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I’ve been looking forward to today’s releases since I first heard of this project through Eve Langlais’ newsletter.  You can learn more through this group of amazing writers’ Facebook page HERE.  Or on their official website, Paranormal Women’s Fiction.  For the moment, these titles are in Kindle Unlimited, so if you have that subscription service through Amazon (which I thankfully do) then you can grab these books right now.  At some point, I know that, at least, Eve Langlais’ book will be going out of KU and to all markets in around ten days or so – I do not know if that is true for all of the titles in this project, but I’ll be checking out author websites later today and will update what I discover.

The reason I’m excited about these new titles and series is very simple.  Seasoned Paranormal Women’s Fiction.  Think of it as a new genre (which it’s not really since there are a lot of Paranormal Romance stories with women main characters who are over 35, but it is getting a lot more attention and releases recently which is a very good thing).  An exciting new road to travel for Paranormal stories of women who are no longer in the first blush of love but are probably at least over 35 (which is the starting age for “Seasoned Romance”), have lived life with all its beauty and ugliness and are moving on to something new – not always totally willingly.  So, yes, I’m excited to see Paranormal go into the Women’s Fiction genre in such a huge way with such a strong presence as these well known and loved authors will bring with them.

So.  Let’s get to the books!  If you’ll click on that “Read More” down in the corner, please, you’ll see the covers of all of these titles within this particular project.  To be completely honest with you each title is linked to the Amazon page where you can download or order these titles. So, full disclosure, these cover pictures have my Amazon Affiliate link in them.

As far as I’m aware, each of these titles is the beginning of a new series – which makes me a very happy reader.  I do not know if any or all will be in KU throughout that series, but you are getting in at the beginning of several new series when you check out these titles.  So… Happy Reading your Paranormal Women’s Fiction titles.  🙂

Oh, in no particular order, here are the websites, title, a link to the review done here at Keeper Bookshelf (book title link), and series for these books should you prefer a more direct to the author link:

Magical Midlife Madness by K. F. Breene (Leveling Up series)  Website Link

Grave Magic Bounty by Shannon Mayer (The Forty Proof series) Website Link

Betwixt by Darynda Jones (Betwixt & Between series)  Website link

Let It All Burn by Denise Grover Swank (unknown, possible standalone)  Website Link

Second Chance Magic by Michelle M. Pillow ( Order of Magic series)  Website Link

Cloudy with a Chance of Witchcraft by Mandy M. Roth (Grimm Cove series)  Website Link

Halfway There by Eve Langlais (Midlife Mulligan series)  Website Link

Wrong Side of Forty by Jana DeLeon (Marina at Midlife series)   Website Link

Witching for Grace by Deanna Chase (Premonition Pointe series)  Website Link

Suddenly Psychic by Elizabeth Hunter (Glimmer Lake series)  Website Link

It’s A Wonderful Midlife Crisis by Robyn Peterman (Good to the Last Death series)  Website Link

Writing Wrongs by Christine Gael (aka Christine Bell (CR), aka Chloe Cole (PNR) (Crow’s Feet Coven series)  Website Link

Sucks To Be Me by Kristen Painter (First Fangs Club series)  Website Link

 

Another crazy week in paradise!  Kinda.  Sorta.

This post has been shared on The Sunday Post, a weekly recap from so many amazing blogs hosted by Kimberly over at Caffeinated Reviewer.

It’s snowing outside right now.  Not a ton like my Northern friends are experiencing but enough to coat the roads – and it’s freezing out there.  Harley (my Sheltie) is doing her “No, it’s cold I don’t wanna go out.” thing again but treats work wonders for enticing her out into the cold and rewarding for a job well done.  🙂  Yeah, I’m sneaky like that.

An inside picture – but she’s still cute 🙂

 

Reviews this week include:

Some were ARCs, scheduled posts that went live this week (gosh, I love scheduled posts!) and I managed to read 3 titles that I bought in January which is one of my main goals this year – to actually read what I’ve bought in a more timely fashion.  So, not a bad week at all.

Decided to join some Challenges this year (again).  I’ve made the posts and a Reading Challenges 2020 page but I still have to go officially sign up for them all.  Scattered, at times my brain is so, so scattered.  There are more than usual, yet many can be crossed over from different Challenges so we’ll see.  It’s the fun of it that matters to me so maybe 2020 is the year I’ll remember to keep updated!  One can dream.

