#tpt: Counterfeit

17 October 2017

Today’s Top Pick

My top pick for the week is UK band Counterfeit.  I’d heard about this band before, but never had the chance to check them out.

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The other day, I was looking for some new music and remembered hearing about Counterfeit.  So, I did what any sane person would do…checked them out on youtube and immediately downloaded the entire album.

I am actually 100% in love with their debut album Together We Are Stronger.  Comprised of 5 members—you may recognize the lead singer, actor, Jamie Campbell Bower—Counterfeit formed in 2015 and have been recording music and playing shows ever since.  Released in March of 2017, Together We Are Stronger is an incredible album.  I was trying to think of a favourite song, but it’s nearly impossible to pick just one.

Counterfeit has a really cool sound and their debut album reminds me of some of my favourite songs by some of my favourite bands.

Definitely check out Enough and You Can’t Rely.

Let me know what you think! If you like the songs below, please check out their full album!

 

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Hogwarts House

Hello friends,

I just got back from a trip with my sister and mum–which I will write a post about later–and had a really interesting question for you guys.

We went to Universal Studios Orlando in Florida for a week and had some amazing moments at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  I’m a huge Potter fan and a very proud Slytherin.  This got me thinking about what houses other people I know are in.  I have a lot of Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw friends, a few fellow Slytherins, but no Gryffindors.  So I was curious, if you’re a Harry Potter fan, what house are you in? Have you taken the Pottermore quiz?

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Let me know in the comments below! Harry Potter is something I LOVE to talk about.  Also, for anyone who hasn’t taken the quiz, I would suggest using Pottermore’s quiz, as it was created by JK Rowling herself!

 

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#tpt: The Lowe Files

12 September 2017

Today’s Top Pick

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My top pick for this week is The Lowe Files.  Starring Rob Lowe and his two sons, Matthew and John Owen, as they set off on adventures to try and debunk or prove various urban legends.

Unlike most reality shows created by celebrities, The Lowe Files isn’t about just following Rob Lowe and his family around in their daily lives.  Lowe and his sons have an interest in different myths and legends just like many of us.

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Hunting for ghosts

Each episode revolves around one specific legend as they meet with specialists and others to try and prove if the legend is true or not.  So far, we’ve seen the Lowe men look for aliens, secret army bases, big foot, and even an undiscovered underwater cave system, just to name a few.

The show itself has an interesting premise, but it’s also really fun to see the way Rob Lowe and his boys interact.  It’s funny how much the boys love teasing their father—and each other.

50001699The Lowe Files is just all around a lot of fun to watch.  Plus, for anyone who’s ever been interested in these kinds of legends, it’s fascinating to see what evidence, if any, they find.

I would definitely recommend checking out The Lowe Files.  It’s a great show to watch with family as well.

 

 

 

 

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Fan Expo Canada 2017

Last weekend I had the opportunity to volunteer at Fan Expo Canada again.  Like last year, I was in the autograph area, manning the celebrities’ lines.

Every year during the Labour Day long weekend, Fan Expo Canada runs for four days and brings thousands of people to the city of Toronto.  Held at the Metro Convention Centre, Fan Expo is the third largest pop culture con in North America.

Being a volunteer in the autograph lines is my favourite role.  We work with the celebrities’ handlers to make sure everything runs smoothly and to guarantee that fans get their autograph or selfies.

This year, I ended up kind of being all over the place when it came to what lines I was working.

On Saturday, I had the opportunity to work Norman Reedus’ line.  Now, Norman Reedus has been one of my long-time loves—ever since seeing him as Murphy MacManus in Boondock Saints way back when—so working his line was awesome.  I’ve also loved watching his character development as Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead.  Norman’s line was insanely busy all weekend, but he still took a few minutes to thank his volunteers at the end.  I was even lucky enough to snap a quick pic with him before he had to leave.

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Finally met Norman Reedus!

