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The Growing Stack on the Headboard

While most of the fiction I read is on my kindle (and it often goes where I go) for whatever reason there’s always a collection of paperbacks sitting on the headboard, too. I generally read a few books at a time unless I’m working hard and heavy on a revision. While I’m initially writing I can read just about anything. And I do. Right now, sitting on my headboard is everything from horror (Richard Matheson’s Hell House) to literature (The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte), to NF (one titled Ancient Egyptian Magic by David Rankine and Sorita de’Este, and another called Hekate Liminal Rites by Sorita de’Este). When I’m in revision mode, however, I can only read brain candy. My favorites are cozy paranormal mysteries. Victoria Laurie, Charlaine Harris and Madelyn Alt are my current go-to brain candy authors. As a matter-of-fact Victoria Laurie’s A Glimpse of Evil is queued up on the Kindle as we speak.

The books on my headboard (and sometimes the floor) are ever changing. In May I was reading urban fantasies by Lilith Saintcrow and Jess Batis, and non-fiction about greenhouses (in preparation for the new greenhouse obviously). In June I read the latest Madelyn Alt, Home for a Spell, Hexes and Hemlines by Juliet Blackwell, a few short stories by Selena Kitt coupled with A Gathering of Masks by Robert Fitzgerald; a book about Aleister Crowley’s Liber 231 and working with the Qlippoth.  Who knows what next month will bring.  I like to consider myself a voracious reader and if the constant flow of books on the headboard is any indication, I’m not so picky when it comes to subject or genre.

I just filled my Kindle with more Cherise Sinclair, Bernadette Marie, Shirley Damsgaard etc… and have a long list of books yet to be read. A lot of wonderful indie novelists along with books about alchemy, economics, and politics. Let’s just say if it looks interesting (regardless genre or subject), it will end up on my headboard eventually.

Speaking of which – if you write romance, urban fantasy, paranormal mystery, horror, or thriller novels – let me know in the comments below and I’ll put your book on my headboard (er, Kindle), too!


About The FM Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour

Today’s post was inspired by the topic What Books Are on Your Nightstand? the opening question in the inaugural cycle of the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour, an ongoing tour where you, the reader, travel around the world from author’s blog to author’s blog. We have all sorts of writers at all stages in their writing career, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

If you want to get to know nearly twenty other writers and find out what’s on their nightstand, check out the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour.  I blog with this tour the 25th of every month.  Up next on the tour: Becky Pratt!

Steph is an award winning and bestselling author of thrilling steamy and paranormal romances, dark urban fantasy, occult horror-thrillers, cozy mysteries, contemporary romance, sword and sorcery fantasy, and books about the esoteric and Daemonolatry. A Daemonolatress and forever a resident of Smelt Isle, she is happily married and cat-mom to three pampered house cats. Her muse is a demanding sadistic Dom who often keeps her up into the wee hours of the morning. You can contact her at

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