Good news on the historical sub genre front thanks to those zany folks over at Harlequin. I practically leapt off my sofa when I read the following on page 10 of the January issue of Romantic Times:
"The struggling Harlequin Historical line seemed to be on a deathwatch in mid-2005. Harlequin even issued a release stating it would stop acquiring for the line. But the company changed its mind in early fall, and thankfully for fans, the line will continue with some improvements, according to Senior Editor Linda Fildew. 'When we took the decision to keep faith with what still remains a popular genre in North America, we realized we would need to refocus Harlequin Historical.' For 2006, that means new locales and time periods, like 19th-century Nova Scotia, Regency Malta and ancient Rome." (emphasis mine).
The HH line continues to be one of my favorites, so I was hugely relieved when Harlequin reconsidered their original plan to discontinue the line in retail markets. Now I learn that they plan to publish some different locales! Hooray!
What I've always loved about the line is that it continues to publish a variety. Every month you don't see just one setting. They regularly publish medievals, Regencies, westerns and other American settings. Unlike other historical publishers (cough, cough Avon), you won't find one setting for all their books coming out on any given month.
And now they're broadening their horizons even more. I'm so happy I could squeal.