My other favourite part of the weekend was working Bob Morley’s line on Sunday.  For those of you who don’t recognize the name, Morley stars in the television show The 100 as Bellamy Blake, one of my favourite characters.  Morley had to leave early on the Sunday as he had to catch a plane, but he also took a few minutes to take photos with the volunteers working his line and it was truly amazing.

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Meeting Bob Morley was incredible!

Not only did I get to take photos with 2 actors I really love, I was lucky enough to hug them both and have a quick conversation with each.

Sadly, I ended up working the entire con this year, so I never had a chance to check anything else out, but I still had a lot of fun.  Autographs is the best place to volunteer and I made some amazing new friends this year too, as well as reuniting with some friends I made volunteering at previous cons.

What’s your favourite part of cons?  Have any of you been to Fan Expo Canada or have any cool stories from past cons?  I’d love to hear them!

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#tpt: Midnight, Texas

25 July 2017

Today’s Top Pick

Last night premiered a new supernatural television show that I think is going to do really well.  The show, Midnight, Texas, is based off a series of books written by Charlaine Harris (the author behind the novels True Blood was based off of).

Following psychic, Manfred Bernardo—played by the gorgeous François Arnaud—the show takes place in the incredibly small town of Midnight, Texas.  Chalk full of strange characters, Manfred isn’t quite sure how he feels about Midnight after arriving in town.

He meets some of the locals, including pawn shop owner Bobo, suspected witch Fiji, vampire Lemuel, fallen angel Joe, hit-woman Olivia, and ordinary human waitress Creek.  He also meets the suspicious Reverend and the town’s Sheriff.  With everyone hiding their own secrets, this town and its inhabitants are full of mystery.

After a body is discovered in the pilot, everyone becomes a suspect.  When the Sheriff asks everyone to stay put in town, Manfred realizes he may be in for more than he bargained for.

I don’t want to give too much away—and I have only seen one episode—but Midnight, Texas feels like a show that I’m really going to enjoy.  It has just the right amount of supernatural intrigue mixed with strong characters and an interesting mystery—and don’t forget, a talking cat!

The witch has a talking cat!

If you’re looking for a new show, I would definitely suggest checking this out.  If you watched the pilot, let me know what you thought of it!!

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#tpt: Vikings

11 July 2017

Today’s Top Pick

This morning, I finally got around to finishing season four: part two of History’s Vikings and let me tell you, it was everything I wanted and more.  I’m going to try and avoid giving any major spoilers…so here we go!

I’m a huge fan of Norse mythology—all kinds of mythology really—and started watching this show when it first aired.  Now, I don’t have the channel that it airs on, so I have to wait for it to come out on DVD in order to watch it, but it is so worth it.

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For those of you who have not seen the show before, it follows a main group of Vikings as they pillage and plunder their way to new lands, led by the enigmatic Ragnar Lothbrok.  As the seasons progress, many years pass and we are introduced to Ragnar’s five sons, Bjorn (with first wife Lagertha), and Ubbe, Hvitserk, Sigurd, and Ivar (with second wife Aslaug).

Season four: part one ends with a major time jump, aging Ragnar’s sons to be in their late teens/early 20s.  Part two of Vikings moves forward with more invading, this time led by the sons of Ragnar.  The battle scenes in this season were pretty epic and I cannot wait for season five.  At the end of the season we are introduced to Bishop Heahmund, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and I am honestly so excited for it.  Jonathan Rhys Meyers is such an incredible actor in these kinds of roles and I can’t wait to see what he does with Bishop Heahmund, who is also a great warrior.

After finishing this season, I watched the sneak peek for season five and it looks phenomenal.  There seems to be a lot of conflict between the Vikings and their enemies, but also amongst the Vikings themselves.

If you’re a fan of Norse mythology—and not afraid of a little blood and gore—you should definitely check out Vikings.  It’s a really great show that is super entertaining.

