What’s on my nightstand? Lots.
Like many people, I have a shelf full of good intentions. Some books I’ve purchased and never found the time for. Others I had every intention of reading, but can’t find the time.
If a book makes it from the shelf to the side of the bed, there’s a good chance I’ll get to it at some point. Of course, the invention of e-readers has made this even more difficult!
Luckily, I tend to knock over the bulk of my pile over summer. Less sport to watch, more food comas to recover from, you know how it is.
So a few titles I’m eyeing off for the (Australian) summer:
Whether it’s romance or romantic suspense you crave, these titles will leave your heart thumping!
Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh
Devastated after his fiancée leaves him, Flavian Viscount Ponsonby finds himself seeking comfort in the arms of the charismatic Agnes Keeping.
To promote her latest mystery Double Strike, Gretchen Archer’s daughters convinced her to try something different. Here’s what happened…
The problem isn’t contests or freebies—I love a good contest and I’m happy to donate books—the problem is my daughters. I want normal contests. I want to pick a random commenter and send them a signed book. This summer I was in the dead space between book releases, when (I should have been writing) my daughters (grown, both out of college and navigating their mid-20s) decided I needed to stir it up, no resting for Mom, and presented me with their dream contest, Burnt by Davis. My main character, Davis Way, can’t cook. She’s good with bad guys, computers, and disguises, but she can’t boil water. Thus, a recipe contest.
In the mid-1990s (way back in my early childhood—lol!), I completed a graduate program in Russian literature. To prepare for comprehensive exams, I had devoted three years to reading my way through a list of novels, short stories, and poems by such luminaries as Pushkin, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Turgenev, and others. Once I had passed the exams and found a spare moment to reflect on things, I came to a startling realization: it had been ages since I last read a book by a woman.
“If your husband told you he needed you to stop pursuing your passion because he was feeling neglected would you?” This was the question my sister asked me during one of our many daily calls to each other. Her question gave me pause because I could never envision being married to a man who would ask me to choose between what I love to do and our relationship. I have truly been blessed in the husband department. Not only is the love of my life a great guy, but for the past 16 years he has supported me wholeheartedly while I have been chasing my dream to become a successful writer. But…but…yes, that three letter word. But, even nice guys have limits and this year I have truly pushed the proverbial envelope. I need to take inventory of the myriad activities that stem from my creative endeavors. I must find balance and that’s definitely easier said than done.
This month at the James River Writers Conference in Richmond, I’m moderating a panel on making time to write. With four panelists, we’ll review all the ways in which writers find excuses to avoid writing and how to overcome them. The topic is very applicable to me. In addition to prepping for that conference, I’m working on three paid copywriting jobs, setting up writing shows for 2015, in a book club and editing/rewriting a manuscript (which is supposed to be my main job right now).