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No interview with a blogger today. Feel free to share some insults in the Shakespearean style

We know it's Friday. We know it supposed to be Follow Friday with book bloggers. But sometimes the world has other plans. So today, we've decided to share some insults. If you're feeling disappointed with today's non-Follow Friday post, please share your favorite Shakespearean insult below. You can also build your own. 

 

The Shakespearean insult generator presented by Invaluable is an excellent tool when you're looking for a witty remark. You can even find a perfect insult for any occasion thanks to special filters (check them out).

 

We've decided to present several with a book-related context. We bet that not only Shakespeare enthusiasts gonna love the following insults.

 

 

When you meet people who don't read books, say:

 

 

When somebody tries to re-tell the classics, say:

 

When you spot a person who puts a book in a trash bin, cry out loud: 

 

When your friends want's to watch the book-based movie before reading the book, advice:

 

If your friends say that your book passion is dull, it's high time to say:

 

When you see somebody is devastating a paper book, say:

 

Now it's your turn.

Source: http://www.invaluable.com/blog/shakespearean-insults

Blogging - keep it your way

 

BookLikes is a book-social site with a blog format. However, it is the BookLikes member who decides how the webpage should look like. If you've not feeling like blogging, you can switch the blog feature off. If you don't like the virtual shelf (no way!), take it off your BookLikes webpage. BookLikes is flexible. Here's how. 

 

When you sign up you're asked what do you want to do on BookLikes? This may be, however, a tricky question. As a newbie it's really hard to determine what we gonna do, right? For this reason all the check boxes are marked: the blog, the virtual bookshelf, and the reading timeline. 

 

 

Your book blog: it's your place where you publish your book reviews, book quotes, photos and cover love examples, bookish memes, book trailers or interesting links.

 

Your blog doesn't have to be a standard book blog. It should represent you and your way of thinking about books. Don't feel obliged to write elaborate reviews, if you don't fell like doing it. Keep it your way. 

 

Your virtual shelf: it's your place to show, collect and organize books you've read, want to read or are currently reading. You can rate them in 5 star scale (half stars!), and add thematic shelves to help you put them in the right place. 

 

Your reading timeline: it's a graphic representation of your BookLikes activity. Your timeline will show what have you published, read, which blogs you've followed, and which posts you've liked. 

 

All those three places are visible on your personal BookLikes webpage in the main menu. 

 

 

If you don't wish to show off all your bookish places, you can hide them.

 

They will disappear form the public page but WON'T disappear from your internal view -- YOU WILL STILL VIEW THEM ONCE YOU LOG INTO YOUR BOOKLIKES.

 

If you wish to switch off blog, shelf, timeline, please go to your Settings (the main menu), and choose Blog tab. Scroll down and decide which pages should be visible. 

 

 

If you decide to switch them off, they won't be visible in the menu on your webpage.

 

Remember to click Save to make the changes visible. 

 

 

However, they will stay in your main menu. Visible only to you and letting you keep on shelving and organizing your bookshelf or sharing your book reviews. 

 

 

Please remember that although you switch off the shelf and blog pages, your bookish activities will be visible for your followers - your books and reviews will be visible on Dashboards of people who are following your blog, and on the book pages. 

 

Happy blogging! 

 

April belongs to "The Chalk Man" and CJ Tudor! Book Club & Ask the Author Your Question

 

What are your reading in April? We're reading The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor! And we have a surprise for BookLikes readers. CJ Tudor agreed to answer questions from her fans and readers!

 

Make sure to leave your question to the author below and share your book review. If you haven't read the book yet, please JOIN the Book Club and the discussion groups. Links are below:

  

⭐ Ask a Question with C.J. Tudor, CLICK TO leave your question for the author 

YOU ASK A QUESTION, CJ TUDOR ANSWERS.

 

LEAVE YOUR QUESTION TO THE AUTHOR IN THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW

OR CLICK AND GO TO THE FORM.

 

The Event is also on Facebook, share it among your friends :)

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⭐ CLICK to go to The Chalk Man Buddy Read Book Club

CLICK to go to The Chalk Man discussion group

⭐ CLICK to share your answers in The Chalk Man Questionnaire - 10 Questions about the book

 

We'd love to know how did you like the book and what are the best (and the worst, if any) parts and characters in it. We've prepared a set of questions and we'd like to ask you to share your views :)

 

You can share it in the discussion group OR on your blog with The Chalk Man 10 Questions tag. Thank you! 


1. How do you like the characters, their personalities and motivations? Are they well developed or one-dimensional ? 
2. How do you like the twists & turns, did they meet your expectations, did they make you guess, did they glued you to the book?
3. At what point in the book you solved the mystery secret or at least you thought you did ;)? 
4. Did you pick out some clues hidden by the author?
5. They say the book is Stephen King-like, do you agree? 
6. What lines struck you? 
7. Did the book ending fulfill your expectations?
8. To what kind of reader would you recommend the book? 
9. Was it a good mystery read? 
10. Have you reviewed the book on your blog? If so, please add a link to your review. 

Psst. Please remember that some readers haven't read the book yet so if you'd like to reveal more facts, please use the spoiler tag. 

 

The Chalk Man - C.J. TudorThe Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor 

It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran - the Chalk Man. He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages for his friends and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body. Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk, and a drawing of a figure. Is history going to repeat itself? Was it ever really over? Will this game only end in the same way?

 

#36 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Brenna M's Book Blog

Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers! Meet Brenna and her amazing book recommendations! 

 

Follow Brenna M's Book Blog: http://brennam.booklikes.com/

 

 

What are you reading right now? How do you like it?

 

City of Hope by Kate Kerrigan. So far, I am enjoying this. It’s set in 1930’s in Ireland. Historical fiction always interests me., but I’m just starting off so we’ll see. The character is a strong female character who just loses her husband, and goes back to New York City rather than stay in small town Ireland.

 

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright. I’m just a chapter or 2 into this one as well, but I am liking this one a little better. Add a little mystery to the historical fiction, and my interest is peaked. A woman purchases an old house sight unseen and wants to renovate. And the mystery starts as she arrives to find it delapitated and with a lot of old folklore stories about it. 

 

The House on Foster Hill - Jaime Jo WrightCity of Hope - Kate Kerrigan

 

 

Which book made you a book lover?

