June 23, 2011

Thursday Tidbits -- news, links and interesting things


We’ve set up a paper.li account linked to the @BookThingo Twitter account (managed by Kat). This is an easy way to get a summary of the links and bits of news (mostly book related) posted on Twitter.

Click here to view the latest edition. If you click on the subscribe button, you’ll automatically receive a daily summary in your Inbox.

Are you a member of the Australian Romance Readers Association?

ARRA membership renewals are due, and if you haven’t signed up yet now’s the time! The cost is $20 for the year and you get discounts to events and participating bookshops, free subscription to the newsletter, the opportunity to get in touch with other romance readers, and most importantly, voting rights for the Australian Romance Reader Awards, which I like to call the ARR Awards. (Pirates! Arr!)

This year, ARRA is also offering associate membership to readers and authors outside Australia. The cost is $15 and includes everything but voting rights to the awards.

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June 21, 2011

Phillipa Fioretti’s debut novel, The Book of Love, centres around a rare book of ancient Roman erotica. It’s a book that makes good use of Fioretti’s background in the arts. Phillipa has studied archaeology, sculpture and museum studies, and has taught drawing and media studies. Her second book, The Fragment of Dreams, continues the story of Lily and William, the couple from The Book of Love.

If you’re wondering whether or not her books have a happy ending, you can take heart from a Courier Mail interview in which Phillipa says, ‘I don’t want to write things that depress me. I don’t want to be in a dark headspace all day. I like to have a laugh while I’m doing it.’

BOOK GIVEAWAY: Phillipa is giving away a copy of THE FRAGMENT OF DREAMS. For a chance to win, tell us what fragment from history you’d like to own and why.

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June 16, 2011

We read books. We love vampires. We kill fairies. -- bookthingo.com.auBook Thingo ads

If you’re an ARRA member, you may have seen our brand spanking new ad. Huge thanks to designer Jennifer Wu. You like? It’s a bit blurry in the ARRA newsletter and the text is a little small, but hopefully we’ll get that sorted for the next issue.

I love that squashed fairy. Love.

42 A&R stores to shut by mid-July

The administrators of REDgroup Retail announced yesterday that 42 Angus & Roberston shops would close by mid-July or earlier if stock is sold before the deadline. Click here for the press release and the list of shops to close.

In the meantime 19 A&R stores may still survive, pending negotiations, and 48 A&R franchise stores remain open.

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June 11, 2011

Dark Lover by JR WardLover Eternal by JR WardLover Awakened by JR WardLover Revealed by JR WardLover Unbound by JR Ward

Lover Enshrined by JR WardLover Avenged by JR WardLover Mine by JR WardLover Unleashed by JR Ward

If you’re hungry for clues about upcoming books in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Decadence has put together what we think we know about what’s coming next.

This post contains spoilers from previous books including Lover Unleashed, so we’re starting over with a new speculation post. It also contains some seriously spoilery info on the BDB. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

For those of you wondering, even with the cheapest shipping option I received my copy of Lover Unleashed from the virtual signing exactly a week after its release.

Outstanding spoilers

Here is a summary of the info from the previous speculation post that has not been included in Lover Unleashed:

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June 9, 2011

Thursday Tidbits -- news, links and interesting things

Aussie Author Month giveaway winners

Congratulations to Anna Cowan, who won two ebooks by Jess Dee for her answer to our question on which playing card is the sexiest:

I’d have to pick the Jack for the sexiest card. He is young, he’s hungry to get to the top, and the queen’s standing in his way. As far as I can see, the quickest way to the top is seduction…

Congratulations also to Gaile Hughes, who won two Christine Darcas books for her answer to our question on which dance style is the most romantic:

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June 8, 2011
Home Is Where The Bark Is by Kandy Shepherd

Home Is Where The Bark Is by Kandy Shepherd

For anyone looking for a sweet, lovely, light-hearted read. Especially if you love dogs.

