Kassandra Kush

Introducing Neelam from Books Books Books!

Posted on: December 2, 2013

 Tell us a little about yourself!

I live in Pennsylvania with my husband and two beautiful daughters. I keep busy
taking care of my children and working as a Mobile Therapist for families with
Autistic children. When I am not doing those things, I am reading! I love any
book that I can learn something from, or “get lost in”.

What’s your favorite place and time to read? At home in bed at 2am? Out and about at a coffee shop?

My husband works really crazy hours and I am often alone at night. My favorite time to read is after I put the kids to bed. I sit on my bed, often with a glass of wine, and read until my husband gets home. I have no distractions and it is my favorite “me” time.

Kindle or regular book?

I never thought I’d say this but I LOVE my Kindle and Nook! I fought the eBook transition with everything I had. I would bring home piles of books from the library and they would sit on my nightstand. It wasn’t unusual for me to have 6 or more books at a time. My friends always told me how much they loved their eBooks and encouraged me to check it out. I purchased a Nook for my birthday and the rest is history.

Favorite book of all time?

How can you ask that?! I can’t narrow it down! Ok, if I HAVE to pick, I would say The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.

When Lily’s fierce-hearted black “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three of the town’s most vicious racists, Lily decides they should both escape to Tiburon, South Carolina—a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. There they are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters who introduce Lily to a mesmerizing world of bees, honey, and the Black Madonna who presides over their household. This is a remarkable story about divine female power and the transforming power of love—a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.

It is truly an inspirational novel.

 Do you prefer a bunch of quick, sweet stand-alone reads or a long drawn out series of epic proportions?

Last book you read and how did you rate it?

The last ARC I read for the blog was Seductive Secrecy by Marni Mann. I gave it 4 stars. It is the second book in the Shadows series. This author is an amazing story teller. I truly enjoyed it and highly recommend reading both Seductive Shadows (Shadows #1) and Seductive Secrecy (Shadows #2).

Aside from reading, what else do you do with your time? Or, like me, do things book-related pretty much sum up your life?

When I am not reading, I’m either taking care of my kids, in the car driving to swim practice, or I am working. I am a part time Mobile Therapist for children with Autism. I do individual, couples and family therapy. It is very rewarding and makes me appreciate the life that I have. Oh and I love to cook and bake!

 If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I know this sounds silly, but I saw a picture of Greece on a calendar and ever since, I have wanted to travel there. It was a picture of white houses and buildings on a cliff with the most beautiful, blue water I have ever seen. I recently watched a food show on Greece and was intrigued, since I am a foodie at heart. I am an adventurous eater and am willing to try anything once!

 If you could go on a date with any fictional male character, who would it be, from what book?

This is a no brainer…Jesse Ward from This Man.

Who is a female character you could see yourself being best friends with?

I have to say there are two. The first one would be if I was still in my 20’s and the second would be for now. The first would be Krista from Lost and Found by R F Breene. Krista is hysterical! She is goofy, extremely clumsy and she parties hard! I love all the funny situations she gets into and I think it would be super fun to be her bestie.  The second would be Claire from Seduction and Snacks by Tara Sivec. I like Claire for the same reasons as for Krista, although I think Claire and I would have more in common now (being mothers). Claire shows readers that you can still have fun after having kids; you just can’t take yourself too seriously.

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.

Another no brainer…Paranormal. I hate it and will not give it a chance if it has any vampires, werewolves, ghosts or time travel.

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!

When I was a kid I was really into horseback riding so any books that were about horses caught my attention. When I was really young, I started reading the Billy and Blaze books. I still have them and they are amongst the books I read to my kids.

  Were you The Quiet Girl Who was Always Reading, or did you mostly just read at home in secret?

I definitely read a lot as a kid, but I was also a tomboy who mostly played outside, went swimming, climbed trees and rode my horse during the day. We weren’t allowed to be in the house during the day. My mom wanted us active and outside so I usually read at night.

 Favorite book to movie adaption?

I really like The Hunger Games and Harry Potter.

 

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Lyla Evans just wants to be left alone; to fly under the radar and not attract attention. After seventeen years, she knows how the game is played. Her parents are hardly ever home, and when they do show up, they’re quick to anger and even quicker with their fists. With foster care comes the threat of being separated from her two younger siblings, and Lyla would die before allowing that to happen. She’s learned to keep her head down and depend on no one but herself and God to get by.

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