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The chilling cover to Wicked Little Words is FINALLY here!

Release Day: October 31st

Cover Model: Alfie Gordillo

Cover Design: Cover Me Darling

Genre: Erotic Thriller

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Synopsis:

Edwin Allen Mercer

I want them all to read my words. And they do. Every last blood-stained sentence, they’ve read and praised me for. They love the gore and violence, the realness. And I get a sense of power with it all because I know a secret: the victims in my books—they’re real and have all died on my table. And maybe that’s why the last book had such awful reviews. Murder is, after all, a dirty little thing. Some can stomach it. Others can’t. My answer to those reviews: find a woman to co-author with. To be the next pathetic character in my book. Pity she’s so pretty.

Miranda Cross

All I’ve ever wanted was to be successful as a writer so when I was offered the opportunity to co-author a book with my idol, EA Mercer, I jumped at the chance. He’s beautiful and a literary genius, but something about him makes my stomach knot. And maybe it’s my overactive imagination making my hairs stand on end when he walks up behind me.

After all, these wicked little words we’re typing are only fiction. They’re only fiction…

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About the Authors:

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Stevie J. Cole lives deep in the woods of Alabama with her two precious daughters. She studied Epidemiology concentrating on cancer research but has always had a passion for writing. Some of her stories will strip you bare, some will give you nightmares, but the one thing she can promise is that she will always give you stories that make you feel.

Raw. Gritty. Love.
Because sometimes characters need to be flawed.

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BT Urruela was an infantryman in the US Army from August 2004 until February 2011. At the end of a year long tour to Baghdad, Iraq, his vehicle was hit by two roadside bombs, which took his right leg below the knee and the life of his commander. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his wounds, an Army Commendation Medal, and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He medically retired from the Army in 2011 and moved to Tampa, FL where he currently works as a Director and Brand Ambassador for VETSports, a veteran community sports nonprofit he co-founded in 2012. He also conducts motivational speeches, works as a cover and fitness model and he’s a personal performance trainer. He co-wrote the military romance novel A Lover’s Lament and will be releasing his debut solo novel, Into the Nothing, on June 21st, 2016.

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Valerie
30 September 2016 @ 01:26 pm

My site was down so I’m trying this stealth thing again to make sure it’s working…

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Valerie
25 September 2016 @ 09:30 pm

me
wearing that guitar pick

WRITING
“The Arrangement” – I’m near the end of the story and for some reason I’m slowing down on it. Is it because I don’t want it to end? Maybe so. Not sure if I kept the tension in the story long enough. I suppose I’ll have to re-read it and see how it goes.

Pre-National Novel Writing Month – I think I might already know what my NaNoWriMo story is going to be. I’m in the prepping stage with that story. We shall see if it sticks by the time November rolls around…

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Valerie
20 September 2016 @ 03:10 pm

I’m trying out the steal publish for wordpress. Mostly how it works going to LJ. Does it go to LJ? Maybe. I can make it not post to my usual socials. So here we go…

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Valerie
18 September 2016 @ 10:18 pm

his dreams are filled with
the sweet laughter in her eyes
beckoning to him

Guitar pick

We saw Tyler again last night. Such a LONG day but it ended on a good time. 🙂 Always love seeing him and just listening to him play. Of course I got another picture with him and he gave me one of his guitar pics. Yah!

We sit in the same spot and it’s become familiar to me. My focus is usually just on him or the other people in the area. I don’t see a lot of the other people who walk in or walk by but what I do see makes for interesting people watching.

My new boss was announced on Friday. I’m SO RELIEVED to know who it will be.

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Valerie
11 September 2016 @ 09:26 pm

maybe it’s our time
maybe it’s really just love
binding you to me

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I had things in my head to write but it’s Sunday night and all of it has just flown from my head. So a little poem and a Sully pic are all I’m posting today…

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Valerie
04 September 2016 @ 02:13 pm

it’s almost time
to say the words
to give this heart
its proper due
it’s almost time
to take your hand
to whisper love
you know is true
it’s almost time
to hold you close
to face the world
on this crazy spin
it’s almost time
to just let go
to trust your heart
is already in

just another me and Tyler pic
Tyler & me the other night

It was an interesting week, looking back on it. So how about a little rundown?

pinot grigio just for me
TUESDAY – After work I joined my fellow workmates to wish my boss farewell on his new adventure– a position with another district. I am super sad that he’s not my boss anymore but I’m so happy for him too! It was great to sit with everyone and just relax while stories were told. We had drinks and appetizers and I managed to stay until the end, which was really nice. I am going to miss my boss. We had a great working relationship.

the empty office
WEDNESDAY – This was his actual last day and at the end, his office became the empty office (as pictured). SO SAD! Who will next sit in that chair? We’ll find out soon, I hope.


