(I'm so excited to bring you this special guest post from romantic suspense author Laura Griffin! I'll definitely be looking out for her book and be sure to read the whole post for a special giveaway!)
It’s been a tough year for many of us, and I for one am looking forward to the holidays. Are you? It’s not that I’m excited about the prospect of fighting for a parking space at the mall, or cooking for hordes of people, or peeling my kids off the ceiling after they’ve gobbled down too many sugar cookies. But I’m looking forward to some family togetherness after what has been a long and trying year.
Maybe it’s the back-to-basics mentality we’ve adopted in our household this year, but my shopping list this holiday is surprisingly short. I’m giving two kinds of gifts: photos and books. Photos because so many people I know have homes filled with clutter and one of the few gifts that really puts a smile on their faces is a framed photograph or a photo calendar or a mini-scrapbook.
And the second item on my list? Books.
I love giving books. I love browsing the bookstore or even surfing online for the perfect title for someone I love. I read somewhere that it takes the average person about ten hours to read a novel. (I figure I can double that for my father’s weighty economics tomes.) But whether I’m buying fiction or non-fiction, I feel like giving a book is really giving someone an escape—a temporary vacation for the mind. People love to escape into a good book.
My favorite type of book is a mystery interwoven with a love story, which is why I love to read and write romantic suspense. My latest romantic suspense novel, UNTRACEABLE, hits bookshelves this week, and I’m celebrating by giving away a $20 gift card to Borders. (And hey, you can use the card online, which means you won’t have to fight for that parking space!) Just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “My Friend Amy” and I’ll enter you in the drawing.
Happy holidays and happy reading!