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FINDING DORY – Now Playing in Theatres Everywhere!!!

Check out all Things Finding Dory!   Finding Dory Now in Theaters!!  We all have a place to call home and Dory is going to take us on her journey check out the preview today! DISNEY•PIXAR You can make this cute Finding Dory Inspired Centerpiece for an activity with your kids! Voice Cast:                              Ellen DeGeneres, […]

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Finding Dory Inspired Centerpieces

When I found out that Finding Dory was coming to theaters June 17, 2016, I have been looking forward to seeing it. I loved Finding Nemo, but even more, I really enjoyed Dory in that movie.  I enjoyed how she had a short term memory which made her have some funny scenes in the movie. […]

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Nature’s Harvest and Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory Together!

*Disclosure:”The Nature’s Harvest Bread Make A Splash with Whole Grains Sweepstakes information has been provided by Nature’s Harvest Bread.” Today UPS showed up to my house with this box of goodies that was sent to me by Nature’s Harvest! So I just wanted to share what Nature’s Harvest is up to with the upcoming “Finding […]

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Zootopia DIY Crafts

Zootopia DIY Crafts Zootopia is now available on DVD to purchase at a store near you.  “At its core, ‘Zootopia’ is a buddy movie,” says director Rich Moore. “Judy and Nick—a rabbit and a fox—are natural enemies by definition. So these characters don’t exactly get along at first. They come to the relationship with ideas […]

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Alice Through The Looking Glass New Coloring Activity Pages

Enjoy these Alice Through the Looking Glass Coloring Pages Disney’s all-new spectacular adventure ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, starring Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter, opening in theaters May 27th. An all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back […]

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New Trailer and poster for Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE

 Check out the trailer and poster for Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE  The vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. The powerful film, which stars David Oyelowo, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga and is […]

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How to Get Away with Murder | The Complete Second Season

How to Get Away with Murder: The Complete Second Season Emmy® Award-Winning Viola Davis Returns in the Seductive, Thrilling Drama from the Executive Producers of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON   See What Happens When the Keating Five are Pushed to their Limits! I have loved […]

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Dinotrux Trux It Up

Dinotrux Trux it Up The Dinotrux Trux it Up! App is now live! It’s a great new ap that allows your children (and probably more than a few adults) to work with their favorite Dinotrux to engage in teamwork and cooperation to help rebuild the famous Dinotrux landmark. Play with favorite characters Ty Rux, a […]

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Loving Day Should Be June 12

Loving Day Should Be June 12th Back in 1967 The US Supreme Court they made the decision between the Lovings vs Virginia, which struck down all US State Laws banning interracial marriage – mainly between non-whites and whites. Love doesn’t have a color and I truly believe that no matter what your skin color is, you […]

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Lionsgate presents Touched with Fire Movie Review

“Touched With Fire” from Lionsgate (original title: “Mania Days”; 2016 release; 110 min.) brings the story of Carla (played by Katie Holmes) and Marco (played by Luke Kirby).  I was excited when I first found out about this movie.  I was diagnosed three years ago as Bi-Polar but more the anxiety/depression.  If I am manic […]

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Dory DIY: Make This Snack Bag Inspired by the New Pixar Movie

My two-year-old, Edie, loves Finding Nemo, so we’re really excited for Finding Dory to come out this summer. To start the fun a little early, we made this Dory snack bag that she can take to the movie and fill with her favorite treats. Best part, it’s all made from a regular brown paper sandwich bag and a few […]

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All Hail King Julien Father’s Day Activity

Fathers Day Crown and an All Hail King Julien. Father’s Day is this weekend and Dreamworks Animation would like to share a super fun activity with you! Now you can make your own crown from ALL HAIL KING JULIEN! Remember the new third season starts June 17th exclusively on Netflix!! So why not treat Dad to […]

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Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir Printable Coloring Sheets

To celebrate the DVD debut release of Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir this week….. I am sharing  some coloring sheets featuring the show’s two main characters. Perfect for a superhero superfun weekend activity for the kids, please find the printable coloring sheets below and available for download here- Miraculous-Coloring-Sheet (2).  I am sure your kids […]

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Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir Coming May 3

