Romblog With a Heart...

In conjunction with AllRomanceEbooks' 28 Days of Heart Campaign to raise funds for, and awareness of, heart disease, All Romance is also taking the opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of the wonderful romance blogs that help make the e-romance reading community thrive. Every day in February, our newsletter will be profiling some fantastic romance blogs that we know you'll love as much as we do.

Feb. 1 - Sarah Wendell from SmartBitchesTrashyBooks.com

What inspired you to start your blog and how long has it been in existence?
Since January 2005. We (Candy [Tan] and I) wanted to create a place where we could talk about the best of romance, and the worst of it, and what makes a book fall into either category, or the deep and sticky miasma in between.

What do you love most about blogging?
The intelligent women I've met and talk to every day through my site.

What is the focus or mission of your blog - any particular sub-genre you devote your blog to, or any special angle you take? Has the focus or mission of your blog changed over time?
Romance: it's awesome and everyone should know that.

Who is your typical reader?
Anyone who likes romance or silly humor.

Who are your top three favorite romance authors?
Right now, and this changes: Patricia Briggs,, and Jill Shalvis.

What about your top three all time favorite titles?
Bitten, by Kelley Armstrong. The Duke and I by Julia Quinn. Lamb, by Christopher Moore.

What was your favorite title of 2009?
Briggs' series rocked my world. Hunting Ground in particular in 2009.

Are you looking forward to any particular upcoming title for 2010?
Too many to mention!

Which of your blog posts so far is your favorite or most popular?
Oh, no. I can't pick one. Impossible.

Who are your fave fellow (or sister!) romance bloggers?
Jane and her crew at Dear Author, Angie from Nice Mommy, Evil Editor are my go-to sources for everything romance.

What do you do for fun when you're not blogging about romance?
Read! Cook! and Sleep!

SmartBitches/TrashyBooks
Blog: www.smartbitchestrashybooks,com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SmartBitches
Their fabulous book: Beyond Heaving Bosoms
Facebook: Smart Bitches/Trashy Books

Feb. 2 - Fiction Vixen Book Reviews

What inspired you to start your blog and how long has it been in existence?
I've been browsing around in the book blogging community for quite a while but I only decided to start blogging about my minor obsession in August of 2009. I really just wanted to place to share my thoughts on the books I love and hopefully inspire some conversation with my blogging friends. Oh yeah, and my friend The Book Vixen gave me a little nudge as well.

What do you love most about blogging?
I'd have to say the friendships that I've developed with people I probably would have never make contact with otherwise. Sharing a common love of books, specifically romance novels is a great foundation for friendship.

What is the focus or mission of your blog - any particular sub-genre you devote your blog to, or any special angle you take? Has the focus or mission of your blog changed over time?
Romance is my game and although I've always dabbled here and there in the various sub-genres, in the beginning I was mostly focused on paranormal romance. However through the wonders of GoodReads.com and excellent recommendations from my fellow book worms I now read and review more books in contemporary and historical romance and my new favorite, Urban Fantasy. My main focus is to write fair and honest books reviews on the books I read, and keep it fun and entertaining. In future I'd like to add more commentary posts as time permits.

Who is your typical reader?
I think most of my readers are bookworms like myself who share a passion for reading and discussing the books they love. I've noticed that the readers that return on a regular basis have a great sense of humor, don't take me or themselves too seriously and really just enjoy their hobby as much as I do.

Who are your top three favorite romance authors?
This is such a hard question for me to answer. There are so many talented authors that I admire and the list gets longer everyday it seems. If I have to pick three, I'll say Karen Marie Moning, Jeaniene Frost and J.R. Ward. I'll wait in line at the book store, camp out if I have to, to get their latest release. But really, there are so many more on my favorites list, so many more.

What about your top three all time favorite titles?
Again a very difficult question to answer. I add favorite books to my list all the time and I love each one for different reasons. I'll just pick a few off my favorites list: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning, and my most recent favorite read Crossroads by Moira Rogers.

What was your favorite title of 2009?
Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning. Did I mention I'm a fan?

Are you looking forward to any particular upcoming title for 2010?
I cannot wait for Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning. I must have answers so I can get on with my life, the cliffhanger in Dreamfever nearly did me in. I also look forward to Jeanine Frost's First Drop of Crimson, Ava Gray's Skin Tight, and of course J.R. Ward's Lover Mine. Actually the list is a mile long, I could go on and on.

Which of your blog posts so far is your favorite or most popular?
I try to keep it fun and light at FictionVixen.com. My favorite post is one I did very early on in my blogging days called Don't Take Me Serioulsy People. Seriously. (And yes, I know that there is a typo in the title, and no one has ever mentioned it to me.) It's a meme where I poked fun at myself and my reading obsession.

Who are your fave fellow (or sister!) romance bloggers?
Without even hesitating, my girls are: The Book Vixen, she's part of the reason I started book blogging in the first place (We bonded over Twilight), Mandi at Smexy Books. She consistently encourages me to over-commit myself, get into trouble and be a better blogger. Her advice and support has been invaluable. Last but not least, KC at SmokinHotBooks. I'm constantly inspired by wit, and fresh take on all the current happenings in the book blogging community.

What do you do for fun when you're not blogging about romance?
I love my family and hanging out with them is number one on my list of fun things to do. I also like digital scrapbooking, and listening to music. I avoid all things crafty unless it's digital.

Fiction Vixen Book Reviews
Blog: www.fictionvixen.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/FictionVxn
GoodReads: www.goodreads,com/fictionvixen
Facebook:www.facebook.com/fictinovxn

Feb. 3 - Smexy Books

What inspired you to start your blog and how long has it been in existence?
I started Smexy Books in March of '09 after my husband begged me to start discussing romance books with anyone but him. Now I can chat at Smexy Books about my favorite romances and fictional characters, and my husband rarely has to hear it - unless there is a particularly embarrassing excerpt in a book - then I make him listen to it. He just loves that ;)

What do you love most about blogging?
I absolutely have had a blast meeting so many people that share a love of romance books. I have laughed so much this year and have received so many great book recommendations from fellow bloggers or people who comment on my blog. Because of blogging, I have also joined Twitter and have had so much fun chatting. There really is a great community of romance readers and I love to be a part of it.

What is the focus or mission of your blog - any particular sub-genre you devote your blog to, or any special angle you take? Has the focus or mission of your blog changed over time?
The focus of my blog is romance books. I review all sub-genres - paranormal, contemporary, historical, urban fantasy and GLBT. I've only been blogging for just short of a year, so it took some time to get into a rhythm but my voice has stayed the same. From day one I have lusted after fictional men, become overly excited when a new cover is released by a favorite author, and sighed with contentment after finishing a particularly good book. (My secret mission is to spread awareness of sexy hairy-chested men throughout the world).

Who is your typical reader?
The majority of my readers are women who love romance books. I also have a large base of people who share my love of J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

Who are your top three favorite romance authors?
J.R. Ward, Patricia Briggs.

What about your top three all time favorite titles?
Dark Lover by JR Ward, Moon Called by Patricia Briggs and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

What was your favorite title of 2009?
Eek! That is hard - I will say my most anticipated book of 2009 was Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning and it didn't disappoint.

Are you looking forward to any particular upcoming title for 2010?
Lover Mine by JR Ward (I may faint from over excitement on release day), Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs, Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning (the last Barrons book *sob*), Changeless by Gail Carriger, Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews, and Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill,

Which of your blog posts so far is your favorite or most popular?
My most popular post is my review of Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward I also keep a J.R. Ward information page that has received more views than anything else on my blog.
And those that know me, know I enjoy a hairy man - and often talk about it :)

Who are your fave fellow (or sister!) romance bloggers?
Babbling About Books and More, Lurv a la Mode, and Fiction Vixen.

What do you do for fun when you're not blogging about romance?
When I am not blogging or reading, I am either hanging out with my two sons, chatting on Twitter, or daydreaming about one of my fictional boyfriends - I have many;)

Feb. 4 - Jessica Tripler of Racy Romance Reviews

What's the name and URL for your blog?
Racy Romance Reviews. www.RacyRomanceReviews.comI picked the name on a whim, thinking no one was ever going to read the thing anyway. Today, I hate my blog's name -- neither my reviews nor the books I read are all that racy (er, ok, thinking about Lauren Dane and Joey Hill and Megan Hart ... some of them qualify). I constantly play with new names in my head, but then I realize no one would know where to find me if I changed web addresses.

What inspired you to start your blog and how long has it been in existence?
I started Racy Romance Reviews in August 2008. I started reading romance novels in 2007, and I wanted both to keep a record of what I was reading and how I felt about it, and also to connect with other readers. I was already a fan of a number of romance blogs, but just commenting wasn't enough: I wanted to address some unusual issues in romance, or at least address them in my own way, and RRR gave me the outlet to do that. The blog has grown pretty steadily ever since, which kind of amazes me, since it's so low key (just me, a few posts a week, no ads, few contests), but like every blogger, to say I welcome growth is kind of like saying vampire welcomes a bare neck.

What do you love most about blogging?
Too many things to list! I think what I love best is being a member of a community of like minded women. I'm "one of the gals" online, a feeling I don't often have working in a heavily male dominated field. I also find that, having been married and settled in our home for some time now, my friendships are mainly with other couples. My family jokes that my online friends are my "Mommy's peeps", but it's really true. Also, at work (I'm a professor) I have to write and speak in a more formal way, so it's a great stress reducer to have a casual outlet to express myself. Finally, I especially love the fact that people actually read my blog and make comments that help me see things in a new way or just to connect.

What is the focus or mission of your blog - any particular sub-genre you devote your blog to, or any special angle you take? Has the focus or mission of your blog changed over time?
I read across the subgenres of romance, and also outside romance. But if there's a mission or focus for me, it is bringing my interests in ethical theory and feminism to bear on my romance reading. I am truly embarrassed to admit that I spent a lifetime thinking that romance is "dope for dupes". Today, I know better, but I still feel the need to reconcile some of my real world commitments with my reading choices. I would like to be one of the people who helps move the blogosphere past the simplistic "it's what women choose, so it must be feminist", to interrogating what "choice" means in the context of overlapping systems of oppression. I am also very interested in ethical criticism, which is a kind of literary criticism that considers the way reading, writing, and the author/reader relationship inform and challenge our moral outlook. Most ethical critics ignore genre fiction completely, in favor of talking about the morally beneficial effects of Henry James or Toni Morrison. They tend to mention genre fiction, if at all, only to condemn its potentially evil effects. I think that view is wrong, obviously!

Who is your typical reader?
I'm not sure, actually. I know most of my readers are in the North America, although I have a lot of UK and Australian readers, too. I would guess the majority track romance reader stats -- heterosexual, white, female, etc. But I don't know for sure.

There are so many wonderfully goofy and fun romance blogs out there, but my blog is on the more serious side. I write occasional humorous pieces, but I'm inclined to write longer, more analytical posts, so I think my readers are usually in the mood to settle in and ponder for a spell.

Who are your top three favorite romance authors?
Oh, that is really, really hard! If I can add the caveat that I am answering for this moment only, and that I may have already changed my mind by the time this is posted ... in historical, I love Judith Ivory, in contemporary, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and in paranormal, Meljean Brook.

