As noted on Rose Fox’s Genreville blog yesterday, “As of today, PW no longer has a mass market reviews section. But don’t panic, because we’re going to keep reviewing mass market titles; we’ll just do it according to genre. In order to do that in the way that makes the most sense, our 9/6 issue inaugurates our romance reviews section, which I will be editing henceforth.”
This is much welcome news to the genre who sales comprise 65% of mass market. Romance has been getting a bad rap for years with snide comments about some of the covers and titles, but the fact remains that the majority of the reading public would rather be reading a happily ever after. And, now Publishers Weekly will be making it even easier to help pick a great book to read with all the romance reviews in one section.
So, congratulations to Rose for heading this project and super congrats to the Romance Industry who are one step closer to the getting the credit and kudos deserved for a job well done.
Me and Neil Grayston of Eureka
And on the last day of DragonCon, I finally got to meet one of my favorite actors when Neil Grayston (Fargo) of the SyFy Channel’s Eureka showed up. He and his wife, Ali, were delightful and she’s an avid romance reader. Yea!! I definitely left the con on a high note.
Other news for the week:
From Danielle L. Jackson, Sourcebooks: September 6, marks the official launch of AustenAuthors.com, a labor of love started by two Sourcebooks Landmark authors, Sharon Lathan and Abigail Reynolds. Noticing the success of group author blogs in the romance genre, they decided to gather up some of their fellow Jane Austen Fiction comrades and start a group blog!
Other authors joing the blog are Susan Adriani, Marsha Altman, Marilyn Brant, Skylar Burris, Jack Caldwell, Carolyn Eberhart, Monica Fairview, Regina Jeffers, Cindy Jones, Sharon Lathan, Kara Louis, Kathryn Nelson, Jane Odiwe, C. Allyn Pierson, Abigail Reynolds, Mary Lydon Simonsen, Heather Lynn Rigaud, Victoria Connelly, J. Marie Croft and Lynn Shepherd.
Let us know what you think about it!
From Marilyn Baron: The long-awaited sequel to the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales blog novel, Aspen Exposé, debuts Monday, September 6. Join us for three weeks of espionage, suspense, intrigue and sizzling romance as the Petit Fours shake things up with their unique spin on an original serial thriller. FBI agents Rachel, Tom and Jack are back to face a white slavery ring, a dangerous Colombian drug lord and their own passions. Log on to daily from September 6 through September 23 for a great read and a chance to win a copy of our hot-off-the-press cookbook, Cooking with the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales and a $25 gift certificate to your choice of Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million or iTunes. Just leave a comment to be eligible to win. The more you comment, the more chances to win. Prizes will be drawn September 24 and September 26.
From Tara Taylor Quinn: I have embarked on a three month international blog tour with more than fifty stops, ending with a charity even on December 4th in Phoenix. During the tour I am going to be raising money for Strengthen Our Sisters. Two years ago I wrote a novella based on the life and work of Sandra Ramos, founder of Strengthen Our Sisters, the nation’s first battered women’s shelter. This year, after more than thirty years in existence, and with ten houses filled to capacity with battered women and their children, Strengthen our Sisters has lost $400,000.00 in donations. Staff members are working without pay to try to keep the battered women in homes. Sandra will be making guest ‘appearances’ on the blog tour. If all you can afford is time, PLEASE JOIN US on this tour. We’re trying to build a combined energy that heals in and of itself. Comment on the blogs. Lend your support. Let these women know they aren’t alone. Let them know that women all over the world understand. And care. Let’s give them strength. And if you have extra pennies to donate, that’s great, too. Click here for more information.
From Jeanne Chybik: I wanted to share with you our new webisode series, Medallion Mondays, starring Josh “The Ponceman” Perry, and guest-starring “Big” John McCarthy, Road Warrior “Animal”, and actor Doug Jones. It’s a hilarious parody of life in the Medallion Press offices. Check it out! (I watched it and thought it was hilarious. I’m looking forward to more.)
Lindsey Prevett, Penguin Publishing: Penguin Group launched a new monthly radio series called The Literary Life. Completely written, produced, and hosted by Penguin employees, The Literary Life features literary fiction and nonfiction from bestselling, critically acclaimed authors and fast-rising newcomers. It’s hosted by Jake Morrissey, Executive Editor at Riverhead Books. Each episode will debut on the last Tuesday of the month.
In addition to candid interviews with authors, regular segments on The Literary Life include: Inside Publishing, featuring a publishing personality giving a behind-the-scenes look into the book industry; Writer’s Rant, where authors are given the floor to vent; and Penguin Mix Tape, featuring interviews and performances by musicians-turned-authors.
The debut episode of The Literary Life is now available for listening here and is downloadable from iTunes. In this episode, singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, author of the new bestselling memoir Composed, answers questions and performs “The World Unseen.” Maile Meloy, author of the bestselling collection Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It, and Doug Dorst, author of The Surf Guru and Alive in Necropolis, discuss the art of the short story. Sloane Crosley, author of the bestselling essay collections I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number, rants about punctuation.
From Liz Maverick: Kindle is offering a freebie of my book, Crimson City. You can get it here. Enjoy!!
From Jennifer Martin, Samhain Publishing: Happy September! Here are Samhain Publishing’s freebies for this month on Nook and Kindle. The first date is the day the book price flips to $0.00 and the second date is the final day and the original price will go into effect again.
||The Pearl at the Gate
||Anya Delvay (AKA Anya Richards)
Bottom Line: Romance in the news…and it’s not even Valentine’s Day.