Interview with Ivy from Book Reader Times and a Giveaway

Filed in Interview , Ivy Posted on April 19, 2010 @ 10:38 am 39 comments

We are very happy to have Ivy here today. She is one of the founders of Book Reader Times and she agreed to answer some of our questions here today. You can find a wonderful giveaway at the end and all I’m saying about it is JM!

The Geeky Lover: Hey Ivy, it so good to have you here today.

Ivy: I would first like to thank Book Lovers Inc for inviting me to their blog! Your blog rocks!

The Geeky Lover: First of all tell us a bit about yourself?

Ivy: Well…What can I tell you about me? I love to read! lol I am case manager for homeless families. I love to read anything with vampires, shifters and magic. Sometimes it’s really hard for me to find the time to read, but I manage. I really like to blog hop and read as many reviews as I can. I also love baking and cake decorating.

The Geeky Lover: A few shorties: Favorite Author? 
Ivy: My favorite author…hmm… I have so many! Sherrilyn Kenyon, Patricia Briggs, J.R. Ward, Karen Marie Moning, Kelley Armstrong, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jeaniene Frost and many more.

The Geeky Lover: Favorite Genre?
Ivy: My favorite genre is Fantasy, but that is not all that I read. I love Paranormal Romance, too!

The Geeky Lover: Favorite Book?
Ivy: At this point I don’t have a favorite book. (It’s too hard to pick just one book) I do have a favorite series and that is the Dark Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

The Geeky Lover: Favorite Movie adaption of a book?
Ivy: I would have to say that my favorite movie adaptation of a book is The Lovely Bones.

The Geeky Lover: Most anticipated book?
Ivy: Most anticipated book… I would have to say it’s Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning.

The Geeky Lover: What are you reading at the moment?
Ivy: I am currently reading Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

The Geeky Lover: How did you get the idea for Book Reader Times?
Ivy: The idea of Book Reader Times came to me one night while I was having dinner with my friends. Every time we went out as a group we would end up talking about the books that we were currently reading. One night I said “We should start a book club” and just like that BRT was started. A book club formed of friends who wanted to share their love for books. We meet once a month in our local Barnes & Noble book store.

The Geeky Lover: Why did you found a forum and not a book blog?
Ivy: The forum was started because we wanted to know the thoughts and opinions of readers from all around the world. We wanted to share information and discuss new books. I can tell you that soon BRT will have a blog. A blog were we will highlight other blogs and direct readers to the great blogs that are already out there.

The Geeky Lover: What do you like best about your forum?

Ivy: I have to say that the one thing I like the best about the forum is the members. They are all so great! We would not be were we are today with out them. I also love reading all the great work that is posted in our Creative Corner. There you can find stories, poems and graphic art work created by our members.

The Geeky Lover: What features do you have?

Ivy: We have many cool features in our forum.
We have a chat room that is open 24-7.

We have a calendar were we can add any special event. Book releases, birthdays, blog events and more.
We have an author section were you can discuss any authors work. If the author you are looking for is not listed we add them to the list.
We have a general section were you can post about anything you want. It does not have to be book related.


Ivy offers a wonderful prize for one lucky commenter. You can win a copy of Lover Mine and a booklight.

All you have to do is leave a comment or ask Ivy a question.

The contest will end on Saturday April 24, 2010.

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  • Blodeuedd April 19, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Hi Ivy πŸ™‚
    I do like your forum, such a nice place.

    Did not know your first love is fantasy, you got anything good to recommend?

    Lover Mine! *wipes away drool*
    I am all in
    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

  • Ivy April 19, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Thanks Blodeuedd!

    I recommend Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews. If you have not read it you should. πŸ™‚

  • Tiger Holland April 19, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Ivy, I'd love to know who your favorite heroes are.

    From Ward, who's your fav bhrother?
    From Kenyon, who's your fav Dark-Hunter?
    From Moning, who's your fav highlander/faery/whatever-the-heck-Barrons is?


  • elaing8 April 19, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Great interview .
    Ivy what's your favorite YA series?

    awesome giveaway,please count me in

  • Stella (Ex Libris) April 19, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I have to admit somehow I missed the whole JR Ward pehonomenon, and just now see it pop up everywhere, so I would like to see what's all the hype about πŸ™‚

    Ivy, I really envy you that you talk about books with your friends, I can't discuss what I read or my love for books with my close friends as either they don't read that much, or we don't read the same kind of books. πŸ™

    Which book/series would you like to see adapted into a movie or a series?

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail DOT com

  • jeanette8042 April 19, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Awesome interview, and I love Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series too!

    Any recommendations for something new to read in the paranormal genre?

    I think the end date of this contest is wrong hahaha

    lilazncutie1215 @

  • Ivy April 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm


    My favorite heroes are….

