Cover Shot! The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

Harlequin Teen is picking up some steam! There are so many HT books on the horizon that look so good!  With Julie Kagawa’s popular Iron Fey series, the publisher has had  impressive success in the YA market.  I am looking forward to their April release The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter, and now it looks like there is a must have title for May.  Look at the cover for The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross.  Is that not one of the prettiest things you have ever seen?  I love the dark, dramatic colors, and that dress is to die for.  To make it even more appealing to me, it’s a steampunk novel, too!

Synopsis:

She thought there was something wrong with her. She was right.  Finley Jayne has known for quite some time that she isn’t ‘normal,’ but when she beats up the son of her employer and is forced to flee, she stumbles into a world where there are bigger freaks than her. They take her in, treat her like family and demand her trust. How can Finley trust them when she can’t trust herself? And why is she drawn to the powerful Griffin as well as the dangerous Jack? She has to get herself under control before she gets into trouble she can’t get out of.

Griffin King is one of the most powerful men in Britain but he couldn’t save his best friend from almost dying. He is determined to save Finley and help her become the person he knows she can be, but there’s evil afoot in London. Machines have attacked humans under the orders of a nefarious criminal called The Machinist. He has sworn to protect his country against such a threat, but he’s never faced any foe like this. However, when he discovers The Machinist’s connection to his past, Griffin vows to end the villain once and for all — but he’ll need the help of all his friends, including the beautiful Finley Jayne – the girl in the steel corset.

In stores May 2011

Will They Ever Get A Clue?

I read a comment over at Dear Author (I love this website!) and I felt my blood pressure rise.  I don’t understand why publishers think so poorly of their customers.  It appears that publishers don’t look at library patrons as book buyers.  Wait – what?? 

Now, of course I can only speak for myself, but I use the snot out of the library.  In a good week, I read about ten books.  In  a bad week, I probably read 6.  That’s a lot, especially when they average ten bucks a pop.  Sorry, but I don’t make enough to support a book addiction of that magnitude, and keep a roof over my head.  So I find myself relying on the library to help supplement my book diet.  It helps me discover new authors to drop my money on later, and allows me to experiment with new genres or writing styles.  The library got me hooked on YA novels, and now I can’t get enough of them. 

There isn’t a bookstore near me, so I browse the library shelves, randomly checking out a title here and there.  This is how I discovered Kimberly Pauley, Kat Falls, and Binky the Space Cat.  This how I discovered steampunk, vampire teens, and faeries.  I also rediscovered picture books, which has blossomed into a guilty pleasure.  I like to raid the new picture book shelf, and I have spent an embarrassing amount of time in kids’ wing, perusing all of the picture book goodness.

When I was a kid, I loved the library, too.  I was too young for a job, and my parents couldn’t afford to keep me stocked with new books to read.  The library is directly responsible for my enjoyment of books.  If it wasn’t for the library, I would have turned to video games or TV for my entertainment, and I don’t know if I would have gone back to reading for pleasure as my main way to spend my leisure hours.

So, Publishers, please think before you stick your foot in your mouth.  If you truly believe that library patrons aren’t book buyers, you need to re-evaluate your market research.  I bought five books last week.  I also checked four books out of the library.  I purchase as many books as my budget will allow, and with the crappy economy, my discretionary dollars don’t stretch as far as they used to.  The price of books, and everything else, keeps going up, but my income hasn’t increased in years.  Books are a luxury, especially with the continuing turbulence in the job market.

So, Readers, what do you think?  Are library patrons a Publisher’s Worst Nightmare?  Do you use the library? Do you still buy books?

Here are links to two great posts, and you should hop over and read them, especially the thoughtful comments on each:

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

Dear Author

What got this particular web-drama ball rolling?  HarperCollins has decided to put limits on digital lending.  Guess my library will never get into digital game, because they won’t be able to afford to play with the new restrictions introduced by the pubs.