Shelf Envy [29]: Santa Montefiore

 


My mouth literally fell open when I saw this gloriousness in my mailbox.

I have Ms. Santifiore today to talk about what she’s been reading nowadays. It looks like she’s fast at work with the fourth Deverill novel! The work of a writer never stops. But seriously, though. Your bookshelves are to die for. Sigh.

I’m researching my new novel at the moment, which is the fourth in the Deverill series, based in Ireland and London in 1992.   So, Husband Hunters by Anne de Courcy, which is about the wealthy American girls who came over to do the London Season and catch aristocratic Englishmen. It’s a really fun book, with wonderful anecdotes. As well as research, it’s a really entertaining read; The Diary of Lady Carbery – this is a fascinating diary giving insight into the daily life of an Anglo Irishwoman who lived in Castle Freke in West Cork.

I’m also reading for pleasure: Joe Dispenza’s Becoming Supernatural, this is a really amazing book. Joe Dispenza is a brain scientist who teaches you how to manifest the life you want and to heal your body with your mind. For people who enjoy books by Deepak Chopra and Eckhart Tolle like I do, Joe Dispenza is one of the best. I went to a workshop of his last week here in London and I am so inspired. Meditation is the key – with a new puppy in the house, it’s difficult to find the time to do it, but I know that, if I do, I can take control of my life. I highly recommend this book!

Thank you so much for stopping by. Love, love your bookshelves! And your book. 🙂

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Shelf Envy [25]: Carina of Carina’s Books

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It’s been ages since I’ve done of these, and I couldn’t  be more happy to have this wonderful girl on the blog today. I have to be honest and say that I’ve been after Carina to  show us a picture of her bookshelves! Well, she finally agreed last week and I’ve got to say I was over the moon when she tweeted me to say she was doing it. She sent me a whole slew of pictures of her bookshelves, her reading spot and her collectibles. If you’ve ever visited her blog, you’d know that this girl puts my kids to shame when it comes to toys! And not only that, when she loves a book, or an author, she really dedicates her time and money collecting their work. She is such a sweet person to get to know. I’ve known her for almost as long as I’ve been blogging (close to 4 years). I go to her when I need spoilers on any given book, and most of the time, we share the same views. So today, let’s bask in the beauty of her shelves!


Hi all you lovely readers at Joyous Reads 😀 Joy asked me to take part in her Shelf Envy back in September. I have been meaning to do so ever since, but I’m a bit lazy about taking pictures of my shelves, since I have so many, so I didn’t do it until now. Thankfully, Joy was still willing to have me, all these months after she first emailed me about it 🙂 I just wanted to say thank you to Joy, for always being so kind and awesome. I adore you. And your blog. It’s amazing. Thank you for letting me take part in this 🙂 Sorry if I talk too much in my answers ;p Also describing a bit about my shelves, though not that much. I don’t have the biggest apartment, and it is on the second floor of my mom’s house. But it is still my place, and it is big enough. Well, not really, because I only have room for 8 shelves. And they are all full. Sigh. No room for more. Hmph.

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LIVING ROOM. This bookshelf is in my living room, along with four others. But this is the one I look at as I sit in my chair all day 🙂 This also counts as random non-bookish related on my shelves. Because I don’t have anything inside my shelves, since no room, hah. But I do have lots on top of my shelves 😀 And this one is my favorite, I think. Bunch of Frozen items 😀 My Disney Store dolls are gorgeous. And I love the others too. So much love. Also a random Rapunzel in there 🙂

LIVING ROOM. This one is also in my living room. I must say that my favorite is on the top of the shelf; my expensive His Dark Materials boxset. <3 And ohh! My precious Shadow and Bone Alina posters. They are gorgeous.

STAIRCASE. And this final bookshelf is at the bottom of my stairs. Lots of books there, though wishing there were room for even more.


Q & A

What was the last book you purchased?

