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Real Life

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Sorry about no post last week, real life seems to get in the way, now more than ever. I...got a job. Sort of. I am now with a temp agency! I don't have a posting yet but it's coming. I will be re-joining the normal people working world with the watercoolers, the office politics, and maybe even a cubicle! What does this mean besides I need to get some heels and a suit? Well, it means that I spent all of last week locked in my room trying to finish the 4th FREAKS. Mission accomplished this morning. That's the good news. I just have to type and edit it but it should be available by the end of summer as planned. I have to edit/format/cover it along with doing two more edits on the next Midnight Magic. The bad news is that I'm a month behind schedule on the third Justice and with the new job thing 9hrs a day it will be a miracle if I can find the time and energy to write/edit/edit/etc by the end of the year. It's possible, but not probable. Also, my blogging might be far more sporadic. You will get tons of awesome office stories hopefully.

I will end with good news, though. The second Verity Hart installment is out tomorrow. This change of status won't effect their release. 
               

So, darksiders, until next time, this is the gainfully employed Jennifer Harlow signing out from the darkside...

Song of the Week: Dust to Dust by The Civil Wars
I'm reading: Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella



SURPRISE!

Hello, and welcome to the darkside... No, I'm not getting married (I wish) or pregnant (*shudder*) as some have speculated. No, the surprise is...new book! Well, new serialized book. May I present...drum roll please...VERITY HART VS THE VAMPYRES: A HART/MCQUEEN STEAMPUNK ADVENTURE! 

 

                  

KEEP CALM AND STEAMPUNK ON! 

The whole of Victorian London knows there is something not quite right about the Lady Verity Hart. She may be the daughter of an MP and the sister of famed inventor Lord David Hart, but she is a spinster whose own father threatens to send her to the madhouse every fortnight. Because Society is correct-Verity Hart is no lady. If they suspected how quick with a quip she is, let alone the majority of her brother's ingenious machines were her design, the sale of fainting couches would double.
 
Verity requires one herself when her beloved brother is kidnapped by vampyres in the dead of night. With the aid of an aggravating, rude American bounty hunter with a secret of his own, Verity takes to land, sea, and even air to rescue the only person who could ever love and truly accept her. Or is he?

As you may have noticed, it is a serial. Each part is about 50-75 pages long and will be $.99 each. The first is out now (at least on Amazon but will be out at the other vendors by the end of this week) and each subsequent installment will be released every other week. Here's the schedule:

Part One-April 1
Part Two-April 15
Part Three-April 29
Part Four-May 6
Part Five-May 20

(Sorry, but it won't be out in book book form unless I do an Omnibus, but that depends on how well these sell.) 

So, that's the surprise! Hope it's a pleasant one. Now, back to the F.R.E.A.K.S.

Until next time, this is Jennifer Harlow signing out from the darkside...

Song of the Week: Steam by Peter Gabriel
I'm reading: Veronica Mars: Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas  ****

Strong Women

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Last week I went back to VA on vacation and while there I had a multiple hours long conversation with my teenage brother about gender roles and expectations, as one does with a teenage boy. Anyway, this hours long debate began when Trevor mentioned he heard something on NPR (we are a weird family) about "strong women" due to the recent release of Divergent. I was surprised when he said he hated the term. Having me as a sister, the poor boy has heard many feminist diatribes about inequality growing up and often agreed with my arguments. It turned out the reason he hated the term was because in the context of our media a "strong woman" was one who knew how to shoot, how to fight, how to hide her emotions, how to basically act like a man. All the female characters that were discussed were only in action films: Katniss, Tris, Black Widow, Lara Croft. And when I asked my other brothers who they thought were strong women in the media, they listed the same characters. THAT was why my brother hated the term, and in that context I have to agree.

The majority of my characters are strong women, and that was by design. In both fiction and reality I cannot stand people, men and women both, who are not well rounded. Who cannot stand on their own two feet and rely on others to take care of them. I cannot stand romantic comedies because the majority of the characters have no real 3-D life outside the love story. This is why I loathed Twilight, Bella all but tried to kill herself after Edward left. This is not what I want the female youth of the world to think they should aspire to. But on the flip-side I also don't want them to think they have to deny their emotions, that they have to fight and take on everything just to be considered "strong." They are girls and later women. Men and women are different. Our brains work differently, our bodies are different, but the problem becomes when one is considered better than the other. By making the only way to be a strong woman to take on male characteristics, it's insidious misogyny because we cannot meet those expectations either. 

