Saturday, July 4, 2020

Get Falling Star #FREE on Amazon


Drew DiPalma feels like he's living a lie.

He's had it with his Hollywood persona, the high-maintenance women, and his sleazy agent. To escape the madness, he flees to a tourist town he'd often visited as a child. He never expected to find love on that little island. Then he stumbles upon Lainey alone on the swing set of a deserted beach.

After a dozen internet dating disasters, Lainey Riccardo has given up on romance--until she meets a West Coast hunk who has no trouble winning her heart. But Lainey only knows him as Drew, not the Oscar-nominated actor who's constantly scandalized in the tabloids.

When she learns the truth, will the small town Jersey girl be able to accept Drew's fast-paced life? Or will the truth drive her away forever?



Book 2 In Perfect Harmony and Book 3 Brushed by Fate are available now!  See how this series plays out for these Jersey girls. Get all three books for only $5.98!




Friday, July 3, 2020

UMC Original romantic drama STUCK WITH YOU Season 1



AMC Networks’ UMC features the DVD debut of STUCK WITH YOU on June 23, 2020. From writer/director Patricia Cuffie-Jones, this romantic dramedy stars Tammy Townsend (Love Is_, K.C. Undercover) and Timon Kyle Durett (Queen Sugar, Single Ladies) as an unhappy married celebrity couple that struggles with being in the spotlight and the face of #relationshipgoals, while living two separate lives behind closed doors.  Now on a DVD set ($16.96, Amazon.com), Stuck With You previously premiered on UMC, the first and leading streaming service for Black film and television from AMC Networks, in February 2020.

At first glance, Candace and Luvell seemed like the perfect story storybook couple. The marriage of the former R&B princess and Hollywood’s leading man was envied by all, especially after the release of their hit tell-all relationship book. But while their careers were being catapulted to new heights overnight, their model marriage was falling apart. Ultimately, they agree that the best way to protect their brand and status as the “it” couple is to hold off on a divorce and live separate lives…while under one roof.

AJ Johnson (Baby Boy), Jessica Obilom (Trafficked), Terrence Green (Step Up: High Water), Tiffany Black (When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story), former Danity Kane member D. Woods, and R&B singer Shanice also star in the new series.

Prior to Stuck With You, Patricia Cuffie-Jones created, wrote and directed several film projects that are currently available to stream on UMC including Love the One You’re With starring RonReaco Lee, D.B. Woodside and Nadine Ellis, Addicted to You starring Letoya Luckett, Brely Evans, and Thomas Q. Jones, You Can’t Hurry Love starring Essence Atkins, Victoria Rowell, and Richarad Brooks, as well as the 2018 opioid addiction mini-series Jaqueline and Jilly.


My Thoughts

Stuck with You is a series about a famous super couple. They seem to have everything going for them, and even wrote a book on relationships, but its all a sham. They actually are  unhappily married, but instead of blowing their cover, they decide to date other people on the side. This first season includes six episodes:

Lemons and Oranges - A podcast host challenges the super couple about the reality of their relationship.

Beware of the Ex - Candace's ex is still interested, Mora has her sights set of someone new, and Quasir isn't sure how to handle Katrina's big reveal.

If Only For a Night - Candace and Luvell plan a night on the town. Mora's date is a disaster. Quasir and Katrina get some news.

With These Vows - Candace wants wants to keep things simple. Mora wants to get to the bottom of things.

Convenience of Comfort - Bachelor parties lead to wild fun and some secrets being revealed.

No Regrets - Candace and Luvell face some hard truths. Katrina's secret is revealed.

This is a great series loaded with laughs, but which also touches on some real relationship issues. I'm excited to see what happens in season 2. If you want to grab a copy of this amazing series on DVD, it is available in stores nationwide or online at Amazon.



Thursday, July 2, 2020

A GOOD WOMAN IS HARD TO FIND


Sarah Collins (Sarah Bolger, “Mayans M.C.,” The Spiderwick Chronicles, Emelie), is a single mother struggling to raise two young children while searching for answers about the unsolved murder of her husband.  After being coerced into helping a low-level drug dealer, she finds herself the target of a dangerous crime boss. Desperate to keep her family safe, Sarah turns the tables on her victimizers in one final act of brutal vengeance. Set in the dark underbelly of Northern Ireland, Abner Pastoll's A GOOD WOMAN IS HARD TO FIND  is a lean, mean, painfully real crime thriller featuring “one hell of a performance' by Sarah Bolger that 'will make you cheer [for] her ability to overcome the worst of humanity and come out the other end kicking all sorts of ass” (Slash Film).





