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Monday, May 23, 2011

Armchair BEA 2011 Let's Get it Started!

This is the first day of the Armchair BEA. I'm so excited and thrilled to be participating. The BEA conference is for book bloggers from the comfort of their favorite chair.  Those of us who aren't able to attend in New York for Book Expo America (BEA) or the Book Blogger Convention, are celebrating with a conference of our own.

The topic today from the Armchair BEA is....introducing yourself to other bloggers. I chose to do mine in interview format.

Who are you and how do you do Armchair BEA? 

I'm Lena. I love reading. I love writing more. But what way to have a medium where I can do both. I blog about just about all things books, reviews and interviews. I love having giveaways and finding book bargains for other readers. To do Armchair BEA, just go to the blog and sign up. Follow the daily discussions and post on other blogs that are participating. It's a great way to network with other blogs.

What is your favorite genre?

My favorite genre to read would be mainstream fiction. I will review just about any form of fiction aside from children's or middle grade. And I never review non-fiction. I am now loving dystopian and mystery novels; an affection I got from visiting other blogs.

Tell us a little about yourself aside from blogging?

I am a writer and a poet. My first contribution in book form debuted May 21, 2011 called "The Poetic Lounge." It is a complilation of 20 poets from around the world. I am thrilled to be apart of it. I also have my own book due this fall titled, "Waiting on Heaven." I am also a wife, mother of five and a political scientist. I love watching C-Span (I'm probably the only one watching but eh).

Tell us an Interesting fact about yourself?  

I own nearly 750 books. So I'm glad I recently got an Ipad to store new books. My favorite app is Flipboard and my favorite games are Jeopardy and Angry Birds (I feel an addiction coming on.)

If you could put a book in anyone's hand, which book would that be?

"Sugar" by Bernice L. McFadden. That book is the first novel I read non-stop as an adult. It made me think, it kept me awake, it fueled my desire to be a writer. It was literally the first time I said, "I wish I had written that." I've since read it a dozen times and bought it half a dozen times to give away as gifts.

Do you have any special meme's or themes?

Yes, I do a Friday's Free Books for Kindle. Every Friday I list books that are free for Kindle, and you don't need an ereader to read them, you can download the Kindle app to your computer or cellphone and still enjoy the free books.

What can we expect from your blog in the future?

Videoblogging is next. I hope to feature my first video blog from Youtube this week. So look out for it. And hopefully continuing the same path of dedication to books, readers and writers, while switching it up occassionally. For example, some Fridays, I may not do a Free Kindle because I have something interesting to post like a giveaway, contest or writing tips. But one thing I don't do is stagnation. I get bored easily, so I have to have fresh ideas and I love it when readers help me decide what to blog about.

What's the best thing about blogging?

Meeting new people. I've met some great bloggers that I've had the pleasure of connecting with. I've yet to meet them in person, but I want to. It's like a sisterhood. I can't go throughout the day without checking my google reader and commenting on their blog. It's the first thing I do every morning and the last thing I do at night. I want them to know, I'm thinking about them and I care about what they have to say and what they have to offer. Blogging is time consuming and it's nice to know the effort put into it has an audience, even if it's an audience of one. It matters.

If you could have dinner with any author, who would it be?

That's a hard question. But I can narrown it down to three. Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou and Terry McMillan.

Below are some photos of me, the first is with some friends from The Alabama Writers Conclave and the other is from a wedding I just attended.

 Please let me know if you are doing the Armchair BEA, so I can stop by your blog. If you are not, then just tell me something about yourself so I can get to know you better.


Also don't forget to check out the current book giveaways. We are giving away three bestselling novels. Click HERE for more details


  1. Hi Lena, oh my the storm here is so bad, my internet connection shut down, back up now but i have to re-write my comment. anyway, thank you again for posting the info. about the armchair BEA, i am enjoying is so far. i shall return!!. i might be cuddle up in a closet if lightning and thunder continues and a neighbor car alarm sounds off with each strong thunder. lol. see you later.

  2. Hi! I am excited to join you in the armchair BEA. I must say: 750 books, WOW! I am impressed, and a little jealous. :)

  3. So nice to meet you- Congratulations on your upcoming book. Look forward to following you and learning more about it. (also, what a beautiful blog header!)

  4. Lena, so nice you found my blog... and I yours! I think you have a wonderful blog.

    Congratulations on being published - that is really nice and hopefully the beginning of more ...

    I would love to enter your giveaways but: are they international? I'm from the Netherlands, which is not next door. :-)

  5. Nice to meet you, Lena and thanks for commenting on my site. I don't often review any mainstream adult literature on my site, but I'm definitely into YA dystopian novels, so maybe you can find some other new ones through my site. :)

  6. Congratulations on your upcoming book! I love that you have a feature about on free books for the kindle. I recently got one and have been hearing about these free books, but I haven't had a clue as to figure out which ones are free.
    I hope you have a fun week. Happy Armchair BEA! :)


  7. Nice to meet you Lena and thanks for a visit - a lovely intro post, I find it difficult to write so much about myself, I prefer books! And hello from a new follower!

  8. Excited to meet you and thanks for your comment on my blog. I love Flipboard on my iPad too, when I can get it away from my son's devotion to Angry Birds. :) Congratulations on the upcoming book.

  9. Nice to meet you, Lena! I'm so glad you stopped by today and thanks for following (I followed you back). A fellow Michigander too! I'm from Midland. What part are you from? It is going to be a great week! See you around. =O)

  10. Hi Lena, it is a pleasure to meet you. I love your header. Also I great appreciate you stopping by my blog. I can see you have embraced the ebook, something I still need to do. Hope you enjoy all the Armchair BEA activities.

