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I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving while they’re staying safe out there. I wanted to just make a brief announcement and ask a favorite from the people that follow me and/or read my blog. I’ve registered on a site called Bloglovin’ in order to get my site out there more and maybe get some more people following my blog (you’ll find the link at the beginning of this article). If you have a chance to follow me, I would appreciate it a whole lot.

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Have Thanksgiving with?

First off, I want to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow. I know this year has been a strange and difficult year with the pandemic taking place. Hopefully everyone is staying safe out there while still enjoying themselves.

So, my topic for today is…..if you could have Thanksgiving dinner with a fictional family, who would it be? Care to elaborate why…?

Although they’re a larger family compared to the other families we see in the series, the Weasley family from the Harry Potter series seem to be your typical family. They behave and act like any other normal family. They are the closest thing to a family that Harry has throughout the series. Mr. & Mrs. Weasley treats him just like a son from the moment they meet him, although they already have 7 children of their own.

As for me, Fred and George would have kept me in stitches with their constant antics. I think Ginny and I would have been friends had I went to Hogwarts (or I would have liked having her as a friend).

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Favorite book store….

There is a book store in my town that I regularly shop at when I’m looking for new books. It’s a large chain store, you’ve probably heard of them…..they’re known as Books-a-Million. I have a few reasons why I like this store so much.

Savings: They have a membership that you can get that will give you at least 10% off your purchase, plus, you’ll get free shipping if you ever order online. A friend got me a membership for my birthday one year and he renews it every year when my birthday rolls around again.

Finding it!: The store is always clean and orderly. I can always find what I’m looking for in there. Even if they don’t have what I’m looking for, I can always find what I’m looking for on their website and then choose to have it shipped to the store here in town or shipped to my house.

Fun: Going in there is always fun. I can spend hours in there browsing their shelves. Even if you don’t find anything in there to purchase or can’t afford to buy anything at the moment, you can always just snoop and see what’s hot right now. Or maybe the employees might be able to recommend something to you so it wouldn’t be a wasted trip.

What about you…..do you have a favorite book store near you? If so, why do you like shopping there?

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“The Orion Project” by Curt Caufield

I finished reading this today. The book follows Cayden Wayne, the main character of the book, as he is given a new job. In this new role, he gets a chance to interact with some non-human beings and then complications soon follow. In the midst of all that, Cayden is also left with trying to figure out which girl would be the best to settle down with. I don’t want to reveal too much of the book in case you are reading it or you plan on reading this at some point. I think fans of Star Trek would like this book.

Synopsis: In the year 2125, a mission to not only explore the universe but to colonize other planets has been sent out. A group of mating pairs in cryostats as well as a small team to pilot the ship are also sent out. The group in cryostats is awakened to find that the pilots are missing, and there are no records saved since leaving Earth. Now three generations into the new colony, Cayden Wayne has emerged as one of the top crewmen and has to deal not only with the Biotas, the native inhabitants on the planet, but the Kamolians as well, a warrior race with universal domination as their only goal.

The first in a series of books that will follow Cayden and his team of friends as they explore the universe as well as try to figure out what happened during the missing time after leaving Earth.

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4 authors you’ll fall in love with if you love a good mystery!

It’s that time of year where I love to sit down on the couch, covered up in a warm blanket and have a good mystery novel in my hands. Here are some authors you’ll find you may enjoy if you like to read a good mystery…

Frances Duncan = You should be reading his Mordecai Tremaine series if you’re an Agatha Christie fan. I have all of the books on my Kindle Fire. I’ve read the first couple of books already but I need to read the other ones.

Ruth Ware = The first book I read from this author was “In a dark, dark wood” in paperback form. The latest book I’ve read from this author was “One by One” on my Kindle Fire. I’ve also read “The Woman in Cabin 10” (in paperback). You guys seriously need to read some of this stuff if you like a good mystery.

