Outlander Ep. 102 – ‘Castle Leoch’

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Recap: I was pleasantly surprised that the second episode picked up right at the end of the first, Claire’s arrival at Castle Leoch.

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Stablemaster Old Alec greets Dougal

Stablemaster Old Alec greets Dougal

After two days and nights on the back of a horse and in the company of the rough man, our Claire is now pretty sure she’s going to need someone’s help if she’s to get back to those stones, and so she needs to ‘bide’ her time, keep a low profile [YEAH!] and draft someone to aid her …maybe.

The audience is taken to the bosom of the Castle Leoch as much as Rupert and Murtagh are to Mrs. Fitz’s. We get a glimpse of many characters that will in some way touch our heroine, among those are the Laird Colum MacKenzie and his wife Leticia; Old Alec, the stablemaster; Geillis Duncan, herbalist that befriends Claire; little Hamish, the heir of Colum MacKenzie. And of course, the woman who runs the show, from top to bottom, Mistress Fitzgibbons, Mrs. Fitz as she likes to be called.

From that first moment that Mrs. Fitz spots Claire, we know this woman is warm,

Laird Colum Mackenzie

Laird Colum MacKenzie

affectionate and don’t take ‘shite’ from no one. A formidable woman who our heroine is better off to heed, yet our Claire is one strong female as well and stands her proud self erect while the older dame casts a suspicious look at her, having Jamie introduce them and explaining how they ‘acquired’ her.

After insisting to Mrs. Fitz that Jamie needs tending and that she’s capable of doing it, all three head into the castle, at which point Claire is reminded of her visit to its ruins with her Frank.

Mrs. Fitz finds some decent lodgings for Claire and leaves her and Jamie alone by the fireplace so she can tend him properly. Both we and Claire get to see the deep, ugly scars spanning from one end of his back to the other.

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He tells her they are from a few floggings administered to him by the Redcoats. As she asks him the crimes he committed, he recounts a few and tells her of the first flogging done by Captain Jack Randall.

His father was at a funeral, he in the fields, and Redcoats came that day to ‘collect their levy’. He heard screams coming from the house, ran to see what was happening and found his sister Jenny fighting off the Redcoats. He doesn’t hesitate to help her, telling her to run into the house, and taking on the two guys, only to be stopped by the casual, low-voiced Captain Randall, holding a gun to his sister’s head.

"You need not be scared of me, nor anyone else here. As long as I'm with you." "When you're not with me?" "Just never forget that you're English in a place where that's not a pretty thing to be." - Jamie

“You need not be scare’t of me, nor anyone else here. As long as I’m with you.” – Jamie

He surrenders to them and asks the Captain to let his sister be. Randall is intrigued by the fact that this is his sister and compliments her on her beauty then very calmly wipes her dirty face with his saliva and suggests that he’d like to “take a closer look”, ripping her bodice open, exposing her naked breasts. The man shows he’s one son of a bitch even more by having his men hold Jamie and lifting his head to look at her!

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He then proceeds to whip him until he’s all sweaty and thirsty from all that ‘hard work’ of whipping a tied man. He asks Jenny if he should continue or is she ready to offer him “better entertainment”, at which point Jamie orders her not to do it even if she has to watch them cut his throat. She finches as Captain Randall reaches for his knife, approaches Jamie and …knocks him out. He then tries to excuse his sisters compliance with the evil Captain by telling Claire why she chose to join him in the house, and how he ended up in the back of the cart with the chickens, who were not the best of company on the way to Fort William.

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As Jamie comments on her kindness, gentle touch and that her husband’s a lucky man, her thoughts flashback to Frank and what he might think of her disappearance, which brings her to tears. Jamie asks her to tell him what’s distressing her and she tells him, prompting him to offer her some comfort her by holding her. Both are a bit surprised by their connection; his compassion and her confusion add to the awkward moment of quick separation and a hasty exit, but not before he tells her not to be ‘scairt’ of him or anyone else in the Castle, as long as he’s with her, yet when she asks him what happens when he’s not around, he tells her to remember that she’s English in a place where that’s not so popular.

