T.L. Haddix was born in Hazard, Kentucky, a small town in the center of the Appalachian coal fields. Taught to read by her grandmother, T.L. has had a life-long love affair with books, devouring whatever she could get her hands on. From childhood favorites such as the Trixie Belden series and Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" books, to her current favorites from authors like Tami Hoag, Alex Kava, J.A. Jance and Lisa Kleypas (among many others), T.L. still finds refuge in the written word.
"Growing up, I wanted to be everything - astronaut, police officer, doctor, teacher, reporter, psychologist - there was no clear choice for me. I wanted to do it all. Becoming a writer has allowed me to do just that, because I can live vicariously through my characters."
Recently transplanted to the Cleveland, Ohio, area, T.L. is hard at work on the next book in the Leroy's Sins Series, when she isn't chasing after her three cat-children with her husband.
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Smashwords book reviews by TL Haddix
- Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold
on Sep. 11, 2010
I had heard about this book on several reader forums, and I finally broke down and downloaded the sample. It didn't take very long for me to get hooked. The horrific and painful attack that happens in the first few chapters, the strength with which the characters responded to the attack - it was gritty, it was realistic. It wasn't the 'prettified' version of what would happen but instead was the painful, embarrassing and ugly truth. Ellen O'Connell treats the entire story with this regard - she doesn't sugarcoat anything. It is real life, and it is compelling. The hero and heroine never give up on one another, and take chances that aren't often found in romantic fiction. It is a refreshing change from the stereotypical romance novel. By the time I got to the end of the sample, I couldn't move fast enough to purchase the rest.
I've sampled a lot of books recently, and I've literally read thousands in my lifetime. This book stands out. As soon as I can, I will grab it in paperback to add to my permanent collection. Ellen O'Connell sets the bar very high, and that is a good thing.