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TAKING A “BREAK” FROM BLOGGING: School comes first, unfortunately, and I cannot dedicate the time I would like to towards both–especially while taking grad classes and working full time. 


Current giveaway: “Flight of the Goose” by Lesley Thomas



I hope everyone enjoyed (or is enjoying) their holidays! I got a bunch of books from my wishlist that I’m very excited about.  Some of these I’ve seen recommended, others I’ve seen mentioned in Shelf Awareness, and some I’ve just stumbled upon on Amazon.  I hope they’re good!

The Tory Widow by Christine Blevins– historical fiction

We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals by Gilligan Gill– nonfiction

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – historical fiction

Willoughby’s Return: A tale of almost irresistible temptation by Jane Odiwe – fiction, chick lit, Jane Austen inspired fiction

The Importance of Being Emma by Juliet Archer– fiction, chick lit, Jane Austen inspired fiction

Time of Grace by Gabriella West – historical fiction

Blue Diablo: A Corine Solomon Novel by Ann Aguirre – supernatural fiction


As if that wasn’t enough, I also got a $100 gift card to Amazon which I’m super excited about.  So far I’ve bought:

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson  This was on sale so I grabbed it while I could.  I have the first book but sadly have not had a chance to read it! But, I know it will be awesome- I’ve heard so many good things, so I figured I’d pick up the rest of the series too.

Mortal Sins (World of the Lupi, Book 5) by Eileen Wilks I really enjoyed the first two books in the series, but after that Wilks traveled in a different direction- away from the main characters I enjoyed so much (see how much in my review for book one).  It looks like she returns to them (Lily and Rule) in this book, so I’m giving Wilks another chance!

Blood Magic (World of the Lupi, Book 6) by Eileen Wilks I preordered this one, not out until February, because like book 5 it looks like it will be about Lily and Rule again. Hopefully books 5 and 6 will recapture my love for this series.

Inked by Wilks, Chance, etc I’m very much a fan of these supernatural anothologies.  I’ve only read Wilks and Chance but these short stories are usually winners.

Kitty’s House of Horrors (Kitty Norville, Book 7) by Carrie Vaughn For the most part, my experience with Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series has been overwhelmingly positive. (My review for book 3 is here).  I wasn’t crazy about book 5, but book 6 made me keep buying.  Hope book 7 is great!

Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, Book 5) by Patricia Briggs I love Patricia Briggs’ Mercy series, (and her new Alpha and Omega series in the same universe) so I preordered this even though it isn’t out until March.  (You really can’t go wrong with Briggs- unless you count the new Mercy Thompson: Homecoming.  But it’s important to note that that book is a graphic novel, so it’s really hard to compare it to her other work.)

Lover Mine: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward This was my final preorder (it’s not out until April), but I really do love this series.  It’s different from what I usually read, a little more sex and romance, but it still has the strong urban fantasy vibe which is what keeps me interested (and makes the romance readers mad about lol). This is book 8, but I have reviewed book 4 here and book 6 here, if you want to see my thoughts.



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  Current giveaway: “Flight of the Goose” by Lesley Thomas

So it’s that time of year again. In a perfect world I would give books to everyone as gifts. I like reading, most of them like reading, books are amazing…. everyone wins. That being said, I’m always amazed at how difficult it is to buy books for other people. I know what I like, but that’s not necessarily what they like. And for some of them, I know what they like, but I still can’t seem to direct that towards the book that would be perfect for them. Now if everyone only had Librarything like I did then it would make book buying a lot easier! But as it is, I’m forced to either do my best at guessing what they would like, or not buying them books at all and settling on stupid gift cards. I like gift cards as much as the next person, but I wish I didn’t end up giving out so many!  Anybody have tips on giving books as presents??



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Books in your Car

Current giveaway: “Flight of the Goose” by Lesley Thomas

So anyone who has been in my car knows that it is super messy. In my defense, usually I’m the only one in it. If I have to drive someone somewhere I just throw whatever is in the front seat into the back seat. So it makes sense that the stuff back there would pile up…. Okay it really needs to be cleaned out lol. That brings me to the subject of this post. I started to clean out the back seat and as I did it, I realized that I had quite a lot of books back there. They just kept piling up! When I had them altogether I counted them. Guess how many? 17. That’s not an exaggeration! I had 17 books in the back seat of my car.

Some were fiction, some nonfiction, some biographies, some textbooks. Basically tons of different kinds of books. All of which I had started at one point or another. Since I read so many and I’m constantly buying new ones, it is very easy for me to move onto another book (or two or three) if the first one doesn’t immediately capture me or leave a lasting impression.

So my question is: how many books should you have in your car? For all you book readers out there, I’m sure you understand the necessity of having a book in your car.  But how many is too many? Clearly in my case, my 17 are not necessary.  But how many should the average reader have?

