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    Playing 20 Questions with… Jaime


    Jaime of Two Chicks on Books

    Two Chicks on Books


    I am super excited to welcome Jaime of Two Chicks on Books to the blog today to be my very first interviewee for a new feature I’m starting here on Fiktshun called “Playing 20 Questions with….”

    As many of you know Jaime is one of the very first bloggers I met, my blogger BFF and co-owner with me over at Rockstar Book Tours. She also gets to be my test pilot when I have a new feature I want to try out. (Thanks Jaime!)

    While the 20 Questions I asked Jaime for this very first post are all largely book related, I do plan on mixing them up. So I may have to ask Jaime back to the blog one of these days so I can ask her 20 more questions.

    Instead of being a traditional Q&A or Interview with in-depth questions and wordy answers, the goal of “Playing 20 Questions with…” is the opposite. They will all be quickie – and hopefully fun – questions, and I’m limiting answers to 15 words or less.

    Or at least I’m trying to. Jaime gets a pass because she’s Jaime. But she also doesn’t tend to ramble on like I do.

    I hope to be able to have a blogger stop by each week or every other week. But as I’m still not very good at outreach, we shall see. Sometimes the questions will be the same. Sometimes they might be quite different. But hopefully the answers will be varied.

    Anyway… enough of my rambling about the feature. It is pretty self explanatory if you keep reading. So, without any further ado, let’s Play 20 Questions with Jaime.


    The 20 Questions

    1. Favorite blogging moment?

    Either having Richelle Mead RT my review of THE FIERY HEART which got me a crap ton of pageviews woot! Or meeting all of my blogger friends.

    2. Favorite blog feature/meme to participate in?

    Not a big meme fan but I’ll do Waiting on Wednesday every once in a while.

    3. Favorite blog feature/meme to read?

    I suck. I don’t really read memes.

    4. Favorite book boyfriend of 2014?

    You expect me to pick just one?? Not gonna happen lol. Nolan from THE LOVELY AND THE LOST, Wolf from THE RING & THE CROWN, Nox from DOROTHY MUST DIE, Rafe from THE KISS OF DECEPTION, and Malcolm from LIV, FOREVER.

    5. Favorite read of 2014?

    Again ugh lol not going to name one, but I know I’ll forget a few, too. THE KISS OF DECEPTION, THE RING & THE CROWN, THE FALCONER, DOROTHY MUST DIE, THE INVENTOR’S SECRET, and LIV, FOREVER.

    6. Favorite 2014 post on your blog?

    Hmmmmm, probably my FIRE & FLOOD Blog Tour post. I got a scene from Guy’s POV 🙂

    7. Favorite tweet you received from an author in 2014?

    Uh, don’t know. A lot of them are my friends or I work with them so… yeah, dunno.

    8. Favorite 2014 book cover?

    So far? ELUSION by Claudia Grey and Cheryl Klam is gorgeous!


    Upcoming? THE PERILOUS SEA by Sherry Thomas.

    The Perilous Sea

    9. Favorite book you received for review?


    10. Favorite post comment of 2014?

    I rarely get good comments since I don’t post discussion topics. Most are comments for the authors I feature.

    11. Most unexpected read of 2014 (good or bad) and why?

    THE HERE AND NOW by Ann Brashares. I almost DNF’d it. Yep, it was that bad. And I had high hopes becuase I loved her Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants books.

    12. Favorite heroine of 2014?

    Kestrel from THE WINNER’S CURSE was pretty badass!

    13. Favorite book quote/short passage of 2014?

    I love this scene from DEFY by Sara B. Larson.

    My eyes widened when I realized I’d been staring at his body. My cheeks flamed, making me grateful for the low light of the candles. “Sir, you’re covered in sweat. Are you taking ill?” I asked, keeping my voice low and gruff. Manly. It was as good a cover as I could come up with. No one looked like that unless they exercised—a lot.

    “I’m in perfect health.” He shot me a wicked grin. “As you may have noticed.”

    My mouth went dry and my face burned even hotter. But before I could think of any other way to dig myself into a deeper hole of humiliation, he continued, “You may go, Alex.”

    14. Favorite cliffhanger ending of 2014?

    ELUSION‘s ending kicked my ass!

    15. Favorite series-ending book of 2014?

    THE FOREVER SONG by Julie Kagawa. Chick knows how to write an ending. I cried like a baby!

    16. Strangest review request you received in 2014?


    17. Name one new blog/blogger you met/discovered in 2014?

    Honestly? Haven’t discovered any new ones.

    18. Favorite debut author of 2014?

    Sara B. Larson – Twitter | Facebook | Website | BlogGoodreads

    19. Favorite non-blogging, but book-related, moment of 2014?

    Getting my new job 🙂

    20. Ask and answer a question you’d have liked to have been asked in this interview?

    Ummm can’t think of anything 😉


    Thanks so much for playing today Jaime. I may have to beg you to come back one of these days so I can ask you all sorts of non-bookish questions. Congrats on the new job! You’ve officially made me terrified to finish THE FOREVER SONG, I’m going to have to leave a really bizarre comment on one of your posts, and OMG I loved that scene for FIRE & FLOOD.

    As this is a brand new feature – it’s an idea that popped into my head last night and I ran with it – I’m still working on some of the logistics. But I thought I might try offering a sign-up form for any bloggers who may be interested in participating, in addition to simply reaching out by email. So… if you’d be interested in playing 20 questions here at Fiktshun, leave your details in the sign-up form HERE.

