Well I don't know about you, but my day is shot all to hell. Thanks for nothing LLB.
OK, so it's not her fault. But dangnabit - I need to blame someone, so why not shoot the messenger?
Revealed in the latest issue of At The Back Fence? Maggie Osborne is retiring!!!!
Maybe I should just leave work now and find the nearest bridge.
Connie Brockway leaving behind historicals is also big news, and while I think Brockway is an extremely talented historical writer - I find the Osborne news more upsetting.
Let's be frank here. Brockway's main poison of choice were English-set historicals. The current derth of Regency historicals does not seem to be dying down, and while Brockway will surely be missed in this arena, there will be several authors vying for her abandoned throne.
Who is going to be vying for Maggie Osborne's crown? At this point, who the heck knows. Kensington/Zebra seems to be the only house left publishing westerns at all (outside of Harlequin Historicals, god bless their hearts!). And while some readers tend to turn their nose up at Zebra books - their new $3.99 debut author program and better cover art may help matters some. I'm also encouraged that they have several new authors in their camp that are writing westerns and/or American historicals (Kate Rothwell, Teresa Bodwell and Laura Drewry to name a few).
But I'm still depressed. Frankly, I haven't been this depressed since Pamela Morsi decamped to contemporary women's fiction. I know Osborne deserves her retirement, and I hope she enjoys it. I met her briefly at a conference in 2002 and she was a really nice lady. A class act.
Still, I plan on pouting for a while.
Update: I thought I was long overdue for a different template, so viola! Goodbye orange, hello green! I'm also going to try Blogger's commenting system. If I end up hating it, I may end up going back to Haloscan.
Coda to this entry: There is of course another house publishing western romance - Dorchester/Leisure. Talk about a major brain fart! Especially since I'm currently reading the latest Leigh Greenwood novel - an author who has been with Leisure for quite some time. Duh Wendy.