Mark your calendar to bid on iconic items from Return of the Jedi, Lord of the Rings & Wizard of Oz

If you can buy just ONE item what would it be???  You know me I’m always all about Star Wars!!!



LOS ANGELES- DECEMBER 5, 2013– Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, is proud to announce the highlights from the upcoming Hollywood auction this December 21st, details are below.

Frodo’s “Sting” hand-crafted aluminum sword from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Sting was an ancient blade made by Elvish weapon-smiths used by lead character Frodo Baggins in Tolkien’s epic The Lord of the Rings.This is one of the production made Sting swords beautifully crafted with resin hilt and hand-etched aluminum blade by WETA Workshop. As Tolkien described in the book, Sting is depicted as vaguely leaf-shaped, with gently curving edges. Engraved on the blade are Sindarin letters that read phonetically, “Maegnas aen estar nin dagnir in yngyl im.” Translated they read, “Sting is my name; I am the spider’s bane” The sword has a WETA logo, reference number, date and “Sting (Human Scale)” engraved into it. Lord of the Rings items are extremely rare and just for a point of reference, last year, Profiles sold Orlando Bloom’s “Legolas” bow for an amazing $372,000. This sword is estimated to sell for $30,000 – $50,000.

Bert Lehr’s Cowardly Lion, “Witch Remover” prop from The Wizard of Oz. This instantly recognizable prop is wielded by the Cowardly Lion as he, Dorothy, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow enter the Haunted Forest and read the sign aloud stating, “Haunted Forest…Witches Castle one mile…I’d turn back if I were you.” So visually important is this scene that M-G-M chose the image of this sequence for one of their eight promotional lobby cards. estimated to sell for $100,000 – $150,000.

Harrison Ford’s Han Solo DL-44 Blaster from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. The space-scoundrel-turned hero’s persona is irrevocably tied to his blaster pistol. Solo was modeled after the rogue gunslingers of the westerns that influenced creator George Lucas. This non-firing blaster was created for The Empire Strikes Back and was also used in Return of the Jedi. It would have been used in the majority of scenes that feature Han, with the heavier, live-fire weapon being used for close-up shots. Particularly noteworthy scenes requiring this lighter version are when Darth Vader uses the Force to lasso the blaster out of Han’s hand in Empire, and in Jedi when Han wrestles with a Stormtrooper to regain possession of his blaster during the Rebels’ encounter with Imperial forces on Endor. It is the only known example of this type of blaster in private hands. It is estimated to sell for $200,000 – $300,000.

Barnes & Noble Free Fridays selection is The Retribution by Val McDermid

Wow TWO free ebooks for my nook today??? It’s like it’s my birthday full of free books for my nook color!


Free Fridays: The Retribution


Publishers Weekly


There’s something about a serial killer story that really scares the pants off of me. The calculated, precise way that serial killers ply their trade sends chills down my spine. Today’s Free Fridays selection, The Retribution by international bestselling author Val McDermid Free Fridays selection, The Retribution by international bestselling author Val McDermid, is a worthy addition to the serial killer canon.


Clinical psychologist Tony Hill has had a good run. He and detective Carol Jordan have put away scores of dangerous criminals at a rate that colleagues envy. But there is one serial killer who has shaped and defined their careers, and whose evil surpasses all others: Jacko Vance, ex-celebrity and sociopath whose brilliance and utter lack of remorse have never left Tony’s mind in the ten years since his imprisonment. Now Jacko has escaped from prison—even more twisted and cunning than before, and focused on wreaking revenge on Tony and Carol for his years spent in prison.


Tony and Carol have spent their careers protecting others, but now they’ll need all of the resources at their disposal to keep themselves out of harm’s way.


Today we’re also highlighting a special free offer for Tolkien fans. As many of you know, tomorrow is Hobbit Day—Frodo and Bilbo’s birthday in the classic book series. As you gear up for the December release of The Hobbit movie, dig into the realm of Middle-earth with this free Reader and Educator Guide to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. At over 200 pages, and offering a deeper look at the events and lives of the characters from these epic tales, this is a must-have resource for every Tolkien fan.




Here’s additional freebies, a.k.a Free Friday’s Extras, that many good people found and shared since last Friday. As usual all the books were free at the time of submitting this post, please verify the price before clicking Buy.

Contemporary Fiction
Fragments: Elena Ferrante on Writing, Reading, and Anonymity by Elena Ferrante

Cooking, Food & Wine
Circle of Friends Cookbook – 25 Slow Cooker Recipes by Gooseberry Patch

Love and War by Patricia Hagan
Love’s Rescue by Tammy Barley
Dragon’s Kiss (Shadow of the Dragon, Book One) by Tielle St. Clare

Not in My Family: AIDS in the African-American Community by Gil L. Robertson IV

Mystery & Thrillers
Personal Demons: Book One in The Jake Helman Files Series by Gregory Lamberson

Religious Fiction
Springtime of the Spirit (Great War Series #3) by Maureen Lang
The Covenant (Abram’s Daughters Series #1) by Beverly Lewis
The Big 5-OH! by Sandra D. Bricker
The Dead Saint by Marilyn Brown Oden
The Fence My Father Built by Linda S. Clare
Griselda Takes Flight: A Novel of Bright’s Pond by Joyce Magnin
A Simple Amish Christmas by Vannetta Chapman

Business & Investing
FranklinCovey Style Guide: For Business and Technical Communication by Stephen R. Covey
Power of Communication,The: Skills to Build Trust, Inspire Loyalty, and Lead Effectively by Helio Fred Garcia
Buy and Hedge: The 5 Iron Rules for Investing Over the Long Term by Jay Pestrichelli, Wayne Ferbert
The Truth About Successful Entrepreneurship (Collection) by Michael D. Solomon, Donna Heckler, Brian D. Till, Bruce Barringer
Investing with Volume Analysis: Identify, Follow, and Profit from Trends by Buff Pelz Dormeier
Improve Your Business Communication (Collection) by Natalie Canavor, Claire Meirowitz, Terry J. Fadem, Jerry Weissman
15 Expert Lessons for Retirement Planning (Collection) by FT Press Delivers, Trent A. Hamm, Liz Weston, Bonnie Kirchner, Steve Weisman

Sex Traders (Sex Slaves Series #1) by Lorie O’Clare

Hey guys sorry I been away, been real busy. Finally got some time to make a list. Enjoy :smileyhappy:




Aaron & Keja: Time Dragon (Orgarlan Saga: Book 1)


A Circle of Iron (Eldernost: Book 1)


A Chunk of Hell


Broken Rule


Another Man’s Wife plus 3 Other Tales of Horror


Ashes of Dearen: Book 1


A.S.H.O.S. Eleven: Day One




If Looks Could Kill


A Dream of Death


Murder On The Mind




Sword Bearer




Zombie Island




Discovery Kids Readers: Sharks


Mangoes, Gloves and Coconuts


Teaching Tania – The case of the cat crimewave


Heart of Gold  by: Lacy Williams



Chop, Chop    by: L. N.Cronk


Bound   by: Kira Saito


The Vampire Hunters Duaughter  by: Jennifer Malone Wright


All That Was Happy   by: M. M. Wilshire


A Shadow From the Past   by: Sharmila Dey


Capitol Offense  by: Cheryl Bolen


Jennifer’s Garden   by: Dianne Venetta


September Story  by: Anna Scott Graham


Someone to Belive in  by: Kathryn Shay


Denver Cereal   by: Claudia Hall Christian


Victoria Gardella  by: Colleen Gleason


Designer Con 2011 in Pasadena — it’s all about Toys, Collectibles, T-Shirts and MORE!!

I attended the Designer Convention 2011 in Pasadena on November 5th.  I had the most fun EVER and got to meet quite a few artists.  It was great to see such a diverse group of men and women who are following their passions.

I fell in LOVE with Booty Babe Art.  They are beautiful lifelike full figured black women created by Spencer Davis. Such affirmation as a plus sized woman!

I thought it was so fun to meet Adah Glenn the street artist and creator of AfroPuff.  She has taken charge of the Piccaninny image!

I got to meet Jack Venturo who is a creative artist that brought a selection of his work from his site Jackorama.  His prints, drawings and a diarahma that features everyone’s favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett!


Click on the following links for my youtube videos:

Designer Convention Interview

Designer Convention Photos

Designer Convention Lego Art Photos




Designer Con 2011 took place on Saturday, November 5th, 2011


What is Designer Con all about?

Having fun and meeting all your favorite artists, designers, manufacturers, and vendors!

Designer Con was founded in 2006 under the name Vinyl Toy Network. The show was created to bring together artists, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in the vinyl toy/collectible figures market. The first show was in an 1,100 sq. ft. meeting room at the Pasadena Convention Center and has now grown into a 25,000 sq. ft. hall with over 90 vendors, art & custom shows, live demonstrations, and much more.

Designer Con now incorporates everything in the world of design including apparel, plush, printing, sculpture, designer toys, and art ranging from fine to urban. The show was founded and still run by companies who are also vendors which is why we strive to provide a fun, safe, comfortable environment for fans, artists, and vendors to meet! We look forward even bigger and better shows every year through the continued support of our amazing vendors and attendees. Without you, this show would not be possible, so from all of us at Designer Con, thank you!


The Lord of the Rings in Concert: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings in Concert: The Fellowship of the Ring

The title of this event says it all. Howard Shore’s complete Academy- and Grammy award-winning score is performed by more than 200 musicians and conducted by Ludwig Wicki as accompaniment to a screening of the film.


The Lord of the Rings in Concert: The Fellowship of the Ring

Honda Center
Saturday, October 15, 2011 
7:30 p.m.

The title of this event says it all. Howard Shore’s complete Academy- and Grammy award-winning score is performed by more than 200 musicians and conducted by Ludwig Wicki as accompaniment to a screening of the film