Thursday, December 23, 2010



My Dear Friends and Followers of BOOKIN' WITH BINGO,

I had hoped to wait to tell you this after my second Blogoversary on January 9, but think it only fair I explain a little now. I have not posted really anything substantial for a few days and may not be for a few more. The reason originally is that I am having some personal health issues that were forcing me to cut back in my blogging. Doing a post, review, and giveaway daily...sometimes two, takes a lot of time. It is time I love spending but with some health issues I have to deal with, I was going to cut back after January 9th.  At that time, and I hope this will still be true, and I will still blog most days but reviews and giveaways will be less often. I hope to be able to still post daily with some fun things, news, my own writing, etc, and limit book reviews and giveaways to perhaps a few each month. I have some amazingly kind and generous friends at major publishing houses who are working with me to allow me to set my own schedule and pace. I have the option with them to work with books that I am really interested in the most to present to you for review and giveaways. I am still planning on going to this schedule following a really wonderful, jam-packed giveaway 2nd Blogoversary on January 9 ...and maybe 10th and 11th as there is so much!

However, a minor emergency came up on Dec. 17th and as much as I tried to ignore it, it didn't go away so I was forced to initiate a "no REAL post" schedule for a few days around Christmas while I deal with this new issue. As my dad raised me to know, without your health, you have nothing, and I have so much to live for that I must deal with this before anything else.

Please try and check in with me daily as I have some posts already done ahead of time even for this and next week. Subscribing through email is I think the easiest way to follow my blog especially at this time because if I post, you will know it each time I do. I HOPE to post something, even if just an update, each day.

I am not accepting requests for reviews any more since I have "my people" in place to do all the books I can handle for the time being. Down the road, I hope to once again get back to what I love doing on a more regular basis.

As for current giveaways, please go ahead and enter and comment. I will  chance it and take off modification as I won't be able to get to all that so hope people are respectful of that. I will try and read all your comments any way when possible. Giveaways that end during this transition time have been extended a few days while I get back on my feet, so check the dates in the giveaway column.

Mailing of giveaway prizes will still be taken care of (by my OTHER Bingo Buddy--my husband) but may not be quite as fast as in the past so I thank you for your patience there.  

With that said, I thank you all for your understanding and do hope you will not give up on old BOOKIN' WITH BINGO because I will still be here...just maybe not as often as one might least for a while. May you and yours have a wonderful, happy, HEALTHY holiday and the best year of all coming up in 2011!

Keep on blogging! Karen, aka "Bingo, and Ms. M, my Loyal Bingo Buddy!


Linda Kish said...

Take care of yourself Karen. This is supposed to be fun for you not wear you down. Less is fine. Health is more important. Happy holidays!

debbie said...

I am sorry to hear that you are having health problems. I hope things get better soon.

Steve Capell said...

I agree with Linda and Debbie ... your health is most important. My prayers are with you during this time.


Mary (Bookfan) said...

Karen, I'm wishing you all the best and a quick return to good health. I'll keep you in my prayers.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I love your blog giveaways or not! I hope everything turns out okay; we will be thinking of you, and wishing you GREAT HEALTH for the New Year!!!

bermudaonion said...

I'm so sorry to see that you're having to deal with health issues and I hope and pray you're back to your old self soon.

nfmgirl said...

Take care, Karen. Your health is important, and you are smart to guard it. Hope you are feeling better soon. Merry Christmas!

Renee said...

praying for your health

Margie said...

I agree with the others that your health is the most important so take care. I was wondering how you had time to do so many reviews and giveaways, even with good health! I'm sure your fans will still be reading your blog. I know I will. Best wishes.

Unknown said...

I will always be a follower no matter what! Your health IS most important! Take care of yourself and have a great holiday!!!

Pamela Keener said...

My dear friend you have hardly had a time to catch a breath lately. So please give yourself a break and concentrate on what matters the most the health and wellbeing of you and yours. I will always be here for you listening and following, giveaways or not as I truly respect your opinions. You have not steered me in the wrong directions with your reviews.
You and yours are being held close in my thoughts and prayers & if you ever need a long distance shoulder I am here.
Love & Hugs
Merry Christmas

Carol N Wong said...

Hi Karen,
Think that your body is telling you to slow down and let others help your more. I wondering how anyone could keep up with your pace lately. Your health is most important. I will be praying for you for your improvment in health and remember that your have a whole lot of friends here who care more about you than the giveaways. They are nice but having a friend is better.

Carol Wong

Anonymous said...

The others are absolutely correct; your health is what is important. I'm sorry you are having health problems. I am disabled, and live with ongoing health problems so I know that you need to focus your time and energy on healing. Don't worry. We won't give up on you. I'll send healing prayers to you for a quick recovery.

Unknown said...

Please take care of yourself. I wish you the best. Hope all turns out well.

holdenj said...

Best wishes for you to have a Healthy Holiday too! Take care of yourself, we'll all be here reading and waiting for you!

Andrea I said...

Merry Christmas! Take care of yourself.

Unknown said...

Good luck with everything and get well soon! Keep us updated.

Jane said...

Take care, Karen.

gcpeach17 said...

Karen, you are so sweet to be thinking of us, we understand and you should now focus on yourself for awhile. As you have been told in all these comments, your health & well being are to be considered First! Your friends will be here for you hoping and praying for your quick recovery. Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Merry Christmas!

gcpeach17 at aol dot com

Unknown said...

Karen, I am truly sorry to hear of your health problems and hope you can get better real soon! Please do not worry about not posting as many giveaways or reviews on your blog, it is a really wonderful blog and anyone who doesn't see it for what it is isn't worth worrying about! Bookin with Bingo was the first blog I ever read (no kidding!) and I will continue to follow your updates and posts no matter what! You have a wonderful holiday, get rest and get better soon!
Colleen T. (

Benita said...

Please take good care of yourself. Listen to your body. You know best. I'll keep you in my prayers. I hope you'll soon be on the mend.

Wrighty said...

I haven't been able to visit or post on my own blog as often as I would like but it's hard for me to keep up now days too. Please take care of yourself and get well! As much as I've enjoyed your blog I enjoy you, the person, more. When you feel up to it just do as much as you enjoy. We will be here for you. :)

Happy holidays to you and yours!

Unknown said...

I hope to get some cook books to read.
Merry Christmas!

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

While we love your giveaways, nothing is more important than your health and your family. We will be glad to hear from you when we do, but definitely take care of yourself and the rest will fall in order.


alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Unknown said...

Karen - I love your website but your health does come first! I hope that you get better soon :)