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Wednesday’s Want, Wed, Waste: Christmas Movie Roles

Hello and welcome to my version of the game, ‘F*@#’, Marry, Kill. This week we are WWW’ing the actors in Christmas movie roles.

GIVEAWAY: One commenter (a name will be drawn from those who share their WWW opinions out of these choices) will win a $20 Amazon Gift card!!! Merry Christmas! (Please be SURE to leave your email address in the comment section in order to be eligible to win) – Winner will be drawn on Christmas Eve.

Myself and some of my friends are sharing our Want, Wed, and Waste choices from this week’s list:

Jimmy Stewart in It’s a Wonderful Life, Tim Allen in The Santa Clause, Will Ferrell in Elf

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Me (Alicia Dean). Author of Death Notice – The Northland Crime Chronicles, Book 1A killer has something to say—and he’s using her obituary column to get his point across.

WANT: Will Ferrell. I don’t necessarily find him attractive, but he makes me laugh, a lot. It might get a little annoying being married to him because of his antics, so I’ll stick with wanting him. I know many people, especially normal people, don’t care for his humor, but almost everything he says or does cracks me up. Plus, he’s a really great guy.

WED:  Jimmy Stewart. He’s so precious and vulnerable and such a great actor. It’s a Wonderful Life is a touching, feel-good movie. I think he would make a great husband (once he got past the whole wanting to off himself thing)

WASTE: Tim Allen. I’ve never seen The Santa Clause, so I can only base this on Tim Allen. I don’t hate him, but I like Will and Jimmy much better. Plus, that whole cave man grunting routine has really, really gotten old. And it wasn’t funny in the first place. Ya gotta go, Tim.

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Linda Carroll-Bradd, author of Wishes On A Star in Sweetwater Springs Christmas, a western historical anthology.

Want: In this movie, Tim Allen showed a vulnerable side and what’s not to like about a man who will do anything not to disappoint his kid.

Wed: Jimmy Stewart is the epitome of a reliable family man who may have his struggles but learns what’s important in life.

Waste: Will Ferrell’s humor is not to my taste and I barely finished watching him in Elf.

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Nancy Fraser, author of Pushing the Limits Can two high-powered attorneys learn to share the courtroom as easily as they shared the bedroom? Website: www.nancyfraser.ca

Want: Tim Allen … not so much because of any real “appeal” but … let’s face it … the man knows his way around ‘tools’ and batteries! So, if he turns out to be a dud … you can just raid his tool box for what you need to finish the job yourself.

Wed: Jimmy Stewart. Despite his short “mental” holiday in this classic movie, his character was a family man at heart. His love for his wife and daughter, and his gentle character would definitely make him a keeper. Not to mention, in real life, he was married for like forever!

Waste: Will Ferrell … I’m sorry, I don’t get this man’s appeal as a comedic actor. When I watch him, especially in something slapstick like Elf, I actually get the creeps and feel embarrassed for a grown man acting so unbelievably stupid.

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Darcy Flynn, author of Sealed With a Kiss – Can one kiss seal a young girl’s heart forever?

Wed: Jimmy Stewart is my man to Wed. His tall, lanky, adorable self is so appealing to me. He’s charming, sensitive, a faithful husband and a family man. He’s an unsung hero. I love how he fights the evil money-grabbing villain.

Waste: Will Ferrell, as cute as he is in ELF, is frankly not my type. Way too childlike in ELF and he’s just too crazy for my tastes and needs to go. So long Will.

Want: Tim Allen makes me smile and he’d be great for a fast fling. Even though he’s redeemed later in the film, I’m just not into rosy-cheeked fat men. JI would sure hate to see him die and as for marriage? No thank you! I’ll stick with my Jimmy.

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M.J. SCHILLER, author of BETWEEN ROCK AND A HARD PLACE, Even rock stars aren’t immune to murder! Website: www.mjschillerauthor.blogspot.com

Want: Gotsta be Jimmy Stewart, because he’s the only one I find remotely attractive. He’s got kind eyes, and a nice looking face, but is a little too Dad-like to really fill me with desire, if you know what I mean. Although that scene where he’s sharing the phone with Donna Reed is pretty hot…

Wed: Gotsta be Will Ferrell, because he’d keep you entertained for life. Although…he may drive you crazy, too…

Waste: I’m sorry, Tim Allen. I do like you, but I’m not fond of this movie. It’s like you were trying too hard. Thanks for letting me play, Alicia! Happy Holidays to all!

