and the Winner is.....

Thanks for everyone who participated in the chance to win a copy of  Amelia James Giveaway.

Teresa Kiser-Townsend

Proserpine C.

I did not hear back from the first winner and had to pull another name, Propserpine, you have 48 hours to reply or I'll have to pick a new winner.

Moving Day is finally here.......

Well moving day is finally here, so today will be my last blog post for awhile.  I am just about to pack up my Mac  (sob, sob, sob).  It will be a bit before I will be able to log back in and post reviews, my feature "In the Spotlight", blog tours, interviews and such.... Although, I have internet access with my droid tablet, it will require wifi and even then it doesn't seem compatible with the blogger post settings, so access to my blog will be impossible.

I hope to be back live by the end of next week..

I have read so many great books and have been introduced to many new authors, I can't wait to get back and have time to concentrate on reviews.  I also want to thank everyone for being patient and your kind words and thoughts when I was away helping my mother.  It meant a lot to me..

I hope to see all of you really soon.  Please keep popping back in to my blog, I would love to read your comment, while I am away...  :)

See you soon....

Sweet Laurel Falls by RaeAnne Thayne

Sweet Laurel Falls (Hope's Crossing #3)
by RaeAnne Thayne
Expected publication: September 25th 2012 by Harlequin HQN
ISBN 0373776705 (ISBN13: 9780373776702)

Review courtesy of Author

Spring should bring renewal, but Maura McKnight-Parker cannot escape the past. Still reeling from the loss of one daughter, the former free spirit is thrown for a loop by the return of her older daughter, Sage, and the reappearance of her first love, Sage's father. Jackson Lange never knew his daughter—never even knew that he'd left the love of his life pregnant when he fled their small town—but he has never forgotten Maura. Now they are all back, but Sage has her own secret, one that will test the fragile bonds of a reunited family. Thrown together by circumstances and dedicated to those they love, Maura and Jackson must learn to move forward and let go of the mistakes of their past for the bright future that awaits them and their friends in Hope's Crossing.

My Thoughts:
I knew Maura's story was going to be a somewhat emotional read. This one really took my emotions to a whole new level.  This book to me represented a full circle; the loss of a child, the meeting of a child, and the beginning of a new life, a story filled with hope and joy.  For those who may be wondering, I recommend you reading the first two books in this series, Blackberry Summer and Woodrose Mountain. It's not that you will feel lost, as the author gives you plenty of background, but the first two stories really help with understanding the characters and their lives in Hope's Crossing.

I loved Jackson, I don't think RaeAnne could have created a better character to suit Maura.

Maura's oldest daughter comes home for the holidays, and brings home a surprise! This was a warm and romantic story. The ending was a bit unexpected, I won't give it away, as I hate spoilers. But needless to say, you as a reader may ponder if the decision that Maura and Jackson make will bond the family together or will Sage have second thoughts...  Very heartbreaking if that were to happen.
I am so glad that I found RaeAnne, she will be on my auto buy and will always be welcomed on my book shelves.

The scene that had me crying like a baby, was the memorial service for Layla. The beautiful and emotional moment of the release of the "flutties" was perfect, moving and simply the single most poignant message that we all can take from this lovely book.

"Butterfiles are symbols of hope. They land beside us, like sunbeams, and belong to us for a moment, but then they fly away. And while we wish they might have stayed longer to share their beauty, we feel blessed for having seen them."

RaeAnne Thayne explores second chances, a very poignant, sometimes emotional read. The bond between mother and daughter, father and daughter and father and son—and the healing magic of Love and of course, the Angel of Hope.

My Rating
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In the Spotlight ~ Nette's Bookshelf Reviews

Today we are joined by Nette from Nette's Bookshelf Reviews.

Here's a bit about Nette: 
" I have a profound love of books and you can find me most of the time-if not at Peet's or Starbucks or my neighborhood coffee house-at the library or a book store. Aside from reading I enjoy cooking and baking and as my three boys (four counting my husband) like to put it "ruining their fun with my rules and regulations!" I'm a die-hard football fan and a soccer mom. Yes, I have a busy life but I love it! All I need in my life are my books, my boys, my blog and a good cup of coffee-or two! " 

Welcome Nette!!

When and how did you decide to become a book blogger?
I’ve been blogging consistently/publicly for about a month now (I’m a blog baby!) I have a personal blog that I created about a year ago where I rant or vent about my home life with three crazy boys and an even crazier husband!

