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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 24, 2021

Nicholas Flamel and the Krampus


Nicholas Flamel a Lost Story: Nicholas and the Krampus by Michael Scott.


Publisher : Delacorte Press (January 19, 2021)
Publication date : January 19, 2021
Language : English
File size : 3495 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
X-Ray : Enabled
Word Wise : Not Enabled
Print length : 57 pages
Lending : Not Enabled


Amazon Review:


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

Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel have rescued the world from destruction countless times over—but can they save Christmas as well?

Now, that lost story is told. . . .

It is the first Christmas after the end of World War II, and something evil is moving through New York. The ancient immortal human Sinter Klaas, better known as Kris Kringle, is being hunted by a terrifying horned creature: the goat-demon called the Krampus. When the Flamels receive a desperate call from their old friend Kris, they must devise a plan to trap the monster—and get it all done before Christmas Eve.


How grand!  Yet, another great novella with Nicholas Flamel and Perenelle !  As far as I am concerned Michael Scott can continue writing novella's about the characters in his stories, forever!  It feels to me that the more I learn about the characters the more I am drawn to re-read the original books. (And I recently did that!)

Michael Scott has so many wonderful characters and such a great story to tell in the original Six books, that you really never want the story to be over!  Don't miss reading the original books... you know not what you will miss.


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

Friday, January 08, 2021

The Late Show

 The Late Show by Michael Connelly.

Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (January 23, 2018)
Paperback : 448 pages
ISBN-10 : 1455524239

Amazon Review

In this first installment of the Renée Ballard series, #1 bestselling author Michael Connelly introduces a "complicated and driven" young detective fighting to prove herself on the LAPD's toughest beat (The New York Times).

Renee Ballard works the midnight shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing few, as each morning she turns everything over to the daytime units. It's a frustrating job for a once up-and-coming detective, but it's no accident. She's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.

But one night Ballard catches two assignments she doesn't want to part with. First, a prostitute is brutally beaten and left for dead in a parking lot. All signs point to a crime of premeditation, not passion, by someone with big evil on his mind. Then she sees a young waitress breathe her last after being caught up in a nightclub shooting. Though dubbed a peripheral victim, the waitress buys Ballard a way in, and this time she is determined not to give up at dawn. Against orders and her partner's wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night.

As the investigations intertwine, Ballard is forced to face her own demons and confront a danger she could never have imagined. To find justice for these victims who can't speak for themselves, she must put not only her career but her life on the line.

It took me longer to read as my eyes continue to blur.

This was a new detective for Michael Connelly, but as usual for his writing and where it all happens makes me still enjoy it.  There's something about reading a book when you know the towns and many of the roads they travel on while searching for the bad guy!  

This is a good book for twists and turns.  You think you know, but guess what.. you don't lol. My next book will consist of Ballard and Bosch!!  But it is another over 400 page book, so don't expect a review next week!

This is my first book for the new year and a good one to start with!  I thank my girlfriend in California, Kris for sending it to me!! (Danke Kris!)   I hope some of you who like detective stories read Michael Connelly.. he knows how to write a good book!

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Death's Detective


Death's Detective by Charlotte E English.


Publisher : Frouse Books (August 27, 2018)
Language: : English
Paperback : 326 pages
ISBN-10 : 9492824043



Amazon Review:


To catch a villain, send a monster.
There's a realm. Wreathed in ice and snow, drowning in the dark, Assevan needs a different kind of hero. 

There's a god. Merciless and cold, and quick to anger, the Lord of the Dead insists upon one thing only: vengeance for a murdered soul. 

And there's a man. A ruthless killer, Konrad is detective, judge and executioner in one. Dauntless, relentless, monstrous, he stands alone against the dark.
Meet the Malykant. Justice will be served. 

Four cases. Four killers. Four executions. Dark fantasy and murder mystery collide in this first collection of the Malykant Mysteries.


When I got this book I didn't realize that it was 4 "short stories".  Friends who know me know I am not a fan of "short stories". (with one exception: Nicholas Flamel).. anyway, it was here so I gave it a try.  Can you say "hooked"?!  Even I can't believe I am hooked on this book, the stories, the characters and their backgrounds and even "spirits" (snakes no less!).  Now, I like fiction and fantasy but I've never been into anything like this.

Now, that you know all of that.......... I loved this book!  So much that I ordered the other two books that uses these same characters.  Each of those have 4 stories also.   I will say, that the way book one was written it could have been just one story.  Each story is another murder and how the "detective" handles it in the manor in which his "boss" (who is "Death) wants him to.

