Friday, January 25, 2008

Random Thoughts

Here are some of my latest musings.

After listening to XM Channel 5 (the 50’s) for the past couple days, I’m left with these two thoughts:

• What song, do you suppose, was playing on the radio of James Dean’s Porsche 550 Spyder when Donald Turnupseed ran him off U.S. Route 466 and subsequently killed Dean?

• Who was sexier, Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly? Truth be told, I wish I’d bedded both…at the same time.


Current Affairs:

• Although many case studies estimate that one out of every four Americans—25% of the populous—is now mentally ill, a friend of mine, an MD, told me she believes the number to be much closer to 50% of all Americans. So, the next time you’re bitching and complaining about the guy that just cut you off in traffic, you just might be right when you scream, “You’re out of your mind, idiot!” Then again, it just may be you that’s missing a few screws upstairs, at least according to the estimates.

Have a great weekend.

Peace & Luv

NP

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If you enjoy strong-but-feminine women, sexy love stories, hot romance stories, romantic fiction, romance novels, sensual fiction, women's fiction, sentimental fiction, great novellas, award-winning fiction, Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, or Richard Paul Evans, you can read a sample of Nelson's Bronte Prize-winning novella, Bee Balms & Burgundy, right now for free HERE. (See for yourself why it beat out Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, and Richard Paul Evans, among others, for the title of "North America's Best Love Story of the Year." [Bronte Prize results are HERE.])


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Autumn Reads & Reviews

I decided to keep a log of the books I read from quarter to quarter, to be reviewed and posted by the 15th of each following month. Why? I don’t know. It just seemed like something to do. Some of these titles I find online, some in bookstores, and some at flea markets/garage sales. Some are stupid little reads designed for ESL programs, others are mainstream bestsellers, and still others are bona fide classics. I’ll pretty much read anything that peaks my interest upon first site.

Now, autumn is always a busy time for me, and that includes reading. So, I don’t know if I’ll be posting this type of quantity each quarter (I have yet to read a book since the holidays), but nonetheless…

Nellie P’s Autumn (Oct/Nov/Dec) 2007 Reads & Reviews:

• Act of Treason; Vince Flynn (Loved it)
• Dead Cold; Sue Leather (Garbage, but I didn’t know so until I was well into it.)
• Ill Wind; Nevada Barr (Another strong title from an ingenious serial storyteller.)
• Jennifer Government; Max Barry (Pretty good, funny, but trite at times.)
• Lions of Lucerne; Brad Thor (Thor’s best? Perhaps better than his actual talent.)
• Meet Me in Istanbul; Richard Chisolm (I loved this simple little story; good fun for the open-minded reader.)
• Officially Dead; Richard Prescott (Good read, in my opinion.)
• Past Mortem; Ben Elton (Excellent. I like this guy's tempo.)
• The Black Cat; John Milne (I loved this simple little story; good fun.)
• The Sigma Protocol; Robert Ludlum (As good as the Bourne serial; captivating.)
• White Noise; James Ellroy (Good story; I don’t like Ellroy’s cheeky descriptive style.)
• Anna Karenina; Leo Tolstoy (Vastly overrated, even for it's time. It think "shock value" contributed to its lore.)
• L.A. Confidential; James Ellroy (Ellroy tries to be too hip with his narrative.)
• Path of the Assassin; Ben Elton (Entertaining story but terribly cliché.)
• Playing for Pizza; John Grisham (Fun and inviting if not simple.)
• Portuguese Irregular Verbs; Alexander McCall Smith (Rather listless.)
• Protect and Defend; Vince Flynn (Drags a bit here and there, but it’s nice to see Mitch back in action.)
• The Old Man and the Sea; Ernest Hemingway (Halfway through this book, I thought, Overrated! By the end, I got it. What a beautiful, sublime story of chivalry and self-realization. Hemingway was a god, plain and simple.)
• The Scarlet Letter; Nathaniel Hawthorne (Remarkably taut for “America’s first novel.”)


