authors are out to get me

Play DirtyI hate to point fingers, but I’m convinced that there are some wicked, cruel authors out there who are out to get me. :may4

It seems that almost every time I near the end of one of my own books, thinking I only have a little ways to go, one of these authors’ books that I’ve been reading at a normal, steady pace will suddenly get really good & be almost impossible to put down.

Why?  Why can’t their books be mediocre?  Why can’t they wait until I finish the book I’m writing before the book they’ve already written becomes irresistibly compelling? :may34

A Lick of Frost (Meredith Gentry Series #6)I am convinced they do this to me on purpose.  Their goal is to slow me down, to keep me from finishing my own books & suck me into their fictional worlds.

So stop it, please!  I don’t come into your house & distract you from your work!

(Or maybe I do!  Do I?  That would be kind of awesome. :may22 )

Her Return to King's Bed (Harlequin Desire Series #2269)But, seriously—stop it!  I’ve got work to do, & your very talented storytelling antics are not helping! :May37


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  1. Pamela Cayne says:

    I know!!! That happens to me all the time!!! Most recently it was a great contemporary called Project: Runaway Bride (swoon!) and before that was a FAVORITE of mine called Loves Me, Loves Me Knot and don’t even get me started on how I can’t walk by my keeper bookshelf and not pick up Must Love Vampires again. **sigh** Such wonderful writing… :mat27

    • Heidi says:

      :may32 You are so sweet! :may15

      But it’s true, isn’t it? Just when you need to get something done…something important & vital & un-put-off-able…the book you’re reading suddenly gets super good & you can hardly bear to put it down! :may34 :May37

  2. Kathleen O says:

    I know how you feel. All my fav authors do it to me everytime. I want to go out and do errands or watch a program on TV and then what I just can’t put down the book because they keep me glued where I am sitting or laying to read and the book just cemented to my hands.. And then when I do come to the end of the book. I am just so emotionally exhausted, I have to do it all over again…. :May10 :may39

    • Heidi says:

      LOL Yes! That, too. After you finish a really good book, you almost want to sit & just let it soak in for a while…then you *really* want to grab something new to read that will be just as good & give you that feeling all over again! :may35

  3. Brooke C says:

    Yes, this happens to me all the time, especially when I need to sleep. I always convince myself that I’ll be able to read for an hour or two and go to bed, then the book gets really interesting and I stay up way too late. I guess this is the punishment for having great taste in authors :mat27 :may35

    • Heidi says:

      :mat27 You said it, Brooke!

      And I’m the same way. Most people talk about falling asleep while reading, which has NEVER happened to me! Reading keeps me awake, & if I get to a really good part, I have a terrible time pausing to go to bed, even if I really, really need to sleep. :may33

  4. Mary Kirkland says:


    That’s pretty funny.

    All authors do to me is make me stay up all night reading their books. But I really should know better than to think I’ll be able to read the first chapter and save the rest for the next day.

    Like that’s ever gonna happen.

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