LIAR, LIAR by T.L. MARTIN

‘She watched me before she caught onto me watching her. She listened before she knew I played for her. She was mine before I showed her she was mine. She consumed me before I even touched her.’

Liar Liar by T. L. Martin is a dark standalone high school romance which is not for the fainthearted. Whilst high on drama and angst, the story of Easton and Eva is actually quite beautiful. What begins as something tragic and harrowing is followed by the realisation of a deep connection between them. From incredibly heart-breaking and violent beginnings to a wildly passionate love story of survival. Liar Liar is intensely emotional and upsetting, yet it has a beating heart filled with love against the odds.

In many ways, this dark ‘forbidden’ romance reminded us of the books we read and loved back in the day and it had a familiar aspect which we’ve definitely missed. We couldn’t put this books down; compelled by the writing and the characters. Without question, if you’re a fan of those provoking dark romances that at times are uncomfortable to read you will love Liar Liar by T. L. Martin.

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Must-Read Romance Novels | July 2020

Must-Read Romance Novels | July 2020

Looking for a hot new love story to add to your library? We think you will adore these new must-read romance novels! Don’t miss new books by Meagan Brandy, Nicole Snow, Skye Warren, Jessica Hawkins, Marni Mann, Kylie Scott, Carrie Ann Ryan, J.S. Scott, and more! Enjoy!


Be My Brayshaw

by Meagan Brandy

Release Date: June 2, 2020

The fourth book in the Brayshaw series by USA Today Bestselling Author Meagan Brandy… “You might want to sleep with one eye open.” These were the words whispered to the newest addition to Brayshaw Mansion. I might have overlooked the feisty, rebel blonde had she not placed herself right in front of me. But as soon as she did, something stirred in me and I knew I had to have her.

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The Romeo Arrangement

by Nicole Snow

Release Date: July 1, 2020

He didn’t even bother saying hello. The hot stranger had me dizzy the instant he said we were engaged. Then he chased off the bully on our heels and dragged me back to his place for the night. It’s insane, right? Wrong. You can’t let pride do the talking when you are homeless and on the run. And you definitely don’t complain when Ridge Barnet takes charge.

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Diamond in the Rough

by Skye Warren

Release Date: July 7, 2020

Diamond in the Rough is masterfully written, sinfully sexy, and utterly addictive! Skye Warren proves why she is the queen of dark and delicious romance.” – Giana Darling… I was stepping off a nine hour flight when it happened. A white van. A dark hood. Every woman’s worst nightmare. Now I am trapped in an abandoned church. The man who took me says I won’t be hurt…

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Don’t Break This Kiss

by Jessica Hawkins, Marni Mann, Kylie Scott, and Carrie Ann Ryan

Release Date: July 5, 2020

The fifth romance collection in the Top Shelf Romance series… They say a lady shouldn’t kiss and tell, but we’ll bet you’re dying to know whose between our covers… Don’t Break This Kiss includes: Explicitly Yours by Jessica Hawkins, Before You by Marni Mann, Lies by Kylie Scott, and Wrapped in Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan.

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Billionaire Undercover

by J.S. Scott

Release Date: July 7, 2020

The fifteenth book in The Billionaire’s Obsession Series by New York Times Bestselling Author J.S. Scott… After I was kidnapped while doing a geographical exploration, I thought I was destined to die in a foreign country. But then a mysterious rescuer showed up just in time to save my life. Unfortunately, my liberator is also the co-CEO of Montgomery Mining… my employer. He is definitely a billionaire with an attitude.

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Hands Down

by Mariana Zapata

Release Date: July 2, 2020

Bianca Brannen knows time heals all wounds. Including those unintentionally given to you by your once loved ones. She thought she was ready when a call has her walking back into her old friend’s life. At least as prepared as possible to see the starting quarterback in the National Football Organization. Before all this, he was just a skinny kid with a heart of gold.

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New Memoir Books For Your Summer Reading List | 2020

New Memoir Books For Your Summer Reading List | 2020

Have you been searching everywhere for some intriguing new memoir books for your summer reading list? Stop your search because we’ve got your ideal memoir reading list right here! Don’t miss the latest from Michael Lechner, Michele Harper, Lacy Crawford, Valarie Kaur, Heather Lanier, and more. Happy reading!


Beautiful Prison

by Michael Lechner

Release Date: June 26, 2020

This is a story of a family suffering from domestic abuse by a manipulative and abusive father who isolates them in the wild and untamed Idahoan Mountains. This true story portrays the lessons learned from the eyes of childhood emotional neglect and how the eight siblings survived and found their way back from surviving the forest. It also explores how one mother discovers all that’s wrong with the toxic events that led to the ultimate survival of her children and why life is not supposed to be this way.

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The Beauty in Breaking

by Michele Harper

Release Date: July 7, 2020

Michele Harper is a female, African American emergency room physician in a field that is overwhelmingly male and white. She grew up in a complicated family in Washington D.C. before going to Harvard, where she met her husband. After staying together through medical school, they separated when she received a job at a hospital in central Philadelphia. He told her he couldn’t move with her. Her marriage at an end, she began a new life in a new city, in a new job… as a newly single woman. This is Harper’s true story of self-healing.

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Notes on a Silencing

by Lacy Crawford

Release Date: July 7, 2020

Lacy Crawford thought she’d put the sexual assault she’d suffered when she was fifteen behind her when the elite St. Paul’s School came under state investigation for extensive reports of sexual abuse on campus. When detectives asked for victims to come forward, she sent a note. Her criminal case was now reopened and she finally saw evidence that corroborated her memories.

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See No Stranger

by Valarie Kaur

Release Date: June 16, 2020

“In a world stricken with fear and turmoil, Valarie Kaur shows us how to summon our deepest wisdom.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love… How do you love in a time of rage? Renowned Sikh activist, filmmaker, and civil rights lawyer, Valarie Kaur describes revolutionary love as the call of our time. A radical and joyful practice that extends in three directions: to others, to our opponents, and to ouselves.

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Becoming Duchess Goldblatt

by Anonymous

Release Date: July 7, 2020

One of the New York Times’ 20 Books to Read in 2020… Becoming Duchess Goldbalatt is two stories: one of a reclusive writer who created a fictional character out of thin air, and that of the magical Duchess Goldblatt herself, a bright light in the darkness of social media. Part memoir and part joyful romp through the fields of imagination.

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Raising a Rare Girl

by Heather Lanier

Release Date: July 7, 2020

Heather Lanier did everything by the book when she was expecting her first child. She ate healthy, recited affirmations, and even drew up a birth plan for an unmedicated labor. It was all in the hopes that she would create a SuperBaby, an ultra-healthy human destined for a high-achieving future. But her daughter Fiona challenged all of her preconceptions when she was born with an ultra-rare syndrome known as Wolf-Hirschhorn.

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Books To Read If You Like YA Fantasy & Science Fiction

Books To Read If You Like YA Fantasy & Science Fiction

Are you a fan of Young Adult, Fantasy, and Science Fiction? You’re in luck because we’ve made a list of some of our favorite new release YA Fantasy & Science Fiction novels! Don’t miss the latest novels by Kelly A Nix, Cynthia Kumanchik, Kfir Luzzatto, Angelina J. Steffort, James Patterson, and Jennifer L. Armentrout. Enjoy your new books!


Kaji Warriors: Shifting Strength

by Kelly A Nix

Release Date: June 10, 2020

Atae is a Kaji half-breed, a hybrid, living on the capital planet of the Kajian Empire. Her father pushes her to prove herself worthy in being Kaji, which has a culture dictated by strength and honor. Hybrids like Atae must compete alongside Kaji purebreds at the elite Sula Academy. Atae and her packmates prepare for the Sula Academy Tournament, which will determine their fate within their warrior culture. But a brush with death threatens her position.

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Automaton Nation

by Cynthia Kumanchik

Release Date: June 4, 2020

The new book from Cynthia Kumanchik that is perfect for fans of Twilight and The Hunger Games… Dat is a Model 500 that is making his debut as a chef for the Governor’s Gala. An elite group has gathered to hear Dr. Rod Tate, creator of the Genealogy Project for Robot Internations. Dat, who is fused with the brains of the world-renowned Tony De LaFleur, is quickly by the influential leaders. But a robotic terrorist group breaks in and kills many of the guests. When he finds a wounded Val, they are attracted at first sight.

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TESSA

by Kfir Luzzatto

Release Date: May 18, 2020

The first book in the Tessa Extra-Sensory Agent Series by Kfi Luzzatto… Tessa was only fourteen when the government took her away from her family. She is just a regular girl… except that she can see things that are far away. When she agrees to go on a critical mission, her special abilities and her loyalty to the service are put to the test. So is her love for a young woman whose secrets she is yet to unravel.

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Shattered Kingdom

by Angelina J. Steffort

Release Date: June 30, 2020

The first book in an exciting new series from bestselling author Angelina J. Steffort… Gandrett Brayton only had one more year of training. Just one more year in the dust and wind of the Calma Desert. But then fate storms in disguised as a beautiful stranger with a secret. He forces her into the service of the lord who tore her from her mother’s arms ten years ago. Now she has a choice… run, or work for the man she despises and earn the chance to see her family again.

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Hawk

by James Patterson

Release Date: July 6, 2020

The brand new novel from New York Times Bestselling Author James Patterson… Hawk has no idea what her real name is. She doesn’t know who her family was, or where they went. All she remembers is that she was told to wait on a specific street corner, at a certain time, until her parents came back. Now she must stay under the radar to survive. But someone is coming for her. But it is not a rescue mission. It is an execution.

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Rage and Ruin

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: June 9, 2020

The second book in The Harbinger Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout… “Jennifer L. Armentrout’s intoxicating new fantasy is her best yet!” — Gena Showalter… Trinity, a half-angel, and her bonded gargoyle protector, Zayne, have been working with demons in order to stop the apocalypse. All while avoiding falling in love.

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Books To Read If You Like Elin Hilderbrand

Books To Read If You Like Elin Hilderbrand

Elin Hilderbrand is a New York Times Bestselling Author of literary fiction, women’s fiction, and romance. Some of her recent popular releases include 28 Summers, Summer of ’69, What Happens in Paradise, and The Island. If you’ve been on the lookout for some amazing new novels for your summer reading list, don’t miss these books to read if you like Elin Hilderbrand!


A Seaside Story

by C.J. Foster

Release Date: July 6, 2020

After her sister was killed in a car accident, the life of Kate Toscano has been turned upside down. The jet-setting writer for a trendy Las Vegas magazine is now the guardian of her five-year-old, autistic nephew, Jimmy, and has to move back home. As Kate starts her new life, she bumps into John Neal, her old high school flame. After fourteen years apart, their old feelings are rekindled, but not all flames are meant to stay lit.

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Under Scottish Stars

by Carla Laureano

Release Date: July 7, 2020

The third book in The MacDonald Family Trilogy by RITA Award-Winning Author Carla Laureano… Recently widowed Serena MacDonald Stewart has been focussing on her children to the exclusion of her career, her art, and her sanity. She soon gets an opportunity to dust off her long-ignored business skills and have a fresh start, when her brother asks her to oversee the family guest house on the Isle of Skye. But any hopes of a smooth transition are dashed when she meets the hotel manager, Malcolm Blake.

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A Summer of Surprises

by Judith Keim

Release Date: June 23, 2020

Jill Conroy was tricked into being the housekeeper and cook at the Seashell Cottage over the summer. The same cottage where Greg Campbell and his nephew, Brody, have been hired to do maintenance projects. While she was annoyed at first, Jill soon realizes it’s actually wonderful to be away from New York and the memories of her deceased, emotionally abusive husband.

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Daddy’s Girls

by Danielle Steel

Release Date: June 9, 2020

Texas ranch hand JT Tucker took his three small daughters to California decades ago after the death of his wife. Despite starting out with almost no money, he eventually built the biggest ranch in California. But at the age of 64, he dies suddenly, and his three daughters inherit the ranch. They all find it impossible to believe that this larger-than-life figure in their lives has gone.

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The Lost and Found Bookshop

by Susan Wiggs

Release Date: July 7, 2020

The latest novel from the New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Wiggs… “If you had to start over, what would you do and who would you be?” Natalie always thought that there was a book that embodied exactly the things she was worrying about. After a shocking tragedy, Natalie Harper has inherited her mother’s financially struggling bookshop in San Francisco. She has also become the caretaker for her ailing grandfather, Andrew.

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Dance Away with Me

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Release Date: June 9, 2020

After one too many setbacks, midwife and young widow Tess Hartsong takes off for Runaway Mountain. In this small Tennessee town, surrounded by nature, she hopes she can outrun her heartbreak and start to heal. But instead of peace and quiet, she discovers an enigmatic artist that has a craving for solitude. He makes Tess question everything. Has Tess lost herself or found her future?

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TBB WEEKLY ROUND UP

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Interview with Kfir Luzzatto, Author of TESSA

What can you tell us about your new release, TESSA?

TESSA is the first of a planned series. Tessa is a regular sixteen-year-old girl, except that she sees things that are far away. A government agency took her away from her family when she was thirteen and trained her in the remote viewing project. When they assign her to a new project, her innate extra-sensorial ability is unleashed by accident. A chain of events forces her to move fast, using her newly found powers, to complete an unwelcome task and to stay alive when it’s done.

This is a sci-fi/urban fantasy tale for young adults and adults alike, and when you read the last page of TESSA you will be glad that a sequel is coming.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I grew up a bookworm and that played a central role in my drive to write, which I attempted (failing miserably) already at 11. My father was a prolific writer, and so was my great-grandmother, so there is probably a genetic component to that as well.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

1. The Trial, by Franz Kafka – because of the genius that emanates from every page, dialogue and situation in the book.

2. I, Claudius, by Robert Graves – because the people and struggles of the time come alive in this book like nowhere else.

3. Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen, by P. G. Wodehouse – because it is the funniest, wittiest and most enjoyable book I ever read, the dialogue is simply outstanding and the prose is perfect.

4. The Chrysalids, by John Wyndham – because of the vision of a possible, haunting future, which is all the scarier because it is based on human nature, and not so different from the present we witness in some parts of the globe.

5. Memoirs Of A Geisha, by Arthur Golden – because Golden managed to make me care for the protagonist, and to keep reading on, in spite of the long and winding descriptions that should have made me stop reading after page 50.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask

I’d love to interview John Wyndham (although, of course, this might prove a bit difficult since he’s dead). The amazing author of The Chrysalids, The Day of the Triffids, and other great books, once wrote a book titled Plan for Chaos, which he very judiciously suppressed since it is a terrible book. Nevertheless, someone with little literary scruples allowed it to be published posthumously. I’d really like to know how he came to write it, and why he didn’t burn it as soon as it was finished.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

There is this point in a first draft, when all the pieces come together and you truly become immersed in the story. That’s when you really start to write full throttle, the world you have created becomes real to you, and you find yourself wondering what will happen next. I’ve never done drugs or alcohol in excess, so I can’t compare, but I guess that this amounts to being high on writing.

What is a typical day like for you?

Since I have a very busy day job, I relegate reading and writing to evenings and weekends, which means that sometimes writing takes precedence over sleeping, and that’s why I do most of my reading on weekdays, and most of my writing during weekends. I’m not very disciplined, however, so I don’t have specific hours set aside for writing, as many people suggest writers should do. I find that having a plan gets in the way of creativity.

What scene from TESSA was your favorite to write?

Without spoilers, there is a point in the book in which Tessa discovers that the powers that allow her to manipulate others also make her see their human side and force her to be empathetic. That is a turning point in the character development, and writing that scene was especially emotionally satisfying.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Not really. I’m a bit more complex than that … but I do like Sir Winston Churchill’s quip, “Those who seek to appease the alligator will be eaten last.” I find that it applies to many current situations.

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Interview with Romona Simon, Author of Her Eyes Underwater

What can you tell us about your new release, Her Eyes Under Water?

Her Eyes Underwater is the introduction to a genre-bending series that blends dark romance, suspense/thriller elements, and horror. It was inspired by my guilty pleasure of watching true-crime documentaries. I’ve always been fascinated by the dual nature of serial killers and other criminals. People can live seemingly normal lives with families/jobs and then in their private moments, they’re monstrous. It’s horrible, but also difficult to look away from. Her Eyes Underwater highlights an extreme example of this morbid duality.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

No one person aside from myself inspired me to do this. I was looking for a change in life and decided to see if I could do this. I still don’t know if I have what it takes to truly be an author.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

1984
Lord of the Flies
Sharp Objects
Disco Bloodbath
The Silence of the Lambs

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask

I would love the opportunity to ask any successful author this question: When did you look at your life and think you might have “made it” as an author? How did you feel?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

When a reader “gets” me. Not many people have read my book yet, but a couple of the compliments my book has received have been so on-point. They’ve noticed details or themes that I hoped would be conveyed and it’s always nice to hear when these things come across.

What is a typical day like for you?

I work full-time in the healthcare field, so most of my days are spent in a hospital. On weekends, I catch up on sleep.

What scene from Her Eyes Under Water was your favorite to write?

The entire chapter titled “Blood Ice River.” That chapter just flowed straight out of my ominous brain and onto the page with ease. It’s like a little short story within the novel that highlights classic suspense building tactics.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

“Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.”
― Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code.

I try to avoid this pitfall. Unfortunately, I don’t always succeed.

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Interview with Carla Laureano, Author of Under Scottish Stars

What can you tell us about your new release, Under Scottish Stars?

This is the third and final book in the MacDonald Family series, centering around Serena MacDonald Stewart, whom we met in the first two books but remained a little bit mysterious. Since the death of her husband five years before, she’s devoted herself completely to her two children, to the detriment of her artistic pursuits, her personal life, and her sanity. When she returns to the Isle of Skye to help oversee the family hotel in her brothers’ absence, she clashes with hotel manager Malcolm Blake, who opens her eyes to all the things that her safe and carefully managed life has been missing.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

That’s difficult to answer. I’ve always loved books, and I’ve written stories since I knew how to write. I finished my first, predictably terrible novel at sixteen, but it took another nineteen years to actually get published. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be an author. I guess I can thank my mom for all the time she spent reading to me as a preschooler!

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

You might as well ask me which is my favorite child! Let me see if I can break it down into categories to make it easier…

Favorite Childhood Novel – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Favorite Romance Novel – Stealing Adda by Tamara Leigh
Favorite Fantasy Novel – The Well of Shades by Juliet Marillier
Favorite Inspirational Novel – Long Way Gone by Charles Martin
Favorite Mainstream Novel – A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask

I’d love to interview Beth O’Leary, British author of The Flatshare and The Switch. Her books are such a sweet spot of brightness amidst a booklist that is trending darker and more serious, and from what I can tell from her social media, I think she’d be as delightfully entertaining as her writing. I’d love to ask her inspiration for her books (two of my favorites of the last two years) and if she purposely set out to write uplifting books for our tumultuous world.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Being finished! That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the writing process (sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t) but I typically put away my book when I’m done and then pull it out a couple of months later to do the first round of edits. I love that first readthrough. I’ve forgotten enough of what I’ve written that it’s like getting to see it through a reader’s eyes for the first time. There are, of course, always things that need to be changed, but there’s something miraculous about the first time I get to read the complete story. It’s a bit like holding your baby for the first time—you forget the process of childbirth when you see the results!

What is a typical day like for you?

