A brief comment on the Amazon/Hachette debacle:
As some of you may have caught previously, my publisher Hachette is currently in a dispute with Amazon. Amazon, like a petulant child, has thrown a fit. They've raised prices on Hachette books, are shipping them late (even the ones marked Prime that should arrive in two days), and are making pre-orders "unavailable." My own books have suffered from the first two items but I have no idea how long until they take the "buy" buttons off my books. Many authors who depend on their books to provide a portion or all of their income are hanging on by a thread, and this kind of behavior by a distributor as big as Amazon is enough to destroy careers.
Please share this information with your friends and family and encourage them to purchase their books from Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, their local independent bookstores, or even directly from the author.