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Musical Review: "Memphis"

I am a lucky lady. Last week, one of my former teachers called me (High school English/Theater teacher. She's one of my sister's best friends, still), and asked if I'd like a pair of tickets to the musical "Memphis" at Omaha's Orpheum Theatre. I love a musical, so accepting the tickets was a no-brainer (sadly, she and her husband were unable to make it). I called up my work out buddy, Emily, who said she'd be thrilled to go.

It is loosely based on Memphisdisc jockeyDewey Phillips,[1] one of the first white DJs to play black music in the 1950s.

I gotta say, the main character, Huey Calhoun, I thought was a bit of a doofus. He was fun, and props to him for making something of himself via radio and television, but he was an extremely flawed character. He was in love with the heroine, Felicia Farrell, ever since he heard her sing in the opening scene. It took a bit more for her to open up to her feelings for him (he got her on the radio, and gave her a musical …

The Paranormals (Jenny Pox, Tommy Nightmare, Alexander Death, Jenny Plague-Bringer) Reviews

Jenny Pox by J.L. Bryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book infuriated me. And enthralled me. I was completely mesmerized by so many different things in this book that I recommended it to three different people before I even finished.

First up, I have to say, Ashleigh as the main villain infuriated me the most (that's what villains are supposed to do, right?). As a Christian and a conservative (well, libertarian, but I digress), people like her make me so angry. She was manipulative, vindictive, creepy, condescending, two-faced *goes to find a thesaurus* vicious, vile, offensive, pernicious. You get the idea. She was genius at working things through to work out in her own favor, from manipulating her principal's words on the Abstinance is Power agenda, to getting the entire town to turn on Jenny and Seth. What scared me about her is how much power she was able to hold in her perfectly manicured claws. There was nothing forgiving about her. She was probably the perfect villain, j…

I'm so Excited! (Photo Bomb Alert!)

It's been a long time since I've had something to look forward to. I've been spending a lot of time just going about my business, making it to the weekends, and praying that I'll get enough of a break from the real world to move on.

I know. Such a drama queen.

Getting excited for something keeps me motivated. If I have something to look forward to, the days seem shorter, the anticipation and excitement keep me interested, and I feel like I'm a better person to be around.

I'll give you a hint through pictures.

And Finally.....
Thanks to some New Year's sale at, and no deposit until February 1, my parents, sister and I are sailing on the Disney Wonder to Cozumel and Grand Cayman for my daddy's birthday next year. 
I'm not the only one that's been moping around the house lately. Since my mother, our family cruise director (God Bless Her!), arranged it yesterday, we've been smiling a bit more, dreaming a bit more and planning…

Happy New Year!

Things were really low-key here in the Martin house on New Year's Eve. I ate a clean breakfast, watched The Price is Right with my dad, went to the gym with my mom (Started LiveFit 1-1), and came home to do some writing.

After mom went to work this evening, dad and I watched Battleship (It was okay. A lot of explosives, not a lot of plot or even motivation on the part of the alien attack, and the only way to really get rid of them was to blow them up. *shrugs* It was okay. It was no Independence Day, but what is?), and since it was only about 9:00 when that movie got over, we decided to watch a funnier, shorter (and WAY better) movie, Troop Beverly Hills.

So, a bit of info about goings on so you'll all be in the know. For TODAY only, starting at Pacific Time (I hope!), Sugar &Spies will be available for free on all Kindle devices (including Kindle for PC and Mac, so if you don't have a smartphone, tablet or eReader, you can still download it).

Secondly, I want to congr…