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Week 2 of Ruth's blog tour for 'Across the Bridge of Ice'

Ruth's Blog Tour March 2-30

 

Ruth's Blog Tour for 'Across the Bridge of Ice' is into its second week. This week she will be guesting at:

March 9 Guest blog - Mythical Books
http://www.mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/

March 10 Spotlight - Share My Destiny
http://sharemydestiny.blogspot.com

March 13 Spotlight - Fantasy Book Lane
http://www.fantasybooklane.com/

March 16 Interview - Diane’s Book Blog
http://dianes-book.blogspot.com

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Cover Reveal: "Cold Faith" by Shaune Lafferty Webb

Cover of Cold Faith - Sunny's face against a frozen background with two figures

Cold Faith by Shaune Lafferty Webb will be released May/June 2015.

A protracted volcanic winter has devastated Earth, leaving only isolated pockets of survivors. With food becoming scarcer and the air growing toxic, Rab sees just one chance for survival: a perilous journey north in search of a fabled city where ships were rumoured to have been launched, ferrying the people of Earth to a salvation planet.

But Rab didn’t count on being forced into taking the last three children from his dying village, or on coming across the hostile and sceptical Sunny living with her grandfather in comparative luxury among a large band of refugees in an underground sanctuary. When her grandfather begs to join Rab’s party, Sunny, to Rab’s dismay, insists on coming with them. Years ago, Sunny had been the lone survivor of a similar quest. The reason behind the failure of that quest is something Sunny has never revealed, not even to her grandfather. And Rab is now to discover why.

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Statistics, damn statistics, and wishful thinking - the not-death of the ebook

Picture of Kindle headstone

I have to admit to finding it a bit difficult to understand how an increase in eBook sales of 12.3% (from 2013 to 2014) is being peddled as signally the end of the ebook, particularly when sales of the physical book fell by 1.7% over the same period.

Well, actually I can understand it - it's called wishful thinking. What's happening is that the rate of e-book growth has started to slow, and coupled with a slowing in decline of physical book sale the traditionalists are hoping it signals a return to the printed book. Just remember though, according to Nielsen Bookscan, we bought 237 million books back in 2008. In 2013, this had fallen to 184 million, a pretty drastic fall of 22 per cent!

So yes, it appears the book market might be starting to reach some sort of equilibrium, with about one in three books being a digital one, and the rest being physical books. And yes, there is good news for booksellers with Waterstones reporting that  sales of physical books has increased by 5 per cent during December, compared with the same month in 2013. A picture echoed by Sam Husain, the chief executive of Foyles, who said sales at his chain of bookshops had jumped by 8.1 per cent, compared with December the year before.

Bottom line, however, the eBook market continues to expand, and even if its growth slowed further to 9% it will only take five years before eBook sales constitute 50% of the total market.

You can read the full article from the Telegraph here.

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Ditmar nominations open for 2015 - we need your support

 3 coversWe published three eBooks last year which are eligible to be considered for the 2015 Australian SF ("Ditmar") awards. We need your support to ensure they are on the ballot paper. The three eligible are:

  • Lights Over Emerald Creek by Shelley Davidow
    eBook, published 28 Feb 2014 by Hague Publishing
  • Isis, Vampires and Ghosts -  Oh My! by Janis Hill
    eBook, published 30 Aug 2014 by Hague Publishing
  • Frontier Resistance by Leonie Rogers
    eBook, published 3 Oct 2014 by Hague Publishing

Please consider nominating any, or all of the above books.

Details on the awards, and on the nomination process follow.

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'Frontier Resistance' has appeared in the December edition of the San Francisco Book Review - 4 Stars

Cover for December San Francisco Book Review

The following review has just appeared in December's edition of the San Francisco Book Review. If you want to see the original it can be found here.

Title: Frontier Resistance
Author: Leonie Rogers
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Hague Publishing,
Format: eBook
Details: $4.66 US, 183 pages

Reviewer: James Rasmussen

4 out of 5 stars

 

 

The world of Frontier is under siege from the invading, insectoid Garsal. Shanna, her fellow Scouts, and their Starcat companions find themselves in the care of the mysterious Starlyne, beginning to understand the Spark, the set of unusual talents that have been programmed into their genes over humanity’s generations on the planet. Without the technological mastery, lost over time, that brought their ancestors here, the Spark is the one weapon the settlers have that might be able to defeat the Garsal. As Shanna and her companions struggle to master the Spark, the rest of the colonists struggle to trust their alien allies, the Starlyne, even while the Garsal scheme to enslave the planet’s population.

