Random Friday: I’m All For Epilogues

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There has been a debate lately on if epilogues are needed or not and who is a fan or not of them in romances. Where am I in this debate? If the title didn’t give it away then I will say it again I’m all for them and love them. There are a few reasons I love them in romances and I will talk about them all.

1. Some books don’t need them

This is true. Every once in a while there is a romance that the ending covers everything and doesn’t leave you wanting to know a tiny bit more. But most of the time the book ends without a wedding and/or without you know the reactions of some characters to something. The epilogue can jump ahead and let you know if they had kids, how someone was punished for a crime, and if they are getting along with someone again. All things that if the book continued so you could get to that point it would be much longer and you probably wouldn’t care about the details.

2. It can lead you into the next book

There is almost always a secondary character in the book that gets your interest and you want to know more about. Many times the epilogue will have what character will be in the next book. The whole epilogue may only hint at it and it depends on how much the books connect, but you will most likely get a hint of the next book.

3. How the books in the series connect

You might be wondering how or if the books in the series connect and the epilogue can help with that. You might be introduced to a new character that knows the characters from the book you just finished. Or it can tell you if the next one picks up from where this one left. Sometimes the stories actually go on at the same time and intertwine and the epilogue will show it.

Just embrace the epilogue!

I know many others love them like me for the closure they provide and I know many think they don’t add anything or they can make you want to buy the next (which is one of the points).

Are there any reasons you love that I missed or anything you have to say about them? Leave a comment below and I will reply.

The Book Tag/I Dare You

 

Book TagI Dare YouThanks to Christy Carlyle and Collette Cameron for the idea to do this!

I’m going to break the rules and not tag anyone because I think it’s more fun to see who does it without being tagged. So please feel free to play along! It’s fun to see people’s answers.

RULES:
You must be honest.
You must answer all the questions.
You must tag at least 4 people.
Here I go!

1.What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Captian’s Blood by William Shatner with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens. I’ve had it since around 2005 when I was around 13 years old.

2.What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Current read is The Pursuit of Pleasure by Elizabeth Essex, My last read was Encounter with a Rogue by Deb Marlowe, My next read will be The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin (a new to me author thanks to a friend)

3.What book did everyone like, but you hated?

Hmm, I don’t think I have read a book that everyone loved and I hated. Usually, I like something about every book. The only ones that I have not liked I did not finish.

4.What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

Pride and Prejudice. I have it but have never gotten around to reading it.

5.What book are you saving for retirement?

I haven’t planned that far in advance.

6.Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

I have to wait until the end! I could never ruin the ending for myself by looking.

7.Acknowledgment: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

I like them as long as they don’t drag on for pages. I know the excitement of having your name mentioned in a book!

8.Which book character would you switch places with?

I can’t pick just one! There are many in the historicals that I read that love and think it would be fun for awhile to be them.

9.Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)

A lot of the westerns I have read remind me of being a little girl wondering in the fields among the cows and animals.

10.Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

I won an audio book copy of Her Imperfect Groom by Rose Gordon by posting a picture of my fur babies. It was a surprise giveaway.

11.Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

Yes. I love to give books as gifts to other book lovers. I want to share the joy that books can bring.

12.Which book has been with you most places?

All of them. I have the Kindle app on my phone so pretty much all of my books are with me everywhere.

13.Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

I was homeschooled so I had a bit more choice with what I had to read. Anything I read I loved.

14.Used or brand new?

Both. I rarely actually have print books but I will take them either way.

15.Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Nope.

16.Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

Broken Trail. I loved the movie more than the book. The book was still good.

17.Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

Yes! I’ve read a few historical romances that have mentioned food that sounds yummy. One even had recipes at the end.

18.Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

I can’t pick just one. All the authors I follow on Facebook are amazing.

19.Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

Yes. Stolen by my Knave by Dawn Brower is slightly outside my usual genre because of time travel and I loved it. I usually don’t like any with time travel except for Outlander.

Special Post: One Year Old! Blog Anniversary!

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Today marks one year since I decided to start my blog! When I first started I didn’t know what I was really going to do with it and didn’t actually post anything until the 14th because I was working on how I wanted it to look. My first few posts  were my fur babies, nail polish, and Christmas themed. They were all spaced out and not very good looking and I still wasn’t sure about what I was going to blog about. Then one day I realized I should blog about books and here I am 103 (including this one) posts later!

There have been changes in the year since I started. I have a new logo, changed the color scheme, have a schedule for posting, added author assistant services, and few other things that you probably have noticed. It has taken time to learn and get used to everything, but I am loving it every step of the way.

I have connected with some great authors, bloggers, and aspiring writers like myself through blogging. I am looking forward to the next year of reading and writing.

What I Do When I’m Not Reading

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Yes, there are times that I don’t have a book in my hands I know it’s shocking. Lol. You already know I write and post a million photos of my fur babies, but there are other things I do and I’m going to tell you about them.

I love to do crafts and currently have a few projects that are waiting to be finished. I do hand embroidery and my reason for learning to do it was because of historical romance. I loved reading about the ladies doing it and the designs they did. I love to paint and it is also somewhat inspired by historical romance too, but I started doing it for fun as a kid.  I crochet and if you follow me on Instagram then you have seen the Outlander inspired fingerless gloves I’ve made and the dog clothes. Something I don’t do often, but love is sketching and I have done it since I was little.

