Happy Thursday, RG2E Peeps!
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Here’s a waaay fun post from one of my fave Authors and fave all-around guys…Greg Carrico
Want to know a secret? I’ve been a night-owl for as long as I can remember. Here’s another: I also really love the peace and solitude of staring up into the infinite night sky on a clear evening. One or two of you might also be shocked to learn that, in middle school, I used to sneak out of my bedroom window in the wee, damp hours before dawn (pun not intended, but still puerilely enjoyed). Hey, I didn’t say they were interesting secrets, just embarrassing!
Oh, sorry. Here’s the embarrassing bit. I didn’t sneak out to joyride in stolen cars or meet up with girls (very often). I did it to enjoy the peace and solitude of star-gazing, and to recover from the caring and encouraging words of my three brothers (1 big brother, 1 twin, and 1 younger). Oops! I said “Caring” and “Encouraging.” That’s not quite accurate, but I digress.
I used to imagine that, among the countless billions of unknown worlds spinning around those distant thermal-nuclear explosions, at least one of them must have dragons. Crazy? Statistics are on my side with this, people. Just try and prove that I’m wrong!
One morning I returned from an illicit nocturnal jaunt to find my bedroom window, along with and every other potential ingress to the warm, dry interior of my home, locked tight. I’d been caught. The only way into my house was to ring the doorbell and face the wrath of my already angry, and now sleepy parents, who, let’s be honest, Just Didn’t Understand Me! This filled my perfectly rational, calm, and reasonable teen-brain to the brim with righteous, indignant rage!
How DARE They? Didn’t they know I could get hurt or kidnapped? It would serve them right if I slept out in the cold and got sick. That would show them!
So I did. I slept on a concrete foundation of one of the many new homes being built in my neighborhood. I learned some valuable lessons that night. First, I found that I could see more shooting stars by watching a small patch of sky instead of scanning from horizon to horizon. Second, I learned not to sneak out of my window. Just use the front door, leave a note saying I’d be back soon, and bring a key.
When my parents realized what a lame kid I was; that I wasn’t sneaking out to do drugs or rob convenience stores, they were sort of ok with it. Sort of. That chilly, damp, restless, uncomfortable, rage-filled night of non-sleep on a concrete slab, initiated one of the first open and honest discussions I’d ever had with a real adult; my parents, nonetheless! And we understood each other a little better afterwards.
Sometimes a thing that looks or sounds like great fun (read: sneaking out and sleeping on concrete) can suck rotten eggs. Conversely, some things that might seem against our nature (read: Teen Greg being open and honest with his parents), can be rewarding in ways we might never have imagined.
Guess what? It’s the same with books.
As you may have surmised, I’m a guy. I like books with explosions, impossible gadgets, evil villains, superheroes, and yes, dragons. So when I won D.D. Scott’s Carats and Coconuts, right here on the RG2E as a matter of fact, I started reading it right away.
Price: 99 Cents
(DEE DEE, you can skip this paragraph!) I didn’t read it because it was free, or because I’m a huge RomCom fan; quite the opposite. Dee Dee had been so generous with her time and knowledge on the WG2E, that I thought I should at least TRY to read one of her books.
Carats and Coconuts changed the way I read and think about books. No, it doesn’t explain life’s mysteries, or why Gandalf didn’t just fly the One Ring to Mordor on a giant eagle. In fact, it’s a pretty silly book, and I enjoyed every silly page of it. I even blogged about it. Who knew that RomCom could be so much fun? Apparently quite a few people did, and now I’m one them. One of you. You know what I mean.
SO, If you are still one of those troglodytes who ONLY reads (insert your genre here), then climb up from your isolated literary cave and feel the warm sun of something new on your face! If you aren’t rotating the occasional Gaimon, Lovecraft, or Carrico (hey, why not?) through your TBR list, take a chance on something different. Sure, it might cost you a night or two of sleep, but you just might like it.
Greg Carrico is a Scifi/Horror writer who dabbles in Extra-planetary VooDoo and Sarcasm Therapy. When not creating new worlds and plotting their destruction, he obeys the telepathic commands of his three little dogs, cooks, and makes tea. Read his funny stuff at his blog, and his scary stuff on your favorite eReader.
Thanks Bunches, Greg, for the superfab sweet shout-out and terrific post! U rock!
Now then…who all would like an Ebook Gift Copy of Greg’s Apocalypstick? Let us know below, and you just might win one from The RG2E!!!
Oh, and if you’d also like an Ebook Gift Copy of Carats and Coconuts, let us know that too! 🙂
The Best of RG2E Ereading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder