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Kassandra Kush and Allyson Gottlieb

Over the last 10 days, we’ve introduced you to some very cool ladies and given you the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes.  But by now you might be wondering – who are we?

For our very last post of 10 Blogs in 10 Days (and okay, by doing this we’re kind of making it 11 days… don’t sue!), Kassandra and I decided to pull back the curtain and interview each other, to let you know a little bit about the ladies behind this whole thing.

WARNING: This was done on Skype and has been filtered slightly, but only slightly.  Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

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KK: Do you have the questions or do you want me to read them off?

AG: I have the questions, and then I have some other ones in mind as well.  But first, maybe we should tell people the story of how we met?

KK: Yes!  Okay, so I met Ally through a critique website called critiquecircle dot com.  The way it works is that you can put up your stories chapter by chapter, but you have to get credits to put up your own stuff by critiquing other people’s stuff.  So I was on there and I stumbled upon Ally’s book—this isn’t something she’s published so far but it was a really cool story. Then later she messaged me back, because I had put something in one of my chapters about trading novels for anyone who wanted to do longer crits.

AG: I had just joined critiquecircle, and Kassandra’s crit was the first one I’d ever gotten from using that site, so when I saw that she liked it I got all excited.  So I checked her out, saw the novel-trading thing, and then I just emailed her on a whim.  And I’m so glad I did.

KK: The truth is, you have to go with like your gut instinct.  If you’re ever waffling about whether you should talk to someone or ask for something… this kinda goes to show that like you should just do it.  Follow your instincts.

AG: That’s what I love about the way things are today, with the Internet.  You can meet so many amazing and interesting people that you wouldn’t get to know otherwise, because they live on the other side of the country.

KK: Live on the other side of the country, and I had no idea when she messaged me—  For the longest time we didn’t know how old the other one was!

AG: Oh my God, that too!

KK: I was trying to find out, and she’s like “I’m a junior in high school” [senior now!] and I’m all “I’m like 22 years old, no big deal…”

AG: Okay, let’s switch topics.  I’m curious, what inspired you to start writing?

KK: I really have my friend Jamie to thank for that.  I was about ten years old, I went over to her house because I was spending the night and she had started wanting to write this story.  She had just started writing it, and she was asking me for ideas, so I decided I wanted to write a story too.  It started out being The Magic Trapdoor but then I changed it to The Two Charms, and it was about a girl who went to Scotland and stayed in a castle hotel and fell through a magic trapdoor into another land.

AG: Oh my goodness!  No, you don’t understand.  When I was in third grade, I entered this writing contest through Girl Scouts and I wrote a story sort of like that: two girls fall through a trapdoor into this magic world.

KK: *laughing* And there you have it!  Ally and I are the same person in two different bodies.

AG: We seriously are, it’s ridiculous.

KK: So I just came home from that and started writing that story and I just, I never stopped. I got through the first one in that series, started the second one and then just started going off on other things… and now here I am, twelve years later.

AG: My story is a little, well, similar-ish.  I was seven, I had a dream—and of course in hindsight these were horrible, horrible stories, didn’t really have a plot or anything—but I just had this dream and I woke up and was like “this is so cool!”  And because I’m a child of the technology age, I didn’t go write it down in a journal; I asked my dad to set me up a Word document so I could type it up.  I wrote about nine stories in that series and then I don’t know, it sort of went from there.  To this day I still get a lot of cool ideas from dreams.  Sometimes I even try to think about problems in my stories as I’m falling asleep and hope that I can dream up a solution.

KK: I never remember my dreams, so I’m stuck.

AG: Aww, that sucks.  I remember about half of them—or at least I think I remember half of them.  Maybe I’m dreaming a whole lot more and I don’t remember those.  Maybe I could have had more awesome story ideas that the world will never know!

KK: Okay, next question… let’s talk about the Kindle vs. paperback book thing.  What’s your take on that?

AG: I fought it so much.  I love the idea of being able to carry around a ton of books on the Kindle, but then what, I’d have to buy all the books I already own in paperback as ebooks?  Too expensive for my tastes.  Unless they invent some kind of way to upload books you already have in paperback onto a Kindle without having to pay again for them?  That would be fantastic.  Someone really needs to invent that.

KK: I agree, I fought it at first and that’s part of why I was trying to get traditionally published.  It wasn’t until I was in the process of getting Guardian ready to self-publish that I decided I should probably read some Kindle books.

AG: See that’s exactly it for me too.  Once I decided to self-publish Darkest Legacy I figured if I was going to have an ebook on Amazon, I’d better own a couple ebooks.  So now my Kindle app on my phone is full of indie authors’ books.  It’s really nice because now I have like a little library with me all the time.

KK: That’s what I like.  I mostly buy indie books for my Kindle because I want them to support me the way that I’m supporting them.

AG: Exactly!

KK: It’s kind of like a happy medium for me.  I’m always still going to go to bookstores, and I prefer to have Guardian in print, but with self-publishing, you have to make that leap and do both sides of it.

AG: How about something a little more fun now?  If you could go on a date with any fictional male character, who would it be and from what book?

KK: Ahh!!

AG: This is a hard one.

