What Is In a Name…

There have been several postings that I have seen lately about the importance of pen names.  Many authors choose a pen name for a variety of reasons but Angela James at Carina Press had me giggling from the first question “Does it sound like a porn star?”  Terry Kate over at Romance in the Backseat also discussed this very important issue, historically many authors have used pen names.

I just saw the cover for Karen Hawkins re-release of Much Ado About Marriage and I have to admit I love it, there is something about a sexy man in a great coat. (Can I hear a woot! woot! for Hugh Jackman in Kate and Leopold?!) The other two covers that caught my eye (yes I am like a raven, the shinies make me want) are The Lord’s Forced Bride by Anny Herries, I love the detail on her dress, and The Border Vixen by Bertrice Small, who doesn’t love a woman with a sword?!

Interviews:

Teresa Medeiros, author of The Devil Wears Plaid, at Romantic Crush Junkies.

Susanna Fraser, author of The Sergeant’s Lady at Carina Press.

Susan Mallory, author of Finding Perfect at The Romance Book Club.

Tawny Weber’s latest Hero, star of Riding the Waves at Romance University.

Kat Martin, author of The Necklace Trilogy at The Lovestruck Novice.

Giveaways:

Battle of the Sexies all this month over at Book Faery.

The Season of Romance is giving away more eGalleys, so if you like ebooks check out the three she is giving away.

The Fiction Vixen is giving away two, that’s right TWO, copies of Mockingjay, contest ends Sept. 6th.

The Bibliophilic Book Blog is also giving away two copies of Mockingjay, contest ends Sept. 15th.

Author Kate Allen from Historical Romance UK is giving away three copies of her novel, Krakow Waltz, set in Poland on goodreads.com, contest ends August 31st.

Cindy’s Love of Books is celebrating her blogiversary, congrats to her!

A Girl Reads A Book is giving away a $40 gift card to CSN Stores.

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Congrats to Jackie at Literary Escapism on the birth of her new son! She is the first blogger I have met who has posted a Baby Pool on her site. 🙂

Literary Agent Andrew Wylie caused a stir last month when he announced he would be publishing a back-list of books in ebook format.  (Wylie represents such authors as John Updike and Oliver Sach.) This caused Random House to be upset to the point that they announced they wouldn’t be doing business with him anymore.  Daily Finance is reporting that Wylie and the CEO of Random House have reached an agreement to publish the eBooks. Publishers Weekly also has an article on this issue.  I have a feeling as more publishers/authors move to get their back-lists published in eBook format we are going to see more contention/discussion as to who owns what rights to which books.

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