Miraculous: Tales of LadyBug & Cat Noir comes to DVD from Shout! On May 3, The Smash Hit TV Series Miraculous: Tales of LadyBug & Cat Noir comes to DVD from Shout! Kids in collaboration with ZAG.  You will be ready to bug out with two more superheroes.  This exciting new DVD is 3D CGI […]

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Monica Meets World-Renowned Medium James Van Praagh on 5/2

MONICA MEETS WORLD-RENOWNED MEDIUM JAMES VAN PRAAGH ON AN ALL-NEW EPISODE OF ‘MONICA THE MEDIUM,’ AIRING MONDAY, MAY 2 James Introduces Monica to Other Local Mediums and Gives Her a Reading Produced by Dave Caplan’s Trooper Entertainment in Association With Lionsgate Monica meets world-renowned medium James Van Praagh, and he introduces her to local mediums, […]

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New SCREENER, VIDEO & PHOTOS: “Monica the Medium” Season 2

NEW SCREENER, EPISODIC CLIPS AND PHOTOS NOW AVAILABLE MONICA AND KRISTA PULL UP STAKES AND MOVE FROM STATE COLLEGE, PA TO SUNNY SAN DIEGO, CA ON THE SEASON TWO PREMIERE OF “MONICA THE MEDIUM” AIRING MONDAY, APRIL 25 New Town, New Roommates, New School, New Boys, New Spirits coming on Monica the Medium on April 25, 2016 […]

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JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS, JASON BATEMAN, VON MILLER, DANIEL DAE KIM and JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS  HEADLINE GUEST LINEUP FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 18-22 Nationally syndicated morning talk show “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” announces the lineup of guests appearing on the show the week of April 18-22, 2016.  Monday, April 18- KATHARINE McPHEE speaks about the series “Scorpion,” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star TERRY CREWS visits. Plus, all week long, Kelly and Michael take a look at ways to “Take Charge of Your Health.” Today, the hosts learn how to “be your own doctor” with Amy E. Goodman from Rodale’s Organic Life.    Tuesday, April 19 – JASON BATEMAN previews the film “The Family Fang,” and Dr. Melina Jampolis talks  about the importance of trusting your gut during “Take Charge of Your Health Week.”     Wednesday, April 20 – Denver Broncos player VON MILLER and his “Dancing with the Stars” partner,  WITNEY CARSON, perform for the “LIVE” audience, and “Take Charge of Your Health Week” continues with a lesson in acupuncture from Dr. Taz Bhatia.     Thursday, April 21 – “Hawaii Five-0” star DANIEL DAE KIM chats about the Broadway musical  “The King and I,” and Kelly and Michael focus on the healing power of happiness as “Take Charge of Your  Health Week” continues.     Friday, April 22 – Kelly and Michael sit down with “Veep” star JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS, and Dr. David Agus discusses the top 10 ways to “Take Charge of Your Health.”     “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” is distributed in national syndication by Disney|ABC Home Entertainment  and TV Distribution. The show is produced by WABC-TV in New York and executive produced by Michael  Gelman. Visit “LIVE” on the web at LIVEKellyandMichael.com, on Facebook, or follow “LIVE” on Twitter,  @KellyandMichael. 

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Week of 4/4 Cameron Diaz|Melissa McCarthy| Kerry Washington Live with Kelly and Michael

