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Initial post: Mar 19, 2013 8:39:08 PM PDT
Courtney says:
Welcome to Wonderful Wednesday, or Hump Day depending on your spot in life.

Today is (officially) the first day of the Vernal Equinox. Spring begins at 7:02 A.M. (EDT) on March 20, 2013 in the
Northern Hemisphere. I dispute this fact based on the several inches of snow that Mother Nature dropped off today. However, the earth turns regardless of my opinion, and thus, Spring is here.

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Posted on Mar 19, 2013 8:43:48 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 19, 2013 8:44:08 PM PDT
Courtney says:
Here's a question, slightly along the casting call from the other day.
If you could have the starring role in one book turned into a movie, what would it be?

**NOTE: There shall be no comments made about if I was thinner, if I was taller, if I was a boy, etc. Just a simple which one? Imagination has no limits :)

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 8:48:31 PM PDT
Lyn says:
Interesting question but no instant quip. I will have to think about it.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2013 8:51:20 PM PDT
Ooooh, good start and interesting question, Courtney. I would definitely like to be cast as Claire from Outlander - smart, tough, and a swoon-worthy romance.

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 8:59:18 PM PDT
Courtney says:
I always wanted to be Anne Shirley growing up. Now, I think my tastes have changed to wanting to be Elizabeth Darcy or Lula (From Stephanie Plum series). Yes, I realize these are already movies, but so be it. Unfortunately, every time I think of a great character, Hollywood sees if they can destroy it. I'm also finding more and more books I love being turned into movies (Matilda, Ballet Shoes).

One that isn't a movie? Or at least not as far as I know, I would go with Milo from Phantom Tollbooth.

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 8:59:31 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 19, 2013 9:04:38 PM PDT
Nice start Courtney. Thanks for getting us going.

I've been reading a series called the Witchcraft Mysteries by Juliet Blackwell- (simple synopsis of series) Lily Ivory feels that she can finally fit in somewhere and conceal her "witchiness" in San Francisco. It's there that she opens her vintage clothing shop, outfitting customers both spiritually and stylistically. Can she keep her identity secret, or will her witchy ways be forced out of the closet? I'd like to be Oscar: Lily's familiar. Usually takes the form of a miniature Vietnamese potbellied pig in the company of people without magical abilities, looks like a gargoyle in his natural form. LOLOL...

In human form I'd love to be Kate Daniels from Ilona Andrews series of the same name- (simple synopsis) Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for magic...One moment magic dominates, and cars stall and guns fail. The next, technology takes over and the defensive spells no longer protect your house from monsters. Here skyscrapers topple under onslaught of magic; werebears and werehyenas prowl through the ruined streets; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds.
In this world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she spent most of her life hiding in plain sight. This is one kick butt lady and she gets to be with Curran...thud!

Good Night All, Sweet Dreams!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2013 8:59:57 PM PDT
Courtney says:
Love it. I think swoon-worthy shall be my word of the day.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2013 9:02:25 PM PDT
It's been done, I wasn't asked. Galadriel from Lord of the Rings... or really, anyone from LOTR / Hobbit. Just to be a part of it. Even the goblin king. Haha

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2013 9:03:33 PM PDT
Courtney says:
That's how I've felt about a couple! I mean really, why didn't they ask me to be one of the Hogwarts teachers? (wink)

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 9:04:32 PM PDT
Courtney says:
I'm off to bed! I shall stop by in the morning before playgroup, and the dentist.

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 9:25:29 PM PDT
Lyn says:
Nite Courtney

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 10:36:34 PM PDT
Lyn says:
Lyn took about a minute and said Charles Wallace.

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 10:54:07 PM PDT
The person who comes to mind is Kay Scarpetta...

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2013 11:26:40 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
Morning Courtney thanks for the start.
You and I seem to have the same weather, and my local radio also just told me that it was officially the first day of spring - ooooh really ??
I have been held up this morning reading all the posts on yesterdays thread, so I will have to come back later (maybe from work, sshh don't tell my employer).
I wish everyone a good and healthy day.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 12:12:23 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 20, 2013 12:18:16 AM PDT
I love Kay Scarpetta in the first books. The later books not so much sadly.

ETA... Thank you for the start Courtney. Nicely done! Forgive my manners for not saying that in the first place please.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 12:26:07 AM PDT
I agree,,It got to be to the point where I would read the book, think about the plot and think "REALLY?"

