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June 2010 Releases

Done with May 2010 Releases? Here are June 2010 Releases. To look further into the future, check Reading Wishlist.

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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 😉

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

[REVIEW] Death, the Vamp and His Brother – Lexxie Couper

Lexxie Couper
Death, the Vamp and His Brother
Samhain (US: 1st June 2010)
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The Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse is at Bondi Beach to claim a life, but lifeguard Patrick Watkins doesn’t make it easy for her. Death, aka Fred, hasn’t met anyone like him before, and there’s a valid reason for that: Patrick is one of a kind, and his vampire brother Ven has an important role to play, too. Pestilence, the First Horseman, plans to bring about the Apocalypse, and Fred can’t fight this battle alone.

The Disease is suitably evil, but his bone throne is unique. Amy Mathieson is an addict too far gone to save herself, but can she save others? Ven and Patrick struggle to adjust to their new situations, but Fred still has a delightful sense of humour.

The resourceful Lexxie Couper has come through with paranormal beasties new to me: namely a nikor and a q’thulu. The clever author has also managed to exploit my unintelligence, making me wonder if the Prophecies within this novel can also be found in religious texts regarding the Apocalypse. I haven’t been this enthused to learn about the Revelations since Madonna’s “Justify My Love (The Beast Within Remix)”!

August 2009 Releases

Done buying July Releases? Now onto August – here are my choice picks from the US, UK, Canada and Australia. As always, I don’t list EVERYTHING in the UF or futuristic genres – I’ll leave that to other bloggers. Instead, I just choose the ones I think are worthy. And yes, I play favourites 😉 Keep an eye on Reading Wishlist for release dates further into the future.

No purchase links as yet for Melanie Nilles’s Starfire Angels or Lexxie Couper’s Death, the Vamp and His Brother, but keep an eye on the authors’ websites and blogs.

NOTE: I own Kat Richardson’s Underground, and Rachel Vincent’s Pride, but haven’t read them yet.

NOTE: I have reviewed Rachel Vincent’s My Soul to Take, and Tracey O’hara’s Night’s Cold Kiss.

All other books listed here I’d be happy to read and review. If you’re willing to post a hard copy out to me in Australia, send me an email.

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Claim to Fame, New Book Deal & Cover Art

Claim to fame: Dorchester Publishing has included part of my review on their page for A. J. Menden’s Tekgrrl. Only a few words, but I’m credited for them 🙂

New book deal: From here: Erica Hayes’s Shadowsong, in which a knife-wielding banshee gangster’s quest for revenge on the assassin who ruined her life is interrupted when a deluded fairy sorceress steals her magical song, again to Rose Hilliard at St. Martin’s, in a two-book deal, by Marlene Stringer of the Stringer Literary Agency (World). And I’m happy to announced I received an ARC of Erica’s first novel, Shadowfae, during the week. I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing it soon 🙂

Cover art: I’ve fallen drastically behind on posting covers. For now, I’m only posting the ones I HAVEN’T seen plastered everywhere, but I don’t follow as many other book blogs as I used to. Sorry in advance if you’ve already seen these, and I’m clogging up your blog feed.

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