My suggestion is to give this one a shot...

Different? Definitely.

Ghosts and Spirts?  Absolutely.

Characters with a background?  Totally.

Should you read it?  Without a doubt! 


Thursday, December 17, 2020

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle


The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.


Publisher : Sourcebooks Landmark; Reprint edition (May 7, 2019)
Paperback : 480 pages
ISBN-10 : 149267012X




Amazon Review:


"Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day . . . quite unlike anything I've ever read, and altogether triumphant."―A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

Aiden Bishop knows the rules. Evelyn Hardcastle will die every day until he can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest at Blackheath Manor. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others. With a locked room mystery that Agatha Christie would envy, Stuart Turton unfurls a breakneck novel of intrigue and suspense.

For fans of Claire North, and Kate Atkinson, The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a breathlessly addictive mystery that follows one man's race against time to find a killer, with an astonishing time-turning twist that means nothing and no one are quite what they seem.


The title alone drew me to this book.  How does one die 7 1/2 times?  Astonishingly enough.. if you read the book, you will find out!

Lot's of things for me to like about this book.  One of my absolute favorites is "short chapters"!  Also big on the list is, double spaced sentences, for easy reading for people like me!

But after all the "extra" goodies, I must say this book DID keep me picking it up. The only reason it took me so long is health reasons.  Doctor visits, hospital procedures, and just all around yucky.

While fiction abides in this book... mystery will keep you reading!

I enjoyed this book and I think you will too!!


Monday, November 30, 2020

The Little Exile


The Little Exile by Jeanette S Arakawa.


  • Paperback : 240 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1611720365




Amazon Review:


After Pearl Harbor, little Marie Mitsui’s typical life of school and playing with friends in San Francisco is upended. Her family and thousands of others of Japanese heritage are under suspicion and forcibly relocated to internment camps far from home. Living conditions in the camps are harsh, but in the end Marie finds freedom and hope for the future. Told from a child’s perspective, The Little Exile deftly conveys Marie’s innocence, wonder, fear, and outrage. This work of autobiographical fiction is based on the author’s own experience as a wartime internee.

Jeanette Arakawa was born in San Francisco in 1932 and was interned in the 1940s at the Rohwer War Relocation Center in Arkansas.


A little learning from the eyes of a 10 year old who's family was interned during the war with Japan. 

This is a story  about the author with some fiction tossed in, but for the most part (with the name changed) it's how she remember her life with her family trying to make it in America and then getting treated like it was her fault.  Can you imagine being 10 yrs old and thinking, because you are "different" you caused a war and now was being treated like a prisoner?

It's a good little book .. and it makes you think.  You might want to pick it up and read it!

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Black Hills

 Black Hills by Dan Simmons.


  • Hardcover : 496 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780316006989



Amazon Review

When Paha Sapa, a young Sioux warrior, "counts coup" on General George Armstrong Custer as Custer lies dying on the battlefield at the Little Bighorn, the legendary general's ghost enters him - and his voice will speak to him for the rest of his event-filled life.

Seamlessly weaving together the stories of Paha Sapa, Custer, and the American West, Dan Simmons depicts a tumultuous time in the history of both Native and white Americans. Haunted by Custer's ghost, and also by his ability to see into the memories and futures of legendary men like Sioux war-chief Crazy Horse, Paha Sapa's long life is driven by a dramatic vision he experienced as a boy in his people's sacred Black Hills. In August of 1936, a dynamite worker on the massive Mount Rushmore project, Paha Sapa plans to silence his ghost forever and reclaim his people's legacy-on the very day FDR comes to Mount Rushmore to dedicate the Jefferson face.


Another (older) book by Dan Simmons.  I find I wonder about all the research he did for this book.   Paha Sapa  is Lakota for Black Hills.

This story covers the life of Paha Sapa from a very young child up to and including a man in his 70's.   Young enough to be raised by traditional Lakota  ways , yet lives to work on Mt. Rushmore and his dreams of retaliating the white people for what they have done to their tribe and others.

If you have interest in Native Americans this is a really good book.  Many truths about their life incorporated into a fictional novel.

If you have read any book by Dan Simmons you know what a good writer he is... the choice is yours.

Monday, November 09, 2020

Aoife and Scathach Shadow Twins


Nicholas Flamel: A Lost Story: Aoife and Scathach Shadow Twins by Michael Scott.