So what really is a strong woman? To me it has nothing to do with emotional coldness or physical prowess. To me, it all comes down to character. Joanna Fallon isn't a strong woman to me because she's good with a gun and can take a punch. What makes her a strong woman is when she does take that punch, she gets up and continues on knowing full well the consequences of this action. Katniss Everdeen isn't strong because she's excellent with a bow it's because she stood up for her baby sister and took care of people who needed help even to the detriment of herself. And in actuality I find Ree, the character Jennifer Lawrence played in Winter's Bone far stronger than Katniss, yet this character is never mentioned. Why? Because it was in a drama. She didn't take on a nation or kill people with a bow, she just kept her family afloat. To me strength is akin to bravery. Bravery isn't being fearless, it's overcoming your fear and keep on keeping on. THIS is what we should be teaching the young, girls and boys alike. I hope I've done my part one brother at a time. 

What about you? Do you agree with my assessment? Who are some non-action female characters who deserve some applause? How awesome is my little brother? (He takes after his sister )

Until next time, this is Jennifer Harlow signing out from the darkside...

Song of the Week: I'd Like To Go Back There Someday by Paul Williams

I'm reading: Lost Girls-An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker  *** 

The 2nd Anniversary of my 29th B-day

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I am sitting here, typing this from dark, dismal Virginia on my birthday. I flew in during the last snowstorm (a damn foot of snow) and am in the bosom on my family. What a vacation. Anyway, this week Pinterest will do my heavy lifting. Enjoy!

Oh my God

Just sayin'

Westboro Baptist Deadpool  Does anyone else find this as hysterical as I do? Seriously, I look at this and laugh and wonder why all of our problems can't be solved with a little Deadpool.
i hate getting asked this! probably more than my bf hates it. Team NO MARRIAGE until at least 30!
Eddie Izzard meets Game of Thrones -- I can't decide if this is perfectly hilarious or perfectly horrible because I absolutely abhor Joffrey and what he did in this scene.

BYE
Mother-In-Law Who Hates Her Son's Future Wife, Writes The Wedding Invitation
Until next time, this is the older Jennifer Harlow signing out from the darkside...

Song of the Week: Just Another Day by Oingo Boingo
I'm reading: Last Writes by Laura Levine  ****

Dragonborn

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I have an addictive personality. I recognized it early on and was smart enough to recognize I would need to take steps so I didn't end up on an episode of Intervention. I have never taken hard drugs, or any drugs really, I have a drink maybe once a month, and run the other way when people are gambling. But sometimes I find myself in addiction's clutches. My crack is video games, and I just had a relapse. Damn you Skyrim.

I'd avoided this game for years, actively avoided it because I knew this very thing would happen. My brothers played it when it first came out and I don't think they left the TV for two weeks. Everyone who has ever played the game warned me that even the strongest would be sucked into its awesomeness for a bare minimum of a week. We're talking no eating, sleeping about three hours a night, just living this game. And I heeded their warnings...until now. 

For those who don't know of it, Skyrim is an open world game where you are the Dragonborn. You speak dragon and spend much of the game killing rogue dragons. And vampires. And trolls. And cannibals all with magic, swords, and arrows. It's like Game of Thrones but you get to vie for the Iron Throne (God, could I be more of a geek?) But what really sucks the player in beyond DRAGONS!!! is there are a million quests to do. You can't walk down the village street without getting three quests to complete. Plus you can get married and adopt children in the game. Beyond The Sims, another addiction of mine, I've never seen that in a game. I've heard people have played this game for months and never "beat" it. I'm someone who has to finish what she starts, and that coupled with said addictive personality, proved a huge problem. But I needed to unwind, and one night after working I decided to try it, just for an hour or so before I'd make dinner. Yeah...

