Saturday, February 19, 2011

Me and My $25 LASR Gift Certificate Coupon

$25 Gift Coupon from LASR
Now I know why eBook sales have surged.
The number is still way behind the sale of prints, but the advent of the eReader and buying eBooks jumped dramatically in the past year. Now that I have a Kindle, I have an all-consuming urge to load it with novels.

As luck would have it, LASR (Long and Short Reviews) stepped in and gave me a $25 coupon to spend at Amazon or B&N. I won it by commenting on the Valentine's Day blog extravaganza. I followed directions, read a few, and commented. Thinking I'd get back to the contest after I ran necessary errands in town, I hoped to win something. Since I am a lucky person and often win a prize of some sort, I felt confident I'd at least get a $5 Coupon. When I arrived home and fired up my Toshiba, surprise! I won a $25 GC!

In my spare time—between edits—I perused the Amazon Kindle Store for just the right purchases. As I was checking around, I found a free novel by Jill Marie Landis, one of my favorite authors—limited time only. Well, I stopped my search to load that on my Kindle. I also found a free novel—limited time only—by Susan Wiggs, one of my very favorite authors, and I loaded that on my Kindle. (You might notice I have many favorites.)

Once I had my list, the total came to $24.17. Pretty good, huh? And the list contained SIX BOOKS. I am a true bargain hunter. Carefully, I read the directions about the use of an Amazon GC, and began buying.

Well, shoot. I forgot to click into, so the total went to my credit card. At first, I tried to figure out how to start over to use my coupon, but my greediness took over. What's a $24.17 charge anyway? I don't splurge much at all, so in conclusion, I felt very happy that I still have that $25 coupon in my account as a credit.

Yes, you guessed it. I'm already making another purchase list.
Now, to find time to read all these novels.

Oh—do you want to know what I bought? Sure, I don't mind telling you.

Cool Hand Hank by Kathleen Eagle: $3.44
The Irish Bride by Alexis Harrington: $2.99
Dry Moon by Karyna DaRosa: $5.70
Between the Lines by Kathy Otten: $4.80
Muddy Waters by Maggie Toussaint: $6.25
Iron Horse Rider by Adelle Lauden: $0.99

I hope to read these before 2011 ends.

Celia Yeary-Romance...and a little bit 'o Texas  

*TEXAS PROMISE: The Cameron Sisters-Book I
*Love Romances Café-Best Historical Romance 2010-Honorable Mention
*The Romance Studio-Five Hearts
*Love Western Romance-Four Spurs
*Sherry Gloag, Reader-Five Hearts
*Steph Burkhart, Reviewer-Five Hearts


  1. Good for you, Celia. Glad you won! :)

  2. Hi Celia,
    Congratulations on your win. Like you said, the hardest part of buying books is finding the time to read them! I have a Sony ereader and I find that because it's so easy to load it with books, I have to be very careful not to get too carried away!

    Happy reading!

  3. Celia-- Happy reading. You've guaranteed yourself many hours of relaxation. I have a Sony and it's more complicated to download the ebooks. First, I have to download them on my computer and then synchronize the Sony. I still can't do it without help from my expert husband.

  4. Hey Celia,

    I'm flattered that you bought a book by me in the same download as Susan Wiggs and Jill Marie Landis. Very cool.

    I too now use a Toshiba. My husband surprised me with it over Christmas and it is very handy at doing a lot of stuff quickly!

    Enjoyed reading about your shopping adventure.


  5. Congrats. Looks like you got a real bang for your bucks. I hope someday to be on your favorite author list. :)

  6. THANK YOU, MISS MAE--You're a very generous person-Celia

  7. JANA--yes, see? It's just way too easy to buy eBooks--sort of addictive! I, too, must curtail my buying until I get this list read. Celia

  8. MONA--you should talk to Jana--she said the SONY was easy. But I've had people tell me such, "Oh, that's so easy a child could do it." Not everyone has the same skills! Celia

  9. MAGGIE--I can't wait to read it. I'll let you know when I do--it may be a while! There are so many familiar authors I love, but in my search, I ran across some new ones I'd love to try. Those will be on my "hold" list. Celia

  10. GINGER--remember, I've read two of your books, very different from each other, too. And both very good. Celia

  11. Celia, sounds like we won't hear from you much with that whole shopping list and another to come! Congrats on your win. :-)

  12. Celia,
    Sounds like a great reading list and I know you'll enjoy Maggie's Muddy Waters. Have fun, Sweetie.


  13. Loraine--Yes, you'll hear from me. You know, I am a slow reader. I can write faster than I read. I read every word, and you can't read fast and do that. Thanks!Celia

  14. Steph--I'm sure I will enjoy Maggie's. I'm also waiting on her On the Nickel at the libray in March. Her Cleopatra books read very fast--faster than most. Celia

  15. LOL Celia, that's the sort of thing I do. DH says it so I can have twice as many books for the same excuse!
    Hope you have great fun reading. I've yet to dip my hand in my pocket for an ereader but I don't think it will be long now. What, if anything is the downside, for you, of your kindle?
    It was a great w.end wasn't it?

  16. SHERRY--Following specific instructions have always been a problem for me. I always seem to leave out some important step. Actually, I blame this on Amazon. Their instructions are okay, but they should have a back-up question, such as, "Are you sure you want to use this credit card number? Or do you have a coupon?" I know--I'm asking too much.
    Downside to the Kindle. I can't see the pretty covers--black and white--and the cover to a book is important to me. You can't "flip" though the pages. And let's face it--it's not a real book. Yes, that's an outdate concept, but bear with me--I'm probably a little outdated, too! Thanks for coming by--Celia