The Holidays—A Perfect Time to Give

I normally don’t blog on Thursdays; actually, this is only my second Thursday post ever—who says I’m a creature of habit?

Anyway, a few weeks ago, my friend and fellow writer Rhonda Hopkins asked if I would like to write a guest post about my favorite charity and participate in her Authors Give Back blog series.  How does one say no?

Over the years, I have contributed both time and money to multiple charities.  Most of the time when there’s a 5K walk to support a cause, I sign up.  When I lived in Lubbock, I served the local American Diabetes Association chapter as a board member and assisted with one of the largest walks in the country—a stat we were all so very proud of, considering Lubbock, Texas’s population is just around 200,000.

Anyone who knows me knows that sick children and abused animals tug at my heartstrings.  So, despite how much so many different charitable organizations mean to me, I knew immediately which one I’d choose for Rhonda’s blog series:

Please be sure to stop by my guest post at Rhonda’s blog today and share with us how you find the resources to give back.

And, thank you Rhonda for this opportunity to showcase St. Jude Children’s Hospital… and Football Sweetheart!

Friday FabOoolousness – Must Read New Releases for Now and Later

It’s an exciting time of year—football has kicked into high gear and fall is officially here.

Fall is my favorite time of year, especially when the weather actually cools once the sun goes down.  For me, there’s nothing much better than curling up in my comfy chair, throwing a blanket over my legs, lighting a candle, and reading a great book on those cool, fall nights.  So today, I’ve decided to share five new and upcoming releases that are must reads on my bookshelf.  If you’re looking for the next bestseller in the young adult, mystery, suspense, fantasy, and thriller genres, check these out and help support five fabOoolous authors!

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EVIE always thought college life would be magical, but so far it’s not what she hoped for. Her best friend has gone wild, her love life is void, and she misses her mom more than ever. But life for Evie is about to change. CALVIN KNIGHT, the very object of her fascination, is about to fall madly in love with her. Just one problem: Their love conjures a murderous woman from beyond the grave who wants Evie dead. The same demon who has haunted the Knight men for over four generations.

Soon Calvin is forced to choose: Set Evie free and hope to evade the wrath of The Raven-haired Ghost, or use his newly gifted strengths to fight against her. If he chooses to fight and wins, Calvin will free the Knight men of this demonic witch. If he loses, Evie will become her next victim.

Kim’s Evie’s Knight is now available!

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TALES FROM THE MIST will take you on a journey into the dark world of the paranormal. These twelve stories vary in their degree of horror, yet all reach across the boundaries of their genres into the chilling realms of the macabre. Witches, ghosts, shape-shifters and vampire rats are some of the creatures that reign within these pages.

One of the stories, Haste, is written by my Original versus Remake series partner, Catie Rhodes. When asked where she found the inspiration for her story, here is what she had to say:

HASTE is about rage and consequences.

I can’t count how many times I’ve wished I could turn back the clock because I let my temper get the best of me.  Usually, I wish I could take back something I’ve said.  I can be rather sharp-tongued.  This is why internet socializing suits me so well. I have time to think about everything I’m saying before I hit send.

The main character of HASTE commits a double murder in a fit of rage.  As events unfold, she has plenty of time to think about the old saying:

Act in haste. Repent at leisure.

Every action has consequence.  The legal system metes out a great deal of consequence. However, I also believe in the concept of karma delivering consequences.

Another story, The Consuming, was written by Rhonda Hopkins, a local writer who I chat with all the time on social media (but have not yet had the pleasure of meeting in person).

Serena knows her late uncle wasn’t crazy. So when she inherits his sprawling Carolina mansion and leaves the big city to restore both his home and his name, she uncovers a mystery that could cost much more than her sanity. As the house slowly reveals its dark secrets, and the extent of her peril becomes evident, she’ll settle for escaping with her life—if it isn’t already too late.

Sound good?  This anthology is made up of more stories just like these two…

Tales From the Mist is now available!

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Tate is afraid of the dark. But his junkie sister has disappeared into the terrifying storm drains below Las Vegas. The tunnels stretch hundreds of miles beneath the city, housing the homeless and Sin City’s criminal element. Armed with only his flashlight, Tate wades into the gritty depths of the storm drains to rescue his sister from her demons.

Every step into the smothering darkness challenges Tate’s resolve. With his sister’s life and his own sanity at stake, Tate must face his fears or risk fading into the dank oblivion of the Las Vegas tunnels.

