Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday with One More Page

I'm so excited to welcome Amanda Moran from One More Page in the red chair spotlight this week! 

Amanda was one of the very first book bloggers I came into contact with when publishing my first book, The Keepers: Archer, and her friendliness and support for my series  - and me - has been wonderful. Thanks, Amanda!

Describe your household / family.

I live just outside London with my husband and two sons, Max who is 6 next month and Sam who has just turned 3. We’re a crazy, noisy household and Star Wars rules at the moment!

Describe yourself in five words. 

Optimistic, enthusiastic, bookloving, water baby, mum.

What made you decide to start One More Page?

I started One More Page in July 2010; my inspirations were a combination of reading blogs like Novelicious and Chick Lit Reviews and thinking, ‘I’d love to do that’ and my husband who had a blog and kept telling me I should start one on books (I think this was mainly so he’d have more time to play his Xbox!) I’ve always loved books and reading (I’m a librarian!) and used to keep a paper book journal to record what I read and my thoughts. The blog sprang from there (it’s subtitled, ‘Diary of a Book lover) and is my online book journal.

How did you come up with the name of your blog? 

It took me forever to come up with a name and it was my husband who eventually thought of One More Page after asking me for the fifth time to turn the light off and getting the same response … “One more page…!”

How does blogging fit into your family life, work etc? 

It’s a bit of a juggling act; I work full time and with two small children life is busy, busy, busy but my blog and reading are my little escapes so I always try to make time to do one or the other each day.

You receive a lot of author requests to read their books. How do you decide what to read and when?

It depends, sometimes I read and review to a specific deadline requested by a publisher or author but as much as possible I choose my next read depending on my mood. I read quite a variety of fiction; paranormal, fantasy, historical, romance, literary and chick lit so I can always find something to suit!

What are you currently reading? 

I’m working my way through Aimee Duffy’s fab Summer Flings series of short stories which are brilliant summer escapism and I’ve just finished reading Station Eleven which is one of my favourite books of the year so far. Next up on my reading list is The Girls From Corona Del Mar.

What would you like to see more of in the type of books you’re reading?

I've really got into New Adult fiction this year and I’d love to see more Paranormal New Adult!

Quick word associations!

Library  -  heaven
Cocktails  -  yummy
Diamonds  -  Tiffany
Underwear  -  Turquoise!
Coffee  -  no thanks (it gives me migraines!)
Ironing  -  husband ;-)
Smell  -  seaside
Food  -  love it!
Storms  -  exciting
Men  -   blond hair, blue eyes

Fantastic answers, Amanda, thanks so much for sharing more about yourself - I'd LOVE to know how ironing = husband ...!! :)

Amanda's blog is full of fab book news, author interview and reviews. She can also be found on Twitter, Goodreads and Facebook - links are on her blog.

As always, we welcome your questions and comments!  Thanks for reading!

Rae Rivers

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday with CometBabesBooks

Another Wednesday rolls around and I'm delighted to welcome the lovely Jo Hurst in the red chair spotlight!

Jo offers a steady stream of book news and reviews on her blog. She's been a wonderful support to me personally with my Keepers series (thank you, Jo!) and recently admitted that she's a huge Ethan fan!

What made you decide to start CometBabesBooks?

I started blogging because I wanted to share my love of books and was always being asked what books I had read, which ones I would recommend. I came across bloggers via twitter and I thought what a wonderful idea.

What are the blogging highlights?

Making loads of new friends via twitter and interacting with them. I have friend’s bloggers/authors from America to Australia.

Do you have any pet peeves about the blogging/author/publisher/reading process? 

I don’t really have any, I’m pretty easy going, but the only thing that does annoy me is when an author emails you to read/review their book and attaches it to the email. It’s like they expect you to read it.

What is the most challenging thing about being a blogger?

There are 2 things I find challenging, one is finding time to read all the wonderful books out there and my TBR pile has become massive so quickly, I feel awful saying no to someone. The other, is deciding what to put in a review, even when I really like a book I sometimes struggle with what to say. I don’t want to say the same thing over and over again.

You receive a lot of author requests to read their books. How do you decide what to read and when? 

At one point I didn't like saying no to anyone but my TBR is so huge that I have had to start saying ‘I’m really sorry but I don’t have time to read your book at the moment’. I have also mentioned this on my blog. Depending on the author I may make exceptions, especially if it is part of a series I have been reading and I want to read the next book.

What are you currently reading?

I’m just about to start Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista by Aven Ellis, I love Aven’s books and she writes the hottest book boyfriends.

Do you have any advice to authors about how best to approach bloggers and develop relationships with them? 

I would say interact with us on social media, twitter, facebook etc, don’t just send us a random email asking us to review and especially don’t just attach your book to your email or by spamming us via Twitter, it’s so annoying, I know a lot of bloggers ignore requests if you spam us on twitter. I don’t mind a DM asking for a review, I know some bloggers who don’t like that.

Quick word associations! 

Pets  -  Dogs
Chocolate   -  Galaxy
Books   -  Fantasy
Men   -  Tall, dark, handsome
Beach   -  Cocktails
Travel  -  Sun and a book beside pool
Ice cream  -  Chocolate
Children   -  No thank you

Thanks so much for the visit, Jo, and for sharing more about yourself. Fab answers! Besides blogging, Jo is very active on Twitter and Facebook (we have loads of fun there!) so check out her blog for links and go find her!

We love to hear your thoughts and questions so please leave a comment below.

Thanks for reading!

Rae Rivers

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wednesday with Laura's Little Book Blog

Last week's blogger guest post was hugely successful, snagging reader interest and support from across the globe - a sure sign that  readers and authors are as curious about bloggers as I am!

Today I have another awesome blogger in the red chair spotlight - Laura Delve from Laura's Little Book Blog.  Laura offers a variety of book news and reviews on her blog and is a huge Archer fan from my Keepers series!

If you had to write a bio for yourself, what would it say?

I’m an avid reader with a serious passion for books that I wish I could spend my work time and free time doing. Books are what make me the most happy and I love writing book reviews for my blog- it’s definitely one of the best things I ever decided to do. When I’m not reading I do spend time on my second passion in life, which is Marketing, hoping to one day combine books and marketing. I love spending time with my friends and niece who is 16 months old and I love her to bits. Hope to one day have a family of my own.

Describe your household / family. 

My family is pretty crazy, but we are incredibly close. My Mum and I are particularly close and we are more like friends. I get on better with my sister since she had my niece Bella, but there are still times when I feel like killing her - lol. I’m not so close to my Dad, but we get on fine- unconditional love and all that. I also absolutely love my grandparents, especially my Nanny who helped bring me up whilst my Mum was at work. I used to see all the time but since I started working full time I sadly see her less. But basically I love all my family to bits and don’t know what I would do without them.

What made you decide to start Laura’s Little Book Blog? 

I had wanted to start a blog back in 2011, but it didn't really have a focus, so gave up. So in 2013, shortly after I had broken up from my then boyfriend, I decided that it was the year for change and I was going to start a book blog. I also thought that it would help with the social media aspect of my job, by using different social platforms etc. Like most bloggers when they start out, I really did not think anyone would read it or take any interest, but my following grew and now I could not do without it.

What are the blogging highlights? 

The people you meet in the book blogging community, book posts and seeing your quote in books.

What are the blogging lows? 

Lack of time, pressure to read a billion books a week, writing reviews when you don’t really feel like it.

Do you have any pet peeves about the blogging/author/publisher/reading process? 

Being chased for a review really really annoys me! I try not to make blogging feel like a chore so read books when I feel in the mood to read them, so when someone chases me saying have you read it yet, it makes me feel even less inclined to read their book. What I think some people forget is that bloggers do this for fun and for free! We are using our own free time to read their books, so it really isn't fair to chase us.

How does blogging fit into your family life, work etc? 

I have an hour’s commute in the morning and on the way back so I read then and sometimes in my lunch hour. I also read in the evenings when I can and when there is a time pressure at the weekends-although I dedicate Saturdays solely to family and friends.

When you’re not reading or blogging, you’re...? 

Seeing friends/with family/working.

What is the most challenging thing about being a blogger?

Keeping on top of everything and finding time that doesn't exist.

You receive a lot of author requests to read their books. How do you decide what to read and when? 

If they look like they have taken the time to read my review policy and check out my blog properly then it’s a good start, if I’m addressed by the wrong name or told ‘Read my Book’ then it’s a straight away no. I need to feel like the author has done their research and definitely think that I am the blog for them. After that it depends on the synopsis and also if I am inundated with books at the time.

What are you currently reading?

Last Bus to Coffeeville by J.Paul Henderson- really well written and well researched.

Do you have any advice to authors about how best to approach bloggers and develop relationships with them?

Well as I mentioned above, get to know the blogger. Don’t spam them with book promotions as that won’t get you anywhere! Also address them by the correct name when writing them an email; also don’t just say Hi! Would you like to read my book?! I think what some authors forget is that bloggers are people! We aren't just reading machines. Get to know us! Talk to us! We don’t bite. I can almost guarantee that your book will more likely be read if you strike up a friendly relationship with bloggers.

How has blogging enriched your life? 

It sounds silly, but I honestly feel like I have more of a purpose in my life. Yes there are some days when I feel like stopping, like I know quite a few bloggers have done recently, but my desire to carry on is stronger. Also it has widened my reading choices- I didn't realize how limited my reading was until I started blogging. I have read some amazing books that I doubt I would have even heard of if it wasn't for blogging.

Quick word associations:

Abs   -  fab
High Heels  -  flats
Holidays   -  Barbados
Heroes   -  villains
Weekends   -  bliss
Puppies   -  cute
Housework   -  dull
Babies   -  adorable

Thanks so much for sharing more about yourself, Laura. I totally agree with your word choice for housework!  Dull.  For more about Laura or book news, check out her fabulous blog!

As always, I love to hear your thoughts so please leave a comment below.

Thanks for reading!

Rae Rivers

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wednesday with BestChickLit

August kicks off with a new weekly post every Wednesday spotlighting some fabulous book bloggers.  These wonderful women have offered me so much support since the release of my first Keepers book last year and I'm thrilled to get to know a bit more about each of them!

Today in the red chair spotlight is the lovely Charlotte Foreman from BestChickLit so join us and get to know a little more about the person behind this amazing blog!

If you had to write a bio for yourself, what would it say?

I’m a bookworm of the highest order. Not being able to read is something I could never comprehend and having a good book in my hand is one of life’s biggest luxuries. I indulge more frequently than most.

Describe yourself in five words

Persistent, friendly, hard working, obsessive and tidy.

What made you decide to start BestChickLit? 

I wanted to create somewhere my books, as in the way I see the books I read, could live. I needed a place I could express my excitement about the stories I loved and hoped to share that will like-minded people.

What are the blogging highlights? 

There are so many! Meeting any author is always a huge thrill for me and is the ultimate payment for all the hard work blogging takes. Having one of our reviews quoted on a cover is also exciting.

Do you have any pet peeves about the blogging / author /  publisher / reading process? 

I’m generally fairly laid back about what other people are doing but one of my real pet peeves is when people write spoilers in reviews, especially on Amazon. I simply don’t understand the need to layout a book’s every surprise, twist and turn. That’s not what a review is for, it’s unfair and completely unnecessary.

How does blogging fit into your family life, work etc? 

I work from home so I’m able to interweave it quite easily.

When you’re not reading or blogging, you’re...? 

Either working or doing family domesticated type things!

You receive a lot of author requests to read their books. How do you decide what to read and when? 

We have a Review Database. When books are sent in, they are added to the database for a period of 12 months and we choose our own reads from there.

Tell us something about yourself that readers won’t know from reading your blog.  

I’ve got quite a temper on me ;)

What are you currently reading?

I’m just about to start You Had Me at Merlot by Lisa Dickenson.

Do you have any advice to authors about how best to approach bloggers and develop relationships with them? 

Remember that just being friendly and polite goes a lot further than you’d think. As does checking out a blog before emailing over a review request.

A few fun, quick word associations!

Fire – hot
Cake – chocolate, fudge, gooey
Books - heaven
Ocean - blue
Abs – six pack
Holiday - sun
Babies – awww!
Diamonds - jewellery
Scent – perfume
Food – a good meal

Thanks for the lovely chat, Charlotte!  For book news, reviews, blog tours and many other author services, head on over to BestChickLit!

Thanks for reading - as always, we welcome your comments!

Rae Rivers

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Book News: Book 2 in the Striker Series has released!

The game kicked off on June 5th with the release of ‘Striker’, and now that game carries on with the release of ‘Extra Time’, the second book in Michelle Betham’s seductively wicked bonk buster trilogy.

Life’s moved on for professional soccer player Ryan Fisher, sports reporter Amber Sullivan and Jim Allen, the manager of Ryan’s club Newcastle Red Star. But the repercussions of just a few months ago still hang heavy. Who’s trying their best to play by the rules? And who’s still willing to break them…?

Delving into the lives of those who live and work within the so-called Beautiful Game, ‘Extra Time’ is a story of sex, secrets and the true cost of fame.

Footballers’ Wives meets Jackie Collins in this sizzling scorcher of a read!

‘Extra Time’ – the game continues…

Author Bio: 

I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember, so it stood to reason that, at some point, I’d start writing some of them down. I currently have ten novels in total to my name, ranging from the sweet to the really quite steamy – which is my favourite kind of romance! When I’m not creating hot heroes and sexy scenarios I like to read everything from erotica to horror. I’m also a bit of a TV addict with a penchant for “binge-watching”, I love football, darts and rock music, have a slight obsession with Timothy Olyphant, and I’m also an unashamed ‘Breaking Bad’ geek!

Contact Links: 

Twitter - @michellebetham

 ‘Extra Time’ – Book #2 in the Striker Series – is available to download now from the following buy links:

Book #1 in the series – is also available to download, and ‘Final Score’ – the third and final book in the trilogy – is due for release in August. Paperback versions of all books in the series will be available later in the year.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Why my editor loves Declan!

"Dark-haired Keeper with a wry sense of humor, hot romance, stunning landscapes, epic fight scenes and a labor of love ..."

My editor, Emily, shares why she loves my new book so much! And apparently, I have a vivid imagination!  Check out the link below on HarperImpulse's website!

                   Declan is released today!

Release Day for The Keepers: Declan!

Declan Cover

It's release day for The Keepers: Declan!!

And we're celebrating in style with some of the best book bloggers and authors around hosting the event.

Tour giveaway:

Win 1 of 2 copies of Archer, book 1 in the series

Launch Tour 12th June

Declan Tour Banner