Several years ago when Harry Potter was at its height and kids anxiously awaited each and EVERY release, my kids included, we ran into a problem at the school library. Our school was brand spanking new and as a result got the new books LAST before the more established grade schools. So, for like 400 kids waiting for a book there might be one or two, if that. Then you had the time while someone had it checked out and you had to wait for them to return it before it became available for the next student…and the next.
I was in a good place in my life. Two homes, two vehicles, and two boys who LOVED the HARRY POTTER books, which had been introduced to them by their loving Grandmother, my mother. We all enjoyed the books both written and on tape as we took many trips together during that time. My boys had a rule though; we ALL had to read the books FIRST before we could listen to them read to us on tape. It was great as the boys read these thick volumes and enjoyed the stories. Their imaginations soared. But then we found out about the local library and their problems.
So, I went out and bought two complete sets of the books and ‘donated’ them to our school library. The librarian couldn’t understand what my son meant at first when he brought them in to her. When she finally realized what it was about she got up and gave him a kiss on the cheek, requesting that he give me the same. Every new book that came out got a ‘donation’ or two to the school library so that more copies were available to the kids whose parents either couldn’t afford to buy them or didn’t realize their children were reading them. My kids too got such a kick out of knowing their friends could read the same stories and enjoy them the same way they did.
A few years later, they were out of the school system but their mom (me) began to write her own novels. I now donate them to the local library here in small-town USA as the LGBT section is woefully neglected. I don’t think they appreciate Lesbian Fiction but I don’t really care for their narrow-mindedness. I did hear from someone in town who was able to borrow one of my books and has since purchased ones that aren’t available by paperback. I’ll continue to pay it forward…with books. Thank you for reading!
My current release is available with two different covers: