The gist of the situation is this: “Simon & Schuster and Barnes & Noble are locked in a dispute over terms. Although the exact nature of the disagreement is not yet clear, B&N has significantly reduced its orders from S&S. The main reason for the cutback seems to be, according to sources, B&N’s perceived lack of support from S&S.” I found this quote on the Publisher’s Weekly website.
This kerfuffle affects one of my fave authors, including Linda Robertson and her new release, Shattered Circle. A fan of Teresa Medeiros? You may have difficulty finding The Temptation of Your Touch. Looking to check out a goddess of sex and war? You may have a difficult time finding Dangerous Gifts by Gaie Sebold.
To counteract the lower number of S&S books B&N received, I’m going to hold a contest. Since my face is swollen to the size of a grapefruit due to the awesome quadruple wisdom tooth extraction last week, it’s going to be a simple one: buy a copy of Shattered Circle from anywhere, send me the receipt (jackie AT bittenbybooks DOT com), and you’ll be entered to win TWO of the books listed in this week’s poll. That’s right, buy one and you can get two free! I’ll pick a winner by the end of next week and post it in a new Off the Fang column. You MUST check back to see if you won. I am far too sore to chase you down.