 

The Cay by Theodore Taylor.  I was 9 years old and saw the movie with James Earl Jones and just had to read the book. Ever since then, my love for books and libraries started. I loved disappearing into the Caribbean in the Cay and that idea of disappearing into a book is just as strong. The thought of visiting a different US state or a different country sometimes makes me feel like I have actually been there. All of this just by browsing a shelf or two at the local library.

 

The Cay - Theodore Taylor 

 

 

How did your book blogging adventure start? What do you enjoy the most about it?

 

About 5 years ago, I saw something posted about a book giveaway. It was on Goodreads and I signed up for that one and a few others. I actually won 2 of them almost right away. I did not feel comfortable about not at least rating it. So for any book I have received either in a giveaway or offered from author, I rated it and wrote a  review. Some time later, every book I read was reviewed. One of the things I was and still am not fond of on the one site, though, is there is not a lot of interaction between myself and the friends list I had. And that meant fewer reviews that I read, and fewer recommendations from friends. I found Booklikes and started to share my reviews and a few quotes. I found it a lot more interactive when it came to having a strong feeling about a book and wanting to talk about it. I’ve met a lot of great people, and my “friends list”/followers list is a little more international as well.

 

 

 

You mention that you have Italian, German and irish roots in your family. Does it reflect your reading preferences?

 

It does reflect a lot more than I realized at first. My grade school was not very diverse but did encourage a lot of reading. The books that I tended to lean to and pick out myself always were in a different culture (i.e. a book set in the south or in England, or with the main character being from a foreign country).

 

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach. I loved this book and cannot wait to read more of Mr. Stambach. This was his debut novel, set in an orphanage for “gravely ill” children because Ivan was born with physical disabilities. Mr. Stambach has used humor, heartach, love and hope beautifully in this book with a not so “perfect” main character. I couldn’t help but love Ivan by the end of the book.

 

Tobit and the Hoodoo Man by E.S. Kraay  is another one I really enjoyed. This is a combination of historical fiction set during the Civil War and mystical realism. 3 dimensional characters through the book, good story telling, definitely I found it well written and I didn’t want to put it down. 

 

Tin Lily by Joann Swanson. Another debut author. I found this book short, yet captivating. This is a young adult novel, and the topic is a tough one from the first chapter when Lily witnesses her mom’s murder.

 

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko - Scott StambachTobit and the Hoodoo Man: A Mystical Tale from the Civil War South - E.S. KraayTin Lily - Joann Swanson

 

 

How do you find new books to read?

 

My more fun way to do this is, time willing, to walk up and down a few of the aisles of the library. The closet one has a library staff pick area, a seasonal area or a topic specific area (i.e. photograpy, gardening, politics, whatever), and even a teen pick on the endcaps of the aisles. Always fun going through those aisles. Used book sales are of interest to me, too. I love browing the books and seeing what pages have been earmarked or if the person put their name in it to see where it came from.

 

 

Are you an adventurous reader picking up new genres or are you loyal to your favorite book genres?

 

I am gradually getting better at being adventurous, but young adult and historical fiction still tend to be the go to genres.

 

Reviewed Shelf

 

 

How much time do you spend reading daily?

 

Unfortunately it’s not always daily. I try to get at least a half an hour in every day, if not more.

 

 

What are you three favorite book covers?

 

I’m not sure if I really have a favorite cover. I do check them out, sometimes the first impression with the title helps me to decide. But I usually don’t spend too much time on them. (sorry, front cover artists).

 

 

You write: My local library is one of my favorite hangouts. How often do you visit your library?

 

I try at least twice a week. If i take too long in getting back, the staff start asking where I’ve been!

 

 

Why reading is important to you?

 

It’s my down time, relax time. A way for me to get out of the stress related run on sentences runnig through my head after a long day at work. A perfect stay-cation kind of moment.

 

 

How do you choose your next book to read?

 

See # 6. For the official next book, I tend to read series books in order and close to gether. If not part of a series, it doesn’t always make sense how i pick them. Sometimes, it’s a combination of the cover, title, and blurb sounding interesting (sometimes this does disappoint, though). Other times it’s an author or subject i want to get back to reading.

 

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

Paper book definitely. It’s a way for me to chill out away from electronics.

 

 

Three titles for a sunny spring day?

 

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg 

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt 

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote 

 

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion - Fannie FlaggTuck Everlasting - Natalie BabbittBreakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories - Truman Capote

 

 

Favorite quote?

 

It seemed clear that wars were not made by generations and their special stupidities, but that wars were made instead by something ignorant in the human heart”
― John Knowles, A Separate Peace

 

If you could pair a book with a drink, what would you prepare to sip while reading?

 

Steaming hot green tea

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

ARCs

 

 

Signed by author

 

 

Thank you!

 

 

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What are you reading now? 3 ways to find a new book on BookLikes

 

We're always looking for new books, new authors, new recommended reading. And we're always happy to look at your blogs and shelves, after all, who's better in recommending books than book lovers and bloggers?!

 

Here are three places to find a new book on BookLikes.

 

1. Your Dashboard

 

Your Dashboard is your bookish feed with your friend's reviews and bookshelf updates. Sometimes, however, you may overlook what titles have been picked up by bloggers you're following. Then all you have to do is to hover over the avatar on your Dash and to sneak peek into your friend's currently reading shelf. 

 

 

In order to have new bookish actions and reviews on your Dashboard, follow new bloggers. You can find them via the Book Catalog page (click the book cover and find new reviews on the book pages) and the Book Explore (click the blog title to visit the blog).

To follow new blogs remember to click Follow in the upper right corner once on the blog page. 

 

2. Visit blogs and Timeline 

 

When you visit a new blog page, remember to take a look at the Timeline. It's a graphic representation of the blogger's BookLikes actions and a nice overview of what the person is reading. 

The books with currently reading status are on the top. Click the cover to +Shelf/+Post the book.

 

 

3. Visit blog and book boxes

 

Did you know that all BookLikes blogs present books from the blogger's currently reading shelf? Make sure to search the currently reading boxes in the right or left column (depends on the blog layout) once you visit your friends' blogs. 

