Various (and random) items around the web that have caught my eye below.
Discover a New Love’s $2.99 Georgette Heyer promotion is sadly only for US (or NA possibly?) readers (though bonus - their Heyer mini-site with excerpts and all), but I loved their blog post about favourite Heyer moments. So much so that I’m tempted to do a massive Heyer re-read now. What’s your favourite Heyer? I’d completely forgotten about it, but I did a guest post for the Historical Tapestry gang a few years ago on my favourite Heyer books. And I wrote about why I adore her COTILLION a while back as well.
Sherry Thomas‘ debut book is still lying unread in my TBR pile, but her upcoming YA fantasy (fall 2013) sounds right up my alley – opening paragraphs:
Just before the start of Summer Half, 1883, a very minor event took place at Eton College, that venerable and illustrious English public school for boys. A sixteen-year-old student named Archer Fairfax returned from a three-month absence, caused by a fractured femur, to resume his education.
Amost every word in the preceding sentence is false. Archer Fairfax had not suffered a broken limb. He had never before set foot in Eton. His name was not Archer Fairfax. And he was, in fact, not even a he.
This is the story of a girl who fooled a thousand boys, a boy who fooled an entire country, a partnership that would change the fate of realms, and a power to challenge the greatest tyrant the world had ever known.
Free and fun Sarah Rees Brennan short – it’s previously published and I think I’ve read it before, but it’s still as good on the second re-read! And a brand new website as well.
Courtney Milan always makes sense, and her post on the number of followers/subscribers/likes and how they translate to readers is just as articulate as you would expect it to be.
The new Patricia Briggs cover for FROSTBURNED - I don’t think I’ve ever not liked a Dan Dos Santos cover. I love that the design is so consistent with the previous books in the series. Though I admit that it could be the ugliest cover ever and I’d still get it. And while we’re on the topic of Patricia Briggs, Orbit UK is doing a two-in-one release of her fantasy books MASQUES and WOLFSBANE (titled ARALORN). They’re not my favourite of her high fantasy books (and the cover is kind of generic blah fantasy), but I’m glad they’re getting a UK release.
And while I don’t want to end on a down note… Hachette UK, really? DRM working well? I kind of wish that they would trust that the “mainstream readers who are so valuable to us and our authors” will actually pay for their books, instead of spending additional money on applying a DRM solution which anyone with access to Google could remove in ten seconds. I’d rather they spend their money on digital world rights.