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Publisher Ellora’s Cave Sues Book Blog Dear Author #ChillingEffect

Posted September 30, 2014 by Holly in Discussions, News | 6 Comments

I’m sure most of you have heard about this. For those who haven’t, a quick recap.

On September 14, Jane of Dear Author wrote a blog post titled The Curious Case of Ellora’s Cave. She outlined the history behind the company – praising them for being one of the first e-publishers to offer authors and readers erotica-type content – then related news of their slow decline in management and business practices. Per Jane’s article and the subsequent comments from EC authors, editors and cover artists: authors and sub-contractors haven’t been paid in a timely manner; royalty checks are at an all-time low and Tina Engler/Jaid Black, the founder and owner of the company has been taking shopping trips, buying new property and looking into starting new ventures (this, apparently, from her Facebook page, Twitter stream and personal blog).

EC is suing Jane and Dear Author for defamation, claiming what Jane wrote in her blog post was false.  I am not a lawyer. I don’t claim to understand a whole lot about the law in general and defamation in particular, but my basic understanding is that in order for EC to win this suit they have to prove that what Jane said – their authors/cover artists/vendors/editors/tax liens/etc not being paid – isn’t true. In order to do that, I would assume they’d have to provide company records, financial statements, etc. I may be mistaken about that, so don’t take my word for it, but I do know part of a defamation suit is proving what was said was untrue and that the untrue statements hurt the reputation of the one filing. So how else would they prove what she said wasn’t true but opening up their records for public scrutiny? Even worse, however, is that EC is demanding the anonymous commenters’ true names be revealed.

Here’s the thing, though. This suit isn’t about EC’s reputation.  Not really. It’s about is instilling fear in a community of authors and bloggers. Engler has been rumored to be notoriously vindictive when it comes to authors speaking out against her company. As bloggers, we’re often threatened by authors when we write bad reviews/report about the goings-on with the community, etc. That’s a scary thing for those of us who aren’t lawyers and don’t treat our sites as a business venture, but rather a hobby. I don’t know about you, but spending thousands on a legal battle isn’t my idea of a good time. Especially since this site doesn’t make any money on its own.

The Chilling Effect, defined by Wikipedia as:

In a legal context, a chilling effect is the inhibition or discouragement of the legitimate exercise of natural and legal rights by the threat of legal sanction.

Basically, I think EC filed this lawsuit as a scare tactic. They want bloggers and their authors/staff to be scared of speaking out against them. Sunita wrote a post about it that goes into more detail, but essentially EC  is saying “we’re watching you”. As Sunita says in her post:

EC picked the wrong person to sue, no question. But by filing at all, they’re also reminding their authors and editors that they have no compunction about publicizing the personal information of anyone they see as an adversary. It’s not necessary to sue an individual person in this case; suing Dear Author LLC would have taken care of their needs.* But it wouldn’t have sent the same “we know who you are” message. EC has already stipulated in internal communicationsthat authors “include both legal name and pen name when communicating with Ellora’s Cave.” This just ups the ante.

Author Courtney Milan wrote about not being cowed by EC and their tactics. In her post, On Limited Purpose Public Figures #notchilled, she discusses the effect this lawsuit has already had in terms of the Chilling Effect and says she is Not Chilled (#notchilled).

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Jane has hired a lawyer and plans to fight this. I say good for her. Good for all of us. We shouldn’t be silenced. We shouldn’t be afraid that speaking out about a publisher or author will result in the worst possible outcome. We’re saying we won’t be silenced and we hope you won’t be either.

Today Jane asked for a bit of help. If anyone who worked for or with EC has any information they’re willing to share, please contact her.

DA Request for Info


Also, if you’re an EC author, be sure to take a look at the Ellora’s Cave Author Exodus Support Thread, hosted by author Deirdre Saorise Moen.

For those interested in following the story, here’s a compiled list of links detailing the troubles at EC and the coverage of the suit against DA.

Also, LATimes Jacket copy picked up the story.

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Finding Cinderella to be Printed Because of Twitter

Posted February 17, 2014 by Holly in News | 3 Comments

FCI admit I’m fascinated by the impact social media has on society today.  If you’d have said even 5 years ago that Twitter would be a viable news source, I would have laughed. I’m pretty sure publisher would have laughed if we’d told them they’d be printing books based on what’s trending on Twitter.

