All about Tanja


Discover who Tanja is, her top picks over the years 
and a few of her favorite reads & authors!





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A 40 something gal who likes to read a good book, drink a little wine, giggle with her friends and share the laughter of life.



I have been an avid reader since elementary school. Joining every summer reading program held in my small town library. For a girl who grew up primarily in small town USA escape into the world was grated through the pages of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.

They were a great group of friends until I discovered the red covered Silhouette Desire books on the bottom shelf! Oh then I really learned about life! Billionaires, cowboys and executive's Oh MY! Hell I think the covers alone kicked off puberty. *Giggle * Snort*



Thus cementing my love of Mystery Romance! I took a turn into the Horror/Thriller side for awhile. Dean Koontz and Stephen King. But when my husband made mention of my ever growing collection of nightlights I decided to call it quits for awhile.




Then life got busy, baby happened, moved.....A LOT! And I just didn't have time to read like I once did. I was taking on the adventure of life. No longer in small town USA but traveling the world with my little family and seeing the sites. It happens. But then baby got older and started her own reading journey.



Then IT happened! The baby (no longer a baby) says.......... "Mom I know you don't really read much but you need to read this" I know, I know...... Don't hate me for what I am about to say....




I became a FAN GIRL!!!! TWI MOM!!! I know, I know I have no excuses or regrets. Because the baby and I had a shared interest. A topic to discuss, a connection. I then shared it with all my mom friends. We talked and contemplated these books for hours on the phone and over coffee. Then the book finding mission was on! Sookie Stackhouse was loaned to me by the partner in crime K. I learned and shared with her all that was Jeaniene Frost and her Kat and Bones series. It just started flowing from there.



 Now here we are, two gals of a certain age reading books. We talk almost daily sharing insight and new finds. I still Love my mystery romance with a kick of funny. When adding in my horror faze, I pretty much live in the PNR world these days. I am learning to navigate the world of 5 star reviews. Cause let me just say, there are a lot of big reviews for books that have very little punch. I think a lot has to do with the age I am and the place I am in life. Also the age demographic of other reviewers handing out 5 star reviews like it's Halloween and they caught a sale in the candy aisle. So here I am reading a giving my two cents. Hope ya like it and stick around.


Who knows you might even find some book candy! 

~Tanja



Professional Reader
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Books and authors I like/love in no particular order.......
some are repeated within my listings :)  


PN/PNR 


Black Dagger Brotherhood, by J.R. Ward (Review)
Night Huntress, by Jeaniene Frost
Fever, by Karen Marie Moning 
Kate Daniels, by Ilona Andrews (Review)
Immortals After Dark, by Kresley Cole 
Guild Hunter, by Nalini Singh (Review)
Charley Davidson, by Darynda Jones (Review)
Fallen Angels, by J.R. Ward
Vampires in America, by D.B. Reynolds (Review)
Anita Blake, by Vampire Hunter, Laurell K. Hamilton 
Weather Warden, by Rachel Caine (Review)
Soul Stripper by Katana Collins (Review)

Mystery/Thriller/Action

In Death Series, by J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts (Review)
The Val & Kit Mystry Series, by Burgess, Rosalind (Review)
Tracers, by Laura Griffin (Review)
Cut & Run Series, by Abigail Roux (Review)
KGI Series, by Maya Banks (Review)
Weather Wardens, by Rachel Caine (Review)
Soul Stripper by Katana Collins (Review)
Sins & Needles/Shooting Scars by Karina Halle (Review)
Bounty For Love by AJ Williams (Review) 
Kathleen Turner Series by Tiffany Snow (Review)
No Mercy Series by Lea Griffith (Review)
Sins Brothers Series by Rebecca Zanetti (Review)

Funny/Made me Laugh Out Loud

Wallbanger, by Alice Clayton
Stephanie Plum Series, by Janet Evonavich
Charley Davidson, by Darynda Jones (Review)
A Neighbor from Hell, by R.L. Mathewson 
Night Huntress, by Jeaniene Frost
Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren (Review)
Tangled by Emma Chase

Romance

Rock Chick Series, by Kristen Ashley
Dream Man Series, by Kristen Ashley
The Burg Series, by Kristen Ashley
The Mongomery's and The Armstrongs, by Maya Banks (Review)
Inn Boonsboro Trilogy, by Nora Roberts
Louder Than Love by Jessica Topper (Review)
Marked Men Series by Jay Crownover (Review book 1 - Book 2)
Don't Let Go by Sharla Lovelace (Review)
Worth the Fall (The McKinney Brothers #1) by Claudia Connor(Review)

Sexy/Naughty/Erotic

Beautiful Bastard, by Lauren, Christina (Review)
Fifty Shades Trilogy, by E.L. James
Meredith Gentry, by Laurell K. Hamilton
Breathless Series, by Maya Banks (Review)
Unfinished Heros, by Kristen Ashley (Review)
Play by Play Series, by Jaci Burton (Review)
Wild Riders series, by Jaci Burton
Songs of Submission  by C.D. Reiss (Review)




