7 Things All Romance Readers Can Relate To Featuring Chelsea Parker from Pillow Talk Books

People who read romance fiction all have some common qualities that ties us all together. If you’re a romance reader, here are seven things you are sure to relate to. 

1. They all enjoy reading


This one may seem obvious, but all romance readers enjoy reading. That also means they enjoy reading quality content. Most readers can distinguish between good and great writing. The better the writing, the more engaged the reader will be. 

2. Sick of the same stories


Readers of the genre want something new and unique. Sometimes it feels that every story has been told multiple times. Readers want brand new stories with new concepts. They want something different. 

3. Undecided


How many times have romance readers debated whether they were team Edward or team Jacob after reading Twilight? Romance readers, like the heroine, often have a hard time deciding who they think the main character should marry. Many of us find this relatable because we may have experienced uncertainty about what to do in love in our own lives. 

4. Defending the genre


Many people don’t understand the appeal of romance books. Some people think it’s only an excuse to get women worked up. Others claim romance books have terrible writing. There’s plenty of brilliant content and brilliant writing in romance books (Romeo and Juliet anyone?), and readers must constantly defend their reading material. With that being said, it is necessary to find the good and sort out the trash.

5. Escaping into the world of your new book


Many people read to escape, and romance books are a great way to leave the monotony of life for a short time and go to a new place or a new time and enjoy the setting with the interesting characters brought in front of you. It’s perfect for a couple of hours on a sunny day. 

6. Wanting more


After a great romance book, most of us want more. Sure, now we know how the main couple got together. What conflicts will they see in their new life together? Will their adversary come back to make their lives difficult? Will they truly live happily ever after? Only a sequel can answer these burning questions! 

7. Falling in love


Many people who read a romance book start to imaging the love interest in their story as a part of their own lives. This man is everything they are looking for- strong, handsome, mysterious, and romantic. With time, a reader can start to imagine the main character in bed with them. Just be careful not to use their name while in bed with your real husband!

Chelsea Parker is blogger and scheduling editor at Pillow Talk Books.  Pillow Talk Books sends out daily emails filled with romance books from all genres.  Stop by and sign up to start receiving great romance reads daily.

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Where Have I Been? Life and writing Update

Hi everyone!

If you’ve noticed that my reviews have not been going up three times a week for quite a while there’s a reason for that. I thought it was a good time to let you know what’s going on and it’s nothing bad. It’s all actually good stuff.

I’ve been busy and not able to read as much I would like to. My work as a virtual assistant keeps me pretty and as a beta reader keeps me busy. This stuff you still see on my social media. But what you probably don’t know is I also run another blog. My other blog is a beauty and lifestyle blog and in the last six or so months has really taken off. Doing photos and writing posts for over there take up a lot of my time.

Right now I’m trying to learn how to balance everything and not be running on little to no sleep. I have no plans to stop reading and reviewing. So dont worry.

Writing Update

This is also something that is taking up my time. If you’ve followed me for a while then you know I’ve had a couple of stories I’ve started. Well, I’m on another new story, but I’m handling things differently this time. I realized that being an organized mess doesn’t work with writing for me like other things. I’ve also learned that even though I’m a history nut, my mind doesn’t want to write historical romance.

My muses and scene ideas always come to me in a present-day form. So I am working on a contemporary romance. There are still cowboys involved so don’t worry about that. I am also plotting and being more organized with this story so I don’t end up with a mess and dropping it.

Some Exciting News

Tuesday if nothing happens I will be filming a video with the author and blogger H.T. King for her YouTube channel. We will be talking about romances books. I’m excited and nervous because I’ve never done anything like this. The video will be out in March and I will have a blog post to go with it then too.

The Pros and Cons of Being a Book Blogger

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It’s Random Friday!

Life and work have been getting in the way of my normal schedule, but I’m back. Today I want to talk about the pros and cons of being a book blogger. I think this post will help authors, bloggers, and people thinking about being a blogger.

The Pros

1. Your voice is heard

One of the reasons I started my blog was so my reviews would be seen and read. Meaning my voice was heard more about the books I love.

2. You find new authors

I have found many new to me and new authors by blogging. These authors I probably wouldn’t have found on my own. They submitted review requests and most have become favorites of mine.

3. You help authors

This was another reason I started blogging. I could help authors by writing reviews or posting about their books. I love to help newer authors that are just starting out by reviewing their books.

4. You get free books

This is a perk to being a book blogger. When you read my reviews you have seen that some say I received a copy to review. I am sent those to review either through requests or review teams I’m on. I still buy books and review them.

