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Thursday, November 8

Feature and Follow #120

I have had a a string of good luck this week. I won a $5 gift card for being part of the Black Lion Virtual Book Tours for the month of October. Then I was first Blogger of the Month through Litfuse Publicity Group for the month of October. I was featured on their blog and I'll be receiving a $25 gift card. Now, I'm a featured blogger for the week #120!

The Feature & Follow is hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read!

When did you start blogging?

I started blogging on April Fools Day 2009!

What is your favorite part of book blogging?

Wow! Great Question. My favorite part of book blogging is meeting other bloggers who share the same passion in reading as I do. I thought I was only the person with overstuffed bookshelves, but I was wrong. There are many dedicated book bloggers/reviewers on the web and I would have never known anything about them if it wasn't for blogging.

What is your favorite book(s)?

Six-Horse Hitch by Janice Holt Giles and The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson are my favorite books, but I also like reading anything by Stephen King, James Patterson, John Saul and R. L. Stine.

What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging? 

Getting advanced review copies from major publishing houses is a real plus to book blogging. I had the opportunity to review books from independent authors. Recently I've had the chance to expand my blog by reviewing DVDs, T-shirts, and other products from companies and PR groups.

Question of the week: Do you mind books with similar ideas to other books? Similar concepts, backgrounds, retellings or pulled-to-publish fanfic?

My Answer: It really depends if the book is written well. Since Twilight was released, there have been countless vampire/paranormal books written with similar plots. It doesn't bother me as long as the book has a fresh twist to the genre, like in the House of Night series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. What I don't care for is when a new writer (or ghostwriter) continues a series. I'm referring to The Vampire Dairies and The Secret Circle by L. J. Smith, in which the recent books have been written by someone else. I don't mind sequels, but since the original author is still alive, I don't get the point of having a new writer write a lackluster sequel.


  1. I agree about the well-written part. I don't mind spin-offs and retellings, but fan-fic and rip-offs are not something I care to read.

    Congratulations on your feature!

    New follow via GFC

    Julie~ New Adult Addiction

  2. Congrats on the feature and all of your other good luck. I actually found your page through the hop, and am glad that I did. I love your theme, by the way. I followed via GFC, and will be reading often now!

    I think if the fanfic is well written, then it can be okay, but some will barely change anything and completely rip off someone else's story. I actually recently encountered an example of this where someone had basically changed the character names and republished the exact same book. That annoys me.

  3. Great interview and answer. It all depends if the author can write a similar book well or better.

    Congrats on the feature

    Old GFC follower


  4. Congratulations on being featured. You have been so lucky. ;) I agree. If it's well-written, maybe with its own added creativity, I won't mind it. ;)

    New follower~
    Cindy @

  5. I agree about another author continuing a series, it never feels the same. Congrats on the Feature and I am an old follower. Here's my link PageGirlsPageofBookReviews

  6. Congrats on being featured this week! As long as a book is well-written and not an exact replica of another book with a similar idea, then I don't mind, either.

    New GFC follower. Our FF

  7. Congratulations on being featured. I agree with your answer. I don't mind some overlap so long as it has it's own unique parts as well.

    New Follower :)

    My response @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  8. Congrats on being the featured blog this week. As long as the author adds a unique twist it's fine with me. My only complaint is title and cover rip-offs.

  9. The Vampire Diaries was TERRIBLE when the ghost writer took over. I agreed with the direction LJ wanted to take and the ghost writer just ruined the whole thing for me. Great answers and congrats on being featured! Old follower. :)

    My FF post @ Her Fiction Fix

  10. Hopping through. Congrats on being the feature! I am sad to see ghost writers take over series. Just goes to show that authors need to have lawyers read over their contracts.
    My Hop

  11. Congrats on being feature! LJ Smith is not writing the sequels? That's just sad.
    New Follower via RSS!
    Here's My FF

  12. Congrats on the feature! I agree with you that it's a little odd when a different author decides to continue a series. Especially when that author is just trying to jump on a ride the coat-tails of a better author.

    I’m a new follower by GFC. You can find my Feature and Follow here

  13. @Aman

    No she isn't writing them anymore due to a loophole in her contract. The Hunter series was written by a ghostwriter.

  14. Congrats on the feature!! Great answers, and I agree with you about how a new author can take over the series, I mean, really, leave it alone then!!

    Here's My FF!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace
    New Follower

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  16. I answer a bit like you! It definitely depends on the book being well-written or not :) I've never read a series where another writer takes over (when the original author is still alive), but it must be weird.
    Congrats on the feature! New follower! Check out my FF!

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  18. I've never read The Haunting of Hill House, but I really want to! The Haunting (the original movie, not the lame 90s one) is a family classic in my house, I really need to get around to reading the book. Anyway, I found you through Feature and Follow and I'm your newest follower!