So far, what’s the hardest part of being a book blogger?
Well for me that hardest part is finding the time to read all the books! I’ve been approached by a few authors to review their work and I want to give it their due justice but with the upcoming tours I’m participating in and my home life....time is definitely a commodity! I also want to be taken seriously, so I make sure my reviews reflect MY feelings/thoughts/opinions. I’m not the type to sugarcoat or be nice for fear of hurting someone’s feelings. And sometimes, getting my thoughts onto the “paper” is a challenge because I have so many at once!

What do you do when you are not blogging?
When I’m not blogging, I’m at work (although you can catch me blogging at work sometimes!) And doing the mom thing. I have time for nothing else...except laundry, dishes, house cleanig, grocery shopping, playing get the idea. 

I love the header on your blog. Tell us how you went about choosing it.
I wanted my header to reflect the name of my site. I certainly didn’t want a bookshelf to represent it so I set out to find an avatar that I liked. I only picked the avatar, the rest of it I give credit to Blogovation Designs. She did an awesome job considering I only told her what colors I wanted it to be. 

What genre(s) do you read, can you tell us what is it about the genre(s) that grabs your interest?
I read all genre’s but my favorite genres to read are romance and paranormal. If you put the two together...even better! I like reading romance because I like the excitement of new love and watching a relationship grow...kinda reminds me of me and my hubbs sometimes (depending on the book) I like paranormal because I’ve always loved anything vampire, witch or ghostly. I’m not too much into zombies but I may be persuaded if I find the right book. 

Who are your three favorite authors?
Deborah Harkness
Jeaniene Frost
Kresley Cole

Which author would you most like to meet (dead or alive)? Tell us more..
Well I’ve already gotten to meet #1 in question 6 (exciting I know! I was so unbelievably nervous!) I would definitely want to me Jeaniene Frost, simply for the Night Huntress series. I found those novels to be sooo funny at times and she knows how to write a love scene! If you haven’t read the series, you need to in order to get what I’m saying about that. I picture her to have a sarcastic sense of humor and I’d just like to get to know her.

How big is your TBR pile? How many books do you read/review in a month?
My TBR list is pretty big...although I’m guilty of not updating on goodreads all the time. I have a written list that I add to when I see or hear about a book that intrigues me. At the moment there are 35 books on that list. Well right now I’ve got 7 books that I need to read and review. 

Finally, if someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
She came, She conquered, She left.
It may seem generic but it fits me to a tee. In my quiet moments when I say to myself “I’m going to do...x, y & z) I do it and I do it big. I’m very determined and will not stop until I get what I want. I’m also known to “hit the ground running” I’m always ready to go, up for the next adventure. 

On A Personal Note

Half Italian and Half Filipino, I’m a California native with a love of all things beachy and outdoor. I have one dog, three fish and one cat along with three handsomely devilish boys. I LOVE football, the American and European kind and yes, I’m that crazy soccer mom who’s yelling on the sidelines.

Interview with Amelia James ~ Tell Me You Want Me and Giveaway

I recently posted a review of a new and upcoming author, Amelia James.  I am happy to welcome Amelia James, she is stopping by FBL to talk about herself and her book “Tell Me You Want Me.  If you want to learn more about Amelia- don't miss the one on one interview she has with "herself". I must say she has a knack for getting people to open up about themselves and share their "naughty" side. 

Don't miss out on the Giveaway, you will find more information on that following the Q & A....

"I can give you exactly what you're asking for, Janie, and I can give it to you all night long."

                                           Get Your Copy Today
Their first kiss is impulsive, fun, a little wicked--everything Jane Elliot isn't looking for in a man--but desperately needs. Their second kiss is slow, deliberate, an instant connection--everything Austin Sinclair never had with a woman--and doesn't want.

Jane isn't the easy conquest Austin's used to. She's a stubborn-as-hell bookworm who's more interested in studying than dating. She needs a little--no--a lot of fun in her life, and Austin's just the guy who can give it to her. Too bad she thinks love should easy. Too bad Austin knows it isn't.

Everybody told her to stay away from the heartbreaker, but Jane knows there's more to Austin than full-body contact kisses and bad boy charm. All he ever promised her was a good time and wow, does he ever deliver...

A steamy romance sure to get your juices flowing. FOR ADULTS ONLY.

FBL ♥:  Do you write detailed character profiles before writing, or do you find the characters come to life as you write?
I write about people and relationships, so I have to know my characters before writing. Once I understand their conflicts, I know what stories they have to tell. I make notes before writing, but learn more about my characters along the way.

