by Liz Talley
So just in case you guys and gals didn't know...Harlequin is celebrating Superromance this month over in the community section of the Harlequin blog. Use this link to drop by for a visit:
If you look at the bottom (toward the left) you will see all kinds of cool things they're doing to celebrate the big girl of category romance, including an online read, a chat with Sarah Mayberry, a Superromance reading challenge and a special spotlight forum where people can ask all kinds of questions (and I must say that Superromance reader and aspiring writer Marcie does a nice job of coming up with great questions). It's a smorgasbord of Harlequin Superromance goodness.
As part of this event, I was asked to do a special online read. At first I sort of wondered if I could pull it off. Write short? Uh....maybe? But after thinking about how much fun it would be to share a story with people who perhaps never picked up a Superromance, I knew I had to give it a shot. So I flipped through my mind to all the secondary characters in my Boys of Bayou Bridge and found my sassy, smart-mouthed Mary Belle Prudhomme who, when the second book opens, is fast on the heels of Bear Rodrigue, her high school sweetheart. Well, Bear isn't the sorta guy who is easily brought to heel, and he leads Mary Belle on a merry chase as he gallops after a good time. So I wondered what would happen if Mary Belle gave up on Bear? And even better - what if the former nerd next door turned hot dentist showed up after years of being gone from Bonnet Creek? Oh, what would Mary Belle do if she couldn't stop thinking about Tripp the Drip and the way he filled out those athletic shorts? I tossed in a little revenge for Tripp and brought Lou from Under the Autumn Sky into a few scenes and suddenly Mary Belle wasn't just Lou's sassy friend. She had dreams, goals and a hunger for a certain boy she'd hurt years ago.
Yeah, it was fun to write Mary Belle and Tripp's romance.
So, if you're game, you can catch up on that free online read over at the harlequin community site along with other fun conversations about the books we love by the authors we love.
And lest you think I'm hogging all the limelight, I will add we have a wonderful selection of books out this month with stellar reviews from RT Books, including a debut author in Pamela Hearron. And when I got my RT Books magazine today, the reviews were just as good for the upcoming October books. Yeah, we got great things happening at Superromance, and I'm excited to be part of the terrific writers who create wonderful stories of complexity and emotion. And with some new changes for Superromance coming in the 2013, I can't wait to see the line take its place as the Grand Dame of Category romance. With new voices and old favorites, I can see a bright future for the line I first fell in love with.
Sometimes, it's hard from me to believe that a 12 year old girl who peddled her bike all the way to her aunt's used bookstore now is writing a spotlight for the line. Jeez, my Aunt Lucille would be so thrilled to know it all started in a dusty corner (top shelf) of Rogers Grocery almost 30 years ago.
So, let's chat. Can you remember your first Superromance? Who was your favorite author back in the day? And if you're new to Superromance, what keeps you coming back?