You know that feeling you get when you get when you discover something new and fall in love with it-to the point where you become obsessed with it and devour as much of it as you possibly can? That’s happened to me recently, and I thought I’d share them with you lovely folks so that I have someone else to share the madness with.
1. Modern Family. It’s a show on the ABC Network that tells the story of a modern extended family. Family patriarch Jay lives with his second (younger) wife Gloria, their new son Fulgencio Joseph, and step-son Manny. His daughter Claire lives with her husband Phil, and their three children Haley, Alex, and Luke (they represent the traditional nuclear family). Jay’s son Mitchell and his partner Cameron live with their adopted daughter Lily, and recently got engaged, now that gay marriage has become legal. The show is done “documentary” style where the camera will cut away to the characters sitting on the couch talking straight to the camera. Modern Family recently went into syndication on USA Network, and I found some eps to watch when I was messing around with the On Demand of my TV. I loved it. I loved the humor and the chemistry between the cast. But what most attracted me to the show was how much heart it had, and the relatability factor. We can see ourselves in these characters because the situations they’ve gone through, we’ve gone through. The Pritchetts, Dunphys, and Tucker-Pritchetts are families we know and see every day. It’s a feel good family show. I also liked that we see a positive real portrayal of a family headed by a gay couple. Mitchell and Cam face the same relationship and parenting obstacles we all do. I ran into this You Tube clip, and was heartened to see Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, and creator Steve Levitan talk about what a positive influence the show has had. It’s helped open minds and hearts, and given teens a vehicle to start dialogue with their parents. I helped convince blog sister Erica to start watching it, and I’m so glad she enjoyed it as much as I do!
2. Pamela Clare’s I-Team series. I owe Julie James a big thank you for this one. She tweeted about this series awhile back, and I bought a few of the I-Team books based on her recommendation. I am so glad I did. The I-Team series is based around the “I-Team”, a group of reporters writing for the Denver Independent, focused mainly on the female reporters. Since the I-Team series is romantic suspense, not only do these intrepid ladies fall in love, they also dodge bullets, solve crimes, and take down bad guys. I enjoy the friendship and solidarity among the ladies, and that Pamela expanded the scope of the series beyond crime in Denver. These books tackle tough topics like human trafficking, drug cartels, looting of Native American sites, prison inmate abuse,etc. Pamela’s training as a reporter comes through in the depth of the research for her books, and her meticulous attention to detail. And Oh. Em. Gee. are her heroes hot and sexy!! Many of them have military/law enforcement backgrounds, and the alpha, macho instinct to protect and give up their lives for the heroine if necessary is absolutely delicious. My favorite book of the series so far has to be Breaking Point. I absolutely fell in love with Zack and Natalie as they escape a ruthless and violent Mexican cartel and make a run to the border and safety. And as a matter of fact, her latest I-Team book, Striking Distance, is out TODAY. You can get it here at Amazon and B&N.
3. Bahama Breeze. Bahama Breeze is a restaurant chain specializing in Latin/Caribbean inspired food. I ate there for the first time when I went to the New Jersey Romance Writer’s book signing. The company was great, and the food just as good. Their coconut shrimp was delicious, the tilapia was tasty, and their bread pudding was to die for. I definitely need to find a Bahama Breeze near me and go again!
So tell me-have you discovered anything new recently that you’re crazy about? Tell us about it below! Any other Modern Family and/or I-Team fans out there?