14 September 2010

BBAW: Interview Swap and Giveaway

Today is the second day of Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2010! This yearly event of giveaways, blog hopping, blogging, and awards is all about you! And you and you and you and me. It is the brainchild of Amy from My Friend Amy.

Each day this week I'm hosting an international giveaway (winners announced on Monday, September 20), so I hope you come back to see what I have in store.

Today is all about getting to know book bloggers up close and personal through the annual interview swap. This year, I was lucky enough to get partnered with Heather from Buried in Books. Isn't that a great blog title? I think many of do feel as if we were buried in books.

If you're new to the BBAW interview swap concept, here's how it works. Participants are assigned a partner, who interview each other and post the conversation on their blog. So first take a look at what I asked Heather and get to know her if you haven't been by her blog before.

Then, to see what Heather asked me, pop on over to her blog and see what great questions she asked me. When your done reading her post, don't forget to pause long enough to explore Heather's blog.

Let's meet Heather, shall we?

Beth Fish Reads (BFR): How has the move from Florida to the Cape affected your life in books?

Buried in Books (BIB): Actually, I moved from Florida at the age of thirty one to Mooresville, North Carolina (just north of Charlotte) for my husband's job. We lived there ten years and then moved to Cape Cod. We've lived here for a little over a year. I've found that living in different places makes me want to read more about them. If I'm not reading a fantasy novel, I'm reading about somewhere I've been or lived. I recently read about a murder mystery in St. Augustine, Florida the oldest city in the United States and forty five minutes from where I grew up. Now I'm reading the whole series. I also had a murder mystery series I read by Barbara Parker set mainly in Miami that I read, first because I met her at a book signing in the book store I worked in and then because I really liked her. I read a mystery series set completely in the mountains of North Carolina while we lived there. And a mystery series about the Outer Banks while we lived in North Carolina. I also read travel guides. And ghost stories. Unfortunately I lent all those out and never got them back. I've also met some bloggers that write, "I used to live in Dennis" or had a great vacation on Cape Cod. It helps me make connections because this doesn't feel like home yet. I'm a Southern girl in the Northeast and no family. I am also very familiar with Virginia so love anything about Virginia. I haven't found much to read about Cape Cod, but I have been a Salem Witch Trials theorist forever. I'd love to get up there to see Salem some time. I've seen some witch books coming out about the Salem Witch Trials and I can't wait to get my hands on them. There is also a lot of history up here so I'm finding I want to read about the whaling history, glass blowing, and Scottish history.
BFR: What a great story! You'll have to bring a little Southern living to your neighborhood. I have been to the Cape only once, but your area is indeed a great place for those of interested in history. You've been blogging since the beginning of summer. What made you decide to start a book blog?
BIB: Short answer, if you can believe I can do that, I got tired of saving all the blogs I was following in my Favorites on my toolbar. So I started my own blog, knowing I had opinions and hoping someone cared enough to read about them.
BFR: But of course we book bloggers care! And this is week to make a lot of friends. How many book blogs are in your reader? How do you find time to read blogs, read books, and be a mother?
BIB: I'm embarrassed to say how many are in my reader. I read after they go to bed at 9:00. I take medicine to sleep. Sometimes it works in two hours sometimes it takes until 2:00am, sometimes I'm still awake when they get up at 6:00am. I take advantage of that time to catch up on blogs and read. I start at either the top or bottom of my blog list and leave a note where I left off, next night I start again. I have a pad by my bed with a pen stuck in it to write down books I want to read. I have a few blogs I visit weekly just because they are friends. My kids are supportive of my "habit" and I pick out books for my oldest son. I have him reading White Cat by Holly Black right now. The days are my own, so if I need to recoup from the night before of no sleep I will. If I don't I get some housework done (not a priority for me) and read or write.
BFR: I just recently reviewed White Cat! I really liked it. I notice that you read a lot of fantasy/paranormal. What don't you read and why?
BIB: I do not read horror such as Stephen King. I have much too vivid an imagination to read something like that. I'd think every noise was a serial killer or mutant dog trying to get in the house. No manga. Don't really know what it is. And I'm not really a science fiction fan. The fantasy comes from reading fairy tales when I learned to read. I just love them and believe it even vampires and werewolf stories can read like fairy tales if there is enough romance in them!
BFR: I like to read fantasy too. And I also don't read horror. So we're twins in that. What book have you read this summer that you wouldn't have read if you hadn't started blogging?
BIB: The Eternal Ones. The cover is bland and I'm drawn to a book by it's cover usually first. I ended up loving the book, but never would have read it other wise.
BFR: It's always fun to discover a great book that could have easily slipped by you. Which book did you read this summer that you wish got more attention or buzz?
BIB: I think it may end up being tyger, tyger by Kersten Hamilton. It doesn't release until November, but I've read Borders isn't even going to carry it in their stores and it is one of the best books I've read this summer. It had so much Irish folklore in it. It would definitely work for one of your Irish Challenge books. It's again a fairy tale. I just don't want it to fall by the wayside. As far as I'm concerned it was a flawless book!
BFR: Oooh. I'm going to keep that in mind. I really love the idea that it's Irish and has folklore in it. Last year I came up with a list of quick questions that require one-word answers. Let me try them on you:
Print, eBook, or audio? print
Hardback or paperback? hardback
Buy books or borrow from library? buy books
Good characters or good plot? good characters
Thanks so much, Heather. I really loved your answers. There are tons of bloggers in the Boston area, so I hope you'll be able to make some good connections this week.


