Every spring I’m thrilled to see plants that have lain dormant during the winter burst into leaf and bloom. Bulbs I had forgotten suddenly send up shoots, and I can hardly wait to grab shears and fill vases all over my house with the richness of fragrance and bloom.
Just as spring brings new life to gardens and fresh enjoyment for the gardener, so have e-books brought a new outlet for books and fresh entertainment for the reader. Not only does an author’s front list gain fans, but the backlist now has a venue. Books that are long out of print and hard to find (sometimes very expensive, too), can be brought back to life with new covers, updated story and a brand new audience. Too, long-time fans can now enjoy the books in both print and digital format.
Before I wrote the Southern Cousins Mystery series, before I became Anna Michaels who writes literary fiction, I wrote romance. Fifty-six, to be exact. My earliest romances were published under the Loveswept and Fanfare logos with Bantam Publishing Company (now Random House).
For the past year I’ve been bringing my Loveswept romantic comedy classics back to readers in digital format. It has been fun to edit these books, to re-acquaint myself with the characters, laugh at their antics and cry over their heartbreaks.
I’ve loved having control over everything, especially the covers. Three really good cover design artists have done some amazing covers for me. Pat Ryan did the ethereally beautiful covers for Touched by Angels and the sequel, A Prince for Jenny. Marc Fletcher did the gorgeous cover for the time travel romance, Night of the Dragon. Kim Van Meter designed covers for the five-book Donovans of the Delta romantic comedy series, as well as the knock-your-socks-off Witch Dance (romantic suspense.)
Altogether I have 15 titles from my backlist available as e-books. Seven of them have been on the Kindle Top Seller list. Donovan’s Angel, the first book of the Donovan’s of the Delta series, is now available FREE wherever e-books are sold.
As a bonus for readers here at the Southern Authors Blogspot, I’ve also reduced the price of Witch Dance to $2.99.
Enjoy your spring gardens and your spring reading! I’d love to hear what you have in your gardens as well as on your bookshelves.
Peggy Webb, a native Mississippian, is the award-winning, bestselling author of almost 70 novels. To find her backlist, go to http://www.amazon.com/, http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ and www.smashwords.com . When she’s not writing, she enjoys gardening and playing the piano.