4 New Covers (Cross, Panitch, Rose, Vega)

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Kelley Armstrong: FORSAKEN: 31st January 2015: Buy (US)
Kelley Armstrong: DECEPTIONS: 18th August 2015: Buy (US)
Jessica Brody: UNLEASHED: 13th January 2015: Buy (US)
Sharon Cameron: ROOK (hardcover): 28th April 2015: Buy (US)
Margaret Fortune: NOVA: 2nd June 2015: Buy (US)
Mira Grant: ROLLING IN THE DEEP: 31st March 2015: Buy (US)
Nancy Holzner: FIRESTORM: 31st March 2015: Buy (US)
Caitlin Kittredge: GRIM TIDINGS: 25th August 2015: Buy (US)
Katie McGarry: NOWHERE BUT HERE: 26th May 2015: Buy (US)
Richelle Mead: THE IMMORTAL CROWN (paperback): 2nd June 2015: Buy (US)
Phoebe North: STARBREAK (paperback): 18th August 2015: Buy (US)
Amanda Panitch: DAMAGE DONE: 21st July 2015: Buy (US)
Cherie Priest: I AM PRINCESS X: 26th May 2015: Buy (US)
Alexandra Sirowy: THE CREEPING (hardcover): 18th August 2015: Buy (US)
J. A. Souders: RISE: 26th October 2014: Buy (US)

November 2014 Releases

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Done with October 2014 Releases? Here are November 2014 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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“The League of Evil Book Bloggers”

(The League of Robots’ slogan is, “Kill all humans.” As far as I know, there is no League of Evil Book Bloggers, and thus no slogan of, “Destroy all authors’ careers.” Image via The Infosphere.)

Some people’s comments have made me realise how little knowledge non-book-bloggers have regarding book bloggers. There’ve been claims of “group-think” or “hive-mind”, as if book bloggers (or at least the ones participating in or supporting the Blogger Blackout) have regular meetings to decide, “Which author’s career shall we destroy next, and how shall we do it?”

I can only speak of my personal experience, so that of other book bloggers may vary:

WHY & HOW I BLOG

I have thoughts/opinions/information regarding specific books, and books in general. Writing things helps me remember them, so basically blogging is a way of archiving my thoughts before I can forget them. If my posts benefit someone else, that is simply a bonus.

I began reviewing, but as my reading and reviewing slowed I still wanted to do my bit to promote books. So I started monthly release compilations, sharing information (author, title, series, publisher, purchase links, cover, and summary) for books released in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Australia. In more recent years, I’ve added daily release compilations – but they’re usually only once a week, generally on a Tuesday (that’s when books in the USA tend to be published).

Also, I do cover art posts. I used to be really quick in my former years, but now I generally wait until I have about four covers to post, and I share them in batches. Along with the covers, I include the authors’ website links, the sources for where I found each cover, and pre-order links if available.

So nowadays my posts are mainly promotional, with the occasional opinion piece.

But as always, when I finish reading a book I give it a star-rating on Goodreads. Many of the books I’ve listed there as read and rated are without reviews, because I just don’t review everything I read. So if you see a rating with no accompanying review, this is why. And these review-free books have various star ratings (from two up to five – I don’t think I’ve ever rated a book one star), so it’s not just the lower-rated tomes.

THE SWAG (or lack thereof)

If book bloggers take a temporary break from reviewing or promoting, we’re supposedly taking advantage of the industry’s “goodwill” towards us. Does that mean we’re just taking swag and giving nothing in return? I addressed this on Twitter today, so the rest of this blog post may seem familiar to my Followers. Here are the things that book bloggers supposedly receive:

-Interviews: I stopped doing them years ago. (It’s hard to come up with questions that you haven’t already seen the particular author answer.)

-Giveaways: I don’t want to pay postage, so I only rarely host giveaways. (And in that case, I pass the contact information onto the company involved, and they ship out the prizes.)

-Invitations: I’ve only been invited to the same stuff that other members of the public were invited to, such as Penguin Teen Australia’s live events. And those were less like invitations and more like “we’re hosting this thing – RSVP if you want to attend”. I was invited to a Harlequin summit, but that was interstate so I couldn’t attend.

