Upcoming & New Books
Not only is the cover out for the next book in Jeaniene Frost‘s Night Huntress series, but you can (finally!) pre-order it on Amazon. Up From the Grave (Book 7 starring Cat & Bones and the 16th book in the Night Huntress World oeuvre) will be coming out January 28, 2014 and I’m officially telling all my relatives and friends that I will be unavailable that day. Please mark your calendars!
Nalini Singh‘s Archangel’s Legion (the next full-length novel in the Guild Hunter series) is due out at the end of October and it looks as gorgeous as you’d expect from this talented author. I’d recommend signing up for her newsletter since you get little short stories about her characters (the one this month between jaguar shifter Mercy and her wolf husband Riley of the Psy-Changeling series had me grinning for an hour). Do it before August and you’ll get to read an excerpt from Archangel’s Legion way ahead of the publishing date.
I don’t believe that I didn’t realize Kaylea Cross has a new series out! I absolutely adored her plainly named, but oh so wonderful Suspense Series and her Bagram Special Ops series put her on par with military suspense mavens like Catherine Mann and M. L. Buchman in my eyes. Her Titanium Security Series appears to utilize all of Cross’ strengths – strong men and women who both have kick ass military or covert ops backgrounds, deluded villains and hunting down terrorists on American soil and the Middle East. Yowza! Don’t think that both Ignited (Book #1) and Singed (Book #2) aren’t going to be devoured by me today.
Goucher College in Maryland just added a minor in Book Studies, designed to “explore the past, present, and future of the book.” There must be something in the water on the Mason-Dixon line, as fellow Maryland school McDaniel College already offers an actual graduate degree in romance novel writing – a program undoubtedly supported by the fact that it is the home of the Nora Roberts Center for American Romance which supports scholarship in areas of study related to romance writing. The doyenne of romance is herself a Maryland native and still calls the state home. Wow, college would have been even more fun if I could have had a syllabus filled with romance books.
Grace Burrowes has published a fantastic (and beautiful) family tree for her Lonely Lords series that even has the specific book number associated with each pairing. This should be a model for all series writers (can she do a session at a conference for them?) – yay, fictional genealogy!!!
Last week I mentioned how Darynda Jones‘ fifth book in the Charley Davidson series was out this week (and life needs to stop interrupting me so I can read it – it’s gotten panty-melting reviews!). To celebrate, she is offering a fantastic “Reaping Havoc Contest” off her Facebook page for fans who would like to take pictures or make a brief video starring her book (ebook or paper versions, just make sure you can see the cover). I’ve seen these contests more and more on Pinterest and it is neat to see all the cool places the book ends up. A $25 gift card (I believe to an online book retailer) is offered over several categories and the grand prize is a bag full of swag and an iPad mini! I’ve got to figure out the right angle to showcase my barn and stone wall. 🙂
I loved Here Be Magic’s post “Why I Love Paranormal” which collected quotes from writers like Christine Feehan, Nalini Singh and Maggie Shayne along with editors, agents and bloggers to help define our fascination with the genre.
There is a book giveaway for Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews, the next book in the Kate Daniels series on Goodreads. Just log in to your account and click on the “Enter to Win” before July 22nd. If you don’t, the Beast Lord may be unhappy.
News for Writers
Is there such a thing as a “good” rejection letter? Definitely, according to Novel Rocket’s recent post and after reading it I totally agree.
Uh-oh, spanking new imprint Crimson Romance seems to be up to some serious royalty shenanigans according to a thoroughly researched article at Writer Beware, mostly centered on a subscription service for readers that lets them read any book in the Crimson catalog, but with no compensation for the author. Yikes! I’ll be holding off on buying any books from them until I hear about this being resolved.
Optimizing your metadata never sounds sexy or fun, but it is vital for writers to do just that in order to maximize the number of books they sell. Metadata is simply data about data, or – in simpler terms – how you use labels, categories, and keywords to make your book findable. Sounds good, right? This post by Jane Friedman has an outstanding collection of resources and explanations about the concept (take a close look at Google keywords – this is good for bloggers when selecting tags and categories for posts) that will help your audience find you.
Julie Crisp, the editorial director at Tor UK (a publishing house synonymous with Science Fiction and Fantasy books), wrote a disturbing, data-filled post “Sexism in Genre Publishing: A Publisher’s Perspective”. Seeing the gender breakdown by genre was eye-opening, to say the least (women need to write more horror, for sure) and the comments are also interesting to peruse. I think I would have preferred for her to pose the question WHY aren’t women authors writing and submitting in these male dominated categories, but I still enjoyed gaining some insight into an editor’s thought process.
Following up on my Jennifer Ashley upcoming books from last week (and she made a great comment on that post, clarifying the release dates of the print versions of a few of the ebooks, take a look), I was thrilled to see that three novellas from the Shifters Unbound series are being sold in an ebook bundle for the amazing price of $3.99. After Tiger, bear-shifter Ronan is my favorite shifter, followed by the oh-so-deliciously tattooed Spike, so this deal gets you hunky awesomeness at a discount AND adds the novella explaining how the sword of the Guardian came to be in the Morrissey family. Such. A. Deal.
Cynthia Eden’s 403 page suspense novel, Deadly Fear, is currently available at $.99! She’s a great writer and this book has received across the board raves on blogs, Goodreads, and the major book retailers. I snatched this up and look forward to reading it this week on my kindle app! Deadly Fear is the first in Eden’s Deadly trilogy focusing on three FBI agents attached to the serial killers branch, so for fans of suspense involving rich characters, lots of profiling and plenty of hot action between the sheets, I think you just found your next beach read.
Smart Bitches, Trashy Books announced that not only are they hosting a chat session with Julie Garwood on July 30th (!) but their upcoming book discussion focus is her classic novel, Ransom, about a young woman desperate to save her family legacy in the wake of King Richard the Lionhearted’s death. Lucky for her, a certain Scottish laird (got your attention, did I?) is willing to help. Ransom was originally published in 1999 with a snazzy new cover reissue in 2002 by Pocket Books. While the Amazon version of the book retails new for between $6 and $8 dollars, Smart Bitches has a deal through AllRomance for readers to get a 50% rebate on the book if ordered before July 15th, bringing the cost down to $3.00 if you use the coupon code SBTBARE! Be advised that all their books are sold in Secure Adobe ePub format, so be sure you have the appropriate reader.