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Thursday, May 5, 2011

THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF OUR REVIEWERS: DOGWOOD

I am an avid lover of romance novels!

Who does not like the “Happily Ever After”?

I used to be a wedding planner when I was younger and I have this love of romantic d├ęcor, so you see I was born to LOVE reading about true love.

Now a-days I write part-time for an online magazine, and when the opportunity came up to review for Whipped Cream, I was thrilled to do it! Why? Because I knew this would give me the opportunity to discover great new writers and I love the new discoveries!

Even though I have done book reviews for writers in my articles, this was the first time I had the chance to review for a fictional genre I love! I cannot tell you how exciting it is to read a new works from a writer I have not heard of. I feel as though I am privileged to be the one to share the wonderful facets of these stories with other readers.

I am often ask what my favorite book or author is and I have to reply, “too many to name.” I am in love with so many books and writers. Nora Roberts was a favorite for many years, and then I discovered Lora Leigh and Maya Banks, Desiree Holt and many more. I could not seem to find time in my life to work or play, because I was too engrossed in these books. Bookworm or not, I just bet I am not the only one who loves a good romance.

When I review books I often look for grammar and spelling errors, as well as fluidity. I like a story that can stay on focus and not jump tracks too often to side details. If I can read the story anticipating the next page and chapter, wonderful! I know this story is a winner. I also love books that are not predictable. I know it is difficult to come up with originality when it seems it has all been written before, but sometimes when you see the ending way before you get to the ending, you sorta lose interest in the story, and this can lead to books getting reviews lower than it could have gotten.

I often see some writers rushed in their stories due to deadlines they have to meet, and I feel sad, because I know this writer has written wonderful pieces in the past, and cannot tap into her or his imagination due to being rushed. But on a happy note, I find this to be rare and most of the books I have read and reviewed thus far have been wonderful romance stories and I am happy to share the details with others who love romance.

So now you know alot about me and my world of reviewing.

I have to say, I absolutely love this job!

I tip my hat to all of the great storytellers today! May you continue to charm and intrigue us mere mortals who love your heroes and fantasize about your characters!

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