From The Big Sleep, 1946, Warner Brothers
Catch as Catch Can
I see the writing on the wall. Summer is wrecking my Sunday blogging schedule. Something to do with it being all sunshiny on the weekends. Talk about distractions. So many things to do, people to see, yard sales to investigate, fields to romp in…
So, I’m cutting myself a break from blog-guilt and setting up an official Catch as Catch Can Summer Blogging Schedule. This means I may or may not be popping up weekly. Or bi-weekly. Or not. Or… possibly on a day other than Sunday. (Holy cow! All this craziness is making me feel devilish. I may dash out to the mailbox without my sunscreen. I’ll let you know how it goes.)
So, what guilt-inducing “should” thing are you taking a vacation from this summer? Think about it… 😉
I’d be remiss in the Shameless Self-Promotion Department if I didn’t mention a lovely review that popped up earlier this month on BOOK BABE for my 1920s romantic mystery IT HAD TO BE YOU. The comment that made me smile the most? “It’s like Nancy Drew in the twenties…”
BROKEN VOWS is on Prime!
In other news, BROKEN VOWS the ebook is on Amazon Prime. That means, Prime members can borrow it for free. This one’s my best seller to date—a sensual marriage of convenience western set in 1870s Texas. Here’s the link. (So, go grab it. Go now. I’ll wait.)
<More elevator music…>
Back? Good. 🙂
Karen was signing her brand new cozy mystery—the second in her Caprice De Luca series—DEADLY DÉCOR. Natalie was featuring three of her contemporary romantic adventure titles, ACCEPTABLE RISKS, BEHIND THE SCENES, and FIGHT OR FLIGHT.
If you’re looking for some entertaining summer reads, look no further. You won’t be disappointed!
Classic Movie Junkie
Yep, it’s summer, but there is such a thing as a rainy day. Here are two classic movie picks for this week if you’re not out barbecuing or sunning by the pool.
Sunday June 15
Why? This is the less well-known movie (based on a book) that inspired a popular TV series that aired from 1969 to 1972. (Got that?) Ronny Howard steals this show. He was at the height of his kiddie cuteness and a darn good child actor—both funny and heart-rending as the motherless Eddie Corbett.
Glenn Ford and Shirley Jones play the newly widowed Tom Corbett and the divorced girl next door, both of whom are afraid to risk their hearts for a new love. Family-friendly viewing.
Friday June 20
9:30 am The Big Sleep (1946) Film Noir/Mystery/Romance TCM. Private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by a wealthy retired general to pay off his daughter’s blackmailer. He stumbles instead into a puzzling case of murder. Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Martha Vickers.
Why? The twisting-turning mystery is secondary in this five-star classic. This is a Hollywood-sanitized Hays Code version of Raymond Chandler’s detective novel, The Big Sleep, but it makes up for what’s glossed over with clever Chandleresque dialogue and smart romantic chemistry. Witness Bogie and Bacall burn up the screen without removing a stitch. Excellent from start to finish.
Times listed are EST. Check here for your U.S. time zone Turner Classic Movie monthly schedule.
Have a great week!
Bogart and Bacall – By Warner Bros. [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Courtship of Eddie’s Father – Reynold Brown [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Bogart – By Trailer screenshot Licencing information :http://www.sabucat.com/?pg=copyright and http://www.creativeclearance.com/guidelines.html#D2 (The Big Sleep trailer) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons