I grew up in a non-book household. No. Books. Anywhere. Strange to think of it now. I was led to a lifelong love of reading by... a movie. Them. Radioactive giant ants! Scared the pants off me when I was little, but it opened my world to science fiction. (The movie also gave me a lifelong loathing of ants, by the way.)
When I started school, I discovered you could borrow books and take them home! Yay! I found stories every bit as good, and better, than that dratted movie.
Maybe your children could find a companion book for their favorite video game and discover a world beyond the screen?
What memories do you have of discovering the world of books?
And in other exciting news... Fire and Mist, book 3 of the Well of Souls series is out!
Derek Mackay, 16th century laird and Druid extraordinaire, is doubly cursed—with knowledge he isn’t supposed to have, and by a goddess whose wrath he didn’t mean to incur. The curse promises sure death to any betrothed of his, including the beautiful woman surrounded by Immortal magic who suddenly appears in his life and arouses in him a wellspring of bittersweet desire. The only way to save her is to stay away from her.
Erin Kelley is restless, craving the missing piece in an otherwise contented life. Romance. A man to take her breath away. A man to keep for life. A family to cherish with him. Swept back in time on a dare, she’s confronted by an angry Highland laird—an alpha male both irresistible and determined to keep her at arm’s length. His words push her away, but his emotions pull her in. Ordinary contentment will never again be enough—not when the world contains the extraordinary Laird Mackay.
Yes, it’s a romance, but it’s also about adapting to the curveballs life throws at us. Struggling to persevere against the odds. Becoming victorious in the end, despite the sorrows we’ve endured in getting there. Okay… and being able to shake our fists at the universe and yell, “You can’t break me,” because that’s a fun thing to do. I hope you enjoy the journey.
And if you haven’t read any of them yet, Immortal Desires, book 1 in the series, is on sale for .99 right now. Go grab your copy!
Cerise Laudine loves sexy Highlanders, seductive alpha males from the Otherworld, and bold women who can bring them to their knees and rock their world. Time-travel, star-crossed, or interdimensional, her stories always have a happily ever after. Though the twisted path of laughter and tears is the real journey, isn’t it? Come walk the paths with her and share in the experience.
She also writes darker tales, using the twisted side of her brain, as River Fairchild.
Cerise’s Amazon page: http://amzn.to/2pR4awe
Huge congratulations on released yet another book. Colour me awed and impressed.ReplyDelete
I grew up with books. Lots of books. Some of the parenting I endured was sub-standard, but I remain endlessly grateful for the love of reading which was instilled early and generously fed. My siblings and I are ALL readers.
EC - Thank you! That's wonderful that you all caught the reading bug. Reading is such a comfort.Delete
I grew up in a house filled with books, but what got me reading was when my librarian let me take any book home, including a 600 page full version of The Three Musketeers when I was eight. When I realized I could read whatever I wanted, I just really loved the experience.ReplyDelete
(But it also helped that I grew up with a grandmother who was a published writer.)
Misha - How awesome that you had a published writer in the family! I'm sure she set you on your own writing path because of it.Delete
Hi River - congratulations on the release - sounds interesting - Highlanders, lairds, druids and beautiful women a good match. I was lucky we had a range of books ... and devoured the youthful ones very early in life ... I never seemed to get the classics - but now I read all sorts - with some quite serious reading thrown in. Good luck with the books ...and so glad you found your way - Them! looks appalling! I don't want to be put off ants though ... cheers HilaryReplyDelete
Hilary - Thanks! Yes, the giant ants were appalling. :) I still don't get many of the classics.Delete
I don't really remember a time when I wasn't a reader. I enjoyed it from an early age, although I hated being read to. I guessed that was what got me reading. Hehe! Congrats on publishing Fire and Mist!ReplyDelete
Cherie - Thank you! Yes, reading to oneself is certainly different from being read to. :)Delete
I always thought books magical. We didn't have a lot of books in the house, but my mother took us to the library every other week. I loved library day. I always came home with an armful. lol We also had library day in elementary school where we were required to check out a book. The librarian spent special attention on the kids who weren't reading well and would save them the Dr. Seuss's. I used to resent it... as a kid... but I'm glad she did it. And I hope some of those kids took to reading. I had a couple grade school teachers that used to read to us at nap time. Maybe it was Gumby... Gumby could slide into stories, which was mega cool. I wanted to be able to walk into a book.ReplyDelete
Mary - We had some kind of scholastic book club flyer at school, where you could order books at a deep discount. It was fantastic. I still want to walk into books! LOLDelete
my kids only wanted to read books with cheat codes in them for their games, lol.ReplyDelete
Dolorah - LOL! Maybe they could read books on how to write codes for creating games!Delete
Congrats on the book release. As far as reading as a child, yeah, we were a reading family. My dad taught lit, and my mom read books like Pearl Buck's The Great Earth and Mary McCarthy's The Group. Every summer she took me to the library and I got to pick out a stack of books to take up to New Hampshire. It was a very special event. And of course, I read to my sons constantly. One of their fave books was The Teacher from the Black Lagoon. LOL.ReplyDelete
Catherine - I've never heard of Teacher from the Black Lagoon. Priceless! I wish libraries would make a big comeback.Delete
Congrats on the book release!ReplyDelete
My parents are huge readers and my grandmother who lived near us and then with us was also a reader and a storyteller. Every night, I had a story either read or told to me. I know my mom saved a paper I wrote at school in first grade saying I didn't like to read - she kept it to remind her to keep on working with me. It shocked me when I saw it - I don't remember not liking to read. My dad started bringing home comic books for me, then my mom pushed me to read the Black Stallion Series, then the town librarian was wonderful and the elementary school librarian was also wonderful and I fell in love with books somewhere between writing that paper in first grade and the start of second grade. I read The Hobbit in third grade and after that, I was dedicated.
Tyrean - Thanks! You have such wonderful memories of people encouraging you to read. How wonderful! It is funny to look back at some of the things we wrote as children. :)Delete