The Book Vixen was started by Brianna in August of 2009 as an outlet for bookish things. In March of 2012, J9 came on board as an Associate Reviewer to help spread the love of books. Here on The Book Vixen you will find book reviews, Kindle deals & freebies, reading challenges, giveaways and more. We primarily focus on contemporary romance, historical romance, m/m romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense but do not limit ourselves to those genres.
Meet the vixens behind the blog:
Brianna – Head Vixen
My name is Brianna and I’m the Head Vixen here on the blog. I’m a thirty-something wife and mom. I can’t live without my iPad Mini, Twitter, and chocolate. Even though I have a Kindle Touch, I do most of my reading on my iPad. Call me crazy. In terms of reading, I'm more interested in reading for entertainment than in greatness.
Are you a paperback reader or digital reader? Both. I love my ereader but I still love to hold a paperback book and turn real pages from time to time. Plus I love looking at all the pretties on my bookshelves.
Which author is on your auto-buy list? Nicholas Sparks. He writes it, I buy it. I don’t even have to read the blurb.
Who are you favorite authors? In no particular order: Nicholas Sparks, J.R. Ward, Jeaniene Frost, Charlaine Harris, Simone Elkeles, Shiloh Walker, Julie James, Shannon Stacey, Erin McCarthy, Julie Ann Walker, and Jo Davis - just to name a few.
Have you gotten to meet any of them IRL? I went to one of Nicholas Sparks’ speaking engagements in 2010. I got to take a picture with him and he signed my copy of Safe Haven. And I’m going to see him later this month (March 2012)! I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting Candace Bushnell, Lauren Kate, and Maggie Stiefvater.
What are your favorite genres to read? I am loving romantic suspense right now. I also love reading contemporary romance, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, dystopian/post-apocalyptic, and sometimes YA.
What book took you by surprise? How so? Honestly, Twilight. (I know, I know!) I had initially refused to read that book because there were vampires in it. But everyone I knew swore up and down that the book was soooo good so I eventually caved in and read it. And I loved it. Team Edward ba-by!! (Except with the movies, then I’m totally Team Jacob.)
What do you like to do, apart from reading? A side from spending time with the family, I like catching up on my favorite TV shows: Once Upon a Time (this show is da bomb!), Body of Proof (Megan’s new relationship is making her character weak but I’ll see how it goes), and Grey’s Anatomy (even though we’rethisclose to breaking up). I did enjoy watching Pan Am but I think it’s getting canceled. And GCB provides a good laugh.
J9 – Associate Reviewer
"Hold on…let me finish this page first" has been my mantra since childhood. I enjoy reading historical and paranormal romance and rarely read anything other than an ebook. I am a transplant to the Midwest after growing up on the East Coast in New York and Vermont. When not reading, I enjoy eating and running—so I can eat more.
Are you a paperback reader or digital reader? A few years ago I couldn't imagine not holding a book to read; now I can't imagine not holding my digital reader! I love the storage capacity of my digital reader--no more falling piles of books or searching boxes for a favorite I want to re-read. I miss the price of a used paperback but find I can bargain hunt ebooks as well.
Which author(s) is/are on your auto-buy list? Oh so many! J.R. Ward (like every paranormal fan), Gena Showalter, Shannon K. Butcher, Dianne Duvall (new paranormal author), Lisa Klyepas' historicals, to name just a few.
Who are you favorite authors? See above, however, I don't like saying "favorite" because it's like saying what's your favorite sweet treat--ummmm...only ALL of 'em!
Have you gotten to meet any of them IRL? Nope, never been so fortunate, though I'm sort of awkward so I'd probably get all tongue tied and ask what type of pasta is their favorite.
What are your favorite genres to read? Paranormal by far. I love sci-fi of all types and if it's got a sexy romance, all the better! I love well-imagined worlds with cannons of their own I can follow. I think this is why I love paranormal series so much because each book builds on the world the author has created.
What book took you by surprise? How so? I adore finding good debut books. Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians series was like that for me. I picked up the first one, Darkness Dawns, because it was an inexpensive ebook, hoping it was a decent read. I was blown away by the complex and unique world, as well as the mature, sexy and emotional romance. I became an instant fan of Duvall's and CANNOT wait for her to write 20 more books in the series.
What do you like to do, apart from reading? R.U.N! I'm not a speedy runner but I adore running. I try to complete at least two half-marathons (13.1 miles) per year and numerous smaller races. I never place and that's not my goal; I do it for myself and my own sense of accomplishment. And so I don't feel guilty about eating all the time! :)