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[GUEST BLOG] Why Tara Kleinfelter Loves Digital Publishing

Today we have a guest blog by Tara Kleinfelter, an editor at Samhain Publishing, Ltd. She loves digital publishing, and if eReaders weren’t so expensive and if geographical restrictions didn’t inconvenience me, I’d probably love it that much, too πŸ˜‰

WHY I LOVE DIGITAL PUBLISHING by Tara Kleinfelter, Editor at Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

As an editor for Samhain, I’ve learned so much about the world of digital publishing. I am a huge advocate and supporter of digital publishing, and I have the best job in the world.

Here are some of the reasons why I love digital publishing so much.

1. Green is the thing right now. Everyone wants to save the world, save energy, save the whales, save the polar bears…you get it. Well, one of the top things on that list is saving trees. And eBooks do a great job of that. Try this on for size… Did you know that 40% of printed books are pulped? Yeah, you heard that right. Next time you walk into Barnes & Noble or Borders, take a lot around and imagine almost half of the books in there being trashed/recycled. Yeah, that’s pretty staggering.

2. In the majority of cases, digital books are cheaper than paper books. Now, I don’t know about you, but the amount of money I’ve spent, and continue to spend, on books is pretty high. I think I could probably pay off the mortgage on our house. =P With digital, there are less production costs, so the cost of the book doesn’t have to be as high to make up for those costs.

3. Ah, the space-saving abilities. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had to buy bookshelf after bookshelf in order to have space for the ton of books I buy. And trust me, it’s a ton. They’re overflowing everywhere, and thank God I have a husband who is understanding and doesn’t mind it. Because to be honest, if I had to choose one of the other, it’d be a pretty tight race between the hubby and the books. =) But with digital books, it’s not an issue at all. And if you don’t want to buy an external hard drive to keep them on so they don’t take up space on your computer, Google Documents works great for storing them, so long as they are a compatible format. I tend to go with PDFs, so Google Docs works great for me.

4. Digital publishers can take more chances with what they contract. In the case of the New York publishing houses, they have to be very careful with what they pick up. They have to choose stories they think really have a chance at selling very well. With us, we can take more chances. We don’t have to choose stories that we know will make us a ton of money. We can choose a really good story with a non-traditional storyline that may not be as widely accepted as most. We can choose something because we love it, and hope that everyone else loves it as much as we do. A perfect example of this is Butterfly Tattoo by Deidre Knight. Traditional publishing houses didn’t want it, but it’s become a well-known, much-loved story. All because an editor took a chance on a story she loved.

Here are some links for Samhain books that were first published in eBook, but have since been published in print:

Kaye Chambers & Taryn Blackthorne: On the Prowl (Anthology)
Lexxie Couper: Savage Retribution; Death, the Vamp and His Brother
Jess Dee: Only Tyler
Deidre Knight: Butterfly Tattoo

[COVER ART] Made to Be Broken – Kelley Armstrong; On the Prowl – Kaye Chambers & Taryn Blackthorne; Archaic American Laws

I’ve started updating my Reading Wishlist (only up to the G authors so far), and came across these covers. (From here and here.) Kelley Armstrong’s Made to Be Broken will be released on 24th February 2009, and the On the Prowl anthology (containing a novella each by Kaye Chambers and Taryn Blackthorne) will also be released on 24th February 2009.

And thanks to Christina, check out these Archaic American Laws.

Happy Birthday, Taryn Blackthorne

Today is July 22nd – Taryn Blackthorne’s birthday. Give the gift of royalties by buying her eBook,
Even for Me. Or you can pre-order the paperback anthology, On the Prowl, which contains Even for Me and a story by Kaye Chambers. (Due out 24th February 2009.)

The 7 Books I Read in April

Ilona Andrews: Magic Bites: I’ll have to re-read this at some stage because I don’t remember a lot of the first half. While I was reading, I liked it fine, but my concentration was atrocious, and I was never in a hurry to get back to it. I had a lot of personal stuff going on, which probably affected my reading.

Kate Daniels might be what’s known as a “man with boobs” – basically a female with personality traits more commonly associated with men. She’s sharp-shootin’ and straight-talkin’, never without her trusty saber named Slayer (compensating for something?). Because this alternate reality Atlanta involves a lot of magic, it left me confused. What kind of magical abilities does Kate have? Without her weapon, would she survive? Am I supposed to want her to get together with Curran? (I don’t.) Because there’s a lot I don’t remember/don’t understand, I can’t give much of a review. Sorry, readers, maybe next time.

Ilona Andrews: Magic Burns

Anya Bast, Jodi Lynn Copeland, Lauren Dane & Kit Tunstall: What Happens in Vegas…: This anthology contains four novellas set in the infamous Las Vegas. I was expecting an erotica collection, so I was somewhat disappointed to read that they were more like erotic romances – but to each your own. Not a fan of romances, this obviously clouded my perception of these stories:

Jodi Lynn Copeland: Hot for You: Too much focus on the romance, and the author needs to find a synonym for cream. Otherwise fine.

Lauren Dane: Stripped: Characters pissed me off (so he’s rich and she’s not – get over it already!), and far too much romance – the most romancey story in the collection. Don’t think I’ll be reading more.

