Welcome to Reader’s Parlor, a weekly feature in which I interview readers! My guest today is Deanna Lang. I’ll let her introduce herself.
Hi, my name is Deanna and I write a romance book blog called Deanna’s World. It’s been going for about 3 years now and I’m still loving it although there are times when I wonder if I’m ever going to hang it all up. In my day to day life, I’m a wife to a wonderful husband who is my real life romance hero. On top of that, I do freelance editing, mostly for non-fiction books and also beta read and critique for a few romance authors. I love to cook and both Steve and I are considered to be foodies. We do enjoy our food and wine. I live on a vineyard in wine country, two hours north of Sydney in Australia.
Cara: What do you like to read?
Deanna: Oh, where do I start? My favorite genres would be romantic suspense, paranormal, sci-fi, erotic and contemporary romance – not in any particular order. I used to read a lot of historical romance but I find I’m bored by a lot of the sameness I am seeing in the sub-genres, particularly in the Regency historicals. I do like historical romance where they have spies for the Crown, kind of like a historical romantic suspense, those are fun. As for tropes, one of my favorite tropes is the boss / secretary trope. I think this goes back to the fact that I get nostalgic about how my Steve and I met. I used to work for him when we started dating, so you could say, I did do the whole “bonking the boss” thing. :-p He didn’t make my job easier though, in fact, he was even tougher on me than this other employees. And for spice, I definitely like my romances to be spicy. At least a 3 or 4 flame on the heat rating, although I love the Harlequin Romance line and those are definitely on the sweet side but they are so heartwarming I can overlook the lack of sex.
Cara: Why do you read? What do you enjoy most about reading?
Deanna: I have never thought of why I read. I’ve always enjoyed reading. It transports me into a different world and at the same time, depending on the story, I also learn a lot of different and new things. It’s likely a combination of escapism, entertainment and education. Oh, and reading is the perfect thing to do on a rainy afternoon.
Cara: What do you love to see in a story? What are your pet peeves?
Deanna: I love intensely emotional story. One that will tug at my heartstrings or warm my heart. I love the feeling of having my breath catch at a particularly engaging moment or getting all teary eyed because I’ve been moved so deeply by the writing or what’s happening to the characters. As for pet peeves, unprotected sex. Unprotected sex always throws me out of the story. How do you, in this day and age, go about writing a sex scene without protection or even the “safe sex” talk? And believe me, there are authors so who do it. And lying and secrets. If there’s deception of any sort in a book, I tend to give it a wide berth. I’ve gotten to the point where, if I read a blurb for a book, and it hints at lying, cheating or secrets, I will steer clear of it. Sometimes, I make an exception if the book is written by an author I love and trust because then I know those topics will be handled well. If not, I stay away from them. I’m learning more and more to stay away from stories I know I will not enjoy and am a lot more selective about what I choose to read. The result? I find more books I like rather than dislike.
Cara: What’s on your TBR list right now?
Deanna: At the time of writing this, at the top of my TBR is Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh. I’m super excited about reading that because well, it’s Nalini Singh and she’s one of my all time favorite authors. Aside from that, it’s coming to the end of the year and I’m getting into Christmas themed books for the holiday season and for the blog. I want to fill the blog in December with Christmas books in the reviews I’m publishing. The books I’m looking at reading include: The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant, Christmas with a Bite by Patricia A Wolf, With this Christmas Ring by Manda Collins and A Vampire’s Christmas Carol by Cynthia Eden.
Cara: When you’re not reading, what do you like to do ?
Deanna: When I’m not reading (which is rare), I like to cook and spend time with my Steve. I used to make bead jewelry which I’m considering getting back into once we have finished downsizing the house and have cleared away the mess it’s in right now since we’ve taken everything out of storage to sort.
Cara: If you could meet one fictional character, who would it be and why?
Deanna: Hmmm … this is a tough one. There are so many to pick from. But I think instead of one fictional character, can I pick a couple? I’d like to meet Matthew and Diana from Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy. They are both fascinating characters with Matthew being a thousands years old vampire and Diana being a very powerful and unique witch. Matthew has a love for antiquities, science and wine that are close to my heart, and Diana has an interest in history which I also love. I think conversations with them once I get past the initial awkwardness and getting to know you stuff would be fascinating.
Ebook, print or audiobook: eBook
Your favorite place to read: Lying in bed
Number of books you read in a year: I aim for 100, but usually end with between 120 and 160 books
A favorite childhood book: A Child’s Garden of Verses by R L Stevenson
Favorite beverage while reading: I don’t drink while I read
I love all things beauty and makeup, reading and books, and also have a keen interest in cooking and food. Combined with a husband who loves wine, we write a number of blogs that align with our interests. I have two blogs: Deanna’s World which focuses on all things books and beauty, and Daz In The Kitchen which is my cooking and food blog. I hope you visit and stay around.