Reader Appreciation Continues...

Girl reading…as my 20Days/20Books Celebration to mark the release of my 20th published work–Plaid to the Bone–rolls on with Day 5!  I hope you know how much YOU mean to me, dear reader. I always think of reading as a collaborative effort between the writer and the reader to create a world that exists only in the mind. Without you and your imagination, my stories are only squiggles on a page.

Plaid to the BoneWhen we go to the trouble of creating that fictive world, it’s nice to spend additional time there. That’s why Plaid to the Bone is part of a larger series–Spirit of the Highlands. It’s the prequel to Plaid Tidings, a Christmas novel due out October 1st! (And oh, yes! You can pre-order your copy now!)

But first things first. In Plaid to the Bone, you’ll make the acquaintance of Lyall Lyttle and Mrs. Fletcher, the nervous butler and no-nonsense housekeeper of Bonniebroch‘s keep. And the twin upstairs maids, Jane and Janet whom no one can keep straight, not even the beau they take turns bedeviling. As well as the powerful and dangerous Morgan MacRath (more about him in a later post!) They all return in Plaid Tidings along with Callum Farquhar, our roaming miscreant whom you met on Day One of this stationary blog tour.

Meet all the folk who call Bonniebroch Castle home!
Plaid to the Bone is available for:Kindle | Nook | iBooks | Kobo
And for my international friends: AmazonUK | AmazonCA | AmazonDE

Alexandra Hawkins

Twilight with the Infamous Earl

Click image for an excerpt!

My blog guest today is no stranger to writing engaging series. USA Today Bestselling author Alexandra Hawkins’ popular Lords of Vice series is ending this November with Book 7~ Twilight with the Infamous Earl. You have plenty of time to read the whole series before then, and you can pre-order the Earl to make your set complete!

Pre-order links: B& | Amazon

Also in November, Alexandra is bringing readers two more titles as ebooks:

The No Good Irresistible Viscount Tipton
How can a man who is no good be oh, so right?

Pre-order links: Amazon | B&

and The Scandalous Bad Mr. Milroy
Sometimes a scandalously bad man can be oh, so good…

Pre-order links: Amazon | B&

At only $2.99 for these ebooks, romance readers will having plenty to be thankful for this November! But the book Alexandra has gracious offered you a chance to win today is Book 6 in the Lords of Vice series–Dusk with a Dangerous Duke!

Dusk with a Dangerous DukeThey were children when the Duke of Huntsley was introduced to Lady Grace Kearly. The young duke—nicknamed “Hunter”—took one look at his future bride and thought only of escaping his responsibilities to his family. Marriage was for grown-ups and Hunter still had years of skirt-chasing ahead of him. But now the time has come for Hunter to heed the call: if this Lord of Vice hopes to keep all of his inheritance, he’ll have to claim his long-neglected betrothed…

With her twenty-first birthday approaching, Lady Grace dreads the thought of marrying the duke she has met only once—especially since he’s grown into a notorious rake who will probably beget his heir and abandon her in the country while he pursues fresh game in London. So when Lady Grace coolly decides to call the wedding off, even Hunter is surprised by his refusal to let her go. Suddenly, the notion of claiming and taming this green-eyed beauty is one challenge he cannot resist…

Buy link: MacMillan

Thanks for helping me celebrate my 20th book by offering this story to my readers, Alexandra!

Sins of the Highlander

Sins of the HighlanderI mentioned the collaboration between a reader and author earlier. Well, sometimes authors collaborate with each other too! My agent Natasha Kern and my delightful editor Leah Hultenschmidt at Sourcebooks decided to pair me up with romance legend, Connie Mason! Her work was among some of the very first romance novels I ever read, so as you can imagine teaming up with her was quite a treat!

Our first book together–and my first book for Sourcebooks!– was Sins of the Highlander. I love Mad Rob’s story. Once when I was speaking to an RWA chapter about it, I had them in tears describing Rob’s burning love for his dead wife and how he dreamed of her in such heart-stopping detail, he didn’t want to wake. It was like losing her all over again.

Can a man who’s known such love ever love again? That’s the question in Sins of the Highlander.

The Prize

Today you might win a FREE download of Plaid Tidings from Kensington, a print or ebook copy of Alexandra Hawkins’ Dusk with a Dangerous Duke, or a print or ebook copy of Sins of the Highlander from me!  Remember, each day you are eligible for another entry in the Grand Prize drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite!

And our question to get the discussion started is: Do you prefer print or digital books? Why? Of the last five books you bought, how many were of each kind?

