Soon now April will slide into May and where in the world have the first 4 months of 2015 gone to?  I had so much planned.  Ah, well.

There are two May specific Challenges that I’m taking part in that are coming up real soon now.

Clean sweep may  2015The May Clean Sweep ARC Challenge over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  Where we’ll concentrate on getting all of those ARCs of any kind read, reviewed and at least scheduled for publication.  One look at my NetGalley shelves and I know that this is going to be useful and necessary for me – ‘cos there are even more that I want to request or pick up from the Read Now section – but I refuse to let my ratio drop… need to get those eARCs cleaned out – now.

This one is going on all month long, so feel free to hop over and sign up, there’s still plenty of time.  It’s going to feel so good to know that I’m up to date and maybe even a little ahead thanks to motivation from this Challenge.

 

The second Challenge for May on my schedule is a quick one, but one that hopefully is going to instill some good scheduling habits for me – I could use better habits.

mini blogahead 400May Mini-Blog Ahead May 1-14 at Anna’s Herding Cats & Burning Soup.  Here, for two weeks we are going to work on getting posts written and scheduled for publishing… in advance.  Yep.  Get those suckers done, ready to automatically publish and move on to more stuff that needs done – or even get ready for the more active, fun-filled summer months when we should be spending some time outside or on vacation.  Can anyone say hot, sunny, wave swept beach?  Oh, how I wish.

My goal for this one is really making some good work blog habits and stick to them.  There is so much that could be done and scheduled ahead of time.  Not everything is a do and publish thing.  So definitely this Challenge is going to help me in more than one way.  Interested?  Then dash over to Anna’s and check it out.

 

Okay, what else is there on Keeper Bookshelf for May?  Oh.  I am totally addicted to doing the one-click thing at Amazon for “free” novellas.  You know the ones – the first book in a series or it’s promotion day and the first book or the previous book in a series is available again for “free” that day?  Yeah.  Those.  Addicted.  Totally addicted, to the point where my Kindle is getting a bit tight – I really need to get some of those read, reviewed and off of the Kindle (to make room for more – no, no to have more breathing space, yeah – that *cough*)  Anyway.  The plan is to add several of those “freebies” a week and get the Kindle a little cleaned up and cleared out.  Okay, okay – I know it’s not going to last, but let me dream a bit please?

Hmmm…what else?  There are a couple features I’d like to add here.  I’m not sure if they will be monthly or weekly – time will tell on that.  But I really want to put up a feature of “coming next week book releases”.  I know a few blogs do that now, and I’m not trying to hog onto someone’s idea -but, books – new books- who can have enough knowledge about that?  I think I have a slightly different slant to it, so that is planned.

And reviews.  Gosh, I have so many reviews due in May from NetGalley and my own already purchased or plan to purchase novels – and dammit (I mean, thank you Deb) – I have about 45 Historical novels that my friend dropped off.  So many good looking stories, never enough time so those have to be added into the equation.  All I can say is that it is a good thing I have always been a fast reader, cos I got books galore to read in May.  (I know that some are going to slide over into June, but allow me my delusions for the moment.)  😉

There are probably a dozen things I’m forgetting – but those are the basics.  Really, I’m looking forward to getting into the habit of scheduling posts and reviews.  Knowing that those are taken care of will take a lot of self-imposed stress off of my shoulders.  I would like to get caught up here at KB in order to feel free to take a day here and there and work on my other specialized book review blogs.  Again, scheduling will help me so very much across the board.

So, how’s your May shaping up?

book dream handI just wrote a brilliant post (if I do say so myself) — and put it back in the maybe, some day file.  Because I second guessed myself.  I hate when I do that.

I noticed something recently on one of the large, anyone can drop in a review places – and it bothered me.  So I wrote a post about my feelings… and then I second guessed myself.

How often have you second guessed a post on your blog that wasn’t a review piece, but an opinion of your own?  Are you brave and force through no matter what any other opinions might be?  Or do you step back, take a second look and think… maybe I shouldn’t say this.

I want to be the first but more often am the second.  And really, it’s just my opinion – it’s not like it’s brain surgery if I make a misstep someone dies.  It’s a blog post, a discussion – my own opinion what do you think – kind of blog post.  Yet I hesitate.

I think I hesitate because this isn’t a “big” blog.  I mean, I’m relatively new, what right do I have to upset the apple cart.  Do I really want to take the risk of losing readership when I’m still growing the blog?  Or maybe I should be more concerned with being true to my own self and opinions on my own blog.  Again, it is my opinion – if no one else agrees or even disagrees within 24 hours a hundred other new posts will have taken over my one opinion’s spot.

