Kassandra Kush

Introducing Tamara from Hook Me Up Book Blog

Posted on: December 11, 2013

  1. Tell us a little about yourself!

– Hello! I live in Brisbane, Australia with my teenage daughter.  I have always loved reading but became seriously addicted when I discovered indie books and being able to buy them at all times of the day thanks to ebooks just fueled this addiction!  I am currently studying psychology and in my spare time work on my own book – this is a dream I have always had and love the opportunity to self publish that now exists.

2. What inspired you/caused you to start your book blog?

– I wanted to help indie authors promote themselves.  Not many of my friends read indie books or even seem to know they exist so I was sharing books on my facebook page and thought why not set up a blog and broadcast my love of these authors and books to a wider base!  I also wanted to meet other readers who are as addicted as I am because I truly think that my friends were sick of hearing me talk about books they had never heard of 😉

3. What is your favorite part of running one?

– I love the community that we are building.  Our blog has been going for about three months or so and we are starting to get to know many of our readers, sharing recommendations back and forth and I love that!  I love the friendship I now have with Nadine thanks to the blog.  I also ADORE meeting and working with authors and watching them succeed.

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

– Well, I seem to do most of my reading in the wee hours lately but I really love it when I have a Saturday or Sunday morning with nothing to do but stay in bed late and read.

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?

– Kindle all the way baby!  But oh man, I fought it!  When I first started reading on my iPhone it was only free books.  I mean, who was going to pay money for a book that they couldn’t put on their shelf and display to the world that they owned it??  Then one night I decided that I NEEDED to read the sample chapters of Fifty Shades to see what all the fuss was so I dragged my iPad out and when I got to the end of those chapters I NEEDED to keep reading so damn it I gave in and bought the trilogy – yes, after refusing to pay a cent for an ebook I spent nearly $30 on a trilogy ebook!!  I needed to know what was in that bloody red room 😉  I haven’t bought a paperback since.

6. Favorite book of all time?

– Oh, that’s a mean question!  Can I name a few??  I still have a special place in my heart for the 50 Shades trilogy especially since I discovered that without that book I would not have met Nadine and our blog would not exist.  I loved The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay, Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley, The Original Sinners series by Tiffany Reisz.

7. Coolest author you ever got to meet/work with?

– Barbara Cutrera holds a special place in my heart because she was the first author I met through the blog and we have helped each other since and built a friendship;  Lola Stark is a wicked, wicked woman who I love – check out her debut book Tattered Love releasing in September; and lastly, Bella Jewel who has just released her debut novel Hell’s Knights – she let me design her countdown teaser pics and organise her release event and I have loved watching the success of her book so far!

8. Tell us about the woman (women) behind the mask? Err blog!

– Mmmm, you want something more than the standard answer right?!  Random stuff about me – collector of quotes, Pinterest addict (oh holy god, what a time suck this is but I can’t help myself!), tea drinker, mum going through the teenage years (and I thought the terrible twos were bad!), list maker, domestic goddess….ok, that last one is a lie!  I LOVE country music and if I ever come back in another life I hope that I am born in Nashville – there’s hot guys there that look like Keith Urban right??

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

-I don’t really have a preference so long as there is a hot guy and a lot of steam  😉  I do have to admit though that I don’t like my books to be too short.  A series is good too but if there are cliffhangers then no more than three in the series and don’t release them too far apart because I can’t remember a lot of the details with all the books I read.  Mmm, and I thought I had no preference.

10. Last book you read and how did you rate it?

– Truth by Aleatha Romig – 5 stars for me.  What an amazing book – you’ve got to read it!  But make sure you read the first one in the series Consequences.

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

– Paris.  I’ve just always wanted to go there, can’t tell you why but I do.

13. If you could meet any author, who would it be?

– Kristen Ashley!  She is my favourite author but I have a secret to tell you – I haven’t read all her books yet.  Yes, I know that seems weird and my bff who also loves KA can’t believe it but it’s a good feeling knowing that I’ve always got another one of her books left to read.  Yep, I never said it made sense 😉

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

– You like these hard questions don’t you?!  Well, definitely Christian Grey (50 Shades) because it would be an epic date with no expense spared – Charlie Tango, anyone??  If I picked Gideon (Crossfire series) would there be a limousine involved??  If neither of them are available I will take Tack (Motorcycle Man) or Hawk (Mystery Man).

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

– Maybe Tyra from Motorcycle Man.

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.

– Good god, definitely NO sci-fi for me!  I am not into fantasy, ghosts or any of that kind of stuff…vampires are ok but they have been done to death haven’t they?

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!

– I prefer to just have one on the go but sometimes out of necessity for meeting review deadlines I have more than one.

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