Friday, February 22, 2019

📘🎥Friday's Film Adaptation🎥📘: Night Bus by Samuel Hopkins Adams

Short story upon which the movie "It Happened One Night," starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, is based. First published in Cosmopolitan Magazine in 1933.

A newspaperman tracks a runaway heiress on a madcap cross-country tour.

Release Date: February 22, 1934
Release Time: 105 minutes

Clark Gable as Peter Warne
Claudette Colbert as Ellen "Ellie" Andrews
Walter Connolly as Alexander Andrews
Roscoe Karns as Oscar Shapeley
Jameson Thomas as "King" Westley
Alan Hale as Danker
Arthur Hoyt as Zeke
Blanche Friderici as Zeke's wife
Charles C. Wilson as Joe Gordon
Ernie Adams as the Bag Thief
Irving Bacon as Gas Station Attendant
George Breakston as Boy Bus Passenger whose mother collapsed
Ward Bond as Bus Driver #1
Eddy Chandler as Bus Driver #2
Mickey Daniels as a Vendor on bus
Bess Flowers as Agnes, Gordon's Secretary
Harry Holman as the Auto Camp Manager at the end of the film
Claire McDowell as the collapsed Mother in the bus
Harry Todd as the Flagman at railroad crossing
Maidel Turner as the Auto Camp Manager's Wife
Wallis Clark as Lovington

7th Academy Awards
Best Picture - Columbia Pictures (Frank Capra and Harry Cohn) - Won
Best Director - Frank Capra - Won
Best Actor - Clark Gable - Won
Best Actress - Claudette Colbert - Won
Best Writing, Adaptation - Robert Riskin - Won

AFI's 100 years . . . 
1998: 100 Movies - #35
2000: 100 Laughs - #8
2002: 100 Passions - #38
2007: 100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition) - #46
2008: AFI's 10 Top 10: Romantic Comedy Film - #3



Author Bio:
From the book jacket of "Sunrise to Sunset", (c) 1950:
At seventy-nine Samuel Hopkins Adams attributes his longevity, vigor and vim to neither smoking nor drinking, except when he feels like it. This is typical of the intelligent attitude toward the vagaries of life that has maintained him through the years in which he has authored more than forty books, written countless magazine articles and, as a crusading reporter, almost single-handedly accounted for the passage of the Federal Food and Drug laws which pave protected millions of his fellow citizens.

Mr. Adams' amazing knowledge of the history of upper New York State is the result of his lifelong interest in the region in which he was born. His home is Wide Waters, on the shore of Owasco, "loveliest of the Finger Lakes." From Wide Waters he still makes forways into the surrounding countryside, attending antique-auction sales "for the purpose of sneering at the prevalent junk," which he says he wouldn't put in his open hearth Franklin stove for fear of insulting it.

A graduate of Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, class of 1891, Mr. Adams introduced football to the campus, played tackle on its first team, and won the Intercollegiate Tennis Championship. For these contributions to scholarship, his college conferred on him the degree of L.H.D. in 1926.


📌I couldn't in good conscience include the Amazon links
from third-party sellers asking unbelievable prices so
I highly recommend checking your local library
or used bookstore for a reasonably priced copy📌


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Blogger Review: Ante Up & In the Cards by Charlie Cochet

Ante Up #1.5
Look but don’t touch. That’s the rule concerning dancers at Sapphire Sands, the prestigious members-only nightclub where Seth works at as a bartender. Seth has never had a problem following the rules until the day one of the dancers falls into his lap. Literally.

Kit loves his job dancing at Sapphire Sands. Every day his job brings him closer to his dream of opening his own dance studio, so risking it all on the hot bartender is not an option. Or is it?

📌This story is a standalone in the Four Kings Security universe. It’s not necessary to read any of the books in the series to enjoy.📌

In the Cards #4.5
Love is in the air, and what says ‘romance’ more than a Valentine’s Day wedding? Anston “Ace” Sharpe is down in South Florida for his cousin’s wedding and with his boyfriend Colton accompanying him, Ace has some Valentine’s Day plans of his own. Surrounded by his huge Cuban family, his brothers-in-arms from Four Kings Security, and a groom with a penchant for chaos, what could possibly go wrong?

