From Thea: I’m thrilled to have guest author Carly Phillips visiting on my blog this week. Carly is another one of those writers I have connected with through the magic of Twitter, and she is absolutely wonderful.
Carly is kindly offering a giveaway with her post, and details follow at the end of her post.
When Life Gets in the Way …
As Thea will tell you, I was late in getting this blog to her despite the fact that we scheduled the guest spot a long time ago. Why? Life got in the way. I’m sure that’s true for all of us, one way or another. We work, we take care of people around us, pets, family, friends … and sometimes, everything comes to a grinding halt. That’s the way I’ve been feeling recently. Illness in the family, a child home from college, a younger daughter who I am driving to a driver’s ed class that somehow no one mentioned was at 7 AM every other day, and 8:30 on the rest … my schedule is off kilter. Which means I’m off kilter.
Yet life goes on, right? We work (in my case I write) and do all the things we’re supposed to but it’s harder somehow when you’re just feeling heavier and more burdened. But, though we all live different kinds of lives, we have one thing in common that brings us all together and yes, can take us away from our troubles. READING.
The wonderful world of books (and I don’t care how you indulge in your passion, paperback, hardcover, eBook or audio), the ability to go off into another world is something I will never ever take for granted. This summer, in the midst of madness, I’ve discovered new authors, I’ve entered new (paranormal) worlds, and I’ve gone over the erotica edge and delved into the BDSM world via books. And when I do this, I’m not thinking about my 6 AM alarm, my sick dad, the wonder and difficulties of having a suddenly adult child living home. I’m part of something better, at least for awhile.
Another thing I’ve discovered is that despite feeling … yucky … I’ve been able to write through it. Another way I can escape into a new world. And that’s what I love about being a writer.
Since becoming a writer, thanks to social media, I’ve been able to talk to readers, other writers, bloggers, reviewers etc. about books. I learned that many people have what they call, COMFORT READS. Books they reread when they want to revisit a place or characters they love. This surprised be because despite having been an avid reader all my life, I rarely reread a book from beginning to end. Suddenly I’m thinking I should!
So when life gets too crazy, or when you’re just in the mood, do you REREAD a book from beginning to end? Or do you look for a new read to lose yourself in?
Comment for a chance to a win a SERENDIPITY backlist book of your choice – (Serendipity, Destiny, Kismet, Karma). The giveaway will end at Thea’s discretion. Thanks for having me here today!
Carly’s Website – www.carlyphillips.com
Carly’s Facebook – www.facebook.com/carlyphillipsfanpage
Carly’s Twitter – www.twitter.com/carlyphillips
As with all my Writer Wednesday guests, this giveaway ends at 12 noon MDT on Friday July 20th!