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#ManCandyMonday Disney Heroes!

With the bitter cold this weekend, I found myself scurrying back into my nest after a brisk walk. When I hunkered down to write (but found that I instead had to do some website fixing!), TANGLED was on. Loved it! Fun story and the characters were interesting. Loved Flynn (voiced by Chuck’s Zachary Levi) and thought he was kind of sexy!

LOL, yes, sexy. My daughter and I have both discussed for a while how these animated characters can be sexy. Shang from MULAN and TARZAN were always some of our favorites.

Don’t think animated characters can be sexy? Well check out David Kawena’s take on the Disney heroes for an eye-opener!

Take a moment to tell me who was your favorite!

Kiss Me, Kill Me Tuesday – Parachute Jumps and Chuck

First let me preface this with: I love CHUCK. It’s a great spy romantic comedy suspense.

Last night’s episode kind of annoyed me. I think in many different kinds of stories we’re asked to suspend disbelief for certain things. In the case of CHUCK there are many of them, but the primary one is that a person’s mind can somehow be programmed to be a supercomputer. It’s like believing that people can be genetically engineered to be something other than human (LOL!).

But when it comes to real life things, it’s up to a writer to make sure those real life things are portrayed accurately.

Case in point: The escape from the villain’s jet using parachutes. Chuck and his seemingly more nerdy older spy guy put on parachutes. They don’t secure them in any fashion, just slip them over their shoulders. They open the door to a moving jet and it goes flying off. They have time for banter and then jump out. The remaining people in the jet, who are unsecured in any way, are able to stay on the jet.

So wrong from a real life perspective.

1. You need to secure the parachute pack or it might get pulled off your body when you engage the chute. That’s just common sense.

2. Most parachute jumps occur from about 13,000 feet. HALO (High Altitude Low Oxygen) jumps occur from about 25,000 to 35,000 feet. HALO jumps require bailout oxygen because of the lack of oxygen at those high altitudes.

3. Most passenger jets fly at altitudes of between 30,000 and 37,000 feet. Smaller business jets may fly at even higher altitudes. Some twin engine aircraft and prop planes may fly as low as 8,000 feet. At higher altitudes, jumping from any kind of jet operating at standard norms would require bailout oxygen.

4. Flying planes at those heights also requires something else: Cabin pressurization to prevent passengers and crew members to maintain a safe and comfortable environment. Think of the inside of the cabin as the inside of a bottle of champagne. What happens when you pop off the top? With explosive decompression, things may get sucked out of the plane if the hole in large enough (as in an open door) and if the difference in pressure from inside the cabin to out is high enough.

5. The normal air speed for the aircraft when parachuting is about 90 mph. Most common jet airliners travel between 450 and 600 miles per hour. Smaller jets usually fly about 100 miles slower, but Honda is introduced a new jet in 2006 that flies at 480 miles per hour.

So in other words, the jet plane parachute escape was totally implausible on various real life points. Again, while some liberties are allowed with certain fictionalized elements that form the basis of your story, you cannot skimp on facts. If a viewer or reader immediately says, “That’s so not realistic”, it draws them out of the story. It’s your job as a writer not to let that happen.

Hope you enjoyed today’s Kiss Me, Kill Me Tuesday.

On another note, don’t forget the various contests that are running to celebrate the release of STRONGER THAN SIN!

Today is the last day for the Bitten by Books release party and a chance to win a $50 gift card.

The ARE YOU STRONG ENOUGH contest and Fresh Fiction contest will be running until the end of November.

Thursday 13 – Must See Shows on Television

With the new television season almost here, I am chomping at the bit for new episodes of some of my old favorites as well as some interesting new ones.

So today’s Thursday 13 is a list of those Must See Shows on Television!

1. Hawaii 5-0. Okay, I must confess that I’m wondering why there are so many remakes of movies and television shows. Because their safe bets? Regardless, I have to confess I am waiting for this one although a better name for the show is probably Hottie 5-0. 😉

2. Fringe. It’s The X-Files on steroids. Totally love it! Can’t wait to see what happens with Joshua Jackson and FBI Agent Olivia Dunham.