KK: That’s so hard…  What do you think?

AG: Hmm…  Ooh!  Erik from Sophie Davis’s Talented series.  He’s awesome.  You really need to read that, you know.

KK: I started it!  And then, I don’t really know what happened…

AG: Erik is a dreamboat…  Yeah, I say Erik.  He’s blond, with these jewel-like turquoise eyes—because the whole thing about being Talented is that you have these really bright, colorful eyes and that’s how you can tell a Talented person from someone who’s not right away.  Ooh, dreamy…

KK: Okay, have you ever read Perfect Chemistry?

AG: Who’s it by?

KK: Simone Elkeles.  It’s a traditionally published book.  Anyway, the main character in that, Alex Fuentes?  Him.  I want him.

AG: I will have to look this up then!

KK: It’s a good series, I love it.  I think they’re talking about making it into a movie, or maybe a TV show.

AG: Well, speaking of that: how do you feel about the controversy surrounding all these recent YA adaptation movies that don’t do so well?  Would you still be interested in having your books be made into movies, or would you maybe get scared off by this…?

KK: I don’t get scared by it and I think that’s why so many of them do still get turned into movies, because every author wants to see their book come to life.  But I would fight and probably not let it happen unless I was able to have a hand in writing it the way Suzanne Collins did for The Hunger Games.  Especially for something like Guardian, because I know they would try to really secularize it.  Actually, what I would rather see my books turned into is a TV show, because those turn out great.

AG: Yeah but oftentimes they get completely changed to the point where it’s like the main characters have the same names but otherwise they’re completely unrecognizable.  Like Vampire Diaries or Pretty Little Liars.

KK: I think a lot of the movie adaptation thing has to do with the fact that you have to squish and take out so much of the story to make it a proper movie length.  If you could make a three-hour epic film, it’d be great, but no one has the money to spend on that.  But I would probably succumb to it, because I’d want to see it.

AG: What kind of a media adaptation could you do with Darkest Legacy?  There’s not really enough story for a movie… maybe you could do one of those web miniseries things.

KK: Actually there probably is, because if you helped them to write it and embellish the backstory with some stuff from Darkest Shadows, it’d probably be the perfect length.  When you think about it, a novella can probably be adapted to film and stay more true to the book than an actual novel.

AG: That’s an interesting thought.  Now I kinda want to ask my friend if she could try turning Darkest Legacy into a screenplay, just for fun.

KK: I think it would be pretty cool to watch.

AG: The other thing is finding good actors that look like what you imagine.  I feel like no one would ever in a million years be able to satisfy me to play Valentine.

KK: Ooh, I have a good question!  Do you believe in love at first sight?

AG: …Seriously?  You have to go there?

KK: Well, you’re a writer, so chances are you’ve written a book that has like a vein of that in it…

AG: I don’t think so, except for maybe some of my cliched older stuff which is bad for numerous reasons.  There’s definitely attraction and maybe a bit of lust, but I don’t think you can really love someone without knowing them, so… probably not.  What about you?

KK: I… do, although I don’t know if you can really call it love at first sight.  Like you said, love kind of comes over time, but I think that there is such a thing as meeting someone and knowing that you’re going to be with them forever.  My dad asked my mom to marry him the second time they met.  So, I don’t know, I think that you can meet someone and within a very very short time, like even a day… you just know.   So yes.  I kinda do.

AG: Let’s talk writing habits.  Do you work on multiple things at once or do you get tunnel vision on one thing or what?

KK: I am always working on more than one thing at once.  Always.  I like working on different things at the same time.  It’s nice to get a new perspective.  Actually, it’s kind of weird now that I’m self-published and I actually have books out there and people are wanting the sequels, I’m realizing that I can’t just drop something because I get a new idea.  Now I have to stick to a schedule and wait to work on something new.

AG: That is a really strange feeling, and maybe I’m kind of lucky because Darkest Legacy is a shorter piece and I don’t have as many people clamoring for another one the same way.  I’ve always been like that, I work on a zillion things at once and I finally started to scale back a little in the last year or so.  The other thing is that before my focus was sort of all over the place, and now I’m finding things that I really really love, and especially once you’re published and hear that other people like your stuff too, it makes you want to focus.

KK: Like, “oh, this is why I do this!  People like it!”

AG: *laughing* But yeah, I think you definitely need to be able to switch if you get stuck.  The reverse side of that, though, is that sometimes what happens is you get stuck on one thing, you switch and then you get stuck on the new one too!

KK: Yes, yes.  But it’s different now because you sort of have an obligation to finish, so you have to force yourself through it.

AG: It’s not really forcing, because we love it, right?

KK: …Ninety-five percent of the time. *laughing*

AG: Last question: favorite thing about being self-published?

KK: I like having the freedom to make all my own decisions.  I can do whatever I want, like if I want to have four series out there at once I can.  And the other thing I like is how easy it is for people who read my books to contact me and tell me how much they liked them.  You can have that online presence with traditional publishing, but I feel like then you’re sort of less accessible, you know?  So I like that it’s just me and there’s no one to go through, and I can say and do whatever I want.  …Which does make it still a learning experience.

