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The Blakemores Are Back!

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His first call was to Connard, who in turn called Jason. His brother seldom got excited about anything, but for some reason, he really wanted to see Eduardo’s home and operation. That familiar feeling of oh shit crept up his back at the thought of Eduardo’s reaction to Jason. Saxton had only met him once. His father had seen Connard’s love interest, but never really spent any time in his company. This is not going to go well.

Saxton spotted his father returning his horse to the far side of barn. He waited patiently as Bobby Ray handed the reins to the stable master. Slowly, with care, Saxton informed his father of the plan. Bobby Ray, like Connard, was a bit too excited for Saxton’s liking.

“It sounds all covert and shit,” his father said grinning.

Bobby Ray said, “Do we get like passwords and stuff for when we get to the hotel, like the ‘key is in the brass monkey at noon’? That would be fun to tell the guy behind the counter then he hands us the envelope with the tickets.”

“No Daddy, don’t do that,” Saxton said shaking his head.

“Aww shucks! Your Mama would got a kick out of some role playing,” Bobby Ray said with a smile. “Heck, I’m going to tell her to do it anyway.”

“Daddy, no,” Saxton implored trying to regain his attention.

“How tacky should we be? Should I wear a pair of sandals with the white socks that come up to my knees with a camera hanging around my neck?” Bobby Ray said with his eyes sparkling.

“Sure, if you want to roll out like that,” Saxton said dropping his head.

“Oooh, I think your Mama should have on one of them t-shirts that says ‘everything’s bigger in Texas’ with a flowered skirt,” Bobby Ray said with a huge grin.

“Daddy, stop it,” Saxton said with a frown.

“What is the Anthro, ethno, museum?”

“I have no idea,” he said.

“No matter, this is going to be fun. Me and your Mama can turn it into a mini second honeymoon with some sexy time,” Bobby Ray said.

“Seriously Daddy, please stop,” Saxton said.

“Aww son, this is male bonding at its best!”

“No, no it is not,” he said with no expression on his face.

“Ooh! Have you told your Mama yet? I hope not, let me, so we can practice our CIA covert operative moves,” he said throwing his hands up Bruce Lee style minus the sounds. He leaned in, nearing to Saxton, urging him to bring his ear closer for a whispered message. “The key…,” Bobby Ray said, then paused. “…Is in the brass monkey at noon.”

He stepped back, his eyebrows waggling like he had just dropped twenty dollars’ worth of knowledge on a dime stage. Saxton stared at his father with no expression on his face. Bobby Ray clapped his hands together, extremely satisfied with himself.

“Whoo-hoo, wait ‘til I tell your Mama,” he said making his way to the main house. Saxton’s heart dropped. He still had to call Odessa’s parents, Belva, and of course go and see Uncle Dusty. Something else he was dreading.

“My day started out so well too. I had a nice hearty breakfast, fed my son, kissed my daughter…then it went downhill,” he said staring at the ground. A yell followed his monologue as he turned to see the painter hanging over the edge of the Tommy Lift, his assistant covered in red paint along with large splashes of red color on Uncle Dusty’s favorite hound dog.

His phone rang, and it was his mother. He could see her standing on the lanai as she waved her hand at him. Saxton answered the phone, waving back. Lucille’s voice came through the line crisp and clear, her Texas accent pounding against his eardrum.

“Saxie, what is with this monkey in the keyhole shit? I am not dressing like some Wal-Mart shopper on a first of the month spending spree,” she said in the line.

“You don’t have to do that Mama,” he said.

“Well good! I am not crazy about going to South America anyway. Aren’t they having a riot or a coup or something?”

“No Mama, it is a negotiation between the guerrillas and the government,” he said trying desperately to sound upbeat.

“The only damned gorillas I want to see best be behind bars at the zoo,” she said. “And whose idea was it to book us at the Holiday Inn Express? Don’t they have a Four Seasons or something in Medallion?”

“Medellín, Mama,” he said. “However, you do not want to dress or carry yourself in a fashion that will make you a target.”

“Whatever,” she mumbled. “Do we need to get vaccinated for the Zika virus before we go? Bobby Ray?” she yelled into the house and partially in Saxton’s ear. “I don’t want to get the damned Zika virus! I didn’t get flabby ass sober so I could be killed by a mosquito.”

“I have to go Mama,” he said trying to get her off the line.

Join in the fun this weekend as you read the next episode of the Blakemore Files.

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This Incredible Commercial Will Warm Your Heart And Then Break It Before You Know What Happened — Real Stories – UPROXX

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Take the Book Challenge

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I am well read? Oh really?  There are some books on thi slist by the BBC that I may, maybe, possibly, I think I may have read in high school. However, the BBC only thinks that most people have read maybe 6 on this list..

