It’s Movie Time!

Yes, you read that correctly.  I’m interrupting my ‘travel writing’ blog posts (which interrupted my ‘authorly’ blog posts) to talk about a movie.  What can I say?  I’m easily distracted.

Anyway…I just got back from the movie theater and I have a recommendation for you.  Let me first say that I only go to the movies once or twice a year because there’s usually not anything that captivates me enough that I feel the need to spend twenty-seven dollars for a matinee.  If you’ve been following along at all, you’ll know by now that I’m insanely cheap.

That being said, I’d like to tell you a little more about the movie I saw.  It was READY PLAYER ONE, which is the film adaptation of the book written by Ernest Cline.  I originally got this book at the library when it came out in 2012.  I’m a huge fan of futuristic dystopian stories with pop culture references and lots of action and humor and romance.  What’s not to like about all that?  Nothing!

After checking out the book at the library and falling in love, I spent the twenty bucks to buy the hardcover book on Amazon.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I paid money for a book I’d already read.  Let me also explain that I usually NEVER, EVER re-read books.  I mean…what’s the point?  There’s no suspense because I know what’s going to happen.  Besides, there are a million other books that I haven’t read yet, so shouldn’t I read some of them first?  I know the majority of you are going to disagree with me and tell me about your favorite dog eared, bent spine copies of your ‘must read’ books, but that’s just my opinion on the matter.

My point, is that I loved the book a lot and I flipped out when I saw that it was being made into a movie directed by none other than Steven Spielberg.  YES!

I dragged my reluctant husband to the theater, and he actually seemed to enjoy the movie.  He did give me a look when I might have gotten a bit teary near the end (yeah, I got teary when reading the book, too.  I’m a freak), but otherwise the whole experience went very well.

I’m not going to give away any spoilers, but I will tell you that the movie was amazing, the book was awesome, and I strongly recommend either reading or watching it.

There were, however, some noticeable differences between the book and the movie.  I read the book six years ago, so I couldn’t tell you the exact differences, but I knew they were there.  This brings me to my question of the day…

(I asked my husband on the way home from the movie theater…here is our conversation:)

“Did you know that the book was different from the movie?  What would I do if someone offered me money to make a screenplay from one of my books and they wanted to change a bunch of stuff?”

He raised an eyebrow as though the thought of anyone suggesting making a movie from one of my books was about as probable as aliens landing in our front yard and offering gold bars in exchange for our dog.  Just for the record, the answer would be ‘NO.’

“It could happen,” I insisted.  “I wonder how much you get paid when they want to do that.”

He didn’t reply, as he often doesn’t because he’s quiet and makes me carry the conversation most of the time.

“What if someone offered me five thousand dollars, but wanted to drastically change one of my books?  I wouldn’t do it!”

“Like what?” he asked.  “You wouldn’t take five grand if they wanted to kill off Violet?”

First of all, I was stunned speechless that he actually knew the name of one of the characters in one of my books.  Second, I would freak out if someone bought the movie rights and then killed off a character.

“No!  I would not kill a character for five thousand bucks!” I instantly declared before pausing to consider this.  “If it was like twenty thousand, then I’d probably reconsider.”

I totally would.  I mean that could buy a new car!  I suppose I could just have her come back as a zombie later on anyway, right?

So there you have it, folks.  Go see ‘READY PLAYER ONE,’ and if you want to make a movie out of any of my books, it’s gonna cost you twenty grand to kill any of my fictional people!

Ah…before I end this, here are some books you might want to buy.  I was part of a newsletter swap and these nice authors agreed to put me in their newsletters so I’m returning the favor:

Finding Mr. Right Now by DD Sparxx…….99 Cents or Free with Kindle Unlimited

I’ve never been good with romantic relationships. I’ve never felt that spark. You know the one I mean. The one that gives you chills and makes your heart race. It’s never happened for me. That is, until one night when I find myself out at happy hour.
The problem?
He’s my best friend and I’d never do anything to jeopardize what we have.
When I ask for his help, he plants an idea in my head. His idea? Find a Mr. Right Now rather than a Mr. Right…

I live my life one day at a time. I’m successful financially, so I’m not talking about money here. I’m talking about getting laid. I’m the kind of guy who prefers a no-strings attached arrangement. Nobody stays forever. Love is some made up concept that only lasts in fairytales.
I know this and I’m good with it.
Everyone knows how I feel, especially my best friend.
So why is it that when she decides to takes my advice to find a no-strings attached arrangement for herself, it makes me regret ever suggesting it?

**”Finding Mr. Right Now is a full-length, friends-to-lovers, romance with no cheating. This is book one in a three book series and there is a cliffhanger.”


Wild boys ….99 cents or free with Kindle Unlimited.

8 free gay romance shorts, PLUS a free short EXCLUSIVE to this collection!

This is one of the best books about gay love on Kindle. You get 9 cute gay romance books, with angst, steamy scenes, and more.

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Books in this gay romance collection:
Exclusive! Taken By The Gay Biker
Billionaire’s Obsession
Dirty Player
Lover In The Dark
Pinned Beneath You
Dirty Lover
Holiday Lover
Power Play
Devil’s Kiss


Leather and Gold by Gemma Snow…..$2.99 on Amazon

Emmeline Westington Wright, widowed duchess of South Framley, sent Captain Alexandre Pierron Simonnet to the Americas eighteen months ago, presumably in search of her errant brother, the Marquis of Fulton. But when Captain Simonnet returns to South Framley and the duchess’s Roseburn estate, she must admit to herself that the errand was nothing more than a way to keep the devilishly handsome and tempting captain far enough away where she will not succumb to her desires. They are the kind of desires she has only ever indulged with her late husband, William, hidden away in a darkened room, below the prim and proper halls of Roseburn.

Her lust for Captain Simonnet has not diminished in the past months, instead growing stronger and more potent until she invites him to meet her in the rose garden at midnight. There, she shows the captain all of her secrets, that hidden room, her own desire to cede control, to be taken care of–by him. As she had hoped, Alexandre is familiar with her lifestyle and sets down the rules, before laying her over his lap and giving her all that she most desperately craves–or almost all.

Because despite herself and her raging need, Emmeline knows that her want goes deeper than a salacious affair. She has known Captain Simonnet, William’s best friend, some ten years now, craved him for three. Tonight, in the light of their pleasures and vulnerabilities and moments of profound trust, she might just admit to herself that she wants more than a single night or a week or a month–she might just want a life together.


Running from a Rock Star by Jami Albright…$4.99 or Free with Kindle Unlimited


She’s a good-girl control freak. He’s a bad boy in need of a clean image. Will these opposites attract or self-destruct?

Scarlett Kelly is the poster child for responsible living. Growing up as the daughter of the town floozy, she’s made it her mission to be the exact opposite of her mother. So when she wakes up naked and hung over in bed with a bad-boy rock star, she bolts immediately. There’s just one problem: Scarlett’s bedmate is her new husband.

Gavin needs to repair his image or his music career will go down the tubes. He’s also just learned he has a son he never knew existed. He needs to settle down, and bribing his new wife to stay married may just fit everything into place.

Scarlett agrees to the ruse to help her family’s financial troubles even though she can hardly control herself around the rock star. As they search for Gavin’s son, will their unlikely matrimony give them exactly what they’ve been missing or send them packing?


A small town Texas funny, sexy romantic comedy.


There you have it folks!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend and HAPPY EASTER!