Feature and Follow Friday #19: Dear Nicholas Sparks

feature-and-followThe Feature and Follow is the premium BLOG HOP of Book Bloggers that is hosted by fellow bloggers Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Running for over five years, the Feature and Follow’s goal is to promote the book blogging and author community to join together and support each other – even if it is just through a simple follow. The FF also promotes creative post options by offering interesting topics we can all talk about and comment on!

Feature and Follow Friday is finally back! With a new look and some new changes, there’s still lots of fun to be had and it’s a great way to connect with fellow bloggers.

Here’s a run down of how it all works:

  • The goal is to increase blog followers, make friends and have something to post.
  • You create your own post using the post prompt.
  • You leave your link and thumbnail in the linky list that links back to your post prompt.
  • Once you have your post up and linked, visit other posts and tell them hi. The point is to FOLLOW them not just comment.
  • If you see a post that just hit it to the moon, or just want to show appreciation to a fellow blogger friend, COME BACK AND VOTE for them on the linky list to show some appreciation.
  • The person with the most VOTES gets chosen as the next Feature (you can be chosen every 90 days unless we are in need of features)
  • It is required that if you participate that you have to follow the FEATURE. It is a big no-no to participate and ignore the feature. They are the special snowflake in this little blizzard.
  • As a participant it is up to your discretion on how you want people to follow. Please post RSS, GFC etc if you have a follow of choice.

Specific RULES

  • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  • Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
  • If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed FOLLOW as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  • Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers

For those of you who are familiar with this weekly feature, you can read about all of the new changes by viewing the posts on Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

This week’s featured blogger is: Readiculously Peachy

Here’s this week’s question for participants: Write a letter to your favorite author. – Suggested by Parajunkee

This one is fairly easy for me to write. I have been a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks’ books since I was a teenager. I was first introduced to them when I discovered Message in a Bottle was based off of one of his novels. As I became more familiar with his work, I found I would anxiously await every year for his next release. Even if the movies failed to be as great as the books, I have seen and enjoyed each and every single one of them for what they are. Which is probably one of the few times you will ever hear me say that about a movie based off of a novel. Many of his novels have stayed with me for different reasons. For example, At First Sight completely crushed me when I read it on Christmas of 2005. I was pregnant with my second son, all alone for the holidays in my barracks (I was still in the Navy at the time) and as the main character expressed all of his anxiety and fears for his unborn child, which may die from a problem with the pregnancy, I couldn’t help but cry and cry as I read the book. Needless to say, I have never reread that particular book, because it affected me so strongly.

My son and I met Nicholas Sparks in 2007, at the release of his book, The Choice, in New Bern, NC.

My son and I met Nicholas Sparks in 2007, in New Bern, NC. This was for the release of his book, The Choice, which I finished reading while we waited in line for six hours!

Over the years, he has been the one romance novelist I have read religiously. This is significant for me, because I am not the biggest fan of lovey dovey books. If anything, I’d prefer my books to be romance-lite if not romance-free. But still, every year I anxiously await to devour the next tale of love and regardless if everything works out in the end or doesn’t, I will probably continue to do so until he quits writing.

Dear Nicholas Sparks,

I have had a deep appreciation for books since I was five years old. As a child I read a little of everything from Judy Blume books to Baby-Sitters Club to R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike young adult horror novels. But it wasn’t until I was fourteen years old that I discovered a joy for romance that even to today, I rarely enjoy in my reading. That first book, was one of yours and it was titled Message in a Bottle. It’s funny, because in today’s age, I would have been overly exposed to countless young adult love stories by that time. But in 1999, it was your book that gave me insight to the joy and pain love could bring. It helped me to realize how rare it is to truly find someone you can call “The One” and how no matter how strong your feelings are, if you aren’t willing to work on the issues you have, it can all easily just slip away. In a way, it was ironic that as a teenage girl, I could feel such a connection to a story about two middle aged people finding each other.

Message in the BottleMy love for romance novels has never really amounted to much. Even after all of these years, I can’t seem to find it in me to enjoy those kinds of books and yet, my love for your work has never wavered. Perhaps I am drawn to the type of male characters you have created. Men who aren’t afraid of their own feelings, who can be both vulnerable and strong when needed. Or perhaps it’s the brief instance of hope I get from reading your stories, even though I have long since given up on any idea or hope for a happily ever after of my own. Or maybe it’s simply the realism in your stories. Where despite all efforts, the two lovers don’t always wind up together. Things don’t always work out perfectly and it’s that kind of imperfect ending that really adds a sense of realism to your novels. Whatever the reason, I want to thank you for telling your stories. I look forward to seeing what you will publish in the future and how your writing will continue to develop and grow.

Your fan,



I’m always up for having new followers on my blog and bloglovin (links are on the right sidebar.) But I’m really hoping to have new GoodreadsTwitter and Facebook followers this week. Please comment below and I promise I will return the follow and view your post as soon as I can!

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About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

4 comments on “Feature and Follow Friday #19: Dear Nicholas Sparks

  1. This letter is awesome. I’ve never read a Nicholas Sparks book because romance isn’t my thing, but it’s great that the books had such a big impact on your life. It’s also cool that you got to meet your favorite author.

  2. OOoh nice! It’s always awesome when you get to meet THAT author! The one that you’re reading like crazy and then you meet him/her and it’s just like AHHH!!! Lol!! I’ve done my fangirling but in the beginning, I was just soooo quiet. I was like, Do you KNOW who you ARE?! LOL!

    Here’s my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂

    • Right? I’m really excited because we actually have one author event in town next month. I’m not familiar with the author, but let’s face it, who cares about all of that??

  3. Awww, happy reading flashbacks for the mention of The Babysitters Club! I’ve only read a few Nicholas Sparks books because I’m not a huge romance fan, but you can’t hate The Notebook!

    Old follower, happy F&F Friday!

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