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Contest Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered my contest and wished me a happy holiday. Hubby and I had a wonderful time. It was very relaxing and the days passed way too quickly.

Three people guessed the correct total of 18. I decided to put all three names in a hat and draw out one winner for my original prize of a print copy of Tea For Two and award the other two downloads of their choice.

The winner of Tea For Two is Elaine.
Eva S and Rachel M will receive a download of their choice.

Congratulations to all three winners!! (all winners have been contacted via email)

Here is the list of the books I read during my holiday.

1. Grady’s Awakening by Bianca D’Arc
2. Touching Midnight (MIRA) by Fiona Brand
3. Mystery book
4. Mystery book
5. Mystery book
6. Mystery book
7. Mystery book
8. Mystery book
9. Mystery book
10. Kilt Worthy by Catherine Bybee
11. Thai’d Up by Helen Hardt
12. Payback by Rose Middleton
13. Chasing Smoke by KA Mitchell
14. Start Me Up by Victoria Dahl
15. Bengal’s Heart (Breeds) by Lora Leigh
16. Passion Unleashed (The Demonica Series) by Larissa Ione
17. Personal Demons by Stacia Kane
18. Even Demons Get the Blues by Maree Anderson

Note: I can’t give you titles of the mystery books since I’m judging them in a contest.

I had a very happy time reading by the pool, and as you can see by the titles I mixed and matched genres very nicely. Some of the mystery books were historicals so I think I covered them all! My favorite read was Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione. This is book three in her series and if you like paranormals you should definitely try these books featuring demon brothers who work in a hospital for paranormal creatures.

Thanks for entering my contest!

Books: Too Many in the Marketplace?

I noticed this topic about the number of books that publishers put out each month a few weeks ago at Dear Author and thought it was an interesting one.

Are there too many releases each month?

From a reader’s point of view I think the answer has to be no. Having a choice is a good thing. I mean lots of books to choose from must be a reader’s idea of heaven. The number of books a reader can purchase is limited only by their budget.

For an author an increased number of releases is a bad thing. It means more competition and likely lower royalties, especially if you’re a new or midlist author.

For a bookseller, one who isn’t online, more releases probably brings problems with space, both in warehouses and on bookshelves. This might mean that newer authors miss out on shelf space. It might mean that books are on the shelves for a shorter time before they’re returned to the publisher.

For the publisher it could be good or bad. An online publisher doesn’t have storage or returns to think about so overall their income could increase. A traditional publisher probably needs to schedule carefully so they’re not faced with low orders or a high number of returns.

So what say you? Are you happy with a large number of releases or would you like the releases limited to a certain number per month?

Reading Roundup

I haven’t mentioned books and reading for some time. I’ve read some excellent books recently that have really stayed with me, and with every one of them it’s been the characters that have grabbed me by the throat. It’s also interesting to note that three of the four books below are written in first person. I’d highly recommend any of the following:

Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas – I always used to read Ms. Kleypas’ historicals, but after historical burnout I hadn’t picked up one of her books for ages or tried her contemporaries. This is the third contemporary set in Texas and featuring members of the Travis family. I hadn’t realized this was a series of sorts and as usual picked up the books out of order. They are written in first person. I started reading quite late and had problems putting the book down. I liked the two main characters, Ella and Jack and their interaction and the plot moved smoothly. There was some great dialogue too. I liked it so much I went looking for the first two books and ordered them online. This particular story is only available in hardcover as yet and was borrowed from the library. I think I’ll be buying a copy in paperback when it comes out because I liked it that much.

Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews – This is book three in the Kate Daniels series, an urban fantasy rather than a romance. I think this series gets better and better with each book. I loved the interplay between Kate and Curran. Once again, it was the characters that grabbed me, although I like the interesting plots in this series. This one contains some Indian mythology.

The Education of Madeline by Beth Williamson – This is Beth’s first NY published book, set in the American West. I liked the characters, although I have to say that the plot didn’t ring true with me. This didn’t stop me devouring the book, and I could be wrong because I’m not an expert in American history by any means! I’m not going into detail because that would mean spoilers. Beth has another book coming with some of the characters she introduced in this book. I’ll be snapping the second book up when it comes out.

Hard Fall by James Buchanan – this is a gay romance. It’s written in first person and is about a Mormon cop who is in the closet. He falls for an ex-con and while investigating a murder, his secret comes out, creating havoc in both is personal and business lives. Joe, the main character is interesting, and I liked the glimpse of the Mormon faith. This is an excellent read.

What books have you read recently? Do you have any recommendations?

Childhood Memories

Thursday Thirteen

We always had a lot of books around us when we were kids. My brother, sister and I knew our nursery rhymes and read a lot. I remember boxes of books in the back of the wardrobe that belonged to my parents – mainly mysteries and westerns. My mother was a teacher who taught new entrants (five-year-olds) and she used to have heaps of books that she’d use in her teaching. She’d show us her new purchases and of course, I’d read them. She died in an accident when I was 21 and I kept a few of my favorites. I was looking at my bookcase today and pulled out one about a rabbit finding an egg. It made me smile.

Here are Thirteen of My Favorites (that are still in my bookcase)

1. Because a Little bug went Ka-Choo by Rosetta Stone and Michael Frith

2. Bears in the Night by Stan and Jan Berenstain

3. Travels of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting – this version adapted by Al Perkins. As a kid I had the actual Hugh Lofting series, which is probably what started my fascination with talking animals.

4. Hubert’s Hair-Raising Adventure by Bill Peet

5. The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek by Jenny Wagner

6. The Berenstain Bears and the Missing Dinosaur Bone by Stan and Jan Berenstain

7. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss – I just love the rhyming. :grin:

8. The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree – I loved these bear books and still do!

9. Jim and the Beanstalk by Raymond Briggs

10. The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown

11. The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss – still one of my favorites. I like the message.

12. Shelley and the pony of the year by Ellen Bosworth. How could I resist this story? I see that it’s out of stock and a used copy is on sale for $45.

13. Proud Riders by Josephine Pullein-Thompson. Like lots of other little girls I liked pony stories.

I noticed when I did the Amazon links that many of these books are still popular and highly rated. A good book never goes out of date.

What stories do you remember from your childhood? Do your children or grandchildren have some of these?

Romance on the Web.

Today I have a selection of interesting tidbits for you from the world wide web.

The first is at Romancing the Blog and it’s about books and censorship. This post shocked me. I dislike censorship of any sort and feel that adults should have freedom of choice. I can borrow erotic romances at my local library. They’re labeled with large stickers that state the book contains explicit content. It’s my choice to check out a book with spicy content. I presume this also alerts the librarian if a minor tries to check one out. That’s all the oldies need on their library books – a sticker stating the book contains salty language or explicit content. They can then choose to read a particular book or leave it on the shelf.

Emily at EREC has a post about Everything Old. It’s about the universal problems faced by authors. They’re ageless problems!

I’m blogging over at The Samhellion about Sleeping with the Fishes and routine. I forgot to mention it yesterday. Oops!

Sign up to receive a free copy of Night Hawk, a short story by Lora Leigh.

Download a free copy of Roxanne St. Claire’s Bullet Catcher novella.

And of course, if you haven’t checked out my free reads, go there straight away!

Do you have any interesting posts to share?

Birthday Bash Winners

Firstly, thanks for helping me to celebrate my birthday. I had so much fun and loved having such great company.

Here are my list of my 2008 releases and my winners:

Playing to Win – Darby Lohrding
Fancy Free – Julie Robinson
Wanderlust – Julia Smith
Lovers at Last – Lindsey Ekland
Price of Love – Tami Cullen
Middlemarch Mates: Assassin – Fedora
Tea For Two – Rosemary Simm
Middlemarch Mates: Cat and Mouse – Jennifer McKenzie
Fringe Benefits – Michelle N
Middlemarch Mates: Cat Burglar – Karin

Congratulations all! I’ll email you all in person, but feel free to email me too. I’ve had problems with emails going astray in the past. I need to know which format you’d like your downloads in and once I know that, I can email you your prize.

Note – there’s still a copy of Middlemarch Mates: Cat Burglar up for grabs in the Triple D contest. The winner of the last prizes in the Deliciously Decadent December contest will be announced very soon.

Second note – don’t forget to pop back next week to visit with Emily Bryan. Everyone who comments will have a chance to win her new book, Vexing the Viscount.

Happy Reading!

The To-Read Pile

It’s no secret I love to read and that my love of reading directed me on the path to becoming a writer. If you’re a reader and you’re anything like me, you probably have a huge to-read pile sitting by your bed or lined up nicely in a bookcase somewhere in your house. I like ebooks as well and have a stack of unread ones waiting on my hard drive.

When I’m ready to read another book, I sometimes take the one on the top of the pile and sometimes that particular book doesn’t grab me, so I’ll shuffle the pile around until I find one that suits my mood. When it comes to ebooks, I’m more likely to choose according to length. I’m reading short ebooks at the moment because I’m time-poor but still want to feel as if I’m actually reading.

I’m constantly adding to my to-read pile, despite the fact that sometimes it looks like Mt. Cook. (NZ’s highest mountain) I can’t seem to stop myself. I tend to read the hot books first, although I’m saving one Lora Leigh book for after Christmas. At the moment I’m going through a contemporary phaze, and my pile is now sadly depleted in this respect. I’m going to have to either replace them or start on another genre any day now.

Okay, I’ve confessed. Now it’s your turn.

What does your reading pile look like? Is it tidy or messy? Do you know what’s in your pile or are you in danger of duplication? How do you choose which book to read next? What about your ebook stack?

Deliciously Decadent December Winners so far

Winner of Crimson Prey is Fedora.
Winner of Quintuplets is Cathy M.
Winner of Rain God is Lexee.

Congratulations!



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