Xeranthemum – Meet Our Reviewers and Win Prizes

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Why did you become a reviewer?

After an initial hesitation, I decided to give it a whirl because I had no friends or relatives that read the genres or the volumes of books that I did. No one to talk to, share the excitement with or share a fan-girl moment when a new book in a series came out.

Reviewing for LASR provided me with book camaraderie – people who understood what it means to have a compulsion to share the awesomeness found within a book’s pages. Reviewing for LASR has been one of the best decisions I have ever made, short of marrying my husband.

What are your favorites genres to read in and why?

I actually prefer cross-genre books. It’s like a great salad – throw in a bit of contemporary splash so I can relate, add a dash of paranormal for the excitement of the unknown, toss in a suspenseful- full-of-action-challenge to overcome, and sprinkle some spicy heat or even some erotic habanero to make me sweat – the combination works well for me.

Recently, I’ve added historical romances and I’ve found that they can be as entertaining as Contemporaries. A lot depends on the voice of the author and whether or not they use a lot of archaic language and notions. I’m not keen on the helpless virginal maiden that is a victim of circumstance throughout the whole book. Today’s historicals seem to find a way for the heroine to show some spunk and feistiness within the constraints of the era. I like reading about a woman with brains and ingenuity.

I’ve pretty much have stayed within the romance genre and have not deviated much beyond that. There have been a couple of YA books that have surprised me, but as a rule, I don’t seek them out.

I’m a glutton for a solid happy ever after.

What book in your youth made a big impression on you and why?

That’s going back decades – it’s all fuzzy. I remember something about kids living in a boxcar but the one I really remember was A Wrinkle in Time. Mrs. Hannigan read that book aloud in class in 5th grade. She had the ability to keep me enthralled and reading time was my favorite part of the day because of it. Before her, no one had ever read a story book out loud. I wasn’t a very good reader back then but she showed me that a book could be exciting, could take me to places, and the world was a much bigger place than I knew.

How I got from A Wrinkle in Time to Romance is a mystery. LOL

Do you have any “bad book habits”? Dog Ear? Reading in the tub or while eating? Breaking the spine?

Bad habit? Probably staying up way too late and suffering for it the next day.

I try to stay away from series books if I’ve not started with the first one, unless I can figure out if a book is truly a standalone – then I might give it a shot. No, wait! I broke my own rule once! I started the Anita Blake series at book # 5 Bloody Bones. I was on a werewolf kick and it popped up in a word search. I didn’t know it was a series – but I was so wowed at the time due to its originality, that I went back and read the whole series – and have been reading it ever since. Bad me.

What do you mean eating and reading at the same time is a bad habit? I do that all the time!

It’s a compulsion – I’ll read the cereal box, a cook book, ingredients list, newspaper, a BOOK, anything while I’m eating. When I don’t, I feel so weird.

I can’t read in the tub, nor dog ear my book because I read mostly on a Nook. Water + Nook = Fried ereader. I’m good to my Nook. However, if I get a paperback at a library sale – I’ve been known to dog-ear it and the spine is usually compromised anyway so no one will EVER know if I do or don’t.

What is one thing we would be most surprised to learn about you?

Some know this, some don’t. I write a blog that gives tips and instruction on writing reviews for reviewers – The Chrysanthemum Connection. After six years, I’ve experienced most of the learning curves but when I was starting out, there was absolutely nothing out there to guide me. Granted, I used LASR as my guide so the advice may not be applicable to every review site out there, but the basics of reminding reviewers about no spoilers, no profanity and always respect the author and their works, and that a review is about the reviewer’s opinions of the book and not the synopsis of the story – I think those are pretty universal. The blog has not been as active as it was when I first started because, wow, was there a lot of ground to cover. Nowadays, I write a post if someone suggests a topic or I come across a new learning curve that I need to share with the reviewers to help them in their own journey.

So that is the one thing I’ve done that not a lot of people know about and I feel very good for having done it.

What is something that makes you stop reading a book?

What, besides a TSTL heroine or hero?

If it is an erotic book, the one thing that is a complete turnoff for me is a book without a story. I won’t read about sex with ornamental book ends. I need the right brain working most of the time in the novel or novelette.

