Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Because of A Book with Cathy Bryant

I have many new Because of A Book posts for you thanks to a wonderful newsletter that I get 3 times a week titled, Blogger Link Up.  It's put together by a lovely lady I met on Twitter, Cathy Stucker.   This is a great resource for bloggers looking for guest posts, items to review, etc.  You should definitely check it out, if you haven't already.  Thanks to a submission I put in, I have some great new posts coming your way, so stay tuned.

My guest today is Christian fiction author, Cathy Bryant.  Thank you Cathy, for being the first to respond to my BLU submission!

Cathy Bryant’s first novel, Texas Roads, was chosen as a finalist in the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers' Genesis competition in the contemporary romance category. Cathy has written several devotions that have been published in books, magazines and online, and was recently named as a core writer for Full Spirit magazine. A Texas gal by birth, Cathy lives in a century-old Texas farmhouse, complete with picket fence, flowers, butterflies, and late summer mosquitoes the size of your fist. Learn more about Cathy at http://www.CatBryant.com or at http://www.WordVessel.blogspot.com.

My childhood as the oldest child of four in a rural Texas town is full of wonderful memories. But in retrospect, only a few loves seem to weave their way throughout my childhood like threads in a beautifully woven tapestry, and none so much as my love affair with books.

It started with my mother reading to me when I was too young to read for myself. I learned to read before I ever started school—probably because of repeated readings of well-worn Dr. Seuss books.

During the summers I often stayed with my grandparents.

One grandmother didn’t drive or have a television, so our time was spent outside in her lush garden, walking from one destination to another, and reading stories from the Bible. My other grandmother was an avid reader of Harlequin romances and never missed her soap opera, Days of our Lives (where, believe it or not, I learned loads about stories and hooks). I vividly remember my grandfather coming in from long hard days in the fields of their farm to the sensational aromas of my grandmother’s home-cooking. After supper he would retire to his bedroom where he launched into the western worlds of Zane Grey and Louis L’amour. This grandmother took me and my siblings to the public library on a weekly basis where I devoured book after book—Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Trixie Belden, and classics like Old Yeller, Little House on the Prairie, Black Beauty, Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe and Little Women.

I don’t remember how old I was when I first read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. But I do remember that I longed to be Jo March. I yearned to stay up late in flickering candlelight to pen stories in beautiful script. Then I read a biography on the life of Louisa May Alcott and learned she was Jo March in the flesh. What better life could there be?

Now those memories are far behind me, but still nothing captures my fancy better than a well-told story. And as a writer, I’ve learned that my childhood view of the writing life is not nearly as romantic as I once imagined, but still I press on. Who knows? Maybe one of the stories I write will one day capture the fancy and imagination of a young girl who dreams of being a writer.

About Little Women:
In picturesque nineteenth-century New England, tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy come of age while their father is off to war.

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About Texas Roads:

Dani Davis must choose between her new-found home and guarding a secret. Then a devastating discovery leads her down a road she never expected to travel...

City gal Dani Davis just wants to find a place to call home. Miller’s Creek, Texas seems like the perfect place to start over, except for the cowboy-turned-mayor who gives her a ride into town.

When Dani secretly finances renovations to the downtown area of Miller’s Creek, malicious rumors force her to choose between keeping her involvement a secret and the home for which she’s always longed.

Mayor Steve Miller is determined to save his dying hometown. When vandalism jeopardizes the downtown restoration project, he can’t help but suspect Dani, whose strange behavior has become fodder for local gossips.

Will Steve and Dani be able to call a truce for a higher cause, and in the process help Dani realize the true meaning of home.


bermudaonion said...

I love Little Women too. It's one of the few books that I've read several times.

Thanks for the tip about Blogger Link Up

Cathy Bryant said...

Thanks so much for the opportunity to share my favorite childhood book with your readers.

Cathy :)

Lynn said...

Little Women is such a heartfelt story. Did you ever watch Sisters in the nineties? It was very loosely based on Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy and Amy's marrying Jo's sweetheart, if memory serves.

Now Geraldine Brooks has a new book out called MARCH, which is Little Women from the pov of Mr. March, the father who was away.

You sure picked a classic. WTG!

Take care,

B. Lynn Goodwin
Author of You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers

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