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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Nobody Asked Me! Giveaway/Confession

I started my blog in Septemer, 2011. I didn’t have a CLUE. My first review was a book that I checked out from the library, Deadly Harvest by Heather Graham. BTW, that turned out to be an awesome series, despite my pitiful review. Oh, you want to see it? Here it is! My Review Of Deadly Harvest

And this is where I have a confession to make. My name is Liz, and before I began blogging, I knew nearly nothing about the books I am now obsessed with. For shame!!! But it’s true! Here’s the story. I read the Twilight series, out of boredom more than anything else. But surprise surprise, I loved it! And it ignited a hunger. I began searching out other books similar, but I had a hell of a time. My friend Liz (seriously, her name is Liz, too!) suggested the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Ok, I thought. I looked it up on Amazon and got a boxed set of the first 5 or 6, or whatever. Then it was like an anvil dropped on my head. I loaned my books to my friend, April. Then my mom. Then I bought more of them. Then I was all caught up with that series. Now what??

I went to my library. Another confession: It’d been decades since I’d been to a library. I used to spend hours in the library, so it’s not like I was a stranger. But to find this new genre that I didn’t even know had a name, whether it was Paranormal Romance or Urban Fantasy (ok, I still get sketchy on those distinctions, but that’s for another post) or something else entirely – I didn’t know. The selection was scarce, and that’s when I picked up Heather Graham’s books (and I now buy every book I find of hers, btw). I reviewed them.

Then I got a Kindle. AND THE WORLD CHANGED.

Then I reviewed a book called Jigsaw by Ted Brogden, which was fantastic – but not the genre I was looking for. My friend, Marc, also had just got a Kindle. We were swapping book suggestions back and forth, and he suggested Girl On A Laptop, by Russ Cooper. It was horror, and snarky, and all things wonderful.

But I still sucked at writing reviews.

I tried to review a couple others. And one day I received an email from author Ashley Lynn Willis, who wrote The Calling  THIS is the type of book I had been in search of. (That means I want you to read it, and you won’t regret it) She and I went back and forth, talking about ways to promote her book. We did a giveaway on a hop, even. We were both feeling our way around. I still sucked at reviews. In fact, my review of her book left out a major point in the story about the leading lady, Mandy, being a breast cancer survivor. I left out a lot. But then Ashley did something amazing, she started passing my name around.

And the requests began coming in. And more, and more. And then it got to be such a long list that I had to start turning authors away. And I still turn a lot away, but not because I want to, but because I have to.

Keta's KeepLittle by little, I think I am getting better. I don’t think I am perfect by any means. I can’t tell you how many times I edit some of my reviews before they go live. I give myself permission to edit all the way until my newsletter goes out. After that, it stays. I’ve even had awesome authors like Keta Diablo spotlight me, saying I know how to write reviews. But honestly, I don’t. It’s the books that make me feel something and that gives me the urge to write something about them in return.

Blogging has changed my life in so many ways. I’ve been a reader since I was a child (and I have a post about those books coming up in the next few weeks, a throwback to the 80s). But there were many years where I didn’t pick up a book. I got into other things (read: dating…and some other stuff) and my beloved books fell to the wayside. But nowadays I read nearly every day. I lose myself in these worlds with angels, demons, vampires, weres, and more romance and sex than I could ever even hope to have in my own life. And I am so entirely grateful. And on top of it, I get to write about it and interact with other readers who are just as passionate as I am. I can’t tell you how completely awesome that is!

So, to celebrate that, this is my post. A confession of sorts. And a giveaway, cause I love to give things…well, away. :) Thanks for listening to my story!

The swag prize is INTERNATIONAL, as always.  I will pick a winner next Thursday!  

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  1. Great post Liz! I'm not even sure how I got into blogging to be honest. Like you I had been a voracious reader as a kid - then college and life got in the way and I pretty much stopped reading unless it was required reading. Then one night while I was watching HBO they had a promo for an upcoming new series - True Blood. I was fascinated and did some research and got the first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series - then I got some recommends from Amazon and I was off to the races so to speak. I happened to join a Yahoo group where there were several ladies who blog, and are voracious readers too, and I wanted to do what they did so that's pretty much how I got into blogging.

  2. I'm not a blogger but I do love supporting and promoting bloggers! Thanks for sharing your story!

  3. Unfortunately, I'm not a blogger. I just don't have time and I feel like what I would write wouldn't be that interesting anyway. I do like reading blogs, however!

  4. Sometimes I feel like my reviews are not all that great especially after I go back and read other people's reviews. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

  5. ::snort:: Liz I think all of our early posts are kinda funny and sweet. It's crazy how you can change your style and figure it all out as time goes by. And so with you blogging has really changed things for me too. It's a great little outlet and I've had a great time getting to know new people on the web (and then getting to meet some of them in real life at events). Very neat. Glad you've enjoyed the last couple years :)

  6. I amnot sure I have had a journey. But I enjoyed reading this post.

  7. I am not a blogger. I actually just found blogs a few years back after I became disabled. I have found so many great authors, books, and bloggers since then :)

  8. I didn't start out intending to be a blogger, I was just a visitor. But it wasn't long before I felt like I just had to be in on it. But its really opened up a whole new world, and I'm constantly excited about it :)

  9. maybe that means your journey is just starting? Thanks! Really, this is another one of those posts where I just started typing. I didn't really know where it was going to go, and it kind of shows. But I'm really bad at just picking one topic and writing about it.

  10. Ugh, the beginning posts of mine were just ludicrous!! I feel bad for the authors I reviewed in the beginning. Once upon a time I thought I would re-review the books I felt didn't get a fair shake from me - but who am I kidding? I don't have time to review the books I have now, let alone ones I read 2 years ago!!!

  11. I still feel like that a lot. Especially when they find things to talk about that didn't even phase me. But really, I think that's whats great about so many book blogs out there, we all see something different. :) Thanks for coming by Kristen!

  12. It can be a major time suckage!! I had no idea when I started. And even when I'm not actively doing something on my blog, I'm always thinking about it. My next review, giveaway, swag, what will I read? Oh, gotta remember to do this, and should I join this hop or that hop? It's a brain consumer!

  13. Heck, even reading back on this post now, there are lots of points I thought about when I was writing it, but still managed to leave them out! But thank you for coming by and commenting!!

  14. I've seen half of one episode of True Blood and I've never read the books!! But the list of books I've not read is huge. I love blogging, but I also love how it's constantly changing. But I agree, True Blood sparked you, and the Brotherhood sparked me. And now I don't see how I could stop - although some days are frustrating enough I'd like to LOL


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