The Authors Strike Back (Part 4) with Seleste DeLaney

Filed in Blogoversary , Giveaways , Interview , Seleste deLaney , The Book Lovers , The Geeky Lover Posted on January 27, 2011 @ 3:00 pm 36 comments
This is the last post in this year Blogoversary (we hope you all enjoyed our 13 days of fun and games) and we are happy to welcome Seleste deLaney. She put much torture effort into this interview. Be sure to answer one of the questions in the comments because this is your last chance to get an extra entry. 

Seleste deLaney: What kind of book have you not read yet (either you haven’t found a good one or it’s a concept you just haven’t seen yet), that you’re dying to read?
Susi – The Geeky Lover: I would really like to read something about Ewan McGregor and myself but not sure the rest of the world would be interested in that. =P
Caroline – The HEA Lover: I haven’t read any adult book with Alternate dimensions.I’d love a romance with heroes going through different dimensions.
Stella – The Latin Lover: I agree Caro, I’ve only read fanfic with alternate universes, they were fun. Easy to understand magic fantasy novels.

Lea – The Danger Lover: *Scratching Head* I have Joss Ware’s entire “Envy Chronicles” here languishing in the stacks. It’s about a post apocalyptic world and I really want to read them this year.
Bea – The Charmed Lover: hmm, not sure. I pretty much read whatever catches my eye.
Larissa – The Crazy Lover:  hmmm Im not really sure either, I think I might have tried a bit of everything… Lea, the Envy Chronicles is pretty cool, check those out =D
Melissa – The Spellbound Lover: I think I’ve read a bit of everything too.. Maybe something along the lines of the show Sliders if anyone remembers it but in book form. I don’t think I’ve come across anything like that. yet
Amanda – The Winged Lover: I agree with Caro and Stella…bring on the dimensionals!
Veronica – The Sexy Lover: The Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh. I have been wanting to read this series for awhile now.
Jackie – The Quirky Lover:  I’d really like to read Palo Alto by James Franco or something by Stephen Fry. I think I’ve tried most genres though.
JoJo – The Cornered Lover: WOW hmmmmmm I don’t think there is any kind that I want to read that I haven’t already.
Has – The Smutty Lover: I am about to glom the rest of the Fever books by Karen Marie Moning and will probably reread the first to refresh my memory. I wanted to wait until all of the books was published so I didn’t have to wait!
Seleste deLaney: What type of things do authors do that either really engage you as a reader/reviewer or really turn you off?
Susi – The Geeky Lover: I love authors who interact with readers but don’t cross the line into TMI. Hate authors who recommend their own books on goodreads.
Caroline – The HEA Lover: Ditto Susi. What turn me off is when an author is being mean/rude to readers on blog/twitter/email. It taints the books irremediably for me.
Stella – The Latin Lover:  Oh I soo agree! It really angers me when an author (I don’t even know) bombards me with reading recommendations of their own books! I love accessible, friendly authors who reach out to fans 🙂
Lea – The Danger Lover: I would echo what the other ladies have said above with respect to Internet interaction with readers.
Bea – The Charmed Lover: Yep, accessible, friendly, polite. Aggressive marketing will turn me off quickly & def go easy on the personal info.
Larissa – The Crazy Lover: Gotta agree with my fellow Book Lovers. I love to interact with authors online, but it gets awkward if he/she starts pushing his/her novel =/
Melissa – The Spellbound Lover: I have to agree with you all as well. It’s awesome when an Author takes time out of their busy day to actually answer your emails.
Amanda – The Winged Lover: I love it when authors are act like real people. They take a bit of time to talk to you, ask you how you are and its not always so they can have something in return.
Veronica – The Sexy Lover: What turns me off is when an author automatically assume you will review their book when they send it your way. Love how they take the time to chat with readers.
Jackie – The Quirky Lover:  I love a quirky bio about the author in their books. I always read the bio.
JoJo – The Cornered Lover: I love it when Authors interact with their fans. Twitter, facebook, interviews. its always nice to know that they are just as down to earth, normal people as the rest of us. :0)
Has – The Smutty Lover: Definitely engage with the readers, I love authors who really interact in a fun and friendly manner, those who are aloof or cold tend me to feel the same.
Seleste deLaney: What, for you, makes a hero/heroine cross the line from quirky to annoying?
Susi – The Geeky Lover: I hate unnecessary repetitions like thinking one thing again and again and again.
Caroline – The HEA Lover: I hate TSTL heroines (Too Stupid To Live). If the heroine keeps making stupid decisions/acting stupidly I want to slap her silly.It irks me!
Stella – The Latin Lover:  Lol Caro! I agree! bimbo stupid heroines anger me so much!! also conceited, too arrogant yet playing it down with forced casualness heroes also push my buttons.
Lea – The Danger Lover: I don’t like needy, whiny heroines, who broach TSTL territory or heroes who are so tortured you just want to shoot them and put them out of their misery.. lol
Bea – The Charmed Lover: I’m totally with Stella & Carol, that will lose me as a reader immediately. Also, alpha males who cross into mean or violent.
