Saturday, November 27, 2010
Once again Sharlene MacLaren has swept me away in ABBIE ANN. A large novel at 500 pages, reads smoothly, taking you on an amazing journey that you never want to end. What wonderful characters! I thought the first two in the series HANNAH GRACE and MAGGIE ROSE, had amazing characters with remarkable stories. I shouldn’t have doubted for a minute that I would love Abbie Ann and Noah any less or their stories.
Besides Sharelene’s wonderful writing and storytelling, she has an astonishing way of weaving in layer upon layer of drama and twists. She delivered wonderful lines that had me laughing, as well as heartwarming moments that made my eyes well up with tears. And all done so smoothly and naturally that you forget you’re reading fiction.
I was totally amazed at the details to boat building throughout the story. I’d have to guess a lot of research went into ABBIE ANN. Just one of the things I love so much about Sharlene’s writing is the depth and growth of each characters story.
I can’t wait to receive the next book of Sharlene’s I recently ordered, LONG JOURNEY HOME. Hurry up, Amazon!
Friday, November 26, 2010
Love this movie. What a great story, with great acting. I caught a glimpse of this movie on a Youtube put together video of several scenes from different movies. I was intrigued and with a little investigation, discovered my library had a copy. I went the next day to borrow it. Once I started it, I soon realized I had watched it some time ago, yet couldn't get myself to turn it off. It's one of those movies you can watch more than once. I just may watch it again, one day.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Once again I’m am blow away by Sharlene MacLaren’s amazing writing. I loved HANNAH GRACE, so when I’d finished, it had me wanting for the next in the series, MAGGIE ROSE. I was certainly blessed when I’d won a copy of HANNAH GRACE on Sharlene’s website. I had yet to read her work and now can’t seem to get enough of it.
MAGGIE ROSE was an amazing story, incredibly written. Loved the plot. Love the Characters. Luke’s Spiritual journey, and life lessons he encountered. Very powerful, moving, and thought provoking. Maggie and Luke weren’t the only ones with tears in their eyes as this wonderful story came to an end. Brilliantly done, I must say.
Now on to the third and final book in this remarkable series, ABBIE ANN. Can’t wait to see where Sharlene takes ABBIE ANN...and me, in what is sure to be another great novel.
Well I must say I am in love with Rob Pattinson all over again. I loved him in Twilight, and I loved him in REMEMBER ME. Wow, what an amazing movie. Great story! Great acting. For whatever reason I had not remembered what the ending was about. That came as a total shock. Here I was going along loving this story, totally engrossed in it, and yet had no idea where it was heading. The idea was never a thought or a possibility. It was as if I was given two stories in one. It made me want to go back and watch it again with new eyes. But then again, I don’t know if I could handle it, knowing what happened in the end.
Very powerful and moving.
Definitely a movie to REMEMBER.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
THE WRITER’S JOURNEY is quite a monstrous book in size as well as the information it contains. I must admit it took me some time to get through it. Although I don’t regret reading it I must say in many ways it was way beyond my comprehension. So much information that I had a hard time deciphering it all. The examples were extensive which had its advantages as well as its disadvantages.
I would have to say what I took away from this book is the sense that characters are quite complex, thus are humans. I now have a different perspective on the structure of a novel, and even more so the importance of it. This book also put to words the feelings an amazing movie or book can provoke. Why, how, and the importance of it.
At one of my writing meetings, we watched the concepts of this book being taught by the authors on DVD. Though I was only able to watch the first half, I must say it was easier to comprehend then the book. I would highly recommend the DVD’s verses the book.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
When my girls first started watching BIG TIME RUSH it didn’t take long for their songs to seep into my soul. They were catchy, uplifting with great vocals. There CD wasn’t out yet with no indication of when it would be but we just had to get a hold of their songs. So we purchased several off of itunes to tie us over. But once we discovered the CD would be released, we signed up right away for it.
What a great CD. Something the whole family can enjoy. Who would have thought that only a few weeks later we’d get to meet them!
Check out my other blog post to hear about our experience meeting BIG TIME RUSH.