Ante Up #1.5
This is an amazingly fun and sexy short free read from Charlie Cochet that really has no effect on the overall Four Kings Security series other than to give a little extra behind the scenes look into the club Sapphire Sands.  Kit and Seth are an absolute delicious blend of adorability and smolderbility(and yes I know neither are real words but their connection deserves something unique😉😉).  How I missed this little gem last year is beyond me but I have rectified that by reading it immediately upon discovery.  Whether you have been reading Four Kings won't matter, Ante Up is a gem all on its own.

In the Cards #4.5
Valentine's Day✅  Family wedding✅  Four Kings✅  Missing groom✅  Scary Mama Bears✅  What more can a reader ask for?  In the Cards may be a free short from Charlie Cochet but don't think it isn't packed full of everything we've come to love in the Four Kings Security series, well okay the action and danger may not be there(you have the scary mama bears that most of the boys want to steer clear of but there's no real violence😉😉).  There's plenty of humor/banter between the guys in all the entries, especially Ace and Colton, but this short is pure rom-com gold.

Two side notes: 
1. In the Cards is technically a standalone and you won't be lost if you haven't read the series yet but having read the series in order I find you get a more emotional connection to the Four Kings(especially books 1 & 3).

2. I had no idea that Ace & Lucky's cousin Quinn and his partner Spencer had their story told in Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts so I look forward to going back and reading their journey.


Author Bio:
Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.


Ante Up #1.5

In the Cards #4.5

Four Kings Security Series

Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts

Release Blitz: How Not to Sin by Susan Hawke

Title: How Not to Sin
Author: Susan Hawke
Series: Lovestrong #3
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: February 20, 2019

One regular guy who happens to be a preacher… 

Reverend Dr. Gabe Samson doesn’t think he’s better than any of the people in his church, so please don’t put him on a pedestal. While he’s never hidden the fact that he identifies as bisexual, he’s never acted on it either. Gabe isn’t happy to learn that the sole reason he was hired to pastor the LGBT-friendly church was that the ruling elders wanted a safe poster child for inclusivity—in other words, they wanted the rainbow flag without letting it fly.

Plus one easygoing, new age kinda guy…

Seth Thomas owns Holistic Healing, a metaphysical shop and yoga studio. He’s never really been a relationship kinda guy, but only because he hasn’t met the right man yet. Seth is laid back and goes with the flow. When fate drops a hot preacher in his lap, why wouldn’t he accept the gift?

Equals a pair of men who click from the start.

The two men find it almost too easy to get together, especially Gabe, who is fully embracing his bi side for the first time. Nothing in life is simple though. While Gabe and Seth are busy falling in love, they face an anti-gay hate group, a divided church, and a ruling elder who is hell-bent on sowing discord. Between Gabe’s patient wisdom and Seth’s snark, the pair fight the growing drama with the strongest weapons in their arsenal: love and humor.

This is the third book in the LOVESTRONG series about finding love and being yourself in a small town, and the third in series. Intended only for 18+ readers, this is an mm romance full of all the fun, fluff, and feels you’d want from an S. Hawke book.

Note: This isn’t a trigger warning, but please be prepared for a few instances of ignorance and hate speech, and mentions of violence. This is a romance, not a sermon—but please keep in mind that the main character is a pastor dealing with real-life issues in his church and these truths are reflected in Gabe.

"Come on, you know you want to try it." Gabe's eyes danced as he tried to get me to take a bite of his Rocky Mountain oysters. "Are you really going to sit there and pretend you're not adventurous enough to take just one itsy bitsy taste?" His fork danced in front of my mouth, as if he were trying to tempt a baby into taking a bite.

"It's not a matter of being adventurous so much as solidarity. A bro just doesn't eat another dude's balls—at least, not like this. Trust me, preach. There are far more fun and less gory ways to enjoy your ball-eating fetish." I shuddered dramatically as I leaned my head back and to the side while I batted at his hand to push it away.