March 31, 2016    CAMERON DIAZ, MELISSA McCARTHY AND KERRY WASHINGTON   HEADLINE GUEST LINEUP FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 4-8, 2016  ON “LIVE WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL”     Nationally syndicated morning talk show “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” announces the lineup of guests appearing on the show the week of April 4-8, 2016.    Monday, April 4 – ANDERSON COOPER kicks off the week as Kelly’s co-host. “The Odd Couple” star  MATTHEW PERRY drops by, and DARBY STANCHFIELD talks about the series “Scandal.”  In addition,  the latest eliminated contestant from “American Idol” performs for the “LIVE” audience.     Tuesday, April 5 – ANDERSON COOPER returns as co-host this morning. CAMERON DIAZ chats about  writing “The Longevity Book,” and BEN FALCONE previews the film “The Boss.” Plus, Anderson and  his mom, GLORIA VANDERBILT, speak about their documentary, “Nothing Left Unsaid.”     Wednesday, April 6 – Kelly’s co-host today is DAVID DUCHOVNY. Kelly and David sit down with “The  Boss” star MELISSA McCARTHY, and JON FAVREAU stops by to talk about “The Jungle Book.”    Thursday, April 7 – “All We Had” star MARK CONSUELOS joins Kelly as co-host this morning.  NAOMI  WATTS discusses the film “Demolition,” and “Rogue”’s ASHLEY GREENE visits.     Friday, April 8 – Finishing up the week as co-host is “The Grinder”’s FRED SAVAGE. Kelly and Fred  interview “Scandal” star KERRY WASHINGTON about the HBO film “Confirmation.” “Outlander”’s  SAM HEUGHAN stops by, and singer-songwriter CHARLIE PUTH performs for the “LIVE” audience.     “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” is distributed in national syndication by Disney|ABC Home  Entertainment and TV Distribution. The show is produced by WABC-TV in New York and executive  produced by Michael Gelman. Visit “LIVE” on the web at LIVEKellyandMichael.com, on Facebook, or  follow “LIVE” on Twitter, @KellyandMichael. 

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Gerber Lil’ Beanies(TM) are a #GerberWinWin for Zakary

Gerber® Lil’ Beanies(TM) are a lifesaver when it comes to my grandson Zakary. Zakary is 14 months old and I will be honest, he loves to eat. I honestly think he starts eating and drinking when he wakes up until the time he goes to sleep at night. Gerber® recently came out with Lil’ Beanies(TM), […]

5 Tips for Hosting a Successful Playgroup Date

5 Tips for Hosting a Successful Playgroup Date

5 Tips for Hosting a Successful Playgroup Date For new moms, motherhood is a one-of-kind, special experience to bond with your baby. As your little one gets older, though, socialization becomes important for growth and maturation. Playgroup dates help toddlers and kids practice social skills, while also allowing them to have fun and make new […]

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Preventative, Non-Toxic, All-Natural Pest Control at Home

Predict, prevent and prevail over the creepy, crawly blood-sucking pests that you’re trying to keep out of your house and off your property so you can fully enjoy your family and friends this summer. Here’s your guide to natural prevention and what to do if you do find yourself dealing with a pest problem the […]

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60 USES OF BAKING SODA | You Might Not Know About

Bicarbonate of soda or baking soda has many different uses in the household. Check out all of these uses of baking soda! Although much more expensive products have been developed over the years to do the same jobs, baking soda can work for you just as well, if not better. Here are 60 different uses of baking soda. […]

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60 Uses of Salt Other Than on Your Food

Did you ever think there would be 60 uses for salt? Read below to see all of the things you can do! Although you may not realize it, simple table salt has a great number of uses other than simply seasoning your food. The following list will give you sixty uses of salt, many of which you […]

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63 Ways to Use Vinegar (Apple or White)

Look at ALL the Ways to Use Vinegar. Vinegar is not very expensive and is natural opposed to the harsh chemical cleaners you will find at the store.  You will also see that with all of these uses you will always want to have vinegar on hand. 1. Arthritis tonic and treatment; 2 spoonfuls of […]

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Disney/ Marvel Announce the Grand Prize Winner of CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR – Girls Reforming the Future Challenge!

Grand Prize Winner of CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR – Girls Reforming the Future Challenge As you might remember, last month I shared with you details about Marvel’s MARVEL’S   – GIRLS REFORMING THE FUTURE CHALLENGE. Supported by the Science & Entertainment Exchange, a program of National Academy of Sciences, seeks to inspire young girls to […]

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Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE – New Teaser Trailer Available!!!