5. People come to you for recommendations

I love to recommend books to people so it’s great when people ask me if I’ve reviewed a certain book or say they were waiting for you to review a certain book. It means they trust you and your reviews.

6. You get some books before others

I love being one of the first people to get a book to review. It means I can review before or on release day and that really helps spread the word about a book. Sometimes it’s months in advance and sometimes weeks.

The Cons

1. You have deadlines

I have to decide what I read based on when reviews are due for a lot of books. Sometimes authors don’t have a deadline and then I read in order I receive. This schedule is always changing.

2. Review requests come first

Your personal reading goes on the back burner. I’ve bought many books, but haven’t gotten to read them because the ones that I’m sent come first. I don’t want to leave those ones sitting and forget about them.

3. Sometimes you get too many requests

I hate when I have a packed schedule and have to turn down requests. It can be because they have a deadline or I’m backed up and don’t want them waiting months for a review. I always explain why I’m turning it down when it’s my schedule.

4. You don’t love every book

My policy is I write a review for every book I read, especially ones I’m sent. I hate it the most when a book is a 3 heart rating or less for me and I was sent it to review. I always keep my reviews positive even when I don’t like it and explain it’s not for me. But I have to keep honest and post it.

 

Those are my pros and cons. Do you have any to add to the list?

Who I am as a Reader in 500 words or less

Who I am as a Reader

I saw this idea on a list of ideas and had to try it. I will break mine down into sections.

Summary

I’m an avid reader of historical romance that is addicted to books and loves many authors. I like all kinds from Medieval to westerns and from sweet to steamy. I’m never without a book and proudly call myself a modern-day bluestocking. You won’t find spoilers in my reviews and I keep it honest and real.

My Challenges 

Finding the balance between books and life outside my blog. I can’t always accept a book due to my schedule and life can get in the way and cause me to miss a requested date. I hate writing 3 hearts or less reviews, but I have to be honest. Trying to read all the books and getting burnt out. Not taking time to read for fun.

My Missions

It has always been to help authors spread the word about their books. I want to pull people in just enough so they want to read the book themselves. I want to help end the stereotype people believe about romance readers and stop the shame some feel from reading romance. I want to bring attention to authors that dare to be different with their stories. I want to help new authors find their place in the book world and encourage them to keep going. All authors need to be encouraged to keep it up.

My Values

I believe in staying honest without being harsh. I don’t bash books or authors. I’m transparent about what goes on behind the scenes. I don’t believe in approaching others with offers of reviews just to get a book that I want. I will never promote getting a book from a pirate site. I don’t take on books I’m not truly interested or don’t have time for. Every review helps even in a small way good or bad.

Where I See Myself in the Book World

I see myself as a small blogger that will help any author if I can. I’m not perfect and I’m still learning. I have become known for taking on the books other won’t touch whether it be because it’s a new author, darker, handles tough subjects, is diverse, or anything else that isn’t considered the “norm”.

Release Blitz for More or Less a Countess by Anna Bradley

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Love can be a devil of a game!

More or Less a Countess by Anna Bradley is NOW LIVE!

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GET IT NOW!!!

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BLURB:

Finding a worthy husband should be simple for three beautiful debutantes in Regency London. But the Somerset sisters have a way of making it delightfully complicated . . .

Violet Somerset has always preferred a library to a ballroom, but to please her grandmother she agreed to one London season. With nothing to show for it but heartbreak, she’s reconciled to spinsterhood. Until a notorious rogue known as the Devil of Dare requests an introduction to her timid, gentle youngest sister, Hyacinth. Violet will do anything to stop the match—even if it means posing as Hyacinth herself . . .

Nicholas Balfour, the Earl of Dare, is enjoying the life of a rake far too much to take a wife. But he must keep his promise to his grandmother. He’ll simply choose the meekest bride he can find, install her at his estate, then carry on as before. Hyacinth sounds perfect—until he discovers that her sweet demeanor hides the tongue of a viper and the mind of a bluestocking . . .

As Violet’s ruse threatens to unravel, however, she may find the tables turned. Soon she may have no choice but to tolerate her handsome fiancée—or fall in love with him . . .

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About Anna

Anna Bradley is an award-winning author of Regency Historical Romances A WICKED WAY TO WIN AN EARL, A SEASON OF RUIN, LADY ELEANOR’S SEVENTH SUITOR, LADY CHARLOTTE’S FIRST LOVE, TWELFTH NIGHT WITH THE EARL, MORE OR LESS A MARCHIONESS, and MORE OR LESS A COUNTESS, coming in August, 2018.

Anna lives with her husband and two children in Portland, OR, where people are delightfully weird and love to read.

Readers can get in touch with Anna via her webpage at http://www.annabradley.net, or, for all things romance (and an occasional “hot hero” pic!) please visit Anna on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/annabradley472.

Find Anna Online!

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Pinterest → http://bit.ly/2JYDGXi

Twitter → http://bit.ly/2K3fwLm

Website → https://www.annabradley.net

Literary Book Gifts Review: Pride & Prejudice T-Shirt + Special Offer

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Today I have something special for you that is book related. I was contacted by Melissa who runs Literary Book Gifts about her shirts and bags recently. As soon as I saw her site I was instantly in love with her designs! It took me a bit to decide on which one I wanted to buy and show off. What better for this blog than a Pride & Prejudice shirt! be sure to scroll down for the special offer!!!

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Price: 💲💲💲 Quality: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Fit: 😍😍😍😍

I got the XL in Heather Grey and love it! The fit is a little snug, but it does say on the site that they run small and this is the largest women’s size. So I was expecting a snug fit on me. I was worried about the design being stretched across my chest because I’m big busted. It did not stretch or distort one bit on me. The shirt is super soft, well made, and the design is very well printed. The sleeves are the perfect length for me unlike most the do the little cap sleeves that I can’t stand.

The price is a bit on the higher side at $28 for me for one item that I can’t see in person (I’m cheap and on a budget). But I have no problem paying that for this quality shirt and design. I plan to buy more as gifts and for myself.

If you need up to 3XL in women’s or 5XL in men’s thet are available upon request and are being added to the site as soon as possible.

Now the Special Offer!!!

20% off

Melissa has kindly provided me with a discount code for you guys! If you use code SASSYBOOKLOVER20 at checkout you will receive 20% off anything in the store, no minimum, and it can be used unlimited times. —> https://literarybookgifts.com/

If you order share your photos of your gifts and tag me on Instagram @sassybooklover

How My Rating System Works & How I Write Reviews

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Welcome back!

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of talk about rating systems and reviews. Some don’t understand the process of how someone writes a review and rates a book. So I thought I would explain my process and rating system so you understand me and it may help you with others. Now my Review Policy goes into a lot of detail about what I review and don’t review and how to submit a request. It also explains each heart and kiss meaning. This post is going to elaborate on the ratings and writing of reviews.

My Ratings

I use hearts in place of stars. They mean the same as stars and are just what I prefer to use.  I rate a book on a whole which means that I base it on my overall feeling at the end of the book and how glued to it I was. For example, a book has 4 hearts, but my review looks to you like it should be 5 hearts. There are many reasons it could lose that one heart and usually, it’s in the review as to why. It could be that it was too slow for me, too fast or parts were dragged out. Sometimes it’s because of the hero or heroine just didn’t work for me. At times it can just be as simple as it didn’t leave me wowed, but I still liked it and there’s nothing I can pinpoint to put in the review.

3 heart reviews for me usually have equal positives and negatives in the review. I’m usually split on it where I liked parts but also didn’t like a lot of parts. These tend to be ones that are also affected by my kiss rating, lacking story details, and not liking the hero or heroine for most or all of the story. Too many plot holes without hints of they will be resolved in another book. Many 5 kiss rated books land here if they are mostly love scenes and not enough story for me.

Now my kiss ratings for spice level are going to be different for every reader. What I may consider still on the sweet side others may think it’s too steamy. I use halves at times in my kiss rating because some may be just in between ratings for me. I base my rating on how many love scenes there are, how often they appear and the details in the scenes. These ratings also can affect my heart rating depending on how natural to the story they feel and if they take up too much of the story.

For example, books I give 4 kisses to usually have 3 or more love scenes that are detailed and may have more adult language. The scenes can be close together in books, but they don’t take up pages and don’t take away from the story. They are still natural to the story and characters. 5 kisses usually for me take up too much of the story and the scenes happen too early in a full-length book.

It’s like watching a movie or show and asking myself would I watch it with kids around and would it make my dad uncomfortable. I consider Outlander (the show) to be 4 kisses and it makes my dad squirm and I wouldn’t want kids around for those love scenes. There is full on nudity and nothing is left to the imagination. 3 kisses have nudity but only show from the back and sometimes the side without showing things still. So in a book that would be skimming over details a bit leaving things to the imagination and having 3 or less scenes most of the time.

How I Write My Reviews

When I write reviews I break it into three parts my overall thoughts, the heroine, and the hero. I don’t like to rewrite the blurb or retell the whole story. I try to keep it to the point about what I like without spoilers or going into too much detail. I use the blurb as a guide as to what I can safely mention with more details if needed. My reason is that I want readers to get a taste of what’s in the book with enough detail to keep them guessing. I don’t want to give it all away and a reader not want to read it for themselves because they know what happens. That’s why I say I loved such and such scenes or I didn’t see that coming with whoever. I stay vague so readers will have to read to find out what I’m talking about. If I went into details they would be really long reviews and you wouldn’t have to read the book. I do all that when talking to my brother to organize my thoughts because he’s not going to read the book (and isn’t fully listening) and is being my sounding board.

When I talk about the heroine and hero I talk about their personalities a bit, if I like them, understand them, and some things they do. I do this because I know there are certain types that readers like and don’t like and like to know before buying a book. If a heroine is strong and bold I will talk about that. Same goes for heroes that are misunderstood and come off one way, but change. I don’t go into full details on them but hint at things.

I sometimes add a section about other characters that I loved. How I hope to see them again or wished to have an ending to their story.

I also will include trigger warnings if there is something in great detail and a big part of the story. When I do trigger warnings I still try to avoid spoilers, but I have to mention the specific trigger. I will sometimes praise an authors way of handling a topic if they didn’t use it as an add-in or didn’t ignore the effects it can have. Using it an add-in or treating it as nothing will lower my rating and be mentioned in the review.

I will also praise being historical accurate on things that many don’t even though I understand the reasons for not being accurate with some things. I don’t point out inaccuracies or let them affect my rating unless they are really bad (using modern slag like cool or modern clothing etc).

If you ever have a question about something in a review of mine feel free to ask me by commenting or contacting me.

June Book Releases I’m Excited For!

June Book Releases I'm Excited For!

I’m currently reading a book for this week which is why no review for today. But that means I can post all the book releases this month that I’m excited for!

June 11

Lauren Smith’s His Wicked Secret book 8 in The League of Rogues series. I’ve been waiting for this book and Audrey’s plans to become a lady spy.

June 15

Erica Ridley’s Lord of Secrets book 5 in the Rogues to Riches series. This one just looks like its going to be a fun adventure.

June 18

Annabelle Anders’ A Lady’s Prerogative book 2 in the Lord Love a Lady series. I love everything she writes and the titles always hook me.

June 26

Christina McKnight’s The Gambler Wagers Her Baron book 4 of the Craven House series. This is another series I love and have been waiting for this book.

Release Blitz: The Duke of Lies by Darcy Burke

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“Darcy Burke is synonymous with passionate, emotional romance. Her heroines are intelligent and strong, and her unforgettable heroes melt my heart. Darcy never fails to deliver hot, keeper-shelf historical romance.” – Erica Ridley, New York Times Bestselling Author

The Duke of Lies, an all-new historical standalone from USA Today bestselling author Darcy Burke, is coming May 29th!

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Verity Beaumont has suffered domineering men most of her life, first with her father and then with her husband. Free from both men, she has finally found peace. Even meeting a kind and hard-working gentleman who just might be the perfect father her young son so desperately needs. But as she dares look to the future, her carefully ordered world is shattered when her dead husband returns.

Imprisoned in America during the war, Rufus Beaumont, Duke of Blackburn, wants nothing more than to return to his native England. He longs for comfort and safety away from the horrors of battle, only the life he returns to is not the life he left. He must convince his wife that their marriage is worth fighting for, that he’s not the man he was. But when the truth about what happened to him leaks out, he must prove that not everything about him, especially his love for her, is a lie.

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Download your copy today!

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2tmDvgO

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About Darcy:

Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, emotional historical and contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. Join her reader club at http://www.darcyburke.com/readerclub. A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, two Bengal cats and a third cat named after a fruit.

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Connect with Darcy:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DarcyBurkeFans

Twitter: https://twitter.com/darcyburke

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/darcy-burke

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Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/darcyburkewrite/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darcyburkeauthor/

Stay up to date with Darcy by joining her Reader Club today:

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Website: http://www.darcyburke.com

 

Need Your Help! Which Contemporary Should I Read?

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If you follow me on Instagram (@sassybooklover) then you know that back in February I won a box full of books. This box was a mystery to me until it arrived and it was full of Contemporary romances. I’ve never read one before and It gave me the idea to once a month read one and post a review here. Now, this is where I need your help. I have no clue as to which one to start with and I know some of you also read contemporary. So you may have read some of these or could just be interested in them.

Here is the picture from my Instagram so you can see the covers. Please vote below and leave a comment. I am not the biggest paranormal fan outside of ghosts, but I will keep an open mind.

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