Wednesday, July 24, 2013

.News You Can Use #8

It's been a long time since I did a NUCU post. It was a fun feature that I came up with last year and I ran with it at least six or seven times. I love sharing the news with you guys but life was getting hectic for me and I don't always seem to have the time to gather up all the info. needed for this meme, but I'm going to commit myself to make time, and you'll see more NUCU post in the future.
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New Book Covers

Check out the newest 'Half-Blood Prince' cover just  revealed at Comic Con.


Dumbledore and Harry stand solemnly along the rocky shores of an ominous cave — readying themselves to destroy one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes. Sadly for mega fans worldwide, this isn’t a sneak peek at a new Harry Potter book, but it sure looks like one.
Author and illustrator Kazu Kibuishi, known for his graphic novel work on Flight and Amulet, continues his tenure as Harry Potter cover artist with the moody paperback cover for J.K. Rowling’s penultimate novel in the series. The cover is being revealed currently by Scholastic at Comic-Con in San Diego, but you’re seeing it online here first!  *EW

Check out the paperback version of Starters, Enders and a new Short Story

The paperback version of Starters, author Lissa Price’s debut novel. In honor of the re-release—complete with a new look (see above), and a never-been-seen short story “Portrait of a Spore”—we got our hands on the cover of Enders, the sequel to the 2012 YA novel. After the jump, check out an exclusive excerpt from Enders (out Jan. 7). 


Book Trailers

COLDEST-GIRL-COLDTOWN.jpgThe Coldest Girl In Coldtown  by Holly Black     *Super Creepy!

*Laini Taylor recently had a trailer contest for her next book in the Daughter of Smoke & Burn Series, the winner was chosen,  Christine Tyler's video is haunting and captivating!  Want to see more? Watch the you tube video from Christine's YT page, below OR check out the mini interview and official video HERE on *EW's site

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)
Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor (2014)

Articles that may hold your interest

Movies Rule, But Books, Digital Deals Rise at Comic-Con 2013  *Publisher's Weekly

Dear Mainstream Authors, Stop Bashing Independent Publishing and Get a Clue *Huffington Post

Publishing Is Broken, We're Drowning In Indie Books - And That's A Good Thing *Forbes

Commas, Periods, and Quotation Marks  *Huffington Post


Penguin/Random House finalized move

With all government approvals in, Bertelsmann and Pearson moved quickly to complete the merger of Random House and the Penguin Group, finalizing the deal July 1 just as the second half of both companies' fiscal year began. As has been reported, John Makinson is chairman of Penguin Random House and Markus Dohle is serving as CEO.
While many details still need to be worked out, the completion of the deal led to a number of key appointments. In addition to being CEO of PRH worldwide, Dohle is CEO of the U.S. group. Other appointments, as outlined in a memo to employees from Dohle, are below

As outlined by its parent companies, PRH will have over 10,000 employees worldwide and publish more than 15,000 new titles every year across 250 imprints. It is estimated that the new trade publishing powerhouse will have annual revenue of $3.9 billion. Dohle noted that with both RH and Penguin performing well he plans to take his time in implementing the integration of the companies. He said in his memo that during his conversations with staff members that he was encouraged by the commitment to publish books of every type and format and to publish books across a wide spectrum of ideas.   *Publisher's Weekly

Hachette Book Group Acquires the Hyperion Adult Imprint

Bookends Hachette Book Group USA

Deciding that a standalone adult imprint does not fit with its long-range plans, Disney is selling the majority of Hyperion titles to Hachette Book Group in a deal that is expected to close in mid-July. HBG will acquire more than 1,000 adult backlist titles plus another 25 books that it will release over the next few seasons. Disney will retain the most media-related titles such as its Castle series which ties into the ABC television show of the same name. The book franchises that will remain with Disney will be overseen by Disney Publishing Worldwide. Disney’s children’s imprints, Disney and Disney-Hyperion, are not affected by the sale.
The deal includes the Hyperion name and HBG will continue to publish the Hyperion books under that imprint. Hyperion employees will stay with the company until the deal is completed and will help with transition issues. Some Hyperion employees are expected to join HBG in such areas as editorial and publicity. Other Hyperion employees will be given the opportunity to interview for other positions at Disney.  *Publisher's Weekly


Congratulations Jennifer!!! The Lux series is coming to the big screen!!!

Jennifer Armentrout Headshot - P 2013

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout's YA novel is the first in the five-title "Lux" series.

Sierra Pictures will finance and produce the film adaptation of Obsidian, about a 17-year-old girl who discovers that her neighbor is anything but the normal guy next door.
Jennifer Armentrout's YA novel, published by Entangled Publishing, is the first in the five-title Lux series.
The story follows Katy Swartz as she moves to rural West Virginia just before her senior year, resigned to a life of boredom. Things look up when she meets Daemon Black, her neighbor, but she quickly finds herself infuriated by his arrogance. However, Daemon and his sister soon turn out to have otherworldly powers with a galaxy of enemies pursuing them, with Katy caught in their crosshairs.

Sierra's Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg will executive produce the movie, with Sierra/Affinity handling international sales. Sierra/Affinity senior vp of production and acquisitions Kelly McCormick and senior vp of sales Kristen Figeroid were instrumental in bringing in the property. McCormick will oversee production.

Armentrout's new e-book Wait for You -- published under the pen name J. Lynn -- debuted at No. 25 on the New York Times E-Book Fiction Best Sellers list before shooting up to No. 1 in its third week. She also topped the self-published list, the Barnes and Noble self-published list and the iTunes self-published list.
Armentrout and Entangled Publishing are represented by the Gersh Agency; Marsal Lyon Agency is the publishing agent.  *The Hollywood Reporter

Lara Adrian's newest release on sale!

* * * On sale now in ebook and paperback! * * *

Gideon & Savannah's story

First published in The Midnight Breed Series Companion, now you can get this 40,000 word novella (182 pages) as a standalone release!
Buy now and save $2 on the ebook!

Ebook: $2.99 Get it now for just 99 cents!!
(Don't wait, this new release discount ends July 25th)

Prefer paperback?
A Touch of Midnight is also available now in trade paperback for $7.99 USD or less at the following retailers:
Amazon Barnes & Noble Book Depository

What about Audio?
It's coming soon! An unabridged audiobook edition of A Touch of Midnight is in development and will be narrated by the current voice of the Midnight Breed series, the wonderful Hillary Huber. Stay tuned for more information and release details as we have them!

Lisa aka Silverlight -Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Reviews


  1. Got some really great news on here! I am happy that we are getting closer to Enders and it finally has a cover!

    Vyki @ On The Shelf

  2. This is a great idea, Lisa! Thanks for taking the time to gather all the info in one place :)

  3. Great post. I like seeing bookish news all gathered in one place.

  4. Thanks Lisa for putting this all together, a lot of great information. I am super excited about the third Daughter of Smoke and Bone book. That trailer rocked. I want to check out the Holly Black book as well.

  5. I'm so glad you're running this again.

    I love the new Order of the Phoenix cover! And I didn't know the title of the third Laini Taylor book. The trailer is cool.

    Thanks for sharing, Lisa!

  6. I love these kind of posts. the trailer for The Coldest Girl in Town it great!

  7. Loved the trailers and really glad about Hyperion, they have released some excellent books. glad this feature is back in da house!!!