Valentine’s Day is for Book Lovers

For those who love to read, we give our hearts to books. Reading a book can be like going on a date. Sometimes, it’s an amazing experience, and you become obsessed and want more. Other times… not so much. And then there are those times when you’re not so sure. Maybe you’ll read the second book in the series and, when you do, that’s when you fall in love.

So, on this special day, celebrate the love of your life! Oh, and maybe go on a date if you really have to. Regardless, crack open a book and let your heart soar.

Need more books to love? Of course you do! The following books and promotions contain freebies along with some bargains. These are all limited time offers and some won’t last beyond February 15, 2018, so click now or forever hold your peace.

First, big news! Tor is rebooting their Ebook of the Month Club. Every month, they will give away a free book. This month it’s a biggie: Robert Jordan’s Eye of the World. All you have to do is sign up for their newsletter. This deal is done on February 15, 2018, so sign up now!

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Don’t miss these limited time free ebooks!

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Free and bargain books in the following awesome promotions!

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My books, FAKEFOLLY, and HIDDEN are available on Amazon in ebook and paperback.

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Cheap and Free Books to Hook

I’m an author, but I’m also an avid reader and I love discovering new authors and series through deals and promotions. A cheap or free first-in-series or prequel novella is a great, no-risk way to decide if you really like the story, characters, and the author’s style. If so, I’ll gladly pay more to keep reading.

Looking for something to get you hooked? Check out these great promos and free books.

These three fine reads are always free, so download and dig in.

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Buyer be warned: all of the following promos end on January 31, 2018. They are loaded with awesome books, so don’t miss out!

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My books, FAKEFOLLY, and HIDDEN are available on Amazon in ebook and paperback.

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Freebies and a Giveaway

I’ve got some great freebies to share with you on this fine Tuesday, along with an awesome paperback book giveaway. Everything listed is time-sensitive, so act now. You will not want to miss any of these!

If you love YA, you’re going to want to check out the great selection of free books offered here.
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Award winning YA Fantasy novel free today!
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Get your post-apocalypse on with this pulse-pounding free book!
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Enter for the chance to win paperback copies of FOUR COMPLETED YA Paranormal Series!
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My books, FAKEFOLLY, and HIDDEN are available on Amazon in ebook and paperback.

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Tuesday Steals and Deals

Today’s Steals and Deals includes not one, but two dragons attacking spaceships! Is it an allegory for the weather? Nope. It’s just that kind of Tuesday. Cold and gray, sit back and read kind of day. These dealios all have a time limit, so grab ’em now!

This ultimate giveaway has free Sci-Fi and Fantasy reads.
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There are steals and deals in this fantastical collection.
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Arcane reads all for $0.99 each, including my first in series, Fake.
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The entire Hybrid Trilogy is on sale to celebrate the release of the third book.
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Fantasy Free Reads on Such a Winter’s Day

Karen Carpenter sang “Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.” But what about a cold, windy, gray Tuesday? Rather than feeling down, I’m going to catch up on my reading. The couch and my Kindle are beckoning. If you’re in the same lousy weather boat, check out these sci-fi and fantasy freebies to add to your reading list. These are all time-sensitive, so act now!

Lots of great free books in this giveaway.
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Free with Kindle Unlimited, plus a contest open to all.
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All three of these awesome fantasy books are free today!
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Banned Books Week

I’m back from a long summer hiatus and ready to blog again. I thought I’d jump right in by commemorating a fabulous yet controversial event. Sept. 22 – 28, 2013 is Banned Books Week. This event puts the spotlight on banned and challenged books.

After checking out a few lists of banned and challenged books, I was amazed to see how many books I’ve enjoyed were banned. I was inspired to create the following gif for my Tumblr, Literary Gifs.

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Some of the reasons these books were banned defies logic. For example, I cannot imagine anyone reading “Speak” would think the novel was soft porn or that the author was promoting promiscuity.  It’s the story of a rape victim who loses the ability to speak. I can only think that whoever accused “Speak” of these things either didn’t read the book or is all about victim blaming.

Other books are more problematic. “Mein Kampf” by Adolf Hitler is a commonly banned and challenged book. Obviously, his worldview is repugnant and his crimes against humanity are the very worst. I haven’t read the book nor do I want to. However, I cannot in good conscious tell anyone else not to read it. It is an historical document that can give the reader insight into the mind of a madman who came to power and was responsible for the murder of millions of people. We prevent the next Hitler by knowing all we can about the original one.

The lists of banned and challenged books have perennial favorites that have remained on the lists into the 21st century. These include “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou, and “Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger. What do these books have in common? To my mind, they speak truth to power and sometimes power cannot stand the truth.

