Archive for March, 2012



These books need a good home…
Saturday, March 31st, 2012

 

My books get translated into foreign languages and I get a few copies when they do. Other than the one copy I put on my bookshelf to go “How cool is that?” they sit in a box.  I’d like to find them homes (and I know a lot of other authors are in the same position).

Maybe you can help.

Do you work in a library that serves a non-English community and could use more books in foreign  languages? Do you work or volunteer in a nursing home or convalescent facility where there’s a need for books in other languages for the residents to enjoy? Maybe your church or community center runs a program for immigrants or non-native speakers?

Surely someone somewhere would benefit from these books.

All you need to do is let me know. What languages do you need? What are your plans?  Have the person who’ll collect and distribute the books contact me, and we’ll work out the details: Kimberly@booksbykimberly.com

Not only am I willing to donate books where they’ll be useful, I’ll collect the information in to one place and make it available to other authors as well so that they can find good homes for their foreign editions.  I may not have the languages you need, but there’s an author out there who does.

Look at all those books up there… brand-new and unread. That’s a sad state for a book to be in. Let’s find them someone.

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Volume 3
Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Isn’t it GORGEOUS!?!?!?!*

Once again, I’ve teamed up with Lynn Raye Harris and Kira Sinclair in a book of excerpts to whet your appetite for our upcoming books. This time, we’re also excited to welcome debut Desire author Andrea Laurence to the booklet.  Andrea’s books are full of glitz and glam and gorgeous men, so she’s a good fit.

We’ll have the booklets with us at events over the spring and summer, so all you have to do is come up and say Hi to get one.  (Sorry, this is not something you can send an SASE for and get from me by mail.  You’ll either have to find us at an event or order it yourself through CreateSpace.  However, if you’re doing a reader event or other event where these would be appropriate, let me know. We might be able to send some for you to distribute to your attendees. )

*Design by Croco Designs. (Who also designed this website). She’s a genius!

 

Foreign Fun
Saturday, March 10th, 2012

I love the fact that Harlequin is a world-wide company.  Finding a foreign edition always makes me smile.  I’ve had a few foreign releases recently and thought I’d share.

Sometimes they use the same cover art, which makes it very easy to identify the book:

Girls’ Guide to Flirting With Danger, Greece

 

And here is is in Mexico:

 

The Privileged and the Damned, France

 

When they choose new cover art though, or put it in a collection with another author and use that author’s cover, finding out which book it is takes a little time with Google translate (especially when it’s in Russian or Greek or another language that doesn’t make the hero and heroine’s name easy to pick out of the description!)

This is the Italian version of The Privileged and the Damned

And this is The Millionaire’s Misbehaving Mistress in Brazil

Looking for free books?
Friday, March 9th, 2012

I get a lot of hits from people looking for free downloads of my books.

Let me just say that there are no free LEGAL copies of my books available.

Oh, there are ILLEGAL copies of my books out there.  I spend time I’d rather spend writing sending takedown notices because the people uploading these books are violating copyright and I’m just trying to protect the books I worked hard to create.

Piracy hurts authors.

Of course, piracy hurts us financially.  I make a royalty on each copy sold.  Therefore, an illegal download means I didn’t make any money off that sale.  I love writing books. It’s my job, however, and I use that money to pay my bills.  If writers don’t get paid for the books they create, they have to find other ways to pay their bills.

Piracy hurts readers because when writers have to take other jobs to pay their bills, they don’t have the same amount of time to write the books readers enjoy.

It’s a lose-lose situation.

Piracy also hurts authors because our publishers like us to prove that we’re worth the money they’re spending editing, designing covers and printing/distributing books. If we don’t sell books, we don’t get new contracts to write more books because we’re not providing a return on their investment. The thousand illegal downloads doesn’t prove to the publisher that people like our books. The publisher looks only at the books sold because that’s how they make money. Low sales equal an author who doesn’t have a publisher anymore.

That hurts readers, too. If you’ve ever wondered why an author set out to write a trilogy but only two books exist, it’s because the sales of those first two books weren’t considered good enough for the publisher to take on the third book.

Again, a lose-lose situation.

Piracy is illegal. Copyright laws exist to protect the intellectual and creative property of artists of all kinds. The pirates who upload books, music, movies, software, etc to sites so others can download them for free are breaking the law and showing disrespect for the creators of that content.  The people who download that content are stealing. It’s no different than walking into a store, shoving something down your pants and walking out. It’s theft. Period.

Some folks believe that all content should be free, and I’ll never be able to convince them otherwise. They’ll never pay for anything, no matter how many times they’re told it’s illegal and immoral to steal. However, if you believe that authors deserve to be paid for the work they create, I’m hoping you’ll go purchase their books. I know; times are tough right now and lots of people are hurting financially.  However, the library is a great place to get books you love to read for free. And it’s legal.

I’m hoping you just landed on this page because you were hoping there was a free, legal giveaway going on somewhere or maybe you were hoping the next book was available already.  I now hope that you’ll wait and get a copy legally — either through a bookstore or your local library.

Harlequin/Mills and Boon controls all of the rights to the distribution of books written for Presents/Presents EXTRA/KISS and Modern/Modern Heat/RIVA/Tempted.  Free downloads of selected Harlequin/Mills and Boon titles are available through the Harlequin and Mills and Boon websites, but none of my books are currently available, though.  Sorry.

Harlequin has made several of my books available through the Scribd subscription plan, but once again, those are not free.

Entangled Publishing controls the rights for “Grace Felt the Heat” and When Honey Got Married… No free legal copies of that book are available.

Penguin Random House (NAL) controls the rights for the Magnolia Beach series of books.

Reviewers *may* be able to find Advance copies of new books through NetGalley for review purposes. Reviewers can also contact the publishers directly to request review copies.

Any other site offering free downloads of my books are doing so illegally.

Please don’t support piracy.

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Kimberly Lang;  The Secret Mistress Arrangement; The Millionaire’s Misbehaving Mistress; Magnate’s Mistress…Accidentally Pregnant!; Boardroom Rivals, Bedroom Fireworks!; What Happens In Vegas…; Girls’ Guide to Flirting With Danger; The Privileged and the Damned; The Power and the Glory; Redemption of a Hollywood Starlet; Kimberley Lang; free download; streaming; pdf; ebook; torrent; 4shared; The Downfall of a Good Girl; The Taming of a Wild Child; Last Groom Standing; When Honey Got Married; Grace Felt the Heat; scribd; free ebook; No Time Like Mardi Gras; The Million Dollar Question; The Wedding Season; Something to Prove; Magnolia Beach; Everything at Last; tuebl; One Little Thing; More Than Anything;