For an entire week I woke at eight AM, threw on clothes from the floor, and got to playing until about 2 AM. I barely ate, I may have ruined my bladder, and there was a literal pile of dishes in the sink I didn't notice until too late (fairly sure that was the cause of my stomach flu that cropped up a week later.) It wasn't until my grandmother came over and literally grimaced at the sight of my greasy hair and messy house I realized I had a problem. I'd finished the two main story lines the day before but had two dozen side quests in my queue but I ejected the disk and told my brother to hide the game. I am not allowed to even go near the PS3 for a month. But those side quests call to me at night. There are tombs to raid and my children need more sweets. I'm jonesing but so far so good.

So my name is Jennifer Harlow and I am a video game addict. And a television addict. And I go on Pinterest way too much. I'm working on it. 

Until next time, this is Jennifer Harlow signing out from the darkside...

Song of the Week: Compass by Lady Antebellum
I'm reading: Nothing

    

Emily Kimmelman Returns

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Since I've been laid up with the stomach flu since Wednesday my friend and e-book guru Emily Kimmelman has agreed to take over the blog this week. She's the best-selling author of the Sydney Rye series and is here to talk about her cool contest. Take it away, Em.


Thanks to Jennifer for having me on her blog today to talk to you about a contest I’m running in order to find a narrator for my Sydney Rye series of audiobooks. When I was driving cross country last year I listened to a lot of audiobooks. What I learned quickly is that the story didn’t matter as much as the voice. As a writer I hate to admit it but the truth is that no matter how compelling a tale if the voice doesn’t work then neither does the audiobook.

 

This realization was at the forefront of my mind when I decided to turn my own series into audiobooks. So I’m asking for your help. After narrowing the finalist down to four voice artist I’m going around the web begging for you to tell me what you think.

 

If you Haven’t read Sydney Rye yet don’t worry. You can download the first book, UNLEASHED, for free on Amazon,iTunes, B&N, or Kobo and see how she sounds in your head then vote for the best narrator.

 

Since I’m asking for your help I figured I should give something back. Voting enters you to win all sorts of great prizes including Amazon gift cards, signed books, and the finished Audio book!

I hope you’ll take the time to help me out by letting me know what you think. Thanks!

Here are your choices for narrator:

https://soundcloud.com/emily-kimelman-gilvey/tracks


Prize Details

Every vote, like, share, or sign up is an entry for the "grand prizes" 

One person will win Signed copies of all 5 books

One person will win a $30 Amazon or B&N gift card

Four other winners will win paperback copies of UNLEASHED

                       

Anyone who votes +  signs up for Emily’s email list + likes Emily’s FaceBook page gets a copy of the audio book when it's completed!

Enter HERE for the Raffle Copter giveaway FIND THE VOICE OF SYDNEY RYE AUDIO BOOK CONTEST LINKS


More about UNLEASHED:

UNLEASHED is the first book in Emily Kimelman's best selling Sydney Rye series of mysteries. 

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.

 

 

The Rest of The Sydney Rye Series:

DEATH IN THE DARK (A Sydney Rye Novella, #2) 

INSATIABLE (A Sydney Rye Novel, #3)

STRINGS OF GLASS (A Sydney Rye Novel, #4)

THE DEVIL’S BREATH (A Sydney Rye Novel, #5) Coming April 2014

 

 

Emily Kimelman Biography 

Emily Kimelman is the author of the best selling “Sydney Rye” series of mystery novels including UNLEASHED, DEATH IN THE DARK, INSATIABLE, STRINGS OF GLASS and the forthcoming THE DEVIL’S BREATH. Emily lives with her husband, Sean Gilvey, and their dog, Kinsey Millhone “Pup Detective”, on a trawler docked in the Hudson Valley during the summer. She spends her winters traveling to where ever the next Sydney Rye Novel takes place. Right now she is in Costa Rica working on Sydney Rye #6.

If you’ve read Emily’s work and liked it please contact her. She loves hearing from readers. You can reach Emily via email ejkimelman@gmail.com or on  twitter @ejkimelman. Follow her on Instagram to see pictures from Emily’s latest adventures. Visit www.emilykimelman.com to learn more about Emily and the Sydney Rye series.