Missed my last post?  It was: REVIEW: “THE AGENCY” BY ALLY O’BRIEN

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Plagiarism Update

Update/Recap on the plagiarism situation.  After three weeks, ebay responded to my email with an automatic message directing me to the VERO forms.  The VERO forms however appeared to deal with listings, not reviews.  I asked Live Help if I was correct in assuming this.  They confirmed that for me.  But some of the Amazon reviewers that I notified sent them in anyways.  And some of the reviews were removed from ebay as a result.  It went down from 224 to 215.  But some people have sent in their VERO forms and their reviews are still up there.  Clearly, as another reviewer mentioned, they are going to do this one at a time and they are in no hurry to do so.  Well we’re fighting back.  I have no idea whether this will go anywhere, but another reviewer has a lawyer willing to deal with this for free.  I’ve spent awhile linking to the original reviewers, original reviews, and copied reviews.  The list is below.  (Sorry you can’t see the title of the book, I can’t figure out how to format that to fit.)



Amazon.com reviewer Amazon review Ebay review Book
! Betty Dravis “BettyDravis@gmail.com, author of The Toonies Invade Silicon Valley +” A Review E Review The 6th Target
” Linda Bulger” A Review E Review Lost Souls
“intentaccess” A Review E Review Vengeance in Death
“karben” A Review E Review A Family Haggadah II
“miers” A Review E Review Concrete Countertops: Design, Form, and Finishes for the New Kitchen and Bath
A Customer A Review E Review A. Philip Randolph: A Biographical Portrait
A Customer A Review E Review At the Feet of Jesus: A Safe Place in the Disquiet of Life
A Customer A Review E Review Floating in Space
A Customer A Review E Review Jake Drake, Know-It-All
A Customer A Review E Review Pharmacy Technician
A Customer A Review E Review Suzanne Somers’ Eat Great Lose Weight
A Customer A Review E Review The Merchant of Venice (Cliffs Notes)
A Customer A Review E Review The Pharmacy Technician
A. Luciano A Review E Review Romiette and Julio
A. Ross A Review E Review Lush Life
Amazon   E Review Essentials of Investments with S&P bind-in card
Amazon   E Review Understanding Your Health with Online Learning Center Bind-in Card
Andrea Griffin “Avid Reader” A Review E Review Dead Perfect
armchairinterviews.com A Review E Review Seasoned in the south: Recipes from Crook’s Corner and from Home
Arnold Howard A Review E Review The Gift of Fear
Asad A Review E Review Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West
B. Marold A Review E Review Get Saucy: Make Dinner a New Way Every Day with Simple Sauces, marinades, Glazes….
B. Marold A Review E Review The Perfectionist
B. Marold A Review E Review The Soul of a New Machine
B. Nolan A Review E Review Tempted in the Night
Beth Bois “alaboutnow” A Review E Review The Orgasmic Diet: A Revolutionary Plan to Lift Your Libido and Bring You to Orgasm
Betsy Lord A Review E Review Dakota Born
Bobby Newman A Review E Review Servant of the Bones
Bobby Pagenkopf “spagenkopf” A Review E Review I Live in Your Basement!
Bonnie M. Traylor A Review E Review 90 Minutes in Heaven
Brett R. Schulte “Civil War Buff” A Review E Review The Petersburg Campaign: June1864- april 1865/The Fredericksburg Campaign
C Baker “cbaker8887@aol.com” A Review E Review Stranger in Paradise
C. Falzone “Imperator” A Review E Review Life of Reilly
C. Price “Layman, Lawyer, Blogger” A Review E Review The Acts of the Apostles: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary
Caballero del febo A Review E Review Midnight on the Moon
Callie “chroi” A Review E Review Twelve Angry Men
Carol “Avid, 20-something reader.” A Review E Review Charm!
Catherine Parks “mpoppins1” A Review E Review The Hidden Face of God: Finding the Missing Door to the Father Through Lament
catwoman “Seminary Bookworm” A Review E Review Keeping a Princess Heart: In a Not-So-Fairy-Tale World
Chad Davies “Downhill” A Review E Review Ten Years Thinner: Six Weeks to a Leaner, Younger-Looking You
Chadwick H. Saxelid “Bookworm” A Review E Review Walking Wisely: Real Guidance for Life’s Journey
Chandra Prasad A Review E Review The Job Search Solution: The Ultimate System for Finding a Great Job Now!
Cherise Everhard A Review E Review Freefall: A High Risk Novel
Cherise Everhard A Review E Review The Calhouns: Catherine, Amanda, and Lilah
Chess Heart “paxbear” A Review E Review Chocolate Fever
Cindy Gerlach Mueller “So Many Books, So Little Time” A Review E Review Where the Lilies Bloom
Class 15 A Review E Review Mr. Tucket
cliff A Review E Review Drive Right: You Are the Driver
Colleen McMahon “bookaholic” A Review E Review El Traje del muerto/Heart shaped Box
Cy B. Hilterman “Cy. Hilterman” A Review E Review The Dark Tide
D. Buxman “A Seeker of Truth” A Review E Review Don’t Start The Revolution Without Me!
D. Christofferson A Review E Review Lethal Justice
D. Stuart “Researcher at Kudos” A Review E Review Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Delusions
David Chaumette A Review E Review I is for Innocent
David D. Flowers “free-lance writer & blogger” A Review E Review Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices
David Rosenberg “sarasobe” A Review E Review Day of the Dragon King
David S. Rose A Review E Review The Teeth of the Tiger
Deborah Wiley A Review E Review Demon’s Kiss
Denise Hahn A Review E Review Messages from Frank’s Landing: A story of Salmon, Treaties, and the Indian Way
Dr. W. G. Covington, Jr. A Review E Review God and Man at Yale
E. A Solinas “ea_solinas” A Review E Review Martha Stuart’s Better Than You at Entertaining (A Parody)