The BBC has an esteemed list of books they think every person should read before they die. A bucket list of literature, if you will. So get checking … how many of this list have you already tackled? Are any on your own personal “to-read list?” And are there any on the list you think shouldn’t even be on it? Keep in mind this list may be a little bit biased, being from the BBC and all.

 Take the Challenge,  how many have you read? 

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

6. The Bible

7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14. Complete Works of Shakespeare

15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

20. Middlemarch – George Eliot

21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Caroll

30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

34. Emma -Jane Austen

35. Persuasion – Jane Austen

36. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis

37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

40. Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne

41. Animal Farm – George Orwell

42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding

50. Atonement – Ian McEwan

51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel

52. Dune – Frank Herbert

53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt

64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

66. On the Road – Jack Kerouac

67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

68. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville

71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

72. Dracula – Bram Stoker

73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

75. Ulysses – James Joyce

76. The Inferno – Dante

77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

78. Germinal – Emile Zola

79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

80. Possession – AS Byatt

81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker

84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

87. Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery (In French)

93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

94. Watership Down – Richard Adams

95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare

99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

100 Greatest Movies of All Time

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Well, okay, if the American Film Institute says so, but how many of these have you personally seen? A few years back, Hubby and I started collecting these movies.  We located and purchased 10, but never did watch them. I think for 2017, we are going to add these to our Netflix list, and get to watching.  I will keep you posted.
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And before you write me a nasty note, no, I have not seen The Godfather or Star Wars.  I will get there though…promise (wink).

AFI’s 100 GREATEST AMERICAN FILMS OF ALL TIME

AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies – 10th Anniversary Edition is an updated edition to AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies, a list of the top 100 greatest American films of all time.

Honoring the 10th anniversary of this award-winning series, a jury of 1,500 film artists, critics and historians determined that CITIZEN KANE remained the greatest movie of all time. The television special AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies – 10th Anniversary Edition originally aired on CBS on June 20, 2007.

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1 CITIZEN KANE 1941
THE GODFATHER 1972
3 Yes CASABLANCA 1942
4 RAGING BULL 1980
5 Yes SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN 1952
6 Yes GONE WITH THE WIND 1939
7 Yes LAWRENCE OF ARABIA 1962
8 Yes SCHINDLER’S LIST 1993
9 Yes VERTIGO 1958
10 Yes THE WIZARD OF OZ 1939
11 CITY LIGHTS 1931
12 Yes THE SEARCHERS 1956
13 STAR WARS 1977
14 Yes PSYCHO 1960
15 Yes 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 1968
16 Yes (Favorite) SUNSET BLVD. 1950
17 Yes THE GRADUATE 1967
18 THE GENERAL 1927
19 Yes ON THE WATERFRONT 1954
20 Yes IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE 1946
21 Yes CHINATOWN 1974
22 Yes SOME LIKE IT HOT 1959
23 THE GRAPES OF WRATH 1940
24 Yes E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL 1982
25 Yes TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD 1962
26 MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON 1939
27 Yes HIGH NOON 1952
28 Yes ALL ABOUT EVE 1950
29 DOUBLE INDEMNITY 1944
30 Yes APOCALYPSE NOW 1979
31 Yes THE MALTESE FALCON 1941
32 THE GODFATHER PART II 1974
33 Yes ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST 1975
34 Yes SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS 1937
35 Yes ANNIE HALL 1977
36 Yes THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI 1957
37 THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES 1946
38 Yes THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE 1948
39 Yes, still don’t get it. DR. STRANGELOVE 1964
40 Yep THE SOUND OF MUSIC 1965
41 Yes, Fay Raye KING KONG 1933
42 Yes BONNIE AND CLYDE 1967
43 Yes MIDNIGHT COWBOY 1969
44 Yes THE PHILADELPHIA STORY 1940
45 yes, come back  SHANE 1953
46 IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT 1934
47 Stella!!! Yes A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE 1951
48 Yes REAR WINDOW 1954
49 INTOLERANCE 1916
50 Yes THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING 2001
51 Yes WEST SIDE STORY 1961
52 TAXI DRIVER 1976
53 Yes THE DEER HUNTER 1978
54 Yes M*A*S*H 1970
55 Yes NORTH BY NORTHWEST 1959
56 Yes JAWS 1975
57Yes ROCKY 1976
58 THE GOLD RUSH 1925
59 NASHVILLE 1975
60 Yes DUCK SOUP 1933
61 SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS 1941
62Yes AMERICAN GRAFFITI 1973
63 CABARET 1972
64 NETWORK 1976
65Yes THE AFRICAN QUEEN 1951
66 Yes RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK 1981
67 WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? 1966
68 Yes UNFORGIVEN 1992
69 Yes TOOTSIE 1982
70 Yes A CLOCKWORK ORANGE 1971
71 Yes SAVING PRIVATE RYAN 1998
72 Yes THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION 1994
73Yes BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID 1969
74 yes THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS 1991
75 Yes IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT 1967
76 Yes FORREST GUMP 1994
77 ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN 1976
78 MODERN TIMES 1936
79 Yes THE WILD BUNCH 1969
80 THE APARTMENT 1960
81 SPARTACUS 1960
82 SUNRISE 1927
83 TITANIC 1997
84 EASY RIDER 1969
85 A NIGHT AT THE OPERA 1935
86Yes PLATOON 1986
87 12 ANGRY MEN 1957
88Yes BRINGING UP BABY 1938
89 Yes THE SIXTH SENSE 1999
90 SWING TIME 1936
91 SOPHIE’S CHOICE 1982
92 GOODFELLAS 1990
93 THE FRENCH CONNECTION 1971
94 Yes PULP FICTION 1994
95 THE LAST PICTURE SHOW 1971
96 Yes DO THE RIGHT THING 1989
97 Yes BLADE RUNNER 1982
98 YANKEE DOODLE DANDY 1942
99 Yes TOY STORY 1995
100 BEN-HUR 1959

