Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Hourglass Heights New Book Blitz


Ian David Noakes is back with his new erotic, horror, thriller Hourglass Heights.

The author...


The new book has been nominated for the People’s Book Prize in the United Kingdom and it is a contender for the National Book Awards.

IT was originally his first novel but two others have been published as this one was being tweaked and published.

Join Hourglass Heights Facebook event for a chance to talk with the author, Ian David Noakes about his exciting novel. Hang around and chat for some chances to win some signed paperbacks and some exclusive Hourglass Heights swag prizes on February 1st . The event takes place at 11:00AM EST. Here is a link to the event.

Interested in the book check it out on amazon.


Sharing about exciting new books and rising authors!

Monday, December 22, 2014

R.I.P Joe Cocker

Singer Joe Cocker passed away today at the age of 70 due to cancer! A Woodstock veteran, a Grammy Award winning singer and a legendary vocalist who the music world will miss.

From Woodstock to beyond...

Joe Cocker got bye with a little help from his friends...

He could do ballads "You are so Beautiful"

Taking us on a musical journey "Up Where We Belong"

His heart has finally been unchained..

With Eric Clapton he performs "Worried Life Blues"

Joe Cocker was a one of a kind entertainer, who had a distinctive voice, a great career, and leaves behind a great legacy!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Remembering Frank Zappa on his Birthday

Today is Frank Zappa's birthday. We celebrate it with legacy which is his music he left behind.

Starting off with a little "Cosmik Debris"

"Muffin Man"

Since it is winter "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow"

Just a brief salute to Frank Zappa as I have been swallowed up by the busyness of the season..

Friday, December 19, 2014

Farewell Norman Bridwell

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Clifford the Big Red Dog is a series of books and shows that was beloved by both of my children. Considering one of the children is a grown man of 18 and my daughter is 7 that is quite a gap but they both found common ground with Clifford.

Norman Bridwell was the man who created Clifford the Big Red Dog. Clifford created a career for Norman that included 40 best selling books, two television series, a live musical and of course merchandise.

Here is a clip from the show..

Quoting Bruce Weber in the New York Times stated Bridwell is "a figure who looms as large in toddler lit as the great white whale does in the American canon." I  have never heard of toddler lit before but certainly Bridwell was a master of the genre. 

He will be missed but he does leave behind one big red legacy!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Happy 71st to Keith Richards!

One of my favorite birthdays to celebrate on this blog is Keith Richards! Here is a link to last year's post celebrating his 70th Birthday.

I also celebrated his 69th  and 68th Birthdays as well. I am sharing the links to share more music!

I couldn't resist this! Two legends! Keith Richards performing Nadine with Chuck Berry. I love how Keith stays in the background and gives the spotlight to Chuck Berry!

Here Keith performs "How I Wish" with The X-pensive Winos!

"Still A Fool" Keith Richards performing with the blues great Hubert Sumlin...

I don't think any of these are repeats. Obviously the fame and fortune from being in the Rolling Stones has enabled Keith Richards to have some great musical moments. Hopefully he will have a few more! Happy Birthday Keith Richards!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Support the Arts for Great Performances Now and in the Future

My son had his Holiday Concert last night with his his high school orchestra. The concert was held at a local church known for having some of the biggest Christian concerts and entertainment performed at their venue. In other words a venue with great sound!

The show highlighted the choirs and orchestra of the high school. The seats were filled. The Super Attendant of Schools showed up for the concert. It is no secret school systems across the country are cutting costs in this economy. Arts and music is one area that is often hit hard by these cuts.

If the large crowd from the local community and the many standing ovations meant anything at all, they  meant that these school programs are important to the community! They are also important to the students as the learn to develop their talents, they learn the discipline required to learn a musical instrument, they learn dedication, and they also develop self esteem. Studies have also shown music helps students to become smarter.

I was awed by how well these students sounded! I was proud by the show of community support. Of course I am concerned if arts and music will continue to be available in schools.

I urge you to attend your local schools concerts, dramas, and other events! Show the schools what is important. Help them financially. They could be your kids, your neighbors and friends. Encourage the next generation!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Battle of the Bands Number 11: Happy Xmas The War is Over !

