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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

"When I'm not writing" with L.K. Below + giveaway

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Today's guest is author L.K. Below, who has a new book coming out through Kensington. It's a dystopian romance novella and it sounds really interesting. Be sure to stay tuned to see what L.K. does when she's not writing, and enter to win a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card at the end of the post.


I’m what you might call a workaholic. Me, I prefer to call it dedicated, hard-working, persistent. I pour my time into one of two main areas, both to do with books. Because when I’m not writing, chances are you will find me reading.

I fell in love with books from an early age. A supportive former teacher encouraged that love and steered me towards books I might like. She recommended the classics, which at that time was Tom Sawyer (Twain), A Christmas Carol (Dickens), The Call of the Wild (London), and White Fang (London). Through reading these books, written not only about the past but in the past, I fell in love with history. As a teenager, I’d convinced myself that I should have been born in the nineteenth century…or earlier.

My love of history, of learning what I could about the past through the eyes of those who lived in that mysterious time, soon expanded to the books themselves. I didn’t want copies. I wanted books as close to the original dates as I could get. One by one, they accumulated. Books over a hundred years old. Musty books with thick pages and leather covers. Delicate books with thin pages. I scour library sales and garage sales, every year looking for more. Some of the books I find, I’ve never even heard of before. But they’re old, and they’re mine.

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My most prized possession is the limited edition History of France published in 1897. These eight volumes are so old, they’re falling apart at the seams. Two have their covers missing. Their pages are yellow with age. These eight volumes are my favorite, even though I may have a book that is even older. I’m too afraid to read them.

Silly, isn’t it? Books are made to be read.

But for me, they’re also made to be collected and displayed on a wide shelf. They’re made to be held and smelled. They’re made to be appreciated. Not only for their content, but also for the history I can hold in my hands. When I touch one, it amazes me that it was published over one hundred years ago. It was here long before I was, and it will be long after I am gone. That is the legacy of books. They last a long, long time.

These days, when not writing, I’m trying to achieve a personal goal of reading as many classics as I can possibly get my hands on. I tend to read them digitally, to save my old and falling-apart books from mishandling. I may never make it through them all, but I’m reading some wonderful books in the meantime.

And yes, I sometimes do give nods to the literary masters in my books. I reference two, directly and indirectly, in my newest release, Hellish Haven.

Happy reading! What is your favorite classic book?


Thanks so much for visiting us, L.K.! For more about L.K. and her books, check out the following links:

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Here's the scoop on HELLISH HAVEN:

Hellish Haven by LK BelowTwo lives. Two realities. But only one truth.

The Senator reigns all-powerful in a manifested picture-perfect world. No worries. No wars. Only the unspoken threat of oblivion if you step a toe out of line. On the other side of the divide, the rebels face a debilitating war against an invulnerable robotic army. Every day is a struggle to earn back their freedoms. Freedom to feel. Freedom of speech. Freedom of thought.

Sergeant Grant Baker is pivotal to the war effort. But ever since his wife’s abduction, he’s been walking around in as much of a daze as the Senator’s brainwashed citizens. Then Eva reappears—without memories of him or their son. And he’s willing to do anything to keep her. Even if it means jeopardizing the war.

Eva doesn’t know which side to believe. Her predictable life as a single nurse, or the man claiming to be her husband. All she knows is she needs to discover how to end the war, quickly. If she doesn’t choose sides soon, she may lose the man—and the life—she never knew she wanted.

Purchase: Amazon



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Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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4 People left their mark' :

  1. Thank you so much for having me here today!

  2. I can't imagine having such old books in my possession. Even though you can't touch them it still must be a thrill to look at them :).

  3. congrats to LK on the new release!!! Lol... if I had the bookshelf space, I'd totally "collect" older books too. Thanks for sharing!