Banned Books Week 2016

Banned Books Week is now! I will be reading Lord of the Flies by William Golding for my official banned book. I’ll also be taking part in a banned books photo challenge over on my Tumblr which I will also post on my Instagram

September 25th-October 1st is Banned Books Week. I’d like to share a chunk of a paper I wrote on the subject of censorship some years ago. This is an issue close to my heart.

(I’d also like to preamble this with: I long for the day I write something important enough to be banned. I’ll know I’ve made it when my work is challenged. That’s an okay goal to have, right?)

Any who, here are my thoughts:

Say No to censorship and banned books for banned books week

The Banning of books is a controversial issue that’s been debated and protested for decades, if not longer. Books are banned for many reasons. Some of the criteria almost makes sense (sexual acts, violence). Other reasons are laughable (children questioning authority, too depressing, abundance of cartoons). Authors of these works are trying to tell a truth, or express an idea. Writers are not writing books with the intention of being banned. They’re trying to help people, and some of these people are children. Your children. The banning of these “controversial” novels isn’t helping anyone. Children are being cut off from reading about, what some may call, uncomfortable situations; this is only going to make it more difficult for them to deal with these situations in real life. It is often helpful for children to read about these issues, in an environment where they can ask questions (to parents or teachers). If not allowed to learn about things like sex or mental illness in a safe environment, children may be left learning about these subjects from friends or popular media. Can you imagine? It also seems that groups banning books forget kids aren’t without common sense. Children quite often know what’s “real” and “not real”. Give your kid some credit! And give them the opportunity to learn, grow, and explore their world and new ideas. They can find help in these books. Let them.

This form of censorship isn’t an archaic practice. Schools and communities are still trying to infringe upon the liberties of free speech. They’re playing with the rights of children. It’s almost sickening. They seem to be having trouble coming up with valid reasons, too. Some book banning criteria includes:

  • children questioning authority (you will think what we think, no matter how wrong we are)
  • characters who speak in non-standard English (heaven forbid you have an accent.)
  • Non-Christian culture (no Jewish literature for you)
  • witchcraft of supernatural (magic isn’t real, but our kids might think it is!)
  • abundance of cartoons (never a good idea to help children better understand a concept with pictures)
  • homosexual subject matter (you have two dads, so you’re not allowed to be a role model)
  • negative statements about the United States government (remember slavery?)
  • non-traditional family units (because every family is a nuclear family)
  • promotion of self understanding (don’t you dare think for yourself!)

That’s a minuscule glimpse of the list of “reasons” books are censored.

To be fair… there are some reasons to consider keeping some books out of elementary schools, or make them only available to older readers. I’ll agree that some content need not be read by second graders. I’m not a complete radical. But, I stand by my argument that ideas should never, I repeat never, be kept from people. How are we to grow as a society and culture if we shelter our future thinkers from an idea that could plant a seed of pure brilliance? We’re cheating ourselves and our children if we allow thoughts to be put through an approval system. Just because you don’t agree with an idea, doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea. This is supposed to be the free world! This is not a land of certain people’s opinion. This is a country of anyone’s opinion who is willing to speak. Stop shushing the people brave enough to change the world.

Books are not bad guys. Taking them away won’t help your children deal with the scary world in which we live. Our kids need books, even the questionable ones. The reasons for banning books are not reasons at all. They’re agendas. Please, I beg of society, let books help them. There’s no need for empty libraries. Challenging these books is hurting our little ones, and us. It’s not fair to take away the tools to help them grow and learn. You’re leaving them defenseless.

Hell’s Princess

Now available for purchase!

 

Hell's Princess a paranormal romance and horror book by K.D. Reed

Now you can own the final installment of Demonic Illusions!

The complete set will be released tomorrow. The paperback next week.

It’s been a roller coast of a late summer. Waiting for Sam to tell me where he and Delilah were going to end up took some time. He wasn’t quick about it. But, I’m so pleased to have worked it out. Feel free to send me hate mail about the ending. I don’t invent the stories, I just tell them. But! I love talking about it. So, comment away!

Click the big ol’ cover up there, get the book, review the book, tell everyone you know to buy the book. It’s just that easy!

But wait there’s more!!

Actually, there isn’t. This post just turned into an infomercial for a second.

BUY THE BOOK.

That is all.

Thanks!

Hell’s Princess Tomorrow!

