Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hooray for Book Luvin' Babes!

My hubby and I greatly appreciate Dana Taylor’s recent comments about the award-winning romantic memoir we co-wrote under the pen names of Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence. Dana posted the following on the Book Luvin’ Babes website -- and even included an excerpt from our book:

Some books just stick with you. I read the short and wonderful romantic memoir IT HAD TO BE US by Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence several years ago and interviewed Elizabeth for my radio show. I still remember the charming he said/she said style of this true story of two people once married, once divorced, married to others, widowed, and how they came together again. Now available to the world as an ebook, it will surely make its way to the bestseller list. Enjoy this excerpt!

To read the entire post, just click on the link below:

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Coffee Time Romance

I’m pleased to be today’s “Thursday Thirteen” blogger for Coffee Time Romance. When asked to blog about any thirteen things of interest to me, I couldn’t resist listing 13 romantic films from IT HAD TO BE US, the award-winning memoir my hubby and I co-wrote under the pseudonyms of Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence. I also included information about our screenplay contest, mostly because the deadline for entries is July 1st. Here’s the link to this “Coffee Thoughts” blog for today:

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Help Is on the Way

Author Karen Monteverdi’s Living Consciously in an Ego Driven Society offers a new way to look at heath and to express ourselves. This helpful book explains a Total Holistic and Integrated System that can improve body awareness to create a positive experience involving letting go of distress. And for readers who order today, there are lots of bonus downloads. Here’s the link for more information:

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Judy Garland Remembered

In honor of Judy Garland’s 90th birthday today, here are some of my favorite musical numbers performed by Garland in her films:

“Get Happy” from Summer Stock

“I Don’t Care” from In the Good Old Summertime

“The Man That Got Away” from A Star Is Born

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” from Meet Me in St. Louis

“But Not for Me” from Girl Crazy

“The Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe” from The Harvey Girls

“The Trolley Song” from Meet Me in St. Louis

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz

Actually, I have too many favorites to list them all! So here’s to you, dear Judy. We will never forget you.

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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Accentuate the Positive

Here are two comments about Photo Adventures in Cuba by Judy Krings that pique my curiosity:

Janice Taylor, a life and wellness coach, says the book overflows “with gorgeous photos and spirited text that will activate and energize your ‘upward spiral,’ feed your soul, and bring a smile to your face.”

Martin Seligman, a professor of psychology, claims that Judy Krings “brings the strengths and virtues of Positive Psychology to life.”

If you’re curious about Cuba as well as about how to unlock your power of positivity, checking out Judy’s book with all its wonderful photos and inspirational stories might be right up your alley. And, if you buy Photo Adventures in Cuba today, lots of interesting bonuses are available for you. Here’s the link: http://bit.lykswdv4/

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Saturday, June 02, 2012


In honor of Father's Day, I've been thinking of films worth seeing that feature dads as important characters. Heading my list are movies about a teller of tall tales, a British lord, an efficiency expert, and two uncles who serve as surrogate fathers to their young nephew.

Albert Finney and Billy Crudup play father and son in BIG FISH, a whimsical film about a man who tells the same fantastic stories over and over again -- so much so that he alienates his son. After finding out that his father (Finney) is dying, the estranged son (Crudup) visits him and finally realizes he can learn who his father really is through the tales he relates. Even with a dark theme like this, BIG FISH manages to be light-hearted and amusing -- a film infused with humor and heart.

WHAT A GIRL WANTS contains a splendid performance by Colin Firth as a British Lord who must deal with a rambunctious daughter he never knew he had. She's an American teenager (Amanda Bynes) who teaches her new-found stuffy father not only how to have a bit of fun but also the importance of being true to yourself. Watching these two very different individuals interact with each other is great fun.

In CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN, Steve Martin shines as the father of 12 children. He portrays a busy efficiency expert who's not particularly efficient when it comes to taking care of his raucous kids, especially during his wife's (Bonnie Hunt) absence. It's a treat to see Martin's comic antics such as growling like a monster at the youngest or delivering a funny eulogy at a pet's funeral. Despite an emphasis on comedy, this movie delivers a serious message: listen to your children – no matter how busy you are. 

Although Michael Caine and Robert Duvall are uncles, not fathers, in SECONDHAND LIONS, their characters serve as father figures for the abandoned nephew placed in their charge. These two eccentric recluses help change the sad boy placed in their charge (Haley Joel Osment) into a young man with lots to smile about. Duvall’s famous "what it takes to be a man" speech is a classic film moment. "Whether certain things are true or not, it's important to believe in them," Duvall says. His "certain things" list includes the value of honor, virtue, courage, and a belief that true love never dies. I think that’s wise advice any father should consider passing on to his son.

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Friday, June 01, 2012

Celebrating Five Fun Years

Movie Addict HQ has scheduled a “Fifth BTR Anniversary Party” featuring clips of famous guests, favorite episodes, a book giveaway and other goodies! Among the many guests to be spotlighted are Fred Willard -- who plans to drop by in person -- Cloris Leachman, Debbie Reynolds, Lucie Arnaz, Lorna Luft, Russell Hornsby, The Muppets, Nancy Lombardo and Morgan Lawrence. It should be a fun party, so be sure to join the Movie Addict Headquarters gang at BlogTalkRadio on Tuesday, June 5th.

Film-related books to be given away in a special drawing at this Anniversary Celebration include:

Lucille Ball FAQ by James Sheridan and Barry Monush

Me and Orson Welles by Robert Kaplow

Everything I Need To Know I Learned from a Chick Flick by Kimberly Potts

Confessions of a Movie Addict by Betty Jo Tucker

Susan Sarandon: A True Maverick by Betty Jo Tucker

“Five Fun Years!” airs on BlogTalkRadio at 4 p.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. Pacific Time) on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. For more information, click on the link below.

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