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Free Books for Your New eReaders

Barbara Vey -- December 26th, 2011

Christmas is over.  The food is in left over containers in the fridge, only crumbs left on the cookie plates and all that’s left of the presents under the tree are schnibbles of wrapping paper and stray ribbon.  Everyone is busy playing with their new presents and the number one gift I’m hearing about this year is eReaders whether they are stand alones or on tablets.

 

My 8 year old niece got a tablet and my grandson an iPad.  I’m just thrilled that they both contain eReaders.  Now to fill them.  That’s when the fun really starts.

 

And to get everyone going, I sent out a message on Twitter and Facebook for authors to send me links to their free books today.  Happy downloading!

 

True North by Marie Force

Broken Resolutions by Cheryl Shireman

Hand to Hand by Robert W. Walker

Here’s a site that lists over 3,000 free Kindle books including kids books.

A Writer’s Work is offering free books, today only.

A Free Sampler of the Recarnationalist series by M.J. Rose

Justice Incarnate by Regan Black (Amazon) (Barnes and Noble)

Personal Business by Barbara Sheridan

Last Man on Earth by Michelle Pillow

Gypsy Nights by Mandy M. Roth

 

Well, that’s a start.  Please feel free to add any others to the comment section.

Now tell me, did you receive an e-reader for Christmas?  Did you give one?  Know someone who got one?  What were the reactions? 

 

Bottom Line:  “Tis the good reader that makes the good book.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

What Should a Busy Woman Read?

Barbara Vey -- September 8th, 2011
Me and Dan and yes, I know I must never go out without makeup on again!

Me and Dan and yes, I know I must never go out without makeup on again!

I got home from Dragon Con on Tuesday night about 7:30 p.m. and found a message on my voicemail about a family emergency in Florida, so I was back in the airport less than 12 hours later.

Since I love to make lemonade out of lemons, I noticed that my waiting area at the airport had 3 people reading on e-Readers and 3 with paperbacks.  We started talking the pros and cons and the consensus was that although convenient, e-Readers weren’t as much fun as reading a “real” book.   All 3 had received the e-Readers as gifts and wouldn’t have bought it for themselves.  The other 3 had no interest in even trying one.  So there’s my social experiment for the day.

Once I got on the plane, I again hit the jackpot with a seatmate.  Meet Dan Laubusch (pronounced La Boosh…who’s last name just sounds so great, it just rolls off your tongue).  Dan’s a financial advisor for a large company, but works for individuals all over the country.  While not a fiction reader, he loves books that teach him something about his business and really, what’s better than always learning something new whether it’s from fiction or nonfiction.

We talked about his 3 kids, ages 1, 4, and 8 and what would be some fun books for them to read.  But Dan said his wife didn’t have much time for reading.  So I told him you all would help out.

What books would you recommend for a very busy woman, who loves to read, but has trouble squeezing it in her busy schedule?  I thought maybe an anthology.  The stories are short enough that each shouldn’t take too long and you can still experience new character that may lead to reading a series by the author.  Or there’s the quick read Harlequins.  Lots of people love them for just that reason.  Maybe an e-Reader is needed here since there’s a ton of short stories out there.

Time for you to all put on your thinking caps and make some suggestions.  I was bragging to Dan about what an amazing community you all are, so show him some love and help him bring his wife a nice little escape during this busy time in her life.

Bottom Line:  And while you’re at it, what would recommend for Dan’s kids?

4th Anniversary Bash: Contemporary, Historical, Erotica, E-Books, Audio

Barbara Vey -- March 11th, 2011
Party Castle

Party Castle

The mall was a blast, even with Justin Bieber there.  Just a couple of little skirmishes between Team Jacob and Team Edward, but other than that major eating and shopping going on.  The book stores were packed and there were so many happy, smiling people.  Today we venture to Europe to a wonderfully restored castle.  So many cool rooms to explore and the history of the place makes it perfect for the setting in any time period of a book.

Our cup runneth over today with eReader giveaways.  Our honorary guests who have kindly donated them are thrilled that they will be going to readers who really appreciate all they do.  Lori Foster with spring flowers to decorate for the party and lift everyone’s spirits,  The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood who are bringing Cocktails and Homemade Ruby Slipper Sugar Cookies, Rosemary Harris, Louisa Edwards has made delicious party snacks,  Ellora’s Cave and the team of C.H. Admirand, Tara Nina,  and Anne Elizabeth.  Thank you ladies very much for the bestest, most wanted item ever!

M. J. Rose is going to start everything off with Champagne.  Nothing like a glass of the bubbly. Looks like Leslie Carroll is on the same page with her tiara and enough Cristal champagne for all!  Gwen Roman has crepes to go with her champagne.  But Shari Anton plans to bring several bottles of wine – Seven Deadly Zins (yes, a real wine and rather good).  Kelly Jamieson is carrying in  several bottles of one of her favorite wines, Menage à Trois to share with everyone!  Ann Lethbridge is bringing the rataflia while Tara Scott is a red wine woman.

Birds of Paradise bouquet

Birds of Paradise bouquet

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Lisa Hendrix is lugging in a bowl of the very best mead (honey wine) and jewel encrusted cups from which to drink it.  Lynne Raye Harris says, “I’ll bring margaritas served by shirtless, brooding Harlequin Presents billionaires.” (Hopefully without their pregnant Italian mistress’ half-sister.)  Kate Rothwell says, “I brought Birds of paradise bouquet because they are so odd yet pretty. Also this cocktail, drop a sugar cube into a champagne glass, add a few drops of bitters then pour in the champagne You have a Champagne Cocktail I’m not crazy about this drink, but it was all the rage back in the day. You could add a bit of pureed white peach to champagne if you’d rather. Then I’ve given you the traditional fruit and flowers.”

Here’s Elizabeth Amber with Satyrs bearing Roman wine circa the 1880s–enough to heat up any stone-cold castle.  While Kimberly Killion is bringing a “Hawt Scot,” Christina Brook likes hot dukes in boots & buckets of rack punch. Cathy Maxwell says it’s all about, “The Cabana Boys!!!”

Jacquie Rogers has come with five rugged cowhands in chaps to serve hors d’oeuvres to the fair maidens of the castle.  They might look a bit out of place but these men will be accomplished at tipping their Stetsons to the ladies and drawling, “Howdy, ma’am.” (And just as accomplished at roping rattlers and wrestling grizzlies.)  The castle wenches are fighting over the men, but each of the five resists–holding out for their true lady loves.  Hors d’oeuvres include son-of-a-gun stew, sourdough biscuits, and vinegar pie, made special in brand spankin’ new cast iron Dutch ovens.  And they’re also serving homemade beer straight-up from the keg, but have been known to slosh a bit when serving maidens with ample cleavage.

Jade Lee brought ball gowns in a costuming corner but she’ll be wearing pirate clothing for Kit Frazier her pirate hero.  T.C. Archer has “A year’s supply of boob cream for anyone who can guess what omega radiation is.”  (I’m sure it’s something to do with a book, but I’m afraid to ask.)

For entertainment, Blythe Gifford is offering falcons, in case the party wants to indulge in a hunt.  But C.H. Admirand is strolling in with The Garahan brothers–dark-haired, dark-eyed, handsome cowboys from Pleasure, Texas: they will be on hand to help pass around the Mega-Margaritas and long-necked bottles of beer courtesy of the Lucky Star Ladies’ Club. Michelle Styles has taken over the ballroom and brought a chamber orchestra with a bevy of gorgeous hunks to dance with. As they are from a number of time periods, the men are adept at wide variety of dances –from the dances that scandalized the roman Republic to a variety of polkas and waltzes from the Victorian era.  Great minds think alike, so Lynna Banning is bringing dancing guys.

Jousting

Jousting

Tara Nina is thinking of other entertainment when she comes in with the gang from the Devilish Delights adult toy store, Shelley-the official product tester-and her tenacious cousin, Emma Jean-the store’s owner and samples of their favorite sex toys. Thinking more historically, Katherine Ashe says, “I will bring to the party a brave and handsome warrior upon a valiant steed. He will be available to any damsel in dire need, preferably in a romantic and dimly lit corner somewhere on the fringe of the festivities.”  Alana Jolie Abbott has an armload of lances for those sexy jousters she hired as entertainment.

Meanwhile, Anne Elizabeth is handing out Tia Stanton’s mighty meteorite hamburgers with all the fixings compliments of VIVANT, the paranormal store that is alive.  Also, in attendance are Witt – King of the Brinn – and his muscular friend Augustine and the wise, dynamic Yorinnce.  These gentlemen will be using their magical powers to make the attendees hover and fly.  Power up!  But for something a little tamer, Keri Ford has brought Apple Tea with basket full of Apple Muffins (and for those looking for a little kick, she has a bit of vanilla vodka, apple juice, cinnamon and cream. We can mix up some Apple Pie cocktails right here!)  Phoebe Conn is back to basics with guacamole and chips.

Robyn Carr came with the Preacher from Jack’s Bar, so he can whip up his favorite recipes for the ladies. Kris Kennedy is offering a tour guide for medieval Ireland. And Jeannie Lin has potstickers (one of her favorite foods in the world).  Susan Meier said, “I’ll bring the dragon.”

Sabrina Jefferies came with the Hellions of Halstead Hall, the notorioius Sharpe clan. Lord Jarret will bring several decks of cards and run a tournament for lords and ladies alike (but watch Jarret! He has quite the reputation for gambling!) He will also bring libations from the family’s brewery.

Fresh Fiction says, “Although a night in a castle sounds romantic, if you’re by yourself or just with the ghosts of loves past, you’ll need a book to curl up with under the down duvet (hey, those castles are notoriously DRAFTY). So Fresh Fiction is bringing a bag of six books to get you through the night. And they smell better than the ointment your sweetheart is using to soothe his muscles after a rough day of “defending the castle.”

To make everything pretty Jennifer Lewis has arrived with armfuls of tropical flowers to decorate the castle, a fountain flowing with killer rum cocktails and some coconut munchies.  Fiona Lowe has sunshine, golden sand, beach towels and pavlova for a virtual beach in a corner of the castle.  “I’m bringing several baskets of figs some rose-water cakes, and several golden thrones for us to sit upon,” says Stephanie Dray.  For that romantic mood, Diane Gaston has candles, in a beautiful silver candleabara, because a castle can’t have too many candles.

Always practical, Debbie Macomber is bringing camera, color printer and scrapbooking materials so everyone can preserve memories of the day–and the friendships they make in the castle!

Bottom Line: I’d watch out for Debbie Macomber and her camera…never know what may end up on Facebook.

Here’s the rules.  Leave any comment and get an entry to win one of the fabulous prizes.  You can comment more than once for more chances.  Winners will be picked daily and posted on the blog March 14th.  Winners will have until March 20th to claim their prize or forfeit it.

Many thanks to the following for their generous offerings:

Lori Foster – e-Reader

Ruby Slippered Sisterhood - e-Reader

C.H. Admirand, Tara Nina & Anne Elizabeth – e-Reader

Louisa Edwards – e-Reader and book

Rosemary Harris – e-Reader

Ellora’s Cave – e-Reader

Debbie Macomber – 5 copies of Between Friends trade paperback

Karen Marie Moning – A Shadowfever MP3

Sabrina Jeffries – The three Hellions of Halstead Hall books published to date:  The Truth About Lord Stoneville, A Hellion in Her Bed and How to Woo a Reluctant Lady, a collectible and (very) limited edition deck of A Hellion in Her Bedplaying cards, a set of the Hellions bookmarks available to date, plus a lovely blue cameo necklace reminiscent of the one Minerva wore when Giles Masters rocked her world with a passion ate kiss on the occasion of her 19th birthday.

Victoria Alexander – Desires of a Perfect Lady, The Virgin’s Secret and Believe. And a Victoria Alexander coffee mug.

M.J. Rose – The Reaincarnatoinist, The Memorist, The Hypnotist

Lynn Raye Harris – A signed copy of my April Harlequin Presents, The Devil’s Heart

Nancy Naigle – Adorable travel mug and assorted Harney and Sons tea.

Robyn Carr – A Virgin River backpack, with three of Robyn’s sought-after Virgin River backlist so the lucky winner can be a book-carrying, romance-packing romance fan!

Tessa Dare – signed copy of Twice Tempted by a Rogue on Friday March 11th -

Fresh Fiction – six randomly chosen historical romance books mailed to one winner US / Canada

Michelle Styles – a copy of my latest release — Breaking the Governess’s Rules

Ann Lethbridge – Undone  short stories in the anthology Scandalous Regency Nights

Susan Meier – A copy of my new book THE BABY PROJECT

Lisa Hendrix – a signed copy of IMMORTAL CHAMPION, plus an official Immortal Brotherhood mug.

Christina Brooke – $20 Amazon.com gift certificate

Kimberly Killion – My two recent releases from Ellora’s Cave: EDUCATING APHRODITE & TAMING A HIGHLAND DEVIL + 2 images off

Jade Lee – a copy of Wicked Surrender and Wicked Seduction

Cathy Maxwell – A copy of HIS CHRISTMAS PLEASURE

Shari Anton – paperback copy of AT HER SERVICE and the ebook of EMILY’S CAPTAIN, both Historicals,

Elizabeth Amber – signed Dane, The Lords of Satyr & Bastian cover flat (May 2011 release)

T.C. Archer – A digital copy of Sasha’s Calling, an erotic space opera from Loose Id.

Minnette Meador – Ecopies of The Centurion & The Queen & The Edge of Honor

Kelly Jamieson – signed copy of my contemporary romance Friends With Benefits

Tarah Scott – Digital copy of the erotic fantasy/paranormal Born Into Fire

Christina Phillips – A copy of one of my ancient historical romances - FORBIDDEN or CAPTIVE (winner’s choice)

Jacquie Rogers – 1 autographed copy of Down Home Ever Lovin’ Mule Blues and 1 Down Home Ever Lovin’ Mule Blues cap

Blythe Gifford – copy of HIS BORDER BRIDE

Sue Grimshaw – would love to donate virtual Seattle’s Best Mocha’s complimentary from Borders & giveaway a chance to Blog on Borders True Romance Blog -www.bordersblog.com/trueromance!

C.H. Admirand – 5 copies of TYLER March 1st contemporary western romance release from Sourcebooks

Tara Nina – 5 copies of either Devilish Delights or Double Dilemma and providing the link to her latest release Tasting Devilish Delights available March 14th as a Free Read from EC.

Anne Elizabeth – 5 copies of graphic novel PULSE OF POWER by Anne Elizabeth, 1st book in the PULSE series.

Desiree Holt – 5 winners – choice of ebook from my backlist which currently numbers 98!

Kris Kennedy - a copy of the book, The Irish Warrior

Keri Ford – The first two contemporary erotic ebook novellas of my Uninhibited in Apple Trail, Arkansas Series- Through The Wall & On The Fence

Phoebe Conn – PDF copy of DEFY THE WORLD TOMATOES

Michelle Willingham – I’d be happy to give a signed print copy of my anthology Delectably Undone (Harlequin Historical) and also an electronic copy of my short story “A Wish to Build a Dream On” (originally published in the Mammoth Book of Time Travel Romance)

Katherine Ashe – Swept Away By a Kiss (2010)

Leslie Carroll – a signed copy of my new nonfiction release ROYAL PAINS: A ROGUES’ GALLERY OF BRATS, BRUTES, AND BAD SEEDS (NAL Trade)

Lynna Banning – Latest novel, Lady Lavender (February 2011), mass market paperback; Two additional western novels

Jennifer Lewis – a copy of my April release The Prince’s Pregnant Bride. It’s the first my my three book Royal Rebels series out this year.