E. Chen A Review E Review The Manga Bible: From Genesis to Relavation
E. M. Bristol “bibliophile” A Review E Review Horse Crazy
E. R. Bird “Ramseelbird” A Review E Review Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village
E. R. Bird “Ramseelbird” A Review E Review Number the Stars
E. R. Bird “Ramseelbird” A Review E Review Song of the Swallows
Ed Uyeshima A Review E Review Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
Ed Uyeshima A Review E Review Home: A Memoir of My Early Years
Edward Bosnar A Review E Review Oil!
Elaine C McTyer “avid reader” A Review E Review Beyond the Dark
Elaine C McTyer “avid reader” A Review E Review Killing Fear
Elaine C McTyer “avid reader” A Review E Review The Healer
Elizabeth Metz “Muse of Yarn and Artbits” A Review E Review Sock and Glove: Creating Charming Softy Friends from Cast-Off Socks and Gloves
EnglishBreakfast A Review E Review Addicted to Shopping and Other Issues Women have With Money
Francis J. Mcinerney A Review E Review Nearer My God: An Autobiography of Faith
Gail Cooke A Review E Review Back on Blossom Street
Gail Cooke A Review E Review Celebutantes
Gail Cooke A Review E Review My Enemy’s Cradle
Gary Swafford “gary swafford” A Review E Review Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana
George H. Wilson, Jr. “jorge” A Review E Review English, Yes! Advanced: Learning English Through Literature
Gregory J. Casteel “Dr. Gregory J. Casteel” A Review E Review Firefly: the Official Companion: Volume One
Grover Smith  A Review E Review Southern Living 40 Years of Our Best Recipes
H.J. A Review E Review Understanding Nutrition
Harriet Klausner A Review E Review Honor Thyself
hiphopgirl_1000 A Review E Review Night of the Twisters
Hui Liao (Poeme68@aol.com) A Review E Review Lions at Lunchtime
Ian Kaplan A Review E Review Rigged: The True Story of an Ivy League Kid who Changed the World of Oil, from Wall Stree to Dubai
J. Doff A Review E Review The No S Diet: The Strikingly Simple Weight-Loss Strategy That Has Dieters Raving–and Dropping Pounds
J. E. Robinson A Review E Review Miles Gone By: a Literary Biography
J. Miller “author of God Scent” A Review E Review Just Walk Across the Room: Simple Steps Pointing People to Earth
Jack Priest A Review E Review Firefighters A to Z
James Merritt “Motor247” A Review E Review Launching a Leadership Revolution
Janet Boyer “JanetBoyer.com” A Review E Review A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
Janet Boyer “JanetBoyer.com” A Review E Review Show me Your Smile!: A Visit to the Dentist
javajunki “javajunki” A Review E Review How Come that Idiot’s Rich and I’m Not?
Jem A Review E Review Devil May Cry
Jenny Blickman “from the block” A Review E Review 7th Heaven
Jesse Kornbluth “Head Butler” A Review E Review The Last Lecture
John A Review E Review NUV/The Message Parallel Bible
John G. Hilliard A Review E Review Winners Never Cheat: Everday Values We Learned as Children (But May Have Forgotten)
John Zeigler A Review E Review Electric Motor Control
Johnathan Bogart A Review E Review Afternoon on the Amazon
Judy A Johnson A Review E Review The Sky is Full of Stars
Julia Thomason A Review E Review Life that Wins
Julie Neal “The Complete Walt Disney World” A Review E Review Clique #9, The: Bratfest at Tiffany’s
Julie Neal “The Complete Walt Disney World” A Review E Review Fancy Nancy and the Boy from Paris
Julie Neal “The Complete Walt Disney World” A Review E Review Fancy Nancy Loves! Loves!! Loves!!!
Julie S. A Review E Review The Spiderwick Chronicles (boxed set)/trunk
K. Corn “reviewer” A Review E Review Nineteen Minutes
K. Gilligan “avid reader” A Review E Review Vampire, Interrupted
K. Montgomery “http://lurvalamode.wordpres s.com” A Review E Review Mine to Possess
Kailani Gerych A Review E Review Best Choices From the People’s Pharmacy
Katy A Review E Review Classic 30 Minute Meals
KayDee A Review E Review Let’s Go Rescue!: Books 1-6 (Go, Diego, Go! Phonics Reading Program)
KeiraG “reader & writer” A Review E Review Intelligence for Your Life: Powerful Lessons for Personal Growth
Kendal B. Hunter A Review E Review Recapture the Wonder: Experiencing God’s Amazing Promise of Childlike Joy
Kristi Ahlers A Review E Review Whisper of Evil
L Goodman-Malamuth “Leslie Goodman-Malamuth” A Review E Review Schulz and Peanuts
L. Coggins “Soaring Eagle” A Review E Review The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All For the Greatest Rescue Mission of the World
LadyNaava “LadyNaava” A Review E Review The Venetian Betrayal
Larry O. Sanders “lsbps@msn.com” A Review E Review Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire: What Happens When God’s Spirit Invades the Hearts of His People
Laurie S. Reilly A Review E Review The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure: A Holistic Approach to Total Recovery
Lindsay A Review E Review Daughters of Heaven Devotional: Lessions in Life for Young Women
Lorraine A Review E Review The Beginner’s Guide to Spiritual Warfare: using Your Spiritual Weapons…..
Loyd E. Eskildson “Pragmatist” A Review E Review The Age of American Unreason
Loyd E. Eskildson “Pragmatist” A Review E Review The Age of Turbulence
Lynn Harnett A Review E Review Sleep On It: Prepare Delicious Meals the Night Before That You Can Pop In the Oven the Next Day!
M. Alcat “bel_78” A Review E Review Holiday in Death
M. Benson A Review E Review The Cardio-Free Diet
M. C. Jones “Azuwilt” A Review E Review Love Hina: The Novel, Vol. 1
M. D. Mulhern A Review E Review Another Thing to Fall: A Novel
Marc Ruby™ “The Noh Hare™” A Review E Review The Weirdstone of Brisingamen: A Tale of Alderley
Marilyn Duenas A Review E Review The Power of a Praying Teen
