Monday, April 25, 2011

Book Addicts Anonymous

Congratulations to Johanna, who won the signed copy of The Undead Next Door! Thank you all for the very interesting comments! Please come back next month (the 25th of each month) for another chance at winning a signed book.

I'm going to make this short since I have to admit to being a bit frazzled. I have contest entries to judge, final page proofs to read, the clock running on completing my next full-length book, two interviews and a blog to write, and a speech to polish up that I'm giving next weekend at the Heart of Dixie Readers' Luncheon in Huntsville, Alabama (hope to see some of you there!) And as hectic as all that sounds, it's fairly normal for writers. We tend to live with an ever-constant sensation of impending doom. Why? Good question. Maybe we thrive on drama and conflict. Maybe I'm guilty of poor time management or an inability to tell people 'no.' Or maybe I'm hoping that if I stay really busy no one will realize I have no idea what I'm doing. Whatever the reasons, the underlying cause is basically this: I love books.

I love to read, and that love led me to writing. I love the whole business of books so much that I get swamped. One time I was so engrossed in writing that I got a phone call from the elementary school. School had let out twenty minutes earlier, and I'd forgotten to pick up my daughter! How embarrassing! Luckily, my daughter never held it against me. She understood, because she already loved books, too. Fellow readers understand the addiction... and the consequences. Supper gets burned. You go to work after a measly two hours of sleep.

What crazy thing has happened to you because you couldn't put down a book? Leave a comment and a lucky winner will receive a signed copy of The Undead Next Door. And many thanks to all of you for your support! Vampire Mine has survived three weeks on the bestseller lists!

73 comments:

Cath said...

OMGosh the same thing happened to me 2 weeks ago!!!!
I was only 10 mins late though to pick up my 4 year old from preschool!!!!
Sometimes I do need to set an alarm...just in case!!!
Thanks for the great giveaway :]
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Cherry said...

I was reading during a lull in work and got reported. I got called in to the office! One is suppose to stare at the walls during a lull and can't read. I got a memo.

cherrymischif-soldier [at] yahoo [dot] com

Sharon S. said...

I've done the "forget to pick up the child" thing too . When I got there late my daughter glared at me and said "you were reading, weren't you!" LOL, they know me so well.

Nicole M said...

Mostly globs upon globs of college homeowrk didn't get down and I had to rush to pull things together, along with lost sleep hours and a missed shower or two :D Awesome contest and congrats! :)

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Maria said...

I've been late to church, work, and even the dr's office (which is just up the street from the house) because I've gotten caught up in a good book...fortunately everyone has been every understanding...lol

Thanks for the contest!

Casey H said...

For me, mostly homework (back in highschool) never got done (until the class period before). Now, in college, reading keeps me from studying for my exams!! Eeep!

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n.perschon@gmx.at said...

I love those books!

Angeebrynn said...

Just finished Vampire Mine as a was waiting on my husband in surgery. As with all of your books it was hard for me to put it down until I finished.

Jillian said...

I am a complete book addict. Things have gotten so bad that when I start reading a series once I finish the first book I have to read the next and continue this process. One time I read three books in a row while missing all of my meals, college classes, and sleep for an entire 24 hours. Let's just say I was lucky I didn't have class the next day

Sara Jones said...

I have fallen asleep on the couch still reading my book.My husband will find me with my glasses still on and the book open to the page I was reading..

The Mrs said...

Embarrassingly, my son knows that if mommy is reading and he wants my attention he needs to get between me and the book to get my attention.
sghorney{AT}gmail{DOT}com

Ren said...

Oh, hooo, lemme see..

Because I can't put down book I'd read I'm always postponed to working for my thesis, and I'm graduated a years later :P.. When I supposed to analyze data, I choose to read book instead. For me, one day not read anything like I'm get lost in desert :P

One crazy thing, I always re-read the same book again and again (in this case, one is Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh, and Forbidden Night with yours truly, Kerrelyn!:D) while my TBR get higher and higher :)

Btw, congrats for Vampire Mine, my copy not arrived yet, I hope I got it in this week, can't wait to read about Connor ^_^

Ren
sawamura_foxman AT yahoo DOT com

Clary said...

