Monday, June 04, 2012

Lorrie Struiff's Gypsy Blood (and a rant about e-readers)

Thank you Marva for inviting me to be a guest on your blog today. I really want to vent about E-readers. I think many of your fans will agree with me.

So, with all the fuss about E-readers, I broke down and bought one. Now this has to be the sorriest thing I have ever purchased.

I read the instructions. I played with it, got on a book buying site and lo and behold. There were four books by one of my favorite authors, Ginger Simpson. Well, I just had to push the buy buttons.

Next, I saw four by you, Marva. Hmm. And I know you are a fantastic writer. Oh, a mystery and a YA trilogy. Bet I’d like the mystery and my kids would enjoy your YA novels. Not expensive at all. I pushed all the buy buttons again.

Oooh, I ddn’t know Cate Masters had e-books out. I love her romance novels, but these are only in e-book format. Oh what the heck, I may as well add a few more books to this new contraption.

Oh my, look at these books by Tabatha Shay. I love series. They look pretty good. And what hunks on the covers. Push, push, push, push, push.

Margaret West. Name seems familiar. I went to her site. Wow, paranormal. I love paranormal. Push, push, push.

I was having such a grand time finding my other favorite authors, and ahem, some I didn’t know, but the covers and blurbs tempted me beyond my rational judgment.

Feeling smug, I settled down and started reading the many, many wonderful bargains that I found, and I enjoyed them for weeks—being the avid reader that I am.

Hey, this was neat, fun.

It was neat and fun until I received my charge card bill in the mail. Did I really purchase all those books? Where are my brains?

Then I began to hate the E-reader. It’s like an addiction you can’t quit. Maybe I should start an addiction to an E-readers group. Learn to fight our impulses.

Well, it’s something to think about while I just peruse the buy site again.

Oh my, a new one by Jude Pittman.


Do you like mysteries? Paranormals? Romance? Thillers? Gypsy lore?

Well, how about all of those genres rolled into one?

Meet Rita and Matt in GYPSY BLOOD available today at

And inexpensive too. All you addicts out there, just hit push.

(Instead of a blurb, let me tell you a little about the book.)
Rita Muldova, my homicide detective has pure Roma blood. She wears a mystical crystal amulet that gives her the power to see in a dead victim’s eyes the last image the deceased had seen. What a career boost. Now, with the task force, she is hunting for the “Ripper,” a serial killer loose in her town that is targeting prostitutes. But, oh, oh, for this murderer, the crystal has stopped working.
A yummy FBI agent, Matt Boulet, has been on the Ripper’s tail since the killings started in New Orleans. He has a yen for Rita and they have a weird connection. Plus, Rita would like to jump his bones.
Rita’s mother, Anna, is a great seer whom Rita turns to in time of troubles, but Anna can’t offer Rita an explanation of why the crystal has stopped working. Anna does tell Rita the lore of their clan. Rita is both shocked and horrified of the tale.
Filled with gypsy customs and lore, the novella takes you on a wild ride into the mystical world of the paranormal with plenty of thrills and chills.
Chief Lipinski rose to his feet. “Back off, people! I have my orders, too. We follow Boulet’s plan. Hank, you and Sully hand out these sketches to as many girls you see walking the streets before Della and Rita start their rounds.”

Della nudged Rita. “Guess we get our ‘Sluts R Us’ duds out of mothballs.”

Rita nodded. She would follow orders, but too many unanswered questions floated in her mind. She raised her voice. “Since he’s such a big, strong, badass, who lived to provide the sketch?”


The way Boulet uttered that one word made her teeth click together.

Boulet tugged down the ribbed collar of his sweater. A red scar marred the cords in his thick neck. “My partner and I were doubling him. We were too late to save the woman. He nicked me first. While I was trying to stop bleeding, he took out my partner.” He studied the floor, then his eyes hardened as he made eye contact with everyone in the room. “But now I know this bastard, and I’ll be ready for him.”

“Sounds more like a personal vendetta,” Rita said.

“Yeah, that too.” His lips pulled back with an ironic chuckle. “More than you can imagine.”

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Thank you for reading. 


  1. Too funny, Lorrie. I have the same love/hate relationship with my Kindle. It's way too easy to make purchases, but then again, the cost is so much lower than print books, you can get three times' your monies' worth. I have a few of yours on my Kindle too. :)

  2. Lorrie, I confess to being a hold out in this e-reader world, but the decision not to have one is made easy by a lack of money for either e-reader or books. My daughter has a Kindle Fire and loves it, and I suppose someday I will have some sort of e-reader myself. In the meantime, I'll just have to make do with print, as I own a whole passel of the rascals, and I go to the library once a week.

    Your book sounds awesome. Be careful, or I'll start shooting all my books your way lol

    Great blog, Lorrie!

  3. You really pulled me in with that title, Lorrie. I had to find out what it was all about, since I'm crazy about my Kindle. Good job. Love your humor.


  4. Resisting that temptation is mightily akin to keeping your hands in your pockets whilst browsing in a brick-and-mortar bookstore. I've had my NOOK since last November, and I've only bought two or three books since then. One was simply because I wanted to re-read an old favorite, and handling a 1200 page paperback is a PITA, so paying $12.99 was worth it. My nook is loaded with free stuff. Gutenberg has lots of stuff, and a lot of the SF on Baen is free. Nope, I don't buy much, but I have lots of stuff on my NOOK to read. Love it!!

  5. It really is too easy to buy books for an ereader, lol! But then it is so nice, when finishing one book, to have another one waiting, or be able to buy one and get it in less than a minute. :)

  6. I appreciate the free books, and don't mind at all supporting the below $2.99 books. I have enough reading material to last years already, but I keep picking up more every time I see a good bargain.

    Thanks for your amusing article, Lorrie. And the introduction to your new re-release, Gypsy Blood.

  7. I agree with Jim that the trick is to wait until the books you want are free or on sale. Easier said than done, I realize... End even though I have mostly free and bargain-priced books on mine, I still have more than I'll ever read. So, yes, love/hate.

  8. Like so many others, I stuck my head in the sand and pretended that e-book and e-readers were a passing fad. NO ONE will ever want to give up the thrill of holding a book in your hands and turning the actual paper pages! This is especially true for children's picture books (my genre) ... or so I thought! If you haven't already picked up a copy, I recommend you buy (paper OR electronic version) Kristen Lamb's book, "Are You There, Blog? It's Me, Writer!" Another excellent book by the same author is "We Are Not Alone" As for me being an e-book reader, I succumbed when I was given a hand-me-down iPad, and I am hooked.

    Marvin S. Mayer, Children's Author

  9. Hola Marva and Lorrie,

    I know it makes all the sense in the world to have a Kindle when you live in Mexico (I was told two years ago that Nooks don't work here but that might have changed by now). After all, there's free international downloading and that shipping and handling charge when you order from Amazon and live in a foreign country is usually more than the price of a book.

    It's also the sensible thing for a traveler which I am. After all, before the e-reader, my luggage consisted of a change of clothes and a toothbrush. And books. Lots of books. Just think what I could pack if I had an e-reader?

    But have I bought one? Naw. Let's face it. I'm not a very sensible person.

    But if I had one, it would be Marva and Lorrie have ebooks? Click, click, click and click. Or is it push?

    These two write up a storm. And I know, Lorrie, this re-release of Gypsy will do well. I know. I read the paperback.

  10. Hi Lorrie,

    I have your novella in paperback and on my Kindle. What can I say? I'm a fan. But no worries, I'm not a deranged, follw-you-around-stalkerish type...yet. :)
    I too have a love/hate relationship with my Kindle. I love to read it but I hate the prices of some of the books. Especially new releases. They sometimes cost as much as the print version. One of the reason I got the e-reader is to save money, hmmm...not working so much there. And another was to save my aching wrists from some of those large page turners. lol
    And yes, I too have had two or three of those WTF moments when I got my credit card bill.

    Congrats on your re-release!

  11. Hmmm.
    While not exactly a dinosaur or a technophobe, I like the feel of a "real" book in my hands.
    However, my "beef" with e-readers is completely different to yours.
    I happen to live in "rip-off" Britain. Here e have to contend with the vested interests of a solid cartel of suppliers who have clearly got together over several liquid lunches and fixed an artificially HIGH retail price for e-readers which they ALL charge. Result: take the price of any e-reader in the US,and change the $ sign to £. A Kindle which costs YOU e.g. $100 will cost ME £100 - roughly a 50% Markup for the same item!
    When I can buy a Kindle at a FAIR price, I'll probably acquire one: but NOBODY rips off a Scouser!

  12. Yes, love/hate. They make it soooo easy to spend money.

    Wow, Paul, all items must be very expensive there. Hope they bring the price down soon so you could have this love/hate tug of war.

    Thank you all for your interesting comments. I hope we get more to chime in on this subject.

  13. OMG! LOL. I don't think I've read anything that made me laugh so hard in days. It's so true and so me.

    I'm a recovering e-book addict. The first six months I was terrible. It was 'buy' 'buy' 'buy some more'.

  14. Ah, another for our addiction group. Since you're recovering, you will get your pin next month.
    Now, fight that addiction, Lisa.

  15. Enjoyed the post. Fortunately I have children who are working and they give me Amazon gift cards so my reading and buying seems to be free. At least that's how I feel. Have found many new authors this way.

  16. Woe is me, JL. I have found many new authors too. Only I don't have the gift cards, you lucky person.

  17. I'm with you there.
    e-Books are my bane as well.
    Addiction indeed. LOL
    Vijaya Schartz

  18. Don't forget that you can 'gift' an ebook to your friends. All you have to do is know their email. It's pretty much the same as a gift card, but you're nudging toward a particular book.

    I buy myself gift cards to Amazon so I'll always have some money sitting there for purchases. Eliminates those annoying 99 cent charges on your credit card.

  19. Wow, just got notified today, Gypsy Blood is a FREE download on Amazon today the 7th and tomorrow, the 8th.

    Okay, you addicts, take advantage of a freebie. No bill at the end of the month for this one.

    Get your copy now.

  20. lol its so easy to push that button lorrie. I have a pc kindle, its the same thing, except its a bit large to put in my bag lol I read from my ipad, so thats like a kindle too. All this technology will bankrupt us, but what a way to go..reading all those fabbo books.

  21. Margaret, you just must buy a bigger bag--like I did. I have the larger Kindle too, so big, big, bag. Can't go the the doctors office without it, nor anyplace I know I will have to wait.
    I just must disipline myself to stay off that buy site. Dang, it's so hard.

  22. I held off on the Kindle till I positively couldn't last out any longer. I needed to read my own newly published novel on it. Now I love it. It is so easy to read in bed. I find the thick paper backs are heavy and awkward to hold open when reclining.

    Of course I love 'real' books still, always will, but when I want comfort I'll go with my heavily laden Kindle.

    Sounds like Gypsy Blood is a great read so I'm off to push 'buy' at Amazon Kindle.