14 Days of Love – When In Rome

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     As promised I am blogging everyday up to Valentines Day as part of my 14 Days of Love experiment. So I decided to do a review today simply because I can and I just watched this movie so hey why not talk about it. The movie is When in Rome and yes its a romantic comedy.

It’s actually a pretty cute story and it made me want to go to Rome. So heres the basic plot line, this woman Beth whose a little uptight goes to Rome for her baby sisters wedding. She’s the maid of honor at the wedding and at the wedding she meets Nick, the best man. They both like each other but Beth catches Nick with some Italian girl and so with a bottle of champagne Beth goes to the fountain of love. The legend goes that if you throw a coin in the fountain true love will find you, so Beth decides to take a few coins. However when you take someones coin they fall in love with you.

Beth jets back to New York with the coins, from that point on it’s basically these five guys trying to get Beth to love them in return including Nick. Beth learns that the Italian girl Nick was with was actually the grooms drunk cousin and he was making sure she didn’t mess up the party. So Beth starts to fall for Nick but then she discovers one of the coins she has is Nicks! Thus Beth tries to figure out if Nick really loves her while trying to figure out how to stop the other guys from loving her.  I won’t spoil the end for you but its a really cute movie. It has some very sweet moments in it and my favourite scene is the wedding scene before the coin drama happens.  Beth and Nick (or Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel) have great chemistry and that scene shows the awesome firsts moments of a relationship. Those moments when you see the guy, share a smile,  you feel the butterflies and then suddenly its the start of a relationship.

All in all its a great romantic comedy set in some really beautiful places and it has quite a few laugh out loud moments.  I would recommend this movie if you want a fun romantic comedy that reminds you of the beauty of love.  Tomorrow I will be blogging again about well honestly I am not sure yet but it will be around the topic of love.  So keep checking back, feel free to comment on the posts and remember to celebrate love.

God Bless,

Grace Hatton – Best Selling Teen Author

www.gracehatton.com

P.SWant a copy of my book “The Guys The Roses & The Regrets”? Go to Amazon.com to pick up your copy in time for Valentines Day!

14 Days of Love – The Experiment

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As we are all aware, Valentines Day is just around the corner. For me as the author of “The Guys The Roses & The Regrets; The Girl to Girl Dating Guide” Valentines Day is a crazy time because obviously my book is all about love, relationships and dating.

However as Valentines Day draws close I wanted to try an experiment, from today to Valentines Day  there are 14 days, usually on these days if you’re a woman one of two things happen. If you’re not in a relationship you pine for one and if you’re in a relationship you expect Valentines Day to be magical with your significant other. The truth is either way we are really focusing on ourselves instead of the beauty of love. While love in relationships is the most popular sort of love there are all sorts of love. In fact did you know the Greeks had 17 different meanings for love. They had 17 kids of love, for example you love your family, you love those new shoes etc.

Its my belief that in todays day and age love is thrown around far two loosely thus cheapening the true value of love. So back to the experiment every day from here to Valentines Day I am going to do a post about love. It might be about the traditional kind of love (in a relationship) and it could be about the other kinds of love we sometimes forget about. I am also going to thrown in a couple of reviews in just because its my blog and I can 😛

The point of this little experiment though is to remember the true beauty of love and how sometimes we get so caught up looking for the traditional kind of love we forget about the love all around us. So if you want this Valentines Day to be different, if you want to have a Valentines Day surrounded with love, come along for the ride, check back every day and let’s have 14 days of love.

God Bless,

Grace Hatton – Best Selling Teen Author

www.gracehatton.com

P.SWant a copy of my book “The Guys The Roses & The Regrets”? Go to Amazon.com to pick up your copy in time for Valentines Day!

A Very Merry Christmas to You

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Aww Christmas time, I have to admit December is my favourite month of the year. I get my birthday and then two weeks later I get Christmas! Ever since I was little I’ve adored christmas not only because of the decorations, presents and time with my family but I love christmas because of the story behind it. Regardless of your faith, christmas is all about love.

