Monday, July 6, 2015

Movie Quote Trivia ~ Sizzling Summer Edition

Time for another game of Movie Quote Trivia. This one is in honor of Summer! I'll give you three quotes, ones I consider easy, medium, and Movie Buff! Can you name the movie and better yet, the character who said the lines? Try not to cheat!

1) Easy

"Well, uh, it doesn't make much sense for a guy who hates the water to live on an island."

"It's only an island if you look at it from the water."

 "That makes a lot of sense."

2) Medium

"Beauty-school sure wasn't as I thought it would be."

"Nothing ever is."

3) Movie Buff

"Happy Fourth of July!"

"Please... it was an accident!"

"I know all about 'accidents', and let me give you some advice: When you leave a man for dead, make sure that he's REALLY dead."

Good luck! I'll post the answers Thursday. Thanks for playing along!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sunday Snippets with Ginger Simpson #SundaySnips

I'm baaackkkk, and it's time for another sampling.  Today I'm offering six paragraphs from "Odessa" a western historical that hasn't gotten much press.

Odessa Clay struggled to lift the overturned wagon off her father.  Her muscles burned and splinters dug into her palms, but Papa’s ashen face and eyes squinting with pain inspired her determination. She bit her bottom lip and struggled to stay calm.
“God, please help me,” she muttered through clenched teeth, as she pushed, shoved, and lifted with every ounce of strength she had left. The veins in the backs of her hands bulged, but the wagon didn’t budge. At one hundred pounds and barely five feet tall, she proved no match for solid wood. Her chest heaved and each breath took effort. She brushed sweat-dampened hair from her brow and knelt. All her struggling had only succeeded in setting the left rear wheel into a slow spin and creating an eerie whirring in the silence.
“Hold on, Papa. I’ll find some way to help you.”   Her nails bit into her fisted palms.
 His pale features contorted, and fear clutched her heart. She rose and stared up and down the trail. Nothing stirred except the hot wind that whipped her long hair into tangles and sent a dust funnel swirling in the distance.
Turning her attention back to her father, she again attempted to lift the wagon’s cumbersome weight and failed. 

“Can anyone hear me,” she screamed, searching the trail again.

Cover by Dawne Dominique
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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Happy Independence Day

Independence Day as a kid meant fireworks at night and three or four long summer days spent firing off firecrackers, poppers, snakes, and other day works. When my kids were growing up we'd always make a trip to the fireworks stand and let them choose some $$fun$$ things to shoot off. I have to admit, once they lost interest in the fireworks, so did I. These days, if I happen to look out the window and see some fireworks I might watch for a few minutes, but I don't seek them out. 

Independence Day is also the name of a song written by Gretchen Peters and performed by Martina McBride. It's the story of a family living with domestic violence and in the end, the wife sets her house and husband on fire. As she's being hauled off by the police, and her daughter gets sent to foster care, she's apparently gained her freedom. All righty, then. Catchy tune, though.

Independence Day is the name of a pretty entertaining 1996 movie directed by Roland Emmerich. It starred Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, and Mary McDonnell. The plot revolved around aliens whose goal was to invade and destroy Earth. While it has a happy ending, a lot of the earth was destroyed before the aliens were driven out. I'm sensing a rather depressing theme here!

What's the real story behind 'Independence Day'? According to Wikipedia (so it must be true):

"Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States."

That's a bit more like it. My family 'celebrates' the fourth by spending time together and relaxing, enjoying the summer and a day off work. I'm proud to be an American and grateful to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

We'll wrap this post up with a riddle. 

Do they have July 4th in other countries? 

Of course they do. Their calendars don't skip from the third to the fifth. :)  Happy Canada Day (yesterday) and Happy Independence Day on July 4th!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Even Native Americans Had Women Problems by Ginger Simpson
I have a wonderful reseach book, Sitting Bull, Champion of the Sioux, by Stanley Vestal.  I keep going back to one chapter in particiular because it's a fun read...The One-Man Woman.

One would expect that a man as wise in battle as Sitting Bull would be able to handle a mere woman, but this book tells a different story.  Perhaps if he'd remained monogamous rather than taking a second wife, he would have avoided his predicament.  Let me summarize for you.