What about your top three all time favorite titles?
Now you are really trying to kill me! I honestly don't think I can do it, so, same caveat as above ... Laura Kinsale's Flowers From the Storm, Patricia Gaffney's To Have and To Hold, and Judith Ivory's Black Silk. Gosh, those are all historicals ... all time favorite contemporaries would have to include Megan Hart's Dirty, Jennifer Crusie's Manhunting, Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Ain't She Sweet?. Paranormal would include the entire Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris (not technically a romance, but so many romance readers love it), Meljean Brook's Demon Moon, Kelley Armstrong's Bitten, and Kresley Cole's Dark Desires After Dusk (the one with Cade and Holly).

See, I told you I couldn't do it!

What was your favorite title of 2009?
Also, very hard. So many great reads, including Sherry Thomas's Not Quite a Husband, the reissue of Judith Ivory's Black Silk, Meljean Brook's Demon Forged, Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy, Double Play by Jill Shalvis, to name just a few. But my favorite subgenre in romance is contemporary, so for sheer toe curling tingly enjoyment, my favorite title of 2009 was Julie James' Practice Makes Perfect.

Are you looking forward to any particular upcoming title for 2010?
I There are so many, but off the top of my head, I'm excited to read Slow Heat by Jill Shalvis, Lessons in French by Laura Kinsale, His At Night by Sherry Thomas, Demon Blood by Meljean Brook, and Mind Games, Carolyn Crane's debut urban fantasy novel.

Which of your blog posts so far is your favorite or most popular?
I don't think of myself as a funny blogger or a blogger who makes lists, yet my most visited posts are a list, "The Top 9 Most romantic Love Scenes in Romance", (this list might look a bit different if I were to make it today) and a humorous post, "The Top Ten Signs You Are Reading Too Much Historical Romance".

One of my personal favorite posts is "Is a Book Review Just One Person's Opinion?"

My weekly "this 'n that" and links post, the Monday Morning Stepback, has turned out to be my favorite to write and my most read feature.

Who are your fave fellow (or sister!) romance bloggers?
I read so many terrific romance blogs. I think I have 145 in my feed reader. The blogs on my blog sidebar are probably the ones I am in the most frequent conversation with. But if you are making me name just three (will your cruelty never cease??), those would be Dear Author, for news, opinions pieces, and reviews, Isn't It Romance?, for incredible insight into romance as literature, and The Thrillionth Page for making me laugh hysterically.

What do you do for fun when you're not blogging about romance?
Read it! Seriously, I love spending time with my family, doing whatever they're doing, whether it's watching TV, sledding, or playing soccer. One of my favorite things is to cuddle in bed with my kids, all of us reading together, me on my Kindle and them with their copies of the latest Magic Treehouse book or Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Reading is such a great gift. I am thrilled to be able to share it with my kids.

Feb. 5 - Kati Dancy of Kaitidom

What's the name and URL for your blog?
My blog used to be called "Adventures in Katidom" now, just Katidom.

What inspired you to start your blog and how long has it been in existence?
I started my blog because my sister, Sara, has a voice condition called Spasmodic Dysphonia. At the time, she was unable to speak above a whisper. It made talking on the phone impossible. So I started the blog so that we could keep in touch. Now, I blog about romance, fashion, pop culture, movies and anything else that comes to mind. Although mostly, the blog is about romance. Katidom has been in existence since June of 2007.

What do you love most about blogging?
I love the interaction between the people who comment on the blog. I've "met" more awesome people through blogging. And the thing that connects us, almost exclusively, is our love of romance. I get comments from people all over the world, which is just the coolest thing!

What is the focus or mission of your blog - any particular sub-genre you devote your blog to, or any special angle you take? Has the focus or mission of your blog changed over time?.
Well, as I said, I started out blogging mostly for my sister, but over time, as I've gotten to know more and more romance readers, my blog has become mostly devoted to romance. Although I do a red carpet fashion wrap up after most of the awards shows and will blog about movies and pop culture if the spirit moves me.

No, I blog to please myself, and if I happen to entertain folks along the way, that's wonderful. I read almost all genres of romance, so I don't focus on one over others. But I blog exclusively from a reader's perspective, since I don't ever plan to write romance.

Who is your typical reader?
Most of my audience are other romance readers and reviewers.

Who are your top three favorite romance authors?
Nora Roberts/Lisa Kleypas and Nalini Singh are my three favorites.

What about your top three all time favorite titles?
The Windflower by Tom and Sharon Curtis is my favorite romance of all time. Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas. Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh.

What was your favorite title of 2009?
Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas, although I read so many truly excellent books in 2009!

Are you looking forward to any particular upcoming title for 2010?
I'm looking forward to Nalini Singh's Archangel's Kiss and to Nora Roberts' next book in the Bride Quartet.

Which of your blog posts so far is your favorite or most popular?
My favorite and probably most popular blog post I ever did was a meditation on "When Sex Scenes Go Terribly Wrong". It kicked off a hilarious round-robin of posts not just on my blog but others. The gist of it is what rules must there be about shape-shifter romance sex.

Who are your top three fellow (or sister!) romance bloggers?
Oooh! Tough question! First and foremost:
Kate Garrabant's blog Babbling About Books and More
Stacy Ahlgren's blog: Stacy's Place on Earth
Carolyn Crane's blog: The Thrillionth Page

What do you do for fun when you're not blogging about romance?
I watch and obsess about professional football. I'm an avid (and often heartbroken) Washington Redskins fan. I also an occasional reviewer for Babbling About Books and More, The Book Binge and Smexy Books.

Feb. 6 - Kate Garrabrant of Babbling About Books, and More!

What inspired you to start your blog and how long has it been in existence?
My blog began in October of 2008. Before that I was blogging for another blog for a few years and have been very active reviewing for other on-line review sites. A great deal of people recommended that I should start my own blog because they loved my posts and my voice. When I started Babbling About Books and More, I thought I would be lucky to get a few people to come visit. Surprisingly, my fan base has grown by leaps and bounds in ways I would have never expected.

What do you love most about blogging?
The sense of community and belonging. You can share ideas and the knowledge you have with others who respect your opinions. It’s a great way to be open and find the confidence to speak your mind.

What is the focus or mission of your blog - any particular sub-genre you devote your blog to, or any special angle you take? Has the focus or mission of your blog changed over time?
My blog is mainly devoted for the romance genre and any type of book that has a romance element to it such as historical, paranormal and even young adult books. My mission is to support authors and their books and promote them in such a way that will help their sales. I also reviews books in an honest way and will not sugar coat my opinion. Just as I want to promote the best books available, I also feel the need to warn readers about books that are lacking or really shouldn’t be published because they aren’t written well.

Who is your typical reader?
My reader is someone who loves the written word and lives and breathes books. She or he can be as young as a teenager to someone who is retired. They are the type of person who is proud of being different, outspoken and love to laugh and find joy in even the smallest things in their lives.

Who are your top three favorite romance authors?
Meljean Brook
Meredith Duran
Lisa Kleypas

What about your top three all time favorite titles?
The Stand by Stephen King
The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

What was your favorite title of 2009?
Demon Forged by Meljean Brook and Written on Your Skin by Meredith Duran.

Are you looking forward to any particular upcoming title for 2010?
I have a huge list to recommend for upcoming releases for 2010. But I would have to say since Steampunk romance is the next big thing, one book that is gaining great buzz in doing so is The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook scheduled for release in October 2010. The Iron Duke may just turn the romance genre on their ear. And since I am still a bit on the fence with the Steampunk genre, I look forward to this author helping change my mind and allow me to embrace it.

Which of your blog posts so far is your favorite or most popular?
My most popular post so far is the report I did on Candace Sams and her Amazon drama back in December 2009. When the Huffington Post and the Guardian.UK linked my post I had traffic in the thousands, and a first for me. Since then my traffic has skyrocketed and hasn’t stopped.

Who are your top three fellow (or sister!) romance bloggers?
My must read blogs that I recommend every romance reader visit are:
The Book Smugglers run by Ana and Thea
Lurve Ala Mode run by Kenda
Smexy Books run by Mandi

What do you do for fun when you're not blogging about romance?
I am a total pop junkie. I love anything to do with television and movies and try and keep up to date with my favorite shows to watch. I’m also in the process of trying to become a publisher fiction author, so when I’m not blogging, I’m spending hours writing and reading.

Feb. 7 - Elizabeth Vail of Gossamer Obsessions

What inspired you to start your blog and how long has it been in existence?
Well, the blog itself has been up since 2004, but it wasn't until around 2007 that I actually turned it into a romance review blog. Before that, it was mainly a personal blog where I reviewed movies, commented on certain trends, complained about my parents, and discussed my writing progress.

Around 2007, I read Bet Me, by Jennifer Crusie and loved it - and reviewed it on my blog as I reviewed nearly everything else I read/watched. I discovered other romance blogs and their recommendations, and started reading more and more romance, and eventually I developed my reviewing format and pretty soon my blog was almost exclusively about romance.

What do you love most about blogging?
I think the social aspect - when I was just blogging about myself, it was a solitary endeavour, but blogging about books brought me into contact with other bloggers, other readers, authors, publishers. I discovered Twitter. I also love the ability to write about what I care about, what I really like or dislike about the books I read. When I read a fabulous book, my blog gives me the chance to share it with everyone else. When I read a terrible book, I'm comforted by the notion that it'll fuel a hilariously scathing review.

What is the focus or mission of your blog - any particular sub-genre you devote your blog to, or any special angle you take? Has the focus or mission of your blog changed over time?
I don't focus intentionally on any certain type of romance - I just review what I read. I tend to read more historicals because it's my preferred sub-genre, but if it's on my shelf and I read it, I'll review it.

If I have any angle, it's to combat the "it's just fantasy" idea of the romance - the idea prevalent among non-romance readers (but yes, even some romance readers) that superior writing doesn't matter, understandable characters don't matter, and realism doesn't matter because romance is all about wish-fulfillment. "Who cares if the writing style's cliched and boring? So long as the hero's hot and he and the heroine get it on a dozen times." This belief leads to stagnation. We only get huge, perfectly-muscled heroes because "readers won't be attracted to bald/fat/short/skinny heroes." We get lots of sex scenes that don't further the story because "sex sells." I want to believe that romance can be better than that.

Who is your typical reader?
A lot of them are other bloggers - or at least the ones that comment are, but many of them are readers who, like me, need a well-told story and believable characters and aren't satisfied with just a bunch of useless sex scenes briefly tied together by a ridiculous plot.

Who are your top three favorite romance authors?
Mary Balogh, Laura Kinsale, and Jennifer Crusie.

What about your top three all time favorite titles?
The Secret Pearl, by Mary Balogh; The Prince of Midnight, by Laura Kinsale; Welcome to Temptation, by Jennifer Crusie.

What was your favorite title of 2009?
Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James was the highest title published in 2009 on my list. Again, though, I do a lot of shopping at used book stores and library book sales as well as regular retail stores, so I don't always read the most current novels.

Are you looking forward to any particular upcoming title for 2010?
His At Night by Sherry Thomas. I've finally succumbed to the cult of Sherry Thomas. Wasn't a fan of Private Arrangements and I wasn't sure if I'd ever try reading her again, but I got suckered into reading Not Quite a Husband, and now I'm hooked.

Who are your top three fellow (or sister!) romance bloggers?
Katiebabs from Babbling About Books, Thea and Ana from The Booksmugglers (can we consider them one because they write the same blog?), and SuperWendy from the Misadventures of Super Librarian.

What do you do for fun when you're not blogging about romance?
I watch a lot movies, read a lot of books, and try to write my own romance (almost finished my second draft!).

