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Into the Sky with Diamonds
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 John C Lennon LOL! !That's definetly classic John. a-hard-days-night-john-1

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
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I've been looking for that, thanks so much!

I am very happy, and one reason is because I have The Beatles. Thank you!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3
15 April 2012
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Just received promotional material from Into the Sky ... publisher:

A "BOOKstub"

Looks like a cross between a credit card and a business card.

It allows the user one free download of the book; you don't need the actual card, just the info on the back.

So ....  I thought I'd try it out right here on the BB Forum.

 

You can apparently get a FREE DOWNLOAD of Into the Sky with Diamonds onto your iPad, Nook, tablet, computer, .... by following these steps:

Go to http://bookstore.authorhouse.com

In the Search box type 9781452070551

Scroll down and click ADD TO CART

Enter promo code 720120106

Click Update

"the price will reset to zero" and you can click CHECKOUT.

 

This is good for ONE USE.

If one of you tries this, can you let me know if it works?

Thanks!

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15 April 2012
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Been thru the whole process and it worked fine. Well i think its downloading - wasnt sure how far i was meant to go to see if it works. Yip its in a pdf file on my computer, 405 pages.

 

Finally, after 1388 posts and days and days of being on the site i get my reward. About time too.a-hard-days-night-paul-11

 

By the way why is the publisher giving the book away for free in a promotion. People wont buy it if they have it already.

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16 April 2012
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Meanmistermustard said, "By the way why is the publisher giving the book away for free in a promotion. People wont buy it if they have it already."

 

Good question.

This particular BOOKstub was a freebie sample from the publisher.

They're hoping I'll like this BOOKstub idea and BUY some more of these cards.

It makes it easy for me to give the book away (easier than ordering the hardcopy of the book, waiting for it to arrive, packing it, mailing it, etc...).

The next question of course is, "why would an author give away his work?"

Sometimes it's a business decision: when the Wall Street Journal expressed an interest a few weeks ago, it was well worth my time and effort to send them a copy!

But life isn't all business. Sometimes, if you think someone's going to really enjoy it, you're happy to give them a copy.

So enjoy!

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16 April 2012
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Ah, that makes sense. I know that its, at times, beneficial to give prospective promoters samplers/copies to try and spark interest, you have to spend to accumulate. Especially if you are paying for it. Tho I presume since youre the author you get a discount, surely you dont pay full price.

Don’t make your love suffer insecurities, trade the baggage of self to set another one free. ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)
17 April 2012
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That's true!

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Nice picture of Ian Fleming and Sean Connery. (The working title of Into the Sky with Diamonds was Apollo, Beatles, Bond - so there's a fair amount of Bond in the book).

Some Bond trivia:

Fleming got to see the first couple of Bond movies but passed away shortly thereafter. Still, it must have been a thrill.

Some Bond trivia:

In the books, “From Russia With Love” immediately precedes “Dr. No” – just the reverse of the movies.

The sequence makes perfect sense in the books: “From Russia With Love” ends with Bond being seriously hurt and he is sent to Jamaica to recover. Thus starts “Dr. No.”

In the movies there is no connection between the two.

MUSICAL TRIVIA:

The James Bond theme we all know and love is credited to Monty Norman. In fact, it was written by John Barry. United Artists had an agreement with Norman that he would write the score; however UA didn’t care for any of his submissions. For 200 pounds John Barry wrote the score we know without ever having seen the movie. Some of the music was original, but some of the instrumentation (e.g. the jangling guitar) Barry took from a prior composition.

Barry would go on to write many more movie scores (including Bond movies).

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(Meanmistermustard will like this)

 So what makes these Snoopy astronauts special?

 When the Apollo portion of the Race to the Moon began, NASA now had 2 spacecraft to communicate with: the Command Module and the Lunar Module.

It was decided that each would have its own radio call signal.

The Apollo 10 astronauts chose  “Charlie Brown” for the command module and “Snoopy” for the lunar module.

 Accordingly, the Apollo 10 lunar module pilots, Tom Stafford and Gene Cernan, have each signed one of the Snoopys. [As commander of Apollo 17, Cernan would go on to be the last person to walk on the Moon].

 P.S. NASA looked upon these names with a jaundiced eye. (Though in my opinion they were an improvement on the geometrically-inspired “Gumdrop” and “Spider” of Apollo 9.)

Beginning with Apollo 11 it was decreed that NASA would have to approve all subsequent call signals. Thus we got “Eagle,” “Columbia,” “Intrepid,” “Yankee Clipper,” …

 

It was late May 1969 when Apollo 10 flew to the Moon (and came close to landing).

Meanwhile, John and Yoko were busying themselves with their bed-in in Montreal while Paul readied himself for the Beatle finale at Abbey Road. Woodstock was around the corner, though in serious jeopardy.

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Why, what was happening with that cute little birdy?

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
14 May 2012
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The birdy was fine (whew!)- but not the music festival.

The town of Woodstock turned down the request for a permit.

So the famous Woodstock festival was actually ended up being held at ....

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Cool that the Peanuts legend is far reaching. Didnt some kind of snoopy thing go into space at one point (not just the signals), possibly late 80's earlier 90's, or have i made that up? It was probably one of the cartoons.

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14 May 2012
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meanmistermustard,

Check out this link:

http://www.space.com/4431-muse.....hibit.html

 

(PS sorry about poor syntax on last post)

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24 May 2012
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We're coming very close to the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles' famous audition with George Martin at Parlophone.

Meanwhile, this is the 50th Anniversary of Scott Carpenter's Mercury flight aboard Aurora 7.

Carpenter was the first and last astronaut to .....        run out of fuel.

His guidance systems knocked out, he splashed down 250 miles from his target. But he made it.

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[Image Can Not Be Found][looks like photo link's run out of fuel too...]

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ITSWD, that link 3 up to the snoopy in space thing (i cant quote your message); thanks for that. Cool that Snoopy beat his arch enemy, next doors cat, into space. He never managed to the get the upperhand elsewhere.

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24 May 2012
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I interviewed Lennon's New York optometrist last week.

Very nice, unassuming fellow. He made a large number of glasses for Lennon including the famous blood stained glasses Lennon was wearing the day he was shot. He has good stories to tell.

See 

 

I wonder if he can make some good Lennon sunglasses and if it's pricey :)? (Sorry for off topic :))

 

Interesting story by the way.

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24 May 2012
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Long John Silver said

I interviewed Lennon's New York optometrist last week.

Very nice, unassuming fellow. He made a large number of glasses for Lennon including the famous blood stained glasses Lennon was wearing the day he was shot. He has good stories to tell.

See 

I wonder if he can make some good Lennon sunglasses and if it's pricey :)? (Sorry for off topic :))

Interesting story by the way.

Email Yoko. Suprised they're not out already. 

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24 May 2012
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meanmistermustard said

Long John Silver said

I interviewed Lennon's New York optometrist last week.

Very nice, unassuming fellow. He made a large number of glasses for Lennon including the famous blood stained glasses Lennon was wearing the day he was shot. He has good stories to tell.

See 

I wonder if he can make some good Lennon sunglasses and if it's pricey :)? (Sorry for off topic :))

Interesting story by the way.

Email Yoko. Suprised they're not out already. 

Hahaha I don't think I would have money for those glasses, and she probably already sold them, but this optometrist can probably make good ones (since Lennon was satisfied).

Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.
25 May 2012
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Long John Silver said, "I wonder if he can make some good Lennon sunglasses"

 

I can ask! Lennon had MANY different glasses in the 70s, so we'd have to be more specific.

[here's the picture I was trying to upload earlier. A signed "commemorative" card dating back to Carpenter's flight 50 years ago this week (see above)

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