AG: It’s definitely a learning experience.  For me, I love checking my reports on KDP, and even if the amount is tiny, just seeing that I’m making money off of something I love and would be doing anyway… it’s a pretty dizzying feeling.  And I really love being a part of this amazing indie author community, which is just the most amazing and welcoming place.  Seeing all those fabulous indie authors and their success is really what’s making me reconsider whether it’s even worth it to try traditionally publishing now.

KK: I agree, the allure of traditional publishing isn’t what it was.  Pretty much all of those benefits you can get through indie publishing if you’re just persistent and keep going and keep reaching out.  You just have to be willing to do it yourself.  And that makes it even more rewarding, I think, knowing that you did everything to make yourself successful.

AG: It makes you have to have a lot more faith in yourself, but that makes you feel really good when you start seeing some of that faith pay off.

KK: I totally agree.  Everyone should have confidence in themselves, and I can say that mine has like skyrocketed since I’ve done this because people tell me that they like my books, perfect strangers are leaving me five-star reviews and it’s like “Oh!  So I do kind of know what I’m doing.”

AG: Yep, exactly.  It’s really a wonderful feeling.  Okay, let’s say goodbye to our fans—our hopeful fans.

KK: Thank you for being a part of our giveaway event.  Good luck to all of you and happy winning to our winners!

AG: Thank you all so much for making this so amazing, and to current and future readers, thank you so much for giving us this opportunity to reach out.  It’s really awesome being a part of this indie author world.

KK: Don’t forget the indie readers!

AG: Indie readers rock.  No question.

And because you guys rock so much, we’re giving you another chance to win free books!  All of these books were donated by amazing indie authors we’ve gotten to know since joining this fantastic community.

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Jessica Johnson of BookEnd 2 BookEnd

Our last feature is the lovely Jessica Johnson of BookEnd 2 BookEnd!

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1. What is your favorite part of running a blog?
My absolute favorite part of running a blog is meeting new people that are just as obsessed with books like I am.  I thought I was alone when I cared so deeply for fictional characters or was depressed for days after I read the final book in a series. Then I found there are hundreds like me I was in awe! It’s the most amazing thing to be able to talk about the fantastic books I read with someone who loves them just the same! I love to get private messages from readers to talk about books!

2. What’s your favorite place and time to read?
I love to read in bed! My favorite times are in the morning after I drop the kids off at school and at night right before I fall asleep. It’s a daily ritual and I rarely skip reading at those two times. 🙂

3. Favorite book of all time?
This is totally a loaded question for a bookie, but one I don’t mind answering because I love to mention the book that gave me my love of reading! ‘Where the Red Fern Grows’ by Wilson Rawls! Favorite. Book. of. all. time!!!

4. Do you prefer a bunch of quick, sweet stand-alone reads or a long drawn out series of epic proportions?
I love both. It really depends on my mood and the time I have. Sometimes I want the short novellas, or stand alones, but sometimes I want to get swallowed whole with characters and I want a series I could get lost in. :]

5. Last book you read and how did you rate it?
Last book I read was ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’ by Tamsyn Bester and I gave it 4 thumbs up rating! I really enjoyed it! It was about to broken people who let the walls down for each other and found a love that speaks to the soul. I’m glad it made it’s way into my life and I was able to read it! :]

6. Aside from reading, what else do you do with your time? Or, like us, do things book-related pretty much sum up your life?
Besides spending time with my husband & kids and my two fur babies…yup books pretty much sum up my life! LOL

7. If you could go on a date with any fictional male character, who would it be, from what book?
Devlin. *sigh* I want to go on a date with Devlin from Belinda Boring’s ‘The Mystic Wolves’ series!! Sexy vampire, loyal friend…yup date with him would be awesome! ;]

8. Is there a fiction genre you just can’t seem to stand or get into?
Westerns. I can’t do westerns. I’ve tried. I just can’t.

9. Were you The Quiet Girl Who Was Always Reading, or did you mainly just read at home in secret?
I was the girl always reading and writing. I would lock myself up in my room and write or read my time away. I always had a book with me. I always had a story to tell. :]

10. Favorite book to movie adaption?
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks! Both the book and the movie! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

Thank you so much for asking me to be a part of this! It’s an honor to be able to share a bit of myself with your readers. I appreciate authors that don’t forget the bloggers that do this everyday for the love of reading! ❤

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Sara Nelson of Sara’s Love for Books

Today we’re interviewing Sara Nelson of Sara’s Love for Books!

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1. Tell us a little about yourself!
Hi!! My name is Sara and I’m a stay at home mom at the moment. So I have a lot of time to read, and get to know all different kinds of Authors, book readers/reviewers!

2. What inspired you/caused you to start your book blog?
I would have to say my sister. I was posting on my personal page at first, and she called me up one day saying “How come you don’t post any pictures of the girls anymore?” LOL so I decided to make my own page and see how it goes from there.

3. What is your favorite part of running one?
Well my page is kind of new, so I would just have to say that I enjoy posting the Free books 🙂 Who doesn’t like free books?

4. What’s your favorite place and time to read? At home in bed at 2am? Out and about at a coffee shop?
I take my Kindle with me everywhere! So any where I have the time.