Welcome to my Battle of the Bands number 11! This month I will be trying to keep it with a Holiday theme for the entire month.

Listen to the song clips in the blog post. In the comment section vote for the one you like the best. Feel free to explain why you voted the way you did. The battles take place on the first and 15th and winners will be announced on the 7th and 21st. I will normally post the winner in the comments. Of course have fun and enjoy!

If you are still looking for more musical fun after you vote, you can check out these sites for more battles:

The Creative Outlet of StratPlayer

Alex J. Cavanaugh

Original Song: John Lennon's Happy Xmas (The War is Over)

Christmas is just around the corner so this song is quite timely. Last time I used a legend in Chuck Berry and this time I picked another legend John Lennon.

Challenger One: The Corrs

Challenger Two: Sheryl Crow

I have seen both of The Corrs and Sheryl Crow open up for the Rolling Stones. Just a connection between the artists.

Vote in the comments! Happy Holidays! Next Battle of the Bands next year!

Stay Tuned!

Stayed tune to Mike's Ramblings! The December 15th Battle of The Band post will be posted late tonight! Hopefully it will be worth the wait!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Interview with author Kia Carrington-Russell and review of SIA

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*Free E-Copy given for review"


Honestly stars may have been hired if I was the more the target audience, which is young adult, fantasy romance. The author Kia Carrington-Russell does let her imagination run wild in this novel. Fantasy wolf people, phantom wolves. The story has trials and tribulations, violence, love, betrayals, and Sia has to make tough choices. Stay alone, kill, be hunted, trust, love are just some of the choices she has to make. Internal, external struggles and sacrifices help create quite a tale. In the end she defines herself.

Fast pace, 191 pages, imaginable twists will capture your imagination as the author pours her's on the page. If you like fantasy, romance, twists, or violence in your reading you can't go wrong with Kia-Carrington-Russell's Sia.

If interested you can check out the book on Amazon here.


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Mike: What is the most memorable experience you’ve had throughout your time as an author?

KCR: Probably talking in front of a small business group that wanted to know who I was. They wanted to know about my books and experiences thus far. It was my first time speaking in front of strangers and it was an interesting experience. I hope to do it again sometime soon.

Mike: Tell us something about yourself that your readers would find interesting.

KCR: I am a huge anime and cosplay fan. I love dressing up for the Supanovas and fancy dress parties, and I love anime. Also, Japanese cartoons. They are so awesome to watch and the storylines are even greater. I have a lot of respect for the artwork as well. This is why I want to visit Japan so badly. I plan on spending a few weeks there next year; it’s something I truly can’t wait for.

Mike: What do you want your readers to walk away with after reading Sia? Is there an underlying message throughout the story?

KCR: Yes—to define yourself. Sia thought she knew who she was as she rebelled against the impression others had of her. I hope that readers will think more about themselves, and not act like someone else because of the impression others have of them. This was a costly lesson for Sia. We all deal with this every day of our lives. I would hope that somewhere in amongst Sia’s adventure, readers can find a part of themselves, and be proud of who they are.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday's Music Moves Me: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

I had fun signing up for this blog hop last Monday. I hope the links will guide you if you want to join in or visit some other sites. Okay, on behalf of the lovely Dancing Queen, Marie @XmasDolly, and her Solid Gold dancers ~ Callie @JAmericanSpice, Stacy @Stacy Uncorked, Becca @Everyday Life, & myself thank you for joining us for another week of Monday’s Music Moves Me.
Now, it’s time for you to ask us to step out on the dance floor with you. By linking your musical post (all non-music link ups are labeled or removed) URL (not your main blog address) below you are inviting the 4M crew to boogie down to your tunes.

If not all the information is here. Keeping it going with a Christmas theme. This is probably my all time favorite Christmas Song,,,

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer which started like this...

A really retro Christmas selection!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

December 7: "a date which will live in infamy."

On this date in 1941 Japan conducted an air raid on Pearl Harbor.

The results included 2300 Americans killed, 12 ships sank or beached, 9 others left needing repairs, 160 destroyed aircraft, and 150 left needing repairs.