79 thoughts on “Reader Appreciation Continues…

  1. Theresa Fischer says:

    I prefer digital. Last 5 books I bought were digital. I didn’t think I would like reading on a e-reader until I bought my Kindle, but I love it!

  2. rhonda says:

    I like both print and kindle books. I still like actually turning pages. The last five books I’ve bought have been kindle books bc it’s easier.

  3. Anita H. says:

    I prefer reading print books because there’s just something really tactile about holding a book, it adds to the reading experience. I love to look at the covers and flip through the crisp pages. I especially love when books have a stepback in them, it’s like a special gift inside the book waiting to be revealed!:)

  4. Ada says:

    I love my print books since I’m very old-school. I love the feel of books in my hands and the ability to flip through pages back and forth. Print books are really pretty to look at too. I visit my local library alot so I mostly read print books. Although I occasionally read ebooks when I can’t get a physical copy of a certain book.

  5. Anne Rosa says:

    I love both print books and my Nook, but most of the books I have recently purchased are digital. I can bring my Nook anywhere and its also a tablet. Very convenient! Having said that, there is always a print book by one of my favorite authors in my car in case I should have a minute to get in some reading and I don’t have the nook with me. I also love to collect signed books. They are very special.

  6. Janie McGaugh says:

    I still prefer print books, but I like digital, too, so I can always have a book with me. I also “read” audiobooks, so I can read and do other things at the same time! I don’t keep that good a track of when I buy what. I know I haven’t bought a print book in a couple of months. My last 5 were probably a mix of digital and audio.

  7. bn100 says:

    like both; prefer print if it’s signed

  8. I’m a ” Double Dipper;” I love to read ebooks and print equally. But I often buy books in both formats: ebooks for convenience and print to be autographed and collected. Authors love me!

  9. Rhonda Kirby says:

    I like both print and ebooks. There are some authors that I will buy the eBook to read the book right away but then I will buy the print version for my keeper shelf.

    Both of you are great authors and I wouldn’t mind any of the books you have listed today.


  10. Armenia says:

    It’s taken me a long time to get an ereader only because I just love petting my books.

    *looks around for asylum guys*

    Really, I enjoy flipping the pages and I can refer quickly refer to the chapter I need to reread. I finally did get a kindle and I love it because I can store so many books on one device and sometimes get free books without leaving the house.

  11. Hi Mia,

    I like print books, so the last five books I purchased were in print.

  12. Bonnie R says:

    I still prefer holding a paperback in my hand, but I have purchased a kindle and am buying my all time favorite keepers to always have with me. Last 5, 3 were actual books and 2 were ebooks. Thanks.

  13. Jennifer L says:

    Print books will always be my first love, but I’m finally getting into buying digital books. I like that e-books don’t take up space on my bookshelf and they are easy to transport on my Kindle. I’ve discovered a lot of new-to-me authors through purchasing affordable e-books. However, I always buy the print books of my favorite authors.

  14. Quilt Lady says:

    I do both, I use to say that a paper book was the only way to go. I liked the feel of the paper in my hand but I have changed now. Since I got my kindle I read more ebooks. You can get the books right away and you can increase the print size and I like that a lot. I don’t see as well as I use to so it works out great for me.

  15. Hannah Roberson says:

    I have gotten both. I buy paperback books when I have money at hand and I buy e-books on gift cards, credit and when they are free. And if I really enjoy a book I’ll have one e-book to have on hand at all times because I carry my reader with me everywhere and a tangible copy so I can enjoy the paper and smell of a good book.

  16. Marcy Shuler says:

    I used to think I wouldn’t like e-readers since I like the feel of a book in my hand. But now I find I’m reading more e-books than print books. It’s way too easy to download a book and it doesn’t cause a storage problem. Also, I can easily hide how many books I’m buying from my hubby with the e-reader. LOL

    The last 5 books I purchased were digital, but I also received a box from B&N today that contained 5 print books. :D

  17. Glittergirl says:

    This is so much fun! Thanks for the drawings :-)
    Print or digital. I’m in flux right now. I’ve always preferred print books: the awesome covers to ogle, the feel, experience of turning pages and peeking forward…
    Digital is so easy though. I’m getting used to the convenience. To be able to highlight for notes to keep track of the story characters and clues. To record the date I finished…
    Right now I’m a fan of which ever costs the least as my book budget is limited and I have too many favorite must have authors!

