I just posted on Facebook about the big push this year toward ereaders. I'm thinking of you as I write this, batboy126 . Well, no. Not really. Because you're a dyed in the wool reader. It's the technology you deplore, not the written word. (What does that mean, by the way? Dyed in the wool?)
What I'm wondering, though, is since ereaders seem to be the hip, hot, trendy gift of the season...do all these people realize that ereaders are about books and reading? Because I was standing by the Nook counter at B&N the other day -- JUST LOOKING -- and some of the questions I heard made me wonder whether all these people ordering ereaders for other people quite understand that this is a reading thing.
Books are involved.
Now, as far as I'm concerned, this emphasis on ereaders is one of the most exciting things to happen to publishing in a while. Some of my mainstream compadres? Not so much. Me, anything that makes reading look cool and hip and trendy...that's a good thing. I'm tired of readers being portrayed as bookish nerds whose entire social circle revolves around cats.
I'm not dissing cats, by the way. I like cats. Especially cats that read and write me nice reviews.
But as I was listening in (as I am wont to shamelessly do on occasion), I did get the uneasy feeling that maybe not everyone totally understands the, er, purpose of this neato gizmo.
Anyway, just a thought. I'm about to to cross post the message I sent to my mailing list. Sorry for the duplication for you on the mailing list. If you don't belong to it, you probably should. Even though it's likely I'm going to shift it from yahoo to another more formal mailing thingie. In the near future (and we all know how fast I move on this stuff so the threat is minimal).
I don't know if any of the links will work or not. Let's hope!
Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving holiday -- we hosted dinner for twelve, and I think we only finished clearing up the dishes yesterday (I wish I was entirely kidding, but our dishwasher is broken).
I'll probably have one update before the end of the year, but there are a few things I want to share now as they're time sensitive.
If you haven't read my holiday novella, The Dickens with Love, it's currently a free download onand B&N Nook. It will remain a free download until , which isn't so very far off. The Dickens with Love is not a mystery, it's a contemporary romance, but if you like your holiday fiction quirky and a bit on the sweet side, I think you'll enjoy this one.
Thank you to all of you who purchased Fair Game and kept it on the bestseller lists for so long. I truly appreciate it. If you enjoy audio books, Fair Game is now available through audible.com (which means you can also purchase it through Amazon). I happen to love audio books, so this was a real kick for me. It's very weird hearing your words read aloud, but overall I think audible.com made a creditable job of it.
Next time-sensitive bit of information. As I figure most of you know, this year's holiday release is a novella by the title of Icecapade. This is another contemporary romance -- not a mystery -- and you buy the story singly or as part of a four-author anthology through Carina Press. It goes on sale officially Monday, but you can preorder now. I know there are often concerns with multi-author anthos (see, I do listen even if I don't always act on it) but this time around I think you'll be especially pleased with the author combo. Maybe it feels a bit special because I'm pals with LB Gregg, Harper Fox, and ZA Maxfield, but I do think they're three of the best writers in this genre.
Anyway, here's the time-sensitive bit. To celebrate the release of the His for the Holiday anthology, LB, Harper, ZAM and I put together a little mini blog tour. Basically it means each of us wrote a post about writing and the holidays and our stories and then we offered some goodies -- and that's going on right now. The blog tour starts at my place and then moves onto ZAM's and then Harper's and LB's. The goodies are still available so far (for example, no one has so far correctly guessed the holiday song iMix lineup).
Then on the 9th the four of us are appearing at the Carina Press Blog for more chatter and prizes.
So that's pretty much it for now. You all keep asking about the next Holmes & Moriarity book. the sneak preview ., the sequel to Somebody Killed His Editor, is out from on the 28th of this month, but I'll send a reminder of that as I should have a nice little holiday surprise for you around about then. In the meantime, I do have a book trailer for All She Wrote and you get
Stay warm! My holiday advice to you: Don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today. That's MY job.