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|
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.)
Please come join Sergeant Kee Smith and Captain Archibald "Archie" Stevenson III as they face death and life together. Want to learn more and risk winning a copy of your own? Subscribe to my blog at www.mlbuchman.com and I'll post all of the fun places I'll be over the next month with my book.
Thanks for playing along. And what's your favoritest book ever?
I OWN THE DAWN BY M.L. BUCHMAN – IN STORES AUGUST 2012
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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 http://www.matthewlieberbuchman.com/.
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