Ready for Romance?

Booklist Online Webinar | Sept. 13, 2011
“Can’t keep up with the deluge of romance titles? Join Booklist romance editor Donna Seaman for a lively overview of forthcoming romance titles from five leaders in the genre as representatives from Harlequin, Sourcebooks, Macmillan, Baker, and Harper showcase established and new writers and the latest trends from demon passion to Amish love stories in a free, hour-long webinar.”

I’m here strictly for professional reasons – I promised the NExpress Users Group that I would post information about the Romance genre to help them with Collection Development.  Seriously?  If you buy that, you must not know I’m a voracious smut reader.  I’m also here to learn more about what’s hot in Paranormal Romance for a KCMLIN Readers’ Advisory workshop presentation (Oct. 20).  In case you’re interested, my normal source for all-things-smut is Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and GoodReads and I’ve written in the past about Bonnets and Bodice Rippers.

Bring on the Authors…maybe I’ll find some new stuff to pre-order for my Kindle.


  • Tara Parsons, Senior Editor, Harlequin
  • Deb Werksmen, Editorial Manager, Sourcebooks
  • Talia Sherer, Director of Library Marketing, Macmillan
  • Nathan Henrion, National Sales Manager, Baker Publishing Group
  • Kayleigh George, Senior Marketing Associate, HarperCollins

HQN Books:

  • Small Town Contemporaries: Susan Mallery and Fool’s Gold, California homey stories | Victoria Dahl‘s Donovan Brothers series is very funny and sexy small-town contemporary | Kristan Higgins (a Susan Elizabeth Phillips read-alike) writes cozy, original, warm romances | RaeAnne Thayne (new HQN author) writes about Hope’s Crossing, Colorado (clean, innocent romance)
  • Gena Showalter supernatural romance – Paranormal ‘dark, seductive Alpha hero’
  • Anthologies to feature authors: Vampire for Christmas, Kiss me, I’m Irish, Tough Enough
  • Hot new Trends: Lori Foster‘s Men of Honor series (HOT, HOT, HOT) – Hot romantic suspense coming back ‘stronger than ever’ | Virna DePaul (Linda Howard read-alike) | Lindsay McKenna Alpha Cowboy with ‘earthy appear’ (Diana Palmer read-alike) | Introducing B.J. Daniels new stand-alone romantic suspense author
  • Luna Books – Imprint with focus on Fantasy – Dark Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, High Fantasy and Sci Fi (soft relaunch in 2013, so looking for Sci Fi writers) Rebirth, Knight’s Curse, Cast in Ruin
Sourcebooks Casablanca – largest women-owned publishing house
  • Sourcebooks romances editorial criteria: heroine the reader can relate to, a hero she can fall in love to, in a world you can escape into and has a hook that is easy to explain to readers.  Authors grow with this company.  All of these are “HOT” on the heat-o-meter.
  • Carolyn Brown – Cowboy smut  “Hot Texas Cowboys” series.
  • Catherine Mann – Unique Military Men features the parajumpers (elite unit trained in high-risk rescues and only military unit that performs civilian rescues)  Alpha heroes.  Heroines are partners.
  • Men in Kilts – Connie Mason (Big, complex, classic stories) | Amanda Forester (Entertaining, witty, feisty heroines and stubborn heroes) | and Anita Clenney (Time-travel highland romances – protect humanity from demons on the loose responsible for epidemics/war/whatever is going wrong)
  • Fairy Tale Romance from Kristine Grayson – beautiful and warm/loving romances. Feature Prince Charming’s – all divorced and on the market again.  Second time is the charm. (I think these sound good.)
  • Grace Burrowes (I LOVE HER) – The Heir, The Soldier and The Virtuoso coming out November 2011.  Beautiful Regency stories with complex characters and wonderful details.  Duke of Moreland pressuring his kids to marry (see, that’s another reason I like her).  Christmas book Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish (Daughters of the Duke of Moreland).
  • Shana Galen – ‘action packed regency romance’ – Mr. and Mrs. Smith for the 19th Century.  Boring marriage, neither know they’re agents.  Lord and Lady Spy.
  • Paranormal Romance – debut by Isabel Cooper – genre-bending, sexy, exciting (want to read her).
  • Contemporary Romantic Comedy – Robin Kaye (nurturing Alpha males) and Tawna Fenske – ‘funniest, cleverest writers of romantic comedy.’
  • All 52 of Georgette Heyer‘s books back in print.  Beautiful trade paperback editions (I have one at home ready to read).
  • Sarah Wendell (from Smart Bitches) – Everything I know about love I learned from romance novels non-fiction gift book.  Best tips and suggestions and thoughts – comes out October 2011.
Macmillan – Talia Sherer – LJ Mover and Shaker
  • Suzanne Enoch (I’ve ready everything by her) – Regency – The Scandalous Brides series.  Julia Quinn read-alike
  • Kieran Kramer – humorous historical romances
  • Alexandra Hawkins – sexy regency romance – smart, sizzling, hot
  • Scots – Donna Grant, Michelle Marcos (outcast scots), Julianne MacLean (3-time finalist to RITA award – gritty)
  • Sherrilyn Kenyon empire (paranormal romance) – more than 50 novels on NYTimes Best-seller list.
  • Jennifer CrusieMaybe This Time – Ghosts, unlikely heroes (Need to read this one)
  • Darynda Jones – part-time grim reaper – First Grave on the Right
  • Christine Warren | Caris Roane (romantic paranormals featuring winged vampires) | Mary Janice Davidson (multiple personalities)
  • Lisa Kleypas – top 5 romance writers today – new contemporary series with Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor
  • Alexis Grant – ‘ripped from the headlines’ (died of cancer) – Delta Force series Locked and Loaded 
  • Contemporary culinary-based romances – Francis Ray, Louisa Edwards(?), Lorie O’Clare – thriller/bounty hunter series
Nathan Henrion Baker Publishing Group
  • Christian and Inspirational Fiction – Bethany House and Revell
  • 90 fiction releases, with 76 new issues and 10 new novelists
  • Beverly Lewis – Amish series – The Mercy – last of The Rose Trilogy – continued growth in Amish fiction market
  • Deeanne Gist – Texas Ranger – humor, well-reviewed Love on the Line
  • Lauraine Snelling – 1906 Black Hills Valley of Dreams set in South Dakota Wild West Wind #1
  • Tamera Alexander – 1860’s Nashville’s elite society – award winning – Belmont Mansion Novel
  • Tracie Peterson / Judith Miller – 1886 Georgia new series from this theme – setting and characters shared, but not a numbered series “Bridal Veil Island”
  • Kim Vogel Sawyer – Missionary to Alaska 1898
  • Lynn AustinWonderland Creek – Librarian 1830’s romance – strong writing and excellent reviews – 6 times Christie award winner
  • Anne MateerWings of a Dream Great War Prairie novel – ‘no cry, no buy’
  • Jody Hedlund The Doctor’s Lady – find love on journey west to serve as missionaries in 1830’s America.
  • Maggie BrendanDeeply Devoted – Mail order bride – gentle prairie romance. In tradition of Lori Wick. Blue Willow Brides series.
  • Julie LessmanA Heart Revealed – 1931 New England setting – Winds of Change Series #2.  More sizzle than average inspirational romance.
  • Laurie Alice EakesA Necessary Deception – Daughters of Bainbridge House – London/Regency.  “compelling page turner” – Jane Austin read-alike
  • Serena Miller The Measure of Kaitie Calloway – 1870’s Northwoods lumber camp
HarperCollins – Kayleigh George
  • – blogger for Avon Romance
  • ISBNS in a spreadsheet post-webinar
  • – Active imprint site working with – KISS and TEAL message
  • Stephanie Laurens Cynster Sisters Trilogy – “write the kinds of books she likes to read.”  Set in Scotland – women who were women in the background of the original Cynster novels
  • New Series from Tessa DareA Night to Surrender Spindal Cove with regency appeal | Karen RanneyA Scottish Love | Lorraine Heath and Sarah MacLean – new concept
  • Anna Randol – new author – regency-era set in Constantinople – A Secret in Her Kiss
  • Sophie Nash | Elizabeth Boyle | Katharine Ashe | Lori Wilde (new cowboys)
  • Sandra Hill (viking vampire angel) | Pamela Palmer (Washington VC vampire utopia) | Jeanienne Frost (Cat and Bones series off-shoot) – Paranormal romances
  • Mary Jane Clark | Shelley Shepard Gray | Lisa Marie Rice | Susan Elizabeth Philips – 7/10/2012 The Great Escape runaway bride – Contemporary romance
  • Historical Romance – Eloisa James The Duke is Mine – 12/27/2011 Princess and the Pea spin-off | Julie Anne Long | Lynsay Sands 
  • Gaelan Foley – Inferno club My Ruthless Prince | Tessa Dare on sale 3/27/2012 – Spindal Code series book 2 | Laura Lee Guhrke – Edwardian romance – 2nd in series | Liz Carlyle – London Gentleman’s club – Victorian
  • Paranormal Romance – Lynsay Sands writes both  | Karina Cooper | Sable Grace (Lycan-Vamp hybrid) | Terri Carey
  • Pamela Palmer – Feral Warriors Series | Kerrelyn Sparks “Vampire and a werewolf walk into a bar” | Marjorie M. Liu – pyrokenetic
  • Contemporary Romance – Emma Cane (small town Colorado/Cowboy) | Jennifer Bernard (Firemen) | Rachel Gibson – new series about soldiers returning home from war (5/29/2012)

Q&A –

  • Temperature – how hot is too hot?  “Can’t ever be hot enough”  Is hot the new normal?  It’s all about choice – “bonnet rippers” and the Inspirational romance fiction.  Temperature scale a bit different in Christian Fiction – going up and causing some ire.

Archive and Titles (.xls) and PDF of Today’s Slides posted when available…


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