Friday, November 27, 2009

Choose Britain's favourite romantic novel of the past 50 years

Choose Britain's favourite romantic novel of the past 50 years - Eligible titles published between 1960 and 2009.


Threads of romance run through many forms of fiction; general and historical, sagas, chick lit, even thrillers and science fiction. From the early days of novel- writing romance has featured strongly. Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters provide us with a romantic heritage.In the romantic novel the love story is a major part of the plot, whether in Regency romps, sagas crossing the generations, light-hearted city scenarios or serious contemporary fiction as well as the genre of romance itself.

What do we need? A hero, a heroine, a mutual attraction, emotional upheaval, tragedy, despair, a happy ending – some or all of these will be in your favourite romantic novel.

Nominate your favourite romantic novel by emailing the title and author to: goldenpoll@rna-uk.org

The poll is being conducted in conjunction with Women's Weekly magazine, libraries and reading and writing groups all over Britain.

The top 30 titles will be published in Woman's Weekly in May for the magazine readers to vote on their favourite, with a shortlist of 3 for the final voting in July.

The winning novel will be announced in September 2010.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving US Family and Friends



May your turkey plump,


May your potatoes and gravy


Have nary a lump.


May your yams be delicious


And your pies take the prize,


And may your Thanksgiving dinner


Stay off your thighs!


~Author Unknown
 

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Do We Need to Save the Contemporary Romance as Dr. Author and Smart Bitches ask? YES!!"


THE PINK HEART SOCIETY - This is a place for readers and authors, so please stop by and become a part of the international family,


We Love Category Romance and We're proud to say so!!!!

And we make no excuses for talking about books, films, TV Shows, Travel destinations, new and aspiring authors, the things that make us pick up those little books we love, Writing and Hot Hero Material!!!

The PHS is open to everyone - there is no long drawn out sign up and no fee!!! With a wide selection of Harlequin, Silhouette, Avon, Samhain, Moonlight Press, Berkeley, Little Black Dress, Kensington and any other publishing house that may care to join's authors - chatting about all the things they love best with readers and friends!

We do regular competitions, book promotions, guest authors slots and we are gearing up for recipe of the week and writing tips and tips on how to keep the love alive in your own life...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sorrento Hotel - Hunt Club Bella-Edward cocktail



From the Puget Sound Business Journal and in honor of Twlight and the release of New Moon:

Sorrento Hotel enters the “Twilight” zone with the Bella-Edward Cocktail

With “New Moon,” the second in a series of films based on Stephanie Meyer's popular “Twilight” vampire romance novels opening soon, the Hunt Club at the Sorrento Hotel has created a ghoulish new cocktail honoring Meyers’ star-crossed lovers, Bella and Edward.

A sweet-and-sour combination of balsamic vinegar reduction, honey liqueur and raspberry vodka, the cocktail represents “the forces of good and evil, light and dark and the passion and restraint of the romance” between Bella and Edward -- according to a Sorrento press release. It also looks like someone cut an artery preparing it.

The Sorrento’s recipe: Line the inside rim of a well chilled martini glasss with a balsamic reduction. Add a teaspoon of raspberry puree to the bottom of the glass. Combine two ounces of raspberry vodka, one ounce of Krupnik Honey Liqueur and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well and pour into the chilled glass. Watch the balsamic reduction drip slowly down the side of the glass into the blood-red pool of raspberry puree below.

Visit the eHarlequin Community Open House




Jayne Hoogenberk, eHarlequin Community Manager posted this on the Harlequin Blog this am.

Don’t miss the Holiday Event of the year at eHarlequin.com! Be sure to mark your calendars for December 16th, 2009 for the eighth annual Holiday Open House in the eHarlequin.com online Community.

We’ll be sharing virtual eggnog and holiday cheer with 22 hours of discussions in the forums, three hours of live chat, over 100 authors, fabulous door prizes and all your favorite romance categories represented, all to celebrate the best of the Holiday Season and give you a sneak peak into what to expect inside your books in 2010!

You’ll meet the authors you love, and a few we know you soon will—from warm-hearted and tender romances to the thrills and chills of the paranormal, they write the stories that keep you turning the pages and churning through that To-Be-Read pile. So make a date to join us as we share the joy of the season, make some new friends, catch up on forum gossip and get up-to-the-minute news about series, books and authors—you might even win a prize or two while getting to know us!

2009 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense

PUBLISHED DIVISION

CATEGORY (SERIES) ROMANTIC MYSTERY/SUSPENSE

* Terms of Surrender by Kylie Brant -- WINNER

* Tall, Dark, and Lethal by Dana Marton – Finalist

* I'll be Watching You by Tracy Montoya – Finalist

* The Heart of a Renegade by Loreth Ann White – Finalist

* Christmas Spirit by Rebecca York (aka Ruth Glick)


HISTORICAL ROMANTIC MYSTERY/SUSPENSE

* Seduced by a Spy by Andrea Pickens -- WINNER

* Camp Follower by Suzanne Adair – Finalist

* An Improper Aristocrat by Deb Marlow – Finalist

* Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn – Finalist

* An Impetuous Abduction by Patricia Frances Rowell – Finalist


INSPIRATIONAL ROMANTIC MYSTERY/SUSPENSE

* Suspicious Minds by Christy Barritt – WINNER

* Keeping Her Safe by Barbara Phinney – Finalist

* Pedigreed Bloodlines by Sandra Robbins – Finalist

* A Taste of Murder by Virginia Smith -- Finalist

* Wiser Than Serpents by Susan May Warren – Finalist


MAINSTREAM MYSTERY/SUSPENSE

* The Tenth Case by Joseph Teller – WINNER

* The Matters at Mansfield (or the Crawford Affair) by Carrie Bebris -- Finalist

* Tempting Evil by Allison Brennan – Finalist

* No One Lives Forever by Jordan Dane – Finalist

* Boneyard by Michelle Gagnon – Finalist

* Lifelines by CJ Lyon – Finalist


PARANORMAL (PTTF) ROMANTIC MYSTERY/SUSPENSE

* Aphrodisiac by Allyson Roy -- WINNER

* Midnight Signs by Cynthia Eden -- Finalist

* LaVida Vampire by Nancy Haddock -- Finalist

* In Twilight's Shadows by Patty O'Shea – Finalist

* Heart Fate by Robin D. Owens – Finalist


SINGLE TITLE ROMANTIC MYSTERY/SUSPENSE

* Victim by Gayle Wilson – WINNER

* Unlawful Contact by Pamela Clare – Finalist

* No One Left to Tell by Jordan Dane – Finalist

* Stop Me by Brenda Novak – Finalist

* Now You Die by Roxanne St. Claire – Finalist

* Then You Hide by Roxanne St. Claire – Finalist

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"The bodice-ripping Mills & Boon novel has made the leap into cyber romance"



From the London Standard:

Publishers today released an electronic book, the Sony Mills & Boon reader, loaded with novels including Snowbound: Miracle Marriage and Christmas Betrothals.

It comes with a voucher to download 10 more titles. The firm sells 10million books a year in Britain and began releasing novels electronically a year ago.

"We now sell between 10,000 and 20,000 a month," said Tim Cooper, its director of direct and digital marketing. "The response has been amazing."

From Stuff:

If you’d been thinking about buying an ereader for you mum or your nan for Christmas this year, or if you’re a hopeless romantic yourself, Sony has outed a special edition of its Sony Reader device specifically aimed at romance fans.

The Mills & Boon Reader Pocket Edition will come with three Christmas-themed lovey dovey novels from the classic romance publishers, as well as a voucher for a further 10 Mills & Boon ebook downloads of your choice.

The Reader’s shell has been given a makeover too, with a rose-pink finish and a protective case with the Mills & Boon rose logo on the cover.

Specwise you can expect the same as the regular Pocket Edition, with a five-inch electronic-paper display, with storage for 350 standard ebooks and two weeks of reading on a single charge.

You’ll be able to pick up the Mills & Boon edition from 23 November, but a price is yet to be announced – the current Pocket Edition sells for around £180.



From Pocket-Lit


The Mills & Boon Reader Pocket Edition comes pre-loaded with three eBooks - exclusive to the model - as well as a voucher for ten further Mills & Boon eBook downloads.

The "romantic rose pink finish" will get bosoms heaving while the premium case with the "iconic Mills & Boon rose logo" embossed on the cover will see hearts aflutter.

Each model comes pre-loaded with three Christmas-themed Mills & Boon titles – "Snowbound: Miracle Marriage", "Under The Boss's Mistletoe" and "Christmas Betrothals" - all of which are no doubt classics in the making.

From Suzi Perry @ The Gadget Show

Does a gadget have to be pink to appeal to the ladies?

I see that Sony has released a pink version of its excellent Sony Reader, packed with Mills & Boon titles. This is, by Sony’s own admission, to attract the female market on the run-up to Christmas.

Now, while I’m sure that there will be plenty of mums, grans and aunties who might like this gift, not all ladies a) Dress like Barbara Cartland and want their gadgets to match b) Enjoy Mills & Boon bodice-rippers.

I know I’m not alone in being a lady who likes her tech, and it doesn’t have to attract me by having a rosy hue or be encrusted in crystals – it just has to be cool and work well.

What do you think? Are pink gadgets patronising or is it a good thing to offer more choice in the marketplace?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Harlequin and Author Solutions Announce Publishing Partnership - Self-Publishing Imprint Harlequin Horizons Furthers Opportunities for First-Time Authors

TORONTO, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Harlequin Enterprises Limited -- the global leader in series romance and one of the world's leading publishers for women -- announced Tuesday the launch of Harlequin Horizons; a self-publishing partnership with Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI) -- the world's leading self-publisher.

Harlequin, Book Business magazine's 2009 Publishing Innovator of the Year, regards the self-publishing venture as an accessible opportunity for emerging authors to bring themselves to the attention of the reading public.

"Harlequin Horizons expands upon Harlequin's tradition of providing wonderful opportunities for fresh voices in women's fiction," said Donna Hayes, publisher and CEO of Harlequin Enterprises. "Partnering with Author Solutions, Inc., the recognized world leader in self-publishing, is an innovative and original approach to discovering new authors to add to our traditional publishing programs."

Through this strategic alliance, all sales, marketing, publishing, distribution, and book-selling services will be fulfilled by ASI, but Harlequin Horizons will exist as a division of Harlequin Enterprises Limited. Harlequin will monitor sales of books published through the self-publisher for possible pickup by its traditional imprints.

"Harlequin has been a leader in driving change in the publishing industry for many years, and we are thrilled to partner with them to launch Harlequin Horizons. This new imprint will give thousands of emerging authors the unprecedented opportunity to make their professionally published books available to the enthusiastic and growing set of women's fiction readers," said Kevin Weiss, ASI president and chief executive officer.

Harlequin Horizons is the second such partnership ASI has launched with a leading trade publisher in the last two months. The parent company of industry-leading self-publishing imprints AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Trafford Publishing, and Xlibris, ASI brought to market more than 21,000 new titles in 2008.

To learn more about the publishing packages available through Harlequin Horizons, visit www.harlequinhorizons.com.

About Harlequin Horizons

Harlequin Horizons is the self-publishing division of Harlequin Enterprises Limited -- the global leader in series romance and one of the world's leading publishers for women. The rich array of industry-leading publishing services and products available to authors through Harlequin Horizons is fulfilled by the world's leading self-publishing company, Author Solutions, Inc. Titles published through Harlequin Horizons will be monitored for excellence and retail potential for possible pick-up by Harlequin's leading traditional imprints. For more information about Harlequin Horizons, please log on to www.harlequinhorizons.com.

About Harlequin Enterprises Limited

Harlequin Enterprises Limited is the global leader in series romance and one of the world's leading publishers of books for women, with titles issued worldwide in 28 languages and sold in 114 international markets. The company produces over 110 titles monthly and publishes more than 1,100 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.B). Harlequin's Web site is located at www.eHarlequin.com. Harlequin has offices in 18 countries, including offices in Toronto, New York and London. For more information please visit www.eHarlequin.com or press.eHarlequin.com.

About Author Solutions, Inc.

Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI), an Inc. 5000 company, is owned by Bertram Capital and is the world leader in indie book publishing--the fastest-growing segment of publishing. ASI's self-publishing brands: AuthorHouse, AuthorHouse UK, iUniverse, Trafford, Xlibris, and Wordclay, have helped more than 85,000 authors self-publish, promote, and bring to market more than 120,000 new titles. Through strategic alliances with leading trade publishers, ASI is making it possible for publishers to monetize unpublished manuscripts, develop new literary talent efficiently, and provide emerging authors a platform for bringing their books to market. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, ASI also operates offices in Indianapolis and Milton Keynes, England. Visit www.authorsolutions.com, or call 1-888-519-5121 x5238 for more information.

SOURCE Author Solutions, Inc.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle to Air on Hallmark Channel


From Debbie Macomber's newsletter:

The same day the reissue of one of my very favorite books, Mrs. Miracle, goes on sale. This is the story of a widower, with two out-of-control six-year-old boys, who needs help (big time) rebuilding his life after the loss of his wife. It's been a revolving door for way too many nannies who can't measure up to the job—until a delightful woman by the name of Mrs. Merkle shows up at their house. The boys dub her "Mrs. Miracle," and she truly does work miracles for this family!


And a third reason November 24 is turning into a magical day for me: That's when the December issue of Woman's Day hits the newsstands with an article titled "Four celebrated women share their thoughts on holidays past and present—making memories," and I'm one of the four women! I hope you'll pick up a copy and let me know what you think of my story about a special gift my sons gave my parents.

Back to Mrs. Miracle, Wayne is driving with Bogie to our Florida home while I wing my way to New York to meet up with Doris Roberts the first week of December. We're hoping to do the early morning talk show tour for the Hallmark Channel movie, Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle, which will air December 5 at 8 ET/PT and 7 CT and at several other times throughout the month. (Check your local listings.)
To increase your viewing pleasure, check out Hallmark Channel's Watch With Me feature for the movie. You'll find a Family Discussion Guide, Lessons & Activities and a link to a three-chapter excerpt of the book.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Harlequin Announces New Licensee in Thailand


In a press release on Friday the 13th:

TORONTO, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Harlequin Enterprises Limited (www.eHarlequin.com), a global leader in series romance and one of the world's leading publishers of women's fiction, announced today a new third party licensing deal in Thailand with Sommjai Books Co., Ltd., a division of Crystal Publishing, one of Thailand's foremost romance publishers.

"We are delighted to be working with Sommjai Books in Thailand," said Donna Hayes, Publisher and CEO, Harlequin Enterprises Limited. "Thai readers are enthusiastic Harlequin readers and we're very excited to meet the country's growing appetite for women's fiction."

Sommjai Books will begin publishing in Harlequin titles 2010. They will release more than 144 titles in their first year under the Harlequin logo and trademark. Sommjai Books have worldwide rights to publish Harlequin titles in the Thai language.

Harlequin recognizes a rapidly growing market in Asia. In 2008, the publisher opened an office in Mumbai, India to print and distribute books locally. In the last 18 months Harlequin has also signed new licensing deals in Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Harlequin currently has licensees in 15 countries.
About Sommjai Books

Sommjai Books Co., Ltd. is a subsidiary of Crystal Publishing and is dedicated to publishing Harlequin imprints in Thailand. Crystal Publishing (www.crystal-publishing.com) is a Thai romance publisher with rights to over 250 titles from numerous North American publishers, agencies and authors.

SOURCE Harlequin Enterprises Limited

Torstar Loves Harlequin



Here's an interesting article and a few others have also recently appeared the past couple of days.

The romance-novel powerhouse, led by long-time book executive Donna Hayes, has faced its share of challenges over its 60 years, but always emerges as a rock-solid business. And its parent, Torstar ...

Like most romance writers, Debbie Macomber drags her characters through hell before finally rewarding them for their perseverance with either love or lust -- or both.

The Seattle writer has employed the same basic plot line in many of the hundreds of novels she has written over a 27-year career at Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. Her finely crafted stories in series like Cedar Cove have won her the loyalty of tens of thousands of readers and made her the top-selling author at the Toronto-based publisher.

"My goal is for the reader to put down the book and have an uplifted feeling -- to come away inspired and encouraged," she says.

Over the past several years, Harlequin has come to know that classic storyline well. The romance-novel powerhouse, led by long-time book executive Donna Hayes, has faced its share of challenges over its 60 years, but always emerges as a rock-solid business. And its parent, Torstar Corp., has come to rely on that.

An additional financial post reflecting the above.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Help Michael Brown - Dorito's Superbowl Commercial


Michael Brown, husband of popular author Sandra Brown has entered the Dorito's commercial contest for Super Bowl.  He only needs you to view the commercial, you don't need to comment unless you want to.....it's called Dorito's Backwards.


Michael produces the book trailers for Sandra which I personally have always enjoyed.



Here's the link to the video

AS AN INCENTIVE TO VIEW THE VIDEO, WIN A $10.00 STARBUCKS CARD.  THIS IS AN HONOR SYSTEM, JUST STOP BACK ONCE YOU'VE VIEWED IT AND COMMENT ON THIS BLOG.  THANKS!


Sandra's latest release is Rainwater.


The year is 1934. With the country in the stranglehold of drought and economic depression, Ella Barron runs her Texas boardinghouse with an efficiency that ensures her life will be kept in balance. Between chores of cooking and cleaning for her residents, she cares for her ten-year-old son, Solly, a sweet but challenging child whose misunderstood behavior finds Ella on the receiving end of pity, derision, and suspicion.


When David Rainwater arrives at the house looking for lodging, he comes recommended by a trusted friend as "a man of impeccable character." But Ella senses that admitting Mr. Rainwater will bring about unsettling changes.


However, times are hard, and in order to make ends meet, Ella's house must remain one hundred percent occupied. So Mr. Rainwater moves into her house...and impacts her life in ways Ella could never have foreseen.


The changes are echoed by the turbulence beyond the house walls. Friends and neighbors who've thus far maintained a tenuous grip on their meager livelihoods now face foreclosure and financial ruin. In an effort to save their families from homelessness and hunger, farmers and cattlemen are forced to make choices that come with heartrending consequences.


The climate of desperation creates a fertile atmosphere for racial tensions and social unrest. Conrad Ellis -- privileged and spoiled and Ella's nemesis since childhood -- steps into this arena of teeming hostility to exact his vengeance and demonstrate the extent of his blind hatred and unlimited cruelty. He and his gang of hoodlums come to embody the rule of law, and no one in Gilead, Texas, is safe. Particularly Ella and Solly.

In this hotbed of uncertainty, Ella finds Mr. Rainwater a calming presence. She is moved by the kindness he shows other boarders, Solly...and Ella herself. Slowly, she begins to rely on his soft-spokenness, his restraint, and the steely resolve of his convictions.

And on the hottest, most violent night of the summer, those principles will be put to the ultimate test.


From acclaimed bestselling author Sandra Brown comes a powerfully moving novel celebrating the largess and foresight of a great bygone generation. It tells a story that bears witness to a bittersweet truth: that love is worth whatever price one must pay for it.

Writing Playground Celebrating Four Years

My Playground friends are celebrating four years and having a great contest so I hope you'll stop by and say congrats and hello!

Contest and Celebration links



So, have Raoul bring you a drink, give you a back rub and let's celebrate four great years! Today, please share how long you've been hanging out with us and your favorite part of the Playground. One commenter will receive a fabulous prize featuring an assortment of books, a DVD, tea, Vera Bradley notepads, fuzzy socks and other goodies in a tote bag. Smarty Pants

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Blog








We work to enhance and promote the various types of romantic and historical fiction, to encourage good writing in all its many varieties, to learn more about our craft and help readers enjoy it.

Romantic Fiction covers an enormous range, from short stories through category romance and much of women's fiction, to the classics. The nature of romantic fiction means that most of these novels are written and read by women. The RNA, however, boasts a number of very successful male authors amongst their membership.

RNA Blog link

Monday, November 09, 2009

Historical Author Blog, The Chatelaines












I love author blogs, and this one looks wonderful, The Chatelaines


The dictionary defines Chatelaine as the mistress of a chateau or castle. That is one way to define us. Another way is that we are a group of historical writers who love what we do and love talking about what we do.
The Authors:   Bonnie Vanak,  C.L. Wilson, Cindy Holby, Emily Bryan, Gerri Russell, Jennifer Ashley/Allyson James, Joy Nash

Harlequin Announces Carina Press




We're so excited to finally be able to announce the launch of Carina Press™ today, a digital-only publishing house that will operate independently of Harlequin's traditional publishing businesses.


