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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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  1. I have to agree with you about the TSTL heroine/hero. That will knock me out of a book so fast it makes even my head spin. Implausible plots and language/slang used that is not keeping with the time period. I like historical romances best and I recall one book where the heroine was suppose to be the illiterate daughter of a London dockside tavern owner. The author wrote her speaking words that her character would not use. I couldn’t get into that character no matter how hard I tried. I gave up after 2 chapters. Never read another book by that author.

    • Very true!! You have to be faithful to what is believable and accurate (I’ve heard that the difference between reality and fiction is that fiction has to make sense). Thanks for stopping by!

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