BOOKSTAGRAMMER SPOTLIGHT! Cleo @devoted_pages

Welcome to my BOOKSTAGRAMMER SPOTLIGHT, where I show some love to our fellow Bloggers, Bookstagrammers and common Romance Readers. I started this because while there might be a lot of us out there, each of us is different and unique in not just reading, photography, books…everything! A fun way to show some love & learn a little more about the romance community members!! Today’s feature is a very beautiful young woman who I have learned a lot from on Instagram and am glad to have gotten to know as well! ENJOY!


Name: Cleo

About Yourself: I’m a Libra, I was born and raised in Bronx, New York and currently reside in Sunny South Florida. Not many know I’m a book blogger; it’s my little secret and passion. I’m currently a Footwear Design Assistant/Product Developer. I’ve been in the footwear industry for over 15 years. I travel a lot overseas to China for development. I’m a dog lover and currently have a mixed gsp named Hudson, my English bulldog Luna was my every thing and she said farewell last year. I’m obsessed with spinning (indoor cycling); it’s what keeps me fit and helps with my stressful days.


BOOKSTAGRAM

Logo/IG name? Devoted Pages

How/Why did you come up with it? I’m pretty much devoted to my books, I always wanted the word devoted included. I thought it was the perfect fit! The style of the logo is almost my handwriting ☺.

When did you start Bookstagramming? What was the first thing you did? I started Bookstagramming July 21st, 2018. My first post was a teaser for the book Anchored by Ruby Rowe and my 2nd post, which is one of my favorites, Wanting Mr. Cane by Shanora Williams.

Why did you start what you started? Influence? I befriended @feelingsofabookaholic (Marjorie) from my personal Instagram page. I came upon one of her teasers and was so intrigued. I started using Marjorie’s page as my personal library. Every time I needed a new book I would take a peek at her recommendations and reviews. We started chatting one day and she asked me a simple question Do you review your books? Because you read a lot of books and it would be a shame not to share your reviews with others and most importantly the author. To be honest I had no idea it was a thing… She introduced me to this world and I thank her every opportunity I have.

Did you have any help at the beginning or winged it? I totally winged it!

What is your favorite part about BOOKSATGRAMMING and why? Wow… My favorite part would have to be meeting new people and the welcoming that this community gives to one another is pretty cool. Sometimes you feel as if you’ve known each other for years. And of course I can’t leave out, its pretty amazing supporting Indie authors and getting their babies out to the world for others to embrace.

What platforms do you use (this is meant for APP’s mainly, things like Canva and so forth.) Since I’m on the computer all day for work I mainly use Adobe Illustrator for my layouts. I currently get my pics of the hot models from Pinterest.

What social media’s are you on? And do you have a favorite? I’m currently on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads & Bookbub. My favorite by far is Instagram! Not a Facebook fan at all!

 Do you have any tips and tricks about blogging? It’s not easy, that’s for sure. I notice some people have trouble taking good pics… Easy props Paper! Go to Michaels or Hobby Lobby and their craft sections have the best paper, it’s great to use as backdrops! Reviews always be honest, stay true to yourself and what you believe. That’s the whole idea about blogging it’s about you and how you envision this book world.

Have you had any bad/negative experiences on Bookstagram? I personally have not had any bad or negative experiences. Super thankful!

What have you learned from blogging on a public platform like? It’s not about the number of likes or the number of followers you have. It’s about who you are and how you want to share your enjoyment for books. Stay honest and true followers will always keep following.

Do you have any goals that you haven’t yet been able to get to, concerning your account? To be honest I had never set any goals when I started this. I just wanted to be able to help Indie Authors get their books out to others. I’m pretty much doing that now and super happy to be able to.

What are some highlights or special moments that have happened, concerning your book blogging career? I think many would agree it’s an amazing feeling when your favorite author starts following you or they comment on the review you have made for their book. One of my 1st interactions with an author was with Grahame Claire, I was super excited when I received her comment and we always keep in touch. Hopefully we will meet at the Shameless Book Con in October along with many of my other favorite authors.

Do you think Bookstagram is an effective platform to express your opinion on books? Yes, especially with the teasers. You’re able to create a beautiful scene of the book to give readers a glimpse into the characters.

What do you use camera vise when taking book photography? Just use my Iphone, which recently got upgraded!!! Iphone Xs Max

Do you use your own props? Is there a fun or MAGICAL way you set it all up? (loc, props…) I don’t own too many props. Just a few here and there, it’s all about the lighting!! I must say my best pics are taken at the beach.

