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Tuesday Midday News: A real voucher from Almack’s, another Macmillan publisher...

Voucher Almack's


Some of the following are duplicative of previous postings.
  • Once Upon a Wicked Night by Jennifer Haymore * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Daring by Dee Davis * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Magic in His Kiss by Shari Anton * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • That’s Amore by Wendy Markham * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • To Surrender To A Rogue (Circle of Sin Trilogy 2) by Cara Elliott * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Pursuit by Elizabeth Jennings * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Between the Sheets by Robin Wells * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Out of Time by Samantha Graves * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • The Leopard Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • The Serpent Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Lady’s Choice by Amanda Scott * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S

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. Emily A.
    May 29, 2012 @ 12:13:05

    The Voucher is so cool! And she had a title! I always thought titles were automatic ins to Almacks. Sounds like this club was way more exclusive than I previously thought.
    Anyway thanks for posting the voucher. It’s one of my favorite things I have seen on DA.

  2. Kelly Jensen
    May 29, 2012 @ 12:14:30

    Thanks SO MUCH for including our blog tour in your midday roundup. One tiny thing: Liz Burns’s blog is (I wouldn’t want anyone to miss her post today).

  3. Jane
    May 29, 2012 @ 12:17:43

    @Kelly Jensen – sorry about that. I changed the link. my googlefu needs assistance.

  4. Jane
    May 29, 2012 @ 12:17:59

    @Emily A – it’s one of the coolest things I’ve posted here at DA.

  5. Isobel Carr
    May 29, 2012 @ 12:22:16

    Thanks for sharing the voucher! I’ve never actually seen one before.

  6. Isobel Carr
    May 29, 2012 @ 12:26:28

    @Emily A.: You had to have “good ton” to be invited. A badly behaved or scandalous peer (or one the patronesses just didn’t like) wouldn’t have been able to get in. Likewise, a mere gentleman (like Beau Brummell) could secure a voucher because he was an arbitrator of taste and had friends among the patronesses. The real secret was that the patronesses didn’t all like each other, and they didn’t act as a committee. You only had to get one of them to agree to invite you and you were in.

  7. library addict
    May 29, 2012 @ 12:36:45

    Enjoyed seeing the voucher. It’s one of those things we read about all the time, so nice to now how have an accurate mental image.

  8. becca
    May 29, 2012 @ 12:43:37

    When I try to read the TorrentFreak article, all I get is garbage on my screen. Is there another url I can go to to read this article and the comments? is the garbage because my isp is censoring torrents, or just that my browser can’t read the article for some reason?

  9. Danielle D
    May 29, 2012 @ 13:13:04

    Thanks for sharing the voucher, I always wondered what one looked like.

  10. Kate Pearce
    May 29, 2012 @ 15:37:42

    I have to admit I squealed a bit when I saw that voucher for Almacks-for me one of those is right up there with an admission letter for Hogwarts. :)

  11. Anthea Lawson
    May 29, 2012 @ 15:40:13

    Another cheer for the voucher – how cool is that! :D

    Here’s a great link to a comic by The Oatmeal about someone legitimately *trying* to purchase Game of Thrones, and what happened… (hint – don’t make it impossible for your customers to purchase your product.)

    And I really enjoyed Ship Breaker – a great, gritty YA read with a touch of romance. :)

  12. Carrie
    May 29, 2012 @ 16:53:28

    @Anthea Lawson: “(hint – don’t make it impossible for your customers to purchase your product.) ”

    Exactly. I’ve heard many complaints about this. I guess people at HBO don’t realize there are still plenty of people who don’t have cable or satellite TV and therefore can’t view Game of Thrones that way. Why not make it accessible via a pay-per-view and charge a reasonable per episode fee? As someone recently said (I wish I remembered where) most evidence shows people are more than willing to pay for what they watch, listen to, or read. If HBO had released the episodes for viewing they could have made money and made a lot of fans happy.

