Thursday, July 24, 2014

Guest Post by Samantha Tonge


I’m a Kindle nerd!

Lovely Emily, on here, calls herself a booknerd. Well, perhaps I should call myself Mrs Mommy Kindlenerd! As well as having two great kids, I’m also addicted to my Kindle. Yet I held off buying one until I was offered a digital-first contract last autumn, from CarinaUK Harlequin, for my debut novel Doubting Abbey. Today sees the publication of its standalone sequel, From Paris with love, and within those few months I have become seriously addicted to my e-reader!

This time last year, however, I would have poured scorn upon the idea of reading from yet another screen. However the Kindle just doesn’t make me feel as if I am on a laptop. I have the most basic one and it is lighter than any book. Best of all, I can turn the pages one-handed, whilst holding a drink – or even better, a biscuit – with the other hand. Or I can lie on my back, easily holding it and turning pages in the air (yes, I have tried all sorts of positions).

What’s more, it will have soon paid for itself, given all the money I have saved on e-books which are cheaper than their paperback counterparts. Plus I’ve enjoyed downloading free books which are often made available to tempt you into buying an author’s other works. This means I have tried out other genres as well - I may not have experimented if the prices were higher. Also, I love the choice of novellas and short stories in this format, which just aren’t available in the paperback market. Plus the books arrive onto my e-reader within seconds – there’s no placing an online order and waiting a week, or jumping into the car and visiting the local bookstore or supermarket.

What’s more, an e-reader is the perfect accompaniment to a holiday –it’s a way of taking tens of books in your luggage without being fined for the extra weight! Of course, there are things about physical books that I miss… The touch, the smell, the pretty colour covers… Plus, in my opinion, reference books are a no-no on e-readers as (for me) it is too fiddly to jump around, from section to section.
And, one day, I do hope to see my own books in print, available online or in a shop. At the moment I make do with canvasses of their covers, on my lounge walls. But if you haven’t yet tried an e-reader, give it some thought. If you go ahead, why not download my fun romantic comedy, From Paris with Love?!

Samantha Tonge lives in Cheshire with her lovely family, and two cats who think they are dogs. When not writing, she spends her days cycling and willing cakes to rise. She has sold over 80 short stories to women’s magazines. Her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, came out in November 2013.

Every girl dreams of hearing those four magical words Will you marry me? But no-one tells you what’s supposed to happen next…
Fun-loving Gemma Goodwin knows she should be revelling in her happy-ever-after. Except when her boyfriend Lord Edward popped the question, after a whirlwind romance, although she didn’t say no….she didn’t exactly say yes either!
A month-long cookery course in Paris could be just the place to make sure her heart and her head are on the same page… And however disenchanted with romance Gemma is feeling, the City of Love has plenty to keep her busy; the champagne is decadently quaffable, the croissants almost too delicious, and shopping is a national past-time! In fact, everything in Paris makes her want to say Je t’aime… Except Edward!
But whilst Paris might offer plenty of distractions from wedding planning – including her new friends, mysterious Joe and hot French rockstar Blade - there’s no reason she couldn’t just try one or two couture dresses is there? Just for fun…


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