Via Jessica’s Monday Morning Stepback post at Racy Romance Reviews, I hopped over to Courtney Milan’s blog where she gives her take on Publishers Weekly’s top ten books of the year – the all-male one.
And wow. Both the post and her responses in the comments? I am in awe. Plus I learnt what disemvoweling means – though God forbid I ever need to use it in my little corner of the internet.
Anyway, having been thoroughly impressed, I wandered off to browse the rest of her site, and ended up reading the excerpt of her upcoming historical romance “Proof by Seduction” (January 2010 release). I can’t remember the last historical romance I read, but I loved her writing, the scene made me laugh, and the book is so definitely going on my To Buy list for January.
On a different note, unless you’ve been under a rock (or internet-less), you’ve probably have heard of the launch of Harlequin’s digital-only publisher Carina Press. I don’t really pay attention to publishing news, well okay, I’m interested but don’t get all excited about it, but this one grabbed my attention.
Why? Because a major publisher is actually going to try the DRM-free model for ebooks*. It’s about time. Let’s face it, pretty much every single DRM format can be hacked if you know how to use Google. I’m hoping this marks a major turning point for the ebook market. Too optimistic? Perhaps.
* Yes, I know Baen does it (and I love them for it), but they only do SF/F.
Finally, I finished reading Sharon Shinn’s “Quatrain” recently – her collection of short stories set in four of her different worlds. I loved. It was like revisiting old friends and I reveled in the familiarity. I’m pretty sure it would work for readers new to her books, but I don’t think I’m objective enough on that count.
The Samaria story especially reminded me of how much I adored that world and her writing. This sentence stayed in my mind for ages after I closed the book (the protagonist is listening to a quartet of angels sing):
I heard the pale-oak tenor, the black-satin alto, and the crystal-line soprano lay their individual architectures over [Stephen’s] flawlessly planed foundation.