I’ve added a few pages. If you look at my header, you’ll see tabs with home (here), books, links, and recs. The links are, as of now, all blog links—one page for Samhain authors and one for others (industry, reader, and writer). Any Samhain author who happens to pass through and doesn’t see their blog, let me know and I’ll add you.
Recs are fifteen books I’ve loved. Namely, Welcome to Temptation, The Shadow and the Star, Out of Control, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Wild Seed, Spin, Look to Windward, Warchild, The Lymond Chronicles, Into the Wilderness, Crow Lake, The Lovely Bones, and Hateship, Loveship, Courtship, Marriage.
I think I’ll also make a page with links to Samhain books I’ve seen reviewed by bloggers. Mostly because I like to keep track of them.
Jordan Summers talks about Cherry Adair’s new series.
Apparently, the publisher plans to release them in much the same way Allison Brennan’s books were released, one every month for three months.
I’ve never read Adair or Brennan, but Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series is being released this way. So is this a new publisher strategy, or has it been around for a while and I didn’t notice?
Speaking of said series, I can finally read The Jade Throne now that the son has finished it.
I will put up an excerpt and blurb of Haven before its release, but I’m waiting on those to be finalized with my editor.
Meanwhile I took advantage of the pages option here at wordpress.com. I made a subpage (under books), and put up two excerpts from my (unpubbed) werewolf novels.
My next blog project: write up book recommendations on a separate page. I’ll choose three per genre in romance (of course!), fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, and mainstream (for lack of a better word).
For those of you who don’t read Dear Author (all two of you, I’m sure), Jane and Jayne made their ebook choices. I look forward to their reviews, particularly Let’s Pretend which I recommended.
If anyone can’t see my banner (or sidebar) properly, please let me know. Thanks.
I’m excited about the extra pages wordpress offers. I intend to make a list of my favorite books, with descriptions, as well as links.
I enjoy the blogosphere a lot and I like to link to posts. Two I found particularly interesting:
Dear Author gives a great rundown on different ebook readers.
Sybil’s aim is Ebuzz. She will be posting and linking to ebook reviews (both good and bad), as well as doing guest author days and epublisher interviews.
Well, I have fallen in love with this blog. I was supposed to just play around and see how I liked wordpress. But I can’t leave it alone now that I’m totally infatuated. See the banner on top? That’s my own. Yes, it’s not as crisp and professional as the one they had; and I do plan to replace it with something better. But it’s mine and it’s personalized.
What else do I like? I have other pages, like my Books page! Of course, I can only list one to-be-published book, but I do hope to add to it. (Hey, maybe I should list my as-yet-unpubbed brother-sister werewolf books. Hmmm.) I can categorize my posts. I can send pingbacks. (I showed up at Dear Author in their review of His Majesty’s Dragon.) It’s all too exciting.
Ahem. WordPress has eaten my brain, but I really must get back to my hero who tried to put an axe through someone’s chest. (For good reason, I assure you.)
I bought Naomi Novik’s The Jade Throne, so I can read more about Laurence and Temeraire. Yay! Eleven-year-old son is extremely happy to be reading His Majesty’s Dragon. “Napoleonic Wars and dragons, Mom.” The son and I don’t usually enjoy the same books, so I’m excited, too. I’m going to get the daughter to try it. And the husband… Perhaps it will become one of those rare family books everyone reads. (Only authors JK Rowling, Diana Wynne Jones, and Sherwood Smith have achieved such household status.)
But before I can indulge in more Temeraire reading, I must get this chapter one done. It is not easy to get in so much backstory.
I had a great time reading Naomi Novik’s His Majesty’s Dragon. I haven’t gobbled up a paperback for quite a while. Now I’m eying its sequel, The Jade Throne. Anyway, it’s the Napoleonic wars with dragons, and the book’s anchor is the relationship between Laurence and his dragon, Temeraire. So certainly a love story, but not a romance. Lots of action, good character development. I guessed a couple of plot points, which is pretty unusual for oblivious me, but it wasn’t a problem. Recommended!
Dear Author. Jane gives it an A.
…the true love story is between the man and the dragon. The depth of feeling and devotion these two exhibit is more touching than I have read in a romance in a long time.
Sherwood Smith. She’s read all three books in the Temeraire series.
Let me just say that Novik’s world becomes more fascinating, the characters more complex, the twists unexpected, the tragedies both sharp and real, but binding it all together like a thread of gold is the sense of honor and duty that Temeraire and Laurence both feel, yet have to keep defining.
She also discusses other dragon books she’s enjoyed.
There’s a chance to win free Samhain books at Angie’s blog. Sign up by Tuesday.
Smart Bitches has a review up. It’s been a while since they’re reviewed books, I think, so yay! Sarah loved Gail Dayton’s The Compass Rose, a Luna book, with lots of (polyamorous) romance.
For more ebook talk, Cece sums up her promo results here and here. And Nicole at Blog Happy talks about her experience finding ebooks. Easy-to-navigate publisher sites (on all browsers) are very important!
Also Dear Author is having a contest:
If you a reader, spend all the space you need to tell us why we should read the book. Authors, you write for a living. Give us your best three to four sentence sale.
I’ve been thinking about Maili’s recent post on ebooks and why they don’t get as much word-of-mouth. Lots of good stuff in the comments. I’m relatively new to the ebook world and haven’t thought about it a great deal. But because I find it so interesting, I’m trying to order my thoughts. Anyway, reasons for less buzz:
- most ebooks are erotic romance and people are shy about discussing that subgenre
- most authors of ebooks do a lot of promo (it’s considered more than necessary) and this drowns out buzz, or at least it’s difficult to tell the difference between promo and buzz
- most authors of ebooks have a strong presence on the web, so people are hesitant to be blunt about ebooks (either fear of rabid fangirls—I haven’t had such experience but I know others have—or fear of hurt feelings—yes, some people believe authors should just suck it up, but not everyone thinks that)
Now, I have further thoughts. On some of the above, I do think the same thing happens, to a lesser extent, with print books. People are shy about discussing fave print erotic romances—with the important exception of Emma Holly.
Some authors of print books also do a lot of promo. But when buzz circles around a book where the author hasn’t been particularly present on the web (say, Lisa Valdez when Passion buzz took off—you can correct me if I’m wrong about her web presence), readers pay attention. Whereas if the buzz centres around a book by a prominent blogger and poster, I think people approach that buzz with more care. (Maybe I’m wrong.)
It does seem as if the combination of big promo and big presence results in fewer strong opinions when it comes to ebooks. Returning to Valdez’s Passion. People had very strong reactions to it: they loved or hated it. (I was something of an exception. I quite enjoyed it. Period.) I wonder if that kind of conversation, which I suspect would boost book sales, is less likely to happen with ebooks. There are some opinionated reviewers of ebooks coming out of the woodwork, namely the two Ja(y)nes of Dear Author and Ha of AAR. Perhaps Paperback Reader will review more ebooks, too. This would be good because as Jane points out over at Maili’s, it is hard to put down that kind of money for a book you really don’t know much about. And given that I am a (relatively) soon-to-be ebook author, I like the idea of conversations and sales.
All that said, I’m just thinking aloud. I have yet to know what it is like to be reviewed, and we’ll see how that experience changes me, or not. I am also new to ebook reading. I enjoy sitting in bed with my laptop reading, but I don’t like it during the rest of the day. I suppose I will, at some point, have to look into ebook readers.