Also, another installment from the Dumb-Ass Quotes Vault:

"I want all the kids to do what I do, to look up to me. I want all the kids to copulate me."
- Former Chicago Cub Andre Dawson, when asked about being a role model

Until next time...

Peace & Luv

NP

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If you enjoy strong-but-feminine women, sexy love stories, hot romance stories, romantic fiction, romance novels, sensual fiction, women's fiction, sentimental fiction, great novellas, award-winning fiction, Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, or Richard Paul Evans, you can read a sample of Nelson's Bronte Prize-winning novella, Bee Balms & Burgundy, right now for free HERE. (See for yourself why it beat out Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, and Richard Paul Evans, among others, for the title of "North America's Best Love Story of the Year." [Bronte Prize results are HERE.])



Thursday, January 10, 2008

Eye for an Eye?

I saw a program on dog shelters this morning. In the aftermath, as a dog lover, I'm left with this question: If we can justify euthanizing a three-year-old collie for biting a child's hand as that child attempts to rip a half-eaten rawhide from his/her mouth, then can't we also justify euthanizing a child that severs a dog's head and sends it via post to that dog's guardian???

Remember: Both Hitler and Ted Bundy were once children; neither was ever a dog.

Stay safe.

NP

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If you enjoy strong-but-feminine women, sexy love stories, hot romance stories, romantic fiction, romance novels, sensual fiction, women's fiction, sentimental fiction, great novellas, award-winning fiction, Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, or Richard Paul Evans, you can read a sample of Nelson's Bronte Prize-winning novella, Bee Balms & Burgundy, right now for free HERE. (See for yourself why it beat out Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, and Richard Paul Evans, among others, for the title of "North America's Best Love Story of the Year." [Bronte Prize results are HERE.])


Monday, January 7, 2008

In From the Fog

Happy New Year!! I know, I know, everybody says that, but...

Since my last post, I've celebrated X-mas Eve (the big day in my family), X-mas, my lady's b-day, New Year's Eve, and New Years Day. (Hey, only two more weeks to the next holiday!) Needless to say, I've had enough "joy" and "wishes" to last me until April. So, back at it...

As I endured the forty-minute drive home from my mother's house tonight—in a dense, metro-wide fog befitting of a Stephen King setting—I came to a conclusion: Just to thank everyone that dared to read my meaningless blog in 2007, I'm going to offer you a FREE read of Chapter 5 from my Bee Balms & Burgundy audiobook! (The audiobook is currently in production.) You can find them here.

Other than that, I've included in this post a wonderful entry from the Stupid Quotes vault, and a raw recipe designed to keep you warm on these frigid January evenings. Enjoy!

Quote:

"Could you play some Picasso?"
- Former NBA and Philippine Basketball Association forward Chris Morris to a piano player in a hotel bar.


Raw Recipe

(I recently came up with this. Let me know what you think.)

"Southwestern Turtle Salad"

You need a large bowl. (I've geared these specific instructions for what amounts to roughly a pint.)

Mix/toss the following:

• One cup soaked raw Black Turtle Beans
• 1/2 cup diced Red Tomatoes (make sure you get all the juice in here as well)
• 1/3 cup diced Red Bell Pepper
• 1/3 cup diced Banana Pepper
• One teaspoon shredded Cilantro
• Pinch of Cayenne Pepper

Toss/stir well, chill a bit, then serve.

Have a great week.

Peace & Luv

NP

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If you enjoy strong-but-feminine women, sexy love stories, hot romance stories, romantic fiction, romance novels, sensual fiction, women's fiction, sentimental fiction, great novellas, award-winning fiction, Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, or Richard Paul Evans, you can read a sample of Nelson's Bronte Prize-winning novella, Bee Balms & Burgundy, right now for free HERE. (See for yourself why it beat out Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, and Richard Paul Evans, among others, for the title of "North America's Best Love Story of the Year." [Bronte Prize results are HERE.])