Ashley of CreativeWhim and NoseGraze has been developing a new book blogging directory Bookblogging.net and it has recently gone live. What makes this directory different? It is user-friendly, easily edited in real time and you can search for blogs via multiple tags. In the space of three days 279 blogs have been added which is phenomenal.
Category: Heads Up
HarperCollins is commissioning authors to do the seemingly impossible, re-write Jane Austen’s masterpieces. Alexander McCall Smith is the latest to be announced and he’s tackling Emma, Val McDermid is re-writing Northanger Abbey, Joanne Trollop’s is working on Sense & Sensibility and Curtis Sittenfield got the pick of the crop, Pride & Prejudice. On the one hand I’m excited and on the other all I can think is ‘please, please don’t stuff it up’.
Jeaniene Frost has announced the title of her first post-Night Huntress novel – The Beautiful Ashes. It’s the first in a new NA series tentatively called Realmwalker and it should be out September 2014. Goodreads blurb says it is about a young woman who discovers she’s the last member of an ancient line with an unwanted destiny; and that her only ally, a mysterious young man is destined to betray her… and doom the world. Sounds interesting. I’m really curious to see how much she tones down the romance given this is NA rather than adult.
Well, my quest to own a Kobo has hit a snag. None of the retailers that Kobo lists as selling the Kobo Aura in Australia are actually selling it yet. Kobo says that it is out but I need to contact stores individually. Angus & Robertson they said they were expecting stock mid-October. JB Hi Fi and Big W both say to watch the website for updates. Interestingly, you can’t order the Aura via Kobo’s website as of 21 Sept even though there aren’t problems with the other eReaders. When you try to order it, you get an ‘oops, this page […]
I’ve been keeping an eye on the reviews for the Sony PRS-T3 and the Kobo Aura (6″ not HD) as both are supposed to be released this week. I want an eReader where I can use epubs and am not locked into one company. The Sony was supposed to launch today in Australia but I can’t find anyone actually selling it yet. According to Kobo’s website, they are shipping the Aura from the 11th of Sept with it being on sale normally from the 16th. I found three reviews though that might interest people on YouTube:
The Brisbane Writers’ Festival will soon be upon us. It’s on from 4-8 September and is packed with all sorts of goodies. Nalini Singh will even be doing a few presentations. If you’re in Brisbane, it’s worth checking it out. There are quite a few free sessions which is great but you’ll probably need to book for the popular stuff.
According to The Digital Reader and other sites the Sony eReader PRS-T3 should ship 19 September which is good news for me as my PRS-T1 is pretty much on its last legs. I love the fact that Sony got their eReader store online for Australia and that I am not tied to any major company but the freezing in the last few weeks is killing reading for me. I guess I’ll limp along for another month and then re-evaluate my options once reviews come out.
Now I must be living in a bubble as I completely missed Jeaniene Frost’s big announcement on her website. She’s ending her Night Huntress series with Up From the Grave. I should be devastated that she’s calling it quits but I’m not because I think it is far better for her to go out with a bang rather than a whimper. Filler novels would turn off all but her most rabid of fans and sales would drop. The length of the series doesn’t matter but the quality does. This way people will remember the series fondly and most likely follow her when […]
Basically Read-a-Romance Month has signed up 93 romance authors to talk about romance and give away copies of their books throughout the month of August. The entries I read only had contests open to Americans but the authors’ mini essays are interesting.
Suzanne Johnson has a book trailer for her Sentinels of New Orleans series here. Very gritty and evocative of the opening sequence in True Blood.