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It’s raining and pouring…books.

(The winner of Laura Josephsen’s book is Eileen Astel! Please email me! Congrats.)

I received the email that the books at Borders were 50-70% off. So I made one last journey and brought my kids. I had no idea what to expect.

But I was looking for some deals.

The middle grade section was completely wiped out. Completely.

Most of the YA but not all was gone. Borders had brought out a lot of warehouse books. Nothing I wanted to buy though. Lots of vampire books. I guess vampires don’t live forever after all. #finally

I did purchase two books. DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver. And WITHER by Lauren DeStefano. Honestly, even at 50% it wasn’t much cheaper than Amazon. And we wonder why bookstores are crumbling. Srsly. #not-ebooks

I also just received a shipment from Amazon. I have a major theme going. I just finished IMAGINARY GIRLS by Nova Ren Suma. And I can’t wait to read HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire. BETWEEN by Jessica Warman. And HEREAFTER by Tara Hudson.

Can you say paranormal? Ghostly? Time travel?

Yes that’s a big part of what I read and love to write. #can’thelpit

But the covers are gorgeous. The writing drew me in from page one.

And I absolutely love that I have the hard covers and they aren’t on my Kindle.

Why did I purchase those? A combination of buzz and cover love and genre. But I didn’t buy any of them until I’d read the opening pages.

How do you decide which books to buy? Any last purchases from Borders?

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Confessions from the Realm of the Underworld – a giveaway!

I opened to page one of…

CONFESSIONS FROM THE REALM OF THE UNDERWORLD (OTHER WISE KNOWN AS HIGH SCHOOL) by Laura Josephsen.

And found…

Okay. I found crazy voice all over the place.

Here’s an example from the chapter titles:

A Prologue of Sorts

In Which Sephie Tries to Explain How Her Crazy English Teacher Finagled Her into This Mess.

The main character Persephone (all her sisters are named after characters in Greek mythology-loved it) enters her senior year and everything changes. Her grandfather is losing his house. One of her sisters plays a starring role in the local high school scandal. Even things with her best friend Joey aren’t the same.

Sephie must deal with all the changes in her life while figuring out who and what she wants to be.

I’ll be honest. As I was reading the first quarter, I kept waiting for Sephie to figure out she was really Athena, her boyfriend was Zeus, and her teacher was Hades and they’d fall in love in some kind of weird triangle.

So not what happened. But in a wonderful and sweet way.

Laura’s natural writing style, Sephie’s voice and her complicated but real family (all present and accounted for – no mysterious disappearances or deaths – ) all drew me into this three-dimensional story. I was in tears on and off through the whole entire second half. Maybe because it was so realistic. The character could’ve been me. It could’ve been my sister. It could’ve been my friend.

I just know I loved it. And I want you to have the chance to read it too.

Comment on this post and retweet, and I’ll choose a random winner to receive the paperback from the author.

Never fear, click here to purchase from Amazon. You won’t regret it.

Head over to Laura’s website and check her out.

Have you read any good epublished books lately? Or traditionally pubbed?

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Friday 5 – Books, blogs, and blurbs.

Blurbs

I’ve heard blurbs don’t really work. Well, I took out a book I’d never heard of from the library because of a blurb. On the back of the book, Kate Messner said the book was funny, warm, and wonderful – full of the everyday magic of true community. The book is One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street by Joanne Rocklin. I’m not even half way through, so I can’t really comment yet. But it will fall into that classic type of Middle Grade.

On the Kindle

I have lots of great books lined up to read. Stampede Fever by Anya Winter and Burn by Addison Moore. I have the sample of The Clearing by Anne Riley and thought the first chapter was incredible and will most likely purchase.

Buzz

Mainly through buzz online I am patiently waiting to order these books. Imaginary Girls, Hourglass, Wildefire, Between…and there was one more and I can’t remember the title! Ack! #ifyouknowsendmeatweet Only three of them will be hardcover and the others on my Kindle, but I’m not saying which. And I’m patiently waiting for a certain arc to arrive in the mail.

