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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Sunday, January 06, 2019

The Death of Joan of Arc

The Death of Joan of Arc by Michael Scott. (Short Story/ Kindle only)

File Size: 2442 KB
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (August 24, 2010)
ASIN: B003Z4JK9U


 

 Amazon Review:

Nicholas Flamel appeared in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter—but did you know he really lived? And he might still be alive today! Discover the truth in Michael Scott’s New York Times bestselling series the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel with The Death of Joan of Arc, an ebook original. 

In this never-before-seen lost story, Joan of Arc was not burned at the stake in Rouen, France in 1431. She was rescued from certain death by Scathach the Warrior.

The truth about that day is revealed in the last will and testament of William of York, and it will leave you wondering: does Joan of Arc still walk the earth?


This is a short story about Scathach saving Joan of Arc from being burned as a Witch. 
For you to know about Scathach you really need to read Michael's series of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel.  Scatach has a good part in the series and you get to understand her better.

I have always loved that in Michael's Alchemyst story (6 books) he used real characters, such as Nicholas Flamel, and Dr. Dee, and he used mythical characters, and his own characters.. and made that mix work! I loved the books and these small stories.
Michael has written much more totally different from this series, but, like Harry Potter's series, I can't let go of the Nicholas Flamel series.

Try them.. I think you'll like them all.

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Billy the Kid and the Vampyres of Vegas

Billy the Kid and the Vampyres of Vegas by Michael Scott. (Kindle only)

File Size: 2714 KB
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (November 22, 2011) (and old people!)
ASIN: B005PRJKNQ


Read the whole series!
The Alchemyst
The Magician
The Sorceress
The Necromancer
The Warlock
The Enchantress



Amazon Review

Nicholas Flamel appeared in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter—but did you know he really lived? And he might still be alive today! Discover the truth in Michael Scott’s New York Times bestselling series the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel with Billy the Kid and the Vampyres of Vegas, an ebook original.
Years before Sophie and Josh Newman met Nicholas Flamel, two legendary warriors fought together for the first time. Billy the Kid and Scathach the Shadow.

Now that lost story can be told . . .
Billy the Kid is immortal. And being immortal means following unpredictable paths. With this exclusive eBook, Michael Scott offers readers a never-before-seen short story from the world of the bestselling series the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: the tale of how Billy the Kid and Scathach meet for the first time and join forces against the unseen, deadly and eternally hungry vampyres who control the city of Las Vegas—where Scathach must face her greatest fear.



This is a "story" I should have read years ago. (sigh) But I never had a way to read e-books. Now I can.. so I ran right to Michaels to side stories, this one and The Death of Joan of Arc, and bought them!  That, of course means Joan of Arc is next to read!!  They are short, and I wouldn't read them if you didn't read or at least know about Michael's series The Alchemyst.  They are for young adults..I guess at my ripe old age, as far as reading goes, I am still a young adult..because I love those books and loved this story and have no doubt I will love the Death of Joan of Arc.

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Something extra: About the author who I think is such a wonderful writer.


   Michael Scott

Biography
"Some stories wait their turn to be told, others just tap you on the shoulder and insist you tell them."
By one of those wonderful coincidences with which life is filled, I find that the first time the word alchemyst--with a Y--appears in my notes is in May 1997. Ten years later, almost to the day, The Alchemyst, the first book in the Nicholas Flamel series, will be published in May.


Every writer I know keeps a notebook full of those ideas, which might, one day, turn into a story. Most writers know they will probably never write the vast majority of those ideas. Most stories wait their turn to be told, but there are a few which tap you on the shoulder and insist on being told. These are the stories which simply will not go away until you get them down on paper, where you find yourself coming across precisely the research you need, or discovering the perfect character or, in my case, actually stumbling across Nicholas Flamel's house in Paris. 

Discovering Flamel's house was the final piece I needed to put the book together. It also gave me the character of Nicholas Flamel because, up to that point, the book was without a hero.
And Nicholas Flamel brought so much to the story.


