Essential Beginnings Kennedy Layne
How To

How to Keep Track of Which Books You’ve Read

Paper and ebookEvery book lover eventually comes across the problem of keeping track of which books they’ve read. When you’re reading new books all the time, months or years can pass before you pick the same book up twice, making it easy to lose track of those you’ve already read.

Keeping an inventory of what you already own will prevent you from ending up with duplicates or from passing on buying a new book due to uncertainty. It also comes in handy when you’re reading a series so that you can know which volumes you’ve already read and which you still need to purchase or find.

So where do you get started? There are actually a few different options to choose from, all of which have their own perks.


Libib is a library management tool that can either be accessed either through their app (iOS or Android) or their website. It allows you to scan barcodes, search, or enter an ISBN/UPC to find information about books or catalog them. Since it’s a cloud-based service, you might want to take some extra steps to protect your data.

With Libib, you can also keep track of movies, music and video games. Adding notes and tags helps you organize your books a bit more, and the app’s social features allow you to share your books with friends.

The features don’t end there either. You can write reviews, keep track of stats and import or export your libraries as needed. Best of all, it’s free unless you decide to upgrade to Libib Pro.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: The Darkest Corner | Q&A with Liliana Hart

TheDarkestCorner-cvrSometimes the dead do rise…

Deacon Tucker is a dead man walking. A former black ops agent, he was disavowed and stripped of all honor before being recruited as a Gravedigger. But his honor and good name no longer matter, because no one knows he’s alive, and he’ll never get the recognition he deserves. His mission is simple: save the world or die trying. And for God’s sake, don’t ever fall in love. That’s a rule punishable by death. The kind of death a man can’t be brought back from.

Tess Sherman is the only mortician in Last Stop, Texas. She has no idea how Deacon Tucker ended up in her funeral home, but she’ll eat her hat if he’s only a funeral home assistant. Deacon is dangerous, deadly, and gorgeous. And she knows her attraction to him can only end in heartache.

Deacon is on a mission to stop the most fatal terror attack the world has ever known–what’s known as The Day of Destiny–a terrorist’s dream. But when he discovers Tess has skills he can use to stop them, he has to decide if he can trust her with secrets worth dying for. And, most important, he has to decide if he can trust her with his heart.

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A man’s life was at stake, and Wolffe had already been through more than most. It was going to be traumatic enough for him to wake up in a different country, surrounded by faces he’d never seen before, and unsure whether he’d been captured by the enemy. Fishing through the lies to get to the truth would take time. Deacon knew exactly how Levi Wolffe was going to feel.

“Fuck me, this is a never-ending battle,” Axel complained. “There’s no way we’re digging this thing all the way out of the muck.” “All we’ve got to do is uncover the handles on the sides,” Deacon said.

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Sisters in Love Melissa Foster

Top 5 Reasons Emma and Julian Need To Be Together

  1. They have a secret language.They trace letters on each other’s skin and can actually communicate. Have you ever tried that in real life? When I was a kid, my friends and I would try to write messages on each other’s backs and, let me tell you, it is

    I or wait is it an A

    P actually make than an R

  2. They’re already parabatai.

    The Clave’s got it all wrong here that the fact they’re already bound together as parabatai is a curse. (Even though the reason why romantic love between parabatai is forbidden is still a secret at the time of this post so I really don’t know what I’m talking about.)

    Of course, parabatai should be together. They know they can make a serious commitment to each other, because they’ve already done it.

    Somebody make me a member of the Clave, already. I need some voting power. *Bangs gavel* 
  3. They already know that they would be good parents. At this point, Julian is less of an older brother and more of a father figure to his siblings. Emma already fits into Julian’s family perfectly. Bringing someone else into the mix would just be weird. 
  4. Their names sound nice together. (Is anyone else really hung up on names? Let me know in the comments!)
  5. Because of quotes like these:

    LOS_banner“We are bound together, Emma, bound together—I breathe when you breathe, I bleed when you bleed, I’m yours and you’re mine, you’ve always been mine, and I have always, always belonged to you!”

