Recent Reads (March 2020)

Here’s what I’ve been up to!

Liza's Recent Reads March 2020

In case you can’t read the text on the image, we have…

A Princess in Theory, by Alyssa Cole

Follow Me To Ground, by Sue Rainsford

The Proposal, by Jasmine Guillory

Their Runaway Bride, by Vanessa Vale

Strange Love, by Ann Aguirre

If you tap the image, it will take you to my BookBub author page, where you can find reviews of a couple of these (Strange Love, Follow Me To Ground). I usually post a new BookBub review every couple of weeks, so follow me there for nerdy book chatter!

How about you? What have you been reading? Any new favorites?

Movie Review: Mr. Right

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image from Wikipedia.org

Not sure how I missed this one–it came out in 2015. But when I saw the thumbnail with Anna Kendrick’s face, I knew I had to watch it!

First off, I expected a romantic comedy because A) Anna Kendrick and B) the title, Mr. Right. However, this is NOT a romantic comedy. This is a dark comedy with a good dose of romance, but it’s pretty freaking crazysauce romance.

Basically, a hitman who goes after the people who hire him falls in love with a quirky woman who’s spiraling after the end of a relationship. She’s bonkers, but so is he, and their dialogue was hilarious. Their conversations might be what I liked best about the film.

Expect quite a bit of violence, mostly in the way of shooting and hitting. Bad guys hit Martha, the heroine, several times, and that wasn’t easy for me to watch. There’s also a story of violence to an animal (a pet turtle) that even now makes me cringe when I think about it. I really could’ve lived without that little anecdote, and I realize it might bother other animal lovers out there, so I’m mentioning it as something to be wary of.

Do not expect the plot to make a whole lot of sense.

Do expect a good soundtrack, great dialogue, and wacky dance sequences.

Thank You for 2019!

I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting this month (and a lot of eating. A lot of eating), and even though there were some pretty crappy moments in 2019 (the stress of the government shutdown, my husband’s stay in the hospital, and the armpit of burnout and depression in spring), there have been some absolutely glorious moments to balance out the less-than-stellar periods.

This was a year of fantastic friends, fantastic books, and many fantastic hours spent toiling away at the keyboard, creating the kinds of stories I’d want to read–and then getting to share them with YOU. I’m so, so grateful.

So, thank you so much for 2019!

Tomorrow we will greet friends and family with the words, “Happy New Year!” It’s going to be awesome.

‘Twas the Night of the Full Moon

This is going out in my newsletter tomorrow, but I just couldn’t wait to share it!

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’Twas the night of the full moon and all through the clan

a creature was roaming—was he bear, was he man?

Gruff and commanding and misunderstood,

the shifter stepped out of the dark, piney wood.

 

Alone in her cottage, a sweet spinster sat,

reading a romance novel, safe with her cat.

When lo and behold, a knock on the door

announced a huge hottie she’d not met before.

 

“Let me in,” he said, “’cause our love’s meant to be.

You’re mine and I’m yours, so don’t argue with me.”

His muscles were rippling, he had abs for days.

She wanted to touch him in intimate ways.

 

But he was a stranger, and bossy, at that.

She stood, hands on hips, and unseated her cat.

“What’s that?” she sputtered. “We haven’t gone on a date!

You can’t barge in here and declare me your mate!”

 

“I can and I will, because our love is true.

Ask anything of me, I’ll prove it to you.”

She looked in his eyes and read truth in his face.

The love she saw there made her lonely heart race.

 

Their hearts were as one, they fit perfectly,

and deep down she knew their love was meant to be.

He kissed her and pleased her up against the wall,

and she sighed, “Insta-love ain’t so bad after all.”