July 24, 2011

Sunday's Shining Star

I would like to explain how this came to fruition. Hubby and I were having a discussion about the old days, (for the young'ens reading this..a little history lesson) but before the dark age. When Sundays were special and had traditions and rituals. Sunday mornings Church, come home to a big gravy (sauce) cooking on the stove, a big Sunday dinner, then either off to visit relatives/friends or wait for relatives/friends to drop by. We would spend the afternoon sitting around the table, talking, catching up, having coffee, pizza, calzones, etc etc, dessert. And now, how sad, all those traditions are gone. And then I got to thinking, why not have something similar here on my blog. This past year, I have met so many amazing and wonderful people (some I now call friends) through blogging, and how I am in awe of what they do and accomplish. How much respect I have for them, for their honesty, integrity, credibility and so enjoy when a bit of their personality shines through. So every Sunday, here at my place, the coffee will be on, the dessert is on the table and friends will be stopping by. And I will be rolling out the red carpet for my Sunday Shining Star Blogger guest.
I was told when I first found this community of book blogging that "book bloggers were the nicest bloggers there are" and I have never forgotten those words. And over the past year, I have truly met the nicest people. I also believe, even though we live behind a screen, a bit of our personality shines through. That is one of the reasons I am having so much fun with this weekly event, and hoping you are too, because we are getting to know those "nicest bloggers" around and about bloggyland a little bit better.

Last week's trip to India was fun, wasn't it?  Except for the two, which will remain nameless, that complained the whole time about the luggage, complained about how long the flight was, on and on and on....MEN!!!!   We learned a lot about our blogging friend Guatami and she was the perfect host.  This week, with the heat affecting all of us, I thought we would stay by or in my pool, having another cook out and a few frozen drinks.  Unfortunately, we have the same wait staff.....again no names mentioned...just ignore them  lol...Men!!!!

Today, we have another special guest, one I'm sure many will know.   However, I am also sure you are going to find out things that may surprise you.  Today's special guest is YVONNE from SOCRATE'S BOOK REVIEWS

*When and why did you start blogging?
I started in May 2008. I began because I love books and thought this would be a great way to meet others with the same passion for reading that I have.

*How and what made you decide on the name of your blog?
Socrates is the name of one of my cats and it sounded intellectual. LOL

*What would you say is the main content of your blog?
Book reviews of different genres.

*If books, what genres do you mostly read?
Romantic suspense, cozy mysteries, romance, suspense and thrillers.

*How often do you post?
I try to do everyday, but that doesn't always work out. At least 5-6 times a week.

*What are some of the things that you love about blogging?
Meeting new people.

*What are some of the negatives?
Can't think of any negatives. I have had fun doing this.

*Name 1-3 favorite items/postings that you have/do on your blog?
Reviews, author interviews and memes.

*Any advice you would give to new bloggers?
Make the blog it the way that pleases you and make the posts about things that are on your mind.

*What draws you to follow someone's blog?
Interesting topics.

*Do you have any "pet peeves" that other bloggers do?
No, not really. I hate spammers, but they aren't bloggers...they are just people spamming us.

*Would you please share 5-7 things about the person behind the screen so that we get to know the "real" you!!
I love to read (big surprise)

I not only love cats, but I love all animals.

I'm an aspiring author - I completed 4 romance manuscripts but only have rejections to show for my troubles.

I'm a TV addict

I love to collect dolls and teddy bears.

*Any other info you would like to share.
I have a TBR that's way too big for me to finish in this lifetime, but I'm having fun blogging. I've met some great people out there and hope to meet many more in the future.

Yvonne, thank you for being my guest today and allowing us the chance to get to know you better.  I have been following her blog for quite a while, if my memory serves me correctly, from around the time I first went public.  I will admit, I was a bit hesitant at first, because of the name of her blog.  I honestly thought she might be a PhD or college professor of English History/Literature.  True!!  Until one day when I spent some time checking everything out and could let out a breath of relief  lol.  You can see by her answers, as I say in my introduction, book bloggers are the kindest bloggers there are.  No negatives with Yvonne, just positive thoughts.  Even about her tbr list.  She has accepted that it is too large but continues to add to it because she is having fun.  I was so impressed to see her answer that she is an aspiring author and has 4 romance novels.  My wish for you Yvonne, is to have your dream come true.  I am sure that everyone here today would love to read and review your galleys.  A blogger since 2008, an aspiring author, a kind person, a SHINING STAR!!.


gautami tripathy said...

I love to read Yvonne's blog. Her cat photos are great!

She is indeed a shining star...

Marce said...

Hi Yvonne, I enjoy your blog, love the mystery books you read. Fingers crossed for the future of your writing getting published. Your tv addict, blogger and read, how do you have the time :-)

Yvonne said...

Thank you so much, Cheryl! I'm very honored.

Thank you Gautami.

Marce - Thanks, Marce. Time is a huge problem - not enough hours in the day. LOL

bermudaonion said...

I can relate to Yvonne and her TBR pile!!

dollycas aka Lori said...

I love Yvonne and her blog soooooo much!!!! Perfect Shining Star!!

MEN---Can we live without them? I think so!!!!
Until next week!!! Pass me a drink!!!

Nise' said...

So neat to put a face with the blog! Congrats Yvonne, it has been great getting to know more about you and to learn you are a fellow teddy bear collector.

Yvonne said...

Thanks everyone! It has been so much fun getting to know my fellow bloggers.

Bev Hankins said...

Hi, Yvonne! Love your blog and glad Cheryl spotlighted you. It's nice to learn a bit more about you!

Gigi Ann said...

Hi Yvonne, I am so glad to meet you face to face. I love your blog, and always visit it each time I see you have posted something new. I figure you get tired of me and my comments, but probably Cheryl does too, but I just keep coming back to visit anyway. I love the funny little cat pictures you post each day, they are so cute. And I especially enjoy joining in your Cover Art meme each week. I love looking at all the different book cover.

Yvonne said...

Thank you so much, Bev.

Thank you, Gigi Ann. I could never tire of your posts. I love when you comment and so appreciate you taking part in my cover meme. You and I seem to share the same reading tastes quite often.

Jackie said...

I have peeked in at Yvonne's blog and have not stopped by in a while but love that she enjoys every animal as well as is crazy about cats, as am I.

Welcome to the Shining Star Spotlight Yvonne, Cheryl thinks for re-introducing me to her as love her style and laid back blog.

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

Yvonne is one of my favorite book bloggers! Love to learn more about her. We have a love of cats in common and she is a weekly participant in my meme, Cat Thursday.