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Dear Members,

One thing that amazes me about the club is how it has evolved into such a powerful community.  We're just a group of bookworms - but together, we are strong.  We have given over 11 million books new homes, sent thousands of new books to children who are longing for something to read, and supported many military families through our donation programs.   Every day, we reach out to each other - to share our books, our lives, our hearts.  We may get together in real life, or we may never meet one another, but it doesn't matter!  Real friendships have been forged here, between people who would otherwise never have crossed paths.

Studies repeatedly show that the chance of surviving cancer is much greater in people who have strong connections to others - whether those friends are geographically nearby or not.  Friendship can save your life!

If you haven't "Friended" anyone here - if you've been shy, or not sure how to go about it - take the plunge!  Browse the Discussion Forums or look through member profiles in the Member Directory to see how similar you are to other members (note that the similarity index works best if you have star-rated books), and invite some people to be your Friends!  You can send a message explaining why "I see we both like cozy mysteries" or "I used to live in Tucson too!" or whatever it was that struck you about that member's profile. 

If you're a longtime member of PBS and you have had the same group of Friends here forever - time to shake things up!  Reach out to a new member and invite him or her into a discussion or a Game, or ask about a book on her Bookshelf (if she enjoyed it, if she's read others by that author, etc.).  Having more Friends improves your Book Recommendations; it gives you an easy way to check the Bookshelves of those who share your taste in reading, for books to order.  And your Friends List offers some great options: you can check if Friends are online and then invite them to chat in the Chatroom; you can tag sub-groups on the list and send (for example) all of the "romantic suspense fans" a message about the wonderful new author that you just discovered, and so on.   Remember, all of your friends were strangers to you once.

Here's wishing all of you a wonderful June, the month of beginnings (weddings, graduations, the first day of summer).  May your month be full of friendship and laughter, and don't forget to take the time to find a nice spot (under a tree, in a comfy chair by a fan) and slip into the world of a book...

Richard and
The PaperBackSwap Team

Can't get to the beach?  Travel there in one of these books, currently available for swapping! 

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  Lifeguard by James Patterson.  The danger isn't in the water. As a lifeguard in Florida resort, Ned Kelly meets the woman of his dreams. It feels perfect, except...  Written with the astonishing velocity and hairs'-breadth plotting that only James Patterson can master.  See other suspense books currently available for swapping. 

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Island Breeze by Lynn BulockA Palisades Pure Romance.  Cody North is an ex-cop with a full life as proprietor of Island Breeze condos and as the father of a teenage boy. Bree Trehearn is on the run, wanting to get as far from rural Indiana as possible. It doesn't take long for Cody to wish that Bree, her cat Gabriel, and her car full of computer parts had stayed back in Indiana instead of coming to rest on his beach. Then Bree disappears...See other Palisades Pure Romance selections currently available for swapping.

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The Nymph King by Gena ShowalterFemales young and old crave Valerian's touch. None can resist him... until he steals Shayne Holling from a Florida beach and holds her prisoner in his underwater kingdom. The cynical Shaye wants nothing to do with the mighty warlord, but she's inexplicably drawn to him...  See other Paranormal Romance books currently available for swapping.

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  Aquamarine series by Alice HoffmanBest friends Hailey and Claire are spending their last summer together when they discover a mysterious and beautiful creature at the bottom of the murky pool at the Capri Beach Club, a sharp-tongued mermaid named Aquamarine...  Browse other books for age 9-12 currently available for swapping.
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  Summer Sisters by  Judy Blume.  Caitlin and Victoria were "summer sisters" on Martha's Vineyard, until, in one shattering moment on a moonswept beach, everything changed.  When, years later, Victoria answers the phone in her Manhattan office, Caitlin's voice catches her by surprise.  Caitlin's news takes her breath away... Summer Sisters is a riveting exploration of the choices that define our lives, of friendship and love, of the families we are born into and those we struggle to create.  For every woman who has ever had a friend too dangerous to forgive and too essential to forget.  Browse other General Fiction books currently available for swapping.

Selected books newly available in the PBS Market!

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Promises in Death by J. D. Robb.  Book 28 in the smash hit "In Death" series, this book brings us Eve Dallas, on the hunt for a killer of a fellow policewoman. The truth will need to be uncovered one layer at a time, starting with the box that arrives at Cop Central addressed to Eve, containing the dead woman's guns, badge, and a note from her killer...  Browse Paranormal Romance books currently available in the Market.  

