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August 22, 2017, 9:04 am
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Such a great quote!


“A book is a dream that you hold in your hands.”
– Neil Gaiman


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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


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


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).*

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!


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


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 or visit her website at for more information.

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


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


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,, 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).*

Epic Book Haul: Part One of Three

Yes, you read that right–this is only part one of three! I haven’t done a book haul post in four months, and as you can imagine (if you know how addicted to books I am), I’ve had quite a few books arrive in boxes over that time. Hence, the need for a multiple-part book haul. And the reason this one is so freaking

Epic Book Haul

Without further ado, let’s get started. The books are listed and grouped in no particular order, so enjoy the randomness.

V.Thomas Pynchon

Book Haul Thomas Pynchon V.

Book Haul Thomas Pynchon V.

You had me at “wild,” “macabre,” and “the unknown woman of the title.”

The Game-Players of Titan, Philip K. Dick

Book Haul The Game-Players of Titan Philip K. Dick

First, look at that cover! I love it. Second, it’s PKD. So of course I bought it.

Book Haul The Game-Players of Titan Philip K Dick

And remember when books could be purchased by mailing in one of these handy-dandy forms? Ah, the good old days.

Heathenish, Kelby Losack

Book Haul Heathenish Kelby Losack

I got this baby for a whopping $4.50 on Amazon. It was some kind of freak pricing mistake. I like the publishing company and was intrigued by both the cover and the blurb on the back:

Book Haul Heathenish Kelby Losack

…even though there are grammatical mistakes.

The Zen of Horror, T.N. Kaylor

T.N. Kaylor and I have been Facebook friends for quite some time now, but I’m only now getting one of her books (I know–I’m so slack!). And what a perfect book to get.

Book Haul The Zen of Horror T.N. Kaylor

To give you a taste, here’s the entry for today, May 31:

Book Haul The Zen of Horror T.N. Kaylor

SapiensYuval Noah Harari

Book Haul Sapiens Yuval Noah Harari

I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while, and I finally got it! Now just need to read the damn thing.

The OutsidersS.E. Hinton

Book Haul The Outsiders S.E. Hinton

Can you believe I’ve never read this book? Love the movie, so I’m sure I’ll be head over heels for the book (even though the cover is awful).

Adulthood RitesOctavia E. Butler

Book Haul Adulthood Rites Octavia E. Butler

Book Haul Adulthood Rites Octavia E. Butler

As you might have guessed, I’m a fan of Octavia Butler. She is flippin’ awesome.

Anatomy of an EpidemicRobert Whitaker

Book Haul Anatomy of an Epidemic Robert Whitaker

As someone who struggles with mental illness, I think it’s vital that I’m educated regarding the topic. I’ve heard only amazing things about this book, so I’m looking forward to cracking it open.

White Hot Truth, Danielle LaPorte

Book Haul White Hot Truth Danielle LaPorte

Danielle LaPorte is, as my friend who recommended this book calls her, “one badass chick.” I’m currently making my way through her book The Desire Map, and I know I’ll get a lot out of this one, too.

Don’t believe me? I just flipped open to a page, and here’s what it said:

Book Haul White Hot Truth Danielle LaPorte Page

Believe me now?

So that’s it for this part of the epic book haul.

The above books were purchased via,, and Collectible Science Fiction, which is becoming something of an obsession of mine. Seriously–if you haven’t visited CSF, if you’re into sci-fi and fantasy and the likes of Neil Gaiman and Octavia Butler, check his goods out. You won’t be disappointed.

What books have you acquired over the past few months? Share any and all recommendations below!

*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).*

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Wondering what the hell the A to Z Blogging Challenge is all about? Catch up by reading this post.

#AtoZChallenge – N – Vladimir Nabokov Quote

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