My Top 4 Christmas Movies

Guest blog by Mia Epsilon, author of When You Believe

It’s December so of course everyone’s thoughts turn to Christmas in some way or another. When you need a break from the chaos and hustle bustle, or if you want a unique party idea, fix some tea or hot toddy, your favorite snacks and cozy up with these fun Holiday themed movies.

  1. It’s A Wonderful Life

This is the classic movie which answers one man’s question (that we all have had at one time or another, haven’t we?): What would the world be like without me? The cast is wonderfully cast and perfect in their roles especially the bumbling angel trying to earn his wings.

  1. Scrooged

This is a hysterically funny look at the classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ where a mean bah humbug Christmas and people hating man gets visited from three spirits on Christmas Eve determined to change him and his attitude.  A bit dated in technology (his ‘expensive’ gifts are VCR’s, anyone recall those?), it’s still a fun way to make you think about your own attitude and what you can do to be a better person.

  1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Very few movies could get away with these cheesy, corny and downright irreverent jokes but that’s what National Lampoon does best. From family members we can’t stand to bad bosses, in laws, kitchen disasters and the ‘rigging up the lights’ you will laugh yourself half silly at the antics of a family just trying to survive Christmas.

  1. The End of Time

If you aren’t a Doctor Who fan (and why aren’t you???) this won’t mean nearly as much to you as those who are. David Tennent’s final episodes as the infamous Doctor trying to save the world bring to the screen everything good, funny, poignant, and makes me hope the Doctor really is out there. Long time Who fans will know how the Master’s final act, when he’s been The Doctor’s almost lifelong enemy, carries the show from just another episode to one of special significance. It’s also my favorite of the Doctor Who Christmas specials because it shows all too clearly every emotion humans—and Time Lords—can possibly experience and more. This is also my favorite send off to a Doctor, and one I doubt the show will ever be able to beat.

So, what are your favorite Christmas movies?

Author Bio

Mia Epsilon lives with her ever patient and tolerant soul mate hubby in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, USA. She’s an avid reader of almost anything but particularly romance, with too many favorite authors to name. Mia is a huge Doctor Who fan, isn’t so certain about the writing in the new series yet absolutely adores the new Doctor and his Scottish accent. She also happily suffers a chocolate addiction which causes her to visit her favorite chocolate store, The Chocolate Fetish an abnormally high number of times.

Mia can most often be found at her computer spinning new tales or in a quiet padded nook (a nook, she swears, not a padded room) with her e reader happily engrossed in a new story. She’s currently hard at work on her series ‘Weddings by C & C’ and trying to build its reputation from ‘just another wedding story’ to ‘OMG you have GOT to read this book!’ She appreciates all reader input and comments on her Face Book, Twitter, Amazon and Good Reads pages. Her released titles include: ‘Wedding Belle Blues’, ‘Take a Chance on Me’, ‘When You Believe’, and ‘That Night’ along with a short story in The Wonderland Tales ‘Leave Your Hat On’.

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whenyoubelieve_200x300When You Believe Blurb:

Dan and Monica’s relationship gets a push from a handsome stranger, but will their love survive the test?

Monica has deep roots in the small town of Abbeville and manages the local coffee shop, which serves as the hub of town news. Deeply in love with Daniel, she still can’t help but notice the gorgeous stranger, Micheal, who seemingly appears out of nowhere. When Dan begins to pull away from her, what’s a girl to do? Tempted to sit home and cry, Monica is determined to push through the uncertainty. Does that mean exploring new options?

Daniel carries secrets he can’t share with anyone, even Monica. He’s a man with no past and no relatives, so he doesn’t believe he deserves a bright future. Pulling away from Monica, his love and the closest thing he has to a family, he believes is the only way she can truly find happiness. But when tragedy strikes Abbeville will the man with no roots become its savior? Or will he discover Michael’s true reason for appearing among them?

Buy: When You Believe (Weddings by C & C Book 3)

Excerpt:

“Am I interrupting something?” Dan came in the door and stood just inside, his expression confused. “Is everything okay?”

“No. Amber is convinced Michael is some assassin here to kill someone for Jamie Manning who’s part of the Irish mafia.” She pointed at Dan as he burst into laughter and glared at Amber. “There. See how ridiculous you’re being?”

“Oh, that’s too funny. Adam and Emily would get such a kick out of that. I bet Chief Owens would, too.” Dan bent over as he continued to laugh. “Come on, that’s too silly to be real.”

“Well, okay, so maybe it is.” Amber conceded with a hard note in her tone. “But you have to admit the guy is weird and freaky things happen around him.”

Dan straightened and walked over to put an arm around Monica’s shoulders. “He is, I agree. But he’s no killer. He grabbed the Marley kid out of the street a few weeks back. And Monica told me how he saved Anna from falling right before she gave birth to the twins. No assassin does nice things like that.”

“So what’s his last name? And where is he staying?” Amber demanded. “I’m going to find out before something really bad happens. Then you two will have to eat your words.” She stomped off to the back room, shoulders and spine stiff straight.

Buy: When You Believe (Weddings by C & C Book 3)

Review: Sloane Hall by Libby Sternberg

Reviewed by Carla F.

Libby Sternberg takes Jane Eyre and turns it on its head in this imaginative tale of Hollywood in the 1920’s.

