You are amazing. I’m sure you probably know this, but I’m putting it out there. So far this year you’ve encouraged me to clean my house, take charge of my finances, get healthy and eat right. I can honestly say I’m doing okay with the first one, the second one is a little tricky, and I’m still not sure about the last two. (I really, really love food.)
Since you are on this kick about changing lives for the better, I have a suggestion for you that I think would be fun for your viewers and possibly change the world.
You should pick one or more of my books for summer reading. Oh, I know what you’re thinking. Every author in the world would like their books on your show. And I know these things are planned way in advance, but there’s a reason I think you should take a look at my books. They will bring people, who might be intimidated by some of your earlier choices, into the fold. Why? Well, I’m so glad you asked.
If you read the last line of the prologue in my first book, Charmed & Dangerous, you’ll see exactly what I mean. This is an easy, fast, read and you’re going to have some sexy fun along the way. What you don’t necessarily realize as you’re reading the book is you may be learning something about how women think, and empowering women. I can honestly say all of my heroines are empowered. I don’t do wimpy chicks.
All of my books cross genres and they have romance, action adventure, some magic and there is always a mystery to solve. It’s a way for you to bring readers of all of those genres together with one book.
I also touch on many causes that are close to your heart. There are the children in Africa in “Charmed & Deadly.” The abused women in “Charmed & Dangerous.” The hungry children in “Charmed & Ready.” Literacy in “Like A Charm,” and arts in schools in “The Demon King and I.” In my upcoming release “Dragons Prefer Blondes” (July 2009) I’m all about giving those in need a second chance and feeding the homeless. I don’t hit people over the head with it, but it’s there. I do that a lot with my books, bring up issues that give you food for thought, but I don’t get preachy.
I think your viewers might appreciate some lighter reads for the summer. Books that can be read on several levels. I can’t tell you how many emails I get from people who don’t normally read, who pick up my novels and can’t put them down. It’s one of the biggest compliments for me, to bring people into the world of books, who might not normally do so. Then there are those who do read, but they get me on a whole different level. They see what is between the lines and understand what I was trying to do. Those emails are pretty amazing too.
And I can promise you this: When you read one of my books, you’re going to smile at the end. I like happy endings, even though I send my characters through hell to get there.
So think about… And if you need more suggestions for books, oh, boy, do I have you covered. I look forward to hearing from you, Oprah. You are the best. (I realize that list bit is a little sucky uppy, but you are.)