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Final Part of the Epic Book Haul!!

It’s time for the third and final part of my epic book haul! Don’t worry–if you missed the first two parts, you can check out part one here and part two here.

And now that you’re caught up, let’s jump in to part three!!

The Lost City of Z, David Grann

the lost city of z

A friend of mine raved about this book, so I had to get it. Looking forward to checking it out in more detail.

Machineries of Joy, Ray Bradbury

machineries of joy

I LOVE some Ray Bradbury, and check out that cover! Beautiful!

MongrelsStephen Graham Jones

mongrels

Witches, Sluts, FeministsKristen J. Sollee

witches sluts feminists

Not sure why I got this one? Check out the back cover:

witches sluts feminists back

Smoke and Mirrors, Neil Gaiman

smoke and mirrors

My brother has been after me to read this book for years now, and I finally got it!

Stranger in a Strange LandRobert A. Heinlein

stranger in a strange land

Wicked Charleston, Mark R. Jones

wicked charleston

For those of you who don’t know, I live in Charleston, and I couldn’t pass this book up. “The Dark Side of the Holy City”? Sign me up!

wicked charleston back

The Beginning PlaceUrsula K. LeGuin

the beginning place

Again…that cover! Be still my heart.

Joan of Arc: In Her Own Words

joan of arc in her own words

I’ve been fascinated with Joan of Arc since I was a kid…and that fascination never went away.

Kicking in the WallBarbara Abercrombie

kicking in the wall

This looks like a killer book for writers!

HallucinationsOliver Sacks

hallucinations

What can I say? I like reading about weird shit.

Values & Ethics: From Living Room to BoardroomJason Merchey

values and ethics

values and ethics back

And that’s it for the final part of this epic book haul! Which of these books would you like to crack open?

The above books were purchased via AbeBooks.comAmazon.comeBay, and Collectible Science Fiction.

*Heads up: if you click on the links to purchase any of the mentioned books from Amazon, know that I’m an affiliate. Your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).*


Monday Morning Quote Love – Haruki Murakami

monday morning quote love Haruki Murakami



Guest Blog Post: Interview with a Character from Pamela Schloesser Canepa’s ‘Detours in Time’

I’m excited to have had the opportunity for author Pamela Schloesser Canepa to write a great blog post about her new book, Detours in Time. Before we jump into an interview with one of the novel’s characters, let’s learn a little more about the book.

DetoursTimeRevisionV6[1625]On a whim, feisty Tabitha takes a trip to the future with her trusted friend Milt, an awkward science professor. Wonders and curiosities abound. However, their fun journey soon leads to a challenging maze of danger and difficult decisions. On an unplanned “detour,” the two set events into action that could save one life and destroy another. Can these friends of completely different mindsets agree on a course of action? Detours in Time starts as a fantastic escape and grows to present many moral dilemmas that could either ruin the best friendship or bring two people closer together.

Now that you have an idea of what Detours in Time is about, let’s jump in to the character interview.

Pamela, take it away!

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Elise Winters is a side character in Pamela’s new sci-fi release titled Detours in Time, a novel of time travel and the moral dilemmas it can create. We’ve teleported her to the present for a brief interview about herself and the novel’s protagonists, Pinky and Milt.

Background: Elise Winters, age twenty-five at the time of her appearance in Detours in Time. Birthdate: Jan. 8th, 2022. Profession: Nanny. Education level: High school diploma.

Interviewer: Welcome, Elise. Make yourself comfortable. Would you like some water?

Elise: You mean aguafer? No, I’m fine.

Interviewer: I really love your outfit. Where did you get it?

Elise: This jacket came from one of my favorite shops. Domingoe’s. They specialize in vintage styles. The scarf used to be my mothers. The jeans, again from Domingoe’s. The blouse came from a thrift shop somewhere, I can’t remember the name.

Interviewer: Very nice style there. It looks reminiscent of the 1940s.

Elise: Well, not everyone dresses like me now, but it sort of reflects my interests.

Interviewer: What would some of those interests be?