5. Favorite book of all time?
That is a hard question. I could not name just one book of all time LOL.

6. Do you prefer a bunch of quick, sweet stand-alone reads or a long drawn out series of epic proportions?
I like both kinds. It just depends on the story.

7. Last book you read and how did you rate it?
I just finished TORCH by Cambria Hebert. And if I could have I would have rated it a 10! It is a really good read.

8. Aside from reading, what else do you do with your time? Or, like us, do things book-related pretty much sum up your life?
I’m usually always with my family. My husband and 2 daughters, and we spend a lot of time out playing around down at the creek somewhere.

9. If you could meet any author, who would it be?
That is another hard question…..hmm…Tara Brown! I just love her and all her books.

10. When we say favorite book cover, what’s the first one to come to mind – since we know there probably can’t be just one?
Playing Patience by Tabatha Vargo

11. What was the series in childhood that got you hooked on reading?
The Goosebumps Series

12. Do you always read several books at once, or just stick to one at a time?
I like to read just one at a time….but sometimes I have to read a couple at a time, to get them done in time 🙂

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Nadine Colling and Tamara McRae of Hook Me Up Book Blog

Another dynamic duo today, folks: Nadine Colling and Tamara McRae from Hook Me Up Book Blog!

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1. Tell us a little about yourself!
Nadine: Hey there, my name is Nadine, I am 27 years old and live in crazy San Francisco. I joined Hook Me Up Book Blog early June this year and love it so far. Well besides the obvious that I love reading, I also love anything tattoo related. I’ve several tattoos and have a very weak spot for tattooed guys 😉 I’m coffee and movie addict, yep; without coffee I wouldn’t be able to function. What else, mmh lets see… oh yeah I’m originally from Germany but moved to the U.S. 5 years ago and am now studying, getting my Bachelor in English-Literature, because I really really want to become a book editor. Guess that’s it about me 😉
Tamara: Hello! I live in Brisbane, Australia with my teenage daughter.  I have always loved reading but became seriously addicted when I discovered indie books and being able to buy them at all times of the day thanks to ebooks just fueled this addiction!  I am currently studying psychology and in my spare time work on my own book – this is a dream I have always had and love the opportunity to self publish that now exists.

2. What inspired you/caused you to start your book blog?
Nadine: Tamara started the blog; we were friends on GoodReads (bless this site) already and she just asked me out of the blue if I’d like to join and of course I said yes.
Tamara: I wanted to help indie authors promote themselves.  Not many of my friends read indie books or even seem to know they exist so I was sharing books on my facebook page and thought why not set up a blog and broadcast my love of these authors and books to a wider base!  I also wanted to meet other readers who are as addicted as I am because I truly think that my friends were sick of hearing me talk about books they had never heard of 😉

3. What is your favorite part of running one?
Nadine: Sharing great new books/reviews with people. I love giving recommendations.
Tamara: I love the community that we are building.  Our blog has been going for about three months or so and we are starting to get to know many of our readers, sharing recommendations back and forth and I love that!  I love the friendship I now have with Nadine thanks to the blog.  I also ADORE meeting and working with authors and watching them succeed.

4. What’s your favorite place and time to read? At home in bed at 2am? Out and about at a coffee shop?
Nadine: Actually I carry my kindle everywhere lol… So I can sneak in some reading time wherever I am. But I prefer reading at home cause some people in public are very annoying and they would only distract me from my current book crush. I’ve no preferred reading time though, anytime is good for me.
Tamara: Well, I seem to do most of my reading in the wee hours lately but I really love it when I have a Saturday or Sunday morning with nothing to do but stay in bed late and read.

5. Kindle or regular book? How did you feel about the Kindle to book transition? Did you fight it at first or dive right in?
Nadine: Kindle; it’s lighter to carry around plus I collect certain books (from my favorite authors and wouldn’t like to bend the pages-yes I’m crazy like that). I liked the transition because I think not everyone can buy/carry the books with them. Good example is me, I’m still international student, I could have never bought all the books in paperback cause maybe, who knows, I’ve to leave back home and then I’d be really screwed carrying/packing 100 of books with me. Kind of ridiculous, right? So yes I welcomed e-readers.
Tamara: Kindle all the way baby!  But oh man, I fought it!  When I first started reading on my iPhone it was only free books.  I mean, who was going to pay money for a book that they couldn’t put on their shelf and display to the world that they owned it??  Then one night I decided that I NEEDED to read the sample chapters of Fifty Shades to see what all the fuss was so I dragged my iPad out and when I got to the end of those chapters I NEEDED to keep reading so damn it I gave in and bought the trilogy – yes, after refusing to pay a cent for an ebook I spent nearly $30 on a trilogy ebook!!  I needed to know what was in that bloody red room 😉  I haven’t bought a paperback since.

6. Favorite book of all time?
Nadine: That’s a mean question, same as picking your favorite child. I’ve a ‘all-time-fav’ shelf on GR but I guess I would say 50 Shades, cause this series made me start reading and Christian was indeed my very first book crush. You gotta love his kinky f@ckery 😉
Tamara: Oh, that’s a mean question!  Can I name a few??  I still have a special place in my heart for the 50 Shades trilogy especially since I discovered that without that book I would not have met Nadine and our blog would not exist.  I loved The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay, Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley, The Original Sinners series by Tiffany Reisz.

