When I moved into my new digs in the fall of 2010, I was forced to toss a lot of my novels. They’d gone musty and paper tends to hold that smell forever. No way would I take that mustiness to the new place; not when it seemed so fresh and new.
Also, the book shelves would be in a well-lit den rather than an unused basement family room.
I had to sort and toss a lot of books! Which made me organize my To-Be-Read pile, which, in turn, made me promise myself to start catching up with it before it rivalled the Eiffel Tower for height.
This is a promise I’ve kept.
Hallelujah! I’ve struck gold. I’ve found some wonderful authors that heretofore had languished unread in the pile.
I’ve discovered a renewed passion for historical novels, and I think it’s because they take me so far away from the news of the day. The political strife mentioned is long behind us. To a person with an interest in history, I’m enjoying every minute of being taken somewhere else and to another time.
I’ve written stories set in the early 1900’s. For me, a fascinating time with many amazing inventions, from the first pineapple canning method to automobiles. Curious? These stories started with “Midnight Confessions”. http://www.bonnieedwards.com/
But as a reader, I love going back further: To the Regency period, or medieval times, or to a time when Viking raiders were a real and lasting terror.
Some of the authors I’ve found in my To-Be-Read pile include:
Margaret Mallory with her “All the King’s Men” series http://www.margaretmallory.com/ I started this series with Knight of Desire, then had to go digital for the others. (digital books NEVER get musty) I am impatiently waiting for her next release: The Sinner (book 2 of “Return of the Highlanders”) coming in November!
I also discovered Kathrynn Dennis and read her second book first: Shadow Rider, then, true to my “new form” had to go digital for her debut, Dark Rider. http://www.kdennis.com/books.php
My most recent discovery is Meredith Duran. I’m now reading her wonderful Victorian, Wicked Becomes You. Oh JOY! I’ve just gone to her website and found several more titles! I’ll be stalking you, er, reading you Ms. Duran…oh yes! http://www.meredithduran.com/
The other wonderful online site I’ve recently joined is Goodreads: a place for readers who love to read and share opinions. http://www.goodreads.com/
I’ll post this blog there sometime soon, but for now, I want to remind readers to go back, check your stacks of books…because you may find gold in that pile!
If you’ve discovered a new author recently please share: there’s always room for more!