    And thank you for stopping by to see just what Jaime had to say! I hope it’s been enlightening or fun or introduced you to a couple of books you might not otherwise have had on your radar… or all three.

    Until next week-ish.


    Quarter Talk: What These 8 Bloggers are Saying – Q1 2013


    Quarter Talk* is a new quarterly feature that I’m trying out here on Fiktshun. The plan is for it to be a quarterly post – hence the name – where I check in with five to ten bloggers to see how they answer the following five questions about favorite reads from the past quarter, anticipated reads from the upcoming quarter, recommended debuts, trends and covers.

    Q1. What has been your favorite read during the first quarter of 2013 (January-March)?

    Q2. What is your most anticipated book releasing in April-June 2013?

    Q3. What debut book/author released in Q1 2013 would you recommend?

    Q4. What genre/sub-genre/trend do you think was “hot” during the first quarter of this year?

    Q5. What is your favorite cover of Q1 2013?

    While the blogger participants may change, the questions will remain the same. And on or around the 15th of the month after each end of Quarter there will be a new post where the bloggers I’ve invited will share their thoughts.

    I will attempt to include a somewhat diverse, but small, group of bloggers in order to get a representative sampling of what’s “hot” and what’s on their radars each quarter. Therefore not all titles will be YA.

    *Credit for the name Quarter Talk goes to Rachel of Parajunkee Design who created the banner. She came up with this title when I drew a blank as to the name I’d originally decided upon and couldn’t come up with a clever alternative when put on the spot.


    *** UPDATED to include an 8th participant 4.15.13 08:00 PDT ***

    Quarter Talk Participants

    For this first Quarter Talk, the blogger participants are…

    Jaime from Two Chicks on Books

    Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

    Kt from A Book Obsession

    Jenna from Jenna Does Books

    Alba from BookPics

    Lisa from A Life Bound By Books

    Ashley from The Bookish Brunette

    Katie from Mundie Moms


    Question 1

    What has been your favorite read during the first quarter of 2013 (January-March)?

    Jaime says…

    I read it before January but since it’s a January release I’m using it. SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard. It’s by far one of my favorites of 2013 and will be on my top 10 list for sure.


    …Mindy says

    Dang you Rachel! This question is so hard to answer! It’s a toss-up between THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green and SWEET PERIL by Wendy Higgins. I’m a super fan of Wendy Higgins’ Sweet Trilogy, so SWEET PERIL shouldn’t be a surprise one bit…Oh!, this book was amazing. And THE FAULT IN OUR STARS just blew me away! I’m so in love with this book that I want to marry it.


    Kt says…

    YA – WITH ALL MY SOUL by Rachel Vincent – This book was INCREDIBLE. I just cannot express my sheer and utter love of this book. It was everything I had hoped for in the series ender.

    Adult – WRITTEN IN RED by Anne Bishop – This one really caught me off guard. I have to be honest, that the blurb didn’t grab me, but I decided to give it a chance anyway. Boy am I glad I did! It was absolutely fantastic! It just is everything an Urban Fantasy should be. The monsters were actually monsters, not the romanticized versions that have become rather prevalent here as of late.


    …Jenna says

    ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell, hands down. The lives of these two characters, their difficulties in connecting with their family and peers, their personal struggles and (most of all) the development of their relationship with each other… Rainbow’s brilliant treatment of all these items combined makes ELEANOR & PARK THE BEST contemporary novel I have ever read. Ever.


    Alba says…

    As always, asking me such difficult questions woman!! But since I seldom get the chance to read just released books or debut authors’ books this time the answer hasn’t been as hard to make. 😀

    And since I can’t remember if I’m allowed to cheat 😀 I’ll just call it me being clever… Or something.

    Seriously though, the first book that comes to mind, the one that’s on top of my fave reads so far has got to be BREAKING POINT by Kristen Simmons. I was absolutely stunned at how much a book could impact and surprise and shatter me. It even was special since I haven’t actually read Article 5, but the way the author depicts the setting, her writing, and the characters… They all made me forget I was reading a sequel to which I hadn’t read the prequel of just yet. I cried so hard and sometimes I just felt dumb from all the awesomeness of it all.

    There’s SINS & NEEDLES by Karina Halle of course, which simply blew my mind and let us not forget my first read EVER of author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s writing as J.Lynn-> WAIT FOR YOU, which melted my heart into puddles and puddles of something I don’t even know the name of.


    …Lisa says

    Wow, hard but great question. I can’t pick just ONE that’s been my favorite so how about a few books that I’ve loved so far this year? ELEANOR & PARK By: Rainbow Rowell, THE 5TH WAVE By: Rick Yancey, THE TRAGEDY PAPER By: Elizabeth LaBan, DARK TRIUMPH By: Robin LaFevers, THE COLLECTOR By: Victoria Scott, THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT By: Veronica Rossi… Okay, so I’ve read a few that I’ve loved. I’m sure I’m missing some but those are at the top of my list.


    Ashley says…

    THE COLLECTOR by Victoria Scott.

    Line_001…Katie says

    CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare! This is my all time favorite book so far. I LOVED IT!


    Question 2

    What is your most anticipated book releasing in April-June 2013?

    Jaime says…

    I read ahead a lot so I don’t really have any that are most anticipated since I’ve read the ones I really wanted to. But out of the group I’ve read it has to be THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau. It’s a dystopian and I LOVED it!!!

    Line_001…Mindy says

    SWEET PERIL is my #1 but I was lucky to have already read it!

