Tuesday, September 15, 2009

DAY 2 of HFB Round Table Event - AND - BBAW Guest Post!


http://enchantedbyjosephine.blogspot.com/2009/09/announcing-grand-historical-fiction.html

During the course of the day, some more exciting stuff will be happening over at Hist-Fic-Chick. Today, the Royal Heiress of The Day is AMY and along with her interview will be a fabulous post on the very favourite: Elizabeth I.

PLUS, Marie at The Burton Review has the amazing author, Michelle Moran as a Guest!!! And, Marie has a fantastic GIVEAWAY of The Heretic Queen!!

Other sites that have also decided to join in our fun:


Plaidy's Royal Intrigue
(GIVEAWAY)
The Lady Gwyn's Kingdom


This week also happens to be the
BBAW.



This was the first time for me joining the BBAW and it proved to be a lot of fun. I enjoyed meeting and finding new bloggers. One of these I have here today, Vera from Luxury Reading to grace my blog with her presence. Her ecclectic choice of reading and her fantastic reviews have made her blog a true success. Here's what she had to say:

1)What was it that got you started on blogging?


I've always loved to read, but no one around me does. Every time I finished a book, I would want to discuss it with someone or recommend it to a friend, but no one was too interested. So that's how blogging came about - I thought it'd be a great way to share my passion for books, and hopefully get feedback from others. I also saw blogging as a way to bring attention to books that self-published or published by smaller publishing houses and don't receive as much attention.

2) During this Blogging experience, what amazed you-or- continues to amaze you the most?

I think what amazes me the most is the accessibility of publishing houses, authors, promoters, etc. Prior to blogging, I sort of saw them as being on a different playing field and separate from us regular readers. Since starting Luxury Reading, I've developed relationships with many of these individuals and continue to be amazed by how many of them read and respond to the reviews we post.

3) What has been your favorite read of 2009 so far? Why?

I think the book that left the biggest impression on me this year was "Scheisshaus Luck" by Pierre Berg, and it was also one of the first books I reviewed on Luxury Reading. It was very interesting to read about Holocaust from the perspective of someone who was not Jewish, and wound up in a concentration camp by accident. As any memoir about Holocaust, it was a difficult read, but Pierre's attitude in writing his story was just amazing. He wanted people to know what happened and to share his experiences, but not to feel bad for him. And I think it was his survivor's attitude that pushed him through all the difficult times he endured.

4) Has blogging opened up new venues in your life (work, friends...)

Yes, definitely! As I mentioned before, I have developed relationships with promoters, individuals in charge of publicity at publishing houses, authors, other bloggers, and so on. I love hearing from authors who read our reviews of their books and are thrilled with what we have to say. Book bloggers are also such a tight knit community (and I never realized this before starting the blog) and it's been great to talk with and discuss books with other bibliophiles!

5) Who (author, celebrity, politician...)would you love to have host your blog for one day?


Oh gosh, that's a hard one. I would love for Philippa Gregory to host the blog for one day. I absolutely love her books and buy every single one in hardcover as it comes out - it's quite a collection!


When you visit her blog make sure to read her Wonderful Review from a Blog Tour of Time of MY Life, by Allison Winn Scotch

AND- TODAY, Vera is also hosting...ME!! She's also interviewed me for the BBAW. Go check it out!



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5 comments:

Marie Burton said...

Hi Lucy and Vera!
Vera has a wonderful blog that I've read for awhile. She also has some guest reviewers which are fun to read as well. Lots of giveaways, and an aesthetic blog.
I had no idea about her PG Collection though, that is awesome!!

Robinbird said...

Great interview! I'm loving reading these!

In the spirit of the week, here is a book review I posted today. :)

http://almostcrazymommy.blogspot.com/2009/09/book-review-devils-brood.html

dolleygurl said...

Great interview - I hadn't been to Vera's blog before- but now that I have checked it out - I will be back there more often.

Marg said...

I haven't been to Vera's blog before, but I am definitely going to stop by and visit now!

Anna said...

I've been reading and enjoying Vera's blog for a while. I enjoyed reading her answers to your questions.

I've enjoyed perusing your blog as well, and I'll certainly be back!

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric