Kassandra Kush

 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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Tell us about yourself!

I am a confessed bookaholic from outside of Lancaster, PA where I live with my Husband of 14 years, our three rambunctious kids, three dogs and a cat. I have my BA in English Literature which led me to working in advertising for several years before becoming a Stay at Home Mom.  When I am not playing chauffer, nurse, cook and laundry fairy, I am reading or blogging. I also love wine. Oh, and my fabulous book club ladies. Without them, my life would be very boring…

1.       What is your favorite place and time to read?

I can read anytime, anywhere. I am never without a device to read on whether it be my Kindle, Nook or iPhone. If I had to choose one place though, it would be my bed after my kids have turned in for the night. Listening to my dogs snore and my soft covers make for a heavenly reading experience. I have a kickass bed – it is perfect for snuggling down and reading!

2.       Kindle or regular book?

I am a junkie and I have a serious problem. To date I own 2 Kindles, 2 Nooks and my iPhone to read on. I love the convenience of an ereader. They are so easy to travel with and fit right in my purse. But that being said, I can never fully give up regular books. I have a love affair with the smell of books, especially old, thick novels. My husband took me to Baltimore Harbor one year for our anniversary and made sure to take me to Johns Hopkins Library so that I could smell and touch the old books there. There is something about the sound a page makes when it turns, the whispering promise of more words to come that will always bring me stumbling back to real books.

3.       Favorite book of all time?

Ugh that is a tough one. I am going to go with The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. Even though it is a sad book, it helped me deal with some very hard times when I was in High School and made me realize I had to choose me own path in life, not to let others choose for me.

I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story.  From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked.  One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn’t quite make out.  I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose.  I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.

To date I have probably read it at the very least 35 times. I am being completely serious. I think that most people recognize Sylvia as a poet. The Bell Jar is basically an autobiography of Sylvia’s life. It was so honest and raw that it spoke volumes to me. It still does.

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

The last book that I read was Making Faces by Amy Harmon. 5 Stars all the way. She is an amazing storyteller. The first book I read by her was A Different Blue, which Neelam recommended to me, so I was more than excited to read Making Faces. She did not disappoint. I laughed, I ugly cried, I struggled with the characters in their grief. What a superb book.

5.       Aside from reading what do you do with your time?

My husband works incredibly long, crazy hours. So when he finally gets some time off we like to ride on his motorcycle, try new restaurants and generally just spend time together. When we get family time, we enjoy hiking, amusement parks and movie & game nights. Once a year we do a big vacation because we all love to travel.  I also love to cook, baking not so much. I make seriously ugly cakes. I also enjoy singing – I was trained by an opera singer – but I don’t do it much anymore. In fact, most of my friends don’t even know I can sing!

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

Italy, hands down. I love to look at pictures of the countryside and imagine how sweet the air smells, how relaxed I would be. The food and wine alone would be heaven! It is my dream to travel there for my fortieth (oy) birthday. I have been to several places in the Carribbean but never Europe.

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

Colleen – I only can pick one?!?! Oh boy….ummm….crap…Travis Maddox from Beautiful Disaster. He was my first indie book boyfriend so I’ll go with him.

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

I am going to go with Caroline from Alice Clayton’s Wallbanger. She reminds me of all my best girlfriends rolled into one character.

9.       Is there a fiction genre you just can’t seem to stand or get into?

I am not big on paranormal but I’ll read it. I really like the House of Night series and a couple others but some of it is a little too weird for me. A lot of the dystopian books bother me because I feel like they can’t compare to the Hunger Games. Also erotica with the nasty titles turn my stomach. If I can’t get past a title, how am I going to read the book? Yuck

10.   What is the series that got you hooked on reading?

My best friend growing up, Jen and myself were HOOKED on Sweet Valley High and The Babysitters Club. I also liked Nancy Drew and any R.L. Stein  and Christopher Pike book I could get my hands on.