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Hell’s Princess comes out tomorrow! Here are the details you need to know:

TOMORROW: Hell’s Princess will be available

FRIDAY: Demonic Illusions The Complete Series will be available digitally (ebook, Kindle, Nook)

NEXT WEEK: Demonic Illusions The Complete Series will be available in paperback

There is a slight delay in the print version. I was afraid it would happen. But, there isn’t much to be done about it. The paperback just wasn’t high enough quality. So, I had to fix some formatting issues. But! Another proof is on its way to me, meaning it will be available to all of you soon. I cannot apologize enough for the delay. I absolutely hate it. However, I want to give my readers the best, and it just wasn’t good enough. We’re on our way, though! Just a tiny… bit… longer…

Links will be posted in the morning for Hell’s Princess. I cannot thank you all enough for your support. See you tomorrow!

(Need to catch up? Demonic Illusions Book 1 Demonic Impulse can be found here for Kindle or here for Nook)

 

Demonic Illusions The Complete Series

Demonic Illusions by K.D. Reed a paranormal romance and horror book series

Cover reveal!

Demonic Illusions will finally be in print! I’m awaiting the proofs now. We’re so close!

The complete series will be available in an ebook too. Available September 23rd. September 22nd, Hell’s Princess drops. Then, the next day, the complete series will be available. Hooray!

Man, this book series has been a journey. I’m so happy to see it finished and pretty and almost available.

Two weeks baby!

 

Hell’s Princess Cover Reveal

Hell's Princess a paranormal romance book

Here she is!

The final chapter of Sam and Delilah’s dramatic adventure of possessions, illusions, and love.

Sam and Delilah may be reunited, but that doesn’t mean they’ll survive.

A depressed and defeated Sam is lost without Delilah. One hour turned into sixty-six days. He’s desperate and alone. When Delilah finally makes her way back she’s in serious danger. And so is Sam. An underworld leader wants Delilah, and Sam is in the way. They’ll soon have to fight for not only each other. But their freedom.

Hell is after them.

You can get Demonic Impulse (Book 1) here:

Amazon/Kindle

Nook/B&N

And you can still vote once a day for Kevin my science fiction book that’s up for a Summer Indie Book Award here

Hell’s Princess Release

Paranormal romance horror book Hell's Princess

September 22nd you can get your hands on Hell’s Princess!

The print version should be available shortly after (only a week or so, I promise it won’t be too far away!)

Other dates you may find interesting:

  • September 1st voting begins for the Summer Indie Book Awards. Kevin has been nominated! I’ll post the link that morning. You can vote once per day. So buy Kevin. Read Kevin. Vote for Kevin. Yay!
  • September 2nd there will be the cover release for Hell’s Princess. That’s THIS FRIDAY
  • September 9th the paperback cover will be released.
  • September 12th(ish) will kick off the release of Delilah’s playlist. A collection of songs the inspired/remind me of Delilah. It’s cool and eclectic with some classics and some stuff that’s a little more… obscure. What fun!

Don’t forget you can start the first book in the Demonic Illusions series here. If you are a Nook reader you can get your copy here.

Thanks everyone! See you September 1st (THURSDAY) for #SIBA voting!

Demonic Illusions in Print!

Demonic Illusions paranormal book series by K.D. Reed

Man! This fall is full of excitement!

You read right! The entire Demonic Illusions series will be available in paperback this fall. Here are the details:

The entire series will be sold as a collection in paperback. To justify the production cost and to save a few trees (because trees are friends!!) I decided not to print the individual books separately. It just didn’t make sense to me. However, when you put the three together, it makes a perfect novel-length book. Bam! Just like that. I know a lot of my readers prefer a book in hand, so I opted to do it this way. Sadly, they have to be a little more patient than my eReader friends. But that’s okay! They’re nice people. And they deserve love and books to put on their shelves. The wait is almost over you beautiful people. Demonic Illusions will be in print this fall.

There will also be an eBook of all three in a “box set” type of situation. I know I like to have an entire series in one place. Convenience, aesthetics, whatever. It’s nice to have them all there.

Individual eBooks will be available too. So, if you’ve already got Books 1 and 2, you can snag Book 3 as normal. You won’t have to buy the other two again in the “box set” just to read the third book. That’d be a jerk move on my part. And, that’s not what I’m about. I want to write stories that people like. Then get them to the people in as many ways possible. I JUST WANT EVERYBODY HAPPY OKAY?

That’s it for today’s announcements. Be watching, though. I’ve got release dates to announce, covers to reveal, and books releasing soon. So, stay tuned. There’s a lot happening in the next month.

Also, don’t forget about Kevin (my science fiction, and first, book). It’s been nominated for a Summer Indie Book Award! Voting opens up September 1st and I’ll be posting more about that when the time comes.

See you soon! Author out.