"And now...two rumors, heard from two different authors, neither of whom write for the effected lines: Bombshell is being "re-evaluated" and is in danger of being cancelled - apparently because too many readers do not realize that it is series fiction and not series romance and therefore does not require an HEA - and Harlequin Historicals may once again be terminated."
Granted, these are just rumors - but given how closely HH came to being axed just last year it is time for panic. Well at least on my part.
HH is the only publisher I still consistently buy books new from. Why? Because they seem to be the only imprint left that gives me readable westerns every month. Or sure, Dorchester publishes a few gems every now and then - but I've never rated an HH western anywhere below a C-. No joke.
I know a lot of you don't like westerns - so why should you care about whether or not HH gets the ax? Here's why:
The Gladiator's Honor by Michelle Styles is set for it's North American release next month. Its setting? Ancient Rome. Ancient Effing Rome!
Now obviously we do not know if this book is readable or not. It could be the most gawd-awful thing ever published. It could also be the greatest romance novel ever written. This is all incidental. It's set in Ancient Effing Rome!
Go ahead - name me another mainstream publisher that would take a chance on a book set in Ancient Effing Rome! Can't can you? (Ok, maybe Dorchester. Maybe...)
We cannot allow HH to vanish. We simply can't. While it's just an awful, horrible rumor at the moment - the minute we get a smidge of confirmation something must be done. A letter writing campaign, angry phones calls, rotten tomatoes pelted at HQ headquarters - something! Frankly it's the only imprint left in town that publishes more than just English-set historicals every blessed month. And that, contrary to some opinions, is a very good thing. Truly, it is.