At my Samhain e-novella?

I haven’t got a page for it up on my bookshelf page quite yet — I’m waiting for the cover art. But the blurb and excerpt for my May 12th release went up on the Samhain website. If you read the title and laugh, that’s good! It’s a comedy. And the story is very loosely linked to Goddess of the Hunt.

Also – I finally have a contest going on this here website! So when you click that Contest link, it gives you something other than a vague promise of “coming soon.”

I had plans to blog more today, but I am terribly sick. I did just want to comment briefly on the latest online debate. There’s been a lot of discussion in the past week about the Kindle2 and it’s TTS (text-to-speech) feature – whether it constitutes a copyright violation, whether Author’s Guild was right to protest the feature, and whether Amazon was right to back down. (See here and here, for example.) I really can’t pretend to understand all the legal arguments involved, but I tend to agree that clutching our intellectual property tighter to our chests is not the best way to protect our income. And what I can’t understand is why an organization devoted to protecting authors’ interests would not view protecting readers’ interests as paramount to that mission. What are authors without readers? Sure, authors create the words on the page, but any cultural significance of a book is a joint product of the author and the readers. To put it Zen-ly: if a book sits alone, unread, in the middle of a forest, does it make a point?

Maybe it’s because I was a public librarian long before I became an author, but I’m all about access. I’d let them read my books aloud over the PA at sports arenas and shopping malls, if anyone cared to do such a thing. I’m pretty sure my royalties would only go up!

What say you?

8 comments to “Want a sneak peek…”

  1. Courtney Milan
    · March 3rd, 2009 at 9:32 am · Link

    I say, yay! It is Legend of the Werestag time–and since people are apparently sick of paranormals, I should say the timing is just about right. 😉

  2. Elyssa Papa
    · March 3rd, 2009 at 1:45 pm · Link

    The werestag, eh? It sounds cute and funny. I forgot the relation to GOTH, but my memory is bad when it comes to that sort of stuff. Do you think more e-books are in your future along with mass-market books?

    I hope you feel better. It’s never fun being sick.

  3. Gillian
    · March 3rd, 2009 at 8:11 pm · Link

    I loved the excerpt! Seriously, you had me at “Perhaps in pairs.” 🙂

    Kindle can spout my Harry Potter until the cows come home…there’s no way it’s going to sound like Jim Dale. I have no problem with it whatsoever.

  4. Lori Brighton
    · March 4th, 2009 at 10:33 am · Link

    ugh, i think everyone is sick at the moment, myself included.

    But your book sounds great! And yes, i did laugh.

  5. terrio
    · March 4th, 2009 at 10:48 am · Link

    That excerpt is wonderful!

    I say let the Kindle have its voice. It’s not going to be anything like an audiobook. I understand wanting to control what happens with something you created, and be compensated for it, but at some point you have to let it go.

    If I by the book then decide to read it aloud to my grandmother, are they going to sue me?

  6. terrio
    · March 4th, 2009 at 10:48 am · Link

    Forgot to say I hope you feel better soon!

  7. Tessa
    · March 4th, 2009 at 10:08 pm · Link

    Thanks for all the well wishes, ladies. I did get on antibiotics yesterday and made a very quick rebound. Hooray!

    And thanks for checking out the excerpt! I’m glad you liked it. I had way too much fun writing it. It’s not all laughs, though. As with anything I write, there’s (hopefully) heartfelt romance at the core.

    Ely, you asked if more e-books would be in my future. Possibly! If ever I’m faced with a long time between print releases, I think an e-book could be a great way to fill the gap.

  8. Tiffany
    · March 5th, 2009 at 3:35 pm · Link

    Get better, soon! It sucks being sick, and looking after wee ones while you do it. No fun at all.

    No comment on paras from me 😉 okay, a wee one, most of them aren’t real paras but sad, I’m following a trend bad ripoffs 🙂 Hey I can say that, I read mostly para. And there is more duds than not these days.

    Tessa, your book sounds like a lot of fun!