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text 2017-06-20 18:58
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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text 2017-06-13 16:24
Tell Me Something Tuesday: Cross Posting Reviews on Amazon


Tell Me Something Tuesday: Cross Posting Reviews on Amazon brought to you by Rainy Day Ramblings


This week we are talking about cross posting reviews on Amazon, well for me I do cross post to Amazon. I also cross post on several other platforms like Kobo, Barnes & Nobles, Goodreads, Riffle, BookBub, BookLikes and my blog Angel’s Guilty Pleasures.  


Now I don’t post my reviews to all those sites ASAP. I will take a day and go through my fold labeled Book Reviews I Need Post and post all those reviews to Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Novels, Riffle, and BookBub. Their are so may sites to share reviews on, taking a day to cross post them is the best option for me and less time consuming. 


For my reviews they will first feature on Goodreads. I love the Goodreads site. Really love it!! I site down write up my review and then post it to Goodreads at the same time. So, my review will show up their well before it’s featured on my blog or any other site. If you want to see my reviews FIRST then Goodreads is the best place to follow or friend me.


Follow/Friend on Goodreads


Next, I’ll schedule on my calendar the day that my review will feature on the blog, sometimes it ends up being a month later. Ya, I know it’s a long time, but I also feature fun Discussion Posts, Food Posts, Tours, and so on. I don’t like to have to much on one day. I want to be able to comment back and I’m a full time mother/home maker, so I’ve got other things to do besides just blog. Once the post is live on my blog I will cross post that day to BookLikes. BookLikes is another type of blogging platform. 


Follow on BookLikes


BookBub: I am just now working on cross post all my reviews to the site. I didn’t know until recently that you could post your review. I think it’s became a new feature or maybe it’s always been their, but now I’m working on putting up all my reviews to the site.


You can follow me on BookBub


Then we have all the retail sites and their are a lot of those. I only post to Amazon, B&N, and Kobo. Their is also GooglePlay, iBooks, and others. I’m not on those sites, so I don’t share their. 


I almost forgot. The LIBRARY. Yes, the library’s websites, at lest most, have a way of sharing your reviews on books, audios, movies, etc… I will sometimes share their, but not regularly. 


As you can see I try to get my reviews out their and share them almost everyplace I can. I like what I do. I LOVE supporting authors and as long as I love it, I will continue to support and share. 


Now how about you?
Do you cross post to Amazon? How about other sites?



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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text 2017-06-06 17:01
Tips On Writing A Book Review



What is a book review? A book review is a form of literary criticism in which a book is analyzed based on content, style, and merit (wikipedia).  


Why write a book review? You might be wondering! Book review’s are important to readers and authors. They are a way to get the word out. Just like talking to your friends or family about a book you read, you are sharing YOUR opinions and thoughts to other readers just like you. 


For authors, a book review is a way for them to get the word out and it’s also advertisement and publicity for their work.


For the reader, a book review is a way to help us decide what to read next. I personally like to read review’s to see if the book will be a good fit for me. The cover and blurb might look and sound great, but something in the book may not click with me. The only way I might know this is if another reader who previously read it pointed out what they liked and didn’t in a review. So, a book review will tell me if I should or shouldn’t pick it up or add it to my every growing TBR pile. 


Do you need to be a blogger to review? No, you don’t have to be a blogger to review a book or share your thoughts. Just be a lover of books and share with your friends, family, book clubs, and acquaintances.


How long should a review be? As for the review, it doesn’t have to be long. It can be a sentence or two or as long as a paragraph or essay. It’s all up to YOU on how much you want to say.


Below I’m sharing a few tips on writing a good book review.



Tips on writing a book review:


Read the book. If you haven’t read it. How can you review it. You need to be reliable and to do that you need to read the book.


Take notes. Some bloggers have a review journal or a notebook. Me I use the Evernote app. I can sync it between my devices and have all my notes wherever I need them when it comes time to write my review.


Think. Digest. Mull it over. You can write the review as soon as you finish the book, but taking that extra time to to think can help bring you a new perspective.


Focus on what you like, made you happy and didn’t like, made you un-happy. Things that touched you, shocked you, or made you stop and wonder/ponder. The review is your subject point of view. DO NOT post the synopsis/blurb. No one needs that. We can read it on the book page.


Relate. Connect. Refer. If the book reminds you of an author, a type of writing style, or brings up a memory, share it. This will add to your review.


Trust yourself. Everyone is going to have different perspectives and opinions. Don’t worry. We are all different and like different things. Remember the review is all about YOU, be honest, be bold. You are the reader, so the review is yours and doesn’t need to follow a tread.


Leave it for awhile. Come back and check to see if it’s OK. I write a review and then leave it for a few hours, too a day. Then I come back and look it over again. Sometimes I change it. Other times it’s what I wanted it to be.


