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Bloggers around the interwebs are chatting about a new series of discussion questions about The Shadow of the Sun this week. You can catch the Week Three posts and the comment threads springing up in their wakes by clicking through the links below. Rather than bombard your feed, we’ve just updated the original post on our blog–and the discussions page for that book on the website. Participating bloggers include:

A Dab of Darkness
Coffee, Cookies, and Chili Peppers
Just Book Reading
Lynn’s Book Blog

And the list of related posts on Barbara’s blog continues to grow.

Conversations about the read-along are also taking place on the Mercury Retrograde Press Goodreads discussion group.

If you like this book, you’ll love these conversations. If you’ve been feeling shy in previous weeks, it’s not too late to jump in to the comment threads. Stop in and join the fun.

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Shadow front cover 2012 smallAnother batch of terrific discussions about The Shadow of the Sun went live around the blogosphere yesterday: not just the Week Two posts themselves, but the comment threads that spring up in their wakes. Rather than bombard your feed, we’ve just updated the original post on our blog–and the discussions page for that book on the website. Participating bloggers include:

A Dab of Darkness
Coffee, Cookies, and Chili Peppers
Just Book Reading
Lynn’s Book Blog

Conversations about the read-along are also taking place on the newly-minted Mercury Retrograde Press Goodreads discussion group.

If you like this book, you’ll love these conversations. Stop in and join the fun.

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goodreads_logoGoodreads users, a perfect storm is brewing: there is now a Mercury Retrograde Press discussion group on Goodreads, led by book blogger Susan Voss/nrlymrtl of Dab of Darkness fame. Presently the group is reading The Shadow of the Sun, making the group one more outpost of the Shadow of the Sun Read-Along. But apparently the group plans to do formal group readings of other Mercury Retrograde Press books as well–and it seems to be developing into a place for general Mercury Retrograde book conversations. Stop by and join the fun!

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Shadow front cover 2012 smallThe first of the Mercury Retrograde book read-alongs begins today. Join book bloggers across the Internet in discussing The Shadow of the Sun. Participating bloggers include:

A Dab of Darkness
Coffee, Cookies, and Chili Peppers
Just Book Reading
Lynn’s Book Blog

Conversations about the read-along are also taking place on the newly-minted Mercury Retrograde Press Goodreads discussion group.

 

As posts go live, we’ll be adding links to them here.

Week 1:

The Shadow of the Sun Read-Along Part I: Dab of Darkness

All the Myths I Stole:
Barbara Friend Ish’s response to nrlymrtl’s challenge question

The Shadow of the Sun Read-Along–Part 1: Just Book Reading

Place as Character: Using Worldbuilding to Develop Story
Barbara’s response to Amy’s question on her Just Book Reading post

The Shadow of the Sun by Barbara Friend Ish Read-Along: Week 1: Coffee, Cookies, and Chili Peppers

The Shadow of the Sun Read Along, Part 1: Lynn’s Book Blog 

Week 2:

The Shadow of the Sun Read-Along Part II: Dab of Darkness

That’s Not Even a Real Word! How I invent languages for my fiction:
Barbara Friend Ish’s response to nrlymrtl’s Week 2 question

The Shadow of the Sun by Barbara Friend Ish Read Along: Week 2: Coffee, Cookies, and Chili Peppers

The Shadow of the Sun Read Along – Part 2: Just Book Reading

Shadow of the Sun by Barbara Friend Ish, readalong week 2: Lynn’s Book Blog

Week 3:

The Shadow of the Sun Read Along Part III: nrlymrtl’s post on Dab of Darkness

The Sex Lives of Male Characters: Our Cultural Assumptions in Action:
The first of Barbara’s responses to nrlymrtl’s question for Part 3

Writing About Sex: Love Through Other Eyes:
The second installment of Barbara’s response to nrlymrtl’s question for Part 3 (live 4/16)

The Shadow of the Sun Read-Along–Part 3: Amy’s post on Just Book Reading

The Shadow of the Sun by Barbara Friend Ish Read Along: Week 3:
Sue’s post on Coffee, Cookies, and Chili Peppers

Shadow of the Sun by Barbara Friend Ish, readalong week 3: Lynn’s post on Lynn’s Book Blog

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If you missed the earlier post about read-alongs, online book discussions, and how you can play, you can find it here. It’s easy to get involved by clicking through to the participating blogs. You can also add your blog to the list.

