Ask Alan Ball of HBO’s ‘True Blood” a question! January 31, 2010Posted by Diana McCabe in Entertainment, Fun stuff.
Tags: Alan Ball, true blood
This has been up on the Charlaine Harris Web site under news. You’ve got until Feb. 12 to send in a question! Details below!
1/29/10 – 2/12/10
As part of the huge project The Sookie Companion has become, we’re offering a two-week time period in which you can send your questions to producer/director/writer Alan Ball, who will answer them in the Companion. My assistant, Paula, will collect all your questions and send them to the editor at TeknoBooks who’s responsible for coordinating all the elements going into the Companion, which we hope will be out next year. Paula and the editor will weed out redundant questions. Of course, these questions should focus on the TV series “True Blood,” and they should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. This address is ONLY for this special project.
Tags: Alyson Noel, Damon, Dark Flame, Ever, Immortals, Radiance, Riley
Wow! Back-to-back news from ALYSON NOEL, author of the Immortal series (EVERMORE, BLUE MOON, SHADOWLAND)! She’s posted her new cover for DARK FLAME, the next book about Ever. It’s due out July 6. Here’s a summary Alyson has posted on her Web site:
Ever struggles to help her best friend Haven transition into life as an immortal — trying to keep her from doing anything that puts them at risk, while attempting to gain control over her enemy Roman, so she can finally obtain the antidote that will allow her and Damen to be together. But when the spell she casts backfires, resulting in a strange, foreign pulse that binds her to Roman instead, Ever turns to Jude and dark magick, desperately attempting to break free of the curse, and ultimately risking everything she knows and loves—including her beloved Damen.
AND, she’s also posted her book cover for RADIANCE, due out Aug. 31. This is the first story in a new series about Ever’s little sister, Riley and includes Buttercup! Here’s the summary she posted on her site:
Riley Bloom left her sister, Ever, in the world of the living and crossed the bridge into the afterlife—a place called Here, where time is always Now. Riley and her dog, Buttercup, have been reunited with her parents and are just settling into a nice, relaxing death when she’s summoned before The Council. They let her in on a secret—the afterlife isn’t just an eternity of leisure; Riley has to work. She’s been assigned a job, Soul Catcher, and a teacher, Bodhi, a curious boy she can’t quite figure out. Riley, Bodhi, and Buttercup return to earth for her first assignment, a Radiant Boy who’s been haunting a castle in England for centuries. Many Soul Catchers have tried to get him to cross the bridge and failed. But he’s never met Riley. . . .
U.K. description of DEAD IN THE FAMILY January 20, 2010Posted by Diana McCabe in Fun stuff, Reviews/summaries.
Tags: charlaine harris, Dead in the Family, Sookie
The book is expected to be released in the United States on May 4!
So you wanna run a Web site that sells vampire books? January 19, 2010Posted by Diana McCabe in Book lists, Fun stuff.
Tags: Australia, bookstore, FANGstasticFiction.com
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Boy, who doesn’t dream of either writing the next great series in paranormal romance and/or running the coolest online bookstore for the genre. I was pinged a while back by the women who run FANGtasticFiction.com — which is focused on paranormal romance and urban fantasy books.
The whole world of Fangbooks started because Alison Sammes and her friend Rosie are both avid readers, particularly of the paranormal romance and urban fantasy genres, and trying to actually find these books in Australia was (and still is) pretty diabolical. They wanted a site where folks could go, check out reviews and be able to buy the books. Nothing was out there, so they started their own business. OK — so maybe you never wanna buy a book from ’em. But check out their site for ideas on what to read and the reviews. It’s nicely organized.
And here’s a little bit more from Alison on how they got their business off the ground!
Q. How long have you been in business?
A. We’ve ‘officially’ been in business since June (we are a registered company), but the Web site only went live near the end of August (with a LOT of work between June and August).
Q. Is this your only job?
A. We both have ‘day jobs,’ but thankfully I only work four days a week, so we’ve got one day where I can run around doing all of the ‘day-time’ stuff. There are a LOT of late nights and weekends spent working on the site and business. It is a lot of work, but it is also a lot of fun. It really has just been overwhelming the support and encouragement that we’ve had from authors and publishers. Maybe that’s normal in the world of paranormal romance & urban fantasy, but it has still completely blown us away!
