I'm guessing that many readers will be too busy with family, friends and food on Thanksgiving to spend much time reading blogs, so I'm going to express my thanks today. This is my thank you for my book related world. Tomorrow, I'll talk about my family and books.
Thank you to all the readers who have visited Lesa's Book Critiques close to 100,000 times (counter was reset). I appreciate your comments, suggestions, and the entries to the book giveaways.
Speaking of book giveaways, I'm grateful to Talia Sherer at Macmillan and Bobby Brinson at HarperCollins for speaking at Back to the Beach, and keeping me in the loop with the ARCs that I read, along with the ones I pass on to other librarians and readers. Talia, thanks for everything from pictures to conversations about cats. And, thanks to Valerie Russo for the books for the Hatchette Book Giveaways. I appreciate all the books from authors and publicists. I've read them, used them for contests, or stored them in my closet for future use. Thank you!
I've really enjoyed co-hosting the Authors @ The Teague series at the Velma Teague Library this year. We've been very fortunate to have visits from Leighton Gage, Louise Ure, Rhys Bowen, Betty Webb, Deborah Crombie, Shelley Mosley and Deborah Shelley, Jennifer Lee Carrell, Elizabeth Gunn, Susan Cummins Miller, J.M. Hayes, Stella Pope Duarte, Kerrie Droban, Rolling Darkness Revue, Larry Karp, Michael Bowen, Brent Ghelfi, and Jana Bommersbach. We're very grateful to The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale for providing some of the authors, and furnishing the books for the sales. Thank you!
And, I'm very excited about the authors we've already booked, or tentatively scheduled for 2009. I'm looking forward to hosting Judge Lynn Toler, Louise Penny, Betty Webb, Rosemary Harris, Cara Black, Vicki Delaney, Deborah Turrell Atkinson, and Laura Lippman. That's just through April! A big thank you to Bette Sharpe, Programming Librarian at Velma Teague.
I want to thank my wonderful staff at the Velma Teague Library, and all of the Glendale Library System staff for your support and encouragement. And, I'll end today with a thank you to the Glendale Library Director, Sue Komernicky, for all of her support for my activities and the Authors @ The Teague series.
I have been a library manager/administrator for over 30 years, in Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and, now, Indiana. Winner of the 2011 Arizona Library Association Outstanding Library Service Award. I am a contributing Book Reviewer for Library Journal, Mystery Readers Journal, ReadertoReader.com and VibrantNation.com. Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Spinetingler Awards for Best Reviewer. First Fan Guest of Honor for Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Write Now! Conference.
It's an honor to be asked to review books, and I'm grateful to all the publishers, publicists, and authors who send me books. Thank you. Reviews will appear on my blog if I've had a chance to read, and finish, the book. If I do not finish a book, I won't review it, and I will not respond to emails asking when, or if, I'll be reviewing a book.
My reviews are only my opinion, and do not reflect the views of the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library.
I will not review self-published books, and, at the present time, do not accept books in e-book format.
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