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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Par-Tay time: ROOB celebrates its 4th anniversary!

October 14…. A day for most which will go by with no real meaning other than being a regular day in the year but for us at Realms it holds a bit more than that. Why? I hear you ask…. I’ll tell. Once my sister had an idea, her and me with a passion for reading books had of course our chats and fun discussing the books, but as my sister got into the book-anatics-thing on the internet an idea came to fruition, why not start a website with forum, discussing the one thing we love most. She discussed it with me and had one problem, she was not really into the technical side of making a website, tadada it was like the universe combined our ‘powers’ as I was a bit home in website-building, at that point I had worked on the administration of a web-design company for two years doing odd bits and pieces on websites and getting to know the technical inns and outs. Of course we both got excited and henceforth Realms On Our Bookshelves came to be a daily term in our phone-conversations. Through this we came to know many great people of whom Marissa and Pearl became dear friends of us.  

Early this year, the totality of building the website we had going grew a bit over our head. Our lives changed and as so many great authors got to our attention the website building was no longer a one girl job. The internet-community changed as well, instead of website/forum, blogging became the HOT thing and after discussing this over with Marissa and Pearl (whom beside our friends were steadfast reviewers of ROOB) we decided to change format and make it the four-ROOB-girl thing we have going today.

Throughout the past four years of knowing each other on the digi-world and outside that in real life we came to know us four as:

Leontine is wickedly fun, loyal, a bit of a scatterbrain and somewhat of a drama queen
Marissa, caring, chaotic, historical lover of the first order, smart but with her bridget jones moments (which is hilarious for us) and we came to know her as a musical encyclopedia
Natascha tends to be a bit of a wallflower, tell-it-like-it-is attitude but with a very big heart, creative, funny and has a passion for writing
Pearl is a busy-bee, talkative: always open for a chat about everything, sweet and caring

To add some spice to the post here are some great anecdotes from our time together:

Leontine – Staphorst meets the ROOB posse
Marissa- Triple A’s sexy alpha male to the rescue

Is it four years already?? Time flies when you have fun…

Ok today we talk about some of the funny things that happened to the ROOB gals over the years, there are really too many Bridget Jones moments to pen them all down here. We all know each other through the Internet, but I can remember the very first time I met Leontine in the flesh. I was picking her up for a bookfair in Rotterdam, she opened her door and the very first thing she said to me was: “Hi, you look so different than I thought you would.” “Well hello to you too Leontine!” After that we chatted about everything and nothing like we have known each other for years and that has never changed. The whole Staphorst affair and the word “sophistication” still make me smile when I think back of the memorable coffee-stop we made in that little town, but I picked another story to tell. So here it goes and you are forewarned, I am not a good storyteller.

We had a date with some other booklovers to have a nice afternoon/evening of book- and girl talk, the meeting took place in Zeeland and that is about an hour away from my place. My loving partner was not happy about it because I was very pregnant with our daughter and he knew that those meetings always ended in the middle of the night. But I really wanted to go and so Leontine and her sister Natascha picked me up, Pearl had other obligations and couldn’t make it, but we still had fun and spent a great afternoon and evening chatting and laughing. And so it was very late when we said our goodbyes and got to the car. Driving home, still chatting about books and stuff I can still hear Natascha say: “I think we have a flat tire…” And yes there we stood in the middle of nowhere with a flat tire, so we called for assistance and we waited. It was a very cold December night and we waited behind the crash barrier for the sexy alpha male who would come to change the tire. Well, we hoped he would be sexy… So here we were in the middle of nowhere and someone really needed to pee. No, it was not me, the very pregnant one with huge belly, but Leontine! She needed to pee so badly that she could not wait any longer. She just sat down in the grass, mooning her behind for everyone at the highway and took a pee. Her butt must have been frozen for it was very cold that night but at least she felt better LOL. We of course could not stop laughing and then our rescuer arrived, the man of our dreams, the sexy alpha male who would sweep us of our feet with his dazzling smile and capable hands… Well, the sexy alpha male turned out to be a balding man with the sex appeal of a mitten but his hands were very capable, before we knew it the car was fixed and we were on our way again. It was very late when I finally saw my bed that night and I went to sleep with a big grin on my face.

