Bookish Thoughts: Full Book Lists Wanted, The Ripped Bodice is Accepting Patrons, Passionflix, Series Reading and #ShallowReaderBingo

Posted August 17, 2017 by Holly in Discussions | 10 Comments

Wanted: Full book lists on author websites

Authors, please include a full list of your works, including short stories, on your website. I’m the type of person who likes to read a series (especially long ones) in order, including novellas. If I can’t find the information on your website, I’m going to be pretty annoyed. As an example, I’m going to use Ilona Andrews. On the Kate Daniels page, it lists only the full length novels. However, there is a link to the full list, including anthologies.

Clicking the Small Magics anthology link takes me to a full page list of the stories set in the world, including all short stories and where they fall in the line-up.

Authors, seriously. I need this in my life. Please, if you haven’t already, go update your book lists. Keri Arthur, I’m looking at you. The title of your novella and what anthology it’s available in would also be much appreciated!

The Ripped Bodice (the only exclusively romance bookstore in the Northern Hemisphere) is now accepting Patrons

From their latest newsletter:

Today we’re taking a new step that we hope will help us to continue to grow and thrive for years to come. Many members of the romance community have expressed a desire to support The Ripped Bodice from afar.

We’re excited to announce that we’ve launched a Patreon, and you can become an official Patron of the Ripped Bodice.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, I think it’s great for those who want to support them but don’t live close enough to do so in person (I live in SoCal, but the 2.5 hour drive makes it hard to get down there on the reg). On the other hand, why offer a crowd funding service instead of pushing their online bookstore? Unless this is a way to help offset the cost of author and reader events at the store? That would make sense. Anyway, here’s the info:

Why become a Patron?

Our page has detailed information about giving levels and some of the fun and exciting things you’ll receive every month. While we will never stop communicating and sharing the goings on at the store with the internet at large, some of our behind the scenes tomfoolery will be moved over to the Patreon and be available just for our patrons.

For the first month of our Patreon, all our new Patrons will get 10% off our fly new gear!
Discount code only available till 9/5/17 (code comes in your thank you email)
You can check it out here!

You can donate $3, $5 or $20 (or more!) per month for various offers and discounts from The Ripped Bodice. Check out the Patreon site for details. There’s a Sherry Thomas short story being offered for new members, thanks to Berkley and the author!

Passionflix – Turning your favorite romance novels into movies and series… On Demand

Have you guys seen this? I can’t tell you how excited I am! Passionflix is a subscription streaming service that turns our romance novels into movies on demand. I’m not going to lie, I’m a little nervous about the quality of the movies being produced. We’ve all seen the traveshamockery at Hallmark and Lifetime (remember Rose Hill, the made-for-t.v. movie of For the Roses by Julie Garwood? shudder). Still, I’m hoping for the best.

Here’s what you get for your money:

Becoming a found member ($100 flat fee):

A 2 year Subscription (a 30% savings!)
Invites for a walk on role, Passionflix parties or set visits.
Voting privileges on our exclusive reality shows like Cast Your Book Boyfriend.
Help us find the next romantic leading man.
Discounts on Passionflix Merchandise.
Be the First to Know what’s going on Behind the Scenes.

Be an Early Bird Subscriber ($3.99 monthly fee):
Register your interest now and you’ll be invited to join when we launch for a discounted price of $3.99/month.

I signed up as a Founding Member. Despite my concerns over the (possible) quality of the movies, I’m excited about this.

Here are the movies already in production:

Hollywood Dirt

Alessandra Torre

While making a movie in a small Georgian town, Hollywood’s hearthrob Cole Masten casts spirited local girl Summer Jenkins as his leading lady, on screen and off.

Coming Sept 2017

 
 

Afterburn/Aftershock

Sylvia Day

Businesswoman Gia Rossi is determined to be successful in her new job, but when her ex lover Jax Rutledge waltzes back into her life, their passionate connection ignites not only in the boardroom, but the bedroom.

Coming Nov 2017

 
 

The Trouble with Mistletoe

Jill Shalvis

Real estate developer Keane Winters may have stood up pet shop owner Willa Davis in high school, but now he wants her under the mistletoe and in his life.

Coming Dec 2017

 
 

A Brother’s Honor

Brenda Jackson

While working to prove their father’s innocence and save the family company each of the three brothers come to terms with the past, find their own future happiness and unexpected love.