Once I was reading uptil 3am and then fell asleep at church that morning. My mother wasn't very thrilled. She asked me why couldn't I read my textbooks with such enthusiasm? If my college included Paranormal romance fiction to their syllabus I would ace that class! Lol

claroxide@yahoo.co.in

lissa said...

i have burnt a number of meals and yes im a pretty good cook!! who can i blame but myself!love reading and especially Kerrelyn its your fault too! lol ..the books are always written well they make me laugh and cry and cant ever put them down! so finally i left it to bedtime reading which didnt turn out any better i usually see the sunrising when i doze off!! sending out much love and happiness to fellow readers!!love to read!!:)

Amber said...

My story isn't a very funny one....
My sister, who was about 12 at the time and I was 14, almost choked on an orange because I was reading and not paying attention to her.
I read like my grandmother reads....the house could burn down around us and we wouldn't notice.
It's been 20 years since that happened and she and I still talk about the "incident."
I do, however, try to be more aware of what's going on around me now.

Anonymous said...

Its sometimes so bad for me that my family literally schedules time with me. My husband and youngest do not share my love for reading so they do not understand why I always have my head in a book. My youngest even told me once (he is 11) that I was "missing" his life. Talk about guilt trip.

Marion said...

Just finished this book and LOVED it!

Joni G. said...

I have always been an avid reader. As a kid, I had to hide under the covers with a flashlight to read. While camping, I was banned to sleep in the car because I'd be up half the night reading. Now, as an adult, I read whenever the heck I want to! LOL. I do forfeit sleep if I'm in the middle of a great story.

Kimi said...

I totally forgot I had potatoes boiling on the stove for mashed potatoes. It didn't set off the smoke alarm, but the non-stick pan was so toasted that the coating flaked off even after soaking the ruined potatoes overnight. The DH won't let me forget that one anytime soon. IIRC, I was reading "Eat Prey Love" at the time.

Tamara Hoffa said...

I guess I'm a fairly organized person, never burned a meal or missed picking up a child. I only forfeit sleep. My daughter says I am not human, because I will read til 1,2,3,In the morning and get up and go to work the next day. Always have, even in high school I would read until the wee hours. Now I try not to start a book unless I know Ihave time to finish, because I CAN'T put them down, I have to know the end and I NEVER skip to the end I have to read it thru.

Tammi said...

I have all the books in the series and I managed to get a couple of coworkers to start the series and they love it as much as I do. My favorite book in the series is "All I want for Christmas is a Vampire" ian was my favorite character from the start. Can't wait for your next book.

June M. said...

I will willingly give up sleep to read. I carry a little booklight with me, so that I can read anytime, anywhere. My 17 year old niece calls it my "nerd" light. As I am the only one in my family who is an avid book reader, no one understands me.

BTW, when EAT, LOVE, PREY came out, I read it twice within 24 hours, just because I loved it so much! Again, my family did not understand!

Johanna R Jochum said...

I stayed up all night reading and thought I could go to work with only a couple of hours sleep. Wrong, I did not wake up and was two hours late for work. I lied and told my boss my alarm did not go off. Lucky for me she did not mind, much! LOL! Thanks for sharing with us today!

This is my favorite book! Love Jean-Luc! *Swoon*

Johanna R Jochum said...

forgot to leave my email addy:

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Tanya1224 said...

Oh boy...my husband hates my reading addiction. I've messed all kinds of things up because I can not quit reading. The worst ...so embarissing...was one time I had a book open on my counter and I was reading as I was doing dinner. It was at that last few chapters and I could not wait until night to read it. So I read it as I cooked. My husband said I had serious issues...lol
I'd love to have a copy of your book for my book shelf. Thanks for the chance to win it.
Tanyaw1224(at)yahoo(dot)com

Teril said...

I was finishing up a book this morning and not only did I forget to put milk in the kids cereal, but we were also late since I HAD to finish it.

they had lucky charms so they forgave me ;)

terilhack at yahoo dot com

Kaya H said...

I took a book to finish during a soccer game over the weekend. I cheered when everyone else did but I was reading the whole time. The ending was epic. I brought great snacks for the players so my daughter did not mind. She said at least you were not taking a million pictures.
ha
kasuranna at yahoo dot com

Pamela said...

I am right there with you. I have burned supper, skipped cleaning, and pulled an all nighter more than once to finish a good book! And BTW, I was so happy to get Vampire, Mine! It was also one that caused the above mentioned actions!

nelia said...

