Books By Blogging Buddies

A funny thing happened when I became a blogger. I communicated with published authors. How cool is that?

Prior to my blogging days, Stephen King never tweeted me. Chris Bohjalian never commented on my blog. Sue Grafton never tossed a blogger award my way. Barbara Kyle never…oh, wait…she did visit my blog. And gave away signed books to boot!

Despite the ongoing absence of Stephen, Chris, and Sue, others have come my way. They might not be famous. Yet. I might not have met them in person. Yet. But I’ve connected with them in the electronic world, which, for an introvert, pretty much is the world.

And what an honor it’s been.

Recently, I read I Am Cara by Frederick Anderson. In its post-apocalyptic world, only a few men remain, and those who do are abused or hunted. Ouch. A theme like that really yanks those vulnerable testosterone chains. Kudos to Mr. Anderson for even going there. Kudos also for crafting sentences that filled me with delight as a reader but cloaked me in envy as a writer. Yeah, I’ll admit it. I got a wee bit jealous. In his blog, he mentions he’ll soon embark on a journey to find an agent. To that I suggest he pack no more than bottled water and a power bar, because he’ll likely reach his destination quickly.

So, besides a world without men—Oh dear, who would track down the beeping, battery-deficient smoke alarm in the middle of the night? Who would carry my bag in the airport? Who would wipe bird poop off my Prius? Who would bring me chocolates?—what other realms have I entered?

Other Blogging Buddies’ Books I’ve Read. In the Reverse Order I’ve Read Them (In Case You Care. Which I’m Sure You Don’t.):

In Eyes of Light by Charissa Statsny, I romped with drug lords and Mormon missionaries. Not bad for a woman my age. But I’ll never admit to the number of pages it took me to realize the word “Elder” was a male missionary title and not a character’s name. Let’s just say NASA won’t be calling me any time soon.

In Mean-Spirited Tales by Sandee Harris, short stories of ghosts and foot freaks and decapitated heads sweetened my pink-confectionary world. And yes, I’m being sarcastic. And yes, Sandee, I like the way your mind works.

In The Walking Man by Wright Forbucks, I smiled and laughed my way through a quadriplegic’s quest to conquer both his paralysis and the woman he loves. No, really; it’s funny. I’m not being rude.

In A Mother’s Love by Wendy Reid, I shared my nights with a creepy, sexually sadistic serial killer. Not for the faint of heart, I assure you, but damn if I couldn’t quit turning those pages.

In Dance of Souls by Audrey Kalman, a mother, a son, a teacher, and a filmmaker wormed their way into my thoughts, compelling me to reread sentences, not because I’m daft (no comment, please), but because Ms. Kalman uses words like an artist uses paint— Bellissimo!

In Casting Stones by G.M. Barlean, a ruthless villainess wadded my undies in a bunch, leaving my heart–not to mention my fanny–aching for the family who suffered her torment. In fact, I went so far as to tie this author up in my cellar for an interview. Don’t worry. I let her go. After all, every one loves a happy ending.

In A Series of Adjustments by J.J. Kearbey, dark and dramatic short stories took root in my brain—from miscarriage and abortion to depression and heartache. Oh, and Grandma got her toe chopped off by a Nazi.

So there you have it. Eight books, eight writers, eight authors—all of with whom I’ve connected. And I have more lined up in my queue.

For a women who loves her books, it doesn’t get much better than that.

What books from blogging buddies have you read? Or, what was the last book you read? Did you get jealous? Have you ever worn a dunce hat?

All images from Microsoft Clip Art

After I wrote this post, I started A Warm Wind by Erin French. Though I’m only a few pages into this enticing read, I’m enormously relieved the characters’ marriage is not my own. Mr. Rubin would be, too.

135 Responses to “Books By Blogging Buddies”

  1. riatarded

    I hope you are having fun on your vacation! Get back soon! x

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  2. springfieldfem

    Wow! I just read this! I really need to get back in to the blogosphere.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      That’s okay. We all need a break. In fact, I’m on one now. And I’m paying a high price for my Internet access on vacation, so I’ll make this response short.
      :)

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  3. Jennifer M Eaton

    This is an awesome list. And I’ve even read a few! I wish I had more time to read everyone’s stuff. It just seems like my list gets bigger and bigger!

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  4. WomanBitesDog

    I hope to move on to reading my blogger buddies books later in the year – once the play is over! And possibly review books

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  5. Subtlekate

    How fantastic. I love being in contact with an author that I have read or even coming across their book after reading their blog. I recently read Poet’s Cottage by Josephine Pennicott. I loved it.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Yes, it’s a treat to read a book and be able to discuss it directly with the author. Pretty cool for sure. Thanks for stopping by.
      :)

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thanks Starla! You caught me before I’m Internet-free. I enjoyed that FP post. Thanks for sending it my way.
      :)

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      • starlaschat

        Have a great trip! :+) Look forward to reading your posts when you get back. Happy R and R and R and R…….