Following its UK premiere at FrightFest, where it captured five awards including “Best Film” and “Best Actor,” and its US Premiere at L.A.’s Screamfest, where Bolger won “Best Actress,” A GOOD WOMAN IS HARD TO FIND,  with its finger firmly on the pulse of stark social commentary and shattering suspense, has become an audience and critical fave.  Michael Gingold of Rue Morgue Magazine writes, “Well-crafted on every level, A Good Woman is Hard to Find works above all because of how attuned it is to its people.... And if you want to find one of the very best performances by a woman on the recent genre scene, you need look no further."  Becky Sayers of Dread Central says “Reminiscent of a European take on South Korean vengeance stories, Director Abner Pastoll rewards genre lovers with a brutal crescendo that is unexpected yet wholly gratifying”.  And Kevin Taft of EDGE Media Network pens “featuring an Oscar-worthy performance from Sarah Bolger, this tense thriller will have you biting your nails and cheering for the bad guys to get their due…One of the most engrossing and well-made thrillers of recent years, A Good Woman is Hard to Find also features a career-making performance by Sarah Bolger…This might be a light year for films if the Oscars still decide to air, and with the Academy allowing movies that didn't have theatrical releases to qualify, it would be nice to see performances like Bolger's celebrated. It's about time the usual suspects get a break, and we applaud actors doing exemplary work in smaller films. Hopefully, with quarantine still in effect, audiences will find this "Woman" and realize how "good" she is.”

BONUS FEATURES

·         Director's Commentary
·         Deleted Scenes
·         Making-Of featurette
·         Alternate Opening
·         Outtakes
·         Behind-the-Scenes footage.

My Thoughts

A Good Woman is hard to find is a thriller that centers around a woman named Sarah Collins. She's a young widow and single mother of two small children who can't let her husband's death go. The deeper she delves into his murder, the more secrets she uncovers. She finds herself caught up in drug deals and has crime bosses out to get her. But she's not easy to take down, and she will shock even these hardcore criminals with how far she's willing to go for vengeance.

This was such an awesome thriller flick. So great, in fact, the lead actress Sarah Bolger won the Screamfest Award for best actress. The DVD version also includes some fantastic bonus footage including deleted scenes and outtakes. If you'd like to grab a copy of this DVD for yourself, you can find it online at Amazon.




Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Back to School with Scribble Stuff and USA Gold - #Giveaway



Back-to-school is coming even if we are ready or not! Some families will be home schooling, some will have online school, some a mix of on-site and online, but everyone, no matter where or how, school happens, will need pencils and supplies. Experts are predicting that some kids may need two sets of supplies, one at home and one at school, so value is more important than ever.


USA Gold and USA Titanium offers high-quality wood pencils sourced with American wood and finished in Tennessee.  With almost 60 years of pencil making, USA Titanium continues a family-run legacy in Lewisburg, Tennessee and a vital part of an American community.   
·      USA Titanium pencils are high quality, high value.  Compare them to your favorite pencil and see what a difference American quality can make!  With their satin smooth black finish for enhanced writing comfort,  USA Titanium pencils are available exclusively at Walmart in packs of 12, 24, and 36 pencils. Last year, these were the No. 1 selling pencil at Walmart for 2019 BTS time frame.




A favorite with moms, teachers and kids, Scribble Stuff Felt Tip Pens and Gel Pens are bold and bright. Kids find it easier to take notes and study with colorful pens and add some pizzazz to drawing and art projects!  And teachers will find they make paper grading fun.
These long lasting, vivid pens have a fine point tip for easy of writing and won’t bleed through the paper.  Available in 24 bright colors and an awesome price make it easy to add some fabulous fun to your child’s school day. Scribble Stuff also makes popular gel pens and scented gel pens. Available in assorted packs at Walmart, Target and Amazon.com

My Thoughts

Yes, it's still summer -- but not for long! Are you getting your kids ready for back to school yet? This year, ScribbleStuff has everything you need to inspire kids to write and draw! These are just a few of the fun products available.



