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Friday News: ambitiously presented author earnings,, suspicious book similarities, UK digital lending trends, and video game Romance novel covers

Friday News: ambitiously presented author earnings,, suspicious book similarities, UK digital...

Author Earnings – The Report – Here’s a link to the much discussed “report” by Hugh Howey that he’s using to assert the supremacy of self-publishing. His data captures two days of sales and then extrapolates annual earnings based on one placement on the charts. Without question, Howey’s data is a good start to a necessary conversation about what is selling on Amazon, but how much one can extrapolate from that (as Howey does) is up for debate (or should be). Of course authors will have to decide for themselves whether the data is useful.

This data provided one piece of a complex puzzle. The rest of the puzzle hit my inbox with a mighty thud last week. I received an email from an author with advanced coding skills who had created a software program that can crawl online bestseller lists and grab mountains of data. All of this data is public—it’s online for anyone to see—but until now it’s been extremely difficult to gather, aggregate, and organize. This program, however, is able to do in a day what would take hundreds of volunteers with web browsers and pencils a week to accomplish. The first run grabbed data on nearly 7,000 e-books from several bestselling genre categories on Amazon. Subsequent runs have looked at data for 50,000 titles across all genres. You can ask this data some pretty amazing questions, questions I’ve been asking for well over a year [link]. And now we finally have some answers. –Author Earnings

Links: Good and Funny Stuff to Soothe the Part Where Plagiarism Is Still Ugly – Sarah Wendell reports on two cases of questionable similarities, and I’m adding a bonus one from a recent Dear Author review for the hat trick. First, you can compare passages from Marilyn Lee’s 2008 book Skin Deep to those in Leila Lacey’s 2014 book, Vixen’s Curves. Then there is the case of JB Lynn’s book Nearly Departed, which Kate Rothwell has blogged about, due to similarities with Wendy Roberts’s The Remains of the Dead. Then Jane reviewed Mariana Zapata’s Under Locke, noting similarities to several other books, including Karina Halle’s Artist’s Trilogy. Whether or not all of these cases are straight out copying, there have definitely been more questions lately about how books in the genre are overlapping or being “deconstructed” or borrowed from, or whatever you want to call it. As I’ve said before, we this really needs to be publicly discussed more readily and prominently.

Lynn’s book has been removed from retailers, however. The book was published by “Gemma Halliday Publishing,” a boutique publisher of mystery and romance run by author Gemma Halliday. The book also appears to have been removed from Gemma Halliday’s site. Lynn has published several other books, including two in her Neurotic Hitwoman series with Avon. I’m guessing readers and authors armed with combs and Google are going over those other works, too. –Smart Bitches Trashy Books

Libraries see surge in erotic book borrowing – Okay, before you start rolling your eyes, note that the title of this article is sensationalistic and misleading, because the piece is a broader look at what books are being borrowed in digital form from UK public libraries. Since Laurel K. Hamilton is being classified as “erotic fiction,” well, you can draw your own conclusions. Still, there’s some interesting data here, as well as a note that “all lending income goes directly to the author.”

Hilary Mantel becomes the first Booker winner to make the top 10 since PLR records began 20 years ago, with Bring Up the Bodies cited as the eighth most borrowed book.

However, US romance writer Danielle Steel dropped out of the top 10 most borrowed adult fiction authors list for the first time since comprehensive PLR records began in 1988/89. –BBC News

Power Couples : Classic Video Games Reimagined as Romance Novels – I think this is pretty cute — part satire, part homage, and a lot of clever. How can you resist the love story between “Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man” or the tag line for Shot to the Heart: Their Dreams of Desire Just Flew South . . . Forever. It’s the tender story of a dog and a duck. Heh. –Shutterstock

Daily Deals: Recommended PNR, SEALS, mature romance

Daily Deals: Recommended PNR, SEALS, mature romance

Hearts of Darkness: A Deadglass Novel by Kira BradyHearts of Darkness by Kira Brady. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

In the first of a dazzling new romantic trilogy, one woman’s courageous search plunges her into a millennia-old supernatural war–and an irresistible passion. . .

Nurse Kayla Friday has dedicated her life to science and reason. But for her, Seattle is a place of eerie loss and fragmented, frightening memories. And now the only clue to her sister’s murder reveals a secret battle between two ancient mythologies. . .and puts Kayla in the sights of lethally-sexy werewolf mercenary Hart. He’ll do whatever it takes to obtain the key to the Gate of the Land of the Dead and free what’s left of his soul. But seducing the determined Kayla is putting them at the mercy of powerful desires neither can control. And as the clock ticks down to hellish catastrophe, the untested bond between Kayla and Hart may lead to the ultimate sacrifice.

Hearts of Fire (#0.5) FREE
Hearts of Darkness (#1) $1.99
Hearts of Shadow (#2) $2.99

The third book is out on March 4.

I really loved this first book. I felt the second was rather disjointed and not as compelling but I’m intrigued about the first one. The myths were ones I hadn’t read a ton before.

