Why do vampires still fascinate? May 24, 2009Posted by Diana McCabe in News.
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In books, TV series and movies, vampires have been around forever — no pun intended! (Who remembers “Dark Shadows”??!!) Writer Eric Lewis with Canada’s Times & Transcript asked Mount Allison University associate professor of English Deborah Wills, a cultural studies scholar and horror fan, why the bloodsuckers are so popular.
For teens, she says the current stories — such as the TWILIGHT series, may in some ways mimic their emotional lives:
“In many ways, there is a literalization of teenage concerns that shows up in the vampire story, The emotional intensity of the relationship with the vampire matches the intensity of how it feels to have your first real love affair. Your first real love, it really feels like life and death.” (To read the entire article CLICK HERE.)
Of course, for those of us not suffering from teen angst, the stories are just plain fun, sexy , scary and magical. The latest release in the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris, DEAD AND GONE, is No. 3 on The New York Times Best Sellers List of hardcover fiction. (The HBO series, “True Blood,” based on her vampire novels, kicks off season 2 on June 14.)
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Yeah, yeah, yeah — you either love Emma Holly’s erotic paranormals or you don’t. I happen to love ’em and right now there are a few good excerpts out on the Web for her next release KISSING MIDNIGHT. The book is due out in June but if you just can’t wait, CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD an excerpt. (This is from Emma’s site)
Here’s what she says in her last post on her Web site about the new trilogy:
“As you might have guessed from the length of time it’s been since my last newsletter, I’ve had my nose buried in my own books. I’m happy to say I officially turned in SAVING MIDNIGHT, the last book for my tightly connected 1930’s vampire trilogy, now called The Fitz Clare Chronicles. I can hardly believe that after 18 months of working on a single project, I’m done. It feels good, especially since I think it came out well. The titles for the trilogy are KISSING MIDNIGHT, BREAKING MIDNIGHT, and SAVING MIDNIGHT, and they’re scheduled for release June, July and August of 2009.”
- Check out the lusty ROMANCE: B(U)Y the BOOK blog. There’s a totally different excerpt there!
- Read a review at SCOOPER SPEAKS. (Check out Scooper’s fave line in the novel)
- Check out Emma’s own site for more info HERE.
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Here’s what she said in her latest fan email:
“I’m finally able to pull my head out of writing for a breather. DREAMFEVER is done, and is the longest book of the series so far. FAEFEVER came in around 350 manuscript pages. DREAMFEVER is over 450.
I can’t wait to hear what you think of it. My editor thinks it’s the best yet! I loved every minute of writing it, and hope the passion I feel for Mac, Barrons, V’lane, Dani, Christian, Rowena and the sidhe-seers, Jack and Rainey Lane, and the memory of Alina leaps off the pages and into your hearts. I think it might be the most emotional book I’ve written.”
The book comes out in August. Until then, check out her online store full of cool T-shirts, hats, etc. (I want one of those “Barrons’ Books & Baubles” hats in hot pink. I also like her “Stay to the Lights” items. Not sure I want V’Lane — the death by sex fae — but she’s got an image of him at her online store. (I personally would like Jericho Barrons delivered to my doorstep but since we don’t know exactly who or what he is ….. will have to wait. No images of him on this site.)
Also, check out her main site HERE for links to her podcasts (you can download and listen to the first books in the series HERE) and also on her Sidhe-Seers, Inc. site, you can play Mac vs the shades.
Wanna talk about latest Sookie Stackhouse book? May 10, 2009Posted by Diana McCabe in Releases.
Check the cool Web site/podcast on all things Sookie HERE. The three women who host this podcast — Last Bite Podcast — and who run the Web site know their stuff and are getting ready to discuss “DEAD AND GONE,” the 9th novel in the Southern Vampire series by (Look for the podcast this week. You can also subscribe to it on iTunes.) If you’ve already read the book, they have a nice poll on the Web site you can take. For fans of the HBO series “TRUE BLOOD,” you can get the latest news/gossip here, as well. This is one of my fave news podcasts/sites for info on Sookie books and the HBO series.
Read the book? Love it? Hate it? Trying to figure out book No. 10 already? Let me know!
Harlequin posts 1st quarter gains May 8, 2009Posted by Diana McCabe in News.
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Romance is alive and well — even during this recession. Parent company Torstar Corp. said its Harlequin division showed growth — while their newspaper business didn’t fare as well. (Its businesses include the Star Media Group led by the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily newspaper.) Book Publishing revenue was $124.5 million (Canadian) in the first quarter of 2009, up $14.8 million from $109.7 million in the first quarter of 2008
Here’s what their CEO said:
“The first quarter was a tale of two solitudes: Harlequin delivered an excellent quarter of growth while our newspaper businesses confronted lower advertising revenues as a result of the recession,” said Robert Prichard, President and CEO of Torstar Corporation. “Harlequin has made a strong start and is on course for another solid year. Despite the global recession, Harlequin’s overall performance remains strong with digital revenue growth offsetting some print declines in Japan and the U.K. Revenue in the newspapers and digital segment was down 11 percent as the recession has hurt numerous advertising categories led by employment, real estate and automotive. While aggressive cost management across our newspaper businesses mitigated the impact of the revenue reduction, it has been insufficient to prevent a sharp drop in profitability. The newspapers also faced higher pension costs and newsprint pricing in the quarter which accentuated the reduction in profitability.”
To read the entire release CLICK HERE.
Coming up: Look for more author interviews and news this weekend.