Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Many books to buy in 2008.

I've been fixing up my bookmarks on my new computer, so I'm more up-to-date on my favorite authors' publishing schedules than I usually am. ;) Here's what was news to me:

Kelley Armstrong is having a prolific year: I'm excited about the two Otherworld books being released in 2008: Personal Demon (due in April, narrated by Hope) and Living with the Dead (scheduled for December--anyone know who the narrator is on this one? I'm afraid it's going to be Cass). In August we'll get The Summoning, first in a YA trilogy set in the Otherworld universe but with different characters.

Jennifer Crusie's WIP page lists a solo Crusie book due sometime in 2009 titled Always Kiss Me Goodnight. Woohooo! I can't believe it! Sadly, no blurb or any information beyond the title. Another Crusie/Mayer also due in 2009. In 2008, her collaboration (titled Dogs and Goddesses) with Anne Stuart and Lani Diane Rich will be released. They have a blog about the book here. Apparently they've finished a first draft. I wasn't crazy about her last three-person collaboration (Unfortunate Miss Fortunes) but I'll take what I can get.

Very sad news from Jasper Fforde: he won't have a book out in 2008. Shades of Grey is the first book in a new series (not Thursday Next or Nursery Crime) and will be out summer 2009. Don't know what it's about but this is hilarious: "Fforde has bravely branched out into new territory: Books that are not metafiction. In a shocking statement to the world's media, British author and former teenager Jasper Fforde announced that he would be 'making up all his own characters' for a three-part saga..." He is contracted for another Thursday Next. Thank goodness, though it looks like it won't be out until 2010. (Can that be right? That date looks like something out of SciFi.)

Eloisa James: Duchess by Night due in July (third in Duchess series)

Susanna Kearsley's The Winter Sea (due out March 24 in the UK and Canada) has a cover. Very pretty!
SEP says she's working on a new book (not in the Stars series), but no other info. I have to say that the covers of her new mmpb reissues are awful. Especially It Had to Be You. I was going to post it here, but I just can't let it defile my blog. If you haven't seen it and don't know what I'm talking about, click here. What woman would want to carry that around??

Nora Roberts's summer hardcover release is titled Tribute. Anyone know anything about it? Books 2 and 3 of her Sign of the Seven trilogy are due in May and December. I have the first one, but I can't decide if I should read it now or wait until all three are out.


jmc said...

I'm thrilled about the Armstrong releases, although I wish the Men of the Otherworld anthology would be released before Living With the Dead. I'm anxious to reread them and don't want to wait until *next* February.

Mollie said...

On SEP's reissues. I actually like those covers WAY more than the one's now. The cleavage is def not my favorite but as far as the rest go I like the 100% more than what they were. Yuck I HATE covers with scenery and the kind of watercolor painting look. Gag me. LOL. Guess it's all a matter of taste!

Jennie said...

jmc--I didn't ever get to read all the short stories online (due to my hatred of reading anything long on the computer), so I'm sad too. I did read Beginnings and loved that one, so I'll be very glad to have it in print.

Mollie--I'm not a huge fan of the watercolor look either, but at least they're kind of innocuous. I think what bothers me about the new SEP covers (besides the cleavage one, which is just horrible in every way) is that they look so young. The cover models all look about 18, and I've always thought her books are very much for mature women. :shrug:

Samantha said...

I agree the cleavege cover is horrendous. I don't know what they were thinking with that one. "Hey you know what sells? Boobs. Boobs sell everything beer, alchol, cigs, bras... so lets start putting them on the cover of romance novels! Sales will go through the roof!" :P

I'm seriously excited to hear that SEP is going to be releasing a stand alone novel. I love her stand alones, but not that big a fan of her star series so far. Didn't like "It Had to Be You" at all.

I'm seriously excited for Armstrongs upcoming releases! And yay for Kearsley coming out with a new book. Too bad its only being released in the UK and Canada. Where's the love for her american fans? :P

Rosario said...

Heh, I'm planning to get every single one of the books mentioned here!

Re: Tribute, this is all I've got (from the msg. board at NR's website, IIRC. I didn't write down where I got it):

"Next summer's hc deals with a woman--former child star, granddaughter of a Hollywood icon (think Judy Garland meets Marilyn Monroe) who died tragically before she was born. And her journey in rehabbing an old farm house in VA as tribute to her grandmother, and digging her own roots."

CindyS said...

Are Armstrong's books any more romantic now or are they still more in the fantasy realm? Although I enjoyed the first book by her (the heroine was a wolf and her hero was maybe Colin?) I wasn't really thrilled with the romance element. I don't mind reading books that are outside of romance but if I can read a shapeshifter book where there is a romance then I don't really need to read one where the romance is negligible.

I know. I'm hardcore romance.


nath said...

It's definitively very cool that Armstrong has sooo many books coming out this year. I'm no sure though that Cassandra and Savannah are going to get their book soon though. If I'm not wrong, the next person to get her book after Hope's book is a character introduced in Hope's book. but don't quote me on that.

I'm not too happy with Crusie's collaboration, I hope it'll be better than the last one. but at least, she has a solo book coming out!! Just wished it'd be this year instead of the next one!

for NR, i think you should wait for the 3 books... if you're able to. So far, I found the first one a bit below expectations... so I'm hoping that having the three books will be better. No idea what Tribute is going to be about :P

oh and last thing about manga... when you go to, choose "shoujo" as your genre.

by the way,did I ever send you the novellas for Kelley Armstrong? i still have them if you want them :P

Jennie said...

Samantha--Lol, boobs sell. Maybe all the women in the art department were out sick the day they decided on that cover. ;) Or maybe they thought, "naked man's chest; naked woman's chest--same diff."
I didn't really like It Had to Be You all that much either! I can't remember their names now, but I liked the ones about the children's book illustrator and the physicist who wanted a baby a million times better. And of course, Match Me If You Can--loved that one.

Rosario--Thanks! The ex-child star bit scares me a bit (Hollywood just does not interest me all that much), but I like the idea of "rehabbing an old farmhouse in VA". I'm sure it'll be good.

Cindy--Hmm. The romance is definitely not the center of Armstrong's books. Though some have more than others--you might like her last one, No Humans Involved, it had a nice little romance in it. It's coming out in paperback in March, I think. I loved it.

Nath--Now that you mention that about Armstrong's next book, I think you're right. I remember reading that somewhere. Hope and Cass will be co-narrators, but not till book 11? Or something.

I started reading the Cantabile manga online yesterday--I like it! I'm going to have to control myself at work so I don't spend the day reading manga. ;)

And I completely forgot about getting the Armstrong novellas from you! I'll email you. For real this time. :)

nath said...

Do you know if Armstrong extended her contract? I thought she was contracted for 10 books... hopefully, it will be extended :P

for the novellas, just email me and I'll send it to you :P

I'm glad you're enjoying Nodame Cantabile. That girl is just sooo weird and funny :P They've even made it live action, i.e. turned it into a tv series with real people :P anyway, try the others too, you'll see different styles :P

Marg said...

I am a little upset that there is no Fforde book this year. I had it in my mind that the next Nursery Crimes book was due out this year. That must have changed!

I have that SEP cover for It Had to be You but havent read it yet. Definitely not taking it on the train!

Never read Kearsley and still haven't read the first book in the Duchess series.

And a solo Crusie book....WOOT!

Li said...

Hope narrates book 9 as well - there was a post on Kelley Armstrong's message board. I'm super-excited by the number of books she has coming out this year.

I'm wondering if Eloisa James will release another Duchesses book this year too - there were two in 2007. Fingers crossed :)

Jennie said...

Nath--I'm not sure about Armstrong--but if you follow the link that Li put in her comment, she says that she feels like the series could definitely go beyond 10, so that's good.

And I'm sure there's a ton to manga that I have yet to discover. :)

Marg--Jasper said on his website that the delay is due in part to his having a baby, so I guess we can't be too mad at him.
And woot is right on the solo Crusie. She must be a total perfectionist to write so slowly--but then maybe that's why all her books are so good. :)

Li--Ahhh. Excellent. Hope and a necromancer detective we haven't met yet. I'm glad she shakes it up and does different things--keeps the series from becoming stale.

rachel said...

You are so right about the SEP cover--I think I'd have to use a cover to read it.

I'm glad Susanna Kearsley has another book coming out...but it's only in the UK? Do you know when it'll hit the U.S.?

Walking Satellite said...

Another good author to add to the list: Deanna Raybourn. She wrote Silent in the Grave and Silent in the Sanctuary. She got me from the first sentence: "To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband's dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching on the floor. Set in the 1800s in England with Lady Julia Grey. I got to your blog through a Mary Stewart trail. I love all her books too.

Jennie said...

Rachel--Yeah, as far as I know the Kearsley isn't being pub'd here. I had to order it from It's possible that an American publisher will pick it up later, I guess. Maybe it depends on how it sells in Canada? I will definitely blog about it as soon as I read it. :)

Walking Satellite--Welcome! I just read Silent in the Grave actually. I liked it a lot, and I bought Silent in the Sanctuary, so I'll (hopefully) be reading it soon.

Another Mary Stewart fan!! YAY! She is my absolute favorite author. I adore all her romantic suspense books. :)