So, I Read This Book Today

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A Book Challenge!

Humm . . . If I Were A Programmer

CRS Can't Remember ShitI hate having lost my mind. We were such good friends! But apparently I am not the only one whose memory has turned into a sieve, given the number of questions on the Goodreads page, What’s The Name of That Book??? Discussion Group. 5,034 listings of “I can’t remember shit”…
Here is one from Timothy that is bugging me, as I could swear I read this one at some point!
It was a series i read about 10 years ago, it was about an) alpha were-lion, there was something about councils and meeting between all the were species. there was a were-komodo who was the last of her kind working for i think the werewolves as an enforcer. there was a were-serpent who was also the last of his kind. and a were-tiger was one of the main characters, i think she becomes the mate of the lion alpha. i remember in one part the mother of the alpha lion showing the alpha photo’s of the savannah and in it there were starving lions. and something about were-spiders killing other weres.

Now, maybe I am crazy, but wouldn’t it be amazing to have a “Search Engine” for keywords in Goodreads (or even a separate site, but having it at Goodreads would make things really simple.) that would allow the reader to conduct a Boolean search for specific books by putting in specific keywords. Maybe most unusual words first, in this case, Genre: Urban Fantasy OR Fantasy Keyword: werekomodo AND wereserpent AND werespider AND werelion AND weretiger AND werewolves AND enforcer Year Range: 1990 TO 2000 (or whatever you think it is). I bet it would get a TON of use – I know I would certainly use it!

Come on, Goodreads! You have a lot of great things on the site – how about a lovely little search engine for those of us who have a bad case of CRS? (Can’t Remember Shit!)


I can’t believe it, but I am actually catching up on my books from Netgalley and Storycartel. Lots of other books as well – but if I tell you what I am doing, well, maybe I will get caught up, right? laughing white boxer25012918One is The Juan Doe Murders by Noreen Ayres. A Smokey Brandon Thriller, it deals with a serial killer who murders Mexican Immigrants, and in a fiction format brings up issues of immigration, the rich vs. the poor, and the tremendous imbalance of wealth in this country. It came to me from Netgalley – only THREE Netgalley’s on my list, then I will be caught up!


The Deeper Genome by John Parington expands upon the Human Genome Project, delving into the international ENCODE project and what it says about the deeper findings of DNA and RNA the layers of regulatory elements controlling and coordinating the switching on and off of genes. Deep stuff, but utterly amazing. The second of my Netgalley books awaiting review.

The third Netgalley book is Speaking In Bones by Kathy Reichs. I have been a big fan for years, but got away from it for a while. I will see if this book nudges my interest once more.

I have two books from Penguin’s First To Read program. TThe Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupihe Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi, and Dry Bones: A Walt Longmire Mystery by Craig Johnson. 

Penguin books are harder for me to read, as they have a heck of a DRM, which means that on my Samsung tablet I have to read in a program which accepts PDF files – a TOTAL pain, as Adobe Reader says “ERROR: The document has features that are not supported in this version of Adobe Reader.” Duh. It is an Adobe PDF! Sigh. The only thing that really works is Aldiko Premium which, though it pulls it up, and allows me to highlight for notes for my reviews, is a true pain in the backside when it comes to moving between pages . . . I can swipe ten or fifteen times before it will turn a page! Gack. Anyone recommend another program that works with PDF’s that is easier to work with?

Another one that is taking time to read, requiring “fun” reads between chapters? The Enigma Strain (Harvey Bennett #1)The Enigma Strain: Harvey Bennett #1 by Nick Thacker. Terrorists, explosions in Yellowstone National Park, murders, and biological weapons straight out of history. Intense.

Also from Storycartel, Path of the HorsemanPath of the Horseman by Amy Braun. The Four Horsemen decimated the world – but now they are stuck here. Sounds like it might be interesting…

Reading for fun in between the deep stuff?Spin Art: Mastering the Craft of Spinning Textured Yarn Spin Art by Jacey Boggs. I have been seeing all these wonderful textured yarns on Etsy, and learning how to do them is a lot of fun! Wraps, corespinning, bumps, and foreign objects, i.e., spinning in beads, baubles, shiny objects and bits of cloth spun into your yarn! Examples from some of my fav spinners on Click the pics to go to the etsy pages.

