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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

What Did You Watch in the 80’s? by Jannine Gallant

Thanks for having me today, Vonnie. It’s always a pleasure to visit you!

In the summer of 2010, I went a little crazy and wrote three books for a brand new series from The Wild Rose Press called the Class of '85. Why, you might ask? Because the series title hooked me. Having graduated from college in 1984, I have some wonderful memories from the early 80’s. Great times spent with good friends.

June 18th through the 22nd, five books from this terrific, multi-author series are free, including the first one I wrote, Lonely Road To You. To celebrate, I'm taking a trip back to the past and reliving those years. Today, let's talk TV! 

I’ll admit, I didn’t watch a lot of TV back then. But there were times when we ditched studying for some mindless relaxation. And I do mean mindless. This was the era of the nighttime soaps. Dallas and Dynasty topped the ratings charts. I wasn’t a fan, but there were some entertaining and innovative sitcoms I enjoyed. The Cosby Show was a hit. And what about a show that took place in a bar? Cheers took the sitcom away from family values and gave us something completely different. Then there was Magnum PI—Tom Selleck in a Ferrari—what more is there to say. LOL

My heroine in Lonely Road To You is a children’s book author and illustrator. She heads off on a cross-country road trip to her 25 year high school reunion. Instead, she finds adventure—and love—with an old classmate along the way.

As I mentioned, five books from the series are free. Just click on the titles to be taken directly to the Amazon download link!

Lonely Road To You by Jannine Gallant

To Be, Or Not by Margo Hoornstra

Promises, Promises by Silver James

Embraceable You by Kat Henry Doran

Something More by Keena Kincaid

For more 80's nostalgia, follow me as I continue on my mini blog tour where I'll be talking about 80's fashion (shudder), the movies that held us enthralled, and how life back then was different for kids than it is today. Find me at these places:

Keri Neal June 20th

JM Stewart June 21st

Kathy Wheeler June 22nd

So, what were some of your favorite TV shows from the early 80's? Let's immerse ourselves in nostalgia!

For information on my other books, including two more in the Class of '85 series, check out my website. Or, follow me on Facebook and Twitter.


L. M. Gonzalez said...

I was completely and totally hooked on 'Dallas' in the '80's! I've watched the new 'Dallas', but it doesn't compare with my complete obsession with the classic 'Dallas'. LOL Sometimes, I wonder if 'Dallas' helped in breaking up my marriage. My ex wasn't as interesting.

L. M. Gonzalez

Jannine Gallant said...

That's funny, L.M. I didn't watch the nighttime soaps but I was an All My Children fan for years. You're right. The characters were way more interesting than "normal" people.

Barbara said...

Your post really made me think. I didn't watch a lot of TV in the
80s. I was in grad school, then starting a new job. Matlock--I think it was during then. And Murder She Wrote. Did watch those :) Didn't watch Dallas or the spin offs.

Barb Bettis

Susan Macatee said...

I got married in 1981 and was a regular Dallas watcher, but never got into Dynasty. And I really can't remember what other shows were on back then.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure I never missed an episode of Magnum PI. I think Tom Selleck only got better with age. He was so hot during his appearances on Friends as well.

Angela Adams said...

OMG! All I did was read the title of this post, Jannine,and said, "Magnum P.I." Another show I watched faithfully was "Jake and the Fatman." Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane.

Jannine Gallant said...

Finally home! I think Murder She Wrote was from that time period. Tom Selleck certainly has aged well. It is fun seeing how TV trends have changed--and stayed the same. I don't think action shows will ever go out of style.