Welcome, good readers, this this week’s Book Blog Spotlight! Yes, it’s a little late. Why? Oh, no sufficient reason, if I’m honest; I’ve had this interview with the wonderful Dual Ambers of Awesomesauce Book Club in my inbox for a couple of weeks, and could have sworn I’d formatted it and queued it, but clearly this is not the case.
I shall throw myself upon your mercy, good readers, for my oversight, and charge headlong into the usual opening blurb, like so:
Review blogs are well established by now as one of the best and most popular routes by which readers find recommendations for good quality books in the endless slush pile of new and otherwise unknown authors. This is word of mouth, made grand and far-reaching by the power of the internet age, and in this column we will spotlight a different blog each week to talk about what they review, how and why.
This week, the aforementioned Amber and Amber of the also-aforementioned Awesomesauce are here to talk about blogging, erotica, Halloween monsters, and not reviewing medical thrillers.
CQ: To start us off, can you tell us a bit about your site and what new readers can expect?
CQ: How long is your To Be Read pile at the moment? Is a large TBR pile exciting or daunting?
Amber R: Mine is huge too. And I’m always adding something new. So even when I actually make a dent in the pile, I end up with the same amount or more back in.
CQ: Awesomesauce is a collaborative blog. Do you try to keep a consistent ‘narrative voice’, or do you both write in a different tone and/or like different books?
Amber R: She’s totally right. I think that because we’re friends IRL and Amber has always been my book pimp, we’ve kinda just meshed into what we are and it works out well for us. Although, I do read some books that I don’t actually review. We’ve basically set up shop as paranormal/urban fantasy/erotica/romance reviewers, so I tend to stick with reviewing books related to that.
CQ: How many review requests do you receive in the average month? What really grabs your attention in a query, and what earns the email a one-way trip to the deleted folder?
Amber R: I was really gung ho about accepting books to review at first. But I think that there comes a point when you have to start looking at the requests objectively. If it’s not something that I’m going to want to actually sit through and read, I won’t.
CQ: You’re running a ‘Creature Feature’ column in the run-up to Halloween. What gave you the idea, and how’s that going so far?
CQ: Do you cross-post to other sites (GoodReads, Amazon, Shelfari etc) and what are your opinions on these kinds of sites?
Amber R: I’m really bad about keeping up with this. I do post on Amazon though and Goodreads too. When I don’t forget, which is like 80% of the time. I’m scatterbrained.
CQ: Are there any subject matters that are simply too unpleasant /taboo to read about no matter how well written, or can just about anything be fair game in fiction if it’s handled properly?
Amber R: I can’t remember anything off the top of my head. I think it’s mainly fair game. Of course, there are topics that I don’t prefer, like threesomes. However, I have read a few by Keri Arthur that I’ve found hot.
CQ: On the subject of hot, there’s quite the variety of romance and erotica on your ’genres accepted’ list. Is there a limit to steaminess in erotica, or is it all fair game? Is there a line between erotica and porn?
Amber R: I think that there is a fine line between porn and erotica. I don’t really like reading sex-only books. I prefer there to be a good story as well for me to truly enjoy the book.
CQ: Which two books would you recommend to a person new to the paranormal genre?
Amber R: I would suggest the Weather Warden series by Rachel Caine or the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep. I’m sure there are so many more. But I’m reading these both right now and they are amazing.
CQ: And finally, use this space to give a shout-out to one of your own favourite book blogs.
Amber R: Amber I picked all the ones I would have. I’m going with her answer.