Sunday, December 2, 2012

Sensational Second Book Influences

As our Treasure Hunt continues celebrating our 2nd Anniversary, we're sharing one of the books or authors that influenced us. (Details about the Treasure Hunt and giveaway are below.)

REASON:  After reading that first story in the series, it became my mission to create characters that readers could love as much as I loved Jamie and Claire.

REASON:  I loved the action, adventure and the suspense.
TREASURE HUNT:  Next Blog Appearance


BOOK & AUTHOR:   The First, Second, Third & Fourth Deadly Sin by Lawrence Sanders
REASON: I knew after reading that series, I wanted to be a writer.
TREASURE HUNT: Angi & Donnell's Picture

BOOK & AUTHOR: Depends on what day you catch me! I've been reading since the age of 3 (which makes it odd to me that I didn't sit down to write until my 30's), and I think every single thing I've read has had some influence on my writing self.
REASON: Because I've learned something, either good or bad, from everything I've read that has either informed me as a person or taught as a writer what to do or not to do. I love to see how other people tell stories...
TREASURE HUNT: Liliana and Geoffrey's love letters to each other

BOOK & AUTHOR: I am muliti, multi, influenced by artists like Harper Lee, Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, Charles Dickens, Alfred Hitchcock, Stan Lee, Diana Gabaldon, Ken Follett, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Guillermo del Toro, Anne Rice, Emily & Charlotte Bronte. Sigh, you see, I could just go on and on, and you ask me to pick one...
REASON: Because they are all great storytellers.


REASON: i had read many, many Harlequin & Silhouette romances by the time I was out of college, but LaVyrle (a fellow Minnesotan) touched my writer's soul with her rich storytelling. I loved the beautiful descriptions and her warm, real characters. "Hummingbird" had a great hero (Jesse DuFresne, a supposed train robber) and one of the best set of love scenes I've ever read to this day! I knew I'd found the kind of storytelling I wanted to do!
TREASURE HUNT: Picture of a moose!

BOOK & AUTHOR:  The Stand, Stephen King
REASON: I admire how clean and simple and compulsively readable his prose is. That's a lot harder to do than many people imagine...
TREASURE HUNT: Name of Maureen's French Publisher

BOOK & AUTHOR: Anything by Mary Stewart (Try AIRS ABOVE THE GROUND for a start)
REASON: Strong heroines, exotic locales, adventure, action, mystery, romance, rooftop chases, and a retro feel - to me, these are perfect books.
TREASURE HUNT: A photo of Sarah

BOOK & AUTHOR: Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse books.
REASON: Strong Southern heroine in a small town, surrounded by friends and family who range from quirky to shapeshifter. 
TREASURE HUNT: Which blog will I be on tomorrow, December 3?


1. Angi -- signed copy of DANGEROUS MEMORIES

2. Angi -- Winner's choice from my TBR pile

3. Jillian -- signed copy of latest release: A PRIVATE DUEL WITH AGENT GUNN or reader's choice of one of the Gentlemen of Scotland Yard books.

4. Alexa -- Winner's choice of a book from my TBR pile

5. Alexa -- Winner's choice of a book from my TBR pile

6. Alexa -- Winner's choice of a book from my TBR pile

7. Donnell -- A signed copy or digital copy of THE PAST CAME HUNTING

8. Simone -- A Kindle copy of Maureen's DEVIANTS
9. Lizbeth -- signed copy of THE RANCHER AND THE ROCK STAR
10. Lizbeth -- RANCHER & ROCK STAR collector's mug and goodies

11. Susan -- One ebook, Winner’s choice, from Amazon or B&N, up to $15 value

12. Maureen -- One signed hardcover copy of DEVIANTS plus a totebag and other goodies
13-17  Heather -- 5x 2 winner's choice books from her historical romance collection, Sweet Enemy or Sweet Deception (winners 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 will each get 2 books)

WHAT BOOK INFLUENCED YOU in your childhood? college? or recently?

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  1. Thanks for sharing your influences. Very interesting choices.

    1. They all are so much interesting than me. LOL

  2. I think it was Alice in Wonderland for me. Not because it was the best book but it was the first book that I read all by myself!

  3. Tammy, thanks for coming by today. I'm glad you found our choices inspiring--it's so much fun to go back in time and relive the best book memories!

    May, I have the most wonderful memories of Alice in Wonderland. I still see the original drawings in my head if I close my eyes! I think it was one of my first read-alones too!

  4. picked 17 winners for our giveaway from the 146 entries!
    Thanks so much for everyone who participated in our little treasure hunt.

    The author whose prize you won will contact you soon.