Author Libby Kirsch joins us today with a Guest Post and a Giveaway!
So there I sat. By myself at the kitchen table. Husband working late again. Seven year old so focused on the TV she didn’t hear me call her to sit down for dinner. (“Hey, I said you could watch Disney Junior—Monster High is NOT on Disney Junior!”) Four year old having a tantrum under the table because I put butter on her noodles when she wanted them plain. With butter. (“Not buttered, mom, plain with butter!!”) Baby is already in bed for the night. Well, not for the night, but for the next few hours, anyway.
So, you know, a typical Tuesday night.
I glance hastily at the clock, and see that it is ticking even slower than when I’d looked a minute ago.
Well, you get the idea. It was going to be a long night. After minutes, hours–no days of cleaning up and making messes, listening to tiny disagreements escalate to giant problems, it was finally, finally, FINALLY bedtime. I honestly don’t know where these kids of mine get their dramatic tendencies.
I heave a sigh, and take the girls upstairs. We brush teeth. (“It’s not a lollypop, dear, it doesn’t work unless you actually brush it against your teeth!) We get a drink, we rinse out the sink. (“How did toothpaste get onto the mirror?”) And we finally put on pajamas.
Whew. I made it.
And the relief isn’t because I finally get to turn off their lights and take a break. Oh, no. It’s because my favorite time of the night has arrived: Story time. Each child gets to pick out two books, or we leave the books on the shelf and decide to make up our own imaginary story with never ending plot twists and characters and funny voices. (“Nothing too scary, though, Mom!”)
My girls are in the princess and superhero stage—a fantastic combination for the make believe business. We use different voices for different characters, and I always get busted for changing up an accent by mistake. (“Mom, that’s the voice you used for Princess Penelope, not Sunshine Power Suzy!”)
If we choose a book, the story comes alive off the page. We whisper secrets, we cackle jokes, we shout commands. Oh, yeah, and we wake the baby up Every. Single. Night. Oops. 🙂 But it’s hard not to get caught up in a favorite story, a new story, or even a bad story—sometimes those are the best.
I have such wonderful memories of my parents reading to me as a child. Using big, funny voices, acting out the outrageous parts of a tale, calmly reading the last story of the night to help me relax into sleep.
It launched a life-long love of reading, of hiding the flashlight under the covers so I could get just a few more chapters in after bedtime, of getting lost in another world when I needed a break from the real one. And now, of writing my own books that I hope can do the same things for other people.
I want all of that for my kids. It’s hard to find time during the day. They want different stories, can’t sit still, would rather be doing something else. But at night—at night, I’ve got a captive audience, and I do my best to make story time last. Because inspiring them to love reading just might be the single best gift I can give.
Well, that and that new Monster High play house they’ve been eyeing on TV.
About the Author:
Libby Kirsch’s novel, The Big Lead, A Stella Reynolds Mystery is available on Amazon. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband and kids. Learn more on her website, www.libbykirschbooks.com Connect with her on facebook at www.facebook.com/libbykirschbooks
Libby is giving away 2 paperback copies of her book The Big Lead
(within the USA – outside USA winner will recieve the ebook)
Stella Reynolds is new to the job, new to the state, and new to making mistakes in front of thousands of people, but that’s exactly what she signs up for when she takes a reporting job in Bozeman, Montana. Being on live TV in a small town has never been so funny, until Stella covers the towns first murders in years.When the prime suspect’s girlfriend enlists Stella to help clear his name, she uncovers another shocking crime that could expose a handful of powerful insiders. Who is honest, who can’t be trusted and who committed the murders? Stella is on a tight deadline to find out. Can she help free an innocent man, or will the real culprit get away with murder?
Libby Kirsch is an Emmy award winning journalist, with over ten years experience working in television newsrooms of all sizes. She draws on her rich history of making embarrassing mistakes on live TV, and is happy to finally be able to indulge her creative writing side, instead of always sticking to the facts. The Big Lead is Libby’s first novel, and she is excited to soon release the second book in the Stella Reynolds Mystery Series, The Big Interview, available March 2016.
You can also buy the Kindle book or paperback of The Big Lead on Amazon
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Thank you Libby for participating! Loved your post and can’t wait to see who wins this! 🙂