Carina Press will publish a broad range of fiction with an emphasis on romance and its subgenres. We will also acquire voices in mystery, suspense and thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, erotica, gay/lesbian, and more! Whether you've never been published or are multi-published and are interested in exploring the potential of digital publishing we are interested in hearing from you. Our philosophy is: no great story should go untold!

Per the post, they are looking for unpublished and published authors. 

Check out their blog.

Susan Mallery Random Act of Kindness Contest - She'll Donate to Your Favorite Charity


Susan has a lot to be thankful for......the past two weeks she's been #5 on the NY Times Best Seller List.  She's always having a contest and upcoming is a wonderful one which will help someone in need.  Just post your own personal Random Act of Kindress and she'll donate $250 to the charity of your choise.

Here are the details:

Dear Reader:

Too often, we get so caught up in the rush of the holiday season that, before we know it, the new year has arrived, and we forgot to enjoy any of it. We become frantic in our dash to parties and our search for gifts. This year, I wanted to offer you an oasis, a place where you could sit still, breathe, and remember what the holidays are all about.


Do a random act of kindness for someone this year and then come here to tell me about it. I’ll post your stories here. You can inspire others to create kindness of their own, and together we can make the world a better place. On November 28, the Queen of the Susan Mallery Facebook Page will select a random contributor, and I’ll donate $250 to the U.S. charity of that person’s choice. (I welcome stories of acts of kindness from all over the world, though.) When you send your story, please include the name of your charity of choice, and maybe a line or two about the good work that charity does.

Let’s do some good together!

Susan Malalery
http://www.susanmallery.com/

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Jenna Bayley-Burke, Author


I met Jenna a few years ago at a Seattle writer's conference.  At the time she had some short stories published and a couple of contemporary romance books as well.  It was her laugh and personality which drew me to her and we became friends.  Now Jenna is wrting more wonderful books and is also one of the Editors at the Pink Heart Society, a blog I review for and I've made so many friends internationally, it's been wonderful.

Here is a great interview with Jenna and features some of her upcoming books.  You can also find Jenna at her website.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Read Locally - National Bookstore Day


Saturday, November 7 is National Bookstore Day as declared by Publisher’s Weekly. It’s not like I need much of an excuse to troll around bookstores, but I think I’ll make it a point this weekend to head out to Rose’s Bookhouse, an indpendent shop in OFallon.




“Read locally” the campaign slogan says. I love going to independent bookshops with a backlist of titles (not just the current ones on the shelves everywhere else) and a good used book section as well as new. So this will be my tribute to the cause.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Blogger Holiday Book Swap


This might be something fun to participate, sharing holiday cheer.  Link

Third Quarter Profits Jump at Harlequin

As reported in a report from Publisher Weekly

Lower costs helped to boost third quarter operating profit at Harlequin, with earnings up 22.5%, to C$22.9 million ($21.6 million and current exchange rates); profits had a C$2 million benefit from foreign exchange. Revenue increased 3.7%, to C$122.5 million ($115.4 million). Sales in the North America retail market fell slightly in the quarter, while sales in the direct-to-consumer business rose modestly.




Overseas, revenue was up C$1.2 million in the third quarter and C$5.5 million for the first nine months of the year. Operating profit was down C$1.1 million in the quarter and up C$2.0 million year to date. According to parent company Torstar, the most significant source of overseas revenue and operating profit growth for Harlequin in 2009 has been the digital revenues in Japan from the agreement with SoftBank Creative Corp. to distribute digital manga content on cell phones and Internet distribution sites. The agreement began in the second quarter of 2008 resulting in a lower year over year impact in the third quarter of 2009 than in previous quarters. Year to date, the Japanese digital growth more than offset declines in the Japanese print book business and challenges in the U.K. direct mail and retail series businesses, however, it was not sufficient to do so in the third quarter. Several of the other overseas markets reported modest growth in the quarter and year to date, Torstar reported.



