Books for Inspiration
By Brooke Moss
for having me on As The Pages Turn today; I am so excited to be here!
the starting point of my career was when I started reading romance novels. It
all started when my mother, who was a librarian in the library located across
the street from our house in the tiny town we grew up in, brought home a copy
of Home Song by Lavyrle Spencer.
latest Sweet Valley High, but
accepted the book by Ms. Spencer begrudgingly. As I read it, a whole new world
was opened up to me. The world of romance novels. I laughed, I cried, I sighed,
I blushed…and when I got my HEA (Happily Ever After) in the end, I was left
completely satisfied. I knew that I wanted to not only continue reading
romance, but that I wanted to write romance someday as well.
romance reader. I not only consider the romance novels I read to be great
entertainment, but they also act as inspiration for my own career. They best
way to keep up on the ever-changing trends in the genre, is to read read read.
time I pick up a book and sit down to read for a few minutes, I am also feeding
my imagination. Think of it this way, an author’s brain needs nourishment, and
the only way to provide it is by reading. Sometimes the plight of a secondary
character can lead me to my next story idea, or sometimes something as simple
as something a character says can spark my thought process. I am often inspired
to start a new story when I pay close attention to what isn’t necessarily being resolved in the book I am currently
of the books I have been most inspired by have been written by my personal
hero, Kristan Higgins. She writes hilarious, character-driven novels that had
broad casts of characters, who all have their own lives, quirks, and burdens to
bear. I find myself caring every bit as much for her secondary characters as I
do for the hero and heroines in Kristan Higgin’s books. It makes me want to
explore those untold stories. That is an excellent source of inspiration.
before I became published myself, an author I admired told me that the single
most important thing aspiring and established authors should do is read.
Continue to read. Continue to get lost in a book, if even for a few minutes.
There is nothing in this world that will broaden your mind and tone your
imagination better than reading the work of a fellow writer. Use their stories
to inspire you, to prompt your next book, and to continue to perfect your own
name is Brooke Moss, and my debut novel, The
What If Guy, is available from Entangled Publishing. It is the story of
single mom, Autumn Cole, as she returns to her small hometown to reluctantly
reclaim her role as daughter of the town drunk. Things become even more
complicated when she discovers that her son’s history teacher is none other
than, Henry Tobler, the college sweetheart she never stopped loving.
I look forward to sharing my book with each of you, and hope you’ll grab a
copy, and then let me know what you think!
What would you do if your “what if” guy showed up at the lowest point of
(Autumn Cole clocked hers with an encyclopedia.)
After losing her job at a swanky Seattle art gallery and finding out her father
has been hospitalized, single mother Autumn Cole reluctantly returns to her
tiny hometown of Fairfield, Washington to put the pieces of her life back
Her disgruntled twelve‐year old son isn’t thrilled about going from hip to
hick, but Autumn’s got it worse. She resumes her role as the daughter of
the town drunk, promptly facing a crisis with her father that’s been decades
in the making.
Running into Henry Tobler, and nearly breaking his nose, is almost more
than she can handle, but can rediscovering love–and herself–with her “what
if” guy teach Autumn to forgive before it’s too late?
Now on to the giveaway rules and details below. Two lucky readers of the blog will have a chance to win an ebook copy of this book. One copy will be provided by Entangled Publishing and the other copy will be provided by me.
- Open to US and International residents
- You MUST leave a comment with your e-mail address
- You MUST answer this questions: Do you have a What If guy? If you do or don’t would you jump at the chance to be with this person if you ran into them?
- Giveaway ends Sept 2nd