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Friday, December 25, 2015

Sights and Sounds - A Holiday Post


It's the day before Christmas and I've been cleaning and cooking all day (getting stuffing ready for tomorrow and pot roast for tonight), but I wanted to wish everyone a happy holiday, however you celebrate. My daughter Mary will spend the night - we'll eat pot roast and watch Star Wars VI. We've been watching all the movies in preparation for Star Wars VII. The plan is to see it next week for her birthday. My older daughter Beth will be here in the morning - one of the few times in the year that the stars align and we can all spend time together. We'll try to Skype with Josh and family in Iowa - my idea of a perfect day. Christmas is precious to me for many reasons.

I don't keep a lot of traditions during the year, but this season is my favorite and I have a few traditions I like to keep, both old and new. One of the more recent is a trip to San Francisco. I live fairly close, so the trip itself is no big deal. I go many times a year but I especially like to go near Christmas.


I especially like to go with both my daughters - get something to eat, do a little shopping. Mary was working and unable to get away so she didn't come. Beth was escaping to a cabin in the snow the following day and I had some music I wanted to give her (some of which will be in a review next month). I figured I could go up to the city, do a little shopping, then pick her up from work (downtown) and take her home.

This may sound like no big deal to most people, but it's sometimes a real crap shoot for me - whether it's "fun" or just completely overwhelming, which I usually avoid like the plague. And I almost didn't go, but I'm glad I did. I always am.

Union Square is always a pretty cool place, but at Christmas it's extra sparkly and noisy and crowded. The Christmas tree is huge,


and there are lights in the palm trees, of course. This is California, after all. There is seasonal ice skating,


which I haven't been brave enough to try, but want to - one of these years. I haven't ice skated since I was about ten. I'm sure I'd spend most of the time on my butt on the ice. But it's fun watching others and certainly adds to the holiday atmosphere.

Then there's Macy's.


We usually spend some time there, but it wasn't my goal this day. There are, however, kittens.


Many, many kittens, all available for adoption.

Unexpected was the free entertainment further down the street. There was this guy,



and a host of other strange performers looking like they had escaped from a Cirque du Soleil troupe; actors in Victorian garb reading, I assume, from appropriate Dickensian texts (I didn't stop long enough to listen carefully); and a neat animated mural.

I always enjoy street performers (if they're any good) and I appreciated this guy,



before reaching my goal, the Market Street shopping center, where I got Mary a cute jacket and Beth a nice shirt. Shhh....don't tell them. We're having a "small" Christmas this year. Not that we ever have really "big" Christmases, but this year none of us has much extra to spend and that's not the point anyway. There are a few gifts under the tree, we'll have a nice meal, and we'll spend time together. That's all that really matters.

I hope your holiday, whatever you celebrate and however you spend it, is peaceful and happy and perfect. I'll see you in the New Year!





Reviews for The Glister Journals: Bronze
More Glister Journals info at the book's website here: theglisterjournals.com
The Glister Journals: Bronze can be purchased through any bookseller or purchase now at Amazon.com New edition coming!
Note: All original text and materials by or commissioned by B. B. Shepherd are copyright 2012-2015 to B B Shepherd.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop


Welcome to the Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop, hosted by Mary of Bookhounds. I am giving away a $15 gift card to the book store of your choice!

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Reviews for The Glister Journals: Bronze
More Glister Journals info at the book's website here: theglisterjournals.com
The Glister Journals: Bronze can be purchased through any bookseller or purchase now at Amazon.com New edition coming!
Note: All original text and materials by or commissioned by B. B. Shepherd are copyright 2012-2015 to B B Shepherd.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Best of 2015 Giveaway Hop


Welcome to the Best of 2015 Giveaway Hop!

My favorite book this year was Cress, the third book in the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. I have really been enjoying this series and can't wait to read Winter. Since you may have already read one or more of these books, I'm giving away your choice! I hope you'll love it too!



This giveaway is hosted by I Am A Reader and
Bookhounds. Giveaway ends 12/18/15. US and Canada only.

Open only to those who can legally enter. US and Canada residents only. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Reviews for The Glister Journals: Bronze
More Glister Journals info at the book's website here: theglisterjournals.com
The Glister Journals: Bronze can be purchased through any bookseller or purchase now at Amazon.com New edition coming!
Note: All original text and materials by or commissioned by B. B. Shepherd are copyright 2012-2015 to B B Shepherd.

