Join us for the unique opportunity to hear from three Cedar Rapids authors Dennis Green, Lennox Randon, and Rob Cline as they discuss writing, publishing, and their books on Thursday, March 13 at 7:00 pm at Dragonfly Books.
Mystery, humor, and friendship abounds in the Cedar Rapids writing group, The Writing Lads. Made up of authors Dennis Green, Lennox Randon, and Rob Cline, The Writing Lads have pushed and supported one another into three separate books. For the last two years, the three Cedar Rapids authors have been meeting weekly to read and critique one another’s work. Writers throughout Northeast Iowa won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear more about The Writing Lads and their writing and publishing experiences.
Dennis Green is the author of Traveler, a mystery novel traversing parallel universes. In Traveler, Travis Becker is about to get the case of a lifetime, many lifetimes. With the help of a brilliant scientist, Becker is thrown into countless existence streams where he’ll meet different versions of the people he knows, including himself. Traveler is an edge-of-your-seat thriller with just the right amount of twists. Dennis Green is a writer, DJ, actor, college administrator, and all around renaissance man. Green lived in Decorah in the early 90s and was an air personality on KDEC AM and FM.
Lennox Randon is the author of Friends Dogs Bullets Lovers. Noah and Lee have been friends for life, but can the friendship of the Dubuque police sergeant and EMT survive organized crime, secret private investigations, and witness protection in Austin, Texas? Combining humor, hijinks, and fast-paced action, Friends Dogs Bullets Lovers examines the relationships that make life worth living and the friends worth risking your life for. Randon is a graduate of the Houston Police Academy and The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Education. He is currently at work on his second book, Memoirs of a Dead White Chick.
Rob Cline is the author of Murder by the Slice. As a delivery driver for Passable Pizza, Paul Chambers leads a rather uneventful life, until he tries to deliver a pizza to a dead guy. With the press, the cops, and the bad guys after him, Paul needs all the help he can get from his fellow drivers. This fun and energetic mystery will keep you hooked. Cline is an arts professional, writer, and former pizza delivery driver. He lives with his wife and three children, none of whom tip him when he brings pizza home.
Don’t miss this chance to hear about writing from three great Cedar Rapids authors on Thursday, March 13 at 7:00 pm at Dragonfly Books. Be sure to tune into the KDEC FM Morning show at 7:30 am and Our Town with Bob Holden on KDEC AM at 8:00 am on March 13 to hear an interview with Dennis Green.
This event is sponsored by Dragonfly Books at 112 W. Water Street, Decorah and is free and open to the public. A reception with light refreshments will follow. To learn more about this and other events at Dragonfly Books, please visit www.dragonflybooks.com, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 563-382-4275.
Book-to-film adaptations have been incredibly popular the last few years, and this year is no different. However, since we all know that the book is always better than the movie, here are 16 you'll want to read before the movie is released this year.
Why eight? Well, it’s my favorite number. I could come up with a hundred or more reasons, but decided eight is enough.
1. One-Click Registration
First and foremost, getting signed up is straightforward. Dragonfly Books, through our membership in the American Booksellers Association, is affiliated with Kobo in providing ebooks to our customers. Click through and create a Kobo account with our custom Dragonfly Books link and you’ll support us with every download. You can go digital and stay indie!
2. It’s An Amazingly Awesome and Alternative App
Did we overdo the alliteration? Maybe. Yet, the Kobo ereader app is amazingly easy (and fun) to use. Download the app to your android smart phone, your ipad, your iphone, your nexus tablet, your blackberry, your kindle fire, your laptop, your desktop computer, and sideload your Kobo ebooks onto your nook. The Kobo app doesn’t yet work for your yellow legal tablet, but we've put in an enhancement request for this functionality. Or, pick up a Kobo tablet or ereader at Dragonfly Books! You don’t see your device on this list? Drop us a note, and we’ll see if it is supported.
3. Cuz it’s K-K-K-Katie!
Ok, a bit corny, but 98% of the time when you call Dragonfly Books during regular business hours (563-382-4275), you’ll reach a Kate on the other end of the phone. Both Kate R and Kate S read voraciously in all formats (print and digital), and both Kates have Kobo tablets and ereaders, in addition to experience using the Kobo app on non-Kobo devices such as smart phones and other tablets. Can they be stumped? Possibly. But one or the other Kate will either be able to answer your question or find out the answer for you.
