About Me


Hi there!  I’m Heather.  I’m from North Carolina.  I’m a mother of two GORGEOUS children and no, I’m not biased, they are completely gorgeous.  Swears!  I’m also married to a wonderful, if somewhat unreaderly husband who I adore anyway and we’ve been married since 2000!  I love to take pictures, cook, bake and…

I’m a certifiable BOOK NUT.

I learned to read so young that I barely remember not being able too.  The first book I remember reading was a Curious George book that my grandmother read to be so many times that I finally memorized it and could “pretend” to read it myself.  I was three.  And IT WAS ON from there.  I’ve read everything from Christopher Pike to Ann of Green Gables with Laura Ingalls Wilder, Harry Potter, The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Stephenie Meyer, NEIL GAIMAN, and SO MANY MORE in between.  I will read anything as long as either the plot, the characters, or the writing are engaging.  That includes cereal boxes. You know, when there’s nothing else to hand.

I started this blog because I didn’t have any friends who liked to read.  What followed has been eight years (and counting!) of sharing books, words, and life with some amazing people.  I have been so blessed by this blog and don’t know what I would do without it!  I look forward to sharing books with you as well!

If you would like to contact me, you may do so by either using commenting here or emailing me at capriciousreader@gmail.com

Also, YES, That IS Neil Gaiman. Eeeeek!

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11 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Josephine Bailey

    Dear Heather,
    I just came across your website and your review of my performance of the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray.
    Narrating audio books is a peculiar branch of the acting profession; it's a one-woman show without an audience, so knowing that people are listening and actually enjoying what they hear is most encouraging. Not to mention a great relief!I recorded the last book in the trilogy almost six years after the first. Gemma and the girls were only one year older but I was not…
    Matching their voices was a challenge, but fun, nonetheless.
    Thank you for your kind words,which have warmed the cockles of this narrator's heart.
    With best regards,
    Jo Bailey

  2. Jasmine Kyle

    OMG I have been on like 5 Lit Review Blogs and your is so pretty and ORGANIZED!!! My eyes thank you for making it easy to learn about you and red some really good posts!

  3. Chrissa Reed

    Hi Heather! I’m so glad to have found your site. Most of my friends aren’t exactly avid readers either so I always find it exciting to find other book lovers online :) By the way, beautiful site!

  4. MrsXNomore

    Heather: I am pooped trying to promote my book “THE SECRET LIFE OF CAPTAIN X: MY LIFE WITH A PSYCHOPATH PILOT” http://goo.gl/wXYwiI

    I am getting rave reviews but still don’t understand how to get on Amazon “if you like this book you would be interested in this book” Goodreads reviews and so forth. If you want a copy to review let me know! I would really appreciate the help!

    Best,
    MrsXNomore

    • Jane Riddell

      Hallo

      My understanding is that you need 30 reviews before Amazon start recommending your book. This is what’s happened with me.

      Good luck.

      Jane

  5. Cheryl Hingley

    Heather, your childhood love of books resonates with me. I still have some of the books I ‘read’ before I could read! I admire your willingness to be ripped apart by a new book (your review of An Untamed State is an example of true courage). I read new unpublished work constantly, since I founded Free Literary Mentor last year. Budding writers who are looking for a professional critique of their work may like to check out my free FLM service on http://www.cherylhingley.com/ All genres welcome, even the edgy and heart-rending. I’ll be back next Monday to see what your readers are reading … All best, Cheryl Hingley

  6. Cheryl Hingley

    Heather, your childhood love of books resonates with me. I still have some of the books I ‘read’ before I could read. I admire your willingness to be ripped apart by a new book (your review of An Untamed State is an example of true courage). I read new unpublished work constantly, since I founded Free Literary Mentor last year. Budding writers who are looking for a professional critique of their work may like to check out my free FLM service on http://www.cherylhingley.com/ All genres welcome, even the edgy and heart-rending. I’ll be back next Monday to see what your readers are reading … All best, Cheryl Hingley

  7. Mary Kathleen Mehuron

    I am about to launch my first book which is a fictional autobiography. I would be thrilled to have an advance review and a blurb from you to use on the book cover. Your site is beautiful.

    Here is a brief description of Fading Past:

    “As America explodes into the swinging sixties, ten-year-old Mary Patricia Toohey’s parents move from the old neighborhood to join the upwardly mobile members of the cocktail generation. Abandoned at seventeen when her family moves yet again, she is left to ride out a tsunami of challenges, including lying about her age in order to land a job working for the Chicago mob. Sensing imminent danger, she escapes, to the counterculture of Southern California in the 1970s and then a jubilant Bicentennial Manhattan.
    Her tenacious pursuit of a college degree takes her north to Vermont, where she hopes for a stable life when she marries and has three sons. It’s a Pyrrhic victory as she contends with divorce, her parents’ deaths after 9/11, and a catastrophic illness. When she and her husband reunite, Mary Patricia comes into her own, and enters her grand finale age.”
    Spanning fifty years, Fading Past is a funny and poignant account of an indomitable woman who finally gets to have the time of her life.
    Let me know if you would be willing to read. Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Mary Kathleen Mehuron

  8. Caleb Coy

    Your blog title caught me like none other. Looking at your list, your site impresses me as much as the title. I hope your blog will be a good fit. I’d like to request a review for my upcoming novel.

    My novel is titled An Authentic Derivative.

    Uprising indie rocker Garrett Sedgwick has been described as “an over-reflective, hyper-self-ware, ungrateful artist, garrulous about his own craft.” Known for his “mercurial flexibility” and “intrepid penchant for mimicry,” the reclusive wunderkind struggles to assert his own identity among a sectarian fan base who trades rumors about his promotional stunts like currency.

    Cynical graphic designer Neil Oberlin has moved to Nashville as one of many over-educated millennials trying to craft authentic lives for themselves. When he gets hold of a ticket to see Sedgwick live, our supercilious narrator is reluctantly thrust into a quest to design the perfect album cover.

    However, Neil’s proximity to the brooding, fickle musician is compounding his own anxieties. Haunted by his stifling religious upbringing and the uncertainty of his future, our self-deprecating narrator begins to grow paranoid. Armed with an obsequious vocabulary, our narrator must plumb through an indefinite malaise.

    An Authentic Derivative is a satirical drama about music, faith, relationships, personal branding, and the conflicting scenes of a generation caught rolling its eyes at any attempt to define itself.

    In the spirit of the novel’s themes, as well as in the spirit of the anti-corporate narrator, I am currently in the midst of an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funding for the production and promotion of the novel. I am also promoting it on my blog, where I write primarily about language, literature, culture, politics, and spirituality.

    If you are interested, I can send you a copy in your desired format. I look forward to hearing back from you.

    Best,
    Caleb Coy Guard

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