Friday, December 4, 2015

In the Nick of Time Giveaway


A wonderful group of authors and bloggers have joined with I Am A Reader to bring you one fabulous prize! The winner will be selected on December 23rd - just in the nick of time to help with last minute Christmas shopping!

We're giving away $250 in Paypal Cash you can choose a $250 Amazon.com eGift Code!

The following awesome bloggers are sponsoring this giveaway.

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Ends 12/22/15

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or who can redeem an Amazon.com Gift Code. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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Reviews for The Glister Journals: Bronze
More Glister Journals info at the book's website here: theglisterjournals.com
The Glister Journals: Bronze can be purchased through any bookseller or purchase now at Amazon.com New edition coming!
Note: All original text and materials by or commissioned by B. B. Shepherd are copyright 2012-2015 to B B Shepherd.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Holiday Cash Giveaway


$300 Holiday Cash Giveaway - December 1st to 21st

A wonderful group of authors and bloggers have joined with I Am A Reader, Not A Writer to bring you one fabulous prize:

The winner can choose $300 in Paypal Cash or a $300 Amazon.com eGift code!

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Giveaway Details

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Ends 12/21/15

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or who can redeem an Amazon.com Gift Code. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Reviews for The Glister Journals: Bronze
More Glister Journals info at the book's website here: theglisterjournals.com
The Glister Journals: Bronze can be purchased through any bookseller or purchase now at Amazon.com New edition coming!
Note: All original text and materials by or commissioned by B. B. Shepherd are copyright 2012-2015 to B B Shepherd.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

A Thanksgiving Post


This Thanksgiving finds me in an unusual situation. In fact, this whole year has been more unusual than most. I normally cook a big dinner with at least my daughters here, sometimes their boyfriends too. It's one of my few real social times - at least in my own home - and also one of the few times I really cook anymore.

This holiday season, for the very first time in my life, I'm living completely alone, not counting the cat (Buu). I don't dislike it, but it's strange and I miss having someone I'm completely comfortable with (besides Buu) to interact with on a daily basis. I'm also in the middle of moving. When I say "middle," I mean that I had started moving, but it's been put on hold. So half my stuff, including my kitchen table, chest of drawers, bookcases and almost all my books, are in storage waiting for the final move. That was originally supposed to be in November, then mid-December, and now...I don't know. Most of the rest of my things, including way more clothes than I thought I had, is boxed or bagged already and stored in my daughter's old room. I kind of like all the extra space I have in my apartment now, but I was really hoping to be in the new place before Christmas. I'm going to at least put up my Christmas tree this weekend. That'll make it feel more like it's still home.

Anyway, I'm not in good shape to entertain at all, though the daughters, individually, do come down to spend time with me, which I love. The youngest, Mary, will spent the night with me last night and is hanging out today. This afternoon/evening we'll go up to San Francisco to have dinner with my other daughter, Elizabeth's, boyfriend's family. It's so sweet of them to have us. We spent last Christmas Eve with them too - a lovely Italian family. I mostly feel like a fish out of water there, my neurology and culture at odds with the loud, somewhat crowded situation, but I'm really looking forward to it. They're awesome people and I'm honored to be included.

My son, Joshua, is doing well in his new job in Iowa, and his wife and my grandson seem to have settled in very well too. He was recently able to buy a house with the help of his grandfather (his dad's father) and will be spending his first Thanksgiving and Christmas with his family in their very own home. That's so wonderful.

And it feels like winter! We appear to have had some frost on the roofs last night and it certainly felt cold. We love that. And the recent rain has bee such a blessing. Our hillsides are already showing a sold greenness. We're praying for a lot more rain . . . we need those reservoirs and watersheds filled up here in California!

So . . . Thanksgiving. I'm so thankful for so many things. My children. My job. My relative health. My home, even though it's a little weird right now. I'm thankful for friends, online or otherwise, especially those who have been so supportive of my writing and so patient, too! I do promise things are moving ahead and being completed!

I don't get caught up in all the drama (seems to be more and more every year) about the historical validity or cultural appropriateness of the national holiday. I am thankful every day. At least I try to be. But I will continue to "celebrate" Thanksgiving as a day to formally and intentionally set one day apart for specific and targeted gratitude. For reflection on the past year - all its trials and blessings - and give thanks for making it through. I'm not always happy, but I want to always be grateful.