Share. Post. Post to retail sites, Goodreads, BookLikes, your website, or anyplace you can leave a review.






 What do you think?
Do you have any suggestions or tips?
I’d love to hear from you!






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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review 2017-05-05 03:13
Maniacs with Knives: Unapologetic Horror - Shaun Hupp

To a regular person, they’re just tools. . .
A chef uses them to prepare a meal.
A surgeon uses them to save lives.
To the maniacs in this story, however. . .
Theirs is a much darker purpose.
For them, the first cut is NOT the deepest. It’s just the beginning. . .


This is Book 1 in the Maniacs with Knives Series, from #MichiganMadman Shaun Hupp’s Unapologetic Horror line.
The author is NOT sorry this book contains: Gore, violence, dismemberment, rape, swearing, and a dozen other things you wouldn’t want your grandmother to talk about at her Sunday church group. If you’re a sensitive reader, this book is probably NOT for you.




Jen & Troy – Jen’s parents are out of town, and she just wants to have a little fun with her boyfriend, Troy.  She hears noises and thinks that Troy, being the wonderful boyfriend that he is, has snuck inside while she was in the shower to fulfill one of her kinkier fantasies.  She finally finds him, but realizes that something is wrong when he turns around… Troy wouldn’t be wearing her dad’s face as a mask. Oh shit!


“Guys that wear other peoples faces don’t get scared.”


Kim & Rich have been married for 5 years. She loves him, and he beats her. But he always says he’s sorry, so it’s OK (I just rolled my eyes so hard I saw my brain).  The past couple of days have been especially bad, though – so Kim ruining tonight’s dinner was the straw that broke Rich’s back.  What happened next was just a simple accident – one that could have been avoided if they had any ketchup in the house.


Alex & Owen begin as strangers in a bar, drinking & telling stories. The tales get taller as they tend to do when alcohol is involved, so can we believe Owen when he confesses that he’s the infamous Bay River Slasher – the most prolific serial killer to never get caught? Probably, because the ‘Holy Shit’ moment comes when Alex finally tells Owen who HE really is.


Ben & Erin are my absolute favorite characters! ‘Ben’ – The Artist, and Erin – The Masterpiece.  ‘Ben’ has been reading too many books by Matt Shaw, and wants to be Art when he grows up. Erin just wants these things taken off of her face!


Each story continues as the book progresses, meshing together here and there, and proving to be one of my main sources of hilarity so far this year! ESPECIALLY ‘Ben’ & Erin’s parts. I have FIVE highlights showing where I busted out laughing, and exactly what I was thinking as I tried not to pee my pants.  I don’t want to spoil all the fun, so I’ll refrain from sharing all my twisted, and hilarious thoughts. Just promise me two things… check out my full review to enjoy the full effect, and when you’re reading this book and you get to Loc 1443, play a ‘BOING!’ sound effect. Then finish up and come back here so we can chat and giggle!


Peace, Love & Necrophilia ♥


You can find Maniacs with Knives on Amazon, and Goodreads

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Source: beckisbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/maniacs-with-knives-unapologetic-horror-from-shaun-hupp
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review 2017-05-05 03:01
DOLLS by Matt Shaw
Dolls - Matt Shaw


“He understood why she did it. She had lost her own baby – one conceived by the unwanted advances of a sexual predator – and hated thinking of them out there in the cemetery, alone and cold. She had to bring them into the warm. She had to give them the life they’d otherwise never live. It was her mission. But with each new doll brought home, her yearning for a living child of her own continued to grow. Yes, he knew why she did it but – even so – he wasn’t able to stand by her and he knew she was going to get a lot worse before she got better. But how do you help someone who doesn’t want to be helped? And how do you turn your back on your own sister?”


IDK what stopped me from reading this title earlier, (published 02.02.16), but I’m happy that I finally did! DOLLS feels like one of Matt Shaw‘s older titles – it’s not a black cover, not an extreme extreme horror, and the core story totally sucked me in. I was 100% invested right from Jump Street. Now, as embarrassing as this might be, I gotta tell ya… I didn’t see the ‘oh holy shit’ moment until about 5 words before it was revealed to us! I love that Matt can still do that after all these years, and all these books.

☆☆☆☆☆ /☆☆☆☆☆
Another 5 Stars For THE Matt Shaw

Stop by BBB to see the full review, join the DOLLS book discussion, AND take the Polldaddy Poll re: your favorite Matt Shaw sub-genre at the end of the review!




DOLLS on Amazon
Matt Shaw‘s Amazon Author Page
DOLLS on Goodreads
Matt Shaw on Goodreads
The Sick B*stards Society
Matt Shaw‘s Official Webpage
Matt Shaw on Facebook
@The_Matt_Shaw on Twitter

DOLLS Review/Discussion on BBB

Source: beckisbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/dolls-by-matt-shaw
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