Do you have books you like to read that you probably wouldn’t tout as “good literature” to your snobby friends? We all should. We should all read all sort of books, especially fiction.
For the longest time, I kept my love of sci-fi to myself. My public self loves Dostoevsky, Jane Austen, Tolstoy, etc. And I do love them. But sometimes, I just want to read something fun. Something funny, sexy, and, let’s face it: not something I would have read in college.
To be fair, these types of books may not be impressive tomes to leave on your table, they may not challenge your intellect very much, but these types of books are necessary.
A good reader can enjoy and respect all types of literature. And we shouldn’t feel guilty about our guilty pleasures.
My “guilty” choice? Werewolf/vampire novels. No, not Twilight. I just can’t get behind Twilight, even though I made myself read the whole series. No, I like the were/vamp literature that’s not about abusive relationships. I like real relationships in books, but Twilight just put me right off.
One of my favourite authors of the genre is Nicky Charles, and independent authors who writes just because she loves to write.
For the longest time, she gave away her ebooks for free, and asked that, if you so wished, you would donate what you thought the book was worth to an animal charity. I love this. Now, she is asking a small price for her ebooks, which I am totally down with. I downloaded all her books onto my (previous) cell phone and read them on the bus. A few times. I just got a new phone, so I will have to buy her books again, I think.
From her latest newsletter:
Yes, that is a price you see listed above; that’s my next piece of news. After much wavering, soul-searching and consultation with friends, I’ve finally decided to start selling my books. I’m getting closer to retirement and, with the cost of living increasing, my nice pension won’t be stretching quite as far as it once would have. As well, my local animal shelter is in desperate need of rebuilding. I’m hoping the proceeds from my books will allow me to help out in a meaningful way.
I think this is totally fair. $2.99 is an incredible deal for such engaging books, and for such a good cause.
Nicky is currently running a contest in which five winners will be chosen to receive a free copy of her ebook from smashwords. I so want to win!
PLEASE NOTE: This post is not in any way an endorsement in hopes of winning, and in no way increases my chances. I am just writing this because I want to support an awesome author as well as help others get into her fantastic fiction series.