Blogs

I am still debating about blogging about writing. My opinions are not fully formed yet. (Actually, I’m very opinionated, even if I’m wrong, so I’m trying to figure out if my strong opinions hold any weight.) I loved Roni Loren’s post on the subject. I love that we’re all trying to figure it out together.

Twitter chats

I followed two great twitter chats last night. #mglitchat and #bookcountry. Guess what #bookcountry was talking about? Author blogs. Very timely.

Big question. I have two Kindle books on my Mac and I can’t figure out how to transfer them to my Kindle. They were sent to me free as a file, which is why they are on my computer. I’ve tried to email them to my Kindle and it doesn’t work. Does anyone know what I should do?

If you don’t know the answer to that: what books are you excited to read?

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Kindle and my love/hate relationship with it.

K is for Kindle.

I am extremely happy I bought an e-reader device. I love it. And I hate. And you’ve probably heard me say things like this before. And I’m pretty sure I don’t use it to its full capacity. But I’m okay with that.

Why I love it:

  • I love downloading samples before purchasing.
  • I love downloading samples just to study openings.
  • I love reading my work on it while taking notes.
  • I use the text speech option to catch typos in my own work.
  • I love reading beta manuscripts on it so I’m not sitting at my computer for hours.
  • I love downloading free books or reduced books that are part of a popular series. I’ve purchased Wicked Lovely ,Wings, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Dreaming Anastasia –  all for nearly free or free.
  • When I’m breaking down a book to study structure, it’s much easier to hold my Kindle in my lap with a notebook and pen, rather than a hardcopy.

Why I don’t love it – because hate is too strong a word:

  • After reading it, I can’t flip through and find certain sections when I’m studying structure and writing technique. I can go to chapters but it still takes longer.
  • After reading, I have nothing to show for it.
  • I can’t pass books along to friends, my library, or give away on my blog.
  • I miss holding the copy in my hand and looking at the real cover. For me, carrying a book is just as easy.
  • I have no desire to give my children another electronic device with internet access. And I won’t until books are no longer in print. #mylibraryisawesome
  • If I love a book, I end up wanting a hard copy.
  • Often, the price is equal to the hard copy. If so, I buy the hardcopy to pass on or to horde.
  • As you can see the love outweighs the dislikes. So I’m glad I own one. And who knows, maybe someday I’ll purchase only e-books. #don’tthinkso

Do you own a Nook or Kindle? What are your thoughts on it?

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How I really feel about the Kindle

The Kindle.  Kapow!

I feel like nothing else in the publishing world in the past year has caused such a stir as e-readers and e-books.

If you couldn’t tell from my post yesterday, I’m torn. I think there are some really cool things about the Kindle especially if you are someone who reads a lot and wants to make notes on what they read. Oh, let me see if I can think of a few people. Um, teachers. And, how about editors and agents. And I can’t forget commuters. I would invest in a Kindle if I rode the train into work every day.

But I don’t.

I love to read. I love a good story. Even though being a writer has made it much harder for me to find a good book. I need a light switch on the side of my head to turn off  and just be a reader again. But that’s beside the point.

When I read, I want a book, to hold, to doggy-ear, to lose under my bed, to pass on to a friend, to run my fingers across the slightly fuzzy pages, to smell the freshness of a new book or the musty smell of a book that’s older than my grandparents. I have memories, childhood memories attached to books. And that will not be easy to forget.

And I do think the Kindle will only last until something bigger and better comes out that does everything. It can be called Super-texter-camera-phone-computer-book. And I probably won’t be able to afford one until they are on the way out. I don’t even have a cell phone yet. (Actually, sometimes I carry a very realistic toy one around and talk into it just to feel cool. Not really.)

I consider myself pretty flexible. (Don’t ask my kids for verification.) I’ll go with the times. But if libraries become a thing of the past, I will be snuggled in a corner by candlelight the woodstove – reading real books from long ago.

And that’s just the reader side of me.

The writer side of me? I hope libraries and publishers and bookstores are able to keep up with the changing times and don’t get left in the dust.

So. Did you catch all that subtext from my post yesterday? If you didn’t, you’ll have another chance to practice on Friday.

Where do you stand on the Kindle? Do you have one?

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