Waiting on Wednesday (Mar-5)

Sorry I’m posting so late in the day again! This week has been jam packed with stuff, such as three presentations to get ready for and… an interview! That’s right, I finally had my interview for an internship position with my favourite publishing company *happy dance*

So what I am waiting for is COWBOYS!  If I luck out and get to intern there, I will be getting my hands on some gorgeous cowboys! Well, fictional ones anyways. I’m not overly fond of shoot ’em ups like Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour, but romance “westerns” are more about community, family, falling in love, and being hot ;0)

Thankfully they told me when I can expect I can hear from them by or I might have gone insane with anticipation *L0L*

So keep your fingers crossed for me and tell me what are you waiting for today?

 

 

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Teaser Tuesday (Mar-5)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading Share the title & author, so that others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!

Jack had been dreading the long drive to Cornwall and it had been every bit as bad as he feared. Freddie had cried, non-stop, for hours…

If Jack had kissed her then she would have kissed him back, and to hell with the consequences.

 

 

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Books In My Mailbox (Mar-4)


This meme is hosted by The Story Siren

It has been a crazy-busy weekend for me, hence missing yesterday’s Saturday Smile and being so late on my IMM. I will probably write about it next Saturday, so be sure to check back then!

The books in my mailbox are from January but I haven’t read them yet…

Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost I bought from the library those couple months ago. I think I have read some of her books before, but can’t quite remember. Rather obviously, it’s a contemporary novel about vampires.

Poison Study by Maria V Snyder was loaned to me by a friend. She told me I’d really like it. I laughed at her because she said she’d never read a Harlequin novel, and yet this is branded with Mira -an imprint of Harlequin. Straight from the backcopy, this book is about “murder, mayhem, and magic”.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon is also a book borrowed from that same friend. It is her and her mum’s favourite book. Soooo many people have recommended it to me, but I’m not overly sure about it. I kind of dislike the idea that the woman is married to a guy in her present time, but has fallen in love with a man in the past.

 

 

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Book Review: Shadowland by Alyson Noel

Warning: May Contain Spoilers

Synopsis: Ever and Damen realize that when an immortal dies, they go to the Shadowland. Instead of living in the Summerland or crossing the bridge, an immortal’s soul is trapped in an unending void where their soul dies. Desperate to get the cure for Damen’s illness, Ever turns to magic… and to her cute boss Jude.

Plot: While Ever and Damen are still struggling with whatever plots Roman can cook up, the story is not just another carbon-copy of the previous two in the series.  Not only is Ava back, but Haven is made an immortal! There is also the addition of a new character, the delectable surfer-dude Jude to add some romantic tension to the unbelievably lovey-dovey Ever and Damen.

Ponderings: This book raised a lot of questions left unanswered. If I didn’t already have the fourth book waiting in my TBR pile, I would have been a wee bit aggravated at the wait before finding out what happens next.

  1. Does Roman come onto Ever because he wants what he can’t have, because he knows it bothers her, or because he’d get with anyone?
  2. Why is Haven always looking for love and affection from the worst people she could ever choose? Why aren’t Josh, Miles, and Ever good enough for her?
  3. What is going to happen now that Ever shoved the red juice down Haven’s throat? Is she going to freak or like the thought of immortality? Will she join up with Romans rogues, turning on Ever and Damen?
  4. Why do the twins’ eyes look familiar to Ever? Who is their mother? Someone who reincarnated into a person Ever knows?
  5. What was Riley trying to show Ever in a dream? Or was it even Riley, perhaps it was planted by Roman?
  6. Why does Riley use Jude as an intermediary? Because he is the only person available, because she trusts him, or is Jude is lying?
  7. Why does Damen go overboard with looking after the twins? Is it because he cares, because he is trying to improve his karma, or does he wish he were actually a father?
  8. Which brings to mind, if Damen was screwing around for six-hundred years why is there no offspring? Can immortals not have children?  Was he careful to ensure no progeny? Or is there kids and we just don’t know it yet?
  9. If Damen kept stealing Ever away from Jude in their past incarnations, what does it mean that Damen found Ever before Jude did this time?
  10. Who else is going to end up immortal???

Quote: “Just because something ends doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing… or that it never should have happened in the first place… Because if each step brings us to the next, then how will we ever get anywhere, how will we ever grow if we avoid anything that might hurt us?  If you didn’t [begin] there’s a lot of wonderful moments you would’ve missed.”

The Verdict: A one-day read. So go read it.

What do you think is the answer any of my questions? Did this book raise any other questions for you?

 

 

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Waiting on Wednesday (Mar-4)

Sorry I’m so late! Normally I would have pre-posts planned and prepped and scheduled for the AM, but I was slacking this weekend because of the fabulousness that was St Paddy’s *w00h00* and I’ve been crazy-busy all week! So here is what I’m waiting for this wednesday:

I am uber hyped for the release of The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong. Personally, I think it’s kind of odd that the book says “New York Times Bestselling Author” when she is Canadian and has won Canadian Awards, too. I guess people seem to think American awards are more important *shrug*

The reason why I’m hyped for this book is because my friend and classmate from the site Booking It with HayleyG just did an interview with the fantabulous author -I know, jealous, right?- and is also hosting her first ever blog giveaway! *yAy*

So don’t forget to check out the book, the interview, and the contest!

