Wednesday with CometBabesBooks

Another Wednesday rolls around and I’m delighted to welcome the lovely Jo Hurst in the spotlight!

Jo offers a steady stream of book news and reviews on her blog. She’s been a wonderful support to me personally with my Keepers series (thank you, Jo!) and recently admitted that she’s a huge Ethan fan!

What made you decide to start CometBabesBooks?

I started blogging because I wanted to share my love of books and was always being asked what books I had read, which ones I would recommend. I came across bloggers via twitter and I thought what a wonderful idea.

What are the blogging highlights?

Making loads of new friends via twitter and interacting with them. I have friend’s bloggers/authors from America to Australia.

Do you have any pet peeves about the blogging/author/publisher/reading process? 

I don’t really have any, I’m pretty easy going, but the only thing that does annoy me is when an author emails you to read/review their book and attaches it to the email. It’s like they expect you to read it.

What is the most challenging thing about being a blogger?

There are 2 things I find challenging, one is finding time to read all the wonderful books out there and my TBR pile has become massive so quickly, I feel awful saying no to someone. The other, is deciding what to put in a review, even when I really like a book I sometimes struggle with what to say. I don’t want to say the same thing over and over again.

You receive a lot of author requests to read their books. How do you decide what to read and when? 

At one point I didn’t like saying no to anyone but my TBR is so huge that I have had to start saying ‘I’m really sorry but I don’t have time to read your book at the moment’. I have also mentioned this on my blog. Depending on the author I may make exceptions, especially if it is part of a series I have been reading and I want to read the next book.

What are you currently reading?

I’m just about to start Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista by Aven Ellis, I love Aven’s books and she writes the hottest book boyfriends.

Do you have any advice to authors about how best to approach bloggers and develop relationships with them? 

I would say interact with us on social media, twitter, facebook etc, don’t just send us a random email asking us to review and especially don’t just attach your book to your email or by spamming us via Twitter, it’s so annoying, I know a lot of bloggers ignore requests if you spam us on twitter. I don’t mind a DM asking for a review, I know some bloggers who don’t like that.

Quick word associations! 

Pets  –  Dogs
Chocolate   –  Galaxy
Books   –  Fantasy
Men   –  Tall, dark, handsome
Beach   –  Cocktails
Travel  –  Sun and a book beside pool
Ice cream  –  Chocolate
Children   –  No thank you

Thanks so much for the visit, Jo, and for sharing more about yourself. Fab answers! Besides blogging, Jo is very active on Twitter and Facebook (we have loads of fun there!) so check out her blog for links and go find her!

We love to hear your thoughts and questions so please leave a comment below.

Thanks for reading!

Rae Rivers



  1. Yolande Pienaar August 20, 2014 at 9:35 am - Reply

    What a pleasure to meet Jo. In today's world of information overload I tend to seek out blog reviews to find good books instead of just buying something random. Thanks for the great work you do.

  2. Romy Sommer August 20, 2014 at 10:13 am - Reply

    I'd never heard of Aven Ellis, but I like the idea of really hot book boyfriends so I'm off to check out her books now. Thanks for the tip, Jo!

  3. Eve Devon August 20, 2014 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Hi Jo, fab post :). I think authors always love hearing that bloggers really enjoy their reading. And I'm with you on the Galaxy chocolate! It goes nicely with sunshine, a pool, and a really good book.

  4. Wendy Lou Jones August 20, 2014 at 11:54 am - Reply

    Hi Jo, nice to hear a bit more from you. If you find a galaxy scented book, just yell, I'll be there too. <3

  5. Rae Rivers August 21, 2014 at 10:17 am - Reply

    My thoughts exactly, Romy! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Rae Rivers August 21, 2014 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Jo's reviews are always great! Thanks for the visit, Yolande!

  7. Rae Rivers August 21, 2014 at 10:19 am - Reply

    Galaxy chocolate … hm, must be a UK treat? Yum! Love your combination, Eve! Thanks for reading!

  8. Rae Rivers August 21, 2014 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Lol, that sounds incredible, Wendy! Thanks for the visit!

  9. Barbara Bettis August 21, 2014 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Hi Jo, Great to meet you here. Thanks for the insight. As an author, I sympathize with having loads more books you want to read than you have time for!

  10. Librarian Lavender August 25, 2014 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    What a great interview! It was great to learn a bit more about my wonderful friend Jo :).

  11. Louise Rose-Innes August 26, 2014 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Great interview and a refreshing POV from the bloggers side. Thanks Rae.

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