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Pimp My Read eReader Contest and Book Giveaway

The Contest

Pimp My Read is your chance to win one of four fantastic e-readers, as well as best-selling,  super-sexy, fun contemporary romances by authors Ruthie Knox, Sarah Mayberry, Shannon Stacey, and Molly O’Keefe. This week, we four authors bedeck ourselves in (virtual) feathers and gold chains, climb on top of our Pimp Caddies, and sing the praises of e-readers and digital books at four fantastic romance review sites: Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, Smexybooks, Dear Author, and The Season for Romance. At every site, one of us is giving away an e-reader, as well as prizes for runners-up. If you’ve been on the fence about which e-reader to get, or even why you would get one—or if you love your e-reader to bits and are dying to convert a friend or family member to the digital side—this is the contest you’ve been waiting for!

The Prizes

The winner of each e-reader and two runners-up at each site will also receive Exclusively Yours, Undeniably Yours, and Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey, Her Best Worst Mistake and Within Reach by Sarah Mayberry, About Last Night and Ride With Me by Ruthie Knox, and Can’t Buy Me Love by Molly O’Keefe.

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Shannon Stacey:  I became a digital reader reluctantly. Several of my friends had signed with digital publishers and I really wanted to read their books. I tried reading on my computer screen and hated it. Early handhelds, like the little iPaq I had, weren’t a lot better and remained a last resort. It wasn’t until I got an iPod Touch and discovered the Stanza and Kindle and Nook apps that I fell in love with digital reading and I’ve been digital-only for several years now. The right book on the right device was all it took to suck me in.

Converting my family proved to be more of a challenge. Technology is not my husband’s friend. (He thinks “text” is four-letter word, if you know what I mean.) My moment came when Stephen King’s Under the Dome became the massive elephant lurking in the room. One thousand seventy-two pages, almost three inches thick and with an Amazon-reported shipping weight of four pounds. Despite wanting to reading it, my husband balked at the length and weight. Then I slipped a sleek, sexy, lightweight Nook in his hand, pulled up Under The Dome, and showed him how to turn the page. He hasn’t read a paperback or hardcover for quite some time. While I prefer reading on my iPhone, backlighting strains his eyes, so he loves the e-ink screens.

I converted my mother by giving her a Kindle Touch and making books magically appear on it. She can adjust the font and it has the 3G connection since she has no internet. Really, she has no computer. Since her local bookstore closed, unfortunately, she likes giving me a title and getting that instant gratification. Though my teenager is still resisting, my eleven-year-old is a recent convert. In the fall he’ll be allowed to have our Kindle Fire at school, where they’ll make use of several educational apps. I slipped a couple of Percy Jackson books on there and now he’s burning through digital editions.

There many reasons people enjoy digital reading. Some digital publishers are more willing to take risks than traditional publishers, leading to out-of-the-box stories. Convenience. Wanting to read a book and being able to less than a minute later. The ability to carry dozens or hundreds of books on a commute or vacation in one slim device. But I do believe it’s a matter of finding the reading device that clicks for you, so I hope you’ll enter the contest and take a chance on one of the models being given away.

Good luck!


How To Enter

To enter, leave a comment explaining either (a) why you want to win this e-reader for yourself or (b) why you want to win it for someone else. Please include your e-mail address in the appropriate comment field so we have a way of contacting you if you win. Your e-mail address will not be visible to the general commenting public.

The Fine Print

1. Feel free to increase your chances of winning by entering once at each of the four sites! But please, only one entry per site. Deliberate multiple comments on any individual e-reader giveaway post will get you disqualified.

2. The contest opens on each site when the post goes live and closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, July 20.

3. Ruthie, Sarah, Shannon, and Molly will choose the winners from among the comments on the site where each posts. Feel free to entertain us or tug at our heartstrings — we’ll pick the winners whose comments most effectively sway us!

4. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

5. This contest is open internationally. The e-readers on offer will work in many, but not all, countries. Please be aware that geographical restrictions may affect your ability to use/enjoy your prize.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Rhiannon Rowland
    Jul 20, 2012 @ 10:07:23

    I have a 14 year old son who saved his money from birthdays, mowing and christmas and bought himself a Kindle…this was about 2 years ago. Well, guess who has the most books on it? MOM(me) My poor son is terrified that he will be found out by his friends that he has romances on his kindle. So I would love to win this, so my son can have his.. um, dignity? and I can have my own e-reader!

  2. Tina
    Jul 20, 2012 @ 11:01:17

    I love my kindle but would love even more to win a nook for my daughter who just graduated college!

  3. Thalia I.
    Jul 20, 2012 @ 11:03:46

    Before all the Sony, Kindle and Nook ereaders, there was the ebookwise. Ah! You never really forget your first :) I loved that big clunky thing because #1 it had a backlight and #2 the design made it easy to grip in one hand and #3 you could switch hands by turning the reader over and the screen would automatically rotate. See…Loved it. Then one day it wouldn’t charge. I ordered a new plug….nothing. I took it to a local place to see if they could take a look at it. The guy had no idea what it was let alone how to fix it. So I put the ebookwise on a shelf and turned to my blackberry for reading. While I loved that I still had a reading device with a backlight, I did not love the teeny tiny screen and reading about 1/2 a paragraph at a time. But I read on it for a couple of years while waiting for the newest ereader with a backlight to come out. It never did so eventually I turned to eBay to find a discounted ereader and give it a shot. That’s where I picked up a Sony 505. I loved the organization on it and how I could see my books by author or series. But….no backlight :(. I tried different book lights, but could never get the light to shine just right, where it wouldn’t bother me as I read. Or get the right angle where I wouldn’t have to adjust it as I read down the page. Or one that wouldn’t fall off and hit me in the face those times where I turned to lie on my back and read in bed LOL. Eventually, I got an iPod Touch for my birthday and using the posts here on Dear Author, was able to set up my stanza app, calibre and dropbox accounts so I could access my books anywhere! It also had a backlight and a bigger screen than my old blackberry. 

    So what happened to the Sony 505?  One Christmas when I saw my nieces opening gifts from their parents and one got a new DS player, another an MP3 player, the third who is a big reader got a couple of hardback books. I saw that while she appreciated the books she was really looking at the new electronics her sisters got. So, I took her upstairs got my Sony 505 and said, “Merry Christmas” and showed her how to use it. I’ll never forget how happy she was when I gave her the ereader.

    So, since then I’ve been reading on my itouch and keeping an eye out for someone to make an ereader with a light. Finally, when one is available I don’t have the funds to buy it. So here I am hoping to win one this week :)

    Thank you for the chance!

  4. Pam S / pams00
    Jul 20, 2012 @ 11:50:35

    Hi Shannon, nice going on the husband conversion :)! Ebooks are so much more convenient than print (though still enjoy prints). They are easier on the hands and eyes usually too! One of the main things I like is the ability to access endless amounts so easily.

    I had planned on getting one for my mom and son for Xmas this past year but the company I was doing design work for downsized suddenly and their design budget – as well as my lively hood – was the first to be cut, so we had a very small Christmas (but was still good not complaining we were together and safe). Shortly after, I got really sick bills got behind etc. Things turned up got a new job in Feb, but PC went out in April. I am just now getting to get things back on track with a new pc, job – and designing book covers etc. for authors – so hoping for a great rest of the year.

    I can live with reading on my PC and digging through book piles to find my dresser, tv, small dog… I’d like it most for my mom who has poor eye site and carpal tunnel syndrome which make reading print books difficult. Also for my son (13) who had just started developing a true/consistent love for reading and has been withdrawn a bit since he no longer is able to use one (by that I mean he was more talkative, more excited, shared his thoughts on the books and came up with scenarios of his own). He also relied on it for part of his schoolwork. He is homeschooled so we depend a ton on books… with the income change it is a blessing to be able to get ebooks to utlize.

    Thanks so much for the chance to win and wishing you and the others a ton of new followers/readers!

    Pam S

  5. Elena
    Jul 20, 2012 @ 12:16:57

    I read only e-books on my PC, but some time it is very inconvenient to stay hours on the chair to read a book so I would LOVE to have a e-reader (in my country this device it is still a luxury).
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  6. michelle k
    Jul 20, 2012 @ 12:26:59

    I would love to win an ereader for my husband so that I can stop carrying multiple books for him in the carry-on when we travel. I’m a voracious reader, and I made the switch a long time ago. Believe me, it’s much better to pack 1 Kindle than it is to pack 5 paperbacks for a trip, and then have to go out while on a trip to find a bookstore to buy more books! Especially when you’re in a nonEnglish-speaking country!! I would love for us each to have our own device.
    He’s starting to have to wear reading glasses too, so being able to change the text size for him without having to worry about carrying glasses everywhere (SO not a guy thing to do, lug around a pair of glasses with you everywhere) would be great!

  7. Artemis
    Jul 20, 2012 @ 12:42:27

    I am not a huge fan of ebooks because I want to touch the books, to smell the paper but I would really love to win an ereader for my sister. She has her birthday next week and I know how much she wants one. Of course with one condition that she will borrow it to me once in a while.
    Thank you for the great giveaway!

  8. Jadzia
    Jul 20, 2012 @ 15:20:10

    I must admit I desire an e-reader for purely selfish reasons and solely for myself. Once I got it (and one of those days I will win it in one of those competitions I keep entering and if not – buy. But maybe next year or a year after that) I do not intend to share. Well, maybe only with my youngest brother, who craves to read new books almost as much as I do. Almost. And he is already through most of the books from our nearest library. As am I – only those from another genre. Lately we have ridden to a more remote library, but it is rather new and not so well stocked yet. It will not take very long to read through the books it offers.

    There is also a case of buying the books on paper. Here in Poland they are just too expensive. Being a poor student I simply cannot afford them. At least not as often as I would like to. As it is, my shelves are already full and new books after I read them have to go behind the bed – what a pity! I feel guilty for letting them lay in such a place. My owning an e-reader will put an end to the growth of my behind-the-bed-pile. New books will be neatly stored in it. Or not so neatly, judging from the files in my laptop. But nevertheless neater than they are today.

    The next thing is my languages learning attempts. It is about five years now that I have started reading books in English (mostly e-books on my laptop or mobile to the endless suffering of my eyes and the batteries – another reason for an e-reader), and I have decided it is high time I return to studying German. I have had four-year break from it now and the first books read in this language is yet before me. I am sure I will not manage reading it in any other form than in ink (or e-ink, as it is). And the studying to be successful cannot end at just one book. Do you know how hard (and expensive) it is to come by a German book in Poland? Amazingly so.

    Moreover, the e-reader will be so much easier to carry with me everywhere I go. I move around in the wheelchair and the weight of my bag must be kept to minimum. Being a bookaholic I have this urge to have a book I am currently reading with me all the time. One never knows when and where one will have a minute or two to have a break for a quick or a less quick read. Lately I was reading ‘North and South’ by Elizabeth Gaskell and I had to leave it home when going out – it was simply too heavy.

    I hope I didn’t bore you to death with my essay (for me it looks like an essay, but my talkativeness got the better of me) and you will award me with and e-reader. I just want it so much!

    Greetings from Poland,

  9. Alicia
    Jul 20, 2012 @ 17:51:40

    I’d like to say I want to win this ereader for my mother. I think she definitely needs one, but she is so picky she keeps returning tablets and I somehow doubt one I get her would get much use.

    But I have been looking into the Nook with glowlight to try and fix my sleep patterns. I’m a night owl by nature so normal bed times have always been tough for me, but when I’m unemployed and don’t have to be up in the mornings it’s even worse. I’ve been told that to do this I need to stop staring at the light from computer screens when I’m trying to go to sleep. Which is difficult for me because that’s how I read. Having a light on and a physical book would do more to keep me awake and apparently the light from my computers is doing the same thing (not to mention the other distractions it poses). When I heard this Nook was coming out I thought it might be the best answer so that I can still read before bed and not keep myself up in the process.

