The saying goes the more things change the more they stay the same. In the summer of 2008, my marriage was a bad place to be and I felt hopeless but then something magical happened. My daughter Kat returned from visiting my parents in Washington and asked me to try a book she read. Intrigued by her suggestion (up to this point neither her nor I were heavy into reading)
I picked up the book and read it cover to cover in the first 24 hours. I was captivated by the story and I relished the escape from our home life. There were two sequels which we quickly purchased and when the fourth and final book come out there was a huge book release party at our local Borders Bookstore. My girlfriend, her daughters, my three younger children and I attended the party and picked up our copies at midnight. We returned to my home where we proceeded to stay up all night reading it.
The series was Twilight and that summer my younger children and myself became deeply bonded. We talked about the book, read it together repeatedly and we escaped our crummy home life for the fictional world Stephanie Meyer created. That summer was magical with sparkly vampires and brooding werewolves. Money was always tight but the library and used bookstore became our favorite places. Our love for reading began and my obsession with reading was born.
The following fall while in my next to last semester of nursing school I felt strong enough to ask for a divorce. That November the first of the Twilight Saga Movies came out and the kids and I skipped school to see it on opening day. In February 2010 Kat and I went to San Francisco to celebrate my birthday and attend The Twilight Convention.
It was the first time either of us had done anything like it. We had a blast. We met new friends, met many of the cast from the Twilight Movie and just had fun. In April of 2009 while continuing to heal from my divorce and getting to read to finish nursing school I felt like my life was seemingly starting over. I had never traveled much and never by myself, but I saw that my favorite author J.R. Ward was going to attend an event in Chicago. So, determined to branch out and do something new I signed up for the event, Romantic Times Book Lovers Convention.
That it was almost 10 years ago, and I still remember how liberating it felt doing something just for myself. I was amazed to meet so many people attending who were so down to earth. It was at that RT that I met the lovely ladies of Fresh Fiction (www.freshfiction.com) who provided me with the opportunity to read tons of free books and write for them.
After a few years writing for Fresh Fiction I decided to start my own blog. Life has had some huge ups and downs and my blog has been at a standstill. Fast forward to 2019 and here I am healing from another divorce and relaunching my website.
Today I’m writing this intro letter and officially relaunching my website with a fresh new look and updated format. I am determined to ensure its success.
So, without further ado, I welcome you all to Latte Addicted Reader and hope we can share our love of books and all things coffee.
Check out the pictures below from our Twilight Memories