#NASCAR Racing - NBC’s Sports Food Trucks in the Orlando-Daytona area next week!



In celebration of NASCAR Racing's returning to NBC on Saturday, July 1st at 7 p.m. EST from Daytona International Speedway, NBC's Sports Food Trucks will be making several stops in the Orlando-Daytona area next week!

We invite you to come out and enjoy the different food themes inspired by your favorite NASCAR drivers! NASCAR fans of all ages will enjoy the NASCAR Race Flag Chips Truck, NASCAR Go-Go Snow Cone Truck, and NASCAR Racecar-B-Q Truck. There will also be opportunities for attendees to participate in activities, games, and enter-to-win prizes. Below is the list of stops the food trucks will be making.

Come and check it out!

Thursday, June 29
6 - 7:30 p.m. ET - New Smyrna Speedway (3939 State Road 44 West New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168)

Friday, June 30
Noon - 4 p.m. ET - Oceanfront Park / Daytona Beach Bandshell (70 Boardwalk, Daytona Beach, FL 32118)

8-10 p.m. ET - Dirty Harry's (705 Main St Daytona Beach, FL 32118)

Saturday, July 1
Noon - 2 p.m. ET - Daytona Flea Classic Car Show (1425 Tomoka Farms Rd, Daytona Beach, FL 32124)

5 - 7 p.m. ET - Daytona Beach Brewing Company's 3 Year Anniversary Party (482 Fentress Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114)

#PRHAudio urges Americans to free stream audio recordings of the Constitution & Declaration




Penguin Random House Audio Urges Americans to Listen
to the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence This Fourth of July

The publisher will offer a free audio stream of both founding documents June 27‒July 31

We can all agree that the Fourth of July is America's most patriotic holiday, but how much do we really know about what we're celebrating? Recent surveys indicate that most Americans lack basic civics knowledge—only 25% of U.S. adults can name all three branches of government, and more than 30% are unable to name even a single branch. This is a significant decline over previous years, according to a survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

The common foundation laid out in the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence is precisely what unites us as Americans. In this divisive political climate, where debates about checks and balances saturate our daily news cycle, it is crucial that we all understand for ourselves how our government works.

To encourage all Americans to read and appreciate our founding documents, Penguin Random House Audio is joining with award-winning authors and like-minded partner organizations, including PEN America and the National Coalition Against Censorship, to stream audio recordings of both the U.S. Constitution, narrated by Boyd Gaines, and the Declaration of Independence, narrated by Frank Langella, under the banner "We the People Listen."

On Tuesday June 27, numerous partner organizations and bestselling authors will support this inclusive campaign by sharing a link to the audio stream, using #WeThePeopleListen.

"For many of us, it's been years, if at all, since we've read the Constitution or the Declaration," says Amanda D'Acierno, SVP and Publisher, Penguin Random House Audio. "Taking a little time this early summer to listen to these talented narrators bring the text alive is something we all need to do as we celebrate Independence Day this year." 

Listeners can stream the recording of both the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence until July 31 at www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/wethepeoplelisten.

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About the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…

Drafted by Thomas Jefferson in 1776 as an act of rebellion, the Declaration of Independence powerfully expresses the political principles of an emerging nation. As justification for severing ties with England, the Declaration of Independence presented a list of grievances against the King and declared the colonies to be sovereign states.

About the U.S. Constitution:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.…

Ratified in 1788, the U.S. Constitution remains a shining example of patriotism and compromise. In outlining the power of the three branches of government and establishing the rights of all Americans, the Constitution united the thirteen independent states and set forth the official viewpoint of a newly unified nation. Its most significant and insightful feature is that it can always be amended.

About Penguin Random House Audio:
As the premier publisher in the audiobook industry, Penguin Random House Audio is dedicated to producing top-quality fiction and nonfiction audiobooks written and read by the best in the business, including books by bestselling authors John Grisham, Dan Brown, Janet Evanovich, Kathryn Stockett, Khaled Hosseini, J.K. Rowling, and Rick Riordan, as well as Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Our audiobooks have won 14 Grammy® Awards, 74 Audie® Awards, and 17 Odyssey Awards and Honors. Random House Audio, and its sister imprints Penguin Audio, Listening Library and Books on Tape, are a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.