  11. Hi everyone! So nice to meet you all. I am delighted to have new followers. I love blogging and I love commenting too. So welcome and I can't wait to stay connected to each and every one of you.

    @ Sidne...I'm glad you're safe. Forget the internet connection...find some shelter. Although I can't talk myself, I was on FB as a tornado huddled over my house. What else was there to do crammed inside a bathroom...pray and facebook. :-) Stay safe Sidne.

    @ Robyn...yes...which is how I got the ipad..hubby said no more more bookshelves. Nice trade I suppose. But I still love the feel of a book in hand.

    @ bookspersonally....I am so glad to meet and thank you for the congrats and for my header. I love it too...I think it fits me.

    @leeswammes....thank you kindly. And yes the book giveaway is open to international commenters as well. I have sent books overseas before. It just may take longer, but still
    please do enter if you like.

    @Melissa, I will definitely take a look, I am look for some new dystopian novels and I want to try some steampunk too. Need some recommendations on that too. Thank you for coming by and joining my blog.

    @ Jehara, you are welcome. I will definitely keep the list updated just for you. If you click the tab at the top there are some books already listed from the past several weeks. I will be updating it this Friday as well. Thanks for coming by and I look forward to staying in touch.

    @Anachronist....Hi! Nice to meet you too. Thank you for following me. I really would like to stay connected and network. How fun. Enjoy the Armchair BEA.

    @BooksnYarn....Thank you for commenting and following my blog. Flipboard is so addictive. And I was in awe at how good my blog looked in Flipboard. Everyone's blog looks good in Flipboard, but when it's your own, you're awe struck. I was in amazement. It's my favorite app. Thank again and please stay in touch as I shall.

    @ Michelle, Hi native neighbor. I from Detroit. Never heard of Midland. It's probably not close to Detroit huh? lol. But I'm glad I found your blog and thank you for taking the time to comment and follow me.

    @jan von Harz....thank you, a pleasure to meet you too. THank you for the compliment. I am enjoying the BEA immensely. I have found some great blogs, including yours. Hope to keep in touch.

  12. Thanks for visiting me at Stiletto Storytime...750's been so long since I counted mine. I am almost afraid to. Love the hat by the way! Us Southern ladies love a nice hat. Have a great time armchairin' this week. So nice to "meet" you!


  13. I'm sure you learned a lot at the Writers' Conclave, but it looks like you also had fun!!

  14. Thank you Stilettostorytime. I do love a great hat. I use to have a collection of them and then somehow friends would borrow and I would never see them again, so I'm going to have to start all over. :-) Thanks for commenting and I love your blog. Use should count them and tell us how many you have. I'm curious now.

    I did Lineofserenity. I had alot of fun. I plan on going again this year. Thank you for commenting too. Happy blogging.

  15. Let's have fun doing Armchair BEA! Thanks for dropping by my blog Lena!

    Brush Up On Your Reading

  16. Thank you SO much for visiting my blog today! 750 books, that's a LOT girl!! lol I'm going to check our your giveaway for The Help! I've been wanting to read it :o) Happy BEA!

  17. Thanks for stopping by Nina. I plan on having lots of fun. Happy BEA bogging. Please keep in touch.

  18. Nice to meet you Mickey. Please do check out the giveaway. I'm happy to have new blogs to visit. Thanks for visiting my blog. I will be sure to visit yours again. Good luck in the giveaway.

  19. Hi Lena - thanks so much for stopping by my site. I read the Hunger Games trilogy earlier this year and loved it! I hope that you enjoy your Armchair BEA week.

  20. Hi Lena! nice to meet you. your blog is so well put together I'm feeling like I need to fix mine up a little. Congrats on your book coming out.

  21. Hi Kristi. I am enjoying BEA. I have been so giddy with meeting new bloggers. I hope to finish Catching Fire soon. I really enjoyed The Hunger Games and can't wait for the movie. Thank you for coming by my blog and commenting. Hope to keep in touch.

  22. Hi there Deegarretson. Thank you for the compliment and for the congrats. Also, thanks also for coming by and commenting. Please keep in touch. :)

  23. I read Sugar last year and really enjoyed it! It was very gripping. I'm planning to reread it this year, because I want to read the next book right after that - This Bitter Earth. Happy armchairing!!

  24. Hi Aths! Welcome to my blog. So glad to see you come by. Looking forward to the reading Shantaram. And you will love This Bitter Earth. Sugar is still my favorite but Bitter Earth is a great sequel. Thanks for coming by and happy BEA week.

  25. Hi Lena! I recently played Angry Birds for the first time...and proceeded to spend an entire hour giggling the entire time.

    On behalf of the Armchair BEA organizers, we hope you have a blast this week!

  26. @Michelle. Angry Birds is so entertaining. I have gotten people hooked after recommending. I'm stuck on level 21 on Poached Eggs. I get frustrated and tell myself I won't play anymore. Then a minute later. I'm sucked in again. Lol. It's addictive. Thanks for coming by Michelle. Looking forward to staying connected. And I enjoy your blog That's What She Reads and the Armchair BEA. Happy BEA week!

  27. Nice to meet you Lena :) I've seen you around but I'm glad for the formal introduction. Glad we are Armchairing it together. (I get to make up words).

  28. Thank you for visiting me blog - nice to meet you. WOW - congrats on the published works! I have just added Sugar to my tbr, thank you.

  29. So nice to 'meet' you!! Thank you for stopping by my blog. I'm now following yours in return!

  30. Lena, you look FIERCE in that photo, love it :) Thanks for stopping by my blog, I've added yours to my Google Reader.

    PS: I miss Alabama! I lived in Georgia for a while and visited a lot.


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