Publication date : November 3, 2020
File size : 2681 KB
Publisher : Delacorte Press (November 3, 2020)
Print length : 86 pages

Amazon Review:

Nicholas Flamel appeared in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series—but did you know he really lived? And he might still be alive today! Discover the truth behind Michael Scott’s New York Times bestselling series the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel with “Aoife and Scathach, Shadow Twins,” an ebook original that includes two short stories.

Discover two lost stories from the life of the Shadow Twins, Scathach and Aoife, told now for the first time. . . .
“Aoife of the Shadows”

Lost on a distant Shadowrealm, Aoife is tempted by a crystal skull older than most civilizations. If she worships it, she will be given the power to kill her twin sister, Scathach.

“Scathach the Shadow in the Land of Youth”

The Warrior Maid Scathach is hiding out in a dangerous Shadowrealm, the Land of Youth, and must use all her skills to prevent a war.

This is yet another great novella from Michael Scott.  Stories of two more of his fantastic characters in his series of "The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel"

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

In the series I loved Scathach and did not know a lot about her twin sister Aoife.  This Novella has 2 stories.  One of Aoife and one of Scathach.   I loved them both!  But, of course this being a Novella, they were way to short!

AS far as I am concerned, Michael Scott can do no wrong when writing about his series of books, and now short stories of many of the characters that were in his books.  He could do the novella's about every single character in the books and I would be happy!

Sometimes I wonder what it is that makes me love a book or not be that thrilled with it.  I think, to me, it has always been the characters and their personalities.  Of course a good story has to go along with them!  Michael's books, and now the novella's has all of that and more.

I wish they would never end!

Thank you Michael Scott, for such wonderful writing and fantastic story telling.  I hope you never stop writing!

(I anxiously await December for: Nicholas and Krampus!)

Monday, October 26, 2020

The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter


The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter, by Theodora Goss.


Paperback : 432 pages
ISBN-10 : 1481466518



Amazon Review:


Based on some of literature’s horror and science fiction classics, this “tour de force of reclaiming the narrative, executed with impressive wit and insight” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) debut is the story of a remarkable group of women who come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders—and the bigger mystery of their own origins.

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture…a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes.

But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein.

When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.


I enjoyed this book... I think the reason why is because I am so old I remember most of the names of the characters they are using!   Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein , Moreau, Sherlock and Watson... the names seem to go on and on.  You begin to think you "knew" these people!

I thought it was very original writing.  You are reading along and all of a sudden there is talk going on between the woman about how the book is being written... a chuckle arose now and then.  Easy reading, and enjoyable.


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Machiavelli: Guardian of Paris



Machiavelli: Guardian of Paris by Micheal Scott. (E-book)


Publication Date : October 6, 2020
File Size : 5655 KB
Print Length : 61 pages
Publisher : Delacorte Press (October 6, 2020)



Amazon Review:


It is 1793, and Paris is in the grip of the Terror—the terrible days of the French Revolution. Drawn by the destruction and chaos, Black Annis has come to the city with dark plans to bring even more death upon its people, and only one person stands in her way: the immortal human Machiavelli.

Now, that lost story is told. . . .

The Dark Elders granted Machiavelli eternal life. But the Prince lives only for himself, and he won’t allow Black Annis to destroy the city he’s come to call home. Only, is isn’t just Black Annis that Machiavelli’s up against—the Dark Elder is out to raise the catacombs of Paris, and now the dead are roaming the streets once more.


  So, the newest short story/ novella is about Machiavelli! 

When reading the original series I tended to (sometimes) not know if he was such a bad guy, or maybe some good in him.  I think this story about him settles that score!  An Immortal with a bit of a soul?   One must read it to find out! 

I am loving these short stories from Michael Scott, letting me know more about the characters and used in writing his series.  I think more authors should do things like this!  Very few people (characters) are always 100% "bad".  

I am already looking forward to next month and the next addition to his collection!  Aoife and Scathach  Shadow Twins.  I never got to know enough about Aoife and Love Scathach, so it should be, yet another, good read!

Thank you so much for keeping life in the Original Series Michael Scott !!!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The Glass of Time


The Glass of Time by Michael Cox.


Hardcover : 592 pages
ISBN-10 : 0393067734



Amazon Review:


Building on his "superb" (Washington Post) debut, The Meaning of Night, Michael Cox returns to a murderous nineteenth-century England.

