Pimp My Read is your chance to win one of four fantastic e-readers, as well as best-selling, super-sexy, fun contemporary romances by authors Ruthie Knox, Sarah Mayberry, Shannon Stacey, and Molly O’Keefe. This week, we four authors bedeck ourselves in (virtual) feathers and gold chains, climb on top of our Pimp Caddies, and sing the praises of e-readers and digital books at four fantastic romance review sites: Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, Smexybooks, Dear Author, and The Season for Romance. At every site, one of us is giving away an e-reader, as well as prizes for runners-up. If you’ve been on the fence about which e-reader to get, or even why you would get one—or if you love your e-reader to bits and are dying to convert a friend or family member to the digital side—this is the contest you’ve been waiting for!
The winner of each e-reader and two runners-up at each site will also receive Exclusively Yours, Undeniably Yours, and Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey, Her Best Worst Mistake and Within Reach by Sarah Mayberry, About Last Night and Ride With Me by Ruthie Knox, and Can’t Buy Me Love by Molly O’Keefe.
The day I joined the 21st Century
by Sarah Mayberry
First up, it’s lovely to be chatting to you here today (and this week!) at Smexy Books. A big thanks to Mandi for playing with us and helping us Pimp some e-goodness to you all.
One of the reasons I was so keen to do this with Ruthie, Shannon and Molly (apart from wanting to rub virtual shoulders with three such talented writers) was because not so long ago I was an e-book denier. Many were the conversations I had with my friends about how I loved holding a book in my hand and how I would never get into this new-fangled e-book reading thing. “Nothing will ever replace the feel, the smell, the experience of reading a book for me” was a commonly heard mantra around our house.
Then we went to Europe for an extended working vacation. I don’t know about you, but I always take a stash of books with me when I travel. There’s all that airport and airplane time to while away, plus the mandatory read before lights out at night. And you never know if you’ll find a good book shop with English books when you’re traveling in non-English speaking countries. So, as you can imagine, there was a fair amount of my suitcase devoted to books. We were in Florence for 8 weeks, though, and I chewed through my stash pretty quickly. I was reduced to trawling the English language paperback exchange bookshop that I managed to track down in a little alley, reading other people’s cast off books. Then, when it was time to go home, I’d bought so many shoes and other clothes I had to abandon all the books I’d brought with me. ( I know, poor me, boo hoo! The shoes were totally worth it, by the way).
I consoled myself with the thought that someone else would get to enjoy some awesome romance novels, but it hurt to leave those books behind. It occurred to me as we were leaving that if I had an e-reader, not only would I have been able to bring dozens of books with me, I wouldn’t have to leave them behind. Better yet, because I had an internet connection, if I had run out of books I could have downloaded more instantly. All pretty persuasive arguments for someone who’d recently been through the trauma of abandoning books.
So I started exploring the options, and I finally decided on a Sony e-reader. My family gave it to me for my birthday, along with a gorgeous red cover with a built in light. Well, what a revelation – and a revolution. No more piles of books stacked beside my bed. No more having to off load the books that didn’t make it onto my keeper shelf. No more husband nudging me and telling me to turn the light out (that little light in the cover is the equivalent to reading under the covers with a torch!) I was in heaven. I could take my e-reader with me everywhere and always have a book on hand to read. Better yet, the reader always knew what page I was up to, even if I didn’t.
I haven’t looked back. I still read paper books, and if I really love an e-book, I will buy a paper copy for my keepers shelf because I still love to “own” the book. But having an e-reader has changed my life, and I’d love to offer someone the same experience – or help you to offer a friend or loved one the same experience by gifting a Kindle to them.
How To Enter
To enter, leave a comment explaining either (a) why you want to win this e-reader for yourself or (b) why you want to win it for someone else. Please include your e-mail address in the appropriate comment field so we have a way of contacting you if you win. Your e-mail address will not be visible to the general commenting public.
The Fine Print
1. Feel free to increase your chances of winning by entering once at each of the four sites! But please, only one entry per site. Deliberate multiple comments on any individual e-reader giveaway post will get you disqualified.
2. The contest opens on each site when the post goes live and closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, July 20.
3. Ruthie, Sarah, Shannon, and Molly will choose the winners from among the comments on the site where each posts. Feel free to entertain us or tug at our heartstrings — we’ll pick the winners whose comments most effectively sway us!
4. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
5. This contest is open internationally. The e-readers on offer will work in many, but not all, countries. Please be aware that geographical restrictions may affect your ability to use/enjoy your prize.