MaryGrace Meloche A Review E Review The Devil’s Web
Matthew Dodd A Review E Review What it takes to be Number #1: Vince Lombardi on Leadership
MDP A Review E Review Mistaken Identity: Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope
Michael K. Smith A Review E Review Atonement
Michael Leonard “MikeonAlpha” A Review E Review People of the Book: A Novel
Michael R. Chernick “statman31147” A Review E Review Vindicated: Big Names, Big Liars, and the Battle to Save Baseball 
Michael S. Gordon A Review E Review Hope’s Boy: A Memoir
Michelle N. Marshall “Sims addict” A Review E Review Secrets of the Vine for Women
Miladyblue A Review E Review The Wolf
Miranda M. Pedersen Floyd “NWMC” A Review E Review Wound Care Made Incredibly Easy!
Mochamajesty A Review E Review Winning by Losing: Drop the Weight, Change Your Life
Monty Rainey A Review E Review 1776: The Illustrated Edition
Munawar Ali A Review E Review Reliance of the Traveller: The Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law Umdat Al-Salik
Nancy A Review E Review Dirt on my Shirt
Nancy R. Katz “NancyK18” A Review E Review Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
Nancy R. Woodington A Review E Review One Day in the Tropical Rain Forest
Nature Mom w/ 2 children + EE & Management degrees A Review E Review Parenting With Love and Logic
Nicola Mattos “key lime pie connoisseur and martini maven” A Review E Review Chosen
Nicola Mattos “key lime pie connoisseur and martini maven” A Review E Review The Outlaw Demon Wails
O. Brown “Ms. O. Khannah-Brown” A Review E Review Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction
O. Brown “Ms. O. Khannah-Brown” A Review E Review The Unmistakable Touch of Grace: How to Recognize and Respond to the Spiritual Signposts in Your Life 
P. Legerski A Review E Review Cuts
Pat   aka Linz  A Review E Review The Final Warning
Paul Weiss A Review E Review The Overlook
Peter S. Lambert A Review E Review Stories From a Soldier’s Heart: For the Patriotic Soul
PEwy “SD reader” A Review E Review Dead Time
Phyllis Staff A Review E Review Change Your Life in Seven Days: The World’s Leading Hypnotist Shows You How
Pugs A Review E Review Love and Consequences: A Memoir of Hope and Survival
R. B. Bernstein “R. B. Bernstein, Adjunct Professor of Law, New York Law School” A Review E Review John Adams
R. Kelly Wagner “bunrab@bunrab.net A Review E Review Purity in Death
Randy Given A Review E Review Daily Walk Bible NLT
rba A Review E Review The Chalk Box Kid
Rebecca Johnson “SeasonedwithLove.com” A Review E Review The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore
Richard Cumming “richo” A Review E Review Song Yet Sung
Robert Busko A Review E Review Fairtax: The Truth: Answering the Critics
Robert Busko A Review E Review Real Change: From the World that Fails to the World that Works
Robert S. Robbins A Review E Review Asthma for Dummies
Roland D. Mundhenke Jr. A Review E Review Illumination in the Flatwoods: A Season With the Wild Turkey
Romancer A Review E Review To Catch a Highlander
Roy E. Perry “amateur philosopher” A Review E Review Where Are You Now?: A Novel
S. Peek A Review E Review How to be the Funniest Kid in the Whole Wide World (or Just in Your Class)
Sarah Outlaw “”OrganicMama”” A Review E Review Generation XL
Sastenio A Review E Review W.A.R.: The Unauthorized Biography of William Axl Rose
Shannon A Review E Review It’s Not About Me Teen Edition
Sharina A Review E Review Lady Killer
Sharon Forret A Review E Review The Undead Next Door
Shelly Itkin “Book Lover” A Review E Review Hokus Pokus
Sheri Carucci A Review E Review Wolf Tales V
Sickness23 “anonymous coward A.C.” A Review E Review Dating For Dummies
Steve Koss A Review E Review Unaccustomed Earth
StevenJM “stevenjm” A Review E Review Myron Cope: Double Yoi!
Susan K. Schooniver A Review E Review Compulsion: An Alex Delaware Novel
T. Austin A Review E Review Conquer the Crash: You Can Survive and Proser in a Deflationary Depression, Expanded and Updated Edition
T. Szefler A Review E Review The Complete Master Cleanse: a Step-by-Step Guide to Maximize the Benefits of the Lemonade Diet
Teenreads.com A Review E Review Copper Sun
TeensReadToo.com “Eat. Drink. Read. Be Merrier.” A Review E Review Saving the world
Theoron A Review E Review Serenity: A Companion for Twelve Step Recovery
Theresa M. Studer “Terra57” A Review E Review Ghost of a Chance
TheSchemer “Scheme” A Review E Review Captive Dreams
Thomas M. Loarie A  Review E Review The Appeal
Tim Challies A Review E Review Do I Know God?: Finding Certaintiy in Life’s Most Important Relationship
Tracy Vest A Review E Review Absolute Fear
Tracy Vest A Review E Review Final Scream
tregatt A Review E Review The Boleyn Inheritance
tregatt A Review E Review The Other Boleyn Girl
Warren Hamby A Review E Review Door of Hope: Recognizing and Resolving the Pains of Your Past
Web Chatter “Danielle” A Review E Review The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great
Whiteman A Review E Review Treaures: Secret Star/Treasures Lost, Treasures Found
William McPeck “Coach/Consultant” A Review E Review Stop Whining, Start Living
Windy H. “Windy H.” A Review E Review The Moms On Call Guide to basic Baby care
Wolfe Moffat A Review E Review Made in America: The Most Dominant Champion in UFC History
Yesh Prabhu, author of The Beech Tree A Review E Review Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary mind of an Autistic Savant
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Well I suppose it had to happen sometime, although I didn’t know that somebody would be as petty as to steal a book review!  But it appears there are those out there who have no problem doing so.

