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Tuesday Links of Love

Kresley Cole is giving away a free Sony Reader. You need to pimp, post, and then be lucky.

Other links:

  • AAR Rachel interviews Julia Spencer Fleming, one of my favorite new to me mystery authors that Keishon has been dunning us to read for years. Keishon’s got good mystery taste even though I’m not quite over her Karin Slaughter recommendation. St. Martin’s Press had a free giveaway of Spencer’s first work earlier this year and it seeded my purchase of her books.
  • Vick’s VapoRub can cause respiratory distress for children under two when applied directly under their tiny toddler nostrils. Ugh. Who knew.
  • It sounds like the Billionaire Tycoon’s revenge, the plot of many a romance story. One company buys up stock secretly and corners the market. Upon release of the information of their share, the price of the stock shoots up and companies that bet against the stock lose their shirts.   One ruined person commits suicide. Seriously.   It sounds like a novel but its real life.   Sadly.
  • Longer fingers can mean many things (i.e., shoe size) but apparently it can also mean that they are more likely to be financially successful. So single ladies, look for men with long right fingers (longer than the index finger) and intelligence. You are bound to have a rich guy with good sperm.
  • Sony is sitting on $1.1 billion of loss, a loss for the first time in 14 years. Not sure whether that will affect Sony’s investment in Digital Reading devices. Let’s hope not.
  • Dell Mini 9, a netbook, is available for $99 with a 2 year cellular service plan from AT&T. The cost is $60. I pay $50 for my wireless card so that would be around $340 for the Dell Mini 9 over the course of two years. Not terrible. (Via Giz)
  • Amazon loses its tax case with New York City.   Until the case is appealed, Amazon will have to start charging sales tax on books sold in NY because any company that has more than $10,000 in revenue from affiliate outfits in the state is required to collect sales tax.   We’ll see if Amazon changes its affiliate scheme or whether they’ll appeal.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Janine
    Jan 13, 2009 @ 20:46:54

    I thought Rachel’s interview with Julia Spencer-Fleming was fabulous. It’s rare that you see such thought-provoking questions or such thoughtful answers. Rachel and Julia both did an amazing job.

  2. Keishon
    Jan 13, 2009 @ 21:09:39

    Oh, excellent interview! I loved reading it – thank you both (Rachel for the interview and Jane for posting the link).

  3. Laura
    Jan 13, 2009 @ 21:13:54

    All time favorite author? Lois McMaster Bujold. Someone once wrote me that Clare Fergusson reminded them of Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan and I just about died from pleasure. I own every single book LMB has ever written and I reread them every year. If I ever meet her at a conference I’ll probably pass out on the spot. I hope I don’t drool on the rug.

    I knew there was a good reason why I latched on to Spencer-Fleming so readily. Well, the great writing might have had something to do with it.

  4. Leah Hultenschmidt
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 11:01:54

    Actually, Amazon has been charging NY residents sales tax since the suit began in the summer. Although I believe Overstock, who was also originally part of the suit, has been holding off on charging the taxes. It will be interesting to see how this one comes out.

  5. orannia
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 17:13:12

    Thank you Jane! I love how DA has introduced me to so many good books and authors. It was a review here by Janine (I think) that directed me to Julia Spencer Fleming’s first book In the Bleak Midwinter. I have been glooming her with intent and am just about to start the fourth book, once I finish CS Harris’ What Angels Fear (WAF). And it was Jennie, reviewing CS Harris’ When Serpents Sleep that introduced me to CS Harris. I’m about 40 pages from the end of WAF and very frustrated that I have to stop reading to work :) I’m rapt to have found both authors, so thank you all!

    Am off to read the Julia Spencer Fleming review now :)

  6. Jorrie Spencer
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 17:36:28

    I’ve only read the first Julia Spencer-Fleming book, so I won’t go read the interview for fear of spoilers. But I do plan to read them all! I’ve had good luck with Keishon’s mystery recs. (Though I haven’t read that Karin Slaughter series and now won’t be able to bring myself to.)

  7. Throwmearope
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 18:24:53

    In an odd reprise of the one-year anniversary of the Cassie Edwards scandal, the Vicks VapoRub study was done in ferrets.* (I’d say “Take that Mrs. G.”, except apparently she’s not reading DA for the next 2 weeks because of all of us losers who impose on Jane by posting here.)

    *The article didn’t specify if the ferrets were blackfooted or not.

  8. Jinni Black
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 18:44:41

    Thanks for the link to Fleming. Thanks to you guys and Keishon, she dominated 2008 as the must read author in my house. I keep buying her books for anyone who will read them.

  9. JenB
    Jan 15, 2009 @ 10:34:42

    I’m not sure why the Vick’s thing is suddenly news. Vick’s has always had a warning that says not to put it directly into the nose.

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