The last book I bought. Hmm. I haven’t been able to buy much books lately, because of limited space, sigh. But I do pre-order a bunch of books each month. Not going to mention all of those 😀 So I just looked into which book I last bought that were already released. Which made me realize it has been a long time since I purchased a book that wasn’t a pre-order. On June 3rd, I ordered The Art of Big Hero 6. <3 Which probably don’t really count as a book, lol, but it is book enough for me. And it is gorgeous. Though I have yet to read it. But just looking at the cover makes me happy 🙂 But ohh. I did pre-order one book alone last week. The Last Ever After, signed and personalized. Cost me $38. So expensive. But so worth it.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

I have so many favorite authors. I adore them all so much. Sigh. Talk to so many kind ones on twitter 🙂 But there are also a few that are extra special to me. Though I adore so many, and I’m not talking about them all, but yeah. Just saying that there are a lot of amazing authors out there 🙂

1.  Claire Legrand.
Whom I adore to pieces. I have talked a whole lot with her since her first middle grade book was published, and I love her so much. She’s all kinds of amazing and so kind. Plus she writes amazing books. But yeah. I adore her as a person. She’s the sweetest.

2.  Cat Winters.
Cat is so kind. I have talked to her a lot over the years, and she is always so nice and amazing. Her books are huge favorites of mine, and I cannot wait to read more by her. I adore her, because she’s always so kind and sweet.

3.  Marissa Meyer.
I might have loved Marissa the longest. Probably. Feels like so long since I started talking to her, since I first read Cinder. Her books are fantastic. And she is the kindest person. So cute and sweet. And always so kind to me. It means so much.

4.  Emily Murdoch.
I have loved getting to know Emily a bit. Her first book was heartbreaking and amazing. I’m just waiting for her to publish more 🙂 She’s always so sweet and amazing on twitter and I love talking to her. I have three personalized editions of her book, and it means the most to me. Emily is the best person.

5.  Elizabeth Fama.
Beth is such a kind and sweet person. Have talked a lot with her, and she’s always so supporting and helpful. It means so much to me. She also writes amazing books. And she is just so amazing to talk to. So glad I have gotten to know her over these years.

What are your ultimate top 5 favourite books?

I have a lot of favorite books. But I think these might be my top five. Probably. I love all of these books so much. Though I also have a few more favorites. But yeah. These ones are special to me 🙂

1. Graceling by Kristin Cashore.

I will never not love this book. It’s special to me. I cannot begin to tell you how much I adore Po and Katsa 🙂 And the writing. And the world. And the story. Ugh. It’s perfection.

2. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.

This is a book that I must re-read at least once a year. Though I want to re-read it all the time. The writing is beautiful. The story is perfection. I adore Sean and Puck and Corr so so much. I’ll never get tired of this book.

3. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.

This might be cheating, as it is three books and not one, hih. But I love all three. Though maybe the third is the one I love the most. Either way, though, this trilogy is one of my favorites. So much fun. So much heartbreak. I will never forget Will and Lyra. The most tragic love story, and they are just kids. Sobs.

4. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski.

I can’t not include this book as one of my favorites. I adore it. I love the characters so much. And the writing is beautiful. And the story is so mean and heartbreaking. I think I will love book three even more. I can’t wait.

5. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman.

This book isn’t even out yet. But I have read it already. And everyone needs this book. Because it is the best. So different. So amazing. There is space. There is love. There is death all over. This book is amazing. Huge favorite of mine.

What is the most random thing on your bookshelves?

The most random book I have on my shelves.. Hmm. I’m unsure about this. So I had to look around a bit. Think it might be Where the Moon Isn’t. I accepted it for review for Tor, yet I haven’t read it yet 🙁 It is random, because I don’t think it is a book I would usually look for at all, hah. But I’m going to read it sometime. Hopefully this year. Just so many books to read 🙂

Do you have a shelving method?

I have seen so many people shelving books in awesome ways. By author, by color, etc. But my method is not that awesome, lol. I’m not even putting all my favorite books in the same shelf. I just put my books randomly. Right now I have so little room left, ack. But planning on rearranging my books sometime. Though just the same way, with more of my favorites put together. Anyway. Point is, I put books by the same author together. Well, for the most part. Don’t have a special method, I’m afraid 🙂 But I love my shelves. Also because of my limited space, I have to have to rows on my shelves. Sigh. Which makes me so sad. So putting those books that I didn’t like all that much in the back of the shelf. Wishing I could see all of them, though 🙂


Thank you so much, Carina! I love seeing your shelves. I can’t say I’m pretty surprised with your choices of favourites, because you’ve been vocal about these books and authors. You continue to amaze me with your dedication and loyalty. You are one of the sweetest blogger I know. <3

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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 🙂


ABOUT THE BOOK: 

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. 
 
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Shelf Envy and Giveaway with Debra Mullins

Good morning, Readers!

On the blog this morning is author of numerous historical novels, Debra Mullins. As my tour stop for her latest work Prodigal Son, Debra was gracious enough to let us snoop around her shelves. She, along with Tor Books has also offered to give away three copies of her novel for US and Canadian residents! So let’s browse her shelves and enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post, will ya? 😉

It looks like a vast selection of historical romances and paranormal novels rule Debra’s shelves. There’s quite a few that I’ve always wanted to start reading but have yet to find the time. Let’s see if she can give us a recommendation, shall we? 🙂

1.    What was the last book you read? What are you currently reading? What book is on your wish list?
The last book I read was CONFESSIONS OF A PRAIRIE BITCH by Alison Arngrim. I’m currently reading RISE OF THE BLOOD by Lucienne Diver. The book on my wish list is DARK WITCH by Nora Roberts.
2.     Name a book that you’ve read more than once. Why?
I have to name several. THE BRIDE by Julie Garwood. It’s the first book of hers that I ever read, and I come back to it over and over again because I love fish out of water stories. Another is The Last Herald Mage trilogy by Mercedes Lackey: MAGIC’S PAWN, MAGIC’S PROMISE and MAGIC’S PRICE. I have several copies of each because they keep falling apart from me reading them so much. Vanyel is a truly tormented character, but he’s a hero until the very end.
3.     Is there a book that confirm your aspirations to write?
Anything by Nora Roberts and especially J.D. Robb. I was reading Nora since her very first Silhouette Romance, and she continues to inspire.
4.     Name your ultimate top 5 authors.
Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb, Mercedes Lackey, Susan Squires, Jayne Castle, Robin D. Owens, Marjorie M. Liu
5.     What is your desert island book?
Any of The Last Herald Mage trilogy by Mercedes Lackey.

I own several of Nora Roberts’ books but have yet to tackle them. It’s high time, I think. 

Thanks, Debra for stopping by the blog today! I’d just like to mention that this post almost didn’t go up today. I had problems with my computer so I had to find another one that works! Oy. 

Anyway, check out her latest work!
Prodigal Son [Truth Seers, #1] by Debra Mullins
Tor Books | October 1st, 2013
Paranormal Romance
SUMMARY:
Prodigal Son—the new paranormal romance from acclaimed historical romance author Debra Mullins
Bounty hunter Rafe Montana is a Seer, descended from the fabled Atlanteans. He uses his inherited power to “see” criminals across the globe and track them down, and he’s just started on a new case. Danny Cangialosi is accused of disappearing with a stolen car…but for the first time in his life, when Rafe goes looking, he is unable to “see” him. Instead, his search leads him to Danny’s stubborn, meddling, and verycute stepsister, Cara McGaffigan.
Cara is looking for Danny, too, but not to turn him in. He is her brother, after all, and she’s convinced he has a good heart. If she can just find him before the cops do, she’ll figure out a way to get him out of this. But Cara didn’t count on a scorching-hot bounty hunter getting in her way.
Despite instant chemistry, Rafe and Cara know they’re never going to see eye-to-eye when it comes to Danny. What they don’t know is that Danny didn’t just steal a car—he stole a precious stone, a stone right out of the legends of Atlantis. It holds powers they can only dream of…and its owner wants it back.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Born and raised in the New York/New Jersey area, Debra now lives in California and has been actively writing for over twenty years. A language nerd, she could speak four languages by the time she graduated high school. At age 16, she went to France on a student exchange program for a summer. By the time she came home to the U.S., she was dreaming in French.
She is currently finishing a paranormal trilogy for Tor/Forge. 

