Friday FabOoolousness: Celebrating 2012 and Football Sweetheart

The year is rapidly coming to an end… in just a few days we’ll say goodbye to 2012 and welcome in 2013.

These past twelve months have been special—one of the best years of my life.

Every January 1st, I set New Year’s Resolutions like most people I know.  Usually, I fail those resolutions before my birthday rolls around in February.  Pathetic, I know.

But not this year.  While I didn’t accomplish my goal in its entirety, I got closer than I’ve ever been before…

I published my first novel!!

To celebrate, I feel like giving…

Leave a comment below and you could win an e-book copy of my YA mystery Football Sweetheart!

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Everyone has the rest of the year to enter!  I will assign numbers to every comment (one entry per person) and select a winner via Random.org on Tuesday, January 1, 2013.  Be sure to include an email address so I can contact the winner directly.

Now, being that January 1st is New Year’s Day and I will undoubtedly be cooking a big lunch/dinner and watching a ton of football, please be patient with me.  I will log in and give away a copy of my book before the end of the day.

I truly hope that everyone had a wonderful 2012 and I wish you the absolute best in the New Year.  Until then…  Happy Commenting!

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Congratulations to….

Lucky #002!

That would be you, Lysa Lessieur!

Please email me directly at tiffanyannewhite (at) yahoo (dot) com for your winnings!

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Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – The Return of Dallas and That Ewing Family

The days are flying by and before we know it, 2013 will be here and we’ll all be left wondering where the time has gone.  With all of the madness expected to surround us these next few days, Amber West and I have decided to revisit a few of our older Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday reviews instead of tackling anything new.

Today, we’re each selecting one TV show that has us on the edge of our seats waiting for the 2013 premiere.  The series I chose returns in January, and as if the entire first season’s reboot didn’t already leave us excited for more, the season finale sure did!  The twists and turns of this series kept the original’s legacy intact, and I can’t wait to see what the writers have in store for us in season two.

But not only that… recently we lost one of the beloved cast members, a man who entertained television audiences for years with his portrayals of I Dream of Jeanie’s Major Tony Nelson and Dallas’ J.R. Ewing.  I watched both programs, but to me, Mr. Hagman will always be J.R.  Larry Hagman didn’t just act out the role of the rich and conniving J.R. Ewing… he is and forever will be J.R. Ewing.

Shooting for season two had already commenced before he passed, and immediately the writers all returned to Dallas to get back to work.  They now have the difficult task of properly writing one of the greatest TV icons of all-time out of a series.  They promised to make Mr. Hagman proud, and I can’t wait to see what they’ve written for him.  He deserves nothing but the best.

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One of the most anticipated programs this year is the continued story of the duel between the members of the Ewing family.  And after only two-hours, the new Dallas does not disappoint!

TNT has successfully revived the popular soap opera that ran from the late ‘70s to the early ‘90s, even mirrored the original opening as best they could.

Back in the day, we watched the great sibling rivalry between J.R. and Bobby Ewing.   Whew!  Those two brothers never saw eye to eye…

They still look good, don’t they?

We had J.R. (Larry Hagman), the cut-throat oil-tycoon who would stop at nothing to earn his next riches, and Bobby (Patrick Duffy), the more family oriented and rule-following of Miss Ellie’s boys.  And because of these tendencies, Miss Ellie bequeaths Southfork to Bobby, leaving J.R. with a sour taste in his mouth.

In the new series, J.R.’s wife, Sue Ellen (Linda Gray), has left him.  The Texas courts awarded her all of J.R.’s money, making her one of the most successful women in Dallas (and she may even run for Governor).   Since Bobby lives at and runs Southfork, J.R. has nothing.  These events cause him to fall into a deep depression and someone, we’re assuming Bobby, puts J.R. up in a nice retirement community.

Speaking of Bobby, he’s now married to Ann (Brenda Strong), and is suffering from a recent diagnosis of intestinal cancer.  He decides to sell Southfork—the only requirement being that whoever buys the ranch must continue with Miss Ellie’s wish to not drill on her property.  And like the “Good Ol’ Boy” he is, Bobby settles the deal with a handshake.

The new generation of Ewings…

But what about these younger Ewing boys we keep hearing so much about?  Fast-forward twenty years, and the Ewing family is still going strong, bickering included, only with two new faces: John Ross, played by Josh Henderson, and Christopher, played by Jesse Metcalf.