Something else I do when I’m not reading is I play with hair and makeup. I love to do vintage hairstyles or at least try to do them, but I also love to put different colors in my hair for fun. I love makeup and seeing what looks I can create with it. I love learning new ways to do it and the same with nail polish. My family will tell you I am addicted to painting my nails.

I spend a lot of time on YouTube watching all kind of videos from vloggers to hair and makeup to movie clips and music videos. It’s a great way to relax at night and have a good laugh depending on the videos. I use it to learn things too especially when crocheting a new stitch or a hairstyle.

I have also started virtual assisting as a job. I realized it could give me the freedom to write my book and read while working from home or where ever I am that day.

Random Facts About Me

I thought it would be fun to do a random facts about me list. So I asked my brother to list some random things about me and soon I will do the same for him.

  1. I’m a night owl. This is very true. I am the last to go to sleep and the last to get up. I have always been a night owl and spend most of the time reading.
  2. I write my name on lots of things. My dad made the mistake of saying “I don’t see your name on it” one time when I was little and now I write my name of almost everything. Usually, it’s the last piece of cake or something food related, but I do write my name on notebooks and other things.
  3. I love to crochet for others. I crochet dog clothes, gifts, bags and other things. I hardly ever make something for myself.
  4. I can not see in the dark at all. My eyes don’t adjust to the darkness like everyone else. I can barely make out anything in the dark and it’s almost pitch black for me.
  5. I have green eyes. I am the only one in my family to have green eyes. They used to look more hazel like my dad and brother, but are now a forest green color.
  6. I love to make things. I keep random boxes and other things because I could need them if I randomly decide to make something. I will see something and decide I can make it.
  7. I love old movies and music more than modern. I love music from the 50’s and up to the 90’s mainly country music, but also some old bebop like music. When it come to movies I love Cary Grant, John Wayne (and many others) and most movies from their time.

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    And a random photo of my Abigail

A Busy Week: Adopting A New Kitty!

This week has been busy with preparing to bring home our new kitty. It has been over nine years since we have had a kitten in the house, but since we have a dog we decided that a kitten was best to adopt. Because a kitten can get used to a dog quicker and our dog would do better with a kitten than a full grown cat.

We went last Saturday to our local animal shelter to look at kittens and after about thirty minutes we had picked one, but we couldn’t bring her home yet. She needed to be spayed first and the soonest appointment at the clinic was Tuesday with a Wednesday pickup so that gave us time to go buy all new kitty stuff and kitten-proof the house. Which is what we spent the next few days doing by moving plants, cleaning, and looking for hazards. We also got Abigail ready for the new kitty by putting out everything and buying her a new food dish. Wednesday morning came and it was time to pick her up at 7:30am and when she got home she was ready to get out and do her thing. Abigail just wants to baby her and they will get along fine as soon as they get completely use to each other. No one is afraid of the other and it’s just learning each other.

So without further ado, I would like to introduce little miss Clarie. Claire is a fourteen-week-old tortie with sass. She has only been home for two days and knows how to get her way. She is fearless and when she sets her mind on something she figures out how to get it even if it means getting a human to do something. Playing with toys, trying to scare Abigail, and climbing as high as possible are her favorite activities.

She does not hold still for long so here are a few photos. If you follow me on Instagram @sassybooklover there are a few videos of her.

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What do I like to read?

What do I like to read-

If you are a follower of my blog you already know I read many historicals that are set in the 1800’s England which many just refer to them as regency even if they aren’t set in the regency time period as those are the most popular and available. I do read and love other romances. I go through phases of what I want to read like many people do.

Westerns are where I started and I absolutely love them (who doesn’t love a cowboy). I burned through many westerns , but find it hard to find ones that peak my interest nowadays. It seems there aren’t as many historical westerns out there as there are contemporary or other romances. I have been seeing more recently that are not sweet or inspirational.

Medieval, Celtic and Renaissance romances are something I like to read every once in awhile. These are ones that can be hard to find too and depending on what you are looking for they can also be time travel romances. I once read one set in medieval Wales and loved the history in it, but have yet to find another one like it. When it comes to Celtic romances I do actually like fairies, healers, and spirits which I usually don’t like to read (unless it’s a Halloween story), but they add to the stories and history for me.

Civil war and pirate romances are rare ones for me to read. I have read a couple that I enjoy and it just depends on the plot and my mood. If there is a funny story or mystery involved then I will be interested. I’m not a big fan of the fighting that can be in civil war or pirate romances because they can overshadow the romance for me.

As you can see I will read just about any historical romance and it’s a bonus if there is a mystery that I can try to solve. And this post has made me want to go on a book search on Amazon since I haven’t done that in a while.

If you are interested in what I have read that hasn’t made it on here yet then check out my Goodreads All Time Favorites below. If you click the title below it will take you to my Goodreads profile where more books are listed.

Kelly’s my-all-time-favorites book montage

The Earl's Inconvenient Wife
The Rancher
The Gambler
Lady Dearing's Masquerade
Intentions of the Earl
More Than Passion
Her Wicked Ways
The Outlaw
The Lawman
Lady Bess
No Greater Glory
His Wicked Heart
To Seduce A Scoundrel
To Love A Thief
Never Love a Scoundrel
Scoundrel Ever After
To Win His Wayward Wife
Her Sudden Groom
The Officer and the Bostoner
Sonata for a Scoundrel



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