Remembering Bertrice Small

As reported by Mallory Kane on The Hummingbird Place on Blog Talk Radio, on March 2, 2015
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Bertrice Small, New York Times bestselling writer of historical and erotic romance novels, died on February 24, 2015, at age 77. Ms. Small lived on Long Island, New York, with her husband George Small. She was a member of The Authors Guild, Romance Writers of America, PAN, and PASIC. She was born on
December 9,1937.

From her first published romance in 1978, Small’s career spanned well over 30 years, during which she authored more than 50 novels in historical, fantasy and contemporary erotic romance genres. Her novels included the historical series “The O’Malley Saga,” including “Skye O’Malley,” and “Skye’s Legacy.”

skyeomalleyShe regularly hit the bestseller lists, including New York Times, Publishers Weekly, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times and stacked up awards such as Best Historical Romance, Outstanding Historical Romance Series, Career Achievement for Historical Fantasy and a cadre of Reviewers Choice awards from Romantic Times. She also garnered a Silver Pen from Affaire de Coeur, and an Honorable Mention from The West Coast Review of Books. In 2004 Small received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by Romantic Times magazine for her contributions to the genre.

From the website, SMART BITCHES, TRASHY BOOKS, I found a tribute to Ms. Small by Reviewer SB Sarah, written on February 25, 2015. It is a sweet article, but the highlight of it is her inclusion of a web page that presents a Life Magazine article from 1981, written by Jennifer Allen.npr blurb bertrice small

The title of the article is EIGHT WHO WRITE OF LOVE FOR MONEY. It’s a treasure of an article with magnificent pictures of Janet Daily, Rosemary Rogers, Danielle Steel, Shirley Busbee, Valerie Sherwood, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Jennifer Wilde and of course, Bertrice Small.

The article was written to highlight the first ever Romance Writers of America Convention in Houston, where 670 writer and aspiring writers gathered. The author of the article undoubtedly knew she was interviewing and photographing eight successful romance authors, but now, 34 years later, that page in Life Magazine is a tribute to eight of the most iconic names in the history of the romance genre.

Under the lovely and evocative photo of Bertrice and her husband George, the article reveals that her nickname was “Sunny, for her cloudless disposition.” You can read the rest of the article here.

The world of romance writing, reading and publishing definitely is poorer now for the loss of the lovely Ms. Small.

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