Tuesday, August 2, 2016

GUEST POST: If My Life Could Be A Book What Would It Be #Giveaway

Every so often I grab a bunch of amazing and brilliant authors and force them to participate in my crazy ideas. Okay, I don't force them. Stalking isn't forcing... I'm told. Well this month I asked them a question. One question for them to answer: If our life could be one book, what would it be and why?

A good amount of authors chimed in and I must say I was delighted with their answers. I'm sure you'll be too. Here's what they had to say:

If my life could be one book? Oh Lord. You’ll think this is downright freaky because it’s a horror novel, pure James Herbert style, but I’d love to live Herbert’s, The Magic Cottage. Can I give the blurb to it first? Just to get a sense of what goes on there:

"We thought we’d found our haven, a cottage deep in the heart of the forest. Charming, maybe a little run down, but so peaceful. That was the first part of the Magic. Midge’s painting and my music soared to new heights of creativity. That was another part of the Magic. Our love for each other – well, that became the supreme Magic. But the cottage had an alternative side. The Bad Magic."

"What happened to us there was horrendous beyond belief. The healings, the crazy sect who wanted our home for themselves, the hideous creatures that crawled from the nether regions, and the bats – oh God, the bats! Even now those terrible things seem impossible to me. Yet they happened..." -James Herbert, The Magic Cottage

Herbert is a master. He can take a horror and still make is so beautiful I’d sell everything I own to live there. And that’s just pure damn cheeky skill, to make me feel that way!

The Magic cottage has a round room that seems to mend the cracks of your life (as well as the cracks in the wall). It also offers the perfect acoustics as the main character plays his guitar, and the cottage’s magic takes that guitar solo to new heights. I want to sit there and just listen, soak up the beauty and isolation of the cottage, all the secrets it holds, the music, how it feeds creativity. There’s a lot of peace there despite the darker side. And I think that’s all I want for my family: that feeling of peace. Okay so I’d have to deal with the darker side too, lol, but, well -- life generally has its dark sides too, so that’s nothing new....

OMG! Clap Hands! That’s so easy. I would love to be a treasure hunter like Dax and Jack in Treasure of Love. One of my favorite books I’ve written. It is based on the 1898 wreck of the Clara Nevada in the Lynn Canal in Skagway Alaska. Thank you for allowing me to be part of the promotion.


If my life could be one book I would want to live in a series of books! Either on the Double D ranch in Texas with Jack and Riley, or at Crooked Tree in Montana with the Todd brothers. Simply because these stories are all about family, and I love that. I love the concept of working hard, and counting on each other, and just knowing that being in one of those places means you are loved.


When I was a kid, my older sister read fairytales to me every night before sleep. I was completely entranced by the beautiful stories of peasants becoming princes and princesses and finding true love. The gorgeous locations, wit, wonder, drama, and happy endings filled my young mind like beans in a counting jar. I wanted to live in those palaces, meet the charming princes, and bring financial equality to those kingdoms. I learned how to read and dream by reading those cherished, worn fairytale books. So if I had my druthers, I’d live in a book of fairy tales. Wouldn’t it be fun to travel through the woods with your sibling and find an eatable gingerbread house? To have long hair that can transport a prince to your turret? Or dance with a prince at his ball to the horror of your jealous stepmother and stepsisters? What a blast it would be to meet a drag queen wolf in the woods. Or be the size of a thumb and overhear what your family and friends really think about you. I’d love to own a golden goose, a magic fiddle, and dancing shoes. How incredible would it be to have an appendage that grows when you tell a white lie? Or to climb a beanstalk and hang out with a strong giant? To ride on a snow white sleigh with a queen who possesses your heart? Share a bedroom with three bears, or seven fun little guys? And be woken from restful sleep by a perfect prince? Some of these stories inspired my The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland published by Dreamspinner Press. Even more importantly, they speak to my heart, and continue to open up a new world of wonder, humor, romance, drama, and adventure. That’s why I read them again and again.

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If my life could be one book - it would be - Unsticky by Sarra Manning. Grace has an unusual relationship with Vaughn, at his beck and call in return for thousands of pounds in gifts and clothes. There's a line between acting the trophy girlfriend and being a prostitute and Grace is trying to find it. I love the characters in this book and the journey they go on to find love. Not an easy one as Vaughn is a complete bastard but I wish he was mine!