Do you have advice for new bookstagrammers on how to start, be, and do? Be patient, Be honest and Stay True to Yourself.

Do you have any favorite Instagram accounts that you follow for books, inspiration, ideas…? Jeez, there’s so many!!! It’s incredible the talent that’s out there. To name a few:

@feelingsofabookaholic @totallybookish28 @tweezyreads @buttthisbook @bookisflove @lianareadsblog @dreamyreads  and the sisters @it.sgottabethebooks @bookeverlasting

What was the first book you officialy bookstagrammer, how about the first book you reviewed and posted on Instagram? Let’s see my first bookstagrammer I would say was for the book Desolate by Autumn Grey. My first book I reviewed and posted was Anchor by Ruby Rowe.


LET’S TALK ABOUT BOOKS!

Tell us, do you know the exact amount of paperback you own? How about ebooks? (I suggest not to count because I did & I regretted it) Let’s just say I made the mistake before I found out about Kindle Unlimited to add up my monthly charges from my Nook at the time and I almost had a small attack.

Do you prefer paper or kindle? That’s tough. I prefer e-books because it’s practical for me but I’ve decided if it’s a favorite read the paperback will be purchased and added to my library. Best feeling is a holding a book in your hand with our favorite beverage and enjoying your read.

Do you know your first paperback/ebook? Paperback: Oh damn… We have to go way back! I actually still have it and was so proud at the time when it was passed on to me. Shakespeare Romeo & Juliet. My first e-book YA: Gates of Paradise by Melissa de la Cruz.

Do you remember your very first read? It was one of those Little Golden Books: Walt Disney’s Mother Goose

What is it that draws you to a book? (picture, blurb, author..or all?) Cover and Blurb

Do you have a favorite genre you read? And which one? Contemporary & Erotic Romance

What is your ideal bookboyfriend like? (looks, actions…) A nice handsome, Sexy AF alpha male!

Do you have a real life bookboyfriend? If he is a celeb, book model and so forth, care to share a photo of who? Can’t get over the hotness of Christian Hogue!

What is your favorite part about a story? (the beginning get to know each other, the sexy scenes, the middle right before the peak…) I actually really enjoy when an author writes an Epilogue! You’re always wanting a little more at the end of a book especially if it’s not a complete future ending… It’s a good bonus when they include an epilogue.

What book are you currently reading? I’m currently reading Deceit by Ava Harrison.

Do You have a favorite book quotes from any recent or previously read books you’d like to share?

β€œRegret lives in the past and fear in the future, but neither exist in the present. Let’s live in the moment, one day at a time.” The Fall Before Flight – L.M. Halloran

β€œDo what makes you happy, be with who makes you smile, laugh as much as you breathe, love as long as you live.” Unbroken Promises – Nikki Ash

How long does it take you to read an average book? It depends on my work schedule, but it usually takes me 2 days.

How many reads per week do you think you read on an average? Again, it usually depends on my work schedule. A slow workweek, I usually can read at least 3 books and a busy workweek 1 Β½.

Have you ever considered writing a book? If so, why, how, when and who?! Hehe I wish!!! I’m a horrible writer!

Who is your favorite author and why? (you’re welcome for this one *smirk*) Oh man! This is difficult to be honest! So I’m going to name a few and these authors are my top favorite because of their unique writing styles and their books have left a mark with me (This is in no particular order).

Autumn Grey, Brittainy C. Cherry, L.M. Halloran, Trilina Pucci, Gabrielle G., Kate Stewart, K. Webster & Sarah J. Maas

Now, the real important question -> What is your favorite book & why! No… This is difficult!!!! Ok I’m going to try and make this easy for myself. I’ve mentioned this a couple of times and especially when I’ve seen readers post about this book. I still think about this book and I don’t think I sobbed so much reading a book. I was so torn and broken; the story of these two characters affected me so much. I put myself into their world and felt every pain and struggle. The writers did such an amazing job and the best part at the end it was so satisfying and the authors gave you closure.

Heartbreak Warfare by Kate Stewart & Heather Orgeron

Do you have any magical words for everyone out there?!
β€œSi vis amari, ama.” If you wish to be loved, love.


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Well this concludes yet another wonderful SPOTLIGHT. I hope you enjoyed and let’s show this girl some love!! Thank you everyone & of course more to come!