That’s what happened last week to Colleen Hoover’s free short story, Finding Cinderella. Fans began tweeting that they’d like to see it as a printed book (because you can’t smell an e-reader, and their shelves were lonely). 5,000+ tweets later and Atria announced they’d be printing the book.

This is definitely opening doors I thought were remained closed forever. What are your thoughts on this?

You can read more about this on S&S’s official Finding Cinderella page.

finding-cinderella-by-colleen-hoover#1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover writes a free novella about the search for happily ever after.

A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love has conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. But Daniel soon realizes that fairytales don’t exist, and unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

ColleenColleen Hoover is the New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, and This Girl and Losing Hope.  Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.  Please visit ColleenHoover.com.

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Read Pink® in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness

Posted October 24, 2013 by Holly in News | 0 Comments

read pinkRead Pink® in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness


What’s black and white and pink all over?  The initiative by the Penguin Group (USA) called Read Pink® in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October)!


This literary embrace of a life-saving cause last year resulted in more than 400,000 best-selling romances shipped with Read Pink seals and information about the charity it supports – The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF).  Penguin is thrilled to partner once again this year with BCRF, as 91 cents of every dollar spent by BCRF is directed towards breast cancer research and awareness programs.


The $25,000 donation that Penguin Group USA contributes, regardless of sales, provides vital funds to support the mission of BCRF.


In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Penguin Group (USA)’s Read Pink® editions, we are featuring a few participating authors and what Read Pink® means to them…


Karen White (2013 Read Pink® Spokesperson), The Beach Tree

“To all of those who have fought the fight, or are in the middle of the battle, here’s a two-thumbs up for you.  You are not alone.  We are all in this together.”


Erika Robuck, Hemingway’s Girl

“As one whose life has felt the shadow of breast cancer through two friends’ illnesses this year, it is an honor to be included in Penguin’s READ PINK campaign. It is my greatest hope that this contribution may be a part of raising awareness and finding a cure.” ~Erika Robuck”

Jodi Thomas, Just Down the Road

“Breast Cancer is something all women fear. I’ve walked with two dear friends through the battlefield and both survived. We all must fight until the day comes when no one knows anyone who has had breast cancer.”

Carly Phillips, Perfect Fit

“So many of us have been touched by cancer, either personally, or through a family member or a friend’s diagnosis.   I’m honored to be part of the Read Pink! program.  Purchasing a Pink book donates money to the The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Buy and Read Pink! and together we can do our part to eliminate this dreaded disease.”

Catherine Anderson, Lucky Penny

“Breast cancer is a killer that robbed me of one friend and threatened the life of another.  One out of four women may get this dreaded disease.  I am honored that this is my fourth title to be featured in the READ PINK campaign, and I am proud to be writing for a publishing house willing to engage, year after year, in the battle to save the lives of women.”

LuAnn McLane, Pitch Perfect

“Shortly after my mother’s diagnosis with breast cancer, I found out I was pregnant with my fourth child, a risky pregnancy that wasn’t supposed to happen. I believe that during the treatments my mother drew strength from the determination to see her granddaughter born. That was twenty-two years ago and my mother still refers to Cara as ‘her gift’.  Cara’s birthday is a lovely reminder that my mother is cancer free.  I am thrilled to have Pitch Perfect as part of the Read Pink program. Any small part I can play in the fight against cancer is a huge honor for me.”


Liane Moriarty, What Alice Forgot

The last three generations of my family have been affected by breast cancer. We, like so many other families, understand all too well the importance of research.

So I feel very moved and privileged to be a part of such a wonderful initiative as Read Pink.”

Alyson Richman, The Lost Wife

“My own life changed dramatically when I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer just before the publication of “The Lost Wife” in 2011, so it is incredibly meaningful that the book is now helping to find a cure for other women who have been afflicted with breast cancer.  Read Pink is helping to unite readers and authors for an extremely important cause.  Please buy a book for a mother, a daughter, or a friend to show your support for this disease that takes too many lives. My children lost their grandmother to breast cancer, so I know I’ll be buying the other books included in the program, to honor this woman we all loved.”


