If you've had enough of the theme parks, sight-seeing tours and everything else that makes up a busy vacation, you might want to consider curling up with a good old-fashioned book (be it a real paperback or an e-book ). Here we give you our selection of the best of the best when it comes to authors and the work they produce. So, pick up that TV remote, click the 'off' button and exercise your brain a bit.

Carla has been writing children's books for about 30 years and credits her success to the fact that her stories cater to "good old-fashioned story-telling" without any of the violence so prevalent in today's literature geared towards the younger set. "I tell stories about people and animals becoming friends," Carla says. "They're thought-provoking because most of them have their central characters learning valuable life lessons by the end of the story. And I take my readers to magical, far-away places, where they meet up with fairies and other such things. They're just lots of fun." Carla currently resides in Miami, Florida, with her family of the two-legged and four-legged variety. A selection of Carla's books can be found by clicking on the following images, and best yet, all of her books come in soft-cover; easy for packing!


Steve Martin



Clive Cussler

Steve Martin, one of the most diversified performers in the motion picture industry today—actor, comedian, author, playwright, producer, musician – has been successful as a writer of and performer in some of the most popular movies of recent film history. In March of 2010, Martin, along with Alec Baldwin, co-hosted the 82nd Annual Academy Awards – his third time serving as host of the prestigious award show. On January 31st, 2010, Steve Martin's banjo album, The Crow / New Songs For The Five-String Banjo, won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album. Christmas 2009 saw Martin share the screen with Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin in Universal’s “It’s Complicated.” The comedy, directed by Nancy Meyers, tells the story of a divorced couple (Streep and Baldwin) who discover that their feelings for one another might not have completely disappeared. Martin plays Adam, the soft-spoken and sweet architect who also vies for Street’s characters’ affection. In 2008, Martin had two books published: In October, Doubleday released a children’s book titled The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z!, co-written with fellow The New Yorker illustrator Roz Chast. In December, Martin’s autobiography, Born Standing Up, was published by Scribner. A selection of Steve's books can be found by clicking on the following images:

​Clive Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt(R), in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed. Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history. A selection of Clive's books can be found by clicking on the following images:


Robyn Carr

​Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost fifty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. Her highly anticipated new series, Thunder Point, will be released March 2013. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. ​A selection of Robyn's books can be found by clicking on the following images:

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Carla Martilotti