FeatureFollowParaAlisonWell, okay it’s not actually Friday since I’m joining in a wee bit late so I hope you’ll forgive a slight delay on this first FF.

I am really excited to be taking part and I sincerely thank the hosts for making this possible for all of us book-aholics.

I love books.  Reading them.  Reading about them on other blogs.  I can’t get enough.  If I had been better about posting a review for every book I’ve read since I started this blog – I’d have an overloaded blog… but that changes this year.  New books, new blogs (people) to follow and much more about the books I’ve read this year.

So this week’s questions was basically Do you have duplicates of the same book and why.

I don’t actually own duplicate books, yet.  I’m a huge Nora Roberts fan (as if you couldn’t tell by the review posts on her books I’ve done)  🙂  So when I recently learned that her Three Sisters Island trilogy was going to be re-released this year with stunning new covers – well that is an automatic buy for me.  My current copies are getting a bit beat up from the re-reads.

Update:  As I was wandering around some really great blogs I realized that I do have more duplicates than I thought.  Some of Maggie Shayne’s series Wings in the Night.  I have the originals but also picked up a couple of the re-issues.  Plus there are the books on my Kindle that are there for easy transport when I’m out and about with a spare minute to read.  Yeah.  More than I thought.  🙂

Right now I plan on spending most of my day clicking on book blog links.  I’m sure that I am going to find so many new viewpoints, books that I didn’t even know existed and lots of people to follow.

I hope you enjoy your time here.  For me, following me over at bloglovin’ is easiest for me and thanks too.

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NationalReadathonDayThumb2For 4 hours, next Saturday, January 24, 2015 between the hours of noon and 4 p.m. – I plan to be reading.

I’m heading to a local library where I’m taking part in the National Readathon Day event.

Please click on the National Readathon graphic to the left and find out how you can join and help too.  It’s just a few hours, and we love to read anyways so why not read for something really worthwhile?

There are so many people who do not know the joy of escaping into the pages of a book simply because… they can’t read.

Amazing people live right around the corner from us, but we will never realize their genius because they have trouble reading and need some help to get better at it.

The minds that could be opened up to knowledge, entertainment, advancement and just plain joy at being able to read their names on a piece of paper could be the same minds that change our world.

Check it out.  See how you can take part.

The Accidenta lCountess N BowmanI recently finished up the second novel in Valerie Bowman’s Playful Brides series:  The Accidental Countess.

Back cover blurb:

For seven long years, Lady Cassandra Monroe has waited for the man of her dreams to return from the war. Unfortunately, he happens to be engaged to her flighty cousin. What Cass wouldn’t give to take her cousin’s place! When he mistakes Cass for Patience Bunbury, a fictitious friend her cousin has invented to escape social obligations…even with her future husband, Cass thinks this is her chance.

LEAD TO TRUE AND LASTING LOVE?

After defeating Napoleon at Waterloo, Captain Julian Swift is not quite ready to settle down and enter into his unwanted arranged marriage—especially when the real object of his affection turns out to be a beguiling beauty he meets at a party. Patience Bunbury is witty, independent, passionate…and, unbeknownst to him, the cousin of his current fiancée. When the truth about Cass comes out—and Julian discovers that their courtship is anything but accidental—will he surrender his heart to a woman who really is too good to be true?

I totally enjoyed this next installment in the series (and hope it’s not over after the next ‘cos there are more ladies who need their stories told!)

Read on for my review.  No true spoilers, promise.  🙂

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“Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!  Linking your weekly post back to Tynga’s Reviews.” (description from the launch page)

Week of January 10 thru 17, 2015

In the calmer days after the holidays, January is usually a slower month book buying-wise for me.  Spent too much on Christmas, and way too many after the season sales are normally my reasons.

But this week I am excited!  I was approved for NetGallley and actually got a few novels to review (which just blows me away ‘cos I’ve wanted that approval for so long now) and I did a little shopping on the Amazon/Kindle free e-books page.  So, of course, my To Be Read Pile has just jumped in level!  Right now it’s too cold in Pennsylvania to venture (walk) out to the library so at least I haven’t added library books to that towering TBR.  🙂  Maybe next week.

