Thursday, April 17, 2014

Feature and Follow Friday #197

Welcome to the Feature & Follow

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The 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? 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.

How To Become a Featured Blog?

We pick our featured blogs randomly each week from the blogs who participated the week before.

Please be sure to feature your e-mail address clearly on your blog. Either on the main blog, on a Contact page, or on an About Me page. If I can't find your email easily, I will choose a different blog to feature.

Our Feature - The Sarcastic Palmtree

1. When did you start blogging?

I started blogging with my son almost a year ago.  We started in July of

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

My favorite part of book blogging is sharing something I love with other
people.  I was quite vocal in promoting the books and authors I loved on
social media.  Becoming a blogger was an excellent fit for me to do that and
get the word out about the books I love on a bigger scale.

3. What type of books do you mainly blog about?

I mainly blog about any type of YA, Fantasy, Contemporary, Sci-fi,
Dystopian you name it.  Occasionally I have a little bit of New Adult as

4. What are your favorite books?

I owe a lot to the Twilight series because it is the one that turned me
into a reader.  When I think of my current favorites, the first one to come
to mind was my favorite read of last year, “Chasing Forever Down” by Nikki
Godwin.  I wonder if I ever would have found that book without being on a
book tour for Nikki so I owe that fantastic discovery to my blogging.  Other
favorites would include Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck, Fablehaven by
Brandon Mull, and anything by Richard Paul Evans or Katie McGarry.

5. What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?

The absolute best thing was the one that was least expected and that was
the relationships I have because of blogging.  I assumed that the blogging
community would have been a lot more competitive. Instead, I have found
helpful, enthusiastic book lovers and authors that I have made lifelong
friendships with and I look forward to making more blogger friends in the

Question of the Week: Spring Break. Where would be your favorite destination spot if you could join the Spring Break festivities?

*First thing:  A reminder that if you want to be chosen as the Feature for #FF, please have your email address somewhere on your blog. I know there are other ways to contact people including Twitter and contact forms, but I've set up my #FF system in such a way that I need an email address. So for better or worse, that's the requirement for now.

I want to go back to Sydney!!!! I loved the beach there. And everything else there. It's autumn now but I'm sure the weather is still pretty nice. I'd also like to go back to Phoenix.

Now for the Follow Fun!

With GFC going the way of the dodo bird for many bloggers, there is no better time to start following blogs via RSS feed. If you use a reader, it would be great if you followed my RSS directly.

Follow on Bloglovin

We have a new button, so update your blogs if you are used to doing this meme!

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow


To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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"
  7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
  8. If you're new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

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  1. A trip to Australia would be a dream come true!

  2. I'd love to go to Sydney and Phoenix! I haven't been to either place, and a beach sounds great right about now!! :)

    My FF @ Donnie Darko Girl

  3. Funny, you would like to come visit Australia and I would love to come to the United States. Maybe one day.

    My FF @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  4. I've never been to Phoenix and think that I've only passed through Sydney briefly :) Both sound like great places I'd like to go to!

    Old Follower
    My FF .
    Zareena @ Books and Books

  5. I would love to visit Sydney as well :D

    My FF

    Jackie @Jackie's Book World

  6. I'd love to go to Sydney someday... :)

    Happy Easter!

    Old follower

    my FF!

    ~Stephanie @ Bookfever

  7. Oh if only it wasn't so far for us Europeans! Would love to visit Australia one day. Don't know anyone there though, so it would have to be a hotel etc.
    My FF post is here

  8. Oh I'd love to go to Australia! It would be one long trip for me though, so I'd try to fit in as many destinations on the way as I could. Maybe one day!

    My FF

  9. I would love to go to Australia. I keep reading books about people in Australia, and I really want to go now, it sounds like fun!

    Happy Friday,
    My F&F
    Whitney@Shooting Stars Reviews

  10. OOoh nice! I'd love to go to Australia myself one day! Would be great if I could meet some of my Aussie authors at the same time too!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  11. Hello! New follower here... you can find my FF post here.

    Hmm I would love to be able to go anywhere tropical and warm with a book and a margarita! Hope you have a great Easter!

  12. Hope you had a great weekend Alison!


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