Monday, November 18, 2013

An Exclusive Interview with Mary @ Buried Under Romance + Giveaway (Thank you, Authors! Thank you, Fellow Readers!)

Meet Mary. She hosts Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition with me and Ki Pha. She is also my daily Facebook chat. I met Mary through Goodreads when I decided to be "more active" there and I got to discover her reviews. Now I am a fan and follower of them.

We both read Historical Romance and Mary has noticed on several occasions how we like the same books but for different reasons -- which has, I think, added a new dimension and perspective to how we read and write about the books we love.

I'm glad we host TBT:HR Edition together and it's one of the highlights of my week to visit her post and then everyone else's posts and just be so delighted by the books we picked for the week.

LStW: What inspired you to review books?
Mary @ Buried Under Romance: Hmm, that’s actually a hard question for me to answer. I think I started reviewing when someone told me that reviewers can receive advance reading copies. LOL. I was always more of a reader than a writer, and I desperately wanted advance copies of books I’ve been wanting to read, so I thought, why not start reviewing? A year later, here I am.

LStW: (Halloween) If you could dress up as any character, real or fictional, who would it be?
Mary: I’d love to dress up as Queen Elizabeth I. There’s something magical in pretending to be England’s famous Virgin Queen, I think.

LStW: (Thanksgiving) As a blogger/reviewer, what are three things that you are most thankful for?
Mary: As a new blogger, I am very thankful for my blogging friends who patiently answered all of my questions (that’s you, Tin!) regarding the how and what of blogging. As a reviewer, I am thankful to the authors who provide feedback on the kinds of reviews they find helpful, and also, to authors to ask me to review their book. It always brings me joy when an author deems me worthy enough to review her book.

LStW: (Christmas) Do you have a favorite thing to gift friends for Christmas?
Mary: My friends like many things, so I found the safest way to satisfy them is to give a giftcard to a shop they frequent.

LStW: (New Year) What's next for Buried Under Romance?
Mary: More reviews, blog tours, interviews, and guest posts. I’m also contacting some authors on my own to arrange for features on my blog, and will also have more giveaways. Stay tuned!

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Mary blogs at Buried Under Romance (, which she describes as a "gathering place for fans of historical romance."

Prior to opening her blog, Mary has been posting her wonderful reviews at Goodreads and at Amazon.

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Even the most proper young lady yearns for adventure. But when the very well bred Miss Sarah Clarke-Townsend impulsively takes the place of her pregnant twin, it puts her own life at risk. If the kidnappers after her sister discover they've abducted Sarah instead, she will surely pay with her life ... Rob Carmichael survived his disastrous family by turning his back on his heritage and becoming a formidable Bow Street Runner with a talent for rescuing damsels in distress. But Sarah is one damsel who is equal to whatever comes. Whether racing across Ireland with her roguish rescuer or throwing herself into his arms, she challenges Rob at every turn.

Read Mary's review of Sometimes a Rogue here.
Read my review of Sometimes a Rogue here.

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It's almost Thanksgiving and this is my way of saying "Thank you" to all the wonderful authors and to all the wonderful romance readers in the world.

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As support for the authors, I'm hosting a giveaway for one copy of Sometimes a Rogue by Mary Jo Putney, which is one of Mary's favorite books for 2013. (Fellow readers, this is a book you'll enjoy. I promise! ^_^)

*This giveaway is via Rafflecopter and is open to International Readers.
*This giveaway will run until November 25.
*One entry per household per IP.
*Rafflecopter will select 1 winner who will receive Sometimes a Rogue by Mary Jo Putney (paperback via The Book Depository or ebook via Kindle or ARe).

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Drop by on Wednesday for the next interview and giveaway. ;-)


  1. Nice interview with Mary! I, also, started reviewing a year ago like Mary! thank you for offering Sometimes a Rogue by Mary Jo Putney! Keep on reviewing Mary!

  2. Great interview, guys :) I was the same as Mary, I wanted to read all of the awesome books I was seeing, so I started my own blog in march. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. I adore all three of you (Tin, Mary, and Ki Pha) Thanks so much for being such avid supporters of historical romance. :-) XO Victoria

  4. Lovely interview. I think you do a wonderful job reviewing, Mary. They are always balanced, and not mean. I tweeted and shared.

  5. Thanks for sharing, Mary. Interesting how things happen sometimes :)

  6. Tin I got these answers by accident first! Hahahahaha
    It was funny because I didn't know what they were for~ ^_^
    It was not on our subject of conversation.
    But she notified me two days later and now I know. ;P

  7. Hi, Cerian! Thank you for commenting! I've been following your blog for a while now, Cerian and I've gone and Liked your Facebook Page and now Follow you on Twitter.

    Hi, Nicole! Could you provide me your blog details? It's always wonderful to discover new bloggers. ^_^

    Hi, Victoria! Thank you so much for the very sweet sentiment! I adore you right back. ^_^

    Hi, Ella! Thank you for dropping by and for sharing this post! I have your debut novel on my TBR! ^_^

    Hi, Lori! Agree!

    And, Kipha, lol~ I'm so happy to be able to feature you both! (Yours is coming soon!)

  8. Loved the post and the review. I’ve been looking forward to reading this book too. Isn’t Mary Jo Putney a great author?

  9. Ceci! If you could collaborate with any other author, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?

  10. @Connie -- yes, she is! I love her books! Can't wait for the next one!

    @Meghan -- great question! Will forward it to Ceci. ^_^



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