Book Review: Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson



Midnight at the Electric
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction/Historical
Released: June 17 2017
Review Source: HarperTeen

Divided by time. Ignited by a spark.

Kansas, 2065. Adri has secured a slot as a Colonist—one of the lucky few handpicked to live on Mars. But weeks before launch, she discovers the journal of a girl who lived in her house over a hundred years ago, and is immediately drawn into the mystery surrounding her fate. While Adri knows she must focus on the mission ahead, she becomes captivated by a life that’s been lost in time…and how it might be inextricably tied to her own.

Oklahoma, 1934. Amidst the fear and uncertainty of the Dust Bowl, Catherine fantasizes about her family’s farmhand, and longs for the immortality promised by a professor at a traveling show called the Electric. But as her family’s situation becomes more dire—and the suffocating dust threatens her sister’s life—Catherine must find the courage to sacrifice everything she loves in order to save the one person she loves most.

England, 1919. In the recovery following the First World War, Lenore struggles with her grief for her brother, a fallen British soldier, and plans to sail to America in pursuit of a childhood friend. But even if she makes it that far, will her friend be the person she remembers, and the one who can bring her back to herself?

While their stories spans thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adri’s fates are entwined.


Midnight at the Electric follows three different girls who are all connected in some way. They each come from a different time period; 1919, 1934 and 2065. Each dealing with their own types of dramatic situations they each learn from one another whether they know it or not.

This book had so much potential for me to love it. It hooked me, that's for sure, but it never gave me that feeling of having completely loved the story. I don't feel like I got my answers - which leaves me frustrated.

It was a little bit difficult to keep up with. The three girls are in different periods and for a chunk of the book you're with each one. So we start in 2065. When you feel like you haven't really connected with the girl there you get thrown into 1934. It was - for some odd reason - very easy for me to connect to this girl. So I had no issues with her story. But then I get thrown into 1919. When things get a bit confusing then we get thrown back to 2065 and don't get answers for a while. I felt like this was too jumbled and wish that it had a more flowing story.

I've heard so much good things about this book that I really don't want to change anyone's mind about reading it. The intrigue that Anderson brings to the story will have you hooked. And maybe there are people out there who are able to follow a story that throws you around a bit. But for me, this was one that was difficult for me to follow.


Audiobook Review: When it's Real by Erin Watt



When it's Real
Author: Erin Watt
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Released: May 30th 2017
Review Source: Harlequin Teen

Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley's team decides it's time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he's settled down.

Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of "normal." Under ordinary circumstances she'd never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn't have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley's team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley's a shallow, self-centered jerk? It's not like they're going to fall for each other in real life…right?


When It’s Real was a total blast! I read Erin Watt’s previous series, The Royals, and could not wait to get my hands on their new book. Then I read the premise, a bad boy singer needing an image change, so they get a girl next door, ordinary, not in the limelight girl to help him out. Oh yes, this will definitely be something I will enjoy. So as soon as the audiobook was in my hands, or on my phone, I was all in.

Oakley Ford, definitely needs an image update. He’s had some bad press and even if they say any press is good press, it’s not always the case. Especially since Oakley wants to change his music, do something more him and less pop. He can’t work with the producer he wants to because of the image that is portrayed of him in the media. He kind of reminded me of Justin Bieber (and I’m totally a belieber so it’s a good thing), he’s been in the limelight since he was a kid and growing up with everyone watching has to be tough. All your mistakes for the world to see, I know we’ve all made mistakes we aren’t proud of just luckily we didn’t have the world watching. Then we have girl nextdoor Vaughn Bennett. Her older sister, Paisley, works for the same PR company that represents Oakley. They notice a picture of Vaughn at her desk, ask a few questions, do a little digging, and then bam! contracts are made and they’re offering Vaughn a lot of money to be a fake girlfriend and becomes too hard to turn down. That kind of money provides a brighter and easier future for Vaughn and her family.

