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Book Tag ~ The Secret Life of a Book Blogger


I found this tag on Rantings of a Reading Addict and she found it on Read At Midnight.


The Secret Life of a Book Blogger


How long have you been a book blogger?


– I’ve been blogging for 3-years now. I started blogging in January of 2014, so I get to celebrate the blogs anniversary that first week of the New Year.


At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?


– I have no future plans to stop. As long as I continue to enjoy what I do. I will do it. Once it stops being fun then it will be time to stop.


What is the best thing about blogging?


– Meeting other book lovers and talking about the books I love. It’s been wonderful to talk and connect to authors, bloggers, and readers. I’ve come to know many just through the community and have made some great friends and contacts through the online book world.


What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it ok?


– Negativity. I had one not so nice comment on a review I did the first year I started blogging. It hurt and I agonized over it for a few days. It interrupted my sleep, made me feel bad, and I was like; why? Should I replay or not? But, I finally came to the decision to just let it be.


I think everyone who blogs/reviews has run across someone who doesn’t have anything nice to say. All they can do is criticize something. I wish they would just not say anything, but we are in a world where you can be completely anonymous online. And, so it gives them the a chance to vent to anyone and everyone all their negativity or dislike. Nothing makes it ok. All you can do is “Let It Go”. HaHa I made a movie song pun. ^_^




How long does it take you to make/find pictures to use?


– When I first started I was pulling off the internet, but I soon learned that’s a NO NO. All the copyright issues and of course I didn’t/don’t understand it. I never got served a notice, but still not cool to take other peoples work. So, what did I do? Well I took those pictures down and gave credit to those I needed too. I also asked my blogger friends where they got their graphics, pictures, and what sites they use to make their graphics. Everyone was so nice and helpful! Herding Cats and Burning Soup directed me to VectorStock (not free) & to AllTheFreeStock.com (free pictures) for my stock photos/pictures. Reading In Pajamas told me about the sites they use to make all their graphics and teasers, which is Canva & PicMonkey. I found Canva to be the easiest to navigate, learn, and it’s FREE. So, all the pictures, teaser, and graphics you see on the blog where designed by me.


Who is your book crush?


– Well their are a few: Curran, The former Beast Lord (Kate Daniels series). Khalil, Djinn Prince of House Marid (Elder Races series), and Judd Lauren, a former Arrow (Psy-Changeling series). I really could go own and own. 




What author would you like to have on your blog?


The Andrews Team. Their blog is so much fun and they sound like such down to earth people. I’m such a HUG FAN! I own all their books in ebook and paperbacks. I reread their work all the time. I’d love to have them visit.


What do you wear when you write a blog post?


– Cloths. I could be in my PJ’s or I could be in everyday close, like Blue Jeans and a T-Shirt. I’m a stay at home mom, so their really is no need for me to get dressed, but I do. I like to sit outside under our patio and work on the blog, check emails, or read, so I will be dressed for the weather outdoors.


How long does it take you to prepare?


– Prepare… Well I don’t know… For a post sometimes it’s 30min to a day depending on what I put together. For this post, it’s taken me little over 3 hours to think about these questions, write up my answers, and make sure everything looks perfect. For a blog tour all the stuff is included, so I just copy and paste it into a post, arrange it how I like, and that takes maybe 10-15min. For a review I usually set up the post in advance with all the important book information and links, which takes maybe 5-10min. Then I’ll come back to my saved post once I have the review written and I’ll past my review into the post.

So, do I prepare? Yes and No. I sometimes just wing it…


How do you feel about the book blogger community?


– It’s great. Everyone I’ve run into has been helpful and supportive. I appreciate the help I’ve gotten from everyone, the great feed back, and the wonderful followers.


What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?


– Be yourself! Share what you like! And, have fun! Learn to balance your involvement in the community, book world, and your own blog. Don’t worry about how many followers you have or your sit stats. Most of all be thoughtful, respectful, and communicate; either by visiting and commenting on other blogs posts and also by replay to those that comment on yours. Success is what you make it! To me it’s having someone stop in and say; Hi, I enjoyed your post or review, or I love your blog and all that you do. It’s the little “Thank You’s” that make me feel successful!



So, what did you think of my secret life in blogging? What are some of your answers?



I’m a 35 outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Book Tag ~ Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2017)


I found this tag on Under The Covers Book Bog 


Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2017)


Best book you’ve read in 2017?


I can’t just pick one, so I’m going with three reads that have been outstanding: The Red Lily by Juliette Cross, Silver Silence by Nalini Singh, & White Hot by Ilona Andrews. I love each of these authors. They are on my must read authors list.


