I’m really excited for today’s edition of Blogger Love. It’s the fabulous Kati and Jamie of Romancing Rakes For the Love of Romance. They are always lovely and supportive and also fun as hell, so make sure to check them out!
1. When and how did you decide to become a book blogger?
Kati: I’ve been blogging when Xanga and LiveJournal were a thing but took a break from that. I became a serious blogger January 2011. I had just gotten back into reading romances and discovered the world of book blogging. I loved the idea of those large community who shared my love for all things romance.
Jamie: It was kind of a spur of the moment thing for me. I had been reviewing for another site and I wanted to put more of my thoughts out there so I started For The Love Of Romance. It was a way for me to share my love of romance books.
2. How did you come up with your blog’s name?
Kati: It started out as Romancing Rakes since I was a big historical romance fan. After I “met” Jamie (For The Love of Romance), we got this crazy idea to mash our blogs together and got the mouthful that is now known as Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance.
Jamie: It’s like Kati said, we got this crazy idea to combine our blogs and Romancing Rakes For The Love Of Romance was created. And for the record, it was actually after we really did meet that we decided to combine our blog. I see those air quotes.
3. What makes your blog unique and/or different?
Kati: Two things that makes our blog unique is our Studio Smexy Saturdays Feature. We showcase models, authors, designers and behind-the-scenes look at what goes into creating the perfect cover. And our Annual December Joyathon. Each year we feature 24 authors from different genres and the theme is always different—interviews, holiday traditions, guest posts.
Jamie: I think that having two of us makes it unique. We both have different styles. Kati likes lists and I tend to ramble. But together it works. Plus, it’s more fun when you have a partner. (Yes, I realize that sounds dirty.) Also, I do enjoy my Juicy Tidbits post. It allows me to talk about new authors that I discover or books that I think people should check out.
4. What is your “philosophy” regarding book reviews?
Kati: Honesty and reviewing a book, not the author. All reviews have a heart rating and the review format changes. I’ve been known to include gifs or create lists as to why a reader should give a book a try.
Jamie: I’m all about being honest. It’s about the book and nothing else. If the book doesn’t work for me then it doesn’t. If it does work then I will be sure to let you know.
5. What are your favorite genres to read/review, and why?
Kati: Right now, I’m on a New Adult kick—all that angst and self discovery just calls to me. Or it could be that I’m still in that age range and I can relate to some of the things the characters go through. Occasionally I like to read historicals, contemporaries and paranormals.
Jamie: I am all over the place and it usually depends on my mood. Lately it’s been New Adult. It’s the angst and drama that sucks me in. I’m a sucker for that. But I do love a good contemporary or romantic suspense, especially if there are military men involved. I do enjoy historicals and paranormals. Basically, I’ll read anything if it sounds good.
6. What are your biggest turn-offs in a book? How about that special thing that always wins you over?
Kati: Turn-offs would be TSTL heroine, unnecessary love triangle, plot holes and the thesaurus-like naming of body parts (love rod? love cave? *giggle*) A great love story that will make me laugh out loud and ugly cry will definitely get an OMFG as well as a 5 heart rating.
Jamie: Ok, so I’ll read just about anything and I’ve read some pretty crazy stories. But I love a book that gives me butterflies. You know that ones that get you so worked up and emotionally involved. I love those. I also love some humor in my books. As for turn offs, excessively bad grammar. I also can’t stand those whiny, TSTL heroines that I just want to slap.
7. Where do you see your blog a year from now?
Kati: I would like to still see the blog going strong.
Jamie: What she said. Just hoping people still like what we’re doing.
8. What do you think the next “big” thing in fiction will be?
Kati: It’s hard to say what the next big thing will be but I can’t wait to see what “it” is. Right now, New Adult is going strong.
Jamie: Who knows. With New Adult being big right now I’m thinking maybe like New Adult Paranormal. Witched seem to be big now, maybe that.
9. If money were no object, how would you spend your days?
Kati: If money were no object? I’d plan a whole round-the-world adventure with Jamie and check everything off my bucket list. Being a slight workaholic, I would still work with my clients because I love what I do as an author assistant.
Jamie: Yes, traveling, first class please. And in between our round-the-world adventure I would enjoy some reading. I have a very large TBR pile that I would love to get through. Also, I wouldn’t mind some hot, sexy men to carry my luggage and fetch me drinks.
10. How can readers and writers find you?
Kati: Assistant: http://www.romancewrangler.com/
Jamie: Besides the Blog and our Facebook you can always find me on Twitter @JamieLynn831.