FLOUNCES - ooak bulky handspun art yarn - multicoloured textured novelty yarn with hand dyed wool - art yarn handspun yarn  bulky yarnART YARN handspun tailspun Wensleydale locksArt yarn handspun SALE buy 3 get 1 free Bee Balm 3.1 oz. wool locks curls tail spun


Relaxing before bedtime? Suzanne Wright’s The Phoenix Pack series. The fourth book just came out, and I get a huge kick out of Taryn Warner, the heroine, so I am listening to them in order (Kindle Whispersync) – seeing as how I also missed the third book.  Fun – two new smexys for the reading! (Note to British authors writing settings in the U.S. – Americans don’t eat baked beans for breakfast – that is a completely British thing to do! LOL) If you liked the Ridgeville Series by Celia Kyle, you might like this one as well.

Feral Sins (The Phoenix Pack, #1)Wicked Cravings (The Phoenix Pack, #2) Instincts (The Phoenix Pack, #4)


Of course, my TBR stack is monstrous…. but the next Witch's Diary (Lost Library, #4)Lost Library Shorts Collection: Clara & Logan's Trilogy PLUS 2 Bonus Shortstwo books I have  “Up Next” are Witches Diary: A Lost Library Novel and the Lost Library Short Story Trilogy both by Kate Baray. If you haven’t read this series, you are really missing out. If you haven’t read my reviews, type “Kate Baray” in my search box.

Wow. I just realized, I need to get reading!



One Of My Kindle Scout Books Was Chosen For Publication

Dear So, I Read This Book Today,

Congratulations! Your Kindle Scout nomination, “Drawing Down The Moon”, has been selected for publication by Kindle Press. The author, Joe Clifford Faust, wanted to make sure you received this thank you message:

“Dear Reader, Thank you for taking the time to support my novel Drawing Down the Moon. I appreciate your confidence in the project and the time you took to vote for it and perhaps even pass word about it onto friends and fellow readers. If you’re interested in staying in touch about future creative projects, you can do so through my Facebook page ( or my web site/blog ( Thanks again for the support, Sincerely, Joe Clifford Faust”

As a thank you for your time – and great taste – we are going to send you a free copy of the book before it is officially published. We’ll let you know when your early, free copy is available for download.

There is no better way to celebrate than by scouting more books!

Scout more books

Three cheers for reader-powered publishing!

The Kindle Scout team

Bookshelf Tag! Tag, You’re IT!

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I’ve been Tagged! Author Marcia Meara has tagged me in Bookshelf Tag Thanks for thinking of me, Marcia! I am having a fit of the “black funks” right now, so a break is just what I needed. I’ve never done one of these, so I intend to have fun. I hope you do to, when I tag you! Here are the rules for Bookshelf Tag:

“Answer the following questions about books on your bookshelf and then tag five other bloggers. You can answer the questions any way you want, whether it’s on your blog, in a video, or a combination of the two. Then remember to let whoever tagged you know when your post is up so they can read it.”

  1. Is there a book that you really want to read but haven’t because you know that it’ll make you cry?

I used to read the dark stuff. (Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago and Cancer Ward come to mind. The Gulag made me cry, and I was never brave enough to tackle Cancer Ward. Too depressing! Nowadays, I don’t read anything that I think will make me cry. I have had enough tears in my life. I can be scared, pissed off, horrified, or excited, but crying? Nah… Life’s too short, laugh while you can!

  1. Pick one book that helped introduce you to a new genre.

I first found Urban Fantasy back in the 80’s (yea, I’m old, get over it! ROFL) I was gifted a copy of Moonheart by Charles deLint and I feel in LOVE. Sara and Jamie and all their friends moved into my heart and built a home, and their joy has lived with me ever since.   Ellen Datlow, Emma Bull and Terri Windling soon added to my list and from then on, Urban Fantasy has been my first and abiding love.