This week is all about getting to know each other and sharing our reading interests. And in that light, today's international giveaway promotes connections between readers. When Robin Blum of In My Book asked me if I wanted to feature her bookmark/cards on my blog, I knew just the right time to introduce you to her great cards. Robin agreed, and she is the sponsor of today's giveaway.

First, let me tell you all about these great bookmark/cards. You might be wondering what is with the slash? Is it a bookmark or a card. Well, it's both. To the left is a photo of my own two bookmarks (thanks, Robin!). You can see that they are sized perfectly for a paperback and have a very cool black and white drawing on the front with a fun saying (click to enlarge).

Each bookmark comes with a red envelope and opens up, just like a card. The inside is blank, so you could write a note to a book-loving friend and pop the whole thing in the mail. Your friend would then have a personalized bookmark to use when reading.

The bookmark/cards are printed on lovely paper that will hold up well to daily use. They are a pleasure to write on in either ink or pencil. I love mine and can pretty much guarantee that you'll love them too. I plan to use my bookmarks to jot down notes when I'm reading; then I'll leave the bookmark in the book so I'll have a record of my thoughts.

Robin has sent me a pack of eight bookmarks so I can hold this international giveaway. There will be two winners -- yes, two winners! Each will receive four bookmarks.

To the right are all the designs I have to give away (note that they bookmarks come in a plastic sleeve, which I left on so I could keep the cards clean and nice for the winners). Click to get a closer look or head on over to the In My Book website to get clear photos and to see the complete line of 15 designs. The cards are priced at $3.95 and are available at a variety of places.

This giveaway is open worldwide and will run until I turn on my computer on Monday morning (September 20). To enter, you must fill out the form. Two winners will be picked via random number generator, and I will delete all data after the winners are contacted. I will send a random grouping of four bookmarks to each winner.

Good luck and don't forget to check all my BBAW posts -- I have a giveaway each day.


Iris on Books 9/14/10, 5:22 AM  

"I'd think every noise was a serial killer or mutant dog trying to get in the house." I am exactly like that!

And I understand how it can be hard to "rebuild" your life and keep up with blogging after a move. I am jealous of Heather having the opportunity of visiting the site of the Salem Witch Trials. I took a class on witch trials last year and it is such an interesting subject!

Anonymous,  9/14/10, 5:39 AM  

Moving to a different place can be quite difficult. My parents moved to a rural area when I was 3 and even much later, e.g., at 16, I still didn't fit in. Luckily, there were more "import" people like me so we stuck together.

Good luck in finding your place in your new area.

The bookmarks are lovely, Beth!

Melody 9/14/10, 6:51 AM  

Great interview, Candace! I'm new to Heather's blog so it is great to learn a bit more of her through your interview swap. :)

Those bookmarks are lovely!!

Sandy Nawrot 9/14/10, 6:52 AM  

What an awesome giveaway, and what an awesome interview. I love this part of BBAW...every blogger has a story. Now I'm off to see what you had to say!

Michelle 9/14/10, 7:26 AM  

Heather's blog is new-to-me. I'll be checking her out shortly! Great interview (and great giveaway), as always!

Anonymous,  9/14/10, 7:27 AM  

I love reading about places I've lived in or will visit and will also look for such books before my holidays. To me, it brings the place to life. And about not reading horror, I'm the same too. I don't mind watching it so much although I still get scared, but reading is far more frightening!

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity 9/14/10, 9:30 AM  

Wow! I really admire Heather's ability to juggle it all with her kids--but also that she's able to find books for her eldest through blogging.

And a Salem Witch Trials theorist? Fascinating! Thanks for the great interview you two.

Brimful Curiosities 9/14/10, 9:47 AM  

I've never really noticed before now, but I guess I also like to read books about somewhere I've lived or been. When I'm able to apply personal experiences the book seems to resonate more with me. Lovely interview.

S. Krishna 9/14/10, 10:01 AM  

Great, great interview!

Word Lily 9/14/10, 10:21 AM  

I've heard good things about Tyger Tyger; I'm looking forward to reading it.

Charlie 9/14/10, 10:27 AM  

That's a lot of time to spend on blogging when it's late at night, I hope Heather does get enough sleep! I understand it though, you want to keep up reading the blogs you love and support the writers.

Amy 9/14/10, 10:47 AM  

Great to meet BIB, and wonderful interview. I really liked tyger, tyger as well!

Michelle Santiago 9/14/10, 12:20 PM  

what a thoughtful and thorough interview! i've been wanting to read tyger, tyger and now i'm all the more eager to pick up a copy. happy bbaw!

Jenn's Bookshelves 9/14/10, 12:26 PM  

LOL...great interview! I'm so sorry neither one of you enjoy horror; it really is a great genre!

TexasRed 9/14/10, 12:54 PM  

Great interview. I'm going to have to add some of these books to my TBR list now!

Greg McConnell 9/14/10, 2:47 PM  

Very nice blog you have here! Also, I could identify with this quote: "I do not read horror such as Stephen King. I have much too vivid an imagination to read something like that. I'd think every noise was a serial killer or mutant dog trying to get in the house." Although, I am reading my first Stephen King novel right now. I guess I'm trying to face my fears. ;-)

Valerie 9/14/10, 3:34 PM  

I used to read a lot of Stephen King when I was in high school. But then, when I moved out of the family home for college, he became too spooky for me. Maybe because it felt like a less safe time for me?

Great interview!

Cecelia 9/14/10, 5:26 PM  

White Cat! My brother and I both ADORED that book. And I really do need to read Tyger, Tyger - it looks fantastic. I think I've found a new blogging friend. *grin* Great interview!

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) 9/14/10, 5:43 PM  

Great interview. Nice to meet you Heather. I'm glad to see that you liked The Eternal Ones. It's in my TBR pile. I'm also one of those people who's attracted to the cover!

Miz Tipsy 9/14/10, 5:57 PM  

Enjoyed the interview. I have read a few true crime novels that I might as well place with horror books.

bermudaonion 9/14/10, 7:19 PM  

I loved the interview! I know exactly where Mooresville is because I used to live in that neck of the woods.

Jenners 9/14/10, 7:58 PM  

Stephen King isn't easy on those of us who have big imaginations. I remember reading Salem's Lot when I was younger and then jumping about a foot in the air when my dad came in my room ... I was so freaked out.

Fun interview!

Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours 9/14/10, 9:31 PM  

another new-to-be blogger - off to check out her blog now!

Alyce 9/15/10, 12:34 AM  

I haven't lived in very many places, but I like to read books that incorporate locations that I have visited. I'm sure there are a lot of great books to read about the places you have lived!

I'm going to go take a look at a description of Tyger, Tyger to see what it's about.

Michelle 9/15/10, 6:22 AM  

I've lived in Florida too! You should try Randy Wayne Wright (if you haven't already) his mystery books center around Southwest Florida (where he's from).

Excellent interview.

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 9/15/10, 6:33 AM  

Heather is a new-to-me blogger, too! There are, as you say, lots of book bloggers in the Boston area, and many south of Boston (closer to the Cape). I hope your interviews help Heather make the connections she's looking for.

Oh, and, hey, everyone! The "In My Book" card/bookmarks are gorgeous - great quality cardstock, and very clever ... you'll want to enter this giveaway!

Anna 9/15/10, 1:37 PM  

Sounds like she has a lot on her plate. I'm amazed that she can take care of kids, etc., and find time to blog. I have a hard enough time with 1 kid who almost takes care of herself. ;)

Robin M 9/16/10, 9:27 PM  

So nice to meet Heather. And yes, I don't read horror for the same reason. I have an overactive imagination. Off to read Heather's blog.

Robin 9/19/10, 7:34 PM  

Thanks for the opportunity to introduce some new readers and bloggers to In My Book®. And thanks Dawn for the endorsement!

Jen at Introverted Reader 9/20/10, 2:26 AM  

Heather is new to me, but I'm definitely going to check out her blog now. She had some great answers! And she's lived in NC! Yay! I've found very few bloggers from NC, so I'll make her an unofficial one in my head. :-)

Thanks for the giveaway too! I love the bookmarks!

Alice 10/5/10, 8:24 PM  


(Sorry for shouting...)

Great interview! I didn't read horror until recently. I don't think I've read much of Stephen King either.

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