Romance Coloring Books?

Recently, I read an article at the Publishers Weekly blog which reviewed the ups and downs in the categories of books sold in 2015. What was most surprising to me was the powerful impact which coloring books had on book sales last year. Several of my friends have taken up coloring and I must admit I am also considering joining in the fun. But I had no idea how widespread the interest in coloring books is among adults.

Which got me thinking, how cool would it be to have coloring books based on our favorite romance novels? My guess would be that coloring books based on the novels of Jane Austen would do quite well, since so many people love her books, and the look of the Regency. Of course, I think coloring books with scenes from the novels of Georgette Heyer would also sell very well. I certainly would buy any which were published. What do you think about the idea of romance coloring books?


Calling All Historical Romance Readers and Writers

For all of you who love to read and/or write historical romance, best-selling historical romance author, Jess Michaels, has something new for all of you. She has reinvented her Buy A Historical newsletter as a free electronic publication which will alert romance readers to new historical romance novels. Naturally, in order to provide those new titles, Jess invites all historical romance authors to submit the details on their new releases to her, also at no charge.

Below is the information which Jess has provided about her new newsletter for both readers and writers:

The Buy A Historical newsletter goes out once a week on Wednesday and announces NEW historical romance releases. The service is free. Authors can submit their books at in the Authors section. Readers can subscribe to the newsletter in the Readers section.

The Buy A Historical newsletter is run by me, Jess Michaels. Author of nearly 60 published historical romance novels, USA Today Bestseller, indie pubbed, formerly published by Avon, Pocket, Hachette, Samhain. If anyone has questions they can contact me at Please reference Buy A Historical in the email subject line.

If you enjoy reading historical romances and want to be kept up to date on the new releases in that genre, you will want to subscribe to Jess’s newsletter. And, if you are an author of historical romances, but sure to submit the details on your new releases so they can appear in the Buy A Historical newsletter.

BookBub Blogs: For Readers and Authors

Some of you may already know about BookBub. For readers, they offer a free service to provide recommendations for books based on each reader’s preferences. Readers can sign up to get emails with lists of books which fit the criteria they select when they register for the service. Authors and publishers pay to have their books listed in the BookBub recommendations. But did you know that BookBub also has a couple of blogs, one for readers and one for authors?

The BookBub blog for readers offers lots of fun articles about books, authors and a host of book-related topics. For those of you who love writing about books, BookBub is looking for paid contributors to this blog. The details can be found here.

The other blog at BookBub is their Partners blog. This blog is for authors, publishers and even literary agents. The articles posted to this blog offer insights into self-publishing, launching new books, promotion and marketing. Both new and experienced authors will find useful tips here which will help them navigate the modern publishing landscape.

A New Blog for New Romance — Romance Debuts

Calling All Debut Romance Authors!

Recently, I leaned that there is a new blog on the romance scene. This new blog, Romance Debuts, is the brain-child of Cate, an avid reader and aspiring writer of romance. Ably assisted by her adorable mascot, Buddy, Cate has created her blog to help romance readers find new romance authors, and vice versa. Along with showcasing new authors for her readers, Cate will also be hosting experienced authors who are willing to share their wise advice with those of us who have just embarked on a career as a romance author.

However, Romance Debuts is not just an author-centric blog. Each week, Cate will also be featuring a review of a romance novel by someone who has just read it. So romance readers looking for new books should make it a point to stop by Romance Debuts each week to check out the latest review. You might find out about a new romance which could be just what you are seeking to escape from the daily grind for a few pleasant hours. Cate makes it very easy to follow her blog via email, so you will not miss any new posts. If you love romance, do stop by Romance Debuts. I think you will be glad you did.

Anne Rice Vs Amazon: more on reviews (with flowchart)

Earlier this week, a member of the RWA, with a new book out, was quite hurt by a very nasty review which someone had posted about her new release. The members of RWA rallied around her, sharing their own experiences with such nasty-grams. Another member shared a link to this post, by KJ Charles, which really puts nasty reviews in perspective. But the very best part of this post, at least as far as I am concerned, is the flow chart which Charles provides at the end of the article, on how to deal with negative reviews on Amazon. I think all authors will enjoy KJ Charles post, and her flow chart!

KJ Charles

Anne Rice, among others, is calling for Amazon reviewers to be forced to give their real identities. ‘The Interview with the Vampire author is a signatory to a new petition calling on Amazon to remove anonymity from its reviewers in order to prevent the “bullying and harassment” it says is rife on the site,’ says The Guardian.

There’s no point going into the stupidity of this because it won’t happen. It would cause the number of Amazon reviews to drop like a rock (silencing not just those who don’t want to be harassed, but also anyone who doesn’t want their parents, partner or potential employer to see what they’re reading), and if there’s one thing Amazon likes other than gouging for gigantic discounts and exploiting workers, it’s onsite reviews. So that’s not what I want to talk about here. What I’m baffled by is…

Anne Rice reads her Amazon reviews…

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Listening to Romance:   Harlequin Goes Audio

At the end of this month, Harlequin, now part of HarperCollins Publishers, will debut their new imprint, Harlequin Audio. With the resources of HarperCollins behind them, these new audio books promise to be of a consistently high quality. They will also be able to take advantage of Harper’s distribution channels to get these new audio books to many readers, or is that listeners?

What we know today as audio books, originally known as books on tape, were first introduced decades ago for the benefit of the blind and visually impaired. But at that time, the production of an audio version of a book was very costly and pulp fiction genres were seldom considered candidates for such an effort. Yet today, when blind and visually impaired readers can use assistive technology to read their eBooks to them, one would expect the audio book market to be dwindling. In fact, it is actually steadily growing. Lots of people like to listen to audio books while commuting. I have several crafty friends who enjoy audio books while their hands are engaged in quilting, crocheting, embroidery and other crafts. Now they will be able to enjoy Harlequin romances while they craft.

Harlequin Audio will be releasing their first audio romances on 30 June 2015. You can find more details about this new Harlequin imprint here.

Porn, Erotica & Romance Novels: Why Deciding For Yourself Is Important

I happened across this article about romance novels and whether or not they can be considered erotica or porn, and by whom. This author points out that it should be the reader who makes that ultimate decision and that all such novels should not be lumped together under one, often pejorative. label.

As the author of a erotic romance myself, I found the points raised in this article, and in the lengthy comment which accompanies it, rich food for thought. I hope you will, too.

A Place Of My Own

It’s been a long debate. What is the difference between porn and erotica? How fine is the line between erotica and porn and is it really easy to tread between the two? How are they any different from the mess of other terms associated with smutty explicit content?

When I first started writing novels, almost ten years ago now, I investigated the traits of many many genres and, despite being a kid back then, I could understand the meaning of most of them and what they entailed.

By the definition there was back then ‘porn’ was considered a novel in which it was probably about 80% sex and 20% actual plot, with emotions and some development. It was considered ‘porn’ because the sex scenes would usually delve into very explicit detail of the physical aspects and not as much the emotional. See, then there wasn’t a massive difference when compared…

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