    “You’ll fix me, because we’re parabatai. We’re forever.”

    “How long have you been drawing me?”
    He sighed. A moment later his hand came to rest in her hair. His fingers twined in the strands. “My whole life.”
Autumn Thorns Yasmine Galenorn
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The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels & Other Gentlemen by Victoria Alexandra 

Really, it’s too much to expect any normal man to behave like a staid accountant in order to inherit the fortune he deserves to support the lifestyle of an earl. So when Derek Saunders’s favorite elderly aunt and her ill-conceived—and possibly fraudulent—Lady Travelers Society loses one of their members, what’s a man to do but step up to the challenge? Now he’s escorting the world’s most maddening woman to the world’s most romantic city to find her missing relative.

While India Prendergast only suspects his organization defrauds gullible travelers, she’s certain a man with as scandalous a reputation as Derek Saunders cannot be trusted any farther than the distance around his very broad shoulders. As she struggles not to be distracted by his wicked smile and the allure of Paris, instead of finding a lost lady traveler, India just may lose her head, her luggage and her heart.

Check out our exclusive excerpt from The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels & Other Gentlemen!

“How delightful.” The blonde beamed. India’s distrust wavered slightly in the wake of the woman’s genuine smile, which did seem the best part of her. Oh, she was not unattractive, but neither was she especially pretty. Not a woman one would notice on the street one way or another. In that she and India were similar, and the tiniest pang of regret stabbed India at her deception. Still, it couldn’t be helped. India returned her smile. The woman appeared close in age to India, as well, something else they had in common. At not quite thirty it was clear they were the youngest in the room. “Do you plan to travel then?”

India hesitated. “My plans are uncertain at the moment.”

“Oh.” The blonde drew her brows together. “Most of our members join precisely because they wish to plan their future travel.”

“I do wish to plan my future travel,” India lied. “I’m simply not sure exactly when the future might arrive.”

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: When a Lady Dares by Tara Kingston

Do you enjoy historical romance with a touch of mystery, a hero who’s as clever as he is dashing, and a heroine who doesn’t wait around to be rescued? I’m delighted to be here today to celebrate the release of When A Lady Dares, the second book in the Her Majesty’s Most Secret Service series. Here’s a little about the story:

Drawn into a sinister plot, a beautiful secret agent and a rakish archaeologist heat up Victorian London. Passion awakens their hardened hearts, but love could be their biggest downfall.

Sophie Atherton knows a liar when she sees one. Perhaps because she’s so skilled at deception herself. Searching for clues to a string of mysterious deaths, the secret operative for the Crown has connived her way into a phony medium’s confidence. When a dashing archaeologist seeks out the charlatan’s services, Sophie suspects he’s after more than a long-lost heirloom. Their electric attraction storms her defenses, but loving the rakish scholar would threaten her investigation and the life she’s crafted.

Gavin Stanwyck is a man on a mission. Masquerading as a treasure hunter to trap the spiritualist, he’s drawn to the medium’s enigmatic assistant. As treacherous forces close in, passion awakens his hardened heart—he’ll protect Sophie at all costs, but he cannot give her his love. Uniting to survive a sinister plot, they must tear down their defenses and learn to trust their hearts.

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Tamara Gill’s Top 5 Fictional Couples


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    Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler.
    I’ve loved this movie since I was a child and no matter how the book ends, I always think they would’ve got back together in the end. Margret Mitchell just never got around to the sequel.
  1. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy. Pride and Prejudice, a trait both of these characters suffer with. Of course they’re a match made in heaven.
  1. Jane and Mr. Rochester. Jane Eyre. Oh, how I love Mr. Rochester. He falls so hard for this woman and we fall hard for him. Maybe I should’ve made this number one.
  1. Sarah and William Whitfield. The Duke and Duchess of Whitfield from Danielle Steel’s Jewels. If anyone has seen the this movie, the love these two have for each other is all consuming. The Duke saves Sarah after her first atrocious marriage and makes her whole again. Such a beautiful love story. One for the books.
  1. Anne Elliot and Captain WentworthPersuasion. Who can’t feel for Anne for making the mistake of listening to people she thought had her best interests at heart? And Captain Wentworth, brooding and unforgiving isn’t able to keep his distance forever. And nor should he, he loves her after all.

