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Look What the Wind Blew In (Dig Site Mysteries, #1)Look What the Wind Blew In by Ann Charles

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The first in a series that's a spinoff of the Deadwood Series. I really liked Violet's brother, Quint. This book is set in the jungles of Mexcio and combines ancient curses and modern archeology and romance as Quint goes to a dig in Mexico to find out what happened to his old professor and falls head over heels for the archeologist is digging at the site now, Angelica Garcia. Danger mystery and a few giggles ensue as we meet some unforgettable characters in the steamy jungle.

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I am thankful for my husband of 37 years. He is the best friend anyone could have.

Here we are at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin last month.
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Today the person I will post about is Alexander the Great. He died at 33 around this time in June in 323BC. I have been fascinated by him since we were taught about him in the third grade. He was the King of Macedonia and forged an empire that stretched from Greece to Northern India. He was a master general at the age of 18 and had conquered a good portion of the world by his death at 33.

He was born in Macedonia to King Philip II and his wife, a princess from what is today Albania. He was rumored, even then, to be fathered by Zeus himself. Legend says he got his beloved Bucephalas, the steed he rode all the way into India, when he was a young teen.

He and his companions studied under Aristotle and trained to be warriors together. They would eventually conquer the world together as well. One of his friends was Hephaestion, a youth who though not noble by birth, became Alexander's favorite companion and perhaps his lover as well.

Alexander is known for his generalship at such a young age. As long as men fought on foot and horseback, Alexander's tactics were used successfully. His father was said to be a brilliant general as well.

After his death, his companions fought over the spoils he left and his kingdom soon dissolved - perhaps the only thing holding it together was Alexander himself.

I have written several stories about Alexander - many of which you can find Here. You might need to friend me to read them.

In June

Jun. 9th, 2017 05:57 pm
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Title: In June
Author: Alex (
Type: FPS
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: I do not own them, they belong to the ages.
Warnings: None
Beta: Larian Elensar
Pairing: Alexander and Hephaestion
Archive: Alex’s Story Book
Author’s Note: For the Anniversary challenge at Alexanderfics. As ever, for Sara.
Spoilers: None
Summary: Ptolemy remembers.



Every June, I think of them both for it does not seem fitting to think of Alexander without Hephaestion. Alexander worked hard to build his empire, then died before he could make it permanent. History will perhaps see me as one who tried to take part of his glory. Maybe I am.

But I loved him as a brother. He *may* have been my brother for all I know. I was certainly told that often enough. Life is not the same without him. It has lost its glory, its sheen. We will never be the men we were when we were *his* men, none of us. He made us more than we were, tied so closely to him that we will all only be remembered as Alexander’s Companions.

I live in Egypt now. I have power and wealth. But I am empty more often than not. I turn, expecting to see his smile, or hear him exhort one of us to do more for he knows we can. I expect to see him kiss Hephaestion when he thinks no one looks, or tell Bucephalus what a fine horse he is. I am disappointed.

I stand here and look out to the sea, thinking of other times. I can see the young boy wrestling and angry when he lost, as he did often to Hephaestion, who was just bigger and stronger. He was little but fierce. I see him as an older boy, desperate for approval from his father and knowing that it might never come. I think it was then that he turned to Hephaestion from whom he sought approval.

Hephaestion was handsome, tall and dark-haired to Alexander’s smaller, fairer form. Though not born to a royal family, he made himself Alexander’s family in ways none of the rest of us could. I remember how they looked at one another even as boys and I wish I had had one love in my own life like that.

Alexander! How I miss him! Today of all days, I miss him the most. I think back often to that day, the day he departed this world. None of us really thought he would die; I’m not sure we even thought he was really mortal at all.

But he did and left us to fight it out among ourselves. And fight we did, like hungry mongrels for every scrap of his power that we could find. I am ashamed of how we all acted.

I often wonder if he and Hephaestion met in that other world. I wonder if they even cared about what we did to Alexander’s empire. I doubt it. Perhaps they ride on a large black horse as they did when they were but boys, Alexander in front and Hephaestion hanging onto him with one arm as they raced across the open fields.

Perhaps someday I shall be allowed to see them again, to ride my own horse beside them in the warm summer wind.

Every June, I think of him.

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Just Read:
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel is a strange sci fi thriller about giant metallic body parts stashed all over the world - they are a weapon of some sort and the thing is being assenbled into what appears to be a giant woman. The book is written in the style of reports and interviews centering around a mysterious man who seems to be running the ahow and the scientists and soldiers who make the thing work.

Currently Reading:
Waking Gods by sylvain Neuvel is a sequel to the previous book and this time, many of these giants have landed on earth and so far, it has been an epic disaster. We know almost nothing of why they're here and who they are.
Out of Circulation is a cozy mystery by Mirandsa James(who is a man writer). We're reading it for out cozy mystery club on Facebook. It centers around a small town college librarian and his cat, Diesel.

To read
I'm thinking of reading Alison Weir's Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen and Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession next. Who doesn't love novels about the wives of Henry VIII? I've loved reading about the Tudors since I was a wee lass!
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So things I've made.

I've done 2 little drabbles this week for Drabble Challenge(DW)|Drabble Challenge (LJ)

Here are links to them at OEAM:
The Lake
Endless Sands

And a little Sta Wars fic I wrote for May the 4th Be with You in April:
The Princess and the Scoundrel
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Yesterday we watched a special on PBS about Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and I was quite amazed. So I chose a song from that wonderful 50-year-old this month album to share with you.