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Clair Hair

The next morning Claire is woken from a deep sleep by Mrs. Fitz, who brings her some porridge and tries to get her ready to be presented to the Laird of Castle Leoch. It was so poignant watching this scene where she sheds all her 20th off for the 18th Century. A look on Mrs. Fitz’s face was priceless as she is confronted with Claire’s bra which she explains as a ‘French’ fashion.

"It's a brassiere ... ... from France." - Claire

“It’s a brassiere … … from France.” – Claire

Murtagh escorts Claire to a meeting with Colum, and she is now sure of the century but not the year, so she does some quick look-about Colum’s quarters, trying to find anything that would help her find out the year she apparently ‘fell into’. A letter dated 1743 on his desk helps her greatly when it comes to Colum’s gentle interrogation. As they sit and talk, she tells him who she is [using the knowledge Frank once imparted about interrogations], so she sticks as much as she can to the truth, telling him she’s a widow from Oxfordshire, on her way to see distant relatives in France.

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She was robbed by brigands, and then attacked by Captain Randall. Colum isn’t buying her story and tries to point some facts about the Captain, but our Claire stands her ground and veers the conversation to the arranging her transport to Inverness as soon as possible, which it seems is only five days away. In the meantime, he offers her his hospitality and she accepts it, leaving him and heading out for some fresh air and trying to hold onto her sanity, I believe. She spots Dougal jovially sword playing with some boys and especially the one red-headed boy, picking him up and twirling him around. She is comforted to believe that ‘this alien world’ may not be so much alien after all.

“It’s true that Captain Randall has a certain reputation. But he is an officer. A gentleman. And you’re saying that a man bearing the king’s commission decided to rape a stray lady traveler that he came upon int he woods for no good reason?”  – Laird Colum MacKenzie

 

“Is there ever a good reason for rape, Master MacKenzie?” – Claire

That night she joins the people of the castle for their evening meal in the hall and is greeted with stares from many, and offered a prominent seat between the brothers, Colum and Dougal. Colum’s wife Letitia, seated to his right, is introduced to her and they converse a bit and while Colum is always ready with her wine refill, she tries to find out where might Mr. Mactavish be.

Dougal tells them all that he has him at the stables, taking care of the horses and outside the castle walls. Colum questions that decision for only a minute but complies with Dougal’s decision, and at the same time continues the questioning of Claire.

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She welcomes the distraction of the young red-headed boy she saw earlier in the day with Dougal and introduces herself, at which point Leticia asks the boy to give her his name, Hamish he says, and Claire assumes he’s Dougal’s son, and tells him she saw him play with his father, reminding Dougal of the incident. Well, you could hear a feather drop in that hall after that little exchange! The boy is a bit confused and tells her he’s the son and heir of Colum Mackenzie …and as our heroine is just about to pass out from all that wine, she thinks retreat is the best course of action. The permission is granted by the great Laird and off she goes on her wobbly feet, but still holding her head high.

The following day, Claire is pointed by Mrs. Fitz into Jamie’s direction, by the stables and she’s off to feed and re-bandage the young man. We see that she has acquired a ‘shadow’ [Rupert is the 'eyes' of the 'head' of Dougal and is now watching her closely].

" ...I trust you ..." - Jamie

” …I trust you …” – Jamie

She smiles as she spots Jamie training a horse and she tells him why she’s there, so they hide from the rain under the roof of the open stable to have a bite of food. Jamie decides to trust her and let’s her know why his uncles from his mother’s side, Colum and Dougal, have him hid in the stables [a good price on his head for murder that he didn't commit but was responsible for]. He also tells her his surname is not Mactavish, but never divulges what is.