Gabe snorted then brought the fork to his mouth and made a big show of pulling the meat from the fork with his teeth. His moans were almost pornographic, especially when combined with the total sex face he was making—complete with his eyes rolling back into his head while his lashes fluttered like crazy.

"You do know that people are staring, right? You're like that chick in that movie, you know the one… where that chick's faking an orgasm in the middle of a crowded diner?" I thought for a second, trying to remember. Once I got Meg Ryan's face in my mind, I was able to recall the movie. "When Harry Met Sally. Yeah, you're totally pulling a Sally."

He took a moment to casually blot his lips with a napkin before leaning forward with a raised brow. "Were they staring at me, though? Really? Or was it maybe the look on your face while you watched that caught their eyes, hmm?"

I shifted in my seat, trying to ignore the sudden tightness in my pants. "Definitely you. I guarantee you that I wasn't looking turned on while I watched you nosh on testicles." I pointed to the side of his mouth. "You’ve got a little sauce right there that your napkin missed."

My pants grew a little tighter when that tongue darted from the side of his mouth to lick it away. I shook my head. "Nope, a little down and to the left." I couldn't help but grin at the facial contortions he was making as he tried to get rid of it. Shaking my head, I reached over the table with my own napkin and wiped his cheek.

Gabe caught my hand as I started to pull it away. Turning it over, he kissed the pulse point of my wrist while gazing up at me from under his ridiculously long lashes. When he spoke in a low rumble, I could swear that deep voice was liquid sex. "Will you promise to wipe me clean every time I get messy?" I blinked away a vision of me licking splatters of cum from his bare chest, then feeding it back to him as we kissed. Yeah, that imagery didn't help the tight pants issue at all.

Note to self: don't wear skinny jeans when going on a date with a sexy clergyman.

Pulling my hand back, I made a show of rolling my eyes. "I hope you enjoyed that, Pastor Babe. After watching you eat that foul food, I'm pretty sure that's the only part of my body you'll be kissing tonight."

A corner of Gabe’s mouth twitched as his eyebrows shot up. "Are you really talking about kissing body parts in the middle of dinner? Shame, shame, Seth. I'm starting to think I can't take you anywhere. Although, as first dates go? This is definitely one for the record books."

Author Bio:
As an avid reader and big romance fan myself, I love sharing the stories of the different people who live in my imagination. My stories are filled with humor, a few tears, and the underlying message to not give up hope, even in the darkest of times, because life can change on a dime when you least expect it. This theme comes from a lifetime of lessons learned on my own hard journey through the pains of poverty, the loss of more loved ones than I'd care to count, and the struggles of living through chronic illnesses. Life can be hard, but it can also be good! Through it all I've found that love, laughter, and family can make all the difference, and that's what I try to bring to every tale I tell.

I'm a happily married mom with one snarky teenage boy, and three grown "kids of my heart." I'm more widely known for my mpreg writings as Susi Hawke; this new name is a departure from that. Whether written by Susan or Susi, the books are filled with that all-important love, laughter, and family I mentioned; the only difference is that this name has no male pregnancy. I look forward to sharing my stories with you, and to bringing more romance and laughter into this world that needs it so very badly.


How Not to Sin #3

How Not to Wait #.5

How Not to Blend #1

How Not to Tuck #2

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Pre-Order Blitz: In the Gleaming Light by HR Moore

Title: In the Gleaming Light
Author: HR Moore
Genre: Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction
Expected Release Date: March 1, 2019

It's 2048.  Automation has stolen vast swathes of jobs, and the government pays everyone a no-strings-attached income, enough to live on, in order to keep the economy going.  Society is split into those who can get jobs; engineers, managers, creatives, and those who cannot.

Iva Brooksbank, Senior Investigator of the Enforcement Office, has made a career of taking down corporate moguls who flout the rules, and now she has Guy Strathclyde, CEO of Cybax Technologies, firmly in her sights.  She's sure he's up to something, and races to find evidence that will stick, before her time runs out.

