50% off my ebook GREEN through tomorrow!

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I like to write posts of a more contemplative, informative nature, but just now, I have very timely news; the Kindle version of my debut novel GREEN is 50% off from now until December 23, 2013. This means that if you have been thinking about getting my book GREEN and you have an e-reader, strike while the iron price is hot! Because at 11:59 pm (23:59) on December 23, 2013, this sale will be over.

Here’s a few quotes from reader reviews that might add to your curiosity:

I had a hard time putting this novel down. Green’s characters were compelling and likeable. Not only was it a very satisfying, engrossing story but it left me as a reader more inspired to “take the Challenge” in my own life. If you want a ‘fun read’ that makes you think and inspires you to act, read this book! ~reader review, December 18, 2013

Anderson manages to be highly romantic yet somehow realistic, unabashedly optimistic yet somehow wise, and always fun! Emotionally and intellectually satisfying good read. ~reader review, December 18, 2013

You can also purchase an e-book for a friend, and what better time then when it’s 50% off? Please tell your friends and thanks for spreading the word!

Author Kristin Anderson

The glories of e-book reading

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I sold some expensive jewelry from an ex  and purchased an iPad earlier this year. That one purchase transformed the way I consume fiction. Let’s just say that some people compulsively shop when lured in by tantalizing window displays and an appropriately placed sales sign and others are lured into the amazon.com kindle store, where books can be automatically downloaded. I fall into the latter category.

The biggest problem I’m facing? “Buy now with One-click.” Oh, that little yellow button. What is a girl-who-loves-to-read to do but click, click?

Here are some of the books I’ve purchased this year and enjoyed:

Black and Abroad by Carolyn Vines (autobiography with a good dose of humor and real life insight into being black in America and abroad).

Delusions for Breakfast by Kate Johnston (hilarious, subtle, deliciously written book about food and life).

Just This Once by Rosalind James (Burning hot romance set in New Zealand, this author keeps you flipping the pages and buying sequels, and yes, I’m admitting this in public!)

Crazy Little Thing by Tracy Brogan (Hilarious, well written romance sprinkled throughout with wit, passion and laugh-out-loud moments of absurdity).

Open City by Teju Cole ( a rambling, beautifully written anti-story–lacks cohesiveness–about a young Nigerian doctor doing his residency in New York who takes nightly walks through the city. Still not my favorite book, but the story and characters linger–which mean it redeems itself in some way. And to give it creds, the critics love it.)

Fifty Shades of Gray Kale by Drew Ramsey, M.D. (A wit-filled recipe book extolling the extreme goodness of leafy greens by a doctor who capitalizes on a copycat title to boost his ratings.)

This is just a sampling of the 26 books I’ve purchased this year and read outside my book club choices (only one overlaps).  At least I’m not talking about 26 pairs of shoes, or 26 cashmere sweaters. But what I like about reading e-books, is that you can highlight passages you like, look words up instantly online and make the reading experience interactive. And if I read it a second time, I can delete previously highlighted sections; something I can’t really do in my hardback and paperback copies. Since I have a screen with light, I can read in bed after I’ve wrestled the iPad away from my son (I swear he transforms into an Angry Bird whenever I ask for my iPad back) and I can continue reading after my husband has fallen asleep without disturbing him.

As an author, I am glad that my book GREEN is available in both Kindle and print format. Seeing as the print version has to be printed, it is of course, less environmentally friendly. On the other hand, it is a print-on-demand title, which means it is only printed if ordered–thus no wasteful stacks of unsold books waiting around for a reader.

I’ve priced the Kindle version at 60% less than the print version. Why? Because I actually want people to READ the book, and by offering a low kindle price, I can hopefully eliminate one barrier. My print version is priced as low as possible to cover printing costs and enable me to earn a small royalty.  Once again, my pricing decisions were based on the following premise: books are meant to be read and enjoyed and accessible to all.

Despite my new found love of e-books, print will continue to be my favorite. I especially enjoy my reminiscent strolls by the bookcase where I can touch upon a book like a long-lost friend, remembering the experience I had within its pages. Seeing all of those spines lined up on the shelf, uncategorized and jumbled together, I see a flash of my  interests presented in a spectrum of colors and shapes. An eBook just can’t replicate that experience.

Five Days

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It is the sort of cold and dreary weather that is meant for authors and readers alike; tea-drinking, curl up and read or write sort of weather–indulge in the adventures within the book or within your mind.

Five days ago, I had a day, that if I write it up, will seem exaggerated in it’s perfection. It was a day where everything clicked. I had an interview scheduled with Lily-Anne Stroobach from Dutch Buzz about my debut novel GREEN. I was working in the church and had about twenty small, detailed tasks I wanted to finish before heading to the interview. I was able to accomplish almost all of them. As I finished my last email, my husband came over and reminded me I should head out now if I wanted to be on time. I asked him if he could make me a sandwich for the road, since I had to travel across The Hague and hadn’t predicted a growling stomach. Instead of rolling his eyes, he actually made me the sandwich, and even transferred my latte into a to go cup.