    Line_001 Kt says…

    Books that I have an ARC of but haven’t read yet:

    YA – FALL OF NIGHT by Rachel Caine – I’m a huge fan of the Morganville series, and I’m super excited to see how Claire copes with the HUGE choice she made in the last installment!

    Adult – DARKNESS UNMASKED by Keri Arthur – I LOVE LOVE LOVE Keri’s books. Whenever I need a pallet cleanse from YA books, I go straight to Keri’s books as I know she will bring the smexy time while still having a stellar plot and great characters to boot!

    Books that I have to wait until release day for (sad face 🙁 )

    YA – GODDESS by Jospehine Angelini – I cannot wait to see how things play out. I’m a sucker for star-crossed lovers!

    Adult – TEMPEST REBORN by Nicole Peeler – I’m both excited for and yet dreading this one as it brings the end of a much loved series. I’ll definitely miss Jane’s Snark. Line_001

    …Jenna says

    THE 5th WAVE by Rick Yancey. I am hearing about this one all over the interwebs – and after reading the first 70 pages released so far, I am HOOKED. Yay for getting the opportunity to meet the author on May 18th!

    Line_001Alba says…

    No way!! You’re kidding right??

    First of all I KNOW I’ll mess this up somehow because I’ve never EVER been good at release dates, therefore I’m pretty sure I won’t mention books that I know I’ll die when they release in between April and June but since I don’t know their exact release dates I’ll try not to feel like bawling after I realize the ones did I miss mentioning.

    The first book I’m DYING for right this moment is actually the sequel to one of my favorite reads in Q1. SHOOTING SCARS by Karina Halle. Because, really, who WOULDN’T be dying after THAT FREAKING ENDING THAT SIMPLY TOOK MY HEART and shredded it so bad that when I pasted it back up it wouldn’t even resemble a human organ T_T I need this book in my life NOW!

    But also, I’m really excited for OATH BOUND (Unbound #3) by Rachel Vincent, she’s one of my all time favorite authors and even though I’ve yet to read the first 2 books I’m incredibly excited for her while also sad because I believe this is the last book 🙁


    …Lisa says

    I have two – SIEGE AND STORM By: Leigh Bardugo & ARCLIGHT By: Josin L. McQuein. Those are right at the top of my must reads for April & June.


    Ashley says…

    Oh God… I was DYING for TOUCH & GEAUX (Cut & Run #7) by Abigail Roux and it was AMAZING!!!!!

    I’m also freaking out for:

    INVISIBILITY by Andrea Cremer & David Levithan and DANCE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin.


    …Katie says

    Oh that’s a good question. There are a lot of books coming out I can’t wait to read it, but I’d have to say Leigh Bardugo’s SIEGE & STORM, even though I’ve read it, I can’t wait for it to actually be out.


    Question 3

    What debut book/author released in Q1 2013 would you recommend?

    Jaime says…

    There’s 2 actually! THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER by Megan Shepherd and SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard. Both are fantastic books!

    Line_001…Mindy says

    SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard and THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER by Megan Shepherd.

    Line_001Kt says…

    YA – Kasie West (PIVOT POINT) — This book really impressed me and I absolutely adored the main character. I also loved the way the story was told as the two paths twisted around each other. Definitely worth checking out!

    Adult – Anne Bishop (WRITTEN IN RED) This isn’t her debut novel by far, but it is the first in a new series, and she is a new to me author. As I said earlier, it was fantastic.


    …Jenna says

    THE END GAMES by T. Michael Martin. Post-apocalyptic zombie books rarely get better than this. May also appeal as a crossover for fans of Justin Cronin or Stephen King. I read it and loved it – and so did my husband. THE END GAMES is the first book he’s read through completely in just about years – and he liked it!

    Line_001Alba says…

    I haven’t read any. 🙁


    …Lisa says

    Easy! Hands down, without questions – THE COLLECTOR By: Victoria Scott.


    Ashley says…

    Crap… I don’t know that I’ve read any debut authors! :/ I haven’t!!! I’ve only read 42 books so far… I need to read a couple this year!!!


    …Katie says

    I loved Shannon Messenger’s LET THE SKY FALL, and I also enjoyed Kasie West’s PIVOT POINT, and Megan Shepphard’s THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER.


    Question 4

    What genre/sub-genre/trend do you think was “hot” during the first quarter of this year?

    Jaime says…

    New Adult was very hot! Unfortunately it’s not a genre I would read so I haven’t fallen into the hype.

    Line_001 …Mindy says

    I think that the hot trend is “New Adult Contemporary.” I gave EASY by Tammara Webber a try, and I really liked it even though this genre is still something I won’t be frequently reading.

    Line_001 Kt says…

    Hmm that’s a really hard one. I think YA books are still holding very strong, especially dystopian and paranormal. I’m also seeing an increase in YA lite sci-fi, which I’m really enjoying.

    On the adult side of things, Urban fantasy and paranormal romance still seem to be holding strong. (Thank goodness! I’d hate to run out of new books to read. Never mind my massive, about ready to kill me, TBR pile.


    …Jenna says

    Series Continuations and Endings – if that even counts as a trend. I think the most dominant thing I have seen this quarter is series continuations and endings. SHADES OF EARTH, SCARLET, THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT, BOUNDLESS, ASUNDER, REQUIEM, EVERBOUND, SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE, UNRAVEL ME, LIGHT, RISE, DARK TRIUMPH… shall I go on? No particular genre, just series in general.