So why can’t I be braver?  Why can’t I point out something that I see as wrong, instead of worrying about the opinion of others?  I hate second guessing myself.  And it needs to stop.

What about you?  Do you hesitate?  Do you post what is on your mind no matter what anyone else might think?  Brave or Safe?

Blood and BoneTitle:  Blood and Bone
Series:
Author:  Tara Brown
Genre:  Mystery, Romance
Published:  April 28, 2015
Publisher:  Amazon Publishing
My Rating:  3 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

What would you do if your life was a lie—and everyone knew but you?

Jane has come a long way from the dark days of the horrific car accident that robbed her of many memories. Living the life of a shopgirl with a charming boyfriend—a handsome, green-eyed doctor named Derek—is so satisfying that she doesn’t want to revisit her past.

But the past insists on revisiting Jane. People keep thinking she’s Samantha, a dead girl who looks exactly like her. Now, Jane is determined to discover her connection to the girl, leading her to question everything from her relationship with Derek to her own sanity. Should she believe Rory, the man who insists she actually is Samantha? Or should she depend on Derek, who offers her love and shelter…but who may have other reasons for keeping her under wraps? Who is telling her the truth—and what are the others hiding?

Read on for my thoughts on Blood and Bone.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Bedding ProposalTitle:  The Bedding Proposal
Series:  The Rakes of Cavendish Square #1
Author:  Tracy Anne Warren
Genre:  Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Published:  March 3, 2015
Publisher:  Signet
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  Owned, Personal Collection
Synopsis:

Lord Leo Byron is bored with the aristocratic company he keeps; he needs a distraction, preferably in the form of a beautiful new female companion. So when he sets eyes on fascinating and scandalous divorcée Lady Thalia Lennox, he’s determined to make her intimate acquaintance. But the spirited woman seems to have no intention of accepting his advances no matter how much he chases—or how hard he falls….

Once a darling of Society, Thalia Lennox now lives on its fringes. The cruel lies that gave her a notoriously wild reputation have also left her with a broken heart and led to a solemn vow to swear off men. Still, Leo Byron’s bold overtures are deliciously tempting, and, for the first time, she finds herself wondering whether it just might be worth the risk to let the attractive rake into her life—and her bed.

Read on for my thoughts on The Bedding Proposal.  No true spoilers, promise.

A Match Made On Main StreetTitle:  A Match Made On Main Street
Series:  Briar Creek #2
Author:  Olivia Miles
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  April 28, 2015
Publisher:  Forever
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

This kitchen isn’t big enough for both of them…

If there’s anything Anna Madison knows, it’s how to turn life’s lemons into a lemonade cocktail served in a vintage glass. So when her beloved Briar Creek café burns down, she sees it as an opportunity to start fresh. But the only kitchen available to her is in the diner down the street—owned by her sinfully sexy ex.

If Anna thinks she can take over his greasy-spoon kitchen with her high-end cuisine, Mark Hastings is about to set her straight fast. Their breakup is his biggest regret—not that he’ll ever admit it to her. Nope, he’d rather show her exactly what she’s been missing. With desire set on a high simmer, their menu is about to get a whole lot spicier.

Read on for my thoughts on A Match Made On Main Street.  No true spoilers, promise.

FeatureFollowParaAlisonGain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers — but you have to know — the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and  Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!  The rules are simple…Follow the Hosts and the Featured Blogs of the week – then do the blog hop, Follow those blogs that you don’t already and remember, if someone Follows you be sure to return the favor and Follow them right back.

This week’s Feature Blogs are:  Mountain Rhinestones ~ and  Book Yabber    Be sure to check out their blogs and give them a Follow (if you aren’t already).  :)

Because this blog does not have the ability to put up GFC I would appreciate a follow through Bloglovin’.  Thanks so much.

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This week’s question:

How did you come up with your blog title and address? Does it have a special meaning for you? – Suggested by The Paperback Princess.

Keeper Bookshelf came about when I combined two other book blogs that weren’t “clicking” with me.  I knew what I wanted but it just didn’t feel right.   A book read-aholic friend had come over and as usual was looking for new to her books to read – and like good, old friends do headed for my bookcases to start browsing like I own a library.  I immediately called out “Keep away from the 4th shelf that’s my Keepers Bookshelf where all my favorites live”… and this website was born.  There was a time when readers often called a good novel that they intended to read again as a “Keeper” – and it was a phrase I had used for years.  So when it came time to finally put a new name on a website about books:  Keeper Bookshelf was my only logical choice. Fortunately, GoDaddy had the domain name available and the rest is history.