Scribble Stuff Gel Pens are so much fun. They write smooth and are perfect for art projects or leaving behind notes in lunch boxes to remind the kids how much you love them. Choose from neons, sparkly colors, and metallics in packages ranging  8 packs to 24 packs.  The ink is long lasting and doesn't smear. My older daughter can't wait to take them to school and my youngest is already creating works of art with them.




The felt pins pens also come in fun colors, and give you a great  writing performance. I love the smooth finish of the ultra-glide ink. There are tons of fun colors to choose from, and they last for months at a time.




USA Gold Pencils are a must have for kids of all ages. These #2 pencils are made in the classic design and come in set of 10, 24, and 48. They come pre-sharpened which makes them convenient for kids of all ages.

Find these and other fun products from Scribble Stuff and USA Gold at your local Target and other stores nationwide!




The Giveaway


One lucky winner is going to receive a selection of back to school supplies. To enter, simply fill out the giveaway form below. This giveaway will end on 7/20/20. Open to the US only. The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to reply. Thanks again to the sponsor for offering this fantastic prize.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Back to School with Old Spice



Old Spice has been passed down from generation to generation and the dermatologist-tested Ultra Smooth line delivers everything Dad loves about the brand with three all-new subtle scents (Clean Slate, Fresh Start, Smooth Finish) and superior performance. Available at https://oldspice.com/buriedscentiments/
  • Ultra Smooth Body Washes: 
    • Two dye-free options lock in moisture with 40% more moisturizers than leading competition 
    • Check out the first-ever Ultra Smooth Gentle Body & Beard Wash combo for soft & smooth beards without that greasy feeling 




  • Ulta Smooth Deodorants: 
    • 48-hour sweat protection 
    • Old Spice’s smoothest and lowest residue invisible solid formulas to-date



In addition, the all-new Old Spice Sea Spray features an impressive cologne-quality nautical-inspired scent that will have you wondering why you ever bought those high-priced bottles of cologne in the first place. Available at Walmart (purchase here: body wash, deodorant, body spray).



My Thoughts

Old Spice has been a top brand in my family for three generations. The newest fan is my teenage son who will be heading to college this year.  He was thrilled to try our some of the newest additions to the Old Spice family.  First, he tried the Sea Spray Body Wash. This body wash can be used on all your body parts from face to toes. It  leaves skin feeling soft and smelling fresh.  The formula is gentle and won't irritate your skin. It goes on smooth and has no greasy residue. It comes in a pump bottle for easy access and the bottle is  large enough to last for months at a time. The scent is light enough that it leaves your skin smelling fresh, but isn't overpowering.

We also tried out several deodorants including the Ultra Smooth and the Sea Spray. I love my son, but when he gets up in the morning or goes out for a jog or works out at the gym, I  have to hold my breath when he comes back.  We really needed a way to cut back on the body odor, and Old Spice is the perfect way to do that.  It's specifically designed for men with a proven non-irritating formula that has an amazing scent both men and their women will enjoy. With Old Spice antiperspirant deodorant, men can get fresh and stay fresh before or after their morning exercises. The powerful formula leaves body odor at the door, which is exactly where I want it to stay.

My son loved these new Old Spice products, and he's looking forward to trying  out the other varieties in the near future. Whether you're sending  a son off to college or have a new high school student, a gift set of Old Spice products is the perfect way to start the school year off right. You can find Old Spice Products in stores nationwide or online at Walmart.


Monday, June 29, 2020

CORPUS CHRISTI on Blu-Ray




Anchored by "an absolutely electrifying central performance" (Washington Post) from newcomer Bartosz Bielenia, CORPUS CHRISTI is an incisive, darkly humorous, and "engrossing exploration of faith, second chances and the possibility of atonement" (Screen Daily).
After spending years in a Warsaw prison for a violent crime, 20-year-old Daniel is released and sent to a remote village to work as a manual laborer. The job is designed to keep the ex-con busy, but Daniel has a higher calling. Over the course of his incarceration he has found Christ, and aspires to join the clergy - but his criminal record means no seminary will accept him. When Daniel arrives in town, one quick lie allows him to be mistaken for the town's new priest, and he sets about leading his newfound flock. Though he has no training, his passion and charisma inspire the community. At the same time, his unconventional sermons and unpriestly behavior raise suspicions among some of the townsfolk - even more so as he edges towards a dark secret that the community hasn't revealed in the confessional booth.     


