Random House UK is being innovative…or not, Days of Our Lives makes history, Books as accessories, Men love romance too, Some Movers & Shakers and Some Notable Releases…
Didn’t Goodreads Do That?
I’m all for diversity when it comes to technology and websites. I don’t mind when one company takes an already established idea and makes it better. Just look at MySpace and Facebook. However I have to admit that Penguin Random House UK’s new reader recommendation platform has me stumped. For now it reminds me too much of Goodreads. Penguin Random’s platform is title “My Independent Bookshop” and allows readers “to set up a virtual bookshop, share their favorite reads and discover, recommend and review books online.”
When I delved deeper in the matter I did notice a few differences between this new platform and the popular Goodreads site, but only time will tell if readers enjoy using this new platform or if it will fall to the wayside like a clone and not a leader.
According to Publisher’s Weekly:
“The free site launches April 7 in closed beta, kickstarting a month-long period where select authors and book fans will be invited to join the community and start creating their shops. Anyone interested can register to be among the first to set up their virtual bookshop when the initiative goes live to the general public.
Users can set up their shop with 12 books at a time on their shelves, changing the display as often as they choose, and they can also bring together their favorite shops from across the platform to create their own personal high street, with shop owners as diverse as their best-loved authors, closest friends, or local librarian, to help them find complementary and unexpected new reads.”
You can read more on the the subject here.
Your Man Loves it Too
I ran across a really interesting article on Huffington Post a few days ago that made me pause and gave me a bit of a giggle. The article titled, The Real Men Who Read Romance Novels, was first posted in February, but seems to be make the rounds on the net more and more lately. The article itself is well thought out and discusses what many of us already know, the stigma that the romance genre has amongst mainstream readers, particularly men. As stated in the article, 9% of romance readers are men. That may not be a large percentage but I think it is an interesting indicator at how relatable romance stories are if only one is willing to look past the stigma of the genre:
“Romance novels are often dismissed as guilty pleasures and something to be ashamed of by both men and women. In fact, as a woman, I often notice people are surprised to learn that I, with my two English literature degrees, write romance novels. While guys reading “girls books” confounds our gender expectations and may lead to an extra element of surprise and snark, it seems that attitude often just comes with the genre — no matter who is reading it.” ~Maya Rodale, The Real Men Who Read Romance Novels, The Huffington Post
You can read the full article here.
Books as Accessories
So I have a bit of a confession to make. Aside from being an avid reader and book lover I’m also obsessed with all things fashion. So when I came across this website combining both books and fashion I was in heaven.
But of course being the savvy and frugal woman that I am I had to look for some bargains. Who doesn’t like a good deal? So using this amazing Google machine I found THIS store and I kid you not I shed a tear or two (or three). Look at all this lovely.
So yes, this section isn’t really industry news but it made my week so I’m posting it 🙂
Days of Our Progress
Last week the popular American soap opera, Days of Our Lives took a big leap forward and made daytime television history by broadcasting daytime’s first gay marriage. Now before anyone comments with a fact check, yes the soap opera All My Children broadcasted the first lesbian wedding in 2009. However Days of Our Lives made history by showing the first homosexual male wedding. The marriage of Will and Sonny has been highly anticipated by many fans of the show and was broadcast across multiple episodes.
I used to be a big soap fan (General Hospital was my poison of choice), and was a little nostalgic as I recalled a few other “firsts” that soap operas ushered in as well. In the late 90s and early 2000s daytime soaps had more characters of color and interracial and multicultural relationships than primetime and cable combined. I have no real data to back that up but I’m pretty sure it’s true.
Movers & Shakers
London Bound by Nana Malone
I’m not a big fan of new adult fiction. I’ve read only a few books in the last year in this genre that actually appealed to me. However I am a big fan of Nana Malone, and with London Bound I was not dissapointed. So I was super happy to see this book work its way up the Bestseller and New Release charts.
It wasn’t exactly like spunky, photography student, Abbie Nartey ran away from her life…except, that she left under the cover of darkness and put three thousand miles between her and her ex-boyfriend’s betrayal. She went to London searching for her dream. She never expected to find love, or herself.
