Dec. 2012 Newsletter
Gothic Journal brings you the latest news and links to help keep you in romantic suspense. This issue is jam packed to ensure you will be cuddling up with several great gothic romance novels this winter.
New Yahoo Group:
You're invited to join the newly formed Yahoo group, GothicReadersAndWriters. This group is open to readers and writers of gothic romance fiction. Most of the authors who are or were members of the Gothic Romance Writers chapter of Romance Writers of America are members of this Yahoo group, so it is a great place to connect with them and/or just chat about industry news and/or reading/writing gothic romance novels.
Victoria Holt Backlist
Acquired by Sourcebooks
Shortly after the twentieth anniversary of Eleanor Hibbert's 1993 death, Sourcebooks will begin reissuing her backlist of romantic suspense titles written as Victoria Holt. The first book will be The India Fan, coming out in March 2013. SourceBooks also has an excellent selection of Georgette Heyer's novels and Jane Austen sequels. The latter are refreshingly sortable by modern or historical settings. Many titles are available in digital formats on the Sourcebooks webstore, but Kindle users will have to get their Sourcebooks downloads via amazon.com. Sourcebooks also has launched a romance e-book club offering interesting and economical pricing.
On Gothic Novels
Wikipedia describes Gothic fiction here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gothic_fiction. The New Gothic Romances, Archetypes, and Setting sections are of particular interest.
RT Book Reviews
Goes Digital Nov. 2012
Formerly known as Romantic Times, the print magazine RT Book Reviews started publishing digital editions of its magazine beginning with its Nov. 2012 issue. Print edition subscribers get the digital edition free with their $29.95/year subscription. Those who want the digital edition only, may subscriber for a $5.00 discount. The print edition includes embedded links to interior and exterior content.
This magazine is an excellent source of industry news and reviews of books in a variety of genres, but keep in mind that most of the magazine's content requires publishers or authors to pay a fee for its inclusion.
Welcome GRLL Ambassadors!
Gothic Journal and the Gothic Romance Lending Library (GRLL) welcome four new GRLL Ambassadors who are helping get the word out about the GRLL. Check them out here. Heartfelt thanks to these energetic volunteers.
If you are a lover of gothic romance novels and want to help publicize their availability via the GRLL, contact Kristi Lyn Glass to become a volunteer GRLL Ambassador. Specific duties and benefits are outlined on the Gothic Romance Lending Library web page. And yes, there are lots of cool benefits! Your help is greatly needed!
The GRLL was founded in 1998 by Gothic Journal to preserve gothic romance novels and make them available to interested readers. Its entire collection has been graciously donated by readers, authors, and publishers, and more gothic romance novel donations are always welcome. GRLL books are available for loan for a three-month period via the USPS at reasonable rates that include return shipping. GRLL lending fees range from $2.00-$7.00 per book, depending on the quantity ordered and the shipping method chosen. Check out all the details here, and order your books today!
Links of Interest
Backlist eBooks showcases high-quality, reasonably-priced e-books (including romance, paranormal, and mystery novels) originally released by major print publishers and now out of print. These professionally edited books are now author-published through major outlets–usually in the $.99 – $4.99 range–and are often DRM-free. Its newsletters are also packed with info and leads to great e-books.
Fictfact allows you to search for novels by title, author, or series, and offers a lot of useful features for being notified of upcoming titles in a series.
MysterEBook is a great blog that connects e-book readers with mystery e-books.
Amazon's Kindle gets a library card
USA Today has set up a blog about romance novels
Publishers Weekly dishes on the latest trends in romance
Some great gothic romance blogs: Haunted Hearts and Gothicked and a stellar forum: Gothic Romance Forum
'Vampire' skeletons found in Bulgaria near the Black Sea
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Publisher Links of Interest
Amazon Publishing has acquired publication rights from Avalon Books to more than 3,000 backlist titles including mysteries and romances and over 1,000 Dorchester Publishing titles. The titles will be published by Amazon in e-book and print editions under its Amazon Publishing, Montlake Romance and Thomas & Mercer imprints.
Simon and Schuster has relaunched its Pocket Star mass market paperback line as a dedicated e-book imprint that includes romantic suspense and thrillers.
Avon Impulse is publishing two e-books a week, and they're not just historical romances.
Harlequin® Romantic Suspense stories deliver - with strong and adventurous women, brave and powerful men and the life-and-death situations that bring them together. Four titles are available every month.
Crimson Romance has a new option: pay $12.99/month or $59.99/year to be able to read all the e-books in their catalog, including "Wild and Wanton Editions" of Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice. Sensuality Level: Hot! They also have at least one "Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors" potentially classic historical gothic romance: Rhianna.
Entangled Publishing's Dead Sexy line of romantic suspense novels in e-book format includes contemporary gothic romances. All their books must have ultimately committed relationships and happy endings. Check out the submission guidelines for details and the Entangled in Romance blog. Entangled Publishing will soon be offering a Scandalous imprint containing historical romances, some of which may have paranormal and/or mystery elements. Check out the details here.
Penguin's new InterMix e-book imprint features Nora Roberts and Jane Castle reprints, in its mix of romance, mystery, science fiction, and fantasy offerings.
Help Spread the Word!
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