The Rundown of Fox’s Empire

Here’s the rundown on Fox’s hit nighttime soap, Empire.

Lets start with the characters:

Cookie and Lucious Lyons

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You know when you pair Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson on screen you are pretty much guaranteed explosive acting and unmistakable chemistry. Let’s face it ladies, Terrence is fun to watch and listen to with his smooth as silk voice and not to mention he is extremely easy on the eyes. Taraji, is passionate, powerful and hilarious to watch. Her comedic timing is awesome. She delivers her lines with such intention that it resonates with you whether you are rooting for her or not. With that said, mix these two brilliant actors and you have a surefire hit.

Empire reminds me of that movie that Terrance and Taraji starred in back in 2005, you know, the sleeper hit Hustle & Flow, only in Empire Terrance is not a pimp but an ex-drug dealer turned media mogul. It feels like a continuation to me. Where Shug and Dejay have grown up and gotten their act together.

Fast forward to 2015…

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Top 5 Ways to Meet a Billionaire While Mystery Shopping

Shopping for a Billionaire's FianceeTop 5 Ways to Meet a Billionaire While Mystery Shopping

You’all may know I’ve done a bit of mystery shopping. I promise you I’ve never done this. Honest. Today’s guest post is by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Julia Kent.

  1. Drive a car that advertises a coffee shop but the “coffee bean” on top looks like something else. Drive it to the most expensive mall in town. Pretend to ignore the stares.
  2. Mystery shop at Tiffany’s while borrowing your neighbor’s teacup chihuahua.
  3. Pretend you’re the cleaning lady for the helicopters parked on top of the skyscrapers in Boston.
  4. Refuse all fast food mystery shopping jobs.
  5. Evaluate the cleanliness of the men’s bathroom and drop your cell phone in the toilet by accident.

Number five definitely happens in the Shopping for a Billionaire series… ;)

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Excerpt of Shadow of Loss by Josefina Gutierrez

Shadow of LossTitle: The Shadow of Loss

Author: Josefina Gutierrez

Genre: YA Realistic Fiction

Synopsis

Evelyn Gonzalez keeps losing people, which is always hard, but has she lost something much more?  Has she lost her soul?  Evelyn has a nervous breakdown and is institutionalized, after months of sorrow and pain she is thrust back into the world.  The world of teenage angst and Calculus.  But can she trust people again?  Especially after hurtful assumptions and judgments made her miss her junior year of high school.  Evelyn is just trying to heal what she lost and graduate from high school. Continue reading

Interview with Miv Evans

Miv EvansMiv Evans is a British national who relocated to Los Angeles. Miv writes film reviews for Entertainment Magazine and online, she has also written a comedy drama which was commissioned by BBC TV, sold her short film to REN Media International in 2007, has two screenplays optioned by two Hollywood heavyweights, and published her debut novel How I Exiled My Inner Bitch in August 2013! Phew! I was lucky to rope in this super busy lady to participate in a 10 Q. Enjoy!

How would you describe yourself?

I’d describe myself as very independent, optimistic, outgoing and stubborn. I’m a Scorpio and possess all the good and not-so-good traits of that sign.

Why did you relocate to the US, and why LA?

I had sold my business and I was looking for a new adventure (translation: I was bored!). I had been writing as a hobby for many years so the creative capital of the world seemed to be a natural choice. I’d been on holiday to New York and Florida and loved how friendly everyone was. Yes, I know what everyone says about New York, but I found the opposite to be true.

You moved to the US in 2005, what has been the biggest adjustment for you? For me it was a bit of a culture shock. I’m still adjusting after being here for 15 years. 

Adjusting to the healthcare system has probably been the most difficult to deal with. Driving on the wrong side of the road was also a huge challenge, and the bodywork of my car is testament to that fact. Turning left was a major event for the first year. I’m used to two lanes – LA has seven! (OMG YESSSS I totally agree with you Miv) Continue reading

Uncharted Redemption by Keely Brooke Keith

Uncharted Redemption Title: Uncharted Redemption by Keely Brooke Keith
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Edenbrooke Press

Synopsis

Levi Colburn, resentful of his father, haunted by his mother’s tragic death, and pained by his love for the unattainable Mandy Foster, breaks from the Land’s tradition and begins to build a life of his own.

When rebels tear through the village of Good Springs, Levi vows to deliver justice and restore the woman he loves. As tradition stands in the way of redemption and threats from the outside world begin to appear, Levi must learn his greatest battles cannot be fought with his fists.

Romantic, suspenseful, and filled with adventure, Uncharted Redemption weaves dramatic new layers into life in the Land.

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10 Things to do in Washington State

Lauren Layne interview

I grew up in Federal Way, Washington, a smallish city south of Seattle. And here’s the first thing you need to know about Washington State. It’s really, truly beautiful! I promise, flying into SeaTac airport will take your breath away. Providing, of course, that it’s not a rainy day. Oh wait …

  1.  Go to Pike Place Market (note: it’s Pike Place, never Pike’s Place!), but for the love of God, don’t you dare go on a weekend! Seriously, it’s one of those touristy places that’s truly worth seeing, but you’ll be miserable if you tackle it on a Saturday when the crowds are out!
  2. While you’re at Pike Place, check out the original Starbucks!
  3. Go wine tasting in Walla Walla (about four hours east of Seattle). It’s a darling little town, every single winery is friendly and approachable, and it’s much less expensive than Napa.
  4. Mount Rainer. Even if you’re not the nature-loving hiker type, you’ll find yourself a little slack-jawed at how pretty it is!
  5. Take a ferry ride to the San Juan Islands, even if just for a day trip. So much green!
  6. If you’re lucky enough to be in Seattle during the summer (August is the best month), you can’t go wrong with a Mariners game at Safeco field. The garlic fries alone are worth it.
  7. Check out Snoqualmie Falls. It’s probably the prettiest thing you’ll see in Washington State that’s within an hour drive of Seattle (where most people stay).
  8. Eat at the top of the Space Needle. Full disclosure, the food’s not amazing, but the restaurant slowly spins while you eat, which let’s face it, is just COOL.
  9. For you shoppers, the Premium Outlet Malls are worth the trek. I go for the Kate Spade store alone!
  10. Grab a cocktail at Oliver’s Bar in the Mayflower Hotel (Seattle). It’s old-school and lovely. Especially fun during the holidays when you can people-watch all the shoppers!

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Garrett (Cold Fury Hockey # 2) by Sawyer Bennett

Garrett book coverTitle: Garrett (Cold Fury Hockey # 2) by Sawyer Bennett
Release date: February 17th, 2015
Published by: Loveswept

Synopsis

USA Today bestselling author Sawyer Bennett hits the ice with the story of a playboy athlete whose winning ways lead him to a beautiful woman with a lot to lose.

Carolina Cold Fury star Garrett Samuelson never wants to miss out on a single minute of fun. Whether he’s playing hockey, hanging out with friends, or walking the red carpet with a new date on his arm, he lives every day to the fullest. When he meets Olivia Case, he sees someone who’s exactly his type—confident, sexy, smart . . . his next fling. But the more he pursues her, the more Garrett shares a side of himself that other women don’t normally get to see.

Olivia has been keeping a secret. While Garrett lives for the next thrill, Olivia’s not sure she’ll live to see the next day. She’s undergoing treatment for some serious medical issues, and she doesn’t have time for a relationship with no guarantees—especially one with a hot-as-sin womanizer who won’t take no for an answer. But as she gets to know the real Garrett, Olivia can’t help falling for him . . . hard. To reveal the truth would mean risking everything—but you can’t score without taking the tough shots.

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Brandace Morrow Book Specials

Forgetting Popper Brandace MorrowTitle: Forgetting Popper by Brandace Morrow
Genre: Romance New Adult
Release Date: February 18th, 2015

Synopsis

*Intended for readers 18+*

**Can be read as a standalone novel**

Being a celebrity makes people think they know who I am. Just because I can’t leave my house without a camera in my face, doesn’t mean you know me.

The sad part is that for so long, I thought of myself the same way everyone else does. Screaming to mosh pits, I personify Popper, lead singer of the band Chimera.

But I have a secret life. A life where I’m a hero, where people look up to me. When my fake celebrity world comes crashing down, and I’m left with not only my secret, but others as well, there is one man standing behind me.

The only thing is, he has the biggest secrets of all.

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Sidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule

Sidney Halston photoSidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Mark Twain, or even simpler, “Just Do It” Nike. Sidney talks about the Alpha female, my kind of girls, read on.

Of my five novels, Francesca, the heroine from Below The Belt is by far my strongest female. Her personality is a hodgepodge of female fighters I have personally met throughout the years. It fascinates me how these women who train among men, fight in a male dominated sport, and are physically as strong as most men, can be so soft and sweet when they are outside the arena of the sport. At least that has been my experience so far.

Take Ronda Rousey for example. If you don’t know who she is, she is one of biggest names in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). I’d argue that she is THE biggest and best. When she’s training or fighting, she is a warrior.

UFC Females

But then off the ring (or out of the cage) she is a woman—just like you and me.  Okay…maybe not like me (look at her amazing body!).

This is what I love. How multi-faceted these women are. They’re breaking stereotypes and kicking ass. Some are mothers, sisters, wives, girlfriends…etc. They are most certainly feminine.

Rhonda Rousey

Francesca is tough as nails. She isn’t afraid to go toe to toe with anyone who stands in her way. She’s very confident in her own skin. Being the owner of Worth the Fight Academy, an MMA training academy, she has to be tough or else she will not get the respect she deserves. The only woman among a sea of men. She was raised at the gym and knows how to fight just as well as any of the guys; she’s a black belt in jiu jitsu and was a world champion when she was younger. But, at night, she like to kick off her shoes and dive into a pint of ice cream or a bottle of wine. She enjoys girl talk just as much as going for a long run along the beach.

So, what happens when an alpha female, such as Francesca falls for an alpha male? Heads will butt. Tempers will flare and someone ultimately has to back down a little. Will it be alpha female, Francesca or professional MMA heavy weight winner, Tony Marino? Continue reading

Kimberly Kincaid Presents Fire Me Up

Fire Me Up Kimberly KincaidTitle: Fire Me Up (Pine Mountain # 4)  by Kimberly Kincaid
Release date: February 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Zebra/ Kensington

Synopsis

IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT…

Teagan O’Malley can handle a crisis. She’s a paramedic, it’s her job. But she never expected to land in the kitchen of her father’s pub, with no notice, no cash, and no room for error. The kitchen is not her favorite place. Lucky for her, she just scraped a bad-boy chef off the pavement after a motorcycle accident—and something about him says he can turn up the heat in more ways than one.

Adrian Holt has had a rough few years, and he’s not eager to get tangled up in anything more complicated than a good risotto. But with a broken arm and a head full of bad memories, he needs a challenge to keep him sane. Teagan’s dare-me attitude and smoldering mess of a bar are just what the doctor ordered. And the two of them together might cook up some even better medicine…

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About Kimberly Kincaid

Photo Kimberly Kincaid

Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she’s not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known as “The Pleather Bomber”, she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book.

Kimberly is a 2011 RWA Golden Heart® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. Her digital Line series is all about the hot cops and sexy chefs of Brentsville, New York. She is also the author of the Pine Mountain series, which follows small town singles as they find big-time love. Kimberly resides in Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.

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