FBL ♥:  What do you like better: when you’ve just started writing a book or when you’ve just finished one, and why?
I have almost as much fun brainstorming as I do writing. Maybe that's my favorite part, but I also enjoy finishing a story. No, I have a hard time letting go. I'd much rather write the beginning than the end.

FBL ♥: What was your favorite chapter (or part) in “Tell Me You Want Me” to write and why?
Makeup sex in the kitchen. I hated writing their fight scenes, so I enjoyed getting them back together.

FBL ♥ : Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Jane's mother is a lot like mine. Oh, were you asking about the love scenes? Let's just say not everything I write is fiction. ;)

FBL ♥: What was the hardest thing to cut from your manuscript?
The original draft had a couple of scenes between Jack and Sara, the secondary characters. I cut them because I needed to focus on Austin and Jane, but I was able to use some of what I deleted for Jack and Sara's book, Secret Storm.

FBL ♥: What books are on your nightstand, waiting to be read?
I went to RomCon 2012 in June, and I came home with 13 paperbacks, including The Pleasure of Your Kiss by Teresa Mederios, and The Rake and The Recluse by Jenn LeBlanc. Wish I had more time to read.

FBL ♥: What do you think is the greatest creative risk you've taken in this book?
Writing the conflict scenes. I don't like a lot of drama when I read, and the tone of this book is light and fun. But I learned that conflict was necessary for a good story so I added some in, and once I did, I discovered I did it pretty well. Now I make sure there's plenty of conflict in every story.

FBL ♥:  You had two of your stories published in Playgirl. Can you tell us a bit about how it felt to be published in the sexually charged magazine.
It felt pretty awesome. I'd been writing stories for years, but Playgirl was the first to actually pay me for it. But I couldn't tell anyone about my accomplishment because my husband was working in a church at the time, and my friends and family are all very conservative and judgmental. They still don't know.

FBL ♥: What is next on your list? Do you already have a future project in mind?
My next romance novel, Secret Storm, will be released on October 2, 2012. While I was writing Tell Me You Want Me, I fell in love with Austin's best friend, Jack, so I decided to write his story. It's darker and had more drama. Secret is my favorite of the two.

I also have an erotic mosaic novel, Her Twisted Pleasures, available now. It's not a romance, no happy ending, but the sex is hawt and a bit kinky if you like that kind of thing. ;)

I got hooked on trashy romance novels in junior high, but my mom took them away from me, But she couldn’t stop me from daydreaming. After I got married, I wrote some of my naughtier daydreams down and sent them to Playgirl magazine. Two of them got published. I kept daydreaming and writing stories until my dirty stories turned into trashy books.

I live in Colorado, but I’ll always be a loyal Wisconsin Cheesehead. When I’m not lusting after my next bad boy hero, I’m looking for inspiration in sci-fi and action movies, football players, bloodsucking lawyers, muscle cars, and kick-butt chicks.

You can find me on Facebook, and on Twitter I’m known as Trashy Writer. I call myself a trashy writer because I want my readers to know that I enjoy mindless escapism as much as they do. I’m not out to win a Pulitzer Prize. I just want to help someone relax and get away from it all for a little while. I write romance, erotica and trash for fun and pleasure. I hope you had a good time. I did.

Amelia will offer one autographed paperback to a lucky commenter chosen at random. Open to the US, Canada, UK.  Good Luck to All!!!  Giveaway ends at September 24 12:01 am EST

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Let's make this one an easy one, inquiring minds want to know......

What is it about bad boys that make them so irresistible?

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Tell Me You Want Me by Amelia James

Tell Me You Want Me
A steamy romance sure to get your juices flowing. FOR ADULTS ONLY.

"I can give you exactly what you're asking for, Janie, and I can give it to you all night long."

Their first kiss is impulsive, fun, a little wicked--everything Jane Elliot isn't looking for in a man--but desperately needs. Their second kiss is slow, deliberate, an instant connection--everything Austin Sinclair never had with a woman--and doesn't want.

Jane isn't the easy conquest Austin's used to. She's a stubborn-as-hell bookworm who's more interested in studying than dating. She needs a little--no--a lot of fun in her life, and Austin's just the guy who can give it to her. Too bad she thinks love should easy. Too bad Austin knows it isn't.

Everybody told her to stay away from the heartbreaker, but Jane knows there's more to Austin than full-body contact kisses and bad boy charm. All he ever promised her was a good time and wow, does he ever deliver....

My Thoughts:
I was asked by the author for a review of "Tell Me You Want Me", right from page one I knew this was going to be a great HEA.

