Fuller House Flip or Flop?

Season 2 was just released a couple of days ago and everybody has been binge watching. Myself included, but as with Season 1 it is painfully obvious that the writers have no clue about the original series. Yes, this is not going to be a “happy go watch the show” post. There are so many things wrong that tick me off.

Starting with the biggest thing that irks me: Kimmy Gibbler. By the end of the original series she was bugging me because there was no character development with her then and for the most part, there still isn’t any character development. She is still the dumb best friend comic relief. There are small moments of maturity, but even those are marred by sheer dumb luck. Further perpetuating the stereotypical dumb blonde.

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In contrast to prove my point about her, at the high school reunion they brought Duane back. The boyfriend who used to say “Whatever” all the time. He matured and made something of himself. Yes, Kimmy was still able to turn him into a big pile of “whatever” goo but that was because I think he still has a crush on her, or that is what we are supposed to think. In any case he went from caveman, to normal human person! Kimmy is still an idiot.

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The crass, dirty jokes that are part of “aging with the original audience.” The original audience grew up with clean, family friendly jokes. Some may have been aimed at the parents, but were never so openly in the gutter. One instance that sticks out most right now is in Season 2 Episode 1. Fernando is wearing Kimmy’s robe. It is too small and right away you know he is going to bend over and his junk is going to be exposed. In the original, this would have been done with more finesse, showing him bending forward with junk away from camera. Today the junk is blocked out in full view of the audience. Oddly enough I can’t find a screen grab of the scene, but it happened.

Then, with the crass and lazy humor, there is the full on shock value of same sex kisses exchanged by hetero characters. Kimmy and Stephanie, a couple of times.

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Matt and Steve

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And while there have not been full out kissing between the three, but Fuller House has completely perverted the platonic relationships between Danny, Jesse and Joey. Almost every scene they are in together, the script alludes to them being together. Watching the original series, you know there was nothing like that going on. It would have been ok, but I don’t think that anyone would have even thought about it if Bob Saget hadn’t said that he took the part because he thought it was about being progressive and was “three men in a relationship raising kids.” This was revealed in the Lifetime Movie Network “documentary” about how the series got started.

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Poor Becky has been turned into a baby hungry robot. I swear every other word out of her mouth has been “baby” the other word being “want.” I think the writers finally got tired of hearing it too and gave into her demand by letting her adopt a child at the end of season two. Now what are they going to do with her character? Is she going to demand another child? One of their own? Or is she going to talk Stephanie into letting her be a surrogate?

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Speaking of Stephanie, Oh my God! They have turned her into a slut. Not only have we seen her go through a few on the show, it is alluded to her going through them like a diabetes in a candy store while she was working as a dj. Obviously she has been characterized as the female version of Jesse before he settled down with Becky, but really? Let’s make her a slut in order to replace the Jesse from season one of Full House.

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Given her the inability to have children and paired her up with a nimrod who was invented for this part. He was never mentioned in the original series, Kimmy only had an older brother named Garth and possibly younger sisters.

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Let’s not forget the numerous slight of hand jokes shoved down our throats and aimed at the Olsen Twins. We get it they didn’t want to do the show and everyone is upset. They didn’t want to do the show, get over it and move on. Their little sister at one point said she would step in for them. Let her. If not use another actress or leave Michelle where she is. Stop hounding the twins and the audience like we can do something about it.

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The new kids don’t really bother me too much. Jackson can be a brat off and on, I’m waiting to pass judgement on the middle son because I think they are building up for something with him and if they lead us in the wrong direction with him, I will be pissed. The babies can’t do any wrong, they are babies. Ramona…I don’t have bad or good to say about her. She is just there. Same as the “Popco(?)” and “Lola” characters. They don’t add much but they don’t take away much either. 

And is New Kids on the Block going to be replacing the reoccurring roles of the Beach Boys? If so couldn’t you have picked a better band? They kind of suck

I’m pretty sure there is more, but that’s all I can think about right now. My wine is clouding my memory. Anyone else think the new series is going down the toilet?

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#BookBlurb: #WalkerBride by Bernadette Marie

Book Blurb for Walker Bride:

Always the bridal consultant, never the bride. That was former bad girl gone business professional, Pearl Walker’s life until she put her hands on Tyson Morgan while measuring him for a tux.

