Monday, December 6, 2010

Guest Blogger: Vanessa Morgan

The Crazy Bookworm is thrilled to welcome author Vanessa Morgan. She stopped by to tell us her favourite places to read that I'm sure we will all be able to relate too. Enjoy!

Reading a good book is always a blast, but I have a few reading places where it really becomes intoxicating. They’re warm and cozy and there’s always a hot drink and some food around.

Warm bed

There’s hardly anything better on a cold winter night than going to bed really early with a good book, keeping the chill at bay with a warm cat, a giant cup of hot tea, extra blankets, and a radiator on maximum heat.

Once the cold has shifted into shimmering hot days, I exchange my bed for an outdoor spot. As long as it’s comfortable, almost anything will do - a friend’s garden, a terrace, the park, ... I usually read in the company of friends when I’m outside and the day almost always ends with a barbecue or a dinner in a favorite restaurant.

Hotel lobby or bar

There’s something about hotel lobbies and bars that’s just irresistible. Maybe it’s the din from the other hotel guests, maybe it’s the jazzy sounds in the background, or maybe it’s just the feeling that I’m on holiday that makes this such a perfect reading spot.

Nighttime terrace

The still late-evening air lends itself perfectly for reading outside. One of the best places to do so is on the terrace of a favorite bar. A glass of wine and a portion of marinated olives next to me, the smell of fresh herbs and garlic coming from a nearby kitchen, … I can sit and read for hours in a place like this.


Rainy evenings can be enticingly mild with a book and a hot bath. I don’t put on the lights, but I illuminate the room with just enough candles to see the letters on the page.

Near the fireplace in my grandparents’ living room

My grandparents have a huge, ancient fireplace in their living room. You can’t imagine how hot it can be near such a thing and that’s exactly why I like it. There’s always a glass of red wine around and a home-cooked meal for when I stop reading.

Vanessa Morgan is known as the female version of Stephen King. Her two books, Drowned Sorrow and The Strangers Outside, are currently turned into movies. Visit her blog for more information.

Drowned Sorrow is the story of a remote New England village where water has become a supernatural element that can think… and kill. Drowned Sorrow has been called ‘the scariest story of the year’, so be careful what you are getting yourself into. Find the book on Amazon at:

In The Strangers Outside, two sisters return to their remote holiday cottage after a day at the seaside. But little do they know they’re being surrounded. Soon after their arrival, the girls will come face to face with THE STRANGERS OUTSIDE. When the assailants make their intensions known, things take a shockingly terrible turn and an intense battle for survival will begin. Find The Strangers Outside on Amazon at:
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  1. Great post. These sound like books to read in the day light hours!!!

  2. Nice post :-) Buy Vanessa Morgan's "Drowned Sorrow" and support this talented writer!


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