Fiona Lowe – A copy of Single Dad’s Triple Trouble

Virna DePaul – e-copies of Copping To It and Cop Appeal, erotic novellas by Ava Meyers

Gwen Roman – 2 copies of ebook Trail of the Tudor Blue

J.S. Laurenz – To Conquer the Heart of a King

Stephanie Dray – a copy of Lily of the Nile: A Novel of Cleopatra’s Daughter

Brenna Lyons – A copy in PDF of each 2011 release I have, delivered by email to the winner on release day (note that this will be at least 8 ebook releases, and some releases are erotic).  1 copy of June 2011 Harlequin American Romance, The Officer’s Girl

Leigh Duncan - Autographed, 1 copy of April 2010 Harlequin American Romance, The Officer’s Girl and 1 copy of June 2011 Harlequin American Romance, The Daddy Catch (as soon as it’s available)

Jeannie Lin – Autographed Print or eBook (w/ autographed cover flat) of Butterfly Swords (winners choice) + eBook of The Taming of Mei Lin

Jillian Burns – I can donate one of my recent Harlequin Blaze books

Alana Joli Abbot – An e-book copy of Into the Reach

Mariah Stewart – a copy of each of the first three books in the Chesapeake Diaries – Coming Home, Home Again, and Almost Home, and a Mariah Stewart coffee mug.

Kate Rothwell – my latest book, a Summer Devon story called Powder of Love, a m/f historical romance set in New York City

Total E-Bound -  One e-book of the winner’s choice from one of these links  contemporary or Historical

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4th Anniversary Bash: Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Urban Fantasy

Barbara Vey -- March 6th, 2011

Happy Anniversary to me!!  I absolutely cannot believe it’s been 4 years.  They have really flown by.  For those of you who have been here since the beginning…thank you.  For those of you new to Beyond Her Book…welcome.  We’ll be partying all week 24/7, so stop by every day for new authors and prizes.  Now it’s time to get this party started!!

We have Guests of Honor in our haunted house today and they have each donated an e-reader to be given away to a lucky commenter.  Deborah LeBlanc has also brought along paranormal investigation equipment for everyone–and tequila shots (for that extra boost of courage !).  Oh, look, Dianna Love brought the Nightstalker Grady and Feenix the gargoyle, from Blood Trinity.  Uh oh…Feenix flaps his wings and takes off flying toward the silver punch bowl.  Dianna chases after him. “Don’t you eat that punch bowl, Feenix!”  M.J. Rose and Linda Francis Lee are in the corner hanging cob webs to make it more atmospheric.  I guess the Guests of Honor pretty much can do whatever they want.

I just saw Meljean Brooks giving out steampunk goggles to everyone.  They do look adorable, but some people may not think it’s funny when they take them off and notice the black rings around their eyes.  Nice touch Meljean.

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Paige Tyler's Ghost Hunter...thanks Paige!

Paige Tyler's Ghost Hunter...thanks Paige!

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Marilyn Baron brought a slice of wedding cake to the haunted house, which her character, Rhonda Paver,can eat, if she manages to cross over to the other side in time to sing at her daughter’s wedding. But don’t worry, supernatural calories don’t count.   Really Marilyn, you could have brought the whole cake to share.  Paige Tyler was thinking of us all by bringing her  Sexy, Rugged Ghost Hunter.  Never can have too many of them at a party.

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Kathryne Kennedy said she brought Elfweed to scent the house and drive off evil spirits, a case of port, a basket of food from the world of Sea Forest: farnuts, sweet & sour redshoots, spiced birdshark and boiled chaka eggs. “Oh, and I’d bring along Ja-ja from MOONS because I’m sure he’d be the life of the party, and at least two elven half-breeds, because, well, our eyes need candy too.”  I was hoping for more traditional snacks, but I’m willing to try anything once.

Nina Bangs told me, “ I’m bringing my laptop so that we can do karaoke online. Now everyone can be Lady Gaga.”  It’s a scary thought.  From Laurie London is a goodie bag for all attendees. Inside is a ghost hunting flashlight, a handheld recorder to tape EVPs (electronic voice phenomena), a silver stake to combat vampires and werewolves, and an iron supplement to be taken the next morning in case the party-goer was bitten by a vampire and didn’t die.  Laurie is always thinking ahead.

Elizabeth Amber brought Dane and his alter-ego Dante—two hotties who’ll be searching for the perfect Satyr bride in this haunted house.  Minnette Meador has Fantasy Treats while Gerry Bartlett is offering Bloody Marys which we can use to wash down the New Orleans cajun style food that Dawn Cartier is putting out.

