I first discovered e books way back in about 1999. Back then there were only a few publishers selling in digital format and the product wasn’t exactly high tech. I remember saving the ebooks I bought onto a floppy disk (ha!), they were word documents that had not been edited as well as they should have. While I enjoyed discovering this new range of stories, finding a gem amongst the rough was as time consuming as… well, finding a gem amongst rocks. I kind of dismissed this new book format as a fad. No way would it ever be as popular as good old fashioned paper books.
That was before technology took off in ways I hadn’t expected. In the old milenium, I would never have guessed by 2012 personal reading devices would be small enough to fit in the average handbag, or that you’d be able to download books direct to the device without the middle man of the hard drive to slow things up. Did I envisage the ipad? The Kindle? No way. In 2006 I has a baby at home who slept a couple of hours a day (oh, those where the days). I had a book that hadn’t found a home anywhere else because of a variety of reasons. Hero not alpha enough (aka not rich or Greek enough), setting not urban, or just plain old not suitable for unspecified reasons. So that took traditional print publishing this book right off the table. And you know what? I’m glad because it made me take another look at e publishing, and boy had it changed. Publishers were looking a lot more professional, the product was professionally edited, it was easier than ever to download and save the stories. In short, I fell in love with the idea and when I went to Samhain Publishing’s site I fell in love with them too. Their tagline “It’s all about the story” gave me hope that my hero, my setting, my voice, might get a fair hearing. So I revised Born Again Virgin once again and sent it in.
The rest, as they say, is history. I love being part of the e publishing revolution and the freedom it has given me to try different storylines and character types has made my writing expand as I never would have dreamed. I’ve gone on to write the kind of erotic books I never would have imagined I’d write (I’ll be posting about that over at TRS Blue during the blogathon--keep an eye out). But for a book to work for me there has to be a core romantic conflict, a sweetness to it that makes me sigh. I can get that from a highly erotic book or one with no sex in it at all.
So tell me, what was the first e book you ever read? I’ll be giving a way a title from my backlist to one person who makes a comment on any of my posts during the blogathon. Thanks so much for reading! (that goes for this post and e book in general :))
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Titles: Born Again Virgin, Fijian Fling, Chasing Sunset, Sunset Knight.
Coming soon: Erica's Choice, Moonlight Mirage
"...emotionally intense, light-hearted action which was attention-grabbing and sensual at the same time… I could not put the book down. It was a remarkable story with an excellent storyline." Brenda, TRS. 4.5 Stars for Born Again Virgin.