Around the Bookish World: News Week-in-Review

Filed in News , The Smutty Lover Posted on August 26, 2011 @ 12:01 pm 3 comments
Welcome to this week’s news post and its a jammed packed with major news from Karen Marie Moning and other interesting developments in the world of publishing.

The NY Times strikes again with another article about books, YA audiences and how boys are not choosing to read as much than their girl counterparts because not enough male characters are the main protagonists in the books that they are aimed at. I find this reasoning pretty funny and insulting because when I was a teen, I had difficulties FINDING a book that had a strong female character in the genres of scifi/fantasy that was aimed at YA’s. I thank the Gods when I discovered Robin McKinley and Tamora Pierce who wrote these types of heroines but they were the exceptions but as a female I had no issues or problem reading about male characters and I don’t think this is an explanation that has any basis, perhaps, computer games and the Internet offers more competition than the perceived lack of male heroes in YA? I also think that the YA and Middle Grade offerings today is so much more diverse and rich compared to the last decade or so and I think that is a good thing.
There is sad news that Urban Fantasy author Rob Thurman was hospitalized and remains in critical condition after a car accident last week. Everyone at Book Lovers Inc wish her for a speedy recovery and sending the best get well soon wishes to her and good thoughts to her family. If you want to send your good wishes – comment here at her site.
Enhanced Ebooks have been around for a few years but it hasn’t managed to catch on by the readers however a company called Booktrack is hoping that their new initiative will be popular with readers by providing a soundtrack with ebooks. The experimental approach will start off with the YA book, ‘The Power of Six’ that will be released by HarperCollins, and will be followed by classics like ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘Romeo and Julliet’ and ‘The Three Musketeers’. I think this might catch on because I like to listen to music while I read at times and some authors have offered or provided a list of music tracks that will go with the book, According to the Booktrack though, the music will be mostly atmospheric and will emphasis on the dramatic and tonal shifts in the book and will match the speed of the reader whilst reading the book. 
Stephen King, Scribner and Klout are teaming up to offer a free short story to Klout influencers before it is released to the public. King’s ‘Mile 81’ will be offered to those who have joined Klout and are deemed to be influential as a marketing strategy.
And finally fans of Karen Marie Moning will be having a major squeefest! Dreamworks has snapped up the rights for the Darkfever books and will be adapting the first book of the series with Disney who they have a development deal. And there is MOAR news – Karen just announced on her Facebook page that there will be more from the Fever world, and that there will be a further of 5 more books. The first three will comprise of a trilogy featuring Dani and Christian MacKeltar and Ryodan, and the last two books will be back to the original characters of Barrons, Mac and V’lane. Below is a the announcement copied from the Facebook page to those who don’t have accounts or is a member of the fan group

Because I keep getting this question, I’ve realized I’ve obviously not answered it to your satisfaction:) I’m going to post here and ask that you all help me in spreading the word around.

I’m currently working on a trilogy that features Dani, Christian MacKeltar, Ryodan, and the mysterious ‘Dancer,’ set primarily in Fever-Dublin. Each installment in the trilogy is a stand-alone mystery, however there are larger plot arcs unfolding in the background. Where Mac was introspective and her story could feel somewhat esoteric, Dani is down and dirty in the streets. Lots of details, lots of action. There’s a different feel to the two series, totally different vantage points. I’m having a blast writing it.

For those of you who have been worrying—the trilogy is not YA. If I had to categorize it, I would say it straddles the line between YA and adult uneasily. I don’t pull any punches. It may be controversial in some ways. But whose teen years weren’t? LOL! Many of the questions I left unanswered in the FEVER series are addressed in this new series.

Exciting news: I’ve agreed to write two more books after that. Once the new trilogy is complete, I’m returning to the core story begun in the FEVER series, and will resume writing about Mac, Barrons, V’lane, Cruce, the Unseelie king, the concubine, the Song of Making.

All in all, there are five more books coming about the Fever World!

Because I know you guys, I know this is going to make some of you as nervous as it makes you excited. Trust me. I’m making no compromises with the characters or the story. It’s all unfolding exactly as it should, true to itself-which means, it’s a sometimes rocky road. Dark times ahead, guys. But I write it all with genuine love for the characters, the world, and you the reader.

