of his mother’s birthday. In front of a dozen guests, she announced her sole wish: that her son marry before she turned fifty—in exactly one year. After choking on his wine, Will promised to give the matter some thought.

Then he had gone directly to his club and drunk him- self into oblivion.

Jesus. He stood, ran his hands through his hair, and checked his reflection in a mirror between a pair of book- cases. Gibson was right—he looked like hell.

Bad enough to scare off a potential governess.

He swiped the cravat off his chair, slung it around his neck, hastily tied it in some semblance of a knot, and but- toned his jacket. There was nothing to be done about the stubble on his chin or the faint imprint the desk blotter had left on his cheek, so he threw back the rest of his coffee and congratulated himself. Within the hour he’d have a governess to manage the twins, and at least one aspect of his life would be set to rights.

Gibson was already shuffling down the corridor. “My lord,” he intoned from the doorway, “may I present Miss Lacey.”

Will blinked. Lacey . . . it was a common name. Surely the potential governess couldn’t be—

She glided into the study and cast a wary look his way.

“Good afternoon, Lord Castleton. It’s a pleasure to see you again.”

Dear God. It was her. The vicar’s daughter who thought she was too damned good for him. Standing in his study, cloaked in a drab dress that might have been lilac once but now more closely resembled gray. No ribbons adorned her brown hair. No ringlets framed her face. In fact, the only decoration she wore was the light smattering of freckles across her nose.

The butler raised his bushy brows. “I was not aware that you were already acquainted.”

“Thank you, Gibson. That will be all.”

The butler left reluctantly, closing the door behind him. Miss Lacey pressed her lips together as though she longed to say something and silence herself at the same time. From what he recalled of her tongue, it was best kept under lock and key.

“What on earth are you doing here?” Will demanded.

“Applying for the governess position. I assumed you knew.”

“No,” he said curtly.

“I see.” She glanced over her shoulder at the door. “Per- haps it would be better if I—”

“Be seated, Miss Lacey.” He inclined his head toward the armchair in front of his desk.

She hesitated, and for a moment he thought she’d refuse. But then she walked toward the chair, looked at the seat, and froze. Just as stubborn as he remembered, unbiddable as ever.

He bristled. “Perhaps you’d prefer to remain standing for the entire interview?”

“No. It’s only . . .”

“You object to meeting in my study?”

She narrowed eyes that were not quite green, but not quite brown either. “No, but I hoped to avoid sitting on this.” In one, fluid motion she leaned over the chair, picked up a pink, lace-edged scrap of satin between her thumb and index finger, and dangled it in front of his face.

Lord Castleton snatched the frilly handkerchief from Meg’s hand. He started to stuff it in his pocket, apparently thought better of it, and shoved it into a desk drawer. “Let me assure you, Miss Lacey. Nothing untoward has occurred here in my study.”

Perhaps not. But something untoward had definitely occurred somewhere.

Meg sat in the chair in front of his desk, glad she no longer had to rely on her shaking legs for support. “I’m certain that’s none of my concern.”

“I’m glad we agree.”

She was curious, though. If her parents had had their way, the man who was now sitting across from her and cursing under his breath would have been her husband. Difficult as it was to fathom, she would have been his countess, probably blessed with a couple of children at this point.

The sight of him now, sporting rumpled clothes, a scowling face, and a foul mood, made her think she had dodged a rather nasty bullet.

Giveaway!!!

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Movie: Boy Meets Girl (2014)

Genre: LGBT Romance, Unrated

Title: Boy Meets Girl

Release Date: 6 February 2015

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Summary: 

Boy Meets Girl is a funny, tender, sex positive romantic comedy that explores what it means to be a real man or woman, and how important it is to live a courageous life not letting fear stand in the way of going after your dreams.

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Movie: Lights Out

Genre: Horror

Title: Lights Out

Release Date: 22 July 2016

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Summary: 

When her little brother, Martin, experiences the same events that once tested her sanity, Rebecca works to unlock the truth behind the terror, which brings her face to face with an entity that has an attachment to their mother, Sophie.

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InMyOpinion: MCU Movies From Worst to Best (#7 – 1)

Don’t forget to check out #13-8 on my list!

7. Avengers: Age of Ultron

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This movie is a bit of a mess.  The editing is a bit crazy because it feels like the original cut of this movie was 5-hours-long.  There is very obviously stuff that’s missing (like Thor’s entire plot thread).  But…I still really enjoy this movie.  I like Natasha/Bruce (even if it does come out of nowhere), I like Hawkeye’s farm, I like Wanda and Vision (and Wanda/Vision), and I LOVE Ultron.  His quips are hilariously delivered by James Spader.  The CGI in the opening fight is a bit suspect, and the destruction towards the end is a bit overwhelming, but this movie is still a lot of fun to watch.  I wasn’t disappointed at all.

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InMyOpinion: MCU Movies From Worst to Best (#13 – 8)

Like most of the world, I am a big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).  I’ll admit that while I have always been a geek/fangirl, Superheroes and comic books weren’t always my thing.  Sure, I watched the Batman and Superman animated series, and I absolutely LOVED the cartoon X-men:Evolution.  I also really enjoyed the original X-men movies (well, the first 2 at least) and Sam Raimi’s Spiderman movies (once again, only the first 2).But I wasn’t obsessed.  I wasn’t reading fanfiction.  I didn’t feel compelled to read comic books.

That changed in 2008. Many of my friends were excited by Iron Man, so I pretended to be as well, even though I had absolutely NO idea who or what Iron Man was.  The movie came out, and everyone seemed to love it, even my parents.  So, I dragged myself out to the movie theaters to see what everyone was raving about.

In the end, I saw Iron Man in the theaters 7 and a half times (it’s a long story).  I was hooked.  I listened to the soundtrack in my car, read fanfiction, and could quote the movie almost word-for-word.

Since then, I have seen every MCU movie in the theaters, almost all on opening weekend and most more than once (though Iron Man still holds my MCU record).  Though (almost) everyone seems to enjoy the MCU movie, people seemed to have wildly different opinions on which are the best, which are ‘meh’, and which are bad.

So…Here’s my list of MCU movies ranked from worst to best!

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