The sequel to Frontier Incursion, Frontier Resistance draws readers further into the world of Frontier. This book can be read without reading the previous one; enough backstory is woven into the opening chapters that even if you haven’t read it yourself, you can smoothly gain an understanding of what is going on. The writing is clear and straightforward, making for an easy read that focuses on the characters and the action. It does a good job of following the development of the characters and their abilities, and carries overall positive themes throughout; it’s a bit lighter than some of the more angst-ridden YA fare on the market. At times it is a little light on detail, and occasional typos and misplaced punctuation might distract the grammatically sensitive, but otherwise the story pushes forward at a good pace through a science-fiction world that calls to mind both David Weber’s Honor Harrington universe, and David Brin’s Uplift books, making for a solid Young Adult read.

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'Across the Bridge of Ice' by Ruth Fox will be available 31 January and is now available for pre-order

Cover for Across the Bridge of Ice
Across the Bridge of Ice by Ruth Fox will be released 31 January 2015, and can already be pre-ordered from the following stores:

Amazon
iTunes
KoboBooks
NookBooks

and from our own store at: HaguePublishing

Across the Bridge of Ice is the sequel to The City of Silver Light of which has earned 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com and universal praise from those who have read it:

" ... beautifully written with intriguing world building ... " Christina - Ensconced in YA

" I love ... its delicious mix of genres; allegory, family story, fantasy, science fiction. ... " Readalot

"I heartily recommend this book at any reader who enjoys something a bit out of the general line." Sally Odgers, Children's and Teen Fiction Author

About the story

In 'The City of Silver Light', Keira Leichman spent the night lost in a wild snowstorm that struck Cassidy Heights. But what really happened that night? Not even Keira can be sure. What she does know is that she's been having strange dreams since the accident, and now she's stuck with a broken ankle and the possibility of never playing soccer again. Continue Reading →

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Kindle now allows 'family' lending between accounts

KindlescreenI hope this doesn't read as too much of an endorsement for Amazon, as its not intended to be, and certainly other eBook sellers such as Kobo and B&N will probably roll this out shortly, but the bottom line is that this is a significant upgrade.

You have always been able to share books from your Amazon account with someone else by linking multiple eReaders to the same account. The latest software release, however, allows you to load multiple accounts to the same reader. So presumably the idea is to have two eRreaders (one for each account), but allow each to share each others accounts without having to physically swapping the readers. So it is bringing the flexibility of just lending an paper to eBooks, at least within the family.

And yes, you still need two eReaders if you're reading the same book at the same time, but its better than having to have four eReaders (think about it).

The two paired accounts can also jointly supervise and control up to four child’s accounts, too.

 Amazon

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'Isis, Vampires and Ghosts - Oh My!' has appeared in the October edition of the San Francisco Book Review - 4 stars

October cover of San Francisco Book Review

I've included the whole review, but if you want to see the original it can be found here.

Isis, Vampires and Ghosts - Oh My!
By Janis Hill
Hague Publishing, $4.66 US, 183 pages
Format: eBook
Reviewer: Holly Scudero

4 out of 5 stars

Stephanie and her sister Estella have been estranged for years, and Stephanie is, admittedly, not particularly heartbroken to hear of Estella’s death. But upon arriving to the funeral, held in the questionably new-age-y Temple of Isis, Stephanie learns that Estella is not so much dead as undead. And is now the host of an ancient, evil vampire named Branwyre. And Stephanie is the only one who can banish Branwyre and save Estella’s soul. Stephanie quickly finds herself thrown into a world she can hardly believe is real, with ghosts and demons and more. With the aid of Roxanna, the High Priestess of Isis, and the crude ghost of a monk named Trishna, not to mention the undead Estella herself, Stephanie sets out to retrieve Branwyre’s crucible and banish the ghost before he takes permanent possession of Estella’s body.

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Blog Tour wrap-up for 'Isis, Vampires and Ghosts - Oh My!' by Janis Hill 1-30 Sep 2014

Guest posts and interviews

Massive thanks to Roxanne Rhoads from Bewitching Book Tours for the work she and her bloggers put into the tour! Neither Janis nor I can recommend them too much. Thanks people. Continue Reading →

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