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Book Blogger Party and Giveaways





Welcome to our Book Blogger Party!

Over the last seven or so  months, I've had the pleasure of hosting "Book Bloggers" aka Very Busy Reviewers who blog as a way to promote their important work and have some fun along the way.


Grab a treat from our buffet, or grab a seat and let our waitstaff assist!

Sorry, it's just not an Inky party without JLM in costume.

In no particular order, here's a quick recap with link to each of my first thirteen guests:
 
Andi Tubbs began blogging in January 2016 after her eleventh year as a reviewer. Read her Inkwell interview here. Andi had an inspiring message as well as lots of encouragement for reviewers. Visit her at Radiant Light (" because I want my blog and reviews to be a light in our dark world"). The address is http://frommipov.blogspot.com



Rachel Dixon has been reviewing/blogging for a little over 3 years now. "It's been lots of trial and error" and " it wasn’t until I got connected with other bloggers (specifically Annie on Just Commonly. and Carrie on Reading is my Superpwer ) that things really started coming together.   

 Find Rachel at BookWorm Mama
Read her Inkwell Interview here.







Katherine Good, aka "Kat" began blogging when friends kept asking her opinion and she thought it’d be an easy way to share with them. "I was writing reviews anyway and really appreciated how bloggers' thoughts helped me figure out if I’d like a book."  Read her Inkwell Interview here.
Find her at Kat's Corner Books




It's that time of the year. Bring on the Butter and Sugar!


(that's my cue to bring in Richard Armitage and a Cat)
\Okay. So, where was I?



#bonus fun! I had a chance to spend extra time with Jessica Baker in August when we drove to the Christian Fiction Reader Retreat! Here's what she has to say about book blogging: "The best part of being a reviewer is sharing my love of reading with others. I am a book nerd, there is just no getting around that. So if I can help someone find a new author, a new book, or encourage them to review on their own, I am a happy girl."
Visit her blog A Baker's Perspective here:  
And read her Inkwell Interview here




Blogger Trisha Robertson's Inkwell Inspiration visit can be found here. She says "After visiting several blogs of friends I’d made from the various review teams, I started my blog Joy Of Reading in February 2017. The first thought I had is that I’d like to bring Joy to others and thus, my blog name.  I pray that by sharing my Joy for books, that it brings others Joy in return and brings them closer to the ultimate Joy giver!  Visit her blog  Joy of Reading here  







This next guest was one of the first book bloggers I found when I started writing. Here's what blogger Jenny Blake had to say about reviewing: "Don’t be afraid to write a review even if it’s only a few sentences. Only review on the first three chapters of the book so you do not give away too much of the story. One other thing would be if the author has hidden gems in the story that are unexpected do not mention them in a review. They are there for the reader and it’s nice to have surprises. If you put in spoilers mention there are spoilers in the review." Read her Inkwell interview here  and visit her blog "Come Meet Aus Jenny" 





Our youngest book blogger is Raechel -
"I’ve been reviewing for about 7 years, I believe. As for how I came to decide on the theme of my blog, it started out just being an All-Purpose blog when I was about 14 years old - I really loved the verse and concept of being God’s Peculiar Treasures, so I adopted that into the name Godspeculiartreasurerae.wordpress.com and kept with it. I do still use my blog for all-purposes, but reviewing is the primary posts because...well, I love books. :) "  Here's Raechel's interview!






The brave first guest for our Blogger feature was Beth Erin!

"I launched Faithfully Bookish in April 2016 but I have been actively reviewing for about two years now. I spent a lot of time thinking about what I hoped to accomplish through blogging and 1 Thessalonians 5:11 is the verse that has settled in my heart so I’ve just been trying to live that out by connecting and encouraging readers and authors." Here's the link to Faithfully Bookish and to Beth's interview at the Inkwell back in May 2017!



Probably one of the first reviewers I met online was the very prolific Kav Rees. Here's part of what she had to say: "I review a different book a day from Monday to Saturday and each book includes a giveaway opportunity. Sunday I announce the winners and post what I’ll be reviewing and giving away in the coming week."

Here's the rest of her interview!
Her blog is simply called Best Reads  and here's the Link!   http://bestreads-kav.blogspot.ca/









Ooh. I think we all need to take a break here. I see how busy I've been hosting and need some nourishment! (I just fell off the Whole 30 wagon by looking at those pastries!)


Yes, this is me hanging out with historian Alistair Bruce, OBE,  best known from his cameo roles and input on Downton Abbey.
I actually had a good hair day so this is a unique photo I can't ignore!
Aren't you impressed?




Okay, onward and upward. Four more to go! You seriously need to check them all out in more detail whether you're a reader or an author. #ReviewersRock

An energizer bunny of the book blogger world-- Meez Carrie!  Carrie Schmidt--

"In 2015, I had newly discovered my love of reading and was having fun recommending books to my friends when they would ask (and sometimes when they wouldn’t lol). When I decided I wasn’t going to burn out on this blogging thing anytime soon, I bought the domain http://readingismysuperpower.org 
Read Carrie's interview here.




Next, Bree of Bibliophile Reviews. (another mystery lover!). Bree said,
"I love finding the piece in the book to share. I am not a blogger that summarizes the book in a review. That isn’t what authors are looking for. I am a reviewer that finds a part of the book or a character to share about. It is like a treasure hunt where I always find the treasure." Here's her blog link (Bibliophile Reviews)

and her interview at the Inkwell!





Like Jenny Blakc, Katie Donovan manages to stay one step and many hours ahead of us. I just figure she's asleep when I'm awake. Visit her blog, Fiction Aficionado, to see why!
Katie says, "I kind of crept onto the reviewing scene quietly, testing the waters for a little while, not making much of a splash and generally finding my way. But once I started connecting with authors and other bloggers, things really started taking off. I love the way those in the book-blogging community support each other.
There was never any question that my blog would be about fiction and my
love of reading. My official tag line is ‘The power of fiction, the beauty of
words, and the God who made us to wield them for His glory.’ 
Read the rest of her Inkwell Interview here! 







And my latest guest is Carole Jarvis at The Power of Words. (here's the link!)

"I started playing around at blogging back in 2008, mainly because I wanted to share about my three passions – art, music, and books – but it wasn’t until November of 2012 that I got serious about book reviews. (Actually, I still can’t believe that I’m a reviewer, because writing is very difficult for me. Let’s just say that no one could afford to pay me for my time!)"  Here's the link to her Inkwell Interview.





OKAY, you've hung on this long (and gosh I've been busy with these gals!) and now we have #Giveaways brought to you by Rafflecopter, Susie Dietze, Julianna Deering, and probably another cute waiter...

Flip through all the rafflecopter screens as there are multiple prizes!


THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL OF MY BLOGGER GUESTS. I look forward to another year of bringing great reviewers to the Inkwell as I work to give these amazing people a little fanfare for all of the work they do for Authors and Readers!


Now - let's hand out goodies!  We're not making you prove you've visited and liked these social media sites but that what we're hoping for. The more you follow, the more points you get for our drawing! There are five prizes so scroll through them all, then visit our bloggers. 


My Question is: (and you get a rafflecopter point for it), is...How many books do you read in a month?


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Comments

  1. Phew. That list. 19 points available for readers toward the giveaway. Now. I have to be honest. I dislike Rafflecopter. I believe there are supposed to be five prizes for five winners, but if Rafflecopter and I don't agree, then one winner will get five prizes.

    Okay, so I'll start. I think I only read about four books a month. I'm thinking this makes me quite a slacker with this crew. And honestly=== they are generally audiobooks. My kindle weighs about ten pounds with all of those digital books in it and I don't read it at night for too long before my wrists start to hurt. (okay, but I write almost every day, does that count?)

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  2. Hey Debra!
    I left a comment earlier, but I don't see it now.... so I'm going to try this again. :)
    This is such a fun, fantastic collection of blogging friends! Thank you for your hard work in putting together this wonderful blog post! I'm honored to be included. (((HUGS)))

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    1. Hi Trisha! Thanks for being part of the blogger feature! I've so enjoyed getting to know you all a bit more!

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  3. Hello, ladies! What a fantastic group of bloggers! And what a party! I appreciate JLM dressing up in Regency attire for the soiree.

    Thank you to Deb for introducing us to so many hardworking bloggers! And thank you to the bloggers for your hard work of reading and reviewing! You ladies ROCK!

    How many books do I read a month? Oh dear. I'm not sure. I will say at Christmas I like to curl up somewhere and devour Christmas novellas/novels...and they're usually shorter than some novels I read at other times of the year. So December is higher than usual. Right now I'm re-reading a favorite and reading an ebook at the same time. Well, not the same time...you know what I mean.

    Pass the shortbread!

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    1. I'm looking forward to a new year and more bloggers too!

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  4. I read between 4-6 books per month. I agree with Debra about Rafflecopter. Thank you for all of the introductions and the giveaway opportunity. Maybe I need Suzanne's recipe for homemade shortbread, I've never had any homemade.
    perrianne[dot]askew[at]me[dot]com (No Google). Perrianne

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Perrianne! I 'm always happy to bring new readers to these great bloggers!

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  5. Thanks for including me in your party!!! Lots of great new-to-me blogs listed here. The food (and the waitstaff) are divine! Happy reading everyone!

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  6. I read about 10 books per month. Would love to read more. Thanks for introducing me to some new bloggers!

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    1. Good luck in the giveaway! Thanks so much for stopping in and commenting!

