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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Banned Books Giveaway Hop


Welcome to Banned Books Giveaway Hop hosted by Bookhounds. I'm giving away a $15 gift card to the book store of your choice.

I'll be honest, I don't care for explicit material myself (usually), and I do believe in being careful what children have access to, but I'm very baffled by most of the books often challenged or banned for high school age. I was reading EVERYTHING when I was in high school, and what I didn't like, I didn't read. As simple as that.

My favorites:
The Harry Potter series
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
A Wrinkle In Time

On my To Be Read list:
Brave New World
Slaughterhouse Five
The Kite Runner
The Things They Carried
Fahrenheit 451

What are your favorites or anticipated reads on The List?

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The Glister Journals: Bronze can be purchased through any bookseller or purchase now at Amazon.com New edition coming!
Note: All original text and materials by or commissioned by B. B. Shepherd are copyright 2012-2015 to B B Shepherd.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fall Into Books Giveaway


Welcome to the Fall Into Books Giveaway, hosted by I am A Reader, Not A Writer. This Awesome Group of Authors & Bloggers have partnered with her to bring you this fabulous giveaway. The prize for this group giveaway will be a $250 Amazon.com Gift Code or $250 in Paypal Cash.

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Reviews for The Glister Journals: Bronze
More Glister Journals info at the book's website here: theglisterjournals.com
The Glister Journals: Bronze can be purchased through any bookseller, or purchase now at Amazon.com New edition coming!
Note: All original text and materials by or commissioned by B. B. Shepherd are copyright 2012-2015 to B B Shepherd.


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Stuck In Books Giveaway Hop


Welcome to Stuck In A Good Book Giveaway Hop hosted by Val at Stuck In Books. I am giving away a $15.00 gift card to the bookstore of your choice.

For this hop I'd like to highlight Marissa Meyer's series, The Lunar Chronicles. The last book I read of this series was Cress, the third book.

Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.


I really enjoyed this novel and look forward to the last of the series, Winter, due out in November.

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Reviews for The Glister Journals: Bronze
More Glister Journals info at the book's website here: theglisterjournals.com
The Glister Journals: Bronze can be purchased through any bookseller, or purchase now at Amazon.com New edition coming!
Note: All original text and materials by or commissioned by B. B. Shepherd are copyright 2012-2015 to B B Shepherd.

Monday, September 14, 2015

My Winter Reads


With revision of Bronze complete, I had originally hoped that these would be my Fall reads, but Gaiman's American Gods took me far too long to read and I'm reading Percy Jackson now in an attempt to catch up a little - I'm woefully behind on my Reading Challenge! In between, I'm writing daily and as much as I can now that school is back.

I'm currently finishing two books: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, which I have mixed feelings about, and then I'll finish The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente.

Next will be Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. I've had this on my To Be Read list for quite a while. When my oldest daughter mentioned she was reading it on Kindle (and loving it) and my son asked if I'd ever heard of it on the same day (he was raving about the miniseries he'd just seen), it got bumped to the top of the list. The book is huge so it's going to take a while!

Two magicians shall appear in England.
The first shall fear me; the second shall long to behold me...

The year is 1806. England is beleaguered by the long war with Napoleon, and centuries have passed since practical magicians faded into the nation's past. But scholars of this glorious history discover that one remains: the reclusive Mr Norrell whose displays of magic send a thrill through the country. Proceeding to London, he raises a beautiful woman from the dead and summons an army of ghostly ships to terrify the French. Yet the cautious, fussy Norrell is challenged by the emergence of another magician: the brilliant novice Jonathan Strange. Young, handsome and daring, Strange is the very opposite of Norrell. So begins a dangerous battle between these two great men which overwhelms the one between England and France. And their own obsessions and secret dabblings with the dark arts are going to cause more trouble than they can imagine.


Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman is a hardback I've had for quite a while but didn't want to read until I'd read American Gods. Now that I've finished it, I'll read this follow-up novel.

Bursting with the imaginative power of Neil Gaiman, this story blends fantasy with humour and drama. Fat Charlie Nancy is not actually fat. He was fat once but he is definitely not fat now. No, right now Fat Charlie Nancy is angry, confused and more than a little scared - right now his life is spinning out of control, and it is all his dad's fault. If his rotter of an estranged father hadn't dropped dead at a karaoke night, Charlie would still be blissfully unaware that his dad was Anansi the spider god. He would have no idea that he has a brother called Spider, who is also a god. And there would be no chance that said brother would be trying to take over his life, flat and fiancée, or, to make matters worse, be doing a much better job of it than him. Desperate to reclaim his life, Charlie enlists the help of four more-than-slightly eccentric old ladies and their unique brand of voodoo - and between them they unleash a bitter and twisted force to get rid of Spider. But as darkness descends and badness begins is Fat Charlie Nancy going to get his life back in one piece or is he about to enter a whole netherworld of pain?

And finally,

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.


I enjoyed the first book of this series and look forward to getting back to it.

Have you read these? What did you think? What are you looking forward to reading this winter?

Writing: TGJ Book 2, Chapter 29.

Listening: Civil Twilight - Story of an Immigrant

Reading: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente.

Watching: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries and Grantchester



Reviews for The Glister Journals: Bronze
More Glister Journals info at the book's website here: theglisterjournals.com
The Glister Journals: Bronze can be purchased through any bookseller, or purchase now at Amazon.com New edition coming!
Note: All original text and materials by or commissioned by B. B. Shepherd are copyright 2012-2015 to B B Shepherd.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

A Treasure From Dad

I don't often post about personal things, but every once in a while something special happens that affects you deeply and you just have to tell someone. So I'm telling you.

I received a treasure in the mail today. My cousin (in England) sent me a small bible. It was found after his dear mother passed away recently. My dad's younger brother (her husband) must have held on to it for some reason.


The bible is small (about the size of my hand) and I practically need a magnifying glass to read it. As an adult, my dad had beautiful copperplate handwriting, but in several places, in pencil, is "S Bridge" in a childish hand - obviously practicing. There is no date in the book, but I'm going to assume he could have been no more than ten or so. That makes the book from the very early part of the 1900s. The cover is black, engraved, and a very soft leather. I can't begin to say what it means to me.

The timing, as such things often are, is exquisite to me. I was thinking of my dad this morning. I was also thinking of my spiritual history - a rather odd one as neither of my parents were religious at all.

There is a bookmark. A simple slip of aged blank paper. On the same page is another attempt at signature. The book it's in? Joshua.

Joshua is my son's name, and they were extremely close until my dad's death almost 20 years ago. So close that my son named his son's middle name for my dad - Stanley.



Reviews for The Glister Journals: Bronze
More Glister Journals info at the book's website here: theglisterjournals.com
The Glister Journals: Bronze can be purchased through any bookseller, or purchase now at Amazon.com New edition coming!
Note: All original text and materials by or commissioned by B. B. Shepherd are copyright 2012-2015 to B B Shepherd.