Angie Fox just entered with an entire clan of uber sexy shapeshifting griffins.  Elisabeth Naughton asked Eros, the god of love and beauty, to take a break from his throne on Olympus and sprinkle a little love potion around the haunted house. What’s a party without someone losing all logic to a good case of lust?

Edie Ramer is bringing much needed cyber springlike weather to the Midwest. And since we’ve just had the Oscars, James Franco and former host Hugh Jackman are handing out strawberries margaritas to everyone.  Edie knows everyone.

Dean & Sam Winchester

Dean & Sam Winchester

Dawn Metcalf decided, “ Well, what’s a haunted house without a smoke machine? (And a few basic pyrotechnics…?) I’ll be the one coming out of the mists with flash paper at the ready!”  And speaking of mists, Misty Evans says, “ Since we’re partying in a haunted house, I’m bringing Sam and Dean Winchester to protect us.”  This party really is supernatural!   Especially with Teresa D’Amario wearing a Werewolf mask.

Suzanne Rock is donating Sven and Gunnar, “my twin Swedish servants who make the best martini’s I’ve ever had. At first they taste smooth, but then have a little “bite” at the finish. They’ll only serve them at night however.”  Lisa Hendrix is bringing four hunky Immortal Vikings to stand guard at the door along with the welcoming committee of ghosts at the front door that  Leanna Renee Hieber offered.

Sara Reyes of Fresh Fiction said, “I’m bringing six of my favorite paranormal romance books to the ‘haunted house’ party. Read on! Plus the opportunity to hang out with a few ladies of the paranormal romance writing persuasion.”  Oh, there’s more than a few here.

Theresa Meyers is at the bar with the Vampire Wine, Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir she brought and I just saw Betty Cox put out the Margaritas, chips and salsa.  I think I need to head over there.  But first, here’s Barbara Monajem handing out Mardi Gras beads (and I didn’t even have to flash anything).  There’s Amanda Stevens trying to gather everyone for a cemetery tour.  Count me out.  Too chicken.

Anna DeStefano has a crowd gathering while she talks spooky dream theory and metaphysics and psychic phenomenon the likes of what fans saw in Inception.  Anna, I think the group is waiting for you to bring Leonardo DiCaprio in to help explain.

Anton Strout brought Absinthe Jell-O Shots…” don’t tell anyone buy that’s actually green slime that’s living and waiting to eat its victims from the inside out (editorial note:  which of course you should mention :P )”  Sounds yummy!

Myra McEntire said, “What I’d like to bring? How about what I’d like to wear? I think a Doctor Who costume is in order, so by default I suppose I’ll be bringing a Sonic Screwdriver. And the TARDIS – it will certainly come in handy when I want to escape the Crazy Guy with the Chainsaw …”  Wait…what guy with a chain saw?

Oh, no, I just saw Alix Rickloff brushing cobwebs out of her hair.  I’d better go give her a hand.  In the mean time, grab something to eat and drink, get your pictures taken with the hot, hunky guys and I’m going to talk to the entertainment committee because we need to take a break from the karaoke machine.

Part of the clean up crew from Dina James

A paranormal investigator from Dina James

And thank goodness for Dina James who said, “As this party is held in a haunted house, I’d like to bring an all-male cleaning crew to remove any spiders that may lurk about for atmosphere (spiders ALWAYS spike then drink all the punch at these things!), who would then stay and help decorate. They’ll put up the black velvet curtains, hang the wrought-iron candle sconces and light the red pillar candles for them. They will stay through the evening to make sure the candles don’t go out (and keep ladies company, of course, for they are nice like that). I would also like to bring an addition team of kilt-clad paranormal investigators, so that anyone interested in prowling about the haunted house looking for ghostly residents not only has company, but can follow a guy in a kilt around.”  That would be me…official kilt follower.

Bottom Line: Best kick-off Anniversary Bash ever!

Here’s the rules.  Leave any comment and get an entry to win one of the fabulous prizes.  You can comment more than once for more chances.  Winners will be picked daily and posted on the blog March 14th.  Winners will have one week to claim their prize.

Many thanks to the following for their generous offerings:

Dianna Love – a Nook, monogrammed www.MyFeenix.com backpack, signed copy of the Urban Fantasy book Blood Trinity co-authored with Sherrilyn Kenyon, a Belador Tshirt and engraved pin.