Tyler singing Sam Hunt!

FRIDAY – I took the day off (the last day off okay’d by my boss) and we headed out towards Rohnert Park. We first stopped in Petaluma at the Lagunitas brewery for a couple of drinks. I like that place! Plus the stout is pretty yummy… We checked in at our room then went out to dinner. It was a little disappointing (Outback) and it made me appreciate our Black Angus so much… We ended our night at the G Bar and Tyler was GREAT. He sounded fantastic. We were in what I consider our “usual” table and it was just lovely being able to watch him sing and play. As always. Met a new person who is just the very sweetest and so lovely! I like her. I hope we see her again because I didn’t get a picture this first time meeting her. (Didn’t want to seem too keen.) At the end of the night, Tyler chatted awhile with us and it was probably the longest conversation we’ve ever had. So cool! I adore him, I really do.

Visiting
SATURDAY – After we checked out, we decided to visit the father-in-law. The Sacramento Valley National Cemetery is nicely situated and the FIL’s final resting place is in a good spot. I can’t believe it’ll be five years in a couple of months. It’s still sad that he’s gone…

Torment
Torment

After the cemetery, we headed to Heretic for a bit of lunch and beer. I had the pork loin sandwich and it was so good! I had a couple of beers, one of them being my favorite, the Torment. SO GOOD! We bought a small growler of it because I like it that much.

WRITING
“The Arrangement” – So now the characters know that’s love but they haven’t told each other yet. It’s all starting to come together for them so of course I’m plotting on how to break them apart. Just need to get there. I know what’s going to happen, I just need to make it plausible.

reading my grandfather"s life story

FAMILY
My grandfather hand wrote his life story and the family has copies of it. It’s never been transcribed as far as I know so I’m going to try my hand with it. I had to read the whole thing first because I never have and wow, it’s so interesting. When I finished it, I felt so connected to my family in a way I hadn’t before considered. My grandfather lived such a full life before he even set foot in the United States. I felt such gratitude for his fortitude and I am so glad that he wrote down all that he did. Now I want to transcribe what he’s written and then perhaps edit it a bit…

LAST BABBLE

So the other night, I changed my wallpaper to Henry Cavill. How could I not when he’s so decidedly YUMMY?

phone wallpaper
lockscreen/homescreen – Cavill style

I had other reasons for changing it but I’ll leave that mystery untold for now…

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Valerie

Sometimes, when I’m in the midst of writing a story, I stop and think, “Why am I writing this? Who’s going to read this? Will they like it if I let them read it? Will I let anyone read this? WHY WHY WHY do I do this?!”

I don’t get paid to write. Most of what I write goes unread by others. These blog posts are sometimes read, I think. But I write these posts for myself, so that I can read them in the future and marvel at my dorkiness or whatever. On rare occasions I’m actually astonished by what I’ve written, usually in the vein of “What the hell was I thinking?!”

For a long time, I wrote a poem everyday. Every day for I think about eight years I wrote a poem a day. Granted, some (a lot?) were haikus but still, they required that I think in a creative manner. I found it a great challenge on some days and other days the words just flowed almost without a thought. Sometimes I miss being that creative.

Nowadays, I write my stories. I don’t know if I’ve given up on the whole sci-fi epic (I haven’t, not really) but I’ve concentrated on romance stories of varying length. I really loved the short stories/novellas I wrote a couple of years ago but right now I’m going for the 50,000 words or more. And I always try to do National Novel Writing Month because I LOVE knowing that I’ll have a novel by the end of it. My longest one was from 2014 and that’s a story I still love to this day. Truth be told, I generally love all my stories.

So, to the question, why do I write?

