#Musical Monday Review #11: Spinout

Overview: Race car driver, Mike McCoy, meets a girl that runs him off the road and while he is wading in the shallow river he drove into all she wants to do is talk about dating him. Unknowingly, there is a second girl hiding in the bushes watching him. Mike also moonlights as a singer at a jazz club where women throw themselves at him, and he is offered five grand to sing one song for a woman’s birthday but he refuses because he and the band have other commitments. Then we learn his drummer also has a crush on him, but he seems to treat her more like a little sister than a prospective lover. Mike is still being followed by a stalker and catches her spying and confronts her. She happens to be an author who is writing a book about the perfect American man. Her current chapter is about musician, explaining why she’s been following him for weeks. The music group moves on to their next gig, but during rehearsals they find that their tour has been canceled due to having to sing at the birthday party. Cynthia, the birthday girl, is the same one who ran him off the road and her dad is a big business man dealing with car manufacturing. After canceling Mike’s tour and forcing him to sing for his daughter, he offers a racing job in a brand new car. Mike declines, because he has issues with rich people buying others off. The author decides Mike is the perfect man and decides to marry him. Cynthia conspires with her dad to keep him in town so she can marry him. As a ploy to keep them in town, Cynthia sends a cop over to their campsite to kick them out of town. Mike talks a sweet old couple into going on a vacation so he and the band can move into the house next door and stay awhile. There is immediate attraction to the author, and he is slowly falling for Cynthia. The drummer is too shy to voice her opinion and quietly loves him from the sidelines while trying to keep him away from other girls. Even though she is trying to be woo’d by a cooking cop. Seeing trouble, the other band members get together and plan to get Mike to drive for Mr. Foxhugh, even after he declined in the first place. His ego kept him in town, his love of cars gets him to drive the new car. That is until Mike is told not to marry Cynthia and Mike decides not to drive for him. Mike enters the race with his own car to beat the new car. Throughout the movie Mike is against marriage, but we see him start warming up to the idea as he starts hearing wedding bells anytime he kisses one of the girls. The night before the big race, Les dolls herself up and kisses Mike confessing her love. He then lands in hot water when confronted by other suitors for the girls. Race day comes and the little couple come home to watch the race, helping enforce his need to make a decision. Phillip, Cynthia’s feinting suitor, steals Mike’s car, forcing Mike to use a disqualified competitor’s to win the race. In an attempt to talk with Mike, Cynthia joins the race and is run off the road into the same creek she pit him in, in the beginning. After the race, he had made his choice, he married all three women…to the other suitors.

Overview: I love Elvis!!! Now that the fan girl moment is over, the musical is a bit cheesy and the music only serves to showcase Elvis’ voice. For the most part, the music doesn’t do anything for the movie. Most musicals, the music furthers the story or the storyline is very dependent on the music. Here we see music for the sake of music. The songs are put in place just so they can make money, without them or Elvis there is a good chance this movie would have never been made. With him being such a big star at the time, anything Elvis touched was turning to gold…except for his beloved westerns. The fans wanted to hear him sing and watch him dance, they didn’t care if the musical itself was any good. Which is why this musical, and others, turned out to be a disappointment for me. He had the potential to make the musical great, but because his heart wasn’t in it and the script was poor, it just didn’t come out as a grand musical. So unfortunately I do not have any favorites from this musical.

Three word challenge

Originally posted on Zoe Ambler - Author:


This was from a Three Word Challenge thread in one of the games I play.

The three words are:

1. girl
2. word
3. fly

The girl lay on the floor. Dead. Not just dead, a bloody mess.
He looked at her body. He had made such a mess, despite his tireless planning. He started the evening with a simple word. A greeting. “Hello”. Before long, and after many drinks, the young girl seemed to loosen and relax. She dropped her guards. He didn’t even need to use the drug he had stashed in his pocket.
But now. Everything was such a mess. He just wanted to see inside. What made her work. He had studied so many books. He had the sharpest of blades.
It would seem that the thrill of the first made him overly excited. Adrenaline rushed through his system. He shook with nervousness. Each slice he…

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Threadbare : 100 word challenge

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You broke her heart on so many levels. Devastation and despair prompting her to do dangerous, foolish things.

The physical things will heal. The bumps and the bruises.

But the inner scars will remain forever.

You took her love and used it against her. She wanted to help you so bad, only to lose herself in the midst of demons of your own design.

Now you’re gone. She is suffering. Her heart is broken, the edges of her soul tattered and torn, threadbare and frayed. She’s unraveling.

We are here to pick up the pieces, needle and thread in hand.

