Hello, Springtime!
Yesterday I came to realization that I am no longer bound by the rules and am now free to do whatever I want on this site.
• No more of that FTC-required statement about earning a commission if you click on a link.
• No more following Amazon’s operating agreement and operating policies.
• No more getting up at 5:30. Every Single Morning. Tuesday I didn’t wake up until 5:33.
Going forward, I will free-wheel my posts. It’s time to let our hair down. Don’t you think we are buddies after getting together every day for more than a decade? Our relationship has lasted longer than 33% of first marriages (scroll down on this linked page to Interesting Divorce Facts).
I will sometimes post great reads at great prices sans the associate tag so Big A doesn’t go over the edge. Look for book reviews in the coming weeks. Opinion pieces, freebies, secrets I’ve never told and more. We are going to have fun!

First free-wheel topic: The phone call.
Our house phone rang yesterday afternoon. Ninety-six out of hundred calls on that phone are autodialed unwelcome annoyances. As soon as I answered, I knew this one was special. The man claimed he was representing Amazon. He said that I had placed an order for $349.99 and Amazon thought it might be in error. If I had placed the order, I should hang up and await delivery. I hung up and cannot wait to see what will arrive at my doorstep. Hahaha!
We all know the guy was a scammer. Part of me wishes I had stayed on to learn his hook. If he calls again, I’ll stick with him. I’ll let you know what I ordered when the delivery arrives. Wink. Wink.


Second free-wheel topic: Great reads at a great price plus commentary
The Joe Hill: Heart-Shaped Box, 20th Century Ghosts, Horns, and NOS4A2 ($3.99) If you want to be scared witless, then grab these four bone-chilling novels of psychological and supernatural suspense by Joe Hill, the author otherwise known as Stephen King’s son.
These novels have been given the sort of overwhelming critical acclaim that is rare for works of skin-crawling supernatural terror. Who are these people who give critical acclaim to skin-crawling supernatural terror? I do not want to be their friend.
These books are also described as deliciously scary. My idea of deliciously scary is a pan of triple-chocolate brownies** made on Thursday and gone by Saturday, you know, a 48-hour life span.


**Triple-chocolate brownies: Start with a box brownie mix for 9×13 size pan. Follow the package instructions EXCEPT replace the water with Hershey’s chocolate syrup. Add a package of chocolate chips to the batter. Bake as instructed, perhaps a few minutes less to keep the brownies chewy. These are deliciously scary and you owe no one an apology for how many you consume.
PS: I have no idea if Joe Hill likes brownies.
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