So my haul this week from Amazon Free e-books are:

The Brands who came for ChristmasThe Brands Who Came For Christmas by Maggie Shayne

I will read a grocery list written by Maggie Shayne (yes she is one of my favorite authors) so I’m looking forward to the next installment in the Brands family saga)

Curse of the AlphaCurse of the Alpha (Episodes 1 & 2) by Tasha Black

Often I find the most wonderful series through the free e-books list.  These are usually new to me authors and I cannot wait to enter their brand new worlds.

 

The Faerie GuardianThe Faerie Guardian (Touched Series Book 1) by Rachel Morgan

This one is also a new to me author and it really sounded good.  I love faeries, always have and always will (I even have another website devoted to nothing but faeries) so the idea behind this series intrigued me.  Looking forward to this read.

 

And that’s it for Amazon Free this week.

It would be so, so easy for me to take tons of free Amazon e-books, and I suppose I should at that price.  But there is only so much reading time in every day for me so I do need to be realistic here (darn it!)

Then Along Came NetGalley

I am so excited to be a part of NetGalley so I sincerely hope you will excuse my enthusiasm right now.  I am literally an over indulged kid on a sugar high over here.  🙂

Because I’m so new and am still learning the rules of NetGalley, dates when reviews go up (for me), what can and cannot be shown I’m going to play it so safe with this week’s list of MetGalley picks.  (I need to spend a day just reading every single page over there so I understand the no-no and can do the “Oh yes you can!” stuff.

So this is my NetGalley list for my first week:

1.  Of Shadow & Stone by Michelle Muto

2.  Untouched by Lauren Hawkeye

3. Vampires Never Cry Wolf by Sara Humphreys

4.  Riding The Odds by Lynda K. Scott

5.  Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster

6. Magic Found by Misha McKenzie

Every one sounds good to me and it is hard to resist vampires, werewolves and magic – so I’m gonna be in reading heaven on these titles.  Look for the reviews when they are allowed to be published.  🙂

So Now The Reading Orgy Can Commence

Looks like I’m in for a bit of reading this week.  How’s your week stacking up?

NetGalley_WellnessBadgeI have been wanting to apply at Netgalley for some time now.  My blog is growing but it’s not huge… yet.  So I hesitated.  Waited ’til the time was right.  Stalled.

And today I just went for it.

Nothing ventured nothing gained and all that strengthen yourself talk, ya know?  🙂

Truth is I love books – reading them, checking out the covers, holding them in my hand – just the love of books has been with me for years.  I never want to lose that addiction to the printed word, to escaping to another world, another time, another place.

I want to express that enjoyment, that love to you and have you get caught up in the magic too.

Can’t wait to do my first review through Netgalley.   Hopefully real soon.

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I just joined Bloglovin and I am loving it!

Have you checked it out yet?  So many blogs to follow in tons of categories.  Plus it puts your blog out there for other folks to find and follow as well.  And after all, every one of us who has created a blog (with all the craziness involved) wants to have people come and visit us.  You know it’s true.  🙂

I just know that I’m gonna be spending hours there checking out blogs in all of my interests, not just about books.  :).

WingsInTheNightBundle1KindleLong, long ago before there were sparkly vampires.  In the days of imagination taking flight through an author’s words only.  There was the Wings in the Night series by Maggie Shayne.

I have three all time favorite series or ongoing novels.  Wings in the Night was the first in that list – the other two were added years later.  I go back and re-read these books all the time, so it really is no surprise to me that the brainstorm for Throwback Thursday on Keeper Bookshelf starts off with this, my all time favorite vampire series and now ongoing series.

And now I have to add one more series to that list since now there is the new series Wings In The Night: Reborn!

My favorite character from all the novels has to be Rhiannon.  She is strong, sexy, regal and one seriously badass vampire.  And she is also the hostess of the new(ish) website devoted to these fantastic creatures at WingsInTheNight.com created by Maggie Shayne.  If you’re a new or old, devoted fan you will want to check out that new website.

