How did publisher Sourcebooks acquire the rights to many of influential novelist Georgette Heyer‘s historical romances and mysteries? With good luck and determination! Sourcebooks founder and president Dominique Raccah and editorial manager Deb Werksman told the story to Laurie Kahn, executive producer of the Popular Romance Project.
What do you think of Georgette Heyer’s work? What authors or works do you think should never fall out of print? Read More
During those years, I have been active in my local romance writers’ chapter and RWA. I have written seven complete manuscripts and a number of incomplete. I was a finalist in the American Title Contest as well as other smaller writing contests; I have had requests for partial and full manuscripts; I have been this close. . .
But no cigar.
Well, at least not yet. And that’s the question. Why would anyone continue to do something in the face of rejection after rejection? Hopes up and hopes dashed? I’ve had friends say that they would Read More
Here’s an example. I happen to adore MaryJanice Davidson’s books, so I picked up a set of three sexy novellas published together as Under Cover. In a novella you must establish the character and feel Read More
Reality is a bit different. Our days are busy and sometimes patrons are not so appreciative. And despite our attempts at super knowledge, our brains can’t hold all information.
But being a librarian who reads, enjoys, and promotes the romance genre can present an additional challenge. Even though the genre is Read More
How do authors pick the perfect scene for a reading? Something sweet? Sexy? Humorous? Sad? The tone of piece, the venue, and the audience all need to match, and there’s only a short window of time to give a tantalizing glimpse into an entire novel. Sarah MacLean shares selections from an antagonistic scene in Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart at New York City romance reading series Lady Jane’s Salon:
In the Harlequin romances written outside of Turkey, for example, love and passion are portrayed in dialogue or as events happening between the hero Read More
Wholesome romance is heartwarming and positive, always delivering the “HEA” (happily ever after), with either a church wedding or the promise of one by the end of the book. But although these romances are “clean,” that doesn’t mean they are boring or even unrealistic. Characters often Read More
Have you ever wondered how your favorite authors were introduced to romance novels? From discoveries made while babysitting to gifts from relatives, authors Jessica Andersen, Kristan Higgins, Debbie Kaufman, Jayne Ann Krentz, Caridad Piñeiro, Jill Shalvis, and Nalini Singh share their first romance read!
Do you remember your first romance novel? Read More
In historical romances, the clothing may not make the man or woman, but it can speak volumes. Questions of fashion involve not only what characters should be wearing in their place and time based on material availability, trends, and social standing, but also how attire dictates ways of moving and modes of communication unavailable without the wardrobe.
At the Romance Writers of America 2011 national conference, author Deeanne Gist presented a workshop called “Bottoms Up: Victorian Women’s Clothing from the Inside Out.” Gist addresses questions like “How did you speak with your gloves?” and “Did women wear shorter corsets for meals?”
In what ways does your own clothing choice restrict movement? Do you sit differently in jeans and short skirts? What messages do you try to send to others with your clothing—either clothing choice or actions such as putting your hands in your pockets? If you’re an author, what choices have you made for your characters (in any subgenre) and why? Read More