Happy Labour Day! What’s in your backpack?

It’s Labour Day and here in most of Canada that means all the kids go back to school tomorrow. (Kicking and screaming optional.)

If I was going back to school, here’s what I might be sneaking into my backpack alongside those brand-new notebooks and shiny new pens.

Books from my To Be Read pile:

anthology – Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy
Kelley Armstrong – The Calling
Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones; City of Ashes; City of Glass
John Green – The Fault in Our Stars
Kim Harrison – The Hollows Insider: New fiction, facts, maps, murders, and more in the world of Rachel Morgan
Suzanne McLeod – The Sweet Scent of Blood
Jeanne C. Stein – The Watcher
Amanda Stevens – The Prophet

What’s on the Kobo?

J.C. Daniels – Blade Song (Colbana Files)
Sable Grace – Ascension: A Dark Breed Novel
Suzanne McLeod – The Shifting Price of Prey
Alexandra Sokoloff – Huntress Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers)
Michael P. Spradlin – Blood Riders

By the way, you can get your own Yoda backpack at Think Geek:

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Holiday Gifts for the UF fan

There’s always the books, movies, or TV shows on DVD, but if you’re looking for a last-minute, something-special stocking stuffer, then have a look at these ideas:

From Kim Harrison: t-shirts, Burning Bunny pin, charms for a charm bracelet, seed packets.

For the Melissa Marr fan: t-shirts, buttons, and lots more.

For the Charlaine Harris or True Blood fan: t-shirts, beer glass and more.

For the Kelley Armstrong fan: t-shirts, mugs, pillows and more.

For Stephenie Meyer fans: t-shirts, jewelry, and more.

For the Jim Butcher fan: charm bracelet, Bob the skull, and moret-shirts & more.

For Jeaniene Frost fans: t-shirts and more.

For the Lori Devoti fan: t-shirts, dog shirts and more.

Art by author Maggie Steifvater: paintings and t-shirts and more.

If you’re lucky enough to be in the Kamloops, B.C. area, get some jewelry by author Chandra Rooney: bracelets.

Melissa Marr Wins a RITA!

This weekend at the RWA Conference in San Francisco, Melissa Marr took home the RITA Award in the YA Category for her novel, Wicked Lovely.

Romance Writers of America proudly sponsors the romance-publishing industry’s highest award of distinction — the RITA Award. RITA awards are presented annually to the best published romance novels of the year. The award itself is a golden statuette named after RWA’s first president, Rita Clay Estrada, and has become the symbol for the best in published romance fiction.

BookLocker Sues Amazon, Free Book Friday and More!

AUTHORS

Eos has a sneak peek at Touch of Twilight by Vicki Pettersson.

BOOK REVIEWS

Jes Battis reviews Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr.

Angieville reviews Heat Stroke by Rachel Caine.

CONTESTS/GIVEAWAYS

SciFiChick is giving away a copy of Night Child by Jes Battis. Go to her blog and fill out an entry. Contest ends June 13.

IBookDB is giving away a signed copy of Jeaniene Frost’s One Foot in the Grave.

Fantasy Book Critic is giving away three sets, you read that right SETS, of Sergei Lukyanenko’s The Night Watch series: The Night Watch, The Day Watch and The Twilight Watch. European residents only. Contest ends June 19.

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One Foot in the Grave on Bestseller Lists for Third Week in a Row

AUTHORS

From Jeaniene Frost’s journal:

ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE is on the USA Today, the New York Times, and the Borders Romance bestseller lists for its third week in a row.

Robbie interviews Melissa Marr.

BOOK REVIEWS

Angieville reviews Ill Wind by Rachel Caine.

Ciaralira reviews Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs.

CONTESTS

MediaBlvd is giving away three signed copies of Jennifer Rardin’s Jaz Park’s series (Once Bitten, Twice Shy; Another One Bites the Dust and Biting the Bullet) please send an email with your name and mailing address to contest@mediablvd.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it with JAZ PARKS in the subject. The contest ends on May 30, 2008, after which the winner will be chosen randomly and notified via email. Only one entry per mailing address.

A Host Book Giveaway, Chat, Reviews and More!

WordPress is not cooperating and won’t allow me to upload any graphics, so today’s news is nekkid.  I’m thrilled with the response to the current poll, so keep voting!  When I have the results, I will start a second thread on “why” folks feel the way they do about the UF Elements they chose.  Enjoy!

AUTHORS

Evil Editor will be hosting a Book Chat for Stephenie Meyer’s The Host on Thursday May 29 at 6:00 p.m. EDT.

REVIEWS

Kimberly at Darque Reviews reviews Blood Noir by Laurell K. Hamilton.

Booksmugglers reviews The Host by Stephenie Meyer.

Avidbookreader reviews Club Dead by Charlaine Harris.

Michelle Lee reviews Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews.

Transitional Man over at Everything2 gives an in depth review of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files Universe.

Flames reviews Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine.

Books4Ever reviews Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr.

CONTESTS/GIVEAWAYS

Avidbookreader is giving away three copies of Stephenie Meyer’s The Host.

Stephenie Meyer #1 on the NY Times Bestseller List & More!

I’m playing a little catch up from the weekend and yesterday so this posting includes a recap from the past few days. Enjoy!

AUTHORS

From Stephenie Meyer’s website:

I want to congratulate Stephenie on her fourth (out of four) New York Times Best Seller! The Host is the #1 best-selling fiction book for the week of May 18, 2008. While this is not her first time in the #1 spot, The Host is included in the adult (as opposed to YA) hardcover fiction group, which represents the highest level of competition. The Host also ranked #1 on the Publishers Weekly Best-Seller List and on the Wall Street Journal Best-Seller List. Congratulations, Steph!

Melissa Marr was a guest blogger on Witchy Chicks where she talked about her writing process.

Chat with Gena Showalter tonight at 8:00 p.m. EDT by going to the Knight Agency website and click on the TKA CHATROOM link. Enter a screen name and simply select “login.”

BOOK REVIEWS

Gladiolii reviews Frostbite by Richelle Mead.

Ciaralira reviews Blood Bound and Graeme reviews Moon Called by Patricia Briggs.

Sidhevicious reviews The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter.

TV NEWS

Joss Whedon is interviewed by NY Entertainment Magazine:

If you’re a (talented, cute, snarky) actor in search of a tough-love mentor, you could do worse than Joss Whedon. The creator of Buffy, Angel, and Firefly admits he was cajoled to finally return to television, and delay a film project or two, by protégé–Buffy nemesis Eliza Dushku. A marathon lunch at the Ivy last year yielded the idea for Dollhouse, the memory-swiped-operative-chicks show that premieres on Fox in January. “I was mentioning writers, but Eliza kept saying ‘Don’t you want to do it? Don’t you want to do it? Look how cute I am!’ And she’s really cute,” allowed the strawberry-blond auteur at last night’s after-party for the Fox upfronts at Wollman Rink.

PUBLISHING NEWS

Agent Savant has some interesting data and information on romance publishing posted from a recent speech given at a RWA Conference in San Diego. The article addresses trends, opinions and statistics. Definitely an interesting read.

COVER ART

Here is the cover for Cheyenne McCray’s Dark Magic, the fifth book in the Magic series.