Hey, Hearties! Well, it’s been another crazy week already, crazy with details I don’t need to bore you with; and watching the premiere on Monday night instead of the morning, that kind of threw me off. So far this week, I’ll go ahead and post about Love on the Menu today, then we’ll #FlashbackFriday ALL THE WAY back to Sunday! 😀 But starting with THIS Sunday’s episode, I’ll discuss the episodes on Mondays for #MondayMusings, then post about…oh, all kinds of interesting things for #WonderWednesday to help get you through the middle of the week.

So, let’s talk about the absolutely charming movie that starred our very own Kavan Smith; not to mention he wrote the story, and co-wrote the teleplay. And it was very brilliantly placed in the schedule the night before the WCTH premiere. Bravo, Hallmark! Well, it’s my personal, and very humble opinion, that Kavan needs to write MORE, because it was fabulous! I had so much fun with this one! Not only was it a barrel of laughs, but I had some HILARIOUS interactions with Kavan on Twitter! The best one was when I commented on his character, Hank, kissing Autumn Reeser’s character, Maggie, in front of all the customers. I said, “Kissing in front of customers! Scandalous!” He liked it, then quoted it with the reply, “So scandalous!” I laughed pretty hard with that one, so I thought I’d keep it going. So I said, “What would Rosemary say?” A couple minutes later, he liked that, quoted it, and replied, “Sorry, who?” I about fell out of my couch, I was laughing so hard! He really is very quick with his wit! If actor or chef doesn’t work for him, stand up comic should be the next option on his list.

We’ve technically got 3 WCTH connections: Kavan, of course; then there’s Milo Shandel (Jenkins) who plays Dr. Scully, the scientist working to develop frozen food recipes. He sure has a knack for playing scholarly types, doesn’t he? Then this is the best, even if it’s not direct. At one point, Hank has to leave his 15-year-old daughter at home, and he reminds her that “Mrs. Hutton is next door.” Gee, I wonder where he picked up THAT name? The other behind-the-scenes question I’m curious to have answered is this: is the picture of Hank and his wife on the desk actually Kavan and his wife? I’ve never seen her before.

One more technical detail I want to mention before I move on to the plot, the camera angles. There were some great shots in the frames! My two favorites are 1) the close up of the burner when Hank calls Hannah down to breakfast, and 2) when Hank is spreading condiments on the glass. I’ve always enjoyed shots that make you listen, not to mention ones that are different. Zooming in on the burner, the bottom of it no less, did several things. For one, it did, indeed, make us listen more closely to the dialogue. Secondly, we see the pretty blue flames we either take for granted, or don’t even get to see anymore, and we feel that appreciation that Hank does for working hard for good food. Then the condiments. If you missed it, the camera is directly under a table of glass, and looking up at Hank is spreading a plethora of condiments on it in a number of fancy designs. I actually tweeted about it, and Kavan told me they “had a lot of fun shooting that scene.” I asked him if the cameraman made faces at him, but he wasn’t able to answer. Interesting question that I just might follow up on!

Now, for the plot: I won’t say too much; most of you probably saw it. I do have some points to highlight though. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Kavan play a widower or a dad. He excelled at both! He and Autumn had FABULOUS chemistry. I loves when Hank was teaching Maggie to make pasta. He tells her to get her hands into the bowl. Being the neat freak that she is, Maggie asks for a wooden spoon, or some kind of utensil. He slides in behind her, takes her hands, and says, “These are the best utensils.” She let’s out a giggle and a little cry of mock fright, and gets her hands covered in dough. It’s fabulous! His goofiness helps her lighten up a bit, and her, um…meticulous nature helps him organize his business affairs. Heaven knows his brother-in-law couldn’t handle the job; that guy was worthless, business-wise anyway. When he makes Hank realize that he’d made a huge mistake asking Maggie to leave, and reminded him how much she had fought for them, I thought, “Finally! He’s useful!” At least he admitted that he was no good with numbers.

But I digress. Back to the chemistry and the drama. One of the best parts of the whole movie: that KISS! Not the one at the end, the one that’s actually in the MIDDLE of the film! GASP! Yes, this film is not a One Kiss Wonder: my friend Sarah’s nickname for the movies that just throw a smooch in during the last 5 minutes. And Hank just went for it! No hesitation or pausing. I was so shocked that I almost missed it.

And the dramatic climax: it wasn’t silly or frivolous. Maggie is the one who tells Hank that her company is pulling the rug out from under him. He feels betrayed, and overreacts. But he didn’t badmouth her to the restaurant staff, and he apologizes maybe a hour later…instead of a week.

Yep, this was a good one! Well done, everyone. And even though I hated seeing Barbara Niven play such a terrible person, she sure did a good job! Let’s campaign for a sequel! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Can you believe it, Hearties??? We have arrived at the Friday before premiere day! This is my final post before we will see the first glimpse of the “hip and modern” Hope Valley, as Erin called it. Just a reminder, I’m having a premiere party on Monday evening, so if you’re going to be in the Austin, TX area, let me know so you can join us.

Also, you should know I’ve promised my guests that I would wait for them to watch the episode for the first time, so I will do a special post on Tuesday this time. But all the other new episodes will be reviewed on Monday, as I will be watching them very early Monday morning. This coming Monday will be AGONY, but hopefully, I will survive! 

Well, we have come to the conclusion of Crossing Wires. I still think I must have been crazy to write this. Most people will tell you I am NOT a #Henrigail fan. But it was actually fun writing something different; made me think outside the box. So, this being our last post before Season 6, I’ve decided to post the entire story. That way you can remind yourselves of the previous installments, and read the “much-anticipated ending”. (Cough, cough) 😀 So, I give you Crossing Wires, in its entirety:

                       

 

                                  CROSSING WIRES

Henry Gowen allowed half a smile to touch his lips, but only after ensuring he wasn’t being watched. His eyes softened, and the muscles in his shoulders began to relax as Abigail came into view, briefcase in hand. How lovely she looked, how calm and confident. Henry discreetly gazed at her forest-green clad figure as she crossed the street from her café to her office. Somehow, that office being formerly his wasn’t irritating him at the moment. His mind was far too occupied with wondering if that was a new gown, and how becoming her full golden curls looked when she left them unpinned.

Then Florence Blakely walked into his sightline, hands clasped, eyeing him down her nose very suspiciously. And just like that, Henry’s smile melted in the light of the sun, and his neck tensed again as he tipped his hat to Mrs. Blakely. She hesitantly went on her way, and he, slowly but efficiently, limped toward…where was he going? Ah! The mercantile! That seemed as logical a place as any, if only to cover his true errand this morning. As the sidewalk boards creaked and groaned under his boots, Henry let his mind wander back to Abigail. He was not comfortable with these sentiments that had slowly been overtaking him; slowly, but aggressively. He’d not felt this way for anyone since Nora; he didn’t even remember his feelings for her being so all-consuming. All the emotions suddenly became very exhausting; so, the mercantile forgotten, Henry took a seat on a nearby bench. Time passed as he sat almost motionless, pondering his predicament.

“But what can be done about it?” Henry asked himself aloud as he forcefully banged his cane down in frustration.

“Pardon me?” inquired a startled voice. Panicked, Henry looked up, but it was only Molly Sullivan, passing by on her way to the mercantile.

“Oh, nothing at all, Mrs. Sullivan. Good day to you.” He offered a somewhat forced and patronizing grin, and again tipped his hat. Mrs. Sullivan moved along, and Henry returned to his thoughts. You’re a fool, they chided him. Henry certainly had to agree. He’d already lost his status as the town’s public official, then most of his dignity with his prison sentence. Why would he sacrifice what was left of it for something that could never be?

“Planning your next business venture, Henry?” a familiar voice questioned. Henry knew that voice that always interrupted everything! He shook his head, and emitted a sardonic one-syllable chuckle before raising his eyes to meet those of Sheriff Bill Avery.

“Not at all, Bill. Just having a moment’s contemplation.”

“Is that so? What about?”

There was a long pause as Henry tried to mentally craft his next words, while attempting to stare Bill down. Unfortunately, Bill had an infamous glare of his own, so Henry settled for, “Nothing that concerns the local law.”

“Oh, so you’re going for something with a farther reach, huh?” Bill retorted.

Henry shook his head again, and squeezed his cane head extra hard before offering a very controlled, “Nothing that concerns…you…” Henry’s words trailed off as he heard someone approaching. It was Abigail, basket in hand, heading for the mercantile. Was it her lunch time already?

“Afternoon, Bill. Henry,” Abigail smiled as she walked between them. How fetching her smile is, Henry thought. He nodded and smiled in return, his eyes following her by their own volition as she passed by. He watched until the last glimpse of her disappeared into Ned’s store.

When Bill cleared his throat, Henry knew he’d made a mistake. He tried to remain aloof, but Bill’s snake eyes saw straight through his façade. “Henry,” Bill began as he sat down, uninvited, “may I tell you something as a…friend?” The word pushed past his teeth as if they were being pulled. He obviously hated saying it as much as Henry hated hearing it. At Henry’s grimace and skeptical glance, Bill gave an annoyed growl. “As someone you’ve shared a drink with then?”

“You’re welcome to try.”

Bill scoffed, then went on. “You might be able to fool some people, but I’ve known you too long. I know what you’re trying to do.”

“And what exactly might that be?” Henry countered. If Bill was going to spout unsolicited advice, Henry was going to make him say every bit of it.

Bill was never one to back down from a challenge, however, and he shot back, “You’re trying to alter yourself to appear as an eligible and appealing bachelor…a bachelor who will catch the eye of a certain lady who happens to hold your former position.” Once again, Bill had twisted everything around, but Henry refused to dignify his accusation with a response. There was a very long and tense pause.

Bill took the silence as relenting, though, and his eyes were filled with triumph. “Frankly, I don’t know why you think Abigail would want you to court her.”

“What wouldn’t I want, Bill?” Both men’s heads shot to the right like starter pistols. Abigail had already finished her shopping, and was heading straight for them to go back to her office, her basket bulging with supplies. Bill stumbled over his words momentarily when Abigail stopped in front of them, but he recovered quickly as he stood; too quickly, in fact. “I was just telling Henry here that you would never want to go to court again.”

Abigail visibly shuddered. “Ugh! Two experiences I will never forget, but never want to repeat; not unless it’s absolutely necessary, of course.”

Not only was Henry disappointed that Bill had been able to recover his blunder so smoothly, but he also couldn’t help wondering if those two experiences were so unpleasant to her because he was involved. He stood as well, and was just opening his mouth to strike up some pleasant conversation, and leave Bill’s “advice” in the dust, when a voice across Main Street turned Abigail away from him…leaving his mouth gaping to catch the flies.

“Mayor Stanton!” the voice called cheerfully. Henry felt bile rise in his throat, and sat back down as the new “distinguished gentleman” in town met Abigail in the middle of the road.

“Oh, good afternoon!” he heard her call back to…what was his name? It didn’t matter; the bad taste was there all the same. Ever since he’d arrived in Hope Valley, he’d been monopolizing a very large portion of Abigail’s time. “Business,” he’d said, but Henry knew better! How could he not be attracted to her? Henry reluctantly watched as the two walked back to the mayor’s office. He was certain he heard something about plans to meet the following evening, and her laugh echoed in his ears, like the memory of a fantasy.

Henry was yanked back to reality by the very real, and still lingering, presence of Bill, whose smugness was reaching new heights of glory. He winced.

“You see, Henry? Abigail needs someone stable, someone kind, someone without a record. Trust me when I tell you that you’re better off forgetting all about this little venture. Stick to business.” Bill stood and walked away, seeming very confident that he’d told Henry what’s what. But there was one thing Henry did realize from Bill’s little lecture: if he stayed silent much longer, his opportunity may pass him by like the train to Hamilton.

“We’ll just have to see about that, won’t we, Bill?” Henry whispered to himself.

                        TWO DAYS LATER

Abigail Stanton stood in a corner of her office, barely able to contain her excitement. Her cheeks were as pink as her blouse, and her hands fidgeted with each other as she watched workmen from the telephone company install Hope Valley’s very first telephone. This day had been a long time coming! Abigail had checked and double checked, stretched and saved the town’s budget until the expense could be covered. Now it was finally happening, and she felt she was doing her job as the mayor to bring her town into the modern age.

When the four men exited, Abigail didn’t dare move. She was glad she hadn’t when they returned, straining to keep the switchboard balanced between them. Her eyes grew wide, and her breathing tensed. Goodness, that was big! How was one person to handle all that? Then they began to connect all the wires, and she felt full-blown panic set in. There were so many!

“Pardon me, gentlemen,” Abigail inquired, trying to remain composed, “what happens if the wires get crossed?”

“You end up with a mess of a tangle, ma’am,” the head man snickered, and the others laughed with him. Abigail joined in, albeit it was stilted and reluctant. Sensing her genuine concern, he gave a serious explanation. “All joking aside, Madam Mayor, wires have to be crossed sometimes to complete a telephone call. The important things to remember are where the call originates, and how to make the right connection.”

“Aha, I see,” she acknowledged, wishing she felt calmer about this entire ordeal. It was exciting, but a big responsibility! Then Abigail remembered something! She wouldn’t have to deal with the switchboard at all! What a burden off her shoulders! She was just starting to breathe normally again when something chased all the air from her lungs.

“Abigail!” Rosemary said a little too loudly for standing at the open office door, mere feet away from Abigail’s ears. Even the workmen were startled. Luckily, they hadn’t been holding anything heavy at the moment.

“Oh, Rosemary! Oh, you gave me a fright!”

“I’m sorry. I just had to see this! I did knock, but you looked so preoccupied, I thought it better to just let myself in.

“Oh.” Of course you did, Abigail thought as she rolled her eyes; but she couldn’t help but smile. With Elizabeth in school this time of day, she was grateful to have a friend with whom to share this moment. Speaking of which… “Have you seen Bill? I thought he’d want to see this.”

“I passed him on my way here,” Rosemary explained. She then went into storytelling mode, deepening her voice to imitate Bill. “He called the installation of the telephone ‘a lot of fuss and bother’, and made up some excuse about having ‘a mountain of paperwork’. He’ll come over later.” Rosemary turned her attention to the workmen finishing their task of hooking up the telephone system, and clapped with excitement. “Isn’t this thrilling? A telephone in Hope Valley! Lee said he would have one installed in our home too!”

“Well, isn’t that wonderful!” Abigail replied. Just then, the lead workman planted the telephone in her hands, and tipped his hat.

“There you are, Mayor Stanton. You’re all set, and ready to go.” He walked out, and the others followed suit, tipping their hats in turn.

“Thank you,” Abigail called to them, a little unsure if she should move or not. The lead workman noticed her sudden stillness, came back up the steps, and added, “We made the wire extra long, so you can even carry it outside.”

Abigail sighed and smiled in relief. “Well, in that case, I’ll walk you out…part way, at least.”

Abigail and Rosemary walked to the edge of the staircase, and watched him descend, and get into the driver seat of the company automobile. The four of them gave a final wave as they drove away. Rosemary waved back, and Abigail gave a smiling nod, as her hands were a little full.

“Oh, Abigail! I keep meaning to ask you, who is going to run that giant switchboard? You can’t possibly do it all, not with everything you already have to do! I’d offer to do it myself, but…”

“Actually, Rosemary, that’s what I was thinking about when you came in. I was feeling overwhelmed about that very notion, then suddenly, I remembered! I hired a woman named Fiona Miller. She’s a telephone operator from Union City. With everything going on, I had honestly forgotten. But now, I can…”

Abigail was interrupted by an unfamiliar, shrill sound. She looked down, only to realize that the object sitting in her hands, the town’s telephone…was ringing.

Abigail froze. It worked. The telephone worked! Two rings. Abigail could hardly believe it! She had the honor of being the mayor in a frontier town that actually had a telephone. Now it was ringing! Three rings. “It’s ringing,” Abigail said quietly, but her excitement kept building. “It’s really ringing!” she cried to Rosemary. Four rings.

Rosemary could only laugh with joy, her signature smile decorating her face from ear to ear. “Yes, it is!” Five rings. “Well? Abigail?”

“What?” Six rings.

“Are ya gonna answer it?” Bill yelled from the jail. Obviously, the ring could be heard down the street, and he’d ventured out from under the “mountain of paperwork” to see what was all the commotion.

Seven rings. “Oh!” Abigail exclaimed while Rosemary giggled at her flustered manner. Abigail lifted the receiver, and let it dangle in her fingers for just a moment before putting it to her ear.

“H-Hello? Hope Valley, M-Mayor Abigail Stanton speaking.”

“Hello, Mayor Stanton. This is former Mayor Gowen.”

“Henry???” Abigail said, very surprised. Rosemary looked on completely baffled, and for once, completely speechless. Bill looked downright shocked, and even a little angry. Obviously, he thought Henry wasn’t the person to commemorate such a milestone. Abigail looked at the contraption as if it held the answer. Then her eyes immediately scanned the streets, trying to find him. Silly! she scolded herself. He’s on the telephone. Of course I won’t see him! “Where are you calling from?”

“Benson Hills. Am I, indeed, Hope Valley’s very first telephone call?”

“You certainly are, but why on earth did you want to be?”

“Well, I thought one momentous occasion deserved another.”

“And the other is?”

“Abigail, I know we’ve not always seen eye to eye; in fact, it hasn’t happened very often at all. I know in the past I have made your life rather miserable, but for some strange reason, despite all that, you still seem to believe in me. Well, I’d like to return that kindness with a gesture of good faith.”

“By doing what, exactly?”

“Well, I’d like to bring you here to Benson Hills next Thursday evening, and take you out for a fine meal…if you’re willing.”

Abigail’s mind began reeling! The last time Henry had asked her to join him for a meal, it had been lunch, the idea had made her insides crawl, and she’d pondered the repercussions of using her skillet as a weapon. Abigail shuddered as she also remembered using the incident as a way to find evidence that Henry had been responsible for the death of her husband, her son, and half the men in Coal Valley. For that last reason alone, Abigail knew she should decline; but for some unknown cause, she hesitated.

“What did he say, Abigail?” Rosemary’s insistent question startled her back to the present.

Abigail covered the mouthpiece of the receiver, hoping that would muffle the sound enough for Henry to not overhear them. “He’s…he’s asking me to dinner.” She was glad Bill was too far away to hear; this would put him over the edge. But he was staring. He took a few steps to come over, but Abigail put up a hand to stop him.

“Oh dear!” Rosemary’s baffled expression took on a bit of concern. “Well, are you going to accept?”

“I…I don’t know.”

“Abigail?” questioned Henry’s voice.

“Yes, I’m still here.”

“So, w-would you like to join me for dinner next Thursday?”

Abigail could hear the nervousness in his voice, and felt for the poor man. Should she accept? The idea sounded crazy! Although, it was just dinner. But still, should she start this? Then the telephone workman’s words returned to her mind:

Wires have to be crossed sometimes to complete a telephone call. The important things to remember are where the call originates, and how to make the right connection.

Well, she definitely knew the origin of this encounter; and even if she didn’t know the outcome just yet, maybe now was the right time to make a connection. Hopefully it was a right one

Abigail was still feeling hesitant and unsure. Maybe she wouldn’t accept. But despite her hesitation, a smile crept it’s way to her lips. “I’ll consider it.”

                                      THE END

 

Well, everyone, have a marvelous weekend, and I hope you love the first episode of Season 6. This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Hi there, Hearties! What? What’s that you say? Oh! You’re curious about the title and the tagline saying “surprise”? Well, I’ll tell you if i can get my hands to stop shaking from the excitement!

We’re going to be discussing the movie “Valentine in the Vineyard”. Same old, same old, right? Nope! We’re talking about it all right, but in a very different way! You know I’m always on the lookout for new ways to keep the blog fresh. How, you ask? Why, from the perspective of Mr. Madison Smith, who played Gabe, as well as Roy on When Calls the Heart! That’s right! I have had my very first WCTH actor’s interview! It was so exciting! And he was so kind, easy going, and generous! Okay, I won’t keep you waiting any longer. Here is “my little chat” with Madison Smith.

Hi, Madison! Thank you so much for agreeing to this. It’s very exciting, and I know your time is valuable.

I’m so happy to talk with you! Thanks for talking with me!

Q: Let’s start with When Calls the Heart. Roy’s an interesting character in that at first, the audience dismisses him as a total jerk. But we gradually see that he’s dealing with several very complex emotions. What was your process in creating that character, and revealing just enough to keep things going? What did you like and dislike about playing Roy?

A: I loved playing Roy, he was such an intricate character filled with deep regret and huge self doubt. And luckily I had the benefit of knowing where his story was going when I got cast, or I’m sure I would have hated him as much as the audience first did. For me, playing someone like Roy was a little hard because it meant I had to look into my own regrets and insecurities. But in a way, it was kind of therapeutic. I had to tap into them to give a real performance, and as hard as they were, I’m still very proud of those days on set.

Q: What was challenging, and what was thrilling, about being in a period piece? Do you prefer period or modern in general?

A: Being in a period piece was awesome. I loved every second of it! There is just something about jumping to a different time in history that’s just so thrilling about being an actor. I wouldn’t say I prefer either modern or period, I love being on set no matter when the story takes place, but that was a great experience.

Q: How long were you in makeup for the effect of the landslide injury?

A: The Landslide Injury took about an hour, I think. I think the funniest part about that scene is I was, at first, really playing up the pain; and our Director Neill Fearnley came up to me, and said, “I like what you’re doing, but let’s tone down the pain just a little bit. It seems like you got your arm chopped off on Game of Thrones”. I had a good laugh, but ended up doing the take that’s in the final show.

Q: Had you held a baby before playing Roy? (Am I allowed to ask about your personal life?) Do you have any younger siblings, or older siblings that gave you nieces and nephews?

A: I don’t mind answering questions like that. And oh yeah! I’ve held babies many times. As for my family, I have one younger brother and a slew of cousins and second cousins.

