Guest Post: How to Woo a Nerd by Author Paula Berinstein

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Did you know bloggers make mistakes?! It’s true! Especially this one!  I have tried to be more careful in 2016, but alas I am still human.  Several weeks ago, I inadvertently sent two different authors the same list of ideas for a Guest Post.  I failed to edit the list so that it would apply to both authors, so Paula Berinstein, author of the Amanda Lester, Detective series, had “Top 10 Things to Know About Romancing the Nerd” on her list.  Romancing the Nerd is a book by author Leah Rae Miller, and her Guest Post was a Top Ten Songs on the Romancing The Nerd Playlist.

Because she’s awesome, Paula Berinstein took my list and ran with it, contributing her own “Top 10 Things to Know About Romancing the Nerd.” Many thanks to Lola’s Blog Tours and yaReads Blog Tours for their constant support and patience with bloggers like me!



Ten Things to Know About Romancing the Nerd by Paula Berinstein

Take it from a genuine nerd. Yeah, I am one. This stuff gets me every time.

  1. Bookstores.  I would rather go there with a friend than eat, hang out at the beach, see a movie, or take the Universal Studios Tour. Used, new, whatever. It’s all good.
  2. Libraries.  See previous. I don’t even mind the dust in the stacks.
  3. Books.  My eye just naturally gravitates to them, wherever they may be: yard sales, someone’s house, the trash (yikes!). I also read them—voraciously.
  4. The New Yorker It’s my desert island reading. I’ve subscribed since forever. I truly could not live without this wonderful publication.
  5. ISBNs.  I buy them by the hundreds. I also do not find them boring. Go figure.
  6. Scramble with Friends. Okay, it’s called WordStreak now but it’s the same thing. I’m lousy at it but I love it. If you want to play with me, let me know.
  7. Sherlock Holmes. Not exactly a surprise, eh?
  8. Charles Dickens. Yeah, he’s wordy, but he’s the man.
  9. Harry Potter. Is that nerdy?
  10. Using my brain. It’s what makes life worthwhile.


df36a-paulaberinsteinPaula Berinstein (Paula B) has released the first four books in her middle-grade/YA series about a girl detective: Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy, Amanda Lester and the Orange Crystal Crisis, Amanda Lester and the Purple Rainbow Puzzle, and Amanda Lester and the Blue Peacocks’ Secret.

From 2005 to 2012, Paula produced and hosted the popular podcast The Writing Show ( She holds degrees in English literature and librarianship from UCLA.


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