As a final note, quit scaring Dreamworks with your demands for NC-17, LMAO. I don’t write NC-17. You have NC-17 imaginations! Sometimes I think you guys should be telling me stories!

And now for the upcoming books that caught our eye!

First up, I really think this book has an interesting and quirky premise with some depth.

Dry, sarcastic, sixteen-year-old Cam Cooper has spent the last seven years in and out hospitals. The last thing she wants to do in the short life she has left is move 1,500 miles away to Promise, Maine – a place known for the miraculous events that occur there. But it’s undeniable that strange things happen in Promise: everlasting sunsets; purple dandelions; flamingoes in the frigid Atlantic; an elusive boy named Asher; and finally, a mysterious envelope containing a list of things for Cam to do before she dies. As Cam checks each item off the list, she finally learns to believe – in love, in herself, and even in miracles.

A debut novel from an immensely talented new writer, The Probability of Miracles crackles with wit, romance and humor and will leave readers laughing and crying with each turn of the page.

This looks also interesting.

What if you were bound for a new world, about to pledge your life to someone you’d been promised to since birth, and one unexpected violent attack made survival—not love—the issue?
Out in the murky nebula lurks an unseen enemy: the New Horizon. On its way to populate a distant planet in the wake of Earth’s collapse, the ship’s crew has been unable to conceive a generation to continue its mission. They need young girls desperately, or their zealous leader’s efforts will fail. Onboard their sister ship, the Empyrean, the unsuspecting families don’t know an attack is being mounted that could claim the most important among them…
Fifteen-year-old Waverly is part of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space; she was born on the Empyrean, and the large farming vessel is all she knows. Her concerns are those of any teenager—until Kieran Alden proposes to her. The handsome captain-to-be has everything Waverly could ever want in a husband, and with the pressure to start having children, everyone is sure he’s the best choice. Except for Waverly, who wants more from life than marriage—and is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth.
But when the Empyrean faces sudden attack by their assumed allies, they quickly find out that the enemies aren’t all from the outside.

We also have the the latest cover for Eloisa James upcoming book, ‘The Duke is Mine’ – isn’t it beautiful.

He is a duke in search of a perfect bride. She is a lady—but a long way from perfect.

Tarquin, the powerful Duke of Sconce, knows perfectly well that the decorous and fashionably slender Georgiana Lytton will make him a proper duchess. So why can’t he stop thinking about her twin sister, the curvy, headstrong, and altogether unconventional Olivia? Not only is Olivia betrothed to another man, but their improper, albeit intoxicating, flirtation makes her unsuitability all the more clear.

Determined to make a perfect match, he methodically cuts Olivia from his thoughts, allowing logic and duty to triumph over passion…Until, in his darkest hour, Tarquin begins to question whether perfection has anything to do with love.

To win Olivia’s hand he would have to give up all the beliefs he holds most dear, and surrender heart, body and soul…

Unless it’s already too late

This sexy, witty version of The Princess and the Pea turns the classic fairy tale into an enticing, funny, and moving romance

So what do you think of ebooks that have soundtracks? Do you think it is a good idea and will catch on or is it gimmicky? And what do you think about the new books in the Fever series and any of the things that have been highlighted this week?

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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  • LSUReader August 26, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    I'm so sorry to hear about Rob Thurman. I appreciate you gals keeping us in the know–even for the sad stuff.

    On the books you mentioned, I'm looking forward to the new Eloisa James. I don't think I've ever read a novel based on The Princess and the Pea.

  • Sullivan McPig August 27, 2011 at 10:24 am

    The whole soundtrack to ebooks thing sounds horrible to me, but that's probably because my taste in music is far from regular, so don't think they'd be able to make a soundtrack with songs that I would love.

  • Sheree August 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I, too, am sorry to find out about Rob Thurman. At least she's not getting any worse.

    I don't want music with my ebooks. I tend to tune out anything I hear when I'm reading anyway. Paying extra for something I won't use is pointless.

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