Meet the Fabulous Joyfully Reviewed Family!

 

Are you interested in becoming a part of our Joyfully Reviewed family?  Joyfully Reviewed is actively recruiting for Editors, Reviewers and Interviewers.  If you would like to join our team Email Cheryl.

Once upon a time Joy and Melissa were talking and realized just how many books they read in a month. WOW! We could tell you exactly how many, but you'd never believe us. Since we are not only serious bookaholics but also love to talk about the books we read, we thought, "HEY! Let's share our opinions with everyone else!" And Joyfully Reviewed was born. We are dedicated to presenting honest reviews of the books we read. Just Joy, Melissa and some of their friends sharing opinions of the books they've read. We hope that you enjoy your visit to Joyfully Reviewed and that you find our reviews helpful and informative.

Click on any of the names below and it will take you to the Joyfully Reviewed family member's bio.
If you click on their name on their bio (if it's underlined), it will open up a blank email to that Joyfully Reviewed family member.

Melissa - Owner, Reviewer, Print Goddess
Joy - Owner, Reviewer, Ebook Goddess
Cheryl - Review Coordinator, Chat Coordinator, Reviewer, Goddess of the Archives
Nikki- Webmistress, Updater, Development
Shayna - Web Content Administrator, Reviewer, Editor

Review Coordinator

Cheryl

ARC Coordinators

Audio Books: E-Publishers: Joy

Audio Books: Print Publishers: Melissa

E-books: Joy

Print Books: Melissa

Interviewers

Heather - Interview Coordinator

Editors

Angela

Barb

Christine

Cynthia

HC Paye

Helgaleena

Lee

Michelle

Nikki

Shayna

 

 

Chat Coordinators

Cheryl

Reviewers

Amelia

Barb
Cassie
Emma

Gianna
Indy
Jo

Klarissa
Ley
Lisa

Melissa
Nannette
Nellie

Niki Lee
Nikita Steele
Patrice F.
Raine
Sabella
Shayna
Talia Ricci
Tanya
Willow

 

 

Angela - Bio Coming Soon

Amelia

Amelia has been reading romance novels since the mid-1970s, watching the change from historical to paranormal and loving the trends as they come.

She lives in the south where sheís done a great many things, from working at movie theaters to teaching school. Now she enjoys spending her time reading and writing and pondering what will be the next big thing in the romance world.

Barb

My name is Barb and I am an avid reader (crowd say "Hi, Barb"). I am 38, Canadian, and live in perpetual servitude to my 3 cats (Daria (the Queen), Pumpkin (Royal Consort), and Chloe (Mistress of the Toilet Paper Infantry) respectively) and my best friend Viola Grace.

I live life in a whirlwind of projects, never happy unless I have 15 or 20 on the go. My work is in the health care field, trying to control the uncontrollable. Reading is a fantastic escape. Active hobbies include bellydancing, cross-stitch, and beadery (yes the last 2 are active as I do them. Have you ever gotten beads out of a carpet or thread away from 3 cats?).

My reading habits cover all genres. With hobbies taking up all the space in my apartment, ebooks are my lifeline, my drug, my addiction. And Joyfully Reviewed is my supplier. And now my pimp. Bring me your tired, your poor, your huddled manuscripts!

Cassie

I hated the first romance novel I read, but luckily I gave the genre another chance and now I'm a confirmed romance addict.  I enjoy all genres of romance, especially erotic romance.  I discovered e-books a few years ago, which opened up a whole new world of wonderful authors and books!  When not reading, I am generally pretending to do something constructive or spending time with my husband.      

Cheryl

An avid reader, Cheryl can't remember a time she wasn't reading.  Although she's drawn to tales a little left of center, romance is her first love.  She just can't resist a happy ending.  Cheryl likes her romance hot and maybe a touch kinky.  With the discovery of e-books several years back, what was once a hobby quickly became an obsession. 

When she's not reading or trying to find more places to squirrel away books, she's living on the left coast and having fun with her SO and their very demanding cat.  She thinks people who refer to themselves in the third person are big FREAKS!