1) The Boys – More often than not, the men in my stories are played by my current fellas. I don’t know if I write to work out my crushes or if I write to give my crushes something to do. Either way, it’s interesting and funny to me when I think, “Oh, Henry is playing this one. Sully is playing that one. Kitsch played that one. Philip plays this one.” I figure, I like the fellas. Why not have them doing something besides singing or acting in the “real world.” Right? Right. So I write.

2) Talking in my head – I hear voices in my head. No, not really. But I do hear my characters and their lives in my head. Sometimes they’re very insistent and demand that I give them their due. So I write.

3) Music and Books – It is a rare day indeed in which I do not listen to some piece of music. And more often than not, a song can inspire a scene and that scene can inspire story. Books remind me of the parts of a story and good books fire up emotions. I want to elicit the same thing. So I write.

4) Escape – The world can be rather chaotic and insane. Just as I read or listen to music sometimes for escape, so too when I’m crafting a story. Even if it’s just for me, it gives me focus on something other than the insanity. So I write.

I write because I must. I write because I can’t imagine not writing. Now whether or not anyone ends up reading any of my stuff is another story…

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Valerie
21 August 2016 @ 05:57 pm

we don’t say
we need the words
we don’t confess
we feel something more
how every whisper
races the pulse
how every kiss
promises forever
we can’t say
we want the words
we can’t confess
we know this is more
with every smile
curved unbidden
with every touch
sparking desire
we won’t say
we need the words
we don’t confess
until this is more

Writing

WRITING
“The Arrangement” – I’ve been steadily writing this one. I think I’m at about the halfway point? Almost 40K words which is pretty good for me considering it’s not National Novel Writing Month. I really do love the characters. They don’t know it yet but they love each other. Well, maybe they’re starting to realize this truth. I don’t think it’s ever taken me about 100 pages to get my characters to the bedroom. Go me? LOL But now they’re way into it. I need to dial it back on those scenes. Just a little bit.

THE BABBLE
Sometimes I wish I wrote more privately so that I can just unleash the venom that lurks inside of me. No, this is not about my recent drama. This is about that person I call the SAB. She’s a whack job. I wish people who defend her and laud her for being a good person would look at all the actual good people who have turned away from her. And then wonder why. Why have these good people finally washed their hands of her? She’s a fake, disrespectful and deceitful and ungrateful. Everything is someone else’s fault. She can’t fathom taking responsibility for her own actions. I do so pity the people who believe her. They are deceived by her. They choose to ignore the ugliness in her…

LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME
So a year ago yesterday we saw Tyler for the first time at the G Bar. Has it already been a year?! I still remember a little bit of that night. I LOVED being so close and having a chance to just chat with Tyler. So lovely.

The next day, we went to the Dierks Bentley concert! Did we really do that? Such a fantastic concert and I still remember it well. 🙂

at the Dierks concert

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Valerie

Tyler Rich at Ironstone Amphitheatre
Tyler on stage!

Sunday, August 14th – Ironstone Amphitheatre

Sunday afternoon we headed out to Murphys, California for the Chris Young concert at Ironstone Amphitheatre. The drive on SR 4 was pretty lovely as I watched the countryside from my window. Sometimes it astonishes me how vast and open California can be and as we moved along SR 4, I understood why people drive that way to go to their cabins to get away from the Bay Area.

Thanks to my niece, I was made aware of a Groupon sale for the tickets to Chris Young’s concert. Since I was also a new user (yes, I’d never used Groupon before), I was able to get lawn tickets for not only the discounted price but also more discounted as a first-time user. Score!

In deep contrast to the concert at Levi’s Stadium, Ironstone Amphitheatre had portables as restrooms and the data coverage was spotty at best. We had lawn tickets so it meant taking a blanket and thankfully having my nieces find a sweet spot with enough room for all of us. (Thank you, nieces!) It was probably one of the hottest days of the last seven days but there was a breeze and by the time the sun had moved, it didn’t seem as hot as when we arrived. The amphitheatre was rather lovely (portables and lacking data coverage notwithstanding), set amongst trees in Calavares County.

I was in my Rich’s Bi$ches shirt and my friends were thankfully in theirs as well. I didn’t walk around a lot but after Tyler performed, my friends were stopped a few times and asked about him, which is pretty awesome. I almost forgot I was wearing it until someone later commented on it.

