Book Review: ‘Matchup’ Pairs Bestselling Mystery Authors in a Short Story Anthology Worth Reading

Book Review: Matchup Pairs Bestselling Authors in a Short Story Anthology Worth Reading

As a fan of the mystery and thriller genres, I was excited to receive a copy of Matchup to review. It proved to be an exciting read.

Edited by writer Lee Child, this book is a follow-up to the New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller FaceOff. It features 22 of the genres’ best writers pairing off to write short stories featuring some of their best known characters.
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Spider-Man: Homecoming Is the Most Fun Outing for the Webslinger Yet

Spider-Man: Homecoming Is the Most Fun Outing for the Webslinger Yet

Is the third reboot of the Spider-Man movie franchise worth checking out, or is the webslinger out of juice? Read on for my review of the newest movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming.

The movie returns Peter Parker to his high school years, and features British actor Tom Holland in the title role. We got a bit of a preview of him as he helps Team Iron Man in that mega-airport battle in Captain America: Civil War, but this is the first full movie featuring Holland as Spider-Man.

The short non-spoiler review is I loved this new look at Spider-Man and Peter Parker. As a high school student, Parker is battling all the issues of being an outsider at school with all of his new-found abilities…and new friends, including Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr)..

He also has a new villian, the Vulture (played brilliantly by Michael Keaton), who turns out to be closer to Parker than he expected.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a classic high school comedy mixed with a thrilling superhero action film, and it works on both counts. Definitely put this on your must-see list for the summer!

Keep scrolling for my in-depth mildly-spoiler review.

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My Recap of #BlogHer17 – Maybe Not the Right Conference for Me

My Recap of #BlogHer17 - Maybe Not the Right Conference for Me

I love blogger conferences because I usually end up learning things that help me be a better blogger, and I make beneficial connections, too.

But after attending BlogHer17 here in Orlando last weekend, I’m not so sure that conference was the right one for me.

Hey, it happens!

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Netflix July 2017 Additions and Departures

 

Netflix Monthly Additions and Departures

Here is the list of titles coming to Netflix in July 2017, as well as the ones that are leaving.

Movie highlights for the month include Star Wars: Rogue One and the Academy Award-nominated Lion, along with returning favorites like Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Titanic, and Disney’s The Mighty Ducks.

Original programming highlights include the Netflix original movies To the Bone (starring Lily Collins and Keanu Reeves), and The Incredible Jessica James. Documentary fans can check out Chasing Coral, Last Chance U, and Daughters of Destiny .

Original comedy offerings include specials by Aditi Mittal, Ari Shaffir, and The Standups. Plus more episodes of Chelsea Handler’s show.

Netflix original series include Friends from College (Season 1), Castlevania (Season 1), and Ozark (Season 1).

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Celebrate the History of Mardi Gras at the Mobile Carnival Museum in Alabama #VisitMobile #BorntoCelebrate #travel

Celebrate the History of Mardi Gras at the Mobile Carnival Museum in Alabama

 

Did you you know Mardi Gras in America started in 1703 in Mobile, Alabama? The area had been taken over by the French the year prior, and the celebration wouldn’t reach New Orleans until nearly two decades later.

You can learn this and more at the Mobile Carnival Museum, an ode to the celebration that city residents and visitors look forward to every year. As one of my new Mobile friends says, as soon as Mardi Gras is over, everybody starts planning for the next year.

 

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The Fort of Colonial Mobile Teaches the Colonial History of Mobile Alabama #VisitMobile #travel

The Fort of Colonial Mobile Teaches the Colonial History of Mobile Alabama

I recently spent a couple of days in Mobile, Alabama, and one of my favorite experiences was a visit to The Fort of Colonial Mobile.

A little back story for you…

Mobile was first established by the French in 1702, as as Fort Louis de la Mobile, and was the oldest permanent settlement in the original Colony of French Louisiana. In 1723, construction of a new brick fort with a stone foundation began, renamed later as Fort Condé in honor of Louis Henri de Bourbon, duc de Bourbon and prince de Condé.

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Ben & Jerry’s Celebrates Bob Marley’s Legacy with One Love Flavor

Ben & Jerry’s Celebrates Bob Marley’s Legacy with One Love Flavor

Ben & Jerry’s has partnered with the Marley family for an ice cream tribute to Bob Marley called One Love.

One Love is an delicious blend of banana ice cream, caramel and cookie swirls, and chocolate peace signs. It originally debuted in the United Kingdom last year, and is finally debuting in the U.S.

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Netflix June 2017 Additions and Departures

Netflix Monthly Additions and Departures

Here is the list of titles coming to Netflix in June 2017, as well as the ones that are leaving.

