Saturday, October 31, 2009

The New Thing in Romantic Fiction - Zombie Love?

British romance publisher Mills & Boon, meanwhile, is also preparing to branch further into paranormal romance after doing well with the vampire and werewolf lovers published under its new Nocturne imprint. Demon lovers are the new big thing, says editor Maddie West – "obviously fighting with their inner bad urges, and wanting to protect and defend the heroine" – with a raft of fresh publishing due out next year. In Divine by Mistake by PC Cast, out in January, the heroine finds herself transported to another world where she must marry a centaur (of course they fall in love); in The Darkest Kiss by Gena Showalter, just out, the heroine falls for the Lord of the Underworld himself. "Their uncontrollable attraction becomes an anguished pursuit. Now they must defeat the unconquerable forces that control them, before their thirst for one another demands a sacrifice of love beyond imagining," writes the publisher.

"It's a bit of a new departure for us; Mills & Boon is more known for classic romances, but it's been doing really nicely," said West. Demon, vampire, centaur and werewolf heroes, however, can all have the finely sculpted physiques of the classic Mills & Boon male lead; West revealed no plans, as yet, to move into zombie romances.

Rest of article here.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Help Author Lori Foster Help Kids

Opening your heart to those in need will put you
in the running for a gigantic prize package.

Like most of us, I have my favorite causes, and children are always at the top of the list. Local to me is "The One Way Farm," a wonderful, caring home for abused and abandoned children.

The holidays are fast approaching, so I hope you'll join me in giving to the One Way Farm. To thank you, for every dollar donated you'll be entered in a special drawing to win fantastic prizes.

One entry per $ dollar donated. Example: A $5 dollar donation to the One Way Farm entitles you to 5 chances to win. Identical slips of paper will be used to write the name of the person donating, one slip per $ donated. All of the slips will be folded, and put into a large container. Names will be drawn at 3:00 pm on December 20th.

With each donation, please be sure to include:
Your name, address, and if possible, your email address. I will not add your name to any lists, but in case I need to contact you, email is the easiest way for me to do that.

Checks and money orders should be made out to "One Way Farm." Cash is accepted up to $5.

Mail to:
Lori Foster
P.O. Box 854
Ross OH 45061

Friday, October 23, 2009

Harlequin Has a Blog!

Check this out, Harlequin now has a blog!

Gospoken Goes French

Mobcast Services, which operates the digital book service, and French romantic fiction publisher Harlequin, have announced a partnership to distribute their French language eBooks to mobile phones. Mobcast will distribute Editions Harlequin’s eBook catalogue on and across partners’ app stores, making French language titles available for Blackberry, Nokia and Sony Ericsson customers that use the BlackBerry App World, Nokia Ovi store and Play-Now Arena app stores.

“Following the success of our partnership with Mills & Boon in the UK, we know romance novels are extremely popular on personal devices like mobile phones,” says Mobcast Business Development Manager, Gwen Delhumeau. “It was an obvious choice to select worldwide bestselling author Nora Roberts (300 million books sold worldwide in over 20 languages) for the first French eBook of our catalogue.” now offers more than 8,200 titles, and will have a catalogue of 25,000 by the end of 2009, growing to 100,000 in 2010. The service is accessible at or by texting SPOKEN to 60300 from the UK.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Author Michael Baron and His Writing Journey - Welcome!

Please welcome Michael Baron, guest author and read about his writing journey.

I’ve built my writing career around writing nonfiction books. It’s a nice life. I meet many interesting people. My research exposes me to things I never knew before. I have the opportunity to work with different agents and different publishers. It’s good, really. But a couple of years back, I found that writing nonfiction really wasn’t enough for me. No matter how fascinating the topic, I couldn’t find the level of fulfillment I desired. I realized that I needed to write fiction. I needed to do this because I needed to explore emotions that I couldn’t explore in a nonfiction book. Specifically, I needed to write about love.

It’s nearly impossible to write about love – really write about it – when one is writing nonfiction. I suppose I could have hooked up with a celebrity with a great love story for a book, but that would have been that person’s story and that person’s observations (though, admittedly, I always get in plenty of my own observations when collaborating on a nonfiction book). I guess I could have developed a book on the mysteries love with a psychologist, but I really had no interest in writing about the science of romance. I wanted to wade hip deep in the emotions. I wanted to explore on the page what I’d been observing and considering my entire life about relationships.

In other words, I wanted to get to the truth (or at least my version of it). I recently read an article about conspiracy theory and something called “the fact-fiction reversal.” I guess many conspiracy theorists believe that the real truth about who is pulling the strings in the world comes out in novels because novelists don’t have to back up their statements with “reliable sources.” I suppose in some ways I’ve come to have something in common with these conspiracy theorists (my mother would be so proud), since I now see that, if one is writing honestly about love in a work of fiction, one can reveal so much more than someone writing nonfiction ever could.

My first novel, When You Went Away is a novel about encountering love with a tremendous amount of baggage. It seems that by the time any of us have lived for a while, we all carry around a great deal that filters into our relationships. What was interesting to me was that I was able to write about this and still write about love in the optimistic, idealized way that reflects how I feel about the topic. I have always believed that you can have a realistic view about how hard it is to make love work and still have a romance for the ages.

If I were writing a nonfiction book about this, I’d have to cite any number of case histories, reference authorities on the subject, and make every effort to prove my point. But since I wrote this in a novel, I can just lay out the scenario, treat it as candidly as possible, and hope I’ve convinced you. That seems much more truthful to me.

When You When You Went Away –
Book Description:

Only a few months ago, Gerry Rubato had everything he thought he needed from life. He was passionately in love with his college sweetheart after nearly twenty years of marriage, he had a bright, independent-minded daughter, and he had the surprising addition of a new child on the way. Then everything changed with stunning rapidity. With little explanation, his daughter ran away with her older boyfriend. Then, only a month after giving birth to their son, his wife died suddenly.

Now, Gerry needs to be everything to his infant child while he contends with two losses he can barely comprehend. And when a woman walks into his life as a friend and their relationship verges on something more, Gerry must redefine all that he knows about himself, about love, about loyalty, and about his dreams.

An emotionally charged novel filled with warmth, humor, wisdom, and unforgettable characters, When You Went Away is a novel you will take to your heart.

Author website

Michael, thanks so much for stopping by Romance Author Buzz and best of luck with your January release.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Free up your hands with the Gimble

Saw the link to this post on author Trish Wylie's blog and it couldn't have come at a better time.

Last Friday night some of us had lively discussions about romance books, how we read them, take care of them and yes I'm the worst reader specimen on the planet because I have to hold my books, turn down the pages, flag them, highlight them and then find them a happy home on my shelves. Especially the copies authors send me for reviews which are autographed.

So to people like author Susanna Carr, if you're reading this, maybe there's hope for me yet! All I know is that I love my print books and I'll probably never be an Ebook reader because that's how it is with me. xx

Here's the blog post from paperback writer and you can purchase these here in North America at Barnes and Noble. Do you have one?

Scoop on Lori Foster's Reader Get Together

"Hi Marilyn. I'm working on more details as we speak, and registration will go up in January on my site. You can check back periodically at Facebook or website under community link: Readers and Authors Get Together.

But for now I have cost, dates and SOME of the guests.

$50 - and that covers a Friday night pizza party with colas, Saturday continental breakfast, lunch buffet and dinner.

June 4th - 6th at Cincinnati Marriott North at Union Centre, West Chester Ohio.

Guests include St. Martin's editor Monique Patterson, Borders buyer Sue Grimshaw, B&N blogger Michelle Buonfiglio, Samhain editors, agents Karen Solem and Lori Perkins, and of course, lots of authors!

Everyone is welcome. We hit over 300 last year, and we all had a blast!"

