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Feature with Followers [#23]

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Random Quote of the Day: “Be to her virtues very kind. Be to her faults a little blind.” – Matthew Prior

Hello sunshines! ☀ I am back with another Feature with Followers post to showcase yet another beautiful blogger in out community!

For those of you that are new to JBelkBooks, Feature with Followers is a meme created by JBelkBooks (me) in which I will be showcasing one of my AMAZING followers. This gives me an opportunity to really get to know them and give them a chance to get their blogs out there in the community. As always, FWF is open for any bloggers to take part in, so if you are interested in spreading love & kindness for your followers, be sure to try FWF out! (:

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Right-arrow Purple Clip Art ABOUT RAE:  Hi I’m Rae. 23. I live on the east coast of the U.S. and I blog about books and feminism.

Learn more about Rae with our Q&A!

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Feature with Followers [#32]

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Random Quote of the Day: We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.” – Stewart L. Udall 

Hello sunshines!! 🔆 I am so incredibly excited to be sharing today’s post with you! It’s been MONTHS since I’ve posted a Feature with Followers, mostly because I didn’t have time to choose and chat with you guys. However, I am BACK with our first FWF of 2017!

A few things have changed — I am no longer striving to share a Follower every Sunday, but instead just one follower every month. I found that trying to find & interview someone every week was taking a lot of time that I didn’t have, and I didn’t want to refrain from posting FWF all together. But besides that, this is the only new change! (:

For those of you that are new to JBelkBooks, Feature with Followers is a meme created by JBelkBooks (me) in which I will be showcasing one of my AMAZING followers. This gives me an opportunity to really get to know them and give them a chance to get their blogs out there in the community. As always, FWF is open for any bloggers to take part in, so if you are interested in spreading love & kindness for your followers, be sure to try FWF out! (:

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Image result for purple arrow ABOUT SARA:  Hello everyone! My name is Sara and I’m 22 years old and I currently live in Venezuela. I was raised in California and I’ve loved books and reading since I was very young. I started becoming a bigger part of the bookish community in August 2015 and started this blog in August of 2016. I’ve loved my experience in this little corner of the internet and I hope to continue sharing bookish thoughts with all of you for years to come!

Learn more about Sara with our Q&A!

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Feature With Followers [#31]

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Random Fact of the Day: We blink approximately 25 times a minute.

Hello sunshines! 🔆 It’s been SOOO long since I have posted a Feature With Followers and I am completely torn about that! I just haven’t really had time to interview and chat with some followers lately, so I’m grateful I at least got to share ONE with you all today! In case you forgot or you are new to JBelkBooks:

Feature with Followers is a weekly meme created by JBelkBooks (me) in which I will be showcasing one of my AMAZING followers. This gives me an opportunity to really get to know them and give them an opportunity to get their blogs out there in the community. The way I choose my featured follower is Top Secret, so wait for your chance to be featured! [If you think there is someone out there worthy of being showcased that I haven’t shared yet, definitely shoot me something in the comments that provides the blogger’s name and URL, and I will be sure to check them out!!]

I am now accepting requests for YOU to be a Featured Follower in my Feature with Followers posts!! (Yes, YOU, reading this!!) For more details, click HERE.

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ARADHNA @ Open Pages!!

ABOUT ARA:  I go by Ara. I’m a 25 year old who someday hopes to publish a novel, and who is currently losing herself in the worlds created by others. Recently graduated with a degree in Communications and a Masters course in Creative Writing (Screenwriting), I tend to read mostly YA fiction, and occasionally indulge in romance novels. Fairytales are my weaknesses, and I will hardly ever turn away a recommendation for a fantasy novel. I love to bake and read, and I am a huge family person.

CONTINUE READING FOR THE Q&A WITH ARA!

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Feature with Followers [#30]

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Random Fact of the Day: Baby whales grow at an average rate of 10lbs per hour.

Hello sunshines!! I hope everyone had/is having an amazing weekend!! Today I am here to end my weekend with a Feature with Followers post!

Feature with Followers is a weekly meme created by JBelkBooks (me) in which I will be showcasing one of my AMAZING followers. This gives me an opportunity to really get to know them and give them an opportunity to get their blogs out there in the community. The way I choose my featured follower is Top Secret, so wait for your chance to be featured! [If you think there is someone out there worthy of being showcased that I haven’t shared yet, definitely shoot me something in the comments that provides the blogger’s name and URL, and I will be sure to check them out!!]

I am now accepting requests for YOU to be a Featured Follower in my Feature with Followers posts!! (Yes, YOU, reading this!!) For more details, click HERE.

ONE FOLLOWER OF MANY. WHO COULD IT BE?

  • You may know this blogger from her previous blog, Up ‘Til Midnight.
  • She is the host for #yafeministchat
  • She recently posted a review for Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi!

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Kristen @ Kaycee Writes!!

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ABOUT KRISTEN: Hello! My name’s Kristen Carter. I’m a twenty-something college student. I’m studying to be a publicist. Besides that, I love to dabble in anything and everything creative!

CONTINUE READING FOR THE Q&A WITH KRISTEN!

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Feature With Followers [#29]

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Random Fact of the Day: The first alarm clock could only ring at 4 a.m.

Hello sunshines!! It had been SO long since I’ve posted a Feature with Followers post, and must I say, I have missed it SO, SO, much!! I am so incredibly excited to start posting these again since my semi-hiatus, so let’s get to it! 🙂

Feature with Followers is a weekly meme created by JBelkBooks (me) in which I will be showcasing one of my AMAZING followers. This gives me an opportunity to really get to know them and give them an opportunity to get their blogs out there in the community. The way I choose my featured follower is Top Secret, so wait for your chance to be featured! [If you think there is someone out there worthy of being showcased that I haven’t shared yet, definitely shoot me something in the comments that provides the blogger’s name and URL, and I will be sure to check them out!!]

I am now accepting requests for YOU to be a Featured Follower in my Feature with Followers posts!! (Yes, YOU, reading this!!) For more details, click HERE.

WHO’S THIS MONTH’S FIRST FEATURED FOLLOWER?? CAN YOU GUESS?

  • This blogger just announced that she is self-hosting!
  • She thinks that Ninjas Read Too!
  • She recently posted Paperbacks Vs. Hardbacks.

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Hannah @ Stars and Above!!

ABOUT HANNAH: Helloooooo I got extra space here to talk. I’m Hannah, and currently I am 15. I live in England, in a very boring city that has too much light pollution. Notable achievements include eating whole cakes by myself, and breaking bones doing stupid things.

CONTINUE READING FOR THE Q&A WITH HANNAH!

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Feature with Followers [#28]

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Random Fact of the Day: If a lobster loses a claw or an eye, it is able to grow another.

Hello sunshines! How’s everyone’s August going?? 2016 is almost over and  I really can’t believe it. Anyways, since today is Sunday I will be sharing yet another Featured Follower with you all! However, this will be the one and only FWF post of this month — with my hiatus coming up I won’t have time to chat with individuals, but next month I will definitely start up this meme again! 🙂

Feature with Followers is a weekly meme created by JBelkBooks (me) in which I will be showcasing one of my AMAZING followers. This gives me an opportunity to really get to know them and give them an opportunity to get their blogs out there in the community. The way I choose my featured follower is Top Secret, so wait for your chance to be featured! [If you think there is someone out there worthy of being showcased that I haven’t shared yet, definitely shoot me something in the comments that provides the blogger’s name and URL, and I will be sure to check them out!!]

I am now accepting requests for YOU to be a Featured Follower in my Feature with Followers posts!! (Yes, YOU, reading this!!) For more details, click HERE.

IF YOU CAN GUESS TODAY’S FWF, YOU ARE AMAZING. READ THE HINTS!

  • This blogger and I are the same age currently!
  • She has a Dr.Seuss quote in the sub-header of her blog!
  • She recently posted the Summer Reader Book Tag.

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Sabrina @ sabrinamarsibooks!!

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ABOUT SABRINA: Hello! My name is Sabrina Marsi and I’m 15 years old. I’m an America. I love to read, blog, and cook. I have 9 sibling and things can sometimes get crazy. My favorite tv show is Lost. A fact about me is that I lose everything. I wouldn’t be surprised if I lost my head.

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Feature with Followers [#27]

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Random Fact of the Day: A roach can live up to nine days without its head.

Hello sunshines! I am extremely exhausted, but that did not stop me from typing up this week’s Feature with Followers post! Today has been a LOOONGG day, but blogging always makes things better 🙂

Feature with Followers is a weekly meme created by JBelkBooks (me) in which I will be showcasing one of my AMAZING followers. This gives me an opportunity to really get to know them and give them an opportunity to get their blogs out there in the community. The way I choose my featured follower is Top Secret, so wait for your chance to be featured! [If you think there is someone out there worthy of being showcased that I haven’t shared yet, definitely shoot me something in the comments that provides the blogger’s name and URL, and I will be sure to check them out!!]

I am now accepting requests for YOU to be a Featured Follower in my Feature with Followers posts!! (Yes, YOU, reading this!!) For more details, click HERE.

A MALE BLOGGER?!? WHO COULD IT BE?

  • This blogger’s blog theme is very sea green-themed!
  • He recently posted the Book Bug Tag!
  • He is not very “bookly” 😉

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Ryan @ Unbookly!!

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ryan-bada-imageABOUT RYAN: Hey guys! I’m Ryan and I am a male book nerd, uncommonly found around the book community. I love to read and blog (of course) and I am a big fan of Pokemon since I was 3. I am also a big go-getter since I’m trying hard to go to my dream college and become a writer and/or a publisher and to travel around the world like London or Auckland or even Tokyo at some point.

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Feature with Followers [#26]

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Random Fact of the Day: A sneeze can travel as fast as 100 miles per hour.

Hello sunshines! It has definitely been quite some time that I have posted a Feature with Followers, so since today is Sunday I finally have one for you all!

Feature with Followers is a weekly meme created by JBelkBooks (me) in which I will be showcasing one of my AMAZING followers. This gives me an opportunity to really get to know them and give them an opportunity to get their blogs out there in the community. The way I choose my featured follower is Top Secret, so wait for your chance to be featured! [If you think there is someone out there worthy of being showcased that I haven’t shared yet, definitely shoot me something in the comments that provides the blogger’s name and URL, and I will be sure to check them out!!]

I am now accepting requests for YOU to be a Featured Follower in my Feature with Followers posts!! (Yes, YOU, reading this!!) For more details, click HERE.

MY FOLLOWERS ARE AWESOME. WHO’S THIS MONTH’S FIRST FEATURE??

  • These two bloggers are TWINS.
  • They are currently hosting the Book Nook Blog Tours!
  • Currently reading: And I Darken by Kiersten W. & Air Awakens by Elise K.

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Brianna & Angelina @ Fables Library!!

ABOUT BRIANNA & ANGELINA: Angelina and Brianna are twins, identical twins with not so identical super powers! While Angelina is great at reading thrillers and action packed story lines, Brianna is a softy, who reads romances with cute characters and adorable dialogue OR evil Queens, both are good. Other than reading, the duo can be found playing video games, fangirling (it’s a word, trust us) over movies and the latest tv shows or Pinteresting it up. Oh, and they write. A lot.

Both Angelina & Brianna have such good reading tastes — I loved them immediately after reading this xD

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Feature with Followers [#25]

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Random Fact of the Day: It is possible to see a rainbow at night.