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#tpt: Cozy murder mystery novels

4 July 2017

Today’s Top Pick

At work the other day, I had this awesome idea for a #tpt.  This week, I’m going to tell you all about why I love cozy murder mystery novels!

My sister, Michelle, is the one who got me into this genre.  Michelle works at our public library and is a very avid reader.  She was always raving about cozy murder mysteries and telling me all about the different ones she was reading.  I always enjoyed her stories, but hadn’t gotten around to reading any myself, until she bought me one.

Cozy murder mysteries are usually small, paperback novels revolving around a murder of some sort that usually takes place in a small town.  Typically, the main character in the novel is a woman living in said small town who is a bit of an amateur sleuth.  There’s usually a group of main characters that all live in the area and everybody tends to know each other.  The first body can be discovered in the first few pages, or sometimes even a few chapters in.  This is where the fun begins!  The main character starts trying to figure out who the victim is and just who murdered him/her.  She’ll end up suspecting everyone from her next door neighbour to her ex’s new girl.

What makes these novels so great is that there really is a cozy for everyone.  There are cozies about bakers, gardeners, home renovators, librarians, quilt makers, writers—the list goes on!  There are even holiday themed cozy murder mysteries.

I’m going to share with you the novels that got me started in this genre.  Now, a lot of these novels are series, but you don’t always have to read them in order.  For instance, for Christmas, my sister bought me the Christmas themed novel from one of her favourite series.  Even though it was not the first book in the series, I was able to follow along just fine.

The Diva Wraps it Up by Krista Davis

This book is a part of the “Domestic Diva” series.  Main character, Sophie Winston, is a writer for a domestic diva column.  In The Diva Wraps it Up, as Christmas draws near, strange things start happening in her hometown.  One man tumbles over a balcony at a Christmas party, while another falls off his ladder hanging Christmas lights.  However, things take an even stranger turn when the cookie swap Sophie and her friends are a part of leads to murder.  With the perfect mix of comedy and mystery, The Diva Wraps it Up is a great Christmas cozy murder mystery.  I had a lot of fun trying to figure out who the murderer was and the motive behind the crime.  Due to the subject of the book, there’s even some fun cookie recipes in the back that you can try and make yourself.

Vampires, Bones, and Treacle Scones by Kaitlyn Dunnett

A Liss MacCrimmon Scottish Mystery, Vampires, Bones, and Treacle Scones is the perfect cozy murder mystery to read around Halloween time.  Liss MacCrimmon owns the Scottish Emporium in Moosetookalok, Maine.  For Halloween this year, Liss is organizing the fundraiser with a haunted house at the old abandoned Chadwick mansion.  With the perfect location for her haunted attraction, Liss begins to assemble the decorations and frights to scare the townsfolk.  When a very realistic body turns up in the house with puncture marks on the neck, the questions begin.  Who is the deceased and why was the body dumped in Liss’ haunted house?  It’s up to Liss to piece together the clues and discover the truth, before it’s too late.

Spackled and Spooked by Jennie Bentley

Avery Baker and her boyfriend, Derek Ellis, have just recently bought an old abandoned house.  Their plan is to renovate the house and resell it when it’s done.  The house, however, may end up being more of a hassle than they realized.  With a shady history, involving the deaths of the previous owners, this house is said to be haunted.  Avery and Derek don’t care.  They think with a little bit of love and a whole lot of hard work, they can sell the house.  When digging up the crawlspace under the house to add additional supports, Derek uncovers bones—and they might just be human.  After calling the police, it’s soon discovered that the bones are that of a young female who was murdered in the last ten years.  Like all cozy murder mysteries, it’s time for Avery to start piecing together who the victim was and just why they were dumped in the crawlspace of that particular house.


Cozy murder mysteries really are an incredibly fun and addicting genre of novel.  I can almost 100 percent guarantee that you’ll find one you will enjoy.  If you have any suggestions of ones you think I should check out, let me know in the comments below!

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