Fan 2010 - Brenda Novak and Christine Feehan

2010 is going to be a wonderful year for the reader and fan! Check out this conference with Brenda Novak and Christine Feehan as the hosts.

"I’m very excited to be putting on a conference with romantic suspense author, Brenda Novak. We’ve got an entire river boat to ourselves and plan a weekend of exciting times. Everyone knows how very obsessed I am with the 1920’s. We’re putting on a speakeasy so dress up in something 1920's and come join us for a night of dance, laughter, and cards. Let’s hope we don’t get raided!

The following night we’ll be having a murder mystery dinner hosted by none other than Brenda herself. The food is fantastic, the theatre group impressive and the mood ominous. Just imagine if some of Brenda’s creepy characters decide to join us on board!
This convention is a tribute to our readers and should be wildly entertaining. I know we’re planning some fantastic gifts and loads of fun. Hope to see you there."

- Christine Feehan

"I'm so excited to be launching FAN 2010 with Christine and to have the opportunity to spend a weekend in Old Sacramento with a hundred people who, like me, love books. I hope you're anticipating the many fun events we have planned as eagerly as I am. I'm especially looking forward to the murder mystery dinner scheduled for Saturday night. I bet the actors will put on quite a show. Who knows, maybe some of the characters from my books will even show up. Along with Christine's Texas Hold 'Em, it's bound to be one of many highlights. See you there!"

- Brenda Novak

Friday March 5th

Guests Arrive
4 to 5pm - Registration for Conference at the Delta King
7 to 10pm - Christine Feehan's Speakeasy
Jazz, Texas Hold'em, Author Prize Gifts...

Saturday March 6th

10am to 12pm - Bingo Brunch with Brenda and Christine calling the game
Win FANtastic prizes!
1 to 2:30pm - Author Chat with Brenda and Christine
4 to 5:30pm - Private Book Signing for FAN attendees with Brenda & Christine
You may bring 2 of your private books from home
Book seller will be present if you would like to buy books
7 to 9pm - Brenda Novak's Mystery Dinner Theater
Join us for an evening of entertainment and more great prizes.
9 to Midnight - Mix and Mingle in the Lounge Bar with a Live Jazz Band

Sunday March 7th

9 to 11am - Farewell Breakfast
11am - Explore Old Sacramento.

Readers Who View Sample Book Chapters Online More Likely To Purchase

Article concerning data from the Frankfurt Book Fair here

Highlights of other general online book browsing trends include:
• Women are spending nearly 70 percent more time browsing books online than men do
• The most popular genre of books browsed online is romance novels, followed by books for tweens/teens and business books. The peak time for browsing romance titles is 11pm – 1am, in contrast to 4pm – 11pm for tween/teen books and 9am – 5pm for business books
• An average reader spends more than 15 minutes browsing a book. They also preview an average of 46 pages of each book they browse
• Adults are more likely to share links to content via email, while younger readers prefer to share within social networks like Facebook and MySpace

Thursday, October 15, 2009


Rom.Con I've just learned is having a convention in July of 2010 in Denver, CO. It's actually a convention designed for Readers with some pretty amazing authors scheduled, i.e. Susan Mallery, Brenda Novak, Anna Campbell and more.

Registration available November 1st. If you're so included and I've already expressed interest, there is an Author contest where the readers are the judges.

Details about Rom.Con here

Speaking of RomCon™, you won’t want to miss our one-of-a-kind romance fan convention. All events are geared toward the romance reader--workshops, author round tables, author- and publisher-hosted events, costume balls, and a weekend full of entertainment.

From thne Hea Cafe, "where readers and authors connect" and comments from co-founder Tiffany

Barnes and Noble Reader??

From Slippery Brick:

Looks like we have some early images of Barnes and Noble’s e-book reader. As we covered before, this thing is supposedly set for a Spring 2010 release, with a color display.

Then there was word that it would not have a color screen. But it looks like there is truth to both of those rumors. Apparently the dual-panel device will feature a typical e-ink display on top with a multitouch panel underneath. Think of it as a Kindle/iPhone mashup.

