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Friday, January 13, 2012

Girl Cave

Shannon O'Brien has graciously agreed to step out of her Girl Cave for a little visit in the Spell Room. 

Girl Cave 
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 Girl Cave 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 London searching for Jack the Ripper.  You name it, I’ve done it.  Of course, only within the comfort of my little locked room.

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 Seattle rock band.  Wow!  So much to absorb yourself with, and it’s only twenty-six pages long!

You can purchase the anthology as a PDF document at, 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 

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 Girl Cave anywhere your little heart desires. 

Forgive me, but I have to go now.  I need to finish a book…I-I mean, use the restroom.

~Shannon O’Brien


  1. Hi Shannon and Liberty, Love that you hide in the water closet to read. Seems I've done that a time or two myself. Love the cover for SNOWBOUND HEARTS. Putting on my want list.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. The bathroom is my favorite place to read. It's the only room with a lock on the door. Wouldn't it be awesome if we could build secret rooms that only busy moms know about? Like the Room of Requirements at Hogwarts. "I require a secret room to read in." Poof!

    Ah well. Happy reading and writing. Great post! :)

  3. Men, I was hating on you when I saw that first picture thinking that was your girl cave. Lol. I know what you mean About finding quiet where you can. I'm thrilled to be in this anthology with you.

  4. What a great post. Either I'm meaner or my kids are older, because they know not to bug Mommy when she's reading. That said, a Girl Cave sounds like a fabulous idea...
    Congrats on the new release!

  5. Aunt Mary had the best books in her bathroom :) Many a night I've hidden in the bathtub until the water has grown too cold to recharge with another scalding hot spurt from the tap. But take comfort, there does come a day when most of the time they are self-sufficient and you can have plenty of reading time (I think I read 10 books over Christmas break)

    1. Erica, with 5 boys and a Princess, you are my role model. If you say one day I'll have some peace and quiet, I will trust you. Glad reading runs so deep in our family :)