Cowboys & Kindles!

           

          For years, I’ve been an e-book snob.  From the day Romance Writers of America first broke the news (and I remember that day well) that one of our own had sold a book for a strange contraption called an e-reader, I’ve turned up my nose at the very idea. 

            I wasn’t alone.  Legions of readers (and writers) declared they would never buy one.  We were convinced the idea was too radical, too trendy and would never take off.  We refused to give up that feel of holding a book in our hands, of smelling the ink on the paper and filling our shelves with scores (even hundreds!) of titles by well-loved authors.  We believed those darn things were cold, impersonal, way too expensive and never, ever would we buy one.

            Well, my friends, times are a-changin’. 

            In the past year, I’ve found myself growing more and more intrigued with them.  Sales were picking up.  Prices were going down.  People were talking about them.  Authors were selling for them.  And then, lo and behold, it was Christmastime and hmmm, what could Santa bring me?

            Yep, I found a Kindle under my tree, and I’m so hooked, it ain’t even funny.

            The Kindle, the Nook, and all the other e-readers out there have literally changed the publishing world, and so fast, (once the notion took hold) our heads are spinning.   We were shocked by the recent news that e-books have outsold print books – who could’ve known that would ever happen? – and brick and mortar stores are suffering.

            But the news has translated into generous sales for us authors, and it’s about time.  Many of us who have been fortunate enough to have rights reverted on previous titles have made the savvy decision to publish our own books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and other sites.  We’re breathing new life into work that once languished in that black void of out-of-print books.

            Makes you wonder what the cowboys would’ve thought about such a thing, eh?  I guarantee they would’ve found a Kindle or Nook (or any other reader) pretty darn handy to have when they were out on that big, lonely range riding fence, trailing cattle, or whatever else they needed to do.  Heck, all they’d have to do is reach into their saddle bag, lean back and be swept away by the wonders hidden inside that sleek little machine in their hand.

            And that brings me to why I’m visiting Wildflower Junction today.  I’ve just converted my first four books into e-books, and I’d like to tell you about them.

Hannah’s Vow

Hannah

She grew up on the wrong side of the law, daughter of a master thief and student to his trade. But when he dies at the hands of an angry mob, she flees to a monastery to escape the world and her sins.

Quinn

He is betrayed by his brother and sentenced to a life in prison. Only the thirst for revenge keeps him alive. He will do anything to escape . . .

Together . . .

They must run for their lives to survive their pasts. And in the journey, they find truth . . . and an unlikely love in their hearts.

Lady Gypsy

She belonged to no world of her own.

Not the world of the Gypsy . . .

Liza was born to roam the land with her mother’s people, but she is shamed by the sin that made her forever different.

And not the world of the Gaje, the non-Gypsy . . .

Reese has set down roots deep in the Nebraska prairie.  His dreams are sure to come true with a new railroad and a proper wife and child.

Until their worlds collide . . .

But Liza is accused unfairly by Reese’s people, and she is forced to flee the security of her world to see safety in his.  When Reese’s careful plans for success are threatened, he must fight to save all he’s ever worked for.

Will it cost him the love he’s found with the beautiful, black-eyed woman with red-gold hair?   His Lady Gypsy?

Broken Blossoms

Carleigh wants only to escape her father’s lies and find the mother she never knew. 

 Trig is determined to bring her back again.

When she flees her San Francisco home in a frantic flight through the California wilderness, Trig is blackmailed by her unscrupulous father to chase after her.  Though the blossoms of her innocence are crushed forever, revenge for the death of Trig’s younger brother leaves him no choice but to outwit her escape attempts time and time again. 

Carleigh must untangle the web of deceit in her past.  Trig knows the truth can destroy her.  But as a special agent for the United States government, he is drawn into an opium smuggling ring only Carleigh and her mother can help expose, and he is forced to choose between two loves–Carleigh or his country. 

Will it cost him the only family he has left in the world?  Or will he find new life with the beautiful woman whose very blood marked her his enemy?

Wyoming Wildflower

One of her father’s daughters . . .

All Sonnie Mancuso wants is to be needed by her father.  Unfortunately, he already has a daughter–six, to be exact–and all he needs is a son.

One of her father’s men . . .

