Friday, November 29, 2013

Blog Love Roundup 11/29/2013

Mulluane | Friday, November 29, 2013 | 6 Comments so far

Blog Love Roundup 11/29/2013

Hello, it is me again. This week, having far too much curiosity and way too much time on my hands, I have been experimenting again. 

(Note: Following format works best in Chrome, a bit slower in FF, and not so good in IE. Reloading page normally fixes any problems.)




The Experiment. I noticed that every major social media platform has added or is adding the ability to embed their content in a post, Google Plus being the latest to jump aboard. But why would you do that? Most people do it the other way around. You pin, tweet, share blog posts TO social media so why would you need to post about a post?

Well, I did my homework and discovered one way of using embedded content that appealed to me. Blog Roundups! Back in the day, I used to do alot of these but they consisted of simple hyperlinks to content I stumbled on during the week. Kinda boring but the only option available at the time.

After testing Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest I settled on Facebook combined with Pinterest. Twitter embed was kind of short and boring. Pinterest embed was big, beautiful, loaded fast and showed full description, but didn't allow you to do anything but repin. Facebook on the other hand, is much slower to load. However, it lets you do all sorts of interesting things.

Basically when I pin a review I share it to FB and Twitter. For the purposes of this post I've taken the FB pin share and embedded it. Now this gives you a whole range of options.

You can like, share, or comment on the Facebook post, directly from within this blog post, all without going anywhere.

You can also (and hopefully will) click through to the pin itself. Once there you can read the full description, click through to the original blog post, check to see how many times it has been repinned, then like, repin, comment or share the pin itself. And if you don't want to play along, I included direct links under each embed.

But more on how this all works after the show....




Direct Link: Fantasy Review: ‘Alphabet of Thorn’ by Patricia A. McKillip



Direct Link: Review: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson



Direct Link: Barrayar ~Lois McMaster Bujold



Direct Link: Review – Avalon



Direct Link: Link-up Your Sci-fi and Fantasy Reviews and Giveaways!


Pretty cool huh! So much more interesting than a list of links! 

But Mulluane that last one wasn't a review! That is because I want you to wander on over to On Starships and Dragonwings, find her latest Friday Linkup and link your most recent reviews. Each week I'll pick one review from five different blogs to feature in my Weekly Roundup here. (Double exposure! Triple if you count the pins themselves.)

Note: If I get helpful feedback on how harsh the load time is, I may increase or decrease the number of embeds accordingly. I'm on dialup so all load times are horrible for me... Also, if all 5 don't load, reloading the page usually fixes that. Atleast it did for me but I figure it was a problem on my end anyway.

Now, where were we. Oh yeah! Anya's new feature. Blogs new to her Friday Linkup and previously unlinked here will get precedence (idea being to let people discover new blogs to follow) and any other choices I make will be random and may include reviews from folks I personally follow. Of course you can always check her list or scan my FB page to see any I didn't include here.

All I ask in return is that you spread the word about Anya's Friday Linkups. The more blogger/reviewers we get on board with this, the bigger the signal boost and the more we all benefit.

So, what ya think? Good idea? Bad idea? Don't care? I have finally lost my mind? Was the loading time horrible? Just right? Can I add more than five? Less? Are you just here because you heard there were cookies?  Hey Mulluane! How about you forget Pinterest, stop making us click so much and just share to FB from our blogs! Geez the woman is obsessed with pins. Silly old bat...

Leave a comment and let me know! 

(Guess I better start baking some cookies...)

Dragon Bar


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Interview - David Burrows - Author of Prophecy of Kings and Drachar’s Demons

Mulluane | Wednesday, November 27, 2013 | 9 Comments so far

(Wacky Interview Series)


In case you missed the first interviews in this series, here is the deal...I read alot of author interviews and they are good, informative, and interesting but rarely tell me all that much about an author's personality. I often find myself thinking, "Well that's all good and everything but I want to know more about the real live person behind the book!"

So, I decided to conduct a "fun" interview; something that will give my readers a good laugh and be fun for the authors. You will not find serious questions covering books, publishing, writing or future plans. Instead you will get a chance to see how they react to a bunch of crazy questions and scenarios.

This time around I asked David Burrows, author of Prophecy of Kings, if he would consent to do one of these. Happily, he agreed! So, I sent him the 10 wacky questions, plus the 2 bonus substitutes and he chose 11 to answer.

It is obvious that he put alot of thought into his answers so here for your reading pleasure is a look inside of the mind of David Burrows...


Photo: David Burrows


1) Who is your favorite comedian or cartoon character and why?
Oddly – the question that leapt out at me most was this one.

It has to be Bugs Bunny. I love cartoons and greatly admire the humour and characterization behind these. Bugs is so cool and his encounters with Daffy, Elmore J Fudd (what a tremendous name!!) and Yosemite Sam are brilliant. I love the way the latter mutters and curses as he falls down an impossible cliff and then there’s the thud and small cloud of dust upon landing. I think it’s the fact he keeps going back for more and there’s always an inventive downfall waiting for him.

Then there’s the Opera one with to Ride of the Valkyries with the immortal lines, Spear and Magic Helmet. Amazing stuff. Hunt the wabbit...

2) How would you describe your sense of humor?
Troublesome. I have been particularly mean to a work colleague who shares an office. Recently I spent a while labeling anything on his desk with labels stating “This is Mine” and “Mine.” I felt a little like the cat in Red Dwarf, if folk remember that episode. My colleague was finding labelled items weeks after I did this.

My humour is spontaneous and sometimes I need to keep quiet.

I do Saxon/Viking re-enactment and I am a Saxon. At one show we were asked to introduce ourselves to the Public and so I announced that I was “Baldric, the magnificent.” A friend shouted dung-shoveller, and so from that moment on I was christened Baldric the magnificent with a chorus of dung-shoveller each time I said this.

3) What did you want to be when you grew up?
I still haven’t decided. Ask me again next week. I have never really had any great ambitions to be anything in particular and to be honest I still feel that I am yet to find my niche. Hmmm. Not sure that I’ve got this exactly right, given my age? I enjoy my work and I enjoy having hobbies.

I have been an officer in the Territorial Army in Scotland, a re-enactor, a diver, mountaineer, ice-climber and a writer. I have lots of life’s experiences and my humour keeps me going.

One day, I’d like to take on politics perhaps, mainly because politicians are so damned useless and I couldn’t possibly do any worse! Prime Minister would be good, failing that – an astronaut, but only if the transport is something like the Tardis in Dr Who or a spaceship like the Enterprise from Star Trek. Only the best for me!

4) Which magical power would you like to have and why?
Being able to stop time would be so cool. You could get out of all sorts of scrapes and into some very interesting ones. Robbing banks would be dead easy as well, so there would be a financial incentive and a clear pension plan. I can’t think of anything wrong with that ability so that’s what I would want.

Good moments could last forever.

I remember sitting in a cafe in California once, on a gorgeous day with blue skies and an absolutely perfect temperature.

It would also be funny for example changing things around in the street. Turning someone around for instance and watching their reaction could be quite humorous.

5) If aliens landed in your backyard, what is the first thing you would ask them?
I’d tell them to get off the lawn for one thing. We Brits are very proud gardeners and no damn alien is going to wreck my lawn.

I might also consider whether I could charge them for parking as I live in an area where parking is a nightmare. That may explain why they picked my backyard, of course.

On a more serious note, I’d want to know about their home world. That’s an absolute must. I would hope that it matched one of the worlds in novels that I have read, such as Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It would have to be a place of great adventure.

6) What would you do if you had a time machine?
That would be a great dream, and where to start? I’d go back in time and win the lottery to secure my future. I’d also tell my younger self to write earlier on. I would have to see dinosaurs, Rome in antiquity, the building of the Pyramids, Stonehenge, my ancestors in those periods, Moses at the crossing of the Red Sea... There’s far too much to contemplate.

I’d also go forward in time to see the technology of the future, steal it and bring back here to further amass my fortune. (I’m not shallow.) I’d probably live part time in the past and the future. Seeing the world unspoilt by man would also be amazing.

7) If you had a chance to spend some time with one mythical being, what would it be and why?
Meeting a fairy would be good. At least that would be small and inconspicuous. I think talking to a mythical being may get you arrested otherwise.

A genie would be high on the list. I’d ask for as many wishes as I wanted, although that might be a bit dangerous if I talked in my sleep.

Father Christmas would be jolly, but I may be on his naughty list, so again that may be disappointing. Back to the fairy, I think. Just so I could prove mythical creatures existed, even if it was just for my edification. I’d call her Tinkerbelle of course.