Sitting Bull first married a young woman named Light Hair.  Their marriage was happy, their home harmonous--until he married a second time.  This new wife, Snow-On-Her, it seems, was a nightmare from the get go.  Unlike most men who were smart enough to marry sisters and found they were more accepting of one another, Sitting Bull married a second wife who refused to act as a hand-maiden to the first wife and concubine to her husband.  In other words, she refused to take orders from Light Hair, and rather than resign herself to being wife #2, she insisted on sharing his bed every night, along with Light Hair.  With one wife clinging to one side, and the second woman securing the other, Sitting Bull was forced to sleep on his back...when he could sleep.  His muscles ached every morning, and a peaceful night was hard to come by with the women always arguing about one thing or another.

Men usually slept in only their breechclout in case trouble erupted during the night, but Sitting Bull would have been lucky to wrestle free from his wifely confines had that happened.  He often waited until both women were sleeping in order to free himself, roll over, and get comfortable, but not often enough to ease his pain, as one woman would likely awaken and the tug-of-war began again.

Despite his reprimands, his understanding and love of peace and harmony in his home were stretched to the limit.  His explanations of the role of the second wife fell on deaf ears, and "she (Snow-On-Her) made trouble from morning til night" as the author cites.

Snow-On-Her, like any jealous woman, planned to do away with her competition.  She embarked on a rumor spreading venture, portraying Light Hair as a cheating spouse.  This in turn enraged Light Hair, who had eyes only for her husband.  On a day when Sitting Bull was away, Light Hair turned to an older woman for help. After digging a shallow pit, they placed a gun, a knife and an arrow inside the hole, afterwards, she invited the entire camp to come forward.  The result was a meal where only women who slept with one man were welcome to eat.  Despite rumor's about Light Hair's being unfaithful, she waited for her nemisis to appear.  All the men in camp were also present.

The older woman stood and asked that any man who had physically known any of the women present to come forward and point her out.  The men were also invited to take up one of the weapons and take his oath on his choice.  If he swore falsely, the weapon would kill him.  Not one man came forward.

Light Hair did not feel vendicated.  She turned on Snow-On-Her and demanded she produce the partner with whom Light Hair had supposedly been unfaithful.  The anticipating stares and silence created a tense moment.  Snow-On-Her had nothing to say.  She pulled her robe over her head and elbowed her way through the throng while they pelted her with buffalo chips until she was too far away.  Dinner continued and Light Hair dined in triumph.

When Sitting Bull learned of the scandal, he sent Snow-On-Her back to her home.  One wife's honor had been proven, and the other had been the subject of ridicule.  Any wife of his must never be publicly considered ridiculous.  As the author says, "That night he (Sitting Bull) slept soundly."

Note from Ginger:  According to another resource,,  Sitting Bull had four wives and twelve children.  He evidently didn't learn anything from his experience as this record indicates he later remarried Snow-On-Her on a reservation.  Maybe she recognized her role this time.  :)

Monday, June 29, 2015

Opposites in Love series by Janet Lane-Walters ~ Jamie Dug It!

I was advised recently that an author shouldn't blog about, nor review, another author's book because that's sending readers to check out books other than her own. While I can see this might be true from a hard marketing standpoint, frankly, I just don't write fast enough to keep readers enjoying books by ONLY me. (LOL) I have a new novel release approximately twice a year. My friends and co-workers download the book and usually read it within a couple of days. Then they have six months to wait for the next book. So I don't feel like I'm hurting my sales when I bring to light another book I've read and enjoyed.

Recently, it's been a whole series. The last series I devoured like this one was Geeta Kakade's Homespun Romance series. This time it's medical romance by Janet Lane-Walters, the Opposites in Love series.

I read the Aries-Libra Connection first. Jenessa is a nurse and Eric is the Director of Nursing. They have a history that he remembers but she doesn't, which is his concern. They're also on different sides of the hospital union/administration, and she's not sure they have a chance for a future because of it.

Next was the Taurus-Scorpio Connection. Laurel has her own history and Alex has a son. They work at the same hospital as Jen and Eric, and their story is just as compelling and entertaining. I love seeing characters from past books and catching up with their story lines.

Janet's latest release is the Gemini-Sagittarius Connection, Liz and Jeff's story. I'm looking forward to this one a great deal. I understand there are a couple more books to come in this series, and I'm glad. Janet Lane-Walters writes true to life medical romance with characters I come to know and love. I'll gladly pick up one of her romance titles any day.

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