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Welcome to #IndieMonth2017! See how Tamara from Shelf Addiction finds her must-read romances #podcast #giveaway

Welcome to #IndieMonth2017! See how Tamara from Shelf Addiction finds her must-read romances #podcast #giveaway

by davincikittieJune 18, 2017

Welcome to the 2017 IndiePendence Celebration!

#IndieMonth2017 is all about love for independent books, authors, and small press publishers! We have TONS of REALLY AWESOME giveaways (check them out here) that will last all month long. Some giveaways, like Lexi Post’s fabulous offering on this article, are only open for a week. Others span the entire four weeks of the event, across both blogs: GraveTells and my editorial blog, Be sure to check out both blogs (alternating posts each day of the week) to find all your chances to win, and to hear from successful industry professionals and bestselling authors! Quick links:

Each blog features four different themed event weeks, and GraveTells is starting out with Discovery Week: Discover New Favorites. Let’s talk about finding some new book boyfriends right now

Please help me welcome Tamara Ford from Shelf Addiction!

I first met fellow reviewer and podcaster Tamara Ford at this year’s Coastal Magic Convention, where we were both Featured Bloggers. We hung out in my room and relaxed with a glass of wine, and the more we talked, the more I realized how well read Tamara is and how diverse her interests. And she is a veteran podcaster, something I am only just now dipping my toes into. We collaborated on a two-part podcast series (listen below!) and had such a great time, I thought Tamara the perfect guest to open up this year’s Indiependence Celebration. In this interview, she talks about her go-to ways of finding new must-read books.

DaVinciKittie (DVK): What are your top three go-to sources for finding new book recommendations?
Tamara Ford (TF): My top three top sources for finding book recommendations are Goodreads, book blogs and book related podcasts.

DVK: What blogs and podcasts stand out as excellent resources for book recommendations for romance readers?
TF: I think that podcasts are my absolute favorite source for finding great book recommendations! Wanting to share my love of books is what motivated me to start the Shelf Addiction podcast. There are lots of readers listening and they are looking for great books, including myself. When it comes to recommending podcasts other than my own (which is currently featuring a paranormal romance read-along), I listen to TONS of podcasts, so I was happy to narrow the list down to romance genre specific ones that I’m currently listening to and enjoying. They are listed in no particular order.

  • Smart Podcast, Trashy Books – That title says all that needs to be said. Romance readers, you don’t want to miss out on this high production podcast.
  • Book Thingo – Readers talk about the books they love, especially in the romance genre.
  • Romance Romp – A podcast that interviews lots of romance authors. A great space to discover new authors and books.
  • Scandal and the Nerd Herd – A very cool group of ladies that chat about romance books and interview romance authors.
  • Author Bonus: SPA Girls – Not only is this podcast fun for readers to get a peek behind the curtain, but it’s a great resource for romance authors as well.

Now onto the book blogs. Check these out, I’m sure you’ll find some wonderful romance reads and listens. They are listed in no particular order.

  • I adore and advocate for audiobooks. I use them during my drive to and from work as well as while working during the day. I can’t read a book at my desk, but I can listen to audiobook. Hot Listens does a great job recommending romance audiobook!
  • Romance Junkies is another great blog source for romance readers.
  • Like to kick up the spice? You’ll want to read reviews on the Dirty Girl Romance blog.
  • This one isn’t a blog, but it’s a list. I have found lots of great books using the Goodreads list system. Not only do readers vote on their favorites by subgenre, but when you look at the list curated by the Goodreads team, you also can see which books are available for giveaway!

Ultimately, most of my list are produced by actual readers that also happen to be podcasters and/or bloggers, which is another big thing for me.

DVK: What qualities or features do you look for in a podcast or book blog when you’re looking for new book recommendations?
TF: Honest and candid reviews, personalities that I like, and reading taste that are in the same wheelhouse of my own are all things that rank high for me when I decide to subscribe to a blog or podcast. Ultimately, most of my list are produced by actual readers that also happen to be podcasters and/or bloggers, which is another big thing for me. If a podcast or blog is run and/or owned by one of the big 5 publishers’, I suspect that the book recommendations aren’t exactly unbiased, instead I consider them more of an ad. So, while those blogs and podcasts are highly polished and entertaining, I don’t rely on them as resources for recommendations.