The Red Lily – I’ve fallen in love with the unique writing and how the author has built the stories around old fairytale classics, but don’t let the fairytale classic fool you into thinking you will know how things end. I’ve fallen for the world and characters already introduced to us.


Silver Silence – I have no words except for Remarkable. Unforgettable. Emotional. 

White Hot – Really I can’t get enough of the Andrews writing team. The characters, world, and in-depth attention to everything makes the books Outstanding and ones you can’t forget.





Best sequel you’ve read in 2017 (It’s the second book in a series)?


My pick is Ride Rough by Laura Kaye.


Why I pick this one is; because I gravitate towards PNR and UF reads, but this Contemporary Romance series has captured me. The author did a wonderful job portraying the hard facts about abuse both mental and physical that many men and women go through. I connected to the characters and felt and saw both sides. Ride Rough has so much tenderness, passion, and warmth. The more I dive into the Rave Riders series the more I fall in love with the world, the club, and their ladies.



New Release you haven’t read yet, but you want to? (Release that are out)


Well I’ve got a few on my list that are out, but I haven’t gotten to them and want to: Wild & Sweet (Haven Brotherhood #2) by Rhenna Morgan, Claim & Protect (Haven Brotherhood #3) by Rhenna Morgan, Red Wolf(Shifters Unbound #10) by Jennifer Ashley, Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson #10) by Patricia Briggs, & Keystone (Crossbreed #1) by Dannika Dark.


Wild & Sweet / Claim & Protect – I had the pleasure of reading Rough & Tumble Book 1 in the Haven Brotherhood series and I was shocked with how much I feel for the Haven Brothers and what was happening in their world. Not many Contemporary Romances win me over and make me want to come back for more.


Red Wolf – I really enjoy the Shifters Unbound series. We get such a verity of shifters and conflicts. Each book is different and gives us a new couple to fall in love with. It’s one of my favorite series to keep coming back too and I love rereading several of the books and novellas.


Silence Fallen – Mercy and Adam rock! I just love this series and can’t get enough. I own the entire series in ebook and yes, I have this one, but I haven’t gotten to it yet.


Keystone – I’ve heard such great things about this book. I’ve had Ms. Dark on my reading radar for a while, but have not had the chance to read her. I did actually picked up Keystone when it was on sale and now I just need to read it.





Most anticipate release for the second half of the year? (Not out yet?)


Their really isn’t much this year that I’ve had my eye on, but their are two coming out in the second half of the year that I’m anticipating: Bring the Heat by G.A. Aiken & Ride Wild by Laura Kaye.





Biggest disappointment of the year?


I’d go with the third book in the Blood Ravagers series, Blood Vowed by Traci Douglass. After reading book two, Blood Freed, I was hoping for more of the same; especially with all the trouble I had with book one, Blood Bound, which made me think I wasn’t going to continue the series, but I did. Book two won me over, but then three was just so so.



Most surprising book of this year?


How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks


I’ve read and own most of the Love at Stake series books by Ms. Sparks, so I’ve enjoyed her writing before.


Why, I picked this one is because it surprised me. I wasn’t expecting what I got. I didn’t realize it was set in a Historical Fantasy setting, so when I started I wasn’t sure if I was going to like, but the more I read, the more I enjoyed and now I’m looking forward to the next installment.



Favorite new author? 


I’d have to say Rhenna Morgan. I’ve had her on my radar since I noticed her Paranormal Romance Eden series and I’ve wanted to try her out, so when received a copy of Rough & Tumble for her new contemporary romance series, I thought ok lets do this. Now I’m hook on the Haven Brotherhood series and can’t wait to read on. All I can say is that not many Contemporary Romance get on my reading list and not many stay, but Rhenna Morgan has hooked me.


Newest fictional crush?


The bears in Silver Silence. I really LOVE bear shifters. It was wonderful to hop over seas and enter into a new clan. They where adorable and lovable.


Newest favorite character?


I really enjoyed Talon and Sherry. Both where great. 



A book that made you cry?


I have two: Silver Silence Ride Rough


For Silver Silence I mention in my review to have a box of tissues with you because you will be moved for several heartbreak and heartwarming moments. 


For Ride Rough it’s the vivid aspect of abuse as well as the couple that gets to have a second chance at love plus the fun moments this couple have that reminded me of events in my life.





A book that made you happy?


Wildfire by Ilona Andrews 


I can always count on the Andrews team to send me on a magical adventure full of action, mind-blowing moments, and characters that will make me feel all kinds of emotions and when I’m done, I’m Ecstatic. 




Favorite book to movie adaptation?


Don’t have one.


Favorite book review you’ve posted this year?


Don’t have one. 


Most beautiful book you have bought this year?


I use my library regularly for my book love, so for paperbacks/hardcovers well I haven’t bought any 2017 releases in that formate yet. As for eBook it would be Silence Fallen by Patrica Briggs.



