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Friday, June 14, 2013

Author Kenya Carlton Asks... Do You Miss Bookstores?

Today I’m thrilled to welcome over Kenya Carlton, author of Devil’s Play, Book Two in the Sweet as Sin Series, a Paranormal Multicultural Erotic read. Kenya is here to chat about traditional bookstores and the eBook craze.

Publisher: Parker Publishing
Date of Publication: May 25, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-60043-130-2
Number of pages: 169
Purchase at Amazon

Book Description

Snuggled within the warm embrace of marital bliss, biologically altered army Captain Drake Devilin and his supernatural bride Sienna face their biggest challenge to date. Called back for duty in World War II, Drake must leave his amazing life behind and join his troop to fight the Nazis.  Although he’s certain his new mission is merely a rouse to obtain his most precious commodity, his wife, Drake leaves, but not before giving Sienna a magical necklace in the hope it will protect her against unknown enemies.
Lured from her prosperous island by a sorcerer who is convinced she was always meant to be his bride. Sienna is challenged to play three magical games to ensure her husband’s safe return. In each game, a limited time is given to Sienna to immerse herself into a new world, situation, and persona; find Drake; and have him acknowledge her by name. And she can’t use her powers to make it happen.
Everything dear to Sienna’s heart is put in jeopardy. Willing to fight for the love of her life and her happiness, Sienna takes on the sorcerer in his own game of cat and mouse.

Let’s hear from Kenya!

Do you miss bookstores?

Maybe not even a whole five miles away was a Borders Bookstore that I often frequented. The library was closer, but I would trek those two extra miles to get to my Zen hangout—Borders. At the tip of my fingers were my favorite things; a ton of books and cappuccino. Often I would have writing sessions with my girlfriends or would just chill out with my laptop and a mocha latte. The bookstore was a quiet place where regulars would fight for the best seat; which, by the way, was the one by the outlet next to the window. 

Now the store is closed due to bankruptcy. Apparently Borders didn’t believe the digital age would take over the way that it did. Back when the Internet was in its toddler stages and AOL was the only reliable search engine, Stephen King predicted digital books would soon be the new wave. So positive that this would be the best format for books, King made a novella called Riding the Bullet, and then later The Plant, available only in e-book. This bestselling author had so much faith in the Internet that he sold his biggest commodity over the World Wide Web. His first venture, Riding the Bullet, didn’t work out that well. Unfortunately, someone hacked the site and stole the book. Luckily the second one didn’t do too badly. 

Personally I never thought the craze would take off. Who would want to read a book over the Internet? I figured people would want to flip the pages and feel the book, turn sidewise while reading. Whelp, I was wrong, look at us now! E-books outsell paperbacks by 15%. It may not be a lot, but it’s enough to make its presence known. Barnes and Noble had a clue what was on the storm front and decided to batten down the hatches with the Nook. Borders tried to hitch a ride with the Sony e-reader, but it was too late. Amazon was already kicking their ass.

In my area there are a few other bookstores but they aren’t as close and not as comfortable. The upside is the simple weight of the e-reader compared to even five bulky books makes the transition worthwhile not to mention the portability of the unit. The best I can do to make this blog a cautionary tale is to remind people that technology is an ever-changing creature. Try not to get so attached to the old ways and open your mind to the new because in no time Rosie from The Jetson’s will be available in stores soon!

About the Author

Native of Chicago Illinois, Kenya worked in the Network operation Center for PBS and TLN television stations. Executive producer of her own production company Black R.O.K Productions Kenya produced a pilot for travel series Destination Everywhere, Independent short film Dawn shown at the Chicago Latino film Festival, and wrote and directed the documentary Our Africa. Writing titles available; Jaded, Sweet as Sin, Brazil re-issue, Devil’s Play, and Remember This.

Twitter @kcbookcafe

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