Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (author of Wayward Pines) deftly weaves together a mystery thriller that balances in both the normal and the sci-fi worlds, and it’s a page-turner you won’t be able to put down. I read it through in one sitting.

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Movie Review: Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2016)

Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

I didn’t get to see Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse in its limited theater run, so when I saw it on the Netflix DVD new release page, I added it to my queue.

The horror-comedy movie centers on three teen Scouts gearing up for their last-ever camp-out. The trio of friends suddenly find themselves in the middle of a zombie outbreak, and they attempt to save the town with their scout skills.

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Movie Review: The Funhouse Massacre (2015)

The Funhouse Massacre

The Funhouse Massacre is a recent horror film, but it heavily evokes horror films of the 80s.

The plot is that six of the world’s scariest psychopaths escape from a local asylum and proceed to unleash terror on the unsuspecting crowd of a Halloween Funhouse, where the themed mazes are inspired by those killer’s various reigns of terror.

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Book Review: All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Book Review: All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

All the Missing Girls is a murder mystery written by Megan Miranda about the disappearances of two young women from a small town, ten years apart, and how they intertwine.

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Beyonce and Bilal Slay at 2016 BET Awards #BETAWARDS

2016 BET Awards

In a night filled with incredible performances, two artists managed to stand out at last night’s 2016 BET Awards.

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Movie Review: Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

Independence Day: Resurgence Movie Review

In 1996, aliens came to conquer Earth in a big blockbuster known as Independence Day. We may have kicked alien butt, but twenty years later, they’re back and they’re bigger in the sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence.

Here’s the spoiler-free review: If you liked the original Independence Day, you’re going to like this one. If you didn’t, this film has nothing new that will win you over.

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Netflix July 2016 Additions and Departures

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Here is the list of titles coming to Netflix in July 2016, as well as the ones that are leaving.

Noteworthy additions include the Back to the Future trilogy of movies, Mean Girls, The Big Short, The Sting, and Netflix original Tallulah.

But the real gold is in the series. Netflix originals include Marco Polo: Season 2, Stranger Things: Season 1, Marcella: Season 1, BoJack Horseman: Season 3, and Deep: Season 1.

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Book Review: Beyond the Ice Limit by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Book Review: Beyond the Ice Limit by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Beyond the Ice Limit, the latest collaboration by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, starts off with a slow burn, but as the characters hit the icy waters near Antarctica, the action and mystery are non-stop.

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When Senseless Violence Comes to Your City #OrlandoUnited

#OrlandoUnited

I was home alone in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 12, a week ago today. Time was creeping up on 2am. I was working on some posts for this blog, and took a break to clear my head. I refreshed my Facebook feed and this came up on my screen:

shooting at Pulse nightclub

Then others started commenting on the post, and it became clear there was a shooting at Pulse nightclub. Over the hours to come, details would become clearer. The initial 20 dead would climb to 50 dead. But then it became 49 because it was felt the shooter didn’t deserve to be memorialized with the 49 innocent souls he took that night.

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New Attractions Premiere this Summer in Orlando and Central Florida

Town Center at Disney Springs opened May 15

This summer is an exciting time to visit Orlando and Central Florida, as new attractions, shows, thrill rides, and more are set to open at the area’s theme parks.

Here’s a look at what you can expect this summer:

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Netflix June 2016 Additions and Departures

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Here is the list of titles coming to Netflix in June 2016, as well as the ones that are leaving.

Noteworthy additions include the fourth season of Orange is the New Black, last year’s Best Picture Oscar winner Spotlight, the first three Jurassic Park movies, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3.

For the kids, check out All Hail King Julien season 3, LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship season 2, Dragons: Race to the Edge season 3, and Voltron: Legendary Defender season 1.

Here is the complete list of Netflix titles arriving and departing in June 2016:

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I’m Going to ShiftCon Social Media Conference 2016 in New Orleans!

ShiftCon Social Media Conference 2016 in New Orleans

I’m happy to announce that I am going to ShiftCon Social Media Conference 2016 in New Orleans in December! Shiftcon was created to support social media influencers who care about food, wellness, health and the environment.

This conference offers professional workshops, networking, parties, and a collaboration of changemakers from all over under one roof, with a solid focus on green content creation, food & environmental activism, organic and nonGMO food, and much more.

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I’m April’s Blogger of the Month at Gotta Get Blogging!

April 2016's Featured Blogger by Gotta Get Blogging

A couple of weeks ago I found out I was chosen as “April’s Featured Blogger” by Gotta Get Blogging. I’m completely thrilled and honored by this recognition.

The thing about blogging is you don’t always know what kind of impact you’re making. Sure people comment occasionally, or send emails, or tell you in person when they meet you. But for every person that makes contact in some way or another, there are probably 10 or 20 that don’t – at least judging by my blog numbers.

So to be singled out in this way let’s me know I’m on the right track and putting out something that means something to others, not just myself.

Plus, Gotta Get Blogging is run by some fine people who do a lot to help out bloggers, including putting on the annual Florida Blog Con (which I will be attending this year). So to receive this honor from them is an added bonus.

Anyways, if you want to read more about me, including a short Q&A, you can visit the Gotta Get Blogging newsletter archives.

And if you have bloggers that you enjoy reading, please de-lurk every now and then to provide feedback. Make a comment on a post or send them an email. Bloggers can’t survive without the support of their readers. Thanks to everyone who takes the time to support me and my blogs!

Captain America: Civil War is What a Superhero Movie Should Be

Captain America: Civil War - movie review

The carefully crafted world of Marvel superheroes has been building to its newest release, Captain America: Civil War, which hit theaters in the U.S. on May 6.

The spoiler-free review is this is the best superhero movie to date. It deftly weaves in humor and a thought-provoking plot with lots of action and amazing special effects.

Every character gets a chance to shine, but nothing feels like it was wedged in. Every scene serves a purpose. Captain America: Civil War is all killer and no filler, and I would splurge on a 3D ticket or IMAX to get the most out of the movie.

For those that don’t mind light spoilers, read on….

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The Difference Between Mexican and Tex-Mex Tacos

tacos

Anyone who knows me, knows tacos are my favorite food. I could eat them for every meal and be happy.

That said, there is a difference between Tex-mex tacos (pictured above), which is what most Americans consider to be regular tacos, and the original Mexican version.

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