Tyson was happy being a miserable man, taking care of his family’s land, and not involved with a woman. However, even he can’t resist the pull of attraction to the beautiful, and off limits, Pearl?

The feud between the Walkers and the Morgans had torn apart friends and families for generations. What might happen when Pearl Walker and Tyson Morgan become business partners—and more?

Berndette Marie

BIO:

Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011, along with her other series and single title books. The married mother of five sons promises Happily Ever After always…and says she can write it, because she lives it.

When not writing, Bernadette Marie is shuffling her sons to their many events—mostly hockey—and enjoying the beautiful views of the Colorado Rocky Mountains from her front step. She is also an accomplished martial artist with a second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do.

A chronic entrepreneur, Bernadette Marie opened her own publishing house in 2011, 5 Prince Publishing, so that she could publish the books she liked to write and help make the dreams of other aspiring authors come true too. Bernadette Marie is also the CEO of Illumination Author Events.

Marketing Slut: Paranoia or Justified?

So for the past couple of days I’ve been this little marketing slut, at least that is what I feel like. Not that I mind, I love helping authors out, but how much is too much? I have probably sent out 20-30 invites for an Author Spotlight Interview, and happily have roughly 5-10 lined up so far. Yay! But every time I post my inquiry, I’m starting to feel like I’m pimping myself out or something.

After posting 4 or 5 posts in a row I feel like I’m imposing myself on the authors. I know we all like free exposure, but is it awkward to be approached by a complete stranger asking you to email them? Maybe I’m just paranoid, but that comes from being told not to talk/email strangers.

But how else do you get your name out there without knocking on a few doors? I’ve been spreading the news, and it is paying off! In little ways but it’s something. I’m making new friends left and right, or at least acquaintances, that are helping me get the word out about my books. Who knew this could be fun?

Side note: I have been “rejected” by two famous and favorite authors. One was a definite no as he is too busy, but that’s to be expected. The other is a possible no. I need to go through her people before it is a hard no. It was a long shot but you never know what could happen.

So how do you prefer to be contacted?

#ASI: Rhonda Brewer

Hi Rhonda, thank you for agreeing to this interview.

Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I met my husband in 1985 and we’ve been together ever since. We will be married 23 years in August and together 31 years. We have a daughter, who is 21 and a son who is 17. My daughter went and made me a grandmother 7 months ago but I’ve come to terms with it and I’m madly in love with my granddaughter. I won’t say how old I am but I will tell you that I’m younger than 70 and older than 30.

My background includes working as a computer tech and various office jobs over the years but I never really felt a love for any of the jobs I’ve had. My mother-in-law passed away 8 years ago and my hubby and I took on the care of his sister. She has Williams Syndrome with is somewhat the same as Downs Syndrome in the way that she is developmentally delayed. So for the first few years, we had her I worked but it was getting more difficult so we decided it was better for one of us to stay at home. Since he was the bigger breadwinner, I happily retired and it gave me more time to do what I really love, writing.
Discuss your newest book. 

Dangerous Therapy is my debut book and is the first in a 7 book series. It’s the story of one of the oldest of the 7 O’Connor brothers. John O’Connor is giving up on life after a terrible accident. His family are at their wits end when he refuses any kind of therapy. The only thing keeping him sane is his dreams of a beautiful woman he pulled in for a traffic violation months before.

Physical Therapist Stephanie Kelly is healing from a broken heart. When she is hired by Nightingale’s personal care and physical therapy, she’s ecstatic but she’s shocked when her boss asks her to take on a new patient. Shocked because the patient is her boss’s nephew and he’s not exactly keen on therapy. He’s also the cop who’s been heating up her dreams.

As Stephanie helps John get back on his feet, they grow closer, but someone is out to hurt Stephanie, or worse. After multiple attempts on her life, John’s family tries to figure out who’s after the woman he loves and stop them before it’s too late.

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Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? 

I’ve always had an interest in writing and creating stories. As a teenager, my friends and I would sit around and make up our own version of romance stories. Of course, we would make our crushes and ourselves the main characters. As I got older I wrote little stories for myself as a kind of stress reliever, I guess you could say.