I read this book within a few hours, yes honestly, I just couldn't put it down. After reading it, my first thought was that I was wishing my college days were this much fun.  :).  In the first part of the book, we get a glimpse of what kind of family life that Austin was raised in.  His parents had divorced due to his father's philandering ways. Austin decided early on that he was never going to fall in love. He is the typical bad boy on campus, love 'em and leave 'em kind of guy. Well, until Jane enters his life. 

Jane upbringing was rather sheltered and her concentration has been on study and soccer. Witnessing a "scene" in the women's locker room, has her decide that a little fun in her life wouldn't be so bad, so who else to show her what she is missing is bad boy himself, Austin.

Austin hadn't known love was possible without hurt until Jane challenged him and made him change his way of thinking. She healed his heart.

You will love the banter and the deliciously hot and steamy love scenes between these two.  I also love the relationship between Austin, Jack, Sara and Jane.  I think the friendship was heartwarming, having friends that will stand by you and be honest with you, even if the matter is hard to hear. I also loved that the author paired up Jack and Sara, kind of wish that this could have been played out more.
You don't want to miss the final confrontation between Austin and his Dad. Actually, you don't want to miss the entire book, it is fun and sexy.  I also enjoyed the wrap up the author gave her readers with the epilogue, it was great to see what the future held for Austin and Jane, family and friends.  :)

I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.  And don't miss out later this week, Amelia James will be appearing on FBL, she will talk about her book and will offer a Giveaway!  So please come on back..

My Rating:

In the Spotlight ~ Time is Poisoned

In the Spotlight is a feature on FBL, this is where a fellow blogger is spotlighted. Learn a bit about the person, the blog and their reading habits.

This week, FBL welcomes Jo from Time is Poisoned. Here is a bit about her: she is a published writer of short stories. Aspiring novelist. Proud Cal Bear. Blogger for Caliber Magazine. Alternative model. Fairy tale freak. 19 years old.

When and how did you all decide to become create a blog?
I decided to create a blog when I wanted to keep track of my novel progress. I decided that I also aimed to use my blog as a tool to connect with other writers and readers, and hopefully develop a healthy following by the time I'm ready to attempt to publish my novel.

So far, what’s the hardest part of being a book blogger?
Having to update my blog consistently, especially because I'm a full-time student.

What do you do when you are not blogging?
Writing my yet-to-be-published novel, modeling, and studying. Among many other activities.

This is a multiple question: How many followers do you have? How often do you post to your blog? How can people follow you?
Currently, I have 44 followers. I do my best to post to my blog at least 2 times a week. People can follow me by clicking on the button in the "Followers" section on the right-hand side of my blog.

Tell us about how the name of your blog " Time is Poisoned". What meaning does it have for you and how did you all come up with it?
If you think about it, time poisons us. It’s within us all, and no matter what you do, no matter how hard you try, Time inevitably swoops us all up into its arms perches us upon its back, and expands its great feathered wings to fly. It keeps flying and flying through the never-ending sky until we reach our destination: demise. It is like a poison that runs through our veins, an incurable disease. There’s no antidote. Every minute is pretty much occupied, and I always feel the need to cry out, “Wait! I need to catch up!” even though my pleads land upon deaf ears, and I’m left at the mercy of trying to salvage my precious minutes. The more time that passes by, the less accomplished I feel. This is how I feel as a novelist. I'm always racing against time to accomplish my dream of being a published novelist as soon as possible.

Who are your three favorite authors?
Oh, man! I have to narrow it down? Well, here are 3, among a list of many, many more.

Neil Gaiman 

J.K. Rowling 

Catherynne M. Valente 

Which author would you most like to meet (dead or alive)? Tell us more..
I'd love to meet Neil Gaiman, most definitely. He's one of my idols when it comes to writing. I swear, he's a Renaissance man. He is not only a novelist. He has also written graphic novels and screenplays and children's books. He has won many awards, including Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, and a Newbery Medal. He has been a guest star on the PBS Kids' show Arthur (which is one of my goals as well!). He's been voted Best Author on World Goth's Day's Website! What's not to love about him?

How big is your TBR pile? How many books do you read/review in a month?
I have so many books I want to read. Due to schoolwork, I'll try to read at least one book for fun per month. Because of my lack of time, I don't write book reviews every month. But when I do, it's published at UC Berkeley's Caliber Magazine's website. Aside from that, I do interview authors every Friday in a feature called "Writer of the Week" on my blog.