3. The Big Bang Theory. What can I say? I love nerds and these guys are amazingly funny. 😆

4. Chuck. Nerd becomes super-computer and super-spy. Love it!

5. NCIS. Great ensemble cast and Mark Harmon. ‘Nuf said.

6. Blue Bloods. A family of New York cops with Tom Selleck as the head of the family. Tom is still Guilty Pleasure material.

7. Modern Family. OMG! This has to be one of the funniest shows ever.

8. 30 Rock. Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey are amazing together.

9. Bones. The sexual tension between Bones and Booth is great and I love all the “forensics”.

10. Undercovers. Sexy lead man and romantic suspense. Have to check it out.

11. Criminal Minds. Have liked this one for a long time. Looking forward to see how things develop this season.

12. House. What can I say. The House character is quite a piece of work and now he’s in love! Should be fascinating.

13. Chase. This one is about U.S. Marshals and seems really interesting.

Hope you enjoyed today’s Thursday Thirteen. I welcome you to add any of your “Must See Shows” in the comments section.

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Guilty Pleasures Monday – Ryan McPartlin

CHUCK is back and I’m so glad (although I’m not so sure about the droopy eye/flashing images thing). The first two shows last night were pretty good, but one thing I was looking forward to in the show was the return of Chuck’s BIL – Awesome.

Awesome is played by Ryan McPartlin, today’s Guilty Pleasure! Ryan is a former Abercrombie & Fitch model and starred on PASSIONS and LIVING WITH FRAN before landing the role on Chuck.

Ryan is handsome, has an amazing voice and body, and the role he plays on Chuck is great. Ryan manages to be hadnsome, sexy and self-depracating all at the same time. NBC is also running a series of amusing commercials for a new car with characters on Chuck, including Ryan.

Hope you enjoyed this morning’s Guilty Pleasure.

Also – I’ve got a new blog tour coming up. Dates are in the calendar in the sidebar and down below, but I’ll also let you know each day where I’ll be so you can stop by and possibly be a winner of a copy of SINS OF THE FLESH and a T-shirt.

Today I am at BronzeWord Authors and blogging in support of romance novels.

 Book Tour Schedule:

Jan 11: BronzeWord Latino Authors
Jan 12: Julia Amante
Jan 13: Mayra Calvani Latino Books Examiner
Jan 14: Kate at Babbling About Books and More
Jan 15: Tasha Heidenkind
Jan 18: Glendaliz
Una in a million
Jan 19: Pagan Spirits
Jan 20: Bergers Book Reviews
Jan 21: Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
Jan 22: Chasing Heroes

Guilty Pleasures Monday – Matt Bomer

Matt Bomer Copyright USA Network Used under Fair Use ProvisionsToday’s Guilty Pleasure Monday is cutie Matt Bomer from the new USA Network series WHITE COLLAR. In the series, which airs on Fridays at 10 pm starting on October 23, Matt plays a con artist who teams up with an FBI Agent. Why? In exchange for Matt’s con artist expertise, the FBI agent will help the con artist gain his eventual freedom from prison.

Sounds like an interesting premise.

If Matt looks familiar to you, as he did to me, it’s because he’s done stints on CHUCK (as Chuck’s old college buddy who implants Chuck with the super-computer in his brain).

Looking forward to checking out Matt in this new series. Are you?

Thoughtful Thursday – Television Shows

tvI know I’ve probably told you in the past, but I love television. Whenever I’m working on a book or cooking or exercising, the television is on. The habit goes way back. When my husband and I were first dating, he asked me if my family knew where the OFF switch was on the television.

I actually learned my first words in English from television. I vaguely recall that it was the words to the Doublemint gum commercial. You know, Doublemint adds to your fun . . .

If you had to guess which kinds of shows I watch, you’d probably guess that it would be those with either law enforcement or paranormal activities. You’d be right. I love LOST and FRINGE. I don’t miss NCIS and even catch that three hour block on USA Network when I can. BONES is another don’t miss as well as HOUSE. CRIMINAL MINDS and NUMBERS slip in there as well since I record them.

I do take time for some sitcoms, however — THE BIG BANG THEORY and CHUCK being my two favorite sitcoms. What can I say? I love nerds and both of these shows have a truly loveable collection of nerds.

What kinds of shows do you like? Are there any you won’t miss no matter what?

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