Gathering Gauntlgryms

Quick Update:
Nope, the newest monkey hasn’t made his appearance yet.  So the Baby Pool Contest is still going on, but I will be ending it on August 15th because I will have him by then (go ahead and laugh if you want).  The Doc doesn’t think I’ll go past that and I’m holding him to it.  *grin*

As for contests, there are a ton going on in August while I’m out, so make sure you check out the sidebar.  I have them all listed there with the date they start.  All of them end on September 3rd, so there’s plenty of time to enter a few of them.  Here are the ones that have already begun:

Speaking of contests, I know I’m behind on mailing out a few prizes, I’m doing that today after the news is posted.  The Robert Sadler winner is also posted below.

I think that’s all from me, so without further ado, let’s see what has shown up so far in August……

Covers:
Yasmine Galenorn unleashed the cover for her next Otherworld novel, Blood Wyne, which is due out February 1, 2011. The first Moon Daughters comic was also released this past Friday, with a new one appearing each Friday.

Rachel Vincent revealed the cover for the fourth Soul Screamer novel, My Soul to Steal, and it’s a bit different this time.  Kaylee isn’t the only one on the cover.

I love Drizzt D’Uorden. Check out the latest cover for RA Salvatore’s newest Drizzt novel, Gauntlgrym (via Suvudu).

The Enchanted Inkpot is featuring a bunch of this falls YA fantasy releases along with the very obvious trend that the publishers are using right now.

Lauren Dane is showing off the new snazzy covers her Chase Brother’s series is getting.  Here’s the cover for Taking Chase and the first novel in the series, Giving Chase.

All Things Urban Fantasy and Dark Faerie Tales are showcasing a bunch of new covers as well.  I’ve also been updating the FB album as I find them, so these are definitely not all of them – the album currently has 38 new covers.

Kelley Armstrong has posted the UK cover for her next Darkest Powers novel, The Gathering, which releases April 1, 2011 in the US and April 7, 2011 in the UK.

Interviews:

Free Reads:
Keri Arthur posted a fabulous Riley Jensen short story that takes place pretty close to the end of the series. While there isn’t any obvious spoilers, it does give an idea of things concerning her relationships, so considered yourself forewarned. FYI…the link is to a PDF.

Orbit Books is letting us know that Rachel Aaron (The Spirit Thief) has a new blog and she’s posted an excerpt for The Spirit Thief, which is set to release in October. The Spirit Rebellion and The Spirit Eater will be following in November and December respectively. FYI…the excerpt is a PDF.

Bitten by Books has a fabulous list of 101 Free Kindle Books, plus a few that are under $4.

Gathering UK coverNews:
Suburban Vampire has updated her list of vampire movie and posters.  Seriously, if you’re looking for the next vampire movie to hit the screen, you totally need to check out her list.

Off the Fang has another fabulous edition and this week Jackie is talking about Judging a Book by it’s Cover.

It’s  times like these that I wish I was in college still.  Harvard has a class, English 212, that discusses Vampires in Literature and Film.  How cool is that?  The closest I got to something like this was my Spanish capstone which focused on Gothic Literature.  In either case, some of the authors featuring on the reading list include Laurell K Hamilton, Charlaine Harrie, Stephenie Meyer and Kim Harrison.

Did you see the news about Dorchester?  They are switching to strictly digital and print on demand (POD) books.  For being one of the biggest romance publishers out there, I didn’t think they were in any trouble financially.  I mean, why else would they switch to digital and only give their authors a month warning?

In more publishing news, Janet Evanovich has switched publishers.

The author of the multimillion-selling “Stephanie Plum” series and other popular mystery novels has left her longtime publisher, St. Martin’s Press, and joined the Random House Publishing Group.

Here’s some news that is coming out of the blue…Barnes & Noble has been put up for sale.  The strange thing about it, according to the article the New York Times is running, they aren’t doing that bad.  Yeah, there has been some lost sales due to digital books, but they’ve joined that market over the last couple of months and have plans to expand into it even more.  It really doesn’t sound like they are doing that badly, so I’m wondering what else is going on that is making the BN Board want to sell.

Contests:
Dark Faerie Tales is giving away a copy of Syrie Jame’s Dracula, My Love.  Contest ends September 1st.

Kelley Armstrong is giving away a book from her backlist.  Contest ends tonight!

Cynthia Eden is giving away an ARC of her upcoming novel, Deadly Heat via her Facebook Fan page.  Contest ends tonight at 6pm.

Terri Garey is giving away a copy of Juliana Stone’s His Darkest Hunger, Jocelynn Drake’s Dawnbreaker and Kathryn Smith’s Before I Wake – all signed – to three different winners.  Contest ends soon.

Vampire Wire is giving away a copy of Stacia Kane’s Unholy Ghosts.  Contest ends August 15th.

Something Wicked is giving away five books from five bestselling authors. Contest ends soon.

Robert Sadler Contest Winner
Robert Sadler recently stopped by Literary Escapism to discuss his new novel Secrets of Blood and Bone and was generous enough to give away a copy to one lucky winner.  In order to enter, all anyone had to do was ask Robert a question.  Now, without further ado, the winner is:

CHRISTY E who said: I wanted to enter your contest but I am just learning about you as an author, so my question may be a bit generic. Where does your inspiration come from for your books?

Congratulations Christy E!

You have one week to send me an email at jackie AT literaryescapism DOT com, otherwise I’ll draw a new name when I post the current contest winners next weekend.

As always, I determined the winners by inputting all the entries into the List Randomizer, scrambling it up a couple of times, and then had the Research Randomizer pick a number.

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I am a 30-something SAHM with two adorable boys and a supportive husband who is very tolerant of my reading addiction. I love to read and easily go through about a dozen books a month – well I did before I had kids. Now, not so much. After my first son was born, I began to take my hobby of reviewing a little more serious and started Literary Escapism to help with my sanity. I love to discuss the fabulous novels I’ve read and meeting all the wonderful people in the book blogging community has been amazing.