Welcome to this week’s news post and I have a slew of updates and news about book and author news as well some interesting developments with Amazon.
The most interesting news to come out this week was the news that Amazon will be producing its first feature film from a book they have already published via their own publishing arm. Seeds by Anna Ahlborn, a horror novel which was originally self published but was picked up by Amazon for their horror imprint. Amazon has previously announced they will be looking for scripts and books toadapt for adaptation for movies and series which will help to strengthen and expand their original digital content platform.
I got to admit this story has made me giggle. OR Books has a promotion going on for their parody book, Fifty Shades of Louisa May which is a parody of Fifty Shades of Grey but written as Louisa May Alcott. Random House’s objection is that OR Books should stop from using the images of Fifty Shades as part of their promotion where readers can exchange their copy of Fifty Shades of Grey with a free copy of Fifty Shades of Louisa May. I have to admit OR Book’s response was funny as they replied to Galleycat that ‘“I’m not sure you can publish a book parody without a pretty close link to the original’s cover: even when we made fun of poor Sarah Palin and her autobiography neither she nor Harper sent a lawyer to call … we at OR will conduct a séance to check in with the shade of Louisa May Alcott (and her agent), but I doubt we shall bow to the forces of Midtown.”’
I think New Adult’s growth and its popularity will not wane. Tammara Webber’s Easy has scored a huge deal with a major publisher this week. The book has gotten a great word of mouth and buzz in the blogasphere and I know some of my fellow blogging friends have enjoyed this book immensely. Penguin/Berkley books have bought the rights and will be publishing their edition next month although next week the ebook rights will be transferred to to them.
Google has settled its long dispute with publishers over their library project and copyright infringement. They have reached an agreement although it took 7 years but its dispute with the Author’s Guild is still rumbling on and there is also several lawsuits including one with French publishers over copyright infringement.
News in Brief:
Author Karen Mahony has a new web comic serial which is based on her new series, Falling to Ash. The comics follow the exploits and adventure of Moth and I hope people check this series out which is really fun!
Richelle Mead has announced more details for her brand new series - Battlefield of the Gods. The premise of the series has religious extremists unleashing a virus on the earth and killing off half the population. With the earth dealing with the chaotic aftermath, there is a campaign to undermine and debunk any kind of paranormal or religious elements in several countries who recovered from the virus. For more info check here!
And now for books to watch out for!
Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian – this is the 11th Midnight Breed book.
Twenty years after the terror of First Dawn—when mankind learned that vampires lived secretly among them—the threat of violence reigns as the two species struggle to coexist. The only group preserving the fragile harmony is the Order, an elite cadre of Breed warriors dedicated to protecting humans and vampires alike. And in this precarious world of torn loyalties and shattered trust, Mira, a fiery squad captain, finds that every fight bears an intensely personal cost.
Raised among the Order, Mira has always believed in the warrior’s code of swift—and even lethal—justice. But the one thing she desires more than the Order’s hard-won acceptance is Kellan Archer, a sexy but troubled Breed fighter. In love with him since childhood, Mira once broke through his tough exterior during an unexpected night of rapture, but the next day he mysteriously disappeared, never to return.
Kellan didn’t think he would ever see Mira again—or have to confront the truth of why he left. After abandoning the Order years ago, he now leads a band of human rebels intent on carrying out their own vigilante rule of law. Yet a high-profile kidnapping assignment brings him face-to-face with the past he sought to avoid, and the striking woman he has tried desperately to forget. And as tensions mount and the risk of bloodshed grows, Kellan and Mira must take sides—between the competing missions that dominate their lives, and the electrifying passion that claims their hearts.
I really enjoyed some of Sarah Maclean’s historicals and this boon sounds fun!
The second in the incredible new Rules of Scoundrels series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean. Lady Philippa Marbury is odd. The bespectacled, brilliant fourth daughter of the Marquess of Needham and Dolby cares more for books than balls, flora than fashion and science than the season. Nearly engaged to Lord Castleton, Pippa wants to explore the scandalous parts of London she’s never seen before marriage. And she knows just who to ask: the tall, charming, quick-witted bookkeeper of The Fallen Angel, London’s most notorious and coveted gaming hell, known only as Cross.
Like any good scientist, Pippa’s done her research and Cross’s reputation makes him perfect for her scheme. She wants science without emotion – the experience of ruination without the repercussions of ruination. And who better to provide her with the experience than this legendary man? But when this odd, unexpected female propositions Cross, it’s more than tempting . . . and it will take everything he has to resist following his instincts – and giving the lady precisely what she wants.
We have the blurb for the latest Maiden Lane book by Elizabeth Hoyt!
WHEN STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT
He lives in the shadows. The mysterious masked avenger known as the Ghost of St. Giles, his only goal is to protect the innocent of London. Until the night he confronts a fearless lady pointing a pistol at his head—and realizes she is his wife . . .
Lady Margaret Reading has vowed to kill the Ghost of St. Giles—the man who murdered her one true love. Returning to London, and the man she hasn’t seen since their wedding day, Margaret does not recognize the man behind the mask. Fierce, commanding, and dangerous, the notorious Ghost of St. Giles is everything she feared he would be—and so much more . . .
DESIRE IS THE ULTIMATE DANGER
When passion flares these two intimate strangers can’t keep from revealing more of themselves than they had ever planned. But when Margaret learns the truth—that the Ghost is her husband, Godric St. John—the game is up and the players must surrender . . . to the temptation that could destroy them both.
So what do you think of Amazon’s new move to adapting books to movies? Do you think this will be a good development for them? And what do you think of any of the stories I’ve highlighted today?