Monthly Archives: August 2009
|August 22, 2009||Posted by annathepiper under Faerie Blood|
So in a quick survey around the various ebook vending sites I’m aware of, I see the following things!
Over on Mobipocket I have apparently jumped back into the top 50 in the Fantasy section, on account of they have specials going on right now and Faerie Blood‘s one of the ones in the special offers list! So are several other Drollerie titles, for that matter, so if you’re interested in checking out other Drollerie authors besides me, and Mobi format is your thing, you may consider checking there.
On the Fictionwise set of sites (Fictionwise itself as well as Ebookwise and eReader.com), I seem to be holding steady at #2, right under Rachel Vincent! And at the EPIC bookstore, I’m hanging in there at #1. All of which is Category Awesome, particularly the Mobipocket thing, since jumping back up into the top 50 is pretty sweet; last time I’d checked, I was just over the 300 mark.
No sign of me on Barnes & Noble’s ebook site yet.
And again I say, to all of you who out there who may be contributing to these shiny positions, thank you very much and I hope you’re enjoying the book. ^_^
|August 20, 2009||Posted by annathepiper under Book Log||
Purchased recently are the following:
In physical form, ‘s Walking Dead, Book 4 of the Walker Papers
In ebook form, the combined volume of books 1-6 of the Athena Force series, ’cause yes, I’ll have me some romantic/paranormal suspense-y stuff with sekrit-agenty goodness, please
And also in ebook form, in one fell swoop from Drollerie Press today:
- 24 Bones, by Michael Stewart
- Assiniboin Girl, by Kathi Wallace
- Over Her Head, by Nora Fleischer
- Middlewitch, by Heather Parker
- Atlantis Cranks Need Not Apply, by the awesome
I’m counting the Athena Force purchase as six books even though it’s a combined volume, so that brings my total purchases this year up to 65. Which is still keeping pace with my thus-far posted reviews, although I’m still ahead of those reviews as well and need to get caught up.
And some time soon I’ll actually post about something that isn’t book-related, I swear!
|August 19, 2009||Posted by annathepiper under Short Pieces||
I have just realized that as this story’s shaped up, it’s turned out to be as much Elias and Jenny’s story as it is Dorcas’s. This sits well enough with me, although I’m now getting to the bittersweet bit at the end. Which I hope will make other people go Sniff. It does me, a bit!
It satisfies me though to top 500 words, since I actually said I’d do that as I was leaving work today. And I did. Go me!
Closing in on 6K, and also closing in on the end. This thing may come in shorter than “The Disenchanting of Princess Cerridwen”.
Written tonight: 507
The Blood of the Land total: 5,902
|August 19, 2009||Posted by annathepiper under Faerie Blood|
As of last night I’d jumped up to #6 on Fictionwise’s Fantasy list–but as of tonight? #5, baby! Now I’m in the box at the top of the page!
I am desperately, desperately curious about how many copies this means I’ve actually sold. I mean, let’s be realistic here–I’m an SF/F author and I’m selling in ebook form to boot, so my expectations here are not high. I’ll be stunned and pleased if overall I sell enough copies of this book to get that loverly, loverly Cargo guitar I’m swooning for (which, by the rough math, would require me to sell about 500 copies). For all I know, this ranking on Fictionwise’s list may mean I’ve sold 20 copies in the last twenty days and everybody below me is spread out all the way down to zip. *^_^*;;
I won’t know for sure probably until I get the pertinent royalty statement. Which may not be the first one; I don’t know what span of time that will cover. It may be royalty statement #2!
Till then, though, I’ll indulge myself with the egoboo. And again, anybody out there reading this who’s actually bought the book off of Fictionwise, thank you very much!
|August 19, 2009||Posted by annathepiper under Book Log||
I’m a long-standing Rachel Caine fan, and after recently getting my iPhone I wanted to check out another of her books I hadn’t read–a romantic suspense novel she’d written as part of the Athena Force series. When I picked up Line of Sight I didn’t realize that it was part of a greater continuity, and that in fact it starts off a third line of continuity in the overall series. But that said, the novel stands pretty well by itself and in fact is the launch book for that third continuity line.
And yeah, this was fun. The Athena Academy trains young women in various secret-agenty type skills, and certain of the girls have paranormal abilities as well. But someone has kidnapped two of the Academy’s students, and FBI agent Katie Rush–herself a graduate of the Academy–takes on the task of finding them. She’s thrown an unexpected complication in the guise of Stefan Blackman, a man who’s been living an easy life as a “network psychic”. Problem is, Stefan is genuinely psychic, and he’s getting visions from one of the kidnapped girls.
Caine’s traditional fast pacing is very much in evidence here, as is her ability to whip up some fun chemistry between her lead characters. Plus, she fits very, very well into a line of novels that seems geared for more suspense than romance per se, and it was a very strong introduction for me to the Athena Force. I’ll be looking for more of these novels. Four stars.
|August 19, 2009||Posted by annathepiper under Book Log||
So to continue my burst of Elizabeth Lowell romance reading, I jumped from the Only quartet over to the duology she did about the Maxwell brothers, Autumn Lover and Winter Fire. As it happened I read the latter first, but it didn’t make much difference; after all, this flavor of romance does follow a predictable formula, and it wasn’t like I didn’t know that the gunslinger and girl du jour in the first book would get their happily ever after, and most likely show up in Book 2.
But all that aside, I rather liked Book 2 better than Book 1. The premise is interesting to start with: the Maxwell brothers, Hunter and Case, are tracking the Culpepper clan all over the West following the Culpepper attack on their family, an attack that resulted in the deaths of Hunter’s wife and child. This book focuses on Case, and how after the Culpeppers nearly kill him, he’s taken in by the young widow Sarah Kennedy–on whose ranch the Culpeppers of course have Nefarious Designs, Oh Noez!
Okay, yeah, I’m a sucker for Wounded Hero plots, but it also helped that as the heroes of these things go, Case was pretty alright. There is of course the obligatory angst between him and Sarah as they fall in love, but this time around there was no Holy Crap! She’s a Virgin! going on, nor any real Big Understandings. This left the field open for Sarah to be overprotective of her little brother Connor instead, and he was a nice side character; meanwhile, Case’s big angst point was that he’d adored his brother’s kid and so Oh Noez! Everything he loves dies, blah blah, shoot another couple of Culpeppers already, you’ll feel better.
All in all though not too bad a read. Three stars.
|August 18, 2009||Posted by annathepiper under Drollerie Press, Housekeeping||
For those of you who might be paying attention, I took a little time to update most of the pages on the site tonight, to properly reflect recent developments in Faerie Blood‘s purchasability (i.e., holy crap you can actually buy my book on Amazon now!). I also updated my Contact page to point off to my personal non-writing blog, annathepiper.org, and to mention the various LJ-like sites that this blog and annathepiper.org both mirror to.
And, I added in the missing June and July Drollerie Blog Tour links on the Extras page. Speaking of which, there will be no Drollerie Blog Tour this month since I do have a deadline I’m trying to hit. However, my fellow Drollerie author Rachael de Vienne, who wrote Pixie Warrior, is hosting a couple of guest posts that you might enjoy, so go check her out. She also posts lots of lovely old vintage photos as well, which are fun.
The Blog Tour will resume as normal in September, and with a topic that is of course near and dear to my heart: music. All y’all who’ve read Faerie Blood, if you have any requests for music-themed character vignettes or specific characters you’d like to see show up in same, drop a comment and let me know!