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August 22, 2012

A sneak peek at the new Mills & Boon Riva covers.

Mills & Boon UK posted some cover images of their rebranded Riva line on Twitter yesterday. Here’s a sneak peek.

The Wedding Date by Ally Blake (Riva cover preview)She's So Over Him by Joss Wood (Riva cover preview)The Privileged and the Damned by Kimberly Lang (Riva cover preview)New York's Finest Rebel by Trish Wylie (Riva cover preview)Flirting with Italian by Liz Fielding (Riva cover preview)

I’m not sure what to think of these chick-lit type covers. They’re certainly more attractive than some of the dual-image covers that the line currently uses, but they don’t scream out ‘category romance’ either. One can only hope they actually match the contents of the book. (If you want to try a sample of the Riva line, Mills & Boon UK has made Just One Kiss by Jessica Hart available for free online.)

I’m not sure if these cover images are still in draft, but as they are, I note the prominent plaecement of authors’ names and the relatively discreet Mills & Boon branding at the bottom of the book. The taglines ‘Fun, flirty, sexy and stylish’ and ‘Fun, flirty, sexy and romantic’ seem targeted towards a younger market.

What do you think? Do you like these covers better than the old one?

August 20, 2012

Today I’m celebrating the start of Book Week by showing off the latest additions to my TBR (to be read) pile.

Not to be smug or anything, but check out the books I brought home from the Gold Coast:

The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa JamesBurning Lies by Helene YoungMad About The Earl by Christina Brooke (Ministry of Marriage, Book 2)
Sydney Harbour Hospital: Marco's Temptation by Fiona McArthurThe Blackmailed Bride's Secret Child/Claiming His Bought Bride by Rachel BaileyGolden Destiny by Jean SaundersThe Secret Baby by Day Leclaire

Some of these books were given away for free by authors at the ARRA signing, some I bought from Rosemary, who was the main bookseller at the conference, and some I bought for $1 (used books) at the QT hotel gift shop. I’m looking forward to reading them all!

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August 14, 2012

Always A Scoundrel by Suzanne Enoch (Notorious Gentlemen, Book 3)What I Did For A Duke by Julie Anne Long (Pennyroyal Green, Book 5)

I love Julie Anne Long, but it took me ages to finally buy this book because I thought I had already read it. Now I realise that Avon has reused the same cover image. No wonder I was so confused!

For some reason, What I Did For A Duke (2011) appeals to me more than Always A Scoundrel (2009). That said, I’m not a fan of artificially windblown hair in general.

I’m curious to know—which cover do you prefer?

August 4, 2012

Lover At Last by JR Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 11)If you’re hungry for clues about upcoming books in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J. R. Ward, Decadence has put together what we think we know about what’s coming next. Includes excerpts from upcoming releases and dates for Ward’s virtual signing.

For a list of all BDB-related posts at Book Thingo, click here.

Okay, so I’ve been shamefully late with an update, but whenever something big happens like the release of the Lover At Last cover, I’m at work and Kat breaks the news first. But when I received a notification of two upcoming virtual signings, I knew I had to get off my butt and share all the little tidbits I’ve collected.

Lover At Last

The first line of the book will be (pending edits): ‘Now THAT is a motherf**kin’ whip!’

No context was given, but I think we could all guess who the obvious suspect is.

Rapture

There has already been a quote from Rapture posted on Ward’s Facebook page, in which, although no names were used, I think it’s safe to assume it’s the heroine kissing the hero and wishing she could hold onto the moment but knowing that you can’t physically retain moments, despite the impact they make on you.

I’m sure we’ll see more closer to its release, scheduled for September 25.

Virtual signing news

The Fallen Angels series has been upgraded with a US hardcover release, so it will be included in Ward’s virtual signing program. It will be available for preorder from August 5, 8.30am New York time (August 5, 10.30pm if you’re in Sydney) until September 14. If you don’t like hardcovers, the local publisher will release a trade paperback shortly after the hardcover is published on September 25.

Lover Eternal (Rhage’s book) will also be reissued in hardcover and will available through the virtual signing from October 7, 8.30am (10.30pm in Sydney) until October 26.

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June 8, 2012

Readers subscribed to J. R. Ward’s fan page on Facebook would have heard the news by now, but the title and cover for book 11 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series has been announced.

Lover At Last by JR Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 11)

Qhuinn and Blay’s book will be called Lover At Last—a somewhat underwhelming title, but I seriously doubt that will affect the rapturous response to this tidbit. I say that as someone who is a sucker for the BDB. We all have our weaknesses.

April 11, 2012
4th grade uber reader sign by smashy - http://www.sxc.hu/photo/394886

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And then there were five…

I’ve been meaning to announce this for a while, but some time ago Jen (aka @dumblydore) joined the Book Thingo team!

