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.




New Movies

I really wanted to go see the new Underworld 4 movie last week, but the world had other plans for me.


When searching for the movie, the nearest theater was 40+ miles away. They only offered the 3D version. Fine. Whatever. I wanted to go. We picked a day. Unfortunately, hubby fell sick. He sucked it up, still game to go. But when it started snowing, then moved to freezing rain, no way.


So, we decided to wait.




There is another movie out this weekend that has awesome previews as well.




I very much want to go to this one.  It’s called The Grey with Liam Neeson. Have you seen the previews? The good news is that the movie will be playing in my local theater.


Now I just have to decide which one I want to see more. I’d love to go to Underworld, but I don’t think it’s in the cards for me. I’ll just have to wait until it comes out on DVD.


What movies are you waiting for this year? I heard whispers that there might be another Resident Evil movie out this fall. Yes, I know they are aweful, but I can’t help but watch them. How about you? What’s your guilty pleasure?

Rough Night?


I’m getting sick.

I took a nap after a long day, and I woke up feeling much like the family dog. Ugh.

By the way, he’s sleeping, not playing dead.

I’ll see you on the other side. Going back to bed.