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

I was and still am the girl that’s always reading. I was an active kid that was involved in dance and theater but I needed the escape that books brought me. I am the youngest with two much older siblings who took up a considerable chunk of my parent’s time so I used reading to lose myself. My books were good company. Even today, I love to travel to the places that they want to take me and experience their magic.

12.   Favorite book to movie adaptation?

That’s a tough one. I don’t generally like or watch a movie after I have read the book. I’ll go with Gone with the Wind because it stayed true to Margaret Mitchell’s story. The Hunger Games was pretty good too.

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1. Tell us a little about yourself! 
– Hi! I’m Michelle and i’m 31 years old and a mother of 2 beautiful little boys, and married for to myu husband for 9 years.
2. What inspired you/caused you to start your book blog? 
– Well I love to read and my husband had  suggested that I start a Blog since I love to read and so that’s what I did. and i’m totally love’n it.
3. What is your favorite part of running one? 
– I’d have to say my favorite part is getting to meet such wonderful and talented authors.
4. What’s your favorite place and time to read? At home in bed at 2am? Out and about at a coffee shop? 
– I love to read at home. If I read anywhere else I get to distracted and don’t get much reading done,Lol
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?
-I jumped right in! I love the smell of books I also love that I can take 100’s of books with me and that I never run out of things to read.
6. Favorite book of all time? 
– My favorite book of all time is Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead,i’m a total sucker for Vampires,Lol
7. Coolest author you ever got to meet/work with? 
– I got to meet Rachel Caine one year at Dragon*Con and she was so nice and funny! I  bought her new book Working Stiff and she signed it for me and I loved the book and bought book 2 right after when it came out.
8. Tell us about the woman (women) behind the mask? Err blog! 
-Well I don’t really talk that much and so at times I feel that my blog is not really personal and I hate it! I’m a shy person and wish I could be more forward :\
9. Do you prefer a bunch of quick, sweet stand-alone reads or a long drawn out series of epic proportions? 
– I love long series. I’ve read many stand a lone books and I don’t feel Like I really get to know the characters(depending on how long their book is)
10. Last book you read and how did you rate it?  
– The last book I read is called Kiss of the Dhampir by Katrina LaFond and rated it a 4 out of 5 beacuse it was Awesome! I totally loved it and I hope there is a book two.
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? 
– I love to travel! I live in the mountain of North Carolina so there is always something new to see.
12. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
– I’d have to say Ireland, I just love the beauty of the land and I think the accent is so sexy.
13. If you could meet any author, who would it be? 
– oh wow I’d LOVE to meet Richelle Mead! she is my all time favorite Author and she has had her Book turning into a move and i’m super excited to see it!
14. If you could go on a date with any fictional male character, who would it be, from what book? 
– Oh that is easy! it would be Dimitri from Vampire Academy! he is so sexy and strong…yummmm
15. Who is a female character you could see yourself being best friends with? 
– I’d have to say Clary from the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Clary is  a shy girl untilshe is fed up and then she’s a little fire cracker!
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 just can’t really seem to get into Historical fiction, it just dose nothing for me.
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?
– well the first one that pop’s into my head is Everneath by Brodi Ashton,I’v read the series and LOVED it! and I just Love the covers 🙂
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!
– Well I never liked to read when I was younger, what got me reading what the Twilight series! hahaha funny right? but true ^_^
19. Were you The Quiet Girl Who Was Always Reading, or did you mainly just read at home in secret? 
– I was always the loud mouth girl (depending on my mood) Lol ,now i’m more shyer then I was a few years ago.
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!
– The most I read at one time is 3 books, anything more and they kinda start to blend in :\
21. Favorite book to movie adaption?
– So far i’d have to say City of Bones by Cassandra Clare ❤

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 Tell us a little about yourself!