Follow Elizabeth on Twitter: www.twitter.com/AnimeJune

February 8 - Keira of Love, Romance, Passion

What inspired you to start your blog and how long has it been in existence?
I began blogging in May 2008. I was inspired to start blogging because as a romance reader I had trouble finding books with the character types and plots that I love best of all. This is why I am so extensive when categorizing novels. Readers have access to a very easy navigation system to find books to suit their tastes and mood.

What do you love most about blogging?
Meeting romance readers and authors! It’s been so cool to run into people I knew only by name and over email.

What is the focus or mission of your blog - any particular sub-genre you devote your blog to, or any special angle you take? Has the focus or mission of your blog changed over time?
When I started Love Romance Passion, I had clear goals in mind from the very beginning. The first and foremost is that I wanted it to be for all readers of romance, readers just like me. I have preferences, but I like to read in a lot of subgenres and I figured most readers did too. Because of that Love Romance Passion reads and reviews all subgenres from erotica to urban fantasy to Regency and back again.

Authors are readers too. So, it was important to me to set up a space for them. As such, the second goal was to provide readers with contact and interaction with well known and debut authors. This is done in a variety of ways and I’m always open to suggestions from both readers and authors alike on how to make the blog both entertaining and more useful.

Who is your typical reader?
They are women I think I could be friends with for a lifetime. They are women (and men) that I can bond with over books. It’s happened a few times already and I am so very grateful to find others who love romance like I do.

Who are your top three favorite romance authors?
I own a ton of novels by LaVyrle Spencer, Teresa Medeiros, and Lisa Kleypas which I read and reread all the time. I love their writing styles, characters, and stories.

What about your top three all time favorite titles?
You’re making me pick? Jeez... Gamble by LaVyrle Spencer simply because it’s the first romance I ever read. Charming the Prince by Teresa Medeiros as it was the first book I reread and insisted my best friend and mother read. Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas because it’s absolutely wonderful in every way.

What was your favorite title of 2009?
Can I give two? Beyond Heaving Bosoms and Smooth Talking Stranger.

Are you looking forward to any particular upcoming title for 2010?
Mad, Bad and Blonde by Cathie Linz.

Which of your blog posts so far is your favorite or most popular?
My favorite is "10 Ways to Seduce a Duke". It’s so much fun.

My most viewed and commented post is "Why Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley are the Least Romantic Literary Couple of the Age". This one gets a lot of haters/lovers of the HP/GW ship weighing in on why I’m right or wrong. The post was originally written to refute someone else’s argument on why they are in the Top 5 Most Romantic Literary Couples ever written.

Who are your top three fellow (or sister!) romance bloggers?
I like to think of them all as sister bloggers and I visit several periodically. You can see them all and subscribe to them all through my Google Reader Romance Bloggers Bundle.

What do you do for fun when you’re not blogging about romance?
Reading romance! :D I also like going to the movies, traveling to foreign countries, bowling, dancing, playing games (board games, computer games, video games, and card games.) I have a few favorite meals that I love to cook and more importantly eat. Desserts are a particular weakness. Housework, however is not something I would ever do for fun.

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February 9 - K.C. from Smokin’ Hot Books

What inspired you to start your blog and how long has it been in existence?
It was May 2008 and I was at a point in my life where I just wasn’t happy, blame it on the recession, the full moon, or my hormones but I got this crazy idea to start a bog about paranormal romance books. My inner paranormal romance blogger diva was itching to come out and share my passion with other book lovers.

I (KC) started this blog with my identical twin sister (Kris), it’s a lot of work but I love it!

What do you love most about blogging?
I love geeking out about books and sharing my enthusiasm with other book lovers. Hubs just doesn’t "get" my obsession with reading books, while other book lovers do. It’s wonderful to chat & share our excitement together or as I like to dub "geeking out". My favorite part of blogging is meeting new book lovers and giggling our reader’s comments. I’ve never laughed so much since I started blogging.

What is the focus or mission of your blog?
To entertain ourselves, our readers, and share the excitement of our reading romance journey; from erotica, to paranormal romance, urban fantasy, to m/m romance wherever the romance gods take us.

Has the focus or mission of your blog changed over time?
Definitely. What started off as a little "weekend hobby" has since become an obsession - maybe even an addiction? But our mission is still the same, to find and read great books.

Who is your typical reader?
99% Women and maybe .5% males, or should I say male. Our readers are avid romance book readers and all around insanely funny, nice, book addicts.


Oh god just 3? I’ll list the authors that really got us hooked on what we are reading now.

Karen Marie Moning for giving us the Fever series and Barrons
Kresley Cole IAD series and who likes to quote from the movie Aliens. How could I not love an author for that?
Josh Lanyon for male/male romance.

What about your top three all time favorite titles?
Our tastes usually turn towards erotic romance and paranormal romance as this is where we first started to really get more into romance. By the way I raided my book shelf for this question.

Deadworld by Lorie O’Clare - This is probably one of the first erotic romance books I read 4-5 years ago. Tired of reading contemporoary erotic romance, I came across Deadworld and it blew me away. It really changed me.
Montana Sky by Nora Roberts - I read this as a teenager and I still read this book every now and again. Perhaps it’s because I have two sisters, Montana Sky remains one of my favorite books of all time.
Nalini Singh Angel’s Blood

What was your favorite title of 2009?
Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber. You were expecting a paranormal romance right? I’m an avid Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte fan girl, Strangely Beautiful brought me back into why I started reading romance.

Are you looking forward to any particular upcoming title for 2010?
Dear god yes, 2010 is going to be a great year for romance.

Ecstasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione
Lions Heat by Lora Leigh (Finally, Jonas’s story *does happy dance*)
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews
Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh
Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward
Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning (Her last Fever book! Finally we get to know who is IAD)
Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole
Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber
Skin Tight by Ann Aguirre

Which of your blog posts so far is your favorite or most popular?
"Am I too vanilla for BDSM"? I love sharing my hesitancies in a humorous fashion, about romance topics that I might not be comfortable with. I think our Q and A from a M/M Virgin is a close second, this is where we started to branch out into other romance genres.

Who are your top three fellow (or sister!) romance bloggers?
Smexy Books - Mandi, I think has really done a lot for the romance blogging community. I really look up to her, enjoy her sense of humor, and blame her for my new m/m romance addiction. Smexy also is infamous for her love of male chest hair.
Fiction Vixen - Every blogger has a fellow book blogger pal he/she instantly connects with. Fiction Vixen is my blogger BFF. This community is filled with wonderfully funny book bloggers and all around cool people. If I could name all my favorite book bloggers I would, instead I heart them so much they have a special page on my blog.
Babbling About Books -Katiebabs is a tough cookie but I agree with her review criticisms 100%. She is a strong voice in the romance blogging community and I love her WTFactory weekend posts.

What do you do for fun when you’re not blogging about romance?
I’m on Amazon buying books and playing with my Kindle, Mrs. Easy Peasey. Oh, I’ve recently taken up snowboarding...so far it’s not a love match as I can’t manage to keep myself on the ski lift.

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February 10 - Marg from Melbourne Australia’s Reading Adventures

What inspired you to start your blog and how long has it been in existence?
It is hard to believe that but this is my 5th year of blogging. I wish I could remember when and how I discovered blogs. What I can tell you is that I know that the among the first couple of blogs I read were Rosario’s Reading Journal, Casee, Rowena and Holly who now blog at The Book Binge and also Kristie’s Ramblings on Romance. I read these blogs, and others, for a few months, until I finally built up enough courage to actually start my own, and started writing my own posts. The final inspiration for me was that I read a book that I just had to talk to somebody about...anybody...but there is no one in my life that shares my passion for reading, and so finding out that there were plenty of other people out there who loved to read and wanted to talk about what they were reading was amazing to me!

What do you love most about blogging?
If I am not reading a book, I am talking about reading books. I love talking books full stop, and so that would be enough for me. The fact is though, there are lots and lots of amazing people that I have been able to connect with over the time I have been blogging. I will never meet many of these people, but some of them are now my closest friends. I think I amuse my colleagues at work when I talk about my friend in Canada, or my friend in New York. Just this year, that dynamic has changed again through being on Twitter. I swore that I wasn’t going to go there, but I did, and now I love it, and again it has opened up a whole new group of bloggers to me!

What is the focus or mission of your blog - any particular sub-genre you devote your blog to, or any special angle you take? Has the focus or mission of your blog changed over time?
I read across a variety of different genres. At any one time I might be reading a romance, some historical fiction, maybe a mystery, some fantasy and so I post about all of these. Really the only things I don’t read much of are horror and non-fiction. My first love though is historical - historical romance, historical fiction - can’t get enough! Whilst I don’t only read romance, I am always happy to blog about the romances that I am reading in the hope that maybe we can encourage another romance reader to be loud and proud too!

When I first started blogging, my posts were all books, all the times, but these days you will find posts about what I have been up to, music, craft, whatever I fancy blogging about really. I have also moved away from reviewing every book that I read and instead chat about books as I am reading them. I also co-host a weekly meme called Library Loot where the participants are encouraged to share the books that they have borrowed from the library (which is where I get a lot of my own books from). I am so glad that we are starting to get more romance bloggers participants and that a couple of them have said that the only reason they decided to participate was because one of the co-hosts was a romance reader!

Who is your typical reader?
I am not sure that I have a typical reader as such, mainly because I do read across genres and blog about all genres. I like to think that I cater for romance readers, for historical fiction readers, YA readers and for just about everyone else!

Who are your top three favorite romance authors?
Now we get to the tricky parts don’t we - naming favourites. I am going to go with Lisa Kleypas for historical romance as she is an author that I wait for each book with great anticipation.

For my second pick I am going to choose Diana Gabaldon. She may not be a romance author strictly speaking, but her Outlander series rekindled my love for reading in a way that I could never imagine. I was always a voracious reader. My mother used to say I would read the back of a cereal box if there was nothing else in the room. I remained that way all through school, and through until my early twenties, when I just stopped. The only things that I read regularly for about 10 years were recipe books and magazines and I didn’t read a single book for years. I was living overseas, and when I returned to Australia, my sister gave me the first book in the Outlander series as a birthday present. It sat on my shelf for months until one day I looked it at and thought I should at least start it. I devoured Cross Stitch, was at the shop the next day to buy Dragonfly in Amber, and then had to put a limit on myself so that I didn’t buy the next book until a Friday because otherwise I would be a zombie at work from having stayed up all night reading the next book.

From Diana Gabaldon, I was introduced to other authors like Paullina Simons, Sara Donati, Sharon Kay Penman, and in my search for more men like Jamie, Karen Marie Moning, Kinley Macgregor, which then lead to her Sherrilyn Kenyon paranormals etc., etc.

It’s too hard to pick just one for third. I am debating between Julia Quinn, Sabrina JeffriesElizabeth Hoyt (told you I loved my historicals!). Actually, I think I am going to go with Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb. I don’t necessarily love every book that Nora Roberts puts out, but I do know that if I want a comfort read, then picking up one of her books will pretty much hit the spot! I also would never have thought that I would love a police procedural mystery/suspense set in the future, but I really, really do!

What about your top three all time favorite titles?
I don’t actually reread books too often, but there is one book that lives by the side of my bed. Other books may come and go, but you will always find Devil in Winter sitting there. I might just reread a couple of pages every month, or I might read whole sections, but I do often find myself reading that book! You might also often find some of Elizabeth Hoyt’s books there too - particularly her first two books!

I also adored Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series. This was the first time I really read dark fantasy and it took me a while to get the world, but once I was there, I was swept away! Loving these books also made me realise that I could read some of the darker fantasy/romance out there and really love it too!