Not too long ago I was using google to see if any reviews came up that were similar to mine for “Vampire Interrupted” by Lindsay Sands.  I googled a few key words and clicked on one of the results.  It was on ebay.  I didn’t even know ebay had product reviews on there… but they do.  And in this case, the review I clicked on was identical to mine!

Edson.financial.group is to blame.  Believe it or not they have around 250 reviews of books and audiobooks up, and it is easy to determine that ALL OF THEM are (or were at one time) spotlight reviews on Amazon.com.  Needless to say, I was pissed!  And it’s easy to prove that mine was written first!  Here’s mine on Amazon.com- the creation date is clearly listed as February 27, 2008.  Here’s the one up ‘by’ edson.financial.group- the creation date is clearly listed as March 20, 2008.

So of course I reported this to ebay, and in numerous ways.  From one I got an automatic response back saying I’d get a reply in 24-36hrs and to be patient, that sometimes it was even up to 72hrs before they could get back to me.  So I waited, patiently, but angrily.  72 hrs passed.  I contacted live help and was told to wait patiently and that my email was in line to be read.  More time passed. I contacted live help several more times, each time being told that this issue would be taken care of soon and they would put a note on my complaint to escalate the situation.

I sent in my complaint on 6/12! (Not counting the first time a couple days before this, b/c I never got the automatic response and I assume it didn’t go through.)  I felt like I was getting the run around.  How hard could it be to fix this?  So I got mad.  I started notifying the true Amazon.com authors individually- on the product reviews themselves, and through the ‘friend option’ which allows a short message.  It was time consuming as I had to hunt all of the reviews down and then ask to be friends as well– my hope being that this way they would definitely get my message.  This way ebay wouldn’t be getting complaints from just one person, but from 250 angry people!  I got through about 50 people and got quite a few responses who reported the problem to ebay as I had hoped. I plan to keep contacting people, although I recently posted about this in the customer reviews discussion forum hoping to spread the word even more.

