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Thursday, June 28, 2007

WARNING

DO NOT – I repeat – DO NOT BEGIN A SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS BOOK IF YOU PLAN TO WORK ON YOUR MIP.

I speak from experience. I’m reading my second book by her and inhaling it faster than I did the first – which was pretty damn fast. I’d been avoiding it for weeks. It just sat on my desk, and I mostly ignored it – even when I was sick for a week. I wrote, and I ignored it and all the other books in my to-be-read pile.

Then, yesterday, I felt well enough to start running again. The music in my iPod didn’t thrill me. I remembered I had the same SEP book that was on my desk on my iPod. I briefly thought that maybe I shouldn’t. It could be a distraction. Then with a few quick flicks of my fingers, I was hearing “This Heart of Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips”.

One hour later of jogging/walking combination, I reluctantly came home and swore to myself that I would not “read” anymore until my next workout.

I promptly sat down at my computer – still covered in stinky sweat – to edit 5 scenes. But SEP called to me. She whispered my name (well -- her hero, Kevin, did) and I glanced at the actual paper book inches from my keyboard.

In my own defense, I really don’t have much of a vacation this summer. I’ve been to England, but it was a quick trip and we pushed ourselves to see a lot, so I didn’t come home rested. I’m going to RWA Nationals and staying for 3 extra days to see my family, but that’s still not vacation – not lay in the sun, sleep in, sip Margarita’s on the beach vacation. And if you aren’t getting the beach, shouldn’t you still get the beach reading?

So I grabbed the book. I opened it. I drowned.

I took a break for late dinner and a little conversation with Marcus, but then dove back in. I didn’t do the quick skimmy read – for some books that’s okay, but this is SEP, and frankly she’s a brilliant study in how to keep your readers hooked for hours. I’m about ½ way done now, and my fingers are itching to keep reading at work.

I mean, really, if I can’t be at the beach…….

Macy

2 comments:

Alyson Love said...

Tell me about it!!! I read Match Me If You Can in late fall, early winter. My first SEP. I have now read all of the following, some of them multiple times (I'll put them in order regarding the series in case anyone else needs an addiction)--

It Had to Be You
Heaven, Texas
Nobody's Baby But Mine
Dream A Little Dream
This Heart of Mine
Match Me If You Can
Natural Born Charmer

also, outside of the Chicago Stars Series,
Lady, Be Good
Breathing Room
First Lady

AND I just bought two more!!! She's my icon.

Happy reading!!!

Btw, I agree that you totally have to make up for the lack of beach time:) I'm headed to the beach next week and I can't wait!!

But don't leave us hanging on Kat & Cris-- it sounded like you were making fantastic progress!

Alyson

Alyson Love said...

p.s. I love your warning label. You're a funny, funny girl. Plutonians, warning labels. You really make me smile.