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About Me:
I review books, provide entertainment reviews, love blogging and am a keeper of my personal menagerie!
If you are a blogger (required), or have a website:
A Novel Menagerie is a site that I created in Fall of 2008 as a means of sharing my enthusiasm for the books that I read. The more that I read, the more hooked I became on blogging about them. So, I stopped sleeping and became an addicted book blogger.
In addition to the book reviews, I also publish weekly entertainment reviews on movies, television, music and more. I’m a bit of a reality television junkie… so you’ll see reviews on Dancing With the Stars, The Bachelorette, American Idol and Survivor. I usually write a recap of the week’s TV shows in my Sunday Salon posts.

You can find some “interesting” news in the Current Headlines section of the blog. Although, I used to post much more “in the news” than I have of late.

I am addicted to contests and giveaways, therefore you’ll usually find a contest or two listed on the site. You can find contest links in my sidebar and via the contests page.

The near-to-last section of A Novel Menagerie is The Menagerie, itself! I am the single mother of very lively, 12 year old girls and maintain my personal menagerie of critters, big and small. It’s basically, a small zoo! But, our common love for animals is something that really keeps us connected. So, The Menagerie is my collection of personal tales about my home life and my thoughts. I hope you enjoy it as much as the other pages!

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At 9:22pm on March 18, 2013,
Jay Siva
Hi, I came across your blog, and I thought you would be the perfect person to contact.

My name is Jay Siva, the founder of EZBuyButton.com, an easy 'buy book' widget for authors. I'm contacting you today because I think you and your readers would love to know about the EZBuyButton widget I've created.

It is the most advanced 'buy now' widget for selling books. I make it free for authors and publishers, worldwide, to quickly and easily create and use our EZBuyButton widget to place on their website or blog to immediately increase the sales of their books, especially if their books are listed for sale in more than one retail store. I made it super easy, with just a few clicks they just copy & paste a piece of code onto their website/blog, and they're done.

The widget allows website visitors to select which device they'd like to use to read the author's book, and then select their preferred retail store that they'd like to purchase the book from. It also geolocates the visitor's location and will send the visitor to the correct country specific retail store so that they can buy the author's book. The widget is also fully customizable, and the author will have access to detailed real-time statistics of the use of their widget.

I would like to invite you to visit my website, and try out the EZBuyButton widget. I hope you find that my widget will be useful to you and your readers, including all the authors, literary agents, and publishers you're in contact with.

My website is http://www.ezbuybutton.com.

If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them for you. Thank you for your time.

kindest regards,
Jay Siva
At 5:38pm on November 26, 2012,
Pamela Cash

Hi!  I’m new to bookblog.  I would be happy to follow your blog and click “Like” on your face book if you will do the same for me.  If so, please send me your info.  My info is: chausikuseries.blogspot.com and facebook.com/chausikuseries.  Thanks!

At 8:34pm on October 17, 2011, Eric Maywar said…


If you are interested in growing the people following your blog, I would be happy to follow yours if you follow mine.

I own a used bookstore and my blog has posts about bookstore life, author-led discussions, literary games, and customer reviews.  www.classicsusedbooks.com.

If you do decide to follow, make sure to let me know so I can return the favor.


Eric Maywar

At 8:27pm on November 28, 2009, Bernice McFadden said…

Dear Book Lover:

On Jan 9th, 2010 my debut novel, SUGAR will celebrate its 10th anniversary and in order to commemorate this milestone I am campaigning to sell 10,000 copies between now and that date.

“Bernice L. McFadden's first novel begins with the brief, poetic description of a crime so startling that the reader is helplessly drawn in, as if a bright red door stood ajar on a bleak and forbidding house. Pearl Taylor's daughter, Jude, has been found murdered and mutilated near a field at the edge of town. "The murder had white man written all over it," writes McFadden. "But no one would say it above a whisper. It was 1940. It was Bigelow, Arkansas. It was a black child. Need any more be said?" In the years that follow, Pearl catches sight of Jude in so many strangers that when Sugar Lacey comes to town and sets up her unwholesome "business" in the house next door, she doesn't know whether to believe what she sees in Sugar's face: a striking similarity to Jude, dead 15 years. In her sedate but supple prose--rising at times to a light, unforced lyricism in the description of landscape or character--the author perfectly renders the closed and protective society of a small Southern town, the superstitions, gossip, and prying.”

I’m asking that you purchase a copy of SUGAR for yourself, a friend or family member. And if you could help spread the word by blogging, twittering ad Face-booking my campaign, it would mean the world to me.

Peace & Light,

Bernice L. McFadden
At 5:57am on July 16, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Sheri, I want to introduce you to you my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. I was wondering if you would like to review my book for your blog or sites such as Amazon. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. If you would like to read it I can mail an advance readers copy to you. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 9:35pm on June 26, 2009,
Bobbie Crawford (NURTURE)
Love the photos!! :)
At 5:40am on April 3, 2009, Michelle Mason said…
Bizymoms was recently honored to talk live with Bestselling Authors Dr Gary Chapman and Beverly Lewis. Both of these inspirational recordings are available at http://www.bizymoms.com/podcast/index.html for anyone who'd like to listen.
Check out the following sites for more information on adult, teen and children’s literature. Quality reading for the entire family -
At 10:58am on March 6, 2009, Chris Tusa said…

My name is Chris Tusa, and I'm a writer from New Orleans. I am writing because my debut novel, Dirty Little Angels, is now available, and I was hoping you might be willing to mention it on your blog (or review it). If you're interested, I'd be glad to send you an e-book version of the book. Just let me know. I've included a summary of the novel below:

Dirty Little Angels
Set in the slums of New Orleans, among clusters of crack houses and abandoned buildings, Dirty Little Angels is the story of sixteen year old Hailey Trosclair. When the Trosclair family suffers a string of financial hardships and a miscarriage, Hailey finds herself looking to God to save her family. When her prayers go unanswered, Hailey puts her faith in Moses Watkins, a failed preacher and ex-con. Fascinated by Moses's lopsided view of religion, Hailey, and her brother Cyrus, begin spending time down at an abandoned bank that Moses plans to convert into a drive-through church. Gradually, though, Moses's twisted religious beliefs become increasingly more violent, and Hailey and Cyrus soon find themselves trapped in a world of danger and fear from which there may be no escape.

If you'd like to read the first chapter before you commit, feel free to visit my web site:


Thanks so much,

Christopher Tusa
At 8:18am on February 23, 2009, Kelly said…
I'm the slowest friend accepter in the world. (I don't think that's a word, though!) I just got around to checking out your blog, and its really terrific! Thanks for the invite!
At 9:19am on February 1, 2009, Rebecca said…
I can hardly wait to find out if I won your BookCharming contest!!

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