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  7. Thanks to all the wonderful book bloggers! Thanks, Deb, for setting this up, and especially for Richard Armitage and a cat. Now I can die happy. ;)

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  8. I rarely get to read more than 1 book a month. Two small boys make sure of that! Thank God for Audio books or I'd never get any reading done!

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    1. Yes, audiobooks save me! Thank so much Ashley! Nice to see you here!

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  9. Finally I can comment. This is so cool. Thanks for having me. I read anywhere from 4 - 6 books a month to some months I am lucky to read one book. (this month being one of them) It depends on my pain levels.

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    1. OOh, I hate when that happens. Why does blogger have to be so irritable? Thanks for your persistence Jenny, and for being one of my guests. I so appreciated it!

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    2. Seems to happen when I use Chrome.

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  10. I wish I could manage to read more, but I tend to get 2-4 books done in a good month. Reviewing for blog tours helps push me along. :) Thanks so much for the introductions to all the great bloggers and for the giveaway!

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Loraine! I'm glad you've found some new faces here!

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  11. This is so fun! And what an IMMENSE honor it has been to be interviewed and included on this blog - I am so thankful!!
    I love seeing the other bloggers/reviewers too, and getting to know them through the interviews. What a clever idea this has been, Debra!

    (Oh and that pic of Richard Armitage with the cat put in there....um, swoon!! Love him and cats. XD)

    I wish I could read more a month, but my average is about 5 or so. :)

    Thank you again for this fun experience!!!

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    1. Thank you for participating, Raechel! I found it much easier to do blog posts when I had interesting 'subjects' to work with so I'm thankful for the idea to interview bloggers!

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  12. Wow, what an honor to be included with such a fantastic group of ladies! Thank you Debra for all your hard work on this! It was such a blast doing he interview with you, and learning more about these wonderful bloggers. Hugs to you my friends 😘

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    1. You're very welcome. You are all my heroes for the amazing work of love you do. And thanks for being my travel partner, too!

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  13. I usually say I read 4-6 books a month, but I actually read more like 2 books a week. This is a good post. I get to see who the bloggers are? What fun!

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    1. That's pretty impressive. I SO MISS THOSE DAYS! What was all the rush to grow up, I wonder... having summers off to read book after book was amazing!

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  14. What a great group of book bloggers! I think there were four of them I follow faithfully.
    As for books per month, I only average two or three.

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    1. Hi Patty! Yes, this is a great group and a nice mix of styles and experience. I have two bloggers coming in January and then I have to get my list going again!
      I hope you've found a few more to check out! Thanks for commenting!

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  15. I really enjoyed "meeting" all these bloggers!
    I read about 5-6 books each month, I think...

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    1. It was hard to pick a little nugget from each post so I hope that readers click on those interview lists to find out more about these great bookbloggers! Thanks for stopping in, Rosalyn!

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  16. Thank you for your yeoman's work in interviewing/highlighting so many great reviewer/bloggers, Deb.

    I tend to binge read. If I'm working on something, I won't read a book for months. And then when I get a break, I might read 3-5 in a week.

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    1. It is a bit more work each month but it's a lot more fun than trying to find something in my life to write about! ha ha. When my first book popped up on Amazon and then sat there ignored, I realized that I needed to find out more about reviewers and bloggers. Unless an author has a major publisher behind them, they aren't going to get anywhere without word-of-mouth, and even with the larger publishers, book blogs are so very important. So, the book blogger feature helps readers, other reviewers, authors and publishers acknowledge the vital role they play (with no checks coming in the mail!)

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  17. Hi all! Thank you so much for the shoutout, Debra!
    I read about 15-20 books a month but I'm cutting back to 8 new releases a month so I can make some progress on my tbr mountain ;)

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    1. oh my. I know that's not unusual for reviewers but WOW!
      thanks for checking in- that smile brightens up this cloudy day! I'm so glad I got to meet you in Cincy!

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  18. I'm late to the party but so honored to be featured on this list with these amazing bloggers & friends!! Thank you, Debra! (I read about 20-30 books a month. Gulp.)

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  19. I’m sorry I didn’t stop by earlier. I’m very late to the party. Thanks for including me in this great group of bloggers and friends! I read about six books a month. Very little compared to Carrie. ;) Funny I had more time to read when I was raising kids now that I’m a grandma I don’t have near the time that I did. This is a fun post.

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    1. Thanks for checking in Andi, and being part of this amazing group of bloggers! Good luck on the TBR pile!

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  20. I have had the privilege of getting to know some of these fellow bloggers over the past year. All great ladies!

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    1. Hi Suzie! What's the name of your blog? I love peeking at new-to-me blogs. Thank you for commenting!

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  21. Thanks for sharing the marvelous info. It is an excellent article which helps me a lot. I expect we will get this type of informative article more and more.

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