by Shannon O’Brien
I’ll read pretty much anything. I love to be transported to strange new worlds (The Hobbit), enjoy bizarre British humor (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy). I love to be whisked away to foreign lands (Cutting for Stone) and getting creeped out (The Strain). I love old whodunits (Murder on the Orient Express) and traveling back in time (The Other Boleyn Girl). I love disturbing contemporary tales (Room), and sexy supernatural beings (Sookie Stackhouse Series).
And where do you think I go to experience all of these magical places? My bedroom? My recliner? My formal library filled with plush wing-backed chairs and orderly rows of books snuggled into built-in mahogany shelves?
Nope. My bathroom. That’s right, the tinkle closet. I have a husband, two small boys, a boxer who thinks she’s a lapdog and a surly old cat. I have to hide to read. But they always find me. Their voices haunt me from the other side of the locked door. “Hon, does this shirt go with these pants?” “Mommy, he’s not sharing!” “What’s for dinner?” “Whattcha doin’ in there, Mommy?” “Hon, you can’t hide in there forever!” “Meow” and “Woof!”
Once in my
I am transported
into someone else’s life. I get to
crouch in the trees with Katniss Everdeen, soar over Hogwarts with Harry Potter,
and kiss an ethereally handsome vampire with Bella Swan. I get to be in the operating room, spaceship,
swamps, and turn of the century Girl
searching for Jack the Ripper. You name
it, I’ve done it. Of course, only within
the comfort of my little locked room. London
I bet some of you hide to read too. Would you like to know secret? Short stories. For example, my story, Winter Twilight, is a short contemporary romance which has just been released as part of an anthology, Snowbound Hearts by Still Moments Publishing. In Winter Twilight, the young, recently divorced female protagonist, Teagan O’Leary, finds herself in a
new city with a new life and falling for her coworker who
is also a secret front-man for an up and coming rock band. Wow!
So much to absorb yourself with, and it’s only twenty-six pages long! Seattle
You can purchase the anthology as a PDF document at http://www.stillmomentspublishing.com/p/ebook-store.html, and read it on your computer, laptop or print out one story at a time. Or you can download it to your E-Reader, I-Pad, I-Phone, etc. (coming soon to Smashwords.com).
With crazy schedules and getting pulled in thousands of directions, make sure to find some time for yourself. And with all the choices you have on how to read books now, you too can have a
anywhere your little
heart desires. Girl
Forgive me, but I have to go now. I need to finish a book…I-I mean, use the restroom.