Hello sunshines! Today I am back, back again with another FWF post! Before we get started, here’s a little background about FWF (in case this is your first time):

Feature with Followers is a weekly meme created by JBelkBooks (me) in which I will be showcasing one of my AMAZING followers. This gives me an opportunity to really get to know them and give them an opportunity to get their blogs out there in the community. The way I choose my featured follower is Top Secret, so wait for your chance to be featured! [If you think there is someone out there worthy of being showcased that I haven’t shared yet, definitely shoot me something in the comments that provides the blogger’s name and URL, and I will be sure to check them out!!]

I am now accepting requests for YOU to be a Featured Follower in my Feature with Followers posts!! (Yes, YOU, reading this!!) For more details, click HERE.

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED FOLLOWER…CAN YOU GUESS WHO IT IS???

  • This blogger has recently become a good friend
  • “_____ had a little lamb”…answer that nursery rhyme and you’ll have her name!!
  • She recently posted a review for the Wrath and the Dawn!

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Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books!!!

ABOUT MARIE: HI everyone! I’m Marie, 22 (just like the Taylor Swift song…still waiting to feel that way😂), almost with a masters’ degree in writing/communication. I love reading a lot of books and fangirling about them, planning and travelling a lot, eating chocolate. I live in France but my favorite place in the world is London.

Make sure you stay till the end because there is WAY more to share about Marie than this! 😉

Q&A WITH MARIE


ME: When did your blogging journey begin and why did you decide to start?

MARIE: My blogging journey began back at the end of November 2014, and, if I’m being completely honest, I don’t know really how it all started. I just felt like I needed a place on my own, to talk about the books I loved, to share my thoughts on them, and just, to try and write a little bit more, as well, because I missed writing, a lot. I wanted a place that reflected my personality and my reading taste just as much. So, one one evening in November, I started Drizzle & Hurricane Books on a little corner of the internet. It took me a bit of time to know how I was going to do this, and I really, really got into the whole blogging craziness in January 2015.

ME: How’d you come up with the name, ‘Drizzle & Hurricanes Books’?

MARIE: Well, the name is such a hard part, really, and at first I had absolutely NO idea how I would call my blog. I was so scared of getting sick of it after just a few days. It kind of hit me while I was looking at my walls (my walls are filled with pictures and bookish quotes), and I saw that famous John Green one. “If people were rain, I was drizzle, and she was a hurricane”. I liked the idea of getting my name from my favorite book of all times…and I thought, while reading that, that some books really are like drizzle, and others are hurricane, just completely MESSING you up because they are clearly, hurricane entering our lives.

[Ahhhhh, I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!! I was telling Marie all about this when we were chatting, but I freakin’ love John Green and I adore the concept behind her username all together. I wish I would’ve thought of something like that… xD]

ME: You’re walking in a forest and you found a black suitcase. Inside it holds 1 million dollars and a piece of paper stained in blood with a single word “Don’t”. Would you take the suitcase home or leave it? If you take it home, what do you do with the money? If you leave it, why?

MARIE: If I were one of these characters in books and had no fear or be a kind of Katniss Everdeen courageous person, obviously I would take the suitcase home, and I would share the money with my beloved, my family, buy TONS of books and TRAVEL ❤

But, since I am, well…. me, haha, I probably would be way too scared, look at the suitcase for a long time, then take off running because I’d be way too scared 😂😂 (and let’s be honest, my brains would already imagine CRAZY scenarios just by seeing this).
[After this question, Marie and I took a few minutes to talk about crime shows, so that was pretty cool, lol.]
ME: What does your ideal future look like in 15 years? (This can be in regards to career, living space, or everything! Your choice!)
MARIE: I think my ideal future would be to be able to travel, a lot, and talk about books on a daily basis, (hopefully make a career out of it) and write a lot as well. If I’m being honest, I’d make a career out of writing and fangirling about books, kind of like on the EpicReads team or something. As for living, well, I’d want to have the people I love close-by, and a WHOLE ROOM DEDICATED TO BOOKS ❤
[Yaasss, every book nerd’s dream is to have a whole room, house, closet, etc. FULL of books (or is it just us??? Are we crazy??? 😉 )]
ME: Since it is the 6th month of the year, what are 6 things that you cannot possibly live without?
MARIE: I’m going to say, my family, my favorite books, my cellphone (it’s sad, but well), my lucky jewelry I wear everyday, ahah, and, hm…my passport? To get away, ahah 😳😃