And for my third book, I am going to choose The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. I guess technically the book isn’t a romance, but the story itself is so incredibly romantic! Paullina is regularly on the best seller list here in Australia, but it seems like she isn’t that well known elsewhere around the world. It certainly doesn’t help that her books have in the past been a little difficult to get hold of in the US markets, despite the fact that she is an American author. The book is set against the backdrop of the Siege of Leningrad in WWII and is a story of survival as much as it is a story of love. Fantastic.

What was your favorite title of 2009?
I had four absolute favourites last year which reflect the mixture of genres that I read. They were: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman; The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (both YA); The Swan Maiden by Jules Watson (historical fiction with a strong romantic element, but very tragic); and The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (which is also published under the title Sophia’s Secret in some places) which is another book with really strong romantic elements, and is a book that I would recommend to anyone who likes historicals, time travels, or just a well written lovely story.

For straight romance, my favourites for last year included books by Keri Arthur, Sherry Thomas, Lisa Kleypas, Sabrina Jeffries, Gaelen Foley, Georgette Heyer and Nora Roberts.

Are you looking forward to any particular upcoming title for 2010?
I am in grave danger of repeating a lot of the same authors again. Definitely looking forward to the next Lisa Kleypas, new Anna Campbell, new Madeline Hunter.

Who are your top three fellow (or sister!) romance bloggers?
I still regularly read Rosario (although she is on a blog break at the moment), The Book Binge and Kristie. In addition, Carolyn Crane over at The Thrillionth Page always entertains, and I share very similar reading tastes with Leya from Wandeca Reads and Ana from Aneca’s World.

What do you do for fun when you’re not blogging about romance?
Most of my time is taken up being a single mum, taxiing my son to various sports and events, and working full time. In theory I also do card making, but the fact of the matter is that I actually have a hobby of buying things to make cards. I don’t actually often get to make anything! I am also a part owner of ahistorical fiction forum. Most of the time though you will find me either reading, on Twitter or hanging around in blogland!

February 11 - Wendy Crutcher from The Misadventures Of Super Librarian

What inspired you to start your blog and how long has it been in existence?
I’m coming up on my seventh year of blogging - which hardly seems possible. I turned to blogging for the same reasons I joined e-mail loops hosted by other romance readers back in 1999. I had no one in my "real life" that I could talk to about romance novels. Blogging was another way for me to "reach out" and find other people "like me." Since I started blogging back in The Dark Ages (uh, 2003) - it also meant my blog was hardly an overnight sensation. I don’t think anyone was reading it, other than blood relatives, for the first year and a half it existed. But I kept it up, mostly because I liked it, soon enough other readers started blogging, and we all started to "find" each other.

What do you love most about blogging?
I like the outlet. I like having my own space where I can talk about whatever the heck I want. I love, love, love, connecting with other readers - whether or not we happen to "like" the same types of romance novels. I adore the community and camaraderie. I’ve made so many wonderful friendships through blogging the last several years - and I wouldn’t trade those dear friends for anything.

What is the focus or mission of your blog - any particular sub-genre you devote your blog to, or any special angle you take? Has the focus or mission of your blog changed over time?
Mission?
What’s a mission? LOL My blog reflects whatever is on my mind at that time. I was working for a small, rural library system in Michigan when I started blogging. Over the years, I’ve blogged my way to California, through my stint in middle management, and now in my current dream job in collection development. I guess you could say my angle is that I’m a librarian - and that helps my blog stand out a little bit. I’m also an unabashed fangirl for category romance and historical westerns - which most of my regular readers have learned to tolerate over the years ;-) But really, my blog is there to host whatever thoughts I’m having at the time. Whether it’s about my job, romance or mystery novels, or the Detroit Tigers.

Who is your typical reader?
I’d say my largest audience is romance readers, but I’m honestly not sure I have a typical reader. I know other librarians who read my blog, even though they might not be romance readers themselves. My family likes my blog, mostly because they find it amusing. I know several authors who lurk on my blog, and very occasionally comment. But by far, my bread and butter, are romance readers. Probably because I’m a librarian who likes to read romance novels and they think that’s "pretty cool."

Who are your top three favorite romance authors?
This is hard! I loved Maggie Osborne, who has since retired (darn her!) - so let’s go with three authors still writing today.

Cheryl St. John - I love her westerns for Harlequin Historical Karen Templeton - who writes wonderful family-oriented stories for Silhouette Special Edition Megan Hart - her erotic (and romantic!) novels for Harlequin Spice continually knock my socks off.

What about your top three all time favorite titles?
Courting Miss Hattie by Pamela Morsi Breathless by Laura Lee Guhrke The Firebrand by Susan Wiggs

What was your favorite title of 2009?
I read a lot of really great category romance last year, so it’s hard to pick a favorite!

Probably Kidnapped: His Innocent Mistress by Nicola Cornick, which has one of the more awful titles I’ve run across in recent memory. This story was a bit of a throwback, and reminded me so much of those wonderful, first person narrated, historicals I loved as a teen that featured strong heroines who found themselves in peril. This book flipped my nostalgia switch pretty hard, and I really fell in love with it.

Are you looking forward to any particular upcoming title for 2010?
I’m really looking forward to Kaki Warner’s Blood Rose trilogy from Berkley. The first book, Pieces of Sky, is out now, and I can’t wait to read it! I’m a diehard historical western fan, and so few of them are published these days, that when a new author comes out with a western, a trilogy no less, I find myself keenly anticipating it.

Which of your blog posts so far is your favorite or most popular?
By far and away the most popular post I’ve ever written was my "Open Letter To Romance Bloglandia", which generated a whopping 91 comments. Which probably doesn’t seem like a lot when you look at some of the more popular blogs, but considering my traffic numbers (respectable, but modest) I was kind of floored by the response. I must have struck a nerve at the right time I guess.

Also, some of my readers seem to dig my "Little Miss Crabby Pants" feature, which is code for: Wendy is annoyed about something and she wants to tell you about it. Ha!

Who are your top three fellow (or sister!) romance bloggers?
Lord, this is hard - and I’m leaving off a ton of people!

KristieJ over at Ramblings On Romance, who is one of my historical western homegirls. She’s been reading romance a scary long time, and given that she’s a longtime fan of the genre, I love getting her perspective on books.

Jessica over at Racy Romance Reviews, who writes about the genre from an academic, but very accessible, perspective. She does these wonderful round-up posts that I could get lost in for days.

Sarah over at Monkey Bear Reviews, who is writing some of the more interesting op-ed pieces I think. I don’t always agree with her, but she’s reasoned and rational, which I always appreciate!

What do you do for fun when you’re not blogging about romance?
Well in a perfect world I’m reading :-) But I also watch an obscene amount of sports. My blog readers tolerate my occasional post about baseball and the Detroit Tigers. We’re also big football fans here at the Bat Cave, despite the fact that our Buffalo Bills continue to break our hearts. I also enjoy watching movies - I tend to gravitate towards action movies where lots of stuff blows up and dramas with the occasional comedy tossed in to cleanse the pallet.

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February 12 - Angela James from Nice Mommy, Evil Editor

What inspired you to start your blog and how long has it been in existence?
Originally when my blog began, five years ago in January, it was Brianna’s Mommy. I had a terrible time thinking of a blog name and it was later renamed to Nice Mommy, Evil Editor by the same author/artist, Mandy M. Roth, who made the header that’s become part of my brand image. At the time I started blogging, though, I wanted an outlet to talk about being a new mom, books, and life in general. It evolved over time and has since become a mish-mash of topics, fairly representative of my personality.

What do you love most about blogging?
I will always be grateful to blogging for bringing me a sense of community at a time when I needed it most. I was a work-at-home mom, living in a place where I knew very few people and almost no other parents, and I was quite lonely and feeling isolated. Blogging gave me a place to vent, and to get feedback, and a place to develop relationships and talk about books with people who loved them as much as I do. Though my community has greatly expanded in the past five years, and expanded past my blog, I still think of my blog as home and a place where I can plunk down a stream of consciousness and no one can say boo about it.

What is the focus or mission of your blog - any particular sub-genre you devote your blog to, or any special angle you take? Has the focus or mission of your blog changed over time?
Oh Lord, we’re supposed to have a mission? And focus? I would say that my blog has gotten slightly less personal over time. When I started, I never expected anyone to be reading (certainly not distant family members) and I pretty much let everything on my mind out. As the years have passed, I’ve started censoring myself a bit more, in a nod to my professional image and to the fact that I know there are now family members reading. I can’t vent about them any more J And, of course, I started weaving in more topics related to editing and to my work, and more people started coming to my blog over time, not because of Angie, but because of Angela James. It’s been a strange thing to balance because some readers want one, some want the other, and some want both. I feel rather dual personality!

Who is your typical reader?
I’m not sure I have a typical reader, except that most of them are women. They come to my blog for a variety of reasons and topics: books, editing, writing, cooking, and parenting.

Who are your top three favorite romance authors?
Only three? J.D. Robb (I don’t care if they’re shelved in mystery, they’re still romance for me), Nalini Singh, who hasn’t written a book I don’t like and Jaci Burton (because she’s my best friend, she writes kick-ass books and choosing her is a lot easier than singling out any one other author)

What about your top three all time favorite titles?
Naked in Death by J.D. Robb, The Secret by Julie Garwood and Tell Me No Lies by Elizabeth Lowell. Honorable mention to Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh.

What was your favorite title of 2009?
There is no way, absolutely no way, I can choose my favorite title of 2009. How do people do that? I scanned my list of Goodreads 2009 reads that I marked recommended and there were so many I wanted to list. How do I list just one?

Are you looking forward to any particular upcoming title for 2010?
I think my head just exploded trying to think of an answer to this question. Can we assume that titles by any author listed previously in my post are a given? And I suppose saying I’m looking forward to the upcoming Carina Press releases would be cheating? So I’ll go with something different: Close Contact by Katherine Allred coming in May 2010. I love a great futuristic/science fiction romance and I enjoyed her first, Close Encounters so much, I’m only disappointed we have to wait a year in between releases.

Which of your blog posts so far is your favorite or most popular?
I have no idea, to be honest. I don’t pay attention to things like that, does that make me a bad blogger? I know I do get a lot of Google hits for chocolate cake in a mug, which has nothing to do with writing, or romance, except that chocolate goes well with both.

Who are your top three fellow (or sister!) romance bloggers?
I’m listing four. Because these top three lists are stressing me out. It’s like culling out submissions! Jane from Dear Author, Sarah of Smart Bitches, Karen from Karen Knows Best and Holly from The Book Binge.

What do you do for fun when you’re not blogging about romance?
I also keep a cooking/craft blog with Jane of Dear Author and Sarah of Smart Bitches called Whipped Out. I love to cook and bake, so I do quite a bit of that. And spend a lot of time looking at food blogs and recipes. Drooling. Which should probably translate to spending time at the gym, but doesn’t. You’d know that if you’d seen my thighs lately. Of course, in addition to my food addiction, I do a lot of reading, both for work and for pleasure. I read around 230 books in 2009 for pleasure, in addition to my work reading, and I was pretty happy with that! And in the summer, I go to the beach and laze about in the sun, sand and surf. Delicious!