Lulu Banks, a world famous artist, uses her work to highlight the deep inequalities and injustices the world now faces, perpetuated, she thinks, by the relentless march of technology.  But when she finds herself the object of Guy's affections, she has to decide if she can trust his intentions, or if he's just the same as all the other corporate big dogs.

* * * * * * *

What happens when the robots steal our jobs?  Speculative fiction novel "In the Gleaming Light" gives a much needed plausible imagining of the world thirty years from now.

Automation, robots, and job stealing are topics that capture the imagination of many, but the big question is this: what’s to be done when these things start to have a meaningful impact on our lives?  Universal Basic Income, the favoured solution of entrepreneurs and academics alike, has been creeping into the press, but if you stop someone on the street and ask them about it, the chances are you’ll get a blank look.

“In the Gleaming Light” gives an engaging, pacey, intrigue-filled look at the world thirty years from now, complete with a clear representation of the complex and controversial political issues that underpin it all.

Lulu flopped to the ground as she crossed the makeshift sprint finish line in the sand, her chest heaving as she tried to regain her breath.  It was a glorious morning, even at this early hour, the sun reflecting furiously on the flat calm of the sea, playing about as the water moved gently up and down, slivers of silver light trying to fool onlookers into believing it could be warm.  Tiny waves lapped lightly at the beach, the sound calming Lulu’s exhausted body, helping her settle her racing heart.

‘Darling, you’re a little distracted this morning,’ said Bertie Baqua, her slight, Asian fitness instructor, as he caught up with her.  He was renowned the world over and in great demand, but he and Lulu had been friends for years, Lulu having attended his classes before he was famous, their friendship secured on the dance floor of a dubious Salsa club in Brighton.

‘I opened my exhibition last night,’ she replied, as though this were enough.

‘And?’ he replied, clearly requiring more.

She thought about keeping Guy a secret, but knowing Bertie, he probably already knew.  ‘And Guy Strathclyde came.’

‘Did he indeed?’ flounced Bertie, laughing with his eyes.

‘He keeps asking me out,’ she shrugged, as though this were obviously a problem.


‘And, I thought he was a typical corporate mogul.  I mean, he was obviously given his job by his dad.’

‘Which is frowned upon these days,’ said Bertie, frivolously.

‘Which is illegal these days,’ snapped Lulu, rolling over and propping herself up on her arms.

Bertie raised an eyebrow and a shoulder simultaneously.  ‘Touchy,’ he said.  ‘You must really like him.’

‘I don’t know him.  But I was surprised about his opinions on certain topics.’

‘In a good way?’


‘Well, what’s the problem then?’

‘I just never thought I’d even entertain the idea of dating someone like him.  And I think he might be dangerous.’

‘Isn’t that a little prejudiced?’

Lulu rolled her eyes.  ‘Maybe,’ she pouted, playing with the grains of sand between her fingers.

‘What harm can come from going on a couple of dates?  If you like him, then great; you’re not breaking any rules by dating him...apart from ones you’ve perhaps created for yourself for no good reason.’

Lulu huffed as she brushed the sand away.  ‘I suppose so.’

‘You’re welcome,’ he said, reaching down to help her up.

‘You’re insufferable,’ she said, refusing his hand and throwing a towel at him instead.  Bertie snickered, and didn’t stop.  ‘What now?’ she asked, not understanding the joke.

‘Looks like you’ve got company,’ he said, nodding up the beach.

Lulu’s head whipped round.  ‘Oh God,’ she breathed.

‘I’ll say,’ said Bertie, nodding his head in approval.

Guy reached their workout spot and held his hands up; they were full of coffee and paper bags.  ‘Hungry?’ he asked hopefully.  She paused, considering another refusal.  ‘Oh, come on,’ he said, ‘of course you’re hungry; you’ve been working out for ages.’

Bertie nudged Lulu towards Guy.  ‘I’ve got another client, so I really must be going,’ he said, as though the breakfast invitation had also been extended to him, which of course they all knew it hadn’t.  ‘Have fun,’ he said, suggestively.  He stuffed dumbbells, balls and elastics back into his bag, hoisted it over his shoulder, and headed back up the beach, throwing Lulu a double thumbs up, complete with accompanying indelicate head nod behind Guy’s back.