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Diane Burton, author of ONE RED SHOEWannabe writer rescues wounded spy while risking her heart.   Website:  www.dianeburton.com

Want: Tim Allen. He’s cute and from Michigan. (Love his “Pure Michigan” ads.) But he’s not exactly husband material.

Wed: Jimmy Stewart. He’s the All-American guy. Sweet, heroic, good spouse and father.

Waste: Will Farrell. He’s just plain dorky. ‘Nuff said.

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Kathy L Wheeler, author of  Lies That Bind On sale for $1.99!!! Website: http://kathylwheeler.com

Want: Tim Allen as Santa Clause is just too adorable to resist in Santa Clause. His bizarre sense of humor would entertain one for several nights, even if they are all in succession.

Wed: Who would not wed Jimmy Stewart. The man was a general for heaven’s sake. Dependable, sweet, comforting. The guy to go to in a pinch and revel in.

Waste: I can get past Will as a cheerleader! Or Ron Bergeman.

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Now we’d like to hear from you….which of these Christmas Movie Men would you Want, Wed, and Waste?

Thanks for playing!

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Wednesday’s Want, Wed, Waste: The Vampire Diaries…Stefan, Damon, Klaus

Hello and welcome to my version of the game, ‘F*@#’, Marry, Kill. This week we are WWW’ing Vampire Diaries hotties…(the roles, not the actors)

Myself and some of my friends are sharing our Want, Wed, and Waste choices from this week’s list:

Stefan Salvatore, Damon Salvatore, Klaus Mikaelson

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Me (Alicia Dean). Author of What the Heart Wants (Vampire Diaries Book 1) and Divine Enemy (Vampire Diaries Book 2) ~

(This week was not an easy choice, FYI)

Want: Klaus Mikaelson – I LOVE a sexy, hot, evil hybrid with just a smidgen of compassion. When he’s mean, he’s sexy, when he’s tender, he’s sexy. Great character and one of my favorite scenes in the history of the show is when he slaughtered the hybrids on the ‘Oh Holy Night’ episode in season four. LOVED it! Just the right touch to get you in the mood for the holidays.

Wed: Damon Salvatore – I like him better as a bad boy, his tame persona that pants after Elena like a lost puppy isn’t quite as attractive as his former heart-snatching, neck-snapping self, but I would not say no to marrying him. I’m not looking for a husband, but who could turn down Damon Salvatore? Seriously…who? (Yes, Nina dumped Ian, but we’re talking about the character here. I could write an entire post about her moment of insanity). If wer were married, I would make him constantly quote Damon-isms. (Yes, that would work as foreplay.)

Waste: Stefan Salvatore – Sorry, Stefan, I do love you, but you have to go–only because it definitely wouldn’t be the other two. The early Stefan wasn’t all that appealing to me, but since he’s had his bad boy moments, I’ve found him much more attractive (are you sensing a pattern here???).

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Lana Clary, OBSESSED Vampire Diaries Fan (And also my daughter who introduced me to Vampire Diaries, so she gets an honorary spot) ~

Waste: Stefan. For anyone who knows anything about me, or reads my screen name, this has NOTHING to do with his face, butt, body, sexy anger, adorable tears, hot hopelessness, even sexier vulnerability, deliciousness, and the list goes on. It’s simply because, well, I’m backed into a corner. (the only way I’d REALLY play this game involving these three is if I had a gun to my head…come on)

Want: Damon. For obvious reasons. He is THE hottest man on the planet. I’d do things to him I’m not at liberty to say on social media without getting flagged as “inappropriate”, “spam”, “porn”, or “suspicious activity”. So we’ll just have to leave those things to the imagination.

Wed: Klaus.  Not ONLY would I be entitled and able to do all of the things I mentioned above every day for the rest of my life, but he’d take me places and buy me things. We’d go to different countries, eat fine foods, he could feed me strawberries and champagne in bed, we could kill people who betrayed us with swords and stuff, he has tattoos, he has an accent, Lana Mikaelson has a nice ring to it, he’d call me love and darling, Rebekah would be my sister and we could shop and drink together, Elijah would be my brother (wait…on second thought…not so sure that’s a good idea. Oh well, we’ll work it out), etc. etc. etc. and allllll the while we’d be safe. Because he’s Klaus. Duh.

