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Smugglers Weekly Stash and News

Book News:

Pinky! Brain! Come and have a look: Julia Quinn has posted in her website, the cover and the summary for Mr Cavendish, I Presume – the second book in the Two Dukes of Wyndham series!


There went the bride…

Amelia Willoughby has been engaged to the Duke of Wyndham for as long as she can remember. Literally. A mere six months old when the contracts were signed, she has spent the rest of her life waiting. And waiting. And waiting…for Thomas Cavendish, the oh-so-lofty duke, to finally get around to marrying her. But as she watches him from afar, she has a sneaking suspicion that he never thinks about her at all…

It’s true. He doesn’t. Thomas rather likes having a fiancée—all the better to keep the husband-hunters at bay—and he does intend to marry her…eventually. But just when he begins to realize that his bride might be something more than convenient, Thomas’s world is rocked by the arrival of his long-lost cousin, who may or may not be the true Duke of Wyndham. And if Thomas is not the duke, then he’s not engaged to Amelia. Which is the cruelest joke of all, because this arrogant and illustrious duke has make the mistake of falling in love…with his own fiancée.

On sale September 30th!

‘Round the Web and Other Random News:

Aidan over at A Dribble of Ink has the scoop on some big movie news–a transcript of a chat with Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro is up, concerning the TWO full length movie productions of The Hobbit!!! Can I just say how incredibly stoked I am that del Toro will be directing the movie (if you haven’t seen any of his films, you really *must* get on board, STAT–I cannot wait for this summer’s Hellboy II release!). A detailed interview with del Toro is up at TheOneRing.Net (TORN), for more info. Right now, The Hobbit is slated for release in 2011, with the second film to be released in 2012. Yeah, it might sound like a long ways off, but think of it as sweet anticipation! I cannot wait to see casting choices. For the Richard Armitage fans in the house, there’s a pretty strong fan basis that wants him to play Bard–I could see that. You can keep up with any up-to-the-minute info on the movies at The Hobbit Blog: The Official Movie Blog.

A&E’s The Andromeda Strain aired the final 2 hours last night in the US. If you missed it, never fear–the network will be airing both portions of the miniseries through the weekend, with an upcoming dvd release.

Battlestar Galactica is back this Friday after a one week hiatus (Gaeta’s haunting singing is still stuck in my head), but more importantly…

Tomorrow, the 2 hour season finale for LOST is on!!!! Major, detailed spoilers were up over a week ago (somehow, someway I have grown the willpower to resist the evil temptation to peek), and even those who have completely spoiled themselves *ahem ANA* are still chomping at the bit! I don’t think anything can beat the flashforward reveal from last season’s finale, but I’m sure Darlton and co. have something wonderfully delicious planned for us.

And…THE LAKERS took the 3-1 lead on the defending champ Spurs last night in a nail-biter! Back to LA tomorrow to hopefully finish the job, become the Western Conference champs, and sit pretty for Boston or Detroit. (Although one can never count out the Spurs, things are looking good for the Lake show).

What? I’ve been good about sports! I can make one tiny post about the Lakers if I want to, dammit!

And a couple of Announcements:

This Friday, we will be posting a joint review of another Linnea Sinclair book, The Down Home Zombie Blues.

We also had the privilege of chatting with the wonderful Meljean Brook, much lauded author of the The Guardians series (paranormal romance)! On Saturday, we’ll put up the interview, so stay tuned!

AND also on the horizon, Kmont from Lurv à la Mode has agreed to be our very first “DARE” invitee/guest reviewer. Basically how it works is, we asked the lovely Kmont what types of books she does NOT typically read (in her case, this turned out to be Mystery/Thrillers and Horror), and then we gave her a selection of books to choose from for her Dare. Kmont chose Horror, and she will be reviewing Dan Simmons’ Summer of Night in the second week of June. Hopefully the experience is a good one–it should be interesting to see how far those reading comfort zone barriers can be stretched!

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  • Christine
    May 28, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    LOL Ana your Pinky & Brain postings are adorable. :o)

    Way way super duper cool about the del Toro tidbits. Thanks for sharing that info. I never got around to watching The Orphanage over the weekend. GRR! But Pan’s Labyrinth still remains one of my most favorite films, so consider me thrilled about this latest news!

    So how does one get “DARED”? Kmont is so brave.

    And I heart Meljean! WoOT!

    Wow! You packed a lot of punch in this mish mash post. Way to go!

  • Marg
    May 28, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    having just read The Lost Duke of Wyndham, I am very excited to see the cover for Mr Cavendish, I Presume. I would love to read it now, but I guess I can wait until September!

  • Katie(babs)
    May 28, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    The cover dude on the Quinn novel looks freaky.

    Ask Meljean about S&M sheep. She’ll understand. LOL Can’t wait to read your interview. 😀

  • Rowena
    May 28, 2008 at 5:36 pm


    Goodness, the last time that I put up a post about the Lakers in the play offs, it jinxed them so I stopped talking about the play offs on my blog but man, I can’t believe that finally after all this time, we have a chance at winning the whole thing!

    One more game is all we need to win this series!

    And I can’t wait for Thomas’ book!

  • Thea
    May 28, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    Christine 🙂 Oh I hope you are able to watch the movie soon! That’s one awesome thing about Netflix though–I’ve had my Deadwood dvds for over a month now! Eek! But yes, Guillermo del Toro directing The Hobbit is gonna be siiiiick! I’m very excited.

    Would you like to be Dared, Christine?? Anyone can be, just let Ana and I know!!!

    Marg–you and Ana both 🙂 Not too long to go, at least!

    Katie–S&M sheep? Dare I ask? 😛

    Rowena–LAKERS, BABY!!!!!!!!! Hopefully I haven’t jinxed anything, but come on! It’s been a while since we have been championship-worthy, and considering how dire things looked at the beginning of this season (oh man, I nearly died when Kobe was making all those quitting comments!), we deserve to flaunt it a bit 😉

  • Katie(babs)
    May 29, 2008 at 4:47 am

    I hear The Hobbit is back on hold because of money issues 🙁 We will be lucky to see this movie by 2020 the way things are going.

  • Jennie
    May 29, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Gah, I don’t like the direction of the new Quinn covers. On this one I thought at first that the heroine was a boy. And that hero is scary. Not in a good way.

  • ciaralira
    May 29, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    The ARC of Mr. Cavendish, I Presume is a hot commodity at $320. Oh the JQ love. I hope whoever is paying that much is a blogger and posts her review as soon as the auction is over.

    I can’t wait for your interview with MJB. She it teh awesome.

  • Rowena
    May 29, 2008 at 8:00 pm



    It’s about hot damn time! What a series, what a series…we straight sent the World Champs home, now aint that the best feeling in the world?

    IT SURE IS!!!

    We’re going to the finals baby, LAKERS ALL THE WAY!!!!!

    And yeah, I think we were all scared to lose Kobe in the beginning of the season but what a way to finish off the season…FINALS HERE WE COME!!!

  • Thea
    May 31, 2008 at 8:31 am

    LAKERS BABY!!!!!!!!! *highfives Rowena*

    So, the Celtics it is. I think this works better for us. Detroit is frankly too physical a team inside, but I think we can exhaust Boston. IT’S ON!!!!!

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