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Here are the upcoming WWK interviews for the month of July!

July 4th Christopher Huang, A Gentleman's Murder

July 11th V. M. Burns, The Plot Is Murder

July 18th Edith Maxwell (Maddie Day), Death Over Easy

July 25th Shari Randall, Against The Claw

Our July Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 7/7--Mary Feliz, 7/14--Annie Hogsett, 7/21--Margaret S. Hamilton, 7/28--Kait Carson.

Our special bloggers for the fifth Monday and Tuesday of July--Kaye George and Paula Gail Benson.

Please welcome two new members to WWK--Annette Dashofy, who will blog on alternative Sundays with Jim Jackson, and Nancy Eady, who will blog on every fourth Monday. Thanks for blogging with us Annette and Nancy!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Annette Dashofy's Uneasy Prey was released in March. It is the sixth Zoe Chambers Mystery. The seventh, Cry Wolf, will be released on September 18th. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Annette on September 19th.

Carla Damron's quirky short story, "Subplot", was published in the Spring edition of The Offbeat Literary Journal. You can find it here: http://offbeat.msu.edu/volume-18-spring-2018/

Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph mystery, Necessary Ends, debuts on April 3, 2018. Look for it here. Tina was nominated for a Derringer Award for her novelette, "Trouble Like A Freight Train Coming." We're all crossing our fingers for her.

James M. Jackson's Empty Promises, the next in the Seamus McCree mystery series (5th), was published on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here. He's working on Seamus McCree #6 (False Bottom)

Dark Sister, a poetry collection, is Linda Rodriguez's tenth published book. It's available for sale here:

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

Shari Randall's second Lobster Shack Mystery, Against the Claw, will be available in July 31, 2018.


Monday, September 10, 2012

Stumbling Upon Kindle Books

 I received a Kindle for a Christmas present last year, and I’ve slowly warmed to the device. Before Kindle, I’d been a library addict cruising my locals’ virtual stacks because it’s cheap and returning books is a better option than stacking my old reads to the ceiling. Friends recommend books occasionally, but I often hear about books online, research the author and query the library’s search engine. When the book is available, I see how long the reserve line will delay my reading. Forget reading the latest Sue Grafton, Janet Evanovich or other bestsellers out of the library.

But there are many books that are only available in the electronic version, which I must pay to read. The price of Kindle books is a factor for me. Although I appreciate eBooks, innately I don’t value them as much as a real paper book. I’m sure that my prejudice is due to my 20th century orientation but paying full price for an eBook doesn’t seem right. Unless you trade devices, you can’t lend an eBook. Yes, it’s in your library forever via the Cloud (I guess), but still it’s virtual, which isn’t real.

My favorite price point for eBooks is $3.99 or lower, which means I still use the library to read my favorite authors published by traditional press because the publishers set the price of their eBooks no lower than $7.99, but more frequently $9.99, which is more expensive than a paperback--more in the realm of trade paperback. My guess is that the publishers want their paper books bought and use their price point as a disincentive to download. I wonder if they realize that some of us still won’t buy the book but will read it from the library. 

Readers may search the Kindle stacks by author or title, but then it also has books in the following categories: “Top 100 Paid,” “Kindle Singles,” “100 Kindle Books for $3.99 or Less,” Kindle Owners’ Lending Library,” “NY Times Best Sellers,” "Children’s Picture Books,” “Comic Books,” “New and Noteworthy” and  “Best of the Year So Far.” Of the latter two categories, I’m not sure what their criteria are for a book’s selection. So, you can see why I’ve become enamored by the $3.99 price point. It’s the category that I peruse the most, and I’ve stumbled upon some interesting books. I know that authors have the option of putting their books into Kindle Select, which offers books at a reduced price for a given time period to induce sales and hook readers, so I figure I’m getting bargains and on occasion will run into really good reads.

Here are a few of the books I’ve found and liked using my stumbling search through the Kindle stacks:

The Black Stiletto by Raymond Benson—who has written James Bond 007 serials and Tom Clancy novels under another name, both of which I consider to be “guy” books, which I don’t read. But in this series, his main character is a woman, in the past, and in the present, her son. If you’re attracted to New York City in the 1950s, try this book.

Sleeping Roses by RaShelle Workman—turns on its head. You think you know what you’re reading, but then the premise changes, where fiction turns into real life, but it’s fiction—or maybe not. Decide for yourself.

Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan—The plot explores one dysfunctional family, stemming from the conflicted grandmother. It’s one of those books that I’ve read a million times with the same Catholic guilt theme, and yet I had to keep reading it. I’m not sure I actually liked any of the characters, and yet it was compelling.     

Favorite by Karen McQuestion—I think this may be categorized as YA fiction, but I enjoyed it. The main character is a sixteen-year-old girl whose mother disappeared. She solves that mystery.

War Brides by Helen Bryan—the book taught me nothing new about WWII, but it had a fresh perspective. The book is set in a small town on the Southeastern coast of England. The plot follows the lives of five war brides and their contributions to the war effort. I hadn’t thought about how women relate in the absence of contemporary men, Bryan’s unique perspective.

Our Husband by Stephanie Bond—a fun read about three wives, who are also murder suspects, in the unnatural death of their polygamous husband. It’s a hoot.

Beach Bum Note: The Kindle Fire is NOT good for beach reading. I sit under the umbrella with my sunglasses off squinting to read the screen. Choose another type of Kindle for beach reading.


Gloria Alden said...

I think I'll always be partial to books in print for the reasons you suggested. When I've bought a book I love, I want to pass it on to family and friends to read, too. Also, I love browsing the shelves of the library or bookstore. Often I've found books I hadn't heard of and that appeal to me. I find reading on line tires my eyes much quicker than reading print. And I like making notes in my book on occasion - that is if it's my own. One important reason though, is I love being surrounded by books in my own library and near me in my living room, too. I don't consider books clutter but familiar friends.

Warren Bull said...

I have a Kindle too and use it for long trip, doctor office visits and other times when even a paperback would be too short or harder to handle. I enjoy reading Agatha Christie and FAther Brown mysteries.

Warren Bull said...

Opps, I forgot to mention Robert Walker as a KIndle author I enjoy.

E. B. Davis said...

Gloria, I agree with you. But I can also see the practicality and the convenience of eBooks. On Kindle there is a feature that allows you to make notes. It also has a built in dictionary, which I especially like. However, I have to admit, that when I have write down a word and look it up, I think I retain it better. There are also new authors who are only published electronically so you are missing out on those authors. I know though that libraries are now loaning eBooks, which I haven't yet tried to do.

Warren, I find carrying an e-reader easy. I never run out of books either. In a beach bag, bringing several books weighs a ton to tote.

Linda Rodriguez said...

Elaine, most libraries will lend e-books, as well as hardcover and paperback books. So that might be a solution to trying those traditionally published e-books that are too expensive.

I'm like Gloria in my preference for printed books, but I do have Kindle for PC on my laptop because I have friends whose books are only released in e-book format or whose out-of-print books are only being re-released as e-books. Still no e-reader, though.

E. B. Davis said...

I have to look into borrow ebooks from the library. I know some do it, but so far I think that there is extra software, etc. that you need. It would be the least expensive, and I'm always up for that!