Looking at the rest of the year, Torstar expects Harlequin to have a “stable” fourth quarter, although the gain on digital sales from Japan will be lower than in last year’s final period. For the first nine months of the year, Harlequin's profits were up 18.9%, to C$63.1 million, and sales rose 7.2%, to C$ 371.1 million. Torstar noted that Harlequin continues to face risk from the global and, in particular, the U.S. economic situation including potential disruptions to the U.S. retail distribution system and potential further reductions in consumer spending. And despite the recent strengthening of the Canadian dollar, Harlequin’s 2009 results will benefit from a year over year weaker Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar.



Texas Celebrates Barbara Taylor Bradford



The Hon. Rick Perry, Governor of Texas has just issued a proclamation making Barbara Taylor Bradford a citizen of the state of Texas. The proclamation was made at a ceremony in the presence of former First Lady, Barbara Bush and other dignitaries in Houston, while Barbara attended a fundraiser forTaping For The Blind.


The event was followed the next day by a sold-out charity luncheon with over 500 guests attending, sponsored by the Baylor College of Medicine. Barbara was honored on the 30th anniversary of A Woman of Substance and the launch of her new bestselling novel, Breaking The Rules.


A woman of substance was one of the first romances I personally read and I adored Emma.  Here's a video

Monday, November 02, 2009

NOVEMBER CONTEST - Hot on Her Heels - Susan Mallery


Hot on her Heels is the final book in Susan Mallery's Lone Star Sister Series. It's getting 5 stars on Amazon, just great reviews.

To Win a copy of this book, if you're not a Susan Mallery Fan on Facebook, follow her or follow this blog. If you're both, then share your favorite Susan Mallery book and tell me why it was so special to you.

Susan's Facebook Page

Susan's website


Hot on Her Heels
HQN -- Book 4 Lone Star Sisters
November 2009

Dana Birch vowed never to put herself at the mercy of a powerful man. She became a deputy so that she could take care of herself, and protect those she loved. Especially her best friends, the Titan sisters.

Twenty years ago, Garth Duncan swore revenge on Jed Titan for abandoning Garth and his mother. Now he s back to fulfill that promise, even if Jed s daughters get caught in the crosshairs. All that stands between him and his goal is Dana, her gun, and a growing passion that can t be denied...


Reviews for Hot on Her Heels

“When they spar, it's a refreshing battle between two equal and fast-thinking minds…this glimpse into glitzy Texas high society and the dark underbelly of business is a thoroughly enjoyable read.” – Publishers Weekly

“Mallery fits moments of extreme passion into a suspenseful story of family and deceit in the fourth installment in her captivating Titan series.” – Booklist

“A must read for fans of the series!” – Eye on Romance

4.5 stars TOP PICK! “The final chapter in Mallery’s series featuring the Titan sisters wraps up in splendid style as the bonds of family are tested to the max. As demonstrated in this compelling story, family doesn’t have to share blood, just emotions. Filled with emotional drama, devastating treachery and the power of love, this finale will delight fans.” – Romantic Times

Don't forget to leave your email contact so I can advise the winner at the end of the month. Thanks for entering!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Chick lit offers fully rounded heroines for fully rounded women



In North America, I understand we're now calling ChickLit, Women's Fiction. However, I found the following article in the Guardian very interesting.


The new approach to chick lit has gained such a following in America that Mills & Boon has even given it a name – "bigger chick lit" – and has published two books in the new format: Last-Minute Proposal by Jessica Hart and His LA Cinderella by Trish Wylie.

"All women have body-image issues, no matter how slim they are," said Wylie. "The ultimate fantasy for most women today is simply accepting themselves, whatever their body weight. That's what we, as authors, are responding to." Jenny Hutton, editor of modern romance for Mills & Boon, said the new chick lit heroine was a woman with whom the reader could genuinely empathise. "Through the journey taken by this new breed of heroine, the discovery is made that it's not weight that was the issue behind her lack of self-esteem.

"This is something readers already know, but we live in a world where that lie is peddled from every direction," she said. "Readers want to hear the truth and, for once, chick lit is giving it to them."

Entire article here

Mills and Boon/Harlequin Presents Author Sarah Morgan


Sarah has a new website, check it out here

Cast of Glee at the World Series




Author Christina Dodd posted this on Facebook this morning. What a way to start the day especially if you live in the USA. The Cast of Glee sing the national anthem at the World Series Game....video

 

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