Let The Birthday Bash Begin!

What?  You say it’s been a year!? Really!!?!?!?!  You say I have to write an opening blog / speech thing?  I’m going to forget somebody, I just know it!

Nevertheless, it’s been a year.  As of November 29th, The Top Shelf as it is now will be a year old and I have so many people to thank.

On September 07, 2011, Libby Jaggers passed away.  It was sudden and very tragic and it totally rocked not only my world but everyone that knew her.  Libby was a huge supporter of not only my blog but any project I chose to pick up.  She looked over many of my reviews and she looked over one the night she passed.  I wouldn’t feel right even starting this blog without thanking her.  Be sure to tell your friends how much they mean to you.  They could be here one minute and gone the next.  I was lucky enough to have a chance to tell her.

I have to thank Valerie Maarten.  When I told her that I wanted to expand The Top Shelf past being a simple recommendation site, she stood behind me.  She introduced me to Jodi Langston, Ashlynn Monroe, Linda Prather, Joleene Naylor, Samantha Fury, Dana Taylor, Edie Ramer and Elizabeth Reyes.  These fantastic authors were my support group for the first year along with Josh Graham, Liz Borino, Susan Wingate and Sean Sweeney.  I can’t thank you all enough.  If it wasn’t for your support early on, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to branch out and keep things going.  I certainly wouldn’t be where I am now!

Branching out eventually meant reaching out to publishers.  Sometimes I could overstep protocol and go straight to the authors but I knew at some point I would have to be brave and approach the publisher themselves.  Kent Holloway from Seven Realms Publishing was the first publisher to take a chance on me.  I can’t thank him enough.  From there I networked with Silver, Rhemalda, and Decadent.  Thank you all for everything you have done for me and all the awesome reads you send to my e-mail.  Through you all I have met the best group of authors in the world and am still meeting more!   See my neat way of getting out of naming names? HA! You all know who you are.  Why? Because you’re in my circle whether I’ve read your work yet or it’s on my TBR list, you all have helped me become what I am.

Blog tours are still a relatively new thing to The Top Shelf but I’m making it a frequent thing so I’d say in the few months we’ve had them, I’m already a veteran!  Thank you to Pump Up Your Book and Partners in Crime Tours as well as all the other authors who have put together tours themselves and invited me on.

In one year, I have overcome every obstacle in my path.  I have learned how to guest blog, interview, be interviewed and do book tours!   I can’t finish this out without thanking my readers.  You guys are the greatest group of people to hang out with.  Over the next two weeks, I will be hopping around on various blogs, sharing my story with you in different aspects and doing giveaways.  Meanwhile on here, authors will be visiting and more giveaways will be held.    Why?  Because without you readers, there would be no blog.

Now I know I probably forgot people and I’m sorry! I love you all though! Really I do!  Let’s get this party started!



I have one KINDLE copy of Angelo’s Journey by Leland Dirks to give away! 🙂 Please do take note that this is a Kindle copy and even if you don’t have a Kindle, you can still read the book from your Android phone, IPhone, IPod, IPad or PC with the array of Kindle apps!  To enter, leave a comment! A winner will be chosen by random.org on Sunday November 20th at 8pm eastern.

Synopsis: A Border Collie is brutally kidnapped. He escapes his captor and starts the long journey home, meeting a truck driver, a long-abused wife, a Marine, a cowboy and two grandmothers. Their lives will never be the same after meeting Angelo. Sometimes, all it takes to avert a disaster is the light touch of a canine paw.

Misty graduated from Capital University in 2005 with a degree in English Literature. She is an avid reader and is the owner of The Top Shelf

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Misty graduated from Capital University in 2005 with a degree in English Literature. She is an avid reader and is the owner of The Top Shelf

18 thoughts on “Let The Birthday Bash Begin!

  • November 19, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Happy birthday, Top Shelf. And congrats on the success, Misty.

    Btw, this is my comment. The story looks wonderful.

  • November 19, 2011 at 11:10 am

    No problem, the story looks great and I wish you many more years if success!!

  • November 19, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Happy Birthday, and wishing you many more succesful years Misty, you’re doing a fantastic job!!

    Angelo’s Journey looks to be an exciting read….. keeping my fingers crossed for this one!!

  • November 19, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Happy Birthday Top Shelf! Good luck to those who haven’t read this book yet, its a good story and I’ve so enjoyed seeing Leland’s fb photos of Angelo and Maggie!

    • November 19, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      Thank you Jan! You’ve been an amazing supporter of TTS as well. Thank you 🙂

  • November 19, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Misty and Top Shelf:

    Congratulations on your first year of enlightening all of us pedestrians who would never have read a decent book without you. More importantly we would never have gotten to know some truly wonderful authors – like Leland Dirks and Angelo, and a host of others.

    Pat yourself on the back, give yourself snaps, girlfriend. You are now a Big Cheese, a Big Kahuna, All That, and much much more!

    Happy Birthday!
    your crazy subscriber – guess who—-


    • November 19, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      ROFLOL! You know what’s funny? I shouldn’t be surprised whenever something big happens but I always am. When a huge event is over, or even while it’s going on, I sit here and think “How am I gonna outdo myself next year?” LOL!

  • November 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    HaPpY BiRtHdAy TOP SHELF /

  • November 19, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    You’re off to a great start, girl friend! Happy Birthday!

    (You’ve been tweeted & shared)

    Dana Taylor

  • November 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Oh, that book sounds absolutely LOVELY. I want to win it for my mom. She adores dogs and border collies, especially. Happy Birthday! I’ve loved being a part of here.

  • November 19, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Happy Birthday Top Shelf!!!
    Congrats on all you’ve done here, Misty… Looking forward to seeing how much more you accomplish in the future!
    (And maybe even getting reviewed by you… Someday…)

  • November 19, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Happy Birthday, not-so-evil twin’s blog! Like Doug, someday she’ll review me too 😉 I’m quite impressed by all her hard work. She’s makin’ her evil twin look bad.

    Great looking book!


  • November 20, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Happy Birthday TS!!! Here is to many more years of great book reviews, amazing guest authors, and insightful blogs!
    (and not to mention your giveaways 🙂 )

  • November 20, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    The deadline for this contest has come and gone! The winner is Mysti Parker! I will be contacting you with directions on how to claim your prize! 🙂

  • November 20, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Kinda fitting that the first winner should be named Mysti…
    Congrats on the win!

  • November 21, 2011 at 5:51 am

    You’re one of the best, Misty, one of Life’s “Good Guys” (or should I say “girls”?)
    I wish you all the best in life, and may The Top Shelf continue to go from strength to strength!

  • November 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Yay! And I get to sneak in and rearrange her furniture on Wednesday 🙂 Bwahahahaha!

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