Monthly Archives: May 2015

Hot Pursuit, movie review

I was expecting something similar to “The Heat” and other comedies where the leading characters are two women. Such movies seem to be gaining in popularity. This movie did not disappoint. The humor was throughout the plot, jokes were plentiful and worry not, there are additional jokes beyond what you see in the movie trailers.

Yes, there are some crude jokes, some sexual content, but none of it goes into the “Anchor Man” level of perversity. If you’ve enjoyed other comedies centered around women, then you are likely to enjoy this, and I would highly recommend it. It has a story, great humor, and even a moral.

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Off Balance, *book tour* and book review

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For me, this book was a relaxing read. No supernatural aspects, some moderate drama, and very realistic characters and problems.
The story centers around ballerinas. One who suffered an injury at the high point of her career and now, some ten years later, is a successful business woman in the finance department of the ballerina company. The second main character is a woman who is just starting her ballerina career. These two people meet and lean upon each other for support. Trails are encountered by both, all of which are relatable to the average reader.
If you are looking for a well-written book about the ballerina world, this is the book to pick up. You’ll learn about the theater plays and the stresses the ballerinas endure through the eyes of two very flushed out characters that are easy to sympathize with.

Off Balance By Terez Mertes Rose


Going Home, by Kris Ripper, book review

Normally I read a book in one day, three days if it’s a long book. If it takes me longer than that, it usually means there’s something lacking in the story.

It took me six weeks to finish this book.

Quite frankly I’m surprised I kept at it. I read five other novels during these six weeks, lol.

I’m not sure why this novel was a slow read for me. I got it on kindle, so I can’t tell you how many pages it is. But I’m thinking it must be longer than your average novel. It’s also a novel that you have to “read”. You can’t speed read through it. I can’t tell you how many novels I speed read through cause it’s just full of fluff. Yeah, that’s right, I skip all that super descriptive stuff.

This book did not allow for such time savers.

Now you might be thinking this is leaning toward a negative review. But actually it was quite the opposite. Yes, I had to put in some extra time in order to finish the book, but it was worth it. That’s right, this book was worth taking my time and actually reading. Which is super rare these days with an internet spammed full of self-published novels.

The story parallels the slavery that America experienced with black people. Only in this world, the slaves have nothing to do with race. They are men and women, who were either born into this life, or opted for it over jail. And most are used as sex slaves.

America has abolished this slavery and we the reader are taken along on the ride to recovery, focusing on a male slave and male master who were in love and are now separated.

The story does not focus on the sex, although there is some. It’s focused on the emotional journey these characters take. Every character has a very distinct voice and is very believable. The amount of realism in this book is astounding to me.

The story does come full circle and has an ending with closure. I looked to see if there were more books in the series and was delighted to find there are. But the author is taking an untraditional approach to the sequels. The couple who traded off narrating the first book do not get the spotlight in the second book. Which has made me even more excited to read them, I am interested to see how the world is viewed from other characters in the novels.

I would mark this book as a must read for anyone who is willing to read a male/male romance. The messages and themes in this book are deeper than what you’ll find in your common erotica.


New Edition of Amaranthine: Heart of Decompose

A new edition of my novel Amaranthine: Heart of Decompose, is available today on kindle! Only $0.99! It has a new cover by Eternal Dream Art.

If you’ve purchased the paperback you can have the ebook for free!
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The Neighbors, movie review

This movie was so-so. It did have it’s funny moments, but it did weigh a little too heavy in the sex department for me. That kind of humor is a bit crude for me.

The traditional war between a noisy neighbor (the frat house) and the young couple with a baby, does take a few original twists and there might be a few hidden messages. The movie takes a lighthearted approach and seems like a common college-idiot-comedy at first. But at the end, one of them learns he should have spent more time studying and less partying. I liked that a moral was thrown in there.

But overall, the movie fell flat to me. The jokes and turf war going to extremes that were unbelievable and not at all plausible. I understand this is acceptable for comedies to do, in the search for a good laugh, but for me it ruined it.

If you are able to watch this for free or close to it, go ahead, it wasn’t bad. But I wouldn’t suggest seeking it out.


The Longest Ride, movie review

Within minutes of this movie starting—I wanted to get up and leave. But the theater was crowded and I didn’t want to go through the bother of disturbing everyone to leave. So I stayed… and entertained myself by cracking jokes in my head the whole time.

An example of the frustration I dealt with. “What nail polish color is that?” “Clear.” “Oh haha” Later we can see the nail polish and it’s not clear, so I was like, WTF was with that comment?

It’s obvious the dialogue and a large portion of the scenes are cut from someone’s direct experience. I can see someone in the storyboard room going, “My boyfriend asked me what color my nail polish was once, and it was clear, it was so funny, we should put it in the movie.”

The acting was horrible. Like, I thought I was watching a porno or something. A porno that never delivered. Don’t go thinking you’ll be getting all hot and heavy, soooo not that kind of movie.

When I saw the storyline with the cowboy and frat girl was falling flat, I held hope that the story with the elderly couple would be good. Yeah, it wasn’t. I mean, it had more of a story line to it, but it was still poorly acted and the whole, “old man telling the story to the frat girl” was really forced and unbelievable.

All I can say is, avoid this movie at all costs. Don’t redbox it, don’t watch it if it comes on the cablebox for free. Just avoid it and run the other way. If you’re like, “but the actor is hot.” It’s not worth it my friend.


Age of Adaline, movie review

I wasn’t certain what to expect when I viewed this movie. The whole, “living forever” thing is something that has been a bit overdone of late. So I was skeptical this movie would have anything original to offer.

I am happy to report the movie exceeded my expectations. The acting, spot on, although the main character, Adaline, was a bit emotionless. I don’t think it was bad acting, I think that’s just how the character was supposed to be. The story, full of twists and emotional impacts. A small bit of science was added in to try to explain why Adaline wasn’t aging, it was complete “made up” stuff. But it was kept short and flowed nicely with the movie.

If you are looking for a nice romance to warm your heart, this is a good one to see.