Serena Oakley is an ex-model who now runs a doggy day care (with a spa!) in San Francisco. Nick Whalen is a private investigator assigned to figure out if Serena is behind an identity theft scheme. When he shows up at her shop with a Yorki-poo, she’s a bit suspicious—after all, what is this hunk of a man doing with a handbag dog? This doesn’t stop her from being attracted to him and vice versa. Will Nick be able to find out who the real thief is before super hot attraction gets in the way?

I love dogs. I’m the kind of person who says, ‘Hello, doggy!’ every time I pass one on the street. I used to volunteer at a dog shelter. Hence, there was pretty much a kind of guarantee I would like this book. All the dogs in this book were realistic and adorable and were more than just a means to further the plot along—they were pretty much secondary characters.

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June 3, 2011
Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn (Smythe-Smith Quartet, Book 1)

Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn (Smythe-Smith Quartet, Book 1)

No one does comedy, wit and light-hearted romance like Julia Quinn.

In which wandergurl and @katydidinoz band together to win a coveted ARC at ARRC2011′s silent auction.

Honoria Smythe-Smith plays the violin in the infamous Smythe-Smith quartet’s annual musicale. (If you’ve read the Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series, you’ll know they sound horrible.) It’s her secondish season out, and this time, she’s determined to find a husband, as the last few have cried off.

Marcus Holyroyd, Earl of Chatteris, is Honoria’s brother’s BFF. Since his hurried departure for the continent, he’s been looking out for Honoria (discreetly) and warning away any inappropriate suitors. He’s also secretly in love with her, but he hasn’t figured that out yet, which is all right, because she hasn’t figured out that she’s in love with him.

Will they figure it out in time for the next Smythe-Smith musicale?

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June 2, 2011

BOOKSELLER+PUBLISHER has just reported that all remaining Borders Australian shops will be closing. Shops have already begun discounting stock. The online shop, borders.com.au, seems to be safe for now.

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Keywords: borders
June 2, 2011

Yesterday the Emerging Writers’ Festival hosted a Twitter conversation on genre fiction (hashtag #ewf11). It was a very passionate discussion about writing and reading genre fiction. There was the usual snarkiness around Mills and Boon, but on the whole I think the romance readers in the chat did a great job of questioning some of the typical assumptions around romance.

The EWF also featured a romance panel at the Wheeler Centre called Get Into Genre: Romance, featuring Haylee Kerans (Mills and Boon Australia), Matthew Lang, Stephanie Laurens and hosted by Meredith Tucker-Evans.

I wasn’t there, but Twitter pulled through with @SnarkyWench, @E_K_Vollmer, @philipthiel, @marymasters and @WritingJordi all tweeting from the audience. Snarky Wench (who also blogs at Bosoms and Beaux) asked a question on my behalf—on pushing boundaries in romance—though I must say that Stephanie Laurens’s reply was a tad…disappointing.

I got the impression that many of the attendees were a little shocked at the impressive sales figures for romance, and particularly for Mills and Boon. According to Kerans, one in five books sold in Australia is a Mills and Boon. (I’m assuming this includes their non-category lines, but I can’t be sure.)

Some of the more interesting discussion points (via Twitter):

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May 27, 2011
Lover Unleashed by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 9) - Australian/UK edition

Lover Unleashed by J. R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 9) – Australian/UK edition

A book for those already invested in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Prepare for more darkness than usual and don’t expect all your questions to be answered up front.

It’s not going to surprise anyone to read that I approach a new Black Dagger Brotherhood book differently to any other book. I scribble notes as I go along and I started reading Lover Unleashed with a mental checklist:

Is there anything written on the inside cover in the Old Language?

No, but there are crossed daggers, one black hilt, one white. Symbolism?

Are there any new words in the glossary?

Lhenihan – ‘A mythic beast renowned for its sexual prowess. In modern slang, it refers to a male of preternatural size and sexual stamina.’ Hmm, interesting.

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