Winning Books

During the recent Romance Reviews 2nd Anniversary Party I was both a book donator and a player. I donated a copy of my ebook Horseman Spell and I won 4 ebooks. The players don’t choose which book they’d like to win. There are over 100 books available each week and books and winners are randomly drawn and matched up. The one thing they’ll have in common is that they’re all romance, which some people not familiar with the genre don’t realize there are many categories of romance books. Some are contemporary man/woman romances. Others are man/man. Maybe a threesome. There are romances that feature vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters and other creatures. There are historical romances, futuristic romances, and many other subgenres.

There are some websites I visit that have contests to win a specific book. If it doesn’t look like the type of book that I’d normally read I don’t enter the contest. I’d rather the author/publisher have that book end up in the hands of someone who would love to read it.

My Kindle has lots of books I’ve never read, some I’ll probably never get around to reading. Same as real books that are on my bookcase that people have given me throughout the years or that I bought and never got around to reading.

Last week I was pleasantly surprised by a package in the mail that came from Book Girl TV. I subscribe to their newsletter. At some point when I signed up, though I’ve long since forgotten about it, I obviously gave my name and mailing address. They have contests for their subscribers and I was the lucky winner of a book called Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All. First of all I was mortified that someone spent $14 on postage to send a book to me. If I’d know ahead of time that I was the winner and how much it was going to costĀ in postageĀ I would have suggested they donate the book to a senior’s residence or a charity. Next the title threw me. I’m not sure if that’s supposed to be funny but it’s not the type of book I would have chosen for myself. I would never have entered a contest to win this book so that’s what makes me think I’m entered automatically in book giveaways. I know that some Pacific nations practiced cannibalism and this book is partly about 18th and 19th century explorers encountering cannibals from New Zealand plus it appears to be partly autobiographical and about the author and her native husband.

My reading preferences run mostly to cozy mysteries and I also like romantic suspense and romantic comedy. I read other types of books too but those are what I mostly read. And these days I read mostly ebooks. I rarely read a real book that I can hold in my hands.

I just feel kind of bad that they spent so much money on postage and time to wrap the book and mail it to me. The book was nicely wrapped in purple tissue like wrapping paper. Someone put a lot of thought into this.

The way I was brought up is to send thank you notes for gifts, which I have done. Now I have this book sitting in my to-be-read pile and I’m not sure I’ll ever read it. My apologies to the author and the people at Book Girl TV. I might get around to reading it but that title doesn’t pull me in.



Book Reviews

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I prefer to read electronic books, but I will review paperbacks and hardbacks and then donate them after I’ve finished.

I like to read cozy mysteries, romantic suspense, and literary travel but I’m open to just about every genre. I don’t read science fiction and I don’t normally read historical romance unless there is a paranormal element to it.

I publish my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. I will also publish reviews on this blog, but not retroactively. This applies to new book reviews.

I only publish reviews that I give at least 3 stars to. I will contact the author or publisher with feedback if I don’t publish a review. Often those are books that just didn’t interest me enough to continue reading.