Happy Thanksgiving my friends. I hope your day is peaceful and joyful and that you eat too much and sleep soundly.





Reviews for The Glister Journals: Bronze
More Glister Journals info at the book's website here: theglisterjournals.com
The Glister Journals: Bronze can be purchased through any bookseller or purchase now at Amazon.com New edition coming!
Note: All original text and materials by or commissioned by B. B. Shepherd are copyright 2012-2015 to B B Shepherd.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Thankful for Cash Giveaway


To help you get ready for the holidays, a wonderful group of authors and bloggers have joined with I Am A Reader, Not A Writer to bring you one fabulous prize - $250 in Paypal Cash! Or you can choose a $250 Amazon.com eGift Code!

Thankful for Cash $250 Giveaway - November 15th to December 15th


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Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or who can redeem an Amazon.com Gift Code. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Reviews for The Glister Journals: Bronze
More Glister Journals info at the book's website here: theglisterjournals.com
The Glister Journals: Bronze can be purchased through any bookseller or purchase now at Amazon.com New edition coming!
Note: All original text and materials by or commissioned by B. B. Shepherd are copyright 2012-2015 to B B Shepherd.

Gratitude Giveaway Hop


Welcome to the Gratitude Giveaway Hop! This giveaway is sponsored by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Bookhounds. This giveaway runs from November 15th to 30th.

I'd like to thank each and every person following me, whether through my blog here, or through Facebook, Twitter . . . anywhere! This giveaway's just for you! And to spread the gratitude around, I'm giving away $10.00 gift cards to three winners. You can be a follower in any way! Here at my blog, the Glister Journals Facebook page, Twitter, Goodreads, Bloglovin, Google, anywhere! Thank you so much!

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive, and use a book store Gift Code. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW

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Reviews for The Glister Journals: Bronze
More Glister Journals info at the book's website here: theglisterjournals.com
The Glister Journals: Bronze can be purchased through any bookseller or purchase now at Amazon.com New edition coming!
Note: All original text and materials by or commissioned by B. B. Shepherd are copyright 2012-2015 to B B Shepherd.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Fall Into Cash Giveaway


Fall Into Cash $250 Giveaway

An Awesome Group of Authors & Bloggers have joined with I Am A Reader, Not A Writer to bring you one fabulous prize. We’re giving away $250 in Paypal Cash or you can choose a $250 Amazon.com eGift Code!

This giveaway runs from October 15th to November 15th. Enter via the rafflecopter.

Sponsor List – Thanks to these awesome bloggers & authors for sponsoring this giveaway!!
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Giveaway Details

$250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 Amazon.com eGift Card

Ends 11/15/15

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or who can redeem an Amazon.com Gift Code. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Reviews for The Glister Journals: Bronze
More Glister Journals info at the book's website here: theglisterjournals.com
The Glister Journals: Bronze can be purchased through any bookseller or purchase now at Amazon.com New edition coming!
Note: All original text and materials by or commissioned by B. B. Shepherd are copyright 2012-2015 to B B Shepherd.

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop


Welcome to this year's Spooktacular Hop, hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. My giveaway is a $15 gift card to the book store of your choice! Be sure to visit all the bloggers on the Linky for other great giveaways!

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Reviews for The Glister Journals: Bronze
More Glister Journals info at the book's website here: theglisterjournals.com
The Glister Journals: Bronze can be purchased through any bookseller or purchase now at Amazon.com New edition coming!
Note: All original text and materials by or commissioned by B. B. Shepherd are copyright 2012-2015 to B B Shepherd.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Unbranded


Soon after I turned thirteen, my dad and I moved to England. We had originally come from there but, apart from a visit when I was six years old, I'd grown up in California. My mother stayed in California to continue working until my dad found employment. In the meantime, we lived with my dad's mom. But that's another story. From the time I was thirteen until our return to California when I was eighteen, I was terribly homesick, in spite of the many cool things about living in England. As an undiagnosed autistic teen, it was probably even harder for me than it would have been for someone else, but I won't go into that here. My point is that there were many things I did to alleviate my distress, one of them being to write (among other things, beginning the first incarnation of a certain story) and another was to plot a trip.

