Take this Georgette Heyer quiz to discover which of the author’s 32 historical romance novels you should pick up as your next comfort read. From the 1920s to the 1970s, she wrote 32 historical romances. The British Regency period is ubiquitous within historical romance because of her almost single-handed work.
In conversation are historical romance authors Vivienne Lorret and Lorraine Heath, who have upcoming releases on September 29—My Kind of Earl and Beauty Tempts the Beast, both historical romances from AvonBooks.
Read More at the Source: Authors In Conversation: Vivienne Lorret and Lorraine Heath | The Nerd Daily
Reposting a review on Lenora Bell’s new book Love Is a Rogue: Wallflowers vs. Rogues (Wallflowers Vs Rogues) coming out October 27, 2020. Read the review here at the Source: Review: Love Is A Rogue by Lenora Bell | The Nerd Daily “Basically, Love is a Rogue has it all with laughter, romance, and all the emotions. Whether this is your first venture into historical romance or you’re a long-time fan of Lenora Bell, this book will make your heart flutter!”
Read more about the new Netflix Bridgerton series coming later this year based on Julia Quinn’s series. Here are the cast and an interesting article, commenting on the casting versus reality in the historical romance genre. Talia Hibbert makes a good point. Read below.
“No-one cares that the historical romance genre is built on a throne of lies, because it’s bloody romance! The clue is in the name! These! Stories! Are! Romanticised! They are, like all fiction, mere constructs of reality based on the author’s perception of their audience’s desires. And that’s okay! Except, apparently, when it comes to people of colour.”
Okay, love the series or hate the series, I’ll be the first to say it. If it hasn’t happened yet, it probably never will. A small group of fans wishes it to be so, but I don’t see the cast or producers pushing for any second season. It is what it is. A sad and unnecessary ending to a love story that left audiences blubbering tears, stammering mad, and downright depressed for months afterward. It’s time to move on remembering Jane Austen’s words below.
Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then. Pride and Prejudice
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Writer Andrew Davies has ended speculation that new episodes are in development.
Source: Sanditon season 2 not in the works at Amazon, confirms Andrew Davies – Radio Times
If you haven’t read the book, it is pretty much word for word to the script of the series. Perhaps Kate Riordan, who finished Jane Austen’s manuscript, will write a sequel to heal the mourners.
Oh, my gosh. Quite hilarious. This is why as historical romance authors we do not get too detailed with the beauty routine of ages past. Hold onto your bonnets, ladies, while reading this article. Priceless.
Amazon is at it again. Great for consumers! Terrible royalties for authors. They are launching a new “unlimited subscription.”
No doubt this is going to push up the price of production for audiobooks for everyone, while Amazon pockets more money. I should attempt to get a piece of the pie and buy a few shares of their stock. However, it’s priced at $3,307 for one share as of the close of the market today. Oh, well. If we’d only known how far Amazon would reach to the sky, we could have all retired having purchased stock when it was $18 a share. Who knew?
Anyway, check it out! Follow the link below. You can listen to more books every month if you’re tired of screens and paper for a mere $7.95.
A Glimpse Behind the Veil for Readers
Oh, by the way, the most expensive audiobook that I commissioned cost me $3,000 to produce using a talented narrator who charged $300 per finished hour. That price includes narration for seven-plus hours (for a book approximately 70,000+ words), studio production, and final audio uploaded to Audible. Hmm, do you think I made the investment back? No. Audiobooks are an expensive side for many independent authors. Not all of my books are on audio, only a few, and my return has been minimal.
Source: Audible Cheaper Plan Announced
Latest recommendations floating around the web for historical romance books.
Grab these Fall historical romance books and read enchanting stories of love and desire set in charming historical settings.
Beyond these recommendations, I’m sure I’m NOT into these new type of covers for historical romance. They incite no character imagination as far as I’m concerned, and I wonder if it’s a new trend. Give me the bodice ripper covers any day.
As a note, these are all coming from traditional publishing houses such as Berkley, Kensington, Hachette, and Zebra. Is this an attempt to save money in some fashion? Is it a conspiracy to do away with cover art? They remind me of contemporary books along the line of cozy mysteries.
I hope this trend dies because half of the joy of historical romance novels are the gorgeous covers that inspire. They are art forms. Jon Paul Studios has been the go-to for many of these publishers in the past. Check out his website and the pictures you can purchase.
What are your thoughts on this new trend? Yea or nay?
You may be asking yourself, so what’s the big deal? As a reader, you should be informed on how Amazon works with publishers and independent authors. One of the biggest complaints about their “domination” in the industry is Kindle Unlimited. As an author, if we enroll our books into the KU program, it means that we cannot sell our eBook versions on any other platform as long as we maintain our enrollment. What does that mean? You won’t find our novels on iBooks, Google Play, and Nook due to exclusivity provisions authors must agree to while in KU.
If that wasn’t bad enough to stiffle our sales, while readers pay a flat fee per month to read unlimited books, authors only get paid each time a reader flips a page on their Kindle device. For example, today I had a reader flip 27 pages, which equated to $0.12 in royalties. I can’t even buy a cup of coffee for what I make off of each book in KU.
It is no wonder that complaints are being filed by the industry against Amazon. It’s only a matter of time before their strong-arm tactics of industry domination will be challenged. They are effectively killing off the bookselling industry in many markets. Yes, they are convenient, I give them that much. Nevertheless, do they always have to be the only place we shop? Of course, shame on my for advertising Kindle Unlimited on this website!
