Happy Birthday to the King of Horror!

I wonder how many of us Mr. King has put on the path of reading, that we may otherwise had not found without his writing?

Were you reading Carrie, or It, or The Shining, when you knew if your parents had any idea of what was in that book, they would hit you upside the head with it?

Which book by Stephen King made you decide you absolutely had to be a writer?

And which book have you read over-and-again?

I’m going to spare you the biography on him, as I see there are a lot of posts in honor of Mr. King today. I will say I have read many of his books, but not all of them; yet.

My favorite:

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I cannot explain what it is about this book that makes me love it so. It could be the actual story; it may be something that was going on in my life at the time I first read it that it gave me an escape from. There really is no other connection within the characters, plot, or even environment where it takes place that would connect with me. But I absolutely love this book the most!

The time Stephen King made me cry:

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Yes, this book made me physically, ugly-sob cry, and I would never have thought he could do that to me, and it came out of no where! Some of his best writing, in my humble opinion. I have not read this one in quite some time, so I am thinking a good reread over the  Thanksgiving holiday is due.

My Favorite Series:

Yes; I devoured this series by getting each book the day it was released, and having it read within 24 hours. I am currently experiencing extreme sadness that I have no access to the station showing the television show.

So Stephen King, I sincerely wish you the happiest 70th birthday, and cannot thank you enough for the countless hours of joy you have brought me for the past 33 years since I discovered your writing. 

Oh: and for scaring the shit out of me on many occasions where I sat up in bed for the night, with the lights on, and my tv playing loud so I couldn’t hear the noises inside my house. You are truly a master at your art, and for that, I am forever grateful!

 

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In an effort to get more exposure for my book, I’m looking for online blog reviews. If you are willing to read my book and post a review on your blog and in the Amazon book store, I will send you a gift copy of the e-book. I want to make it clear that although […]

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A Quick Survey About Subscription Boxes!

If you have not completed a survey on subscription boxes for me, and can spare a couple minutes (It really is only a couple minutes!) I would greatly appreciate it!

Thanks! More bookish things coming tomorrow!

You can find the survey here: Subscription Box Survey

Mark Twain’s Connecticut Farm for Sale

What a beautiful house and property! I knew I should have played the Powerball this past week… The house was actually bought for his youngest of three daughters, Jane “Jean” Clemens. Mr. Twain lived next door for two years before passing.

You can see this beauty here: Mark Twain’c Connecticut Farm

This story was originally posted on abcnews.go.com and written by Joi-Marie McKenzie.

I love Mark Twain’s stories, although I have to admit I have not picked one up for a re-read in quite some time. Winter goals!

Coming Soon; Your October Book Box!

So, I have had this idea bouncing around in my head for the last month or so, of starting a Subscription Box Business. Featuring, of course…books.

And I searched all of the available ones already out there, and there are a bunch! One to never be deterred, I kept the idea in the back of my mind, still bouncing around on a daily basis.

I researched custom boxes, personalized shipping tape, printed tissue paper, what to call this business, how to start a subscription box business, what platform to use, etc. etc. etc.

Trust me, the list goes on, and on.

Do I use my already licensed business name of Books and Opinions, which I have trademarked, paid for, and created a logo for? Probably not. Enter more licensing and trademark fees, creating a new website, and giving myself one more thing to manage.

I have reached out to various authors for buying bulk quantities of their books for a specific month (I have a theme going on here!), and the response has been fantastic!

It is nearly September; school starts again in a minute, my weekly church activities start back up at the same time, and my oldest daughter is getting married the first weekend of October. Never one to give up, here is what I am going to do…

…I love Autumn, Fall, Halloween, October, November, I think you get the idea. So I have to have a box for October. And I do!

I just bought some great mystery books, and mystery magazines (think Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen!). Add some Autumn Spiced tea, gourmet cookies or chocolate, and a handmade gift or two, all in the Spirit of Spookiness! I am still “building” this box, so some more items may be tossed in!

So I have some questions. If you could be so kind as to complete the attached 8 question survey, I would greatly appreciate it! You can find the survey here: Subscription Box Survey

You can also copy and paste the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VYPGX5N

I would also love to hear about any subscription box success or horror stories you may have in the comments below!

 

The 25TH Amendment and Its Importance

I have come to the realization that my silence may be construed as agreement, consensus, and support of things I have never, could never, and will never believe in. I get that this is a hot topic right now, and my one voice will be lost in the crowd of millions who feel similar. But I must speak it, or forever feel guilty for not standing up for what is right, and good, about this country.

And stand up to those who are so very wrong, and confused, and twisting rules and laws as they see fit, in order to fulfill their agenda. There is only one agenda for this one side. Hate. Pure, unfiltered, in-your-face, HATE.

When my 25 year old daughter tells me that when she goes out in public with her African-American fiancé, whom is the most wonderful young man I could ever hope for her to be marrying in less than two months, she is afraid of getting shot.

Afraid of getting SHOT. My heart broke right then and there, sitting on my front porch steps with her.

They get looks, they get remarks, they get ignored at restaurants because no one will serve them. She fears for her fiancé who has been stopped for driving while black, in a nice vehicle, in a nice neighborhood, because they both have very successful careers and are financially responsible and comfortable. They have opted to not go out to certain events due to where it was being held, and when it would be ending: late at night.

My beautiful, amazing daughter is living in fear in a country where the “president-of-the-united-states” will not say Nazi’s are bad people.

Who says there are good white supremacists. That is not even a possible thing. It is NOT possible to be a white supremacist, and be a good person.

Yes; I intentionally did not capitalize one single word of the above title of the leader of this nation because he is not worthy of that title, and this country never deserved to be burdened with this kind of leader.

I did not see this coming as I have had and raised four daughters.

I am done with my rant; but below you will find a very important section of the 25th amendment of the United States of America. I do not know how, or who can get this ball rolling, but this amendment needs to be put to use now, right now, before we lose even more.

Section 4 addresses the dramatic case of a President who may be unable to fulfill his constitutional role but who cannot or will not step aside. It provides both a decision-maker and a procedure. The initial deciding group is the Vice President and a majority of either the Cabinet or some other body that Congress may designate (though Congress has never done so). If this group declares a President “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” the Vice President immediately becomes Acting President. If and when the President pronounces himself able, the deciding group has four days to disagree. If it does not, the President retakes his powers. But if it does, the Vice President keeps control while Congress quickly meets and makes a decision. The voting rule in these contested cases favors the President; the Vice President continues acting as President only if two-thirds majorities of both chambers agree that the President is unable to serve.

Section 3 and (especially) Section 4 are long and complicated by constitutional standards. Nevertheless, they leave a number of issues unsettled—most significantly, what counts as presidential “inability.” At the Constitutional Convention in 1787, delegate John Dickinson asked, “What is the extent of the term ‘disability’” in the proposed presidential succession clause, “and who is to be the judge of it?” No response is recorded. By giving the President, Vice President, and Congress important and distinct roles, the Framers of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment went a long way toward answering the second part of Dickinson’s question, rather than try to resolve the first part.

Accessed at: The 25th Amendment

Nancy Drew – The Series

Can you believe that I had never read a single Nancy Drew book while I was growing up? The same goes for The Hardy Boys. I’m not sure why, as I saw them every time I was in the library. Which was a lot.
What I was reading included The Boxcar Children, Encyclopedia Brown, and Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators. Throw in some Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume, and you get an understanding of how I spent my younger years.

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I picked up 4 Nancy Drew books at my library this weekend; books 1, 3, 5, and 6. Of course books 2 and 4 were nowhere to be found. I’ll get those later if I come across them. I enjoyed reading these books. They are quick, and easy to read. I love the old-school storytelling and the nostalgia of the stories. No cell phones, internet, social networking, etc etc. All the things we cram our lives with now to make ourselves busier than we should ever be, are nowhere to be found here. I find a sense of comfort in these stories as well as the others I read while I was growing up.
My very favorite book growing up? This one~

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What was your favorite series growing up, and like me, do you go back on occasion and read them again?