This Week’s Links

Discussions

twitterThere were some great bookish discussions around this week.  Beth of Beth Fish Reads just posted a really interesting question about publishing and Twitter.  Would you read a book being published 140 characters at a time on Twitter?  Is it a good idea for authors to try this?  Click over, join the conversation, and let Beth know what you think.

This week also saw a huge controversy over how book bloggers should be treated by publishers and publicists.  It all came about when a blogger posted a very condescending letter that was sent out by a publicist to book bloggers. Once this went up, conversation exploded online.  Here are some interesting posts from a book blogger’s perspective, a publicist’s perspective, and two posts from someone who talked to the publicist in question.

Book Reviews

My Friend Amy reviewed a surprisingly literary horror novel called “The Ruins” this week.  Go on over and see why it was exactly why it was just what she needed this week and why this story really fascinated her.

Giveaways and Bookish Information

Carrie at Books and Movies has a giveaway of five copies of “Jantsen’s Gift,” which sounds like a great inspirational story of surviving loss.  Five copies, that’s good odds, get over there!

tears-of-the-desertIn case you missed it, I currently have two giveaways going on myself.  I’m giving away two copies of “Tears of the Desert,” a really fantastic memoir of a girl growing up in Darfur and her strength in dealing with the genocide, in honor of Genocide Prevention Month.  I also had a really fantastic guest post this week from Christine Blevins, author of “The Tory Widow” (see my review).  You can read her post and enter to win your own copy, along with an 18th-century survival kit (you’ll have to click over to find out what it is).  

Check out the information on Rock the Drop over at Write for a Reader.  Essentially, Rock the Drop is a campaign to leave new young-adult books in hospitals for teens around the country.

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