Three of publishing’s most important organizations have teamed up to write a letter to the chairman of the House Antitrust Subcommittee investigating the market power of Big Tech to press their case that, over the last several years, Amazon’s growing dominance over book publishing and bookselling has fundamentally altered the competitive framework of the industry. If Amazon’s power is left unchecked, the letter continues, competition within publishing could diminish even more.
How about a little psychology behind your historical romance needs? This is an interesting article about a bookstore with titles piled neatly at the end of a major bookstore chain’s aisle with the sign “Realistic Romance” placed above them. What does that mean?
The first book that I wrote had too much realism, as one reviewer pointed out. Some wanted to throw it against the wall. Others said it was a downer. Yeah, I get it. We don’t like to write about the tough places in life that may have romance. It’s escapism at the core to fall in love with a titled English aristocrat. Nevertheless, if you know me, I say let’s fall in love with a few others like brickmakers, watchmakers, and regular men who can love just as passionately as the duke living in the grand estate on the hill.
Read what Psychology Today has to say on the subject.
Can the categories of “romance” and “realism” overlap in meaningful ways? Historical romance? Otherwise known as “bodice-rippers,” these books can be recognized immediately by the young woman with a tangle of long hair whose dress—with its mandatory poufy-sleeves and lace—is off one shoulder, indicating both defiance and availability
More drama. The RITAs cancelled. Major publishers dropping support as well and distancing themselves from the organization until changes are made. Read Here
The U.S.’s foremost writers association for romance writers has announced that it will postpone the 2020 RITA Contest, the country’s top prize for romance fiction, until next year.
Source: RWA Cancels 2020 RITA Awards
From accusations to resignations, it’s a bit of a mess. “RWA itself acknowledged in a public statement last week that the organization was at a turning point and that we have lost the trust of our membership and the romance community.” Read More at The Guardian article published 12/31/19 below.
Trade group representing 10,000 writers decided to punish author Courtney Milan, prompting a reversal, fierce debate and resignations
Johanna Lindsey, a romance novelist whose best-selling paperbacks ranged through the centuries, chronicling passionate and independent women in pirate ships, Viking forts, medieval castles, the American West and on a distant planet called Kystran, died Oct. 27 at a hospital in Nashua, N.H. She was 67. She published her first book when she was 25 and sold more than 60 million copies.
Vanessa Riley on how ‘The First Wives Club’ inadvertently inspired her new Regency romance.
We reveal the cover for Vanessa Riley’s new romance ‘A Duke, The Lady, and a Baby.’
Read More at Entertainment Weekly. Source: Vanessa Riley on how ‘The First Wives Club’ inadvertently inspired her new Regency romance
“Dive deep into these drama-free (hah!) historical romances about estranged lovers. Every romance reader has their favorite tropes, and estranged lovers is definitely one of mine. For one thing, in the vast and interconnected web of romance tropes, estranged lovers touches so many of my other favorites: forced proximity, secret baby, crash the wedding, reveeeeenge. For another, estranged lovers is such an emotionally laden trope.”
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Interesting article. Netflix has picked up the first two seasons. Diana is working on another book. This article was published in Oprah Magazine on May 15. Follow link to read. Though not a true “historical romance,” as even Diana admits, I’m sure readers will enjoy the news.
Gabaldon is currently working on the series’ ninth book titled Go Tell the Bees I’m Gone.
The tragic fire of Notre Dame has risen Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame to the bestseller list. In France, it’s currently number one in Gothic Romance and number 26 on Amazon USA Historical Romance Best Seller list! Read more below at one of the many articles being published about its resurgence to fame.
When it was first published in 1831, the novel led to the restoration of Notre Dame.
Book piracy is a huge problem for authors. Yesterday, I got an alert from Google that one of my books was available for download on a piracy site. It’s not the first time, nor will it be the last. I sent a take-down notice, but 24-hours later, it’s still there for free. It will probably get ignored like all the rest of the notices I’ve filed.
In a writers group today, I read about an author who had sold 47,000 copies of a book that was pirated 101,000 time – that means 101,000 books downloaded, and she didn’t receive a penny.
Piracy is a word that perhaps conjures up images of Captian Jack Sparrow in the Caribbean, being the somewhat comical pirate pillaging and stealing. He may be an entertaining character, but he’s still a thief. For authors, piracy is no ship ride that we enjoy to see our hard work posted by thieves and given away to the general public. Perhaps those who download think they have the permission of authors to do so because occasionally authors will do free giveaways for a limited time or have a permanently free book for readers to download. On pirate sites, that’s not the case, and most of these sites don’t advertise to those who visit them with flashing neon signs, “We stole these books so you could read them for free.”
Below is a good article from the Guardian talking about illegally downloaded books and the damage it does to authors. Next time you are tempted, please don’t hit the download button. Authors are like any other people – they are working people who have bills to pay, families to feed, etc. We write for you, the reader, and only ask for a small amount in return for the joy of reading our books.
To keep in perspective, when you pay 99 cents for a book on Amazon, authors get 35 cents. When you pay $2.99 for a book, we get $2.06. For a $3.99 book, we get $2.76, which will get me a cup of coffee at Starbucks. I can’t live off of coffee, even though I’ve tried.
The next time you’re tempted for a free book, please pay and give the author a nod of thanks for their hard work.
As publishers struggle with ‘whack-a-mole’ websites, experts, authors and Guardian readers who illegally download books, assess the damage