Around the Bookish World: News Week-in-Review

Filed in News , The Smutty Lover Posted on June 10, 2011 @ 1:00 pm 3 comments

Another new week and another friday and even better the WEEKEND!!!

This week’s news we have covers and new books and Apple backing down (I think) about their recent rule change about apps.
First up we have news that Apple have changed their tune about their recent rule change about app subscriptions and that independent apps being used on their platforms. It looks like there will be room for companies, such as Amazon and Kobo offering their own content and links outside of Apple and therefore still provide and sell to customers. More info can be found here.

Borders is selling the older models of the Kobo reader for $60 – check here for info or to ask at your local branch.
Glee’s Chris Colfer has signed a major book deal with Little Brown Books for Young Adults. He has signed up to write two books, the first one which is aimed at 8 to 12 year olds, called The Land of Stories. Below is the excerpt from the Press release.

‘ A fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairytales, The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner Bailey. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the characters they grew up reading about.

“When I was ten years old, I promised myself that if I ever had the opportunity to write this book, I would jump at the chance,” said Colfer. “This book has been at the core of my imagination for a long time and I’m excited and nervous to share it.”

“We are delighted to have The Land of Stories on the Little, Brown list,” remarked Megan Tingley. “Chris is a remarkable talent whose writing combines all the qualities kids love – memorable characters, heart-pounding adventure, in a setting filled with wonder, intrigue and enchantment.” ‘

FANTASTIC news from Carolyn Crane, her series The Disillusionists has been optioned by Fish Bowl Media as a T.V series. I’ve crossposted the PR release from Publisher’s Marketplace at Carolyn’s site

‘Carolyn Crane’s The Disillusionist Trilogy, about a psychological hit squad of misfits and neurotics who reform criminals by pumping them full of their negative energy, pitched as Heroes meets Inception, optioned to FishBowl Media, by Shari Smiley at CAA, on behalf of Cameron McClure at Donald Maass.’

Congrats from everyone here at BLI! We are all fans of the series and we are thrilled about this news and we hope there will be nibbles!

Now here’s our cover highlights for this week! I have an Urban Fantasy themefest!

Katherine Kerr’s 2nd Nola O’Gradt book – Water to burn has been posted!

Cheryl Priest’s 2nd book in the Cheshire Red Reports series is up with a cover and blurbage!

Vampire thief Raylene Pendle doesn’t need more complications in her life. Her Seattle home is already overrun by a band of misfits, including Ian Stott, a blind vampire, and Adrian deJesus, an ex-Navy SEAL/drag queen. But Raylene still can’t resist an old pal’s request: seek out and steal a bizarre set of artifacts. Also on the hunt is a brilliant but certifiably crazy sorceress determined to stomp anyone who gets in her way. But Raylene’s biggest problem is that the death of Ian’s vaunted patriarch appears to have made him the next target of some blood-sucking sociopaths. Now Raylene must snatch up the potent relics, solve a murder, and keep Ian safe—all while fending off a psychotic sorceress. But at least she won’t be alone. A girl could do a lot worse for a partner than an ass-kicking drag queen—right

M.L.N Hanover’s 4th book in The Black Sun’s Daughter series (which I think have some of the best covers in UF!) has a cover and a blurb too!

JaynÉ Heller has discovered the source of her uncanny powers: something else is living inside her body. She’s possessed. Of all her companions, she can only bring herself to confide in Ex, the former priest. They seek help from his old teacher and the circle of friends he left behind, hoping to cleanse JaynÉ before the parasite in her becomes too powerful.
Ex’s history and a new enemy combine to leave JaynÉ alone and on the run. Her friends, thinking that the rider with her has taken the reins, try to hunt her down, unaware of the danger they’re putting her in. JaynÉ must defeat the weight of the past and the murderous intent of another rider, and her only allies are a rogue vampire she once helped free and the nameless thing hiding inside her skin.

And finally the J.A Saare’s The Renfield Syndrome, the second book in the Rhiannon’s Law series. This is slated for release in August!

Vampires, and werewolves, and demons, oh my.

Rhiannon thought facing off against a deranged child vampire was the most dangerous task she would ever have to undertake, but she’s about to discover making a deal with a demon is far, far worse. Sent forward into another reality, one in which vampires are now dominating nearly extinct humans, she realizes the sooner she returns to her vampire lover, Disco, the better.

Unfortunately, time changes a lot of things; including those most trusted around her. When she’s faced with a loss and betrayal unlike any she has ever known, her focus shifts from severing the debt between the demon that wants to kill her, to exacting a revenge that will bring forth consequences she never could have fathomed. By reaching out to the darkness lingering within her, she’ll find the strength to push forward despite the circumstances that would see her dead and buried.

After all, when it’s all said and done, all that she has left to lose is her soul.

Terri Garey, debuts her DEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE trailer with a little help from rocker friends, The 69 Eyes. So Susi LURVES this band so here goes the trailer:

So what do you think of any of the news items this week? Do you think the growing trend of actors, such as Lauren Conrad and Hilary Duff turning to YA genre is a good thing? Or do you think that publishers are cashing into their fame?

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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  • Alisha (MyNeedToRead) June 12, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Thank goodness Apple seems to be coming to their senses regarding third party apps. To cut out usability of apps like those of Amazon and Kobo would've damped the enthusiasm of many (self included).

  • Has June 12, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    I think they realised that because people would have chosen other platforms. I think the fact they integrated their ibookstore with itunes is another interesting development. But frankly I got a funny feeling that Kobo/amazon and other stores will stay ahead of Apple.

  • draconismoi June 14, 2011 at 12:49 am

    FishBowl Media? Is that a British, Canadian, or Australian company?

    If so – yay! Seems like non-U.S. stations give their new series a bit more of a chance to build an audience. And this could drawn in quite the audience. It hit on procedurals, medical drama and SF in one fell swoop.

    Now that I think about it, it's amazing this wasn't optioned sooner….

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