BOOKMARKED is the name we gave to our journal, but since not everyone is on Twitter and not everyone on Twitter likes, this is an adhoc round-up on the blog highlighting links and news that might be of interest.

ARRA awards dinner

Ticket sales to the ARRA dinner will close on Friday. Early this week there were only six tickets left, so make sure you grab yours soon. Click here for details. Voting has closed, and I’ve heard there might be some surprises this year!

Tempestuous Test of Trivia event cancelled

I’m a bit bummed that there won’t be a trivia event the day after the ARRA awards. Hopefully this event will happen at a future date!

Romance in the local media

Love in the Library

Harlequin authors Amy AndrewsPaula Roe and Ainslie Paton will be at Parramatta City Library on the 21st talking about writing romance. More details here.

All About Women

This isn’t about romance books, but it might be of interest to a lot of romance readers. The Sydney Opera House is hosting an all-day event called All About Women on Sunday, March 30. Click on the link for the program.

Ellora’s Cave rumours

The Erotic Romance blog suggests things are not looking good for Ellora’s Cave (via @ann_somerville). This makes me a little sad, as they were frontrunners in ebook publishing and have provided a starting point for many successful authors in romantic erotica, and I’m one of the many readers who have Ellora’s Cave titles in my keeper list.


The Divergent film opens in Australia on April 10, and Dymocks has a contest to win tickets to the Sydney premiere, including interstate flights and accommodation. More details and a link to the trailer here. If you haven’t read the series, you can pick up the books from Booktopia and Amazon, though I warn you: this is not a romance series.

Veronica Mars

If you haven’t seen this now defunct TV show, you might have heard of its kick-arse Kickstarter campaign, in which fans backed some initial funding for a film. Veronica Mars (iTunes | Amazon US) ended on a bit of cliffhanger, romance-wise, so I can’t even tell you how excited I am to see the movie, which will be released on Friday. Thanks to the very awesome Vassiliki I’ll be watching the film in one of the few screenings in Sydney. If you haven’t been lucky enough to nab tickets, you can buy the movie via iTunes on the same day that the film comes out. This is just one of the awesome things I love about the show and its creators. (The film is also available from Amazon US, but I’m not sure if Australian accounts have access. I tried to buy it but I don’t have the plug-in and have no desire to get it.)

And just to link it all back to books, the book sequel to the film, The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Booktopia | Amazon), will be out March 25 (print only thus far), with plans for a second book later this year. Furthermore, Veronica Mars fanfic can be sold through Amazon Kindle Worlds, so if the film doesn’t satisfy your love for LoVe (in-joke; because really, you can’t tell me Piz makes your heart flutter!), I’m sure there will be no shortage of happy endings available on Amazon.

Blog hops

One of the items in my perpetually in-draft posts is the way the romance community seems to fawn over men who participate in the community. I might never actually write this post, but Sunita talks about this in ‘Newbies in romland (and an expert podcast)’: ‘While I definitely think deference to male opinions and an unconscious acceptance of the male gaze plays a role in romland’s embrace of men-who-tell-us-about-ourselves, I think that it’s inescapable that the newbie angle is going to recur in stories that originate from outside the romance community.’

In Sunita’s post, she links to a podcast on ‘The Big Business of Bodice Rippers’ featuring an interview with Super Librarian Wendy and author Angela Knight.

And speaking of my perpetually in-draft posts, Love in the Margins has a post on ‘Is It Romance Or Is It Erotica?: ‘Not every book where people bone and profess their love is a romance.’ I love that Ridley declares herself to be an advocate of porn. Often the porn vs romance debate starts off with the premise that anything labeled porn is bad or shameful, and generally I don’t find that useful when we’re talking genres. Two things stand out to me in this post. First, the notion that increasing the kink level can interfere with the romance—‘There’s bondage in my peanut butter.’—is something I can totally understand. This is probably my biggest frustration with erotic romance. Second is the ethics of what makes an acceptable hero or heroine in romance. I’ve tried to figure out if this matters to me, and the best I can say is that sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t.

Sally Doyle’s review of No Regrets: Three Discussions, with the headline ‘The Perils of Reading While Female’ (via @VaVeros; the observant might notice that the URL includes the string ‘a_canon_without_balls’), looks at the idea of putting together a personal canon, which doesn’t have to include sexist books: ‘What No Regrets argues for most powerfully is the right of women to reject that line of thinking and to believe that they are qualified to decide what literature should be. It argues for the public claiming of formerly secret canons: the right to create your own vision of what is best in the culture and to have that vision influence what books other people read and value.’

This Forbes article goes on about the author brand (via @jobourne), and frankly if there’s anything that will lower an author’s brand, it’s probably talking about their author brand to anyone other than publishers, editors and fellow authors. It’s like showing your undies to your readers.

Finally, check out these cupcakes decorated with book covers (via @booktopia). Can you imagine man titty themed cupcakes? There would be a lot of icing licking involved.



  1. azteclady says:

    Ellora’s Cave: yeah, Karen Scott even posted a couple of times at her blog last month because of emails she received.

    On the “erotica or porn?” debate, I don’t mind sex and/or kink in my romance novels, but I want the story to be about the characters and their lives as a living, breathing people. Unfortunately, in quite a bit of erotic romance, particularly the shorter stories (or quite a bit of what I’ve read in that subgenre) has been more about the mechanics than the dynamics between the protagonists, which doesn’t satisfy me when reading a romance.

    Now, if I know before I start that what I’m reading is erotica/smut/porn, all I care about is that it’s well written (no extra arms, for example) and that it actually titillates–nothing is sadder than porn that leaves you cold.

  2. Kat says:

    I saw the posts on Karen’s blog as well. It feels like an end of an era to me, and it’s a shame they couldn’t sustain the business. (Mind you, they had a few business problems in the past, iirc, so maybe things are just finally catching up.)

    I’m continually amazed at how bad (bad = bad and/or dull) some erotic romance can be. The ones that irk me most are those that don’t seem to understand romance OR erotica. And then I’m like, Why don’t I just go to Literotica and find some well-written porn for free? And sometimes the well-written porn ends up being emotionally satisfying (or terrifying in a Megan Hart sort of way, which appeal to me in a different way).

    nothing is sadder than porn that leaves you cold

    This is so very true.

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