By the time I was fifteen I was planning all kinds of ways to get back to California, all of them completely impractical to impossible. But one idea kept me happy and busy - planning a horseback trip from New York to California. This was in the days Before The Internet (yes, such a time really existed) and all I had was a huge National Geographic United States state by state atlas (which I think I still have in storage somewhere) and a ton of imagination. I plotted a course, as much as I could, from somewhere in New York to just east of Los Angeles (where we had previously been living), avoiding all the big cities, and traveling between water sources.

Thursday night I got to go see the indie film Unbranded. I was very excited about this movie from the moment I heard about it for a lot of reasons.

Mustangs. I've always had an interest in Mustangs and follow the problems, events, and legislation that affect them.

Though I prefer fantasy/sci-fi now, growing up, my favorite movie/TV genre was Westerns, and I still have a very soft spot for them.

But the the idea of four guys, modern cowboys (recent Texas A&M grads), taking this journey from Mexico to Canada was thrilling. I had to see it.



This is a fabulous film. The photography is stunningly beautiful and is accompanied by a wonderful score. It's worth the ticket just to go on this journey through Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Montana - some of the most gorgeous landscape in the world. Just watching it brought a lump to my throat and made me feel proud (even though I'm not technically American). There were also plenty of laughs, many gasps, some sadness, and a few hearty cheers.

But I really appreciated how they wove into the narrative facts from both sides of the Mustang story - both from the BLM's and activists' perspectives - and I hope more people will gain an understanding of the actual issues surrounding them. Should we protect them? Undoubtedly. Do they need management? Unquestionably. It's finding the best way of doing it that poses problems for both sides. I sincerely hope this film and the interest it engenders spurs positive results, or at least a new perspective to work from.

Who would like this film? Anyone who loves adventure, gorgeous landscape, and/or anything to do with the American West. And, of course, horses. I've already ordered a DVD for myself. It's definitely something I will watch many times.

Go see it!



Reviews for The Glister Journals: Bronze
More Glister Journals info at the book's website here: theglisterjournals.com
The Glister Journals: Bronze can be purchased through any bookseller or purchase now at Amazon.com New edition coming!
Note: All original text and materials by or commissioned by B. B. Shepherd are copyright 2012-2015 to B B Shepherd.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Books to Movies Giveaway Hop


Welcome to Books to Movies Giveaway Hop hosted by Bookhounds and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, October 8th to 15th. This hop features books that have been made into movies or TV shows.

So many choices! The obvious choice for me, waiting (quite patiently) for Mockingjay Part 2, would be The Hunger Games. But not very original. So I'm going with a favorite movie I can watch over and over without getting tired of it.


The book is by Diana Wynne Jones and originally came out in 1986, but I didn't know that. I just knew it was a 2004 movie by Hayao Miyazaki. The first first Miyazaki film I ever saw was Spirited Away, which I love too. But there's something about Howl's Moving Castle that keeps me coming back to it. The animation and artwork is so beautiful, and Miyazake's eye for detail astounds me (especially Howl's room). I love the characters and the incidental music is very nice. The only thing I don't like is the end song.


Unlike with most books/movies, I suggest seeing the movie first. The book surprised me by how different it was. I think if I had read the book first the differences in the movie would have constantly bothered me and taken away from just enjoying it. Not so reading the book after watching it. My short review can be read on Goodreads.


My giveaway is a paperback copy of Howl's Moving Castle and DVD of Miyazake's movie!

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Reviews for The Glister Journals: Bronze
More Glister Journals info at the book's website here: theglisterjournals.com
The Glister Journals: Bronze can be purchased through any bookseller or purchase now at Amazon.com New edition coming!
Note: All original text and materials by or commissioned by B. B. Shepherd are copyright 2012-2015 to B B Shepherd.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Winter Movies 2015-16

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2


I was disappointed, at first, that they strung the last book out into two movies and had feared they would dwell too much on Katniss' mental state, making it too melodramatic (and possibly boring). But I actually thought they did a good job on Mockingjay Part 1. There was an awful lot that happened in the second half of the book, so I'm confident the second movie will move along at a brisk pace and everything important will be included.



With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown.

Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale, Finnick, and Peeta – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to stage an assassination attempt on President Snow, who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her.

The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she has faced in The Hunger Games.

