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28 09, 2016

Guest Post & Giveaway: Doctor Kinney’s Housekeeper by Sara Dahmen

By | September 28th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |13 Comments

doctor kinney's housekeeper book coverPlease welcome Sara Dahmen, author of Doctor Kinney’s Housekeeper, who’s virtually visiting Luxury Reading to talk about the research behind her books. 

Sara has a special giveaway for Luxury Reading visitors–enter below for a chance to win a copy of her book as well as some American-made, pure and organic cookware inspired by the book itself!

by Sara Dahmen

I absolutely completely dislike (hate?) talking about my books. Isn’t that the strangest thing for an author to say? We’re supposed to be proud and, perhaps, a bit egotistical about our work, right? But I’d rather sit down and hear about your books than mine.

Please, don’t read mine in my line of sight, or aloud, or ask me about the story. It’s one of the few times I’ll blush, stutter and sound completely inarticulate. All my loquaciousness flees.

Now the upside to that is that I get to meet a ton of people. I get to learn what their story is, and what makes them tick. What is their passion, what is their expertise? What drives them to write? Who are they?

26 09, 2016

Giveaway: I’ll Stand By You by Sharon Sala

By | September 26th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |0 Comments

saving jake book coverPlease welcome Sharon Sala who is touring the blogosphere with the latest installment in the Blessings, Georgia series, Saving Jake

Enter to win a copy of I’ll Stand By You below (open to US residents only)

Dear Reader:

I welcome you to Blessings, Georgia, the best small town in the South.

No, there aren’t any secrets kept here, and yes, everybody knows your business, but when bad things happen, good people come to your rescue.

I grew up in a place like that—-a place everyone should live in at least once in their lives, but since that’s not possible, I’m offering the next best thing: stories about that way of life—-touching stories, funny stories, stories that will break your heart on one page and heal it on the next.

5 07, 2016

Writing a Novel About Your Hometown Without Offending (Too Many) People

By | July 5th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: |4 Comments

root petal thorn book coverPlease welcome Ella Joy Olsen who’s visiting Luxury Reading to talk about her latest novel, Root, Petal, Thorn!

Writing a Novel About Your Hometown Without Offending (Too Many) People

I live in Utah and I wrote a book based in Salt Lake City. In realizing location will nuance story, what do you think my book is about? Come on…say the first thing that pops into your mind.

Now with that subject in your head, let me say this: I’m not Mormon. Now what’s my book about?

When I told friends I was writing a book based in my neighborhood, many groaned and said, “Please tell me it isn’t another Mormon exposé?” It’s not.

28 06, 2016

Guest Post: Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, author with Finding My Way Books

By | June 28th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: |0 Comments

vera lynne stroup-rentier head shotPlease welcome Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, author with Finding My Way Books!

First Impressions

By Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier

On a very hectic Monday a couple weeks ago, my daughter missed her bus. She is attending summer school at her new high school where she will be a freshman. As a result of her missing the bus, we arrived to school earlier than the bus did. So it was up to myself and her brother to find her classroom, as her ability to direct us was somewhat limited in such a big building.

When we walked in the classroom, there were at least eight adults milling around the room getting ready for the day. No one greeted us, no one said “MyaGrace you are early”, so after a few seconds I said “MyaGrace missed the bus, so she is early today”. At that time, one of her teachers said, “MyaGrace come over here, I’ll get you something to play with until the others get here”. At that point, her brother and I kissed her goodbye and left.

I left the school with a heavy heart that day because that was my first impression of what her experience at high school would be like. I had such high hopes for her high school experience to be more positive than her middle school experience was. First impressions are important. Not just for my family but for every family.

I know that I will have other positive experiences with the staff at my daughter’s high school. This would be true for many reasons. Her brothers attend that same school, I had positive experiences with schools throughout my school career and I come from a family of educators. What about other families who haven’t had those positive experiences with school?

8 06, 2016

Guest Post & Giveaway: Vanishing Time by Katharine Britton

By | June 8th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |10 Comments

vanishing time book coverPlease welcome Katharine Britton, author of Vanishing Time, who’s virtually visiting Luxury Reading to talk about her decision to self-publish her latest novel. 