Finally, if someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
I don't even want to think about someone writing a biography of me. It would mean violating my privacy.

On A Personal Note
Do follow my blog, "Time is Poisoned," at I'm on my way to becoming a published novelist, so I hope you can tune in to my writings!

Return to Willow Lake (Lakeshore Chronicles #9) by Susan Wiggs

Return to Willow Lake (Lakeshore Chronicles #9)
by Susan Wiggs
Publisher: Harlequin
Published (first published August 28th 2012)

review courtesy of netGalley
Sonnet Romano's life is almost perfect. She has the ideal career, the ideal boyfriend, and has just been offered a prestigious fellowship. There's nothing more a woman wants - except maybe a baby.sister? When Sonnet finds out her mother is unexpectedly expecting, and that the pregnancy is high-risk, she puts everything on hold - the job, the fellowship, the boyfriend - and heads home to Avalon. Once her mom is out of danger, Sonnet intends to pick up her life where she left off. But when her mother receives a devastating diagnosis, Sonnet must decide what really matters in life, even of that means staying in Avalon and taking a job that forces her to work alongside her biggest, and maybe her sweetest, mistake - award-winning filmmaker Zach Alger. So Sonnet embarks on a summer of laughter and tears, of old dreams and new possibilities, and of finding the home of her heart. At once heartbreaking and uplifting, Return to Willow Lake plumbs the deepest corners of the human heart, exploring the bonds of family, the perils and rewards of love, and the true meaning of home.

My Thoughts
I think the center stage of this book had more to do with the bond of a family, then the romance between two best friends.  This was a great book, but the romance played a secondary part.  

Nina and Sonnet have been there for each other, every up and down to life's tragic events. This is no different, Sonnet finds herself in the pinnacle of her life, but at the same time, her mom is about to deal with something that brings her back home.

I related to the character Sonnet, as I do many of Susan Wigg's characters. There is always something that is happening in my life at the same time as one of her characters that seems to ground me, I am able to see everything in a different perspective and I feel at peace.

I enjoyed seeing Zach grow into a mature and still a bit sexy adult. I think he also could feel that coming to peace feeling when he chose to film Nina's story.

If you have every been dealt with the unexpected, dealing with life and death or simply coming to those cross roads in your life, this story is one not to miss. You search inside yourself to find the right decision, inner peace and a sense of beauty all around you.

Bravo to Susan Wiggs for taking a dark subject and shedding light of the love of family and friends and with them, anything can be overcome!

My Rating:

Born to Bite by Hannah Howell, Erica Ridley,& Diana Cosby

Born to Bite
by Hannah Howell, Erica Ridley & Diana Cosby
Expected publication: September 1st 2012 
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
ISBN 0758273436 (ISBN13: 9780758273437)

review courtesy of netGalley

Darkly handsome and dangerously sexy, these voracious vampires are out for blood—and bound for eternal love…

Dark Secret by Hannah Howell

Alone in the world, Murdina Dunbar sets out in search of the only family she has left—and finds an ally in the mysterious Sir Gillanders Baldwin. Something about her sexy protector stirs her blood. Soon, not even the whispers that he’s a dangerous demon can keep her from his bed….

Never Been Bitten by Erica Ridley
Rumored to be a vampire, the rakish Mr. Macane is ravishing all the ladies of the ton! Yet, Miss Elspeth Ramsay cannot bring herself to tremble in his presence. But once Ellie feels the touch of his teeth at her throat, she finds herself biting him back! Surely this sudden bloodlust can only mean danger for her family—and her heart….

Highland Vampire by Diana Cosby

As King of the Highland Coven, vampire Aedan MacGregor knows that falling for the fey Rowan Campbell could destroy her. But one taste of her healing blood and he craves her like no other. Dare claim her as his own, knowing he might lose her forever?

My Thoughts

Simply Yummy!  I needed a break from my historical romance books, every so often I need to put them down and read a paranormal-vampire-shifter-fantasy book.  The blurb on this looked like to combined both my need for paranormal but also kept my focus on historical/highlanders.

Dark Secret by Hannah Howell

I tried looking to see if this is a novella from an existing series but I couldn't find one. So readers, would love your help- can you let me know if this is part of a series. I just felt like I was missing something, like I jumped in the middle of an existing story, it is not that I felt unconnected, I just had this feeling there was more to the characters both primary and secondary. It was an enjoyable read, but as it ended there was sort of a cliffhanger, I didn't feel like there was resolution.

