Talented Ben Stiller narrates a free short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. James Thurber’s classic short story is about a shy, never looked at man who daydreams about being a hero. You can download it for free at www.audible.com/Mitty
Here’s a trailer for the movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, opening on Christmas!
And you may qualify for a free audiobook copy of Grace, Jack & Magical Cats Cozy: Mystery Boxed Set Vol I ($17.46 value) First, go to the Amazon page for Grace, Jack & Magical Cats Boxed Set Vol I by clicking on the image below:
Under the book image on the Amazon page, click on “Audible Audio Edition, Unabridged”
Then, click on “Start Your Free Trial at Audible.com” and the audiobook should download for free for you. You’re not under any obligation to continue to be a member of Audible at the end of your free trial. You may want to though. Happy Listening!
Or, you can go directly to Grace, Jack & Magical Cats Cozy Mystery Boxed Set Volume I at Audible by clicking on the link below: http://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/Grace-Jack-Magical-Cats-Cozy-Mystery-Boxed-Set-Volume-1-Audiobook/B00H3N4NXC
Toast the 80th Anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition on December 5, 2013 with your favorite libation.
Before Sex and the City, there was Lois Long, writing for The New Yorker in Roaring Twenties Manhattan. I noticed the homage to Lois Long while I watched Ken Burns’ Prohibition on PBS with a nice Merlot. Her Nom de Plume was simply Lipstick. Just as most women couldn’t walk a mile in Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw’s $600 Manolo Blahniks shoes, most Roaring Twenties women couldn’t have lived Lois Long’s life if they tried.
Lipstick reportedly showed up at work at 4 a.m., intoxicated, and lept over her cubicle when she couldn’t find her key. She wrote that men at one club “were not handsome but they looked like good providers”. In the Roaring Twenties, bootleggers carried $1,000 bills. That wasn’t a typo. If like me, you haven’t seen one, it’s because they were discontinued due to organized crime’s penchant for $1,000 bills. And really, it’s for the best — can you imagine handing a beleagured barrista at Starbucks a $1,000 bill for coffee in the morning?
Ken Burns’ Prohibition illuminates the Roaring Twenties in a timeless way. Archival footage has never looked so alluring. And when certain advocates of Prohibition realized it hadn’t accomplished what they had hoped,they had the courage to admit it was a mistake.
In Catty Corner, Grace, Jack, and magical cool cats, Tatania and Zeus, leap to solve an art heist at a mysterious beach front mansion. An artist painting Grace’s portrait appears suspicious. Heart pounding, Grace sits for her portrait while considering clues.
Enjoy a copy of Catty Corner on Kindle by clicking on the image above or the link below: Catty Corner (Humorous & Romantic Magical Cool Cats Mysteries)
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This video of a fireman saving a kitten gets me everytime:
Awhile ago, I locked my key in my car. It was night time and I’d gone shopping by myself — not something I recommend. I went back in the store and told someone at the customer service desk and he got a hanger and was accompanying me out the door to the parking lot to help me when someone else who worked at the store stopped him and said, “Don’t help her. If anything gets damaged, she could sue us.” I kid you not.
I thanked the nice guy for the hanger and am embarrassed to admit that about five minutes later, I still hadn’t managed to get the car door open. I heard a masculine voice ask me if I needed help. He stood about ten feet away from me. Not so close that he would startle me but close enough for me to hear him speak quietly. He was over six feet tall with a muscular build and one of the best looking faces I’ve ever seen. And he was wearing an Army uniform.
He accomplished getting the door opened in less than 30 seconds. And when I thanked him, he said,
“I wasn’t going to leave you here.”
That’s why I love firemen and military heroes. If you’re a kitten in a burning building, a fireman isn’t going to leave you there.
And if you suffered under a dictator’s regime during WWII, or are just a girl who locked her key in the car, an American Soldier isn’t going to leave you there. Thank you to the heroes.
“Franklin finds me standing at my desk. Standing behind me, he whispers, “Lovely Lucy,” and his hands meet around my waist.
“You’re a thin girl.”
“Some would say I’m in reduced circumstances. I like to think of it as reducing circumstances.”
Lucy Mercer fell on hard times when her family lost their money. She took a job as Eleanor Roosevelt’s social secretary. Told from Lucy’s perspective, Franklin Loves Lucy is the story of a relationship that began when Franklin Roosevelt was Assistant Secretary of the Navy and ended when he was President and took his last breath with Lucy by his side.
“Never, ever did I feel more desired than I did during the hot summer days and nights with him. Our glorious existential world. Everyone deserves one great affair in their lives. Franklin was mine.”
And just last week, Franklin Loves Lucy was relased on audio with talented Lee Ann Howlett narrating it. Audiobooks are wonderful. It’s available at Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover writes a free novella about the search for happily ever after.
A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.
When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.
One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.
Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.
Please click on the image above or the link below to download your free copy of Finding Cinderella. Finding Cinderella: A Novella
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*****UPDATE***** It looks like the commisary is open again and awesome Costco and Sams Club are still offering free shopping without membership to active and retired military members.
Also, banks that serve the military community including Navy Federal Credit Union, USAA, and Service Credit Union are offering special breaks and services. Please click below to see the Stars and Stripes article:
Also, for the fifth year, participating Bed & Breakfasts in the U.S. are offering a free stay for active military and veterans on November 10 and/or November 11th to celebrate Veterans Day. Please click below to see participating B & B’s:
I’m going to give away a free audio copy of Cupcake Kitty. Just leave a comment letting me know if you’re active or retired military or a furloughed federal worker to enter to win. Audio books are great for brightening your day.