Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Friday's Film Adaptions: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

With Halloween this coming Friday, I'm bringing to you a Hump Day edition of Friday Film Adaptions.

The chief part of the stories, however, turned upon the favorite specter of Sleepy Hollow, the Headless Horseman, who had been heard several times of late, patrolling the country; and, it was said, tethered his horse nightly among the graves in the churchyard. The story was immediately matched by a thrice marvelous adventure of Brom Bones, who made light of the Galloping Hessian as an arrant jockey. He affirmed that on returning one night from the neighboring village of Sing Sing, he had been overtaken by this midnight trooper; that he had offered to race with him for a bowl of punch, and should have won it too, for Daredevil beat the goblin horse all hollow, but just as they came to the church bridge, the Hessian bolted, and vanished in a flash of fire. All these tales, told in that drowsy undertone with which men talk in the dark, the countenances of the listeners only now and then receiving a casual gleam from the glare of a pipe, sank deep in the mind of Ichabod...


Disney's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Released:  October 5, 1949
Length:  68 minutes(The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad)
Featuring the voice of Bing Crosby



Sleepy Hollow
Released: November 19, 1999
Length: 105 minutes
Director:  Tim Burton
Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane
Christina Ricci as Katrina Van Tassel
Miranda Richardson as Lady Mary Van Tassel/Crone Sister
Michael Gambon as Baltus Van Tassel
Casper Van Dien as Brom Van Brunt
Jeffrey Jones as Reverend Steenwyck
Richard Griffiths as Magistrate Samuel Philipse
Ian McDiarmid as Dr. Thomas Lancaster
Michael Gough as Notary James Hardenbrook
Marc Pickering as Young Masbath, whose father was a victim of the Horseman
Christopher Walken and Ray Park as The Hessian/Headless Horseman
Claire Skinner as Beth Killian, the Midwife
Steven Waddington as Killian, Beth's husband
Christopher Lee as the Burgomaster
Alun Armstrong as the High Constable
Martin Landau as Peter Van Garrett
Lisa Marie Smith as Lady Crane, Ichabod's mother
Peter Guinness as Lord Crane, Ichabod's father



Author Bio:
Washington Irving was an American author, essayist, biographer and historian of the early 19th century. He began his literary career at the age of nineteen by writing newspaper articles under the pseudonym, "Jonathan Oldstyle."

In 1809, he published, The History of New York, under his most well known public persona, Diedrich Knickerbocker.

Irving is best known for his short stories, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle" both of which appear in his book, The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. which he published in 1819.

Irving's historical works include a five volume biography of George Washington (for whom he was named after) as well as biographies of Oliver Goldsmith, Muhammad, and several histories of 15th-century Spain dealing with subjects such as Christopher Columbus, the Moors, and the Alhambra. Irving felt a strong connection to Spain and was appointed by President John Tyler to serve as the first Spanish speaking U.S. minister to Spain from 1842 to 1846.

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It's been a long time since I read Washington Irving's short story about Ichabod Crane but I loved it!  It wasn't exactly what I was expecting because I grew up loving the Disney version of Ichabod but I found it equally as good in a different way.  If you haven't read this Halloween classic, I highly recommend doing so.

Even after I read the Irving short story and found it different from the Disney version I loved since childhood, I still have to watch Ichabod and the Headless Horseman every Halloween, it just wouldn't be the holiday without the Disney scarefest.

As for Tim Burton's version of Sleepy Hollow, it's an excellent film in different ways.  Other than Ichabod and other character names, there is no real telltale connections.  It makes a great mystery and an intriguing addition to most October Fear Fest film marathons.  I could however, skip seeing the 1999 film every year where I just can't let Halloween go by without the 1949 Disney version.

Time to Begin(Ward Sisters #5) by Patti Korbet

TITLE – Time to Begin
SERIES – Ward Sisters, #5
AUTHOR – Patti Korbet
GENRE – Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION DATE – September 15, 2014
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – estimated at 125k words
PUBLISHER – Patricia Korbet
COVER ARTIST – Patti Korbet
She'd been dealt too many blows to count. He'd always lived life on easy street. Are they Yin and Yang or a mistake of epic proportions?