Larissa – The Crazy Lover: The repetition thing is definitely annoying. I hate the falsely innocent heroines too, the “woe me” attitude grates on my last nerves.
Melissa – The Spellbound Lover: I agree with you all too. And characters with too much attitude. It’s all good if they eventually stop doing it throughout the book but if it’s that way throughout I tend to really dislike them.
Amanda – The Winged Lover: I hate characters that reckon they’re all that…and they’re not. “Hey I’m so-and-so. I enjoy kicking butt and being awesome. OMG! A bad guy! Quick run away! I hope a hot man saves me!”
Veronica – The Sexy Lover: I hate when the heroine has way too much attitude towards the hero and other characters that you cannot help but want to smack the heck out of them.
Jackie – The Quirky Lover:  A character that is constantly getting herself in trouble yet can’t see that her instincts are bad. Ask for help!
JoJo – The Cornered Lover: one that complains about everything. She acts tough, says shes tough., but is whiny and a wimp. Suck it up women!!!
Has – The Smutty Lover: Heroines who moan and blame others for their own mistakes, especially when its about their love lives or feel they are right and going alone even though they may need help and then make a huge mistake.
Seleste deLaney: What’s more difficult writing the review or choosing the rating? Why?
Susi – The Geeky Lover: Mostly the rating is harder but the writing is tricky too.
Caroline – The HEA Lover: The rating because many bloggers look at the rating first then read the review or not. And ratings are very subjective. I always struggle.
Stella – The Latin Lover: What a tricky question! lol I usually start with picking the rating when I finished the book, though that may vary a bit while I’m writing the review.
Lea – The Danger Lover: It depends on the book, sometime both come together very well, other times I struggle with one or the other..
Bea – The Charmed Lover: I don’t use a rating system, yet. But writing the review is very hard for me. I tend to procrastimane as a result, lol.
Larissa – The Crazy Lover: Writing the review. The rating usually comes pretty easily for me.
Melissa – The Spellbound Lover: Writing the review for sure. With some books it’s a breeze because it has equal parts good and bad but books I really enjoy are harder to write since a reader wants to hear what it is you loved about it and sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint what it is.
Amanda – The Winged Lover: Depends. Most of the time it’s writing but then choosing a rating to match the writing. You can’t slam a book and still give it a 3…
Veronica – The Sexy Lover: Definitely writing the review.
Jackie – The Quirky Lover:  Writing the review for sure. I don’t like to give spoilers at all but sometimes that makes it harder.
JoJo – The Cornered Lover: For me its writing the review. I have so much I would love to say about the books its just getting it down and in words. I can have a million things I wanna say but as soon as I put my pen to paper my mind goes blank! And yes pen, I hand write everything out before I type it. for some reason I seem to write my review better on paper first. Ya I know I’m a dork……..;0)
Has – The Smutty Lover: I dont have any problem with getting a mark for a book although I may decide to change it later by upping it or lowering it a grade.
Seleste deLaney: What’s your favorite literary love triangle?
Susi – The Geeky Lover: Hard question- I loved the one in Tempted by Megan Hart cuz of the complexity but poor Alex. I liked the one in Coming Clean by Inez Kelley.
Caroline – The HEA Lover: I have to be honest I don’t like love triangle ’cause there’s always a looser.And I want to know who to root for. So I often cheat and peek!
Stella – The Latin Lover: Me au contraire, I LOVE love triangles (when they are well done)! I love Martini-Kitty-Christopher in Gini Koch’s Kitty Katt series.
Lea – The Danger Lover:  Three close friends & the guys love the girl, it develops into a friends to lovers menage, or girl picks one of the guys (dicey one, but I like it when it’s a series & guy #2 gets his special girl in the next book). lol
Bea – The Charmed Lover: I’m not a big fan of love triangles but I think that Patty Briggs did an awesome job with Mercy, Adam & Sam. She didn’t drag it out and it was beautifully written.
Larissa – The Crazy Lover: I’m with Caroline… Im not a fan of the triangle… there is always a loser =(
Melissa – The Spellbound Lover: I never used to be a fan of the love triangle but certain Authors can pull it off. Rose, Dimitri and Adrian in The Vampire Academy Series was a good one though.
Amanda – The Winged Lover: I don’t like love triangles because you can always tell whose going to win or lose. It’s a waste of time for me. But I do like the Anyan/Jane/Ryu triangle from the Jane True Series by Nicole Peeler.
Veronica – The Sexy Lover: I Love love triangles. My faves are Martini-Kitty-Christoper by Gini Koch & Karen Chance’s Pritkin/Cassie/Mircea.
Jackie – The Quirky Lover:  Stefan/Damon/Elena from The Vampire Diaries is the only one I can think of right now…
JoJo – The Cornered Lover: All I can say (and I think its the only one I have read) is I loved Stephanie Julians’ Moonlight Menage. All 3 end up together and it works out perfect! But its not unusual in their people.
Has – The Smutty Lover: I am not a huge fan of this trope and in fact I would probably would avoid most books these days unless I know there is a firm choice at the end. But I loved how the Mercy Thompson love triangle played out with Sam and Adam and it was done in a way where there was no forced angst or obstacles.