President Roosevelt stated today is "a date which will live in infamy."

My Rankings After week 15: My Top 4 and more

The end of the regular season has come to an end. The contenders showed why they were contenders. Florida State stayed undefeated with another close win. Oregon, Alabama, TCU, and Baylor flexed their muscles.

I moved Ohio State into 4th placed and dropped TCU back a spot. Ohio State surprisingly crushed Wisconsin 59-0 to win a conference championship which was more impressive than Texas Christian University who crushed Iowa State.        

Here are the rankings:

1) Florida State University Seminoles (13-0) nipped Georgia Tech 37-35.

2) Oregon Ducks (12-1)  crushed Arizona 51-13 to win the PAC-12.

3) Alabama Crimson Tide  (12-1) rolled over Missouri 42-13 in the SEC Championship game.

4) Ohio State Buckeyes (12-1)  shutout Wisconsin 59-0.

5) Texas Christian Horned Frogs (11-1) stomped Iowa State 55-3.

6) Baylor Bears (11-1) beat Kansas State 38-27.

7) Michigan State Spartans (10-2) did not play,

8) Mississippi State Bulldogs (10-2) did not play.

9) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10-3) fell to FSU 37-35 in the ACC Championship game.

10) Kansas State Wildcats (9-3) fell to Baylor 38-27.

11) Mississippi Rebels (9-3) did not play.

12) Georgia Bulldogs (9-3)  did not play.

13)Missouri Tigers (10-3) was whipped by Alabama 42-13.

14) Arizona Wildcats (10-3) lost to Oregon 51-13 in the PAC-12 Championship,

15) Clemson Tigers (9-3)  did not play

16) Arizona State Sun Devils (9-3) did not play.
17) UCLA Bruins (9-3)  did not play.

18) Wisconsin Badgers (10-3) lost to Ohio State 59-0.

19) Louisville Cardinals (9-3)  did not play.

20) Marshall Thundering Herd (12-1) bounced back to win a conference title with a 26-23 win over Louisiana Tech.

21) Boise State Broncos (11-2) stopped Fresno State 28-14.

22) Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-3)  did not play.

23) Northern Illinois Huskies (11-2) crushed Bowling Green 51-17.

24) Colorado State Rams (10-2) did not play.

25) Auburn Tigers (8-4) did not play.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Farewell UAB Blazers Football

Time will tell if the University of Alabama Birmingham made the right choice to shut down their football team. Athletics are important to fans. Athletes do earn an education on being on a team. However, to a University education should be the most important things. I know it was a financial decision.

I'm not judging the decision. I sympathize with the fans, athletes, the coaching staff and all involved with their program. I will heap praise on the coach.

Bill Clark fought for his team to exist after this season. He coached his team to a 6-6 record which was great for the Blazers. Besides how the team played on the field, from what I read in the past month he fought for his team, College football where wins and losses often decide the fates of coaches. Great men fired because they didn't win enough.

He was a a coach about his players and that is commendable. A level down at Jacksonville State he went 11-4 and 6-6 with UAB which are not bad records. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

R.I.P Ian McLagan

The week is only half over and the rock world has lost a sax legend and now a renowned keyboardist. Ian McLagan has passed away at the age of 69.

You can read the official announcement at his website. Ian is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee. He was a member of the Faces and Small Faces.

Here he performs "Never Say Never" on David Letterman's show with special guest Patty Griffin..

Here is a vintage video of him performing in The Small Faces "Tin Soldiers"

A video from 1972 The Faces featuring Rod Stewart...

Peace and prayers to his family. Ian McLagan thanks for the music!

R.I.P Bobby Keys

Bobby Keys is best known for his over 44 years of playing saxophone for The Rolling Stones. You have surely heard him play his sax as he played on so many classic rock chestnuts. He played with Joe Cocker, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Chuck Berry, BB King, John Hiatt, Warren Zevon, Eric Clapton and so many more.

A musician I was fortunate enough to see perform live with The Rolling Stones several times. 

Here is a report about his death...

Here he is with The Rolling Stones...

Mixing it up he plays with Ronnie Lane below..

Bobby Keys is a legend who will be missed by the music world!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Battle of the Bands Number Ten: Chuck Berry's Run Rudolph Run

Welcome to my Battle of the Bands number 10! This month I will be trying to keep it with a Holiday theme for the entire month.

Listen to the song clips in the blog post. In the comment section vote for the one you like the best. Feel free to explain why you voted the way you did. The battles take place on the first and 15th and winners will be announced on the 7th and 21st. I will normally post the winner in the comments. Of course have fun and enjoy!

If you are still looking for more musical fun after you vote, you can check out these sites for more battles:

The Creative Outlet of StratPlayer

Alex J. Cavanaugh

Chuck Berry- Original Artist Not in Battle

Yes, I went to a pioneering artist to pull a song for this competition. Back to the early days of rock and roll. The song written by 

First Challenger Keith Richards

Well Keith Richards wasn't to far behind Chuck Berry and here is his take on the Holiday Rock Classic...

Second Challenger Lynyrd Skynyrd

Keeping it in the classic rock, guitar genre here is Lynyrd Skynyrd's take..

Enjoy the battle. This time I have two studio versions against each other. Vote in the comments and enjoy! Hope it helps to get you in the Holiday spirit. Not into the Holidays well I hope you enjoy the retro-rocking old school sounds!

Edit: Found out from Curious as a Cathy there is a music bloghop on Mondays and I am game!

Here are the details from Cathy's site:

Okay, on behalf of the lovely Dancing Queen, Marie @XmasDolly, and her Solid Gold dancers ~ Callie @JAmericanSpice, Stacy @Stacy Uncorked, Becca @Everyday Life, & myself thank you for joining us for another week of Monday’s Music Moves Me.
Now, it’s time for you to ask us to step out on the dance floor with you. By linking your musical post (all non-music link ups are labeled or removed) URL (not your main blog address) below you are inviting the 4M crew to boogie down to your tunes.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

My Rankings After week 14: Keep changing FSU only undefeated team!

#1 FSU survived a challenge from the Florida Gators. Then #6 Mississippi State were upset by Ole Miss. #14 Georgia Tech took down Georgia in overtime.  #13 Marshall fell to Western Kentucky 67-66 in overtime.

Next week Championship games galore. #1 Florida State battles #!0 Georgia Tech for the ACC crown.#2 Oregon battles #11 Arizona in the PAC-12 Championship. #9 Missouri takes on #3 Alabama in the SEC Championship game. #5 Ohio State takes on #12 Wisconsin for the Big Ten title. #8 Kansas State at #6 Baylor should be fun!

Here are the rankings:

1) Florida State University Seminoles (12-0) survived the Florida Gators 24-19. The Seminoles will face Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship game.

2) Oregon Ducks (11-1)  crushed Oregon State 47-19. The Ducks face Arizona in the PAC-12 Championship game on Friday.

3) Alabama Crimson Tide  (11-1) rolled back to top Auburn 55-44. The Crimson Tide will meet Missouri in Atlanta on Saturday in the SEC Championship.

4) Texas Christian Horned Frogs (10-1) stomped past Texas 48-10. The Horned Frogs entertain Iowa State on Saturday.

5) Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1)  crushed Michigan 42-28. The Buckeyes will play Wisconsin on
Saturday in the Big Ten championship.

6) Baylor Bears (10-1) nipped Texas Tech 48-46. The Bears host Kansas State on Saturday.

7) Michigan State Spartans (10-2) whipped Penn State 34-10. The Spartans wait for a Bowl birth.

8) Kansas State Wildcats (9-2) blasted Kansas 51-13. The Wildcats visit Baylor on Saturday.

9)Missouri Tigers (10-2) topped Arkansas 21-14. The Tigers meet Alabama on Saturday in the SEC Championship.

10) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10-2) needed overtime to take down Georgia. The Yellow Jackets will take on Florida State for the ACC Championship next.

11) Arizona Wildcats (10-2) defeated Arizona State 42-35. The Wildcats will face Oregon on Friday.

12) Wisconsin Badgers (10-2) beat Minnesota 34-24. The Badgers will meet Ohio State on Saturday.