My Guilty Pleasure Reads



Golden Dynasty, by Kristen Ashley
Chaos, by Kristen Ashley (Review)
Fallen too Far, by Abbi Glines (Review)
Cut & Run, by Abigail Roux (Review)
Beautiful Bastard, by Christina Lauren (Review)
Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines (Review)




Young Adult

Twilight, by Stephanie Myers
Darklight, by Darynda Jones (Review)
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
Morganville Vampires, by Rachel Caine
Harry Potter, by JK Rowling
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (Review)



 Wanna know more? 
Check out Tanja's KLover of the month interview



1. What was the first romance novel you ever read? How did it affect you?
It was a Silhouette Desire romance: The Cowboy and the Lady by Diana Palmer. There was just something about that tough rugged guy. I read it so much that I actually stole it from my small hometown library! Unfortunately, through many moves I lost it. Just recently I found it on Amazon, downloaded it to my Kindle and re-read it. Did it pack the same punch? No, but do I feel joy just knowing that I have it again.
2. What's your favorite sub-genre of romance? What do you love about it?
Action/Mystery/PNR – I guess it boils down to liking my characters to have something to do, a common cause, or outcome. It can’t always be just about the inner relationship. I like seeing how they move independently from one another so that when they are together it’s a reprieve, and an excitement shared.
3. Here in the Kensington office, we were talking about our favorite and least favorite romance tropes. For example: Michelle loves the "pretending to be a couple and then falling in love" storylines; Jane can't stand plots about secret babies. What romance tropes do you love to read? Which tropes get on your nerves?
Oh, give me a good enemies-to-lovers story any day! The give and take, push and pull of a good romantic struggle is fabulous! A great example is the In Death Series by J.D. Robb. There’s amazing chemistry and fight. As far as the ones that get on my nerves... I think it has to be anytime a male lead character has to drown his sorrows in other women instead of just taking time to figure things out. I just find it to be weak.
4. What would you say to the romance haters out there?
They just haven’t found the right book. True romance can be found in books not labeled “romance”. It’s all about perspective. A friend once told me that after you have fallen in love with the person you are with in life, i.e. your spouse or significant other, the only way to experience the joys of falling in love again is through literature. I like the feeling of falling, and being that I have already been caught makes it sweeter.
5. When did you start your blog? What made you want to start blogging?
I started KT Book Reviews with my friend and co-blogger a little over two years ago. We are women of a certain age and relied heavily on sites like Goodreads and Amazon to find great reads. We also noticed that there were TONS of five star reviews for books we found to be, in our opinion, not that great. I also noticed that it was more of an age gap in perspective that altered the ratings and opinions. As a woman in her forties with a kid heading to college, my ideal guy will differ from, say, a twenty year old. We just wanted to create a place for that perspective.
6. What's your favorite thing about being a blogger?
The people! Truly, it has been getting to know the people in this little world of book bloggers, authors, and PR peeps. These are friends that I have never met in person, but I talk to regularly. It’s a wonderful community.
7. What has surprised you about your blog? About your readers? What did you find in blogging that you didn't expect?
I think it has to be that my opinion matters. Never in a thousand years would I have thought that my little blurb about a book would make it to print. The first time I went into a bookstore and saw our “KT Book Reviews” highlighted in the first pages of a book, I was floored! I have dedicated a shelf in my book case just for those books. Also, having relationships with authors that I have loved for years was something that I didn’t expect. One author sent us her ARC for an upcoming release it was a full circle kind of moment. I mean, just a few years ago I was in line at Barnes and Noble to get her books, and now I get the opportunity to read her work before it’s even published! I mean, wow. Never would I have thought that blogging would give me that opportunity.
8. Do you do any special or unusual types of posts on your blog? Any particular memes that you participate in? What kinds of blog posts do you find get the most attention?
Well, we are still pretty new to the blogger world and continually trying things out. What we find gets the most attention, though, are posts/reviews of books we really love. Especially when the author gets involved and interacts with us. Because when you put a little something extra into it people feel it and want to share it; as opposed to the typical “copy-paste” posting.
We also have a great time with Flash Friday Giveaways on our Facebook page, when we highlight what we hope are fun and exciting new releases. Usually all the reader has to do is post a fun pic (they tend to be of a hot guy) and they can win. It’s a fun way to kick off the weekend!
9. How do you balance your personal life and your blogging life? How do you make time to read?
I am fortunate enough to work from home and since I’m about to become an “empty nester” in just a few months, it gives me a creative outlet and time to spend in the book community. As far as making time to read… it’s just a part of my daily life. Like breathing. I read on the elliptical, in bed every night, and on my phone when I am waiting in line. It’s a part of me and who I am.
10. Any tips for would-be or aspiring romance bloggers?
Just do it! You don’t have to be perfect. You just have to be you. Someone will value your opinion. Someone will hate it and someone will love it. But take a chance, ask questions. Some of the most helpful and nicest people I have met are bloggers. We have shared goals: to talk about books, to read, and to escape. Sharing your love of books is an awesome thing!
11. Where on the internet can people find you?


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