Movie Review: One For The Money

On Saturday, I went to the movie One For The Money. I read the book the night before and couldn’t wait to see how they converted it to the big screen.


As many of you know, I like to see the movie first, then read the book. After watching the movie, I stand by my claim. The book was way better!


I wanted to like it. I did. They cast the characters perfectly. The movie just ended up being…cute.


Unemployed and newly-divorced Stephanie Plum lands a job at her cousin’s bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a local cop wanted for murder. Morelli…the bane of her childhood. Payback is going to be so good! Only Morelli is a little harder to get her hands on than she expected. Unwilling to give up, Stephanie digs into his life.


Handcuffs, guns, pepper spray, breaking and entering, stealing…this is her new life. Then Stephanie becomes the target. Morelli and Ranger do what they can to protect her. If she wants to stay alive, Stephanie must catch the real killer before he silences her forever.


Jason O’Mara played Morelli. When I read the book, I pictured him a little different. But as soon as O’Mara took the screen, he embodied Morelli. Isn’t he cute?




Ranger was played by Daniel Sunjata. He did an awesome job. The movie had more sexual tension between the two than I picked up in the book. This is one spot where I felt the movie was better.



Katherine Heigl was the perfect Stephanie Plum. That was until they started to diviate away from the book.


So what went wrong?


They removed all the angst and grittiness from the story. They made it a romantic comedy and took out everything else that made the book so good. A lot of the details were changed or removed altogether.


I think if I hadn’t read the book first, it would have been better. The only reason I’m giving the movie three stars is because they casted the characters so well.


Winter Wonderland....It's melting!

I live in the frozen north.


This is what it looked like outside my house Saturday morning. Beautiful!


To make sure I was safe from all the critters, the mighty hunter accompanied me on my photo journey in our front yard. Squirrels, chipmunks and birds everywhere cowered in fear.


Then a few hours later, the sun came out. The only sound you could hear was ice cracking. You won’t think it would be that loud, but that’s all you could hear.


As I drove out of the yard, crystals fell from the trees. I wish I could’ve gotten a few pictures to show you. Alas, I left my camera at home.


Though winter hasn’t been harsh this year, I miss the sun. I miss just walking outside without having to worry about layering. I miss sandals.


What do you think? Is winter officially over?



Review: One For The Money by Janet Evanovich

Title: One For The Money

Author: Janet Evanovich

Series: A Stephanie Plum Novel

Genre: Romantic Comendy/Mystery

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Release date: April 2003 / New Release Nov 2011

Pages: 352

ISBN: 10: 0312600739

ISBN: 13: 978-0312600730





ONE FINE MESS Welcome to Trenton, New Jersey, home to wiseguys, average Joes, and Stephanie Plum, who sports a big attitude and even bigger money problems (since losing her job as a lingerie buyer for a department store). Stephanie needs cash—fast—but times are tough, and soon she’s forced to turn to the last resort of the truly desperate: family…


ONE FALSE MOVE Stephanie lands a gig at her sleazy cousin Vinnie’s bail bonding company. She’s got no experience. But that doesn’t matter. Neither does the fact that the bail jumper in question is local vice cop Joe Morelli. From the time he first looked up her dress to the time he first got into her pants, to the time Steph hit him with her father’s Buick, M-o-r-e-l-l-i has spelled t-r-o-u-b-l-e. And now the hot guy is in hot water—wanted for murder…


ONE FOR THE MONEY Abject poverty is a great motivator for learning new skills, but being trained in the school of hard knocks by people like psycho prizefighter Benito Ramirez isn’t. Still, if Stephanie can nab Morelli in a week, she’ll make a cool ten grand. All she has to do is become an expert bounty hunter overnight—and keep herself from getting killed before she gets her man…




To my surprise, I found that I loved One For The Money. Stephanie Plum was a hoot throughout the whole book. The humor was over the top, and I couldn’t help laugh out loud at her antics. Morelli’s personality played off hers perfectly. Let’s not forget her family’s quirky personality! Though her abilities as a bounty hunter was lacking, I enjoyed learning the job with her.


The only draw back was that the mystery was a little convoluted. I believe it had more to do with Stephanie’s personality than the author. Morelli was the perfect first case for her. I loved learning about their past together. It really flavored the novel with humor and a good dose of angst.


Action. Humor. Angst. Drama. Mystery. A hint of romance.

What more can a reader ask?

I will be reading the next book in the series AND going to see the movie!


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Self-Doubt: Is there a cure?

Self-Doubt Monster

I sent my manuscript off to an editor on Monday.

I’m officially on my way to indie publishing my book.


Then a HUGE case of self-doubt came and took a bite out of my ass within minutes of hitting the sent button. Don’t get me wrong. I did my research. My editor is great. I have no doubts about her or her services.


After reading the book over and over for days to find every last error, I’m convinced that my work is the worst thing I’ve ever wrote. I know it’s not. I won a contest with this book. I’ve had a number of people read the manuscript and love it. It didn’t help at all.


Then I came upon a couple of blog posts the same day that talked about self-doubt. Authors who wrote and published multiple novels still go through the same thing. One specific post talked about believing in yourself. You wrote this novel, spent months of time perfecting it. So why do you think it’s not good enough?


And you know what? They were right. My novel is good. Sure, not everyone will like it. Heck, I don’t like all the novels I’ve read throughout the years. But I’ve done my homework, taken quit a few writing classes, joined the right groups. Although I might have errors in my novel, overall, it’s a good book. One I loved writing. It deserves a chance for others to read it instead of hiding amongst the files on my computer. All I can do is make it the best I can before I hit the publish button.


So, although I haven’t found a cure, I have found a vaccine. I’ll probably need monthly shots to keep the bugger away, but I can do it.

Movie Review: Underworld Awakening

So I ended up going the distance and saw  the movie Underworld Awakening instead of The Grey.


I was thrilled to learn Kate Beckinsale had returned to play the vampire Selene in the newest Underworld film. This is the fourth installment, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.


The beginning started off great, taking a few minutes to give us a quick flash through her life by using clips of the previous films. I love action, but unfortunately, the first half of the movie sped along a little too fast. I couldn’t connect with the storyline.


When mankind learns about the existence of vampires and lycans, war erupts. A mass purge is set into motion to destroy anything not human. Selena and Michael fight to escape, but things don’t go as planned. Selena is captured and put on ice for 12 years. When she wakes, the world is forever changed.


The few vampires and lycans that had survived were forced underground. That’s where we get to meet the handsome vampire played by Theo James. Isn’t he gorgeous?!


I won’t go into spoilers, but the ending of the film felt a bit rushed. No, not the fantastic fight scene. They didn’t scrimp on any battles , but I was looking for a more satisfying ending. So I’m giving the show 3.5 Stars for cutting out twenty minutes of the movie that would’ve made it a box office hit.


If you’ve seen the first three movies, you won’t want to miss this one either.