25 Get to Know Me Questions

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I haven’t done a get to know me in awhile so I figure Random Friday would be a great time for it!

1. What is your middle name?: Marie. I’m a 90’s baby.

2. What was favorite subject at school?: History and Science. I loved doing experiments but lost interest as I got older. I have always loved history and love to research everything.

3. What is your favorite drink?: I drink 7UP 95% of the time. I rarely drink caffeine because of my sensitive stomach, but when I do it’s Coke or Barq’s Root Beer.

4. What is your favorite song at the moment?: Anything Randy Travis or George Strait. I only listen to country music and mostly classic country.

5. What is your favorite food?: Hmm. This changes all the time, but something I always love is pickles! I will even make a pickle sandwich.

6. What is the last thing you bought?: The last thing I bought was a little ball and puppy treats for my new puppy.

7. Favorite book of all time?: I can never pick one. Anything by Darcy Burke, Ava Stone, Erica Monroe, and Christina McKnight.

8. Favorite Color?: Purple! I love purple if you can’t tell by the colors on here.

9. Do you have any pets?: I have a cat and a dog. Claire is a tortie cat and Queen of the house. Wren is a Morkie Poo puppy that hops like a bunny. Here are their pictures.

 

10. Favorite Perfume?: My favorite perfume at the moment is Black Opium by YVES SAINT LAURENT

11. Favorite Holiday?: Halloween! I love an excuse to dress up and do makeup. Plus love the spooky factor.

12. Are you married?: Nope, and I don’t care.

13. Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times?: I haven’t but wish to travel one day.

14. Do you speak any other language?: I only speak English fluently, but I am learning French and Italian. I know some Spanish and Latin and I understand a tiny bit of Galic (thanks to Outlander).

15. How many siblings do you have?: I have a younger brother.

16. What is your favorite shop?: My favorite place to shop is Amazon because I can find anything there. Clothing would have to be Factory Connection.

17. Favorite restaurant?: That’s a tough one, but Zaxby’s would be the winner followed by Arby’s.

18. When was the last time you cried?: The other day from laughter thanks to Wren.

19. Favorite Blog?: I have many favorites and can’t name just one.

20. Favorite Movie?: My favorite movie right now The Man from Snowy River.

21. Favorite TV shows?: Now, this can be a long list and I will probably forget something. Outlander, Poldark, Victoria, Call the Midwife, NCIS, NCIS New Orleans, Game of Thrones, Murdoch Mysteries.

22. PC or Mac?: PC

23. What phone do you have?: I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

24. How tall are you?: 5’3″

25. Can you cook?: Yes. Do I like to cook? Nope. I have to be in the mood to cook.

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The Book Blogger Test

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I’ve not had time to read the last two days so it’s another book tag. This time it’s The Book Blogger Test that I found on My Little Book Blog.

what are your top three book pet hates?

1. When a romance book has a risque cover and then you read it only to realize it is a 1 or 2 out of 5 on the heat level. It alienates readers from both sides because sweet readers won’t know it’s sweet so they don’t buy it and spicy readers who buy it will think it’s spicy.

2. Characters that hate each other one second then they are madly in love the next after something small happens. Yes, that something small can make a change in feelings, but you still need to build it up over time even if it’s a short amount of time, but not instantly.

3. Novella’s that don’t tie up loose ends or explain things fully. When there is something in a character’s backstory that is never fully explained or something happens and then forgotten about then it’s like a cliffhanger. If it will be explained in another book please let us know.

describe your perfect reading spot

I’m an in bed reader or an out in nature reader. So either a cozy bed, nice pjs, my fur babies, my tv in the background, and no loud noises. Or a nice comfy shady spot surrounded nature with no city noise.

tell us three book confessions

1. I still haven’t read Pride and Prejudices even though I have it as an ebook and have watched two film adaptions.

2. I have a massive TBR list of over 800 on Goodreads and don’t even own like 95% of them. I will read a book by a new to me author and then add all of their books to my TBR list, but rarely get around to buy them or forget I added them.

