Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Linda Grimes

Linda Grimes is a former English teacher and ex-actress now channeling her love of words and drama into writing. She grew up in Texas and currently resides in northern Virginia with her husband.

Her new novel is In a Fix.

Not so long ago I asked Grimes what she was reading. Her reply:
Right now, in the lead-up to the release of In a Fix, I haven't been able to read for pleasure nearly as much as I'd like. I think I'm in withdrawal. (Hmm. That would explain the twitching.)

There are a few books I managed to sneak in, mainly because I took a little peek and then couldn't stop reading:

Whispers in Autumn by Trisha Leigh. It's a YA dystopian set on an earth that's been taken over by mind-controlling aliens, and it's totally gripping. It's an indie book—one of the best I've ever read—and the first of a trilogy. All I can say is, I can't wait for the next installment.

Pivot Point by Kasie West. I feel a bit guilty mentioning this one, since it won't officially be released until February 2013. I was lucky enough to get hold of an advance reader copy, and man, was it ever good!

Here's how it's described on GoodReads:
Reminiscent of the movie Sliding Doors, Pivot Point is about a girl who has the power to Search alternate futures. When faced with a life changing decision, she lives out six weeks of two different lives (in alternating chapters), both holding the potential for love and loss, and must ultimately choose which path she is willing to live through.
Doesn't that sound great? Trust me, you should put it in your TBR pile.

Both of those are YA books, which might seem odd for an adult to read, especially one who doesn't write YA books herself. But I do have a lot of friends who write it, and they've kind of sucked me into giving the genre a chance. I'm so glad they did! Let's face it—conflict is conflict, whether it revolves around a seventeen-year-old or an adult, and good characterization is good characterization. If a story latches on to me, I'm not going to quibble over age.

Now, if only I had time to dive back into my TBR pile. *sighs* Maybe next month...
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--Marshal Zeringue