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Amanda McCabe/Amanda Carmack, Author of Murder at Hatfield House and The Runaway Countess Websites: http://ammandamccabe.com and http://amandacarmack.com–what

Want: Damon, natch!!  Who wouldn’t want him?  But he might get a little tiresome in the long run–better to have him on perma-booty call…

Wed: Stefan!  Aside from all the personality changes and such, he seems the most reliable in the long run.  For a vampire anyway…

Waste: Klaus.  I do like the accent, but I can’t see him sticking around for the long run–even if he IS the oldest of them all.  Can I put him in the Want category, too???

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MJ Schiller, author of Trapped Under Ice  Website: www.mjschillerauthor.blogspot.com ~

Want: Damon. Hands down, hottest guy on the show. Those eyes! That crooked smile! Devilish…he’d be fun!

Wed: Stefan, because he would respect my wishes, like he does for Elena. He’s hot, too, so no problem there.

Waste: Sorry, Klaus, I would have to waste you, and not just because you’re the bad guy. I understand the hotness element of Klaus, but…I’m sorry, his lips bother me. They’re almost feminine. And their color is weird, too pink for his pale skin. Although, honestly, I could probably get over it. 

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Kacey Hammell, author of “A SUNDAY KIND OF LOVE” (Romancing the Stars Anthology) Website: www.kaceyhammell.com

Want: Klaus AND Damon

Wed: Stefan

Waste: NONE

Reasons: – Okay, this is probably the hardest trio for me to have to choose from. Bear with me, I’ll explain …

Want: Damon Salvatore grates on my last nerve. Sometimes he’s all over the place, creator of chaos and just an overall pain in the ass. However, those blue eyes, the looks and deep stares, running around shirtless… have to give it to him, he makes the blood stir. I’d tackle him regularly.

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Klaus — the growl in his throat, the purr of that gravelly voice…his bond to family make him irresistible. He’s borderline in the “Wed” category too because of that, but he’d be a bit too “high maintenance” I think for me to handle. But I’d be ready, willing and able to accept him for however long I could handle!

Wed: Stefan: *sigh* the object of my obsession/affection since the beginning. Kinder, gentler, an all-around sweetheart. I absolutely adore him — or adored I should say, his indecisiveness over Elena has finally grated on my last nerve, but I’d totally spend eternity with him. Even explore a bit of his bad boy side.

Waste: None. Just simply not an option. They’re all too “doable” teeehee and warrant the option to hang around for however long they’d like!! *g*

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Lisa DeVore, author of Beautiful Music (Available Soon from The Wild Rose Press) Follow Lisa on Twitter: @mrsldevore ~

Want:  Damon Salvatore…those eyes!! I love his sense of humor and what girl doesn’t like a little “bad” in her guy?? He’s the fun brother!
 
Wed: Stefan Salvatore. He’s my favorite…caring, kind, and steady (for the most part), and let’s not forget easy to look out. He would be the kind to pamper a girl. Yes, Stefan, would be in it for the long haul.
 
Waste: Klaus Mikaelson. I’m sorry Klaus fans…he just doesn’t do anything for me. He’s too high maintenance and not much fun—all drama.

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Now we’d like to hear from you….which of these Vampire/Hybrids would you Want, Wed, and Waste?

Thanks for playing!

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Wednesday’s Want, Wed, Waste…

Hello and welcome to my version of the game, ‘F*@#’, Marry, Kill. This week we are WWW’ing three ‘Ryans.’

Myself and some of my author friends are sharing our Want, Wed, and Waste choices from this week’s list:

Ryan Reynolds, Ryan Gosling, Ryan Phillippe

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Me, author of Liberty Awakened, Isle of Fangs Book 1 (ONLY 99¢ on the Kindle!!!):

Want: Ryan Phillippe – Wed: Ryan Reynolds- Waste: Ryan Gosling ~

Reasons: Gosling doesn’t do anything for me. I think Ryan Reynolds is the hottest, but Phillippe wouldn’t make a good husband, so I wouldn’t choose to Wed him. And if I Wed Ryan Reynolds, we’d still get to do it! 🙂

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Jessica E. Subject, author of Hey, Santa Website: jessicasubject.com ~

Want: Ryan Reynolds – Wed: Ryan Gosling – Waste: Ryan Phillippe –

Reasons: Ryan Reynolds is HAWT! Who wouldn’t want to do him? Ryan Gosling grew up in Ontario, Canada, like me. The place he was born is only an hour away. So, I’m sticking with my Canadian roots and our families would be close when we came to visit. (Ryan Reynolds is from Canada, too, but the other side of the country.) And Ryan Phillippe, just the luck of the draw. Sorry!

