I've always loved to read.  Early in my life I read all the Hardy Boys books and the Black Stallion series.  Jack London was another favorite.  Alexander Dumas' The Three Musketeers and his other volumes consumed me.  I still have a set of his works and intend to reread some of them, if I can find the time.  I think I have about 30 books on my shelf of books to be read.   Anything by Clive Cussler, David Baldacci, Dale Brown, Mary Higgins Clark, Michael Crichton, Jack Higgins,  John Grisham, Barb D'Amato, Jeffery Deaver, and William Kent Krueger are automatically added to the list.  A few years ago we lost one of my favorite authors.   R. Karl Largent passed away and I will miss his wit and talent.  Fortunately, I have his books to reread and become more jealous of his ability to put you into the scene.  Recently I have begun to read the Janet Evanovitch Stephanie Plum novels.  She has a rare knack of being able to add humor without beating you over the head with it. 
    I also read and reread Louis L'Amour's westerns.  My uncatalogued and cluttered library contains at least 75 of his books.  He had a great ability to describe a place, capture you and put you on the page with his colorful heroes. 
   Now pardon me for a blatant plug.  Ever since my partnership with Wings ePress I have been so impressed with the excellence of my fellow authors.  My wife Judi is an avid reader and has thoroughly enjoyed Joanna Challis, Ayn Hunt and Marilyn Gardiner.  I will add my name to those that sing the praises of Marilyn Gardiner.  Her book When the Wind Blows (available from
wings-press.com) is a real page turner in the same class as Mary Higgins Clark.  I highly recommend it. 
    One of the things I have come to realize is how helpful and giving authors are to other writers.  I list here those who have been a help to me.   Barb D'Amato gave me my first critique and encouragement when I was beginning my journey.   It was her kind words that made me realize I have some talent and I could write a good book.   William Kent Krueger spent time with me and also gave me insight into myself.  I'm slowly finding the voice he told me I had.  And I'm forever in his debt for doing a fantastic blurb for my first book.                                                

    Any one of these fine authors will take you from your favorite chair to an adventure that will exhilerate and entertain.  I can't wait for the next session, curled up in my easy chair, with my feet up and my hand at the ready to turn the page, after I set down my frosty beverage.                                                    
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