Big news at Harlequin. More news at Harlequin. Some Movers and Shakers. A summer workout and some book porn 🙂
HarperCollins buys Harlequin
The gasp heard around the world…The entire romance community did a collective inhale last week when news broke that publishing giant HarperCollins is set to purchase Harlequin. Yes THAT Harlequin.
The shock quickly passed and was followed immediately by worry and speculation on what HarperCollins plans on doing with the famous romance publisher. What will happen to the current authors, will Harlequin be changing their business model? What about the GIGANTOR community of readers Harlequin has cultivated over decades? According to HarperCollins CEO:
“Murray said the plan is to let Harlequin operate as a standalone division within HC. Harlequin CEO and publisher Craig Swinwood will remain in his current position, and report to Murray. Harlequin will also stay in its Toronto offices.”
This is alleviating some fears for now, but time will tell. The merger still has to get approval from both U.S and Canadian regulatory departments. You can get more information on the story here.
Harlequin has been embroiled in a long running law suit from several of their authors regarding royalty payments and what amounts to misleading contracts about royalty payments.
“When Harlequin didn’t pay 50 percent of eBook royalties to authors, but instead gave them half of the amount received by Harlequin from the Swiss subsidiary, the authors sued. They claimed it was a breach of contract that they were only getting roughly 3 or 4 percent of the cover price of the eBook.”
In 2013 the courts had in Harlequin’s favor, but last week the 2nd Court of Appeals revived a portion of the original suit stating the following:
“Based on our review of the Publishing Agreements… The fact that Harlequin Switzerland may have delegated certain publishing and administrative duties to Harlequin Enterprises does not modify this relationship. The Publishing Agreements expressly contemplate that the “Publisher” could assign or delegate publishing duties “to any related legal entity,” including “to its parent company or to an affiliate [or] subsidiary.” These provisions are unambiguous and enforceable.”
In plain English this translates to “Harlequin, you done F’ed up”. So yeah this is an interesting turn of events in a lawsuit a lot of people thought was dead and buried.
Soooooooo…Last week an interesting thing happened on the internet. Apparently a bunch of people started a movement called “We Need Diverse Books”. Mainstream book lovers ate it up like candy and I was left in a corner with my immense stack of IR/MC books of EVERY genre hanging out with the crickets.
The movement started as a response to the lack of MC and diverse books in CHILDREN’S Literature. The fact that schools, books stores and libraries aren’t stocking their shelves with books that represent children from all cultures and races. This is a great idea, because these books DO EXIST, but getting people to put them on shelves for parents to purchase and children to read is incredibly difficult. For that I am all about supporting this cause. That is not what rose my blood pressure. Nope. What got me riled is how the campaign was hijacked by others who didn’t take the time to read the mission statement of the movement.
Although I appreciate what the movement is about I couldn’t help but scratch my head when people on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram began asking ridiculous questions regarding why isn’t there more diversity in books? Why aren’t more POC writing books?
Can you guess what happened to my patience? Can you guess what happened to the super cute expression on my face as I read these threads? Yeah, hold that picture in your head and add some dynamite and rockets…lots of rockets. POC ARE WRITING BOOKS!!! Diverse books DO EXIST! Diverse characters DO EXIST! For the love of all that is holy just check the Amazon and BnB categories and you’ll see that there are multicultural categories for almost every genre. Yes this is relatively new from the last few years, but they do exist. And anyone who feigns surprise at this is a moron. Yes I said it. Moron.
You can read more about the movement here. It is a great campaign and really does deserve support.
Movers and Shakers
Come Home Again by Nana Malone
Anything can be fixed with a little Duct Tape and sass…
At least that’s what celebrity fixer, Delilah Donovan, used to think. She prides herself on being able to handle anything. But when she’s asked to fix the new CEO of Synth Games, she never dreams she’ll come face to face with the only man to ever break her heart.
The past can’t always be fixed…
When a friend calls in a long ago favor, reformed hacker, Nate Williams, worries that his shady past will come back to haunt him. As acting CEO of Synth Games, he needs to make the world believe he’s CEO material. Too bad the one person who can help him is the one woman he had to leave behind.
Someone To Love by Lena Hampton
Ever since her parents sudden death, Noli (short for Magnolia) Freeman has been been travelling trying to outrun her grief and avoid getting too close to anyone she may lose. She returns to Indiana to help plan her cousin’s wedding and is immediately attracted to the groom’s best friend Cooper Smith. Too afraid to allow herself to love him, she leaves town soon after her bridesmaid duties are done.
Cooper hasn’t believed in love since his father abandoned him and left his mother a heartbroken shadow of herself. He vows never to fall in love and keeps all his ties to women loose. That is until he meets Noli. He thinks that she’ll be another temporary fling but breaks his vow and is rewarded with a broken heart when she leaves as suddenly as his dad did all those years before.
As hard as Noli tries, it’s impossible to block the memories of Cooper out of her mind or her heart, especially when there’s a permanent reminder of him growing inside her.
Can they get beyond their pasts and realize they’ve found someone to love?
Ricardo by K. Victoria Chase
Can she escape her captor’s heat?
US Marshal Melody Lewis lives her life by one code: no men. On a vacation trip to Dubai, she finds herself in the middle of a desert with no choice but to trust a man who’s the key to her survival.
Keeping American lives safe is Agent Ricardo Santiago’s main priority. Living life in the field, he doesn’t have time for a relationship…until he meets a kidnapped woman who desperately needs his help.
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Summer Fitness Workout
Summer is coming which means more activity that may involves shorts and a swimsuit. So in honor of the upcoming season here’s a workout just for all you book lovers 😉
Exercise #1: The Book Curl
This workout has been floating around the interwebs for a bit and I couldn’t resist sharing 🙂
Some Book Porn
Someone posted this picture on Facebook and I immediately wanted to redecorate. Check out this awesome bed 🙂
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.