Nicholas Flamel was one of the most famous alchemists of his day. He was born in 1330 and earned his living as a bookseller, which, by another of those wonderful coincidences, was the same job I had for many years.

One day he bought a book, the same book mentioned in The Alchemyst: the Book of Abraham. It, too, really existed and Nicholas Flamel left us with a very detailed description of the copper-bound book. Although the book itself is lost, the illustrations from the text still exist.

Accompanied by his wife Perenelle, Nicholas spent more than 20 years trying to translate book. He must have succeeded. He became extraordinarily wealthy and used some of his great wealth to found hospitals, churches, and orphanages. Perhaps he had discovered the secret of the Philosopher's Stone: how to turn base metal into gold.

Of course the greatest mystery linked to Nicholas Flamel is the story of what happened after he died. When his tomb was opened by thieves looking for some of his great wealth, it was found to be empty. Had Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel been buried in secret graves, or had they never died in the first place? In the months and years to follow, sightings of the Flamels were reported all over Europe. Had Nicholas also discovered that other great mystery of alchemy: the secret of immortality?

What writer couldn't resist a story that combined magical books, an immortal magician and grave robbing and, even more excitingly, that had a basis in fact? It begged the questions: if he was still alive today, where would he be and what would he be doing? Obvious really--he would be running a bookshop in San Francisco.

The Alchemyst was a tough book to write, probably the toughest of all the books I've done so far. It is the first in a series, and because the story told across all six books is so tightly integrated, keeping track of the characters and events means that I have to keep extensive and detailed notes. A minor change in book one could impact dramatically book three. There are tiny clues seeded into the first book that pay off in later books. The time frame for the entire series is very tight--The Alchemyst, for example, takes place over two days--so I too need to keep an hour-by-hour breakdown of events.

For people who like to know the practicalities, I write every day and sometimes all day and often long into the night. Nights really are the best time for writing. It's that time the conscious side of the brain is starting to shut down and the unconscious takes over. The following day I'll read what I've written the previous day, then edit and rewrite. I work on two computer screens; the story on one screen, notes and research on the second screen.

And now let me answer the question you are about to ask me because, sooner or later, everyone asks, "What is the secret of writing?"

A comfortable chair. A really comfortable chair--because if you're a writer, you're going to spend a lot of time sitting in it.

Friday, January 04, 2019

A Death in the Small Hours

A Death in the Small Hours by Charles Finch.

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books (August 6, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1250031494




Amazon Review
From Charles Finch, the critically acclaimed author of A Beautiful Blue Death and A Burial at Sea, comes A Death in the Small Hours--an intriguing new mystery in what The New York Times calls "a beguiling series" 
 
Charles Lenox is at the pinnacle of his political career and is a delighted new father. His days of regularly investigating the crimes of Victorian London now some years behind him, he plans a trip to his uncle's estate, Somerset, in the expectation of a few calm weeks to write an important speech. When he arrives in the quiet village of Plumley, however, what greets him is a series of strange vandalisms upon the local shops: broken windows, minor thefts, threatening scrawls.
 
Only when a far more serious crime is committed does he begin to understand the great stakes of those events, and the complex and sinister mind that is wreaking fear and suspicion in Plumley. Now, with his protege, John Dallington, at his side, the race is on for Lenox to find the culprit before he strikes again. And this time his victim may be someone that Lenox loves.

This is my second book by Charles Finch. I read "The Inheritance" in 2017.

I always love short chapters, it keeps me reading longer than I would with long chapters.  If you like short chapters you will be happy because this is one of those books.

Charles Lenox is in Parliament but has a love solving crimes, which he used to do. He seems to be now doing what his parents would be proud of rather than what he loves.
I enjoyed this story.  Victorian times are always among my favorites.  I will most likely read another by Charles Finch.. but who knows when? I don't think I could read all my TBR books I have before I die!  Which is why there is always a large TBR pile (about 130) at my home!