3.  I have been stuck read book 5 of the Outlander series for over a year. I took a break from it due to review requests at the time and haven’t picked it up since even when I have free time.

when was the last time you cried during a book?

A Scarlet Woman by Lorna Peel. There were many things in it that made me cry for different reasons and I loved it.

how many books are on your bedside table?

One and it’s The Fiery Cross book 5 of the Outlander series. It’s sitting there to remind me I haven’t finished it.

what is your favourite snack to eat while you’re reading?

I don’t eat while 99% of the time, but if I do eat then it’s usually some kind of chips.

name three books you would recommend to everyone

This is soooooo hard and I’m going to list series:

The Willow Creek series by Lily Graison

The Secrets and Scandal series by Darcy Burke

The Rookery Rogues series by Erica Monroe

show us a picture of your favorite bookshelf on your bookcase

No shelves! Just a stack of books on a cubbie.

write how much books mean to you in just three words

Hard one!!!

Escape for everything!

what is your biggest reading secret?

I love many types of heroes in romances, but unlike many, I don’t like the very alpha male type. The ones that like to be in charge at all times and don’t let up ever are a huge turn off for me.

That is the end of the tag! I’m not tagging anyone, but if you decided to do it let me know!

My Life in Books Tag

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I’m busy reading the Hot Winter Nights box set so it’s another book tag for this Random Friday. This one is the My Life in Books tag that I found on Dream Land Book Blog.

1. Find a book for each of your initials

K – Knight’s Prize by Glynnis Campbell

M – My Fair Princess by Vanessa Kelly

S – Seduced By a Lady’s Heart by Christi Caldwell

2. Count your age along your bookshelf: What book is it?

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The Misfortune of Lady Lucianna by Christina McKnight

3. Pick a book set in your city/country

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Don’t know of one set in my town, but Lucie: Bride of Tennessee by Vanlandingham is set in my state.

 

4. Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to

 

 

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I would love to go to Scottland and see everything.

5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color

 

 

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The Duke of Danger by Darcy Burke. It’s gorgeous.

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

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I have great memories from most of the books I have read, but Beauty and the Rake by Erica Monroe is the first that comes to mind. It gives me Beauty and the Beast vibes which is my favorite movie.

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

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The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon. I have been reading it for over a year. It’s is just slow moving for me.

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

 

All of the Outlander books! They are huge.

 

That was so much fun!

A to Z Bookish Survey Tag

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It’s Random Friday and since I’m in the middle of reading Kissed at Christmas I decided to do another book tag. This time it is the A to Z Bookish Survey Tag. I discovered this tag on Brin’s Book Blog.

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Darcy Burke. I had to check Goodreads to be sure and it was a close call between her and two other authors.

Best Sequel Ever:

This is a hard one. Let’s go with The Misfortune of Lady Lucianna (The Undaunted Debutantes, #2) by Christina McKnight

Currently Reading:

Kissed at Christmas by Christina McKnight, Ava Stone, and Michelle Willingham

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Either 7UP or Mixed Berry Water. Depends on the time of day.

E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical books! Due to space and price, I have more ebooks and I do love my Kindle.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Bran from The Untouchables series by Darcy Burke (I loved his quirks, his rule-breaking and how dedicated he was). He pulled me away from the charming bad boy Ethan in the Sins and Scandals series by Darcy Burke.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Forever Rose by Carmen Monica Oprea. It was not my typical read because it is a time travel book, but I loved it!!!!

Hidden Gem Book:

Gray Places by Julia Byrd It gave me chills and I loved it even with the romance not being front and center.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Discovering the many book groups on Facebook and starting my own blog. There are people like me and we totally understand each other. I was first encouraged to start my blog by readers and authors I know then to start writing my own book by them too.

Just Finished:

I just finished an ARC of A Talent for Temptation by Sabrina Jeffries. A quick amazing read.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I’m not a fan of erotica or time travel. I will read the odd one here or there, but I don’t like to books that the story almost never leaves the bedroom or books that spend a lot of time in the present day.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

So far

Drums of Autumn (Outlander #4) by Diana Gabaldon it is 880 pages according to Goodreads.

Major book hangover because of:

There are a few of them that have left me needing a break from them. Pretty much any of Darcy Burke’s books, Ava Stone’s books, Christina McKnight’s and Erica Monroe’s books. I can’t put them down until they are finished and they usually leave me needing to process something.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Actual bookcases are zero. I have a set cubbies that are full of books and have books piled on top of them.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

A Dangerous Invitation (The Rookery Rogues #1) by Erica Monroe. It’s a favorite.

Preferred Place To Read:

In my bed or outside in the fall weather.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“I fell in love with her by word alone. It wouldn’t matter if she were blind, deaf, bald, or broken, I would love her with all that I am.”

Lynn Winchester – The Gentleman’s Heart

Reading Regret:

Not reading the Outlander series earlier. I had stayed away from it because of the size, that it’s time travel, and not really a romance. I didn’t start reading them until after the show aired and I realized they were different from what I thought.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

There are a few, but my top one is The Grooms series by Rose Gordon. I have only Her Sudden Groom and loved Alex like crazy.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

  1. Scoundrel Ever After (Secrets & Scandals #6) by Darcy Burke

2. The Outlaw (Willow Creek #2) by Lily Graison

3.West of Forgotten by Lynda J. Cox 

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Ava Stone she writes most of the books that give me chills and spook me.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

The next book in Darcy Burke’s League of Rogues series! I have been waiting for it like crazy.

Worst Bookish Habit:

Ruining the spines of my print books. I try so hard not to bend them back, but when you have small hands it happens. It shows my books are loved though.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Never Surrender to a Scoundrel by Lily Dalton

Your latest book purchase:

The Major’s Faux Fiancée (The Dukes of War #4) by Erica Ridley

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

West of Forgotten by Lynda J. Cox

That was so much fun! Let me know your thoughts below.

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag

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It’s Random Friday and it’s time for another tag! And since it’s my birthday I thought this tag sounded like a lot of fun. I found the tag on Spines & Covers. I wasn’t tagged and won’t tag anyone so if you like this tag consider yourself tagged.

How long have you been a blogger?

Almost two years. I started in December 2015 and originally it was going to be a personal blog, but it quickly turned into a book blog after a few posts. Time really flies when you are doing something you love. My blog has grown and changed in that short time too.

At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?

I don’t think I ever will. I will probably take breaks, but never fully stop. This blog has opened so many doors for me and I’ve met some great people through blogging. It will always be my baby (my others are too) since it is the first blog that I really put the time into it.

What is the best thing about blogging?

In two word THE PEOPLE! I have met so many people and gotten to know them through this blog. We talk, help each other, and love seeing each other’s opinions on all things books and book related. Even if we don’t always agree we still have fun.

What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it ok?

The drama that comes from one bad apple in the bunch. All it takes is one book blogger to do something to upset someone and it can set off a domino effect for the rest of us. I usually stay away from it, but there are times that I need to defend us bloggers.

How long does it take to make/find pictures to use?

Depending on the post it doesn’t usually take long. If it’s something I have on hand I ask my brother (the photographer) to take pictures for me and then just do quick edits ( sometimes me and sometimes him). When it comes to my graphics it can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour depending on the look I’m going for.

What do you wear when you write blog posts?

95% of the time it’s my PJs. I like comfy clothes when typing, but sometimes I have other things to do so I put on normal clothes.

How long does it take to prepare?

I have a schedule for this blog that I don’t always stick to. Mondays are either writing updates or what I’m reading that week, Wednesdays are always book reviews, and Fridays are random days. I sometimes plan out Friday posts if I don’t have another book review for that day or there is something on my mind I want to share. Other times I find random tags that catch my attention like today. Sometimes I have reviews on all three days or reviews on other days of the week due to tours.

How do you feel about the book blogger community?

Every book blogger I have met is amazing! We can refer people to each other and we all understand each other and the book blogger life. There can be a bit of drama and some cliches, but usually, we all get along great.

What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

Don’t let it become a chore. If you find yourself dreading the work change it up and keep it fun. If you are in a reading slump take a break from accepting requests and read what you want out of your personal collection and slow down.

How to Get Your Book Accepted for Review on My Blog or Any Blog

 

Capture“How to get your book accepted for review?” this is a question that I hear from both authors and bloggers because it affects both sides. So I thought I’d put together my personal tips for getting a book accepted for review on my blog. These can help on any blog you are looking at.

1. Check out the blog to see if it’s a good fit for your book.

I can usually tell when someone has gone straight to my contact page and gotten my email. The books usually don’t fit my blog at all and it’s sent directly to my email and not through my request form. Looking around a blog first can help your chances a lot because you can get an idea for what they like to read (genres, what authors they like, etc). That way you don’t waste time sending a request and being rejected because the book doesn’t fit the blog. I’ve had to say many times that my blog is for historical romances only when answering a request because I like to give a reason.

2. Check their review policy.

My review policy will give you tons of info on how my blog works and has the form to request a review. It explains my rating system, what genres I accept, what I won’t review, what I like in books, what formats I accept, where else I post my reviews. It will help you know if your book is a good fit too and answer many questions you might have like if I will accept a book with a deadline for review. 99% of book blogs have these to save you and themselves time in the long run. If they have a form on that page it’s the best way to request a review so your message doesn’t go to spam or get lost in their inbox.

3. Make it personal when contacting them.

If you make your message personal it makes your chances higher for being accepted. Especially if you’re not sure your book fits my blog and you can send me the request with the message or on my regular contact page. It really does help if you use my name and/or include something that you noticed on my blog to get my attention. I accepted a book for review that didn’t fully fit my blog (was a historical romance, but with time travel). I accepted it because the message included was personal by using my name and talking about a post I had done on TV shows I love. Many bloggers are the same way because you make a connection with them on something and they take another look at your request. About me pages usually have the blogger’s name (may be their real name or how they like to be referred to when contacted) so you know how to addressee them in your message.

4. Double check your info and message before sending.

I know it’s easier when contacting multiple blogs to copy and paste the same message (I do it), but double-check things before sending. I’ve been called totally different names (like Ashley instead of Kelly) and even had my blog called another blog’s name. This can at times hurt you because it can seem like you don’t know who you are contacting or that you are contacting every blog you see when you don’t correct it. This falls into #1 and #3 too. If you fill out a form check your info to make sure it’s correct. For example, I ask for websites so I can link to the author’s site in my review, but when something is off in the site listed on the form (a letter missing, weird icon added or misspellings). I then have to find the site myself and make sure it’s the right one and that it’s not a scammer. You don’t want a blogger to link to someone else’s site or call you a different name because the info was mixed up.

5. Remeber they have a schedule for their blog.

If you have a deadline for the review give enough notice and be mindful of the blog’s schedule. I usually can move things around if they book has a deadline, but I have a schedule that not only includes reviews but also tours, blasts, spotlights, and blitzes that I can’t move. If you need a review right away and it’s a busy time for my blog I may have to pass and will explain this. Pretty much every blog has a schedule like this so like in #2 check policies beforehand. If you don’t have a deadline be prepared for it to take time to get to your book because most blogs read in the order received if there is no deadline. Some also stop accepting books for a time if they have many to read and don’t want you to be waiting a long time. Many ARC readers also like to include buy or preorder links so that can delay a review if those aren’t available yet.

6. Don’t write them off if they don’t accept.

There are many reasons for bloggers to not accept a book so don’t write them off when it comes to another book. If your book was turned down due to the genre or it wasn’t something they weren’t interested in don’t loose hope. If you write in different genres that are accepted or have another book or series check back because it might just be accepted. I may not be into one book, but might be into another by the same author for many reasons. Bloggers tastes change so check back to see if they open up to more genres.

7. If you have questions ask.

If you’re not sure about you book fitting the blog, want to get to know the blogger first, or have questions just ask. That’s what the regular contact form or email is for and it’s not a waste of time. I love answering questions and getting to know an author even if they don’t submit a review request. If your book fits a blog, but you aren’t fully sure (like it’s a historical romance, but also something not listed) and don’t want to submit a request. Then reach out, introduce yourself, and ask questions and talk about the book. That book may be something they have never read before or never knew about and are glad you reached out.

8. Don’t send a book file in your first contact and be friendly.

Sending a file right away without asking first is the fastest way to be turned down. Always contact or submit a request and have it accepted before sending a file. I will not touch that file out of fears of viruses since we have never talked before and you have not asked. These kinds of contacts usually include wording along the lines of “Here’s my book and I need it reviewed by this date”. Wording like that doesn’t help at all even when not including a file. Being friendly will always help you in the long run. Most bloggers are the same way when it comes to files and being friendly.

The Myths and Realities of Romance Readers

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It’s Random Friday and that means it’s time for another topic that has been on my mind lately. This week is the myths and realities of romance readers. There is a backstory to why this has been on my mind and I’m going to share that. As a romance reader and writer, I get many different reactions that range from happy to crazy looks when I say I read and write romance, but one recently sparked this post.

Backstory: A guy said he loved to read too and when talking about book genres he proceeded to say romance novels were stupid, but that he would love to read what I have written. Now this conversation was on Facebook and like all my social media it says that I read and write romance and he had to have read my page to know I am an aspiring writer so he saw that I was a romance lover.

This conversation reminded me of all the myths that surround romance readers. So here are some myths vs realities that I have encountered.

Myth #1. They are full of sex 

many people believe all romances are full of sex and X-rated so they are turned on by them and shouldn’t be talked about.

The Reality: There are many levels of heat in romances ranging from only chaste kisses and no mention of sex to many full open door sex scenes that are explicit. Everyone has their preferences to the heat levels they read and many read them for the stories and not to be turned on.

Myth #2. They give unrealistic standards for men

This is another one that many believe. They think that readers develop unrealistic standards when it comes to men from reading romances and that the men are always perfect.

The Reality: Most of the men in romances are not unrealistic or perfect. There are bad boys, damaged men (although a hate the term damaged), some that try to be perfect, and some with secrets. They do give many woman higher standards, but mostly in regards to how they should be treated and respected.

Myth #3. They are fairy tales and couldn’t happen in real life

Another thing many believe is that romances are fairy tales that could never happen in real life at all. Perfect lives and no real problems for the characters or only one thing to over come.

The Reality: Many of the stories mirror real life with the problems and obstacles to over come. Some authors are inspired by their own stories or other real life stories. There are no perfect lives and easy rides to finding love. Who wants to have a boring perfect life.

Myth #4. You need a real man in your life

Another myth is that every romance reader is a single middle aged woman with no life and need a man. Or they are in a loveless marriage and need to escape into books.

The Reality: Readers come in all ages and with different relationship statuses. Many readers and writers are very happily married to the men of their dreams that are like some of the characters in romances. Some are single but have active lives with and without a man. They don’t live in houses with just cats.

 Myth #5. You have marriage or sex on the brain

If you read romance you either have marriage on the brain and it sends some men running. Or you are obsessed with sex and that’s all you want from men.

The Reality: For most readers, this is not true. Just like reading a sci-fi book doesn’t make you want to be an alien or being a wedding planner means your obsessed with weddings and being married (believe me, it doesn’t). Like in myth #1 there isn’t always sex in romances.

