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:
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.
Our motto is back to school, back to books! But it’s even better knowing that we’re reading for fun. Here are the new titles we’ll be checking out this week.
Virtue Falls by Christina Dodd
Virtue Falls is the small town in Washington where four-year-old Elizabeth Banner witnessed the murder of her mother. After her father is convicted of the crime, Elizabeth is raised by relatives and eventually grows into a smart, beautiful young woman.
Catherine Bell, the winner of the 2014 Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize, is bursting into the literary world with her debut novel in October. Rush of Shadows is a deeply emotional story about two women, one white and one Native American, who form an unlikely friendship in 19th century California when tensions were flaring between the two cultures. To tide us over until pub, Catherine shares the books she’s currently reading.
In Stephanie Joyce Cole’s debut novel, Compass North, a desperately unhappy woman is thrust into a new life and a new identity in a small town in Alaska when she is presumed dead in a freak accident. She discovers that it takes more than a change of venue to reinvent a life. In honor of publication, Stephanie shares the books she can’t live without.
My husband and I are moving soon. It will be both wonderful and wretched. Wonderful, because it’s exciting to have a new place to live and explore. Wretched, because moving is so much work, and involves so many hard choices.
Jessica Barksdale Inclán is the bestselling author of Her Daughter’s Eyes, The Matter of Grace, and When You Believe. In honor of her latest novel, How to Bake a Man (we LOVE the title!), she put together a list of the fun summer reads on her nightstand.