8) If you could be reincarnated as an animal, what would you be and why?
A bird.

I considered being a dolphin as I like swimming, but I don’t like eating fish.

Being a bird and able to fly would be fantastic. Flying looks like so much fun.

I keep coming back to being a dolphin though as I also like swimming. A flying dolphin! It’s that or nothing!! It would also have to be somewhere warm, with clear blue seas. The fish would have to be cooked for me though. I think raw fish would be even worse than just fish. And no messy bones.

9.) What quirky habit do you have that often gets you teased by your peers or family?
I got teased a lot because of my re-enactment and often teased about wearing a dress. We don’t wear dresses of course, but a Saxon tunic could be mistaken for a dress. Don’t ever tell me that though, as I get very uppity!

I made matters worse once when I mentioned dyes were few and came from vegetables or tree barks and that I had a tunic that was a sort of shade of...pink. Well that went down a treat and wearing a pink dress at weekends was a real source of amusement.

I denied everything of course and insisted that the tunic was fuchsia. For some reason that didn’t get me off the hook, but every time someone mention a pink dress I would insist...fuchsia. At the time of the Saxons, pink was perfectly acceptable, as too was the man’s name Mildred!!

10.) My readers want to know what you had for breakfast. Not sure why exactly...
A strange request, but what the hell...it could be worse. Breakfast this morning was a pain au raisin with coffee - a bit of a weekend treat. I like it as it sounds pretentious – pain au raisin. On a workday it’s porridge. Far less pretentious.

11.) Why in the world did you consent to doing this wacky interview? I mean there is not one question here about your books, your writing or your future plans!
Hey, I did say I had a sense of humour and I love quirky questions. Being silly is a good way of passing the time. I have done strange things at times and sometimes it is humour that keeps you going.

I ice-climbed Ben Nevis, blinked at the wrong time and whilst hanging on with an ice axe with one hand, I found the lens frozen to the ice with small ice grains blowing past it. I managed to get the lens back in, much to a friend’s amusement.

The wacky and insane is part of life, I guess.

Thanks to David Burrows for consenting to do this interview!


♥ Be sure to look for David Burrows's book: The Prophecy of the Kings - Omnibus Edition

♥ And his prequel short story: Drachar’s Demons

♥ Plus you can connect with David Burrows on his Facebook Page or on Twitter


♥ You can also find more info on his books here: David's website or check out David's blog

♥ In addition, if you are interested in David Burrow's books you can read my book reviews of: Legacy of the Eldric ~ Dragon Rider ~ Shadow of the Demon

♥ And last but not least, enter to win the omnibus edition of Prophecy of Kings here:
Books By Fantasy Author David Burrows

And While You Are Here: 


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Monday, November 25, 2013

On Blogging and Reader Engagement Part Three: Pinterest Part Two

Mulluane | Monday, November 25, 2013 | 11 Comments so far


Content Warning: Go grab a snack, get a drink, go potty, and then get comfortable because Mulluane is fixing to get long winded again. You've been warned....

The more I use Pinterest, the more I am convinced it is a goldmine for book bloggers. But, it is only as good as the work that you are willing to put into it. With that in mind, and since I have already done the research, I am going to offer Mulluane's tips for successful pinning! Excited? Sure you are! Umm... wait... hey you, yeah you over there, I see you yawning. Stop that.

Anyway, without any further fan fair, lets get started.



1. Get signed up as a business account. Don't consider yourself a business? I didn't either, until I gave it some thought. I try to offer a valuable service to readers, publishers, authors and I hope fellow bloggers. Do I get paid for this? Well, no, not really but even charitable organizations are considered a business. Besides, look at how much time, work and dedication we put into this "hobby". Not sure about you, but it sure feels like a job at times to me. Besides, a business account is free and comes with alot of perks.

Go to http://business.pinterest.com/ and under the big red button, click on "convert here".

2. Get rich pins set up for your blog(s). Think Twitter cards and FB's use of open graph, only for Pinterest. You will need a basic knowledge of how to add some code to your blog/website. Rich pins will make pins from your site look clean and professional.

Now, assuming you've converted to a business account go to http://business.pinterest.com/rich-pins/ and follow the instructions.