As they finish the meal, she heads back but stops to talk to Dougal’s ‘eyes’ and Rupert admits to watching her at his orders, telling her she better be happy Angus isn’t following her! Her decision to face Dougal might have been smart at the time, but the man has no gumption telling her that he believes her to be English spy and threatens to have her as long as she’s with them. Well, what’s a woman to do?! She tells him to have fun next four days as she’ll be leaving on a Saturday with the tinker! Take that and smoke it, Dougal! The man is shocked at that information and she can tell, so she drives that point right in. It looks like he doesn’t ‘ken’ his brothers mind!

To kill the time, Mrs. Fitz has her working in her gardens, gathering herbs and vegetables for the kitchen and that’s where she meets Geillis Duncan, a very interesting village woman that’s into herbs as much as Claire. They hit it off and are later seen in the hall of the castle as the Laird dispenses his justice among his people, with Dougal standing to his right.

Photo Credit STARZ "They say I'm a witch." - Geillis Duncan

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“They say I’m a witch.” – Geillis Duncan

One of those that are seeking his counsel and punishment, is a father for his wayward daughter. In steps Jamie volunteering to take the punishment for her, choosing fists and not the straps and Rupert is the one doling out the punishment. Before Rupert starts beating the crap out of Jamie, Murtagh warns him that his Uncle Dougal is up to something and to be careful. Well, needles to say Rupert gets on with the business of punishment, but is always looking at Dougal for the sign’s to stop, which doesn’t come until the blood is drawn from Jamies eye. Poor Claire is ready to rush in and help the poor lad but Geillis stops her from interfering and takes her to him as he leaves the hall.

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While tending to his wounds yet again, she is curious about why he did it, did he know her? Jamie tells her that he’s seen her around but never talked to her and the reason for doing it is simple. It would be harder for the girl to get over the shame of being punishment in front of everyone, while he’s only bruised a bit.

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Happy to leave ….

Mrs. Fitz steps in the kitchen [the girl Laoghaire’s (Leree) grandmother], bringing Jamie some concoction for pain. As Claire finishes tending him, she tells him to he’ll be taking off his bandages by himself as she’ll be leaving tomorrow with a tinker. Even though this comes as a surprise to Jamie he wishes her a safe journeys and that’s when Claire spots Laoghaire hovering by the kitchen door obviously wanting to speak to him alone, she bids him goodbye and retreats to her rooms.

Saturday arrives and we see Mrs. Fitz and Claire running down the steps to meet the

Assailed with memories and faced with the Laird's decision that she is 'invited' to stay on as a healer ....

Assailed with memories and faced with the Laird’s decision that she is ‘invited’ to stay on as a healer ….

tinker and as soon as they bid their farewells, BOOM! Dougal stops by the cart and tells her that Colum would like to talk to her and points her back to the castle. She soon realizes where he’s taking her and is very apprehensive about it, feeling that something is up but not knowing what; she is left with no choice but to follow Dougal into the room only two days ago her husband made love to her in.

Meeting Colum in that room did nothing but bring memories of her and Frank, and she really tries very hard to hold her own and demand to be let go after learning that Colum changed his mind and decided to keep her as long as it takes for him to make sure her secrets are not going to hurt his family and his clan. She is devastated as she can’t help but, once left alone in the dark apothecary, break into sobs.

...lonely and alone she breaks into sobs ...

…lonely and alone she breaks into sobs …

Bookworms, am I the only one that’s totally immersed into the Outlander World? Are you watching it? What do you think about it so far?

The above photo’s are my favorite moments [among many]. Tell me which one was yours?

CREDITS: Written for television by: Ronald B. Moore

Directed by:  John Dahl

Starring: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Duncan Lacroix, Graham McTavish, Gary Lewis, Lotte Verbeek, Nell Hudson, Annette Badland

Happy New 2014!

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Here we are. The end of 2013 is nipping at our heels and I’m astounded that it went by so quickly.

I have to acknowledge my two cohorts that joined me this year, Connie & Leah, without whose help and support this blog would have been lost to me. I truly hope they stick around with me for a long time to come.