Plus, Welcome to Las Vegas contains an exclusive excerpt of Stacy’s upcoming novel, INTO THE DARK.

Stacy’s Welcome to Las Vegas will be available Thursday, November 1st… mark your calendars!

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Sarah Steele has a lot to prove. Foster care brat turned successful Assistant District Attorney, she’s enjoying her magical pumpkin carriage ride but knows she is only one mistake away from landing on the curb. When she’s given an open-and-shut case regarding multi-millionaire Hank Williams and his murder of young Tracy Mulligan, Sarah’s determined to win. But when everything goes wrong, and there’s a killer on the loose, she isn’t prepared for who the real battle is against: herself. Is she really willing to do anything to take Hank Williams down?

Who is she? The successful, happy ADA or the wild, angry vigilante?

Aaron and Ellie Ann’s Breaking Steele will be available Friday, November 30th… mark your calendars!

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For years, Kari Hunter’s fooled the world into thinking she’s just an everyday girl. Sure, she’s the lead singer of world-renowned band Vis Viva, but outside of that, she recycles religiously, is an avid supporter of the environment, and a certifiable coffee addict. But Kari has a secret she keeps from her family, friends, and her fans.

Kari Hunter is a necromancer.

The rarest and most powerful of all magic-born, necromancers are notorious for leaving a trail of sacrifices in their wake. But Kari isn’t interested in hurting anyone. She works hard at being as un-necromancer-like as possible: everyone she stabs gets a bandage and a lollipop, and whenever her sacrificial knives get too excited at the prospect of violence, she puts them in time-out… in her lingerie drawer.

But when an agent of voodoo master Ruairi O’Bryne catches Kari using her powers, her secret’s out. And if Ruairi finds out who Kari is, he’ll stop at nothing to make her his next sacrifice.

Jen’s The Fourth Channel is coming soon… so stay tuned!

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Don’t these books sound fabOoolous!!  I’ve met all of these authors, either in person or online in writing communities, and I can’t wait to read their latest releases.  I hope you do too!

Have you read any of these books?  If so, please share your thoughts…  Do you have any other new releases that you think the rest of us should read or that you can’t wait to crack open?  I’d love to hear from you!

And, remember to check out my YA Mystery novel, Football Sweetheart… now available on Kindle and Nook!  Reviewers agree that FS is perfect for teens and adults alike!

Here are some of the most recent reviews…

“Although many would classify this book in the young adult marketing category, I say this book is for the young adult in all of us! I am 50 years old and completely enjoyed reading this book. It took me back to the days of Texas football and bonfires! I also enjoyed the book being told from the viewpoint of an athletic trainer (which is a very hard job and doesn’t get much press)! Very good read for anyone either wanting a trip down memory lane or for those just wanting a small town Texas football experience with a heaping scoop of mystery on top.” ~ Lisa C.

“I was looking for a book to read and my daughter had been talking about this book a lot. I gave it a try and I am glad I did!

I enjoyed following the characters through this mystery and learning about the town of Midland and the football program. I kept asking my daughter questions and she just kept telling me to read it. I could hardly put the book down! The mystery kept me guessing until almost the end.

This book is easily enjoyed by anyone. I would especially recommend this book to teenagers and parents of teenagers. It is great to be able to discuss a book with my daughter that we both enjoyed so much. We are both looking forward to more in this series and now we will have to compete with each other to see who reads the next book first! Thank you Tiffany A. White for creating this wonderful story!” ~ Dawn H.

Friday FabOoolousness – Fall, Football, and Friday Night Lights

I’ve asked it before, and I’ll ask it again…  what says Friday night during the fall months better than high school football?

The sun sets; the temperatures cool; and the sounds of marching bands, spectator’s cheers, and the crackling of shoulder pads crashing into one another echo throughout the neighborhoods.  Ah, the memories…

In honor of Football Sweetheart‘s recent release and football season everywhere, grab the old letter jacket, microwave some popcorn, grill a few hot dogs, crack open a coke, and curl up on the sofa for a great movie that reminds us all of the good ol’ Friday nights in fall.

By now, everyone has heard of Friday Night Lights – whether it be the book by H.G. Bissinger published in 1990, the motion picture produced by Brian Grazer in 2004, or the television series starring Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton that aired from 2006 until 2011.  Some even know the “real” Friday night lights—high school football in West Texas.

For the purpose of this post, we’re going to focus on the film.  Friday Night Lights is a perfect Friday night flick for fall.

The time – 1988

The place – Odessa, Texas

The who – the Permian High School football players

The dream – to win the state championship

The obstacles – a coach that pushes his players too far, parents living vicariously through their teens’ lives, and societal pressure

Football out in the middle of nowhere… West Texas.

Two things come to mind when people outside the state of Texas think about West Texas—high school football and oil.  So, if everyone outside the state knows about the teenage pig-skin programs, what do the people inside the state think?  Football is life.  Win at all costs.

Billy Bob Thornton as Coach Gary Gaines… he gives one fabOoolous performance!

Friday Night Lights follows Coach Gary Gaines (Hollywood great, Billy Bob Thornton), star Permian running back James “Boobie” Miles (Derek Luke), back-up running back Chris Comer (Lee Thompson Young), quarterback Mike Winchell (Lucas Black), fullback Don Billingsley (Garrett Hedlund), and safety Brian Chavez (Jay Hernandez) on their quest for a Mojo football championship.  The season seems to be right on schedule, but things erupt when Boobie tears his ACL.

Coach Gaines is immediately under fire in the media and around town; a head football coach’s job is never safe in West Texas without wins.  And when a star player goes down, people panic.

Billingsley and his dad…

As if the pressure isn’t already mounting for the kids, Billingsley is also faced with managing his father’s (country music star, Tim McGraw) drinking and outbursts.  Like many other former football stars, his father continues to live in the past and is humiliated that his son is not performing up to his standards.

The season ends with a three-way tie in the district between Permian, their arch-rival Midland Lee Rebels, and Abilene Cooper.  With a flip of a coin, Permian and Lee move on (yes, they really flipped coins in the ’80s to break a three-way tie in conference when determining playoff spots).   Permian rolls through the playoffs and meets Dallas Carter in the state championship.

Watch the movie to find out what happens next….

The Permian Panthers…

Have you seen Friday Night Lights?  Have you read the book?  Did you enjoy the television series?  I’d love to hear from you!

If you liked Friday Night Lights, check out my YA Mystery novel, Football Sweetheart… now available on Kindle and Nook!  Being a part of the Midland Lee Football Program can be murder…

And for those die-hard FNL fans, rumor has it that another Friday Night Lights movie is in the works… either that, or Connie Britton is one heck of a jokester!

On a personal note, I was born and raised in Midland, Texas and I’m a proud Midland Lee Rebel.  My father graduated from the first ever senior class at Midland Lee, as did my brother before me in the ’80s, and now my oldest nephew is a sophomore.  My mother retired last year, but taught at Midland Lee for a long time (no years, I promise…you wouldn’t believe me if I told you), but not before graduating from Odessa Permian and participating on the Mojo Pep Squad.  But if you asked her today, she’s 100% a Rebel!

Friday Night Lights, while fictional, does not stray far from the truth, and I highly recommend it to anyone attempting to understand the severity of high school football in West Texas.  I was a student trainer in high school, and I remember a man who traveled in his trailer to watch the Midland Lee versus the Odessa Permian football game because he read Bissinger’s Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream.  I grew up watching Lee play, lived the annual showdown with Permian, and was shocked that someone from thousands of miles away would drive just to watch high school kids play football.  To me, it was just another Friday night game…

But West Texas football is a big deal.  Maybe we’re crazy?  But, we’re proud.

Tele-Tueday: A Break from the Regularly Scheduled Program

Today, I’m taking a break from the regularly scheduled Tele-Tueday program.  Why?  No, it’s not because I’ve been glued to the television watching the Olympics this past week, although I have, but because Dawn Alexander is hosting me today in my first-ever author interview!

Please be sure and click over and support Dawn.  She’s a wonderful writer that I’ve had the honor of meeting on multiple occasions at local DFW writing events.

And the conversation gets deep… I share where Football Sweetheart‘s inspiration came from, a few of my self-publishing ups and downs, as well as release a tiny peek into the second story of The Football Sweetheart series.

I hope everyone enjoys and we’ll see you back here next week!

Friday FabOoolousness – Football Sweetheart Now Available for the Nook!

My YA mystery, Football Sweetheart, is now also available for the Nook!

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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 first 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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Check out the most recent review!