    Alba says…

    Oh wow, can I say New Adult?! I don’t know if it is already considered an official genre but it sure had a sudden surge in everyone’s kindles.

    It’s become so huge that a LOT of YA authors have tried it out or have re-released their books that from the beginning were for a more mature audience but didn’t get noticed until after this huge thing.

    I’ve considered myself a fan ever since I read Tammara Webber’s EASY.

    And WOW another trend. Can you say “hello” to that trend of black & white covers with colored font used for the tittle? Funny, that these 2 trends come in a package.

    So for me, New Adult plus Black & White covers was kind of “Hot” but I wouldn’t mind some change in the cover department.


    …Lisa says

    Well, if we’re talking new(ish) categories, I’d say “New Adult.” A lot of people (like me) are all over books that fit into this category. I know it’s caused some commotion throughout the blogosphere, but for me it’s a new favorite. As for genre’s… Contemporaries are high on my watch list as is High Fantasy. I’m more into if it looks good/sounds good I’ll give it a try.


    Ashley says…

    New Adult has been super hot this year! Along with the influx in erotica!!!


    …Katie says

    Great question, and I think Contemporary. I’ve read some great ones, but personally, I feel like I’ve heard more recs for contemp books than anything else.


    Question 5

    What is your favorite cover of Q1 2013?

    Jaime says…

    CLOCKWORK PRINCESS was probably my favorite even though the end of the book disappointed me quite a bit.

    PULSE by Patrick Carman is a close second though. I may not have liked the book but the cover is gorgeous! And I’m kind of sick of chicks in dresses lol

    Line_001…Mindy says

    SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard…hands down!

    Line_001Kt says…

    YA – WITH ALL MY SOUL by Rachel Vincent – Okay, it is another “girl in a dress” cover, but that gold is stunning and made it really stand out for me.

    PIVOT POINT by Kasie West- I love mirror image covers, and this one may just take the cake for me with the bubble distortion.

    UNRAVEL ME by Tahereh Mafi- I have to admit that I’m not usually a big fan of cover makeovers in the middle of the series. I hate it when my books don’t match. That being said, I think they really nailed it with the eyes on these covers. Simply stunning!!

    Adult – EVER AFTER by Kim Harrison – I love this series, and this cover shows Rachel in all her Bad-assery!

    BETWEEN by Kerry Schafer – I love all the many details of this cover. From the scales on her arm to the dragon in the globe, even the fact that her clothes are sensible rather than the usual leather clad stuff we see. Definitely a fan of this cover!


    …Jenna says

    Ohhh, tough question. I really appreciate the visual imagery on the covers of both UNRAVEL ME by Tahereh Mafi (best redesign ever) and THE ARCHIVED by Victoria Schwab (which is also a very nice cover to pet, may I add) – but since I can’t get my mind off of ELEANOR & PARK, I also can’t help but think that simplistic covers are great, too. Can I jut say all three??

    Line_001Alba says…


    But since I’ve already written more than was asked of me I’ll have to just go ahead and say, SINS & NEEDLES by Karina Halle cover is ABSOLUTELY and COMPLETELY fitting for the story!

    But my favorite is EVERBOUND by Brodi Ashton and WITH ALL MY SOUL by Rachel Vincent.


    …Lisa says

    I think that would have to be LET THE SKY FALL By: Shannon Messenger….  It’s been one of the most memorable for me, just so beautifully done. Kind of mesmerizing from the movement shown in the graphic to the colors. I just love it!

    Also, I think it should be mentioned that there have been some pretty amazing covers being produced lately for self published authors. One I loved is THE DEEPER WE FALL By: Chelsea M. Cameron. Oh and another self published cover that I think is pretty amazing – THE SPACE BETWEEN By: Kristie Cook. I think I’ll leave it at these three because I keep thinking of others I could add to this list.


    Ashley says…

    SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard.


    …Katie says

    There have been a lot of fabulous covers, but I’m going to say CLOCKWORK PRINCESS. I love the covers in this series, and I’m not normally a fan of seeing people on covers like this, but I’ve loved seeing Will, Jem and Tessa.


    In Sum

    Well there you have it. Quite an interesting mix of favorite reads in Q1. Some bloggers chose previously released books, others selected books yet to be released. The same is true for Q2 anticipated reads. Not everyone got a chance to discover a new debut author. And the consensus seems to be that the New Adult trend was “hot” during the first quarter even if not everyone is a fan. Also in keeping with the varied results, cover love seems to be all over the map.

    *** UPDATE: Given the addition of an eighth participant, much of the summation still stands, though now it’s less a consensus and more a slight majority saying that New Adult is the “hot” trend.***


    What Do You Think?

    But that’s what those seven eight bloggers think. What about you?

    Do you agree with any of their picks? Would you answer the questions differently if you were asked?

    Is there a trend or genre/sub-genre that you think is “hot” right now that wasn’t mentioned? Or do you think the blogger participants covered all the bases?

    Leave a comment if you do. I’d love to know!

    And if you’d be interested in participating in the next Quarter Talk, coming July 15th, feel free to CONTACT ME.



    Blogoversary Guest Post: Jaime of Two Chicks on Books

    I reached out to a number of my favorite bloggers who have been doing this thing for a year or more to invite them to share their tips, advice and wisdom about book blogging for those who have just started out or those who have been blogging for awhile but just need some guidance.

    Some of these bloggers have been extra generous with their time and expertise and so I’ll be giving them their very own post. Because all that wisdom needs a spotlight.

    And it probably should be no surprise to those of you who have “met” me around the blogosphere that as my very first guest this blogoversary I have the very lovely, very awesome, very generous and incredibly wise blogger, publicist and friend…

    Jaime of Two Chicks on Books.

    For just a little background…

    I met Jaime on Twitter back when I started blogging. She was the very first person I spoke with on Twitter aside from the occasional Tweet I’d send back to an author. She responded to my random Tweets that I sent out there and I totally freaked out. I clearly didn’t know that Twitter was a two-way street.

    She was always the more social one. She still is. I admire her so much for her courage and her ability to drag me out of this shell I exist in. She is my sounding board, she is the social someone I aspire to be, she is a very good friend.

    And so, without further ado, blathering, rambling and the like….

    Oy, ok so I don’t know who I am to be offering tips but I have been around for almost two years so that’s something right? So here’s a few tips I’ve learned over the last two years.

    If you choose a partner make sure that you’re not doing all the work. That it’s split up equally. Also that it’s someone you can trust and will keep on their reading schedule just like you do.

    Posts don’t have to go up every day! No seriously they don’t there aren’t blogger police out there that will fine you if a day or two goes by and you haven’t posted. WE ALL HAVE LIVES.

    You don’t have to participate in meme’s and hops (I was a meme free blog until a few months ago). Unless you want instant popularity and a ton of followers. Then I suggest that you do.

    Read what you want! If you don’t like a book then don’t finish it. If it came from a publisher then simply send them an email stating that you couldn’t finish the book and you won’t be posting a review. Trust me they will understand.

    Make your reviews personal! People don’t like a revision of the synopsis. It’s boring! But DO KEEP IT CLASSY!!!! Don’t author bash if you didn’t like the book then state that.

    You can say no to review requests! Don’t say yes to so many that you can’t enjoy reading.

    Try to stay out of the drama. I know easier said than done. But I promise you you’ll be a happier blogger if you’re oblivious to the twitter and goodreads dramz.

    Don’t plagiarize! EVER! Just don’t do it! If you have nothing to say about a review then say so. People will love you honesty more than your theft of their words. Just do a small post and link to someone else’s review. Make sure you ask for permission first though.

    Don’t get jealous over what other bloggers get in the mail from publishers (another easier said than done) or at book conferences for that matter. Think of it this way… yeah they may get an early copy of a book to read but then they have to wait that much longer to read the next one. Plus we’re reading these books to support the authors and what better way is there to support them than to buy the book?

    Have fun! Blogging isn’t a job. You’re not getting paid to do this and it takes hours upon hours of our time to read a book, review it, post, tweet, etc. but if you forget to have fun then what’s the point?

    Thanks for having me Rachel this was fun 😀

    I am so glad this was fun! Your tips were amazing. I really need to read those over and over again so that I actually heed your advice on one or two of them. Especially the ones about taking a break or reading what I want to read. Yeah….

    And no, I do not want to read those series-ending books! Seriously, I don’t! I know I should….


    You all know I think Jaime rocks. So If you haven’t met her yet, be sure to catch up with her around the social…

    I asked Jaime to choose two books that have (or will be) released in October or November that she thinks rocks. And she chose….

    So, I am offering up for giveaway – to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location – to two winners EITHER a copy of THE LOST PRINCE by Julie Kagawa or a copy of RENEGADE by J.A. Souders.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below, and all my usual giveaway rules apply. (See my giveaway policy if you have any questions.)

    a Rafflecopter giveaway


    Interview: Jaime and Patricia of Two Chicks On Books

    I am so super psyched and thrilled to welcome Jaime and Patricia of Two Chicks On Books to the blog today.They have been kind enough to answer all of the many, many, many questions I sent to them, so I am unbelievably appreciative.

    This is only my second blogger interview, but I couldn’t think of two bloggers I wanted to grill find out more about than Jaime and Patricia.

    As some of you may know, Jaime was the very first blogger I actually developed a friendship with. And I think she was the first non-author that I Tweeted with, back in my blog’s infancy. Without her, I might still be floundering in the vastness that is the Twittersphere.

    I met Patricia just a bit later, but she is just as awesome as Jaime, though I think she is more like me and way less comfortable on Twitter than her blog partner.

    So, anyway, it is with great pleasure that I introduce to you two of my very best blogger buddies, Jaime and Patricia.


    Q. You’ve been blogging for a little over a year now and there are quite a few people who know you both from Twitter and from your blog Two Chicks On Books (with that very adorable and memorable logo). But for those who don’t know you as well as I do, could you please tell everyone a little bit about the bloggers behind the blog.


    Well lol I guess I’m pretty boring. I’m 35 and reading is a huge part of my life. I’m a huge sports fan especially of my bay area teams the Oakland A’s and Raiders. I also love NASCAR. I love to cook but I hate cleaning up afterwards. I wish I could travel all the time – the beach is one of my favorite places. I hate the snow and the cold. I’m an auntie – I have a niece and three nephews. I love my dogs – I have two little daschunds Riley and Roxie that are my babies.


    I am an avid reader which I’m sure you can guess but beyond books I tend to keep pretty busy as well. I am lucky in that I found the love of my life and together we have three awesome kids, who sometimes we want to throttle.  Besides raising three kids, I also keep busy with volunteer work and of course all the kids’ activities.


    Q. Whose idea was it to start a blog? And was it always meant to be a collaborative effort? If it wasn’t always going to be Two Chicks, what was the original name you decided on?