What else to say, except that I hope that ROOB will be around for many more years and that I cherish my friendship (on the Internet and IRL) with Leontine, Pearl & Natascha. #raising my glass# To many more laughs, book & girl talk and embarrassing moments! Love you gals!


Once upon a time we: Pearl, Marissa and I were going to Natascha for an overall meeting and to celebrate her 30th birthday. Because Natascha lives about a 3 hour drive away from the rest Marissa was all over the music selection for the road trip. Truly, she has an inner DJ for information about songs, bands and trivia information about them. She was in to the songs that were so wrong they actually sounded right, some of her playlist:

Right Said Fred – I’m too sexy
Boney M – Rivers of Babylon
Matthias Reim – Verdamt ich lieb dich
Marianne Rosenberg – Ich bin wie Du
Opus – Life is Life
Roberto Jacketti & the scooters – I save the day
Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers – Islands in the stream
Sabrina – Boys, boys, boys

As much was from the 70’s and 80’s the nostalgia was coursing through our veins, the clothes, teen-age years, the make-up, nothing was left unspoken as three very, but then really very “off key” voices were singing along. Or I could say, two voices were singing along and I was mumbling and extremely happy when I could sing along with the chorus of each song….my mind actually went blank with a few songs *eek*.

The car was eating away the miles and the music was jamming and it was halfway that we decided to take a break and go for coffee. Now what I’m about to tell next is told with all due respect for each and every religion! In the Netherlands we have our Sin Cities, really….love ‘em, hate ‘em, but you can’t go around them. To balance it we have a few villages in our country that have their own way of exercising their believes and are very…very…truly very strict in upholding the rules as stated within those beliefs. It is in such a town called “Staphorst” that we stopped for coffee, at first we didn’t even realize it but then we thought Staphorst bells started to go off big time. Full of giggles we entered an establishment where we were confronted with a crowd of grandpa’s and grandma’s. We sat down at a table and ordered our food and drinks. Up to then everything was under control and we were showing our best behavior! But this came crashing down so fast as we started to talk about books and books and…well erotic romance. I should’ve taken an example to Marissa and Pearl and censure my language but what can I say, I was excited, the passion for the topic evident in my voice and I had a few things to say. I think I can safely say that the three of us won’t be visiting that town any day soon because the people lunching and drinking their coffee definitely gave me the evil eye a few times while Marissa said: Sophistication Leo, where’s the sophistication??” Uhm, well... probably lost it along the way I guess LOL. If it got lost along the way then it evaporated as we got to the topic of anal behavior…this is in the context of compulsory behavior! That we all have got that one straight *wink* Pearl has got this about reading orders, she has to read books in order of release date and it doesn’t matter whether it is part of a series, trilogies or novels. Now I have got this myself and probably Marissa and Natascha, and a whole lot of readers with us about series. Reading the series and trilogies in chronically correct order so you can experience the full impact of the overall story. Pearl just takes it a step further and it is a unique quirk to her nature *we still love you Pearl!*. From this we got to Lora Leigh and her Breed series….do I need to say more. Breeds, Staphorst, and three women who just discovered these awesome erotica novels. Add my attitude to the mix and as I’ve said, Staphorst was more than relieved to see me go LOL

Of course we arrived at Ashleagh’s house full of smiles and giggles and had a blast!

After four years of sharing the love with each other for books and sharing an incredible friendship I can’t believe how much we changed since our tentative first steps in reading English books. Our yellow road brought us to Blogger, Twitter, Goodreads and Facebook. ROOB the website changed along with it. It allowed us to read and review fantastic authors but most of all those get-together’s as friends will be cherished the most. I toast to Natascha, Marissa and Pearl; girls, may we have many more anecdotes to tell once we reach our senior citizen years and our friendship still goes strong. To all those who we’ve come to know online, we love to share the passion for the romance genre and you’ve all made it a blast! Thank you!!!

Of course we had many more moments together but let’s not bring out the most spicy details just yet… But do not be too disappointed… we have a great contest for you in store:

Giveaway: To share in our love for the romance we would like to give one commenter a choice in book up to € 6.50 (six and a half euro's) and to where Book Depository Store ships! Winner will be announced on October 18th.