So now that the mystery of how Keeper Bookshelf got it’s name ~ This is a blog hop people, let’s get hopping for books!

 

His Defiant PrincessTitle:  His Defiant Princess
Series:  Royal Holiday #3
Author:  Kathleen O’Brian
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  April 23, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

Brenna Tinley has decided to move to the Unified Isles of Cornetta, a fairy-tale kingdom just south of France in the Bay of Biscay to escape the recent tragedies in her personal life. The happiest summer she can remember was spent there, in the arms of a handsome, tender rascal who disappeared without a goodbye when Autumn came…

As fate would have it, the Royal House of Vicenza has engaged Brenna Tinley to clear up a public relations mess. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for this small-town American girl, but there’s only one problem. Her new employer, HRH Prince Ronan, aka her mystery summer lover of long ago, seems determined to pick up where they left off. Can Brenna work in the royal palace and not end up with a brand new broken heart?

Read on for my thoughts on His Defiant Princess.  No true spoilers, promise.

Print“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating… cannot wait to get our hands on… having hissy fits at having to wait… you know, waiting for the book is exhausting work!

There are so many truly interesting novels coming out soon that it’s difficult to pick just one – but I have long been a Krewe of Hunters fan, and the next installment is out in June.

The Silenced Krewe of HuntersWhere is Lara Mayhew?

Lara, a congressman’s media assistant, suddenly quits her job—and disappears on the way to her Washington, DC, apartment.

Novice FBI agent Meg Murray, a childhood friend of Lara’s, gets a message from her that same night, a message that says she’s disillusioned and “going home.” To Richmond, Virginia. Meg discovers that she never got there. And bodies fitting Lara’s description are showing up in nearby rivers… Could she be the victim of a serial killer?

Meg is assigned to work with special agent Matt Bosworth, a hard-nosed pro in the FBI’s unit of paranormal investigators—the Krewe of Hunters. They trace the route Meg and Lara took more than once in the past, visiting battlefields and graveyards from Harpers Ferry to Gettysburg. Places where the dead share their secrets with those who can hear… As Meg and Matt pursue the possibility of a serial killer, they find themselves in the middle of a political conspiracy. Is there a connection? And who—besides each other—can they trust?

I can always count on Heather Graham to give me a gripping mystery paranormal with a touch of romance mixed in.  This is an amazing ongoing series and the wait is only about two months til this one releases.  Looking forward to it so much.

twitter birdWhile I haven’t been living in a cave recently – I know full well that I should be using Twitter more often than I have been.

So my goal is to get more comfortable and more active on Twitter when it comes to my book blogs.  I certainly don’t think my every thought should be bombarding Twitter – but when a new review goes up I should be promoting these books by letting folks know about them.

I hesitate and that has been my downfall with Twitter.  I really need to just jump in and see the results.

No one wants to feel stupid when trying new stuff, so I did what I always do when faced with a challenge – I researched it and read like crazy.  And I found = Twitter for Dummies.  Perfect!  The “for Dummies” brand has just about anything and everything available so why not Twitter, too?

The article gave me some good, solid basic information.  But I’d love to know more.

How do you use Twitter for your book review blogs?  Do you tweet every review?  Every event?  How much is too much?

I’m certain I’m not the only one to not be using Twitter as well as I could be.  So you Twitter experts out there – what’s your suggestions on how to best use Twitter for getting the word out about amazing novels, authors and blogs?  I’d really love to know.

All's Fair in Love and ScandalTitle:  All’s Fair in Love and Scandal
Series:  Scandalous 2.5
Author:  Caroline Linden
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  April 21, 2015
Publisher:  Avon
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  Owned, Personal Collection
Synopsis:

Nothing wagered…

Douglas Bennet can’t resist a good wager, especially not one that involves a beautiful woman. When a friend proposes an audacious plan to expose the most notorious woman in England, Douglas agrees at once. After all, it would be quite a coup to discover the true identity of Lady Constance, author of the infamous erotic serial scandalizing the ton, 50 Ways to Sin.

Nothing won…

Madeline Wilde is used to being pursued. For years she’s cultivated a reputation for being unattainable and mysterious, and for good reason: her livelihood depends on discretion. When Douglas turns his legendary charm on her, she dismisses him as just another rake. But he surprises her—instead of merely trying to seduce her, he becomes her friend…her confidant…and her lover. But can it really lead to happily-ever-after…or are they about to become the biggest scandal London has ever seen?

Read on for my thoughts on All’s Fair in Love and Scandal.  No true spoilers, promise.

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