    Mine. I had gone to book signings and met a bunch of cool bloggers and I thought “Hey I could do that.” I knew I didn’t want to do it alone though. Patricia was my first thought. I knew we loved the same books and so I asked her. If I remember correctly I think Two Chicks was the first name we came up with!


    I’ve always loved reading and I would occasionally look for reviews online but I have to admit that blogging never crossed my mind. Jaime approached me about blogging and we went ahead with it. Yes, it was always meant to be a blog with more than one contributor, in fact I think we were originally to be Three Chicks on Books because a friend of Jaime’s was going to join us but it didn’t work out. Jaime came up with the name for our blog. To be honest, I never even thought of another name because as soon I heard it I thought it was perfect. I’m so glad you like the logo because after we had the name we wanted something that would make us stand out. I asked my sister, who is a graphic designer, to help us with a logo and she came up with the literal two chicks on books which both Jaime and I just loved!!


    Q. Also, for those not familiar with Two Chicks On Books, how would you describe your blog? What types of reads and reviews do you have? What other type of content do you offer for your readers and subscribers?


    Mostly YA. We read Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Dystopian. Neither of us are into contemporary that much. Every once in a while you’ll see a Paranormal Romance or Urban Fantasy review in there. We like our Adult books too. For other content? We try to post mainly reviews but we’ll throw a blog tour, cover reveal, giveaway, or event signing post in there from time to time.


    I would describe it as a blog where you can come and get our honest opinion on YA paranormal, dystopian and/or urban fantasy books we’ve read. Our main focus is reviews but we also offer cover reveals, blog tours, author spotlights and even funny antidotes that may have gone on with us in the sense of books.


    Q. Have there been a lot of changes on Two Chicks On Books or was your blog exactly where you wanted it to be at the outset and has continued along those lines ever since?


    There’s been some minor changes like to our sidebar and such but it’s pretty much the same. We’re waiting on a blog design though thanks to you 😉 😉 to update our look.


    I don’t think there’s been a BIG change but I do think that we have grown as a blog. We have learned more about blogging itself and we have tried to make ourselves appealing to our readers by bringing content that we hope they’ll enjoy. I’d like to say that we will continue to grow and evolve as time goes on. One thing that has changed is our header; it has evolved and changed into something we both love more without changing the essence of the original logo.


    Q. Now that you have been blogging for over a year, looking back, what would you say are some of the greatest moments for Two Chicks On Books? And the worst? (You don’t have to share the bad if you don’t want to.)


    Greatest moments? Hitting that 1 year mark for sure! The Touch of Power blog tour was pretty cool also. We love Maria V. Snyder. Oh and our Top 10 event we did with you, Lisa, and Jessica! Oh and meeting so many awesome bloggers at signings!


    I think just knowing that people actually stop by every once in a while and take a peek at what we have to say is just awesome. I think one of the highlights is definitely having other book people, whether authors, publishers or fellow bloggers, point to our blog for reviews and content. Sometimes the bad is when you’ve worked on a review or post for a long time and it seems as if no one reads it.


    Q. As an experienced blog, if you knew then what you know now, what would you have done differently at the beginning? And what advice would you give to new bloggers starting out?


    One big thing: AVOID THE DRAMA. I know, easier said than done right? But there’s a lot of drama in the blogging world and trust me you’re better off just ignoring it. Also don’t be afraid to say no to review requests. When we first started out we felt bad saying no but, after a while we both got burned out and realized you can’t read everything even if you want to.


    I’m not sure that I would do anything different. I think a blog is one of those things that just needs some time to grow; for people to discover you and decide if your way of doing things is something that they want to continue reading and investing time in.

    Advice I would give to a new blogger is to stick with it. I don’t really feel “experienced.” I honestly feel like we are still green in many ways. I am constantly learning new things and discovering ways to make things better.


    Q. What are each of your top five posts on your blog? What reviews are you the most proud of?


    I’m picking three since P probably picked 5 lol.

    My Adventures at The Romantic Times Expo post because I met you there and a ton of cool authors!

    Our Blogaversary post.

    And Patricia’s Thrift Store post because it was hilarious!


    I really loved hearing about Jaime’s Trip to L.A. last year for RT.

    Although I was a bit skeptical about making a post about My Adventures at the Thrift Store with Anna and the French Kiss, ultimately I was really glad I did and gave people a good laugh.

    Going over our Top Ten Lists of the year was incredibly fun.

    Hosting our Blogaversary was very surreal in a way. I can’t believe we’ve been at this for over a year now. Time has flown by and I’m still having a great time.

    We had a lot of fun during the YA Crush Tournament. I “met” a lot of new people and discovered tons of new books.

    The post I’m most proud of has to be the review that I wrote for Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. I guess what makes me so proud is that when I showed it to my son he said something like: “Mom, have you ever thought of doing this professionally?” It was just a great moment for me. This was also one of those posts that was lucky enough to get linked on the author’s website so it got a lot of hits which made us very happy. 🙂


    Q. Since you started blogging and reviewing what are your top five favorite reads and reviews? What was the easiest book you had to review? The hardest?


    LOL, I can’t pick so I’m leaving this one blank. 😉


    My top five: I’ve really loved so many books that I’ve read and reviewed in the last year, so it’s very difficult to pick five… but here are five that stand out in my mind:

    A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford

    If I Die by Rachel Vincent

    Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

    Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready

    The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

    My easiest to review: I want to say that it was for Clockwork Prince but that may just be because I just couldn’t shut up about how much I loved it.