  18. Barbara Elness says:

    I prefer print, but do read digital too. Of the last five books I bought, four were print and one was digital. I usually have two books going at once, one print and one on my iPhone, so I can read whenever I get a chance. :D

    1. Mia says:

      I usually have a couple going at once too–one for pleasure and one for research. For research, I prefer print.

  19. Jessica V. says:

    I loved reading paperbooks for the smell of the ink and the physical ability to turn the page and have a glance at the cover whenever i wanted…. but now im finding im being spoiled by the kindle and the ability tohe the definition for a word just by touching the word. My last 5 books have been digital. I miss my physical books, but for space saving digital is great.

    1. Mia says:

      I’m reading Elizabeth Peter’s Amelia Peabody mysteries on my Kindle now and the definition function is very useful. Amelia is quite verbose!

  20. catslady says:

    I’ve only read one book on a kindle lol. What can I say – I love my print books. I like being surrounded by them with the gorgeous covers. I like sharing. I realize ebooks are more practical and take up less space but I just can’t help it lol.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      A print book is easier to share though you can lend some ebooks provided your friend has the same device. #1 Daughter has trouble with her books not being returned though. When she got a Kat Richardson book signed at RT last spring, Kat threatened to come “haunt whoever doesn’t return this book to my minion!” #1 Daughter was entranced!

  21. Amy Hart says:

    Since I discovered digital books on my Kindle app on my Android phone I have bought all digital. I still like paper though. Digital is just easier and quicker to buy without having to even get out my pjs or house!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I love getting print books with author autographs. They really haven’t figured out a good way to do digital signatures in a satisfying manner yet.

  22. Sarina Hermann says:

    Very nice! Honestly book is a lot better, for the simple fact if my computer crashes, it would go with it. All of the titles sound positively delightful! Keep up the good work!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I have a friend who is secretly hoping for an massive EPM to force us all back to print. While I appreciate her passion for the printed word, that’s a tad extreme. ;-)

  23. Tin says:

    I only started actively reading e-books last year and my ratio was about 70% paperbacks to 30% digital — but I’m making the transition this year to mostly digital. (Better for the environment, better for my house, ^_^)

    Thank you for the great giveaway!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Better for the environment. You’re the first one to speak for the trees, Tin.

  24. Danny says:

    I read both, but of the last 5 I have to confess that all of them where ebooks, but that is because the books aren’t available as print books or just too expensive. I don’t pay 18 bucks for a tradepaperback

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Cost is an important consideration, and ebooks are generally less expensive. Though I have paid over $10 for an ebook I wanted to read.

      1. Danny says:

        The highest i ever paid was nine dollars but than the ebook was over 120000 words that was acceptable

  25. alisha woods says:

    that blue cover sure pops. It is really pretty

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks, Alisha. The art department at Kensington always does a great job!

  26. gamistress66 says:

    I enjoy both though I admit I’ve been buying more ebooks (it’s so easy to feed the addiction that way) ;) but sometimes it’s nice to have an actual book to hold & look at (plus they look better on the keeper shelves)

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Fortunately, my DH and I both have reading addictions and we enable each other in them. However, he likes techno-thrillers and sci-fi, so we don’t share too many books.

  27. Jakki L. says:

    Great question, Mia! I much prefer paperbacks; however, with ebooks typically being much cheaper, or some books only available in ebook, 4 of my last 5 book purchases have been ebook. I also like that I can read ebooks the minute I but them. :) nothing can replace the feel of a paperback in my hands though. :)

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      The feel, the smell, there is something very gratifying about a print book.

  28. Laurie W G says:

    I prefer print books. I like the old fashioned feel of holding it in my hands and turning the page. It’s true they take up more room but I like to look at covers and pick and choose what I read next dependent on my mood and the book’s back blurb.

    I do not own an e-reader. I have to read Kindle for a PC when I win a free e-book. I do not like to read on the computer. My chair isn’t very uncomfortable for long periods of time.

    I also don’t have extra money to buy an e-reader. I think it would be handy if one traveled a lot, which I don’t do.

    The last 5 books I bought were all print.

    I only get freebies for my KINDLE for PC.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Do you have a cell phone that will accept a Kindle app? I wouldn’t have thought I’d read on my phone, but that’s how I actually started with ebooks. My Kindle Fire is a new member of my reading circle.

  29. Love my Kindle because it’s so easy to hold in one hand. It’s just so convenient!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I can one hand a print book until it’s time to turn the page.