My name is Zakirrah and I am new blogger who loves to read. I have a thing where I jump from hobby to hobby for example from painting to sewing to knitting and so on, but reading has always been something that has been constant in my life. I love to create as the example states anddd I am addicted to tea!

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

I have always wanted to run a blog but I never really thought about exactly what type of blog I wanted to run and never would I have thought one day I would end up running a book blog! I started reviewing on goodreads and then thought and saw other people with their blogs and I thought ahh why not? Lets create a blog!

What is your favorite part of running one?

I love getting to read some awesome books before they are released and giving feedback to authors. I  enjoy chatting to new and old authors and discussing their books and more.

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

Usually I read at night I swear it’s the only time that my house is quiet and peaceful. Most of the time it’s a mad house and even though I try to squeeze some reading in through the day night time is the best time for me. I sometimes stay up way too late when the book is brilliant and I can’t put it down.

 Kindle or regular book? How did you feel about the Kindle to book transition? Did you fight it at first or dive right in?

I love both my ebooks and paperbacks. With eBooks its easier to have them with you at all times and you can fit alot of them in but still you can’t beat paperbacks and the smell of new/old books (is that weird? Book smeller?)

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

Omg I love my series I just want them to go on forever. You get to know a lot about the characters and they feel like they are a part of you and you are fully immersed in their life. I do read stand-alones but in the end I always want more!

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

Well I love to create as I said that goes from drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, DIY projects and much more. I love going for long walks which I haven’t done for a while..its freezing outside! Oh I love learning magic tricks and card games rock. Also love to find out anything psychology related and enjoy watching documentaries on serial killers (I swear I am not preparing for when I suddenly become one 😉 lol I have always wanted to know why? Why they commit such crimes and what is going through their head at the time.

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

Everywhere! I would love to travel the world but then again who wouldn’t? I have always wanted to go to Italy or Spain they both look so beautiful but again there are just so many others I would like to visit!

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

I have to choose only one? How is that fair or even possible? Can’t I have them all?

Oohh I will list some because I just can’t choose one.. Ryder from Fae chronicles by Amelia Hutchins, Colton from Driven By K.Bromberg, Christian Grey from 50shades, Daemon from Obsidian By Jennifer L Armentrout , Asher from Love thy Neighbour by Belle Aurora and if I don’t stop now this list will be so damn long!

 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!

Hmmm I would have to say the Harry Potter series I fell in love with the books and picked up more books because who doesn’t want to get away from reality once in a while?

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

I read books at home I used to love visiting the school library and getting lost in books but I preferred reading on my own and in a place I felt more comfortable.

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!

Ahhh I can’t do that I like to give one book all my attention or else I would end up getting mixed up and not enjoy any of the books!

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Tell us a little about yourself!

Hello! I’m Nikki and I run Ramblings From A Chaotic Mind book blog. I’m a 32 yr old mother of two in small town Northeastern Ohio. I work a full time job Monday-Friday and have recently added a part time job on weekends. Yeah, I’m crazy. I know.

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

My cousin came to me one day after watching Twilight for probably the millionth time. She said “If Meyers can write a book, so can I…will you help?” This lead to me doing some line editing for her and joining Twitter (follow me @NikiBrandyberry) at her insistence that all the cool people were hanging out there. Before I knew it I had signed up to blog about my life and the books I was reading, authors were asking my opinion and I was doing a bit of freelance editing before the real editing for other people.  It grew from there and now here I am, 3 years later. Oh, and my cousin? She now has several published books. 🙂

What is your favorite part of running one?

Other than getting to read lots of awesome books? I’d have to say meeting authors and other bloggers. There is nothing better than conversing with other people who know how your head works. Some of those conversations are going to my grave with me. Of course steering like minded readers towards other books they may not have heard of it great too.

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

I read anywhere and everywhere I can but the majority of my reading is done one of two places. In my office chair at my full time job (I love my job because it allows me to read in my downtime) OR on the couch in my reading room…also affectionately called “the library”. However I’ve been known to read in line at the bank, at the grocery store and through every gymnastics practice for my daughter. “No, mommy didn’t see you do your dismount, it was unfortunately during the climax of my book…..”