The brand new teaser trailer for Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE starring Benedict Cumberbatch is now available! Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE is in theaters everywhere on November 4th! You can download the poster here: Doctor Strange Poster Like DOCTOR STRANGE on Facebook Follow DOCTOR STRANGE on Twitter  Follow Marvel on Instagram   Visit the official DOCTOR STRANGE website DOCTOR […]

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A New Twist on Strawberry Shortcake with Cake Donuts Recipe

Disclosure: Although I am a Strawberry Shortcake Brand Ambassador, the opinions within this post are 100% my own and have not been swayed by any compensation that I have received. With May being the month for strawberries I am excited to share a new twist on making a Strawberry Shortcake with cake donuts. It is […]

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10 Facts and Trivia about Coffee

Coffee: Facts, Myths, and Trivia 10 Facts and Trivia about Coffee Ah, coffee! For those who love it, it’s not something easily given up. Perhaps because this beverage is so popular, facts, myths, and trivia surround it. Some are true, some aren’t, and some are just fun facts. So let’s take a look at some […]

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Cappuccino vs. Latte : Do you Know the Difference?

Cappuccino vs. Latte : Do you Have a Favorite? Do you ever find yourself standing at the counter at your local coffee house pondering what the difference is between cappuccino vs. latte? Ever wondered how this hugely popular specialty coffee industry got started? Let’s take a look. The terms caffè and latte were first used in […]

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Easy Health Tips for the Food-Loving Family

Taco Tuesday. Pizza night. Ice cream after the game. Sound familiar? For many families, food is not only a way to tackle cravings and nourish the body, it also acts as a social engagement and a catalyst to enjoy quality time together. However, if you’re like many Americans today, food plays a role in your […]

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Tech Is Becoming More Communal

The idea of modern technology being used to enhance communication and connectivity is nothing new. However, it’s also true that we’ve often looked at technology as something that’s making us increasingly introverted. Many of us would rather stream content in our living rooms than go out and see a movie or attend a sporting event; […]

Six Actions You Can Take To Deal With Your Anxiety

Six Actions You Can Take To Deal With Your Anxiety

Do you bear the cross of anxiety? Does your heart beat faster whenever you have to do a presentation at work? Do you dread meeting your boyfriend’s parents in case you do something embarrassing? Is change difficult for you to manage without feeling like a wreck? Well, there is something you can do about it. […]

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– #PampersDreams Prize Pack Giveaway (ends 7/4)

Welcome to the #PampersDreams Pampers Prize Pack Giveaway. One winner will receive:  $50 Babies R US Gift card Pampers Diapers You must be a resident of the US and 18 years or older to enter. Enter on the giveaway form below. No P.O. Box addresses due to form of shipping. Read about the Dana Vollmer […]

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$100 Visa Card Giveaway

$100 Visa Card Giveaway *This is a sponsored post, but as always my opinions are 100% my own. Summer is in full swing at our house and we are planning vacations, time off and spending time doing a little bit of relaxing.  But, sometimes with summer we get “sick” and things happen, but this year […]

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Welcome To The CHUZ App $50 Giveaway

Welcome To The CHUZ App $50 Giveaway Sponsored By: CHUZE Hosted By: Mom Blog Society & Dates: June 17 – June 27, 2016 Check out the CHUZE App review Here. To Enter, check out the Rafflecopter Below. a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclosure: We reserve the right to make revisions to cancel or suspend this contest for any reason.We are not […]

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Giveaway Alert- Voltron Legendary Defender Prize Pack

Welcome to the Voltron Legendary Defender Prize Pack!   Included in this  prize pack will be the ones below which will come in a drawstring bag: A hat A pack of Voltron Legendary Defender Sweatbands A package of Temporary Tattoos Voltron Water Bottle Voltron Basketball This Voltron Legendary Defender giveaway is open to US Residents, 18 […]

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New Activity Buttons for Sofia The First – The Secret Library

Sofia the First The Secret Library comes to DVD  Tuesday June 7th! But before the DVD actually hits shelves, here’s a new set of activity sheets to enjoy with your child! Join Sofia on her adventures into a world of magical books in Disney Junior’s hit series Sofia the First: The Secret Library on DVD June 7th! This new DVD […]

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Program Highlights for Disney Junior June 2016

Disney Junior June 2016 Programming Highlights *All programming subject to change* **Episodes premiere on the Disney Junior block on Disney Channel Unless Otherwise Stated** Monday, June 06 Original Series – Episode Premiere Goldie & Bear “Topsy Turvy Tea Party / Old Knotty” (9:30 – 10:00 A.M. EDT) “Topsy Turvy Tea Party” – After Goldie and […]

