Wednesday, August 1, 2012

My Favoritest Book

So here I sit with a couple of my favoritest books. In this photo I spot science fiction, thrillers, romance, Alice in Wonderland, and Winnie the Pooh all mixed into a bunch along with classics and The Phantom Toll Booth because everybody has to have read that one. (You haven't?! Go forth now. Fetch. Read aloud to kid, spouse, yourself. Repeat often.) Over my other shoulder lies much more romance, research, and travel.

ML with books and a parrot
Sometimes I just stand in front of the shelves and marvel at all of the wonderful words I get to choose from. I also get quite humbled that I would dare put my words on the shelf beside these. It took me a while to get up the guts, but sometimes you just have to prove that you belong. The top shelf of the center book case is all my books. (Okay, padded with some multiple copies to fill the space.) But there's a whole shelf that's just me and my work.

And guess what, those are my favorite books. Sure Ayn Rand, Tolkien, and several Nora's and Wiggs' somehow end up returning to my nightstand every few years. But the books that have changed me, have changed who I am and how I think, are my own. They're the ones that I've had to search deep and hard to make more real, more true. If I make one of my magical or post-apocalyptic worlds one bit less real than a contemporary military romantic suspense, the readers will know. Worse, I will know.

So which of my books is my favoritest?

That's easy. The most recent one. Always. I'm always most in love with my latest set of characters that I spent who knows how many hundred hours nurturing and bringing their story to the page. I'm always most touched by the journey they've just traveled. In good storytelling we look at that moment where the characters manage to step beyond ourselves and become magnificent. And we get to go along for the ride. That's my favoritest part, I think.

So, (my current) most favoritest book ever? I Own the Dawn, book 2 of "The Night Stalkers" series. (Though I'm working on book 3 [out in 2/2012] right now and that's coming up quickly in the running.)

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Thanks for playing along. And what's your favoritest book ever?


Name: Archibald Jeffrey Stevenson III
Rank: First Lieutenant, Dap Hawk Copilot
Mission: Strategy and execution of special ops maneuvers

Name: Kee Smith
Rank: Sergeant, Night Stalker Gunner and Sharpshooter
Mission: Whatever it takes to get the job done

You Wouldn't Think It Could Get Worse, Until It Does...
When a special mission slowly unravels, it is up to Kee and Archie to get their team out of an impossible situation with international implications. With her weaponry knowledge and his strategic thinking, plus the explosive attraction that puts them into exact synchrony, together they might just have a fighting chance.

M. L. Buchman has worked in fast food, theater, computers, publishing, and light manufacturing. It's amazing what you can do with a degree in geophysics. At one point he sold everything and spent 18-months riding a bicycle around the world. In 11,000 miles, he touched 15 countries and hundreds of amazing people. Since then, he has acquired a loving lady, the coolest kid on the planet, and lives in Portland, Oregon. For more information, please visit
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  1. Congrats on the release of I OWN THE sounds like a must read!

    I liked the glimpse of your office library...mine has an eclectic collection of books too...including some of my dad's favorites as well as heirloom books passed down from my great-grandfather. It's like being surrounded by my family and filled with love. :)

  2. I agree with you. My favorite book is always my most recent book, which is usually the one I'm working on.

  3. I love being surrounded by books and I am lol. One of my favorite books is Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel but my list could go on and on.

    Congrats on your release!

  4. I am exactly the same way. I like whatever book I'm working on--actually, it's whatever book I've just finished :-)

  5. My favorite books that aren't mine include: Atlast Shrugged, Nora's "Born in" series, Dragonsinger by McCaffrey, and Martin Gardner's The Annotated Alice where he unravels all of Lewis Carroll's inside jokes. I could happily pick any of these books back up right after finishing them.

  6. Congratulations on your new release! I was hoping to meet you at RWA...maybe next year. My favorite book is ALWAYS the one I'm working on right now, too!

  7. I know. I was bummed that I couldn't hit national this year, but I simply couldn't justify either the time or the money. I'm hoping for next year myself. :)

  8. Congratulations on the book!

    Pride and Prejudice


  9. P&P, yep! Permanently installed on my Kindle.

  10. This one sounds like one I'd love!! Can't wait to read it, will put on my wish list! My favorite book of all time is Jackson Rule by Dinah McCall - great book. I'd love to be entered to win.

  11. Congrats on your newest release, ML!

  12. Congrats on your newest release! I enjoyed reading your debut release The Night is Mine and will love to read I Own the Dawn. My favorite book is The Call of the Wild by Jack London since this was the book that started me reading.

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  13. Favourite book? That's a hard one!
    Since I can't really go with Star Wars, I guess I'll go with Gone with the Wind. And anything Nora Roberts :P