Friday, January 14, 2011

Happy Freebie Friday!

UPDATE: The winner of KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK by Stephanie Rowe is Kirsten. Congrats! Please send your addy to Contests(AT) For everyone else (and Kirsten too), you'll definitely want to check out Stephanie's KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK in the blog post above.

It's the best day of the week! Well, except for the fact that the weekend's been stuck on repeat for the past five days around here. Who knew you could have too much of a good thing!?

In the Atlanta-area, the Snowpocalypse shut everything down. The local Starbucks was running dangerously low on coffee, the 24-hour Walmart was open for less than 10 hours a day, and driving became hazardous to your health. All the while, Northerners rolled their eyes as we boo-hooed over a few inches of snow. To be fair, if you don't have the equipment beautiful white fluffy flakes become dangerous ice patches. Just ask one of my BFFs who is now sporting crutches. Ah well. The sun is shining, and the temp is rising. So, enough snow already!

We have lots of great news to catch up on, including two New York Times bestseller hits this week for Gena Showalter and Faith Hunter. We also have a giveaway from Stephanie Rowe who will be kicking off an awesome contest in our newsletter next week, as well as chatting with us on Thursday, January 20th @ 9pm ET. Without further ado...


CLIENT NEWS: Faith Hunter's urban fantasy, MERCY BLADE, appeared on the extended New York Times list at #24. Also, the mass market reprint of Gena Showalter's DEEP KISS OF WINTER anthology, co-authored by Kresley Cole, hit the #35 spot on the list. WTG ladies!

CLIENT NEWS: Linda Gerber's DEATH BY BIKINI was named an ALA 2011 Popular Paperback in the Thrillers & Chillers category.

Does Digital Rights Management (DRM) really protect against savvy book pirates, or is it just a way to keep you from sharing your favorite new release with your Aunt Matilda? Shatzkin investigates DRM's effectiveness and its impact on sales  - The Shatzkin Files

Authors Cindy Pon and Malinda Lo launched a new YA site celebrating diversity in young adult fiction - Diversity in YA

Eric at Pimp My Novel tells publishers to get hip to the game of managing their own brands before they get lost in the shuffle.  - Pimp My Novel

In heartwarming news, a recently release report shows ebook sales rose 130% in November - eBooknewser

But then there's layoff news from Borders... Hey, at least I softened the blow with some good news first, right? - Publishers Weekly

I can't go anywhere online without seeing Amy Chua defending her book, THE BATTLE HYMN OF THE TIGER MOTHER. Though I personally think denying your child bathroom breaks until they get a piano piece correct is erring on the side of crazy (not to mention messy), you can't deny there's something to be said for demanding excellence from your kids. But as a single, kid-less woman I'm on the outside looking in. Happily. What do you think? - Washington Post

This month, Stephanie Rowe released the first book in her Soulfire series, KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK. To celebrate, we're planning a major book party blowout in the chat room with the author on Thursday, January 20th @ 9pm ET. We're also hosting an fab contest for her next week, starting on Monday. The grand prize is a $100.00 Amazon gift card, so you'll definitely want to check back with us to get the details. As a pre-game warm-up, we're giving away one copy of KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK. Leave a comment to enter. The winner will be randomly drawn and announced on Monday morning.

He needed a killer woman...

Blaine Underhill is one lucky man after having recently escaped a century and a half of imprisonment at the hands of an evil witch. Now he's determined to save his still-enslaved friend, but in order to do so, he'll need the help of one of the world's most lethal women.

She was drop dead gorgeous, literally...

Trinity Harpswell is sick and tired of being a Black Widow. Having managed to go three years without accidentally killing anyone she loves, she's one short week away from freeing herself from this killer curse forever.

When Blaine tracks her down and convinces her to help him, little does Trinity know that the next seven days are going to be murder!



Blogger Linda Henderson said...

This book sounds fabulous, I can't wait to read it. I'm glad to hear it's a series.

Friday, January 14, 2011 at 6:13:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Chelsea B. said...

Ahh I've been looking forward to reading this one!

Friday, January 14, 2011 at 6:51:00 PM EST  
Blogger Teril said...

Oh that was a great snippet! I cannot wait. Those updates on the books make me hungry for new reads ;)

Friday, January 14, 2011 at 7:35:00 PM EST  
Blogger TheChosenDarkness said...

Oh my, that book sounds amazing! Definitely something that is going on my shelf!
As far as the snow... I know what you mean! Here in Alabama (my part) we practically got 3 inches of snow and inch of ice. Made the roads hazardous for many days to come. I am also glad things are finally thawing around here! I love snow, but not this much.

Friday, January 14, 2011 at 7:37:00 PM EST  
Blogger elaing8 said...

I've read some good reviews for this book.It sounds good.

Friday, January 14, 2011 at 9:24:00 PM EST  
Blogger donnas said...

Really looking forward to this one. Thanks for the chance!

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Friday, January 14, 2011 at 11:34:00 PM EST  
Blogger Cybercliper said...

I've so been looking forward to this one - love tortured heroes!

No snow here in S. TX but it's cold enough to keep you inside. I really didn't know the days could get and stay this gray. If I don't see the Sun soon I'm going to go nuts. annhonATaolDOTcom

Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 12:56:00 PM EST  
Blogger LSUReader said...

Count me in, please. Thanks so much.

Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 2:24:00 PM EST  
Blogger brendajean said...

Who wouldn't want to read a book with that fantastic title?!?!?!
Thanks for the chance to win:)

bchild5 at aol dot com

Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 2:50:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post!!!

Love the look of this book...must add it to my wishlist!!!

in Germany

Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 3:56:00 AM EST  
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Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 11:34:00 AM EST  
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Blogger CrystalGB said...

Sounds great. I love the cover.

Monday, January 17, 2011 at 11:58:00 AM EST  
Blogger petite said...

What a great book which is captivating.

Monday, January 17, 2011 at 2:52:00 PM EST  

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