Hello! What do you think of the new profile picture? I thought with the different hair, it was time for an update.

 

Well, we’ve reached the end of another week, and that means…that’s right! There are only 16 days until we’re back in Hope Valley. It also means that there are 17 days until my Season 7 premiere Heartie Party. So if you’re going to be in the Austin TX area on Monday, February 24th, let me know, and I’ll send you an invitation.

Well, since it’s Friday, that also means iiiiiiiiit’s #FaceOffFriday!

 

The rivalry continues! Round Three! Last time we left things, Nathan was ahead by quite a stretch. It was Nathan – 7, Lucas – 0 . As I said before, I’m keeping score at the same pace as all of you. And now, both characters have had their introduction episode, so I expect events to balance each other a bit more evenly. And that means things will heat up quite a LOT! So, LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLE!

E7: DISPUTING HEARTS

LUCAS:
+1 Shows support for the library, and wishes Elizabeth luck in a very charming manner
+1 Tells her to call him Lucas

NATHAN:
+1 Didn’t blow Elizabeth off when she said she needed to talk to him, and promised to come by later
+1 Opened up about his family and their background

 

 

E8: HOPE IS WITH THE HEART

LUCAS:
+5 Gave Elizabeth the library
+1 Talking to Baby Jack about the books he’ll read
+1 Helping with the repairs
+1 Got injured helping, poor guy…
+1 Asked her to dinner
+1 Backed off when she wasn’t comfortable with the idea
+2 Totally hit on her in the library, even if he tried to pass it off as quoting a book

NATHAN:
+1 Going to look for the children together
-1 Disparaging Lucas “He’s a lover…just not of books”
+1 Asking Elizabeth to call him Nathan

 

GRAND TOTAL: LUCAS – 14, NATHAN – 10 . (Including the last two weeks)

 

So, the smooth-operating gambler with the silver tongue prevails this week. Hats off to Lucas! Will he maintain his streak, or will he be outdone by the underdog Mountie; he is trained in combat after all. We’ll find out! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Welcome back to hookedheartie.com, and welcome back to another #FaceOffFriday. Today, Constable Nathan Grant rides into town on his trusty steed to pick up the gauntlet that Monsieur Lucas Bouchard inadvertently threw down. Before we begin, there are a few elements I want to clear up.

Number 1: I know a few people were a little put off by the fact that I started the point count without Nathan in the picture. But trust me when I say it balances out.

Number 2: As we begin our count with our good Mountie, know that I’m fully aware that many of Nathan’s interactions with Elizabeth involve Allie. So, lucky him, he basically has two people earning him points. I guess Lucas will have to step up his game, and won’t be able simply rely on his suave and genteel nature.

Number 3: Just so you all know, I have not tallied the grand total of points on either side. I review and edit my notes to make sure I added and subtracted points in all the right places, but I’ll only discover the actual winner right before I tell you who he is. We’re all in this together!

So…LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLE!!!!!

Round Two! Ding!

 

E5: HEART OF A MOUNTIE

LUCAS: Well, turn around is fair play. In this episode, Lucas has literally no interactions or dealings with Elizabeth. So, the count here for our refined gambler is 0.

NATHAN:
-1 Showing up in uniform. Unintentional, but it threw her for sure
+1 Handsome. If Lucas gets it, so does Nathan.
+1 Respectful during their first meeting, standing upon learning her name
+1 Humility when Elizabeth corrects him. (Excellent Mountie vs. Excellent Man)

 

 

E6: SURPRISE

LUCAS:
-1 He taught Allie to gamble
-1 He told her “I’m doing your job.” Bad move!
+1 He DID help Allie feel more comfortable at school. That’s important to Elizabeth.

 

NATHAN:
+1 He’s a single parent, instant bond.
+1 The child he’s raising is not his own. You can tell that impresses her.
+1 He accepts Elizabeth’s help to look for Allie. That’s huge!
+1 Thanks Elizabeth for help, and immediately and appropriately disciplines Allie for skipping school.
-1 Insisting that they’re fine. Not a smart move.
+1 Teamwork with Elizabeth to set expectations for Allie
+1 Asked Allie about her feelings with Elizabeth there, and at Elizabeth’s suggestion

 

GRAND TOTAL (This week and last week)

LUCAS: 0
NATHAN: 7

To your corners, men! So, the Mountie pulls ahead from behind. Anybody still worried about Nathan being at a disadvantage? I think he’ll hold his own just fine. Don’t discount Lucas yet, though. He’s quiet and reserved, but he’s got a spark that’s not easily extinguished. I guess we’ll see what happens next week, won’t we? Have a great weekend! One thing to remember as we progress through this “duel”.

 

This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Photo Credits: Crown Media 

Editing Credits: Sarah Nitsch and Randi Elkins

It’s Friday! FRIYAY! What are your plans? Well, part of my plan is to start off your weekend with a little friendly rivalry and competition. This idea has been cooking up in my brain for a while, and I’m so excited to finally be able to share it with you! I wish I could say I had a new Kami and Sarah original fan fiction. Sadly, that is not the case. But I do believe I’m bringing you something almost as entertaining, and it’s definitely just as suspenseful!

 

And with that introduction – Hooked Heartie Productions, in association with Kami Clements Studios, proudly present:

A Mountie. A Gambler. Two Men, One Goal: the Heart of a Teacher. Who will triumph?!

 

 

We’ve all been curious as to the answer. Some of us have speculated, many have joined teams, and all will just have to wait and see what happens. So I thought it would be fun to initiate a point system based on the gentlemen’s interactions with Elizabeth to see who SHOULD win. 😉 For the sake of keeping a decent count, this system only awards or takes points for topics or situations that involve ELIZABETH. And no, you don’t get the whole season in one post; where’s the fun in that? So…gather around #TeamLucas and #TeamNathan! And remember, these points are from my perspective and my opinion, and they’re just for fun. This is a great way to relive Season 6, and your mark, get set, GOOOOOOOOOOOO!

E3: Queen of Hearts
LUCAS: +1 He’s handsome!
+1 He called her intelligent
+1 He complimented her personality
+1 He called her independent
-1 Made a total fool of himself by making assumptions
-1 Asked about her husband at the Grand Opening party

 

E4: Vote of Confidence
LUCAS: -1 Causing all the noise
-1 Going up against Abigail. (When trying to impress a woman, never go up against her best friend
+1 Coming to a compromise, and cooperating with the town

 

Now for Nathan….Well…Nathan hasn’t arrived yet, so unfortunately for him, his score is

NATHAN: 0

 

GRAND TOTAL: LUCAS – 1, NATHAN – 0

Whoa! Lucas almost canceled himself out there! Good thing he gave Elizabeth three compliments at their first meeting! He, himself, admitted he has a knack for saying the wrong thing to her. So Lucas pulls ahead, but only by a hair…and the Mountie has yet to ride into town. So we’ll see what happens next week. But come back Wednesday as I review the #Winterfest movie that left me completely enchanted! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

 

Photo credit: Crown Media 

Editing credit: Sarah Nitsch  

Hello, hello! Phew! We’ve made it to Friday! Did you ever think we would? This is a particular Friday for me. Not only are we celebrating Jaiven’s birthday this week, TODAY is someone’s special day: my little girl! Problem is, she’s not so little anymore. She turned 9 this morning! Hard to believe! But it’s super fun that we both still love When Calls the Heart, and now she’s getting old enough to enjoy it for more reasons than just spotting horses and identifying colors. 😀 Happy birthday, Kyrah girl!

As you know, for the Friday of a WCTH actor’s birthday week, we look at his or her favorite moment in the form of a #FlashbackFriday. Well, we’re lucky! We got TWO favorite moments, and some backstory to the filming. Plus, I get to add in my own thoughts. 😉 So here are Jaiven’s words first.

Q: What is your favorite Robert moment? Why?
A: Oh I have a few…I’d have to say the fainting scene was super fun! I’ve never done anything like that, so it’s really cool. Paul is alsoSUPER fun to work with. And the bear scene was great!

Q: What scene/episode challenged you the most, either in a good way or a hard way?
A: I’d definitely say the bear scene in Season 4 was the most challenging. I actually worked with the director, Peter, to really get into my emotions; to feel the scene, and what I was trying to get the audience to see from Robert. He felt bad about lying and tricking his friends…and teacher.

Poor Robert, getting completely crushed by his conscience. Frankly, I don’t know why Opal was ignoring Miss Thatcher in the first place. So out of character! But it gave lots of people a chance to do something good.

That’s what I really loved about this storyline. Here are my thoughts. Not only did one of the school kids get a chance in the spotlight as a focus of the episode, but it affected so many people around him. Robert himself learned the importance of telling the truth, and how one choice can involve so many people; not to mention how to look ahead to the future. Elizabeth got the chance to prove her philosophy to Jack about children coming to their teacher, and Jack took the opportunity to trust Elizabeth and her methods. Most of all, Bill seized the moment to reach out to a child; something he hadn’t done much of up to that point. He became a mentor figure the kids can now come to, someone they can trust. Plus, all the adults were able to enjoy a good laugh at Robert’s terror at the prospect of being arrested. So look at all the good you did with a lie, Robert!

Well, that wraps it up! Happy birthday again, Jaiven! Much love from the Hearties. And my love to you all! I’m off to my daughter’s birthday dinner. This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Hello Hearties! Welcome to our first #FlashbackFriday of the year! So sorry it’s taken me so long to get something new up; scheduling and kid conflicts, back to school, etc. I’m excited though. This idea just popped in my head, so I got a little giddy. Warning you now, this is not my typical kind of post, so brace yourselves.

We’re flashing back to several moments today. I was actually inspired to write this post after watching Home for Christmas, and seeing some of the interviews introducing Season 7. I really do have to say, while I still am not completely sold to #TeamNathan as of yet, he scored some MAJOR points in that lovely little film. There were lots of fabulous and heart-fluttering moments that really seemed to connect them. But Kevin McGarry said himself in an interview with ET that Nathan needs to “read a book” on how to talk to women. Admittedly, yeah, he’s right.

Then if you saw “When Hope Calls”, you know that Kevin made a guest appearance as the character of Nathan, and in more than one episode. So, what is the answer to the question in the title? The answer is…both. It was so funny to see such a stark contrast in the same man. I know there are two sides to every person, but I believe the difference in personality was so noticeable because it happened on different programs, and around different characters. Careful now! If you haven’t watched “When Hope Calls”, and you don’t like spoilers, I wouldn’t read any further until you have seen it. 🙂

In Brookfield, Constable Grant is akin to Superman. He speaks with authority and confidence concerning the train robber, he efficiently and carefully conducts a search of the sisters’ guest cottage to look for a suspect, and he very much acts like the more experienced Mountie with Gabe; although at the same time, he listens and collaborates creatively with Constable Kinslow to apprehend the thief. He has no qualms about putting his feet up on Gabe’s desk, or calling himself “the best tracker in the territory”, or reminding the younger man that he wired HIM for help. He even survived a dynamite blast, and regains consciousness just in time to save Gabriel’s life when the perpetrator is about to shoot. And there’s nothing timid about the way he handles the bearded man once he’s in custody, or how he tells Gabe he’s doing a very dangerous deed risking his life to get Sinclair arrested. The only time I saw him falter even a little bit was when he regrettably admitted he had lost the train thief three days prior.

But every superhero has some kind of weakness, and it appears that Nathan’s kryptonite is females in Hope Valley. It’s obvious that while he raises Allie with a firm hand, he has a total soft spot for his niece. He tries so hard to make things easier and enjoyable for her, that he almost comes off as nervous around her.

Where does the REAL nervousness appear? In a forcefield around Mrs. Elizabeth Thornton. It’s almost as if she pushes the “on” switch whenever she walks toward him, and the great Constable Grant is rendered useless. The man’s up for an inspector’s promotion, for heaven sake, but the only thing he can think to say is, “The founders would be proud.” Now I will acknowledge that there have only been two times we’ve gotten to see him be a “real” Mountie in Hope : 1) catching the stagecoach robbers, and 2) rescuing Lucas and Elizabeth from Amos Dixon. Good thing the kryptonite was defective at that point, or Elizabeth wouldn’t have lived through the experience! But that is one thing I hope changes in Season 7. We always see Nathan as serious, nervous, edgy, trying to look good in front of Elizabeth, or trying to get a laugh from Allie with bad jokes. I hope we see Nathan really use his ingenuity and shine at his job. There are so many dangers he can save Hope Valley from if given the chance.

So that’s my take on the two sides of our new Mountie. One more insight into Nathan’s head comes from the man himself. The video below was posted on Twitter by Super Channel Heart and Home, and it comes from HFR#5. Enjoy, and LAUGH!

One more thing before I sign off: don’t forget to wish Jaiven Natt a happy birthday today! He just keeps getting older somehow. And if you’re all good little readers, maybe I’ll have something special regarding our curly–topped teen next week. This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!