‘Emulsion’ by Suki Singh [Movie Review]

Emulsion-Movie-Poster-Suki-SinghPLOT SUMMARY: EMULSION is a Psychological Thriller about a man looking for his missing wife. When Isabella [Claudia Bassols] mysteriously disappears from a car park her husband, Ronny [Sam Heughan], becomes obsessed with finding her.

In an attempt to stay close to her he even takes a job at the car park. It becomes his life. One night a prostitute is attacked in the car park and bundled into the boot of a car. Ronny chases the assailant deep into a forest where he eventually locates the car empty, apart from a reel of film. As Ronny avidly views the film he discovers the truth about his wife’s disappearance that changes his life forever.

MY THOUGHTS: This review is in no means written by a film critic, just someone who loves the Film Noir genre.

Film Noir, especially a Psychological Thriller movies are not for all. If you’re not a fan of film noir, everything in this film will be over your head. I am speaking from the experience of watching it with someone who just ‘didn’t get it’. On the other hand, if you love the genre, you’ll like the movie because it is visually stunning, the story is mind twisting and the end is pure brilliance.

Award Winning Director Suki Singh

Award Winning Director Suki Singh

The story is intriguing, compelling and mind-boggling. The audience is in constant state of flux as they try to figure out the mystery of Isabella’s disappearance, much like Ronny is and all kudos must go to director Suki Singh for an excellent job of keeping us in the dark until the very end.

As for the performance of the players, I must admit that I wasn’t familiar with any of them but Sam Heughan and he has such an expressive face, that you could feel and not just see the emotions his character was going through, and by the end of the movie I felt sadness, triumph and an overwhelming urge to hug Ronny Maze.

Sam Heughan as Ronny Maze

Sam Heughan as Ronny Maze

This movie is not playing in every local theater, but it is playing around the country and here is the FB page so you can check out if it’s in your neighborhood. I saw it courtesy of the director, Suki Singh, tugg.com and my FB Outlandish Chicago group organizers, Lori McKiernan and Nicole Spataro. My thanks to all those involved that have brought this to an audience that can appreciate these small and independent films which pack a mighty punch.

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‘Chasing Lord Mystery’ by Aileen Fish

af clmSTORY: Lord Northcotte is not in the holiday spirit when he joins his sister’s family shortly after the brutal death of a friend. Discovering a matchmaking scheme is afoot, he tells them he will never marry Lady Miriam or any other woman. Now if only his heart would listen.

Lady Miriam’s mother accused her of chasing Lord Mystery after a noble act by a handsome gentleman six years ago became the measure of all other men. Now he’s staying at the home where she’d hoped to escape a summons from her grandfather, the Duke of Danby. Terrified Northcotte will recognize her and reveal the contents of the scandalous letter she wrote him years ago, she can’t decide which is the bigger threat: the duke armed with a special license, or Lord Mystery, who carries a secret she’d never live down.

REVIEW: Robert Hurst, Earl of Northcotte, is soured on marriage after learning that a friend’s wife had killed her husband using a fire iron.  Even though the man had mistresses, his friends could not understand why that would cause the woman to kill him.  *insert laugh* The group of six friends had gathered together to remember their friend and to vow never to marry.

At Lady Mariam Thornhill’s first season four years earlier, she was feeling quite down due to the lack of men wanting to make her acquaintance.  After one such man actually insulted her, another man immediately asked her to dance.  They had not been introduced first so she never caught his name, but for years afterward she remembered how handsome he was.  She referred to him as Lord Mystery.  Since that time, she had not had any men interested in her and had thus resigned herself to be a spinster.  Her grandfather, the Duke of Danby, kept pushing her to marry and she was not at all receptive to an arranged marriage.

Christmas is approaching and Lady Mariam is staying with a good friend to be with her during the birth of her friend’s baby.  When more friends join them for the holiday, she realizes that one of the guests, Lord Northcotte, is her Lord Mystery.  While she is thrilled to see him again, she is afraid he will recognize her.  At one time she had sent him a letter that was rather embarrassing at the time and she would be mortified to come face-to-face with him now.  Will she be stuck with an marriage arranged by her grandfather or is there some way she can attract her handsome Lord Mystery to be her groom?

