UPDATE: The winner of KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK by Stephanie Rowe is Kirsten. Congrats! Please send your addy to Contests(AT)KnightAgency.net. 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...
REPORT FROM CYBERSPACE:
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!
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.
The 411 on KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK: 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!