Joining us today is fellow Louisiana Blogger Patti! make sure to check her out when your done here!
-Tell us about your blog and what made you decide to start blogging.
Okay, sort of a long story….I have always loved to read, even as a child. My mom used to joke she’d have to send me outside to punish me because if I stayed inside I’d just read. I have three children, and after the birth of each child my reading went on hiatus until they were old enough to entertain themselves for an extended period of time – about 2 years or so. So, my youngest was born in 2006 (yes, a Katrina baby – don’t laugh!) and I found reading again at the end of 2008 with a great little book called…Twilight. I devoured the series and wanted more, more, more!
Then a co-worker recommended Sherrilyn Kenyon and I ripped through the Dark Hunters. Whoa – I’d never read Romance before but I sure did like these guys; then I found the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Oh my! I trolled the internet for more, more, more! Then, while I was googling sexy vampire books, I found Ms. Moonlight (can you add the links: http://moonlighttotwilightblog.blogspot.com/) , Mandi (http://smexybooks.blogspot.com/), VampFanGirl (http://lovinmesomeromance.blogspot.com/), and Cecile (http://alliwantandmore.blogspot.com/); Cecile is a fellow Louisiana book blogger and major LSU fan. I had no idea there were blogs dedicated to books out there! I had been keeping a personal blog for awhile, and thought to myself, why not do a book blog too? My co-worker who recommended the Dark Hunters had moved to another job, and I didn't know anyone else who was into these kinds of books except my sister in law and she was as green as I was about this genre, so I jumped in with both feet and am so glad I did. Since then I’ve started reading Historical, Contemporary, Erotic, and a bit of M/M Romance too – I love it all!
I read a lot of books, so there is no way I can review everything I read. I go by how I feel at the end of the book – do I feel like I want to share this book? If the answer is yes, I’ll review it. Mostly it’s a good thing but occasionally I’ll want to share because I didn’t like it (not too often though, my husband says I’m a softie).
Some of my favorite series and authors:
Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer
Vampire Academy and Succubus Series by Richelle Mead
Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris
Black Dagger Brotherhood Books by JR Ward
Ilona Andrew’s Magic Series
Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Books
Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson Series
Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene
FrostWomen of the Otherworld Series by Kelley Armstrong
Werecat Series by Rachel Vincent
Jane Jameson Series by Molly Harper
Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill
Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander Series and Fever Series
Judy Garwood’s historicals
Victoria Dahl’s contemporaries
Rachel Gibson’s contemporaries
Susan Anderson’s contemporaries
Kristen Higgins’ contemporaries
-Any current contest or giveaways?
I am giving away a signed copy of Vampire Academy and Succubus Blues right now; the contest ends on February 19 (http://sleeplessinneworleans2.blogspot.com/2010/01/meeting-richelle-mead-and-giveaway.html). (I had to get past Mardi Gras to have time to count entries, etc. I usually take the kids to a lot of parades so I’ll probably be pretty scarce around the blogosphere during that time.)
-Anywhere else we can find you? Facebook, twitter, goodreads etc?
Time for honesty here – I’m a complete technology idiot. I’m on facebook, twitter (BookAddictPatti) and Goodreads, but don’t really know how to work any of them properly. I think I’ve got facebook figured out for the most part, and my Goodreads is there but I am just now updating it (it’s been shamefully ignored). Twitter is kicking my butt. I can’t figure out the functions or how to link for contest purposes (cause who doesn’t love winning books?!), so right now it’s a love/hate thing with twitter.
-Last but Not least...what do you love about Louisiana?
I love living in Louisiana – it’s a beautiful state. It’s got a fascinating history politically and culturally, the people are so friendly, and our weather is beautiful most of the year. Louisiana has something fun for everyone: culture, wildlife, history, city life.
We have crawfish and seafood and some of the most colorful characters you’ll ever meet. As an added bonus, living in New Orleans we get Mardi Gras (coming soon)!
I did a post on my personal blog recently about some of the things I love about New Orleans (http://sleeplessinneworleans.blogspot.com/2009/11/i-know-i-am-sometimes-guilty-of-bashing.html). AND, currently, we’re in the midst of Saints Football Frenzy – WHO DAT!!!Thanks for having me over, I was thrilled when I stumbled across your blog – it gives me a feeling of comraderie to see other Louisiana book bloggers!
Thanks so much to Patti for stopping by! Make sure you visit her blog and enter that awesome contest and leave a few comments. (oh and Patti...I have TWO hurricane babies LOL...I guess we get bored with no electricity?)
Oh and ........ WHO DAT!!!