News & Notes – 5/07/16

May 7, 2016 News & Notes 11

News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff


Today is Free Comic Book DayHere’s a list of comics to look for (via BookRiot). Here’s a list of all the comics available, and here’s a store locator so you can find the nearest participating shop!


Book News


Jim and Joyce Lavene

Literary Losses

Jim Lavene, who wrote mysteries with his wife Joyce, passed away suddenly on May 5. (Joyce died last October.) The duo wrote a number of cozy mystery series, including the Renaissance Faire, Retired Witches, and Peggy Lee Garden mysteries. They also wrote as J. J. Cook and as Ellie Grant. (source: Facebook) You can learn more about the Lavenes’ books at their website.


Worth Reading


Great Blog Posts


For Writers & Bloggers


Book & Movie Announcements


Awesome Lists


Really Cool / Just for Fun

A tiny house owned by April Anson has bookshelves under the loft ladder.


Bookish Quote


That’s it for this week!


11 Responses to “News & Notes – 5/07/16”

  1. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    I’ve read 24 of the SF/Fantasy list – I need to look into some more of those authors. With only one book per author, they could perhaps more logically have called it “100 must read female SFF authors” and included one representative book each. However you organize them, I love lists – thanks for sharing.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      You’re doing better than I am—and I thought I was a fantasy reader! I agree that it should probably have been a list of must-read authors rather than books, especially because the book listed isn’t always the author’s best. 🙂

  2. Got My Book

    So, I am hoping that we are going to end up being blog friends *fingers crossed*.

    1) I love what you are doing with this Feature! I am already doing some of this in my Sunday Summary (which will debuts tomorrow) and had to delay a 2nd Feature that will have other parts of this (it wasn’t ready and I didn’t want to delay my whole Phase 2 launch). Thankfully mine won’t be exactly the same, since I’m not up for another redesign right now.

    2) I appreciate the heads up on the Apple Music link (Such warnings are something else that I am doing; and I was wondering if more people would be offended by the warning than the material.)

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I was so appalled at the Apple Music overreach, I had to post that link. 🙂 Good luck with your features!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      By the way, I visited your blog and tried to comment, but I don’t want to sign in using my (personal) Facebook account, and BookLikes isn’t letting me set up an account with them. Or rather, they keep telling me that they’ve emailed me an access code, but I haven’t received it, and it’s not in my spam folders either. I’m sorry! I’ll try again later.

  3. Rita @ View From My Home Journal

    Wow, I hope they don’t guns in fairy tales, but I won’t even want to open the article to read it, so I’ll take your word for it.
    So sad about Jim Lavene– I didn’t know Joyce had already passed. They were so prolific as cozy and light-hearted writers.

    I’m off to check out the SFF female authors’ list now. Thanks for sharing it and all your other fun and interesting news. Happy Mother’s Day to you!
    (p.s.- I’ve moved my blog)
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The NRA really did add guns to fairy tales. Instead of teaching kids to use their brains to deal with dangerous or frightening situations, just shoot the Wolf or the witch or whatever. It seems like a terrible message to send: if you don’t like a situation, shoot someone.

      I was sad when I heard about Jim Lavene. Joyce’s death hit him hard; at least they are together now. But I’m sad for their family.

      Happy Mother’s Day and congratulations on the blog move! I’ve already followed on Bloglovin.