Thursday Thirteen #72 — Susan’s Book Talk


I’ve got all these things I’ve been wanting to share with everyone, so I’m sending the bands into their practice spaces, I’m parking the journalists in front of their computers, and telling the chef, the artist, the groupie, and the roadie to go about their business for the week.

Let’s talk books!

1. My eroti-chick friend Lisa Andel is reporting that her book Dead Again is now in print. My link will take you to the post on her blog about it; you can buy it from the links she provides.

2. My other eroti-chick friend Tilly Greene has the same wonderful thing going on! Here’s the link to her blog about the release of Zandia.

3. Not quite an eroti-chick but still an erotic writer nonetheless, TA Chase also has seen one of his e-books make the jump into print. No Going Home is the name of his book. Check it out.

4. This is a big deal because e-books have to sell a certain amount before the publisher will venture into print with them. After all, the costs for print books are higher. So if you’d like to explore (or further your explorations) of erotic literature, these three would be great places to start. If you’ve never read an e-book and wonder what the fuss is about but really don’t want to read on the computer or buy a reader, this is your chance to see what’s up. Best of all, you can hold these puppies in your hand and turn the pages.

5. Contests! I’ve got two contests to tell you about, and I’m not running either one of them!

6. First, we have my bud a Bookworm, over at A Book Blogger’s Diary. She’s giving away a copy of The Tea Rose, by Jennifer Donnelly.

7. As I said to her, the timing is sort of funny because I’d read about this book on someone else’s blog (if it was you, apologies; I read about 400 feeds a day and yeah, things get blurry fast) and was intrigued. And then, the day she posted this contest, I’d been reading an old Publisher’s Weekly from November, and there was the review. I was hooked all over again!

8. I almost didn’t share the news of this contest ’cause you know. I’d like to win it and all. Maybe if you win it, you’ll share it with me?

9. My other bud, Cheesy Giraffe, is having her very first contest. Sorry, you non-US folk, but this is a US-only contest. And no, I won’t let you ship it to me and I’ll ship it to you. Not even if you’ll publish Trevor for me. Now, if you’d design me a ShapeShifter t-shirt I could sell the rest of you groupies, we can talk…

10. Patience pays off. You guys know what a Joann Sfar fan I am, right? I’ve listed every one of his books I don’t already have on my wishlist at BookMooch and finally, finally, I was able to get my hands on The Professor’s Daughter. While not my favorite of his (I think The Dungeon series has that honor. Yes, even over the Rabbi’s Cat), it’s still darn good. Get your own, though!

11. I really like science fiction/fantasy art. It just appeals to me. And so, I read Irene Gallo‘s blog. It’s a dangerous place to be; I came across this gem. Since you’re too lazy to click the link, I’ll tell you it’s called The Plucker and it’s an illustrated novel by this dude named Brom.

12. The Tour Manager came home from the office on Monday (yes, he does more than tend to my every need) and told me he had my birthday present for me. Nevermind that I’m an April baby, he had the present and he was handing it over.

13. I’m very glad he did. It’s gorgeous and I can’t wait to read it. The Tour Manager rocks.

Hey, before I go, am I the only lucky RT attendee who got kicked over to the overflow hotel? I’m wondering if, given that the whole idea of having a room was to have a nearby retreat and place to change my clothes, I should save the money and just sleep in my own bed.

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  1. Nicholas

    March 26, 2008 7:55 pm

    Your eroti-chick friends seem to be successful. Congratulations to them.

  2. Open Grove Claudia

    March 26, 2008 8:21 pm

    ((hug)) you are such an awesome person to support your friends like this – really truly awesome. I can hardly wait to do the same for you.BR/BR/Now where’s my boyfriend Trevor?? ;)BR/BR/Happy TT!

  3. Adelle

    March 26, 2008 8:22 pm

    Lots of good news going on! Hope you enjoy your early birthday present. Happy T13!

  4. susiej

    March 26, 2008 9:08 pm

    I want to be your friend! Your friends are so successful! Congratulations to all of them.

  5. pussreboots

    March 26, 2008 9:15 pm

    Oooh. You’re tempting me with these books. Happy TT.

  6. Joely Sue Burkhart

    March 26, 2008 9:42 pm

    Man, I wish I was going to RT or RWA this year! Maybe next year. Happy TT!

  7. Thomma Lyn

    March 26, 2008 9:57 pm

    Wow, lots of exciting news! And three cheers to you for being such a great, supportive friend in the writer community. You rock, right along with the Shapeshifter guys! 🙂

  8. SandyCarlson

    March 26, 2008 10:12 pm

    So what book did you get for your birthday?

  9. Lori

    March 26, 2008 10:29 pm

    Nice kudos to your friends. They are lucky to have you in their corner. Happy TT!

  10. Lara Angelina

    March 26, 2008 10:48 pm

    Susan, I hope your day is going better! You certainly must be busy enough scanning 400 feeds a day — heavens girl, I don’t know HOW you do it! Don’t you get brain freeze after about 20??BR/Anyway, you’re a doll to help out your fellow writers and I definitely will check some of those out! Keep smiling — spring is on the way (altho we are supposed to get SNOW tomorrow here in Chicago….ugh)!!

  11. bunnygirl

    March 26, 2008 11:09 pm

    Sounds like erotic lit is where it’s at! Congrats to your friends and thanks for all the links!

  12. Winter

    March 26, 2008 11:11 pm

    Since you were pimping your friends I’ll have to get my pal Shiny to make you a pimp banner like she made me! And if you give me some ideas for your band shirt, maybe I can come up with something. I did make fanged shirts for the Bar after all. Now, fess up. What book did you get for the b-day? Happy TT!

  13. Julia Smith

    March 26, 2008 11:38 pm

    I’m a link-clicker, and I discovered your Tilly Greene link…well…it brought me back to Lisa Andel. See? Some of us actually click! And I also love that cover for ‘Plucker’.BR/BR/Really enjoyed your T13 today, Susan! Lots of writerly love!

  14. cheesygiraffe

    March 26, 2008 11:39 pm

    Thanks for the mention my dear. *hugs*

  15. Kathleen Oxley

    March 27, 2008 12:26 am

    Great list! I’m checking out those contests and I’ll be happy to share if I win!BR/BR/Happy TT!!

  16. SJ Reidhead

    March 27, 2008 12:41 am

    Excellent TT. Very informative. I’m discovering that my books are starting to trickle in a few sales, but not much. I refuse to put them on Amazon because of their commission. BR/BR/Maybe I’m writing the wrong subject.BR/BR/Oh, I love sci fi art. I have a decent collection, mostly originals. I don’t think people realize how valuable some artists are going to be.BR/BR/SJRBR/The Pink FlamingoBR/

  17. Lisa Andel

    March 27, 2008 12:52 am

    Love ya Susan! Thanks for the pimpage. :-)BR/BR/And thank you Nicholas for the congrats.BR/BR/As for everyone else? Yeah, we’re lucky to have Susan in our conrner.

  18. Kaige

    March 27, 2008 1:00 am

    Neat, I got an early box of books for my birthday next week too!BR/BR/Congrats, to your friends getting into print!BR/BR/Happy TT!BR/

  19. Ann

    March 27, 2008 1:54 am

    If the overflow hotel is too far away, you can hang with me. :)BR/(I can’t wait, this will be so much fun). Have a great weekend.

  20. Mrs. Brownstone @ XBOX Wife

    March 27, 2008 2:31 am

    I’m sorry to hear that your day was bad! I hope that things are going better now. Thanks for all of the links to check out ~ I’ll have to give them all a click when it’s not so late my eyes are blurry!

  21. Robin

    March 27, 2008 2:40 am

    Nu, so what did he get you?