 For me as a christian christmas is about Jesus Christ coming to earth for us which to me is the ultimate act of love. He gave up everything in Heaven to come to our earth knowing full well in 33 years he was going to be nailed to a cross. To me thats amazing love but regardless of your faith I believe christmas should be about love. It shouldn’t be about getting the biggest presents or having the best dinner, it should be about showing love to those who need it. Whether thats your family, your friends or the homeless guy living in the street corner.

Christmas started out with an act of love and I think somewhere along the line we forgot that part of the story. So my christmas wish for you is pretty simple I wish for you love. I wish you would receive love but most of all you would have the wonderful experience of showing love to those who need it desperately.

LOVE, get that word into your heart and when your spending time with those you love think about how you could show love. I wish love for you this christmas season. I hope you all have a wonderful christmas filled with love and hope. A very Merry Christmas to you and God Bless,

Grace Hatton – Best Selling Teen Author
http://www.gracehatton.com/

P.S – If you’re still looking for a gift why not check out my book “The Guys The Roses & The Regrets” you can get it on Amazon www.amazon.com   Amazon even has one day shipping available, Merry Christmas =]

Memories from The Miami Book Fair and The Countdown to New Moon

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 Hey Everyone,

So I spent the weekend at the Miami Book Fair in the amazing city that is Miami. This was my first book fair and I have to admit it was kind of awesome. I got to meet some pretty amazing authors like Meg Cabot  who of course wrote ‘The Princess Diaries’ among other books and I also met Ben H Winters who co authored ‘Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters’

 

 I also made some great contacts for my own books so hopefully I’ll be releasing another book before you know it (fingers crossed). I learnt a lot about what it takes to be a successful author and I loved connecting with all the different authors/publishers/magazines etc. I wanted to film one of my writing tips YouTube videos at the Fair but much to my dismay my video camera died! But have no fear I still did my Writing Tip video and it should be up on YouTube within the next couple of days.  All in all the Miami Book Fair was amazing and I hope to be one of the featured authors there one day.

 

Now I have a confession to make I am so excited for the New Moon movie! I am not excited because of Edward, Bella or the Cullen’s, I am actually really excited to see Jacob be the leading man and taking his shirt off for the most of the move isn’t a bad thing either :p  I will be at the movies at midnight to see New Moon and I have a feeling as soon as Jacob comes on the screen there will be many teenage girls screaming with joy. I will infact contain myself and not scream at a cinema screen because unlike many teenage girls I know that even if I screamed at  the screen Jacob is not going to jumped out of that screen and suddenly be right in front on me. Anyhow what about you? Do you love or hate New Moon and are you watching it at Midnight? Either way let me know.

 

 

Finally I had an idea for my blog, since I am a best selling author and I love to read, I was thinking about doing book reviews. Not really longwinded ones just quick fun reviews about books people either give me or I am just reading for fun. I was thinking about doing this on the last Friday of every month and calling it ‘The Friday Review’ (creative I know :P) but let me know what you think of that idea. Love it? Hate it? Or if you have a book you think I should review please let me know =]

 

 

Okay so until next time leave comments have fun and if  like me you’re watching New Moon on the 20th be considerate of your fellow movie goers and try not to scream at the screen too much (but grinning like a Cheshire cat is perfectly acceptable).

 

God Bless,

Grace Hatton – Best Selling Teen Author

www.gracehatton.com

Seriously, Love is All You Need

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So last week I went on a little movie trip, on the Tuesday I watched a new movie called ‘To Save a Life’ and the day after I watched Hillsong’s United new movie ‘We’re All in This Together‘ (the one I told you about in my last post)

 

First off both movies made me cry and secondly both of their messages we’re beyond meaningful. The first movie ‘To Save a Life’ is all about teen suicide and how suicide is now the second leading cause of death for teens. The second movie “We’re all in this together” is all about the global issues such as poverty that we face every day yet most of the time we choose to look away.  Both of these issues are big deals and too often get overlooked but do you know what the answer is to all these problems? The answer is simple, LOVE.

 


I know we all know the Beatles song ‘All You Need is Love’ but seriously all you need is love. What if we stopped being so focused on our every day and just for a little while choose to look up and see other people’s needs. If we showed love in a practical way not because we had to or we wanted to do our part but because it was part of our character.

