"So shaken as we are..." - I #AmReading Henry IV by William Shakespeare for #ShakeTube 2018 | BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAYS | Hosted @GilionDumas | #FridayReads

I am starting Henry IV by William Shakespeare as part of the ShakeTube 2018 read-along on YouTube/BookTube. Are you participating? Lukáš will be discussing the play on his channel on September 8.


SCENE I. London. The palace.



So shaken as we are, so wan with care,
Find we a time for frighted peace to pant,

And breathe short-winded accents of new broils

To be commenced in strands afar remote.

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Check out my other posts for this weekend's blog hops: Book Blogger Hop 

Read an Excerpt of TAIL OF THE DRAGON by Connie di Marco | Goddess Fish Promotions Presents Mystery

TAIL OF THE DRAGON by Connie di Marco is on a blurb blitz tour. The mystery is available now from Midnight Ink. Check out the excerpt below.

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Connie di Marco will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti never thought murder would be part of her practice, but now, Julia’s former boss and current client has asked for help. He has serious problems at his law firm. Three people have received death threats and the only common denominator between them is a case long settled -- the infamous Bank of San Francisco fire. Julia’s convinced a woman is behind the threats, perhaps even the widow of the man who died in that same fire, but no one wants to believe that astrology could provide a clue. Before Julia can help her client, two lawyers are dead and her own life is threatened. Can she unmask the killer before he (or she) takes another life?

Read an Excerpt:

I settled into the office chair and flicked on the computer. Samantha, at the Chronicle, had sent forty-three AskZodia emails. I heaved a sigh. So many people asking for advice. I separated out the letters that asked no particular question and then separated the emails into male and female groups.

A few of the emails were quite intriguing. One woman wrote to ask about the dynamic between her brother, now deceased, and her mother. Her mother blamed herself for her son’s death and was torturing herself with guilt. I could tell by the brother’s chart, strong Uranus and Mars aspects, that there was absolutely nothing her mother could have done to control her son. The mother had done the best she could and needed to let go.

I clicked on another.

Dear Zodia ~

I’ve been happily married for twelve years. My wife is a wonderful woman and a loving wife and mother. For the past few months I’ve found myself attracted to another woman. I know I shouldn’t be, but I can’t help myself. It’s become an obsession and I don’t know what to do. I’ve never cheated on my wife but I find myself thinking about it all the time. I think this other woman is also attracted to me, but I’m not sure. I’m so confused, I don’t know what’s happening to me and I don’t know what to do.

~ Confused

Dear Confused ~

I’ll be very direct. It’s really not a choice between one woman or another. You are yearning. You are seeking an aspect of your own ‘anima’ or female self. Neptune is currently opposing your natal Venus and you, believe me, are most likely projecting all sorts of qualities on to this other person, most of which you would ultimately discover are not real.

We experience great yearnings with Neptune transits and tend to believe that the answer is ‘somewhere else.’ Under transits of Neptune, especially, it is not possible to see things clearly. You and your wife are quite compatible astrologically. It would be a shame to destroy your marriage for what may be no more than a passing wraith.

I recommend seeking professional help to discover what you are missing in your life and your love life. Often, the ‘other’ that you are attracted to turns out to be much like the person you are currently with. There is an excellent book on this very subject: ‘Love Triangles’ by Julia Bonatti, published by Stargazer Press. This might be a start in helping you sort out your feelings.

~ Zodia

Samantha would get a kick out of this response. Me, anonymously, plugging my own book, but I really did think it would be a help to this man.

About the Author:
Connie di Marco is the author of the Zodiac Mysteries from Midnight Ink featuring San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti. The Tail of the Dragon, third in the series, will be released on August 8, 2018.

Writing as Connie Archer, she is also the author of the national bestselling Soup Lover’s Mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime. You can find her excerpts and recipes in The Cozy Cookbook and The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. Connie is a member of MWA, Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers.


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Angela Kay's Crime Thrillers Book Tour | Silver Dagger Tours Present Crime Mystery, Thriller

Angela Kay's crime thrillers are on virtual book tour. They stop at Readeropolis with an excerpt from I Can Kill. Enjoy!