Like its "beguiling" and "intelligent" (New York Times Book Review) predecessor, The Glass of Time is a page turning period mystery about identity, the nature of secrets, and what happens when past obsessions impose themselves on an unwilling present. In the autumn of 1876, nineteen year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at the great country house of Evenwood to become a lady's maid to the twenty-sixth Baroness Tansor. But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de l'Orme, to uncover the secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal, and to set right a past injustice in which Esperanza's own life is bound up. At Evenwood she meets Lady Tansor's two dashing sons, Perseus and Randolph, and finds herself enmeshed in a complicated web of seduction, intrigue, deceit, betrayal, and murder. Few writers are as gifted at evoking the sensibility of the nineteenth century as Michael Cox, who has made the world of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins his own.


 Another really good book by Michael Cox.  This one follows The Meaning of Night, and tells how the lives of many of the characters in the first book fair after 20 years have gone by.

Once again, lots of mystery!  Lots of  "family secrets", and lots of unique ways that things happen and those same things manage to be found out. (Which means.. also, lots of surprises.)

Many authors make me wonders how their minds work to come up with such good stories !

I would advise that in order to enjoy this particular book that you really need to read, The Meaning of Night first.

Monday, October 12, 2020

October 12,2020

 Who's old enough to remember who this guy is?..................

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

October 7, 2020


I thought I would put up a photo I took when I lived in California and volunteered work for Tippi Hedren and her Shambala Preserve... a most Gorgeous Snow Leopard.. who's fur is like Satin!

I never resented for one instant volunteering for these wonderful creatures!

Sunday, October 04, 2020

October 4, 2020

I think the bottom photo give a good idea of just how Grand the Grand Canyon is!  Our United States have so much wonder scattered around us..  I suggest any who haven't see the Canyon  or the other National Parks, try to get there.  If you are given the chance don't say, " I can't go I have work to do".. or anything similar.  Go and do it... before it really is to late.

I can never Thank my friend, Cathy Benner for taking me to see the Canyon  and other National Parks enough. You won't be sorry... I can promise you that! 


Saturday, October 03, 2020

October 3, 2020

 Other then my plants on my counter, things I constantly change.   So my view from my recliner makes me feel like I can move things around... which in reality, I can't!  

It's so  hard to believe it's October!  Who would have thought that we are about to have a whole year of Covid?   I just got my Flu shot in hopes I can skip both of these fun things!  sigh.

Since I stay in my apartment so much, I am thankful for a few things... Air Conditioning!... my computer...and tv, even though so much of that is "not normal" and sometimes harder to watch, I'm still glad it's there for me.

I hope everyone is staying safe and not taking chances with the Covid.

Friday, October 02, 2020

October 2, 2020

So... here we go with some photos from the Grand Canyon...But first, my special tree while we were there!

My brother used to say "It's just a big hole in the ground."... but... it's a beautiful big hole!!!  If you've seen the Canyon tell me what you liked about it!


Thursday, October 01, 2020

October 1, 2020

   "WELCOME....." to the house of Dracula.....  "

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Meaning of Night: A Confession

 The Meaning of Night (A Confession) by Michael Cox.


Paperback : 720 pages
ISBN-13 : 978-0393330342
Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint Edition (October 17, 2007)



Amazon Review:


The atmosphere of Bleak House, the sensuous thrill of Perfume, and the mystery of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell all combine in a story of murder, deceit, love, and revenge in Victorian England.

"After killing the red-haired man, I took myself off to Quinn's for an oyster supper." So begins the "enthralling" (Booklist, starred review) and "ingenious" (Boston Globe) story of Edward Glyver, booklover, scholar, and murderer. As a young boy, Glyver always believed he was destined for greatness. A chance discovery convinces him that he was right: greatness does await him, along with immense wealth and influence. Overwhelmed by his discovery, he will stop at nothing to win back a prize that he knows is rightfully his.

Glyver's path to reclaim his prize leads him from the depths of Victorian London, with its foggy streets, brothels, and opium dens, to Evenwood, one of England's most beautiful and enchanting country houses, and finally to a consuming love for the beautiful but enigmatic Emily Carteret. His is a story of betrayal and treachery, of death and delusion, of ruthless obsession and ambition. And at every turn, driving Glyver irresistibly onward, is his deadly rival: the poet-criminal Phoebus Rainsford Daunt.

The Meaning of Night is an enthralling novel that will captivate readers right up to its final thrilling revelation.


At the moment I own but two books by Michael Cox, which I have read before and am rereading them now.