Highland Vampire by Diana Cosby

I am writing about this second, as this was how it appears in the book I read. This was a beautiful love story- almost like the boy from the wrong side of town meets girl. So what do you do when you find yourself in love with a girl that is forbidden? Will you go against all odds to have your true love and live HEA?

Never Been Bitten by Erica Ridley

I would say this was my favorite of the three, maybe because it had both "the ton", my hunky highlander and what's better my highlander is a vampire. (( Sigh )). Although this book was not a full novel, the author didn't make it feel rushed, but again on this one, I would like to see if there is more stories out there that tie into this one. The premise of the story is cute, a plain jane is asked to investigate the a man where woman simply fall to their feet when he enters a room, could he be a "vampire". Well in the middle of the investigation she uncovers her own personal secrets... very cute.

I enjoyed all of these books, I didn't feel any of them were rushed and put together quickly. Each author provided sufficient development of the characters, they set the background nicely, and in the end, true love prevails. Now this is a book you can sink your teeth in. Happy Reading.

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating

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In the Spotlight ~ Lace and Lavender

Hi everyone, it's Wednesday and that means a new post of "In the Spotlight", today we feature Sarah from Lace and Lavender... I grabbed this from her blog so you can learn a bit more about her...

"I started this blog in April 2012; so yeh, I'm pretty new at blogging but I'm learning the ropes...slowly. I'm a huge fan of literature, and will read just about anything (so long as its good) from Harry Potter to Macbeth. I'm the type of person that could literally lose themselves in a bookstore; its almost like my version of an Amusement Park (I'm not really a huge fan of rollercoasters). In addition to reading I enjoy writing poetry, jogging, and treating myself to spa moments (sometimes there is nothing more soothing than a face mask or painting your nails). I'm really excited about this whole blogging thing and can't wait to share my book reviews and spa tips!"

Welcome Sarah!!!

When and how did you decide to become a book blogger?
I think I’ve always been a writer and between school and life I realized I wasn’t writing nearly as much as I wanted to. Around the same time I also noticed that it was taking me two or three months to finish one book because reading wasn’t as big of a priority in my life anymore. So, I decided that if I started a book blog, I would both read more books and be able to write more (about those books).

What’s the hardest part of being a book blogger?
Being a relatively new blogger, I can definitely say that one of the hardest parts of blogging for the past couple months was learning how to design my blog. Not having any followers for the first month or so was even harder than learning how to blog, I felt as if no one was reading my posts; mainly because they weren’t. When you don’t have anyone reading your posts and the majority of your views are from you accidentally clicking on your blog yourself, it can be very disheartening. But now that things are picking up (I can’t believe it but I’m over 100 followers!) my biggest difficulty is trying to manage my review list; there are just too many books I want to read and review!

What do you do when you are not blogging?
When I’m not blogging, I’m either reading, writing poetry, or studying for school.

You have a catchy name for your blog, tell us how you came up with the name, Lace and Lavender? 
Lace is very elegant and classic, a sort of timeless tribute to femininity through the ages. Lavender is one of my favourite colours. To me the colour lavender exudes calm; it is both a soothing and thoughtful; kind of like me. Together they make a classic, calmly thoughtful pair.

What genre(s) do you read, can you tell us what is it about the genre(s) that grabs your interest?
I don’t think I could ever confine myself to reading a single genre; I read just about everything! But I suppose if I narrowed it down, my top three favourite genres would be historical romance, classics, and young adult. I am a hopeless romantic; there is no one in the world that could ever possibly convince me there is no such thing as true love, so you can see my attraction to historical romance. I also love living (if only temporarily) in bygone eras, ehich both historical romance and classics allow me to do. Classics provide a window into what people’s lives were like in the past and their commentaries about their societies and beliefs which are both consciously or subconsciously woven into their novels are fascinating. As for young adult, I like how most young adult books have a super natural twist and are easy to read; they provide a nice mental break.

Who are your three favorite authors?
Eloisa James (Historical Romance)

J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter)

Cassandra Clare (Young Adult)

Which author would you most like to meet (dead or alive)? Tell us more…
I would like to meet James Joyce because his book The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, had a bigger impact on me than I ever would have thought possible both as a writer and a person. I think that to be able to write a novel as he did, where prose verges on poetry is the mark of a truly gifted writer; it would be truly fascinating to hear his opinions and inspirations first hand.

How big is your TBR pile? How many books do you read/review in a month?
Right now my TBR pile is about 5 books long, though the number of books I would like to read is infinitely longer. I generally review about 4 books a month or a book a week.

How you can find Sarah and her beautiful blog......

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