Sarah Jio, The Last Camellia

“Breast cancer is a villain more sinister than any shadowy figure in my stories. I know someone with an advanced case of the disease, a woman who is bravely fighting, but who has been given a short time to live. She will leave behind three children, a husband and a truly beautiful life. All I can says is that if there is hope to end this horrific disease, to bring this villain to justice, I want to be part of it. And I’m so very honored that The Last Camellia was chosen to be a part of Penguin’s Read Pink campaign. Together, we can help write a new story for breast cancer and hopefully give more women the happy endings they deserve.”

Full List of 2013 Participating Authors:

Karen White, The Beach Trees

Nora Roberts, Chasing Fire

Erika Robuck, Hemingway’s Girl

Jodi Thomas, Just Down the Road

Carly Phillips, Perfect Fit

JoAnn Ross, Sea Glass Winter

Karen Rose, Did You Miss Me?

Catherine Anderson, Lucky Penny

Kate Jacobs, The Friday Night Knitting Club

LuAnn McLane, Pitch Perfect

Liane Moriarty, What Alice Forgot

Alyson Richman, The Lost Wife

Sarah Jio, The Last Camellia

Penelope Lively, How It All Began


Mark your calendars and remember to join in the conversation with @BerkleyRomance and @PenguinGroupUSA on Twitter in October.  Make sure to use the hashtag #ReadPink!


For more information follow @BerkleyRomance and @PenguinGroupUSA, and visit www.us.penguingroup.com/readpink.


Read Pink® Blog Tour Schedule

Please support the blogs taking part in this special, Read Pink® Spotlight Tour!


October 1 – Guest post and entire Read Pink 2013 collection giveaway by spokesperson Karen White on Chick Lit Is Not Dead


“Spotlight” Blog Tour

September 23                                   Bridger Bitches Book Blog; Wicked Little Pixie

September 24                                   A Tasty Read Reviews; My Daily Romance

September 25                                   The Allure of Books; Ticket to Anywhere

September 26                                   Bookish Babe; Swoon Worthy Books

September 27                                   A Southern Girl’s Bookshelf; Christine’s Blog (“She Book Blogs”)


September 30                                   Sunshine and Mountains Book Reviews; Winding Stairs Book Blog

October 1                                            Eye on Romance; Books, Books, and More Books

October 2                                            Books-N-Kisses; Reviews By Tammy and Kim

October 3                                            Urban Fantasy Investigations; The Book Cellar

October 4                                            Supernatural Snark; Got Fiction? Books


October 7                                            Theresa’s Reading Corner; Romantic Book Affairs

October 8                                            Book Addicts Not So Anonymous; The Romance Dish;

Live Read and Breathe

October 9                                            Bitten By Love Reviews; Kindles & Wine

October 10                                          The Book Bellas; Stuck in Books

October 11                                          Thoughts in Progress; That’s What I’m Talking About


October 14                                          Boekie’s Book Reviews; The Romance Studio

October 15                                          Paranormal Book Club; Ruby’s Reads

October 16                                          Stuck in YA Books; Caffeinated Book Reviewer

October 17                                          Always YA at Heart; Fiction Vixen; The Reading Café

October 18                                          Fiction Fare; My Book Addiction and More


October 21                                          Adria’s Romance Reviews; Cocktails & Books

October 22                                          Reality Bites! Let’s get Lost!; Literal Addiction

October 23                                          G Reads Books!; Reading Between the Wines

October 24                                          The Book Binge; SheReads.org

October 25                                          The Irish Banana Reviews; Harlequin Junkie


October 28                                          Readers Live A Thousand Lives; The Delighted Reader

October 29                                          Reviewing Wonderland;

October 30                                          Smexy Books; Hesperia Loves Books


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Eloisa James Releases New Love Story in Three Parts!

Posted March 14, 2013 by Rowena in News | 0 Comments

Publisher: Avon, Harper Collins

From our friends over at Avon, some exciting news:

As You Wish…
New York Times Bestselling Author Eloisa James
Releases a Sweeping New Love Story in Three Parts:
“With This Kiss” Poised to Be the Digital Publishing Event of the Season!

Eloisa James is one of the savviest authors in (print & digital) publishing today: the author, who is also a noted Shakespeare professor and the acclaimed author of her celebrated memoir, “Paris in Love,” is constantly pushing the envelope.