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February 13 - Heather Massey from The Galaxy Express

What inspired you to start your blog and how long has it been in existence?
The Galaxy Express launched in May, 2008. I search the sea of stars for adventures in science fiction romance. I’ve been a fan of the subgenre in books, film, and television since childhood. I saw a need for a place where fans could gather to learn about books, the latest news, and discuss a variety of topics. Therefore, I created an online portal to all the science fiction romance sites. The Galaxy Express isn’t just a blog—it’s part of a thriving online community of readers and authors devoted to the subgenre.

What do you love most about blogging?
Number one with a bullet is the opportunity to interact with so many enthusiastic science fiction romance fans. My blog’s success is closely tied to the visitors who grace my humble ship. The other thrilling aspect about blogging is that I can share my love of the subgenre in so many ways, whether it’s exploring the gender politics in STAR TREK or waxing nostalgic about my favorite vintage shows like FIREBALL XL5. As I’m sure many of my passengers can tell you, we journey to some pretty wild places. Oh, and then there’s the discovery of the next wonderful book...

What is the focus or mission of your blog - any particular sub-genre you devote your blog to, or any special angle you take? Has the focus or mission of your blog changed over time?.
The Galaxy Express focuses exclusively on science fiction romance. A significant emphasis is on books both print and digital, but my overall goal has been to feature any type of medium that blends science fiction and romance. In addition to books, film, and television, this includes anime, videogames, and graphic novels.

As far as the blog’s mission, I strive to make it easier for readers to discover science fiction romance. As a result, I’ve been afforded the opportunity to spread the word about science fiction romance in amazing venues such as Tor.com and my column with LoveLetter, Germany’s premier romance magazine.

Who is your typical reader?
You mean besides the 9-eyed Bezzlehoffers near Canis Minor...? They have a penchant for the covers. And Erin Gray.

Actually, what I love about my readers is that there’s nothing typical about them. They hail from almost every country and background. They also range from hardcore SF lovers to...hardcore romance lovers. They are adventurous readers always on the lookout for something fresh and new.

There are many, many lurkers. But for those who comment, it’s mostly women. Based on their contributions to discussions, I think their collective IQ falls somewhere north of ten billion points or something. In addition to science fiction romance readers, there are authors, editors, and agents who visit.

Who are your top three favorite romance authors?
My favorite romance authors are any who write science fiction romance! The authors who visit my blog are so accessible and so much fun to hang out with. It’s been a thrill to know them.

What about your top three all time favorite titles?
It’s difficult to narrow my list down because there are so many authors writing excellent stories. My picks reflect my personal tastes and other readers’ mileage may vary. So if I must settle on three books (wahhh!) then they are Cordelia’s Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold, Hope’s Folly by Linnea Sinclair, Alpha by Catherine Asaro, and The Outback Stars by Sandra McDonald. Oh, I’m sorry - was that four? My bad ;). I picked these titles because what they all have in common are memorable heroes and heroines.

Incidentally, the next title I’m going to mention isn’t science fiction romance, but I enjoyed Marsha Canham’s western romance Under the Desert Moon immensely. I wish someone would write a science fiction romance version of that story!

What was your favorite title of 2009?
The Stars Blue Yonder by Sandra McDonald. This hybrid of military SF and romance surprised me—well, okay, it knocked the breath out of me—because of how the author made the romance so fresh even though it’s the third book in a trilogy and focuses on the same couple. I’m a sucker for stories in which established couples (whose courtship I’ve already followed) are torn apart by external forces, so that was probably a significant factor in my enjoyment of both the story and the romance. I hope romance readers check this trilogy out because there is a huge payoff romantically in this book.

Are you looking forward to any particular upcoming title for 2010?
Anything steampunk romance, which includes Full Steam Ahead by Nathalie Gray, Steamed by Katie MacAlister, and The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook. There are also the two space opera anthologies from Samhain Publishing, Impulse Power and Men in Space — six novellas in total.

Other books I’m looking forward to include Darkship Thieves by Sarah A. Hoyt, and Mouse and Dragon by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller. Basically, I’ll be working my way through the forthcoming releases I listed in my post 2010 Science Fiction Romance New Release Roundup.

Hmm, that’s more than one. As evidenced above, math is obviously not my strong suit.

Which of your blog posts so far is your favorite or most popular?
To date, the post that has generated the most traffic in one day would have to be "The Science Fiction Romance That Harlequin Doesn’t Want You To Know About".

The other major contender is "Steampunk Is The New Black".

I have many favorite posts, but I had so much fun writing Cosmic Idol III: The Final Conflict it was probably a crime!

Who are your top three fellow (or sister!) romance bloggers?
Lisa Paitz Spindler
Spacefreighters Lounge
Enduring Romance

What do you do for fun when you’re not blogging about romance?
Embellishing quantum theories through interpretive dance...!

Oh, and playing with my daughter, reading science fiction romance, and watching all kinds of genre films with my darling husband. Life doesn’t get any better than that!

February 14 - Jane Litte from Dear Author

What inspired you to start your blog and how long has it been in existence?
I started blogging because my friends like Keishon (avidbookreader.net) and Rosario (avidbookreader.com) and Maili (fancyreader.com) were blogging. Dear Author began in April of 2006.

What do you love most about blogging?
Getting to share my love of books with other readers. What is the focus or mission of your blog - any particular sub-genre you devote your blog to, or any special angle you take? Has the focus or mission of your blog changed over time?
We are a romance focused blog. From the inception we’ve talked about our love of the digital book and that has really grown over time. I’ve also become interested in the business side of publishing and so the blog has expanded to include discussions about the business side as well, but always from the reader point of view.

Who is your typical reader?
Smart women.

Who are your top three favorite romance authors?
This is an extremely difficult question because I think my tastes have changed overtime but books that I enjoy re-reading time and again have been written by Joan Wolf, Julie Garwood, andSusan Napier.

What about your top three all time favorite titles?
The London Season by Joan Wolf The Bride by Julie Garwood Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

What was your favorite title of 2009?
In all of 2009? Bound by Your Touch by Meredith Duran

Are you looking forward to any particular upcoming title for 2010?
I loved Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh and thought Naked Edge by Pamela Clare was also lovely.

Which of your blog posts so far is your favorite or most popular? Please share the URL with us.
The most viewed blog post is the review I did of Jamaica Layne’s Knight Moves

Who are your top three fellow (or sister!) romance bloggers?
Sarah Wendell of SmartBitchesTrashyBooks.com
Keishon of avidbookreader.net
Rosario of avidbookreader.com

What do you do for fun when you’re not blogging about romance?
Read and sew.

February 15 - Rosario from Rosario's Reading Journal

What inspired you to start your blog and how long has it been in existence?
I started blogging for a completely different reason to why I'm doing it now. These days I blog to connect with other readers, but when I started out, back in the dark ages of 2002, there was no romance blogosphere at all. For a long while, it was just Wendy, LLB and me. I got maybe a comment a month, and most weren't from romance readers at all.

So why did I start the blog? Mainly to practice my English. I attended a bilingual school in Uruguay, but by 2002 I'd been out for 6 years. Because I wasn't practicing my written English, writing even a simple, two-paragraph email was a chore and took me an hour. Obviously, the only way to fix that was to start writing in English again, but I knew that unless I found a reason to actually want to do so, I'd give up after the first couple of tries. I needed to write about something I was passionate about and I needed to have a purpose, and a romance review blog was the best I could come up with!

What do you love most about blogging?
The sense of belonging to a community, wherever I am in the world. A little over two years ago I decided to emigrate and moved to England. I came over on my own, and the idea that even though I knew no one around me and had no connections anywhere near, I was still just as much a part of the online community gave me a lovely, comforting feeling of continuity and connection.

What is the focus or mission of your blog - any particular sub-genre you devote your blog to, or any special angle you take? Has the focus or mission of your blog changed over time?
I write reviews. As simple as that. I read a bit of everything, so I review a bit of everything as well.

I did post a few different things over the years, especially when I first started . Comments about industry news, links to interesting related articles, memes, that sort of thing. I just didn't feel comfortable doing it, it wasn't my thing. Same thing for promo, author interviews, giveaways. I've learned to stick to what I like (and hopefully, do well!).

Who is your typical reader? I don't have a clear idea. I imagine it's mostly romance readers (most of the people who leave comments are, anyway), so I tend to write more detailed reviews of romances and shorter ones of non-romance.

Who are your top three favorite romance authors?
Oh, it's so difficult to decide! I suppose the author who's given me more enjoyable reading hours than anyone else is Nora Roberts, so she definitely should be in there. So would Amanda Quick /Jayne Ann Krentz. For the third, I'll go for Loretta Chase, as she wrote my favorite romance novel ever.

What about your top three all time favorite titles?
If we're talking just romance novels, they are: Lord of Scoundrels, by Loretta Chase Born in Fire, by Nora Roberts Archangel, by Sharon Shinn

What was your favorite title of 2009?
Demon Forged, by Meljean Brook. I'm desperate to read the next ones and see what happens now!

Are you looking forward to any particular upcoming title for 2010?
I'm probably going to sound like a complete fangirl, but Meljean Brook's The Iron Duke. I love her Guardians series, and I'm very curious to see what she can do with a completely different world. Plus, steampunk!

Which of your blog posts so far is your favorite or most popular?
It's hard to choose one, since practically all are reviews, but here's one I remember liking. It's a review of an old favourite: Uncommon Vows, by Mary Jo Putney

Who are your top three fellow (or sister!) romance bloggers?
Dear Author
Racy Romance Reviews
Wendy the Super Librarian

What do you do for fun when you're not blogging about romance?
Hiking (I live in Liverpool and there's good walking in every direction), cooking and eating out, yoga, travelling and doing touristy stuff on my home turf. Keeps me busy :-)

February 16 - Angela Tate from Save Black Romance!

What inspired you to start your blog and how long has it been in existence?
I began my blog in 2007 to address the absence of Ethnic Romance novels, and also the issues of race, feminism and pop culture in light of romance novels. I did put the blog on hiatus for a year or so, and re-started it as Save Black Romance, with the intent of making my platform fun!

What do you love most about blogging?
I love connecting with my readers. It's exhilarating to know that the ideas and musings in my head have an audience, and while we may not all agree with one another, at least I have the ability and opportunity to share my thoughts on a variety of issues near and dear to my heart.

What is the focus or mission of your blog - any particular sub-genre you devote your blog to, or any special angle you take? Has the focus or mission of your blog changed over time?
The focus, as I stated above, is simply to raise awareness within the romance genre of the difficulties a writer of color faces in the industry. I have changed my tack a bit-admittedly, I'm a lot more aggressive in my approach than previously, but I'm still feeling out the blogosphere.

Who is your typical reader?
I don't have a "typical" reader. I have regulars, but I'd like my blog to remain open for all to read or comment upon.

Who are your top three favorite romance authors?
I'm partial to paranormals and historicals, so my top three (a hard choice!) would be L.A. Banks, Marjorie M. Liu, and Eloisa James.

What about your top three all time favorite titles?
The Hunted by L.A. Banks, Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas, A Marriage of Convenience by Jewel Amethyst

What was your favorite title of 2009?
A Marriage of Convenience by Jewel Amethyst

Are you looking forward to any particular upcoming title for 2010? Sherry Thomas's next book, of course, and I'm itching to get my hands on Seressia Glass's Shadow Hunters book, and the historical novellas written by Roslyn Hardy Holcomb and Sharon Cullars.

Which of your blog posts so far is your favorite or most popular? There are many top posts to choose from! I think I'll pick my series of posts interviewing a few authors of color on their experiences in the publishing industry.