Tyler Rich
Tyler opened up the show and he was so good. It was weird being so far from him as he performed. I think this was the first time I was too far to see his face. It didn’t matter, it gave me a different perspective and from my place on the lawn, he was energetic and having fun. I hope at the very least he could hear us when he’d end a song because I think we were probably one of the only ones in our section who were super enthusiastic for him. Hearing him with a band behind him is also definitely something I’d love to happen more often!

I loved being able to sing really loud with him and the audience without anyone really hearing me. The band was very awesome and I should probably get to know them because when I went to the merchandise table between sets, I talked with the bassist and didn’t even realize it. Ooops! (Hi Ben Jindra, you were pretty cool!) Of course, I wish Tyler had gone on for longer but he left the stage after “California Grown” (which was probably appropriate since Jon Pardi is the referenced in the song and was the next act).

Jon Pardi
I confess, I was merely ambivalent about Jon Pardi before this show. Although I can’t stop singing along to “Head Over Boots,” I didn’t really think I cared either way about him. His set perhaps persuaded me towards his music a bit more. He kept saying he was hungover and though he sounded a bit tired, his voice was strong and he sounded great. And apparently I know more of his songs than I realized. He had a good set and I was dutifully entertained.

Chris Young
I’ve known about Chris Young since his days on Nashville Star. Who remembers that show? Well, he’s always been an artist I’ve enjoyed and this was the first time seeing him live for us. He was great! Such a strong voice and a great on stage personality. He talked a bit much but he was witty and entertaining. I loved being able to sing along and there were some songs I had forgotten were his until he started singing them. In the end I was so glad to have seen him.

After Chris was finished, we headed to the merchandise table where Tyler was set up to greet fans and sign and take pictures. My nieces were already in line and I joined them (probably to the annoyance of the people behind me but hey, the cars in the parking lot were hardly moving so might as well have been waiting in line for Tyler than waiting in line to get out of the venue). I didn’t mind waiting as it allowed me some time to do some people watching. A mutual follow from snapchat and a friend of Tyler’s came over to say hi to me and we chatted for a little bit. So sweet! And as the line moved, one of my fellow fans and online friend came over to say hello as well. It was nice running into people I knew! When it was finally our turn, I introduced Tyler to my nieces. They took their pictures with him and Tyler signed one of their Giants bags (I’m sure he got a kick out of that). When it was my turn, we had a quick chat then our picture taken. As always, I was happy to have a moment with him and a picture to prove it.

artsy version of me and Tyler

All in all, it was a most lovely evening spent under the stars listening to good music amongst family and friends. I don’t know when I’ve had that happen. I loved being able to catch up with my nieces, who are just the loveliest young ladies. I’m so glad I’m not the only one in our big family to like country music. It was also super great getting to know my fellow Rich’s Bi$ches. I’m so glad they’ve welcomed me into the group because they are some rockin’ ladies. I had a fantastic time with them! It was also great to finally meet Tyler’s friend after watching his snapchat all these months. I’m so glad we had a chance to chat a little. I also got to touch base with fellow Tyler fans, which is always awesome.

Don’t forget to follow Tyler:
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Valerie
14 August 2016 @ 12:50 pm

the swell of music
filling the stadium
the lift of your voice
seeping through the soul
the harmony of voices
matching your words
the unmistakable energy
creating sweet memories
all of it worth
the heartbreak and wait
all of it worth
the unknown and joyful
I’d never take back
finally seeing you
I’d do it all again
to bask in such perfectionn

As the venue emptied, we enjoyed the view once more
we had such a great time last week!

So things were weird for me this week. I had to recover from my concert high (not sure if I’ve recovered yet). I reached out to my friends because I sensed they were giving me the silent treatment and found out that they think badly of me. My boss has taken a new job with a different district which means I’ll have a new boss to train in a month. Goodness me!

I loved telling people about the concert. It was just too awesome not to share. Most people listened with a smile and didn’t mind me telling them about what a great time we had. It’s a good story and good stories should be shared in this world of so many bad stories. I was so happy and so grateful for having such an amazing experience…

My friends think I’m a bad friend. I’ve done what I can to defend myself. It’s a definite bummer that it wasn’t kept between just the two of us and others had to choose sides. Because sides were chosen without giving me the benefit of the doubt. And I tell you what, it sucks…

I am so happy for my boss! He’s going to another district for a higher position and he so deserves it. He’s a fantastic boss and is great with the parents and students. I’m going to miss him because we get along so well and had a great working relationship. I know that he will be so awesome at his new gig. They are so lucky to get him!…

Tonight we see Tyler! I am so excited and glad that I will get to see some awesome people (besides Tyler). It should be a great time. Well, it’s always a great time when I see Tyler. 😀

such a great time!
last weekend was so awesome…

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Valerie

Sam Hunt on stage!
Sam Hunt on stage on Saturday at Levi’s Stadium

Where do I even start? The whole concert experience this time around was just crazy AWESOME. My cousin surprised me with two tickets to the show and I was so happy that I would get to experience the lineup of Old Dominion, SAM HUNT, Miranda Lambert, and headliner Kenny Chesney. SAM HUNT, y’all! What could be more awesome than free tickets and SAM?

Last year for the Luke Bryan concert, we sat in the club level. I thought maybe perhaps we would have the same kind of tickets again, which were pretty cool. But this time around, we had suite tickets. Very awesome but we didn’t discover the magnitude of awesome until we arrived.

Stella in my Jacob Davis Squad koozie

We got to the Red Lot with plenty of time to eat and drink and watch our fellow tailgaters play cornhole. The sun was warm and bright but the breeze was cool. I was representing my other musical loves by wearing my Tyler Rich wallet buckle and using my Jacob Davis Squad koozie. I wore my cowboy boots with shorts and my Take Your Time t-shirt, which I had to stretch to make fit but fit it did. It was really a beautiful day. When it was almost time for the gates to open, we packed up and headed for the lines.

waiting in line to get in

Levi’s Stadium has extremely strict rules on what you can bring inside so I somehow managed to go without a purse. Thank goodness for pockets! And really, I didn’t end up needing anything from my purse. Why don’t I do this more often? We found the entrance to the SAP Tower, stopped by the United Club for a couple of drinks, then headed up to suite 517 to check it out. When we said which suite we were in, we got a couple of, “Ohh, very nice” kind of comments. On the suite floor, the lady who opened the door for us said, “It doesn’t get much better than this one.”

And lo, she was so right.

the back of suite 517
Suite 517

Suite 517 is the Levi’s Suite. Yes, the Levi’s Suite of Levi’s Stadium. It sits at the 50 yard line and has a fantastic view of well, everything– the concert floor, the stadium seats, the stage. We were on a bit of an angle for the stage but we could see mostly everything. The sun shone on the other side of the stadium. The breeze was cool from our vantage point. The Levi’s Suite is a double suite with plush seats down front and a food area in the back. There was a refrigerator stocked with water, soda, and beer. Different kinds of foods were available– hot dogs, macaroni and cheese with bacon and chicken, chicken strips, tamales, pizza, sushi, and probably more I’m forgetting. This meant no lines for food or beer. We just had to get up from our seats and make our selections. How spoiled did I feel? Very.

the stage my background

The suite experience so added to the concert experience. The music was fantastic. All the artists sounded great! The group in our suite wasn’t too wild and it was comfortable considering we didn’t know anyone. I was perhaps a little enthusiastic during Old Dominion and SAM HUNT but I didn’t care and mostly got amused smiles from my fellow suite mates.

So how did the artists fare? Here we go:

Old Dominion – I knew every single song they played, which surprised me for some reason. But I guess listening to their album many many times over, as well as their EP just worked my mind enough. I loved that I could sing along to every song. They sounded fantastic, had great hearts, and just worked that stage with such enthusiasm and energy. I LOVED THEM. I wanted to wave at them and touch them and just watch them play their instruments. LOL

Sam Hunt!!!
SAM!!!

SAM HUNT – Oh Sam. HE WAS AMAZING!!! He was everything and so much more than I imagined. He sounded great, he looked good, he went into the audience not once but twice, and he was just everything. My heart was so full while watching him. Just being in the same space as him was enough. But hearing him sing live the songs I’ve had on my playlist since February of last year was such a blessing upon my soul. Being able to watch him, to sing with him, to feel the energy from the crowd because of him was worth the wait. Maybe just maybe I’m a little bit healed from not seeing him last year. One day I’d still love to meet him and thank him for opening up country music to me again. He is the reason I’ve had such great experiences and met new people and made new friends. He is the reason I love Tyler so much. Sam Hunt is just everything to me and I want to thank him so much. I’m so happy I got to finally see him live. He will always be one of my favorites. ALWAYS. And he did not disappoint in any way at all. He was simply perfect.

Miranda Lambert – It’s wonderful to watch the progression of an artist and I remember the one time we saw her open for George Strait and here she was performing second only to Kenny Chesney. Miranda sounded great, looked great, and worked the stage liked she owned it. But of all the acts, she seemed a bit disconnected, as if she wasn’t all there. But she’s a professional and maybe I was reading more into her facial expressions. She sounded great and that’s all that really matters, right?

Kenny Chesney!
ready for Kenny!

Kenny Chesney – Just wow! He put on a fantastic show. He sounded great, performed with the same energy at the end as he did in the beginning. He brought up the Old Dominion guys for a song, which I just loved! Later Sammy Hagar came out to rock the stadium with “I Can’t Drive 55”. All of it was great! Kenny was damn awesome and a wonderful way to cap off the evening of music.

We stayed until the very end. Part of it was that we didn’t want to leave the suite, which was so comfortable and easy and meant to be enjoyed to the fullest. The other part was Kenny was just too full of energy for us to consider stepping away and not watching his whole set. He was so good!

Merchandise wise, I loaded up on Sam Hunt stuff. We headed down between Miranda and Kenny sets and had enough time for me to buy a hat, a koozie, and a tote. Passed on the t-shirt but would have bought one if they had still been selling it when we were leaving.

I’m sorry I didn’t get to see the friends who were at the concert too. I hope everyone had a spectacular time! It was such a good show, how could you not?

I don’t think there is any way to thank my wonderful cousin for giving us tickets to this concert. My heart is just so full with such love and gratitude for him. Because of him, I got to experience the stadium in a way that cannot be equaled AND I got to FINALLY watch one of my favorite artists perform live. My cousin has no idea what a gift he’s given me and I know I cannot thank him enough for his generosity. I am so eternally grateful to him. THANK YOU, LOVE YOU!!!

So excited for Sam Hunt!!!
My happy Sam is coming up next face…

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Valerie
31 July 2016 @ 10:15 pm
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Valerie
31 July 2016 @ 09:50 pm

whatever your confession
still the impulse
to reveal
let it wallow
in the depths of your soul
your penance of pride
swallow the tears
choking your throat
the price of your fall
relief will not be given
forgiveness will elude
ever out of reach
whatever your confession
hold it fast to your heart
while it colors your dreams
whispering through time

with Tyler Rich
with Tyler on Wednesday night

It was the last week of summer break for the kiddies out this way. Sad, right? The longest month ever is nearly upon us. Ye gods!

My latest shirt

We headed out to Rohnert Park on Wednesday so that I could get my new shirt! It’s pretty damn spiffy. I love being part of the Rich’s Bit$ches group. They’re fun and I just especially love Joanne and Tracy. Awesome ladies!

me in my new shirt
looking a little tired in my new shirt

Tyler was lovely, of course. He did a lot of new stuff. I hope some of it makes it on to another EP or even more YouTube videos. I want MORE! Always more.

TV
Stranger Things – Please, if you have Netflix, GO WATCH THIS SERIES. It’s short (8 episodes) but filled with suspense and drama and thrills. I LOVED IT. I might watch it again. LOL At the risk of spoiling, I won’t say much more except GO WATCH THIS SERIES!!!

MOVIES
STAR TREK BEYOND – We ended last weekend watching STAR TREK BEYOND again and it was still as good as the first time. I would have watched it again this weekend if I could have convinced the hubby to go.

We went out to the East Bay today and visited Fry’s after having lunch at Elephant Bar. We walked out of Fry’s not even spending $20. MIRACLES. Fry’s has lost some mystique but it was interesting seeing the differences in the way the store is arranged and such.

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Valerie

the unbidden thrill
the slow realization
this means something more

At the Brantley Gilbert concert in my Tyler Rich shirt...
in my Tyler Rich shirt at the Brantley Gilbert concert

MOVIES
STAR TREK BEYOND – First, we all know I’m a Star Trek fan, right? Good. And second, I am very inclined to LOVE anything Karl Urban does. Glad to have that out of the way.

Suffice to say, I LOVED STAR TREK BEYOND. I loved the first movie with the current crew. I enjoyed the second movie. This third movie gave us more character moments along with great sci-fi action and I LOVED it. I thought it had a good plot, great action, and fantastic character moments… It was awesome seeing more of Karl as Bones. He had great lines and seriously has just gotten better with age… There were some tearful moments for me, some intentional (plotwise) and others not (Anton Yelchin… this says better what I can not, though with some spoilers, so…). It was hard to watch Anton as Chekov knowing that he was gone and shaking that spiritual fist at the Fates for taking away such a talented light. ::sigh:: But I loved how his bits of the movie made me laugh a little even beyond the grief. So I’m glad that this movie had more character moments because we got to see a little bit more of Chekov beyond him working on the Enterprise… All in all, LOVED this movie. I definitely recommend it!

MUSIC
Earlier this week, the hubby asked if I would like to go to the Brantley Gilbert concert. I said, ummm, SURE! If we can swing it, I’m always up for a country music concert. This would be the first time we’d be seeing any of the acts of this particular show (Colt Ford and Justin Moore were the openers), so adventure!

Before the show we met up with my friend Joanne and her daughter Kiersten (aka thegirlwiththepurpleguitar on Instagram) at Sports Page, a bar and grill just down the street from the Shoreline Ampitheatre. Great pre-concert stop! We hung out, had drinks (well, us),played Tyler Rich on the TouchTunes jukebox. It was my first time meeting Kiersten after following her online for about a year. She’s a cool ten year old!

Brantley GIlbert at the Shoreline!

Our seats were in the VIP box area, our first time in such seats and at a really great price (budget considerations were definitely part of the decision). Our tickets came with our own entrance to the venue, food in the VIP area, and concierge service at our seats. How awesome is that?! It was pretty awesome. Oh, and the view of the stage was pretty cool too.

view from our seats

Joanne and Kiersten had meet and greet passes for Colt Ford and Brantley Gilbert, as well as the pre-show acoustic with Brantley, so we parted ways after we got our tickets at Will Call. Joanne ended up with getting an extra M&G pass for Colt Ford that she gave to me just minutes before he came out then a very nice lady gave her extra pass to the hubby. So we both ended up taking a picture with Colt Ford! Thank you Joanne & lady in the line! (Also, we cut in front of everyone because J & K were front of the line. Ooops!)

with Colt Ford
the Nobles with Colt Ford

And now to the actual concert!

Colt Ford – Very enthusiastic and rockin’. We had watched his videos on Vevo, so at least his music wasn’t totally unknown to me. Still, I didn’t know the words to any of his songs but I did enjoy his performance.

Justin Moore – Totally entertaining and energetic. He looks a bit old school but his music definitely has that rockin’ edge. Great vocalist and so genuine. Some of his songs were familiar but again, I didn’t know any words to the songs. Loved his set!

Brantley Gilbert – You know how you just sometimes you like the bad boys? Yeah, that’s the vibe I have for BG. He does a great job of balancing that bad boy tough and gentleman sweet. He feels like the kind who knows how to kick it cool, be a good guy, but mess with him and he’ll show you what a mistake that is. I’ve liked his music over the years without really delving into fangirl mode. He’s definitely more rock in his country and all the bass and guitars just thumps all the way to your heart. Everything about his set just ROCKED. I knew the words to a lot of his songs and I was on my feet for most of his stage time. His encore of “Bottoms Up” featured Kiersten on stage for the last bit and bidding us good night at the end. SO COOL!!!

All in all it was a great time! VIP boxes are the way to go at the Shoreline Amphitheatre. The concert was great. Loved being able to hang out with Joanne and Kiersten for a bit… I realized after the concert that my music listening these days involve pretty tame music compared to what we heard Friday night. I must remember to listen to more diverse music, eh? 😉

Oh, and yes, I wore my Tyler Rich shirt to a concert in which he did not perform. I wonder if I was the only one there sporting Tyler Rich gear…

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