July 13, 2020

There is something fishy in the state of (historical romance) Denmark, and I feel compelled to let people know about it.

Scrolling through Instagram the other day, I saw an article by @bellabreenbooks about racism in the Regency era published to the blog Austen Authors, and I saved it so I could go back to read the blog entry when I had more time.

A few days later, when I remembered my saved post, I was met with an error 404: page not found. Turns out, the Austen Authors admins had removed Bella’s post because it was a “controversial” “hot bu...

July 2, 2020

Whenever I would hear men say “What do women want?” or “I don’t understand women,” I have always said to myself, “why don’t they just read romance novels? It’s a blueprint.” So now, a group of men have started a romance book club on zoom, and author Jason Rodger, a former Olympian athlete, has written an article about in the July issue of Men’s Health to give us a bird’s eye view.  It’s a must read for any romance-reader of any gender or sexual persuasion.

Inspired by the novel The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams, which the author of t...

June 4, 2020

image taken from users on TikTok who have been changing their profile pics to this  

As we enter June, protests regarding Black Lives Matter, and the murder of George Floyd and countless other people of color continue to happen. The past few days have brought the spotlight to the problems within America involving race. However, people of all backgrounds have been coming together to fight back against the persistent racism that has been destroying our nation. While many celebrities have been using their platform to speak out against the...

May 28, 2020

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Book Expo America (BEA), the annual conference for the publishing industry that usually takes place in the last week of May in New York City, has gone online as a result of the Coronavirus.  For the next few days, industry professionals and avid booklovers can tune in online to author dinners, panels and book trends presentations.

Some of the highlights include a number of children’s publishing events which will be presented on Thursday and Friday. There will be five young adult and five middle-grade editors buzzing...

Image taken from the poem section of the website A Love in Verse 

They say if you’re ever loved by a writer you’ll never die. That was certainly true for Peter Gordon’s wife, Alison, when Peter decided to write his wife a poem every day for 25 years. It had started as a joke 30 years ago when Peter wrote a poem and hid it under Alison’s pillow where she found the poem and liked it. Every day since he has written her a poem, even after her death four years ago.

“She was quite amused by it,” Peter told The Guardian, “both charmed and flattered,...

May 22, 2020

In a surprise move, yesterday the Romance Writers of America Board of Directors announced the introduction of a brand-new award, The Vivian, “named after RWA founder Vivian Stephens, whose trailblazing efforts created a more inclusive publishing landscape and helped bring romance novels to the masses.”

Equally surprising, RWA announced that they would be ending their annual RITA Awards, which had been perceived as the Oscars of romance writing, but had recently been tarnished by its non-inclusiveness over its 30 year history. The RITA awar...

May 20, 2020

As the annual book awards season rolls in, the innovative hybrid publisher Riverdale Avenue Books announced that four of their titles have received awards.

Riverdale Avenue Books won a Bronze Medal from The Independent Publisher Book Awards, affectionately called the IPPY Awards, in Erotica for No Safewords 2, edited by Laura Antoniou, and a second Bronze Medal in Horror for The Armageddon Chord, by Jeremy Wagner.

The Golden Crown Awards, the leading lesbian literary awards, choose Find Someone to Love by Divya Sood as a Finalist in...

Writers are told constantly that the path to publication is difficult. Having just released my first novel, you better believe I agree. However, no one said difficult might look like this:

10 years, 5 manuscripts, 4 years with Brett & Will living in my head, 3 revisions, 2 #Pitchwars, a hard drive crash, a Sherrilyn Kenyon scholarship, and today, my debut novel is out in the world.

That was my Tweet, celebrating my Book Birthday.

Amid the congratulations and good wishes, one reply stood out. To paraphrase, this person mentioned how long it had...

April 15, 2020

After postponing the late May Book Expo America (BEA) convention until July, Reed Pop announced yesterday that the book publishing trade convention, which is held annually at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, would not be held at all in 2020.  The next book trade convention will take place in spring 2021.

In an announcement sent to the press and former attendees, Jenny Martin, Event Director BookExpo & BookCon wrote, “It is with heavy hearts that we announce that we will not be holding BookExpo, UnBound and BookCon in 2020. From our...

February 24, 2020

All six of Jane Austen’s novels in their rare, original binding were auctioned on February 20th by the New York-based auction house, Swanngalleries.com.  All six of them sold for substantially more than expected.

The novels are all in their original, rare period bindings, which according to the auction house’s catalog copy were “just as Austen herself would have seen them published, with half-title pages.” 

Austen’s first novel, Sense and Sensibility, was published in 1811 and Pride and Prejudice has never been out of print since it was publi...

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