What’s Your Reading Personality?


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Do you feel compelled to finish a book you’ve started, no matter how you feel about it? Or maybe you read a chapter or two and put it aside in search of the perfect read. You might be more of a window shopper, grabbing titles that look or sound good, but never finding the time to read all your treasured finds. I understand.  I have a confession to make. Sometimes I engage in three-ways, four-ways, or even orgies of reading, in which there are so many books that I’ve started, frankly, I might not even be keeping track. Please don’t judge me (you know what they say about people who live in glass houses). Remember, for as many books there are in existence, there is also any number of different reading personalities a book lover might demonstrate. What kind are you?

1. The Ridiculing Reader. When you read a review, you find yourself scratching your head trying to figure out if you read the same book as the other reviewers. Five stars? Seriously?   You shout to anyone listening about how the author can’t put two sentences together properly, or that the book is dragging hopelessly in the middle, and what kind of plot twist is that? These characters are so poorly drawn it’s comical! You call that a conclusion? If you are a ridiculing reader you will finish each read down to its very last word, and you may even close the covers and toss the volume across the room, but you will do it with a great, secret frisson of satisfaction because it feels so good. You may be an aspiring, disgruntled novelist yourself. Suggested ridiculing reads: Twilight; Fifty Shades of Grey; Divergent; any much-celebrated novelist’s latest offering that’s bound to be arguably less than all the hype.

2. The Pathological Reader. The joy is in the journey. You prefer to savor every moment with a good book. Once you find an author you can connect with, you will read each and every title until you’ve exhausted their collection (preferable read in the same order they were written, of course).   You might discard a book, but only if there is very good cause, and it will bring you a sense of deep unease, so you’ll give the author a mulligan and try the next title. . Suggested pathological reads: Crichton, Cornwell, Sparks, Christie, King.

3. The Wandering Eye. If someone asks you what you’re currently reading, would they get a list of titles rather than just one? If so, you might actually be a promiscuous reader. It’s not that you don’t love your books. In truth, you love them all equally. You might have one book on your Kindle that you read occasionally. There might be a hardcover book sitting on the table beside your bed. You may have a third or fourth paperback in your purse or backpack waiting to be finished. Do you confuse characters or plots? Perhaps. The point is, you’re not ready for a book commitment just yet, and you’re doing a brilliant job dating them all in the meantime. Suggested wandering eye reads: Short story and essay collections, novellas, blogs.

4. The Book-Buster. Do you have so many books that it’s been suggested that rent a storage unit to contain them all? Does the idea of parting with a beloved book cause you hyperventilate? Are there books in every nook and cranny of your home?   You are a destroyer of books, but you love them so. You just want to hug the books, squeeze them tighter and tighter, you adore them so much that you really don’t know you’re hurting them.  You take your books in the bath or out into the sun and their pages bleach away to nothing, but you keep them anyway, because they are books and you love books. Suggested book-buster reads: Whatever you like, but buy a Kindle.

5. The Bibliophile. Books aren’t just mean for reading, they’re meant for appreciating, especially the old ones. Have you ever removed a book jacket because you prefer to look at the binding? Your books are not only chosen for their literary enjoyment, but also for their aesthetic value. You like books rescued from the street as much as signed first editions. You just like books. To you, they are an object of beauty, and you would never, ever hurt them in any way. Suggested bibliophile reads: Anything you can get your hands on. God, that’s gorgeous, isn’t it?

6. The Cross-Under. There was a time when adults shopping in the Young Adult section of the book store would be greeting with looks of concern, but those days are long gone. There is a place for you in society, finally. For you, there is an intensity of first time experiences — there’s something about the heightened emotions and this-moment-defines-who-I-am consequences that just feels satisfying. Suggested cross-under reads: Collins, Rowling, Alexie, Chbosky, Lowry.

7. The Nocturnal Reader. Do you own a book light so you can read with the lights out? Is late at night the only time you have for reading? Have you ever fallen asleep with a book in your hand? If you are a true nocturnal reader, you have stayed up all night more than once because you couldn’t put down a good book. But it was worth it, it’s always worth it. There is no one to witness your agony when you cry, except for the characters with whom you are becoming quite close. Suggested nocturnal reads: Whatever you like, just sit in a chair—unless you like falling asleep with a book on your face.

8. The Book Snob. You are hard to impress. You only read books that are well reviewed by critics that you have determined to be of the highest caliber. You would never stoop to read something on a best-seller list, or something sold in a discount department store. Paperbacks offend you; you only touch hardcover—preferably, award-winning in some form or fashion. Suggested book snob reads: Pulitzer nominees, even if no Pulitzer was awarded.

9. The Evaluator. Do you find deep meaning and metaphors for life in the pages of your favorite reads?   Do you find yourself discussing plot points in your everyday conversations? You most likely adore a spectacular conclusion. You also take great pride in finding a unique read and waste no time in selling its value to anyone who will listen. But especially, you love something that you can sink your teeth into and discuss, but only with those of a similar intellectual bent. You love book clubs and might even have been the one to start one in your neighborhood. Suggested evaluator reads: Janet Malcolm’s The Journalist and the Murderer; anything by Haruki Murakami.

10. The Bandwagon Reader. Do you ask scores of people to make a book suggestion before buying a book? You listen to everyone, from your best friend to the person standing in line at the supermarket. And you believe them all. You camp out at the shelves of “Recommended Reads” in your favorite book store. Suggested bandwagon reads: Cheryl Strayed’s Wild; Michael Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue; Caitlin Moran’s How to Be a Woman; Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Just because a lot of people recommend them doesn’t mean they’re not great!

I’m sure I missed more than a few archetypes. Have you identified yourself yet?

Time to finally meet Juliette’s Ex-Boyfriend

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Book Three, Running Away With You, will give everyone the chance to finally meet David Jorgenson, Juliette’s ex-boyfriend.  Here’s what we know about David so far:

“My ex-boyfriend David was a complete jerk and an imposter.  He pretended to care, but it was all an act.  David was a pretty package, but nothing more than an empty box.  I was immediately attracted to his good looks and forgot to look deeper for the qualities that matter the most.  It turns out I wasted a year and a half with someone who didn’t deserve my time.  I need a break from men.  That’s one of the reasons why I moved back to Jersey after graduation.  I could have easily started a life for myself in Colorado, but I had to put as many miles between that SOB and myself as I could.” ~Running Back to You

“My last boyfriend David didn’t really get along with my friends.  He preferred it when we hung out with his friends or with no one at all.  Now, when I look back, I can see that he was isolating me and causing me to become dependent on him.  My friends were getting frustrated with me and started calling less and less.  That’s why when he was unfaithful to me, the pain was nearly unbearable.”  ~Running Back to You

“My last year in college, I came dangerously close to living a life I swore I would never allow.  David was someone I thought I could build a life with.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.  It happened slowly, so slowly that I didn’t even notice at the time, but I can see now how many similarities there are between David and my father.  To the outside world, David was fun-loving and an all-around nice guy, just like my father.  But behind closed doors, he became pensive, dark, and brooding.  My moods started changing based on David’s moods.  I stopped making decisions and instead let his frame of mind dictate our activities.” ~Running Back to You

“I’m reminded of my last boyfriend, David.  He thought the universe revolved around him and would often forget about plans and promises.  He’s so far back in my rear-view mirror, I’m always surprised when memories of him and our nearly two-year crappy relationship creep back up into my mind.” ~Running Home to You

“She supported me throughout my two-year relationship with the jerk, David.  When I finally opened my eyes and realized what a manipulative ass he was, she never once said, “I told you so.”  She just helped me pick up the pieces and move on.” ~ Running Home to You

All we really know is that David was a first-class jerk.  In Running Away With You, Juliette’s past comes back to haunt the couple in ways that even Juliette could not have imagined.  What do you do when someone you once loved turns into your worst nightmare?

Letters to the Author

7298756026_f6343d103b_zToday I received a lovely letter from a reader. I cannot express how much it means to me to hear from readers.  Every message, good, bad, or otherwise, helps me become a better writer.  And those like the one below give me the encouragement and reassurance I need to continue along my journey as a writer.  Thank you!

FROM READER: “I have read your first book and am just in the middle of the second, I just wanted to say that I think the books are brilliant, they keep you guessing and keep you engaged at every page. These are one of the best I have read. I just wanted to know when you think the 3rd one will be released?”

RESPONSE: Right now, I’m preparing for a Book Blog Tour. Once that’s over, I will continue writing the third book, “Running Away With You”. I’m still waiting to find out what the future holds for everyone at Rush Dessert Bar. Their futures generally reveal themselves while I’m driving or just as I’m about to drift off to sleep. Time will tell!  I’m hoping to be ready for release on July 4th.  Fingers crossed!

Cover Change?

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Attention All Readers!

Sales of Book One, “Running Back to You” have stalled.  It’s been suggested to consider a cover change in order to attract more readers.  What do you think of the above covers?  Will they attract more readers?  I’d love to hear what you think.

Running Home to You Release Day has arrived!

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Today, Running Home to You was released for sale at all major online booksellers.  Within hours of its release, it was in the top 100 of its genre on Amazon.  Incase you missed it, here’s a summary of book two from the Running Series:

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Running Home to You:  continues the journey of Juliette and Evan that began in “Running Back to You”.

Juliette Fletcher thought she had it all – a strikingly handsome man who adores her, a new business venture with her best friends by her side, and a dream house right on the beach.  But appearances can be deceiving and everything comes at a cost.

Evan McGuire has just survived a vicious attack that almost ended his professional football career.  He’s on the mends now, trying to piece his life back together again, and build a life with Juliette.

But Evan’s erratic behavior has Juliette worried.  She must figure out how to save her struggling restaurant, her fragile friendships, and her now unhealthy relationship with the man she loves.  Juliette and Evan find that they’ve placed their trust in the wrong people and the price they pay for that mistake may ultimately cost them everything.

Running Home to You is the second book in the Running Series.

