A Check Off the Bucket List

This past weekend I attended an event that was a highlight of my life.  I had 3389the pleasure of seeing Stephen King, the master himself, speak to a sold out crowd at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.  Do I really need to tell you he was amazing?  I didn’t think so.

He was humorous, self-deprecating, inspiring – and he spent a little over an hour talking about Rock Bottom Remainders, a band of writers he’s in, his books (of course), Bruce Springsteen, and life in Florida, where he lives part of the year.  He also took a few questions from the audience.  The line to ask questions extended up the aisle at every microphone, but we would have been there all night if everyone had asked their questions.  And I would have stayed to listen.

At the end of the evening, attendees were given a copy of his new novel, End of Watch, 25526965of which he’d signed 400 copies.  I made hubby go with me – not because he’s a Stephen King fan, but because it increased my chances of getting a signed copy.  He’s not even much of a reader, but we all have to make sacrifices, right?  Totally fair.  As soon as the book was in my hand, I opened it and – nothing.  I grabbed hubby’s copy and….SCORE!  His was signed!  Naturally I confiscated it – he’s never read a King book, so I deemed him unworthy of even holding it.  The book is mine, now and forever.

This book joins many signed by authors I’ve met and although I didn’t meet Mr. King personally, I consider myself very fortunate to have had an opportunity to hear him speak.  A bucket list item checked off.




My New Wicked Awesome Banner by Green Embers!

If you visit this blog regularly, you’ve probably noticed some redecorating going on.  How about this new banner?  Don’t be thinking I’m taking credit for it because it’s way beyond the realm of my skill set.  The man responsible for this is none other than the talented Bradley Corbett a.k.a Green Embers!


How he has time to do these things, I’ll never know because he’s busy running two blogs.  You can find him at:

Green Embers Recommends – This is a collaborative blog where Bradley and others ger-dialogues-covershare reviews on books, movies, TV shows – and anything else they’d like to recommend.

Greenembe.rs – This is his personal blog.

 If I want to know about new movies or TV shows, Green Embers Recommends is my first stop – he’s never steered me wrong.  Bradley has a love of sci-fi and fantasy books and I’ve also gotten some good tips on books I probably would have overlooked.

Thanks, Bradley, for classing up the joint and elevating the look of Books & Such!  If you haven’t dropped by Green Embers blogs – now’s your chance to click the links above and hop on over.

I’m A Slacker

Alright, I’ll be the first one to say it – I’ve been a slacker with this blog.  When I first began, my intent was to write about not just books, but my journey to publication, mention movies I’d seen and liked, throw in images (1) some music, interview authors, help promote indie authors – but for the past year, almost 100% of the content of Books & Such has been book reviews, along with some promos for other authors tossed in here and there and some reblogs.  Not entirely what I’d set out to do.  Yeah, I can offer some excuses – I work, have two teenagers, I’m a band parent, my hubby travels a lot, leaving me a single parent, and I can easily curl up with a book and lose hours – but I’m also a procrastinator and tell myself I work best under pressure, which is actually true, but sometimes I still get distracted and make excuses.

So……..I’m making some changes.  I plan to talk more about my writing and hope some of you will hold me accountable for my word count progress and offer support.  I’ve gotten some fun ideas from other blogs that I plan on shamelessly stealing – but I promise to give credit where it’s due and link back to your blogs.  Last night, after encouragement blatant badgering from my son, I made a list of all my TBR books and it’s 80+, so don’t be surprised if you see some reviews of older books over the next several months – I’m committed to getting that list down to a more manageable number (and hopefully won’t be adding two more to every one I read).

If any of you would like to offer suggestions about what I could add to Books & Such, I’m open to ideas.  My new motto is below.