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So I Say Thank You For The Books....featuring Andrea Cremer

'So I Say Thank You For The Books...' is a regular feature were we invite Authors and book bloggers to share with us who or what inspired their love of books.

Today we have a guest post from Andrea Cremer, Author of the truly awesome Nightshade, as part of her UK blog tour!

Over to you Andrea...


I’ve been fortunate to spend my life surrounded by book lovers. My parents are avid readers and read to me as a child. I have vivid memories of snuggling on the couch with my mom while she read books like The Hobbit, the Chronicles of Narnia, and the Dark is Rising to my little brother and me. My aunt Helen gave me a book every Christmas and I haunted the library of my hometown so often that the staff practically adopted me.

Having wonderful books shared with me turned me into a seeker of books. I found those books that spoke to my own passions: fantasy and adventure. I devoured the Lord of the Rings and David Eddings’ Belgariad and Malloreon. I hunted for books that featured strong female characters, loving Ayla from Jean M. Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear series and Morgan Le Fay in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Mists of Avalon.

To this day my favourite book is Richard Adams' Watership Down. Yes, it's a tale about rabbits, but what inspired me about this novel is the way in which Adams brought an entire universe to life. Watership Down is an epic tale of survival and loyalty, but it's also an incredibly beautiful and complex blend of folklore and fantasy. My copy has been read so many times that the pages are tatter and the cover only half-attached to the book.

There is nothing quite like falling in love with a new novel – with each page you are drawn into a world you love and meeting characters who become dear friends. Books are gifts to be treasured, that never stop giving, and I’m eternally grateful to the wonderful people who brought books into my life and the talented authors who penned such magical stories.

Andrea's Debut novel, Nightshade, is published in the UK by Atom January 2011

Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything--including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

Read Vicki's review and enter to win a copy here

Visit Andrea's Website here

Find out more about Nightshade here

Don't forget to check out the previous post on the tour @ Book Chick City and the next stop on 10th January @ The Crooked Shelf

Are you interested in taking part in 'So I say Thank you For The Books..'? You can find more information and contact details here


  1. Great post Andrea now I understand the Watership Down references a lot better :D
    Thanks guys

  2. Oh yes, I loved Watership Down. Books were a major part of my life whilst I was grown up too.

    Great post. Thanks!

  3. I couldn't read Watership Down! I read it when I was very young (possibly too young) and it was so upsetting for me! I don't even really remember now why it was so upsetting...maybe I should pick it up again sometime!

  4. I am so glad to see this post again. I love reading about other people's early memories of reading and books. Thankfully Andrea's parents gave her the love of reading. Nightshade is such a fantastic book and I for one am very very anxious to read Wolfsbane. Also her website is very cool!



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