I really like this guest blog. When I got my e-reader, I realized that I was reading some pretty amazing stuff. Stuff that outdid in every way a lot of the published stuff I read. Things for me before my e-reader were boring. The books I picked up were starting to sound like everything else I had read. There were a few exceptions, The Black Jewels Trilogy, The Heralds of Valdemar and of course Harry Potter. Now I find myself in a whole new world. I’m reading some really great stuff and there is never a dull moment. I wanted to help the authors that I was reading get their stuff out there and I wanted to make sure that readers weren’t missing out. When my fiancee Brandon came up with the name The Top Shelf. I loved it and knew that I had to name this site that. Why? Because this is my spot to share the authors I feel are really special and in general give my opinion of what I’m reading. I can’t wait to read Jaime’s book and I’m pretty sure it’s going to end up a featured read on this Top Shelf. 🙂
The Top Shelf
By: Jaime McDougall
Ah, the top shelf. It’s where we keep our good scotch, our special crystal wine glasses, our trinkets we don’t want the kids getting to, the fine spices or that special collection we’ve had all our lives. The top shelf is a special place – a place distinguished from all others and slightly honored above the rest.
On my top shelf, I have my favorite books. There is a beloved quartet from my childhood: The Immortals Quartet by Tamora Pierce. I also have The Axis Trilogy and Wayfarer Redemption Trilogy, which first came into my life when I was a teen and ended when my husband bought me the final book. There are also the first three books of the Sin series by Caridad Pineiro, an author I discovered in my early adulthood.
Of course, there is also The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley. Without that book, I may have never tried my hand at writing my own novels.
My top shelf represents my tastes over the years; how they have changed and how they have stayed the same. They are my comfort reads that I go to, worlds I am eager to lose myself in no matter what the occasion. The familiar characters and settings give me calm and welcome me back no matter how long it has been since I last read them.
As an author, I look at my top shelf and dream of the day when my books grace the top shelves of other homes for other readers like me. I think about Echo Falls, Aidan and Phoebe, Elle and Will, and I hope that they are characters readers will want to read again and again. I hope that Phoebe’s struggle to find her own way and learn to stand up for herself resonates in people’s hearts so they come back to her journey when the time calls for it. I hope that Elle feels like your best friend, as she is to Phoebe and felt like to me when I was writing her. I hope Charlotte makes you smile, because you’ll be seeing more of her in the future…
In my mind, there is no better sign of accomplishment than to make it to that mysterious, glorious and special top shelf. As my husband always says, “It may not happen overnight, but it will happen.”
Jaime McDougall is a citizen of the world, currently loving life in beautiful country Victoria in Australia. She loves eating sushi, kidnapping her husband and naming her pets in honour of science fiction authors. She has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: High School: The Real Deal and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Campus Chronicles. She has also enjoyed writing a column called ‘The New Australian’ in local newspapers as well as various articles online.
Echo Falls is her first paranormal romance novel and is available on Kindle, in print and at Smashwords. You can visit her website at InkyBlots.com
Synopsis: Running from a nightmare stalking her every move, Phoebe Martin arrives in Echo Falls hoping she has finally found a safe place to stop. But trouble has a way of catching up and soon the signs are there.
After a vicious attack in an alley, policeman Aidan O’Bryan is left with Phoebe as his only path to understanding why the Echo Falls werewolf pack – his pack – is being attacked. When another pack member is killed, Phoebe is forced to confront her past before she loses Aidan and everything she has come to love.
Love and duty become one as Aidan strives to prevent Phoebe from becoming the next victim. But with Phoebe just as determined to protect Aidan and her new home, secrets from her past threaten to tear them apart.
Will love give Phoebe the strength to trust Aidan and face her fears, or will her past destroy her future?
*Warning: Contains adult situations and language