Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Jane Porter Video Easy on the Eyes

Jane's Easy on the Eyes is out in July. Here is her video!


At 38, Tiana Tomlinson has made it. America adores her as one of the anchors of America Tonight, a top-rated nightly entertainment and news program. But even with the trappings that come with her elite lifestyle, she feels empty. Tina desperately misses her late husband Keith, who died several years before. And in a business that thrives on youth, Tina is getting the message that her age is starting to show and certain measures must be taken if she wants to remain in the spotlight. It doesn't help that at every turn she has to deal with her adversary--the devilishly handsome, plastic surgeon to the stars, Michael Sullivan. But a trip away from the Hollywood madness has consequences that could affect the rest of her life.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Mills & Boon Wins NMA Award

The New Media Age Effectiveness Awards were announced last night at a glittering ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. Amongst the winners was romance publishing giant Harlequin Mills & Boon, who won the Retail category award for its newly redesigned website - www.millsandboon.co.uk
'This is fantastic news,' says Tim Cooper, director of direct and digital marketing at Mills & Boon, and the brains behind the company's new digital initiatives. 'The new Mills & Boon website is a showcase for our new eBooks, and also offers an online community for romance fans.'

Since the launch of the new website earlier in the year, Mills & Boon has reported an exponential growth in monthly eBook sales and is leading the publishing industry in terms of online sales.

'We are in an increasingly instant and on-demand world. The new Mills & Boon website and eBook offering is our way of responding to the changing face of publishing and taking the lead - and we are receiving a fantastic repsonse from readers as a result.'

Friday, June 26, 2009

RWA Conference Travel Tips

I'm so jealous that I can't go to this conference especially because my daughter Keri literally lives around the corner but this year it's not in the cards for me. Maybe the next time it's on the West Coast?

Here are some travel tips posted on a couple of blogs, that if you're a newbie, these hopefully will help. I know shoes and what to wear on awards night from past blogs I've read in the past, seemed to be high on the list.

TOP TEN THINGS TO TAKE TO NATIONAL RWA CONFERENCE (In no special order) By Anne Marie Novark, details here.

From Stringing Beads, A writer’s journey toward publication, and beyond, here's her blog post

If you're a conference vetran, please share your tips!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Romance authors call for change in their national organization

As I'm only a blogger who shares author buzz and writes book reviews I'm not sure I understand this topic. However, over the weekend there was a lot of posting on Twitter and even a Yahoo Group has been set up concerning Epub. Here is an article the Examiner has posted.

galley Cat post

Bookseller.com post

Just after reading the above, the Examiner has another article which gives one more insite into the debate. You can read it here.

Publisher Weekly on Epub

"RWA Drama, Take 3,456,112" From I Read Romance.com their take on the publishing issue.

Dear Authors Post on Digital Publishing - Here is a June 19th post concerning the very controversial subject hitting the internet

From Susan Saville’s Caffeinated Natter Blog her blog post “RWA Disrespects ePubs Yet Again” details

RWA President Pershing Responds ESPAN. Here is the Diane’s response to the controversary

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Two Fun Author Sites - Writing Playground and Writer's at Play

I've been a fan of Writing Playgound for years. Stop by and check it out here.
Their blog here. The

Writing Playground is where writers come to learn and play. Stop by, it’s lost of fun and informative.

Here's another authoro playgroud I discovered today, Writers at Play.

Writers At Play is a group of women writers who came together 5 years ago in the spirit of fun and encouragement. (Sounds so noble, doesn't it? The truth is, we got our hands slapped in a larger group for having too much fun, so we decided to create our own little "virtual playground". No rules, hunks encouraged and naughtiness guaranteed!)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Author Christine Rimmer and Plot Groups

I'm always fascinated when hearing an author speak about her writing techniques, habits, what works and doesn't work and here's a post that those of you who write or are aspiring authors might be interested in on her plot group Prairie Chicks Write Romance here.

Story Casting - Toni Andrews

On Twitter this am Toni Andrews posted a comment about her release Cry Mercy and mentioned a website where you can cast her characters, her listing below. Now don't laugh but I actually had fun reading about her book and thought I would pass along as I thought a fun way to promo one's latest release.