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SEALed With A Kiss by Teresa Reasor, Stephanie Tyler, Sharon Hamilton, Gennita Low, Elle JamesSEALed With A Kiss by Teresa Reasor. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

8 Navy SEAL stories by bestselling authors: Marliss Melton, Gennita Low, Teresa Reasor, Elle James, Delilah Devlin, Stephanie Tyler, J.M. Madden and Sharon Hamilton

CODE OF SILENCE by Award-winning Internationally Bestselling author Marliss Melton:
Navy SEAL Vinny DeInnocentis has no idea his news reporter wife is keeping secrets. With her hard-won reputation for rooting out corruption, Ophelia can’t let a little thing like her unexpected pregnancy get in the way of exposing Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor for the liar he is. But will her quest to publicize the truth — and her shocking discovery that her target is far more dangerous than she imagined — cost her more than she ever thought she’d lose?

SEAL MY DESTINY by New York Times and USA/Today Bestselling Author Sharon Hamilton:
Back from a horrible tour, Navy SEAL Luke Paulsen has a chance encounter with a woman who begins to unthaw his troubled soul. Deciding he’s too damaged, he begs off further entanglement, but then meets her again a month later at a family wedding, where the unavoidable attraction pulls them together as never before. Will their love be enough to heal them both for a chance at a Happily Ever After?

HOLDING ON by New York Times Bestselling author Stephanie Tyler:
(a novella set in the Hold series – originally published in SEAL of My Dreams altho) Jamie Michaels is an FBI Agent, married to a Navy SEAL…and about to give birth while her husband’s deployed. Navy SEAL Chris Waldron’s been on some impossible missions before, but getting home in time for the birth of his son might prove to be the toughest–and most rewarding mission of all.

WARRIOR by Bestselling author Gennita Low:
On a covert operation with his SEAL team, Lucas Branson bumps into his love interest, Kit Ling Harrison, who is overseas with her media team interviewing victims of war. Things get interesting when he and Kit end up on an unexpected road trip. Chasing vehicles, avoiding RPGs, singing silly songs, and falling in love ensue.

SEAL’s DESIRE by USA Today Bestselling author Elle James:
Back from deployment, Navy SEAL Remy LaDue’s planned Valentine’s Day date with NCIS agent Mitchell Sanders runs amuck when he finds her undercover as a sexy stripper at a local lounge. Remy and his team join forces with Mitchell to find a missing woman and discover a human trafficking organization in the darkest heart of Virginia Beach.

SEAL’s LOST DREAM by USA Today Bestselling author JM Madden
Former Navy SEAL K9 handler Joe Flynn lost his dog in the war and doesn’t want anything to do with animals, but every stray in Denver seems to head his way. Luckily for him, the luscious veterinarian Willow James doesn’t mind taking care of everything he finds. She even seems willing to take him on with all his ghosts, but is he ready to let them go for her?

BREAKING FREE by Bestselling author Teresa Reasor
When her brother Brett is attacked and left for dead, Zoe Weaver and Lieutenant Adam ‘Hawk’ Yazzie work together to discover if one of his SEAL teammates is responsible for his injuries. But will loyalties forged on the battlefield prove more binding than the truth? Or their love?

MUTINY’S BOUNTY by USA Today Bestselling author Delilah Devlin:
Interested only in experiencing an adrenaline-packed adventure first-hand to give her credo when she books her clients’ adventure vacations, Lace McElhannon finds more excitement than she can handle when she meets and falls into bed with ex-SEAL Dex Haygood. Fresh from protecting transport ships from Somali pirates, Dex figures his latest job will be a cakewalk, until he finds himself in deep water, swimming with sharks and trying to protect Lace when the yacht they’re sailing on is taken.

Looks like these are novellas and some, if not all, were previously published in other collections. Still, a good deal.

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What a Westmoreland Wants  by Brenda JacksonWhat a Westmoreland Wants by Brenda Jackson. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

Mr. September: Callum Austell, sexy Australian ranch owner

His Deepest Desire: The elusive Gemma Westmoreland

The Seduction Plan: Get her on his turf—ASAP!

He’d been biding his time, and now the perfect opportunity had arrived to pursue the ultimate object of his affections. Offering Gemma a job to decorate his new home meant she had to come to him. And on his territory, the Aussie knew he could easily woo her into his bed. But this Westmoreland woman was no pushover. If Callum was going to get what he wanted—as always—the millionaire just might have to utter three little words first.

Free! This is one of Harlequin’s more successful authors and the Westmoreland series is a long running, NYTimes popular series.

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Thursdays in the Park Hilary BoydThursdays in the Park by Hilary Boyd. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Called “a warm and well-written case for love affairs in later life” (Daily Telegraph), Thursdays in the Park was a runaway best-seller in the united Kingdom. Boyd’s debut novel is a touching, romantic tale of new attraction and old loyalties.

Jeanie is on the brink of turning sixty, and the man she’s been married to for more than half of her life has suddenly abandoned the marital bed. When Jeanie’s husband George retreats from his conjugal duties, she is deeply hurt and very confused: Has she done something wrong? Is he in love with someone else? Her pained bewilderment turns to anger as he remains unable, or unwilling, to provide answers. The bright spot of Jeanie’s week is Thursday, the day she takes her granddaughter to the park. There, one day, she meets Ray — age-appropriate, kind-hearted, easygoing, and downright sexy. In short, he is everything that George is not. As her relationship with Ray begins to blossom and she begins to think that her life might hold in store a bold second act, she begins to wonder if she has the courage to take a step off the precipice of routine and duty and into the swirling winds of romance.
From the Trade Paperback edition.

This sounds intriguing because it’s a later in love romance. One of the pros per the reviews is the dialogue which is described as both poignant and funny but it does revolve around adultery and I’m not sure how the romance unspools.

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