*Some say that once you post on Amazon you have no control over your review and that Amazon gives them to other sites.  While it is true that Amazon does give it to others, (I have seen one of my reviews on an author’s personal site directly from Amazon), these sites still keep on the reviewer’s name- in my case K. Gilligan.  It was also mentioned that I should have put my name at the end of my review, a signature of sorts.  I noticed for example though, that Harriet Klausner (the number one reviewer over at Amazon.com) signs her reviews, but the review that Edson.financial.group posted was identical up to that point.  He/she simply cut off the signature.

A fellow reviewer contacted Amazon to see if they could do anything about this, and this was Amazon’s response: “Greetings from Amazon.com.  I apologize that your review for an item on Amazon.com was posted on another web site.  In this instance, please know that we did not give permission for this to happen.  Unfortunately however, we are not able to take any actions to have the review removed as the review you are referencing is on a different web site than ours or one of our sister sites.  I would ask that you contact this site, in this case e-Bay, to ask that the review be removed.  I hope this information is helpful.  Thanks for your interest in Amazon.com.”  Wow, thanks Amazon.

I’m simply astounded at the lack of action on ebay’s part.  I’ve never had to use ebay’s customer service but this is ridiculous! I’m now posting this on my blog, and will soon be posting this wherever I can think of.  I’d appreciate it if you’d also report this user (who by the way is a power seller and has a ‘top 100 reviewer badge’!).  All you have to say is that this reviewer is using unauthorized text that doesn’t belong to him/her. Or click the ‘report this review’ links at the bottom of ‘edson.financial.group’s reviews’. 

If you could link to this also, I’d really appreciate it.  I’m trying to spread the word.  You also might want to see if any of YOUR reviews are on ebay.com without your knowledge and being attributed to an ebay user.  (One amazon.com reviewer found another of his reviews under another ebay user’s name too!)

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Today’s Tuesday Thingers question, courtesy of The Boston Bibliophile, is:
Why LT?

Why did you choose to open and maintain an LT account? Do you/did you use other online cataloging/social networking sites, like GoodReads or Shelfari? Do you use more than one? Are they different or do they serve different purposes?

Well, I don’t feel ashamed to admit this (because clearly I am surrounded by book obsessed people like myself).  I began cataloging my library about a year or so ago.  I used Microsoft Excel, and had categories for: title, author, genre, series, location, paperback/hardcover, new/used, etc….  My main reason is that I had just discovered library sales, and book festivals (how did I not know about these before?), and I didn’t want to be buying the same book twice.  Lol, I printed it out and it was over ten pages or so, but I stapled them together and carried them in my purse, and would pull them out when I was thinking about grabbing a book.  And it did help!  Then I thought, hmm I think I’ll add a category for ISBNs.  (Why? I’m not sure… I guess just because I’m a geek and wanted to be thorough)  Copying those numbers down though was a pain!  It was actually my dad who discovered LT through some newspaper ad.  I checked it out, loaded my 200 books on, and decided that this was perfect. I got a lifetime account, and then a scanner when I realized doing them all individually would take forever! 

Now I’m obsessed with LT.  Through it I’ve met a lot of great people, and once I discovered the ER program– free books.  From there I heard if you start a book blog, you could get more free books. So Kathleeen’s Book Reviews was born!  I haven’t checked out Goodreads or Shelfari, right now I spend more time than I should on LT 🙂


How about you?  (I’ll be out of town for the next couple days, with *gasp* no internet access, so I won’t be able to check out everyone else’s posts until then!)


Missed my last post?  It was REVIEW: “SONGS FOR THE MISSING” BY STEWART O’NAN.

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Well, I was tagged by B&b ex libris and so here are the questions and answers to the Author meme:

1. Who’s your all-time favorite author, and why?

This is such a difficult question!! I admit that it does change from time to time.  Currently it is Charlaine Harris.  I’ve really enjoyed the books in each series she’s written.  Look for my review of her book, “From Dead To Worse” to be posted soon.

2. Who was your first favorite author, and why? Do you still consider him or her among your favorites?

My favorite author was Carolyn B. Keene, the author(s) of the Nancy Drew books.  I remember being so upset when I found out that it was a pseudonym and that there was more than one author.  Keene isn’t still one of my favorites, but I still treasure the Nancy Drew books even though it’s been awhile since I read them.

3. Who’s the most recent addition to your list of favorite authors, and why?

Probably Patricia Briggs.  I love her urban fantasyish series about Mercedes the Volkswagon mechanic! (“Moon Called“, “Blood Bound“–my review is located here, and “Iron Kissed” are the main stories, with a short story in “On the Prowl“, and a novel spinoff from that short story coming out very soon–“Cry Wolf“)  I’d never heard of her before I picked up these books, but apparently she’s written quite a few and they are all highly praised.  She mixes the supernatural elements together very well, and hasn’t yet made the mistake of either too much sex and no plot, or too many love interests for the main character.

4. If someone asked you who your favorite authors were right now, which authors would first pop out of your mouth? Are there any you’d add on a moment of further reflection?

Well like I said, Harris and Briggs would probably pop out first. However, then I’d add Jane Austen, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Mary Renault.  Not much will ever top “Pride and Prejudice“, and Burnett’s “The Secret Garden“, “A Little Princess“, and “Little Lord Fauntleroy” (read my review here will always be favorites.  Renault’s Alexander the Great series is also right up there.

5. Tagged:

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I’m ashamed to admit that I was tagged way back in April by Bloody Hell, It’s a Book Barrage! and never got around to doing it. So without further ado, Six Random Things About Myself.

1. I can do a weird voice that makes it sound like I’ve been sucking on helium.  It’s kinda a cross between an alien and a cartoon.  On the other hand, it easily amuses children, and I can perfectly mimic Alvin, Simon, and Theodore 🙂

2. I’ve only really cut my hair three times in my life.  Once in second grade to my chin, Omgneveragain!, once in tenth grade to just below my shoulders, and once last summer (which I donated to Locks of Love) when my friend’s grandfather died and I wanted to cheer her up— my friends apparently find joy in my suffering/getting my hair cut.

3. I’ve pretty much memorized every line of the Lord of the Rings movies.  I also can do a pretty mean impression of Gollum.

4. One day in tenth grade, we were in math class playing the state game.  (You know, the Friends Thanksgiving episode where they all try to write as many states as they can in six minutes, and Ross thinks he can do it but can’t and vows to do it or not eat?)  When my friend was checking my list, she said, “Wait, you weren’t serious about putting down Washington D.C. as a state, were you?”  Yes my friends, yes I was.   Why did I think that? I don’t know, but my friends and family will never let me live it down.

5. I read fanfiction.  What is fanfiction, you ask?  Well, have you ever watched a movie/tv show, or read a book, and wished that something had turned out differently?  Ex, the hero married somebody else, or the bad guys won, etc?  That’s what fanfiction is.  It’s taking that movie/show/book and writing a story using some of those character, or tweaking the plot, etc.  Fanfiction.net, for example, has 42,107 stories listed in the Lord of the Rings category.  Like, what if Boromir didn’t die?  Or what was Legolas’ life like as he grew up?  It’s pretty much an alternate universe look at a story. 

6. I hate scary movies.  I can’t stand them.  Even ‘scary’ movies that people think aren’t scary at all, I think are. Ex, “White Noise” scared the shit out of me.  I couldn’t stand tv or radio static for quite some time.  “Identity” totally freaked me out.  When I saw “I Know What You Did Last Summer”, I slept with the light on for several weeks.  I’m a wimp!

Rules: Link to the person that tagged you, post the rules somewhere in your meme, write the six random things, tag six people in your post, let the tagees know they’ve been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog, let the tagger know your entry is posted.

Tagging: Since I’m posting two memes, I’m tagging twelve people. (I decided to go with R,S,T blog names)  You can either do one, or both, or lol none.  I don’t want to force you into anything 🙂

1. Traci’s Book Bag

2. The Tome Traveller’s Weblog

3. The Printed Page

4. Ticket To Anywhere

5. The Golden Road

6. The Boston Bibliophile

7. The Bibliophiles

8. She is too Fond of Books

9. Silverheron’s Nest

10. She Reads Books

11. Shhh I’m Reading

12. Random Wonder


Missed my last post?  It was TUESDAY THINGERS- BOOK BLOGGING.

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Okay, so technically I’d like to be part of “Tuesday Thingers” over at LibraryThing, but I didn’t do it the first week. Anyways it’s week two and here’s my post regarding the theme.  Anyone who is interesting in participating should head over to see Marie’s post at The Boston Bibliophile.

This week’s topic: Discussion groups. Do you belong to any (besides Early Reviewers)? Approximately how many? Are there any in particular that you participate in more avidly? How often do you check?

I belong to about 20 groups on LibraryThing (besides EarlyReviewers).  And since you’re all dying to know which ones: Aboard the Jolly Roger, Alexander the Great, Ancient History, Anne Rice fans, Barnes & Noble First Look Readers, Black Dagger Brotherhood, Blog the Book, Bloggers, Book Sales, Council of Elrond, English History- Tudor through Edwardian, Historical Fiction, Historical Mysteries, I Love Jane Austen, Made into a Movie, Modern Library Collectors, Name that Book, Rare-Old or Offbeat, Urban Fantasy, Used Books, Vampire Fiction

I don’t really check them induvidually.  Maybe once in awhile.  Historical Fiction and Vampire Fiction the most I suppose.  I’d like to see more posts in the Alexander the Great group since it’s one of my favorites, but there really isn’t too much interest.  I just keep an eye on my talk page- set to my groups.   That way I don’t really miss any new conversations.  Haha that page I constantly refresh when I’m online.  I feel like such a geek 🙂

How about you? 