Thanks for visiting, Emily.

Until next time, this is Jennifer Harlow signing out from the darkside…

Song of the Week: Forever by Chris Brown

I’m reading: Nothing


Sticks and Stones

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We've all heard the taunt, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." Well, on this saying I call shennanigans. I've broken bones, live with a debilitating stomach condition, but those experiences haven't had the crippling effect on my life a few well placed words have. They don't keep me up at night cringing (okay, the stomach thing does on occasion). They didn't send me to therapy twice. Remarks about my weight, my work ethic, my character have. People can be cruel. Words hurt. Hell, words kill. They have unimaginable power, and lately I feel a lot of people have been using that power for evil. We now live in a world filled with trolls, some with the power to harm more than a few people. They have the power to influence impressionable young minds and keep people from reaching their full potential. 

I first got the idea for this post when I read about the Isabelle Allende controversy. For those who don't know, Allende is famous for her book House of the Spirits, a book I very much enjoyed. She is one of the few Hispanic female voices in the book world and has won multiple prestigious awards for her books. I have a feeling no awards will be coming her way for her latest work, Ripper. The controversy began when she went on NPR and said she wasn't a fan on the mystery genre (though her husband writes in it). That she read some of the top books in the genre for research and didn't find a thing to recommend them. That she purposely wrote Ripper to critique the mystery genre by going against the tropes she disliked. There were other digs to the genre about how formulaic, how badly written most are, etc. Well, the mystery community lost their shit. This isn't a new thing, attacks on genre books. Most "literary" writers often dis the same things Allende did, But they didn't then turn around, take I assume hundreds of thousands of dollars to write one, then attack both writers and fans alike. They may be a tad snooty but at least they have integrity. All the money Allende got both in an advance and marketing could have gone to several other writers (*ahem, me?*) who understand the genre, like writing in it which translates into the readers enjoying it, and won't call the people who read it dunderheads. (Also note, the critics have panned the book). Since the backlash Allende has backtracked, saying she was having a bad day or something, but the damage is done. Allende trolled the mystery genre on a very national platform and people are now trolling her back. 

The same week this story broke, another genre was tarnished by trolling. Last year several female sci-fi writers spoke out about how their male counterparts mistreated them through the years. It ran the gammat from lack of spots on panels for women to full on inappropriate sexual touching. The controversy died down in the Sci-Fi Writers Association, until some of the old guard went on a public forum and let their misogynistic freak flags fly once more. "How dare women think they're as good as we are? They write fluff." "How does this chick think we'll respect her if she wears an off the shoulder blouse? At least she's hot." (These are't exact quotes but that was the gist.) These are men high up in the hierarchy with influence not only on the SFWA, they approve membership, but in the major publishing houses. The authors have since apologized, and claim they didn't know it was a public forum, but the damage was done. Again. People are calling for a boycott on SFWA. I'm not a member of that organization but I am with Mystery Writers of America and Horror Writers Association. These organizations have helped me network, provided resources, and helped spread the word about my books. I assume the SFWA does the same but with these horrible words the whole organization suffers. A few bad apples do spoil the whole bunch.

Be it the internet or just people getting meaner and grumpier, it feels as if the world is getting crueler. I've known authors who have been threatened with rape for speaking out about things. People have been bullied online for posting a negative review of books. I've been called a "cunt" while playing a video game online. Maybe we should retire "sticks and stones" and drum into people's heads another saying: "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." You are entitled to your opinion of course, but if it affects my day to day life you do not have the right to inflict your negativity on me. Just because you don't believe in gay marriage does not mean you have the right to ban it. It has no bearing on your life! Don't spoil it for other people. Don't belittle people then turn around and expect them to buy your affront to them. Don't let your misogynistic beliefs stop women from contributing to your genre. And for God's sake, think before you speak or you may find yourself on the other end, barraged by not only sticks and stones but some choice words lobbed like missles. Because there's something a hell of a lot worse than a broken bone: a broken spirit. 

Until next time, this is Jennifer Harlow signing out from the darkside...

