September 17, 2011

Moving to Wordpress

After much deliberation, I have decided to move my blog to Wordpress. I've had trouble with Blogger and keep hearing the praises of Wordpress, so I am making the move. If you have put my address into a Blog Reader, you will need to change my address. Sorry about that.  You can find me at:



September 13, 2011

Best Hobbies for Writers

I've got a fun post up over at The Writer's Alley today. I'm talking about some great hobbies for writers. Some are a little tongue-in-cheek, but a few are really useful to writers. Check it out...


September 12, 2011

Monday Again...and PINTEREST!!!!

I wish we could have Mondays off. Don't you think three day weekends would help the world in general? We would all be more rested and in better spirits. Less war. Less strife. A happier you. A happier me. I love to dream big.

I chopped my hair off. I mean really chopped it good. I think it is rather cute....kinda sassy, if I do say so myself. It is a little shorter than what I thought I wanted, but I like it. It's easy, which is a plus. What I find funny is all the people that don't say a word about the change. I always wonder if they can't find anything good to say about it, so they keep their mouth shut! Funny, huh?

So have you heard about Pinterest? It is an interesting site, though I'm not sure the real purpose of it, other than it is like a visual bookmarking site. What you do is add a little button to your internet toolbar and when you see something you like while you are surfing the net, you "pin it". You have these little "corkboards" on your Pinterest page and you add interesting or cool things to your categories. I have categories like...Photos that move me, Travel Dreams, DIY Crafts, Artsy stuff, Cool Clothes, etc...


Here is a  look at my DIY Crafty Things category up close.  The cool thing is that it will link to the internet page that you "pinned it" from. That way you can go back to the page to get the directions for the craft.  There is a stream of other people's pins and you can repin anything you see that you like. You can follow other people that you like or get your friends to join.


Yes, I need another online thing to do like I need a hole in my head, but this is really neat. I've found some DIY Crafts that I am going to do for Christmas presents!

So what new cool thing have you come across lately?

September 05, 2011

A Labor Day Winner

What a blessed Labor Day. Seriously, after sixty-seven 100+ degree days this summer, today's high of 82 was a bit of heaven. It was so cool this morning that we got out in the garage and cleaned it out. We had so many boxes from our move last year that we hadn't gone through and there was only a path through the garage. A coworker gave me two shelving units and we got organized. Now we can even park a car in the garage!

I started a movie, but fell asleep. I suppose that's okay, given it is a holiday, but it sure makes me feel lazy.

Lazy is okay once in awhile, but when you forget to draw a winner for Kaye Dacus's book, Ransome's Quest, well, that is NOT a good thing! So without further ado, the winner of Kaye's book is:


Jodie Wolfe

Congratulations! I will be emailing you to get your snail mail address!


August 31, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Ransome's Quest by Kaye Dacus


About Ransome's Question:
The pirate El Salvador has haunted the waters of the Caribbean for almost ten years. When he snatched Charlotte Ransome, it was a case of mistaken identity. Now Charlotte’s brother, whose reputation in battle is the stuff of legend, is searching for him with a dogged determination. But another rumor has reached El Salvador’s ears: Julia Ransome has been kidnapped by the man feared by all other pirates—the pirate known only as Shaw. The violent and blood-thirsty savage from whom El Salvador was trying to protect her.
When word reaches William of Julia’s disappearance, his heart is torn—he cannot abandon the search for his sister, yet he must also rescue Julia. Ned Cochrane offers a solution: Ned will continue the search for Charlotte while William goes after Julia. William’s quest will lead him to a greater understanding of faith and love as he must accept help from sworn enemy and have faith that Julia’s life is in God’s hands.
My thoughts:
Ransome's Quest is a swashbuckling, high adventure with plenty of action and high intensity scenes that sweep you into a world of danger and intrigue upon the high seas. Seriously, this book was a lot of fun and kept me turning the page with gripping kidnappings and naval battles. One thing Kaye Dacus can do is write authentic battle scenes. She has the verbage down and knows her ships! I was swept away  into another world and felt as if I could taste the salty air.
Another thing I loved in this book were the villains. First we have El Salvador, who is a surprising gentleman aboard  his pirate ship, and then we have Shaw, as evil and unwholesome a character as I've ever come by. These two made for great contrasts and added depth to the story.
Kaye's use of secondary characters made the story fun for me. I loved Declan, El Salvador's first mate. In fact, it sure would be nice to have another book featuring him. *hint, hint* The ship hands were interesting characters and very visual. I felt like they were friends.
I think if I had one thing about the book that wasn't as top notch as Kaye's other books was that it was not quite as romantic as her others. I suppose it had to do with the fact that both heroines already had their hero at the very beginning of the book. Of course, I love to read romance where the characters grow in their love for one another, so maybe that is why this one fell a little flat for me. Otherwise, this book is a great read and thoroughly enjoyable. It would make for one awesome movie, to be sure!
Check out Kaye's other books at her website HERE.


Because I love Kaye and her books so much, and because it's my birthday, I am giving away a copy of Ransome's Quest to a lucky commenter! Please leave your spam-free email in the comment section. ie: sherrinda(at)gmail(dot)com. A winner will be drawn Sunday, September 2, 2011. 


*Contest is only open in the U.S. and void where prohibited. Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is draw from a non-biased third party- Random.org. I am not responsible for any lost or damaged items for said prize.


August 30, 2011

Oh Yeah...The Secondary Character

I'm blogging over at The Writer's Alley today about secondary characters.  Stop by for a peek into The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass to see what he says about secondary characters.




August 29, 2011

My Secret Challenge

I've challenged myself to do something during the month of September. I thought I would share it, but I've decided not to, mainly because I am so afraid I'll fail. It is something I've attempted before without success. A part of me thinks I'll jinx myself if I say it out loud. So mum's the word until I've accomplished what I've set out to do.

October 1st I will share my accomplishment IF I really did get it done. If not, then I'm hoping everyone has forgotten about this silly secret challenge.


August 24, 2011

Wednesday Review: Pirate of My Heart by Jamie Carie

Overview:  When her doting father dies, Lady Kendra Townsend is given a choice: marry the horrid man of her cold, money-grubbing uncle's choosing or leave England to risk a new life in America with unknown relatives. Armed with the faith that God has a plan for her, Kendra boards a cargo ship and meets American sea captain Dorian Colburn. But the captain has been wounded by a woman before and guards his independent life. A swashbuckling man doesn't need an English heiress to make him slow down, feel again, or be challenged with questions about his faith-or so he thinks. It is not until Dorian must save Kendra from the dark forces surrounding her that he decides she may be worth the risk.


My Review:

Swashbuckling adventure. Breath-taking romance. Dreamy Hero. Fiesty Heroine. Pirate of My Heart by Jamie Carie has it all. This fast paced adventure kept me turning the page and caused me to lose some sleep, but it was worth it.

Jamie Carie takes a strong-willed, beautiful woman and puts her on a ship with a heart-wounded captain, setting the stage for some flying sparks and interesting dialogue. These two are immediately drawn to one another and yet, struggling with their past and their future, they put up barriers. The way Carie builds their relationship is believable and I was thoroughly routing for both of them.

There are plenty of villains to keep the conflict going, and Carie kept raising the stakes with every scene. Such adventure and such drama! And all the while, the romance builds. I loved this book and will definitely be purchasing more of Carie's books.



 *With thanks to B&H Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.*


* Book releases September 1, 2011.*

August 22, 2011

Estrogen Minority

I am now the minority in my house. The lone female - all because we dropped off our daughter off at the University of Texas in Austin. She is in the oldest and smallest dorm on campus, but I betcha anything it has the biggest rooms. Her dorm room is huge, with a lot of room to move around. The floors are hardwood and there is a built in dresser and shelves.

She is on the top floor...4th story, and there is no elevator. I carried a bag up those stairs and decided I better stay up there and start getting the bed looking good. Besides, it was like 105 degrees outside. I didn't want to keel over and embarrass my daughter, right?