What are your current projects? 

 

My current projects are the second and third books in the O’Connor Brother series. I have the first draft for the whole series written but are not ready to be seen by anyone. The second and third are a little more polished. The second will be released in July.

What books have most influenced your life most? 

 

I can’t say any specific book has influenced me but books that interest me are usually ones that have love, suspense, humor and, of course, a little heat.

What inspired you to write your first book? 

 

I’ve had the book written for a long time and had always wanted to publish it but was always afraid of what people would say. My daughter was actually the inspiration that gave me the push I needed.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? 

 

John O’Connor is a police officer and grew up in a large family. His family are close and he feels that as one of the oldest brothers in the family he needs to be strong which is why he finds it so hard after the accident. Deep down he wants to settle down and have a family but really doesn’t think he will ever find anyone.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? 

 

Actually, there is an actor that I picture as John and he’s a Newfoundland actor. Alan Hawco. The actress I see as Stephanie is probably Krystin Pellerin. She is a Newfoundland actress. Both of them worked together on a tv series in here called the Republic of Doyle.

When did you decide to become a writer? 

 

I don’t think you decide to become a writer. I believe you are born a writer but sometimes it takes you a while to realize it and in my case it took me a few years.

Why do you write? 

 

I love to create stories and give all the people who run around in my head a story of their own.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? 

 

I’ve had this series in my head for years and as I said before have had them written for a long time. I just had to get in the right mind to let people read what I created.

Do you write full-time or part-time? 

 

I’m retired.

What is the hardest thing about writing? 

 

Getting all the ideas down on paper before another pops in my head.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? 

 

Writing wasn’t the hard part. Trying to give myself the boost to actually publish was the hardest for me.

What is the easiest thing about writing?

Falling in love with the characters and getting lost in their story is the easiest thing for me.
What book are you reading now?

Booty Call by Ainsley Booth
What is one random thing about you? 

 

I spent 30 years involved with the sea cadet movement and I can play wipe out on the glockenspiel.

What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer? 

 

I mostly use my laptop but I always have a notepad with me and when an idea hits me I write. If I don’t have a notepad I use notepad on my phone.

What does your writing process look like?

Sitting with my laptop and just getting lost in the story.
Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? 

 

The only thing I can think of is, I’ve gotten out of bed quite a few times because an idea pops in my head and I have to go write it. I can’t write in bed because hubby doesn’t like the light turned on at 4 in the morning for me to write something that popped in my head. He’s weird about things like that.

How important are names to you in your books? 

 

I do try to stick with names I know are Newfoundland names. Some of them are also names of people I know and family members but names are where the similarities end.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Trying to ensure that I stick to the Newfoundland dialect but also ensuring that everyone can read my books and enjoy them.
Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? 

 

Since this is my first book I’m not sure if I made any yet but I’m sure I will but I have an amazing circle of author friends who give incredible advice.

What is your favorite motivational phrase? 

 

Never give up!

What is your favorite book and why? 

 

I honestly couldn’t tell you one favorite book because there are so many books to love. I’ve read so many books.

Do you have any advice for other writers? 

 

Just keep writing what you love and never give up because if a middle-aged woman from Newfoundland can do this anyone can.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? 

 

That’s easy. I love spending time with my granddaughter and my children.

From where do you gain your inspiration? 

 

My husband is my inspiration. He may not be the romantic type all of the time but he’s always been my rock and he gives me support every day.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? 

 

I think self-publishing gives authors a better chance of getting their work out there. You don’t have to deal with rejection after rejection from publishers. It’s on your own terms and you do it the way you want. It’s a little harder to get your name out there but if you stick with it, you can build up your readers.

How do you market your books? 

 

I hired someone to set up an online release party and she also set up a 30-day blog tour. I also bought a couple of ads on Facebook.

Why did you choose this route? 

 

It was recommended to me to hire someone for the first book but I will do it again.

Would you or do you use a PR agency? 

 

I don’t use one but I wouldn’t be totally against it in the future.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? 

 

Just get your name out there and if you have to hire someone to help do it. It’s worth it in the long run.

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book? 

 

I usually take a couple of hours at night to make posts and check all the social media. I’m still in the middle of the blog tour so I check on that every day as well.

What do you do to get book reviews? 

 

I just ask to leave a review if they’ve read the book but that doesn’t seem to be working very well. Getting reviews seems like pulling teeth but I’m still working on that.

How successful has your quest for reviews been so far? 

 

Slow.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? 

 

I’ve tried asking but as I said I’m still working on that.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

Not everyone is going to like what I write and I understand that. Everyone wants good reviews but you have to take the good with the bad and move on. Don’t take it to heart and hope that most people like what you write.
Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you?

Nothing yet.
What’s your views on social media for marketing? 

 

I think social media for marketing is the way to go. Almost everyone uses some sort of social media these days and you can reach so many people.

Which social network worked best for you?

Facebook seems to be the best for me.
Any tips on what to do and what not to do? 

 

Always be thankful to people who take the time to read your work and help you and make sure you stay true to yourself.

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?

I did an online book release party on Facebook and I am in the middle of a 30-day blog tour.
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why? 

 

I’m not someone who would love to meet anyone famous.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? 

 

Write what speaks to you and never stop.

How can readers discover more about you and you work? 

 

On my website – http://rhondabrewerauthor.wix.com/home

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/rhondabrewerauthor

Twitter – https://twitter.com/rhondabrewer67

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14951927.Rhonda_Brewer

Keep an eye out for the logo:

 

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#ASI: Beaux Cooper

How many books have you written? Many throughout my youth just for fun, but Dust is my first published.
Congratulations!


Which is your favorite? Definitely Dust.
The first one is always special to us.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I think it’s always been there. I can remember my parents telling me how I would write plays and stories with a vocabulary my spelling hadn’t yet caught up with.

What are your current projects? School for right now, but I have a few books on the backburner that I need to pick up. The most urgent being the follow up to Dust.

What books have most influenced your life?  There haven’t been many that were earth shattering for me, but there are a few that have made me truly appreciate the craft of writing such as Rumo and His Miraculous Adventures, Jane Eyre, and anything by Zane Grey. I have learned much about my own craft as a writer from these books such as how to break the rules, building strong characters, and paying close attention to the landscape.
These sound worth a look, I can’t say that I’ve heard of them. Except Jane Eyre and Dust of course.

What inspired you to write your first book? It’s just something I’ve always done. Being published was a lifelong goal.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? There are quite a few, actually, but the most important being that we were never meant to be just one thing in our lifetime – chase dreams and explore your inner self. Go to school for the subject you’re interested in, not because it’ll make you money… with the way today’s economy is, whether you get a business or art degree you’ll still probably end up working at Starbucks. So do what you love and never waiver.
Beautiful message, one that needs to be stressed more often.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Forgiving myself for not writing gobs of words every day. Some days only one sentence comes out and others are 5000 word days. It evens out in the end and so long as you are moving forward, you’re making progress.

What book are you reading now? I have my nose in a few books (mostly textbooks for school). When I do find leisure reading time, though, I spend it with my current fiction by Elizabeth Wein, Rose Under Fire.

Do you ever experience writer’s block? All the time and anyone who says they don’t is lying or not trying to write anything worth reading. Some days are better than others and I can usually cure it by working on a different story in a different genre with completely a different plot. While writing Dust I also wrote a story about the shipwreck of an old luxury cruise ship turned economy cruiser in the early 1920s.
Sounds interesting as well!

What is one random thing about you? I don’t have a sense of smell.

What is your preferred medium of writing? Typing because my fingers can keep up with my brain much faster than I can when I’m writing.
Cool. I have to say that you are the first author to answer this question in the manner I was looking for. 🙂

What does your writing process look like? Experience plays a huge part in my writing process. There are just some things you need to see, feel, do for yourself before you can write about them. Most recently, I went to a cattle branding on a ranch as way of research. Either during or after experiencing something I’ll write it down, take notes, jot down any inspirational quotes that come my way.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? Not that I’m aware of. Most of the time I have to turn off my wifi so that I don’t get distracted by the internet, but that’s about it.

How important are names to you in your books? Fairly important. I like to take at least a little time researching certain names and making sure their meaning fits the character, but I don’t hinge everything on that. There are names that just fit.
I agree, sometimes a name can mean everything and sometimes it is jut a gut feeling.

