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Monday, November 5, 2012

The Tower Of Temptation

I have this growing tower in my room.  I call it the Tower Of Temptation.
It whispers seductively, "Read me. Read me. Read me."

This is a strangely alarming situation. You see, I am not that sometimes reader who buys a book, pops it onto the bookshelf to read when I'm bored, and then walks away until a rainy day. I am the voracious reader who has been known to read an entire series cover to cover without stopping to sleep. I'm the woman who prefers books to shoes. I'm the girl that has ditched my friends at the mall to sneak off to the nearest book store. I'm the child reading by flashlight under my covers. I'm the one who watched Disney's "Beauty And The Beast" and didn't want the handsome prince, the love story, or the happily ever after...

 I wanted the fabulous library!


So, for me to have a stack-- an ever growing stack of unread books, is not only unusual it's down right unheard of. It began with a single book, then three, then five... and now it's taller than I am. And this is only the physical stack of books. I don't even want to talk about what's gathering dust deep inside my Kindle.

How did this happen?


I'm a writer. I write. I write every chance I get. If I have a five minute block of time with nothing to do, I'm writing. Lately, there has been more staring at the blank screen than actual writing. The sudden realization of why hit my like the sky falling.

Yes, I'm Chicken Little and the sky is a sage bit of advice I had forgotten in my determination to finish my book.

“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”  -Stephen King

I am "stuck" in my writing because for many months now, I have not so much as picked up a good book! I have taken every spare moment to write and in doing so, I have lost my greatest available tool-- the written word. No one can paint a masterpiece without some inspiration! I cannot work without the proper tools! I have clearly forgotten the joy and more importantly the energizing inspiration that I draw from great books.

I will make the time to read. Simple as that.

Starting tonight I will choose a book from my Tower Of Temptation and it will be getting my undivided attention for at least one hour every night. I will still manage to get in my writing time. I've already put a bulls-eye on an unnecessary activity that I can sacrifice for my love of books. In fact, I'm not sure why I haven't done this sooner.

Oh, here's a little trivia:  As a child my favorite story was Chicken Little. My mother (who I completely credit with my love of reading) read that story to me tirelessly, without complaint, every single time I asked her to. I'm quite sure she wished the sky really would fall by the time I was five. To this day she shudders when I say Henny Penny.

Are you a reader? Are you a writer? Are you a reading writer? I'd like to know. Comment below and tell me your favorite book (as a child, or adult, or both) and let me know when you read and how you make time.

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I'll choose a random winner on Friday (11/9) to win their very own copy of the last book I actually had time to sit down and read cover-to-cover before I got so distracted by my own writing.  Oh, and more trivia: you'll recognize a name (or maybe several) in the acknowledgments. ;)

Up for grabs:

(Thank you Mr. Liparulo!!!)

The 13th Tribe by Robert Liparulo

My review:

Immortal Vigilantes? What's not to love!
by D.M. Kilgore

5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Meets Expectations: 
5 out of 5
Robert Liparulo had me at "Immortal Vigilantes". What a concept! I had to read it, despite my usual tendency to avoid anything dealing with "experimental technology".

Liparulo starts setting the scene from page one with such descriptive precision that the mental images and subsequent cold chills keep you turning the pages... before you know it, you're hooked!

Blending Bible, History, Technology, and the Paranormal seamlessly, Liparulo gives you plenty to think about with his captivating story line and complex characters.

I loved the care that was taken to set up the world in which the story takes place, the attention to detail, the rich history, the pacing. It allowed me to immerse myself into the story. I didn't want to leave this inventive world, but I had to put the book down from time to time in order to catch my breath.

I especially enjoyed the fight scenes. They are intense and written with such exactitude that I felt the need to check myself for blood splatter!

Thrilling with exciting twists, interesting characters, skillful prose, and a solid story interwoven with a strong faith-filled message. This book definitely keeps you inspired and intrigued.

Hard to walk away from that last page and close this book without feeling exhausted and invigorated- all in one pleasurable mix.

Mr. Liparulo, consider my socks blown off.