Orphaned in the slums of New York, fifteen-year-old Lance Harmon needs a home.  Sonnie’s father gives him one, on the cattle-rich Rocking M ranch.  Through the years, Lance learns to love the land, the work . . . and Sonnie.

And their legacy . . .

But Vince Mancuso’s health is failing, and there’s trouble on the Wyoming range.  Sonnie returns home to claim the legacy that’s rightfully hers . . . but learns Lance has already claimed it.

            Do you have a Kindle, Nook or another e-reader?  Do you like it?   Tell us why.  And if you hate it, tell us that, too!

            Join in the discussion, and be eligible to win one of my newest e-books above!  I’ll be drawing FOUR winners, one for each book!

For more about Pam and her books:  www.pamcrooks.com

Pam Crooks
Pam looks forward to the release of her first contemporary western romance, A COWBOY AND A PROMISE, from Tule Publishing in January, 2019. Also in January, ELEANORA, Book #8 in the Widows of Wildcat Ridge series. She has just re-released 2 Christmas novellas, ONE MAGIC EVE and THE CATTLEMAN'S CHRISTMAS BRIDE, as well as WANTED! More of her books are coming! Stay up on the latest at www.pamcrooks.com
Updated: April 5, 2011 — 10:58 am

35 Comments

  1. I love my Nook. Its just so handy to be able to have a selection of reading material on hand at any time. My husband and I have actually had to put ourselves on an “e-book allowance” to avoid overspending. At work we were thinking of a twelve step program to control our addictions. I will always love the atmosphere of the bookstore and the physical feel of an actual book, but the e-book will obviously be the standard in the near future. Besides the benefits to the authors you could also consider the environmental impact of saving all the paper and eliminating all the hazardous waste involved in printing.

  2. I don’t have e-reader. Not yet anyway. I just have to read e-books from the computer screen.

  3. No, I don’t have a Kindle. Wanted one for Christmas, but Santa didn’t deliver. I just use the Kindle app on my computer – not the same though. (I don’t like sitting and reading a computer). Hopefully, I can get one soon. Didn’t think I would enjoy e-books, but I really do.

  4. Pam.
    welcome to the world of ebooks! I’ve been an ebook fan since the beginning and have had a variety of readers. I love, love, love my Kindle. It gives me a chance to discover new authors and catch up with backlist faves, like yours.

    The danger for me is not necessarily spending too much, but building a TBR list from free books that’s becoming nearly as (virtually) tall as my paperback pile.

    I don’t think ebooks will ever totally take over paper–a concern for many. There are times when nothing will do but actually holding a book!

  5. Love your covers, Pam, such beautiful models and photos. And the stories sound wonderful. I don’t have a Kindle – hate having to learn new technology even if it’s simple. But I’ll probably bite the bullet and get one eventually. There are certainly advantages to it.
    (Great to have you back in Petticoat Junction, BTW)

  6. Good morning, Linda! You know, I thought long and hard about getting a Nook. The one thing about the Kindle I really, really miss is color. All that black and gray is kinda blah. But I told myself that 99% of what I’ll read would be book PAGES and they’re always in black and white anyway.

    And I SO know what you mean about that 12 step program to break your ebook addiction. I’ve downloaded more samples and bought more books in the past 3 months than I have in a very long time!

    Thank you for stopping by!

  7. Good morning, Minna! At first, I really resisted reading on a computer screen. I still don’t do it much, but it’s really not that much different than being on Facebook or Twitter and reading on the ‘Net.

    You’re going to break down one day, girl, and get that e-reader, you just wait and see. I know you’re a devoted reader. It’s only a matter of time. 🙂

  8. Pam,

    Like you, I turned my nose up on the e-reader and swore they’d never suck me in. How could anyone give up the feel and smell of a book? Well, I was wrong. My brother, a tech junkie, got me a Kindle for Christmas and it’s my new drug. I LOVE carrying my library around wherever I go. Only problem, it’s waaaay too easy to push one button and buy a book.

    So glad to see Wyoming Wildflower is available on e-book. I’ve been wanting to get that one. I got Hannah’s Vow, and loved Hannah and Quinn’s story.

  9. Hey, Patsy! $139 for a Kindle is wa-ay cheaper than the ereaders used to be. They used to be $400. Santa brought me the 3G version which is more expensive, but all I really need is the regular Wi-Fi version.

