Brown Paper Packages, Tied Up with String

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Bookstores. New books. Amazon packages on my door step. These are just a few of my favorite things. As November is rounding the bend and the holiday swing will begin to dance its jig, I get to be excited about new books from several of my favorite authors, but I must confess to a certain wicked delight I take when I know a new In Death book is waiting in the wings. Next Tuesday, on November 3rd, J.D. Robb’s 30th In Death is released featuring homicide lieutenant Eve Dallas, her mega-billionaire husband Roarke and their entire cast of characters.

Nora Roberts is an extremely prolific writer and while I am a fan of several of her romances, I have to admit, I am completely captivated by the In Death series. Part of the affection is the cast of characters that populates these novels and fills out all the nooks and crannies of Roarke and Eve’s lives. Part of it is journeying with them into their happily ever after and honestly, part of it is the mystery that unravels in each book.

Kindred in Death

I am such a fan of these books that I rarely, if ever actually read their blurbs. But I swung by Amazon today to check out that my preorder was in place (we have a Yule Rule in this house which I will get to in a moment) and two things caught me off guard, the price and the blurb. First of all, the hardback is just $9. The price wars are in full swing and Publishers Weekly was talking about the pending lawsuits against Amazon, Wal-Mart and Target for price fixing, but a hardback at $9 seems like such a steal. I have to wonder: will it really hurt authors to have the price reduced?

As an author, I have to say I wince at the idea of a $25 book going for $9 right off the back, that’s only a dollar more than the average paperback these days. But as a fan and someone feeling the economic pinch myself, that $9 is a huge gift! I was all set to pay $20, but to get it for $9 is a cheer worthy. So now, of course, I have guilt going on. But we shall see.

The second big surprise was the full blurb that accompanied the book. I’m so used to there just being a sentence or two that I don’t worry about it, but now I have a blurb to savor over the next few days:

When the newly promoted captain of the NYPSD and his wife return a day early from their vacation, they were looking forward to spending time with their bright and vivacious sixteen-year-old daughter who had stayed behind.

Not even their worst nightmares could have prepared them for the crime scene that awaited them instead. Brutally murdered in her bedroom, Deena’s body showed signs of trauma that horrified even the toughest of cops; including our own Lieutenant Eve Dallas, who was specifically requested by the captain to investigate.

When the evidence starts to pile up, Dallas and her team think they are about to arrest their perpetrator; little do they know yet that someone has gone to great lengths to tease and taunt them by using a variety of identities. Overconfidence can lead to careless mistakes. But for Dallas, one mistake might be all she needs to bring justice.

So, six days and counting. I can’t wait for my brown paper package, tied up with string!

The Yule Rule

For those of you who might be curious about the aforementioned Yule rule, in our family we are not allowed to shop for ourselves after November 1st. There are very few to no exceptions to this rule. This allows everyone plenty of time to pick out presents for the holiday season, particularly because great favorites like J.D. Robb come out at this time of year. So how did I dodge the rule? I pre-ordered the book back in April with a gift card I got for my birthday.

According to my husband, that’s stretching the rule mighty thin. But I’m good with that. What rules do you observe around the holidays and what books are you looking forward to?

1 Comment

  1. RKCharron says:

    Hi Heather 🙂
    I don't have any rules around the holidays but we have a tradition of opening one gift on Christmas Eve.
    On a side note, I think the authors/pub. industry will be surprised at exceeding their sales/revenue forecast for the new releases that are now 9.00 as I predict they will sell AT LEAST 5x more than if they were reg. priced.
    Simple economics. Sell a hundred at 30.00 = 3000 dollars. Sell a thousand at 9.00 = 9000 dollars. I know I am going to buy almost all of the new releases where I was only going to buy one.
    Mark this comment for posterity – I am positive I'll be proven right.
    All the best,

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