TODAY is the day...happy first anniversary to Authors on Show! Not without ups and downs its debut on May 16, 2010, the site is stronger than ever. There still many surprises in store, including a book giveaway.
For all you literary folk: Auction for Alabama storm victims started May 10. Bidders can win ARCs, signed books, agent critiques, and more!
XoXo Publishing is still collecting wrestling-related fiction for their upcoming anthology to benefit Wrestlers Rescue. Authors who are interested in being a contributor may send their short stories in Word doc formats to email@example.com with "Kristal's Wrestling Fiction" in the subject line. Additional guidelines for submissions will be posted in the near future.
Mary Lynn Hansel's novel Shattered Glass won the New England Romance Writers Chapter of the RWA's Beanpot Award for Best Erotic Romance. It also obtained a perfect score, the highest score of all entries in all categories.
Fun fact: Kristal McKerrington is one of the youngest authors to help organize a Wrestling/Romance genre panel for a book convention, and she and I are the first authors in the world to do it.
On the heels of Jessica Degarmo's latest novel Hooking Up profiled May 9 both on Daily Cheap Reads, and Book of the Week on The Book Shelf, she's also interviewed on Authors on Show this week.
Kathryn Brown is seeking at least five Amazon reviews for her book Discovery at Rosehill in order to be featured on Daily Cheap Reads. If you've read the book, be sure to stop by and add a review.
John Booth's Inspector Monde short is hotter than hot over on Kindle, rising quickly up the rankings.
Belfast Girls by Gerry McCollough is one of twenty books nominated for Book of the Month on Sinclair Books. In about a week's time, excerpts from nominated books will be posted for one day. Meanwhile, visitors can go on site and vote for Belfast Girls.
Gerry has also been invited to read from Belfast Girls in the 'Spoken Word' section at Pigstock, a huge local music festival in Killinchy. The reading will be held May 28, 2011 Bank Holiday weekend. Last year, Gerry's daughter Connaire sang at Pigstock with her band, The Last Hurrah. (Now defunct, alas - the band, that is!).
Oak Tree Press will release Clark Lohr's first crime novel, Devil's Kitchen, this month--May, 2011.
Mystery writer Susan Cummins Miller called Devil's Kitchen "Tucson noir with a generous dollop of magical realism."
Wild Wolf Publishing released Poppet's latest novel, Dusan, on Amazon Kindle May 10. Dusan is also The Book Shelf's Book of the Week selection for May 16.
As the first "Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories" exhibition in San Francisco opened at Contemporary Jewish Museum last week, the photobiography Gertrude Stein: In Words and Pictures will be offered in the May pledge drive by KQED, paired with museum tickets.
Finishing Line Press is proud to announce the publication of Ennui: From the Diagnostic and Statistical Field Guide of Feminine Disorders, Deborah Hauser’s first poetry chapbook.Reserve your copy today at Finishing Line Press Scroll down to "H" to order.
Emily Cale has contracted her western novella Getting Ahead to Breathless Press.
Calling all Londoners! Mat Jackson's app company, iWanago, is seeking a graphic designer (web site specialist, not hard copy) to work freelance with them on a web project. Students are ideal, no experience necessary - out of the box thinkers are great. HTML CSS knowledge helpful but not essential. Those interested may message Mat via his Facebook page.
Sisters Uptown Bookstore in Harlem, New York had their book club read Minnette Coleman's novel The Blacksmith's Daughter and contacted her to say they rated it a ten out of ten. Sisters Uptown Bookstore also sold all copies of the book they'd stocked!
My news for the week:
I received an update last week on the 2012 RT Book Lovers Convention. Plans so far that the convention will be held April 11-15, 2012 in Chicago IL. British promotion One Pro Wrestling is willing to sponsor the panel which Kristal McKerrington and I will be hosting during the convention. As of this post, developing respective contracts are being discussed.
Kerrigan's Legacy continues to have a strong presence on BookBuzzer, placing in the top ten in both the Sports and Recreation and Family and Relationships categories last week. Go here to see the book's page if you haven't checked it out yet. Kerrigan's Legacy's official book trailer was released May 13 on Vimeo.
While being stuck on how to proceed on the Kerrigan's Legacy manuscript this past weekend, I began working on another new book, Fifty. The first chapter is posted on Night Reading. Once Fifty reaches its first 10,000 words, a few more sample chapters will be available on Authonomy.
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