About Me

Welcome to my corner of the literary universe, a place where books are more than just words on a page – they’re a way of life. I’m Alara, your captain on this reading adventure, and here’s my story.

About Me

The Early Years: A Reading Rebel

Yes, you read that right – I was once grounded from reading. While others were sneaking out, I was sneaking in extra chapters. My love for books was so intense, my sister ended up in the hospital with dehydration trying to keep up. Me? I just kept on reading.

A Decade in the Trenches

I spent 10 years in the indie publishing industry, juggling roles from cover artist to book coach. But even a bookish soul can burn out, and I did. It took three years and a return to my first love – reading – to reignite my passion.

Life in Cleveland

I now live in Cleveland, OH, with my husband, our son, and two dogs who think they’re my second and third shadows. My husky and German Shepherd mix are less pets, more Velcro.

A Little More About Me

  • Favorite color? Teal, like the heart of an ocean wave.
  • I have a thing for peacocks – their elegance and flair kinda resonate with me.
  • Bedtime ritual? Reading, of course. My Kindle is practically my second husband (don’t tell the first one).
  • Goal? To create a band of bookish misfits where we can discuss, debate, and devour books together.

The Birth of ‘Alara’s Book Banter’

I’ve dreamed of starting a book blog for years, and finally, here we are. “Alara’s Book Banter” is my space to share my love for books, particularly in the realms of romance, urban fantasy, and the occasional walk on the wild side with erotica. If I’m not vibing with a book, I’m quick to DNF and move on. Life’s too short for boring reads, right?

My Review Style: Honest, Balanced, and Sassy

As an unpublished romance writer and a seasoned hand in the publishing world, I know a thing or two about storytelling. Expect reviews that are honest, balanced, and a little sassy. I’m here to spotlight the good, call out the bad, and have a blast doing it.

Looking Ahead

I’m on a mission to build a community of fellow misfits who share my love for books. And yes, I’m also working on my own novels – so stay tuned for those.

Join the Banter

So, there you have it – my life in a nutshell. If you’re looking for a place to get real about books, you’ve found it. Welcome to “Alara’s Book Banter: Book Reviews with Bite.”

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