Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday's Film Adaption: Ruggles of Red Gap by Harry Leon Wilson

A humorous adventure about a British valet out of his element in a small Western town in the USA. Ruggles becomes the servant of an American couple after his employer uses him as a stake in a poker game. He travels to the West and is mistakenly identified as a wealthy Brit. He becomes a small town celebrity with many humorous twists in the plot.

Ruggles of Red Gap was initially serialized beginning December 26, 1914 in The Saturday Evening Post and became a best selling novel in 1915, adapted for the Broadway stage as a musical the same year and made into a film several times, most famously in 1935 starring Charles Laughton.

Ruggles of Red Gap
A Western rancher wins a British valet in a poker game.
Release Date: February 19, 1935
Release Time: 90 minutes

Charles Laughton as Ruggles
Mary Boland as Effie Floud
Charlie Ruggles as Egbert Floud
ZaSu Pitts as Mrs. Judson
Roland Young as Earl of Burnstead
Leila Hyams as Nell Kenner
Maude Eburne as "Ma" Pettingill
Lucien Littlefield as Charles Belknap-Jackson
Leota Lorraine as Mrs. Belknap-Jackson
James Burke as Jeff Tuttle
Dell Henderson as Sam
Clarence Wilson as Jake Henshaw

1935 Academy Awards
Best Picture -- Nominated

Fancy Pants
A wild West family wins a British valet in a poker game and passes him off as a nobleman.
Release Date: July 19, 1950
Release Time: 92 minutes

Bob Hope as Humphrey aka Arthur Tyler
Lucille Ball as Agatha Floud (singing voice was dubbed by Annette Warren)
Bruce Cabot as Cart Belknap
Jack Kirkwood as Mike Floud
Lea Penman as Effie Floud
Hugh French as George Van Basingwell
Eric Blore as Sir Wimbley
Joseph Vitale as Wampum
John Alexander as Teddy Roosevelt
Norma Varden as Lady Maude
Virginia Keiley as Rosalind
Colin Keith-Johnston as Twombley
Joe Wong as Wong


Fancy Pants

Author Bio:
Harry Leon Wilson (1867-1939) was born in Oregon, Illinois, the son of a newspaper publisher. In 1896, he began writing for Puck magazine in New York and became its editor in 1896-1902. With the success of a novel, The Spenders (1902), he resigned and devoted the rest of his life to writing. He is the author of 16 novels.

Collaborating with Booth Tarkington, he also co-wrote successful plays and two novellas. During 1919-1935, he was a frequent contributor to The Saturday Evening Post, and some of his stories were adapted to film. He lived much of his life in Carmel, California. Wilson is remembered today as a humorist whose novel, Ruggles of Red Gap (1915), was made into a Hollywood classic starring Charles Laughton.



Ruggles of Red Gap

Fancy Pants
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Release Day Blitz: State of Destruction by Summer Lane

Title: State of Destruction
Author: Summer Lane
Series: Collapse #7
Genre: Dystopia, New Adult
Release Date: January 29, 2016
The destruction of California is at hand.

Cassidy Hart and Chris Young have survived a dangerous mission into the heart of Sky City, a secret Omega base hidden deep in the mountains, but their vengeance has come with a price. The dark, ominous cloud of nuclear war threatens to destroy everything they love, and they are forced to make one final stand against Omega’s western invasion force.

San Francisco.

Cassidy and her friends retreat to Alcatraz Island, regrouping with their lethal strike team, the Angels of Death. Their mission: infiltrate the most important Omega base on the west coast, and assassinate everyone they find there, including a new and dangerous enemy, the ruthless Omega leader Veronica Klaus.

The clock is ticking.

Ashes rain from the sky. Cassidy Hart must make a choice.

What is more important? Victory, love or revenge?

Omega is the enemy’s name.

Survival of the fittest is their game.

Cassidy Hart will not stop until she has saved California…but will she be too late?