Q: Speaking of siblings, you’ve now played the younger brother of both Brendan [Penny] and Rachael [Leigh Cook]. Were there any significant differences in your experience? Was one much more pleasant than the other? 😉

A: Yeah, I started referring to myself as “Hallmarks little brother”! I loved being younger brother to both Brendan and Rachael! And both were so different and amazing in their own ways. But the best part was I got to be the snarky smart aleck younger brother to both of them. And that was maybe the best part about being cast in “Valentine in the Vineyard” because I got to work with Rachael again. I really hope we get to do another one!

Q: “Valentine in the Vineyard” is the 3rd installment in the “Vineyard Series”, but the only one you were in. Was it difficult joining a very familiar cast that late in the game? How did you tackle it?

A: It actually wasn’t difficult at all. I’ve known Marcus Rosner, who plays my older brother Marco, [and Charles in WCTH] for almost 8 years now; I did “Frozen in Love” with Rachael just one year before filming “Valentine in the Vineyard”, and Brendan was one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met, and acting alongside him was a treat.

Q: You may have joined late, but you had some of the best lines in the whole film, and your chemistry/banter with the other actors was totally palpable! My favorite non-romantic scene was the “gotcha moment” when Gabe got Nate to admit being engaged. What was your favorite and least favorite scene to film?

A: Oh that scene’s absolutely my favorite! It was actually one of the ones I had in my audition, and I loved getting a chance to finally do it on set. And as for my least favorite scene: although I love how it turned out, and shooting it was fine, mine and Brendan‘s feet were absolutely freezing in the dirt when we were doing the barefoot scene in the garden. So I probably have to say that one, but not for any other reason then my feet were very, very, very cold.

Q: I’m so sorry about the cold feet (wait that’s what everyone else was getting! 😀 Okay bad joke!) But seriously, what month did you film it? I imagine November or December?

A: We filmed in November and December. Cool part was I filmed “Frozen In Love” with Rachel exactly a year before.

Q: What are the chances we’ll get another movie to wrap up the Gabe and Shay story? They were adorable! Great witty conversations too!

A: I really like shooting the scenes with Stephanie Bennett. I’ve known her a long time and getting a chance to finally work with her on set was a blast. I really hope that we get to see you where Gabe and Shay’s storyline goes. Even when we’re on set, me and Steph kept talking about how awesome it would be to do a sequel following those two characters. If Hallmark gives us the go, we will be there!

Q: One of your lines in “Valentine in the Vineyard” is, “What does it say about me that I can be swayed by pasta?” So, what IS your favorite food?

A: Easy question! It’s tropical Hawaiian pizza from Panago pizza, a pizza place in Canada, with Italian garlic dip and cheesy cheddar dip. I can polish off an entire large, no problem, so I’ve now had to force myself to just order smalls so I don’t turn out 1000 pounds at the end of the year.

Q: While we’re on favorites, what is your favorite project you’ve worked so far?

A: Well some of my best experiences have definitely been on the Hallmark Channel. I got to work with some amazing actresses that I have been a fan of for years, like Rachael Leigh Cook and Taylor Cole, and the characters I get to play are always so much fun. But the last year has been fantastic. Not only have I worked with Hallmark but I did a series regular run on the CBS show “Salvation” which also had Taylor Cole as a recurring guest star; and I did a web series early last year called Narcoleap, which actually just got nominated for a Canadian award. We were nominated for Best Web Series or Program, Fiction. It’s a huge, huge honor, and we are so excited!

Q: You have become quite a familiar face on Hallmark! You’ve done a series, a mystery movie, and movies for Winterfest, Fall Harvest, and Valentine’s Day. Which genre have you liked best? Any aspirations to do a Christmas project?

A: It’s tough to choose a favorite. It’s just such a great experience being on set no matter when or who you’re with when you’re working with Hallmark. As for a Christmas movie, I think anybody would be excited to be in one of those.

Q: You scored quite the role in the “Psych” finale. Everyone remembers the finale the most. Even though you didn’t share scenes with people outside of Corbin Bernsen and college classmates, it was a pretty star-studded episode. Who did you work with (ever) that left you starstruck? Who would you like to work with someday?

A: “Psych” was one of my favorite shows, so to be in the finale was a dream come true. And on that note, that was the most I’ve ever been starstruck for sure. I was such a big fan of the show that when I finally got to meet James and Dulé, it was almost like I blacked out. I actually ended up introducing myself to Billy Zane twice because the first time I didn’t remember doing it. It was definitely a low point for me that day on set. I was pretty embarrassed. My hope is I wouldn’t get starstruck now, but I guess we’ll see if I’m ever lucky enough to work with some of the industries greats like Leonardo DeCaprio or Robert De Niro.

