6a0148c76e8722970c0147e3cfb865970b-300x300Reading is a huge part of my life. I have my parents to thank for that, because they always encouraged us to read and value books. They read to my two brothers and me when we were small, and there were always books in the house. When I buzzed through my school’s and community library’s collection of “age appropriate” books, I’d pick up whatever my mom or dad had started and left on the coffee table, taking care to keep the bookmark at their place. If there was a book they didn’t want me to be reading, they knew to keep it out of my sight! (Most of the time.)

Falling into a story was my escape from dull summer afternoons, from the taunts of bullies, from the trials of adolescence. I could always open a book and go somewhere else—to a beautiful alternate reality or at least see how a favorite character might better handle the troubles I was going through. I laughed when I watched episodes of The Gilmore Girls and saw that teenage Rory never went anywhere without a book in her purse, because that was me. Even now, when I call my father, the second question he asks me, after “How are you?” is “What are you reading?”

My early and ongoing love of books is probably one of the reasons I write. One of the reasons I get so excited about supporting other authors and recommending books and stories I’ve loved.

And definitely one of the reasons I’m proud to participate in big book party events like the one MasterKoda Select Publishing is throwing, which starts on Friday, August 8 and runs through Saturday, August 9. They don’t even publish my books, and they’re letting me come over and play—and help give away some books. That’s how nice they are.

Here’s a list of just some of the books that will be on sale. (All books will be $1.99 and under starting August 8.) Here is the link for the party, which will be held on Facebook. I hope you’ll stop by, meet the authors, play some games, have fun, grab some book bargains, and win cool prizes. Maybe you’ll find a story to fall into, one you can share with your children, and one that will remind you why you love reading, too.

Is there a particular book that made a difference to you as a child?