If I could be a part of any book world, I think it would be The Nightrunner Series, by Lynn Flewelling. I do love a good high fantasy now and then, and Lynn's world is so unique and intricate I get lost in it every time I re-read the books. In this series, women rule the kingdom our heroes live in, which I love, and the queen and princesses are hardcore warriors on top of it. Girl power, am I right? And besides that, the magic in this world is both scary and incredible and I'd love to be a wizard. Or a thief for the aristocracy. I do like the idea of being a tricky shadow in the night. ;)
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Hello everyone!
Let me just say that this is a refreshingly different promotional method. I love the question, so I'll waste no further time answering it. 

If my life could be one book... I'd want to live in Blue Moon III: Call of the Alpha

I've written a few books with hot policeman, sexy detectives and bounty hunters. I've read many books of delicious rock stars, first-responders, cowboys, and much more. Thinking about any of those guys always give me the warm and tinglys'. But as far as living in... we already live in a world that has hot, alpha law enforcement. A fireman came to my house three weeks ago that I wanted to climb like a tree. :)
Blue Moon II and Blue Moon III, describe a world of secret assassins who kill in the name of justice. Going after and taking down crime lords, human traffickers, drug lords, extremist militant groups, terrorists, etc. that are so powerful and rich, they're out of the reach of the law. My fictional assassins have often met with the US military in the field, going after the same targets. But while the military is bound by laws and their Commander and Chief, my assassin organization is not.
Imagine waking up and turning on CNN and hearing headlining news that: ISIS leaders 'so and so' have ALL been killed by unknown sources.'
It would be comforting to me personally to know or feel like that type of organization exist. Men that are invisible to us but feared by the scum of this world that take advantage of the weak and innocent. These assassins I write are deadly and fearless, but also have the capability to love. 
That's a world I'd love to live in.  

Hope I haven't offended anyone. :)
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If I could live in any book at all, I think I would choose Titus Groan (Gormenghast #1) by Mervyn Peake. It remains to this day one of my favourite books of all time, and in my opinion, a real masterpiece.

Gormenghast castle is a sprawling, crazy, mysterious castle full of bizarre rooms and inhabited by a motley and somewhat Dickensian group of neurotics, psychopaths, and eccentrics, all bound to these weirdly foreboding and meaningless daily rituals. It is both horrifying and beautiful; hilarious and tragic.

And Steerpike... antagonist and anti-hero. He's truly a piece of work and such a great character. But... why would I want to live there, you ask? It is intriguing. I would spend my days in arcane study and discovery. My most recurring dream is that of finding hidden passages to hidden rooms, and finding even more passages beyond those rooms. All hiding some terrible/wonderful secret...

In fact, Horthmont Castle from my latest book, Kestrel's Talon, is an ode to Gormenghast and I'm looking forward to revisiting that castle in the sequel.
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I'd say it would be a tie between the world of Percy Jackson and the Black Dagger Brotherhood world. I have a huge love for Greek mythology and would love to mingle with the Greek gods. I also have a thing for those sexy Brothers from Caldwell! ;)

I would want to be in any of Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books. Moist Von Lipwig, Adorabelle Dearheart, Granny Weatherwax, the Patrician, and Mister Vimes. And magic. Everything I need.

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If my life could be one book...
What an intriguing idea!

Aaaand.... I totally failed to think of anything at first LOL Too busy writing them to imagine living them :).
Then I thought of the PsyCop books by Jordan Castillo Price. I could be a cop in today's world, living the life of the thrillers I love (yet not *too* athletic or dangerous!), using my intelligence and my nerve to crack crimes. I could live in the busy US city of Chicago, surrounded by weird and wonderful characters. But even more tempting - I could shadow the main character, psyCop Victor Bayne. Sharp-witted, sarcastic, yet loyal to his friends, he's just my kind of pal. And even better? He sees ghosts! Poor Victor suffers with his gift, but I could shamelessly tag along on his coat tails and join in the fun. I love that blend of normal and paranormal life. Shouldn't every life be that way?!