For all other book types, the one thing that makes me stop reading is extreme darkness or depravity; too much drama and tension to the point that the book is no longer fun and ends up nothing but a chore to slog through. Some book series have become so mired in pushing the envelope down further and further into darkness and meanness, making the villain almost omniscient and powerful, I end up feeling helpless and stressed. At that point, I don’t care if the hero or heroine ultimately save the day; the journey wasn’t worth the ending. So I stop. I’ve stopped reading three series because of that. Their popularity continues, but without me as a reader or reviewer.

What books have most influenced your life? Why?

The most important is what I mentioned earlier, A Wrinkle in Time. It instilled in me a desire to read. That’s about as influential as it gets.

What book do you think should be made into a movie? Why?

That question is EASY! Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan. Oh, wait, she just came out with the end of the series, Maybe This Christmas. I choose both books for the very same reasons. They both encompass the heart of romance and touch upon the sentiments that make the holiday season so welcome. Her descriptions of winter in Vermont are the very things Hallmark is known for – the beauty of the location, the love of family and friends, of forgiveness and new beginnings, gentle humor and a passion between the hero and heroine that touches the romantic at heart. There’s laughter and tears, challenges to overcome and a proposal to sigh over in weepy contentment.

They’re on my keeper shelf for those reasons. They are books I wanted to hug. Although, reading on a Nook kind of makes that a bit problematic to accomplish.

What would you choose as a superpower? why?

The ability to speak, write and understand other languages. Much of the strife in this world comes from the inability to communicate. It’s not suffice to say, I want to speak all languages – it’s more. It’s understanding the nuances and subtle doublespeak that makes naughty humor, innuendos, puns and even relationships so interesting. People just don’t speak with their mouths – they use body language, eye contact, sounds and the fluttering of hands to convey more than the words they say. I would love to understand all languages in all their complexity.

Why? Well why not? Bet 007 would appreciate my superpower. *grin* Make it Sean Connery when he was younger.

Describe your perfect reading space.

My perfect reading space would be situated where I could see nature or a garden through the window, have great light, a comfy, cushy chair, a side bar for water and/or ice when needed, tissues for those sad parts, and NO INTERRUPTIONS!

If you could spend a day with anyone from history, dead or alive, who would it be, and what would you do? What would you ask them?

This is where that language super power would kick in. I’d love to spend a day with Cleopatra. I mean, she was one of the most powerful women in the world – a queen – she was pampered and waited on and yet governed a kingdom usually run by men.She waged war to reclaim the throne. I’d love to have a pampering session with her while getting insights as to what it was like for her back then. What did she love about her position in life? What did she find hard? What made her laugh? What was it like dating Caesar? Who romanced her better, Caesar or Mark Anthony? What were her favorite foods? Did she like to dance? Forget walking like an Egyptian, I’d love to dance like one.

Even to this day, Cleopatra is considered an amazing woman because of all that she accomplished. I bet I could learn a thing or two from her.

What were your top ten books you reviewed for LASR in 2014?

Maybe This Christmas by Sarah Morgan
Spell Bound by Emma Weylin
Night Unbound by Dianne Duvall
How the Scoundrel Seduces by Sabrina Jeffries
How to Handle a Heartbreaker by Marie Harte
Ghost Seer by Robin D. Owens
River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz
Heartbreakers by Lori Foster
Spirited: A Tidewater Novel by Mary Behre
Noble Intentions by Katie MacAlister

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Hawthorn – Meet Our Reviewers and Win Prizes

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Why did you become a reviewer?

When I read a good book I love to share it with others because I think it’s a shame a lot of good reads get overlooked. Being a reviewer with LASR enables me to reach a wide circle of readers.

What are your favorites genres to read in and why?

I love to read diverse genres, such as crime stories, suspense, romance and young adult. In short, as long as the book is well-written, I’ll love it.

What book in your youth made a big impression on you and why?

I read a lot as a youngster so it’s hard to pick one story that stayed with me. Perhaps, the author that stands out is Enid Blyton and her Famous Five series. I loved those adventures and I re-read them several times.

What is one thing we would be most surprised to learn about you?

That I’m a heavy metal fan? :-)

What is something that makes you stop reading a book?

Poorly-written characters or characters that are so unlikable that I can’t identify with. If the characters are good, I’ll stick with a book even through slow pacing or bad plotting, but if the characters aren’t compelling … Characterization is the most important factor for me.

What books have most influenced your life? Why?

They were probably many, but the one that I remember most clearly is Blindness by Saramago. I was amazed at how skillfully Saramago uses language and style to create an illusion. Incredible. I had a book hangover for days after that one.

What book do you think should be made into a movie? Why?

I rarely like movie adaptations, so I don’t particularly like to see my favorite books made into movies.

What would you choose as a superpower? why?

I’d love to be invisible because then I’d be the ultimate spy.

Describe your perfect reading space.

Anywhere that’s quiet enough for me to focus on the book.

If you could spend a day with anyone from history, dead or alive, who would it be, and what would you do? What would you ask them?

I’d love to chat with Zadie Smith about her books, writing habits and her view of life.

What were your top ten books you reviewed for LASR in 2014?

Played to Death / BV Lawson
Chasing the Flames / Cheryl Adnams
Share the Moon / Sharon Struth
Secrets, Lies & Homicide / Patricia Dusenbury
Right Kind of Wrong / Chelsea Fine
Play / Kylie Scott
Dangerous Territory / Emmy Curtis
Blue / Lisa Glass
Paradise Point / Dana Volney
Once Upon a Wager / Julie LeMense

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Poppy – Meet Our Reviewers and Win Prizes

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Why did you become a reviewer?

Because it seemed as if the majority of reviews were for NYT publishers (not small press) and also that many reviewers thrived on being unkind/snarky. The no-snark policy of Long and Short Reviews appealed to me. Since I love to read and talk about books, it seemed like a no-brainer.

What are your favorites genres to read in and why?

Nearly everything. I prefer romance, typically, but also read young adult, mysteries, science fiction and my first love was fantasy, so I still read quite a bit of that as well. I’ve found lately that young adult fiction is some of the most intriguing and well written, so that’s on my nightstand quite a bit.

What book in your youth made a big impression on you and why?

The first real books I remember reading were The Hobbit (I did a book report in fourth grade for that book), Black Beauty (this kept me company during a week-long illness, during which I read it about fifteen times) and Where The Red Fern Grows, the first (and last) book I voluntarily read that had a sad ending. I don’t read books with unhappy endings any more if I can help it (and, yes, sometimes I peek to make sure).

Do you have any “bad book habits”? Dog Ear? Reading in the tub or while eating? Breaking the spine?

Does reading the end before I read the rest of the book count? I do this with a lot of books outside the romance genre. I hate unhappy endings, so avoid them at all cost. I do re-read my favorite books a LOT, so they tend to fall apart, but really, I do my best to avoid abuse.

What is one thing we would be most surprised to learn about you?

I know how to milk a goat. LOL!

What is something that makes you stop reading a book?

Aside from finding out it doesn’t end happily (am I sounding like a broken record?) hmmmm…. characters that are TSTL, bad writing or editing, a completely implausible plot or no conflict. Actually, quite a bit stops me from reading a book … I have very little extra time any more, so you have to grab me and keep me because life is too short to waste on bad books.

What book do you think should be made into a movie? Why?

I’ve heard rumors that the Dragonriders of Pern series is going to be filmed — that would be one. It was my first adult fantasy series (read as a teen, but not written for teens) and as long as they don’t ruin it, I’ll be first in line for tickets. Otherwise, there are dozens of YA books I could name. Thankfully, it seems as if many ARE being made (Hunger Games, Divergent, Maze Runner) and that makes me very happy, especially since they are doing a pretty decent job on those (unlike the Mortal Instruments and Percy Jackson movies, which were terrible adaptations).

What would you choose as a superpower? why?

Teleportation. My friends and family are all over the country and flying is just a pain. I’d love to be able to pop in and say hi whenever I wanted! The ability to live without sleeping would be handy. Or to eat anything without gaining weight… but if I had to choose one, it would be teleportation.

If you could spend a day with anyone from history, dead or alive, who would it be, and what would you do? What would you ask them?

