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Once upon a time, we (Joy and Melissa) were talking and realized just how many books we read in a month. WOW! We could tell you exactly how many, but you’d never believe us. Since we are not only serious bookaholics, but also love to talk about the books we read, we thought, “HEY! Let’s share our opinions with everyone else!” And Joyfully Reviewed was born. We are dedicated to presenting honest reviews of the books we read. Just Joy, Melissa, and some of their friends sharing opinions of the books they’ve read. We hope you enjoy your visit to Joyfully Reviewed and find our reviews helpful and informative.
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Amelia has been reading romance novels since the mid-1970s, watching the change from historical to paranormal and loving the trends as they come.
She lives in the south where she’s done a great many things, from working at movie theaters to teaching school. Now she enjoys spending her time reading and writing and pondering what will be the next big thing in the romance world.
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I hated the first romance novel I read, but luckily I gave the genre another chance and now I’m a confirmed romance addict. I enjoy all genres of romance, especially erotic romance. I discovered e-books a few years ago, which opened up a whole new world of wonderful authors and books! When not reading, I am generally pretending to do something constructive or spending time with my husband.
An avid reader, Cheryl can’t remember a time she wasn’t reading. Although she’s drawn to tales a little left of center, romance is her first love. She just can’t resist a happy ending. Cheryl likes her romance hot and maybe a touch kinky. With the discovery of e-books several years back, what was once a hobby quickly became an obsession.
When she’s not reading or trying to find more places to squirrel away books, she’s living on the left coast and having fun with her SO and their very demanding cat. She thinks people who refer to themselves in the third person are big FREAKS!
Hello, my name is Christine and I’m a bookaholic! At least that’s what my family would swear to. I also very much dislike writing about myself. So this little bio won’t be as spectacular as many of our reviews that we have on the site.
I live in my own little space in Florida aka Hurricane Alley. When I don’t have my nose stuck in a book, I split my time being a homemaker (please don’t ask me how often I actually do my housework), wife, mother, grandmother (*gasp* – you’d be surprised how young I am), writer, massage therapist, critique partner, and a variety of other roles that would make my fingers really tired if I actually typed them all out. Oh, and did I mention being an editor for Joyfully Reviewed along with it all?
I prefer romance of most genres and mystery/suspense novels. Just don’t ask me to read a non-fiction or any type of biography – unless I’m doing research and even then it’s a huge headache and I procrastinate horribly. Aren’t you glad you’re not MY editor?
Cynthia’s love affair with the written word has been going strong for a long time now. Although she remains a true and loyal romance slut, she will read anything. Her passion for romance is almost equal to her love of white chocolate and strawberry-mango daiquiris. Most days she can be found putting her English degree to very good use editing and proofreading in the wilds of Canada. When she isn’t reading the latest release from favorite authors (also known as procrastination) she is usually buried beneath a mountain of unfinished projects and barely begun manuscripts.
My name is Emma and I am an voracious reader. My apartment has been taken over by books and my family is attempting to get me onto a couple of reality T.V. shows for hoarders and slightly demented work-a-holics.
I am in my 30s, Canadian born and bred. A sucker for punishment as I live in the Canadian Prairies – even at -50 degree weather. There is always something going on in my life.
I am in the process of finally learning how to drive and cook (trying to avoid the pot hole of after learning how to drive – driving to order more take out).
G Loch has been an avid reader ever since she was a small child. She is a proud bibliophile especially when it pertains to mythology and romance/erotica. Ms. Loch also has a penchant for folk lore and the paranormal partly due to her Haitian heritage and her love of a good story. Given that she is a proud U.S. Army wife, Ms. Loch enjoys reading diversity (i.e. interracial pairings) in her romance as well as major plot lines involving the military. When she does not have her head immersed in a book, Ms. Loch likes to make arts and crafts and is currently pursuing a career in the field of Criminology. She is also an avid dog lover, martial arts fan, Korean/Japanese/Taiwanese soap opera fanatic, and anime lover.
H.C.Paye takes on many roles, including author, graphic designer, student, and now editor. When she’s not working, she’s doing something productive – like looking for more work and opportunities, or entertaining her Twitter followers with her random quips. She wholeheartedly believes life is what you make it, and encourages everyone who will listen to follow their dreams…whatever they might be.
Helgaleena Healingline is the nom de plume of a Reformed Druid of North America living quietly in southern Wisconsin, USA. Besides acting as editor-midwife in chief at an online publisher, she runs a helpline ministry outreach which includes distance Reiki, acupressure, nutrition and other advice, CTFT protocols, and listening.
At Joyfully Reviewed she is a humble comma-checker.
Hello out there,
My name is Jo and I have been reading books for longer than I can even remember. I was an easily bored child and my teenage cousins started to give me books to read so I would stay out of their way. I am now very proud to say I’m a book addict. No, I really don’t want to know if there is a twelve-step program available for this.