High School football season in a small west Texas town serves as the backdrop for this gripping mystery. Senior Aimee Freeman, like the rest of her classmates at Lee High, is eagerly awaiting the start of another winning Rebel football season. But when Aimee’s best friend and fellow team trainer, Ella, is abducted from her home, Aimee and her friends are left with more to worry about than a Homecoming game against the cross-town rival team. Who would want to harm Ella, and why? And does Aimee really know her friend as well as she thinks? Ella’s diary may have the answers…if Aimee can break her friend’s secret code.

Football Sweetheart is a fun, engaging story, giving readers a realistic glimpse into both the highlights and the struggles of being a teenager in a small town–from the excitement of preparing for school dances to dangerous conflicts that arise between social groups. With likable characters and a solid storyline that keeps you guessing “whodunit,” this book would be an enjoyable read for anyone who likes a good mystery. ~ Jennifer A.

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Thanks to everyone for making my first two weeks as a published author absolutely fabOoolous!

Friday FabOoolousness – Summer Fun

During the summer months, we are busier than usual.  Not only do we find ways to deal with the heat, like making frequent trips to the pool and water parks, but we also gather up the troops and travel to fun and sunny destinations.  All of these activities pull us outside and take us away from our “normal” lives—whatever that may be.

Unlike last summer, we haven’t traveled to any tropical locations or taken any honest-to-goodness vacations; however, we have kept it close to home and just as fun.  Perhaps our long weekends this year have meant even more to us than a fancy getaway—we’ve spent time with our families and closest friends.

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First up, a weekend at Lake Horseshoe Bay…

Horseshoe Bay lake house

I hadn’t been to this particular lake in the Austin, Texas area in years, but it is just as peaceful and beautiful as I remember.  Just take a look at who decided to take a rest in the yard:

I have never been so close to a deer, yet alone as many as there were, in my life!

So, what do people do when they’re at the lake?

We fish…

My guy and one of his fish!

We ride jet skis…

 Jet skis are a seriously fun time… just be sure and hang on tight!

We entertain the kids by pulling them behind the jet ski…

These two were like fish out of the water… they loved it! If you want to try this, please be sure and have a spotter sitting at the back of the jet ski.

And most importantly, we spend time with those that mean the most to us…

Me and My Guy
Me and My Girls… usually we’re all dolled-up when we’re together, but this was an au natural weekend. It was awesome!

I honestly can’t remember the last time I spent a weekend away with my girls.  We’ve been friends since, well, forever, and since college, we’ve only seen each other on special occasions (engagements, bridal showers, weddings, baby showers, kid’s birthdays, and high school reunions).  But not this weekend.  For the first time in years, we got together with our families and had nothing we had to do but hang out and spend time with each other.  Not once did we leave the lake house once we arrived, and that was perfect.

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Just a few weeks later, our house was taken over by my family.  My mom, dad, brother, and three nephews arrived for an extra-long weekend in the DFW area.  Why?  Of course, they missed us and wanted to spend time with us, but that wasn’t the primary reason—my nephew had scheduled a few golf tournaments in the area and we finally got to watch him play!

This tournament was the “real” deal…
Words can’t express how much I love this photo… my nephew, analyzing his next shot, while my big brother, the proud father, stands behind and watches.
The proud aunt/sister and Yaya…

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So, that’s it!  I hope everyone has enjoyed taking a peek into a few of our summer weekends.  With the release of Football Sweetheart, it was time for some fun in the sun!

What have you done this summer?  Any fun trips that you’d like to share?  What makes for the perfect summer?  I’d love to hear from you!

Remember to check out my YA Mystery novel, Football Sweetheart… now available on Kindle!

Friday FabOoolousness: Football Sweetheart – Available on Kindle

My YA mystery, Football Sweetheart, is now available on Kindle!

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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 first 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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Check out some of the early reviews!

In Football Sweetheart, Tiffany A. White takes the reader into the world of high school football in West Texas. Aimee Freeman is looking forward to her senior year of high school. She knows her best friend, Ella, has changed over the summer; but it’s only after Ella disappears, that Aimee begins to understand how much.

Once I started reading Football Sweetheart, I immediately became engrossed in the story. I enjoyed getting to know Aimee and her friends, along with the football team, students, coaches, teachers from Lee High. As the book progressed, I could not wait to find out who was responsible for Ella’s disappearance; but at the same time, I did not want to leave the world of Lee High.

If you enjoy a good mystery, you will enjoy Football Sweetheart. ~ Latisha S.

This is an excellent read.  You feel like you know the characters.  I was spellbound from the start.  You really get to know the people and football as it is in some Texas towns. ~ Ann A.

The glory days of west Texas high school football lives on in this book. High school friendships, crushes, breakups, and mysterious disasters evolve in this story.

It was an easy read that kept me engaged throughout. I enjoyed the details of the city Midland and the instilled love of football for the young teens.

The characters seemed real, and the mysterious plot was believable.

I am excited to hear the author will be coming out with more for this series. I look forward to getting to venture with Aimee, one of the lead characters, and her dear high school friends.

High school kids will enjoy this series along with adults who want to be taken down memory lane with some mysterious suspense. ~ Brandy C.

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Somebody pinch me!  As excited as I am, I look forward to kicking back and relaxing for a few days… after I upload to Nook.  🙂

Have a fabOoolous Friday and a great weekend!

Friday FabOoolousness – “Vengeance is Mine”

It’s time again for Catie Rhodes and I to break down another cinematic original and its remake.  Last month’s switch-up felt a bit uncomfortable, so we went back to our original ways—Catie reviews the original and I take on the remake.  This month we discuss Cape Fear.

Usually, I include Catie’s Homeade Summary that applies to both films.  But this time, I tweaked it just a bit to fit the 1991 release:

Sam Bowden is a small town attorney who has always relied on the legal system to dole out justice.

Max Cady  is a violent sociopath just released from prison after serving a fourteen year sentence for rape.

Cady blames Bowden for the years he lost in prison, and he’s ready to serve up some revenge.  He stalks the family, poisons the dog, and moves in on all of the women in Bowden’s life.   

But, in the eyes of the law, Bowden can’t prove Cady has done anything.  Cady has been careful to do everything but break the law.

Sam Bowden decides it’s time to make his own justice in order to stop Max Cady from destroying his family…and getting away with it.

Anytime a studio attempts to remake a classic, like it did the 1962 Cape Fear starring Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum, they must hire the same caliber star-power.  Amblin Entertainment and Martin Scorsese did just that…

First, let’s talk about the character of Sam Bowden, played by Nick Nolte.  Sam is a lawyer in the small town of New Essex, North Carolina.  He’s married to Leigh (Jessica Lange) and they have a fifteen year old daughter, Danielle (Juliette Lewis).    The Bowden family seems happy in their new home, despite Dani’s normal teenage rebellion that lands her in summer school.

Sam, on the other hand, is happy for a different reason—he has a budding relationship on the side with a woman from the District Attorney’s office.  I personally found it difficult to like the patriarch in this movie—he has misrepresented a client (Cady, but more on that below), even if it was years ago; he intends to cheat on his wife, even if he hasn’t consummated the affair just yet; and he’s as arrogant as all get out.

Now, let’s talk about the character of Max Cady, played by Robert De Niro.  As always, De Niro perfects his portrayal of the crazed and vengeful Cady, angry for spending years in prison when there was evidence that potentially might have lightened his sentence.  He uses his time in jail to learn to read and fight his own appeals… and to perfect his body art.

After his release, he focuses all of his new-found knowledge on seeking revenge against the public defender who cheated him out of a fair trial.  He travels to New Essex, hunts down Sam Bowden, and plays an evil game of cat and mouse while planning his ultimate vengeance—raping Bowden’s wife and daughter.

And let me just say, there is nothing quite as creepy as a muscled-up De Niro (rumors say he worked his way down to four percent body fat for this role), hanging upside-down on a workout bar, and smiling with his mischievous grin as he talks his way into Danielle’s school day…

Catie mentions the 1962 film was controversial for its time; I wouldn’t so much say the remake was controversial, but it was dark (literally and figuratively; at times the cinematography flashed from color to x-ray or night-vision-like images), inappropriate (theater scene between Cady and Danielle), and disgusting (the “cheek” scene, for those who have already seen the movie).

As with any film, or at least it should be true of every movie, the dialogue is strong—particularly with the element of foreshadowing.

Sam to his wife… “He’s not going to do anything.  He just got out of prison.  He doesn’t want to go right back.”
Cady to Sam… “You’re gonna learn about loss.”

And then there’s the occasional line that makes you laugh, or at least say, “Huh?”

“Debauchery—it’s a three syllable word.”

Um, no; it’s not.

Then there’s the music, and much like Psycho (last months’ review), the score is creepy…

While I can’t attest to whether or not the remake is better than the original—because I shamefully haven’t seen the older of the two—the film did feature three stars from the 1962 classic: Gregory Peck, the original Sam Bowden, plays Cady’s attorney in the remake; Robert Mitchum, the original Cady, plays a police officer ; and Martin Balsam, the original Police Chief, plays a judge .  It says a great deal when the originals will come back and play a small part in a new version of a very successful film from their past—doesn’t it?

