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Thursday News: Women fighting on the front lines; Samsung’s exciting new phone display; Tom Hiddleston reads us poetry

Thursday News: Women fighting on the front lines; Samsung’s exciting new...

Samsung’s new phone, which should be announced in April, will include display panels that “use hexagonal and diamond-shaped pixel layouts, as opposed to your standard squares, to pack even more pixels into the display.”

In Bonnie Tsui’s book “She Went to the Field” she recounts the historical portraits of women who bound their breasts, posed as man, and served with the male troops. “Even though women weren’t legally allowed to fight in the Civil War, it is estimated that somewhere around 400 women disguised themselves as men and went to war, sometimes without anyone ever discovering their true identities.”

And this is a lovely bit of fantasy, isn’t it? To have that one person who sees you at your worst moments, who knows all your flaws and all your regrets, and still–still!–feels privileged to love you? (how cool would it be if this feeling were truly mutual, huh?) And we continue to see the heroes, after winning fair maiden, willing to accommodate her quirks and go to great lengths to make her happy–because making her truly happy makes them happy. Part of this fantasy is the high regard in which all the heroes hold women–not just their heroines, sisters, mothers, friends, but all women. For example, in Virgin River, Jack breaks off a friends with benefits relationship shortly after meeting Mel, not because he thinks he has a chance with Mel but because it’s not fair to Charmaine for Jack to have sex with her while wanting someone else.

Tuesday News: B&N to launch in the UK in October; Penguin and Harlequin Australia launches digital first lines; The next generation wristwatch

Tuesday News: B&N to launch in the UK in October; Penguin...

nook is coming to the uk

“The story of Microsoft’s lost decade could serve as a business-school case study on the pitfalls of success. For what began as a lean competition machine led by young visionaries of unparalleled talent has mutated into something bloated and bureaucracy-laden, with an internal culture that unintentionally rewards managers who strangle innovative ideas that might threaten the established order of things.”

If it’s science fiction, fantasy, contemporary, historical, erotic, inspirational romance, urban fantasy, paranormal – or any mixture of the above, Harlequin Escape’s got it. We offer all levels of sensuality from the sweetest kisses to the hottest encounters. We offer different lengths, from short stories through novellas to full length novels. Our novels are standalone, loosely connected, or part of an ongoing series.  More at HarlequinEscape.


Edited to add:  I received a few answers from Harlequin Australia.

  • Any debut titles that we should be watching for?  Not as yet – we’re on the hunt for brilliant new voices right now!
  • Do you have a release schedule?  Not as yet – we hope to launch our debut titles by the end of the year
  • Any pricing details?  All of our titles will be priced competitively and informed by word count
  • Availability?  All titles will be DRM free and available globally  from all major eRetailers
  • Will the settings be primarily Australia and (I assume) New Zealand?  Setting will not be limited to Australia and NZ, however we are dedicated to bringing Australian and New Zealand voices to readers globally.
  • For the authors on my site, any word on the royalty? We’ll keep you posted!

What is Destiny Romance looking for? Destiny Romance is passionately interested in all kinds of romantic fiction, from sweet and tender through to saucy and sensual. We’re looking for all subgenres, including but not limited to: contemporary, historical, suspense, paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi and erotica. If you’ve come up with a new style of romance, then we’re interested in that too. We are accepting shorter length stories from 25,000 words right up to full-length novels of 100,000-plus. We will not consider manuscripts of less than 25,000 words, non-fiction work, children’s books or poetry. A strong voice, originality and intense emotions will help your manuscript stand out in the crowd. At this stage, we are particularly on the hunt for historical (Regency) romance, contemporary romance featuring high-powered men and women, medical romance, and erotic romance.

Apparently Soho Press is launching a YA line. You can see the debut trailer at The BookSmugglers. The press email I received yesterday promised something very neat if I posted the “exclusive” code. So here it is. Anything exciting happening? Dollar bills falling out of the screen?