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Author Recommendation: Jean Plaidy

Posted on March 9, 2020 at 7:25 PM

I discovered Jean Plaidy by accident. I saw a book about Elizabeth I at Barnes and Noble, bought it, then suddenly I was reading nothing but. She has eight pseudonyms depending on the genre (real name Eleanor Hibbert), though I am mostly versed in the Jean Plaidy one. I have read her Victoria books, Borgias, and I am getting ready to start on the Catherine de Medici trilogy, but it is with the Tudors that her work shines the best. The Victoria books can be a bit like wading through mud, but her shorter Tudor books (The Lady in the Tower and The Rose without the Thorn especially) are her best in my opinion. They paint sympathetic portraits of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard that I had not really seen prior. But the woman wrote more than 200 books, if the Tudors aren't your jam, she wrote about the Plantagenets (The Courts of Love is excellent), the French Revolution, the Norman Conquest, gothic romance, and so on and so on.

Game Recommendation Monday: Battle for Middle-Earth

Posted on March 2, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Recommendation Monday: This game is so old and a trip to Amazon will show you it's not impossible to find, it is not easy to play. It's so old it doesn't run as well on newer Windows. And by newer, I mean anything newer than XP. But this is probably my favorite game ever. It's an RTS, but in Middle-Earth! Ignore the issues of Boromir surviving and fighting until the Black Gates and definitely don't ask why the Riders of Rohan are in Mirkwood. Just sit back and pound some baddies into the ground.

Coming to Wattpad in 2021

Posted on March 1, 2020 at 7:55 PM

Book Recommendation Monday: She Came to Slay

Posted on February 17, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Harriet Tubman is a badass, and if you weren't already aware, you would do well to read this book. It's a quick read, perhaps not the most in-depth analysis, but made it easily accessible to everyone and not just history buffs. It follows the story of Harriet's parents meeting to Harriet's death in 1913, highlighting her service as a conductor on the Underground Railroad and to the U.S. Army during the Civil War.

Book Recommendation: Rejected Princesses

Posted on February 10, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Like I said a few weeks past, I love surveys of history. I like to cram in as many topics into one book as humanly possible and this book is doubly wonderful because it's all about badass ladies. It includes awesome women from around the globe across all recorded human history.

Coming in March to Wattpad

Posted on February 6, 2020 at 8:25 PM

February Goals

Posted on February 4, 2020 at 6:50 PM


We survived a month in the new year. Somehow. I have been busy.

- I have been listening to a lot of audiobooks lately. If Scribd thought I wasn't going to take full, abusive, advantage of the 30-day free trial, it was dead wrong. If I continue with a subscription after the 30 days is another story. This includes listening to all 60 hours of Les Misérables. Now you don't have to, because once Marius got introduced, that book just annoyed me. Never have I wanted to punch a character in the face as much as I wanted to punch Marius. Just the Worst. Anyway, to my actual goal, I'd like to finish at least three books this month (reading and listening)

- I'm working on getting the first Wattpad story ready for a March release. For those unfamiliar with Wattpad, I will upload it as a weekly serial. I am into chapter three now and will hopefully have at least five chapters ready before the first chapter goes up on Wattpad.


Book Recommendation: The Rose Without a Thorn

Posted on February 3, 2020 at 7:00 PM

For the life of me, I cannot figure out where my copy of this is. However, of all Jean Plaidy's books, I think this is my favorite. Some of her Tudor books can be like wading through mud, but this one about Catherine Howard captures the care-free spirit of the doomed queen. From her reckless youth to the day, she places her head on the block.

Movie Recommendation: Tremors

Posted on January 27, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Humanity does not deserve this most perfect of movies. If you don't know what it's about, what rock have you been under?! A small town in Nevada has to contend with subterranean worm-like monsters. Also, Reba's in it.

Book Recommendation Monday

Posted on January 20, 2020 at 7:00 PM

I like a good fluff historical book that touches on many things. And this one fits the bill. It follows queens including Arsinoe (Cleopatra's sister) to Princess Di and how society/political enemies ruined them.