Throwback Thursday, in which I decide to write an ebook exclusive.

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Oh the thrill of it! Writing a book without any publisher parameters, without having to submit a synopsis for approval and best of all, a chance to exercise my underworked sense of humor! I’d had the idea to write a mystery about a city girl who lands in the Arizona desert had been rattling around in my brain for a long time. Here’s the blurb for Desert Desperate. 

The Arizona desert is lovely in August. 

If you’re a cactus. 

If you’re not green and prickly it’s like standing in the bottom of a volcano hoping your SPF 15 will do the trick. So how does Simone Greevey, a twenty something e-zine editor from San Francisco wind up wearing a duck costume in sweltering Seepwillow, Arizona? In Desert Desperate, Simone loses her job and her fiancé in one fell swoop and runs to the arms of her eccentric aunt, owner of the Ruddy Duck trailer park, a hundred miles from nowhere.There she meets Chaz Tagliola, a guy who doesn’t know Jimmy Choo from Jiminy Cricket, a man with a passion for God and the one thing Simone has tried to forget about for the decade since her father’s death. Before her suitcase is unpacked; Simone’s aunt disappears, leaving Chaz and Simone to lead a five day junior high school Bible study camp. Bug lightings? Hot dog roasts? Cactus jam recipes? It’s a whole new world for a San Francisco girl. Throw in a mysterious park tenant and a breathtaking natural discovery and the stage is set for Simone to learn a divine lesson that will rock her world in a big way.

I had a blast writing it, however it’s dangerous to be left running wild with your own cleverness, so I enlisted professional editors, proofreaders and cover designers. It was such a thrilling experience, that I’ve done it a second time as well, with Deadly Sands.

I’m the first to admit that ebooks can be a horrendous waste of money, riddled with errors and thrown together at best. So how do YOU decide which ebooks to buy? Does it have to be from an author you know? Or maybe you rely on recommendations. All comments get you entered in the December drawing!

18 responses to this post.

  1. I usually get e-books when they are free. When I buy them, it is usually because I am familiar with the author. Even then, I can’t afford to get them full price so I wait until they are on sale.

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  2. Posted by Lydia on December 12, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    I like both print and Ebooks. I usually stick to authors I know but if the blurb sounds intriguing I will get it. I usually stick to books that are Christian based so I don’t have to put up with curse words and sexual situations.

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  3. I rarely buy books, and don’t have an e-reader. BUT, my husband buys them all the time! He has favorite authors and genres, so that’s how he chooses. My “electronic” books are audio books! I can make myself do boring jobs as I listen to an exciting book.

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  4. Posted by Shanda on December 12, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I will take a chance in a favorite genre for the right price, an engaging beginning, and a good blurb. Kudos on the Epublishing! Power to the people, or something like that. 🙂

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  5. As a person with stacks of books all over my house, I never thought I’d convert, but I love ebooks. I can get them for less and carry a whole library in my purse.

    When a book catches my eye and I don’t know the writer, I’ll look at the sample and if it sounds good take a chance, usually for $3.00 or less. I’ve discovered some great writers this way.

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  6. I’m with Samantha B. I hardly ever read ebooks unless they’re free. Even then I rarely read them. I tried getting into them, but I guess I’m not ready to embrace the concept yet because I prefer good old fashioned paperbacks.

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  7. Posted by Samantha B on December 11, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    I have to admit I rarely BUY ebooks!
    I’ll download ebooks when they’re free, but I much prefer spending my money on hard copies.
    For me to buy a ebook, it would have to be a book that has great reviews and isn’t available as a paperback or hardcover. 😉

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  8. When I commuted, I bought a lot of audio books. I loved them and fir the most part, stuck to favorite authors. Now that I am a retiree, I love reading the conventional way (ink on paper). I do not have a tablet, but I feel I would stick to favorite authors on this type of reading too.
    You have a Merry Christmas. Keep writing those good stories.

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