Christine

Hello, my name is Christine and Iím a bookaholic! At least thatís what my family would swear to. I also very much dislike writing about myself. So this little bio wonít be as spectacular as many of our reviews that we have on the site. 

I live in my own little space in Florida aka Hurricane Alley. When I donít have my nose stuck in a book, I split my time being a homemaker (please donít ask me how often I actually do my housework), wife, mother, grandmother (*gasp* Ė youíd be surprised how young I am), writer, massage therapist, critique partner, and a variety of other roles that would make my fingers really tired if I actually typed them all out. Oh, and did I mention being an editor for Joyfully Reviewed along with it all?  

I prefer romance of most genres and mystery/suspense novels. Just donít ask me to read a non-fiction or any type of biography Ė unless Iím doing research and even then itís a huge headache and I procrastinate horribly. Arenít you glad youíre not MY editor?

Cynthia

Cynthia's love affair with the written word has been going strong for a long time now. Although she remains a true and loyal romance slut, she will read anything. Her passion for romance is almost equal to her love of white chocolate and strawberry-mango daiquiris. Most days she can be found putting her English degree to very good use editing and proofreading in the wilds of Canada. When she isn't reading the latest release from favorite authors (also known as procrastination) she is usually buried beneath a mountain of unfinished projects and barely begun manuscripts.

Emma

My name is Emma and I am an voracious reader. My apartment has been taken over by books and my family is attempting to get me onto a couple of reality T.V. shows for hoarders and slightly demented work-a-holics.

 I am in my 30s, Canadian born and bred. A sucker for punishment as I live in the Canadian Prairies Ė even at -50 degree weather. There is always something going on in my life.

I am in the process of finally learning how to drive and cook (trying to avoid the pot hole of after learning how to drive Ė driving to order more take out).

Gianna

I guess itís my turn.  *waves shyly* Hi, Iím Gianna.  Iím 27, living in Fort Worth and single for as long as I can help it. 

My first memories of reading romance novels were when I was 13. My mom had tons of books in her room and she would never let me read them. So, of course, like any normal teenager I would sneak them out when she wasnít looking.  Iíve been hooked ever since.  I enjoy just about all types of romance.  My favorites are suspense, paranormal and contemporary.  Iím very happy to have joined Joyfully Reviewed and hope to be here for years to come.  

HC Paye

H.C. Paye takes on many titles, including author, marketer, and now editor - always being one to strive for the best. She wholeheartedly believes life is what you make it, and encourages everyone who will listen to follow their dreams...whatever they might be.

Helgaleena

Helgaleena Healingline is the nom de plume of a Reformed Druid of North America living quietly in southern Wisconsin, USA. Besides acting as editor-midwife in chief at an online publisher, she runs a helpline ministry outreach which includes distance Reiki, acupressure, nutrition and other advice, CTFT protocols, and listening. 

At Joyfully Reviewed she is a humble comma-checker.

Indy

I am a fabulous woman who recently turned 40, a mother a sister and, to round it out, a nut when it comes to reading. From whips and chains to fur and fangs, if it's hot, sexy and intense I find it hard to control the drool. I like my heroines crazy and my heroes rough and crude. I joined the world of "it's my opinion so deal with it" reviewing in 2005 and haven't looked back since.

On the personal front I'm an energizer honey who loves her iPod, clean eating, spinning classes and romantic comedies. Clive Owen is my sexy psycho and dream lover who continues to haunt my wet dreams. The Spark, Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover and anything by Keri Arthur, Rachel Vincent and Jeaniene Frost are just a few of the titles that grace my overflowing bookshelves of erotica, self-improvement and urban drama.

Jo

Hello out there,

My name is Jo and I have been reading books for longer than I can even remember.  I was an easily bored child and my teenage cousins started to give me books to read so I would stay out of their way.  I am now very proud to say Iím a book addict.  No, I really donít want to know if there is a twelve-step program available for this.

I am single and live in western Washington state.  My day job, so that I can stay in books, is that of a legal professional.  My other hobbies, besides reading, are jewelry and cooking.  I started reviewing in April, after answering a notice posted on an authorís site, and Iím very happy to be with Joyfully Reviewed.  I love just about all types of romances and look out for new authors besides the ones that I love already.  Having a happy ever after at the end of my books, is a requirement for me, along with a solid plot and loveable characters.  I always have a book with me everywhere I go and will pull it out to read anywhere I have an extra minute.

Joy

There once was a romance reader named Joy
So obsessed with those books was she, oh boy
How can I reach others that are just as hooked
Full of shelves overflowing with all genres of romance books
Online she went, where she found a like minded soul named Melissa
To which Joyfully Reviewed was born

Klarissa

Klarissa is a reviewer who has always loved books.  She got away from reading for a while, then got back into reading romance, starting with Christine Feehan.  She's an introvert who loves to immerse herself in her books.  Fantasies, adventures and romance are things she always looks forward to getting back to.  Telecommunications engineering drags her away to the real world, but she grabs a book at every opportunity.   She loves being a reviewer and experiencing new authors and new adventures.

Lee - Bio Coming Soon

Ley

I'm a 37-year-old New Englander. I'm single and loving itóI enjoy my free time to travel whenever the the mood strikes. If I don't have a book in my hand, it must be football season. Next to reading, sports are my second greatest interest, mostly football and tennis.

I have aways been a huge reader, especially of romance stories. I do veer off now and then to a good mystery and other genres but happily-ever-after romances has aways been my biggest interest.

Lisa

Hi! Iím Lisa, a 40ish, more Ďish than 40 year old housewife, married more than 30 years to an Englishman whom I only knew 3 weeks before he proposed and I smartly accepted. We have three sons (yes, God does have a sense of humor).  Depending on the week Iím open to offers of trading them for more books.  We have a St. Bernard Ė Boo, two cats Ė Riley and Lexie Ė and 2 parakeets never named.  All pets are female, I need as much estrogen as possible around me these days!

I have always loved books, I canít remember a time when I didnít have a book nearby.  My grandmother gave me a Victoria Holt book when I was eight and a love affair with romance books began.  The Wolf and the Dove, The Flame and the Flower were magic and anything by Johanna Lindsey as well in the early days.  Nowadays itís paranormal, contemporary and erotica that you will find in one of my many stacks. Iím trying to talk my husband into getting me another bookcase (we have 7), but so far no luck.  He thinks that I will quit buying and reading if he says ďno.Ē  Iím still laughing, are you? 

I get jittery when I donít get the chance to read for a day or two.  I just canít imagine life without books. Honest!

Melissa

After failing the five-step program for my book addiction, I finally gave up and decided just go with it. Now, 50,000 books later, I read almost anything I can get my hands on. I'm a picky reader, who loves a happy ending and heroes who aren't cheaters. Married with three children, I love to escape into a book!

Joy and I created Joyfully Reviewed out of our love for romance books of all genres. We've had tons of fun sharing our love of reading with everyone one!

Michelle - Bio Coming Soon

Nannette

Nannette has always been an avid reader, but when she joined Joyfully Reviewed in 2005, it gave her the opportunity to indulge in her favorite obsession: books. Vice cops, Scottish lairds, vampires, cowboys, and Navy SEALS to name a fewer a few of her favorite things. She likes heroes who save their women from serial killers, and those who tattoo their man's name on their bicep. (The only thing better than one hot guy is two!) Nannette's husband and children keep her busy. When she's not with her family, or reading/reviewing, she's probably indulging in guilty pleasures such as watching The Office over and over and over, shopping, watching sports, or doing something productive like working out, proofreading, or feeding her OCDs.

Nellie

My name is Nellie hailing from the heart beat of Canada, Toronto. I have a BS in Computer Science and I am working on my MBA. I work in the IT industry. I love traveling and have lived in three different continents (AEA). From a very young age my passion has been reading from romance, biographies to science fictions.

Niki Lee

Niki Lee is a huge reader, reading all genres of fiction, as well as nonfiction ranging from physics to history.  She also works in publishing, in various capacities.  She is attending school full time to get her degree in writing and literature.  Between family, cats and friends, she keeps busy.  She lives in Houston and craves the East coast.

