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February 16, 2017

Freaky Weather Follies #MFRWorg #whatsupinyourneighborhood #winterblues



When we think of winter in North America, we think cold—right? At least for most of us and even then, there’s the weird stuff like the blizzard a while back in Georgia. Usually, the days are cold here, the heater is on to warm my feet, a light wool sweater, long sleeves. When going outdoors, I add a coat layer, gloves, and a scarf.


 
This year has been so different. What I described above was the norm until we hit mid-Jan. But no snow or ice, just a scare. A big rain and little drizzle stuff. Since, we’ve been experiencing early Spring, despite the groundhog’s prediction. Leaves from the bulbs are pushing through the ground. The shrubs and fruit trees are budding. My early predictor is my flowering quince which has been blooming for three weeks now—with bees.
Doesn’t seem normal.
I still want some exciting stuff. A good snow. A few gray days for snuggling on the couch with a good book. Movies on the telly. Blankies on the lap. Kids out of school and playing.
I do have to remember what happened to me long ago. One Sunday morning, I drove my sister and friend to work. There was a drizzle and light ice, but nothing seemed significant. I took the loop on the turnpike and bam, rammed the center median. Seems on April 2 there was an ice storm.
Sooo unexpected.
And there’s not been one that late in the year since.
Mother Nature definitely has her own ideas.

In case there is cozy-on-the-couch weather, be enticed with the holiday anthology, Season of Promises, which features my romantic comedy short story, “The Littlest Angel.” Find the fun at: Amazon

February 7, 2017

Michelle Miles: 1001 Movies

There’s a really cool book called 1001 Movies. I have it. Because I’m a dork like that. The book is 960 pages of Moviedom, complete with a handy checklist at the front.  (It also helped the cover has Indiana Jones on it – my first true love.)

I spent two hours perusing it. It’s jam-packed with photos, a little synopsis of each movie and opinions by contributions, starting with a silent movie released in 1902: Le Voyage Dans La Lune (a.k.a. A Trip To The Moon). I can personally say I’ve never laid eyes on this movie but there are some iconic pictures that are widely recognizable. The Moon with the missile-like spaceship right in its eye, for example. According to the book, the movie “represents a revolution for the time” and clocks in at only 14 minutes. But at the turn of the century, there weren’t movie theaters like what we have today.

There’s a long list of silence-era movies through the 1920s. But in 1927, cinema history was born again with the first “talkie” – The Jazz Singer starring Al Jolson. It introduced innovative changes in the industry, revolutionizing Hollywood and changing the way movies were viewed and made. As the 1930s and a Depression-Era world was ushered in, people used the movies to escape their lives. Movies such as Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), 42nd Street (1933), The Thin Man (1934) and so on brought the world imagination, humor, horror, singing, dancing, and romance.

You’d expect to find movies like Casablanca (1942), Gone With The Wind (1939), Captain Blood (1935), The Wizard of Oz (1939), and other classics. Even Disney makes the cut with Snow White, Dumbo and Pinocchio (as well as a few others).

On the list of Movies I’d Forgotten About:

The Red Shoes (1948)
Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Notorious (1946)

But you’re probably thinking, that’s all well and good, Michelle, but what about more current movies?

You’re right of course. I get caught up in the classics because, for me, they defined the cinema. They made movies what they are today. And sometimes we forget the old and replace it with the new, bigger, better, louder, more visually awesome. The men today are not has dashing and debonair (Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart) and the women aren’t as classically beautiful (Greer Garson, Ingrid Bergman) as they were in Old Hollywood.

But I digress…

On the list of Movies I’ve Seen More Than Once After the Year of my Birth:

Star Wars (1977)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Blade Runner (1982)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
The English Patient
Braveheart (1995)
Terminator (1984)
Die Hard (1988)
Batman (1989)
Lord Of The Rings (2001, 2002 and 2003)

Of course, this is merely a partial list. I wouldn’t want to bore you. ;)

Most notably absent from the book: Pirates of the Caribbean, Superman, Star Trek, Excalibur, Sex and the City. How can these not make the cut? Okay, granted Superman was all that spectacular and perhaps Sex and the City is too “girlie” for the big list of 1001 movies. But Star Trek? And Pirates? Not even a mention? I’m disappointed.