She didn't want us to stay and help her get things put away, so after we got her bedding on the bed, we hugged goodbye (I only got teary eyed.) and headed for the car. It was only when I got to the car that I really broke down. It didn't last too long, and I had gummy bears to ease the pain.

She is doing great. She is happy. She called Sunday afternoon and shared about the church she visited, which makes my heart full. She is a good girl and I am so very proud of her. She is starting her own journey, and I know she will glorify God in whatever she puts her hand to.

I'm so thankful God has allowed me the privilege of being her mother. She is special.

August 15, 2011

My First Writing Event

I had a first. I went to my first writing "event" Saturday. My friend from church, Ava, who just finished her first book, heard about an ACFW chapter here in our area that meets once a month. I'd heard of them, but had been too intimidated to go by myself. She wanted to go and I jumped at the chance to go with her.

We met at La Hacienda Ranch at 11:00 a.m. and were welcomed with open arms by the DFW Ready Writers group. They were warm, friendly, and very helpful. Lena Nelson Dooley is a member and she presented on the topic of Layering. Extremely interesting, that woman!

I will definitely be going back, because it is good for me. It is good for me to step out. It's good to challenge myself. And it is even better to come away inspired.

Thanks, Ava! I love you, friend!

August 12, 2011

Lawsuit Over eBook Pricing

And so it begins. With the vast new territory to explore in the eBook industry, it was just a matter of time before lawsuits came into play. According to GalleyCat's article HERE, a consumer rights firm called Hagen Bermans is suing Apple and six other big publishers saying that the agency model for eBook pricing is in violation of the Sherman Act (again, see GalleyCat's article for a little more about this).

Evidently, sometimes eBooks are being sold for a higher price than their hardback/softback counterparts. Granted, you would think that an eBook would be cheaper. No paper, no ink, to copy setting, to overhead, etc...

What do you think? Should eBooks be cheaper than paper copies? Should we have rules to enforce this kind of pricing?

August 10, 2011

Wednesday Review: Out of Control by Mary Connealy

Wrangler in PetticoatsI love Mary Connealy. And I really love her books. They are so funny, so fast paced, and so romantic. What's not to love about an earth-shattering kiss in complete darkness, down in the depths of a cavern? Mary knows how to write strong, independent women and strong, but vulnerable men. And Out of Control is as good as it comes.


About the book:  Julia Gilliland has always been interested in the natural world around her. She particularly enjoys studying the fossils and formations in the magnificent cave near her father's house. The cave seems plenty safe--until the day a mysterious intruder steals the rope she uses to climb out.


Rafe Kincaid is a man used to being in control--of himself, his brothers, and his family's ranch. The last thing he expects is to find a woman trapped in the cavern on his land--or to be forced to kiss her!

Rafe is more intrigued by Julia than any woman he's ever known. But when their developing relationship threatens a reconciliation with his brothers, will Rafe have to choose between his family and this new love that could heal his troubled heart and secure his happiness?

My thoughts:  I like how Mary Connealy takes a setting and makes it almost a character in itself. The cavern plays in heavy in this book, and breathes life into each and every chapter. And then we have the other characters: Julia, who finds the need to spend her time exploring the cavern: Rafe, who had a harrowing episode with his brothers in the cavern: a wild man who lives in the cavern; an insane man intent on hunting down Julia to find treasure her father supposedly stole; and a pregnant woman ready to give birth. What a varied list of characters! This is the reason Mary keeps me turning the page. The characters are unique, kirky, and real.

Rafe and Julia have such great chemistry, and from the very first chapter we see the sparks fly. There's some wonderful romantic scenes, and a couple of breathtaking kisses that Mary does so well. I love the humor, the misunderstanding, the vulnerability, and the sweetest of their times together.

If you like to read about cowboys and the women they love, you will love this book. It is the first in the Kinkaid Brides series by Bethany House. Look out...there's more brothers that need a wife!

Check out the trailer:



Find out more about Mary Connealy HERE.
You can purchase Out of Control HERE.

* I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. 







