Guest Post–Into the Past by Lani Woodland and Giveaway!

Lani Woodland is the author of Intrinsical, and the soon to be released Indelible.  Lani dropped by the virtual offices to chat about some of her reading influences.  After the guest post, make sure to enter for a chance to win 3 signed bookmarks!!

Into the past by Lani Woodland

This is really sad, but I can’t remember the exact books I was reading when I was five. My mom had a really nice collection of storybooks with beautiful pictures and she would tell them to me and help me read as well as the little golden books but I can’t remember which one.

When I was eleven, I was reading Sweet Valley Twins, and the Babysitters Club. My friends and I even started our own Babysitters Club. I also loved The Secret garden, A Little Princess, and Wait Till Helen Comes. I always spent a lot of money at the school book fair.

In high school, my teacher was trying to get us to think about all the deep hidden symbolism in books and almost killed my love for reading. We read the usual Scarlet Letter, Huck Finn, The Great Gatsby, The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men and Catcher in the Rye and the enjoyment I had reading them was sucked dry by the vampirism of my teacher. My teacher actually read a quote by Mark Twain saying their was no symbolism in Huck Finn and not to look for it. So then what did we do? We spend a whole quarter looking for the hidden meanings. Sigh. I digress. But somehow even with my teacher I managed to maintain my love for books. I went to the school library and discovered Lois Duncan. I loved her books Down a Dark Hall, Locked in Time and I Know What You Did Last Summer (So much better than the movie). They saved me. I loved scary stories even back then. I also really loved the Outsiders. It made me cry. I was really into the Anne of green Gables books and I loved the Anne and Gilbert romance.

By twenty, I had discovered my love for mysteries. I didn’t have a lot of time for pleasure reading because I was so busy with my college work. But my sister had introduced me to the works of Mary Higgins Clark. Aside from the few books of hers that I read and loved, I don’t remember having time for any pleasure reading. It wasn’t until after I graduated that my friend let me borrow A Great and Terrible Beauty. That book re-sparked my love of reading. It also guided me toward the YA genre that had really blossomed since my teen years. And that led me to remember my love of writing too.

Thanks, Lani!!

Here is a summary for Indelible!

Summary: Yara is beginning to understand just how much her life will change now that her Waker abilities have emerged. She has come to terms with the fact that seeing ghosts is part of her life, but she isn t ready to let being a Waker dictate her choices. All she wants is a ghost-free senior year with her boyfriend, Brent, and her best friend, Cherie. But Yara soon discovers that there are more dark secrets in her school s history than just the curse she broke. While an angry ghost makes Yara question everything she thought she knew about spirits, she and Brent learn that there are long reaching consequences to last year s adventures. As new enemies emerge and old ghosts resurface, Yara finds herself in the center of another deadly mystery, and this time she has to contend with the living as well as the dead.

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10 thoughts on “Guest Post–Into the Past by Lani Woodland and Giveaway!

  • September 14, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Ooo I remember reading the Sweet Valley Kids and Sweet Valley Twins books in elementary school. I was pretty obsessed with them at the time. 🙂


  • September 14, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I remember reading a lot of books from the Goosebump series. I don’t what happened to all of the ones I owned though. I would have liked to have kept them.

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

  • September 14, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I read way to many series as a kid to list. I was a total bookworm and it makes me sad that I don’t have many of them anymore

  • September 14, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    I can’t wait for the sequel!! I loved Intrinsical.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  • September 15, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Thanks so much!

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  • September 15, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Thank you for the great giveaway:)
    It looks really good!

  • September 15, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this series.

  • September 18, 2011 at 11:04 am

    The same thing happened to me in high school. They didn’t kill my love of books, but they DID kill my interest in ever reading the “classics” again. I still own most of the books I had as a child – I can’t seem to allow them to leave the house, even though I don’t have children.

    Thanks for giveaway!


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