Guest post by Misa Ramirez
I love the theme of Luxury Reading and am so thrilled to be here. I absolutely agree with Vera when she says “the ultimate luxury is curling up with a good book and a warm blanket”. Add a little snow outside, a roaring fire in the fireplace, and that just might be the most perfect day!
Here’s the definition of LUXURY: luxury |ˈlək sh (ə)rē; ˈləg zh (ə)-| noun ( pl. -ries) the state of great comfort and extravagant living : she lived a life of luxury. luxuries like top shelf margaritas and Lola Cruz Mysteries | cozying up with a good book is a luxury.
Reading absolutely fits the bill! So many good books, so little time. Sites like this that introduce people to brand new books are so important. As a writer, having your book published by a major publishing house is a huge thrill. But that is just the beginning of a long road. How does an author get her book out there for her potential readership to discover? Sometimes a publisher pushes hard and promotes a book. Sometimes a book manages to become viral and word spreads like wildfire. Other times, as has been the case for the Lola Cruz Mystery Series, the readership grows over time and through word of mouth thanks to sites like this.
Bringing books to readers and readers to books is always an author’s goal. It’s the goal of my two new sites, Books on the House and Books on the House for Kids and Teens. Just like Luxury Reading, we celebrate books which, to me, is an absolute necessity, as well as a wonderful luxury!
Hasta la Vista, Lola!, the second book in the series, has gotten such wonderful reviews, and the response from random readers across the nation has been amazing! The word about Lola is definitely spreading, and I couldn’t be happier–other people are enjoying Lola as much as I do! She’s like a friend; I can’t wait to get to work everyday and see what she’s up to, and what’s next in her life. Looks like I’m not alone!
And so much of the growing support for Lola Cruz is due to sites like Luxury Reading, which showcase and celebrate books. So thank you, Vera! And thank you readers. It’s an author’s greatest joy to know that her books have resonated with people.
Misa Ramirez is the author of the Lola Cruz mystery series: Living the Vida Lola (January ’09) and Hasta la Vista, Lola! (2010) from St. Martin’s Minotaur. A former middle and high school teacher, and current CEO and CFO for La Familia Ramirez, this blonde-haired, green-eyed, proud to be Latina-by-Marriage girl loves following Lola on her many adventures. Whether it’s contemplating belly button piercings or visiting nudist resorts, she’s always up for the challenge. Misa is hard at work on a new women’s fiction novel, is published in Woman’s World Magazine and Romance Writers Report, and has a children’s book published.
You can visit her website at www.misaramirez.com.
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