Soapbox Spotlight: Missy LaRae

Hello, and thanks for joining me for another Soapbox Spotlight.  Today’s visitor is Missy LaRae.  Missy is a former Military Police officer turned Web Designer and Author who lives in North Florida with her two sons, finace, and 100 pound mutt Buddy. She began writing at an early age and this past year published her first novel, The Sword and The Prophet. She also writes adult suspence/horror under the pen name Melissa Garland.

My Bookshelf: My 5 Favorite Books

Sometimes when I look at my bookshelf, all it does is make me sigh. I have a lot of friends on my bookshelf. I have friends up there that I went to middle school with, high school with, and heck, a few of them even went on my honeymoon with me. They’re sometimes more dear to me than my flesh and blood friends (but don’t tell them that).   I’ve been a reader for so long it seems like words are more a part of me than anything else. I couldn’t imagine life without a few of my favorite novels. I have quite a few I love, but here’s the top five in no particular order:

1. Once a Princess by Johanna Lindsey
I loved the lost princess story. The rags to riches, loneliness to love, and plain jane to beautiful swan story. I’ve read this book so many times the cover is falling off.

2. Adam by Ted Dekker
This is completely different than the previous book but no less thought provoking. It’s the kind of book you stay up late at night reading just because there’s no way you can possibly put it down.

3. Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Anyone who is a Dark Hunter fan knows why this is one of my favorite books. It’s harsh, eloquent, filled with fantasy, and filled with so many highs and lows of the emotional spectrum that you can’t help but read it again and again. It sums up who and what one of the main charachers in Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series is, and I would have stood in line to buy it if I didn’t have to small children to cart around.

4. Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
This book is unintentionally hilarious. As a woman and a mother I’ve tried to diet so many times I’ve lost count of they ways I’ve thought I was going to tackle the extra 15 pounds hanging onto my inner thighs and hips, but these two authors deliver a hilarious, swear filled approach to taking charge of our own health.

5. To Kill A Mockinbird by Harper Lee
I’ve read this book a number of times and every time I read it I feel like I get something new out of it. When I was younger I was impressed with Scout and now that I’m older I’m impressed with other things in the novel. It’s a classic for a reason. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to read something that challenges the way they think.

I’d love to list here the rest of my friends, but the list is just too long to put down in one post. I hope you have characters you’ve become friends with and care about just as I do.

I found a few of my friends in that list, too.  Thanks for joining us, Missy!

You can find Missy at the following links:
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