1. What trope do you wish authors would run far, far away from?
I have to admit I had to look this one up. I have a degree in English but I’ve been out of the loop for a long time. There aren’t many ways that authors write that truly make me cringe but I’d have to say vampires. They have never been my favorites in any sense and I’ve never found them remotely attractive. That said, I will read a book with one if just to broaden my reading scope. But not too many!
2. The one book you’ll re-read over and over and over:
There are a few. Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, any of Jennifer Bernard’s Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel series, Vivian Arend’s Six Pack Ranch series, and anything by Lorelei James. I credit these authors with getting me to start writing my own stories.
3. If you could rewrite one book to change one part of it, which book would you choose and what would you change?
I’d love to fix some of the issues with 50 Shades of Grey. I love what the book did for romance novels in general but it has so many issues with it’s writing style and the storyline. Christian and Ana’s story is compelling but not solidly written. It’s why I’ve never reviewed the book.
4. Do you have a favorite place to read?
I do most of my reading in my comfy bed but I have a recliner in front of my computer since I have a bad back. I’ll read anywhere there’s light and a chair.
5. Tell us a little bit about why you started book blogging:
I’ve been writing my own novels for a couple of years now. During a severe bout of writer’s block last summer, I knew I had to do something, so I started a blog. It wasn’t too hard and got me writing so I kept up with it, attending online promotion parties and picking up ARC copies of books to read. After I discovered Netgqalley, I was hooked. Now I have two partners who work with me, Tina J. and Hoosier Girl, and I’m affiliated with two other pages. I’ve expanded my work to include some graphics work and I now review for an online magazine, BTS EMag. I’ve met some wonderful people who have become fast friends. And I cured my writer’s block!
6. What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Not a thing, but a person. I don’t know what I’d do without my beloved husband, whom I call Coach. He’s my light and support and I wouldn’t be here without his love. Number 2 is my computer!
7. And finally a quick round of pick one:
Coffee or Tea:
Coffee in the morning, tea later
Sweet or Salty:
Chocolate or Vanilla:
Chocolate! But I’m diabetic so those days are few now.
Hot or Cold:
Depends. I hate hot weather so of course I live in Missouri! But I have arthritis so the cold is an issue too. I’d choose comfort over all.
Laptop or PC:
I mostly use a powerful Dell PC since I like to game in my downtime. But I have a trusty laptop for when that’s not feasible. And I use and iPad for portable reading.
Paperback or Ebook:
Ebook almost exclusively for the economics of them. Although I miss the smell of a good paperback.