Kindle or regular book? How did you feel about the Kindle to book transition? Did you fight it at first or dive right in?

Both. I have five full bookcases and a Kindle with probably 500 books…or more. Yeah, probably more. There are times I simply crave the smell of a paperback…and yes I literally sit there and smell them. But there are so many authors nowadays that are only releasing e-books….so I’d be missing out on them if I was stuck on only physical books. I didn’t fight it at all. Reading is reading no matter what you pick up to do it with.

Favorite book of all time?

That’s like asking me which child is my favorite. Can’t be done. Next question.

Coolest author you ever got to meet/work with?

Cherry Adair…hands down. She’s the nicest, funniest, most generous person I know. I adore her writing, but more than that, I adore her as a person. Seriously, she’s awesome. I feel lucky to now call her a friend instead of simply a acquaintance. Go read her books. You’ll thank me later.

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

Ugh. I don’t know. I hate talking about myself. I guess I’ll go with the fact that I’m quirky and slightly OCD. I’m afraid of policemen, I don’t like crowds and I’m much better online than in person until I get to know you. I often ramble about books to anyone who will listen. I’m snarky, laugh at the most inappropriate times and can pretty much turn any sentence into sexual innuendo.

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

I’m not big on long drawn out series because it often takes the hero and heroine FOREVER to get together. I like series that jump from couple to couple while still progressing the overall story arc.

Last book you read and how did you rate it?

Well by the time this comes out I’ll probably have read another 5-10 books, but as I’m writing this the last book I read was Autumn In The Vineyard by Marina Adair (no relation to Cherry Adair lol) and though I haven’t wrote the review yet it will be getting 4.50 stars. I really enjoyed it! I love small town romances and Marina Adair’s St Helena Vineyard series is really well done.

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

I have no time for anything else. I pretty much work, taxi cab my kids around and read. That’s it. I do enjoy going to the movies though and try to get there at least once in awhile. I also love singing at the top of my lungs in my car..much to my kids dismay. Running a blog is like having a second full time job. It takes a lot of time and effort. Heartfelt time and effort. You have to seriously love what you do.

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

Europe. Since I’ve never even been to Canada I’d say Europe is never going to happen…but if money grew on trees that’s the first place I’d head. Specifically Italy and then I’d branch out from there.

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

Maya Banks. I adore everything she writes. I had the opportunity to talk to her on the phone recently and it took everything in me to remain professional and ask her book related questions instead of things like “will you be my best friend?” I try not to embarrass myself…key word is try.

I’d also love to meet Juliana Stone. We chat constantly online and I think we’d really hit it off in person. Either that or I’d freak her out. We talk about beavers a lot. Yep. Beavers. I’d explain, but really, I think it’s better that I not. Juliana’s writing just touches me on a level I can’t explain.

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

Ok, so I know that most people are going to say Christian Grey, Gideon Cross, Jericho Barrons, Kane “Tack” Allen, or Chris Merritt….but I’m always one to change it up…although, let’s be honest, I’m not turning down a date with any of those above guys. Panties would be dropping faster than they could ask me out. BUT…I’m going to go with Zadist from J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series (Lover Awakened). I’m not all fangirl over those books, but Zadist, damn…he can come get me any time he wants. I will heal all his pains. YUM.

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

I think I could be friends with pretty much anyone in the contemporary romances. They’re always such sweet, supporting women. While I love to fantasize about me dressed all in black leather kicking ass alongside the urban fantasy/paranormal romance/romantic suspense ladies…in reality I’d be the first to die. Or they’d be saving me. Either way…terribly embarrassing.

