Monday, April 25, 2011

Sookie Ebook : Nook Color now lets authors sign e-books

I don't know if Charlaine's upcoming appearances at Barnes and Nobles will be setup where she can sign your Sookie eBook but you might want to call the store and ask.
Here is her schedule with store phone numbers.

Lovers of literature know that having a book signed by a favorite author is something truly special. How do you sign an e-book though? Hopefully not with ballpoint.
Barnes & Noble is set to debut a new feature for the Android-equipped Nook Color e-reader that lets authors digitally sign their e-books using a stylus.
Writer and illustrator Sandra Boynton will be one of the first authors to host an e-book signing, and it's scheduled for Barnes & Noble's Upper East Side store in New York City (7 p.m. on Monday, May 2). The event will promote the digital version of her classic children's book "The Going to Bed Book." (In keeping with the book's theme, Boynton suggests both adults and children arrive in their pajamas; I'll be the one in the "Brilliant!" Guinness flannels.)
Other e-readers, such as the Sony Reader, already make it possible to write on pages. There is also a company named Autography that carries a patent for "inserting an autograph or other salutation into an e-book."
Despite the existing technology, though, the phrase "e-book signing" hasn't hit the mainstream. It's an interesting play from Barnes & Noble, a company that's redefining itself as paperback sales continue to dwindle due to increased competition from Amazon's Kindle.
A representative for Boynton also confirmed that B&N is looking to expand the option to other e-books in the future. Hopefully marathon book-signing sessions with a stylus will be less carpal-tunnel inducing than those conducted with a pen.

Charlaine Harris is in the house! Girls in the Stacks interview

You were quoted recently in the LA Times as saying the next two books will probably be the last two books in the Sookie series.  Has the story traveled where you thought it would?  Have the characters ever surprised you?  Did you plan to have this many Sookie books?
Yes, I’ve had a scene from the last book written in my head for years. Of course, I always have new ideas about the characters. That’s the fun part of writing. I never imagined the series would go on for so long.
We heard rumors that Alan Ball let slip that you were thinking of killing Bill, but you didn’t.  If this statement is true, what changed your mind?
Alan did let it slip. I had never said anything publicly because I knew I would have to answer a lot of questions. Actually, during the scene in the hospital when the fairies are coming to kill everyone inside, I wrote a great death scene for Bill because I love to write grand death scenes. But when I thought about it, I wanted to keep Bill around because I like him. My editor weighed in on Bill’s survival, too.
I think that worked out for the best . . . but now I have to answer a lot more questions!

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In Her Shoes: Charlaine Harris, Vampire Author

Through the pages of books written by bestselling author Charlaine Harris, readers enter a fantasy world — one filled with sexy vampires, endearing shape-shifters, and incredibly gorgeous fairies. You might be more familiar with the HBO show True Blood, which was inspired by Charlaine's Southern Vampire series. I know that many of you aspire to be writers, so read on to find out what it's like to walk in her shoes!
SavvySugar: What's your typical day like?
Charlaine Harris: I hardly have a daily routine any more because of the increased demands on my time. However, on an ideal day I’m in my office by eight. I write six pages, finishing by early afternoon, and then I deal with other matters until three thirty or four o’clock, when I read for a while before starting supper.

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Charlaine Harris, author of the "Sookie Stackhouse" series of vampires-in-Lousiana novels, will visit Knoxville

Charlaine Harris, author of the "Sookie Stackhouse" series of vampires-in-Lousiana novels, will visit Knoxville for a reading 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14, according to her website. Her visit will be part of the WJXB-FM "Author Series."
The HBO series "True Blood" is based on Harris' novels about a mind-reading Louisiana waitress who falls in love with a charming vampire, amongst other otherworldly adventures.
The reading will be at Rothchild's Catering and Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike. Dr. Bill Bass will be the guest speaker.
VIP tickets are $40 per person for VIP seating and a hard cover copy of the new Sookie Stackhouse tale "Dead Reckoning" or $30 per person for VIP seating only. A $20 general admission ticket is also available. For tickets, visit or call 865-656-4444. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

HBO Go Apps Available On Your iPad and iPhone On May 2nd

The HBO GO apps and streaming service will be free of charge to HBO subscribers. According to the video, the HBO GO service and iOS apps will be released on May 2nd.

Blood-Inspired Perfume Piques Vampire Curiosity

A new blood-inspired perfume may soon have an ideal group of early adopters: vampires.

Last week, a pair of Italian entrepreneurs, Antonio Zuddas and Giovanni Castelli, debuted Blood Concept, a provocative fragrance line based on the four major human blood types: A, B, AB and O.

While the line forgoes incorporating actual blood, the Italian duo nonetheless claim that each scent is evocative of the blood type it represents.

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Dead Reckoning will be released May 3rd. Hope you enjoy it.

Charlaine Harris posted on her Facebook Fan Page that the next book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, “Dead Reckoning”, will be released on May 3rd.
Mrs. Harris writes:

Dead Reckoning will be released May 3rd. Hope you enjoy it.

It's not too late to pre - order TODAY!

Asked and Answered | Deborah Ann Woll

The young actress Deborah Ann Woll cut her teeth — err, fangs — as the innocent Christian turned insidious vampire Jessica Hamby on HBO’s “True Blood” (Season 4 starts in June). Woll, 26, hails from Brooklyn but currently lives in Los Angeles, where she recently completed filming on “Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You,” a coming-of-age story based on a teenage novel of the same name by Peter Cameron. The Moment recently e-mailed Woll to talk work (vampires, snakes) and play (home improvement and carpentry).

The East or West Coast?

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Blu-ray Disc version of True Blood: The Complete Third Season,

HBO Home Entertainment is promising an immersive fan experience with its Blu-ray Disc version of True Blood: The Complete Third Season, offering nearly double the bonus content found with the second season.
The bulk of the extras come with the show’s enhanced viewing mode, which offers such features as character perspectives, in which characters from the show (in this case Jessica, Andy, Tommy and Alcide) pop up to discuss a scene with the audience; a flashback/flash forward mode, in which past or future scenes that relate to the current scene are played; as well as vampire histories and character bios. Viewers can skip from bonus event to bonus event.
New to the third season is “True Blood Lines,” an interactive on-screen guide that highlights the connections between the many worlds in the series.
These Blu-ray extras come in addition to the standard-DVD extras, which include a featurette about the show’s use of werewolves; "True Blood" Post Mortem vignettes; end-of-episode guides for bonus helpings of “True Blood”; Snoop Dogg’s “Oh Sookie” music video; and seven audio commentaries.
The five-disc set is due May 31 at $79.98 (the DVD version is $59.99).

Meet Charlaine Harris, Whose Books Inspired HBO's True Blood

Anderson’s Bookshop in Downers Grove presents an upcoming special program at the Tivoli Theatre with New York Times bestselling author, Charlaine Harris, on Thursday evening, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. Harris is perhaps best known for her Sookie Stackhouse novels, which inspired HBO’s popular True Blood series.
Tickets to the event are available at Anderson’s Bookshop in Downers Grove, 5112 Main St. The price for a ticket package is $36 and includes one copy of Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11), admission to the author program, signing line and a showing of episodes of True Blood. The event will be held at the Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove.
Harris was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta. She has been a writer for 30 years, and is particularly recognized for her paranormal mysteries. Humor and horror are hallmarks of her books.

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