  1. Name a book that you want to reread.
    Oh, Jeeze! I always reread the previous books in my favorite series right before a new one comes out. I have read the Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series several times for this very reason. Now that I think about it, I think I will pull out Emma Bull’s War for the Oaks and give it another read . . .
  2. Is there a book series you’ve read but wish that you hadn’t?
    The Depths by Nick Thacker. The premise was so good – but the execution? Not so much. As I quoted in my review, Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort. – John Ruskin He has another book out that sounds so good, but I won’t read it because of the issues that disappointed me in this one. 1) Errors in logic 2) Errors in science 3) Continuity issues 4) Grammatical and word usage issues. In other words, sloppy. I had promised to read and review for the Publisher, or I would have stopped ten pages in…..
  3. If your house was burning down and all of your family and pets were safe, which book would you go back inside to save?
    My Charles deLint collection! I have a few signed firsts (the only signed firsts I have ever owned) because he brought me such joy so many times in my life. I can sink into one of his stories and live inside his world – especially Newford!
  4. Is there one book on your bookshelf that brings back fond memories?
    Wow. I have never thought of that. Hum… I suppose James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux series would qualify. Yes, I know, that is a series, not a book, but I used to travel, a lot, and plugging in a Burke and listening to Will Patton’s smooth, almost luxuriant delivery always make the miles pass by in a nearly magical way.
  5. Find a book that has inspired you the most.
    A bit over a year ago, M.K. Clinton took a big chance and hired me to edit her books, The Returns and The Returns II: Showstoppers. After my chemotherapy and two years of absolute misery, I had decided to never do anything with my life that didn’t make me happy. When she asked me to edit her books, my whole life turned around. THIS was my calling! Since then, I am proud to say, I have been gifted with other editing jobs, as well as my ‘read-for-review’ requests, and I have never been happier. I have found my calling!
  6. Do you have any autographed books?
    Yes! The Charles deLint books I mentioned.
  7. Find the book that you have owned the longest.
    The Gulag Archipelago. I believe that battered old tome is the first book I ever owned. My cousin had struggled through it in school, and was about to throw it out. To say I didn’t come from a family of readers is an understatement. That book opened me up to a whole new world!
  8. Is there a book by an author that you never imagined you would read or enjoy?
    Dirty little secret that is not really that much of a secret any more, given the book reviews on my site (Shh, don’t tell anyone!) I had never read a romance until a couple of years ago, when I picked up a Paranormal Romance. Now, when I want to relax and be assured of a HEA, complete with were-creatures, that is what I pull up on my reader. I like “kick-butt-take-names” Romantic Suspense also – just finished Exchange of Fire by P.A. DePaul – Awesome!

Now it’s time for me to pass it on to five bloggers whose blogs I enjoy:

If you haven’t found these wonderful bloggers and authors, you should visit them! And I look forward to reading their answers!

Best, Leiah


So Many Books, So Little Time!

Ok. These are left to do this month. It’s the 18th Already so better keep working!!

Word Press does a HORRIBLE job with layouts when you use photos. Glad my new site is being worked on!midnighteyes


It’s August – My New To-Do List Is Out. . .

It’s August, so it must be time to see what I accomplished last month, and what is up for this month.

Oh, and BTW? The formatting here is why I am moving away from! There doesn’t seem to be any way to bypass the MESS! So, sorry!

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The Portuguese Cover

First, I am proud to say that I am working through the edit on Marcel Trigueiro‘s The Next Target. It is a challenge for both of us as we learn what each other means when it comes to Portuguese terms and how they will make the best wording in English. I am getting a real thrill out of his book, and I am sure you will as well. The edit is scheduled for completion at the end of the month, and I will post links to the purchase sites.

midnighteyesI am also scheduled for a review of Midnight Eyes by Sidney Williams for Susan Keefe at Audiobook Monthly Magazine. Excitement! Loving me some Louisiana writing, and the narrator for this book, A.C. Fellner, seems to do a good job – I will say more after I listen to the whole book. He does have an extensive catalog at Audible, so we shall see!



Michael Angel was kind enough to gift me with FOUR of his books!!!! (Dancing around the room.) I will be reading The Deer Prince’s Murder: Book Two of ‘Fantasy and Forensics’ this month, and am looking forward to it. If you haven’t read it, click for my review of Centaur of the Crime.

I also these in my hot little hands, but have to save them for another time…. SO many books, SO little time!







The following books are due for review in the next week. Think I can pull it off???




I also have The Shaman and Other Stories by Alessandro Manzetti , George Cotronis , a horror and distopic SF short story collection. Alessandro is an Italian author, so it will be fun to read my first Italian-based book!



So, how did last month’s challenge go? Uh….shiny-new-book!



Well, let’s look at what I finished on my July Book Challenge:



The Last Ancient 2
cheating justice
witchhunt read















Looks pretty good, huh? Wellllll…… not so much! What I didn’t get to!



It’s not that I don’t expect these to be good books. It’s not that I don’t WANT to read the books….

Yep, same old same old . . .



Please consider purchasing copies for your local cancer center! Thank you!
Done. Review Rewritten









Last minute request from publisher!







I Married the Third Horseman was a complete blast, and the two Ilona Andrews books? Well, if it is Ilona Andrews, you KNOW it is good!


Hum… I spent a lot of time on editing, so that is my excuse and I am sticking with it!

World’s Best Story

I am really excited to tell you about an innovative new contest platform for both readers and writers. Laura Fabiani of iRead Book Tours is now a proud sponsor for World’s Best Story!

More and more authors and writers are discovering the power of readers. Books are written for the reader audience, so why not have a say in telling others we think a writer’s story has blockbuster potential? That’s what World’s Best Story allows you to do.