OnlyAViscountWillDo_500Tamara Gill is an Australian author who grew up in an old mining town in country South Australia, where her love of history was founded. So much so, she made her darling husband travel to the UK for their honeymoon, where she dragged him from one historical monument and castle to another. A mother of three, her two little gentleman’s in the making, a future Lady (she hopes) and a part-time job keep her busy in the real world, but whenever she gets a moment’s peace she loves to write romance novels in an array of genres, including regency, medieval and paranormal. Tamara loves hearing from readers and writers alike. You can contact her through her website, and sign up to follow her blog or newsletter.

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Heroines Who Are Unbreakable


Why is today a most wonderful, glorious occasion, you ask? Because today is the release of the third season of the UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT! With brilliant writing from Queen of Comedy, Tina Fey, and amazing acting from Ellie Kemper and Tituss Burgess, Kimmy Schmidt is a show that when life beats you up…

“You can either curl up in a ball and die or you can stand up and say we’re different. We’re the strong ones and you cannot break us.” 

1756703BLUE-EYED DEVIL by Lisa Kleypas. At the story’s start, Haven has just escaped an abusive marriage and moved to a new city to start her life anew. She has absolutely no intentions of starting anything with Hardy Cates, successful business-owner, family enemy #1, all-around attractive guy…

“You let him touch you.”

“I do not.”

“Yes you do. Just little touches here and there. He puts his hands on your arms or back, he stands close to you, getting you used to him… it’s a mating ritual. Like March of the Penguins.”

c360eb91e0004e3bcee094b2d71bf738VERONICA MARS, fearless girl detective in Neptune, California. 

So many tragedies have happened in Veronica’s life–and a bunch of them are spoilers, so we’re going to breeze over the details–but let’s just say that the series kicks off with the murder of her best friend, Lily Kane. So she’s already been through hell and it’s STILL THE PILOT, PEOPLE. If you love romance and sassy heroines who’ve come through the other side stronger than ever, you have got to check this show out.

Veronica: You didn’t know what would happen.

Mystery Boy Whose Identity Shall Not Be Revealed On This Here Blog: I’m the one who’s responsible for what happened to you. And I can’t take that I hurt you like that. I can’t take that I hurt you when all I wanna do is protect you.

51xEVa9eBJL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_THE FALLEN CREST SERIES by Tijan.

The series follows Sam, a high school girl with an abundance of problems. Her boyfriend is cheating on her. Her mother has her own problems that trickle into Sam’s life, starting with the move. As in, that time they moved in with her mother’s boyfriend and his two sons, Logan and Mason. This one’s for the angst/drama-lovers out there. It’s also perfect for impatient readers, because the final book FALLEN CREST FOREVER just came out! Binge the entire series here.

In that moment, I realized that he always had that affect on me. The ice façade I reined over myself was plucked away whenever his attention was on me. He reached over and took it away like I was a baby with candy.

imagesCaitlin from DREAMLAND by Sarah Dessen

This may, in fact, be the one and only time you see EverAfter Romance recommending a book that’s… not a romance?! Let me explain. While it’s not a love story, it is a story about relationships. A warning: this story is about an abusive relationship/dating violence (among other things) and can be hard to read. Sarah Dessen has said in interviews that writing this story was particularly difficult for her because she really had to break down her main character, Caitlin, before she could put her back together again. Beautifully written, intricate story, important message. We recommend. (If this book is not up your alley, we also recommend JUST LISTEN by Sarah Dessen. Still heavy but at least there’s a love story to root for!)

