Thursday, April 16, 2009

Site Announcement!

Hello Readers,

I'm sure many of you noticed that last month I was absent from the blog. Well, that was because life jumped up and bit me in many ways at one time and something had to be back-burned, unfourtunately, blog updates went first. That said, I'm back now and hope that I can stay on track with my updates in the future.

During my absence, I was able to do a lot of thinking and I decided that I would really like it if I had someone else here posting every now and then to help keep the blog going even when I slow down. I put a lot of thought into it and came up with someone who I think is just great when it comes to putting her thoughts down about the book she reads. This person's name is Hilcia, and I asked her if she would like to post reviews from time to time on the site and she graciously accepted.

Hilcia will be joining me on Musings of a Bibliophile, posting reviews from time to time, and maybe doing a little more in the months to come. Since I really enjoy her reviews, I think that you all will too. As a way to introduce Hilcia to everyone, I thought I would do a mini Q&A. I asked her a few questions about her reading and she answered below.

Hi Hilcia, welcome. First question: What types of genre's do you enjoy reading?

Hello Brie. I’m an eclectic reader. I grew up reading both Literature and Romance, and within those two categories there are not too many genres I don’t enjoy. In Romance, I enjoy reading contemporary, historical, PNR, romance/suspense, erotica, M/M and classic romance. I love Science Fiction and Fantasy, as well as Mythology and Mysteries. I love the traditional style English Literature has to offer and the Real/Magic of Latin American Literature.

Who are your top three favorite authors?

This is a tough question to answer – but if I must, in Romance, at the moment my favorite authors are, Jane Austin, Mary Balogh and Nora Roberts. Jane never changes, the other might.

What book(s) are you reading right now?

I’m reading three books at the moment:
Animal Attractions 2 -- an M/M Anthology that I chose to read for the M/M Romance Challenge
The Secret Wedding by Jo Beverly -- her latest release
Angel Island by Inez Haynes Gillmore -- a 1914 feminist fantasy adventure.

What book or author (or both) have you recommended most over the years?

The authors that I have recommended the most throughout the years have to be Jane Austin and Nora Roberts.

Do you enjoy series reading? If so, what is your favorite series to date.

I do enjoy series reading, although I don’t follow many. I can’t really claim to have ONE favorite series to date. I have favorites within different genres – Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changling in PNR; Dock 5 series by Linnea Sinclair in Sci/Fi Romance are two examples.

What is your favorite book of all time?

I’m still searching for it and doing my best to find it. ☺

This is just a snippet to give everyone a little insight into Hilcia's love of reading. I'm hoping that through her reviews and presence on Musings of a Bibliophile, everyone will get to know her better and enjoy her reviews as much as I do. We happen share a like of some the same genre's, but Hilcia will also be bringing to the blog some genre's that I don't normally read but wouldn't mind trying in the future, like M/M. Anyway, I think I've said enough for now. So, I would like everyone to help me welcome Hilcia to this blog and to the world of blogging.

Welcome Hils!


  1. *Waves like crazy woman*

    Hi Hils ^_^

    What an excellent idea Brie. Now we get two wonderful ladies posting. So a total win/win situation.

  2. I really look forward to reading posts about M/M romance. Welcome Hilcia!

  3. Welcome Hilcia :) Things are going to get interesting I think :)

  4. *Waves back* Hi Leslie!
    Thank you Brie, and thank you all for the welcome. I'm looking forward to having some fun with you all.

  5. Hi Hilcia!!! It's wonderful that you'll be posting your thoughts and reviews I always enjoy reading them. Excellent choice Brie! I look forward to both your musings and postings.

  6. Hey! Welcome Hilcia. It sounds like you read a great variety of stuff! I'm looking forward to reading your reviews. And welcome back to Brie.

  7. Hi Hils!! Hi Brie!!

    I love checking out book sites. I am looking forward to your reviews.

    Today I am also checking out the Washington Post column on a new rewriting of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Zombies have been added. Apparently movie rights are being discussed as we speak.

    My jaw dropped and I chocked on my tea! Now I have to check this out.

    Here is the article.

  8. Thank you for the warm welcome ladies.

    OMG,Fen! Elizabeth, Darcy and Zombies??? I'm glad I wasn't drinking anything when I saw the picture, lol! What are they going to do to poor Austen next?

  9. Hi, Hils! I'm pretty psyched that you decided to go with the reviewing gig!

    Hils writes some very interesting and insightful opinions on books, everyone. :)

    I love that you haven't found your all-time favorite book yet. Tells me we will see some great reviews from you here with such an insatiable reading curiosity!

  10. Welcome again, Hils! So glad you decided to join me. :)

  11. I can't believe they would even consider to reck a masterpiece like Pride and Prejudice with zombies! Always trying to reinvent the wheel! Pity they can't leave a great piece of art alone for a change. Looking forward to read the reviews. I found a site of a new released book that may interest some.

  12. Hi, KMont! You KNOW I'm looking frantically for that one book. The search continues...

    Thank you for having me, Brie.

  13. Hi Hilcia! Best wishes to both you and Brie on your future joint ventures! I'm looking forward to reading your reviews and getting to know you better! :)