Blog name: TBQ’s Book Palace
Blog URL: http://www.tbqsbookpalace.com
Your name: Danielle (TBQ)
What inspired you to blog about romance books? Is there something particular about the books, authors, and/or romance community that convinced you to share your reviews publicly?
Like so many romance readers, I started the blog as a way to be around my tribe. Romance readers in my small town are a bit MIA, so I turned to the internet. I soon stumbled onto a variety of blogs, websites, authors, and readers, falling in love with the romance community and, well, the rest, as they say, is history. Not to get sappy, but honestly I’m thankful every single day that I found my tribe.
You’ve been blogging for 7 years now – can you tell us how the book blogging landscape has changed since you started?
Oh, I’m sure there’s been a lot of changes. Right off hand I can think of an obvious change: authors and publishers focusing more on eARCs, rather than print ARCs. New bloggers now have more access to ARCs in the form of ebooks. When I started the blog, I was reviewing almost entirely books that I bought, with the occasional ARC won from a giveaway on Goodreads or LibraryThing. I didn’t start receiving review copies from publishers somewhat regularly until probably my 2nd or 3rd year. In the last year or so, it’s switched again and a print copy for review is rare for me, it’s almost all e-copies.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned while blogging? Do you have any advice for someone just starting out?
Hm . . . When I learned not to worry about the numbers. It’s not about how many followers you have, or how many comments you get, and stressing over those things will not only drive you crazy, but also take the fun out of blogging.
As to advice, find what works for you and have fun with it. Don’t try to copy others just because they’re “bigger” or “more popular”, it will never end well. And realize that you don’t have to put up a new post every single day; go at your own pace, it’s not a race.
Which review that you recently submitted via NetGalley is your favorite?
Oh, this is so hard to pick! Um, I’ll go with . . . The Girl Next Door by Amy Jo Cousins. I loved Cash and Steph.
How has being a NetGalley member impacted your blogging, access to titles, and reach within the romance community?
I’ve found new authors via NetGalley and books that I may never have noticed otherwise. The number of books I’ve requested, loved, and then bought my own copy of . . . it’s ridiculous (for my debit card, at least!).
Now we’ll switch gears and start our Lightning Round!
Your 2 favorite covers on NetGalley right now:
I’m a total cover whore, so this is also a hard choice! Ryker and The Strongest Steel. I have a thing for abs this week. Okay, I have a thing for abs EVERY week. 🙂
Your favorite snack to eat while reading:
Hardcover, paperback, or ebook?
Can I cheat and just say YES? A book is a book, no matter the format.
It depends; I rarely buy hardcovers, most of my buying lately is ebook, but if I LOVE a book, I’ll buy a paperback copy, too.
I’m going to cheat a bit here, no way can I pick a favorite of all time.
ONE of my favorite reads so far this year is Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson. And the sequel, Focus on Me, is also a fav.
Book you’d like to see on the big screen:
Tiffany Reisz’s Original Sinners series, because that would be such an entertaining movie and I think we all want to see Nora and the crew come to life. So long as they didn’t screw it up, of course. I’d only accept such a movie if Tiffany was in on the script and process.
Your blog in 2 sentences:
All romance, all the time. Gorgeous covers = our weakness.
And to finish off our interview, if you could have coffee (…or something stiffer) with any author, dead or alive, who would it be, and why?
Ack, there are so many wonderful authors I’d love to meet, I’m not sure I can pick just one! But if you’re twisting my arm . . . A.M. Arthur. Besides loving her books (they were my gateway into M/M romance 2 years ago), I adore our Twitter chats and would love to sit down with her in person.
Thanks so much for spending some time with us and answering our questions Danielle! Please make sure to check out TBQ’s Book Palace and stay tuned for our next Blogger Spotlight!
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*Interviewed by Tarah Theoret