Monday, March 8, 2010

Book Give-away and the Oscars

Last week when I moved my office, I came across a box of books. Treasures really. Several years ago, I went on a book buying spree and purchased a lot of paperback, romantic-suspense and love-inspired books. Some I have read and some I haven't. The ones I haven't read are pretty much new, though they are several years old. Steeple Hill, a division of Harlequin, published these little gems and I love them. They are quick reads and there’s no profanity and no graphic sex just wonderful characters and good plots.

So here’s the deal, I’m going to give away one book a week while they last. All you have to do to win a book is leave a comment on my blog and become a follower. I'll announce the winner each Monday.

Okay, now about the Oscars.

When I’m writing a novel, I picture scenes as though they’re part of a movie playing in my mind, so it only stands to reason that I like going to the movies. Over the years, I’ve watched a ton of them, and as a result I have usually watched the Academy Awards, hoping some of my favorites would win. But for several years I haven’t watched the Oscars. There are many reasons which I won’t go into, but last night I was cornered into watching the show. Despite the major cold I was fighting, I really enjoyed it. Steven Martin and Alec Baldwin were good hosts and darn funny at times.

A couple of the movies I particularly enjoyed last year took home Oscars: Up and The Blind Side.

Up was wonderful. Loved the music, the characters and the plot. A great, great flick.

There are few movies that I see more than once in the theater. I’ve seen The Blind Side three times in the last six months. I was so thrill that Sandra Bullock, won for her role in that film.

I was also glad that Kathryn Bigelow won best director for the movie The Hurt Locker. She is the first woman to win for this category. The film also won Best Picture!!!

And trekkies, Star Trek won for best make-up!

What were some of your favorite movies in 2010? And why were they your favorites?


  1. I loved "UP". It was one of my favorites last year. I cried every time we saw it.

  2. I was so surprised to hear no woman had ever won best director - seems a little bizarre.

    I don't get to see a lot of movies - but I did manage to drag hubby to Blind Side & we both loved it.

    I couldn't get him to go to Star Trek, so I went with my sister's family loved it as well! Haven't seen any of the other nominees though :)

  3. L.T., I know what you mean. There were several scenes that choked me up (no pun intended) as well. :)

  4. L.T., I know what you mean. There were several scenes that choked me up (no pun intended) as well. :)

  5. Kathi--Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

    I like Harelquin too. One of my writing friend (Laura Bradford/Elizabeth Lynn Casy) has four books with them right now and several future ones under contract.

    I loved Blindside. My husband loved it even more. :) We haven't seen UP.

    I'm not a huge fan of award shows. I tend to make my own opinions...I watch the movie based on the "pitch." There are several I want to see that are on video now. :)

    Congratulations on your book!

  6. Jemi: I was surprised a woman had never won as well. At least the glass ceiling has been broken for others to follow. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Thanks for stopping by, Sharon. The Steeple Hill dvision of Harlequin has some really nice fiction. I'm glad you like them. I know what you mean about award shows. I feel the same way. :)

  8. Saw several of the nominated movies. Loved "Up" and cheered when Jeff Bridges won for "Crazy Heart." But I couldn't watch two of the nominated movies ("District 9" and "The Hurt Locker") because the jerky, rapid cinematography gave me motion sickness. Wish they wouldn't shoot movies this way. I can't be the only one bothered by this. Sigh.

  9. I really want to see The Blind Side. This would be one my husband would actually watch with me (any football movie makes him cry)!

  10. Anonymous, I know what you mean. I had a hard time watching The Borne Identity movies because of the jerky shots. Thanks for stopping by. :)

  11. M. Gray, take some tissues because this football movie is a tear-jerker. :)



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