This is quite a long book but, the author writes with precision and leaves out nothing that you don't find out sooner or later.

It is a "story". Murder is involved, but the long story that goes along with the decision that is made, tells the entire story.  It may seem slow to some people reading it but it held me so as to be sure I read it all.  It took me a long time as health and other priorities kept me from finishing it sooner.

The top bold paragraph let's you know if you might like this book or not.  I liked it enough to get a second book of his called The Glass of Time.  If anyone reading this has read it before I'd like very much to hear what you thought of it.

Now, on to The Glass of Time!

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

September 29,2020


I wonder if Spock get it??  Heh.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

My Eagle Returned


MY EAGLE RETURNED!!!.................  Many photo's will look the same. That's because my hands shake a lot and I never know if they will be blurry from that.  So... More is better then nothin' !

I haven't seen my Eagle in a long time... very happy to see him come  back to this tree!!!!!

Nicholas Flamel and The Codex

 Nicholas Flamel and the Codex by Michael Scott.


File Size : 2368 KB
Publication Date : September 22, 2020
Print Length : 54 pages
Publisher : Delacorte Press




Amazon Review:


Before Nicholas Flamel became the most famous alchemist who ever lived, he was merely a mortal—until the day a mysterious hook-handed man sold him a book and changed his life, and the world, forever.

Now, that lost story is told. . .

The Codex helped Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel unlock the secrets of immortality. But first, it almost killed them. With this exclusive ebook, Michael Scott offers readers a never-before-seen short story from the world of the best selling Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series: the tale of how the Flamels became to be Guardians of the Codex through Nicholas’s first encounter with Marethyu, the hook-handed man—and their subsequent battle with John Dee’s legendary predecessor, the devious Dr. Mirabilis: Sir Robert Bacon and his mechanical man.


With all the horrible things going on in America and around the world... something wonderful has occurred !  Michael Scott has (and is) releasing Novella's of more of his characters in The Alchemyst Series!!  This is probably the happiest I've been since the awful  Covid  came to us and the rest of the world!

Amazon really tells what the story is about and still leaves the joy of reading it for yourself!

I was thrilled to hear the voices of Nicholas and Perenelle once again. And a character or two you will recognize .  This is a great little prequel  to a most fabulous series... AND... there are more to come!!!!  Stay tuned!

Saturday, September 26, 2020

September 28, 2020

Something different today...   a guessing game?   Do you know who this actor is????

No cheating!  


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

September 23, 2020

 "THIS" is the Smoky Mountains.!

So close to those that live on the East Coast... yet seemingly so far away.

As you drive along you come across places you never knew existed.  Like the Old Logging Railroad.... Just knowing places like this are just waiting to be discovered over and over again is almost sad.  And I am happy that Cathy and I found them!  I hope someday we can find places like this again.


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

 I hope that anyone who comes by my blog doesn't get tired of Nature photo's ... I think I am so tired of being cooped up and not going outside except for doctor appointments and food shopping  that I have the need to see these photo's from a few years ago over and over again.

Where was the last place you went to that you just knew you'd want to go back to again?

Mine always seems to be the Smoky Mountains.  I wanted to go West to see some of the National Parks out there but I don't think my health will let me... that and so many of them seem to be burning down!  How horrible for what beauty we have here in America has to fight so hard to survive.

Nowadays we do too.  I never even imagined a life like we have been having to live .. and now I wonder if it will ever be "normal" again.... what do you think?

Monday, September 21, 2020

Sept 21, 2020


September 21,2020

 There were a few birds around this morning... mostly hiding!..

Saturday, September 19, 2020

September 19, 2020


This was during my last trip to the Smoky Mts.  ..and due to my age and "ailments" it will most likely be my last...   The more time goes by the more I feel like I can't be alive without the forests and creeks and boulders.  But I am glad that, even late in life, I found what makes me truly happy. All stress goes away.  All anxieties go away.  And I find I never want to leave and come back to "life".

I hope anyone who reads this can say the same thing.  That they found a place that makes them feel like "this is what life should feel like".

I haven't gotten use to my blog yet.  I'm go with it for book reviews but, it's been a long time since I had to write more than a sentence next to a photo!

I hope I don't go back to FB.  It's not right to take the freedom of choice from people, which is what they have done. Making changes is one thing, not giving people to choose which one they like and want to use, is another.

Ok, I'm done complaining for today.. It won't be this way everyday, I promise!

Love, Pat