Around the Bookish World: News Week-in-Review

Filed in Gena Showalter , Kresley Cole , L.J. McDoncald , News , Shannon K. Butcher , The Smutty Lover Posted on May 27, 2011 @ 2:00 pm 3 comments
Welcome to this week’s news post! We have new book deals from favourite authors, new ereaders that will increase the competition in the market and loads more!
First up – the big news this week was the unveiling of new devices from Kobo and B&N. Both are offering similar ereading devices that are wifi enabaled and offer a virtual keyboard, and Pearl e-screen. However, the Kobo’s price is slightly cheaper going for $129 . For more info for its features click here – one of the sweetest things about the Kobo is that will cater to international languages and that may be one of the advantages compared to other e-readers.
In comparison the Nook will go for $139, for its features click here. This will definitely heat up the e-reading market and I got a funny feeling that before Christmas I wouldn’t be surprised if a few vendors will start selling ereaders for under $99.

In an interesting development, Google is rumoured to walk away from the bookstore which is surprising but then again there was a few issues with it. However, there is a rumour that Google may instead turn to starting an ebook rental programme. How this will work remains to be seen but this will be a great way to make inroads into a market that is increasingly hotting up and I can see the positives for a scheme like this.
Jennifer Estep has confirmed that she has sold two more books for her Elemental Assassin series. Books 5 and 6 are a go! Congrats from everyone at Book Lovers Inc!
This makes me so happy!
L.J Mcdonald’s 3rd Sylph book, the Queen of the Sylph has a cover and looks set to be published in September. Even better it looks like there will be three more sequels in this series.
It was a dream come true. Solie had her own battler, a creature of almost infinite magic who could vaporize legions in the blink of an eye and would willingly suffer a thousand bloody deaths to protect her. She was his love. More simply, she was his queen.
Many others feel the same. The new-built settlement is a haven for all. Erected by sylphs of earth and fire, air and water, the Valley is Solie’s dominion. But, lovers without peer or killers without mercy, the very nature of their battler protectors means peril. It is not in any sylph’s nature to disobey, and while some are hers to command, others are the slaves of Solie’s enemies—the jealous, the cruel. Those who guard her must not fail. Their peasant-born ruler is not yet safe as…
Shannon K Butcher has a cover and blurb for her 5th Sentinal book!

They are the Sentinels. Three races, ancient guardians of mankind, each possessing unique abilities to protect humanity against their eternal foes: the Synestryn. Now, for one Sentinel, the only way to reclaim her forgotten past is to follow the blood.

Hope appeared out of nowhere, naked and alone, a woman without past. The only thing she knows is that she is imbued with a strange power. It’s in her blood. And two men want to possess it.

One is Logan, a Sanguinar demon-fighter who needs Hope’s essence to survive. As a vampire he’s well-equipped to find her a like-blooded mate whose progeny could sustain his race for generations. The other is Krag, a Synestryn lord whose desire is to enslave Hope, and drain her of the lifeforce. With it he could control humanity forever.

When Hope and Logan both fall prey to Krag, a powerful desire grows between them. But is it enough to thwart their captor’s diabolical plan and his demon warriors, and survive a vampire’s destiny written in blood?

I think I am in lust with this cover – out of the covers so far in this series, I think this is my favorite. Don’t you think his abs is bodalicious?

Beautiful Noelle Tremain has just completed AIR training and successfully navigated her first mission. Life is perfect. Until her best friend is turned into a vampire, destroying her day life, and she’s partnered with Hector Dean, destroying her nightlife. He’s the sexiest, most powerful man she’s ever met, able to atomize his arms and punch through anything – but he’s also emotionally distanced, determined to remain alone. So, to stay on top of their case, she might just have to find a way on top of him.

Oh, the naughty things a girl will do for her job . . .

And finally! The long awaited cover for Lothaire has been unveiled!

From the humblest of beginnings a millennia ago, Lothaire the Enemy of Old rose to power, becoming the most feared and evil vampire in the immortal world. Driven by his past, he will not rest until he captures the vampire Horde’s crown for himself. The discovery of his Bride, the female meant only for him, threatens to derail his plot.

Elizabeth Peirce is a mere mortal, a glaring vulnerability for a male with so many blood foes bent on annihilating anything he desires. Yet soon he discovers his Bride’s secret. A magnificent power dwells inside the fragile human, one that will aid his quest. But to possess that power, he will have to destroy her. Will Lothaire succumb to the torments of his past, or seize a future with her?

So what do you think of Google’s rumoured programme of ebook rentals? Is it a good idea and or do you think it wont work?
What do you think about Lothaire? 
And ins’t the Showalter book awesomesauce?

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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  • Sheree May 27, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Ah, "Lothaire"… with Paul Marron on the cover…

  • CK May 27, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I think if Google chooses to and is allowed to go the Netflix route, renting ebooks would be a great success and might even curb piracy. Why bother pirating when it's going to show up in your subscription service (even if you have to wait 28 days)? It all depends on pricing and what's offered.

    The Showalter cover is quite nice, definitely got my attention 😉

  • Bea May 27, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    I really like the idea of an ebook rental programme though putting it into practice could be a challenge.

    I like the look of both those new ereaders but…what's with the lack of 3G? There are still many people without wifi at home, whether it's unavailable, they can't afford it, etc. It seems as if B&N, Kobo, Amazon etc are trying to reduce the customer base by gettign rid of the 3g option. Their loss, particularly financially.

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