Archive for January 2011

Breathless Reads Book Tour

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          I fear that, as of late, my blog posts have been too depressing. It wasn't intentional and it certainly does NOT reflect my current mood. In fact, I have been extremely positive these last few days. The new year has brought with it, a sense of hope and loads of promise. So, it's time for me to share some of that excitement and much of that comes from the Breathless Reads Book Tour. 

           The Breathless Reads Book Tour consists of five books and five authors:

Support the Authors, Don't Be a Book Pirate!

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Anti Book Piracy Button

        Book Piracy is becoming a major problem. People illegally download books for their own convenience and it's starting to hurt the authors. You may think that you're fighting the big mean publishing companies, but you're only hurting the authors. They're the ones suffering; they're the ones not getting credit for their hard work. Think I'm exaggerating? Tell that to Saundra Mitchell, whose book, SHADOW SUMMER, is going out of print in hardcover because, rather then buying it, 800 people are illegally downloading it each week! EACH WEEK! That means the author gets NOTHING. For a frank, personal account on the effects of pirating on an author's career click here
         This is something that needs to stop before our authors stop writing. "Book piracy on the internet will ultimately drive authors to stop writing unless radical methods are devised to compensate them for lost sales," says Arts Reporter, Ben Hoyle in his The Times & The Sunday Times article 

Book Burning, Dr. Quinn, and E-readers

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           As odd as it may seem to say, I have been on a Dr. Quinn kick as of late. I watch episode after episode falling further in love with Sully and admiring Dr. Quinn more and more. Well, last night I watched a very interesting episode called, The Library, and it has had me thinking.  
        In this episode Dr. Quinn receives a package filled with all of her father's old books and decides that the town needs it's first library. So, they open the Josef Quinn Memorial Library in honor of her father.
The Library Episode
At first everything is going smoothly; Colleen is manning the desk, while the townspeople decide which books they wish to take home first. Much to my fear, the Reverend gets it in his head that certain books shouldn't be permitted in the town library. The story unfolds and when Dr. Quinn tries to take her father's books back, the onlookers decide it's time for a book burning. Dr. Quinn contains herself rather well, (I dare say, far better then me. I see myself crying or perhaps even risking my hands trying to pull them from the flames.) as she watches the precious treasures burn. When the fire is finally put out