Mailbox Monday

Peter Pan, narrated by Lily Collins, and published by Audible, landed in my mailbox. It’s always interesting to look at the classics you read as a kid when you have a lot more life experience:) The first time I read The Cat in the Hat again as an adult, I thought, YOUR MOTHER TOLD YOU NOT TO OPEN THE DOOR. Of course the kids open the door and let the cat inside and have a fun time. As a kid reading it, that didn’t bother me at all, lol.

Here is the description of Peter Pan from Amazon:

“There are few characters in literature more iconic than J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. Originally introduced in 1902 in another Barrie novel (The Little White Bird), Peter’s story was expanded as a standalone novel in 1911 and since then has been memorably adapted for the movies, for television, and for stage.

Now, actress Lily Collins (The Blind Side, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) brings new, youthful energy to Peter’s magical adventures – her performance capturing the innocence and wonder of Barrie’s original tale. Through Collins’ voice you’ll rediscover your favorite characters: Captain Hook, the Darlings, Tinker Bell, The Lost Boys, and a tick-tocking crocodile. And you’ll fly along with Peter through Neverland – a place full of magic and adventure; a place where no one gets old.”

Disclosure: I received a copy of Peter Pan from Audible in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

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Audiobook Review: One Breath: Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits

Here is the description from Amazon:

“One Breath is a gripping and powerful exploration of the strange and fascinating sport of freediving, and of the tragic, untimely death of America’s greatest freediver.

Competitive freediving – a sport built on diving as deep as possible on a single breath – tests the limits of human ability in the most hostile environment on earth. The unique and eclectic breed of individuals who freedive at the highest level regularly dive hundreds of feet below the ocean’s surface, reaching such depths that their organs compress, light disappears, and one mistake could kill them.

Even among freedivers, few have ever gone as deep as Nicholas Mevoli. A handsome young American with an unmatched talent for the sport, Nick was among freediving’s brightest stars. He was also an extraordinary individual, one who rebelled against the vapid and commoditized society around him by relentlessly questing for something more meaningful and authentic, whatever the risks. So when Nick Mevoli arrived at Vertical Blue in 2013, the world’s premier freediving competition, he was widely expected to challenge records and continue his meteoric rise to stardom. Instead, before the end of that fateful competition Nick Mevoli had died, a victim of the sport that had made him a star, and the very future of free diving was called into question.

With unparalleled access and masterfully crafted prose, One Breath tells his unforgettable story, and of the sport which shaped and ultimately destroyed him.”

“Water is acceptance of the unknown.” Nick Mevoli Perhaps this quote by Nick Mevoli himself most defines his brief life. He focused on freediving, a dive on one breath to the farthest depth possible under water. Even with the best equipment, and a healthy body, a freediver risks uncertainty every time he dives. Nick Mevoli felt impatient to dive to further depths and perhaps impatience hastened his demise.

One Breath: Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits by Adam Skolnick offers the background of freediving with the compelling story of Nick Mevoli, an American who felt at ease in international waters and embraced a sometimes nomadic life. I liked listening to the audiobook edition, published by Audible, and well-narrated by Paul Boehmer, because hearing the story gave it a sense of immediacy. Whatever edition you choose, and you can choose book and audio:), One Breath: Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits remains a thought-provoking tale that will stay with you for awhile.

Disclosure: I received a copy of One Breath: Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits from Audible in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

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Superbowl 2017 – Dear Kitten Regarding the Big Game

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*Expired*FREE Ebook Emeralds, Diamonds, and Amethysts January 29 through February 2

You can download a free copy of Emeralds, Diamonds, and Amethysts from January 29 through February 2. Here’s the description from Amazon:

AVAILABLE SEPARATELY FROM MAGICAL COOL CATS MYSTERIES BOXED SET VOLUME I FOR A LIMITED TIME!!!

1920s detectives, Grace & Jack, return with cool cats, Tatania and Zeus, who solve mysteries without missing a nap. In Emeralds, Diamonds, and Amethysts, they race bootleggers to find an extraordinary jewel collection. Emeralds, Diamonds, and Amethysts is about a code known only to women who fight for the rights of all women.

Women wanted to vote. Suffragettes had a code they expressed through jewelry. Emeralds = Green = G = Give. Diamonds = White = W = Women. Amethysts = Violet = V = Votes. Give Women Votes

Excerpt from Emeralds, Diamonds, and Amethysts:

“‘You’re a natural detective. So is Tatania. Women and cats are unafraid, curious, and get away with more simply by being cute. They appear innocuous. That’s why they’re dangerous.” Jack winked at her.

You can grab your free download by clicking on the image above or the link below:
Emeralds, Diamonds, and Amethysts (Cool Cats Mysteries)

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Abraham Lincoln and Cats – Presidents & Pets

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Public Domain, Link

When asked if her husband had any hobbies, Mary Todd Lincoln reportedly said, “cats”. President Lincoln welcomed stray cats to the White House. During the darkest days of the Civil War, the company of his cats helped sustain him. He rescued three orphaned kittens at General Grant’s headquarters in Virginia. So the next time you do something nice for a cat, you are following in the footsteps of one of the greatest American Presidents.

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By Nicolas Suzor from Brisbane, Australia – Kittens!
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Of course Lincoln wasn’t the only President who loved his pets. President Calvin Coolidge and First Lady Grace Coolidge kept cats, dogs, and even a pet raccoon. Grace Coolidge posed for her official portrait with her dog. Should Presidential families include their pets in portraits more often?

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By Howard Chandler ChristyWhitehousehistory.org, Public Domain, Link

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*Expired* Magical Cool Cats Mysteries Boxed Set Volume 1 Free December 31 through January 4

Grab a free download of Magical Cool Cats Mysteries Boxed Set Vol 1 from December 31 through January 4. Here’s the description from Amazon:

Without missing a nap, magical cool cat sleuths find clues as intoxicating as catnip and help their humans, fun-loving 1920s detectives, Grace and Jack, solve crimes.

Excerpt from Splendid Summer: A white cat sat against his pillows, grooming a paw.
“Do you sleep with her?”
“No, we’re just good friends,” he replied.

In Emeralds, Diamonds and Amethysts, Tatania and her tomcat companion, Zeus, race bootleggers to find an extraordinary jewel collection. Emeralds, Diamonds, and Ametheysts is about a code known only to women who fight for the rights of all women.

Excerpt:: Grace looked at a ticket. It read: Good for one in a Pierce Arrow for the Suffragette March.
“I thought it was a march.”
‘Bless your heart, Grace. When one can ride in a nice Pierce Arrow, why walk? One can show one’s support from a luxury car just as well. Those with a chauffeur also serve.”

In Cher Ami, two people drop dead within minutes of each other. They appear unrelated. Tatania, and Zeus find the story of Cher Ami, a WWI carrier pigeon with the heart of a lion.
Excerpt: It’s not easy to get seven years of sleep in each year. Cats do their best. Since cats live seven years for each human one, naps are mandatory. Tatania, a fluffy white deaf Persian, and Zeus, a black and white with a little pink nose, were napping when the commotion began in Coronado Tent City. They sprawled across the bed’s middle.
Grace slipped on a sleeveless dress with a scalloped hemline.
“Feels a little chilly,” she said, rubbing her shoulders, “should I put on a sweater?”
“With the heat I generate, you won’t need one. Just stick close to me,” Jack said.

You can grab your free download by clicking on the image above or the link below:

Magical Cool Cats Mysteries Boxed Set Vol 1 (Books 1, 2 & 3 & A Christmas Feral)

And you can always read Kindle books on your PC, tablet, and smart phone by downloading free Kindle Reading Apps:

Kindle for PC [Download]

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*Expired* Nine Lives and Google Play and Amazon’s 99 Cent Movies Deal Through January 23, 2017

Nine Lives is a cute movie. Kevin Spacey plays an executive who briefly inhabits the body of a cat. As Mark Twain said, “If you crossed man with a cat, you’d improve man but deteriorate the cat.”

And Nine Lives is one of about 49,000 movies that Amazon is offering in a 99 cents movies promo through January 23, 2017. When you see the movie you’d like to watch for 99 cents, click on “More Purchase Options” and receive a prompt to enter your movie promo code: MOVIE99. The price won’t change on your screen but you’ll see the promo applied in the confirming email you receive from Amazon after you rent the movie. Google Play is also offering movies for 99 cents through January 23, 2017 and you don’t need a promo code for Google Play.

Click on the link below to see Nine Lives and other movies available at Amazon:

Nine Lives

Happy Holidays!

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*Expired* MEOW or NEVER – Free Dec 11-15

From December 11 through 15, enjoy a free download of Meow or Never. Here’s the description from Amazon:

In the 1920s, nothing interesting happens before 2 a.m. When a wealthy stockbroker’s wife disappears, magical cool cat sleuths, Tatania and Zeus, sniff clues as intoxicating as catnip and help human detectives, Grace and Jack, find her.

