Tuesday, 5 January 2016

The Z Files: Rosie Amber ~ Leo

Astrology ~ a bit of fun, a load of rubbish, or something to take seriously?

I invited around 70 writers/bloggers to write a piece about whether or not they're typical of their sign, and how its traits affect their writing life ~ if at all...

I featured fifty-one writers and bloggers last year ~ if you would like to have a look at the list (with links), they're all HERE


My first guest of 2016 should need little introduction to many Twitter based bloggers of the book reading and writing community ~ Rosie Amber, book blogger extraordinaire and big-hearted Leo!


It is a change to be featuring Rosie rather than the other way round, so I'll let her take the stand without further ado ~ all blog links, etc, after she's had her say :)


"Oh to be a LeoBorn to Rule? Not me, but I do make a great second in command. 

Looking back it’s been both a delight and a curse in my past. I love the sun and the warmth it brings so my star falls at an ideal time of the year for me, long summer days, holidays and lazing around, that’s me, I like to bask in the warmth surveying my domain, does that make me smug or just proud?" 

"Now the jealous trait - As a child I saw an August birthday as a curse, I waited all school year for my birthday and just when I got there, everyone was away on holiday, plus when we all returned to school in September, blow me if someone had a birthday on the first day back and I was at the back of the queue all over again. 

Loyal – as I said above, believe it or not I prefer NOT to be the leader, but I pour lots of traits into making a great second in command. Here I tick off; determined, enterprising, encouraging, generous, energetic and faithful. If you’ve got me backing you up, we make a mean team. That will last until on rare occasions the temperamental Leo trait rears its ugly head. But I’m not one to get into an argument with a face to face blow out, I’ll go off and give you the silent treatment."



"Creative – So just at this point many of you will be scratching your head about me – I’m Rosie Amber the fearless leader of the “Rosie’s Book Review Team”, I’m putting myself “out there” exposing myself to the world on social media, yet I claim I’m not a leader? Firstly it’s easy isn’t it? I’m sat behind my computer, see second in command again. Secondly I put that down to my creative side which has now had time to re-emerge, into this I can push my fun and friendly side, my generosity to others that I give to book reviewing and my dramatic side. Don’t get me started on telling you a tale, we’ll be here for the rest of the morning, I can do a good recount of some great incidents.


"Energetic – Anyone who knows a bit more about me knows I’m a busy person and I can fit that expression “If you want a job done give it to a busy person” I’ll get it done, organised and sorted. When I met up with some members of the book review team last October, I had the hotel booked, the weekend planned, maps of the places we needed to go, even a print out of all the motorway services on the route for rest breaks – but we had a laugh too – I may have printed out the list of motorway services, but it sat back at home on my desk.  I may have planned a meet the author at a book swap session, but it was a bit of a one horse event and we chose coffee and an afternoon chatting instead. Although I did pull off a completely mad idea and had us all posing as “Rosie’s Angels” 

So for now I’ll leave you with my lion’s ROAR!"

Could this be Rosie?

Having been one of the members of the book review team that met up last October, I can confirm that Rosie is a warm, friendly and creative lion, very typical of the sign indeed!  She's always thinking of some new idea for the blog, such as her new video reviews on YouTube; maybe running Rosie Amber Book Awards is the most Leo trait of the lot ~ the Queen of the Jungle distributing her new year's honours!

If you would like to read the review team's opinions on all sorts of books submitted for review, have your own book reviewed (don't forget to read the guidelines) or take part in the wonderful world of Rosie Amber generally, you can follow her on Twitter HERE, and look at the rest of the blog that I haven't already linked, HERE!  

Famous Leo authors for Rosie?  I've chosen someone I know is one of her favourites...

.... the amazing JK Rowling, lion queen of fantasy fiction for all ages!


and because Rosie's a country girl at heart, I've also chosen lovely Beatrix Potter :) 


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31 comments:

  1. Thank you Terry, it's really weird seeing myself fit into all sorts of Leo traits as I get on with my daily life.

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  2. Loved it! Fabulous to see our fearless leader and queen of the jungle on the Z files. Great post :-)

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    1. 'Our Fearless Leader' - I think that might stick!

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  3. I so love this feature. Great first post and good to learn more about you, Rosie! :) X

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  4. A lovely warm Leo to start the new year. So nice to learn more about you, Rosie! You sound great fun!

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  5. As a fellow Leo, I remember those lonely summer party-less birthdays right in the middle of August with all my friends away.

    Such a lovely post and good to know more about you, Rosie.

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    1. Ah good to know I wasn't alone, it didn't even work if I sent out birthday invites weeks in advance, some people even just forgot about me....grumble, gumble!

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    2. Oh yes, me too! First week of August - no friends to be seen!

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  6. I do so agree about August birthdays, Rosie. Even when I had a party for my 30th birthday nearly all my friends were away on holiday! On the other hand I have only ever worked once on my birthday - my 21st in M & S!

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    1. Ah the plus side, yes I never had to go to school on my birthday!

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    2. Yes, there was that - I'd forgotten! I never used to go to work on mine, either. Just the next day, with the hangover :)

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  7. As another member of the book review team meet up, I agree with Terry's assessment of our Fearless Leader - nice one Shelley!

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    1. Just weird, I don't see myself like it...much! Thanks Cathy.

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    2. You know like people say 'go and see the MD', or 'ask the DI?' (in business or the police!!. We can say, 'Better ask OFL' :)

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  8. Hi Terry and Rosie .. that was a fun Leo post ... yes Summer birthdays are great - when people are there. I was pleased to be in South Africa and have summer birthdays for a while! You both and your teams do great work for us with the books ... cheers to a creative 2016 ... Hilary

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    1. Thanks Hilary, we're watching the cricket on TV at the moment ans South Africa's sun looks very appealing to me right now.

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  9. Lovely to learn more about you, Rosie. That "Rosies's Angels" pic was brilliant. Looking forward to seeing the video reviews.

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    1. Thank you Wendy, the videos are just something new to keep us fresh. The Angels came as an idea from a comment by a happy author, I muddled up my "Avengers" and "Angels" and Barb Taub did some clever photo artwork.

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  10. I didn't dare comment here until I was up to date with the reviews our Fearless Leader was waiting for so I'm a little late to the party. I need to hop over and have a look at the YouTube stuff as well. As always Rosie, totally in awe of your energy and ideas and it's great to read more about your here :-)

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    1. Ha ha - yes, I've been a bit late on parade with mine, too! Just two more then I can read Barb's India book :)

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    2. Thanks Georgia, and glad to get your reviews! Got to keep the readers busy, can't have their TBR piles getting too low.

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  11. Thanks for sharing Terry's post on Google+, Rosie. Glad to have met you, "Queen of the Jungle"!

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    1. Ah, the mysteries of Google+, a site I have never visited :)

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  12. Another great post in the series! Nice to see that Rosie is a fellow Leo.

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  13. Re-reading this now that I have met Rosie, I can see that she is the same sort of Leo as me, not quite the loud, assertive leader but quietly organising people and events.

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    1. Always the organiser, Liz! I used to be more like that, too, but I've got lazy with it, now that my head's always in what I'm writing. Happy to let others do it for me :)

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