Wayne Hancock = His works (the ones I’ve read so far) include a bit of crime fiction into his mysteries. If you like the classic “whodunit” then you’d probably enjoy reading some of his books.

Agatha Christie = Known as the queen of mystery, this is probably not a surprise she ended up on this list. I started off reading “And Then There Were None”. Then I read “Hallowe’en Party” and “Murder on the Orient Express”. I’ve got another book on my shelves that I plan on reading (it’s in my “to be read pile”) called “The Last Seance”.

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Fantastic Beasts 3 Fan Art Transforms Mads Mikkelsen into Gellert Grendelwald

It’s been announced that Johnny Depp is leaving the Fantastic Beasts series after being asked to resign by Warner Bros., which he has honored. Some fans are calling for Johnny Depp to be given his job back. On the other hand, Warner Bros. has been in talks with Mads Mikkelsen to take up the role of Gellert Grendelwald. I’ve provided a link to the article where you can view the fan art if you are interested in seeing it.

https://movieweb.com/fantastic-beasts-3-fan-art-mads-mikkelsen-gellert-grindelwald/

Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently set to be released July 15, 2022 unless it’ll get pushed back further due to the pandemic.

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How a lock down might affect literature?

I’ve seen on the news that there’s talks of shutting everything down for 4-6 weeks in order to stop the spread of Covid-19 even further than it already has. So, the question is how do you think a lock down would affect literature? Do you think a lock down would put more pressure on authors to push out more literature by their publishing companies so that people would have something to do during a lock down?

From a reader stand point, you might have trouble finding new literature to read to keep you busy during that 4-6 weeks. You may not be allowed to go to the library or your favorite book store during that time. Not me….I’m sure I have enough to read to keep me busy for that long should I be required to stay home. If I didn’t, then I might make a trip to the bookstore just before the lock down were to occur. Otherwise, the only option I can see at this particular time is seeing if the library has the option of borrowing books virtually on your tablet or e-reader. I’ve heard that some libraries have that option but I’m not sure how that works because I’ve not tried it yet. Like I mentioned before, I’ve got enough to read (both physical copies and e-books on my Kindle) to keep me busy for 4-6 weeks.

From a writer stand point, that’s a little different. If you are a writer that works from home, what would you do if your family were suddenly stuck at home with you for 4-6 weeks? How much work do you think you would get done? At my house, it’s just myself and my spouse (and our dog). I could ask my hubby to give me some time to myself to allow me to work and I feel like he would respect that. Yes, the lock down would give us more time to spend together, however, there would have to be some time that I would need to be left alone if I was to get any work done. I honestly don’t know how it would work out if we had children.

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Books to read for Christmas!

I’ve put together a list of books that I think would be a good read for Christmas. Yes, I know that I am a bit early. I just figured that I’d give everyone reading this a chance to find the books at their local book store or library so that they have a chance to read them before Christmas gets here. Also, if you have any recommendations for Christmas, feel free to share them in the comment section or hit the contact button.

Synopsis: Getting snowed in at a luxurious, rustic ski chalet high in the French Alps doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world. Especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a full-service chef and housekeeper, a cozy fire to keep you warm, and others to keep you company. Unless that company happens to be eight coworkers…each with something to gain, something to lose, and something to hide.

When the cofounder of Snoop, a trendy London-based tech startup, organizes a weeklong trip for the team in the French Alps, it starts out as a corporate retreat like any other: PowerPoint presentations and strategy sessions broken up by mandatory bonding on the slopes. But as soon as one shareholder upends the agenda by pushing a lucrative but contentious buyout offer, tensions simmer and loyalties are tested. The storm brewing inside the chalet is no match for the one outside, however, and a devastating avalanche leaves the group cut off from all access to the outside world. Even worse, one Snooper hadn’t made it back from the slopes when the avalanche hit.

As each hour passes without any sign of rescue, panic mounts, the chalet grows colder, and the group dwindles further…one by one.

