The Director’s Cut

The Director’s Cut is the final book in the trilogy, Backstage Pass, by Janice Hanna Thompson. The other two books are Stars Collide and Hello, Hollywood. Each book focuses on different people and aspects of the television sit-com Stars Collide.

I have read and enjoyed other books by Janice; however, I had not read this particular series nor the first two books in the series; in spite of this I wasn’t lost or bewildered. With only a few minor instances, The Director’s Cut could be a standalone book.

The Director’s Cut is about Tia Morales, director of Stars Collide.

Tia has definite ideas and goals for her job, and for the most part, everything at work is under control. Not so with her personal life.

Tia’s Mom and Dad have a bizarre marriage. Her brothers can’t finish a job-including helping her renovate her home. Her sister needs a job and sees Tia’s sit-com as the answer.  Through it all, she and cameraman Jason Harris are constantly butting heads.

Tia acutely needs to learn to apply the phrase “Let go, and let God” to her daily living and circumstances but she is afraid to relinquish control of the reins. So she stumbles through day to day trying to keep her life under control, and nothing seems to work!

Anyone that has grown up in a dysfunctional family and is a “Type A” personality or a “control freak” will easily be able to relate to Tia Morales and her struggles with control.

As things begin to fall apart around her and Jason gets more and more under her skin, she begins to loosen her hold and just enjoy life.

Janice’s terrific sense of humor is wonderfully illustrated in The Director’s Cut by the use of her character’s humor. She delightfully enlightens the reader with circumstances that are both believable and somewhat outrageous.

I’ll definitely be reading the other two books in the Backstage Pass series, Stars Collide and Hello, Hollywood.

Just a quick side note to Janice: Janice thank you, again, so much for your prayers and patience during this trying time our family is experiencing. Thank you again for the book, too!

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Pleasant Story

Northbound by Stuart F. Griffin

Sheriff Will Jacobs, sheriff of Stone Ridge, California, leaves the city for a job interview never dreaming he would come back to find his wife, Emma, kidnapped.  He thanks God for leaving his daughter, Libby, safe and sound but knows he’ll have to leave her with others in order to track down his wife and bring her home.

Will sets out on his tracking journey with no real idea how or why Emma was kidnapped and even less idea of which way to go.  He’s aided by two people he befriends and thus begins the story.

There are many twists and turns and plenty of surprises throughout the story.  The introduction of each new character and setting adds to the excitement of the book.

Northbound is a western set in mid-1800’s and does a good job capturing the life and times of early California, during the gold rush era; however, the book is not about the gold rush.

Griffin, the author, liberally uses the Bible to illustrate his book and establishes an intense Christian foundation that he follows from beginning to end.

The book was a pleasant read, though I had a hard time with the spelling and grammatical errors (that have apparently since been corrected). Overall, the book gives insight into a person’s ability to cling to God even in the worst of circumstances and how God never leaves us.

I was given this book by BookCrash in exchange for an honest review.

Strange, But True

A strange thing happened tonight. I was scrounging through the freezer looking for food for the g’daughter and me when I found a frozen chicken breast. It was a little large which was perfect to divide and had what looked like a cracker crust.

The cracker crust struck me as odd because I didn’t remember making a breast with cracker crust. The single chicken breast perplexed me, too as I usually don’t freeze just one, but it smelled yummy even frozen.

Undaunted I popped it into the microwave on defrost and got busy doing other things.

When it had defrosted I took it out, only to find it had disintegrated. No, I didn’t burn it!

Turns out I had taken chicken breasts and fixed it for enchilada and chopped it up before I froze it. The shape was just coincidental due to the way it was put in the freezer (squished in, mainly) and had frozen into the shape of a breast.

Sooooooooooooo, we had chicken gravy over toast points instead.

Never a dull moment!