I also would like to acknowledge Evelyn Archer and Kristal Faith who were tremendous help to me in shaping the blog into what it is today. I miss them both very much along with their creative input, but life took us into different direction and I wish them much success in whatever endeavor they undertake.

This year I felt many times like that ‘engine that could’ and at the end of the year, it looks like it not just could, but it did.

There are many components that go into a blog, and one of them are many authors that despite their busy schedule, family problems and business issues, they stopped by to share with me and you, their life and work. I can only say that I’m humbled with every single author that graced us this year with their visit. Love you all…

And now I come to you, my subscribers and followers.

I could blog, post and have a million authors stop by, but without YOU coming over and joining in the conversation, there would be no b2b, and that is humbling and amazing. Makes my heart sing. Thank you.

Connie, Leah & I wish to lift a glass in your honor and wish you the best a year that is knocking at the door, can bring.

May it be healthy, prosperous and filled with love and joy…and many, many books? After all, what is a bookworm without a book to warm its heart?!

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HUGS!

Leah’s 2013 choices for…

Five Star Reads are:

XMTS VRI know we all have our favorite genres and our favorite authors. As for me, I read all types of historical books. Even a few contemporaries.

I had many 4 – 4 1/2 star reviews this year but I thought I’d post about my 5 star reads and you will see by my list just where my heart lies when it comes to genres, which doesn’t mean that I won’t give high marks to contemporary novels.

I gave a very high 4 1/2 to ‘Spin’ by Bella Love.  I am hooked! You can check out my review here.

Now, back to my FIVE STAR reads and so, here we go….

Julianne Lee and her Tenebrae series

‘Knight Tenebrae’, ‘Knight’s Blood’ and ‘Knight’s Lady’.

“Trapped in a place not their own, two strangers find the only thing they can count on is one another”.

Follow Alex and Lindsay as they travel back through time to 14th century Scotland. All three books take you on their journey. I was simply full of emotion throughout all three books. Read Mel’s reviews for the series here.

Sue-Ellen Welfonder and her Highland Warriors series

 ‘Sins Of a Highland Devil’, ‘Temptation of a Highland Scoundrel’ and ‘Seduction of a Highland Warrior’, along with SOTC PBthe novella, ‘Once Upon a Highland Christmas’.

I can tell you that Sue-Ellen brings medieval Scotland to life for me every time I go into one of her stories. They are full of humor, mystery, highland magic, warfare, and love. All are filled with history bits that will keep all history buffs happy. You can read my reviews for the series here, here & here, with Melanie’s review for the novella here,

Monica McCarty and ‘The Hawk’

It is part of the Highland Guard series and I highly recommend it. They all received high marks from me but Eric “Hawk” MacSorely stood out above the rest. She is another auto-buy for me. You can read my review here.

Diane Darcy and ‘She Owns The Knight’

I can’t express enough how much I enjoyed this book! I am sitting here smiling from ear to ear as I write this. If you love 13th century England, laughing, and watching as two people learn what love is all about, this story is a must buy! You can read my review here.

Victoria Roberts and ‘X Marks The Scot’

TH MMcCThis is #2 in the Bad Boys of the Highlands series and I waited patiently for Declan and his story and was so excited when I finally got it in my hands.

I knew there was a wonderful man behind the rogue. Laidain is just the woman for him too, one who won’t let him hide behind his blether, and one who is strong enough to stand her ground with him and everyone else for that matter.

This story is packed with treason, danger it seems around every turn, secrets discovered that condemns some and saves another, and laughter…..tons of laughter!

Patricia Bracewell and ‘Shadow on the Crown

Loved this story! From the history to the direction Patricia took this story in, her writing had hooked me in!

I felt for Emma as she accepted her lot in life and smiled when she stood for herself when needed. King Aethelred was constantly suspicious of everyone and because of his guilt, found himself tortured by visits from his murdered brother’s ghostly shadow. He also blatantly carried on with Elgiva, his mistress. I enjoyed the way Ms. Bracewell took the story line with Athelstan, the King’s son and his relationship with Emma. Through her words she brought OUAHC SEWcharacters into my life to love and hate, and added with the history, this became one of my most favorite reads this year. I cannot wait for the next on this series to see what she brings us next!

Kris Kennedy and ‘The Conqueror’

This author’s words move me. Period. I feel a deep connection while reading her work and urge you to give her a try if you haven’t yet. You can read my review here.

Margaret Mallory and ‘The Chieftain’

This is book 4 in the Return of the Highlanders series.

From beginning to end she had me captured in their world. My heart-felt warmth as I read the epilogue. I enjoyed watching their love come to fruition and talk about HOT!! I loved the mystical parts of this story. Tearlag and Ilysa and their sight, the fairy glens and the chants… ghostly sightings and the legends surrounding them all call to my heart. Scotland is full of lore and Margaret Mallory does an TIW KKexcellent job of bringing it to life.

She left me aching to walk the fairy glens, graveyards, and hills with standing stones. You can read Melanie’s review here.

Tanya Anne Crosby and her Highland Brides series. 

‘The MacKinnon’s Bride’, ‘Lyon’s Gift’, ‘On Bended Knee’ and ‘Lion Heart’ were re-reads for me that kept calling for me to pull out. Screamed at me actually. ‘Highland Song’ is a new addition to the series and stole my heart just as swiftly as the others did.

I found Tanya when I started reading 20 years ago and she was instantly catapulted to the top of my favorites list.

To me, her writing pulls at my heart and wraps me solidly within its pages.

You can read my reviews for the series herehereherehere, and here. You can now get the first 4 in the series in a boxed set…Cheaper that way, only $9.99!

So, there you have it! The stories that hit 5 stars for me this year and in no particular order. I would love to hear what everyone else read this year that received a 5 star rating. Feel free to share with us and give us your recommendations.

Now, I’m looking forward to seeing what 2014 brings into my reading world.

*Leah for b2b

Closing out 2013 with …

My 2013 Debut Authors are:

As the year ends I look back at the books I’ve read, some new ‘to me’  and some début authors I’ve enjoyed and today I’m giving you heads up on these because I think they’re the ones to watch out for in the years to come.

Please note that they come in no particular order. All are equally good and worthy of my esteem.

TP KWKate Worth and ‘The Promise’

BOOK BLURB: When pastry chef Jane Gray tries to sell her daughter’s locket, she becomes the unlikely subject of a massive police hunt and fodder for London’s tabloid press. Secrets unravel, lies are exposed, and the Duke of Rutledge demands custody of his niece.

Charming and handsome, the duke’s brother Finn spends his leisure time between the sheets of London’s most beautiful, wanton women. The seasoned rake is perplexed by his attraction to demure, virtuous Jane… definitely not his usual type. It soon becomes evident there is more to Jane than meets the eye and Finn longs to possess the passionate woman hidden beneath her modest facade.

When the publicity draws the attention of a madman from Jane’s past and Finn is forced to enter London’s dangerous underworld in a heart-stopping race to save her.

REVIEW: here.

AMAR EPEvelyn Pryce and ‘A Man Above Reproach’

BOOK BLURB: In 1830s London, scandalized whispers surround the pub known as The Sleeping Dove. A hidden bordello, the rumors say, catering to straying nobles eager to shed the trappings of their stations.

Josephine Grant knows the rumors are true–she plays piano at the Dove, known only as “The Bawdy Bluestocking” to the pub’s faithful. Tales swirl as to her real origin: some patrons claim that she was an orphan prodigy, others go so far as to name her concubine to the King.

The society ladies call the reluctant Duke of Lennox “The Uncatchable,” not that he cares for them or their nicknames. Elias Addison’s estate was thrust upon him when his father died and it has been little else but a burden. He spends his days mired in responsibilities and his nights pursued at endless balls by fortune-hunting debutantes. He is morose, serious, and tense.

When a friend brings him to the Sleeping Dove in an attempt to lighten his mood, the consequences of those good intentions are far greater. When the Duke of Lennox finds himself at the Bawdy Bluestocking’s piano, they begin to play a dangerous melody. Though Elias cannot resist courting Josie, she has a past to protect, a shaky future, and no time for frivolous nobility with soft hands. When the Duke uncovers the truth, will he wish he had never begun the tune?

REVIEW: here.

U ACAnna Cowen and ‘Untamed’

BOOK BLURB: Outspoken and opinionated, Katherine Sutherland is ill at ease amongst the fine ladies of Regency London. She is more familiar with farmers and her blunt opinions and rough manners offend polite society. Yet when she hears the scandalous rumours involving her sister and the seductive Duke of Darlington, the fiercely loyal Katherine vows to save her sister’s marriage – whatever the cost.

Intrigued by Katherine’s interference in his affairs, the manipulative Duke is soon fascinated. He engages in a daring deception and follows her back to her country home. Here, their intense connection shocks them both. But the Duke’s games have dangerous consequences, and the potential to throw both their lives into chaos…

REVIEW: here.

perf5.000x8.000.inddSandra Owens and ‘The Letter’

BOOK BLURB: THE LETTER is a story of a betrayal that wasn’t. Even so, it still tore two lovers apart for eleven years. Michael Jeffres, Earl of Daventry, found his betrothed, the woman who meant as much to him as the air he breathed, in bed with his cousin on the eve of their wedding.

Diana, the daughter of a marquess, remembers nothing of that night. All she knows is she was forced to marry Michael’s cousin, Leo, and then spent the next eleven years in hell.
When the two lovers are brought back together by a letter from Leo a year after his death, they must struggle through all the lies and secrets before they can find a love that far surpasses that of their youth.

REVIEW: here.

TSOLP EQElla Quinn and ‘The Seduction of Lady Phoebe’

BOOK BLURB: Polite society has its rules for marriage. But for Ella Quinn’s eligible bachelors, their brides will show them that rules are for the weak of heart…

Phoebe Stanhope is not a typical Lady. As feisty as she is quick witted, no one can catch her, especially when she is driving her dashing phaeton with its perfectly matched horses. And unlike her peers, experience has guarded her against a growing list of would-be suitors. But when she encounters Marcus Finley, what she fears most burns deep within his blue-eyed gaze…

For Lord Marcus, the spark of recognition is but a moment in the love he has held these many years. Now that he’s returned to England, all the happiness he desires rests on Lady Phoebe never finding out that he was the one who turned her heart so cold and distant. He must work fast to gain the advantage—to convince her what she wants is exactly what she denies—but in order to seduce her into his arms, he must be willing to give up more than he can control…

REVIEW: here.

TDL MCMáire Claremont and ‘The Dark Lady’

BOOK BLURB: Lord Ian Blake has returned from India a broken man. Years ago, he pledged to Lady Eva Carin—his childhood companion and first love—that he would bring her husband back alive. His failure haunts him. But even his jaded soul can’t anticipate the shocking sight of beautiful, independent Eva confined in a madhouse.

Locked in an asylum, forgotten by society, Eva is adrift in both body and mind. For Ian to break her free, they must cross a powerful enemy—and prove her sanity to England’s unforgiving aristocracy. But the biggest danger of all may come when the secrets of Eva’s tragic past are finally unlocked.

REVIEW: here.

The Illicit Love of a CourtesanJane Lark and ‘The Illicit Love of a Courtesan’

BOOK BLURB: Trapped under the reign of a cruel keeper, Ellen Harding longs to be free. Under his oppression, her soul and conscience have died while her body lives on, fulfilling his dissolute desires. She is empty––a vessel––deaf to the voice of morality and blind to shame.

When her eyes are drawn to a beautiful man for no other reason than his looks, she imagines what it would be like to escape her chains for a night by giving her body to him.

But Edward Marlow is kind and gentle when he touches her, and her subconscious whispers, this man could be her salvation. Yet how can he help her when she has secrets which prevent her freedom?

Edward is restless, lonely, and a little angry with his lot in life—it is his only excuse for being drawn to another man’s mistress.  The woman’s dark hair and pale eyes are striking, and he cannot take his gaze off her while she watches him over the top of a fan with an illicit intent in her eyes.

Once he’s known her, he cannot forget her, and once he’s seen the evidence of her supposed benefactor’s brutality, he wants to help her. But how can he when she will not run any more than she will speak of her past?

When a desperate Ellen finally relents and shocks Edward from his sleep, he doesn’t hesitate, he helps her flee He just doesn’t know he’s running headlong into the secrets of her past.

REVIEW: here.

ADI EMErica Monroe  and ‘A Dangerous Invitation’

BOOK BLURB: One fatal mistake cost Daniel O’Reilly the woman he loved, spiraling him toward drunken self-destruction. Now sober, he’ll have to prove he’s innocent of the murder he was accused of two years ago. But pistol-wielding Kate Morgan hasn’t forgiven his sins.

Torn from her privileged existence by her father’s death, Kate Morgan has carved out a new independent life in the Ratcliffe rookery as a fence for stolen goods. Daniel’s invitation to assist him jeopardizes her structured existence. Yet Kate can’t resist his touch, or the wicked desires he stirs within her.

As their renewed passions grow reckless, their investigation takes them through the darkest and most depraved areas of the City. To catch a killer, they’ll have to put secrets behind them and trust only their hearts.

REVIEW: here.

Those are some of the authors that have debuted this year, but I’ve discovered this year ‘new to me’ authors that have been around and they are: Victoria Vane; Sherry Thomas; Julianne Lee, Tracy Grant, Susan King, Elizabeth Chadwick…

There are so many more on my Kindle and still on my TBR so I need to get to them all…eventually.

How was your reading year and have you any recommendations for me?

Melanie

Holiday TV movies to see this Season…

‘A Princess for Christmas’

starring Sam Heughan & Katie McGrath

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‘On The 2nd Day Of Christmas’

staring Mary Stuart Masterson & Mark Ruffalo

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‘One Night With a King: Story of Esther’ 

starring Tiffany Dupont & Luke Goss

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‘Christmas Cupid’

starring Christina Milian & Burgess Jenkins

Featuring Illustrator of Romance Novels…

Jon Paul

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It is no secret that I adore every cover ever illustrated by this talented man. I dare you to watch this video and not come up with at least one of these books.

I don’t have all of them, but I bet that most of my Keeper Shelf books are Jon Paul covers. These are not your ordinary pictures…these works of art never fail to amaze me. They make me gasp and leave me breathless, as much as the stories depicted by these covers.

My thanks go to Mr. Mario Sorcinelli for putting this vid together. It’s amazing!

ENJOY!

Jon Paul FerraraARTIST BIO: Jon Paul is one of the most talented artist/photographers in the Romance Novel Cover Art industry. The covers of Jon Paul appear regularly in books issued by the leading romance novel publishing houses. In the mid-80’s, Jon Paul was one of sixteen art students chosen worldwide to participate in a nine-month program at the prestigious New York Academy of Fine Arts. He also attended the National Academy of Design under Nelson Shank, the official portrait painter of the late Princess Diana. Jon Paul has received more than thirty awards for excellence from the Romance Writers of America, often placing in two or more of the top ten positions. His work has appeared on the cover of Zink (September 2004), one of the leading fashion industry magazines.

Jon Paul also painted an advertisement for Chopard , a world famous jewelers who designs jewelry for celebrities. In 2005 Jon’s work was showcased on a True Romance gaming machine which was distributed in casinos worldwide. In 2006 he completed an advertising campaign for Oral-B which included portraits of celebrities like Fabio. His portrait of Fabio appeared on Valentine’s Day 2006 on the NASDAQ Billboard in Time Square NYC. Jon Paul was commissioned to design the artwork for the tombstone of Anna Nicole Smith and was unveiled on what would have been her 41st birthday. Ever vigilant to expand his horizons, Jon Paul pursues his fine art along with his commercial ventures, both are enjoyed by millions of fans that visit his site every year.