I give you Within You Without You featuring George Harrison.

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Hi all,

It’s a little late this year. We were in Germany for most of May so I am starting a little late but it’s time for the OEAM Big Bang again. I have already made up the schedule and it ends around Christmas but we do have a generous amount of writing time and we still have the option of a 10,000 word Mini Bang or a 20,000 word regular Big bang.

We will begin sign ups on July 1. The usual fandoms will be included. All OEAM fandoms are eligible and if you have one that is not listed but might be related in some way, ask me. We can be flexible since our group is usually pretty small.

I’ll be making some banners and such and would LOVE for this to get promoted a lot more than last year. I’ll have those and the schedule up this week. Be on the lookout for it!

Please join us! You’ve got all of June and then some to decide what you’re going to write.

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Today i am thankful for good friends. I am lucky enough ot have 2 or 3 of them and they make life a lot easier. I will give a shout out to these 3: Jenny, Karen and Melissa... You all know I love you!

Home again

May. 22nd, 2017 07:11 am
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We are home after three weeks in Germany with Jenny and her family. And I think they might even still like us!

We visited Essen, Munich, Lake Konigssee in the German Alps and some small towns in the Austrian Alps, Berlin, Peine, Hamburg, and Köln. We saw wonderful things and ate tons of wonderful food. Jenny and her family made all the hotel and restaurant reservations and made sure I could ride my mobility scooter to museums and on trains and buses. We gave them a list of things we'd like to see and they made an itinerary for us. And Jenny even took 3 weeks off from work to hang out with us. I can't thank them enough!!

Germany is am amazing country! I saw Van Gogh's in the art museums, I saw the bust of Nefertiti in Berlin, the Ishtar Gate from Ancient Babylon, several famous beerhalls, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate. I ate German food, Turkish, Yugoslavian, Italian, Spanish, Greek, along with fish from a harbor vendor and homemade Schnitzel.

We rode planes, trains and automobiles all over the place.

We have thousands of photos.

And I am tired and have 3 weeks of laundry to do...

I will be catching up as I can and sharing some photos as well. I miss Jenny and her folks but it is also good to be back home too. I wish that i could bring them with us.
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Welcome to my new friends via [community profile] addme_fandom. Not sure I'm terribly exciting but I am a fandom creature and I am here quite a bit, reading more than posting, but here.

Oh and for those of you who may not be as old as me "Here I come to save the day!" was from Mighty Mouse - I remember seeing him in the early 60s on Saturday morning cartoons!

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April 2017

This one did not do it for me. There was too much clothing talk. The description of every single stitch that every single person in the entire book wore every single time they appeared got old by page 5. That's a bit too much filler.

The mystery was okay but there wasn't enough of it. The characters were okay but again, too much about their attire and not enough about them.

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April 2017

Another funny one with Rita and Flori and the gang. More delicious food and more murder! Rita is a single mom in Santa Fe with one daughter, a Gothy teen and an ex who is a skirt chasing jerk. Her boss, Flori, is in to Sun Tzu and The Art of War and snooping. All this and murder make one wild ride. A really fun cozy!

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March 2017

I am a fan of Sherlock Holmes so this one was a must read. The mystery was good, with some hints as to who it was, but not too easy to figure out. I had to get used to Gemma's quirky personality - she is a female Sherlock though I am not sure she knows it. Her best friend is cute and apparently Gemma's polar opposite. The romantic interest is a cop who was once Gemma's boyfriend (and could be again). The nemesis is a particularly nasty woman cop, who could be Lastrade, I suppose. There is also a 90 year old traveling uncle who we never actually meet.

I read the book in one day - I couldn't put it down. I'm looking forward to more.

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March 2017

I really enjoyed this one. Rita and Flori are fun and funny and the food talk will keep your mouth watering! The mystery is decent as well. I'll be reading all of these and waiting for more! I nabbed some good looking recipes from it as well.

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March 2017

I really liked this one. The mystery was hard to solve and I liked Darla, her friends and Hamlet, the bad tempered bookstore cat.
Darla inherited a bookstore from her great aunt Dee in NYC and she and her staff are getting ready to host a signing by an author who is all the rage with the teen set - think Cassandra Clair or Stephenie Meyer. And the author is killed right on front of her store.

Lots of investigating occurs and we get to watch.

My only complaint is the print in the paperback i got was too darn small!

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Feb 2017

I wasn't completely sure I was going to like this one, but I did like Lucky from the start. They mystery was not bad and the soups and sandwiches sounded good. I am not a fan of all cozies but this one passed muster. Some of the secondary characters were not bad either.

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Feb. 2017

It was funny in a way I've come to recognize as Carrie's own voice. It was sad, too, knowing that we'll never have new works from her. I loved Star Wars from the beginning but I fell in love with Carrie when she published Postcards from the Edge. Who knew the Princess was so damned funny? Or that dysfunction could be so endearing and funny? I will miss them both, Carrie and the Princess.

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Mar. 28th, 2017 09:40 am Eclair and Present Danger by Laura Bradford

Read January 1-13, 2017

I enjoyed it. The main character and her employee/best friend are fun and the two old folks in the story are pretty funny as well. One is hard of hearing and the other is a busy body who works for the local paper. The mystery kept me guessing until the end, with a really good red herring thrown in. I do wonder how exactly one can make a living selling two or three desserts a week delivered by antique ambulance - that would have to be a LOT of deliveries, wouldn't it? And how does she pay her employee?


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