Makeup artist Reggie Reynolds has endured a life as colorful as her ever-changing hair. After a painful childhood and a tragic adolescence, by sheer force of will, she found success – first in Hollywood, then on Broadway. Returning to her hometown offers a chance to help her aging grandfather and realize her dreams, not to mention soothe a broken heart. But even her storied past won't prepare Reggie for what happens in her next chapter.

When reporter Eddie Besson meets Reggie on a flight to New York City, he thinks he's at an all-time high-point in his cushy, perpetual-youth life. Twenty-four hours with Reggie changes Eddie's perspective. Despite the fact she doesn't want anything to do with him when he leaves, Eddie can't stop thinking about the girl from New York City long after he's gone from the Big Apple.

As Eddie's perfectly-orchestrated life falls apart, he has some tough decisions to make, with only one thing certain: there will be consequences to pay for his lackadaisical approach to adulthood. Reggie's own soul-searching reveals some painful truths, including guilt about passing judgment on the guy from Maine. When she runs into Eddie again – this time on his home turf – sparks fly and decisions must be made, choices that aren't universally well-received. Will this unlikely pair go all-in, find a way to balance the scales and live life on their own terms? Or will tragedy tear them apart for good?

I hadn't read any of the previous Ward Sisters series but I wasn't lost by any means.  I do feel that I may have been lacking some personal family insight to Reggie's character but not enough to lesson my enjoyment but enough that I had to give it 4 bookmarks instead of 5.

The author has done such an exceptional job with the character composition that I felt like I could easily be living next door to them and actually like them, unlike some of the neighbors I actually have.

I may not have read the previous entries in the Ward Sisters series, but after reading Time To Begin, they are going on my TBR list as is the author going on my watch for list.


     The girl with the pink and black striped hair kept looking at him. Eddie thought he was just being paranoid at first, but she was definitely staring. He didn't think he could possibly know her – after all, she looked like part of a Punk crowd, and despite his appreciation for the genre, that was definitely not his speed of social group. Maybe they'd had classes together in college. She might be around his age. But though he felt like he knew her somehow, he didn't recognize her.
     Pink Hair didn't make any effort to engage him. Nonetheless, there she was, staring again. This time, though, her eyes watered and she looked like she struggled to keep the tears away. Maybe she wasn't staring at him so much as through him. He should probably ignore her. But then her eyes drifted shut and a tear escaped, running down a surprisingly angelic face.
     Shit, he thought. Don't do it, Besson. Just stay where you are.
     Too late.
     He got up and moved to sit next to her. When he put his hand over hers, she jumped a little and looked at him, confused.
     “Hey, you okay?” Eddie asked.
     “Um, not really. But it's nothing. Don't worry about it.”
     “If it was nothing, then you wouldn't be crying. Want to talk about it?” Jesus, what was it with him and providing an ear these days? First Kay and her marital troubles, now a stranger? Who next? Maybe she'd say no. Hopefully.
     “No, that's okay.”
     Oh, good. That's a relief, he thought. Eddie's hand was still covering hers and she looked down at it. Since she didn't pull her hand away, Eddie left his there. Maybe it comforted her. Maybe it would be enough and she wouldn't use him as a sounding board. She sniffed and when she looked up she smiled at him.
     “I'm Reggie.”
     “Eddie. You headed to New York?”
     “Yeah. You?”
     He nodded. “I've got a meeting.”
     “Oh? You in finance or something?”
     Eddie laughed. Hardly. “No. Reporter. I work at a small-town newspaper up north. My boss is sending me to meet with a potential new buyer for the paper.”
     She'd bristled a little at the word 'reporter', but relaxed again when he said he worked at a small-town paper. Huh.
     “Because you run things?”
     “Nah. They want to meet with all the editors and I was away when they came last month. I guess it's nearly a done deal and they want to figure out where we all fit in their organization.”
     “Oh. How long are you in the city?”
     “A day. Fly down today, fly back tomorrow. What about you? Why are you headed to NYC?”
     “I live there. Well, in Brooklyn, anyway. I work in the city.”
     “What do you do? If you don't mind my asking. Sorry. Reporter's instinct to ask questions.”
     “It's okay. I'm a makeup artist.”
     “Oh yeah? Where do you work? In the movies?”
     “I did. For a long time I worked in L.A. on movie and TV sets. I've been on a Broadway play for the past seven months. We were supposed to be done after six weeks. Then it stretched to six months. We're regrouping right now, but we're back to work tomorrow. They're talking about a long-term run.”
     “Sounds like you're pretty excited about it.”
     “It's basically my dream job. I always wanted to work on Broadway, but it's hard to get into the business there. Much easier in Hollywood, where there are a million different productions. Eventually, if you meet the right people, you're set. I got lucky and hooked up with a stylist when he was just getting started. That led to where I am now.”
     Eddie smiled. “Seems like you made some smart moves.”
     “I did. Now I get to work in my hometown and be near my family.”
     Eddie laughed. “Me too. But somehow, I don't think my hometown quite compares with yours.”
     “No? Population isn't in the millions? No loud noises, smelly exhaust or ridiculous traffic?”
     “No all-night takeout, no clubs with up-and-coming music. No way to escape your family, even when they're driving you nuts. I love everything about New York.”
     “Me, too,” Reggie said. “Those are just people's usual complaints. But everything you said, that's the reasons why I love living there. Plays, music, art, culture, food, history. It's all there.”
     Now boarding Delta Flight 1220 to New York's LaGuardia at Gate 8. Please have your ID and boarding passes ready.
     “I guess it's time to board. Where are you sitting?” Eddie asked.
     “Um, 14C,” Reggie said, looking at her boarding pass.
     “No way. I'm in 14A. Looks like we're sitting together.”
     Reggie smiled. “Good. I was going to have to ask your seatmate if I could switch. Now I don't have to do that.”

