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๐•€๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ๐•–๐•ฃ๐•ง๐•š๐•–๐•จ ๐•จ๐•š๐•ฅ๐•™ ๐”ผ๐•ฃ๐•š๐•œ๐•’ โ„™๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•—๐•š๐•๐•– ๐•—๐•ฃ๐• ๐•ž ๐”น๐• ๐• ๐•œ โ„๐•’๐•ง๐•–๐•Ÿ ๐”น๐• ๐• ๐•œ ๐”น๐•๐• ๐•˜

Last updated on March 22, 2020

I met Erika when I approached her to review my book, The Wreck of our Hearts. Learn more about Erika, and be sure to follow her on the Social Media Links provided after the interview.


๐™’๐™๐™คโ€™๐™จ ๐™—๐™š๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ ๐™š๐™ฎ๐™—๐™ค๐™–๐™ง๐™™? ๐™๐™š๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ช๐™จ ๐™– ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™š ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™จ๐™š๐™ก๐™›.

My name is Erika (Budd) Panfile. Iโ€™m a wife of 15 years with two littles: girl is 11 and boy is 5. I have a blue tick coonhound to round out the circus. I work full time as a Benefits Analyst and began blogging about 2 years ago after reviewing as a reader for about 6 months prior to that. I also have my little reviewing Army behind me that keep me sane and support our blog so much. Nicole, Christina, Carolyn, Belinda, and Stina are rockstars!!

๐™’๐™๐™ž๐™˜๐™ ๐™—๐™ค๐™ค๐™  ๐™ข๐™–๐™™๐™š ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™™๐™š๐™˜๐™ž๐™™๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™—๐™ก๐™ค๐™œ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™—๐™ค๐™ค๐™ ๐™จ?

Actually, the blog was started by the owner, Amanda, and I was reviewing for her at the time when she asked if I wanted to run it for her, the rest is history. She has been amazing at letting me do whatever I want, even if I have no clue what Iโ€™m doing. Although, one of my very first reviews was for Jordan Marieโ€™s Devilโ€™s Blaze MC Series, and Iโ€™m still telling people they need to read that one.

๐˜ฟ๐™ค ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™– ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ก ๐™๐˜ฝ๐™ (๐™ก๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™–๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข ๐™ง๐™š๐™ซ๐™ž๐™š๐™ฌ ๐™ง๐™š๐™ฆ๐™ช๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™จ)? ๐™„๐™› ๐™ฎ๐™š๐™จ, ๐™ฌ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™—๐™ค๐™ค๐™  ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™ข๐™ค๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™š๐™ญ๐™˜๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฎ๐™š๐™–๐™ง?

Of course!! I try to read a mix of PR sign ups, direct review requests, ARCโ€™s from my Authors, and a few that I one-click throughout the month. Of course thereโ€™s always the โ€œHere read thisโ€ pile from my amazing Blogger and Reader friends. I donโ€™t remember off hand when it comes out, but Iโ€™m salivating for when Flip Trick by Amo Jones comes out!!

๐™’๐™๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™—๐™ก๐™ค๐™œ๐™œ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ, ๐™ฌ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง โ€œ๐™ข๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š๐™จโ€ (๐™›๐™ค๐™ค๐™™, ๐™ข๐™ช๐™จ๐™ž๐™˜, ๐™Ÿ๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ , ๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ)?

I blog in spurts, so in the morning there needs to be coffee so I can see straight, and it really depends on the day. Thereโ€™s something different happening on the blog each day. Having two kids and a full time job, itโ€™s hard to find balance and original content, but I try to share what I want to read and have already read and loved, along with what my reviewers are reading as well.

๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™๐™–๐™ง๐™™๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™๐™–๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™จ๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™– ๐™—๐™ค๐™ค๐™ ?

I always find it difficult to review a new Author (either brand spanking new or new to me) because I donโ€™t want them to be discouraged if the story didnโ€™t blow me away. It rarely happens that I donโ€™t like something, but when it does, I try to be as helpful and kind as I can be.

๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ ๐™–๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™๐™ค๐™ง๐™จ ๐™ ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ฌ/๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™™๐™š๐™ง๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ค๐™™ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™—๐™ก๐™ค๐™œ๐™œ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ?

