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V is for Video “I Was a Spy?”

The A to Z Challenge 2016 is nearly complete. Historical Treasure remains after this theme is relegated to the past. I hope Irene’s memoirs inspire you. As you requested, here is another video, this one only 1 minute. Subscribe to our youtube channel, Beyond the Book, for upcoming releases.

That’s the power punch there at the end. “When you feel you are hunted, you cannot think rationally anymore.”

Survive Little Buddy ends with Irene’s flight from East Berlin, but in the interviews you can get some insights beyond the book.  W is for West Berlin Refugee Camp.

Thanks to everyone for your likes, comments and shares.


Kristin King published Irene’s memoirs and continues to try to get the word out about this incredible story and the inspiring woman behind the Iron Curtain Memoirs. Visit Irene’s author page on Amazon for more information.

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Posted by on April 26, 2016 in Memoirs & History


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Another One of Those Movies !?! (The Box Office)

Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 4.38.49 PMOften I am shocked by movie franchises that resemble a pink bunny banging on a drum in unending circles. Fast and Furious is a prime example. When I saw the Expendables 3 movie poster online, my head was shaking but my mouth was wide. Daggone, it’s just fun to look at the people Stallone threw together for that thing.

And they’re making another one? IMBD is my go-to site for info on actors, movies and TV shows. The Box Office box half way down the page noted that Ex 3 cost $ 90 million, made almost $16 mil the first weekend and went on to earn close to $40 mil domestically. That’s not the kind of math that screams “Make another one!”

What gives?

Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 4.40.30 PMMovies are big business, like Denali big, and you don’t continue a franchise that goes in the red. What I discovered from a site called was that the worldwide box office for this 3rd Expendables was over $209 million. It’s not quite Harry Potter (8 movies -so far- costing $1.2 billion and making $7.7 billion), but it’s pretty darn respectable.

Any franchise you want to check out is listed on the site with simple graphs. I have to share a few tidbits.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has 18 movies that cost $2 billion to make and pulled in almost $9 billion so far. Listed by movie we see that The Avengers and The Avengers Age of Ultron did the best with each one costing about $2.5 million to make and bringing in over $1.3 billion each. Wow. Sure wish they’d throw a 1% of that at my nonprofit.

Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 4.56.53 PMAnother great discovery on the-numbers is the listing of upcoming additions to the franchise including among others Captain American: Civil War, Doctor Strange, and Black Panther. Now I’m too distracted to write more.

Wonder what the next couple X-Men movies will be?

Wait, there are 5 Underworld movies? When did I miss one?


Kristin King is an author, publisher, president of a nonprofit, and American expat living in Holland. She enjoys action movies and wishes she wrote better fight scenes. Her first book series, Begotten Bloods (BB), is paranormal romance/suspense. Twilight Series cost half a billion to make and grossed over $3 billion.

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Posted by on August 13, 2015 in Beyond the Book


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How Many 2015 Academy Award Movies Began as Books?

Visit for red carpet highlights.

Visit for red carpet highlights.

Best Picture nominees based on or adapted from books include: American Sniper, The Immitation Game, The Theory of Everything, and Selma. According to The Paris Review, “The Grand Budapest Hotel, is based not just on one novel but on an entire oeuvre—that of Stefan Zweig, an Austrian writer whose work [Wes] Anderson has helped revive.”

A stroll through the other movies this year providing nominated performances and associated work becomes a walk through an orchard to fill a bushel basket of books. The Foxcatcher, Gone Girl, Wild, Still Alice, How to Train Your Dragon, The Boxtrolls, Unbroken.

Two Days One Night is one-off having been inspired by an academic case study, and Into the Woods traces it’s roots through the musical fantasy to the book inspired by classic fairytale stories woven together. Fairytales have strong showings Maleficent Ancient myths passed down to today get fair play as well as evidenced by The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (a folk tale) and Song of the Sea.

Now I wonder how many movies have subsequently turned into books? Into graphic novels? There’s a very long list as well.


Kristin King is an author, publisher and new US expat living in the Netherlands. Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and “Cain’s Coven,” and her latest novel in the Begotten Bloods Series is Death Taint.


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Posted by on March 10, 2015 in Beyond the Book


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