She is adept in remaining foremost in her readers’ hearts and minds: from penning full-length, sweeping romances that craftily weave in references to classic literature, to writing short form novellas for digital-first publication; from working with leading retailer Barnes & Noble to curate their monthly romance recommendations through her syndicated “Reading Romance” column, to publishing swoon-worthy original non-fiction content that allows her audience to get rose-colored glimpses into the author’s own very exciting life…it may be said that Eloisa is romance.

And now, this brilliant American writer is thrilled to present her newest endeavor, WITH THIS KISS, parts one, two and three. This novel, a digital original that will be published interstitially, is the eagerly-awaited story of two characters born of two previous Eloisa James titles, The Ugly Duchess and Seduced by a Pirate.

Readers are already on tenterhooks, eagerly waiting for the romance between Lady Grace Ryburn and the dashing young naval lieutenant, Colin Barry, to develop. The love story will play out as an extended seduction, over the course of three weeks, as Avon Books releases WITH THIS KISS: Part One as a digital original on 3/12/13 (e-ISBN 9780062276933: $0.99); WITH THIS KISS: Part Two on 3/19/13 (e-ISBN 9780062276940: $0.99); and WITH THIS KISS: Part Three on 3/26/13 (e-ISBN 9780062276957: $0.99).

For avid Eloisa James collectors, there will be a limited edition run of AS YOU WISH, the complete collection of this beautifully woven love story in three parts, published in a special bound edition with “Seduced by a Pirate,” available on 3/26/13 (ISBN 9780062276964; $5.99)

For more information on these interconnected tales, or to learn more about the author, visit www.EloisaJames.com, or www.facebook.com/eloisajamesfans. Starting March 12, Eloisa will also be leading a special, month-long Facebook discussion group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/WithThisKiss/). The author is looking to engage her readers in a vibrant read-along book club, where she will tease what’s coming next as each ‘chapter’ of the interstitial publication is set to release, answer questions, and indulge in her audience’s love for romance. She is excited by the opportunity, saying, “I don’t think we have enough anticipation in our lives as adults — I used to wait months for Christmas when I was a kid. Months! I’m hoping the group will make anticipation fun again. And get people talking, naturally!”

About the Author:

New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa’s very first book that she “found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar”; later People Magazine raved that “romance writing does not get much better than this.” Her novels have repeatedly received starred reviews from Publishers’ Weekly and Library Journal and regularly appear on the best-seller lists.

After graduating from Harvard University, Eloisa got an M.Phil. from Oxford University, a Ph.D. from Yale and eventually became a Shakespeare professor, publishing an academic book with Oxford University Press. Currently she is an associate professor and head of the Creative Writing program at Fordham University in New York City. Her “double life” is a source of fascination to the media and her readers. In her professorial guise, she’s written a New York Times op-ed defending romance, as well as articles published everywhere from women’s magazines such as Good Housekeeping and More to writers’ journals such as the Romance Writers’ Report.

*Digital Original*
e-ISBN 9780062276933
On-Sale 34/12/13
*Digital Original*
e-ISBN 9780062276940
On-Sale 3/19/13
*Digital Original*
e-ISBN 9780062276957
On-Sale 3/26/13
*Limited Edition Paperback Original*
ISBN 9780062276964
On-Sale 3/26/13

This book is available from Avon. You can pre-order these books here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.

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What’s New in New Adult?

Posted January 12, 2013 by Rowena in News | 3 Comments


There’s a new trend in the publishing industry that I’m sure you’ve heard about by now and it’s called New Adult.  These books feature young adults that are over 18, just fresh out of high school or getting ready to graduate from college.

Both Holly and I have read some books in this new genre and we’re both pretty interested in reading more.  That’s saying something, coming from Holly.

Holly: I’m not a fan of YA because I don’t really care to read about high school students. New Adult appeals to me because the characters are technically adults who are – for the most part – out of high school. 

We got some New Adult news from our friends over at William Morrow and thought we’d pass the word along. There’s a lot to look forward to in the coming months.  For reals.