7. Coolest author you ever got to meet/work with?
Nadine: Sadly I haven’t met any yet (damn author events are all so far away) but I work closely with few authors and love them. The coolest for me are: Staci Hart (Good Gods Series), Harper Sloan (love this chick, she cracks me up), and Brooke Cumberland (such a sweetheart)
Tamara: Barbara Cutrera holds a special place in my heart because she was the first author I met through the blog and we have helped each other since and built a friendship;  Lola Stark is a wicked, wicked woman who I love – check out her debut book Tattered Love releasing in September; and lastly, Bella Jewel who has just released her debut novel Hell’s Knights – she let me design her countdown teaser pics and organise her release event and I have loved watching the success of her book so far!

8. Tell us about the woman (women) behind the mask? Err blog!
Nadine: Oh I see you want to know my ‘dirty side/secrets’ huh 😉 Well I’m not married have no kids yet- so yep I’m single. I’m pretty career focused right now and am pushing myself hard to achieve my goals (guess that’s the German gene in me). I’m very open-minded and love to connect with people, but I’m also very straight forward when something bothers me etc. I’m always down doing stupid/fun stuff haha… I can’t say no to puppy or lil kids begging eyes. I love Italian food and men too J I used to be a gym instructor and tortured people in my classes – that was a lot of fun and sometimes I miss it.
Tamara: Mmmm, you want something more than the standard answer right?!  Random stuff about me – collector of quotes, Pinterest addict (oh holy god, what a time suck this is but I can’t help myself!), tea drinker, mum going through the teenage years (and I thought the terrible twos were bad!), list maker, domestic goddess….ok, that last one is a lie!  I LOVE country music and if I ever come back in another life I hope that I am born in Nashville – there’s hot guys there that look like Keith Urban right??

9. Do you prefer a bunch of quick, sweet stand-alone reads or a long drawn out series of epic proportions?
Nadine: It totally depends on the series. I love trilogies and stand-alone’s equally. I’ve recently read some pretty awesome trilogies. I don’t like when a trilogy miraculously turns into a 5 book series or so; nope, don’t like that.
Tamara: I don’t really have a preference so long as there is a hot guy and a lot of steam  😉  I do have to admit though that I don’t like my books to be too short.  A series is good too but if there are cliffhangers then no more than three in the series and don’t release them too far apart because I can’t remember a lot of the details with all the books I read.  Mmm, and I thought I had no preference.

10. Last book you read and how did you rate it?
Nadine: I’ve got pretty lucky and got an ARC of Shooting Scars (The Artists Trilogy#2) by Karina Halle (which is btw my very favorite author of all times). This series, this book was pretty epic. She’s just brilliant and I can’t wait for the final book!!
Tamara: Truth by Aleatha Romig – 5 stars for me.  What an amazing book – you’ve got to read it!  But make sure you read the first one in the series Consequences.

11. Aside from reading, what else do you do with your time? Or, like us, do things book-related pretty much sum up your life?
Nadine: My studies consume most of my time but when I have some spare time I love to go to the movies or have dinner with friends. But most likely I sneak in a book that I had for a long time on my kindle and was dying to read 😉

12. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Nadine: Somewhere tropical would be my choice. I love sun and beach; I could lay for hours on the beach doing nothing.
Tamara: Paris.  I’ve just always wanted to go there, can’t tell you why but I do.

13. If you could meet any author, who would it be?
Nadine: E.L. James because she hooked me on reading. I’ve read her 50 Shades book three times.
Tamara: Kristen Ashley!  She is my favourite author but I have a secret to tell you – I haven’t read all her books yet.  Yes, I know that seems weird and my bff who also loves KA can’t believe it but it’s a good feeling knowing that I’ve always got another one of her books left to read.  Yep, I never said it made sense 😉

14. If you could go on a date with any fictional male character, who would it be, from what book?
Nadine: Dex from the Experiment in Terror series or Camden from The Artists Trilogy, which both Karina Halle writes. Both are extremely hot, and a bit twisted in their own way. I love characters with edge; too perfect is boring cause who is perfect?
Tamara: You like these hard questions don’t you?!  Well, definitely Christian Grey (50 Shades) because it would be an epic date with no expense spared – Charlie Tango, anyone??  If I picked Gideon (Crossfire series) would there be a limousine involved??  If neither of them are available I will take Tack (Motorcycle Man) or Hawk (Mystery Man).

15. Who is a female character you could see yourself being best friends with?
Nadine: Hmm, that’s a tough question, but I would pick Aphrodite from Staci Hart’s Good Gods series. I love that she’s the goddess of love and she’s fun to be around.
Tamara: Maybe Tyra from Motorcycle Man.

16. Is there a fiction genre you just can’t seem to stand or get into?
Nadine: I agree [with Kassandra] on the heavy sci-fi but also too cheesy romance stories; I’m a bit bored of them.
Tamara: Good god, definitely NO sci-fi for me!  I am not into fantasy, ghosts or any of that kind of stuff…vampires are ok but they have been done to death haven’t they?