13) Mississippi State Bulldogs (10-2) lost to Ole Miss 31-17. The Bulldogs are off until the Bowls.

14) Arizona State Sun Devils (9-3) fell to Arizona 42-35. The Sun Devils await a Bowl.

15) Mississippi Rebels (9-3) upset Mississippi State 31-17. The Rebels wait a Bowl invite.

16) Georgia Bulldogs (9-3) lost to Georgia Tech in overtime. The Bulldogs wait for the Bowl.

17) Oklahoma Sooners (8-3) did not play. The Sooners host the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday.

18) Clemson Tigers (9-3) beat South Carolina 35-17. The Tigers await a Bowl.

19) UCLA Bruins (9-3) were shocked by Stanford 31-10.The Bruins are off until the Bowls. 

20) Louisville Cardinals (9-3) topped Kentucky 44-40. The Cardinals wait for a Bowl bid.

21) Boise State Broncos (10-2) crushed Utah State 50-19. The Broncos face Fresno State in the Mountain West Championship game on Saturday.

22) Marshall Thundering Herd (11-1) were upset in overtime 67-66 by Western Kentucky. The Thundering Herd will face Louisiana Tech on Saturday for the Conference USA Championship.

23) Minnesota Gophers (8-4) lost to Wisconsin 34-24. Next stop a bowl game.

24) Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-3) topped Iowa 37-34 in overtime. Searching for a bowl.

25) Auburn Tigers (8-4) lost to Alabama 55-44.

Thursday, November 27, 2014


I wish all my readers the best for Thanksgiving! I hope everyone was able to find something to be thankful for as I know sometimes in a world full of troubles that can be hard to find.

The news before thanksgiving was not pleasant. Children getting shot by police, granted the children were playing with toy guns that looked like the real things. The riots in the aftermath of the decision in Ferguson. I wanted to blog about it. However, nothing I could write could change the situation.
I almost fell through the trap door and started blogging about it.

I pray for healing in those communities. I pray for the riots to end and peace to prevail. I hope it wasn't a racial issue. I know the incident has widened the division between races in this melting pot we call America.

I truly hope those racial divides end. I am not a fan of dividing people up in politics the left and the right either. Then there is the religious divide. We are all different. We should celebrate these differences and enjoy living together in harmony.

I am thankful I have friends of different religions, races, and.backgrounds. I am thankful for the ones who have shared their traditions, their food, their culture and truly enriched my life.

That is why my thoughts are on peace and love! No, I am not trying to sound like an old hippy. However peace, love and together is a much greater alternative than what I see in the news. No more riots, no more injustice, no more big divides, lets come together and become something greater.

Maybe give the homeless shelter, maybe feed the hungry without being arrested, maybe lifting up instead of tearing down. If we all work towards that wouldn't we all be more thankful?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

My Rankings After week 13: The Big Shuffle

Arkansas shocked Ole Miss in a week where many top teams took on cupcake opponents. The week ahead is filled with many rivalry games.

#24 Auburn Tigers at #3 Alabama Crimson and #20 Ole Miss at #6 Mississippi State are games with a lot on the line this week. #4 TCU visits a Burnt Red Hot Texas Longhorns on Thursday. #14 Georgia Tech at #12 Georgia is my game of the week. #15 Arizona State at #16 Arizona on Friday is my second pick. Arkansas is a red hot upset machine and they tangle with #11  Missouri on Saturday. #19 Minnesota at #17 Wisconsin looks like fun!

Here are the rankings:

1) Florida State University Seminoles (11-0) topped Boston College 20-17. The Seminoles finish the regular season against the Florida Gators on Saturday.

2) Oregon Ducks (10-1)  crushed Colorado 44-10. The Ducks visit Oregon State on Saturday.

3) Alabama Crimson Tide  (10-1) rolled on past Western Carolina 48-14. The Crimson Tide host Auburn on Saturday.

4) Texas Christian Horned Frogs (9-1) did not play. The Horned Frogs visit Texas on Thursday.

5) Baylor Bears (9-1) crushed Oklahoma State 49-28. The Bears visit Texas Tech on Saturday.