This particular read-along is being led by nrlymrtl, host of the Dab of Darkness blog. Here is the

Planned Read-Along Schedule

April 1st: Chapters 1-7
April 8th: Chapters 8-15
April 15th: Chapters 16-21
April 22nd: Chapters 22-28
April 29th: Chapters 29-END

Don’t have a copy of the book? Not to worry. For the duration of the Read-Along, you can download your free eBook here. And Dab of Darkness is hosting a giveaway that includes not only eBooks but a couple of signed Trade Paper copies.

nrlymrtl is a master of spinning interesting questions. This should be a great conversation. See you around the blogs!

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I Like Big Books

Some of our favorite book bloggers, led by the intrepid Elizabeth Campbell, Lady Darkcargo, have started a project: group readings, called Read-Alongs, of Mercury Retrograde Press books. To say we’re honored by their interest would be an understatement! They’ll be holding read-alongs of a variety of Mercury Retrograde Press books over the course of the year, and we have all been graciously invited to play along.

Who is “We”?
All of us, the readers. Oh, yeah, and the writers, too, but mostly those of us who adore books, who treasure the smell or the way the backlight of the eReader casts just enough light in a darkened room.

What is a Read-Along?
It’s a bit like an online book club. One person will volunteer to lead the reading of a particular book; she will figure out how to break down the book into manageable chunks (because people have lives, you know) and propose a schedule for all the participants to post about the book they’re sharing (once a week seems to be pretty common). Other book bloggers will sign up to participate and the parties involved nail down the schedule and other details. Then the reading starts.

Meanwhile, the read-along leader develops sets of discussion questions for each chunk of the book and distributes them to the participants. Then, on the agreed-upon dates, all the bloggers put up posts of the questions and their thoughts. Then discussion ensues: they comment on one another’s thoughts; their readers do the same. And then they go back to the book, read the next chunk, and do it again.

How can we readers participate?
It seems clear that the most fun is had by participating bloggers: people who go to the trouble to actually post on their own blogs. Maybe this is just the push you’ve been waiting for to finally start your own blog. Go for it! But if you don’t have a blog, you can still participate by stopping in to the participating blogs on the read-along days and joining the discussions there. We’ll be posting links to the posts of read-alongs as they develop, just to make it a little easier.

I’m a blogger! How can I get in on the fun?
Start here. You can join read-alongs if you want, but if you’re more interested in the independent route, there are plenty of other options. And, as always, reviewers and book bloggers are welcome to inquire about review copies of any of our books. If you want to get in on a read-along, Lady Darkargo can put you in touch with the bloggers leading them. (If you’re interested in the Shadow of the Sun read-along, get in touch with nrlymrtl, who runs the Dab of Darkness blog.)

What if I haven’t read the book yet?
No worries! Most of the people involved are reading for the first time as they play. The joy of these things is hashing over the books while you read, not doing a book review or book report. And if you haven’t bought the book in question, as long as it’s a Mercury Retrograde Press book, we’ve got you covered: for each of the read-alongs book bloggers do for a Mercury Retrograde book, we’ll be offering a free download of the book in question for the duration of the read-along. Usually we’ll post the free download a week in advance of the first read-along date for the book, so that everyone has plenty of time to get started.

What books will have read-alongs?
I don’t know, but I’m as anxious to find out as you are. This project belongs to the bloggers, and they’ll be deciding what to read. The people organizing the read-along of Mercury Retrograde books have agreed to start with The Shadow of the Sun. But there has been chatter about read-alongs of a number of other books on our roster. I can’t wait to see what they’ll read!

The Shadow of the Sun read-along starts April 1. Details, and download links, available here.

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Over on SFFWorld.com, Fantasy Book Critic reviewer Liviu has opened a thread for discussion of Leona Wisoker’s Secrets of the Sands.  He posted the same review on Goodreads–and we couldn’t agree more with his assessment:

Highly, highly recommended, both a haunting novel and a page turner and an A+ as an average of a solid A thread and an A++ thread.

If you partake of the book chat in one or both of those places, please stop by.

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