By Lynn Cahoon
Last night I sat thinking about the first book I remember reading. Not so much the words, or the characters, or even the plot. I remember how the book made me feel.
A Wrinkle in Time was the book, and I had visited the library early that Saturday morning while my mom and step dad shopped. As their day in town continued into the night, I sat in the car, transported from the small, railroad town to another world. Safe in the pages of my book, I didn’t worry about the darkening night or the people walking by. I’d found my refuge from the world.
Many years later, I lived in a small ranch with my husband and my pre-school son. I loved the house because from my reading chair, I could see the front and back door of the house. I felt safe there. And when I read, I again felt transported. This time, the book was Stephen King’s The Stand. And as I followed the characters as they wound their way west fromNew York toColorado, I felt like I was taking the journey along side them.
When I look back on the memories of my life, a book always surfaces that I pull from the time. In high school, The Lord of the Rings, was my safe zone. A place where I (and my group of band geeks) could escape from the trials of high school. I remember reading Gone with the Wind one summer day and being unable to stop reading, even to sleep.
There have been other authors that have transported me from every day life to a place where I could step back and let my subconscious relax from the crazy life I lived. And sometimes, re-reading the book allows me to find that peace. But sometimes, the read fails to reopen those emotions. I wonder if it’s because I’m a different person now, than when I first read the book.
My debut, The Bull Rider’s Brother, released this June from Crimson Romance. And I have two more books scheduled for release this year. As a new author, I hope that my words and stories can transport someone from their current life or situation, at least for a moment.
Paying it forward, one story at at time.
So what books have made an impact on your life?
Lynn Cahoon is a contemporary romance author with a love of hot, sexy men, real and
imagined. Her alpha heroes range from rogue witch hunters to modern cowboys. And her heroines all have one thing in common, their strong need for independence. Or at least that’s what they think they want. She blogs at her website, A Fairy Tale Life.
Lynn’s Website www.lynncahoon.wordpress.com
The Bull Rider’s Brother – Crimson Romance June 2012
Shawnee, Idaho is known for two things. Amazing salmon fishing and the first local rodeo of the summer. For four friends, growing up inShawnee, meant one thing, making plans to get out. Five years later, that wish has been granted for all but one. What happens when they all get together again changes five lives.
When James Sullivan visits his hometown’s rodeo weekend and learns that his high school sweetheart had his child – six years ago – Lizzie Hudson’s world is thrown into turmoil. In THE BULL RIDER’S BROTHER, James struggles with family and Lizzie questions the risk of love.
Available at Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/The-Bull-Riders-Brother-ebook/dp/B008195C2I ), Nook, Google, and iTunes.
The Bull Rider’s Manager – Coming soon.