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Dos and Don’ts on Writing a Book Blurb

Originally posted on Nicholas C. Rossis:

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: Rightreading.com

The inspiration for this post came from a little gem I found on the Passive Guy’s Newsletter (if you aren’t already a subscriber, what are you waiting for? It’s free!). After some heavy editing, it ended up as this post.

The original post came from the Self Publishing Review, if you wish to see it in its entirety.

Writing a Book Blurb

By far, the weakest part of many self-published books is the synopsis. Writing a decent blurb is an art form totally separate from writing a book.

Authors, myself included, often feel this is their least favorite part of the process. It can make you feel icky writing superlatives about your own book. At the same time, too many superlatives can literally be icky (“A work of genius” comes to mind). A good blurb needs to strike a balance between being informative, but not too informative, salesy, but not…

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April #WrapUp

CLTBRChallenge15 and GoodReads Book Challenge Progress- 20 of 65 and 24 of 65 books read.

April Books:

Spearwood Academy Vol 3

Spearwood Academy Vol 4

Spearwood Academy Vol 5

Murderous Little Darlings: Non-TBR

Night School: Genesis

Night School: Legacy

Night School: Fracture

In other news, my Camp NaNoWriMo was somewhat of a failure and kind of not. I wrote 23,892 words out of a goal of 30,000. So I failed to make my goal but came very close to finishing. Can’t wait to see what I can do in July!

I continued #Musical Monday Reviews and will continue them into May. Sanctuary Edits is working with a second author already and still open for new clients. I also announced Guest Posts this month, but have not heard back from the one who contacted me yet. I am opening that spot up to anyone who would be interested, any topic you would like. Classes are going ok but I have just been out of it the last two weeks. I was really sick one day and haven’t caught up yet. Iit’s been a lazy, feel like “blah” last two weeks. I hope it gets better.

Let’s have a good May!

Free Book Promotion at ‘Author Promo Co-op’

Originally posted on Author -Carole Parkes:


Author Promo Co-op

(Formerly Jessica’s BOTM)

We want to help you get the word out about your awesome book.

We are a group that is committed to cross-promotion and networking. Each month, we feature six Books of the Month, one for each of six major genres and sometimes a seventh “wild card.” At the end of the year, all featured books will be up for vote as Book of the Year. Come join us and have fun. This group is about book featuring, but we have an equivalent group on Facebook that is for promotion, events, and parties.
Unfortunately, we cannot feature erotica or nonfiction.
We want to hear about you and your book. Please post under the correct folder and read the rules before posting (each genre thread may have slightly different procedures). Spam and incivility of any type will not be tolerated.

See more on: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/153603-jessica-s-book-of-the-month

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#BetaReaders for #LoveandDrugs

Camp NanoWriMo is coming to a close, and I am very close to finishing my book. I know it is a bit crazy to think I can write a little less then 10,000 words in three days(especially with me taking time to write this) but I only have a chapter and a half left. So I’m ready to start looking for beta readers. Any takers? Email me and I can send you a copy, once it’s finished of course. :)

The book is about Magdalene, a senior in college, preparing for a trip to Europe and finally got the girl of her dreams. She has a perfect job working for a flower shop (that isn’t your typical flower shop) and not a care in the world. But Magdalene has a couple of pretty big secrets, that she wants to keep. However, the most dangerous of secrets walks in on the first day of school. Her ex-boyfriend is back in town and ready to violate his restraining order, as well as mess with her job. So she calls in her favor to The Family, and all hell ensues. In the end only one will survive, but who is going down?

Excerpt: “I was overweight in high school, so this uniform didn’t look half as good on me then as it does now. Boys and girls a like would pick on me and drive my self-esteem lower and lower. Then one day I met Alex. Handsome and smooth talking Alex. We bonded over our love for music and when we sang in choir, it was magic. We started out as friends but wanted to take it a step further.
“So we tried dating. Everything went smoothly for the first few weeks, we would hold hands and kiss each other goodbye on the cheek. He took me to movies and watch sunsets from high up on the ridge of the rock query, he was a perfect gentleman but then he tried to force himself on me.” I looked over at her to see how she was taking it so far. Monica seemed OK so far, but the tale is only starting to go dark.
I continued, “I fought him off and just treated it like he was joking around. He persisted and I broke up with him. Of course he spread it around that he broke up with me because I was too clingy or something.
“Then a few months later, he roped me in saying he was sorry and wouldn’t try anything like that again until I was ready. So we tried again and everything started the same as before. After awhile he began to force himself upon me and I would fight him, this time he would shame me into having sex with him.