Hope everyone had a wonderfully fantastic Labor Day weekend. 

mayhem-in-high-heelsFor those still looking for a little relaxation time, check out the Stress (Way) Less article at Shecky’s, which suggests pampering with  some luxe lotions and a copy of Gemma Halliday’s MAYHEM IN HIGH HEELS.  According to the popular fashion and beauty site, it’s “totally indulgent!” 

This week, MAYHEM is also the Romance selection at DearReader.com.  Sign up on their site to get a week’s worth of preview, and join the conversation on their forums.

Congratulations to Victoria Alexander, whose THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA is on this week’s New York Times mass-market bestseller list.

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where-the-wind-blowsAnd it’s been a busy week for Caroline Fyffe.  Her debut novel, WHERE THE WIND BLOWS, has recently been optioned for film, with production slated to start this fall.  The Lonesome Dove-meets-Little House on the Prairie story was also featured in this month’s Horse & Rider magazine.  Caroline will be signing books tomorrow at the Wal-Mart in Lodi, CA.

 

Even if you weren’t able to visit the Dorchester authors at DragonCon this weekend, you can still win a Kindle loaded with your choice of books.  The winner also gets a Kindle edition of the highly anticipated fantasy debut by L.J. McDonald, THE BATTLE SYLPH, which won’t be in stores until March.  Click here for details.

I was watching the most recent episode of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse on Fox, and had to rewind the DVR to make sure I heard right.  A video-game mogul was telling an FBI agent (far left) how times had changed and no one would would automatically take the agent’s word over the mogul’s.  He says something to the effect of: “You try to bring me in, and the judge will throw the Kindle at you.”  Yes, folks, the judge will throw the Kindle at you. 

On the subway on the way home from work Friday, a man sitting next to me was reading something in Korean on his Sony Reader.  The DH has recently discovered the joys of Kindle editions for his iPhone (though we were both surprised that the book he bought ended up costing $14.95; what happened to the highly touted $9.95 prices?).  B&N recently bought Fictionwise.  Sony is adding 500,000 public-domain titles that have already been digitized by Google to its library.  The digital initiative is only going to grow, and luckily for all of us, it seems to be getting easier and easier to try it out.

Yesterday’s big news was all about the reveal of Amazon’s new Kindle, which boasts a longer battery life, more user-friendly (user-friendlier?) design, bigger internal storage and the possibility of future compatibility with mobile devices such as the iPhone.  A lot of folks are psyched, and understandably so.  According to GalleyCat, Kindle editions represent about 10% of Amazon’s sales of books where both Kindle and print are available.  And I think that will keep growing.

However, I have to say I’m disappointed that Kindle 2.0 doesn’t have the capacity to read the epub format.  Publishers have been working really hard to standardize the ebook model–both to save money doing all the conversion and to simplify the process for readers hesitant to jump into e-reading until the format wars are solved.  But this new Kindle doesn’t promote any of that.

It’s frustrating to think about spending so much money for a device ($359 for the Kindle, $399 for the Sony 700) just knowing that in a year or two there will likely be an upgrade–a better, faster, stronger model that will render yours suddenly not as cool.  In some cases–because publishing still hasn’t broken one way or another about format–it could render the device useless.  I can certainly see why a lot of everyday readers are reluctant to jump into the market.

Sorry for the long time off.  I think I’ve been in a tryptophan haze since the day before Thanksgiving.  We’re still eating leftovers.  Though after finding a great, EASY recipe for turkey soup, at least we can finally dispense with the gravy.

Today is being called Black Wednesday by those in publishing because of all the layoffs/reorganization going on at houses such as Simon & Schuster, Random House, and Houton Mifflin Harcourt.  All the more reason to share some good news.

 

Agent Lori Perkins has partnered in a new venture called Ravenous Romance, which offers e-reads starting at 99 cents for short stories.  Ebooks are $4.99 and audio books are $12.99.  One of the authors helping to launch the project is our own horror author John Skipp, writing as Gina McQueen.  Currently the site features a new short story every day, and starting Dec. 14, they’ll be putting up a new ebook as well.

 

Get some satisfaction from those old rejection letters.  According to MediaBistro’s GalleyCat, author Bill Shapiro is collecting literary rejections for a new book to be published in 2010.

 

Wanna win a Kindle?  Check out the contest Angela James and authors from Samhain are running from Angela’s blog.  Not only do you get the thrill of a treasure hunt, but you can also get the scoop on some of the newest books.