A Day in My Life as a Book Blogger

A Day in My Life as a Book Blogger

Since I’m still reading the second book I mentioned on Monday I thought it would be fun to give some insight to my life as a book blogger. Every day is a bit different so I will talk about what happens the most and a bit about how busy I’ve been.

Mornings: Now all my mornings start pretty much the same way. I wake up (late morning) with Abigail (my little dog) and no one talk to me until I’ve had something to drink (7Up) and have had a few minutes to get fully awake. I am a night owl (got to read those books) and not a morning person so it takes me a bit to get started. I spend the morning checking Facebook and any notifications from Twitter or Instagram then it’s on to emails. I have to check my personal email which is usually full of junk but I need to check for anything from the review crews I’m a part of and I hate a full inbox. My blog email always needs to be checked for review submissions and blog tour invites or anything else blog related because I don’t like to leave people waiting for a reply.

Afternoons: After I eat lunch is when I usually start anything I have to do that day. I don’t schedule many blog posts in advance so I usually write them the day of posting unless it’s a blog tour post, I’m ahead on my reading, or I know I will be out that day. That doesn’t mean I only work on it three days a week. I work on blog stuff (not just mine) pretty much every day from answering emails to working on behind the scenes stuff and trying to keep on schedule with my blog and my life. The beginning of this was a bit crazy because I had a doctor’s appointment (I hate going) and because I have anxiety about going I didn’t read the night before so I didn’t have to rush home and work on a post (one was scheduled to post for me). When I’m not writing a review, post or email I am looking at book stuff and planning out the next week’s posts and putting them in my blog schedule which has been three or more reviews the last few weeks because of review crews and submissions that I don’t want to leave the authors waiting on them (I hate to wait so why make others wait).

Evenings: Are partially rest time. I put the computer away before eating super and then spend the evening with my family watching favorite shows and talking. I still answer emails that I get as long as it’s before I go to bed and I’m not busy. Like I said I’m a night owl so I don’t really have a set time I go to bed, but I read almost every night unless I’m tired or it’s really late because I can’t alway be up until 3am reading (I’m guilty of doing it many times). Depending on the book I can read a whole book in one night, but some night I like to take the time to watch YouTube videos instead of reading (shocking right) so that I don’t get burnt out on books. Book burn out is real and I try to avoid it by having small breaks from reading.

Well, there is a day in my life as a book blogger. I hope you enjoyed the peek into it.

Random Friday: Behind the Scenes of Easter Photoshoot

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For Random Friday this week, I have a special treat because yesterday we did the Easter photoshoot with Lady Abigail and Lady Claire. Things have been so busy lately that we didn’t know if we would be able to do a shoot or not, but my brother (the photographer) had some down time to do it. As usual, there are plenty of behind the scenes photos for me to share and the final photos will be posted on Colt S Photography on Sunday for Easter.

We didn’t dress them up this time because it was 80 degrees out and even though the photos are done inside it’s hot and hard work for everyone. Lady Abigail did get a new flower for her collar and Lady Claire wore her other collar (that wasn’t as worn looking). These photos show Lady Claire’s silly and hyper personality and Lady Abigail’s love of photos. I only came out with one scratch to my hand from holding treats and it was better than last time in getting both to hold still and look the same direction.

Here are the fun photos:

Random Friday: My Favorite Historical Shows and Why I Love Them

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This week I am talking about my favorite historical shows and why I love them. These shows are all in different time periods and it’s not just the good looking men in the shows (but that does help 😉 ). They are in no particular order because I could never put them in order of how much I like them. You will notice a trend of books inspiring shows and a trend in the settings.

Outlander 

I love Outlander because it has so much history in it. You can learn a ton just by watching the show and it makes you want to research thing on your own. Another thing I love is the costumes and how accurate they are in every way.  Normally I don’t like time travel, but this one is addictive and it all meshes perfectly. There are small differences between the books and show, but they are understandable changes and for tv, they make sense for flow.

The first time I saw it was after season one had aired and we had just gotten Starz. I decided to watch it and see what the hype was about and ended up watching the whole season in a week. I was glued from episode one and then I had to buy the books and read the first four before season two aired.

When Calls the Heart

This is a Hallmark channel show that I was drawn to because it is technically a western but set in Canada in the early 1900’s. I love the storylines and the romances (especially one that finally had something I have been waiting forever happen). The costumes and a few other things aren’t very accurate, but they are gorgeous costumes and the other things aren’t too far off for me. They show has handled some topics recently that I am happy to see.

I have watched it from the start because they are inspired by Janette Oak’s books (loved the Love Comes Softly movies) and because Michal Landon jr (a favorite person in the film and tv industry) is involved with the show. It’s a show you can watch with everyone in your house and not be shocked are embarrassed by scenes.

Poldark

This one has so much drama going on that it pulls you in. I love that it’s set and filmed in Cornwall and the drama with every character. Every season covers a couple of books in the series they are based on, but they are short seasons so things move fast. This one does have some pretty accurate costumes and shows how things were at that time in the mines and some of the crimes. They have said there are small changes from the books, but they say the way things are written in the books leave it up to the reader to decide how they see things.

I couldn’t wait for this one to start after seeing the preview for it. I haven’t read the books yet (the prices for even ebooks is high) but hope to one day to see what isn’t in the show. It’s one of those that if you blink you might miss something, but you become invested in the characters.

Call The Midwife

This one is more modern because it starts in the 1950’s, but it is important historically. It covers so many important topics from medical discoveries to women’s issues during that time. This is one doesn’t seem like a tv show when it comes to certain scenes and they don’t sugar coat things. You see the good and the bad of everything and it’s highly accurate in everything.

I didn’t discover it until last year coming across it on Facebook. I’m a few seasons behind and need to watch the ones I missed, but it pulled me in without knowing anything about it.

The Musketeers 

The name tells you right away that it’s about the three musketeers (even though there were more). It’s not accurate with the timeline of events (actors leaving and other things caused changes), but the action, drama, and costumes (not always accurate) are amazing. This one does cause you to want to learn about the time and historical figures on the show. You will want to pick your favorite musketeer.

It was a BBC show and I watched it from the start because I love the stories surrounding the real musketeers and when it started there weren’t many historicals to pick from. I was heartbroken to see it end last year.

 

Have you watched any of these shows? Do you have any to recommend? Leave a comment and let’s talk about it.

Random Friday: I’m All For Epilogues

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There has been a debate lately on if epilogues are needed or not and who is a fan or not of them in romances. Where am I in this debate? If the title didn’t give it away then I will say it again I’m all for them and love them. There are a few reasons I love them in romances and I will talk about them all.

1. Some books don’t need them

This is true. Every once in a while there is a romance that the ending covers everything and doesn’t leave you wanting to know a tiny bit more. But most of the time the book ends without a wedding and/or without you know the reactions of some characters to something. The epilogue can jump ahead and let you know if they had kids, how someone was punished for a crime, and if they are getting along with someone again. All things that if the book continued so you could get to that point it would be much longer and you probably wouldn’t care about the details.

2. It can lead you into the next book

There is almost always a secondary character in the book that gets your interest and you want to know more about. Many times the epilogue will have what character will be in the next book. The whole epilogue may only hint at it and it depends on how much the books connect, but you will most likely get a hint of the next book.

3. How the books in the series connect

You might be wondering how or if the books in the series connect and the epilogue can help with that. You might be introduced to a new character that knows the characters from the book you just finished. Or it can tell you if the next one picks up from where this one left. Sometimes the stories actually go on at the same time and intertwine and the epilogue will show it.

Just embrace the epilogue!

I know many others love them like me for the closure they provide and I know many think they don’t add anything or they can make you want to buy the next (which is one of the points).

Are there any reasons you love that I missed or anything you have to say about them? Leave a comment below and I will reply.

The Book Tag/I Dare You

 

Book TagI Dare YouThanks to Christy Carlyle and Collette Cameron for the idea to do this!

I’m going to break the rules and not tag anyone because I think it’s more fun to see who does it without being tagged. So please feel free to play along! It’s fun to see people’s answers.

RULES:
You must be honest.
You must answer all the questions.
You must tag at least 4 people.
Here I go!

