Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Interview with Charlotte Blackwell

Hello Everyone,

Today I am interviewing the FAB Charlotte Blackwell. She is author of the Embrace Series and also blogs! She was even nice enough to let me guest post on her blog! Read her interview to find out about her book series, what she thinks about book bloggers, and what her OCD is!

I would love to thank Ms. Nova Sparks for welcoming me to her blog and giving me this wonderful opportunity to share with all her followers. 

You have let me guest post in the past on your blog, but you are mainly an author. What prompted you to wander in, what some would consider, book blogger territory?
Yes, I mostly concentrate on being an author, and I don't even really consider myself a blogger. With that said I do have a blog that doubles as a website for me. I do my best to post every Monday, and I love having others authors come to share with me and my readers. I am a huge believer in promoting other writers. We all pour our heart and souls into our work and I want others to recognize that as well. Once I get some more time or even just better organized I hope to post reviews for all the new authors I am reading. 

What advantages do you believe book bloggers have?
I think it is great how some bloggers have very reliable followers and it makes it a great place for us author to come visit. Bloggers have the chance to say exactly what they think and to help promote the work of those they believe in. Now of course there's also the great chance to get ARC's as a book blogger. Chances are they/we read a ton and that can add up. With the promise of promo and/or a review, authors are usually willing to provide and ARC, which means free reading for a book lover. How much better can it get?

Will you make it a habit to interview other authors, being an author yourself?
I do hope I can do many more, maybe even make a schedule to post on the blog with a list of up coming interviews.

How about book reviews?
I haven't done any official reviews yet, but I really hope to get the chance to do so. I know I love reviews, if they are good, honest and I can learn from and improve my next novel. 

I feel exactly the same way. I love constructive criticism with book reviews. Some people think I'm crazy but I really love reading reviews from book bloggers that don't like my book. It makes me try harder and strive for something. 

Are you published?
Yes I am, my debut novel Immortal Embrace is out on pre-release now. The official release is July 1, 2011.

Tell us about the Embrace Series?
The Embrace series is a paranormal romance for young adults. It has vampires, witches, shape shifter's, demon's, angel's and other supernatural beings all trying to fit in to a mortal world. Book one Immortal Embrace introduces the reader to the character's, friendships and the love story's with a little bit of excitement. Book two Forbidden Embrace really brings in the action and trouble for the character's, it doesn't stop there either. Book three Mystic Embrace takes us to another POV and the reader gets to see things more from the witches rather than the vampires as the first two books are. So much happens and everything changes for the character's in this book.

Sounds like you have a lot on your plate. I love to hear the upcoming works of fellow authors. Gives us all something to look forward to. 

What is your take on the indie/self publishing world?
I think it is great. There are so many amazing books out there that we would never have the chance to read just because one person didn't like the query letter. Agents and publishers are hard to impress, but that doesn't mean you don't have a great story. Take Amanda Hocking for instance, she is very successful with self publishing. Not everyone will have success like her, but why not try? Even having a publisher doesn't guarantee that you will sell well. With the increase in e-books anyone has a chance at being a best seller.

I've heard of Amanda Hocking. She is really an example of one of those stories that fuels a movement. You can either look at it in a positive or negative way. It seems like everyone wants to be an author now, thinking of it as a get rich quick scheme. That is why a lot of people look down their nose at it. Whether traditionally or indie/self published, people should write books because that's what they LOVE to do, not because they feel they can get rich off of it. 

Do you have a publisher?
I do have a publisher, World Castle Publishing. They are amazing and work so hard for and with the writer. WCP as we call it is writer friendly, she wants the author to have a say in things and works with us every step of the way. There's some great books and authors coming out in all genre's. World Castle is also open to solicited and unsolicited submissions. They are a royalty paying publisher and release trade paperback and e-books world wide.  

Cats or Dogs?
I have two of each, but if I have to choose I would say cats since they are easier to care for. My two huskies and very energetic and like to chew through my furniture and walls. Funny thing is I am very allergic to both cats and dogs.

That's so weird!!! You must be a real animal lover if you go through all that sniffling and sneezing for the sake of your pets. LOVES IT!

Any weird writing quirks?
I need background noise. I usually watch TV while writing, but recently discovered country music really gets my creative juices flowing. I also do most of my work late at night.

We get along in that respect. I have to have a lot of stuff going on in the background, but mostly Roswell (TV show) and music! 

Do you post reviews in online book networks like goodreads, amazon, or Barnes and noble?
I try to post reviews where ever I can. Good reads is really user friendly, and I just love the community there. Reviews are a great way to help get others interested in a book, so I recommend them to everyone.

I actually just started posting reviews. Now that I am an actual published author, I'm realizing the importance of it. 

First thing you did when you woke up this morning?
Vacuumed the house and made a cup of tea.

Oh....a clean freak, huh!

RIDDLE TIME: I am the beginning of the end, and the end of time and space. I am essential to creation, and I surround every place. What am I?
CONFUSING! I am seriously bad with riddles, and this took me so long, but the answer is E. (maybe I shouldn't have admitted to all that.)


I strongly believe that everyone is slightly Obsessive Compulsive. What is one thing that you do that people would consider a symptom of OCD?
Vacuuming, I used to vacuum twice a day but recently cut back.  

What is one genre that you will NEVER read? 
I don't like to say never, but off the top of my head I would say steampunk. Now with that said I have been hearing some great things about this genre and am getting curious. 

I'm hearing A LOT about steampunk and I had NO IDEA what it was until recently. I'm getting curious as well. 

If you weren't an author/blogging, what would you be doing?
I was a nurse, and a child care provider, but mostly I have been a mother. So I think I would have liked to work in the schools as a teachers aid. My youngest goes to kindergarten in the fall and that is when I planned to go back to work. I guess I have new plans now. I will write full time instead.

That is my dream! To write full time. I would LOVE that!

Where can people find you?
I am on facebook, twitter, bloggerlinkedingood reads and probably more I can't think of right now. I hope everyone will stop by and say hi. I love talking with readers and other authors, okay I just love talking. 

Thanks again for having me here and I hope everyone has a great day.

You are so welcome! Everyone, check out Charlotte Blackwell and her Embrace Series

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Most recent review from Nat of Reading Romances

Blood Reaction

Published May 20th 2011 by Foxboro Press
Annalice, a single mother and physician, is ready to immerse herself in the mundane chores of her farm as a diversion from her hectic professional life. But she becomes the victim of a home invasion, the supernatural kind. Vindictive and cruel, Asa, a century old vampire, takes brutal control of her life and home. Forcing her to strike a bargain in exchange for her daughter’s life, Annalice must not only accept his presence but also bow to his depravity. Facing threats to her only child, she relies on her skills as a physician to unravel the clues to the vampire’s existence attempting to beat him at his own game.
Caught in a race against a genetic timeline, Annalice struggles to survive the Blood Reaction. – Goodreads

Attention to my dear readers: This is more of a paranormal suspense than romance, don’t expect the happy, romantic and lovey dovey scenes-  it’s not gonna happen, and you’ll still like it.
I was caught unexpectedly at first when I started reading and it was a first person POV, and in the present. I kind of hoped to see Asa’s POV, but a few chapters ahead, I realized that Annalice is the soul of the pages. I was anxious and curious every time I turned a new page, a feeling that I have been missing when reading a new book.
Asa blackmails Annalice in order to satisfy his needs of blood and lust. It could easily be a story around a vampire raping the poor woman over and over again (warning: there’s only one raping scene and it’s not...

If you want to read more, Check out Nat's blog, Reading Romances 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Interview with Nat from Reading Romances

Today I am speaking with Nat from the Book Blogging site, Reading Romances! She will be talking to us about what makes a good romance novel, her pet peeve when dealing with authors, and Sex in Romance... 

When did you start Reading Romances?
I started it 3 months ago. Seems like it's been so long because it's such a hard job to blog!

You read predominantly romance novels. Are there any genres of books that you will make an exception for when doing a review?
Yes. I believe it's a case by case analysis. Of course, romance is my favorite, but I also like sci-fi, art books..I don't judge a book by its cover, publisher, or even genre. If I like the blurb, I'll read it. I have to focus on romance. That's what the blog is about. But that doesn't mean I won't read other things from time to time.

There are many book bloggers who are also authors on the side. What do you think about that? Are you planning on writing a book anytime soon?
I think it's a great tool to use when promoting their books, getting closer to the audience, other authors etc. It's a place they can use their love of writing to express and say things apart from the books. It's an amazing place to get to know who's behind the book. And no, I don't have any plans on writing a book. I have written one last year, but it was for my graduation project. It's my baby. The funny thing is, I like reading fiction but I wouldn't be able to write it.

How much time do you spend reading books that authors are expecting to be reviewed? 
I review for a few places, so I usually have 3 or 4 books to review per week. I try to read everyday, even if I only have 20 min to read. 