I can’t say that I’ll see everything in the book – some are too difficult for me to sit through (A Nightmare of Elm Street for one, though I did see it WAAAAY back when it was in the theater. Through my fingers. Does that count?) . I do find, though, the book a great challenge for a movie-goer like myself. I would like to check off the movies in the book, for fun, to see how many I really have seen. No, I haven’t yet but I will.

So – what would be on YOUR personal list of 1001 Movies you must see before you die?

Michelle Miles is an avid movie watcher, writes romance, drinks coffee and collects shoes. You can learn more about her books at http://www.michellemiles.net.

January 31, 2017

February - The Month of Love

February is huge for me. I have four books coming out. Am I crazy? Yes, sometimes I honestly think I am. But I am so excited about this new series. 

When Krystal Shannon asked me for an original story to put in her autism box set, I thought I had no ideas. Then I remembered. Several years ago I wrote a short story called Return to Cupid, Texas and I decided to go back to that little town. Once I started writing, the ideas started pouring in and now this little seed has grown to six books. Return to Cupid, Texas will have new stories unfolding for the next three months. 

But wait...the month starts off with the next Kindle World I'm writing in. A science fiction adventure set in Magic, New Mexico - which is author S.E. Smith's world.

Touch of Deceit comes out February 2nd and there are no links because it's in a Kindle World and they drop everyone's books at the same time. If you enjoy witches and aliens, you'll like the story of Petuna and Jaqarg. A witch who wants revenge. An alien with a Secret. A magic mirror that reveals true love. Come join the adventure. 

Once Upon a Valentine Releases Valentine's Day

Only available for 30 days and then this 99 cent box set is gone. Help autism research and get your copy now. One hundred percent of earned royalties go directly to the American Society of Autism to help fund programs that support families with children on the spectrum. Help us educate and make a difference one dollar at a time.



Amazon     iBooks    Kobo     Nook 

Can dancing naked around a Cupid statue bring you true love? 


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Three stories of women who danced around the statue and the crisis, they face when confronted by the sheriff. Cupid Stupid is available at the Once Upon a Valentine Box Set. But the other two books Cupid Scores and Cupid Dances will be available February 21 and February 28. After that Cupid Help Me, Cupid’s Heart and Cupid’s Song will soon be available.


Yes, 2017 has gotten off to a bang. Since the Cupid books are written around a town superstition, tell me, do you have any superstitions you believe in? Would you dance naked for a chance at love?










January 19, 2017

Having a conversation @VickiBatman #foreignlanguage #makingfriends #MFRWorg





Recently, I was out of town with Handsome. While he was attending to business, I waited for him in the lobby. I stuck in my headphones to listen to Chris Botti and began embroidering a special gift. As he was ushered back, a man across the way said something like "you don't go?"

Since I wasn't sure I heard him correctly, I took out my earbuds and walked over to him. He was an elderly guy and having men in my life who couldn't hear well, I am a little sensitive in talking with people so they can hear. I said, "I'm sorry, I didn't hear you."

He pointed in the direction Handsome had gone and said, "Don't go?"


I must have looked puzzled. "No. It's okay to wait."

He asked, "You speak Spanish?"

January 3, 2017

Michelle Miles: Bring it on, 2017


Another year as come and gone and most of us are happy 2016 is in the rearview mirror. The celebrity world lost a lot of great entertainers this year and, well...it sucked. I’m still reeling after the deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. It was like seeing my childhood flash before my eyes.

But I don’t want to dwell on that. I want to look forward instead of back and thinking about the future year ahead. We have just over 360 days to make it a great year.

I’m really not into making resolutions but I do like to set goals for the year. Last year my big goal was completing, editing and publishing IN THE TOWER OF THE WIZARD KING. I also wanted to re-release some of my titles that had reverted to me from a previous publisher. I’m happy to report I was able to release all five of them and relieved to be out from under that horrible publisher. You can catch all the REALM OF HONOR titles and WIZARD KING at your favorite retailer. *shameless plug*

December 15, 2016

This year went fast! #NewYearsDay #Christmas #MFRWorg #feelblessed


It's my last 2016 Plotting Princess' post. I'm sorta at a loss what to write here. I've had one heck of a year, mostly because Handsome had a surgery at the end of August, and in 2017, will have another. That seems to bleed into my creative life.
Otherwise, I've been blessed.
So let me bore you with my year in review: