I discovered the nuttiest thing today. Around the end of the one month, the beginning of the next month, I start checking Chapters on line to see if the book I NEED for the month are in yet. There are a number of NEED books this month but most of them still aren't in the stores. You can check this using the store locator feature. One book on my NEED list was in stock though - The Dream Thief by Shanna Abe. The book store isn't far away and I was out anyway, so I stopped there on the way home, the adrenelin pumping at the thought of my newest purchase. Another book I've been waiting for, Parallel Heat by Dierdre Knight wasn't in Chapters but there were a few copies in their sister store, Smith books - both owned by Indigo. This store was also on the way home so I figured I would stop at Chapters, then at Smith books. Now when I looked The Dream Thief up, it's $24.00 - which while seemingly expensive, is not bad for hardcovers in Canada. But the good thing is it is on sale for 24% off. Add in the 10% discount I get with my Avid Reader card and a $24.00 book becomes $17.33 for a hardcover book. Still rather costly, but acceptable when I NEED this book. I stopped at Chapters, found the book, and looked for the 24% off sticker. It was nowhere on the book. Slightly annoyed, mainly because I knew I wouldn't experience instant gratification on this day, I asked a store clerk about it. She said "No, the price of books in the stores isn't necessarily the same as the books you can buy online. But", she added "If you buy it in the store you don't have to pay for shipping." As we were standing in front of a kiosk at the time, with a big display on it that said "Free shipping with any order over $39.00" I pointed that out to her and asked her if she knew how easy it was to spend $39.00? That's nothing! Then she went on to tell me that they are different. "Huh?" I thought. Chapters book store and Chapters on-line are different? Doesn't make sense to me! There are quite a few books I've been wanting and I've noticed many of them are 9% off when you order online. Most have next day delivery, so the wait isn't too bad. So what is the point of getting them in the stores? So I'm off shortly to sign up for Chapters online. I believe I can come up with a $39 order :)
Let's see - I have The Dream Thief, Parallel Heat, Hot Night (which also has a 24% sticker - I bet it's the same!), Hard Evidence - yep, they will take me $39. And when they come in - mail I can open!
And *sigh* there have been no Zina sightings today. Boy is she gonna be mad at me. 'Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned' ain't nothing compared to a pissed off cat.