Jan 29, 2015

#TGIT Recap Week 9 ~ Winter Finale Recap

To see last week's post click here.
Shondaland's Thursday Night Lineup returns tonight!  CONGRATULATIONS! YOU'VE MADE IT THROUGH THE PAST TWO MONTHS!  Since we've been recapping each show individually for the past month, we're going to give the most important points to remember for tonight.  If you would like to read the full recap, click on the name of the show.  This #TGIT Winter Finale Recap starts in 3... 2... 1...

Too Many Problems...
First off, Meredith and Derek's argument over his job may have finally come to an end when he takes the job in D.C.
Amelia faces problems from her past.  She tells Owen her story about drugs and they start to bond.
Jo has finally confronted Alex about her problem with Meredith.  He says that his house is always open to those who need it and everything is okay with them now.
Bailey is still adapting to her new healthy lifestyle.  She also helps Richard out with Maggie and her advice works.
Callie is getting farther into her trials and ends up getting a soldier to try on a robotic leg by the end.
Arizona wants to know more about what's going on with Herman and her tumor.  Herman says it's inoperable, but Amy tells Arizona that she can remove it all and save her life.  Callie and Arizona both share a moment with each other where they act like things are normal and then reality comes right back.
April and Jackson's baby is very close to birth and Edwards sees something bad on the ultrasound.  Herman says its a rare birth defect that involves small, weak bones.  The baby doesn't survive for more than a couple weeks maximum.  Jackson walks in right after their conversation has ended and wants to know what's wrong.

Where on Earth is Olivia Pope? (AGAIN!)
Where the Sun Don't Shine

B613 is currently being shut down, and Mama Pope is found.  Olivia wants her father dead and she tries to use her for information, but she doesn't help at all.
Huck may be finally fixing up things with Kim.  Charlie gives him a bunch of B613 files for her to read, so we'll see how things go with that.
Photos of Cyrus and Michael get out and it's the big D.C. scandal everyone's talking about.  They end up getting engaged by the end because of a big push from Olivia.
Charlie and Quinn do adult things, and then she discovers he has her kill card and they fight.  Everyone's okay and they've made up again.
Rowan pays Olivia a visit and she shoots him with a gun, but it's not loaded. He's both shocked in a  bad way and leaves.  
Huck and Quinn discover that Lizzy Bear and VP Andrew want a war with West Angola.
Fitz has decided not to go to war with West Angola.  Andrew goes to talk to Fitz in the Oval Office.  He basically tells Fitz that he should start the war with West Angola or else...
Jake visits Olivia and she tells them (while they're dancing around) that she's not choosing him or Fitz right now, just her.  They of course start preparing for adult things and Jake leaves the room.  25 seconds later, Olivia is gone!  

 *Spoiler Alert* Sam is Killed!
Kill Me, Kill Me, Kill Me

Okay, obviously the first thing to remember is that Sam attacked Rebecca because she had information that proves he killed Lila.  He was killed shortly thereafter.  Whodunit?  It was Wes, by the staircase, with the trophy!  
Bonnie was fired, but then she came back to work for Annalise the next day.  Oh yeah, she also (awkwardly) slept with Asher that night.
Michaela hands her mother in law her signed prenup and apologizes, promising that this kind of behavior won't happen again.  They also were never able to find her ring, so this could end up being their downfall, as well as the fact they didn't incinerate the body.
Connor tells Oliver (the tech guy) that he has a drug problem.  He gets called to the Keating residence before anything else can be explained.
Sam destroys Rebecca's flash drive with the evidence on it because now it ties them to the murder.  Rebecca remains at the motel as Wes goes to the Keating residence.
Everybody is called there to answer questions for the police because Sam is "missing".
Flashback to the night before... Wes goes back to get the trophy and tells Sam he's sorry. Annalise says "don't be".  That's right!  Annalise knows about the murder!

