Goodreads Has Decided That There is No Friendzone for Authors and People ⋆ Ink, Bits, & Pixels

Goodreads may have picked up tricks from their corporate parent since being bought by Amazon in 2012, but beta testing new features was apparently not one of them.

The social network added new relationship options on Friday. Ostensibly intended to better define how authors and the hoi polloi interact, the new options are causing more problems than they solved.

Where under the old setup you could be a friend or a fan of an author (or both), the new system offers “three ways you can choose to engage with author pages on Goodreads” : friend, follow, or favorite.

While I’m sure it sounds like follow is simply a new name for fan and that favorite is a brand new option, it’s more complicated than that.  The relationships friend:fan and friend:follow:favorite don’t match up cleanly.

To start with, the old system had members forming connections with authors, while under the new system members “engage with author pages” – and yes, that is the way GR framed the interactions.

Yes, authors are no longer members of Goodreads; they’re now pages. In other words, Goodreads sees authors as things.

 

via Goodreads Has Decided That There is No Friendzone for Authors and People ⋆ Ink, Bits, & Pixels. (<-You can continue reading the full article here)

Goodreads Will Soon Let You Add Amazon Books to Your Shelves – GalleyCat

goodreadsGoodreads Will Soon Let You Add Amazon Books to Your Shelves – GalleyCat.

 

Social reading platform Goodreads will soon let users add their Amazon book purchases to their Goodreads shelves.

The capability is part of a new feature called “Add Your Amazon Books.”  Using the tool, Goodreads members in the U.S., Canada and Australia will soon be able to add books that they’ve bought on Amazon, including print and Kindle, to their Goodreads shelves.

The goal of the tool is to help friends better share what they are reading and to help readers keep track of all of the books that they have purchased. Check it out: “More books added to your Goodreads shelves means better recommendations to help you find more great books to read. The super-smart algorithm powering our recommendations engine analyzes the books you rate to come up with the best book suggestions for your unique reading tastes.”

Original Post by Dianna Dilworth of GalleyCat. Posted April 16, 2014

In The Mail #11

ImageToday in the mail I received two books (or at least I’m trying to space these out a little so I have more than one book to show off at a time). The first is Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh:

Description/Synopsis: Hailed as a major new talent in paranormal romance, Nalini Singh takes us deeper into the world of the Psy and the changelings in her latest extraordinary novel, where a gifted woman sees passion in her future–a passion that is absolutely forbidden by her kind. In danger from fellow Psy, Faith NightStar’s fragile sanity will be tested by an all-consuming passion for a changeling who can take the form of man or jaguar.

Used to cold silence, Faith NightStar is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder. A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, an F-Psy with the highly sought after ability to predict the future. Then the visions show her something even more dangerous-aching need . . . exquisite pleasure. But so powerful is her sight, so fragile the state of her mind, that the very emotions she yearns to embrace could be the end of her.

Changeling Vaughn D’Angelo can take either man or jaguar form, but it is his animal side that is overwhelmingly drawn to Faith. The jaguar’s instinct is to claim this woman it finds so utterly fascinating and the man has no argument. But while Vaughn craves sensation and hungers to pleasure Faith in every way, desire is a danger that could snap the last threads of her sanity. And there are Psy who need Faith’s sight for their own purposes. They must keep her silenced – and keep her from Vaughn . . .

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The second was Superb and Sexy by Jill Shalvis:

Description/synopsis: Despite his brooding bad-boy attitude. Brody’s luxury charter airline, Sky High, provides the perfect escape route whenever things get complicated. And lately, things have become very complicated, thanks to the insanely passionate, or perhaps just insane, kiss he shared with Sky High’s gorgeous, wisecracking, concierge, Maddie. He’s tried to keep his distance, but now Maddie desperately needs help,and it’s triggering alpha-male urges Brody didn’t even know he had–especially after he finds out that Maddie and her twin sister Leena are in big-time trouble. To save Leena, Maddie and Brody must pose as husband and wife. Good plan, except it’s hard to tell if the heat in bed is acting or something too good to pass up…

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Both were won in Goodreads Giveaways. Visions of Heat is already out in stores, and Superb and Sexy will be released May 7, 2013.

