Jan. 10th, 2018 08:43 pm
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Ratings: 1 star=worst, 4 stars=best

Books(My goal is to read 26 this year)

Books Read:
Eclair and Present Danger - Laura Bradford ***
The Princess Diarist - Carrie Fisher <3 ****
A Spoonful of Murder - Connie Archer ***
Double Booked for Death - Ali Brandon ****
Bread of the Dead - Ann Myers ***
Elementary, She Read - Vicki Delany ****
Cinco de Mayhem - Ann Myers ***
Feliz Navidead - Ann Myers ***
If You've Got It, Haunt It - Rose Pressey **
Look What the Wind Blew In - Ann Charles ****
Sleeping Giants - Sylvain Neuvel ****
Waking Gods - Sylvain Neuvel ****
Murder past Due - Miranda James **
Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind - Ann B. Ross ****
Cloche and Dagger - Jenn McKinlay ****
Miss Julia Takes Over - Ann B. Ross ****
Berried Secrets - Peg Cochran **
Crocodile on the Sandbank - Elizabeth Peters ****
Still Life - Louise Penny ****
The Unquiet Grave - Sharyn McCrumb ****
The Diva Haunts the house - Krista Davis ***1/2

Current Book(s):
Death at the Little Big Horn
Al Franken: Giant of the Senate
Hillbilly Elegy
Southern Fried

Books to Read:
Blasphemy - Douglas Preston
My Antonia
Impact - Douglas Preston
Codex - Douglas Preston
A Movable Feast - Hemingway

Fanfics Written this year to date:
(Ask to be friended at [profile] alexfic or [personal profile] alexs_storybook to read fic.)
Dear Dairy
Ungovernable Science
Elflords to the Rescue
The Good Wife
Freedom Fighter
Worse than Hell Itself
The Cost
Jason's Gift
The Road Less Traveled
In the Dead of Night
Time Passing in Time
Done Too Soon
The Lake
Endless Sands
The Princess and the Scoundrel
The Madman on the Mountain
Trust Me!
31 August 2017 Drabbles
The Hidden Path


Films @ home:
Risky Business ***
Surf's Up2: WaveMania ***
Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection ****
An Aurora Teagarden mystery: A Bone to Pick ***
An Aurora Teagarden Mystery: Real Murders ***
An Aurora Teagarden Mystery: Three Bedrooms, One Corpse ***
An Aurora Teagarden Mystery: The Julius House ***
An Aurora Teagarden Mystery: Dead Over Heels ***
Garage Sale Mystery ***
Garage Sale Mystery: Guilty Until Proven Innocent ***
Garage Sale Mystery: All That Glitters ***
Garage Sale Mystery: The Wedding Dress ***
Garage Sale Mystery: The Novel Murders ***+
Garage Sale Mystery: The Deadly Room ***+
Garage Sale Mystery: The Art of Murder ***
Murder She Baked: Just desserts ***
Hailey Dean: Murder with Love ***
Hailey Dean: Deadly Estate ***
Flower Shop Mysteries: Mum's the Word ***
Flower Shop Mysteries: Dearly Depotted ***
Trolls **
Moana ***
The Good Dinosaur****
Jackie ****
An Aurora Teagarden Mystery: A Bundle of Trouble ***
Mystery Woman: A Vision of Murder ***
Mystery Woman: Game Time ***
Mystery Woman: At First Sight ***
Mystery Woman: Wild West Mystery ***
Mystery Woman: Oh Baby ***
Mystery Woman: Redemption ***
Mystery Woman ***
Mystery Woman: Mystery Weekend ***
Mystery Woman: Snapshot ***
Mystery Woman: In the Shadows ***
Site Unseen: An Emma Fielding Mystery ***
The Theory of Everything ***
The LEGO Batman Movie ***
Girl Happy ***
Garage Sale Mystery: The Beach Murder ***
Garage Sale Mystery: Murder by Text ***
Garage Sale Mystery: Murder Most Medieval ***
A Case of Murder ***
The Gourmet Detective: Death Al Dente **
The Gourmet Detective ***
Flower Shop Mysteries: Nipped in the Bud **
The Gourmet Detective: Eat Drink and be Buried ***
The Mummy ****
The Mummy Returns ****\
Hailey Dean: Dating is Murder ***

Films @ Cinema:
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ****
Going in Style ****
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ****
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales ****
Wonder Woman **** ++++
Despicable Me 3 ****
Dunkirk ****

Films to see:

TV Shows:
Dr. Who - Season 9 ****
American Gods ***
Once Upon a Time **
Genius ****
Legends of Tomorrow***