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Juli D. Revezzo, author of Passion’s Sacred Dance (Passion’s Sacred Dance is FREE on Kindle through 9-28-13!!!) Website: http://julidrevezzo.com ~

Want: Ryan Gosling (loved The Notebook!).  Wed: Ryan Reynolds (a bit young for me, but…yeah. He was in Blade Trinity, how could you go wrong with that resume?).  and …Waste…awww…well, poor Ryan Phillippe gets this spot. No offense to him, he’s cute but… not for me.

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Kacey Hammell, author of 69 Mustang Website: www.kaceyhammell.com

Want: Ryan Phillippe, Wed: Ryan Reynolds, Waste: Ryan Gosling

Reasons:

Gosling makes me want to scratch my eyes out. Nothing about him turns me on.

Ryan Reynolds is one of my fave Canadian actors and is smokin’ hot. I’d wed then do him as often as possible *wink*.

Phillipe is good looking but from what I’ve heard, not Mr. Devoted or Reliable in the husband department, but I’d still do him!

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M.J. Schiller, author of ABANDON ALL HOPE. You can find me at: www.mjschillerauthor.blogspot.com

Want: Ryan Phillipe. Wed: Ryan Gosling Waste: Ryan Reynolds (Sorry, Ryan!)

Reasons: Well, that Ryan Phillipe is sure a cutie, but he already has two kids with Reese Witherspoon and one with another actress~sounds like trouble. Not quite husband material, perhaps. I think that Ryan Gosling would be fun, he seems to have a good sense of humor. (Not to mention the fact that he’s easy on the eyes!) And, nothing against Ryan Reynolds, he just never struck my fancy.

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Nora Snowdon author of Arsonists Anonymous – Website:  www.norasnowdon.com   ~

Reasons:

Want: Ryan Reynolds  he is so handsome and seems to have a sense of humor (polite too, what with the Canadian influence)
Wed: Ryan Gosling he’s nice but not as cute, so hopefully he wouldn’t be lead astray by rabid, lusty followers.

Waste Ryan Phillippe as he just looks like a whiny guy who should be thrown back into the sea until he matures a bit.

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Now we’d like to hear from you….which of these Ryan’s would you Want, Wed, and Waste?

Thanks for playing!

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MJ Schiller’s New Release: An Uncommon Love

I am thrilled to have MJ Schiller as my guest today. Let’s get to know her a little better, shall we?

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What book have you read that you wish you would have written?

Geez! There are so many of them! I could go with the classics, A TALE OF TWO CITIES, THE GREAT GATSBY, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD… Or some new favorites, anything by Nora Roberts or RT Wolfe (they’re so good they make me furious!). But at the same time, I don’t wish to have written them. I don’t have Dickens knack for plot twists, Fitzgerald’s lyrical prose, Harper Lee’s taste for the South. I’m not as edgy as Wolfe, or as brilliant at plotting. And face it, there’s only one Nora, dangnabbit! But I think I bring my own flavor to the mix, and I’m okay with that.

Ah, yes. Good point. We all have our own style, even though we may covet others’.

What do you love that most people don’t like and wouldn’t understand why you do?

Karaoke! Most of my friends would rather have a frontal lobotomy than get up and sing in front of people. But I…well I live in make-believe land whenever I write, why not carry that over into my nightlife? Pretend to be a rock star, and a decent singer. Besides, everybody’s drinking and they don’t care how bad you are anyway. It’s fun. It’s freeing! You should give it a try.

NO THANK YOU! I’ll take the frontal lobotomy, please.

What’s the main thing that you could get rid of in your life that would give you more writing time?

This whole pesky day job/solid income thing!

I think that’s pretty common in the writing world. Maybe someday, right?

Would you rather have a bad review or no review?

Bad review. At least that person’s interacting with your work. They’re getting it out there. They’re talking about it. And you might learn something valuable that will make you a better writer.

I agree completely.

What celebrity would you most like to be stranded on an island with?

Jenson Ackles, hands down! Not only would he be one hot distraction, but he’d have me in stitches all day long! (And I might have a chance, since it’s just the two of us…)

I would say you’d have a very good chance! I mean…who else, right? 🙂

Your most prized material possession? Why?

I’m gonna cheat and go with two, because Alicia is not here to stop me. My wedding ring, for obvious reasons. And my laptop, because I give it all of my crazy thoughts. Oh! Make it three. My Kindle.

Actually, I am here. But luckily for you, cheating is allowed on my blog.