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Help save “Copper” on BBCA by Carla Ives

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Good Monday my bookworms!

Mel here….

This post is a bit personal for me. I’ve actually never done this before…try to bring back a TV show…but I do feel strongly about it, so here goes.

I really don’t watch TV much. I’d rather read a book However, there are some shows that are worthy of me lighting my tube and “COPPER” is just such a show that I thought was well written and executed.

Well, you could have knocked me over with a feather when last month, just before the cliffhanger of the second season, I find out the show had been canceled…WTH?! I mean, really?! In the midst of all these reality shows that we’re inundated with, we finally get a decent show that even men like, and BBCA just yanks it off…I don’t get it! Check out these videos and tell me what you think of the show….

Well, I found like minded people on Facebook and they’re not taking this ‘laying down’ and are willing to try and get the show back on the air….so, I thought to give them a spot today to appeal to some of my faithful readers and followers who either saw the show, or would like to see it, once they bring it back. Please help us sign as many people as we can to these groups so we can bring back this show….

Without further ado, I’d like to welcome Carla and her guest post!

It’s 1865. President Lincoln has been assassinated and John Wilkes Booth, the assassin, is dead. Loyal union soldiers Kevin Corcoran and Major Robert Morehouse, along with former slave Dr. Matthew Freeman, did their part to help bring Booth to justice. They’re back in Five Points and Detective Corcoran gets word that he’s wanted to replace the late General Brendan Donovan in Tammany Hall.

Normally, I would be excited over this type of a season ending. Sadly, for fans of the BBCA show “Copper,” it turned out to be a series ender. The network unexpectedly cancelled this very popular show with little to no reason.

“Copper” has a loyal following and they are very disappointed. Fans want the show brought back and are willing to work at it. Groups have been started to try to sway the producers to bring the show back, if not on BBCA then maybe on another network. Rumor has it that a movie is in the works, but diehard “Copper” fans want their weekly fix of the show that details the life of Irish immigrants in the mid-19th century.

If you loved the show, you can help. Get involved! Here are a number of ways you can do just that. Click on the blue links to access the information.

Email: Write to Tom Fontana. He is on the side of the fans and looking at doing the movie. Let him know you want the show back.

Sign: There is a petition at Change.org, among others. To sign this petition, click HERE.

Tweet: If you have a Twitter account, follow Save Copper TV HERE.

Facebook and Google +: There are many pages set up to save “Copper.”

Bring Back Copper

Copperholics Anonymous

Google+

One of the best things you can do is make a fan video. The video can be as simple as talking about why you love the show and think it should have been renewed. You can do this with your phone, a camera or even by creating a Power Point presentation with voiceover. Upload it to You Tube and then use the link to with your emails and page comments for added emphasis. You can upload the video to You Tube HERE.

If enough of us band together, the producers and powers that be have to take notice. The phrase, “There is strength in numbers,” has never been more applicable. If enough of us care, we can get Corky, Francis, Andrew, Major Morehouse and Dr. Freeman back where they belong!

PLEASE JOIN OUR CAUSE!

GIVEAWAY by b2b!

“COPPER” Season One DVD to one commenter who signs up the most names to 

Bring Back Copper Facebook page!

*Make sure your friends mention you when they join the group. 

*Contest open until 10/12/13 

*US ONLY

??????????????????????Carla Ives is the owner of the Ms. Atlantic City web site and Facebook page, the ultimate guides to casinos, entertainment, restaurants and hotels in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She is sort of a Jill of All Trades, master of a few.

She’s also a ghostwriter, freelance writer, editor and history lover. You can find her strolling on the Boardwalk, sitting on the beach or over at Ms. Atlantic City madly scribbling away. Please contact her HERE with comments, questions and suggestions.