A Challenge for myself:
Sunday - Give thanks. Talk about something in your life you're thankful for. Even if it's tiny.
Monday - Music Monday. Anything about the music you listen to or like; artist profiles, recs, reviews, anything
Tuesday - Artistic stuff like fiction writing or writing of any sort, knitting, sewing, carpentry... whatever you do or have done.
Wednesday - Reading
Thursday - Throwback Thursday. Childhood memories, old photos, old blog posts...stuff from the past
Friday - Fandom stuff. Faves, new ones, actors, musicians, anything you're a fan of want to talk about.
Saturday - somebody, anybody. Your best friend, the Pope, Julius Caesar.. anyone at5 all


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Southern FriedSouthern Fried by Cathy Pickens

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Avery andrews returned home to her western South Carolina home to chaos. There are dead bodies, insane admirers, a few steel magnolias, bikers, and more intrigue than any city could offer. she settles into her grandfather's cabin and drives his vintage Mustang as she ends up in the middle of untangling the insanity. She sets up shop, more or less, and begins to practice law though she isn't sure she knows what she's doing and knows she doesn't seem to be making much money. Her clients are that crazy admirer who fakes a murder to get her attention, a husband who is assumed to have killed his wife 15 years prior, a factory owner who is knee deep in trouble and seems completely oblivious. Throw in a large nasty sheriff and several crazy redneck types and you get a lot of action, humor and intrigue for Avery.

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North Carolina has many ghosts and strange stories and perhaps the most famous real life pirate of all met his end in North Carolina. Edward Teach was the name he used but you know him as Blackbeard.

Here is his story: )

This article was copied from here: The photos were added by me.

Blackbeard's ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge was found several years ago and there is an exhibit of pieces of the ship and many, many artifacts as well as several education programs on the pirate himself and the salvage operation itself at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in the historic and quite lovely town of Beaufort, NC. The artifacts are fascinating and I think they give a real glance at life in the early 18th century.

North Carolina's Beaufort, by the way is pronounced bow-fort.
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I have never seen the lights but Larry has. I asked him if they were really just car headlights and he said no and they are quite eerie to see.

This article comes from this site: North Carolina Ghosts.

The Brown Mountain Lights )

Where to go to see the lights

Brown Mountain is located in the Pisgah National Forest, and there a few nearby overlooks commonly used to observe the lights.

Brown Mountain Overlook, located 20 miles north of Morganton on NC highway 181, 1 mile south of the Barkhouse Picnic Area.

Wiseman's View Overlook can be found 5 miles south of Linville Falls on Kistler Memorial Highway, which is also Old NC 105 and State Road 1238.

Lost Cove Cliffs Overlook, which is found on the Blue Ridge Parkway, at mile-post 310, 2 miles north of the NC highway 181 junction.

The lights are most commonly seen on clear, dry nights in the autumn. Moonless nights can be a boon to visibility. The lights are a relatively rare occurrence, and many people have sat on a car hood late into the evening staring into the darkness and seeing nothing. But it's definitely worth a look.
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A Tale from Haunted West Virginia

The history of the Greenbrier Ghost may be one of the most unique stories in the annals of ghostlore. This strange tale from rural West Virginia is not only a part of supernatural history, but of the history of the American judicial system as well. It remains a one of a kind event.. the only case in which the word of a ghost helped to solve a crime and convict a murderer!
The Story )

Zona's tombstone:

Author Sharyn McCrumb has written an excellent book about the Greenbrier Ghost. It is called The Unquiet Grave and tells the story of Zona Shue from several points of view. I highly recommend it.
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The Diva Haunts the House (A Domestic Diva Mystery, #5)The Diva Haunts the House by Krista Davis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this one for my Cozy Mystery club at Facebook and I enjoyed it quite a lot. I like Halloween themed books and this one had parties, spookiness and a real murder just for fun. I liked the main character quite a lot but hope to read the previous 4 to get caught up on the backstory. Sophie is an event planner and she is directing the work on the town's haunted house and, of course, things go awry. Her ex and her cop boyfriend figure quite prominently in the story as does her niece, Jen, who is a local teen staying with her for Halloween.

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The Unquiet GraveThe Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read the entire book in one day. I have long been a fan of Ms. McCrumb and this one did not disappoint. It is the story of the Greenbrier Ghost. It a tale woven from truth and myth into a story that rivetted me to the page until the very end. If you are a fan of mysteries, of folktales, of Appalachian history then this is a book you'll enjoy It is told through young Zona's mother's eyes as she seeks justice for her murdered child. It is also told through the trial attorney who helped defend zona's killer, one of the first black attorneys in that area of West Virginia.

I met Ms. McCrumb on Sept 24 of this year in Mount Airy and she gave a wonderful talk about her research into the facts of this book.

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Amy Brown is famous for her faeries but she does all sorts of lovelies. The water mark is hers. We have one of her faeries on Sara's tombstone.



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