I met with a fellow writer from the TRW, Jordanne Clark yesterday. We met at the ubiquitous Timmy’s ( for our friends from the south, Tim Horton’s is a coffee/donut shop – they’re coming your way soon!) and then headed down to Chapters (a Canadian bookstore a la Barnes and Noble). We spent over an hour and a half talking to a thoroughly enthusiastic clerk in the Romance section there. I swear she had read every book on her shelf. (I’ll have to make a note that if ever I’m published, she’s one person to contact to arrange a booksigning!)
She said that:
1) Paranormals are hot right now. (no surprise)
2) Regency’s are hot too (again, no surprise)
3) their Kensington Aphrodisia Erotica line moves incredibly fast (IOW people want sex!)
4) customers are complaining because they can’t find medievals! Now that came as a surprise when we as authors are told that medievals/historicals aren’t selling. Maybe those publishers need to talk more to the store clerks to find out what people are asking for but can’t find.
I picked up more books than I could really afford. In addition to a beautiful coffee table book on English country houses that I want to use for inspiration for my character’s estates, I picked up the latest Sherrilyn Kenyon – Dream Hunter. Hmm, that’s interesting. I’ll let you know after I’ve read it. I grabbed Sin by Sharon Page Sharon is a TRW member and I’d read an excerpt at a previous TRW meeting and thought, Wow! It’s one of the Aphrodisia line. *fans self* I read it start to finish yesterday afternoon.
And after reading Wylie Kinson’s blog about JR Ward’s novels, I picked up the first in her Black Dagger Brotherhood series – Dark Lover. I read it start to finish last night. (Yup, 2 books read in one day!)
So now I must announce a change in position. When I first started this blog, I’d said that there were a few reasons why I would put a book down mid-read, and several why I’d never pick it up in the first place. One of those genres I wouldn’t read was anything about Vampires. I’d read Ann Rice and couldn’t get into the whole Lestat phenomenon, and I’d read a half dozen Maggie Shaynes. But I never could find vampires sexy.
However, after being sucked into Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters (yes, OK, they’re not vampires but vampire HUNTERS) and JR’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, I must admit I will read more books in the vampire genre now. In fact, it’s all I can do not to run out today and buy the next book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. JR has created some pretty hot vampires with a believable premise for their world. **Edited at 7:20 pm** yes, I gave in and got ahold of the second in JR’s Black Dagger Brother Series and just finished it this aft. It’s just as good as the first … **