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Friday, October 25, 2013

Romance Ramblings: Welcome Reader/Reviewer Melody May!

For this week's Romance Ramblings, Jerrica and I got the chance to sit down with reader/reviewer Melody May! In addition to our usual ramblings, Melody was nice enough to give us a romance reader's perspective...
...Plus she tells us what will inspire her to try a new author and what made her *almost* throw an audiobook against the wall.

What inspires you to try a new author? And is there anything that makes you want to throw a book (or audiobook) against the wall? 

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  1. I forgot to mention that the particular book had the hero rape the heroine. I might have gone over how many books I read in a month, because the last two months my husband was gone and I was able to read a lot more. Can't sleep when he's gone. It's more like 15-24 books a month.

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    1. Wow! That is still a ton of books, Melody. :)

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    2. Yeah...seriously...that's a LOT of books! lol

      And I totally tossed a book across the room because of that same situation. I was like "WHAAAAAT is happening?!?!" Obsessive, stalker hero who basically rapes the heroine. I read some reviews to see if it ever got better, and a lot of them said it didn't. It has a lot of 5-star reviews, though, and it just makes me wonder what kind of people get off on that?!?!

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    3. What really got me, there's a book 2. When read the book blurb of 2 you it made you think "what the heck". Truly should have stopped at book 1. I also didn't like when the hero kept saying, "You asked for it." Sorry no one asks to be raped in real life or fiction.

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  2. What a fascinating interview, Melody. I'm so intrigued by the fact that you can/do read multiple books at the same time. do you find it hard to fully delve into the characters that way; how do you keep it all straight?!
    And also, you talked about the covers, blurbs, and book price as being important deciding factors in your purchase. What do you see as a fair price point in this current market? Again, fascinating interview!

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    1. That's a great question, Christi! And I'd like to add to it...do you look at books as "You get what you pay for?" Do you think a book at $7.99 is going to be better than a book that's $0.99. Or have you found good, quality books at any/all price points?

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    2. Christi ~ I will spend between $0.99-6.99 for a new to me author. I tend to glance at the 1-2 stars to see if they have valid points before going to 3 and up stars. If the 1-2 stars are just didn't like the story then I will take a chance. Or I will see if they are similar to authors I have read in the past.

      Jerrica ~ I have found some stories that were .99 cents just as good as some of the $7.99 books. I think it a lot has to do with can the author capture my attention.

      Back to the reading 2 books at once. I tend to designate a book a gym book and the other a home book. I also tend to read two different sub-genre's because that helps me keep it straight. Like I will read a paranormal and historical or contemporary with a historical. Sometimes one will capture my attention and I feel the need to finish that book first.

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    3. That's so smart -- gym book/home book!! Love it! And that you do two different genres makes a lot of sense. Trying to keep two Regencies straight would be hard!!

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    4. I have done that. What cracked me up was in both books they had a character that was nuts about flowers. So, it got a bit confusing which cause me to make the rule of different sub-genre. I also will read one book on a kindle, iPad or an actual physical book.

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    5. LOL! Was one of them a Jane Charles book? She's the resident gardener around here.

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    6. No. It was when I starting my blog and both books were being publish in august.

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    7. LOL! That was the same thought I had, Jerr. "I bet one was Jane's." ;)

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    8. I don't think I've written a gardener, have I? I think I should.

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    9. No, but you've had heroines who were into flowers...and one who was allergic to roses, right?? There's always something garden related. lol

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    10. Oh, you are right. I forgot about those - Amy novels - lol. Okay, if you remembered that with your memory problems and I didn't, I think I need to have my brain checked - LOL.

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  3. Fun Ramblings this week. I am so glad you had Melody join you.

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  4. Great interview. I love reading multiple books at the same time. Contemporary with historical, or whatever. Keeps it fresh. sometimes I need a break from the genre. I usually try to read to the end of a book, even if the premise is bad, because I want to know how it ends. But if the writing doesn't engage me, I just can't finish and I go on to the next! Because there is always another book. Tweeted

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