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‘The Governess Affair’ by Courtney Milan

cm tgaSTORY: She will not give up…

Three months ago, governess Serena Barton was let go from her position. Unable to find new work, she’s demanding compensation from the man who got her sacked: a petty, selfish, swinish duke. But it’s not the duke she fears. It’s his merciless man of business—the man known as the Wolf of Clermont. The formidable former pugilist has a black reputation for handling all the duke’s dirty business, and when the duke turns her case over to him, she doesn’t stand a chance. But she can’t stop trying—not with her entire future at stake.

He cannot give in…

Hugo Marshall is a man of ruthless ambition—a characteristic that has served him well, elevating the coal miner’s son to the right hand man of a duke. When his employer orders him to get rid of the pestering governess by fair means or foul, it’s just another day at the office. Unfortunately, fair means don’t work on Serena, and as he comes to know her, he discovers that he can’t bear to use foul ones. But everything he has worked for depends upon seeing her gone. He’ll have to choose between the life that he needs, and the woman he is coming to love…

REVIEW: This little gem started the whole Brother Sinister series. It tells the story of Hugo Marshall and Serena Barton.

Hugo is to Duke of Claremont what Ray Donovan [my newest TV obsession; Showtime’s best show of 2013] is to the Hollywood scene, a ‘fixer’ of problems. He makes the duke’s mistakes disappear. In this case, Hugo is given the task to get rid of a stubborn woman that has been plaguing the duke and that just happens to be Miss Serena Barton, and Hugh is having a hell of a time doing it.

This was an extraordinary story about two ordinary people that are brought together by circumstances that were out of their hands. Both characters were strong, and both were determined to fight and succeed in their task and I was fascinated with both. I eagerly anticipated the outcome and was elated with it.

I love stories of survival of the fittest, and this certainly was that, except we had two people that I rooted for, but one could only be the winner!

If you’ve never read this author, I urge you to snatch this novella [it’s still FREE] and start to read this series. It really is a little gem I hope you don’t pass up.

Melanie for b2b

Amber Lin Book Blitz!

Falling for the Pirate

Title: Falling For The Pirate

Author: Amber Lin

Release Date: July 21st, 2014

Falling For The Pirate

(Men Of Fortune #2):
Falling For The Pirate CoverBOOK BLURB: Vengeance is a dish best served in bed…

London, 1812

After the deaths of his parents and a dark, troubled childhood, Captain Nate Bowen vowed he would have his revenge. But he never expected to have the tool of his revenge dropped so neatly into his lap. Juliana Hargate is not only the daughter of his enemy, but is destitute, very much alone—and exquisitely desirable.

And now that Nate has saved her life, she’s at his complete mercy…

Captive. All Juliana wanted was to clear her father’s name. Instead, she’s been struck with amnesia—unable to recall even her name—and imprisoned by a tall, imposing, and entirely unscrupulous pirate.A pirate whose eyes seem to look past her skirts and many petticoats, and whose touch sends delicious ripples of desire through her. With every passing day, she finds herself tempted to give him the very thing he’s determined to take…

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EXCERPT:

