Indie Spotlight Cindee Bartholowmew

Thank you for this interview!

What do you do when you’re not writing?
I work full time in our family business and I love to camp and bass fish with my husband.

When did you start writing?
In 2014. I had a dream I couldn’t shake. It hung around long enough to become my first novel.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?
I would go to Vegas. It’s the basic setting for my romance series and the weather is perfect.

What is your favorite part of writing Romance?
My favorite part is the love scenes. Writing the detail puts me back in time to when I felt those strong feelings and it’s like reliving them again and again.

What is your least favorite?
My least favorite is writing the villain. I don’t like to have victims, but sometimes it’s necessary. I don’t enjoy putting a character in a bad place. I’m all about happy faces.
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BLOGGER FEATURE: Amy Mathew

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Thank you to the Love Indie Romance group for having me on. Lots of hugs and love to you all!! When writing a short bio for myself I was thing what would you want to know? First thing I thought of was my moniker: The Genre Minx. I created this name for myself because it is a tongue in cheek explanation that I “get around with genres.” I did not want to be a book reviewing blog that was defined by any one genre because I love to read multiple genres. Plus, I thought that it was an interesting name that would grab people’s attention hence The Genre Minx Book Reviews was born.

Why did I start reviewing books? I am a stay at home mother and a bibliophile, can’t help it, I love books. I decided to start reviewing books to carve out that little space in my life that is just for me.  I am a firm believer that women, especially stay at home moms, should always have something that they have for themselves because otherwise they can get lost and try to define themselves only through their marriage or through their children. Then what happens if the marriage ends? What happens when the children go on to lead their adult lives? The woman is left with nothing to define her and becomes lost. It could also be that way for a man but I am chick….so you get a feminine view point 😉.

So, I review books for me and for those interested in what the books I read are about. To help keep me tethered to something that makes me feel like I accomplish goals and I am doing something just for me 😁. I also get to connect with amazing authors, readers, and grow in ways that I never expected. When I write reviews, I try to consider what another reader would be looking to know about the book. I try and point to its strengths and, if any, weaknesses but while not being negative or destructive. I just love it! I am not trying to be the most popular blogger out there (but I won’t say no that either, lol) because honestly, I don’t have more time than I already give. For now, to me, being successful is finding the time to read a book and write a decent review. That is how I am defining success in my crazy, beautiful, blessed adventure that I call my life. Thanks for reading!

Here’s an excerpt from one of Amy’s favourite indie books, Semi-Sane by Isabel Jordan.

Excerpt from Semi-Sane 

Violet couldn’t remember ever feeling anything like this.

She couldn’t touch enough of him at once. Her hands slid greedily up his arms, over his shoulders, up through his hair, and back down again.

Nikolai seemed to be having the same problem when it came to touching her. His hands moved over her like it was his job to make her come with nothing more than his mouth on hers and his hands on her body.

And he apparently loved his job.  

She let out a shocked gasp, quickly followed by a long, embarrassing groan of pleasure, when he grabbed her hips and pulled her into his body so tightly she felt the hard evidence of just how much he loved his job pressed into her stomach.

The wave of need that hit her was so unexpected she fell into him, knocking them off-balance. Nikolai braced his legs to catch them both, all the while never losing his grip on her. He did it so easily, as if she weighed nothing at all.

And that so wasn’t the case.

 

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7 Edits that Make Your Writing More Powerful

As a reader, I’m personally a fan of “punchy” writing with shorter sentences and fewer words – Colleen Hoover and Pepper Winters are two prime examples. On the other hand, I know many writers/readers who actually prefer more “flowery” writing, sooo…

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BLOGGER FEATURE: Cat Imbeault

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This week we are meeting blogger Cat from The Reading Cat!

Just a girl who loved reading so much she decided to start a blog about reading. Once she got a taste of indie romance, she couldn’t get enough!

Here’s an excerpt from one of Cat’s favourite indie books, Skeletons of Us by Anne Malcom

Excerpt from Skeletons of Us 

He pounded his fist against the door with frustration. “Lexie, let me in,” he growled for the hundredth time. There was nothing from the other side of the door. No words or screams that had come out of her like a volcano in the ring. The words that had worked him worse than any opponent had in any ring around the country. They impacted more effectively than any left hook by any angry fighter. They also gave him hope. Anger and hurt drenched her tiny frame, but something else did too. He didn’t miss the way her small hand had cupped his jaw so tenderly and the last words she’d said to him before she’d run. “The world at my feet meant nothing without you by my side.” Those words were the knockout. They had frozen him in place long enough for Lexie to lock herself in the changing rooms of the gym. And because he’d banished everyone from the premises, he couldn’t even find a fucking key. He rested his head against the steel door. “Baby, please,” he called through the metal. He would have shot the fucking thing open if he thought there was any danger of her running outside. This gym was in a fucking dodgy neighborhood. It had shocked the shit out of him when they’d pulled up. It pissed him the fuck off, too. The fact that Lexie frequented neighborhoods like this when a murderous stalker was after her?

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