M.J. Rose & Linda Francis Lee – e-Reader and The Reincarnatoinist, The Memorist, The Hypnotist

Deborah LeBlanc – e-reader, nook or kindle and e-book “A House Divided”

Sherrilyn Kenyon – an ARC of her new book BORN OF SHADOWS, from the League series, April 2011

Karen Marie Moning – a Barrons Books and Baubles shirt, temporary tattoos and a personalized copy of Shadowfever

Meljean Brook – 3 copies of The Iron Duke, signed

Kensington Books – Kensington tote bag filled with our new March paranormal and urban fantasy paperbacks hot off the press!  You’ll get UNDER WRAPS by Hannah Jayne, TRUTH OR DEMON by Kathy Love, FATED by Rebecca Zanetti and BLOOD WICKED by Sharon Page.

Marilyn Baron -A PDF eBook copy of the new humorous, supernatural e-short story, “A CHOIR OF ANGELS”

Paige Tyler – EPIC AWARD Finalist GOOD COP, BAD GIRL

Anna DeStefano – The second book’s (Secret Legacy) coming out in May, and Dorchester will give away a free eGalley from Netgalley and a Dark Legacy T-shirt and a copy of that book (the first in the series).

Kathryne Kennedy – BENEATH THE THIRTEEN MOONS, signed

Nina Bangs – Gods of the Night 3-book series, signed and $20 B&N gift card

Dina James - I would like to give away two “rechargeable” Starbucks cards with $5.00 each already on them for a total of $10.00, and a signed copy of The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance, featuring my short story “Once A Demon.”

Laurie London – A signed copy of paranormal romance, Bonded By Blood

Elizabeth Amber – Signed Dane, The Lords of Satyr & Bastian cover flat

Anton Strout – a signed set of all four books of the Simon Canderous series- Dead To Me, Deader Still, Dead Matter, and Dead Waters

T.C. Archer - A digital copy of Sasha’s Calling, an erotic space opera

Minnette Meador – ECopies (PDF or Kindle) of Starsight I & Starsight II

Gerry Bartlett – First three books in the Real Vampire series: Real Vampires Have Curves, Real Vampires Live Large and Real Vampires Get Lucky, along with a $20 gift card to book store of your choice (Amazon, B&N or Borders only, please).

Angie Fox – a signed first edition copy of The Last of the Demon Slayers

Edie Ramer – e-copy of each of her three books: Dragon Blues, Dead People, and Cattitude.

Kate Douglas - give away a signed hardcover copy of DemonFire and a stuffed dog

Elisabeth Naughton – 1 Autographed copy of books 1 and 2 in the Eternal Guardians Series – MARKED & ENTWINED

Heather Graham – 4 copies of Phantom Evil

Dawn Metcalf – a signed copy of my debut novel, LUMINOUS June 2011

Misty Evans – Witches Anonymous Series of 3 ebooks including: Witches Anonymous, Jingle Hells, and Wicked Souls to celebrate my Name The Witch Contest as well as your anniversary blog!

Dawn Cartier – I’d like to give away a New Orleans Paranormal Basket (including a box of beignet mix).

Teresa D’Amario – Autographed copy of SheWolf

Suzanne Rock – .pdf Copy of Dark Obsession

Erin Quinn – Autographed copy of Haunting Beauty or Haunting Warrior (reader’s choice)

Diane Whiteside - an ARC of THE SHADOW GUARD, paranormal mystery April 2011

Lisa Hendrix – a signed copy of IMMORTAL CHAMPION, plus an official Immortal Brotherhood mug.

Leanna Renee Hieber – Books 1 and 2 in the Strangely Beautiful series (genre: Gothic Victorian Fantasy Romance) to one winner.

Barbara Monajem – signed copy of Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil and some fortune-telling cards.