Cry Mercy (Mercy Hollins 3)
by: Toni Andrews

I just want a normal life - even if I'm not entirely sure I'm human. My current good fortune is dependent on a dark secret: I can make people do whatever I want using a power I call "the press." Since that ability has hurt some people I never wanted to hurt, I try to keep it under wraps. I also try to keep people at a distance, but recently a group of fearless characters broke through my self-imposed walls and became my friends: Sukey, my receptionist-turned-P.I.; Tino, a Chicano gang leader; Hilda, a wealthy society widow; Grant, a retired millionaire—and Sam, my sexy-as-hell ex-boyfriend. Tino has inadvertently led me into the dark world of gang violence, and Sukey has pushed me into searching for my biological parents, the only people who can finally tell me who — or what — I really am...

Here's the link, give it a try!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Harlequin Executive Editor Marsha Zinberg

There's an excellent post by Marsha Zinberg. She mentions some of my favorite authors like Lori Foster, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Stella Cameron and on and on. Here's Marsha's post

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Authors ready to throw the book at online pirates

I remember reading one of Nicola Marsh's blog posts on this very subject. Here's the article

Mills and Boon and Harlequin

Harlequin Mills and Boon romances - a history

Thursday, June 04, 2009

A Debbie Macomber Event - Cedar Cove Days

You can't imagine how excited our little town of Port Orchard is to be hosting Cedar Cove Days August 26-30, 2009. Please visit the website to make your lodging reservations. The planners have blocked rooms up and down the Kitsap Peninsula (and some beyond), but rooms are going quickly, so reserve yours today!

Tour details

Cell Us Your Novel Contest

Dorchester seeks New Romantic Voices through Social Networking Venture. Details here.

Ruby Nominees - Romance Writers of Australia

The R*BY Award, affectionately known as The Ruby, is our premier award and the only one of its kind in Australia. Voted on by Australian readers, this contest is open each year to any Australian or New Zealand romance author who has published a long or short romance novel.

2009 R*BY Information
Congratulations to this year's finalists!

Claire Baxter - The Single Dad's Patchwork Family
Melissa James - A Mother in a Million
Marion Lennox - His Island Bride
Fiona McArthur - The Midwife's Baby

Miranda Lee - The Millionaire's Inexperienced Love Slave
Carol Marinelli - Expecting His Love Child
Trish Morey - The Italian Boss's Mistress of Revenge
Paula Roe - Boardrooms and a Billionaire Heir

Karina Bliss - Second Chance Family
Anna Campbell - Untouched
Anne Gracie - The Stolen Princess
Elizabeth Rolls - A Compromised Lady

Maggie Alderson - How to Break Your Own Heart
Bronwyn Parry - As Darkness Falls
Suzanne Perazzini - Beneath The Surface
Suzanne Perazzini - Crash into Darkness

The R*BY is open to members and non-members who are residents of Australia or New Zealand, the R*BY is Australia's premier reader-based award, with finalists and winners announced in Woman's Day.

Only books which are first published either in Australia or overseas between 1st January and 31st December 2008 are eligible to enter. Books may not be entered twice. Entry is open to both print and e-published books.

Important News: In order to reflect the increasing variety of books entered, from this year we've expanded the R*BY to four categories.

Short Sweet Romance: Novels and novellas between 30,000 and 60,000 words where the love story is the main focus of the novel and the end of the book is emotionally satisfying and optimistic. Novels may be set in any place or time. Love scenes may be present or implied but details are not explicit. eg. HMB Sweet, HMB Medical, Avalon.

Short Sexy Romance: Novels and novellas between 30,000 and 60,000 words where the love story is the main focus of the novel, and the end of the book is emotionally satisfying and optimistic. Novels may be set in any place or time. Love scenes are fully realised. eg HMB Sexy, Desire, Blaze

Long Romance: Novels over 60,000 words where the love story is the main focus of the novel, and the end of the book is emotionally satisfying and optimistic. Novels may be set in any place or time. Love scenes may contain any level of sensuality. eg. Most single title romance imprints, HMB Super Romance, HMB Historical.

Romantic Elements: Novels of any length, tone, or style, set in any place or time, in which a romance plays a significant part in the story, though it is not necessarily the central plot. Other themes or elements take the plot beyond the traditional romance boundaries.

Decades of beefcakes, bodices and Harlequin romances (CNN)

As sort of a 60th anniversary gift to its faithful readers, Harlequin is displaying original artwork for its covers in an New York exhibit called "The Heart of a Woman: Harlequin Cover Art 1949-2009."

Here's the entire article


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