Today is the day, Nightborn (aka the Darkyn returns) is officially on sale. Also officially on sale today, the start of a promising new series by Seanan McGuire,
Discount Armagedden, the newest Cal Leandros book from Rob Thurman, a new Alpha/Omega book from Patricia Briggs, hot romance from Stephanie Tyler and Jaci Burton. It's like the publishing fairy brought out all the goodies on the same day to make up for my month of sick people and teething baby.
Since I naturally want all my favorite series, fascinating new series, and great romance to continue to be available, I tend to preorder so that my purchase counts towards the all-important (to publishing) sales numbers of the first week. This is also a great time to descend on the local bookstore and ask for the book if it isn't visible; sometimes this prompts somebody to remember that box in the back that didn't get opened and once on the shelf, somebody else can discover it. Request a copy from the library. And so on.
There are many ways to support your favorite authors. Buy the books, borrow them, talk about them, recommend them to a friend. It all helps to ensure that the next book happens, that the series doesn't get dropped. Before I knew anything about the business I had no idea that something as simple as a library hold placed or a "here, you've got to read this" had anything to do with whether or not the books continued to come out. It matters.
For Nightborn and Discount Armageddon in particular, which had physical books shipping well ahead of the official on sale date and thus actually penalizing the authors on their numbers, reader demand and word of mouth can make an enormous difference. Love paranormal romance and urban fantasy? Give these a try. If you like them, recommend them to a friend.
Today is leap day! Time to do things you've been saving up for the last four years. Such as, go buy new books! Since it's releasing early I'm posting my review of Nightborn here:
From my Goodreads, "Go pre-order this now. Yes, you, right now. This is vampire romance on steroids riding a Harley, with all the badassery and twice the heart. Fans of the Darkyn will love the reunion with old friends and those new to the series will appreciate the author's deft breadcrumbing to orient readers to who's who without slowing down the high-adrenaline plot. Simone and Korvel remain at the center of the story throughout but the supporting cast and secondary storylines make this novel bigger, faster, stronger. Did I mention the steroids? Go! Buy!"
See, I could post an early review because I got an ARC. But now people can buy it early. Or wait until next week when you can also buy the new Patricia Briggs book, AND the first book in a new series that also started shipping early and I would hate to see die as a result: Discount Armageddon.
It's up to you.
But happy leap day and as for me, next week is book shopping GOLD. In the meantime, if you haven't been reading Shiloh Walker's cliff-hanging ASH trilogy, the third book came out yesterday. Reading all 3 will keep you busy until March 6. And sleepless.
Not much blogging lately due to the sudden attack of plague in the Teglia household, i.e. 2 kids got ear infections, the other one plus a parent got strep throat, and as the non-medicated family member I've been running around taking temperatures and administering juice and antibiotics. So in lieu of a real blog, 5 Thursday Things:
1. Lynn Viehl aka PBW aka many other pen names is doing a huge giveaway including a chance for an ARC of Nightborn! Go forth and enter.
2. Alison Kent's upcoming cowboy series has the first book available for pre-order now. It is Undeniably pre-orderable, nab yours!
3. Kris Reisz has launched Books Love You. Check it out for recs and write your own book love story.
4. Considering an information diet for Lent?
Lifehacker has some tips.
5. And finally, look, a cute cat picture. Who doesn't need a
tube of cat?
And now I must give the husband juice and antibiotics.
I'm not actually here today. I have a bonus day with my oldest, who in lieu of a field trip is here with me while little sister is at school. It hardly ever happens that I get solo kid time, so we've been making the most of it. You can see what we've gotten up to on Flickr. I didn't take pictures of her
doing the maze of Theseus and the minotaur, but I think I covered the rest.
And then head over to Genreality to read the post I have up there on the topic of writing spaces, with still more pictures.
This wasn't exactly designed for writers, but
Trello's project planning with easy drag-and-drop and visual layout made me pounce. If you're looking for a work-flow tool, this online service is worth a look.
Since everybody else is so brilliant and cogent in their arguments about why SOPA/PIPA is a Very Very Bad Idea, here is your roundup:
2. Boing Boing
3. The Oatmeal does it with pictures
4. John Scalzi with a pro writer's perspective
The Daily Coyote on what would never have been under SOPA/PIPA (and for the record, Shreve, I loved your book)
And what do I think? I think the entertainment industry has persuaded the government to temporarily lose their damn minds. Because if anybody thinks Occupy is an issue now, wait until the 99% who depend on the internet directly or indirectly for their income are unemployed AND unable to download porn. There'll be bloody revolution in the streets. Which is exciting to read about in fiction and history, but would you want to live through it? Me, neither. So here's hoping for a hefty dose of sanity in the water supply in DC. In conclusion: keep America working and downloading porn. Down with SOPA/PIPA.
(In all seriousness, yes, piracy is a huge problem. Yes, it personally costs me money. That doesn't mean that blowing up the internet is the answer. And I'm sure more people use the internet for Wikipedia than porn or piracy.)
In book news: Roped (Cleis anthology Cowboy Lust) will be out in print Aug. 14 and it's already up for
pre-order! This means I need to update the website and give it a book page. And also that you can pre-order it, yeehaw.
Wolf at the Door has a lovely ebook cover and as soon as I finish wrestling the formatting and upload, it will be available for download. Since my kids keep having days off of school, I'm still wrestling. But meanwhile, look, pretty cover! (click to embiggen)