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $5 Amazon GC and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

I Can Kill
by Angela Kay
Genre: Crime Mystery, Thriller

I Can Kill, and You Can't Catch Me...

These were the last words The Carnations Killer said to FBI Special Agent Aidan O'Reilly ten years ago before he went into hiding. He has tortured and murdered fifty women since then and managed to elude capture. Now, he's returned once again, and his new hunting ground is Augusta, GA.

O'Reilly teams up with Shaun Henderson, the special agent in charge of the Augusta Resident Agency, to bring this ruthless killer to justice once and for all. But as each second ticks by, tensions rise and O'Reilly finds himself in a race against time before the killer slips away again.

Testimonial featured on the back of the book:
A gripping new thriller by Angela Kay that pits FBI Special Agent Aidan O’Reilly against the Carnations Killer, a serial killer who enjoys playing Cat and Mouse with this formidable agent.” -- Dana Ridenour, retired FBI Agent and award winning author of Behind The Mask and Beyond The Cabin

The Murder of Manny Grimes
The Cases of Lieutenant DeLong #1
By Angela Kay
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Mystery

When three young boys stumble into Lieutenant Jim DeLong's life one night during a winter storm, they claim they've seen a dead body by the swing sets of the Columbia County Elementary School. After he investigates, DeLong sees no evidence, not even a body. But were the boys telling the truth?

With the help of his oldest friend and mentor, former Naval investigator Russ Calhoun, DeLong sets out to find whether Manny Grimes is alive or dead. The further away he gets to the bottom of the mystery, the closer he comes to realize that his own life is falling apart.

Delving deeper into the murder of Manny Grimes, Lieutenant DeLong begins to unravel, losing his sense of control, falling into old temptations he spent years to overcome. Will he be able to move past his own demons and untangle the web of lies before it's too late?

Blood Runs Cold
The Cases of Lieutenant DeLong #2

A young woman has been murdered at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion and Lieutenant Jim DeLong realizes at first sight this case will be the most difficult one of his career. DeLong is immediately swept into the memories of his childhood and dark secrets he's longed to forget. 

The victim is his sister-in-law, and old thoughts he's fought to delete will be resurrected whether DeLong likes it or not. He and his brother have been estranged by unhappy times in their youth. With no clear motive, DeLong questions his ability to remain objective.

Equipped with a professional writing degree from Augusta State University, Angela Kay is a southern lady who spends her days and nights dreaming up new ways to solve dark murders of normal people.

Angela Kay was one of 23 across the United States to win a 2009 playwright contest for her one-act entitled “Digging Deeper.” Because of this, she was able to spend a week in Atlanta at the Horizon Theater Company. 

She lives in Augusta, Georgia with her crazy calico, Maggie.

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive content and a giveaway!

I Can Kill - 23

THE NEXT FEW days were quiet.

Aidan didn’t receive any messages from The Carnations Killer, and there were no reports of another victim found anywhere in the city.

It was quiet.

He found that unsettling.

Aidan spent his days and nights reviewing the information in the file, willing for vital information to appear.

Shaun and Aidan, along with a few other agents, spent a good deal of their time calling the families of the victims, asking questions they’d already answered in years past. Aidan wasn’t sure about the families Shaun and the others talked to, but the ones he dealt with seemed to want to move on from the nightmare they’d suffered.

A part of them wanted to forget they’d ever lost their loved ones, others pleaded for him to tell them there had been some new development.

Aidan couldn’t decide which was worse: the ones that wanted to give up or the ones holding onto the glimmer of hope justice would finally be given to them.

It was for this reason he couldn’t stand talking to the families. He was never good at it. He was afraid he'd become too emotional, and the families were emotional enough without adding his own feelings.

Aidan stopped by Shaun’s cubical to see if he was getting anywhere. He heard him consoling someone over the phone, promising he was doing everything he could to find the man who took away their loved one. He offered a small smile to the phone, which told Aidan he’d done what he'd set out to do.