Check it out:

William Morrow Acquires Three New Adult Authors:

Newly Inked, Lucrative Deals announced with Molly McAdams, Cora Carmack and Shannon Stoker.  Major Publisher is Taking Chances on Emerging Genre; No Expectations of Losing It During the Surge of Reader Interest.
What’s on tap with young readers right now is what’s on top of national bestseller lists: everyone is talking about the emergence of the “New Adult” genre. The books are edgier – sexier – than young adult. Meant to appeal to millennials, the books give voice to late teen/early twenty-something protagonists in a state of complete and total life transition, with all of its related quandaries, quarrels, and catastrophes. “New Adult” reads are appealing across the board to readers wanting a fresh, young take on popular fiction. Many of the books catch fire by word-of-mouth and from support in online reading communities, propelling indie-published authors up the charts and generating mainstream interest.

Following this summer’s successful acquisition of Dark Heroine, an original novel by Oxford University student Abigail Gibbs, William Morrow proudly announces that they recently secured e-book and print rights for three stellar voices in this new genre. The publisher is releasing works from USA Today bestselling author Molly McAdams, including the reader-favorite Taking Chances and the upcoming From Ashes; Cora Carmack, New York Times bestselling author of the hugely popular Losing It; and Shannon Stoker, a rising talent who wrote the highly anticipated The Registry. These novels are being quickly turned around for the e-book market, with print editions following.

There are many who would say that “New Adult” had its beginnings in Austen (the same can be said of last decade’s ‘chick lit’); but it began gaining momentum with Bella Swan going off to Washington without her mother, only to end up falling in love with a much older (and very sexy) hero. More sophisticated (and often erotic) plotlines soon followed, with readers not only embracing the mature themes, but clamoring for more, not just in popular fiction, but with HBO’s “Girls,” CBS’s “2 Broke Girls,” and Fox’s “The Mindy Project” on their television screens as well.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, is intimately acquainted with New Adult…she’s been writing into this genre for long before it was a trend. What’s her take on the sudden explosion in popularity? Cabot says, “New Adult fiction appeals to the same highly sought after demographic (readers ages 18-45) as the television shows my readers watch, and asks basically the same question: Will she or won’t she? (Will she sleep with him? Will she say she loves him?) We’ve all known (or been) someone just starting out in life. Who hasn’t longed to take the risk on that hot new guy, that great new job, that too-good-to-be-true apartment, that baby (or that spell promising immortality)? With New Adult fiction, the stakes are so much higher. Parents aren’t there to cushion the fall. And that can make all the difference.”

Book blogger Maryse, who runs the eponymous blog Maryse.net, believes that New Adult books give voice to a generation: “This is about a defining moment in our lives; embracing the point when we have to stop playing house and start living in it.” She continues, “The characters lead the story; like our lives, there is no set formula.” Maryse likens New Adult to coming-of-age tales: protagonists are living alone for the first time; experiencing the incandescent passion with that volatility of youth; a thread of uncertainty runs through the story as the hero/heroine must find their way in real life.

Author Cora Carmack defines “New Adult,” saying, “There could not be a better way to describe the turbulent years between adolescence and adulthood, that terrifying in-between. Whether you’re at college or moving out on your own or working your first full time job-your life seems to change radically overnight. And yet for most people in that age group (18-25ish), you’re still not completely on your own. Your parents are still a large part of your life. You’re not a child anymore, but you’re also not quite an adult. You may call yourself an adult (as will others), but deep down inside you are petrified because you don’t feel like one…

Young Adult books are about surviving adolescence and coming of age. New Adult is about how to live your life after that. New Adult is the ‘I’m officially an adult, now what?’ phase.”

Now what? Well, as the blogger Maryse notes, there are no rules to the genre: each book has its own edge and off-the-tap plot twists. Readers will never guess quite what’s coming next…art imitates life!

