Archive for May, 2006


Wednesday Writers Wreads: Lists edition

See what J Carson Black has to say in her guestblog on Murder She Writes.

Then hop over to Julie Leto‘s Marisela blog to see her maybe Rules.


Tracy Quan: Confessions of a Manhattan Callgirl

For some reason I had expected this to be a more literary novel, despite the pink, chicklit-style cover.

It's a good read, and not a preachy one at all. You could believe that you're stealing a peek at a real callgirl's diary.

The ending didn't sit well with me. It seemed as though she was ending it in such a way that she'd have another book to write. 

I'll still be getting the next book though.


Monday Madness: Publishing edition

Bev, you’re going to regret this.

Remember Subversive Romanceā„¢?

It now has a publisher, The Insanity Press!

But it only hits me now that I’m Publisher, Editor and *drumroll* Writer.

Help! I’m going to need to write a short story to be up on July 1st!!! Help!


Gena Showalter: Awaken Me Darkly

I think this book is better than Heart of the Dragon.

It stands out better, perhaps because AMD is written in first person and because Mia has Attitude. I do wish Mia wasn't "I look like a delicate little thing but I'm not" though.

I thought this was going to be a fun and sassy book, which it's not. That's a good thing, because I like darker books like this one much better.

I've read many first person romances where the other half seems two-dimensional next to the one in whose POV the book is written in. Doesn't happen here. 

Kyrin is his own person, not just the guy the author wants Mia to hook up with. I wonder if his sister is going to get her own story. I'd like that. 

And I like how Gena dealt with the soulmate/destiny/we're meant to be forever thing–read the book to find out. Different, but good.

This series is something to look forward to if you're into light SF romance.


Neil Gaiman: Coraline

It's a very strange sort of book. All of Gaiman's work is strange.

My bookseller mentioned to me that a lot of her buyers were adults, who liked it more than their children–Coraline is a YA novel.

I can see why. It's got a somehow adult feel to it, without Coraline sounding too old for her age.

I can't say I'd recommend it as a YA novel, but it's a pretty good read if you're an adult.

And no, I've yet to decide whether I like Gaiman.


Subversive Romanceā„¢: A new subgenre

The girl and the guy don't get together in Subversive Romance™. Heck, maybe she decides that she doesn't want him after all.

Girls don't need guys to live happily ever after. She needs money, and lots of it!

Coming soon to a bookstore near you from Insanity (because given the current polls, only a nut would try this) Press!

PS Maybe I can become the next Tina Engler?

PPS Or more likely, I'll become the next bankrupt publisher.

PPPS This is a very late Friday Funny.


An Industry Construct?

Categorization is an essential part of how and why a publisher decides to market a book.

Hence the beginnings of Genre–I'm talking specifically about romance.

The RWA's mission is to help it's members sell. Therefore it's definition would cater to that.

What interests me here is the possibility that readers are used to the HEA and that's the reason why they want it to stay–this in no way is meant as an insult to anybody.

Reading is a hobby. We do it because we enjoy it. It comforts us. And we tend to want things that comfort us to stay the same forever–that's why I refuse to throw out the ratty old nightdress I'm wearing as I type this (nearly 4am here).

So it does make sense to me that people want the h/h HEA to stay.

Alau brings up what romance once meant. I do, at some level, agree, but I also see that publishing is a business. It's not gonna fly if you tell the RWA membership that this is why you need to change the definition. The publishers would laugh in your face.

Now, if we tried that now, they would laugh at us too.

But a few years down the road, who knows?

PS It occurs to me that if an editor reads a romance manuscript of mine (not that I've any) today and realises I'm THIS blogger, I have a feeling she'll drop me faster than a hot potato. (maybe Angie can answer this question LOL)