My tram pass was where it should be, my keys didn’t play hide and seek with me, my cell phone was actually charged and easy to find. As I slipped on my coat and headed toward the door, my husband handed me my sandwich and latte like a sexy personal assistant, and rather than looking emasculated by the experience, he was all confidence and full of encouragement.

I walked to the tram stop and within one minute, the tram arrived. Pulling in to Den Haag Centraal, my connecting tram also arrived within seconds. I stepped from one tram and walked to the platform, as if the world were aligning for me. The tram headed into an area of The Hague I had never encountered, and as I looked out on small shops and squares, I felt the excitement of one on a journey in a new city: senses alert, in the moment, drinking in the new impressions with the same thankfulness and pleasure as as one gulping water after a hard workout to rejuvenate the body. I wasn’t sure how many more stops, so I called Lily-Anne, who answered quickly, and told me it was the very next stop.

The interview went smoothly and Lily-Anne proved to be a fascinating South African Dutch woman, whose open personality and frankness clicked with mine. The ride home was another flawless journey, with trams lining up with such precision, it seemed they were ordered just for me.

When I went to pick up my son at school, I thought of a mom I needed to talk to. Just then, a little red car pulled up, parked, and out stepped said mom, directly in my path.

I headed back into the church to finish up a bit of work, and one of the church members who works in finance happened to come by. He told me that they would be paying me the balance of my bonus for the year at the end of the month. I won’t bore you, but the entire day continued in this manner–sales of my book popping up on the online reports, my son happy, time with my husband in the evening.

I realized this was a miracle of sorts, this day. And like a gambler who finally hit the jack pot, I wanted more days like this, and said something to that effect on Facebook. But my friend Kirsten Klitgaard pointed out in response: “Don’t get greedy, Kristin. I’m still waiting for ONE!” True. Point well taken. I truly enjoyed this day and the thought occurred to me, why today? Why me? Are there people who run around life with many days like this? Is this the Power of Positive Thinking? The Law of Attraction? A little teasing by the Universe? God moving just the tip of her pinky in my direction? But I don’t recall doing any particular meditations, or especially trying to be in the moment–it just simply was.

Five days from now, Saturday, November 16th, is my Official Book Launch party. I have always dreamed of writing a book. I have started over a dozen, but only ever finished one. So this book launch is a great moment in life, however it plays itself out.

It still feels far away. My life is just continuing along with all the sundry lists and responsibilities of daily life. But I know that this coming Saturday, there will be this event. It will happen in one form or another, and then life will move forward; this too shall pass.

As an author, I am thankful for all of you who have delved into my novel, getting to know the characters within, living with them in your mind and following them along on their journeys. I am thankful to those of you who have taken the time to share your thoughts on my book, have shared it with friends, who are taking the time to write reviews on Amazon. And I’m so excited to see what Saturday will bring! Who will purchase my book this day, who will log on to google+ and find Author Kristin Anderson and join a hangout with me.

If you are interested in hearing the interview on Dutchbuzz.nl, you can tune into the hour long program tonight (Tuesday, November 12th, 2013) at 22:00 (DUTCH TIME) on Den Haag FM 92.0. Or the broadcast will be available tomorrow on http://www.dutchbuzz.nl after 12:00.

See you in five days?

First Reviews In!

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As a newly-minted author, I would have nibbled my fingernails off by now waiting for the first reader reviews to come in. Luckily, I was never a nail nibbler; luckier still, my first three reader-reviews have been quite flattering! My book launch is a tantalizing thirteen days away, but these are reviews from purchasers who couldn’t wait that long. There are only first reviews once, and only a debut novel once, thus here’s to this new experience; thank’s for sharing it with me.

Amazon reader reviews of Green, by Kristin Anderson

5 of 5 STARS
It’s Green-tastic!

By Fara Jones on October 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
Firstly, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I’m not one for romances,(I read about one per decade) but this was such a joy to read. Every time I picked the book back up and I always fell right back into the evolving romance between city girl Ellie and eco-focused Jake Tillerman. It’s a solid novel. The structure is solid, great crackling dialogue and steamy emotions fly between these two opposites who continually attract each other despite their differences, and the plot keeps developing with surprises that I didn’t see coming. I never really visited a green-centric character before (except in college…), and the conflicts and the sparks that fly are eye-opening and fascinating. The Green movement is suddenly alluring to me and this book has an original voice.

5 of 5 STARS
Couldn’t put it down!!

By Peter J. Dibonaventura on November 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
I was surprised by how much I loved this book!
I didn’t read the back cover and all I knew was the title “green”. I love a good romance and this one had some real struggles and a happy ending.

5 of 5 STARS
Great book!

By Bailey Quarters on October 22, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I am a big fan of romance novels, although I readily admit, it is difficult to find well written ones. This book breaks that mold. It is well thought out, and artfully written. I couldn’t put it down. It also tastefully makes you think about how you can make a difference for the planet. You don’t have to be a romance novel fan to enjoy this book, it should have broad appeal. However, if you are a romance fan, you are in for an extra special treat because this book sets the bar at a higher level.

Green by Kristin Anderson is available through the following links:
https://www.createspace.com/4462273
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1492854352
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1492854352
http://www.amazon.de/dp/1492854352