My featured guest for today is Jeffe Kennedy, the author of the marvelous fantasy romance series, Covenant of Thorns. The series concludes with today’s featured review book, Rogue’s Paradise, which answers so many of the questions that series fans have been waiting for.
In her guest post, Jeffe talks about one of the subjects near and dear to my heart, getting ebooks into libraries.
I love that Reading Reality focuses on ebooks and ebook integration into libraries. This is partly because libraries and librarians have always been such a huge part of my life as a reader. As a writer, too, which is less visible to me. But more and more, librarians come up to me at events and tell me how my ebooks are in their collections and I should know how often they’re checked out and how their patrons just love, love, love them! I’m glad they tell me, because otherwise I have no way of knowing that.
I also appreciate that Marlene is dedicated to bringing ebooks into libraries, especially genre books, because I strongly feel that, without Carina and their willingness to take a chance on my digital series, A Covenant of Thorns, then these books might never have seen the light of day. That’s the terrific thing about ebook publishers—they’ve allowed books that don’t neatly fit into genre categories to have a chance.
When I started Rogue’s Pawn,, I had no idea that I was writing a story that would “fall into the cracks between genres.” My tale of a modern woman, a professor of neuroscience who passes through a magical gate at Devils Tower and ends up in Faerie—exactly as in the tales of old—would maybe be an urban fantasy. Only with more romance. And sexier.
Okay, like many newbie writers, I had no idea what I was doing. I understood my story, but not how the marketplace worked.
Since I first started shopping that book—to praise for the writing and imagination, followed by rejection for marketability—the market has changed. Carina called it Fantasy Romance and now there’s lots more of those books out there. The Covenant of Thorns trilogy doesn’t sit squarely in Fantasy Romance, but it gets to be in the club still. More, the books have found readers and I’ve gotten to write others.
All because people embraced ebooks and the windows they open.
I couldn’t be more thrilled!
Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author with a writing career that spans decades. Her works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook. Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera, which released beginning January 2, 2014. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and a fifth, the highly anticipated erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, will release starting in July.
She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.
Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog, on Facebook, and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Foreword Literary.
To learn about Jeffe, visit her website or blog or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.
Because I enjoyed the Covenant of Thorns series so much, I want to give some lucky reader the chance to enjoy it too. So, the prize is the winner’s choice of Rogue’s Pawn, Rogue’s Possession or Rogue’s Paradise. These are all ebook only, so anyone can win!
16 thoughts on “Guest Post by Author Jeffe Kennedy on Ebooks and Libraries + Giveaway”
I do believe in true love. Everyone has their own definition though.
Weell… true life experience says no but I’m still hopeful! Thanks for sharing!
Yes, but you have still have to work on it to keep it alive and well.
I do believe in true love. The majority of my family was only married once. Some of those marriages were for 50 years or more. If my husband were still alive we would be in our 46th year.
Thanks for hosting me today!
I believe you can find true love in your own way. Not necessarily someone destined for you but someone who can truly love you for everything you are.
I BELIEVE IN TRUE LOVE BUT DO WE ALL GET TO MEET OUR TRUE LOVE? THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY!
Yes I do believe in true love but life does happen so there will always be some struggles but true love is the result of making it through those struggles and being stronger as a result.
Not only do I believe in true love, but I also believe in love at first sight. A week after first seeing my future husband, we moved in together and have been together ever since. This past September we celebrated 32 years together and will celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary in December… So yea, you could say I’m a believer! 😉
I definitely believe in true love.
I don’t. I think that in most cases, given a tiny spark you could learn to love anyone. It’s more about the commitment to me. You have to be willing to stick out the bad times. Everyone has something wonderful to give, and if that initial attraction is there combined with the maturity to try making things work, it could last. Maybe I’m an optimist, though.
btw, I love the push to get more libraries into digital collections! I live in Seattle, and we have a ton of ebooks available. It’s great for the reader side of the equation because it makes it easier to get your hands on books. Mobility impairment, whether through disability or lack of transportation or a combination of the two, can make it a little difficult. I would’ve loved having ebooks when I was a kid… The library in my county was horrible, so I’d have to have a parent drive me to the next county for theirs (30 mins or so). I would’ve gotten my hands on a lot more stuff back then if that was possible! Even without it though, I embraced Project Gutenburg and read a lot of stuff on my computer 🙂
Yes I do believe in true love!
Totally agree, Debra!
For me it’s just in Fairy Tales.
I believe in true love.
Thanks for the chance to win!
I don’t think I believe in “true” love. I think there are many different kinds of love and they are all valid.
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