Let’s start with John Ross…

While secretly drilling on Southfork, John Ross and his girlfriend/business partner (Elena, played by Jordana Brewster) hit oil.  But when Bobby finds out about it, he forbids anyone from drilling on his mamma’s ranch.  This prompts John Ross to act just like his daddy.  After all, “he’s a chip off the old block.”  Lying, cheating, and backstabbing seem to be John Ross’s methods of choice—but does he have what it takes to outplay J.R.?

And then we have Christopher, sweet and idealistic Christopher…

Christopher runs Ewing Alternative Energies where he researches and experiments with methane drilling.  Unfortunately, his work appears to have caused earthquakes off the coast of China, and while he commits to finding a way to protect the people and preserve the methane, John Ross is the first to point out his cousin’s failures.  Skipping his honeymoon with Rebecca (Julie Gonzalo), Christopher decides to change his daddy’s mind about selling Southfork—but will Bobby listen?

See now, “the fun is just beginning.”

I’ve used a few of the opening episodes’ one-liners above in this post, but I’m not done.  The writers and creators have definitely impressed me with some of the dialogue in these first few hours, especially when it comes to describing J.R. Ewing:

“Some people are just too damn mean to die.”
“It’s better to be old than to be the devil.”

Larry Hagman still has it!  There’s nothing quite as mischievous as J.R.’s smile…

RIP, Mr. Hagman

Before we wrap, let’s not forget to mention the soap opera element.  First, we have the business partnerships between John Ross and Elena, Christopher and Elena, and Sue Ellen and Elena.  Surely one if not more of these are going to blow up in their faces, specifically Elena’s.

Let’s stay on the topic of Elena for a second.  Elena is the daughter of the Ewing’s long-time cook and Christopher’s former girlfriend/fiancée.  But when she received a supposed email from Christopher ending their relationship the night before their wedding, she ran away to Mexico and into the waiting arms of John Ross.

Oh, but it doesn’t stop there.  At John Ross’s suggestion, and knowing full well of Christopher and Elena’s past, Rebecca asks Elena to stand up for her at her and Christopher’s wedding.  That’s only the first sign we see that Rebecca may not be as sweet as she appears…  When we meet Rebecca’s brother, we deduce that they have been planning to scam the Ewing family for a few years now—but why?

And what about the sale of Southfork?  Well, Bobby thinks he’s selling to the Del Sol Corporation on the promise that the ranch won’t be developed.  J.R. knows about this sale, but thinks the Del Sol Corporation is going to turn around and sell him the ranch thirty days after the sale closes, making him the rightful owner of Southfork.  But John Ross has an idea all his own—he brings in a fraud to play the part of Marta Del Sol, and unbeknownst to Bobby and J.R., John Ross plans to take the ranch as his own.

Christopher and John Ross see things just as about as clearly as their daddies… not eye to eye with one another.

Dallas is definitely still a soap opera.  But how does it rank?  It’s still early, but I must award TNT’s Dallas with the MacTV rating.  The first two hours were definitely a guilty pleasure, and I personally can’t wait for more.

Bring on the oil fields, cattle ranches, cowboy boots, cowboy hats, and family feuds.  Dallas, we’ve missed you.

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I wrote this review after watching only two hours of the new Dallas, and well, let me just say that a TON has happened since.  The final seconds of the season finale left me with my jaw dropped to the floor—I did not see that twist coming!  The writers and creators have definitely done the Dallas fans proud with this reboot, and I can’t wait for more!

Have you watched TNT’s Dallas reboot?  How would you rate it?  Are you Team Bobby and Christopher or J.R. and John Ross?  I’d love to hear from you!

Remember to click over to Amber’s new & improved blog and see what see recommends…

Come back next week when Amber and I choose another of our favorites to share….  Stay tuned!

Remember to stop by the #watchwed hashtag in Twitter to discuss any of today’s reviews, or to mention any television programs that you’d like to see on Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday in the future.

A Recap of The WatchWed Review System:

GTV (Gourmet TV): Everything we want and more
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
GMacTV (Gourmet MacNCheese TV): A combination of fine wine and comfort food
JFTV (Junk food TV):It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
TBPTV (Twice Baked Potato TV): Part gourmet and delicious, while absolutely horrible for our cholesterol
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (NyQuil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV): Do we really have to explain? Blech

 

Tele-Tuesday: Merry Christmas from Football Sweetheart

For the first time since The Ooo Factor launched back in 2011, today’s Tele-Tuesday post is not about television.  Why?

Because it’s December 25th!

Today, I feel like giving…

Leave a comment below and you could win an e-book copy of my YA mystery Football Sweetheart!

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Everyone has all day to enter!  I will assign numbers to every comment (one entry per person) and select a winner via Random.org tomorrow, December 26th.   Be sure to include an email address so I can contact the winner directly.