17. When we say favorite book cover, what’s the first one to come to mind – since we know there probably can’t be just one?
Nadine: Axel and Cage book of Harper Sloan (the original covers). They were pretty hot. But also the book cover of Get Bent; I love inked guys on a cover 😉

18. Were you The Quiet Girl Who Was Always Reading, or did you mainly just read at home in secret?
Nadine: Well I never read back in Germany so I was more the outgoing person. I used to do a lot of sports and do things with my dogs and friends.

19. Do you always read several books at once, or just stick to one at a time?
Nadine: I try to stick with only one, to give it my full attention and to be able to write a great review on it. I hate forgetting details or mixing things up.
Tamara: I prefer to just have one on the go but sometimes out of necessity for meeting review deadlines I have more than one.

20. Favorite book to movie adaptation?
Nadine: Totally 50 Shades, even though I’m afraid the movie won’t do the book justice.

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Amber Garcia of LadyAmber’s Reviews

Say hello to Amber Garcia of LadyAmber’s Reviews, today’s blog feature!

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1. What inspired you/caused you to start your book blog?
I loved reading and wanted to support and share information on my fave authors in any way I could.

2. What is your favorite part of running one?
That it’s mine, all me, something I can do on my own and be proud that I am helping somebody even if its just one person.

3. What’s your favorite place and time to read? At home in bed at 2am? Out and about at a coffee shop?
Any where and every where however, home in bed at 2 am seems to be the norm

4. Kindle or regular book? How did you feel about the Kindle to book transition? Did you fight it at first or dive right in?
I fought it at first I love print so much better than kindle still do however, it’s a lot cheaper to buy ebooks and do reviews from a kindle.

5. Favorite book of all time?
Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

6. Coolest author you ever got to meet/work with?
OMG!!!! Just one?? I would have to say Cameo Renae and Rita Webb, I PA for both of them and they have always been so supportive even before I was their PA. They are always caring and kind. They’re just awesome!

7. Tell us about the woman (women?) behind the mask? Err blog!
I’m pretty boring, I really don’t have a life out side of books. I do have two beautiful daughters and have been married to my husband for 11 years. My children and husband do not share my passion for reading *sighs*.

8. Do you prefer a bunch of quick, sweet stand-alone reads or a long drawn out series of epic proportions?
Honestly, I love series. I always feel that stand alones are too short and I can’t get enough of the characters.

9. Last book you read and how did you rate it?
Real Ugly by CM Stunich, I rated it 4 Stars. I love her books!

10. Aside from reading, what else do you do with your time? Or, like us, do things book-related pretty much sum up your life?
I blog, host blog tours and online release & promo parties and love to shop!

11. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would love to visit Mexico. My husband is from Mexico City and I would love to see where he grew up and let my daughters experience some of what it was like in his world.

12. If you could meet any author, who would it be?
LP Dover, she is one of my FB besties, she’s always so kind and always there when I need to rant or to just chat. Love her!

13. If you could go on a date with any fictional male character, who would it be, from what book?
Ren from Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck.

14. Who is a female character you could see yourself being best friends with?
Mia Baron from Death Dealer by Ashley Robertson, even if she may show some vulnerability at times, she is one fierce, bad ass chick!

15. Is there a fiction genre you just can’t seem to stand or get into?
Horror, just can’t do it.

16. When we say favorite book cover, what’s the first one to come to mind – since we know there probably can’t be just one?
Flutter by Melissa Andrea, have you seen it?? It’s gorgeous!

17. What was the series in childhood that got you hooked on reading?
*whispers* The Baby Sitters Club

18. Were you The Quiet Girl Who Was Always Reading, or did you mainly just read at home in secret?
Home in secret and then I quit during high school it just was not cool, however I got back into it a few years back and haven’t stopped since.

19. Do you always read several books at once, or just stick to one at a time?
I only read one at a time, I feel like I would get confused as to which book was what.

20. Favorite book to movie adaption?
Hunger Games

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Jennifer Trevino of Jeni’s Bookshelf, Reviews, Swag & More

Today, meet Jennifer Trevino of Jeni’s Bookshelf, Reviews, Swag & More!

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1. Tell us a little about yourself!
Hmmm… well, I am a very happily married mother of four. I’ve been told I have an obsession with pictures as well as glittery things. I admit to one of those. =D I am a paranormal addict & lover of all things magical. I think I may qualify as a book hoarder, & may have passed this illness onto my mini me. Oh, I enjoy cooking, baking, & making all sorts of crafty things. I despise cleaning & the never ending laundry, & thus continue on my mission; endlessly searching for my ‘holy grail’, that magical wand to take care of all of that for me. And… Starbucks (or any equally delicious coffee) is the quickest way to get my attention! *wakes up*

2. What inspired you/caused you to start your book blog?
My author friends had been urging me to make one for awhile, but it was my pal K.B. Miller who completely surprised me by designing my blog for me then calling me up to tell me about it along with my log in info. My best friends know me so well!

3. What is your favorite part of running one?
My favorite part of running my blog would have to be all of the interaction with my favorite authors, & meeting others who enjoy the same books as I do. 🙂

4. What’s your favorite place and time to read? At home in bed at 2am? Out and about at a coffee shop?
At home in my bed before I go to sleep or in the early morning before everyone wakes up

5. Kindle or regular book? How did you feel about the Kindle to book transition? Did you fight it at first or dive right in?
I LOVE to have my favorites in print (which I keep safe on my top shelf where little hands can’t get ahold of them), but I’m not gonna lie… my Kindle is my bestie! I love being able to read in the dark without disturbing anyone by turning a light on. I love that I can easily carry hundreds of books anywhere I go without weighing my already too heavy purse, diaper bag, & other arsenal down. Finally, I love that I can actually afford to get so many of the books I crave, more than I would ever be able to afford to buy in print.

6. Favorite book of all time?
That is a ridiculously hard question! Hmmmmm…. I don’t know that I could pick just one.

7. Coolest author you ever got to meet/work with?
Such a hard choice once again! Can I just say, I love Facebook since I have been able to chat with so many so often, but I have my lil’ group of authors with whom I speak to on a daily basis & they feel like family. These would be K.B. Miller, Jennifer Malone Wright, Aneesa Price, Angela Orlowski-Peart, Willow Cross, & Julie Cassar.

8. Tell us about the woman (women?) behind the mask? Err blog!
For those who know me I’m pretty much an open book. For those who do not please see Question 1. 😀

9. Do you prefer a bunch of quick, sweet stand-alone reads or a long drawn out series of epic proportions?
Call me a sucker for “the fairytale”, but I want a never ending tale of epic proportions! For my favorite books as soon as I read ‘The End’ I’m immediately begging for more. I always love getting to see what happens further down the road in the lives of my favorite characters (as well as their kids, & their grandkids if I have my say in the matter. HA!!)

10. Last book you read and how did you rate it?
The Things We Can’t Change Part 2: The Struggle. 5 Stars (but only because that’s the allowed limit)!!!!!

11. Aside from reading, what else do you do with your time? Or, like us, do things book-related pretty much sum up your life?
When I am not reading, reviewing, running a street team, & blogging I can be found crafting, in my kitchen, or planning something. I love all things artsy crafty. I make lots of things for myself, family, friends, & for sale including: personalized jewelry & swag items, hair bows out of ribbon & flowers, baby shower gifts (diaper cakes, diaper wreaths, diaper babies, & Daddy Duty Belts), I knit (hats, baby cocoons, baby blankets, & headbands), I scrapbook, I enjoy planning fabulous themed birthday parties for my kids, & I have a passion for cooking & baking.

12. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I’ve always wanted to travel to Italy although seeing so many gorgeous destinations via the world wide web makes it hard to choose just one. I love Italy’s culture, scenery, & the food!

13. If you could meet any author, who would it be?
I’ve always had a crazy (some might call it an obsession) love for Stephen King.

14. If you could go on a date with any fictional male character, who would it be, from what book?
That list multiplies with so many amazing books I’ve read recently! LOLz I’m gonna go with one of my very first book crushes… Elliot from The Pulse of Heroes by A Jacob Sweeny.

15. Who is a female character you could see yourself being best friends with?
Corrine from Savior by Jennifer Malone Wright.

16. Is there a fiction genre you just can’t seem to stand or get into?
I will try to read just about anything except extreme violence, especially against kids. That is something that makes me cringe beyond words, & I just won’t read it.

17. When we say favorite book cover, what’s the first one to come to mind – since we know there probably can’t be just one?
You are correct in your assumption! 🙂 OK … Coffin Girls by Aneesa Price.

18. What was the series in childhood that got you hooked on reading?
I loved Goosebumps as well as many others, but that one sticks out since my go to genre for years was horror, Stephen King & Dean Koontz to be exact.

19. Were you The Quiet Girl Who Was Always Reading, or did you mainly just read at home in secret?
I was somewhere in between. When I would find a book I was passionate about then everyone would get to hear me rave about it.

20. Do you always read several books at once, or just stick to one at a time?
I normally like to read just 1 at a time unless I am reading a horror or a very emotional book then I may pick up another to read before bed.

21. Favorite book to movie adaption?
Breaking Dawn has been my most recent favorite although I do have a lot of fave movies as I do books! 🙂

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Amanda Peake of Enchanted Endpapers

Today’s interview is with the amazing Amanda Peake of Enchanted Endpapers!

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1. Tell us a little about yourself!
I love God, my family, my friends, and reading… pretty much in that order. I am me always have been. I love flip flops, pajamas, socks that keep my toes warm, sunshine, warm falls day, cool nights, pillows that stay cold, a great book, my children telling stories, my husband’s dreams and various other things. I have a great appreciation for my mother that I didn’t have as a teenager. I am an army wife, this doesn’t define me in any way yet it does explain me sometimes lol!
My current struggle in life is three types of cancer. Most of the time I’m kicking butt and takin’ names. I have my off days when all I want to do is curl up and ignore the world (except of those closest of course).