Lately, there’s no typical, due to having everyone home on quarantine and for the summer. But during the regular school year, I get up early, make lunches, drop my two sons off at school, and then drive home. (I call this my commute.) I then do my Pilates workout (my apparatus is in my office, so it stares at me accusingly if I skip it), make a cup of tea, and sit down at my desk with my breakfast while I read through emails and plan my day. If I’m actively writing a new book, hitting my predetermined daily word count comes first, which normally takes me between two to three hours. Otherwise, I’ll spend that time editing or plotting a new book. Then I’ll break for lunch and go back to the computer to do marketing and social media tasks. After that, it’s time to pick up the kids from school, make dinner, do chores, sometimes play a game with the family, then bedtime for everyone! No matter what, my day ends with a cup of tea with my husband on the sofa after everyone has gone to bed. Even if we’re not talking and instead reading or watching TV, it doesn’t feel right to end that day without that little time together.

What scene from Under Scottish Stars was your favorite to write?

Pretty much any flirtatious scene between Serena and Malcolm! The romantic tension was so fun to write, especially since Malcolm loves to get under Serena’s skin. But I have to say, the epilogue that wraps up the stories of all the characters in the trilogy was really satisfying as well.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

“What’s the worst that can happen?” (Given the way 2020 is going, maybe I should rethink this.) Seriously, though, I can overthink, overanalyze, and worry, and this question always helps me reframe the situation. My dad would always follow up with the statement “they can’t eat you” which used to drive me nuts as a kid, but now makes me laugh. Put in that perspective, there’s really no reason to be overly concerned about anything!

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Interview with Michael Lechner, Author of Beautiful Prison

What can you tell us about your new release, Beautiful Prison?

Beautiful Prison is the story of my childhood when my father uprooted my family from the Florida suburbs to go live in the mountains of Idaho. The story follows the struggles my family and I experienced all due to my father being unprepared and absent. We lived miles away from anyone in a “cabin” my father built in the middle of a forest. Our residence resembled more of a shack than a cabin with no electricity, running water, or insulation. We lived on that mountain for four years, barely surviving, neglected, and abused by my father, with little to no education, food, and warmth. Beautiful Prison is our survival story, and the story of my mother’s redemption when she gained the confidence to leave her husband.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Reading was my only form of consistent education I had growing up. When the nights came earlier in the freezing months, there was not much to do because we had no way to see except by the illumination of candles and lamps. Before we would head off to sleep for another hard day of felling trees for the next winter, I would sit by the wood stove reading books. I do not know what I would have done if I did not have my stories to keep me company. I believe my inspiration for writing my memoir is a combination of my love of books and wanting to tell my story. I have told it many times in person, each time met with either disbelief or with encouragement to write a memoir. I decided to stop attempting to disbelieve I had a messed-up childhood and write it down so I could not forget.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

I am a sucker for anything Tolkien has written. He created a fantasy world that no other author has ever come close to beating – or ever will. I used to imagine I was in Middle Earth, somewhere lost in Mirkwood with all the miles of endless trees engulfing my every minute. I could not tell you which of his books are my favorite as they are all dear to me.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask

My fascination with fantasy does not stop at Middle Earth. My first guest on my talk show would require a little bit of divination and maybe a séance. I would want to call upon the bards who wrote the story of Beowulf. My inquiry would revolve around Grendel: who/what was he? Was the story inspired by true events? Were Grendel and his mother just some poor reptiles who became a hunter’s trophies?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love being able to think of creative ways to explain and show my world through words. Writing is a wonderful method of sharing the beauty that is all around us.

What is a typical day like for you?

A typical day consists of going to work, exercising, relaxing with a good book, writing, and spending quality time with friends, family, and my love of my life.

What scene from Beautiful Prison was your favorite to write?

Living on the mountain was not all misery and pain. I was surrounded by unmatched beauty. I loved describing the scenery and nature that I called home.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Disadvantages are not an excuse for who you are, they are inspiration to others for how far you have come.

Michael Lechner is the author of the new book Beautiful Prison.

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