Around the Bookish World: Week-In-Review

Filed in News , The Smutty Lover Posted on May 10, 2013 @ 4:20 pm 5 comments

Welcome to this week’s news post! This week have news that could shake up DRM in the future with legislation that could allow unlocking in the US, Candace Bushnell’s latest book leaked online due to her email account being hacked into and more news and tidbits.



This is really interesting to note that there is an amendement in Congress right now for the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright ACT) that proposes  users to unlock devices and software from DRM restrictions for their personal use.  This could potentially affect the future of DRM especially for ebooks and with Tor and a few other major publishers starting to lean towards to offer non DRM books for certain imprints. I suspect this is the beginning of the end of DRM for ebooks which hasn’t really affected the state of piracy and Tor recently announced that their move to non DRM ebooks hasn’t caused a spike in piracy which is an argument by defendants of DRM. And if this legislation goes through it will make the issue of DRM redundant because it is expensive to maintain and add to a book.


I am not surprised by this news that Microsoft is willing to buy Nook Media from Barnes and Noble – they already own a minority stake in the platform. But if they do go ahead and buy the media content and device arm from Barnes and Noble, this will help Microsoft enter the market and compete with Google, Amazon and Apple who all have devices and media platforms offering content to consumers. This may be a good thing because Barnes and Noble has made mistakes especially with closing their platform and tablets while its competitors like Apple and Google have open ones and have gained a higher market share and this may save the Nook if Microsoft incorporates it with their own devices.


I think this is a nightmare scenario for any author, but Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell’s latest book, Killing Monica was leaked online by a hacker who also unveiled President Bush’s hobby with painting.   37 thousand words of the manuscript was posted which was taken from an email attachment which the hacker managed to gain access to her account. Bushnell  confirmed to the site The Smoking Gun that she had to battle with the hacker several times to regain access to her account and was baffled why she was targeted.


News in Brief:


Sylvia Day has posted a very smoking hot excerpt from Entwined With You – she also confirmed there will be several more books in the Crossfire series and this will not be the final book.

And talking about awesome excerpts – Ilona and Gordon Andrews have posted a sneak snippet from their new untitled series for Avon. I SO CANNOT WAIT!

It looks like Hollywood has bitten the bug for erotic/sexy adaptations with projects like 50 Shades, and the Crossfire series which are both being currently adaptated for movies or tv series. But Blue Sky Media has picked up and is adapting Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying which is regarded to be a classic and was a huge hit in the 70s. The book focuses on a woman’s journey into her self discovery and sexuality.



And now books to watch out for!



No cover yet but Kelley Armstrong has a brand new YA series starting next year and the blurb has me hankering for it. Sea of Shadows is the first book in the Age of Legends series and it is slated for next April. 


Sea of Shadows

In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned.

Only this year, the souls will not be quieted.

Ambushed and separated by an ancient evil, the sisters’ journey to find each other sends them far from the only home they’ve ever known. Accompanied by a stubborn imperial guard and a dashing condemned thief, the girls cross a once-empty wasteland, now filled with reawakened monsters of legend, as they travel to warn the emperor. But a terrible secret awaits them at court—one that will alter the balance of their world forever.



Shana Abe has written a few YA novels recently and the latest one looks really magical – The Deepest Night is out this August!





A rich portrait of post-Victorian England, The Deepest Nightseamlessly blends thrilling romance with riveting history and adventure—perfect for fans of Libba Bray and Lauren Kate.

It’s 1915, and sixteen-year-old Lora Jones is finishing up her first year as a charity student at Iverson, a prestigious, gothic boarding school on England’s southern coast. While she’s always felt different from everyone around her, now she finally knows why: She is a drákon, a rare, enchanted being with astonishing magical abilities.

As war hits Britain’s shores, and Lora reels from an unimaginable loss, she finds that her powers come with grave and dangerous responsibilities. At the request of Armand Louis, the darkly mysterious boy whose father owns Iverson, Lora will spend her summer at his lavish estate. To help the war effort—and to keep Lora by his side—Armand turns his home into a military hospital, where Lora will serve as a nurse. For Armand is inescapably drawn to her—bound to her by heart-deep secrets and a supernatural connection that runs thicker than blood.

Yet while Lora tries to sort out her own feelings toward Armand, fate offers an unexpected surprise. Lora discovers there is another drákon, a prisoner of war being held in Germany. And that only she, with her newly honed Gifts, will be able to rescue him.

With Armand, Lora will cross enemy lines on an incredible mission—one that could bond her to Armand forever, or irrevocably tear them apart.

Beautifully written, deeply romantic, and filled with daring adventure and magic, The Deepest Night is a mesmerizing novel of the enduring pull of destiny, and the eternal strength of love.



And finally we have Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes – the premise looks fantastic and the cover caught me at hello.






After a virus claimed nearly the entire global population, the world changed. The United States splintered into fifty walled cities where the surviving citizens clustered to start over. The Company, which ended the plague by bringing a life-saving vaccine back from the future, controls everything. They ration the scant food and supplies through a lottery system, mandate daily doses of virus suppressant, and even monitor future timelines to stop crimes before they can be committed.

Brilliant but autistic, sixteen-year-old Clover Donovan has always dreamed of studying at the Waverly-Stead Academy. Her brother and caretaker, West, has done everything in his power to make her dream a reality. But Clover’s refusal to part with her beloved service dog denies her entry into the school. Instead, she is drafted into the Time Mariners, a team of Company operatives who travel through time to gather news about the future.

When one of Clover’s missions reveals that West’s life is in danger, the Donovans are shattered. To change West’s fate, they’ll have to take on the mysterious Company. But as its secrets are revealed, they realize that the Company’s rule may not be as benevolent as it seems. In saving her brother, Clover will face a more powerful force than she ever imagined… and will team up with a band of fellow misfits and outsiders to incite a revolution that will change their destinies forever.





So what do you think of the potential of DRM being removed for good if the legislation does go through. Do you think this is a good idea? And what erotic book would you like to see adapted?  








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 May 10, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I would for sure love for Kindle books to be DRM free. That way, I can ask someone else to get me a freebie or even gifted books by the author herself, and mail it to me when I can’t get it myself due to global restrictions. Free should mean free to everyone.
    I have no opinion on the erotica books or movies, it is just not my thing. But congrats to the authors in question.

    I used to read Shana Abe books in Dutch, many years ago, and really enjoyed those.

  • blodeuedd May 10, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Yes I hate DMR, once I bought a book and could not even read it

  • Susan May 10, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    DRM’s a joke and needs to go. Hope this pans out.

  • draconismoi May 11, 2013 at 4:46 am


    Which, though a pain in the ass, is enough to overcome (thanks Calibre!). I am firmly of the opinion that I should be able to read my ebooks on any device, app, or platform I damn well want to read them on.

    I refuse to be constrained by any technological restrictions not built directly in whatever Apple device I am currently using.

  • Katie T. May 11, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Um…The Deepest Night sounds exactly like The Sweetest Dark.

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