Fresh Fiction – six randomly chosen paranormal romance books mailed to one winner US / Canada. Also, because meeting a paranormal romance author is icing the cake, one admission (non-transferrable) to the DFW Tea Boas & Tiaras on June 11th  in Dallas (Allen), Texas with special guest Nalini Singh plus Rachel Gibson, Julia Quinn, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Dianna Love, Dakota Cassidy, Michele Bardsley, Jaye Wells, Lorraine Heath, Nikki Duncan, Rachel Caine, Vicki Pettersson, Lori Wilde, and Farrah Rochon. Extra special guest and emcee radio personality and award winning author Candace Havens makes our annual Boas & Tiaras sparkle.

Amanda Stevens - Signed galley of The Restorer along with a Starbucks gift certificate to chase away the ghostly chills of the cemetery

Theresa Meyers – bottle of St. Hilaire Cellar Blood Red Merlot, chocolates, and an autographed copy of my latest Harlequin Nocturne release out this month, The Truth About Vampires

Linda Thomas-Sundstrom – BARBIE AND THE BEAST

Myra McEntire - a preorder of my debut HOURGLASS.

Virna DePaul – A tote filled with an autographed ARC of my May 2011 debut novel, Chosen By Blood (A Para-Ops Novel, Berkley), Harry&David chocolates, Avon ANEW hand cream, and a pair of Jaclyn Smith sunglasses

Michele Hauf – a set of SEDUCING THE VAMPIRE and FALLEN to 3 different winners.

Alix Rickloff – autographed copy of EARL OF DARKNESS

Total E-Bound – one free e-book from paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi

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Kindle and iPad Update

Barbara Vey -- September 21st, 2010

I’ve had my Kindle for some time now and I have to admit that on the whole it’s much better than I expected.  I love the convenience of having so many books at my fingertips at any given time and in such a compact form.  The Kindle easily slips into any of my purses or bags.  I can change from one story to another if I want, wherever I am.

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A lot of the books I receive, I get from NetGalley(From their site:  NetGalley is an inexpensive and green way for publishers to share their digital galleys securely. Professional readers—reviewers, media, bloggers, journalists, librarians, booksellers and educators—can all use NetGalley for FREE to read and request galleys they want to review. Welcome, and happy reading!)

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Not all publishers use NetGalley, but there’s a large enough selection for me.  Already they’re boasting over 10,000 users.  My problem with it is that to use it on my Kindle, I have to download it from Amazon who charges 30 cents per book.  Now that doesn’t sound like much, but with over 10,000 users…well, you do the math.  I guess it’s the principle of the thing for me.  The other bad part is that I can’t share the books with my readers who don’t own e-readers.  I still need regular book Advance Reading Copies.

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Sometimes publishers send me the books directly over the internet and once in a while they come directly from authors.  It just all comes down to convenience.

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Last week I had a chance to dabble with the iPad (only on a trial basis).  For me, it won the book reading part hands down.  The print was so clear and I love the backlight because I read a lot in poorly lit places.  Children’s books are especially delightful with the beautiful color illustrations and, in some cases, even animation during the story.  You have the option of reading or being read to.

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The one drawback is the glare screen.  It is a little unsettling to see myself in the screen while I’m reading, but I quickly got over it.  Kindle has a nonglare screen that’s ideal for reading in sunlight, but since I don’t really sit outside and read, that’s not necessarily a plus for me. And they both offer the option of changing the font size.  For me, the later in the day, the larger I need the print.  I’m holding out for the next generation iPad.

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Like anything else, it comes down to personal preference.  A friend has a Sony Reader and loves it.  I haven’t had the opportunity to try any other readers yet.  Will I ever give up my paper books…no.  I love holding a book, looking at the cover, getting it signed by the author and passing it on to friends.  But I like to think I’m open to new ideas.

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Have you given in to try an e-reader yet?  Pros and cons you’ve run into?  Feel like a traitor for liking it?

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Bottom Line: E-readers are easy to read while eating…no sticky pages.

The winner from yesterday’s blog is Beverly.  Beverly, please send me your snail mail address and I’ll ship the books out to you.  barbaravey@gmail.com

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Where I’ll be Next:

Alice Baker Library Event in Eagle, WI – September 25

Emerald City Writers Convention (Seattle) – October 1-3

Lady Jane’s Salon, New York (will MC) – October 4

New York Comic Con - October 8-10

Readers ‘n ‘ritas (Dallas) – November 12-14

Contact:  barbaravey@gmail.com

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