Nikita Steele

Reminiscing over years past, I canít remember a single moment when a book was not nearby; whether it was romance, mystery or horror.  Romance novels have always been and will remain my first love, my addiction and my passion.  A couple of years ago, I discovered the sensual wonders of erotica and I havenít been the same since.   I can truly say I am an ďerotic addict.Ē  My favorite genres consist of paranormal, contemporary, mystery and suspense. 

Besides reading, my other passion is Tae Bo.  Four days a week I spend an hour with Billy Blanks working up a sweat. LOL!  Iím single, in my 30ís, childless and currently living in Hotlanta - I mean Atlanta, GA. 

Nikki - The Editor

I'm a Southern gal who loves to lose herself in a good book. I read all genres and love an alpha male, especially if he's a shifter.  In addition to reading, I enjoy baking and knitting.

Nikki - The Web Goddess

Our web goddess is shy and likes to stay behind the scene.  Personally I think she is afraid of having more work piled on if someone knows she helps here.  She is a mother, wife, author, pet owner and oh yeah has a day job to boot.  So shhh if you recognize her she is incognito here.... - Tanya

Patrice F.

I'm a native Chicagoan who spent a lot of time as a kid reading and making up my own stories (in between riding my bike, pogo stick, and skateboard).  Going to the gym is my adult playtime now. Keeps me sane. Yay!

Thanks to my dad and aunt, I'm a big fan of paranormal, sci-fi, horror, and old comics (see: Conan the Barbarian, Vampirella).  Iím a big lover of manga/anime and manhwa.  Recently single, which means I now have time to indulge myself more!

Iíve been working for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in sales/marketing in a managerial position.  We've booked everyone from Yo Yo Ma to Sting.  My job is really busy but a blessing because I love music so much. Plus, I'm very well taken care of by my team. 

I'm SGI Buddhist, and I'm pleased to say my life has taken a wonderful turn ever since I converted.  

Favorite shows: ďTrue Blood,Ē ďWhat Not to Wear,Ē ďIron Chef,Ē and ďFamily GuyĒ
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite band(s): HIM, Big Bang
Favorite author(s): Tanith Lee, Lilith Saintcrow, Brenna Lyons

I love traveling, cooking (and eating) great food, shopping (whether I spend money or not), live music, the arts, and spending time with family and friends. I'm probably one of the rare people who enjoys doing laundry (including folding). My ultimate plan is to escape the Midwest for good for warmer climes.

Raine

Greetings Reader! A little about myself...I own a retail shop which allows me time for my reading fixes, when I'm not in school that is...  At 39+ I decided for a career change. So at certain times of the year you may see more from me than at other times. I've loved reading since I hit Jr. High and discovered romance. I've always loved a good fantasy or sci-fi book. A few years ago now, on a sleepless night, I discovered the M/M genre perusing Amazon for a new download. A few M/M yahoo books groups and author chats later lead me here to Joyfully Reviewed. The reviews you will see from me might be M/F or M/M, but in general I think you'll find they're contemporary, fantasy/paranormal or Sci-fi.  I love it here at JR and honored to be a part of their wonderful company. 

Wishing you pages and pages of bliss!

Sabella

I'm a book addict, have been my entire life and I refuse to give up my vice.  I can remember hiding under the covers with a flashlight at night so I could read when I was supposed to be sleeping.  To this day I will stay up until all hours to finish a book that I just can't put down, even if it means feeling like death the next day.  I will read any book that lands in my hands, but I have to say that I always prefer a good erotic romance or a paranormal adventure.  Since discovering eBooks, my reading addiction has become an obsession Ė with instant gratification!

Day to day, when Iím not working Iím scrounging for every spare minute to read as much as I can, but Iíve had to give up reading at stop lights as that has proven to be somewhat dangerous.

Shayna

Iíve always been a sucker for happily ever afters, but it wasnít until I picked up my first Nora Roberts novel (a 4-in-1 reissue of her Calhoun Women series) at the tender age of twelve that I became a romance novel addict.  Thirteen and a half years later, the addiction continues.  I love a well-written romance from just about any genre and at any heat level, which is likely why my TBR pile is beginning to resemble the Himalayas. 

