Shelf Envy [24]: Shane Morgan

Today’s Shelf Envy features author and book blogger, Shane Morgan.

If you’re not familiar with Shane as an author then you may have heard of a book blog called, Itching for Books. She is one incredibly busy woman because not only does she write and blog she also runs tours for authors and their books.

Her book is out now. Details at the bottom!

1. Name your top 5 favourite authors. And why.

My top 5 favorite authors are Jane Austen, Susan Dennard, Kelly Creagh, Rae Hachton, and Lauren Oliver. Each have their own unique writing style, especially Jane Austen. I’m pretty sure any reader or writer will agree with me in saying Jane Austen is simply timeless. Her writing is out of this world. 

I recently fell in love with the works of Susan, Kelly, Rae and Lauren. Susan Dennard, because I love the historical, steampunk elements embedded in her books. Something Strange and Deadly was my first attempt at the steampunk concept and I absolutely love it. Before, I was completely lost in regards to such a genre but after reading Susan’s story I really began to understand what it was all about. 

I’m a fan of Rae Hachton and Kelly Creagh for one reason: gothic romance. They both have this dark and haunting essence in their stories and their characters are very intriguing because of that. I’d love to read more books with such rudiments. As for Lauren Oliver, she’s the first author that made me cry, reading her novel Before I Fall. Now I’m a supporter of anything she releases, including her dystopian trilogy, which by the way I’m not too big on that genre, but Lauren definitely made a fan out of me.

2. Can you remember the first ever book you bought with your first ever pay check?

Oh wow, that would have to be Green Rider by Kristen Britain. For most of my life I received books, I never purchased any. And they were mostly Nancy Drew mysteries or something family oriented. When I started working, I got so caught up that I didn’t have time to read anymore much less write anything, until one day I glimpsed Kristen Britain’s books online out of pure coincidence. I remember I instantly got this feeling after reading the synopsis, like I just had to purchase the book and read it. It turned out to be really great and I’m looking forward to finishing the series. 

3. What book have influenced you the most?

Definitely Pride & Prejudice. I would love to write so effortlessly like Jane Austen. She’s super-super talented!

4. What are the last books you’ve bought?

The last time I bought books was back in July. I got Burning Blue by Paul Griffin, A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies, Evernight by Claudia Gray, and Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown.
5. Do you arrange your books in a specific order?
At first, I did. But these days they’re all over the place. I try to keep series together though. That I can say I’ve made an effort with. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to place them in order according to genres, and I might even go as far as to list them alphabetically 🙂


All Moya Douglas wants to do is study hard, maintain her scholarship, and make her mother proud while attending college. She doesn’t have time for a boyfriend or going on dates arranged by her best friend. Moya doesn’t believe in love. And she has no intention of ever finding it. 
Branden McCarthy is determined to change her views.
A selfless romantic who’s had his heart broken in the past, Branden is fascinated with Moya’s personality and hopes to develop something real with her—a connection so strong it’ll open her heart. But just when things start to work between the two, Branden’s secret threatens to get in the way.
Will Moya finally do the impossible and give love a chance with Branden, or will fear keep them apart?
New Adult novel about finding love and oneself.
Release date:October 29th 2013
Publisher: TSW Books
Average Rating:4.31
I highly recommend this book. It will make you see what true love actually looks like and leave a feeling of warmth in you’re soul.”
—Sabrina, The Book Town
Impossibly Love is a sweet, emotionally-charged multicultural romance. I really loved Moya and Branden’s journey.”
—Victoria H. Smith, Author of The Space Between

About Shane:

Shane’s love for writing started the moment she picked up a Nancy Drew book. At a young age, she began writing short stories, delving into a variety of genres: from comedy and drama, to horror and contemporary romance. Shane’s quite intrigued by the otherworldly or things otherwise deemed “impossible.” Well, in her opinion, people never really grow up, do they?
Thanks, Shane for indulging us! I can absolutely relate to loving Jane Austen and Kelly Creagh! She’s got such a wonderful way of writing dark romance. 
  • A beautiful dark is a great book enjoyed that read!

  • All those beautiful books! And she even has blythewood(:

  • Her shelf is way more organized than mine are these days. It's scary, really. lol

  • Thanks again for the interview! I really enjoyed it 🙂

  • Pretty books 😀 Love this post. <3 thank you both for sharing 🙂 Though, heh, I get the feeling that I have way more shelves and books than normal..

  • Isn't it sad that I haven't read anything from Jane Austen?

  • I also did try to arrange my books in categories but it's so difficult when you don't have enough place… thanks for the nice little interview.

  • I really enjoy Susan Dennard's books, too. The second one was somewhat of a letdown, but not enough to make me give up on the series, or even get upset, really. The next one will be fabulous, I just know it. I'm afraid Lauren Oliver's writing style just never worked for me, and I gave her plenty of chances.
    Anyway, thanks for sharing, girls!

  • I saw this bookshelf where books were colour-coordinated! Crazy. I, too would love to arrange it alphabetically by author someday. sigh. big dreams.

    Thanks for stopping by, Sam!

  • I tried to arrange my books alphabetically once, but that never did work out. 😉 Now I just hope for space so I can cram in any new titles. I was a big fan of Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall too, though her dystopian trilogy has gotten more of a mixed response from me. But I like her as an author. Great interview, you two! 🙂