Nymphaea – Meet Our Reviewers and Win Prizes

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Why did you become a reviewer?

I became a reviewer because I wanted to learn more about the kinds of books I wanted to write. Getting free books in exchange for an honest review wasn’t a bad perk, either. I also told DH it was my way of getting a job. I’m not sure that free books for reviews is what he had in mind.

What are your favorites genres to read in and why?

My favorite genre is MM. I love to read the stories of the guys getting together and how they got to that point. If it’s really hot–like erotic with BDSM hot–then I’m so there. There’s a dynamic to that relationship that intrigues me. I need to know more.

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

The one that made the biggest impression on me has got to be Regularly Scheduled Life by KA Mitchell. I wanted to alternately smack the characters, then sigh when they got together. I could feel the situations they got into and had to know what would happen next. I thought about the book for…well, I still think about it. I got emotionally involved with the characters and that is one of my biggest measures for a book. If I can get emotionally involved and upset, then it’s a good book.

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

I don’t know if it’s a bad habit, but I don’t like to break the spines on my books. I want those babies to say perfectly perfect. Even after I’ve read them. No fingerprints, or dirty smudges. No dog ears and certainly no cracked spines. I’ll hold the book awkwardly in order to keep it looking pristine. I’m pretty sure that’s a bad thing to not open the book all the way in order for it to look pretty.

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

I speed read. I can’t just read a book and soak it in. I read crazy fast because I can’t slow down. It’s silly, but I can’t just go slow.

What is something that makes you stop reading a book?

I have trigger words. If the Dominant uses a couple of choice words, I’ll put the book down. If the hero calls the heroine certain things, I’m done. Another biggie is if the story is being told to me and I can’t get into the world. If I feel disconnected, then that’s it.

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

The one I thought should’ve been made into a movie was made into a TV movie. That counts, right? Grin. I wanted to see Bag of Bones by Stephen King made into a movie. That movie creeped me out. I had nightmares and thought for sure parts of it really happened. That’s a good book. I really got enmeshed in it.

What would you choose as a superpower? why?

Mind reading. That’s the superpower I’d want. Why? That way I can understand what the other person is saying in an argument, especially if they don’t agree with me. I don’t always see the other side and I’d like to. If I could get into that person’s head and see the world the way they do, it would alleviate a lot of problems. I’m not saying I’d still agree, but it would be a good thing.

Describe your perfect reading space.

Anywhere I can read is a perfect reading space. I don’t always get the time I’d like to read, so as long as I can read I’m good.

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

1. Neighboring Affairs by Cheryl Dragon
2. What the Groom Wants by Jade Lee
3. Wrapped in Ribbons by Sean Michael
4. Just Call Me Angel by Jack Greene
5. What the Bride Wore by Jade Lee
6. Cowboy Seeks Bride by Carolyn Brown
7. Three To Heal by Sean Michael
8. Secrets of a Wedding Night by Valerie Bowman
9. Struck by Lightning by Chris Colfer

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  1. Salisa Waheed says:

    Reviewer Interviews! A nice thought!

  2. I’m also a speed reader, Nymphaea. It’s hard to slow down when you can’t wait to see what will happen next. 🙂

  3. Do you keep track of your trigger words or you just know when you read them?

    • NymphaeaReviewer says:

      I just know when I read them. I can be going along just fine and when I find one of those trigger words…it’s probably over. I’ve had a couple of books I’ve finished because I was so involved with the story, but most of the time I put it down.

  4. I enjoyed your thoughtful answers. I am glad we are getting to know each other a little better. This was a great idea.

    • NymphaeaReviewer says:

      Thank you! I’m glad you did. I had a good time answering these. Always fun to get to talk about ourselves for a change. 🙂

  5. Robert Grieco says:

    In a word – SWEET!

  6. Speed reading, eh? That’s a skill I’ve always thought would be nice. But if I couldn’t enjoy a book at a slower pace…. I have to rethink that 🙂

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