B&N will sell the books it also publishes at a deep discount compared to print editions. And the device will have access to all books scanned by the Google Books project. Probably out of print stuff.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Brontë's Mr Rochester named most romantic literary character

Charlotte Brontë's brooding Byronic hero Mr Rochester has been named the most romantic literary character in a poll.

Rochester, the lead male character in Jane Eyre, published in 1847, topped the Mills & Boon survey despite his moodiness and lack of good looks.

Brontë described Rochester, who in the novel marries Jane Eyre despite her lowly position as a former governess, as "very grim" to look at.

The results were announced at an event at the Cheltenham Literary Festival on Tuesday afternoon, where guests were served pink champagne by scantily-clad waiters.

The above published in the October 13th

From Suite

Influence of Byron
Byron first introduced this type of character in his epic poem Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, published from 1812 – 1818, and continued to depict such individuals throughout his later work. We know that Bronte was much influenced by Byron’s poetry; indeed, Jane Eyre, published in 1847, even makes reference to one of his works, The Corsair.

Many readers of Jane Eyre over the years have been fascinated by Rochester, as he is not the type of love interest normally found in a romantic novel. He is rude, difficult, and far from handsome. However, Jane Eyre is no ordinary romance, and it seems in keeping with the novel’s gothic atmosphere that its hero should be decidedly Byronic.

Qualities of the Byronic Hero
So what exactly makes a hero Byronic? First of all, he is prone to moodiness. Rochester is often snappy or terse with Jane, but is also capable of shows of great affection and physical tenderness: “He kissed me repeatedly” (chapter 23). This passionate side to the Byronic hero’s nature means that he may have strayed sexually in the past, and slept with a number of women. This certainly seems true of Rochester: young Adele is “the daughter of a French opera-dancer, Céline Varens, towards whom he had once cherished what he called a ‘grande passion’” (chapter 15).

A Dark Secret
As well as these indiscretions, Rochester’s past also hides a much darker secret: the existence of a mad wife he married purely for her looks, and who now lives in the attic of Thornfield. The Byronic hero is usually widely travelled, and has often got into trouble whilst on one of these journeys: again, this reflects Rochester’s experience in Jamaica. Much as we may criticise Rochester for keeping such a secret, he does undeniably fall genuinely in love with Jane, demonstrating another Byronic trait: complete disregard for social rank. Rochester cares nothing of what people will think when he marries a former governess: “‘You—poor and obscure, and small and plain as you are—I entreat to accept me as a husband’” (chapter 23).

Physical Appearance
Rochester is certainly not possessed of traditional good looks: “with his broad and jetty eyebrows; his square forehead, made squarer by the horizontal sweep of his black hair. I recognised his decisive nose, more remarkable for character than beauty; his full nostrils, denoting, I thought, choler; his grim mouth, chin, and jaw—yes, all three were very grim, and no mistake. His shape, now divested of cloak, I perceived harmonised in squareness with his physiognomy” (chapter 13).

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Best Love Stories of 2009

Six "breathtaking romances shortlisted for Australia's premier romance award authors.....the Ruby.

Yes I know the graphic is small but I can't find it any larger and the book is amazing thanks to the generosity of author Paula Roe.


The Millionaire's Inexperienced Love-slave by Miranda Lee
Adrian Palmer always had a beautiful woman in his bed and Sharni Johnson seemed perfect for his wicked brand of seduction. But Sharni was not a one-night stand kind of girl...

A Mother In A Million by Melissa James

For so long the attraction that simmered between Jennifer and Noah had been denied. Now, out of the blue, came a proposal of marriage. But was it because he loved her - or because he needed a stand-in mother for his children?

Boardrooms & A Billionaire Heir by Paula Roe

Jake Vance, the charming corporate raider set his sights on Blackstone's, Australia's richest diamond dealers and Holly McLeod his assistant. Could a marriage of convenience be a win-win situation?

