Welcome to the Feature & Follow


Increase Blog FollowersThe Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work?

The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools — keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) 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! What sets this Hop apart from others, is our Feature. Each week we will showcase a Featured Blogger, from all different genres and areas. Who is our Feature today? Find out below. Just remember it is required, if you participate, to follow our Features and you must follow the hosts (Parajunkee & Alison Can Read) as a courtesy. How do you follow someone? Well, if you have a preference, state it in your #FF post. A lot of blogs are transitioning to WordPress in which they do not have the luxury of GFC, so an RSS subscription is appreciated or if you choose an email subscription. If you don’t have GFC please state in your post how you would like to be followed. All features are chosen randomly to be the feature. They are not chosen by content or name.

 

Our Feature is SS Book Fantatics

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF BOOK BLOGGING?

Before I say which is my favourite part, I must mention that meeting amazing people all over the world, and becoming friends with them has been mind boggling, and beyond my wildest dreams. I also enjoy helping in the promotion of Indie authors and their books, and of course writing reviews. But my favourite part, which goes hand in hand with everything else, is making my posts look pretty by spending a ridiculous amount of time on my graphics such as the banners, headings, buttons etc. I so wish I’d become a graphic designer in my younger days! Am kicking myself for it now, but I do the best I can with what I’ve got. 🙂

WHAT TYPE OF BOOKS DO YOU MAINLY BLOG ABOUT?

I’m very open minded, and enjoy a wide variety of genres with romance and paranormal/romance being at the top of my list. However, I love suspense and thrillers, too. Oh, and horror, and chick lit. In the last year, I’ve had quite a bit of YA, drama, and erotica on my blog. Before FSOG’s, I’d never even noticed how much was around. Now, it’s everywhere I look. I’ve no issues with it at all, as I’ve read a few myself. Mostly though, I promote a lot of authors who write in this genre, but then I promote loads of authors who write in other genres as well. I guess it all balances out in the end.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK?

This one is extremely hard to answer, and one of the #FF’s questions recently was just this. I have quite a few, but I guess I will stick to the one I used for that particular Follow Friday. It’s Lover Unbound by J.R. Ward. It was amazing, as all BDB books were and are. These are books I will re-read till I’m old and grey. I probably won’t be able to see by then as I already have to wear glasses for reading, so I guess people will find me still drinking copious amounts of coffee and listening to audio books! If I were given a second choice, which I know I’m not – but just say, I’d pick Creed by Kristin Ashley. I adore this author, she is freaking amazing, has the most glorious stories to tell, she touches my heart to its core, and if I were given half a chance, I’d fan stalk Ward and Ashley in a heartbeat! All in a good way, mind you.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE BEST THING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU BECAUSE OF BOOK BLOGGING?

Besides meeting amazing people as I mentioned earlier, I got to meet one of my absolute favourite authors from the US. It made my year last year, and every time I think about it, it still makes me all giddy with excitement. Sometimes, I can’t believe I actually did. I’m in South Africa, so for me, this was like winning the lottery! I met (hugged and talked to, heehee) NYT Bestselling author of suspense, Karen Rose. Will never forget this as long as I live.

 

Parajunkee, Urban Fantasy, Blogger Tips

This weeks Activity:

What were some of your favorite picture books as a kid? If you have kids, what are your favorites to read to them?

I was a crazy fan of Mother Goose and I had my mom and dad read that to me incessantly.  I have one daughter and I am not a fan of repetition, lol, so I can’t take repeating favorite picture books over and over again. What I do like reading to her though, are my favorite Young Readers to her…and exploring those fun MG and YR books. I leave the One Fish, Two Fish….repetition to the hubs. It’s all about delegation. I’m sorry, I’ll read Pinkalicious 3 times, but the 4th time, I’m calling in the troops.

 

Parajunkee, Urban Fantasy, Blogger TipsNew Feature! Next weeks question will be an Activity!

Reading Nook Tour: Give us a tour of your favorite reading spots.

Also if you are worried about your followers not knowing how to follow you — here are some great banners that you might use:

RSS GFC email bloglovin

Right Click, Save to your hard drive, upload to your #FF post and link to the “subscribe” link of your choice. RULES To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

    • (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
    • (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
    • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
    • 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 and that they are now following you.
    • If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
    • 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”
    • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
    • 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!