I guess the biggest thing for me is the time and the energy that goes into running a blog our size, a group, reviewing, and just keeping up. Maybe not necessarily the Authors, but random share requests being sent from all directions can sometimes feel overwhelming to us. Iโ€™m a big fan of encouraging emailed review requests, putting share requests in our daily pimp posts, requesting takeovers in the group via email, anything that makes it easier. Itโ€™s just me thatโ€™s answering them, so it can be a bit much.

๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก-๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ข๐™š ๐™›๐™–๐™ซ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™—๐™ค๐™ค๐™ ?

That has to be the hardest question on the planet, but weโ€™ll go with my favorite since 5th grade. I have read Stephen Kingโ€™s IT pretty much every summer since I was 11 and never get tired of it.

๐™’๐™๐™ค ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™œ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™–๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ฌ๐™๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™˜๐™  ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™– ๐™—๐™ค๐™ค๐™  ๐™›๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ ?

I have a few, actually too many Authors that maybe I spread myself thin at times. Honestly? The amount of talent in the indie world is astounding, just saying. You can never go wrong with L.J. Shen, Amo Jones, Jordan Marie, Ashley Jade, and I could rattle you off a ton of amazing Authors that Iโ€™ve enjoyed since Iโ€™ve started. I love when people talk books with me!!

๐™”๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™›๐™–๐™ซ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™œ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ง๐™š? ๐™’๐™๐™ฎ?

Iโ€™m a sucker for Mafia Romance, it has always been one of my favorites, but Iโ€™m convinced I will pretty much read most genres. Thereโ€™s just something about Mafiaโ€ฆ a bad-boy with power brought to his knees for the woman he loves that gets meโ€ฆ.

๐•ƒ๐•–๐•ฅโ€™๐•ค ๐•˜๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•ฅ๐•  ๐•œ๐•Ÿ๐• ๐•จ ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ ๐•’ ๐•๐•š๐•ฅ๐•ฅ๐•๐•– ๐•ž๐• ๐•ฃ๐•–:

  • What are your top 3 Movies (adaptations of books or other)?
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Halloween-Rob Zombie Version
  • Friday
  • What are your top 3 TV Series (adaptations of books or other)?
  • Riverdale
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • Blue Bloods
  • If you had 10 seconds before your house went up in flames, what is the first thing youโ€™d grab?

After my family, I would grab my Momโ€™s jewelry box with all her jewelry to be handed down to my daughter. Now that sheโ€™s gone, itโ€™s become so important to have that to pass along.

  • Name one item on your bucket list?

A kid-less vacation to a tropical place with the hubsโ€ฆso ready for that.

  • Favorite song that youโ€™re jamminโ€™ to right now.

I have โ€œMy Everythingโ€ by Kane Brown as my ringtone right now

  • A book you secretly wish can be a movie/tv series and who would play the main leads?

I just read Melissa Toppenโ€™s Tequila Duet and told her in no uncertain terms that it needed to become a movie STAT. The 1st book just released and the second comes out in the next few weeks and it was phenomenal!! The main leads, if it was a movie, would be Theo James as Hudson and Olivia Holt as Lennon. It needs to happen, lol. A must read duet by the way. (HINT)

  • If you had to give an aspiring blogger advice, what would it be?

Be kind, but donโ€™t be afraid to say no. Watch out for burn out. Keep it fun, and do what you can. Let your love for books shine through.

Final task:

Review yourself in twenty words.

Overly tired hot-mess Mom who wants to read every book on the planet in her pajamas while drinking coffee.

โ„‚๐•™๐•–๐•”๐•œ ๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ฅ ๐”ผ๐•ฃ๐•š๐•œ๐•’โ€™๐•ค โ„๐•–๐•ง๐•š๐•–๐•จ๐•ค ๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•• ๐”น๐•๐• ๐•˜๐•˜๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜ ๐•’๐•“๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ฅ ๐•’๐•๐• ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜๐•ค ๐•“๐• ๐• ๐•œ๐•ค ๐• ๐•Ÿ ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•– ๐•—๐• ๐•๐•๐• ๐•จ๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜ ๐•Š๐• ๐•”๐•š๐•’๐• ๐•„๐•–๐••๐•š๐•’ ๐•ƒ๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•œ๐•ค:


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