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It’s MAY Already?

Man, I’d intended to take a couple months off and finish the sequel to Whirlwind, tentatively titled Quicksand, then get back to the Internet world.

Obviously, I lost track of time!

First, Quicksand: I underestimated how complicated my little romantic suspense would get! Quicksand is currently looking like it’s going to be around 25% longer than Whirlwind – at least in the first draft. Whirlwind was 19 chapters, Quicksand is rolling up to 23. More Jason, more Melissa, a little more Mitch, and some new characters who can be mysterious, snarky, and in some cases, devious. I hope to make some bigger announcements soon!

Speaking of Jason, he’s part of an upcoming contest at Bookish Temptations! He’s part of the “Men of Omnific” who’s-who contest. Each day you’ll have the chance to match up the heroes from Omnific’s titles to images representing each leading man. I’ll give you a hint – if you followed the Whirlwind blog tour hosted by Missie at The Unread Reader or her “My Book Boyfriend” feature, you’ll have a BIG clue as to who Jason is.

To find out more, click on the banner! Contest runs from May 14-18

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Finally, how would you like a fun read for FREE? My short story, Concessions is now available for download at Omnific Publishing for ZERO dollars (the epack includes formats for kindle, nook, and PDF). If you’d like a quick romp with a sexy vampire in the heat of Las Vegas, be sure to check it out!
(It’s also available on Amazon for 99 cents if you’d like to download it directly to your kindle. Hopefully that price will drop soon.)

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Winners of Share the Wealth!

Congratulations to Brenda Hyde at the Wayfaring Writer for winning the Share the Wealth Giveaway! Brenda got to choose 5 books from my haul at RT. Want to see what she picked?

Blue Diablo (Corine Solomon, #1) by Ann Aguirre
Body Language by Suzanne Brockmann
Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives by Justin Gustainis
Brimstone Kiss (Delilah Street #2) by Carole Nelson Douglas
Poisoned Kisses (Harlequin Nocturne, #98) by Stephanie Draven

And of course, Whirlwind by Robin DeJarnett!

Check out her reviews of these and other books on her blog, Goodreads, and Twitter.

The runner up is the wonderful Jennifer Lane, author of the Conduct Series. Now, Jennifer has a bit of a conundrum. She wins two books from the remaining pile, and has chosen for her first pick Up Close and Dangerous by Linda Howard, but has left her second pick up to me.

Oh the pressure! I’m leaning toward Face of Danger (The Guardian Angelinos, #3) by Roxanne St. Claire…but there’s so many good ones!

Before I pack her box, I’d like you’re input. Which Book Would You Recommend? Here’s the list:

Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives by Justin Gustainis
This Charming Man by Marian Keyes
Skinny-Dipping by Connie Brockway
Up Close and Dangerous by Linda Howard
The Guy Next Door by Lori Foster
Malice (New Orleans #6) by Lisa Jackson
Mad about the Duke (Bachelor Chronicles, #7) by Elizabeth Boyle
How to Woo a Reluctant Lady (Hellions of Halstead Hall, #3) by Sabrina Jeffries
Brimstone Kiss (Delilah Street #2) by Carole Nelson Douglas
Healing Dr. Fortune by Judy Duarte
Poisoned Kisses (Harlequin Nocturne, #98) by Stephanie Draven
Knight of Passion (All the King’s Men #3) by Margaret Mallory
Nowhere Near Respectable (Lost Lords, #3) by Mary Jo Putney
Senseless by Mary Burton
Eve of Chaos (Marked, Book 3) by S.J. Day
Blue Diablo (Corine Solomon, #1) by Ann Aguirre
Face of Danger (The Guardian Angelinos, #3) by Roxanne St. Claire
Killer Heat by Brenda Novak
The Panic Zone by Rick Mofina
The Vampire Voss (Regency Draculia #1) by Colleen Gleason
Coming Undone (Brown Siblings, #2) by Lauren Dane
Murder in Vein (Fang-in-Cheek Mystery, #1) by Sue Ann Jaffarian
It’s Hotter In Hawaii (Men of Hawaii #2) by HelenKay Dimon
Southern Comfort by Fern Michaels
No One Heard Her Scream by Jordan Dane
Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8) by J.R. Ward
A Little Bit Wicked (Last Man Standing, #1) by Victoria Alexander
Weddings Can Be Murder by Christie Craig
Body Language by Suzanne Brockmann
Bitten (Women of the Otherworld) by Kelley Armstrong

Do you think Roxanne St. Claire is a good pick? Which would you pick?