Enjoy our anniversary week ;-) We have Lora Leigh with a one on one interview with Leontine and Donna Grant over who gives her 411 on her MacLeod highlanders & still ongoing giveaways!

Warm wishes and happy readings,

Leontine, Marissa, Natascha & (from the sick-bay) Pearl


Aurian said...

Congratulations with your 4th anniversary ladies! I have not been with you for all of that time, but for most of half for sure!
I wish you many more fun reading and blogging years, and that we all may discover great books and great authors!

Lanae T. said...

Happy anniversary to you ladies! Sounds like you have had many fun times and hopefully lots more to share!

Blodeuedd said...

Yay :D Congrats girls! 4 years is a long time.


I do wonder, after all these 4 years, which scene from a book was most talked about? ;)

Natascha said...

@Pearl Hun I know your with us in your thoughts today, we wish you a speedy recovery and hope you get better soon!!!! *hugs and bringing some virtual chicken soup your way*

@Aurian hey girl so good to see you drop by! *hugs* How are you?

@Lanae We sure do, unfortunately this year we weren't able to meet up as much as we wanted to, but next year we'll be going full-speed ahead again!!!

@Blodeuedd Owh gosh I think quite a few, one author who definitely brought up discussions was JR Ward for sure. But as you probably noticed on our blog we all have a diverse range of books we like, some are the same others aren't, but the BDB's are on top of all our lists.

Leontine said...

@Pearl - I hope you get well enough to join us again hon *sends get will hug*

@Aurian - The book world is full of adventures LOL But glad you're still dropping by here!!

@Lanea - We always said to each other that even in our eighties we still would read these books, oxygen tank next to us for surviving those eroticically charged scenes and we would meet daily in the retirement home's community room to talk books LOL

@Blodeuedd - Now that is one hell of a question but a fantastic one! Only my memory is sorely lacking. I must ponder.....

cories5 said...

Happy 4th Anniversary! And hope you have many, many more!

Thank you for the Abs Days and for bringing Jed Hill into my life. ;) Do each of you have a favorite?

Chelsea B. said...

Happy 4th anniversary!

Lucy said...

Congratulations and keep up the good work!


elaing8 said...

Congratulations on your 4th anniversary!!!
Thanks for sharing the hot butt pic :D
**picks up glass**
Cheers!! here's to many more years!!
(you knew I had to have a drink to celebrate **wink**)

Sabrina said...

Congrats to 4 amazing years of ROOB.
I love your blog and hope that you will have fun with it for many more years.

Natascha said...

@Cories5 Do I have a fave???? I have loads -lol- Although some might say I have the odd one in the mix but if i have to choose one I think David Boreanaz is definitely of my top list!!!

@Chelsea B. & Lucy thanks for the congrats and for droppign by ;-)

@Elaing8 Always glad to put a smile on your face with a hot bud, sexy abs or s-thing in between or mix of both ;-) Raises glass in greetings of your toast, Slainté.

@Sabrina we hope so too, we have to much fun to stop ;-)

Julie said...

Happy 4th anniversary, ladies!! I've enjoyed all the good reads and pretty pictures, and look forward to more. ;)

Stella (Ex Libris) said...

Oh my! 4 years! weow that is something Girls! Congrats and here's to many more! Please continue to keep us entertained with such hottie pics and funny posts! Love your blog! :-D

Kelly M said...

Congratulations on your 4th anniversary!!!

I am new to your sight and to Donna Grant's books....But she is now on my To Be Read list... :)

Thank you for a chance to win...

Ina said...

oh wow, 4 years is quite a long time - congrats on your anniversary :)
wish you all the best for the next 4+ years *hugs*

jmspettoli said...

Congrats on 4 years and thanks for the giveaway!

spettolij AT gmail DOT com

Spav said...

Congrats on your 4th anniversary!!


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Calendar October:

We celebrate our fourth anniversary YAY


1 star: Too many flaws and not worthy of your time.

2 stars: An average story with no surprises.

3 stars: An interesting and entertaining story.

4 stars: A riveting and gripping reading experience.

5 stars: A story that is the ultimate reader's high and very addictive.

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