6) Mississippi State Bulldogs (10-1) destroyed Vanderbilt 51-0. The Bulldogs visit Ole Miss on Saturday.

7) Ohio State Buckeyes (10-1)  beat Indiana 42-27. The Buckeyes host Michigan on Saturday.

8) UCLA Bruins (9-2) rolled over rival USC 38-20. The Bruins host Stanford on Friday.

9) Michigan State Spartans (9-2) walloped Rutgers 45-3. The Spartans visit Penn State on Saturday.

10) Kansas State Wildcats (8-2) beat West Virginia 26-20. The Wildcats host Kansas on Saturday.

11)Missouri Tigers (9-2) defeated Tennessee 29-21.The Tigers host Arkansas on Friday.

12) Georgia Bulldogs (9-2) crushed Charleston Southern 55-9. The Bulldogs host Georgia Tech on Saturday.

13) Marshall Thundering Herd (11-0) topped UAB 23-18. The Thundering Herd hosts Western Kentucky on Saturday.

14) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (9-2) did not play. The Yellow Jackets visit Georgia on Saturday.

15) Arizona State Sun Devils (9-2) blasted Washington State 52-31. The Sun Devils visit Arizona on Friday.

16) Arizona Wildcats (9-2) crushed Utah 42-10. The Wildcats host the Sun Devils on Friday.

17) Wisconsin Badgers (9-2) nipped Iowa 26-24. The Badgers host Minnesota on Saturday.

18) Colorado State Rams (10-1) stomped New Mexico 58-20. The Rams visit Air Force on Saturday.

19) Minnesota Gophers (8-3) topped Nebraska 28-24. The Gophers visit Wisconsin on Saturday.

20) Mississippi Rebels (8-3) were shutout by Arkansas 30-0. The Rebels host Mississippi State on Saturday.

21) Oklahoma Sooners (8-3) crushed Kansas 44-7. The Sooners have a week off.

22) Louisville Cardinals (8-3) beat Notre Dame 31-28. The Cardinals host Kentucky on Saturday.

23) Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-3) lost to Minnesota 28-24.Nebraska visits Iowa on Saturday.

24) Auburn Tigers (8-3) beat Samford 31-7. The Tigers visit Alabama on Saturday.

25) Clemson Tigers (8-3) shut out Georgia State 28-0. The Tigers host South Carolina on Saturday.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy Birthday Dr. John!

Today is Dr. John's birthday. He was a participant in my first battle of the bands post this month which you can revisit here.

He turns 74 and with a long career that means a lot of great music. This is how we celebrate!

This song is probably my all time favorite Dr. John song..

I want to dig deeper maybe pull a clip of Dr. John playing with some Louisiana All Stars called The Voices of the Wetland All Stars featuring Tab Benoit, George Porter, and Cyril Neville...

Here Dr. John performs "There Must be a Better World Some Place"..

Happy Birthday! I hope you enjoyed your visit!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

R.I.P Mike Nichols

In his career Mike Nichols won the most desirable awards in show business. Awards such as a Grammy, Emmy, Oscar, and Tony helped create a legend. Kennedy Center Awards and a National Medal of the Arts recognized his legacy.

He won his Grammy Award being part of the Nichols and May duo,,

Theater wise he won nine Tony Awards from Barefoot in the Park, to Spamalot, to Death of a Salesman and many in between.

An Academy Award and a Golden Globe for The Graduate...

Throw in four Emmy Awards for works like Angels in America....

Here is a news report...

Diane Sawyer will miss her husband, the rest of his family will missh im and the world will miss his entertaining talents.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Books: A Man Without A Country

Over the weekend I read another library find. This time I returned to an author I have read in the past Kurt Vonnegut. This time instead of reading a classic fiction work like Slaughterhouse-Five I turned to a collection of his essays called A Man Without a Country.


Many of the essays revealed truths in the world that are still truth. His essays were bold written like a writer not afraid to write his mind. I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would. I enjoyed Slaughterhouse-Five and after reading A Man Without a Country I look forward to reading more works by Kurt Vonnegut.

