I have to admit that I’m a little hesitant to try authors who are new to me if I don’t have a recommendation from a friend first.
So you can imagine how hesitant I am to try out a new way of reading. Yep, I’m talking about ereaders. When ereaders first came out, I was convinced I’d never need the things. I already had a computer, laptop, and smart phone. My job (writing) requires that I put an awful lot of time into staring at a screen. Why would I want to stare at a screen when I read for fun? I do understand the draw of an ereader: it’s light, it carries hundreds of books, and you can adjust the text size for those tired-eyes days.
But really? I’m a paper-in-the-hands kind of gal, and I disliked the idea of my book running out of batteries, or breaking and costing me big bucks to replace. I’ve had friends and family let me hold their Kindles, fondle their Nooks, and stroke their iPads (this is starting to sound naughty!) So I do think the gadgets are really cool and I love that the book reads like a book. Still, I wasn’t convinced I needed an ereader.
Then someone off-handedly remarked, “Oh, and when I’ve finished the book in the middle of the night and want to read the next right away, I touch a button and the book appears in my hands.”
Whoa, Nelly. Cue the lights and bells and angels singing! No waiting. No having to make an extra trip to the store, or order on-line and hope the post office doesn’t leave the package in the rain. I could have any book I wanted, literally, at my fingertips, at any time of day or night. And if I was looking for a new author to try, I could sample their work before buying. Hello, heaven.
Now this is the part of the story where I tell you I ran right out and bought an ereader. Um....yeah...I didn’t. Remember how I said I’m hesitant to try a new author without a recommendation? Apparently, that’s also how I feel about ereaders too! While I do love the idea of having one (and will probably buy one) I am still, for the moment, a paper-in-the-hands girl.
How about you? Are you an ebook reader, or a paper book reader, or both? Have you tried a new author lately that you like to recommend to friends? And if you do recommend an author do you share by giving an ecopy or paper copy of the book?
Today I’d like to share my urban fantasy series set in Portland, Oregon, by doing a fun giveaway! If you’ve never read the Allie Beckstrom series and you win, I will send you the first three books of the series, signed (that’s MAGIC TO THE BONE, MAGIC IN THE BLOOD and MAGIC IN THE SHADOWS). If you have read the Allie Beckstrom series and you win, I will send you the last three books in the series, signed (that’s MAGIC ON THE HUNT, MAGIC ON THE LINE and MAGIC WITHOUT MERCY--which won't even be in stores until April.) I’ll mail international.
Just leave a comment here about a favorite book you recommend or whether or not you like ereaders or paper, and the winner will be chosen (and posted) Tuesday, March 27th.
Oh, and I suppose I should mention something about the books! Here’s the back cover description from the first book, MAGIC TO THE BONE. If you want to check out the other books or read excerpts you can find them on my page at www.devonmonk.com
MAGIC TO THE BONE
Using magic means it uses you back, and every spell exacts a price from its user. But some people get out of it by Offloading the cost of magic onto an innocent. Then it’s Allison Beckstrom’s job to identify the spell-caster. Allie would rather live a hand-to-mouth existence than accept the family fortune—and the strings that come with it. But when she finds a boy dying from a magical Offload that has her father’s signature all over it, Allie is thrown back into his world of black magic. And the forces she calls on in her quest for the truth will make her capable of things that some will do anything to control…
***Devon's winner is Mary Anne Landers! Congratulations! Please send your details to firstname.lastname@example.org!! Thanks***