Congratulations to Jacki, who won our giveaway of The Fragment of Dreams by Phillipa Fioretti by telling us what fragment from history she’d like to own:
I would be very interested in owning the Blueprints for the Pyramids so we could finally work out how they were constructed I would also like to own the Transcript of one of my Ancestors day in Court at Cambridge University.
How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Romance Novel
Go read this most excellent post by Megan Mulry on reading romance in a literary world. Here are some of my favourite parts of her essay:
There is plenty of porn on the shelf, and I have read my share. But this is not it. Romance novel sex tends to be overwhelmingly metaphorical: angry sex, make-up sex, submissive sex, mistaken identity sex, consummation sex, ambitious sex, tentative sex, healing sex.
Um. I do not skip the sex scenes. For me, these books present an ideal world and, to my mind at least, an ideal world includes lots of happy ending sex.
Many smart women are trapped in a dialectical prison: intelligence must be grim or at the very least ironic. Anyone who is joyful must be living in a state of ignorance. Brainwashed. Touched. Not true. I follow the news, I weep for injustice (far more than I did a few years ago). Maybe that is the reason I avoided romance novels for so many years: it was easier to think than to feel. Too late now. I am a feeling machine, all thanks to the unexpected romance novel.
Berkley and NAL (Penguin) digital-first books
Dear Author reports that Berkley and NAL, imprints of Penguin USA, are accepting submissions for digital-first books. They’re focusing primarily on romance, although there seems to be some flexibility on that. Unfortunately, it looks like the ebooks will be released with DRM. Let’s hope they have no geographic restrictions as well!
National Bookshop Day
This is somewhat old news, but I think I missed it when it came out. August 20 will be celebrated as National Bookshop Day in Australia. The day will promote bricks and mortar shops and their place in local communities and Australian literature. (Source: BOOKSELLER+PUBLISHER)
If any romance bookshops are participating in National Bookshop Day, please let us know!