August 05, 2011

Meeting an Online Friend Face To Face

Today was a special day for me. I had lunch with fellow writer and Alley Cat, Angie Dicken, and let me tell you...she is cool. Not only does she have four kids, like me, but two of her kids share the same names as two of MY kids! We both have a Thomas and a Caleb. How about that? We also have three boys and one girl. Cool, huh?

Angie is beautiful and smart. She's easy to talk to and I really enjoyed talking "shop" with her, talking about our projects and throwing out ideas. It's strange that someone that I have never met, someone who I've never spent time with, could encourage me like she did. It was good for my writer's soul to get to be with her.

Thank you, Angie, for taking the time to meet me for lunch! I loved it!

August 02, 2011

A Look At Return To Me, The Movie

It's Blockbuster Week at The Writer's Alley and I'm talking about the movie Return to Me, with David Duchovny and Minnie Drive. Hilarious and beautiful movie, with some great insights into writing. Check it out at...


August 01, 2011

Reading, Reading, Reading

I've been reading alot this summer and I have loved everything I've read. The problem is I'm behind on my reviews. So today I am giving you a glance at the books I've read and then hopefully I can spit some of these great reviews out over the next week or two.

Menu for Romance (Brides of Bonneterre, #2)Stand-In Groom (Brides of Bonneterre, Book #1)

Pirate of My Heart: A NovelSurrender the Heart (Surrender to Destiny, #1)

The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck: A NovelOut of Control (The Kincaid Brides, #1)

 I love summer reading! So what have you been reading?

July 29, 2011

Settling In

I'm settling in at my new job and am finding that I love it. It is easier than my other job, less stressful and a slower work pace. Very nice, indeed. I am missing my friends from my previous job, especially Beverly, one of my best friends, but the people at my new job are really nice and have made me feel welcome.

What is nice is that I come home not completely drained. I am getting the itch back. The itch to create. So I've been reading a couple of books on writing. What, you say? You aren't writing? You are reading about writing? Well, maybe I am procrastinating a bit, but it's been so long since I've really written that I feel the need to refresh myself on the craft. I'm still a newbie, you know.

But my mind is whirling with an idea, and I'm excited about letting it stew. This sounds so familiar, doesn't it? I keep talking about it, but not doing it. Anyone else ever get stuck in this pattern?

JUST DO IT!

July 19, 2011

Hot Hot Days of Romance

I'm posting about romantic tension at The Writer's Alley today. Stop by and share your favorite books or movies that are loaded with romantic tension.

July 11, 2011

The Crown of Eden & The Devil's Mouth-Book Giveaway!

I'm so excited to announce that my father has finally published his books in ebook format. These two medieval fantasy novels, formerly published by Thomas Nelson and now out of print, are newly available as e-books on Amazon.com. For some reason the cover image for The Devil's Mouth does not display properly on Amazon. That is being fixed, but you can see it in its true form below. (My dad, previously the Art Director at Word, now Thomas Nelson, designed and painted the covers.)


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The Crown of Eden 

A beautiful young princess is betrothed by her father to an unknown prince in another land. When she meets the prince, she finds him spoiled, decadent, and filled with an inner darkness that makes him unfit to rule. At the same time, a young and powerful blacksmith’s son finds himself reluctantly embroiled in a great quest to fulfill an ancient prophecy he does not understand. He falls in love with a beautiful maiden who hides a tragic secret she cannot reveal. He finds that to wed her will undo the ancient prophecy and forever doom the empire of the Seven Kingdoms. The paths of the princess and the blacksmith cross, and both must choose whether to pursue their own hopes for happiness or bring a great evil upon the land. 

Price: $5.99
Buy at Amazon



The Devil's Mouth

This sequel to The Crown of Eden takes the reader back to the mythical world of the Seven Kingdoms with a compelling medieval story of freedom, justice, and forbidden love.
When political conspirators murder his father, Prince Lanson of Lochlaund flees for his life. He becomes the chivalrous protector of a beautiful tavern maid who is hiding from the moral condemnation of the powerful Lochlaund Kirk, a religious establishment ruled by a lecherous bishop which has a stranglehold on the kingdom. Ultimately Lanson must decide whether to give the woman over to the kirk's legalistic justice or defy the kirk and save her life by wedding her—a choice which could lead to a holy war that would destroy either the kingdom or the kirk.