Q. Did you ever stop to think you’d be going head to head with Amazon?
A. I don’t think we ever really saw ourselves as taking on the likes of Amazon. We are both quite specific in our tastes and knew from the start that we really wanted to focus on paranormal romance and urban fantasy. We think much of the appeal with us is that we try to make it easy to find books in the genres. Most publishers only list books as ‘romance,’ ‘fantasy’ or ‘science fiction’ so we go through each months new and upcoming releases and manually separate them out into their appropriate genres (so if you see the odd book in the wrong spot let us know!). I’m sure there must be an easier way to do this, but we haven’t found it yet. This is also how we are able to go further than just say “oh, that’s paranormal” – chances are we’ve actually read the book or the series and we KNOW that it is about vampires despite what the blurb or the publisher may say (I point out the marketing for DIVINE MISDEMEANORS – you won’t find us hiding this one under teen paranormal!).
Q. Will the shop always be online or do you want a real bookstore?
A. We do have dreams of opening a little store one day with quiet fantasies of world domination, although with the way we’re growing, who knows, we might be able to expand to bricks and mortar soon! We love to be able to promote new authors and just some of the wonderful books out there, so I think we look at the idea of having a physical location that people can come to as really just an extension of that. Everything has happened so quickly I don’t think we’ve truly realised that we are a business! In some ways selling books sometimes feels like it’s just the sideline and letting people know ABOUT the books seems to be our core focus! But the two do go hand in hand.
Q. Any thoughts of expanding?
A. We are based in Sydney, so we do have an Australian focus. But, I am about to relocate to New Zealand , so we’ll be expanding the business across two countries (and the thought of having a ‘multinational’ bookstore isn’t at all scary! Honest!). We had originally planned to just sell within Australia but that quickly expanded to the rest of the world.
Q. Toughest things about the biz so far?
A. Three of the hardest things we’ve found are:
— Trying to keep up- to-date with new releases, particularly from debuting authors.
–Trying to get books that aren’t being released in Australia. This came as a bit of a shock to us. We knew that there was sometimes a delay in books being released in Aussie, but we never realized how many really great books just don’t make it over here!
–Trying to get books when publishers are tending to reduce the time when books are available, which is particularly annoying when promoting a series and the first few books are no longer available!
Q. Any other challenges?
A. So as well as trying to stay up-to-date with what’s being released in Australia, we’re also trying to stay up-to-date with what’s going on in the rest of the world. We recently added book reviews to the site, as well as our author & series reviews, simply because sometimes you just want to know what the book is like (and sometimes we’ve only read the one book, so a full author page is too much!) We’re also working with literature-map.com and will be adding this to our site soon (and we get to add more authors!) We’ve just joined Twitter (FANGBOOKS) , and I am debating whether to set up a Face Book page.
Of course in-between all of this we still find time to read books! And I obviously can talk about books and our site all day (and will if I don’t stop myself now)!
Tags: harlequin, Kiss Me Deadly, Lone Wolf, Michele Hauf, Rachel Vincent, Soul Screamers, Teresa D'Amario
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Yeah, there’s a book contest a day if you look at your Twitter feed. But here are a couple of different ways to win something free — and you can read at the same time! Have a good weekend!
Even if you aren’t into contests, check out this cool blog by a “YA book reviewing, librarian-in-training.” It looks pretty and it’s chock full good book reviews in a genre that sometimes can be overwhelming. The site’s current contest? In celebration of Rachel Vincent’s teen series SOUL SCREAMERS, Tattooed Books is dedicating the site — Jan. 25-29 — to all things SOUL SCREAMERS. She’ll have book reviews, Soul Screamers posts and an interview with Rachel Vincent! The giveaway is a pretty nifty looking necklace. CLICK HERE to go to the blog and see it.
They’re offering 16 choices — and of course there are some paranormals in there, like Michele Hauf’s KISS ME DEADLY, one of those vampire vs witches stories. CLICK HERE to scroll through their choices.
This is totally fun — even if you don’t win a prize at the end of her blog tour! Teresa D’Amario, author of LONE WOLF, is stopping at various blogs (she was here last week!) and gives readers a chapter in her online story about a Fae prince and a feisty shewolf. You read her story, answer a few questions/give suggestions about where the story should go, and Teresa works like a crazy woman to get her next chapter up on the next blog! She tries to use the reader comments to shape the direction of the story. CLICK HERE to read previous chapters. Saturday (Jan. 16) you can read the latest chapter at Naughty Editions Review HERE. To find out where her blog tour stops next CLICK HERE.