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About meI am a somewhat retiree with a lifelong love of reading, of libraries and of bookstores. As I travel part time, I get to explore libraries and bookstores around the country. I also enjoy finding books either about the region, the culture of the region, or books by a regional author. While at home, if I am feeling blue I go to the local library (within walking distance of my home) to feel invigorated by "the written word."

Recently, after feeling a book inside of me, I wrote a 375 page novel that is now being edited. Being amazed at that within me has opened my mind to what else is dying to get out and in print. I find myself also reading differently and designing Reader's Guides in my head after reading.

My best memories of growing up in south Florida was riding my bike to the library and bringing home several Nancy Drew books and escaping into the hammock in the back yard or hiding in the mango tree with my books.

The book group I began about 15 years ago is alive and well with four of the original members in addition to 12 others. Now that I am home part time, I keep up with the group on FACEBOOK.

Other interests are the people and politics in current events, traveling, hiking/walking, birding, grandchildren, and now writing. My two personal mantras are "everyone deserves a 'family'" and "the opportunity to learn to read needs to be available to all."

About my libraryMy home library is an eclectic collection of fiction and non-fiction, religion and politics, how-to and how-not-to. No one could ever go to one section of the library or a bookstore and say "this reminds me of you......" And the beauty of it all is that I am always open to reading something new and different.

My on-line library will be much bigger than my at home library. Unless a book really grabs me or I want it for reference or to write in I will either get it from the library or if I am in possession, I will give it away. Books are to be shared!!!

GroupsARC Junkies, Floridians, Freebies, Book Giveaways and Contests, LTers with dogs

Favorite authorsNelson DeMille, Dorothea Benton Frank, Andrew Gross, Jodi Picoult (Shared favorites)

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Real nameKaren

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Member sinceDec 14, 2007

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Thanks Karen - that's great. Please could we have your full name and location so that we can read your question on air? Feel free to email it to me if that's easier: The programme will be broadcast on the World Service on 3 May but is being recorded tomorrow afternoon at New Broadcasting House in London.


Hi, I noticed you left a review of 'Six Years' by Harlan Coben. I work for the BBC World Service and we will be interviewing the author about his novel 'Six Years' in May. Do you have a question you would like to ask him about the book? Please do get in touch. My email is Thanks.
I won this book but didn't get it yet, did you win yours too? If so when did it come? I have been trying to find out who to address on this issue.
MaryAnn Koopmann

Congratulations. You've been selected to receive an Early Reviewers copy of Unexpected Grace: A Discovery of Healing Through Surrender by from the April 2013 batch. You should get your copy shortly (either by mail or email, depending on if it was a paper book or ebook). The publisher ships/emails the books directly--some are speedier than others, so please be patient (some really do take over 8 weeks to arrive)!
Hey, good to hear from you and to hear the good things you say about me. The board we used to follow was a good board and much easier to track than what took its place.
I have read 20 books by John Grisham and I gave some of them five stars. But recently I have not found him satisfying.
Oh good, I'm not alone. It's just envy, of course, that I didn't make my life perfect, blog it and become famous.
My name is Halima, i got you from and i want to have a good relationship with you, please i need your cooperation,contact me with my email adress,
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am yours Halima.
Karen, I see we share many of the same books on Library Thing -- Woods, Larrson, Patterson, etc. Since we have similar tastes, try my new mystery/ suspense novel, The Undertaker. It's a great beach/ pool read. It's on Kindle, Sony, Nook, and the other e-book sites, and it has a dozen 5-Star reviews now. You can also follow my writing at

Enjoy, Bill Brown
Not sure if you remember me or not, but you reviewed my novel, Dirty Little
Angels, a while back. I'm writing because I'm almost done with my new novel, In
the Valley of Falling Stars, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in
taking a look at it and giving me your opinion. I can send you a complete
summary, but it's essentially about a mentally-ill man living in post-Katrina
New Orleans who becomes convinced that his wife is pregnant with Jesus Christ.
The book is still in process, but the entire book is sketched out, and I
currently have eight chapters that I feel are done. If you're too busy, I
understand. Just thought I'd ask.