Katharine is giving away 5 copies of Vanishing Time–don’t forget to enter to win a copy below!

The Tale of a Digital Immigrant on the Road to Self-publication

I’m a digital immigrant. There I’ve said it. I did not grow up with computers, cell phones, apps, or the Internet. I was not even in the first wave of adopters during the digital diaspora. I resisted emigrating as long as I could, and still sometimes think longingly of “the old country,” those simpler times when cultural norms were familiar and I understood the language.

30 05, 2016

Guest Post & Giveaway: Last Ride to Graceland by Kim Wright

By | May 30th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |12 Comments

9781501100789 (1) (1)Please welcome Kim Wright, author of Last Ride to Graceland, who’s virtually visiting Luxury Reading to talk about what inspired her latest novel. 

Don’t forget to enter to win a copy below!

by Kim Wright

Each of my books comes to me a different way.  Some of them are slowly and painfully assembled in pieces, sort of like a mosaic, while others arrive in the world quickly, with the idea fully formed.  My latest novel, Last Ride to Graceland was one of the easy births.

It started on a rainy Sunday morning when I was lying in bed flipping through my hometown paper, The Charlotte Observer and a headline in the local section popped out at me: Last Ride to Graceland.

11 02, 2016

Life as a Full-Time Writer by Leigh Russell

By | February 11th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |6 Comments


journey to death book coverPlease welcome Leigh Russell, author of the new book, Journey to Death!

Enter the giveaway below – open to US residents

Life as a Full-Time Writer by Leigh Russell

About five years after my first book was published, I found myself in the fortunate position of being able to give up my day job. It was just as well, as writing had all but taken over my life, leaving time for little else. Anticipating settling into a new routine, I quickly discovered that being an author is far from a nine to five job. Working with two publishers, there are frequent meetings – often over lunch or dinner – as well as literary festivals to attend, and other talks, panels, interviews and book signings. In addition to the physical world promotion, there is social media,

25 09, 2015

Guest Post: Russell Scott, author of The Hard Times

By | September 25th, 2015|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: |3 Comments


russell scott headshotPlease welcome Russell Scott, author of The Hard Times!

Hey, hello, and howdy. I appreciate the chance to blog here on Luxury Reading, and have to say that the name represents the reality for most of us today. Reading and reading well is in fact one of the ultimate luxuries in the new millennium. With our busy schedules, increasing work loads, and the increasing prevalence of electronic entertainment options, it becomes harder and harder to sit down book in hand and give ourselves the luxury of spending time within our own minds.

I will admit that when I’m preparing for an interview (for our literary journal China Grove) and I’m reading the oeuvre of a writer like Ellen Gilchrist, Winston Groom, Pat Conroy, or Greg Iles where there are twenty or more books to read to get prepared, I can

17 08, 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach by Pam Jenoff

By | August 17th, 2015|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |18 Comments


last summer at chelsea beach book coverPlease join Pam Jenoff, author of The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Enter to win a copy of the book PLUS a Chelsea Beach limited edition beach bag below – open to US and Canada residents

Why The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach Is My Homecoming

by Pam Jenoff

Though none of my work is autobiographical, I have come to believe after eight (!) novels that some books are just inherently more personal to write than others. For me, this has never been more true than writing The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach. Though I never set out to write it that way, and I didn’t know it until after the book was finished, but my new book is in many senses

15 04, 2015

Guest Post: Holly Robinson, author of Haven Lake

By | April 15th, 2015|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: |9 Comments


haven lake book coverPlease welcome Holly Robinson, author of Haven Lake!

The Magpie Writer Steals Again, by Holly Robinson

Writers are like magpies: we steal shiny objects wherever we go.

“Ooh!” we say as we catch a snippet of colorful dialogue in a restaurant. “I’m keeping that!”

The same is true for the silky threads of plot from a family story, or those gold buttons we find on family vacations that we can transform into fresh settings. I love looking back at my novels and seeing how I’ve woven the various bits and bobs I’ve been collecting into stories.

Sydney, one of the main characters in my newest novel, Haven Lake, is a child psychologist who grew up on a hippie commune started by her father, a Vietnam vet suffering from PTSD. She no longer has a close relationship with her mother, Hannah, who