Monday, 29 December 2008

Phoebe Jordan From Talk About Your Favourite Authors




This week guest blogger is a fellow blogger who's blog  i have been following for some time now. I am constantly amazed at the amount of pies she has her fingers in on the net. She actively participates along with other bloggers in keeping the blogs Readers of Romance Challenge , The Voice of Romance and AAR's Top 100 up and running. We also happen to be apart of the wonderful free organisation called  Romance Writers United


With All that happening, she still has time as a full time student to run her own blog  Talk About My Favourite Author, which is a blog that is always great at finding a good read to pick up on your  nest visit to the bookstore, or to get more info about some of our favourite authors..


Please join me in welcoming Phoebe Jordan as our Guest Blogger today.                                   



What's the best thing about the industry for you this year?

I have been reading romance novels since I started High School when I was 14 years old in 2003 but I haven’t starting blogging about the romance books I’ve read until January 2008. I also didn’t really get into reviewing books until this summer after my first semester of college when I had time to read more and get into the whole blogging book reviews industry that I have now come to be a member of. I’ve met so many wonderful book review bloggers, e-published and print published authors and other romance readers through these wonderful reading and writing communities that I’ve only discovered this summer.

I guess the best thing about the book review blogging industry that has happened for me this year is that it has helped me broaden my horizons into a new field of wonderfully exciting community of people who read for pleasure and review what they read for others to decide if they will or won’t read the same books. It has also helped me get to review ARC’s of books by bestselling or newly published authors who have become real people to me instead of icons that come up with wonderful romance novels.

Most looked forwarded book for this year and was it worth it.



The most looked forwarded book for this year was Nora Roberts’s Tribute and it was definitely worth it. I love Nora Roberts so much since she was the one who introduced me to the lovely and wonderful world of romance novels and she is my inspiration when I first realized that I wanted to become a romance writer. Tribute by Nora Roberts is a very compelling story that I couldn’t put down for very long and it was totally worth it when I spent $26 for it because it came out as a hardcover this year and in six months it comes out in mass market paperback.


The books that stand out for you this year.



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There were a lot of books that stood out for me this year and most of them are series books by authors that I’ve only recently discovered. The first four books that really got to me would be Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga starting with Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and ending with Breaking Dawn. I actually didn’t really consider reading this series until I found out about the movie for the first book Twilight was coming out this year. I love vampires and so it also got my interest with that aspect of the story especially since it’s about teenagers, which I was and still am until next year when I turn 20 years old. I’m not much for Young Adult fiction even though it is for people my age so it happy I am that this movie got me to even consider reading this wonderful series.

Even though I enjoyed reading the series I have not turned into one of those raging fan girls that have to have everything twilight and lives and breath the twilight series every day and with obsession of all the characters such as Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, Jacob Black, Alice Cullen and Jasper Hale, in the series. One thing that really was something I wish could have been done with this series is that I wish it hadn’t been written in the first person because it really limited readers look at the series especially since I’m not that fond of Bella very much. 


Now for the second series that really stood out to me would be the writing duo P.C. Cast and her daughter Kristin Cast’s House of Night series which consist of four books but has a fifth novel coming out next year in March 2009. The novels Marked, Betrayed, Chosen and Untamed are all about a vampyre finishing school which is similar to a normal high school except that it is only students are vampyre fledglings and the adult

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vampyre’s who teach them about what it will be like to become a full adult vampyre. The main character Zoey Redbird is one cool sixteen year old girl and made the book so much more interesting even though it was in the first person. This series though in first person like the Twilight series was better written in my opinion that it kept me addicted to the characters that I’m anxiously waiting for more. That is something that the last book in the twilight series didn’t do for me.

Knowing that you have a following—can you give a sneak peak at some of the things you plan for the New Year.

Well I’m happy I have a following of loyal readers and I hope that it will grow larger in 2009 because it has been a pleasure so far. As for what I plan for the New Year for my blog I haven’t written anything in stone yet because like I’ve said I’ve only recently started getting to know people in the book review blogging community. I can say that I have a couple of interesting interviews with a couple of new authors coming in the first couple of months of 2009 and an ARC review that I’ve been looking forward to by a new author breaking into the historical romance world.

I hope to have more author interviews, guest blogs and book reviews for 2009 as well as maybe branching out to maybe podcasting some of my reviews or interviews. Podcasting has only been recently available to me since I bought my first iPod Touch and it has really fascinated me that I want to give it a try but haven’t got the equipment for it right now. I know an author who podcasts her interviews with other authors and I want to do that in the future for my blog so readers can enjoy listen to this wonderful interviews and reviews.

So that is your sneak peek into some of the things that I plan to do on the blog and I don’t know for sure if the podcasting will be an absolute thing for the blog but it may be a possibility that should be looked forward to in 2009. I may have to search for someone who knows more about podcasting to help me for free so I can get started but like I said nothing I’ve planned is set in stone.




2 Speak To Me:

Phoebe Jordan on 29 December 2008 at 14:54 said...

Thanks for having me here today! It was such a pleasure guest blogging and I hope people enjoy reading my guest blog post.

Erotic Horizon on 29 December 2008 at 15:29 said...

Thanks Phoebe for being here with me today - I was thrilled when you accepted and your answers were a pleasure to read.

All the best on your podcasting.