Picture this: you’re all snuggled up with your favorite book in your comfiest reading spot, swaddled in a cozy blanket like a literary burrito while sipping on a steaming beverage, or a glass of wine. Maybe you don’t have school or office the next morning.
When you dive headfirst into the pages of a gripping book, a sort of alchemy occurs. Hours disappear. Dragons and bullfights and plane dogfights become real, and the universe becomes your backyard. Reality takes a backseat while your imagination takes the wheel, aided by your book.
I don’t know about you, but this is when I start lying to myself. One more chapter, I say. I’ll sleep after I’ve read one more chapter. Next I know, I’m bleary-eyed, sore, and dizzy at 6 am, having read through the night.
At the library, I tell myself–this is the last book, I can’t carry any more. And I’ll unpack a dozen books when I return home.
I promise myself I wouldn’t buy a new book till I’ve read all the books at home. By now you know how that ends up.
I tell myself I’m entering the bookstore to look. I don’t need a basket because I’ll buy just one. Maybe. It’s cheaper than drugs, I say, (having read it in a meme). Or getting a dog. Or a television. Why not get two? I can afford this book. And that one. And this other one. How could it hurt? I’m supporting the publishing industry.
And of course I have space for all of them at home. Who said I have cluttered bookshelves everywhere?
I may never find this book this cheap ever again.
And yes, all of those are lies. Like any addict, I’m adept at self-deception.
If you love books as much as I do, what are the lies you tell yourself? Surely, I can’t be the only one?
If all of that talk of books has made you want to indulge your addiction, I have a few lovely giveaways and sales lined up for you.
End of School Giveaway: 125 USD Amazon Gift Card Prize: 16-30 May 2023
US Goodreads Giveaway: Her Little Flowers by Shannon Morgan: 100 Print Books: 16-30 May 2023
US Goodreads Giveaway: True True by Don P Hooper: 5 Print Books: 1-31 May 2023
UK Kindle Countdown Deal: Only Child – Casey Kelleher: 19-26 May 2023
US Goodreads Giveaway: The Surviving Sky by Kritika H Rao: 50 Print Books: 15 May-10 June 2023
US/ Canada Goodreads Giveaway: The Ghost Tamer by Meredith Lyons: 5 Print Books: 10-31 May 2023
US Goodreads Giveaway: Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid: 12 Print Books: 15 May-10 June 2023
UK Kindle Countdown Deal: The Coffin Club by Jacqueline Sutherland: 1-31 May 2023
UK Kindle Countdown Deal: We Are All Liars by Carys Jones: 19 May-30 June 2023
US Kindle Countdown Deal: The Woman From Death Row by Peter Hogenkamp: 19 May-25 June 2023
US Goodreads Giveaway: The Algorithm Will See You Now by JL Lycette: May 20-June 18 2023
US Kindle Countdown Deal: Just A Still Life by J. Ivanel Johnson: 12-18 June 2023
My literary crime novel, The Blue Bar is on Kindle Unlimited now. Add it to Goodreads or snag a copy to make my day. The sequel, The Blue Monsoon is up for pre-orders! And if you’d like to read a book outside the series, you can check out You Beneath Your Skin. Find all info about my books on my Amazon page or Linktree.
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