28 March 2013

Wildflowers Blog Tour: Top Ten Books of All Time

Title: Wildflowers
Author: Schledia Benefield
Published: February 1st 2013 by Three Keys Publishing
Buy It: Amazon 
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Have you ever feared what may be hiding deep within you?

Darkness often skulks in the blood of unsuspecting victims, but Aster McGrath is acutely aware of the violence coursing through his veins. After all, he is the son of a murderer, and everyone in the town of Bayville, Mississippi says he will end up just like his father.

When Susan Blackman moves into town, Aster has already embraced his brutal nature, but her gentle spirit draws him in and slowly melts the icy exterior of his heart. Taming his savagery, she professes her love, but will the good within him be able to overcome the evil lurking deep inside? Or will the fiend break free of its fetters and seek blood?

Top Ten Books of All Time

Thank you, Isabel, for inviting me to share my top ten favorite books of all time.

1.    Wildflowers by yours truly. Yes, I know it’s my own work. I’ll add in a number 11 in case you were looking for books outside of my own, but honestly, it really is my favorite of all the books I’ve ever read, and trust me, I’ve read it like 30 times already! I completely fell in love with Aster as I typed away on the manuscript. Tragedies are my favorites, not that I don’t enjoy other types of books…because I do. Wildflowers is a beautiful, tragic love story that had me in tears as I wrote it. If you happen to enjoy love stories that aren’t always peachy, then you should check it out, and this week from March 25-29, the kindle version of Wildflowers is on sale for 99 cents on amazon!

2.     Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Love, love, love, love, love Heathcliff! As a matter of fact, my main character in my first novel, Plain Jane, relates herself to Cathy.

3.     Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. I’m well aware that this is not technically a book, but it is still one of my favorite reads. My mother is a huge Shakespeare fan. She used to have a very old collection of his works, but Hurricane Katrina destroyed it. :(

4.     Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. My husband bought me a collection of her works for Christmas two years ago. It is one of my prize possessions. There are certain things you pack to take with you when a hurricane threatens your home, and it is one of the things that gets packed in my suitcase!

5.     The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. I love the way Nicholas Sparks tells a love story. This book kept me in tears.

6.     The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. I loved the introduction to Middle Earth. I mean, who doesn’t like the idea of meeting such majestic beings as you find in the pages of this great work, and the details in description is amazing!

7.     The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis is a long-time favorite. I was completely engrossed and still am. I love entering the magical world of Narnia! A few years ago, I knocked the wall out between my two oldest sons’ closet to make it bigger. Now you can walk through the closet to the other’s room. I told them it was like the wardrobe that takes you to Narnia!

8.     To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I live in the South; I have my entire life. One of my dearest friend’s house was burned down by the KKK when she was four. I didn’t know her then. We met in junior high, but racial tension is something you couldn’t help but know existed in our area, so books that deal with racial issues always speak to my heart and stay there.

9.     A Time to Kill by John Grisham. His best in my opinion, and one of my favorite stories of all time.

10.   A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks. I told you I like Nicholas Sparks. I love so many of his books, but this one, along with No. 5, rank in my top ten.

11.   Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Yes, I said it. I’ve seen a lot of people out there who don’t like the series, but oh my gosh! I only read it to see if it was okay for my daughter to read. I couldn’t put it down! I was literally prying my eyes open to keep reading. I could care less about the vampire part. I was captivated by the love story.

About the author
Schledia Benefield

Schledia Benefield is the author of Plain Jane, Pretty Boy, and her soon to be released novel, Wildflowers. She attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College but chose to be a stay-at-home mom for many years. She devoted eight years of her life to working with youth as a youth minister and has been invited to speak in a rehab to hurting and wounded women, giving them hope for a better future. She was the Keynote Speaker for Division 14 of the Key Club International’s divisional rally.

Born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Schledia holds a sense of pride in her southern heritage. She presently lives in Big Point, Mississippi with her husband and four of her five children. On top of writing novels, she writes youth and children’s church curriculum, and she works as a substitute teacher at East Central Middle School. In her spare time, she reads, sews, and spends time with her family.

Tour Schedule

March 25
[YA] Between the Lines http://yabetweenthelines.blogspot.com/ Author Guest Post
Ohana Day Academy http://ohana-school.blogspot.com.au/ Review
The avid Reader www.tarmyblospot.blogspot.com  Book Promo
Brooke Blogs http://www.brookeblogs.com Character Guest Post

March 26
Rayborn Rambles http://Raybornrambles.blogspot.com Review & Book Promo

March 27
Now is Gone http://katysozaeva.blogspot.com/ Author Guest Post
Lubs Book Chatter lubsbookchatter.blogspot.com Author Guest Post

March 28
Library Girl Reads & Reviews http://librarygirlreads.blogspot.com
Sab The Book Eater http://sabthebookeater.blogspot.com/ Top Ten Favorite Books EVER

March 29
Pieces of Whimsy http://piecesofwhimsy.blogspot.com.au/ Author Interviw
Curling Up With A Good Book http://curling-up-with-a-good-book.blogspot.com/ Top Ten list
Alli's World http://mrscaptkirk51.blogspot.com/ Character Guest Post


  1. Thanks again for having me, Isabel. I enjoyed sharing the books I love the most in the world!

  2. Thank you Isabel for sharing some famous books of all time. I have read most of them. I'll read the rest someday.

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