What books do you need to read by the end of the year?


Well I have a few review books & two blogger shame titles I need to read.


I need to read before they come out: Spellbinder by Thea Harrison, Archangel’s Viper by Nalini Singh, & Drakon’s Plunder by N.J. Walters. I’m sure I’ll have more.


I also have two on my blogger shame that I need to get too before the end of the year: Dark Divine & Divine Awakening both by Lia Davis.






Did any of your favorite make my list?
I’d love to see all your answers to the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag questions. 




Owner/Review and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. However what I am not is a writer. I apologize now for the grammatical and punctuation errors I make, because I know I’m going to make them. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. My favorite animals are horses. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Book Tag ~ The TBR Book Tag (2017)


This tag popped up on Rantings of a Reading Addict.
It asks/talks about tackling the old TBR pile and how do you keep track?


Who doesn’t have a TBR list a mile long?? Mine is so long I won’t ever get to all the books and it doesn’t include all the free downloads I have on my eReader that I pick up daily.



The TBR Book Tag Questions


How do you keep track of your TBR Pile?


Years ago long before I started blogging I use to use a word document to keep track of my reading. One of my word lists was Books I Will Never Read Again, another was Books I Want To Read, and last Books I Loved. Those names a pretty self explanatory. This was how I kept track. 


Now I just add all the books I find interesting, want to read, or just like to my Goodreads To-Read-Shelf. Once I read a book they then get put into different bookshelves like: 4-stars, favorite-shifter, favorite-contemporary, etc…


Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?


I’d say eBook, but I don’t care how I read it. This year I’ve been preferring paperbacks, but I’ll read whatever is available from my library (eBook or print) or if I all ready own it I’ll read it in the formate I have. 



A book that’s been on your TBR the longest.


Never Again (Wizards of Nevermore, #1) by Michele Bardsley has been on my TBR since June of 2012. It’s my first book I added when I set up my account in 2012. 



A book you’ve recently added to your TBR.


Well I’m adding at least once a week. “Thank’s to all the blogs I follow for keeping my TBR pile in the happy mountain zone.” I just added Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon (The Embraced, #3) by Kerrelyn Sparks. Look at that cover.  



A book on your TBR you never plan on reading.


I Kissed a Dog (Werewolves of the West, #1) by Carol Van Atta was put on my TBR list back in Feb. 2013. I don’t know why I put it on their. It might have something to do with Chloe Carpenter our heroine who can communicate with animals. That sounded interesting. 



An unpublished book on your TBR you’re excited for.


This one can’t be limited to just one. Really!! Their are a few I’m excited for, so I’ll keep it down to three books: Spellbinder (Moonshadow, #2) by Thea Harrison coming July 18th, 2017, Wildfire (Hidden Legacy, #3) by Ilona Andrews coming July 25th, 2017, & Ride Wild (Raven Riders, #3) by Laura Kaye coming Oct. 31st, 2017 .





A book on your TBR everyone’s read but you.


Well I’m going with a series, not just a book, and that series is The Dresden Files. I’m slowly working my way through it. I finished with book 4, Summer Knight and need to pick up book 5, Death Masks.



A book on your TBR everyone recommends to you.


Again this is another series, well three series: The Dresden Files (which I’m reading now), Jane Yellowrock(which I’m also reading now), and the one I haven’t yet started would be Dark-Hunterverse by Sherrilyn Kenyon.



A book on your TBR you’re dying to read.


Oh Lordy!! This one can’t be limited either. Their are just to many on my TBR that are out now that I’m dying to read. I’ll keep it down to three books: Keystone (Crossbreed #1) by Dannika Dark, Wild & Sweet (Haven Brotherhood #2) by Rhenna Morgan, & Justice for Corrie (Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes, #3) by Susan Stoker.





How many books on your Goodreads TBR shelf?


As of June 25th, 2017 I have 1,237 on my TBR shelf. 




Thanks for going through the TBR Book Tag with me! I’d love to see all your answers to the TBR Book Tag questions. Just put your answer in the comments or put up your own post and tag me (@angels_gp).


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Book Tag ~ My Life In Books


This Book Tag I found on Rantings of a Reading Addict.


1. Find a book for each of your initials.




Angels’ Flight (Guild Hunter) by Nalini Singh





Ecstasy Claimed (The Guardians of the Realms) by Setta Jay





Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega) by Patricia Briggs



2. Count your age on your bookshelf. What book is it?


My bookshelf: I try to keep authors together and series in order, but other then that no true order to the shelf. So, lets see what book it will be…..




3. Pick a book set in your city/country.



4. Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to.


