SPOTLIGHT 2020! Featuring: Gretchen!


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: Gretchen

About:  I grew up in a small town in Iowa with my parents and two younger brothers.  After high school I had one of my favorite jobs to date; working for a small airline.  It was loads of fun, I traveled anywhere and everywhere for free and met some really great people. At the age of 20 I met my now husband on one of those trips and at 21 moved to Southern California with my best friend.  I’ve been married almost 15 years to my wonderful guy and am still enjoying all that is SoCal (and my bestie is married to his friend and lives just a few miles from us!). We have two beautiful children; Eleanor and Grayson.  My love of reading started at a young age. My Oma and Mom were always reading and had full bookshelves I was always going through. I remember finding VC Andrews on Oma’s shelves and being sucked in. My true love of romance started when I found Sandra Brown and Suzanne Brockmann and I devoured everything our library had to offer!


Logo name? @gretareadsromance

How/Why did you come up with it? My name doesn’t shorten well but Greta is one used most often and I read romance.  Not a lot of brain power went into the name just kept it easy.

When did you start Bookstagramming? What was the first thing you did? I owe my bookstagram to Meghan March.  I was chosen as an ARC reader and thought what the hell, let’s give this a try!  That was in July 2019. I got into a monthly photo challenge and it helped to introduce me to others and get started.  I then found PR firms and hope to continue on!

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

What is your favorite part you would say and why? I love all parts of it!  I have absolutely no wish to be a writer but as a reader when I get to help promote I feel like part of the process.  It’s an honor to be given a book before it releases and anything I can do to share how I feel about it is something I enjoy.

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)  I mainly use Instagram however do have a blog that I post on as well.  My reviews are always posted to Goodreads, Amazon and Bookbub.

What social media’s are you on? And do you have a favorite? Instagram would be my favorite.  I do have a personal facebook but do not use it often.

What have you learned from blogging on a public platform like? Only the advice I was given: do what feels best to you and have fun with it!

Do you have any tips and tricks about blogging? (if you’re a blogger) Not so far.  I’ve reached out to a few people with questions and everyone is very helpful (especially you Emina!).

Have you had any bad/negative experiences on Bookstagram?

Do you have any goals that you haven’t yet been able to get to, concerning your account?

What are some highlights or special moments that have happened, concerning your book blogging career? My biggest highlight is receiving the ARC books, especially ones given by the authors themselves.  Makes a girl feel special!

Do you think Bookstagram is an effective platform to express your opinion on books? Yes!  I have found so many new to me authors and book deals. It is an amazing place!

What do you use camera vise when taking book photography? (if you do photography) Just my phone.

Do you use your own props? Is there a fun or MAGICAL way you set it all up? (loc, props…) This year I started making my own flatlay posts.  Attempting a new color scheme every month – we shall see how it goes but so far I really like it!  It’s fun to find items to use as props and arrange it to hopefully get a photo to support a book.


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) That would be scary to count.  Ebooks are the best thing ever but my favorites are owned in paperback as well.

Do you prefer paper or kindle? Kindle, only because it travels better.

Do you know your first paperback/ebook? Had to look this up but my first ebook was Pleasure Unbound: A Demonica Novel by Larissa Ione.

Do you remember your very first read? No idea. 

What is your current read? Just started Dying for Rain by B.B. Easton.  20% in and WOW. If you haven’t read this series you must! 

What is your least favorite read? I don’t have a specific least favorite but there are a few tropes I avoid and I primarily only read romance.  Really though I’ll give anything a shot.

How many books have you read so far this year? 10

What book are you anticipating most in 2020? There are way too many to list! 

What is it that draws you to a book? (picture, blurb, author..or all?) Author (I have a list I would one-click without even knowing what the book is about) for sure.  If I’m just scanning kindle unlimited then a good cover grabs my attention.

Do you have a favorite genre you read? And why? Romance of course and I’m currently hooked on sports romance!

What is your favorite part about a story? (the beginning get to know each other, the sexy scenes, the middle right before the peak…) The part that grips your heart and makes you grab your book or kindle and hold it close to your face as if you can’t devour it fast enough to know what will happen!  Mostly it’s that part where the secret is revealed and hearts are broken and you wonder how it will all be put back together again.

Now, the real important question -> What is your favorite book & why! I could never ever choose just one as it changes all the time but there is one book I’ve read so many times and I really don’t know why.  Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie. It makes me laugh and swoon. Not sure if I read it at a time in my life that just made it stick but I read it at least once a year

Do you have any magical words for everyone out there?! It’s fun – just join in! 

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!!