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        • starlaschat

          Alright I’m ready to have you back in Blog land. Did you say ten days or fourteen days? Who am I going to banter back and forth with on a Monday? Oh right of course you need a rest. I know you have been working hard. I’ll stop my complaining enjoy your break. :+)

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          • Carrie Rubin

            I’m paying 65 cents a minute for this Internet access on my vacation, so I’ll keep it short. Thanks, Starla! I’ll be back next week.
            :)

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  6. El Guapo

    Very cool! And soon you will join their ranks!
    I read H.E. Ellis’ Gods of Asphalt (heellisgoa.com) and Edward Hotspur’s Scenes From A Morning Drive (edwardhotspur.wordpress.com)
    And of course, yours when it comes out.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      I’ll have to check those out. Nice of you to support your fellow bloggers. And thanks for your interest in my own.

      Thanks for stopping by.
      :)

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  7. acflory

    Yes! When I first started blogging I had no expectations of being read and when I first started reviewing books I had really, really enjoyed I had no expectations of every receiving a comment from the authors themselves, yet… it happened.

    The first time I recognized the name of an author I admired I almost fell off my chair. I literally had to read and re-read the name to make sure I wasn’t imagining things.

    Now, six months later many of those wonderful writers have become real friends and my blog has slowly become a community place where we chat and giggle and sometimes have great, long discussions about the ills of the world and how we’d fix them.

    As another introvert I can’t imagine not having a blog now. I can’t imagine not having these wonderful people in my life. Three cheers for the digital world!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      What a great story. So glad you’ve been able to make the connections. It really is a wonderful blogging community.
      :)

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  8. i mayfly

    I agree with all of the above. This blogging world has expanded my horizons. Sitting in my catbird’s seat I have access to thousands of good reads, but this blogging thing is something unique.
    Blogging is a great equalizer. A lot of social conventions, pretensions and middle people are circumvented. All that bulls**t pushed aside, it’s often easier to actually talk to one another (and no one is worrying over that great big hairy wart on the tip of my nose….just kidding ;> Nikki

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Say, I’ve been meaning to talk to you about that wart on the tip of your nose…
      ;)

      But you’re right. Blogging really is an equalizer, especially for those of us who function better behind a laptop than in front of a crowd.

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      • i mayfly

        I knew the Renaissance attire wouldn’t be a problem for you, but then some people are not as open-minded as you. Go figure! =)

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  9. Elliot

    I have a few on the kindle that I have downloaded but not read yet. Some of the above I think that you have pointed out elsewhere. I have such a big pile of books to get through, and not quite enough reading time, that they could be waiting a while.

    That includes a couple by Salman Rushdie as mentioned by Smak. He is well known in the UK for having his life threatened due to the “Satanic Verses” (look that up if you don’t know about it, it was a big thing), and also being a friend of the late, great, Christopher Hitchens.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Yes, I’ve got Rushdie on my to-read list as well, and I remember the fuss about “Satanic Verses.” But as you mention, so many books, so little time…

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      • Elliot

        I think “Midnights children” is the one to read (from what I have heard), where as SV is a for all the fuss, not that great. But then I have both but have yet to read either so that could be nonsense advice.

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  10. Brian B. King

    Oh my goodness Carrie, I don’t need to read a book to be jealous of an author’s talent for the written word. I can just read your blog.

    Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me? I only read one of your blogs. I wanna quit writing already. SHOOT, I have no business writing. I quit!
    I see why you got a blog award. I quit!

    Oh yeah, the last book I read (finished) was My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult, and it was recommend to me by 4am writer.

    Yes, I was jealous of the author’s ability to take me on a roller coaster ride. I’m still gonna find Jodi and shake her real hard. No one tugs my emotion strings and gets away with it. Man, she did a heck of job tugging though.

    As far as ever wearing a dunce hat, I’m probably wearing one right now. Ever since I graduated from high school, I’ve been wearing a dunce hat, and I can’t get it off.

    Since I’m not a spammer, I’m not going to ask to follow you, I’m just going to follow you by clicking on the button that says- follow. Take that all you spammers!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Hey, Brian, you have no idea how much you made my day. I just started this “writing thing” for real in the last year. My novel took 8 years to get to the point of publishing–not because I strove for an award-winning novel (far from it), but because after I finished it, I let it fester for years. So much self-doubt. So many other things to do. When I found a small publisher last year, I decided to give it a more serious go, because writing is what I longed to do. I have much to learn; I know all about that dunce hat, believe me. Everytime I think I might be making progress in my writing, another wave of “what in the heck do you think you’re doing?” hits me.

      Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I checked in on yours, though I guess it’s been awhile since you posted. I see you grew up in Akron, Ohio though. I am part way between Akron and Cleveland, so that’s pretty cool to meet a fellow blogger from Ohio.
      :)

      Thanks again for your kind words. I read “My Sister’s Keeper” awhile back. Definitely stirs up the emotions.

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  11. whiteladyinthehood

    You are so very nice. I really enjoy your blog. I have never read any books written by a blogger, just one person’s collection of short stories…(I’m anticipating yours)…I know I read one of your comments that said your book would be available in e-reader format (? I’m probably not saying that right) or POD (I assume that means Printed on Demand) so when your book comes out, to get to read it right off the bat, I’ll have to have a Kindle? I’m going to ask my husband for an early b-d present and give an e-reader a try!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Talk about being nice! That’s so nice to hear. Yes, it will be e-book and Print on Demand, which means when someone orders a book, it’s printed promptly and mailed out. It’s possible the POD version may come later than the e-book version. I will get a stack of books to lug to my local bookstores (won’t that be a fun sell for an introvert?), but otherwise it’s all POD. That’s how these small presses usually do it. In fact, I’ve heard even some of the bigger publishers are using POD to avoid having excess books.

      Thanks again for your kind words. Always makes a person’s day.
      :)

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  12. Smaktakula

    I came late to this one–influenza made me its woman yesterday. I have not yet read a book by a fellow blogger, but that’s really more your fault than mine–publish it and I will read it. In fact, although I normally prefer to “read” my books on audio, I will actually get my eyes dirty on this one.
    You thought Elder was a dude’s name? Aw, that’s so cute…you don’t know any Mormons.
    Salman Rushdie makes me jealous. I read his stuff and think “So why does anybody else try to write, anyway?”

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    • Carrie Rubin

      I still have one of his books on my to-read list, since you recommeded him before. Just haven’t gotten around to it like so many other things.

      Sorry to hear you were ill. That happened to me last weekend. It was fun editing while I felt so weak I could barely maneuver the mouse. Weird to have such a virus in the summer.

      And yeah, I suppose I don’t know many Mormons, but that’s probably more Ohio’s fault.

      Thanks for saying you’ll read my book. I guarantee it will carry nowhere near the heft of Rushdie.

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      • Smaktakula

        You edited while you were sick? That’s some dedication. My project got a 24 hour reprieve, and that’s WITH me being all antsy about my deadline (Sept. 3–will I make it? Didn’t make the last one).
        And I think last weekend was when the virus was introduced to my household, at the San Jose Wiggles show. A bunch of Australian Typhoid Marys is what they are.

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        • Smaktakula

          An amusing story about Mormonism and elders…when I was about twelve, a buddy of mine (who was Mormon) and I got into an argument. At one point in the argument, he told me that when he was 14 (I believe) he would be an Elder, at which point he could call down an angel to burn my house.
          I’m not sure that’s standard Mormon theology, though.

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        • Carrie Rubin

          The fact that you survived that show is a miracle in itself. And yes, deadlines can make even a viremic weakling edit.

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  13. RescuedFromTheBottomDrawer

    Interesting list, I’ll have to check these out sometime. I haven’t been reading much lately, though there are quite a few “new” titles waiting to be read on my Kindle. If only there were a few more hours to the day, just for reading…

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  14. writerwendyreid

    Thanks so much for the mention Carrie! It’s very much appreciated. I have read too many books to mention but I’d like to say that I won a signed copy of Barbara Kyle’s novel and it was wonderful. :-)

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    • Carrie Rubin

      That’s right–you were one of the winners! Seems appropriate seeing as how you are both Canadian. I think Barbara Kyle understands the importance of story structure well–she has all the elements. You might enjoy her other thriller: “The Experiment.” Involves a former Nazi physician and young Gypsy woman who is the offspring of his experimentation gone wrong. Not only is it a great read, I learned a lot about the Gypsy culture.

      And you’re welcome for the mention. Your book was not too intense for me, but I put in the “not for the faint of heart” part because I have a wide variety of readers of this blog. You already know I thought it was a page-turner.
      :)

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      • writerwendyreid

        I might check out that other BK book. I’ve got about 20 in my Kindle right now waiting for me to read them. And it’s perfectly fine that you mentioned the warning…I’d rather that than have someone buy it and then be offended by the content. One of the supervisors at work asked to read it and like you, she said she’s addicted and can’t put it down. :-)

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