Morning Meanderings… An Actor Meandered Into A Movie Theater…


Good morning from St. Paul Minneapolis.

I am at my son’s apartment where I am currently drinking coffee out of his Harry Potter mug and enjoying the absolute quiet.  He is still sleeping and I never noticed at home but the dogs and the background noise of the equipment from our excavating business must create some sort of low-level noise because this here is


And I like it.


I am in Minneapolis because Justin (son) and I went to the pre-showing of the movie The Longest Ride last night.  It was kind of a cool invite and we were told that when we came to the theater that we were supposed to check in with the studio rep and to be there by 6:45 pm.

We were there around 6:35 pm and we were directed to a LONG LINE of people waiting to get in at the door they had mentioned.  Justin and I walked to the end of the line and waited in the line that barely moved until 6:55.  I asked Justin to go check out the front of the line and see what was happening.  I was hoping we were doing this right as this was my first invite of anything like this.

Justin disappeared around the corner and then came back waving me forward.  We were doing it wrong.  We went to the front of the line, checked in with the lady with the clip board and on in we went.  It was a little crazy as there were security people letting us into the theater.

We were told to stay in our seats after the movie because Twentieth Century Fox was there filming for future advertising and wanted shots of the crowd. We watched the movie (which was really good!) and afterwards we sat there as we were told and a side door opened and…

Scoot Eastwood, Minneapolis Minnesota, Book Journey, Britt Robertson, Mall Of America

YES!  A side door opened and Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson walked in to the front of the theater.  We had a fun 20 minutes with them as they answered questions about the moving, bull riding, their “romantic scenes” together….

What a fun event!

Nicholas Sparks, The Longest Ride, Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Book JOurney, Minneapolis Premiere

Yesterday I razzed up the whole “I am not a fan of country things” and I have to admit to a little softening of the heart today.  The movie was very good and opens at the theaters on April 10th.  This afternoon I have the opportunity of sitting at a round table and asking these two stars questions about the book that became a movie.  I am geeky excited and nervous all at the same time.

Also, my giveaway I am hosting for the $25 Visa card, tote, and copy of The Longest Ride book is still going on.  If you have not signed up… you should.  Winner will be drawn this Friday.

Do you have any brilliant questions I should ask?

Morning Meanderings… It’s about to get… Country.


Hey all!  Happy Wednesday!  (I actually had to think for a minute as I typed that, “Is it Wednesday?”)  The week as usual is moving


I told you a little bit a week ago about my invite to a round table discussion with the actors of The Longest Ride (Nicholas Sparks latest book to movie), Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson.  That happens tomorrow afternoon in Minneapolis Minnesota.  A new addition to all of this is that my son and I are going tonight to a special invite at the Mall Of America to a preview of the movie.


I am totally “got my geek on” excited!  I have two dresses picked out for the events… my husband thinks I am crazy (but I think we all knew that already) and my son is loving how I just jump in and LIVE LIFE.

The LOngest Ride, Minneapolis, Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Book Journey, Mall Of America

For long-term readers of Book Journey, you may know a few things about me.  One that might be important right now is my strong aversion to all things country.  (Ok not quite all things, I have a really great friend who is from Alabama and I really like her!)  For whatever reason I do not like cowboy boots, cowboy hats, westerns, cowboy related books or movies, or country music.  There.  I said it.  I feel…. lighter somehow.  😀

I have no idea why I feel this way and have come to believe that perhaps as a small child a cowboy kicked me or took away my lollipop and I have buried this deep hurt yet have a trigger (pun intended) knee jerk when something is country near me.

Anyhoo…. before I digress too far…. the next two days may cure me.  😀 I leave this afternoon to meet up with my son for dinner and then off to the movie we will go!  I am staying overnight at my sons apartment this evening in the cities, tomorrow I will meet and talk with the actors and then come back home.

Crazy cool…. and I really hope I get at least one great picture.  A girl can dream….

Last thing – I recently posted about a giveaway for a $25 Visa card to see The Longest Ride movie, a cool tote, and a copy of the book – if you have not entered yet I hope you do!  I will draw (having trouble letting go of cowboy words) choose the winner on Friday morning using  Enter here!


Have a g’day.  Partner.





The Longest Ride Movie and SWEET Giveaway Package

The Longest Ride, Nicholas SParks, Book Journey, Give away

About the Film

Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, THE LONGEST RIDE centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world.  As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple.  Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, THE LONGEST RIDE explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.

Starring: Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, and Alan Alda

Directed by: George Tillman, Jr.

Anyone else getting excited about this movie?  I sure am!  I have always enjoyed movies that originate from books!  Here is the trailer:

Thanks to Twentieth Century Fox I am able to give away one sweet package:

The Longesth Ride, Book Journey, Nicholas Sparks, Giveaway Package

One (1) winner receives:

  • $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters
  • Tote Bag
  • Copy of the book (movie tie-in book cover)


(I am LOVING that cool tote bag!)


You can enter this giveaway by:

1 entry:  Leave a comment letting me know what your favorite Nicholas Sparks book (or movie!) is and why.

2nd entry:  Tweet about this giveaway by copying and pasting the following into Twitter:

Enter to Win The Longest Ride movie gift card and gift package! @bookjourney #LongestRide


Winner will be chosen using and announced here on Friday April 3rd.


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