Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Enjoying the Library Card Shiny

I recently checked out and read Laura Purcell's The Silent Companions via the Contra Costa County Public Library system. The ironic thing about it is that, considering the fact I publish my books in digital format and have them listed via different vendors (???) who deal (work?) with libraries, one would think that I'd at least be way more cognizant of the e-book lending system that public libraries now offer.

Did I even think about it once at any time when I reactivated my library card? Nope. Of course not. That would've been too easy!

After Purcell's book, I decided to borrow Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House in print format but ended up missing my deadline for checking it out because I couldn't find the time to swing by the library for it. 

So there I was, fretting over synching my days off with the nearest public library's hours, when I could've just borrowed the e-book and not worry about logistics and stuff. My full-time job requires me to work inconsistent shifts, and I also take the bus to and from work, so there's zero chance of me stopping by the library to check out a book I've placed on hold.

Ay, caramba.

Anyway, I've just borrowed a copy of Agatha Christie's The Last Seance: Tales of the Supernatural in e-book format, which I now have in my Kindle reader. I've been waiting for it to be available and started off being sixth in line to borrow it, and now I have it at long last. Another ironic thing is that I didn't even realize I've placed a hold on the e-book copy.

But it turned out to be a massive win on my part, and now I went back to the library's website to queue up Jackson's Hill House, which is readily available in digital. Back-to-back awesome reading is now on my plate.


  1. Hello Hayden. I happened to have a sample of 'Ansel of Pryor House' from Amazon on my Kindle. I read the sample and was so excited to purchase the e-book, then disappointed to find the book is no longer available, anywhere. Will this book be re-released? Do you have the book available on another website? An adoring fan, Mark.

    1. Hey there! I added that story to The Book of Lost Princes, so that novella anthology now has four novellas, not three. The collection's been relaunched (about two months ago) and is available through Amazon. Thanks so much for your interest and support!