-Competitions: If there are competitions that only book bloggers can enter, I haven’t been invited to partake. Also, a lot of contests are geo-restricted, so I probably couldn’t enter, anyway.

-“Free passes to festivals”: Dude, I wish. Melbourne Writers’ Festival does a handful of free sessions for the public (I attended one featuring Alissa Nutting and Jessie Cole this year), but otherwise I pay for sessions just like everyone else.

-ARCs: I’m a member of NetGalley and Edelweiss, so when publishers put up their catalogues, I can request to download review copies. But this does not guarantee access, and I’m often rejected (which could be due to my location, or because I’m not a librarian, etc). Sometimes publishers email me their lists, but I don’t request unless a book already on my wishlist is on their offering list. And sometimes Australian publishers post me books that I don’t ask for and don’t plan to read. (Publishers, please don’t do that – always ask to see if I’m interested first, otherwise you’re just wasting a review copy on someone who’s not going to read it.)

But really the main perk of book blogging is making friends along the way. And no, not necessarily those in the industry – for the most part just fellow readers, though some are also bloggers. And some don’t have a blog as such, but keep Goodreads and Booklikes updated. So it’s not like I’m BFFs with authors and publishers, though we are acquaintances and Facebook Friends.

Also, I make no money from blogging. Some bloggers sell ad space to pay for web hosting, et al. And any credit acquired via affiliate links goes directly to buying more books (but mostly towards international postage for those books).

So no world domination, no career destroying, and no monetary gain. This is the book blogger life.

CONCLUSION

So if there is a League of Evil Book Bloggers, I don’t know about it. Possibly because I’m not evil enough to warrant an invite. I’ve never set out to harm anyone’s career, and I don’t have the power or influence to make a difference, anyway.

And yet those participating in or supporting the Blogger Blackout have been labelled “cyberbullies”, “terrorists”, and “book reviewer Taliban” (all by the same person, of course). No, I can’t figure out why, either. We’re a peaceful bunch, and nowhere near as evil as some claim.

28th October 2014 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

V. C. Andrews [also published as Virginia Andrews]
Secrets of Foxworth (Diaries, Book 1)
Simon & Schuster (US, UK, & CA: 28th October 2014)
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The horrors have become the stuff of local legend in Charlottesville, VA. Many are the tales told of Foxworth Hall, which has lain dormant for years, ever since it burned to the ground supposedly at the hands of Corrine, the high-strung mother of four children who were said to have been incarcerated in the attic of the mansion, the youngest boy deliberately poisoned with arsenic. Who killed him and where his body was buried remains a mystery. Kristin Masterwood is the sixteen-year-old daughter of a local construction magnate who is evaluating Foxworth for a potential buyer. On their visit to the estate, she finds a very peculiar diary, one belonging to the oldest boy trapped in the Foxworth attic: Christopher. Michael Masterwood is anxious about the effect the young man’s diary will have on his daughter, though he equally does not want to make it more compelling to her by forbidding it altogether. Not that it matters anyway. From the moment she starts reading about the events through Christopher’s eyes, she is hooked…

Kelley Armstrong
Otherworld Nights (Otherworld, Anthology)
Penguin Plume (US: 28th October 2014)
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Rare and never-before published short stories. It’s been more than ten years since Kelley Armstrong began the Otherworld series, a realm roamed by witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, and half-demons. But not all of the Otherworld adventures have been easy to find. At last, Otherworld Nights shares short stories that have previously been available only online or in obscure collections. Concludes with a brand-new novella, “Vanishing Act.” This longer story is set after series finale 13, and features Savannah and Adam as they begin a new life – and a mysterious new case – together.