 

 

What are you reading now? :)

 

 

Looking for more BookLikes how-to and tutorial posts? Click HERE to view our tutorials and make sure to follow BookLikes blog to view our news on your Dashboard. 

 

P.S. The e-mail notifications are under reviews. We're working to bring them back ASAP. Sorry for any inconvenience. 

Interview with CJ Tudor, author of "The Chalk Man" + Book Club and Ask a Question

 

C.J. Tudor, author of the bestselling and widely acclaimed The Chalk Man, talks to us about her debut!



Tell us a few words about yourself - whatever you want to share about your personal and professional life, but also why you decided to become a writer.

 

Well, I’m 46. I live in Nottingham with my partner and little girl. I left school at sixteen and I’ve had many, many jobs over the years – from television presenter to dog-walker. But I’ve always loved making up stories. When I was very small I lived in a complete fantasy world. Then, in my teens, my English teacher, Mr Webster, really encouraged me. He once wrote on the bottom of an essay: ‘If you do not become Prime Minister or a best-selling author I will be very disappointed!’

 

The Chalk Man - C.J. TudorThe Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor 

It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran - the Chalk Man. He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages for his friends and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body. Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk, and a drawing of a figure. Is history going to repeat itself? Was it ever really over? Will this game only end in the same way?

 

How did you start writing?

 

I didn’t properly knuckle down to try and write a book until my mid-thirties. I was too busy having fun in my twenties! The first thing I wrote was rubbish, but at least I’d proved to myself that I could actually finish something. It still took me over ten years to get published. There were many rejections and failed projects along the way!

 

 

What are you writing habits? How often do you write, and how long at one time?

 

Well, now I’m lucky enough to write full time I usually go and sit in a coffee shop for a few hours. I don’t stick to rigid word counts or anything like that. I write for as long as I feel like and then go for a walk or head to the gym. Something to clear my mind. Then, it’s usually time to pick up my little girl from school and chaos descends until she goes to bed! I might squeeze in another hour or two in the evening.

 

Did you love The Chalk Man? Want to ask the author a question? Hop on board! Leave your question(s) in The Chalk Man discussion group and we'll forward them to C.J. Tudor! 

LEAVE YOUR QUESTION(S) TO CJ TUDOR

 

 

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a writer - so, to someone like you the person you were, maybe a year or more ago?

 

Never give up. It isn’t too late - I’m a debut author at 46. Don’t get disheartened by rejections. We all get them. You don’t need expensive courses – the slush pile works. Don’t try to write what you think publishers want because that changes all the time. Stick to your guns and write what you love. Oh, and a good agent is everything!

 

 

Your first book is a mystery-thriller - is this your favorite genre? What do you like to read?

 

I like anything dark and twisty. Crime, thrillers. I’m partial to a bit of sci-fi. Horror is good too.

 

 

Who are your favorite authors and have they inspired you in any way?

 

Stephen King, Michael Marshall and Harlan Coben. I’ve been reading Stephen King since I was twelve. When he tweeted and recommended The Chalk Man recently it was a dream come true. I’m still grinning!

 


What would you like to say to your readers? What do they need to know about you and your first book? Is it very, very spooky?

 

It’s creepy rather the scary. The story is set in 2016 and 1986. That’s when we first meet twelve-year-old Eddie and his friends. They invent a game, drawing chalk figures on the ground to send secret messages between their gang. But the game turns sinister when the chalk men start to appear on their own and lead them to the body of a girl in the woods.

 

Thirty years later, Ed thinks the past is behind him. Then he receives a letter containing just two things – a drawing of a stick figure and a piece of chalk...

 

 

 

 

Reviews of The Chalk Man are stunning, I mean among regular readers, not just the press. What do you think makes the book so attractive and unique?

 

Blimey – I wish I knew! I think it’s different to a lot of recent psychological thrillers. There’s a dash of horror. It’s been compared to Stranger Things and IT, and 80’s nostalgia is big again right now. Not that I could have predicted that when I wrote the book back in 2015!

 

 

I heard that you have a two-book deal, is this the case? Are you now writing book number three? Are the books interlinked in any way?

 

No, they’re all stand-alone but the stories do all exist in the same universe, so readers may spot some subtle references. I haven’t ruled out linking them or returning to some of the characters in the future! Watch this space!

 

Haven't read The Chalk Man yet? Want to re-read? Great! Join The Chalk Man book club!

LET'S BUDDY READ! 

#35 Follow Friday with book bloggers: LILLELARA

Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers. Meet a blogger behind the LILLELARA blog. If you're curious what the blog title means, keep on reading! 

 

Follow LILLELARA on BookLikes: http://lillelara.booklikes.com/

 

 

What are you reading right now? How do you like it?

 

I started Yoon Ha Lee´s Ninefox Gambit, a confusing military science fiction novel. Not sure what to think of it yet and not sure if I´m going to finish it. I just finished Kerry Greenwood´s Cocaine Blues  and this one annoyed the heck out of me. And then I´m still listening to the audiobook of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This book will never be my favorite Harry Potter, since Harry and Ron are not on speaking terms with each other for a considerable part of the novel. But the narration by Stephen Fry is brilliant as always and I like the darkness of the story. And the final chapters are so sad, gripping and amazing.

 

Ninefox Gambit - Yoon Ha LeeCocaine Blues - Kerry GreenwoodHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling, Stephen Fry

 

 

 

How did your book love begin?

 

I discovered my book love about 7 years ago at the age of 30, when I purchased my very first Kindle. Suddenly I started reading in earnest and instead of 5 books per year, I read 50 books per year. Whenever I had some time to spare, I spend it with a book (an e-book) in my hands. But don´t ask me what has happened back then to ignite the passion for reading in me. I simply don´t know.

 

 

Your blog name is “LILLELARA”. Can you tell us more about the phrase?

 

Lille and Lara were the names of two of my adorable cats. I have always been responsible for naming our cats and I´m giving them the most nonsensical names. There was Musch, one of Musch´s kittens I called Præstegård (the Danish word for a parsonage) and then I named Lille as well (lille means small in Danish). We got Lara from an animal shelter, I obviously didn´t get to name her. But in the spirit of giving cats stupid names, I always called her pimsiwimsi, or abbreviated pims. As you can see, there isn´t a deeper meaning behind my blogname.

