Reviewed by Amy

Another Welcome To Two New Team TNA Members!

TNA BadgeHi, everyone! I just want to take a minute to welcome another two reviewers to The Novel Approach team.

The review business is not only a time consuming one but is a cyclical thing as well, and as such, I’ve got a few folks who’ve gone on hiatus recently–Tina, Taz, Lynn and Rena–although, both Lynn and Rena will still be around to do guest reviews from time to time, so they’re not gone forever.

Today’s welcome is to Maryann and Amy, so I’ll shut up now and let them tell you a bit about themselves. :)


TNA_Signature_MaryannAbout Maryann:

Hi I’m Maryann. I am retired and have lived in West Palm Beach, Florida for 5 years. I can say I have come full circle. I started in New York , spent a few years in New Hampshire and was uprooted again and lived in California for a very long time. Now I am back on the east coast again!

I’ve always liked to read, I remember going to the library and reading the Doctor Dolittle books by Hugh Lofting. Much later on became a big fan of Stephen King.

When I came to Florida, I started riding shotgun with my niece to Tampa. She was an RN and was working on getting her degree for Nurse Practitioner. I would read her medical books and review notes to her while we traveled. We also got hooked on Game of Thrones and listened to it on audio CDs. The medical book reading came in handy because the first M/M book I read in 2011 was Zero to the Bone by Jane Seville. The doctor had to repair a gun shot wound and I actually understood the medical terms. This was the book that got me started on M/M genre.

Seen a lot of Florida since I’ve been here, of course Tampa, Orlando, Naples, Miami and the Keys. Took my first cruise in December to the Caribbean. It was great!

I love my Kindle and Audible! Have both apps on my ipod, ipad, and MAC. So there is never an excuse not to be listening or reading.

I was interested in editing books but when I saw Lisa’s request for reviewing books, I thought I would give it a shot. I have hopes to do a good job for The Novel Approach. Happy reviewing everyone!


TNA_Signature_AmyAbout Amy:

Hey All! My name is Amy Di Martino and I am a New York transplant living in Florida…… I am a Coffee addict and a complete extrovert.

I am a fiction lover from way back, my all-time favorites are very diverse, from Jane Austin’s sweet love stories to Poe’s The Tell Tale Heart to Shakespeare’s Sonnets’, I love all types of fiction. In the early 90’s I was introduced to Laurel K. Hamilton and found a passion for Mystery, Romance, and Paranormal.

For a while in the early 2000s I lost my literal way. I stopped reading for almost five years, letting my corporate job make me forget my love of literature. I know a lot of people will think this is silly, but I attribute my road back to fiction all to Twilight. I moved to Florida and met a lovely lady by the name of Jennifer who introduced me to that series, and that, folks, is all she wrote. My love of fiction rekindled, and I became a voracious reader again. I discovered M/M in 2008 after J.R. Ward opened my eyes with Blay and Quinn, and haven’t looked back since.

I do love all types of stories but do tend to love Mysteries, Gritty love stories, and beautiful tragedies the most. The things I dislike are recycled ideas and super sweet fluff.

I have been commuting 12 hours a week for over a year, and the only thing that has kept me sane was MULTIPLE audiobooks.

What better way to combine my love of M/M and Audiobooks than to review for The Novel Approach?


Welcome, Maryann and Amy!