Friday, December 11, 2015

Book Readers: How to care for your books

I am an avid book shopper I buy both new and used books. I know everyone loves new books because, shiny. :) But used books don't get enough credit for their ability to bounce back even after they've been roughly owned. It just depends on the care you're willing to put into them.

I'm major on the care I give my over growing collection of books. Here are a few tips I've picked up over the years.




The arsenal for every book owner: 

self adhesive laminate sheets/book sleeves (to protect the covers: you can buy them in the store and cut them to size for every book. these also help with books that already have damaged covers to last longer)

soft gel clear glue sticks / glue gun (in case the cover of your book has come off you can carefully glue it back on and fill broken clasps)

invisible tape (for hidden inside repairs and or dog ears that are tearing / wearing through. note: please never dog ear your books.)

antibacterial spray / paper towel/ear swab: (lightly dampen the paper towel /swab and clean your covers when you buy them. trust me. )

goo be gone - (because stickers kill: be careful not to over do it because the oil can seep through paper. small dabs people. it goes a long way. allow the oil to sink into the sticker for a minute then gently peel and touch until it comes off clean the goo be gone will also remove any left over residue from past stickers left behind, food gunk, remove library labels, and other hard to remove crust) You wouldn't believe how many books this stuff has brought back from the dead.





soft dusting cloths - you don't want to scratch, snag or damage your books.

baking soda / silica : to place on shelves near or behind books to absorb any "off" scents embedded in the paper. (remember paper absorbs scents from its environments even more as it ages. to prevent any odd smells add one of these near by to pull the smell from the book)

cotton balls / essential oils: lavender, eucalyptus or tea-tree oil - (do not place these directly on the book- place it near by on the cotton ball. a small cotton ball with essential oils on it will help the books on your shelf absorb the natural scents and remove any odors from them. it will also make the room smell good.)


rotation: frequently rotate books to allow any natural chemicals that live within or are bonded to the paper to breathe
allow for plenty of air flow on the shelf between books to prevent mildew or growth of and remove any signs of mildew or mold using a soft cloth lightly dampened with denatured alcohol (books that sit on shelves for long periods of time can grow mold/mildew/corrode on their own when covered with dust and go untouched for long periods of time)



Go through your books at least once every month. Pull out every book exercise the spine and gently dust its body and pages.


Sleeping books actually die faster: when books remain in prone position they freeze that way and cause gluing and threading to weaken. Give your books a gentle dust off (When you dust your books, make sure to dust from the spine outward so that the dirt doesn't settle in the pocket behind the spine) , a stretch (never open a book more than 100 degrees- you don't want spine splitting) and a breather(allow books to be aired out before placing back on the shelf) Your library will last longer.

Bathrooms: Are a no - no. Two reasons. One, bathrooms tend to be humid because of steam which causes damage to the books and two, when you flush microscopic residual fecal matter splashes up from inside the toilet within a six foot radius. You do not want fecal matter on your books.

Direct light: causes sun bleaching and can damage ink in the pages and damage on the covers



Never use mothballs. they're poisonous and over time release gases that can make you sick, can contaminate your books and anyone that comes in contact with the books that have been contaminated by them.
The definition of a mothball is as follows:
Small balls of chemical pesticide and deodorant used when storing clothing and other articles susceptible to damage from mold or moth larvae. They come in two different formulations; one, using naphthalene, and the other using paradichlorobenzene as the active ingredient. Naphthalene, a hydrocarbon derived from coal tar, which easily exudes gas, acts as a fumigant.
Warnings on moth ball packages: Routine exposure can cause a condition called hemolytic anemia, where a person's red blood cells get damaged. Ingestion or skin exposure causes more extreme reactions in the liver and bladder, causing jaundice, lightheadedness, and eventually leading to coma. Mothballs are highly toxic when ingested (they have a sweet odor and taste, making this more likely), and will cause serious illness or death.

So please never use these in any situation.

Wash your hands: books are porous they will absorb the oils from your hands and everything else you have touched.

Bulky book marks: warp the body and spine of the book. Fancy book marks are pretty but they're murder for your babies.

Shelving: always sort your books by the same height- books of different proportions causes uneven pressure stress on books which causes them to warp.

Plastic bags: Placing books in plastic bags causes the book to suffocate. If you need to store use non acid paper bags there are also materials you can buy to sore that wont harm the book.



 Above all love your books. New or Used.


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Newsletter Cover Reveal and a Giveaway!

Cover Reveal! Shades Champion

by diannehartsock


ShadesChampion_1000x1595Author Name: Cheryl Headford

Book Length 214 Pages

Book Name: Shade’s Champion

Release Date: 18th December 2015

  Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing

Cover Art by: Kellie Dennis: Book Covers by Design


Shade has been kept in the dark for eight long years. Now he’s facing a world that terrifies him. A world that seems to hold no place for him.

When the authorities are unable to find a home for Shade, Penny, reluctantly accepts him into the secure school she manages, despite thinking it’s the wrong place for him. Penny fears for his safety among the other troubled children. In an attempt to forestall the disaster she predicts will happen she appoints one of them as his champion.

Dory, an engaging seventeen year old with mental health issues, is proud to be chosen as Shade’s champion and throws his heart and soul into the job. In doing so he is forced to face the thing he fears most – his own emotions.

An unexpected friendship begins to grow into something more, until a spiteful act tears them apart and leaves them broken.

When Dory falls ill, Shade is forced to face his demons and struggles to find the strength and courage he needs to fight for the right to love, and to be there for his champion when he needs him most.


Meet the Author

Cheryl was born into a poor mining family in the South Wales Valleys. Until she was 16, the toilet was at the bottom of the garden and the bath hung on the wall. Her refrigerator was a stone slab in the pantry and there was a black lead fireplace in the kitchen. They look lovely in a museum but aren’t so much fun to clean.