The first book, PRODIGAL SON, is due out in October 2013. Debra is a member of Novelists Inc., Liberty States Fiction Writers, and several chapters of RWA. You can find her on Twitter using @debramullins and on the web at www.debramullins.com.

Check out her author profile and the rest of Debra’s work on Goodreads.

Enter for a chance to win 1 of 3 paperback copies of Debra’s new book. Just fill out the Rafflecopter below!

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Shelf Envy with Paula Weston

Hello, all!

So, today is the last day for The Shadows Blog Tour. I sure hope you’ve been following or you’re missing a ton of great posts and giveaways! I’ll have the link down at the bottom in case you missed someone’s post. Incidentally, if you haven’t checked out this book yet…well, quite frankly, I don’t know what the heck you’re waiting for. Shadows will give you a different take on the angels trope and man,

Rafa. Be still my heart.

You can check out my review of Shadows here.

Anyway, today’s stop for this tour is another invasion of privacy orchestrated by yours truly. Let’s all snoop around Ms. Weston’s bookshelves, shall we?

A few shots of my shelves
I had a wall of books at our old place (my husband and I moved house earlier this year year: it took 30 boxes to pack them up). In our new place, I’ve unpacked just over half (my fiction and research favourites). Here’s a look at my new bookshelf. There’s another layer of books behind what’s on display. My comic collection is still packed safely away.

A shelf of faves (Maggie Stiefvater and Melina Marchetta), plus my Richelle Mead shelf.

My YA faves (mostly Australian)
Some fantasy and urban fantasy faves over the years.

Love, love, love your shelves! I think we pretty much have the same YA faves (Melina Marchetta!!!) because I’m a huge fan of Aussie authors. This is Shyness, Jellicoe Road…whelp. I see HAZE. I’m staring at HAZE. I’m drooling over your copy of HAZE. 


What was the last book you purchased?
“This very cool, very funny YA debut by Aussie writer Melissa Keil.”


What was the last book you read?

“It was actually the above book (Life in Outer Space), so for this question I’m going with the book I’m currently reading (just started).”


What book is on your wish list?

“I’m a huge Maggie Stiefvater fan and really enjoy the new direction she’s taking with The Raven Boys. My copy of the second in the series is on order.”

Thank you so so so much, Tundra Books and Ms. Paula Weston for letting me be a part of this tour. I’m dying to read what Rafa and Gaby’s been up to. October is not too far away, though. So it shouldn’t be too long now. As promised, check out what has happened so far in the tour here.

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Shelf Envy with Julie Anne Nelson

Welcome to the first ever Shelf Envy of 2013! Sad, isn’t it? I need to get back into this. I just haven’t been able to find the gumption to go and bother authors or bloggers to invade their privacy.

Here’s hoping that Julie will be the first of many this year!

As I’ve just mentioned, the first victim of invasion of privacy this year is Julie Anne Nelson, author paranormal novel about seven girls born on the same date who will do anything to change everyone’s perception that they’re evil. I definitely need to read this soon!

She’s gracious enough to share a bit of her reader self by showing us her bookshelves and answering a few questions regarding the books that she’s read.

I wish my bookshelves are just as organized. I see some pretty heavy classics and a nice selection of YA. Other people’s bookshelves is fascinating to me. I’m a nosy person in general and there’s nothing like snooping at other people’s bookshelves that puts a smile on my face. 🙂 Anyway, I’ve asked her a few questions regarding her collection. Read on.

What was the last book you purchased?
Dogs: A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior and Evolution by Coppinger. 
I am a crazy dog person and have my dogs in classes for all sorts of things, and this book was recommended to me by a great dog trainer.  Because I am deep in the fourth book in my series, I am not reading many fiction books that I haven’t read before.  I tend to read like an addict, so if I start a book, it owns my mind until I am finished.  That doesn’t really help with finishing my own books, so I mostly read non-fiction that I can read more sensibly or fiction that I have previously read and loved.

