Stella has graciously allowed me to guest post, and since I'm doing another post later this week, I thought I'd do an alphabetized list in two parts. Here is everything you need to know from A to M!
These are things, books, people, and authors who have had an impact on me as I've gone through my journey. I'm an eclectic mix of experience and personality and that's what drove me here. I started in television as a producer and reporter and through various ins-and-outs of life ended up staying at home, caring for my young twins. Instead of slowly losing my mind, I turned to reading, the Internet and authors and each of the things on the list marks something that helped me gain the confidence to actually sit down, finish writing a book, and then keep going. And they appeal to a reading crowd, too. =)
A - Adler, Renata. If you have not read this woman, go pick up one of her books. I recommend Speedboat. It is a novel of sorts, but it's incredibly ethereal and her ideas flow through her words moreso than her plotline (which remains a mystery through much of it.) I loved this book.
The Belle Jar. Not Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, although, yes, that too. But The Belle Jar by Anne Theriault. An amazing feminist and parenting blog that's going places fast.
C - Charles Dickens. Yes, I know you already know about him. But did you know there's a test online to see if you know the difference between his writing and that of Edward Bulwer-Lytten, the man who coined "it was a dark and stormy night."
D - Direct Contact. My new book! It's a mix between dystopian genre fic, sci-fi and romance, and it's getting high reviews thus far!
E - Elizabeth Hawksworth. Amazing poet and historical fiction short-story writer.
F - Finding Home. A contemporary romance for the holidays with a twist.
G - The Great Gatsby. "He smiled understandingly-much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced--or seemed to face--the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself."
Hit and Stay. My first book. A romantic suspense about a police man, a woman on the run and a journalist.
I - Ishiguro, Kazuo. Check it.
J - Just the Messenger. A hotter ménage piece that's getting the most response of anything I've ever written and published. It's a spy thriller.
K - Kristen Duvall. Writer and owner of Fey Publishing. A rare gem and someone to pay attention to.
The Layton Prophecy. I know you've never even heard of it. This is a mistake. It may be the best romantic suspense I've ever laid my hands on. Ever.
BONUS: Literopathy. Have a life problem and need a book solution? This team prescribes books for whatever ails you. Amazing idea.
M - Milan Kundera. Author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being and the Book of Laughter and Forgetting, there is not a time Kundera puts his pen to paper that magic does not come out.
Direct Combat. You can connect with her at:
Direct Contact by Ninette Swann
Julie Gladwell has a secret. Acting as chief attendant for the New Government’s procreation program, she rears girls to carry the emperor’s heir. Only a few are chosen for the program, called “The Special Ones,” and they are given no names, only numbers. They see no one but authorized personnel until their twenty-first birthday. Which is usually when they die. Direct contact is forbidden. As she cares for these girls, no one ever suspects who she actually is.
Scientist Malcolm Odin hated his job and hated himself. Put in charge of the entire human engineering program, the experiments and suffering he witnessed made him sick. Still, it paid the bills and kept him living comfortably in Terrecina. He knew of far too many who’d fallen through the cracks, living on the earth below. The Level People, they were called.
When he confides his unease to Julie, she lets him in on her secret and into her heart. What starts as fancy ends in revolution, but how will they choose between their fellow man and each other?
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