Here’s a few FAQ’s for your knowledge:
Q: What makes you qualified to write a book review worthy of being read on the internet?
A: Truthfully, not a damn thing. But that is the beauty of the internet right? All reviews are formed on my thoughts, opinions, interests, likes and dislikes. I have my own way of doing things, but I try to tell it how it is. If I think something is too cheesy, I will say it. If I think a story is too forced, it will be noted, and if I think it out right SUCKS. I will say that too.
Q: How do you structure your ratings?
A: I’ve selected eight area that I think are important factors when reading romance novels. Now these my not be as sophisticated as what other book reviewers follow, but for someone who reads for leisure and doesn’t get hung up in all the little details, I think they represent the books well. Learn more about my ratings here.
Q: Why the romance genre specifically?
A: I’m a huge sap for a love story. Truthfully, I think every love story should be a fairy tale and I find it interesting to see how many different way authors can spin the “someone meets someone and they live happily ever after” bit and not get bored. At any point and time if I didn’t cry during the book because I wasn’t moved by the emotion expressed, I will probably be disappointed to some extent. (exceptions do apply) I think it is a good quality in a book if it can make its readers cry. My husband makes fun of me for it, but I really like to feel how characters are feeling and to have them so well written that I can BE the character for the duration and really invest myself into a story. Furthermore, as a burnt out mom, the brain capacity for something much more than great fictional sex and the annoying obvious avoidance on both characters part to draw out the storyline is about all I can handle. Perhaps someday I will get lucky enough to do something more.
Q: Is there anything you don’t tolerate in romance novels?
A: Crude language. I really dislike reading books where the sex is watered down, non-existent or is down right skipped. I want to read the sex scenes because those can be powerful moments for relationship books. HOWEVER, even more than my distaste for no sex, is sex that is vulgar in the way sexual body parts are referred. There is a logical part to me knows that you can only referred to a vagina in so many ways before it becomes annoying gynecological , but there are flat out words that can take an amazing set up and written sex scenes and deflate them like you’re popping a balloon. I actually enjoy seeing when writers can produce a sex scene without ever giving the genitalia a seriously stupid or funny name or using a crude word at all. In the end, if my husband is not allowed to call it that in our marital bed, then I don’t want to see it in the books I read. (shrug)
Q: Do you write your own stories?
A: Yes, I have several things that I have worked on. Nothing published, may never be published, but they are mostly for me. I have ideas, I write them down and when I have time… which as a mother of two, a business owner and a wife isn’t very often… I visit them and I add to them and shape them and maybe someday, if I’m satisfied enough with them, I will submit them to someone about being published. I’m sort of a perfectionist however so I’m not sure I will be satisfied with them.
Q: WTF? Deets? Biotch? Whoo-haa? You seem to speak your own language.
A:In some of my reviews I may use some slang terms that might be a bit confusing. Some might be more obvious than others, but as a gift to you,I am compiling a list of these, or a glossary to all the proper speaking folk out there, that you might see frequently. This is an evolving thing. Some will be added, some will be removed or changed. So roll with it, K?
Q: How do you afford all the books that author’s don’t send you?
A: I have super powers. Just Kidding! I have Amazon’s Top 100 Free in Romance books saved in my favorites and I check it daily. It’s updated hourly, but not much movement through out the day, but within 24 hours you can see some new ones pop up. So I hit up as many of those as I can and I pay careful attention to the author’s notes. Many time there will be multiple books on sale at the same time and they can link back to one another so one free book sometimes turns into ten free books if your just super awesome like me. I also have a boatload of Facebook pages that alert me to ones that are currently on sale or are for free for the ones that I’ve missed and I will pick a few up directly from indie authors and publishers.
Q: What won’t you read?
A: I’m not a science-fiction fan. I have some things I can cross over into, as long as great story sex is involved of course, but aliens, monsters, etc. are not my cup of tea. Also biographies. I want to read, not sleep. Or anything really f*cked in the head that involves a lot of graphic violence. Can’t stomach those for movies, so I’d rather not read about them. Yeah, that’s about it, I think…
Any more questions? Send them to me. I don’t mind answering! If I like them enough, I’ll do some more Q&A sessions.