Book Review: Summer Return by Elise K. Ackers


Summer Return
Author: Elise K. Ackers
Reading Level: Adult Fiction
Genres: Romance
Release Date: July 20, 2017
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Review Source: NetGalley

He’ll never come back to stay, unless someone asks him to...

Funerals can bring people together who are best kept apart. Ethan Foster, home to mourn his sister-in-law, finds himself as unwelcome as ever in the town that once meant the world to him. For more than a decade he’s been saddled with a bad reputation – a drunk, a deserter – and he’s lived with it, will keep living with it, because the only way to clear his name is to share his secrets. But the secrets are not his to tell and their telling would destroy the family he loves and the woman he’s never forgiven himself for leaving behind.

Samantha O’Hara once loved freely, but now she doesn’t. Now she leaves before she’s left and keeps her vulnerabilities tucked away. But when Ethan Foster walks back into town, finally looking at her the way she always wanted him to, she finds her hard-won armour developing chinks. She can’t – won’t – have anything to do with any reinvention Ethan is going through. But maybe this isn’t a new Ethan... Maybe he’s the same Ethan she fell in love with all those years ago.

And maybe, just maybe, this time their love will be strong enough to make him stay.

Summer Return was a good book to have on hand while vacationing. The story was enjoyable and easy, so I felted relax while listing to the waves crash around me. The author did a great job with the characters and how they influenced the story. I will say, I didn't realize until almost half way, that the book wasn't based in the US. But it doesn't take away at all from the story. 

So in this story, you follow along the lives of folks from a small hometown. One of the main characters is Ethan, he ends up having to go "home" when his sister in law passes away. He has been away pretty much since his parents died, he only visits when tragedies strike, such as this visit. Hence, the one suit in his old bedroom closet. But something about this trips, begins to change Ethan. I personally believe it's due to his niece and nephew. I loved the interactions they had. Then of course you have Ethan's old love, Sam. Will that spark light up again, will Sam let herself fall once again for Ethan? All this you find out when you read Summer Returns. 

As I mentioned before, this is a great book to take to the beach, pool or just anyplace you feel like being lazy. Definitely plan to read more from this author in the future. 


#Miami Grab Passes to #KidnapMovie @ Regal South Beach 7/26



Kidnap
Director: Luis Prieto
Writers: Knate Lee
Starring: Halle Berry, Christopher Berry, Malea Rose
Official SocialsFacebook | Twitter | IMDb
Hashtag: #KidnapMovie
A mother stops at nothing to recover her kidnapped son.


Click poster below to print your passes to the advance screening and red carpet with Halle Berry on Monday, July 26th at the Regal South Beach at 7:30PM.


These tickets are on a first-come, first-served not guaranteed basis. Arrive early to secure your seats.

#Seattle Grab Passes to #KidnapMovie @ AMC Pacific Place 8/1



Kidnap
Director: Luis Prieto
Writers: Knate Lee
Starring: Halle Berry, Christopher Berry, Malea Rose
Official SocialsFacebook | Twitter | IMDb
Hashtag: #KidnapMovie
A mother stops at nothing to recover her kidnapped son.


Click poster below to print your passes:


These tickets are on a first-come, first-served not guaranteed basis. Arrive early to secure your seats.

The Final Season of MTV’s groundbreaking series TEEN WOLF Arrives on DVD on October 24th




GATHER THE PACK ONE LAST TIME


The Final Season of MTV’s groundbreaking series TEEN WOLF Arrives on DVD on October 24th 

Fans Will Also Be Howling for the Complete Series Box Set 

TEEN WOLF Season 6 Part 2
On the eve of their departure for college, Scott and his pack discover a new enemy rising in the shadows which threatens the fate of everything they hold dear. Will they find a way to stop the greatest threat they've ever faced? Find out on the final episodes of Teen Wolf from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

“Teen Wolf" was developed by Jeff Davis (creator, "Criminal Minds") who also serves as executive producer. Additional executive producers include Russell Mulcahy ("Highlander," "Resident Evil: Extinction"), Joe Genier, Marty Adelstein ("Prison Break"), René Echevarria ("Medium," "Castle"), Tony DiSanto, and Liz Gateley. The pilot was written by Jeff Davis and Jeph Loeb & Matthew Weisman and directed by Russell Mulcahy. The "Teen Wolf" series is based on a Screenplay by Jeph Loeb & Matthew Weisman. The series is a co-production with, and distributed by, MGM, in association with Lost Marbles Productions, Inc., Siesta Productions, Inc., First Cause, Inc. and DiGa.

TEEN WOLF the Complete Series
Scott was just a regular guy until one bite changed his life forever. Now he struggles to understand who he is and what he might become. Is he more wolf than human- or is it the other way around? Whichever it is, it’s not going to be easy. Scott will try to control his urges, but mostly he’s scared that it’s his urges that could end up controlling him. Will the bite end up being a gift? Or will it be a curse?