Q: You’ve been in comedies, romantic comedies, mysteries, and dramas. What do you think you’re better at? Comedy or drama? Do you sing? We can add musical to the list.

A: I don’t know if musicals are going to be added to that list. I think even my dog doesn’t think I’m a good singer. As for my favorite though, I just love getting a chance to act. I think every scene should have some comedy, drama, truth, and fun and whether it’s a drama or comedy I’m working on, I’m having a blast on set.!

Q: Finally, the most important question of all! What did YOU do for Valentine’s Day?

A: Me and my fiancé unfortunately had scheduling conflicts on Valentine’s Day. So we did ours on the 12th. We said no gifts, so I bought her a bottle of wine and a singe red rose. She then proceeded to blow my mind with an amazing scavenger hunt that took me all over the city! It was amazing. Then we finished with a nice dinner out and a movie. Greatest non-Valentine’s Day ever!

Thanks for talking with me! I’m so glad everybody really liked “Valentine in the Vineyard”, and fingers crossed we get to expand on the story further!

Thank YOU for being my very first WCTH actor interview; it’s groundbreaking for me! Some of these answers are hysterical! I was laughing my head off! Have a fantastic rest of your day!

Well, Hearties, I hope you enjoyed that, because I certainly did! I especially loved the story about the landslide injury and Game of Thrones. Hilarious, right? Loved it! Well, time for me to be on my way. See you Friday for the conclusion of Crossing Wires! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Hello, Hearties! Enjoying your weekend so far? I know I’m a day late again; I apologize profusely. But here I am, and here is Part Three of our tale of Crossing Wires. If you’ve missed Parts 1 and 2, go to the #FanFictionFriday posts from February 1st and 9th. Enjoy!

 

 

                                                     TWO DAYS LATER

Abigail Stanton stood in a corner of her office, barely able to contain her excitement. Her cheeks were as pink as her blouse, and her hands fidgeted with each other as she watched workmen from the telephone company install Hope Valley’s very first telephone. This day had been a long time coming! Abigail had checked and double checked, stretched and saved the town’s budget until the expense could be covered. Now it was finally happening, and she felt she was doing her job as the mayor to bring her town into the modern age.

When the four men exited, Abigail didn’t dare move. She was glad she hadn’t when they returned, straining to keep the switchboard balanced between them. Her eyes grew wide, and her breathing tensed. Goodness, that was big! How was one person to handle all that? Then they began to connect all the wires, and she felt full-blown panic set in. There were so many!

“Pardon me, gentlemen,” Abigail inquired, trying to remain composed, “what happens if the wires get crossed?”

“You end up with a mess of a tangle, ma’am,” the head man snickered, and the others laughed with him. Abigail joined in, albeit it was a little forced and reluctant. Sensing her genuine concern, he gave a serious explanation. “All joking aside, Madam Mayor, wires have to be crossed sometimes to complete a telephone call. The important things to remember are where the call originates, and to make the right connection.”

“Aha, I see,” she acknowledged, wishing she felt calmer about this entire ordeal. It was exciting, but a big responsibility! Then Abigail remembered something! She wouldn’t have to deal with the switchboard at all! What a burden off her shoulders! She was just starting to breathe normally again when something yanked all the air from her lungs.

“Abigail!” Rosemary said a little too loudly for standing at the open office door, mere feet away from Abigail’s ears. Even the workmen were startled. Luckily, they hadn’t been holding anything heavy.

“Oh, Rosemary! Oh, you gave me a fright!”

“I’m sorry. I just had to see this! I did knock, but you looked so preoccupied, I thought it better to just let myself in.

“Oh.” Of course you did, Abigail thought as she rolled her eyes; but she couldn’t help but smile. With Elizabeth in school this time of day, she was grateful to have a friend with whom to share this moment. Speaking of which…”Have you seen Bill? I thought he’d want to see this.”

“I passed him on my way here,” Rosemary explained. She then went into storytelling mode, deepening her voice to imitate Bill. “He called the installation of the telephone ‘a lot of fuss and bother’, and made up some excuse about having ‘a mountain of paperwork’. He’ll come over later.” Rosemary turned her attention to the workmen finishing their task of hooking up the telephone system, and clapped with excitement. “Isn’t this thrilling? A telephone in Hope Valley! Lee said he would have one installed in our home too!”

“Well, isn’t that wonderful!” Abigail replied. Just then, the lead workman planted the telephone in her hands, and tipped his hat.