Thanks for visiting and I will be back soon with a new post!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Books: Secrets of St. Vincent

I said I would get back to blogging about books again this month and here I am. I finally signed up for my library card. The library has very strange hours and I could complain about that or wish it was larger. However, I will be grateful for what they have and they still have real books.

Anyway I found another mystery book set in Florida and today I found out it is part of a trilogy. No it is not Bob Morris again. I  discovered Charles Farley. Unfortunately, I unknowingly picked the middle book. The book I am writing about Secrets of St. Vincent.

What I liked about the book was that it took place in a different time. The panhandle of Florida was quite different in the 1930s and Farley captured my imagination with panthers and 15 foot long alligators. Then there was the mystery. The book had a bit of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird with an African American blues musician accused of a crime he did not commit.

Murders, wilderness, history, race relationships, a man's fate hanging in the cell of a prison are all ingredients in this mystery plus a few more twists.

I've liked other mysteries better. Perhaps if I read the first book in the series I would have enjoyed this one more. The book didn't grab me at times. However, the book delivered a lot and overall was a pleasant read!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

My Rankings After week 12: The Big Shuffle

The week was full of upsets Arkansas shut out LSU, Virginia Tech nipped Duke, Oregon State surprised Arizona State, Northwestern took down Notre Dame, and Alabama made sure Mississippi State wasn't undefeated. The rankings from 2 through 25 have been revamped.

#25 USC at #8 UCLA will be a key game this week. #22 Minnesota visits #21 Nebraska and #19 Arizona visits Utah.

1) Florida State University Seminoles (10-0) rallied to top Miami 30-26. The Seminoles host Boston College on Saturday.

2) Oregon Ducks (10-1)  did not play. The Ducks host Colorado on Saturday.

3) Alabama Crimson Tide  (9-1) beat Mississippi State 25-20. The Crimson Tide host West Carolina on Saturday.

4) Texas Christian Horned Frogs (9-1) topped Kansas 34-30. The Horned Frogs have a week off.

5) Baylor Bears (8-1) did not play. Baylor hosts Oklahoma State on Saturday.

6) Mississippi State Bulldogs (9-1) lost to Alabama 25-20. The Bulldogs host Vanderbilt on Saturday.

7) Ohio State Buckeyes (9-1) beat Minnesota 31-24. The Buckeyes host Indiana on Saturday.

8) UCLA Bruins (8-2) did not play. The Bruins host USC on Saturday.

9) Mississippi Rebels (8-2) did not play. The Rebels visit Arkansas on Saturday.

10) Missouri Tigers (8-2) defeated Texas AM 34-27. The Tigers visit Tennessee on Saturday.

11) Michigan State Spartans (8-2) crushed Maryland 37-15. The Spartans host Rutgers on Saturday.

12) Kansas State Wildcats (7-2) did not play. The Wildcats visit West Virginia on Saturday.

13) Marshall Thundering Herd (10-0) crushed Rice 41-14. The Herd visits UAB on Saturday.

14) Georgia Bulldogs (8-2) crushed Auburn 34-7. The Bulldogs host Charleston Southern on Saturday.

15) Wisconsin Badgers (8-2) ran over Nebraska 59-24. The Badgers visit Iowa on Saturday.

16) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (9-2) beat Clemson 28-6. The Yellow Jackets enjoy a week off.

18) Arizona State Sun Devils (8-2) lost to Oregon State 35-27. The Sun Devils host Washington State on Saturday.

19) Arizona Wildcats (8-2) nipped Washington 27-26.  The Wildcats visit Utah on Saturday.

20) Colorado State Rams (9-1) did not play. The Rams host New Mexico on Saturday.

21) Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-2) fell to Wisconsin 59-24. Nebraska hosts Minnesota on Saturday.

22) Minnesota Gophers (7-3) lost to Ohio State 31-24. The Gophers visit Nebraska on Saturday.

23) Duke Blue Devils (8-2) was upset by Virginia Tech 17-16. The Blue Devils host North Carolina on Thursday.

24) Auburn Tigers (7-3) lost to Georgia 34-7. The Tigers host Samford on Saturday

25) USC Trojans (7-3) beat California 38-30. The Trojans visit UCLA on Saturday.