A few years back, many pundits in the publishing world were predicting the demise of the Historical Romance, a slow lingering death. Never, ever to come back. Funny things predcitions...
Several of the more traditional Regency lines closed, and Harlequin Historical clung on in retail, thanks to its dedicated fans. I can remember Deborah Hale remarking that half- dead was also half alive. Personally, I knew historical romance would never die as too many people love reading historicals.
What a difference a few years makes. As far as I understand it from reading reports of the RWA Nationals, the over all historical romance genre experienced double digit growth. Historicals are once more a happening genre. They are alive and kicking. The cycle reversed. Historicals are here to stay.
It happens that way in publishing. This is why if you are writing, you need to follow your heart and write the sort of book you want.
By the time, a trend is spotted, it is quite possible that it is reaching its peak. And I suppose the reverse is true, if pundits are predicting the demise...
Anyway, as I adore historical romances -- both reading them and writing them, I am really pleased that there is an upward trend.
As a sign of the revival -- Harlequin Historical Undone! debuts in November. It is short --10 -15,000k e-book exclusive line, but is also the sexiest series Harlequin Historical has ever produced. Mainly it will be either prequels or sequels so that readers can visit the worlds that the authors create in greater depth. Eventually, it may include stand alone stories. If you are interested the writing guidelines are here.
Mills & Boon has revamped its website. As you can see by the cover of my latest book, An Impulsive Debutante, they now have a browse the book function.
As An Impulsive Debutante is out next month, I am having a contest for readers of Tote Bags. It is the sequel to A Christmas Wedding Wager and you can read the excerpt here. It is however a stand alone book. My daughter insisted that I write Lottie Charlton's story and it proved to be a great deal of fun. Lottie went from being a mean girl bit part to becoming one of my favourite heroines, and hopefully readers will enjoy her as well.
The prize is a signed copy of An Impulsive Debutante.
The question is where and in what year does the book take place?
Please send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org I will be drawing the winner on 15 August.
UPDATE: THE WINNER IS feline wyvern . Many thanks to all who entered.