Synopsis: Mordecai Tremaine, former tobacconist and perennial lover of romance novels, has been invited to spend Christmas in the sleepy village of Sherbroome at the country retreat of one Benedict Grame.

Arriving on Christmas Eve, he finds that the revelries are in full flow – but so too are tensions amongst the assortment of guests.

Midnight strikes and the party-goers discover that it’s not just presents nestling under the tree…there’s a dead body too. A dead body that bears a striking resemblance to Father Christmas.

With the snow falling and the suspicions flying, it’s up to Mordecai to sniff out the culprit – and prevent someone else from getting murder for Christmas.

Synopsis: It’s winter in the Catskills and Mitchell’s Inn, nestled deep in the woods, is the perfect setting for a relaxing–maybe even romantic–weekend away. It boasts spacious old rooms with huge woodburning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar, and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just curling up with a good murder mystery.

So when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and a blizzard cuts off the electricity–and all contact with the outside world–the guests settle in and try to make the best of it.

Soon, though, one of the guests turns up dead–it looks like an accident. But when a second guest dies, they start to panic.

Within the snowed-in paradise, something–or someone–is picking off the guests one by one. And there’s nothing they can do but hunker down and hope they can survive the storm–and one another.

Synopsis: Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.

Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”
 
Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.

Synopsis: Discover the terrifying funhouse world of Christmasland and the ageless monster who rules it. Climb into the passenger seat as Hill and artist Charlie Wilson III explore Charlie Manx’s twisted beginnings, introduce a new and depraved cast of characters to Christmasland, and take us for a 100 MPH ride down an icy nightmare road in a car with no brakes…

Synopsis: Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.

Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who’s determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She’s not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.

But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?

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Looking forward to…?

What book(s) are you looking forward to and why? Are you waiting for the last two books in the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin? Can’t wait for the next illustrated edition of the Harry Potter series to come out? Is there a particular author that you’re a fan of and you’re anxiously awaiting their next book? If so, share which authors you are a fan of….

I’ve read Crave by Tracy Wolff. I have Crush, which is the second book in that series, that I need to be reading. Book #3 will be titled Covet and it comes out on March 2, 2021. Book #4 will be titled Court but they haven’t release the book cover or mentioned when that book will come out yet (at least, not that I know of anyway). If you are looking for your next paranormal romance, you might be interested in this series.

I’m also looking forward to the illustrated versions of Harry Potter novels, written by J. K. Rowling and artwork by Jim Kay. I already have the first 4 but I have to wait for 5-7. The illustrated edition of the Order of the Phoenix is expected to be released in 2021 although we don’t have an exact date yet nor do we know what the book cover will look like. I’ve told myself that I”m going to re-read the series once I’ve collected all the illustrated editions of the series.

I’m looking forward to the final book in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs, which I’ve mentioned recently.

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“Misery” by Stephen King

I finished reading this today. I was trying to finish this by Halloween but was unsuccessful. Anyway, it was a really good book (especially if you like horror or are a Stephen King fan). You’ll keep turning the pages until you get to the end of the novel. So far, Carrie was my favorite but I’m having trouble deciding if I like this or Pet Sematary more.

My hubby recorded the movie one day last week when he saw I was reading this book. I may have to watch it one evening when I don’t have anything on tv. {Note: This book is definitely not for reading with your kids or for the faint of heart.}

Synopsis: Bestselling novelist Paul Sheldon has finally met his biggest fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes, and she is dismayed to discover Paul’s plans to kill off Misery Chastain, the heroine of his beloved series. Annie is more than a rabid reader — she is Paul’s nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. She is also his captor, imprisoning him in her isolated house, where no one knows he is.

Annie wants Paul to write his greatest work — just for her. She has a lot of ways to spur him on. One is a needle. Another is an axe. And then there’s the blowtorch.

Winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel, a classic film starring Academy Award winner Kathy Bates, and recently adapted for the stage, starring Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf, Misery is one of the King’s most brilliant and formidably unnerving books ever.