What is your BIGGEST pet peeve when it comes to dealing with authors and/or their books?
 I don't really like when they say, "Oh, and when you finish, post it on amazon, barnes & noble, goodreads(...)". Without even saying "please". I try to do my best to post my reviews out there, but it's not a duty or something I HAVE to do. When I have the time, I'll mirror the review where I can. It's something nice I do for the authors to spread the word about their book.

Have you ever dealt with a really disrespectful author and decided to say "FUDGE YOU" and not review their book?
No, thank god! If they're direspectful I will continue treating them with respect, but I will stop reviewing their book. 

What's your schedule looking like right now? Have a lot of books waiting for you to dive in?
I have a full schedule till the end of July! I didn't count how many, but I read at least 12 books a month.I'll be hosting a few tours and I have some nice books ahead, I can't wait!

Are you ever been offered money to review a book?
No, and I would be offended if that happened.

Phew, I'm glad i didn't offer you that 50 cents!

What color are your toe nails?

If you weren't book blogging, what would you be doing?
Hmm...I would probaby be reading! LOL. Blogging is a consequece of my addiction, I love it!

What's the last thing you ate?

What is a complete deal breaker when reviewing a book? What would make you rate a book DNF or "Did Not Finish"?
I need to be interested about the story or it won't work. I don't have a "DNF" rating, I will rate the book based on what I managed to read, but I'll state that I couldn't finish reading it and why it happened. I believe that a "DNF" book needs to be rated aswell, sometimes it's a great book but it isn't for me.

What's the lowest rating you have ever given a book? 
I have given a "1 heart" once or twice. I don't like having to do that, but I need to be honest. Usually they're books that frustrated or annoyed me to no end.

Do you get a lot of book review requests for books that you say, "This is total crap!"? How do you deal with that? Do you tell the author that you think their book is crap? Or do you read it and review it as being crap?
The "This is total crap" thing never happened to me, but I've read blurbs out there that are just terrible. I only review books that I believe I'll enjoy. If the blurb isn't something that made me interested I'll politely tell the author that It's not something I would like.

You're so awesome for doing this! Anyway...
Haha, you're amazing!

There is a man about to be hanged in front of a crowd of people. The man that is about to do the hanging tells the people in the crowd that he will not hang the man if someone in the crowd is related to him. One man out of the crowd stands up and says, "I'm related to that man!" The man about to do the hanging asks him, "How?" The man in the crowd says, "Sisters and brothers, I have none. But that man's father is my father's son!" How is he related to the man about to be hanged?
What is this?? Logical excercise? LOL.. He's the guy's uncle? Oh no, he's his dad?

You read romance. What in your opinion makes the perfect romance novel?
It needs to have an amazing chemistry between the hero and heroine, fantastic dialogue and a happy ending.

How do you feel about sex scenes? Can there be romance without sex? Does it bother you when a romance novel has no sex? What makes a really good sex scene?
Sex is a consequence most of the time. When reading erotica, it's the means to an end. It doesn't bother me when there's no sex involved, but the premise of the book can't lead the reader to imagine that there will be sex scenes or it can be very bad for the book. A good sex scene isn't about "what he's doing, what she's doing, where is what", it must focus on the feelings. And of course, it can't be an empty scene, it has to matter and change the relationship between the characters.

Is there a sub-genre of romance that you will never read? For example (even though this isn't technically a sub-genre in my opinion), does it matter to you if it is gay/lesbian?
Suspense is something that doesn't appeal to me. Some people write BDSM as a category, I don't know if it's appropriate, but it's definitly something that needs to be clear to the readers. I don't read BDSM, but gay and lesbian romance are just fine. I have to say that m/m isn't my favorite.

Okay, STUPID QUESTION #1: When people say S&M they mean sadism and masochism?
LOL, yes.

Would you believe I thought it meant Sex and Masks? Or something like that. I could've always googled it!
HAhahaha, that's why google is out there!

What is your opinion about self-pub vs traditional pub?
I believe that traditional publishing will have to change, they'll need to give more power to authors in order to survive. Self publishing has a few problems too, but I think that's the future. You can see it's growing very fast.

What advice can you give someone who is looking into being a book blogger?
It's not easy to blog! You'll spend a lot of time blogging, and less time reading.The first month is the hardest one, but then things get a little easier and you'll have a comfortable and balanced schedule.

How can authors get in contact with you if they want you to review their book?
They can go to and read my review policy page. From there they can fill out the form or email me at 

Thanks for the interview, Nova!

You are so welcome, NAT!

*If there are any romance authors out there that are in need of an honest review of their book, do not hesitate to contact Nat from Reading Romances. Just don't offer her any money for it...She'll kill you!*

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