BEA'S BOOK NOOK "I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once." C. S. Lewis “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ― Oscar Wilde

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday Book Share #81


 I'm participating in The Sunday Post, hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer; Showcase Sunday hosted by Books, Biscuits and Tea; Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews, and Library Loot co-hosted by The Captive Reader and Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. All of these memes give book bloggers the chance to share print and digital books they've received, and posts and events at their blogs.

Apparently, I am getting old. :( The conference last weekend and the late nights and all the driving time left me wiped all week and I crashed early most nights during the week. I didn't even get much reading done! O_o Of course, the asthma flare is still lingering; it's now entered the sixth week. :( I see the doctor again on Tuesday, in between physical therapy and work.

The Week In Review

Odd, interesting, or funny search phrases leading to the blog: Cats dominated my search terms last week: "how to catch a cat", "cat book editor" :D "cat addict", and "cat i want you to be happy".  Also, "model of asthma lungs" made a reappearance.


A $15 Amazon gift card from author Shane Morgan, ends March 24th

A $15 gift card to Amazon, B&N or ARe (winner’s choice) and a swag pack from author Lia Davis, ends March 24th.

$50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card from author Ramona Flightner, ends March 28th  

Print copy of Turned by Virna DePaul to a US or CA reader, ends March 29th

1 winner will receive their choice of an all new Kindle Fire 7" HDX (US Only - $229 value), $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash (International), ends March 31st 

10 Preview copy winners of TURNED by Virna DePaul, 5 Preview Copy winners of WANTED by J Kenner, 2 Preview eBook copy winners of A Vampire’s Salvation by Virna DePaul,  2 Preview eBook copy winners of Arrested by Love by Virna DePaul and a Grand Prize of $20 Gift Certificate to eRetailer of choice. Ends April 1st

BOOKS! - click on the cover to go the book's goodreads page



All You Need Is Love by Marie Force - won on goodreads
I'll Be Home for Christmas by Jessica Scott - I read the ebook then won the print book and swag from Jessica.

So last Friday I drove up to New York state to meet up with CarolKat and attend the 5th Annual Create Something Magical Conference (Liberty States Fiction Writers). We drove down to New Jersey Saturday morning (FYI, Yahoo Maps sucks donkey balls) and arrived in time for lunch and the keynote address by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I was surprised and pleased to see a copy of her YA book "infamous" on my chair, every lunch attendee got one. One of my tablemates didn't want hers so I ended up with two and got them both signed at the book fair that afternoon. I gave one away earlier this week and the other is on my bookshelf. Conference attendees also received a bag with 4 books inside; CarolKat and I got two that were the same and two that were different.

 My books (I threw infamous into the pile too) -

The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan - she's a local tv reporter so it was pretty exciting to get one of her books

At the book signing I chatted in line with some authors including L.G. O'Connor and Hilda Weisburg and picked up another tote bag. The conference included lunch and a pizza dinner followed by an 80s themed dance party. CarolKat got up danced while I just boogied in my chair. :D

We arrived in time for three reader track panels. There was a writers track and a readers track; CarolKat and I signed up for the readers track. I really enjoyed the panel discussing tropes, what they are and why they are appealing. There was a panel where we could play romance cover bingo and that was a hoot, so much fun! I even won a signed Laura Kaye tote bag. :) CarolKat and I had a blast and I'm so glad we went.

CarolKat is the skinny blonde in black
CarolKat and Sherrilyn
Sherrilyn and I
L to R -Joya Fields, Laura Kaye, Christi Barth, and Eliza Knight
 The picture above shows the authors of the romance cover bingo panel.

Swag from the conference.

It was a good time and the conference was well organized other than not enough time between panels. CarolKat and I are talking about going again next year.

CarolKat's conference post
Author K.T. Grant's conference post

Did you add any books to your shelves or e-readers last week? Leave a link to your Sunday Post so I can visit you during the week.


  1. Wow between the wins and the conference you sure had a nice haul and I see some of your favorite authors in those piles. Anytime I travel it just knocks me out, hope the flair up settles down and you feel more like yourself soon.

    1. Thanks. I was surprised by how much it took out of me but so worth it. :)

  2. Yeah travel can be tough even when it's fun. :) The conference sounds like a lot of fun and nice swag too. Liked your review of Mark of the Dragonfly too, I've been wondering about one, didn't realize it was MG but still sounds good and a good choice for young readers.

  3. That was a great and busy week for you ! Boogie on the chair is good too ;) Hope you'll have another great week !

  4. Sometimes the driving can make us so tired though… I'm definitely with you and usually wiped out by the end of the week. I'd love to attend a conference though.
    "How to catch a cat' - simple, put a box up of any description, doesn't even need to fit the cat :)
    Have a great week and Happy Reading.
    My Sunday Post is here

  5. Great book haul this week!

    Finley Jayne

  6. Great haul, Bea! Enjoyed reading about the conference and glad you had a good time. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  7. WOW! Nice haul! I really love Laura Kaye! Those are so fun but I agree, are very tiring. :P

    Have a good week!

  8. Looks like you had a great week with the conference and all the new books you got! I am the type of person who need around 10 hours of sleep a night and if I don't get that for a few days I feel tired really fast, so I can understand what you mean. I hope your astma flare is over soon, it sounds nasty :(.

  9. So many swags! *envy* It's good that you had a good time at the conference even though it was tiring going there and back. Have a great week ahead and happy reading!

  10. Whoa! you got lots and lots of amazing books. Congrats on the wins and you look like you had a blast at the conference. hope you get to feeling better.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever's Sunday Post

  11. I see book conferences in NJ all the time and I always miss them. You would think living here I would know :)

    You got some awesome books! I hope you enjoy them all. Feel better oxox

  12. May you have a great productive week!

    Here is my post.

  13. Wow, the conference sounds like fun! And what a you, I would have been tired all week afterwards, too!

    I have never read Jessica Scott, but I love those covers. Will have to check her out.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  14. The conference looks like fun! All those books and your wins! Enjoy your stuff!

  15. Don't feel bad, we're all getting old. Hope you have a better week though, and enjoy your books. :)

  16. Oh I know how you feel with the conference. I'm going to Balticon in a few months and I'm scared. lol. I'll get there Friday and come home Monday, driving. And long days between. I'm going to be beat on my kester! LOL!

    Have a great week this week!

  17. Wow - SO many books!! I'm quite jealous of your haul! Hope you enjoy all your books this week :))

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    Laura @ What's Hot?

  18. The conference sounds fun and books sounds good, hope you enjoy.

  19. Oooh so jealous of hour haul this week, its amazing! I wish to meet SKenyon someday too!

    P.S. Is it ok if you add BB&B on your meme intro since you're in my linky? I hope you don't mind me asking. Thanks & have a great week ahead!

  20. Great haul, a lot of these books are completely new to me. I hope you enjoy your books :) My STS.

  21. OMGosh!! What a book haul! Love your Jessica Scott package... enjoy them all!
    Hope your Asthma improves soon... can't be good to have it lingering for so long.

    Thanx for visiting My Weekly Wrap-Up!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  22. It sucks getting old. I hate it when I am too tired to read at night. I feel like I am wasting time. Sounds like you had a terrific time and look at all those new pretty books!

  23. No matter how fun, travel wipes me out. We are *not* old! We are seasoned! ;)

  24. The conference sounded fun :) I wish we had more things like that in Canada. Love your book haul.
    Thanks for stopping by my Sunday Post!
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages


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