2. What inspired you/caused you to start your book blog?
I’ve gotten this before and the truth is I started this blog in response to lots of people encouraging me to do so. I had the one up at blogger for sometime. Then out of the blue an amazing friend of mine decided to design a website for me. Who would say no to that? So there is my none answer. Oh and I love reading and telling EVERYONE what I think about the books.

3. What is your favorite part of running one?
I honestly don’t know. I suppose the free range to express my thoughts.

4. What’s your favorite place and time to read? At home in bed at 2am? Out and about at a coffee shop?
My favorite place to read is anywhere. Seriously I will take books with me everywhere I go. I am a very social by nature so I’ll usually try to rope a few people into reading with me or at least talking books. Though I must say bed it’s comfy and there is nothing like falling to sleep with a good story in your head.

5. Kindle or regular book? How did you feel about the Kindle to book transition? Did you fight it at first or dive right in?
I have a Kindle that I love. That being said It’s wonderful for traveling or just getting a book quickly that I want to read. There is NOTHING in this world like the weight of a book in my hands after a stressful doctors visit or day. I still much prefer a regular book than my kindle. I still fight it. My kindle has overloaded itself on books a few times and had to be replaced. I’ve never known a book to do that with words.

6. Favorite book of all time?
I will without apology answer this honestly and that is the BIBLE. I have a feeling you want something else too so here goes. I have this quote on my twitter account that sums this answer up for me. I don’t have a favorite book I have hundreds. I’m not just saying that I get attached to a lot of characters and it becomes emotionally hard to let them go each time a series or book ends. I could tell you I fell in love with reading quite young when my mom gave me this book that spoke directly to my situation at the time it was a children’s book by Danielle Steel titled Maratha’s New School.

7. Coolest author you ever got to meet/work with?
I have a lot of author friends right now and would feel bad answering this question in fear of hurting someones feelings. I have so much respect for each one of them. I will mention two who have single handedly changed my view on the writing world. Megan Curd as she is known has taken on the role of friend to the max. She introduced me to this amazing group of Indie authors. Now I consider Megan one of my closest friends. Some days she’s more like a sister than anything else. Next would be Bella Roccaforte. This lady keeps me grounded on the worst of days and feeling loved everyday. She is one of the worlds best encouragers. If I could give the world a her I would. I’m just happy to be included in her life.

8. Tell us about the woman (women?) behind the mask? Err blog!
I thought I did that already. I’m thirty with a husband who is stationed at Fort….. and two sons who are under ten. I have three types of cancer and am a patient at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. When I’m not glowing from radiation and chemo I read books and play lots of games with my boys. I love the beach though living this close when I’m not suppose to go kinda bites. It’s been a TOUGH year but… things will get better.

9. Do you prefer a bunch of quick, sweet stand-alone reads or a long drawn out series of epic proportions?
EPIC PROPORTIONS PLEASE!!!

10. Last book you read and how did you rate it?
The last book I read was Legacy by HR Moore and the rating you will have to wait till I post the blog! 😉

11. Aside from reading, what else do you do with your time? Or, like us, do things book-related pretty much sum up your life?
I’ve answered this question above but.. Family and books that’s my life.

12. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I want to go on a family vacation to one of those underwater hotels or Atlantis. I think somewhere fun we could explore and laugh together without having to worry about doctors, army, and school would be GREAT.

13. If you could meet any author, who would it be?
I’m going to go with Megan Curd and Bella Roccaforte again. I’ve never met them in person and they have added so much to my life I just want to hug them both.

14. If you could go on a date with any fictional male character, who would it be and from what book?
Are you serious? I have to pick one? Do you know that’s impossible? I’m choosing Puck from the Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa. I think that date would be so much fun and not a lot useless wordy romance. Well also because Puck didn’t get the girl so I’d like to go on a friend date with him to see if I could be a wing-woman. LOL

15. Who is a female character you could see yourself being best friends with?
The question should be who I couldn’t see myself being friends with lol. Idk… That’s kinda of a toss up question some of the ones that come to mind would make great friends but not best friends. SIGH… Scout Donovan from Tammy Blackwell’s Timber Wolves Trilogy is a great one. I’m going with her.

16. Is there a fiction genre you just can’t seem to stand or get into?
Erotica is a no go for me for lots of reasons. I also don’t do heavy horror stories like serial killer stuff with a lot of unless suspense. I’m not a big fan of westerns unless they are in space.

17. When we say favorite book cover, what’s the first one to come to mind—since we know there probably won’t be just one?
Steel Lily by Megan Curd. It was literally the first time I’ve ever seen a book and had to find out more about it. This was way before I knew Megan btw.

18. What was the series in childhood that got you hooked on reading?
Babysitters Club, Sweet Valley, Little House on the Prairie, and anything by Judy Blume. I mostly ended up reading my mom’s old books or the ones she could find at thrift stores. I read the younger readers section of our library to fast.

19. Were you The Quiet Girl Who Was Always Reading, or did you mainly just read at home in secret?
Wow, I was neither. I was the loud mouth with a few close friends who knew everyone and they all knew I loved to read. I’m odd I guess.

20. Do you always read several books at once, or just stick to one at a time?
I used to be a one book kind of person but now I’ve got at least seven going and I know the plot of them all too.

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