Around the Bookish World: News Week-in-Review

Filed in Charlaine Harris , Karen Mahoney , Leanna Renee Hieber , News , Patricia Briggs , The Smutty Lover Posted on January 7, 2011 @ 1:00 pm 9 comments

USA Today reports that its bestselling list will begin to feature ebooks this week and notes that since the holidays which many people have been gifted with an ereader for Christmas. That the top six books on the list, the ebook versions outsold their print counterparts while in the top 50, nineteen books sold more ebooks than print. Whether this trend will grow or remain static remains to be seen but it does lead credence that Ebooks are becoming the new Mass Market as the print sales for that format has fallen in recent months.

A few weeks ago an author claimed and wrote a book that there was a way to manipulate Amazon Kindle charts, however this would involve buying your own book everyday as well as posting reviews and voting for them. I personally didn’t think it would have worked anyway but Amazon have pulled the book for breaking their terms.
Christmas hasn’t been great one for Waterstones in the UK and its parent company HMV. With the recent bad weather and falling sales, HMV ,have reported disappointing figures and will now be restructuring their businesses and approaches, which includes up to twenty Waterstones stores will be closing in the near future.

Another struggling major store, Borders looks like their future is very shakey right now. Employees have been told that they better look for alternative jobs very soon. Borders have also met up with several of the major publishers to discuss problems with payments, and according to a report from Publishers Weekly the meetings haven’t been that successful which is not a good sign of health for Borders future.

found a new post at Samhain for their new Horror line.
I have this book on my radar and have already preordered it but if anyone fancies what The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney is like, then the first few chapters and synopsis is up at Figment.com. I love the cover!
Talking about chapter excerpts – Charlaine Harris has posted chapter one of Dead Reckoning which is out in May in the US and June in the UK.

James Dashner’s fantasy tale, The Maze Runner, the first YA book of a trilogy that focuses on a group of kids trying to escape a dangerous maze in an alternative universe has been picked up to get the movie treatment. Catherine Hardwicke who directed the first Twilight movie will helm the movie.

Leanna Renee Hieber has unveiled the cover and synopsis of her next book, The Perilous Prophecy of Guard and Goddess. This will be a prequel and is set 20 years before the events in the Percy Parker books and is slated to be out in May and in print!!!

The Goddess: In the beginning, there were lovers: a winged deity of power and light, and a queen of grace and beauty. Phoenix was murdered, his beloved stolen away to the Whisper-world. But their passion inspired the Muses. Through great sacrifice, it could live again.

The Guard: There are always six, mortal hosts for the divine. Battling spirits through the ages, they defy Darkness, Lord of the Dead. In 1867, a shadow rises. The tide turns against them, and all hope falls on a child of prophecy, an eerie, snow-white girl yet to be born. But her path must be cleared. A Great War is coming, and song, wind and stars whisper that the eighteen-year-old Beatrice Smith must give everything to prepare…

Also check out the trailer!

Orbit UK have released the cover for the UK edition for Patricia BriggsRiver Marked (raise your hands if y’all lusting for this book?)
It also looks like along with the new change of tone for the new cover, the previous books will be reissued in the summer in the UK to match the new theme.

Patricia has also confirmed the dates and places for the US book signing tour for River Marked in March. Details are listed below but dates and places might still change so please double check at her site!

March 1-8, 2011: River Marked Signing Tour

  • Richland, WA: Hastings. March 1, 2011
  • Oakbrook/Chicago IL: Borders. March 2, 2011
  • Bailey’s Crossing/DC: Borders. March 3, 2011
  • Roseville, MN: Barnes and Nobel. March 4, 2011
  • Houston, TX: Murder By The Book. This will be a joint signing with Kim Harrison! March 5, 2011
  • San Diego, CA: Mysterious Galaxy March 6, 2011
  • Seattle, WA: University Bookstore March 7, 2011
  • Portland, OR: Powells March 8, 2011

We discovered this week that there is a bi weekly Book Blogger Get Together Chat at Hale & Salvatore Supernatural Must Reads. What is their chat about? Let’s quote what they say about it:


The Book Blogger Get Together lets book bloggers interact with each other & share their interests in books ect.
This is a great new way to get to make new friends & keep in contact.
Everyone is allowed to invite their book blogger buds or a blogger that you think could use some followers.

The chat will be held on Mondays and Fridays and surprise today is the next one. Just head over at 5:00pm to 6:40pm. Eastern Time.

Book Lovers Inc is turning ONE in January and we already planned a great celebration party. After one year of work we thought it would be nice to let someone else work for us- so our blogoversary will a blog takeover. And not just by anyone, we got great authors on board to keep Book Lovers Inc running while we take these 2 weeks to celebrate 24/7. 
Here’s a bit of a teaser of who will come over in the time of January 15th – 26th:

Tracey O’Hara

Dakota Cassidy
Sara Brookes
Delilah Marvelle
Inez Kelley
Joely Sue Burkhart
Monica Burns
Megan Hart
Cynthia Eden
Chloe Neill
Carolyn Crane
Seleste DeLaney
Devyn Quinn
Teresa D’Amario
(the first teaser can be found here)
For everyone who’s as excited as we are, we have a nice button to spread the word. Sharing is highly appreciated (you can find the button grab code in the sidebar =>)!
So is there any books or covers that caught your eye for this year?

About Has


Has is a bookaholic and feeds her addiction whenever she can. She usually can be found lost in a Romance or an Urban Fantasy novel. Her favourite sub genres are Paranormal, Fantasy and some Scifi. Her most treasured authors are, Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Ann Aguirre, Lisa Kleypas and Tamora Pierce. She loves that discovery of finding a brand new author and falling in love with their books. Has also blogs a The Book Pushers - Book chatter and reviews

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  • Chelsea B. January 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks for sharing all that!

  • Alisha (MyNeedToRead) January 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Rock. On. I always look forward to this particular feature. Thanks for researching and sharing.

    You know, I'm actually rather digging the River Marked UK cover. It's got a Quentin Tarantino vibe to it. ^__^

  • Akasha Hale & Lexus Salvatore January 7, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Thanks! For mentioning us. We're really thankful. Your so sweet. By the way….It's 5:30pm! hahaha

  • LSUReader January 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Great post. As always, thanks.

    And an early Happy Anniversary!

  • Estella January 7, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Thanks for all the info!

  • draconismoi January 7, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Wow. And here I thought Borders went out of business years ago.

  • Leanne Dyck January 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    As a soon-to-be published ebook author, I say (say? scream) ebooks rock! : )
    Thanks for sharing this good news–I will be sending it to my local paper.

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  • Melissa (My World...in words and pages) January 9, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Great news!Well, most of it. It is awful to hear about the Borders company. I do a lot of shopping at our Borders express in the mall. Shame to see them go.

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