Maria Murnane, author of Perfect on Paper (<---link will take you to my review) wrote to say her book made it onto the front cover of USA Today. The image of her book was cut from the online version, but you can read about her book and other self-pubs that have been republished by Amazon, here: Amazon gives the self-published a second life.
In case you choose not to read the USA Today article, I've pasted the image of one of the books mentioned above. I tend to stay quiet during chatter about controversial issues, such as "cover white-washing", although not for any particular reason -- art departments have been getting the cover images wrong for decades; it's nothing new. What's new is awareness of white character faces on covers of books containing protagonists who are described as dark-skinned. I'm not particularly thrilled or drawn by "face covers," anyway. The cover of A Wish After Midnight (<----Amazon link that does not benefit me) is, to me, a perfect example of how cover art can be stunning and draw people in while maintaining accuracy in the characterization. Isn't that cover beautiful?
Michael Palmer, medical thriller author of many books, including the new release The Last Surgeon, is going to donate donate $1 to the Mass General Hospital Red Sox Homebase PTSDFoundation for every additional Facebook fan added between now and February 16. You can add/fan him here: Michael Palmer's Facebook fan page. I have an ARC of The Last Surgeon and plan to read that in the coming weeks.Chef Alain Braux is gathering stories for his next book, tentatively entitled: "How to Live Gluten and Dairy-free with French Gourmet Food". If you are gluten- or dairy-intolerant, you can write to Alain to share your story. The deadline is February 28.
And, last I heard, Simon Van Booy was working on the final chapter of his first novel, "set in a small French village" (he posted about it on Facebook, Jan. 22 -- perhaps he's finished and revising, by now). If you follow my blog regularly, you know I'm a big fan of Simon Van Booy's short stories. Of all of the books I'm most looking forward to, anything by Simon will always fall at the top of my wish list.
That's all for today. Bookfool is dog sick and headed back to bed. Happy Reading!
Addendum: At the time I wrote this post, I stuck a copy of A Wish After Midnight in my cart. It was reasonably priced and available for pre-order. A few days later, I returned to Amazon and found that the book had gone up $3. That's about a 40% hike. This seems to happen frequently -- if you don't purchase immediately, the price goes up when you leave something in the cart. That is one reason I have not become an Amazon Associate. I don't like Amazon's sneaky devil ways. I took the book out of my cart, but I will keep it on my wish list and seek out another source for purchasing the book.