Friday, May 20, 2011

Most Magical Place on Earth

It’s my pleasure to welcome paranormal-romance author, Addison Fox, to Over Coffee. I hadn’t read any of her books and then I read an interview where she talked about her Zodiac Warrior Series and Warrior Betrayed. I decided to order the first in the series, Warrior Ascended. I glanced through it and had to exert all my discipline to keep myself from going beyond the first chapter until I finished the book I’m reading for review. Let me tell you, it wasn’t easy, lol!

Addison joins us to talk about another life long love of mine, libraries. Don’t you just love the smell of a library? Many a happy hour has been spent in my local library exploring exciting worlds and people. I’ve never been able to go into a library and check just one book…

Sia - thanks so much for inviting me to guest today on Over Coffee! I’m really looking forward to spending the day with everyone!

I know the blog is about sharing the laughter and the tears, but I’m a lifelong “look-on-the-bright-sider” so I’d much rather talk (or type!) about the laughter and the triumphs. I had the most wonderful experience this week and wanted to share.

Although I’ve been writing through most of my adult life, as I tell anyone who will listen, I’m a reader first and have been since I could turn the pages in a book. I have books scattered all over my house, in my purse, on my night stand, in my work bag….you get the picture! As a crazy book lover, I’m also a huge library lover. As far as I’m concerned – and no disrespect to the Mouse - libraries deserve the moniker “Most Magical Place on Earth.”

I had the opportunity to speak to a group at the Clarendon Library in Brooklyn this week and it has been one of my most enjoyable experiences to date as an author. To sit and share my love of books and writing with a group of people was such a wonderful experience. To engage and interact with fellow book lovers in an environment that’s devoted to words and learning was just amazing.

It’s also gotten me thinking about libraries in general. What a truly awesome thing – that we have these places in our communities filled with books and knowledge and access to information. For everyone. All at the swipe of a card. As an author, the thought that my books can be included in “the collection” is some serious happy-making.

As an author, I am privileged to have stories living in my head. These amazing, heroic men and women show up in my brain and let me hang out with them for several months as their story unfolds in my mind. Sure, there are moments it’s nerve-wracking. And sure, there are days the words feel like their locked in cement. But when I’m writing, I get to visit worlds only as grand and fun and unique as I can imagine them. As a lifelong reader, I know the joy that I’ve taken in countless hours of reading through the years. To think that my words might give that same sort of enjoyment to another is the deepest honor I can think of.

  • So what about you? Have you been to the library lately?

If not, maybe the next time you have a free weekend you may want to go over and spend an hour or two getting lost in the stacks. I promise – it’s magic!


Millennia ago, the Goddess of Justice created a race of fierce Warriors, each imbued with a special power of the Zodiac, charged with protecting humanity from the darkest of evils.

Forty years ago, Eirene, the Goddess of Peace spurned her position to run away with a mortal. Furious with her daughter, Themis set a curse upon Eirene’s unborn child; to one day replace her mother on Mount Olympus.

Montana Grant lost contact with her mother many years ago. Now as she struggles to lead her late father’s shipping company, she’s also dealing with the sudden reappearance of her mother. The frail woman is spouting nonsense about Mount Olympus, immortal warriors, and long-standing curses. But after suspicious activity puts the company’s future – and possibly Montana’s life – at risk, she decides to take her mother’s last bit of advice…

When Montana asks Quinn Tanner for help, she confronts the sexy security executive about his secret identity: He’s a Taurus Warrior. Quinn denies it, but he can’t deny his powerful attraction to the high-powered heiress. With worldwide peace in the balance, it’s up to Quinn to help Montana rise to her destiny – even as they’re falling in love…Excerpt

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Addison Fox is the author of the Sons of the Zodiac paranormal romance series for NAL as well as the upcoming Alaskan Nights contemporary trilogy, which launches with BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE in November 2011. You can find her at her home on the web,, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. Addison lives in New York City.


Amanda said...

So good to see you out and about on the web, Addison. The only time I get to head to the library is to pick up a book I put on reserve. Usually I am running in on my way home from work. Although in the summer I tend to take my boys on the weekends and just let them get lost in the kids section while I sit and read. I love just sitting in the big comfy chairs and reading.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Haven't been to a library lately, but I've always been a voracious reader.

Addison Fox said...

Hi Amanda!!!!

I know exactly what you mean - I just love those big comfy chairs and getting lost in the stacks (I've been known to just sit down on the floor and start reading)


Addison Fox said...


I do hear you on the reading....I start jonesing if I've gone a day without reading something!


Laurie said...

If I get my books from the library, I have to take them back.

That reeks. Sometimes I wake up and 3 a.m. and need to go in search of a book to answer a question my mind has (literally) dreamed up.

So I buy my books. But I'd rather read than do (almost) anything else.

VA said...

Yummy excerpt.

Libraries. I recently, like the beginning of this year, started visiting our tiny one in town. Love it and the people. Started donating all my purchased books to add to the shelves or fund their book sales, and I've seriously considered figuring out how I can help them revamp the place. No comfy chairs here. Next step is contacting the Friends of the Library group and see what their objectives are and volunteer to help out.

One of my fondest memories is browsing the beach club member bookshelves as a child. The smell of suntan lotion, salt, and sand are indelibly linked with starting to love reading.

Addison Fox said...


I do know what you mean about having keepers and my shelves doth overfloweth! :-)


Addison Fox said...


That's wonderful - the Friends programs are a really neat way to get involved.

You just brought back SUCH a slew of memories. I love beach reading!


Kat Sheridan said...

Oooo, the book sounds wonderful! And I hate to say, with the advent of the internet, I haven't been to a library in ages. And I realize now that I miss that and need to go back to doing that. A library has always been my refuge in turbulent times, and a wonderful resource, and a truly happy place! I adore the dusty scent of paper!

~Sia McKye~ said...

I love my library. I don't gt there as much as I like to. When I do, it's like eating Lays, can't just check out one book.

Actually, there are some reference books I've needed to do some research in and they are at the library and I'm so not up to paying $75 for just one of the books I needed.

Other Lisa said...

Libraries are amazing.

I remember when I was a kid, one of my happiest days ever was when the San Diego Public Library system decided to remove limits on the number of books that kids could check out. I walked out of there with more books than I could comfortably carry!

Glenda A Bixler Reviews said...

When I was recently watching Star Trek: The Next Generation, the Captain was reading "a book" in his quarters and several were spread around that show...I was gratified that those books probably came from a library that had kept the ancient books safe and...still available... although the one he had was probably quite overdue! LOL

Helen Ginger said...

Hi Addison. Libraries are great. We, at last, have one in our little town. And it's near by. Yay!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Glenda, funny you should mention Star Trek. I remember several of ST had computer type readers for books--some sort of hand held, lolol! And of course, books every sort were on they're computer. Funny how Science fiction writers can extrapolate from current technology rather accurately.

Picard always has books.

Other Lisa said...

I laughed when the first flip cell phones came out. Star Trek communicators!

~Sia McKye~ said...

LOLOL, Lisa. Hubs did too and did the whole beam up Scottie thing.

Sheila Deeth said...

Our writers' group meets at the library so I'll be there again soon.