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25 September 2012

Deep connections - author Rebecca Graf talks about her favourite books

Welcome to my blog today, Rebecca Graf, it's great to have you here.  Congratulations on the release of 'Deep Connections.'

There are so many wonderful books out there today, but Rebecca is going to narrow it down to her ten favourites:

Top 10 Favorite Books & Why

Narrowing down my favorite books is so hard. They are all so different and pull at me in different ways. Here is my feeble attempt to get you my favorite 10 though I did cheat a little and lump several together into one listing. 

The Hunt for Red October – This was my first book within this genre and honestly did not think I’d like it. A neighbor suggested I read this when I was home from college one weekend. I took it and read it. I fell in love with Tom Clancy. I could read anything he wrote and love it. He does such an excellent job.

Nancy Drew Mysteries – These were some of my first chapter books growing up and I read them as fast as my mother could get them for me. I still read them today when I see one. They bring back the memories of advancing in my reading and growing up.

– This is a more recent novel that has hooked me. I’m actually getting ready to buy the sequel. This book is wonderful and Douglas Richards is an excellent author that gets you caught up in the mystery and keeps you guessing. Whena book has you wanting more from an author, it is a favorite.

Wings of Hope – This is another recent one that caught me. When a book has me wanting to get into deep discussions about it, it is a book that has hit my favorites list. This book pulled at me in many directions and I used up a tissue box by the end of it. Hillary Peak is an author that we will be hearing more of in the future.

Havah – Remember how I said I love books that get me wanting to talk about them. This one was very interesting and I would love to talk to others about that had read it. Tosca Lee takes the story of Eve and gives her much more dimension than what we are used to. Instead of being a character within a story, she becomes someone we can relate to

Twilight Series – No, I did not jump on the bandwagon with this one. I did not read the first book until after the third movie came out. I hate fads of any kind, but I had to give in after watching a scene within the second movie. Stephanie Meyers writes in a way that is very engaging and keeps the reader wanting more.

Till We Have Faces – I love anything by C.S. Lewis. This book was so different from what he normally wrote. It took a mythological tale and really gave it more depth. I could read this book over and over again.
Chronicles of Narnia – Speaking of C.S. Lewis…..This might have been written for children, but I think adults can get so much out of it. It is so deep that you might have to read it several times to see it all.

The Lord of the Rings – These epic tales are outstanding. I love them. Tolkien did an excellent job of creating a unique world and such wonderful characters. 

Amanda Quick Books – I love mysteries and romance. Put them together and you really have me hooked. I love Amanda
Rebecca Graf worked as an account for 20 years before taking a chance at a dream. Starting off with writing online, shebegan to build a reputation and a number of followers. Now, she has one children's book, A Gift for a Mouse, published with Deep Connections being her first adult novel. She lives near Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband and three children as well as two cats, Oreo and Cookie, and two dogs, Bug and Mocha. Rebecca has started her own publishing company, Silver Tongue Press, with two partners. Their goal is to help new authors to achieve their dreams. She also spends her days crocheting and knitting....

Twitter: @rebeccagraf

Just as love appears, so does the darkness. With her heart reaching out for one man, Brenna finds herself the target of an unknown stalker. Who is he? What does he want? How far will he go for her? Death is an option. Brenna discovers more than she bargained for and learns that the stalker will kill for her. It all comes down to decisions, and no matter what she chooses it will demand sacrifice and someone's blood.
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Silver Tongue Press
Release Date: August 23, 2012


Brenna’s eyes fluttered open to see a blur of trees flying by. Her head pounded and her stomach began to roll from the pain she felt and the fast-changing scenery. A careful look at her surroundings told her she was in an older model car. She inhaled deeply to calm herself, but confusion set in as her senses were assaulted by unfamiliar smells. The old smell of the car was tainted with something repugnant and caused her nose to crinkle in response. Her eyes widened in fright as terrifying memories began to flood her mind. 

Turning slowly, afraid of what she might see, a gasp involuntarily escaped her vocal cords when she saw he was as repulsive as she remembered. Who was he and what did he want with her?

Sensing her stare, a pair of dark, soulless eyes turned towards her. A smile appeared on his unkempt face. “Well, well, sleeping beauty awakes.” Brenna’s stomach rolled again as she felt his eyes slide hungrily over her body. She pushed up against the door in an effort to put as much distance between the two of them as she could, but he shook his head in disapproval. 

“No need to be dramatic.” He turned his attention back to the road. “We both know you won’t jump out.”

She set her teeth and glared at him. Eyeballing her surroundings, she saw that there was no end to the trees that lined the road, no sign of civilization. She assumed they were still in the same state as when he grabbed her from the parking lot of the school where she taught. Deep down inside, she knew death awaited her no matter what. The look in his eye was not merciful. Yet jumping from the car to end her life seemed too selfish. As she was not one to keep such joy to herself, she quickly swung her body around and slammed into her abductor. Might as well let him in on the fun!

The force of her body colliding into his sent the car spinning out of control. She began fighting with all her might to prevent him from regaining control. Two sets of hands fought for control of the steering wheel. Profanities were shouted as the fight intensified. The car spun to the edge of the road where a small depression nestled in the forest. The tires left the ground when it hit the slight downward shift of the terrain, the car flipped and somersaulted twenty feet down the hill. As it took its final turn before slamming into a large pine tree, the passenger door flung open from the movement. Brenna thudded on the forest ground and barely missed a clump of trees. Stars exploded in her head and every bone in her body ached from the impact. She looked up to the fading light and let the darkness take possession.

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