The Lady Scribes are thrilled to have our first ever Reader Guest Blogger today, Misty Helm. I have to quickly tell you the cutest story of how I met Misty. A few months before my debut book hit the shelves, Misty sent me the sweetest message about how readers were in for a treat when they read my book. She's a book seller, so she was able to get an early copy to read to see if the bookstore should stock any of my books. I can't tell you how relieved I was to hear that at least one person liked my story. It eased my fears about release day so much. But the really cute part is how she chose my book out of all the other fantastic books being released the same month. You see, she has a niece named Samantha Grace, so naturally my name jumped out at her. Then to top it off, there was this really hot guy on the cover. Well, little Miss Samantha Grace's mom reads romance novels and at the time, Samantha would say the men on the covers were her boyfriends. So thanks to this adorable little girl, I had the chance to meet one of the nicest people on the planet, and I'm happy to call her my good friend. And now I'll turn this blog over to her.
I am a book lover of all things romance, well most things romance. I read contemporary, historical, paranormal, and suspense, the only sub-genre I’m not keen on would have to be fantasy romance. I go through various cycles when it comes to what I’m in the mood to read. I have the tendency to read one of the sub-genres until I feel quite burned out and then I move onto the next one. I have to confess that it’s been a longer stretch than normal since I've read any paranormal romance, even though my shelves are stuffed to the gills with numerous paranormal romance books. I just hadn't been in the mood for it. The same for a time could be said about reading historical romances as well. I simply had not been reading them; however my excuse is that when I’m in a semester I typically juggle two or three history classes and time lines tend to blur.
A few nights ago I was sitting on Facebook watching a steady stream of people discussing the next installment of J.R. Ward’s wildly popular Black Dagger Brotherhood novel which is to release on March 26, 2013. It then and there dawned on me that I was close to being three books behind in that series and I cannot stand having more than one book in any series waiting for me to read. So needless to say, I picked up Lover Unleashed and devoured the book within a few hours. That was all it took to send me flying straight back into the realm of paranormal romance. I didn't stop with the Black Dagger series, I quickly followed suit with several other established paranormal romance authors and even threw a few new “to me” authors into the mix. Now, I am a super fast reader and have since gone through five other books including a few new to me authors.
The end to my paranormal slump got me to thinking. Do you have a trigger author that will send you into frenzy reading of anything and everything available by your favorite authors/ genres until your brain cannot take any more? I know for me all it takes for me to get back into reading a favorite author or series is to push myself to read one of my favorite authors.
Misty is also a book reviewer and you can follow her reviews at Misty's Book Bin on FB. Don't forget to like her. We sure do! Or you can go directly to Misty's Book Bin Blog.