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Posted by on Jan 12, 2012 in Uncategorized | 14 comments

Beyond the Blog with Books and Things

Welcome to Beyond the Blog, where we’ll not only be featuring some amazing blogs but also the creative people behind them. Today we have an interview with Melissa from Books and Things.  I love that her reviews are honest and helpful and her ever changing pin up girl headers are great.  Let’s get to Melissa’s interview so you can see for yourself why we’re fans (two words, man harem!).

Let’s start with a few blog related questions

Why did you start blogging?
I read a lot of books and felt like I needed to do something other than just reading. Fine… it gave me an excuse to read so much. ;D It also sort of gave me a reason to want more books. ;)

How has your blog changed since you first started it?
I have become less worried about doing it “right” and more about having fun with the review.

What are 3 words that describe your blog?
Odd, fun (I hope), snarky

What is your favorite thing about blogging?
The community! However, it also gets me in trouble when I end up wanting even more books! :D

Who are some of your favorite authors that you discovered because of blogging?
Jennifer Estep was the first author to do a blog post on my blog. I also discovered her by blogging. I won a book of hers and was hooked. Kersten Hamilton, Dianne Duvall, Kristen Painter, Kelly Gay are all so sweet to talk to. I just love meeting people as creative as they are! And to be honest… I could go on for days on the authors I’ve discovered through blogging or because of blogging. I’ve even rediscovered a few!

Let’s get to know the bloggers behind the blog, shall we?

What do you do for a living?
I breathe in and out, try to eat right (don’t always succeed). Hm… I’m sure that is what you were going for, right? ;D

What would your dream job be?
Artist, fun maker… something creative!

Are you a morning person or is coffee a must before you’re able to function?
I was a morning person when I was a kid. I’m now a full on owl (but I can’t convince my dogs of it)! I don’t need coffee to function in the morning (caffeine doesn’t keep me awake, I know, I’m strange…) but I will have a cup to stave off headaches. True story.

It’s noon on Sunday, what are you up to?
Sleeping! Yea right. Dogs won’t let me. *grumble* Hm… I guess that means I’m grumbling about not having sleep. Sounds about right.

What is your favorite gadget?
My laptop, hands down. My fave programs are dropbox (which is free), Calibre and 1Password. All are available for the PC and Mac (no, I’m not affiliated with any of them… lol)

If you could sit down and chat with any author, who would you pick and what would you like to talk about?
Hm… hard question. I’ve had a couple of twitter convos with Jeaniene Frost and she is a hoot. We also have migraines in common. Perhaps we could talk about going to a magician to see if he or she could make Bones a reality for me? Or even KMM. Do the same about Barrons. Hm… yes… I like that idea…

What are 3 books/series you think are must reads for fans of paranormal related genres?
It depends. PNR lovers can be so different than UF fans. Then there are the crossovers. Also fantasy. To me I love them all, so I guess it would be an individual thing for me to recommend it. Not a cop out, but I know people who love PNR, but hate UF and vice versa.

However… I do tend to like the dark PNR/UF combos the best. Those would be like the Elemental Assassin series, Black Dagger Brotherhood, Charlie Madigan series, KMM Fever series, Night Huntress series, Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series, holy cow could I go on. And that is just the adult series I enjoy… Oh and yes, I’m aware it’s way more than 3 but I just can’t stop once I keep going. *sigh*

You just won your dream vacation, all expenses paid. Where are you going?
Everywhere! A trip around the world! Stops in London, Dublin, Italy, Aus, NZ, Galapagos Islands, oh just about anywhere really. :)

Oh, we forgot to mention you get to take your fantasy man with you. So, who are you taking?
OMG! Wait! ONE man?! Can’t I take the man harem? *gives sad face* You DID say fantasy! ;)

Thank you Melissa for taking some time out for us (and introducing us to your man harem). If you want to know even more about Melissa, here’s where you can find her around the web.


About Stephanie G

Stephanie is a Paranormal Haven co-creator & reviewer. She loves coffee, Supernatural, & most importantly, paranormal romance & urban fantasy books. Connect with her on: Facebook - Twitter - Goodreads


  1. MELISSA!!! I love that little honey bee!

    Funny how we have so much in common besides our name, like how she is an artist and I pretend to be creative, and oh, the fact that we are both night owls. Also, I’m all for hunting down that magician!

    Oh, and Melissa, don’t worry about your man harem while your traveling the world….I’ll take care of it for you. I know, it’s gonna be a burden, but that’s what friends do.

  2. Melissa–it just the top of the Awesome Sauce chain! I am not saying that because I have met her, her dogs, and we have squeed over man chest. Nope I am saying it because she is :)

    You can take the whole harem minus any that I choose to keep for myself :)

  3. Thanks ladies! You rock!

    @Missie… *bows to the creative inventor of the man harem* You know I’ll be taking them all with me. They didn’t say no! ;D

    @Felicia…Ah, love those times! ;D You know I keep a close watch on you when you visit the harem. I know you could steal them from me… *sniff* *checks to see if sniffing helps* ;D

  4. That was a great interview! Loved learning more about you…oh and if you ever need a baby sitter for the man harem…I wouldn’t charge you a penney…lol

  5. Oh you and your man harem, keep some of the guys for us too ;)
    *steals some of the harem men*

  6. A nice interview, thanks!

  7. That should be SNARKY in capitals, Melissa! I love your blog and your personality. If you ask me, you’re already a fun maker!

  8. Yeah! I’m traveling with you! And locking all my books up for safe keeping, so you don’t snatch them while I’m gone. ;D lol. And only taking the Nook books, so you can’t steal them while I’m sleeping. LOL!!

    Great interview Melissa!!

  9. Any of the Harem you can’t take along, are more than welcome to stay with me. Great interview!

  10. LOL I guess it seems that everyone wants to sit for me at the harem. Weeeelllll…. you can all be at the harem, but the guys will all be with me! *snort* I wish. LOL

  11. Thank you so much for this interview it was so interesting to know more about Melissa. Because I confess I just love her blog! Always so amazing! And of course Melissa a really nice person who always helps me (because I’m always a little lost lol, so thank you Melissa!!!).I totally agree with your choice fir the series, they are all amazing.