After hanging up, he typed something into the computer.

“How do you do it?”

“Do what?” Shaun kept his focus on the screen.

“You talk to the grieving families, but by the time you’ve finished the conversation, it seems they feel better than they did minutes before.”

“I guess people feel like they can confide in me. Most people know the tears and fears don’t help. They just want somebody to understand. They want somebody to listen.”

“I guess that’s my weak point,” Aidan muttered. “I never know what to say to them.”

“You don’t have to say anything. That’s what listening means,” Shaun replied, the corner of his lips turning upward. He looked at Aidan, studied him. “Why did you want to become an agent?”

Aidan widened his eyes at the unexpected question. “What?”

He repeated himself.

“Because I wanted to be in law enforcement.”

Shaun contemplated the statement before responding. Aidan tried to guess what he was thinking, but came empty.

“If you wanted to be in law enforcement,” Shaun replied, “then you could have been a beat cop. It’s less demanding. Instead, you chose to be a federal agent. You investigate serial killings, terrorism, things of that nature.”

“I guess I believed I could do more good as an agent than a regular cop. Or even a detective.”

Shaun nodded. “So basically, you want to help people in a bigger way. Bring down a serial offender who’d been killing for ten years or so.” He put his hands behind his head. “What will happen if you never catch this guy?”

“I’ve got to.” Aidan put his hands on the edge of the desk and leaned over, his voice in a harsh whisper. He squared his jaw. “He’s got to be caught, Shaun. I need to catch him. If I don’t, then—"

“Then what, Aidan? If you don’t catch him, what?”

Aidan’s breath rose and fell in quick motions. He realized the edge of the desk was digging into the palms of his hands. Shaun watched him with curious eyes but remained calm and silent as he waited for an answer.

Aidan found himself wanting to scream that if he didn’t catch this guy, then he’d continue to kill. Aidan wanted to shout that if the offender kept killing, everything he had worked for in his career would be for nothing.

But Aidan didn’t say any of that.

He righted himself and ran a hand through his hair. He calmed his breathing as he realized it was happening: he was becoming obsessive.

Or maybe he already was.

Aidan had promised Cheyenne it wouldn’t happen to him. He promised he wouldn’t lose himself in The Carnations Killer investigation.

Not this time.

Not again.

Aidan looked at Shaun, who was still watching him. His curious gaze turning into concern.

“I want the families to have justice,” Aidan told him quietly. “That’s all I want.”

“It’s okay to feel close to this,” Shaun replied in kind. “But even the best agents need to take a break. All you’ve ever done is try to catch him. It’s not going to be whether or not you take the job at Quantico that’ll cost your relationship with Cheyenne. If she sees you going off the deep end, that is when she will leave. Because a wild-eyed, obsessive federal agent isn’t any woman’s fantasy.”

Aidan hated to admit it, but he knew Shaun was right. He had lived and breathed the investigation for ten years, and now that he has returned, it was all Aidan thought about. He’d left him messages. He was taunting him. He was hinting at the things he planned on doing. But he was a ghost. He had Aidan pulled in a game of cat and mouse, and Aidan couldn’t tell whether he was the cat chasing the mouse, or if he was the mouse running from the cat.

“You’re right,” Aidan said, finally.

Shaun smiled. “Of course, I am.”

Aidan looked at his wristwatch and said, “You know what? I’m going to take today off. I think it’d do me good.”

Shaun nodded. “I agree.”

Aidan returned to his desk to finish his paperwork, then logged out of the computer and gathered his things.

He left the office to go home to Cheyenne.

Mailroom Delight by Khardine Gray | Book Tour | Contemporary Romance

Mailroom Delight by Khardine Gray (contemporary romance) is on virtual book tour and stops at Readeropolis.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $10 Amazon GC and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

Mailroom Delight
by Khardine Gray
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Dear Jason, 

Thank you for your emails. It sounds like you need to get laid, or possibly have a sex marathon. 
Today’s modern woman doesn’t need to be put in a category to serve men, and I’m sorry if you think my advice lacks heart-warmth, or whatever it was you said. It is what it is.

