I was in Kindergarten when I got my first library card. My mom would drive into Scranton and I'd emerge from the library with a stack of books half my height... and have them all read before we even got home.
When I was a kid, I devoured books. I was starved for stories, those escapes into other worlds and other people's heads. I learned strange new words that took me years to figure out how to pronounce but I used them anyway. (Even taught the nun who taught our fifth grade class the word "decapitate". She in turn threatened us with it on a daily basis for the rest of the year. We didn't think she was *actually* serious... mostly.)
Recently, I read an article about the first completely BOOKLESS library. This digital library may be the wave of the paperless future--and while I applaud the ability to get more services to more people, to allow libraries to obtain more titles without the physical depreciation or space restrictions, it makes me nostalgic for the days when I was a kid, in the backseat of a Chevy, with a pile of books on each side of me.
Ebooks are a big part of my backlist. They are a big part of just about every author's list. In fact, many publishers are ebook-only publishers.
But I remember when I was selecting a publisher's offer for my first novel. The first round of eliminations, so to speak, involved putting aside ebook-only contracts in favor for the print-and-electronic ones.
I love print books. I love the tactile sensation of holding an entire world in my hands. I love the look of light on paper, making the words stand out in high rest wonder. I love cover art and the ability to flip the book over to admire it without losing my place. I love handmade bookmarks. I love old book smell.
I like the convenience and the low cost of eBooks. But I LOVE printed books. That's just how I was raised, I suppose.
In honor of National Librarian's Day on April 16, I thought I'd put together a giveaway. I hope you'll take the time to enter and to share it with your reader and writer friends.
Show your local library some love!
I'm going to give away a book bundle to one lucky library... and it's up to YOU to win it for them!
This bundle will have a copy of each of my paperbacks...
BLEEDING HEARTS (Demimonde #1)
BLOOD RUSH (Demimonde #2)
WOLF'S BANE (Demimonde #3)
(urban fantasy series)
WORDS THAT BIND
THE HEARTBEAT THIEF
BOXED AND BROKEN
(short story and poetry collection)
THE SCENT OF HIS FEATHERS: a collection of dark verses
And there is no obligation, no purchase necessary to win. You don't have to work at a library to enter this... it's open to anyone. Just enter the name and location of your local library (US).
Don't forget to enter your email address, too--because the person who enters the winning library will also get their pick of a book, as well. Libraries aren't the only ones who need love, you know. *wink*
This bundle will be shipped free of charge to one public library in the US.
Sharing is ENCOURAGED! Please Tweet, Instagram, and FB this post to share this with your friends on social media.
Tell your favorite librarian, too.
It'll show them how much you really care. *hearts*
Ash Krafton is a speculative fiction writer who, despite having a Time Turner under her couch and three different sonic screwdrivers in her purse, still encounters difficulty with time management. Visit Ash at www.ashkrafton.com for news on her urban fantasy series The Books of the Demimonde. She writes for New Adult audiences as “AJ Krafton”. Her first release, a Victorian dark fantasy called THE HEARTBEAT THIEF , is now available in paperback as well as on Kindle.