Jason McAlister on My Book Boyfriend

I’ve been asked many times for a photo of Jason (the hero of Whirlwind), but whenever I start looking, I get distracted by all the sexy models and their well-defined…muscles. However, Missie at The Unread Reader has stepped up to the challenge and found a model who is not only SIZZLING, but looks a LOT like my Jason.

…but you need to see him on her blog! CLICK HERE TO SEE THE JASON HAWTNESS!

Watch for even more Whirlwind fun on the Whirlwind Blog Tour. Hosted by – you guessed it – The Unread Reader! We’ve got some great stops planned and a ton of giveaways. Come tour with Whirlwind!

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Happy Cyber Monday!

A woman typing on a laptop

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Thanksgiving came and went…well, unless you’re still working on leftovers!  Did you venture out for Black Friday or are you online today, enjoying the now traditional Cyber Monday specials?  Me, I didn’t venture out until yesterday.  The sales before Thanksgiving were enough for me, and I didn’t want to get in the way of the ninja shoppers out this weekend.  Yes, I’m a shopping wimp!

It’s kind of ironic that we finish our look into eReaders with a mostly tongue-in-cheek look at hard-copy books today (the busiest internet shopping day of the year).  I’m not sure I can say that the traditional form of books, ink and paper, is still going strong, but it’s a long way from dead.  So why would you want to invest in one?  Here’s my take…and for the record, the last book I bought was a paperback, not an ebook.

Whirlwind available 12/21/10Which eReader hard copies do you have? How long have you owned it?

I’ve been reading print books for years, decades, actually.

What features do you like best?

Paperback books are my favorite – they’re small, portable, and durable.  I can share them with friends and their batteries never die.  I love to give books as gifts.

How do you load books on your eReader read hard copies? (wirelessly, connect to computer, other?)

One page at a time.  There’s nothing easier than opening a book.

What kinds of eBooks hard copies do you load on your eReader (formats – PDF, epub, other) have? Do you load them from sources other than the default bookstore? (e.g. amazon for Kindle or iBookstore for iPad)

I do have quite a few hard-cover books and magazines.  I pick up books from all kinds of places.  The market; the mall; the airport; and the library, just to name a few.

Where do you use your eReader hard copies? (in the car, outside, at work, at home, traveling)

All of the above. Books are tough, so they go everywhere.  A splash of coffee or being dropped on a busy commuter train doesn’t hurt them.  They may get a little damaged, but remain readable.

paperbacks

Image by masaaki miyara via Flickr

Does it have an annotation feature?  Do you make notes?

I generally only make notes in my non-fiction books, and dog-ear the pages. Otherwise, my notes are few and far between.

Can you read your eBooks hard copies anywhere else? (on your computer or your phone) Do you?

I love taking a paperback to the beach. The sand doesn’t hurt it, and sometimes the salty-sea smell lingers on the pages after I get back home.

Do you share your eReader hard copies with anyone?

I swap books with my friends occasionally.

What else do you do on your eReader with your hard copies? (browse the web, watch videos, read magazines, etc)

There’s no distractions reading a hard-copy book.  No beeping that you have email, no chat requests.  It truly is an escape for me.

How did you get your eReader hard copies? (buy in store, buy online, win it, receive it as a gift, other)

All of the above!

What accessories do you have for your eReader hard copies?

A book light is about the only accessory I use.  A book mark is nice, but any scrap of paper will do.

How many books do you have on your eReader?  How many hard copy books do you have?

I must have a couple hundred books, including several dozen ebooks.

Any other comments about your eReader hard copies?

My bookshelf is much more than a place to store information.  It’s part of my home, my life…something I look at everyday. It holds knick knacks, photos, games, and books.  My home would feel empty without it.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this discussion of various eReaders.  There’s something for everyone…and avid readers I’ve spoken to don’t limit themselves to one format. Whether you escape into a paperback, a Kindle, an iPad or some other for of eReader or media, it doesn’t matter.  In the end, it’s only the READING that matters!

Keep reading!

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All a Book Lover Wants for Christmas is…

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A Kindle! No, an iPad! NOOOO! A box of books!

Okay, how about a gift card?

The eBook market is HOT.  The New York Times just announced they’re adding an eBook category to their famous Best Sellers List; eReader sales are expected to break records again this holiday season.  Everyone is talking about eReaders…there’s a great overview of the different types on the Dear Author blog, to name just one.  But if you’re starting from scratch and are looking to get a gift for someone (or yourself), where do you start?