    My hardest to review: My most difficult to review was for a book I didn’t really care for but I didn’t hate either. This book actually put me in a reading slump for about a week and more than that  it set my whole reviewing schedule back weeks. I am still trying to recover and catch up on reviews. What book you ask? The Mephisto Covenant.


    Q. Jaime, what are your top three favorite Patricia reviews? Patricia, what are your top three favorite Jaime reviews?


    Ooh hard one…

    Clockwork Prince

    Vampire Academy

    And Obsidian


    I loved Jaime’s review of The Iron Knight. It’s funny that we both picked up on some of the same things and details in the book. She also did a fantastic job with A Touch Morbid and Shift. Jaime always writes awesome reviews!


    Q. What are the pros and cons of having a blog partner versus going it alone?


    Pro’s definitely. You have some sharing the work with you and learning the layout and html coding together. Also having someone to go to events too. I can’t think of a single con. I love working with Patricia!


    I definitely know that I would not be able to do this alone. I just don’t have the time to post as much as I should and want. I really admire people who post every day!! That’s a pro for sure. It’s also really nice to able to bounce ideas off another person and to know that that person has your back. As far as cons, I don’t really have any. Usually if we want to change something or add some content we run it by each other but we haven’t had any major disagreements. I actually think we make a good fit, we complement each other.


    Q. What would you say are the “no miss” events to attend for a blogger? What were your favorite events/signings to attend?


    I’ve only been to two – the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention and Expo and The Smart Chicks Kick it Tour, but I think it’s a definite “no miss” event! I’ve heard nightmares about BEA and I do not ever plan to attend that. We’re attending ALA Annual this year in Anaheim so we’ll see about that one. Also just go to as many signings as you can. My favorite? Definitely RT. 🙂


    Bloggers should attend as many events as they are able to. I think it brings a better understanding to the books you are reading and reviewing. I would love to be able to attend many of the conferences out there such as ALA, RT, BEA and others but unfortunately it’s not always possible. I try to go to as many author signings as I can and those are always a lot of fun.

    I have to say that my favorite event that I’ve attended was my very first signing. Jaime invited me to go with her to listen to Sarwat Chadda & Rachel Hawkins and even though I had not read either one of their books I was very nervous about the whole thing. It’s almost like describing your first kiss. It was magical and exciting and unforgettable. Both authors were very funny in their presentations but most of all they were super sweet and down to earth.


    Q. If you had to pick a favorite sub-genre in YA, what would it be and why?


    Can’t pick one so I’ll say Paranormal or Dystopian, I guess, but I really love Sci-Fi and Fantasy too. 😉


    Paranormal. Really almost everything I’ve read so far has been great. One of the things that I love most about reading is getting lost in another world. I love the idea of there being more than just the mundane. I also love that these worlds exist in the safety of the author’s imagination because if any of these worlds were actually real I may not be able to handle them, however in the confines of a book I do just fine.


    Q. If you could pick two authors who would collaborate and combine the characters from two of their books or series into one: Which authors? Which books or series? Which characters?


    Ugh I have no idea! Maybe hmmm I’d like to see Julie Kagawa’s characters from The Iron Fey series interact with the Fey from Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series. I think it may be a bloodbath though lol. 🙂


    Wouldn’t it just be awesome if that were to happen? I can think of several but at the top of my list I would say to mix up Shatter Me & Divergent. I’d like to see where these two series would head if combined. Another mix I’d like to see would be the fey in Julie Kagawa’s The Iron Fey series mixing it up with the shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series. This last one might be a bit influenced by all the talk on behalf of both authors to have a mango jell-o fight between the characters. LOL. Or perhaps the fey from Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series and the fey from Julie’s books. I’d love to see that. It would be EPIC!!


    Q. What is your favorite way to connect with your readers, bloggers and authors?


    Twitter! I’ve met some of my best friends on there (you) and also formed some really awesome relationships with authors!


    My favorite way is on the blog. Because your assessment is totally on track…I tend to be a shy twitter-er so it takes me a while to approach people whether they be bloggers, readers or authors.


    Q. I know you love the authors as much as I do. What has been your most amazing author fangirl moment since you started blogging?


    Ok you know me. I don’t really do the fangirl thing but I’d have to say one of the coolest things was finally meeting Jeri Smith-Ready! We had formed a friendship on facebook and had been talking for a couple years so when I got to meet her at RT last year that was pretty awesome. Also she gave me her only finished copy of Shift since I couldn’t wait to read it!


    I’ve been very lucky in that I’ve actually had several. I think that my very first author encounter was with Jeri Smith-Ready, author of the Shade series. Through Jaime, of course, I tweeted something to Jeri and was totally fangirling when she responded but more than that she kept responding and then following me. I mean freaking, WOW!! It was a great moment for me.

    Another memorable moment was when Julie Kawaga, The Iron Fey series, started following me and responding to my tweets!! AAAHHHH!! It was so unreal. I was just reading that series and loving it and to have her acknowledge me was just outta this world.


    [Fiktshun] Oh, I love all your answers! Some are similar and some are very different and I know you both worked on your answers completely independently. But they really show just how in sync you both are and how much you clearly love blogging together.

    I do think both your styles work amazingly well on your blog. I love both of your review styles and I enjoy that they’re different, yet your tastes in reads are similar. When you both review the same book I love seeing what each of you have to say.

    I also love how you both fangirl over the same author! That’s so awesome.

    And I totally would love to see The Iron Fey characters go up against the characters from Wicked Lovely. Though I would worry about Ash and Puck, I have no doubt that Grimalkin could hold his own.

