Saturday Seven ~ Favorite Movies with @meganslayer #movies #favorites #saturday7

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This week, I thought I’d write about my seven favorite movies. You know, the ones I have to watch over and over. No question, they will snag me each time.  Here they are in no particular order because I love chaos.

  1. Captain America – Winter Soldier – I’m a sucker for Chris Evans. Period.
  2. The Conspirator – James McAvoy in scruff and passionate about keeping Robin Wright from being killed. Yes.
  3. Help! – I love the Beatles and will stop every time this is on to watch.
  4. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington – James Stewart. Jean Arthur. Enough said.
  5. The Talk of the Town – Jean Arthur going toe to toe with Cary Grant. So much fun.
  6. You Can’t Take It With You – I’m a Jean Arthur kind of girl. She cracks me up. And she’s with James Stewart again! Best time.
  7. Field of Dreams – I saw this movie when I was in the sixth grade and have loved it ever since. Call it corny, call it silly, call it smushy, but I love it. Always will.

What are your favorite movies? Tell me. I might not have seen them, or they might have just missed the list. You never know. 🙂

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Saturday Seven with @meganslayer #saturdayseven #movies #superheroes

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I thought I’d try a new feature today, the Saturday Seven.

When I write, I like to listen to superhero movies. Actually, I like to listen to all movies, but superhero ones are my favorites. Here’s my list of seven superhero movies I like the best, but in no particular order.

  1. Iron Man – I mean, Robert Downey Jr. What else can I say?
  2. The Avengers – Age of Ultron – I love the massive cast and the strain on the characters.
  3. Superman – the original with Christopher Reeve. He, to me, is Superman.
  4. Spider-Man – Homecoming – I haven’t laughed that much in a long time. Tom Holland made that movie.
  5. Captain America – Winter Solider – I have a special place in my heart for Bucky. Always have, always will. Plus, a more refined Captain America? Yes, please?
  6. The Avengers – I could listen to this one over and over. The interplay between the characters, the heart…Captain America sweating. Chris Evans…le sigh.
  7. Captain America – The First Avenger – Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan…oh and Dominic Cooper. I’m sold.

What about you? Any favorite superhero movies? I know I’ve left a ton off this list. Tell me in the comments. Come on. You know you want to. 🙂

Christmas Time with @MeganSlayer ~ the 20th Day of Christmas ~ #christmas #movies #whitechristmas

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This time of year I like to watch holiday movies. Well, I like to watch them in July, too, but that’s another blog post. I love to watch holiday flicks, but there are a few I haven’t seen. There are lot I have and some I wish I hadn’t, but that happens. You have to watch them to know if they’re any good.

So this time around I decided to watch White Christmas. I’d seen some of the movie, but not all of it. The funny part is, when I saw the chunk, it made no sense.. . Trust me. It’s worth watching and worth seeing the whole movie. This isn’t one you can come into halfway through and know what’s going on.

I enjoyed it. The song and dance numbers are great and lively. The movie was the reason the song White Christmas became so popular and I can see why. Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby shine. Rosemary Clooney is awesome, too.

If you’re in the mood for a holiday movie and want something light, but fun, then this might be the one for you!

Christmas Time with @MeganSlayer ~ the 15th Day of Christmas ~ #christmas #movies #christmasmovies

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I love this time of year. The shows on television, the songs in the store…but mostly the movies. I’m a sucker for the sappy movies on certain channels. I can’t get enough. Why? I know I’ll get a happy ending each time I watch. Okay, so I know some will be a tad on the cheesy side, but I don’t mind. I love watching. I write while the movies play and it gets me in the mood for the season.

So what are my top five favorite Christmas movies? Now these are my favorites. I’m sure your list will be different, but maybe there’s one or two you might like or haven’t seen.

  1. Arthur Christmas – I love the original take on Santa and his family. The story involves a family of Santas who pass down the role of SANTA through the years. It’s new, fresh and with Arthur being voiced by James McAvoy (le sigh), I can’t go wrong.
  2. A Muppet Christmas – this isn’t a widely known Christmas film, but it’s about the Muppets going to Fozzie’s mother’s house for the holidays. The Muppets, the Sesame Street Gang, plus the Fraggles are involved. It’s the best and I could watch them fall on the icy patch for hours.
  3. Nightmare Before Christmas – I love the oddity of this movie and the music is awesome. I’ll watch this one from Halloween straight through to Christmas. Why not? It covers both holidays. Plus, I love Jack Skellington and Sally.
  4. National Lampoons’s Christmas Vacation – I don’t know about you, but I can identify with so many parts of this movie – the dog crashing the dinner, the dog drinking the tree water, the cat and the Christmas lights, the family disagreeing on everything, the shouting, arguing, intrusiveness…the list goes on and on. It makes me feel better about my family Christmases not being perfect and reminds me to laugh. Above all…laugh.
  5. Miracle on 34th Street – the black and white version with Natalie Wood. I have to specify because some liked the remake and others like the colorized version. I’m a purist. I want the original without the fixings. John Payne makes a great lawyer and crusader for the downtrodden. Edmund Gwenn might as well BE Santa and the magic in Natalie Wood’s eyes is palpable. This movie snags me every time.