 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 can’t do historical romance. Just can’t do it. I enjoy western romances on occasion but when I say historical I mean regency romance for the most part. I find them so boring that by the end of the first chapter I’m already looking for another book to read. Luckily I recently brought on two more reviewers for the blog and both Pam and Michelle enjoy historicals. 🙂 Win-win for me.

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?

My brain just exploded. I can’t even think to pick one.

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!

The first series I remember reading with any conviction was Babysitter’s Little Sister followed quickly by The Babysitter’s Club and later Sweet Valley High and the Fear Street Series. I used to go to the library and check out at least 15 books at a time. I have no idea where I got it from either because my mom is not a reader. I suppose at one time my grandmother was though because I distinctly remember a box of books in her hall closet that had Fabio all over the covers. 🙂

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

I don’t think I’ve ever been labeled “the quiet girl”. Heh. But I most definitely always had a book with me and had no problems reading in class.

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!

Usually I’m only reading one or two at a time. If I try to read more than that my slight OCD rears it’s ugly head and I start feeling like I HAVE to finish them…now. I get overwhelmed. If I’m reading two at one time they are never the same sub genre. So I can read a Cynthia Eden para-rom at the same time as a Maya Banks romantic suspense but I can’t read a Jill Shalvis and Keri Ford contemporary together. Make sense? Yeah, it doesn’t to me either….but it is what it is. Like I said…I’m “quirky”

 Favorite book to movie adaption?

Anything that has Nicholas Sparks name attached to it. That man knows how to do simple, emotional, contemporary romance. Even if he does do “fade to black” sex scenes GRRRR. Nicholas, write me some raunchy stuff! That may change once the 50 Shades movie comes out…lol…while I was just “eh” about the books, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t uber curious if they will do the tampon scene. You know the one. Don’t lie….you do.

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1. Tell us a little about yourself!

Hi! My name is Sara and I’m 25 years old. I love meeting new authors and reading amazing books. I am currently ‘trying’ my hand at writing, so pretty excited about that.

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

I would have to say my sister. She said, she could never get the updates on the family.

3. What is your favorite part of running one?

Supporting the author’s is a plus!! I just had my first giveaway and that was a lot of fun.

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

I read everywhere. My Kindle never leaves my side.

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?

I dived right in! I love my regular books, but I just can’t part with my best friend!!

6. Favorite book of all time?

I don’t have just one….hahaha

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

I like them all. It really just depends on the story.

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

I just finished Haunted 4 by Willow Cross and it was a 5! It was a perfect read for Halloween.

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?

I spend a lot of time with family and friends. And here lately have been spending time writing!

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

I would love to go to Italy; it is so beautiful in all the pictures lol

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

Tara Brown!!

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

That is a hard question!! Hmm. Will from Born by Tara Brown!!

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

Lily Moon, from The Moon Coven Series by K.B. Miller. I just love her!!!!

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?

L.P. Dover’s new Reign of Ice (Forever Fae Series) It is stunning!!!

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!

The Goosebumps!

19. Were you The Quiet Girl Who Was Always Reading, or did you mainly just read at home in secret?

I liked to read in quiet places, so it was always in secret J

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 read one at a time, but sometimes you just get swamped and I have read more than one.

21. Favorite book to movie adaption?

Holes! I loved the book, and they did an awesome job on the movie!!!!!

 

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Crazy chaotic

Tell us a little about yourself!

I am a avid book lover, obviously. And I seriously might be slightly obsessed. I’m a 25 year old mom of two crazy, chaotic babes! I have been married for five years, and I swear my husband thinks I am crazy from how much I read! & I adore Sheraka, my CCBB buddy, without her, my book obsession wouldn’t be able to be share with all of you crazies!

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

It was actually Sheraka’s idea. She asked for help doing a blog and I thought what the hell, why not?! I was too chicken to start one on my own!! I love it though. Connecting with the readers & authors is so fabulous! They are amazing and they really make doing this blog a lot of fun!!

What is your favorite part of running one?