Edit: I also belong to about 110 Yahoo groups (prob half which I follow the discussions on through digest emails) which I will spare my fingers the pain of listing here. 

Plus I follow probably around 30 or so customer discussions on amazon.com although the one I pay attention to most is ‘historical fiction in rome and ancient greece’. 

And finally I belong to the following groups on facebook: Helium: Where Knowledge Rules, The ONE Campaign, Paul Gilligan Jr. Memorial Road Race, When I was your age Pluto was a planet, If you remember this you grew up in the 90s, 400000 Faces, A Mission From Gandalf- Sir Ian McKellen for ‘The Hobbit’, For Every 1000 that joins this group I will donate $1 for Darfur, Subaru at Drexel University, Legalize Same-Sex Marriage, Support Stem Cell Research, Anyone Who Thinks Dane Cook is Fucking Awesome, Haddon Heights Alumni, Yea I listen to Christmas Music For a Month Straight, Kathleen Sebelius for Governor Again!, LibraryThing.com Users.



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So it’s that time of year, also known as the dreaded finals…. I’m happy to say that I’ve finally had my last class and now I can get back to reading and reviewing!  To all you fellow LibraryThingers out there, I’ll eventually get a list of your blogs on the side of mine.  That said, here are a couple of books that I’ll be reading and reviewing sometime in the future.

“Victor Kugler: The Man Who Hid Anne Frank” by Eda Shapiro & Rick Kardonne

This book is one that I received through the Early Reviewer’s program in March over at LibraryThing.  It was the first book I got through the program so I was very excited to get it.  It arrived not too long ago.  I’m almost done reading it, and I’ll post my review here, over at LibraryThing, and on Amazon.com.  The subject of the book is pretty much explained by the title 🙂

“Songs for the Missing” by Stewart O’Nan

This book came in the mail today!  I signed up for the First Look Program over at Barnes&Noble back in April, and this is the book I got.  It’s fiction about a girl who goes missing, and how her family deals with it.  I’ve never read anything by this author, but it looks great.

“The Bridge of San Luis Rey” by Thorton Wilder

This is the book I was assigned through the Penguin Classics Blog.  I was one of the first, I think, 1400 people to sign up (sorry but they are no longer offering books!) and this book was randomly chosen for me.  I’d never heard of it.  Amazon’s summary says: In this Pulitzer Prize winner, a bridge collapses in eighteenth-century Peru; five die. Who were they?  Sounds interesting, but makes me think of “Hiroshima” by John Hersey.

“The Aviary Gate: A Novel” by Katie Hickman

This one I snagged thanks to a heads up by Carey over at LibraryThing.  I’ve never read anything by Katie Hickman, but this is historical fiction so it’s right up my alley.  I hope it’s not too much romance and not enough plot, but we’ll see!  You may still be able to get a copy of this book to read and review.  Send an email to marketing@bloomsburyusa.com with the subject line- Shelf Awareness ad for Aviary Gate copy.   I’d also include your name and address, and a blog if you have one in the body of the email, with a line about how you’d like to read it.

“The Dangerous Joy of Dr. Sex and Other True Short Stories” by Pagan Kennedy

Again, thanks to Carey over at LibraryThing.  I’ve never read anything by Kennedy either, and although this is a little outside my comfort zone, I decided to give it a shot.  This one, like “Victor Kugler” is nonfiction.  Like the above book, you may still be able to get a copy to read and review.  Send an email to info@sfwp.com with the suject line- Pagan Kennedy Advance Copy.  I’d also include your name and address, and a blog if you have one in the body of the email, with a line about how you’d like to read it.

“Farworld–Water” by J. Scott Savage

This is the very first book blog tour I’ll be involved in, and so I’m very excited to read this book.  I’ve heard that the books are going out sometime in May.  Plus I’ll be having J. Scott Savage on my blog in early August for an interview, and also I’ll be giving away a copy of his book then too.  Head over to his blog to see the cover art, and a sneak peek at the first two chapters.


Missed my last post?  It was BLOGGY GIVEAWAYS=FREE STUFF.

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As you can tell from the intro at the top of the page, I’ve created this blog as an easy place to keep track of my book reviews.  I enjoy reading fiction, specifically historical fiction, supernatural and fantasy fiction, and chick lit.  I also am fond of biographies, plays, and poetry.  I hope anyone who stumbles across this enjoys my reviews, and please feel free to comment if you disagree with something I’ve written!

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