Posts Tagged by other people’s books
|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.
|April 24, 2014||Posted by annathepiper under Books, Other People's Books|
Acquired in print from Norwescon:
- Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: The Novelization, by A.C.H. Smith. This is a special hardback re-release of the original novelization of the movie, with illustrations by Brian Froud. To which I went, WANT, so yeah.
- The Wild Girls, by Ursula K. Le Guin; The Science of Herself, by Karen Joy Fowler; and Report from Planet Midnight, by Nalo Hopkinson. Bought from PM Press in their Outspoken Authors series.
- The Warrior Who Carried Life, by Geoff Ryman. This was a freebie in the Norwescon swag bags.
- The Second Ship, by Richard Phillips. Another freebie from Norwescon swag.
Acquired in ebook form from B&N:
- Luna: La vengeance des elfes noirs, by Élodie Tirel. Book 2 of her Luna series, picked up since I finally made it through book one. More reading in French, woo!
- Fugitives from Earth, by Brad Wheeler. SF. I’ve got this in trade already from fellow NIWA member Brad Wheeler, but I grabbed the ebook too now that I’ve met Brad–and having it in ebook will bump up the likelihood that I’ll read it faster.
- An Eighty Percent Solution, by Thomas Gondolfi. SF with some magic involved, grabbed because I chatted with the author at Norwescon and it was fun to basically go ‘okay, tell me about your book’!
- Thomas Riley, by Nick Valentino. Steampunk. Another Norwescon-inspired purchase, from talking directly to the author.
- Insomnium, by Zachary Bonelli. Alternate-universe SF, and my third Norwescon-inspired purchase, following chatting with the author along the indie tables outside the dealers’ room.
- Other Systems, by Elizabeth Guizzetti. Again, SF, and the last of my Norwescon-inspired purchases.
Acquired in ebook from Kobo:
- Valour and Vanity, by Mary Robinette Kowal. Pre-ordered, the latest in her Glamourist series.
And last but not least, acquired in print from B&N:
- William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope, and William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: The Empire Striketh Back, by Ian Doescher. Pretty much what it says on the tin, here–these are the author’s adaptations of the stories of the original Star Wars trilogy into Shakespearean-style play format. And I’ve already read ‘em at this point and can attest that they’re quite delightful! Very much looking forward to The Jedi Doth Return now, coming out later this summer.
52 for the year.
|February 13, 2014||Posted by annathepiper under Boosting the Signal|
I’ve been thinking for a while that I’d like to do something similar to how John Scalzi does his Big Idea column over on the Whatever, and how Mary Robinette Kowal does My Favorite Bit. I know quite a few authors at this point, many of whom need all the help they can get to get the word out about their books. And well hey, I’ve got a blog. So I’m going to start inviting folks to come borrow my blog every so often to, in fact, boost their signals.
What I’ll be putting into these posts:
- Author name
- The title and genre of their book
- Links to where it can be bought
- Cover art
And most importantly, here’s where the Boosting the Signal part comes in.
One of the characters in these books will have a goal. Protagonist, antagonist, hero, villain, I don’t care which–if the author has done their job, this character is going to want something. And their only path to achieving that goal is for people to come check out the book. So in the voice of this character, my guests will be telling you what that goal is.
Right now this semi-regular feature will be invitation-only, as I want to first give precedence to folks I know from several of the indie, hybrid, and self-pub circles I’m a part of. I’ll be pinging a few folks in particular to gauge interest. The rest of you, you can expect this to feature several of my fellow Carina authors, current work by the other folks who used to write for Drollerie Press, as well as possible folks from NIWA (the Northwest Independent Writers Association) and other self-pub or small-press folks I know.
I’ll be running these on Fridays when I have ‘em. Hopefully this’ll be fun, for me to post and for y’all to read!
|February 13, 2014||Posted by annathepiper under Other People's Books|
A local writer friend of mine has just released her very first novel, the YA urban fantasy Stronger than Blood! I beta-read an early draft of this, and am proud to see it finally getting out into the world. Here’s what I said about it on Goodreads and Amazon:
(Disclaimer: the writer of this book is a friend of mine, and I beta-read this before its release! These remarks are based on my beta-read of the novel.)
Stronger Than Blood does a deft job of avoiding tropes I give the side-eye to in both YA and urban fantasy. It involves high school students, yet it avoids a lot of the angst I’ve seen in other titles I’ve sampled. And it’s urban fantasy with werewolves–but I found the heroine, B, refreshingly atypical. She’s not only not a stereotypical badass, her transformations cause her active, major health problems, and this is one of the neatest explorations of what exactly monthly shapeshifting can do to a body that I’ve had the pleasure to read.
And what does our heroine, B, have to deal with? Discovering that she is not in fact the only werewolf in the world, and that furthermore, the pack she discovers is not plagued with her health issues. But her initial quest to find out whether these other weres can teach her how to not only endure her transformations, but to get her strength back as well, is only the first layer of a nicely complicated little plot. B’s got to maneuver dangerous pack dynamics if she wants to survive not only her own changes, but her new place in a world that contains others like her.
So yeah, go pick this one up. And tell Genevieve I sent you, won’t you?
To which I’ll basically add here that if you like YA, and if you like werewolves, and if you’ve got a Kindle or any of the various Kindle apps, give this ‘un a read! You can find it for sale on Amazon right over here.