07-14-18 Cassandra O’Leary

Saturday, November 7, 2015


Fall Foliage in Vermont
November marks what we call “between the seasons” here in Vermont. The fall foliage season is over for another year, and the holiday and ski season has yet to get into full swing. It’s a quiet time here, as we top off the wood pile and prepare for family to arrive for Thanksgiving. I like to spend some time thinking about what I’m grateful for. Right now, I’d like to take a moment to share with you what I’m grateful for as a reader who’s also a writer.

1.      As a reader, I am thankful for other readers who love to read and talk about books.
2.      As a reader, I am thankful for booksellers of all kinds who love books as much as I do.
3.      As a reader, I am thankful for librarians and libraries who offer so much to readers.
4.      As a reader, I am thankful for so many great websites and magazines that provide information on new and upcoming books.

5.      As a reader, I am thankful for dedicated editors who help authors improve their books.
6.      As a reader, I am thankful for talented artists who create intriguing book covers.
7.      As a reader, I am thankful for the creative behind-the-scenes people who love to get the word out about authors and books.
8.      As a reader, I am thankful for the opportunities to meet some of my favorite authors.
9.      As a reader, I am thankful for the aspiring authors in the midst of writing that first book.
10.  As a reader, I am thankful for my “to be read” pile!

I could go on. I haven’t even mentioned my favorite places to read! But it’s your turn. As we approach this season of giving thanks, what are you thankful for as a reader?


Carla Neggers is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 60 novels, including her popular Sharpe & Donovan suspense series and Swift River Valley contemporary romance series.

Her latest release, A Knights Bridge Christmas, celebrates the holidays in small-town New England. Frequent travelers to Ireland, Carla and her husband have just stacked cordwood for winter at their hilltop home  in Vermont, not far from Quechee Gorge.



Marcia King-Gamble said...

As a reader, I am thankful and appreciative of the labor of love it takes to write a book.

I am thankful and grateful to the fans spending their hard earned money to purchase a book.

As a reader, I am thankful to meet online and in person people who enjoy the written word.

Thank you Carla for providing the world with wonderful books.

Linda Lovely said...

As a reader, I'm thankful for readers who love books so much that they join book clubs. I'm a late "joiner" but my book club keeps my reading circle wide and my mind active.

Thanks, Carla, for a post that also makes us think.

Madelle Morgan said...

As a reader, I'm grateful for the wealth of knowledge and wisdom shared in stories. I've learned about other countries, about various careers, about problem-solving, about relationships, and on and on.

Thanks for the push to appreciate the importance books have in our lives!

Diana McCollum said...

As a reader, I am thankful for the escape to a different century, town or country. I love paranormal so being able to suspend the real world and enter a fantasy world is awesome. Thanks for all the wonderful books you and all authors write!! Happy early Thanksgiving!!

Paty Jager said...

As a reader, I am thankful for entertaining books that take me to another place and time.

Judith Ashley said...

Hi Carla, Thanks for guesting with us at Romancing The Genres!!! Unfortunately both Sarah and I (the Blog Queens) had medical issues when your post originally went live and neither of us were able to use the computer right then.

Somewhat back to normal now.

I've always loved to escape into a book. Through books I've traveled the world and experienced many different life styles and time periods. There was a time when I loved thrillers, especially psychological thrillers. I was a big Tom Clancy fan. I've found over the years that my reading tastes have dramatically changed. I still love historical romance and historical fiction but when it comes to contemporary, leave out the gore and tone down the suspense. If it is a "page turner" I'll put it down and never finish it.

I'm thankful there are still books like your "A Knights Bridge Christmas" out there for me to read!!!