Kit Tunstall: Red-Handed: Ah, now this was a lot better, definitely in the top two.

Anya Bast: The Deal: Also in the top two. And it actually mentioned a Vegas wedding, complete with Elvis impersonator/Justice of the Peace.

I think what really pissed me off was that none of the characters were flawed; everyone was beautiful and kind-hearted… I need characters I can believe and relate to, and thus flaws are a must. Do I believe that romance novels give women unrealistic ideas of love? Unfortunately, I do. More erotica, less romance – it’ll make for better fiction in my opinion.

Patrice Michelle: Insurrection

Stephenie Meyer: The Host (no longer under embargo, so you can read my review now)

Taryn Blackthorne: Even for Me

Eve Kenin: Hidden

[REVIEW] Even for Me – Taryn Blackthorne

Taryn Blackthorne
Even for Me
Samhain Publishing (15th April 2008)

Need a werecat fix whilst awaiting Rachel Vincent’s next novel? Try Taryn Blackthorne’s novella, Even for Me. One of two urban fantasy stories selected for Samhain’s On the Prowl cat shifter anthology, this action-packed tale may be serious but has a sense of humour that’s not forced, cutesy, or sitcom.

Aislyn Rivers got involved with a guy whose sister was a Goth/Emo witch bitch who spellcasted, leaving Aislyn a werecat. At times Aislyn and her cat seem one and the same; other times the cat is a separate identity living inside her brain, craving kills and a good lie-down.

But could she be the Ghost Cat, Denver’s latest serial killer?

It seems that Aislyn’s story extends beyond the Ghost Cat case, and the author is currently working on another installment. Stay tuned for more information as it comes to hand.

Happy Release Day, Taryn Blackthorne! :-)

It’s my Maritimer pal Taryn Blackthorne’s first novella release day today. She entered Samhain’s cat shifter anthology contest, and succeeded – on ya, Taz πŸ™‚

Even for Me by Taryn Blackthorne
Read An Excerpt Online
Genre: Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 1-59998-916-6
Length: Novella
Price: 3.50
Publication Date: April 15, 2008
Cover art by Anne Cain

To stop a killer, would you become one?

An On the Prowl story.

Aislyn used to have a life, a family and a home until a witch on a mission shattered everything in one night with a spell. Now Aislyn is on the run, holed up in Denver, and fighting the Changes that ravage her body and mind while struggling to keep her humanity.

Jackson Havens is a ghost hunter short on cash. All he needs is quick proof that Aislyn is the Ghost Cat Killer, and he can get back to his day job. One pair of handcuffs and a double-crossing employer later, Jackson finds himself bound to the sexy Aislyn – and racing to catch the real killer before someone puts Aislyn down. For good.

You may have heard me talk about Taryn Blackthorne, a dear Canadian associate. Samhain Publishing held a contest for a cat shifter anthology, and Taz was a winner. The novellas will be published in print together, but you’ll be able to buy each novella separate as its own eBook. The blurb for Even for Me is here. Even though it mentions Denver, I can tell you that Taz still is Canadian, a Maritimer πŸ˜‰

Thanks to Marta Acosta at Vampire Wire, I can tell you that the film based on John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel Let the Right One In has won awards at a Nordic Film Festival. Which of course gave me the opportunity to bring out this photo of me and Mr Lindqvist, taken at the 2007 Melbourne Writers’ Festival. I, of course, am the dark lass. I don’t usually look that shirt, but I’m not often photographed with tall Swedes. I actually quite like that photo of myself. It was taken mid-morning. But circa 5PM when I was photographed with Karin Slaughter, I looked considerably dopey.

And be sure to look at Dickipedia if you’re not already familiar with it. This “wiki of dicks” explains why certain identities are dicks. Check out the one on Santa Claus – he’s a real dick. You can also read about Tom Brady, Geraldo Rivera, Pervez Musharraf and more. Learning is fun! πŸ™‚

Good News for Some Lovely Pals :-)

Please welcome to LJ Taz, Taryn Blackthorne. Some of us know her under a different name at the Ikonboard. A novella of hers (no, I can’t remember the title) will be published in an upcoming cat shifter anthology from Samhain Publishing.

And she’s Canadian πŸ™‚ Yes, those lucky buggers who get to eat maple cookies. They haven’t made it to Australia, and I feel deprived. I would’ve added a winky there, but I’m actually quite serious about this issue. Me want maple cookies!

And please give a big congratulations to Jo, Johanna Carleton. I can’t tell you what for (it was posted Friends-Only), but send smiles and happy dances her way.

Duran Duran’s Red Carpet Massacre – should I buy in-store or get online?

Have done half of my Christmas shopping this morning. Spent too much.

Won J‘s, Jeaniene Frost‘s, Halfway to the Grave on eBay πŸ™‚ (It’s okay, J – I paid about $20 Australian, which is how much it would cost if I’d ordered it from my favourite bookshop – only this way I’ll get it faster πŸ˜‰ )

Taryn Blackthorne

Everyone applaud Taryn Blackthorne: Our girl’s done good! Her novella, Even for Me, will be included in a cat shifter anthology to be be published by Samhain. Find out the details here, and stay tuned for more news as it comes.