Summary: Young John Doyle spent time in reform school after killing his abusive stepfather, and stayed on to work there after his time was done. Fascinated with motion pictures, he decides to head to Hollywood. However, he wants to be a cameraman instead of an actor. He gets a job as a low-level assistant on the set of a movie. One day he is upset at being thrown out of his apartment and accidentally causes an afternoon’s worth of film to be destroyed. Now with no job and no place to stay he is relieved when his older friend Leo says that the silent film star, Pauline Sloane (soon to do her first talkie), needs a chauffeur.

Review: I loved how Jane turned into John in this book, and how the author works in elements of Jane Eyre in unique ways. I also enjoyed the mentions of Hollywood actors/actresses and directors during that time (there is an interesting encounter with Howard Hughes) and the detail of how both silent films and ones with sound were made in those early days. Leo’s long talks with John about how talkies are so inferior to silent movies and how they won’t last long are amusing.

The wonderful mystery of Jane Eyre is maintained. What is Pauline’s real relationship to her agent Robbie Morgan? What is the deal with the French chef who isn’t worried about losing her job because she “knows things”? What are those eerie sounds in Sloane Hall that John hears from his bed in the room over the garage? Is there something in the attic?

Recommended: For lovers of Jane Eyre and readers who love stories of Hollywood as it was.

Rating: ★★★★★

Buy: SLOANE HALL (A Tale of Old Hollywood)

Review: Sloane Hall by Libby Sternberg

by Sandra Scholes, guest reviewer

Inspired by the work of Charlotte Bronte, namely Jane Eyre, Libby hoped to bring back that same romantic feeling with this period work of hers set in the romantic backdrop of the 1920s where many hoped they would become the actors and starlets of the day, Buster Keaton, the famous Clara Bow and smoldering Vilma Banky, but as the director, in this novel reminds those he works with; they can dream, but making it a reality is very far from the truth of what actually happens to those taken on by him for his films.

Leo Bartenstien, a cameraman who has worked with all the greats in cinema history, Harold Lloyd being among them, who has these same dreams of success, money and women, and gives young and impressionable Johnny Doyle a chance at greatness working with him, one screw-up is all it takes for him to lose his job there, but once another comes up elsewhere for a driver’s job over at Sloane Hall, he can’t help but take it up and roll with it – as it involves chauffeuring the delectable Marta Escobar, but the house belongs to the noted silent actress Pauline Sloane who he falls in love with soon enough.

The setting for Sloane Hall is mysterious and beautiful, made more so by the two characters managing to get to know each other through this scenic backdrop, and through knowing her he gains insights to how to make movies and what it entails to be the type to make movie history.

While at his new job, he has touches of nostalgia, thinking of the friends he had made before, feeling sad that he had left them behind. He knows it was to be expected if he was to move on, but it doesn’t stop him remembering what life was like back then. If readers are interested in 1920s period in history, and the actors and actors surrounding it, the directors and producers and filmmaking in general, then they will have a fun time reading this story. It is one that has to have that kind of interest level though as it is mostly centered around that period than being about the romance.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Buy: Sloane Hall

My Top 10 Favorite Romance Movies

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Everyone has movies that they tend to watch over and over and over again. We watch them because they make us happy, because we love the acting and the story. Yesterday I saw for the first time a movie that came out in 2007. It was stunning and has without a moment’s hesitancy, entered my favorites list. That movie was Arranged. Look out for a formal review as I will be writing one.

My Top Ten Favorite Romance Movies

(In order by release date.)

  1. Beauty and the Beast (1991) It’s easy to see that this is most girls’ first introduction into paranormal romance. The Beast and castle are clearly enchanted through magic. The castle itself is very Gothic, and our poor hero is as shaggy as any werewolf, though he certainly cleans up nice!
  2. Walk in the Clouds (1995) This lovely postwar romance follows a young soldier as he attempts to sell chocolates and winds up rescuing a damsel in distress. The grandfather makes this movie and the scene in the vineyard during a frost warning is breathtaking.
  3. Ever After (1998) I am surprised I haven’t worn the finish off this DVD. I used to watch it every day or two many many years ago. Prince Henri is a charming rascal in desperate need of a love match to stop his father’s political matchmaking.
  4. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) Colin Firth as Marc Darcy. Clearly this is an awesome romance. Very strong language warning, but other than that it’s very delightful. If you haven’t seen it, you’re going to love the fight scene. Sigh!
  5. North and South (2004) Four hours is not nearly enough Mr. Thornton or Richard Armitage. I would like more please. Is there an unedited eight hour version hiding somewhere? No? Drat! I guess I will have to settle for one, “Look back at me!”
  6. Pride and Prejudice (2005) My favorite version of Jane Austen’s classic. I know I said Colin Firth and Marc Darcy and it’s true. Colin is great as Darcy, but this version with Keira and Matthew and Donald really yanks at my heart. The scenery is gorgeous too.
  7. Outsourced (2006) This movie is a call center and technical support romance between one yuppy American male and one spunky Indian female. Culture shock to say the very least and wickedly entertaining.
  8. Arranged (2007) One Orthodox Jewish girl and one Muslim girl are getting matched. They know each other from their teaching positions at the same school and as they go through the process of meeting men under watchful family eyes they become fast friends. Very satisfying ending!
  9. Enchanted (2007) I just love the songs in this film, especially “How does she know that you love her?” Patrick Dempsey is devilishly handsome and a treat to watch as he struggles against falling for a loopy girl who thinks she’s in love with a prince. Amy Adams is perfection.
  10. Lost in Austen (2008) Be honest, who hasn’t wanted Mr. Darcy to herself? One English miss from today’s world manages to get stuck in Jane Austen’s ‘fictional’ Georgian England at the start of the story and the rest as they say is history!

So there’s my list. What movies are on yours?

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