Elise: Mostly ballroom and swing dancing. Swing is my favorite. We’re reviving some favorites from a happier time. It’s gotten really popular again in the last ten years. Let’s see, another interest is I love to read and watch the news. I love to learn about my world and what’s going on. I don’t really read books unless they’re about our history.

Interviewer: That’s great. So, you graduated from high school. Why didn’t you go to college?

Elise: College wasn’t really an option for someone of my social and financial standing. My dad worked on a quality-control assembly line for a robotics company, and my mom was a seamstress. I’m happy with my life; it’s okay.

Interviewer: You like being a nanny, then?

Elise: Well, yes. The hours are great. The kids are at a good age where I can take them out to the park. It’s not bad at all. There’s also a Nanny-bot that does a lot of the menial side of it. That thing can’t replace me, though. It’s hard to motivate a kid to stay in their seat through mealtime. I have a way with them.

Interviewer: Tell me about some of the recent news that has interested you.

Elise: Well, General Steven Pring, the one who reunited our nation again and ended the war, is running for president. Let’s see, there’s also a mission to Mars. We’re going to Mars! There’s a space shuttle, and they’ll be sending everyday people! You have to be able to pay the ticket, though. So I may not go, but I have entered the lottery. There are two tickets that can be won. I won’t hold my breath.

Interviewer: Wow! That is amazing. Tell me about the strangers you met in October of 2047, Milt and Pinky.

Elise: I’m not being watched for my involvement with them, am I? I mean, we just had a conversation.

Interviewer: No, we’re just curious as to how it fits in with our story.

Elise: Milt was a trip. An older guy, but cute. Very curious. He asked a lot of questions. Pinky was nervous, timid. She seemed to not really know where she was. They were both pretty interested in my Matt and the newsplastic. It even has plastic pages to make the images easier to see, side by side. Then I get it erased and they upload the latest news. Oh, Milt still wears eyeglasses, would you believe it!? Pinky wore this strange t-shirt and was dressed all casual. Pretty girl, though. They didn’t even understand our monetary system. You could tell they were from somewhere else.

Interviewer: Did that scare you?

Elise: No. I’m an open book. I love to meet new people, and I can get a feel for their aura. By the way, can I smoke in here, or is there someplace closeby where I may smoke? Didn’t mean to interrupt, but, you know…

Interviewer: Well, you can step outside.

Elise: Outside!? You’re kidding! Wow, now I feel like the fish out of water! I can wait a few minutes, though.

Interviewer: That’s right. You’re not used to being able to step outdoors and just light a cigarette, are you?

Elise: No way! I’d feel bad about it, too. We have designated businesses that allow it when you happen to be away from home. You should see the people piling in there! But if outside is the only place you allow it…. I won’t be here for long anyway.

Where was I? Oh, Milt and Pinky. Like I said, Milt had this kind look in his eyes; he just seems like a really caring person. Pinky looked sort of scared, so I had no reason to be scared of them. I tried to help them out. They had lots of questions.

Interviewer: Are they the sort of people you’d enjoy hanging out with?

Elise: Hanging out! You really talk different. Spending time with them would be fun. Yeah, I’d like “hanging out” with Milt; he seems fearless and like he’d be a lot of fun. Pinky just needs to loosen up a little. She seems like she doesn’t trust people. I’m sure I could get them to my dance club and show them a great time!

Interviewer: Elise, I thank you so much for your time. I do hope you return to a pleasant day, whether you’re working or having fun.

Elise: I’ll definitely be at the dance hall later!

Interviewer: Excellent. Enjoy, and thanks again, Elise!

Read more about Elise, Pinky, and Milt in the new novel, Detours in Time, available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF.

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Author Bio: When not writing, Author Pamela Schloesser Canepa is an instructor of middle school English. She also enjoys time with family and her dog. Pamela has been writing for various reasons including self-entertainment and expression throughout her life. She has been self-published since 2016, with her series of sci-fi books focusing on sci-fi romance and family identity. Pamela has plans to write a sequel to Detours in Time in the time-travel, sci-fi genre. Visit the author’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pamelacanepablog/ or visit her website at http://pamelascanepa.weebly.com for more information.



