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Binge Reading

With video streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, it’s become popular to watch a whole television series at once, instead of waiting for a new episode each week. The term for this is now “binge watching” and I admit that I do it myself sometimes, like when Netflix releases an entire season right at the start of a weekend. (I know that I’m clearing my calendar for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life in November!) But the other day, one of my friends asked a thought-provoking question: is there an equivalent for “binge reading?”
I would say absolutely yes—I’ve been doing this my whole life, long before there was a name for it. Back in those carefree days of childhood, I loved to go to the library, check out an entire series of books at once, and sit down to do (almost) nothing but read for a weekend or a vacation. As an adult, I have less free time to read a lot, but I still make the time for a good “binge read” every now and then—and sometimes I don’t get to pick when it happens.
Sometimes a book just grabs me and I can’t put it down. This happened to me a few months ago when I discovered the Towers Trilogy (Radiant, Defiant, and Towers Fall) by Karina Sumner-Smith. I was only about two-thirds of the way through the first book when I went online and ordered the other two books, because I knew I had to know the rest of the story. Fortunately, I was traveling at the time, and sitting on an airplane or in the airport was the perfect time to pick up a book.
Ebooks make it even easier to binge read because you don’t have to wait for the next book—you can just click a button and download it in seconds! Sometimes, you can get an entire series at once in a “box set” which is awesome, especially when they’re on sale. And I admit that I have at least one subscription which lets me read an unlimited number of books for one monthly fee. Sometimes it’s reassuring to know that I’ll never run out of books to read . . . but on the other hand, sometimes it feels overwhelming. How will I ever find time to read all of these books?
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Rory Gilmore freaks out when seeing a library and realizing how many books she has yet to read.

We have a lot of options for entertainment in our modern world: there’s an endless stream of movies, television shows, video games, websites, music, and more, all competing for our attention. We only have so much free time that we can spend on enjoying the things we love, and I know that a lot of people simply stop reading after they finish school because they’d rather watch TV or do something else for entertainment. And I feel sorry for them because they don’t know the joy that comes from getting lost in a book world.
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I actually enjoy doing both!

And for those of us who still love to read, I think this is the best era ever for reading. We have so many choices, whether we like ebooks, print, or both! It’s so easy to get books, whether new or old, and you can always find great recommendations from reviews on Goodreads and blogs. So binge read away!
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An interesting read needs your help

A friend of mine is running a kickstarter campaign to fund her next release. Her calculation is moderate, and all money she’s getting will be used on the project, not on her. So I decided to help her out. Let her introduce her project to you (I promise, it is a cool one, and I love the cover). Welcome Thea van Diepen.

Like Mist Over the Eyes, n.

An outlaw battling unwelcome dreams must hold herself together amid an ancient feud between fairies and humans or else lose all hope of finding a cure for her insane unicorn.

Synonyms: The White Changeling series, book 2.

See also: The Kickstarter campaign to fund Like Mist Over the Eyes.

TheaAfter I’d outlined the first story in the White Changeling series, Hidden in Sealskin, I knew that I wanted each book in the series to center around a different fantasy creature, and I already knew which one I wanted to feature in Like Mist Over the Eyes:

Fairies.

I’ve wanted to tell a story about fairies, ever since I first read about them in folklore. You know, where they steal babies, make you go crazy, send you back to your home to find 100 years had passed all because you ate their food.

But what kind of story would I tell with these fairies? I wanted to get into something that I felt was essence du fairy – a common plot involving fairies in folklore that I could stick into the world I’d made up and which I could put my characters into, thereby making my own thing out of it.

Naturally, I went with kidnapping.

*she says oh-so-casually*

Or, rather, capturing people through trickery. Which is basically kidnapping.

In the first book, it’s made very clear that the main character, Adren, considers humans to be evil and magical creatures to be good. So what if fairies captured her?

What would she do then?

How would she reconcile that with her rigid view of the world?

And what if we throw in Nadin, the teenage boy she meets in the first book who might be human, but also might be part fairy (and who she, thus, doesn’t know whether to trust) – what if he keeps helping her, just like he did in the first book, without any hint of turning on her?

Throw in some disturbing dreams (or memories?), a fake severed hand that seems awfully important to the fairies, an age-old feud between fairies and humans, and some pretty intense magic and you get Like Mist Over the Eyes.

In order to have the funds to publish this book, I’m running a Kickstarter, and it’s nearing its end. If this is a book you want to be real in your life, pledge here. Also, please spread the word about the campaign.

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