DVK: I’d like to give Tamara a HUGE hug and thank you for joining us today and sharing so many great resources! <3

About Tamara Ford

Tamara is the creator and host of the Shelf Addiction Podcast and editor of the Shelf Addiction blog. She’s been avidly reading and loving books since childhood. Reviewing books and interviewing authors for the last 5 years.In addition to her love of books and audiobook, she love pop culture, so check out her podcast featuring Book Chat and Pop Culture Sunday episodes!

Listen to the Shelf Addiction Podcast:

Don’t forget to enter BOTH GIVEAWAYS at the bottom of this post!

Listen to our 2-part podcast collaboration!

Our podcast series is themed “Passport for books”. In these two episodes, one hosted on each blogger’s podcast, we talk the most memorable places we’ve been (in books) and the places we’re excited to go (in books) in 2017, and we virtually stamp our digital passports! You should be able to play the episodes directly below, but if not, visit Shelf Addiction’s podcast here (Ep. 1) and DaVinciKittie’s podcast here (Ep. 2) to listen to the episodes.

Episode 1: Past Travels (hosted by Shelf Addiction)

Listen to “Ep 100: Past Travels (Passport for Books) – Part 1 | Book Chat” on Spreaker.

Episode 2: Future Travels (hosted by DaVinciKittie)

Listen to “Sue Brown-Moore’s show” on Spreaker.

Listen to the GraveTells Girls’ Night podcast (click below)


These are open to US & international readers! Leave a comment for Tamara and me on today’s post, then fill out the prize widgets below to enter to win these fantastic prizes! Not sure what to chat about?

  • Do you listen to podcasts? What are your faves?
  • Do you love book blogs? Got any must-reads to share? Link ’em in!

Sponsored by author Lexi Post ($25 Amazon GC + ebook + Venetian Mask!)

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About The Author
Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at
  • Mary McCoy
    June 19, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Thanks to Tamara for all the good info!

  • June 20, 2017 at 9:06 am

    I tried to get into podcasts but I don’t have the attention span with them for some reason. I do (obviously) love book blogs and I love all of the different ways my fellow bloggers contribute to the community. It’s always fun to see who loves the same books or thinks my faves are crap, to find new to me authors, or to just know I’m not the only person who gets crazy passionate about their reading. 😀

    • June 20, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      Girl, you know I’m a crazy passionate reader, too! 😉 Ironically, I don’t listen to that many podcasts myself, but I do enjoy recording them. I think it’s because I just like talking about romance with fellow enthusiasts. There were a few I listened to years ago, and one of them managed to get an on-air interview with Alexander Skarsgard when True Blood was just releasing. They asked him to say “hello, lover” and it was hilarious (in an awkward sort of way hehe).

  • AlyP
    June 20, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    I kinda feel bad that I don’t have patience to listen to podcasts… I love getting book recs from Goodreads friends and I use the lists as well, also, newsletters from authors I love sometimes contain book recs so I usually look them up on goodreads after I get them.

    • June 20, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      Don’t feel bad, Aly! I think people choose the medium that best fits their lives. Tamara and I talked about this before one of our recordings. She’s on the go a lot, commuting to and from work every week day, so she spends a lot of time where she can’t read but can’t do much else either. Listening to podcasts and audiobooks works well for her. I work from home and edit books all day. No way I can do that while listening to anything, especially not spoken words! So while I do like to record podcasts, I don’t often listen to them. I love reading book recommendations though, and GoodReads and blogs (like GraveTells) are a fab source for that. You gotta go with what works for you! Thanks for stopping in and chatting! <3

  • Rita C
    June 27, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Afraid I don’t listen to podcasts either 🙁

  • July 2, 2017 at 1:24 am

    Can;t wait to read “Feel me” , just seen that book and can’t believe i haven’t gotten it yet 😛 Sounds delicious.

    • July 3, 2017 at 12:02 am

      Cecy Robson’s books just kill me. The emotional arc is so strong, and the characters are addicting. Let me know what you think once you’ve read it! <3

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