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Monday Afternoon Visits

First up, I have incredibly good news! You'll remember my confusion and dismay when I discovered The King Commands--the sequel to Meg Burden's Northlander--was nowhere to be found despite having been published not quite two months ago. Well, a couple of days ago Charlotte contacted me to let me know that she talked to the publishers and they informed her that Amazon had just placed an order and that the book, in fact, was now in stock there! Charlotte and I (after doing the happy dance) naturally concluded that it was the review that got the ball rolling. So way to go 'Villians! When I first checked it said there were five copies in stock at Amazon and more were on the way. Those five copies have now been sold, but there are new copies available for the original sale price of $8.95 all over now. Barnes & Noble has them shipping in two days, and now The Book Depository and Powell's does as well. My copy is already on its way. It's a midsummer miracle!

Next, my buddy and book blogger Chachic over at Chachic's Book Nook is hosting her very first giveaway. As Chachic's over in the Philippines, this contest is open there only. But she's picked a great book to start with (and a pretty copy, too)--Beauty by Robin McKinley. I know none of you have ever heard me talk about that book or that author before, so you'll just have to take Chachic's word for it. They're good 'uns. Just tell her your favorite fairy tale and you'll be entered.

Third, while Charlotte and I were getting to the bottom of the Great King Commands Caper, we got to discussing our favorite tortured brothers--Alan and Nick Ryves from The Demon's Lexicon trilogy by Miss Sarah Rees Brennan. We both favor Alan. For pretty much anything. I have my hopes (and suspicions) for the way book three will turn out, but I won't go into those here so as not to spoil anything for those of you haven't read the first or second one. But our Alan Lovefest wound to its natural conclusion with Charlotte posting a poll on her site. Alan, Nick, Mae, Sin? Go cast your vote. Personally, I'm Team Alan all the way. Though not necessarily to end up with who you might think...

Happy Monday, folks! What does your week hold in store?

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  1. Anonymous2:14 PM

    Thanks for sharing the info about The King Commands. My copy of Northlander arrived last week and I'm looking forward to reading it.

    KarenS

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  2. The first demon's lexicon book is on hold for me right now at the library! Hopefully I'll have it in hand shortly. I can't wait to see what the big deal is about these brothers you keep going on and on about!

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  3. What an excellent way to start the week!

    I've just ordered Northlander ;-)

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  4. Karen, great! This is working out to be good timing all around.

    Suey, woo-hoo! I hope you like it. *crosses fingers*

    Li, I thought so. :)

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  5. Yay, thanks for linking the giveaway, Angie! I saw Charlotte's poll about the Ryves brothers and I voted already. I am for TEAM NICK! :) And yes, not necessarily to end up with who you might think. I just want to believe in him because he's trying so hard.

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  6. My poor children, I haven't been able to put Northlander down ALL day. I'm almost done and decided to get on the internet to see if I could find book 2 and I saw your post.....YAY!!! I was very worried....I need to know what happens next....NOW.

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  7. I think that what happened viz The King Commands is the most lovely direct example I know of the power of both blogging, and the Cybils, to bring attention to neglected books...If Northlander hadn't been shortlisted for the Cybils several years ago, I wouldn't have read it, and then I wouldn't have recommended it to you...and now this whole new surge of interest has happened! It just goes to show.

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  8. Yay for your book ninja skills! I'm super impressed!

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  9. Chachic, I know. *sigh* Poor Nick. He has my heart as well. So much peril!! What will happen?

    Liz, YAY! I'm so glad you read it. Wasn't it great?? Maybe we'll both have read the sequel by the time we see each other next...:)

    Charlotte, exactly! I would never have found it at all if not for you and the CYBILS. Yay for the CYBILS! The editor-in-chief of Brown Barn Books contacted me and said she'd heard from devoted fans over her and was happy to say two of their three distributors had just put in orders for a bunch of copies. *highfive*

    Michelle, hehe. Why, thank you. I think you'd like this one, btw. *ninja*

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  10. I just need to track down a copy....I've requested that my library buy a copy and they are usually good about doing that so I am keeping my fingers crossed. You'll be in Malad for the 3rd....Yes????

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  11. Liz, YES! I will be there. With family in tow. I can't wait to hang out with everyone. :)

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