Who are your top three fellow (or sister!) romance bloggers?
I'm a fan of Jane of Dear Authors's awesome posts, Katiebabs for her exuberance, and Karen Knows Best for her sauciness.

What do you do for fun when you're not blogging about romance?
Reading, naturally.

February 17 - Rebecca Baumann of Dirty Sexy Books

What inspired you to start your blog and how long has it been in existence?
Actually February marks my one-year blog anniversary, which is milestone that I never expected to reach. I shouldn't be blogging at all. Instead I should be crafting subpar art at the local community college. Well, that's what I'd be doing now if my plans hadn't fallen through. A family illness prevented me from attending art classes, so I decided to focus on my other hobby - obsessive compulsive reading.

What do you love most about blogging?
Meeting fellow book lovers is my number one love. I've met a lot of great authors too, but I get my biggest thrills from reader comments and emails. Interestingly, I've also enjoyed my correspondence with authors who, ah-hem, didn't agree with my reviews.

What is the focus or mission of your blog - any particular sub-genre you devote your blog to, or any special angle you take? Has the focus or mission of your blog changed over time?
Well, once upon a time, I read nothing but romance, and it was way too much of a good thing. So now I mix things up, and while I am first and foremost a romance fan, I also enjoy other genres like urban fantasy, science fiction, horror, noir, and young adult novels. Within romance I'm particularly fond of paranormal and historical novels. DSB's mission is simple - it's all about helping fellow readers find stellar books.

Who is your typical reader?
My readers are a lot like me. We're busy ladies who love good relationship stories, regardless of which genre is printed on the spine. We don't have a lot of tolerance for book bigots who look down their nose at popular fiction (dorks), and we're always searching for books to put on our keeper shelves.

Who are your top three favorite romance authors?
Right now that'd be Lisa Kleypas, Nalini Singh, and Linda Howard.

What about your top three all time favorite titles?
Argh, this is even tougher than the previous question. Three unforgettable romances are Cry No More by Linda Howard, Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost, and Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas.

What was your favorite title of 2009?
Sorry, I can't name just one. Three of my favorite romances from 2009 were Ravenous by Sharon Ashwood, by J. R. Ward, and Unmasked by C. J. Barry

Are you looking forward to any particular upcoming title for 2010?
I'm looking forward to Nalini Singh's Archangel's Kiss and Jeaniene Frost's First Drop of Crimson, which are both coming out in February (whee!). Lucky me I don't have to wait too long.

Which of your blog posts so far is your favorite or most popular?
One that I particularly enjoyed was The LOVE It and HATE It List, where I talked about literary techniques that give me happy tingles or leave me cold. Lots of readers jumped in with their own lists, which were fun to read. The general consensus? No mustaches on heroes please.

Who are your top three fellow (or sister!) romance bloggers?
I am a huge fan of Heather Massey, blog mistress of The Galaxy Express, where she is on a never-ending quest to highlight science fiction romance. Carolyn Crane is an author herself, and she always has funny and insightful commentary on The Thrillionth Page. And finally, my favorite librarian, Wendy the Super Librarian, is a stalwart romance fanatic who always has a good historical or western romance to recommend.

What do you do for fun when you're not blogging about romance?
I drink my husband's homebrew beer and I watch classic films, preferably together.

February 18 - The crew at Coffee Times Romance and More Blog: Coffee Thoughts

What inspired you to start your blog and how long has it been in existence?
Actually our blog started up as a geek project for KarenneLyn. She sets goals once a year and learning to play with the blog was her goal! It was a fun new and exciting way to keep in touch with readers and authors. Our blog has grown, modified, and changed over the years. We all have fun and enjoy guest authors when they stop by to gab! We just got a new blog button, please feel free to use it on your website or blogs. (whispers...you will never know when it will pay off to have that...wink)

What is the focus or mission of your blog - any particular sub-genre you devote your blog to, or any special angle you take? Has the focus or mission of your blog changed over time?
Yes, our blog has changed and adapted over the years. Our main focus, has always been the same...books and authors and book news

Who is your typical reader?
Anyone who would rather read than do the dishes (wink). We are lucky, we do not have a typical reader. Just people who have a passion for their books and authors...oh...and coffee of course (grin).

And now it is time to hear from some of our Coffee Crew! Thank you so much ARe!

What do you love most about blogging?
Delane - I love to learn. So blogging is another avenue for me to learn and to find friends who have the same interests as I do.
Danielle - All the different questions and answers. Sometimes I find that a blog starts out with one topic and the next thing you know it shoots off in a totally different direction. It almost reminds me of the telephone game. You know what I am talking about right? The first person thinks up a phrase and whispers into the person to their left/right and it goes completely around. When the last person in the circle/line hears the answer, they shout it out. Blogs can be like that.
Lototy - I really do not blog, but meeting other readers and the authors is always really exciting.
Dani - Telling people about the books I love reading.

Who are your top three favorite romance authors?
Delane - I have so many but if I have to pick right this moment: Carol Lynne. Amber Kell and Stormy Glenn
Danielle - Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter, and Heidi Betts.
Lototy - All of Aikens Dragon series, all of Foster's UFC series, I cannot name only three (grin).
Cherokee - Carolyn Brown, Marliss Melton, Kate Hoffmann

Dani - You're going to make this tough for me because I have so many! If I have to choose it has to be Patricia Briggs, Keri Arthur, and Annette Blair.

What about your top three all time favorite titles?
Delane - Sex With Lex, any Moon Pack book (I am unable to choose), and any of the Wolf Creek Pack series (still unable to choose)
Danielle - Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard, Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie, and Loves Me, Loves Me Knot by Heidi Betts.
Cherokee - Hard to choose right now, there are quite a few
Dani - Anything by Patricia Briggs, Keri Arthur, Annette Blair. I find it very hard to choose just three.

What was your favorite title of 2009?
Delane - Bodyguards In Love by Briers Bargain
Danielle - Loves Me, Loves Me Knot by Heidi Betts.
Cheroke - Lucky in Love
Dani - There were so many great ones that came out. The one that I choose as my favorite is Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs

Are you looking forward to any particular upcoming title for 2010?
Lototy - Nope...I look forward to all of them (wink)
Cherokee - Anything really good, with vampires or a great romance, maybe with a few cowboys thrown in.
Dani - Yes, anything by my my favorite authors (which there are more of than just the top three).

Which of your blog posts so far is your favorite or most popular?
Danielle - My first Book Brew with the Coffee Crew has to be one of my favorites. I didn't expect anyone to say anything and so I was shocked that I had people who stopped by and said hello. One of my most popular was definitely another Book Brew with the Coffee Crew. This time the topic was GBLT and I picked my very first gay reviewed book, which later I chose as my CTRR Award.
Dani - As much as like my posts about Patricia Briggs's books, my favorite is my post about Annette Blair's books.

Who are your top three fellow (or sister!) romance bloggers?
Delane - Amber Kell
Danielle - Heidi Betts. She talks about everything from Dwayne Johnson, to books, Dwayne Johnson, books, oh yeah...and Dwayne Johnson! Michelle Holman. She has so much comedy to include in her talks that she will make you smile.
Dani - Paige Tyler and Denise Rossetti

What do you do for fun when you're not blogging about romance?
Delane - Read it.
Danielle - I love to read and I do so very fast. I found that when I started at Coffee Time Romance I was pretty straightforward as to what I liked to read. But then I found my tastes changed and for the better. I still love to read, especially hot and spicy erotica novels, but I also love inspirational books as well. In the summer you can find me playing softball. I play 3 nights a week on a women's slow pitch team and double headers one day a week on a co-Ed team. I play catcher for women and used to pitch for co-Ed until I had two line drives by men hit me. Scared the crud out of me! I also find myself sitting on our hard floor playing games with my two very argumentative kids. I swear my daughter should be a lawyer. Even when I know she is wrong, she argues until I am second guessing myself!
Cherokee - I am usually reading or working on reviews.
Dani - Read, play at Coffee Time Romance & More's forums and roam on Facebook.

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February 19 - Kat from Book Thingo

What inspired you to start your blog and how long has it been in existence?
I discovered the online romance community via sites like Dear Author and Karen Knows Best, and at first I wrote some book-related posts on my personal blog. After a few years, however, I began to feel frustrated with the lack of information on the availability of romance books for Australian readers and also the lack of coverage of book-related events in Australia. Wandergurl, one of my cobloggers, and I had previously talked semi-jokingly about starting up a book blog and when I found out about the first Australian Romance Reading Convention, I thought it was the perfect time to move my book-related blog posts to a domain of its own.

What do you love most about blogging?
The conversations that it triggers.

What is the focus or mission of your blog - any particular sub-genre you devote your blog to, or any special angle you take? Has the focus or mission of your blog changed over time?
Book Thingo has a particular-maybe not so much focus, but interest in Australian romance fiction and Australian romance writers. Australian publishing, as I understand it, doesn't have a romance genre (aside from Harlequin), even though we have a number of talented local authors. At Book Thingo we try to cover as many local romance-related events as we can. Probably because of the lack of a romance genre in Australia, we have covered a few more books outside of romance than I might have anticipated. This isn't a bad thing, though, because some of those books have been very, very good.

Who is your typical reader?
We get about 1/3 of our traffic from Australia, 1/3 from the US, and the rest from other parts of the world. I'd say the majority of commenters on the site are from Australia, mostly women.

Who are your top three favorite romance authors?
Narrowing my keepers is a challenge. Laura Kinsale, Kathleen O'Reilly, Jo Goodman. I'm forbidding myself from rereading this question or I'll be here all night!

What about your top three all time favorite titles?
In romance fiction: Shadowheart by Laura Kinsale; Enchanting Pleasures by Eloisa James; and the third is a tie between The Longest Night and Breakfast at Bethany's, both by Kathleen O'Reilly

What was your favorite title of 2009?
This is an impossible question! Affection by Krissy Kneen-not romance fiction but an erotic memoir. For romance, I'll go with Disco Boy by Dominic Knight, although I read a number of keepers last year.

Are you looking forward to any particular upcoming title for 2010?
Yes! Any books from my must-buy series list: Tairen Soul (CL Wilson, fantasy romance), Psy-Changeling (Nalini Singh, paranormal romance), Jax (Ann Aguirre, sf romance), Watergivers (Glenda Larke, fantasy). Also, books by Joanna Bourne and Dominic Knight, which may or may not be out by the end of the year.

Which of your blog posts so far is your favorite or most popular?
Our most popular post is one of our Black Dagger Brotherhood cheat sheets written by my other coblogger Decadence, our guru for all things BDB.

Who are your top three fellow (or sister!) romance bloggers?
SarahT from MonkeyBear Reviews
AnimeJune from Gossamer Obsessions
Marg from Reading Adventures

What do you do for fun when you're not blogging about romance?
Read romance books. :-D If we're talking sociable pursuits, I love to dance Brazilian zouk.

February 20 - Rowena, Casee and Holly from Book Binge

What inspired you to start your blog and how long has it been in existence?
We started Book Binge in April 2007, because we wanted a place to talk honestly about the books we love...and hate.

What do you love most about blogging?
Finding other readers to discuss and share books with. There's nothing more amazing than the romance community, and our blog has introduced us to so many wonderful readers.

What is the focus or mission of your blog - any particular sub-genre you devote your blog to, or any special angle you take? Has the focus or mission of your blog changed over time?
We are primarily a romance review blog, though we do occasionally branch out into other genres. When we started this blog we just wanted to share our love of books with others and I think we've stayed true to that. Our goal isn't to become an industry blog, but to stay as loyal to our readers as they are to us.

Who is your typical reader?
Everyday women, like us. Some are highly educated with demanding careers. Others are single and carefree. More still are stay at home moms or housewives. But all share a love of reading and discussing books.

Who are your top three favorite romance authors?
Linda Howard
Julie Garwood
Judith McNaught

What about your top three all time favorite titles?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Heart of Fire by Linda Howard
Cry No More by Linda Howard

What was your favorite title of 2009?
Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James
Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh
Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James

Are you looking forward to any particular upcoming title for 2010?
Silent Scream by Karen Rose
Savour the Moment by Nora Roberts
Carnal Sin by Allison Brennan

Which of your blog posts so far is your favorite or most popular?
A Reader's Guide to Author Websites

Who are your top three fellow (or sister!) romance bloggers?
Sybil from The Good, The Bad and The Unread
Rosie from Nobody Asked Me
Tracy from Tracy's Place

What do you do for fun when you're not blogging about romance?
We read romance, of course! We also watch t.v. (Rowena is obsessed with Reality TV and Casee with nighttime dramas) and shuttle our children around.

February 21 - Sarah Simas from The Lovestruck Novice

What inspired you to start your blog and how long has it been in existence?
As a newbie writer, one my biggest hurdles has been tackling the "learning curve". When I first started writing, words like voice and craft were being tossed around and I had no idea what they meant. In April of 2009, I conducted my first author interview and structured my questions around the aspects of writing I wanted to know. I figured there had to be other newbies out there just as lost as I was and what better way to learn than getting tips from professional authors!

What do you love most about blogging?
I enjoy interacting with authors and other writers. It's the best motivation!

What is the focus or mission of your blog - any particular sub-genre you devote your blog to, or any special angle you take? Has the focus or mission of your blog changed over time?
I interview authors on craft and writing processes. In exchange for letting me grill them, I post the author's book covers, links, and an excerpt.There have been so many wonderful people who have helped me with my writing and this is one way I pay it forward.

Who is your typical reader?
Anyone who loves romance and can put up with my quirky humor.

Who are your top three favorite romance authors?
Right off the top of my head, Johanna Lindsey, Julie Garwood, and Sherrilyn Kenyon. (But everyday my list grows! There are some really talented authors out there right now!)

What about your top three all time favorite titles?
Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey, Ransom by Julie Garwood, and Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught. These are my stand-bys, but each year my "keeper shelf" gets bigger and bigger! I love collecting books!

What was your favorite title of 2009?
Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

Are you looking forward to any particular upcoming title for 2010?
Heck yeah! Sara Lindsey's Promise Me Tonight, Juliana Stone's His Darkest Hunger, My Reckless Surrender by Anna Campbell, and Diana Cosby's His Conquest. I could go on and on...

Which of your blog posts so far is your favorite or most popular?
Sheesh! That's really hard because every author I've interviewed has definitely brought their "A" game! It would be like asking me to name my favorite sweet treat!

Who are your top three fellow (or sister!) romance bloggers?
Helen Hardt and her Helen's Heroes blog will always have a soft spot in my heart. Emma Lai's blog, Emma Lai Writes, always crack me up. I have a tie for third. It's between three of my fellow newbies. Micole Black of Micole Writes Romance, Susan R. Mills of A Walk In my Shoes, and Stephanie L. McGee of Chronicles of a Novice Writer. It's been fun following their journey.

What do you do for fun when you're not blogging about romance?
I'm usually knee-deep in writing any chance I get. My goal to finish my book this year! When not plopped in front of the computer, I enjoy cozying up with a good book, hanging out with my writing groups, and spending time with my hubby and two kids. This was a blast! Thanks so much!

February 22 - Laurel Ann Nattress from Austen Prose

What inspired you to start your blog and how long has it been in existence?
My long-time passion for author Jane Austen. I have been blogging two and a half years.

What do you love most about blogging?
Comments by my readers. Seeing others get excited about a book, movie and Austen's writing.

What is the focus or mission of your blog - any particular sub-genre you devote your blog to, or any special angle you take? Has the focus or mission of your blog changed over time?.
I focus primarily on Jane Austen's novels, life and the modern inspirations: sequels and movies. I also review most of the new books released that are Austen inspired, and all the movies!

Who is your typical reader?
My typical reader is a literature, romance and women's fiction book reader/viewer who likes Austen, the Regency period or bonnet dramas.

Who are your top three favorite romance authors?
Jane Austen is my favorite author, but she did not write romance novels. She did however write the first modern novel and created a format that has inspired many romance novelists. In the romance/historical fiction genre I would say that Georgette Heyer and Lauren Willig are my favorites.

What about your top three all time favorite titles?
Pride and Prejudice, The Grand Sophy and The Secret History of the Pink Carnation.

What was your favorite title of 2009?
In the Austenesque genre it would be Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, by Laurie Viera Rigler. In the romance/historical fiction it would be The Temptation of the Night Jasmine, by Lauren Willig.

Are you looking forward to any particular upcoming title for 2010?
Hmm? I see a trend setting in here! I am most looking forward to Lauren Willig's The Betrayal of the Blood Lily.

Which of your blog posts so far is your favorite or most popular? Please share the URL with us.
Most definitely the most popular is Which Mr. Darcy has the Noble Mien for You? Austen fans are very opinonated about their favorite screen interpretation of Mr. Darcy.

Who are your top three fellow (or sister!) romance bloggers?
Vic of Jane Austen's World
Megan of Write Meg
Keira of Love Romance Passion

What do you do for fun when you're not blogging about romance?
Read! I also enjoy movies, theater, opera and gardening.

February 23 - Keishon from Avid Book Reader

What inspired you to start your blog and how long has it been in existence?
I started blogging after All About Romance's former publisher Laurie Gold started blogging. Yep, she inspired me to give it a try. I've been blogging steadily since 2006.

What do you love most about blogging?
Interacting with other readers and talking about the books I enjoyed. Plan to do this until I get bored.

What is the focus or mission of your blog - any particular sub-genre you devote your blog to, or any special angle you take? Has the focus or mission of your blog changed over time?.
I started blogging about the romances I'd read & enjoyed but got burned out on them pretty quick over time. These days I am a romance reader indulging in crime fiction and graphic novels but I always go back to romances. As to the focus on my blog, I really enjoy mysteries that tend to have a strong romantic subplot in them but a lot of times the violence is off-putting for many readers. There's no one genre that I stick to on my blog. Plus, I will read just about anything if it's good and I like to change it up and not read the same thing over and over again. It keeps things fresh for me.

Who is your typical reader?
I don't know who my typical reader is but from experience and from personal interaction with other readers it has always been romance readers who enjoy reading crime fiction as much as I do.

Who are your top three favorite romance authors?
My top three romance authors are Laura Kinsale, Kathleen Eagle and Roberta Gellis.

What about your top three all time favorite titles?
Heart of the West by Penelope Williamson
Flowers From the Storm by Laura Kinsale
Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart

What was your favorite title of 2009?
Nothing stood out for me romance-wise in 2009 but I did enjoy Make Me Yours by Betina Krahn. Romances have to be extraordinary or spectacular for me to list them as favorites. I tend to be more critical of the romances written today. I like romances that have smoking hot chemistry between the principal characters along with fleshed out characters who are on a journey that keeps me on the edge of my seat with an ending that leaves a stupid grin on my face. I haven't read one like that in awhile with the exception of Manhunting by Jennifer Crusie.

Are you looking forward to any particular upcoming title for 2010?
Nothing in particular sticks out but I am looking forward to Meredith Duran's Wicked Becomes You. I was impressed with her debut, The Duke of Shadows and was underwhelmed with her follow-up, Bound By Your Touch. But Duran is talented so I am looking forward to reading more from her. This next author is not romance per se but her series has a strong romantic subplot in them and that is One Was A Soldier (2010 title) by Julia Spencer-Flemming and the first book in that series is In The Bleak Midwinter. Spencer-Flemming has a strong and consistent series.

Which of your blog posts so far is your favorite or most popular? Please share the URL with us.
The most popular blog post that I closed off the comments on was New Moon by Stephenie Meyer which is teen fiction, a novel that was only average in my estimation. As for my favorite blog posts they would have to be the books I really enjoyed reading: Manhunting by Jennifer Crusie is the most recent and Mary Balogh's The Notorious Rake.

Who are your top three fellow (or sister!) romance bloggers?
Jane, Jayne & Janine from Dear Author
SarahT from Monkey Bear Reviews
Maili who doesn't blog much these days

What do you do for fun when you're not blogging about romance?
I read and I am a slow reader at that. I know that sounds boring but I love to read and started my senior year in high school. I never had an hobby outside of that and didn't want to do anything else but read. In college, I would always reward myself after hard studying with a good romance. Thanks.

February 24 - My Friend Amy

What inspired you to start your blog and how long has it been in existence?
I actually started my blog as a place to keep up with my friends but quickly learned about all of the awesome blogs about books! My long will be 5 years old in March.

What do you love most about blogging?
I love connecting with other readers. Before, I never had the chance to talk about books like I do. I think books become more powerful and I become a better thinking the more we dialogue about them.

What is the focus or mission of your blog - any particular sub-genre you devote your blog to, or any special angle you take? Has the focus or mission of your blog changed over time?.
My blog's focus is to not have a focus. I will give anything a try once and I think there is so much great reading material out there it's hard for me to narrow it down. I do review a lot of inspirational romance, though.

Who is your typical reader?
Again, because my blog is so eclectic, my readers are as well. I think the majority of my readers are women who love to read. Their ages, tastes, political values, and life situations are all different.

Who are your top three favorite romance authors?
Julie Lessman (writes for the inspirational market) Susan May Warren
(same) Georgette Heyer (is that cheating?)

What about your top three all time favorite titles?
Nope can't do it!

What was your favorite title of 2009?
A Passion Denied by Julie Lessman

Are you looking forward to any particular upcoming title for 2010?
Feeling like a broken record but I am giddy with anticipation for Julie Lessman's first book in her next series, A Hope Undaunted. It picks up with the same family as her Daughters of Boston series and focuses on Katie, the youngest in the family and a story I'm dying to hear! For those who don't know, Julie writes some blazing hot romance for the inspy market!

Which of your blog posts so far is your favorite or most popular?
My post about the difficulty of reviewing seemed to resonate with a lot of people: http://www.myfriendamysblog.com/2009/03/dark-night-of-reviewing-soul.html

Who are your top three fellow (or sister!) romance bloggers?
Katie from Babbling About Books
The Book Smugglers
Wendy the Super Librarian

What do you do for fun when you're not blogging about romance?
I love shopping, going to the movies, chatting with friends, the pretty typical stuff.

February 25 - Emma from To Say Nothing of the Kat

What inspired you to start your blog and how long has it been in existence?
Early on, a few of the authors I was fangurling had LJ blogs, so I joined to chat with them. Then I started posting small comments on books I had read, and it sort of ballooned into full on reviews.

What do you love most about blogging?
My blog, my opinion. I love that I can say what I'm thinking, and that every once in a while, someone agrees with me.

What is the focus or mission of your blog - any particular sub-genre you devote your blog to, or any special angle you take? Has the focus or mission of your blog changed over time?
I mostly read m/m and m/m/f menage. The occasional het or sci-fi book is thrown in for shits and giggles, but 98% is slashy goodness.

Who is your typical reader?
Dunno, really. Males and females from all over have sent me fanmail. And, umm, hatemail.

