You get what you pay for.

There was some conversation in one of my author loops recently, after a couple of authors noticed that prices on their ebooks had been raised by their publisher. That opened up a long thread of comments, firstly filled with worry.

“Readers won’t pay that.”

“No one wants to buy ebooks that are priced higher than $5.”

“Too expensive.”

I admit, at first, I wondered the same thing. But then I wondered some more.

Sure, the internet romance world is flooded by $0.99 specials and freebies. With the ladies of Love, Lust and Laptops, I have a couple of freebies myself. It’s a great idea and helps new readers connect with an author.

But does that mean all our books should sit a bargain-basement prices? No.

Sometimes I get discouraged because I see the bestsellers are the folks who often price themselves at a buck or two. Great deal, right? I admit I’ve snapped up a few of these cheap books myself. Often, once I read them, I’m disappointed. I don’t want to say all cheap books are worthless, but there are a lot of them out there with bad grammar, bad stories and bad cover art. And at that point, paying $0.99 isn’t such a deal anymore.

I don’t mind paying a little more, knowing I’m getting a good product. Remember the old adage, “You get what you pay for?” It’s often true. If you go too cheap, it can bite you in the bottom.

It’s sort of like umbrellas. I’ve bought a lot of cheap umbrellas in my life, the cheap and cheerful ones you can find at a dollar store. Invariably, they break or the wind snaps them. When I’m standing in the rain, getting soaked, holding a broken umbrella, I’m not so cheerful. However, when I’ve spent a few dollars on a well-crafted umbrella, it takes care of me. It keeps me dry and holds up in the worst storms.

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I don’t want my books to be like dollar store umbrellas. I want to be the umbrella that lasts a long time, helping you feel good. I want to be worth every penny you spend on me. And I can guarantee, for those few dollars, you got a lot of hard work in return, from me and from the good folks at my publishers.

In the end, undervaluing ourselves isn’t the answer. When you provide a good product, people don’t mind paying. You’ll still find my books on sale here and there, but am I just giving it away?  No.

I’m worth more than that.



Free sex–Part 2

Shhhhhh… I’m sneaking in on this fine Sunday afternoon to let you know one more giveaway has popped up.

I have a new release coming out Friday. I’m always generous during release week, so swing by my Goodreads giveaway for a chance to win a signed copy of Friends Without Benefits.

friends-without-benefits_finalDianna Friedman never expected her husband to leave her. Who does? But she’s making the most of what she has left–a sarcastic near-grown son and a mountain of bills that just keeps growing. She’s in over her head, but she is determined to survive.

Everyone else may have seen it coming, but Paul O’Connell was blindsided by his wife’s betrayal. Determined to prevent her from bleeding him dry during their divorce, he turns to the only person he thinks can help him—the wife of his wife’s lover.

Dianna and Paul become fast friends and maybe a tad bit over-dependent on each other, but who are they hurting? No one. At least not until Dianna’s life takes yet another unexpected twist and she and Paul have to step back and reevaluate everything…including what they mean to each other.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Friends Without Benefits by Marci Boudreaux

Friends Without Benefits

by Marci Boudreaux

Giveaway ends July 09, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Free sex!

So, once again I’m here begging for love and acceptance. No worries. I’m offering to give something in return.

Free sex! Well, kinda.

Hop on over to Goodreads to enter my contest to win a free signed copy of The Rebound. Yup, it’s an oldie but goody about…well, let’s just be blunt…sex. The Rebound is all about the sex, and I’m just giving it away.

My mother would be so ashamed.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Rebound by Emilia Mancini

The Rebound

by Emilia Mancini

Giveaway ends July 10, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

But wait! We aren’t stopping there. I’m attending a party for the upcoming Midwestern Book Lovers Unite conference. I’m giving away copies of The Rebound and my romance pen’s The Road Leads Back and my upcoming release Friends Without Benefits. There are tons of other awesome authors giving stuff away, too!!

Drop by and enter to win copies! Contests end July 4!



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It’s summer. That means sandal weather.  And if you are a slightly high maintenance female, as I am, then that means it’s also pedicure weather.

Now, I admit to getting a monthly pedicure all year round — from necessity. So, missing two months because of my manicurist’s schedule and my schedule never getting on the same page,  meant I had issues. Painful issues.

Thus, I needed an emergency pedicure appointment (yes, they do exist– in my world!). My manicurist who has taken good care of me and my digits for over 20 years did the best she could and alleviated the pain somewhat, but there are lines she will not cross. Those lines include anything that involves the words “scalpel”  and “excising and draining.”

So, today is my first visit ever to a foot-and-ankle surgeon to see what on earth is going on with my poor big toe. I am somewhat embarrassed since my big toe seems such a trivial thing to involve a very well-respected and busy orthopedic surgeon, but a scalpel and excising and draining are technically surgical terms.  Plus, I am married to a doctor, a pathologist who dealt with body parts, blood, and dead people, and he also threw in the term “sepsis.”

I do not mess with sepsis.

So, I’m going.  I expect it will be painful.  This means later I will need chocolate — lots of it — and maybe some Scotch, a double. And cuddling.

Moral of the lesson — don’t skip pedicures –ever.

Are you high maintenance? What beauty regimens or procedures can’t you live without?


Christmas in July – Cancun Style

Christmas in July Cancun Style copy

Comment below and you are automatically entered to win GREAT prizes like Diamond Earrings, a Bag of Cancun Swag, charms, books and more.

Christmas and the beach?

In my mind they go together.

For several years my family has celebrated Christmas on the beach in Cancun, but in the USA beaches are most popular in July. So I decided that I’d combine the two and celebrate Christmas in July.

And since I’m a giving woman, I’ll be giving away several presents. There will be diamond earrings, a Bag of Cancun Beach Swag, and several lucky winners will be “charmed” by me. Some will win Christmas in Cancun and Conquered in Cancun. Be sure to Friend and Follow me on Facebook for more ways to enter over then next week. You will have several chances to win, starting here.

Christmas in Cancun

Great Beach Read!

In my Cancun series, Christmas in Cancun has little to do with the holiday. It is a modern day treasure hunt for the golden idols of Mayan Goddesses. Conquered in Cancun is about second chances for two Navy pilots.  Both books are GREAT beach reads!

Comment below telling me your favorite beach and why. You will be automatically entered to win.