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Cara Elliott/Andrea Pickens
historical romance author
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This sounds wonderful, Sonya! It's going on my TBR pile! Thanks.
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Sigh—me too!
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That's a very good point, Sue. I also turn to favorite r-reads when I'm very stressed because they are comforting and take less concentration (because you know the plot and characters) yet still give lots of pleasure.
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Yes! Fascinating discussion. Will have to try Klassen. It's so much fun to learn about new authors here!
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Karin, glad you find our WWR blogs helpful in finding new authors. I've discovered some wonderful books through recommendations by both the other Wenches and all our readers. I'm not familiar with Miss Bates, but will check out the site. Thanks for sharing!
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ML, a lot of people feel the same way you do about e-book pricing and it's really hurt trad publishers, who refuse to budge.
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Teresa, I'm totally with you about not being able to live without books. As a kid, my mother used to have to come in at night and scold me for reading under the covers with a flashlight when I was supposed to be sleeping.) They are a source of comfort and joy! Historical Novel Society is a great resource—glad to see it mentioned. Hope you have a fun book browsing this weekend!
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Sharon, I like Book Page too from the library. As for a comprehensive site, I'd love any recommendations too. I don't know of any go-to ones. And I so agree with the wish for a good local bookstore! My local Borders was great. It's now a college bookstore, so has some interesting titles, but not that much genre or mystery fiction. And yes, B&N is dismal here with romance too. Target, Walmart, etc. make more money on with other products than books, so that's why the shelf space is shrinking.) I'm hoping indie bookstores will come back . . .but I'm not holding my breath waiting!
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And the pain is deserved! The pirate sites just make my blood boil. I wonder how all the people who blithely download our books would like it if we walked into their living room and calmly plucked hard-earned dollars from their wallets.
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Nancy, you've made a WONDERFUL discovery in Pat's books. Free does work as a promo tool, which is why we authors do use it occassionally.
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Very good point on the free books. Authors struggle with that, because it's become an expected marketing tool. I think most of us try to use it judicially, because yes, free does devalue the product in the minds of many people.
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Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Minnna!
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Janice, You've expressed a lot of my specific frustrations with many e-books. Some of the is so unpolished and unprofessional that it puzzles me why someone would struggle to do something that clearly isn't natural, thinking it merits being a book. I'm afraid that modern social media has made everyone feel they have something important to say . . .and sadly that's simply not true. I really miss real bookstores, too. The tactile sensataion of holding and browsing through a book is a connection I love.
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Lillian, unless I am traveling, I much prefer b paper too. And LOL on the blurbs. It's a huge problem, but not always the fault of authors. I've often tussled with the marketing departments of my NY publishers to complain that the blurb makes no sense. And I usually don't win. Sigh.
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Thanks, Linda—all very thoughtful points. (I'd like to think that most people understand authors need to be paid for their work. To expect all books to be free or $.99 seems unreasonable.)
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Ha—love the cage fight analogy! It's a good description of the publishing world, where everyone is fighting to find the "secret" to marketing bestsellers. The rules have all changed so many times that there are really no rules anymore. There's a lot of turmoil right now, and it's hard to say how it will shake out.
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So glad to hear our WWR blogs are helpful (and glad you enjoy Tasha. I'm a huge fan too. As for the ones you haven't liked . . . sorry!) I've had better luck than you have in finding some very good $.99 books that have led me to other works by the same author. The traditional houses still do help signal to readers that the books have a certain standard of quality. The self-puubed world is a bigger gamble, though of course there are many very talented, polished authors putting out their own work. But understand that you are leery of it.
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Glad you're finding it interesting, too, Pat. I love hearing from our readers how they go about finding books.
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Vicki, I have a local library that does a very well-known summer book sale each year, and . . .well, I've been known to lug home cartons! And yes, I too, have the stack of unread titles, yet still can't resist buying more. (It's funny how other people may think you are crazy, but all avid readers understand!)
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Thanks you for sharing, Carrie! This is all really interesting and helpful, both as a reader and as an author.
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Anne—yes, you've answered my question, and very wonderfully! You are a very discerning reader! Seems like you really find GR useful, and I like your philosophy about looking for negative reviews that seem to match your own tastes and preferences. Makes sense. I do binge reading too when I discover an author or series I love.
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Over 7,00 books? I'm coming to visit your place! (I can see why you want to be judicious in your buying!) It's interesting you mention SciFi readers—a number of the Wenches are serious Sci Fi readers and they often talk about how on the whole, SciFi people reads in a wide variety of genres, and are very knowledgeable about books. The conference sounds like fun. I'd like to try one.
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Ha, ha! Guilty as well!
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All really good places to check for recommendations and reader feedback, Patricia. (Glad you enjoy the Wench recommendations.) I'm with your on the publishers pricing of e-books the same as paper—it just feels wrong! But as you say, there's nothing like a great story, so I'm willing to make some mistakes while I keep exploring for great voices and great plots!
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Glad you enjoy our WWR feature, and our talking about our own books. I'm a fan of BookBub too, and have found some wonderful books I wouldn't have discovered elsewhere. LOL on titles. As I said above, we authors don't always get a final say in titles. The marketing departments often get a "trend" in mind—like having to have "duke" or "rake" in every title— and the results have little relation to the actual story. I'm careful with my book money too, and most $7.99 books I buy are authors I know will likely make the keeper shelf. I have to laugh (and cringe) at your language examples. There's nothing worse than glaring mistakes in period details or misuse of words to take me right out of a story.
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