Do you read your reviews? Absolutely. I want to see what people like and didn’t like about the work and if it holds merit, do something about it in my writing.

Do you respond to them, good or bad? If I catch someone on social media or their website reviewing my work I’ll swing by and say “Thank you” no matter how flattering the review is, however, I don’t respond to Amazon reviews because it would just take too much time.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? My biggest weakness in writing is the ability to write honestly and authentically. The idea of being vulnerable on paper for others to read is terrifying, but absolutely necessary. Then, too, there are times when I worry I will sound too pretentious or too big for my britches; that people will say something like “who does she thinks she is? She isn’t Hemmingway…” It’s a big challenge, but I’m working on it. Dust has been a great exercise in writing authentically for me and I’ve grown a lot because of it.

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? I’m still pretty early in the game so I haven’t seen the true ramifications of my marketing actions. My online release party was a hit, though, so I’m quite proud of that.

What is your favorite motivational phrase? “What if I fall? Oh but my darling, what if you fly?” – Erin Hanson

What is your favorite book and why? Hands down, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Just stunning.

What is your favorite quote? I really don’t have one. Every now and then I will come across a sentence I wish I had written, but nothing quickly comes to mind.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? Definitely Jane Eyre. I love the building of the story, the strength of Jane’s character, and trials she endures. It’s a beautiful story.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Do your thang, baby! Write honestly and authentically rather than conforming to the rules of a style, theme, or genre. Your authenticity is what will make your work stand out from others.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Read, binge watch British television shows on Netflix, travel, and go out to eat!

How can readers discover more about you and you work? I have a fairly active social media suite and I update my website daily. You can find me here:
Website: http://www.beauxcooper.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CooperBeaux/
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/beauxcooper
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/beauxcooper
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/beauxcooper
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BeauxCooperAuthor
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/beauxcooper

PICK UP YOUR COPY OF DUST TODAY!

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Hell School: Fresh Meat Tour Line Up

I’d like to apologize for the lateness of this post. I have had some personal issues arise and was unable to post until now. Thankfully I wasn’t too late, and I am sure the past posts are still up and worth a look!

Hell School: Fresh Meat Tour
February 21st- March 31st.
February 21st- Heidi Angell’s Blog, tour announcement.
February 22nd Book review by Amanda Lim on MyBooksOpinion
February 23rd- Character Spotlight for Clint Glover on http://www.coreenamcburnie.com/blog
February 24th- Sample Chapter on figment
February 26th Poetry on stalking on http://www.chantolaspinall.com/
February 27th Hell School: Fresh Meat Facebook Party
February 28th Ama Bemma interview.
February 29th Book review by Justin Schiavone on Jersey Guys Can Read
March 2nd Top 3 interview with Kai Strand on Strands of Thought
March 3rd Character Spotlight of Sam Havre and book review by Kala Hammer Reading Like A Fool
March 6th Guest post on Stalking with Mary Okeke
March 7th – 1st in a four part interview series with Nancy Christie, one on one
March 7th – Guest post on Stalking for Abiola Olatunde’s Biola-epesus
March 8th- Top Ten on Krystal Larson’s Live to Read
March 10th Wes Johnson Spotlight on Jo Michaels Blog
March 14th Nancy Christie second interview.
March 15th Character Spotlight for Mike Wells Reviews by Page Turners
March 16th Character Spotlight for Jill on I Heart Reading
March 18th Author interview on Jersey Guys Can Read.
March 21st- Nancy Christie part 3
March 22nd Book review by Shelea at That Bookshelf Bitch
March 23rd Book review on 5 Girls Book reviews
March 24th Author interview with Courtney Wendleton on Books and More
March 28th Last of Nancy Christie’s 4 part series.
There will be a live panel toward the end of March with several YA authors talking about writing. Stay tuned for more information.
For information on live events, check in often at Heidi Angell’s website.

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#ASI Openings

Got a new book out? Want to spread the word about your books? Why not to an Author Spotlight Interview? All you need to do is Contact me and I will send you a short questionnaire to fill out. Send me an author photo and/or a cover photo and I will have it up in no time. It would be spread through Google+, Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook. So What do you say? It certainly can’t hurt.