Favorite Characters and Villains 
Who is your favorite character (protagonist) of The Collapse Series? 
Other than Cassidy Hart, I think my favorite character to write about is Uriah True. I have so many surprises in store for the readers when it comes to Uriah, and I am amazed at his character development. He began as a flash-in-the-pan side character in State of Rebellion, and from there he just continued to grow. Now he’s an important main player. I like that he’s dark and mysterious. He’s got a chip on his shoulder, and he’s a deadly fighter. He’s simply fun to write.

Who is your favorite villain in The Collapse Series? 
My favorite bad-guy is most definitely Veronica Klaus, who finally gets to emerge onto the scene in State of Destruction. I can’t reveal too much about her without giving things away, but I will say that she is a complex and unique villain who has challenged me in every way – and will continue to do so until the conclusion of the series.

If you could kill off any character right now, who would it be? 
I know exactly who it would be, but I can’t say. I’d probably give something away!

Everyone seems to ship the romance of Cassidy Hart and Chris Young, but some underdogs are quietly rooting for Cassidy and Uriah to end up together. What team are you on?
Personally, I feel like both men bring out qualities in Cassidy that are quite interesting. Who she will end up with will depend on the direction her character takes in the final three installments of the series. Everything depends on Cassidy. I know what the end game is, but I’m keeping that secret to myself for the time being.

I don’t believe in writing about love triangles where one man is vying for the attention of a helpless female. Cassidy Hart is a strong, kickass character who is struggling (like we all have, at some point) to sort out her feelings and her relationships amidst the backdrop of a brutal war.

Author Bio:
Summer Lane is the #1 Bestselling author of The Collapse Series and the compelling tie-in novella books of The Zero Trilogy, as well as the upcoming Bravo Saga (releasing March 2016). She is also the author of Collapse: The Illustrated Guide, a #1 Bestselling graphic companion to her phenomenal original series.

She is the owner of WB Publishing and Writing Belle, an online magazine. Summer is also an accomplished journalist and creative writing teacher.

Summer lives in the Central Valley of California, where she spends her days writing, teaching, and writing some more. When she is not writing, she enjoys leisurely visits with friends at coffee shops, movie dates, reading and spending the day at the beach or mountains.


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Re-Release Day Blitz: Sunstone by Holly Barbo

Title: Sunstone
Author: Holly Barbo
Genre: Steampunk Thriller
Release Date: January 29, 2016
Editor: Sheenah Freitas
Cover Design: JC Clarke
The steam-powered civilization of Myrn is a thriving adolescent culture. But the rapid industrial development has given rise to greed, and the triumvirate of government, banks and industry leaders has lost sight of those it is supposed to serve and protect.

When a mysterious incurable illness sweeps through the impoverished masses, increasing the suffering to breaking point, rebellion seems unavoidable. Society is on the brink of revolution, and the planet is marked for destruction.

M'nacht, his son Kes, and his team of researchers investigate a legend about three sacred fossils that could save the people and rebalance Myrn. However, they are not the only ones looking. Where they see salvation, others see power, wealth and control.

Will the gifts from the goddess Navora be found in time to save their world, or will the sacrifice of innocents be lost under the weight of human depravity and corruption?

Ravarian wiped the sweat off her forehead and peered out over the strait. Her grey eyes were clear and resolute. The clear day was warm and so beautiful that her heart filled with bittersweet joy. Grateful for this last gift from the Goddess, Ravarian pulled in her line and the small fish on it. Once it was stored in her cooler, she moved her boat again. No one watching her would be able to see when she palmed the fossil and let it slip beneath the waves as she pulled in her catch. Hours went by as she continued to cast her line.

Her task accomplished, Ravarian decided to stop performing for her watchers. Returning to shore with her cooler full of her catch, she was met by the young man she had rented the boa from. He grinned at her and the size of her haul. They bantered about her luck. She loaded her steam car to return home and smiled her good-bye. As the steam filled the chamber and she began to move, Ravarian gave a final salute. The lad laughed and way her away. When her vehicle crested the rise on its way back to the city, his face took on a serious expression and he returned to the hut. On his desk was the dash-key and, without wasting a minute, he tapped out his report and hit "send".