Burning supper ,what about skipping it all together, the only time I got out of my chair was for a restroom break and than looking at the clock to find out it 's 7a.m. and you have an hours drive to get to work so no sleep or food until lunch time

Amy R said...

I went to the park to read while I was on lunch. I got so wrapped up in my book that one of my coworkers went searching for me because it was *way* past my allocated hour for lunch! Oops! Aside from that, I can certainly relate to almost everybody elses stories already listed: all-nighters, been late too many times to count, burnt dinner, etc, etc.

born_2b_alive@hotmail.com

amber brooks said...

this isn't about getting in trouble or doing something crazy because of reading but my husband loves to play video games. thee hae been several times when he was wnating to play, he would say hey don't you want to read or don't you have a book to listen to. because i listen to books at work and read them at home and i just started your series like last week and and already on book four. i think we started on thursday. love the audio books

SandyG265 said...

I've been late for dinner at my parents house because I was reading and lost track of time.

angel said...

I love all of your books. They keep getting bettwr and better. I love how your characters flow from one book to the next. I cannot wyait for more

Siobhan Muir / Meg Palevich said...

I completely forgot to eat all day while reading one time. It was morning when I picked up my book and when I looked up, it was suddenly night time. Man, was I hungry! Books are dangerous! :)

jncphillips said...

I had a book once that was very, very interesting and I couldn't put it down. Thankfully, it was very G-rated for the following reason: I just couldn't put it down and my daughter wanted me to read to her. So......yes, I read it to her. I used it as a reading lesson too: I had her pick out words on every page that she knew. Every page we upped the number she had to find. Ended up being one chapter we shared, but it is still a funny memory. :)

swisecarver2836 said...

I too was once late to pick up my daughter, due that I went to the library because I was out of books to read. Sometimes I look just a little to long.

Anonymous said...

so i have two stories..
the first i was reading one of the love at stake books (please forgive, im having a brain fart and can't remember the name of the title to save my life) but anyways i have a daycare and it was one of those moments where there wasn't any chaos. so i took advantage of the moment and tried to sneak in a few pages. well i was at the part where they were transporting all over the place in one of the many attempts to get casmir and as the tempo of the book picked up so did the atmosphere of my daycare. and it was one of those "i just want to finish the page..." feelings as the kids kept coming with "he hit me!", "she took my toy", " i have to pee!". all the while in the book there was fighting, someone lost a limb.. chaos. no lie i told the kids to freeze dance and they did and i got to finish the page lol. when i was done i told them to let the chaos commence and they thought i was nuts but it was funny.
my other story is my ex and his friends wanted to go to some sci-fi flick i just wasn't into so i opted to go to barnes and noble to chill while they went. i had just become a fan of the supernatural underground site and i wanted to try jeanine frost's books. i found the one with spade and its separate from the cat and bones series. well i went got my coffee and found a comfy chair and started to read. i lost track of time and it was almost time to close and i look up and my ex was there. he told me that he had been there for about a half hr and didnt have it in him to let me know he was there bc i was in my world lol. the sadder part was i was half way through the book.

~kristin h

Anonymous said...

I didn't burn dinner but actually forgot to make dinner needless to say the family wasn't too happy about having to eat a bowl of cereal I was so into the book, didn't realize it was hours later even though I told myself i was only going to read a little before making dinner. i could get sucked into another world and never return and be truly happy especially if that world involves those hunky vampires and shape shifters from the Love at Stakes.
Lori
wmeyer@atlanticbb.net

Sara M said...

For the last three Harry Potter novels, I did not put them down until I was finished. I brought them everywhere. My mom was getting really pissed off because would read them at the dinner table, in the car (only for short rides, or I'd get car sick)... I even walked around the house with my nose in these books because I could not put them down. The best part was when we went to Steak N Shake because there was a boy around my age at the next table doing the exact same thing. I was like "HA! It's not just me!"

I've apparently held entire conversations with people while reading that I don't remember afterwards. The way you know I'm actually listening is if I put the book down. If someone starts talking to me and I don't put the book down, I'll nod and murmur in agreement/disagreement so that the person thinks I'm paying attention. I've gotten yelled at for that one.

When I was in college, I'd bring books with me to read before class started because I was always early (especially when I had classes in the same building and didn't have to walk across campus). There were a couple times that I got so wrapped up in a chapter that I wouldn't put the book down until I finished, even if the professor had already started the lecture.

Sara M
sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

minhchieu said...

i didnt sleep untill 5am because i was so into your books, time flew by

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Ðhampyr Ðrea said...

I read Undead Next Door last year for the first time. I'll read literally anywhere, but most of the time it is in the bath. One afternoon, while I was reading this book in the bath, my phone rang. I was wrapped up in this book so much I couldnt even take my eyes off the page. I reached for my phone and missed grabbing a lit candle it was next to. Thankfully I didnt burn my ear too badly because I was wet from the steam, BUT I did have this really ugly red stripe on that side of my face for awhile.
Funny thing is that even after I burned myself I kept reading haha I couldnt put it down. Time and everything completely stops for me when I read this series. Im worse than an alcoholic XD

knigro2366 said...

Love your books. Was up all nite with Vampire mine.

Sophia said...

I am a complete book addict! I love to read because you can connect to the characters. Each story is so unique.I have lost so much sleep from staying up late just to finish a book are wanting to know what happens next. You'll always find a book in my purse. :) My kids can tell when I come home with a new book. I remember one time my 5yr old son and I were at a store and I told him he couldn't have a toy he crossed his arms and said fine then no more books for you. That was a priceless moment

Linda said...

I read about 3-4 hours a day, somedays a lot more than that. I always have a book or my ipad with me at the doctor's office, the hair dressers, the nail salon etc.
I confess, this is bad, but I've read while stopped at a stop light, and then getting honked because I didn't realize that the light had changed. Your series is one of my favorite reading, and I've hooked several of my friends and my daughter-in-law on it. Keep up the GREAT work and keep them coming!

Patricia Lynne said...

I forgot an appointment to do my taxes because I was reading. About three hours after the appointment - when I finished the book - I realized I missed it. Maybe not crazy but amusing when I think about it.

wolfwattitude said...

I love your books! I have stayed up all night reading and have been late for many things because I couldn't put the book down. The latest thing happened in the middle of the night. I had to make a potty stop, put the book on the sink without turning on the lights and when I did turn on the light the book had slid into the sink that the 7 year old had filled full of water growing snakes. What made it worse, the book was a library book.

Cylver said...

Nothing really crazy has ever happened to me because of my reading addiction, but I have been known to come to work sleep deprived because of staying up till 3AM, reading a book I just had to finish! Ahh, good times!

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Doe Doe said...

So ~ I was dieing to finish a story. So I put my Kindle in my purse and brought it into the ladies room with me so I could sneak a peak under the guise of a "potty break". I didn't have to go but I wanted to read my book. I was in the stall reading my Kindle and started to LAUGH really hard at this one part and the person in the stall next to me said "well I guess everything is working out well in there." - It was my boss.
Heidi

heidistrocko@yahoo.com

redhead42256 said...

I am such a fan I love your books and have gotten my friends addicted as well....Can't wait til the next

Xhex said...

I'm a huge fan of your books... I loved Vampire Mine...

Marie said...

Love your books!! :)
I find myself lost in a story many times and not realize the time. I tend to be late on occasion :P

Denise said...

I LOVE this series. so believable and real. i can read the whole book in one night and am sometimes up till 5 am finishing the last naughty chapter. you really can relate to these people and want to be a part of their world. Bravo!!

KerrelynSparks said...

What a bunch of great stories!! Yikes on picking up the lit candle instead of a phone!
Thank you all for commenting!

Phylis said...

I stayed up all night and read the last Harry Potter book. First time I ever did that. But a book just about goes everywhere with me.

janhvi said...

this has happened sooo many times..once i stayed up till about 4.30 in the morning reading without even realisisng that i had college the next day.i barely got 4 hours sleep and was groggy the whole day but satisfied that i finished my book.


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Beach said...

Well I love to read!! So we were having a family get together and I was in the middle of a great book and did not want to stop. I was asked if I was going to join the family in conversation or if I was going to read. My reply was, I am very good at multi tasking. Needless to say they were not happy with me.

Lisa said...

I put some eggs on to hard-boil and then got caught up in reading. I completely forgot about the eggs and when I finally went to the kitchen I found that all the water had evaporated from the pan and the egg were stuck to the bottom. I've never seen burnt hard-boiled eggs before!

Michelle said...

Not really a single crazy event, but I'm chronically sleep deprived because I read a book a day, and sometimes I'll stay up until 2 or 3 am to finish it!

Mountain Laurel said...

I love Kerrelyn's books...I have read them all!!! (so far!!)
The craziest thing to happen to me because I could not put down a book is forgetting appointments. I tend to get carried away in the books and let time fly by without realizing it...

Lisa R/alterlisa said...

I always took a book with me anytime I'm was waiting on a child at ball practice or dance. Once at dance, I was reading in the car and forgot to go in and get my daughter. She was waiting inside and I was was reading in the car outside. Needless to say she was not happy with me.

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trisha rupert said...

well i read so much that all my family says i'm going to turn into a book!! i've been late to appointments, picking my kids up from school, over cooked dinner, stayed up reading until 3-4AM when i have to be up at 6am, and even when we have company over i will read. its a non-stop thing with me!! but i think the craziest thing is when i was waiting to go into a court hearing as witnesses for an accident i saw and the officer called my name to testify and i didn't hear him the first 3 times he said my name. and the judge call my name and then seen that i was reading a book and asked me what i was reading!! that was just crazy and embarrassing!!

well i'll just say that i love your books soooomuch kerrelyn!!

SdyLion said...

I always say its an obsession, an book obsession. I do the same things like reading till 2am and going to work on lil' sleep because I just needed to find out what happened next. I felt like deje'vu with the school scenario. I forgot to wake my husband up to pick up my boys from school. For some reason, I thought he was already on his way, to wrapped up in the plot it seems. I think I need a support group. Is there such a thing?

Jen said...

This actually just happened the other day while I was reading vampire Mine (read it in mostly one sitting). I looked at the clock and it was 3 pm ... fine. The next thing I knew I was looking at the clock because I was irratated that the cats where howling and just wouldn't stop ... it was 9pm and they were tired of waiting for their supper which is supposed to be around 6:30 pm. Woops!

ann said...

I would have to say that getting grounded from books is my craziest experience. Back in High School when I would neglect my homework or forget my chores my mom would ground me from the latest book I was reading. So instead of taking away my allowance or not letting me see my friends, she would raid my bookshelf to leave me in sorrow. :D

snulfers said...

I forget to cook dinner. My girls are old enough now they will snap their fingers in my face to get my attention to receive cooking directions.

Ali said...

I hate early release days I am always doing sixty other things fortunately my kids pick each other up now. The 16 yr old picks up the 13 yr old the 13 yr picks up the 9 yr old and nobody gets left behind anymore. Thank God for my oldest she is everything I could want in a daughter and more.

Carol L. said...

Like a few others it's my addiction to reading that has gotten me into a few scrapes. My youngest daughter and I both love to read and my grandson was staying for the night with us and he was coloring and both my daughter and I were reading . He turned around and saw us and said "no, you can't read" I don't want to be by myself. lol I guess he's used to us both being zoned out when we're reading. Another time he had his Mom call and see if we'd go to the park with them and in the background he yelled "they can't bring their books either" lol
Carol L
Lucky4750@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I love this book, so far is one of my favorites. Its sooo romantic. I love all the books but this just takes my breath away......:)

linyud2390@yahoo.com
Yessenia M

Amy said...

I don't really have any crazy stories, but there was this one time where I got so attached to the book that I had insomnia and couldn't sleep at night. Then I woke up and finished the book before I slept again. I went without sleep for about 20 hours.

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meggerfly said...

I've burnt dinner many times because I couldn't put my book down lol! Either that or I was so engrossed in my book that I didn't hear the timer go off!

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J. Vincent Lee said...

I was a cashier in a grocery store and I always had a book on the check stand so I could read on my lunch and breaks. However, I sometimes pushed that 10 minute break or that lunch hour til the last possible second, still reading as I walked back to the check stand. However, it was worth it, your books are always a great read!

Paula OBrien said...

I always thought I was alone with my book addiction. I too have read while cooking supper and burnt it. When my sons were younger, I would be late in picking them up from school. I can't say that I forgot to eat because I would make my food and then eat while I read. I missed taking the bus to work, had to wait for the next one and arrived late for work. But on the plus side of that one, I was able to read for another hour while I waited for the bus to arrive :-)