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“My novel Bittersweet is my attempt to write the kind of books I love to read when I’m on vacation,” says Miranda Beverly-Whittemore.

“My favorite beach reads mix high and low, they contain beautiful language and juicy plots, and they almost always contain some kind of central mystery, even if it’s not a traditional ‘whodunit’; I love a ‘what happened?’ (the darker the better, as far as I’m concerned!).”

Here are five of Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s favorite books to read in a deck chair.

“Every book is a separate little journey that we take it because we want to see where it leads,” says novelist Kieran Shields. “But alongside that desire to discover something new is a competing force, the pull of the familiar, that urge to search for a familiar face in a crowd, even when you’re in a strange new place. As intriguing as it is to start down a new road, it can feel all the richer for knowing that you’ll see old friends along the way. I suppose that’s the answer to why I wrote a sequel. I’d spent a lot of time with these characters in The Truth of All Things. I wasn’t ready to part company from them just yet. I wanted to know what happens next.”

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled “quiet,” it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society – from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer. Susan Cain’s extraordinary bestselling book Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves. We asked Susan to share some tips for a quiet holiday. Enjoy!

“After A Dog Named Christmas was released, and made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, more than a few people agreed with me that holiday fostering could be done,” writes Greg Kincaid, author of A Christmas Home. “Primarily, they were people that loved dogs, or at least hated to see them suffer, and were willing to take a chance on saying yes to a different approach. Four years later, with the help of Petfinder.com, Random House, and Hallmark, Foster A Lonely Pet for the Holidays has moved from the pages of this little book and into over three thousand shelters that have chosen to say yes. The lives of tens of thousands of dogs and cats have been improved and, in most cases, literally saved. For the last several years, the animal shelter in my home town has sat virtually empty on Christmas Day. It’s a happy stillness.”

“One of my most cherished Thanksgivings occurred on a year when none of my traditional family was present,” shares Sarah McCoy, author of The Baker’s Daughter. “Some might think that a tragedy and others a blessing . . . . I’d recently moved to El Paso, Texas – two thousand miles from all of my beloved kin in the Virginia/DC Metro area. My husband had to work Thanksgiving eve, so we couldn’t fly home to be with everyone. In lieu of scampering about the kitchen baking with my mom, aunts and grandma, I sought out a meal-delivery program in my new community. I went in with the intent of working at a soup kitchen, aiding the less fortunate and needy, but when I saw that my local firehouse was on the list of meal requesters, I stopped.”

To celebrate Halloween, we asked some of our favorite authors to tell us what terrifies them. Here’s what Taylor Stevens – author of The Informationist and The Innocent – told us. (Like her thrillers, Taylor’s list is sharp and smart.) What terrifies you, RIFers? Leave a comment!