Friday, September 16, 2011

BBAW: Interview Swap #4

I have really enjoyed BBAW! I know that there were other activities scheduled this week besides interviews but I felt that the best way I could promote and be a community player would be to have a few extra interviews on my blog.

I'm super excited to have the fabulous Rel from Relz Reviewz with me today. I'm so glad that I ran into Rel on Twitter. Like my other interviewees, we can be found chatting up Ronie Kendig books, along with several others, on any given day on Twitter!

Without further ado, here is Rel!

1. Who or what inspired you to blog? Why?

Rel: I’d begun to do some book reviews for my local Christian bookstore and wanted somewhere to store them so started a blog.  I had no idea the amazing ride that would follow in terms of books, bloggers and especially, authors!

2. How long have you been blogging?

Since September, 2006 so just over five years ~ wow!

3. What do you find most enjoyable about blogging?

Having the opportunity to “meet”, support and encourage authors who put their heart and soul into their stories for our enjoyment and being part of a community of friends who love books like I do.   Also, it is through my blog, that the opportunity arose for me to write for the brilliant FamilyFiction digital magazine - I am their Romance and Historical correspondent.

4. What is your favorite genre of book to blog about?

My blog is dedicated to Christian Fiction, although I do read more widely than that.  My head would simply explode if I tried to add more to the blog commitments I already have.  Within that I would have to say Romantic Suspense is my favourite genre - high on the suspense!

5. You are going on a long trip and are only allowed to take one book. What would it be and why?

Does one Kindle work.....with LOTS of books on it?!
Me: I have begun to wonder whatever will I do when my Kindle is too full...I'm already contemplating asking for another for Christmas! :) 

6. You have the privilege of dining with any book character you wish. Who would it be and why?

Mmmm....Marshall “The Kid” Vaughan.  Why?  Read Ronie Kendig’s Firethorn releasing in January, 2012 and you will know why ;-D

Me: I'm hoping to get into this one soon! Ya'll should check out Ronie and Rel's interview with the hunky Marshall!

7. What would you serve at the dinner with #6?

Whatever he wanted - hehehe!

8. What is one of your biggest bookish pet peeves?

Cover art that differs from the descriptions in the book and incorrect historical details.

9. Favorite author?

Can’t limit it to just one!  So I’m cheating by doing it by genre and I’m still leaving out favs:

Romantic suspense ~ Ronie Kendig
Romance ~ Denise Hunter & MaryLu Tyndall
YA ~ Lisa T Begren & Jenny B Jones (or anyone who uses their middle initial - LOL!)
Historical romance ~ Laura Frantz, Julie Lessman & Jody Hedlund
Historical ~ TL Higley
Thriller ~ Robert Liparulo
Contemporary ~ Nicole Baart
Spec Fic ~ James Rubart & Karen Hancock
Biblical Fiction ~ Tosca Lee
Legal thrillers ~ Randy Singer

10. E-reader or physical book in your hands?

There is nothing like a physical book but I also love the convenience of my e-reader

11. Favorite blog to read?

Jenny B Jones’ - no one can make me laugh like she can!

12. What one book from the past 12 months would you most like to see made into a movie?

Lisa T Bergren’s Waterfall ~ time travel, hot 14th Century Italian knights and sword wielding, arrow flinging girls from the 21st century!

Me: I'm going to have to add this one to the TBR pile!

13. How many books do you own?

Well, over 2000 CF books plus a whole lot more!  Let’s just say my husband is a BIG fan of my Kindle - LOL!

Me: WOW...I think I may have close to that. I haven't counted lately! My hubby threatens to burn my books when he gets mad at me. He knows the whole house would go though! LOL

14. What do you do when you are not reading and/or blogging? 

Spend time with my man and three girls, work and sleep!

15. Several high school students read my blog. What is one piece of advice you could offer to them?

Live in the moment and hug your mum!

16. What attracts you most to a book? 

The author first, then blurb, then cover.  I know that covers don’t always reflect the content or quality of the writing inside!

17. What book are you currently reading?

The Queen by Steven James

18. What was the last book you read?

The Doctor’s Lady by Jody Hedlund

19. Is there a character you love to hate? Who and why?

I’ve got this love/hate thing going on with Lord Rodolfo Greco from Lisa T Bergren’s Cascade and Torrent.  I’m undecided whether to throw myself at his feet or spit on his fine Italian boots.....maybe both!  Read the series and you will know exactly what I mean!

Me: I love you Rel but seriously, that's 3 books you've added to the TBR pile since we got started!! LOL

20. Have you ever preferred a movie or tv series over a book? If so, which one(s) and why?


21. How would you plan the perfect holiday?

Any holiday where there is time to read is a perfect holiday to me!

22. What are five items on your wish list?

More hours in the day
A trip to Texas to visit two of my favourite people (you know who you are!)
A black labrador
A personal library room
Peace and quiet!

23. Is there a book that you would rewrite the ending to? What book and why?

Yes, but I can’t say - it hasn’t released yet ;-)

Me: Ok, you are scaring me with this one. I know what you are referring too....

24. How many books do you read in a typical year? 
That is one thing I have never done, kept count of the books I have read!

25. Where can we stalk you?

Twitter: Relz


  1. Sheesh Rel I have a lot of catching up to do if I'm going to own over 2000 books! Wow!

    It looks like Ronie needs to write some more hunky heroes so we can all have one. Hehehe.

    Great interview ladies. :-)


  2. This was so much fun, Julie :) Thanks for having me on your blog and for being a twitter buddy.

    Once you read the River of Time series, Julie, you won't regret for one moment that I added some more to your TBR!!

    Renee - thanks for your comment and yes, Ronie is sure to give us more books with great leading men ;-)

  3. You gals are too much fun and too sweet!! THANK YOU for thinking of me while I'm buried in edits/writing/sickness. LOL

    Love to all!!!!!

  4. I loved this, what a fun interview. And I love Rel's reviews, especially with the Nightshade guys and Laura Frantz.