  13. Sarah Mayberry
    May 29, 2012 @ 17:25:14

    @Carrie: I guess you have to look at HBO’s business model to find the answer to this one. The reason they have produced some of the most amazing, brave television (e.g. Girls,Game of Thrones,Boardwalk Empire,True Blood,Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bored to Death, Hung, Big Love, Deadwood, Sopranos, Six Feet Under) in recent years is because they are striving to create a product that will drive subscriptions. That’s the whole point behind them commissioning original (expensive!) content. Making episodes available on a pay-per-view basis at the same time that the ep is released on cable would defeat the purpose of them spending all that money. Personally, I am a little sick of hearing people blame geographic restrictions or release-lags or restricted release for their copyright abuses. I know that as an author I have a horse in this race, but if I can’t buy a book I want as an ebook, I either buy paper and wait for it to come to me from Amazon or Book Depository, or I don’t buy it at all (which is the author’s and publishers loss). I don’t pirate something because I can’t buy it legitimately. Where would society be if we applied that rule to other aspects of life? Everyone who has a TV knows that Game of Thrones will be released on DVD at some point. Just wait for it. Buy your box set, watch a gazillion episodes in a row and know that you have contributed to the existence of an amazing show that someone had the courage and foresight to commission. Getting off my soapbox now, but felt I should speak up as one Australian who doesn’t think I should be entertained for nothing.

  14. Merrian
    May 29, 2012 @ 19:20:49

    @Sarah Mayberry: I sort of agree with you – especially because I want makers to be recompensed for their work and go on to make more great books and movies and TV shows. I do have a caveat though about what motivates people. I don’t think they torrenting only because they feel entitled to want it now. I wonder if people are torrenting not just for access to the episodes but because watching it at the same time as the rest of the world is about being connected and sharing an experience, abaout being part of the conversation and stuff that happens around hit books and TV shows. Isn’t this what marketers want for their programs and books? All the geek blogs I read report on these shows for example. There are some great conversations arising from the episodes that pass me by because I can’t watch them.

  15. Jane Davitt
    May 29, 2012 @ 19:25:47

    I am geeking out like you wouldn’t believe over the voucher and have forwarded it to my mum, who, like me, has read every Heyer book multiple times and always wondered what they looked like exactly.

  16. Andrea
    May 29, 2012 @ 19:40:37

    I tend to fall into the “either buy paper or just don’t buy it” camp for overpriced or region restricted ebooks.

    Television is somewhat more complex because of spoilers. Some people claim spoilers don’t matter, but I would certainly have viewed, say, The Sixth Sense differently if I’d known the end at the beginning. And for many, many TV series, unless you choose to stop using the internet altogether, it becomes very hard to avoid spoilers. A colleague was mocking the recent super-saturated advertising campaign for “Revenge” because the series had already finished in the US before it started here. Often you can purchase the DVD box set before a series reaches TV here.

    In many cases, I just read the Wikipedia article plot synopsis of a TV show rather than watch the real thing, because by the time it’s on, I’ve heard too much to want to actually sit through it, so just deliberately spoil what little is left.

    HBO’s business model may be based on subscriptions rather than payment for individual episodes of things, but perhaps they might consider making subscriptions available for overseas folk, or adding alternate “show” subscription models. Adapting to a “world culture” can’t be that bad a thing, surely? I would happily subscribe to shows I liked, but as it is, I just don’t watch, and feel rather out of the loop.

  17. Eggs
    May 29, 2012 @ 19:46:52

    I think the ‘wait until the end of season DVD’ argument is fine for adults, but for teens … Well, I just can’t see them waiting more than 24 hours before torrenting. Do I approve of that or support it? No. Do I understand it? Yes.

  18. Liz B
    May 29, 2012 @ 20:37:03

    Thanks for the link to the Unconventional Tour! Sorry for the confusion about my blog URL; the blogspot one is the original blog, and a couple years ago I began blogging at School Library Journal, same blog name, new URL. Anyway, thanks again!

  19. Lucy Francis
    May 30, 2012 @ 10:45:22

    So glad I’m not the only one all giddy about seeing an actual Almack’s voucher. That’s the coolest thing I’ve seen in ages.

  20. Susan
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 02:10:20

    Oh, Jane! Thanks so much for the pic of the voucher. I’ve read about the Almack’s vouchers hundreds of times, but never had a clear understanding of what they might actually look like or how they’d work (reusable ticket for a set period of time?). Before this, vouchers were kind of like cravats to me (I’ve read all those different descriptions of cravat styles, but still don’t have a good visual of them).

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