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Smugglers’ Stash and News

Hi y’all!

As I recuperate myself from the sheer awesomeness that was Kick-Ass last night, we get ready for another busy week!

Giveaway winners

We have a couple of winners to announce. First, the winner of one copy of Evernight by Claudia Gray is:

Haley Christine (comment #21)

The winner of one authographed copy of Mind Games by Carolyn Crane is:

Jamie (comment #1)

Congratulations to all the winners! Now you know the drill – send an email to us (contact AT thebooksmugglers DOT com) with your snail mail address and we’ll get your prizes out to you as soon as possible! Thanks to all that entered!

Other News

The Ritas:

The RWA (Romance Writers of America) have announced the finalists for 2010 RITA Awards – the Oscars of Romance Novels. Winners of the awards will be announced July 31st at the RITA and Golden Heart Awards Ceremony to be held at RWA’s 30th Annual National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

Amongst the finalists we are delighted to see some of Ana’s favorites, including 3 of her top 10 books of 2009: Scandal by Carolyn Jewel, Revealed by Kate Noble and Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

Patricia Briggs on Tour:

#1 New York Times Bestseller Patricia Briggs will be on tour in April for her next hardcover Silver Borne (Ace; on-sale March 30, 2010). The author will be signing books and meeting with readers – check out the dates and locations and make sure to stop by!

March 30th in SEATTLE
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

March 31st in PORTLAND
Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97005

April 6th in LOS ANGELES
7881 Edinger Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

April 7th in SAN DIEGO
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd: Ste 302
San Diego, CA 92111

April 9th in HOUSTON
2342 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005

April 10th in MINNEAPOLIS
2864 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407

We plan to post our first contribution to the website this week with a joint review of The Poison Throne by Celine Kiernan. We don’t have a final date yet but we shall post about it as soon as we know!

This Week on The Book Smugglers:

We kick-off the week with Ana’s review of her most anticipated book of the year: the (awesome, brilliant) A Conspiracy of Kings by the (brilliant, awesome) Megan Whalen Turner.

On Tuesday, it is Harry‘s turn with his monthly column A Dude Reads PNR. This month’s book is Demon Keepers by Jessica Andersen. Later on Thea reviews This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer , the third book in the Last Survivors series (and one of her most highly anticipated books of ANY year).

We close the month with our March issue of Cover Matters. This time around, we discuss Cliched Covers in Fantasy.

On Thursday, it is Thea’s turn to review (and giveaway) another one of her most anticipated reads of 2010: Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs, the fifth book in the Mercy Thompson series.

On Friday, we post our joint review of Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey, followed by an interview with the author.

Finally, on Saturday Ana posts a From The Page to the Screen with her review of Kick-Ass, the comic and the movie!

And we will just leave you this awesome poster from the upcoming movie, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, another one we (by “we” we mean Ana, really) (THEA’S NOTE: Yes, yes, I am Michael Cera’d out for a little while) can’t wait to see!

~ Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Smugglers


  • KMont
    March 28, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Mmm, another great-looking week, ladies! I can’t wait to see Kick-Ass. Also excited to see your debut post for! 😀

  • L
    March 28, 2010 at 8:29 am

    A Conspiracy of Kings was my most anticipated book of this year as well, and I was soooooo disappointed. Looking forward to reading the review!

  • Ana
    March 28, 2010 at 9:45 am

    L – You were disappointed? I don’t think MWT can ever disappoint me – I loved the book. Granted, not enough Gen but I loved what she did with Sophos!

  • Kristen
    March 28, 2010 at 10:23 am

    The Poison Throne looks very good and it on my must-read-soon pile – can’t wait to see what you both think.

    And Silver Borne – yay!

  • L
    March 28, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Ana, I think my disappointment is partially because I hold MWT to a higher standard than other authors, but CoK is the first book in the series I have no desire to read over and over again (and for which each re-read is a separate pleasure). Because so much is told in Sophos’ voice, I felt that I was missing a lot of the subtle irony and elegant word-smithing that vitalizes the other books. And I thought that overall the plot was fairly predictable and shallow. Also agree – not enough Gen, Ornon, Attolia, Eddis, etc!

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