Because I know people are struggling at home right now… I’d like to share a few books I’ve read recently that were just pure joy, no heaviness at all. I’m not including recent reads like White Fragility, no matter how amazing. Nor am I including romances, which would be difficult, because I have so many amazing author pals I’d like to share. Here’s a list of just pure, joyful escapism. (And yes, I’m reading a lot of fantasy lately!)
Also, if you’d like to try one of mine, let me recommend The King’s Favorite, which you can actually get free with your Prime membership right now. And, it’s free to borrow in KU.https://amzn.to/3a7Fp5S
I’ve talked about this before, but I wanted to take another moment to explain something to you because I feel it’s so important.
I was made aware of a scathing review on one of my titles.Whoit came from andwhereit is isn’t important; what is important iswhy.
From time to time we’re fortunate enough to get our traditionally published books returned to us from the publisher (as was the case with the Impostor Series). However, when these titles are returned to us, we HAVE to publish it as a new title. The old ISBNs and books are removed for legal reasons, and new copies go up in their place, with new covers and often with revisions, again, for legal reasons. This time around (the first time ever), I decided to rename these books to the names I originally gave them when I sold them to Harlequin. However, I did keep the original titles in the series name, along with character names, and story descriptions, hoping that would be a red flag for those who have already purchased it (few enough as they were because I’ve always said these books were largely overlooked). I also announced their republication in my newsletter multiple times, and always take care to let readers know which titles have been previously published. There’s also a caveat in the book description and another on the copyright page of the book itself. Changing a title is NEVER meant to deceive anyone. I’m so very grateful that so many of you enjoy my work so much that you will automatically buy, but as with ALL products, it’s very, very important that you stop to read the product descriptions first. I will always tell you which books are new releases of old versions, and additionally, I’m available on social media to answer questions.
Additionally, in many cases, as with the sweet versions of my books (the only other circumstance I have ever changed titles), you will note on those product pages that I say something likeXXX is the sweet version of XXX, and this is front and center so you can’t miss it (often the very first line). Additionally, you can recognize these titles by the “Sweet Reads” logo I give them, and, as another clue, I’ve added my daughter, who serves as the editor for these titles, a byline.
Please, please always read the product descriptions, and if you still have questions, send me an email. I’m always thrilled to hear from you.
I received an email this morning from a reader who was upset not to be able to buy my ebooks on B&N. By now you may have noticed that all of my ebooks are primarily available through Amazon. It was a tough decision to make, becuase I do believe in choices, and supporting a healthy industry, but I made this decision carefully and for a number of reasons.
First off, let’s look some hard truths: Subscriptions are the way of the future. Kindle Unlimited is no longer the only subscription service, merely the most widely used. Kobo now has one, and there’s Scribd and Hoopla and countless others. The reason this trend is growing is because you are choosing them. You’re a prolific reader, and you want more books for less. I get that, and that’s great for you, but you getting more for less shouldn’t mean that I get less for more. And this is what has been happening. All the while this trend continues to grow, the fact is that more and more amazing writers are getting edged out of the business, unable to support themselves under current circumstances, and as you gravitate toward your favorite subscription services, actual book sales dry up. It’s true. Unfortunate, but true. I’d rather we have a win/win, where we are both winners, and the best way for that to happen is for me to accept this growing trend, and join one of those sailing ships.
So there’s that. But there’s also this. I actually want you to read more, and I understand that people are on budgets, and that food on your table takes precedence. It should take precedence. So, in order to help you read more of my books, I opted for a subscription service.
But why Amazon? Very simply, despite that I do lean toward buying local whenever possible, I shop Amazon myself. Why do I do that? Becasue as a consumer, Amazon believes in customer first. And since I also believe in customer first, we’re very well aligned. On top of that, the majority of my book sales comes from Amazon. So it made sense to me to partner with a company that looks out for you, my valuable reader.
Alas, I knew going into this that there would be sore feelings, and I’m if you’re among those consumers who don’t support Amazon and don’t want to shop there. I respect your choices, and because of that I took great pains this summer to ensure that you also have some choices in regards to my books. For those titles not currently available wide, you have several options.