  30. Raynelle N says:

    I prefer Ebooks. I am such a Bibliofile that it drives my husband crazy! Being a military family we move so many times that my books were just being kept in boxes. My husband bought me my first ereader, the Nook Color for Christmas, 3 or 4 years ago, and I LOVED it! I still have it but have upgraded to my Samsung Galaxy Tablet this past Christmas. The last books I purchased though were paper copies because they were for my daughter. She has her own mini tablet at age 8 and she enjoys reading on it as well but paper books are better for her to take to school. For myself I haven’t bought a paper copy in years. We live right now in Italy and it’s so much easier to just download than wait 2 weeks sometimes months for books to get here. That might change when I get back and can actually BROWSE a local bookstore!

    1. Mia says:

      Oh, Italy! Rome is my next dream destination! Is it wonderful?

  31. may says:

    I still prefer printed books. The last 5 books were ALL printed books. I only use my kindle when I travel and I don’t have to carry so many books.

    1. Mia says:

      That sounds like me with audiobooks. I love them for long car trips, but never listen to books otherwise.

  32. Sheryl N says:

    I was totally converted when the Kindle came out. My husband used to complain about my paperbacks being all over the place, but I told him he could fix that by getting me a Kindle. I love that the book is right there once you buy it and you don’t get teased about all the hot guys on the covers. So, I prefer the Kindle for my reading.

    1. Mia says:

      I do like carrying my library in my pocket. As long as my phone has a charge, I have something to read.

  33. Elizabeth W says:

    I prefer ebooks. They take up less room and I can easily read in bed next tonmy sleeping baby, no light required. :)

    1. Mia says:

      My DH appreciates my backlit Kindle. He can sleep and I can read with the lights off.

  34. JUANITA DECUIR says:

    OOPS! forgot to answer this ???…Of the last five books you bought, how many were of each kind?…In the past week, I purchase more than 25 paperbacks and the same amount for e-books!…but don’t repeat what I just said!

    1. Mia says:

      Your secret’s safe with me, Juanita.

  35. Thank you for you post, Mia. I prefer books made from dead trees, for two reasons.

    First, I’m hopelessly twentieth-century. After a lifetime of loving books in one format, it’s hard to switch to another. If not impossible. We’re not talking logic here. This is strictly emotional.

    Second, many of the books I enjoy are oldies that have never been e-published, and probably never will be. For instance, I dig gothic romances of the sixties and seventies. Books of this sort aren’t being published nowadays in any format. Today’s romantic suspense and paranormal romance genres are each a horse of a different color.

    Where do I find gothics? At yard sales, rummage sales, second-hand stores, and the vintage romance lists on eBay. All hard copies, of course.

    But the times, they are a-changing. Even I have an e-reader. With quite a few downloaded titles, mostly freebies. But when it comes to money exchanging hands for a book, I mostly do paper copies. Including, of course, the last five titles I’ve acquired.

    1. Mia says:

      Don’t feel apologetic about making this an emotional decision. Emotion is what reading is all about.

      I’m glad you mention the used bookstores. The digital revolution has caught them in a tough spot. There is a way for them to partner with Kobo to offer ebooks in their stores, but from what I understand there is a substantial investment required. I’m glad you support your local indie bookseller.

  36. Linda Thum says:

    I like both. Digital mainly because I’m running out of shelf space & they are more easily available & quicker to get. I’m an international reader & the bookstores where I live are hopeless. Buying from TBD is an option but then I have to wait weeks for the books to arrive. There’s always something special about a holding a printed book in one’s hands tho.

    1. Mia says:

      The instant gratification of an ebook download can’t be overlooked. But The Book Depository is an amazing service–so essential!

  37. JUANITA DECUIR says:

    I prefer both. I enjoy the quick and easy download of e-books and how large I can make the font for reading, the free novels and .99 cent specials and the honoring of price that Amazon has when pre-ordering books. I also love the feel of books, the repeating of going back and forth looking at the cover, my ritual of purchasing a new book, sectioning off in 5 parts and pencil ready to underline, a bookmarker in place, making a mental note if this novel is part of a series and the feel of said book in my hands…with that said, I can truly say I have a cloud library…sshhhh, don’t repeat that too loud! I also have the added pleasure of NOT leaving the house and ordering paperbacks from Amazon, I didn’t do that before but, since they are matching some books with Walmart, how could I go wrong?! And FREE delivery! YES, I am a happy camper in my own home snuggled up in bed reading when not on Facebook!

    1. Mia says:

      I gave my mom a Kindle and she LOVES the fact that she can control the font size of her books! Before she had to limit herself to the large print section of the library. Now any book can be large print.