The Midwife's Baby by Fiona Mcarthur

When Georgia's contractions begin during a wedding ceremony, the only person who can save her and her baby is the groom Max Beresford. Together they save the life of little baby Elsa. But what will Max do now?

The Italian Boss's Mistress Of Revenge by Trish Morey

Mackenzi will do anything to save her hotel - something Dante uses to his advantage: he'll reconsider if she becomes his mistress! However, their bargain is compromised when Dante learns she is pregnant...

The Single Dad's Patchwork Family by Claire Baxter

As single parents, Regan and Chase form a special bond because for so long their lives have been like jigsaws without the final pieces. Could a proposal from this gorgeous single dad make them whole again?

You can purchase the book here

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Spice Up That Shopping List! Who Says Chores Can’t Be Sexy?

Harlequin’s Cover Art to Appear on New Stationary Line from Flower Pot Press

Franklin, TN – (October 1, 2009) –

Flower Pot Press will release a line of tantalizing paper products, including journals, notepads, and address books that capture the allure of Harlequin’s early novels. Cover art from Harlequin’s sixty years of satisfying readers with daring adventures, psychological intrigue, and steamy romance will continue to fire the imaginations of women who may use these products to capture their secrets or even their to-do lists.

The release of the seductive notables coincides with the celebration of Harlequin’s 60th anniversary. This particular line will display some of Harlequin’s most memorable cover art from the 1940s and 50s. Products in the Harlequin Notables line range in price from $8 to $15. Captivating readers of all ages with pure reading pleasure, Harlequin continues to publish 1,200 new titles annually. Cover illustrations continue to play a powerful role in seducing the reader to dive into desirable fiction.

Flower Pot Press CEO Anne Hayes shares in the excitement: “Experience the glamour, passion and adventure of Harlequin’s captivating tales. These notables are affordable indulgences that bring romance, passion and desire into everyday life. Lovers of style and quality will appreciate the retro artwork and design.”

"These products are a fantastic way to showcase Harlequin's vintage covers and illustrate our relevance in popular culture for the past 60 years" says Craig Swinwood, Executive Vice President at Harlequin Enterprises Limited.

About Harlequin Enterprises Limited

Harlequin Enterprises Limited is the global leader in series romance and one of the world's leading publishers of women's fiction, with titles issued worldwide in 26 languages and sold in 109 international markets. The company releases 120 titles monthly and publishes more than 1,300 authors from around the world. Harlequin Enterprises Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Torstar Corporation, a broadly based media company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TS.nv.b). Harlequin's Web site is located at Harlequin has offices in 17 countries, including offices in Toronto, New York and London. For more information please visit or
About Flowerpot Press
Flowerpot Press is a family-owned publishing company of books and music products. FPP plants the seeds that help minds grow. In the FPP garden sprouts TooLittleTrees a recycled gift line which includes beautifully designed journals, notepads, boxed memo paper, folio organizers with notepaper and mousepads all created by artist Lisa Sanders. For every product sold, TLT will plant a tree giving back to the environment. FPP also produces Harlequin notables a stationary line designed with the aesthetics of yesteryear. Included in the paperline includes original Harlequin romance novel covers that have not been seen for nearly 60 years. For more information on Flowerpot Press visit

Media Contact:

Joelle Polisky for Flower Pot Press


Michelle Renaud

Manager Public Relations

Harlequin Enterprises Limited


It's my understanding from Flower Pot Press that the items will be sold on the EHarlequin website and just in time for the holidays. Preview

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Special Contest for Book Readers on Fresh Fiction

Inspired by Chris (SandPanther) of Little Rock, AR, we'd love to have you send in a picture of you in your "normal" or not so normal attire, reading a FUN book. We don't care if it's romance, or mystery, thriller or fantasy, YA or erotica. Just send one in and we'll put you in the special contest to win $50 Amazon Gift Certificate.

Contest here

Romance University’s (RU) Purpose

Dedicated to helping writers establish and advance their careers, introducing readers to a variety of authors, and delving into the ever-inscrutable male mind.

A very interesting website for aspring authors.

Thursday, October 01, 2009


To win a copy of More than Words, by Carla Neggers, Susan Mallery and Karen Harper, follow this blog, leave your email and tell me who you are. It's that simple.

Product Description

They're your neighbors, your aunts, your sisters and your best friends. They're women across North America committed to changing and enriching lives, one good deed at a time. Three of these exceptional women have been selected as recipients of Harlequin's More Than Words award. And three New York Times bestselling authors have kindly offered their creativity to write original short stories inspired by these real-life heroines.

We hope these stories inspired by strong, courageous women will touch your heart and motivate the heroine living inside you.


Welcome Susan. My sheikh genre reading actually began with your Desert Rogue series. For me personally, this has been an exceptional and enjoyable reading journey.

Can you tell us about your October release, The Sheik and the Bought Bride, your final book in your The Desert Rogue series? What inspired you to write this particular story?

Susan: There are several elements I’ve wanted to put in a story for a long time. I’ve been saving them for the right time. I wanted to tell a story that was outrageous and exciting and sexy. For me, the sheikh books are all about the fantasy.

How does it feel to have the series ending and will you ever write another sheikh romance?

Susan: I’ve learned to never say never. Ideas show up when they’re least expected. But for now, I’m reaching the end of my sheikh book story telling.

How did The Desert Rogue series evolve?

Susan: I started with three books and really never thought I would do more. But the reader interest was huge and the mail started pouring in. So I kept writing them.

Of all your sheikh heroes, who was your favorite and why?

Susan: Oh, I don’t really have a favorite. Every story, every hero, is special.

I love how your heroines are always strong and stand up to these Princes of the desert. Your sense of humor shines through along with the sensual tension you create between your characters. Who was your favorite heroine to write?

Susan: Again, no favorites. I’ve enjoyed them all.

I believe I once read in one of your interviews that you created your own regions and countries. Was there a reason for that?

Susan: Yes. The real world of the Middle East is complex and difficult. There are religious differences and deadly conflicts. My books are about taking people away from the real world. So I created my own countries where my romantic stories can take place. There’s no religious issues, no war, no disagreements, except between the hero and heroine.

Have you read any book from the sheik genre?

Susan: I read them all the time and love them!

Why do you think the sheikh romances appeal to readers?

Susan: It’s the fantasy of the powerful, royal male brought to his knees. Most people think it’s the love of a good woman that changes him, but I disagree. It’s not being loved, but loving that makes him see the value of connecting emotionally as well as physically.

Is a sheikh the ultimate alpha male hero - “bad boy”? Or is it the appeal of the unknown, even the forbidden?

Susan: I think he’s more bad boy than forbidden.

Do you think current events ever influence one’s love — or hate — of sheik stories, or do you think reader’s are able to put all that aside and just enjoy the story?

Susan: Most are. I have had people say horrible things about these books and about me because they can’t see anything but reality. In truth, romance is all about different fantasies. That’s why we read them—to be swept away. Who better to do that than a sheikh.

Susan, I want to thank you for joining Romance Author Buzz and I look forward to reading The Skeik and the Bought Bride. I want to thank you for all of the joy The Desert Rogue series personally brought me.

Susan: My pleasure!

List of Books in the Desert Rogue Series:

1. The Sheikh's Kidnapped Bride (2000)
2. The Sheikh's Arranged Marriage (2000)
3. The Sheikh's Secret Bride (2000)
4. The Sheikh and the Runaway Princess (2001)
5. The Sheikh and the Virgin Princess (2002)
6. The Prince and the Pregnant Princess (2002)
7. The Sheik and the Princess in Waiting (2004)
8. The Sheik and the Princess Bride (2004)
9. The Sheik and the Bride Who Said No (2005)
10. The Sheikh and the Virgin Secretary (2005)
11. The Sheik And The Christmas Bride (2007)
12. The Sheik And The Pregnant Bride (2008)
13. The Sheik and the Bought Bride (2009)

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