Eddie Besson is that guy, the one who still acts like he's in college, despite entry into his 30's. As the sports editor for his small, hometown newspaper, he lives above his parents' garage, spends his free time hanging out at the one bar in town and strings along his high school girlfriend. The kicker is that he doesn't really think there is anything wrong with his life. Until he meets Reggie Reynolds, and suddenly, his world seems pathetic and wasteful.

Broadway and Hollywood makeup artist Reggie Reynolds fought hard for the life she has now. Abandoned by her parents, she clung to her beloved grandparents as long as she could. But her grandmother was taken by illness, and now her grandfather is succumbing to age. She has never been lucky in love and is sure she is doomed for a life without it. Then she meets Eddie Besson and the world gets a little brighter, even if just for a moment.

Dream Cast 
Inspiration pictures at author's Pinterest page.

My playlists are all on Spotify:
Beautiful Disaster – Jon McLaughlin
Falling – Jon McLaughlin
Faster – Matt Nathanson
Wake Me Up – Avicii
Love Stinks – The J. Geils Band
Who Says – Selena Gomez and The Scene
Thank You – The Shapes
Escape From New York – The Shapes
Claim Your Prize – The Shapes
Overflow – The Shapes
New Revolution – The Waking Hours
How Does It Feel – The Waking Hours
Survive – The Moog
I Like You – The Moog
All On Me – The Shys
Bom Bom Bom – Living Things
Not Thinking Straight – Pint Shot Riot
Five Year Rut – Supergarage
Turn Me On – Bromheads Jacket
I Couldn't Imagine – Julie the Band
Pretty Good Day – Best Not Broken
Take My Picture – Best Not Broken
Restless Heart – Matt Hires
The Mess I Made – Parachute
Hanging By A Moment – Lifehouse
Absolutely (Story Of A Girl) – Nine Days
It's Time (Live London Sessions) – Imagine Dragons
Static Waves (Featuring Katie Herzig) – Andrew Belle
Baby, I Love You – Ramones
Blitzkrieg Bop – Ramones
I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend – Ramones
Family (featuring Tim Armstrong) – The Interrupters
Strangers – The Kinks

Author Bio:
For a majority of her life, two things have been true about Patti Korbet: she loves to read and she has a very active imagination. You can often find her with a book or her Kindle in hand. And in the last few years, she's frequently been typing away at her little netbook, turning the myriad thoughts that run through her head into story ideas.

Her career path to author has had many twists and turns, but Patti has been making up stories in her mind for as long as she can remember. Just as her son turned 9 months old, she made serious work of molding those stories into works of fiction. She put her nose to the grindstone in the fall of 2012 and hasn't looked back since.

