Book Piracy is ILLEGAL!

Never thought I’d have to say this to others who love reading as much as I do. BOOK PIRACY IS ILLEGAL. Please don’t do it! People who use these piracy sites (and let’s face it, if you didn’t purchase–even for free–from a major retailer or the author’s own website, you’re likely on a pirate site) figure “I’m just one person and it won’t matter.” But here’s the deal, people: every single download hurts the author. And in addition to stealing the money the author deserves for that one download, there are other more far-reaching issues that can happen. Please take a moment to read what has happened to Emma Scott, one of my favorite authors (my 5-star review of the book in question):

So here’s the post I’ve been hoping I’d never have to write. I will be posting in on my author page as well, so you might see it twice.

Book piracy is stealing. When you (the generalized ‘you’) download a book from a free book site, you are taking money out of the author’s pocket in more ways than one. The obvious being that we are not being paid for the hundreds of hours of love, sweat and tears that go into writing the novel, to say nothing of the actual money we spend to market it, to have it edited, to have a pretty cover, to have it formatted, to mail it to blogs, to take it to book signings, etc. The former are all necessary actions I have to take to ensure the book is of a high enough standard fit for publishing. And it is expensive.

When the book is downloaded off a free site, I lose money. That’s obvious and a no-brainer. One download might not seem like much. “But it’s just one download,” the person might rationalize. But imagine that person x 100 others who had the same thought. If 100 people illegally download my book, I’ve just lost $200 that would have gone to recoup the costs of publishing in the first place. It is STOLEN from me so that I can’t contribute to my household’s income; to pay my daughter’s medical bills, or to even buy something trivial because it was MY money to spend. I created a product and it took a lot to do so. A free download site (which is the charitable name for PIRACY) has stolen that product and is giving it away.

Some might say, “Well, I can’t afford books. My life is hard; it’s my only escape.” I’ve seen this as an excuse, and I’m sorry, but that’s all it is. An excuse. You have my sympathy. Life is hard. You DO NOT have my blessing to steal from me or ANY other author who has worked just as hard to put a little piece of their soul out into the world. There are libraries. There are giveaways. There are lending programs. USE these resources. DO NOT steal from us.

My novel, Full Tilt, has been pirated enough now that Amazon thinks it no longer belongs to me. They are making me prove I am the rights holder instead of taking a good hard look at the actual site it believes I’m “selling’ the book on, therefore breaking my KU contract. Because of book theft, not only am I losing money due to pirated copies I receive no money for, Amazon has PULLED Full Tilt off ebook retail and I am now losing sales there too until I can prove that I own the book that I wrote. If you wanted to buy Full Tilt as an ebook, you can’t. Not until I’ve convinced Amazon that the book is mine and/or I’ve gotten the piracy sites to take it down.

Full Tilt is no longer for sale, but it IS available to be stolen from me.

To say I am heartbroken would be an understatement. I now have to pay more money per month to a site that monitors book theft and works to take down my titles from piracy sites. More expenses. Some might now say, “Hey, those expenses are part of doing business nowadays.” To that I say, bullshit. Piracy is theft, plain and simple, and while people still illegally download books, these sites flourish.

Please consider this if you have ever downloaded a book for free. It is NOT, no matter what the site tries to tell you, authorized by the author. Never. Not once. Not ever. It is thievery, and it hurts.

This is the full post by Emma Scott if you’d like to view it on Facebook.

Please, dear readers, don’t steal. You know it’s wrong. Would you let your kid steal just one piece of candy from a store because “it’s just one piece”? No. You’d teach them that stealing is wrong. This is no different. Do not take what doesn’t belong to you. If you want a book badly enough, ask your library. Many times they are all too happy to acquire it for you, and then that allows the author to get paid, you to read the book, AND many others to have it LEGALLY available as well.

Happy (legal) reading,

Rach

Rach’s Top 10 Books of 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, I thought this would be a good time to sum up my top 10 favorites for this year. Some were published during 2016, and some I just happened to read throughout the year. Since I read almost all genres, these run the gamut. They’re in no particular order, because how can you pick a favorite from your favorites?

How to Save a Life by Emma Scott: New Adult Romance with a bit of Paranormal mixed in, but the Paranormal feels so natural you don’t have to be a fan of that genre to love this story.

Rach’s Review of How to Save a Life

 

An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur: A Literary Fiction Saga that takes you on a journey through life, which isn’t always pretty. I have yet to meet a character of Ms. Laqueur’s I didn’t love, and this story is no exception.

Rach’s Review of An Exaltation of Larks

 

Drawing Me In by Tracey Alvarez: Although part of the Due South series, like all books in the series this is a standalone. But the entire series is full of fantastic beach romances and family drama. You just may want to start at the beginning. (Hint: In Too Deep is the first book in the series, and it’s perma-free!)