    And of course, I couldn’t let you both go without a few – *cough, cough* – twenty-five quickie questions, so here goes…

    Lightning round questions!

    Q – ARC, Paperback, hardback, Kindle or nook?

    Jaime – Hardback.

    Patricia – I love hardbacks and I don’t have a nook but I’ll really take anything.


    Q – Vampires, shapeshifters, angels, fallen angels, demons, reapers, gods or faeries?

    Jaime – Vampires and faeries!

    Patricia – All of them. 😀


    Q – Harry Potter, The Hunger Games or Twilight?

    Jaime – Harry Potter.

    Patricia – Harry Potter a million times!! I haven’t read The Hunger Games and um…let’s not go there. lol.


    Q – Eric Northman or Bill Compton?

    Jaime – Why is this even a question??? Eric all the way!!!!!

    Patricia – Eric Northman without a doubt.


    Q – Lestat or Armand?

    Jaime – Lestat (my first crush swoon).

    Patricia – Armand…lurve him.


    Q – Good boy or bad boy?

    Jaime – Bad Boy.

    Patricia – Bad boy, I think, although I love a good boy who does bad things. Muahaha.


    Q – Series or standalone?

    Jaime – I’m a sucker for a series.

    Patricia – Series.


    Q – Love triangles – love ‘em or hate ‘em?

    Jaime – Indifferent lol.

    Patricia – It depends on how it’s done. Love triangles can be great or they can be a total drag so it really depends on the book.


    Q – Cliffhangers – love ‘em or hate ‘em?

    Jaime – Love to hate’em.

    Patricia – I love to hate them? But again it just depends on the book. Although, I do like neat packages at the end of a series with not too many loose ends.


    Q – Roller coaster or calm seas?

    Jaime – Roller coaster.

    Patricia – Calm seas with a really hot guy. 😉


    Q – Female MC or male MC?

    Jaime – Doesn’t matter as long as the story is good.

    Patricia – It depends on the book.


    Q – First person or third person?

    Jaime – Again doesn’t matter as long as the story is good.

    Patricia – Either it doesn’t bother me.


    Q – Single perspective, dual perspective or multiple POV?

    Jaime – All 3!

    Patricia – Definitely multiple POV is my favorite but I also love when everything is written from a single perspective and then the author gives a bonus POV from another character. I live for those at times.


    Q -Demons – sexy or creeptacular?

    Jaime – Depends on the book. 😉

    Patricia – Undecided.


    Q – Angels – angel in heaven, dark angel, guardian angel, fallen angel or avenging angel?… or Nephilim?

    Jaime – Not a big angel fan but I guess I’d say Fallen or Nephilim.

    Patricia – Nephilim ( I love a few of those for sure) but fallen angels are cool, too and who doesn’t want a little dark angel and of course those guardian angels can come in handy.


    Q – Witch, warlock, wizard or magician?

    Jaime – Witch!!!!

    Patricia – Wizard, say like a certain Arthurian one.


    Q – Tall, dark and dangerous or cute, blonde and sweet?

    Jaime – Tall, dark, and dangerous for sure!

    Patricia – Oh, no question…tall, dark and dangerous.


    Q – Sarcastic or sincere?

    Jaime – Love me some sarcasm.

    Patricia – Sincerely sarcastic. 😉


    Q – Well-muscled or lean-machine?

    Jaime – There’s gotta be an in-between. I don’t like rail thin but I don’t like a muscle head either!

    Patricia – Tall and lean-muscle machine.


    Q – Tattoos and runes or ink-free?

    Jaime – Tat’s definitely! Runes maybe.

    Patricia – Runes although tattoos are pretty cool, too. I’m getting a tattoo soon of the Deathly Hallows.


    Q – At a boarding school, in Faerie, in the Underworld or Anytown, USA?

    Jaime – Wherever as lond as it’s interesting!

    Patricia – Faerie.


    Q – YA or Non-YA?

    Jaime – YA.

    Patricia – YA, most of the time. 🙂


    Q – Tod or Nash? Will or Jem? Cole or Jack? Tamani or David? Dimitri or Adrian? Zach or Logan? Ash or Puck?

    Jaime – This is easy! Tod, Will, Cole, Tamani, Adrian, Zach, and Ash!!!

    Patricia – Tod, Will, Jack, WHO?, Adrian, Zach, Ash.


    Q – Summer court or winter court? Zombies or unicorns?

    Jaime – Winter and Unicorns. 🙂

    Patricia – Winter court, for sure. Unicorns are too pure so it’d have to be zombies. lol.


    Q – Classics or modern re-tellings?

    Jaime – Love them both.

    Patricia – Lately it’s been modern re-tellings.


    [Fiktshun] Okay, I really, really loved your lightning round answers. I may have snorted when reading just a few of them.

    I am so thrilled to be able to say that I know Jaime well enough that I am not surprised by any of her answers. On the other hand, Patricia’s answers were quite a surprise. I didn’t know just how funny she was. Or how indecisive she could be about her angels. And I loved how she managed to avoid choosing by combining both choices into one answer.

    And, yes, Jaime, I just had to ask about Eric Northman. I knew who you’d pick, but I wasn’t so sure about Patricia. Though, if she had picked Bill, I’d have hated to be the one to create a rift between you two.


    This was so much fun! Thank you sooooo much for stopping by and telling everyone a little bit about yourselves, sharing your blogging experience and sharing your favorite posts. And thanks so much for revealing all your likes and dislikes in the lightning round. I know I asked a million and one questions, so I am unbelievably grateful that you took the time to answer them all.


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