Merry Christmas from Football Sweetheart and Happy Commenting!

Friday FabOoolousness: My Favorite Holiday Movies

The holiday season means something different to every person who observes it.  For some, the most important aspect of this time of year is the precious time spent with friends and family.  Others enjoy giving…  by dedicating their time to special organizations, by baking sweet treats for those nearest and dearest to them, and by wrapping purchased gifts with red and green papers and ribbons.

For me, it’s all about tradition—baking my mom’s special recipe walnut muffins, enjoying a glass (or two or three) of “adult” eggnog while wrapping presents, listening to Harry Connick, Jr. and Andrea Bocelli belt out traditional holiday music as I drive around town looking for last-minute gifts, and carefully placing the Baby Jesus in the manger of our nativity set at midnight on Christmas Eve.

My list wouldn’t be complete without adding another of my holiday traditions… watching a few of my favorite holiday movies one more time.  I’ve watched these films for as long as I can remember.  I may not catch each one every single year, but that doesn’t mean I don’t try.

So, which movies do I want to see every December?

First, there’s the classic and light-hearted…

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Home Alone

The Santa Clause

The Santa Clause 2

The Santa Clause 3

The Holiday

By now, everyone that reads this blog knows that I love my scary movies… and while these flicks might not seem as scary to me today as they did when I watched them for the very first time, they still fall into this holiday category…

Gremlins

Black Christmas (2006)

Next, there are a few “darker” comedies…

Scrooged

Elf

Bad Santa

And probably my favorite of all time…

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

It doesn’t matter how old I am, how many times I’ve watched these movies, or how old a few of these actually are, they will always be considered classics and must-sees in my house!

Do you have any special holiday movies that you watch every year?  If you had to choose just one, which is your favorite and why?  I’d love to hear from you!

Friday, December 21st Only! 99 Authors, 99 Books, 99 Cents…

These prices are available on Amazon only.

For a listing of books offered & a chance to win one of the prizes, click here!!

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Included with these fabOoolous authors and titles is my YA mystery, Football Sweetheart!

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High School Football can be MURDER…

Aimee Freeman is looking forward to the start of her senior year. She knows her best friend Ella has been keeping secrets from her all summer long, but with football season right around the corner, the student trainer decides not to worry about it-they’ll have plenty of time to catch up on the field.

Then Ella goes missing, and Aimee realizes those secrets might be the key to finding her. As the case unfolds, Aimee discovers more than one person may have wanted to harm Ella. Was it Ella’s current boyfriend, a social outcast the entire city seems intent on blaming for her disappearance? Or her ex-boyfriend, the beloved star quarterback who has harassed Ella since their breakup? The list of potential suspects continues to grow after Aimee reads Ella’s journal, but she must break her best friend’s secret code to reveal their identities.

Unbeknownst to Aimee, her investigation has not gone unnoticed. Ella’s abductor is watching and waiting. Will he decide Aimee needs to be silenced-making her the next target?

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Readers agree that Football Sweetheart is perfect reading for adults and teens alike!  Take advantage of today’s sale spectacular and buy a copy for under a dollar!

And remember, gifting an e-book on Amazon is easy and today’s sale would be a great time to get some last-minute holiday shopping done!

Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – Rewinding Time with Tru Calling

Oh, December… perhaps one of the busiest months of the year.  Many of us are moving at warp speeds trying to wrap up our holiday preparations AND deal with the end-of-the-year nonsense we all face year after year.  The days are flying by and before we know it, 2013 will be here and we’ll all be left wondering where the month has gone.  With all of the madness expected to surround us these next few weeks, Amber West and I have decided to revisit a few of our older Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday reviews instead of tackling anything new.

Even though I’m usually running around like a chicken with its head cut off in the evenings this time of year, I still have time for my TV.  However, most of the networks are about to start airing reruns, and many of the channels have a lineup of holiday movies playing hour after hour.  For some of us, we want and need something different.

Which is why this month is almost perfect for a mini-marathon-style watching party!  As we’re wrapping gifts or baking sweet treats, why not watch an older TV show with a fun concept and quite a few familiar faces?

So, today, I’ve selected one of my original Queue It Up reviews to spotlight:

Tru Calling

The series begins with recent college graduate, Tru Davies (Eliza Dushku from Buffy the Vampire Slayer), searching frantically for an internship hoping to get into medical school.  Most of the good placements have already been filled, so Tru takes the only job she can find—at the morgue.

As if working with the dead isn’t daunting enough, Tru must deal with the bodies temporarily awakening and asking for her help.  The very second she receives one of these requests, Tru’s day resets and she must race to figure out exactly what these souls are trying to tell her.

Mostly, when Tru’s day starts over, she tries desperately to stop the untimely deaths of those asking for her help.  But messing with fate always has its consequences.

Trying to manage her daily resets and keep her secret from friends and family, Tru also battles constant struggles with her irresponsible brother, Harrison (Shawn Reaves), her drug-addict sister, Meredith (Jessica Collins, The Young and the Restless), and her boyfriend Luc (Matt Bomer, White Collar), while still trying to lead a normal life.

Recognize him?

Despite the chaos, Tru tries to stay grounded with the help of her best friend, Lindsey (A.J. Cook from Criminal Minds), and her boss at the morgue, Davis (Zach Galifinakis from The Hangover movies).  Davis might just be Tru’s biggest rock throughout the series, even if he’s a bit odd and awkward.

How about him?

Jason Priestly (the “real” 90210) joined the cast midway through season one as Jack Harper.  There’s only one problem: his primary focus is to stop Tru and restore fate.

Him?

Typical of shows on Fox, Tru Calling was cancelled before answering all of the ongoing storylines.  This show will always live on my “gone too soon” list, and I proudly own both seasons on DVD.  One of the writers, Doris Egan, shared the remaining story arc in a two-part series via her Livejournal blog.  Without giving away any spoilers, the viewers learn all about Tru’s parents and Tru and Jack’s mentors.

Egan’s Tru Calling Part One

Egan’s Tru Calling Part Two

Tru Calling earns a MacTV rating – pop some popcorn, grab a blanket, turn off the lights, spark up a candle, and watch episode after episode like a guilty pleasure.

I hope you especially enjoy a few of my favorite episodes; but before you get started, check out the theme song (Full Blown Rose’s “Somebody Help Me”) for just a tiny taste of what’s ahead.

Season One
 “Morning After”
“Murder in the Morgue”
“Valentine”
“Two Weddings and a Funeral”

 Season Two
“Grace”
“In the Dark”
“Enough”

Season two also introduced a few familiar faces as recurring characters: Liz Vassey (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) played Dr. Carrie Allen (remember, nothing is ever as it seems) and Eric Christian Olsen (NCIS: Los Angeles) played Jensen Ritchie, Tru’s love interest.

Last one – do you recognize him?

If you don’t have a Netflix account, don’t worry!  Occasionally, SyFy airs a daily marathon of Tru Calling.

Did you watch Tru Calling?  If your days could reset, would you race against the clock to change fate, or leave things as they were?  I’d love to hear from you!

Remember to click over to Amber’s new & improved blog and see what see recommends…

Come back next week when Amber and I choose another of our favorites to share….  Stay tuned!

Remember to stop by the #watchwed hashtag in Twitter to discuss any of today’s reviews, or to mention any television programs that you’d like to see on Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday in the future.

A Recap of The WatchWed Review System:

GTV (Gourmet TV): Everything we want and more
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
GMacTV (Gourmet MacNCheese TV): A combination of fine wine and comfort food
JFTV (Junk food TV):It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
TBPTV (Twice Baked Potato TV): Part gourmet and delicious, while absolutely horrible for our cholesterol
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (NyQuil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV): Do we really have to explain? Blech

Tele-Tuesday: Holiday Television Specials

The holiday season means something different to every person who observes it.  For some, the most important aspect of this time of year is the precious time spent with friends and family.  Others enjoy giving…  by dedicating their time to special organizations, by baking sweet treats for those nearest and dearest to them, and by wrapping purchased gifts with red and green papers and ribbons.

For me, it’s all about tradition—baking my mom’s special recipe walnut muffins, enjoying a glass (or two or three) of “adult” eggnog while wrapping presents, listening to Harry Connick, Jr. and Andrea Bocelli belt out traditional holiday music as I drive around town looking for last-minute gifts, and carefully placing the Baby Jesus in the manger of our nativity set at midnight on Christmas Eve.

My list wouldn’t be complete without adding another of my holiday traditions… finding a few of my childhood favorites on television to enjoy one more time.  I’ve watched these programs for as long as I can remember.  I may not catch the airing every single year, but that doesn’t mean I don’t try.

So, what do I look for on the TV guide every December?

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Chipmunk Christmas

Frosty’s Winter Wonderland

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer

It doesn’t matter how old I am, or how old these programs are, they will always be considered classics and must-sees in my house!

Do you have any special holiday television programs that you watch every year?  If you had to choose just one, which is your favorite and why?  I’d love to hear from you!