Borders Online Bookstore Launches Today and More!

AUTHORS

C.E. Murphy gives us the low down on the ever mysterious formula for writer royalties at the Magical Words blog.

Miladyinsanity interviews Jes Battis. Here is a snippet:

Jes: Welcome to the studio. I’d like to introduce Tess Corday and Derrick Siegel, who both work for the Central Occult Regulation Enterprise, or CORE. Tess, can you describe your job for the readers?

Tess: I’m an Occult Special Investigator.

Derrick: Level One.

T: [glaring]. Yes. Level One. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

D: I can read minds. Some people might think that’s much cooler.

T: But I get better hours. And I have a gun.

D: So do I!

T: But you couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn with it–

BOOK REVIEWS

Virginia at Bitten By Books reviews Succubus on Top by Richelle Mead and Rachel reviews Happy Hour at Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta.

Xyeido reviews Tall, Dark and Dead by Tate Hallaway.

Dear Author reviews Night Child by Jes Battis.

PUBLISHING NEWS

Borders launches it’s online bookstore today.

From Smart Bitches: More on the disappearing BN.com reviews, now with more screen capture:

I’m sure some of you are going to roll your eyes and be like, “Dude, Bitch, take a Xanax and let it go already.” Me? Like a terrier! A terrier with screen caps!

Behold, the reviews that were taken down, should you be interested in reviews of Fearless Fourteen that did, but now don’t, appear on your local BN.com. While some of the reviews delve into an area that makes me feel squidgy in which the writer presumes Evanovich’s motivation in writing Fearless Fourteen, most of them make perfectly adequate points as to why the reader/reviewer didn’t like the book. There are thirteen reviews in all below the fold, all in pop-up images.

Jeri Smith-Ready’s WVMP Launches Today and More!

AUTHORS

Jeri Smith-Ready is interviewed by David Coe, is guest blogging at Southern Fried Chicas today (Thanks Amie!) and WVMP the radio station from Wicked Game launches today!

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette interviews Charlaine Harris. (Thanks to Marta Acosta over at the Vampire Wire for this!)

SciFiChick interviews Kat Richardson. Here is a snippet:

SciFiChick: Underground releases this August. Can you give us a brief synopsis?

Kat Richardson: Harper’s friend Quinton asks her to look into the mysterious deaths and disappearances of homeless people around Seattle’s Pioneer Square when he fears he may be implicated in some of the deaths. As Harper investigates, she discovers ghosts, zombies, and that the deaths are all connected to the underground city that lies beneath Pioneer Square–Seattle’s original downtown. The deaths are not just freak accidents, but may be the work of a monster of ancient legend. Harper and Quinton will have to delve deep into the city’s past and some of its current unpleasant reality to solve the crimes and prevent more deaths while Seattle suffers in the grip of its coldest winter on record.

Patricia Briggs now has Mercy’s Garage t-shirts available at the Hurog Store! (Thanks Rinda!)

BOOK REVIEWS

Fantasy Book Critic reviews The Host and Scooper reviews New Moon by Stephenie Meyer.

Rachael reviews Biting the Bullet by Jennifer Rardin.

SciFiChick reviews Touch of Twilight by Vicki Pettersson.

Amberkatze reviews Happy Hour at Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta.

Kmont reviews The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter and from Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris.

Angieville also reviews Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris.

Good News for Marta Acosta Readers

Good news, everyone! Marta Acosta has just announced that she’s sold two more books to Simon & Schuster. There’ll be an as-yet-untitled fourth book in the Casa Dracula series, following the publication of Happy Hour at Casa Dracula, Midnight Brunch at Casa Dracula and The Bride of Casa Dracula. And there’ll be a new book called Nancy’s Theory of Style, but I’m not sure if it’s paranormal. I don’t know what Nancy’s theory of style is, but I go along the lines of “try not to dress trashy, and try not to dress like a bogan” – which means I’ll have to change out of my tracky-dacks before I leave the house today.

Oh, and the lovely Ms Marta is giving away a new mass market edition of Happy Hour at Casa Dracula every day at Vampire Wire. If you don’t like free books, then you and I have nothing in common!

Oh, and re the photo of Manny with Midnight Brunch: he may have his back to the book, but that is in no way significant of his feelings toward it. Because if you look closely, he has a happy look on his face, and he can be downright miserable at times. (And if you had to live with me, you’d be downright miserable, too.) So his happiness is clearly a sign that he has no problem with Ms Marta. And word on the street is that there are Australians in Midnight Brunch – we’ll be the judge of how realistic they are ;-)

Don’t forget to read my interview with Ms Marta here.

Have a lovely day! :-)

Tez Miller

[INTERVIEW] Marta Acosta

Note from Tez: This interview was conducted a while ago. In the spirit of weekend reading, enjoy it now.

Meet Marta Acosta, author of the vampire comedy novels Happy Hour at Casa Dracula, Midnight Brunch and the upcoming The Bride of Casa Dracula (Simon & Schuster: July 4th 2006, April 4th 2007 and September 16th 2008 respectively). Let’s learn… Continue reading