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Some Enchanted SeasonI once had a friend who wrote wonderful historical romances back in the day when they were 150,000 to 200,000 words long and often earned the nickname “bodice rippers.” She also was a high school English teacher.

When one of her books came out, she stood up at a big conference of English teachers and held it up and told everybody to go buy one. Or, buy three, duct-tape them together and use them as doorstops. “Don’t tell me you don’t read romance. I didn’t tell you to read it. I told you to BUY it.”

My husband’s friend once told me, “Let me know when your book comes out so I can buy three or four.”

I was startled. Three or four?

He shrugged. “I buy Girl Scout Cookies, all sorts of stuff at work that I am not going to eat, so why not buy a few of your books?”

I will admit for a split-second I was offended that he equated me with a charity. A split-second, and then I got over it. Believe me, I let him know when every book was available after that.

I do buy books I will never read for similar reasons.

Oh, guess what!

I have a new ebook out today! A reprint of my Bantam Loveswept Romance, Some Enchanted Season.

Unfortunately it won’t make a good door stop.

But don’t let that stop you!

It’s available for any ereader, any device, DRM-free, at Book View Cafe.

It’s only $2.99.

I am not going to be so crass as to tell you to buy my book even though you don’t intend to read it.

But if you want to, I won’t stop you.

::Exit pooks, whistling innocently.::

PS It is getting some nice reviews!

[BVC claims no responsibility for the crass self-promotion exhibited in this entry, and ponders the idea of withdrawing Pooks‘ key to the building, if this is the kind of thing she is going to sneak in and post when they are all off being all authorly and stuff.]

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About Patricia Burroughs

Patricia Burroughs [aka Pooks, and yes, people really call her Pooks] is a fifth-generation Texan who loves books, football, dogs, movies, England, and traveling in her [email protected] camping trailer. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her high school sweetheart and believes in happily ever after, if you understand that it takes work, compromise, and sometimes just being too stubborn to quit. Visit her bookshelf at the BVC Ebookstore.

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Zero fat! No calories! [Okay, no chocolate chips, either.] — 19 Comments

  1. Thanks for having the nerve to say this. It is part of friendship to support your friends’ endeavors, whether you like what they do or not. That’s true whether they are writers, actors, musicians, artists, or makers or performers of some other kind. Buy the books, download the music, go to the readings, etc. An oil painting by your friend might be beyond your means (and doubly so if you don’t like it), but a set of postcards or a small print won’t set you back much.

    Besides, books make great gifts. Get your friend to sign the book to your other friend. Both friends will be pleased!

    • It’s even more than that. You don’t have to like my book to be my friend. You don’t have to read my book to be my friend. I won’t put you on the spot and ask, “What did you think about it?” You won’t hurt my feelings if you don’t care for this kind of book.

      But a very religious lady who I knew would be embarrassed and disapproving of the sex in my first book bought it, called me later and said, “I just read the prologue to your book and I’m so amazed and impressed. I had no idea you could write and especially write something so beautiful and vivid and exciting, and there was nothing in it that I found offensive. And now I’m going to close the book and put it on the shelf so I’ll always have it.” She knew if she kept reading she would find things that disturbed her. She bought the book anyway.

      Do I think all people should do that? No. Am I shaking my finger at my friends saying, if you love me you will buy my book? No.

      It’s a complex issue, isn’t it?

    • Oh, it’s much easier to write a silly “buy my book ” post that is aimed at some unnamed group of people than to tell people I know directly, “My book is out and for sale now!” That is hard.

  2. And you never know what will happen to those cookie sale books — someone might pick one up, maybe at a garage sale, maybe because the books are lying around and they’re desperate for something to read…and discover a new author to love!

  3. That’s a toughie. I’ve had friends who felt that they had to tell me that they won’t read my books but we’re still friends–my family doesn’t read fantasy at all–writer friends who feel I should buy all their books, but would never think to reciprocate . . . humans are weird, and you have to just grin and nod, but yeah, it does hurt a bit.

    • I think because of the sexual content of my romance novels, I was always aware that some people wouldn’t want to read them, and I honestly would rather they didn’t, than to feel awkward about it.

      But when my friend and mentor stood up at a conference of English teachers and waved her new historical romance with its lurid cover and graphic sex and told everybody present to go across the street and buy her book? It made me think about it. Hard. And I admired her for that.

  4. Sounds tasty.

    It was a bit of a bother to have to extra-click to download an excerpt – I much prefer a link to an excerpt – but at 28 pages I really can’t complain about the length of the taste (I’m basically pointing out this new policy at the store because casual e-browsers often don’t want to go to the extra hassle of downloading and sideloading onto their readers).


    yup. it’s a fun start that’s enough to make me buy ^^