Celebrating Bloggers Tour : Marlene Roberts Engel and Book Mama Blog

Celebrating all things “blogging” today is Marlene Roberts Engel, creator of the Book Mama Blog.  I was only recently introduced to Marlene through Facebook, but I already knew who she was and that she was a big supporter of chick lit and the indie author.  I liked her before I corresponded with her directly and I like her even more now!  I’m very excited that Marlene has agreed to review both Blogger Girl and A State of Jane on the Book Mama blog and that she agreed to answer some questions for me in celebration of the launch of Blogger Girl and bloggers everywhere! 

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After you’re finished reading Marlene’s interview below, definitely check out her blog here:    http://bookmama2.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html, like her Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/bookmama22#, follow her on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/mengel22, Pinterest here: http://pinterest.com/mengel2/ and Goodreads here: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5401033-marlene-engel

1. What is the name of your blog?

Book Mama

2. What type of blog is it?

It’s mostly a blog about books/authors, but at times I may put something up about family/kids or anything else that may pop into my head at the time.

3. What inspired you to start a blog?

Actually, Melissa Amster from Chick Lit Central kept saying that I should start my own blog. I was hesitant because I didn’t think anyone would read or want to follow it. I have to say, I’m not only glad that I started it but I’m really enjoying having it!

4. What do you like best about being a blogger?

I really enjoy sharing my passion for reading/books with others. I have discovered a lot of very talented indie authors and want to get their names and books out to the public more too. I also LOVE doing book reviews and hosting fun giveaways.

5. What are some of your favorite third party blogs and why?

I love Chick Lit Central. I think that it’s a very classy, professional looking blog. It has great reviews, book suggestions and giveaways. It also happens to be Book Mama’s  sister blog (since we recently affiliated).

6. How do you juggle blogging with your other responsibilities like family and/or career?

Doing a blog is very time consuming. Thankfully I work from home and am able to jump on the computer when I have a few minutes to spare. I also do a lot on my blog after my daughter goes to bed. It’s my “quiet time” where I can get a lot done with no distractions.

7. How often do you blog?

I blog every day. I am constantly updating the free e-books, posting on the Book Mama Facebook page or on my Twitter.

8. Do you have any pet peeves with respect to third party blogs/bloggers?

No, not really. I try to support other bloggers and in return they have shown me a lot of love as well.

9. When you read blogs written by other people, do you prefer blogs that are “theme specific”, for example, “book reviews”, “cooking”, “fashion” etc. or do you take an interest in “personal blogs” as well, for example “A Day in the Life” type blog where the blogger talks about his/her own personal experiences in general?

I mostly read book blogs, but there are a few personal blogs that I enjoy reading as well. I’m a book nerd, so book blogs are definitely my preference.

10. Do you think there is such a thing as “TMI” when it comes to blogging?

Most definitely! I personally haven’t had any experience with a blog who shared too much (or inappropriate) material, but I’m sure there must be some out there.

11. What are your goals with respect to your blog? For example, “I want to have 1000 followers.” “I want someone to write a movie about me.” “I am using it to build a platform for a future writing career.”

My main goal is to share the books that I love with others. I also really want to get more exposure to indie authors. There are so many self published or small publisher authors out there. They don’t get the exposure that the authors signed with larger publishers get and I’d really like to help get their names/books out to the public more.

12. Why should readers check out your blog? What insight do you think you might have that others might lack?

My blog is fun! I think readers will enjoy the book reviews, author interviews, giveaways and fun interaction. I don’t think I necessarily have insight that others lack, but I just try to keep my blog fun and positive. No negativity allowed on my blog.

13. Bonus question: What actress would you like to play you in a movie featuring you and your blog?

Hmmmmm, that’s a good question. I would have to say Sandra Bullock. We seem to have the same goofy/silly sense of humor and we’re both adoptive parents.

Marlene, thank you so much for taking the time to answers these questions! 

Coming soon: Blogger Girl

What happens when your high school nemesis becomes the shining star in a universe you pretty much saved? Book blogger Kimberly Long is about to find out.

A chicklit enthusiast since the first time she read Bridget Jones’s Diary, Kim, with her blog, “Pastel is the New Black,” has worked tirelessly by night to keep the genre alive, and help squash the claim that “chick lit is dead” once and for all. Not bad for a woman who by day ekes out a meager living as a pretty, and pretty-much-nameless, legal secretary in a Manhattan law firm.

While Kim’s day job holds no passion for her, the handsome (and shaving challenged) associate down the hall is another story. Yet another story is that Hannah Marshak, one of her most hated high school classmates, has now popped onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book that’s turning heads–and pages–across the land. It’s also popped into Kim’s inbox–for review. With their ten-year high school reunion drawing near, Kim’s coming close to combustion over the hype about Hannah’s book. And as everyone around her seems to be moving on and up, she begins to question whether being a “blogger girl” makes the grade in her off-line life.


  1. meredithgschorr on July 22, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Thank you so much for participating in my Celebating Bloggers Tour, Marlene!

  2. Marlene Roberts Engel on July 22, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Thank you for hosting me and my blog, Book Mama! I enjoyed being a part of your celebration of bloggers tour!

  3. Nicky Wells on July 22, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Oooh Marlene, you know how much I adore Book Mama! I think it’s amazing what you do out there and I’m thrilled to hear that you get fun and satisfaction out of it too. You deserve every like and every follower! Rock on and keep blogging: <3 <3 <3 🙂

  4. Tracie Banister on July 22, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Oh, Marlene, you know how much I adore you and your fabulous blog! You are such a great cheerleader for the Chick Lit genre and for indie authors. We all appreciate your support SO much! And I love that you have such wonderful giveaways on your blog (I say this as someone who was fortunate enough to win your AMAZING Jane Porter giveaway a while back.) Wishing you much success with Book Mama!

  5. perfectpencommunications on July 22, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Marlene, you are a superstar! I love Book Mama and you so much. You are such an incredible support for authors, and I don’t know how you do it all with such finesse, sparkle and energy. We are all lucky to know you!

    Samantha Stroh Bailey

  6. Jackie Bouchard on July 22, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Great interview! Thank you, Marlene, for all you do to help support Chick Lit and especially indie authors!

  7. Marlene Roberts Engel on July 22, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Awww, you all have me emotional over here! I love all of you as well. Thank you for supporting my blog. You know that I love my indie authors and will ALWAYS help to promote them and their books at Book Mama Blog! xoxoxo

  8. Cat Lavoie on July 23, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Great interview, ladies! 🙂 Marlene, Book Mama is fabulous! Thanks for all your hard work promoting indie authors! You rock!

  9. Marlene Roberts Engel on July 23, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Thank you, Cat! I really do love my indie authors. Not only have I read some amazing books by indie authors, I’ve made some wonder (author) friends too!!!

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