There you have it! TGIT IS BACK TONIGHT starting at 
8/7c on ABC!  Watch tonight or hate yourself tomorrow! ;)

Jan 26, 2015

Thunderstone by Barbara Pietron ~ Promotional Tour

Thunderstone by Barbara Pietron
Genre: YA paranormal romance
Published: November 12, 2013

Sneaking out at night, driving without a license, and falling for a guy weren’t things fifteen-year-old Jeni expected to do while visiting Lake Itasca, Minnesota.  Then she meets Ice, the local medicine man's apprentice.  Suddenly, her simple family gathering becomes an exciting – and terrifying – week of self-discovery.  At first Jeni doesn't believe Ice's claim that she can touch the spirit world and has somehow released a mythical underwater monster. However, she's forced to reconsider when a teen swears a monster killed his father while fishing on the lake. Just as she comes to accept truth, Jeni finds she is the only one who can imprison the monster, making her the creature's next target.  She'll need immense faith in her newfound ability to put herself in harm's way and face down the monster.  And even if she succeeds in delivering the local population – and Ice – from the creature's wrath, there is no guarantee Jeni will escape with her own life.

The Legend of Lake Itasca
Not many people know that Thunderstone's working title was The Legend of Itasca. I ultimately changed it because unless you're acquainted with northern Minnesota, Itasca probably doesn't mean anything to you. Thunderstone takes place at the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Itasca State Park. Beautiful Lake Itasca is the source of the mighty Mississippi. You can see in the picture where a trail of stones marks the transformation of lake to river.
The place alone is enough to inspire a novel, but this account of the lake's legend also contributed to my story:


Legend of Lake Itasca

Legend recounts that Manabozho, the great mythical wonder worker of the Algonquin Indians had a beautiful daughter named Itasca. She was wooed fiercely by Chebiabo (ruler of the lower regions who governed spirits of the dead).
Itasca did not wish to leave this fair earth for the region of darkness and told Chebiabo so. Chebiabo, not to be denied, went into a rage at Itasca's continued refusal and during the violence, a terrific storm bore away his unwilling bride below the earth. A terrific upheaval followed, which left the hills as they are today, while Itasca’s tears, as she mourns for the upper world, are the springs and rivulets which trickle to the lake and form the ultimate source of the Mississippi River.


The Prequel:

Heart of Ice by Barbara Pietron


About the Author

After years in the corporate world, Barbara found herself with a second chance to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up.  Her lifetime love of books and the written word returned one answer: writer.  Drawing from her experience with technical writing, she began by writing non-fiction magazine pieces and achieved both regional and national publication.  Her success encouraged her to complete a novel.  She learned much from her first manuscript, critiques, books, contests, and blogs.  In 2012, her novel Thunderstone, was a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest and won a critique by Publisher's Weekly.  A few months later, she was offered publication by Scribe Publishing Company.

 Barbara has a few other novels in the works, including a Thunderstone sequel. If she's not reading or writing, Barbara likes to walk, garden, and sew.  She works in a library and lives in Royal Oak, Michigan with her husband, daughter, and their cat – who often acts like a dog.

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Based on the cover summary below, you think of an amazing title. You know, the kind of title that compels a potential reader to take the book off the shelf.

Then go to www.barbarapietron.com and click on the News/Events page. You can make your suggestion in the comment section of the post about the contest, or click on the link which will take you to the Scribe Publishing website suggestion form. Your email will be added to Barbara's list so she can keep you in the loop about the contest and the book.

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Sixteen-year-old Jack Ironwood knew exactly what he wanted. Until he got it.
Jack was content to stay unnoticed by pretty and popular track-star, Natalie Segetich, until her best friend Emma disappears. Natalie swears something took Emma, and though most people write Natalie off as traumatized and confused, Jack is a soulshifter and he knows the human-stealing Enuuki—hell's messengers—are real.

As a soulshifter, Jack can cross into the underworld so he sees Emma's rescue as an opportunity to prove himself a valuable member of his transcendental sect—and a way to secure a future otherwise out of his reach. Although he needs Natalie's help to prepare for the mission, Jack intends to go to the underworld alone. But as a viable plan takes shape, it's clear the best chance of success means Natalie must accompany him.

On the eve of the quest, when Jack is promised the hand of a respected elder's daughter—a dream come true—he realizes he's no longer sure what he wants. But it's too late to back out, not with the sect and Natalie counting on him. Pursued by the dark lord's henchmen and ghastly mutant creatures, Jack and Natalie struggle to come out ahead in a battle and barter for souls. In the end, Jack will have to decide his own fate, because nothing short of a deal with the devil will get all three of them out of hell alive.

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