Is there a book that continue to influence your style of writing?

Anne of Green Gables (and series).  I think that Anne is such a spectacular character because of her quirks, and anyone who has read my writing knows that I have quirky characters with both assets and flaws.  We certainly wouldn’t love Anne as much if she weren’t occasionally ridiculous (as we all are… or at least, should aspire to be).

 Name a book that you’ve read more than once.

I reread many books because once I fall in love with a story world, I love to go back again and again.  The one I have read the most is The Mountain is Young by Han Suyin.  It is a beautifully written book that connects with me on such a deep level that each time I read it, I feel like I know myself better.

 If you have to giveaway all your books and you’re only allowed one to keep, which will it be?

The Lord of the Rings definitely because it is so long and intricate that you could read it a thousand times and still have something new to find each time.
Name your top 5 authors of all time. 

Jane Austen
L.M. Montgomery
J.R.R. Tolkien
Han Suyin
C.S. Lewis

Thank you, Julie for indulging my curiosity! I’m shamed to say I haven’t read any of the Anne of Green Gables books (I know!). I have seen all of The Lord of the Rings movies but did not give the books a go. 

ABOUT JULIE
Julie Anne Nelson’s passion for young adult fiction stemmed from her six years teaching middle school social studies and English. Her goal now is to add a new voice to the already impressive landscape of young adult writers. Julie currently works as a technical editor and in her free time writes like there is no tomorrow, reads like a junky, and pines for opportunities to wear her favorite high heels.



Please check out her book!


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In the town of Dunlowe, being different can be deadly. No one knows this better than the seven girls born on the exact same day, at the exact same time. From birth, they’ve been feared, judged, and controlled. And yet, still loved by their families. Still hoping for a future. Still believing that acceptance would one day come. As their seventeenth birthday approaches, events occur that leave Cecily Daye and the other girls grasping with the possibility that their oppressors might have been right about them all along. Maybe they are as evil as the town has believed. But without an answer, they must make a choice when the town turns on them: to die or to run to the one place no person would follow—they must enter The Wild Wood.

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Shelf Envy [19]: Nancy Straight and a G!veaway.

Well, it’s been quite a while since I’ve bothered someone to send me a picture of their bookshelves so today, I’m pretty excited to have Nancy. Her bookshelves are pretty unconventional to say the least and clutter free (unlike mine), if I may say so myself. Thank you, Nancy for indulging us today. 
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You are going to be shocked with the photo of my bookshelves.  My bookshelves consist of six books; that seemed pretty meager to take a picture of, but I’ll tell you what they are:  Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, Inescapable by Amy Bartol (signed) and Devour by Shelly Crane (signed).  What?  Surprised!?  Yes, donated all of my other hardcopy books to my library and this is what my bookshelf looks like now!!!

If you are wondering, YES, those are pictures from my Amazon cloud.  I don’t think there’s another person on the planet who loves their Kindle more than I love mine!!
When did you start collecting your booksI’m still using the same Kindle my husband bought me three years ago.  I like how Amazon let’s me store books on their cloud so when I want to re-read anything I just move it to my Kindle, otherwise it stays stored in the cloud and doesn’t fill up my device.  So technically, my collection began on my birthday two years ago.
Name the absolute top 5 books in your bookshelf.
OHMYSWEETGOODNESS that’s a hard question!!  I’ve met tons of amazing authors and picking my top 5 is painful!  Could I give you my top twenty-five?  No?  *huge pout* Okay, but five hardly seems fair when you can clearly see from my picture above that there are over one hundred that I keep on my Kindle at all times.  I’ll have to go with Christie Rich’s FIVE, Charlotte Abel’s ENCHANTMENT, Amy Bartol’s INESCAPEABLE, Shannon Dermott’s BEG FOR MERCY and Shelly Crane’s SIGNIFICANCE.  Although if you let me name more than five I could fill your blog!!
Hardcopy, paperback, or e-copy? Why?
E-copy!  No dusting required!!  *fist pump* Like most moms, I’m always on the go and it seems like I’m waiting at bus stops, practices, tournaments, etc. all the time.  So having e-books lets me always have something I can read on my downtime; even if it’s just five minutes of downtime.  I try to read at least a book per week and doing that on an e-reader is also waaaaaay less expensive!

What is the most controversial book in your shelf?
Controversial, hmmm, *taps index finger to chin* I’m not sure I have anything controversial in my library.  I’m a fan of fiction, and more than that, paranormal romance and fantasy fiction.  So, the books I adore don’t normally have any political ramifications – I leave that reading for my husband!
What is the most random thing on your shelf? (knick knacks, trinkets, etc)
The shelves that used to house books in my living room now hold pictures of my family, my husband’s John Deere collection, and the occasional dog bone that is relocated from a sofa cushion (much to the chagrin of the dogs who buried it there to begin with.) 

Thanks so much for letting me stop by today, it was a real pleasure to be here!

Title: Blood Debt
Series: Touched #1
Author: Nancy Straight
Self-Published
Release Date: July 13, 2012
Pages: 293
Blurb:
Her whole life, it had just been the two of them. Before her mother’s last breath, she gave Camille the information she had craved her entire life: the identity of her father. Daring to contact him, Camille was welcomed by an entire family she never knew existed. But nothing comes without a price, as she discovers when her family claims a legendary heritage tracing back to a Centaur touched by Zeus.

As she learns the secrets of her Centaur bloodline, she is drawn into a forbidden love with Drake. Her family acknowledges her life may be the blood debt required to pay for her mother’s transgressions. The same person who once held her mother captive, and forced her into decades of hiding, now controls Camille. Her only chance is to seek a piece of her mother’s past that will win her freedom and the life she desperately desires.

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Shelf Envy [18]: Tiffany of Escaping One Book at a Time

My sweet Tiffany is strutting her stuff today! I don’t know anyone who’ve never heard of this girl but she’s one of the sweetest, hardworking blogger/reviewer I know. I invited her a while back but she’s put me off for the longest time. The nerve! 🙂 Kidding. So then she goes to me, “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.” Say what?! Actually, that’s not a bad idea at all. So today, folks. You can check out my SHELF ENVY post on her blog while you take a look at hers on my blog. Confused yet? 
It’s simple, really. After you check out Tiffany’s shelves here, head on over to her blog and check mine out. Here’s the link: Escaping One Book at a Time
I just want to point out that Tiffany has a copy of Kama Sutra here somewhere. Hah. My little girl is all grown up. *sniffs* I’m so proud of her.  Damn, Tiff. You got a lot of books. 🙂
What entices you to buy certain books? Reviews? Covers?

I would be lying if I said that cover had nothing to do with it.  I’m horrible I know but I am more attracted to pretty covers or ones that have something that is particularly eye catching.  This is why I end up impulse buying so often.  However I have a massive “To Buy” list because of reviews that I have read along with the covers.  Sometimes a review on a book will make a book more appealing to me or introduce me to something I wouldn’t have picked up due to lack of attraction.  I do try however try to do 2 things: 
  1.  Not let a review stop me from reading something I had my eye on prior to reading it, after I already bought it.  
  2. Judge the book 100% by the cover.  I do actually read the description before I buy the pretty book 🙂  

Is there a particular system you follow when you organize your bookshelves?


Um…  Maybe?  There is some sort of method to my madness right now or at least I think there is.  Right now it goes ARC’s and their partners (if there is one), Indie’s and then it run into what the book is about.  That is where I got somewhat creative lol I started with Dystopian, that moved gradually to Zombies, to Reincarnation, Mythology, Angels and so on.  Looking at it sometimes it really doesn’t makes sense but I was happy at the time.  This means it could likely be rearranged into colours, years or any other random order any day now.

Which author do you follow the most? 

That’s so hard because many of my needs are Indie’s and I can’t get my hands on them right away.  However as you know I am a MASSIVE Kailin Gow fan.  Her books release on Amazon.com and I hate having to wait until they come out on The Book Depository or Amazon.ca 🙁 Brina Courtney is another that I completely adore.  Sarah Alderson (Hunting Lila, Fated) is another one I am seriously watching but if I could I would ramble on and on about many authors I love for various reasons 🙂 

Name a book that you go back to time and time again when you’ve hit the proverbial “reading slump”. 

Actually I don’t have one go to book in particular.  I kind of have some various books that I go to because it depends on the slump.  For the most part though I go to the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris and I do mean the entire series.  I read the entire series between 2-4 times a year.  Rather than that I have books from different genres that I pick up because I find that my slumps normally start with a genre so it’s best to have a back up for different kinds.

Is there a book that you can consider as your most coveted but can’t find? What’s stopping you from getting it?

There are actually quite a few of these for me.  The one I am in constant search of a HB copy of Stolen by Kelley Armstrong.  I stumbled upon Bitten a bit back and am trying to get the entire series in HB.  I found out later that they don’t all come in that format which is sad but the one I am having the hardest time with is Stolen and mostly because of the cost for the copies I do find.  So needless to say I have only some of the series and haven’t read past Bitten because I can’t get book #2 yet lol.  I will cave some day I am sure but I am sticking to my guns for now.

Do you have a reading spot at home? 
My reading spot consists of wherever I feel I am least likely to be disturbed.  This is normally the couch, bed, reading chair in my room or in nice weather out on my front porch.  I’m not picky and to be honest once I am into a book it doesn’t really matter.  My favourite shelves probably consist of my Mermaid shelf and my Indie shelf.  The first because of my obsession with Mermaids and the second because there are many, many AMAZING books on the Indie shelf.

Thank you for asking me to do this Joy!  You know I have serious envy for your shelves so this is an honour. 

You’re welcome, Tiff. And thanks for indulging me. So…you’re looking for the Women of Underworld series by Kelly Armstrong, are you? Let’s talk. I may have books 1 – 8 that I’ve flounced on. 🙂

Why am I not surprised about your Kailin Gow obsession? I swear you’re about to go Kathy Bates on her. Lol! 

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Tour Stop: Shelf Envy [#17] with Lisa Kessler and G!veaway

Hi everyone!  Big thanks to Joy for letting me visit today!
My hubby and I are both voracious readers, but our book shelves are VERY different, so I thought I’d offer up a couple of photos…
First, this is one of my husband’s floor to ceiling shelves. (He has 5 book shelves like this, stuffed full… Yikes!) This is his Stephen King shelf.  Those are his prized first editions, in release date order…

And here is my shelf…  As you can see, mine isn’t remotely as organized as his.  I have 3 floor-to-ceiling book shelves and sadly, they’re all as unorganized as this one.  I like to blame it on overcrowding.  Behind all of the stacks you see is a full row of neatly standing books.  Before I got my Kindle, real estate on my shelves was a premium.


(But truth be told, I’m often running in 4 directions at once, so my books are just lucky they even got on the shelf! LOL)
These days I read 95% of my books on my Kindle so shelf space is no longer a problem… 
What was the last book you purchased? 
Seduction Under Fire by Melissa Cutler. I had it preordered and it popped into my Kindle today!  Magic!
If you could choose one character among the many that you’ve read so far, who would be the one that you think is an echo of your personality? 
Hmmm…  That’s a tough question!  Maybe Paige Winterbourne from the Women of the Otherworld series.  She’s got skills, but I wouldn’t call her “Kick ass”…  However she will do whatever it takes to protect those she loves.  I wish I had her magic though.  I’d love to have magic spells at the ready! LOL
Inquiring minds want to know: What is your guilty read?
Not sure about a guilty read…  But I can tell you my current guilty pleasure for listening is Adam Lambert!!!  Oh how I love Glam Rock! LOL
Who is your go-to author when you’re on a reading slump? 
Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles.  There’s one of her later ones that really works for me.  If you’ve never read “Pandora” it’s not too long and it’s a beautiful book!  Story of Marius and his love, Pandora. It’s a bittersweet read and it feels like a real look at what effect eternity would have on love.  But they’re all great to get you thinking…  
Ah yes, I know all about lack of real estate. I think that’s every book hoarder’s problem. Well, thank you so much for stopping by, Lisa. I’m always on a lookout for a new genre and yours seem like a good place to start. Historical PNR sounds perfect! 
Publication Date: September 28th, 2012
Entangled Publishing
SUMMARY
After the fall of the Mayan civilization, Kane, an immortal Night Walker, has taken refuge in France for over 800 years. The modern world holds little interest for him until the night he meets the Golden Thief and is robbed of much more than his pocket watch.
Marguerite Rousseau is living a double life. By day she is the assistant to an eccentric French artist, Antoine Berjon, and by night she dons elegant evening gowns to woo French dignitaries before lifting their wallets.
Sparks ignite when Kane captures the thief, but Marguerite harbors a dark secret that could ruin them both.

