As the Soaps turn, Romance comics are making a hopeful comeback, Another Amazon fight on the horizon, Some Movers and Shakers and some pretty awesome bookshelf porn.
It Started with Soaps
The Atlantic had a really interesting article discussing the latest shift in diversity on prime time television. Specifically, they focused on a genre of television that often gets overlooked despite, being a very real gauge of what many households want to see on television—Soap Operas.
Much like the romance genre, soap operas often get a bad wrap. However, when you examine the history, Soaps have been incredibly progressive in comparison to their prime time brethren. They recognized quite some time ago, that casting needed to reflect their viewership. Not only have most day-time soaps had relatively diverse casts for quite sometime, American soaps due to their long running story lines, have entire diverse and multi-cultural families engrained in their show’s histories.
The article is a great walk down memory lane for fans of soaps, and a great education for those who don’t know the very interesting history of soaps and their reflection of the social and political environment of their audience:
So it’s interesting to see primetime television and streaming services like Netflix being heralded for ushering in a new age of black television, as if we were never allowed to be ourselves onscreen before. But daytime, before primetime, provided valuable space for black characters to be layered—and for viewers, black and otherwise, to appreciate their complexity. Every time I see these new-school characters, I remind myself of where I’ve seen them before. Well before Annalise Keating of How to Get Away With Murder was a tough, black woman lawyer with a complicated interracial marriage, there was Jessica Griffin on As the World Turns, an attorney who faced scrutiny before marrying her white fiance, Duncan.
The full article can be found here.
The Hopeful Rise of Romance Comics
Have you every heard of a romance comic? Neither had I until recently, but it looks like not only are they a pretty vintage idea, there is at least one publisher hoping to bring them back thanks to Kicktarter..,
But if Janelle Asselin has her way, comics readers will soon swoon again. Asselin has worn many hats in the comics world over the years, from editing various Batman series at DC Comics to her current gig as senior editor for primo comics-news site Comics Alliance. Along the way, she’s become an articulate voice for gender inclusivity in the comics world. And this morning, she launched an ambitious Kickstarter campaign to publish a new ongoing romance-comic anthology series called Fresh Romance. If the campaign succeeds in raising $28,000 (and as of this writing, just a few hours after the launch, it’s more than 25 percent of the way there), the series will feature brand-new stories from sensational young comics creators (the vast majority of them women) about everything from queer high-school love triangles to Jane Austen–esque courtship antics. We caught up with Asselin to chat about the secret history of romance comics, her favorite rom-com flicks, and just how R-rated Fresh Romance aims to be.
Yopu can read more about the genre and of Janelle Asselin’s interview here.
Another Amazon Dispute Brewing…
It feels like the roller coaster ride that was Amazon’s “negotiations” with Hachette just finished, and really I feel as if the entire publishing, writing and reading world deserves a long vacation after all of that crazy, but alas it looks like that wish will be denied. HarperCollins is now up to bat. Their contract with Amazon is about to expire and the publishing giant is refusing to sign another. That of course has something to do with some new terms Amazon has added to their new contract. What are those new terms? Who know! I just need to know if I have to brace myself for yet another bombardment of “believe us not them” campaigning from either side:
The contract presented to HarperCollins was the same contract recently signed by Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and Macmillan, Amazon confirmed.
If HarperCollins and Amazon don’t come to an agreement, no print or digital HarperCollins books will be available on Amazon once its existing contract runs out “very soon,” our source says.
Read more here.
Movers and Shakers
Destined by Perri Forrest
Tessa DeCarlo is a career woman, and a devoted wife. Her work life is good-fulfilling, even. However, she can’t say the same about her marriage. But Tessa loves her husband, and she is determined to make their union work. She overlooks their lackluster sex life, as well as his disinterest in doing ‘couple stuff’. It’s what she signed on for, after all. For better or worse, right? But, when Tessa is hit with the ultimate betrayal just days before her class reunion, maintaining loyalty inside of a failing marriage is the last thing on her mind.
Despite what she has gone through, and rather than wallow in self-pity, Tessa decides to attend the event. She has no idea what to expect from the evening, its sole purpose is meant to serve as a getaway. But, when she encounters August, a former college classmate, sparks fly. But not for long . . . There will be twists, turns, and added cast members to bring this story to life. Will Tessa return to her marriage and try to make it work? Will she decide on a road untraveled? Or, will she choose to be alone?
Tall, Dark and Panther by Milly Taiden
A BBW in search of love + a sexy panther shifter = Alpha Romance
Maya Zara is a curvy woman sick and tired of men who think she should settle. She loves her curves and wants to find someone who will love them too. When she meets Gerri Wilder and signs up for a date with a shifter, Maya has no idea what’s in store for her.
Noah Wright has had the hots for his curvy neighbor for months. Too bad she’s got a boyfriend. When he allows Gerri to set him up on a date, he never expected for her to get him the woman he and his panther have lusted after.
A stalking ex and a crazy family make Maya’s life a living hell. Both will try to tear them apart. She’ll have to figure out what she wants with Noah before losing a chance at love with the lonely panther.
Indebted: Part 1: The Virgin & The Bad-Boy Billionaire by Sadie Black
Kendra knows what it’s like to watch someone work three jobs and still struggle to pay the rent. She has spent her entire young adult life determined to do better. In a few months, the lifetime of sacrifices will finally be worth it. She will be graduating at the top of her prestigious masters program at Columbia, and finally leave her job at the diner to venture into the world of business. The only thing that could make this moment sweeter would be if her mama was still here to watch her cross that stage and clutch that diploma she’s given up everything for.
When Matthew Blackwell, the infamous billionaire bad-boy bachelor, shows up out of the blue in her diner asking for a date, Kendra’s world is lurched sideways. With girls lined up around the block to be his “next mistake”, Matthew could have almost any woman in New York City, or possibly the world. However, Kendra isn’t interested in being his flavor of the week, until he hits her in her soft spot… her ambition. Despite her best attempts to keep her distance, Matthew’s stunning good-looks and mischievous flare keep pulling her toward him.
Will she unlock the heart of the unbreakable bad-boy or will Kendra become another victim of Matthew Blackwell’s reputation?
Some Bookshelf Porn
So dreams really do come true…At least that’s what I assumed when I learned that somewhere in California someone plans on building a library out of books! As in books will be the actual building material. Cue operatic rendition of “Awesome Sauuuuuuuuuce”. Yes, I know you’re first response may be…”But why destroy all those books?”. My answer is …”Because they’re not destroying anything and looky how coooooool!” Watch the video so you see what I mean.
You can get more info here. And if you live in California, near/in Bay Area, check out the festival that plans on housing this book wonder.
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.