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Sofia the First: The Secret Library on DVD 6/7

Sofia the First is back and with some familiar Disney family faces! I am so happy that Sofia is coming out with another video.  My granddaughter loves Sofia, of course, I am sure she is not the only 5-year-old that does.  This just means more happy kids! Join Sofia on her adventures into a world of […]

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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Sport-y-thon on DVD 5/24

Join everyone’s favorite Mickey Mouse and his friends on their adventures through a huge sporting event in: Disney Junior’s hit series  Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Sport-y-thon on DVD May 24th!  It includes 6 episodes for over 2 hours of classic Disney characters competing in an action-packed sports tournament learning about teamwork and strengthening their friendships! Plus get a FREE Exclusive Golden Medal. […]

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Murder Run by Shelley Frome

Murder Run by Shelly Frome Review

Murder Run will remind you why you liked the ‘mafia’ type movies from not too long ago. Frome has a way of making you feel like you are a part of those days as well as have you feeling like you are a part of the story.  I think a good story brings you in, doesn’t […]

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The Bipolar Millionaire and the Operation by John E. Wade II

Everyone who has loved ones with Bipolar Disorder or those who are struggling….. This is a must read for anyone who has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder or who has anyone in their life with Bipolar Disorder. All mental illness come with some type of stigma, so doing away with the stigma of mental disorders […]

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Finding Home by Matthew Chase Book Review

While reading “Finding Home” by Matthew Chase I instantly felt like I was seeing his life through his eyes.  To endure such a terrible childhood and escape it by enlisting in the US Army, only to end up in Iraq. He paid the price in every instance of his life. I can’t imagine there are too […]

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Fall of Sky City Free June 16-18

Get book 1 in the Devices of War Series for FREE June 16 – 18 Author’s Extended Edition includes never before seen deleted scenes! In a world governed by the opposing forces of the mystical House of Tarot and the tribal Great Families, Synn is caught in the crossfire. He witnesses the slaughter of innocent […]

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Blood Drama by Christopher Meeks, Yours, Free! 6/11-6/13/2016

Blood Drama by Christopher Meeks, Yours, Free!   As a reader of this website, we’re happy to work with author  Christopher Meeks and publisher White Whisker Books in offering a  free version of Meeks’s well-received thriller Blood Drama. You can  read it on your tablet, e-reader, or phone—any Android or iOS (Apple)  device—by using a free app called “My Must Reads.  Description Blood Drama by Christopher Meeks  Blood Drama revolves around graduate student Ian Nash’s bad day.  After losing his girlfriend and being dropped from his theater program at  a Southern California university, he stops at a local coffee shop in the  lobby of a bank–just as the bank is being robbed. He’s taken hostage by  the robbers. Now he has to save his life.   Praise for Blood Drama by Christopher Meeks  “Blood Drama is highly entertaining and extremely enjoyable. It is a  combination black comedy and crime novel.” – Lori Lutes, She Treads  Softly“  “A murder mystery filled with interesting characters, harrowing  encounters and a bit of a love interest between Ian and Aleece make this  an interesting and satisfying read.“- Kathleen Kelly, Celtic Lady  “Excellent suspense.  Figuring out and following the clues to catch all  four suspects is something that Ian is surprisingly good at and something  Aleece excels at doing. I loved riding along as all the pieces fell into  place.“- Carol, A Voracious Reader  “Meeks may have daringly stepped into new territory, but he continues  to remain in the rarefied atmosphere of fine contemporary authors.” –      Grady Harp, Literary Aficionado  About Christopher Meeks Award winning author, Christopher Meeks has four novels and two  collections of short fiction published. His most recent novel before this  was the acclaimed thriller, “Blood Drama.” His novel “The Brightest  Moon of the Century” made the list of three book critics’ Ten Best Book  of 2009. “Love at Absolute Zero” also made three Best Books lists of  2011, as well as earning a ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Finalist  award. He has had stories published in several literary journals, and they have  been included in the collections “Months and Seasons” and “The  Middle-Aged Man and the Sea.” Mr. Meeks has had three full-length  plays mounted in Los Angeles, and one, “Who Lives?” had been  nominated for five Ovation Awards, Los Angeles’ top theatre prize.  He recently completed the manuscript to his fifth novel, The Chords of  War, which follows a 20-year-old punk rocker who volunteers for the  Army and finds himself fighting in the Surge in Iraq, 2006. It’s based on  the true story of his former student, Samuel Gonzalez Jr. The film rights  have already been sold. The manuscript now has to be edited and  published, out next year.  Mr. Meeks teaches English and fiction writing at Santa Monica College,  and Children’s Literature at the Art Center College of Design. To read  more of his books visit his website at: www.chrismeeks.com.  Facebook  Twitter   Use Code to Get Blood Drama by Christopher Meeks Free   […]