  38. Heather Loudin says:

    I love books, period. Whether it be paperback, hardback, or digital. I like my kindle because of the free reads that a lot of authors do. I love the smell of books though. I don’t think there is anything better than the smell of a brand new book! Out of the last 5 books I bought 3 were paperbacks and 2 were for the kindle.

    1. Mia says:

      I’ve always wanted a house room for a library. Don’t know that I’ll ever be able to have it, but I do love the ink/leather/pulpy smell of lots of books.

  39. eli yanti says:

    Love both digital and print. Usually I have 3 genres : hisrom, ya and na

    1. Mia says:

      New Adult is really catching fire, isn’t it?

  40. Julie says:

    I’m still stubbornly holding onto print, as all of my last five purchases have been print.

    1. Mia says:

      If you want to really support those authors, make sure you buy their books in the first week of the release. This applies to ebooks too, but even more so with print.

  41. Katrina whittaker says:

    I prefer to read paperbacks ,I love the smell of a new book and the pages. ;) an autographed book is like winning the lottery ;)
    Some authors dont print books So I buy in digital or if Im to impatient to wait for a book to hit the shelves I buy digital first and quiet often the paperback ;)

    I brought three paperbacks and two digital recently . The last 5 books i purchased.

    1. Mia says:

      LOL for the winning the lottery comment!

  42. Tina R says:

    When I received my kindle I really didn’t think I’d like it, but I have gotten used to it. The kindle has become a huge help in finding self publushed authors and authors that are new to me. I love holding a printed book in my hands though, so i do have some authors that I will only buy in print unless a title is only available in digital format. The last five books that I purchased were 3 in print & 2 in digital format.

    1. Mia says:

      Thanks for sharing that 3/2 ratio. I have some authors whose books I like seeing on my few shelves. It’s like the smile of an old friend.

  43. Rhonda Jones says:

    I like ebooks because I can store more of them in one place. I have two 50 gallon tubs of paper books that I don’t want to get rid of. I can travel with all my books on a ereader.

    1. Mia says:

      I have a Kindle Fire, a Kindle app on my cellphone and a Nook app on my laptop. As a condo dweller for whom space is at a premium, I enjoy having my library in digital form.

  44. Sarah Meral says:

    I prefer paper books and read more or less all books that way. I do now and then read ebooks, but only when they aren´t availble as paper books.

    It has several reasons, why I prefer paper books.
    First, I don´t have an ereader or tablet pc, so all ebooks I have to read on my laptop. Second, I work on the laptop the bigger part of the day and reading is supposed to be a contrast to that for me.
    And third, I do a lot of beta reading for several author friends and I do this mostly on the laptop, too. This way, I can add my comments right away.

    So, if I want to read a book for pleasure, I like it to be a paper book :)

    1. Mia says:

      Not to mention it’s easier to take a print book into the bubble bath. If you drop it, the consequences aren’t quite so dire!

      1. Sarah Meral says:

        Yes!!! Especially since I did drop a book once or twice :-P

  45. Mary Preston says:

    I think I will always prefer print. It just feels right. Less strain on my eyes too. The last five books I bought were all print. Books I know I will cherish & re-read.

    1. Mia says:

      There is a tactile joy in reading a print book, isn’t there?

  46. Elizabeth says:

    When I first got my ereader I wasn’t too sold on it, but over time I let go of the physical copies and converted lol. I think the biggest plus for me is not having all the clutter. I love my books and I keep them all so over time they grow into piles. Through sale on amazon I’ve replaced a lot of my paperbacks with ebooks and have given the paper ones away to friends and such. The other nice thing is ebooks have a lot of sales. And as I stated before, with ebooks authors are publishing a lot more novellas (or seems like they are to me).

    I don’t think I could ever go back to print and all my books over the last year have all been ebooks.

    The only con to ebooks so far is no stepbacks! :(

    1. Mia says:

      True. Those gorgeous hidden pictures are worth the price of a print book, aren’t they?

  47. Sandy Xiong says:

    I would prefer to read digital books because I can always hide what I’m reading from others. Almost no one knows I read romance books and it somehow would cause me to look bad if I do so I hide them in my nook. But I do love print especially for the books I love and enjoy. I just need a print copy of it to satisfied my needs. All the books I buy are digital. The only way I have print copies of book is through giveaway.
    I am dying just to read Twilight with the Infamous Earl. Frost is my favorite of all of them and I’m just exciting to read about him. I haven’t read Sins of the Highlander
    but that is now added to my reading list.

    1. Mia says:

      Thanks, Sandy. Like you, I enjoy both print and digital.

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