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Unsolicited books


Ramblings of a book sniffer is just that, ramblings about book related topics. You may see my ramblings from time to time whenever I feel like putting my two cents in. Enjoy.

I remember when I first started blogging, I’d read posts and comments made by other (larger) bloggers who complained about the unsolicited books they received.  It’s something that, a year later, still baffles me. It’s not that I beg for books, but I do use NetGalley, and when an author/publisher tweets about available ARC’s to books that I’ve been wanting to read, I write them back. However, I can honestly say that I don’t really get random packages in the mail. The majority of the books I receive are e-galleys that are from either NetGalley or the author/publisher and on very rare occasions I may get a print copy for review. So imagine my surprise when the UPS guy delivered a package that I wasn’t expecting. When I opened it, it was from an author that I’d previously read but was a brand new series of theirs that I’d never heard of. I will admit that I was a bit confused and questioned my memory. “I don’t remember this title. Did I request this?” After looking the book up on goodreads, I realized that it was an unsolicited book. Not only was I unfamiliar with the title but I didn’t even have it marked as “to-read” on goodreads and I’m always clicking that button for any book that sounds remotely interesting.
*Now, queue the happy dance* My first unsolicited book!

To me I found it as an honor. Someone out there, publisher or author, saw my reviews/website and felt like I was worthy enough to read their book before it was released to the general public. Even though getting the book threw a monkey wrench in my reviewing schedule, I just tried to fit it in where I could so that I could review it around it’s release date. Since that first book, I’ve received another unsolicited book. This one however was a second in a series that I’d never read. So I had to track down the first book and read it so that I knew what was going on in the book that I received. But I still did a happy dance. I guess I’ve been lucky that the senders took notice that I enjoy reading romance before sending the books. The first one was an Urban Fantasy with a potential love interest and the second was a Romantic Suspense. Both books were not on my radar but after reading them, I will be looking for the next books in their series. I still don’t understand the upset over getting unsolicited books. Worst case scenario, the book isn’t for you and you pass it along to someone else. Best case scenario, you enjoy the book and find a new series/author to follow.


Have you ever received an unsolicited book? What was your first reaction? Where do you stand with receiving them, love em or hate em?

Sunday Wrap-Up #18


Sunday Wrap-Up is all about sharing the books and book related items that I’ve picked up recently. I also recap what went on last week and let you in on what’s coming up. I link up my post to Sunday Post, Bought, Borrowed & Bagged, Showcase Sunday, Stacking the Shelves and IMM. 
I will post Sunday Wrap-up every other week.

Last week on the blog:
Broken Gates by D.T. Dyllin (Review)
Summer’s Desire by Olivia Lynde (Excerpt & Giveaway)
Skin in the Game by Jackie Barbosa (Review)
Dare You To by Katie McGarry (Review)
Feeling Death by D.T. Dyllin (Review)

Next week on the blog:
Triangles by Kimberly Ann Miller (Review & Giveaway)
Chasing Mrs. Right by Katee Robert (Review)
Ramblings of a Book Sniffer: Unsolicited Books
Rev It Up by Julie Ann Walker (Review)
Centaur Rivalry by Nancy Straight (Review)
Rosethorn by Ava Zavora (Guest Post)

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Review: Falke’s Renegade by Madison Layle & Anna Leigh Keaton

Falke’s Renegade
(Puma Nights, #3)
By: Madison Layle & Anna Leigh Keaton
Publisher: Carina Press
Published: April 22, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Veterinarian Heidi Falke can tell that something isn’t as it seems when she rescues an injured jaguar. Black jaguars aren’t native to the area, and as a Falke, Heidi knows that some men can walk in the shape of a beast…literally. She won’t let this seductive shapeshifter leave without getting some answers.

Javier Montero is on a mission: find the shapeshifter who killed his family and get the justice he deserves. This unexpected detour won’t put him off for long, and what he has with Heidi can’t be anything more than sex–even if it does feel different from anything he’s ever known.

With Javier, Heidi discovers passion she never thought possible. She wants their connection to lead to a future together. Javier made a vow never to mate again after his loss…but if he wants to keep Heidi in his life, he’ll have to decide how far he’ll go for vengeance.

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Review: Feathermore by Lucy Swing

(Feathermore #1)
By: Lucy Swing
Publisher: Self published
Published: March 2, 2012
Genre: YA

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When the one thing you live for is taken from you, do you let it go or do you fall?
Jade, like any other student at Brushwood High, awaits the start of the school year with a certain measure of dread. Worse, she is being threatened by a voice that only she can hear—a voice that lurks at the edges of her awareness, haunting her and warning her of something unknown. She has always been able to count on her two best friends, Claire and Nate, but can she confide in them now? About this? Would they even believe her?
Life takes a turn for the better when she meets Avan, a darkly handsome new student who, somehow, seems to drown out the voice and make her feel at ease.
But Jade soon comes to realize that good things don’t last forever. When everything spirals out of control, she is shattered by something she never saw coming. Dazed and despairing, she must now overcome tragedy and embrace her true existence and a new but dangerous love. Will she be able to save herself and those she loves, before it’s too late? Or will she let the surrounding darkness consume her?

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