That’s about it.  No new purchases or ARCs this week – weird, I know, but there ya go.  I hope your week is full of good reading experiences.  🙂

Since I get e-ARCs from NetGalley throughout the year you’d think that it would be super easy to join in the fun at the 2020 New Release Challenge over at (un)Conventional Bookworms with Linda and Brandee, right?  Well.  The reading of new releases has never been the problem – it’s the remembering to go and actually link up that review that has been my downfall in previous years.  I have to figure out a better way, that’s all there is to it as far as a solution goes.  Anyway –

I’m joining the 2020 New Release Challenge for a different reason this year.  I’m trying to actually read the books I buy – novel concept, right?  In truth, they often end up on my TBR pile and then being part of a future “backlist” challenge.  *sigh*  So.  Although they would qualify, I’m not planning on counting the NetGalley ARCs for this challenge — I am counting the actual newly released books that I’ve purchased, read, and reviewed.  I need something to push me to read those newly purchased books nearer to their release date, and I believe this challenge may help form some new habits.  We shall see how it goes.

If you’d like to join in the fun then head over to the signup page with all the details through the text link above or the graphic link on the upper side of this post.  My goals?  I’m aiming for: 31-60 books per year – New Release Pro.  I believe I can do that level (at least for I buy a lot of books) the challenge is going to be in keeping everything, every place updated.  Hmmm… maybe there should be a Challenge to actually update our Challenges?  (grin) I’d sign up!  Good luck if you’re joining in the fun & happy reading times.

My list of actual read and reviewed New Releases is in the next section.


If you read books then you have a To Be Read list/pile/tower of doom — we all do.  They might be physical books on your bookshelf, ebooks stored on your e-readers, or simply books that you’ve written down somewhere to get to “someday”.  Yeah.  We all have TBR piles – and mine is so out of control it isn’t even the slightest bit funny in a haha kinda way but more of an Oh My Goodness what have I done! way.

I’m joining the NovelKnight 2020 Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge with a specific goal in mind.  You can also join or just check it all out at the text link above or by clicking on the graphic link at the top of this post.

I’m picking twenty (20) books from my bought but haven’t read yet TBR – all from various lines of Harlequin™.  This past year has been heavy with NetGalley ARC commitments, way more than I should have but put a book cover in front of me and I’m like a kid in a candy store — they all look so “good”.  But I’ve put the brakes on (or at least I’m tapping the brakes) so that I can get to some of my purchased books from 2019.  All of my adult reading life I have adored Harlequin.  Yet, I haven’t read as many or gotten caught up on ongoing series in recent years due to other online and real-life commitments.  That changes in 2020 as I’m taking more time for my own personal reading experiences and this challenge will work perfectly to help me keep on track to get those bought but not read books into my brain, my heart and off of my Kindle.  I’m determined.

My list of books will follow in the next section of this post.  When read and/or reviewed they will either be crossed out or linked to the review post here at Keeper Bookshelf.


I noticed a pattern in my purely for pleasure reading last year (not the NetGalley or ARCs reading) where it seems I’m picking up more re-telling of classic fairy-tales romances than I usually do.  I honestly seem to go in cycles on re-tellings and 2020 seems to be the year they are on my reading radar.

I decided to join the 2020 Retellings Reading Challenge hosted at Centerfolds this year.  I’ve joined in the past with, frankly, not much success so I’m hoping for a much better result this time around.

You can find all the rules, options, levels, and any information you could possibly need by following either the text link above or the graphic link on the side of this post.

I’m aiming for the “Warrior Princess: 6-10 Retellings” level this time.  I believe that is more than doable, and should I manage to read more – all the better.  🙂

If this sounds like fun, head on over to the sign-up page and check it out for yourself.  Good luck & happy reading challenges!

 

It’s so easy to get caught up in the “challenge madness” of the beginning of each new year.  January comes around and I’m ready to dive in to far more challenges than I can honestly handle – come on, they all sound so fun – but I’ve learned to be selective, to pick the ones that I have a chance of keeping up with given that there is always some “real life” not “reading life” issue that will crop up.

So when another blogger’s post about this challenge popped up in my feed I took a look – and yeah, 2020 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge really does fit in with my reading style and my own plan for the coming year.  (You can find out everything you need to know by clicking either on that text link above or on the graphic link over there <– )

More details are on the next page.

I love a good romance – contemporary, historical, paranormal, mystery, suspense – it doesn’t matter the genre, I simply love a good love story.

I absolutely hate spoilers.  I’m not afraid to admit to that one, at all.