Your favorite…

Movie  (I’ll try to be more decisive here!) “What About Bob?”

Music Three Days Grace

Place you’ve visited Ireland

Place you’d like to visit Hawaii

TV show from childhood Charlie’s Angels

TV show from adulthood Supernatural

Food Chocolate. And pizza. (All right. Not all that decisive…)

Sports team Missouri Tigers

Which do you prefer: Board games/card games or television? Love them all, but I guess I’d pick card games.

Thanks for having me, Alicia! I enjoyed running amuck on your blog.

Thank you for coming, MJ. I enjoyed visiting with you…as always!

Now, check out MJ’s beautiful cover and her compelling new release:

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Blurb for AN UNCOMMON LOVE~

Princess Adriana had her life all figured out.  Or, to be more precise, she had her life all figured out for her.  Before she was even born she was betrothed to Garin, and that was perfectly acceptable as he became her childhood friend, and then, eventually, the person she would swap kisses with inside the palace gardens.  She never questioned it, never had a reason to, until the day a commoner was brought before her father, the King, to be punished.

As soon as Adriana’s eyes connect with Seth’s across the stone courtyard, she begins to question everything in her life.  For his part, Seth Hobbes is confused about his feelings for the beautiful princess who refuses to match any of his preconceived notions of what a princess should be like, starting when Adriana begs her father to release him.  When Seth creeps into the castle at night to thank her, they begin to build a relationship with one another that is often as explosive as it is endearing.  When fate ends up separating the two, they must undertake a long and arduous journey to be reunited and then overcome the objections Adriana’s father has to their relationship.  Will Adriana be able to make Seth see her for herself and not as the princess that he imagines?  And if she does, will she ever be able to convince her father that, despite his objections, there is nothing “common” about Seth at all?

Excerpt~

With that, she broke from his grasp and lifted her skirts to free her feet. Running down the stone pathway that curved around the corner of the building, she followed the uproar. As she ran, parallel to the crowd following the road, she peered between branches of the oak trees planted at regular intervals along the edge of the garden. She could see a man with his arms tied in front of him, struggling against his captors as he was pushed, shoved and pulled. He wore a loose-fitting, beige-colored linen shirt. His blond hair was long on top, and flew in front of his face as he swung his head violently. He seemed to be trying, at the very least, to injure someone with his skull.

She hastened her steps, and was actually the first person to reach the courtyard, angled as it was in her direction. She broke from the tree-line and stood just beyond the edge of the wide, hexagonal, stone court. High above, a small balcony jutted out from what she knew to be her father’s conference room.

She continued to hear the whistles and cheers of the crowd, though they were briefly out of sight up the roadway, and it filled her with apprehension. In the past, her father had never let her see the goings-on in cases such as this, and now she understood why. It frightened her. Her heart beat faster as a few guards poured into the courtyard, walking backwards as they took in the actions of the mob that trailed. She could see Derrick, her father’s Captain of the Guard. Even from this distance the purple bruising on his chin was obvious. He held the rope tied to the captive’s wrists and jerked it, a cruel move that sent the man crashing to the stone pavers.

Adriana gasped, but then covered her mouth.  She stood, barely visible, at the fringe of the trees. If her father or his men saw her, they would order her away, of that she was sure. The man struggled to his feet and defiantly shook the hair out of his face.  His white teeth flashed as he bared them, glaring with disdain at Derrick. His heavy work pants were torn at the knees, whether from the fall she had just witnessed, or from some other fall, she could not tell.

The prisoner’s gaze lifted and caught hers. For several seconds it was as if no one else was there besides Adriana and the stranger.  The air seemed to shimmer between them with the intensity of their stare. The noise of the crowd thundered in her ears, but was now accompanied by the sound of her own blood pounding through her veins. His eyes were the most startling blue, reminding her of the flash of a blue jay she sometimes caught a glimpse of in Ramport’s gardens.

M.J. Schiller~

MJ is a lunch lady in the heart of Central Illinois. My gosh, can you get more folksy than that? She met her husband at the University of Missouri-Columbia and now she has an eighteen-year-old (how did that happen?) and sixteen year old triplets! She loves to read, karaoke (where she can pretend she is a rock star) and spends WAY too much time on Facebook. She grew up in St. Louis and still has family there.

You can find MJ Schiller at www.mjschillerauthor.blogspot.com, MJ on FB, twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

You can find AN UNCOMMON LOVE at Amazon and BN.com.

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