Lulu ignored him.  ‘You’ve been watching me work out?’ she asked, not sure whether to be flattered or a little bit freaked out.

Guy laughed.  ‘Not really.  I’ve been working in the café up there,’ he said, pointing to the beach’s edge where a Chutney Café stood, the chain that had gained supremacy when it innovated the old players out of the market by replacing humans with robots.  ‘They’re not technically open yet, but the manager took pity on me and let me in early.’

‘Charmed by your smile, no doubt.’

‘I am very charming,’ he said, flashing her his best grin.  ‘I’m so glad you’ve noticed.’

“In the Gleaming Light was born out of my experience and observations in life and at work, and also through a general interest in the not-too-distant future of our world.  With a background in financial services and change management, I've seen first-hand the unrelenting pace of change and drive towards automation, that is having, and will continue to have, a significant effect on everyone.

The changes that have taken place in the last twenty years are mind-boggling, and there's no evidence of the pace slowing down.  Indeed, automation is predicted to put significant numbers out of work, and, if that happens, the social consequences will be extreme.

Automation and Universal Basic Income (UBI) as a solution, are areas gaining a great deal of traction, with entrepreneurs and academics shouting about the need for governments to step in, governments running UBI trials in response, and the media starting to step up their coverage.  However, the topic is currently stuck in (relatively boring) academic and political channels, and I think there's a real need to bring these important topics to life through engaging, fictional portrayals.  In the Gleaming Light aims to do this in a plot and relationship-driven way; it's book club fiction, designed to stimulate conversation, with drama and romance throughout.

Importantly, “In the Gleaming Light” is not passing judgment on the march of technology, or UBI as a potential solution, but I feel passionately that this is a conversation that effects everybody.  The more that can be done to get people involved from all backgrounds, now, as opposed to after the fact, the better.

And given the gender skews of people working in technology, I’m especially passionate about engaging women in this conversation.  The workplace is biased, and it’s important that women utilize technology to help level the playing field.  The worst case scenario would be a future world that’s dictated (passively and accidentally) by a relatively small handful of (mostly) men.  Now is the time for us to talk about these issues, and it’s essential that the debate is equally open to all.”

Author Bio:
Harriet was born in Germany in 1987, her family returning to the UK, to Dorset shortly afterwards. She lived there until she was 5, her grandfather teaching her the basics of cheating at cards and swindling chocolate, her mother starting to instil a (some would argue) unhealthy relationship with cake, and the neighbours demonstrating that some people don't understand cherry blossom is there to be picked, mixed with mint and water and sold as perfume.

Then there was Scotland; stealthy guinea pig breeding, riding horses, advanced cards, more cake, then to Devon and school in Exeter. She loved maths in the early years, but by the time she got to A Level, Sociology was her favourite subject, opening her eyes to things she'd never before considered, namely, nobody is really right, nobody is really normal and primary socialisation has a lot to answer for.

At the age of about 12, Harriet started rowing for Exeter Rowing Club. This quickly took over her life and before too long she was clad in lycra, training 6 days a week and competing at events around the country.

After finishing her A Levels, Harriet went to university in St Andrews, studying Philosophy for two years, then switching to Management. She was particularly interested in the change elements of her course and especially the areas concerning how people create and react to change. After four very civilised years by the sea, she ventured to London, to foray into the strange world of insurance (surprisingly, more interesting than you might think).  She worked as a Project Manager on large change programmes before founding her own consultancy in 2015.

Harriet has since worked on a number of insurance related projects that helped influence and inspire In the Gleaming Light, specifically around the use of connected devices in the home, data collection and utilisation within financial services, and how automation can both reduce costs, and significantly improve vast swathes of tiresome, long-winded processes.

Harriet has recently moved from Bristol in the UK to Portsmouth in New Hampshire, with her husband Chris and two young daughters. When she isn't writing, editing, eating, running around after her kids, or imagining how much better life would be with the addition of a springer spaniel, she occasionally finds the time to make hats.