Hope you're doing well,


Thank you for a great review of At the Sharpe End - if you care to repeat your thoughts on Amazon and/or Barnes and Noble, that would also be appreciated.

Now you really have me thinking about movie versions and getting the book optioned. And I do appreciate being compared favorably to Ludlum and Follett. I don't like Ludlum's style or characters, but his plots are good. I do like a lot of Follett, though. Nice to be considered better than both, though.

Best regards
It tends to be squid rather than octopus, but yes. Corn, potato, mayonnaise and assorted sea beasts are all regularly featured on Dominos Pizzas here in Japan. I was not joking when I wrote that. Here's a sample offering from one store:

Glad you're enjoying At the Sharpe End, anyway.

Best regards
Karen - my mistake! I have ordered At the Sharpe End for you - Beneath Gray Skies is my other book, and there was obviously a complete disconnect between my brain and my fingers when I typed my message to you. It is definitely At the Sharpe End that is coming your way - I've just rechecked the order.

I am really sorry for any confusion - I think you might enjoy Beneath Gray Skies, but that's another story (so to speak).

Best regards
Hello there!!! Thanks so much for the message! Yes, my hubby and I are addicted to books. I am lucky, because I have time to read, where my hubby is working alot of overtime and can't read much right now. We still keep buying them though ~ LOL ~ we have found that Goodwill is a great resource for finding books at cheap prices. Our Goodwill stores around here only charge 50 cents for paperbacks & $1.00 for hardbacks. It's like a treasure chest! Sometimes we leave there with arms full of books. We have 6 cupboards full of books waiting to be read. I told hubby, well at least we'll have something to do when you retire. LOL (it's an illness, you know) hahahaha!

Also, have you heard of BookMooch? Check out sometime. It, too, is a good resource of books. We get alot of books that way also, as well as sending off books that we have already read.

Anyway, it was nice to hear from you! I used to spend alot of time on the forums, especially What Are You Reading Now.....but I just don't have time anymore. But it's always nice to meet fellow book fiends! Write back any time. Happy Reading!

Thanks for reading and reviewing my novel Hunter's Moon. I appreciate both the kind and the critical thoughts.
Noticed you liked The Glass Castle, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also about a dysfunctional family and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary (and a sample chapter) in case you'd like to learn a little more about the book before you commit:


PAX! Thank you for your kind words and you are very welcome. You may be interested to know that the official school in Rome for the training of Exorcist has an increasing number of Priest from the U.S.A. It is just a shame that some diocese will not send the priest they should, the man with the most faith, love and that is hardworking. Though I must admit that once you have become a working Exorcist your life is never the same again. As many people have heard many times and laugh when they hear, "the greatest trick that Satan ever performed was making people believe he did not exist." He does! I shall keep you in my prayers. God bless you!
Paranormal romance - so it's a romance novel first, but also has paranormal stuff in it. Normally, as a rule, I avoid romance novels, but I thought that paranormal romance and urban fantasy had to be similar, right? Superficially they are (setting is current times, cities, etc; otherwise normal people start encountering fantasy-type stuff) but, to simplify things greatly, in urban fantasy, it's the fantasy that is the plot and in paranormal romance, it's the romance (or "romance") that is the plot.

At least, that's my assumption about how it works.
This is re your post in the Any Given Doomsday ER thread a few days ago.

I just wanted to point out that Any Given Doomsday isn't, in fact, urban fantasy. It is paranormal romance - I know, I know, but there really is a difference. And from what I've seen people say, it's a crappy example of paranormal romance at that. PR is not my genre of choice, so I can't judge it in regards to the genre, but I couldn't even finish the book, myself. If you're interested in trying some real urban fantasy, this might be a good place to start. Personally, I really like Charles de Lint's The Blue Girl and Robin McKinley's Sunshine.

I hope you find something you like better! There's a lot of good stuff out there.
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