About Us

Books and Tequila is a group of friends from all over the world—some who’ve met in person, some who haven’t. And yet, we all have the same interests and hobbies—books, reading, caffeine, and Tequila (Shocker). We all met through our shared love for a certain author, Kristen Ashley. Through talking her and other author’s books, we developed a deep friendship over time, and finally made the step to build a blog where we share the love of books, and our weird and crazy friendships with the book world.

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Hello y’all, I’m Anja (or Anya for everyone who’s a native English speaker). I’m originally from Switzerland, but have been living in Philadelphia the last two years. Now, I’m on the move again and who knows where I’ll end up living. I’m also addicted to coffee and books, not necessarily in that order.

I’ve loved reading ever since I can remember. It all started when my mom read The Little Prince to me when I was around five. It’s probably one of my most re-read books ever—I love that book. Throughout my teenage years, I fell in love with Harry Potter, as well as the classics; Austen, Dickens, Dostoyevsky, and Hugo. I know, a very unconventional and diverse list.

My love for Romance started about 10 years ago with Jaime and Claire in Diana Gabaldon’s epic love story, Outlander. Though, it took me years, and for FSOG to be published, to find the community of self-published authors. From there, I found authors like Madeline Sheehan, Kristen Ashley, CP Smith, KS Adkins (to name some of my favorites), who really opened the door for me to all that was out there—and I’ve never look back after that. I read pretty much anything, but love triangles. Maybe one day.

Reading was never a chore for me, but something I could escape reality with. I read whenever I have the chance. And I’m looking forward to chatting with y’all about my obsession of books, authors, and everything else under the sun!

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Hi! I’m Diane. A wife, mom of 4, nana, bread seller, and avid (or rabid) reader. I am married to my own version of a romance Hero…an ex-military, tattooed, motorcycle riding, alpha cop.

My love for books and reading started at a very early age and my family always called me their bookworm. I’m also a bit of an audiobook addict and if I’m not able to sit down with a book, I’m listening to one as I commute or do my daily errands and chores.

I read many genres, but always gravitate back to romance. I love a story that makes you feel what the characters feel. I want to cry along with their heartbreak or swoon to some steamy dirty talk and fall in love right along with my Hero and heroine.

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Hola, I’m Dora, a Texas native living in a small town in Jalisco, Mexico (where Tequila is produced!). I’m a SAHM of 4 and a new grandma of twins. I love my Tequila and coffee strong, my books, and during NFL season I’m usually MIA, cheering my team, the New England Patriots.

The first book I bought was Gone With The Wind, it’s still to this date one of my favorite stories. I’ve always loved the Southern authors best of all. For example, Pat Conroy’s The Prince of Tides and all of Larry McMurtry’s books, especially the historic westerns. My tastes have varied and evolved over the years, from John Irving, Anne Rice, Stephen King, John Grisham and Isabel Allende. There wasn’t a lot to choose from here, and for years I relied on the kindness of strangers, who would “donate” their paperbacks to beach hotels. Bellmen and maids were my best friends!

I became a serious reader about 8 years ago, when my mother was ill and I went back to the States to care for her, several times a year, up to 4-6 weeks at a time. I would visit used bookstores and re-discovered Historical Romance. Then, I bought my first Kindle and I became a rabid reader! I learned what YA, HEA, Alpha, and H/h meant. I had no idea blogs existed. That authors had Facebook pages. I discovered Tarryn Fisher and Kristen Ashley (for example) on my own, and became a fangirl. FSOG was a revelation. The Twilight Saga!!!

I’m that strange creature who loves romance, but doesn’t have to have a HEA. I know, makes no sense. I LOVE angsty stories. I love to FEEL and cry over a story. I don’t have any no-nos to speak of, which is why I guess I love the dark genre, too. I want to know that a book is a cliffhanger (no, I don’t consider that a spoiler), and won’t read it until the 2nd book is out. And I do love a RomCom! I admire authors so much, and I’m always grateful for the ones who know their craft and excel. Some days I want to read to escape, while others I want to read to experience.

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Hi! My name is Heavenly (yep, that is my REAL name). I love books, coffee, and everything purple. I’m a mom to three beautiful children and have been married to the love of my life for 13 years.

I’ve been a reader my entire life. I can still remember the first books I read in grade school and all the worlds that would come alive in my imagination. I have no idea what I would do if I couldn’t escape into a book on a regular basis.

Out of all the genres I have read, romance remains my top love. There is just something about getting lost in the fantasy of two people falling in love. My favorite romantic tropes are anything forbidden, angst ridden, or containing a secret baby/surprise pregnancy storyline. You give me a story with any of those (or all three) and I am in heaven!!! There isn’t anything I won’t read, although I prefer my HEA. I need my happy endings!!!

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Hi everybody, I’m Marieke. If you think Marieke is a strange name, it’s a pretty normal one in the Netherlands, where I live. Besides an addicted reader, I’m a stay-at-home mom to my two little monsters, and after 17 years I’m still madly in love with my husband.

As long as I can remember I’ve been a bit addicted to reading—it drove my parents almost insane. I used to read thrillers and mystery books, but a certain trilogy—yes, I’m talking about Fifty Shades of Grey—brought me over to ‘the dark side’. haha The only books I read nowadays are (erotic) romance; I just love stories with a Happily Ever After. Or as I think of them; fairy tales for big girls..

I do have my own blog, but I couldn’t resist teaming up with my book friends, who I’ve met through a shared love for Kristen Ashley, an author who writes great stories. I hope you’ll enjoy our blog!

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Hi! I’m Sandie. I’m from Denmark and I’m (unfortunately) still a full-time student who is currently writing her master thesis on literary translation.

I have been a reader for as long as I can remember. My mom made weekly trips to the library with my sister and I when I was a kid, and some of the stories she read aloud are still some of my all time favorites to this day.

But the change from reader to READER happened on Christmas in 2001. I was gifted the first Harry Potter and a whole new world opened up for me. It taught me there’s real life magic in the world and it is captured on paper every single day, and I wanted to be a part of that magic.

My reading habits vary on a daily basis. My favorite trope will be one thing one day and something different the next. But it will always be a romance. Hockey romances have a special place in my heart since they not only combine my favorite sport with my love of reading, but because they were some of the first English romances I’ve ever read—in particular the works of Rachel Gibson and Bianca Sommerland.

In addition, everyone who knows me knows I LOVE (yes, it needs to be capitalized) single sex romances, M/M to be exact. They contain some of the most beautiful storylines and they have to overcome obstacles like hate to finally be together, which is what romances is all about—getting to be with the one you love, even if it’s several people at once.

Other favorites include MC romances like the works of Kristen Ashley and Tillie Cole, or Jill Shalvis’ laugh out loud funny contemporary romances. Though, I will never turn down a single parent book (preferably a father) cause one of my favorite elements in a book is kids.