New Adult Now On Tap at William Morrow:

By Abigail Gibbs
e-ISBN 9780062248749 (on-sale 9/18/12)
ISBN 9780062248732 (on-sale 3/5/2013)
For lovers of Twilight and A Discovery of Witches, comes a brand new story of the blurred lines between family, love, and loyalty from an 18-year Oxford student. A chance encounter on a deserted street plunges Violet Lee into a world beyond her wildest imaginings – a world of elegance and beauty where aristocratic vampires live for decadent pleasures…a place from which there is no escape. But beneath the splendor lies darkness, embodied in the charismatic but dangerous heir to the throne, Kaspar Varn. As Violet and Kaspar surrender to a passion that transcends their separate worlds, they soon discover that it’s a passion that comes at a price…
About the Author: Abigail Gibbs is an eighteen year-old student who lives with her family in a ridiculously picturesque coastal village in Devon, in the southwest of England, where fancy Londoners like to summer. She calls herself a “writer, teenager, vegetarian and self-confessed caffeine addict.” She also says she gets many of her best ideas while jumping on her trampoline.

By Molly McAdams
e-ISBN 9780062267672 (on-sale: 10/16/12 )
ISBN 9780062267689 (on-sale 4/16/12)
Eighteen year old Harper has grown up under her Marine father’s thumb. Now, she’s ready to live life her own way and experience things she’s only ever heard of from the jarheads in her father’s unit. Newly enrolled at San Diego State University, she finds herself being torn in two as she quickly falls for two guys: Brandon, her boyfriend, and her roommate’s brother Chase. One weekend of giving in to heated passion will change everything for this love triangle.
Note: Molly McAdams will be publishing a much-anticipated e-original story, which poignantly retells the story from Chase’s perspective. Warning: there may be tears.

By Molly McAdams
e-ISBN 9780062267719 (on-sale: 12/11/12)
ISBN 9780062267726 (on-sale 4/16/12)
When Cassidy Jameson’s best friend Tyler took her to Texas, she never expected to be so drawn to his cousin, Gage. The three find themselves in a heated roommate arrangement: for a year and a half, Gage and Cassidy dance around their feelings for each other as Tyler continues to keep them apart; until one day Tyler unknowingly pushes her right into Gage’s arms. But when an accident and disaster sends Cassidy back to California – and back into Tyler’s arms – will she be able to confront the demons from her past and live the life she yearns for, or will she have to face personal tragedy once again?

About the Author: Molly McAdams grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry daughter. Her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling and long walks on the beach…which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. When she’s not at work, she can be found hiding out in her bedroom surrounded by her laptop, cell, Kindle and fighting over the TV remote. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies, fried pickles and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm…or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren’t really happening.

By Cora Carmack
e-ISBN 9780062273253 (on-sale: 12/5/12)
ISBN 9780062273246 (on-sale: 5/14/13)
Virginity. Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and she still hasn’t cured herself of the big V. She decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible—a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed…and it gets even more complex when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor.

The guy she’d bolted from only eight hours earlier.

About the Author: Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life-retail, theatre, teaching, and writing. She loves theatre, travel, and anything that makes her laugh. She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too.

(Note: Cora is currently working on a new novel to be released by William Morrow later in 2013)

By Shannon Stoker
e-ISBN 9780062271730 (on-sale: 5/21/13)
ISBN 9780062271723 (on-sale 5/21/13)
The Registry saved America from collapse. But there’s a price for living in the new regime: girls are raised to be auctioned as brides to the highest bidders; if they aren’t married within a year, they become slaves to the government. Turning 18 is a pivotal moment in life – and one Mia has been dreading for as long as she can remember. She will not go up on the block. She envisions a dramatic escape from the Registry – one that includes her best friend Whitney, who is nearing the end of her auction year and is still untethered. With the unwilling assistance of a worker from Mia’s family farm, they flee for Mexico, with government agents, bounty hunters and Mia’s intended hot on their heels. Live free or die: which will be their fate? This dystopian New Adult original novel is suitable for readers of Divergent and Beautiful Disaster.

About the Author: Shannon Stoker is a licensed attorney who works for Northern Illinois University, training more than 30,000 students and staff in the finer points of ethical research. As a volunteer for the award-winning Gail Borden Public Library, the third largest library in Illinois, Shannon works with readers of all ages and helps run the Kids Fun Fair. A happy newlywed, Shannon was a featured bride on the reality TV show Four Weddings. The Registry is her first novel. Shannon lives in DeKalb, Illinois, with her husband and small dog.

Holly and I both enjoyed Losing It by Cora Carmack so we definitely recommend those and we look forward to delving deeper into the new New Adult titles.  Who’s going to be reading these lovelies too?

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