I am single and live in western Washington state. My day job, so that I can stay in books, is that of a legal professional. My other hobbies, besides reading, are jewelry and cooking. I started reviewing in April, after answering a notice posted on an author’s site, and I’m very happy to be with Joyfully Reviewed. I love just about all types of romances and look out for new authors besides the ones that I love already. Having a happy ever after at the end of my books, is a requirement for me, along with a solid plot and loveable characters. I always have a book with me everywhere I go and will pull it out to read anywhere I have an extra minute.
There once was a romance reader named Joy
So obsessed with those books was she, oh boy
How can I reach others that are just as hooked
Full of shelves overflowing with all genres of romance books
Online she went, where she found a like minded soul named Melissa
To which Joyfully Reviewed was born
Romance author Kaye Spencer writes steamy romances from her basement hovel in a quiet little neighborhood in extreme southeastern Colorado. She’s been a writer for most of her varied and adventurous life. While Kaye is drawn to the Old West, all romance genres are within her sphere of story crafting. Louis L’Amour westerns and Marty Robbins’ gunfighter ballads are a deep within her soul. She is a self-professed Phantom of the Opera and Arthurian legend fiend. Her favorite book is “The Mists of Avalon” and her favorite movie is “The Princess Bride”. Kaye teaches junior/high school English and journalism (and occasionally history) in a small rural school of 55 students. She also teaches dual-credit college classes: English composition, psychology, sociology, public speaking, and western civilization. Kaye and her husband live in tolerable harmony with each other and their menagerie of pets. Although they’re entirely too young to have grandchildren, Kaye and her husband wouldn’t know what to do without them. Kaye joyfully joined the Joyfully Reviewed family as an editor in June 2011.
Hi! I’m Lisa, a 40ish, more ‘ish than 40 year old housewife, married more than 30 years to an Englishman whom I only knew 3 weeks before he proposed and I smartly accepted. We have three sons (yes, God does have a sense of humor). Depending on the week I’m open to offers of trading them for more books. We have a St. Bernard – Boo, two cats – Riley and Lexie – and 2 parakeets never named. All pets are female, I need as much estrogen as possible around me these days!
I have always loved books, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a book nearby. My grandmother gave me a Victoria Holt book when I was eight and a love affair with romance books began. The Wolf and the Dove, The Flame and the Flower were magic and anything by Johanna Lindsey as well in the early days. Nowadays it’s paranormal, contemporary and erotica that you will find in one of my many stacks. I’m trying to talk my husband into getting me another bookcase (we have 7), but so far no luck. He thinks that I will quit buying and reading if he says “no.” I’m still laughing, are you?
I get jittery when I don’t get the chance to read for a day or two. I just can’t imagine life without books. Honest!
After failing the five-step program for my book addiction, I finally gave up and decided just go with it. Now, 50,000 books later, I read almost anything I can get my hands on. I’m a picky reader, who loves a happy ending and heroes who aren’t cheaters. Married with three children, I love to escape into a book!
Joy and I created Joyfully Reviewed out of our love for romance books of all genres. We’ve had tons of fun sharing our love of reading with everyone one!
Born and bred in Tennessee I love anything to do with art. My passion for reading began at age twelve when my sister gave me “The Ring” by Danielle Steel. Since joining Joyfully Reviewed in 2010 I have expanded my horizons and discovered many different genres that I love! When I’m not reading you can find me photographing my corner of the world.
Joining Joyfully Reviewed in 2005 gave Nannette the opportunity to indulge in her favorite obsession: books. Now she only wishes there were more hours in a day and less laundry to do.
My name is Nellie hailing from the heart beat of Canada, Toronto. I have a BS in Computer Science and I am working on my MBA. I work in the IT industry. I love traveling and have lived in three different continents (AEA). From a very young age my passion has been reading from romance, biographies to science fictions.
Reminiscing over years past, I can’t remember a single moment when a book was not nearby; whether it was romance, mystery or horror. Romance novels have always been and will remain my first love, my addiction and my passion. A couple of years ago, I discovered the sensual wonders of erotica and I haven’t been the same since. I can truly say I am an “erotic addict.” My favorite genres consist of paranormal, contemporary, mystery and suspense.
Besides reading, my other passion is Tae Bo. Four days a week I spend an hour with Billy Blanks working up a sweat. LOL! I’m single, in my 30’s, childless and currently living in Hotlanta – I mean Atlanta, GA.
I’m a Southern gal who loves to lose herself in a good book. I read all genres and love an alpha male, especially if he’s a shifter. In addition to reading, I enjoy baking and knitting.
Our web goddess is shy and likes to stay behind the scene. Personally I think she is afraid of having more work piled on if someone knows she helps here. She is a mother of two active girls, wife, published author, pet owner to three moody cats and a crazy, young dog and oh yeah has a day job to boot. So shhh if you recognize her she is incognito here….
I’m a native Chicagoan who spent a lot of time as a kid reading and making up my own stories (in between riding my bike, pogo stick, and skateboard). Going to the gym is my adult playtime now. Keeps me sane. Yay!
Thanks to my dad and aunt, I’m a big fan of paranormal, sci-fi, horror, and old comics (see: Conan the Barbarian, Vampirella). I’m a big lover of manga/anime and manhwa. Recently single, which means I now have time to indulge myself more!