    One thing I hear often is how quickly the Kindle (or other ereader) will pay for itself. Ebooks are considerably cheaper–your savings on books will add up fast.

    Thaanks for chatting with us this morning!

  10. My dear Filly sister, Elizabeth! Good morning! It’s great to be back at WJ!

    Thank you for liking the covers. I wanted a different look than the usual western, and my daughter designed these for me. Her perspective nudged me into a different direction, and I’m very pleased with the end results.

    Hugs!

  11. *lizzie, you sweet thing. Thank you for being here this morning! You’ve practically been an ebook pioneer, haven’t you? 🙂 What ereaders did you have before the Kindle?

    I agree with you about paper books never going away, but I think they’ll be a much smaller niche for readers. I do miss not being able to stick a Post-It note in my Kindle like I would a paper book, especially for reference books. I’ve been known to have 3, 4, or even 5 books open and spread out around me when I write. But now, it’s just a different way of doing that.

    Have a good one!

  12. So wonderful to see you here, Kirsten! Wow, you have a really nice brother to get you such a generous gift like a Kindle. LOL.

    Having a whole library in my hand when I’m in the chair at, say, my hairdresser’s, I can flip through the books and start reading what happens to catch my fancy. Read one book before the rinse, another one after. Lol. Kinda like flipping channels with a remote, eh?

    So glad you enjoyed Hannah’s Vow. Wyoming Wildflower remains to this day my mother’s favorite of all my books.

    Hugs!

  13. PAM! How are you!??? I have to tell you again how much I loved Hannah’s Vow. I got a Kindle for Christmas and I love it–I’m not much of a “technical” person, and it has taken some getting used to. I’m so glad to see these books of yours available for Kindle! Very exciting. I don’t think e-readers will ever take the place of print, either, but it is wonderful to have the choice now, isn’t it? Congratulations!
    Cheryl P.

  14. Hi Pam. I have a Sony Pocket Edition e-reader. I like it. It is easy to pop in my purse and read while I am waiting for an appointment without others being nosey about what I am reading. But, I do prefer to read paperback books more.

  15. I got myself a Kindle for my birthday in Sept and couldn’t live without it!!! And I have to say the majority of the ebooks I’ve purchased are historical romances (westerns mostly of course!!!) I love how there are so many backlist books being rereleased as well as indie publishers putting out books you would never be able to find in a bookstore!

  16. Pam, I LOVE the new book covers! They’re just stunning. Your daughter did an awesome job. And since you told me about converting your old ones to e-books I’ve gotten on the bandwagon as well. I do think I’m going to have to accept that e-publishing is here to stay. Like you, I’ve always turned up my nose at the very idea of reading a book on an electronic device. It just seemed far too foreign to me. I still don’t have a Kindle or Nook yet but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time.

    I wish you all the success in the world with your writing, be it in print or e-copy.

  17. Another sister Filly! Hi, Cheryl! I hadn’t heard you got a Kindle. But it’s just like with everything else – you’ll get used to it, and it’ll just be a part of your life.

    My husband still reminds me now and again how I refused to get a VCR because they were just a silly luxury we didn’t need. After all, we had a TV, right? And look how far we’ve come since then.

    Thank you for your kind words about Hannah’s Vow!

  18. Good morning, Crystal! My brother had a Kindle, but he switched over to a Sony and likes it better. I take mine with me to work. There’s so many neat covers nowadays to protect the ereaders.

    Thanks for chatting!

  19. Melissa, you’re a reader after my heart! Keep lovin’ those western romances for us, okay?

    Yes, many, many books are being re-released, and the prices are so-o reasonable. It’s an amazing time for all of us and wonderful how many folks are re-discovering their love for reading.

    Great to hear from you!

  20. Linda, I’m glad you’re taking the plunge and converting your books, too. You’ve discovered so many new readers with your Jodi Thomas anthologies; now your new fans can look forward to full-length stories from you. You have such a strong Western voice. Keep us posted when they’ll be ready!

  21. I have a Sony reader… I still prefer print books, but I am amazed at how many e-books I have now! So many new to me authors I have found…

  22. Yay, Pam! I can’t wait to get these on my Kindle. I have some of your print books, and I love print books…but with the Kindle, I always have a plethora of all kinds of books along with me. I got it for Mom’s Day last year, and am totally hooked.

    Oh, and I confess I just got a smartphone with a Kindle app LOL.