“There you are, Mayor Stanton. You’re all set, and ready to go.” He walked out, and the others followed suit, tipping their hats in turn.

“Thank you,” Abigail called to them, a little unsure if she should move or not. The lead workman noticed her sudden stillness, came back up the steps, and added, “We made the wire extra long, so you can even carry it outside.”

Abigail sighed and smiled in relief. “Well, in that case, I’ll walk you out…part way, at least.”

Abigail and Rosemary walked to the edge of the staircase, and watched him descend, and get into the driver seat of the company automobile. The four of them gave a final wave as they drove away. Rosemary waved back, and Abigail gave a smiling nod, as her hands were a little full.

“Oh, Abigail! I keep meaning to ask you, who is going to run that giant switchboard? You can’t possibly do it all, not with everything you already have to do! I’d offer to do it myself, but…”

“Actually, Rosemary, that’s what I was thinking about when you came in. I was feeling overwhelmed about that very notion, then suddenly, I remembered! I hired a woman named Fiona Miller. She’s a telephone operator from Union City. With everything going on, I had honestly forgotten. But now, I can…”

Abigail was interrupted by an unfamiliar, shrill sound. She looked down, only to realize that the object sitting in her hands, the town’s telephone…was ringing.

 

 

That’s all for today.  Tune in next week for the final chapter…of the short story. 😀  And remember to tell me if you’ll be in the area on Monday February 25th so you can come to the Season 6 premiere party, hosted by yours truly. This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Happy Valentine’s Day, Hearties! And now, it’s just 10 days until When Calls the Heart Season 6 will air for the first time, (I consider the Christmas special a precursor or preview, even though it’s technically the first episode.) It’s pretty exciting!

Did you see Paul Greene’s video wishing all of us a Happy Valentine’s Day? I think this day must be the #Hearties favorite besides Christmas and premiere day. Paul was of the same opinion. He went through the whole process of saying how Hearties remind him of hearts, then that makes him think of love, and that leads to thoughts of Valentine’s Day. It was very sweet!

And another really sweet occurrence happened at the TCA; I caught the interview on ETOnline. Daniel Lissing, the man himself, gave his own personal thumbs up to Season 6. “I think it’s great for the show,” he said; “Miss Jack, but get on board!” he said. Aye, aye, Captain! Easier said than done, of course; but we better follow orders. 😉

Now, time to honor the day. First of all, I hope all of you feel loved, no matter your situation in life. Feel the #Hearties love!

Secondly, let’s review a real gem of the holiday: the movie All Things Valentine. It’s really adorable! I call it You’ve Got Mail in reverse. There are 3 WCTH graduates on it: Jeremy Guilbaut (Ray Wyatt) plays Brendan’s best friend, Kit. Avery’s dad is portrayed by Daryl Shuttleworth, who we know as Inspector Houston. And then there’s Serge Houde: the Season 2 judge in WCTH, and Roy the restaurant owner in this film.

I’ve got to say, this movie caught my attention immediately because of how tragic the beginning is. How would you feel if you walked up to the sight of your boyfriend kissing another woman, while holding an expensive gift watch and giant Valentine balloons? Pretty awful, isn’t it?! Then we see Avery at least a year later; she’s an anonymous relationship advice columnist called Consult the Coach, VERY anti-Valentine’s Day, and a bit reluctant to have received the assignment to write about the dreaded day. Then her dog gets a fever.

Enter Dr. Brendan Bains, fellow anti-Valentiner, recently dumped man, (after the woman asked advice from a certain columnist,) and veterinarian extraordinaire. He heals the doctor while doing a superb job of flirting with the owner. Here’s the funny part: he takes the handle “Bench the Coach” to make fun of the advice therein. He’d type out a snarky remark, then smile and knock on the door, never dreaming the woman he’s falling for is the same one he’s knocking in print. And they both soften their opinions about the day of love.

Just like in You’ve Got Mail, he finds out first, and unfortunately, so does the ex-girlfriend. She goes to Avery, and reveals everything. Later she admits that was a mistake (DUH!) because Brendan had every intention of telling her himself; she was just jealous, even though she knows she and Brendan aren’t right for each other. What I like best is Avery’s reaction. At first, she sulks and hides, but after a wonderful father/daughter talk, she says, “It’s time the coach started thinking about the team.” I thought that was very clever. She focuses on her family, and shops for them to give them an amazing holiday. Of course things get cleared up, and they make up, but that really helped put her in the right mindset.

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’ll see you tomorrow with another installment of Crossed Wires. This is Hooked Heartie, signing off. May your heart let your hope blossom!