3. Use pin friendly images. I had to do a bit of research to figure out what exactly a pinnable image was. Basically an image must be 250px wide or rich pins won't work. It doesn't have to be that size on the page but the source image (the one you uploaded before resizing inside the post) has to be 250px. Height does not matter.

Tips:

To double check the size, right click the image and choose "open image in new tab". Mouse over the tab's title to see the image size. If you try it in the pinterest image above, it should say pinterest.jpg (319x320).

If it is close to 250px but not quite close enough, try resizing in a program like Paint. If it is way off, try to use a bigger image. Resizing a really small image will likely cause icky distortion.

Use HQ images when ever possible. Publishers almost always have HQ book covers and if they don't, the author's webpage might. You want the clearest image possible so people looking for covers to pin go "Oh! dat is Purty!" and grab that sucka... (sorry, was having a southern moment.)

Don't use Amazon iframes. They are not pinnable.


4. Add a widget showing off your favorite board. Basic HTML needed. You can pick the one you want here:

http://business.pinterest.com/widget-builder/#do_embed_board

I put mine in the right sidebar but you can even embed it in a post if you want.

5. 
 Install a pin it button. So now you have been approved for Rich Pins, you've showcased your best board and you have all these wonderful images on your site just begging to be pinned. So why not install a pin it button! Head on over to http://business.pinterest.com/pin-it-button/ and create the one you want. Again you will need to know some basic html. Once installed, visitors to your site can pin images directly to their boards. Long before I knew what Pinterest even was, my reviews were being pinned. A button will just make it easier.

Tips:

You can also add a hover pin it button that appears in the upper corner of an image if somebody mouses over it. You can see it in use on the image above. Note: hover does not work on touch screens. Instructions are here: 


http://businessblog.pinterest.com/post/64123045927/a-new-pin-it-button-that-hovers

Pin it buttons will not function unless source picture is atleast 250px wide.

6. Get creative. OK, enough of the technical stuff. You are on Pinterest, you've created some boards you think people will love but nobody is paying you any attention. What to do?

Well, you may have to get creative.

After studying Pinterest for a month or two and getting very few repins, I spotted a few popular patterns. There are certain subjects people are drawn to.

Recipes is the big one, but I don't cook so for me, drawing them in with pictures of food was not an option. (but could be for you, heck, even Penguin Publishing is using food pins to get attention.)


Memes. Next trend I spotted was memes, especially about cats. For some reason bookish folks just love funny cat pictures! Start a board and pin every hilarious kitty you can find, use hashtags for easier searching, and watch the interest in your "other" boards pick up.

Movie posters are next up. OMG do folks go nuts over movie posters. I really should find more of those. They get repinned like crazy.

Fantasy art. Dragons, unicorns, and fairies, oh my! But, pinning those incorrectly can get you in trouble. More on that later but there are safer options.

Group Boards. Create a group board where everybody has the ability to invite anybody they want. Some of these boards are huge with 1000s of members. Now, the downside is, this is not an option unless you are willing to moderate it. There are always those who will pin off topic or repin stuff that was just pinned etc. The upside is, assuming you have come up with a great idea for a group board people will love, is the potential for a pyramid effect. You invite me, I invite 5 of my friends, they each invite 5 of their friends and before you know it, 1000s of people know exactly who you are and in the process, will discover your site.

Quotes. Last was the route I took, quotes. People are almost as fond of quotes as they are of food. Now I make my own, searching goodreads for hours at a time to find the good ones, then pasting them onto colorful post-it notes or onto longer scrolls. But I have an insane amount of free time. You can search for quotes to simply pin/repin much easier. Granted, not everybody who repins the quotes follow my boards, but alot end up doing so. Once I figured out what I was going to use as my "draw" my follower and repin numbers exploded.

7. Pinning Art. Now, about all that breathtaking art Pinterest is loaded with. (And to clarify, I am not talking about pictures that link to articles. I am referring to pieces of artwork. Oh and this is a good time to take another break. If you thought I was long winded before, you ain't seen nothing yet...)

Are you back yet? Oh good! Now on with the show.

I have read dozens of articles, carefully read Pinterest's policies and come to two conclusions. One, everybody has a different opinion and two, 90% of pinners are doing it wrong. Basically, what I have gleaned from all this research is, there are 4 basic things you must do in order to pin art correctly. (Note: to play it safe, pin any images you simply must have to a secret board. Only pin them publicly after you have done the following steps.)

