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text 2017-10-07 16:49
Discovering Audiobooks

 

Audiobooks are nothing new. They have been around since the 1980s when book retailers started to display them on bookshelves. As a kid I use to have the Cassette tapes to books and listened to them all the time. Then CD’s came along and well by that time I wasn’t much into reading any books anymore. It wasn’t until I meet my hubby and his family that I got back into reading, but I still wasn’t an audio person. 

 

Their’s something scary about audiobooks or it felt that way. I follow several bloggers who listen to audiobooks. They love them and share how great they are. I see the posts by these bloggers on audiobooks and I say to myself one day I’m going to give audio a try. I will, yes, I will.

 

But, I kept putting them off. Why you might be asking? Well I was nervous, afraid, and unsure on how it would feel to take that leap. You don’t know if you are going to like the narrator and the voices they use on the characters. It’s kinda scary jumping into audiobooks. And, then you have the sex scenes. Well only if you like the genre they are in. For me I’m a Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy lover, but I do enjoy a good Erotic Romance and Contemporary Romance now and then. With PNR and UF, you are usually safe and the scenes are nicely done, not over the top, but questions pop up in your head. Like; Do you want to listen to the sexy scene, wither it’s tame or not or do you prefer to read them?

 

Library Love/Audio Downloads

 

This year has been a year of many changes and new experience in real life and on the blog. I finally picked up my first audiobook this year, 2017. I deiced to play it safe and listen to my favorites that I’ve reread over and over. I’ve been using my library to try this new experience and totally have saved lots of $$ money.

 

Which series/books did I pick up in Audio?

 

Mercy Thompson

  • Moon Called – $23.95
  • Blood Bound – $23.95
  • Iron Kissed – $23.95
  • Bone Crossed – $23.95
  • Silver Borne – $23.95
  • River Marked – $23.95
  • Frost Burned – $20.95

 

They don’t have book 8 in audio… I h8 that they are missing this one.

 

Alpha & Omega

  • Cry Wolf – $23.95
  • Hunting Ground – $23.95
  • Fair Game – $20.95

 

They don’t have book 4 in audio and I requested, but they won’t get it. 

 

Kate Daniels

  • Magic Bites – $17.95
  • Magic Burns – $17.95

 

Hidden Legacy

  • Burn For Me – $12.99
  • Major wait list on the next two in the series.. I h8 waiting!

 

Charley Davidson – This last series is new to me. Everyone loves the audio version, so I deiced to audio it instead of read.

  • First Grave on the Right – $23.95
  • Second Grave on the Left – $23.95

 

Total Savings by using my library; instead of purchasing outright: $330.29

 

What I like about Audiobooks:

 

  • You can save your spot easily. 
  • I can get through a book quicker by listening then reading.
  • You can change the speed.
  • The verity of narrators.
  • I can multi-task. Get more done either on the blog, work, or home stuff.

 

The only downside and trouble I have run into with my library is that I’m finding they don’t have all the books in a series available in audio download. They may have books 1-3 and skip 4 then have 5-7 or something like that.Why? Oh Why? I just don’t know! I can suggest a title for request from my library, but it doesn’t guarantee they will get it. I h8 waiting. And, then if they don’t get it I can’t listen too it unless I buy it in that formate. What can I do? What are my other options?

 

Audio Subscriptions 

 

I’ve been thinking about picking up an Audio subscription.

I do all my shopping on Amazon, so I’ve been looking at Audible which is an Amazon company. You can try the service for 30 days free and then pay $14.95 monthly subscription. 

 

But WAIT, Kobo just introduced Audiobooks on their site. You can try the service for 30 days free and then pay $9.99 monthly subscription.

 

What’s the upside and downside? Well Kobo doesn’t have as big a selection yet, as Amazon. They are missing titles in a series too, just like my library, but I like that it’s under $10. I wish Audible was under ten instead of under $15. I just don’t know which to go with or if their are other options out their? 

