SEEN This Week 4/1/13

AOS101Happy April! I hope this past week found everyone well and that you had a safe, blessed Easter. This week’s book, author, and event news:

Amazon is buying the popular book-focused social networking site Goodreads, which was founded in 2007 and now has more than 16 million members. The acquisition is expected to close by July. Goodreads’ headquarters will remain in San Francisco, and its management is expected to stay in place. Read more about Amazon’s acquisition of Goodreads here.

As the leading social networking site devoted to books, GoodReads has been considered an important element in addressing the “discoverability” problem that grew with spread of e-books and Amazon and the collapse of Borders: How would readers discover books if fewer of them were visiting the best source for learning about new books, bricks-and-mortar bookstores?

If you are an author who needs help with your marketing, stop by the Solstice Publishing web site for some helpful tips. They make additions daily. You can also sign up for their marketing newsletter to have helpful tips e-mailed to you once a month. Newsletter will go out once a month.

Dark Dragon Publishing is proud to announce that their award-winning author Karen Dales has been shortlisted for the HFA Author of the Year award! In celebration of this nomination, Dark Dragon has lowered the price of her Siren Books award winning novel, Angel of Death, to $.99USD on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords.

Time to laugh and hate the games that men play with dog’matic by Shawn Hicks. This is the five-star hilarious story on the war of relationships for sex and control.

Uvi Poznansky’s A Favorite Son, is coming out April 12 in two new editions: audiobook and print. Find out more on how you can be part of this exciting event.

PD Allen’s latest work, Quantum Meditations Book Six, is now available in print. Additional details can be found at this link

Now available in paperback: Elle: An Erotic Faerie Tale by Tasha Blackstone. Enjoy this retelling of the classic Rapunzel spun together with magic, betrayal and plenty of desire.

Paul Trembling’s children’s fantasy/adventure story, Trouble in Toyland is now available as a paperback from Lulu.com.

If you like Southern novels, check out Louisiana-based Southern Superstitions by BJ Robinson.

Here is a new site created by young adults from six different countries looking for writing and art related to social justice, democracy and equality. New and established writers welcome. Click for additional details.

In case you missed it, Michele Brenton’s newest poem, Father’s Day, is bittersweet in flavor and not about the commercial Father’s Day in the least. Stop by and have a read.

My News for the Week:

Had a great time on the March 25 episode of The Lost and Found with Danielle with co-guest Kristal McKerrington. Click here to listen and/or download.

Do you have news you’d like to see in a future column? Either post it on a related site or email writingmerchant@gmail.com before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

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