I know this is probably a little weird but I'd love to live in a Stephen King book.
I think it would be a toss-up between IT and The Shining. I love having the pants scared off me. Not knowing what's around the next corner. Adrenalin rushing. Heart pounding. What a rush. Also it would give me ideas for weird and whacky characters :)

I’d love to say somewhere fun and lively, like living in the wizard of oz or Alice in Wonderland, but honestly never really had a desire to be somewhere other than where I am. If it idea was to have character from any fictions, all the fictions I could give a list. But where to live? Why?

At the moment I’m in a deep read of paranormal, which all and all is set in a more contemporary environment. I love the idea of paranormal’s being around, of being in that secret side of the one we already live in. that would be awesome and probably more exciting then I’d ever want to actually be a part of. You know, I like sitting at home doing my own thing, rather than having to save the world. Those adventures I’m happy to leave for other people.

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I would love to live on an elephant sanctuary in South Africa so I'm going to have to pick one of my own books, Theory Unproven.

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I would live the life of Patroclus from Madeline Miller's "The Song of Achilles." In the land of the ancient Greeks, Patroclus is a mortal guy who gets trained as a warrior by a Centaur, is boyfriends with the demigod Achilles (whose beauty is described by Miller in passages that'll make you sweat!), and ends a war with nothing but courage and his boyfriend's armor for a disguise. It's a passionate, magical, oh-so-sexy book, and I would love to live in it. 

This is such a hard question to answer, but the first one that springs to mind is Pride and Prejudice. I love the subtle beauty in the language, the gorgeous setting of rural England, the era with its rules of class and decorum. And most of all I love the romance. Darcy is swoon-worthy in his perfect imperfection. His admiration and slow-growing infatuation for headstrong Elizabeth is literary genius. So yes… if my life could mimic Elizabeth’s (particularly as an epilogue), sign me on!

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Dragonsong (Pern: Harper Hall series)
I’ve always wanted to live in Pern. It’s been years since I last visited (via The Dolphins of Pern), but the world remains a magical memory for me—one of the first SF&F series I became truly invested in, the first world I role-played in, and one of my biggest heroine crushes. The first novel of Pern I read was Dragonsong. I wanted to be Menolly, and I desperately wanted a fire lizard of my own. I fell in love with Sebell right alongside her, and I so so wanted to be a harper that I even tried to write a few songs. In the interest of public safety, I will not share them. My stories are much better!

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  2. m with Heidi Cullinan. Terry Pratchett was a master of life lessons couched in absurd fantasy. I've read every one of the Discworld stories, plus a few others.

  3. I agree with Heidi. Discworld is awesome.Not sure what world I'd want to live in but my favorite book is Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. If I could bring characters to me out of any book I could make my own world. :)

  4. I would want to live in the world of the Whyborne & Griffin series. It can be scary, but it is so exciting and populated with the most interesting people. Although, I also liked Lane Hayes' and Kelly Jensen's picks.

    Thanks for the fun post.

  5. I would love it to be a fantasy or paranormal book. I would love to live in a world of magic...

  6. Contemporary romance with a long distance relationship trope.

  7. It's funny (or not) but when I got your mail with this question, I couldn't think of any particular book so I didn't respond. Of course, now that I've read all those other suggestions I suddenly know that if I could live in one book (or in my case, series of books) it would be the Original Sinners series by Tiffany Reisz, and not for what may appear to be the obvious reason. :)

  8. I love Sci Fi books so it would have to be "Hellgate" series by Mel Keegan it's set in the future where mankind had populated many planets and of course things aren't always what they seem and battles are coming YAY!!

  9. i would pick something funny but i cant think of anything right now

  10. Oh I love Kelly Jensen's suggestion and the original Dragon Riders of Pern series and being able to fly! Way cool! :) Of more recent reads I really thought that Caleb in the Spectr series by Jordan L Hawk has some cool capabilities and Detective Jack MacKenzie in Sleight of Heart is pretty awesome too!

  11. More likely a satire comedy, though I prefer set in an alternate universe with less restriction than one we live in. ;-)

  12. More likely I will be in a contemporary romance with an asexual lead (a.k.a. me *haha*).

  13. I have to say Kelly Jensen's answer comes pretty close to a world I want to live in. Also besides the kickass dragons I would be well versed in playing any instruments I wanted XD