 

 

What if showing love was as natural as looking out for ourselves. What if instead of walking past the homeless guy on the street corner we took a minute to talk to him and learn his story. What if instead of excluding the weirdo who sits by himself at lunch we expanded our circle of friends to let him in.

 

Would this world be a better place if we focused on showing love in a practical way every chance we got? I believe if people especially teens could show true love this world would be a better place and I am not the only one who believes in love. Both of the movies I saw are powerful and show you how to show love in a practical way. Check them out at http://www.tosavealifemovie.com/  and http://www.theiheartfilm.com/

 

So I challenge you to go out into your everyday life and look for opportunities to show love even if it’s only what you would consider a small thing. You never know a small act of love can make a big difference in someone’s life.

 

Until next time, be blessed, stay strong and remember all you need is love,

God Bless,

Grace Hatton – Best Selling Teen Author
http://www.gracehatton.com/

SUPRISE: Sometimes The Word Isn’t Fair

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Okay now I am not trying to have a bleak outlook here but today I had one of those moments, a moment when you suddenly realise how blessed we are to live in this country and how so many are not quite so blessed.

So I love the band Hillsong United and I was wandering their website when I saw the link for their new film I Heart: We’re All in This Together. Curiosity got the better of me and I just had to click the link to the trailers. When I arrived on the trailers page, I clicked one called Moment and I was crying within seconds. I can’t explain how powerful this trailer is so I wanted to show you

Did you cry? I sure did, as you know I went to South Africa on a mission trip in 2008  and this four minute video brought me back to exactly where I was in those squatter camps in Joberg, South Africa. I remembered thinking as I held African orphans how unfair it was that those children that had done nothing to deserve being in that situation where they were fighting to survive everyday and then you come to the West and kids are complaining about their computer dying or being unpopular in school!

I know its hard to look up from our own lives but when you look at the children all around the world who have nothing, how can we say this world is fair? Now here’s the surprise, sometimes the world isn’t fair! We cannot take those children in Africa and simply move them to the suburbs of America but what we can do is refuse to let them go unnoticed.

We can do our part here in the West to let it be now that there is more to life then TV, FaceBook, Cell Phones and Having the Most Friends. This world is at the end of the day all about showing Love and I think its about time we starting showing some love for those who are all too easily forgotten.

The We’re All in This Together documentary comes out for ONE night only on November 4th you can check out http://theiheartfilm.com/ for showtimes etc but I encourage you to look up from your own life, watch this movie and be inspired to shout this message from the rooftops for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Until Next Time,

God Bless,

Grace Hatton – Best Selling Teen Author and A Firm Believer in Changing the World One Day at a Time

Grace Hatton Featured in Magazine Alongside Michelle Obama!

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WOW Performance Michelle Obama CoverBest Selling Teen Author Grace Hatton Still Receiving National Attention

(Orlando, FL )- Grace Hatton, Best Selling Teen Author and Teen Entrepreneur was recently featured in the Inaugural July 2009 issue of the Women of Wisdom’s Performance Magazine.

The publication’s cover features Michelle Obama and profiles women entrepreneurs who have become successful in their own fields. The magazine features best selling authors, CEO, Image consultants and more. When asked how she feels about being in such a prestigious periodical that features the First Lady Michelle Obama, Grace humbly asserts, “It’s a blessing to be included in such a prestigious magazine. I am honored to be surrounded by these amazing women at such a young age and be able to share what I’ve learned in my life.”

Grace has been featured in numerous online magazines and well as being interviewed by numerous radio shows. Grace has been working closely with the Girl Scouts to inspire younger girls to become the best they can be and give back to their community. Grace also spends time working with younger aspiring writers with a local mentoring program. Grace’s article in the WOW Performance Magazine focused on Achieving Your Dreams at Any Age and that’s exactly what Grace hopes to inspire others to do.

For more information about Grace Hatton please visit http://www.gracehatton.com/ 

P.S – Hey Guys its me Grace Hatton, this is a shorter version of a press release I will be sending out in a few days so I wanted to post it on my blogs first, let me know what you think. Love it or Hate it? Let me know =]

God Bless,

Grace Hatton – Best Selling Teen Author