Myth #6. Romance readers are only women

All romance readers are women and there is nothing in them for men. Men would never touch a romance novel no matter the sub-genre.

The Reality: There are men that read romances. Look in any large romance Facebook group and you will probably find a few. Many are in the western groups and actively talk about the books with others.

Myth #7. Romances are only about a man and woman

Romances always feature a man and woman as the couple and never show any LGBT couples or anything considered taboo.

The Reality: While straight couples are usually what you see. There are romances that feature LGBT couples and even romances with three or more people in the relationship. There is something for everyone.

Bonus myth about writers.

Myth #8. If you write romance you are obsessed with sex and your husband must love reading your books.

Writers are obsessed with sex and that’s why they write it. That because all writers are women then their husbands love to act out scenes and read their books.

The Reality: Many don’t write sex scenes at all in their books. Also, many that are married will tell you that their husbands or wives (there are men that write romance and not all female writers are married to men and vice versa) don’t ever read their books. They are also asked about acting out scenes all the time and the answer is usually no they don’t act them out.

 

That it for the myths. Do you have any to add to the list? feel free to comment below or join my Facebook group to chat more about this.

 

Reading Habits and Readabits Tag!

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This week for Random Friday I have two book tags thanks to a post from Jessie at Nerdy Book Life! You can read her answers by clicking the link.

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Reading Habits Tag!

#1 Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I read in my in bed. I turn on the tv for background noise and snuggle in with Abigail who gets belly rubs and paw rubs the whole time.

#2 Bookmark or a random piece of paper? 

Bookmark! I have tons of them all over the house from swag packs and one nice fabric one that I love to use. I’ve never used random bits of paper because they slide out and get lost.

#3 Can you stop reading anytime you want or do you have to stop at a certain page, chapter, part, etc.? 

If I have to stop and can’t finish in one sitting I try to stop half way through the book. I can’t stop during exciting parts and will keep reading until I’m past the parts that I can’t wait to finish.

#4 Do you eat or drink while reading? 

I never eat while reading. I will sometimes drink while reading, but I put my book aside to be safe. I don’t want anything on my books or phone if I’m reading on my phone.

#5 Can you read while listening to music/watching TV?

Yes! I can’t have silence when reading because every little noise catches my attention then. Can’t have people in the room though.

#6 One book at a time, or several at once?

One at a time. They would get mixed up in my head when writing reviews. I may start one and take a break from it to read another like I did with book five of the Outlander series (haven’t finished yet), but can’t go back and forth.

#7 Reading at home or everywhere? 

I can read everywhere if there are no distractions. My reading apps are on my phone and with me everywhere.

#8 Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently in my head. I just react out loud to what I read at times.

#9 Do you read ahead or skip pages?

Never! I don’t want to miss anything.

#10  Breaking the spine or keeping it new? 

I try to keep it pretty, but the spine always gets broken. I have small hands and hold the book can be hard at times.

#11 Do you write in books? 

Never! I’m pretty good at remembering stuff. If it’s an ebook I just highlight it.

Readabits Tag!

#1 When do you find yourself reading? Morning, Afternoon, Evening, whenever you can, or all the time. 

Evening! 99% of the time I read at night. I rarely read during the day because I have stuff to do.

#2 What is your best setting to read in?

In a nice cool bed with a snoring dog by me.

#3 What do you do first watch or read? 

So far I’ve watched first because I didn’t know about the book until after seeing the movie or show.

#4 What form do you prefer? Audiobook, e-book, or physical book.

It’s a toss up between ebooks and physical books. I love the smell and feel of physical books, but ebooks take up less space. I never have time for audiobooks because family is usually around and I don’t want to put headphones on.

#5 Do you have a unique reading habit? 

I don’t think so. Maybe that I can read with the mindset of the time period the book is set sometimes to understand things.

#6 Do book series have to match? 

Nope. It doesn’t really matter to me.

Are you my habit twin or do you have interesting ones? Comment below.

 

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: