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Over the next three months, I will be merging the best (if not all) of three smaller blogs, and some posts (that I can recreate) from blogs that I had to delete for various reasons.

(and that’s my Harley over there – she’s sad, too, at the extra work that has to be done now – but toss her a ball and she’s over it much faster than I am 🙂 )

If you’re on my mailing lists you might see an increase in the notifications – and if you follow me on Twitter you will definitely see an increase there.  Yet, sometimes you just have to take care of stuff and that’s what I’ll be doing for a while.

My overall plan is a slow feed of posts over to Keeper Bookshelf from today until the beginning of November when those other blogs will go away as well.  It won’t be overpowering, and you’ll probably not notice anything different.  But I’m a person who explains why something different is happening with my websites — and this is most definitely different.

Thanks for your patience.  Hopefully, the end result will be well worth the time and work involved.  🙂

The Can’t Wait Wednesday weekly anxiously waiting for this book meme is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings.  If you’re waiting for a great book to be released then this is the place to show and tell – and maybe find some other books to await as well.  (I know I always do)

I have followed Christine Feehan’s “The Dark Carpathians” for years now, actually since I got hooked on the very first story of an ancient vampire and the woman who became his world.  Since then this world has expanded and is now up to #33 in titles published.  Considering her other long going series that’s an impressive number to keep a world still fresh and intriguing with every new additional story.

So this week I’m waiting for the September 3, 2019 release of DARK ILLUSION (A Dark Carpathian Novel).

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality.  If you’d like to take part simply click on those links or the graphic to discover what this fun event is all about.

My Crazy Life This Week

Gah!  I can’t believe it’s been this long since I did a “Stacking the Shelves” – how did that even happen?!?  Aw well, time to catch up then.  🙂

2019 has been a crazy year.  Some fantastic, some the deepest pit of Hell.  But, that’s life, right?  When the bad stuff happens all I can do is stay positive, find something good that came out of it and move on.  “No regrets, over and done.” is my new mantra when life gets hard or the memories of the bad try to take over.

The one constant is reading, my books are my escape, my chance to trade in my world for another even if it’s only for a little while.  Maybe “escape” is the wrong word, gives off a negative vibe – perhaps my chance to travel to new destinations, meet new people and have some exciting adventures along the way sounds a lot better.  🙂

Books Added to My Shelves This Week

I may have gone a bit crazy on Amazon this past week.  For some reason, I’m on a Harlequin style reading kick – and absolutely nothing wrong with that!  I just didn’t realize that so many of what I bought were actually Harlequin titles.  I seem to be in the mood for their Intrigue™, Romantic Suspense™, and Heartwarming™ stories right now.

Let’s move the rest of this post to the “Read More” tab so it’s not too long on the front page.

I’m going to write a post that some may think should be kept to myself.  Perhaps.  Yet the way I get out my emotions is to write – whether I should or not is up to each individual’s interpretation of anger, grief, and sadness.  I can only do what is right for me… not for you.

No, I haven’t lost a loved one or a precious pet.

But I have had to purposefully delete (well, someone else did the work I just said yes) six of my smaller blogs last night – and I am slowly going beyond the intense anger at why I had to do that to that quieter place of grieving and sadness.  Grief, sad all because of a blog you might say!  And, YES, for the simple reason that I put six years worth of time, research, composing my thoughts and exposing my heart in many ways on those blogs.  So, I am indeed sad and grieving for that loss.

Greed is a vicious thing, living and breathing it makes faceless people do things without care to the consequences to others.  I lost thousands of hours of my work, my thoughts, my reactions, my emotions to someone out for a quick buck by taking what is not theirs to touch.

I’ve learned lessons, painful one, but learned nonetheless.  If you own a blog or website that is important to you, a place where you love to spend hours at a time then protect them in every way possible.  Research plugins, don’t mindlessly trust by adding any ole link to your site.  Google is your best friend in finding out what works best for what you do.  Protect what you’ve worked so hard at for so long.  For me, it’s too late for what I once had – but I learned that lesson well.  I won’t make the same mistakes again.

If you love what you do – protect it.  Keep an eye on it every day.  There are nasty people out there who don’t give a rat’s ass about you personally they just want what you’ve created.

** I can put a positive spin on the experience though – now I’ve protected myself as best I can for the moment (that’s ever-changing), I will be able to redirect my content to another website that will benefit from the additional reviews, and I spit in the eye of the bully.  Not a bad day’s work, really **

The Can’t Wait Wednesday weekly anxiously waiting for this book meme is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings.  If you’re waiting for a great book to be released then this is the place to show and tell – and maybe find some other books to await as well.  (I know I always do)

I love just about any genre of Romance (okay, there are a few I’m iffy on but I’ll read a good one of those on occasion, too) – but I do have my favorite authors and Nora Roberts (aka J.D. Robb) is always at the top of that list.  So right now I’m waiting for her newest release UNDER CURRENTS to hit my Kindle in July 2019.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.  See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

I have loved visiting the blogs that follow The Sunday Post and decided that it’s time to join up myself.  Hey, you can never have enough book-friends, right?

