Friday, March 29, 2013


Happy writing 'cause I'll be reading!

When life reaches a certain level of insanity and stress, I tend to increase my reading. Books give me a world to get lost in and far removed from everyday life. I get to go on adventures, fall in love, have supernatural abilities, solve a crime, and see the bad guys lose and good guys win. Of course, I write for many of the same reasons.  

Reading and music have always been at the top of my list of necessities. I could care less about TV (most of which drives me nuts) and while I like the occasional movie, I don’t need movies like I do books.  Books are truly a magic carpet whisking me away to far away worlds accompanied by a musical soundtrack of whatever takes my fancy at the time.

Since I've had to go back to work, reading for the pleasure of it (stories I want to read not books I have to read for reviews—that's work because you read with a different mindset) books have become my solace.

I just finished a good story, Immortal Ever After, by Lindsay Sands. I've read her books before but not this particular series (Argeneau). As usual, I started several books into the series rather than at the beginning—but that’s okay, I can catch up. She’s a good author who has a smooth way of keeping the reader abreast with what’s already happened without losing the thread of the current story she’s telling. I have to say; I love her wicked sense of humor (Count Rip-Your-Throat-Out? plus there is a great scene when Valerie has to deliver a baby, fight off the Count and wooden mallet…it cracked me up). Lindsay makes me laugh while feeding me an enticing dose of suspense, danger, and a fiery hot romance. I truly enjoyed the interaction between a feisty lady veterinarian, a cool German Shepherd, and an immortal man long on action and short on words.

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Valerie Moyer doesn’t believe in vampires—until a fanged psychopath kidnaps her! After escaping her bloodthirsty captor, she’s through  with creatures of the night. Until she finds herself under the protection of the darkly handsome Anders. Not only is she expected to accept that Anders is immortal, but also that she is the woman destined to be his life mate.


Anders felt a connection Valerie from the moment he cradled her bruised body in his arms. But before he claims her, he must destroy the vampire who almost stole her from him forever. His job would be easier if Valerie didn’t fight him every step of the way. Still, Anders loves a challenge, and the green-eyed beauty is worth fighting for. Excerpt 


One of my favorite places to find good books to read is on GoodreadsDid you know, according to Publishers Weekly, Amazon is acquiring Goodreads? I discovered Goodreads (founded in 2007) about the time I started to take my writing seriously. I enjoyed the interaction between the authors (68 thousand) and their readers. I’m part of the 16 million members, I've shared more than one of the 23 million reviews posted to the site, and am part of a few of the 30 thousand book clubs listed there. For sure, I've added my share of the 530 million to my shelves. Be interesting to see how Amazon handles this. I only hope Goodreads is able to maintain it’s distinct identity and not become a little me Amazon as far as books and authors go.

Another bit of news I was happy to see was Penguin Group reducing their price to libraries for e-book lending and starting April 2, 2013, libraries will be able to lend e-books of new release hardbacks. It used to be readers had to wait 6 months to get their hands on a new hardback release. We had to wait until it was released to paperback. Not anymore. Now, if only Random House would follow in suit. But, no, they’re raising their prices for the use of e-books to libraries. Exorbitant prices that few libraries are going to be able to afford (like $65 to $85 per hardcover release for e-book lending).

According to Random house, "new library e-pricing reflects the high value placed on perpetuity of lending and simultaneity of availability for our titles…We believe that pricing to libraries must account for the higher value of this institutional model, which permits e-books to be repeatedly circulated without limitation. The library e-book and the lending privileges it allows enables many more readers to enjoy that copy than a typical consumer copy. Therefore, Random House believes it has greater value, and should be priced accordingly." 
Say what?

  • Anyone read Lindsay Sands new book? Have you been following the series? 
  • Any thoughts on Goodreads or libraries having current releases available in e-format for lending?


L. Diane Wolfe said...

Wise of Penguin to reduce prices to libraries. That's been a big bone of contention between libraries and publishers.

I'm not much for TV either. My husband was gone for a whole week last December and I didn't turn it on once.

Jo said...

I disagree with Random House. It should make books more easily available, not less so.

Like the look of that book, must look out for it.


L.G. Smith said...

I'm not sure how I feel about Amazon taking over Goodreads. I already feel like they've invaded my reading life enough.

And I just bought a new book on impulse yesterday, one I can't wait to read. I love that feeling of knowing I'll be transported to another place and time for a bit. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Amazon is taking over everything.
Guitar playing is my drug of choice.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sia. Books are indeed a refuge for me when times get hard. My pace of reading has picked up since I found out I'd be job hunting this year. I'm reading a fine book by my friend Dr. Sy Garte, and learning a lot about what's really happening in a number of world trends -- based on the actual data instead of the usual blather with no data backing it up. I'm hoping that Amazon leaves Goodreads mostly alone, so that they can continue to be the "go to" place for unbiased book reviews.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sia .. I can quite see reading is your drug of choice ... I actually now must make a concerted effort to read some books - I refer to reference material quite a lot - but it's so scan reading ...

I hadn't realised Amazon had taken over Goodreads ... crumbs the rise of the goliath ...

and yes, less is more often - seems crazy to charge more to libraries - but I suppose each organisation is trying out different things.

Cheers and have a happy Easter with the family and friends - Hilary

~Sia McKye~ said...

Diane, here too. When Dan's gone the TV is never on. I'm with you on the whole Penguin accessibility for libraries. I've actually tried to get certain releases and found I had to wait 6 months or more for some of them.

Jo-I, too, believe publishers should make their books more readily available.

~Sia McKye~ said...

LG love finding those books I can't wait to read! Amazon is huge, no doubt there. While I like the variety offered the problem with anything that gets that huge is when they start throwing their weight around. Not a lot of recourse.

Alex--not at all surprised to hear that. :-) I get lost in music. Music is always playing for me--either in my head or on my system.

~Sia McKye~ said...

James--reading is indeed a comfortable refuge. I love Sy's manner in presenting information. Easy to understand and smooth reading. He does his research.

Hilary--lol! Goliath fits. :-) I do a lot reference scan reading too. Much of it I do enjoy and end up reading beyond the answer to my questions. :-) Happy Easter to you too, my friend.

Jen Forbes said...

Cooking and gardening veggies are my drugs. Like reading but I'd rather just read free books on my smart phone.