Around The Bookish World: Week-in-Review

Filed in News , The Smutty Lover Posted on April 5, 2013 @ 3:23 pm 11 comments

 I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend  and welcome to this week’s edition of Bookish news! This week we have news about another struggling publisher which may go bankrupt, sad news concerning SF writer Iain Banks and much more author and book news!


Another year and another publisher heading into trouble, this time it is Night Shade books which primarily publishes science fiction and fantasy titles. This week they announced they will be selling to Start Publishing and Skyhorse Publishing but this hasn’t gone down well with their authors who are understandably upset and irked by the mismanagement of the publisher. This  has led to the SFWA to state to its members who are signed with Night Shade to let them go under Chapter 7 bankruptancy instead of agreeing to this potential sale which will allow them to regain their rights or another body like Amazon if they are interested in purchasing their books.


It has been a pretty crappy  week with famous writers and cancer –  film critic Roger Ebert died a day after he confirmed his cancer came back – and the news that popular SF author Iain Banks also stated he had terminal cancer and probably would not live beyond this year.  He has written a blog post where his friends and fans can post and get updated for any information and news about his conditions. Banks is also working with his publisher to push forward his next book to be released a few months so he would be able to around when it is released.


There is a petition that is asking Amazon to change its Returns policy which they claim that too many people are returning ebooks and is unfair to the authors and publishers. Already over a 1000 people have signed and from the petition it states –  “It is understood that if a customer goes into a store and purchases a tangible item, that item can be returned to the store within a specified amount of time for a refund. In this case, nobody is out of anything. The customer has their money back and the store has the original item purchased. But if Amazon sells our e-Book(s) and allow customers to keep that product for seven day (more than enough time to read it) and then, give them the option to return it for a refund, the consumer has already read our work and we’re out of the amount of money charged for that item. Is this fair or not? This is like going into a restaurant, buying a meal, then asking for a refund after you’ve already eaten it!” –  I’ve returned a handful of Kindle books because I accidentally bought them by mistakes or if there were major problems with the formatting and editing of the book which has made it unreadable for me. I also do know Amazon does control and examines if certain customers do tend to return too many books and have locked them out of their account. I think this will be unfair for ebook readers if Amazon does change its policy.



News in Brief:

JR Ward has hit the top spots in the NY Times and USA Bestseller’s list for her book – Lover at Last – this is a landmark for a mainstream PNR book that features an MM romance! Congrats JR Ward! and I hope this paves the way for moar!

The Vampire Academy  movie is pushing ahead – with casting underway (and I do like the choices!) and filming starting this May with a release for next year. I am definitely looking forward to this adaptation out  of the slew of YA movies coming out.





Now for books to look out for!



Nalini Singh has posted the cover for the next Guild Hunter book, Archangel’s Legion which is due in the fall – and Elle looks pretty badass in it!




Nalini Singh, the New York Times bestselling “alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) returns to an immortal world of violent passion and lethal power…on the brink of a deadly archangelic war.

Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force.

Vampires are dying impossibly of disease.

Guild hunter Elena Deveraux and the Archangel Raphael must discover the source of the wave of death before it engulfs their city and their people, leaving New York a ruin and Raphael’s Tower under siege by enemy archangels.

Yet even as they fight desperately to save the city, an even darker force is stirring, its chill eyes trained on New York…and on Raphael. Rivers of crimson and nightmares given flesh, the world will never again be the same…




Thea Harrison has also unveiled the cover for the next Elder Races book, Inked which features Aryal and Quentin that promises to be so much fun!



Two opponents must confront the cause of their obsessive fury in the latest Novel of the Elder Races…

As a harpy, Sentinel Aryal is accustomed to dealing with hate, but Sentinel Quentin Caeravorn manages to inspire in her a burning ire unlike anything she’s ever known. Aryal believes the new Sentinel to be a criminal, and vows to take him out as soon as the opportunity arises. But the harpy’s incessant wrath has pushed Quentin to the limit, and forces him to make a deadly vow of his own.

To put an end to the conflict, Dragos, Lord of the Wyr, sends them on a reconnaissance mission to the Elven land of Numenlaur. Forced to work together, Aryal and Quentin’s mutual antagonism escalates. Each fight draws forth more passion—culminating in an explosively sexual confrontation. But when their quest reveals real danger, Aryal and Quentin must resolve their differences in ways beyond the physical, before the entire Wyr is threatened.




And finally I am so happy that there is a 3rd  Nadia Stafford book by Kelly Armstrong which features a vigilante hit-woman. Wild Justice is also slated for this fall and concludes the trilogy.


WildJustice med_thumb[2]



The long-awaited final installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling author’s Nadia Stafford series

Since Kelley Armstrong wrapped up book two of the Nadia Stafford series, fans have been eager to know what happens to the tough-as-nails contract killer. At last, Wild Justice brings Nadia back for the series’ thrilling conclusion—an action-packed tale that will dazzle fans of the series as well as those who are only familiar with Armstrong’s bestselling paranormal books.

In Wild Justice, Nadia is confronted with her most difficult task to date: going after the man who killed her cousin Amy twenty years prior. But when it turns out that someone else has already taken justice into their own hands, she is drawn into a complex situation where everything she knows and loves is thrown into the path of danger. Nadia is forced to take matters into her own hands, ultimately requiring her to confront her darkest secrets—and her deepest desires—in a way that she never thought possible.



So what do you think of the idea of the petition? Does it have merit and do you agree the petitioners have a good point, or is it unfair to ebook readers?

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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  • miki April 5, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    i didn’t know this series by kelley armstrong so i will have some researh to do.

    this week has been quite sad with a lot of authors i follow stating the publisher wasn’t going to continue with them ( ( 2 at least), the authors will continue solo but it’s not the same for me

  • blodeuedd April 5, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    I have made mistakes too, it’s easy to click and then go all nooo! It happens too fast. So I want to be able to return

  • Sheree April 5, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    If I have never read the ebook, couldn’t I return it? Couldn’t Amazon figure that one out?

  • Diane April 5, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Mmm…I know some people who buy and return books on a semi regular basis; yes we are within our right to return and yes we do make mistakes; but some are very familiar with rules and how they are watched and manage to get away with it. If we make a mistake, let’s learn from it and be more careful next time; you can always gift an e=book to a friend too!

  • JenM April 5, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I know Amazon locks you out of your account after a certain number of returns, so I don’t really see this as an issue that needs a solution.

  • draconismoi April 5, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    1) It is TOTALLY possible to read a physical book and then return it. I fail to see how an ebook reader doing the same thing is any douchier than than person who did it with the paperbook. I


    Maybe I should do a review series on Night shade authors/books? Not that it will save anything, but just so you can all share in my sadness.

    • Susan April 5, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      I’m sorry to say that I’m not familiar w/ Nightshade and don’t know which authors are with them. I’d be interested in a review series (or even a list of authors).

  • Stella April 6, 2013 at 4:22 am

    Yay! Was about time we got another Nadia Stafford novel, I just LOVE that series of Kelley Armstrong! (too) 😀 Now I’m just saddened it will be the final instalment meaning there will be no more? 🙁

  • draconismoi April 7, 2013 at 2:20 pm
    • draconismoi April 7, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      Notice (with one exception) the beauty of these covers? A new publisher will probably ruin my love of NightShade covers.

  • aurian April 9, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Looking forward to the new Nalini Singh and Thea Harrison books, those covers are gorgeous as always.

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