News


For a week “off,” it’s sure been amazingly busy.  Thank you again to everyone who’s emailed or left comments.

One of the first things I had to deal with was a complete change of domain name for the site–which you may note is now RomanticReading.  In a bit of the world’s worst timing, the RomanticReads domain name expired Friday the 20th.  I can’t even begin to describe how mad I was that there was no notification and that someone else snatched it up and now just had a really dumb-looking placeholder page.  I couldn’t find any recourse to get it back.  But I was able to transfer the entire blog to the new site, so technically nothing was lost.  Except maybe a piece of my sanity.  Please do update your bookmarks and RSS feeds.

But the biggest news–and much, much better news–is that I will be starting a new job on Wednesday.  I don’t want to steal their thunder by saying where until the official press release goes out early next week.  But I will still be acquiring romance and I’ll get a chance to work on YA too, which I’m super excited about.  To me, it feels like a natural fit. I’m really biting my tongue here, so I better go before I completely spill the beans.

Enjoy the weekend!

Thank you to everyone who’s been in touch after hearing Don & I were let go from Dorchester yesterday evening.  It certainly came as a shock, but we’re so grateful for all the support.  Though I don’t know what lies ahead for the company, I certainly wish everyone there well.  The house gave me and so many authors a wonderful start in the industry.

As RomanticReads is my own blog, I’ll continue to post when there’s news.  Probably even more frequently than the last few months with so many changes and time crunches.  ;-)

For those looking to get in touch, the contact form on the About page will get me the message.

I know stealing is wrong.  But I couldn’t possibly improve on Rose Lerner‘s post about Eloisa James including IN FOR A PENNY in her montly column for bn.com.  From her blog:

Eloisa James has read my book!!!

Okay I know I am supposed to be a professional and not act like a fan and blah blah blah but ELOISA JAMES HAS READ MY BOOK. AND SHE LIKED IT. And she posted about it here for her Barnes & Noble blog/column! I read it this morning at 4:30AM before going to work and of course when I got there I immediately told my coworker all about it:

ME: It’s like every month she does a theme and she talks about books that fit the theme, and–
COWORKER: What was this month’s theme?
ME: …Um. Protagonists who aren’t very bright.
COWORKER: [after laughing quite a lot] Is one of your protagonists not very bright?
ME: Well, I never thought of him that way before. He likes classical music and studied Latin at Cambridge and stuff. But I definitely see what she means because he is pretty hapless and not good at math, and in the genre there are lots of uber-competent brain surgeons running around and–
COWORKER: Doesn’t your book take place in the early nineteenth century?
ME: Yes.
COWORKER: So maybe a brain surgeon wouldn’t be the best choice for a hero for you?
ME: You have a point.
COWORKER: The reader would think, “Ooh, a brain surgeon,” and then he’d walk on with, like, a hammer and bone saw. “I’ve discovered that this part of the lobe controls deviant behavior! Stand aside while I cut a hole in this convict’s skull!”

For some reason I am picturing this hero as Hugh Laurie’s Wooster in my head. Okay, and what’s sad is that I have such a thing for mad scientists (I’m not kidding, I think they’re dreamy!) that I would probably read that romance. Even though I have a lot of strong and negative feelings about historical psychiatry, ESPECIALLY when it involved surgery (often it was non-consensual surgery!).

Anyway, you should read James’s piece, and then check out the B&N Romance board for conversations about the piece and about my book and all kinds of stuff!

Which is a good time to mention–I will be one of the B&N feature threads for May!!!!!! I am so honored and excited you guys. My thread is here and I will be hanging around the boards and the thread all month, but especially I will be there  starting Monday the 10th, to chat and answer questions and talk about books and also probably Star Trek because this is me. I can’t wait!

Back to me now.  Rose also lists her top 10 Regency Romances at DearAuthor and has an interview at The Romance Reader in which she reveals who was beheaded on her birthday and how majors in Math and Russian led to a career writing Regencies.

Part of Borders’ new RomCon (Denver, July 9-11) is a reader-judged award called The Readers’ Crown.  The winners in each of 11 categories receive some pretty impressive in-store promotion.  

Congratulations to our finalists:

ANNE MARSH – THE HUNT, Best First Book

 

JENNIFER ASHLEY – THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE, Best Long Historical

EMILY BRYAN – “My Lady Below Stairs” from A CHRISTMAS BALL, Best Novella

A full list of finalists can be found here.

Congratulations to Jamie Ungaro, the newly crowned Mr. Romance from this weekend’s Romantic Times BookLovers Convention. 

And more congratulations go to Reviewers’ Choice Award winners Jennifer Ashley for THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE and Nina Bangs for ETERNAL CRAVING.  

  

     

   

The May books are here! 