Price: $5.99
Buy at Amazon


What readers and reviewers have said about the originally published print edition of The Crown of Eden:

“Put Tom Williams up there with C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. His first book is a ‘great’ of the fantasy world.” —The Houston Chronicle
“Magnificent language, stunning imagery, and compelling symbolism . . . worthy of the most critical reader.” —Ellen Gunderson Traylor, author of Song of Abraham
“We are privileged to enjoy Tom’s skill with a story.” —Max Lucado
“Tom Williams has written a Tolkien-like fantasy in The Crown of Eden.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“Williams’s tale of the ongoing struggle between light and darkness carries a strong moral and religious message that makes this high fantasy adventure a good choice for libraries in search of Christian-oriented fantasy.” —Library Journal
“Williams delivers a romantic tale examining such topics as fate, free will, and the power of good and evil. Both fantasy and romance readers will enjoy this first adventure in the Seven Kingdoms Chronicles series.” —CBA Marketplace
 “A masterfully told fantasy comparable both in style and wisdom to the works of George Macdonald, C. S. Lewis, and J. R. R. Tolkien. The book is filled with spiritual truths and deals with a number of challenging issues on an allegorical level. It is a book to be read slowly, and to be savored.” —Christian Library Journal
“If you like fantasy, it will completely gratify your expectations. Brilliantly written!” —Emily Alger on Suite101.com
“My wife and I were overwhelmed by this book. I don’t know when I have enjoyed anything so much. Warning: once you start it you will find it hard to stop. I let several things go and read it over a couple of days. It’s a fine piece of work.” —Dr. Thomas A. Langford, Late Dean of the Graduate School, Texas Technological University
“An intriguing fantasy of love and adventure that takes place in a world of hidden identities, secret motivations, and the unfolding of a divine prophecy.” —Joseph Bentz, author of A Son Comes Home

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Because I am so excited about these books, I am giving away a copy of The Crown of Eden to a lucky commenter. I will send the winner a "gift" from Amazon in ebook form. Please leave your spam-free email address to be entered for the random drawing, which will be held Sunday, June 17. Contest is open in the US and void where prohibited.Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is drawn from a non--biased third party, Random.org.


July 06, 2011

Review: Pirate of My Heart by Jamie Carie

Overview:  When her doting father dies, Lady Kendra Townsend is given a choice: marry the horrid man of her cold, money-grubbing uncle's choosing or leave England to risk a new life in America with unknown relatives. Armed with the faith that God has a plan for her, Kendra boards a cargo ship and meets American sea captain Dorian Colburn. But the captain has been wounded by a woman before and guards his independent life. A swashbuckling man doesn't need an English heiress to make him slow down, feel again, or be challenged with questions about his faith-or so he thinks. It is not until Dorian must save Kendra from the dark forces surrounding her that he decides she may be worth the risk.


My Review:

Swashbuckling adventure. Breath-taking romance. Dreamy Hero. Fiesty Heroine. Pirate of My Heart by Jamie Carie has it all. This fast paced adventure kept me turning the page and caused me to lose some sleep, but it was worth it.

Jamie Carie takes a strong-willed, beautiful woman and puts her on a ship with a heart-wounded captain, setting the stage for some flying sparks and interesting dialogue. These two are immediately drawn to one another and yet, struggling with their past and their future, they put up barriers. The way Carie builds their relationship is believable and I was thoroughly routing for both of them.

There are plenty of villains to keep the conflict going, and Carie kept raising the stakes with every scene. Such adventure and such drama! And all the while, the romance builds. I loved this book and will definitely be purchasing more of Carie's books.

 *With thanks to B&H Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.*


*Available for preorder. Book releases September 1, 2011.*

July 04, 2011

Hope Springs Anew

I've just come out of a blessed week and am starting on a new adventure. Tomorrow I begin a new job. Yes! I applied for and was offered a position as an Administrative Secretary in the Curriculum & Instruction Department in the school district I already work for. It is a large increase in salary for me and is such a blessing... I can't even begin to put into words what this means for my family. It was a God thing.

