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Monday, 13 June 2011

SEEN This Week 6/13/11

Since Flag Day will be observed tomorrow (June 14) here in the US, I thought I'd try a different insignia in its honor. Flags aside, it's been a great week for writers and writing news.

To celebrate their upcoming second anniversary, BookBuzzr will run a grand contest with prizes galore for authors. There are daily prizes and a grand prize which includes a basket of book marketing goodies from over 15 book marketing experts. The contest runs from June 24-30. Watch  for prize, contest and sponsor details on the BookBuzzr blog on June 20.

Lilian Jackson Braun Bettinger, best-selling author The Cat Who..., a series of humorous mystery stories involving a pair of domesticated felines, died June 4 at a hospice in Landrum, SC of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She was 97.

Chris Jericho inked a Penguin Publishing deal for an upcoming third book. His first two books were both critically and commercially successful. Based on his knowledge and expanding fan base, it won't be a surprise if the upcoming project is equally - if not more - successful.

Maura Stone, author of Five-Star FLEECING is the winner of the 2011 National Indie Excellence Award for Comedy.

John Booth sold a copy of his novel Wizards on Kindle Germany. Wizards also appeared on two best seller charts, Action and Abenteuer (#36), and Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Magie (#90).

Austin-based Neo-Victorian boutique The Mysterium was named an official sponsor of acclaimed horror author Gabrielle Faust for 2011. Read the official press release.

Mat Jackson received a twelfth five-star review for his novel So Shall Ye Reap on

Cyndi Tefft's new book Between received a fabulous reception upon its June 1 release, beginning with her first official signing June 8 at her workplace, where she sold several copies. Cyndi was also a guest blogger and discussed some of her favorite books June 6 on Books Complete Me. Authors on Show has an interview this week with Cyndi as well.

Ether Books has published Journey’s End, a short story by Clive Radford. The work will be available as a free download to mobile devices until Midsummer Day, June 24. To view the story, click this link to download its Ether App.

Clive's Kashmir: A Visionary's Tale was released June12 as a paid download, available for 59p in the Noir genre. Ether Books will also publish two sets of Clive’s poetry in mid-summer 2011.

LM Stull wrote an in-depth review of George Pappas' novel Monogamy Sucks.

For those who think they might be mediums but are not sure: check out Lorraine Holloway-White's new video, the first in a series.

Simon Swift's Black Shadows is now installed in West Sussex town Burgess Hill's library, and was already checked out on loan.

J. P. Jones, author of Market Yourself: A Beginner's Guide to Social Media, was a guest blogger on The Polka Dot Banner offering book selling tips.

A profile and interview with Mike Church appeared June 7 on Hannah Warren's blog.

IndieBooks featured a wonderful interview with Stella Deleuze June 7.

Shinobi Book One: Concealed in Shadows, a dark homoerotic fiction by Sessha Batto, is now 50 percent off through June 17.

A free preview of Faydra D. Fields' upcoming novel The Pride can be found on Sola Mente Publishing's web site.

Jessica L. Degarmo brings her heart-wrenching literary fiction novella Six Weeks to PfoxPub's line-up of authors and titles.

My news for the week:

Fifty moved into the top 1,000 books on Authonomy's ratings June 10.

The Cruiserweight made #33 on the Wrestling bestseller list in Amazon’s Kindle Store June 7.

Anthony Valvo ("Mr.V") had this to say in his June 6 WrestleView column From the Desk of Mr. V. #122 Gold Star Segment:

"L. Anne Carrington – Thank you for being an inspiration. I actually am thinking about writing a book as well. However, it may not be for awhile. But when I do I know who to thank."

Do you have news you'd like to see in a future column? Email or post your news on a related site prior to the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

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