Elisabeth Naughton starts a hot new series getting lots of great buzz:

  • “Gripping, dangerous, and sinfully sexy, MARKED is a top-notch read! Elisabeth Naughton combines dynamic dialogue and sizzling romance with a wicked cool world. Do NOT miss this series!” NY Times Bestselling Author Larissa Ione
  • “Steamy, intricately plotted, and creatively conceived, this title gets Naughton’s ‘Eternal Guardian’ series, featuring warriors who protect their world from the daemons of the Underworld, off to a sizzling start and will leave paranormal fans breathless and wanting more.”                 –Library Journal
  • “The sensuality of Sherrilyn Kenyon and the intensity of Patricia Briggs. Naughton’s foray into paranormals is deep, dark and sexy as hell.” —NY Times Bestselling Author Angie Fox
  • “Naughton has a tremendous skill with steamy passion, dynamic characterization—especially of strong, multifaceted women whose friendships and family relationships play a crucial part in the story—and thrilling action.” —Publishers Weekly
  • “Elisabeth Naughton’s MARKED gives an incredibly fresh spin on Greek Mythology that is full of humor, action, passion and a storyline that keeps you from putting down the book.” —Fresh Fiction

We think you’ll love MARKED, too.  That’s why it’s our Publisher’s Pledge title of the month and we’ll refund your money if for whatever reason you don’t want it for your keeper shelf.

Leanna Renee Hieber’s Percy Parker is ready for her Broadway debut.

And Gerri Russell has a fantastic introduction to her men of the Brotherhood of the Scottish Templars.

A huge congrats to Dorchester’s 2010 Rita finalists!  In no particular order:

    

 

For a limited time, you can get these titles 30% off

I was fortunate enough to be with Elisabeth Naughton in Portland, OR,  for the annual Public Libraries Assoc. conference when she got the announcement that STOLEN FURY had double finaled for Best First Book and Romantic Suspense.  We had a fantastic time celebrating.

I also had the pleasure of being on a panel about chick lit and women’s fiction with Susan Wiggs (another double Rita finalist!), Jane Porter (also a Rita finalist!), Beth Kendrick and super-librarian Joyce Saricks.  Teresa Bergen has a nice recap of the panel–include how chick lit has become a dirty word among some houses and how it’s evolved for others.  It might just not be as dead as you think.

Unlike many on the East Coast pummeled by the latest nor’easter, New York City didn’t have it too bad–about 8 inches.  Just enough to give the city that beautiful pristine coating…for a few hours.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t use “Bizzard 2010″ as a great excuse to hole up and read a lot this weekend.  If you’re looking for some recommendations for fresh voices, check out the current poll for best historical debut at The Season. Both Caroline Fyffe and Leanna Renee Hieber made the list!

   

Speaking of great debuts, Rose Lerner is giving away a copies of the absoultely amazing historical IN FOR A PENNY.  Get the scoop on where to enter at her blog.  If you’re a fan of Sherry Thomas, Lisa Kleypas, Georgette Heyer and any of the Regency greats, you will not want to miss this book.

 

Congratulations to Jennifer Ashley, who is now a  New York Times bestselling author!  PRIDE MATES is also on this week’s USA Today list.  Hooray for sexy shifters!

There’s been lots of big news in the publishing industry in the last week or so, much of it relating to new technology and how publishers are adjusting (or not) their models of doing business.  Much about Apple’s new iPad device and Amazon vs. Macmillan has been discussed in other forums and covered in the news, but a few thoughts from this end of things…

iPad

I was thrilled to see Apple was committing its new iBooks store to the epub format, which publishers are truly pushing to become the standard. But my elation was short-lived when Jane at DearAuthor reported that it seems as though the epub file will still have to be tied to an Apple device.  More and more, it seems ebook retailers are segmenting the market instead of uniting it. They’re making ebooks more difficult instead of easier for readers to try out.  As a reader myself, I want to know that the book I’m buying today, I’ll still be able to enjoy in 10 years, no matter what new devices are out. 

Beyond the iBooks format issue, I, like many, was a bit underwhelmed at the “revolutionary” new device.  I had been expecting something that acted like a netbook but in tablet form.  Instead, we got an overgrown iPod Touch.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I love my Touch, and I believe I won’t be replacing it with an iPad anytime soon.

Amazon and ebooks

Publishers and ebook retailers still have a long way to go in figuring out pricing for ebooks, as evidenced by this weekend’s showdown between Amazon and Macmillan. But I have to admit that I have a hard time feeling too much sympathy for the publishers who don’t think they can make money for a product that sells for less than $9.99.  Obviously, the mass-market business model thrives on it.  Then again, we also plan for it. 

If $9.99 ebooks released simultaneously with $25.99 hardcovers become the norm, publishers are going to have to adjust for it in their breakevens.  And ultimately that’s going to affect what the authors are being paid in advance and royalty.

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