I linked to this on Twitter but I think I neglected to link to it here: Mills & Boon is running a survey about cover art, asking folks to choose their favorites from four choices:
I believe the ones on the left are the current Riva covers, and I confess to really liking the split on the diagonal. But I dislike cartoon covers, especially the preternatual thinness of the women, like they can floss their teeth with their fingertips and use their legs to pick a lock. Which do you like? If you haven't taken the survey, it's still live.
If you entered the Sherry Thomas Beauty Bonanza giveaway, the entry is updated with the winners names!
I missed this update last November about the Scottish paper art phantom, leaving sculptures made of books in various libraries. The complete series of 10 is at This Is Central Station.
From Elizabeth S comes this link on the neurosience of reading fiction in the NY Times:
The brain, it seems, does not make much of a distinction between reading about an experience and encountering it in real life; in each case, the same neurological regions are stimulated. Keith Oatley, an emeritus professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto (and a published novelist), has proposed that reading produces a vivid simulation of reality, one that “runs on minds of readers just as computer simulations run on computers.” Fiction — with its redolent details, imaginative metaphors and attentive descriptions of people and their actions — offers an especially rich replica. Indeed, in one respect novels go beyond simulating reality to give readers an experience unavailable off the page: the opportunity to enter fully into other people’s thoughts and feelings.
On one hand: Cool! But on the other: I feel like I already knew that.
This article on Pinterest for writers got my attention, as I'd been thinking about how Pinterest has a craft and aspiration theme to it (things to cook someday, rooms to decorate and organize, hairstyles to try when you grow four more arms – wait, that's just me) but not that many mentions of books. To test that out, I started a Pinterest board of bedtime stories that I really love to read, and it seems to fit the community, so perhaps there is room for books as well.
Since today is the release of the Hunger Games movie, many other dystopian YA novels are being promoted alongside it. Amazon has a deal on five dystopian books for Kindle, today only, including
Maggie Stiefvater's The Scorpio Races ( A | BN | K | S ), which is $1.99 at Amazon and $2.99 elsewhere.
Am I alone in being a little relieved that the premiere is finally here? The media coverage and promotion was so pervasive, I felt like the movie was going to sneak into my home and steal my beer.
Finally, here are a few ebook deals, including two bundles of three or more novels, and some newly-digitized Rachel Gibson backlist:
- Simply Irresistible by Rachel Gibson * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
- It Must Be Love by Rachel Gibson * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
- See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
- The Trouble With Valentine's Day by Rachel Gibson * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Truly Madly Yours by Rachel Gibson * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Daisy's Back in Town by Rachel Gibson * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Gears in Wonderland by Jason G. Anderson * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Alice in Deadland by Mainak Dhar * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Green Heart by Alice Hoffman * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
- A Match Made in Hell by Terri Garey * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Footloose Bundle by Leanne Banks * $9.32 * A | BN | K | S
- The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams * $11.99 * A | BN | K | S