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Free Days for the Dream Killers

From June 8-9 you can get The Dream Killers Free. Read about them below. The Dream Killers Season 1 Episode 1 Graveyard of Dreams Free June 6-7 for you to start the series. The Dream Killers Season 1 Episode 2 Eye Stars Free June 8-9 continue to enjoy the series. The Dream Killers Season 1 […]

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‘The Inquisitor’s Niece’ tour Excerpt

THE INQUISITOR’S NIECE,   Excerpt 3 (see Excerpt Two)  Enjoy this excerpt from The Inquisitor’s Niece….. “I hardly know how to tell you, my dear Alonso,” Natale said. “I wanted to give you a  piece of information that came my way yesterday. No, wanted is the wrong word, for what I  heard will come as a great shock to you. I very much regret being the bearer of grave news, but I  felt obliged to come and tell you nevertheless.”    The Franciscans’ words filled Alonso with dread. He was afraid for his family ever since  he had heard that his father was caught in the web of the Inquisition. Natale’s long preamble did  not bode well, and the doctor prepared himself for sinister news.   “A visitor from Las Palmas told me that your father has been condemned to death for  relapsing into Judaism, and that the customary punishment will be visited on your family.”  The words entered the doctor’s head like a ruinous noise, a thunderclap shaking his core.  In a flash he saw his father tied to the stake and relived the scene he had witnessed in the Plaza  Mayor, the fiery death of the three Jews. He fought the hallucinatory flames and forced himself  to attend to the Franciscan’s words, and the customary punishment will be visited on the family.  Yes, he knew the punishment meted out to the family of relapsed Jews. The goods in his father’s  shop would be sequestered to pay for the cost of his incarceration and trial. His female  descendants were barred from wearing silk or jewelry, his male descendants from practising any  profession for the duration of ten years. The judgment would leave his mother impoverished, his  sisters shunned, and himself unable to offer them help because he could no longer practice his  profession. He had lost his livelihood at the stroke of the inquisitor’s pen, the same pen that  deprived his father of his life.    “Don’t despair,” Natale said, squeezing his arm. “There is nothing you can do for your  father now except pray for his soul, but you can do something for yourself. Come with me to  Alcala and petition the Inquisitor General for an exemption from the judgment. It isn’t  impossible. I’ve heard of cases in which the Cardinal granted immunity and allowed a physician  or a lawyer to pursue his profession.”  “And I have heard that he is an inveterate enemy of the Jews.”   “But you aren’t a Jew, my friend. You are a Christian.” Natale let the words hang in the  air between them, as if they were a question. Are you a Christian?  “So come with me to Alcala.  I’ll be leaving in four days with a caravan of merchants. It’s the safest way to travel, as you  know, and time is of the essence in your affairs.”   Natale took his leave, and Alonso accompanied him to the door. He stood under the  porch, watching him saunter away. Natale’s advice was sound, he thought. I must not let despair  get the better of me. He tried to overcome his grief with logic. What was the next practical  step?…     Planning ahead calmed Alonso, but reason loses its power after midnight when the  shadows of darkness descend on a man’s soul. Alonso prided himself on being a man of science  and not easily overwhelmed by fantastic dreams, but that night he fell prey to a disturbing vision.  He found himself wandering through a place of echoes and shadows. Suddenly the murky  darkness lit up, and two figures appeared in a halo of crackling flames. He recognized his father  and, beside him, a mysterious young woman whose beautiful pale face was streaming with tears.  Flames threatened to engulf the pair. The old man’s hand glowed like iron softened on an anvil.  […]

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