I’m SO excited today y’all! I know, I know, I’m easily excitable, but this is pretty great. I’ve started a new feature on Mondays. It’s a chance to give all of our favorite book bloggers some lovin’! Each week I’ll feature a different blogger and their review site, so make sure to stop by and find out who reviews what and how their blog is unique. And, if you have a book review site (that means a blog that’s purpose is to publish reviews of books) then contact me and I’ll get you on the calendar to be spotlighted on a Monday! firstname.lastname@example.org
Today’s Blogger Love is Sasha of Caribbean Accent Book Reviews. Take it away Sasha!
1. When and how did you decide to become a book blogger?
It was early 2012 when I discovered that Twitter could connect readers like myself with authors and book bloggers. It was a whole new world, one in which you could win books and even review them for free. I had started following a few blogs, including @Bookreadinggals, and when I saw a tweet from TBRG in mid-March 2012, saying they were looking for new reviewers. I submitted an application and was ‘hired’ by month-end. And so began my life as a book reviewer. A few months later, in September 2012, my friend @Harlequinjunkie asked why I didn’t have a blog of my own since I had such diverse reading tastes. Suffice it to say, by the end of our Skype conversation, I had set up a blog of my own ￼. At that time it was a free wordpress blog, so the url was http://www.caribbeanaccentbookreviews.wordpress.com A few months later however, I had moved to a hosted blog, and so got a shorter url http://caribbeanaccentbookreviews.com/ I recently celebrated my one-year blogiversary with a boxObooks and swag giveaway to CABR followers.
2. How did you come up with your blog’s name?
It was simple really. My Twitter handles is @CaribbeanAccent, chosen for two reasons – I dislike having to add a set of numbers after my name for online ID, and I wanted a unique name. Since I have what some would consider a Caribbean accent; having been born in Jamaica but grown up in Trinidad, it seemed apt to go with Caribbean Accent. Knowing I had an established presence on Twitter, interacting with many authors, readers and fellow book reviewers, as @CaribbeanAccent, it made sense to incorporate that ID into my blog name, hence CARIBBEAN ACCENT BOOK REVIEWS (CABR).
3. What makes your blog unique and/or different?
CABR stands out from other book blogs because of my diverse reading tastes, and my Caribbean perspective on things. You can find out about everything from the latest Harlequin Presents/Mills & Boon Modern novel, to a male/male contemporary romance, to women’s fiction and historical romance on my blog. There’s something to appeal to almost everyone who stops by.
4. What is your “philosophy” regarding book reviews?
I like to keep book reviews separate from author features and giveaways, so readers don’t think I’m trying to ‘push’ a book. In terms of actual reviews, I write them as a I see them. Honesty is always my policy. Sometimes I’ve enjoyed a book others have trashed or disliked a book that others raved over, so you know I’m not ‘towing the popularity line’ when it comes to what I think of a book.
5. What are your favorite genres to read/review, and why?
I really enjoy category romance (eg Harlequin Presents/M&B Modern), contemporary erotic romance, m/m romance, cowboy romance, paranormal/shape-shifter romance and contemporary romance. Each genre has something different that I enjoy, but ultimately, they all tend to end in HEA.
Category romance books, for example, are short enough that they can take you on a journey to HEA with trips on private jets and heartbreak in a cab, all in one day/weekend, depending on how much time you have.
While m/m romance novels give you a peek inside the minds of two men in love and the way they express that love is equally as hot as when reading about m/f romances, sometimes hotter, if the author knows his/her stuff.
I think cowboys, shape-shifters and ‘regular’ contemporary romance are self-explanatory, don’t you?
6. What are your biggest turn-offs in a book? How about that special thing that always wins you over?
I really don’t like cliffhangers at the end of a book without some resolution of existing issues. I’m a fan of several authors who write extended series but when you break up a story of one couple over two, three or more books? No, not unless their relationship is growing, and part of a wider story, as with JD Robb’s IN DEATH series.
I really love when the h/H knows what they want and goes after it but not in a disrespectful manner. When a character has had to wait before getting that special time or being in a happy place with that special someone, their decision to finally seek happiness and lay it all on the line always has me rooting for them to get that much-deserved HEA.
7. Where do you see your blog a year from now?
Hopefully with even more CABR followers and great author interviews on BEYOND THE PAGE, with lots of cool giveaways for CABR fans. I’d like to also see my Facebook and Twitter followers grow and remain at a substantial number, because it would mean I’m connecting fellow readers with great books and the authors who’ve written them.
8. What do you think the next “big” thing in fiction will be?
You mean after first-person narrative in YA (Young Adult) and some NA (New Adult) books? Hmm. Street teams are becoming par for the course and self-publishing continues to expand and evolve, so who knows? Wait! A solar-powered eReader !! ￼ It’s not about a specific genre of books but it would help eBook lovers everywhere to keep reading for hours on end without worrying about needing a plug nearby.
9. If money were no object, how would you spend your days?
Wow. Reading…on a yacht in the Mediterranean, travelling the world with my family and friends along on some trips, doing fun things that are on my unwritten buck list, such as tandem skydiving. ￼
10. How can readers and writers find you?
I’m on Twitter a lot – @CaribbeanAccent You can also visit my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Caribbean-Accent-Book-Reviews/475115365887761 or use the Contact Me form on my blog http://caribbeanaccentbookreviews.com/contact-me/
I have to say I’ve worked with Sasha and she is fabulousness, so make sure to keep her on your list when you’re looking for a new read, or to request reviews if you’re an author.
Thanks for visiting Sasha!