X-Men: Days of Future Past Comes to Blu-Ray and DVD October 14, 2014! You Can Preorder, Now!
Uncategorized / April 29, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past by Chris Claremont (Writer/Co-Plotter), and John Byrne (Penciler/Co-Plotter), is a collection of Marvel comics specifically issued to cover a complete story line. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers      Sunfire attacked, using the nuclear firebolts he could create from within himself…the X-Men fought to counter Sunfire, but were unable to prevent the “violent death” of Sunfire’s father. It was an extremely difficult lesson for the young Japanese boy to learn, but learn it he did. He had needed to learn to control his power and use it for good. Sunfire was not an evil mutant, but “merely [a] misguided” one (p.14). Time passed quickly for Sunfire, and soon he found himself joining the very mutants he once had battled…he responded affirmatively when Professor Xavier called him to join the new X-men. He would be fighting alongside Kurt Wagner (the Nightcrawler), Ororo (Storm), Peter Rasputin (Colossus), John Proudstar (Thunderbird), Sean Cassidy (Banshee), and Logan, who was also known as Wolverine.      Almost immediately, changes happened within the team. Thunderbird was killed and Jean Grey (Marvel Girl–part of the old team of X-Men), was transformed into Phoenix; not long after, Phoenix, too, died. Balancing out all that loss, the X-Men…

The Rules of Love: A Personal Code for Happier, More Fulfilling Relationships by Richard Templar
Uncategorized / April 23, 2014

The Rules of Love: A Personal Codefor Happier, More Fulfilling Relation-ships, by Richard Templar. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      Harry had been gone for two hours after he had stormed out of the house and slammed the door. I started to “pack a few of the things” I would need, into my suitcase…I had decided to go and stay with my sister for a while. As I zipped up my suitcase, I heard a car door close, just outside in the driveway–I cursed quietly, to myself. He was coming in. The door opened and Harry saw me standing there with my suitcase.      He looked shocked and, I think, sad. “I made you want to leave?” he asked, barely above a whisper. I cleared my throat…”Well…you told me to leave, didn’t you?” He was quiet for a moment. “I didn’t mean it. I was foolish to tell you to leave, and I’m sorry.” He asked me, “Where are you going?” I look at my feet, I said, “I was going to my sister’s, but…I think I’ll stay here.” I look up and see him smiling; I smile back. Then, we spend a couple of hours talking…

Million Dollar Arm by J.B. Bernstein–The True Story of the First Two Indian Men to Sign American Major League Baseball Contracts! NOW ON BLU-RAY & DVD!
Uncategorized / April 17, 2014

This review is dedicated to all my friends in India. See the full DEDICATION, below. Million Dollar Arm: Sometimes to Win  You Have to Change the Game  by J.B. Bernstein is available on Amazon.com;  this edition is available as a Kindle book  (or an e-book download). [1] Book Review by Sharon Powers.      Oh, man. It was nice to be able to get outside for our (7th grade) phys ed class now that the clouds and rain were gone. A girl with red hair and freckles was at bat…she swung…it was a strike. She was really tall for her age and seemed to fill up the batting box.  Because of her long arms, she had a good reach with the bat. The pitcher wound up and threw the ball a second time…strike two. She was usually a good hitter and when she connected with the ball we all knew it would go all the way to the outfield. The catcher threw the ball back to the pitcher.  This little story I told you was a true story from my grade school days at Willow Springs Elementary School. I was a very active girl in sports, and I’m probably lucky all my…

Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace–On Stage September 2, 1901!
Uncategorized / April 12, 2014

A lively advertisement for the stage production of Ben-Hur in theaters in Chicago September 2, 1901. [1] BEN HUR: A TALE OF THE CHRIST By Lew Wallace Book Review (Plus) by: Sharon Powers.        Ulysses S. Grant sat to read the new novel, Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ. The words of the book soon caught his im- agination and he was unable to escape. He couldn’t put the book down, and so, mesmerized, he continued to sit and read. Abandoning all responsibilities and his family, he immersed himself in the pages of Lew Wallace’s book. He sat reading. For thirty straight hours, the Great General of the Civil War, leader of men, mastermind of battles, the General who accepted the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox, left his duties and lived in the pages of the book. [2] April 19, 1881. Dear General. I have, this morning, finished reading “Ben- Hur”–and I must thank you for the pleasure it has given me– The theme  was difficult, but you have handled it with great delicacy and power.  Several of the scenes such as the wise men in the desert–the sea fight– the chariot race–will I am sure take a…

Bitter Winds and the Tales of the Scavenger’s Daughters Trilogy by Kay Bratt Now on Sale!–Set in Post Cultural Revolutionary China–This Sensitive Portrayal of Orphans and Family is a Must Read!
Uncategorized / April 8, 2014

This is the trilogy we will look at today; the author is Kay Bratt. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      Bitter Winds is Book Three in the trilogy of  The Tales of the Scavenger’s Daughters (Re- lease date, April 8, 2014). Book One of the trilogy, The Scavenger’s Daughters, and Book Two, Tangled Vines, comprise the foundation of the trilogy with Bitter Winds, Book Three, providing the climatic conclusion of the series. Today we will have a look at the whole series. First, we’ll look at an abbreviated synopsis of Books One and Two, and then, second, we’ll look more in depth at Bitter Winds since it is the new book out (just today).      I also want you to know that I am an advance reader for this book, Bitter Winds. As an advance reader, I received a copy of the book for free in exchange for a non-biased book review to be published on Amazon and GoodReads from April 8-10, 2014. I am under no obligation to give a good review, just a review.      As of the time of this post, I have already completed my obligation in regard to publishing the review, both at Amazon and at…

Heaven Is For Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd, Sonja, and Colton Burpo and (Contributor) Lynn Vincent–Now on Blu-ray & DVD!
Uncategorized / April 4, 2014

Heaven is for Real by Todd, Sonja, and Col- ton Burpo, and Contributor: Lynn Vincent.[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      This week’s book review is about a book I’ve had on my stack of “to be read books” that I had put off reading for quite some time. Perhaps, like so many people, I find it uncomfortable thinking about death and then if you pair that topic up with a child dying, why, you have nothing less than an “untouchable” topic.      I puchased this book in December 2013 for $1.99 as one of the books Amazon was offering as a special deal. Even then, I didn’t pick up the book to read it until I noticed that the movie, based on Todd Burpo’s book, would be out in just a few short weeks. I decided to take the bull by the horns and just get it read.      It has been kind of difficult to escape all the hype over this book. I mean, the book was on The New York Times bestseller list within weeks after it was released for publication. And then, of course, add to the mix appearances on various shows like NBC’s Today…