Welcome to this week’s news post! In this edition, we have more rumours of consolidation amongst the Big 6, the nominees for the Bad Sex Awards and our usual book news and covers to watch out for!
Following the heels of the merger between Random House and Penguin, reports of Simon and Schuster and News Corp’s HarperCollins are in discussions to merge. News Corp is currently splitting up and spinning off its entertainment arm from its publishing and education companies, but this merger could bring in a greater market share. It does look like that the music industry, the big publishing companies are consolidating amongst themselves so that they can position themselves against the changes brought on by digital adoption. But it will be interesting to see if the other remaining Big two publishers, Hachette and Macmillan will follow suit, but I suspect they will but it does raise the question if this will be a good thing long term and this heralds more major changes in publishing.
Well it is my favourite time of year in the book publishing calender! Yep it is the Bad Sex Awards and the nominations are in! I will quote some from the EW article - because there is not much to say than to warn you all not to drink while reading and get some industrial briaaaaaaan bleach.
Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe: “Now his big generative jockey was inside her pelvic saddle, riding, riding, riding, and she was eagerly swallowing it swallowing it swallowing it with the saddle’s own lips and maw — all this without a word.”
The Divine Comedy by Craig Raine: “And he came. Like a wubbering springboard. His ejaculate jumped the length of her arm. Eight diminishing gouts. The first too high for her to lick. Right on the shoulder.”
Infrared by Nancy Huston: “He runs his tongue and lips over my breasts, the back of my neck, my toes, my stomach, the countless treasures between my legs, oh the sheer ecstasy of lips and tongues on genitals, either simultaneously or in alternation, never will I tire of that silvery fluidity, my sex swimming in joy like a fish in water…”
There is more extracts here!
The French publisher for Fifty Shades have sent out warning letters to spin-off books that uses the title of Fifty Shades of Grey because of trademarking infringement. Earlier in the year a woman who used FSOG as part of the theme for parties that sold sex toys, was sent a Cease and Desist letter. I am not to sure about the law in France and whether this infringes on James’s copyright of the book but she has trademarked Fifty Shades and that seems the bone of contention of her editor who stated “Some of these titles, which pick up on elements of the book, are clearly parasitical,” – Which is very ironic since Fifty Shades was originally written as Twilight Fanfiction and the characters of Ana and Christian was modelled after Bella and Edward.
News in Brief:
Book Blogger – Bells has posted some spoilery goodies from Karen Marie Moning’s chat about her Fever series. You can check out the info here – but be warned there is spoilers!
Who is excited about The Hobbit? Well the extended trailer has been released! And it is a glorious 8 minutes full! Cannot wait!
Sylvia Day has posted another fun and very sexy Snippet from Entwined with You
And now books to watch out for!
Deborah Coates’ Deep Down which is the follow-up to Wide Awake sounds great and is slated for March 5th!
Death stalks the haunted, windswept prairie in this chilling sequel to Wide Open
Now that she’s solved her sister’s murder, Hallie Michaels has left the army and isn’t sure what to do next. Her relationship with deputy Boyd Davies is tentative, there’s still distance between her and her father, and she needs a job. The good news is, she hasn’t seen a ghost in weeks.
All that changes when she gets a call asking her to help an elderly neighbor who is being stalked by black dogs, creatures from the underworld that are harbingers of death. When a black dog appears, Hallie learns, a reaper is sure to follow. And if the dark visions she’s suddenly receiving are any indication, it looks like the reaper is now following her.
Meanwhile, strange events herald the arrival of ghosts from Boyd’s past, ghosts the young deputy isn’t ready to face. Refusing Hallie’s help, Boyd takes off to deal with the problem on his own, only to find that he’s facing something much larger and more frightening than he’d imagined.
Stalked by a reaper and plagued by dark visions, Hallie finds she must face her fears and travel into Death’s own realm to save those she most loves.
The 7th Lucky Harbor book by Jill Shalvis - It Had to be You - has a cover and blurb!
Ali Winters is *not* having a good day. Her boyfriend left her, everyone in town thinks she’s a thief, and now she’s about to be kicked out of her home. Her only shot at keeping a roof over her head and clearing her name is to beg for help from a police detective who’s as sexy as he is stern…. After a high-profile case goes wrong, Luke Hanover returns to his hometown for some peace and quiet. Instead he finds a bombshell brunette in a heap of trouble. As he helps Ali put her world back together, the pieces of Luke’s own life finally seem to fall into place. Is this the start of a sizzling fling? Or are Luke and Ali on the brink of something big in a little town called Lucky Harbor?
And finally this is one of my favourite post apocalyptic romance series - Joss Ware’s latest Envy Chronicle entry - Night Resurrected.
His family lost forever in The Change, Wyatt is a man with nothing left to lose. But just when he thought he’d never feel anythig again, Remington Truth came into his life. Knowing the bold beauty would face unimaginable dangers on her quest to safeguard the mysterious crystal in her possession, he joins her on her journey, never expecting her to find a way past the wall he’s built.
Remy’s a woman with everything at stake. While protecting the powerful crystal that is her family’s secret legacy, she dares not trust anyone. Yet once she recognizes the ravaged heart beneath Wyatt’s stony facade, she’s willing to risk it all. Together they battle the forces of darkness, their very survival at stake.
Until Remy is forced to make a terrible decision that could destroy them…and the rest of the world.
Do you think the trend in consolidation amongst the Big Publishers is a good idea? And what was the worse love/sex scene you have read?