Thursday, September 27, 2012

Behind the Mind of Amber Garcia - Book Blogger

Second interview in the Behind the Mind of a Book Blogger Series.

Welcome to my blog, Amber from AmbersSupernaturalandYAReviews. I’ve been a guest on your blog a couple of times, so now I’m turning the tables. I thought it would be awesome if you stopped by mine and let my readers get a little acquainted with you and some of the wonderful things that you do for us authors. Because without wonderful book bloggers like you, we’d be lost and unknown, struggling to find readers for our beloved creations.

Me: You run a very colorful book review blog. Can you tell us how you got started?

I was hesitant at first, thinking I wouldn't be any good at it but once I started it just took off. I had some help though, I must admit, I spoke to a few bloggers who were very helpful from the beginning.

Me:  What is it that you love most about blogging?

Being able to share my love of books with not just authors but with other readers and bloggers too. I have met a lot of amazing people, the community of bloggers, authors and readers are amazing.

Me: What are your favorite genres to review?

I love anything Paranormal and YA.

Me:  Are there any special requirements that you need in order to review a book?

Well, first off it must be within my genre. If they send in a review request with links to where I can get more info on their books so that I may consider them, the next step would to be to send me a print or ebook copy.

5.  What happens when you’ve agreed to review a book but it turns out to be the book from hell?

I have only run into this once, however, when I review a book I always post my reviews on Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, and GoodReads. I will only post on my blog if it's rated at a 3 or higher. I hate giving "bad" reviews, especially knowing how hard authors work on their books. I try to give positive criticism while being honest at the same time.

Me: How long does it take you to set up a blog post?

It really depends if it's just a simple promo post or cover reveal then it takes no time at all. Now, if it's for a review or a big blog tour then it may take me a day or two to put together.

Me:  Some book reviewers like this and some don’t. Do you like when an author comments on your reviews?

I love it!! It makes me feel all giddy inside when an author comments on a review or post I have done for them, especially if it's a compliment or words of encouragement.

Me:  You have a beautiful blog, Amber’s Supernatural & YA Reviews. Did you design it yourself or did you have help and how did you come up with the name?

Thanks!! I did design the blog myself. The name I had help with, a fellow blogger came up with Amber's Supernatural Reviews and I added YA. We came up with the name because those are the genre's I mostly read, and it just stuck. Now I have a new rating system and that was designed by another blogger as well.

Me:  Do you have any special plans for the future of Amber’s Supernatural & YA Reviews?

hhhmmm....should I reveal that just yet???

Me:  Can you tell us a little about what you offer authors?

I try to offer as much as I can. I do promos, reviews, trailer or cover reveals, author and book showcases and whatever else you can think of to put in a post to help I will do, including giveaways!!

Me:  How many books do you read in a month. Approximately.

I use to be able to read a book in a day or two but since I am doing reviews now, it’s more about two maybe three books a week sooo...probably close to about 8 or 9, not as much as I would like.

Me: If you were on a desert island, what book would you like to have with you, knowing you’d be reading it over and over again?

Anything Shakespeare, I love his work. If it could be a book full of Shakespeare that would be awesome. However, if I had to choose only one of his stories then it would be King Lear.

Me:  What do you like to do when you are not blogging or reading?

You mean to tell me there is life outside of reading??? LOL
 I am a pretty boring mostly I just try to spend time with my husband and two beautiful daughters.

Me: I know exactly what you mean. :)

Do you have any book boyfriends? If so, who are they?

I have too many!! I am a bookwhore!! Let's see...
Top Five In no typical order
Ren from Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck
David from Creatura by Nely Cab
Stark from House of Night by P.C. and Kristen Cast
Troy from The Broken Destiny by Carlyle Labuschagne
Gavin from Amaranth by Rachael Wade

Here are some silly and fun questions to let the readers get to know the real you.

Do you know anyone who is famous?

Me!!...oh shoot....that's all in my head isn't it??

Chocolate or Vanilla?


Beach, Lake or Pool? about hot tub, they're so much more relaxing.

What is your favorite adult beverage?

Frozen Strawberry Margaritas, and I don't mean just any kind either, I mean the really good kind made from the Mexican Restaurants, where they add a LOT more alcohol to them, where they are made just right.

What is your favorite food?

My fave food is cheese, any kind really but mostly swiss cheese.

Thank you, Amber, for sharing a little about yourself here on my blog today. The things I am learning about my wonderful little book bloggers. Yay! I’m lovin’ it.

Thanks Susan for having me. I loved you're questions, this was fun!!!

Thanks for Reading!!

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