Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Playing Santa!

I've been priviledged to have 3 lovely guests this past week and today I get to announce the winners for their give-aways.

A week ago Monday, romantic suspense author Elisabeth Naughton was here, talking about her latest release, STOLEN HEAT. Elisabeth has received glowing reviews for her work from the bible of the industry, Publishers Weekly! The winner for that day is MARY from San Benito, TX. Congrats!

Then on last Thursday, debut author and my WisRWA Chapter mate Ilona Fridl visited to share the news about her 1920's set SILVER SCREEN HEROES. Gangsters and bootleg hooch and silent movies, oh my! Ilona's winner is CHEEKY GIRL!

And last but definitely not least, yesterday Caroline Fyffe dropped by to share some booksigning tips and introduce us to her WHERE THE WIND BLOWS, a sort of "Lonesome Dove meets Little House on the Prairer" story. (Caroline, I have no idea why blogger turns your cover blue. For those of you looking for it in the bookstore, the book is actually more in tones of fall.) The winner of Caroline's book is HEATHER D from Georgia!

Giving away things is so delightful, I can't stop here! Please pop over to my website and enter my CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST contest. It's free. It's easy. And it's fun. The winner (who will be announced Sept 1st) will win his/her choice from my backlist. (As a side note: I got into trouble the other day when I said if there was anyone out there who'd read everything I'd written besides my mother, I'd do a backflip. My beta reader Marcy sent me an email demanding pics of the flip! I think I appeased her with a promised peek at the new WIP.) Anyway, please pop over and enter!

And here's my question for the day: Times are tough and authors and publishers are looking for ways to reward faithful readers. Several publishers are starting to give away e-versions of a title from an author's backlist prior to a new release. Is this something that interests you? Would it make you more likely to try a new author? To buy their new release? What do you think?


Heather D said...

Oh, Thank You !!! I tell you what this has been a really good birthday week for me and my books!! Thank you Emily and Caroline!!!

I think I would be more likely to try a new author. Unless I hear lots of great things about a book (author unknown to me) I will attempt to get the book at PBS or the Used book store. I don't have a book store near by, so a new author really has to tempt to get me to drive the thirty minutes to the book store or pay extra for shipping.
My husband and kids got me the Kindle2 for Mother's Day. I have loaded several freebies from Amazon on it. Problem is I haven't had time to read this summer. So my TBR pile has grown by leaps and bounds. I think I have 60 books on it already. I did pay for half of them. Lara Adrian has her Kiss of Midnight on Kindle for free. Had I not already read it I would have downloaded it. Definitely the free ebook, IMHO, is a great way to get a fan base.
I have also found several new authors by blogging. I really enjoy the interviews and commentary that my fellow bloggers have going on. However, Blogging is going to get me in trouble one of these days... Im running late.

Thanks Emily!!

Rachel E. Moniz said...

Hi Emily!
hope you are staying cool in this hot humid stuff we are getting in New England!
I absolutely would try a new author, as a matter of fact, it is because of free e-books that I have discovered some GREAT new voices that are published in smaller presses. So I think this idea is spot on!!

Cheeky Girl said...

I think free ebooks would get people to try new authors. BUT, I think about how recently I bought Victoria Dahl's entire backlist after reading Start Me Up. If her previous books had been free ebooks, then I wouldn't have put down the $.

Maybe a free ebook of a book not in a currently running series, or maybe a short story that gives a sample of their work?

Jane L said...

Congrats to the winners! How fun!
I have been trying new authors strictly off blogs lately! I think it is because I need to see, hear and feel, things and I get a taste of an authors personality and it sticks with me, so I want to read them. I would'nt be swayed either way by free downloads, but I can see where that would definately benifit a reader and an author trying to get their name out there! Oh and by the way Emily I have read ALL your books with the exception of Maidensong! And I am pretty sure there is a possibility I did read it, but for some reason it is not coming to me!!! LOL!

EmilyBryan said...

Heather, you're welcome! I tried to send you an email about your win, but it bounced back. Please send me your snail mail info through my website www.emilybryan.com

EmilyBryan said...

Rachel, I'm doing just fine. New Englanders don't know what hot is. Not really. Spend a summer in the sticky, sweaty Ozarks and then we'll talk! ;)

Ok, all you Ozarkians, you know I love you! Why else would we keep our MO home to retire to someday?

EmilyBryan said...

Cheeky--I only ask about the free ebooks because I think Dorchester might be considering doing that with one of my previous titles. Nothing set in stone. I wanted to get some reader feedback before I agree to it.

EmilyBryan said...

Jane--I think you've hit on an important point. Readers want to feel connected to authors and blogs are a great way to do it.

Are you ready to strap on your "blog tourista" stilettos again? I'm starting a new 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS tour on September 14Th to celebrate the release of A CHRISTMAS BALL!

Teddyree said...

Congrats to the lucky winners!

Hey Em, are you with Dorchester for your Diana Groe books too? Can they e-book your book that will be out of print soon (was it Maidensong) That would be cool!

Heather D said...

Hey Emily, I got your email. Hopefully you got my reply.

Patricia Barraclough said...

It is an idea, but many of us do not have e-readers, and don't like to sit at the computer to read a book. I have downloaded a few short stories, but that was months ago and I still have not read them. I don't have enough computer time. If they were in book form, I would be done by now.
Congratulations to all the winners.

EmilyBryan said...

Hey Teddy! Dorchester has published all my books.

All my Diana Groe books are ebooks for the Sony Reader. Here's the buy link. Ditto for my Emily Bryan titles. Only SILK DREAMS is available in Kindle format, but all my Emily Books are Kindle books from the same month of their print release.

Thanks for asking!

EmilyBryan said...

Yep, Heather, I got your e. We're good to go! Enjoy your winnings!

EmilyBryan said...

Patricia, I hear you. It's hard to beat the feel of a book in your hand and I too spend enough time in front of a flickering screen not to want to read a book on my laptop (not even my very portable little Eeeepc!)

But I'm thinking about an e-reader and here's why. I'm a condo dweller now so space is at a premium. I've had to box up hundreds of books and take them down to the storage bin in order to make room for new acquisitions. Eventually, my DH will say the bin is full and it's time to cull the herd. If they were all ebooks, they'd rest comfortably on my bedside table.

E-books are an idea whose time has come. Now if I could only decide which format is going to win this Beta/VHS contest . . .