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Happy New Year #SundayBlogShare A Year of Blogging Fun

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Another year comes to a close, and we all breathe a sigh of relief. 2016 was a tough one, for many reasons. We lost far too many icons from the stage and screen, as well as family and friends who left us with a hole in our heart.

On the positive side, we are all still here, relatively healthy (not including the festive over-indulgence!), happy, and hopefully determined to make 2017 a better year.

Blogging is a huge part of my life, and I’m looking forward to sharing more valuable content over the next twelve months. Many of my blog readers will know this blog well and, I hope, enjoy my book reviews, the author and blogger interviews I’ve shared, as well as the random musings of my mind.

The most popular features for 2016 were my Reader Spot interviews where I invited the incredible book bloggers I’ve met online to share their passion for reading and reviewing. You can read all the interviews HERE.

My Monday Muse feature was also well received and gave me an opportunity to share some of the outstanding women and characters who have inspired my writing. You can read all the Monday Muse posts HERE.

I was honoured to appear on a host of blogs and websites this year, as well as featuring in Writers’ Forum Magazine. You can read all my interviews HERE.

I’m not sure if many of you are aware that I also write another blog, Motivate Me, which is celebrating its fifth birthday today and 133,000 page views! I neglected this platform a little in 2016, but I hope to focus more on my motivational blog over the coming months. I’d love for you to pop over and join me for an inspirational boost, a holistic look at health and wellbeing, and to share your lifestyle goals.

2017 is going to be a positive year, full of joy, good intentions, incredible books, and new friendships. I’m so grateful that you have joined me on my blogging journey and I look forward to sharing a prosperous future with you all.

Thank you for the likes, comments, and shares. Your interaction is hugely appreciated.

Happy New Year xxx

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Reader Spot – Meet #BookReviewer Claire (@BrizzleLass) #Fantasy #ChickLit

Here on the Reader Spot, I share the bookish love of our avid book reviewers. From young adult to historical romance, chick-lit to a murder mystery, they know what they like, and they’re happy to share.  Whether you are a reader looking for a new book, or a writer wondering what your reader wants, I hope you find this series enjoyable.

Next up to the Reader Spot is the very lovely, Claire from Brizzle Lass Books. Find her beautiful book review blog HERE.

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What genre do you enjoy reading?

Fantasy is my go to but I also enjoy Paranormal, Chick-lit and Romance and I enjoy them all in adult and YA.

Do you have a favourite author in this genre?

This changes pretty regularly but at the moment Continue reading “Reader Spot – Meet #BookReviewer Claire (@BrizzleLass) #Fantasy #ChickLit”

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Reader Spot – Meet #BookReviewer Debbie Harris @Wonderwomandebz #YA #histfic #crime

Here on the Reader Spot, I share the bookish love of our avid book reviewers. From young adult to historical romance, chick-lit to a murder mystery, they know what they like, and they’re happy to share.  Whether you are a reader looking for a new book, or a writer wondering what your reader wants, I hope you find this series enjoyable.

Next up to the Reader Spot is the very lovely, Debbie Harris. Find her beautiful book review blog HERE.

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What genre do you enjoy reading?

I enjoy reading just about anything – mainly fiction, YA, fantasy, apocalyptic drama, time travel, historical fiction, crime thrillers (especially Scandinavian Noir lately) – if it can grab me in the first few pages then I’ll stick with it. One book I just couldn’t get into was the Life of Pi, although I did enjoy the movie years later. I rarely give up on a book but it does happen sometimes.

Do you have a favourite author in this genre? Continue reading “Reader Spot – Meet #BookReviewer Debbie Harris @Wonderwomandebz #YA #histfic #crime”

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Reader Spot – Meet #BookReviewer Christina Philippou (@CPhilippou123)

Here on the Reader Spot, I share the bookish love of our avid book reviewers. From young adult to historical romance, chick-lit to a murder mystery, they know what they like, and they’re happy to share.  Whether you are a reader looking for a new book, or a writer wondering what your reader wants, I hope you find this series enjoyable.

I have had the pleasure of meeting my next guest in person, and it turns out we are both crazy Potterheads! Allow me to introduce the very lovely, Christina Philippou. Find her book review blog HERE.

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What genre do you enjoy reading?

What genres do I not enjoy reading would be a shorter list, as it would be limited to horror and biographies, and I have enjoyed books in both those genres so… yes, I’m quite happy to pick up anything that doesn’t have me sobbing throughout.

Do you have a favourite author in this genre? Continue reading “Reader Spot – Meet #BookReviewer Christina Philippou (@CPhilippou123)”

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Reader Spot – Meet #BookReviewer Dena Haggerty @denaehaggerty #Historical #Fantasy #Suspense

Here on the Reader Spot, I share the bookish love of our avid book reviewers. From young adult to historical romance, chick-lit to a murder mystery, they know what they like, and they’re happy to share.  Whether you are a reader looking for a new book, or a writer wondering what your reader wants, I hope you find this series enjoyable.

Next up to the Reader Spot is the very lovely, Dena Haggerty. Find her book review blog HERE.

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What genre do you enjoy reading?

It really depends on my mood and apparently I’m very moody. Can I just give my current top favorite genres? Fantasy, romantic suspense and historical (non-fiction or fiction).

Do you have a favourite author in this genre? Continue reading “Reader Spot – Meet #BookReviewer Dena Haggerty @denaehaggerty #Historical #Fantasy #Suspense”

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Reader Spot – Meet #BookReviewer Renee Conoulty (@HeySaidRenee) #Chicklit #Romance #AudioBooks

Here on the Reader Spot, I share the bookish love of our avid book reviewers. From young adult to historical romance, chick-lit to a murder mystery, they know what they like, and they’re happy to share.  Whether you are a reader looking for a new book, or a writer wondering what your reader wants, I hope you find this series enjoyable.

Next up to the Reader Spot is the very lovely, Renee Conoulty. Find her book review blog HERE.

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What genre do you enjoy reading?

I’m a very eclectic reader. I’m drawn mostly to women’s fiction, chick lit and romance, but also enjoy the odd horror, reading middle grade fiction aloud to my kids, writing craft books, suspense and anything else if the cover grabs my eye.

Do you have a favourite author in this genre? Continue reading “Reader Spot – Meet #BookReviewer Renee Conoulty (@HeySaidRenee) #Chicklit #Romance #AudioBooks”

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Reader Spot – Meet #bookreviewer Shelley Wilson – Yep, Me! #YA #Horror #TuesdayBookBlog

Here on the Reader Spot, I share the bookish love of our avid book reviewers. From young adult to historical romance, chick-lit to a murder mystery, they know what they like, and they’re happy to share.  Whether you are a reader looking for a new book, or a writer wondering what your reader wants, I hope you find this series enjoyable.

As I round up willing victims book reviewers to take part in this feature, I thought I’d share my own book love so you can see the kind of questions I ask.

If you are a book blogger/reviewer and would like to take part in this feature, then please leave me a comment, or get in touch via my ‘say hello’ page. This Feature Needs You!

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What genre do you enjoy reading?

I’m sure it will come as no surprise to hear that I adore YA fantasy fiction. My bookshelves are stuffed full of vampires, faeries, dragons, and witches – the more fantastical, the better! However, as I have been a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team for a while now, I’ve started to push the boundaries and read a few ‘big girl’ books. I’ve discovered a new-found love of historical fiction, science fiction, crime, and horror – something I used to enjoy reading when in my twenties. I also enjoy non-fiction titles in the personal development genre.

Do you have a favourite author in this genre?

I have several favourite YA authors, most of whom I’ve included in my Monday Muse feature; Sarah J Maas, Cassandra Clare, Maggie Stiefvater, Jana Oliver, oh dear, the list is endless! When I was younger, I was a huge James Herbert fan and was deeply saddened by his loss. Another favourite in the sci-fi and horror genre is Dylan J Morgan – his books are beyond awesome!

How do you prefer to read your books?

Most of my review books are on my kindle, but when a favourite author releases a new book I have to get it in paperback. I can’t seem to read YA on my Kindle – maybe that’s the teen in me! I also have to have a paperback if it’s non-fiction. I’d probably say it’s a 50/50 split. I’ve had a few PDF books to review and find it incredibly hard to read on my computer. I much prefer to curl up somewhere away from my desk.

Where do you purchase your books?

Amazon and Waterstones. It’s far too easy for me to click ‘buy now’ on Amazon, I should deactivate my card details – maybe one day! We have a lovely big Waterstones store in Solihull, and also on New Street in Birmingham, and it’s physically impossible for me to walk past without popping in.

Where do you find out about the books you read?

The majority of my book purchases come from reading reviews on book blogs. If I like the cover, blurb, and it’s got a decent review, then I’m sold. I also subscribe to the Goodreads YA email, so I find out when all my favourite authors are releasing their books.

I take advantage of the ‘you might also like’ feature on Amazon quite a bit too. They have recommended some fabulous titles by lesser-known authors who I might have missed otherwise.

Do you have a budget when buying books?  Do you stick to it if you do?

Ha ha, I don’t know why I ask this question – does anyone have a book budget? I know I should as I probably spend more money on books than groceries, but I can’t see me implementing one anytime soon 🙂

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Do you write a review when you’ve finished reading?  If so, where do you post this?

Yes, every time. I will post a review on Amazon UK and US, Goodreads, and my blog. If I’ve reviewed a title as part of Rosie’s team, then it also gets shared on Rosie Amber’s blog, so it receives two pushes on social media. I share my reviews on Twitter and Facebook and hope to start promoting them again on Instagram and Pinterest (I’ve been a bit lax with that!)

What do you look for in a book? 

For me, it’s all about the characters. If I don’t feel a connection, then I’m not really bothered about the plot. I love feisty female characters who get into all kinds of trouble, and I’m quite partial to a sexy vampire, but that’s for another blog post!     

Where do you like to read?

I love reading in my she-shed in the garden when it’s a warm sunny day, but as autumn has arrived, I’ve started to curl up on my sofa overlooking the garden. I do go up to bed quite early and read for a few hours before switching the light off. I also have thirty minutes between dropping my son off at football and when his match starts so I’ll hoover up a few chapters in the car before standing in all weathers to cheer him on.

 

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What social media platforms are you active on?

You’re reading my blog at the moment *waving* so feel free to hit the ‘follow’ button.

You can also find me lurking around Twitter, and Goodreads.

I have three Facebook pages – my private page, my motivational blog page, and my YA author page.

I’m still trying to get the hang of it, but I’m on Instagram if you want to connect, and I have a Pinterest account. I am on LinkedIn but rarely look at it – far too grown up for me!

I hope you enjoyed this feature. If you would like to take part, please get in touch.