Adding to my joy of new employment, we were given a van. A nice van. A big conversion van. Some of you may have seen my tweets about our car curse and have heard me talk about our four cars (I've got 2 driving teens in the house.) breaking down and going into the shop. Some of the repairs were very costly. And one car, well, it is no more. A sweet, generous family at church just bought a new van and graciously gave us their older one. I will now have a car that I can get to my new job in. We were wondering how we were going to juggle transportation. Doesn't God have great timing?

So today I am resting on my last day of summer, since this new job is year round and I begin tomorrow. No more summers off for me, but that is okay. I am praying that it is less stressful and that I will be able to wrap my brain around writing again.

You see, these blessings have given my hope. There is a spring to my step, and flutter in my heart. I have hope that things are looking up for me and my family. I've seen God at work this week and I am blessed. Hope springs anew.

May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 115:15

June 27, 2011

Traveling Queen

I'm back. I know you didn't know I was gone, because I don't like the world to know my family and I are away from the house. Let's see, since the second week of June, I've been to Houston to take my daughter to see her boyfriend graduate; Austin, to drop off my daughter for orientations at The University of Texas; and then to Granbury, to take care of my mother after her surgery.(She is doing great, btw)

I am so glad to have the summer off work to be able to do all this travelling, but I am ready to be home. I'm ready to read, watch all the seasons of LOST (I've never seen the last season.), and try to get my nerve up to start a new story.

I haven't written in so long...I'm rather scared. I know more now and it is rather paralyzing. Yeah, I've said all this before and you can roll your eyes. I'm rolling my eyes. What is it about me that can't just sit down and write for the enjoyment of writing?  I know what I need to do. Just write. Just write a story. And another. And another. Writing more than one manuscript will be the best tool to equip me to write.

So,  if I don't stop by your blogs as much, if I don't blog as much, if I don't tweet as much, maybe I am just writing.

June 14, 2011

Do Your Characters Need Therapy?

Have you ever developed a character, given them a unique backstory, only to wonder how they would react in certain situations? Have you wondered how certain personalities act when obstacles litter their path? Well, I have the perfect resource for you!

Your characters just might need some "couch time" with Jeannie Campbell, The Character Therapist. She has an amazing website that offers a variety of resources to help you develop your characters into realistic, believable people. Here's how Jeannie can help aspiring writer's....

1) Write characters more realistically.
Using a search engine to find out information about a mental disorder yields a very different result than asking a therapist who has treated those same problems in real life. Instead of getting a bunch of stale facts, I can help you breathe life into your characters while taking into consideration your unique story world.


2) Plot more feasibly. 
Plotting the external conflict around your characters internal conflict is essential to create tension on every page. Understanding the character’s driving goals and motivation in relation to their emotional state will help you figure out what plot points need to occur to maximize the character’s arc to its fullest potential.


3) Avoid clich├ęd or incorrect depictions of mental disorders.
My passion is helping those not afflicted with mental disorders understand those who are. Since one in four adults have a mental disorder, the likelihood of one of your characters having one is pretty high. But you want every nuance to ring true about the character, not feel cardboard cutout or stereotyped. So pick my brain instead of yours to avoid pitfalls of re-writing later.

Have I piqued your curiosity?  Think your characters might benefit from some couch time?






Jeannie Campbell is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. She is Head of Clinical Services for a large non-profit and enjoys working mainly with children and couples. She has a Masters of Divinity in Psychology and Counseling and bachelors degrees in both psychology and journalism. Two of Jeannies “therapeutic romance” manuscripts have garnered the high praise of being finalists in the Genesis Contest for unpublished writers, sponsored by the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), of which she is an active member. She writes a popular monthly column for Christian Fiction Online Magazineand has been featured in many other e-zines, newspapers, and blogs.



May 24, 2011

Writing Breaks - Yay or Nay?

I'm talking about taking about taking a break from your writing at The Writer's Alley. Stop by and post your thoughts on whether that is a good or a bad idea.


