Category Archives: Heather Brewer

Authors, Please Announce If Your Book Is Cancelled

If you are frequently asked a certain question, add it to your FAQ page.

If after being contracted a book is cancelled for any reason (the publisher has decided not to publish it, you’ve decided not to write it, etc), PLEASE ANNOUNCE THIS PUBLICLY. On your website definitely. Or a blog post. But if you just note it on Twitter or Tumblr, it’ll get lost. I follow so many people on Twitter that my feed only shows posts as far back as seven hours previously . So if I don’t check in every seven hours (and I don’t), I will miss it. As for Tumblr, that’s a terrible blogging platform, mainly because people seem to use it for reposting animated gifs of their fandoms, instead of actually…you know, posting book news. So if you use Tumblr as your blog, I don’t read it. But I digress…

-Optional: Tell us why it was cancelled. I don’t really expect you to do this, but if you don’t want to write the book, you probably don’t want people to keep asking about it. It’s in this situation that you should alert the masses. But if the publisher decided not to go with it, you don’t have to tell us. That’s not our business, and it’s perfectly reasonable if you don’t want to discuss it.

So why do I bring this up? I’d been looking forward to Heather Brewer’s second Legacy of Tril novel, Soulbroken. It was due to be published on 20th August 2013, but it wasn’t. Currently, Amazon UK lists it for 20th July 2014. But earlier this week, the author posted on Facebook (so you may have missed it): The book was cancelled.

This was the first I’d heard of it being cancelled (rather than just postponed), so this was news to me. Even though the author is fairly active on social media. (She may have talked about the cancellation earlier, and I missed it – my bad.)

It’s awful that the author has reportedly received threats for not releasing the book. And I don’t need to know WHY Soulbroken was cancelled. But I would’ve liked to have learned of the news earlier. Sometimes questions are asked frequently because they’re not being answered. Of course I respect that some things are personal and the author isn’t comfortable discussing them. That’s perfectly fine. We don’t need to know WHY – just WHAT.

This isn’t the first time this year I heard about a book being cancelled. I’d been looking forward to Laura Riken’s Cybernetic since its deal announcement. But no eventuation. The author disappeared from the Internet, and I hadn’t been able to find a contact. Eventually my investigation led me to emailing one of the author’s writer buddies, who informed me that Cybernetic had been cancelled.

Meanwhile, I’m still waiting to hear news of Marianna Baer’s Immaculate, but I’m unsure about contacting the author. I don’t want to accidentally trigger some possibly uncomfortable feelings in the author. But I am curious regarding the book’s fate.

How do I show authors that I care without seeming rude and nosy?

Anyway, wishing Heather Brewer, Laura Riken, and Marianna Baer all the best in their future publishing endeavours. Please keep us posted. Thank you.

[REVIEW] Soulbound – Heather Brewer

Heather Brewer
Soulbound (Legacy of Tril, Book 1)
Penguin (US & CA: 19th June 2012; AU: 2nd July 2012)
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Think I added this to my wishlist before I knew what it was about. I’m not much for traditional/high/epic fantasy. Still, I gave this a crack.

Soulbound is an easy read, a page-turner, but my word it gets on one’s nerves. We meet the two potential love-interests early. Kaya Oshiro is Bound to Trayton, a good-looking, nice, friendly bloke with a smile. But then there’s Darius, a good-looking guy who picks on Kaya, always angry at/with her. We’ve read enough fiction to know that of course the heroine will pick the douchebag over the nice guy. “Brian, do women like it when you treat them like crap?” asks Stewie Griffin in an episode of Family Guy. Well, Stewie, FICTIONAL women like it when you treat them like crap, but who knows about real-life chicks…

The summary blatantly says that one guy plays by the rules, and the other doesn’t, and that one will train Kaya to fight, but there’s no secret as to which one. Soulbound lacks subtlety and mystery. In the world of Tril, mean girls are just mean girls, though at least the story’s big antag has some shades of grey. But mean girls aren’t allowed to be complex in fiction. Authors tend to avoid fleshing them out.

In its favour, though, Soulbound is a breezy read, if you switch off your thoughts. Don’t think about it, and you’ll have a good time.

11 New Covers (Armstrong, Brewer, Clifford, Coley, Cremer, Driza, Grant, Hathaway, Lang, Marr, Rossi)

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July 2012 Releases

Done with June 2012 Releases? Here are July 2012 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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19th June 2012 Releases

Happy Release Day to…

Heather Brewer
Penguin Dial (US & CA: 19th June 2012)
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Tril is a world where Barrons and Healers are Bound to each other: Barrons fight and Healers cure their Barrons’ wounds in the ongoing war with the evil Graplar King. Seventeen-year-old Kaya was born a Healer, but she wants to fight. In Tril, and at Shadow Academy, where she is sent to learn to heal, it is against Protocol for Healers to fight. So Kaya must learn in secret. Enter two young men: One charming, rule-following Barron who becomes Bound to Kaya and whose life she must protect at all costs. And one with a mysterious past who seems bent on making Kaya’s life as difficult as possible. Kaya asks both to train her, but only one will, and the consequences will change their lives forever.

June 2012 Releases

Done with May 2012 Releases? Here are June 2012 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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Common First Names of YA Authors

Rachel Vincent mentioned on her blog how numerous some first names of YA authors are. Sometimes they’re spelled differently, but I’ve made a little list. Most popular: Amanda, Amy, Jennifer, Jessica, Kate, Megan, Rachel, and Sara.

AMANDA – Amanda Grace, Amanda Marrone, Amanda Sun
AMY – Amy Garvey, Amy Christine Parker, Amy Kathleen Ryan
CARRIE – Carrie Jones, Carrie Ryan
HEATHER – Heather Brewer, Heather Davis
JENNIFER – Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Jennifer Bosworth, Jennifer Rush
JESSICA – Jessica Brody, Jessica Spotswood, Jessica Verday
JUSTINE – Justine Larbalestier, Justine Musk
KAREN – Karen Kincy, Karen Mahoney
KAT – Kat Falls, Kat Zhang
KATE – Kate Ellison, Kate Gordon, Kate Karyus Quinn
KELLY – Kelley Armstrong, Kelly Keaton
LAURA – Laura Bickle, Laura Riken
MEGAN – Megan Crewe, Megan McCafferty, Megan Shepherd
MELISSA – Melissa Landers, Melissa Marr
RACHEL – Rachel Caine, Rachel Cohn, Rachel Vincent
SARA – Sarah Crossan, Sara Wilson Etienne, Sara Grant
SOPHIE – Sophie Littlefield, Sophie McKenzie
TARA – Tara Hudson, Tara Moss
VERONICA – Veronica Rossi, Veronica Roth

10 New Covers (Armstrong, Brewer, Elrod, Guran, Hart, Pettersson, Rose, Tentler, Vincent)

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