Purchase the paperback version. To ensure you have reading choices, I teamed with Ingram Books to publish a competitively priced paperback version of most of my titles. These are available anywhere served by Ingram Book distribution.
Most titles now also have corresponding hardcover editions available for library purchase, so you can support your local library while you’re reading my books. If your library doesn’t currently stock me, you need only hand them a list of ISBNS for the books you want to read. To get a list of these ISBNS, click here.
Listen to the book as an audiobook. Most of my titles are currently available through iBooks, and now there are a few available at Google and Kobo and other retailers as well. Future titles will also be distributed widely.
If you’re not averse to Amazon, and if you prefer to read the ebook and don’t have a Kindle, download Amazon’s FREE Kindle app by clicking here.
The Kindle app works with just about any device: – Smartphone (iPhone/iPod touch/Android/Windows/Blackberry) – Tablet (iPad/Android/Windows) – Computer (Mac/Windows)
Once you’ve downloaded the free Kindle app, you can purchase the book from Amazon and it will automatically appear in your app.
In closing, I must say I have NO immediate or foreseeable plans to return my ebooks to wide distribution, although I will continue to work with Ingram to provide you more and more competitive paperback prices, and also with audio retailers to bring you audiobooks. I do hope you will support me in this career choice, and please understand that it was not a decision I undertook lightly.
There’s so much exciting news coming up—the re-release of my little-known Impostor Series and my brand-new addition to the Daughters of Avalon series, Fire Song, due to be published September 24th. Also up for preorder is Book 5 of that series—Rhiannon! Woot! It’s getting hot!
So all that said, I really want to give you a heads up. I have not widely touted the Impostors as older books, because, I promise you, most of you have not read these. (Almost nobody has.) These are old Harlequin books, re-edited and re-launched under my own imprint. They are two of my very favorite historicals I’ve written, so please do put them on your TBR list!
But the re-release of these books begs me to remind you to PLEASE read descriptions. I’m so flattered when people are willing to buy my books without reading product descriptions, but please, pleasedon’t do that.
For example, I’m still in the process of creating sweet versions of my classic books, and I make it clear in the book description every time I publish one of these, so you don’t accidentally purchase a title twice. And still, I randomly get an email from an angry reader, and this disheartens me, because I really try hard to make sure you get all the info you need. Not only does it make me feel bad, considering I’m doing this for you, it makes me feel bad for you as well, and it does make me reconsider the wisdom in creating these new editions.
So why am I revising some books? Throughout the years, the one thing some fans have lamented was the strong language present in the original editions of my legacy books. Some readers also prefer not to read explicit love scenes, which are a signature of the period in which my legacy books were written. Also, keeping in mind that I didn’t want my own daughter to read my books until she turned 18, I remain sensitive to readers who wanted to experience my historical romances without compromising their personal values.
Bottom line: If you’ve already read The MacKinnon’s Bride (or any of my legacy books), the story itself will remain unchanged. There is no need to buy these books again. However, if you always wanted to buy a copy of one of my books to share with your daughter or niece, now you can. I will ALWAYS label these very clearly, so please, please, please be sure to read the description on all new books.
The titles are different; how can I tell these apart? First and most important, while the titls are different, the character names are not. Also, in the description for each and every one of these titles, you’ll see in the very first line, in bold print, something like this, for example: “Page” is the SWEET edition of “The MacKinnon’s Bride” by Tanya Anne Crosby –revised by a New York Times bestselling author and her daughter. I also label most of them with a logo like this:
Also, for branding purposes, since my daughter, Alaina, does alter the voice slightly to fit a younger market, I have added her name to the byline and cover. You should be able to spot these Sweet Reads very easily. Additionally, I welcome any and all advice in regards to labeling these books so that you won’t be confused. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I so much appreciate that I have so many readers who will click the buy button the minute they see my name. I love you guys for trusting my storytelling so much that you don’t feel you need to know the nitty gritty details, but please, please read the descriptions so you don’t find yourself purchasing a second copy of a book you’ve already read.
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