Who are your top three favorite romance authors?
Only three? Ugh. Jet Mykles, J.L. Langley, and Josh Lanyon.

What about your top three all time favorite titles?
I say again...only three? My Fair Captain by J.L. Langley, Snagged by Jet Mykles, Out of the Blue by Josh Lanyon.

What was your favorite title of 2009?
Sacred Fate by Eresse. It was new and fresh and innovative, my three favorite qualities in a book, since we're stuck on threes.

Are you looking forward to any particular upcoming title for 2010?
2010 has been singularly underwhelming for me thus far. Books by authors I generally like that I thought would be great ended up fizzling out. I'm revising my outlook for the rest of the year.

Which of your blog posts so far is your favorite or most popular?
I don't track stats as far as visits. I just shout into the void and every once in a while, someone hears.

Who are your top three fellow (or sister!) romance bloggers?
The top three blogs on my Google Reader? Kris the Emo Aussie, whom I adore like crazy. Jenre and Katiebabs are two other awesome ladies

What do you do for fun when you're not blogging about romance?
I save lives in between flirting with super cute doctors. It's a hard job, but I'm willing to take one for the team.

February 26 - Lurv a la Mode

What inspired you to start your blog and how long has it been in existence?
Once upon a time I was a new mom in danger of losing the urge to read, an urge that had seen me reading at least 5-8 books a week prior to baby. I decided to take back the reading reigns and thought a blog would be good motivation, a kind of journal of my reading progress. Plus I just love to talk about books and no one else especially close to me locally reads like I do and what I do. Thank goodness for the internet!

As of January 17, Lurv is two years old.

What do you love most about blogging?
Feeling like I've accomplished something, even if it's only to make sure that the one hobby I have stays alive and healthy AND keeps me sane.

I've also enjoyed immensely getting to meet other bloggers with similar and not-so-similar tastes in books. They are inspiring and make me ponder important issues I may not have thought about otherwise. In other words, they've made me want to be a better blogger.

What is the focus or mission of your blog - any particular sub-genre you devote your blog to, or any special angle you take? Has the focus or mission of your blog changed over time?

This is actually a hot topic at times across the "Blogosphere," especially, it seems, in my corner of it. I didn't have an agenda/angle when I set out, or a particular focus beyond reviewing books I loved, didn't love or highlighting upcoming books that looked like possible good reads.

At the end of the day, I suppose I simply hope that people have found the reviews helpful and the occasional straight opinion pieces I might do to be not too dumb. Maybe they've found a book or two they want to try. I feel like something's been accomplished if they want to read a book I've reviewed, whether based on a positive or not so positive review.

As for genres, I read and report back on romances (historical, paranormal, contemporary), science fiction and fantasy.

As for change, definitely. Some think those who blog aren't writers, but I do think they are in their own ways. Look at any blogger's first posts and then their most recent. You'll see change as that person has usually grown more confident in their particular blogging skin. Change, if it's right, happens almost without one realizing it and if the blogger just lets their efforts flow naturally, I'm betting the changes are for the better.

Who is your typical reader?
Interesting question, and one I've thought about but am not sure I know the correct answer to. After contemplating it some more, though, I suppose you might say my blog's typical reader is someone who enjoys the true pleasures that books were meant for: enjoyment, escape, and the unlimited imagination offered by authors. They are people that read for fun, yet they are smart enough and bold enough to question what they read in a thoughtful and intelligent manner.

Who are your top three favorite romance authors?
A VERY hard question! But a fun one nonetheless. I could probably name you twenty, but I'll restrain myself. Too, some might not feel those below are romance authors, but they all have seeds of romance in their work.

Kim Harrison, author of the Rachel Morgan/Hollows series. I am an unabashed fangirl, not a term I can give to many authors. I've had thoughts of meeting her at a book signing and all I can imagine is my idiotic side blathering at her in the most horrifically embarrassing way. I hope to make it reality one day and report on the blog how truly idiotic I was.

Ilona Andrews. I truly appreciate this writing duo's imagination. I want their imagination. It's like a small vial of the most rare and hardest-to-create potion in a Harry Potter novel. You know the one. Every student wanted to be the one to create it. If I could do one thing, it would be to capture the magic that is their books. Then I'd set it free.

Wendy and Richard Pini - originators/authors/illustrators of the Elfquest comics series. I've talked about several of my earlier influences on my reading, my love of fantasy and romance. The earlier comics in this series were a truly magical inspiration in jump starting my appreciation for reading. It also inspired my artistic side greatly, but I really doubt I'd have pined SO much for fantasy and romance in books had I not met their work. And it's funny, because I don't read comics anymore, but revisiting their work is like reuniting with a person that cared about me, encouraged me and aided in getting me where I am today reading-wise.

What about your top three all time favorite titles?
My brain is all but spasming at the thought of picking only three. It's not fair lol!

Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison. I think it would look and BE odd if I didn't name one of my most favorite author's books. It's the book that started it all for me and my love with this series.

Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas. This one came out in 2009, but it just goes to show that a great book that will knock you flat on your bum can come at any time. The story had a surprising element that reminded me a lot of a real life incident of mine. The author in no way intended that of course, but it made it so that the book "spoke" to me. Emotionally. Very emotionally. I loved that.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. Got to give some credit again to the youthful reading roots. I still carry a few particularly vivid images of this book's events in my mind. Yeah, it made an impression. Again, it's all about that imagination. A Wrinkle in Time allowed its and mine to soar. Who wouldn't want to find more of that?

What was your favorite title of 2009?
You're going to smirk or laugh, but it was...White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison! Ta-da! No one's surprised at this point, right?

Are you looking forward to any particular upcoming title for 2010?
Umm - yeah! I made a list on my blog, with its own page, of 43 titles I want to get my mits on. Probably THE most anticipated would be Black Magic Sanction by Harrison.. I know, I know. Y'all must be guessing this stuff by now. A close second would be Forget You by young adult author Jennifer Echols. I read her book Going Too Far last year and it was amazing. I want more from her ASAP.

Which of your blog posts so far is your favorite or most popular? Please share the URL with us.
I think if anyone reads my blog even remotely consistently, they'll know I can be Teh Silly. I really enjoyed sparking a fun little "blog war" with fellow blogger Katiebabs of Babbling About Books and More, where I basically announced my un-love for Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. A book with a veritable Legion of Love dogging its heels. You can see the post and follow the other goings-on via links in it here:

Who are your top three fellow (or sister!) romance bloggers?
Finally! An easy question! My brain can actually take a break. *g* Katiebabs of The Book Smugglers - This dynamic blogging duo is a tour-de-force and I want whatever elixir they've ingested to keep up such great and entertaining blogging. I'm on to you, ladies!
Jackie at Literary Escapism and SciFiGuy - I love them equally for the efforts to put out. They both have some of the best posts compiling the best info across lots of different blogs. If you want a good scoop on fantasy and scifi reads they've usually got it.

What do you do for fun when you're not blogging about romance?
I read romance. *g* Or fantasy or scifi. Reading is my other life aside from taking care of a family and working. It's as important to me as another's scrapbooking or mountain climbing or miniature remote-controlled car building. And I will always, always want more.

February 27 - Jenre from Well Read

What inspired you to start your blog and how long has it been in existence?
I've been writing my blog since October 2008. Prior to that I'd been a lurker at many romance blogs but I was too shy to comment very often. I still had opinions about what I read on these blogs though, and I'd find myself composing answers to posts or even constructing whole blog posts of my own in my head. It got to the stage where my mind was buzzing so much about the books I'd read or things that I'd read on other blogs that I found myself laid awake at night unable to sleep because my mind was so full. My hub suggested that I should just start my own blog as that would help to purge the ideas from my brain - something he probably regrets now, given the amount of time I spend blogging! So, I bit the bullet and started Well Read.

What do you love most about blogging?
There are a couple of things. Firstly, I love that it's a creative outlet for my brain. The challenge of thinking about a book and structuring a coherent review or formulating a discursive piece based on an aspect of romance fiction allows me to use that part of my brain which is largely ignored in my home life. Secondly, I love interacting with those who read and comment on my blog. I've made some great friends in the last few months just by having a shared love of romance. I don't know anyone in real life who reads romance and certainly not m/m and it's a privilege to be able to share ideas with the friendly and intelligent people who visit my blog.

What is the focus or mission of your blog - any particular sub-genre you devote your blog to, or any special angle you take? Has the focus or mission of your blog changed over time?
When I started my blog I read both m/m and m/f romance books and I reviewed both types of books on my blog. Over the last few months this has shifted so that I now read mainly m/m. My blog has reflected this shift in reading pattern so I currently only review m/m books.

Who is your typical reader?
I'm not sure I have a typical reader! I get people from all over the world reading my blog, although the majority are from the US and Canada. I would say that all of my readers have a love of m/m romance and many of them share my slightly warped sense of humour.

Who are your top three favorite romance authors?
Only three! That's too hard, especially as my top three authors shift and change depending on how I'm feeling on any given day. Can I give three m/f authors and three m/m authors? The m/f romance authors are Mary Balogh, Lisa Kleypas and Loretta Chase. The m/m authors are Josh Lanyon, Jordan Castillo Price and A.M. Riley.

What about your top three all time favorite titles?
In m/f romance: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. In m/m romance: Death of a Pirate King by Josh Lanyon, Camp Hell by Jordan Castillo Price and The Elegant Corpse by AM Riley.

What was your favorite title of 2009?
Another tough one! I'd have to go for Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy.

Are you looking forward to any particular upcoming title for 2010?
The sixth book in the Psycop series by Jordan Castillo Price is out sometime this year (I think). I'm also looking forward to the next Dash and Dingo book by Catt Ford and Sean Kennedy which will possibly be out by the end of the year. There's a sequel to Immortality is the Suck by A.M. Riley that's also due out in 2010. The new Kit Holmes mystery by Josh Lanyon is another book I am looking forward to reading this year. However, out of all these books I think only the AM Riley book is anywhere near written so I may be waiting a while for the others!

Which of your blog posts so far is your favorite or most popular? Please share the URL with us.
I suppose it depends how you define popular. The posts which garner most comments are those on topics which divide opinion. For example, I've written posts on topics such as rimming or twincest or the D/s lifestyle which generated lively discussions - all of which, I'm glad to say, were respectful as well as interesting. However, my favourite post is one which I did with one of my blogging buddies, Kris on how to tell whether your relationship is 'twu wuv'. Be warned it's rather rude and irreverent:

Who are your top three fellow (or sister!) romance bloggers?
Reviews by Jessiewave - perhaps the site for reviews and commentary on m/m romance - and I'm not just saying that because I'm a guest reviewer there!
Kris 'n' Good Books - Kris and I share an irreverent and rather warped sense of humour. She's a funny lady who looks at all types of romance with an eye for the ridiculous. Not a site to visit if you are easily offended, but a really fun site if you can take some good natured ribbing.
Nose in a Book - Lisabea doesn't blog as much now that she writes books under the name of LB Gregg, but she was the one who inspired me to start my own blog with her friendly and amusing take on romance books and a safe place where we could all happily play in the sandpit.

What do you do for fun when you're not blogging about romance?
Read romance! I also like going for walks in the country, camping and spending time with hub away from the computer.

February 28 - Kassia Krozser of RomanceWiki.com

Check out a special "Rom Wiki with a Heart" video interview featuring BookSquare.com's Kassia Krozser as she shares the stories behind her love for romance and the creation of RomanceWiki.com, as well as her favorite RomBloggers, authors, and titles!