 

 

Rakuten Kobo U.S

 

 

 

Audio Lovers. I’m asking you for help!!!

 

What Audio site do you use? How much does it cost? Do you subscribe or just purchase the audiobook outright? I love my library, but missing books in a series doesn’t help me. And, having to wait on that waiting list is so hard.

 

 

I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an 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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text 2017-09-29 15:13
Book Blogger Hop: Have you ever slept with a favorite, beloved book under your pillow, or cradled in your arms?

 

I ran across the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week they have a new book related question you can answer. If you are interested in finding out more, the next weeks question, and/or participating then stop by the Book Blogger Hop page.

 

 

Have you ever slept with a favorite, beloved book under your pillow, or cradled in your arms?

 

I’ve not done it on purpose, but I have fallen a sleep with a book in my hands. I’m reading all comfortable in bed and then the next thing it’s morning and I have book next to me or in my hands. I use to do this a lot as a kid. Haven’t done it so much as an adult.

 

I have also almost fallen asleep listening to an audiobook. I’ve caught myself before I did, but I’ve had a few close calls since I discovered audios. 

 

 

Have you ever slept with a book? Favorite or otherwise?
What book was it?

 

 

 

 

 

I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an 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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text 2017-09-26 17:38
TMST: What are your favorite Urban Fantasy books?

 

Rainy Day Ramblings does Tell Me Something Tuesday.
This weeks question is:

 

What are your favorite Urban Fantasy books?

 

 

Hailey Edwards has become a favorite author with her amazing Urban Fantasy books. I really adored her Black Dog, Gemini, & Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy, which is her newest series.

 

  

 

Amanda Carlson jumped on the Urban Fantasy scene with Jessica McClain series. I read a few, but haven’t finished the series yet, but that’s not the series I want to share. I found her Phoebe Meadows series mind-blowing & action-packed. Plus it’s full of mythology, which I just love.

 

 

Of course I can’t tell you how much I love Patrica Briggs, Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series. I’ve done rereads several times, but now for the first time I’m experience them in audiobook format. I have to say I love the audio. The books feel like the fist time and that is superb.

 

 

 

I also LOVE Ilona Andrews, the Kate Daniels and Innkeeper Chronicles series. I’ve read both series several times now and I’m currently doing the audiobooks for Kate Daniels. I plan to pick up the Innkeeper Chronicles in audio soon. Their work is Amazing and it always feels like the first time reading, which is marvelous.

 

 

 

 

Last, Nalini Singh‘s Psy-Changeling series. It’s a remarkable series to read. I also like her Guild Hunter series, but her Psy-Changeling is my favorite.

 

 

Well those are my picks. What are your favorite Urban Fantasy’s?

 

 

I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an 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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text 2017-09-23 16:02
#1 – Book Hate

 

Recently I ran across a post from It Starts at Midnight that talked about Topics I Need More Of. One such topic was Books We Hate. You read that right, HATE. We all have run across books that we have hated for one reason or another, either we finished it or we DNF’d it.

 

No one really wants to talk about those books. I get it! It’s not easy to share the ones we don’t like. We all like to talk about the books we loved, those that kept us up way past midnight, or even made us skip a work day to just read, but I’m here today and hopeful will post more posts on those books that “I HAVE HATED.”

 

The Definition of hate from Dictionary.com

 

 

 

The books featured below for one reason or another I HATED. Yes, you are reading this post correctly. I had one or more issues with each book. You may have read them and enjoyed or you could be like me and you hated them too or even after this post you may still want to try them. I’m not saying don’t try, but I’m giving you my reasons to avoid them all together. 

 

 

Winter’s Heat

 

This was my first DNF on the blog that I featured and wrote about back in 2015. I picked it up when it was free.

I’ve heard some good things about the Cristin Harber and her Titan series, which has eight books in it now, so since the book was free I deiced to give it go.

 

48% in and it was not working out. The character’s didn’t work for me. Our lead hero is an elite military guy, yet he did some stupid things which didn’t fit with what he was. If you are military you wouldn’t have done what he did to try and keep our heroine safe. Wasn’t buying his status as a military man. 

