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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.



I often do Readathons, unofficially, mainly because as the caregiver of a disabled child I cannot always block out time where I’m going to be able to dedicate myself to nothing but reading.  Yet with the “24 in 48 Readathon” coming up this weekend, the rules are a bit more flexible and may fit my needs better than some other Readathons.

Out of the 48 house in one weekend, find 24 hours (wherever they may fall) to read.  It really is that simple… and do-able for many readers.  So this time I’m tossing in my reading nook officially and we’ll see how well I actually clocked the hours by Sunday at 11:59.  I’m hoping to make the 24 hours, but if I don’t it was still a fun experience.

You can find the official sign-up page and information here.

Lately, I’ve been using the weekends as a time to do some binge-reading, catch up on series, do a few scheduled posts for the blogs so that I can keep on track better… the “24 in 48 Readathon” fits well into what I’m already doing.

As to what books — I have a Contemporary Romance series and a Western Historical Romance series that I want to get caught up on and do some postings.  I’m not sure yet which it will be… but I’ll list the titles here in an update as I finish them.  That seems easiest for me.

If this sounds like something you’d like to do, then check out the information and the sign-up page through the graphic or word links above.  Good luck, and happy readathon!

A friendship has died through lies or betrayal.

Is that person an ass because they’ve hurt you?

… or were they always an ass and you’re just now seeing clearly.

I don’t know the answer – but it is a thought for today.

I read a lot in 2018, more than usual and definitely more than I should have because it brought me so close to book burnout that it’s not even a joke.  Part of that was immersing myself in a few new genres that caught my attention, part was simply being unable to say “no thanks” to more review offers than I could realistically fill without serious lack of sleep.  So 2019 will bring about a few changes to my reading schedule.

The upside to that overabundance of reading is that I’ve been able to better define what authors’ “voice” I want to follow in the future, and what “voices” no longer work for me.

The “voice” of a book is an elusive thing to define.  I believe that every single reader has a different, specific “voice” that appeals to them alone.  It’s the way a book is worded, the conversation between author and reader that flows easily over your mind and transports you into another world without effort.  It’s a feeling of comfortableness, of being at ease with how the story is delivered, how it unfolds to you.  It’s also a matter of trusting that the “voice” you’re listening to is going to be true to the genre, and not spin you off so far away from what you thought you were reading that you become lost.

It’s coming to the words, “The End” and sitting still for a moment thinking, “Yeah.  That was good.”  It’s not always fireworks — it’s also a quiet feeling of satisfaction.

I’ve come to better understand what “voice” appeals to me after this past year’s heavy reading schedule.  I know the authors that simply do not speak to me.  Perhaps once they did, but their “voice” has changed over time and what once comforted now jars.  It happens, it’s sad when it does, but it does happen.

I’m more willing to walk away from a book that just isn’t working for me.  Once I would stick until the ending just in case something changed along the way… now I’ll not be wasting precious time.  I’ll be polite, I won’t trash anything, what works for you may not work for me… and that’s okay, it’s not personal.

Every reader has a different word or phrase for what I call the “voice” of a book.  It’s simply what appeals to you, what brings you back to an author time after time, what you love about a genre, what makes you want to sit down and wander off into another world… it’s what you enjoy and that is unique to us all.

Preorder Gems is a feature at Keeper Bookshelf to showcase those titles I wanted enough to preorder them instead of waiting to see if there is a special price during publication week.  🙂

The first day of 2019 saw Donna Alward’s Secret Millionaire for the Surrogate delivered to my Kindle.  This one will be read in the next week, and cross-posted over to my Romance Is Ageless blog in about two weeks.

It’s wedding photographer Harper’s job to capture other people’s happy ever afters, but she doesn’t believe in one for herself. Until she meets ruggedly gorgeous best man Drew. Having offered to be a surrogate for her best friend, Harper tries to fight their instant chemistry, until Drew sneaks past her defenses. But she’s about to learn this extraordinary man has an extraordinary secret!

This is the second part of the duet, Marrying A Millionaire.  I don’t know if there will be more but I’ve learned to never say never.  I’m ready to dive into this one since I enjoyed Best Man for the Wedding Planner so much. (and yes, the cover is an affiliate link to Amazon)

I love seeing the new book related Challenges begin to show up around the beginning of December.  It usually gets me revved up for the coming year – but come June I’m shaking my head at myself and wondering how to get caught up on them.  It’s not that I don’t read the books for any of the Challenges I joined in back in December… it’s that I didn’t keep up with the link to the Linky thing, or update my Challenge post (or page).  Life happens and I give up trying to keep track.  Please tell me I’m not alone in this!  Please.

This year I’m going to divide and conquer those Challenges in a different fashion.

As some of you may know, Keeper Bookshelf is my main book review/book-related blog.  But it’s not the only blog I work on each week (or day, sometimes).  I have several other genres specific blogs that are smaller, by definition, but they showcase my other reading loves.  When I’m in the mood for a new book to pick up I visit the blogs that I know of that specifically talk about those books.  Often in a wide general fashion like Romance or Mystery… but still specific to what I’m in the mood for.  (If you’d like to visit any of my other blogs the links are in the sidebar.)

This year my accepted Challenges are going to be talked about on and linked to the specific blog of mine that they most are relevant to… and perhaps ensure that I actually officially finish these Challenges this time around.

When I began blogging years ago, there was an awesome weekly book blogging event called ‘Waiting on Wednesday’ that gave me so many amazing book ideas and authors that I’d never read yet to look up.  Sadly, WoW is no longer being hosted by Breaking the Spine, so I let that weekly event fall by the side.

Recently I discovered that Tressa at Wishful Endings has picked up the mantle with Can’t Wait Wednesday.  So let’s get started and find some amazing new books to read at:

My reading tastes are quite varied.  I love Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance, Historical Romance and Mysteries… for the most part but I’m always up to try something new.

This last week of 2018 I’m waiting for a Paranormal Romance title by Terry Spear.  “You Had Me At Jaguar” is the first title in the sub-series entitled Heart of the Shifter.  It’s not due out until February 26, 2019, but I can wait, impatiently, for that long.  I have loved every title in Ms. Spear’s various series, and since this one starts a new one I’m even more intrigued to discover it’s secrets.

They’re not the only ones on the prowl…but they’re the most dangerous…

The United Shifter Force gives jaguar agent Howard Armstrong an impossible task—to protect fierce she-jaguar Valerie Chambers, when the last thing she wants is protecting. They’re going international to take down a killer and he can guard Valerie all day long. But guard his heart? He doesn’t stand a chance.

Yeah.  That cover alone has me itching to get my hands on this book.  I love a good Shifter Paranormal Romance, and Terry Spear always delivers.  So, can’t wait.

What’s on your Can’t Wait List?



I hope all your Christmas wishes came true, but more importantly that you are surrounded by those you love today and every other day of the year.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Reviewer.  It’s a place where we can share news, showoff that book haul or just get caught up on what’s happening on our blogs and/or our lives… we do have a life away from the keyboard, right?  Just checking, sometimes I wonder about myself.  🙂

If you’d like to join in or just figure what this is all about click on either the “Sunday Post” graphic or the link above.