by Mlissa | Apr 21, 2015 | Reading, Temptation Tuesday
Let me tempt you with the books I’ve read over the last 3 days… Because I’ve read 5 of JM Darhower’s books since Sunday night and I’m on a 6th one. I happened up The Mad Tatter and haven’t been able to stop reading. This is a rare thing for me, for books to capture me so completely. And to be unable to stop. To continue reading from one author, moment after moment. (more…)
by Mlissa | Mar 19, 2015 | Reading, Tune In and Tune Up Thursday
I’ve read a few books recently. Trends in reading and trends in writing run parallel. What you’re buying and reading, drives what we’re writing.
One book I read was written by one of my favorite authors and it was awful. I was heartbroken. It was convoluted and confusing. I felt nothing at all for the characters. I usually devour her books. This one took me 5 days to finish.
I’m struggling in my reading. I’m struggling to understand the popular books. I’m struggling to understand the appeal of some. I’m struggling to find something that knocks me on my butt with awesomeness.
I read the reviews. I read the good and the bad. I read the comments in Facebook groups. And still…
by Mlissa | Mar 6, 2015 | Author Friday, Reading
Earlier this week, I tried a new to me author. I’m very skeptical when it comes to new authors. It’s so easy to get burned.
I heard about her in a Facebook group. Readers were all about the second book, Beneath This Ink. I went in search of the first book, Beneath This Mask. (more…)
by Mlissa | Feb 9, 2015 | Reading, self publishing
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Vendor price is final. Some titles are part of Kindle Unlimited! (more…)
by Mlissa | Oct 1, 2012 | Guest blogs
I read across-the-board as a kid, and I often read on board, on a plane to wherever, or waiting for a plane to somewhere. My family moved around a lot and traveled extensively, and books helped me get through many idle hours. Books also kept me company in new places with new faces. Books were a way to practice my mother tongues. They provided a sense of the familiar, an anchor. They were also a wonderful window to the new cultures I was introduced to, a fast track to things I knew nothing about but couldn’t wait to learn.
To me, books are much more than just stories. Books are language. Books are culture. They are time machines and travel agencies. They can take you back and give you glimpses into the future. They can take you to the bottom of the ocean and the far reaches of the universe. Books can teach you new ways of thinking and seeing, but they can also give you confirmation that you are not alone, that everyone, everywhere, has felt as you feel, has dealt with what you are going through, has harbored the same doubts, the same hurts, the same fears. And survived.
Reading is much more than a highly recommended hobby. Reading can change a life, save a life, and denying others not only a pleasant time but a shot at solace is a power no one person should have. It’s a power individuals wield all the same, and one of things Banned Books Week is all about. This year marks its 30th anniversary, a reminder that open access to information and the freedom to read and to explore and express ideas is still a contested matter.
The road to banned or challenged books is paved with the good intentions of well-meaning citizens. Removal requests center on books that contain profanities, racism and/or sex, most are aimed at schools and school libraries and signed, “Won’t somebody please think of the children?” I’m a parent. I totally understand the urge to protect. And I know they say it takes a village, but I’m sorry, some things you just don’t get to decide for my family and what my children read is one of them. When it comes to books, the choices your family makes cannot, should not, extend to mine.
Besides, as John Green has said, “Oftentimes what people are getting upset about is precisely what the novel is arguing against.” Books are sneaky. Books are wise. They are subversive and full of hidden truths. There is no room for dictators in a democracy. No single person should be able to decide what the rest of us read. What if what you don’t want to hear about is what someone needs to hear the most?
Has a book ever changed everything you thought you knew about something? Can you imagine a world without them? I shudder at the thought.
is the author of a death-defying love and lust triangle set in the Big Easy titled Alex Rising
, and Perpetual Pleasure
, a hot and heavy novel starring a commitment phobic immortal and a stunt performer bent on showing her everything she’s missing out on (Ellora’s Cave Publishing).
Dita lives in Scandinavia with her striking Viking and their children. She believes that sex is a positive life force, that love can last a lifetime, that one day she will write full-time and that in 2014 Brazil will once again win the World Cup. To see how it all plays out, visit Dita’s Den