Hello, and welcome back!
This time out, I'm going to share the newsletter I sent out last week, for two reasons: one, AOL has decided they don't like us, at least for the moment, and until that gets worked out, none of our AOL subscribers (including me!) can get the newsletter; and two, for those of you who aren't subscribed to the newsletter, to give you a taste of what you're missing by not signing up. So, are you ready? Here it is!
Hello, and welcome! The summer weather here's been wild this week, but hopefully it'll settle down. Reading in peace and quiet is always a nice thing. Thunder, lightning and tornadoes are a little distracting, for me anyway.
If you haven't stopped by the site in the last couple weeks, you've been missing out! Not only are you missing out on the latest reviews, including the new Linda Howard, you've also missed the announcement of our September Book Club Selection, as well as new Must Read! lists for several popular subgenres of romance.
And if you're getting ready to head out on vacation, you might want to check out our recommended vacation reads. Everyone needs a book to read on the beach, right?
And if you haven't stopped by the forum lately, you're missing our discussion on why romance seems to get No Respect. I hope you'll join in on that. It seems to be a topic close to some hearts. Don't forget, if you're not a registered user yet, you must register to take part in the forum discussions--and registration is free!
For the writers out there, big news from Harlequin this week about the demise and restructuring of some popular lines: Effective July 2005, Harleqin Temptation will no longer be sold in North America. Flipside will cease altogether. Harlequin Historicals will be sold via direct mail only in North America, and the Harlequin American Romance line is being "transitioned" and is not going to be acquiring for the next 6 - 8 months. Also, Intimate Moments will drop from 6 to 4 books each month. None of this is good news for the writers already selling to these lines, or for unpublished authors aiming at any of those lines. On the other hand, Blaze will increase by 2 books each month, and Love Inspired will add two suspense stories each month as well. Next, aka Primetime will launch, reportedly a subseries of Red Dress Ink, with older heroines. I have to say, I'm sorry to see Temptation biting the dust--I liked it better than Blaze since Blaze became a separate line. What a shame.
Want to commiserate with other writers over all this upheaval? New Jersey Romance Writers' annual conference is coming up in October, and their brochures will soon be ready. You can find more info on that here.
Looking for a way to keep cool and let people know about your fave romance novels site, ladies? Check this out.
I hope to hear from you sometime soon, either in the forum or in response to this email message. Feel free to pass this message along to family and friends!
And until next time, happy reading and writing!