Sexuality is a hot (no pun intended) topic in the world of YA and if sexual or suggestive content appears in your YA novel it will be a point of discussion and possibly controversy. How sexy is too sexy for YA, do the rules change if the book is a "crossover" novel? Where is the line? Should there be a line at all when it comes to sex in young adult literature?
Author Belva Plain died last week, she was 95. Plain, who wrote for many years, first became a published novelist in 1976 with the release of her beloved saga Evergreen. The book hit The New York Times bestseller list, where it remained for almost a full year. People were so taken with the story of the Jewish-American immigrant girl from Poland at the turn-of-the-20th century and her family, that Plain wrote several sequels and NBC turned the book into a miniseries in the 1980s.
But that was by no means her only book. Plain got started writing short stories for magazines, but then turned her attention to raising her family. When her children grew older, she began writing novel-length fiction. She wrote more than 20 novels, including bestsellers Tapestry, Harvest and Random Winds. Some 30 million copies of her books are in print worldwide, according to her publisher Random House.
Plain lived in Short Hills, N.J. Her husband, Irving Plain, died more than 25 years ago. She is survived by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The January issue of RT will include an interview with Susan Elizabeth Phillips and she's taking your questions! What have you always wanted to know about this contemporary romance writing powerhouse and her books? What do you want to know about Teddy's book, Call Me Irresistible? What do you want to know about her writing style?
Post your questions below and we'll get them answered in the upcoming issue of RT!
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With Halloween right around the corner, there's nothing I like better than to sink my teeth into a great paranormal series and read through an entire multi-book arc. Here's a look at some of the paranormal series that are being continued this month:
As reported earlier, Harlequin will be discontinuing the use of the "Silhouette" brand as of April and will be expanding the Harlequin line to include the Silhouette imprints: Desire, Romantic Suspense and Special Edition. The number of books released in each line will remain exactly the same, according to Randall Toye of Harlequin. The move is expected to help the three imprints benefit from the strength of the Harlequin brand and will not impact readers or the books they love.
Says Toye: "In the rapidly changing world of media and entertainment, publishing, too, is experiencing exciting new changes. To position ourselves for opportunities and growth in the future, we want to expand and celebrate our strength and diversity as the leading publisher of entertainment for women. Our current solid reputation in this arena and our strong identity continues to be the envy of many publishers. In the past 15 years, Harlequin has come to mean much more than series romance. We have expanded into mainstream fiction and romance, Christian fiction, African-American fiction, teen fiction and nonfiction. As we move toward the next 15 years, we hope that Harlequin will mean even more.
The Internet is buzzing with speculation that Harlequin will be discontinuing its Silhouette imprint as of April 2011. Currently three book lines are printed under the Silhouette banner: Silhouette Desire, Silhouette Romantic Suspense and Silhouette Special Edition. According to unconfirmed reports, these lines will be folded into the Harlequin brand.
Also slated for a shakeup is the Steeple Hill brand. Reportedly the "Steeple Hill" banner will be discontinued, though the Love Inspired lines will continue on as simply Love Inspired.
RT will give you more details when we have them. Also, look for a full report in the January issue of RT!
BLOG UPDATE 10/18/2010: We heard from Harlequin and will be posting their official statement soon. In the meantime, this is what we've learned: In an effort to strengthen the Harlequin brand, all Silhouette lines will remain intact but will now be known by the new names of Harlequin Desire, Harlequin Romantic Suspense and Harlequin Special Edition.
Laura Wright’s new series, Mark of the Vampire, is getting buzz because of her incredibly sexy alpha heroes. This month's Eternal Hunger kicks off the series with the dark and mysterious vampire Alexander Roman. Discover Wright’s unexpected inspiration for this new world:
I love the subject of inspiration. Because, honestly, isn’t creativity difficult without it? Sure, you can muscle through your plotting, make choices, etc – but inspiration, that beginning kernel of an idea that spawns into a full fledge story is vital and wonderful.
Author Sarah McCarty has a reputation for creating sizzling historical erotic romance. Her latest novel, Tracker's Sin, is no exception. Discover how the author blends her signature heat with the serious topics of absue, racism and post-traumatic stress disorder in Tracker's Sin. And don’t miss the EXCERPT at the end of the post.
None of us lives in a vacuum. All our experiences, good and bad, make up the fabric of who we are. There are places in the material of our lives that show the wear of hard use, and others that demonstrate the perfection of the weave. But if the warp was laid right, the fabric will be strong and any tears once mended, will be that much stronger. It's the same for characters in a novel.