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Boston Meetup

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RedHeadedGirl and Amanda are hosting a Boston Area meetup on Saturday, December 6th! We will be at the Bestseller’s Cafe in Historic Medford Square, 24 High Street, Medford, MA 02155, from 3-5pm, and we hope to see the New England contingent of the Bitchery there! If you don’t own a car, like many of us in the Boston metro area, the cafe is accessible by the 94, 95, 96, 101, and 134 bus lines. Bestseller’s…

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UPDATED: Ellora’s Cave Sues Dear Author: Hello Streisand Effect

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So yesterday was a quiet news day, huh? Earlier this month, Jane from Dear Author wrote an analysis of Ellora's Cave ongoing financial and public relations problems, highlighting the authors who have reported nonpayment, and the frustrations many have reported in dealing with EC in general. I read her article and thought, at the time and as usual, Jane is really skilled at placing a specific issue in a larger historical context. In this case,…

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Ad Availability for September

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Hey there! I have some advertisement availability for September 2014, and I wanted to try something different. Usually we book for calendar months, but for this space, I thought week increments might be appealing. So, experiment time!  The terms are as follows: The space in question is currently occupied by Jeaniene Frost's The Beautiful Ashes. I am booking this space in one week increments for September 2014. For the week you book, you will receive…

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Two Julie James Events with Jane Litte (and me)

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Two events I'd like you to know about this week!  First, if you're near Naperville, IL – and hold up a minute. Naperville, by virtue of being outside Chicago, is kind of near EVERYTHING. It's right in the middle of North America, almost sort of! Look:   See? Kinda near EVERYTHING. So if you're curious about Julie James' new book, Love Irresisitibly, then you'll be interested in the Jane-and Julie event, which is tonight!  Tuesday 2 April…

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Well, Holy Crapmonkeys: Amazon has Acquired GoodReads

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There has been a great disturbance in the force: Amazon has acquired GoodReads for an undisclosed amount, but one I presume contains a looooooot of zeros.  From Goodreads CEO Otis Chandler's blog post: Today I'm really happy to announce a new milestone for Goodreads: We are joining the Amazon family. We truly could not think of a more perfect partner for Goodreads as we both share a love of books and an appreciation for the authors…

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Women Rule Sci-Fi - Nebula Nominees Announced

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Who says science fiction and fantasy is for guys?  The 2012 Nebula Awards have been announced.  In the category of novels, there are six nominees, and four of them are women.  Yeah, we rock. Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW; Gollancz ’13) Ironskin, Tina Connolly (Tor) The Killing Moon, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK) The Drowning Girl, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Roc) Glamour in Glass, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor) 2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit…

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Links and a Tessa Dare Trilogy on Sale

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First, thank you to the many, many people who have shared the reaction video from Ron Charles of The Washington Post regarding EL James being named “Publishing Person of the Year” by PW. Link! Never have clingwrap and leggings looked so good. Well played, Mr. Charles, well played.    I'm over at Kirkus this week talking about Food in Romance and how characters feeding one another can have wonderful significance. (I was noshing on Thanksgiving leftovers, totally)….

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Harlequin and Cosmopolitan Announce Joint eBook Partnership

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Harlequin and Cosmopolitan magazine announced a joint ebook venture this morning called Red Hot Reads.  From the Red Hot Press Release:  Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin will present independent, adventurous women in contemporary settings and feature fast-paced plots, great dialogue and compelling romance. The shorter length of Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin titles (approximately 30,000 words per title) should appeal to readers on a variety of platforms, including mobile devices. Under the agreement, Harlequin,…

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Two Reminders and One New Thing

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I remind you of things! And have a new thing to tell you about! And that's my daily allotment of exclamation points. I used them up early, wow.  Reminder the first: last call to enter the Andrea Kane Digital Backlist giveway! Don't comment here- comment over there to enter to win 14 historical romances that sound like a heaping pile of fun. CROSS DRESSING. Oh, the weakness I have for ridiculous heroine cross dressing. The minute…

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Meet Intern Amanda!

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Every now and again, I'm lucky enough to have an intern who wants to learn about writing, editing, website administration, and the proper establishment of wtfery, mayhem and shenanigans. (Yes, I totally write that on evaluations).  Please meet Intern Amanda, whom you'll see here periodically. Here is her introduction:  … Helloooo, Bitchery! I'm Amanda and, for the next few months, I'll be lurking around as the new SB Intern! Exciting, right? To give everyone a…

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Kindle Paperwhite and Paperweights

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Amazon unveiled all the new toys today including the Kindle Paperwhite, available with WiFi only and with 3G access, and new Kindle Fire options with jaw-dropping cheap 4G dataplans.  The Kindle Paperwhites come in a 3G version ($179 with Special Offers and $199 Without) and a Wifi version ($119 with Special Offers and $129 Without).  There's been a good amount of chatter and coverage, and you can read a lot of the news articles about…

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Audible Launches ACX, Self Publishing for Audio Books

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Per Shelf Awareness today, Audible has launched ACX, which enables authors to create audiobooks of their work, either by narrating them or by hiring voice actors from the registered database of talent. Here, have a video about it, featuring two actors who really irritated me with their pseudo-bashful self-congratulatory demeanor: The upshot is that so many excellent books are not made into audio books, and with the increasing success of self-publishing ventures in digital and…

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Operation Auction

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Last week I learned that Fatin, better known as the tireless creator behind RR@H Novel Thoughts, lost her husband in a horrible shooting at his store. The romance community, because it is amazing, has responded by creating an auction to benefit Fatin and her children. You can learn more about what to donate at Jaci Burton’s site, get ideas from this hella list of ideas from Larissa Ione, and get contact information for donation at…

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Avon Launches Avon Impulse Digital-First Imprint

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Avon/HarperCollins announced today a digital first imprint, Avon Impulse, which will launch with a digital short from author . From the extremely brief ABC news article: Avon Books announced Monday that it has set up a digital romance imprint, Avon Impulse, where books by new and established authors will be released electronically, with paper editions available on demand. The imprint begins next week with an e-novella by Katherine Ashe, “A Lady’s Wish,” and “multiple titles”…

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Jennifer Rardin

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From Orbit Books comes the very sad news that author Jennifer Rardin passed away suddenly on Monday 20 September. I am so sorry to hear this news, and my condolences to her friends and family. Jennifer Rardin wrote one of the best kickass heroines I’ve read. Her Jaz Parks series had a way with building the tension and never allowing the heroine to become weak or scared or in need of constant rescue. Jennifer also…

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