[Note from Frolic: We are so excited to have author K.L. Grayson guest post on the site today. Take it away K.L.!]
Let’s take a short, albeit fun, trip down memory lane, shall we? I’m going to rewind the clock about twenty-five years to a time when Instagram wasn’t a thing, selfies didn’t exist, and eBooks were… wait, eBooks? What are those? The early nineties were a time of scrunchies, neon colored everything, and a fun little game called kick-the-can.
In the early 90s, at the ripe age of ten, I didn’t know that makeup contouring was a thing and my idea of fun meant spending an afternoon prowling the isles at the local library looking for the perfect book.
There was nothing better than daydreaming of a life in Stoneybrook, Connecticut with the girls of The Baby-Sitters Club, or wishing I had a twin sister to walk the halls of Sweet Valley High with. And, I’ll admit that while my nose was buried in the worn pages of girly tween books, the world was being introduced to a young wizard who was slowly taking the world by storm.
I’m embarrassed to admit that Harry Potter was more than a decade old before I became privy to his existence, and two decades old before I took the leap into the wizardly world of Hogwarts. Put your daggers down people, I finally joined the craze, but not before falling victim to a number of other books that sucked me in.
Grab a glass of wine, sit down, and let’s see if I can dig up some memories of the past as I work my way through some of my favorite books and series as a tween, teen, and adult. Aside from the aforementioned Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High, I often picked up one of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and eventually fell victim to the anonymously written Go Ask Alice which was a far cry from the books I’d been reading, and quite possibly the first book that made me yearn for more in the stories I so often devoured.
The good ‘ole days faded. I grew up, and went from tween to teen to young adult in the blink of an eye. Cell phones took the world by storm, Myspace was making its debut, and my reading tastes began to change. I don’t know exactly when the change occurred, and there may have been a small gap in time where I * Gasp * quit reading, but don’t worry, I picked the habit up again pretty quickly with the release of one popular book.
Yes, booklovers, I’m a certified Twihard. #TeamEdward all the way. I gobbled those books up faster than Stephanie Meyer could put them out and when they went from print to the big screen, I swooned over Robert Pattinson alongside all of the other Twilight fans.
It didn’t take long, and I was going from Twilight to The Hunger Games and next thing I knew I was married with a two-year-old and my friends were asking when I was going to make time to read Fifty Shades of Grey. Fifty Shades of What? And time, what was that? I was up to my eyeballs in poopy diapers and bottles. I barely had enough time to sleep let alone read.
Eventually, my friends wore me down, and one day while my spawn was napping, I curled up in the chair with the book that catapulted my love for reading into the stratosphere. Goodbye Edward, hello Christian. Okay, okay, I’ll never really say goodbye to Edward, but you know what I’m getting at here.
And thus, started my love of romance novels.
I went from EL James to Jill Shalvis, Bella Andre, Samantha Young, Marie Force, Colleen Hoover, Sylvia Day, and many, many more. There are more books on my Kindle than I can count, and enough authors putting out books to last me a lifetime. I’m certain I’ll never make it through my TBR, but isn’t that the best thing about books, there’s always another? Another book, another series, another genre or trope. There’s always something ready and waiting to take the world by storm, and you can bet your butt I’ll be the first in line to fall in love with the latest book craze.
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About the Author:
K.L. Grayson resides in a small town outside of St. Louis, MO. She is entertained
daily by her extraordinary husband, who will forever inspire every good quality she
writes in a man. Her entire life rests in the palms of six dirty little hands, and when the
day is over and those pint-sized cherubs have been washed and tucked into bed, you can find her typing away furiously on her computer. She has a love for alpha-males,
brownies, reading, tattoos, sunglasses, and happy endings…and not particularly in that
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Stay with me.
Three simple words.
One impossible request.
I’ve loved Allie McCallister for as long as I can remember. Her happiness and well-being mean more to me than anything else, which is why when the opportunity of a lifetime presented itself, I had to take it. Three months was such a short amount of time to be apart to provide the financial stability we needed to start our lives.
It wasn’t supposed to catapult my band to stardom, and it sure as hell wasn’t supposed to set off the chain of events that pushed my relationship with Allie to the brink. Our hearts were shattered, our love tested, and when everything fell apart she begged me to leave.
Eight years ago, tragedy broke us. Now we’re back in the same little town where we once dreamed of building our future.
She’s a divorced, single mom.
I’m a damaged country music star.
There are a hundred reasons for us to stay apart.
But all it takes is one look, one touch, one kiss to know our story isn’t over. Now I have to convince her to let me stay.