Song of the Week" Ramblin Man by Allman Bros Band
I'm reading: Not Isabelle Allende, that's for sure 


Life, oh Life

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As you may have noticed, there was no post last week, and for that I do apologize. Life got in the way of art last week. I barely wrote or edited a page. Besides the usual craziness, I had to contend with switching over my internet/cable, which should have taken two hours and took two days. I've been (unsuccessfully) looking for a day job for over a month and a half and apparently I am not even qualified to work as a waitress with my college degree from a baby Ivy.  Then there was the massive ice/snow storm that knocked out my power for a day, not to mention an entire tree that half fell in my and my neighbor's yard, so I got to learn the ins and outs of my home insurance policy. We had a two home saw party to get the tree out of our yards and I also learned I have no idea how to use a chain or bow saw. Then finally, because I wasn't crazy enough yet for him, my brother/roommate decided he wanted a dog. From Craig's List. So I and my uncle had to accompany my 6 ft, 250lbs weightlifting brother to the people's house in case they were lunatics who would rape him (this is a direct quote.) So now there's a year old pit bull mix named Princess Monster Truck aka Mad Moxxie, who is a total sweetie but has a habit of nipping people's calves and barking and growing at me as I come down the stairs. So, yeah, no blog last week. But here's a pic of the newest Harlow:

 

This week I have a visit from Dad and taxes, not to mention getting the dog acclimated and contending with one very pissed off cat but I promise I'll have a post next week.

And if you haven't already, you can pre-order the next in the Midnight Magic Mystery Series, Werewolf Sings the Blues out early March. Here's the cover and blurb:

   

If Vivian Dahl’s life had a soundtrack,

every song would be The Blues

 

  1. Pushin’ Thirty (Hard Life Takes Its Toll)
  2. Singer Going Nowhere Fast
  3. Mysterious Stalker Got A Hold On Me
  4. Bullets, Blood, and Fur
  5. Long Lost Werewolf Daddy Done Me Wrong
  6. Ain’t No Pack War Gonna Keep Me Down
  7. Love On the Run (feat. Sexy Jason & Melting in His Icy Eyes)
  8. She’s No Good (Born Under a Bad Moon)
  9. Don’t Let Her Song Be Cut Short
  10. Livin’ La Vida Werewolf (Bonus Track)

If Vivian Dahl's life had a soundtrack, every song would be the Blues. She's pushing thirty, her singing career is going nowhere, and the partying lifestyle is taking its toll. Plus, a mysterious man is stalking her. But when she's abducted from a singing gig, Vivian is surprised to see her stalker become her savior. Jason is her werewolf rescuer sent by the biological father who abandoned her as a baby. Finding herself on the run, Vivian drives across America with the enigmatic Jason and learns about the werewolf war her father's pack is caught in. Now that an opposing pack has targeted her, Jason will stop at nothing to make sure Vivian's song isn't cut short.

 Pre-order it HERE

Until next time, this is Jennifer Harlow signing out from the darkside...

Song of the Week: Poison by Alice Cooper

I'm reading: Charlotte Bronte by Rebecca Fraser ****

*Spoilers* His Last Vow

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Here it is. The last episode of Sherlock for a million, trillion years. But here in the darkside we have one more episode to dissect. And away we go to Baker Street.

This one began with the British government getting blackmailed by Rupert Murdoch, or at least his Avatar Charles Augustus Magnussun. He could size up any person and decide on their pressure point and use it to blackmail and for some reason lick any person he wanted. One such person enlists the help of our anti-hero and away we go. 

This episode was a return to form, with a crime at center stage, using it as a springboard for character development and just general shenanigans. Those shenanigans included Sherlock falling off the wagon, getting fake engaged, getting shot, and well..going all new Superman on the villain. 

Now I couldn't finish the new Superman movie despite being in lust with Henry Cavill  because I got so bored with it, so I only heard that he killed Zod, which sent the internet into a tizzy. I'm very practical. Zod/Magnussun threatened people, he needed to be taken out. End of story. But I'm not Superman or even Sherlock. They're supposed to be better than me, using their brain or honor to find a better solution than brute force. So when Sherlock just picked up a Glock and fired one into the villain's head, it felt out of character and downright lazy. This was the dude who faked his own death with air bags and fake bystanders, surly he could find another solution, but he didn't. It was kind of a cop out. And the reason he did it? To protect Mary. Which brings me to quibble #2.

