Around the Bookish World: News Week-in-Review

Filed in News , The Smutty Lover Posted on March 11, 2011 @ 3:00 pm 12 comments
Welcome to this week’s news post which I almost forgot to write, because for me it has totally zoomed past for me. This week its been pretty quiet although last weekend was pretty eventful with a new brouhaha online about authors and reviewing again and a mysterious non existent YA Mafia group. This has reignited the debate again about who can and shouldn’t review books and I suspect this issue will arise again and again in a different way and in a different genre – although it could be Ninja mystery writers lurking in the wings when the next hoopla happens. But for a good summary and insights, check out Dear Author’s post as well as Katiebabs and Smexybooks write ups.
This actually links up to Goodreads implementing a new rule about authors responding to negative reviews on the site. This may be to increasing incidents of authors responding to negative reviews on Goodreads and creating ugly scenes, most notably Teddypig’s recent review of Heart of Texas
Authors were warned this week, with this new rule that if they respond negatively to reviews of their books will be removed from the site.

Another alert emerged this week with HarperCollins announcing a new ebook imprint. Following Harlequin’s footsteps with Carina Press, HarperCollins, Avon Impulse are looking for submissions right now in all different subgenres for romance. The first release will be Katherine Ashe’s novella, A Lady’s Wish, which will be released 11th of May. For more info about the imprint and submission details clicky here!

Kobo has managed to garner new financing from new investors despite the collapse of Borders a few weeks ago and hopefully this will allow them to secure and expand their market.

This is no real surprise about Amazon’s domination with the online market for books, but a new survey has announced that they have around 80% of the online market share. Out of 2000 respondants, only 8% shopped at a high-street store for books.

You know its that time of year right? At Dear Author and at The Smart Bitches its Dabwaha TIME! Dear Author has the info and full deets up here. There is also a chance to vote in books if you disagreed with this year’s choices.

And now for some dangerously Fangtastic news!

Nalini Singh has posted the blurb for Archangel’s Blade – Dimitri’s book which is slated to come out this September. I seriously can’t wait for this book!

September 2011
Berkley Sensation

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh is back in the shadows of a deadly, beautiful world where angels rule, vampires serve, and one female hunter must crawl out of the darkness to survive…

The severed head marked by a distinctive tattoo on its cheek should have been a Guild case, but dark instincts honed over hundreds of years of life compel the vampire Dmitri to take control. There is something twisted about this death, something that whispers of centuries long past…but Dmitri’s need to discover the truth is nothing to the vicious strength of his response to the hunter assigned to decipher the tattoo.

Savaged in a brutal attack that almost killed her, Honor is nowhere near ready to come face to face with the seductive vampire who is an archangel’s right hand, and who wears his cruelty as boldly as his lethal sensuality…the same vampire who has been her secret obsession since the day she was old enough to understand the inexplicable, violent emotions he aroused in her.

As desire turns into a dangerous compulsion that might destroy them both, it becomes clear the past will not stay buried. Something is hunting…and it will not stop until it brings a blood-soaked nightmare to life once more…

And here is a couple of books/covers that have caught my eye!

Jennifer Estep’s new book has a cover and blurb- Touch of Frost is her YA debut and is slated for later this summer.

My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Acad­emy — a school of myths, magic and war­rior whiz kids, where even the lowli­est geek knows how to chop off somebody’s head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spar­tan guy in school, also hap­pens to be the deadliest.
But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jas­mine Ash­ton was mur­dered in the Library of Antiq­ui­ties. Then, some­one stole the Bowl of Tears, a mag­i­cal arti­fact that can be used to bring about the sec­ond Chaos War. You know, death, destruc­tion and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I’m deter­mined to find out who killed Jas­mine and why – espe­cially since I should have been the one who died…

This has set my radar a’tingling big time –

The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.

And there are no strangers in the town of Near.
These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.
But when an actual stranger—a boy who seems to fade like smoke—appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.
The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.
As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know—about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.
Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab’s debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget.

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl have posted the cover for their 3rd Castor Chronicles book – Beautiful Chaos.