When not reading or writing, Patti pretends to be a gardener, loves to dance, watches a variety of shows with compelling characters and most importantly, takes care of her family of four. She hopes one day to convince her husband that fiction writing is a worthy pursuit. In the meantime, she's proud to see the seeds of imaginative storytellers and prolific readers in her daughter and son.

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Unexpected Chances by AM Willard

Tabitha Michaelson took an oath years ago to lock her heart and throw away the key. She’s spent years keeping up the fa├žade of being happy. Tabitha works, dates and parties with her brother Seth. Burying herself into a world of her own, she never expected to take a chance on a stranger.

Carter Northwood’s life turned upside down the day he turned eighteen. Forced by family he made a decision that changed his life. Years of lies and unhappiness has left him bitter on humanity. Carter doesn't see a way out of what could hold him back on taking a chance.

An unexpected meeting leads two broken hearts together, but will their lives be destroyed by deceit?

Can two broken hearts take a chance at true love?

Does Carter deserve a chance to find true love?

Or is it too late for a fresh start?

     Not expecting anything in return, I’m shocked when I arrive at my office today and see the dozen of white roses with a pink trim around them. I reach in for the card and brace myself for his words.
     Words that I’ve missed hearing, so today I’ll take what I can get.
     Tabby Cat,
     I received the card and thank you. He was a great man and confidant to me for many years. I hope you like the roses.
     I think of you every day and dream of you each night.
     “I do too. I do too,” I say out loud to the card, as I reach up to pluck one of the roses out of the vase. Bringing it to my nose, I inhale and release the bottled up anger. I haven’t the slightest idea to how he figured it out, but he did. Carter Northwood figured out my flower.

Author Bio:
A.M. Willard is an Indie author who released her first novella on April 12, 2014. It was the first in a series with One More Night, which released May 21, 2014 and Forever Night, which released August 2, 2014. The One Night series is adult romance with steamy scenes!

A.M. is an avid reader of all genres including but not limited to mystery, romance, and erotica. Her love of all thing's literature has helped her carry out her dreams of becoming a published author. A.M. is one of the luckiest ladies in love, marrying her high school sweetheart 17 years ago! Twelve years ago they were blessed with a baby boy, who about a year ago was diagnosed with Autism and Asperger's syndrome. A.M. and her husband have learned so much about life after looking at the world through their sons eyes. He has strengthened A.M. and is her inspiration and hero.

A.M. got her love of books and reading from two of her favorite authors Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe. When she's not connecting and chatting with her fans and followers she can be found sailing with her friends and family. Her family fans and followers push her to write even more and keep her going! Look forward to future novellas from this up and coming author!

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Cover Reveal: Body by Audrey Carlan

Title:   Body (Trinity Trilogy, Book 1)
Author:   Audrey Carlan
Genre:   Erotic Romance
Release Date:   November 17, 2014
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Men ruin women.
Especially men like Chase Davis. Good looking, intelligent, rich and powerful. I never stood a chance.

I didn’t want to want him.
I didn’t want to need him.
I didn’t want to fall for him.

He wouldn’t take no for an answer, and I let him consume me. Arrogant, confident, controlling, demanding … intense.

When he entered my life, I was finally healing after having barely survived the men of my past. My soul sisters told me to take a chance. To let someone in. I let him in, and he surrounded me with a light so bright I was blinded by the truth...

Men don’t ruin women.
They devour them in every way that counts.

Warning: This book is designed for audiences 18+ due to language, graphic sexual content, and themes that some may find disturbing. BODY is book 1 of a three-part trilogy. Book 1 has a “Happy for Now” type ending.

From the Author who brought you The Falling Series

Audrey Carlan proudly brings you her new Erotic Series ~ The Trinity Trilogy, Body, Mind and Soul

Author Bio:
Audrey Carlan is a professional fundraiser for an international healthcare related charity by day, and a sensual and erotic contemporary romance writer by night. She lives in the sunny California Valley two hours away from the city, the beach, the mountains and the precious…the vineyards. She has been married to the love of her life for 10 years and has two young children that live up to their title of “Monster Madness” on daily basis. When she’s not raising money, sipping wine with her “soul sisters”, three incredibly different and unique voices in her life, she can be found with her nose stuck in book or her Kindle. A hot, smutty, romantic book to be exact!

In life she believes that all things have their purpose even if we are unable to determine the purpose immediately.

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