It was warm in the room. Too warm. The blankets were suffocating, and someone had built a strong fire. She could smell the coal.
Coal. There was something about coal, but she couldn’t remember what. Her head felt foggy, as if filled with water, her thoughts adrift in the murky dark. There was something important she had to remember. Floating just beyond her grasp.
Cuts and bruises all over her body made themselves known as she came awake, as if they awoke too, one by one. Her palms burned, as though she’d fallen and scraped them. Her ankle throbbed—possibly she’d twisted it. Her side ached. What had happened to her?
If she held herself very still, the pain dulled to a muffled roar, just quiet enough that she could focus on other things.
Such as where she was.
And who she was.
Her eyes felt glued shut. She opened them by force of will and stared at a plain drapery striped with light and dark blue. Pretty; serviceable. She was almost sure she’d never seen it before. Almost, because she couldn’t remember what she had seen before. She could only feel certain she hadn’t.
The furniture looked heavy. Good quality. Not ornate.
That detail seemed meaningful to her. Not ornate. As if she had once lived somewhere that was ornate—with fancy tapestries and delicately carved furnishings. Somewhere much colder than here.
A faint memory of freezing water and sinewy shadows came to her, tickling her memory. Sinking, drowning. But nothing moved beneath her now, and her throat felt utterly dry. If she’d been in the water at some point, she was most definitely on land now.
She looked around, letting her gaze sweep the cozy room before landing on a large wooden chair. More to the point, the man sleeping in the chair.
His legs were spread wide—bracing himself, even in sleep. His shoulders were well above the back of the chair, his head leaning against the wall behind. He seemed too large for the furniture, like a grown man sitting on a child’s rocker in a nursery. Only, this chair was quite average-sized.
She had a sense of familiarity, of having seen him before. Which was strange, because she didn’t feel like the sort of woman acquainted with pirates.
And this man was most definitely a pirate.
He wore no jacket. She felt faintly scandalized, except he was also alone in the room with her. He was alone in the room with her, which was far worse than being in shirtsleeves. And if that weren’t shocking enough, the ties at his collar hung loose, baring a portion of his chest. Tanned. Sprinkled with dark hair. And wholly inappropriate for her to see.
She looked away—and right into his eyes. He was awake now. He’d been watching her examine him.
“Who are you?” Her voice came out low and rough. What had she been doing last night to make her voice so raw?
And had she been doing it with him?
The pirate stretched slowly, wincing as his body straightened into order. She had the sense he was rolling himself back up, as if he were a tree he had to trim just to stand upright.
“You asked me the same question last night,” he remarked.
His voice vibrated with sarcasm. He didn’t sound happy to greet her this morning. And, in fact, her sense of familiarity was completely misplaced if she’d asked for his name just last night.
“What did you answer?” she asked.
A glimmer of humor shone from his eyes before they went black again. Black like his hair. Black like the sea. He smiled, and the smile was black, too—with irony and annoyance. “I didn’t,” he said. “I’m not in the habit of explaining myself to thieves.”

 

The Men of Fortune Series by Amber Lin:

#1 Letters At Christmas (FREE novella): Amazon / B&N

amber linAUTHOR BIO: Amber Lin writes erotic romance with damaged souls and deep emotion.

Her debut novel, Giving It Up, received The Romance Review’s Top Pick, Night Owl Top Pick, and 5 Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies. RT Book Reviews gave it 4.5 stars, calling it “truly extraordinary.” She has been published by Loose Id, Carina Press, and Entangled.

Amber married her high school sweetheart, birthed a kid who’s smarter than she is, and spends her nights writing down her dirty thoughts. In other words, life is good.

Social Media:Twitter | Amazon Author Page | Facebook | Goodreads | Website 

 

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How to Support an Author’s New Book: 11 Ideas For You

Bookworm:

I really liked Chuck’s post! I need to do more of these! Are you doing any and which ones are they?
Mel

Originally posted on Writers In The Storm Blog:

By Chuck Sambuchino

large_5595133805My Writer’s Digest coworker, Brian A. Klems, recently geared up for the release of his first book — a humorous guide for fathers called OH BOY, YOU’RE HAVING A GIRL: A DAD’S SURVIVAL GUIDE TO RAISING DAUGHTERS (Adams Media). On top of that, my coworker Robert Brewer (editor of Writer’s Market) recently got a publishing deal for a book of his poetry.

So I find myself as a cheerleader for my writing buddies — trying to do what I can to help as their 2013 release dates approach. I help in two ways: 1) I use my own experience of writing & publishing books to share advice on what they can expect and plan for; and 2) I simply do whatever little things I can that help in any way.

This last part brings up an important point: Anyone can support an author’s…

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‘Falling For The Pirate’ by Amber Lin

al fftpSTORY: London, 1820

After the deaths of his parents and a dark, troubled childhood, Captain Nate Bowen vowed he would have his revenge. But he never expected to have the tool of his revenge dropped so neatly into his lap. Juliana Hargate is not only the daughter of his enemy, but is destitute, very much alone – and exquisitely desirable. And now that Nate has saved her life, she’s at his complete mercy…

Captive. All Juliana wanted was to clear her father’s name. Instead, she’s been struck with amnesia – unable to recall even her name – and imprisoned by a tall, imposing, and entirely unscrupulous pirate. A pirate whose eyes seem to look past her skirts and many petticoats, and whose touch sends delicious ripples of desire through her. With every passing day, she finds herself tempted to give him the very thing he’s determined to take

REVIEW: This is the second book of the Men of Fortune series by Amber Lin, Letters At Christmas being the first and telling the story of Captain Hale Martin who is our hero’s business partner and you should get it ASAP as it’s FREE [Amazon / B&Nonly until July 21st, 2014.

