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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Holiday Cash Giveaway


$300 Holiday Cash Giveaway – December 1st to 21st

Enter for your chance to win a $300 Amazon Gift Code or $300 in Paypal Cash!!

Thanks to this awesome group of bloggers and authors who have joined with I Am A Reader to bring you one fabulous prize!!

Sponsor List
I Am A Reader
Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Heather Gray
Author Dorothy Dreyer
Lori's Reading Corner
Simple Wyrdings
Every Free Chance Books
Jennifer Bardsley
Author Melissa Wright
Coupons and Freebies Mom
Author Crystal Marcos
Laurie Here - Cont Fiction and MORE
B. Kristin McMichael
Author Inger Iversen
Rockin' Book Reviews
Julie Coulter Bellon
Aubrey Wynne: Timeless Romance
Helen Smith
Talia Jager
Everly Frost, YA author
Rachelle J. Christensen
Books R Us
Author Deb Atwood
Leora Krygier Author
The Lovely Books
MagicalCoolCatsMysteries
Maureen's Musings
Jo Noelle
Why Not? Because I Said So! (Sheila Staley)
Kelly's Lucky You
Savings in Seconds
Glistering: B's Blog
Raquel @ The Babbling Reader

Giveaway Details

$300 in Paypal Cash or a $300 Amazon.com eGift Card

Ends 12/21/16

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or gift codes via Amazon.com. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Visit theglisterjournals.com for news, excerpts, and more about The Glister Journals series.
Reviews for The Glister Journals: Bronze
The Glister Journals: Bronze can be purchased through any bookseller or purchase now at Amazon.com

All original text and materials by or commissioned by B. B. Shepherd are copyright 2012-2016 to B B Shepherd.

Friday, November 25, 2016

A Little Late but Still Thankful


This year Thanksgiving somehow snuck up on me. (Yes, snuck is a real word) I mean, I knew it was coming and everything, but one minute I had time to do things and then all of a sudden, I didn't. And I forgot all about my Thanksgiving post!

To be honest, I've just had too many things on my mind. The biggest, most important of those things is that my oldest daughter is having surgery on Monday. It's scary. Because of the physical limitations (pain, kidney damage, other things) the cause of the surgery placed on her, she was fired from her job. Now her employer isn't cooperating with EDD and is likely to contest my daughter's unemployment claim. She has no income right now, has not been able to look for a new job because of her physical condition and upcoming surgery, and will probably have at least two weeks of recovery before being able to look for work again. The whole situation is worrying, to say the least.

On a more positive note, the new paperback edition of Bronze in in final formatting mode and should be available soon with the e-book following right after. I'm excited to say that the e-book will have a brand new cover, possibly the paperback too. I'm keeping my hardback cover and will continue that theme through the series with the hardback releases, but will have alternate covers for at least the e-books. I can't wait to see what my designer comes up with!

Copper is in good shape and I'm working on it every day, but I still can't give a finish date. I refuse to rush it. All I can say is, it's almost finished. Really. Please hang in there with me. And I promise the third book won't take anywhere near as long to release.

I'm also going to be working on some Glister related short stories that I plan to offer as free downloads. If you've read Bronze, who would you like a story about?

So what am I thankful for this year? Everything!

I'm most thankful for my wonderful family: my son and daughters, my daughter-in-law and grandson and new granddaughter on the way (so exciting!), my oldest daughter's boyfriend and his family, who have embraced her and by extension us as a part of their family.

I'm thankful for my eighty-year-young aunt, my only other relative in this country, healthy and still working in Hollywood.

I'm thankful for my incredible friends, a couple of whom I've known almost all my life. Thank you for ALWAYS being there!

I'm thankful for my job and my wonderful students. There are aspects of my work that have been extremely difficult this year, but for the most part I still get up on work days looking forward to seeing and working with my students and excited for what we can accomplish.

I'm thankful for my new apartment. I've been here almost a year now and it's been the best place I've lived in a really long time. It's small but reasonably priced (for the Bay Area), in a nice community (with security) and relatively quiet (which is a HUGE issue for me.)

I'm thankful to have lost some significant weight this past year, which I'll probably write about in a post in the New Year. I'm feeling better and healthier than I have in many years.

I'm also thankful for this writing journey I'm on, and for all of you who are coming along with me. I get discouraged sometimes, doubtful of the value in what I'm doing, and wondering what the heck was I thinking when I started this. But all I have to do is think of some of you who have been so kind to me and my book, read over some of the reviews, and it pumps me up again.

So thank you! I hope to get to know more of you in the coming year.

It's my Thanksgiving post tradition to include a Switchfoot video, so here you go. Have a great weekend!



Writing: Copper.

Listening: Need new music!

Reading: Crooked Kindom by Leigh Bardugo

Watching: Dr. Strange and Fantastic Beasts.



Visit theglisterjournals.com for news, excerpts, and more about The Glister Journals series.
Reviews for The Glister Journals: Bronze
The Glister Journals: Bronze can be purchased through any bookseller or purchase now at Amazon.com

All original text and materials by or commissioned by B. B. Shepherd are copyright 2012-2016 to B B Shepherd.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Thankful for Cash Giveaway


Thankful for Cash
$250 Giveaway

November 15th to December 15th

Enter for your chance to win a $250 Amazon Gift Code or $250 in Paypal Cash!

Thanks to this awesome group of bloggers and authors who have joined with I Am A Reader to bring you one fabulous prize!

Sponsor List
I Am A Reader
Ebooks For Review
Aubrey Wynne: Timeless Love
Pat Esden
Helen Smith
The Book Referees
Lori's Reading Corner
Cynthia Luhrs Author
Heather Gray
Bookworm Lisa
Elizabeth Isaacs
Diana's Book Reviews
Niki Danforth, author
Barefoot by the Sea
Caroline Clemmons
Glistering: B's Blog
Krysten Lindsay Hager
Melissa A. Hanson, Author
Bookroom Reviews
Talia Jager
Simple Wyrdings
Every Free Chance Books
Author Melissa Wright
Laurie Here - Cont Fiction and MORE
B. Kristin McMichael
Author Inger Iversen
Rockin' Book Reviews
Nicole Tone
Everly Frost, YA author
Rachelle J. Christensen
Cindy C Bennett
Book Crazy Scrapbook Mama
Melissa Giorgio

Giveaway Details

$250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 Amazon.com eGift Card

Ends 12/15/16

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or gift codes via Amazon.com. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Visit theglisterjournals.com for news, excerpts, and more about The Glister Journals series.
Reviews for The Glister Journals: Bronze
The Glister Journals: Bronze can be purchased through any bookseller or purchase now at Amazon.com

All original text and materials by or commissioned by B. B. Shepherd are copyright 2012-2016 to B B Shepherd.

Gratitude Giveaway Hop


Welcome to my stop on the Gratitude Giveaway Hop hosted by Bookhounds!

This is one of my favorite giveaways, where I get to thank you for following. I am giving away a $25 gift card to the book store of your choice for one winner. Let me know how you follow, but please don't put your e-mail in the comments.

And I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive, and use a book store Gift Code. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. US and Canada residents only. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW

EDIT Agh!!!! I don't know what happened to the rafflecopter - but here it is. So sorry for the inconvenience!

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Visit theglisterjournals.com for news, excerpts, and more about The Glister Journals series.
Reviews for The Glister Journals: Bronze
The Glister Journals: Bronze can be purchased through any bookseller or purchase now at Amazon.com

All original text and materials by or commissioned by B. B. Shepherd are copyright 2012-2016 to B B Shepherd.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Review: A Gentleman In Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From Amazon: From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility—a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

My Review: Count Alexander Rostov is in the wrong place at the right time (or vice versa) at the beginning of the Russian Revolution. Saved from internment in Siberia or, more likely, death, a poem written in praise of soviet ideals has earned him a more comfortable prison – the Metropol Hotel in Moscow. For the course of some thirty years with only one extreme exception, Rostov, a “former person,” does not step outside the hotel. A rare combination of intelligent, wise, and kind, Rostov is the epitome of the perfect gentleman. In spite of one small lapse, he remains optimistic and self-reliant. And though the novel takes place almost completely within the walls of the Metropol, adventures and intrigue abound.

This is the best book I’ve read in recent memory – recent meaning probably ten years or more. The language is brilliant and beautiful. The characters are believable and delightful. I loved the enlightening historical footnotes giving insight into things going on behind the scenes. I can’t think of a single thing that bothered me as I read, and that’s saying something! I can’t help thinking Mr. Towles must have drawn deeply on his own character to write Rostov, as there is such a light but unerring touch to his prose. In fact, though it took a long time for me to finish the book, that’s because I have so little time to read, not because I was reluctant to continue. Reading this novel was completely enjoyable. It will have a permanent place on my shelves and I will return to it when I need a guaranteed great read. I had started Rules of Civility and was enjoying it before stopping to read Gentleman (as it was a book club read). So it is waiting in the wings. But I’m going to save it for a little while, like a treat saved for a special occasion. When I’m in need of another guaranteed good read, I will turn to it.

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Visit theglisterjournals.com for news, excerpts, and more about The Glister Journals series.
Reviews for The Glister Journals: Bronze
The Glister Journals: Bronze can be purchased through any bookseller or purchase now at Amazon.com

All original text and materials by or commissioned by B. B. Shepherd are copyright 2012-2016 to B B Shepherd.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop


Welcome to this year's Spooktacular Giveaway Hop, hosted by Bookhounds

I am giving away a $15 gift card to one winner to the book store of their choice. This giveaway runs from October 22 to Halloween (the 31st). Good luck!

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive, and use a book store Gift Code. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW
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Reviews for The Glister Journals: Bronze
The Glister Journals: Bronze can be purchased through any bookseller or purchase now at Amazon.com

All original text and materials by or commissioned by B. B. Shepherd are copyright 2012-2016 to B B Shepherd.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Fall Into Cash


Fall Into Cash $250 Giveaway

October 15th to November 15th


Enter for your chance to win a $250 Amazon Gift Code or $250 in Paypal Cash.

Thanks to this awesome group of bloggers and authors who have joined with I Am A Reader to bring you one fabulous prize!

Sponsor List
I Am A Reader
Kris Bock Romantic Suspense author
Chris Eboch, children's book author
Coupons and Freebies Mom
Simple Wyrdings
Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Krysten Lindsay Hager
Author Melissa Wright
B. Kristin McMichael
Author Dorothy Dreyer
Suzi Love
Helen Smith
Kindle and Me
Elizabeth Isaacs
Glistering: B's Blog
Heather Gray
ACME Teen Books - Kids & YA Too!
Crystal Collier, YA Author
Eric Buffington YA Fantasy Adventure
My Life. One Story at a Time.
Fat Free Faith
Diana's Book Reviews
Author D.E. Haggerty
Lori's Reading Corner
LOVE. WITHOUT YOU
CoolCatMysteries

Giveaway Details

$250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 Amazon.com eGift Card

Ends 11/15/16

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or gift codes via Amazon.com. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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Visit theglisterjournals.com for news, excerpts, and more about The Glister Journals series.
Reviews for Bronze
The Glister Journals: Bronze can be purchased through any bookseller or purchase now at Amazon.com

All original text and materials by or commissioned by B. B. Shepherd are copyright 2012-2016 to B B Shepherd.