A most interesting book takes its place the Limelight on Romance today. This book, Dreamtime Sensuality, by David S Russell, is an anthology of four sensual stories of seduction with a literary inspiration. Though these stories may be a little outside mainstream romance, they piqued my curiosity and I thought other readers might also be interested. Perhaps one or more of these stories might serve as inspiration for a real-life seduction.
Dreamtime Sensuality, in the limelight . . .
Last week, the monster online retailer who began by selling books was able to outbid all comers and take ownership of the generic Top Level Domain .BOOK for $10 million US dollars. The Association of American Publishers (AAP) filed a brief with ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which oversees all generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) registrars, protesting Amazon’s bid for the .BOOK gTLD, stating the ownership of such an important gTLD by any single company was not in the public interest, particularly one which has become a book publisher as well as a book seller.
Despite the objections of AAP and other concerned parties, ICANN allowed the bid to proceed. Now that Amazon owns the rights to the .BOOK gTLD, anyone who wants a web site in that domain will have to purchase it from them. IF they decide to register any domains within that gTLD. It is entirely possible that Amazon will monopolize that gTLD for their own purposes, thus denying anyone not affiliated with them the opportunity to have a web site URL which ends in .BOOK. Even if they do decide to register domains within that gTLD, one wonders how much they will charge for those registrations.
Personally, I am extremely disappointed at this news, since I had hoped to move my own web site to the .BOOK gTLD once it became available. But I have been so put off by Amazon’s monopolistic behavior that I will not do business with them and therefore must relinquish my hope of KathrynKane.book. Perhaps one day there will be a gTLD for .AUTHOR or .HISTORY, or maybe even .ROMANCE, at least one of which will be available from a reliable and trustworthy registrar. I can but hope.
For those who would like more information on this subject, may I suggest the following online articles:
Amazon.book and the New Top-Level Domain Names at Publishers Weekly.
Amazon gets .book at TeleRead.
If you would like to see a list of all the newest gTLDs, you can find them at ICANN’s site.
Yesterday, I was delighted to be the guest of award-winning romance author, Jess Michaels, at her blog. She also writes erotic romance set in the Regency, and every Monday she hosts a fellow erotic romance author, giving them a chance to share their research and/or information about their new book. This Monday was my chance to share some details about how I came to write my debut Regency romance, Deflowering Daisy. You can find my guest post at Jess Michaels’ blog here.
Though Jess Michaels writes mostly historical erotic romance, she hosts authors who write erotic romance in all genres. If you enjoy erotic romance, you will want to check out Jess’ regular Monday guest posts to discover authors with whom you may not yet be familiar. And, of course, you will want to have a look at her Books page to enjoy her gorgeous covers and to learn about her luscious books. You can also sign up for her newsletter while you are there so you will get the latest news on her new releases and guest appearances. In addition, all subscribers will have a chance to win a very nice prize each month.
An important anniversary for the Regency romance genre will be taking place next year. In 1935, Georgette Heyer published her seventeenth novel, Regency Buck. It was also her first novel set during the English Regency. Therefore, next year, 2015, is the eightieth anniversary of the origin of the Regency romance novel. Prior to the publication of Regency Buck, very few beyond professional historians knew very much about this scant decade of British history. The popularity of Regency Buck changed all of that. Readers loved the setting as much as the story and Heyer would go on to write more than twenty-five novels set during the Regency.
With Heyer’s success to show the way, other authors soon began writing their own Regency romances. It did not take long before that special sub-genre of historical romance was sought after by readers around the world. Many of the early Regencies were light, charming romances which are now classed as "traditionals." But over the course of the past eighty years, though there have been changes in the style and tone of Regency romances, they are still very popular. And, hopefully, they will remain so for another eighty years and more.
To celebrate the eightieth anniversary of the Regency romance, the Beau Monde, the Regency specialty chapter of the Romance Writers of America will be posting a series of articles at their blog about the novels of Georgette Heyer and about Regency romance in general. All those who enjoy Regency romances are welcome to stop by the blog to comment on any of those articles with their own views on Regencies. Some romance readers I know are planning to re-read all of Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances over the course of next year. Do you have any plans to celebrate the Regency romance at 80?