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1898 They're just saying the name of the rep handling rights. I think they probably have someone on staff who does that for all their big authors. Trade publications always list things like that. So IF there's film/TV interest, then this rep will be the go-to. It's telling the industry whom to call if they're interested.

NAL is part of Penguin. Bleh. I had hoped she was getting out of the bubble. :p

So -- the same rep who handles film/TV for TBK might handle all her other series as well.
1898 I thought it read that they were talking about the film rights to the Bourbon Kings, not her other series.

I'm not sure what to make of the new series, honestly. I think it might actually be helpful for her to go back to the roots of romance writing and refresh, because she's kind of gotten in a rut.

And she does live in Kentucky, so she's probably surrounded by her inspiration, so that's cool. It seems more like her Jessica Bird writing which I didn't love as much as BDB. I'll keep an open mind, though. :)
Jul 25, 2014 09:44AM

1898 Hi, Latoya! Welcome to the group!

I resisted reading this book initially because I was mainly into historical romance. I was involved with the romance forum on Amazon and -- as you can imagine -- the historical genre was starting to become stale for me. This series was on so many lists I finally decided to try it (despite my poor opinion of the idea of PNR). Way to open my mind. I went totally PNR crazy but nothing's really stuck like this series.

I envy you the ride ahead, Latoya. I started reading just before book six came out and I absolutely binged. Have fun!!!
Jul 24, 2014 10:10PM

1898 I almost didn't buy it because the advance teases were misleading. Very bad idea and it didn't turn out well at all in the long run.

But I did get it after a friend talked me into it and I ended up liking it. It's got some odd problems and a lot of time spent with a character who isn't even part of the BDB series, but it also introduces one of my favorite ongoing characters so I have a happy place in my heart for this one.
1898 Of course, there were the actual Bourbon Kings.

http://history-world.org/bourbons.htm

But I don't see JRW doing a big French history project. <_<
1898 I don't do full rereads as a rule either, Melody. I go for standout scenes.

Tohr's book had a few of those and I've reread some of them. Also LaL -- I loved that scene in the bar with Q&B when they finally confessed their feelings to one another. Long walk to get there, but I did love it. :)

Rehv's book was great. That was the last really, truly great BDB book. I've enjoyed reading the others, but nothing's risen as high since, IMO.

And I really did like The King when I first read it. I knew it wouldn't stand up to a full reread (or post-read scrutiny), but I can't say I wasn't enjoying the hell out of it the first time through.

RE: the Bourbon Kings -- I also got the New Orleans feeling, which might be cool since it's a cool setting, but it really is an odd name so I've no clue at all.
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Jul 22, 2014 04:50PM

1898 Hi, Kat! Welcome to the group!
1898 UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... wrote: "I think she's running out of ideas and/or passion for the BDB. With Fallen Angels winding down, the BDB books will still (sadly) be a year apart, but I recently did a re-skim of The King and wasn't as impressed as I was with my first read.
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Most of the books don't really hold up to a full reread. Some scenes are classics and I have them marked so I can read them again, but I'm always disappointed if I try to reread the whole thing. The first three are rereadable in full, IMO, the rest I only do in spots if at all.

Like the Layla/Xcor car scene in LaL. If the whole book had been up to that scene - or come close - I'd probably have reread it five times by now. ;D
1898 @Nhya: I thought so too but maybe she's been referring to the outline.

@Dhes: I know. I can't get any feel for what it might be about. I wish she'd give us a little more info.
Jul 20, 2014 02:06PM

1898 Well, if you do end up liking it, hopefully they'll do another sale next year before the new release.
Jul 20, 2014 10:19AM

1898 Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1) by Ilona Andrews and all subsequent Kate Daniels books (excluding the upcoming release, of course) are on sale TODAY ONLY. I highly recommend this series.

Here's the Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.com/Magic-Bites-Kat...
Jul 20, 2014 10:16AM

1898 What a coincidence! We were just talking about the Kate Daniels series and it's on sale today. All but the new release.

I hate Penguin, but they've finally started doing this for new releases. Remember, they did it for the first six BDB, too.

But it's a one day only sale, so get your Kate Daniels while you can. Not romance, but UF with a strong romantic through-line, and a very kick-ass heroine who stands up against a ridiculously strong alpha without either of them being diminished. :)
Jul 13, 2014 09:07AM

1898 Annmarie wrote: "I would like to add a comment on Penguin publishing. Must say that I really don't like them. Have been following Linda Poitevin's Grigori Legacy books. Penguin published first 3 then decided to drop book 4 (final one). Linda is using WattPad to complete the series. I am happy to follow her UF series that way but it is so annoying to have a publisher drop a final book!! "

I believe Penguin is the pioneer of switching a series to hardcover halfway through. The moment it gets popular enough for them to pay attention they hit the readers for more moolah. Ilona Andrews is the latest one. When their last book debuted at #1 I said, "crap, hardcover time" and I was right. :p
Jul 12, 2014 12:42PM

1898 I've seen him on stage and he's a really good actor. But being a good actor doesn't mean someone's going to be a good narrator.

And my biggest complaint about audio books is that I don't like the men doing the women's voices and vice versa. It just takes me out of it. Maybe if I listened more I could get past it.

I love the way the Fever series did it with the last two books. A female doing all the narration and women's voices and a male doing all the men's voices. There's so little money in it, though, that only a few publishers will go for that.
Jul 12, 2014 12:22PM

1898 UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... wrote: "I've been so busy with life that audio books are pretty much my go-to form of 'reading' now. "

I'm not as busy because it's summer, but I hear ya. And the worst is that a few books have come out that I was waiting for and they've been great. In between I can't concentrate on new books because I'm still thinking about how much I loved the new books in the series I'm committed to. So I'm rereading a lot of things until the next anticipated release.
Jul 11, 2014 03:36PM

1898 Yeah, it's great. My DH listens to them and he has no complaints about the reader. I'm not a big fan of listening to books for the most part, but he does it all the time so that says a lot.
Jul 11, 2014 02:21PM

1898 Yay!
Jul 11, 2014 01:52PM

1898 UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... wrote: "BEAN!!!!!! I still haven't read Ilona Andrews books! *hangs head in shame* "

Well their most popular series - Kate Daniels - is not technically romance, it's UF. But there's a solid romantic arc that definitely scratches the itch. ;D

You should try some of the UF/R (that's what I call them) series. Patricia Briggs's "Mercy Thompson" series has a hero I know you'd love. As does Kate Daniels.

But Ilona Andrews has some romance stuff out there. One UF series - The Edge - is actually very romance oriented with a new couple per book. And then there's the new Avon series.

I'd love for you to read Kate Daniels, though. We need to girl gush on Curran. :D
Jul 11, 2014 10:04AM

1898 I think Ilona Andrews is doing a romance series with Avon too. Nice to see Penguin getting some competition. They like to corner markets and they were really trying to make in-roads into romance.

Can't wait for new Kleypas. Haven't liked her Friday Harbor series, but I will always give her a chance. :)
Jul 11, 2014 09:32AM

1898 Definitely her own probs, Dhes. But Penguin does take a big percentage from the profits and they do hose the readers on pricing. And they also allow a ton of typos to show up in the final product (have seen that more in romance books than any other genre, which pisses me off). So I do have expectations of them holding up their end of the bargain -- which they're not doing.

And there was a time when continuity was something editors paid attention to and now it seems editors are mostly marketing execs. I think they should change their title accordingly because I'm really not seeing much editing going on here. I don't want the editor rewriting the book. Nor do I want the publisher instituting a page count demand that has nothing to do with the needs of the story. Nothing so ham fisted. But I do think editors should be tasked with helping authors make good story arc choices. I really don't see why they're called editors at Penguin. They do nothing.