Rach’s Review of Drawing Me In

 

Heckled by Valarie Kinney: A true look at the ugly side of depression in this dark drama, probably not for everyone, but it’s beautifully written.

Rach’s Review of Heckled

 

Teach Your Heart by Tracey Alvarez: The latest in the Far North series, like Ms. Alvarez’s other series, this beach romance can be read as a standalone. But again, all the books in the series are entertaining, and book 1 can be found for free.

Rach’s Review of Teach Your Heart

 

Dirty South Drug Wars by Jae Hood: A debut Young Adult novel packed with action and romance, drugs and betrayal.

Rach’s Review of Dirty South Drug Wars

 

Full Tilt by Emma Scott: A heartbreakingly beautiful story that will keep you reading until late in the night. Part of a duet, but it can be read on its own.

Rach’s Review of Full Tilt

 

Noah by Cara Dee: A M/M forbidden romance that deals with overcoming grief and finding your place in life.

Rach’s Review of Noah

 

Mountain Charm by Sydney Logan: A sweet romance that just may make you believe in Appalachian Mountain Witches and the charms they cast.

Rach’s Review of Mountain Charm

 

The Ones That Got Away by Suanne Laqueur: This book is something else entirely, and the only one on the list that can’t be read as a standalone. Yet it’s worth including in the list because of the books it comes from. The Man I Love is probably my all-time favorite book, and it’s the first in The Fish Tales series. TMIL is a standalone within the series, and although it wasn’t part of my 2016 reading, I highly recommend it. Trust me, once you’ve started there, you’ll want to read the rest of the series and eventually end up at The Ones That Got Away.

Rach’s Review of The Ones That Got Away

 

What are your favorite books from 2016? Leave a comment and let me know!

Happy reading!

Rach

3-star Reviews aren’t the end of the world. Hint: They actually help you.

I love this post so much. At Rach Lawrence Books, I always provide an honest opinion, even if the opinion isn’t very favorable. But that doesn’t mean I’m not still gun-shy about posting a less-than-favorable review each and every time it happens. I worry about offending the author. I worry about making an enemy. And yes, I have been somewhat bullied by authors and their friends when they didn’t agree with my review. I wish all authors could understand what Ms. Ridener explains in this post.

Source: 3-star Reviews aren’t the end of the world. Hint: They actually help you.

Giveaway ends soon! Finding Focus by Jiffy Kate

Giveaway! Finding Focus by Jiffy Kate

2ec68-fullcoverJiffy Kate have generously donated an e-book of Finding Focus to Rach Lawrence Books, and I’m giving it away to one lucky reader! To enter, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Like Rach Lawrence Books on Facebook.
  2. Like and comment on this Facebook post.

That’s it! I’ll select a winner from the entries on the Facebook post on November 30th, Finding Focus’ release day, using random.org.

Facebook and WordPress are not responsible for this giveaway; I am.

Giveaway! Finding Focus by Jiffy Kate

Giveaway! Finding Focus by Jiffy Kate

2ec68-fullcoverJiffy Kate have generously donated an e-book of Finding Focus to Rach Lawrence Books, and I’m giving it away to one lucky reader! To enter, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Like Rach Lawrence Books on Facebook.
  2. Like and comment on this Facebook post.

That’s it! I’ll select a winner from the entries on the Facebook post on November 30th, Finding Focus’ release day, using random.org.

Facebook and WordPress are not responsible for this giveaway; I am.

Giveaway! Finding Focus by Jiffy Kate

Giveaway! Finding Focus by Jiffy Kate

2ec68-fullcoverJiffy Kate have generously donated an e-book of Finding Focus to Rach Lawrence Books, and I’m giving it away to one lucky reader! To enter, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Like Rach Lawrence Books on Facebook.
  2. Like and comment on this Facebook post.

That’s it! I’ll select a winner from the entries on the Facebook post on November 30th, Finding Focus’ release day, using random.org.

Facebook and WordPress are not responsible for this giveaway; I am.

Breaking Free by Cara Dee – Release Party and Teaser

Breaking Free by Cara DeeRelease Party and Teaser

I’ll be participating in a takeover at Cara Dee’s Facebook Release Party for Breaking Free on June 23, 2015. There will be tons of giveaways, teasers, takeovers, and much more! Please join me for the event by clicking here and RSVP that you’re going.

Here’s a teaser to whet your appetite: Breaking Free Rain Teaser

You can find plenty of reviews of Cara’s books under the Author Spotlight tab at the top of this page. My review of Breaking Free will post on release day! You can pre-order Breaking Free from Amazon now.

Happy reading, and I hope to see you at the party!

Rach