She was ready when the uninvited visitors came. Her mind was at peace. As she opened her door to them, she had the random thought that the police reports and newspapers would report her death as a victim of a brutal home invasion burglary. Ravarian was shoved into her living room as one of the men tore her pictures and books from the walls. The other set a bad down that clunked with ominous metallic sounds and approached her with the gait of a predator. She knew that the next few hours would be unpleasant for her and frustrating for her guests. No one would hear her screams. They wouldn't learn what they wanted to know, only enough of a story so they wouldn't go after her loved ones. This particular chapter of the Sunstone would close for now, but she was confident that the little fossils, there would be another day just as she know she wouldn't live to see the next sunrise.

Author Bio:
Holly's world is shaped by her love of family, the beauty of the natural world and an irrepressible creative drive. She has always been curious and sees life through questions. These four characteristics color her writing voice. Holly's stories are mostly in non-urban settings and usually have some focus on nature, building discordant themes inside a seemingly peaceful refrain.

My motto: Weaving Alternative Worlds with Threads From Today.


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Release Day Blitz: Enzo by Shyla Colt

Title: Enzo
Author: Shyla Colt
Series: Jinx Tattoos #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 29, 2016
Neglected, abandoned by a heroin-addicted mother, and placed in foster care at ten, Enzo Jordan has learned one thing…love hurts. At thirty-five, he has a successful tattoo shop and his choice of women. The one-night stands are getting old, and the love he holds for his best friend, Aibhlinn is impossible to hide. When the attraction between them reaches a boiling point, he's forced to choose between facing his fears and walking away.

Aibhlinn Leahy has been in love with her best friend for years. The Irish-born comic book artist has poured time, energy, and love into the wounded man. His choice to walk away breaks her heart but frees her to explore a new future.

Life is a cruel and amazing thing. An abandoned baby brings the two back together, and they’re forced to examine the love that has long existed between them. This is a story of pain, scars, and fear. We all have demons to battle. The real decision is who's in control…us or them?

Aibhlinn nodded, and they walked outside to the back. Enzo softly closed the door behind them and she spun, instantly on the attack.

“That’s how you see us? That’s our end game? You walking away? I’m so easy to leave behind?”

“No,” he held out his hands, palms up. “That’s not what the painting says.”

“Then please explain.”

“It’s what has to happen to keep me from hurting you.”

“Am I not hurting now, Enzo?” She seethed.

“Not like you could be,” he whispered.

“You fucking coward,” She said stalking forward to stand inches from his face. “If you don’t want me, can’t love me, tell me that.”

“It’s never been a question of love. God, Aibhlinn you must know I’m in love with you.”

His words stole the breath from her lungs. She blinked and swayed.

“Whoa,” he wrapped his arms around her, and she leaned against his chest.

“What did you just say?” She croaked.

“I love you. I’m in love with you. I have been for years. I tried so hard to keep it to myself, so I didn’t ruin what we have.”

She couldn’t stop the tears that fell from her eyes. “Why wouldn’t’ you say something before now?”

“Because it doesn’t matter, Aibhlinn,” he whispered.

“What?” She pulled away. “It’s everything.”

“No.” He ran his fingers through her hair, bringing his fingers to her scalp where he began a massage. She shivered. “I wish it did. You’re beautiful. I always wanted to touch you like this.”

“Then touch me,” She whispered.

“Just this once, Aib,” he whispered moving in to brush her lips with his. Tendrils of pleasure burst through her body like fireworks. They both moaned as their mouths were fused. They’d given in to hunger long denied. Teeth knocked, tongues clashed. She savored every moment. He cupped her ass, and she moaned, pressing closer against him. “So sweet,” he whispered.

