Posts Tagged by other people’s books
|February 18, 2015||Posted by annathepiper under Books|
Grabbed in print from Third Place Books:
- Maplecroft, by Cherie Priest. Which I already have in ebook form, but she’s one of my Must Also Have in Print authors. And because this book in particular is Lizzie friggin’ Borden and it is AWESOME.
- The Winter Long, by Seanan McGuire. Because I swear to gods I need to get caught up on the Toby Dayes. And I suspect Seanan’s going to be joining the “buy in both formats” queue because seriously, y’all, I DO read faster digitally these days. And OH DARN I’ll just have to give Seanan more money!
Grabbed electronically from B&N:
- J.R.R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend, by Colin Duriez. Grabbed this because my sister alerted me that the ebook was on sale for 99 cents–and of course, because Tolkien. I haven’t read a proper biography of him, and this one appears to be well reviewed. So I’ll look forward to giving it a go.
Last but not least:
- C’est what? 75 mini lessons in conversational Québécois French, by Felix Polesello. This is a lesson book by the writer of the excellent OffQc blog I’ve been following, which features real-world usage of Quebecois French. Pretty much what it says on the tin and I’m looking forward to working my way through this to help improve my French!
This makes six books for the year so far.
|February 6, 2015||Posted by annathepiper under Books|
Grabbed from Amazon:
- Dance ‘Til Dawn, by Genevieve Griffin. This being a novella retelling the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale, with the particularly nice twist that the heroine is not actually one of the princesses: she’s one of the seamstresses responsible for replacing their shoes. Lovely and lyrical and creepy. Author’s a friend (featured before on Boosting the Signal!) and I’ve read an earlier draft of this already; very pleased to get the finished product.
And, snagged from B&N:
- Jacaranda, by Cherie Priest. Because I’ll pretty much buy any word this woman writes. Her latest in the Clockwork Century universe, another novella, which promises to deliver some creepy. And this has the same nun who was in Dreadful Skin–a very badass nun indeed, Sister Eileen Callahan.
This is the first book roundup of 2015! So far, two for the year.
|October 10, 2014||Posted by annathepiper under Books|
Bought in print at VCON:
- Stealing Magic, by Tanya Huff. Short story collection, nabbed because I can never go wrong with Huff, and also because I liked the dual covers, representing the two characters represented in the stories. Something you can’t get with an ebook.
- The Door to Lost Pages, by Claude Lalumière. This has been parked on my To Read list a while, and I finally nabbed a copy at VCON because the bookseller was the one I often buy stuff from at Norwescon, and she wasn’t there this year, so I made a point of buying from her at this con instead. I suspect this book’s going to be magic-realism-y.
Nabbed from B&N electronically:
- All is Silence, by Robert L. Slater. Bought on the request of Dara, who became aware of it via a bookmark from a recent Norwescon. She liked the sound of it, so I grabbed it for her. Apocalyptic YA SF.
- Grimspace, by Ann Aguirre. SF. Re-buy in digital form of book 1 of her Sirantha Jax series.
- Bronze Gods, by A.A. Aguirre (who, oddly enough is the same author as the previous!). Steampunk. Re-buy in digital form of her Apparatus Infernum series.
And, nabbed as a review copy because fellow Carina author Sheryl Nantus is awesome like that:
- In the Void, by Sheryl Nantus. Because lookit! I just featured this book on Boosting the Signal! It’s book 2 of her Tales from the Edge SFR series, and as I have recently previously noted, I do love me some science fiction romance. Particularly if Firefly is an influence.
122 for the year!
|June 26, 2014||Posted by annathepiper under Other People's Books||
As I periodically like to post, in addition to being a reader of SF/F and mystery, I am also a romance reader! A somewhat finicky one with particular tastes, but a romance reader nonetheless!
And I am pleased to report, O Internets, that the fine ladies of the Bitchery (a.k.a. Smart Bitches, Trashy Books) continues to be my premier source in romance novels I want to read. Between the Smart Bitches, Dear Authors podcast (which Sarah Wendell does jointly with Jane Litte from Dear Author), and regular review posts on the SB site, I’ve been very happy to find stuff I like to read. These channels are how I’ve found Courtney Milan and Kate Noble, and now, I’m able to add Sarah MacLean and Julie Anne Long to the list of authors who write historicals that hit me square in the More Please.