Even though I can’t claim the remake is the better of the two, Scorsese’s film is worth seeing—even if it’s for the always enjoyable Robert De Niro and young Juliette Lewis.  I vaguely remember seeing the movie in the early ‘90s when it was a new release, but I couldn’t help  but smile at the teenage pop culture references used in the film when I watched it recently—like Danielle’s Swatch telephone, the Jane’s Addiction music video, and the music of Guns N’ Roses.

Cape Fear is a great psychological thriller.  I mean, what’s worse than fearing for your own life?  Watching those around you suffer for your own actions…

What do you think?  Have you seen either the original or the remake of Cape Fear?  If you’ve seen both, which do you prefer and why?  If you haven’t, do you want to?  I’d love to hear from you! 

Remember to stop by Catie’s blog discussing the original if you haven’t already.  And be sure to check out her blog post today – Robert Mitchum’s Life of Crime

Friday FabOoolousness – Today’s High School Movie Favorites

With the upcoming release of my debut YA mystery novel, Football Sweetheart, I thought it would be fun to use this week’s Friday FabOoolousness post to share a few of my favorite movies about high school.

Last week, I listed my ALL-TIME favorites with films such as Grease, Heathers, and a few of the John Hughes ’80s classics.  This week, I’m still stuck in the high school world, only now I’m including some of today’s movies worth replaying over and over again…

First, where would we be without laughs?

And I’ve always got to have my slashers…

And of course there’s the supernatural…

And my most recent favorite supernatural-slasher combo…

And how can I not include the Twilight movies?  After all, I did go to the theater to see each and every one AND I watched the movies again once they were available for rental via OnDemand.  My favorites were New Moon and Eclipse… the love story is okay, but I like to see more action where my vampires and werewolves are concerned…

And on the docket to watch soon…

Have you seen any of these movies?  Which recent high school movies have you liked?  What makes them special?  I’d love to hear from you!

Tele-Tuesday: Topnotch Teen TV, the Mysteries

With the upcoming release of my debut YA mystery novel, Football Sweetheart, I thought it would be fun to use last week’s and this week’s Tele-Tuesday posts to showcase a few of my favorite YA and teen television series on TV today.  I may be past my teen years, but these programs have what it takes to keep this thirty-something tuning in week after week.

Last week, we discussed the supernatural—The Vampire Diaries and Teen Wolf.  Personally, I don’t think we’ll ever tire of vampires and werewolves and we’ll always have a place for them on the television screen.  But what do these shows have besides the supernatural that keeps us coming back for more?  The pretty people…

This week, we have ABC Family’s mysteries.   I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—these stories are both compelling and are filled with twists and turns week in and week out.   Pretty Little Liars is perhaps one of the best whodunits on television today, and The Lying Game keeps us guessing as to what Sutton is really trying to accomplish with her games.

And like the supernatural, these shows have plenty of pretty people, but we also have the fashion…

Pretty Little Liars

First, we have the earrings…

Aria always wears the cutest earrings…
See? Another pair…

Next, we have the hats…

Spencer can wear any kind of hat…
Hanna with her cute new haircut and red hat…
Emily… another cute hat!

And what about the clothes?

 

Then there’s the guys…

Who wouldn’t want a teacher that looks like Ezra?
Even Caleb sports an awesome hat…
And Toby doesn’t need fashion… he just needs to stick with his construction job.  Plus, he usually only wears a t-shirt anyway.

The Lying Game

We all know Sutton/Emma has the closet most girls dream about…

Ah, to dream…

And she puts together the cutest outfits…

But her friends are no slouches either…

Now, the boys are a different story.  They may be lacking in fashion sense, but I’ll take a guy who looks like this any day!

Ethan in his usual plaid button down…
Justin all sweaty after his morning run in a classic USMC tee…
And then there’s Thayer in his V-neck t-shirt…

So, what do you think?

Which show has the better fashion?

Do you watch Pretty Little Liars or The Lying Game?  What keeps you coming back for more?  The story?  The people?  The fashion?  Which show on television do you think has the best fashion?  I’d love to hear from you!

And overall, which is your favorite Topnotch Teen TV program?

While Football Sweetheart doesn’t have any of the supernatural, it does have the mystery.  Watch for it coming soon…