Retail Price: $26.95
In the PBS Market (Hardcover): $4.09+1 credit (save 84%) or $7.49 (save 72%)

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The Unwritten Rule  by Elizabeth Scott  Sarah and Brianna have always been friends, and it's always gone like this: guys talk to Sarah in order to get closer to Brianna. So even though Sarah met Ryan first, she's not surprised that he ends up with Brianna (even though Sarah has a massive crush on him). The three of them hang out, and Sarah and Ryan's friendship grows until one night something happens... See more Young Adult books currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $9.99
In the PBS Market (Paperback): $5.09+1 credit (save 49%) or $8.49 (save 15%)
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Dreaming Water  Hana is suffering from Werner's syndrome, a disease that makes a person age at twice the rate of a healthy individual: at thirty-eight Hana has the appearance of an eighty-year-old. Cate, her mother, is caring for her while struggling with her grief at losing her husband, Max, when Hana's best friend Laura makes a visit, bringing her loud, energetic, troubled world into Hana and Cate's ordered existence.  Dreaming Water is about a mother's courage, a daughter's strength, and a friend's love; it is about the importance of human dignity and of all the small moments that create a life worth living.   See more contemporary literature books currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $13.95
In the PBS Market (Paperback): $2.09+1 credit (save 85%) or $5.49 (save 60%)

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Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. A Fantasy Friday pick - Read the review in the PBS Blog!  R is a young man with an existential crisis–he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams.   After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice.  See other Thrillers currently available in the Market.

Retail Price: $24.00
In the PBS Market (Hardcover): $12.09+1 credit (save 49%) or $15.49 (save 35%)
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Love and Summer by William TrevorIt’s summer, and nothing much is happening in Rathmoye. So it doesn’t go unnoticed when a dark-haired stranger begins photographing the mourners at Mrs. Connulty’s funeral... The inimitable William Trevor returns with a story of suspicion, guilt, forbidden love and the possibility of starting over. —  Browse other General Fiction books currently available in the Market.

Hardcover Retail Price: $25.95
In the PBS Market  (Hardcover): $13.09+1 credit (save 49%) or $16.49 (save 36%)
PaperBack Retail Price: $15.00
In the PBS Market (Paperback): $7.59+1 credit (save 49%) or $10.99 (save 26%)
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Preserving Summer's Bounty: A Quick and Easy Guide to Freezing Canning and Preserving and Drying What You Grow.  Surefire techniques and great recipes for keeping the harvest!  Marian Morash, Author of The Victory Garden Cookbook, said "Preserving Summer's Bounty takes a giant step ahead in preserving advice. This up-to-the-minute guide pays tribute to your grandmother's techniques for 'putting up' vegetables, but what I like best are the quick and easy modern methods using the microwave, the freezer and more. These fast answers should lure even the busiest among us into storing the precious harvest of the garden."   See more books on Cooking, Food and Wine currently available in the Mark

Retail Price: $18.99
In the PBS Market (Paperback): $9.59+1 credit (save 49%) or $12.99 (save 31%)


And the survey SAYS...  We will be sending out a survey to randomly selected members in the next week or two, so if you get an email that asks you to participate in a survey about the club, it's legitimate and we really appreciate your participation.  The survey is a really good way to tap into what the members are thinking and wanting, so we can keep improving the club.

Blog Contest

Don't miss the Summer Blog ContestWe're having a contest to see just how far our members travel and how well they show their PBS pride.  If you're sailing the seven seas, use your PaperBackSwap cap to keep the sun out of your eyes.  Hiking the Appalachian Trail?  A PaperBackSwap T-shirt is practical and stylish!  Just taking a short trip?  Put the auto magnet on your car and take along your PBS travel mug!   Wherever you end up, snap a photo of yourself with PaperBackSwap gear (hat, t-shirt, magnet, cup, totebag, etc) and submit it to blog@paperbackswap.com by August 31, 2011. Be sure to tell us where in the world you are in the photo!  We'll select the 5 best photos of the bunch and the Grand Prize winner will win 10 Book Credits plus $5.00 PBS money - and the glory, of course!   Four runners-up will also each win 5 Book Credits.  Visit the Kiosk and see all the great PBS gear available to order!


Don’t be left behind! Come sail away on the FIRST PaperbackSwap Cruise, February 4-9, 2012! This Carnival cruise is available to all PBS members and their guests; it will be sailing out of Jacksonville, Florida to the Bahamas. 5 days of fabulous fun! Don’t let the ship leave without you!  Inside Cabins are $405 per person.  Oceanview Cabins are $439 per person. Oceanview cabins on the Carnival's Fascination are going fast, but there are plenty of interior cabins still available.  Details are available in the Discussion Forum topic, or by contacting our Travel Specialist directly at 1-800-727-7601 ext. 229. For information from a Cruise Committee Tour Guide, send an email to pbscruise@hotmail.com or post in the Discussion Forum topic.  Note: Please don't send in Feedback, as PaperBackSwap is not coordinating this event.



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PBS Local Chapter News

New Chapter Leader:

The MN/WI St Croix Valley Chapter is working on a date for a meetup in September. If you are from that area and want to join in the discussion, check out the forum topic!

The San Diego Chapter is trying to get off the ground - if you're in SD, stop by the topic and lend a hand! 

The Laveen Arizona Chapter will be meeting in July to discuss The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  Contact lisaparks for location/more information.  They're also looking for votes on which biography to choose for an upcoming meeting.