-Reblogged- Travel Blog (or Unicorn Mommy)
June 28, 2017, 9:17 am
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I don’t know why this is title “Travel Blog,” but it made me laugh my ass off.

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Monday Morning Quote Love – The Dreamers

monday morning quote love Wilferd Peterson



My Totally Epic Book Haul – Part 2 of 3

Missed the first part of my epic book haul? Catch up here.

All right, kiddies, it’s time for the second part of my EPIC BOOK HAUL!

Please, contain your excitement. The books can’t handle it.

In no particular order, here’s another bunch of books I’ve accumulated since the start of the year.

The Writer’s Guide to WeaponsBenjamin Sobieck

epic book haul writers guide to weapons

This is a must-have for writers and editors (in my humble opinion). I mean, look at the kind of information it gives you:

epic book haul writers guide to weapons illustration

epic book haul writers guide to weapons examples

Wimmen’s Comix No. 1

wimmen's comik

I’m a feminist, and this comic book made me laugh my ass off. Here’s a sample:

wimmens comik inside

Pure genius, especially for when it was released (1972).

Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe, Yumi Sakugawa

your illustrated guide to becoming one with the universe

And of course I’m here to give you a sampling of the illustrations:

your illustrated guide to becoming one with the universe illustration

The Subversive Copy EditorCarol Fisher Saller

the subversive copy editor

An invaluable resource for editors such as myself.

Daughters of Hecate, Kimberly B. Stratton and Dayna S. Kalleres

daughters of hecate

I purchased this one for research for one of the books I have brewing in the back of my mind.

Eastern Body, Western MindAnodea Judith

eastern body western mind

I’m something of a crunchy hippie, so this book appealed to me. I mean, duh.

Stardust, Neil Gaiman

stardust

I’m a huge Neil Gaiman fan, and this is one I’ve never read. So when my buddy over at Collectible Science Fiction asked me if I wanted him to add it to my pile (yes, that’s how bad my book hoarding is), I answered with a resounding “YES!”

The One Year ManualDr. Israel Regardie

the one year manual

Who doesn’t want spiritual enlightenment in a year?

Learning from Dogs, Paul Handover

learning from dogs

I came across this book shortly after one of my dogs passed away in November. It automatically went on my to-buy/to-read list, and while I haven’t been able to bring myself to read it yet, I know I’ll love it.

All Our Wrongs Today, Elan Mastai

all our wrong todays

Dreamsnake, Vonda N. McIntyre

dreamsnake

Essays of E.B. White

essays of eb white

E.B. White is a treasure trove of good advice and nuggets of wisdom. Can’t wait to jump into this well-worn copy.

The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the GalaxyDouglas Adams

the ultimate hitchhikers guide to the galaxy

I’ve never read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (I know, I know–so bad). Now I have all five novels in one! Boo-yah!

That’s it, folks! Only one more part of the epic book haul left…

The above books were purchased via AbeBooks.com, Amazon.com, eBay, and Collectible Science Fiction.

*Heads up: if you click on the links to purchase any of the mentioned books from Amazon, know that I’m an affiliate. Your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).*


Awesome Jewelry, Period. – My Next Endeavor

Okay, so this is a little off-topic, but I run this blog, so I can post about whatever the hell I want. So there.

And I have some exciting (at least, to me) news!

ive opened an etsy store graphic

Yes, that’s right. I’ve joined the droves of Etsy sellers and now have my own virtual storefront, which can be found here. The name of it?

Awesome Jewelry, Period.

At the moment, I specialize in bracelets, but that may change in the future. Here are a few of my favorites that are up for grabs, all at $19.99 each (with free shipping!):

The cool thing about these bracelets (other than their pleasing aesthetic properties, of course) is that lava rock is incredibly absorbent, making it ideal for aromatherapy use. So throw on one of these stretchy bracelets, and add your favorite essential oil to the lava stone for added benefit.

I hope you take a moment to browse the store (I have goodies for both men and women), and I hope you find something you love!




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