and LOVE obviously, family love, friends love, love love, just the feeling of being surrounded by people I love and exchange and have great times and conversations (this obviously includes bookish people as well :p)


Talking with Marie was such a great time. I enjoyed getting to know her better via Twitter because I REALLY got to “chat” with her, instead of just sending emails back and forth. Everything she said, or technically typed, either made me laugh, think, or fangirl so you could say we got to know each other a little bit xD She is such a wonderful person to talk to, so if you ever get the chance I would definitely recommend you visit her blog soon! She has a lot of forms of posts to offer, and yes, there ARE worth the read. 🙂

Speaking of blogs, Marie had just posted & released this A-MAZING idea that I just had to share with you guys!! Marie is hosting “Souvenirs From Across the World” for a few months, and the concept of the entire thing is just GENIUS. Here’s a little bit of what it’s about: 

Souvenirs From Across The World is a feature made for book bloggers, but also bloggers in general and writers from all around the world. We are just SO many, and I have made such wonderful friends here. This feature is a way to share with each other something slightly different, a bit personal and unique with everyone. Since we’re from all around the world, this feature is created to get to know each other, and most especially each other’s culture, country, hometowns etc…”

If this doesn’t sound awesome, I don’t know what does. If you are interested in SFATW, click HERE for more details! I am definitely taking part in this for 1.) it sounds really fun, and 2.) it is a great way to communicate and share yourself with other people around the world.

If you want to follow Marie on other forms of media, feel free to check out her social media listed below! Just simply click on the icon and you’ll be taken straight to her!


Thank you to Marie for taking the time to chat with me and share yourself with not just me, but also with the blogging community. I look forward to talking with you more via comments, Twitter, or anywhere! Oh, and in case you were wondering, YES, we are technically interweb friends now (even with our age difference xD ) ❤

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time…

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Feature with Followers [#24]

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Random Fact of the Day: One out of 20 people have an extra rib.

Hello! Here we are again with another FWF! However, this one is a little more special because NOW I am starting to showcase more diverse bloggers in our community! In case you didn’t know, I am now accepting requests for YOU to be a Featured Follower in my Feature with Followers posts!! (Yes, YOU, reading this!!) For more details, click HERE. I decided to start posting this way because of a recent awareness of “diverse bloggers” in the media. I am a firm believer in doing what you love, and I know sometimes people don’t get recognized. So, I thought what best way to share the love than to feature more different and unique bloggers!

Anyways, Feature with Followers is a weekly meme created by JBelkBooks (me) in which I will be showcasing one of my AMAZING followers. This gives me an opportunity to really get to know them and give them an opportunity to get their blogs out there in the community. The way I choose my featured follower is Top Secret, so wait for your chance to be featured! [If you think there is someone out there worthy of being showcased that I haven’t shared yet, definitely shoot me something in the comments that provides the blogger’s name and URL, and I will be sure to check them out!!]

A DIVERSE BLOGGER…DO YOU KNOW WHO IT IS???

  • This blogger LOVES James Bond.
  • She posts all forms of reviews from TV shows to comic books.
  • She goes by the name of a well-known Disney character! (Mahalo nui iā!)

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Zina AKA Stitch @ Stitch’s Media Mix!!

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Snapchat-5779338945028364709.jpgABOUT ZINA: I’m Zina. I’m Black, queer, opinionated as hell, and always looking for my next story idea. I’m currently working as a freelance editor as I attend Florida International University. As a graduate student in the English department, I study and write about the need for representation for marginalized identities in pop culture. I enjoy short walks on the beach, yelling at/about fandom, and waxing poetic about superhero butts.