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Welcome to Serenity

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I LOVE THIS SERIES!

I set out to write something different and was amazed at the direction this series ended up taking me.  It has been well over two years, but the vision is finally coming to life. Before I get into the the details, I want to tell you about the vision and the journey to the finished products.

Initially when I discussed the idea with my inner circle, it was met with a few reservations. If the people who knew me and writing style best were confused, then I needed to head back to the drawing board. My current hypotheses for a calculated success was not going to work out. it would be too big of a transition for my readers to randomly head out to Wyoming for no reason. Okay, well, let me figure this out. Instead of introducing the charawyoming-nightscters in the Serenity right away, I started with a darker story about redemption and starting over.

Enter Darlene and Daniel.

Darlene loses everything and desperately needs to start over.  Her crazy, loving, and bordering on insane friend sets out to get her remarried by setting her up online to meet four men.

The fourth one is the winner.

What I love about Daniel is that he was okay to just be her friend if she didn’t choose him. In the end, everything she lost was returned threefold in the way of Jamar, Jack and a Cassandra.  

These characters are bold, rich, well rounded and hilarious. You meet Jamar, whom Darlene learns is building a town in the middle of nowhere in Wyoming. Jamar is a lovable dude who doesn’t quite get along with Cassandra. Their interactions are priceless.

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Along with Jamar, you have his right hand and partner in building Serenity, Jack Kinson who has his own secrets and reasons for coming to help Jamar build his town. I really like Jack.  He says what he means and means what he says, he just says it all wrong.

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I needed to tie the two books together and give the readers a feel for what Jamar was trying to accomplish as well as explain how he and Jack met.  This provides a better overview of Jamar’s overall vision for the town as well as my vision for the series.

You can get this one for free. You can even get it  in a  PDF. Of course, it is on Amazon, Nook, and Kobo as well.

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From here I was ready to build Serenity.  Jamar’s list of people he needed to build the town are: A construction worker, an electrician, a farmer, a doctor, a general store owner, to name a few. Let’s add an electrician.

I already had one in my database.  (Yes I keep a data base of my characters and their jobs).  I took this one from my Venture, Georgia Series. 

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You initially meet Holden in Turning the Page, he is Janie Cimoc’s brother, who has an immediate attraction to Ethan, his brother in law’s sister.  You know how my mind works.   I am nuts. Tallullah Strom is an accomplished woman, a pediatrician and a catch.  Holden is a freelance contractor, was raised by hippies who live in a double-wide painted with peace signs with a yard filled with garden gnomes. The gnomes are also holding peace signs.

Holden is currently available for your reading pleasure, Farmer will be available in November.

Here are the links to Holden. Happy Reading.

Come fall in love as we head back to Venture, Georgia to revisit some old friends.

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Nook: http://bit.ly/2ezFQcz

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2eK91Jg

Indigo: http://bit.ly/2dPkBVN

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What would you do if you won the lottery?

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Jamar Smalls built a town.

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Jamar Smalls has just won the lottery. Since he was a child, somewhere in the back of his mind sat a budding vision of a very pleasant new life.

He now has 197 million ways to make his dream come true. He starts by building a town.

Welcome to Serenity, Wyoming. Population -1.

Claim your free copy. https://www.instafreebie.com/free/jFXIl

What would you do if you won the lottery?  No, not just pay off bills, buy cars and houses and shit, think bigger.  How would you make the world just a tad bit nicer?