What are you reading?

I get asked this all the time, but this week, the question came up more often than usual…because, I as I learned, it was READ ACROSS AMERICA Day on Wednesday.

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Who knew?

So…what are you reading?

I’m finishing up the last of my six RITA books, which are top secret so I can’t discuss the titles or my opinion of them. But I can tell you that for the first time EVER, all of the books were from Indie publishers. Not a single title from a New York traditional publishing house. Wow.

On my Kindle, I’m reading:

Exposed by C.J.Carmichael             AMAZON

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This is the third book in the trilogy, but BURIED, the first in the series, is FREE. I highly suggest you give it a try if you like mysteries. I am really enjoying the series and will be sad when it’s done. (But I’m also looking forward to some answers. ;-) )

Speaking of FREE books, MONTANA COWGIRL, Book I in my Big Sky Mavericks series is free for a few more days. Here’s how BookBub described it:

A heart-tugging Montana love story! Fifteen years after leaving for rodeo stardom, Bailey returns home to rebuild her shattered life. Can she find a second chance with Paul — the man who cursed her for leaving him behind? 

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$4.99 Free!

Available for a limited time

The Debut of a Badge (Tara Taylor Quinn)

RITA-Nominee-Badge-504-x-504-AdMy publisher is good to me. In addition to the Godiva chocolates they sent in congratulations for the RITA final, they also sent this.  I love it, of course!

Once A Family is the second book in the Where Secrets Are Safe series.  It’s my fifth RITA nomination.  Still, I cried when I got the call.  Because this series is deeply personal to me.  The final validates my hope that I am doing the series justice.

If you haven’t read this book, you can get it for only $3.99 by clicking on the badge above.  It’s the story of a fifteen year old girl who shows up at The Lemonade Stand, a unique women’s shelter off the coast of California.  She claims that her older brother, the guardian who raised her, is abusive and she is seeking shelter.  The hero is her older brother.  The heroine is the lawyer who is representing the girl.  I tend to write myself into impossible situations.

I once wrote a book, Sara’s Son, where the heroine had been raped at a party and the hero was one of the rapists.  I have no clue what I thought I could do with that one.  Or how it could possibly be a story worthy of reading.  But the story was there.  The people had appeared.  So I sat down.  I trusted that for whatever reason, it was meant to be.  Maybe not to be published, or globally read, but for some other reason unbeknownst to me.  I let them tell me their story.  It sold.  Globally.

Once A Family is finding similar success.  And I realize, even here, in my writing, I’m not in control.  They just let me feel like I am so I keep coming back.

Why I read (instead of watching TV)

Normally, my nose is too deep into my book to notice the latest “mews” (my word for media made-up news). But as I sipped my morning coffee planning my first not-writing day in months, my eyes were blasted by the hoopla surrounding the release of the new cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition–from the waist up. Apparently, the lower part couldn’t be shown on daytime TV. Ya’ think?!

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Forget for a moment, that wearing a swimsuit isn’t a sport. Forget the fact we hear this same chatter every year because…face it, controversy sells. Forget the whole objectifying women aspect of this. Forget that Carl’s, Jr., starts making a healthier hamburger then hawks it with a silly, over-the-top suggestive commercial during the Superbowl. Forget that I sound like a crotchety old woman… I had no choice but to click “OFF.”

Today is my day of R&R and I’m spending it with a book. Hopefully, a good book. I have 8 RITA books to read and judge, and, I couldn’t be happier, because, honestly, watching TV is not good for my blood pressure.

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What are you doing today?

Deb