Sunday, June 19, 2011

What's Been Going On?

Things are finally starting to slow down for me. I was doing a lot of traveling there for a couple months...a lot for me, anyway. I think I've traveled more in the past year than the whole rest of my life combined. Anyway, it's time to start catching up.

Hopefully you've already pre-ordered your copies of Alafair Burke's LONG GONE and Gregg Hurwitz's YOU'RE NEXT. If you haven't, time is running out on their pre-order incentives. Alafair has this wonderful members-only book group that's she's going to be doing and Gregg has a chance for you to win all of his previous books (1st edition, hardcovers) personalized. Alafair's offer ends today, so get your pre-order NOW! And Gregg's ends on Thursday. These are two of my highest recommended books this summer and they will definitely be on my favorites list for the year. Don't miss out on them!

Also, Alafair Burke's Duffer Awards are still going on, so be sure to check each day and cast your votes. Leave comments for your chance to win prizes!

The first Shelf Awareness for Readers came out on Friday. If you didn't catch it, you can see it here and sign up to have it e-mailed to you. It'll come twice a week: Tuesdays and Fridays. It's a great source of book information for consumers.

Another great source of book info is out Facebook page. Have you been by to "like" us? I keep thinking about all the trouble it's getting me into. I've added to my TBR list and the great stuff just keeps on coming. A good example is THE GENESIS KEY by James Barney or TOMORROW RIVER by Lesley Kagen. Not to mention Boyd Morrison and Will Lavender and Chris Mooney...and then there are the reminders about Michael Koryta and Sophie Littlefield and Brad Parks and Lee Child and John Connolly. See, it's kind of a one-stop shopping for amazing crime writers. But there's also a lot of young adult authors as well. There's never a shortage of great stuff to discover with xuni authors, so check us out!

The Watery Grave Invitational short story contest hosted by Naomi over at The Drowning Machine blog has announced winners. Some excellent short stories were submitted. Be sure to check them out and congratulate the winners!

That's about it for this post. I'm hoping to be back later today to share some snippets from events I've been attending lately. I'll see you then! Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there and happy reading to everyone!


Liz V. June 19, 2011 at 12:57 PM  

Maybe I missed this but did you announce the winner of the last Gregg giveaway --

Jen June 19, 2011 at 3:10 PM  

Hi Liz, thanks for asking. I contacted my winner - Lance - via email to get his mailing address, but didn't have a timely chance to announce it on the blog.

Pop Culture Nerd June 19, 2011 at 7:44 PM  

I loved TOMORROW RIVER! Went back and got all Kagen's previous books and am now eagerly awaiting her GOOD GRACES in September. She really should be a bigger name. Xuni has amazing authors!

Liz V. June 20, 2011 at 11:18 AM  

Thanks. A virus attack left me using a library computer at intervals, so I know I wasn't up to date.

picky June 20, 2011 at 4:42 PM  

Didn't love Long Gone, but I often don't like standalones. In fact, I haven't reviewed it because I'm not quite sure what to say. But I will definitely be looking for more from Alafair Burke. Want to try for a series next.

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