    -Kate the Book Buff
    thebookbuff.blogspot. com

  19. Congrats on being featured! You're going to be very busy today :) I'm an old follower, and here's my
    FF post for this week.
    Have a fantastic Friday!

  20. YAY! We are featured this week congrats to us! LOL

    I'm an old follower hopping through since we are featured buddies this week. =)

    Paranormal Romance

  21. Congrats on being featured! My biggest problem is definitely when things start to feel just slightly TOO similar to something else, and I agree that that something else tends to be Twilight.

    New Linky Follower! My F&F post :)

  22. I agree! Especially with the ghostwriter part. I hate how L.J. Smith started it out well, then the ghostwriter just ruined it.

    Congrats on being featured! I'm a new follower ^^ Here's my F&F post~

    - Kazhy @ My Library in the Making

  23. I also hate it when they try to pass the series on to a ghostwriter/new writer, then the series gets ruined.
    Congrats on being a feature!
    New follower via NetworkedBlogs.

  24. Congrats on being featured! I like your answer about ghost writers continuing series.

    new follower. Here's my FF:

  25. Congrats on being featured! You started blogging on 1st April, hahaha! I like your answer. :D

    The Readdicts Feature & Follow Friday post

    New follower here!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

  26. congrats on being featured, I'm a new follower. Have a great weekend!

  27. Hi!
    I completely agree with your answer above. New follower :)
    My F&F:

  28. Hi,

    I'm enjoying the blog hop, which is what brings me to your site today. I prefer tea myself, but each to our own. ;)

    Kind regards,

  29. I totally agree..and I think I sighted the same thing my annoyance with love triangles and the same one over and over! New follower via GFC!

  30. Congrats on being featured. My thoughts are very similar to yours.
    New GFC follower

  31. Old follower...Congrats on being the featured blogger this week! Great answer. I totally agree!

  32. Congrats on being featured!!
    great answer, I totally agree, especially about the ghostwriter. You're right, if the author is still alive, why is someone else writing the sequels? I don't like it.
    Old follower via GFC.
    Here's my FF:

  33. Congrats on getting featured! :)
    New follower.
    My FF

  34. congrats on being the featured blogger!!

    Trish - My Follow Friday

  35. Congrats on being featured! New follower via GFC :) Great answer, I didn't even think of that but yes that would frustrate me too if a ghost writer continued a beloved series while the original author was still alive...yikes! Thanks for sharing, here's my FFF

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows

  36. Congrats on being featured, like your answer.

  37. Great answer! So true.

    new follower

  38. Congrats on being featured! :)
    New follower and happy friday!

    Judith @ Paper Riot

  39. I definitely agree about wanting a fresh twist on the genre. I can read almost anything if its written well and shows some creativity. New GFC follower.

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

  40. Congrats on the feature. I really do have to agree with you, if an author is still around why have someone else write their work? I have seen good ghostwriting done; once for an online story for a friend that died and another friend carried on their story with help from their partner, and then I do appreciate the prequels by Frank Herbet's son and his co-author.

  41. I am soooooooooo sick of vampires! I don't even read the books that come out. I'm sick of the craze. Blah! Sad, because I used to love them :(

    Old follower! Congrats on being featured!

  42. Congrats on being featured! Love your answers. I agree that a genre needs a fresh twist to it like paranormal right now and dystopian.

    New follower :)
    Becca @ lost in thought

  43. Congratulations! I completely agree with your answer. There has to be something original to the story if it's closely based on another.

    New follower.

    My FF:

  44. Congrats on all your good luck this week! And your answer is kind of what I meant to say on mine. I loved the original Vampire Diaries, but haven't been a fan of the new books, didn't realize they weren't written by the original author. I also don't watch the tv show because the very first episode messed up too much for me to even keep watching. New follower.
    Check out my FF

  45. Congrats on being featured this week. Great answer, I agree with you. I hate what they did to L.J Smith books. I loved the series when she was the one who wrote it. Now it's just not that interesting.
    New Follower here! Happy Friday!
    Kar @ Pause Time

  46. @Lisa Mandina

    The TV series is loosely based on the series. It me over a season to get interested in it. It is a lot different than the books.

  47. The people are definitely my favorites! Following. (:

    Sarcasm & Lemons

  48. Really? I have no idea about it. Well I guess because I don't read it. LOL
    But I agree. It always depends on how the book is written and how twists the author puts in it.
    Congrats on being featured!
    Here's my FF.
    Have a great day!
    *New GFC follower. :)

  49. Hi there I am a new follower. Congrats on the feature!

  50. Congrats on being featured this week! I'm an old follower and wish you continued success!

    The Scarf Princess

  51. Congrats on the feature and great answer! New follower via GFC.
    Here's my FF
    Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads


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