Friday, July 24, 2009

Linkorama Jama

Given the current economic climate, desperate times call for desperate (and cool) measures. Those wild librarians of Texas are raising money for the Texas Library Association's Disaster Relief fund with a calender featuring Texas librarians showing off their....tattoos.

Yeah. Y'all thought I was going to say something else didn't you? Maybe librarians showing off their stacks? Ha!

Thanks to Random House Inc.'s Library Services blog for the heads-up on the coolness.


In other news, it's come to my attention that despite my sidebar and me occasionally mentioning it in blog posts, that some of you don't know that I do a wiki for Upcoming Historical Romance releases. There's even an RSS feed people!

I did some massive updating this week, so you can now see releases through February 2010 (although obviously the later months aren't "complete" just yet). I dig up this information thanks to some of the databases I use at work, along with some publications I get, and right now I'm feeling pretty confident that it's mostly complete through October 2009. Never say never though. I could be missing a title somewhere.

I also have lots of cover art over there. I don't really buy books based on covers, but that doesn't mean I don't love looking at it! So there is lots of pretty and shiny to gaze upon. Here is just a small sampling:

And for those of you hoping I'll set something up for the other sub genres of romance? Um yeah, don't count on it. While this wiki isn't a total time suck, it does take some work, and I'm really only providing a bare minimum of information (author, title, ISBN, price and publisher). I do it because I love me some historical romance, and I'm fairly passionate about it. I also do it because it amuses me and I love to gaze upon the pretty and the shiny. If some of you find it useful as well, all the better.


Lori said...

Oh it always makes me sooo happy when you update the upcoming historicals! Love that blog. I consult it frequently. You are all sorts of awesome goodness.

Barbara said...

Um, okay, I'll admit I didn't know about your historical updates. Shame--On--Me! But I do now :D

I'm adding the link to your RSS feed to my sidebar so I don't forget. You know I love those historicals!!

And I agree with Lori! You rock!

Barbara said...

And where the heck do you find all those awesome pin-ups?

Amy said...

Wendy's got me collecting pinups now over on Photobucket. I'd like to look for some nose art too -- artwork on the noses of WWII era planes. A friend of mine collects those too.

Amy said...

Wendy, your Wiki is my go-to place now for the up and coming books. Of course, I'm a cover ho, as a lot of people know. One of my favorite websites, My Book Garden, is closing after this latest update and I'm so sad.

azteclady said...

You know, Wendy, I think that if you started a Western wiki, perhaps you could get authors to point to agents and editors that there ARE Westerns fans out here, you know...

Hey, it's an idea! I didn't say it was a good one!

Wendy said...

Barbara: Most (if not all) of my pin-ups were done by artist Gil Elvgren. If you do a Google Images search on him you'll get tons of hits.

Ooooh, and look! There I am on your sidebar. I'm famous! LOL

I wish I had the time and the energy to do the other sub genres. But....I don't. Maybe I can "inspire" others to pick up the mantle. If you check the links on my sidebar you'll see Angela has made up a wiki for Upcoming African American Romances. Now we just need someone to do paranormals, contemporaries, romantic suspense, category romance, inspirational romance......Ha!

SandyH said...

I couldn't find a way to link with RSS feed. I use Bloglines as my feeder. Try pasting the URL but that will not work. Am I missing the RSS link on the page?

Wendy said...

Hi Sandy!

There are a couple of ways you can get to it. Depending on what web browser you are using. For Firefox, you'll see an orange box with white lines on the right hand side of the URL web address box. Click on that, and it will take you to the feed page, where there is a drop down menu that allows you to choose Bloglines (and some other services).

In IE7 that orange box is on the toolbar next to the home button.

If you can't get to the feed those ways? There's always the update page.

You'll see a link that says RSS feed on the right hand side of that page.

If none of this works? Hit my blogger profile (top of my side bar) for my e-mail address and drop me a note. I'll send you screen shot instructions.

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

So very excited that Kathryn Smith has a straight up historical romance coming out in Oct.

Kristie (J) said...

As you probably know *g* I'm a squealing for Kate Lyon's new book - October eh?

And I just don't get the whole RSS Feed thing. *grumpy sigh* I hate not understanding stuff.

Wendy said...

AL: You will notice that one of the covers I highlighted in this post is a western. Historical westerns are included on the wiki, but I don't highlight them in any specific way. If I got into listing the sub genres (Regency, western, Victorian etc.) I think my brain would melt.

Kate: I'm really excited about it too! Never mind that I still have some of her older historical titles floating around in the TBR.

Kristie: Thank the good Lord she got a better cover this time around.

RSS Feeds tell YOU when a site/blog is updated, instead of you having to religiously check the page on your own. It's why so many of us are addicted to Google Reader. Makes blog hopping sooooo much easier. Next time the Canadian bloggers get together one of them can show you how it works :)

Ya hear that Nath?

Kristie (J) said...

I don't think that cover quote will do her much good though!! "The greats like Cassie Edwards"??? BIG wince there!!
Hopefully they will get rid of it before the book comes out. This cover better - yes! The cover quote = bad!!

Karen said...

I love your upcoming historicals updates. It saves me from scribbling lists on Post-It notes (that end up sticking to other things in my purse).

Wendy said...

Kristie: Not surprised Leisure slapped that particular quote on the cover since they still publish Edwards. But what I find icky? That quote came from one of the romance online review sites. Double wince. Couldn't the reviewer have dropped Madeline Baker's or Rosanne Bittner's name instead?

Karen: Glad you enjoy it!