1.What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Captian’s Blood by William Shatner with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens. I’ve had it since around 2005 when I was around 13 years old.

2.What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Current read is The Pursuit of Pleasure by Elizabeth Essex, My last read was Encounter with a Rogue by Deb Marlowe, My next read will be The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin (a new to me author thanks to a friend)

3.What book did everyone like, but you hated?

Hmm, I don’t think I have read a book that everyone loved and I hated. Usually, I like something about every book. The only ones that I have not liked I did not finish.

4.What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

Pride and Prejudice. I have it but have never gotten around to reading it.

5.What book are you saving for retirement?

I haven’t planned that far in advance.

6.Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

I have to wait until the end! I could never ruin the ending for myself by looking.

7.Acknowledgment: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

I like them as long as they don’t drag on for pages. I know the excitement of having your name mentioned in a book!

8.Which book character would you switch places with?

I can’t pick just one! There are many in the historicals that I read that love and think it would be fun for awhile to be them.

9.Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)

A lot of the westerns I have read remind me of being a little girl wondering in the fields among the cows and animals.

10.Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

I won an audio book copy of Her Imperfect Groom by Rose Gordon by posting a picture of my fur babies. It was a surprise giveaway.

11.Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

Yes. I love to give books as gifts to other book lovers. I want to share the joy that books can bring.

12.Which book has been with you most places?

All of them. I have the Kindle app on my phone so pretty much all of my books are with me everywhere.

13.Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

I was homeschooled so I had a bit more choice with what I had to read. Anything I read I loved.

14.Used or brand new?

Both. I rarely actually have print books but I will take them either way.

15.Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Nope.

16.Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

Broken Trail. I loved the movie more than the book. The book was still good.

17.Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

Yes! I’ve read a few historical romances that have mentioned food that sounds yummy. One even had recipes at the end.

18.Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

I can’t pick just one. All the authors I follow on Facebook are amazing.

19.Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

Yes. Stolen by my Knave by Dawn Brower is slightly outside my usual genre because of time travel and I loved it. I usually don’t like any with time travel except for Outlander.

Special Post: One Year Old! Blog Anniversary!

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Today marks one year since I decided to start my blog! When I first started I didn’t know what I was really going to do with it and didn’t actually post anything until the 14th because I was working on how I wanted it to look. My first few posts  were my fur babies, nail polish, and Christmas themed. They were all spaced out and not very good looking and I still wasn’t sure about what I was going to blog about. Then one day I realized I should blog about books and here I am 103 (including this one) posts later!

There have been changes in the year since I started. I have a new logo, changed the color scheme, have a schedule for posting, added author assistant services, and few other things that you probably have noticed. It has taken time to learn and get used to everything, but I am loving it every step of the way.

I have connected with some great authors, bloggers, and aspiring writers like myself through blogging. I am looking forward to the next year of reading and writing.

What I Do When I’m Not Reading

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Yes, there are times that I don’t have a book in my hands I know it’s shocking. Lol. You already know I write and post a million photos of my fur babies, but there are other things I do and I’m going to tell you about them.

I love to do crafts and currently have a few projects that are waiting to be finished. I do hand embroidery and my reason for learning to do it was because of historical romance. I loved reading about the ladies doing it and the designs they did. I love to paint and it is also somewhat inspired by historical romance too, but I started doing it for fun as a kid.  I crochet and if you follow me on Instagram then you have seen the Outlander inspired fingerless gloves I’ve made and the dog clothes. Something I don’t do often, but love is sketching and I have done it since I was little.

Something else I do when I’m not reading is I play with hair and makeup. I love to do vintage hairstyles or at least try to do them, but I also love to put different colors in my hair for fun. I love makeup and seeing what looks I can create with it. I love learning new ways to do it and the same with nail polish. My family will tell you I am addicted to painting my nails.

I spend a lot of time on YouTube watching all kind of videos from vloggers to hair and makeup to movie clips and music videos. It’s a great way to relax at night and have a good laugh depending on the videos. I use it to learn things too especially when crocheting a new stitch or a hairstyle.

I have also started virtual assisting as a job. I realized it could give me the freedom to write my book and read while working from home or where ever I am that day.

My Dream Author And Reader Conference

dream-blogI was asked  what authors I would love to have at my dream author and reader conference so I started thinking about it and this is what I came up with.

I would love to have these authors at mine (listed in no particular order):

Ava Stone. All her books are amazing, but her books that involve hauntings give me the chills and I love it. I look forward to anything spooky from her even if it keeps me up at night.

Darcy Burke. Her books always leave me wanting more and I can never put them down no matter the series. She has a series about treasure hunting that talks about King Arthur that I love (and more people should read) and can’t wait for the next one.

Christi Caldwell. Her heroes are not your typical heroes. They need to be loved and saved in some way which is a refreshing change at times. Her heroines are different too because they are perfect like the heroes, but with imperfections too.

Lily Graison. Her books are the reason I started reading romance in the first place. The cowboys in her books all have something that I love. There aren’t many westerns that I love as much as hers.

Erica Monroe. She writes the best historical romances that have suspense, but most of all they are feminist historical romances. That was what drew me to her books and her characters always surprise me in some way.

Renee Bernard. She has a trilogy that has a heroine that can defiantly take care of things. I was glued to it when I read it and loved it even though it was a bit darker than most.

Delilah Marvelle. Her books are ones that I can’t put down. Her characters don’t hide behind an innocent persona when it comes to what they want and sex. They let loose from the restraints of what everyone thinks they should be like.

Diana Gabaldon. Her books aren’t always considered romance, but I love the history and realness that she has in her books too.

My list could go on and on forever and of course, I would love if all the characters I love could jump from the pages and join us.

You can learn more about organizing a conference at  https://www.eventbrite.com/l/conferences/

Book Boyfriends And Why We Love Them

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Book boyfriends, we all have at least one (or five or ten) even if say we don’t. Yes, we love pretty much every hero in the book we read, but these are those heroes that stand out the most to us and hold a special place in our book loving hearts. They can all be one type of guy or a wide range because everyone is different. That first one will probably be one that you weren’t expecting. I know mine wasn’t because he was totally different than what I thought I would pick. I have Darcy Burke’s Scoundrel Ever After to thank for my first book boyfriend because of Ethan Jaggar a villain turned hero that stole my heart from the start.

So why do we love them? Everyone has different reasons, but usually, they have something that grabs us let it be they remind us of our real spouses or partners or they are just different and a fantasy that we love in a dream world. Many love bad boys turned good with a hint of bad, some love damaged heroes that need love, some love heroes that are very smart, and some like me have a mix of ones we love. For us that are single, they can be someone that we use as a model when looking for that real life hero. We also love to talk about our book boyfriends with other readers and sometimes we share them without realizing it at virtual parties. Lol.

Some Well know book boyfriends are Jamie Fraser from Outlander, Ross Poldark from Poldark, and Athos, Aramis, Porthos, and D’Artagnan The Musketeers. They have grown in popularity thanks to TV because we get to see them in action and because of the actors that play that bring them to life. They also are not the perfect do everything right type and at times do things that are not the smartest or a good idea and drive us crazy, but that’s why we love them.

Don’t worry if you haven’t found you first book boyfriend yet because that book is out there just waiting to be read.

Happy Halloween! Fur Babies Photo Shoot Outtakes

Halloween is my favorite holiday so of course, I need to make costumes for my fur babies. I pet my sewing skills to the test this time by actually sewing a full costume for Abigail. I had to have a nod to historical romance by making her a little saloon/dance hall girl outfit. I hand sew everything so it took about a week for me to sew it, but it was fun and kept my hands busy. I went easy with Claire’s fairy costume since this is her first Halloween and I wanted to be able to use it again and we didn’t know how well she would take to being dressed up. She didn’t mind being dressed up at all, but holding still for photos was a challenge for her even with treats and knowing to say please by sitting (she has been taught to sit).

I call these photos the herding of flying squirrels because if one held still the other didn’t even though Abigail is the best at being a model she got annoyed with Claire jumping over her and not having as much space as we usually have to sit due to a different backdrop.

Photos are courtesy of Colt S. Photography and the full shoot will be on his blog Monday morning! There is a bonus shot of the back of Abigail’s costume.

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