She slow-blinked as the world changed its perspective. He lifted her up and out of instinct, she wrapped her limbs around him. He pressed her against the wall, and they continued to eat at each other’s mouths. It was heaven. Everything she’d dreamed of and more. The boy who’d kissed her had become a man and skilled with his tongue. He rolled his hips, and she whimpered. He’s good with other things too. The friction of his jeans against her soaked underwear had her moving with him. Heat flooded her face and collar bones. Her head spun.

“That’s it let it go for me, baby,” he whispered. His words thrust her over the edge, she arched her back and cried out. He swallowed her noises, keeping the passionate exchange a secret between them. Shaking she clung to him as he eased her legs to the ground and buried his face into her neck. “Never doubt I love you, Aibhlinn. I just don’t know how to be in a relationship. They scare the hell out of me. What we have is the closest I’ve ever come to commitment. The thought of fucking up and breaking your heart has haunted me for years.” He placed a kiss to her temple.

“Then let me teach you. We’ve helped each other through everything. Why is this any different?”

“I’ve battled this demon for so long its hooks are embedded into my soul. Not even you can loose those chains.”

“Don’t you see we’re doing everything but having sex and putting a title to us? I love you Enzo. I’d do anything for you. Hell, I have been your ride or die so long I got a list of infractions to prove it. I want to help you. I know we could be good together. I want it so bad I can fucking taste it. But I can’t continue with the dysfunction. If we can’t go all in we, need to place boundaries and keep to them, ‘cause this thing between us is killing me, and making it damn hard to find anyone else.”

He closed his eyes and rested his forehead against hers. Deja vu struck. Her heart broke. It was so much worse knowing he felt the same why.

“You son of a bitch. Why even tell me how you felt if you knew you were going to do this?”

“What do you want me to do, Aib,” he cried out brokenly.

“Stop fighting it,” she said through her gritted teeth. Her hand reached down to cup the bulge in his pants. “Feel with me. Don’t manipulate my body, open up your soul and let me in. I’m already there Enzo. I’m under your skin. I’m in your brain. I know you better than you know yourself.”

His muscles tensed, and his breathing increased. “For once, trust in us.”


She massaged him, and he rocked into her hands. “Let me take the wheel.” Leaning in she nipped at his neck, emboldened by the cover of darkness and privacy of the small parking lot. His body shook. She slipped her hand into his pants, and they both moaned. He was hot, thick, and long in her hands. She gripped him tightly and pumped.


“You gave this to me, now. I’m returning the favor. Tonight after the show where they may. But right now is our time.” She captured his lips, taking what she wanted for so long. He tasted crisp and clean like mint. His lips were soft and pliable. His moaned vibrated through her body. He sucked her tongue, and she whimpered, picking up speed as she brought him over. She swallowed his cries as he spilled onto her hand. The hot liquid felt like a cleansing rain. She removed her hand and brought it to her lips lapping off his salty flavor.

“Jesus, baby. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve dreamed of you like this,” he panted.

She was afraid to hope for more, but for now,, at least, she knew the taste and feel of him. The way his eyes turned into a stormy gray when he came. She leaned in, nipped his bottom lip hard and drug her tongue across it to soothe the abused area. “Hope you don’t mind going commando.”

“Worth it,” he croaked. His eyes grew serious. “Aibhlinn.”

Shyla Colt:
Shyla Colt grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, but has lived a variety of different places thanks to her wanderlust, interesting careers, and marriage to a United States Marine. She’s always loved books and wrote her very first novel at the age of fifteen. She keeps a copy of her first submission letter on her desk for inspiration. 

After a lifetime of traveling, she settled down and knew her time had come to write. Diving into her new career like she does everything else, with enthusiasm, research and a lot of prayers, she had her first book published in June of 2011. As a full-time writer, stay at home mother, and wife, there’s never a dull moment in her household. 

She weaves her tales in spare moments and the evenings with a cup of coffee or tea at her side and the characters in her head for company. A self-professed rebel with a pen. Her goal is to diversify romance as she continues to genre hop, and offer up strong female characters.


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