Mary. Okay, so sweet, smiling Mary has a secret. She's a former CIA assassin! Um...what?!? Out of left field much? This turn I could almost look over. But not John's reaction to finding out her secret. He just...forgave her for lying about everything. In the show months had passed before he did but to us viewers it wasn't even five minutes. Oh, and how about the fact she almost killed Sherlock? She shot him in the freaking chest. He flatlined. Sure she did it to protect John(?!?) and called an ambulance afterwards but HE ALMOST DIED! Sorry, just one of those acts would be a Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200 for anyone, even a psychopath junkie like Watson. 
Sherlock. His last vow

Seriously, I can only suspend my disbelief so much. 

But now onto what worked for me. I loved the mind palace as he was dying. We got to see the inner working of his process, and it was beautifully paced and shot. Another thing that worked (sort of) was the villain. He was hella creepy, a bully, and insidious, which is often much worse than just plain crazy. It's scary vs. creepy. One goes for shocks and the other infests your house until there's nothing you can do. But I wanted more of him. He should have been in more episodes. This show is at its best when it has a central storyline and we learn about the characters from how they act in said circumstances. So, whenever the next batch comes out, I hope they rely less on fan service and give us what made us fall in love with this show in the first place: well acted, well plotted, intelligent stories and a great bromance to boot.

Until next time, this is Jennifer Harlow signing out from the darkside...

Song of the Week: Seven Wonders by Fleetwood Mac
I'm reading: Nothing. I fell into a Skyrim hole last week.

*Spoilers* The Sign of Three

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Once again, a disclaimer: If you have not watched the second episode of Sherlock then stop reading and go watch it. Like now. Go!

Okay, you're back. Good. 

All last week I was trying to figure out why I was so displeased with Sherlock. My review last week was rather harsh and I couldn't put my finger on why. It was a good episode. I laughed, I was entertained, but was left dissatisfied. I think I figured out why. It was because I was watching a totally different show than the previous two seasons. Those were detective shows. It centered around a crime not characters. Sure you found out about characters but at the center was a crime. It was the difference between NCIS and Breaking Bad. Both are shows about crime, but NCIS is a procedural and BB is a serial. Crime vs. characters. Out of nowhere Sherlock went from NCIS to BB in one episode, and it was jarring. I like both kinds of shows but they are different and I watch them differently. Once I realized this, I re-watched The Empty Hearse and liked it more. Not as great as The Greatest Game or The Reichenbach Fall, but it was good. So I went into The Sign of Three wearing my serial hat and enjoyed most of it. 

The episode was a bit schizophrenic so this review will be as well. (Plus I was really sick when watching it so I can only recall bits and pieces.) It centered around Watson's wedding but jumped around a lot. Poor Sherlock had to give a speech. There were two cases that seemingly had nothing to do with each other but in the end did. Sherlock and Watson got drunk. 

That speech. Click for buzzfeed article on last nights episode of Sherlock. Fantastic!

"This is a famous detective, Sherlock Holmes….." - sherlock series 3 episode 2 the sign of three

But really it was about growing up and growing apart. Sherlock was so afraid of losing John to Mary, he had to grow up a little. That things change and that doesn't have to be a bad thing.

Some other observations-

Mary: Still don't know much about her but she was cute and charming in this episode. 

The crime: Be it the sickness, but I could barely follow it. And there is no way in hell you wouldn't feel getting fatally stabbed, no matter how tight your belt is. And no one would got to that much trouble to kill someone. It was too complicated.

The funny: Something else jarring, but not in a bad way, is how funny this show has become. It was like watching a British rom-com with drunk people, Sherlock wearing a guard hat for no real reason, flirty bridesmaids, drunken games. I laughed a lot again but it just doesn't feel like the same show. 

Next week, per the internet and British spoiler people, we get back to our roots. I just hope I don't get whiplash. B+

Until next time, this is Jennifer Harlow signing out from the darkside...

Song of the Week: Let It Go from Frozen
I'm reading: Tim by Colleen McCullough   ***
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