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Thursday Midday Links: A Smart Bitches Book Chat Invitation

Amazingly, one of Sarah Wendell’s favorite Amanda Quick books is the same as mine:   Scandal. In an email exchange, Sarah and I discovered our mutual affection for such a book and Sarah decided to pick it for the Sizzling Book chat.   I remember exactly where I saw Scandal.   It was on the upper rack above the magazines at a local convenience store.   This was originally published in 1991 and probably is as historically inaccurate as any book out there but I loved this book when I first read it and I love it still today.   Emily and Simon are the perfect match. Emily takes care of her family, loves Simon without reservation and in return, Simon takes care of Emily and loves her without reservation.   One passage sticks out:

“As of now,” Simon said coldly, “the Incident never occurred. And I will personally destroy anyone, anyone at all, who says it did. Do I make myself clear, gentlemen?”

The twins gaped open-mouthed at him and then exchanged bemused glances with each other.

“You cannot make the great blot on her reputation simply vanish, sir,” Charles finally ventured carefully.

“Watch me,” said Simon. is the sponsor of this bookchat.   You can buy the book here and during the bookchat, will be sponsoring giveaways of digital books galore.

The chat will be Tuesday 28 December at 9:00 pm EST-10:30 pm EST. Unlike previous chats, the author won’t be joining us (woe!) but we will be partying the entire time, with giveaways, discussion, polls (have you seen the polls?), old skool cover madness, and general discussions, like what title could possibly top “Earl of Blade?” Maybe “Duke of Sharp Badassery.”


This is really ominous. In 2011, new state tax structures could require a duplicate tax on digital books: state tax where you live and state tax where the digital book resides until it is downloaded.   The increased sales tax could be as much as 21%!!!!   I would stop buying digital books. I would probably buy paper books and make my own digital book from the paper copy.   This is really distressing.   Maybe someone will point out in the comments that this is totally false (or is that just wishful thinking?).

Those 10 million Kindle owners are NOT going to be happy.


Simon & Schuster enjoyed   a better year in 2010.   Digital gains were up but sales still lagged because of the “soft” brick and mortar retail sales.   International sales were growing as well (another reason to end the geographical restrictions).

In 2010, S&S children's publishing group "is booming and their results this year are the strongest in their history," Reidy said led by gains in teen, fantasy and middle grade categories. Highlights in the adult group included higher sales for authors such as James Lee Burke, Kresley Cole, Vince Flynn, Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner. The international group is thriving "as never before" she added with its U.K. division in particular having a solid year with sales up by more than 18% in a market Reidy said has declined by 3%.


Apparently authors do not like to get a rejection letter that doesn’t have any explanation but if you want an explanation, you might get one that you don’t like.   Here are some examples of famous authors’ rejections.

6. Mary Higgins Clark

Back in 1966, the young romance author was trying to sell a story she called "Journey Back to Love." It didn't go well, however; her submission to Redbook came back with a rejection from the editors, stating "We found the heroine as boring as her husband had." Ouch! The piece was eventually run as a two-part serial in an English magazine, and Mary Higgins Clark currently boasts forty-two bestselling novels.

I’ve got to remember that line…

BookChat: The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook

BookChat: The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook

The Iron DukeThe Iron Duke by Meljean Brook has captured the attention of thousands of readers. We are big fans of this book here at Dear Author but don’t just take our word for it. 387 Goodreads readers have given the book an average of 4.40 stars and it is a nominee for the best paranormal romance at Goodreads in 2010. Over 55 reviewers at Amazon have rated the book an average of 4.5 stars.

Around the blogosphere, you can read any number of reviews. From Hilcia at Impressions of a Reader:

I loved The Iron Duke. It’s a fast paced adventure with intrigue and excellent worldbuilding. I loved all the characters, both central and secondary — heroes and villains — the steampunk details and atmosphere.

Kristin at Nocturnal Bites:

Up until a few weeks ago, if you told me I would be knee-deep and utterly enthralled in a “Steam Punk” book I probably would have laughed out loud and declared on the spot where my reading loyalties lie. I’m a Vampires, shape-shifters, demons, etc. kinda gal. I’ll even stretch for a fallen angel here and there, although he better be bad arse or forget it!!

and while this isn’t the most positive review of The Iron Duke, I thought it was a great one nonetheless by Byrt at BookYurt:

Meanwhile, there are AMAZING ideas cluttering up the background of this story and it is painful to watch them be passed by in favor of the romance. The social tensions between the people who survived the Mongol occupation and those who fled and have now returned (i.e. those who have nanites in their blood and those who don't); the mysterious Blacksmith who can create living metal; the actual plot behind the murders; the Duke's history as a slave; how Mina's wonderful relationship with her adoptive father came about when her parents were initially so disgusted by the sight of her; how she can possibly get her job done when she's spit on by just about everyone she sees; the fear of a weapon that could control everyone who has nanotechnology in their blood (a second coming of the nightmare of Horde control); whatever happened to the Horde and why they haven't tried to take over Britain again; the emotional damage to those who were puppets under the Horder's control – I absolutely loved all of this, and it is all glossed over and rushed past in favor of Mina's utterly stereotypical romance. ARGH.

I think the BookYurt points out that there is a lot for us to be talking about in regards to The Iron Duke and I invite you to join the bookchat to begin at 8 PM CST tonight. Meljean Brook will join us at 9 PM CST so that the readers can chat about the book and say anything we like without the author looking over our shoulder. Come and let’s discuss.