(It might have been around the time she posted this awesome review of Twilight, the graphic novel, complete with customised sparkly features.)

Jen is a Melbourne-based graphic designer with a particular interest in popular culture, and I think she brings quite a different perspective to reviewing books than any of the other Book Thingo bloggers. Many Aussie romance readers have probably seen her work—she has designed banners for ARRA and websites for various authors.

We’re totally chuffed to have her as part of the team!

Book Thingo at Google+

For those of you who play over at Google, we now have a Google+ page. At the moment, it mimics our Facebook page, so you can choose your preferred social network.

Kill a fairy

Last year I created Kill a fairy, a site dedicated to spoiling book endings for those who, like me, won’t read a book without knowing the ending first. There are no spoilers on the front page—they’re all behind the cut—so you can check it out without fear of spoilage.

I’ve tried to walk a tight line between revealing the ending and revealing everything about the novel. It’s not meant to be a full recap, but another way of helping people decide whether or not they want to read a book.

Bits of love strewn online

And for the curious, I post excerpts of my current reads in a tumblelog. This isn’t updated often, but it’s there for when I want to bookmark quotes from books that will either expire (eARC) or need to be returned to its owner (especially library books). I’m tossing up the idea of using it for review notes, as well, as I usually read when travelling, and I don’t always have pens and post-its handy.

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April 1, 2012

Look, I know you’re all googling it, so to put you out of your misery, our resident Black Dagger Brotherhood expert has tweeted yes.

According to Decadence (@my_lheage):

@my_lheage - BDB book after Lover Reborn

So there you go. In case you can’t see the graphic: There is a BDB book coming out next year, and it will focus on Qhuinn and Blay.

And according to @sheepangel, it comes out in hardback.

Both of them are the most avid BDB fans I personally know, and I’ve never known them to be anything but accurate when they pass on BDB news.

If you really have to know their source, you can ask them yourself. :D

April 1, 2012

2011 Aussie Author Month - MapWe’re back for another month-long celebration of some of our favourite local authors!

After last year’s success, we’ve decided to participate in Aussie Author Month again. For all of April, we’ll be focusing on Aussie authored books with a (mostly) romantic bent. The event ties beautifully with another huge initiative we’ve been supporting—the Australian Women Writers Challenge.

So if, by the end of April, you still haven’t discovered some great new Aussie romance authors, it won’t be for lack of trying on our part!

(Note: BDB fans need not despair. We’ll still be updating the cheat sheets and posting and reviews of Tohr’s book. I’m reading it now!)

Official site

There’s now an official blog for Aussie Author Month. Or you can follow us on Facebook. The Twitter hashtag is #ausbooks.

Fundraising (not for us!)

As part of Aussie Author Month, we’re hoping you’ll consider donating to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF). The ILF provides books and resources to indigenous communities in order to improve literacy among those in remote and isolated regions.

You can make a donation via GoFundraise.

Please note that none of the Aussie Author Month participants will be collecting money directly. All donations should go through GoFundraise, who will send the donations directly to ILF. You can read more about their process here.

Blogging schedule

Believe it or not, we’re a little bit more organised this year and have already scheduled at least two reviews per week for this month. This means there will be an increase mail notifications and Facebook activity for those of you who subscribe via email or follow us via Facebook.

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March 6, 2012
Photo: first date by ~Boston Bill~ (via Flickr)

Source: first date by ~Boston Bill~ (via Flickr)

In which romance and charity go hand in hand. Also, Wandergurl needs your help to get her mojo back! (And we’re not talking about reviewing books.)

While I read romance novels, and believe that there’s somebody out there for me somewhere (God only knows where) I am the most cynical person when it comes to love and romance in real life. For one thing, there’s a man drought in Sydney. And it’s not like it’s the easiest thing in the world to go out and meet someone (anyone).

And there’s the part where I’m lazy, and I prefer to go to nice, cozy bars where boys don’t try to pick you up, and while I love meeting people there’s all this effort involved in dating. Effort I haven’t always been keen to make.

This year, I said to myself, well, it’s time for you to just do it. Before you can complain about there not being any men around, you’ve actually got to go and try and find one. You don’t even have to forage, you just kind of have to show up. (Like, you know, not sit at home all the time and just read.) So to kickstart my dating adventure I let myself get roped into this: Five in Five.

Five in Five

What exactly is Five in Five? Well, you know how people run 14k (City to Surf), bike for cancer, etc.? I’m dating for the urban poor. Yep. You read that right. Go on five dates in five weeks in the name of raising money for charity (the LiveWires Program). You can’t use the internet—it’s called ‘vintage dating’—you have to get friends to set you up or you have to just ask a guy out. (When did that become ‘vintage’? Am I just showing my age here?)

How is it going so far? I’ve gone on two dates.

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