May 23, 2011

Once Upon A Time & Smash

ABC  and NBC have shows coming out in the fall that I am looking forward to. ABC's Once Upon A Time meshes fairy tale and real life, giving us fabulous sets,great special effects, and gorgeous costumes. Who doesn't love a fairy tale?

Here's what ABC has to say about it:
From the inventive minds of Lost executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis comes a bold new imagining of the world, where fairy tales and the modern-day are about to collide. 
And they all lived happily ever after – or so everyone was led to believe. Emma Swan knows how to take care of herself. She's a 28-year-old bail bonds collector who's been on her own ever since she was abandoned as a baby. But when the son she gave up years ago finds her, everything starts to change. Henry is now 10 years old and in desperate need of Emma's help. He believes that Emma actually comes from an alternate world and is Snow White and Prince Charming's missing daughter. According to his book of fairytales, they sent her away to protect her from the Evil Queen's curse, which trapped the fairytale world forever, frozen in time, and brought them into our modern world. Of course Emma doesn't believe a word, but when she brings Henry back to Storybrooke, she finds herself drawn to this unusual boy and his strange New England town. Concerned for Henry, she decides to stay for a while, but she soon suspects that Storybrooke is more than it seems. It's a place where magic has been forgotten, but is still powerfully close… where fairytale characters are alive, even though they don't remember who they once were. The epic battle for the future of all worlds is beginning, but for good to win, Emma will have to accept her destiny and fight like hell.

And take a look at the cast:

Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Sister Mary Margaret
Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan
Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold
Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen/Regina
Jamie Dornan as Sheriff Graham
Jared Gilmore as Henry
Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/John Doe
Raphael Sbarge as Jiminy Cricket/Archie

 Check out this cool trailer for Once Upon A Time:



Now doesn't that look like fun?

NBC has a new show coming in the fall called Smash. Here's what NBC has to say about it:
There's nothing more exciting than the opening night of a hit Broadway musical, except maybe what happens getting there. While Wicked and The Lion King pack audiences in on the Great White Way, Julia and Tom, a successful songwriting team played by Debra Messing and Christian Borle, begin work on a new musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. When a tenacious producer (Anjelica Houston) jumps aboard, so begins the difficult task of casting the silver screen icon.

Ivy Lynn, a tough Broadway veteran, seems like the obvious choice. But enter Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee), a young girl from Iowa with a dream of making it on Broadway who walks in and blows everyone away. So who will get the part and begin a journey that will change their lives? It's an age-old story, but a star just might be born once again.

While everyone is consumed with putting the show together, real life has a tendency of getting in the way. Julia and her husband are in the middle of a complicated adoption; the producer's husband begins divorce proceedings which could threaten the finances of the show; and the brilliant but womanizing director could derail everything if he puts the young star in a compromising position. This will be a rollercoaster ride that culminates on opening night when the audience gets to determine whether or not the show is a smash!

In the era of The Voice and Glee, executive producers Steven Spielberg and Craig Zadan & Neil Meron (producers of Chicago and Hairspray), and songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray), bring you the blood, sweat, and tears of the making of a Broadway musical.

The cast of Smash:

  • JuliaDebra MessingJulia
  • TomChristian BorleTom
  • KarenKatharine McPheeKaren
  • DerekJack DavenportDerek
  • IvyMegan HiltyIvy
  • EllisJaime CeperoEllis
  • EileenAnjelica HustonEileen
  • DevRaza JaffreyDev
  • FrankBrian d'Arcy JamesFrank

Credits

  • Executive Producer/WriterTheresa Rebeck (Law & Order: Criminal Intent)
  • Executive ProducersSteven Spielberg, Justin Falvey (United States of Tara, Terra Nova), Darryl Frank (United States of Tara, Terra Nova), Craig Zadan (Chicago, Hairspray), Neil Meron (Chicago, Hairspray)
  • Executive Producers/Original SongsScott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (Hairspray)
  • DirectorMichael Mayer (American Idiot, Spring Awakening)

  • StudioUniversal Media Studios DreamWorks Television




Don't these look good? Or are you more of a drama crime solving kind of show person?


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