Monday, October 01, 2007

An odd assortment of info...

News (some of it not so new) from around the web:

AAR is doing another Top 100 romances poll. I'm going to put my list together, but there's no way I'll be able to come up with 100. I'll shoot for 40. I'll post it here---anyone else who does one, please post it! I'm always interested to see people's favorites.

Loretta Chase wrote a little bit about her next book (Your Scandalous Ways--ooh!) on Word Wenches a couple weeks ago. It's set in Venice! Yippee. About a spy and a divorcee. :) Publication is scheduled for June '08.

The other day I got it into my head that I wanted to re-read "Beginnings," Kelley Armstrong's online short story where Elena and Clay meet, so I popped over to her website. Only to find that the story's been taken down because Armstrong has decided to publish the story (along with several others) in book format! The title will be Men of the Otherworld. I will buy.

You can read her explanation here. Basically, she feels bad about pulling content previously available for free online and selling it in a book, but she's giving all her profits from the book to a charity. So that's okay.

Also noticed on Amazon that the cover is up for her next Otherworld book, Personal Demon. Meh. It matches the others, but I'm not a fan. But I can't wait to read it. Out on March 25 (again in hardcover--I guess the switch from mmpb didn't hurt sales too much).

There's a book trailer for Nora Roberts's new trilogy, Sign of Seven here. The first book (Blood Brothers) is out 11/27 (yippee!). But I was disappointed to find that the other two aren't being published a month afterward, like they sometimes do. :(
The Hollow is out in May '08, The Pagan Stone in December '08. C'mon, Nora, you can't write 6 books in one year?! Sheesh. ;)


Marg said...

I knew I should have read those Kelley Armstrong online stories earlier!

Oh well...I'll look forward to the book instead!

nath said...

hey Jennie :D

I know you're going to buy the published version of the short stories/novellas for sure (me too!), but in the meantime, if you want them, I can send them to you... I saved a couple which include the Beginnings, Savage and etc.

I don't like the cover for Personal Demon either... I hope it changes in the meantime. It's going to be an interesting year for Kelley Armstrong as she has 3 books released. by the way, did you read Exit Strategy?

I know, I was disappointed too that Nora Roberts' trilogy doesn't come out in successive month. you know, it depends on the year... One year, the trilogy is released with one month interval, the other year, with 6 months interval. No fair, seriously.

Li said...

I think the Kelley Armstrong cover looks a bit cluttered - there's too much happening. Though it's obviously not going to stop me buying it! Is this the first time they've shown an actual cover model's face?

Hmm... I've just checked, and there's a UK version, so I bet we get a different cover :-) Probably a more abstract one, based on previous cover designs.

The Nora Roberts - I'm hoping it's not overtly paranormal/magic stuff, I prefer her straight contemps. But it looks like a "guy" story, which I like - her Chesapeake Bay novels are among my faves.

Jennie said...

Marg--I've only read a couple of them, but to be honest, I'd rather read them in a book anyway. I don't really like reading on screen. But she does still have other short stories online for free.

Nath--Ooh, I would like to read Beginnings. I'll email you. Thanks!
I bought Exit Strategy but haven't gotten around to reading it. I'm a little afraid of the violence.

Li--I think it is the first time they've used a face on an Otherworld book. I don't like that the girl looks like a video game character. But I guess that style is popular now (I just saw a preview for that Beowulf movie the other day--looks very odd).

The NR trilogy looks like the Chesapeake Bay trilogy crossed with the Key trilogy. I like her straight contemps better too.

nath said...

no problem Jennie :D just email me and I'll send them to you :D

CindyS said...

The last time I cast a ballot for the top 100 I only got to 34 titles. I kept that ballot for the longest time but then we got a new computer and now I can't find it! It would be nice to have a jump off point and say 'ohhh, yeah, I loved that book! What!! That book shouldn't be here!' So I think I'm starting from scratch. Ugh.


Devon said...

I'm not a fan of the new KA cover. Kinda cheesy. But I'm sooooo excited for it. It's Hope (and Karl), no?

Jennie said...

Cindy--It is really hard to come up with titles off the top of your head. I always stare at my bookshelves to remind myself. :)

Devon--Yep, Hope and Karl. Yay!