Cheryl has always been a storyteller. As a child, she’d make up stories for her nieces, nephews and cousin and they’d explore the imaginary worlds she created, in play.


Later in life, Cheryl became the storyteller for a re enactment group who travelled widely, giving a taste of life in the Iron Age. As well as having an opportunity to run around hitting people with a sword, she had an opportunity to tell stories of all kinds, sometimes of her own making, to all kinds of people. The criticism was sometimes harsh, especially from the children, but the reward enormous.


It was here she began to appreciate the power of stories and the primal need to hear them. In ancient times, the wandering bard was the only source of news, and the storyteller the heart of the village, keeping the lore and the magic alive. Although much of the magic has been lost, the stories still provide a link to the part of us that still wants to believe that it’s still there, somewhere.


In present times, Cheryl lives in a terraced house in the valleys with her son and menagerie of three cats, a dog and a dragon. Her daughter has deserted her for the big city, but they’re still close.


Immersed, as always, in the world of fantasy, she maintains a burning desire to share the stories and these days it’s in the form of books which all contain her spark and unique view on life, the universe and everything.



Twitter: @SevenPointStar





I have two copies of the ebook to give away to randomly selected commenters on the Shade’s Champion cover reveal or blog post on my website





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New from Sofia Grey and an exclusive preview!


ADDICTION comes out today

A dark compulsion.

A secret addiction.


Krista Inglewood’s addiction runs deep; she can't survive without a regular fix. Her Talisman bracelet, stolen when she was a child, was the only thing that ever kept the craving at bay. Until she meets Matty. He sneaks under her defenses and calms the incessant noise in her head.


Matty knows Krista is bad news, but he can’t get enough of her. His first instinct is to help, but when he learns her addiction is linked to the sickness crippling his sister, he has to face the ugly truth.


Finding her missing Talisman may be the only thing that can save Krista.

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Alex dragged the heavy curtains shut, flicked off the lights, then took his place with us on the floor. The air was thick with the herbs Dante had been burning, and I found the fragrance oddly soothing. Dante sat still, head bowed. The trouble with waiting was keeping my mind away from Janine. With an effort, I thought about Krista instead. There was no reason to stay away from her now. Not that I’d tried to. She might be the perfect distraction.

“Rico Sanchez, I summon you to the circle,” Dante said. Sylvie stiffened beside me, but there was no sign of any presence in the room. Dante called for Rico some more, but nothing happened. Maybe it was something to do with me not paying attention? I stared at the floor. Thought of Sylvie. Of Rico, whom I’d never met. I’d never met Elliot ether. Janine mentioned him months ago. What had she said about him? Shit, my mind was running away again. I shifted my gaze to a tiny white feather on the floor near my shoe, and I listened to Dante calling for Ingrid, the little girl he summoned yesterday.

Didn’t Janine see Elliot presenting at a conference? Was that it? My ass was going numb from sitting in one position so long, and damn, my nose was itching. I lifted the hand linked to Sylvie’s and tried to scratch my nose.  I had to lean toward her, but it worked, and the itch receded.

There was a long pause while Dante sat quietly again, and then he called for another name. Eve.

Sylvie fidgeted beside me, but then gripped my hand as though she clung to me to save her life. I looked up, and there in the corner of the lounge was a shimmering young woman. Fuck me, he’d done it again. This was a teenage girl, a Goth, with wild black curls and dark makeup. She didn’t look pleased to be there.

“Tat-Boy.” She scowled at Dante. “This isn’t a great time.”

“Hello, Eve. It’s good to see you again. I want to ask—”

“I said”—her voice was sharp—, “I don’t have time for this.”

Undaunted, he continued. “I just —”

“Yeah, I heard you the first time.” She stomped to the edge of the circle, her heavy boots making no sound. “I’m on the last episode of LOST. They’re about to explain the whole series, and bang, you drag me here. Do you have any idea how long I’ve waited to watch this episode? Do you?”

I stared speechless, as she blew a giant gum bubble, then sucked it back into her mouth. A Goth ghost that chewed gum and watched LOST. The world became more bizarre every day.

“Eve, that’s not important. It’s just TV. I need—”

“And I said, not at the moment, Tat-Boy. See ya.” She vanished.

Dante cursed under his breath, and then sighed. “I’m sorry. She appears to know Rico, and I thought it’d be a good idea.” His voice trailed away. He looked exhausted.

Sylvie cleared her throat. “Um, would it help if we brought in someone else? Another psychic?” Before Dante could reply, she hurried on. “I don’t mean instead of you; I mean as well as. You know, two of you working together would be stronger, don’t you think?”

Dante dropped his head and stretched his back, all the while keeping hold of our hands. “I don’t know,” he said, finally. “I’ve never tried that, but yeah, it might work.” He shrugged. “I know a good psychic who lives in the area. She gave me protection training, so I could call her.”

Sylvie nodded. “Would that be Leanne Ruget? We went to one of her sessions ages ago, and she gave me a message from Rico.”

What? That would explain why Sylvie and Alex were so quick to accept Dante, if they were already into this stuff. I opened my mouth to ask about it, but Alex shook his head. It could wait.

Ten minutes later, it was all set. We’d reconvene the night after and try again, with two psychics in the circle. Dante hesitated after filling us in on his call to Leanne. “She hasn’t done this before either, so I have to warn you. This is unpredictable. We have no idea what to expect.” He ran a hand through his hair. “Anything could happen.”




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What’s next in the Talisman series?


There’s another full length novel in the early planning stages, and a spin-off novella too, featuring Eve - and Rico.

If you want more Alex, Sylvie and Rico, look out for the Event Horizon series coming 2016.

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