First is locate the original artist. International copyright law states that any copyrighted material must be attributed and linked to the original artists. Fortunately, this is not as hard as you might think. If you right click on the image, select "Search google for this image" 9 times out of 10, you can locate the original. Supposedly you can also drag the image to your browser's address window, but I find that to be a painful way of doing it. I usually go no further than 2-3 pages deep before I find the real source.

Two, you found the original, now read the TOS, check the copyright, look at the notes, check and double check for warnings. If they say do not use under any circumstances, then delete the pin.

Three, the copyright is general, no special warnings, no threats of legal action so now, link directly to the artist's website/blog/gallery. Include the correct title, their name, a link to their profile if they have one and make sure the click through source is as direct a link to the image as you can find.

Four, and this is the really really important one and the one Pinterest says will cover your arse. You MUST comment on the picture. I can not stress this enough. No comment, no Fair Use, no fair use, you are violating Pinterest TOS and risk being sued. What I am not clear on is where the comment should be. I add mine to the pin description but I suppose pinning then commenting would work also.

Conclusion: I have already pretty much decided that I am not going to repin any more art. Instead I'll pin it directly from the original site myself with the proper attribution, comments and source links. Note: http://www.deviantart.com/, which is by far the most popular source, adds all of the proper info for you if you use their pin it button.

Tips: 

You could likely pin artwork from http://www.deviantart.com/ for the rest of your existence on this planet without ever looking anywhere else but, and it is a big but, just because Deviant has that convenient pin it button all set up to make sure you pin correctly, it does not always mean the artist wants their art pinned/shared. So...

Do not set up an account, or if you already have one, log out before pinning. If an artist is serious about no sharing, they will make their artwork visible only to members. If you are logged out, you'll see the warning. Two, read the notes, check the profile. If they don't want their art shared, they will usually state that very clearly. Always respect the artist!

To see how I think pins should be properly pinned, you can check out my board here:

http://www.pinterest.com/mulluane/fantasy-book-and-art-lover/

Note: it is still a work in progress. I think I have properly linked and attributed them all but I'm still working on adding the comments.


Deep breath...


8. Fun Fact. Did you know you can tag friends/followers in a pin? Yep, and it is easy too. All you have to do is type @ and without adding a space, start typing their name. Pinterest will start supplying you with a list of friends that match as you type. This adds a link to their profile in the pin's description, which is a great way to add an additional attribution to pins you have repined from a follower's board.

Now, I took that one step further and with special thanks to Anya at: 


for agreeing to be my lab dragon, discovered that this can be used as a simple way to share specific pins with specific people. For example, I am always seeing cat pictures I know she will love but how do I share them with her? Sure, I can pin them to my board but chances are they would be lost in the pin stream. I could email her I guess, assuming I have her addy or share to her FB timeline but what if she doesn't want it there?

So, with her as my partner in crime, I tried out using a tag to just get her attention. I found a funny cat picture, tagged her in the description, pinned it, then edited and removed the tag. Sure enough, she got a notification that she had been mentioned in a pin along with a link to that pin and eureka! mission accomplished! Now she can repin or simply just look and giggle. Win/win!

Now granted, I could have left the tag and some curious soul might have clicked on it to find out who the heck Anya was, but it looked really out of place so I took it off. I'm sure I'll find more logical instances where it works better to just leave it. A book recommendation maybe.

The Grand Finale: I'm reasonably sure that I've forgotten 1/2 of the things I wanted to write about but I figure they can wait on another post. Besides, your eyes are likely getting crossed and that guy over there is starting to look like Rumpelstiltskin, so I better quit while my audience is still young. I'll leave you with one more resource to peruse at your leisure.

http://www.pinterest.com/mulluane/pinterest-dos-and-donts/

So, as Bugs Bunny says, "Dats all folks!"

(until next time that is...)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

How Do You Choose New Books In A Bookstore?

Mulluane | Tuesday, November 12, 2013 | 4 Comments so far
Book Collage

I visit a bookstore on average twice a year. Birthday and Christmas. Since I go so rarely, and have limited funds, I have certain things I look for.

I am going to give you my list, in order of importance, but what I am really curious about is, how do you look for new books in a bookstore?


  • First I go straight to the Fantasy/Scifi paperback section. Hardcovers are out of reach and at my age, difficult to handle.

