Greetings, everyone! I hope that your Holiday celebrations were wonderful and that Santa brought you all you were wishing for. So now it’s time for the New Year’s celebrations to begin. Time for us all to pause and count our blessings and make hopes for the year ahead. Some of us are also in for a long weekend at home with those new Kindles, Nooks and Kobos we got for Christmas. So I’ve decided to do a little post to tell you what I’m reading on my little holiday:
1. Creek Walking by Tally Johnson: Now this one is currently out of print, but I have high hopes that it’s going to be released in a revised edition very soon. Creek is a book of mostly Southern Gothic short stories penned by Southern historian, Tally Johnson. Up until last year, no one knew that Johnson could write prose, as his previous works were true ghost stories from South Carolina, but damn what a prose writer he is. He has a truly amazing voice that comes shining through such wildly different characters– you seriously won’t believe that the same author wrote these stories. For example, one story is a high Victorian piece written in proper British English circa 1860. Another is a very Southern Gothic retelling of, I shit you not– Oedipus. My personal favorite story is one called “Route 666.” It incorporates ghosts and mythology in such a clever way. It’s just so strange, I can’t help but love it.
2. Bubbly by Anne Holly: This book comes from one of my fellow Rebels and is a brand new Contemporary Erotic Romance for New Years. Anne’s going to be here on The Southern Belle from Hell in the coming weeks to promo her book, but I just had to go ahead and buy it so I could read. And it is burning up my Nook!! It’s a story about a poor little rich girl who ends up getting all hot and heavy with a rough and tumble bartender. Anne is a fantastic writer that creates deep characters with an intelligent and witty voice. She also writes really hot sex. And as you know, that’s really important.
3. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: I started reading this book just before Christmas. I’ve been a fan of the movie for as long as I can remember, but I’d never read the book. Ladies and gents… if you’re a romance writer– READ THIS BOOK! All of those little archetypes that we cling to started in this book. Now, old Margaret was in desperate need of an editor. The book tops out at 1400 pages. But it’s like a blueprint for every romantic character you’d ever want. And the story is just so engrossing and over the top. I love it.
4. 11-22-63 by Stephen King: I admit it… I’m a slut for a new Stephen King novel. I’ve blogged before about my long romance with Stephen King’s prose. If I was half the writer he is, I could die happily. When I was a kid and read my first King novel, Carrie, I marveled at his ability to scare the shit out of me while still making it a great story. As an adult, I can still appreciate the story, but I understand all the subtle nuances of each character. How he ties the plotlines together. Even if I don’t like the story, I’m constantly amazed by the writing ability that King demonstrates– even just in his notes about the stories. As a writer, the one person I’d like to sit down and have dinner with is Stephen King. This book, obviously about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, promises to deliver suspense and general creepiness.
So there’s my lineup of New Year’s reads to get me through the long, cold winter. I dunno about you guys, but I always read more in the wintertime. It helps to pass the time until spring. So feel free to read some with me and comment back. We can have our own little book group.
Of course, I wouldn’t be a proper author if I didn’t plug my own books for your winter reading. My latest, “Masquerade,” makes a great quick read that will warm you up nicely. It’s a hot and heavy story about a married woman who needs a little variety in her life. The variety comes in the form of two seductive men who sweep her off her feet at a mysterious masquerade party. I’ve been told it’s pretty hot, so why not give it a try on that new Kindle or Nook? Then hop over here and tell me how you liked it. I’d love to use your words to shamelessly promote myself!