Sarah MacLean first came across my radar thanks to the aforementioned podcast, when Sarah W. and Jane interviewed her in this episode. Her Rules of Scoundrels series sounded quite entertaining, and although that podcast dropped a major spoiler for the forthcoming fourth book of that series, it’s specifically that spoiler that got me interested enough to check it out. I’ve just finished reading Book 1, A Rogue By Any Other Name, as a library checkout.
And, well, anybody who’s read Valor of the Healer and Vengeance of the Hunter should know how partial I am to rogues who go through redemption arcs. MacLean’s book does exactly that with the hero of that story, the Marquess of Bourne. Book 2 also sounds like it’s right up my alley, with a heroine who’s scientifically inclined and wears spectacles. I’ve got that on the library queue now, and I suspect all four of the books of this series are about to gain themselves a home in my ebook library.
Meanwhile, Julie Anne Long has a much longer series, the Pennyroyal Green books. Long’s name has come up a lot recently on the SB site with her books being on sale, so I went and checked out The Perils of Pleasure from the library as well–because the conceit there of a nobleman being condemned to hang and being rescued at the last minute by the heroine, a mercenary, sounded awesome. And I was delighted to see that the book held up to that conceit; it started with quite the bang of action, and proceeded to maintain that pace. It’s also one of the rare romance novels that actually made me not skim one of the inevitable love scenes, because having it happen while our hero and heroine are on the run and desperate not to give themselves away added a fun extra layer of tension that integrated it nicely into the action. I’ll be proceeding on through this series, too.
So cheers to MacLean and Long (the latter of whom has now followed me on Twitter, woo!), and an ongoing YAY to Sarah W. and Jane for being such reliable purveyors of catnip. Thanks, ladies!
|June 20, 2014||Posted by annathepiper under Carina Press|
Good news everyone! Carina Press has launched a Print on Demand program, making an initial wave of titles available for ordering via Amazon.
The bad news is, I’m not in that list. The better news is, if this initial wave of titles generates enough interest, it bumps up the possibility that I might be added to the list later. So if you have a vested interest in seeing the Rebels of Adalonia trilogy get into print, the best things you can do are:
- Buy the ebooks if you haven’t already (and as always the links for where to buy the ebooks are on the Valor of the Healer and Vengeance of the Hunter pages)
- Encourage others to buy the ebooks
- Show support for the first wave of Carina POD titles
With the third of these in mind, I showed my own support by ordering a copy of Cindy Spencer Pape’s Steam & Sorcery, the first of her steampunk romance series, the Gaslight Chronicles. I’ve already bought this in ebook form, but I wanted to see what the output of Amazon’s POD system would look like, and hey, I like the book. Yesterday evening, my copy arrived.
And I’m pleased to report that it looks pretty awesome, layout-wise. Paper quality is good, design’s quite nice (though Dara had quibbles with the guttering closest to the spine), and while my copy sustained a bit of damage in transit, I would in general consider this as an option for POD for future self-published works.
Check it out, it’s a book! With a spine and a colophon and everything!
And, here’s a roundup of titles I know for sure are on the POD lineup! I will be adding links to this list as more of Carina’s POD authors make themselves known to me, so check back here often!
- Steam & Sorcery, by Cindy Spencer Pape
- Ruined by Rumor, by Alyssa Everett (note: I’d already nabbed this one in ebook because I appreciate a romance cover with fully-clothed cover models, and the plot sounded fun too)
- No One Lives Twice, by Julie Moffett (note: I’ve read this one! It’s lighter-hearted)
- Fair Game, by Josh Lanyon (note: this one has an M/M romance in it)
- Love in the Afternoon, by Alison Packard
- Jar of Dreams, by Liz Flaherty
- A Fine Romance and Planning for Love, by Christi Barth
- ETA: Knock Out, by Michele Mannon
See anything on this list that looks interesting? Go buy it! Carina authors will thank you!