My firm belief that everyone deserves to have their love story told opened the world of GLBT romance to me, which Ė given that my TBR pile has doubled since reading my first m/m romance Ė was probably not conducive to solving the mountain range issue.   Iím grateful to be a reviewer for Joyfully Reviewed, as it has fed my addiction and allowed me to write about my favorite topic Ė books Ė alongside an energetic, talented, and friendly group of ďbunnies.Ē

My life outside Joyfully Reviewed is terribly ordinary.  Iím a recent law school graduate on the job hunt and like to run, write, and create lists and spreadsheets in my free time.  For some reason writing these kinds of blurbs makes me feel like I should say something along the lines of I like sunny days spent playing in the park with my dog Rover, but truthfully I prefer gloomy or stormy weather, being out on or near the ocean, and have a mischievous kitten named Roarke (yes, I remain a die-hard Nora Roberts fan).

I canít even begin to list all my favorite romance novels or authors, as this blurb would get very long very quickly and Iíd kick myself later for forgetting people and books.  Instead, Iíll end this with my hope that my reviews can lead you to discover at least one new-to-you favorite book or author :)

Talia Ricci

My name is Talia Ricci and I love to read. I discovered romance novels in middle school, starting with pilfered Barbara Cartland novels. In high school I got caught reading The Flame and The Flower by Kathleen Woodwiss in World Geography class and had to write a five page paper on Siberia. I can't tell you the capital of Siberia but I can for sure let you know exactly what I like and dislike about a book!

In real life I am a school teacher as well as a wife and mother. My husband is THE alpha male in my household and I wouldn't have him any other way. My daughter is going to graduate from college this year but I have two stepchildren and one perfect nephew to keep me busy!

My favorite genres to read include: BDSM, shape-shifters, especially werewolves, vampires, historicals, and mťnages. I love finding different authors to read but a few of my favorites include: Lora Leigh, Shelley Bradley/Shayla Black, Violet Summers, Maya Banks, Jasmine Haynes, Lara Adrian, Shiloh Walker, and Deborah Cooke to name a few *wink*

As this is the beginning of my fifth year as a reviewer for JR, I consider myself extremely lucky to be a member of the Joyfully Reviewed family.

Tanya

Oops, I guess this isn't the correct place to lose my addiction but to feed it. (he he he) What makes me think I am a bookaholic? Well, 2 things come to mind. 1) My last vacation I worried more about what I was going to take to read than what to wear and 2) I stayed up past 2am one night reading The Distressing Damsel, Book 2 of the Dragon Kin by Shelly Laurenston, thus leaving me with less than 4 hours of sleep to go to work on. But as my family would tell you this is nothing new.

 Let's seeÖI am *yikes* over 40. I live in the middle of nowhere Maine with my husband and our beagle Mandy. I have worked in the paper industry of Maine for more than 20 years (ask me sometime why I don't eat low calorie bread).  I am a fan of the alpha males, especially those stories about the military, shapeshifters and cowboys. Overall I love to read, quilt, take photos, read, research genealogy, read, watch ďLeverageĒ and the ďDeadliest CatchĒ on TV and did I mention read?

 I love to read romance books and enjoy sharing my thoughts on them with anyone who will listen :)

Willow

I started reading at the age of 3 and now at the age of 49 I own over 2,000 books. My day job is teaching special education students with severe disabilities and reading helps me to unwind.  

My students take a LOT of energy and I am just downright tired at the end of the day. I read at night, during the day, at lunch, while on bus duty, while waiting in line, while waiting at the doctor's office, while sitting with my mother, while driving to and from work (okay those are audio books so I am technically not reading), in the bathtub, while I'm cooking.....well, you get the picture.

I love camping, beading and scrapbooking. I do after school tutoring, Girl Scouts, Relay for Life and Special Olympics.

I have 2 wonderful sons (a graphic artist and a chef), 1 beautiful daughter-in-law and I am Grandma to the sweetest little baby boy in the world.

Of course, he'll come to Grandma's house and hear lots of stories.

 

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