Teen Wolf Season 6 Part 2 DVD Special Features:
● Farewell to Beacon Hills

Teen Wolf Season 6 Part 2 DVD:
Street Date: October 24, 2017
Screen Format: Widescreen 16:9 (1.78:1)
Audio: English DD 5.1
Subtitles English / French / Spanish
Total Run Time: Approximately 420 minutes
U.S. Rating: TV-14
Closed Captioned: Yes

Teen Wolf the Complete Series Seasons 1-6 DVD:
Street Date: October 24, 2017
Screen Format: Widescreen16:9 (1.78:1)
Audio: English DD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH /Spanish / French
Total Run Time: Approximately 3,800 minutes
U.S. Rating: TV-14
Closed Captioned: Yes

About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content as well as the premium pay television network EPIX, which is available throughout the U.S. via cable, satellite, telco and digital distributors. In addition, MGM has investments in numerous other television channels and digital platforms. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is a recognized global industry leader and a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film. TCFHE is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming, acquisitions and original productions as well as all third party distribution partners on DVD, Blu-ray™, 4K Ultra HD, Digital HD, and VOD (video-on-demand). Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets and digital stores throughout the world.

#GHOSTINTHESHELL - "Inside the Weta Workshop"



"Mind-blowing. You've never seen anything like it."
–Kevin Steincross, FOX-TV

"Scarlett Johansson is terrific."
–Stephanie Zacharek, Time



GHOST IN THE SHELL
available now on Digital HD and will be available July 25th on 4k Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray Combo Packs

A small group of journalists got a behind the scenes look at the Weta Workshop in Wellington, New Zealand for the Blu-ray/Digital HD release of GHOST IN THE SHELL.  They met with Weta Workshop VFX makeup artists for a Prosthetic and Make-up demonstration and were able to chat with senior Weta Workshop technicians to learn about the processes used to create props and costumes for the film.  Afterwards, they visited some filming locations around Wellington including Victoria Street in the central city, which was the location of a major Scarlett Johansson action scene in GHOST IN THE SHELL. 



About Paramount Home Media Distribution
Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, apps, games, consumer products, social media experiences and other entertainment content for audiences in more than 180 countries.  The PHMD division oversees PPC's home entertainment and transactional digital distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles.  PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and transactional distribution across worldwide digital distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies. 

About Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos delivers moving audio—sound that can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in three-dimensional space, including overhead. It brings entertainment alive all around the audience in a powerfully immersive and emotive experience. To learn more about Dolby Atmos, visit dolby.com/Atmos.


Blog Tour: The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana + Giveaway



Welcome to our tour stop for The Library of Fates by Aditi Khoranatour! This tour includes a giveaway courtesy of PenguinTeen.

The Library of Fates
Author: Aditi Khorana
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Released: July 18th 2017
Publisher: Razorbill
 
A romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore, perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn

No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn't enough.

The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.

Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?


The Library of Fates begins with the introduction of Princess Amrita of Shalingar. She is preparing the visitation of Emperor Sikander, as she is arranged to marry him. Although her future is planned, Amrita is not ready. See, she is in love with her best friend and is ready to face the consequences. Little does she know during the Emperor visitation, things are about to go south. And soon, she will be on the run.

If you read The Library of Fates, Amrita will remind you of Arya Stark. The part when she sees her father be executed and torn apart she must run for her life. But unlike, Arya, Amrita is very clueless of the outside her world. Hence, she was a Princess and was accustom others doing the job for her. And unlike Arya, she was lucky to have someone during her fugitive journey. Yet her character is very likable because she is very selfless. She thinks of her people and truly cares for them. She wants the best for them. Even if she was stripped from everything she knew of.

With the help of Thala, an oracle, Amrita is able to discover secrets from the past relating to her family and kingdom. But what is more admiring of this journey, is the bond she creates with Thala. They complete each other with their personality. They're friendship goals, one can learn from them. They trusted each other thru many trials.

Overall, I liked The Library of Fates. The story started very slow and it moved slowly... Yet, the plot twist at the end was very surprising and really satisfying. With this said, I think fantasy lovers should give this a try.


Aditi Khorana spent parts of her childhood in India, Denmark, and New England. She has a BA in international relations from Brown University and an MA in global media and communications from the Annenberg School for Communication. She has worked as a journalist at ABC News, CNN, and PBS, and most recently as a marketing executive consulting for various Hollywood studios including Fox, Paramount, and Sony. She is also the author of Mirror in the Sky. She lives in Los Angeles and spends her free time reading, hiking, and exploring LA's eclectic and wonderful architecture. For more information, visit aditikhorana.com.


Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana (ARV: $18.99 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on July 10th, 2017 and 12:00 AM on July 31, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about August 5, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.


July 17 – Bibliophile Gathering – Review
July 18 – Boricuan Bookworms – Author Guest Post
July 19 – Once Upon a Twilight – Review
July 20 – The Reading Nook Reviews – Review & Library of Fates Pendants
July 21 – A Page With A View – Author Q&A

July 24 – Fiction Fare – Author Guest Post
July 25 – Alexa Loves Books – Bookish Style File
July 26 – Chasing Faerytales – Review
July 27 – IceyBooks – Library of Fates Quote Candy
July 28 – Across the Words – Review & Fan Cast

Universal Pictures' Official Trailer for #TheSnowman!


The Snowman - In Theaters October 20

Michael Fassbender (X-Men series), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence), Val Kilmer (Heat) and Academy Award® winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) star in The Snowman, a terrifying thriller from director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), based on Jo Nesbø’s global bestseller.

When an elite crime squad’s lead detective (Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit (Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.

The Snowman is produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (The Theory of Everything, Les Misérables), as well as Piodor Gustafsson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Robyn Slovo (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).

A Working Title Production—in association with Another Park Film—the thriller is executive produced by Nesbø, Niclas Salomonsson, Martin Scorsese, Alfredson, Liza Chasin and Amelia Granger.

The film was shot entirely on location in Norway in the cities of Oslo and Bergen and the area of Rjukan.

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