What’s Next?

Thanks to everyone for joining our Risky Regencies Blog Party last week! It was a lot of fun to get to know all of you.

(Of course, now I’m lying on the couch with a big bag of ice on my forehead and there are empty teapots and scone crumbs scattered everywhere.)

This week, the romance review website All About Romance ran Robin Uncapher’s column on 2005’s Buried Treasures (books, that is). Janet’s and my books were mentioned as traditional Regencies that were Buried Treasures, which is cool. Here’s what they said:

Traditional Regency
One could easily argue that any traditional Regency is a buried treasure, but we offer these two as buried treasures.

Dedication by Janet Mullany
Blythe Barnhill liked this unusual, “hot rated” traditional Regency about a 37-year-old woman and a 43-year-old hero who is a grandfather.
A Singular Lady by Megan Frampton
I liked this witty trad about an impoverished but very resourceful young woman who decides to marry for money and accidentally falls in love with an earl whom she mistakenly believes is poor. The chemistry between leads is excellent. The author is fond of literary references and readers who get a kick out of reading about very smart people will like this book. Megan Frampton is a former AAR reviewer.

Given that the traditional Regency has died a traditional death at traditional
publishers, it’s great to know people are still reading them, and what’s more, liking them. The column is run in conjunction with AAR’s Annual Readers’ Poll. Likely this will be the last year to vote for the best traditional Regency, so if you’ve read any you’ve enjoyed–the six Riskies’, or someone else’s–head on over and vote. And thanks for the kudos, AAR!

We talked about the demise of the trad when the news first became official, and I know some of the Riskies talked about our next projects. But what about you? What genres would you like to see more of? Which would you like to see less of? What trends do you like in romance? And, of course, what trends are you not so fond of?

I’ll answer, too: I’d like to see more medievals and more hybrid genres (medieval Romantica? Western suspense (“someone’s been killin’ all the cowpokes!”). I’d like to see fewer paranormals, unless it’s a hybrid (the straight vamp’n’wolf thing is getting tired, to me at least). I like the trend of writers taking more risks with their characters–Janet’s is a perfect example, with a heroine who’s experienced and likes it. Laurie talked a bit about the ‘imperfect’ heroine, and I like that trend a lot. It’s more interesting to read about real people (and as we all know, real people ARE imperfect). The trends I don’t like are . . . hm. Probably characters who jump from A to (Thinking About) Bed in a matter of moments; even the most sexually-focused people have other thoughts that rattle around their brains. That’s a habitual complaint, however, so isn’t exclusive to this year.

What are your thoughts?

Megan
www.meganframpton.com

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