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Tuesday Midday Links: Good YA Deals

Abritrator rejects argument by authors published by Regnery as having fiduciary relationship.  “the relationship between publisher and author is fundamentally adversarial, not fiduciary in nature.”  If that is so, how can fiduciaries aka agents be in an adversarial relationship with their clients aka authors?


India romance readers want realism not exotic locales says this article.

Harlequin Mills and Boon, for instance, came up with an Indian author’s book last year and the latest to join the bandwagon is author Aastha Atray, who has made a mark with her novel His Monsoon Bride, MB’s first “made-in-India-with-Indian faces” book.

Even as the company plans to rope in two more Indian writers next year, Indian authors are penning contemporary facets of new-age romance for today’s lovers of mush.

“The demand for realistic settings is high. I wanted to give my readers a balance of both — romance and realism. So my novel is set in contemporary Mumbai. It’s about a rich journalist in Mumbai who chooses to travel by train. The hero is a self-made millionaire in modern Mumbai who has lived in Dharavi as a child,” says Aastha.


Cloud based ebook reader is coming to New Zealand and this article posits it could be the savior of independent bookstores (it is not, but I always like hearing what others are thinking).

It’s true that they would struggle to sell e-books by themselves, because of the prohibitive cost of applying the complex data protection technology needed to stop e-books being copied repeatedly.

But help is at hand across the Tasman. Australian firm Read Cloud has developed a service that will allow people to buy e-books from independent bookstores and store them online in a “cloud” so that they can be read at any time. Title Page, a site created by Australian publishers, will offer a similar service.


Courtney Milan’s Unlocked is free at Amazon and Apple. Promotion to end on the 21st of December.

Bodywork by Marie Harte is the free book from All Romance today.

In non book deals, all nine episodes of the struggling TV series, Pan Am, is free in the Apple store.

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. Shayera
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 10:23:48

    I bought that Indian M&B when I was in India in January.

  2. Jane
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 10:24:17

    @Shayera: How was it?

  3. ms bookjunkie
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 10:39:19

    So. I’m a lover of mush?

  4. Jane
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 10:40:56

    @ms bookjunkie: Maybe mush in India has entirely different connotations? LOL.

  5. Brian
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 11:58:52

    Just got an email from Harper Collins…

    Now thru January 3rd Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison is $1.99 (for US customers anyway, not sure about elsewhere).

  6. FD
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 13:28:48

    @ms bookjunkie: Well, mush has two meanings in UK English – mush as in the stuff you feed babies and a generic term for anything sentimental or romantic, not necessarily degenerative. It’s possible the second meaning is the one intended.

  7. DS
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 15:43:44

    I really like Kate White’s Bailey Weggins mysteries but be warned that Bailey’s romantic relationships are rocky to downright shipwrecked through the series. The mysteries are good and I found myself fascinated by the view inside a New York fashion magazine.

  8. Darlynne
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 16:09:24

    It’s a good day to enjoy YA books. B&N doesn’t get the traffic that Amazon does, of course, and I’m leery of all the exclamation point reviews many of the listed books have received at B&N. In the plus column, however, are the PW reviews; if they’re enthusiastic, I’m in. Thanks again for these deals, Jane.

  9. Estara
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 16:49:47

    I would LOVE for others to read White Tiger. This series is my guilty pleasure – although by now and book six there is less guilt as some things are explained. But while it is Chinese mythology and you learn about Hong Kong a whole lot, we do have the heroine as an Australian.

    Sarah reviewed the first book at SBTB when Angry Robot was going to release it – and then they didn’t and the former parent company released it a year later. I don’t remember how I came across it the first time but it was an Australian paperback I bought from and I’ve been importing them ever since – and so happy they are now available e.

    Any Asian background reviews you can point me to would be much appreciated!

  10. B
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 06:00:08

    […] DA 1 | DA 2 | DA 3 | DA 4 […]

  11. Shayera
    Dec 24, 2011 @ 18:45:19

    @Jane: (sorry for the really late reply!)
    It was… okay. It’s very Indian. It really does require the reader to know something about modern India to get the story.

  12. Sunita
    Dec 24, 2011 @ 19:13:22

    @Shayera: Are you talking about Love Asana? I read that too and agree with your rating. It was okay but not great. It was nice to read something so firmly rooted in the Indian setting. Although her lack of extended family was hard to buy; that’s a staple of romances but it seems weirder in India, where everyone has tons of relatives.

  13. Shayera
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 13:10:16

    @Sunita: Sunita, that’s the one I’m talking about. The lack of family bothered me too. That just seemed completely implausible.
    But I’m glad that M&B is expanding out to India. It’ll be interesting to see if they can be successful.

  14. Sunita
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 13:18:24

    @Shayera: I’m going to pick up the next one (His Monsoon Bride) when I go there in a couple of months. Will report back. I wish they had ebooks, but they only have the M&B Indian ones in print so far.

  15. Shayera
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 11:08:08

    @Sunita: Oh cool! Let me know how it is.

  16. aastha
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 06:49:46

    hi.. shayera and sunita…do read and let me know too…i would love the feedback :)

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