Welcome to Feature & Follow Friday (err Thursday) on Parajunkee.com

If you are new to the #FF fun, Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers. First you leave your name here, then you create a post on your own blog that links back here and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them hi in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!

Now to make this #FF interesting we do a FEATURE blogger. The Feature bloggers are chosen randomly from participants in the Follow Friday or through twitter and blog introductions. If you are interested in becoming a Feature let me know! It is also required to follow the host blog (parajunkee.com) and the Feature blog to participate in the #FF.

Our Feature  – Nicki J Markus

Hello everyone, and thank you, Parajunkee, for giving me the opportunity to come across and feature in your Follow Friday this week.

Let me tell you a little bit more about myself. My name is Nicki and I’m 28 years old. I was born in the UK, but 4 years ago I moved to Australia. I was here backpacking when I met a guy. He asked me out, and within a couple of months we were looking into immigration issues for me to move here. It really was as close as you can get to love at first sight! I’m now a permanent resident in South Australia, and my man and I are getting married later this year! I am a cultural/creative sort and love things like writing, pen palling, languages, travel, music (musicals, opera and classical mainly), theatre, cinema, photography, arts & crafts and history/folklore. Plus, of course, reading!

I actually started my blog to promote my own writing and new releases, but it transformed very quickly into a book blog as well. So now, while I still mention my own writing at times, I also feature many book reviews, author guest posts/interviews and the occasional giveaway. I love the way my blog has evolved as it has given me the chance to get to know a lot of other authors and readers and it is a really fulfilling experience. As a reader, I have very eclectic tastes. In my early teens I was a horror aficionado, in my late teens I read only classics for a while and now, in my late twenties, I have mellowed out into a bit of everything. I tend to avoid chick lit and crime, but otherwise I’ll give anything a go. My main genres of choice at present though are probably literary fiction and paranormal – I love my vampire fix! I adore so many very different books that it is always hard when I am asked to state favourites, but, if pressed, I would say that ones that have always stayed high on my list, throughout my various fads, include: Lord of the Rings (Tolkien), The Divine Comedy (Dante), Les Miserables (Hugo), Eugene Onegin (Pushkin) and Ulysses (Joyce). At present, I am also a big True Blood/Sookie Stackhouse fan! 😉

Q. The magic book fairy pops out of your cereal box and says “you and your favorite character (from a book of course) can switch places!” Who are you going to switch with?

I’m going to have to go with Cat Crawford from the Night Huntress series. For one Cat is kick arse, strong, powerful and smokin’ hot. Then, she has this sexier then Hell man that is ga-ga over her and goes above and beyond to make her happy. And then she has all these super supportive friends that would die for her. And then as an added bonus they have a bit of money and are protected by some of the most powerful vampires on the planet. Now, Cat does have a few problems…but who doesn’t??

P.S. – I have a few giveaways going on now, so why don’t you guys go enter them??? Including the chance to win a Kindle. Look above on the widget above this post for quick links.


Now for the Follow Fun!

To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { Parajunkee.com } and any one else you want to follow on the list
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers – http://www.nickijmarkus.com/
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. LINKY TOOLS IS BACK! I paid for the subscription – finally so now you can add the links to your own post!!! To add the code to your own post click on GET THE CODE here under the list of names.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
  5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
  7. If you’re new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

Happy Follow Friday!

Follow it up with your twitter address if you want to get that one out!