Shiver me Timbers! Guess what today is . . .

Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!  Avast me beauties!  Grab yer grog, yer wenches, yer parrots an’ yerselfs an’ celebrate with yer Captain.  From the lowliest bilge rat to the scurviest dog in the crow’s nest, indulge yer inner pirate.  It’s a day where even ye landlubbers can develop sea legs and participate in the gloriousness that be the high seas.

In honor of the fine day here be some shanties to help prepare to wet yer whistle:

A traditional version:

A silly version:

A more modern pirate remix version:

So wave yer Jolly Roger an’ spend those pieces of eight ye scalawags, seadogs, and fellow explorers.  Always remember:

Q: What did the ocean say to the pirate?

A: Nothing, it just waved.

x The Captain

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Shiver me Timbers! A Sad Day . . .

It is with a very heavy heart that I announce the flag will be flying at half mast today.  Only a short while ago, I introduced y’all to the newest members of me crew.  This morning after a gallant and courageous fight, we lost our lovely Junius Brutus i.e. “J.B.”, swab.  Though she be but little she be fierce.

While “Admiral” Hezekiah is the brash and crazy challenger who barrels into everything, J.B. was the quieter calculating one of the two.  It was she who always was the first to explore a new situation.  It was she who cunningly got herself in and out of scrapes.  She took a while to warm up to ye but was loyal and stalwart if ye earned her trust.  Above all she was always purring.

What the First Mate and I learned today was that J.B. was more amazing then we even knew.  She apparently had a spinal condition since birth that she didn’t let stop her.  As she was growing the pain became worse.  And yet she never complained.  It just finally became too much and caused her to fall out of the rigging without warning which further damaged the vertebra in her back.  She couldn’t use her back legs any longer.

Even then she be me fierce and determined fuzzy mate.  She did not want to give up.  Even in all that pain, she purred every moment that we had left with her.  Hezekiah was there by his sister’s side with encouragement and kisses for as long as he could be.  Me little kitten with the big heart had to let go of this world fer a bigger adventure where we couldn’t follow.

We were with her until the end.  She put her head on the First Mate’s head to comfort him and I held her until she let go.  She purred until the last second.  Ye see we may have only known J.B. for 69 days but that time was truly a treasure.  Nothing in the world would make me give up the time I had with her even though the hole in me heart be a grave one.

I know that time will cause me heart to scar and that I will survive but I wish more than anything that I could hear her purr forever.  Ye will be mightly missed J.B.  We will continue to look after yer crazy brother, Hezekiah as ye would have wished.  We will try our best.  We will love ye always.  So raise yer grog towards this beloved crew member.  I just know that I will always be looking to hear her purr in the wind . . .

Junius Brutus i.e. “J.B.”, swab

In honor of J.B., one last smile

Always remember:

Q: Who is the pirate’s favorite cat?

A: Gaaarrrrrrfield!

Hardy har har!!

x The Captain

Shiver me Timbers! An Introduction . . .

Ahoy there mateys!  Just wanted to introduce ye to two of the newest members of me crew.  A hearty welcome to:

“Admiral” Hezekiah

Junius Brutus i.e. “J.B.”, swab

Cause every ship needs a ratter or two and these two rambunctious rascals are already causing havoc.  Arrrrr!

Always remember:

Q: Where do pirates put their weapons?

A: In their enemies.

Hardy har har!!

x The Captain

Shiver me Timbers! A treasure hunt reminder!

Ahoy there me mateys!  Just a reminder that today is the last of the treasure hunt for me 400 followers celebration!  Any of me crew can try for their fair share.  So here we be drawin’ lots for the following treasure:

A Sci-Fi (or Two):

If ye be interested in sailing to the stars or just want to find out what that SyFy show is all about then this bundle of leviathan wakes (book 1) and abaddon’s gate (book 3) are fer ye.  It would have included book 2 but I be afeard that it washed overboard . . .

Click Here for A Chance at this Sci-Fi Treasure!

A Fantasy Book

If fantasy and alternate worlds be yer wish then try fer the mirror empire.

Click Here for A Chance at this Fantasy Booty!

A Young Adult

Princesses, Witches, Dragons, and Knights, oh my!  Perhaps pennyroyal academy floats yer boat.

Click Here for A Chance at this Young Adult Loot!

A Thriller with Sci-Fi Elements:

Or perhaps ye need something that crosses genres and is slightly Off the Charts, then perhaps ye will enjoy brilliance.

Click Here for A Chance at this Off the Charts Swag!

Try yer best ye scalawags, seadogs, and fellow explorers!

Always remember:

Q: Why is pirating so popular?

A: Once you lose your first arm, you’re hooked for life.

Hardy har har!

x The Captain

Shiver me Timbers! A treasure hunt!

Ahoy there me mateys!  While I was away sailing on the high seas, an amazing thing happened:

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Four hundred followers!  How cool is that?  So in honor of the occasion, I be thinkin’ that it be time to divvy up some loot.  Any of me crew can try for their fair share.  So here we be drawin’ lots for the following treasure:

A Sci-Fi (or Two):

If ye be interested in sailing to the stars or just want to find out what that SyFy show is all about then this bundle of leviathan wakes (book 1) and abaddon’s gate (book 3) are fer ye.  It would have included book 2 but I be afeard that it washed overboard . . .

Click Here for A Chance at this Sci-Fi Treasure!

A Fantasy Book

If fantasy and alternate worlds be yer wish then try fer the mirror empire.

Click Here for A Chance at this Fantasy Booty!

A Young Adult

Princesses, Witches, Dragons, and Knights, oh my!  Perhaps pennyroyal academy floats yer boat.

Click Here for A Chance at this Young Adult Loot!

A Thriller with Sci-Fi Elements:

Or perhaps ye need something that crosses genres and is slightly Off the Charts, then perhaps ye will enjoy brilliance.

Click Here for A Chance at this Off the Charts Swag!

So welcome to me crew ye scalawags, seadogs, and fellow explorers!  This draw will last for one week whereupon the results will be tallied and the booty be divided.

Always remember:

Q: How do pirates know that they are pirates?

A: They think so, therefore they Arrrrrrr!

Hardy har har!

x The Captain

Shiver me Timbers! An Anniversary!

Ahoy there me mateys!  Guess what day it is?   Me log is one year old!  Arrrrrr!

Highlights of 2016:

Number of Posts: 174

Books Reviewed: 134

Books that Walked the Plank: 3

Books that Forced an Abandoned Ship: 6

Books Off the Charts: 4

Number of 3 Bells Trilogy Showcases: 5

Authors Profiled in Broadsides: 9

Parley with an Author: 1

Most Books Read by a Single Author: 5 (Kelley Armstrong)

First Book Review: seraphina (Rachel Hartman)

Last Book Review: the wave speaker (J.S. Bangs)

Books on me Ports for Plunder List i.e. TBR to ye Landlubbers: 925 and counting

Blog Awards Awarded: 9 – see them here

Current Crew Members i.e. Followers to ye Landlubbers: 336 and counting

Overall Number of Visitors: 1,661 and counting

Likes: 2,032 and counting

Comments: 446 and counting

Most Commented Post: 14 – the waking fire (Anthony Ryan)

Top 3 Commenters:  Danielle @ Books, Vertigo, and Tea, the Orang-utan Librarian, and Anne @ inked brownies

Top Five Books Read in 2016 (in no particular order):

the perks of being a wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)

the girl from everywhere (Heidi Heilig)

xom-b (Jeremy Robinson)

the serpent king (Jeff Zentner)

saturn run (John Sandford and Ctein)

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If ye want to see all the books I read by author visit: this map legend

So welcome to me crew ye scalawags, seadogs, and fellow explorers!  Let’s drink some grog to another year of sailing, plunderin’, and adventurin’ on the high seas!

Always remember:

Q:  Why is pirating so popular?

A:  Once you lose your first arm, you’re hooked for life!

Hardy har har!

x The Captain

Shiver me Timbers!

Ahoy there me mateys!  So as many of me crew of scalawags, seadogs, and fellow explorers knows today is Xmas (in the part of the world I am in anyways).  Now as I am a Scroogey-Grinch whose only joy in this holiday is pillaging christmas baked goods, I thought I would share one of me more favorite anti-xmas shanties.  It has profanity so listen to it at yer own peril!  And enjoy:

For those that celebrate the holiday, I hope yer holiday is all ye want it to be.  For the rest of us . . . a regular day on the high seas!

Always remember:

Q:  What did the pirate get for Christmas?

A:  A p-arrrrrrrrrrrrtridge in a pear tree!

Hardy har har!

x The Captain