Thanks to Dark Faerie Tales who have had highlighted these books and a few more at their site.

And finally Moria Rogers fans! WE HAZ Cover and blurbage for Cipher!

Book 4 in the Southern Arcana Series
Slated to come out this September

Fourteen months ago, Kat Gabriel’s life changed forever when she used her empathy as a weapon. Now she can’t escape the weight of those deaths–or the loss of the easy friendship she and Andrew once shared. Obsessed with her mother’s violent past, Kat is determined to learn the truth of her inner-darkness by understanding her legacy.
Since the attack that turned him into a wolf, Andrew Callaghan has done everything possible to make himself stronger. More capable of protecting Kat–both from the supernatural world that forced her to kill, and from their own volatile connection. Pushing her away hurt them both, but he’s finally made himself into the protector she needs.
As Kat’s quest leads her into the darkest underbelly of the psychic world, Andrew is determined to be at her side. But every step forward reopens old emotional wounds and shakes their control. For a dangerous alpha and a deadly psychic, distraction could be fatal–especially when the greatest threat they pose is to each other.

So do you expect other big mainstream publishers will follow HarperCollins/Avon’s path and start an e-press imprint? 
And do you agree that Goodreads should have implemented this warning and rule for authors or do you think authors should have a right to respond to reviews even though its detrimental to them?

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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  • SusiSunshine {The Geeky Bookworm} March 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Cipher!!!!! *swooooooooooooon*
    Me wants sooooo much.

    And I'm still not over the next Guild Hunter book not being about Raphael. *super sad face*

  • Has March 11, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I think the new year will have a Raphael and Elena book though? I am not entirely sure. And YES LOVE the cover for Cipher 😀

  • Blodeuedd March 11, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I do think authors have the right to respond, as long as they are nice. No bashing.

    And what was up with that other one complaining about grammar

  • Sylvia Sybil March 11, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I'm glad that Goodreads is taking a stand on this and working to stop authors from bashing reviewers. The Teddypig thing was WTF but it wasn't the first one. And the crazy authors detract from the sane ones by turning it into an us vs. them thing. Most authors are not crazy. Most have enough sense not to bash someone for disagreeing with you.

    I've heard several authors complain that the bright red pop up yelling at them every-single-time they click to comment is obnoxious, and I'd probably agree with that. You don't need to punish the nice ones. Once everyone understands the rules, then you start banning the idiots.

  • GeishasMom73 March 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Love love love the Cipher cover! Yay!

    GeishasMom73 on twitter

  • SusiSunshine {The Geeky Bookworm} March 11, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    There will be? YAY!!!

  • Chelsea B. March 11, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's covers are all so hauntingly beautiful.

  • draconismoi March 12, 2011 at 1:22 am

    (Scowls at Goodreads). I oppose all restrictions of Free Speech.

    And personally, I like knowing when a writer is an utter douche. Helps me curb my book addiction – at least regarding their works.

  • Stella (Ex Libris) March 12, 2011 at 5:10 am

    Thanks for another informative and wonderful post Has! Sometimes blogger debates just whoosh over my head, so I'm always grateful when I discover the summaries of some heated debated and controversies which happened lately in your post because then I can go on and surf and check out all the posst, so THANKS for the links!

    I have so much to say about this whole YA Mafia and Be NIce thing but have to dash now (don't want to be late to my goddaughter's 2nd b-day! :-D)

    I love the cover of Beautiful Chaos, at first glance I only notuced the yellow lettering, but that old gothic door, beautiful! 🙂

  • -petit March 12, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Wow! That thing with Teddypig was really weird! But it's a good thing that GR took the providences for thing like that don't happen again.
    And the cover for Beautiful Chaos can be simple, but it's really beautiful!

  • marybelle March 13, 2011 at 3:35 am

    If authors respond in an aggressively defensive manner when they don't like the reviews of their work then people will just boycott.

  • Sheree March 13, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    I think authors should just ignore reviews altogether but I suppose that's hard to do, human nature and all.

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