This year the lucky winner is Harlequin. Our branches receive a crap-load of donations, and naturally Harlequin is a healthy representative. The problem? Most of our librarians are confounded by those little category romances. They have no clue where to begin, what they should think about cataloging, and what should be tossed on a cart to sell for 10 cents. I proposed my idea to my boss (who naturally loved it) although I will admit that in the back of my mind I figured the librarians were likely to roll their eyes heavenward and mutter, "Oh dear Lord, Wendy is blathering about romance novels - again."
That is until I went out to a branch a couple of weeks ago and the adult services librarian swept her hands around her office and said, "Wendy, I got five big grocery bags full of Harlequin donations and I have no idea what I'm doing. I added those titles we already had in system at other locations and they've already checked out! Now I'm at a loss. Help!"
Oh Wendy, you're a frackin' genius.
So I'm in the process of putting together a presentation on all things Harlequins, with a strong focus on the category lines (although I plan on mentioning the single title lines like MIRA, HQN, and Spice as well). Now, I need some help from you all.
I want to mention those now-defunct lines from recent memory. The lines that libraries are likely still going to get donations from, but that line itself is no longer in existence at Harlequin. Here's the list I've come up with so far:
- Silhouette Intimate Moments (renamed Silhouette Romantic Suspense)
- Silhouette Romance (folded into Harlequin Romance)
- Harlequin Everlasting Love (folded into Harlequin SuperRomance)
- Silhouette Yours Truly/Harlequin Love & Laughter which beget Harlequin Duets which beget Harlequin Flipside
So my question is: am I missing any obvious discontinued lines? Lines that were just discontinued within the last...oh ten years or so?