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And Welcome to The RG2E, Special Guest, Author Sheila Seabrook!!!
I inherited my love of reading from my dad. He died in late 2009, but my favorite memory is of him sitting on his chair, the sun shining down on his head, a book in his hands.
When my mom told me he could read and watch TV at the same time, my first thought was, “Doesn’t everyone?”
Needless to say, I grew up addicted to books. By grade two, I had discovered the old flashlight-under-the- covers trick so I could extend my reading hours without my parents’ knowledge. In the years to come, I would read cereal boxes, the label on soup cans, the Sears catalogue, the TV guide from the weekly newspaper, magazines—whatever was handy and had words on it would do.
If you’re hanging out here at the RG2E site, you can probably relate to my reading habit. We all have our preferences, but in a pinch, anything will do.
My dad read romance, westerns, mysteries, and thrillers. He kept his paperbacks in a box in the garage and would’ve been horrified if he knew I was “borrowing” them. You see, in the days before sex scenes in books became the norm, my dad had some pretty racy books in his box. Shhhh, don’t tell my mom. It’s a little secret I share with my dad, even though he never knew I knew his secret.
When my dad was in his 70’s, he decided to share his favorite books with me, so I shared mine with him. I’d fallen in love with romantic thrillers and romantic comedies, and was certain he’d love these genres, too.
But he didn’t. They were too racy for him and contained too many F-bomb words. The novels he gave me weren’t my reading type either and eventually I returned them to him unread. Shortly before his death, he gave me a book to read which he raved about. That book remains on my keeper shelf unread, but whenever I look at it, I remember my dad. We may not have enjoyed the same reading material, but our shared love of books united us as it unites readers worldwide.
When I started writing, I wrote romance novels which always included a sex scene or two. My mom edited my manuscripts, but my dad refused to read them. I guess the thought of reading sexual material from his daughter’s imagination was too horrific to even think about.
My dad would have loved the ebook revolution and the wide selection of books now available. And he would have loved to see my stories epublished. As I release my latest book today, I imagine he’s watching over me, grinning with pride…and trying to explain the computer age to my grandma.
One year ago, thirty authors gathered together and began the Bandit Creek Books series (http://www.banditcreekbooks.com). There are mysteries and romances, horrors and thrillers, romance and romantic comedy. Something for everyone…or at least that’s our motto.
Here’s a little blurb from my Bandit Creek novella WEDDING FEVER:
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Bandit Creek’s star reporter is about to have her life turned upside down!
Liz Templeton lives a quiet life with her mother, her mother’s best friend, her boss, and–oh yeah–the ghost of her teenage daughter. When her ex-husband returns to town to hunt for the legendary Lost Lake treasure, she doesn’t count on the pair of matchmaking mothers who are planning her wedding or her daughter’s obsession with the man who might be her dad.
Liz has one chance to stop her family from driving her insane…and falling head over heels in love with her ex isn’t part of the plan.
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So if you want to laugh a little and cry a little, check out my book. Today—July 15, 2012—the Bandit Creek authors are hosting a Facebook release party for WEDDING FEVER. Pop on by. Say hello. And if you decide to join us for the fun, I’m giving away three (3) free copies of the book.
Oh, and if you ever talk to any relatives who have moved over to the other side, please ask them to pass on a message to my dad. “Hey Dad, it’s safe to read WEDDING FEVER because there isn’t a single hint of sex within the pages!”
So let’s discuss books. Did you inherit your love of reading from a family member or did your love of reading come from some other source? And what is your favorite genre to read in?
Thanks for stopping by today!
Connect with me at:
Website Link: http://www.sheilaseabrook.com
Thanks sooo much, Sheila, for being our RG2E Guest Author today! I’m thrilled to help our RG2E Peeps get to know you and your terrific books!!!
Who all would like an Ebook Gift Copy of Sheila’s latest release? Not only can you enter to win at her Facebook Party, we’ll also give away several copies! Just let us know below, and you might win one from The RG2E!
The Best of RG2E Ereading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder