February 2016 Recap & March Preview

SUMMARY

Of my blog posts this month, I was most proud of my interview with Melanie Hansen. I was so indecisive about doing the interview, because I wanted to write it a certain way. I wanted it to read like a feature article, not a Q&A. But I don’t trust my mood and was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to pull it off if I was depressed. I almost didn’t go through with it because Unquiet was a tough read for me, but I believed in the book and wanted people to know why it’s important. I had scheduled the interview to go live on Feb 1st, so I sent Melanie my questions the 1st week of January. She returned the questions about a week and a half before I had scheduled it, because I needed time to put it all together and write it up the way I had imagined it. Melanie was really great about it and gave me a lot to work with. It didn’t get as many views as I had hoped, and I didn’t get much feedback, but Melanie said she liked it. My therapist was very encouraging and supportive. But I don’t know if I’ll ever write another interview like this. It’s a lot of work and stress for me, because of my disability. So, to me, it was quite an achievement. This blog is a hobby; it fills up my days and makes me feel productive. As long as I don’t get carried away when my mood is up or when I’m experiencing strong emotions, it seems to be good for my mental health.

The review I most liked writing: BETWEEN GHOSTS by Garrett Leigh. It took me a few days after reading it to sit down and write the review, because the novel hit me so hard.

The review I most disliked writing: STRONG SIGNAL by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell. I seriously agonized over this one and revised it so many godawful times, and I still don’t like how it turned out. So wordy! And that word “underbelly” is so cliche and slightly pretentious I would never use it in my own work. But I don’t have it in me to revise it again. Ironically, as of today, Feb 29th, it is the top Amazon customer review for STRONG SIGNAL, with 9 of 10 customers voting it helpful. I might have just jinxed myself, but I wouldn’t mind not seeing my name on the top customer review for that title.


 

BLOG STATS: 2/01-2/29

Feb2016-stats

Most viewed post: Release Day Review: TARTAN CANDY by K.C. Burns

Top 3 referrers: 1. Google Search, 2. Facebook, 3. Twitter

Most clicked link: Rafflecopter.com


 

FEBRUARY 2016 REVIEWS

ARCs I REVIEWED
1. My American Duchess by Eloisa James 5 ☆
2. Lady Bridget’s Diary by Maya Rodale 5 ☆

BOOKS I REVIEWED
3. Be Not Afraid by Alyssa Cole 5 ☆

MM ARCs I REVIEWED
4. Unquiet by Melanie Hansen 5 ☆
5. Save of the Game by Avon Gale 5 ☆
6. The Backup by Erica Kudisch 5 ☆
7. Between Ghosts by Garrett Leigh 5 ☆

8. Clockwork Heart by Heidi Cullinan 4 ☆
9. Love and the Exorcism by Melanie Hansen 4 ☆
10. Strong Signal by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell 4 ☆
11. Love Me Tenor by Annabeth Albert 4 ☆

12. Tartan Candy by K.C. Burns 3 ☆
13. When Adam Fell by Pat Henshaw 3 ☆
14. Give Yourself Away by Barbara Elsborg 3 ☆
15. Getting Him Back by K.A. Mitchell 3 ☆
16. Out of Bounds by A.R. Barley 3 ☆


 

MARCH 2016 PREVIEW

ARCs listed by Release Date

Samhain titles from NetGalley:
3/01: RAG AND BONE by K.J. Charles
3/08: CONVINCING THE SECRETARY by Ava March
3/15: SOUL TO KEEP by Rebekah Weatherspoon
3/22: HARD CANDY by Amy Jo Cousins
3/22: LOVE ME LIKE A ROCK by Amy Jo Cousins

Other titles from NetGalley:
3/01: HIS TO KEEP by Terri Austin
3/01: HOW TO HANDLE A SCANDAL by Emily Greenwood
3/01: WEDDING NIGHT WITH THE EARL by Amelia Grey
3/22: THE STUDY OF SEDUCTION by Sabrina Jeffries

Tasty Book Tours:
3/31: ONCE BURNED by Lisa Kamps

Pride Promotions:
3/08: FINDING HIS FANTASY
3/22: TORQUE

Dreamspinner Press:
3/04: PAWSITIVELY IN LOVE
3/21: UNDER A SKY OF ASH

*Three of these titles might be DNFs, which I don’t review.

 

SPECIAL EVENT

I will be hosting an extra special, super awesome, COVER REVEAL of POWER PLAY, Scoring Chances #3, by Avon Gale!



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