Friday, June 5, 2015

Friday's Film Adaption: The Apple Dumpling Gang by Jack M Bickham

Sheriff Adam Bricker already had his hands full, with three gangs of outlaws camped outside town. But when he met the stagecoach to pick up a "package" from the east, his troubles really began.

The "package" turned out to be five fatherless kids and Adam knew he'd made the biggest mistake of his life. Turning his home over to a bunch of kids was one thing. But when they decided to help him track down criminals, the Apple Dumpling Gang turned the whole town upside down.

Head for cover! Don Knotts and Tim Conway are Wild West outlaws who can't hit the broad side of a barn -- but never miss when it comes to rounding up laughs! The hilarity begins when a roving bachelor (Bill Bixby) inherits three young orphans and a wealth of problems. When the youngsters stumble upon a huge golden nugget, they must fend off the greedy townspeople. So the kids join forces with the bumbling outlaws to stage a robbery of the gold. Little do they know a surly gang of sharpshooters plans to beat them to the draw! If you're aiming for fun, saddle up and head out with The Apple Dumpling Gang!

Release dates: July 1, 1975
Running time: 100 minutes

Bill Bixby as Russell Donovan
Susan Clark as Magnolia Dusty Clydesdale
Don Knotts as Theodore Ogelvie
Tim Conway as Amos Tucker
David Wayne as Col. T.R. Clydesdale
Slim Pickens as Frank Stillwell
Harry Morgan as Homer McCoy
John McGiver as Leonard Sharpe
Don Knight as John Wintle
Clay O'Brien as Bobby Bradley
Brad Savage as Clovis Bradley
Stacy Manning as Celia Bradley
Dennis Fimple as Rudy Hooks
Pepe Callahan as Clemons
Iris Adrian as Poker Polly
Fran Ryan as Mrs. Stockley
Bing Russell as Herm Dally
James E. Brodhead as The Mouthpiece
Jim Boles as Easy Archie
Olan Soule as Rube Cluck
Tom Waters as Rowdy Joe Dover
Dawn Little Sky as Big Foot
Joshua Shelley as Broadway Phil
Richard Lee-Sung as Oh So
Arthur Wong as No So
Dick Winslow as Slippery Sid
Bill Dunbar as Fast Eddie
Wally Berns as Cheating Charley

It's been a while since I have seen this film but it was always a favorite of my childhood.  A classic for children summer viewing.


Author Bio:
Jack Miles Bickham was an American author who wrote 75 published novels, of which two were made into movies, The Apple Dumpling Gang and Baker's Hawk. Jack Bickham was born September 2, 1930, in Columbus, Ohio. He was an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma's H.H. Herbert School of Journalism in Norman, Oklahoma, from 1969 to 1972, associate professor from 1972 to 1979, and full professor in 1979. He directed the annual short course on professional writing from 1973 to 1990. Bickham received the rank of David Ross Boyd Professor, the highest honor the University can bestow for teaching excellence.



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Cover Reveal: Wonderlust by BL Wilde

Title: Wonderlust
Author: BL Wilde
Series: Steel Roses
Genre: Erotic Romance
Expected Release Date: August 1, 2015
Cover designer: Laurynne Gouws

Natasha White has always been unlucky in love. The men she falls for only want one thing from her, and it isn’t commitment. When her boss and on/off fling announces his engagement to another woman, she finds herself running from her feelings for him by taking a job as a personal assistant to the legendary rock god, Alex Harbour—half a world away.

Her new boss is sexy, damaged, and insatiable, but Natasha has been a fan since she was a young girl. Conflicted by her emotions, she begins a love/hate relationship with the egotistical rock star.

Alex’s intentions toward her are clear from the moment they meet, but Natasha isn’t about to run from one emotionless connection to another. She is determined to keep her distance from her childhood crush, by any means necessary.

When lust begins to cloud her mind, however, she becomes hell bent on protecting her heart. What good could ever come out of falling for a rock star, anyway?

     Claire and I took the lift to the top floor of the hotel.  I’d never been in the penthouse suites of the Dorchester in London before. I was hoping I could take a look around at some point.
     “So the second round of interviews is in the penthouse?” I mused, following her as the elevator doors pinged open.
     “It’s for security purposes. The press will be arriving later today, so we’ll need the space. It gets a little crazy.” I quickly followed her as she opened the grand, double doors in front of us. “You can wait here. Help yourself to anything you’d like.” She gestured toward the corner of the room where tea, coffee, and delicate pastries were on display.  With a quick glance at me, she left me alone in the room.
     It intrigued me that I was the first woman to make it to the second interview. From talking to Gina, I’d gathered this PA job was for a man. Now my mind was racing, wondering who it could be. I walked over to the corner of the room to pour myself a cup of coffee while I pondered that thought. Maybe it was a new and upcoming artist. It would be exciting to witness everything first hand.
I heard a door open and close behind me a few moments later. Did another woman make it through to the second stage already? I hadn’t even been upstairs for ten minutes.
     I turned, almost dropping my coffee at the sight of the person in front of me. Alex Harbour was across the room, frowning at me. The teenager inside me took charge, and I stood there drinking him in. Christ, the man was sexy! He was a walking orgasm. Clearly, it wasn’t photoshop that made him look good, either. He was seriously just that hot! His jeans hung low off his hips, and I tried to stop my eyes from lingering on his huge bulge. I’m not sure I completely succeeded, though. His legendary white V neck T-shirt clung to his well defined torso, and revealed part of the crucifix tattoo on his upper chest. Most of the skin on his arms was covered, but I knew every detail about his tattoos, anyway. They were forever embedded in my memory. His light brown hair was much shorter but still unruly, and as he drew closer toward me, his piercing, clear blue eyes began to make my heart race.
     Shit! Was this job to be his PA? I couldn’t do that! I was on the verge of an orgasm just looking at him!
     “How did you get in here?” he finally asked, tilting his head while giving me a panty ruining smirk.
     “I…I…” Jesus, why couldn’t I speak? My mind was in a haze, thinking back to my earlier years when this man and his voice meant everything to me.
     “You shouldn’t really be in here, Gorgeous. We’ll need to make this quick,” he tutted. I frowned, trying to snap out of the ridiculous daze I was in. I didn’t even register what he meant until he began to undo the belt on his jeans. “Start stripping. I don’t have time to take your clothes off, too. We only have a few minutes at the most.” What? Was he for real? “Gorgeous, clothes…now. I literally have five minutes before Gina arrives. If you want a piece if this, you’ll need to move fast.”
     “Excuse me?” I spat, finally coming out of my daydream. Alex’s eyes widened at my outburst. It didn’t matter that he was sexy as hell. This man was clearly a complete asshole. “You think I’m going to have sex with you?”
     “Isn’t that what you groupies sneak up here for? Who let you in? Was it Steve? He knows my type well. You’re really cute.” A groupie! Anger raced through my veins. Oh, this dickhead was going down.

Author Bio:
B.L. Wilde is a British author obsessed with many things, including heated love stories and sexy men.

She can often be found at her desk working on her next project, or looking at eye candy online for research purposes.  She is a sucker for happy endings, but will always make her characters work for it.

If you enjoy romance, suspense and erotica, let your imagination run 'Wilde'.


Save Me: Believe Again by Natalie-Nicole Bates

Title: Save Me
Author: Natalie-Nicole Bates
Series: Rise #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: January 2015
Publisher: Leap of Faith Publishing
Cover Design: Regina Paul
For over one hundred years, Daniel Tremont searched for the woman who brought him back from the dead after a tragic fire. He is sure she is the love of his life. When he finally catches up with her, he realizes he’s made a terrible mistake.

Alone in his grief, Daniel stumbles upon the remains of a long shuttered insane asylum. In the distance, he sees a beautiful young woman beckon to him.

Is she real, or simply the spirit of a long dead former inmate of the asylum?

Brecklin is at the asylum to spend the last day of her life alone. Daniel’s arrival now complicates her plans. But Brecklin soon realizes Daniel isn’t an ordinary man. He is an extraordinary man. He needs her to save him, and in return, he will save her. Can she believe long enough to alter the course of her fading life, and maybe in return, find a forever love?

     A vision in pink.
     He blinked hard to be sure he was seeing what he thought.
     It was a woman standing in the open doorway of the morgue. Her long, almost waist length dark hair flowed over a pink dress that nearly reached her ankles. Her feet were bare.
     Daniel’s heart began to beat double time in his chest, as she crooked a finger at him.
     Was she real? Or was she some spirit of a former patient from Barrow Haven?
     He seen some oddities over the years, most likely because of his eternal condition. But never a ghost or spirit like this one. She absolutely shined, and he found himself rooted to the spot, unable to lift his sneakered feet.
     When she blew him a kiss, his feet unstuck, and he walked towards her. Just as he got closer, she suddenly turned, and darted into the open doorway of the morgue.
     He knew he shouldn’t pursue her. He didn’t know what she was, or what game she may be playing. Yet he picked up his pace, until he entered the open doorway where she disappeared just a minute or two earlier.

     It was true he didn’t really know her, but his new keen sense of perception told him she was a kind, gentle soul, lovely…and lonely as he was. A woman without connection. And that made him even more attracted to her. An attraction that went beyond the beautiful face, or the use of her perfect, sexy body she freely gave to him.
     It was something much deeper, he was sure. Something that had begun by chance, by fate, maybe. Something he could not just walk away from. Now she was telling him she would leave forever.