Let me tell you. I hate revenge stories, and pirates are not my favorite trope. It takes me forever to forgive the person that’s seeking revenge, and a plot sometimes tends to be a bit tedious with all of it playing out on a ship. That’s why I dreaded reading this story, but I do like this authors voice, so on I went with both, my eyes and ears open and guess what? Amber Lin did an awesome job in presenting Nate’s hate and revenge so well that I actually came to love the guy. For a pirate, the man had integrity and a soft heart when it came to protecting his own.

I also liked Juliana and really felt for her and the predicament she finds herself in. Ms. Lin did an outstanding job in showing me the conflicted emotions in those two characters and the chemistry between the two was palpable. As for that ‘pirate trope’ worry of mine, it was all for naught!

If you’re like me and like reading romance novels that are filled with suspense, humor and sensuality, then you’ll like this one for sure. This was a very good story, with great characters, fast pace and an interesting plot.

Melanie for b2b

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‘Lake Como’ by Anita Hughes

ah lcSTORY: Hallie Elliot has a perfect life. She is an up-and-coming interior designer in one of San Francisco’s most sought after firms, and has just recently become engaged to Peter, a brilliant young journalist. But when she stumbles upon Peter and her boss in what seems to be a compromising position, her trust in her perfect life is shaken.

So Hallie escapes to Lake Como, Italy to spend time with her half-sister, Portia Tesoro, an Italian blueblood dealing with the scandal of a public estrangement from her cheating husband. While staying in the Tesoro villa, Hallie falls in love with the splendor and beauty of Lake Como, and finds work designing the lakeside estate of a reclusive American tech mogul. The caretaker of this beautiful estate is a handsome man named Angus, and Hallie finds herself drawn to his charm and kindness, despite hints of a dark secret in his past.

But just as Hallie is beginning to find her footing on Italian soil, she uncovers a family secret that upends all the truths she’s believed about herself, and calls into question the new life she’s built in Lake Como.

Sisterhood, family, career, and sumptuous descriptions of Italian life fill the pages of this newest offering by Anita Hughes. Lake Como is a heartbreaking and heartwarming story of love, self-discovery, and the quest for truth.

Love, sisterhood, and sumptuous descriptions of la dolce vita fill the pages of Anita Hughes’ Lake Como, a heartwarming story of romance, self-discovery, and the quest for truth.

REVIEW: Hallie is an interior designer working for a firm owned and run by the well-known designer, Kendra, in the city of San Francisco.  Her live-in boyfriend, Peter, is a well-known journalist.  Both are quite happy in their relationship until one day Hallie discovers Peter and Kendra embracing at a cocktail party.  While Peter tells her it was innocent and he was just helping Kendra as she had too much to drink, Hallie is not buying it. That’s when she decides to take some time off and visit her half-brother and sister who live in an exquisite villa on Lake Como in Italy.

Before Hallie was born, her mother had fled the villa leaving her husband and two children behind.  She was unable to live under the rule of her mother-in-law which was common at that time.  Hallie had been told that she was the result of a brief liaison with a man with whom her mother had an affair.  Her mother never returned to Italy, instead residing in San Francisco to be near her wealthy socialite mother, Constance.  However, her two children were allowed to visit with her in San Francisco every year for a short time.  While Hallie had her mother and grandmother in her life as she was growing up, she missed having a father.

In Lake Como, Hallie finds that her sister, Portia, is estranged from her husband for infidelity.  Portia has decided she wants a divorce.  Her brother, Marcus however, is happily married and his wife is expecting a baby.  Hallie enjoys her time at the villa, but feels as though she needs to get back to work. When she happens upon a gorgeous villa filled with beautiful antiques but in need of some design work, she asks the caretaker, Angus, to convince the elusive owner to allow her to work on several rooms. When her request is approved, Hallie is thrilled to be working at what she loves while continuing to live in this beautiful area.

Hallie and Angus begin to spend time together and when Angus kisses her, she finds she is so conflicted about her feelings for Peter and her growing feelings for Angus.  But when Hallie finds that Angus is not who she thought he was, her life goes into a tail-spin.

This is a story about a very wealthy Italian family with all of its trappings.  It reminded me of a Danielle Steel novel where everyone is wealthy and beautiful.  The descriptions of the area, homes, people and food are perfectly portrayed.

I enjoyed the novel and I’m sure it would make a great book to read especially while relaxing in a resort area if one is lucky enough to do so.

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