I try very hard in my reviews of books I’ve read and enjoyed (or didn’t enjoy at all) to keep my observations, plot-wise, about what can be found in the Cover Description.  The author or publishing house decided to give those spoilers away all on their own.  The rest of the review contains my reactions to the story, my feelings for the characters, how well the author pulled me into their world or how their writing flowed, hopefully, holding me in place until the end.

Once my review is published I’ll look over other readers/reviewers’ thoughts about the same book out of curiosity.  What I often see makes me cringe.  And I know if I had read some of those reviews first that I never would have picked up the book to begin with – and sometimes I’m told the entire story including the ending so actually why bother buying the book now?

This little post, my small blog isn’t going to have a huge impact on spoilers in reviews.  I know that.  Every reader, every reviewer is entitled to their own thoughts, their own style, their own opinion.

But for the love of books that have the words “The End” in them, please don’t tell me how it all ends.  Allow me something to discover on my own, some part of this adventure that is a surprise to me, something… please.  To be quite frank, this is the reason that as a reader I never, ever read reviews before I’ve finished the book.  That probably sounds very strange to some people – but the ending has been spoiled for me far too many times to take that risk.

My opinion.  My thoughts.  My plea – Please Don’t Spoil The Book For Me By Telling Me The Ending.  I don’t think that’s too much to ask, really I don’t.

Twenty years.  Two decades.  It’s kind of shocking to realize that it’s been that long since I first met these amazing characters and got caught up in their world.  Or perhaps I should add “worlds” for this original series has branched out a bit since the original series was first published.

And, to make this reader of the Bridgertons very happy is the sweet fact that all of my favorite Bridgertons and their eventual spouses are heading to Netflix – one very happy reader to be able to see what my imagination created years ago.

Over the years, Julia Quinn has become a “go-to” author for Regency/Historical Romance for me.  I’ve enjoyed the lively characters, the vivid worlds, and the intrigue that she brings to every story.  I don’t see that ending any time soon.  If she writes it, I will read it – it’s that simple.  I began this journey long before this blog existed – but perhaps it’s time to revisit this world as a celebration of my own of a group of characters that I love and return to often.

If you haven’t entered the world of The Bridgertons yet then I would highly recommend this particular series and add those that came later and connect in some way to the original series.  If you love Regency/Historical Romance I don’t see how you could be the least bit disappointed with what you’ll find within the pages.

Thank you, Julia Quinn, for the stories, the people who live within the pages, and the adventures they’ve taken me on – here’s hoping there are many more to come.

The Bridgertons series includes — The Duke and I – The Viscount Who Loved Me – An Offer From A Gentleman – Romancing Mr. Bridgerton – To Sir Phillip, With Love – When He Was Wicked – It’s In His Kiss – On the Way To The Wedding — and all the #.5 titles are in The Bridgertons: Happy Ever After — Anthologies:  Lady Whistledown Strikes Back – Further Observations of Lady Whistledown

If you want more (in a way) of the Bridgertons and their neighbors, the Rokesbys then you’ll want to check out — The Rokesbys: A Bridgerton Prequel series — Because of Miss Bridgerton – The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband – The Other Miss Bridgerton – First Comes Scandal

Wow!  2020.  Let’s hope it’s a year of clearer vision for us all.  I know that it’s been a crazy, busy week it’s been around my house – I’d bet probably yours, too.

This post has been shared on The Sunday Post, a weekly recap from so many amazing blogs hosted by Kimberly over at Caffeinated Reviewer.

Well, we survived the Holiday Season once again.  The tree is down and carted away to become mulch for the boro, the last of the leftovers have been either devoured or *sniff* tossed, and now comes the fun of finding places for all those goodies that were under the tree waiting to be the center of attention once again as putting the gifts away becomes a priority.  We, as a family, had fun – but now it’s time to go back to the everyday world.

2019 had been… a year.  In so many ways – good, bad, and ugly.  At this moment I “could” dwell on those last two (bad & ugly)… but No, not going to do that because today is a blank page, an exciting brand-new decade beginning, a new year begun anew so why drag last year’s garbage into this pristine, clean place, right?

Two weeks ago I “had” a grand new plan for Keeper Bookshelf — and then some of that bad & ugly hit and that tossed me for a loop even though I wasn’t directly involved.  I started questioning just about everything I do here on the blog(s), places that are in many ways a safe haven for me, places where I can allow my love of really good stories to take flight.  I “could” let events that had nothing to do with me directly try to steal my joy in this place of mine – it would be so very easy to do that… and for about a week I did allow that.  But no more.  My blog might be small with a not very large audience (now) but that does not mean the uglies get to take it from me.  No, not gonna happen.

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