Around The Bookish World: News Week-In-Review

Filed in News , The Smutty Lover Posted on February 10, 2012 @ 6:00 pm 4 comments

Welcome to this week’s news post! We have some breaking news about Apple’s announcement on the new ipad, new books being announced as well as books to watch out for!

Apple will be hosting a press conference to announce the new Ipad in the first week of March.  It is rumoured that it will be much faster and will have a better screen compared to its predescessors but I can’t not help feel meh on this because the leaked details aren’t that exciting. It is also assumed that after the announcement that the Ipad will be available for preorder although no release date is scheduled so far.

The UK arm of Harlequin, Mills and Boons are going to launch an e-short imprint – Mira will also follow suit and will offer e-shorts which will range around 10 thousand words in advance of full books by authors such as Victoria Fox whose books will follow suit a month later. The e-shorts are priced around £1.99 .

I reported the other week that Barnes and Noble are going to refuse to stock Amazon published books, well it looks like stores like Indigo and Books-a-million will follow B&N footsteps. They have stated that following this route is the only way to stem Amazon’s foothold in the market. And as I was writing this post, IndieCommerce will be joining their ranks. I personally don’t think this will stem Amazon’s market share and they are just going to annoy their loyal customers because I know from experience – I turned to Amazon and other sites like it because they DID stock the books I wanted.

Now for news in brief:

Michelle Rowen has signed a new YA book deal which is in fact based on a  book  she released a few years back called Countdown under the now defunct Shomi line under Dorchester. The story is about a street thief and a murderer forced to team up to survive in a deadly reality tv show (before The Hunger Games). This is a going to be a revised and re-written for the YA audience.  Michelle also has a brand new YA series starting over the summer – Dark Kiss is the first book of the Nightwatchers series.  For more info on the book click here.

As a fan of this series – I am a very happy bunny! Jennifer Estep has announced that she has signed up for a further three books in her Elemental Assassin series. Books, 8, 9 and 10 have been contracted which means there will be more adventures for Gin and co!  No further details on the plot or titles but I know my fellow fans will be happy!

Casting is underway for the Beautiful Darkness movie. Jack O’Connel, Viola Grace l and Alice Englert. More info can be found here.

There is another Vampire Chronicles book being adapted instead of a remake, The Tale of the Body Thief is going to get adapted for the big screen. I just hope it is better than Queen of the Damned which was pretty much a bad movie although the eye candy was nice!

And I am going to leave you with this hilarious story about a study on sex. Scientists (who decided to fund something so obvious?) have found out that men will do more if sex and an attractive woman is the equation compared to women. Um yeah.. LOL

Now for the upcoming books to watch out for!


First up we have the anthology – In His Eyes by a collection of YA authors.

Coming February 14th! Just in time for Valentines Day, The Indeliblesbring you a one-of-a-kind young adult anthology! Sixteen original short stories, all from the point of view of our favorite male characters – some are old flames from our novels and some were dreamed up especially for this anthology.


This also includes a  prequel to Open Minds by Susan Quinn whom we reviewed here  – And we  have a sneak peek Mind Games  which you can see below!


Every time I see her, she surprises me.

Not in a charming or tantalizing way, although there’s no question she captivates me. She surprises me because there’s no whisper warning of her presence like with everyone else in Warren Township High, where the dull roar of thoughts from the throng of students in the hallway practically drowns out my own. Sometimes she’ll appear by my side without warning. Or like today, I catch a glimpse of her retreating down the hall. But I never hear her thoughts first. Even if she and I were the only two people in the entire school, I still wouldn’t be able to read her mind. And she can’t read mine either.

And that’s exactly the problem.

And the anthology is currently free at Smashwords and I hear very soon at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.


This really caught my eye – Survive by Alex Morel.

Jane runs away from Life House, a facility for kids with mental health disorders and addictions. She boards a plane to Montclair, New Jersey, though her destination does not matter—she doesn’t plan to be alive when the plane lands. Jane has planned the perfect suicide: she’ll fall asleep on the plane and never wake up. As she’s reaching for her pills in the cabin’s bathroom, the plane hits turbulence. Another jolt, and the engine’s down. The plane crashes into the mountains of Montana, and Jane and a boy named Paul are the only two survivors.

What starts out as a death mission quickly becomes a fight for life

The 5th Downside book haz a cover and blurbage – Chasing Magic!!!


Magic-wielding Churchwitch and secret addict Chess Putnam knows better than anyone just how high a price people are willing to pay for a chemical rush. But when someone with money to burn and a penchant for black magic starts tampering with Downside’s drug supply, Chess realizes that the unlucky customers are paying with their souls—and taking the innocent with them, as the magic-infused speed compels them to kill in the most gruesome ways possible.

As if the streets weren’t scary enough, the looming war between the two men in her life explodes, taking even more casualties and putting Chess squarely in the middle. Downside could become a literal ghost town if Chess doesn’t find a way to stop both the war and the dark wave of death-magic, and the only way to do that is to use both her addiction and her power to enter the spell and chase the magic all the way back to its malevolent source. Too bad that doing so will probably kill Chess—if the war doesn’t first destroy the man who’s become her reason for living.

So what do you think of the book stores excluding books that are published by Amazon? Do you think this will stem Amazon’s market share? And are you excited about any of the books being announced or adapations? And what is the silliest study you have come across? 

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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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  • Tamsyn February 11, 2012 at 3:55 am

    I don’t think the move will stem Amazon’s share of the market. Face it, if a reader can’t get the books he/she wants, he/she will just go to the source. The readers are definitely not going to NOT read it! And once they are at Amazon, it is very likely that they will also buy the books that are also sold by the bookstores who excludes Amazon’s books. It is a lose-lose situation for them.

  • Alisha February 12, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Hopefully, HOPEFULLY, this move by the brick and mortar stores will teach Amazon to play a bit more nicely. Some of the company’s practices that I’ve heard about on the production side (particularly as regards CreateSpace) are a bit draconian…and downright unfair.

    I’m so excited about this new iPad. I’ve been holding out for the day when the device comes with a retina display. When you’re spoiled with the crisp visuals of the iPhone, it’s rather easy to dismiss the current iPad’s screen. ^_^ Better screen, better cameras (as the current cams are pitifully mediocre). I just hope it’s not updated in price, as well. The thing is still, after all, a tablet, and not a computer replacement.

  • Melissa (My words and pages) February 12, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    See, Stacia is going to hit us quick with her next round of Chess books. lol. I’m going to have to work hard to keep up with the next two. ;D Can’t wait! Thanks for sharing the blurp.

  • aurian February 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Thanks for the updates again! I really enjoy reading this post.

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