4. Splendiferously the Same Selections
Best selling authors. Obscure works of literature. Poetry. Science Fiction. Romance. Fantasy. How To. How Not To… There’s an ebook for every chapter in your life. Four million titles. Sixty-eight languages. Seriously, it’s the same digital ebook and digital catalog as sold by the mega-corporations. The difference? Profits stay local when you purchase through your Kobo app.
5. Profit Portion Pledged to Public and Private Schools
Dragonfly Books has pledged that 90% of the profits from ebook sales get donated to local public and private schools. In 2013, through the Dragonfly Books "Books in the Classroom Program" over $400 in additional book purchases (our match to PTO purchases) were placed in John Cline classrooms. Purchasing ebooks locally will help us give back even more. We’d love to give away thousands of dollars worth of books in 2014!
6. Privacy is Paramount
Locally, only the account administrator has access to your ebook purchase history. Our store policy is to never review your information unless you have a question which requires us to do so.
7. What Does the Fox Say?
Support your local independent bookseller, of course. Listen closely. It’s true.
8. Consumer Choice
Bottom line, you as a consumer can exercise choice. The mega-corporations don’t advertise this, but for almost all digital reading devices, you can choose how you purchase your ebooks. Just as you choose to support main street businesses, you can support independent bookstores with your ebook purchases. Do you know who your bookseller is?
Let's talk about Small Business Saturday! The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the national campaign that American Express is advertising. We have partnered because our community is built on small business. All but a handful fit into the small business category. We appreciate having national recognition of the impact these businesses make to our communities, schools, economy, and fabric of our success and vitality. We also appreciate the strong message to support our small businesses, not just on Small Business Saturday.
Technology in today's world has made it extremely easy to bypass the local business for cheaper deals delivered right to your doors. The internet allows you to be your own lawyer, purchase insurance, invest, bank, and shop without ever leaving your couch. Yet, local businesses are putting people to work, paying taxes that support city infrastructure and schools, and they give generously when asked for support. Their existence relies on their customers and clients. And the customers and clients benefit far more from the relationships that are built. It keeps us all connected to the greater community.
Keep our community strong by supporting those who live, work and play here too. Make the local choice your first choice this Small Business Saturday and every day!
This guest blog post is written by Nikki Brevig, Director of the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce. It was orignially written for the Decorah Chamber Friday Focus (Nov. 2013), and is reposted with permission.
Halloween is just around the corner, which means that in less than a week the holiday season will officially begin. With these beautiful crisp fall days I'd rather think about pumpkin patches and apple orchards than about December and the snow flying, but many shoppers have already begun their gift-hunting for their loved ones. In light of our current economic situations, many of us want to make mindful shopping choices and still get awesome gifts. Last year I challenged myself to do all my holiday shopping locally. I like shopping. I'm good at shopping, but I admit, I don't do a great job of planning my shopping ahead. That means every year, a few days before Christmas I would find myself wandering through crowded malls with other non-planners, getting crabby in full parking lots and waiting for something to jump out at me.
Last year I changed my game. I took several evenings and shopped our local retailers. Instead of cramming my shopping into one harrowing day and hours of driving, I spent several enjoyable days spread out over a few weeks (special holiday open houses and late night shopping hours on Thursdays made this super easy) looking for something great that people would actually love. This also meant that there was plenty of time to wrap gifts in re-purposed paper or let the stores do the gift wrapping instead of cramming them into gift bags.
For an entire week before Christmas, all my beautifully wrapped gifts stood under the tree (a first, as my gifts never made it under the tree on time) and when gift-opening day arrived, I was thrilled to see the genuine excitement and appreciation on everyone's faces, and their surprise at my "where did you find this?!" answers.
So while you're thinking about buying your Trick-or-Treat candy, think ahead a month or two. I challenge all of you to do at least half (if not more!) of your holiday shopping locally. I can guarantee you will be surprised at how easy and rewarding it actually is to keep money local. And if you really run out of ideas, there are always Chamber Dollars to do the work for you!
Plan Ahead and Plan Locally, a guest column brought to you by Emily Kurash, a Dragonfly Books regular. This was written for the Decorah Chamber Friday Focus (Oct. 2011), and is reposted with permission.