Rogerson knew everything. 

Who are some of your favorite heroines who’ve survived ordeals? Let us know in the comments! 

Guest Post

Getting to Know Oneself as a Contemporary YA Romance Writer by Lizzy Charles

I have a confession to make: I’m that author who is writing outside of the genre she originally intended to dominate. Some may call me a quitter, but I prefer to think I’m quick to know myself.

Before writing, my reading tastes gravitate toward fantasy and dystopian novels. Just let me escape this world, you know? So when I decided to write my first book, obviously it’d be a bout a troll, a pirate, and a cursed princess (yes the story was as horrible as it sounds). It’s funny how you think you are made for something but then when you really sit down and give it a go, you realize you were so wrong. Pretty sure I only made it through four or five paragraphs before I realized I’d die of boredom from my own world building before I’d ever type “the end.”

So I scratched that approach and revisited an old, favorite novel of mine, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and found exactly what I was looking for. The conversations she wrote drove the story. I opened my laptop and plopped myself in the middle of a conversation between two kids and it felt like I was a wild horse running along the coast. I was made to write conversation driven contemporary romance!

The more I learned while writing contemporary romance, the more addicted I became to the genre. Rainbow Rowell’s novel Eleanor and Park became my cornerstone for the genre and the ultimate level I hope to aspire to.  That woman knows how to write like no one else I know! Anytime I’m feeling stuck or discourage, I’ll open her book up and breathe in the authenticity of her characters and their relationship. It’s that exact authenticity I knew I had to capture while writing my newest novel, It had to be You.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Gone with the Ghost by Erin McCarthy

 Two things I was obsessed with as a kid- ghosts and murder mysteries. Yes, I was a weird child. Yes, my mother debated therapy for me at one point given my active imagination and macabre hobbies, but she decided to trust her gut and let it play out. Now she’s happy to know I’m not a psychopath, I’m just a writer. Starting a new series and branching into mystery from romance was an easy leap for me. I always loved adding an element of mystery to my romance novels and I’ve been a mystery reader since childhood.

When my daughter was a baby and I had zero money, I went to the library three or four times a week and eventually checked out every Agatha Christie book they had (close to 60, I would guess) and then worked my way through all their cozy mysteries. If it had a kitten or a cupcake on the cover, I was all over it! So when the opportunity came along to create a mystery series, my heroine Bailey popped into my head immediately. An amateur sleuth with a love for fashion and HGTV yet who grows intrigued by mayhem and murder? Very close to my heart. While I’ve always been fascinated by ghost stories, I honestly am not even sure where the idea for the ghostly sidekick came from. Suddenly Ryan was there talking and the first book just about wrote itself.

If your best friend came back as a ghost, what would be the first thing you would do with them?

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Thoughts on Naughtiness in Regency Romances by Elizabeth Keysian

Occasionally a reader will tell me, “A Regency young lady would never have behaved like that.” In answer, I say, “Ah, but can you prove that she wouldn’t?

Miss Cassandra Blythe, heroine of my latest book, Unmasking the Earl, does break the rules, I admit. In order to win the man she wants, she comes up with, “A plan so bold, so wicked, she could hardly believe her own mind had conjured it up.”

Let’s face it, Cassie’s story could end up rather dull if she only did the right thing all the time…

There were plenty of contemporary manuals written about how women should conduct themselves, but just because these existed, doesn’t mean everyone followed them. If they had, Georgian and Regency Britain would have been deadly dull—there would have been no gossip for the rumor mill, and nothing to talk of but the high price of corn, infant mortality, war and the latest fashions from France. Ugh, spare me.

If you want to find naughty women in Regency Society, it’s not difficult. In fact, I challenge you to find much mention of well-behaved ones, because then, as now, these paragons of virtue tended to escape the public notice.

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