Friday, December 15, 2017

Friday's Film Adaptation: Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh & J Otto Seibold

Olive is merrily preparing for Christmas when suddenly she realizes "Olive... the other Reindeer... I thought I was a dog. Hmmm, I must be a Reindeer!" So she quickly hops aboard the polar express and heads to the North Pole. And while Santa and the other reindeer are a bit surprised that a dog wants to join the their team, in the end Olive and her unusual reindeer skills are just what Santa and his veteran reindeer team need. Colorful graphic illustrations accompany this zany dog story from the well-known author and artist team, Vivian and J.otto Seibold. Adorable Olive and her hilarious adventures are sure to make anyone's Christmas merry.

When Santa cancels his annual flight because of a hurt reindeer, a young Christmas loving dog named Olive is convinced she has what it takes to get Santa's flight off the ground and save Christmas.

Release Date: December 17, 1999(Made-for-TV)
Release Time: 45 minutes

Drew Barrymore as Olive
Jay Mohr as Tim
Joe Pantoliano as Martini
Peter MacNicol as Fido, Olive's pet flea
Dan Castellaneta as The Postman
Billy West as Eskimos
Edward Asner as Santa Claus
Tim Meadows as Richard Stans
Michael Stipe as Schnitzel, Blitzen's flightless cousin
Tress MacNeille as Mrs. Claus and the news reporter
Matt Groening as Arturo, the elf that Schnitzel threw Olive into
Diedrich Bader as Zookeeper

Author Bio:
Vivian Walsh
Vivian Walsh's best selling book, "Olive, the Other Reindeer," is based on her Jack Russell Terrier. Olive is a relentlessly active, determined, well-loved, and sometimes confused lap dog. Olive is flattered that in the animated version of the book she was portrayed by the fabulous Drew Barrymore. The TV special was put together by Matt Groening, creator of the Simpsons.

The Mr. Lunch books are about the adventures of a dog who is a professional bird chaser. These books were based on the diligent and earnest efforts of another pet Jack Russell terrier.

The goal of this particular author is the share the love of story and books amongst the young. Her next title will feature two of the larger creatures in the animal kingdom: a hippo and another hippo.

VW lives in sometimes sunny San Francisco with her many children.

J.otto Seibold(Illustrator)
J.otto Seibold has illustrated, and in some cases also written, 15 books for children, including Quincy, the Hobby Photographer; Penguin Dreams; and the Mr. Lunch books. He lives in San Francisco.

Vivian Walsh

J.otto Seibold


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Review Tour: Love Happens Anyway by RJ Scott

Title: Love Happens Anyway
Author: RJ Scott
Genre: M/M Holiday Romance
Release Date: December 6, 2017
Hiring a boyfriend for Christmas; what could possibly go wrong?

Derek is facing yet another Christmas where his life feels out of control. He has a new career that doesn’t feel like his, and parents who would just love to see him settled down. All he needs is a temporary buffer for the parties he has to attend, and for his parents to leave him alone. Enter, Luke.

Luke is twenty-thousand dollars short for the renovations on Halligans; his family’s bar in New York’s Financial District. A favor for a buddy has him agreeing to play the part of boyfriend to a guy with more money than sense.

But when the spirit of Christmas works its magic on the two men, and they begin to fall for each other, Derek runs scared, and Luke needs space.

It doesn’t matter what obstacles you throw in the way of love, or how much you run in the other direction, because, when you’re least expecting it, whether you want it or not, love happens anyway.

As Derek continues to settle into life at the top and head of the family business he also finds himself trying to fend off his mother's meddling in his personal life.  In hopes of easing her off the "Derek settled down" train he's told her about Marcus, the boyfriend.  Unfortunately there is no boyfriend.  Luke is in need of some cash to help his family restaurant so when his friend offers him a chance to make a few bucks for the holiday season he really doesn't have the choice to turn it down.  Will Luke make the perfect Marcus or will Derek find Luke to perfect just as he is?  Can business turn to love?

If you follow myy blog and/or reviews then you are familiar with my love for the worlds created by RJ Scott.  She is the reason I found the M/M romance genre but its more than that, her love for all things romance is clear when you read her work.  As for her holiday romances, well there is just something extra special about them and Love Happens Anyway is no different.