  • Next I look for my favorite authors. Probably shouldn't. Should look for new (atleast to me) authors first but there are certain ones I check for every time.

  • Size. Yes I admit it, I look for the fattest books I can find. If I am going to pay $8-$10 for a book, I want more page for my dollar. 600 pages is good, 800 is better. Besides being cheap, I only go twice a year so I want books that will carry me for awhile.

  • Found a nice fat book, next stop, the back cover. Is it something I want to read? What subgenre does it fall into? If back blurb is unclear, I'll randomly read a few pages.

  • Next is inside the front cover. Is it part of a series? Is the series done or are there "forthcoming" books listed? I am a series fanatic who hates waiting years for the "next" book. When I buy, I buy the whole series. If the series is incomplete, the book goes back on the shelf.

  • OK, the series is finished. Next is another look on the shelf. Are the other books in the series there? Do I already have any of them at home? Do I even remember? And, why oh why is it that I never bring a list? (yes I have that conversation with myself every... single... time...)

  • Rarely, I will check out a book because of its cover. The reason why I say rarely is because most of the time all I can see is the spine. Most bookstores "showcase" (cover facing out) a few books, but not very many.

  • Next thing I go looking for is old books. Books I used to have but have either loaned, lost or worn out. This search is often fruitless because older books tend to be missing atleast one in the series. Assuming they have them at all. But, sometimes I get lucky.

  • Next I'll look at the new release section. Not because I can afford anything there but so I know what to watch for next year when it comes out in mass market paperback. Not that I'll remember mind you, but I look anyway.

  • Finally, if I have any money left (doubtful), I'll go take a look at the YA section. Not much epic fantasy being written for YA but it never hurts to look.
So what is your process? Do you bring a list or spend a glorious hour or two perusing the shelves? Or do you do all of your shopping online or in discount/used bookstores? Maybe your thing is strictly the library in which case, how do you choose a new book there?

Inquiring minds want to know...


Sunday, November 3, 2013

New Speculative Fiction Releases for 11/05/2013 ~ Part Two

Mulluane | Sunday, November 03, 2013 | Be the first to comment!
Here is the second set of new releases which caught my eye: 

PowerpointNovember is a huge month for new speculative releases so this is the second slideshow showing new releases just for November 5th. Stay tuned for another one around mid week and likely a couple more before month's end.

Now, on with the show!

Step one, find a lovely book cover that catches your eye

Step two, click below the interesting book cover to read a portion of the blurb.

Step three, ooooo, the blurb is interesting too! So click on the book cover and go to Publisher's page for even more juicy details. They have lots of extra goodies there like trailers, and excerpts.

Step four, come back here {evil grin} and use the affiliate links listed below to buy the book.

OK, so step four is optional but booksellers are also another great resource for checking out book details. Besides, a girl can hope right? I also included Goodreads "add book" buttons in case you want to check there for any early reviews. Note: GR add book buttons are not visible in some feed readers.

Additional Instructions: If sideshow does not "play" or the speed I set it for is too slow, manual navigation is as simple as using the arrows at the bottom or you can tap, swipe, or click to either side of book cover to go forwards or backwards. I find that navigation is easier (bigger field) if blurb is hidden. You can also download a copy or open it in a separate window if you wish to view slideshow in full screen.


*Note* The term "New Release" can be misleading. While it frequently refers to a "new to the world" release, this is not always the case. Hardcovers are normally true "New Releases" but again, not always. Some books are never released in hardcover but skip straight to mass market. It can also refer to new format such as eBook, Mass Market, Trade or even a re-release of a book that was out of print. With this in mind, I included the actual editions being released in the link list below.