The two big names in the eReader game are Apple’s iPad and Amazon’s Kindle.  They are both very popular, have great features, and are very different.  There’s been many articles written about the pros and cons of both, but if you’re like me, it’s the experience of a real user, a real reader, that is the most valuable.

To that end, I’ve asked two avid readers—one a Kindle user, one an iPad user—to answer a few questions about their favorite eReaders.  And for fun, I asked a devout paper and print reader to weigh in too.

The idea is to hear from people who use and love their readers, not to bash one or another, or even suggest that paper books are dying (one look at the supermarket checkout stand will prove that’s not happening soon). I personally think there’s plenty of market space for many kinds of eReaders and for paper and print. But if you’re considering making a purchase in the future, perhaps these owners can answer some of your questions.

And of course, if you’re looking for a great first book for your eReader, I suggest you check out mine!  Whirlwind‘s release date is approaching, so stay tuned!

Enough of my chatter, let’s hear from the owners!  Today we have my husband, Steve, the proud owner of a Kindle:

booting up the Kindle 3

The Kindle 3 in graphite. Image by The Shifted Librarian via Flickr

Which eReader do you have? How long have you owned it?

Kindle 3; I’ve had it for 2 months

What features do you like best?

Size, availability of content, new apps, PDF support (take a few work items home and read them on the Kindle instead of the laptop)

How do you load books on your eReader? (wirelessly, connect to computer, other?)

Wirelessly; connected to computer to load PDFs

What kinds of eBooks do you load on your eReader (formats – PDF, epub, other?) Do you load them from sources other than the default bookstore? (e.g. amazon for Kindle or iBookstore for iPad)

Most books are in native Kindle format – straight from the Kindle bookstore.  I’ve loaded PDFs as well by direct-connect to the computer.  I haven’t ordered anything from another store.

Where do you use your eReader? (in the car, outside, at work, at home, traveling)

I try not to read while I’m driving… 🙂  I use it at home a lot.  Haven’t been on a business trip since I got it, but I expect to take it with me whenever I travel.  I currently have some work-related content on it, so will be using it at work this week.  I have used it outside occasionally.

Does it have an annotation feature?  Do you make notes?

It has annotation capabilities.  I haven’t made notes yet, but I foresee using that for work-related content.  I never made notes in my physical books (at least not since college), so I don’t anticipate annotating my fiction reading.

Can you read your eBooks anywhere else? (on your computer or your phone) Do you?

I have the Kindle app on my iPod Touch also.  I have read large portions of a Kindle book on that device with no problems.  The Kindle and the Kindle apps on other devices all sync your reading position, so you can move from one to the other as needed.

Do you share your eReader with anyone?

I don’t now, but I can easily see swapping Kindles with my wife so she can read a book I bought (and vice versa).  While our reading habits don’t overlap 100%, there are a number of books/series that we both like.

What else do you do on your eReader? (browse the web, watch videos, read magazines, etc)

As mentioned above, some new apps on the Kindle are interesting.  There are some games and travel-related apps that are good for a diversion when you want to take a break from reading.  They keep the reader device in your hands, but let you step away from the book for a moment.

I have browsed the web on the Kindle.  The browser is surprisingly capable, but the web is a color environment and it’s just meant to be viewed that way.

I haven’t tried any newspaper subscriptions yet on the Kindle.

How did you get your eReader? (buy in store, buy online, win it, receive it as a gift, other)

I received it as a gift from a wonderful person!

What accessories do you have for your eReader?

I have a cover with a built-in book light.  I’ve used other Kindles that don’t have the book light, and if you try to read in low-light environments, that’s a problem.  Carrying a separate light is inconvenient and bulky.  This cover is perfect – built-in light when needed, keeps the Kindle safe.

Kindle 3 Cover: About the same size as a DVD case!

Kindle 3 Cover: About the same size as a DVD case! Image by Racum via Flickr

http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Lighted-Leather-Display-Generation/dp/B003DZ165W/ref=_1_2

How many books do you have on your eReader?  How many hard copy books do you have?

I’ve got 5 books on my Kindle (and a couple more on my wife’s).  I’ve only been buying books as I’m ready to read them, so I haven’t loaded very many yet.  But, I can put 3500 on my Kindle, so I suspect the library will grow.

As for hardcopy books, I don’t know for sure, but it’s certainly in the hundreds.

Any other comments about your eReader?

Never running out of books is a great thing.  Having the global Kindle means that anywhere I go I can buy a book when I need it.  I’ve run out of reading material in several cities around the world, but that won’t happen again.  Also, I won’t have to haul around extra books when I travel.

Coming soon: the iPad

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