Over at Amazon.com there are two really great deals on Ms. Shayne’s earlier Wings in the Night novels.  In the bundles of Wings in the Night bundle part 1 and Wings in the Night bundle part 2 you’ll find six novels (in each part equals 12 great  novels) for your Kindle or using a reading app. for your desktop at a really great price.  Honest, I went over and got them in e-reader format for myself just to have then safe on my computer where they will live forever.  🙂

(and yes those are affiliate links in the above paragraph)

Individual reviews of the novels making up the entire Wings in the Night series will come in a later post on Keeper Bookshelf.  For right now, I wanted you to be introduced (or reminded) of this awesome series and encourage you to check them out.

May all your nights be twilight-filled.

Reissue/Reprint Wednesday is a new feature here born from a discovery today that a long-time, often re-read trilogy is being re-released in trade size format with brand new covers.

Yay!  I re-read this trilogy at least once a year.  To me it is just that good, I get caught up in the lives of these three women and their men and I must revisit them.  (in truth, my original copies are now getting a bit frayed so this is really good news)

This feature also comes out of annoyance at buying novels that I already own! Grrrr!  I cannot stand it when I’m pulled in by a new cover, thinking “Oh, how did I miss this one?” only to discover that — it’s on my bookshelf already.  Novels are reprinted or reissued all the time, so it’s hard to keep up with them all, but I’m going to showcase one or two a week in the hopes that it helps someone else from buying a duplicate copy of something they already read.

So to start this feature, the reissue novels of this week are:

The Three Sisters Island Trilogy

Dance Upon The Air (January 2015)Dance Upon The Air TRade

When Nell Channing arrives on charming Three Sisters Island, she believes that she’s finally found refuge from her abusive husband—and from the terrifying life she fled so desperately eight months ago…

But even in this quiet, peaceful place, Nell never feels entirely at ease. Careful to conceal her true identity, she takes a job as a cook at the local bookstore café—and begins to explore her feelings for the island sheriff, Zack Todd. But there is a part of herself she can never reveal to him, for she must continue to guard her secrets if she wants to keep the past at bay. One careless word, one misplaced confidence, and the new life she’s so carefully created could shatter completely.

Just as Nell starts to wonder if she’ll ever be able to break free of her fear, she realizes that the island suffers under a terrible curse—one that can only be broken by the descendants of the Three Sisters, the witches who settled the island back in 1692. And now, with the help of two other strong, gifted women—and the nightmares of the past haunting her every step—she must find the power to save her home, her love…and herself.

Heaven and Earth (May 2015)Heaven and Earth TRade

Ripley Todd just wants to live a quiet, peaceful kind of life. Her job as a sheriff’s deputy keeps her busy and happy, and she has no trouble finding men when she wants them—which, lately, isn’t all that often. She’s perfectly content, except for one thing: she has special powers that both frighten and confuse her—and though she tries hard to hide them, she can’t get them under control…

Distraction soon arrives in the handsome form of MacAllister Booke—a researcher who’s come to investigate the rumors of witchcraft that haunt Three Sisters Island. Right from the start, he knows there’s something extraordinary about Ripley Todd. It’s not just her blazing green eyes and her sultry smile. There’s something else. Something he can detect, but she’ll never admit. Fascinated by her struggle with her amazing abilities, he becomes determined to help her accept who she is—and find the courage to open her heart.

But before Ripley and Mac can dream of what lies in the future, they must confront the pain of the past. For Three Sisters shelters centuries of secrets—and a legacy of danger that plagues them still…

 

Face the Fire (June 2015)Face the Fire TRade

Mia Devlin knows what it’s like to love with your whole heart—and then watch your love walk away. Years ago, she and Sam Logan shared an incredible bond built on passion, legend, and fate. But then one day he fled Three Sisters Island, leaving her lost in memories of the magic they shared—and determined to live without love…

The new owner of the island’s only hotel, Sam has returned to Three Sisters with hopes of winning back Mia’s affections. He is puzzled when she greets him with icy indifference—for the chemistry between them is still sizzling and true. Angry, hurt and deeply confused, Mia refuses to admit that a passion for Sam still burns up her heart. But she’ll need his help—and his powers—to face her greatest, most terrifying challenge. And as the deadline for breaking a centuries-old curse draws near, they must take the first steps toward destiny—and come together to turn back the dark…