My favorite part is probably connecting and talking to the authors. I love getting to know the people behind the book. Some of the authors are beyond amazing, and seriously hilarious!!

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

 Favorite place to read is in my bed, curled up when everyone else is a sleep. It’s probably why I am up until at least 2 am every night. Coffee & sugarfree Rockstars are my god send!

Kindle or regular book? How did you feel about the Kindle to book transition? Did you fight it at first or dive right in?

I ADORE my kindle!! Love it. Best thing ever invented!! I have a hard time picking up a paperback now, but I still love them! And I love getting signed ones in the mail, they are so pretty. Almost too pretty for me to read!!

Favorite book of all time?

This has to be a trick question! How do you choose one?! Can I pick three? 😉 Ummm.. For me, I would probably have to say Fifty Shades of Grey, I freaking adore Christian Grey! Who doesn’t?!! And next would be Collision Course by SC Stephens, that book was amazing and powerful! That woman can write!! And last but not least, I love the Mending Hearts series by L.B. Simmons. That woman is a literary mad genius! She can captivate a reader like no one I have ever seen! So there you have it, my top three!!

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

Well since I am a nutso and didn’t tell you before, my name is Jessica! 🙂 I run most of the admin aspect of the blog, and sometimes review. Sheraka does most of the reviewing! That woman reads faster than anyone I have seen. But I want to say a majority of our work behind the scenes, we do together. It’s a very nice 50/50 partnership in this blog we have!! It’s amazing and fun and I wouldn’t want to stop doing it for anything in the world! Well……. maybe my very own Christian Grey but that’s about it. 😉

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

I think it really depends on the story! I hate cliffhangers so stand-alones are nice for that!! But I do love a good series, I love getting more in depth with the characters and feeling like you know them! I think a good story is hard to find. Once you find it, savor it, no matter if its a series or a stand alone!!

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

I work, I am a cocktail server at Red Robin… YUMMMM. I hang out with friends, I don’t do much besides reading! I get too consumed with all the great books that are out to have much of a life outside of that!! 🙂

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

Well I have met a few already, at the author signing I went to in Seattle. Tina Reber is a HOOT. That woman is hysterical! Tara Sivec was amazing too. She is a damn cool Tramp! 😉 But if I could pick someone to meet, I would have to say L.B. Simmons or M. Leighton, they have both been amazing anytime we have ever needed anything for the blog and I just think they seem like some kick ass ladies! I honestly would love to meet a bunch of authors! Pick their brains, get in their heads, get to know the masters behind such incredible stories!

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

I would probably want to be best friends with Eva from Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan. Eva is one badass bitch! Also, maybe America from Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire! She was such a good friend to Abby, I know she’d be a good friend to me! 😉

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?

First book cover that comes to mind for me is Hopeless by Colleen Hoover or Very Bad Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills. A book cover says a lot about a book in my opinion. And those two books are very very good books with very good covers!

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

I was the little girl hiding under the blankets at night with a flashlight reading in bed! I never really advertised how big of a reader I was to everyone, the people who were closest to me knew! But other than that I was the girl reading at home in secret!!

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 try to stick to one at at time. Especially if it’s a book that draws me in! Too many books at one time would confuse the poop out of me! 😉

Favorite book to movie adaption?

Probably the Hunger Games. That is such an amazing series and so far the movies have been amazing too! I love how everything in the book I loved is in the movie! Great Series!

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Guardian Blurb

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.

When a strange man starts paying too much attention to her and her siblings, showing up to rescue them and then disappearing without a trace, Lyla begins to panic that everything she’s been hiding is about to come out. But as she slowly becomes friends with Rafael and even trusts him with her deepest fears, Lyla learns he has secrets far bigger than her own that will turn everything in her world upside down.

In this story of abuse and rescue, love and faith, angels and demons, an unlikely friendship grows into a fantastical love story appealing and appropriate for readers young and old alike.

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