Excerpt from Meow or Never:

Zeus, a cute and mischievous tomcat, kept following the tide in and out, letting the water sprinkle his nose, and acting surprised when the tide chased him back to shore. Wet, he shook like a puppy. Then, he sniffed each front paw carefully.
He scampered excitedly towards their favorite humans, a slender woman in a sparkling dress, and a muscular man with black hair and skin kissed brown by the sun. Tatania, his white Persian cat companion, looked away. Tatania thought there were a lot of appropriate ways to greet humans. Running towards them like a puppy wasn’t one of them.

You can download your free copy of MEOW or NEVER by clicking on the image above or the link below. And you can always read Kindle books on your phone, tablet, or pc with free kindle reading apps. Happy Reading!

Meow or Never (Magical Cool Cats series Book 7)

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Mailbox Monday

I’m thrilled that One Breath: Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits by Adam Skolnick, The 12 Dares of Christmas by Leigh W. Stuart, and Girl Online by Zoe Sugg landed in my mailbox. Here are the descriptions from Amazon:

*ONE BREATH*

“One Breath is a gripping and powerful exploration of the strange and fascinating sport of freediving, and of the tragic, untimely death of America’s greatest freediver

Competitive freediving—a sport built on diving as deep as possible on a single breath—tests the limits of human ability in the most hostile environment on earth. The unique and eclectic breed of individuals who freedive at the highest level regularly dive hundreds of feet below the ocean’s surface, reaching such depths that their organs compress, light disappears, and one mistake could kill them.

Even among freedivers, few have ever gone as deep as Nicholas Mevoli. A handsome young American with an unmatched talent for the sport, Nick was among freediving’s brightest stars. He was also an extraordinary individual, one who rebelled against the vapid and commoditized society around him by relentlessly questing for something more meaningful and authentic, whatever the risks. So when Nick Mevoli arrived at Vertical Blue in 2013, the world’s premier freediving competition, he was widely expected to challenge records and continue his meteoric rise to stardom.

Instead, before the end of that fateful competition Nick Mevoli had died, a victim of the sport that had made him a star, and the very future of free diving was called into question. With unparalleled access and masterfully crafted prose, One Breath tells his unforgettable story, and of the sport which shaped and ultimately destroyed him.”

*THE 12 DARES OF CHRISTMAS*

“Lauren Hall has one wish for Christmas this year—raise money to build a new, no-kill animal shelter for the town of Sycamore Cove. And she is prepared to do anything to make it happen. Even dare a man she just met to perform a strip tease for the local knitting society.

Gabe Nicholson has one wish too—obtain the job of a lifetime to launch his career. Only his wishes get snowballed when his best friend’s little sister hands him a pair of stripper pants and a bottle of eggnog-flavored body oil.

It’s all sugar plums and mistletoe until a scandal caused by Lauren’s fundraiser threatens to ruin it all. With Gabe’s work opportunities disappearing before his eyes and Lauren’s fundraising efforts tanking, their game of dares stands to burn them both. Unless it ignites a spark of Christmas magic.”

*GIRL ONLINE*

“From award-winning YouTube sensation Zoe Sugg, popularly known as Zoella, comes her New York Times bestselling debut young adult novel, which perfectly captures what it means to grow up and fall in love in today’s digital world.

I have this dream that, secretly, all teenage girls feel exactly like me. And maybe one day, when we realize that we all feel the same, we can all stop pretending we’re something we’re not… But until that day, I’m going to keep it real on this blog and keep it unreal in real life.

Penny has a secret.

Under the alias GirlOnline, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, high school drama, her crazy family, and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse at school, her parents accept an opportunity to whisk the family away for Christmas at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. There, Penny meets Noah, a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American. Suddenly she is falling in love—and capturing every moment she spends with “Brooklyn Boy” on her blog.

But Noah has a secret, too, one that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover—and her closest friendship—forever.”

Wishing everyone a lovely and bountiful Thanksgiving!!

Disclosure: I received a copy of One Breath: Freediving, Death and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits by Adam Skolnick from Audible in exchange for an honest review. I received copies of The 12 Dares of Christmas by Leigh W. Stuart and Girl Online by Zoe Sugg from Net Galley. This post contains affiliate links.

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AudiobookReview: The Many

This is a story about grief and loss. In a once prosperous fishing village, that is processing the grief that comes with contaminated water and the loss of livelihoods, Timothy buys a house that has been uninhabited for ten years. The village greets Timothy with suspicion. He’s the proverbial outsider.

Processing his own grief and loss, Timothy moves back and forth between waking and dream sleep hours, and isn’t always able to distinguish between the two. He doesn’t know if he’s spent minutes or hours staring into his wife’s eyes in bed. The Many seems timeless.

The Many was long-listed for the Booker Prize 2016. The audio book edition is well-narrated by Gavin Osborn.

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