Now maybe you should take a lesson or two from me. It could spice up your love life in the most unimaginable ways. Imagine being with a woman who will rock your world. It’s the difference between a $2 hook up and a mind-blowing experience.

I will gladly show you what I mean, so call me if you need clarification on any of the matters discussed. I look forward to meeting you.


That was the letter I sent my boss when he suggested my advice column needed more heart. 

That, was the letter he wasn’t supposed to get…

Jesus Christ, I was drunk. Wasted, off my face drunk.

I didn’t know how in the hell I managed to get myself in these sorts of crazy situations. 

And… I didn’t know that letter would open up my own personal Pandora’s Box where my heart was in for the ride of its’ life…

If you love steamy, sexy romance with a drool-worthy Alpha male you’re gonna love this.

Khardine Gray is a contemporary romance author who lives in England with her husband, two kids, and three crazy ferrets.

She is well traveled, cultured, and a woman with a passion for dancing and ice skating.

When not writing you can catch her shopping, indulging on pizza and hot chocolate, or hanging out with her family and friends.

No need to spend money on an airline ticket. Simply pick up one of Khardine's books to become immersed in the fascinating stories and characters she creates.

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive content and a giveaway!

Do you have a YouTube channel? | Book Blogger Hop | Hosted by @coffeeramblings | August 31st - September 6th

Do you have a YouTube channel? If so, do you post book review vlogs? 
(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

Book Blogger Hop

Yes, I do have a YouTube channel. It is also called Readeropolis. You can check it out here.

I don't post reviews there, but I will be posting some bookish content on the channel this fall. 

Stay Tuned!

I host a web paper - newsletter called The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader that features book-related and writing-related videos. Drop by and check it out.

Check out my other posts for this weekend's blog hops: Book Beginnings on Fridays

Mark Your Bookish Calendars: #Shaketube 2018 is coming! | This #Shakespeare #ReadAlong Is Hosted by Totally Pretentious, Steve Donoghue, & Old Blue's Chapter and Verse

I am learning to use a video creator program. I thought I would get in some practice by making a few videos for ShakeTube. Below is my TBR video. 

I *plan* to read all of the plays being discussed. I have physical copies of the plays in the picture below. I will read the rest of them online.

Please check up on me throughout September to make sure I am staying on track with the read-along.

Are you planning to participate? Which plays are you planning to read?


Keep up-to-date on Shaketube videos by watching my ShakeTube 2018 Press Play Playlist.


I dug deep into my shelves and found six Shakespeare plays. Five are on the discussion list for Shaketube. [Does Henry IV Part 1 and Part 2 count as one?]


The Shaketube 2018 is coming! 

Are you ready?

The booktubers at the YouTube channels Totally Pretentious, Steve Donoghue, & Old Blue's Chapter and Verse are hosting a William Shakespeare read-along during the month of September called ShakeTube. You can read as little or as much Shakespeare as you'd like.

I am excited because I have several of Shakespeare's plays on my reading lists. This sounds like a fun way to clear some books off of my to-be-read list. I am going through my shelves to see which plays I have physical copies of and going from there.

Check out their announcement videos below!

Shaketube 2018 - Totally Pretentious

Lukáš' schedule:
9/8/18 - Henry IV 1 & 2
9/15/18 - As You Like It
9/22/18 -Troilus and Cressida
9/29/18 - The Two Noble Kinsmen

Shaketube 2018 Announcement! - Old Blue's Chapter and Verse

Jason's schedule:
9/8/18 - Titus Andronicus
9/15/18 - The Merry Wives of Windsor
9/22/18 - A Midsummer Night's Dream
9/29/18 - The Tempest

Introducing: ShakeTube 2018! - Steve Donoghue

Steve's schedule:
9/8/18 - Julius Caesar
9/15/18 - Hamlet
9/22/18 - Henry V
9/29/18 - Shakespeare Authorship Discussion