to my SPOTLIGHT 2020! New version of my BOOKSTAGRAMMER SPOTLIGHT I featured in 2019. I decided to bring it back and feature some more amazing people who run in this crazy world of ROMANCE! Please enjoy & show some love to:
Name: Amber S.
Married (together 8 yrs and married for 4 yrs)
Had my daughter, Mila, at home naturally via water birth with my midwife, doula, and husband. She’s now 3 and SASSY AF!!
I live in the DMV area.
Favorite color is blue
Zodiac sign: LIBRA (born in September)
Favorite season is Fall. I am a scarf collector!!
Traveled to Italy about 2 years ago and I’m still obsessed with how perfect it was. I want to move there so bad!
I work as a Human Resources professional – have been in the field for 10 years now
Graduated with a B.S. in Management Studies. I also have an associate’s degree in Interior Design
Currently I am going to school to become a homeopath
Favorite hobbies: swimming, yoga, photography, reading (DUH ☺), researching, and making my own natural beauty products (i.e. deodorant, body balms, lip balms, face oil blends), and making my own herb tinctures
My favorite stores: WholeFoods, MOMs Market, Trader Joe’s, AMAZON, and Target
I love all types of food especially Thai and Indian. I’m a huge foodie!
I also enjoying cooking and baking!
Logo name? @amberreadsromance
How/Why did you come up with it? I chose the name amberreadsromance just because I found it to be catchy which it still is. I started it because I saw other romance bloggers posting reviews, cover reveals and title releases and I just wanted something else to do. I also thought I’d find great recommendations if I had my own account.
When did you start Bookstagramming? What was the first thing you did? I opened my IG blogging account on May 31, 2019 right after I finished reading Ilsa Madden-Mills’ book the Boyfriend Bargain which is amazing BTW! It’s one of my absolute favorites.
Did you have any help at the beginning or winged it? Straight winged it. ☺
What is your favorite part you would say and why? I love finding/discovering new authors to support and finding different romance troupes.
What platforms do you use? (for things like posts on any of the social media’s? Or at least your favorite ones? That means APP’S & SO FORTH) At the moment, I only use PicsArt if I want to post photos and get the border right. I know there are many other apps and such out there so I can’t wait to see what others are using!
What social media’s are you on? And do you have a favorite? Instagram only from a book blogger perspective.
Do you have any tips and tricks about blogging? (if you’re a blogger) I’m still learning the tricks and tips for bloggers so I’d say it’s all a learning experience and just ask questions if you really want to know something. This community has been awesome and I’ve never encountered a negative interaction with someone.
Have you had any bad/negative experiences on Bookstagram? Not yet! Hoep it stays that way too.
What have you learned from blogging on a public platform like? It’s super fun. I love being an ARC reader for some of my favorite authors! To be able to read a book before the rest of the population is awesome and I’m truly grateful for it. On the other end, it can be stressful at times as I feel like you have to post something at least once a day so if I don’t, that stresses me out a bit lol. I’m probably overthinking it though. It can also be time consuming especially when juggling your real-life obligations LOL. For example, I’m going to school now and at times I know I should be studying but I get sucked into a book that I want or need to finish, so it’s a matter of finding that balance.
Do you have any goals that you haven’t yet been able to get to, concerning your account? Not yet.
What are some highlights or special moments that have happened, concerning your book blogging career? Just seeing some of my favorite authors “like” my posts or even follow me (GAH! ☺). Also, when they quote parts of my review(s) in their editorial reviews! It’s so awesome. It’s like, “Look ma, I made it!” lol. I’m hoping that I’ll make some close friends out of this in the end too.
Do you think Bookstagram is an effective platform to express your opinion on books? I think so as long as people take the time to read about them and not just scroll through.
What do you use camera vise when taking book photography? (if you do photography) N/A
Do you use your own props? Is there a fun or MAGICAL way you set it all up? (loc, props…) N/A
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) I actually don’t have many paperback books. Mine are all ebooks because I like to be able to go to my kindle and pick up where I may have left off. I do want to start purchasing more books this year though-it’s one of my blogger goals!
Do you prefer paper or kindle? Kindle.
Do you know your first paperback/ebook? Hopeless – Colleen Hoover (ebook) and I won a copy of Dirty Letters by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward last November so it’s my first paperback to start my collection.
Do you remember your very first read? Nope. I have a mom brain so I barely remember what I did last week. ☺
What is your current read? 3 at the moment:
- Shacking Up by Helena Hunting Audiobook (I use Scribd.com)
- Dying for Rain by B.B. Easton
- Lock & Key by Cat Porter
What is your least favorite read? Hmmm…I can’t say I really have one at the moment.
How many books have you read so far this year? My goal this year is to read 100 books.
What book are you anticipating most in 2020? Only one?? That’s impossible- I have a lot!
- Angry God by L.J. Shen
- Bury Me with Lies by S.M. Soto
- Silver Mayor by L.B. Dunbar
- Doughn’t Let me Go by Teagan Hunter
- Dear Ava by Ilsa Madden-Mills
- The Guy in the Middle by Kate Stewart
What is it that draws you to a book? (picture, blurb, author..or all?) Picture, Blurb, the fact that they are my favorite author, I’ll support them no matter what.
Do you have a favorite genre you read? And why? Contemporary romance is my favorite just because it’s something I can relate to and it’s fresh. I enjoy almost all the different romance troupes as well. I cannot get into historical romance for some reason and I almost wish I could. Maybe I just need to find a good one to start out with.
What is your favorite part about a story? (the beginning get to know each other, the sexy scenes, the middle right before the peak…) Well the sexy scenes for one is at the top of the list lol but I do enjoy seeing how the story unfolds, how the couple meets because that’s romance in a nut shell. You follow the relationship from beginning to the end (hopefully it’s a HEA) and learn things about the characters. Some books really touch you, as they are so realistic and make you feel that deep connection. That’s when you know you have found a gem!
Now, the real important question -> What is your favorite book & why! One of my favorite books is Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan. This is the book that started it all for me. It is a book about two people are who broken and come together to work through their issues. They are tested and tempted by anything and everyone. You get romance, chemistry, humor, heartache, and pure passion! If someone were to ask me for a recommendation for their first romance book, I’d suggest this one first.
Do you have any magical words for everyone out there?! Life is too short, so have fun and live in the moment!
From Amber: If anyone is interested in my photography, they can visit: https://www.eyeem.com/u/adsoto
That concludes this SPOTLIGHT, hope you enjoyed it and gotten to know you fellow BOOKSTAGRAMMER, I sure have. SHOW HER some love. Thank you for participating!!
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