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 12:32:38 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 20, 2013 12:33:58 AM PDT
From my wishlist
A Fatal Verdict (The Trials of Sarah Newby)
A Fatal Verdict

What would you do if someone murdered your child, but the justice system let you down?

Kathryn Walters is faced with this dreadful decision when her daughter, Shelley, is found dead in a bath in her boyfriend's flat. Despite the best efforts of the Crown Prosecution barrister, Sarah Newby, it seems likely that the boyfriend, David Kidd, will be acquitted. How can her family tolerate this? And how should the investigating detective, Terry Bateson, act when it seems that the murdered girl's mother is seeking revenge on the man he is certain killed Shelley in the first place?

As the story unravels Sarah Newby is confronted with one of her toughest defence cases yet, with a client who is not only reluctant to give evidence on her own behalf, but also refuses to explain why she chose Sarah to defend her in the first place ...

Unleashed (A Sydney Rye Novel, # 1)
The Sydney Rye series of mysteries features a strong female protagonist and her rescue dog, Blue. This series is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don't mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!

When the series begins Sydney Rye is named Joy Humbolt. She does not like people telling her what to do, so it comes as no surprise that she was just fired from her last job. When she buys Charlene Miller's dog-walking business on Manhattan's exclusive upper east side, it seems like the perfect fit: Quiet environment, minimal contact with people.

But then one of her clients turns up dead, and Charlene disappears. Rumors say Charlene was having an affair with the victim--and of course, everyone assumes Joy must know where she is. Joy begins to look into the crime, first out of curiosity then out of anger when there is another murder and threats start to come her way.

When police detective Mulberry is assigned to the case, Joy finds a kindred spirit--cynical and none-too-fond of the human race. As they dig deep into the secrets of Manhattan's elite, they not only get closer to the killer but also to a point of no return. One last murder sends Joy Humbolt hurtling over the edge. Her only chance of survival is to become Sydney Rye.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 12:32:57 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 20, 2013 12:36:21 AM PDT
I have given this answer to the question of the day some thought and I'm sure I'll come back with other responses, but my initial answer is ....

Alex Cooper she is an Asst. DA in Linda Fairstein's books and prosecutes rapes and assaults.

Kay Scarpetta runs neck in neck though..... In my world I can do both and will be paid mega bucks to do so. Who should I choose as a stylist for the Oscars? Hummmm, the things you have to think about when you make it big. <g>

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 12:50:10 AM PDT
I would like to be Lise Meitner in Lise Meitner: A Life in Physics (California Studies in the History of Science) **NOT FREE**).

My grandmother (also a physicist) knew her. (Somehow I don't think the book is likely to be turned into a movie). Failing that, I've always identified with Menolly, from the Pern books by Anne McCaffrey. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 1:21:43 AM PDT
Not sure if we are thinking the same Charles Wallace here - most likely not - but a story immediately came to mind with that character's name in it! Amazing how a simple name or phrase can bring back an entire memory (in this case the memory of a book I loved as a child - A wrinkle in Time)

Would love to know who your 'Lyn' meant when she said it.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 1:24:53 AM PDT
Lyn is Robb's SO

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 1:26:18 AM PDT
The product page doesn't give a lot of details but the price is right and I love
Mary Higgins Clark..
Mary Higgins Clark eBook Sampler

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 1:27:45 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 20, 2013 1:36:03 AM PDT
LOL - Okay - I should be able to figure that out - but I have no idea what an SO is??

ETA: duh - significant other. Excuse me my moment of feeble-mindedness.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 1:30:36 AM PDT
Talk about timing - I was just going through my books (paperbacks) about twenty minutes ago and pulled out a couple of Mary Higgins Clark's and read the backs of them - I was flicking through them and found a fascinating interview with her that I had forgotten was even there! It went into where she got ideas for some of her stories, such as 'Where are the Children?'

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 1:39:40 AM PDT
I was once obsessed with all things McCaffrey. The Pern books are some of my favourites, even now. I especially liked some of the shorter stories based on that world. One that sticks in my mind is 'The Littlest Rider.' At least I think that is what it was called. I also liked the 'Ship that Sang' and the Rowan series that I recently introduced my son to.
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