Thursday, March 5, 2015

Feature and Follow Friday #243

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 ayou 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 - Diane's Book Blog

1. When did you start blogging?

My first blog actually featured my scrapbooking back on June 10, 2007. I haven't scrapbooked in years, but the blog is still up if you want to check it out at A lot of my work was published in various books and magazines.

I started Diane's Book Blog after Toni Aleo offered me my first ARC. My initial post was on June 15, 2013.

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

I love being able to help out all the various authors by promote their work. It makes me feel like I am giving back to them for the gift of their stories.

I also like the opportunity to get to read and review their books. I have ended up enjoying a lot of books I might have not normally read.

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

I primarily blog about Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Mythology, Sport and Rock Romances.

My favorites are shapeshifter/werewolf and anything involving hockey. The occasional shapeshifter/hockey books are always a bonus and yes, there are a few out there.

The age group doesn’t really matter to me; I’ll read anything from middle school to adult.

4. What are your favorite books?

The Harry Potter Series, especially book seven, Toni Aleo’s Assassin Series, Shelly Laurenston Pride Series (it has hockey playing shifters), Chloe Neill Chicagoland Vampires, J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, Gena Showalter Lords of the Underworld Series, Cassandra Clare The Mortal Instruments, Rick Riordan Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus Series, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter, Chronicles of Nick and The League Series.

I’m sure I forgot something. If I’m only allowed to pick one – Harry Potter Book 7.

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

I would say getting to know so many wonderful authors and fellow bloggers. It's nice knowing there are so many people out there that share my passion for reading.

Question of the Week: Do you have any furry friends? Share a picture! - Suggested by Cornerfolds.

Well, I did just post an interview with my dog Snowbird a few weeks ago. But you can never have enough photos of doggies and kitties. So here are my two fur children. Actually, my one fur child. I think my cat would prefer to be thought of as a roommate.

Snowbird - 8 years old. Basset hound/lab. Rescue:

Ahwatukee (aka Tukee or Tookles) - 11 years old. American shorthair. Rescue:

How about you?

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!
Next Week's Question:

Have you come up with any special memes or features on your blog that you'd like people to visit more? - Suggested by Take Me Away.


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  1. OMG they're both so funny! I love animals - they make life so much more amusing!

    Here's my WoW!

  2. Haha!! How cute!!! You can tell they are very loved. (:

    Here's my FF!

  3. How adorable! Pets make our lives better. :)
    My FF

  4. Too cute, pets are so entertaining, sometimes I wonder what I'd do without mine.

  5. So cute. :-) My FF:
    Already following you

  6. Your pets are hilariously cute! Adorable babies!

  7. Cute pets! :) Old follower.

  8. Your pets are so cuuuute!

    My very first FF:

  9. Your furries are adorable!
    Have a great weekend!

    Sugar & Snark

  10. Aww! They're so sweet! Our dogs were rescues too. Though one of them wasn't an "official" rescue, but still my sister inadvertently rescued him from this person who was selling Huskies, but turns out he was only half Husky and when he was a pup he was very malnourished. And I think my sister noticed fleas on him when they picked him up.

    So not a Rescue dog, but a dog who was rescued! And the other dog came from Stray Rescue, so he's an "official" one! The white dog that my sister rescued is now my mom's baby! LOL!

    He has a big attitude too! Guess he thinks he's more Husky than not!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  11. Adorable! Rescues are always the best!
    Old follower :)
    Here's my Follow Friday!

  12. I love your pets. The glasses on your cat are classic. Thanks again for the feature! I'm an old follower.

    Diane @ Diane's Book Blog

  13. I utterly love the picture of your cat, it looks both learned and utterly done at the same time! Snowbird looks adorable as well, I have a massive soft spot for dogs! This is a great topic, I love pets! Thanks for hosting :) I hope you have a great weekend!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  14. They are both adorable. Right now we have 2 cats, but one day and enough room we will add a couple dogs.

  15. I have 2 dogs Mighty Mouse a Chihuahua/yorkinese mix and Rebel a rottweiler/pit bull mix. Mouse is the king and Rebel lets him be King LOL
    Your fur babies are adorable!!

    My FF

    Old follower

  16. Your pets are so cute! Thanks for stopping by! Old follower. Have a great weekend! :)

  17. Your pet are adorable, oh my goodness! Ahwatukee looks so sassy and intelligent with those glasses on! haha.

    I'm an old follower. :)

    Shaunna @ Books Over Bros x

  18. Those are so cute! Already a follower. ;)

  19. I agree. Pictures of pets are always interesting to me. Cute babies! Thanks for visiting.

  20. They are so cute! Thanks for stopping by!

  21. Lool, where did the glasses go :p I bet you read them lots of books.

  22. thanks for this post, keep it up for updating us, i am waiting for ur new article.

    thanks again
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