Heir to his family’s tech fortune, sexy, Alexi Chase, is looking for freedom—from his family and from his past. What he’s not looking for is love. With secrets like his, he can’t afford to let anyone get too close. But a chance rescue has him wondering if the price of keeping secrets is too high.
Gianni by Jamallah Bergman
Being a model has its ups and downs…
For Gianni Cipriano, being on the runway or in magazines modeling some of the biggest names in fashion is the norm for him. But even if he goes to Prague, Italy or England, Kellington will always be home for him. So when he ends up meeting his newest little neighbor, Saoirse, he never expects to meet the woman of his dreams.
A new start….in a new town…
Anais Cormier and her daughter Saoirse come to Kellington to make another start on a life. But she never thought that her daughter would immediately become friends with a guy name Gianni. The last thing she wanted to be dealing with was a man with a million dollar smile and hazel green eyes. However, once her daughter latches onto him as well as charming the Cipriano family, Anais soon finds herself being involved with the family as well as Gianni.
A secret now known…
What happens when the past comes looking for Anais and Saoirse in Kellington, just as they are truly enjoying life there? What will become of the budding friendship between Gianni and Anais? And what does Anais have to hide from him?
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Southern Hearts by Ava Thorn
Country music superstar Austin McBride has everything going for him. His album has gone platinum, and he’s about to marry the woman of his dreams. Or is he?
When Austin meets Chef Farrah Rue, there is an instant attraction between them.
All Farrah Rue wants to do is concentrate on making Southern Rose Eatery successful. When Austin offers her the job of catering his wedding, Farrah knows it’s the opportunity of a lifetime for her growing business.
When the attraction between her and Austin heats up, Farrah does everything in her power to keep their relationship professional. Will the two manage to maintain their distance, or will they give in and submit to their hearts’ desire?
Southern Love is a steamy romance about life, loss, and learning to love again.
There are so many great books being released every week that I can’t mention them all in every post. However, outside of the Movers and Shakers list I’d like to start mentioning some notable releases that catch my eye as well. These two are my picks for this week.
Preconception by Aliyah Burke
Aliyah Burke is no newbie to either the IR/MC genre or romance publishing in general, but regardless of what stories she writes, there is no doubt that this woman is a powerhouse in her own right. This month she brings us an interesting installment in Totally Bound Publishing’s “What’s Her Secret” series. According to the publisher, “‘What’s Her Secret?’ — Each book in this imprint delves into the secret life of a different compelling character. Immerse yourself completely. We won’t tell!” Each book in the series can be read as a stand alone.
A cop, a criminal’s twin and a cabin where anything can happen.
Carolyn Trufant has only recently discovered she has a twin. When Jasmine calls for help, she goes immediately, not willing to lose this new-found bond. Once in Atlanta, she finds herself in a succession of whirlwind events that result in a handsome cop taking her to a secure location in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. But she’s not her targeted sister. And so the secret begins.
Declan McBride is the Atlanta PD cop assigned to protect Jasmine Hoyer, a woman who drives him crazy with all her escaping and disregard for the law. After he decides to put her somewhere safe that she can’t escape from him, he finds that he’s strangely starting to like this new Jasmine.
They grow closer and endure a lot together. But what if Declan discovers she’s not quite who she says she is? And how will Carolyn cope when she finds herself having to take her new identity to a dangerous, life-threatening level?
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Light My World by Zee Monodee
Ms. Mondodee never disappoints in creating characters with diverse cultural and religious backgrounds and weaving them into sexy poignant stories. This book is the second in her Island Girls series, but can be read as a stand alone book.
So what if a girl has to kiss a few frogs to find her prince?
Tired of her Indian-origin mother’s relentless matchmaking, Diya Hemant is determined to find her Prince Charming on her terms. Armed with a definitive list of requirements, she is sure she’ll know her man when she meets him…
But looking and finding are two different things, especially on the tiny island of Mauritius…
When her path crosses surly British widower Trent Garrison’s, it’s hate at first sight. And though fate keeps pitting her against him, she’s certain he can’t be turned into a frog let alone a prince.
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. Come back on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month to get her romance industry news…with a colorful twist.