We'd love to share your Chapter news - if you have some, please submit it to us

If you want to be a Local Chapter Leader for PBS, you just need to have a PBS Nickname, a viewable public profile, and some organizational skills...check the Local Chapter Leaders Forum List of Official Chapters to see if your area already has a local Chapter.  If not, and you want to do this, just contact us.  There are no formal guidelines for being a Chapter Leader.  All of the information is in the Local Chapter Leader Discussion Forum topic.    If you are an official Chapter Leader and want us to include your upcoming meetup in the Newsletter, send in a message to us with the date, at least a week before the end of the preceding month.


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Jerelyn H. (I-F-Letty)

Jerelyn has been a member of PBS for a little over two years; in that time, she has certainly made her mark!  We love her contributions to the PBS Blog.  Some of the comments submitted with the nominations we received were:

"She is a bright spot on the... forums and has done a spectacular job in bringing many new authors to the PBS members through her wonderful interviews in the PBS Blog."

"She is always so helpful and upbeat - a real delight to "know" and communicate with."

"She ... has graciously assumed the responsibility of conducting several read-alongs in our [Historical Fiction] forum... she certainly deserves the title of HF Forum Goddess."

"She posts interesting, funny and or thought provoking threads on a constant basis."

"She's always helpful, encouraging and LOL Funny!"

"She is one of the most caring people I have "met" on PBS-always the first to post birthday and anniversary wishes or to share something for a laugh. She has been known to send out WL books just because and it has been wonderful getting to know her."

Jerelyn, you have made a real impact on so many members' experiences in the club! Your efforts here will go down in history - as Member of the Month for June.  Congratulations!

If you have any nominations for Member of the Month, submit them to us hereYour nomination will not "expire"--anyone you nominate will have a chance at getting Member of the Month if enough nominations accumulate over time. Each month the person who has the most votes accumulated when the Newsletter goes to press gets to be Member of the Month and gets a newsletter mention and a nifty MoM icon to wear on profile and forum posts with pride.  So go for it! Tell us who's helped you in the Forums, who's been a great swapper, who in your opinion is a credit to PBS.  We are keeping a list of all the nominated members.  Who knows--one of them might be YOU!


Dear Librarian - I got a Friend invitation from some total strangers.  Some of them look kind of nice (one profile has pictures of her dogs, and another one is from a military family, like me), but one has nothing on her profile and it makes me nervous.  How did she find me?  Why did she ask me to be her friend? Should I be concerned?  - Anxious in Austin

Dear Ann,

Please don't be worried!  Getting Friend invitations means that you have an interesting profile that struck a chord with other members, or that you posted something in the Discussion Forums that other members agreed with or that intrigued them, or that your Bookshelf or Wish List is similar to another member's and she wanted to "keep track" of you so she can order books from you in future since you have the same taste, or that a Book List you created was interesting...you get the idea.  Any reason to make a Friend is a good reason!

If you get a Friend invitation, you can check out the inviter's profile by clicking his or her Nickname (or click the name to go to his or her Bookshelf), to learn more about him or her before accepting the invitation.  It's also OK to send a Personal Message from the Profile or the Bookshelf asking politely "Thanks for inviting me to be a friend!  How did you find me?"   You should not feel any pressure to accept a Friend invitation.   Remember that no one can see any of your personal information unless you choose to share it using your privacy controls.

If you send a Friend invitation - you might want to send a Personal Message also to that member, giving a heads-up about what prompted the invite ("That thing you posted in the forums about your cat made me LOL...my cats do that too!").   Be sure you've filled in the About Me section of your Profile - and your Book Lists can also tell other members something about you.  This will bolster the likelihood that your Friend invitation will be accepted.

Congratulations on your popularity, Ann!  We think you will enjoy having new Friends at PBS.

Dear Librarian - I got a book with a dryer sheet in the package and I can't read it!  I am not particularly sensitive to smells, but the dryer sheet in the package gave the book a really strong perfumey odor that I can't seem to air out. I'm going to have to throw the book away! Please tell members not to do this!  - Gagging in Galveston

Dear Aggie,

We're so sorry that happened!  Members who do this don't realize how the smell gets concentrated in the book and makes it really unreadable for a lot of people.  Some members store their books in boxes that have dryer sheets in them, and the odor has time to permeate every page.  It's hard to air out!  We applaud the impulse to send a nice-smelling book out, but the best way to do that is to use a little baking soda in your storage bin - put an open small container (small paper bag or tupperware) of baking soda into the box with the books and let that absorb any odors from the books. It'll leave them smelling like - books!  And we all love that smell, don't we?  So, bounce the Bounce, everyone, and your books will make someone happy (instead of making them sneeze)! 

Aggie, don't give up on the book!  You can try the baking soda treatment (use a tightly sealed bin) for your book - you may need to change the baking soda a couple of times over a few weeks to get the odor down enough to read the book.  We hope this helps!

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