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Please help spread the word.  As an independent “indie” author, I do not have the advertising and publishing power that comes from having a publisher or literary agent.  I depend on word of mouth and feedback from  you, the reader.  You can find Running Home to You available for sale at the following online book sellers.  If you decide to download a copy, please post feedback for other readers.  As  you surely must know, reviews and ratings drive book sales.  Readers want to know what to expect.  Please take a moment out of your busy lives to share your thoughts about Running Home to You.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement.

~Suzanne

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Amazon Kindle:  http://www.amazon.com/Running-Home-You-Suzanne-Sweeney-ebook/dp/B00IFR0XP2/ref=la_B00HK4SY16_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1392415252&sr=1-2

Barnes & Noble Nook:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/running-home-to-you-suzanne-sweeney/1118627275?ean=2940148211563

Available Valentine’s Day!

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Spread the word – Running Home to You will be available for sale on Friday, February 14, 2014.  Here’s the book summary:

Running Home to You:  continues the journey of Juliette and Evan that began in “Running Back to You”.

Juliette Fletcher thought she had it all – a strikingly handsome man who adores her, a new business venture with her best friends by her side, and a dream house right on the beach.  But appearances can be deceiving and everything comes at a cost.

Evan McGuire has just survived a vicious attack that almost ended his professional football career.  He’s on the mends now, trying to piece his life back together again, and build a life with Juliette.

But Evan’s erratic behavior has Juliette worried.  She must figure out how to save her struggling restaurant, her fragile friendships, and her now unhealthy relationship with the man she loves.  Juliette and Evan find that they’ve placed their trust in the wrong people and the price they pay for that mistake may ultimately cost them everything.

Running Home to You is the second book in the Running Series.

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Join us at Liberty Stadium in Atlantic City

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Liberty Stadium is very much real in my mind.  I’ve driven through the immense parking lot, walked the halls, and even stepped out onto the field with Evan and Juliette.  But sitting in the stands is not an option for Evan’s friends and family.  Nothing but the best will do when it comes to taking care of his loved ones.  Take a virtual tour of the Level 5 Suite Evan and a few other players have rented for the season.  When money isn’t a problem, it’s the best way to watch a game.

Visit Evan’s Point Pleasant Beach House

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I’ve long wanted to share some of the inspiration for the book.  My hometown of Point Pleasant is a small oceanside community with beautiful beach front homes and modestly appointed suburban neighborhoods.  Evan and Juliette spend a great deal of time in Evan’s beach house.  Who could blame them?  It’s got a remarkable view of the ocean, a fair amount of privacy, and all the amenities a million dollar property should have.

Before I could write about Evan’s home, I had to first find his home.  I searched home sale listings all across the county until I found the one – Evan’s million dollar beach house.  Once I found his house, I was able to create his life around it.  Upon seeing that beautiful deck, I knew Evan would take Juliette there on the day of their fateful meeting.  When I saw the master bath with views of the ocean from the tub and the shower, I knew they could really have fun there.  In order to describe it and place them (and hopefully you) in it, I had to know it inside and out.  The same goes for every room of the house, really.

Evan’s taste feels simple to me.  He would not have decorated this home himself.  Someone would have done this for him.  But he would have insisted on simple furnishing and nautical themes to match his new surroundings.  The furniture is mostly leather, there are a lot of wood surfaces, and plenty of windows.  Perhaps as time progresses, he will let Juliette add her personal touch with some feminine fabrics.

Visit The Beach House page for the images that inspired me.

Meet the Newest Character in RHTY ~

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There’s a new man in town.  He’s an army veteran who is recovering from wounds received in Afghanistan.  He’s got everything the gang at Rush Dessert Bar needs – experience running a large kitchen, military training and a strong work ethic, as well as charms and good looks.  He’s got his eyes set on one of the girls, and once he’s decided on a course of action, he’s not easily deterred.  The only problem is … he doesn’t have a name.  Not an official one, yet, anyway.  At first glance, he strikes me as needing a unique name, something that sets him apart from the others.  Perhaps a name like Ryker Donovan.  The more I get to know him, the more I realize that although he seems different – his tattoos, rough exterior, demanding ways – the more I realize he’s not so different from any other guy trying to make a mark in this world.  Now I think he’s more of a Garrett, which means “strength of the spear”.  Seems fitting, right?  However, the name Ryker means “strong power”, which doesn’t help.  I can’t decide.

Guest Author Q & A

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One of my favorite bloggers, Rene’s Getaway, gave me the opportunity to talk about RBTY in a guest author interview.  Here’s an excerpt of the interview.  Please visit Rene’s Blog to read the complete interview.

Can you describe Running Back to You in 20 words?

RBTY is the wish-it-were-true story of young love with a dash of suspense, humor, and hometown nostalgia.

 

Without giving away any spoilers, for those who have not read Running Back to You, what was your favorite scene to write?

Since you’re asking about fun, I’d have to say it’s the drunken party scene.  The main character, Juliette (Jette) is feeling heart broken and she washes away her troubles with good friends and a little too much alcohol.  In general, watching intoxicated people is funny, and so is writing about them.

 

What came first, the characters or the concept for the story?

The first was the most important character – the setting.  In RBTY, the community plays a large role in the novel.  Having grown up here, I know it intimately and I can tell you that it’s a living, breathing character that inspired the people and the events that I wrote about.