My dad … he died twenty years ago and I miss him. I’d really love to spend one more day with him and say all the things we didn’t get to say. It would be cool if he could meet his granddaughter, too!

What were your top ten books you reviewed for LASR in 2014?

Citadel of Fire by Matthew Wolf

The Meatball Mistress by Tiffany N. York

Happy Medium by Meg Benjamin

Country Roads by Nancy Herkness

The Green Rose by Stephanie Burkhart

The Prosecutor by Adrienne Giordano

Savage Deception by RT Wolfe

A Shadow on the Ground by Rebecca Lee Smith

What Echoes Render by Tamsen Schultz

Heart on a String by Susan Soares

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Sorrel – Meet Our Reviewers and Win Prizes

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Why did you become a reviewer?

I love reading books… Been reading books for as long as i could remember. There were books that I absolutely loved but sometimes some aspect of the story or book just puts me off. So when I found that authors do actually love to find out honest opinions of readers, what they liked and disliked about the book, I was very excited. Being able to actually help others with their books, that’s like the best thing for me. The books are bonus for me.

What are your favorites genres to read in and why?

Mystery, Thriller, Horror, Paranormal, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Contemporary Romance, Suspense, Historical.

I grew up in a country where its next to impossible to find the kind of story books I wanted. With a crazy family drama that goes on, books were my best friend through everything. I rarely read YA; for me it represents a time in my life that always make me cringe. So, finding a YA that doesn’t make me cringe and close the book has been difficult. Most of the genres I like are ones that make me get lost in books for days at end.

What book in your youth made a big impression on you and why?

The Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep, Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones and the Women’s Murder Club by James Patterson.

I love books with women as the lead character. Though every now and then I read damsel in distress kind of books.

Do you have any “bad book habits”? Dog Ear? Reading in the tub or while eating? Breaking the spine?

Lol! I used to dog ear the book until my elder sister started complaining and said that she will stop sharing books. I have a lot of cousins and a couple of sisters. All of them love reading books. Even my aunts but life interrupts for my aunts. After taking care of children, husband and work with household work its a miracle if they actually get time to do anything else.

Now, breaking the spine. It happened to my library book. Had to pay a fine for the damage. But totally worth reading. :D

What is something that makes you stop reading a book?

Family… Definitely. They’re the reason I would start reading sometimes and they’re the reason that I stop reading. A very big dilemma.

What books have most influenced your life? Why?

I think it was the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs that changed my view in a lot of things.

I am a very quiet and shy women. It would usually take me years to open up to people. It is so easy for people to push me around because of how I am.

This is book that helped me to say NO! Develop and create my own brand of stubbornness to withstand my family’s controlling nature.

What book do you think should be made into a movie? Why?

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas. I think it would be a fantastic movie!

What would you choose as a superpower? why?

Mind Reading… It’s nice when someone says the truth even if I may not like what that person says. It’s better than the lying nature that a lot of people have adopted.

Describe your perfect reading space.

My bed!

If I sit and read what happens is suddenly everyone finds things that I have to do. I never get to just read.
In bed, I can pretend to sleep. They won’t disturb me then.

What were your top books you reviewed for LASR in 2014?

Common Enemy by Sandra Dailey

Tempted by a Rogue Prince by Felicity Heaton
Beneath a Sicilian Sun by Lynette Rees

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Why did you become a reviewer?

Quite honestly, my book habit was getting out of control and when I saw “free books” I was all over that like white on rice.

What are your favorites genres to read in and why?

I like YA, paranormal, mysteries, suspense, and any combination of them. I do not like straight romance, for the most part, but supernatural romance, romantic suspense, etc…. oh yeah!

What book in your youth made a big impression on you and why?

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Both Anne and Jo were wonderful young women who loved books, writing, and flights of imagination. In both books I felt I had found “kindred spirits.”

Do you have any “bad book habits”? Dog Ear? Reading in the tub or while eating? Breaking the spine?

If I’m eating alone I ALWAYS have a book (or ebook) with me… and love reading in the tub–a hot tub, a glass of wine, and a good book. Heaven!

What is one thing we would be most surprised to learn about you?

I have a master’s degree but have never held a job in that field.

What is something that makes you stop reading a book?

Bad editing (especially in self-pubbed works). Also, I used to consider it a positive that, if I started a book, I would finish it no matter what. I’ve since come to feel that life is too short to waste on books that don’t hold my attention. I give a book three chapters–if I’m not feeling the love, I find another book (unless I have been advised by people I trust to hang in there.)

What would you choose as a superpower? why?

The ability to teletransport. My family and friends are scattered and it would be nice to be able to think myself to see them. If not that, then the ability to eat what I want and never gain weight!

Describe your perfect reading space.

A nice hammock on the patio, next to the pool, with a tall glass of my beverage of choice and snacks within easy reach.

What were your top books you reviewed for LASR in 2014?

Angel Heart by Cornelia Funke
What’s It to You by Judy Irwin
Molly Harper by Emelle Gamble
Dark Shadow by Stephanie Burkhart
Unintentional by MK Harkins

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Why did you become a reviewer?

At a convention an author I met suggested that I give reviewing a go since I read so many books. I started on some of my social media sites and I have loved it ever since.

What are your favorites genres to read in and why?

Contemporary Romance and romantic comedy. I’m obsessed with cheesy chick lit and I love happy endings.

What book in your youth made a big impression on you and why?

I wasn’t much of a reader when I was little, so when I found I books I liked it was a big deal back then (now not so much since I read everything under the sun) The books that made a big impression on me and still do today would have to be Sadako and the Thousand Paper Canes by Eleanor Coerr, Max Remy: Super-spy series by Deborah Abela, Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin and the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling

Do you have any “bad book habits”? Dog Ear? Reading in the tub or while eating? Breaking the spine?

I can not stand when people dog tag their books or anything like that but I did use to read in the tub until I ruined my brother’s book…oops

What is one thing we would be most surprised to learn about you?

I have OSD when it comes to reading books. In the first sitting I have to read 100 pages and I can only stop on even number of chapters – never in the middle of one.

What books have most influenced your life? Why?

Harry Potter is the series that got me into reading so I’m always going to be thankful to Ms. Rowling for that.

What would you choose as a superpower? why?

The ability to go without sleep so I could read more.

What book do you think should be made into a movie?

I would love it if the Temptation series by Karen Ann Hopkins got turned into a movie. Switched, my favourite series by Amanda Hocking should defiantly become a movie and they should make the rest of the Vampire Academy series into movies.

Describe your perfect reading space.

I can read anywhere. I read on trains, at the park, at home, at work….literally everywhere.

If you could spend a day with anyone from history, dead or alive, who would it be, and what would you do? What would you ask them?

I would want to spend the day with William Shakespeare. Every since I went to Stafford upon Avon earlier this year I have wanted to know more about his life and inspiration for some of his plays. We would go to the ‘new’ Globe Theatre to see one of Shakespeare’s plays with him and ask him if its what he envisioned when he wrote it.

What were your top ten books you reviewed for LASR in 2014?

I started reviewing in October this year and have only reviewed 4 books. But my favourite so far would have to be My Last Season with You by S.V.C. Ricketts, which is scheduled for next week.

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Why did you become a reviewer?

I honestly became a reviewer because it’s what I’ve been doing since I fell in love with books and reading. I’ve always recommended books and at times pushed my friends to read them, so writing my thoughts and getting them to a larger audience was the natural progression. I love reviewing. It’s my escape.

What are your favorites genres to read in and why?

Erotic Romance, mostly contemporary, because I like seeing real life situations come out nice in the end. I also love Paranormal because I can completely escape into a new world.

What book in your youth made a big impression on you and why?

Matilda by Roald Dahl. I wanted to be her, and I totally strove to be her and read everything I could get my hands on.

What is one thing we would be most surprised to learn about you?

I’m a really shy person, I talk a lot so people don’t realize that I’m actually really shy and prefer to be at home.

What is something that makes you stop reading a book?

Cheating, very poor editing but mostly cheating or if the book just doesn’t seem like the author knew where it should go.

What were your top ten books you reviewed for LASR in 2014?

