BookBub alerted me to the fact that Courtney Milan has a 99c/99p deal on the first book in her Turner series, so I wandered over to Amazon to have a look, and found a number of other deals on her books. In particular, the Brothers Sinister series is in an enhanced box set for £6.50. This is the Victorian romance series I was raving about last year, because it features strong women characters, many of whom are scientists, without handwaving away the problems they would have faced. If you understand why I was Kermit-flailing when I read the dedication to Rosalind Franklin in one of the later books, you’ll probably enjoy these. It’s m/f, but there is an acknowledgement of m/m and f/f (and again, historically realistic about the need for secrecy, rather than pure fantasy), with one of the background romances for a secondary character in a later book being f/f. One of the side-story novellas is an interracial romance between an Irishman and a Black British woman. And alphole heroes are Not Welcome.
Book 1 in the Brothers Sinister series is currently free (it’s isn’t always, but Milan does regular introductory deals for her series).
Books 1 and 3 in the Turner series are currently 95p at Amazon UK, and the box set is around £4.70. Given how much I enjoyed the Brothers Sinister, I’m just going to go for the boxed set rather than trying the starter first.
The Brothers Sinister: The Complete Boxed Set
The Duchess War (The Brothers Sinister Book 1)
Unveiled (A Turner Series Book 1)
The Turner Series (An Enhanced Box Set)
Author page at Amazon US:
Courtney Milan at Amazon US
Amazon Australia (hi, SallyMN :-)
Author page at Kobo:
Have some book log completely out of order, because otherwise book log won’t be happening…
Short book (20,000 words according to the author), but packed full of useful advice presented in an entertaining manner. The most important piece of advice is right up front: not all techniques work for every writer, so take and use what works for you personally.
This isn’t about how to type faster. It’s about how to be more productive with your writing time, and that includes protecting yourself from burnout. A lot of it is stuff that should be obvious, but isn’t until somebody points it out to you; other techniques are ones that all too often writers have been told they shouldn’t do, by a writer/editor/agent who thinks that if it doesn’t work for them, it’s bad for everyone. Some are things that are much less obvious, and which you could go for years without working it out by yourself.
Even if you already know everything in this book, it can help to have the positive reinforcement from another writer who learnt it the hard way. And besides, I know everything in this book already, and I still found it an entertaining read, well worth the £1.26 I paid. This matters – you’re more likely to remember and follow advice if it was fun to read.
Very much recommended for writers, and even non-writers who are interested in the nuts and bolts of writing.
All Romance eBooks have a one day sale today to celebrate the start of summer. 25% off a wide range of books, including Loose Id‘s catalogue, and specifically including my books (and a Dreamspinner anthology which includes one of my shorts).
If you are sitting in one of the gloomy patches of Britain looking at Midsummer’s Eve grey skies, there is plenty of heat available to warm you up. :-) (Not just joking, either – our central heating came on this morning…)
Courtney Milan has “The Duchess War” on offer as a freebie – this is the first novel in a series of Victorian romances. *Feminist* Victorian romances that are alphole-free zones, and have scientists, engineers and sundry other geeks as heroines and heroes. (One of them is dedicated to Rosalind Franklin. This has a direct connection to the theme of the book.) I think they are awesome, even if I have failed to review them properly yet. I think a lot of you would also find them awesome.
Musa Publishing announced yesterday that they were closing shop. The impact for me is minor, as I had only one short story with them, my m/m fantasy short “And if I offered thee a bargain“. The Musa edition will be going away on 28 February, but there’ll be a new edition at some point.
In the meantime, all Musa titles are 80% off until they shutter the website on 28 February. I am in two minds about this, because it damages the reprint market for authors. But if there were any titles from Musa that caught your eye, go and get them now, because even if they reappear from another publisher, it may be a while.
Having remembered to go and check, yes, the SF Gateway is also having a sale. Lots of classic sf in ebook form from those lovely people at Gollancz. More info at their blog:
Books. You know you want them.
And just as I was thinking that I hadn’t seen anything about Book View Cafe having a sale, guess what drops into my inbox…. 50% off a selection of books from Dec 26 through to Jan1. :-) Obviously I have some conflict of interest here, since several of my friends are members of the Book View Cafe, but I’ve been very impressed over the years with the Cafe’s output. The discount is automatically applied at the checkout.
Stuff I’ve already read and enjoyed:
The Wisteria Tearoom romantic mysteries
plus the new one which I haven’t read but has just gone in my shopping basket
Misc historical romance
Just go and buy this if you like urban fantasy, okay? Chaz Brenchley’s Northern Lights duology is stunning.
Steampunk Jeeves and Wooster pastiche
And another “latest in a series I already read”
I know I’ve missed some while skimming.