    P.S. Does the sound of this “glow light” remind anyone else of Glow Worms? Remember those? I actually think I still have mine (yes, from the 80’s) in a box somewhere. #nostalgia #coolstorybro

  10. Deana Fleschner
    Jul 20, 2012 @ 18:27:12


    I would really love to win this contest.
    I am 3rd child, and like many other children with sibling I had the same teachers my sisters had, so comparison between the three of us was inevitable. All though 3 years separated me from my oldest sister, I would still be compared to her. In fact my 9th grade history teacher Mr. Berry wanted to know if he should continue purchasing Maybelline stock at the current rate or if he should double his investment rate. My oldest sister Ann loved makeup! I followed directly behind my middle sister Cathy in school.
    Cathy is not only my best friend and the very best sister, she did everything should to get me to graduate. Throughout my elementary, junior high, and high school I had always been a borderline “C” student. Each year became harder and harder for me, it was a constant struggle to not only face going to school, but complete the given homework.
    Cathy would help me with my homework whenever she could, even taking the time to read my text books out loud so I could finish my homework. The only subject didn’t have problems with was art. My senior year it was suggested that I apply for the work study program, which would excuse me from my last 4 class of the day. My counselor said it would be the only way to graduate.
    I wanted to go to college both of my sisters were going, and I wanted to go as well. My oldest sister Ann was already going to the community college I applied to, so she was able to give me a few pointers in respect to the faculty and which were the better classes to take. She suggested that I sign up for a creative writing class. She had taken it the year before and loved the teacher.
    If I had been asked describe what I thought a female professor who taught beginning writing and European poetry looked like, I would have described this teacher. The first day of class Professor Jacqueline Gray walked to the room, she was moderately built, not tall not short, neither thin nor heavy. She wore corduroy jumper with leaves embroidered on the front and a sweater that was a jumble of fall colors, it just looked comfy. The one thing that caught my eye was here hair; she wore it pulled back in a braid, which hung in a thick rope almost to knees. It swayed like the trunk of an Elephant, gently moving from right to left.
    Our first assignment was to write a five hundred word story about why we were there. She proceeded to tell the class that she was going to look at spelling or pronunciation, just the how we were able to relay our thought and feeling through our written words. Once we were done, we were excused for night. Most of the class was up and out of the room in what seemed like seconds, but was probably 15 to 20 minutes. There were a few students like me who were still writing at the end of class, so I really didn’t think anything of my slowness.
    A few days later I received a call from Professor Grey asking to me with me. I scheduled the meeting and arrived a little early, and very nervous. I had been my experience with meeting with teachers was not good, and usually lead to some form of lecture. So at 11am I walked in to her office and was meeting with not only Professor Grey but two other teachers. She asked me question about my grades, and class in high school, if I had ever been tested for any learning disabilities. The four of us talk for a few hours, at toward the end of our conversation, it was suggested that I be tested for Dyslexia. I was tested 2 weeks later and it was confirmed. I was scared and relived to know what was wrong, and extremely happy to know that there were things I could to overcome some of the problems I was experiencing.
    I am now compulsive reader, I not only read maintain my ability to read and comprehend the words and meanings, but for enjoyment. I never thought I would ever enjoy reading, but I LOVE it.

  11. Jenn L
    Jul 22, 2012 @ 13:02:23

    I would love to say if I won I would give the reader away, but if I’m being honest I would love one for myself. It was the gift I wanted for my 40th birthday but it wasn’t in the cards this year. I’ve been reading ebooks since 2003 when I discovered Jaci Burton, Lora Leigh and Lorie O’Claire on EC’s webpage, since then I have been totally hooked. I read on my PC but I would love a unit I could take with me so I could read my ebooks anywhere. Win or lose I hope to have one of these readers one day.

  12. McKenzi Parham
    Jul 22, 2012 @ 17:50:57

    I would love to win an e-reader because I am a college student who is always on the go. I would love to have an e-reader to keep in my purse or backpack so I can easily read on the bus, in the car, or while I am waiting for class to begin. Also I would like an e-reader because many of my textbooks required for class are now available for e-readers and are considerably cheaper which would help me out a great deal financially.

    Thanks, I hope everyone has a fantastic day! :)

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