I’ve been working for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in sales/marketing in a managerial position. We’ve booked everyone from Yo Yo Ma to Sting. My job is really busy but a blessing because I love music so much. Plus, I’m very well taken care of by my team.
I’m SGI Buddhist, and I’m pleased to say my life has taken a wonderful turn ever since I converted.
Favorite shows: “True Blood,” “What Not to Wear,” “Iron Chef,” and “Family Guy”
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite band(s): HIM, Big Bang
Favorite author(s): Tanith Lee, Lilith Saintcrow, Brenna Lyons
I love traveling, cooking (and eating) great food, shopping (whether I spend money or not), live music, the arts, and spending time with family and friends. I’m probably one of the rare people who enjoys doing laundry (including folding). My ultimate plan is to escape the Midwest for good for warmer climes.
Greetings Reader! A little about myself…I own a retail shop which allows me time for my reading fixes, when I’m not in school that is… At 39+ I decided for a career change. So at certain times of the year you may see more from me than at other times. I’ve loved reading since I hit Jr. High and discovered romance. I’ve always loved a good fantasy or sci-fi book. A few years ago now, on a sleepless night, I discovered the M/M genre perusing Amazon for a new download. A few M/M yahoo books groups and author chats later lead me here to Joyfully Reviewed. The reviews you will see from me might be M/F or M/M, but in general I think you’ll find they’re contemporary, fantasy/paranormal or Sci-fi. I love it here at JR and honored to be a part of their wonderful company.
Wishing you pages and pages of bliss!
I’ve always been a sucker for happily ever afters, but it wasn’t until I picked up my first Nora Roberts novel (a 4-in-1 reissue of her Calhoun Women series) at the tender age of twelve that I became a romance novel addict. Thirteen and a half years later, the addiction continues. I love a well-written romance from just about any genre and at any heat level, which is likely why my TBR pile is beginning to resemble the Himalayas.
My firm belief that everyone deserves to have their love story told opened the world of GLBT romance to me, which – given that my TBR pile has doubled since reading my first m/m romance – was probably not conducive to solving the mountain range issue. I’m grateful to be a reviewer for Joyfully Reviewed, as it has fed my addiction and allowed me to write about my favorite topic – books – alongside an energetic, talented, and friendly group of “bunnies.”
My life outside Joyfully Reviewed is terribly ordinary. I’m a recent law school graduate on the job hunt and like to run, write, and create lists and spreadsheets in my free time. For some reason writing these kinds of blurbs makes me feel like I should say something along the lines of I like sunny days spent playing in the park with my dog Rover, but truthfully I prefer gloomy or stormy weather, being out on or near the ocean, and have a mischievous kitten named Roarke (yes, I remain a die-hard Nora Roberts fan).
I can’t even begin to list all my favorite romance novels or authors, as this blurb would get very long very quickly and I’d kick myself later for forgetting people and books. Instead, I’ll end this with my hope that my reviews can lead you to discover at least one new-to-you favorite book or author
My name is Talia Ricci and I love to read. I discovered romance novels in middle school, starting with pilfered Barbara Cartland novels. In high school I got caught reading The Flame and The Flower by Kathleen Woodwiss in World Geography class and had to write a five page paper on Siberia. I can’t tell you the capital of Siberia but I can for sure let you know exactly what I like and dislike about a book!
In real life I am a school teacher as well as a wife and mother. My husband is THE alpha male in my household and I wouldn’t have him any other way. My daughter is going to graduate from college this year but I have two stepchildren and one perfect nephew to keep me busy!
My favorite genres to read include: BDSM, shape-shifters, especially werewolves, vampires, historicals, and ménages. I love finding different authors to read but a few of my favorites include: Lora Leigh, Shelley Bradley/Shayla Black, Violet Summers, Maya Banks, Jasmine Haynes, Lara Adrian, Shiloh Walker, and Deborah Cooke to name a few *wink*
As this is the beginning of my fifth year as a reviewer for JR, I consider myself extremely lucky to be a member of the Joyfully Reviewed family.
Oops, I guess this isn’t the correct place to lose my addiction but to feed it. (he he he) What makes me think I am a bookaholic? Well, 2 things come to mind. 1) My last vacation I worried more about what I was going to take to read than what to wear and 2) I stayed up past 2am one night reading The Distressing Damsel, Book 2 of the Dragon Kin by Shelly Laurenston, thus leaving me with less than 4 hours of sleep to go to work on. But as my family would tell you this is nothing new.
Let’s see…I am *yikes* over 40. I live in the middle of nowhere Maine with my husband and our beagle Mandy. I have worked in the paper industry of Maine for more than 20 years (ask me sometime why I don’t eat low calorie bread). I am a fan of the alpha males, especially those stories about the military, shapeshifters and cowboys. Overall I love to read, quilt, take photos, read, research genealogy, read, watch “Leverage” and the “Deadliest Catch” on TV and did I mention read?
I love to read romance books and enjoy sharing my thoughts on them with anyone who will listen
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