By Erin Knightley
It always happens when there is something important going on the next day. Innocently, you pick up a book for some reading before bed, planning to relax for the next hour or so for a more restful sleep.
The book, as books are wont to do, starts getting good. I mean, really good. So good, that all you do is blink and two hours have gone by. And then three. Your eyes get heavy, and you swear you will stop at the next chapter.
Dang it! Now you forge on, determined to only read a little more until you get the teensiest bit of closure, but your will is weak, and the story is fantastic.
The next thing you know, you have two hours to sleep until the dratted alarm goes off, and you must slog your way through another book hangover. Sigh – I feel your pain. I can remember many a night where I burned the midnight—make that 2am—oil, desperately flipping pages in one fantastic book or another. Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught, My Dearest Enemy by Connie Brockway, The Duke and I by Julia Quinn, and yes, even the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. Sabrina Jeffries, Suzanne Collins, and even several of my own fellow Lady Scribes have caused many a sleepless night in my household.
And you know what? I think that’s just plain awesome. I mean, how amazing is it that books are so rich, so utterly compelling, that we would forfeit the bliss of sleep for the pleasure of reading. When my hubby was reading the Game of Thrones series, every night I would go into the room and find him asleep with his Kindle draped across him, the light still on. It made me smile every time. I just love that there are so many incredible worlds to be explored, characters to fall in love with, and fictional lives to be caught up in.
So here’s to the authors that rob us of our sleep—and to the coffee that keeps us going ;) In honor of both, I am doing a “Romance Readers Do It All Night” giveaway, complete with coffee mug, $5 Starbucks Gift Card, swag, and a new book to love (I hope!)
(ps - if you win and you already have More Than a Stranger, you are welcome to an advance copy of my second book, A Taste For Scandal, instead!)
All you have to do to enter to win is tell me: What book or Author has kept you up all night recently? I'll ship anywhere in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Winner will be chosen Thursday, Sept 27 by 10pm CST. Be sure to leave your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win. Good luck!