Derek and Luke's story has a little bit of everything, okay maybe there's no sci-fi element and no murder mystery but it has everything else: lust, romance, humor, and plenty of holiday heart.  Sure, I wanted to grab Derek by his expensive labels, give him a good shake, and scream things like "Tell your mom the truth", "Open your eyes", and "Luke Is Marcus" but alas, Derek never listened to me.  So I just buckled up and went along for the ride.  I'll just say this: despite wanting to whack Derek upside the head more than once, I loved every minute of Love Happens Anyway.  As for Luke, well you can't help but love him for the way he's accepted what life has thrown in his path and kept going, not everyone would but he did.

I don't have a lot of time to do any re-reading during the holiday season, there's just so many wonderful new stories every year, so I think I'm going to have to do a Re-Read Holiday Style next summer and Love Happens Anyway will definitely be in the running for that list.  I have read so many wonderful tales over the past few years that I have long ago learned to never judge a book by its cover but I would be failing in my review if I didn't mention how much I absolutely adore RJ's cover for Derek and Luke's journey.  The color is eyecatching but its the snowman's cheeky smirk that really makes it perfect and once you read Love you will understand it's significance.  Most of all, I think it speaks volumes to the author's understanding and appreciation for meshing romance, drama, holiday spirit and just the right amount of humor to bring to the reader that extra special fun factor.


I knew Marcus was six-two, just a little taller than me. I knew he had blue eyes, and dark hair with red tones in certain light. He had a brother, but they didn’t see each other much, being that his brother was in the Navy. His parents were retired in Florida, but they’d had Marcus and his brother Adam late in life. Marcus was twenty-nine, same as me with only a few months separating our birthdays, and he was a firefighter. Oh, and he was a good, kind man who was thoughtful all the time and treated me like a prince.

“That’s such a shame. Anyway, how are Marcus’ kittens?” Mom asked. I pulled myself back to what she was saying. It was never good to not pay full attention to anything Mom said, otherwise you’d end up agreeing to all kinds of things she’d throw at you when your defenses are down. I loved her dearly but she was sneaky like that.

Which is how I got myself into this mess with Marcus in the first place.

“They’re fine.”

“Did he find good homes for them?”

“Absolutely, the last of them went to a widowed grandmother in his apartment block.”

“Socks? The dark one?”

I glanced at my notes. “No, you remember Socks went to his uncle; Spider went to the old lady.”

“Oh yes, of course, although why someone would name a kitten Spider I don’t know.”

“There were spiders in the house where Marcus found the kittens.”

“I still don’t understand how there could be spiders in a burned-out house.”

Shit. “Spiders are hardy.”

“You said the house was razed to the ground, dear.”

Now I was losing the will to live. “Well, maybe the spider was outside. Mom, I need to go, Moira is at the door and she needs me to sign off on the new AbbaLister raisins account.”

“Of course dear, just, please tell Marcus he is welcome at any time. We so want to meet him and thought it’d be better at the house.”

“I will, I know he’s keen to meet you.”

“Oh good,” she said, and I knew I’d fucked up and somehow given her an opening. I’d never mentioned once that Marcus wanted to meet them, because that would just give them the impetus to take matters into their own hands. My worst fears were confirmed. “Oh, I’ve had the most wonderful idea.”

Oh God, what?

“Your dad and I are coming into the city on Monday; book us dinner on any night, or lunch, breakfast, anything. I want to meet this young man of yours and if it has to be in a restaurant then so be it.”

“I’m not sure—”

“Derek, he can’t be busy every night next week, and every lunchtime, goodness me, we’ll even take a quick coffee if that is all he can manage.”

Shit. Shit. And double shit.

“I’ll see what I can organize.” I kept my tone regretful, to at least give the impression I would try to organize them meeting Marcus, but that it would be unlikely.

We finished the call, and I replaced the handset in the cradle, fighting the urge to throw it against the wall, sit and cry at my desk, or maybe, less drastically, move to Montana and become a cowboy.

So many lies.

There was no Moira standing at my door. It was still closed and I’d lied to my mom.

There were no kittens, I made those up, and the spider story. The word spider came about because when I’d been talking to my mom about Marcus and the kittens, a tiny spider had crawled over my notes.

I closed the notebook in which I had the names of five kittens with their various characteristics listed.

Mom wanted to meet Marcus, any night, any lunch, anytime.