ETA: Since Michele Mannon was kind enough to send me her cover for Knock Out, check it out! I normally roll my eyes at shirtless hero covers, but given that she’s writing romance about fighters, it’s actually appropriate for her guy to be shirtless. He totally looks like he’s about to step into a bout, or maybe he’s coming out of one. Either way, it’s a visually arresting cover.
|June 10, 2014||Posted by annathepiper under Great Big Sea, Other People's Books|
Those of you who’re in Great Big Sea fandom undoubtedly know this already, but just in case you don’t, Alan Doyle is releasing a memoir in October! It’s to be called Where I Belong. Alert fans will note that this is the same title used by one of Alan’s songs on his solo album Boy on Bridge, and it’s about the importance of family collections even when a Newfoundlander wanders far from home. A fitting title indeed for a personal memoir.
GreatBigSea.com announced today over their newsletter that the book’s now available for preorder directly on their site, in hardcover form. So just for giggles, I went and poked around my various favorite ebook sites, and I’m seeing available on a lot of the major ebook sites as well. Here’s a roundup of places I’m seeing for sale!
Amazon US (Kindle and hardcover)
Amazon CA (Kindle and hardcover)
Barnes and Noble (hardcover only, no sign of a Nook version yet)
Chapters CA (hardcover and ebook, note that Chapters sells ebooks via Kobo)
These are all the various links I can get at, browsing on computers in the States. If anybody in Canada or elsewhere wants to add links to this list, drop ‘em in the comments!
AND! For those of you who’re on Goodreads, be advised that there is a giveaway in progress for both United States and Canadian readers! So if you don’t want to commit to buying a copy yet, you might want to jump in on this.
As y’all know, I am a voracious buyer of books, not to mention a longstanding voracious buyer of anything with Alan’s name on it. It tickles me deeply that I get to throw some of my book-buying money to Alan’s first venture into writing, and I very much look forward to having a signed hardcopy and a digital version. ‘Cause I ain’t taking a signed hardback on a bus commute!
|May 27, 2014||Posted by annathepiper under Boosting the Signal, Other People's Books, Publishing||
Hi all! Was your Memorial Day weekend a good one?
Since we’re coming out of a long holiday weekend, I wanted to remind y’all that this past weekend I posted not one, not two, but THREE Boosting the Signal posts. If you happened to miss them, here they are:
Related to Danielle’s and Kimberly’s posts, I wanted to mention that while their two books are officially not released until September, you can in fact buy the paperbacks now. So the links I included for pre-order on their pages are actually viable purchase links. I’m told this is how Dark Quest Books operates, and that soft-launching books is helpful for accommodating reviewers.
And on a related note, I’ve got some more Boosting the Signal posts coming over the next few weeks. However, they’re going to get rather more spotty through June and July, because I seriously need to be in focused deadline mode for Victory of the Hawk. I will continue to post pieces as I get them, but they won’t be as common for a while. Your patience in advance is appreciated!
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Meanwhile, in the name of giving a bit of outside-of-Boosting-the-Signal signal-boosting to some of my Carina peeps, I’d like to call the following things to your all’s attention!
One! Jeffe Kennedy, one of my fellow posters at Here Be Magic, is dropping her first fantasy novel this week! She’s been marketed more in the past as fantasy romance, but this is the first of her books getting designated as straight-up fantasy. Speaking as someone who likes having her fantasy with a side serving of romance, I expect to be checking out The Mark of the Tala. Jeffe’s got a post up at Here Be Magic about her favorite fantasy tropes, too, if you want to go check that out.
Two! My fellow Carina author Kari Edgren turns out to ALSO be a fellow Pacific Northwest author. And her new Carina release Goddess Born turns out to be HIGHLY relevant to my interests–not only because it’s invoking Brigid from Celtic mythology, it’s also got a heroine who’s a healer. And y’all know how much I like me some healers. I’ll be buying this one, too.
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And, another post of mine from over the weekend that you may have missed: Amazon has been throwing its weight around again. I link off to some other posts about it, too.