July 2015 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 enjoying several great gothic romance novels this summer.

Gothic Romance Lending Library
Available via Interlibrary Loan

In May 2013, Gothic Journal donated its 3,400+ volume Gothic Romance Lending Library (GRLL) and a set of Gothic Journal back issues to McDaniel College's Hoover Library in Westminster, Maryland. Hoover Library has begun processing them into its circulating collection, so 187 of the GRLL titles are currently available to anyone in the McDaniel College community or to the general public via interlibrary loan.

To find the titles, go to the Hoover Library website at http://hoover.mcdaniel.edu/. Then, click on the “Library Catalog” link. Then, enter “gothic romance” in the search box and select "Series" from the drop-down "Search by" menu. Then click the "GO!" button, and the available GRLL titles will display. To receive any of these titles to read, you must have a library that participates in the interlibrary loan system request them for you from the Hoover Library. When your order arrives at the library that submitted your request, you may pick them up at that library and return them there by the due date specified.


Links of Interest


Stacy Lynn, who publishes the Gothic Romance Reviews blog, has compiled and offered free access to her 997-title Ultimate Open Library Gothic Romance E-book List on Open Library. If you open a free Open Library account, you may read many of these titles in e-book format for free. She also offers interesting posts about 9 new gothic romance releases, 5 new gothic.romance releases,  Moriah's Landing 4-book set, and what makes a compelling gothic romance story,

The Just Romantic Suspense blog published a nice article on author Mary Stewart: The Pioneer of Romantic Suspense.

Gothic romance author Jane Godman posted an article on what is a gothic novel that outlines the many elements found in the genre. Here's a review of Godman's Legacy of Darkness.

Alyne deWinter guest-posted a fascinating article on Gothic Romance: The Dark Allure offering both an historical and contemporary assessment of the genre.

On the My Love-Haunted Heart blog is a review of the first gothic romance I ever read that definitely sparked my interest in the genre: Victoria Holt's wonderful Menfreya in the Morning. The same blog also has an interesting post on Emily Bronte and Wuthering Heights.

Also about the Brontes is The Bronte Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects, an intimate portrait of the lives and writings of the Brontë sisters, drawn from nine of the objects they possessed.

BBC News offers an informative illustrated article on what happened to Britain's abandoned mansions.

Oyster is an app for discovering and reading books on your smartphone, tablet, or web browser. Books appear instantly, you can read them offline, and you never have to return them! In addition to a subscription book service, Oyster recently launched an ebookstore offering a la carte titles from all of the Big Five publishers, encompassing all front- and back-list ebooks, including preorders, available everywhere else.

Founded in 1981, Romantic Times, Inc. offers a print magazine, annual romance writers/readers convention, website, and blog including reviews and info about authors and upcoming novels in a variety of genres, but primarily romance. The company has recently launched a book review service for both published and to-be-published novels that uses the same reviewers as the magazine/blog but for a price: $425 for up to 450 pages or $500 for over 450 pages. For that price, an author gets the review included in the next digital edition of RT Book Reviews and on RTBookReviews.com. At the reviewer's discretion, the review may be recommended for inclusion in RT Book Reviews Magazine. Romantic Times has also recently launched a series of two-day  RT Readers & Writers Roundups, "to bring together Traditional, Hybrid, and Indie Publishers and assist authors in marketing their books and introducing more readers to the joy of women’s fiction."  There are even going to be local "Chapters" to join that will offer conferences, parties, and workshops to romantic book lovers from across the U.S. The next Roundup will be Oct. 9-11, 2015, in Houston, TX.

AllRomance.com offers a wide variety of e-book romances accessible by category, including 233 historical gothic romance novels. There are lots of self-published and indie titles, and all are rated by their levels of "hotness."

Harlequin Shivers series e-books has 31 titles available on amazon.com in Kindle format.

Downloadable profiles of vintage Gothic Romance Authors including complete published book lists, biographical info, and summaries of representative works, are available from Gothic Journal.

Gothic Journal's Amazon Bookstore -- Recommended reads by Gothic Journal Publisher Kristi Lyn Glass plus amazon.com's gothic romance recommendations.

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