Which sucked big hairy balls.

Because that was another thing I had made up.

There was no Marcus either.

Author Bio:
RJ Scott is the bestselling romance author of over 100 romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men and women who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn't with family either reading or writing.

The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn't like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.


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Pre-Order Tour: Sirens & Scales Box Set

Title: Sirens & Scales Box Set
Authors: Kellie McAllen, Pauline Creeden, RJ Blain, Graceley Knox
Starla Night, Gaja J Kos, AL Knorr, Bethany Wicker, Ivy Quinn
Midnight Voss, Natasha S Brown, Isra Sravenheart, Harper Alexander
CS Moore, Tina Glasneck, Carly Fall, B Kristin McMichael
Zee Monodee, Konstanz Silverbow, ND Jones, Cate Farren
Kelly Anne Blount, Jennifer M Eaton, Jennifer Laslie, Natalie G Owens
Mindy Ruiz, Katalina Leon, DD Miers, B Crow, Kyoko M
Genre: Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance
Expected Release Date: January 2, 2018

From the darkest skies to the deepest seas, dive into a breathtaking collision of mermaids, dragons, sirens, and more in SIRENS & SCALES, a unique Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Collection!

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A Clash of Fire by Natalie G. Owens and Zee Monodee
Take a family rivalry like Romeo & Juliet’s …
Add a liberal sprinkle of conflict à la Pride & Prejudice …
Breathe in some life & fire …

By Water's Edge by Kelly Anne Blount
Kidnapped from the sea by a fierce dragon, Aria must help her fellow mermaids escape before it’s too late.

Caught in the Current by Pauline Creedon
Mermaids can be cruel creatures. Bailey has always known and kept his head down to go with the flow. Today he’s not.

Dragon Wings by Konstanz Silverbow
The world against dragons. One girl against the world.

Dragonmount by Jennifer M. Eaton
Things can’t get any worse than being snatched by a dragon, until Anna is dropped into a bloodthirsty battle for the Draconic crown.

Frozen Ashes and Smoldering Shards by Midnight Voss and Ivy Quinn
Save the eggs, save the world.

Kiss of Frost by Graceley Knox
Fighting to save a family of dragons from evil mages? Easy.

Landlocked by C.S. Moore
If asked, Mari would have guessed that the most powerful force on the planet was a nuclear bomb. She was about to discover that the top spot was actually held by two things, love, and blood…

Mermaid Adrift by Jennifer Laslie
When disaster strikes, Meriya must decide whether to stay on land or return to the sea.

Moonstone Prophecy by Carly Fall
When an astrological event opens up the seams of the universe, paranormal entities swarm the town of Saint’s Grove, some for noble reasons, others with evil intent.

Of Blood and Ashes by Kyoko M
What would you do if you had a hunt a giant killer dragon in the haunted woods of The Suicide Forest?

Paradise of Shadows and Devotion by Gaja J. Kos
Hunted for her present. Haunted by her past.

Pillars of the Deep by Harper Alexander
The tide has come in. And it’s come to collect.

Returning by A.L. Knorr
Mira is a mermaid on a mission.

Sirena by Mindy Ruiz
Evil is in the Heart of the Ocean.

Slayer In Lace by D.D. Miers & Jessica Soucy
Proper. Polite. Utterly ruthless.

Spark by Natasha S. Brown
Myths come alive in the Shapeshifter Sagas.

Stolen by the Sea Lord by Starla Night
Their love is forbidden. But only she can save his race.

Stones of Dracontias by N.D. Jones
A life without love, forbidden or not, is a life unlived…

Tainted Siren by Isra Sravenheart
Tainted by Death, Cursed by Life!

The Lady Prefers Dragons by Katalina Leon
Wish Stones #2
Doesn’t every girl dream of having two protective dragons of her own?

The Mermaid's Escape by Kellie McAllen
Four shipwrecked divers, one mermaid princess who longs for the freedom to choose – or not.

The Mermaid’s Puppet by Cate Farren
Mermaids versus dragons.

The Pirate’s Siren by Bethany Wicker
She belongs to two races—and both of them want her dead.

Waves and Secrets by B. Kristin McMichael
Wanting out of the Merworld is impossible, but that doesn’t stop two friends from trying.

Serial Killer Princess by RJ Blain
A magical romantic comedy (with a body count)


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