    Wrath and Zsadist from the BDB

    Acheron and Vane from DH

    Barrons from FS

    (I really do love them all!)

  • Ivy April 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm


    That's a good one… There are so many great YA series out there. I really like the Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead. πŸ™‚

  • Ivy April 19, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    @Stella (Ex Libris)

    I am very lucky to have friends that like the same books I do. I would love to see Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter Series turned into a t.v. series. There is sooo much going on in that series. I love it!

  • Ivy April 19, 2010 at 12:31 pm


    I recommend The Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs. The characters are great. πŸ™‚

  • JenM April 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    There have been so many UF and PNR books from new authors lately. Do you have a particular debut book that you just loved?

  • Ivy April 19, 2010 at 1:34 pm


    I would have to say… "and Falling, Fly" by Skyler White. πŸ™‚

  • Giada M April 19, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Hi Ivy!^O^
    Thank you for this interesting interview! My favorite genre is also fantasy. And I LOVE Historical Fantsy! Do you?
    Thank you for this awesome contest and for making it international!^O^
    Greetings from Italy!

    Giada M.

    fabgiada @

  • Robin K April 19, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Hey Ivy Girl! You are starting a blog to!? That is awesome. I am a member of Book Reader Times, but must admit I have not looked around much. I will definitely need to check out the mentioned chat room!

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  • Kelsey April 19, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I read The Lovely Bones but didn't really see what all the fuss was about. It was good, but not that good. I haven't finished the whole movie though, but from what I've seen it's great!

    Thanks for the interview and giveaway! Count me in.

    krae991 at yahoo dot com

  • Beth April 19, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Great interview. I'll have to go over and check out the forum. Sounds like a great site.
    And thanks for the get giveaway.

  • mariska April 19, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    What a such a great start to meet a bunch of readers around the world. Your book club seems the cozy place for the readers πŸ™‚ I'd better check it out !

    I haven't read any J.R. Ward books, this one sounds GREAT for starter !

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  • CrystalGB April 20, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Hi Ivy. How old were you when you started reading romance? What was the book that hooked you on reading romance?

  • Ivy April 20, 2010 at 11:41 am


    I am not into historical fantasy. What book do you recommend?

    @ Robin K

    Yes! We can't wait! However you will not see many book reviews from us. That is not what we do… We will post reviews and links to other blogs. We want to help promote blogs that are already out there providing readers with great reviews.


    Good question! πŸ™‚ Would you believe me if I told you I don't remember my first romance book? I really don't! lol I do remember the first book that got me into reading as a child. "Charlotte's Web by E.B. White" I love that book! I also do know that I was around 20 years old when I started reading romance. πŸ™‚

  • grumpybybirth April 20, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    This may sound stupid but what is the definition of a fantasy book vs paranormal book?

    I read a few of the authors you listed as your favorites and I was wondering what the distiction is between the types of books.


    grumpybybirth @ gmail

    (sorry first post had alot of spelling errors )

  • Giada M April 20, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I recommend Juliet Marillier's The Sevenwaters Trilogy, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Saint-Germain vampire novels, Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series , Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea series , George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series , Patricia A. McKillip's Riddle-Master trilogy and Mary Stewart's Merlin trilogy .

    Especially the Outlander series. It is very intriguing!

  • Bookie April 20, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    A lot of your favorites are my favs too. I have the first book in Karen Marie Monings fever series in my TBR pile. Have you tried Jim Butcher's Dresden series. It's really good.

    Great giveaway! Gotta love the Brothers. πŸ™‚

    dawnpnr at aol dot com

  • Cherry April 20, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    I used to be a Karen Marie Moning fan too but stopped reading KMM after Bloodfever. I did not like the dark and non-romantic turn the world of the Highlander took. I might pick it up again if the reviews on Shadowfever is favorable… I hope by then that Book Reader Times would have a blog and a review of Shadowfever would be posted. I would like to read your thoughts about it, Iv, seeing that your list of favourite authors parallels mine πŸ™‚

    Re-posted your contest at:


    Cherry Mischievous
    mischivus101-warrior [at] yahoo [dot] com

  • Cortney April 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I loved Karen Marie Moning too and then after Bloodfever it just got weird!

    Love the giveaway, pretty awesome.

    cortiees at gmail dot com


  • joder April 20, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    First of all, thank you ssssoooo much for the great giveaway! I SSSSSOOOOO want this book! I love the Brothers and can't wait for more Qhuinn–he's my fave.

    I'm very intrigued by your day job. It must feel very fulfilling and yet frustrating trying to help when help is hard to find. How did you get into the field and do you see yourself at your job for a long time to come? Also, do any of your co-workers share your love of your favorite reading genres?

