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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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