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October 28, 2009

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.

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