In view of this, I hope you will join me in helping to spread the word and to sign up as a member of World’s Best Story to find talented storytellers and get great prizes.
But first let me tell you more about World’s Best Story.

World’s Best Story was launched at BookExpo America on May 28. It’s the first social contest to reward readers and writers with exclusive partner prizes. So what does this mean for you?

If you are a writer:

  1. Submit your story. Entering is free and the entry period ends Aug 12.
  2. Prizes include publishing contracts, celebrity master classes, trademark and IP protection, book tours, big box retail distribution, PR and marketing support and more!
  3. Top ten finalists and grand prize winner will be announced at the Toronto International Book Fair on November 15, 2014.

If you are a reader:

  1. You get the chance to be the judge, discover new stories and win great prizes.
  2. When you sign up to become a member, you automatically get $10 to spend at Beyond the Rack. Signing up is easy, requiring only your name and email.
  3. When you rate and vote you’ll get a chance to win cool prizes, and the grand prize package includes a $2000 shopping spree at Beyond the Rack!

So how can you help us spread the word? There are several ways:

  • Write a post about it and you can enter in a giveaway for a $20 Amazon gift card and one of 6 $25 Beyond the Rack Gift Cards
  • Add the World’s Best Story logo on your blog with a link back to their site.
  • If you are an iRead tour host, your post will count toward your incentive program if you do the above.
  • If you are not yet an iRead tour host, join and you will qualify for the incentive program
  • Tell all your readers about WBS through social media networking.

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My July Book Reviewing Challenge!!!

In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors. – Henry Ward Beecher

I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!– Zoolander

I am miserably behind. On everything.  Yup. Everything.

If I received hard copies of all the work that I need to do, my office would look like this:

And it makes me want to tear my hair out. Of course, it’s my own fault. Books are like Chocolate, You Can Never Get Too Much! Well. Not really.

You see, I am not really a “Procrastinator.” No, Really! I am more like . . .

shiny-new-book! So, much to my chagrin, I am way behind on reviews.

To everyone I owe reviews to:

bullBelow is a list of books I owe reviews on (in no particular order) that you will be seeing, coming soon! Of course, there will be book tours and cover reveals, but these people have been waiting a while, and for that I apologize. I just got a bit “over excited” there for a while and accepted more books that I could handle, even with MY voracious appetite for books!


Bluebell Kildare Book #1
Bluebell Kildare Book #1
witchhunt read
Preternatural Affairs #1 Read, need to review
The Thin Veil #3
Thomas Crocker Thrillers Book #4
Woo Hoo! Gift from the Publisher!
The Thin Veil Series, Book #2
Book #3 The Sarah Milton Chronicles
Under Witch Curse Moon Shadows #3
Under Witch Aura Moon Shadows #2
Dream Jumper’s #1 Request from the Publisher
Grauwelt #1 Request from the Publisher
Cheating Justice Book Cover
Justice Team #2 Request from the Publisher
Request from the Publisher
The Last Ancient 2
Blog Tour June 2 – August 29! I have July 29th – Happy Birthday To Me!
Preternatural Affairs #2
Silver Wolf Clan #1
See Deborah, you ARE on my list! 😉
“Season of the Witch” came out before “Windwalker”
A Haven Mystery Book #1
Preternatural Affairs #3
Book #2 Sarah Milton Chronicles
Request from the Publisher
Request from the Author

Song of the Shaman Crowdfunding! Audiobook Campaign
Song of the Shaman Audiobook Campaign



Received the following in the mail. This might be a great deal for others also seeking audio publication? Crowdfunding is the way to go for pumping up your funding, but also, wouldn’t it be a good way to get your book out there?


This is exciting! Since you requested Song of the Shaman on NetGalley the print and ebook editions have gotten wonderful attention. Now I am running a campaign to raise funds to produce a quality audiobook on Pubslush—a global crowdfunding platform only for books.

Check out Song of the Shaman Audiobook Campaign where you can:

  • Make a contribution
  • Receive amazing rewards
  • Support the fight against illiteracy
  • Or just see what the campaign is all about!

Please help us make this happen!

Our first campaign funding goal is to reach $500. Early birds who donate $50+ in the next week will receive an extra special reward gift – a personalized Song of the Shaman mug—in addition to the reward level listed. Great to sip your coffee or tea from as you listen to the audiobook!  A limited number of mugs are available.

Thanks so much for supporting Song of the Shaman. You’ve been a part of its growing success!Best wishes,

Annette Vendryes Leach

P.S. Not able to contribute to the campaign? You can still help by sharing the page link with friends through your email and social media outlets. That would be awesome. 🙂

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