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Thursday, November 05, 2009
  Pimp First, Play Later
Three of our writer pals have new books (or new to mmp) out this last week.

In no particular order:

Nicole Peeler’s Tempest Rising

From Amazon: In the tiny village of Rockabill, Maine, Jane True—26-year-old bookstore clerk and secret night swimmer—has no idea that her absent mother’s legacy is entry into a world populated by the origins of human myths and legends. It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: vampires are not quite what we think; dogs sometimes surprise us; and whatever you do, never—ever—rub the genie’s lamp.

For Jane, everything kicks off when she comes across a murder victim during her nightly clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean. This grisly discovery leads to the revelation of why she has such freakish abilities in the water: her mother was a Selkie and Jane is only half human. With this knowledge, Jane soon finds herself mingling with supernatural creatures alternately terrifying, beautiful, and deadly—all adjectives that quite handily describe her new friend Ryu. When Ryu is sent to Rockabill to investigate the murder, he and Jane fall hard for each other even as they plummet into a world of intrigue threatening to engulf both supernatural and human societies.

For someone is killing half-humans like Jane. The question is, are the murders the work of one rogue individual or part of a greater plot to purge the world of Halflings?

Here’s the Amazon Link
Indie link

Devon Monk’s Magic in the Shadows

Allison Beckstrom's magic has taken its toll on her, physically marking her and erasing her memories-including those of the man she supposedly loves. But lost memories aren't the only things preying on Allie's thoughts.

Her late father, the prominent businessman-and sorcerer-Daniel Beckstrom, has somehow channeled himself into her very mind. With the help of The Authority, a secret organization of magic users, she hopes to gain better control over her own abilities-and find a way to deal with her father...


And Jackie Kessler’s new to mmp: The Road to Hell

From Publisher’s Weekly: Kessler's sizzling sequel to paranormal debut Hell's Belles puts ex-succubus Jezebel— the now-mortal Jesse Harris, a dancer at a strip club—stage center again. For a month after waking up in a hospital, the former 4,000-year-old, fifth-level succubus who used to seduce humans to claim their souls has been living a happy mortal life in New York with a devoted boyfriend, New York vice cop Paul Hamilton. So when Alecto, a Fury from hell, arrives and demands she return to hell to help Alecto's sister, Megaera (Jessie's former best friend who betrayed her), Jesse balks. Much of the rest of the book is spent convincing her to change her mind, with each sexy escapade topping the last, until (among other things) the demons go after Paul, and Jesse has to pull an Orpheus. Kessler's raunchy blend of heaven, hell and eros makes for a wild thrill ride, and hot, tough-talking Jesse has gumption and sass. (Nov.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved


Just to show you I put my money where my mouth is, I have all three. I haven’t yet read Devon’s or Nicole’s, but if you have, let us know what you think. Jackie's is fun, sexy and full of surprises.

BTW, over at Deadline Dames, Jackie and Devon are doing a give away. Check it out here.

I wondered how long it would take: From Shelf Awareness and the WSJ:

Notes: Discounted Titles Rationed

The book pricing conflict entered a new stage Thursday as Wal-Mart, Amazon and Target began rationing the number of copies customers can buy of certain discounted titles. "The limits will stop other booksellers from scooping up cheap copies in large quantities and reselling them," the Wall Street Journal reported, noting that for online customers Wal-Mart's limit is "two copies each of certain bargain books," while Amazon has a three-copy maximum and Target a five-copy limit.

Arsen Kashkashian, head buyer at the Boulder Book Store, Boulder, Colo., told the Journal "he had intended to buy as many as 70 copies of Barbara Kingsolver's The Lacuna from Walmart.com, Target.com or Amazon, because their prices are 'more than $5 cheaper than what we can get it for from the publisher, Harper.'"

"It's to prevent a run on the bank, so to speak," said consultant Joel Bines of AlixPartners. "They are losing money on every item they sell at this price, so they want to make sure the items actually go to customers, who might then buy something else."

Top earning dead celebrities from Forbes.

I only noted the writers. For the full list go here:

No. 5 J.R.R. Tolkien $50 million

No 8 Dr. Seuss $15 million

No. 10 Michael Crichton $9 million

Want to read a free Stephen King Story? Go here (from the New Yorker)

Nov 4 was the anniversary of Howard Carter’s great discovery: the tomb of King Tut. The Writer’s Forensic Blog has a nice article on it. I had the pleasure of seeing one of the exhibits of artifacts from the tomb. Quite wonderful.

I’m doing the National Novel Writing Month thing this year. If you are too and want to be buddies, my name is JeanneCStein (original, yes?) I thought it would be a good way to get into the new book. Off to a slow start, though. The idea is to write 50,000 words in one month. The editor in me is finding it hard (read impossible) not to go back and want to change/correct/rewrite. Don’t know how this is going to work out. Day five and I only have about 1600 words.

Have any of you out there participated? How many words did you write?

Do what’s going on in your world? Anything you want to share? Seen any good movies? Read any good books?

I’ll close with Halloween pics from Lady K… boy, does she make a great vamp!!! And great outside decorations, too. Anybody else want to share pics? Send to Jeanne@jeannestein.com. How about the Tot? What did she do for Halloween?

Hi Jeanne!
We just got back from Kansas! We didn;t even get stuck in Denver! (Did you get the kisses the tot blew you?) She was minnie mouse and I'll try to figure out how to send pics.
I'm doing NaNo and haven't started yet, lol. I got caught up in editing the two things I'm submitting to RWA's golden heart awards (both steampunk, one YA, one UF).
I'll "friend" you. I'm sovereignqueen :)
~Suzi and the tot
Hey Suzi-- send pictures!!

I did :)
Jeanne: Lady K is diggin' being a celebrity. Thanks for posting her pics.
All of the books you pimped here are on the WWBL.
Everyone seems to have had more fun on Halloween than I. (Lady K makes a fabulous vamp.) I was studying. Next year I'll dress up maybe and do something out of the ordinary.

Suzanne it sounds like you've been busy lately.
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