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.  See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

I have loved visiting the blogs that follow The Sunday Post and decided that it’s time to join up myself.  Hey, you can never have enough book-friends, right?


Away From The Keyboard News

It’s been a quiet week on the homefront.  With so much rain the grass is about to take over our back yard.  I’m seriously keeping an eye out for triffids at this point, so much rain that nothing has dried out enough to cut.  I’m sure the young man who cuts our grass will be thrilled to see that “hay field” out back, right?  🙂

Last Week On The Blog(s)

I’ve been doing some consolidating this week, some clean-up in many cases.  It always amazes me to look back and see how my style of blogging has changed – hopefully for the better.  I have all but two reviews from May done, those last ones will be up today.  Sometimes life just gets in the way in spite of scheduled posts and good intentions.  Ah well, June is a brand new start.

Added To The Reading Piles

Went a bit crazy on NetGalley last week.  Why do all the interesting, “Oh, I need to read that one.” books come out at the same time?  Thankfully, they are all spaced about a month apart so it shouldn’t be too bad – I just shake my head at myself when I look at that list and wonder how it got so long.  🙂

I actually behaved myself on Amazon for a change.  I didn’t pick up anything at all, although I do have my eye on a few releases for June.

Re-reading this post it seems that last week around here was a bit boring – oh, and Sunday Post somehow became Monday Post (how did I lose a day?) not sure how that happened.  Oh, well – I hope your reading week to come is full of adventures and fun tales.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.  See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

I have loved visiting the blogs that follow The Sunday Post and decided that it’s time to join up myself.  Hey, you can never have enough book-friends, right?


Away from the Keyboard News –

For the last month, I’ve been sorta quiet and there have been a few reasons for that.  One reason is simply amazing – the other sucked sour pickle juice.  My amazing news is that I finally got brave and had cataracts removed from both eyes, about 2 weeks or so apart.  I cannot even begin to describe how beautiful the world truly is when you can actually see it.  My final appt. is this coming week for the last checkup and glasses for distance.  Now here is something I never knew, you actually have a choice to be near-sighted or far-sighted after this surgery because the lens is removed (that’s what the cataract is growing on) and basically, a grounded pair of glasses in the form of the new lens is the replacement.  Really, I had no clue, and of course, I said let me see up close again without glasses!  *huge grin*  I’ll need glasses to see distance and that is part of what this week’s appointment is about.

I have always look forward to Anna’s Blog Ahead events.  It’s such a great way to get some reviews or just posts up and ready to run for those times when life happens and I simply cannot get things done.

I had a very strong reminder two weeks ago when I got hit with both Strain A & B of Influenza and pneumonia on top of that and spent almost a week in the hospital.  Life happens, and to be prepared for those moments when the crap hits the fan through no fault of my own simply makes sense.  I did have some scheduled posts during that time, but not nearly enough.  So it’s back to work and getting my act together so the blogs don’t go dark for so long again.  Sometimes you just have to learn lessons the hard way.

The Spring 2019 Blog Ahead event runs from March 1, 2019, through March 31, 2019 — but this year is a little different as we can choose how many weeks we want to take part.

I would have picked the 4-week challenge — but in reality, I was stuck in bed for the first week of March, so I’m going to officially pick the 3-week challenge but will add another week on my own to get ahead as much as I can.  This is a great way to make a habit of blogging ahead with scheduled posts all year long.  I’ve done it on three of my smaller blogs, but I really need to do it across the board on everything.  I was busy getting well – but I was also aware that my blogs had gone dark which is not a good thing, so my goal is to not let that happen again ultimately.

I sincerely hope you’ll jump on this blogging ahead event and discover the joy of not being rushed and panicked on those due dates.  🙂  Here’s the link: Spring 2019 Blog Ahead from Anna’s Herding Cats & Burning Soup. (you could also click on the graphic at the top of the page)

Good luck!

 

It’s release day!  Just got my copy of Melinda Curtis’ first story in the new Montana Monroes series entitled KISSED BY THE COUNTRY DOC.

I cannot wait to dive into this one, and I love series so I’m definitely in my happy place at the moment.  Here’s the cover blurb:

She came to sell a town…

But she found a home

Never in her wildest dreams could single mom Ella Monroe imagine co-inheriting the small town of Second Chance, Idaho—or falling for its curmudgeonly doctor, Noah Bishop. Despite his rough edges and protests for isolation, Noah has her believing in love at first sight again. But when she’s pressured to sell her stake, Ella is torn between family loyalty and following her heart.

Look for the review sometime over the weekend.  If you love series, and really good Romances then you need to check this one out.

 

 

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