Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Castle, Hawaii Five-O, & Book Tours, Oh My!

Before I get into my thoughts on last night's shows, I have some very exciting news for you!  My book, All Fall Down, is officially on tour!  I'm thrilled because this is my very first official blog tour and I have to say, Lexie Hogan has done an amazing job.  But why should you care about that, you ask?  Well, in addition to hearing what others think of the book (you can go to I Love to Read and Review Books for today's stop)  there are SEVEN prizes being given away and you have a good chance of winning.  Two of them are Book Lover's Baskets with a lap blanket hand-tied by me, but also my favorite hot chocolate, a copy of All Fall Down AND a copy of Janice Sperry's new Christmas booklet, The Candy Cane Queen.  You can click on The Book Bug to enter.  So, don't wait!

All right, on to last night's shows.  I want to start with Hawaii Five-O because wow, it blew me away last night.  (With the bombs, get it? Haha.  Sorry.)  Anyway, we have a terrorist cell on the loose in Hawaii and one bomb has already gone off (and killed the bomber.  Which was so gross that they showed the parts.  Ew).  Anyway, the race to save the Secretary of Defense, the finding of Farouk, really kept up the tension.  But the highlight of the show was Danny sharing his 9/11 experience with Steve and the impact it had on his life.  Scott Caan was incredible in that segment, his anger, frustration, and true sorrow showing in every movement.  It also explains a bit about his approach to cases when you consider that his partner was murdered right next to him.  And he named his daughter Grace after her. Awww.  Love, love, love last night's show.  The bro-hug between Steve and Danny after they don't die from the bomb was great.  Those two have such a wonderful friendship.  There's no way Steve would have left him to die, but I see why Danny would want him to leave, in order to live and be able to take care of his daughter since he couldn't.  *le sigh*  (As an aside, did you hear that Alex O'Loughlin and his girlfriend had a son last month and they announced his name.  *drum roll*  It's Lion.  Lion O'Loughlin.)  So, to sum up, incredible show last night and great insight into our characters.

Castle was also good.  Esposito totally stole the show mugging for the cameras.  The look on Ryan's face each time Espo did something else over the top was a riot.  "That shirt looks really tight. Did you change?"  "I um, spilled something on it."  Haha.  *wipes tear*

Castle was his usual self, throwing out theories, trying to pull Beckett out of her shell.  Her shying away from the camera was metaphorical in a sense, and Castle brought that out when he talked about her walls.  Loved that.  His little face touch being caught on camera was cute, too.  Captain Gates still annoys me, she's still a bit too phony, but it's getting better.  Lainey saying how worth it was worth it to come down was great, too.  Everyone did such a fantastic job with the storyline, it was fun to watch.  And the case itself had so many twists and turns it kept me riveted.

So, all around great night of TV for me.  Did you watch any of it?  What are you doing with your Monday nights these days?


Debra Allen Erfert said...

Thanks for the recap. I didn't get to watch Castle. I was trying to catch up on my NaNo word count. I did it, too. Now I'm trying to catch up on my NaNo word count--again. Hopefully I'll race ahead and I won't feel that pressure of lagging behind. Hate that feeling.

I'm at 20,500 words. I'm estimated to finish on time, as long as I keep this pace. Don't like that thought. I want to beat the deadline.

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Debra, you are so good. I am sucking on my word count. *sigh* Are you still up for another sprint on Wednesday night?

Debra Allen Erfert said...

Yeah, I think so. Are we going to sprint later in the evening or do it at seven again? Or 8, even? I don't have anything scheduled.

Jon Spell said...

I lost my own momentum by being sick this weekend. I chose to nap instead of write. I've officially given up on winning, but I plan to continue to participate. I just finished more words on this thing I started at the beginning of the month, than my previous WIP of 4 years. So, hey, that's something. The important thing I'm taking from this is: I can write that many words (sure, crap words) it can be done. Having a goal is good.

Loved Castle last night, although the shaky-cam effect was about to make me sick early on. I loved that comment about "your shirt looks really tight" - that was awesome. And Lainie and Castle hamming it up.

The end resolution actually made a lot of sense once you knew the motivations and situation.

Julie, your Castle memory is better than mine. Did they previously have a show with a camera crew following them around? All I can remember was the time the Nikki Heat actress was with them, flirting with Castle instead of adopting Beckett's role.

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Let's try eight and see if we can recruit anybody else. :)

Debra Allen Erfert said...

Sounds like a plan: Wednesday at 8pm.

Janice Sperry said...

Instead of doing the NaNo, I'm working on finishing the rough draft for my Middle Grade. I'm super close to the end now. I even have it roughly plotted. But my editing brain keeps itching. I want to edit! Must resist. I'll try to be here at 8:00 tomorrow. No guarantees. That's when I'm putting my kids to bed. :)

Debra Allen Erfert said...

I'm changing my stories. I can do that, can't I? I just found out that my first book isn't coming out in February after all. It is being set for a January printing!


So! For our sprint I'll just be writing like mad on a current WIP that I want to have done, like, by the end of the month. Any objections?

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Fine with me! And congrats on the January date!

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Jon, you know what I've learned from NaNo? That I can turn my inner editor off. That's been a big surprise for me.

I don't think they've done a shaky cam one like that before. I do remember them looking through blinds at the faux Beckett and wondering if she could take souls or something. LOL Very 24-esque feeling last night I thought.

Melanie Conklin said...

Castle is just, well, the best.