Hurray – it’s the weekend! A lovely sunny one as well, it’s quite a change from the freezing weather we had a week ago when I seriously considered digging out my winter coat. Unfortunately, I went out last night and am feeling slightly err… delicate today, so I’ve just spent the afternoon having a bit of a nap instead of making the most of the sunshine. Oh, and this post may not be hugely coherent.
But anyway, moving on:
In case you haven’t heard, a few peeps in romance blogland have started a new site called Romantic Advances – the aim being to collate info on all upcoming releases in one place. It looks very cool indeed and the tagline “Building the TBR mountain… one book at a time” is hilariously spot-on!
Author Tracy Grant who I mentioned the other day has a new website – there’s more information on her upcoming release “Secrets of a Lady” (“Daughter of the Game” released under a different title). I actually like “Daughter of the Game” better as a title – while “Secrets of a Lady” suits the storyline just as well, it strikes me as being a bit too generic. “Daughter of the Game” on the other hand, is a bit more evocative and mysterious. I’m guessing that it’s referencing the Great Game (though actually, isn’t that between Britain and Russia? My knowledge of history is abysmal). Regardless of the title though, it is a good book and I really really hope Ms Grant gets to publish her third book in her Charles/Melanie series, which is titled “The Mask of Night” – now I like that title *grin*
Mary Jo Putney has posted an excerpt of her upcoming release “A Distant Magic” (July 2007) on her website. Also, two great pieces of news from her latest newsletter:
In one last bit of news—A Distant Magic will be my last hardcover for the foreseeable future. I’m changing publishers and will be returning to paperback originals, which I’ve wanted to do for some time now. Romance readers like to buy their books, and you can buy four paperbacks for the price of one hardcover. I want my books to be affordable!
The first book won’t be out until early 2009 (no date or title yet), and it will be classical romance with no fantasy, since that’s what the editors wanted when my agent and I went shopping for a new house. So those of you who have been wishing for that can celebrate!
Wheeee… cheaper books AND a historical romance with no paranormal elements – the bad news being that it’ll only be out in 2009, I suppose.
And Jo Beverley is also working on a new Georgian – she mentions this in an interview on the Word Wenches blog, posted to promote her latest paperback release “Lady Beware”. I finished it the other day and really liked it – Ms Beverley always delivers a good story. I loved the romance and chemistry between Thea and Darien, and I liked reading Darien’s angst-y viewpoint. My main quibble is that it wasn’t entirely a standalone book – many characters from her previous Rogues books make an appearance to help resolve the main plot conflict. Not a major minus point overall, so yes, it was a good read.