Black Friday Weekend Book Sale 2022

Six of Nadine's love stories and historical fantasy books on sale

Another holiday season, another great book sale!
Here’s your chance to choose from hundreds of ebooks (including several of mine!) for under $1 in a range of genres.
Hurry! This sale is from Black Friday through Cyber Monday only:
November 25th – 28th.

Enter the sale HERE!

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Sweet Reads, Curvy Heroines!

Hey, fellow book lovers!

It may not always be the easiest thing to find sweet romances featuring heroines with fuller figures. So be sure to check out this promotion and pick up a few books, now thru September 14th!

Visit the Curvy Girl Promo

Visit the Curvy Girl Promo

Happy reading!

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Sign Up for Deals on Christian Books!

Attention, fellow lovers of Christian and wholesome fiction!

There’s a new site where you can sign up to get emails about free and discounted books:

Go to Book Deals website

My favorite part as a subscriber to this site is that besides the general market and nonfiction genres, there are so many Christian fiction genres to choose from. (Most other sites only have one or two ChristFic choices, ya’ know?)

Subscribing is free! You can sign up and pick your genres here.
(And authors, you can submit your upcoming deals here.)

Click the BookDeals image below to check out some current deals! Like one of my books,
Eubeltic Descent. 🙂

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You Can Ask Your Local Library to Buy Books for You

A woman with mild smile, standing between library shelves and looking through books

Okay, so, yeah—I worded the title of this blog post to get the attention of readers who’ve never asked their libraries to buy particular books before.

Granted, a public library doesn’t purchase books for you, exactly. The library purchases books they feel will be right for their catalog: items that multiple patrons of that library will want to check out.

At any rate, I’m writing this post because I used to think the catalog/selection of books at my local library simply was what it was.

A Smiling Man Pointing at a Stack of Books

I didn’t know that we who use the library can suggest library purchases, playing an active part in what the library makes available for us to borrow.

At my library, card holders can fill out a quick little form online to suggest books, ebooks, audiobooks, and DVDs we want the library to consider adding to the catalog—and to the digital content apps our library system uses, like OverDrive/Libby. We can make up to 15 suggestions a month for items published or released within the last two years. (We can request older items through interlibrary loans.) Our library won’t approve all purchase suggestions, but they do approve a lot of them.

A laptop screen and a tablet screen showing shelves of books, both devices sitting on a table beside a pair of headphones

And I hope this encourages library users who didn’t know that, yes, public libraries buy the books, ebooks, etc. they offer for checkouts—aside from books that may have been donated, sometimes by authors. I realize there are certain readers who feel cheap or even a little guilty when they borrow “free” books from the library rather than buying them from a bookstore.

A woman with an embarrassed smile, standing beside a stack of books

But library books aren’t actually free, and checking out books from the library doesn’t cheat authors or publishers. Libraries pay for those books. And many times they’ve paid a higher price for a book than a customer shopping at a retail bookstore would pay, as book pricing for libraries often compensates for the fact that multiple people will be borrowing that one book.

So. No need to feel cheap or guilty about turning to the library to borrow materials. Nothing wrong with taking advantage of a service your local tax dollars are helping to pay for anyway.

A green icon of a library building, with 5, 10, and 20 dollar bills in the background

Now, different public libraries/library systems are free to determine how they handle purchase suggestions from patrons and what kind of suggestions they may or may not approve. For instance, a lot of libraries are open to purchasing books published by independent authors. Other libraries—not so much. It depends.

And of course, a library’s purchasing decisions are subject to the library’s budget, which varies from library to library. The digital content collections for libraries also vary. If your friend’s library in Cincinnati approves a purchase suggestion for an ebook, it doesn’t mean that ebook will be available to you in Milwaukee, even if you and your friend use the same app for borrowing ebooks.

In any case, if you’re a reader who didn’t know that asking public libraries to buy particular books is a thing 😀 , you may want to find out if your local library accepts purchase suggestions. It doesn’t hurt to ask!

A smiling man standing between library shelves and looking through a book

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