Kassandra Kush

Introducing Tonya from My Family’s Heart Book Reviews & Tours

Posted on: November 24, 2013

  1. Tell us a little about yourself! Hi my name is Tonya, I am a single mom of two amazing kids and have a real passion for reading which started my hobby of blogging which started my now exploding hobby of hosting tours for indie authors LOL. Between running from work, to my daughters softball games (for 2 teams) and practices to preparing for my sons upcoming wedding and taking care of some truly amazing indie authors my life stays on overdrive.

 2. What inspired you/caused you to start your book blog? I was reading a book, honestly don’t remember the name of it now because there have been so many, but posted a two paragraph comment of it on my personal Facebook page and someone told me I should put up a blog. I thought hmm I used to do a website for genealogy back in the day with my mom, I could do that, and I did, and it exploded so fast I can’t even keep up most days. LOL

 3. What is your favorite part of running one? Getting to meet so many amazing authors and fellow bloggers.

 4. What’s your favorite place and time to read? At home in bed at 2am? Out and about at a coffee shop? Where ever I can get my hands on my kindle and have a minute or two, lol I really am not kidding I have to fit my reading in where I can anymore. My kindle goes everywhere with me, and I mean everywhere. I have taken to saying I have to use the bathroom just to read a chapter in a book especially if it’s a good one that I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

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? Well I think my giveaway is above I like the kindle for the simple fact if I finish a book I don’t have to wait until I get home to get another book, I can just go to my books tab and go through the now over 700 books I have and pick the next one I want to read. I can’t answer to the second part of your question not sure I know anything about the kindle to book transition.

6. Favorite book of all time? Oh I don’t think I have just one really. But when I read a book if it really touches me, moves me, reaches right in and grabs me I save it to my favorites and when someone asks this question I give my list I promise only a few its long ROFL:

Knotted Roots series by Ruthi Kight (Knotted Roots & Hidden Falls)Today Only but D. Love Loves Second Chance by L.P. Dover The Borderland Legacy Series by Samantha Holt (Borderland Bride, Borderland Beauty) The Angels Assassin by Samantha Holt Anything by Cambria Hebert (Recalled, Charming, Tease, Torch) Shattered Grace by K. Anne Raines Anything by Rene Folsom (Shuttered Affections my all time fav by her, Bind Me, Heart You, Share You) – she writes amazing erotica The Shadow Warriors Series by Stephen England (Nightshade, Pandora’s Grave & Day of Reckoning)Anything by Trista Jaszczak (Little Red, The Shoe, Loverboy The Intangible Series by J Meyers (Indomitable, Intangible, Imaginable) The entire Fatal Series by Marie Force (Fatal Affair, Fatal Justice, Fatal Consequences, Fatal Destiny, Fatal Flaw, Fatal Deception, Fatal Mistake) Maverick by Anna Cruise

7.  Coolest author you ever got to meet/work with? Well that would be Ruthi Kight and Samantha Holt. I am Ruthi’s PA and love that woman like a sister. And Samantha oh wow she can write and is the sweetest most amazing person ever. I have never met either in person but sure hope to one day. But then again when you have a list of favorite books like I gave above I find all authors pretty amazing.

8. Tell us about the woman (women) behind the mask? Err blog! Oh man that could be a very loaded question really. I am a military brat, father served 16 years Coast Guard I followed though I chose the Army and served 8. Single mom of 2 great kids as I stated above. I run an army group for those who served at the same base I did (my first assignment) in Germany, caught up with old friends and met a lot of new ones. Of course now I run my facebook page, my blog and help authors promote their work. My sister and her son live with me so between them, my daughters softball, my son and his fiancé/wife (depending when you read this lol), work I do not have a moments rest. LOL but I love my life and don’t regret a single moment of it. Now hand me a martini I need a drink after all that LOL – would you like one too!!!

9. Do you prefer a bunch of quick, sweet stand-alone reads or a long drawn out series of epic proportions? Wow um hmmm it really depends on the book itself, if the book has an excellent ending that doesn’t leave you questioning or wondering about anything stand alone is great. Samantha Holt has some really amazing stand alones. Today Only by D. Love is another great stand alone (if you haven’t read this warning – major tissue needed but very life and heart moving). But if a book has unfinished business, unanswered questions then series it is and the second had best be better than the first LOL.

10. Last book you read and how did you rate it? Well the last one I finished and reviewed was “Shuttered Affections” by Rene Folsom and gave it a 4.5 stars ABSO-FANTASTICALLY-AMAZING book – I am still trying to convince Rene to let me borrow Mr. Stone for a night or two or three lol. Hot, Hot, Frigging Hot. And I just finished reading HERS by Dawn Robinson and will be doing my review here shortly giving that another 4.5 stars – holy hotness on this one – super kink and erotica in this but lordy that Levi is one hot stud muffin – LOL

11. Aside from reading, what else do you do with your time? Or, like me, do things book-related pretty much sum up your life? LOL actually SOFTBALL sums up my life, then book related things oh and my sons wedding (which is November 3rd) my life is a roller coaster lots of ups and downs oh my poor tummy ROFL but I love it, every moment of it. (I don’t sleep much – ask my intern Crystal she is always yelling at me to get sleep, so do Ruthi and Samantha LOL I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!)

12. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Well first up to visit and meet Ruthi, then hop a plane to Ireland and Scotland homeland of my ancestors, then hop a train to England to pick up Samantha and have a personal tour guide on my trip through Europe – I would take my daughter with me because I know she would love it. It has always been my dream to go to Ireland (my family line has a branch connected with that amazing McGuinness beer – so you know I have to go there of course)

13. If you could meet any author, who would it be? Ruthi Kight, Samantha Holt, D. Love, Rene Folsom, Cambria Hebert, Stephen England, Trista Jaszczak just to name a few and my favorites of course

14. If you could go on a date with any fictional male character, who would it be, from what book? HOLT from TORCH (Cambria Hebert) but oh man does it have to be just one how am I seriously supposed to pick. I can’t I just can’t. Harry from Pandora’s Grave, now women he isn’t like the sexy hot swoon worthy guy but you have to remember my military upbringing which I love dearly and he is one hot stud of a operative. Nick Capuano from the Fatal Series – hell can I take out Sam and marry this man myself. Both brothers from the Borderland Legacy Series – Dominic & Jake – talk about hot highland studs yeah. I still can’t convince Samantha to share them with me. LOL, then there is the very sexy yet very tender and sweet Jett from Today Only oh if only there were real men in the world like him. To me he is the “PERFECT” man. He is a very strong man. Okay I will stop because my list could go on forever. There are just way too many.

15. Who is a female character you could see yourself being best friends with? Sam from the Fatal Series (Marie Force), Seven from Hers (Dawn Robinson), Juliana Peterson from Shuttered Affections (Rene Folsom)

16. Is there a fiction genre you just can’t seem to stand or get into? For me, heavy science fiction is just a no-go. I have a hard time with most dystopian and steam punk

17. When I say favorite book cover, what’s the first one to come to mind – since I know there probably can’t be just one? Two actually – Shuttered Affections (Rene Folsom) and Hers (Dawn Robinson) anytime anyone asks those two are first in my mind.

18. What was the series in childhood that got you hooked on reading? For me, my mom forced me to read Little House on the Prairie for school which I ended up loving, and then I found the Redwall series and I just never stopped! Actually growing up I didn’t read a lot. It wasn’t until I joined the Army and would be sitting in my ambulance at firing ranges hours on end that got me reading (and writing too) I read romance smut type books and wrote back then as well. Pssst the guys in my unit loved to sit in our platoon room after a 45 day stay in the field and read what I wrote. Somehow every story I wrote got snatched up. LOL I have dabbled a bit since but nothing that grabs ya worth putting out there – YET!!

19. Were you The Quiet Girl Who Was Always Reading, or did you mainly just read at home in secret? Like I said I didn’t really read growing up but I read anywhere now I don’t care who sees or what is going on. LOL

20. Do you always read several books at once, or just stick to one at a time? The running joke in my family when I was young was asking me how many books I was reading (usually at least five) and laughing when I could recite the plot for every single one! You know there was a time I could have more than one going but with as busy as my life is I would so get my books mixed up, no wait I have, I have gone so far as to tell an author I loved XXX in their book and they are like HUH, WHAT. So yes I stick to 1 can’t mess up that way ROFL

21. Favorite book to movie adaption? I would love to see the Borderland Legacy series (Samantha Holt) the Fatal Series (Marie Force) the Shadow Warrior Series (Stephen England) or the Death Escorts series (Cambria Hebert) made into series movies and Loves Second Chance (L.P. Dover) and Today Only (D. Love) into standalone movies.

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2 Responses to "Introducing Tonya from My Family’s Heart Book Reviews & Tours"

Thank you so very much Kassandra for this honor I enjoyed doing the interview and am honored to be featured on your blog. – Tonya

Thank you, Kassandra.

Love you, Tonya! My answers would be long lists too 🙂

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