In The Mail #8

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YAY! New book! Today in the mail I received my copy of The Tempted Soul by Adina Senft that I won in a goodreads giveaway back in early February.  It’s different than my normal book picks, but I’m all about trying new things here and there. I have to mix it up sometimes!

Description/Synopsis: Carrie Miller longs for children, but after ten years of marriage, that blessing eludes her. So she fills her days with caring for her home, making artistic gifts and fancy cakes, and caring for her flock of chickens, every one of whom has a name and who under no circumstances will go in the soup pot. Carrie also finds support in the friendship she shares with her two best friends Amelia and Emma, and relishes the weekly afternoons they share working on their quilts.

Carrie and her husband Melvin love each other, and together have survived many lean years. If not for the kindness of their church community, they would have had to miss more than one meal a day. But now, Melvin has found work that finally provides a good living. Carrie hopes that having more to eat will finally allow them to start a family. Yet month after month, they remain childless. So when Carrie overhears two English women talking in the fabric store one day about medical options available to non-Amish women in her situation, she takes it as a sign from God. Melvin and the bishop see it differently, however. Is it really God’s will that she pursue this, or is her longing to be a mother tempting her to stray from her Amish beliefs?

Now if you’ll all excuse me, I have a lot of reading to do this weekend! (and some very long art videos to upload to youtube..) I hope everyone’s having a great weekend!

In The Mail #6

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Today in the mail I received an ARC copy of Fly Away by Kristin Hannah. I was one of 100 people (out of 3312 entries) to recieve this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I’ve heard rave reviews about it, so I’m excited to add it to my reading list. This one officially comes out April 23, 2013.

Description/Synopsis: Once, a long time ago, I walked down a night-darkened road called Firefly Lane, all alone, on the worst night of my life, and I found a kindred spirit. That was our beginning. More than thirty years ago. TullyandKate. You and me against the world. Best friends forever. But stories end, don’t they? You lose the people you love and you have to find a way to go on. . . .

Tully Hart has always been larger than life, a woman fueled by big dreams and driven by memories of a painful past. She thinks she can overcome anything until her best friend, Kate Ryan, dies. Tully tries to fulfill her deathbed promise to Kate—to be there for Kate’s children—but Tully knows nothing about family or motherhood or taking care of people.

Sixteen-year-old Marah Ryan is devastated by her mother’s death. Her father, Johnny, strives to hold the family together, but even with his best efforts, Marah becomes unreachable in her grief. Nothing and no one seems to matter to her . . . until she falls in love with a young man who makes her smile again and leads her into his dangerous, shadowy world.

Dorothy Hart—the woman who once called herself Cloud—is at the center of Tully’s tragic past. She repeatedly abandoned her daughter, Tully, as a child, but now she comes back, drawn to her daughter’s side at a time when Tully is most alone. At long last, Dorothy must face her darkest fear: Only by revealing the ugly secrets of her past can she hope to become the mother her daughter needs.

A single, tragic choice and a middle-of-the-night phone call will bring these women together and set them on a poignant, powerful journey of redemption. Each has lost her way, and they will need each one another—and maybe a miracle—to transform their lives.

An emotionally complex, heart-wrenching novel about love, motherhood, loss, and new beginnings, Fly Away reminds us that where there is life, there is hope, and where there is love, there is forgiveness.

This Week

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So first off this week, I won some books! (I know, it’s crazy huh?) I won a copy of Love at First Sight by Lori Wilde and Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky on Goodreads! I also recieved access on NetGalley to The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa and it’s sequal, The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa.  So far I’m loving the series and can’t wait to get through both books.

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Also, this morning I was notified that I’ve been nominated for the Beautiful Bloggger Award:

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by the wonderful slepsnor / Charles Yallowitz of Legends of Windmere. Honestly, I have no idea what the award is given out for, but I’m honored nonetheless. Now, I’m smart enough to notice that there’s been a lot of these awards floating around lately and it seems there’s always some sort of rules that go along with it, like: “Nominate 15 other people”, “tell us something about you” etc. However *pats slepsnor on the back* no rules were posted where I was nominated *grins* so I’m going to assume that I’m allowed to end the chain-letter that is this award at least in the vicinity of my wayward blog. First of all, I’m not sure I even know 15 bloggers to nominate, two, I’m lazy and half asleep right now.. it’s only 8 AM and I haven’t had coffee, and 3, you have to know there’s probably hundreds (if not thousands) of this particular award going around right now if even a handful of people have already nominated 15 people each. I’ll be happy to be the one child out who chooses to say thank you, and bow out.