Looking for some banned books to read? Check out these lists:

A number of classic books have been banned. The following books are available free online. You may be surprised by what you see below.

Stories for Girls

During lunch yesterday, my husband and I happened to get on the subject of female protagonists in literature. He had recently listened to a repeat of a Fresh Air interview with Meryl Streep. She spoke of how, growing up, she identified more with male protagonists than female ones because she hadn’t read books with strong female protagonists other than Nancy Drew.

This intrigued me, so I looked up the interview online.  Here are her remarks in context:

GROSS: So I want to quote something else you said, and this was in the Barnard speech that you gave in 2010, that “The hardest thing in the world is to persuade a straight male audience to identify with a woman character. It’s easier for women because we were brought up identifying with male characters in literature. It’s hard for straight boys to identify with Juliet or Wendy in “Peter Pan,” whereas girls identify with Romeo and with Peter Pan.” What led you to that conclusion?

STREEP: Well, it seems like true.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

GROSS: I will accept that as evidence.

STREEP: All right. All right. What led me to that? What led me to that was I have never – I mean I watch movies and I don’t care who is the protagonist, I feel what that guy is feeling. You know, if it’s Tom Cruise leaping over a building I, I want to make it, you know? And I’m going to, yes, I made it. And yeah, so I get that.

And I’ve grown up, well, partly because there weren’t great girls’ literature. Nancy Drew maybe. But there weren’t things. So there was Huck Finn and Spin and Marty. The boys’ characters were interesting and you lived through them when you’re watching it. You know, you’re not aware of it but you’re following the action of the film through the body of the protagonist.

This is pretty loaded stuff. Girls identify with boy protagonists because they are the action characters, particularly in the literature available when she grew up.

First, I have to say that as a girl, I never identified with Juliet, Romeo Wendy or Peter Pan. My favorite Shakespeare heroine was (and is) Beatrice from “Much Ado About Nothing.” As for Peter Pan, never read the book, but my favorite character in the play and the Disney movie was Tinker Bell. I can’t tell another person who they identified with, but did Ms. Streep really identify with Darcy rather than Lizzie when reading and/or watching “Pride and Prejudice”?

I wondered when Meryl Streep was born, so I Googled her and found her birthday, June 22, 1949. This means Ms. Streep had her formative reading years in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Were there really no books available at that time with strong girl protagonists aside from Nancy Drew? The answer is there were a number of book in print, probably available at the local library. These include:

  • “Island of the Blue Dolphins” by Scott O’Dell
  • “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith
  • “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott
  • “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle
  • “The Secret Garden” and “A Little Princess” by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • “Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • “Beezus and Ramona” by Beverly Cleary

I don’t fault Ms. Streep if she didn’t read these books. It’s possible she was unaware of them. This points to our responsibility as adults. If we want to grow girls into strong, independent, adventurous women, then we need to provide role models, both real life and fictional characters. Books with these characters have been and continue to be written. We need to help the girls in our lives become aware of female heroes and provide them with the books of their stories and lives. If we want boys to see girls and women as heroic and protagonist-worthy, we need to provide them with these books as well.

Looking for children and young adult books with strong female protagonists? Check out this WordPress blog, Amelia Bloomer Project. From their About page:

Welcome to the Amelia Bloomer Project blog! We create an annual booklist of the best feminist books for young readers, ages birth through 18. We are part of the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association!

The chosen books by year are listed here.

You can also check out this Goodreads list: Popular Strong Girl Characters Books.

The following books mentioned above are now in the public domain and can be downloaded for free. You can find them in a variety of formats on Manybooks.net

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This popular novel concerns the lives and loves of four sisters growing up during the American Civil War, and was based on Alcott’s own experiences as a child in Concord, Massachusetts.

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A skinny, red-haired, and freckled orphan girl is mistakenly sent to live with a shy, elderly bachelor and his spinster sister on the north shore of Canada’s Prince Edward Island; The elderly siblings had asked to adopt a young boy who could work on the family farm, but the imaginitive and rambunctious Anne Shirley arrives instead, and becomes the center of a series of entertaining adventures.

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When spoiled child Mary Lennox loses her family to a cholera outbreak, she moves to her uncle’s manor surrounded by a massive garden. Within, Mary discovers a whole new outlook on life thanks to a supportive household and the garden’s power of healing. (Description from Amazon.com)

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Sara Crewe, a pupil at Miss Minchin’s London school, is left in poverty when her father dies, but is later rescued by a mysterious benefactor.