Q&A TIME!!!


ME: When did your blogging journey begin and why did you decide to start?

ZINA: The first blog I ever made was on LiveJournal back in 2006 when I was in my last year of high school. I used to use it for regular journaling, but also for talking about fannish things that caught my eye. I felt like I didn’t have a lot of avenues to express myself offline and the blog I started was a way for me to talk about things that affected me and experiences I was having. Looking back, my first foray into blogging was nothing like what I’m doing now on my current site because that was more personal with a hint of the fannish/political and now, even though I still talk about personal stuff, I tend to focus more on diversity (or the lack of it) and fannish blowouts than anything else.

ME: If a close friend murdered someone for a good reason, but you couldn’t go to the police, how would you dispose of the body with your friend? OR would you turn your friend in instead?

ZINA: I’m a ride or die kind of friend. If one of my besties murdered someone for a good reason (or any reason, to be honest), I’d help them out. As long as I don’t have to actually touch the body (like it’s wrapped up in something by the time I get there), I can help toss it. If not? I’m actually excellent at coming up with alibis so I’d have to insist on sticking to alibi creation in that case.

[Hahah, well, I know who to go to when I’ve murdered someone xD]

ME: Besides reading and blogging, what else do you do with your spare time? 

ZINA: First things first, I sleep a lot. So chances are that if you need me but can’t reach me, I’m asleep. When I’m awake though (and not at school), I tend to be writing. I’m working on a billion fiction projects for Patreon (all fantasy stories with a focus on QPOC) and I’m also working on some original romance stuff because I rarely see the stories I want to read in that genre. I also play video games (badly). Right now I’m bumbling my way through Dragon Age Inquisition and Lego Marvel Avengers!

[Yeeees, sleeping is life (literally 😉 ) I think it’s great that you are writing what you want to see, for I’m sure it’ll be amazing!]

ME: In your opinion, what makes a great comic book?

ZINA: I’ve actually thought about this way more than I probably should. I think that if you’re creating a comic for one of the Big Two (an established property like Batman or Wolverine), you need to remember the character’s comic book past without relying on it. New readers should be able to dive in to the start of an arc without needing to pick up a ton of prior material while old readers shouldn’t feel like the book is rehashing old events. 

ME: Since it is the 6th month of the year, list 6 bloggers that you’d recommend people to follow.

ZINA: 

Fleet @Fleet Sparrow

Meyari @ Hearts on Wings: Meyari McFarland

Jill @ Outlines of Shakespeare’s Plays

Kristen and Nicki @ UP ‘TIL MIDNIGHT

Author B R Sanders @ Clatter and Clank

Nephele Tempest @ Nephele Tempest

These are all bloggers that I’m friends with and/or admire for their writing, kindness, and general awesomeness!

[Oooh, I’m only following Kristen & Nicki at the moment, but I sure will go by those other blogs! And YOU, yes YOU, should too!!]


First off, “Zina” is such a beautiful name, isn’t it?? I rarely see such unique names starting with a “Z”, so it’s really cool to see one that isn’t common. I told Zina this already, but I absolutely love her humour and personality — it is very…”sassy”? and “true” if you will, and I love how you see that through her writing and her blog posts. Her blog’s header is very neat and goes well with the content of her blog. Oh, and if you have yet to visit her blog, make sure you go by her Fiction Round-Ups; this is where you can find all her original fiction!

If you want to follow Zina on other forms of media, feel free to check out her social media listed below! Just simply click on the icon and you’ll be taken straight to her!


Thank you to Zina for taking the time to chat with me and share yourself with not just me, but also with the blogging community. I appreciate you and what you provide to the blogosphere, and I hope you get all the sleep you can possibly wish for! ❤

 

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time…

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