(descriptions are from the back cover of each book)

These new covers are simply stunning, and represents each of the three “sisters” in this trilogy very well (in  my opinion).  I cannot wait for these.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Nell, Ripley and Mia before then may I suggest that you treat yourself to these reissued novels when they hit the bookstores throughout 2015.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.  🙂

book pileI admit it.  I have a serious case of book envy going on now.  Yesterday and this morning I went through the list of blogs taking part in the Stacking the Shelves meme over at Tynga’s Reviews.

Oh.  My.  Goodness.

Not only did I find some really interesting new (to me) book blogs to follow — but the books.  Oh, the books.  And this is only January.  My book envy is going to go supernova come July!

I saw at least 50 books that I really want to read.  50.  Whew, that’s a lot of reading material plus what is in my to read pile.  And we both know that there will be more fantastic novels coming out soon so what’ a book-aholic to do?

The best we can.  Really.  I love reading, I love putting together this website telling you about the books I’ve read.  But, in all honesty, it is so hard to keep current being a one woman blogger here.

When a book really grabs me I can finish it in one day, maybe two.  An average book reading time for me is between two or three days.  Then there are the ones that just drag because I cannot get into the book – at all.  I hate, really hate, to not finish a book.  It might not be to my taste, but someone poured their heart and soul into creating it and I probably plopped down my hard earned money to buy it — so I should finish it.  So I usually completely read most novels in  my piles.  I may not love it, but someone else might so I feel obligated to read, review and let the comments fall where they may around here.

Yet there is that occasional one that I simply cannot read one more word of.  I’m sorry to those authors, but the book stinks.  Badly.  The one thing I will not do on this website is name those DNF books.  I can’t because someone created it and someone else might find it to be the most awesome book they have ever read.  I do not want my experience with DNF books to influence someone else.

I can hear some people say, “If it stinks you should tell people”.  Okay, maybe.  But, here’s the thing.  I have never, ever been able to finish War and Peace.  I cannot connect to that book.  On the other hand, I read Gone With The Wind once each and every year.  Both are considered classic novels and worth reading at least once by many people.  So who am I to say that a book stinks and belongs in a did not finish pile when someone, somewhere may think it’s a new classic?

My reading schedule for this year is simple.  I vow to get to the bottom of my To-Be-Read pile and do my best to keep up with currently released novels.

I know I am going to suffer from book envy throughout the year – I accept that.  But, I plan to do a lot of reading, reviewing and posting this year… because of my serious book envy (or in spite of it.)  🙂

How ’bout you?  Are you visiting book blogs and just drooling over novels that you want in your to-read-pile?   (me too)

StackingTheShelvesThere are millions upon millions of books ‘out there’ to be read. (nervously taps foot just thinking about all those books!)

And there are literally thousands of book blogs online to comment about and review those millions of books. (starts to feel very very tiny)

How in the world are we supposed to keep up with all that reading material?!

Me?  I read what I’m in the mood for at that moment.  Romance. Paranormal. Mystery. Historical.  Etc.  I am very all over the place in my reading style.  And… I often miss out on learning about really interesting books, even if I’m not “in the mood” for that style right now.

I have found a great way to solve part of that problem.  Over at Tyngas Reviws a weekly meme has been started called Stacking The Shelves (this link is to the launch page for STS).  A roundup of lots and lots of book bloggers and their just arrived piles of books (or their To Be Read additions) is available to give us the chance to check out new books, as well as ‘new to us’ book blogs.

How awesome is that?  More books!  I am so in!  So what are you waiting for.  Go.  Check out Tyngas Reviews and the Stacking the Shelves listings and enjoy yourself.

I want to do a STS post here on Keeper Bookshelf every Saturday evening.  I hope you come back to check out what I’m either reading or going to read to review real soon — and maybe start your own.  What could be more fun than more books?  (okay, so I can think of a few personal things but hey it’s books!)  *wink*

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