Saturday, January 12, 2013

Books Books Books


 My New Kindle and Other Christmas Books

Well it started before Christmas actually, my windfall of books. An e-mail from Amy Bruno at my favorite hangout "Passages to the Past" announced incredible news!

Hi Kathleen,

Congratulations, you are the winner of Prize Package #3 from the Historical Holiday Blog Hop, hosted by Passages to the Past!

Here are the titles that you will be receiving:

A Thing Done by Tinney S. Heath (PB)
Above All Things by Tanis Rideout (ARC, sponsored by Penguin Publishing)
By Fire, By Water by Mitchell James Kaplan (PB)
Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell (Audiobook)
Pale Rose of England by Sandra Worth (PB)
Royal Romances by Leslie Carroll (PB)
Sea Witch by Helen Hollick (PB w/Signed Bookplate)
Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri (ARC, sponsored by Penguin Publishing)
The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose (HC)
The Courtier's Secret by Donna Russo Morin (Signed PB)
The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau (Signed PB)
The Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland (Signed PB)
The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman (Signed PB)
The Queen's Rival by Diane Haeger (PB)
The Rose of York: Love & War (Book 1, War of the Roses trilogy) by Sandra Worth (PB)
The Sumerton Women by D.L. Bogdan (PB)
Three Maids for a Crown by Ella March Chase (PB)

I am waiting on a few more titles to be sent to me and as soon as they do I will get your package off to you.

I've read most of these titles and they are fantastic - you are in for a real treat!!!!

Thanks so much for entering the giveaway and I hope you enjoyed the blog hop!


Be still,my heart! I was so very excited with such a windfall.

I will say in retrospect that I started to think seriously about writing about my good reading experiences.I have a 3 year old Genealogy Blog as well as a Google feed where I do post a few things. Musing on my good fortune we drove to New Jersey for the first Christmas Eve in 10 years with my children and grandchildren. Usually we can only get up on Christmas Day late or the following day because of farm sitter availability.

Christmas Eve at church my granddaughter Megan and I worked out what time we would get to  their house in the morning. Bright and early we were there and watched each other open gifts.

I was not surprised to get my first Kindle as I had deliberated about it for a few years.For various reasons I had not wanted one but began to change my mind when I saw my favorite authors posting special offers that were only digital, places like Passages to the Past and Goodreads and Amazon were tantalizing.

What was surprising to me is how wonderful it was! It was like being in a candy store or my own Barnes and Noble or Amazon. Hmm, it IS my own Amazon! My DIL got me signed in and set up. Oh the wonder of it..

Remember  "How Many Books Will You Read in 2013" ? I had never done before and had only a vague idea of how many I read. A lot.So I hazarded a guess of 50.

Guess what? I am now ahead of schedule having finished MacBeth the King, Sons of the Wolf, Autobiography of Billy the Kid and The Winchester Goose. I then dove right into Peaceweaver also by Judith Arnopp and have purchased The Forest Dwellers, Prague Winter by Madeleine Albright and Azincourt by Berbard Cornwell. There are others there in my new Kindle. I am almost embarassed to say how many.

Remember every one's TBR pile? Well mine has gotten staggering. The books I had bought to "hold me till Christmas" held me and then some.My cache from Amy Bruno will topple me in riches.

It's a great life. I made a new blog and am writing about books.