    Good luck, Pam! And thanks for the info you sent me privately, filly sister. oxoxoxx

  23. Hi, Colleen! You’ve hit the nail on the head with one huge benefit of the ereader craze. New authors and their books. A whole new world of writers are finally getting a chance to share their work with the world. Altho, as with everything, there will be a few duds out there. 🙂

    Thank you, dear. Enjoy that Sony!!

  24. Another Filly sister! Hi, Tanya! You’re a Kindle lover, too. Yay!

    Now . . . I’m not sure I could read a book on a smartphone, though. Or Twitter or do Facebook on one. At least, not for long periods of time.

    But then again, I didn’t want a VCR, either.

  25. Hi Pam,
    Without my asking for one, my husband bought me a Kindle for Christmas. He thought, since I’m a novelist, I need an e-reader, not only for my own enjoyment but also to show people when I’m talking about my books. (I’m selling more Kindle versions of my books than another other version). I hadn’t thought reading via a Kindle would make that much difference to me, but I am hooked, too. I LOVE my Kindle and am never without it. It fits perfectly in my purse and it’s so easy to read and to download books. I definitely think any book-reading cowboy in historical times would have loved to have had an e-reader with him on those long cattle rides. And I’ll bet our modern day cowboys DO have them in their saddlebags.
    Stacey

  26. Stacey, it sounds like your husband is wonderfully supportive of your writing career–what a great guy! My dh wouldn’t think to get me something like as creative as a Kindle without finding out exactly what I’d like. And you are so right about those cowboys!

    It was so great to chat with you again. Thanks for being here, my dear!

  27. I was always one to an ebook snob also until my son bought me a Kindle and I fell in love with it. I love the fact you can increase the print size and get your books with just a click of a button. I still read print book I kind of switch back and forth but you just can’t beat a Kindle. Oh and the books you can store on it is amazing.

  28. I know it’s becoming an old fashioned thing to do, read a paper book (sigh), but I’m still so in love with the idea of slipping out of reality via paper and a pretty cover. Someday I’ll convert over to an e-reader. I have read a couple over my Kindle for PC and that worked well. I’d love to read your books, thanks for writing about them.

  29. Hi Pam! Santa brought me a Kindle and I love it. The main thing is the font size. It’s soooo easy on the eyes. I also like the cover with the book light. Maybe best of all, it’s super easy to shop. Instead of binging at the brick-and-mortar bookstore, I buy a book and read it before buying another one, well, most of the time.

    I haven’t completely abandoned brick-and-mortar, though. I don’t think Kindles work well with non-fiction. It’s too hard to jump around, and they’re awkward for book club sharing. I know how to do it, but it’s not as easy flipping real pages.

    Glad to see your backlist is available again! Very cool.

  30. I love my Kindle! I can carry it in my purse and always have books at my fingertips.

  31. I’m back from a Lenten fish fry. How nice to see that more of you had popped over to talk about Kindles!

    Quilt Lady, it’s great to chat with you again! I love being able to adjust the font size, too. In fact, it’s something I do right off the bat now. Do you think it’s old age? I have to have subtitles on movies that we rent now, too. I never used to have to do that. sigh……

  32. Hi, Kathy! Never fear, you’re still in the vast majority of readers reading paper books. They’re not old-fashioned in the least. Some people will never own an ereader, and there will always be the brick and mortar stores (just maybe not as many.)

    I do love to drool over a good cover, too. Something missed with Kindles!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  33. Vicki, another Filly sister! You’re usually one of our early birds in the Junction. So glad you found some time late in your day to stop by. 🙂

    I love my cover and light, too. Mine is red, and the light is one of the nicest I’ve ever used. Very handy on trips and late at night in bed when I just can’t put the Kindle away. 🙂

  34. Estella, another name I’ve missed and yet another Kindle lover! It seems we love them for all the same reasons we talked about today. Thanks for coming!

    And now I’m off to draw my 4 winners!

  35. Pam,
    Sorry I missed you yesterday. No e-reader yet at our house, but my husband keeps telling me to make up my mind in which one I want and to get it. It might be the 40 full bookcases in our house, plus the stacks of books waiting for a place that is driving him. I got the NOOK app for my computer, but don’t like to sit at it and read. At some point, I will probably break down and get one. I already have a backlog of books to load on it.

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