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  • Just_Me37 April 20, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    With your favorite authors is everything they write an auto-buy or do you have to like the synopsis?

    If you do auto-buy it and don't like it, do you end up keeping it just to complete your collection?

    Thank you for offering Lover Mine! I am so excited for this novel πŸ™‚

    crazy_canadian_chick37 at hotmail dot com

  • Barbara E. April 20, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Very interesting interview. I follow a lot of blogs, but have never participated in a Forum. I think I'm more of a lurker than a participater, so I guess that's why. This is a great giveaway, thanks.

  • Ivy April 20, 2010 at 6:31 pm


    The authors that I listed above are just a few of my favorites. I have manhy more that I did not list. How can I just pick one? lol…
    I got this from Wikipedia. I hope it helps. πŸ™‚

    Fantasy is a genre that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, and/or setting. Many works within the genre take place on fictional planes or planets where magic is common. Fantasy is generally distinguished from science fiction and horror by the expectation that it steers clear of scientific and macabre themes, respectively, though there is a great deal of overlap between the three (which are subgenres of speculative fiction).

    Paranormal romance novels
    Main article: Paranormal romance
    Paranormal romance is a literary subgenre of the romance novel. A type of speculative fiction, paranormal romance focuses on romance and included elements beyond the range of scientific explanation, blending together themes from the genres of traditional fantasy, science fiction, or horror. Paranormal romance may range from traditional category romances, such as those published by Harlequin Mills & Boon, with a paranormal setting to stories where the main emphasis is on a science fiction or fantasy based plot with a romantic subplot included. Common hallmarks are romantic relationships between humans and vampires, shapeshifters, or fantastical beings (the Fae, Elves, etc.).
    Beyond the more prevalent themes involving vampires, shapeshifters, ghosts, or time travel, paranormal romances can also include books featuring characters with psychic abilities, like telekinesis or telepathy.
    Paranormal romance has its roots in Gothic fiction. Its most recent revival has been spurred by turn of the century technology, e.g. the internet and electronic publishing. Paranormal romances are one of the fastest growing trends in the romance genre

  • Ivy April 20, 2010 at 6:49 pm


    Thanks! I will be adding some my long TBR list. I have heard about the Outlander Series before. πŸ™‚


    I have not read Jim Butcher's Dresden series. I have to check it out. Thanks! πŸ™‚


    I love KMM's fever series! I can't wait to read Shadowfever. :-)Our blog will be up by then.


    My day job can be very stressful at times. I started working in this field at the age of 18. I would volunteer in shelters and other organizations. One thing led to another and I became a case manager at the age of 22 and I have been working at it ever since. . .I don’t think I will ever want to stop doing the work that I do. At the end of the day it’s very rewarding to know that I have helped a family in need. πŸ™‚


    Everything that they write is not an auto-buy. The synopsis has to call me in. However if it's a series I will buy it. Sometimes I have read books that are part of series because I don't want to miss out on anything. There are always one or two books in a series that I don't like but read and keep anyway.

  • misskallie2000 April 20, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Hi Ivy, I really enjoyed your interview. I like to find out the little things about authors and how, when, where, etc they decide to write their books. I would love to win your book so I can read now rather than later.
    When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?
    Thanks for the great giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  • Ivy April 20, 2010 at 7:09 pm


    Im sorry… I am not a writer. I wish! lol… πŸ™‚

  • EVA SB April 21, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Good interview – please count me in.

    What is ,ost important for your enjoyment of a book – characters or plot?

  • Elizabeth April 21, 2010 at 11:01 am

    was Rosemary and Rue a good book I hear great reviews

  • Anonymous April 22, 2010 at 5:48 am


    Love J. R. Ward. Count me in. πŸ™‚

  • Emmagan April 22, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Love the interview! πŸ™‚

    Enter me please.

  • bookaholic April 22, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    I agree with Ivy-I am a big fan of fantasy and paranormal genres too πŸ™‚
    This is my question for Ivy-Do you have a writing ritual?

    Enter me in for the giveaway please πŸ™‚

  • mbreakfield April 23, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Paranormal is my favorite genre, too. Great interview.

  • Ivy April 23, 2010 at 8:18 am

    @EVA SB

    I think that both character and plot are very important. I need to have both. πŸ™‚


    I am still reading Rosemary and Rue. I have been so busy with work and have not been able to read! (I hate when that happens!) I plan on finishing tonight. I can tell you that I really, really like it so far.


    I am not a writter of books. If I have to write an essay or a mini review I like to write in my home office. It has to be quiet…No distractions! It also has to be at night. I can't do it in the day time. I don't know why. lol! πŸ™‚

  • slaunius827 April 24, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    My email is and Ivy, how did you come up with this amazing cover??

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