Quiet Please. I’m Reading


Outtakes 110

Release 09-04-2013

 

Quiet Please. I’m Reading

By Cait Collins

I know the trend is to download books and read them from a Kindle, Nook, or tablet. While I see the convenience of carrying a small electronic gadget, it’s just not the same as opening a hard back or a paperback. I bought three books today. In between work on my memoir and the final edits on my novel, I’m going to take a break and read.

Diana Palmer is a multi-New York Times bestselling author and one of the tope romance writers in the United States. Her recentl released hard-back PROTECTOR is the story of a Texas Sheriff who is always around to comfort the heroine who loves another guy. Hayes Carson knows all about losing the gal. But his lonely days are numbered. Ms. Palmer’s novels are always well-written, her characters well-developed. They are worth the read.

Irish author Maeve Binchy died in July of 2012. Her last novel A WEEK in WINTER. is set in the small town of Stoneybridge on the west coast of Ireland. When Chicky Starr sets out to renovate an old decaying mansion on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic, the towns’ folk think she’s lost her mind. Her first guests are a hodgepodge of characters destined to spend a week in winter at the renovated resort. This novel has been on my must read list for several months. I look forward to another hit from this popular best-selling author.

An imprisoned evil is unleashed after centuries of captivity and is out for revenge. Atlantean god and leader of the Dark Hunters, Acheron, and his twin brother, Styxx, have spent more centuries battling one another rather than protecting each other. Now Styxx has the opportunity to prove his loyalty to his brother. The epic novel STYXX by New York Times bestseller, Sherrilyn Kenyon, explores the age old question — What happens when the most powerful beings in the world go to war? Ms. Kenyon’s works are the best in escape reading. No matter the genre, she never fails to provide hours of entertainment for her readers.

So pardon me if I request in my best librarian’s voice, “Quiet, please, I’m reading.”

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One Story, Two Views


Outtakes 114

 

One Story, Two Views

By

Cait Collins

 

I’ve been a Sherrilyn Kenyon fan since reading my first Dark Hunter novel. She writes multiple genres and every novel is well-crafted. Take her two books ACHERON and STYXX as examples. The main characters in the two novels are identical twin brothers born to a Greek queen some eleven thousand years ago during the height of the Greek, Egyptian, and Atlantean pantheons. The only physical difference is their eyes. Acheron is not the queen’s child. Mommy and Daddy are powerful Atlantean deity. The baby was implanted in the queen’s womb in an attempt to hide the boy from his father until Acheron turned twenty-one and came into his god powers. Styxx is the mortal son of the king and queen of the Greek city state Didymos.

ACHERON depicts the horrors and injustices the god-to-be suffered as a mortal. He is cursed to be desired by all who see him. He is taken by his uncle and trained as a male prostitute. He is betrayed by the one person he loves, the goddess Artemis. Separated from both his blood family and his birth family, he is left to fend for himself in the hostile world of Greek gods verses mortals.

Styxx fares no better than his brother. The curse that plagues Acheron is shared by Styxx; he is desired by all who meet him. There is a second part to Styxx’s curse – whatever happens to Acheron is transferred to Styxx. To add insult to injury, the prince cannot die as long as Acheron is alive. Their experiences build resentment and distrust to the point the young men come to hate one another. The alienation thrives for thousands of years.

Ms. Kenyon’s depiction of events from both viewpoints permits the reader to understand there is more than one truth. It allows us to ask ourselves how we would have responded. Would we have chosen different paths or are we doomed to make equally painful choices? History is told by those who lived it, and the facts vary depending on who is telling the story. In many cases there are no real heroes or villains. Reality is in the eye of the beholder. It depends on how the author chooses to relate the facts. It gives us a sense of power. And maybe that is one reason we write.

Quiet Please. I’m Reading


Outtakes 110

Release 09-04-2013

 

Quiet Please. I’m Reading

By Cait Collins

I know the trend is to download books and read them from a Kindle, Nook, or tablet. While I see the convenience of carrying a small electronic gadget, it’s just not the same as opening a hard back or a paperback. I bought three books today. In between work on my memoir and the final edits on my novel, I’m going to take a break and read.

Diana Palmer is a multi-New York Times bestselling author and one of the tope romance writers in the United States. Her recentl released hard-back PROTECTOR is the story of a Texas Sheriff who is always around to comfort the heroine who loves another guy. Hayes Carson knows all about losing the gal. But his lonely days are numbered. Ms. Palmer’s novels are always well-written, her characters well-developed. They are worth the read.

Irish author Maeve Binchy died in July of 2012. Her last novel A WEEK in WINTER. is set in the small town of Stoneybridge on the west coast of Ireland. When Chicky Starr sets out to renovate an old decaying mansion on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic, the towns’ folk think she’s lost her mind. Her first guests are a hodgepodge of characters destined to spend a week in winter at the renovated resort. This novel has been on my must read list for several months. I look forward to another hit from this popular best-selling author.

An imprisoned evil is unleashed after centuries of captivity and is out for revenge. Atlantean god and leader of the Dark Hunters, Acheron, and his twin brother, Styxx, have spent more centuries battling one another rather than protecting each other. Now Styxx has the opportunity to prove his loyalty to his brother. The epic novel STYXX by New York Times bestseller, Sherrilyn Kenyon, explores the age old question — What happens when the most powerful beings in the world go to war? Ms. Kenyon’s works are the best in escape reading. No matter the genre, she never fails to provide hours of entertainment for her readers.

So pardon me if I request in my best librarian’s voice, “Quiet, please, I’m reading.”