I wasn’t sure what to write about this month, but I happened to see the ads for “read an ebook week.” I got to thinking which books I’d loved and which ones have I read more than twice. So I thought I’d write about the first book I’ve fallen in love with.
Which book was the first one I’d fallen in love with?
You’d be shocked.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. Yep.
Here’s the blurb for it: Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.
Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again.
I read this book when I was in the 7th grade. Yeah, that’s been a few years since I was 13, but I never forgot the book. I was on an Agatha Christie bender anyway, but this particular book grabbed me. I loved school but the more I read on the book, the more I wanted to know what would happen next. Instead of paying attention to English class and sentence diagramming, I read Murder on the Orient Express. I hid it below the desk and kept my head down, you know, like I was actually diagramming the sentences. I wasn’t diagramming much of anything.
I absorbed the book, but it was the idea that there was more to the story than just this story really stuck with me. I wanted to enthrall a reader so much that the person didn’t want to do whatever it was they were in the middle of. To sweep the reader away into a new world. I had this crazy idea that I wanted to write—mystery novels. The twists and turns were out of this world and I wanted to do what she did.
If I’d have had my way, I’d have read the whole book in one sitting. I couldn’t because I had to switch classes and go home and all that. I got in to trouble because I’d read the book, but oddly enough, Mom was okay with it. At least I was reading and not doing something else. I know, what a bad kid I was.
But getting into trouble cemented in my mind that reading wasn’t a bad thing. Nope. It was something good and I wanted to do more of it. I’d always loved to read, but now I wanted to read more. I eventually read almost every Agatha Christie title. I’ve got more than half of them in print. So yeah, the book, although it’s been almost twenty years, stays with me. Which book was the first book to really grab you? Which is the first book YOU fell in love with?
Here’s my latest release:
Historical, Ancient Greece
Available here: Total-E-Bound
If he wants to keep Aspasia once he finds her, Gregorius will need to prove that his Love Remembers.
A veteran of the war in Koroneia, Gregorius wants only one woman for his bed. She made his heart sing the moment he first saw her in the markets, and for the past seven years he’s hunted far and wide for her. Once he finds her, he’ll prove his love never forgot her.
Aspasia isn’t the mirthful girl from the markets any longer. Circumstances beyond her control forced her into service to Gregorius’ bitterest enemy. When she at last finds herself in Gregorius’ arms, can she let go of the past in order to have the future she deserves? Only if love remembers…
Reader Advisory: This book contains a hero bent on finding his first love and a heroine determined to let him have his wicked way…in the garden, on the benches, in the olive grove…
More about me:
I always dreamt of writing the stories in my head. Tall, dark, and handsome heroes are my favorites, as long as he has an independent woman keeping him in line. I earned a BA in education at Kent State University and currently hold a Masters in Education with Nova Southeastern University.
I love NASCAR, romance, books in general, Ohio farmland, dirt racing, and my menagerie of animals. I’m published with Total-E-Bound, Changeling Press, Liquid Silver Books and The Wild Rose Press. Come join me for this fantastic journey!