Ally Condie
Atlantia
Penguin Dutton (US: 28th October 2014)
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For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamed of the sand and sky Above – of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all Rio’s hopes for the future are shattered when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected choice, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self – and the powerful siren voice she has long silenced – she has nothing left to lose. Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the corrupted system constructed to govern the Divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

Megan Crewe
Earth & Sky (Sky, Book 1)
Amazon Skyscape (US: 28th October 2014); Penguin Razorbill (CA: 28th October 2014)
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Seventeen-year-old Skylar has been haunted for as long as she can remember by fleeting yet powerful sensations that something is horribly wrong. But despite the visions of disaster that torment her, nothing ever happens, and Sky’s beginning to think she’s crazy. Then she meets a mysterious, otherworldly boy named Win and discovers the shocking truth her premonitions have tapped into: that our world no longer belongs to us. For thousands of years, life on Earth has been at the mercy of alien scientists who care nothing for humans and are using us as the unwitting subjects of their time-manipulating experiments. Win belongs to a rebel faction seeking to put a stop to it, and he needs Skylar’s help to save the world and keep the very fabric of reality together.

Tracey Garvis Graves
Cherish (Covet, Novella)
Tracey Garvis Graves (US: 28th October 2014)
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When Daniel Rush wakes up in the hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to the head, the last person he expects to see at his bedside is his ex-wife Jessica. Their marriage disintegrated after the death of their infant son Gabriel, and Daniel gave Jessie what he thought she wanted: the freedom to start over with someone else. But Daniel never updated his emergency contact information, and Jessie is the one who receives the call with the devastating news. Daniel was Jessie’s one true love. Together since college, Jessie had dreams of raising a family with Daniel, and growing old together. When Gabriel died, Jessie buried those dreams with her beloved son and shut everyone out, including Daniel. Daniel faces months of gruelling rehabilitation and he’s going to need some help. Jessie is the last person anyone expects to volunteer, but this is her one chance to make amends, giving her and Daniel a shot at getting things right this time. The road to recovery will be long and arduous. But with Jessie leading the way, Daniel just might be able to get his old life back. Daniel knows how to covet. But can Jessie help him remember how to cherish?

Kim Harrison
Sudden Backtrack (Hollows, short story)
HarperCollins Voyager Impulse (US: 28th October 2014)
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The origins of the elf and demon war have been shrouded – until now. Told from a demon’s point of view, join Al as he helps Newt spin the curse that caused the elven downfall…and perhaps holds the beginnings of their own reclamations.

Megan Hart & Tiffany Reisz
Captivated (Anthology, Novellas)
Harlequin Cosmo Red-Hot Reads (US: 28th October 2014)
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LETTING GO by Megan Hart – Colleen goes to the same bar every night and orders the same drink: a whiskey, neat. She doesn’t drink it, though. Jesse the bartender notices the beautiful, sad woman who keeps to herself. Until one night when she lets go and lets him in. And after that, Jesse has only one mission – to show her one night is only the beginning… SEIZE THE NIGHT by Tiffany Reisz – Five years ago, a night of forbidden passion between Remi and Julien, the heirs of two powerful and competitive horse-racing families, led to a feud that is threatening to ruin both farms. Now Remi must find Julien again – but when she does, her need for Julien is just as strong and just as forbidden…

Caitlin Kittredge
Black Dog (Hellhound, Book 1)
HarperCollins Voyager (US & CA: 28th October 2014)
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Ava has spent the last hundred years as a hellhound, the indentured servant of a reaper who hunts errant souls and sends them to Hell. When a human necromancer convinces her to steal her reaper’s scythe, Ava incurs the wrath of the demon Lilith, her reaper’s boss. As punishment for her transgression, Lilith orders Ava to track down the last soul in her reaper’s ledger…or die trying. But after a hundred years of servitude, it’s time for payback. And Hell hath no fury like an avenging Ava…

Katie McGarry
Crash into You (Pushing the Limits, Book 3)
Harlequin Teen (US: 28th October 2014)
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The girl with straight A’s and the perfect life – that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy family…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker – a guy she has no business even talking to. But after the foster kid with the tattoos and intense grey eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind. The last thing Isaiah needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks. But when their shared love of street racing puts their lives in jeopardy, Isaiah and Rachel will have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.

10 New Covers (Armstrong, Hoover & Fisher, Kenner, Leicht & Neal, Martin, McGarry, Nazzaro, Shepherd, Zappia)

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“Warring on Authors”: A Storify

I collected all this: “Warring on Authors”