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  • Estella January 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    A heroine who is TSTL and cannot do anything for herself is very annoying. I will not finish a book with this type heroine.

  • Estella January 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Forgot my email

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  • Reading mind January 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Mmm…i love the way some authors interact through Twitter asnwering fans' questions or just being nice. A few months ago I sent an email to one of my fav author and I got the nicest reply of all! And she's extra nice on Twitter too (She even posted a snippet for me when I twittered her telling my boyfriend broke up with me and I was re.reading her books to feel better).

    Love triangles…I love/hate them. I usually love them when the character I like gets what s/he wants (See Clary and JAce from the TMI) but hate when this doesn't happen (see the vampire academy: I wanted Adrian so badly!)

    aliasgirl AT libero DOT it

  • Cathy M January 27, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I lose patience with a whiny, stupid character that assumes without talking things out, and never stands up for themselves.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  • Blodeuedd January 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I am gonna answer the writing/rating one.

    I do have it very easy writing one, I just sit down and write. Though since I do not take notes I sometimes forget a character name 😉 and must look it up

    But the rating, I hate to rate a book. One book I rate one way, another book another way. I truly do not like it.

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

  • LSUReader January 27, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I absolutely agree on TSTL characters. Ugh. Who wants that in a heroine/hero?

    Regarding types of books I haven't read yet: YA. I know there are a lot of good ones out there, but my TBR pile is just too big to add another genre.

  • Jane January 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I'm not a huge fan of love triangles either. There have been a few books with this theme that I enjoyed, but I usually avoid them.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  • GeishasMom73 January 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I've never read a Steampunk novel. My TBR pile is so huge already that I haven't felt capable of starting a new genre.

    GeishasMom73 on twitter

  • Jeanne M January 27, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I'd love to see a "mature" couple and them showing their sexuality. My husand and I may be in our early 60's but we're sure not dead.

    At least include us once in a while as the parents (or grandparents) of the "main" characters but please for a change show us as active AND atractive and not stooped and barely functioning!

  • Robin K January 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    What type of things do authors do that either really engage you as a reader/reviewer or really turn you off?

    Have an "assistant" answer their emails and fan letters. It is so impersonal and cold. The least they can do is say thanks for writting 🙂

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  • les121 January 27, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I totally agree with Bea for the favorite love triangle question. I love both Adam and Sam, so I was so glad that they both got a HEA.

    drakeLa90 at aol dot com

  • Danielle Gorman January 27, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    What's your favorite literary love triangle? I am not actually a big fan of these. I always either really hate one of the choices or feel really bad for him. I am always left with the last one to get their HEA.

  • BLHmistress January 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    What kind of book have you not read yet (either you haven't found a good one or it's a concept you just haven't seen yet), that you're dying to read? To be honest there isn't much I haven't read that I really want to see.

    What type of things do authors do that either really engage you as a reader/reviewer or really turn you off? I love the interaction with authors now- with the internet they are more accessible and have to say the nicest people to ever talk to or meet.

    What, for you, makes a hero/heroine cross the line from quirky to annoying? I agree with everyone- when they are too whiney or too negative.

    What's more difficult writing the review or choosing the rating? Why?
    I believe for me its the rating , I spend forever thinking did I rate it too low or too high.


  • Angelina Rain January 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Oh boy, we’re opening a can of worms. Oh, what kind of characters annoy me. The gold-digger. I hate being reminded of how rich the guy is. If he has an elevator in his mansion and his own private island, I know he’s not living from paycheck to paycheck. To constantly see the woman think about how much money he has and how much she wants to be his wife because of his money doesn’t make me like her. I’m read a few books like that and hated them.

    As for the triangle. Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. Steph is torn between cop Morelli and bad boy Ranger. Oh, both are soooo hot!