This book was an absolute blast reading, the animosity between the two in the beginning, watching Oakley start to fall for Vaughn, watching Vaughn fight her feelings for Oakley, and all the great dialog in between. Vaughn was a total snarky girl and it made me love her so much. Please pick this book up! Great read for the summer, great read for whenever. These are the YA books I eat up like no other.


#Denver Win Passes to #DespicableMe3 6/27



Despicable Me 3
Director: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin
Writers: Ken Daurio (characters), Ken Daurio (screenplay)
Starring: Jenny Slate, Kristen Wiig, Steve Carell
Official Socials: SiteFacebook | Twitter | InstagramIMDb
Hashtag: #DespicableMe3
Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination's Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central's global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who's grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the '80s, and proves to be Gru's most formidable nemesis to date. The film will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017. https://www.despicable.me


Do you want to see DESPICABLE ME 3 before it hits theaters? Click the poster for your chance to win a pass for you and a friend to check out an advance screening on Tuesday, June 27 in Denver! Seats in the theater are first-come, first-serve so PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY! No one is admitted into the theatre building until one hour prior to the screening time. In theaters everywhere June 30th! www.despicable.me



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

#SaltLakeCity Win Passes to #DespicableMe3 6/27



Despicable Me 3
Director: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin
Writers: Ken Daurio (characters), Ken Daurio (screenplay)
Starring: Jenny Slate, Kristen Wiig, Steve Carell
Official Socials: SiteFacebook | Twitter | InstagramIMDb
Hashtag: #DespicableMe3
Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination's Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central's global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who's grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the '80s, and proves to be Gru's most formidable nemesis to date. The film will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017. https://www.despicable.me


Do you want to see DESPICABLE ME 3 before it hits theaters? Click the poster for your chance to win a pass for you and a friend to check out an advance screening on Tuesday, June 27 in Salt Lake City! Seats in the theater are first-come, first-serve so PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY! No one is admitted into the theatre building until one hour prior to the screening time. In theaters everywhere June 30th! www.despicable.me



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

Review of HBO's The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks





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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Director: George C. Wolfe
Writers: Rebecca Skloot (Book), Peter Landesman, Alexander Woo, George C. Wolfe
Starring: Oprah Winfrey, Rose Byrne, Renee Elise Goldsberry
MPAA Rating: TV - MA
Official Socials: Website | Facebook | IMDbhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt5686132/?ref_=nv_sr_1
An African-American woman becomes an unwitting pioneer for medical breakthroughs when her cells are used to create the first immortal human cell line in the early 1950s.


When you want the truth of a story to be told you go and write one your self. When Henrietta Lacks passed away her cells were "donated" for testing to find an immortal cell that can continually be tested on. Talking with the family is what Rebecca Skloot wants to do so that she can shed light onto the human being whom changed science forever.

Want a good laugh? I went into this film thinking it was a science-fiction type story. I totally thought that Oprah Winfrey was suppose to have an immortal life...and that she was Henrietta Lacks. You can tell that I don't really know much about history so I didn't realize that this was a true story.

So when it started and it showed me that it was real I was blind sided. Literally sat there thinking that the science-fiction part was going to happen soon. I've seen The Fourth Kind - it makes you believe that the science fiction that is taking place has happened at some point in time. But then about a half hour into it I realized I really had no idea what kind of movie this was, but that I was loving it.

Oprah Winfrey does such an amazing job playing Deborah Lacks. Loving daughter of Henrietta and someone who just wants her mom to be known for who she was. And Rose Byrne - I saw her in Insidious and really didn't like her from then on. But in this role she was perfect and I couldn't have pictured anyone else playing her.

This movie is definitely a feel good movie, a historical movie that makes you think about how you would react if Henrietta had been your mother. It's a family movie at heart and it makes you really appreciate what you have even if you don't realize what the movie is making you feel until the end.

If you hadn't planned on seeing this I really think you should. And I should let those out there who were like me know that this is not a science fiction film. This is a film that takes you on an emotional journey and shows you the life of Henrietta Lacks.

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