Goodreads and Affiliate Links:

B1. Burning Paradise) @ Amazon ~ @Book Depository ~ Hardcover/eBook/Audio
Burning Paradise

B2. Bellman and Black: A Novel ) @ Amazon ~ @Book Depository ~ Hardcover/eBook/Audible
Bellman & Black: A Ghost Story

B3. To Dance with the Devil (Blood Singer Novels) @ Amazon ~ @Book Depository ~ Trade Paperback
To Dance With the Devil (Blood Singer, #6)

B4. The Chronicles of Narnia Complete 7-Book Collection with Bonus Book: Boxen @ Amazon ~ @Book Depository ~ eBook
The Chronicles of Narnia Complete 7-Book Collection with Bonus Book: Boxen

B5. Iron Winter: The Northland Trilogy (Northland series) @ Amazon ~ @Book Depository ~ Hardcover/eBook
Iron Winter: The Northland Trilogy

B6. Magic and Loss: A Novel of Golgotham @ Amazon ~ @Book Depository ~ Paperback: Mass Market
Magic and Loss (Golgotham #3)

B7. The Misfortune Cookie: An Esther Diamond Novel @ Amazon ~ @Book Depository ~ Paperback: Mass Market/eBook
The Misfortune Cookie (Esther Diamond, #6)

B8. Masks @ Amazon ~ @Book Depository ~ Hardcover/eBook
Masks

B9. Swords Are My Business: A Collection of Four Eddie LaCrosse Novels @ Amazon ~ @Book Depository ~ e-Book Bundle
Swords Are My Business: A Collection of Four Eddie LaCrosse Novels

B10. Flame of Sevenwaters @ Amazon ~ @Book Depository ~ Paperback: Mass Market
Flame of Sevenwaters



Saturday, November 2, 2013

New Speculative Fiction Releases for 11/05/2013 ~ Part One

Mulluane | Saturday, November 02, 2013 | Be the first to comment!



Here are the first ten new releases which caught my eye: 

November is a huge month for new speculative releases so I will be making multiple posts to keep the slideshows from being too large. The following books are all being released on Nov 5, 2013 in the US.

Now, you ask, a slide what? What the heck am I supposed to do with this?

Well....

Step one, find a lovely book cover that catches your eye
Step two, click below the interesting book cover to read a portion of the blurb.
Step three, ooooo, the blurb is interesting too! So click on the book cover and go to Publisher's page for even more juicy details. They have lots of extra goodies there like trailers, and excerpts.
Step four, come back here {evil grin} and use the affiliate links listed below to buy the book.

OK, so step four is optional but booksellers are also another great resource for checking out book details. Besides, a girl can hope right? I also included Goodreads "add book" buttons in case you want to check there for any early reviews. Note: GR add book buttons are not visible in some feed readers.

Additional Instructions: If sideshow does not "play" or the speed I set it for is too slow, manual navigation is as simple as using the arrows at the bottom or you can tap, swipe, or click to either side of book cover to go forwards or backwards. I find that navigation is easier (bigger field) if blurb is hidden. You can also download a copy or open it in a separate window if you wish to view slideshow in full screen.


*Note* The term "New Release" can be misleading. While it frequently refers to a "new to the world" release, this is not always the case. Hardcovers are normally true "New Releases" but again, not always. Some books are never released in hardcover but skip straight to mass market. It can also refer to new format such as eBook, Mass Market, Trade or even a re-release of a book that was out of print. With this in mind, I included the actual editions being released in the link list below.

Goodreads and Affiliate Links:

B1. The Creature Department @ Amazon ~ Book Depository ~ Hardcover/eBook
The Creature Department

B2. The Royal Ranger (Ranger's Apprentice)@ Amazon ~ Book Depository ~ Hardcover/eBook
The Royal Ranger (Ranger's Apprentice, #12)

B3. Starhawk (A Priscilla Hutchins Novel) @ Amazon ~ Book Depository ~ Hardcover/eBook
Starhawk (A Priscilla Hutchins Novel)

B4. The Lair (Farm) @ Amazon ~ Book Depository ~ Paperback/eBook
The Lair (The Farm, #2)

B5. Royal Airs (An Elemental Blessings Novel) @ Amazon ~ Book Depository ~ Hardcover/eBook
Royal Airs (An Elemental Blessings Novel)

B6. Hell Bent: A Broken Magic Novel @ Amazon ~ Book Depository ~ Mass Market/eBook
Hell Bent (Broken Magic, #1)

B7. Tour of the Merrimack: Volume Two @ Amazon ~ Book Depository ~ Mass Market
Tour of the Merrimack: Volume Two

B8. The Golden City @ Amazon ~ Book Depository ~ Paperback/eBook
The Golden City

B9. The Silvered @ Amazon ~ Book Depository ~ Mass Market ~ Hardcover released last year
The Silvered

B10. Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 12) @ Amazon ~ Book Depository ~ Mass Market ~ Hardcover released last year
Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel



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