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Shelf Envy, G!veaway, Name that Book. Oh My!

Okay, boys and girls. I’m so excited for today’s happenings on the blog. I’ve never been a part of anything like this before and I’m glad y’all are here to be part of this. Ali Cross, author of Desolation series, have asked for help to name the third book to the series. So to kick that off, there are other bloggers participating in this “hop” as well. I hope you’ll take the time to visit them as there are goodies to be won, y’all! Books, swag and a $10 in TBD bucks! So the more blogs you visit, the better your chances at winning. 
Anyway, Ali is here today (she’ll be everywhere today lol! ) to give us a peek at her bookshelves. Down at the bottom of this post are instructions on how you may be able to enter the fantastic giveaways Ali is hosting! 
  1. What was the last book you purchased? 
  1. Is there a book that gets you through the toughest times of your life? Which and how?
Oh yes. The Fionavar Tapestry (a trilogy) by Guy Gavriel Kay. It has the most beautiful writing I’ve ever read, the most moving story. I can laugh out loud and cry real tears—even on my third or fourth (or fifth read-through). I’ve never been able to read a novel more than once—once I know what happens, it’s just not that interesting to me. The Fionavar Tapestry (THE SUMMER TREE, WANDERING FIRE & THE DARKEST ROAD) is the only story I’ve read more than once. I read it when I’m sad. I read it when I need my creative well fed. I read it just to feel alive and to fall in love with the written word again.
  1. Name your ultimate top 5 books. 
Just to be sort of interesting, I’ll call The Fionavar Tapestry ONE book. So, that would be #1. #2 = INK EXCHANGE by Melissa Marr, #3 = THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX by Mary E. Pearson, #4 = SURRENDER by Elana Johnson and #5 = OPEN MINDS by Susan Kaye Quinn.
Except I really think you should let me pick my top TEN, because then I’d add, #6 = BROKEN by C.K. Bryant, #7 = TRANSCEND by Christine Fonseca, #8 = BLACK SHIPS by Jo Graham & all the Allie Beckstrom (by Devon Monk) novels.
  1. What’s the most scandalous book on your shelves? 
Probably the Allie Beckstrom novels, lol. They’re adult urban fantasy and all have at least one, ahem, *scene*, in them.
  1. What are you reading now? 
I’m uber lucky and am currently reading an ARC of NEVERLOVE by Angela Brown (Oct 2012). It’s a paranormal romance story that’s so unique and interesting. I’m really enjoying it!
This was fun, Joy, thank you!

Lol! Sneaky, Ali. 🙂 I always get a complain when I ask guests to name their top 5 books. Five books are never enough, isn’t it? I’m going to have to check out this Allie Beckstrom novels. Sounds like something I would enjoy (wink, wink, nudge, nudge).

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Thanks so much to Tiffany of Escaping for letting me be a part of this and to Ali for taking the time out of her busy day for this Shelf Envy post! 

About the Author:
Ali’s Bio
Ali Cross is the sensei of the Writer’s Dojo where she holds a black belt in awesome. She lives in Utah with her kickin’ husband, two sparring sons, one ninja cat, two sumo dogs and four zen turtles.

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