Winner of numerous international awards, CORPUS CHRISTI was acclaimed by critics and audiences alike. G. Allen Johnson of the San Francisco Chronicle called them film "interesting and irresistible... a sort of cross between Paul Schrader's recent film of spiritual crisis, First Reformed, and Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can." William Bibbiani of The Wrap said Komasa's film was "astounding" and "a beautifully realistic morality play." And lead Bielenia also garnered universal acclaimed for his award-winning portrayal of an ex-con turned priest. Says David Fear of Rolling Stone, " Corpus Christi is definitely blessed with a hell of a charismatic lead in Bielenia, a blue-eyed actor with a matinee-idol good looks, an intense stare and light comic chops...Once he finds his groove regarding his calling, you can also see why people would look to him for guidance, and other things. He's your new Hot Priest, Eastern European Division."
BONUS FEATURES  
  • Making-of Featurette
  • Bonus Short Film - Nice to See You (Directed by Jan Komasa | Poland | 16 minutes) - A college student is taken by surprise when her father mysteriously shows up asking her to move back home. 
PROGRAM INFORMATION
Type: Blu-ray/DVD/Digital (iTunes, Amazon, Vudu)
Running Time: 116 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 Widescreen
Audio: DTS HD Master Audio/Dolby Digital 5.1
Language: Polish with English Subtitles

My Thoughts

Corpus Christi follows a character named Daniel. He's a former convict hoping to turn his life around. Unable to completely break old habits, when he shows up in a small town to work as a laborer, he connives his way into a church, pretending to be a priest. Though is behavior raises suspicions, he actually grown to care about his congregation. When he learns of a spree of murders among his parishioners, he inserts himself into he investigation and discovers his secret is nothing compared to the horrible things happening in the town. He uses the instincts his learned as a prisoner to help solve the mystery and bring down the real criminals.

This awesome film was nominated for the 2020 Academy Award for Best International Feature Film. It's a great mystery with a suspenseful story line and characters who are fleshed out and realistic. If you'd like to grab a copy of this movie of DVD or Blu-ray, you can find it online on Amazon.





Sunday, June 28, 2020

The Windermere Children (Drama and Documentary) DVD


An extraordinary, untold true story of hope, this DVD set with the PBS documentary and drama special based on these events, brings viewers on a moving and ultimately redemptive story that follows child survivors of the Nazi Holocaust and the remarkable team who were responsible for helping them rebuild their lives as they forged friendships that will become their lifeline to a better future. In August, 1945, a coachload of children arrive at the Calgarth Estate by Lake Windermere.




They are child survivors of the Nazi Holocaust that devastated Europe’s Jewish population. Carrying only the clothes they wear and a few meager possessions, they bear the emotional and physical scars of all they have suffered. Charged with looking after them is Oscar Friedmann, a German-born child psychologist. He and his team of volunteer counsellors have just 4 months to help the children reclaim their lives. By the lake, the children eat, learn English, play football, and ride bikes. They yearn for news of their loved ones, but without their families, they find kinship in each other and form bonds that give them hope for the future. Some locals taunt them, but they are embraced by others. In this environment, they begin to heal. This is the stark, moving, and ultimately redemptive story of the bonds the children make with one another. In the absence of relatives, they find family in each other.

My Thoughts

This exciting drama tells the story of the Windermere Children, young refugees who survived the Nazi Holocaust, but who were left orphaned. A  German counselor named Oscar Friedman agrees to become their guardian. He puts a roof over their heads, but provides much more than a physical home. These children are physically and emotionally scarred, and still considered outcasts by certain members of society. Yet, by bonding together, they begin to hear from their there experiences. 

In addition to the dramatized film, this DVD set also includes a documentary including interviews with some of the real Winderemere children. These real refugees will give you an inside look into their world and how they overcame their struggles.  If you want to grab a copy of this amazing DVD for your library,  you can find them in stores nationwide, at PBS.org, or on Amazon.