I’ve been lots of place, but one that’s on my bucket list is Scotland & Greece. I found a book to one of my destinations, but I can’t think of a book that is set in Greece.



5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color.



6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?


My first romance/urban fantasy book. In my about page I talk about how I got started into reading and it was all thank’s to my aunt-in-law, who is an avid reader. She said you have to read this book and gave me her nook right their. I read this book in one day and have been hooked every since.



7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?


Possessed by a Dark Warrior… Bleu, our hero, plays some important parts throughout the series and he captured my heart from the moment he appeared for the first time. His story had been a long time coming and I was on pins and needles waiting for his novel, so it was heartbreaking that it didn’t live up to what I was anticipating. I had so many issues and almost DNF’d the novel. 




8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment when you finish it?


Hmmm…. I don’t have one book in particular. My main accomplishment will be finishing series books. I have Chicagoland Vampires series (Midnight Marked & Blade Bound) to go. And also completed the Argeneau series, last book read in the series was #22.  



I’d like to see your answers, do your own post (and tag me so I’ll see it) or jot them in the comments!




Owner/Review and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. However what I am not is a writer. I apologize now for the grammatical and punctuation errors I make, because I know I’m going to make them. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. My favorite animals are horses. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Book Tag ~ I Never


Thank’s to Under The Covers Book Blog for doing this tag. The creator of this tag is  LizziefayeLovesBooks.


More and more of these book tags are popping up on YouTube and around the blogosfere. I’m not comfortable enough to do a YouTube video, but I’m happy to share my thoughts in a post.


This looked like fun!! I hope that you’ll grab the tag and do one yourself. Then come back and share your link, or even tag me so I’ll see it!


Note: Pictures take you to Amazon & other links take you to my reviews.


The Questions:


– “I never read that!” Name a book that you’ve never read, that everyone else has.


Fifty Shades of Grey – I never got into the hype and hubbub of the whole Fifty Shades series.




– “I never read anything so awesome!” Name your favorite book.


Oh this is a tough one. I have several favorite books, but if I must choose one then Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels) by Ilona Andrews. In this one Kate is trying to adjust to having friends and people she cares about. Her relationship with Curren changes as well. For me this one is pivotal; because so much changes in Kate’s life.



– “I never thought I would get through it.” Name a book that you didn’t like, but powered through it anyway.


Heated Pursuit – Oh man!! So many loved this Heated Pursuit, but I just felt like I was read something completely different. When it was done. I was like: “Finally! It’s over!”



– “I will never finish that!” Name a book or a series that you don’t plan on finishing.


The Black Dagger Brotherhood. I loved the earlier books. I mean LOVED, but I’m not going to keep reading the series. I’ve read up to book 11, Lover At Last. Everyone raves and loves this series, but something just stoped working for me and I can’t get myself to pick up the next book.



– “I will never regret reading that.” Name a book you read solely on a recommendation that you ended up really liking.


Beauty and the Highland Beast – This is completely out of my preferred genre. I don’t ever pick up Historical Romance, except on a whim, but after read Herding Cats and Burning Soups review on this book I just had to give it a try. I was captivated from the first to last pages. Plus that cover. Spectacular



– “I would never do that!” Name a relatable book character who made choices you didn’t agree with, or did things you would never do.


Alexis Lopez from His Virgin Mate by Grace Goodwin. She gets an alien match yet she doesn’t ask many, if any questions. I would want to know about the alien planet, world, and get more information; before I accept. Information is power.



– “I never wanted to admit it.” Name a book that you were embarrassed to say you read or were embarrassed to carry around with you.


Sensual Phrase, Vol. 1 by Mayu Shinjo (Manga) – This was way back in High School.



– “I never read anything so heartwarming.” Name a book or a series that really touched your heart.


Bodyguard (Shifters Unbound, #2.5) by Jennifer Ashley – Loved this book; because of Ronan who is so caring! He adopted a bunch of cubs that have had traumatic experiences and are facing problems, like Cherie with her PTSD, Rebecca’s PMS, and the boys Olaf and Scott’s night terror dreams. He knows what to do to help each one out and to make a loving and caring home for them. SWEET! TOUCHING!



– “I never laughed so hard!” Name a book that made you laugh out loud.


Love The One You’re Witch – Anastasia, I enjoyed her dry sense of humor and attempts to get the vampires to laugh. I ended up laughing in many parts.



– “I never could have made it through childhood without it.” Name a favorite childhood book or book series.


Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones – I love the artwork that’s in this story. I still do and read it to my son. I own the originally published edition back from 1981. It’s lasted. 







Owner/Review and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. However what I am not is a writer. I apologize now for the grammatical and punctuation errors I make, because I know I’m going to make them. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. My favorite animals are horses. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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