Coming 2018

 
 

Shallow Reader Bingo

Thanks to Willa on Twitter, I recently discovered Shallow Reader Bingo. You guys, this is amazing! It looks like it hasn’t been updated in a couple months, but I love the idea.

Series Reading – When is it Time To Say Goodbye?

While putting together a list of books I’m looking forward to in September, I started thinking about long-running series. Specifically J.D. Robb’s In Death series (currently at 45 books) and Hannah Howell’s Murray Family series (21 books). I had to stop reading the Murray Family series because I felt like each book was the same, so I’m not quite sure how it ended (or if it did). I’m behind about 10 books in the In Death series, but I wonder if it’s becoming stale (for the record, I’m not suggesting it is, as I’m so far behind, just wondering how long she can sustain it).

At what point should a series end? When the author is tired of it? When it stops selling well? Obviously, there’s no right answer to that question since each series and author is different, but how do you feel about open-ended series?


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10 responses to “Bookish Thoughts: Full Book Lists Wanted, The Ripped Bodice is Accepting Patrons, Passionflix, Series Reading and #ShallowReaderBingo

  1. I so agree about the book list on author websites! I’m very anal about reading series in order, including novellas and short stories, and it drives me crazy sometimes trying to figure out the order of a series when there’s no definitive list!

    I signed up for the early bird subscriber on Passionflix. I’m excited about it, but a little leery also, hoping I’ll be able to get their app on my smart tv rather than having to watch on a laptop. So not willing to commit $100 to them!

    • I went back and forth about paying the $100. If this turns out to be as amazing as I hope it will, it’s money well spent (fingers crossed!).

      • Yes! Fingers crossed. Things look good so far so I’m hopeful that things will work out fine for all of us. I’m in for supporting the cause.

        I hope we’ll be able to get the app on our TV’s too. I’m not a fan of watching movies on my laptop either.

  2. I too am a little worried about PassionFlix. It would be awful if the movies end up cheesy. So, fingers crossed that its awesome.
    I love when authors include a full list of books including novellas. I hate not being able to tell what order a book should be read in.

    • I’ve got my fingers crossed that Passionflix isn’t a complete flop. I’m hopeful.

      Yes! I want to know everything and having all of the stories connected with a series is just a beautiful thing that all authors should have on their websites.

  3. YES! Full book lists, including short stories, should be listed on author websites. Author websites should be updated regularly too. I need these in my life!

    I’d really like to see The Ripped Bodice sell bookish gifts. I want to be able to buy bookish things for my favorite characters or series or even authors. I don’t buy print books anymore but I would buy the hell out of a Psy/Changeling notebook, a “Judd is my Boyfriend” coffee mug, a Team Oxford Magazine T-Shirt. A Kindle cover that featured memorable quotes from my favorite romance novels. Those are the things that I would buy the hell out of at a store like The Ripped Bodice. Can someone look into making that happen? 🙂

    Passionflix…ha! I’m totally a Founding Member too. Why am I not surprised that you are too? I’m so anxious to watch all of the movies! I’m most excited for Hollywood Dirt and The Trouble with Mistletoe. *squee*

    I’ve heard of the Shallow Reading tag but I haven’t participated yet…it sounds like all kinds of fun though!

    I don’t know when a series should end but I’m ready for The Troubleshooters series by Suzanne Brockmann to end. That’s the only series that comes to mind for me (of series that I actually read) though 40+ books in the In Death series? Really?

  4. oh I do wish authors would do better book lists on their sites, and it can be annoying when they only list the main books especially when they have quite a bit of novella’s.

  5. Anita H.

    Yes, yes, yes – I totally need the complete list of books (novellas/short stories too) from an author. It really irks me when an author doesn’t do a good job of keeping up with their website with their listing of books and I have to go around searching for the reading order. I really like Lori Foster’s website, not only does she have all her books (I think it’s 100 of them now) complete with the covers, date of issue and whether they are a reissued book or first time in print. I absolutely also love the part of the website where she list how various characters are connected and through which book(s) since her characters do move from one series to another. That kind of attention to details just makes me super happy as a reader!

    I’m also hoping the movies from Passionflix are going to be good. I just finished reading Jill Shalvis’ The Trouble With Mistletoe so that’s the one I’m most looking forward to watching!

    • I must see this website for myself. I don’t read very many Lori Foster books but if she’s got that much detail on her site…I just might have to change that. Her website sounds awesome!

      I’m itching to see who they cast as Keane. I’m sure he’ll be drool-worthy for sure.

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