Movie highlights for the month include Disney’s Moana and Dreamworks’ Trolls , along with returning favorites like Full Metal Jacket, The Sixth Sense, Zodiac, and Young Frankenstein .

Original programming highlights include the Netflix original movies Lucid Dream (a Korean thriller), and Shimmer Lake (starring Rainn Wilson and Benjamin Walker). Documentary fans can check out Counterpunch (boxing), Kardashian: The Man Who Saved OJ Simpson, and Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press.

Original comedy offerings include specials by Chris D’Elia, Marco Luque, Rory Scovel, and “Oh Hello on Broadway” starring John Mulaney and Nick Kroll. Plus more episodes of Chelsea Handler‘s show.

Netflix original series include Orange Is the New Black (Season 5), G.L.O.W. (Season 1), Flaked (Season 2), Gypsy (Season 1), and The Ranch (Season 3).

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Vanity Fair Releases Four Collectors Covers of #StarWars: The Last Jedi Cast for Upcoming Issue

Vanity Fair Releases Four Collectors Covers of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi” doesn’t land in theaters until December, but fans can get a sneak peek at the cast in costume on four different Vanity Fair magazine covers hitting newsstands on June 6.

Photographed by the renowned Annie Leibovitz, the cast including Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver, and Kelly Marie Tran appear in groupings across the covers.

Except for our dear departed Princess/General Leia, Carrie Fisher, who stands regal in a solitary cover:

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Let’s Talk About It: Depression and Me #B4MH

Let's Talk About It: Depression and Me #B4MH

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and I’m banding together with a few other bloggers to talk openly about the topic today.

As many of you know, I have been dealing with a lot of physical health issues the last few years, including MS, heart/lung/kidney failure, and cancer. But hand in hand with that, I’ve also been dealing with a lot of mental health issues I haven’t talked about as much.

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May the Fourth Be With You – A Look Back at Star Wars Celebration 2017 in Orlando #SWCO

Me at at Star Wars Celebration 2017 in Orlando

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure to attend Star Wars Celebration 2017 here in Orlando, and I loved being totally immersed in the SW Universe for four days, amongst my geek peers.

However when the weekend finished, not only had I managed to catch “con crud” (the lovely mini-flu that happens when you have so many people in an enclosed space for several days), but I realized I had over 2000 photos to go through.

So while this recap is a bit late, I’m blessed with having the annual unoffical Star Wars holiday, May the Fourth Be With You, to take a look back at the panels, creations, and cosplay I encountered during the weekend.

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I’m Headed to Alabama for #TBEX in Huntsville and a Few Days in Mobile #IHeartHSV #VisitMobile

I'm Headed to Alabama for TBEX in Huntsville and Few Days in Mobile

I’m excited to announce that I’m kicking off May with my first big trip of the year to Huntsville, Alabama to attend the TBEX travel writer’s conference, and immediately following, I’m headed down to Mobile, where they have a wonderful itinerary planned.

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Paul McCartney Adds Summer 2017 US Dates to #OnetoOne Tour

Paul McCartney Adds Summer 2017 US Dates to One to One Tour

Legendary music icon Paul McCartney has added a new U.S. leg to his 2017 One On One tour, and it includes a slew of dates kicking off May 5 in Miami, FL.

A live McCartney show is not to missed for any music lover. His shows often run around the three hour mark, and include many memory making songs from over 50 years of music.

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Netflix May 2017 Additions and Departures

 

Netflix Monthly Additions and Departures

Here is the list of titles coming to Netflix in May 2017, as well as the ones that are leaving.

Movie highlights for the month include Marvel’s Doctor Strange, Southpaw, Don’t Think Twice, and When the Bough Breaks, along with returning favorites like Forrest Gump, Chocolat, The Host, The Place Beyond the Pines, and Inglourious Basterds.

Original programming highlights include the Netflix original movies War Machine, and Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie. Documentary fans can check out The Mars Generation, The Keepers, Get Me Roger Stone, Laerte-se, and Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower.

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U.S. Virgin Islands Offers $300 to Visitors to Celebrate 2017 Centennial

U.S. Virgin Islands Offers $300 to Visitors to Celebrate 2017 Centennial

In the U.S. Virgin Islands, March 31 is the 100th anniversary celebration of “Transfer Day,” which is when Denmark sold the islands to the United States for $25 million.

Normally the three islands – St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas – mark the annual holiday with parades. But since 2017 marks the Centennial, the USVI have decided to also offer a $300 bonus to guests who visit at least one of the islands during the calendar year.

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