Thanks so much for joining us today Susan. It’s a real pleasure having you here. I wish you lots of luck with ShapeShifter and I’m looking forward to the Demo Tapes-Year 2 and Trevor’s Song! Check out Susan’s book on West of Mars–The Meet and Greet here.
Today I’d like to welcome Susan from West of Mars-The Meet and Greet and West of Mars–Win a Book to Peeking Between the Pages. Yesterday I had the pleasure of reviewing her novel ShapeShifter and you can see that review here. Susan has been gracious enough to join us today with a wonderful guest post. So, without further delay, let’s check out what Susan has to say…
I need to thank Dar for asking me to come hang out with you guys today. Not only do I love meeting new people and talking about my book, I love talking about books in general. Since Dar’s got a book blog, that means that all of you readers also love books, possibly as much as I do, if not more. I feel right at home.
That’s good. That means you’ll understand where I’m coming from.
You see, a week or two ago, my friend Bridget and I played hooky from our West of Mars–Win a Book blog (yes, our. She’s integral to the success of it, as are all you book bloggers who send us your links, and you readers who subscribe and come by every day). Bridget and I were headed, among other places, to a local library’s annual used book sale.
Now, mind you, we hardly needed to do this. I have 516 books here in the house, waiting to be read. If Bridget and I see each other and fail to pass at least one book between us, I feel like something’s wrong. Even if she tells me about a book she borrowed from the library that she thinks I’ll like, it’s the same as the actual, physical handoff.
Still, off to the book sale we went, on a gorgeous Thursday morning. I brought a copy of my wishlist along, with the vow to only buy books on the list. Mind you, this still left a darn good selection for me, as my wishlist is over 1800 books long. It’s gotten so big, I don’t even remember all of what’s on it. I was determined to honor my vow and make a dent in the stupid thing.
I came home with ten books. I was pleased.
Until we were eating a late lunch and I was poring over the wishlist, having noticed duplicate entries and titles I’d somehow neglected to remove upon acquisition. I kept seeing the titles and authors of books I am jazzed about. These are books I’m so eager to read, I pratically drool at the thought of them. I ache to read them, to have them live up to expectation, to blog about them.
And I sighed to Bridget, “There are so many good books out there. I want to do more to help spread the word about them all.”
Her jaw dropped; her face went slack. You know: it was one of those looks that says the speaker’s cracked. Maybe I have.
As any good friend will do, she didn’t address my mental state. “More? You’re doing plenty as it is!”
“I know. But it’s not enough.”
Maybe she’s right. Maybe between Win a Book and my own author’s blog, where I feature new releases and talk about books and even sometimes give them away, I’m doing all that one person can. Yet it still feels like I should be doing more somehow, although I can’t figure out what that more could possibly be, especially since, as a writer myself, I need to make sure my quest to promote others doesn’t hinder my quest to promote myself and my own books — let alone write them!
This is my quest, my passion. To not only write books that people want to rave about, but to help get books written by others into equally passionate hands. Come join me in my quest. Let’s share great literature — in all meanings of the word — with others.
Like every other author out there, I’d sure appreciate it if you’d start with West of Mars–The Meet and Greet and my books, but I’d be a hypocrite if I said I refused to understand if there are other things awaiting you first. What’s important is that you’re reading, you’re talking to others about the books you love. You’re on the same journey I am, and that means I’m not alone in this.
Thanks to Dar, and thanks to you, for joining me. Keep on reading, and keep on spreading the word. It really does make a difference, for every single author out there.