Special Delivery by Heidi Cullinan
Tough Love by Heidi Cullinan
Iron Rods by Brenna Zinn
Carnal Magic by Lila Dubois
The Wizard King by Dana Marie Bell
Farren’s Wizard by Amber Kell
Homecoming by Meredith Daniels
Slide Down on Me by Lissa Matthews
Having Her by Jackie Ashenden
Theirs to Share by Trista Ann Michaels

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Why did you become a reviewer?

Admittedly, the free books allow me to feed my voracious reading habit. It’s also a great way to find new authors that I might not otherwise have discovered. Also, I rely on reviews when choosing books, especially new authors. So I like recommending great books to other readers like myself. I consider it a compliment when another reader chooses a book because of my recommendations.

What are your favorites genres to read in and why?

I enjoy reading erotic books. Well, I think that speaks for itself.

I love paranormal books because they usually have the best alpha males.

I also enjoy contemporary, but only the ones with adventure or suspense.

What book in your youth made a big impression on you and why?

I think it would have to be the Little Women Series. I was in about the fourth grade at the time. I felt grown up because the girls were dealing with the ups and downs of young adult issues.

Do you have any “bad book habits”? Dog Ear? Reading in the tub or while eating? Breaking the spine?

I have been accused of being neurotic about keeping my print books in pristine condition, so very few “bad book habits”. Unless you count reading in bed while everyone else in my family is sleeping.

What is one thing we would be most surprised to learn about you?

Two things. I am a grandmother who loves reading erotic novels. Also, I often recommend books to random strangers.

What is something that makes you stop reading a book?

It’s never happened. I can usually find something good about any book.

Now, bad grammar is an issue for me. I absolutely hate it when an author is a repeat offender. I’ve come across a few of those, but have yet to find one that I couldn’t finish.

What book do you think should be made into a movie? Why?

That is an easy answer since I’ve actually discussed this with my daughter / reading pal. I think that the Immortals After Dark Series by Kresley Cole would be an excellent choice for the big screen. It has everything ! Awesome supernatural characters, adventure, romance and Nix the Everknowing.

What would you choose as a superpower? why?

X-Ray Vision. Again, I think that speaks for itself.

Describe your perfect reading space.

I read everywhere, but my favorite place is my bedroom because it’s tranquil and private.

If you could spend a day with anyone from history, dead or alive, who would it be, and what would you do? What would you ask them?

I’m not sure, but I’ve romanticized about Robert the Bruce, King of Scots. Most likely because of all the highlander books I’ve read. Truth be told, I don’t know what I’d ask him.

What were your top ten books you reviewed for LASR in 2014?

1. Alpha Mine by Aline Hunter
2. Mating Brand by Laurann Dohner
3. As Hot As It Gets by Elle Kennedy
4. Highland Fling by Shelli Stevens
5. Texas Twist by Cynthia D’Alba
6. The Viper by Kele Moon
7. Rebel on the Run by Jayne Rylon
8. Zero by Sam Crescent
9. Nash by Sam Crescent
10. Champion by Cat Johnson

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Why did you become a reviewer?

I’ve been reading for years and never really thought to write a review on any of the books I’ve read, until one day I finished reading a book that was a cliff hanger. I went on Facebook, sent the author a friend request and inquired when would the continuation book be released. His reply about the next book I can’t recall, but he did ask if I would go on Amazon and write a review. After I wrote the review I started looking into being a reviewer and saw that there are lots of sites that welcome book reviewers.

What are your favorites genres to read in and why?

I enjoy mystery/suspense, historical and actually paranormal or horror. I am not really into romance novels because to me they pretty much have the same ingredients. With a mystery or paranoramal there is bound to be a twist and/or something new to explore.

What is one thing we would be most surprised to learn about you?

One thing that most people are surprised about is that I don’t like reading paperback books and I don’t like reading magazines.

What is something that makes you stop reading a book?

I use to collect hard back books, but when the Kindle Fire came along that was like the best invention ever. So now I hardly read actually books, but what would make me stop reading my Kindle is when the battary gets so low it starts making a warning noise, but other than that if I start a book; no matter how hard it is to read or if it just doesn’t make sense (basically it’s horrible) I will make a true effort to keep reading it until I finish it.

What books have most influenced your life? Why?

Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success by Steve Harvey. I didn’t do a review for LASR on this book, but ever so often I like to read motivational or inspiring books. Steve Harvey always seems to be up beat and comical so I figured I would give his book a read. I was truly inspired by Steve’s encouragement, and his ‘fatherly/uncle’ guidance. He wasn’t preachy, he gave his true life events, he gave pointers and helpful hints on discovering your gift. I also like that he gave you questions to ask yourself, sort of a personal measurement so that you can see where you are, stop making excuses, don’t be afraid to fail. A book with a lot of helpful information for life in general.

What book do you think should be made into a movie? Why?

Conduit by Angie Martin. While reading the book I could actually see the scenes in my mind as a movie being acted out. The author has a talent for writing; the story was something different.

What would you choose as a superpower? why?

Speed-reader….so little time, but there are several books to be read and I don’t want to miss reading a good book because I didn’t have time.

Describe your perfect reading space.

Any space is perfect for reading but if I had to say my top perfect reading space would be on the beach at the end of the day before the sunsets, when all seems calm, the waves crashing the shore, the birds making vocal nosies and very low people noises.

What were your top ten books you reviewed for LASR in 2014?

Look Away Dixieland by Marona Posey
Conduit by Angie Martin
The Color of Friendship
The Colors of Love by K.R. Raye
True Colors by K. R. Raye
Vile:Faces of Evil by Debra Webb
Captivated by Stacy Deanne
Sweet to the Taste by Alyssa Cole

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Why did you become a reviewer? I wanted a way to share my love of reading and books with others, and reviewing gives me a chance to put my opinion out there, whether anyone agrees or not.

What are your favorites genres to read in and why? I love to read any romance, but paranormal is where I go whenever possible. I love the escape from reality that a good paranormal romance can provide…seeing places and people that I would never otherwise meet.

What book in your youth made a big impression on you and why? Growing up, I loved the Nancy Drew series, always trying to solve the mystery before she did. In my teens, I found fantasy and enchantment with the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, and just kept on looking for the magic and fantasy in life.

Do you have any “bad book habits”? Dog Ear? Reading in the tub or while eating? Breaking the spine? I have done most of those ‘book sins’ at some point in my past, but not so much anymore. Of course, with the emergence of e-readers, most of there have fallen by the wayside. Now, my biggest thing is having three or four books in progress at any one time.

What is one thing we would be most surprised to learn about you? I am a crafter. If there is one thing I enjoy when not reading, it is creating something with my hands…I make jewelry, do needlepoint, embroidery, crochet, decorated clothing, sew, and make candles. And bake.

What is something that makes you stop reading a book? Bad plot lines, horrible characters no chemistry between the hero and heroine, all are reasons I will put a book down. If a book doesn’t grab me by the fourth chapter, I will probably not finish the book.

What books have most influenced your life? Why? There is no one book that has been an influence…reading has been the biggest influence, helping me through the tougher times in my life. When things get bad, I lose myself in a book to distract my thoughts, and usually find a solution for the current difficulty I’m facing.

What book do you think should be made into a movie? Why? I would love to see Anne Rice’s The Mummy: Ramesses the Damned as a movie…it is one of my favorite books of hers, and I read my print copy till it literally fell to pieces.

What would you choose as a superpower? why? I would love to be able to slow time, or even reverse time, so I could go back and make amends for some things I never did but should have.

Describe your perfect reading space. My perfect reading space is someplace quiet, no telephones, soft music, comfortable chair and ottoman, with a place to make tea and coffee.

If you could spend a day with anyone from history, dead or alive, who would it be, and what would you do? What would you ask them? I would love to discuss Middle Earth with J.R.R. Tolkien. I would ask where he got his ideas for the languages, and why there weren’t more female characters in his books.

What were your top ten books you reviewed for LASR in 2014?

A Secret to Die For by Sierra Dean

Blackthorne – Lexxie Couper

Getting Played – Lexxie Couper

Blame It On the Bass – Lexxie Couper

Downbeat – Mary Hughes

Wolf at the Door – N.J. Walters

Wolf in Her Bed – N.J. Walters

Moon Shine – Vivian Arend

Enigma – Moira Rogers

Summer Fling – Mari Carr & Jayne Rylon

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