And my last topic of the day: I will probably not be posting much this week (even though I already really want to post some book reviews for the books I haven’t even finished yet). I’ve picked up a couple of new art commissions over on DeviantART (http://darlingmionette.deviantart.com – plug!), that are going to keep me pretty busy this week. I have a 4-person sketch I need to start working on today, and after that a fully-painted piece. I’m happy for the work, and the pay, since art is my income, but I’m already pouting over the fact that I won’t have much time to read or write this week. Combine that with the fantastic allergies I’ve had the last couple days which are making hard to function, and I can already tell this is going to be a really long week.

In The Mail #4

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I just got a new book in the mail today after having won it 5 days ago (wow that was fast!) on Goodreads. I was one of 25 (of 918) people to receive an ARC copy of The Boyfriend by Thomas Perry.  It’s due to come out March 5th, 2013, and seems to have mixed-reviews so far, so we’ll see how it goes.

Synopsis: Jack Till, who has retired from the LAPD after a respected career as a homicide detective, now works as a private investigator, comfortable chasing down routine cases while visiting his 24-year-old daughter, Holly, who has Down Syndrome. But when the parents of a recently murdered young girl, about Holly’s age, ask for his help when the police come up empty, Till reluctantly takes the case.

It was discovered after her death that the victim had been working as a high-class prostitute, and the police are content to assume she was killed by a client, common in such a dangerous line of work. Yet as Till digs deeper, he realizes that the victim is just one of several young female escorts killed in different cities in the exact same way : all had strawberry blonde hair, and all were shot with a 9mm handgun in the sanctity of their apartments.

Till must find his way around the tawdry and secretive online escort business, and decode ads placed by young women who all use false names, sometimes advertise using other women’s pictures, and move from city to city every few months. Yet when Till is finally able to catch up with the killer, he finds that the man he’s after is far more dangerous and volatile than he ever could have imagined. As the body count rises, Till must risk his life to find this seductive and ruthless killer whose murderous spree masks a far deadlier agenda.

Genre: Thriller

MUHAHAHAHA. I love murder mysteries.

Won More Books!

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I just had to share my glee – since I haven’t finished a book in DAYS. I just won two more books on goodreads (that’ll make 8 books via Goodreads, 1 from a blog hop, and 3 given to me by authors directly) *thumbs up* Now what was I saying about drop karma?

Anyways, I won The Boyfriend by Thomas Perry (one of 25 copies), and Blood & Beauty: The Borgias by Sarah Dunant (one of 100 copies). I’m excited!

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NetGalley, Tom Barry, & The Sniffles

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Hello captive audience! Just wanted to give a quick update. I haven’t had a new review in the last two days, and I thought I’d explain: I’ve been sick. Nothing serious, but reading’s been making me a bit motion sick, so I haven’t read as much in the past two days. No worries, I’ll be getting back to it shortly!

To share some news, though I didn’t win the giveaway on Goodreads for When The Siren Calls by Tom Barry, Tom was kind enough to e-mail me and offer me a free copy of his book anyway! Thanks Tom! So it’s been moved to the top of my reading list, and hopefully I”ll have a review for you guys in the next couple of days.

He also clued me into this great site: NetGalley. Basically, if you’re a “professional reader” aka someone who spends their time reading books and giving reviews (I guess that’s me!) – or recommending them to other people, then you can sign up on this FREE site and put in offers to read new and not-yet-released books, and publishers and authors will gift you e-book copies so they can get your feedback. Very cool. Be sure to check it out if you’re a blogger that does a lot of book reviews!

Lastly, since I need some articles to cover my absence in the reading scene until this cold blows over, if anyone has a giveaway, website, blog, or other book-related thing they’d like me to advertise, drop me a comment. I’d be happy to spread the word around a little while I sit around and sniffle.