Around the Bookish News: Week-in-Review

Filed in News , The Smutty Lover Posted on March 2, 2012 @ 3:00 pm 11 comments

 Welcome to this week’s news post! It hjas been a bit of a quiet week but we  have more Harry Potter news,  upcoming news on books and some fun tidbits!


The digital transition of Harry Potter continues with the recent announcement that Overdrive who has partnered with Rowling and Pottermore will be offering the series in ebooks and audiobooks to schools and libraries.  Overdrive will be delivering worldwide rights including ebooks in French, German and Italian and will be available via most ereading devices. There is no concrete date where the books will be available for lending but it is rumoured via this article that April the 30th is the date.


Looks like the popularity of the Fifty Shades trilogy is never-ending. A whole slew of mainstream press articles have been reporting on the phenomena of Fifty Shades which book clubs around the US have picked up and raving about the series – I suspect that because the books have never been marketed as a straight up romance and that its not published by an established romance publisher is the reason why so many people have picked up the series, although I am bemused that it is reported that erotic romances never really existed before until this series.


I reported a few weeks ago about Amazon having disagreements with some publishers who have pulled out of the Kindle store due to contractual agreements. Well Publisher’s Lunch may have shed some light to the matter, which suggests that Amazon is asking publishers more promotion in listings and format conversion. Another article from Device Magazine which has followed these developments has also suggested that the ongoing exclusivity and contractual clauses is going to increase an ever increasing market dominance with Amazon, Barnes and Noble and the ibookstore which will harm e-publishing and choice.

News in brief:

The producers of The Hobbit have an official channel on Youtube which has the trailers but also production clips which has behind the scenes footage. You can check it out here.


And now for upcoming books to watch out for!

First up! Coveted by Shawntelle Madison – I really like the premise with an OCD heroine.


For werewolf Natalya Stravinsky, the supernatural is nothing extraordinary. What does seem strange is that she’s stuck in her hometown of South Toms River, New Jersey, the outcast of her pack, selling antiques to finicky magical creatures. Restless and recovering from her split with gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Thorn, Nat finds comfort in an unusual place: her obsessively collected stash of holiday trinkets. But complications pile up faster than her ornaments when Thorn returns home—and the two discover that the spark between them remains intense.

Before Nat can sort out their relationship, she must face a more immediate and dangerous problem. Her pack is under attack from the savage Long Island werewolves—and Nat is their first target in a turf war. Toss in a handsome wizard vying for her affection, a therapy group for the anxious and enchanted, and the South Toms River pack leader ready to throw her to the wolves, and it’s enough to give anybody a panic attack. With the stakes as high as the full moon, Nat must summon all of her strength to save her pack and, ultimately, herself.


Nalini Singh has posted the cover for the next Guild Hunter series- Archangel’s Storm which follows Jason’s story.

Enter New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s darkly beautiful world of archangels and immortal power, as a pact is sealed between two souls bound by blood, stirred by desire, and driven by vengeance…

With wings of midnight and an affinity for shadows, Jason courts darkness. But now, with the Archangel Neha’s consort lying murdered in the jewel-studded palace that was his prison and her rage threatening cataclysmic devastation, Jason steps into the light, knowing he must unearth the murderer before it is too late.

Earning Neha’s trust comes at a price—Jason must tie himself to her bloodline through the Princess Mahiya, a woman with secrets so dangerous, she trusts no one. Least of all an enemy spymaster.

With only their relentless hunt for a violent, intelligent killer to unite them, Jason and Mahiya embark on a quest that leads to a centuries-old nightmare… and to the dark storm of an unexpected passion that threatens to drench them both in blood


Chloe Neil’s latest book, Biting Cold is slated in the summer


Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing—among humans or inhumans.

Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey. An enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he’ll stop at nothing to get the book for himself. No mercy allowed. No rules apply. No lives spared. The race is on.


And finally we have the cover for Lisa Shearin’s latest book, All Spell Breaks which is out on May 29th!


So with the success of Fifty Shades trilogy do you think erotic romance will be more mainstream? And what do you think of any of the books I listed? Any books you are hankering  for coming out this month? 

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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  • aurian March 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Well, that is a lot of news. Fifty Shades is not my kind of reading and come on, erotica and romantica has excisted for many years already. I love the cover and blurb for the next Nalini Singh book.

    • Alisha March 3, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Indeed, it’s pretty fascinating how this particular trilogy is being touted as the newest and greatest thing in romance/romantica/erotica. The curiosity of why that is makes for a somewhat tempting reason to read it… but the Twilight bent keeps me from taking the plunge (not that I didn’t enjoy the original Twilight books when I read them years ago…cuz I did. ^_^).

      The new Singh title looks awesome! You planning on picking up the new Guild Hunter short story collection that she just put out?

  • _yay_ March 2, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I can’t WAIT for the next Nalini Singh book. The cover gorgeous!
    As for the Fifty Shades books. I’m definitely #TeamFiftyShades. I think these books are very unique. Have never been happy for & frustrated about main characters before. INTENSE.
    _yay_ @
    * new #pnr review up

  • sienny March 3, 2012 at 3:47 am

    i’ve heard ’bout fifty shades, but never been tempted to read it. is it good? i means, seriously good? ’cause i never enjoy reading a bdsm book, that’s why i kind of stay away from any bdsm theme in my reading

  • blodeuedd March 3, 2012 at 6:24 am

    I can’t say that I wanna red 50 shades, grown up Twi fic, no thanks

    • Alisha March 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      Yeah, that’s the thing that stays my hand with the 50 Shades trilogy. I think it’s a bias developed from having read Gabriel’s Inferno (another book that began as Twilight fanfic), and finding it to be not my thing at all.

  • Jan March 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Never heard of 50 Shades.
    Have pre-ordered Nalini’s book though.

  • Sheree March 3, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I’m not interested in Fifty Shades either although I do read erotica. The one I’m looking forward to is COVETED with a glowing Paul Marron on the cover. 😉

  • Susan March 3, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    50 Shades? No, thanx. But cannot wait for the new Lisa Shearing book!

  • Susan March 3, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Shoot! Darn auto-correct just turned Shearin to Shearing. Grr.

  • CK March 4, 2012 at 11:32 am

    “…it is reported that erotic romances never really existed before until this series.”

    That’s…that’s just wrong on so many levels that I think the universe might be permanently misaligned.The mainstream articles or news shows regarding this series has been soooo nauseating and the comments “the bodice ripper is back!” just makes me want to stick my head in the sand until this fad fades.

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