 

 

 

We’ve spotted a book-to-movie tag on your blog. Is movie watching your second passion next to reading?

 

I haven´t done a lot of book-to-movie posts, but they are always a whole lot of fun to do. I love watching movies, even though I´m not watching as many movies (and series for that matter) as I used to. I recently watched the movie adaption of Jeff VanderMeer´s Annihilation. I really didn´t like the book, the movie however is mesmerizing and visually stunning. I highly recommend watching the movie instead of reading the book.

 

Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer 

The book cover vs the movie poster

 

 

You live in Germany but you’re blog is in English. Do you read books in those two languages? If so can you tell our readers how the language affects the book experience?

 

Unterleuten: Roman - Juli ZehI try to read books in the language they are originally written in, which in my case is doable for German, Danish and English books. Books tend to lose some of their magic when they are getting translated. Just thinking about Juli Zeh´s Unterleuten makes we wonder, how someone could possibly translate this book into another language without altering the meaning of certain sentences. It´s a joy to read books by skilled German authors, who have a grasp on the language and know how to construct a proper sentence. If an author doesn´t have this skill, German can be an incredibly stilted language and those books become a tedious reading experiences.

 

And this is exactly the reason, why I´m reading more books in English than in German. It´s incredibly hard to find well-written German books among the masses of poorly written ones and my reading taste doesn´t align with the general taste of my fellow countrymen. I was looking at a bestseller list today and almost half of the list were crime books, set in a specific German region (so called Regionalkrimis). And most of these books are incredibly bad and poorly written. 

 

 

How much time do you spend reading daily?

 

It depends on my spare time, the book that I´m reading and my general mind set. I´m reading at least an hour a day, but it can be much more than that.

 

 

Your bookshelf is full of different book genres. What are you favorite genres? Why are they special?

 

My favorite genre got to be science-fiction. I love learning about different cultures and technologies and how we sometimes can learn something about our own culture by reading a book set in a futuristic world. I have read some incredibly good books in this genre and I have so many more to explore. 

 

Besides science-fiction I´m reading almost anything. Classics, historical fiction, mysteries, psychological thrillers, literary fiction, non-fiction. I´m willing to give at least every genre a try. Even fantasy and romance, which are my least favorite genre.

 

 

 

Why reading is important to you?

 

Reading is incredibly relaxing and it is my way to reduce stress. I´m an introvert and I´m working in a job where I´m talking to people all day long. Being alone with a book after a long day at work is liberating and reading is something I´m doing for me and not for other people.

 

 

What are you three favorite book covers?

 

I love this specific Mary Stewart cover of Nine Coaches Waiting. Every time I look at it I want to sit in a cabriolet, driving through the mountains in France, heading towards an adventure of a lifetime.

 

The Penguin English Library editions are so pretty. They are all gorgeous, but my favorite is the edition of Far from the Madding Crowd.

 

And I really like the Patricia Highsmith covers by Virago, especially this one because of its simplicity:

 

Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas HardyDeep Water: A Virago Modern Classic (Virago Modern Classics) - Patricia Highsmith,Gillian Flynn

 

 

How do you choose your next book to read?

 

I´m one big mood reader. I choose my next book on a complete whim.

 

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

Chernobyl Prayer by Svetlana Alexievich. It´s infuriating, harrowing, devastating, saddening and bloody fantastic.

 

Chernobyl Prayer: A Chronicle of the Future - Svetlana Alexievich,Anna Gunin,Arch Tait 

 

 

A book that changed your life?

 

My most dreaded question and I´m going to be a bore with this one. I can´t think of a book that has changed my life. I will name two books, however, that changed my reading life. Cloud Atlas and A Place of Greater Safety. These two books made me realize that there isn´t an English book out there that is too difficult to read.

 

Cloud Atlas - David MitchellA Place of Greater Safety - Hilary Mantel

 

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

A couple of years ago I only read e-books, nowadays I prefer paper books. There is something satisfying in holding a physical book in your hands and to see the progress you are making.

 

 

Three titles for a sunny spring day?

 

Three books from different genres, all of them exciting and fun to read. Perfect for a sunny spring day:

 

 

Love Insurance - Earl Derr BiggersThe Moonspinners - Mary StewartThe Martian - Andy Weir

 

 

Favorite quote?

 

“If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.”

Albert Einstein

 

If you could pair a book with a drink, what would you prepare to sip while reading?

 

Red wine. I really like red wine. If someone could invent a non-alcoholic beverage with the same taste as a good red wine, I would be in heaven. But since this drink doesn´t exist, I´m drinking ordinary water on a workday and treat myself to a glass of wine on the weekend.

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

My first shelf contains all of my Christie´s, my read non-fiction books and my Harry Potter books:

 

Picture Christie-Shelf


My classics shelf:

 

My read shelf:

 

And my TBR-Shelf:

 

Thank you!

 

 

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How to add a book to your bookshelf on BookLikes?

 

BookLikes is not only a blog platform but also your virtual bookshelf! Here are 3 tips on how to add a book to your Shelf on BookLikes.

 

1. Click the book covers

All book cover in the service are clickable. Thais means that once you click on the cover you'll see either a book pop up or you'll be moved to a book page. Both views have +Shelf and +Post options. 

 

The shelving on BookLikes is split into two parts: the quick shelving (via +Shelf button under each book cover) and the advanced shelving (via +Shelf advanced pop up)

 

 

If you wish to add a book to your bookshelf, just click the cover and +Shelf it! 

 

Where you can find the book covers to click?

 -  on your Dashboard (this is your book news feed where you see reviews and bookshelf updates from blog you follow on BookLikes)

 - on the Book Catalog page (this is a page where you can check what BL community is reading, searching and shelving

-  on the Reading List page (this is a page where you can view the reading lists created by BookLikers) 

 

2. Visit Blogs and repeat 1) click the book covers

 

Make sure to visit fellow bloggers on BookLikes! The blogs are full of reviews and recommended reading so it's really easy to find new books to shelve! As we mentioned above ALL book covers are clickable. This includes the book cover on the blogs and on the shelves. So when you read BookLikes blogs make sure to click the cover and you'll be moved to a book page where you can use +Shelf to add the title to your shelf. 

 

Murder by Death blog

 

Click +Shelf to view the reading status options

 

Where to find blogs?

 - on the Explore page (this is a page where you can check the most recent reviews published by BookLikes community, click the avatar or the review title to be moved to a blog)

- in the Discussion groups (this is a page where you can join the discussions or create yours, click the blog name or the avatar to be moved to a blog)

 

3. Use the search box and repeat 1) click the cover

Type in the title and author in the search box, click the book and +Shelf

 

 

If the book is not available, please use the ISBN number. If this won't help, consider adding the book manually - click the Add a new book and fill up the new book form.

 

You can also use the Shelve it feature which allows you shelve the books directly from Amazon book pages -- read more about the Shelve it feature HERE

 

 

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Happy shelving!

 

An Interview with Rebecca D. Costa, American Sociobiologist + Non-fiction Giveaway

 

Rebecca D. Costa is an American sociobiologist and futurist. She is a world renowned expert on "fast adaptation" in complex environments, and a recipient of the prestigious Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Award. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, The Guardian, and other leading publications.

 

Read our interview with Rebecca to learn more about her writing habits and inspiration!

 

 

NON-FICTION GIVEAWAY!
WIN On the Verge by Rebecca D. Costa  

On the Verge - Rebecca D. CostaAccording to Costa, advances in Big Data, predictive analytics, genomics, artificial intelligence, and other breakthroughs have made it possible to pinpoint future results with mind-blowing accuracy - cracking the door to what Costa calls predaptation: the ability to adapt before the fact. Never before has the information needed to avert danger, get the jump ahead of others, or prepare for the inevitable been so clearly within grasp.

Through fascinating real-life examples, Costa reveals how technology has brought nations, businesses, and individuals to the edge of clairvoyance. Yet, our ability to act on foreknowledge often falls short - causing leaders to squander the advantage of preemption. To counteract this failure, Costa illuminates 12 principles of adaptation, and predaptation, used to succeed in fast-moving environments.



Tell us a few words about yourself – whatever you want to share about your personal and professional life, but also why you decided to become a writer.

 

After spending much of my childhood abroad and enjoying a successful career in Silicon Valley, I returned to my love of Charles Darwin and study of human evolution. My work in technology caused me to observe a growing gap between the speed at which change was occurring and the slow pace of physiological adaptation. This compelled me to write my first book, The Watchman’s Rattle, which became a success in 21 countries, and which thought- leaders E.O. Wilson, Richard Branson, Dr. James Watson stepped forward to lend their support to. Six years later I published On the Verge.

 

The Watchman's Rattle: Thinking our Way out of Extinction - Rebecca D. CostaOn the Verge - Rebecca D. Costa

 

How did you start writing?

 

Upon selling my company in Silicon Valley I retired to the small hamlet of Carmel, California, where I began combing through notebooks I maintained throughout my career, working with companies such as Apple Computer, Amdahl, Oracle, General Electric, etc. The notebooks inspired me to write my first book.

 

 

What are your writing habits? How often do you write, and how long at one time?

 

My writing comes in fits and starts. Similar to a radio station, clarity comes and goes. I am often awoken at 3 AM to write - and the duration of any writing period can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Then, just as suddenly, the signal is gone. For this reason, it is impossible to keep any semblance of a normal life when writing. There is a reason gifted writers are often alcoholics, drug addicts and have disagreeable personalities – writing is madness.

 

 

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a writer – to someone like you before you became a published author?

 

Writing is not a choice. It’s a calling. If you have the calling, then regardless of whether one person, or millions, read your work, the process is gratifying. You won’t make any money writing a book, so any illusions about getting rich should be quashed early. Find a good agent and editor and always listen to your editor.

 

 

Who are your favorite authors?

 

E.O. Wilson, Yuval Noah Harari, Jared Diamond, Carson McCullers.

 

 

What would you like to say to our readers? What do they need to know about your

books?

 

The opposite of politics is science. The more facts we have at our disposal the better able we are to guard against manipulation. But facts don’t have to be boring. Good storytelling is good storytelling regardless of the subject. Our favorite teachers in school made history come alive, science fun, and turned mathematics into a game. Good nonfiction writing should be held to that standard – it should engage us to the point where the time flies by and we didn’t even notice we were learning something new. I hope my easy style is what separates me from other writers in my genre.

 

 

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We're here to read and discuss what would generally be called 'popular' science titles; one book every other month. Welcome!

#34 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Toni

Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers! 

Meet Toni, a book lover with a big virtual library and an amazing dream home bookshelves. Check them out! 

 

Follow Toni's blog: http://toniosborne.booklikes.com/

 


What are you reading right now? How do you like it? 

 

Cosega Search by Brandt Legg. I like it so far, only 1/3 into it.

Cosega Search - Brandt Legg 


How did your book love begin? 

 

I don't really remember books were always part of my life even as a toddler....so many many years ago.

 


Are you a book collector or a recommender? 

 

Neither. I am a reader and reviewer and give all the books I can...
 

According to your Shelf you’re read over 500 books! How much time do you spend reading daily? 
 
About 2 hours a day....actually the 500 books are only those added since I joined BookLikes. 
 

What are you favorite genres? Why are they special?
 
Mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction, fiction and non-fiction. I can't honestly answer that question...maybe I love to be lost in the words....be transported wherever...
 

Why reading is important to you? 
 
Great pass time. I call the few hours my quality time....
 

Do you review every book you read? How does your review process look like? 
 
Yes I do, my process changes with the genre. A non-fiction will have more depth. The others I will usually have a short summary and my feeling: likes and what I don't. Rarely will I recommend books....
 

What are you three favorite book covers?
 
WOW, book covers that is a hard one but here are 3 books, I lately read:
 
The Terrorist Next Door (David Gold) - Sheldon SiegelThe Room on Rue Amélie - Kristin HarmelThe Good Liar - Catherine McKenzie
 

How do you choose your next book to read? Favorite authors, reading list, friends’ recommendations?
 
A bit of all: favorite authors, reading list, some recommendations but mostly I read books that are given to me by the author or through sites such as BookLikes, Goodreads, Librarythings, Netgalleys, Edelweiss. 
 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers? 
 
Historical fictions and non- fictions set during WW11 but I rarely do recommend books. See question #8 The Room on Rue Amelie for my one of them.
The Room on Rue Amélie - Kristin Harmel 

A book that changed your life?
 
None. 
 

A paper book or an e-book?
 
Mostly ebooks. 
 

Three titles for a sunny spring day? 
 
The Good Liar - Catherine McKenzieDark Waters (A Deborah Jones Crime Thriller) - J.B. TurnerThe Italian Wife - Kate Furnivall
 

Favorite quote? 
live for today because yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come
 
If you could pair a book with a meal, what would you cook to eat while reading your favorite title? 
 
Potato chips ....:)
 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)
 
Haha, its digital in real life but I all my books were paperbacks it would look like this:
 

Thank you! 

 

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"The Chalk Man" Buddy Read & Ask a Question with CJ Tudor: March 29 - April 26, 2018

 

 

Readers are loving The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor. Have you read it? Did you love it? Or maybe the title is sitting on your TBR plie? Or maybe you haven't heard about the book? Eee, impossible! ;)

 

Regardless of your reading experience, feel invited to join The Chalk Man Buddy Read! Let's read The Chalk Man together, and share your thoughts and opinions, find the clues and make the guesses. And find the killer, together!  

 

Join the book club by clicking the following link and then clicking Join, and start reading!

 

 

Make sure to add your reading experiences in The Chalk Man discussion group. Beware of the spoilers! 

 

And if you have any questions about the book or C.J Tudor's writing inspirations and plans, we have a great surprise! C.J. Tudor agreed to answer the questions from BookLikes readers!

 

Add your question(s) in the following discussion group and we'll forward them to C.J. Tudor! Isn't that exciting!?!

 

Go to the Ask a Question with C.J. Tudor group and post your question! 

 

Still not sure if The Chalk Man is for you? Just check those reviews! 

 

The Chalk Man - C.J. TudorThe Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor 

It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran - the Chalk Man. He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages for his friends and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body. Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk, and a drawing of a figure. Is history going to repeat itself? Was it ever really over? Will this game only end in the same way?

 

BookLikes bloggers book reviews: 

This is pretty dazzling debut, especially given all the clunky "just OK" mysteries that litter my house, library history, recommendations and my Read piles. I'll take a mystery no matter what, but it's very nice to get a good one... read more on "So it goes." blog

 

 

What a crazy book. I loved it from start to finish... by Heather's Book Blog

 

 

"The Chalk Man" has a plot, constructed around violence, secrets, fear, transgression and revenge, that is intricate and not fully disclosed until the final chapter. Yet it is not the plot but the depth of the characterisation of Eddie as child and man that makes the book special... by Audio Book Junkie

 

 

This was an excellent book that had me guessing throughout. At one point, maybe twice, I had reason to point a finger at all the boys involved in the book. I just kept going back and forth. It was crazy!The author did a great job... reviewed by debbiekrenzer

 

 

THE CHALK MAN is a gripping exploration of the dark places within the human mind and an impressive debut. Filled with horror. Frightening, compelling, taut, creepy and chilling! A shocking spine-tingling conclusion... read more on JDCMustReadBooks 

 

 

I liked how we learn more information about the past and individual’s true colors were shining through. It’s funny how some individuals never change and how some people think they have changed but they haven’t. I enjoyed the novel.. read more on My Never Ending List

AND MORE

 

7 Science-Backed Ways Reading Makes You Healthy [Infographic]

 

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

- Joseph Addison

 

Reading is more than just a pleasure. Books make your life better. Reading challenges your mind and delights your soul. It keeps you well informed and entertain. If you lack the reading habit, make sure you overcome the reluctance and grab a book as the following infographic prepared by Global English Editing will prove reading can make your life longer, less stressful, full of dreams and social gatherings. 

 

Keep on reading! 

 

 

Source: https://geediting.com/7-science-backed-ways-reading-makes-healthy-infographic/

Source: http://geediting.com/7-science-backed-ways-reading-makes-healthy-infographic

Interview with Diana Forbes, Author of 'Mistress Suffragette'

 

Read our interview with Diana Forbes, a historical fiction author who is passionate about old New York, ancestry, and untold stories. She is a ninth-generation American, with ancestors on both sides of the Civil War. Diana Forbes lives and writes in Manhattan. When she is not cribbing chapters, Diana Forbes loves to explore the buildings where her nineteenth-century American ancestors lived, loved, survived and thrived. She is passionate about vintage clothing, antique furniture, ancestry, and vows to master the quadrille in her lifetime.

 

New historical fiction! 

Mistress Suffragette - Diana ForbesMistress Suffragette by Diana Forbes  

Out: March 05, 2018

A young woman without prospects at a ball in Gilded Age Newport, Rhode Island is a target for a certain kind of “suitor.” At the Memorial Day Ball during the Panic of 1893, impoverished but feisty Penelope Stanton draws the unwanted advances of a villainous millionaire banker who preys on distressed women—the incorrigible Edgar Daggers. Over a series of encounters, he promises Penelope the financial security she craves, but at what cost?

Skilled in the art of flirtation, Edgar is not without his charms, and Penelope is attracted to him against her better judgment. Initially, as Penelope grows into her own in the burgeoning early Women’s Suffrage Movement, Edgar exerts pressure, promising to use his power and access to help her advance.

But can he be trusted, or are his words part of an elaborate mind game played between him and his wife? During a glittering age where a woman’s reputation is her most valuable possession, Penelope must decide whether to compromise her principles for love, lust, and the allure of an easier life.

 

Tell us a few words about yourself - whatever you want to share about your personal and professional life, but also why you decided to become a writer.

 

I feel like writing chose me, and not the other way around. At the age of 6, I was writing diary entries. By the time I was 8, I wrote poetry. Two years later, my school asked me to help start the school newspaper. Later, I wrote features for my college paper, restaurant reviews for a review guide, and interviews for a local newspaper in Manhattan. I always knew that I wanted to write, and for me the question was what form should it take?

 

 

How did you start writing?

 

Writing was a form of creative expression, and I was better at it than other forms of creative expression, such as painting and music. I experimented with those as well, but writing seemed to “take.”

 

 

What are your writing habits? How often do you write, and how long at one time?

 

I am a creature of habit. I am fortunate to have an office where I do all my writing. I get into the office at 9 in the morning and write until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. I take a break at 3:30 and work on promotional ideas for my debut novel, Mistress Suffragette. I leave around 7 p.m. during the week and try to hit the gym. On Saturdays, I have a “short writing day” – maybe two hours. On Sundays I have a long writing day—at least 8 hours, sometimes 10. It’s at this pace of writing that I feel things begin to happen for my projects. I also take two writing classes per term, so I’m reading other people’s work always. Additionally, I try to read great literature for about an hour a day before I get to my office.

 

 

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a writer - so, to someone like the person you were before you became a published author with rave reviews?

 

First, believe in your project. Know that it will improve the more drafts you do. So, if it seems to be taking a long time to write it, that’s perfectly normal. Second, never try to “time the market.” There is no way to predict what will be the next big thing in fiction. A lot of people say, “write what you know.” That’s great advice, but I also feel it’s a good idea to “write what you love.” It’s easier to sit in the chair and write when the topic is something that’s really close to your heart.

 

 

Who are your favorite authors and have they inspired you in any way?

 

I love the classics.  Right now, I’m reading The Great Gatsby for the fifth time. I love the poetic voice of the novel. Emma and Pride and Prejudice, I return to over and over. With Austen, I appreciate the ironic distance and her world view. I have read Gone with the Wind at least four times, and I am lured into the sweeping saga each time. The Catcher in the Rye feels as fresh today as the first time I read it. I think I’ve re-read it six times. All that said, I also read novels that are written today, and there are some classics that I’ve read only once. I also read newspapers, short stories, and flash fiction.

 

 

What would you like to say to your readers? What do they need to know about you and your first book?

 

I am so grateful to my readers. Thank you for spending time with my story! I really wanted to write a book I would love to read. For me, that’s a novel that whisks me away into its world.

 

 

Are you writing and when can we expect to read your second book? Will it be linked in any way to the first?

 

Thank you so much for asking. I am polishing the sequel to my novel. After that, I will be writing the third book in the trilogy. I have also written ¾ of another novel that takes place during the current time period.

 

Diana Forbes is an historical fiction author who is passionate about old New York, ancestry, and untold stories.

She is a ninth-generation American, with ancestors on both sides of the Civil War. Diana Forbes lives and writes in Manhattan. When she is not cribbing chapters, Diana Forbes loves to explore the buildings where her nineteenth-century American ancestors lived, loved, survived and thrived. She is passionate about vintage clothing, antique furniture, ancestry, and vows to master the quadrille in her lifetime.

#33 Follow Friday with book bloggers: KOMET

Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers! 

Meet Komet who loves history, literature, and art. You can follow Komet's blog on BookLikes: http://komet.booklikes.com

 

 

What are you reading right now? How is it?

Among the books I'm now reading is "OLD SOLDIER SAHIB" by Frank Richards.
Richards shares with the reader his experiences as a British soldier in the UK and overseas during the early 1900s.  (He would later return to the Army upon the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914 and serve in France, where he made the acquaintance of Robert Graves, who later became a famous writer and poet.)

So far, I'm enjoying the book.


How did your book love begin?

I guess I've been reading books since time out of mind.  As a late Baby Boomer, I don't remember a time when I didn't read.  LOL.


According to your Shelf you’re read over 1200 books! WOW How much time do you spend reading daily?

I read every day - on average 4 to 5 hours daily.



Do you review every book you read? How does your review process look like?

I try to review all the books I've read.   In writing a review - whether it be for a book I did or did not like, I try to provide a general outline or summary of what the book was about without giving away any key elements of the story.    I am conscious that when I am writing a positive review, I want to, in effect, sell the book to the reader of my review.   I want the reader to go away from reading a positive review thinking to him/herself: "WOW!  This is a book I gotta check out."

 

 


What are you favorite genres? Why are they special?

I enjoy reading historical fiction; biographies/memoirs/diaries, travel books, aviation books (I love airplanes), art books, historical mystery novels, and military history.

Each of these genres reflect the special interests that I have, many of which are rooted in history, literature, and art.


Why reading is important to you?

Reading is like breathing to me. I have a wide-ranging curiosity and interest in life. Living.  And I enjoy reading books that can take me across time, space, and all over the world. I've been fortunate to be able to travel overseas a bit: Canada, France, Mexico, the Caribbean, Italy, Brazil, and India.

 

Reviewed bookshelf



Your Planning-to-read shelf is…impressive! How do you choose your next book to read with 8K titles on your TBR list?

Frankly, I tend to choose my next book to read based on what's on my mind at the moment, usually after I've just finished reading a book.  For instance, if I've heard good things about a new novel (from a variety of sources - e.g. radio interviews and the NY Times Book Review)  that teases my curiosity, I'll give it a look-see on Amazon and see (if possible) if the novel is available in a local bookstore.   (I try to buy local when I can, because our neighborhood bookstores - especially here in the U.S. - need to be supported.)   That's how I ended up buying the Sarah Vaughan novel Anatomy of a Scandal, which I finished reading last night.  LOVED IT.

 

Anatomy of a Scandal: The brilliant, must-read novel of 2018 - Sarah VaughanA Man Called Ove: A Novel - Fredrik Backman

 

What’s the most surprising book you’ve ever read?

There's no one book with which I can answer the question. But A Man Called Ove was a pleasant surprise. A close friend gave it to me as a birthday present. I didn't think it would be good.   Thankfully, I was proven wrong.


What are you three favorite book covers?


Our Man In Washington - Roy HoopesBirds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs) - Jacqueline Winspear

A Strangeness in My Mind: A novel (Vintage International) - Orhan PamukLes Parisiennes - Anne Sebha

 


Your bookshelf is full of thematic and author named shelves. Are you an organized book hoarder?

I try to be an organized bibliophile.   I like to keep books in my library categorized on the basis of author and fiction/non-fiction.  Paperback and hardcover.


Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

I am always excited to recommend ---

i) The Morland Dynasty Series of historical novels (35) by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles.   Terrific stuff.

ii) The Cazalet Chronicles Series of historical novels (5) by Elizabeth Jane Howard.  (She deserves more recognition.)

iii) The Narratives of Empire Series of historical novels (7) by Gore Vidal, whom I once had the pleasure of meeting.  And I strongly urge any reader to check out Vidal's essays, too.    He was a true master essayist.   The insights he provides on a wide range of subjects are always illuminating, and he can be really funny, too.  LOL.

 

The Homecoming - Cynthia Harrod-EaglesThe Light Years (Cazalet Chronicle) - Elizabeth Jane HowardBurr - Gore Vidal

 

A book that changed your life?

A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn 

 

A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present - Howard Zinn 

A paper book or an e-book?

A paperback book (Mass Market Paperbacks, preferably)

 

Three titles for a sunny spring day?

A Seaside Affair by Fern Britton 
Women Who Blow on Knots by Ece Temelkuran 
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands by Jorge Amado
The Holiday Home by Fern Britton 
London Transports by Maeve Binchy 

 

 

A Seaside Affair - Fern BrittonWomen Who Blow on Knots - Ece Temelkuran

Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands - Jorge Amado,Harriet de OnísThe Holiday Home - Fern BrittonLondon Transports - Maeve Binchy

 

 

Favorite quote?


"... our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal."  -- President John F. Kennedy

 

If you could meet a writer, who would it be?

John le Carré


Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

 

Thank you! 

 

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Shelve it!

Art by Sara Maceti via source

 

As many of you have noticed the search box is not working properly at the moment. So sorry for this situation! Our team is working on bringing back the search function and the amz.com book links. 

 

The ISBN and ASIN search is under review and therefore finding a specific book edition may be difficult at the moment. The search of title + author should be working fine.

 

If you're experiencing issues finding the right book on BookLikes, please mail Kate@booklikes.com and we'll help right away. 

 

You can also use the Shelve it feature to add the books to your bookshelf directly from Amazon bookstore. At the moment, the Shelve it! works only with Amazon.co.uk but the feature will increase its range to amazon.com shortly. 

 

 

How to use Shelve it? 

 

Log into BookLikes and go to your Shelf (main menu -> Shelf). Drag the Shelve it! icon into your browser's bookmark. 

 

 

Go to amazon.co.uk and search the books.

When on the book page click Shelve it! on the bookmark and the book will be opened on BookLikes -- you can add it to your shelf or write a review on your BL blog. 

 

 

And it's here! Ready to be +Shelved or +Posted. 

 

Happy shelving! 

 

 

An Interview with Deborah LeBlanc + Two Paranormal Giveaways

 

Interview with Deborah Leblanc, author of over a dozen books with elements of mystery and horror, paranormal suspense, and paranormal romance.

 

What’s her advice for beginner writers? Read our interview and find out!



Tell us a few words about yourself - whatever you want to share about your personal and professional life, but also why you decided to become a writer.

Well, I'm an author, a business owner, a licensed death scene investigator, a licensed private investigator, worked in funeral service for 12 years, have been a paranormal investigator for almost thirty years and started a non-profit called Literacy Inc., to help fight the growing illiteracy rate in America's teens. I'm also the house 'clairsendium' for the upcoming television show, Through the Veil, which should be airing the fourth quarter of this year on Destination America. I served four years as the president of the Horror Writers Association, 2 years as the Southwest President of the Mystery Writers of America and eight years as President of the Writers' Guild of Acadiana.

As to why I decided to become a writer, I have to admit that it wasn't something I aspired to as a kid. Although books were my saving grace growing up, I never thought about becoming a writer. It wasn't until I was in my late thirties that I woke up one morning, brushed my teeth, and while staring in the mirror simply said...."I think I'll write a book." And write it I did. I was too naive at the time to know that most authors don't sell their first book, much less get an agent. By some stroke of luck, however, a month after writing the book, I had a New York agent who sold my novel within weeks to a New York publisher.

 



How did you start writing?


I simply sat down at my computer and started telling a story that had been ruminating in my head for some time. I had never written a novel before, so to understand pacing and cliff hangers and point of view changes, I took four books from different authors I admired and literally typed half of each book until I got the 'feel' of how their language flowed. Doing that helped me get a better handle on how to tell my story.

 


What are your writing habits? How often do you write, and how long at one time?

My writing habits are a bit obsessive. Once I get a story in my head, I'm anxious to see it written on paper. I write every day, and, depending on my life responsibilities, write anywhere from 2 to 18 hours a day.



What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a writer - so, to someone like you the person you were before you became a published author?

Have a great story to tell, then plop your backside down in a chair, fingers to your computer keyboard and start writing. Don't give up and don't keep going over the same chapter forty-five times before moving on. Just get the story told, then you can clean it up once you rewrite. So the advice is basically: Read, read, read---write, write, write...and NEVER give up!

 

 


Who are your favorite authors and have they inspired you in any way?

I have so many favorite authors it's difficult to name them all. I enjoy Jodi Picoult, James Lee Burke, Janet Evanovich, J.D. Robb, Sandra Brown, Steven King, and Dean Koontz to name but a few. All of the ones I've named have special qualities that I appreciate as a reader. Characterization, the simple art of storytelling, intertwining romance elements, and laughter.

 


What would you like to say to your readers? What do they need to know about your books?

That I appreciate every reader who takes the time to read one of my books. Out of all the books available to them, having them choose one of mine to add to their library is truly an honor. Many of my books include paranormal suspense and paranormal romance.

 


Why do you write such scary stuff? Do you like being scared yourself, or does little scare you anymore?

With my background, very little scares me anymore. I enjoy writing suspense, the unknown. To me, it gets people thinking that the tough situations in their present lives may not be so bad after all.

 


Do you only read books in the same genre as yours, or do you also enjoy very different stories - like happy romance?

Oh, I read all genres, romance, horror, paranormal, autobiographies, biographies, true crime, etc. As long as the story is well told, I'm a happy camper. :)

 

Deborah Leblanc's books on BookLikes:

The Wolven (Harlequin Nocturne, #101) - Deborah LeblancWater Witch - Deborah LeblancA House Divided - Deborah LeblancMorbid Curiosity - Deborah LeblancThe Keepers: Christmas in Salem: Do You Fear What I Fear?The Fright Before ChristmasUnholy NightStalking in a Winter Wonderland - Heather Graham, Deborah Leblanc, Kathleen Pickering, Beth CiottaGrave Intent - Deborah LeblancGhost Box - Deborah LeblancWhite Hot - Deborah LeblancBottom Feeder - Deborah Leblanc
and more