  • Kulsuma January 27, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I definitely find it harder to write a review than rating it. It's hard to get all my thoughts into comprehendible sentences:)


  • Meredith January 27, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    I SO agree with Susi on the quirky to annoying question! The constant repetition through a whole book of something drives me crazy. I recently read one that was "I know he shouldn't turn me on but he does, and I'm going to sleep with him, even though I shouldn't, and even if he is my brother!" THROUGH THE WHOLE BOOK!!!! ACK! yuck! If you want to read it, email it to me, because no one's requesting it on PBS! hahahahaha

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  • Kaetrin January 27, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I don't like martyr heroes/heroines or TSTL ones either. And I don't like heroes who cross the line from sexy and alpha and protective to just plain abusive (some of the HP heroes do that for me).

  • Sheree January 27, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Aside from TSTL heroines, the overly angst-ridden hero is a no-no, too. If he needs that much work in order to be a full partner in a relationship, she's better off with some other guy who isn't so high maintenance.


  • donnas January 27, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    What, for you, makes a hero/heroine cross the line from quirky to annoying?

    When they become too stupid, needy, whiny. Seriously I dont care!!! If the character acts like that than Im done. I read for fun not to get annoyed

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  • lisagk January 27, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    What makes the character annoying? Takes way too long to learn the lesson, jumps to wrong conclusion too many times, or just plain won't let go of that insecurity. Love when authors take time to talk to fans, e-mail fans, respond on message boards.

    Thanks for the giveaways.


  • draconismoi January 28, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Ugh, I can't stand love triangles. Even those that are "done well".

    Granted, I do prefer my UF or SF with minimal romance – so the additional love interest just grates on my nerves. That 3rd person means it will take even longer to finish up the sexual tension and get back to the interesting part.

    cass at feministdracona dot net

  • winnie January 28, 2011 at 2:57 am

    What makes a hero/heroine annoying is if they are being way stubborn for most of the book or just keep making one bad decision after another.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  • Darlyn January 28, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I hate love triangle!It's like the meanest thing happens between the main characters.Even if the story is so good.

    darlyn225 at gmail dot com

  • Tore January 28, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I haven't read any books with 2 female lovers or 2 male lovers. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  • Ina January 28, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I can't wait to read a Steampunk novel – a friend loves them, but I'm not sure if I will like them too.. but I will definitively try one *g*

    I can't believe it's already over – I had a great time reading all those posts!! thanks so much 🙂
    greetings, Ina

  • Sarah January 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Fave love triangle? I just finished Laid Bare by Lauren Dane and loved it!

    smaccall @

  • -petit January 28, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I didn't read any steampunk novels yet, but his genre seems to have really good books, so i would like to read something 🙂

  • Mikki-Manó January 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I think choosing the rating is more difficult, because when I write a review I write down everything that comes to my mind about the book or the film. It's easier to judge than then summarize your thoughts (the pozitive and the negative ones). So I always have trouble with choosing the rating =)

  • Mel January 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I find ratings much harder to do than the writing especially as my choice of rating often change depending on how long ago I read the book. Usually the comments wouldn't change but the ratings will! I take ages to decide on the rating as I feel like I have to justify it more than the comments which are self-explantary! 🙂

    Mel S

  • JenM January 29, 2011 at 1:06 am

    I'd love to read a UF or PNR that features older characters as the leads. Maybe not all the time, but I'm a bit older and sometimes I get so tired of these endless twenty something and early thirty something characters. You can find this occasionally in straight romance, but I can't think of a single one off the top of my head in UF or PNR.

    jen at delux dot com

  • BooksforCompany January 30, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Choosing a ratings is the hardest, with a review you can go on and on about the different factors but at the end of the day most people will look mostly at the rating and you only have a number to describe your feeling. (Great question)
    booksforcompany @

  • JoAnna January 30, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I like love triangles. I usually end up rooting for the underdog who doesn't get the girl. I keep hoping they can just all manage to work it out that they all stay together. Wishful thinking. 🙂

  • natalie23 January 31, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    What's your favorite literary love triangle?
    Karen Chance’s Pritkin/Cassie/Mircea

    I think it's my favourite because all other triangles I always have a character who I want to win( so to speak)but with these characters it keeps changing.
    Pritkins in the lead at the moment though.


  • mbreakfield February 3, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    I find TSTL heroines very annoying.

  • Aleetha February 4, 2011 at 4:27 am

    I find it's irritating with heroins who acts stupidly. Once I made a club which consists of readers who hate one heroin. at gmail dot com
    twitter: @aleetha

  • lindseye February 4, 2011 at 7:49 am

    I dislike a heroine who is worried about liking the hero and aven after getting together she continues to question her decision.

    linze_e at

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