Romance News. March 23, 2015

As reported on The Hummingbird Place, Your Home For Romance, March 23, 2015, on Blog Talk Radio.

I’m Mallory Kane and this is romance news.

Although it’s not romance, I have to share this exciting piece of news. For the first time ever, E.B. White’s classic novels, CHARLOTTE’S WEB, THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN and STUART LITTLE, will be available as e-books. The publisher, Harper Collins, says that the illustrations will appear in vibrant color on color electronic devices and in rich black and white on black and white devices.

Harlequin Teen is partnering with Seventeen Magazine to publish original novels as Seventeen Books. These books, to be available in

hardcover and ebook formats, will feature “multi-dimensional and empowered fictional female characters and explore topics and situations that authentically reflect the challenges and joys of being a teenager today.” The first titles will be released in 2016.

As a lover of all things fairy, I’m excited to see the following announcement from Liquid Silver books, as spotlighted in Cindy Myers Market Watch. Liquid Silver Books is a royalty paying ebook publisher that publishes all types of romance fiction. They pay royalties of 40 percent, quarterly. They accept manuscripts of 15,000 words and up. Currently, they are particularly interested in stories based on fairy tales or set in a fairy tale world. Stories may be any romance sub-genre and any heat level. The story may stand alone, or be the beginning of a series. You can find out more at lsbooks.com

From The Huffington Post, comes an article written by Maria Rodale CEO and Chairman of Rodale, Inc. and book author comes a list of “books every woman should read.” I’m going to share with you the top 5 books she has listed.

  1. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

They author says, “I knew I was going to love this book because I have a major girl crush on Amy. She is so funny, isn’t afraid to look ridiculous, and does things like create Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls to counteract all the crappy messages girls find on the Web. Yes Please is full of stories ranging from her first experience onstage in elementary school to her time at SNL and Parks and Recreation and her friendship with funny lady, Tina Fey. LOL Funny.

  1. The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan

Rodale says there’s no way she could resist a historical romance novel about a heroine who runs a scandalous feminist newspaper. She was hooked from the moment Frederica Marshall informed the hero that the proper pronunciation is not “Huzzah. Suffragettes.” but “Huzzah! Suffragettes!” This is not the book you might assume–a suffragette and the man who opposes her, but they “have explosive chemistry et cetera blah blah,” to quote Rodale. This is a smart, beautifully written romance about a hero and heroine who work together to accomplish their own goals and well yes, have amazing chemistry. Rodale teases us by saying, we’ll just have to find out what Milan means by her dedication: “For everyone who has ever carried water in thimbles and teaspoons throughout the centuries. And for all those who continue to do so. For as many centuries as it takes.”

  1. Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay

Again, from article author and listmaker Rodale: “Free yourself from the tyranny of being a perfect anything, even a feminist! Gay’s collection of essays covers everything from how to be friends with another woman to writing about women’s weight and reproductive rights to holding out for a hero. It’s a fascinating and often funny look at women and pop culture.”

  1. My Lady, My Lord by Katharine Ashe

This book is Regency romance–with a twist. And the twist is that the hero and heroine switch bodies à la Freaky Friday. Originally enemies, Lady Corinna Mowbry and Lord Ian Chance are forced to get to know the other intimately when they wake up in each other’s bodies. It’s hysterical to follow Corinna making her way in a man’s world and to watch Ian find out what life feels like for a lady. The newfound understanding leads to a love that endures even when (spoiler alert) they switch back.

  1. All Your Worth: The Lifetime Money Plan by Elizabeth Warren

Sorry, it’s not romance, or even fiction. Rodale states that she sighed (maybe even wept) with relief when she read this book, by brilliant author Elizabeth Warren and her daughter, Amelia Warren Tiyagi. Finally. She tells us that All the scary financial stuff was explained in a way that not only made sense, but also left her feeling more empowered to get my financial life organized and under my control–and I did! Warren’s plan is simple: 50 percent of your income is for your must-haves (rent, debt, and such), 30 percent is for wants, and 20 percent is to save. This is a book for everyone, no matter how much money, debt, or whatever they have. Rodale says, “If you have an angsty feeling about finances you’ve left on the back burner of your mind, read this book and you’ll feel better.” Rodale notes: “All Your Worth was actually published in 2006, but I read it this year and I want everyone to read it.”

Those are the top 5 books that women should read this year, at least according to Maria Rodale, and they sound very much worth reading. And that’s what’s happening in romance news for this week.

Mallory Kane has written 35 romantic suspense novels for Harlequin Intrigue and has two books scheduled for May and June of 2015. She also writes paranormal, contemporary and historical romance and has several novels and short stories independently published online. She has one book currently available from Tule Publishing and is working on a second and third. Ms. Mallory appears on The Hummingbird Place, Your Home for Romance, on blogtalkradio.com, Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time, where she reports on the week’s Romance News, sponsored by Dark Hollows Press.

 

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