So I ask you…which one from my list is your favorite? Which one is you favorite that I didn’t include? I’d love to know. I’m always open to new Christmas movies.

Movie Review ~ Citizen Kane ~ #movie #review @MeganSlayer

Monday Movie Rundown Banner I decided long ago to start watching the classic movies . Why not? They are supposed to be great films. Why not watch them. So, the first one in this series of Classic Films is Citizen Kane.  I’d never seen this film. I know, that seems crazy. Everyone quotes the famous line, “Rosebud.” It’s all over pop culture. So, I needed to see it.

I have to start by saying I was a tad confused by the film at the first. It sure seemed like two films in one. But once I really paid attention and  drank in the lustrous situation, I really liked the film. Orson Welles has the grandeur of William Randolph Hurst nailed. The overwhelming home and property, the need for things, the need for beautiful women… having to have THE paper to end all papers. Yeah, the guy was a jerk–well, Kane was.

There is a lot of information in the film. Many places where one can’t be a casual observer. You have to pay attention. If you don’t have a lot of time or have to be doing something else while watching, then save this movie for later.

If you’re willing to give the time and patience to watching this movie, then Citizen Kane might be one for you. There is a lot going on, but it’s worth the viewing.

Movie Review ~ The Heiress ~ @MeganSlayer #review #movie #BWmovie

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This week, I thought I’d watch yet another old movie, but this time I wanted to watch a movie that wasn’t as popular as other movies. The Heiress fit the bill. It’s certainly not one of Montgomery Clift’s best films. Olivia de Havilland stars in this picture about a woman in the mid 19th century who is about to inherit a lot of money and a home. She’s sheltered and doesn’t have a lot of confidence. Her friends, mostly her father’s age, want to marry her off, but with a man of good standing. She meets Morris, a man of questionable standing and though she’s told not to fall for him, she does. He’s… he’s not a great guy, but he’s not bad. I never really got the hint that Clift’s character was a fortune hunter insomuch as he seemed more like a man struck with a nasty case of wanderlust. I think he loved de Havilland, but he had a strange way to show it.

Olivia de Havilland plays the dowdy woman well, but it seemed tired in this picture. Not like she was trying to act that way, but more like she’d phoned it in. There was almost no chemistry between de Havilland and Clift. I don’t think he enjoyed his role in the film, but it was a paycheck.

If you want a picture that shows a woman who is socially awkward, abused emotionally by her father and ignored by the social set…then this might be a film for you. If you want to root for the underdog and are willing to put up with an ending you can, yet can’t see coming…then this might be the film for you.

Everyone’s Watching with @meganslayer #movies #randomthoughts #popculture

If there’s a show that everyone is watching and talking about, there’s a good chance I’m not watching it. If there’s a movie that’s super popular and everyone is buzzing about it, there’s a good chance I haven’t seen it. Sounds strange, right? I’ve only ever seen half an episode of The Walking Dead. Couldn’t stomach the gore. Sorry. I’ve never seen Stranger Things, Game of Thrones or Frozen. Nope. Not a one. Why? There are plenty of other things I want to watch and I haven’t gotten around to seeing these. There’s nothing wrong with the movies, I just haven’t found the time.

It’s funny because I hadn’t thought about what I watch until a commercial for the movie An Officer and a Gentleman came on the television. I’d been in the middle of bingeing on M*A*S*H. I said, I’ve never seen that movie (AO&AG) and DH says, oh that’s got the scene they did in The Simpsons. I knew exactly what he meant. I’d never seen the movie, but I knew it from The Simpsons.

So this made me think about the books I read. I tend to read a couple big name authors, but most of the time, I’m reading smaller named authors. I’m reading indie or small press books. Why? Because there are some really great stories out there. The one thing I tend to shy away from? The popular themes. I don’t know why. I guess it’s just an oddity which is part of being me. If there’s a shifter I’ve never heard of, I’ll read the book to learn about it. If there’s a supernatural critter I’ve never heard of, then I’m there. I was told there are no new themes, but new ways of presenting them. That’s why I read authors that are still developing. I want the fresh angle.

What books or movies have you loved that weren’t huge sellers or huge names? What show or movie have you not seen, but everyone else swears by? I want to know I’m not alone. Grin.

Now for my take on Faeries…

Cordelia by Megan Slayer 

Faeries After Dark by Madison Sevier and Megan Slayer

Published by WZD and Coffee Queen Publications

Contemporary, Paranormal, Erotic Romance

M/F pairing

Novella

 

Faeries finding purpose, magic and love…

FIONA

A faerie on the run with a stolen bear. An attraction neither can deny. Magic is the key when these two hearts collide. Fiona Blake has always been the faerie who’s done the right thing. She’s avoided trouble and love her entire life. Now, she’s unemployed and on the run–with a stolen bear. By using her magic, she’s unbalanced the laws of nature and Fiona is in deep scat. She must fix things before she loses her powers and her heart to a sexy stranger who might get her locked up in faerie prison.

Kash Bruin needed a break from his overbearing, matchmaking father. He never imagined he’d wake up in a cage, naked and kidnapped by a crazy, violet-eyed, beautiful woman who believes she’s a faerie. Can a spark of magic bring these two creatures from separate world’s together? Or will the truth be too much to bear and tear them apart fur-ever?

CORDELIA

What’s a love faerie supposed to do without her magic?

Cordelia likes to play fast and loose with the rules. So she’s made a few mistakes with magic along the way? No one got hurt…right? The blue-haired faerie, prone to the occasional blue language and dirty jokes, loses her right to create magic after one goof-up too many. But she’s about to find redemption in the form of a merman named Henry and a human named Jinx. Fix them up and she’ll get her right to create magic back. There’s only one problem…Liam.

Liam could be the right man to help Cordelia rise above her troubles…but first she’s got to make him believe she exists. Not impossible, right?

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Now for an Excerpt:

©Megan Slayer, 2017, All Rights Reserved

She’d have to face the guy some time. She whipped around and collided with a solid wall of male muscle. He smelled like leather and stood at least eight inches taller than her. She splayed her hands on his chest to steady herself, then backed up. “Sorry.”

“I scared you?”

She met his gaze. Holy fuck. He had blue eyes. “Jinx?”

“That’s my brother.” He smiled. “Are you okay? You look lost and a little confused.”

A little? “You’re fucking serious? You’re not Jinx?” She swept her gaze over him. Christ. She’d cream her shorts at this rate. He had muscle in all the right places, a chiseled jaw, reddish blond hair and blue eyes. When he smiled, his dimple showed. He smelled good and when he spoke, shivers ran the length of her spine. And here she was with a wet tank top and hard nipples. She was so fucked.

“I’m serious.” He laughed and offered his hand. “Jinx—er—my brother, Jeremy, tends to be here. He paints. Why are you looking for him? It’s too late for him to paint tonight.”

“Oh. Right.” God. She sounded stupid. “I’ll stop talking now.”

“You don’t have to.” He slipped her hand into his and tugged her to the closest bench. “Have a seat, catch your breath and let’s talk. You look flustered. You can’t possibly be a hitwoman or out to find him because of a secret baby.”

“Why not?” Being a hitwoman wasn’t on her radar, but anything was possible.

“Despite your foul mouth, you’re too sweet.” He nodded to the bench. “Sit. Tell me your name and what’s going on.”

She plopped onto the bench and willed her chest to cooperate. She pressed her knees together. Christ, the heat in her body would overwhelm her sooner than later. She wanted to touch him again and feel that sizzle. “My name is Cory…Cordelia.” She shook hands with him. Damn. Firm grip. What would it feel like to have those hands around her waist during sex? Probably heaven… Shit. She had to focus. “I’m actually trying to find Jinx or Jeremy, as you called him, for a friend of mine. A mutual friend told me to get them in contact and put in a good word.”

“Is either friend a guy?”

“Yeah. One of them is.” She slid her gaze to him. “Why? Didn’t you know he’s gay?”

“I knew.”

“Before we go any farther, what’s your name?” Call her nosy, but she wanted to address him properly when she asked him to bed later.

“Liam. It’s short for William. William Darling.” He shook her hand again. “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Cordelia.”

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