Author Bio:
Natalie-Nicole Bates is a book reviewer and author.

Her passions in life include books and hockey along with Victorian and Edwardian era photography and antique poison bottles. Natalie contributes her uncharacteristic love of hockey to being born in Russia.

She currently resides in the UK where she is working on her next book and adding to her collection of 19th century post-mortem photos.


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Torn: Wicked Deeds Sinful Pleasures by Ericka Santana

Author: Ericka Santana
Series: Turbulent Desire #3
Possessive Alpha Male Billionaire BDSM Novel
Genre: BDSM, Erotica
Release Date: April 27, 2015
***WARNING*** Due to strong language, and sexual situations, this series is not suitable for readers under the age of 18*** 

After succumbing to a night of pure enthrallment, with the beautiful, aspiring model Skylar Parker, young entrepreneur Jean Carlo DePandi, realizes he could never get enough of her. His need for control dominates his life, and he’s not afraid to cross boundaries to keep her protected from his troubled past.

The one nightstand clashes with Skylar long-buried desire for the driven and dazzling entrepreneur Jean Carlo DePandi. She hoped one passionate night would be enough to get him out of her system. She was wrong and when he proposes a new relationship, Sky cannot resist. They start a sensual and alluring affair and Sky learns more about her driving and demanding gorgeous Italian lovers past.

While JC moves sea, and land to prevent Sky from learning about the secret of his mother that he is sure will shatter the heart. Sky struggles to make the most important decision of her life as she envy’s an important woman in JC’s life.

Destined to be together, yet seemingly impossible, JC is determined to fight his inner demons and the world itself if it’s needed to keep her.

Turbulent Desire Series 
Deception vol.1
Obsession vol.2
Torn vol.3
Volume 4 Coming soon summer 2015

Author Bio:
A petite, a pixie cut blonde (for now) dressed in jeans and a San Diego "Hard Rock Couture" t-shirt, Ericka Santana could pass as a teen on her way to the mall and not the thirty-five year old woman that has seen tough times. As I catch a glimpse of the small cross tattoo on her hand, Ericka tells us her story.

Ericka was born in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She was only a year old when her father died. His passing left her mother to assume the role of both parents. Her mother worked long, extensive hours to provide for her children. She was strict and demanded respect. She was both mother and father and often impatient with her children. Not understanding her mother's situation, Ericka grew to be afraid of her. But Ericka insists she had a happy childhood and isn't looking for sympathy.

When Ericka was nine years old, she found a firecracker. And as any curious and mischievous child would, Ericka found a way to light it. Thinking it was a sparkler, she held the firecracker right in front of her face. The firecracker exploded! The sound was so loud, she became dizzy. Afraid of what her mother might do to her as punishment, Ericka kept her own secret. The vibrating sounds of her footsteps sounded like canon booms in her head but she still kept her secret. She would stick her head out the window of the moving car; hear the wind whistle in one ear and not the other. But she still kept her secret. It was a year before she saw a doctor for her hearing problems. She was finally able to tell someone what had happened to her. The doctor discovered that her right eardrum had completely ruptured and her left one was severely damaged. Believing education would be easier to obtain for a slightly deaf girl in the U.S., her mother sent her to live with her sister. Ericka enrolled in public school and wore hearing aids throughout junior high. The hearing aids stopped working for her by the time Ericka completed the 10th grade. Feeling out of place and without any special needs support, she opted to drop out.

Ericka was eighteen when she became pregnant. Her passport had expired and rather than risk getting stuck in Mexico, Ericka decided to stay in Texas. She married her high school sweetheart, moved to Minnesota and had two more children. Life in Minnesota was difficult on a single income and the family hit hard times. After six years, she and her family moved back to South Texas.

We find ways of coping when life gets tough. Ericka chose to read books. She has accumulated over two thousand digital books and has read every one. It was through reading the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer that Ericka realized she wanted to write. She knew she had a knack for storytelling. Able to recount a story more than once and with the same precise detail, she started researching what she needed to do to become a writer. Eventually she began taking notes on the story she wanted to write. The plot and the characters started to flow.

Looking at Ericka, you would never know she is completely deaf or that she is reading your lips. Reading her writings, all in English, you would never know she only speaks Spanish. Ericka does not know sign language. She was never given the opportunity so she never learned. But none of this affects her spirit; it drives her dream.

Ericka currently works as a Sales Representative at Santana's Wigs & Hair Extensions. She is married to her high school sweetheart Alex and along with their three children, resides in Brownsville, Texas. She is currently working on the next volume of her series, Turbulent Desire Series, available early 2015.


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