Happy October everyone! Are you ready to get spooky and all together ooky? It’s that time of year again where we can get frightful and delightful without feeling a tiny bit of remorse. So come with me, won’t you? Join me, and so many other amazing authors in this years…
TEMPTED BY MR. WRONG
by Jacquie Biggar [Read more…]
NCIS has long been one of my all-time favorite TV series, and I’m in good company since it’s been running now for 14 years and has been a top 5 rated show for 8 of those years. In 2011, NCIS was voted America’s favorite television show in an online poll.
In the fiercely competitive arena of TV dramas, how has NCIS managed to come out a winner so consistently? Why do we love this series so much? What’s made it so compelling?
I have some of my own answers here, but I’d love to hear your theories too (besides Mark Harmon).
What We love about NCIS:
Off the Reservation
Don’t you love how the team goes off the reservation to solve the problem and prevent catastrophe, in spite of the danger? But the writers are brilliant because they take the characters a step further. Gibbs and everyone on the team have broken the rules in spite of the potential for great personal cost even if they succeed. Like the episodes when they’re trying to pin Gibbs with murdering his wife and daughter’s murderer. They work on it when they’re not supposed–stopping the elevator to talk–knowing they could get fired, but knowing that Gibbs needs them.
The team will do anything to save each other and this creates a community much like a family—I love this part too. Abby is like the mother and Gibbs is like the strong silent father.
Eccentric Side-Kick Characters
The cast of eccentric, sometimes clashing characters add more depth, giving the show an element of fun to break up the edge of tension. The non-stereotype characters makes it feel real. Abby, Ducky and Mr. Palmer are perfect fun foils for the dangerous drama.
Chemistry and the possibility of romance
But the number one reason I think we’ve loved this show for years, and watch re-runs now, is the off-the-charts chemistry between Tony & Ziva. They were a couple always on the verge of sizzling romance or murderous competition. The spark of potential explosive passion between them, the fast banter and wit between two very confident, strong characters was the IT factor, added to the rest of the elements, that made NCIS my must see TV for so many.
Now that these two characters have disappeared, I find I watch and enjoy the re-runs more than the current cast. How about you?
All of these elements: the team’s self-sacrificing bravery in the face of breathtaking danger and commitment to each other, the family-like community including fun quirky characters, and the sizzling chemistry of that special couple, are what I’ve included in my series, Beachcomber Investigations. I call it a romantic detective series.
Find out why it’s been compared to TV series like Moonlighting with Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepard.
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the series for only $4.99.
But be prepared to become addicted…
Scorching Summer Sale with Donna Fasano!
One of my favorite all time authors is visiting today to share her latest and greatest romance bargain: a scorching summer sale. And if you love cashews, coconuts & peaches, you’ll love her delicious & healthy frozen dessert bar recipe.
It’s August and the temperatures are hot as fire. To celebrate, here’s a scorching summer sale. You can get the first three books of The Ocean City Boardwalk Series for just 99¢. That’s a $7.00 saving off the regular cover price. So… what are you waiting for? Take advantage of this scorching summer sale now!
About the series: Sara, Heather, and Cathy are best friends. Through the years they’ve cheered each other on, celebrating each victory, and they’ve been supportive through every crisis. Join them as they face love and loss… and learn to hold tight to the idea that friends are your chosen family.
The Ocean City Boardwalk series, where life isn’t just fun in the sun—love is waiting on those sandy shores!
Don’t miss this scorching summer sale. Find the bundle:
As a bonus, here’s a frozen summer dessert that’s sure to cool you down.
Summer Coconut Peach Dessert
- 3 cups raw cashews
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 2/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup agave nectar
- 2 fresh peaches, peeled and thinly sliced
- Prepare cashews: Place nuts in a viagra pas cher bowl and cover with water. Soak for several hours to soften, drain. Discard water.
- Combine the cashews, lemon juice, coconut oil, coconut milk and agave in a food processor and process until smooth. This step may take a few minutes.
- Line a greased sheet pan with wax paper. Allow paper to hang over the edges of the pan to make removing easy. Pour cashew mixture into pan, spreading evenly.
- Place the pan in the freezer and chill for 20 minutes.
- Remove from freezer and layer peach slices on top. Freeze for at least 2 additional hours.
- To serve, remove from freezer and let sit for 5 minutes before slicing into squares. Place any leftover squares in a covered container or zip-top bag and store in the freezer. Keeps for about a week.
Thank you, Donna for that yummy sounding desert recipe–and for the delicious sounding bargain romance set!
He is THE coolest—and yes, has always been the most interesting man in the world since long before the marketers for the current ad campaign were even born.
Sir Roger Moore breathed life into the fictional character for a dozen years and starred in one of the most classic movies in the franchise, Live And Let Die. Portraying the ultimate in British reserve, flawlessly handsome and perfect in his part, Moore played in seven Bond movies from 1973 to 1985. On the Official James Bond 007 website other Bond actors paid tribute to his career.
Moore was the James Bond I fell in love with, the one who introduced me to the mystique, and the one who got me hooked for life. To say I’m a fan of the Bond series doesn’t say enough.
The understated manner of the over-the-top exploits speak to me more than Luke Skywalker or Indiana Jones or Captain Kirk ever did. Bond lived in this world and in this time and he saved the world with no hesitation and no qualms and with the most heart-melting élan of any of the legendary cinematic heroes. And nobody did it better (as Carly Simon would say) than Roger Moore.
Favorite line from Man with the Golden Gun: “Miss Anders! I didn’t recognize you with yourclothes on.”
Favorite line from Live And Let Die: Solitaire:Is there time before we go, for lesson number three?Bond:Absolutely. There’s no sense in going off half-cocked.
Moore delivered the irreverent lines with the deserving dry wit and without faltering. Ever.
Now, deceased after nearly ninety years, Roger Moore can rely on the everlasting James Bond to give life to his memory for many years to come. There will be another James Bond movie, starring Daniel Craig, but no release date has been scheduled. I’ll be there.
For some cool James Bond-like characters running perilous missions of their own, read my Beachcomber Investigations series books.
First, let me say, by *Cool Cat* I mean hip, as opposed to arctic–as in freezing temperatures. Myren, my chauffeur, thought I should mention this since he felt that few would associate me with anything to do with hip. We had a
loud long discussion about this, but I won’t bore you with those details.
How would I know about cool? you ask. (Or I should say, Myren asked this very thing. Numerous times.)
Let’s say, I’ve had the chance to observe many of the cool-as-in-hip over the years. Sometimes I’ve even acted cool myself.
Why should I care? you ask. Everyone wants to be cool, I say.
What planet are you from?
Here are my coolest handy hints!
Top 6 ways to be a Cool Cat:
- Don’t use the term Cool Cat unless you travel back in time to the 50s and join a band of beatniks. Or unless you’re referring to the old cartoon character based on beatniks from the 50s. Come to think of it, those beatniks were really cool cats.
- Wear a beret. Preferably black.
- Never smile.
- Always wear sunglasses.
- Get some bongo drums.
- Wear black. Or black & white stripes.
Now you’re asking “Can I be a Cool Cat in the 21st century without imitating some ancient-times goth-looking characters?”
Sure, I say.
- Change out the beret for a baseball cap or knit cap.
- Wear very baggy pants or very tight pants.
- Get a tattoo or 4 or 5. Large and colorful ones.
- Grow a beard if you’re a guy and enhance your hair and nails if you’re a woman.
- Change out the bongo drums for the latest mobil with at least 479 apps.
- Join a gym. Muscles are in.
Keep the sunglasses. Shades are forever cool.