 

Then we have their first kiss. It came at a point when the characters hardly knew each other and the moment wasn’t right for them to be getting physical, just too soon for my liking.  

 

Check out my review here.

 

 

Copper King

 

This was another DNF and free ebook I picked up. I do love those one-clicks that pop up for free, so I don’t feel so bad about DNFing, but still this one had some major no no’s for me.

 

First the lead couple in this story slept together for a one night stand, but they didn’t use a condom. That’s right no protection with a one-night stand. HELL NO. They are shifters, but the author doesn’t give us any indication that they couldn’t get prego.

 

I also had no connection to the characters. And, the heroine I couldn’t figure out. Why did she snuck out? Why was it her last hurrah? Is she dying? She in an arranged marriage? 

 

Too many questions and an OH SHIT moment that might be coming. This was all within the first 39% of the book; before I said I’m done. 

 

Check out my review here.

 

 

Planet Mail

 

As you can tell by the first two books featured I love picking up free ebooks.

 

Planet Mail was another freebie I picked up. OMG I read this one all the way to the end and wish I hadn’t. I was so upset throughout and by the end I was pissed off. No, just avoid this one.

 

My main issue is the heroine has a son who she needs to get back to on earth, but she doesn’t try very hard to return home. What she does do is let all these men sexually pleasure her. Every page was some type of sex act. I have no issues with sex. I like some erotic. I like well written sex scenes, but I hate when a women doesn’t put her kid first.

 

Also at one point she says she can fight, but when the time comes she lets bad men grab her and doesn’t even get a punch in. Then in another scene she is in the training grounds and puts her man on the ground. No consistency.

 

This one was so disappointing. 

 

Check out my review here

 

 

 

☆.•°*°•.☆

Thoughts?
Have you read these books?
What books do you hate?

☆.•°*°•.☆

 

 

 

I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an 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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text 2017-09-14 15:57
#1 – Covers The not so Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

Recently I ran across a post from It Starts at Midnight that talked about Topics I Need More Of. One topic was Ugly – Ass Covers. Today I’m going to showcase some Book Covers that I think are Not So Good, Bad, & Ugly at least to me!

 

 

We all love covers. We look at them daily. We fantasize. We pet them. They are the first thing we see. The first thing that gets us to even look at a book and maybe pick it up.

 

So, why on gods green earth would the publishers, authors, and cover designers not make a cover look good? I do get we all have different tastes, but their are just some covers that someone should have said: NO.

 

For this first edition of The Not So Good, The Bad & The Ugly I’m going to be featuring books off my to-read-list from Goodreads. Just looking at these I can’t understand how they got on my to-read-list. Might have been a giveaway of some kind. 

 

 

I Kissed a Dog
(Werewolves of the West #1)
by Carol Van Atta
Published October 20th 2012 by Charles River Press

 

Why? Everything about this cover is odd. I don’t like the girl on it or the coloring. 

 

 

A Pirate’s Curse
(Legends of the Soaring Phoenix #1)
by M.L. Guida
Published July 24th 2013 by Buffalo Mountain Press

 

Why? To much red, dislike the ship, and the man is a bit distracting. 

 

 

The Alpha’s Mate
(The Wolvers #1)
by Jacqueline Rhoades
Published July 30th 2012

 

Why? It’s just pieced together. A shirtless man, a girl with gun, and plane bold letters.

 

 

Darkride
(Darkride Chronicles #1)
by Laura Bradley Rede
Published January 9th 2012

 

Why? Don’t like the horse or man in the background.

 

 

Honor Among Orcs
(Orc Saga #1)
by Amalia Dillin
Published April 1st 2014 by Thorskona Books

Why? To dark and not into the letter type.

 

 

What Are Your Thoughts?
Do think one or all of these covers need some work?

 

 

 

I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an 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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Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2017/09/the-not-so-good-the-bad-the-ugly-covers
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