Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Not much this week, I think I hit a wall with romance reading, taking a bit of a break. A few days at least. Plus baseball season has started, and I watch every Red Sox game. Takes up a lot of time!

I will, however, be blogging at Borders True Romance on April 18th

Sunday, my topic will be 'scarred heroes'. Swing by and say hello.


I have won three books so far this month, just a reminder to drop
by various romance blogs and say hi, you just might win. Check out
some of the links I have, and there are lots more besides that.

Pet peeve, Publishers or blogs that ship only to the US. I have been mailed books from all over the US to my home here in the 'wilds' of Canada, and it is only a few dollars. So I don't see where the cost factor is an issue. Hello? We are on the same continent!

Beware shopping on ebay for this same reason. I looked up second hand romance novels, and people are charging 10.00 or more for one book for shipping to Canada. WHAT!?!? I can tell you it is only 2.00-3.00 to ship a book to Canada. I can't speak for the rest of the world. Talk about padding the sale. I hardly go to ebay now.

And on that curmudgeon note, (I needed that little rant, thank you!!) See you Sunday~



cheripye said...

LOL! Karyn I understand that, Ebay has some great deals you can get a book for 1 dollar sometimes less and they still charge an arm and a leg for the shipping even in the US.

I will mark my calendar for the 18th! congrats again 80)

Anonymous said...

omg, I couldn't agree more about shipping costs at ebay, people are ripping others off, there is no other reason or explanation for it. Mailing a book, cost as you said, 2-3.00, maybe a dollar for the envelope, 10.00 or more is not warranted.
And yeah, a lot of the time Hawaii and Alaska are left off the mailing as well.
See you Sunday~


Deb said...

Karyn, I know of fantastic second-hand bookstore here and they ship books to me for very little in cost. I don't know what it would cost to ship to Canada, but if you want the phone number or address, let me know.

I know what you mean about ebay and I wanted to get some books for a novel unit for school and could get 15 books for $20, but shipping would have made the total close to $50! Hello!! No, thanks.

Karyn Gerrard AKA~Drew said...

Thanks Cherie, and you are right, on ebay I found great books for 99 cents, but the shipping! One person wanted 16.00 mail a paperback! GAH!

Karyn Gerrard AKA~Drew said...

I know jaundyce you are in Canada too, the shipping is nuts. Have to be really careful, cheers.

Karyn Gerrard AKA~Drew said...

Deb, wow, that is really kind of you, I will let you know when I am ready for more books, I have a huge box I brought home from my summer vacation full of second hand romances
that I haven't even cracked the covers of yet.
I went a little nuts, this place had harlequins (historicals, etc) 2 for 99 cents, so you can imagine how many books I have.

Yow, shipping is getting crazy. Everywhere.

PJ said...

I understand your frustration but it has gotten very expensive to mail anything (other than a letter) outside the U.S - even to Canada. At our blog, when we have a winner outside the U.S., we usually offer them a book purchased through The Book Depository (which ships free world-wide). The reason for that is what the U.S. Post Office charges for sending packages outside the country (even to Canada). The last package (envelope) containing two paperbacks that I mailed (the cheapest way) to a winner from Canada was over $10 in postage. Our local postmaster told me the USPS had changed the international mail methods and fees. We used to have a very inexpensive mail method available for Canadian addresses. It has been eliminated. The last package I mailed to a winner in Europe was $14 in postage for a single paperback. For those of us who blog for enjoyment and don't receive income from it, those charges add up fast. I hope we've found a good alternative, by using Book Depository, to make sure our international visitors have equal opportunity to win prizes from our blog.

Karyn Gerrard AKA~Drew said...

PJ, you bring up some good points, I checked Canada Post and they have made changes as well, I cannot believe the US is considered 'International' and vice versa, I always thought 'international' meant overseas. *shrug* Very weird, and not fair, either way.

Hubby just brought home the mail and I got a book from Christie Kelley, she shipped it from the US, in a white envelope (10x12), it cost $3.05. (It was shipped Apr 8)
I did sound like an old curmudgeon, didn't I? LOL!
Don't think I don't appreciate all the giveaways the blogs do, yours included!

PJ said...

Thanks for mentioning the book from Christie. I'm going to email her and ask how she sent it. If she can mail it to Canada for $3.05, the rest of us should be able to do the same.

Sometimes our postal system drives me right up the wall!

Btw, I think we all have the right to be curmudgeonly from time to time. :)

Karyn Gerrard AKA~Drew said...


I went and dug the envelope out of the garbage, (LOL!!!) it is just a standard 10x12 heavy paper white envelope. The US Postal Service mail label has a bar code, says 'US postage paid 3.05', that's it, doesn't say international nor first class, Christie could probably tell you more.

Just for comparison, last month I won a prize pack from a Blaze Author in the U.S, a book plus bath goodies.

It was an cardboard box, My first thought was, "oh my this must have cost her $$ to mail to me" was $5.99! I was shocked. I would have that 12.00 or more.

But I agree about the postal service *grumble* the standards they set, are bizarre.

Karyn Gerrard AKA~Drew said...

I meant to say "I would have THOUGHT 12.00 or more..."

My kingdom for a comment edit button...

PJ said...

Christie told me she sent it first class. My post office here wouldn't let me send my envelope first class. Said they couldn't send first class to Canada anymore. You better believe the postmaster and I are going to have a chat about that!

Deb said...

Karyn, you're right about blogging on different sites and winning. I've just won another book at Jaunty Quills. I am being introduced to so many great authors this way!

Karyn Gerrard AKA~Drew said...

PJ, you go get 'im, girl!

Since I have been romance blogging since last fall I have won a few books, most of them shipped from the USA,
and the cost has not been more than 2.50-3.50, tops. So yeah, you have been given some incorrect info by the sounds of it. And now that you mention it, most of them were sent 1st class.

I even had one author just stick the book in a regular size envelope (it was thin, a Blaze) and slap 6 stamps on it, I am surprised I got it, no customs sticker or anything. LOL!

Karyn Gerrard AKA~Drew said...

Mornin' Deb!

Good for you for winning another book! What's that, 3 for you this month as well? I never heard of Jaunty Quills, I will check it out!

And I agree, I am getting introduced to authors I never knew of before either!