I would love to thank Tamara of The Indie Shop for putting this fabulous idea together!!!
I got to interview one of my all time FAVORITE blog ladies of Tsk Tsk, What to Read. I love these ladies bunches like Honey Bunches of Oats.
So read on and have fun! I know I did!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by!!! Let me tell you I am friggin floored I get to interview you!!! If I start to spit crazy random things it is because I am having a fan blog girl moment. *takes a deep breath* So, when did you start your blog and why?
Kat: We started the blog in January of 2012... Yep, that is right, we just turned 1... We also are doing a celebration of our Blogoversary The why you ask? Well for me, I wanted to connect with people that loved the same books as me. It has been a whirlwind this past year and have met some fantastic bloggers... *cough, Jaime, cough*----
Jaime: *blushes* well golly ladies. I love you too!!
Shell: We love you, Jaime. And for the record- WE fangirl- ALL. THE. TIME.
I really wanted to blog because I spent so much time on Facebook and goodreads talking to other book lovers (readers AND bloggers), and authors. It seemed like the natural next step, but one I didn't have the guts to take alone. Along came... and the rest is history.
Jaime: And did you have a special event over the course of your time that has stood out?
Kat: A special event over the last year that has stood out?? Wow... HARD!!! For me, it would be going to the Decatur book festival and meeting Shelly Crane, K.A. Tucker, Carol & Adam Kunz, Tiffany King, Michelle Leighton, Amy Bartol, Courtney Cole, Fisher Amelie... Blog wise... Participating in the On Dublin Street blog tour... Sam is wonderful and just being on that tour was awesome!!---
Jaime: I LOVE SAMANTHA!!!
Shell: So many already on the blog. Some great tours. The best fun- our character interviews with Samantha Young's cast from her Fire Spirits and On Dublin Street series and Gracen Miller's Road to Hell stars. FUN. HOT. SEXY. And...H.I.L.A.R.I.O.U.S.
I've been lucky enough to hit some cool events. This past year included the Tiger's Destiny Launch Party, and a big tour with Becca Fitzpatrick (AND Drew as Patch!!!), Elizabeth Miles, Tonya Hurley and Kresley Cole. Let me just say the five-some was AWESOME! They hung around and chatted and posed for fun pictures for HOURS! Unheard of. And yes, Drew/Patch is ADORABLE!
As far as Colleen's TD event? She always draws a big crowd at Powell's Books, but this was a record setting standing-room-only affair. And she out did herself with the giveaway goodies.
Jaime: How do you decide what books to read and review?
Kat: Well there are a number of things for me---following bloggers with my interests, good reads, personal interest/likes, blog tours--- sometimes it might just be seeing an amazing cover and then reading an intriguing synopsis to lure me in...----
Shell: Hmm. It really just happens most of the time now, between tours and review requests. My own personal picks usually come from authors I already love- and those they follow. I have a few bloggers I stalk and they definitely influence my choices, especially with debuts. Now how do I actually pick my books??? GAWD! Honesty, I'm a cover whore. Yep. Cover first, synopsis next- then other people's opinions.
Jaime: I must ask, how many hours get put into your blog on a weekly basis?
Kat: LOL... Should I say that it is a part time job?? At least 20 hours a week....----
Shell: It sure is a part-time job. Sometimes it seems like more. Easily 20 hours with reviews, interviews and introductions. Kat does all of the actual posting so she's the one that gets to fight with Blogger and Rafflecopter when they're being buggers. And for that I am eternally grateful.
Jaime: Rafflecopter codes scare me. They never work for me either Shell, don't feel bad.
Jaime: Do you two actually know each other? In real life I mean?
Kat: Well, I have not met Shell out in the real world... We met through a mutual group we are in.. But she has become one of my best friends... So we are not just blog partners... We are actual friends too!!----
Shell: As close as we are most people are surprised to learn we've never met in person. We quickly became friends in our group and someone suggested we give a blog a go. We're very different, but so compatible. It's a great partnership. We each have the freedom to be ourselves and choose what we please. We just work really well together. Like two sides of a coin. And Kat is the one of the sweetest, most supportive, BEST friends I've ever had. She totally ROCKS.
Jaime: awww that's soooo sweet!!! *grabs tissue and dries eyes*
Jaime: Now, okay business questions are over! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA time for the winky do questions. Now, tell me *leans in to Shelley and Kathryn* who would you love to have as a book husband? Hmmm???? Or maybe I should ask how many book husbands do you have? LOL
Kat: BAHAHAHAHA!!!! Well, I do have one that stands out first... But my list is extremely long... Bones from the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost ranks number 1 for me... But a few others would be Braden from On Dublin Street by Samantha Young Ash from The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa Daemon Black from the Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout Oh goodness... You can find my list here... http://www.goodreads.com/list/
Shell: Have you seen my Facebook page???? LOL. I have a few book boyfriends/husbands. I'd have a harem if I could- since they're mostly alphas, I don't see that happening. My #1's rarely change, but I do have a few... JERICHO BARRONS (!!!!!) from the Fever series, Micah Dominus from the Road to Hell series, Niall from Wicked Lovely, Ashallayn'darkmyr Tallyn (Prince Ash) from the Iron Fey, Han Alister from The Seven Realms, Ren AND Kishan from the Tiger's Curse saga, Daemon Sadi from the Black Jewels saga, Edward from Twilight... How much time do we have??? Yeah, it goes on and on. I acquired a few more in 2012. Definitely some hot new beefcake out there.
Jaime: Now is there an evil hussy that you wanted to hurt to make sure she didn't get your man?
Kat: LMAO.... Isn't there always... *leans in to Jaime* and let's just say... He always ends up with me!! ;)--
Jaime: Well I had no doubt about that Kat! A man would have to be a fool to pass you up!
Shell: *sshhh* Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. *wink*
Jaime: good point! LOL
Jaime: Okay final question, one you asked me. What world from a book would you want to live in? Any world.
Kat: Well crap... Came back to pop us in the ass with this one... Well if I am choosing the "world" itself... I am going to have to say The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa... The mystical magical world of the fey she created was so unique and enticing... I just want to crawl inside and never leave..---
Shell: Ha! You had to see that coming, Kat. There are so many, but really it's not a hard choice for me.
I have three worlds I never EVER want to leave...
Cinda Williams Chima's Seven Realms is absolutely amazing. Old world simplicity mixed with magic and politics. At times stark, bleak and always stunning. There's just something magnetic about these lands so carefully laid out and wonderfully illustrated. The map of the realms is one of my favorite things.
The Nevernever of the Iron Realm is all at once beautiful and terrifying. Julie's descriptions paint a perfect picture of Tir nog nag. So much so that anytime we're in the Wldywood or the like, my heart races until I know we've escaped safe and sound.
The third is Anne Bishop's Black Jewels world. Witches (none like you've seen before)- powerful and ancient in an old world setting that borders on the edge of modern society. Again intricate, beautiful and terrifying.
Seeing a pattern here?
Jaime: I definantly see the pattern love. Thank you so much for joining me!
Kat: Thank you so much for having us... It has been a real pleasure getting to know you better... Maybe we can do something in the future between our two blogs??? ----
Jaime: EEEPPPP. I would most definantly be honored. *breathes heavily, gasping* Now can you go away so I can hyperventilate in a paper bag please? *grabs a paper bag and breathes* Love you! Mwah!
Shell: LOL, Kat. Yes, now we can breathe again. And drink. Do we have beverages laying around? *heads to the fridge and grabs a couple of bottles*... Micah Kool-aid, Nix Nectar, anyone?!? Jaime? Once you go...*Kat grabs the Kool-aid from Jaime's hand* I don't think she's ready for that, Shell. *Shell shrugs and chugs it herself* Yeah, you're probably right.
Thanks for making our first ever blogger interview so fun, Jaime. We <3 you to bits.
Thank you ladies for being a part of this with me. I am so grateful to have met you and I really want to say that I meant what I said, I would truly be honored to partner up with you in anything you have going on. You two are a great crime partners....crime? yup I meant that. I would love to be somewhere on your evil crusades. TO THE TSK MOBILE!!!