Friday, July 07, 2006

Things I think are cool...

Wanted to mention that if you are a writer, there is a very special Writer's Weekend coming up in New Orleans in September '06.  The coordinator, Heather Graham, is working to bring much needed tourist dollars back into the city.  As she says on her website, every little bit helps.  This is so true - can you imagine what the world would be like if everyone always acted on the little impulses to try to make it a better place?  Yeah, you know what I mean.  It would be cool.
Want to know something else I think is cool?  Publishers are putting out some truly unique books that delve into settings and ideas that are more than one step away from the norm.  A dear friend of mine, Morag McKendrick Pippin has angoing award winning series or romantic suspense books set during WWI.   Another author, Marianne Mancusi, has a new release, What No Roses? that is a time travel set in the Roaring 2os.  Not only is she a talented writer, but the whole story idea just sounds way fun and check out that cover!  I seriously want to buy this book...I'm also seriously snowed under by the overflowing TBR bookcase.  Wonder which one is going to win...practicality or desire?  You all know me so well, I bet you can guess.
The thing is, I love the fact that these books got published.   Believe me when I tell you that the willingness to take a risk set in these venues is something new.  And something exciting.  It goes right alone with the truth that romance has always been a leader in innovation and change.  Don't mess with my happy ending, but give me something different in the story and I'm going to celebrate.
So...what about you?
Do you like books that deviate
from the tried and true?
If so, give me an example.
P.S.  It's time to vote on the Romance Junkies annual writing contest.


Stacy~ said...

Oh definitely, I like authors and publishers who take a chance on something new. I enjoy MJD's books (Undead & Unwed, etc) because of the humor and new angle on the vamp storyline. Plus, she writes about some cranky, "all about me" heroines that end up falling in love with men who love them just the way they are. I don't care much for that in real life, but it's a kick to read about LOL. AND she writes books set in Minnesota (and Alaska). It's nice to read books about different places, not just periods in history.

I can't think of any others off the top of my head, but would love to get suggestions, too.

Mel Francis said...

Hi Lucy!

Vive la difference!

I know publishers have to make money--this is a business, after all. But, I love it when they take chances and offer up something different. Whether it be a different time period, an unusual setting, a different type of main character--whatever. Change is good!

Kate Davies said...

Ooh, I love Morag's books! And thanks for the tip on What No Roses?, too. I'm a huge fan of less-done time and place settings. Vicki Gaia, who writes for Samhain and other e-pubs, has a romance/mainstream book set in San Francisco in the sixties titled Long Strange Trip. Available as an e-book through Samhain, and a print book at Borders and online. It's great!

Kate Davies said...

Oh, and thanks for the plug on the Romance Junkies contest. I just sent in my entry, so I don't think it's up yet, and I'm not tellin' what name it's under since they really want winners to be based on merit not popularity. But great to see you encouraging people to check it out!


Lucy Monroe said...

Great example, Stacy! MJD's books are truly one of a kind. LOL I like using different settings too. Though I've gotta admit, I never craved setting a book in Minnesota. ;)

Mel...I'm with you, "Vive le difference!" :)

Kati...Vicki's book sounds uber cool. And I didn't realize you were entering the BJ contest. I wonder if entrants will all show your honorability? I hope so! I'm one of the final critiquer/judges and I'm looking forward to it.

Brandy said...

I really liked Kristine Grayson's series about the Fates, it was an unusual concept and quite funny! I also enjoy P.C. Cast's books for the same reason abou the Gods/Goddess'. I find P.C.'s books very emotional and in some instances there is humor injected. I read "What, No Roses?" and thought the premise was interesting. I won't give away the ending, but it truly was a good book. (and not how you'd think!)

Lucy Monroe said...

Brandy...I think PC is uber talented. She writes what I call a "restricted HEA" and that in itself is pretty different for the genre. You've got my curiosity piqued about the ending in "What, No Roses?"...hmmm...wish they had a place online for books like LOL

Brandy said...

Lucy, I'd tell you, but I don't want to spoil it! But, there is a HEA, is that spoiling?

Stacy~ said...

LOL Lucy. Believe me, I totally know what you're saying, and I'm not offended by other's lack of interest in the "land of 10,000 lakes". I was born there and moved away to the Chicago area when I was 19, but it still holds a special place in my heart, and I know it always will. It's like I love it no matter what. There's no place like home :)

Lucy Monroe said...

Brandy...for me the HEA is required, so no...that's not a spoiler on *my* blog. LOL

Stacy...probably I should have mentioned that part of my mom's family hails from Minnesota and I've got a thing about writing settings I don't know well, but have friends or family living in. Makes me uber nervous. I actually want very much to visit my great aunts and uncles and extended relations over there someday. :)