 

 

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Tuesday Teaser (Mar-4)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading Share the title & author, so that others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!

My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon
by Katie MacAlister, Jim Butcher, Marjorie M Liu,  et al.

This is a book of short stories, so I’ll take a quote from different novellas.

Killing him would be easiest but, unfortunately, out of the question. Ten years from now, I’d still be hearing about it: Clay couldn’t even get through our honeymoon without killing someone. – Stalked by Kelley Armstrong

You know, before I marry a guy, I like to know little things like him turning hairy and carnivorous on the full moon. You’re a werewolf… That qualifies as need-to-know information before we tie the not, in my book! – Half of Being Married by Lillith Saintcrow.

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How to Publicize a Book

Chuck Hughes co-owns Garde Manger

I recently had to do an assignment for school where I was to create a publicity campaign for a Canadian book. My group’s “publishing company” chose to “sign” Chuck Huges of Chuck’s Day Off fame to make a cookbook (okay, so the photo is actually the menu from his Montreal restaurant, I’m not the cover designer on my team).  I also had to figure out the sales distribution targets, but that part wasn’t nearly as much fun.

The thing is, it is a lot harder than you think trying to figure out the best ways to promote a book on a very minimal budget. Some of you may have heard me say before that the only funds for publicity is $1 per book in your print run, so, for example, 15 000 books printed equals $15 000 towards marketing and publicity.

That really isn’t much money to work with. You want a ten city tour for your author? That’s $1000 per city and you’ve just eaten up the majority of your budget. With the remaining funds left  you need to create swag, advertisements, websites, etc. Would you believe even facebook ads can take a huge chunk of money? Some of the options are seriously expensive, unaffordably so!

One of the guest speakers I had in class on Friday, the one from Simon and Schuster, said that the cheapest, most effective, and trusted advertising out there for a book is going back to the “grassroots”. Can you guess what that is?

It’s us. Book review bloggers are one of -if not the– best form of advertising. Think about it, if you saw an ad for Book A on a street car and your friend told you about the fabulous novel they just read called Book B, which one would you be more likely to pick up first? The one on the transit or the one your friend recommended?

For the bloggers, publishing companies give Advance Reader Copies for review, set up virtual tours, hold contests or ask reviewers to do themed posts, create countdown widgets, make swag like bookmarks or stickers, and do all sorts of other things. One of such things publishers make that is gradually becoming more and more popular are book trailers.

In one of my classes last week, my prof said it was really difficult to make books appear exciting to an audience when you do a talk show (she’s author Chantel Simmons). Yet what if you didn’t just hold up a copy of the book a la Vanna White, but also had a trailer clip to show? I think that would be sure to grab viewer attention.

Jennifer L Armentrout's debut novel 2011

And the same goes for blogs, because don’t we all anticipate the reveal of covers and the release of trailers? It is something that all us bloggers and fans get hyped for while we eagerly await the moment highly anticipated novels are released to our nearest bookstore’s shelves.

Jennifer L Armentrout and her publisher Spencer Hill Press are a great example of gearing publicity directly to a targeted audience. SPH has created countdown widgets, book trailers (see below), and some seriously sweet swag (check out the guitar picks!). Jennifer has done blogger interviews and chats, and now has just posted a contest on her blog this past week.

The contest gives the grand prize of a book and the aforementioned swag (which in turn the winner will likely do a giveaway with). Jennifer is asking all entrants to tweet, facebook post, comment on youtube, plus post her trailer on their own blogs in order to enter. Here’s the trailer:

What better way to get word out about your book than ask your fans to get excited and share it with their friends? Eventually, the chatter about the book will (hopefully) become viral and the novel will successfully sell when it is available for purchase. Half-Blood pub date is in the fall and I know I can hardly wait to get my hands on Jennifer’s book!

Quite frankly, that is all most publishers aspire to: making enough money from a book to cover their expenses and be able to publish one more book. The more people buy books, the more the industry is supported, thus enabling the publishing company to produce other books for our reading enjoyment.

Also keep in mind that authors and publishing companies only make money off first sales, second-hand bookstores have a  slightly cheaper price because the books are not only used, but the store doesn’t have to share the proceeds. The only place I buy books second-hand is from the library because I know their profit goes towards keeping the library open and purchasing new books.

If the authors don’t make money, they cannot afford to write; if the publishers don’t make money, they cannot afford to publish more books; if the library doesn’t make money, they cannot afford to buy said books.

So there you have it. You now know more about publicity and its purpose. You know that readers, bloggers, and consumers are integral to keeping the publishing industry alive. What are you going to do to help?

Side Note: A big thanks to Jennifer and Spencer Hill Press for allowing me to use the debut novel Half-Blood for my post.

 

 

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