Release Date: November 20, 2015
Starring: Jennifer LawrenceNatalie DormerJulianne MooreSam ClaflinElizabeth BanksJosh HutchersonJena MaloneLiam HemsworthPhilip Seymour HoffmanStanley TucciWoody HarrelsonRobert KnepperDonald SutherlandToby JonesJeffrey Wright
Genres: AdventureSci-Fi
Directed By: Francis Lawrence
Studio: Lionsgate
MPAA Rating PG-13

Pan

I have no idea why, but I've been a sucker for Peter Pan all my life. It's only recently that I actually read the book and was disappointed. It wasn't what I expected at all. That's not to say it isn't a wonderful book, and from a historical perspective it's interesting, but the style is difficult to read as a twenty-first century adult. The story was quite different than I imagined too. I haven't seen the original Disney movie since I was a child, but Robin William's Hook was a favorite when my kids were growing up, and I adored (and still do) the Universal/Columbia version and count it as one of my all-time favorite movies. Another "origin" movie, Neverland, I found very enjoyable too, though highly improbable as a prequel. I'm not really expecting that much from this movie (Rotten Tomatoes critics give it 45%), but I think it will at least be entertaining.



An origin story of Peter Pan, Pan tells the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny — to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan. (Just to set the record straight, Peter Pan, the original character, is not a hero.)

Hugh Jackman stars as Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund stars as Hook, and newcomer Levi Miller stars as Peter Pan. Joe Wright, the British director of Hanna, the 2005 Pride & Prejudice (starring Keira Knightley) and Atonement, directed the movie Pan.

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Rooney Mara, Garrett Hedlund, Levi Miller
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Directed By: Joe Wright
Studio: Warner Bros.
MPAA Rating PG-13

The Last Witch Hunter

I've only just found out about this one. I have to see it because, well, Vin Diesel. That's all.



The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including KAULDER, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful QUEEN WITCH, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the QUEEN curses KAULDER with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today KAULDER is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to KAULDER, the QUEEN WITCH is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race.

Release Date: Oct 23, 2015
Rated: [Rated pg-13]
Runtime: 1 hr. 46 min.
Genres: Action/Adventure
Director:Breck Eisner
Cast:Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie, Michael Caine, Olafur Darri Olafsson.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII)

This is certainly my most anticipated movie. I was standing in line on opening night of the original movie (Episode IV), it was the first movie I felt compelled to see multiple times in the theater, and the first movie I ever insisted my dad had to see. Yes, I took him. I am and always will be a die-hard Star Wars movie fan.

A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set thirty years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). Enough said.



In case you've been in a galaxy far, far away for the past thirty years, or perhaps just want a refresher course, here's the story so far:



EDIT: I almost forgot about Unbranded. I'm seeing it on Thursday and will so a post on it later. :)

What movies are you looking forward to?

Writing: TGJ Book 2, Chapter 30.

Listening: TGL Book 2 soundtrack.

Reading: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente.

Watching: Movie trailers.



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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Banned Books Giveaway Hop


Welcome to Banned Books Giveaway Hop hosted by Bookhounds. I'm giving away a $15 gift card to the book store of your choice.

I'll be honest, I don't care for explicit material myself (usually), and I do believe in being careful what children have access to, but I'm very baffled by most of the books often challenged or banned for high school age. I was reading EVERYTHING when I was in high school, and what I didn't like, I didn't read. As simple as that.

My favorites:
The Harry Potter series
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
A Wrinkle In Time

On my To Be Read list:
Brave New World
Slaughterhouse Five
The Kite Runner
The Things They Carried
Fahrenheit 451

What are your favorites or anticipated reads on The List?

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fall Into Books Giveaway


Welcome to the Fall Into Books Giveaway, hosted by I am A Reader, Not A Writer. This Awesome Group of Authors & Bloggers have partnered with her to bring you this fabulous giveaway. The prize for this group giveaway will be a $250 Amazon.com Gift Code or $250 in Paypal Cash.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Stuck In Books Giveaway Hop


Welcome to Stuck In A Good Book Giveaway Hop hosted by Val at Stuck In Books. I am giving away a $15.00 gift card to the bookstore of your choice.

For this hop I'd like to highlight Marissa Meyer's series, The Lunar Chronicles. The last book I read of this series was Cress, the third book.

Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.


I really enjoyed this novel and look forward to the last of the series, Winter, due out in November.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

My Winter Reads


With revision of Bronze complete, I had originally hoped that these would be my Fall reads, but Gaiman's American Gods took me far too long to read and I'm reading Percy Jackson now in an attempt to catch up a little - I'm woefully behind on my Reading Challenge! In between, I'm writing daily and as much as I can now that school is back.

I'm currently finishing two books: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, which I have mixed feelings about, and then I'll finish The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente.

Next will be Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. I've had this on my To Be Read list for quite a while. When my oldest daughter mentioned she was reading it on Kindle (and loving it) and my son asked if I'd ever heard of it on the same day (he was raving about the miniseries he'd just seen), it got bumped to the top of the list. The book is huge so it's going to take a while!

Two magicians shall appear in England.
The first shall fear me; the second shall long to behold me...

The year is 1806. England is beleaguered by the long war with Napoleon, and centuries have passed since practical magicians faded into the nation's past. But scholars of this glorious history discover that one remains: the reclusive Mr Norrell whose displays of magic send a thrill through the country. Proceeding to London, he raises a beautiful woman from the dead and summons an army of ghostly ships to terrify the French. Yet the cautious, fussy Norrell is challenged by the emergence of another magician: the brilliant novice Jonathan Strange. Young, handsome and daring, Strange is the very opposite of Norrell. So begins a dangerous battle between these two great men which overwhelms the one between England and France. And their own obsessions and secret dabblings with the dark arts are going to cause more trouble than they can imagine.


Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman is a hardback I've had for quite a while but didn't want to read until I'd read American Gods. Now that I've finished it, I'll read this follow-up novel.

Bursting with the imaginative power of Neil Gaiman, this story blends fantasy with humour and drama. Fat Charlie Nancy is not actually fat. He was fat once but he is definitely not fat now. No, right now Fat Charlie Nancy is angry, confused and more than a little scared - right now his life is spinning out of control, and it is all his dad's fault. If his rotter of an estranged father hadn't dropped dead at a karaoke night, Charlie would still be blissfully unaware that his dad was Anansi the spider god. He would have no idea that he has a brother called Spider, who is also a god. And there would be no chance that said brother would be trying to take over his life, flat and fiancée, or, to make matters worse, be doing a much better job of it than him. Desperate to reclaim his life, Charlie enlists the help of four more-than-slightly eccentric old ladies and their unique brand of voodoo - and between them they unleash a bitter and twisted force to get rid of Spider. But as darkness descends and badness begins is Fat Charlie Nancy going to get his life back in one piece or is he about to enter a whole netherworld of pain?

And finally,

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.


I enjoyed the first book of this series and look forward to getting back to it.

Have you read these? What did you think? What are you looking forward to reading this winter?

Writing: TGJ Book 2, Chapter 29.

Listening: Civil Twilight - Story of an Immigrant

Reading: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente.

Watching: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries and Grantchester



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Thursday, September 10, 2015

A Treasure From Dad

I don't often post about personal things, but every once in a while something special happens that affects you deeply and you just have to tell someone. So I'm telling you.

I received a treasure in the mail today. My cousin (in England) sent me a small bible. It was found after his dear mother passed away recently. My dad's younger brother (her husband) must have held on to it for some reason.


The bible is small (about the size of my hand) and I practically need a magnifying glass to read it. As an adult, my dad had beautiful copperplate handwriting, but in several places, in pencil, is "S Bridge" in a childish hand - obviously practicing. There is no date in the book, but I'm going to assume he could have been no more than ten or so. That makes the book from the very early part of the 1900s. The cover is black, engraved, and a very soft leather. I can't begin to say what it means to me.

The timing, as such things often are, is exquisite to me. I was thinking of my dad this morning. I was also thinking of my spiritual history - a rather odd one as neither of my parents were religious at all.

There is a bookmark. A simple slip of aged blank paper. On the same page is another attempt at signature. The book it's in? Joshua.

Joshua is my son's name, and they were extremely close until my dad's death almost 20 years ago. So close that my son named his son's middle name for my dad - Stanley.



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Monday, August 31, 2015

Farewell to Summer Cash Giveaway


Farewell to Summer $250 Giveaway - September 1st to 22nd

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Note: All original text and materials by or commissioned by B. B. Shepherd are copyright 2012-2015 to B B Shepherd.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Back to Books Cash Giveaway


Welcome to the Back to School - Back to Books $250 Cash Giveaway hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
August 17th to September 7th

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Note: All original text and materials by or commissioned by B. B. Shepherd are copyright 2012-2015 to B B Shepherd.