  22. Deanna Dahlsad

    March 27, 2008 6:52 am

    Just one question… Who wrote this? It’s so “out of character” for you :p

  23. Tilly Greene

    March 27, 2008 7:50 am

    GASP! You are such a sweetie! What a lovely surprise!BR/BR/Amongst others, I followed the Plucker link and the blog has been added to my bloglines 🙂 Some of my favorite books started out as illustrator picks first.BR/BR/Sorry you’ve been sent to the overflow hotel…is it far away? They changed my reservation as well but it isn’t too bad…at least not yet – I’ll wait until we check in.BR/BR/Hugs darlin’, you’ve made my day and I needed that 🙂

  24. Darla

    March 27, 2008 8:34 am

    Congrats to all the print-release-ees! BR/BR/I’m very curious about the early birthday present. C’mon, give us a hint? A teeny one?

  25. the teach

    March 27, 2008 8:45 am

    Great TT13! Thanks for visiting me! I really appreciate it!

  26. fullbodytransplant

    March 27, 2008 8:46 am

    You, my dear, are the essence of community.BR/BR/Very inspirational, please continue.

  27. LA Day

    March 27, 2008 9:35 am

    Great TT!BR/Wish I was going to RT, maybe next year.

  28. Gattina

    March 27, 2008 10:22 am

    Interesting friends you have !!

  29. marcia

    March 27, 2008 10:48 am

    happy reading

  30. storyteller

    March 27, 2008 11:06 am

    What a great way to share ‘good news’ and introduce bloggy friends to other writer friends. Hope you enjoy your early b-day book … but you didn’t tell us the title ;–)BR/Hugs and blessings,

  31. Lesley

    March 27, 2008 11:28 am

    Thanks or all the tips! And congrats to your friends that’s great!

  32. Shelley Munro

    March 27, 2008 3:07 pm

    I love Lisa’s book Dead Again. It deserves its print slot.

  33. xakara

    March 27, 2008 3:16 pm

    Yay for books! I’ll check into them as soon as there’s room in the budget. Congrats to your friends!BR/BR/Off to check into the contests. :)BR/BR/~X

  34. Amy Ruttan

    March 27, 2008 4:29 pm

    They have overflow at RWA in Frisco. I never in bothered with the uber expensive on site hotel. I have my own deals muwahahahahaha! 😉

  35. Janet

    March 27, 2008 4:51 pm

    My grandmother’s name was Tilly and I giggle every time I see it 🙂

  36. Celticlibrarian

    March 27, 2008 7:28 pm

    If you like fantasy art, be sure to check out K. Y. Craft’s page – She’s fabulous.

  37. Julia

    March 27, 2008 7:30 pm

    WOW contest! I be sure to visit these authors soon! And you know, you are an awesome friends who support them on their every need – books that is :)BR/BR/Thanks for visiting my blog, maybe next time when you stop by again – bring your boyfriend Trevor with you 😉 hehehe! Have a good day :)BR/BR/Julia-Yen

  38. Starrlight

    March 27, 2008 10:14 pm

    400 a day?!!? Gentle jebus it is a wonder you are not blind 😛

  39. auria cortes

    March 27, 2008 10:47 pm

    Thanks for posting the contests. BR/BR/Your list made me laugh because I’m in the middle of writing an erotica story. Something short, but steamy. 🙂

  40. No Nonsense Girl

    March 27, 2008 11:27 pm

    Happy T13 Susan!!!! Hoping you and yours are well.

  41. Nap Warden

    March 27, 2008 11:38 pm

    Way to promote your pals!

  42. Wylie Kinson

    March 28, 2008 9:16 am

    I got totally stuck on ‘400 feeds a day’ !!!! My head is spinning. But not so much that I didn’t make note of those other must-read titles. Thanks for the recommends. I’m always looking for GREAT books to read 🙂

  43. Malcolm

    March 28, 2008 12:41 pm

    I really liked the cover of Brom’s book. I wish I could click the photo in order to enlarge it.

  44. Julia

    March 28, 2008 3:27 pm

    Are you sure Trevor couldn’t get into google account….or did you deny him to come visit my blog LOLBR/BR/Hugs! 🙂

  45. Smiler

    March 29, 2008 11:09 pm

    I had never heard the term “eroti-chick” before, though I’ve figured it out by myself. I didn’t realize it was such a popular genre. That’s a good thing to know.

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